The U.K. is experiencing its driest summer in fifty-seven years. It’s not been great. A British summer is usually a doubtful, fleeting thing. Sunshine and heat arrive in bursts from June until September, as if you were walking down a green-shaded path with occasional breaks in the canopy. When the sun does come out—during Wimbledon, say, or for a spell in August—British people go reliably mad, take their tops off, and barbecue frantically for a few days, until the skies cloud over again. This year hasn’t been like that. The country warmed up in June and has baked steadily since, like an oven that has reached its cooking temperature. Between late June and early July, Britain endured sixteen consecutive days when the temperature hit eighty-two degrees. Last month, eastern England had four per cent of its usual rainfall. In London, a city not known for its air-conditioning, the parks turned brown, the road surfaces went mushy in the afternoon ferment, and the nights became unbearably still. Foul, sweet smells hung in the air. This unusual British summer has been accompanied by terrible wildfires in California and Greece, a balmy Arctic, and dozens of heat-related deaths in Japan. Even when it finally rained, late last week, it didn’t bring much relief. Last Friday, Britain was hit by an estimated hundred and thirty thousand lightning bolts—enough electricity to boil a billion cups of tea—as summer storms played havoc with the nation’s roads, railways, and airports. August is going to be even hotter.
But at least the archeologists are happy. “It’s a bit like kids in a candy shop,” Robert Bewley, an aerial archeologist at the University of Oxford, told me, a few days ago. The freak conditions have made this summer one of the best in living memory for what archeologists call “parch marks”—ghostly, pale outlines of vanished castles, settlements, and burial sites that materialize on the land when it dries out and grass and crops die off. In recent weeks, archeologists in light aircraft, hobbyists with drones, and even people walking through their local parks have discovered Iron Age farms in South Wales, a Roman road passing near Basingstoke, burial mounds in Ireland, and the outline of Second World War bomb shelters on the lawns of Cambridge. Seen from above, the parch marks have a magical quality, as if a giant had doodled them from memory, but they are also disconcertingly real. They are only there because something else was.
Parch marks—and their less dramatic form, crop marks—are fairly common clues for archeologists who are working in places with long, dense histories of human habitation. (Bewley also works in North Africa and the Middle East.) The buried remains of Roman foundations or medieval walls will cause “negative” crop marks in a field of grass or wheat, because the roots of the plants on top of the ruins have less soil to work with—a phenomenon that becomes more noticeable when water is in short supply. The opposite is also true: filled-in ditches and moats, with their deeper soil, can lead to taller, greener plants and “positive” crop marks. The first aerial image to really excite British archeologists was taken in 1906, when British Army officers photographed Stonehenge from a balloon and noticed a darker ring of grass around the stones—the trace of an ancient ditch. “You go to a site to photograph what you know is there, and then you see something next to it,” Bewley told me. “That happens virtually every time we go flying.”
It is very interesting….please check the rest of that article out.
This first cartoon is surely something we all will see one day…I am telling you:
In a scathing opening monologue on Tuesday, CNN anchor Erin Burnett slammed President Donald Trump’s explanation that he misspoke during a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Damage control, the president claims he misspoke once in his disastrous summit with Putin,” Burnett said on CNN. “Did the dog eat his homework too?”
During his press conference with Putin in Helsinki, Finland, Trump initially said he did not “see any reason why” Russia would be responsible for meddling in the 2016 US Presidential election. When asked if he would condemn Russia for its election interference, Trump refused to back the US intelligence community’s assessment, and instead, railed against the FBI and his political opponents.
“My people came to me … They said they think it’s Russia,” Trump said at the summit on Monday. “I have President Putin. He just said it’s not Russia.”
“I will say this,” Trump added. “I don’t see any reason why it would be.”
“How stupid does Trump think we Americans are?,” Burnett said in her monologue. “The president’s excuse for his embarrassing press conference where he sided with Vladimir Putin over his own intelligence chiefs does not add up.”
To the media: don’t spend one minute talking about whether Trump misspoke. That plays into his hands. Hold him accountable for what he did say, over and over.
President Donald Trump couldn’t help but add one of his favorite phrases to staff-prepared remarks today.
When trying to convince the world that he actually meant to say he saw no reason it “wouldn’t” be Russia who interfered in the 2016 elections rather than “would,” the notes written in the margins of his prepared remarks – in all caps and in big, black Sharpie – read “THERE WAS NO COLUSION.”
Now, given how many times the president has seen and spat the word “collusion,” you’d think he’d know how to spell it at this point. Even more than the flimsy-at-best explanation of his remarks, perhaps this ought to alarm us, as it indicates beyond a doubt that no matter how familiar Trump appears to be with something, he refuses to absorb correct information about it.
Trump was reading for a typewritten script during his "clarification" moment but he made some handwritten additions, including: "THERE WAS NO COLLUSION" pic.twitter.com/0IfleZm8yJ
I asked a former Trump aide about Butina being selected to ask a question by Trump out of thousands of people during the event in 2015. The aide told me that the question is better suited for the Trump Organization, as they arranged the particulars.
To: The Congress of the United States. America is now facing a national security crisis. You all seem to be stuck, uncertain about what you should or can do. I suggest you watch @maddow show of 7/17/18. She has a To-do list to help you get started.
Watching @Lawrence and learning that the Secret Service has been blocking legal subpeonas from being served to Jared Kushner. I see no reason why this should be within the mission of the Secret Service or how it is in the spirit of the rule of law.
Facebook is in the news again. When I logged on to Facebook to get some cartoons, I had over 30 alerts…it has been a while since I’ve been on any social media. Avoidance. That is my motto these days.
This is awful. Facebook gave private user data to Russian internet company https://t.co/FOxbmPm01y, which is subject to Russia’s SORM-2 data collection system. That means Russia’s intelligence services now have access to all that data, legally (in Russia). https://t.co/H0PjxvFwTF
Trump’s increasingly unabashed praise of Putin makes it clearer than ever that he is Russia’s most prized asset. I suspect this goes back decades. It will, I believe, be Mueller’s most explosive finding.
If you think it’s outrageous that Senator @RonJohnsonWI is repeating Russia’s rhetoric, speak up now. We must show up everywhere. And we must stay loud. This is not normal. If flames like this are not extinguished they will burn down our democracy. https://t.co/yMgF4NpI3k
Lawmakers on Tuesday overwhelmingly voted in favor of a motion supporting NATO, as President Trump continues to criticize the alliance ahead of his summit in Europe.
The nonbinding motion, which came as the Senate voted to reconcile its version of the annual defense policy bill with that of the House, expresses the Senate’s support for NATO and calls on negotiators to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to it.
The 97-2 vote in the Senate comes as Trump heads to Brussels. He will also travel to the United Kingdom and meet one-on-one with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki during his trip.
Thanks to Dak for sending me the twitter link to those images…
IMPORTANT: Tonight, Trump issued an order replacing non-partisan career Administrative Judges — who decide on benefits cases & regulations — with his own political appointees. A HUGE POWER GRAB. I warned about this in a column I wrote last November: https://t.co/98L1wIsyY0
omfg. The House of Representatives has introduced a bill called the “Unmasking Antifa Act of 2018,” which carries a potential 15-year prison sentence for anyone caught engaging in behaviors typically associated with anti-fascist activists. pic.twitter.com/IQLRzfopZD
I agree with @CoryBooker. There's a reason we don't let defendants, or prosecutors, select the judge to preside over their case or the appellate justices who will review their case. Society demands & expects the judiciary to be impartial. That is no longer true in this instance. https://t.co/FNJHXVFcNR
Smoke and mirrors is the way that the Trump administration operates. Deflect attention from something critical by focusing the news cycle on something altogether different. This coming week will be focused on the SCOTUS nomination, which means the appointment of former Sessions staffer Brian Benczkowski to head the Department of Justice Criminal Division could fall through the cracks unnoticed — and that could be disastrous. Benczkowski “previously represented Alfa Bank, one of Russia’s largest financial institutions, whose owners have ties to President Vladimir V. Putin.”
Heading the DOJ Criminal Division is a critically important job. This person will supervise over 600 federal prosecutors handling thousands of cases and investigations, and will oversee sensitive matters such as the criminal investigation of Michael Cohen.
Why does President Trump want Brian Benczkowski for this important job? Why not find an attorney who has actual prosecutorial experience and who is free and clear from Russian connections? And we still don’t know the full story behind Alfa Bank and what they did in 2016.
Benczkowski refuses to recuse himself from the Russia investigation despite having worked for a Russian bank under investigation for ties to Trump. He also pushed for Comey’s firing to AG Sessions while serving on the Trump transition team. Those are clear conflicts of interest.
It looks like Benczkowski is going to be comfirmed anyway:
51-48: Senate advances Brian Benczkowski’s nomination to be Assistant Attorney General for Justice Dept's Criminal Division on near party line vote. Manchin was only Democrat to vote Yes. McCain did note vote.
Fucking Manchin. I wonder what the Russians have on him…for his continued support of tRump? Must be a boy in his “golden showered” past….because if it was just a woman, in this climate today…where a president can payoff porn stars without any negative affects, an affair with a woman is just no big deal.
In other news:
Now the USA has become the USSR, denying its citizens the right to flee! Thousands of Americans are being trapped in the USA unless they pay what the IRS demands. Totally crazy and this started under Obama! #fascism#totalitarianismhttps://t.co/V70FUP1fW1
I can’t do this anymore. I live in a house where everyone has no problem with the crimes against humanity that tRump and his administration is committing at the border. (My mom is so sick now, she doesn’t have the strength to fight cancer and the assholes in this family.) I am losing my wits. I have reach the point where I am questioning my sanity. Is it gaslighting? I can’t even watch Maddow anymore, because I get verbal abuse from my father…who insist I agree with him. I want to fucking run away but I can’t.
I think this is the final example:
.@Zac_Petkanas on Fox News: “I read today about a 10-year-old girl with Down Syndrome who was taken from her mother and put in a cage…”
The US stopped using institutions to care for babies and toddlers decades ago, but the government is opening several shelters for very young children taken from parents at border. https://t.co/hdzEREhBe5
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