More charging stations for electric vehicles in Pittsburgh?

Pittsburgh

Bill Peduto proposes to incorporate charging stations in any new or renovated city facilities but the public would be encouraged to use them.[10] That latter part is important; the number of charging stations out there increases somewhat if you count facilities that are reserved for employees, residents, or guests of various establishments and adding more stations like those would really not help. Peduto seems to be attempting to avoid that mistake.

I don’t expect it to increase the number of available stations very rapidly; I don’t see many city facilities under construction or renovation. But Pittsburgh presently is something of a charging station desert, with oases few and far between. Any new stations will be an improvement.

Julia Felton, “Peduto proposes incorporating electric car charging into city construction, renovation projects,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, November 15, 2021, https://triblive.com/local/peduto-proposes-incorporating-electric-car-charging-into-city-construction-renovation-projects/



University of Austin

I think Tina Nguyen[11] and I[12] are pretty close to being on the same page on the University of Austin. Like Theodore Schleifer,[13] she thinks the money behind this school will be sufficient to purchase accreditation,[14] which of course is not at all what accreditation is supposed to be about. Add this to the list of ills besetting modern academia.

Tina Nguyen, “Is Bari Weiss U. For Real?” Puck News, November 15, 2021, https://puck.news/is-bari-weiss-u-for-real/


Infrastructure

Andrew Restuccia and Eliza Collins, “Biden Signs $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill Into Law,” Wall Street Journal, November 15, 2021, https://www.wsj.com/articles/biden-infrastructure-bill-signing-11636997814


Pandemic

Pennsylvania region

The report was way, way, way late today. It’s supposed to come out at noon. It was after 4 pm when it hit my email. Originating from the Allegheny County Health Department, it says, “In the last 24 hours, 658 new cases were reported to the Health Department. Of these, 397 are confirmed cases and 261 are probable cases.”

That’s a lot of cases for twenty-four hours, even by recent standards. At one point we were down in the low double digits. As the Public Source report[15] indicates, the case counts really haven’t been dropping here.

Allegheny County averaged 350 to 400 new cases per day over the past two weeks and reported 600 new cases today alone.[16]

From the messages I’ve been getting, it has seemed higher.

Paula Reed Ward, “Pennsylvania court throws out state’s school mask mandate,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, November 10, 2021, https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pennsylvania-court-throws-out-governors-school-mask-mandate/

Amelia Winger, “Not done with the virus: Allegheny County reports rising cases despite decline last month,” Public Source, November 10, 2021, https://www.publicsource.org/important-info-on-coronavirus-preparation-in-allegheny-county/


Kamala Harris

Here’s Amber Phillips:

Let’s start today with a tweet. It’s the White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, writing on Sunday that Vice President Harris (@VP) is a valued partner to President Biden (@POTUS).


Why would she need to assert that? Because the political world is starting to question where Harris is.[17]

Phillips is being kind. Jen Psaki said what should not need to be said and therefore you may pretty safely assume that every word of it is somehow false.

Phillips explains that “[Kamala] Harris supporters are frustrated that [Joe] Biden has handed her some big, intractable problems, such as addressing the root causes of illegal immigration.” And I gotta tell you, I see their point. In addition to the migration issue, which makes a whole lot of people—not just Donald Trump supporters—see red, we’re talking about voting rights, abortion rights, oh, and ruffled French feathers over that submarine deal.[18]

You could look long, and you could look far, but you won’t find any sympathy from me for the French on that last one. This is a fucking arms deal we’re talking about. This is capitalism at its most heinous. And they expect “loyalty?” Really? I’d call them delusional but this makes Donald Trump seem absolutely sane and thoroughly connected to reality by comparison. This is so far past delusional I haven’t the first idea what even to call it.

And the rest of that list doesn’t look much easier. Whether you love, hate, or feel indifferent to Harris, Biden is sabotaging her.


  1. [10]Julia Felton, “Peduto proposes incorporating electric car charging into city construction, renovation projects,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, November 15, 2021, https://triblive.com/local/peduto-proposes-incorporating-electric-car-charging-into-city-construction-renovation-projects/
  2. [11]Tina Nguyen, “Is Bari Weiss U. For Real?” Puck News, November 15, 2021, https://puck.news/is-bari-weiss-u-for-real/
  3. [12]David Benfell, “The inexcusable, insufferable idiots coming to Austin,” Not Housebroken, November 13, 2021, https://disunitedstates.org/2021/11/09/the-inexcusable-insufferable-idiots-coming-to-austin/
  4. [13]Theodore Schleifer, “Who’s Funding Bari Weiss?” Puck News, November 12, 2021, https://puck.news/bari-weiss-tim-draper-vance-masters-thiel/
  5. [14]Tina Nguyen, “Is Bari Weiss U. For Real?” Puck News, November 15, 2021, https://puck.news/is-bari-weiss-u-for-real/
  6. [15]Amelia Winger, “Not done with the virus: Allegheny County reports rising cases despite decline last month,” Public Source, November 10, 2021, https://www.publicsource.org/important-info-on-coronavirus-preparation-in-allegheny-county/
  7. [16]Amelia Winger, “Not done with the virus: Allegheny County reports rising cases despite decline last month,” Public Source, November 10, 2021, https://www.publicsource.org/important-info-on-coronavirus-preparation-in-allegheny-county/
  8. [17]Amber Phillips to 5-Minute Fix list, “What’s Vice President Harris up to?” Washington Post, November 16, 2021, https://s2.washingtonpost.com/camp-rw/?trackId=5a39652eae7e8a58807f9446&s=619426399d2fdab56b8eae9b&linknum=5&linktot=51
  9. [18]Amber Phillips to 5-Minute Fix list, “What’s Vice President Harris up to?” Washington Post, November 16, 2021, https://s2.washingtonpost.com/camp-rw/?trackId=5a39652eae7e8a58807f9446&s=619426399d2fdab56b8eae9b&linknum=5&linktot=51

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