News Dump, 8 November 2017


“There’s far, far more memory than there is the history we write.” David Blight (Panoply, Slate, Political Gabfest)

“Trump ran for president because he wanted the (absolute) power he thought came with the job, not the job that actually comes with the (limited) power.” Ezra Klein, Vox (Twitter)

“Greater than 75% chance while in China [President Trump] asks why General Tso hasn’t dealt with North Korea.” @pourmecoffee (Twitter)

“I think what we need to remember, most of all, is that the Civil War is not over until we, today, have done our part in fighting it, as well as understanding what happened when the Civil War generation fought it. William Faulkner said once that history is not ‘was’ it’s ‘is.’ And what we need to remember about the Civil War is that the Civil War is in the present as well as the past. The generation that fought the war, the generation that argued over the definition of the war, the generation that had to pay the price in blood, that had to pay the price in blasted hopes and a lost future, also established a standard that will not mean anything until we have finished the work. You can say there’s no such thing as slavery, we’re all citizens. But if we’re all citizens, then we have a task to do to make sure that that too is not a joke. If some citizens live in houses and others live on the street, the Civil War is still going on. It’s still to be fought and regrettably, it can still be lost.” Historian Barbara J. Fields (Ken Burns’ The Civil War)

“Your yard is becoming Relentlessly Gay! Myself and others in the neighborhood ask that you Tone it Down. This is a Christian area and there are Children. Keep it up and I will be Forced to call the Police on You! Your kind need to have Respect for GOD.” Note sent to @Badladsplace, who commented “gaying level: relentless.” (Twitter)

“My donors are basically saying ‘Get it done or don’t ever call me again.'” Representative Chris Collins (R-NY) (Multiple sources, including Cristina Marcos, Twitter)

Comfortably Numb-ers:

11- Last Saturday, “11 princes, four ministers, and many further former ministers were arrested in Saudi Arabia. The most prominent of those arrested was Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, an international financier.” (Significant Digits, FiveThirtyEight; The New York Times)

58- Fetal death rates in Flint, Michigan increased by 58 percent after the municipality switched water sources in April, 2014. As we know now, the water after the switch had catastrophically high levels of lead contamination. (PBS, Washington Post, CBS, Fox)

91- “Among high-income nations, 91 percent of children younger than 15 who were killed by gunfire lived in the United States.” (The Washington Post)

3,890- “There are now 3,890 wild tigers in the world — 700 more than at the last count.” (BBC News)

Reading List: What the Hell Just Happened in Saudi Arabia? (Politico), Three Winners and Three Losers from the Surprising 2017 Elections (Vox), Grace Mugabe Has a Clear Path to Zimbabwe’s Top Job After Her Husband Fired the VP (Quartz), America’s Mass-Shooting Epidemic is Contagious (The Atlantic)

Interested in all things tax? Check out Tax Policy Center (think tank, thinking about taxes, as one does.)

Love Current Affairs and Newsy Things? Try out these podcasts: The Uncertain Hour (Marketplace), Marketplace with Kai Ryssdal, The Impact (Vox), The Weeds (Vox), Global News Podcast (BBC), The Daily (New York Times)

And this. Do this. And send some others to “any kid” at the same hospital. Or the children’s hospital nearest you. For that matter, send a bouquet or two to the nearest nursing home near you. The nursing staff will know who could really use a boost. It’s a good time to spread love to others. Actually, every time is a good time to do that.



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