Wednesday Reads: Explosion

For the latest updates on Beirut:

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Pulitzer Prize winning photographer @lorenzotug is on the ground for The Post in Beirut, Lebanon and took these photographs following massive explosions that shook the city on Tuesday, injuring and killing hundreds of people. The cause of the early-evening blasts was not immediately clear, but senior officials said it appeared that flammable materials stored in a warehouse had caught fire. One thing that was clear is that crisis-stricken Lebanon, in the throes of a major economic collapse and battling rising numbers of coronavirus infections, is in little position to cope with another disaster, especially on this scale. At least two hospitals were badly damaged in the explosions, and TV footage showed staff evacuating patients to alternative hospitals that were themselves swamped — in the dark, because the city had no electricity. Read our coverage by clicking the link in our bio.

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And, by the way…

Dealing with tRump:

Other bits of news:

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A lot of schools reopened this week and go figure but the pictures seem to show few wearing masks or social distancing. Now it’s just a matter of time until a spike in cases. • #keepschoolssafe #keepschoolsclosed #distancelearning #onlinelearning #virtuallearning #coronavirus #covid19 #publicschool #teachers #teachersofinstagram #guineapigs #wordproblems #lessonplan #school #freelanceartist #digitalart

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On Wednesday, teachers in Georgia’s largest school district returned to elementary, middle and high school campuses to start in-person planning for the fall semester. By the next day, 260 district employees had been barred from entering their schools, either because they tested positive for the coronavirus or had been directly exposed to someone who had. The outbreak has complicated the return to school in Gwinnett County, which this week had the highest number of new coronavirus cases in the state. Across the nation, school districts have been struggling to find the safest, most effective way to return to class this fall. But spiking coronavirus case rates, particularly in the Midwest and South, where outbreaks have been growing rapidly in recent weeks, have complicated the reopening process. States and individual districts have adopted a patchwork of policies governing how schools should shut down when outbreaks spread through classrooms. Georgia has left control over closures up to school districts. Read more by clicking the link in our bio.

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Playtime for clouded leopard cubs Jilian and Paitoon! Toys that dangle, swing and roll are all the rage with these cool cats, which are well-adapted to arboreal life in the forests of Thailand, Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia and China. This entertaining enrichment serves to sharpen the cubs’ hunting skills, motivate them to explore their habitat, encourage problem solving and offer them choices in how to spend their time. . . . These items are built to be hearty, but over time they wear down after so many teeth and claw marks. You can help replenish some of the cubs’ worn-but-well-loved toys by making a donation to the Enrichment Trunk: (Link in bio.) On behalf of the cubs, thank you for your generosity! . . . #InternationalCloudedLeopardDay

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Here is something to check out, on the political cartoon front:

Follow that thread.

A few thoughts on the Swan interview:

This thread is spot on…

Be sure to read that thread in full.

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Six years ago today we had a twinkle in our eyes that, well watered with gin and due fucking care and attention, became the Profanity Embroidery Group! Been a bit of a shitty year for a pub-meeting responsible-drinking (ahem) over-huggy very sweary embroidery group – but we are slowly finding our fucking feet again. All being well, might be worth tuning in to You & Yours on Radio 4 tomorrow (Thursday 6th Aug). Might not of course, but that’s up to you – and whatever other shit the world throws up that would be more important than talking sweary sewing HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!!!!! and here for good measure, is the @rinadraws cartoon which began it all. Fuck the World. . . #pegwhitstable #itsprofanedontcomplain #profanityembroiderygroup #profanityembroidery #sewing #welovefuckingswearing #whitstable #embroiderytherapy #embroideryart #artist #textile #textileart #textileartist #textiletherapy #fuckit #fuckyou #fucktheworld #pissed #gin #mrswinchester #embrioderyandshit

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tRump is a disgusting piece of shit.

This is an open thread.

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If 2020 was an Avocado…

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9 Comments on “Wednesday Reads: Explosion”

  1. dakinikat says:

  2. Enheduanna says:

    I am so with Joyce Alene – in a state of shock still. Thanks for the updates JJ! Love the clouded leopards.

  3. bostonboomer says:

  4. NW Luna says:

    Just make it now already!

    • quixote says:

      Honestly. I don’t get the tease-tease-tune-in! bullshit when it’s about news.

      The second installment of the Star Wars trilogy? Fine. Anticipation is half the fun.

      But news? It’s not about fun. It’s about information. or should be.

      The only thing I can think is they’re trying to up what they can charge on those by-the-microsecond ad markets.

  5. palhart says:

    JJ, thanks for the leopards and Joyce Alene post, maybe a “5” for me of the Swan expressions. I had a much needed couple of laughs.