Despite what the news wants you to believe, there are actually more important things going on right now than Donald Trump’s twitter “strategy” or his change in campaign managers. Unfortunately, most of that news is depressing too. Riots in Milwaukee, flooding in Louisiana, Zika spreading in Florida, wildfires burning homes in Southern California. #2 wants to hear about these things just as little as she wants to hear about Trump. However, these things are important. I don’t know what to do about police violence in Milwaukee. You can write your congressperson about Zika. Wildfires in CA… write your congressperson about climate change? But the flooding in Louisiana, that’s something we can actually do something about, and when I switched radio-stations so as to avoid the NPR in depth Trump twitter piece, our non-NPR station was doing an in-depth story on that and lamenting the fact that they’re not getting as many donations as previous major floods because the major news networks were too busy covering Trump. That’s like the opposite of ironic. So anyway, there are ways that you can help. And, of course, since NPR isn’t all bad, the next morning they did a story about flooded schools that were already strapped for cash, which, of course, led me to one of my favorite charities, Donors Choose– they’re letting you pre-donate specifically to Louisiana teachers affected by flooding. (Problem with donors choose– once I’m on the site, I end up spending more than I had intended!) Man, and August is supposed to be a slow news month. Interesting times suck.
Texas wants women to die.
Why saying that Hillary Clinton has epilepsy is harmful
Ok, one little trump link. This just in, WATER IS WET.
Meanwhile, across from Sarah Palin’s house…
More cheerful stuff: Death rates by state.
Why is Sara Benincasa so fat?
These pencils are awesome. If only #2 used pencils or they made them in pens!
A rare example of a non-sexist article about Clinton. Read it! Because CNN needs to be encouraged to write more nonsexist stuff about HRC the candidate.
Everything is f*’d: The Syllabus
Why we say eleven, twelve
Escapist fiction recommendations that aren’t primarily romances.
We need fluffy diverse books!
This made me smile