Day: January 6, 2018

Twitter refuses to block world leaders, so Trump can keep tweeting – Washington Examiner

Though Twitter will not ban or censure world leaders, it has recently cracked down on right-wing figures, banning some and stripping verification badges from others. Twitter has also taken steps to stem the tide of misinformation or “fake news.”

Trump has long had a penchant for speaking his mind in the form of tweets, whether it’s promoting his agenda or mocking his political rivals. Trump has also sent out barbs at world leaders, including previously tweeting about “Little Rocket Man” Kim Jong Un, which have raised concerns about the foreign policy implications of his sometimes inflammatory tweets.

“Blocking a world leader from Twitter or removing their controversial Tweets, would hide important information people should be able to see and debate,” a statement from the social media company said. “It would also not silence that leader, but it would certainly hamper necessary discussion around their words and actions.”

“No one person’s account drives Twitter’s growth, or influences these decisions,” Twitter added. “We work hard to remain unbiased with the public interest in mind.”

The statement made no mention of any particular world leader, but comes just days after President Trump made waves by goading North Korean leader Kim Jong Un about his “nuclear button.”

North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2018

Twitter said it does “review” tweets by leaders, but only “within the political context that defines them, and enforce our rules accordingly.”

Bid to expand Texas power grid fuels angst among big electric users – MyStatesman.com

“If you pursue that policy over time, you will have a more and more congested grid, because you won’t have expanded it to add generation and meet needs,” said Wood, who is chairman of Houston-based Dynegy but noted he was speaking for himself and not the power company. “So it’s a pretty short-horizon concern.”

“These are costs that can be directly tied to serving Lubbock,” said Wes Reeves, an Xcel spokesman. “All our transmission planning for a number of years has been made with Lubbock in mind.”

Regardless, the city’s bid recently picked up a significant endorsement when Pat Wood III — a former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as well as the state’s Public Utility Commission — came out in favor of it. In written testimony submitted to the commission, Wood noted that costs of expanding ERCOT’s transmission grid have traditionally been spread throughout the system in order to lower barriers to entry for new power plants and other forms of economic development.

“We didn’t really know what to expect completely,” Pope said. “We feel like we’re to some degree plowing new ground” as the largest municipality to attempt the move.

The price of such a guarantee could be steep, however.

Large manufacturers and industrial companies across the state are warily monitoring a utility plan in West Texas that could increase their electricity bills but potentially result in a more robust power grid.

A partner organization of Bennett’s group, called Texas Industrial Energy Consumers, has formally weighed in on Lubbock’s bid, saying it doesn’t oppose the move as long as Lubbock agrees to a “hold harmless” provision guaranteeing for a period of five years that Texas electricity customers won’t foot the bill for higher transmission costs resulting from it.

Lubbock’s municipally owned utility is aiming to transfer about three-quarters of its electricity demand to ERCOT, totaling about 470 megawatts. The amount constitutes less than 1 percent of ERCOT’s estimated peak demand of about 73,000 megawatts for 2018.

It’s not that cold in Florida. But why does it feel so cold? – Tampabay.com

FORECAST: Coldest morning yet for Tampa Bay, but it will get warm … soon

“If it’s just minimally cool then a nice jacket would be ample,” Carlson said. “If you have a wind chill, then our bodies are going to react pretty quickly.”

“That’s what they experience in England,” he said. “That’s the kind of cold that goes right through you.”

Think of the hypothalamus, deep inside your brain, as a thermostat that resets itself around a new climate, said Dr. Tim P. Carlson of Palms Primary Care in St. Petersburg.

But was it really? Lows in Tampa Bay on Friday were in the early 40s. To the Ohio native, that sounded warm — or at least it would be if he was back in his hometown of Cleveland, which was 9 degrees that same day.

“All these things people don’t think about,” he said, “but there’s a lot of affects of the cold on the body’s systems.”

Now, he said, 42 degrees feels down right frigid.

Jacksonville, Buffalo mayors make pre-game bet: Subs for wings, with beer as well – Florida Times-Union

In the unlikely event the Jags lose, Curry sends out some of Jacksonville’s Firehouse subs along with beer from Intuition Ale Works.

Curry wouldn’t make a prediction on the score, but did say the Jaguars would win. Good thing too: “I do like Buffalo wings.”

As best could be told through the bad Skype connection, Buffalo had a pep-rally atmosphere inside its council chambers. Warm-up speakers led a couple of dozen jersey-wearing fans in chants, before Brown showed up in a Bills jacket and cap.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry wasn’t sure if Buffalo could hear him either, so that limited the possibilities for good-natured smack-talking.

Ahead of Sunday’s playoff game in Jacksonville between the playoff-starved Jaguars and Buffalo Bills, Curry and Buffalo’s four-term mayor, Byron Brown, made a little wager.

But the point was made Friday morning, clearly enough: Good luck with your city — everywhere but on the football field.

The Skype connection was awful, turning the words of the mayor of Buffalo, N.Y., into something like the indecipherable drone the adults made in those Charlie Brown TV shows.

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Both cities’ teams have a long record of futility they could bond over, if they chose to: The Jaguars haven’t been in the playoffs since January 2008, and their last home playoff game was after the 1999 season, which was also the last time the Bills even made it to the post-season.

Donald Glover Drew ‘Atlanta’ Season 2 Inspiration From ‘Tiny Toons’ – Hollywood Reporter

The writers chose to make that the backdrop to the new season as it fit well with the characters’ journeys. “Our characters are going through insane, desperate transitions so Robbin’ Season is kind of a metaphor for all of our characters,” he said. The new season which will premiere on March 1, will continue to follow young manager Earn Marks (Donald Glover) as he tries to get his cousin Alfred Miles’ (Brian Tyree Henry) rap career off the ground.

One place the Glovers didn’t look for season 2 insight was the previous season of the series. “We didn’t look back at season 1 for inspiration as much because I feel like if you do that as any sort of producer, you tend to be risk-averse, which I really think is bad for art,” Donald said. “We didn’t look back and think, ‘What are the things that will make people happy?’ We really just tried to beat ourselves and always just kept trying to do something that was different from the first season.”

The creator of the Emmy-winning series also reveals why the second season is titled ‘Robbin’ Season.’

For starters, season 2 has been given the title ‘Robbin Season.’ So when the mastermind of the Emmy-winning series, Donald Glover, and some of the show’s actors and producers were on hand to field questions about the upcoming episodes at the Television Critics Association press tour on Friday in Pasadena, Calif., naturally queries about the new name arose. Stephen Glover, Donald’s brother and a writer on the show, shed some light on the new title.

Turns out it’s a time in Atlanta that takes place right before Christmas and New Years were there’s an uptick in crime in the city. “People have to get Christmas gifts so it’s a time where robbery will go. You might get your package stolen from the front porch,” he explained, adding that his neighbor got her car stolen out of the driveway when they were shooting the second season. “It’s just a very tense and desperate time.”

Another big influence on the second season of AtlantaTiny Toons Adventures, the animated comedy from the early ’90s about young cartoon characters. “We just went into this like, ‘Why are we going to do season 2? Everybody does season 2!’ And in the writers room, we talked a lot about How I Spent My Summer Vacation by Tiny Toons — which was a show we all really liked — and that was kind of the inspiration for season 2,” said Donald, who added it was the writers’ “favorite as kids.”

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Stephen went on to explain that the episodes of Summer Vacation were broken up into several episodes, between 8 and 9, and that viewers could watch them all together as if they were a movie or separately in installments. “They would play them during the summer together, and we kind of took that idea — a whole story but being told in a bunch of different parts,” he said, with his brother noting: “You enjoy them more when they’re all together but you can also enjoy them in little bits.”

The cast and creators of Atlanta are dropping hints about the highly-anticipated second season of Atlanta.

A Parody Cryptocurrency Based on a Dog Meme Is Now Worth More Than $1 Billion – Vanity Fair

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Court voids Baltimore law requiring ‘no abortion’ clinic disclaimers – Reuters

Circuit Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III, however, wrote for the Richmond, Virginia-based appeals court that Baltimore’s approach amounted to “too loose a fit” with those ends.

Friday’s decision upheld an October 2016 ruling by U.S. District Judge Marvin Garbis in Baltimore.

In that case, the Supreme Court is expected by June to decide whether California violates the free speech rights of private “crisis pregnancy centers” opposed to abortion by requiring signs about how to obtain state-sponsored services including abortion and contraception.

Suzanne Sangree, a lawyer who argued Baltimore’s appeal, said the city was disappointed, and may appeal to the Supreme Court and perhaps also submit a brief in the California case.

Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Rosalba O’Brien

‘Trust’ Cast, Creators Break Down Differences With ‘All the Money in the World’ – Variety

“If you don’t have to get out of bed and do something every morning, that’s kind of a curse,” Beaufoy observed.

“He’s a man with a textured past. He’s on a journey of redemption. He wants to rescue this kid for personal reasons outside of being beholden to his boss, the richest man in the world…I wanted to show that he really cares, that he cares about the family, he cares about Gail. He’s not just an employee of this Midas character.”

Swank was equally effusive about working in TV after spending most of her career in film (Fun fact: Swank worked with Sutherland on her first film, 1992’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” when she was 16.)

“The great mystery is what is lacking in them,” Beaufoy told reporters Friday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, Calif. “They try to fill the big huge hole in each of their souls with money or sex or drugs — there is passed down this lack of empathy, this complete lack of understanding of human emotion.”

Boyle returned the compliment, citing Sutherland’s “meticulous” research for the role of the billionaire who was seen by the world as a craven miser as he haggled over his grandson’s life. Boyle said understanding Getty Sr.’s worldview was crucial to nailing the emotional heart of the story.

(Pictured: Danny Boyle)

“Trust” revolves around the bizarre 1973 kidnapping of John Paul Getty III, who initially concocted the scheme in an effort to wring money out of his oil-money family but it went awry when the kidnappers turned on him while his grandfather dragged out negotiations. Donald Sutherland plays patriarch J. Paul Getty Sr., while Michael Esper limns Getty III. Hilary Swank plays Getty III’s mother, Gail.

Another difference was the portrayal of Getty family employee Fletcher Chase, played by Mark Wahlberg in the film and Brendan Fraser in the series. Fraser’s Chase is a cowboy hat-wearing, Bible quoting negotiator, whereas Wahlberg’s Chase was more subdued and straight forward.

Beaufoy said the look at the inner sanctum of the Getty clan comes at a timely moment when there is great focus on the growing level of economic inequality in the country.

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