Republicans and the Border Wall: Fear Trumps Facts

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It is logical to assume that when people use the word “crises” they referring to a big problem.  Since 2010, unauthorized immigration has been dropping drastically, and only about 38% of the unauthorized immigrants entered the country illegally and not all come over the Southern border. Of course, the size of a problem is a matter of perception. Right now, …

The GOP is for Sale to the Highest Bidder: Justice Department issues new opinion that could further restrict online gambling – The Washington Post

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The restriction, long sought by GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson, could make it harder to expand online betting across states. Adelson is one of the biggest owners of casinos in the world and a fanatical, right-wing libertarian kook. He donates many tens of millions of dollars to Republican candidates.  Note that the GOP can frame this to their cult as something …

Republicans Are in Lock Step With Trump on Shutdown. But for How Long? – The New York Times

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In Trump country, even some furloughed federal workers are backing the president’s wall demands, and keeping Republican senators in line as the shutdown stretches on. I had the bizarre experience of being contacted by someone that went to the same (very small) high school I did a few years earlier. He lived in Grass Valley, California — a small town …

The oceans are warming faster than we thought, and scientists suggest we brace for impact – The Washington Post

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2018 was the warmest year on record in the oceans, the third in a row. “We’ve spent too much time and effort on people who may not be convinced” that climate change is real and important, he said. “But now there seems to be this grass-roots movement of young people who care. I don’t remember a time like this.” Source: …

Fun With Accents

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In the English speaking world, there are many accents. It drives Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant nuts or, at least, they are happy to ignore them completely.  It is partially because they can’t understand them.   Even though I watch a lot of British shows, especially detective shows on Masterpiece Theater, some of the accents in England could almost be a …

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