Gongol.com Archives: July 2018

Brian Gongol


July 26, 2018

The United States of America Advice and consent

Members of the Senate see fit to reassert their authority over bad diplomatic behavior by the President, with Senators McCain, Kaine, Gardner, and Reed joining in a bipartisan bill to "explicitly prohibit the President of the United States from withdrawing from NATO without Senate approval". Article II, Section 2 is unambiguous ("by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur"), but even that clarity may deserve a backstop in these peculiar times.

The United States of America Mapping the vote: Intriguing but usually misleading

We really should get used to using cartograms (specifically with hex tiles) when depicting anything that has to do with population or voting. If people can understand subway maps, they can understand cartographic depictions of population, too.

Threats and Hazards "Enterprises to subvert it..."

Federalist 59 has some words applicable to America today

Humor and Good News In the airport, always go for the pretzel

It is metaphysically impossible to screw up a pretzel order, and that means the dunce in front of you, no matter how stupid, will still be out of your way in no more than 90 seconds.

Business and Finance Facebook's $120 billion bad day

Imagine vaporizing the market valuation of about half the farmland in Iowa

Threats and Hazards The Attorney General should be ashamed

The nation's chief law-enforcement officer shouldn't be taking part in "Lock her up" chants. It's not just untoward, it's perverse.

News "Booing the press in general is an unhealthy trend"

Sen. Ben Sasse with a worthy endorsement of the VFW's statement disclaiming the boos directed at the press when the President made ill use of an opportunity to address the organization's national convention. It is a cowardly act to direct mob anger at the press.

Business and Finance Necco shuts down

The candy-heart and candy-wafer company had been troubled for a while, but it sounds like the shutdown was a sudden shock

Weather and Disasters Terrible wildfires in Greece

They've caused dozens of casualties

Agriculture Was there anything really new in the US-EU trade agreement?

It may not really have been worth a hill of beans, to shamelessly abuse a pun.


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