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I still believe this, but not as much as I did a couple years ago. I'm seeing a lot of late teens & twenties doing stupid shit like rolling coal and driving around with their Trump flags flapping, and the low vaccination rates are also concerning. But overall, it would likely be a net gain of intelligent and progressive voters, so I'm all in.

Tarheel Founding Fathers: Samuel Johnston

Samuel Johnston was born in Scotland, but moved here with his Uncle (Royal Governor Gabriel Johnston) when he was just two years old. He attended Yale but did not graduate, instead returning home to study law under Thomas Barker. Johnston began his public service career at 22, and continued his government career non-stop for the following half-century. He was the defacto Governor of NC in 1775 when Josiah Martin slunk off, and was later elected Governor (3 times) and became the first elected (U.S.) Senator from NC. But it was his service in the Continental Congress during the war that give him TFF status:

Climate boondoggles: Carbon Capture doesn't stand up to the hype

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It doesn't even come close:

While many people think this is a new technology, it’s not. In fact, the US Department of Energy spent at least $6 billion over two decades on it. Not to mention the tax credits oil and gas companies have received for pilot projects.

Even the biggest projects stretch to absorb a few thousand tonnes of carbon dioxide. Meanwhile, we emit over 50 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases each year. That’s a million-fold gap. So, even if artificial carbon removal scaled 1,000x — which is still years and billions of dollars away at best — it would need to grow by another 1,000-fold even to be a small percentage of the solutions we need.

Understand, we could never even come close to the level of carbon capture that naturally exists on our planet. Trees and ocean life, such as seaweed and plankton, absorb a substantial amount of atmospheric carbon, while also producing oxygen. But this isn't just a boondoggle, it's actually a boon for fossil fuel companies:

The sheer embarrassment that is Madison Cawthorn, continued

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Apparently "focusing on comms" means just making shit up:

Speaking on the House floor on Thursday to criticize the Biden administration's handling of the economy, Cawthorn said, "It was Thomas Jefferson that said, 'Facts are stubborn things. And whatever may be our wishes, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.' "

This is a famous quote from John Adams, not Jefferson. (Cawthorn omitted two of Adams' words in the quote.) Adams uttered it in 1770 while serving as defense lawyer for British soldiers who had been charged with murder in the Boston Massacre.

Using my Jeff Foxworthy voice: "If you go to the trouble to memorize almost an entire quote, but you get the author of the quote wrong, you just might be an idiot." It's also noteworthy that Adams did not rely on facts in his defense of the British soldiers, he used racism and hyperbole to attack the character of the people who were shot by those soldiers. But back to Maddy and his tortured history:

Medical marijuana is a viable alternative to opioids

"Do no harm" is more than just a motto:

A bipartisan effort to legalize marijuana for medical use in North Carolina got a legislative committee hearing on Wednesday. But it's unclear whether enough legislators are ready now to alter their views on pot to make it law.

With nearly three-quarters of states already allowing medical marijuana, senators who unveiled their framework told colleagues the measure takes health and safety seriously while offering palliative care for those with painful or life-threatening illnesses such as cancer.

If you listen to NPR on a regular basis, you may have heard a segment recently about medical marijuana, where they talked about doctors not being exposed to education about the palliative properties of cannabis, even those physicians who were supportive of it. There is a misconception that research in this area is thin and/or not conclusive, but in fact the NIH has compiled the results from several studies:

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