No doorways, no windows, no walls
No shelter here on the ground
No standing and no safe place to fall
Just the promise of this distant sound
Bells are ringing all over the world

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Linkee-poo one blows through town, one blows the town away

"Storm surges of 9 to 13 feet and rainfall up to 40 inches: Those are two of the most dire warnings about Hurricane Florence's effect on parts of North and South Carolina. Thousands have heeded evacuation orders; others are hoping to cope with the storm in their homes or at local shelters." It's too late to get out if you aren't on the road already. And those still on the road might not make it far enough inland before the storm washes over them.

And while the media is focused on Florence, Tropical Storm Olivia washes over Hawaii and Super Typhoon Mangkhut is about to swallow the Phillippines.

"This time of year, those vines are laden with clumps of dark purple grapes — pinot noir and pinot meunier — as well as light green chardonnay grapes. The three varieties are blended to make champagne. This year, the grapes are plentiful and plump, which is not always the case in France's northernmost wine making region." Not everyone is upset with climate change (yet).

"Yongfei Livestock Farm is in Yueqing, a city in China's southeastern province of Zhejiang, the third place in China where authorities reported an outbreak of African swine fever in mid-August. Since then, there have been seven additional outbreaks, one every few days or so, each of them hundreds of miles away from the last. In a little more than a month, some 897 pigs have died and nearly 20,000 have been culled to try and prevent the virus from spreading." This makes, what, the 3 major infectious disease to be reported in China since July.

"The New York Times published a bombshell report today on allegations of sexual misconduct against President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett M. Cavanaugh." It's from high school (which doesn't mean I discount it), but considering another SCOTUS nominee was accused of sexual misconduct while a sitting judge and he still was confirmed, I don't hold much hope of this doing much besides increasing the twitter outrage. Wish it were other wise, but I see reality here.

"A federal judge has ruled that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' delay of a key student borrower protection rule was improper and unlawful." Small victories, and probably temporary.

"The British government says they're military intelligence officers who were ordered to carry out a high-profile assassination. But two Russian men, identified as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, are defending themselves on Russian state TV, saying they visited England in March strictly as tourists." Ah, yeah, Bob. I'm sure they were also there for the cuisine.

"President Trump denied the death toll of nearly 3,000 from hurricanes Maria and Irma, which swept across Puerto Rico a year ago, in a series of tweets Thursday morning." Because of course he did.

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