Per Scientific American:
Jill Filipovic on where the Trump Effect has taken the Republican Party:
What did the Republican candidates identify as the problems plaguing America? Hunter Biden. Teachers unions. George-Soros-funded district attorneys. Critical race theory in schools and trans kids in locker rooms.
What did they shrug off? Climate change and the deadly disasters it has caused. Endemic gun violence that is now the leading killer of American children. The man who will likely beat them all for the Republican nomination being indicted for a slew of crimes.
This country is worse thanks to todays Republican party, and todays Republican party is among the worst aspects of this country. Over and over again, Republican politicians and conservative commentators talk about all of the ways in which life in America has deteriorated, how we are no longer as great as we once were. They often pin the blame on immigrants, feminists, racial justice activists, Democrats, and changing social mores. But if Americans really want to see a striking example of our national nosedive, they neednt look further than at the ridiculous men (and one woman) on a Fox News stage tonight.
To survive the European winter, the northern bald ibis which had once disappeared entirely from the wild on the continent needs to migrate south for the winter, over the Alps, before the mountains become impassable.
But shifting climate patterns have delayed when the birds begin to migrate, and they are now reaching the mountains too late to make it over the peaks, locking them in an icy death trap.
Two or three years, and theyd be extinct again, Mr. Fritz said.
Determined to save them, Mr. Fritz decided he would teach the birds a new, safer migration route by guiding them himself in a tiny aircraft. And he was confident he could succeed in this daring, unconventional plan because he had done it before.
Geoff Duncan response segment starts at 2:17.
Guitarist-songwriter-singer Robbie Robertson, who led the Canadian-American group the Band to rock prominence in the 1970s and worked extensively with Bob Dylan and Martin Scorsese, has died. He was 80.
According to an announcement from his management, Robertson died Wednesday in Los Angeles after a long illness.
In a statement, Robertsons manager of 34 years, Jared Levine, said Robbie was surrounded by his family at the time of his death, including his wife, Janet, his ex-wife, Dominique, her partner Nicholas, and his children Alexandra, Sebastian, Delphine, and Delphines partner Kenny. He is also survived by his grandchildren Angelica, Donovan, Dominic, Gabriel and Seraphina. Robertson recently completed his fourteenth film music project with frequent collaborator Martin Scorsese, Killers of the Flower Moon. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Six Nations of the Grand River to support a new Woodland Cultural Center.
Read more: https://variety.com/2023/music/news/robbie-robertson-dead-the-band-1235692172/
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