Insatiably Curious

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Atlanta International is the world’s busiest airport

More than 107 million passengers flew through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport last year, making it the busiest passenger airport in the world for the 21st year in a row.
Atlanta also saw a 3.3% increase in passenger traffic, according to Airports Council International’s world traffic report, which was released on September 16.
Globally, passenger traffic increased to 8.8 billion last year, a 6.4% increase, while air cargo shipments increased by 3.4%.

Chaos is being normalised by Boris Johnson, Donald Trump, and Vladimir Putin. And it’s all part of a larger destructive plan.

An atmosphere of weariness is descending on the mass of people. They were already weary of Brexit and are now getting weary of endless headlines about a constitutional crisis that never seems to end.

In the 1930s, the psychologist Erich Fromm noted that the ideal conditions for the rise of dictators and autocrats was a “state of inner tiredness and resignation”, which he attributed to the pace of life in stressed, industrialised societies.

Among the German working class, Fromm observed “a deep feeling of resignation, of disbelief in their leaders, of doubt about the value of any kind of political organization and political activity … deep within themselves many had given up any hope in the effectiveness of political action”.

» Read more of Paul Mason’s opinion in The Guardian…

John Bolton was either ousted or quit as the US National Security Adviser. Like the White House, he leaves behind a legacy of chaos, dysfunction, and no meaningful accomplishments

The turnover at the White House continues. It’s chaos over there. Who’s left? How many vacancies are there?

Washington Post / WaPo / WaPo / WaPo / WaPo / WaPo (Paywall)

NY Times / NYT / NYT / NYT / NYT

The Daily Beast / TDB

Politico / Politico

Axios / Axios

ABC News / ABC

NBC

Mother Jones

Slate

CNBC

VOX

Los Angeles Times

The Hill

Time

Vanity Fair

Miami Herald

Chicago Sun-Times

Bloomberg

NRA sues the City of San Francisco after city labels it a domestic terrorist organization

The National Rifle Association filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Monday against San Francisco after the city passed a resolution declaring the gun rights group a “domestic terrorist organization.”

» Read more at it in the article by Rebecca Falconer at Axios…

I’m happy the NRA is suing San Fran. I hadn’t heard the news until the lawsuit brought light to this valid declaration.

Republican Senator Kerry Roberts of Springfield, Tennessee calls for the elimination of higher education, calls it a ‘liberal breeding ground’

What grade did he complete?

A Republican Tennessee lawmaker says he supports getting rid of higher education because he argues it would cut off the “liberal breeding ground.”

Sen. Kerry Roberts of Springfield called for eliminating higher education while speaking about attending a recent abortion legislative hearing on his conservative radio talk show on Sept. 2.

Roberts specifically called out one activist who testified in favor of protecting abortion rights. He asserted without evidence that the woman’s beliefs were a “product of higher education” and claimed that getting rid of higher education would “save America.”

» Read more from the Associated Press…

Kerry Roberts is further proof that you can’t cure stupid.

 

The new ‘Volfefe Index’ attempts to measure Trump Tweets impact on market

JPMorgan created the “Volfefe Index” — a reference to Trump’s viral 2017 “covfefe” tweet which remains unexplained — in an attempt to measure how Trump’s tweets impact volatility in U.S. interest rates.

Out of about 4,000 non-retweets occurring during market hours from 2018 to the present, only 146 moved the market.

Most of Trump’s tweets come around noon to 2:00 pm, with a 1:00 pm tweet roughly three times as likely to arrive at any other hour of the afternoon or evening, according to J.P. Morgan’s report.

Trump’s 3:00 am tweets are also more common than 3:00 pm tweets, which can be a nuisance for U.S. rates markets, since overnight market depth tends to be thin.Trump is presumably asleep from 5:00 am to 10:00 am, according to the report, since there’s a lull in tweeting activity during that time.

» Read more about the Volfefe Index at CNBC

See also The Hill, CNN, Bloomberg

Some #asshat with a gun has killed 42 wild burros on public lands in California’s Mojave Desert

“We are deeply disturbed by this wanton crime and the senseless slaying of our nation’s wild burros,” Kitty Block, president of the Humane Society, said in a statement. “Anyone who is capable of this level of violence must be held accountable.”

BLM authorities agree.

“The cruelty involved in shooting these burros and leaving them to die warrants prosecution to the fullest extent of the law,” BLM’s deputy director for policy and programs, William Perry Pendley, said in a statement Wednesday. “We thank the animal welfare groups for adding their voices to those organizations who value these iconic symbols of the West.”

The BLM has teamed with conservation and animal welfare organizations to offer a reward leading to the capture of the shooter. As of now, that reward stands at $58,000. “With the increasing reward now on the table, we’re confident that someone will come forward with actionable information soon,” Pendley said.

» Read more about this in an article by Justin Housman at Adventure Journal

 

Pentagon lists projects that will be delayed to divert funds to Trumps border wall

Who’s going to pay for the wall?

» He said Mexico was going to pay for it.

Turns out that was another of his lies.

The US military and all the people and companies that do work for them are going to pay. US tax payers are going to pay.

The Pentagon plans to divert funds from military construction projects in nearly half the 50 states, three territories and 19 countries to the southwestern border wall as part of President Trump’s efforts to bypass Congress and redirect spending to his signature campaign promise.

Nearly every facet of military life, from a canceled dining center in Puerto Rico to a small arms firing range in Tulsa, Okla., to an elementary school in Wiesbaden, Germany, will be affected by the transfer of $3.6 billion in congressionally appropriated funds detailed by the Defense Department on Wednesday.

The cuts involve projects such as rifle ranges, aircraft simulators, hangars, port repairs and a cyberoperations center in Virginia, with the biggest impact in Puerto Rico, Guam, New York and New Mexico. In the case of Puerto Rico, the Defense Department plans to divert funds from projects targeted after Hurricane Maria devastated the island in 2017.

» Read more about the cuts in the article by Emily Cochrane and Helene Cooper at very successful The NY Times…

Alex Honnold, Lifespan Gap, Amazon Rainforest, Great Barrier Reef, Meatless Chicken

Robert’s Newsletter for September 1, 2019

Occasionally I put together a list of the things that caught my attention as I surf the web trying to make sense of the world we live in. I send it out to those who might be interested.

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🧳 Adventure & Travel

» Video » The always entertaining Alex Honnold, probably the greatest solo climber of all time, answers rock climbing questions » Watch…

» The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) reports that tourism enjoys continued growth » Read the press release…

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