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Paving a greener California, $40000/mile at a time.

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Many weird ideas come out of California. Painting roads a lighter color to reduce heat in order to combat global warming is a new one. It is well known that paved surfaces are hotter that natural surfaces. So consequentially cities create heat islands through urban sprawl. Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, is a vocal critic of Trump, especially when Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord. Last June, Eric Garcetti was quoted saying:

“Climate change is a fact of life that people in Los Angeles and cities around the world live with every day. It is a grave threat to our health, our environment, and our economy — and it is not debatable or negotiable,” said Mayor Garcetti. “This is an urgent challenge, and it’s much bigger than one person. With the President pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement, L.A. will lead by committing to the goals of the accord — and will work closely with cities across America and the world to do the same.”

It appears $40000/mile every seven years is part of the effort for LA to lead the country in fighting climate change.

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LA DailyNews: ‘Cool pavement’ to cut urban street heat gets first California tryout in Canoga Park

“We’re exploring ways to reduce the heat island effect by reducing the absorption of heat in the built environment.”

Street Services, working in conjunction with GuardTop LLC, an asphalt coating manufacturer based in Dana Point, had first tested the cool pavement seal in the Sepulveda Basin.

Asphalt at a parking lot at the Balboa Sports Complex once averaged 160 degrees in summer. After the seal was applied two years ago, company officials say, surface temperatures dropped to between 135 to 140 degrees.

Now, after rigorous testing for durability and wet skid potential, the CoolSeal coating was being slathered across a half block of Jordan Avenue just north of Hart Street near the headwaters of the Los Angeles River.

If the new seal could boost solar reflectivity —and dramatically cool a street lined with two-story apartments in the hottest region of the San Fernando Valley — it could do it anywhere, city officials said.

The experiment will soon be duplicated in 14 other council districts before the end of June. If successful, city officials hope to encourage manufacturers to help develop cool pavement that could be incorporated into a multimillion-dollar drive to fix a backlog of L.A.’s failing streets.

“I’m thrilled to be here. This is a great day for all of us. We look forward to seeing what the results will be,” said Kevin James, president of the Los Angeles Board of Public Works.

A CoolSeal coating could cost an estimated $40,000 per mile and last seven years, city officials said. But that’s subject to change pending pavement innovation.

“We’re going to try to make Los Angeles as cool as possible,” said Jeff Luzar, national sales director for GuardTop, a privately owned firm that has covered coated mostly playgrounds and parking lots. “We’re going to be the coolest island in Southern California.”

Average temperatures in Los Angeles have risen 5 degrees in the past 100 years on account of the heat island effect produced by miles of asphalt freeways, roads, parking lots, roofs and more, climatologists say. In summer, temperatures have risen an average 10 degrees.

In addition, extreme heat days near 100 degrees have risen from two a year in 1906 to 24, while their duration has increased from a few days in a row to heat waves of two weeks, said climatologist Bill Patzert of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

“I’m all for it,” Patzert said of the cooler pavement. “We could certainly stop the rise — and perhaps reverse it.”

Unfortunately, he added, the urban forest across Los Angeles is dying because of insufficient watering during the recent drought. “They can paint the streets gray,” he said, “but when all these trees die, you’ll see a dramatic increase in the heat island effect in the whole Basin.”

My Take

The lack of fiscal responsibility is reason enough that this idea should be thrown out upon arrival. The idea isn’t bad. Reducing city heat does have a public benefit, in the summer. However, $40000 is comparable to a person’s yearly salary. That’s a lot of cash just to paint about one mile of roadway. California has problems and environmental concerns, and these concerns ought to be addressed. But the most pressing concerns are sourced from the fact that California is overpopulated.

California could stand to benefit from more plants as noted in the article. But plants require water, of which California has struggling issues with. California’s booming agriculture requires a lot of water and the entire country would hurt if it went thirsty. This was a foreseeable issue that California is behind on addressing. California should be leading the world in desalinization, thus watering its state and perhaps other states as well. But instead, they would rather focus on high price low reward methods of combating environmental concerns. Environmental policies should keep to a strict cost-benefit analysis. Eric Garcetti needs to learn that unlike climate change, fiscal responsibility should be non-negotiable.

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20 killed, 70 hurt in protests in Indonesia’s Papua province

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20 killed 70 hurt in protests in Indonesias Papua province

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — At least 20 people were killed Monday, including three shot by police, in violent protests by hundreds of people sparked by rumors that a teacher insulted an indigenous student in Indonesia’s restive Papua province, officials said.

An angry mob torched local government buildings, shops and homes and set fire to cars and motorbikes on several roads leading to the district chief’s office in Wamena city, said Papua police chief Rudolf Alberth Rodja.

Papua military spokesman Eko Daryanto said at least 16 civilians, including 13 from other Indonesian provinces, were killed in Wamena, mostly after being trapped in burning houses or shops.

He said at least one soldier and three civilians died in another protest in Jayapura, the capital of Papua province.

About 65 civilians were injured in Wamena and five police officers were critically injured in Jayapura, he said.

Television video showed orange flames and black smoke billowing from burning buildings in Wamena.

Rodja said the protest was triggered by rumors that a high school teacher in Wamena who is not from Papua called an indigenous Papuan student a “monkey” last week.

He said a police investigation did not find any evidence of racism against the student, and that false rumors have been spreading among students in other schools and native communities.

“We believe this false information was intentionally designed to create riots,” Rodja told reporters in Jayapura, the capital of Papua province. “This is a hoax and I call on people in Papua not to be provoked by untrue news.”

Papua police spokesman Ahmad Musthofa Kamal said students from another school in Wamena who refused to join the protest brawled with another group of students.

Video circulated on the internet showed dozens of people, many armed with machetes, standing in front of their shops and homes to protect them from the angry mob.

Joko Harjani, an airport official, said the protest forced authorities to close the city’s airport until the situation returns to normal.

The protest came days after Indonesian authorities managed to get the province under control after weeks of violent demonstrations by thousands of people in Papua and West Papua provinces against alleged racism toward Papuans. At least one Indonesian soldier and four civilians were killed in that violence.

The previous protests were triggered by videos circulated on the internet showing security forces calling Papuan university students “monkeys” and “dogs” in East Java’s Surabaya city when they stormed a dormitory where Papuan students were staying after a torn Indonesian flag was found in a sewer.

The videos prompted hundreds of Papuan students who study in other Indonesian provinces to return home and force a local state university to accommodate them.

Daryanto said a mob of angry students attacked a soldier and several police officers in Jayapura with machetes and rocks, forcing security forces to respond with gunfire, killing three civilians. The soldier died on the way to a hospital. At least five police officers were in critical condition.

Conflicts between indigenous Papuans and Indonesian security forces are common in the impoverished Papua region, a former Dutch colony in the western part of New Guinea that is ethnically and culturally distinct from much of Indonesia.

Papua was incorporated into Indonesia in 1969 after a U.N.-sponsored ballot that was widely seen as a sham. Since then, a low-level insurgency has simmered in the mineral-rich region, which is divided into two provinces, Papua and West Papua.

In recent years, some Papua students, including some who study in other provinces, have become vocal in calling for self-determination for their region.

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And just like that, Justin Trudeau is out of the news cycle

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And just like that Justin Trudeau is out of the news cycle

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had a “blackface” incident pop up in the news late last week. Then another. Then a third. He apologized. He Tweeted out a picture of him shaking hands with a person of color. And just like that, the story was gone.

As the radical progressive politician takes cues from his handlers to lay low for a while, mainstream media has moved on, as instructed. A search on CNN’s homepage reveals zero stories about Trudeau despite the story being relatively fresh. Same thing with MSNBC. Washington Post’s homepage yields zero results. There IS a story on the NY Times homepage… buried way at the bottom, they ran a story of Canadians and forgiveness regarding their leader.

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The reason we’re hearing nothing is because they did their obligatory coverage when it broke, then Standard Operating Procedure kicked in. “In cases of a radical progressive champion’s disgrace, cover for ‘fairness’ then bury at the first possible opportunity. Distract and redirect in the meantime.”

Fox News covered it today, pointing out the conspicuous double standard in media’s coverage…

Tomi Lahren slams media ‘double standard’ in coverage of Trudeau’s blackface scandal

https://www.foxnews.com/media/trudeau-blackface-media-double-standard-tomi-lahrenFox Nation host Tomi Lahren called out the media for an apparent double standard in the coverage of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s blackface scandal, accusing some journalists of holding only Republicans “accountable for their mistakes.”

“Both Virginia’s governor and Lieutenant Governor were involved in blackface-related situations and yet, both are still in office,” she said, referring to VA Gov. Ralph Northam and VA Attorney General Mark Herring, both of whom were involved in scandals of their own.

Last week, a new picture and video surfaced showing Trudeau wearing blackface, in the third such incident to emerge in 24 hours. One of the photos showed a costumed Trudeau darkened by makeup for an “Arabian Nights” gala he attended in 2001.

There are few things funnier (or sadder) than watching mainstream media squirm to cover for progressives when they’re caught doing bad things. If Donald Trump or Scott Morrison did what Justin Trudeau did, it would be nonstop coverage for weeks.

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Eric Early condemns Schiff’s latest impeachment talk

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Eric Early condemns Schiffs latest impeachment talk

LOS ANGELES – September 22 – Eric Early, the leading Republican challenger for California’s Congressional District 28, condemned Adam Schiff’s latest impeachment comments as “baseless” and “pure partisan hackery.”

On CNN’s State of the Union Sunday morning, Schiff, who has spent the past few years unsuccessfully trying to prove collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian agents, hopped on the latest baseless allegations against President Donald Trump as grounds for impeachment.

“Once again, Adam Schiff drove past countless homeless encampments in Los Angeles on this way to the T.V. studio to promote conspiracy theories about our President,” Early said. “His comments are nothing more than an effort to attack the President and rescue Joe Biden’s failing presidential campaign.”

“Voters are getting sick of Schiff’s schtick, which is nothing more than a mix of a man clearly intoxicated by the sound of his own voice and pure partisan hackery,” Early said. “Angelenos deserve better.”

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For 25 years, Eric has fought in the courts to help people stay in their homes and help job creators, businesses and innovators succeed and stay in California while building his own successful law firm. Eric was a candidate in 2018 for California Attorney General against Xavier Becerra, receiving almost one million votes as a first-time candidate.

Eric’s parents immigrated legally to the United States in the 1930s. His father enlisted in the Marine Corps at the age of 17, and was shipped to the Korean War, fought in the First Marine Division at the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, and was awarded a Purple Heart. Eric’s parents moved the family to Long Island, and lived in a middle-class neighborhood of Irish, Italian and Jewish families.

Growing up in New York, California was a symbol of the American Dream, a place where people’s imagination, drive, talents and hard work could allow them to live a good life, while enjoying California’s natural beauty and climate. California became Eric’s home in 1986, where he started his own family.

Eric’s career as an attorney did not follow the usual path. He attended New York University’s undergraduate film school, and then held various positions, including producing commercials for Hasbro Toys, directing short children’s films for The Great Space Coaster, working as post-production supervisor on hundreds of animated episodes of The Transformers, G.I. Joe, Jem and the Holograms, My Little Pony, and writing several animated episodes of G.I. Joe and Jem and the Holograms. At one point, he produced trailers for “King of the B-Movies”, Roger Corman.

While working full time to support his family, Eric attended Southwestern Law School’s evening program and after graduation worked at one of the most prominent law firms in the state, where he was a Partner for a decade. Eric was regularly involved in complex litigation matters in California and throughout the country, primarily focusing on business, entertainment, real estate, title and escrow related litigation. In 2010, Eric started his own firm along with several of his colleagues, Early Sullivan Wright Gizer & McRae LLP (“Early Sullivan”). Early Sullivan, which now has 30 attorneys, has been recognized as Boutique Firm of the Year by the California Daily Journal, and has been named as a Best Law Firm by U.S. News for several years running. Eric has been the firm’s Managing Partner since its doors opened, has successfully tried several cases to verdict – one of the results being awarded Defense Verdict of the Year by the Daily Journal, and has overseen countless complex lawsuits in which the firm’s clients have prevailed. During the normal course of his practice, Eric has also handled several cases in which he has represented homeowners whose properties have been victimized by real estate fraud, in which fraudsters try to steal their homes. He has been able to regain control of the properties for his clients.

Among various honors, Eric is the Past President of Southwestern Law School’s Entertainment and IP Alumni Association, was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America every year since 2017; and has been named a Southern California Super Lawyer every year since 2005.

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