Till the End of the Day

Sorry for the absolute lack of posts lately. It’s been a busy couple of weeks over here at V+V HQ. Here are some things we found that you may enjoy in our stead:

You should read this even though it will make you very sad.

Probably the most interesting part of this process story: “The campaign of Senator Marco Rubio of Florida has provided his financial backers with a password-protected mobile app that provides updates on the candidate, details of his schedule and even helpful talking points.”

Interesting piece on the talk of schism by conservatives in the Catholic church.

Congratulations to Ta-Nehisi Coates, et al. on much-deserved MacArthur Foundation fellowships.

The fossil fuel industry is close to if not completely guilty of racketeering.

When the military meets the tech world.

Architecture and waste management.


Morning Constitutional – Monday, 21 September 2015

Good morning, everybody. Rick Ross is engaged. Now, your morning constitutional:

Alexis Tsipras will remain Greek prime minister after his Syriza party won an unexpectedly big win in Sunday’s snap election. Following the victory, he said his party had a clear mandate to govern and promised to soften austerity measures.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to arrive in the U.S. on Tuesday as his country’s economy is faltering and numerous tensions continue between the U.S. and China.

President George W. Bush tried to retroactively authorize portions of the NSA’s data collection program after his attorney general refused to authorize the program from his hospital bed.

For the first time, the U.S. may accept U.N. condemnation of its trade embargo with Cuba.

A day after Nepal adopted their first democratic constitution, police shot and injured at least three protesters.

U.S. soldiers are being told to ignore sexual abuse of boys by Afghan allies.

As Oregon prepares for legal marijuana sales, the state is clearing the records of those previously convicted for marijuana possession.

With fewer than five days left of the fiscal calendar, five things standing in the way of keeping the government open.

Volkswagen stocks fell sharply after the EPA has accused the carmaker of falsifying emissions data on its diesel cars’ emissions.

The rent is too damned high, getting higher.

Finally, pantsless man enters courthouse, takes prosecutor’s suit jacket.

Morning Constitutional – Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Good morning, folks. Ne-Yo is engaged, and his fiancee is expecting. Now, your morning constitutional:

Hungary shut down all rail traffic from its main terminal in Budapest Tuesday as hundreds of migrants from the Middle East and Asia crowded outside the train station trying to board trains to Austria and Germany. The move comes a day after German chancellor Angela Merkel warned that the migrant crisis is the biggest challenge facing the European Union and Austria stopped Hungarian trains at the border en route to Vienna. A sports complex in the small German town of Nauen was set to temporarily house 130 migrants and refugees, but was burned in a suspected arson.

President Obama on Tuesday will propose speeding up the buying process for new Coast Guard icebreakers that can operate in the northern polar regions to catch up with Russian and Canadian competition to control the Arctic.

A truce between Ukrainian and pro-Russian separatists continued to hold into Tuesday. However, clashes between protesters and police erupted Monday in Kiev outside Parliament, and one police officer was killed.

The unemployment rate in the Euro zone dropped to its lowest level since 2012.

Murder rates in many U.S. cities are spiking, and nobody really knows why.

Newly released video seems to show San Antonia sheriff’s deputies shooting a man whose hands were up.

Protests continue in Beirut over the government’s inability to solve the city’s garbage crisis.

Satellite images confirmed that Islamic State militants destroyed the Temple of Bel, one of the best preserved Roman-era sites in Palmyra, Syria.

The Senate fight over the Iran nuclear deal gives Sen. Dick Durban the chance for political redemption.

A 62-year old hiker who was missing for nine days in California’s Sierra Nevada crawled for two days with a broken leg in freezing temperatures before being rescued.

Organizers for Japan’s 2020 Olympics scrapped the logo over plagiarism allegations.

Finally, man takes selfie while driving, crashes into tree.