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

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Linkee-poo is in the basement mixing up the medicine

Tim Conway, and so it goes. Probably one of the best comedy improves ever, the elephant story. (Video grokked from John)

"Some 200 people who recently bought dogs from a breeder in south-central Iowa are being urged to have the animals tested for canine brucellosis." This is a disease we can catch from our dogs, and apparently there's a larger outbreak in the midwest.

"Eat well, exercise often and don't take some of those vitamins, the World Health Organization said in newly released guidelines on how to reduce risk of dementia."

"This week, On the Media considers how the emphasis on electability takes the focus away from the issues and turns voters into pundits. Plus, the shady dealings of the tax preparation industry, and how FOIA has been weaponized. And, how Trump duped financial journalists about his net worth in the 1980s." But in reverse order.

They burn churches, don't they? "A two-alarm fire that heavily damaged a New Haven mosque over the weekend was arson and a federal criminal investigation is underway, local and state officials said Monday afternoon." Mosques, black churches, synagogues, it's almost a theme. (Grokked from Steven Brust)

"Sudan's military leaders have announced an agreement with the opposition alliance for a three-year transition period to a civilian administration."

How go the Trade Wars? "Now China is fighting back on its own social media platform." What happens when nation states get into flame wars?

"African swine fever (ASF) is decimating China's pork industry, by far the biggest in the world. Dutch bank Rabobank, which lends to the global agricultural sector, estimates the country's pig population could shrink by a third in 2019 -- up to 200 million animals -- through a combination of the disease and culling." That's a lotta pigs.

"Oil demand growth estimates for both 2018 and 2019 have been cut, the International Energy Agency revealed in its latest report issued Wednesday… The report also revealed a global supply drop in April of 300,000 bpd, led by Iran, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Canada. Non-OPEC supply is forecast to grow 1.9 million bpd versus 2.8 million bpd last year."

"The Alabama State Senate just passed a near-total abortion ban in a 25 to 6 vote. The legislation provides no exceptions for rape or incest." All of these laws are just a race to see whose law is the one that reverses Roe v Wade. It's a prize that they want.

"A prominent board member of the National Rifle Association urged the organization to clean 'its own house' and move on from CEO Wayne LaPierre’s leadership on Tuesday in a stunning escalation of the internal crisis that has plagued the organization in recent months." So that's where Allen West ended up. I always wondered. "'What has been leaked to the press came as an unwelcome surprise to many of us,' (fellow board member Tim) Knight’s post reads." That's a funny way to say that as I'm not sure he means what was leaked comes as a surprise, or that it was leaked. If it's the first, let me say that as a board member just what the fuck have you been doing all this time besides eating the donuts? It's all fun and games until they realize they're legally responsible and liable.

Come on in, the water is fine. "Rudolph Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s private lawyer, has been soliciting a foreign investigation of the president’s political opponents… Though he has been temporarily shamed out of making a trip to Ukraine, Giuliani has met multiple times with a Ukrainian prosecutor. And he has made it clear that the Trump forces, who publicly requested and privately accepted assistance from Russian agents in 2016, are prepared to broaden their international outreach in the 2020 campaign. It’s unknown what exactly Giuliani is offering in return for this valuable political gift." (Grokked from Kathryn Cramer)

"Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Monday that President Trump's son Donald Trump Jr. should comply with a Senate Intelligence Committee subpoena but refuse to answer the panel's questions." This is what happens when small time criminals attempt the big heist. (Grokked from Kathryn Cramer)

"Donald Trump Jr. and the Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee reached a deal on Tuesday for the president’s eldest son to return for a time-limited private interview with senators in the coming weeks, an accord that should cool a heated intraparty standoff."

"The Democrat-led House Intelligence Committee has launched an investigation into claims brought forth by Michael Cohen, the president's former personal attorney, who has suggested that members of President Donald Trump's legal team edited his statement to Congress about a prospective Trump Tower-Moscow project." Insert dramatic music here. Sometimes the people you throw under the bus try to pop the tires.

"The U.S. State Department has ordered all non-emergency government employees to leave Iraq as soon as they can amid tensions with Iran and warnings about possible threats to American interests." But our allies just aren't convinced there is an increased threat. Wag that dog, baby.

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