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“Trump sees the world in terms of a zero-sum game. In reality, globalization, if well managed, is a positive-sum force: America gains if its friends and allies — whether Australia, the EU, or Mexico — are stronger. But Trump's approach threatens to turn it into a negative-sum game: America will lose, too.” Joseph Stiglitz (The Guardian)
A “shit sandwich.” Vice Admiral Robert Harward's description of the job offer to be President Trump's national security advisor, replacing General Michael Flynn who “resigned.” (Jake Tapper, CNN, Twitter)
“It's hard to put a number on it but I think it's safe to say that the vast majority of undocumented immigrants in this country are now at risk of deportation.” Alan Gomez of USA Today, talking about the new guidelines given to the Department of Homeland Security earlier this week. (NPR, WBUR, On Point with Tom Ashbrook)
“The Trump administration represents a risk to international economic conditions and global sovereign credit fundamentals…U.S. policy predictability has diminished, with established international communication channels and relationship norms being set aside and raising the prospect of sudden, unanticipated changes in U.S. policies with potential global implications.” Fitch Ratings (APM Marketplace with Kai Ryssdal; CNBC)
“2016 was the year when the cynical use of ‘us vs them’ narratives of blame, hate and fear took on a global prominence to a level not seen since the 1930s. Too many politicians are answering legitimate economic and security fears with a poisonous and divisive manipulation of identity politics in an attempt to win votes…“Divisive fear-mongering has become a dangerous force in world affairs. Whether it is [President Donald] Trump, [Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor] Orban, [Turkey's President Recep Tayyip] Erdoğan or [President of the Phillipines Rodrigo] Duterte, more and more politicians calling themselves anti-establishment are wielding a toxic agenda that hounds, scapegoats and dehumanizes entire groups of people…Today’s politics of demonization shamelessly peddles a dangerous idea that some people are less human than others, stripping away the humanity of entire groups of people. This threatens to unleash the darkest aspects of human nature.” Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International (Amnesty International; CNN; Washington Post; MSNBC)
1: The incoming national security advisor to President Trump is Lieutenant Herbert Raymond “H.R.” McMaster. His book, Dereliction of Duty, is the number one best seller on Amazon right now. (Amazon)*
36: 36 countries violated international law in 2016 by sending refugees back to countries that violated their rights. (Amnesty International, CNN)
2011: The last most recent year the United Nations declared a country was in famine according to its definitions. South Sudan has just been declared as technically in famine, with up to 40 percent of its population at imminent risk of starvation. It has been difficult to get aid to the people of South Sudan because of the continued violence within the contested country. Somalia, Yemen, and Nigeria are also facing severe food crises. (BBC; The Guardian. The Guardian's article contains hyperlinks of ways to donate.)
800-273-8255: The phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255. It is open 24 hours every day.
1.8 Billion: The company that owns Burger King and Tim Horton's, Restaurant Brands (RTBRF) has agreed to buy the Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen fried chicken brand for 1.8 billion dollars. (APM Marketplace with Kai Ryssdal; Fortune)
Stories: (1) This Raccoon (2) Read the new Department of Homeland Security memos on immigration and deportation signed by Secretary Kelly (3) Regarding the new president of Somalia (4) Marshosaurus! (5) The Trump Administration just rolled back restroom rights for transgender teens
Three Apps I'm Loving Right Now: I don't get anything for this and it's not like you asked. Still, right now I'm totally digging Texture (the Netflix of magazines). I'd dig them even more if they would add newspapers, The Economist, and Foreign Policy to their catalog. I'd die of happiness if they added scholastic journals. I heart Texture. The other two apps are both investing-related: Stash and Acorns, which enable micro-investing for as little as $5 (Stash) and the leftover coins from your everyday purchases (Acorns). I always wanted my tiny bit of money to make me some more money. Investing: it's for the working class too, now.
This Gardening Hack is Freaking Genius.
February 25: Warren Buffet releases his annual Letter to Shareholders at warren buffet.com.
February 25: Indiana Wind Symphony in concert presenting “Brushstrokes.” 7:30 pm at The Palladium, Carmel (Indiana)
March 1: Mrs. Curl opens for the season in Greenwood (Indiana)
March 10: The deadline to submit your application to become the Mall of America's Writer-in-Residence. Midnight. (U.S.)
April 14: Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return debuts on Netflix
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Today's title comes courtesy of Mr. Ye of Taipei, Taiwan. This accident happened in 2013 but somehow the Internet failed to notify me until last weekend. In a story titled “Man making ramen in Speedo while gaming suddenly receives 20 rockets to the groin,” the sad story of Mr. Ye is revealed. “… [A]s he fired up his stove, its heat came into contact with a box of fireworks lying nearby and set them off. In total 20 rockets were fired, all of which hit Mr. Ye square in the crotch. The impromptu fireworks show also generated loud bangs on four separate occasions. It was these sounds that alerted neighbors to call the fire department. When the emergency workers opened the door to Mr. Ye’s room they could vaguely see him through a cloud of smoke, wearing a Speedo, on all fours, legs spread, and yelling 'Owwwww!!!'”
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