There is trouble in the forest
And the creatures all have fled
As the maples scream 'oppression!'
And the oaks, just shake their heads

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Linkee-poo Thursday

The alligators are finally biting… only four days late. Alligators are not known for their punctuality.

Elijah Cummings, and so it goes.

"Archaeologists have uncovered a 'huge cache' of more than 20 sealed coffins in the city of Luxor, according to Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities." Looks at world politics after they opened that black sarcophagus… maybe we leave these alone for now. (Grokked from Julie)

"About 300,000 students have no idea when they'll see their teachers again as members of the Chicago Teachers Union go on strike Thursday." Madness! Mayhem! Oh noes won't anyone think of the kiddies… Just in case you think CNN is a lefty outlet, this should let you know that they're mostly left-center, neo-liberal.

"An unseasonably strong Nor’easter brought high winds and rain to the New York-to-Boston corridor Wednesday, causing hundreds of thousands of households and businesses to lose power." A bomb cyclone… boom.

"A conspiracy theorist who claimed that the Sandy Hook massacre did not happen, has been ordered to pay $450,000 (£351,000) to the father of one of the victims."

How goes Brexit? "British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he has reached an agreement with the European Union on a new Brexit deal that would allow the EU to continue collecting value-added tax from Northern Ireland and allow special treatment for certain goods going over the Irish border.… But its reception among Johnson's critics in the U.K. was less warm, likely foreshadowing the slim chances of the agreement making its way through Parliament." So the same as normal then.

"A key ally of the government, the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), has already responded by saying that it cannot support the deal… The U.K. government, which does not have a majority in the British Parliament, needs the DUP’s votes to approve the deal."

"GM, UAW agree on tentative labor contract that could end a monthlong strike by 48,000 workers."

"A 93-year-old former guard at a Nazi concentration camp will go on trial in Germany on Thursday on the charge of being an accessory to thousands of murders." There is no statute of limitations for genocide.

"The Census Bureau is asking states to voluntarily share driver's license records as part of the Trump administration's efforts to produce detailed data about the U.S. citizenship status of every person living in the country."

"Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan put US President Donald Trump's letter 'in the bin', the BBC has been told." So there's some debate on if Trump gave Erdogan a "green light." It doesn't matter what the letter said (and the foreign leader trashing it says all that need be said about the content of the letter) Trump's decision to withdraw our support of the Kurds was a green light for Erdogan to invade.

"Congressional Democrats walked out of a bipartisan White House meeting with President Trump about his decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria, a meeting in which Trump called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi 'a third-rate politician' according to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer." And then Trump and Pelosi lobbed accusations of a meltdown at each other.

"Trump said during a news conference at the White House Wednesday afternoon that Graham 'would like to stay in the Middle East for the next thousand years.'" That, in light of our present presidential communication coarseness, is not a "slam", CNN. Please try to stay up to date. "But (Graham) stopped short of saying he wouldn't support Trump's reelection over his decision to pull US troops from northern Syria, adding that the foreign policy approaches of some Democrats running for president are 'no better.'"

"A fourth defendant who allegedly conspired with associates of President Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, to illegally funnel foreign money into Republican campaigns, has turned himself in to authorities." Also more on how "congressman-1" is Pete Sessions. Who is trying to win a new seat in the legislature. Good luck with that.

"Details are emerging about Sondland's special assignments. Testimony this week in the impeachment inquiry revealed that acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney pushed out the diplomats who had been in charge of Ukraine policy and put three other people at the helm." And a little bit about Sondland's background.

"'The timing of my resignation was the result of two overriding concerns: the failure, in my view, of the State Department to offer support to Foreign Service employees caught up in the Impeachment Inquiry on Ukraine; and, second, by what appears to be the utilization of our ambassadors overseas to advance domestic political objectives,' McKinley said in prepared remarks." Michael McKinley was a senior advisor to Sec of State Mike Pompeo until last Friday, when he resigned.

"Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his staff prepared his Republican caucus on Wednesday for the potential of becoming jurors in an impeachment trial of President Trump in the coming months." When you take a walk, sometimes it helps to plan out the route.

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