President Trump has announced that he will nominate Deputy Secretary Dan Brouillette to replace Rick Perry as Energy Secretary. Former NBA star Dennis Rodman has been charged with misdemeanor battery for allegedly slapping a man in Florida. https://www.nbcnews.com/now...-battery-71622725697
What a difference a comma makes. I was really intrigued when I thought that I had read
Rick Perry’s replacement, Dennis Rodman, charged with battery.
Rick Perry’s replacement Dennis Rodman charged with battery.
I have to assume (like myself) you have absolutely nothing else to do and posted that out of pure boredom...… The wife gave me a haircut today, I'll recover in a couple of weeks. That news is just as important and of greater significance. Obviously, I'm past caring what my head looks like.
Edited: Actually, I have a whole laundry list of things on my "Honey Do" list, I just don't want to work on that right now.
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As far as a "time waster", that one--if I decide to go with it--will make this one look like a... I dunno... maybe like a "snowstorm" inside one of those glass or plastic city-inside-a bubble novelty thingies.
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Well, I didn't do that (previous message.) But here's another "mini-sized" finding worthy of mention.
Safiya Khalid just made history as the first Somali woman elected to a position on the city council in Lewiston, Maine.
What? There is a city of small to middling size somewhere in this nation of 50 United States with a city council that (historically) has not ever had at least one Somali woman onboard as one of the city councilors? Until now? Really?
As the topics are unrelated, the proper punctuation would be a semicolon. ( ; )
Any journalist should know that.
A fair point, but...
I don't have a reference for this, but based on my years of reading (yes, it's been more than just a year since I learned to read), I have a different idea.
That would generally be correct. A semicolon (;) to separate topics in a series or list that are disparate, or not closely related. That would be a traditional or formal way of going about it. To prefer a Semicolon over a Comma... the "old school" way of doing it.
But what if there is a purpose of connoting "archness" or "insouciance" about the topics of the current day? I don't know that there is anything particularly odd or unexpected about "Rick Perry's replacement", but what if--a Hypothetical--a writer thought that there was? That would bring the two topics closer together, putting them on the same plane, so to speak; i.e., a geometrical "plane" (but not hardly or in any particular way, an airplane.) That would establish a more proximate or closer relationship between "Rick Perry's replacement" and "Dennis Rodman...", considering that the mere mention of "Dennis Rodman", even without any further elaboration, is instantly perceived by any literate reader as an unambiguous indication of "archness" or "insouciance."
I maintain, in this hypothetical but very plausible scenario, that a Comma would serve the writer's purpose better than a Semicolon. And I am going to double down on that assertion, by invoking the traditional informality that is commonly seen in Headlines or News Banners, which are (likely) intended to catch the reader's eye and garner the reader's closer attention, not unlike the wriggling of live bait on a fisherman's (or fisherperson's) line.
So I am actually very comfortable with the deployment of a Comma in such an instance; if not in the actual example, then a extensio, or in genere.
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Surprised this effort wasn't directed at NASA's report showing that the preponderance of Calif's methane emissions aren't from livestock pens, dairies, beef cattle feedlots or even from everyday cows on pastures...and not from industry or petrochemical pipelines.....surprise surprise surprise..it's from a handful of city folk's landfills..known as 'supper emitters'.
NASA scientists are helping California create a detailed, statewide inventory of methane point sources—highly concentrated methane releases from single sources—using a specialized airborne sensor. The new data, published this week in the journal Nature, can be used to target actions to reduce emissions of this potent greenhouse gas.
Like carbon dioxide, methane traps heat in the atmosphere, but it does so more efficiently and for a shorter period of time. Scientists estimate that most methane emissions in California are driven by industrial facilities, such as oil and gas fields, large dairies and landfills. To help reduce methane's impact on climate, the state has made cutting human-caused emissions a priority. But in order to cut these hard-to-detect emissions, they have to be measured and the sources identified.
Over a two-year period, a research team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, flew a plane equipped with the Airborne Visible InfraRed Imaging Spectrometer—Next Generation (AVIRIS-NG) instrument over nearly 300,000 facilities and infrastructure components in those sectors. The instrument can detect plumes of methane in great detail. Each pixel covers an area of about 10 feet (3 meters) across, which allows scientists to see even small plumes that often go undetected.
The team identified more than 550 individual point sources emitting plumes of highly concentrated methane. Ten percent of these sources, considered super-emitters, contributed the majority of the emissions detected. The team estimates that statewide, super-emitters are responsible for about a third of California's total methane budget.
Emissions data like this can help facility operators identify and correct problems—and in turn, bring California closer to its emissions goals. For example, of the 270 surveyed landfills, only 30 were observed to emit large plumes of methane. However, those 30 were responsible for 40% of the total point-source emissions detected during the survey. This type of data could help these facilities to identify possible leaks or malfunctions in their gas-capture systems.
AOC is NOT going to like this...I suspect the same is also true around every large population center including her own district.
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