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The first American female war correspondent killed in action battled sexism through her life

WRITTEN BY Neha Thirani Bagri

Georgette Dickey Chapelle, a freelance photojournalist and the first American female war correspondent to be killed in action, was a trailblazer. She overcame gender discrimination in her personal and professional life to become one of the very first women on the front lines of war, and one of the most important war photographers of the 20th century.

Dickey Chapelle Under Fire, a new book by Iraq War veteran and former US Coast Guard Academy professor John Garafolo, explores Chapelle’s work and life through the incredible photographs she took, many of which were once published in National Geographic, Life, and other magazines.

The title of the book comes from a dateline Chapelle wrote from the battlefield of Iwo Jima in 1945. “It was dawn before I fell asleep, and later in the morning 
I was only half-awake as I fed a fresh sheet of paper into the typewriter and began to copy the notes from the previous day out of my book,” Chapelle writes of that day. “But I wasn’t too weary to type the date line firmly 
as if I’d been writing datelines all my life: ‘From the front at iwo jima march 5’—then I remembered and added two words: ‘under fire’—They looked great.”


Report: Trump aides cheer up a moody president by talking about his travel ban

Updated by Matthew Yglesias

Donald Trump’s top advisers try to cheer up the sulking commander in chief by reminding him of their looming plan to endanger the lives of some of the most desperate and vulnerable people on earth.

That fact comes to us not from Trump’s political opponents or some nefarious conspiracy of “Obama holdovers” in the “deep state,” but from Trump’s closest friends and allies in politics.

This weekend was a bonanza of gossipy scoops from inside the White House, including Politico’s “Knives are out for Reince,” CNN’s “Trump angry and frustrated at staff over Sessions fallout,” and ABC News’s “Trump flashes anger over Sessions recusal, Russia stories in tense Oval Office meeting.” But it’s the Washington Post’s entrance into the genre, by Philip Rucker, Robert Costa, and Ashley Parker, that delivers the single most chilling anecdote.

Like the other stories, it goes over Trump’s bad mood — he’s angry that Jeff Sessions recused himself from the investigation into ties to Russia, he’s paranoid about leaks, and he’s upset that more people aren’t backing up his evidence-free accusation about Barack Obama ordering Trump Tower bugged.


Trump's tax reform could tip America into recession and possibly serfdom

Paul Gambles, managing partner at MBMG Group

A breeding ground for the next Great Depression now exists.

In simple terms a depression is a recession that begins at a time when there are extreme levels of private-sector debt (and in consequence generally also an over-leveraged, acutely fragile banking system and stratospheric asset prices).

According to the Bank of International Settlements, the relative level of private debt today – whether in global aggregate, in the highly-financialized U.K., and U.S. or in the seven countries highlighted by my colleague Steve Keen, the chief economist at IDEA Economics, as most vulnerable to a debt crisis - is comparable to and, in many cases, worse than in the late-1920s.

Therefore, we should all be desperately seeking to "avoid" triggering a re-run of the 1930s ("avoid" in the standard sense and not the political vernacular where it means "delay for a four to five-year term of office").


Monday Toon Roundup 3- The Rest




Seen at the Nashville Trump Rally


Monday Toon Roundup 2- RRRRussipublicans





Monday Toon Roundup 1- Twitler strikes again

I could definitely see Trump saying this!

Donny Crappleseed

Monarch butterfly population drops by nearly one third


The annual overwintering count of monarch butterflies shows that butterfly numbers fell by nearly one-third this year reversing last year’s recovery from historically low numbers.

Monarch butterfly population drops by nearly one third
The annual overwintering count of monarch butterflies shows that butterfly numbers fell by nearly one-third this year reversing last year’s recovery from historically low numbers.

Millions of the butterflies migrates up to 2,800 miles from Canada and the U.S. to Mexico each year and they cluster tightly in the pine and fir forests in the sanctuaries of the Mariposa Monarca Biosphere Reserve in Mexico. Monarch populations are measured by the number of hectares of trees occupied by clustering butterflies. This year that coverage has been estimated at 2.91 hectares, down from last year’s figure of four, which itself was a sharp improvement from the 1.13 hectares in 2014-2015.
However, coverage used to be as much as 20 hectares few decades ago.

Omar Vidal, the head of the Mexico office of the World Wildlife Fund said:

The reduction in the area of forest they occupied this year is most probably due to the high mortality caused by storms and cold weather last year. It is a clear reminder for the three countries that they must step up actions to protect breeding, feeding and migratory habitat. We cannot control the climate, but we can do much better in eradicating illegal logging in the reserve and tackling habitat loss in the U.S. and Canada.

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