[Swedish] Fishy

Who needs intelligence briefings when you've got t.v.?

To be specific, Fox News - because when you think "intelligence" you think Fox News! That's where Trump got the vital information about the Swedish Incident.

But he didn't even get that quite right, because Fox News was reporting on increased crime rates due to immigration while Trump seemed to refer to a specific incident that left everyone worried that the Swedish Chef had lost his meatballs at Ikea or something and even Fox News's report was messed up.
Sweden's crime rate has fallen since 2005, official statistics show, even as it has taken in hundreds of thousands of immigrants from war-torn countries like Syria and Iraq.

Trump's comment confounded Stockholm. "We are trying to get clarity," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Catarina Axelsson said.

Sweden's embassy in the United States repeated Trump's tweet about having seen the Fox report, and added, "We look forward to informing the U.S. administration about Swedish immigration and integration policies." [Source
So now Trump will admit he messed up and apologize, right?

Lol, of course not: Trump Pursues His Attack on Sweden, With Scant Evidence

Sweden isn't having it. Several, including members of Parliament, are angry. Others are - well, downright snarky. "Carl Bildt, a former prime minister and foreign minister of Sweden, made a jab at Mr. Trump on Twitter: 'Just a piece of friendly advice: when you are in a hole, stop digging.'" [Source]

You know what else Sweden isn't having? Increased crime rates with increased immigration.

But, hey, perhaps Sweden is actually special and the U.S. does have problems with growing crime rates and immigration?

For the last decade, we have been studying how immigration to an area impacts crime.

Across our studies, one finding remains clear: Cities and neighborhoods with greater concentrations of immigrants have lower rates of crime and violence, all else being equal. [Source]
Still, some are taking it all with levity. In fact, Sweden's doing so officially. I'm glad - I, at least, could use a laugh. I mean, have you seen the U.S. News links? Oh, right, we aren't there yet. Well, here, have a laugh first:

In the meantime, here are TWO pretty pictures!

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    • Trump Administration Considers Change in Calculating U.S. Trade Deficit "Career government employees objected last week when they were asked to prepare data using the new methodology, according to the people familiar with the discussions. These employees at the U.S. Trade Representative’s office complied with the instructions, but included their views as to why they believe the new calculation wasn’t accurate." Because this administration's modus operandi is to make shit up when the facts don't back you up. 
    • Republican Health Proposal Would Redirect Money From Poor to Rich "Republicans in Congress have been saying for months that they are working on a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare in the Trump era. Now we have the outline of that plan, and it looks as if it would redirect federal support away from poorer Americans and toward people who are wealthier."
    • Jim Mattis Says U.S. Isn’t in Iraq to Take Its Oil  "The comments by Mr. Mattis, on a seven-day visit to the Middle East, are at odds with remarks made repeatedly by President Donald Trump, who said as recently as last month that the U.S. should have taken Iraq’s oil."
    • Trump administration deals a big setback to Caltrain  "[N]ewly minted Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has put the brakes on $647 million for Caltrain to go electric — and in the process pretty much killed hopes for high-speed rail coming to San Francisco anytime soon."
    • President Trump Names Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster New National Security Adviser "McMaster will replace General Mike Flynn, who was forced to resign after revelations that he had misled top White House officials about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the U.S." H.R. McMaster: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know  
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      Not to look around, or beyond, or away from the facts, but to look straight at them, to recognize and call them for what they are, nothing more or less. To see things as they are before we re-interpret them into what we’d like them to be. To believe in an epistemology that can distinguish between truth and falsity, facts and opinions, evidence and wishes. To defend habits of mind and institutions of society, above all a free press, which preserve that epistemology. To hold fast to a set of intellectual standards and moral convictions that won’t waver amid changes of political fashion or tides of unfavorable opinion. To speak the truth irrespective of what it means for our popularity or influence.
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