Links and a Pretty Picture
Pretty picture first:
- Library Land
- Bexley Hall’s Rare Book Collection donated to the Newberry Library "Among the books in the Bexley Hall Collection are early Bibles and Books of Common Prayer, early printings of works by Erasmus; and works of theology, philosophy, and travel. The collection includes over 25 sixteenth-century imprints and books from the presses of distinguished early printers and presses such as Plantin, Elzevir, and Froben."
- Health, Science, & Technology
- Cheerios giving away free wildflower seeds to help save the bees You know I got my seeds! I love bees.
Bee populations have been declining in recent years. That's why Honey-Nut Cheerios mascot "Buzz" has been missing from cereal boxes.
The Cheerios website says: "Buzz is missing because there's something serious going on with the world's bees. Bee populations everywhere have been declining at an alarming rate, and that includes honeybees like Buzz."
- Chevron Pipeline Spills 4,800 Gallons of Oil on Public Land, Kills Wildlife "As it happens, the leak occurred around the same time that the conservation group Center for Western Priorities found that Chevron was behind 31 reported spills in Colorado last year, ranking the energy corporation as the fourth highest oil and gas spiller in the state."
- China to Trump: We don’t want a trade war — but if there is one, you’d lose I don't want any sort of war with China!
- Dozens killed in double suicide attack in Syrian capital "State news agency SANA cited the Damascus police as saying that there were 102 injured in the courthouse attack and 28 injured in the restaurant."
- U.S. News
- What Poor Feels Like "Being poor isn’t the same as being broke. Broke is temporary; poverty becomes who you are. It becomes a mindset that is very hard to break out from (even when you aren’t technically poor anymore.)"
- (Un)qualified Immunity : How a Broken Law Lets Cops Get Away With Murder "If you are wondering, at this point, just what a police officer could do that would not entitle them to immunity, you are not alone."
- WV Senate bill eliminates mine safety enforcement "...[S]ignificant changes in a new industry- backed bill would produce a wholesale elimination of most enforcement of longstanding laws and rules put in place over many years — as a result of hundreds of deaths — to protect the health and safety of West Virginia’s coal miners."
- Why are we hearing crickets from the GOP on Steve King’s ugly Tweet? "Do these Republicans want to rid their party of King’s sentiments, or not? If they want to, how might they accomplish this, given the current occupant of the White House?"
- The Continuing Need to Close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility "We are all familiar with the primary arguments to close GTMO: it costs too much, it is a recruiting tool and propaganda tool for terrorists (a conclusion reached by both President Bush and President Obama), and it is disdained by the international community. But beyond these individual factors, it is crucially important that the national security leadership of both the Bush and Obama Administration reached the same conclusion. In the best judgement of both Administrations, GTMO hurt us more than it helped us. Both presidents, five secretaries of Defense (Rumsfeld, Gates, Panetta, Hagel, and Carter), and four secretaries of State (Powell, Rice, Clinton, and Kerry) reached the same conclusion. (Yes, even Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld ultimately concluded GTMO should be closed—if an alternative location were selected.)"
- 167 House Members Ask Trump to Retain Ambassador to Combat Anti-Semitism "Following a report that President Trump is thinking of scrapping the ambassador position assigned to combat global anti-Semitism, a bipartisan group of 167 U.S. House members sent a letter asking him to appoint one soon. The letter, released on March 13, asks Trump to 'maintain and prioritize' the appointment, in a time of rising anti-Semitism."
- House Republicans Take Their Own Path on Trump’s Border Wall "President Donald Trump’s promise to build a fortified barrier on the U.S.-Mexico border is about to hit a wall of its own: Members of Congress with different ideas on how to curb illegal immigration."
- Federal judge blocks new travel ban; Trump calls it 'judicial overreach' "In a 43-page ruling, US District Court Judge Derrick Watson concluded in no uncertain terms that the new executive order failed to pass legal muster at this stage and the state had established 'a strong likelihood of success' on their claims of religious discrimination....The practical effect of the ruling -- which applies nationwide -- is that travelers from six Muslim-majority countries and refugees will be able to travel to the US."
- Also: Federal court blocks deportation of Afghan special visa recipient "A federal court late Wednesday stopped the Trump administration from deporting an Afghan man who is trying to enter the United States with a special visa reserved for those who have assisted the U.S. mission in Afghanistan at great risk to their own lives."
- Kaine expects FBI to announce White House-Russia investigation "Kaine often questioned Trump's ties to Russia during the presidential campaign when he was as Hillary Clinton's running mate."
- ‘People are scared’: Paranoia seizes Trump’s White House "In interviews, nearly a dozen White House aides and federal agency staffers described a litany of suspicions: that rival factions in the administration are trying to embarrass them, that civil servants opposed to President Donald Trump are trying to undermine him, and even that a 'deep state' of career military and intelligence officials is out to destroy them."It'd make a good book, but I don't think it makes a healthy reality.
- Intel chair pushes back on Trump 'literal vs. serious' debate, says President's tweets matter "'It would be laughable if it wasn't so serious,' Schiff said. 'No, wiretap is a wiretap. And particularly when he elaborates that he believed that President Obama was tapping his phones. So, I certainly don't think wiretap is broad enough to cover what is really a baseless accusation, a complete fabrication by the President of The United States.'"