FROM Tristram Korten
Florida Officials Won't Say the Words "Climate Change" When Charlie Crist was Governor of Florida, official reports on the environment contained references to global warming, climate change and sea-level rise. But since Rick Scott was elected, those terms are not allowed in e-mails, reports or other official communications. Florida — with its coral reefs, wetlands and beaches — is in the region most susceptible to global warming and climate change. But you wouldn't know that from reading reports by the Department of Environmental Protection, even though it's charged with planning for Florida's future. That's according to Tristram Korten at the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting .
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.