Remember back when Russia hacking the election was such a scandal but now it's just a normal everyday occurence? "OMG such a troll," is a random comment seen daily in many a social media feed but the reality is that these trolls are still very much in business when it comes to hacking U.S. politics and not much is being done about it.
Several states have either banned or discussed banning the death penalty, including California, where the governor has dubbed it an archaic and cruel practice. Over 150 people have been exonerated on death row since the 1970s and that number is likely far below the number of innocent people who have been put to death for committing a crime. The very fact that we can't ever convict a person with a 100% certainty is proof enough that the death penalty shouldn't be used.
Hundreds of lives were lost in last week's terrible Indonesian tsunami caused by Anak Krakatau volcano, which continues to cause issues both in the area as well as for flights near Indonesia. The volcano's activity remains active, creating a danger zone around the area for five miles. Previously it had been two. Tourists and locals alike have been forbidden to step within a five-mile radius.
My parents watch the news, which would drive me bonkers. That stuff is even more emotional and rage-inducing than written news, and on purpose. I'm always telling them to turn Fox off, as it's only manufactured to upset them, but they don't care. They come from a generation where your news came from the TV. I can't say that I read any papers other than our local one, at least in physical form, but I do read quite a few news outlets online and it still gets rather depressing.
They say that many spouses die of heartbreak after losing the love of their life. While President George H.W. Bush was suffering from a form of Parkinson's disease and died at a ripe old age of 94, we can still acknowledge that his wife of 73 years died just seven months before he did.
At least 30 people have died in the devastating wake of Hurricane Harvey, but if you hear Donald Trump speak about it, you would think it's some kind of amazing accomplishment. Not only had Trump tweeted excited Tweets about the flooding being "unprecedented" and "HISTORIC," but when he came to Texas to address flood victims he actually spent time talking about how great the "turnout" was.
Oh, Kathy. D list or not, I've always cheered for you, but this is a bit too far.
Remember when they warned us in school that the Great Barrier Reef was changing over the years and if we didn’t address climate change, it would die? It died. About 1,400 miles of living coral and the animals that called it home is now not much more than an oceanic wasteland. Scientists have officially declared the Great Barrier Reef to be dead after living for 25 million years.
Donald Trump is at it again. Not only does he continue to release his own tax records as he promised to do during the election, but he is also claiming that the protesters who took to the streets to demand his records last weekend were paid protestors once again and now he’s demanding THEIR tax returns instead!
In case you missed my previous post about horse meat in burgers, gun classes for the kiddies, and other BS, be sure to read it at Cageliner. Here are some other mostly-heinous headlines you might have missed.