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2018-06

Flexi Disc History: Vinyl's Thinner Cousin
The history of flexi discs, the cheap alternative to vinyl records that was once a marketer’s dream material and an unusual Cold War workaround.
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Hurricane Maria: Harvard study estimates thousands died in Puerto Rico due to hurricane, far exceeding official death toll - The Washington Post
A new Harvard study published Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine estimates that 4,645 deaths can be linked to the hurricane and its immediate aftermath, making the storm far deadlier than previously thought. Official estimates have placed the number of dead at 64, a count that has drawn sharp criticism from experts and local residents and spurred the government to order an independent review that has yet to be completed.
2018-06 
9 days ago by Weaverbird
Trump and Hurricane Maria: the true death toll in Puerto Rico - Vox
An unfit president contributes to an unprecedented catastrophe.
2018-06 
9 days ago by Weaverbird
Report: NFL Owners Admit Donald Trump Squeezed Them On Anthem Protests
In the wake of the NFL owners’ decision to cook up a national anthem policy even as the issue appeared to be dying down, it was easy to see how much the fear of Donald Trump had influenced their thinking. Several owners and executives even alluded to this after the policy was approved. But now there’s sworn testimony to suggest Trump told at least one owner he was going to keep humping the issue because it benefits him.
2018-06 
9 days ago by Weaverbird
Opinion | Chris Hayes: What ‘Law and Order’ Means to Trump - The New York Times
And this is what “law and order” means: the preservation of a certain social order, not the rule of law. It shouldn’t have taken this long to see what has always been staring us in the face. After all, the last president to focus so intensely on law and order, Richard Nixon, the man who helped usher in mass incarceration, was also the most infamous criminal to occupy the Oval Office. The history of the United States is the story of a struggle between the desire to establish certain universal rights and the countervailing desire to preserve a particular social order.

We are now witnessing a president who wholly embraces the latter. America can have that kind of social order, or it can have justice for all. But it can’t have both.
2018-06  law  justice  society 
9 days ago by Weaverbird
The Constitutional Crisis Is Already Underway
For most of Donald Trump’s presidency, the specter of a coming constitutional crisis has loomed over the Russia investigation. The newly leaked memo by Trump’s lawyers, obtained by the New York Times, suggests that such a crisis is not merely a likelihood, but that it has already begun.

The memo proposes several tendentious interpretations of the publicly available facts of Trump’s behavior, along with some legally questionable and amateurish citations of precedent. But the most important passage is its sweeping assertion of presidential authority.
2018-06 
9 days ago by Weaverbird
The week Trump went full dictator and no one tried to stop him | Will Bunch - Philly
L’Etat, c’est moi. Trump and his lawyers are claiming the rights, and the powers, of a king — not a democratically elected president. The lesson of Watergate and Nixon’s ultimate resignation was supposed to be that no president is above the law — a lesson that got muddled when Gerald Ford pardoned Nixon. Forty-four years later, Team Trump is dropping an H-bomb on what’s left of that apparently quaint notion.

— It’s easy to overlook that the pace of Trump’s assorted untruths and out-and-out lies is actually increasing.
2018-06 
9 days ago by Weaverbird
GOP elects white supremacist who rioted in Charlottesville
Emboldened by Trump's racism, a record number of white supremacists are making their way into mainstream Republican politics.

A participant in last summer’s deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville has been elected to public office as part of the Washington state Republican party, The Daily Beast reports.
2018-06  racism  hate  wtf 
9 days ago by Weaverbird
Donald Trump Is Getting Away With the Biggest Scandal in American History – Mother Jones
In the face of Trump’s fact-free denials, who is reminding the public of the basics—that Russia attacked, and that Trump aided and abetted the operation? If you watch cable news or are addicted to Twitter, you can see Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, engaging in hand-to-hand combat with the Republicans and the forces of Fox News over the Russia probe on practically a daily basis. A few other Democratic members of his committee join the fray when the news cycle permits. But Sen. Mark Warner, (D-Va.), the senior Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, prefers maintaining a lower profile. And there are no other Democratic bigwigs who have assumed the task of addressing the beyond-cable audience and fiercely reiterating and emphasizing the core narrative. When it comes to framing the overarching story, Trump practically has a monopoly.
2018-06 
9 days ago by Weaverbird
Trump loves to fight. That’s why he won’t end his beef with the NFL. - The Washington Post
For Trump, the action is the juice. Look no further than his gloat, to the Cowboys’ Jones: “You can’t win this one.” Except that in the heads-of-state club, Trump is the proverbial guy doing thrill-seeker liquor store holdups with Born-to-Lose tattooed on his chest. Like so many things with this president, the fights he chooses are about him, about winners and losers, and about getting down in the mud as far he possibly can.
2018-06 
9 days ago by Weaverbird

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