Saturday midday open thread: Retail transformation hurting women; Big Oil wants to become Big Wind

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What’s coming up on Sunday Kos …

  • Republicans’ lessons for Democrats: Next president must ‘look backwards’ at GOP crimes, by Jon Perr
  • Oprah, the Alabama Crimson Tide, and how to adjust to change, by David Akadjian
  • Let’s keep our eyes on the ball, Oprah is just another distraction, by Egberto Willies
  • DNC, RBC, take up 2020 presidential nomination rules: It must reject voter suppression by caucuses, by Armando
  • The most vulnerable House members of 2018, in two charts, by David Jarman
  • Water is life. Puerto Rico, potable water and El Yunque, by Denise Oliver Velez
  • Republicans are why we can’t have anything nice. Not even Oprah, by Susan Grigsby
  • Trump’s ‘fake news’ awards put him in dictator territory, by Sher Watts Spooner
  • No, Oprah should not run for president, by Mark E Andersen 
  • Putting it all on the line: Black women’s activism and the death of Erica Garner, by Kelly Macias
  • Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh make clear to Trump who’s the right-wing boss on immigration, by Ian Reifowitz

A Harvard study shows why Big Telecom fears community broadband: It’s simple really. Community-owned internet service providers are cheaper and better.

Big Oil is diversifying with investments in offshore wind:

Transporting an offshore wind array from the factory floor to the ocean floor is no easy feat. Giant, specialized marine vessels must carry the blades and turbines—which sit atop rigs hundreds of feet tall—out miles from shore. Steel or concrete foundations are built to hold them in place, and underwater cables are laid on the seabed to transfer the power to land.

One other industry has spent decades constructing and maintaining such massive energy infrastructure that can survive the storms of the open ocean: oil and gas. Now, with global demand for wind power growing, major oil and gas companies like Shell and Statoil are diversifying their portfolios by developing offshore wind, and the companies that provide services to offshore fossil fuel platforms are seeing a new market rising in their wake. […]

The U.S. market, however, has gotten off to a slow start

MIDDAY TWEET

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Too bad they don’t suggest their readers complain not just about the language but also about the shit attitudes and policies emanating from 1600 Pennsylvania.

Former Sen. John V. Tunney dead from prostate cancer at 83: Tunney’s successful campaign for a California seat in the U.S. Senate formed the basis for the 1972 Robert Redford film The Candidate. In 1970, Tunney beat the one-term 68-year-old Republican incumbent, George Murphy, literally a song-and-dance man, and the only U.S. senator to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Tunney, the son of heavyweight boxing champion Gene Tunney, only lasted one term. After defeating radical Tom Hayden in the 1976 Democratic primary, Tunney lost the general election to Republican S.I. Hayakawa. His brother, Jay, said that Tunney didn’t much like the atmosphere in Washington, D.C., and wasn’t all that disappointed by the loss. Hayakawa lasted just one term, losing the 1982 primary to Pete Wilson, who won the seat and served until 1990, when he won the governor’s race against Democrat Dianne Feinstein and appointed John Seymour to the Senate seat. Seymour lost in 1992 to Feinstein, who has just begun her 25th year in the Senate.

Mother Jones magazine is asking participants in last year’s Women’s March what they have been doing since then: Although it’s called the Women’s March, it was actually a boatload of them worldwide, more than 670 local marches in addition to the giant one in Washington, D.C. With this year’s big Women’s March in Las Vegas just a week away, the progressive magazine is asking last year’s marchers if they were galvanized by their participation and what they’ve been doing politically as a result.

Flu epidemic now coast to coast, according to the Centers for Disease Control:

The impact of the flu is far and wide, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency said there is still time for people to get the flu shot, because while the season appears to be peaking there could be 11-13 more weeks to go for this flu season.

“There are still more strains that could show up,” said Dr. Dan Jernigan, director of the Influenza Division with the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

Radical change in retail business is costing women their jobs, and worse is yet to come:

The retail sector has been the biggest loser of jobs for the last two years in a row in the US, as thousands of stores closed as shoppers moved online. It remains one of the US’s largest employers, providing 15.8m jobs, but the reordering of the retail landscape is having a profound impact on the nature of its workforce.

Between November 2016 and November 2017, the sector fired 129,000 women (the largest loss for any industrial sector for either sex) while men gained 109,000 positions, according to an analysis by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR). In the whole labour force women gained 985,000 jobs over the year, while men gained 1.08m jobs.

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