Wednesday Reads: Violence Stupid, Cartoon Hump Day

   
It is a one two punch today….

  

Hey…the dude must have deserved it.  Some assholes are just asking for it!

From the Twitterverse…

https://twitter.com/peterbakernyt/status/856955362372714496

Well…I’m not certain if that statement about tRump not reading the EO is completely true or not. (Cough and hack.) So take it for what it is. 

And now for something equally repugnant. 

I mean, that headline tweet is just scary as hell. 

Let’s put that into perspective. Today is April 26th….and do you realize this is an anniversary of a huge nuclear disaster?

Photo by @GerdLudwig 31 years ago, on April 26, 1986 reactor #4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant blew up. The radioactive fallout spread over thousands of square kilometers, driving more than a quarter of a million people permanently from their homes. It remains the worst nuclear accident to date. In 2011, the Ukrainian government legalized trips to the Chernobyl exclusion zone allowing it to become a disaster-tourism destination. The most riveting attraction for visitors is the ghost town of Pripyat: dolls are scattered in abandoned kindergartens, floors are rotting, paint is peeling from the walls, and gas masks litter-evacuated schools. Pripyat today bears less than honest witness to its abrupt abandonment as visitors have changed its landscape: first the scavengers, who stripped the rooms of valuables and now the tourists. With limited time in the zone, the visitors often alter the abandoned environment, making compositions to be photographed close-up by countless cameras and phones. The ever-falling chips of chalk from the ceilings have blanketed some of these “still-lifes,” often creating the illusion for the next visitors that this is how the evacuees hastily abandoned the scene. You can learn more about Chernobyl from my book and iPad app The Long Shadow of Chernobyl. @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #TheLongShadowOfChernobyl #Chernobyl #nuclear #environment #disaster #dolls #tourism

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Photo by @GerdLudwig. Chairs, children’s toys and gas masks offer a surrealist still life in an abandoned kindergarten classroom. After the Chernobyl nuclear accident, all useful items were taken; now tourism is leaving its own mark. Less and less do buildings bear witness to the hasty departure of their former residents; instead, there are signs of the visitors’ need to simplify the message. Most noticeably, dolls like this one, carefully arranged next to a gas mask, have become the standard motif. This photograph is part of my exhibition which just opened at Visa Pour l'Image in Perpignan. Photojournalists and photo enthusiasts gather annually in southern France for the world's premier international festival for photojournalism to view work from around the world in exhibitions across the city and dramatic evening open-air screenings. To see more and learn about the Chernobyl accident, my iPad app, "The Long Shadow of Chernobyl," was recently updated for iOS8: http://www.gerdludwig.com/2015/07/the-long-shadow-of-chernobyl-app-updated/ @natgeo @theimagereview @natgeocreative #chernobyl #ukraine #pripyat #doll #disaster #nuclear #toy #abandoned #gasmask #arrangement #tourism #exclusionzone #surreal #TheLongShadowofChernobyl #catastrophe #VisaPourlImage #Perpignan

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Photo by @GerdLudwig, published in National Geographic Magazine's "The Nuclear Tourist." In 1986 reactor #4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant blew up. The radioactive fallout spread over thousands of square kilometers, driving more than a quarter of a million people permanently from their homes. Trips to the Chernobyl exclusion zone were legalized by the Ukrainian government in 2011. Chernobyl has since become a disaster-tourism destination. The most riveting attraction for visitors is the ghost town of Pripyat: dolls are scattered in abandoned kindergartens, floors are rotting and paint is peeling from the walls. Three decades after the accident created chaos of apocalyptic magnitude, tourists and tour guides are creating a bewildering disturbance, posing dolls (and sometimes gas masks) in unsettling scenes. This photograph is part of my upcoming exhibition at Visa Pour l'Image in Perpignan, opening August 29. Photojournalists, and photo enthusiasts gather annually in southern France for the world's premier international festival for photojournalism to view work from around the world in exhibitions across the city and dramatic evening open-air screenings. To see more and learn about the Chernobyl accident, my iPad app, "The Long Shadow of Chernobyl," was recently updated for iOS8: http://www.gerdludwig.com/2015/07/the-long-shadow-of-chernobyl-app-updated/ @thephotosociety @theimagereview @natgeocreative #Chernobyl #Pripyat #Ukraine #abandoned #doll #toy #nuclear #disaster #fallout #tourism #TheLongShadowofChernobyl #catastrophe #VisaPourlImage #Perpignan

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Nuclear war is no where near the “China Syndrome” but looking at images of Chernobyl…it does remind one of the visual possibilities. 

 
One more quick commentary link before we get to the cartoons:

  
Okay….I do believe that dickwad deserves a hand job. 

  
Onwards and upwards. 

And this is an open thread, post all the old Bullshit and new Bullshit you want below in the comments!


Sunday Reads: We can rebuild her…

A sign from the March for Science in San Francisco.

There was plenty of wild posters at the March for Science protest yesterday, but I think the one above has to be my favorite.

Let’s check out a few more:


And how Big was this March on Science:

It has been a very busy 36 hours. So this thread is short….

An autopsy is planned.
We will end it on a science note.

This is an open thread.


Wednesday Reads: Itty Bitty Hump Day Cartoons 

04/19 Mike Luckovich: Heartless. | Mike Luckovich

How goes it?

This latest “armada” shitbacle seems like a scripted backstory for Veep.

Despite talk of a military strike, Trump’s ‘armada’ actually sailed away from Korea – The Washington Post

 

Yeah, it was going the other way…

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters on April 11 that the Carl Vinson was “on her way up there.” Asked about the deployment in an interview with Fox Business Network that aired April 12, President Trump said: “We are sending an armada, very powerful.”

U.S. media went into overdrive, and Fox reported on April 14 that the armada was “steaming” toward North Korea.

But pictures posted by the U.S. Navy suggest that’s not quite the case — or at least not yet.

A photograph released by the Navy showed the aircraft carrier sailing through the calm waters of Sunda Strait between the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Java on Saturday, April 15. By later in the day, it was in the Indian Ocean, according to Navy photographs.

In other words, on the same day that the world nervously watched North Korea stage a massive military parade to celebrate the birthday of the nation’s founder, Kim Il Sung, and the press speculated about a preemptive U.S. strike, the U.S. Navy put the Carl Vinson, together with its escort of two guided-missile destroyers and a cruiser, more than 3,000 miles southwest of the Korean Peninsula — and more than 500 miles southeast of Singapore.

Instead of steaming toward the Korea Peninsula, the carrier strike group was actually headed in the opposite direction to take part in “scheduled exercises with Australian forces in the Indian Ocean,” according to Defense News, which first reported the story.

Here is the NYTs article:

Aircraft Carrier Wasn’t Sailing to Deter North Korea, as U.S. Suggested – NYTimes.com

Yet I wonder, if that was the real situation…what about this news from earlier in the week?

I really hate that fucker tRump.

But hey…even if it was all just play-acting…and the “armada” was too far away to actually do anything if the North Koreans did start a nuclear catastrophe, the swinging dicks had their fun.

 

 

 

As you can see, that “gentleman” had his own version of make-believe too:

North Korea Celebrates Founder’s Birthday With Mock Missile Attack On United States | The Huffington Post

North Korea marked the birthday of its founder on Sunday with a massive celebration featuring military musicians and singers performing beneath images that included a simulated missile attack on the United States.

Footage from North Korean state-run TV showed leader Kim Jong Un in attendance at the celebration of the 105th birthday of his grandfather, Kim Il Sung, who died in 1994.

About 1 hour and 13 minutes in, video screens in the concert hall highlighted various North Korean weapons, including missiles being launched. Eventually, the footage changed to computer graphics showing several missiles destroying a city.

The city wasn’t named, but one of the images featured a tattered American flag over a cemetery, with the entire scene engulfed in flames

Video at the link.

Now more cartoons, cause I can’t take this shit anymore.

 

 

 

 

SHAMELESS MARKETING: 04/19/2017 Cartoon by Deb Milbrath

Cartoon by Deb Milbrath - SHAMELESS MARKETING

CRUMBLING FOREIGN POLICY: 04/18/2017 Cartoon by Deb Milbrath

Cartoon by Deb Milbrath - CRUMBLING FOREIGN POLICY

04/19/2017 Cartoon by Tom Stiglich

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04/19/2017 Cartoon by Nick Anderson

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Nick Anderson cartoon: 04/18/2017 Cartoon by Nick Anderson

News on Twitter:

This last one is for the medievalist in the group…

This is an open thread…


Easter Sunday Reads: Let’s get Lit

Happy Easter

To those of you who celebrate it….

Happy Passover

As well….

Happy Spring…or Mid-Spring?

Happy Pre-Nuclear Summer…

(Cough, Cough.)

Happy…well, I was going to put the number of days tRump has been in office. But, and this is in all seriousness, I could not be bothered to figure out the math. Uh…If the 100 days marker is on the 29th of April, and today is April 16th, how many days has this asshole been not my POTUS.

Yes, my brain is completely gone.

I will put it in another way, as y’all know (or may not know) one of the tools I use to get through my day is a news feed app called NewsBlur. I’ve got all my RSS feeds that run through this thing, it has files that I’ve separated into crap…literally.

See…the crap is broken down to topics…even my few RWN blogs (right-wing-nuts) that I follow are pulled out apart from my other stuff. (Although I must admit, I usually just delete all those in that folder without even looking.)

Why do I bring this shit up?

I’m making a point here….

See that number there in the top, MinxCrapMain only 140 stories unread.

Just by looking at that number I know that tRump hasn’t bombed anyone today.

And that it is relatively a quiet peaceful day…news wise.

That feed number has not been that low all this week. I’ve seen the number up there to over 8,000 unread. Then I would clear the damn folders, cause I could not deal with all the fucking hell fire tRump unleashed…and within a few hours, the unread feed number would be bam, up again to 4,000 unread.

I did not live through the Cuban Missile Crisis. My child and teen years were spent during the 70s and 80s Cold War…Sting would sing about Russians…and wonder if they loved their children too.

 

 

In Europe and America there’s a growing feeling of hysteria.
Conditioned to respond to all the threats
In the rhetorical speeches of the Soviets.
MIster Krushchev said, “We will bury you.”
I don’t subscribe to this point of view.
It’d be such an ignorant thing to do
If the Russians love their children too.
How can I save my little boy from Oppenheimer’s deadly toy?
There is no monopoly on common sense
On either side of the political fence.
We share the same biology, regardless of ideology.
Believe me when I say to you,
I hope the Russians love their children too

There is no historical precedent
To put the words in the mouth of the president?
There’s no such thing as a winnable war,
It’s a lie we don’t believe anymore.
Mister Reagan says, “We will protect you.”
I don’t subscribe to this point of view.
Believe me when I say to you,
I hope the Russians love their children too
We share the same biology, regardless of ideology.
But what might save us, me and you,
Is if the Russians love their children too

But now…we have tRump and North Korea.

And we have Twitter.

And we have Memes.

And all I can do is wonder, if that tRump basturd loves any fucking thing but money. Yet, we all know the answer to that question. Which is why with this go round, I think my fear is more real.

Leon Panetta criticizes Trump’s use of the phrase ‘my military’ – Business Insider

Trump Celebrates National Parks — After Proposing To Slash Their Funding | The Huffington Post

Top US security official says ‘all options are on the table’ when it comes to dealing with North Korea | The Independent

 

At any rate, I found myself ignoring the news and even putting off reading the blog. So for today’s links, we will concentrate on other shit.

 

I know that last week I’ve mentioned the super bloom from space, but this is too pretty to ignore.

The links are in no particular order…and yes, they are in dump format.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Okay, the Facebook links are out of the way.

The rest of the dump:

Samuel L. Jackson evokes ‘Pulp Fiction’ in radio ad for Georgia election that has GOP on edge

Video at the link.

Virginia Finally Gives Female Clerk With 27 Years Experience The Same Pay As Man With Less Than 6 | The Huffington Post

Yeah, about time right? Before this…the article says, she was making far less than the male clerk.

Now a couple from The Economist:

 

Writing the end of the world: Charting trends in apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction | The Economist

THE apocalypse has proved fertile ground for writers of popular fiction. In “The Day of the Triffids” (1951), John Wyndham saw mankind’s end hastened by perambulating carnivorous plants; Stephen King made a case for murderous mobile phones in “Cell” (2006). Readers are invited time and again to imagine a world devastated by natural disaster, destroyed by radiation or wracked by plague.

The Doomsday Clock is another touchstone of the geopolitical mood. A countdown to global catastrophe devised by scientists in 1947 in the wake of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, it was conceived as an analogy for the threat of global nuclear war. The clock started at seven minutes to midnight, with midnight symbolising the end of life as we know it. The hands have been adjusted 22 times, fluctuating between two and 17 minutes to midnight. Since 2007, it has reflected global challenges more generally, encompassing climate change and artificial intelligence as well as nuclear war.

Over the course of the clock’s 70-year history, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic literature has seen waves of popularity; the chart below* maps them against each other. Each time the hands edge closer to midnight—that is, when a threat is most tangible—writers seem to start scribbling about the near annihilation or total extinction of the human race (if you allow for the fact that it takes a minimum of two years to write and publish a novel). A general mood of fear and unease, as reflected in the clock’s movements, seems to roughly correlate with novels expressing fears about the future and mankind’s place within it.

There is a nice chart and more to read at the link.

Art smarts | The Economist

WHAT is art for and what good does it do? Two centuries ago, Kant and Hegel spent much of their lives contemplating questions about art and aesthetics. Many others have done so since. The latest are two studies, from either side of the Atlantic, by Michael Kimmelman and John Carey. The authors are professionally involved in the arts, Mr Kimmelman as chief art critic at the New York Times and Mr Carey as a professor of English literature at Oxford University. Scholars both, they are prodigious readers, listeners to, and students of, art. Yet both their books are at their most impressive when the authors seem to be trying the least.

In connection with that…well, no real connection but other than it is about books. (As in get lit, in the title of the post. I guess I can’t do anything without some type of theme.)

This Long Pursuit: Reflections of a Romantic biographer – review | Books | The Guardian

There is a wonderful moment in Richard Holmes’s new book in which he describes himself gazing at a flowerbed of his own making. The flowerbed is abundant in “old friends” and its roses, anemones and potentillas are redolent of the memory of their planting. In a book concerned mostly with the lives of others, Holmes offers a glimpse of himself amid the flowers. He is a fond and forgetful figure, longing to subside into the skirts of a plant the size of a “plump chaise longue”, the name of which has escaped him.

It is a brilliant vignette, prompting a meditation on the role of memory in biographical writing, and an exploration of the things that get forgotten in the writing of lives. Throughout This Long Pursuit, Holmes moves between reflections on the subjects of his career as a biographer and sketches of himself at work. We see him lecturing on Coleridge at the Royal Institution, scribbling at a table in the Cévennes, scurrying from the National Portrait Gallery with a glossy catalogue under his arm and newly discovered stories brimming in his mind. The result is a glorious series of essays on the art of life writing and a worthy successor to his earlier volumes on the craft, Footsteps and Sidetracks.

Sticking with books for a minute more:

Chart Every Country’s Favorite Book on This Map – Creators

 

Go to the link to read the list.

Poetry is literature, Five Fierce Women Poets to Inspire the Resistance | Good Sh*t | OZY

WHY YOU SHOULD CARE

Because one good poem can remind you what you’re fighting for.

Moving forward to…Saturday Night Live: Alec Baldwin returns as Donald Trump to mock the President’s Mar-a-Lago trips | The Independent

Video at link.

Here is a touching article about Terry Jones: ‘I’ve got dementia. My frontal lobe has absconded’ | Society | The Guardian

Towards the end of our interview, Jones reaches out to grasp his hand, giving it a good squeeze. The pair hold hands for a couple of minutes, a gesture that perfectly reflects their 50 years of friendship – and its importance in sustaining Jones through his tribulations.

Up next…a cool little doo dad: Is Trump At Mar-a-Lago

Some beautiful photographs and history found in an envelope: An envelope in a Barcelona flea market held the work of an unknown master photographer

In the summer of 2001, American Tom Sponheim was vacationing in Barcelona with his wife. On their way to the cathedral of Sagrada Familia, they wandered through the bustling flea market of Els Encants.

Sponheim spotted a stack of photo negatives on a table, and after checking that they were decently exposed, asked the vendor how much. She asked for $2.50 for an envelope of the shots. He paid her $3.50.

Upon returning home, Sponheim scanned the negatives and discovered that he had stumbled upon the work of an unknown but immensely talented photographer.

These last few links will be associated with faith history and shit. Take a look and read the articles they are interesting for sure….

Love, Labor, Liturgy: Languages of Service in Late Medieval England – Medievalists.net

As faith declines in Spain, so do Seville’s glorious convents | PBS NewsHour

Vatican unveils frescoes in Catacombs of Priscilla with paintings of FEMALE PRIESTS | Daily Mail Online

 

I will end the post with a few eggs…rebirth? Whatever, they are beautiful. Especially the last one!

 

 

This last egg, is simply Divine!

Divine Egg by Logan Baldauf

 


Wednesday Reads: Hump Day Cartoons

Good Afternoon

I thought there would be plenty of cartoons today, with Spicer giving such a platter of goods yesterday, and tRump with his “Cake Boss” moment this morning.

The only other reporter to raise any eyebrows was Ashley Parker from Washington Post…

 

Reporters React to Sean Spicer Hitler Assad Comment

Another day, another gaffe by Press Secretary Sean Spicer — this one arguably his worst one yet. During his Tuesday briefing, while discussing Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, he said “You know, you had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons.” When given the opportunity to clarify, he only elaborated, “I think when you come to sarin gas, he was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Ashad [sic] is doing … he brought them into the Holocaust Centers, I understand that.”

And just as the words came out of his mouth, reporters April Ryan and Ashley Parker reacted, well, pretty much exactly how you’d expect any person watching to.

Well, actually…look around, no one else seems to be reacting to the Hitler comments.

 

Then of course you have this:

 

 

And what the fuck is Maria Bartiromo laughing and giggling about?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JUSTICE GORSCALIA: 04/12/2017 Cartoon by Deb Milbrath

Cartoon by Deb Milbrath - JUSTICE GORSCALIA

04/12/2017 Cartoon by David Horsey

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04/10/2017 Cartoon by David Horsey

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04/11/2017 Cartoon by Adam Zyglis

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Nick Anderson cartoon: 04/12/2017 Cartoon by Nick Anderson

Cartoon by Nick Anderson - Nick Anderson cartoon

04/12/2017 Cartoon by Tom Stiglich

Cartoon by Tom Stiglich -

 

This is an open thread.


Tuesday Reads: Future of what?

 

Good Afternoon

Boston Boomer is under the weather today, so I’m bringing you the round up for the day.

First up I have to start this thread with a little tongue in cheek;

Okay, now let’s get serious.

Why do I get the feeling the passengers that were “randomly” chosen for United to “reaccommodate” perhaps had a little more than a random pick behind it?

Controversy over United passenger’s ‘troubled past’ – Business Insider

People are rallying around the passenger who was forcibly removed from a United Airlines flight on Sunday, in response to what many see as attempts to vilify a victim.

On Tuesday, the Louisville Courier-Journal published an article reporting that the passenger, David Dao, “has a troubled history in Kentucky.” The article cites past drug-related felonies in the early 2000s, noting that the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure allowed Dao to resume practicing medicine in 2015.

Soon after the article published, many people took to social media to criticize the Courier-Journal for seemingly attempting to justify an incident in which Dao was dragged from United Express Flight 3411 by law enforcement officers. Dao suffered injuries to his face, and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

None of this man’s past has anything to do with the atrocious treatment he received…but I would not put it past the company to have orchestrated the chosen 4 for just this possible situation. I bet that is part of the protocol. Pick people that can be exploited negatively in the press if you need to…

Louisville’s Courier-Journal Gets Smacked Around For Piece About United Victim’s Past | Mediaite

More tweets of anger at CJ and support of David Dao at that link.

Onward to the shooting and murder of two people at a California primary school.

 

The next series of links will deal with Trump and Syria and Russia…Trump and North Korea…China.

I mentioned in a comment last week that my dad is part of this survival group, and that there was a rumor going on about the strike force heading to the Korean Peninsula…well, last night he told me the new rumor is that China is dealing with a huge number of refugees from North Korea flooding into the country because of the fear that tRump is going to blow Kim Jong Un off the planet.

I don’t know, the shit is hitting the fan.

 

I had to do it…

But here are some news links about all that shit.

Trump threatens via Twitter to ‘solve the problem’ in North Korea | MSNBC

North Korea Threatens ‘Catastrophic Consequences’ Over Approach From U.S. Navy Ships | Mediaite

Geez.

As for the Syria and Putin and Assad shit. (The word shit has become my go to expression for everything lately, you can take a look at some of these updates.

US plans to attack Syria and blame Assad, Vladimir Putin claims | The Independent

Somehow, Russia knew about Syria’s chemical weapon bombing before it happened – Salon.com

It is all so disturbing.

Did Trump Attack Syria For Personal Profit? | Crooks and Liars

At any other time, the questions raised by (fill in the blank) would be the scandal of the decade. Now, with Donald Trump as president, we call it Monday.

Thursday evening, Trump attacked Syria, a sovereign country, with 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles. This act of war was done without Congressional authorization, even after Trump’s August, 2013, tweet that “Obama needs Congressional approval” before attacking Syria in nearly-identical circumstances.

The following morning, headlines like this one appeared in the business press: Raytheon, maker of Tomahawk missiles, leads premarket rally in defense stocks:

Defense and energy stocks dominated the list of premarket gainers on the S&P 500 Friday, led by Tomahawk missile-maker Raytheon Corp., after U.S. missile strikes against a Syrian air base overnight.

Donald Trump apparently owns Raytheon stock. In May, 2016, Trump reported to the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) that he owned Raytheon stock. Interestingly, this FEC report does not appear to include the extensive web of offshore anonymous shell corporations Trump uses to mask assets.

Since that filing Trump’s assets have not been sold with the proceeds placed into a “blind trust,” and there is no public record of his having otherwise sold the stock. Not only that, but Trump is able to draw cash from his “trust” at any time. He could literally have pocketed cash from his gains from attacking Syria.

Read the rest at the link.

But tRump is not only profiting on the attack in Syria. He is making money on his time off, away from, the White House:

 

Again, I can’t believe that nothing has been done to move forward with impeachment.

 

Just a few other links to make you cringe:

 

Trump and Ryan are planning to gut Social Security | Suburban Guerrilla. Susie Madrak

 

Federal Judge Rules That Texas Intentionally Discriminated Against Minority Voters | Mother Jones

The Sessions’ Justice Department had tried to stop the ruling.

Read This: The Handmaid’s Tale author on how Trump is too unbelievable for fiction · Great Job, Internet! · The A.V. Club

Margaret Atwood—author of The Handmaid’s Tale and dozens of other novels, short-story collections, children’s books, works of poetry and criticism, and the new comic-book series Angel Catbird—is the subject of a lengthy and insightful profile in The New Yorker. She speaks briefly on Donald Trump’s presidency, telling New Yorker writer Rebecca Mead, “If the election of Donald Trump were fiction… it would be too implausible to satisfy readers.” It’s an insightful viewpoint from the writer of speculative fiction (her preferred term over “science fiction”), who’s penned arguably the most influential speculation through the lens of patriarchy. Atwood goes on to say:

Fiction has to be something that people would actually believe. If you had published it last June, everybody would have said, “That is never going to happen.”

No shit. (See, I’m using that word “shit” for everything!)

This study looks like an interesting read….

No democracy without women’s rights | EurekAlert! Science News

Why did the Arab spring fail? Despite a number of revolutions in the Arab world, in the end only Tunisia emerged as a functioning democracy. Results from an interdisciplinary research project at the University of Gothenburg indicate that the problem might be traced partially to the lack of women’s civil rights in the region.

A new study published in the European Journal of Political Research discusses the importance of women’s rights for countries to become democratic. The researchers used a dataset developed by V-Dem, a research institution cohosted by the University of Gothenburg (Sweden) and the University of Notre Dame (USA). The dataset includes the state of democracy in 177 countries over the years 1900 to 2012.

The study demonstrates that countries do not become fully democratic without political and social rights for women. This is particularly true for the Arab Spring countries, where the failure to foster women’s rights compromised any attempt at democratic governance in the area.

According to Professor Staffan Lindberg, director of the V-Dem Institute, the result is important because it shows that democratic development is not gender blind: societies transitioning from authoritarian regimes strongly need women in order to develop functioning democratic governments.

This next link is for Dak, another grave for you.

 

The desert bloom from space….is something to see.

 

And I will end it on that note.

This is an open thread. I hope BB starts to feel better, and that y’all have a good afternoon.

 

 


Sunday Reads: Something’s F$cky

 

Good Afternoon…

This has to be quick, a link dump because I have so much going on at home.

 

North Korea says it is ‘ready for war’ with Donald Trump’s United States | The Independent

God help us….

Russia and Iran warn US they will ‘respond with force’ if red lines crossed in Syria again | The Independent

Oh yeah, fucking hell….God help us….

Sebastian Gorka Made Nazi-Linked Vitezi Rend ‘Proud’ by Wearing Its Medal – NBC News

A group with alleged historical links to Nazi Germany has told NBC News it was “proud” when President Donald Trump’s deputy assistant wore its medal.

Controversy has swirled around Sebastian Gorka, one of Trump’s top counterterrorism advisers, ever since he attended the president’s Jan. 20 Inaugural Ball wearing the honorary medal of Hungarian nationalist organization Vitezi Rend.

NBC News traveled to Hungary to dig deeper into Gorka’s ties with the group, speaking with members of the organization as well as with locals who knew him when he lived there.

“When he appeared on U.S. television … with the medal of the Vitez Order … it made me really proud,” Vitezi Rend spokesman Andras Horvath said in the Hungarian capital of Budapest. Vitezi Rend is also known as the Order of Vitez.

Tillerson: Election Meddling Something ‘Russia Needs To Confront Themselves’

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday suggested that in order to deter further electoral meddling, Russia “needs to confront” its own interference in the 2016 U.S. election as well as upcoming elections in Europe.

“This is something that Russia needs to confront themselves and I think examine carefully as to how this is helping them achieve their longer-term objectives,” Tillerson said on ABC’s “This Week.”

He said the U.S. will “continue to talk with” Russian officials “about how this undermines any hope of improving relations not just with the United States,” but suggested self-reflection will be a stronger deterrent than external pressure.

“It’s pretty evident that they are taking similar tactics into electoral processes throughout Europe and so they’re really undermining any hope for improved relations with many European countries as well,” Tillerson said.

Every day, I say to myself. Why?

And my anxiety and depression gets worse!

Below are even more depressing links and videos.

 

 

 

And I guess, there is aways this…

That is all, if I have time I will stop by and comment…This is an open thread.