Happy first day of school, kids! Hopefully Sound Transit didn't give you a ticket for forgetting to grab your free ORCA card.
On the #FirstDayOfSchool, the light rail fare enforcement is out in force busting high school students—before they get to school & get their ORCA cards that will allow them to travel to school for free.
Stop making barriers to our youth’s education! pic.twitter.com/VygXW2MrXj
— Jesse Hagopian (@JessedHagopian) September 4, 2019
Seems like a warning should've been given: Buuuuuut—Oop! Here's the Sound Transit Twitter response. This just get worse:
Your absolutely right. This is a good reminder of how the system works: if you’re young, Black or Brown, or don’t have a lot of money, then you will be harassed & intimidated by the system.
There are 150 homeless kids at my school who might not have gotten that pass in the mail.
— Jesse Hagopian (@JessedHagopian) September 4, 2019
Maybe don't start with "If they're like my kids"? For many reasons, also because I didn't know a train or bus can have kids. But also... it kept going? Patch has the story here.
Yes, that's what I've overheard on my ride in this a.m.
— Sound Transit - 🚆 🚈 🚍 (@SoundTransit) September 4, 2019
This morning's @soundtransit fare enforcement on first day of school (no fines, but ID photographed for enforcement database) goes viral. By law all Seattle public high-school students may obtain ORCA farecards for free travel. Many haven't obtained theirs yet. https://t.co/RCFWQG0RjL
— Mike Lindblom (@MikeLindblom) September 4, 2019
The Hurricane Dorian death toll rises in the Bahamas: It's now at 20 and is expected to rise. Dorian is the strongest hurricane to ever hit the Bahamas. Winds reached up to 185 mph.
The 7-hour Democratic town hall on climate change is upon us: And it's going to last all night, folks. It's overwrought and chaotic, just like our climate! Here's the full schedule. I've crossed out who has already town halled:
Julián Castro – 5pm, interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer
Andrew Yang – 5:40pm, interview with Blitzer
Kamala Harris – 6:20pm, interview with CNN’s Erin Burnett
Amy Klobuchar – 7pm, interview with Burnett
Joe Biden – 8pm, interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper
Bernie Sanders – 8:40pm, interview with Cooper
Elizabeth Warren – 9:20pm, interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo
Pete Buttigieg – 10pm, interview with Cuomo
Beto O’Rourke – 10:40pm, interview with CNN’s Don Lemon
Cory Booker – 11:20pm, interview with Lemon.
First up, Castro and Yang: Yang has included the idea of "managed retreat," which would move Americans living in low lying areas to higher ground, as part of his official policy. (From his policy: "Move our people to higher ground. Natural disasters and other effects of climate change are already causing damage and death. We need to adapt our country to this new reality.") The idea has faced criticism.
Julián Castro says his plan calls for new civil rights legislation to address environmental racism. “I know that too often times it’s people who are poor, communities of color, who take the brunt of storms that are getting more frequent and more powerful.” #ClimateTownHall pic.twitter.com/0kK3mrBGqg
— CNN (@CNN) September 4, 2019
Next up, Klobuchar and Harris: Harris says the US can fight climate change without making Americans make big sacrifices. This comment is being jumped on, as she said earlier that we need to ban plastic straws. Conservatives, apparently, think banning straws is a big sacrifice.
While everybody is distracted by Trump’s crazy tweets, he’s quietly undoing environmental regulations that were built over years to protect our environment. #ClimateTownHall pic.twitter.com/9fUJt0jy8L
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) September 4, 2019
And now, this: Trump straws! Kill me!
We'll have more coverage in the morning, once this thing wraps up: Sorry, Katie.
I've never been a big believer in Hell but then I quit smoking weed the same week I was assigned to cover a seven-hour climate change debate.
— Katie Herzog (@kittypurrzog) September 4, 2019
Now we should hold a town hall on climate change with the White House: Trump's administration announced today that they are planning to drastically weaken federal rules that would have required Americans to use energy-efficient light bulbs. This move matches a larger pattern of scaling back rules to fight climate change. From the New York Times:
The actions are the latest by the Trump administration to weaken a broad array of rules designed to fight climate change. Last week it announced a far-reaching plan to cut back on the regulation of emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. Earlier this year it proposed freezing antipollution and fuel-efficiency standards for cars, and tried to replace the Clean Power Plan, a signature emissions-reduction measure of the Obama administration.
Pivoting from one disaster to another: Scarlett Johansson. She's decided to publicly weigh in on another garbage fire: "I love Woody and I believe him."
Many politicians have talked about bringing "stakeholders" to "the table" to talk about solving homelessness: Well, it's time for a new table, people! Rich Smith has the details on the new King County Regional Homelessness Authority.
Kevin Hart, of all people, doesn't understand why someone would be afraid to come out as gay. This headline is a good summary of the exchange: "Lil Nas X tried to explain why he came out as gay. Then Kevin Hart interrupted him."
Kevin Hart acting like he doesn’t know why Lil Nas X would be scared to come out is like someone who stole the thing you lost helping you look for it. https://t.co/ZmfRNMktel
— Phillip Henry (@MajorPhilebrity) September 4, 2019
Let's end the night with some harsh words from Nancy Pelosi: She released a statement saying Trump is violating the constitution by using his presidency to promote his personal properties. The quote is: "Trump properties are a cesspool of corruption." Strong words! Maybe... ITMFA? More from the statement:
President Trump is violating the Constitution by making money off of his lavish, ritzy resort properties, ultimately prioritizing his profits over the interests of the American people.
First, Trump suggested holding the G7 Summit at his Doral golf resort in Florida.
Now, the White House is walking back their previous statements that Trump personally suggested Pence stay at his Doonbeg hotel in Ireland, which would be yet another example of the President’s self-dealing.
Vice President Pence promised that their Administration would defend the Constitution and stand by a “strict constructionist” interpretation of the Constitution. Instead the Trump-Pence Administration is ignoring the text itself and selling out the Constitution to line Trump’s pockets.
Trump properties are a cesspool of corruption, a black hole for taxpayers’ money, an exploiter of immigrant labor and a national security threat with a suspected foreign spy walking the halls.
That sounds bad: Here's the Pence "Doonbeg boondoggle" she's talking about.