California’s aggressive climate plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions “lacks a clear strategy,” the Legislative Analyst’s Office reported on Jan. 4.
“Despite the significant reductions needed to meet these goals, CARB’s plan does not identify which specific policies it will implement,” the report stated.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) in December 2022 adopted an “equity-focused” 300-page climate action plan, or roadmap, to meet the state’s goal of drastically reducing emissions and reaching carbon neutrality by 2045.
Large groups of workers staged protests on Jan. 7 at a pharmaceutical manufacturing company in Chongqing, a megacity in the southwest of China. The protests erupted after thousands of workers were abruptly laid off by Zybio, Inc., a manufacturer of COVID-19 test kits.
Videos posted online show angry workers demolishing boxes of COVID-19 test kits, vandalizing the company’s offices, and clashing with police in riot gear. Protesters threw plastic boxes, water bottles, and cones at police, who ran from protesters—a rare occurrence in China.
It seems like yesterday that the western media was up in arms that Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and her Putin-loving Brothers of Italy (Fdl) party were going to march Italy right out of the EU and NATO.
Unfortunately, Italy’s economy and foreign policy are controlled by the EU and NATO, respectively, and Meloni never showed any desire to rock the boat, immediately pledging fealty to both as soon as the Fdl emerged as frontrunners in the September election.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Wednesday called for Attorney General Merrick Garland to appoint a special counsel to investigate the handling of classified documents by President Biden while he served as vice president. Graham said the appointment of a special counsel is necessary to investigate Biden after Garland announced the appointment of career prosecutor Jack Smith to investigate former President Trump’s possession of classified documents at Mar-a-Lago.
“I think if you believe a special counsel is necessary to assure the public about the handling of classified documents by Donald Trump, you should apply a special counsel to the mishandling of classified documents by President Biden when he was vice president,” Graham said during an interview with Martha MacCallum on Fox News.
“If there is not a special counsel appointed to find out how this happened with President Biden regarding classified information … it will hurt the country,” Graham warned.
Graham warned that many conservatives believe prosecutors and the media are applying a different set of standards for Trump and Biden.
Reviver says it’s mission is to “modernize” the driving experience, and the way it does that is by developing the world’s first digital license plate and connected vehicle platform.
But security researchers looking into how safe that “modernization” is have found a way to poke significant holes in this design. Some of the vulnerabilities discovered show that malicious outside actors can track GPS location of digital license plates owners.
Reviver rolled out digital license plates last October and is still the only company that sells them in California. They are being marketed as legal to use across the US, while it is also becoming legal to buy them in more and more states.
Those who own such plates, or plan to do so, will be interested to hear that researcher Sam Curry shared in a blog post that it is possible for hackers to access the “super user” admin mode of any user, and from there on effectively remotely take over.
Some of the things a hacker could do with Reviver plates is update or delete them, and track them via GPS. And if the attacker was in a mood to have even more “fun” with digital plates’ users, they could access the administrative account even just to change personalized messages displayed at the bottom – to read whatever they wished, reports note.
PJM Interconnection, a regional power grid that stretches from Illinois to New Jersey, declared an emergency during Christmas and was on the brink of implementing rolling blackouts for millions of customers due to a partial power-generation fleet shutdown.
The regional power grid operator has over 65 million customers in 13 states and the District of Columbia. It published its first analysis explaining the grid strain when temperatures dove well below freezing due to 23% of its power-generation fleet shuttering on Dec. 24.
About 70% of the 46 gigawatts of outages were due to NatGas-fired power generation going offline, which left the grid operator in dire straits as temperatures continued to plunge and electricity demand soared as customers turned up their thermostats. '
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Benjamin Netanyahu’s return to power in Israel has ushered in a government more dominated by religious and ultra-nationalist extremists than any ruling coalition in the country’s 74-year history.
While that fact has been well-reported, most Americans are oblivious to a grim implication: The new Israeli government’s extreme policies toward Palestinians and regional rivals will imperil American lives at home and abroad.
Americans aren’t jeopardized by those policies per se, but rather by the U.S. government’s unconditional military, financial and diplomatic support of Israel, which are seen as enabling such policies. Anger over that support is a principal motivator of terror attacks on American targets, and it intensifies when Israel’s actions grow more extreme.
At the same time civilians face a heightened danger from terror attacks, members of the American military will face a higher risk of being drawn into pointless conflicts initiated by more hawkish Israeli government.
Russia will launch an empty spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) to rescue three stranded crew members, whose capsule was damaged after it was struck by a tiny meteoroid.
The Russian space agency, Roscosmos, announced that the Soyuz MS-22 capsule sprang a radiator coolant leak in December.
Alongside NASA officials, Roscosmos said in a press briefing that an uncrewed Soyuz spacecraft, MS-23, would be sent to the ISS on February 20 to bring Russian cosmonauts Dmitry Petelin and Sergei Prokopyev as well as NASA astronaut Frank Rubio back to Earth.
While their return was originally scheduled for March, they will likely have to remain in space for several additional months, although their return date is yet to be announced.
Angry trans-rights protestors swarmed and shut down a talk at McGill University from an alumnus who was discussing how the trans movement infringes on the rights of women.
Demonstrators packed the hallway outside a classroom hosting the talk from Robert Wintemute - a professor of human rights law specializing in sexual orientation at Kings College in London - who they accused of being associated with a 'notoriously transphobic and trans-exclusionary' group.
The talk was eventually cancelled.
Former Barclays and JP Morgan exec Jes Staley is accused of being an operative in late billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein's sex ring, after thousands of emails between the two reveal a 'profound friendship,' a lawsuit claims.
The filing was made in an an amended complaint Tuesday by the US Virgin Islands, which had previously sued JPMorgan over the bank's ties to Epstein. Staley worked at JPMorgan until 2013.
'Between 2008 and 2012, Staley exchanged approximately 1,200 emails with Epstein from his JP Morgan email account,' the amendment alleges. During that time, the bank 'serviced approximately 55 Epstein-related accounts collectively worth hundreds of millions of dollars.'
An Israeli military drone entered Lebanese airspace in the south and remained in Lebanese territory for 20 minutes, according to a statement from Lebanon's army.
Lebanon's military separately said a "gunboat belonging to the Israeli enemy breached the Lebanese territorial waters… for about 203 metres", Turkish news agency Anadolu reported.
Iran is planning to station warships in the Panama Canal, the latest move in its ongoing campaign to install a presence in Latin America and infiltrate the United States' backyard.
The commander of Iran's Navy, Rear Admiral Shahram Irani, announced the plans on Wednesday and said they would come to fruition later this year. A presence in the Panama Canal would mark the first time Iran's navy has sailed in the Pacific Ocean.
The move is just the latest in Iran's ongoing campaign to deepen its ties in Latin America, which has recently included treaties signed with the anti-US Venezuelan dictator Nicholas Maduro, Nicaragua, and increasingly friendly relations with Bolivia.
A corrupted file and an ensuing system reboot caused all US flights to be grounded on Wednesday for the first time since September 11, 2001, it has been revealed.
An unnamed source familiar with the Federal Aviation Administration's operations told CNN that officials found a corrupted file on its NOTAM (Notice to Air Missions) system Tuesday afternoon, with another on the backup system.
Officials then decided they would reboot the entire system in the overnight hours of Tuesday into Wednesday, figuring the reboot — which the source said takes 90 minutes to complete — would be done before the morning rush.
The president of a Minnesota university which ousted an art history professor after she showed her class a 14th Century painting of Muhammad has defended the decision, insisting that they acted to 'safeguard' students.
Professor Erika López Prater, 42, did not have her contract renewed after the controversial class.
In October, she showed her students the image amid a discussion of Islamic art - having warned them in writing in advance that the class would feature pictures of Muhammad and the Buddha, and allowing any students who wanted to leave the room to do so.
A Muslim student, Aram Wedatalla, complained and Prater lost her job.
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Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is renewing his push to avoid execution — close to a year after the Supreme Court reinstated his death sentence for the horrific attack.
Tsarnaev’s attorneys on Tuesday urged a federals appeal court to consider reversing the the 29-year-old’s death sentence because of juror misconduct claims.
They claim two jurors lied about discussing the case on social media before they were seated for the trial in 2015, an argument the US Supreme Court did not mention when reinstating his death sentence in March 2022.
One juror said she had not commented about the case online, but had retweeted a post that called Tsarnaev a “piece of garbage,” the lawyers argued.
Another juror was told by a friend to “get on the jury” in order to get Tsarnaev “to jail where he will be taken care of,” according to the attorneys.