The “Suspicious Package” News, 24 October 2018

Live updates on the suspicious package situation in the U.S. (CNN)

Quotes

”And by the way, do you see how nice I’m behaving tonight?” President Donald Trump, tonight, during a rally in Wisconsin. (CNN)

“The present…is not an isolated speck of time…These are the harvest hours of history. The good or evil of the present, the wisdom or folly of present actions, [will] reproduce themselves a thousand fold in the future.” Frederick Douglass (Quoted by Steve Inskeep, Twitter)

“I had a holy shit moment, thinking ‘Oh my God, it’s gone.’” Chip Fletcher, climate scientist at University of Hawaii, discussing his thoughts when it was discovered that a Hawaiian island had vanished. (Twitter, Javier Panzar)

“Tell that to Oklahoma City, you Dollar Tree Eva Braun.” Dan Kaszeta, in response to Ann Coulter’s tweet today, “From the Haymarket riot to the Unibomber, bombs are a liberal tactic.” (Twitter)

“People looking back at this moment will not be able to believe that a country with $21 trillion in debt, with the greatest levels of income disparity that we’ve seen since the Gilded Age, would find as its solution $2 trillion in tax breaks for the rich.” Beto O’Rourke (Quoted by Robert Reich, Twitter)

“…nobody in progressive political commentary is actually mad about Trump’s troop visiting schedule. We’re mad that Trump is destroying financial and environmental regulation while trying to screw poor people out of health care and nutrition assistance, all while imprisoning children seeking asylum and undermining international order.” Matthew Yglesias (Vox, “The hack gap: how and why conservative nonsense dominates American politics”)

“The raw personal qualities that voters tend to want in a candidate – honesty, intelligence, compassion, and work ethic – are not qualities that the privileged have a monopoly on… When the price of competing is giving up your day job (or a chunk of it), usually only the very well-off will be able to throw their hats into the ring.” Dr. Nicholas Carnes (Vox, “Working-class people are underrepresented in politics.”)

“The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism.” Alexander Hamilton and James Madison (George Washington’s Farewell Address, 1796)

“But shall this crazed old man be tamely suffered to drag a whole ship’s company down to doom with him?” Herman Melville (Moby Dick)

Numbers

2- Two people killed today in a shooting at a Jeffersontown, Kentucky Kroger. The suspected shooter is in custody. (CNN)

7.9- On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being extremely angry, a recent survey found that Republicans ages 55 and older registered an average 7.9 in anger about the topic of illegal immigration. (Reuters, Ipsos)

74- In the past five years, 74 American cities have voted to remove fluoride from their drinking water, despite thousands of studies showing it prevents cavities. (NBC)

78- According to a recent survey, 78 percent of those earning less than $30,000 per year, reported that their financial situation has not improved since the last election. 27 percent said that their finances have worsened. 76 percent of Americans 65 and older said they did not feel their financial situation had improved since the last election. (NBC)

1 Million- A United Nations human rights panel estimates that Chinese authorities have imprisoned as many as one million Uighurs, a Muslim religious minority inside the country. A Hong Kong human rights group puts the number even higher: between 2 million and 3 million. The Chinese government agencies overseeing the “re-education camps” have purchased 2,768 police batons, 550 electric cattle prods, 1,367 pairs of handcuffs, and 2,792 cans of pepper spray. (Vox)

World Headlines:  Macron to go ahead with plan to move press out of Palace Élysée (Reuters), Famine in Yemen could become one of worst in living memory, UN says (The Guardian), Brazil’s Sad Choice (The New York Times), China’s reeducation camps for Uighur Muslims are beginning to look like concentration camps (Vox)

Sorta Sad, Really:    The Drama Book Shop to Close Doors in 2019; NYC (Playbill)

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