I don’t know what I did to deserve getting an Iggy Azalea earworm stuck in my head.
I’ve wasted lots of time arguing with climate change deniers, but maybe they’ll go swim in a lake someday.
Don’t go swimming at Silverwood Lake right now because of toxic algae bloom, officials say • 2016 Aug 4 • Stephanie K. Baer • San Bernardino County Sun
Climate Change and Harmful Algal Blooms • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Most of Trump’s economic advisers run hedge funds or are major figures in the real estate industry. Oh, and he has a couple of actual economists, one of whom advised both Reagan and GHWB. Trump basically wants a group of foxes to watch the henhouse. So maybe I’m wrong. Trump isn’t a fascist. It looks like he’s just a straight-up wannabe kleptocrat.
Trump Names Wall Street And Real Estate Titans As Economic Advisers • 2016 Aug 5 • Jim Zarroli • NPR
Honestly, it seems like he’s totally telegraphing the fact that if gets elected, he’s simply going to plunder the country and flee to somewhere where he can’t get extradited.
Given that his campaign manager is Paul Manafort, it totally strikes me that this is basically what Ferdinand Marcos tried to do, except he was too close to death to actually enjoy his ill-gotten wealth. (And to this day, no one really know where all the money that Marcos plundered from the Philippines went.)
Also, I am reminded of the lyrics to the Radiohead song “Idioteque”
“My order is shoot to kill you. I don’t care about human rights, you better believe me.” — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte
400 dead in a month in Philippines’ ‘shoot-to-kill’ war on drugs • 2016 Aug 5 • Los Angeles Times