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

Monday, March 25, 2019

Linkee-poo had an exhausting weekend

"Special counsel Robert Mueller did not find evidence that President Trump's campaign conspired with Russia to influence the 2016 election, according to a summary of findings submitted to Congress by Attorney General William Barr… However, Mueller's investigation did not take a position on whether Trump obstructed justice by trying to frustrate the ongoing investigation." So, at least from this letter, it's a mixed bag. So when will someone stand up and say, since it "completely exonerates the President" (which it doesn't), "why don't we release it in full?" (Note, they won't because of existing on ongoing investigations and criminal cases). And here we'll just note that in released charging documents, the president remains an indicted co-conspirator in 2 criminal cases.

A longish article fact checking the president on just last week. "President Donald Trump is misrepresenting the conclusions of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation… He describes Attorney General William Barr’s summary of principal conclusions from Mueller’s report as a 'total exoneration.'… But Barr’s summary quotes specific text from Mueller that makes clear the report does not put the president in the clear." Nothing to see here, citizen. Move along.

"All day, as I wrote sex scenes, the three cats and a dog sat in a circle at my feet and stared at me judgmentally." Someday you gotta do what you gotta do. (Grokked from Kelly Link)

"The small-satellite launch company Rocket Lab called off the planned flight of an experimental satellite for the U.S. military Sunday (March 24) due to a video transmitter issue." Gotta have good video of the flight.

"If you look closely, you can also spot the fiery orange cloud left behind from the meteor super-heating the air as it passed through at a speed of 115,200 kilometres per hour (71,600 miles per hour)."

"Scandinavian smiths discovered that the bones of the dead could grant them an edge. Numerous forges scattered across Scandinavia contain the remains of animal and human bones — by incorporating the remains of the dead, their spirits could be transferred into a blade, making it stronger and more durable." (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

"The deadly Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has surpassed 1,000 cases, according to the country's health ministry."

Better living through chemistry. "Concerns for the health risks facing residents of Deer Park were exacerbated over the weekend. A containment wall at the Intercontinental Terminals Company (ITC) facility broke Friday, sparking another fire and sending chemical waste into waterways that lead to the Houston Ship Channel. The Coast Guard shut down a stretch of that busy shipping channel, with no timetable for when it will reopen."

"A student who survived the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, last year has died in what appears to be a suicide, police said. It is the second time in one week that a survivor of the shooting… died by suicide."

"In the aftermath of white supremacist attacks in New Zealand, there's a tension between reporting on the shooter's motivations and not amplifying his message. This week, On the Media examines how the press can navigate that persistent dilemma. Plus, the debate over whether online archives of jihadi terrorist propaganda should be open to the public."

"Republican Rep. Steve King, who has a lengthy history of incendiary comments related to race, favorably compared the response of his Iowan constituents, who are majority white, to recent severe flooding to the residents of New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, who were majority black." Not only is Steve King a raving racist, he also a frothing idiot and with all the mental prowess of cow dung. Of which I'm told his smell reminds people of. (Grokked from Joy Reid)

"Gathered for a private meeting at a beachside Ritz-Carlton in Southern California, the oil executives were celebrating a colleague’s sudden rise. David Bernhardt, their former lawyer, had been appointed by President Donald Trump to the powerful No. 2 spot at the Department of the Interior." So much for draining the swamp. (Grokked from Chuck Wendig)

How goes Brexit? "The European Union says it has completed preparations for the potentially-chaotic scenario in which Britain leaves the bloc without a Brexit deal, but talks on how to manage the Irish border are continuing." Funny thing, I don't think the UK has made such plans.

"Asian stocks closed in the red with recessionary warnings front and center on Monday… The selloff on Friday bled into Monday trading, but seemed to stop at Asia as US futures and European stocks are broadly flat. The worries followed a yield curve inversion last Friday, which signalled the bond market's increasing concern about global growth and US recession."

"In what many see as a bad omen for the economy, yields on benchmark U.S. 10-year treasury notes fell below three-month rates on Friday for the first time since mid-2007, an inversion that has in the past signaled the risk of recession." Don't worry, it was only for a short time (strong side-eye).

"Seven people have been injured after a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit a house in central Israel, police say." Looks at watch, yep, just on schedule before the election. "Although the rocket triggered sirens in the Sharon and Emek Hefer regions, Israel's Iron Dome missile defence system did not appear to have been activated."

"North Korea reversed a decision to withdraw its staff from an inter-Korean liaison office by sending some back to work on Monday, South Korea said, in a turnaround that came after U.S. President Donald Trump opted not to impose extra sanctions on the North." Well, it's a good thing the North Koreans returned to an office which helps provide hard currency for North Korea.

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