Who Won The Week — 09/18/22

The idea behind Who Won the Week is to give you the opportunity to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

This week’s recipient of Who Won the Week recipient is not a who, but a what. It’s rain.

For the first time in more than six months we got some measurable rain this morning. It wasn’t much — less than a quarter of an inch — but given the severe drought we are experiencing, every little bit helps. And we’re supposed to get an additional quarter inch of rain within the next 24 hours.

So what’s the big deal? Well, as mentioned, we in Northern California are in a severe drought. We essentially have two seasons here: the rainy reason from November through March and the dry season from April through October. Getting any rain in September is highly unusual.

December, January and February are typically the wettest months, with 75 percent of the state’s annual precipitation within those months. Unfortunately, for the last few years, the typical amount of rain we have gotten during the “rainy season” has fallen way below average, which is why we’re in the shape we’re in.

So yeah, even getting just a half inch of rain in September is something to celebrate.

So who (or what) do you think won the week?

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Who Won The Week — 09/11/22

The idea behind Who Won the Week is to give you the opportunity to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

This week’s recipient of Who Won the Week is Prince Charles, now known as King Charles III.

First, let me say that I am neither fan nor foe of the British monarchy. And let me also offer my condolences to the family and fans on the death of Queen Elizabeth. But now it’s Charles’ turn.

Charles is taking the British throne at a difficult time for the monarchy and he’s got big shoes to fill, metaphorically speaking, of course. I don’t know what size shoes his mother wore.

But I digress. I wish him luck in his role as King. It will be interesting to see if he’ll be able to hold the monarchy together.

So who (or what) do you think won the week?

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Who Won The Week — 08/28/22

The idea behind Who Won the Week is to give you the opportunity to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

This week’s recipient of Who Won the Week is the state of California. Why am I giving my home state this honor? Well, it’s because California is taking definitive action to do something about climate change.

Under a policy approved Thursday by regulators, the state seeks a dramatic cut in carbon emissions and an eventual end to gasoline-powered vehicles. California will require that all new cars, trucks and SUVs run on electricity or hydrogen by 2035. If the goal is reached, California would cut emissions from cars in half by 2040.

The rules mandate that 35% of the new cars sold be plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV), EVs, or hydrogen fuel cell by 2026. That proportion will rise to 68% by 2030 and 100% by 2035. Californians will be able to keep driving gas-powered vehicles and buying used ones after 2035, but no new models would be sold in the state by that year.

This move gives the most populous U.S. state the world’s most stringent regulations for transitioning to electric vehicles. It is expected to prompt other states to follow California’s lead and to accelerate the production of zero-emission vehicles by automakers.

The policy still needs federal approval, but that’s considered very likely under Democratic President Joe Biden’s administration.

Reaching the 100% goal by 2035 will mean overcoming some very practical hurdles, most notably enough reliable power and charging stations. The state now has about 80,000 stations in public places, far short of the 250,000 it wants by 2025. The Alliance for Automotive Innovation, which represents many major car makers, warned about the lack of infrastructure, access to materials needed to make batteries, and supply chain issues as being among the challenges to meeting the state’s timeline.

You may recall that in 1961, President John F. Kennedy said, “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth.” That goal was achieved in 1969.

Surely, if we could put a man on the moon in less than nine years, we can address the concerns of the auto industry and get enough public charging stations on the road to meet the needs of an all-electric vehicle state in twelve years.

What do you think of California’s move to electric vehicles by 2035? Too ambitious? Not ambitious enough? Not practical? Reasonable?

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Who Won The Week — 08/14/22

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This week’s Who Won the Week winner is Thomas Kennedy. After an FBI raid of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home near Palm Beach, a large group of supporters of the former president rallied outside to protest the FBI search of the home.

Floridian Kennedy, along with a handful of friends, paid $1,800 to commission a plane to pull a sky banner with the message “Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha.” They directed the pilot to fly back and forth over Trump’s home for four hours.

“We thought it would be funny,” Kennedy, a self-professed Trump critic and Democratic activist, said. “From our perspective, Trump is a bully, and we wanted to give him a taste of his own medicine.”

I thought what you guys did was hilarious. And with the way things are in the world today, we need all the ha, ha, ha’s we can get.

So congratulations Thomas Kennedy and your friends for flying your banner over Trump’s Florida estate and winning Fandango’s coveted Who Won the Week designation.

So, my friends, who (or what) do you think won the week?

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Who Won The Week — 08/07/22

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This week’s Who Won the Week winners are four American women, Brooke Downes, Sophia Denison-Johnston, Adrienne Smith, and Libby Costello.

These four women set a new Pacific record after rowing from San Francisco to Hawaii in 34 days, 14 hours and 11 minutes. The California-based group of friends managed, through storms, sickness, and exhaustion, to arrive in Honolulu, breaking a new world record for the fastest women’s crossing of the 2,400-nautical-mile stretch from California to Hawaii.

Rowing an average of 70 miles per day, the group was motivated by daily messages from fans, and during one stretch, an escort from a whale. But the final 3 miles were the most emotional, said team member Libby Costello: “We recognized it was the last time that we were going to have just the four of us, maybe ever.”

The four rowers were unsupported, carrying all their own food and making water with a desalinator. They rowed in non-stop shifts – two hours on, two hours off, so that a pair were always rowing while the other two slept.

After a month of nothing but ocean, seeing the green land of Oahu for the first time as they neared Hawaii was “insane.” They crossed the finish line and took in the “special moment” before they rowed the final few strokes to the pontoon to be met by friends and family.

“It was still only us on the boat,” Brooke Downes said. “We realised it could be the last time that we were alone together. We played our favorite songs while we saw so many people that were there to watch us finish.”

Congratulations Brooke, Sophia, Adrienne, and Libby on your feat of speed and endurance and for being holders of a new world record.

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