The Monday Morning Teaser

This week … oh, let’s see … Trump decertified the Iran nuclear deal and made his most significant attempt yet to sabotage ObamaCare. Most of Puerto Rico is still without power and Americans — never forget that Puerto Ricans are Americans — are starting to die from diseases related to drinking bad water. But Trump is getting impatient with this whole process of rescuing brown Spanish-speaking people (who aren’t even grateful to him when help eventually arrives), so he warned that federal rescuers “can’t stay forever”.

That’s this week’s news about one American. I’m sure I’ll find some space to talk about the other 300 million or so of us.

Oh yeah, there was another guy: Harvey Weinstein. He got more attention this week than all the Californians whose homes burned combined. (Did I mention that Californians are watching their homes burn? Must have slipped my mind.)

Fortunately, there was also some less horrifying stuff to pay attention to: research into the difference between wolf puppies and dog puppies, a prediction that 2017 is “the beginning of the end of the internal combustion engine”, and an demonstration of how easy it is to start a fake news site.

Anyway, here’s my plan: I’ll pull together stuff about DACA, Iran, and ObamaCare in a post called “Hostage Taking”. In each of those cases, Trump has started a clock ticking towards disaster and laid out a set of demands to stop it. That should be out by 10 EDT. Everything else is in the weekly summary, which should appear by noon.

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  • eanbehr  On October 16, 2017 at 8:53 am

    My wife (who has been a reader of your blog longer than I) confirms that you are getting snarkier. Probably not good for your mental health, overall, but you are good at it, so I’m understandably torn.

    • weeklysift  On October 16, 2017 at 10:45 am

      Good feedback to get. I’ll watch that.

      • Nancy R Minter  On October 16, 2017 at 10:56 am

        Personally I welcome the snark.

  • Marcia  On October 16, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    My entire attention was directed at The California wild fires. All this other stuff was off my radar. I saw the America I love in action. People helping people no race crap, no hate America only being great people working together and appreciating life.
    Police and Fire depts doing their jobs and receiving the gratitude they deserve. Evacuees home’s being protected by police from all over the state. Looting has been kept to a minimum. Oh yes all looters were not minorities!
    The town of Santa Rosa will never be the same and the residents will not feel the security they enjoyed before but they will always look back at a community that stood United shoulder to shoulder for good. Sonoma strong!

  • News Puddle  On October 18, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    Unfortunately, it seems Trump has a weird capacity to want to blow the world into the dust with a nuclear bomb. Even if Trump’s intentions are not really to use Nuclear weapons, by stirring the idea will surely encourage other countries to follow suite, and for this I’m concerned.

    Essentially put, Trump is an oblivious moron and the Trump voters deserve him.

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