Newspeak is here

APNewsBreak: Youngest migrants held in ‘tender age’ shelters “Tender age?” What does that mean? They’re ripe and succulent? Decades after the nation’s child welfare system ended the use of orphanages over concerns about the lasting trauma to children, the administration is standing up new institutions to hold Central American toddlers that the government separated from …

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Trump’s policy repercussions

From the mouths of (literal) babes: Little children crying and wailing for their parents, who’ve been detained by the Trump Administration in a bold-faced attempt to keep other citizens of Central American countries from coming to this country. I have never been more ashamed of my country than I am today. This policy is wicked.

Upside-down aphorisms

Remember the old line “keep your friends close, and your enemies closer”? Trump is turning that on its head, cozying up to the likes of Putin, Xi Jinping, Rodrigo Duterte and now Kim Jong-un while disrespecting our G-7 and NATO allies. This is very strange behavior on the part of a United States President, but …

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At last an oven again!

That’s not strictly true. Since the oven door latch broke back on April 26 I’ve been able to bake in it, but I’ve been very cautious and nervous about closing the door. After a false start two weeks ago when the replacement latch assembly arrived in an unpadded package with the predictable result (it was …

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Kudlow has heart attack, says Trump

I notice that the media is very cautious about reporting this story. “Larry Kudlow, President Trump’s top economic adviser, suffered a heart attack on Monday evening and was at Walter Reed Medical Center, Mr. Trump said in a tweet.” Presumably they’re trying to confirm with Walter Reed. I don’t wish Kudlow any particular ill, but …

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Putin must have hooks in Trump

Why else would he suggest Russia should be back in the group of industrialized nations called the G7? Mark Shields, on The PBS News Hour tonight: I think the president, quite frankly, what amazed me today was the announcement that he wanted to invite Russia back into the G7, make it the G8. Russia has …

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June 6 overflight of lava flows on the Big Island

Here’s the latest update from the USGS Hawai’i Volcano Observatory. This was issued at 2:34PM HST today: Vigorous eruption of lava continues from the lower East Rift Zone (LERZ) fissure system in the area of Leilani Estates. This morning, lava fountaining at Fissure 8 continued to reach heights of 150-180 feet, feeding a stable channel …

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Lava flows into bay

This is an amazing sight. Today at 4:00 p.m. – what a difference a day makes. #Lavaflow from #Fissure8 #KilaueaEruption is filling in #Kapoho Bay. Only the northern portion of the bay remains submerged. https://t.co/oIEvfvO0AE pic.twitter.com/xQmNjFK81P — USGS Volcanoes? (@USGSVolcanoes) June 4, 2018 This is 200 miles southeast of Honolulu on the island of Hawai’i …

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Pruitt again

Headline: EPA’s Pruitt spent $1,560 on 12 customized fountain pens from Washington jewelry store. My question is, was Scott Pruitt a narcissist before he went to work for Trump, or has Trump’s behavior encouraged Pruitt? Why on earth did he think it was okay to spend taxpayers’ dollars to the tune of $130 apiece for …

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