Friday, February 10, 2017

5 Things on a Friday: First Look at Iron Fist

Happy Friday, everyone!

1. What Steve Bannon Wants You to Read (Politico)
Bannon, described by one associate as “the most well-read person in Washington,” is known for recommending books to colleagues and friends, according to multiple people who have worked alongside him. He is a voracious reader who devours works of history and political theory “in like an hour,” said a former associate whom Bannon urged to read Sun Tsu’s The Art of War. “He’s like the ‘Rainman’ of nationalism…”
Bannon’s readings tend to have one thing in common: the view that technocrats have put Western civilization on a downward trajectory, and that only a shock to the system can reverse its decline. And they tend to have a dark, apocalyptic tone that at times echoes Bannon’s own public remarks over the years—a sense that humanity is at a hinge point in history.
Interesting article.  I’m no fan of Bannon, and I find it wholly unsurprising that he thinks the West is post-collapse.  Fair enough.  I just wish he wasn’t trying to take the rest of us down into his personal rabbit hole.
A group of Republican elder statesmen is calling for a tax on carbon emissions to fight climate change.
The group, led by former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, with former Secretary of State George P. Shultz and Henry M. Paulson Jr., a former secretary of the Treasury, says that taxing carbon pollution produced by burning fossil fuels is “a conservative climate solution” based on free-market principles…
In an interview, Mr. Baker said that the plan followed classic conservative principles of free-market solutions and small government. He suggested that even former President Ronald Reagan would have blessed the plan: “I’m not at all sure the Gipper wouldn’t have been very happy with this.” He said he had no idea how the proposal would be received by the current White House or Congress.
I’ll be curious to see what happens with this.  The President has called himself “an environmentalist,” but he’s also said that for every new regulation introduced as part of his regime, two existing regulations have to be eliminated.  
Speaking personally, I am much more concerned with other pollutants.  I mainly like these CO2 tax or cap-and-trade plans mainly because they force cheaper, dirtier fuels off the margin.  I also think it’s in everyone’s best interest to incentivize investment in renewable power long-term.  However, I doubt the efficacy of actually limiting CO2 without massive global investments in nuclear power.
Falcons defensive coordinator Richard Smith will not be back in his role with the team next season, Alex Marvez of Sporting News reported.
The report said Smith could end up taking another job on staff but won’t be back as coordinator after the Falcons’ Super Bowl meltdown. It also said Falcons defensive line coach Bryan Cox will be dismissed.
Seriously?  It’s the D-Coordinator's fault that the offense didn’t run the ball enough?  It’s the D-Coordinator’s fault that Matt Ryan took a 12-yard sack on a play when a simple kneel-down would’ve ensured a Super Bowl victory?
That shit is absurd.
4. Iron Fist

Army defensive coordinator Jay Bateman has been suspended two weeks and fined him $25,000 by West Point as a result of an academy investigation that revealed the three-year assistant was involved in mishandling information about the Wake Forest football program, the academy said in a news release Tuesday.
Army is the third team to be linked to have received some form of game-related information from Wake Forest announcer and former assistant Tommy Elrod. Louisville and Virginia Tech were other programs who admitted to involvement in the scandal.
Considering that most of the actual wrongdoing stems from the 2014 contest, which Wake won, this is an incredibly stiff penalty.

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