Category Archives: Around the World

“This decision was a long time in coming but it was more than worth the wait”

The New York Times: Sandy Hook Massacre: Remington and Other Gun Companies Lose Major Ruling Over Liability.

“The Connecticut Supreme Court dealt a major blow to the firearms industry on Thursday, clearing the way for a lawsuit against the companies that manufactured and sold the semiautomatic rifle used by the gunman in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The lawsuit mounted a direct challenge to the immunity that Congress granted to gun companies to shield them from litigation when their weapons are used in a crime. The ruling allows the case, brought by victims’ families, to maneuver around the federal shield, creating an opening for them to potentially bring their claims to trial and hold the companies, including Remington, the gun maker, liable for the attack.

The decision represents a significant development in the long-running battle between gun control advocates and the gun lobby. And it stands to have wider ramifications, experts said, by charting a possible legal road map for victims’ relatives and survivors from other mass shootings who want to sue gun companies.”

“I’m not for impeachment… because it divides the country. And he’s just not worth it.”

The Washington Post Magazine: Nancy Pelosi on Impeaching Trump: ‘He’s Just Not Worth It’. “In a wide-ranging interview, the country’s most powerful Democrat says Trump is unfit to be president — “ethically,” “intellectually” and “curiosity-wise” — but impeachment would be too divisive.”

There have been increasing calls, including from some of your members, for impeachment of the president.

I’m not for impeachment. This is news. I’m going to give you some news right now because I haven’t said this to any press person before. But since you asked, and I’ve been thinking about this: Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And he’s just not worth it.

A lot of Americans are really anxious about where the country is right now, and some of them feel the nation’s institutions are in a perilous state. Do you share that concern?

No. Here’s why I don’t: Our country is great. It’s a great country. Our founders gave us the strongest foundation. … All the challenges we have faced, we can withstand anything. But maybe not two [Trump] terms. So we have to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

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Amid climate change, FEMA and Government Aid Widen Wealth Inequality

NPR All things considered: How Federal Disaster Money Favors The Rich.

“isasters are becoming more common in America. In the early and mid-20th century, fewer than 20 percent of U.S. counties experienced a disaster each year. Today, it’s about 50 percent. According to the 2018 National Climate Assessment, climate change is already driving more severe droughts, floods and wildfires in the U.S. And those disasters are expensive. The federal government spends billions of dollars annually helping communities rebuild and prevent future damage. But an NPR investigation has found that across the country, white Americans and those with more wealth often receive more federal dollars after a disaster than do minorities and those with less wealth. Federal aid isn’t necessarily allocated to those who need it most; it’s allocated according to cost-benefit calculations meant to minimize taxpayer risk.

Put another way, after a disaster, rich people get richer and poor people get poorer. And federal disaster spending appears to exacerbate that wealth inequality.”

A380 am Fraport

Für diejenigen, denen die sechsteilige Serie über den Frankfurter Flughafen nicht genug war, gibt’s noch eine Dokumentation, allerdings schon aus dem Jahr 2017:

hr Fernsehen: Boxenstopp für eine A380 – Putzen, checken, tanken. (YouTube, 44min)

“1.400 Flugbewegungen am Tag – das heißt 700 Flugzeuge müssen nach dem Landen wieder startklar gemacht werden. Und das immer unter Zeitdruck. So ist z.B. eben eine Maschine aus Tokio gelandet, ein Airbus 380. Das größte Passagierflugzeug der Welt soll in nur 90 Minuten wieder abheben. Mehr als 50 Flughafen-Mitarbeiter sind jetzt nur für diesen einen A380 aus Tokio zuständig…”

Übrigens, wie häufig bei YouTube: Die Kommentare sollte man sich sparen zu lesen.

“Alles begann mit einem Witz”

Deutsche Welle: Wann wird die Zeitumstellung in der EU endlich abgeschafft? “Der EU-Verkehrsausschuss stimmt am Montag (04.03.) über ein mögliches Ende der Zeitumstellung ab, über die seit 200 Jahren gestritten wird. Benjamin Franklin hatte sie 1784 vorgeschlagen – allerdings nur zum Spaß!”

“Zwar stimmt der Verkehrsausschuss im Europaparlament am Montag, 4. März 2019, über ein mögliches Ende der Zeitumstellung ab, aber damit beginnt erst der langwierige Abstimmungsprozess in der EU.

Nach den Ausschüssen berät das Plenum, und nur wenn am Ende alle EU-Mitgliedsstaaten zustimmen, kann die Zeitumstellung in der EU abgeschafft werden. Aber das kann dauern. Als Datum für die letztmalige Zeitumstellung ist das Jahr 2021 im Gespräch. Ein großes Problem ist die bislang fehlende Abstimmung zwischen den Mitgliedstaaten. Gemäß dem Vorschlag der EU-Kommission würde jedes Land für sich entscheiden, in welcher Zeitzone es dauerhaft bleibt.”