“Y'know, it's easy to blame trade for the loss of manufacturing jobs here in the U.S…but there's so much more to the story of globalization than that…Trump's policy is really targeted toward Mexico and China and it boils down to higher tariffs on the imports coming in to the United States. That doesn't solve it for the American people because it just increases the cost of these same goods and in a situation of stagnant incomes, seeing the cost of goods increase does not help families.” Neela Richardson (APM Marketplace)
“In times of crisis, we don't abandon our values. We double down on them.” Senator Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) (Politico)
Hillary Clinton “is going to lose to Trump this November…I'm not going to support her because she's a war hawk, because she's a liar, and because she's a bad person.” Anonymous Bernie supporter at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia on Monday. (BBC)
Bernie Sanders supporters (Bernie or Bust members) are “…morons. They're stupid…they're idiots.” Anonymous Clinton supporter at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia on Monday. (BBC)
“We can no longer be the stupid country.” Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump (R) (NBC Meet the Press)
“I'm running against one person.” Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump (R), who is actually running against three: a Libertarian, a Green Party candidate, and a Democrat. (NBC Meet the Press)
“My entire life, I've watched politicians bragging about how poor they are, how they came from nothing, how poor their parents and grandparents were. And I said to myself, if they can stay so poor for so many generations, maybe this isn't the kind of person we want to be electing to higher office. How smart can they be? They're morons. There's a perception that voters like poverty. I don't like poverty. Usually, there's a reason for poverty. Do you want someone who gets to be president and that's literally the highest paying job he's ever had?” Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump (R) (Twitter, Slate)
“And then, as sensitively as possible, the 22 victims are carried….They left Africa with heady dreams of prosperity in Europe but the sea condemned them to an unmarked grave and a single red rose.” Malcolm Brabant, reporting on the 22 fatalities of refugees from Africa who were killed as they left on an ill-equipped ship for sanctuary in Europe (PBS NewsHour)
“We are not dealing with numbers. We are talking about human beings— people like you, like me. And everybody has their own story. And, in my humble experience, nobody runs away from home, nobody leaves everything they know behind because it's such a good place to be.” Dr. Rena Rijnierse, Doctors Without Borders/MSF, who assists with rescue and recovery efforts of refugees. (PBS NewsHour)
Over 13,000 people have been arrested in Turkey in the continuing aftermath of the failed coup attempt against the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (BBC)
Close to two million people have been displaced from South Sudan since it became an independent country in 2011. The republic has been awash in civil unrest and war for the majority of its existence. (BBC)
According to Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump, the trade deficit between the United States and the world in 2015 was 800 billion dollars. It was actually 530 billion dollars. (APM Marketplace)
In 2000, Yahoo was worth 130 billion dollars. It was purchased by Verizon for the low, low price of 4.8 billion dollars. (APM Marketplace)
Seen in Indianapolis, earlier today: This bumper sticker from a lady feeling all the feels for her Chevy. Apparently.
For What It's Worth: While double-checking the spelling of President Erdogan's name, the Internet informs one that other popular searches for “Erdogan” include Recep Erdogan 666, Erdogan Antichrist, Erdogan Antichrist 2015, and Erdogan Gollum.
While We Americans Were All losing our collective minds about Melania's partial plagiarism, Ted Cruz's non-endorsement, Bernie's boos, Hillary's pantsuits, assorted convention mania, and Pokemon Go, the same two weeks have seen eight terrorist attacks in six different countries, killing 247 people. South Sudan's musicians are begging their leaders for peace and government. Refugees are fleeing Eritrea, South Sudan, Syria. They are fleeing countries throughout the Middle East and Africa. They are dying for want of food, water, safety, shelter, rules which work but do not oppress; a chance for their children to live, let alone thrive.
But hey, did you notice that Donald Trump mouthed “you are so hot” to his daughter Ivanka after she introduced him last Thursday? That was really something.
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