PERSPECTIVE-The Paris Climate Agreement of 2015 was a big deal as 195 nations agreed to take steps to mitigate global temperatures to +2°C, but preferably +1.5°C, post-industrial or over the past 250 years. When temperatures exceed those levels, all hell breaks loose with our precious life-support ecosystems. 

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WORDS COUNT-The day-long testimony of Michael Cohen - "a loser with nothing to lose" who knows where the bodies are buried, and thus Trump's worst nightmare - gave us the sordid if cleansing spectacle of "a liar, lout, thug, bully, scumbag, and admitted criminal (testifying) about his former client and our liar, lout, thug, bully, scumbag and criminal in chief."

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VOTER DISCRIMINATION--Legislators in Oregon and California have introduced bills this month to give more teenagers the right to vote.

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OTHER WORDS-An Arkansas lawmaker wants to cut school lunch funding for schools that fail to improve their students’ reading levels.

I’m sorry, what? 

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GELFAND’S WORLD--The way that one Washington Post columnist summarized yesterday's congressional hearing, Donald Trump is guilty of 5 felonies if Michael Cohen told the truth.

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ALPERN AT LARGE--Ya wanna know what's funny? The way that the majority of ALL residents, regardless of socioeconomic status, race, geography, and immigration status keep pushing and paying for more transit amenities AND parking but are told the former is great while the latter is a "no-go". 

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CAL MATTERS-Hoping to save California taxpayers some money after spending nearly $1 billion to fight wildfires last year, three officials say it’s time to look at purchasing disaster insurance for the state.

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ONE MAN’S OPINION-The universe of laws is bizarre, obtuse, and shifting. As Natalie Wolchover writes in the New Yorker Magazine, “A Different Kind of Theory of Everything,” while physicists work to understand the universe, their endeavor is shadowed by the Rashomon effect.

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EASTSIDER-So why would a happily retired 74-year old politician named Jackie Goldberg be running for the LAUSD School Board? As it turns out, for very good reasons. 

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IMMIGRANTS HAVE RIGHTS TOO-A California lawmaker has launched a bid to block the state from contracting with companies that funnel intelligence to federal immigration agents, in a move that would bolster the state's protections for undocumented residents targeted by the Trump administration. 

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ONE MAN’S OPINION-Shall we blame the Liar in Chief whose regard for the truth is less than the null set? Shall we blame former Donald Trump attorney Michael Cohen, who testified before the U.S. Congress on February 27, 2019 that every day when he and other Trump employees came to work, they knew they would be lying to advance Donald Trump’s interest? 

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PLANET WATCH--The planet’s biggest nightmare is coming to life. It may be a bigger threat much sooner than ever before realized simply because it’s accelerating!

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