Big Government, Hypocrites, Localized

Governor Cuomo Declares MTA State Of Emergency, Skewers Trump, Then Diverts Funds Away From It

At some point the morons of New York who keep voting for this ass are going to realize they’re being played. Maybe.

To some, last week was a turning point in Andrew Cuomo’s long battle to distance himself from his ailing transit agency, the MTA. Instead of shirking off responsibilities for the collapsing subway system, or pressing for token legislation to provide him with even more power, Cuomo seized it himself, declaring a “state of emergency” in the subways and promising $1 billion to help shore up the abysmal service.

As the Daily News points out, the recent amendment to the MTA’s capital plan that its board recently passed strips $1.2 billion from the current capital plan that would have gone toward new subway cars, in addition to $37.6 million for new signals. The MTA argues that because those train cars won’t be ready until midway through the next capital plan in 2023 anyway, it shouldn’t be budgeting for their purchasing. The $37.6 million, the MTA claims, was for new signals that would have operated solely with the new trains.

Ostensibly, that freed up more than $1.2 billion to go toward the city’s crumbling subways, which vitally need new signals to increase capacity on the lines. Currently, the MTA is finishing signal work for a single line, the 7 train, and has just recently begun work on the Queens Boulevard E/F/M/R lines, but only for the sections that run through Queens and parts of midtown Manhattan. Only the L train has been given completely new signals. That $1.2 billion could, theoretically, have gone to start another signal modernization project as soon as possible. Already, the MTA has pegged $3 billion in the current capital plan for new signals, although even the transit agency itself admits it won’t get around to outfitting the entire system with those signals until 2045 (and that’s a hopeful outlook).

Instead, however, the money is going toward Cuomo’s pet projects, including his poorly conceived LaGuardia AirTrain, a third track for the Long Island Rail Road (which is desperately needed but faces stiff local resistance), subway station enhancements that won’t necessarily increase station capacity, and cashless tolls. In keeping with his longtime neglect of the subways, Cuomo has shorted the system cash that had already been allotted to it.

Source: Guess Which NY Governor Just Took $1 Billion Meant for MTA Subway Signals and Spent It Elsewhere? | Village Voice

The Police State

This is why police should always have dashcams and body cams.

Police often complain when the general public say they should have dash cams and body cams.  The complaint often amounts to “they don’t tell the whole story” or “they can be misconstrued” but in reality, they often do a great job of settling stories like this one.  Had the dash cam not been on in this one, the story would stand alone and it would be one word versus another.  Instead, Bill Clark is exposed, clearly, as a liar.

Police and police unions should embrace cameras.  For their own protection, if for no other reason.

Source: Newspaper Columnist Writes He Almost Got Shot On Traffic Stop, Then Sheriff Releases Video – Blue Lives Matter

Climate Alarmists, Debunked

Adjustments to Data Accounted For Nearly All “Warming” Over Decades

Remember “hide the decline?”  It’s actually worse than that.

A new study found adjustments made to global surface temperature readings by scientists in recent years “are totally inconsistent with published and credible U.S. and other temperature data.”“Thus, it is impossible to conclude from the three published GAST data sets that recent years have been the warmest ever – despite current claims of record setting warming,” according to a study published June 27 by two scientists and a veteran statistician.

The peer-reviewed study tried to validate current surface temperature datasets managed by NASA, NOAA and the UK’s Met Office, all of which make adjustments to raw thermometer readings. Skeptics of man-made global warming have criticized the adjustments.

Climate scientists often apply adjustments to surface temperature thermometers to account for “biases” in the data. The new study doesn’t question the adjustments themselves but notes nearly all of them increase the warming trend.

Basically, “cyclical pattern in the earlier reported data has very nearly been ‘adjusted’ out” of temperature readings taken from weather stations, buoys, ships and other sources.

In fact, almost all the surface temperature warming adjustments cool past temperatures and warm more current records, increasing the warming trend, according to the study’s authors.

Source: Study Finds Temperature Adjustments Account For ‘Nearly All Of The Warming’ In Climate Data

Big Government, Dumb Laws

South Dakota Legalizes License-Free Hair Braiding

Because without government, who would stop unscrupulous people from dangerously styling your hair?

Thanks to legislation signed today, South Dakotans no longer need the government’s permission to braid hair. Signed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard, the bill, HB 1048, exempts natural hair braiders from the state’s thicket of cosmetology regulations.

Previously, braiders faced the toughest law in the nation. Before anyone could work twisting or braiding hair, they first had to obtain a cosmetology license. That license requires at least 2,100 hours of training, which can cost nearly $15,000 in tuition. Meanwhile, braiding without a permission slip from the government could lead to fines and even jail time. Adding to the absurdity, many cosmetology schools don’t even teach African-style braiding techniques, and those that do dedicate almost no time to the subject.

Source: South Dakota Just Legalized Braiding Hair Without A License

Social Justice Snowflakes

Joy Reid: Victim

Joy Reid, MSNBC host and reliably aggrieved boob tweeted about Wikileaks and their reliability.  Unfortunately for Reid, the founder of Wikileaks is active on Twitter and corrected her attack on his organization’s credibility, so did she take the correction in stride and move on?  I just told you she works for MSNBC.  Why are you asking?

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Brilliant. He responds to her bullshit, she accuses him of stalking and harassment then calls him a coward. Butthurt much, Joy?