And they come with no warning,
nature loves her little surprises.
Continual crisis!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Linkee-poo is waiting

Still waiting in line for Hamilton tickets, so not much from this morning, sorry.

"An e. coli outbreak with no known source has spread to seven states, infecting 17 people and prompting an investigation by state and federal health officials."

"I quickly discovered that way back in 1988, the World Health Organization declared alcohol a Group 1 carcinogen, meaning that it’s been proved to cause cancer. There is no known safe dosage in humans, according to the WHO. Alcohol causes at least seven types of cancer, but it kills more women from breast cancer than from any other. The International Agency for Research on Cancer estimates that for every drink consumed daily, the risk of breast cancer goes up 7 percent."

In connection with yesterday's link about redlining, "In 1965, the city of Charlottesville demolished a thriving black neighborhood… The razing of Vinegar Hill displaced families and dissolved the community." (Grokked from Laura J Mixon)

Why is fake news and propaganda a problem? "One-third of Americans think 'substantially less' than 6 million Jews were murdered in the Holocaust, according to a new survey that highlights a worrying lack of basic knowledge about the World War II-era genocide." Because it distorts reality as it attempts to supplant it. Punch a Nazi for Jesus.

Let's give teachers guns. I mean, what could go wrong? "A pistol-packing Marjory Stoneman Douglas teacher who said he'd be willing to be trained to carry a gun to protect the high school faces a criminal charge after he left his Glock 9mm in a public restroom where it was later fired by an drunk homeless man, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office." Well to be fair, he didn't have the gun at school, but at a public park. (Grokked from someone, sorry)

"As part of the corporate welfare package, Wisconsin has agreed to secure a vast tract of land in Racine County for Foxconn's complex… To save money on the seizure of the homes of working people in Racine County, the county has declared the homes to be 'blighted' -- that is, in such poor condition that they are effectively worthless -- allowing it to seize the land for pittances, leaving the former owners of the homes with massive mortgage debts on houses that no longer exist, with no cash to buy a new place to live. They are being wiped out." Conservatives are all against eminent domain when it's farms or their own homes, but those poor people? Fuck them. (Grokked from Xeni Jardin)

"Under Mulvaney's watch, the CFPB has dropped an investigation into a payday lender and announced that it will reconsider a rule to put stricter limits on companies that make high-interest, short-term loans. Consumer groups point to campaign contributions Mulvaney received from payday lenders when he was in Congress and say he is doing the industry's bidding. Mulvaney has said the campaign contributions do not constitute a conflict of interest." I'm sure we can trust him on that.

In case you were wondering if the whole GOP was as corrupt as Trump. "President Donald Trump is poised to pardon Scooter J. Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, according to sources familiar with the president’s thinking… The president has already signed off on the pardon, which is something he has been considering for several months, sources told ABC News." Considering Trump's "hate" of leakers, the answer is yes. Have been for a long time. And just a reminder, Libby's leak was connected to several killings in Europe and a decade long diminishment in the CIA's ability to recruit informants.

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