In the News

Here are a couple of links of interest from the news today:

[Content Note: Video may autoplay at link] This is a real paragraph in a New York Times article on President Obama and climate change: "But while climate change has played to Mr. Obama's highest ideals—critics would call them messianic impulses—it has also exposed his weaknesses, namely an inability to forge consensus, even within his own party, on a problem that demands a bipartisan response." JFC. This President has done everything he can with an obstructionist Congress, and used his executive orders as judiciously and thoughtfully as possible, to address climate change. And this is the write-up he gets in the paper of record.

In related news: "New Study Shows Link Between Louisiana Floods and Climate Change."

[CN: Toxic water; neglect] "Flint's Undocumented Residents Go Without Care in Wake of Water Crisis." Fucking hell.

[CN: Misogyny; abuse] This widely shared tweet is doing my head in: "Wasn't a fan of Hillary. Didn't vote for her in the primaries. But you know what? Never seen someone handle abuse so stoically. Has my vote." I mean, yay for another Clinton supporter and everything, but HOLY SHIT the idea that a woman's most admirable quality is her ability to stoically handle abuse. Yikes.

RIP Lady Chablis. "The Lady Chablis, one of the most remembered characters from both John Berendt's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and Clint Eastwood's film of the book, has died. A longtime performer at Savannah's Club One, many referred to Chablis simply as 'The Doll.' ...She has long been a giver to the community. Throughout the 2000's, she worked closely on various campaigns for the American Diabetes Association, donating thousands of dollars raised by her performances to the cause. She was the headlining entertainer for Savannah Pride's inaugural celebration, and hosted their Miss Gay Pride Pageant. She would go on to perform, donate and contribute to many LGBT charities throughout her career." My condolences to her family, friends, colleagues, and fans.

"We Just Found Out There's More Than One Species of Giraffe." Neat!

What have you been reading?

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