The death toll in the devastating oil train derailment in Canada has reached 13. Eight bodies have been found in the wreckage now that investigators have better access to the zone closest to the blast. About 40 people are still missing. (July 8)
e k: Even if Hillary wins, years of pandering to anti-union, anti-civil rights, anti-democracy (voter suppressing gerrymanders) and racists by the Republican Party have created an environment that is toxic and has changed America for the foreseeable future. This is Nixon's and Reagan's legacy and Murdoch, Limbaugh and others can bask in the glow of bringing the US down. At least 1/3 of America is ignorant and fighting proud of it. One third do not aspire to be better because they don't believe they need to improve themselves in any way. And since they are not competitive in a world market and no longer believe in true meritocracy, they whine and whine and say everything is rigged, when in fact everything was handed to them. It is the Chinese, Japanese, Koreans and others who started way behind and have caught up by playing by the rules, studying hard, working harder. America is now at least one third whiny self-privileged, uncompetitive ignoramuses. Cutting education budgets and destroying unions, the Republicans have created a place where they can steal the morons blind while the morons worship them. Zombie nation. This is America, at least a significant portion of it. Face the facts. And if Republicans hold the house and senate, there will be no hope of significant improvement.