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LA Times (December 6)

2017/ 12/ 08 by jd in Global News

“What should make Southern California fearful is that climate change could mean a future of more frequent and more intense wildfires. Today’s fires will end, and what we do afterward—assessing how to better prepare, and how and whether to rebuild—will influence the damage from the fires next time.”


Reuters (May 16)

2017/ 05/ 19 by jd in Global News

“President Trump is now the leaker in chief.” His “conduct over the past week strikes at the heart of the United States intelligence community. He does not seem to grasp how it works…. The damage Trump has done to his own intelligence services, their foreign counterparts, and their relationships with the White House in four short months might take four long years to repair. If it can be repaired, that is.”


Los Angeles Times (April 2)

2017/ 04/ 04 by jd in Global News

“It was no secret during the campaign that Donald Trump was a narcissist and a demagogue who used fear and dishonesty to appeal to the worst in American voters…. Still, nothing prepared us for the magnitude of this train wreck.” With this, the Republican-leaning LA Times began a four part series on “Our Dishonest President.” The newspaper’s urgent tone stems from the dire precariousness after less than three months under Trump. “It is impossible to know where his presidency will lead or how much damage he will do to our nation.”


BBC (September 29)

2016/ 10/ 01 by jd in Global News

All of South Australia blacked out when a vicious storm struck, toppling approximately 20 transmission towers and leveling nearly 80,000 lightning strikes, some of these damaged power plants and facilities. The unprecedented weather “has very quickly turned into an Australian political storm, with the state’s dependency on renewable energy now being debated with the full force and bluster of a tornado.”


Chicago Tribune (September 19)

2016/ 09/ 20 by jd in Global News

Oliver Stone’s new movie on Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency (NSA) leaker, opened amid renewed calls that he be granted amnesty. But in light of the damage his leak caused and is continuing to cause, Snowden “doesn’t sound like a whistleblower who should be celebrated.” He “sounds like someone who should be in a U.S. prison.”


New York Times (June 12)

2016/ 06/ 13 by jd in Global News

“The stain of Trump will last long after his campaign. His insults, cruelty and bigotry will sear themselves into the memory of Americans for a long time to come, especially those who are the targets of his invective.” He will do long-term damage to his party. “Mr. Trump is what he is — a malicious, malignant figure on the American political landscape…. There will be a fearsome price for Republicans to pay for their embrace of Donald Trump.”


Bloomberg (April 18)

2016/ 04/ 19 by jd in Global News

“The death toll from earthquakes that struck southern Japan rose to 42 and the economic impact began to reverberate Monday as companies surveyed damage and the potential effects on production from supply-chain disruptions.” Amidst the uncertainty, investors “are speculating that Japan’s government and central bank will need to consider more stimulus for an economy that is already struggling.”


Washington Post (December 6)

2015/ 12/ 07 by jd in Global News

“So far, hacking has involved mostly commercial and criminal misdeeds.” Though costly, “they are a lesser danger. The real threat is hacking intended to destabilize entire societies.” Cyberwar and cyberterrorism could do unprecedented damage so “we need to think the unthinkable.” This “change in consciousness” will help us limit the risk that, for chilling example, an entity will intentionally crash the electric grid.


New York Times (November 6)

2015/ 11/ 07 by jd in Global News

“Support for making marijuana legal is increasing around the world, and that is a good thing…. Laws banning the growing, distribution and possession of marijuana have caused tremendous damage to society, with billions spent on imprisoning people for violating pointlessly harsh laws.” Moreover, “marijuana is far less harmful than alcohol and tobacco, and can be used to treat medical conditions like chronic pain.”


USA Today (December 16)

2014/ 12/ 16 by jd in Global News

“For 22 years, the nations of the world have been discussing ways to prevent catastrophic damage to the Earth’s climate caused by emissions of greenhouse gases…. About the best that can be said for the accord announced in Peru on Sunday, after two weeks of talks among nearly 200 nations, is that even a weak deal is better than no deal.”


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