Tues. July 24

Trump, after screwing farmers with tariffs,
wants to put them on $12 BILLION welfare
Washington Post
farm subsidies.jpgUnder the White House plan, the money will be disbursed in at least three ways, coming through direct assistance, a food purchase and distribution program, and a trade promotion program.
This is a developing story. It will be updated.

So-called House Speaker Paul Ryan says Trump’s threat to revoke security clearances of his “enemies”  is just his usual bullshit.
— Washington Examiner

House tilts toward Democrats
Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball
— Democrats are now a little better than 50-50 to win the House. This is the first time this cycle we’ve gone beyond 50-50 odds on a House turnover.
— We’re making 17 House ratings changes this week, all in favor of the Democrats.

463 parents deported, minus their kids
USA Today
— There are 917 parents considered not eligible or “not yet known to be eligible” – the 463 plus 454 others – to be reunited with their kids, the filing says. Some of those parents are no longer in the country, others have criminal records, communicable diseases or other issues rendering them ineligible.
“The government’s word alone on this determination is not sufficient,” the ACLU said in a statement. “We’ve asked the court to order the government to provide details about the nature of the charge, conviction, or warrant for each parent whom the government excluded, so that we can verify that not reunifying the child is truly in their best interest.”

Backyard chickens making some people sick
CBS Money Watch

Chinese begin to flee from US real estate
Wall Street Journal

Hospital staff being trained to spot victims of sex trafficking
Kaiser Health News via NPR
Training is given not only to doctors and nurses but also to registration and reception staff, social workers and security guards. Restore NYC, an organization that assists people caught up in sex trafficking, provided the initial training to key staff, and a hospital task force trains the others.

Iran’s able, but not likely, to risk war in Straits of Hormuz
The National Interest
… blockading Hormuz proves an ineffective move if the United States is willing to counter Iran’s provocations. This means Iran is more likely to respond with low-intensity, deniable warfare by utilizing cyberwarfare its deep roster of militias and terrorist groups. Be it Lebanon’s Hezbollah, Gaza’s Hamas, or Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces, the Ayatollah is likely to call upon these players long before seriously considering closing the Strait of Hormuz.

Even stodgy UN can figure it out: Climate change, migration linked
— Weather disasters displaced an average of 26.4 million people a year between 2008 and 2015, according the UN. And in March the World Bank warned that more than 140 million people in Africa, South Asia and Latin America could be forced to migrate due to climate change unless the world acts quickly to lower emissions.

Cops more effective when they’re not chasing pot-heads
Eureka Alert
— “Our results show that legalization did not have a negative impact on clearance rates in Washington or Colorado,” said David Makinassistant professor in WSU’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology “In fact, for specific crimes it showed a demonstrated, significant improvement on those clearance rates, specifically within the realm of property crime.”

Elected criminals considering seismic probing for Alaska oil
The Guardian
— Biologists and environmentalists argue that the testing will cause irreparable harm to the pristine wilderness. The Porcupine caribou herd, which migrates 1,500 miles through the refuge – the longest migration of any mammal on earth – ends its journey along the plain where the testing will take place. The caribou calve along the coast and provide critical subsistence food for the Gwich’in Nation, which has lived and depended on the land for thousands of years.

Was the Moon once host to simple life forms?
saguaromoon_seip— During two crucial periods of the Moon’s formation—when it was surrounded by a debris field four billion years ago and during its peak volcanic activity 3.5 billion years ago—superheated gases could have sent water vapor to the surface, priming it for life, the study says.
— The researchers believe that during these outgassing periods, the Moon would have had an atmospheric pressure of 10 millibars. That’s just 1 percent of the Earth’s atmosphere, but still more than the pressure on Mars, and enough to cause water to pool on the Moon’s surface.

Haley: We don’t trust Russia
We don’t trust Putin
√ Maybe somebody oughta tell her boss.

Dude arrested for working out naked at Planet Fitness,
thought it was ‘Judgement Free Zone’
— 34-year-old Eric Stagno, of Haverhill, Massachusetts, was charged with indecent exposure, lewdness and disorderly conduct on Sunday for taking off his clothes and exercising at a Plaistow Planet Fitness.


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