Wednesday, January 3, 2018, 8:00am

5TtRT: Steve Bannon, the Iranian protests, climate change, victims of sexual assault, & impeachment

'We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.' - Benjamin Franklin

“We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.” – Benjamin Franklin

The Washington Post tweeted yesterday, “A monster storm is headed for the East Coast, but don’t worry, it’s only expected to become a [squints at notes] ‘bomb cyclone,'” which amused me endlessly. (Here’s the article about it.) Not the “bomb cyclone,” obviously, just the tweet. As far as the “cyclone” goes, if you’re on the east coast, buckle up. It looks like it’s gonna be nasty.

5 Things to Read Today (1/3/18)

The Guardian: Trump Tower meeting with Russians ‘treasonous’, Bannon says in explosive book
“[…] Bannon remarked mockingly: ‘The three senior guys in the campaign thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the 25th floor – with no lawyers. They didn’t have any lawyers. Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad shit, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately.'”

The Economist: Protests have engulfed several cities in Iran
“After six days the tone of the rallies is changing. Many now call for the downfall of the ruling clerics and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the regime’s praetorian guard, who also dominate much of the economy.”

Ars Technica: Climate change will make it feel even worse than it is
“The rising temperatures driven by climate change are expected to change human comfort levels in a way that mostly balances out—uncomfortable heat in the tropics is expected to be offset by fewer cold problems at higher latitudes. But rising temperatures will also affect wind patterns and humidity levels, so there’s a chance that things will feel different from simply ‘it’s a bit warmer.'”

FiveThirtyEight: What We Know About Victims Of Sexual Assault In America
“The National Crime Victimization Survey, released last month, estimates that people in the U.S. experienced over 320,000 incidents of rape and sexual assault in 2016. That works out to 1.2 such assaults per 1,000 people age 12 or older.”

Lawfare: Impeachment-Proof? The President’s Unconstitutional Abuse of His Constitutional Powers
“In September, I identified four myths that dog discussions about presidential impeachment. Perhaps the most persistent and surprisingly consequential of these myths is the notion that impeachment and removal decisions amount to pure politics, as opposed to a set of legal determinations made by a political branch.”

Daily Cute: “Guys. Something’s following me.”

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