How the Infrastructure Bill Will Help the West Manage Megafires

Cal Fire troops battle the Dixie Fire in Plumas County, California, July 2021.Noah Berger/AP

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This story was originally published by High Country News and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.
Zack Bashoor was 19 years old when he joined the US Forest Service in northwestern Montana to fight wildfires.

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Simone de Beauvoir’s Brilliant Friend

There is a photograph of Simone de Beauvoir with her best friend Zaza, taken on a warm day in September 1928. They are 20, between girlhood and womanhood. They have matching haircuts, short dark bobs announcing them as modern. Bare arms emerge from loose white dresses, tanned in Zaza’s case, paler in Simone’s. Clothed knees touch, giving the impression they are one person, a twin-headed mermaid in dialogue with herself.

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The Realtors’ Woke Dilemma Is Coming

By now you’ve probably heard about the story that Rod Dreher mentioned at The American Conservative having to do with enforced wokeness among the realtors:

Here’s another one. The letter is too detailed for me to reprint it here, even with redactions. To summarize, the author is a practicing conservative Protestant who is in leadership at his Midwestern church. He also is a Realtor by trade.
A week ago, the broker/owner of his office called to ask his opinion about starting a new Multiple Listing Service in their local area.

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Hunter Biden raises more questions of profiting off politics and climate change corruption

Hunter Biden’s ties to China, along with the administration’s conflicts of interest in its climate change agenda, are in the news once again.
Earlier this week, the New York Times reported that an investment firm Biden helped establish had helped a Chinese company purchase one of the world’s richest cobalt mines located in the Congo from a U.S. company. The Washington Free Beacon previously reported on this in January 2020, after months of the Congolese military torching houses and silencing dissent in the region to prevent illegal mining.

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Who’s Afraid of Climate Geoengineering?

The news about global warming, er, global climate change (GCC), continues to worsen. It’s now turning animals into shape-shifters as they adapt by changing the size of their ears, tails, beaks and other appendages, reports a team of scientists. Maybe nobody would make fun of Baby Dumbo anymore; his ears would be used for fans, powered by “renewable fuels.”
If you’re reading this publication, you’re probably what’s called a “climate denialist.

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Starbucks: Purveyor of Fresh Coffee and Stale Union-Busting

One of the most interesting union campaigns in recent years is happening right now in Buffalo, New York. Workers in three Starbucks outlets started a union organizing effort over their concerns about seniority pay, scheduling, staffing levels, and safety and health during COVID (plus, at one store an infestation of bees was left festering for months). Earlier this month, the National Labor Relations Board mailed ballots to the workers in these stores, who will have four weeks to vote on whether to unionize with Workers United, an affiliate of the Service Employees International Union.

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Biden Finally Picked His Fed Chair. Is a Climate Reckoning at the Bank Coming Next?

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On Monday morning, President Joe Biden announced that he will renominate Jerome Powell to another four-year term as the head of the Federal Reserve, the central bank of the US and a key regulator of banks.
For months, Democrats have waged an internal battle over whether Biden should ditch Powell, Trump’s 2017 appointee, in favor of a nominee who would be more aggressive in wielding the Fed’s powers over Wall Street in service of action on climate change.

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