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

Monday, August 5, 2019

Linkee-poo knows you'll be calling me soon and if I don't answer I'm calling the moon

"'Let us think the unthinkable, let us do the undoable, let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all.'" Fourteen Douglas Adams quotes for writers.

Space goes green.

"In Kentucky, running away from home or constantly skipping school could get a kid locked up in a juvenile hall for days. Those acts, called status offenses, aren't exactly serious crimes, but for years Kentucky and other states treated them like they were." And that usually leads to more and more contacts with the criminal justice system later in life.

"Though Adcock practices ancient arts of traditional Chinese medicine, she is an integral part of the hospital's integrative pediatric pain and palliative care — or IP3 — team. It's sort of an emergency response team for pain that combines traditional pharmaceutical pain care with other techniques to ease the suffering of the sick children who populate the rooms here." I'm so old I remember a time when acupuncture/acupressure/dry needling were considered quack remedies that no serious doctor would ever consider. That was what, in the 2000's?

"The metastasis of Sparta worship in the 'fake news' age offers an object lesson in how to rewrite the history of a people and a culture, pressing them into the service of hard-line political movements marked by racism, nationalism, and tyranny. How did the Spartans, who ceased to be a real political force more than 2,100 years ago, come to hold such a widespread, and increasingly pernicious, influence on contemporary society?" Myke Cole on the cancerous myth forged at Thermopylae.

How go the Trade Wars? "Perfect summer storm brewing for stock correction as trade war simmers and more Fed action awaited."

"China responded to Donald Trump’s tariff threat with another escalation of the trade war on Monday, letting the yuan tumble to the weakest level in more than a decade and asking state-owned companies to suspend imports of U.S. agricultural products." Tit meet tat.

"No, China is not paying U.S. farmers $16B through tariffs." Instead the tariffs are out money, as well as the tax dollars (or actually the deficit and debt incurred will be paid with our tax dollars).

The pace of expansion for U.S. services companies fell to its slowest pace in nearly three years, as gauges of business activity and new orders weakened."

"The Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) is in lockdown after the government revoked a special status granted to the troubled region." Oh fuckbuckets. Here we go.

"An Arlington police officer aiming at a loose dog coming toward him shot and killed a woman Thursday evening, CBS Dallas reports. The officer wasn't hurt." Well, thank Dog the officer wasn't hurt. Say, what about the dead woman? So let's rewrite this, "Woman minding her own business, laying in the grass with her dog, is beset upon by over zealous police who pull their sidearm and shoot the woman. For laying in the grass suspiciously." (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

"High school classmates of the gunman who killed nine people early Sunday in Dayton, Ohio, say he was suspended for compiling a 'hit list' of those he wanted to kill and a “rape list” of girls he wanted to sexually assault."

"Asked about reports that, while a Bellbrook student, Betts was suspended for causing a lockdown by writing a 'hit-list' on a bathroom wall, Baker said, 'I would not dispute that information, but I don’t want to get involved any more than just making that comment.'… A woman who went to high school with Betts recalled the hit-list." I'm noticing that the reports that he also killed his sister has dropped out of American news.

"Mr Trump has said 'perhaps more has to be done' to stop such attacks… Opposition Democrats said he was part of the problem, citing anti-immigrant rhetoric and opposition to gun control."

"'The FBI is most concerned about lone offender attacks, primarily shootings, as they have served as the dominant lethal mode for domestic violent extremist attacks,' (FBI Director) Wray told a Senate panel July 23. 'We anticipate law enforcement, racial minorities and the U.S. government will continue to be significant targets for many domestic violent extremists.'" Seems prescient, except we've been living this reality since I've been alive. And most definitely since the 80s.

"Protesters were waving signs outside President Trump’s rally in downtown Cincinnati on Thursday when a red pickup truck pulled up to the crowd. Someone in the passenger seat started yelling, WCPO reported, and a few protesters shouted back. Suddenly, the door flew open and a man in a green polo hopped out, fists cocked." Ah, those peaceful Trump supporters. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

"Texas Sen. Ted Cruz denounced Saturday's shooting in El Paso as a 'heinous act of terrorism and white supremacy.'" Sen. Cruz, the Kettle is on line 3 and would like to respond.

"President Trump, responding to the deadly shootings over the weekend in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that killed 29 people, condemned white supremacy and called for the death penalty for mass murders and domestic terrorists." Well, that only took over a hundred lives and (looks at watch) three-years. But before that, "'Republicans and Democrats must come together and get strong background checks, perhaps marrying ... this legislation with desperately needed immigration reform,' Trump tweeted." So Trump first takes away, and then giveth. And let's tie two piece of Must Pass Legislation, which have no actual chance of passing, together. That way we only need to deal with one failure instead of two separate failures.

"Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer says that if President Donald Trump is serious about strengthening gun laws in the wake of two mass shootings, he should demand Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put a House-passed bill strengthening background checks up for a vote." Yeah. There's that.

"Britain says it will work with the United States in a “new international maritime security mission” to protect merchant shipping in the Strait of Hormuz." That makes one.

"Another Texas Republican congressman announced his retirement Monday as the party’s mounting departures made it increasingly unlikely it will be able to regain the House majority in next year’s elections… Rep. Kenny Marchant’s decision made him the 10th GOP representative to say he won’t run for re-election next year and the seventh in the past two weeks." Rats leaving a sinking ship.

"President Donald Trump on Wednesday ordered top Navy officials to rescind medals awarded to the prosecutors who unsuccessfully tried Navy SEAL team leader Eddie Gallagher for murder." Unlawful command influence. (Grokked from Michelle)

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