|Napoleon reading ... On July 7th, 1807 Napoleon Bonaparte and Russian Tsar Alexander signed the Treaty of Tilsit, which effectively gave Napoleon Europe. The terms and humiliation(s) would eventually lead to Napoleon's demise.|
It just got easier to be a crooked politician (The Fiscal Times).
Canada appreciates Obama as parliament chants "Four More Years!" during speech (Politics USA).
Chris Stevens's family: Don't blame Hillary Clinton for Benghazi (The New Yorker).
Volkswagen to pay $14.7 billion over emissions rigging (Ozy).
POLITICS IN AMERICA ... UNFORTUNATELY
Judge blasts Texas for using courts to make money off poor (BuzzFeed News).
The Benghazi Committee's dead end (NY Times).
Oh good, skinheads have vowed to 'protect' Trump supporters at GOP convention (Huffington Post).
STUFF YOU SHOULD KNOW/THINK ABOUT
New data says 49.7 million are now poor, with 80% of the total population near poverty (Counter Current News).
5 facts about illegal immigration in the U.S. (Pew Research Center).
I worked in the CIA under Bush. Obama is right to not say "radical Islam" (Vox).
Robert McChesney: Capitalism is a bad fit for a technological revolution (Truthout).
After Colorado legalized marijuana, arrests fell for white kids - but rose for black kids (Vox).
How an outsider president killed a party (Politico Magazine).
35 Founding Father quotes conservative Christians will hate (Addicting Info).
OBAMACARE IS WORKING
ACA helps bring child uninsured rate down to new record lows (Georgetown University Health Policy Institute).
New Study shows Medicaid expansion reduces household debt (Georgetown University Health Policy Institute).
'Instead of telling her to stop, well, I thought of something better': Prankster Dad recreates his daughter's sexy selfies, with hilarious results (Daily Mail).
'I don't do jet diggers!" Prankster convinces strange woman to ditch her boyfriend and fly to Miami with him by wowing her with his 'private jet' - only to teach her a lesson by ditching her on the runway (Daily Mail).
SOME GOOD NEWS
Texas ex-tycoon Wyly ordered to pay $1.1 billion for tax fraud (Reuters).
GOP clerk who wiped thousands off NY voter rolls suspended without pay (Crooks & Liars).
OK, HERE'S SOME TRUMP STUFF
Trump's America: Woman who painted 'Naked Trump' beaten by his goons (Reverb Press).
The making of an ignoramus [yeah, it's about Trump] (NY Times).
Republicans have a massive electoral map problem that has nothing to do with Donald Trump (Washington Post).
Trump supporter screams "Hang that bitch [Hillary Clinton]" at rally in North Carolina (Politics USA).
Brexit Vote: Bitter exchanges as EU parliament debates Brexit (BBC).
Jeremy Corbyn to face no-confidence vote as Labour rebellion builds (The Guardian).
THIS IS BAKERSFIELD (YES, WHERE I LIVE) ...
Kern High School District trustee calls on parents to abandon public schools (Bakersfield Californian).
KHSD allows concealed guns on campuS (Harold Pierce / Bakersfield Californian).
KHSD didn't think these two through (BC Editorial).
Attorney: County settles lawsuit with woman assaulted by former deputy (KGET 17 News).
SOMETIMES THE WORLD WORKS/THINKS THIS WAY ...
Thanks Obama: New Study shows white Republicans blame black president for their own bigotry (Reverb Press).
This guy is replacing guns with dildos in photos of Republican politicians (Bored Panda).
Australian woman wakes to 5m python surprise (BBC).
Why the public has stopped paying attention to economists (Mark Thoma / The Fiscal Times).
"I flew over a plastic waste as big as a continent," pilot says (BuzzFlash).
40-year old Twinkie remains in tact (WSBTV). OK, this one deserves a picture ...- Mark