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Sinkhole forms in front of Mar-a-Lago; metaphors pour in

The Fix
Sinkhole forms in front of Mar-a-Lago; metaphors pour in
By Amy B Wang May 22

A large sinkhole has formed in front of Mar-a-Lago, the Palm Beach estate belonging to President Trump.

Town officials posted a run-of-the-mill advisory about the sinkhole Monday morning:

"A 4' x 4' sinkhole has formed on Southern Boulevard directly in front of Mar-a-Lago," the traffic alert read. "It appears to be in the vicinity of the newly installed water main. West Palm Beach Utilities distribution crews have secured the area and will most likely need to do some exploratory excavation today."

But where utility workers saw a repair project, the Internet saw a giant opening — for metaphors.

Worth reading the rest just for the Twitter reaction!

BBC has video of the sinkhole: http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-40013480/aerial-footage-of-sinkhole-at-trump-s-mar-a-lago-resort

The Onion Leaks a Trove of Trump Docs

The Trump Documents (from The Onion) - http://www.theonion.com/trumpdocuments

For the story behind The Trump Documents:

The Onion Leaks a Trove of Trump Docs
By Charles Bethea May 22, 2017

The staff of the Onion, a satirical online newspaper that’s been a reliable antidote to reality for nearly three decades, was not thrilled by the prospect of a Trump Presidency. The paper’s longtime writer Chad Nackers told me in March that the thought of having to frequently satirize Trump and the bit players in his Administration for four years—or more—filled many of the publication’s staffers with “comedic dread.” The Onion has been tormenting Trump for close to twenty years, beginning back when he was a mere citizen-object of scorn, with headlines like 2012’s “Donald Trump Stares Forlornly at Tiny, Aged Penis in Mirror Before Putting On Clothes, Beginning Day” and, from 2013, “When You’re Feeling Low, Just Remember I’ll Be Dead in About 15 or 20 Years.” (The latter provoked Trump’s general counsel, Michael Cohen, to demand an apology to his client. The Onion ignored this request.) But, for a President Trump, Cole Bolton, the Onion’s editor-in-chief, told me last week, “We needed something much bigger, much broader, which can hit all the themes we want to hit in a single stroke.”

More than a dozen writers and eight graphics editors have been assembling that something over the past four months: seven hundred pages of Trump-related documents that have been “leaked” to the Onion. The first batch was revealed at noon on Monday on the Onion’s Facebook page, as well as on a special Web site. “Document dumps,” Bolton said, “are the vogue way to talk about major breaking news in the world, whether it’s WikiLeaks or the Panama Papers. Leaks seemed like the perfect means to get at Trump and his inner circle, as well as his decision-making.”

Among the leaked Trump documents: a string of e-mails between the President and Boeing’s C.E.O., about Trump’s desired upgrades—marble everything—to Air Force One; some of the Vice-President’s handwritten notes, with helpful illustrations, describing puritanical inventions of his, like a “nose harness” to prevent the smelling of “sinful smells,” like a woman’s skin, and a “blouse that cannot flutter in the wind”; and three of the President’s idiosyncratic daily briefings, written on children’s placemats. “Like you get at Denny’s,” Bolton said. “They say things like, ‘These are the security issues today. Find them in the word box!’ ” There are Mad Libs-style executive orders (“fill-in a ‘fear-inducing noun,’ ” one instructs, then an “adjective that implies ‘sub-human’ without actually stating it”), a note from Obama to Trump that was left in the Oval Office, as well as handwritten letters between Melania Trump and her concerned relatives back in Slovenia. All the documents appear to have originated between Trump’s Inauguration and the current day, with the exception of a few e-mails between the press secretary, Sean Spicer, and Trump, exchanged prior to the election. Trump’s voice is limited in the documents. “His voice is so over-mocked,” Bolton said. “Everyone throws the word ‘huge’ in there and says they’re an orange-so-and-so with small hands. Those jokes are done to death. We wanted to not fall in those traps.”

Riffing on the minutiae of the news cycle is generally not the Onion’s goal, and these documents are no different. There are a few items related to the recent James Comey chaos, like a series of very simplistically encrypted e-mails that Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, sent to Trump. (“Flynn has device Moscow is pleased,” one decoded missive reads. Another says, simply, “Focus Donald.”) A few other specific events are mentioned, such as Spicer suggesting that Bashar al-Assad is worse than Hitler. But the documents mostly play on broad themes of the Trump Administration: stupidity, duplicity, and the strategic use of fear.

More: http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/the-onion-leaks-a-trove-of-trump-docs

This Girl Just Explained White Privilege In A Way Anyone Can Understand

This Girl Just Explained White Privilege In A Way Anyone Can Understand, And People Are Loving It
written by Justin Luke on May 15th, 2017

She is aware of her white privilege, and how it has affected her life. So, in an attempt to help other white individuals see their privilege more clearly, Lundt wrote a Facebook post that has since gone viral. In the post, she describes a specific instance in her college life at Colgate.

Colgate recently made headlines when the school shut down for several hours after a black student was seen with a glue gun.

In her post, Lundt says that she has walked around campus many times holding a sword, and nobody has ever called the cops on her. This is something she attributed to her whiteness, saying, “People thought it was funny. People laughed – ‘oh, look at that harmless, silly white girl with a giant sword!!'”

The fact that the glue gun incident could happen is due to institutionalized racialism, Lundt said.

“If you think for even a second this wasn’t profiling, ask yourself why this sword is still in my room and has not ONCE made anyone uncomfortable,” she stated. “No one has EVER called the police on me. Understand that there are larger forces at play than this one night, and this one instance of racism. This is engrained in our university and our larger society. White Colgate students, we need to do better. #BlackLivesMatter.”
More: http://shareably.net/this-girl-just-explained-white/?utm_content=inf_10_3000_2&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=TSE&utm_source=TSE1&tse_id=INF_3f7c88e0398111e78b099bd9c6581d40

How are IRAs being changed?

My husband has a traditional IRA (rolled over from his 401k) and we each have Roth IRAs. Recently we received letters from our financial advisor telling us that there are changes coming to IRAs. Ours are grandfathered in, but if we still wanted to make contributions to them, we had to set that up by June 8 of this year. There are some other details that we did not discuss since they don't apply to us but I started wondering.

What changes are being made to IRAs this year? Are they going to make it harder to contribute? What is going on with these changes?

Happy Mother's Day to my Mom!

Here she is on her 96th birthday with her first great grandson.

Robert Reich : With his firing of the FBI director, Trump's impeachment becomes even more likely.

Remember - Mother's Day is this weekend!

A Trove on the Womens Suffrage Struggle, Found in an Old Box

A Trove on the Women’s Suffrage Struggle, Found in an Old Box

MARCH 29, 2017

It was 1874, a challenging year for Susan B. Anthony and the women’s suffrage movement. She had been convicted of illegally voting in Rochester, her hometown, and activists were split over the best way to push the movement forward.

On April 9, Anthony wrote to a fellow activist named Isabella Beecher Hooker, looking ahead to better days.

“Now wouldn’t it be splendid for us to be free & equal citizens, with the power of the ballot to back our hearts, heads & hands,” Anthony wrote, envisioning a time when women could also fight for “the poor, the insane, the criminal,” armed not just with moral suasion but “with power too.”

“I can hardly wait,” she continued. “The good fates though are working together to bring us into this freedom.”

More: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/29/arts/womens-suffrage-collection-susan-b-anthony.html?_r=0

I hope these documents are published so we can all read details of the struggle for women's rights that still continues today.

David Crosby on Kanye, Congress, and outlasting Bill O'Reilly

David Crosby on Kanye, Congress, and outlasting Bill O'Reilly
The Man Behind the Stache

by Stratton Lawrence
May 10, 2017

Crosby, Stills & Nash were the sum of their parts, but the man whose name came first was arguably the torchbearer, not just for the band but for the hippie generation's entire folk scene. He dated Joni Mitchell, helped launch Jackson Browne's career, and in his free time, he jammed with Jerry Garcia and Phil Lesh under the moniker, David & the Dorks. Crosby received a liver transplant in 1994, and he even did nine months in a Texas pen for drug charges, a true product — and survivor — of the free-loving but hard-living culture he emerged from the heart of.

When Crosby released his first solo album, 1971's If I Could Only Remember My Name, the list of contributors played like a who's who of West Coast musical luminaries, from Santana and Jefferson Airplane to Neil Young, Garcia, and Mitchell. The album's leadoff track, "Music is Love," closes with the lines, "Put on your colors and run come see; Everybody says that music's for free," a verse that's now at odds with his vocal position as a Spotify and music-streaming critic.

Today, with CSN claiming they've wrapped their final tour, Crosby's attention is fully focused on his solo career, amidst a prolific period of late-life songwriting. 2014's Croz kicked off a trio of albums, including 2016's Lighthouse, a stripped-down, ethereal folk record, and the forthcoming Sky Trails, a brassy full-band collection that he's featuring on his current tour. Always the musician/activist, he still subscribes to the idea of the songwriter as the town crier, relaying the state of the world to his audience.

City Paper caught up with Crosby before he hit the road to get the scoop on what motivates him to keep recording and performing at age 75.

Interview transcript follows: http://m.charlestoncitypaper.com/charleston/david-crosby-on-kanye-congress-and-outlasting-bill-oreilly/Content?oid=8236880

Note - the interviewer is the nephew of a friend of my husband.

Amazing dancing!

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