Thursday threads

Sep 01, 2016

"Zika fight starts killing bees," summarizes Scientific American's Alex Wild in the wake of reports that millions of bees are dead after South Carolina sprayed for mosquitoes infected with the virus. And death came swiftly: "After the plane left, the familiar buzzing stopped. The silence in its wake was like a morgue," writes Washington Post's Ben Guarino. "Mass off-target insect kills is exactly why I don't support broad scale spraying for mosquitoes," points out freelancer Gwen Pearson. "Unearthed" columnist Tamar Haspel takes it a step farther: "If you oppose the use of GM mosquitoes to fight Zika, this is your fault." No time to mince words on the bee plight.

Here's what's happening in politics:

  • Journalists are still dissecting "a tale of two Trumps," namely the Donald Trump who went to Mexico yesterday and the Donald Trump who went to Arizona shortly thereafter. "Wait Americans can see what I say in Mexico? Sure hope Mexicans can't see what I say in Arizona," quips New York Magazine's Carl Swanson.
  • The New York Times especially seems to be doing quite a bit of gymnastics revising their write-up on Trump and Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto's clash in their accounts of that meeting. "Even this revised story doesn’t capture what actually happened last night. Conflicting signals? Audacious? Ugh," reacts Fusion's Geraldine Sealey. The Ringer's Alyssa Bereznak muses, "certain reporters seem to be craving a pivot from trump so bad that they are just ignoring what he says now."
  • But here's a different, softer Trump many have been craving--one that charms wealthy donors in private by seeking their advice. "Here's how donors described Trump to me: 'Soft-spoken.' 'Even-keeled.' 'Curious.' Most of all: 'A great listener.'"
  • And lest it appear we are merely piling on Trump, here's Politico's Kenneth Vogel implying that Bill Clinton used tax dollars to subsidize the Clinton Foundation and that infamous private email server. Namely, Clinton may have used an old federal government program meant to keep former presidents out of poverty to subsidize his family's foundation and support his wife's server. "Maybe this has something to do with Bill's complete avoidance of press scrutiny (which should be seen as a scandal)," theorizes Vice's Michael Tracey.
  • Not to be outdone, of course, the Wall Street Journal reports that Trump seems to have dealt with a series of people who had mob ties. "Mobster, fraudster, racketeer, mafiosi: 'cleanest guy' Trump did business with them all," WSJ's Theo Francis sums it up. On the other hand, Refinery29's Michael Hafford counters, "doesn't seem like there's much to this Trump/mob story besides the existence of BLOOD HORSE MAGAZINE."
  • In non-presidential politics, Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown just announced his retirement. "@DPDChief, praised for his work to improve relations between police & community, announced his retirement today," tweets Inside Edition's Caitlin Nolan.

In other news you should know, SpaceX's unmanned Falcon 9 rocket exploded on its Florida launch pad. "This video is completely out of control," reacts Mashable's Miriam Kramer.

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