About that exoplanet orbiting Proxima Centauri, our sun's closest stellar neighbor: as @SciAm notes below, it may not be habitable.
Charles M. Blow is on target as usual.
Olympic silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa cannot safely return to Ethiopia because of his brave protest against his government's brutal oppression of the Oromo people. I have an Oromo friend who has been sending me firsthand reports of the government violence. It is sickening. If Lilesa wants to come to America, we should welcome him.
Our friend Ernest Hopkins comments:
Wow, as if his disingenuous speech to the 'African American' community wasn't enough, now we see his staff, priming the pump for the racists. It's pretty bad.
Gee, how can you resist a pitch like this: Your schools are crap, you live in squalor, you have no jobs and your kids are in prison! Let's be honest: this is not really aimed at black folks. No one with more dignity than Stepin Fetchit would buy that. Since he is so ignorant, someone should sit him down and tell him about Black Wall Street. About generations of struggle. About everyone from Nat Turner to Clementa Pinckney. About Madam C.J. Walker, Charles Drew, George Washington Carver, and Katherine Johnson. About the self-educated ex slave who became the most powerful speaker in our history. About the courage and discipline that sustained a bus boycott 60 years ago for more than a year despite threats and bombings. Tell him what Barack Obama has had to overcome to function as president. Tell him about Oak Bluffs. If he didn't treat African Americans like exotica, if he actually met with and listened to them, he might have picked up some of this stuff.
Looking dazed, 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh wiped the blood and debris on the seat. "He wasn’t crying at all." https://t.co/SBq6o2ErA5— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) August 18, 2016
The job of a photojournalist is not a comfortable desk job. By its nature it often puts a photog in harm's way, or close to suffering, to capture a story in one striking image. You and I can gaze at this remarkable photo at a safe remove, but not the photographer. The Syrian child covered in dust and blood is 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh, and the photographer is Mahmoud Raslan. Without such images, we would avoid confronting the horrors of war even more than we do.
Here’s why President Obama isn’t stopping his vacation to visit the Louisiana flooding https://t.co/5gQMhprbsE— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) August 18, 2016
This is one of the qualities I admire the most about this president, though I do not underestimate the importance of public perception. Obama cares more about the reality behind the image crafting. Let the haters with their cheap shots do their worst. He is head and shoulders above them all.