21.04.2018
Midday open thread: Millions of cable users switch to streaming; Saudis plan biggest solar project

Midday open thread: Millions of cable users switch to streaming; Saudis plan biggest solar project

1,026 days remain for Donald Trump in the White House if he finishes his term.

Today’s comic by Mark Fiore is 5 Steps to Environmental Apocalypse:

• What’s coming up on Sunday Kos …

  • Unhinged: Personal attacks on Parkland teens show right-wing fear it will lose on the issues, by Ian Reifowitz
  • Trump's increasing poll numbers tell an important story. Democrats, are you listening? by Egberto Willies
  • Voices of black and brown youth: 'We march for our lives every day,' by Sher Watts Spooner
  • 'Periods of antiabortion activity mark moments of hostility to female independence,' by Susan Grigsby
  • In regards to Puerto Rico—the 'F' in FEMA stands for 'f**ked-up,' by Denise Oliver Velez
  • Twelve elitist facts about Tucker Carlson, Fox's 'sworn enemy of lying, pomposity, and smugness,' by David Akadjian
  • Hillary Clinton is not going to be president, but this country needs her leadership more than ever, by Laurence Lewis
  • 187,000 children have lived through a school shooting—but a generation has grown up under the threat, by Hunter

• Americans deciding to cut off their cable providers tripled 2013-2017:

The number of Americans choosing to ditch cable in favor of streaming has nearly tripled in the last five years according to a new report from the Video Advertising Bureau, an advocacy group that counts major cable networks among its membership.

Though cord cutters still only make up 11 percent of US households, the number of steaming-only households increased from just over 5 million in 2013 to 14.1 million in 2017 according to the report. Of these households, the majority have at least two different streaming services, with 32 percent having three or more services.

• The liberal face of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Stephen Reinhardt dead at 87: Reinhardt was appointed to the federal bench by President Jimmy Carter in 1980. Opinions he wrote for the appeals court were more likely than those of other judges to be reversed by the Supreme Court, But that, he said, didn’t mean his opinions were wrong: He said 15 years ago: "The fact that a court is reversed doesn't mean that it's wrong or that it didn't follow the law. The Supreme Court changes the law regularly. And this Supreme Court-which is the most activist Court there has ever been-is constantly changing the law. So if you really are faithful to the law, you're likely to get reversed because it [the Court] has cut back on rights."

• Tesla’s move to prove the critics wrong only proves them right.

191 days since Puerto Rico had full power

• Saudis to build the largest solar project in the world:

Saudi Arabia and SoftBank Group Corp. signed a memorandum of understanding to build a $200 billion solar power development that’s exponentially larger than any other project.

SoftBank founder Masayoshi Son, known for backing ambitious endeavors with flair, unveiled the project Tuesday in New York at a ceremony with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. The powerful heir to the throne of the world’s largest crude exporter is seeking to diversify the economy and wean off a dependence on oil.

• Briton has contracted the first case of untreatable ‘super gonorrhea:

It's not a great feeling to know that you scared your doctors. Unfortunately for a man in the UK, he recently did so: he displayed a case of gonorrhea that so dramatically resisted treatment that it chilled his physicians.

That's partially because gonorrhea isn't the best thing to leave untreated. But another reason: this case is a harbinger of a looming crisis. [...]

What makes this gonorrhea case notable? So far it has resisted treatments previously considered very effective. Doctors are treating the patient with more powerful antibiotics in the hope they might finally work.

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