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The Week (November 30)

2017/ 12/ 01 by jd in Global News

“Trump seems to be coming unglued.” Though “you might say while it’s deeply troubling to see the president embracing conspiracy theories or believing that millions of people voted illegally for his opponent, it doesn’t necessarily mean that he has lost his mind. But the fact that he thinks that it wasn’t him on the Access Hollywood tape suggests that Trump has had a profound break with reality.”


US News & World Report (December 28)

2016/ 12/ 28 by jd in Global News

“It was about 37 degrees Fahrenheit warmer in the Arctic in November than it usually is this time of year. The week before Christmas, it was 50 degrees above the usual average. That is, to put it mildly, something quite out of the ordinary.” Even more troubling, “what every scientist in the world studying the Arctic knows is this: what happens in the Arctic doesn’t stay in the Arctic; and global warming is now permanently altering the region in ways that will have untold consequences. In fact, the Arctic system has changed so dramatically that it may now be vulnerable to tipping points that affect the entire planet.”


New York Times (October 14)

2016/ 10/ 15 by jd in Global News

“He was a curious amalgam of modern and feudal: an American-born, Swiss-educated king who could not be criticized under Thailand’s stern lèse-majesté laws…. Perhaps it was because he was all these things that King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died on Thursday at age 88, became the personification of Thai nationhood in his 70-year reign. And that is also why his passing is so troubling to his country and its allies.”