Weekender

Toxic tide making folks in Florida sick

(NBC) — First came the red tide, a flotilla of microorganisms that dyed the sea rust and eventually stretched out along 100 miles of the Gulf Coast. Oxygen-starved fish, eels, dolphins and turtles littered beaches, in numbers too vast to count. In one marina, so many fish went belly up that they appeared to pave a walkway across the water.
— The foul siege reached from Sarasota nearly to the tip of Florida by early June, when ecological insult No. 2 arrived. A green film of cyanobacteria appeared, as it regularly does in summer, in vast Lake Okeechobee. But this year the bacteria also spilled over into rivers and canals, which carried the toxic green sludge east to the Atlantic Ocean and west to the Gulf of Mexico. Toxic Algae in Florida Waters Final 06 07 2011_Page_2_Image_0002

Judge orders full restart of “dreamers” program
(Politico)

— A D.C.-based federal judge on Friday ordered the Trump administration to restart in full the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
— The decision is the latest legal blow against President Donald Trump’s decision to phase out the Obama-era program, which offers deportation relief to undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.
— The restart won’t be immediate. U.S. District Judge John Bates said Friday that the order would be delayed until Aug. 23 to allow the government to appeal

Kushners admit they suck at real estate

(Yahoo Finance) — The Kushners have found their out — and it comes at a price.
— The family firm of presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner will be relieved of the biggest drag on its real estate empire, will no longer face a $1.2 billion debt payment due in months, will be rid of having to overhaul an aging property. But in return, they’ve given up control of the trophy New York tower that was meant to be their crown jewel.

He hates when they call his invention “frankenfood”
Bloomberg
— Three decades ago, Robert T. Fraley helped invent the genetically modified seeds that have become a $17 billion global industry and ushered in a new era of agricultural productivity. So it’s little surprise that this longtime Monsanto Co. executive doesn’t want the crops dubbed Frankenfood …

911 dispatch jobs getting harder to fill
Wall Street Journal
— Cities across the U.S. are struggling to find 911 dispatchers as a historically tight labor market makes it harder to fill a job that was already a tough sell.
— Dispatchers are a linchpin of the nation’s emergency-response infrastructure. Their responses to 911 calls directly impact how quickly police, firefighters and other first responders are sent to help and whether they go to the right place.
— They are also hard to hire, since the job can require workers to make snap judgments on life-or-death situations, often based on incomplete information, for about what they could make working as a manager at a retail store.

He was a good boy, sez Osama’s mama

osmamaShe loved him so much and refuses to blame him. Instead, she blames those around him. She only knows the good boy side, the side we all saw. She never got to know the jihadist side.
The Guardian

China strikes back with $60 Billion tariffs vs. US
Politico

China launches drones to watch over citizens
CNET
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China “disappears” critic during live interview
AFP
180803-sun-wenguang-mc913_29073ad2e6fcca68b6b47258323d579d.fit-760w— — A vocal critic of China’s government has disappeared without a trace after security forces strong-armed their way into his home in the middle of a phone interview with a US-funded television network.
— Retired academic Sun Wenguang, who is in his mid-80s, was speaking live to a Chinese-language TV show for Voice of America when the authorities suddenly showed up.

US deports Mexican wife of American marine veteran
Reuters
The U.S. government deported a Mexican woman on Friday who had lived in the country illegally for nearly two decades despite efforts by lawmakers to keep her in Florida with her husband, a Marine Corps veteran, and her two American children.
√ But thank you for your service!

143-mph “fire tornado” a preview of an ominous future
LA Times
— Whatever it’s called, it’s exceptionally rare to see a well-documented fire-fueled vortex leap out of a wildfire and enter a populated area with such size, power and duration.
— “Depending on the final number, this might actually be the strongest ‘tornado’ in California history, even if it wasn’t formally a tornado,” UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain said by email. There have been a couple of marginal EF-3 twisters in California’s past, “but this fire whirl was almost certainly longer-lived, larger in spatial scope and perhaps even stronger from a wind speed perspective.”
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Trade war is killing American blue jeans
Bloomberg
… a customer in Scotland who’s apologizing for canceling an order worth tens of thousands of dollars. The reason? The shop owner balked at paying an additional 25 percent tariff the European Union slapped on American-made jeans in June.

Failing dam in Virginia could flood Lynchburg with 17 feet of water
USA Today

You’re not imagining it. Trump is going bananas
Raw Story
— Former White House aide: “something real and serious was going on in Donald’s brain. His mental decline could not be denied. Donald rambled. He spoke gibberish.

Does Roundup cause cancer?
Trial shows difficulty of proving it
The Conversation
— Epidemiology is one of the sciences that provides evidence needed to prove cause and effect in medicine and public health. It is the most important tool for determining whether exposure to a given substance increases the risk of disease. The problem is that it is easy to do it badly, and a bad study is worse than no study at all.

Worker charged with molesting 8 at Trump kiddie jail
Propublica
— A youth care worker for Southwest Key has been charged with 11 sex offenses after authorities accused him of molesting at least eight unaccompanied immigrant boys over nearly a year at one of the company’s shelters in Mesa, Arizona, federal court records show.
— The allegations against Levian D. Pacheco, who is HIV-positive, include that he performed oral sex on two of the teenagers and tried to force one of them to penetrate him anally.

“This administration did not create a policy of separating families at the border, I find that offensive.”
– Kirstjen Nielsen, director Homeland Security

 

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