12 thoughts on “One-Liner Wednesday — The Law of Averages

  1. Marleen May 24, 2023 / 7:35 am

    Something I maybe needed to be informed about when I was very young. I’ve caught on while living life (whereas I was surrounded by sincere and learning people in all my schools). What’s even more frustrating is realizing most of the smart people are only smart in certain areas, and maybe even not in a way that benefits humanity in the picture or even their own families at times. Meanwhile, some people who don’t strike the public as brilliant because they aren’t even millionaires are quite insightful but ignored because money (and other forms of power) is what talks. Come to think of it, I was warned — that humanity is wicked. While I believed in “God” I didn’t quite internalize that humanity is evil. The thing is, it’s not that every individual is evil — although that messaging works for churches and can be something to consider — it’s that reaching high levels of power or position that influence large scale organization and behavior usually takes an amount of narcissism or psychopathy.

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    • Marleen May 25, 2023 / 4:51 pm

      “Everyone is Lawyering Up”: EPA Refuses to Answer
      whether or not Banned Detonation was Used …


    • Marleen May 25, 2023 / 5:06 pm



      “I am disappointed by today’s [unanimous] Supreme Court decision that erodes long-standing clean water protections,” EPA administrator Michael Regan said in a statement. “In 1972, an overwhelming bipartisan majority in Congress passed the Clean Water Act, giving EPA and Army Corp implementation responsibilities. In doing so, our leaders recognized that protecting our nation’s waters is vital to ensuring a thriving economy and agricultural sector, to sustaining diverse ecosystems, and to protecting the water our children drink.”

      Nick Torrey, a senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center, which filed a friend of the court on behalf of dozens of environmental groups, said, “Families and communities are now at greater risk from pollution and flooding because the Supreme Court abandoned long-standing clean water protections and decades of consistent bipartisan practice.”

      While the justices didn’t go as far as the Sacketts and the right-wing legal outfits representing them wanted—which was a wholesale demolition of the Clean Water Act’s powers—environmental legal experts cautioned that the majority’s decision is by no means a middle ground position.

      During a post-decision briefing, the SELC’s Torrey said the court’s decision “had put some tens of millions of acres of wetlands in jeopardy. Sam Shankar, at attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, said the court’s ruling was the “fruition” of a “decades-long push by … industries” to slash commonsense safeguards. “They have succeeded in building a judiciary that is willing to take this kind of action to rewrite the laws … when they can’t win the political fight.”

      On Thursday, environmental groups said they would urge Congress to update the Clean Water Act and to reassert what it said when the original law was passed 50 years ago—that wetlands and marshes are key to the integrity of all the waters of the United States. But environmental advocates acknowledged that was a long shot given the current political dynamics in Washington, so they will likely concentrate on state-level legislation and rule-making to protect water quality.

      In the meantime, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority will likely continue its rollbacks of environmental and public health and safety laws. As Justice Kagan noted, many of her conservative colleagues have “a reflexive response” to environmental regulation and apparently seek to limit “the anti-pollution actions Congress thought appropriate.” During its last term, the court restrained implementation of the Clean Air Act and made it more difficult to rein in carbon pollution from power plants. With this week’s decision, the court has restrained implementation of the Clean Water Act and made it easier to pollute or destroy wetlands.

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  2. Misky May 24, 2023 / 8:30 am

    Too bloody right, and I’ve encountered more than my fair share of them today.

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  3. Jo May 24, 2023 / 4:26 pm

    That explains a lot, doesn’t it? 😁

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