Showing posts from August 21, 2017

Today's Trumpery

[Welcome to the monkey house. A daily pastiche of Trumpisms and responses thereto. *RON*]

Stealth Voters Facilitate Trump´s Poll Vault to Victory, Psychology Today [Argues that Trump won via voters who were too ashamed to tell pollsters that they'd voted for him]
Gary Cohn stays put — for now — following Trump’s comments on Charlottesville, Washington Post [The White House; not an easy place to be a Jew]
Pentagon Forces Out Popular Press Spokesman, Foreign Policy
Carl Icahn’s Failed Raid on Washington, The New Yorker [Interesting read]
Trump Knows Exactly What He’s Doing, The Atlantic [Walking a rightist, righteous political tight-rope]
Things Don’t End Well for Madmen, Foreign Policy

How Much Should Major Polluters Pay? A Case Against DuPont Provides a Model

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[An interesting read on scientific sleuthing in the interest of corporate accountability. A biologist traced mercury from a company spill to contamination in songbirds, and devised a new way to hold polluters financially accountable. *RON*]

Paul Greenberg, Audubon, 16 August 2017
It was just another sweltering summer afternoon gathering blood samples from Shenandoah Valley birds when the news came in. The ornithologist Dan Cristol had been conducting a preliminary assessment funded by DuPont to determine to what degree the company’s pollution of the watershed might have affected the avian community. DuPont was facing potential legal action and had cautiously agreed to one summer of funding for a small team to gauge just how expensive fixing the damages might be. True to his nature, Cristol hadn’t been tentative in his research. He and his students had skulked into stream-bank kingfisher nests, cornered screech owls near bridges, and mist-netted d…

Leading elephant conservationist shot dead in Tanzania

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[If you believe the pronouncements from China and the African nations involved in the trade, trafficking in elephant parts is all but finished. Clearly not. Wayne Lotter had received numerous death threats while battling international ivory-trafficking networks. *RON*]

Sophie Tremblay, The Guardian, 18 August 2017

The head of an animal conservation NGO who had received numerous death threats has been shot and killed by an unknown gunman in Tanzania.

Wayne Lotter, 51, was shot on Wednesday evening in the Masaki district of the city of Dar es Salaam. The wildlife conservationist was being driven from the airport to his hotel when his taxi was stopped by another vehicle. Two men, one armed with a gun opened his car door and shot him.

Lotter was a director and co-founder of the PAMS Foundation, an NGO that provides conservation and anti-poaching support to communities and governments in Africa. Since starting the organisation in Tanzania in 2009, h…

The $37 billion supplement industry is barely regulated — and it's allowing dangerous products to slip through the cracks

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[I recently watched a Frontline documentary on this industry. It's true: it's The Wild West where the non-regulation of health supplements are concerned. *RON*]
Erin Brodwin, Business Insider, 13 August 2017

The $37 billion supplement industry is largely unregulatedSome supplements (a category that includes vitamins and herbs) can be dangerous and have been linked with ER visits and deathThe FDA is currently recalling supplements found to be contaminated with banned drugs and bacteriaNew supplement companies like Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop continue to advertise their products as healthy despite potential side effects, and some say they target vulnerable consumers When Pouya Jamshidi, a resident at Weill Cornell Medical College, delivered his first baby, the doctor on call told him to take the newborn away from its mother.

The baby, a healthy girl with mocha-pink skin and a powerful set of lungs, was being quarantined.

In the middle of the p…

Antifa: The Other Evil Political Force

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[Just say "No" to all extremist political violence. This is a tough and touchy area to hit just the right balance now. But in the interest of a more balanced presentation, I include this piece. Some have begun referring to our current period as Weimar America. *RON*]
Rod Dreher, The American Conservative, 16 August 2017

If you are not at work and can stand foul, racist language, you should take a look at this VICE News report from Charlottesville last weekend. Looking and and listening to the neo-Nazis and right-wing radicals at the march is not the same as reading about them. Evil has a face, and a voice, and it is chilling. It will give you an idea of why so many people were flabbergasted that Trump could not condemn these people without equivocation.

But Trump’s errors, however egregious, should not let us excuse or diminish the real threat to our politics from the violent left-wing agitators of antifa (anti-fascists). You may be te…

Mugabe’s son in miscarriage storm

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[That first family of sweethearts from Zimbabwe. I wonder which of these lovelies will rule the nation when that ailing monster, 93 year-old Robert Mugabe, dies? One of Mugabe’s sons, Robert Jr, reportedly bumped into a pregnant South African waiter, forcing her to abort her baby in the mayhem that followed First Lady Grace Mugabe’s storming a Johannesburg hotel before savagely assaulting a model on Sunday last week. *RON*]

Richard Chidza/Agencies, Newsday, 21 August 2017

Grace has been the subject of international media attention after she reportedly bashed Gabriella Engels (20), leaving the South African model with a deep gash on her forehead among other injuries. It has now emerged that Mugabe’s wife budged into Capital 20 West Hotel in Johannesburg’s plush Sandton suburb, flew into a fit of rage and savaged everyone in sight with an electric extension cord.

In the melee that ensued, Robert Jnr escaped but accidentally bumped into a pregnant wo…