Inclusion does not equal endorsement.
“We’re going to massively deregulate corporations and financial institutions while restricting the media and voting, said the populist hero.” @pourmecoffee (Twitter)
“Have you looked at buying a car lately? Whew! That shit’s expensive!” Overheard, south side Indianapolis
“Saving 20 odd dollars a week by not going to Dunkin Donuts for coffee isn’t going to help when the working poor’s real problem is worrying about being able to still afford rent if they miss work due to the flu, so let’s stop pretending like this ‘junior piggyback savers/guilt the poor out of simple comforts’ technique is a viable solution to the problem of stagnating wages and skyrocketing living costs.” Robotlyra (Facebook)
“When countries turn inward, economic activity is decreasing and that leads to increasing levels of nationalism — usually this includes war.” Economist Ken Reinert of George Mason University (APM Marketplace with Kai Ryssdal
“We have to start winning wars again.” President Donald Trump, announcing plans to increase defense spending by about 54 billion dollars in 2018. The spending will come from cuts to domestic discretionary spending and foreign aid (which already accounts for less than 1 % of spending). (NPR)
“The basic concern is the U.S. military has lost its monopoly on drones. ISIS has started buying drones off the shelf, outfitting them with either hand grenades or artillery shells and then using those drones to drop them on Iraqi troops. And they have no real defense against them, other than just to take their rifles and fire them in the air and try to shoot one of them down. So what’s going to have to happen is that the United States is going to have to figure out where these drones are being outfitted and start targeting those buildings with air strikes to take out this —this new capability, which ISIS… is getting better and better at.” David Martin (CBS; Face the Nation)
“Let’s remember, it’s just an awards show.” Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel, trying to put things in perspective after the incorrect Best Film award winner was announced. (Twitter; Deadline)
67. As of February 22, Chicago had hit a record 67 straight days in winter without any snow. (WGN; Bill McKibben; Twitter)
500. An additional 500 U.S. troops are expected to be sent to Syria, according to the Pentagon. There are currently special operations forces there now. The new troops will include artillery groups and intelligence forces. (Pentagon; NPR)
700,000. There are approximately 700,000 civilians trapped in West Mosul right now where the Iraqi Army is attempting to retake the area from ISIS control. Some of these civilians are attempting to cross the front lines to escape but others are stuck and having difficulty affording food and essentials in the beleaguered city. Oxfam is currently trying to assist these civilians. Donate here. (BBC)
1.2 million. Approximately 1.2 million households in Santiago, Chile are without water after torrential rains compromised the main water supply. Three people are confimed dead and 19 are missing after this weekend’s storms. (The Guardian; BBC)
Other Things: (1) Full transcript of Face the Nation (of note: Interview with John Brennan) (2) Why Is It Important that the White House Tours Resume? (Scientific American) (3) Disney Park Tickets Getting Pricier (CNN) (4) The Library of Congress has released historic illustrations for you to print and color. They’re pretty darn great.
So, America’s Life Expectancy is Not So Hot Compared to Other Industrialized Nations:
February 28: President Trump delivers an address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress.
March 1: Ash Wednesday. First Day of Lent.
March 3: Swing Dancing at Fountain Square Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Lessons; Full band at 8:30. Indianapolis (Indiana)
March 6: Live Trivia at Stacked Pickle, Southport. 7:30 p.m. with DJ Tyler. Indianapolis. (Indiana)
March 12: Daylight Savings Time begins. Spring forward (U.S.)
March 18: That 90’s Band at Alley’s Alehouse. Fishers, 8:30 p.m. (Indiana)
April 14: Here Come the Mummies at the Bluebird. Bloomington, 8 p.m. (Indiana)
Tonight’s title brought to you by Kellyanne Conway, who has “had an incredible first month with President Action, President Impact, Donald J. Trump.” (Fox News)