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Ken Starr calls out House Democrats for exercising ‘raw power’ against Trump: ‘Every American should be concerned’

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The secrecy exercised by House Democrats and their display of “raw power” in their impeachment push goes against everything the U.S. government stands for and should concern all Americans, said former special prosecutor Ken Starr on “America’s Newsroom” Monday.

“The answer is yes [Democrats can keep their impeachment effort behind closed doors] as a matter of raw power,” he said. “That’s what’s being exercised. Raw power, inconsistent with the traditions of the House of Representatives and the very spirit of the House of Representatives.”

Starr called the process “profoundly wrong” and said the American public should be disturbed by the lack of protocol and due process.

KEN STARR ON DEMOCRATS’ IMPEACHMENT PUSH: ‘TERRIBLE MISTAKE FOR OUR COUNTRY’

“Let the public assess [the evidence],” he said. “The House is given the sole power to impeach. Not a committee and not the speaker. I think this is something that every American should be concerned about — that the speaker is not calling for a vote… It tells me that this is a very unorthodox, untraditional procedure and they should stop it.”

Starr claimed American society has always been supportive of public trials in the interest of total transparency and called for an open process to help maintain the credibility of the government.

“Secrecy is bad unless there’s a compelling need for secrecy,” he said. “We believe fervently in public trials. Now, why is that? Because we want to be able to see. The juries need to be able to see and hear the witnesses.

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“We need, as the American people… to be able not just to hear [or] read a transcript eventually. We need to hear and see because it has to do with credibility,” Starr continued.

Starr also said congressional Democrats are terrified of total transparency and have defied the Constitution in the interest of politics.

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“There’s fear of transparency. I’m not going to get into motivations,” he said. “I know they have the raw power to do exactly what they’re doing, but they don’t have the moral right to do what they’re doing.

“What they’re doing is constitutionally wrong,” Starr added. “It is a raw power play that appears to be unprecedented in American history.”

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Roy, Oh Roy: That ‘Succession’ Finale Was A Trip

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Jeremy Strong as Kendall Roy and Brian Cox as Logan Roy in the season finale of HBO’s Succession.

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It is hopefully clear that a review and discussion of the Succession season two finale is not suitable for people who do not want to be spoiled regarding the Succession season two finale. If it is not clear: You will know what happened on this episode by the time you’re finished reading this piece. Choose wisely.

We began this season of Succession with Kendall Roy half-submerged in what was supposed to be a relaxing spa soak but was more like a very wet metaphor. And he didn’t get his head above water until the last 30 seconds of the second-season finale.

There were times when this season looked like it might be about Kendall’s sister, Shiv (Sarah Snook) — her father, Logan (Brian Cox), dangled the “top job” at the company, as he calls it, in front of her face, then refused to give it to her. Shiv’s restlessness seemed like perhaps it was the biggest threat to Logan.

There were times when it seemed like it might be about Kendall smoothly transitioning into being his father’s traumatized but functional right hand. After ending last season in the weakest possible position, needing to be rescued from the father he had been trying to overthrow, Kendall became unfailingly loyal. When he put on a good performance at the congressional hearings, it suggested we could be headed for a conclusion where Kendall finally became his father’s favorite — something he wants so desperately that it drips from Jeremy Strong’s performance almost as much as sweat so often seems to.

But no. No, Logan decided it was time for a “blood sacrifice,” as he put it — someone who could be thrown to the wolves and blamed for the devastating revelations about Waystar Royco’s cruise division. Someone who would satisfy the shareholders that the problem was being taken seriously; someone who would give those shareholders, as one told Logan on the phone, “cover.” So Logan gathered the family and the top lieutenants — Kendall, Shiv and Tom, Roman (Kieran Culkin), even Greg — on the Roy yacht and watched each one try to respectfully, gently argue that the person sacrificed should emphatically not be them, no offense to whomever they suggested it should be.

The obvious answer was Tom (Matthew Macfadyen), Shiv’s husband. He had been in charge of cruises; he had a logical connection to the crimes committed, even if they predated his leadership. After all, one of the things someone needed to take responsibility for was the cover-up, and Tom carried out key elements of the cover-up. He wouldn’t even have been just a figurehead. Tom had the advantage of being both largely expendable to the family and actually guilty, not that they would care. Particularly if they threw in poor dopey cousin Greg, Tom’s assistant, they thought maybe that would be enough.

Sarah Snook brought out Shiv’s shocking shrug-it-off energy in the scene — let’s just call it the Roy Family Murder Breakfast — in which she seemed to agree with the group that the blood sacrifice should be Tom. Her husband! Her own husband! Sure, why not? Tom was kinda like family, she explained, without actually being family. Which you can translate as “he’s close enough for the shareholders to think it really means something for us to hand him over to be sacrificed, when in fact, eh.”

But it was not to be Tom, because once he and Shiv were in private and he made clear how devastated he was by her betrayal — and once that opened other wounds in their marriage to the point where he questioned its status as a going concern — Shiv shifted gears. She went to her father and said it could not be Tom. By then, it appeared that it was likely to be either Tom or Kendall who would suffer, and Shiv took the coward’s way out: She chose while refusing to choose, saying she couldn’t make the decision … but it couldn’t be Tom. (The degree to which Shiv truly loves Tom has always been an intriguing element of their marriage. Her saving him is a data point, but so was her initially being prepared not to.)

And so Logan chose Kendall to be sacrificed, breaking the news gently — or what passes for gently in a man whose idea of bedside manner would be leaving you one-third of your ice chips while you’re in the hospital and he’s at your bedside feeling thirsty. Kendall would have to make a statement that he had known about the misconduct in the cruise division, he had engineered the cover-up, he had done it all, and in Logan’s words, it had gone “no higher.” Kendall would sacrifice himself to save his father, and ultimately to save the company.

So when did Kendall decide … not to? When did Kendall decide that instead of falling on his sword, he would stroll into that press conference, whip out a set of note cards and call his father “a malignant presence, a bully and a liar”? When did he decide that even knowing his father could ruin him with the story of the waiter who died after Kendall drove off a bridge, it was over? When did he decide that instead of reciting “I saw their plan; my dad’s plan was better” over and over as he did in the first episode of this season, and instead of saying “my dad told me to” the way he did when he destroyed Vaulter, he would not only sacrifice his father as the mover behind the cruises debacle but reveal his father’s deceitful, vicious personality?

My money is on the moment in which, referring to the death of the waiter, Logan repeated an abbreviation that came out of the cruise division, used when a migrant worker or a sex worker died on a ship: NRPI. No Real Person Involved. It is shorthand, really, for the idea that only some people matter.

Logan believes in NRPI. Roman believes in it. Shiv just NRPI’d her own husband until he specifically asked her not to. But Kendall is, perhaps ironically given the protection he accepted from his father, not an NRPI kind of person. He agonized over that accident. He hated himself for shutting down Vaulter — an act he proved he could carry out in an NRPI-style manner, provided he didn’t pay too much attention to feeling his skin go gray and clammy.

Kendall had already been reminded during the trip that his father doesn’t care about his feelings: Logan had forced Kendall to send his girlfriend away in the middle of the trip, a fresh humiliation that increased Kendall’s isolation. Things built up. Logan’s callous conducting of the Family Murder Breakfast and his announcement that he needed a “skull to wave” showed Kendall how ready his father was to throw away his kids, not to mention faithful lieutenants like Gerri (J. Smith-Cameron), Karl (David Rasche) and Frank (Peter Friedman).

When Logan told Kendall that his was the skull that would be waved, a resigned Kendall asked him a question. Had Logan ever believed that Kendall could do the top job? After the profound cruelty of acting like he’d never really thought about it, Logan came around to an answer: “You’re not a killer,” he said. “You have to be a killer.” Jeremy Strong’s performance in this critical scene with Cox looks very different on second viewing. What originally played as agonized resignation to his situation and an understanding that he’d have to be the skull, as it were, looks now like agonized resignation to the fact that he will never have his father’s love and approval this way. He’ll never get there by trying to be good and loyal and perfect; that’s what he was doing all season, and he’s still the skull. This family only respects killers. Not the kind who accidentally cause the deaths of waiters, either. Only the kind who kill with ice-cold calculation.

So that’s what Kendall did.

Because Kendall, after learning the bad news, wound up on a plane back home with Greg (Nicholas Braun). This was extraordinarily bad luck for Logan, who had no way of knowing Greg had first saved some of the troublesome records Tom told him to get rid of. He had no way of knowing that when Tom found out and insisted on burning what was left, Greg once again reserved a few in case he ever needed them. Greg spent this entire season being Chekhov’s knucklehead, and ultimately, like all the things metaphorically rendered unto Chekhov, he mattered a great deal.

In order to preserve the suspense of the ending, in order to create the gasp when Kendall goes to the press conference and says “BUT” between what sounds like it will be an admission of guilt and what becomes a blast of accusations against his father, we didn’t see what happened on the plane home. We saw Greg gently tell Kendall he felt bad that Kendall had to be the blood sacrifice. And we’ve seen a friendship growing between Greg and Kendall, the only family member who’s ever shown the kid any kindness.

Presumably, at some point during that flight, they talked. Greg revealed that he was holding on to the evidence Kendall needed to make accusations against Logan stick. Or Kendall opened up about being unable to get his father’s love. Or both. The key to Kendall’s ability to finally carry out the fully public attack on his father that’s been brewing since season one episode one, the key to Kendall’s escape from his father’s “protection” that’s been brewing since season two episode one? It turned out to be Greg. Greg, who saved his secret papers in a folder labeled “SECRET.”

This was a season that was enjoyable to watch as it proceeded but that looks far more impressive in light of the finale. It looked at times like they had flattened Kendall’s affect too much; perhaps he was too much changed by the accident after Shiv’s wedding, too devastated and defanged to maintain the powerful dynamic between himself and his father that drove the first season. The character of Rhea Jarrell never entirely jelled, despite the reliable presence of Holly Hunter. The strange sexual connection between Roman and Gerri was picked up and put down a little abruptly, although the notion that they share some sort of bond flared during the Family Murder Breakfast when Roman rose to her defense. Shiv’s waffling about whether she was really prepared to do battle with her father — spoiler alert: She was not — makes more sense as a prelude to her weakness in the finale. It is Shiv, perhaps, who is not a killer.

And now, Kendall’s dead eyes all season make narrative sense. The story was going here, to this place where the torment and the misery accumulated, to where Kendall was willing to blow up his family because it was better than all the other choices. Even the embarrassing tribute rap at Logan’s party is now, in context, just one of the last gasps of his desperate attempt to earn his father’s approval. Now, that rap is just more evidence that Kendall may have looked cold in the old peepers, but in fact he was doing everything he could think of. He played a relatively non-flashy role in the now-infamous “Boar on the Floor” sequence in the episode “Hunting,” precisely because he was keeping out of as much of the drama as he could. In fact, his role in “Hunting” and at several other points during the season was to do his father’s dirty work without complaint — to inform, to obey, to expose. He was the good son.

The last bit of business to deal with is Logan’s tiny hint of a smile as he watches his son accuse him of being a monster. Is he a little impressed that Kendall is more of a killer than he thought? Does he enjoy a fight? Did he somehow intend for this to happen, so that he himself would wind up being the skull and the company would live on? (That last theory was raised with me by a reader on Twitter, and I must say: I hadn’t thought of it, but I don’t think Logan would gamble that hard with his company.)

My vote is for some combination of all of it. Logan doesn’t mind a fight, and he hates weakness even more than aggressive attack. Some part of him only respects people who come for him. That’s not to say he won’t attempt to crush them like bugs as I can only assume he will do with Kendall.

There are so many lessons to take away from this episode: It is futile to seek an immoral person’s approval if you’re not prepared to be immoral yourself. Even if your husband is a goober, you’re going to feel bad if you offer to let your father destroy him. When you burn a clutch of secret papers, make sure you see them all go. Don’t alienate the tall oddball; you never know what secrets he may be hiding.

And finally: If someone writes you a rap, at least try to look grateful.

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After U.S. Withdrawal, Kurds Turn To Syrian Regime For Help

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Syrian troops deployed in northern Syria, where they are now aligned with Kurdish forces that are concerned about a Turkish offensive.

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Kurds in northern Syria have announced an abrupt change in alliances in the wake of President Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. forces from the area.

American soldiers had been supporting Kurdish fighters, as part of the U.S. military’s operations against Islamic extremists in the region. But, with the U.S. withdrawing, neighboring Turkey has launched an operation against Kurds in Syria, who they argue are terrorists.

Kurdish leaders responded by asking the Syrian regime for help, effectively pivoting away from an alliance with the U.S. and toward forces that are allied with Russia and Iran.

“It’s a major, major development,” reports NPR’s Daniel Estrin from northern Syria. “The Kurds found themselves in a tough situation. The Turks were coming in on them, and they realized they needed to make a deal with the Syrian regime to protect themselves.”

On Monday, Syrian government forces were moving into northern towns that previously had been defended by U.S.-backed militants, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

“It changes the terms of any fight that might be developing,” reports NPR’s Peter Kenyon from Turkey. “Russia and Iran are already Syria’s most important allies. If it comes to clashes between Turkish and Syrian forces, will Russia come to Syria’s defense?”

Such clashes could strain the already-complex relationship between Russia and Turkey.

The conflict along the border between Turkey and Syria has already begun to displace residents. “People are asking, ‘Should I stay, or should I go?’ ” says Estrin.

As Syrian troops moved into the area, some Kurdish prison guards reportedly left their posts, leading to the release of women and children who were being held for allegedly being related to ISIS fighters. It is unclear whether the security of other, higher-security prisons in the region has been affected by the combined withdrawal of U.S. troops, the arrival of Syrian forces and the bombardment by the Turkish military.

A 19-year-old Kurdish barber in northern Syria told NPR that he is concerned that he and other young men could be jailed by the Syrian regime for failing to report for the Syrian military draft. Many Kurdish residents in northern Syria had hoped for more autonomous control of the region.

But “as the Syrian regime is coming back to this area, it is the end of any kind of dream of having Kurdish autonomy here,” reports Estrin.

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Huge 111-foot asteroid to skim past Earth at 22,000 mph, space rock’s ‘closest encounter for 115 years’

A huge asteroid is about to skim past Earth at its closest approach in 115 years.

Astronomers have warned that the space rock 2019 TA7 will be 50 times closer to us than our closest neighboring planet Mercury.

The asteroid will be making its close approach at around 6:53 pm today.

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It should skim past Earth at over 22,500 miles per hour, according to data collected by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The space rock is estimated to measure up to 111 feet in diameter, making it around three times larger than a double-decker bus.

It usually passes Earth about once a year but this evening will see it at a closer distance of 930,000 miles.

Any fast-moving space object that comes within around 4.65 million miles is considered to be “potentially hazardous” by cautious space organizations.

The asteroid is a similar size to the Chelyabinsk meteor, which exploded over Russia back in 2013.

Its impact smashed windows and injured more than 1,000 people.

Experts did not predict the impact, sparking concern that Earth could be surprised with a more devastating incident in the future.

The last time asteroid 2019 TA7 came as close to Earth as it will be this evening was on October 14, 1904.

It will return for another close approach in 2021.

This story originally appeared in The Sun.

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Gen. Keane: Trump must tell Turkey to ‘stop the killing’ in Syria or face retaliation

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Sanctions against Turkey are a positive step, but President Trump must take immediate and forceful action to deter the invasion of northern Syria, retired Gen. Jack Keane said Monday on “America’s Newsroom.”

Keane, a Fox News senior strategic analyst, said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has broken his promise to Trump to set up safe zones in the region and not target homes and civilians.

“Sanctions that the president and Congress are proposing are very good, something we should do and the sooner we do it, the better,” said Keane, adding that, more importantly, Trump must also tell Erdogan to “stop the killing” immediately.

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He said Trump should tell Turkey that the U.S. will “put our no-fly zone in place [and] take control of the airspace” and that Turkey will face retaliation if the killing is not “shut down.”

Keane said Erdogan “wants no part” of a military conflict with the United States and would have no choice but to pull back his forces.

“This is what we should have done at the outset, to be frank about it, but we are where we are right now,” he continued.

The war-monitoring group Syrian Observatory of Human Rights said a Turkish airstrike Sunday killed at least nine people – including five civilians – while other reports claimed that the convoy that was targeted included foreign journalists, according to Haaretz.

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A spokesman for the Kurdish forces put the death toll at 11 killed and more than 74 injured, but it was not immediately clear how many were civilians. France 24 reported that at least one journalist was among the dead, while two French reporters also were injured in the attack.

According the Syrian Observatory, 74 Kurdish fighters have been killed since Wednesday, as well as 21 civilians and 49 Turkish-backed Syrian opposition fighters.

Fox News’ Frank Miles contributed to this report.

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German Protests Against Anti-Semitism After Synagogue Attack Draw Thousands

BERLIN (AP) — Thousands of people in Berlin protested against anti-Semitism on Sunday, days after a man attacked a synagogue in the eastern German city of Halle.

About 10,000 people participated in the march through the German capital. Several thousand others protested Saturday in other cities including Hamburg and Marburg.

Many Germans are in shock over Wednesday’s attack in which two people were killed outside the synagogue and in a kebab shop. The attack has renewed concerns about rising far-right extremism and questions about the slow police response.

The 27-year-old, heavily armed suspect identified as Stephan B. tried but failed to enter the house of worship on Yom Kippur, Judaism’s holiest day. The suspect, who livestreamed his attack online, has been charged with two counts of murder and nine of attempted murder.

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On Sunday, people started their march at a symbolic landmark, Berlin’s Bebelplatz square, where the Nazis burnt thousands of books by Jews, Communist and other opponents, weeks after Adolf Hitler took power in 1933.

The marchers carried Israeli flags and banners with slogans like “No Nazis” or “Far-right terror threatens our society.”

The rally was organized by the civil rights group Unteilbar, or “Indivisible,” under the slogan “We stand united” and ended at the city’s New Synagogue with its famous golden dome topped by a Star of David.

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Friedhelm Schmitt, a 52-year-old neurologist, said he’d joined the protest “because I had to. It’s my democratic duty. It’s like going to vote.”

German prosecutors have said the suspect wanted to carry out a “massacre” in the synagogue and had about four kilograms (nearly nine pounds) of explosives in his car.

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He unsuccessfully tried for several minutes to enter the house of worship, where more than 50 people were attending a prayer service, but the door withstood his shots. He then killed two people and severely injured a couple before he was detained by police.

Police have been criticized because they arrived at the synagogue seven minutes after they were alerted to the shooting.

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Moon ice could be billions of years old, study suggests

It has long been established that the Moon contains significant amounts of ice and water, including frozen water found on the lunar surface last year. Now, a new study suggests that the ice could be billions of years old and come from different sources.

The study, published in the scientific journal Icarus, suggests that some ice could be almost as old as the Moon itself. Other ice deposits could be much younger, perhaps put there by comets and asteroids, or even underground volcanic activity.

“We quantify the amount of available cold-trapping surface area that is occupied by water ice in order to examine the relationship between the patchiness of ice within each crater and the age of each host crater,” the study’s abstract states. “The majority of surface ice is contained in old craters [greater than 3.1 billion years], where the majority of cold-trapping area on the pole exists.”

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“Just because the crater is old doesn’t mean that the ice within it is also that old too, but in this case, there’s reason to believe the ice is indeed old,” the researchers said in a statement.

The scientists, led by Brown University researcher Ariel Deutsch, used data from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (which was recently used to make a 3D map of the Moon) to come up with their conclusions.

“There have been models of bombardment through time showing that ice starts to concentrate with depth. So if you have a surface layer that’s old, you’d expect more underneath,” Deutsch said.

The newer, smaller craters, which also hold ice, were a “surprise,” she added. “There hadn’t really been any observations of ice in younger cold traps before.”

The age of the ice could have implications for space travel, including NASA’s return to the Moon in 2024 and the exploration of deep space.

WATER MAY BE ALL OVER THE MOON, GIVING NEW HOPE FOR SUSTAIN LIFE

“When we think about sending humans back to the Moon for long-term exploration, we need to know what resources are there that we can count on, and we currently don’t know,” Brown University professor and the study’s co-author, Jim Head, said in the statement. “Studies like this one help us make predictions about where we need to go to answer those questions.”

A study published in August theorized that there may be more ice water on Earth’s natural satellite and Mercury than previously thought. Until recently, it was believed that the water was trapped in “cold traps” at the Moon’s poles, but a 2018 discovery found that there is frozen water on the lunar surface.

Water was first discovered on the Moon in 2009.

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Pumping Oxygen In A Lake To Try To Save Fish Facing Climate Change

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Mohammed Bawazeer (left) and Ian Riley carry a battery that will power the aeration system on Upper Klamath Lake for 32 hours, even if the sun isn’t shining.

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You’d never suspect it on a whisper-still morning, with the mountains and marsh reflecting off the water, but Upper Klamath Lake in southern Oregon is a tough place to be a fish.

The shortnose and Lost River suckers provide a case in point. The two species of fish, which look like a big-lipped cross between a carp and cod, used to be common in this lake. For millennia, they were an important traditional food source for the local tribes. The federal government considers them endangered species.

There’s a population of long-lived adult suckers hanging on and continuing to reproduce, but virtually none of their offspring are surviving for longer than a year.

“The juvenile sucker, they’re dying off. They’re not recruiting new adults,” says Mason Terry, a renewable energy professor at the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls.

Poor water quality — exacerbated by the warming climate — is considered a significant cause of the sucker death. One key problem for the Upper Klamath is a low dissolved oxygen issue called hypoxia.

Fish breathe oxygen out of the water, and the oxygen levels here can drop extremely low, especially in late summer. That coincides with the time juvenile suckers appear to just vanish from the lake.

When Terry learned that low oxygen levels were one of the suspected reasons the endangered suckers aren’t surviving into adulthood, he had an idea.

“I thought, Why don’t we do what they do in fish ponds or in your aquarium? Why don’t we just try and bubble some air down in there and see what happens?” he says. “See if there’s just a little boost to affect this one factor that might be a cause of their mortality.”

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Oregon Institute of Technology student Juan Billarreal holds the aeration hose that will add dissolved oxygen to Upper Klamath Lake.

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Like a giant aquarium bubbler

Terry’s renewable energy students at OIT drag a floating solar panel raft — about as large as a single-car garage — out of the lake and onto the Rocky Point boat landing on the northwest side of the large, shallow lake.

This is the final assembly site for a solar-powered aeration system designed by Terry.

Ian Riley and classmate Mohammed Bawazeer walk it over to a plastic dry box that protects all the electrical components of the system from the elements.

Four 310-watt panels run two compressors that would push air — with all the oxygen it contains — down into the lake. Any power left over would go to charge the batteries, which are designed to power the compressors for 32 hours without sun.

Jennifer Berdyugin is coordinating the project, and checks that all the components are hooked up.

“All that’s left to do is turn on the pump and then make sure that it’s bubbling the water,” she says. “So, really, the telltale will be, ‘Are there bubbles or not?'”

The renewable energy students drag the solar raft back into the lake, and with the push of a button the compressor came to life. The air hose turns into an underwater sparkler as air is pushed through thousands of tiny holes.

“Bubble, bubble!” Riley calls across the noise as another student claps in celebration.

The team has assembled two rafts that are currently anchored at a site on the lake where juvenile suckers have been found to gather.

“It’s a way to provide an area for the suckers to get out of the bad water quality and at least have somewhere to hide until things get better,” says U.S. Fish and Wildlife biologist Josh Rasmussen, who works on sucker conservation in the Klamath Basin.

Aerated future

The chemistry of lakes worldwide has been altered by human development and agriculture. Ken Ashley, a lake aeration specialist at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, says the problems are only going to get worse with climate change.

“As the climate gets warmer and lakes are stratified longer, then the effects of the low oxygen are going to get magnified and there’s going to be more algal problems, and more fish kills, and more taste and odor problems,” he says. “And there’ll be more demand to do something about it.”

When the temperature of water on the surface rises, it prevents oxygen from getting to lake bottoms. Aeration can be a solution.

“It’s a growth industry, unfortunately,” he says.

One challenge at Upper Klamath Lake is that it’s really big, the largest freshwater lake in Oregon. A pinpoint or two of aeration floating in a hundred-square-mile lake won’t be the ultimate answer. But it could help conditions immediately around the rafts.

OIT’s Terry says preliminary measures show oxygen levels in the vicinity of the rafts have improved. The Klamath Tribes are monitoring the systems. And next year, Terry will use the information they collect to tweak and launch two more solar aeration systems.

But the success of this project won’t ultimately be known until the next fish counts reveal whether any Upper Klamath Lake suckers survive past their first birthday.

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Woman who fell from balcony practicing ‘extreme yoga’ is recovering ‘quickly’: report

A 23-year-old woman who fell 80 feet from a balcony in San Pedro, Mexico, after practicing “extreme yoga” has shared an update claiming that she is recovering “quickly.”

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In August, college student Alex Terrazas was photographed practicing a yoga pose, hanging upside down over a balcony railing with her knees bent. She lost her balance and fell from the sixth floor of the apartment building, causing her to break 110 bones and undergo 11 hours of surgery, according to Mexican newspaper El Universal.

Now, nearly two months later, the woman has revealed she is recovering well, despite the massive injuries she sustained, according to published reports.

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According to Mexican news outlet Milenio, Terrazas has made significant improvements in her health.

“I really want to send you thank you so much for so much prayer, for so many good vibes, I feel very great, and thanks to that I have made many advances, even the doctors are shocked and they did not believe that my body would react so quickly,” she said in a translation, Milenio reported.

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The outlet reported that Terrazas recently had surgery on one of her elbows to help restore the mobility of her hands and arms. She also receives daily physical therapy.

Though the nutrition student reportedly will need to have more surgeries in the future, she has been positive about recovery.

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“Thank God it was an incredible day yesterday, I had a lot of progress, I had the opportunity to stop for the first time after almost a month and a half, I could have dinner alone, I achieved a lot of things yesterday, I am very proud,” she said in a translation reported by Milenio.

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Fox News alum Carl Cameron worried Shepard Smith’s exit could turn channel into ‘propaganda’

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Carl Cameron, a former Fox News reporter who was with the channel for more than 20 years, is voicing his concerns after Shepard Smith shocked by announcing his departure Friday.

Cameron, who says his “Campaign Carl” moniker came courtesy of Smith, appeared on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” Sunday to discuss the impact his former colleague’s exit may have on the channel. 

“There are an awful lot of really good journalists at Fox News Channel. It’s just that they’re vastly outnumbered by the opinion makers, and the opinion makers are more interested in playing to people’s bias than anything else,” said Cameron. “And it makes it very difficult for journalists to actually give people honest facts when the air time is shrinking constantly.”

Cameron also expressed his concern over those who will be filling Smith’s slot. “If they’re actually news journalists, then that’ll be a good sign for the 3:00 hour,” Cameron said, “and if it’s not, if it’s opinion mavens, then that’ll be just another big chunk of real journalism that won’t exist there.”

Until the network names a permanent replacement, it will become an hour-long news show titled “Fox News Reporting,” featuring a rotating cast of anchors, the network announced in a news release.

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“Over the course of the Trump administration, more and more, the opinion hosts have been criticizing the journalists,” Cameron said, “and so, that really pits bias against straight journalism… That’s a huge part of what frustrates the journalists at Fox News because they shouldn’t be arguing with people who are there to comment on the news and completely neglect what was just by the journalists.” 

Friday, while appearing on MSNBC’s “The Beat with Ari Melber,” Cameron called Smith’s leaving “a big loss” for the news source.

“It is a real sad day for people who watch Fox News and want accurate information,” he assessed, “’cause Shep was somebody who you could reliably count on.”

“The reality is that without Shep’s show, Fox News’ 24 hour news wheel is down to really the Bret Baier show (“Special Report with Bret Baier”)… Most of the rest is predominantly talk,” said Cameron. “It’s predominantly supportive of a president who is violating all kinds of American values, laws, rules, precedents, etc., etc., and the American people need to hear that so they can make good judgments. Otherwise, it’s just propaganda, and that’s the stuff of third-world nations, not the one that prides itself as a leader of all nations.”

USA TODAY has reached out to Fox News for comment about Cameron’s remarks.

Cameron, who left Fox News in 2017, hasn’t been shy with his criticisms of his former employer. In a video for Front Page Live, a news source for which he serves as chief political correspondent, Cameron disparaged his former network. 

“I was one of Fox’s first hires,” he recalled. “The idea of fair and balanced news appealed to me, but over the years, right-wing hosts drowned out straight journalism with partisan misinformation. I left.”

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During Smith’s Friday afternoon show, he announced his decision “to leave Fox News and begin a new chapter,” after increasing clashes with the network’s prime time opinion hosts. 

He said his departure was voluntary: “After requesting that I stay, they graciously obliged. The opportunities afforded this guy from small-town Mississippi have been many. It’s been an honor and a privilege to report the news each day to our loyal audience in context and with perspective, without fear or favor.”

His emotional on-air speech continued: “Even in our currently polarized nation, it’s my hope that the facts will win the day, that the truth will always matter, that journalism and journalists will thrive.” 

Smith, the network’s chief news anchor and managing editor of its breaking news unit, has worked at Fox News since its inception in 1996. 

Contributing: Sara M. Moniuszko and Hannah Yasharoff

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