Gun Deaths Surge — Except for in Two States With Restrictive Gun Laws

Climate Change Denial Is Thriving Under Trump ; Giuliani Has Always Been Like This ; and More Picks

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The author writes, “US gun deaths have have surged over the last several years, according to a new study published in the journal Health Affairs. ... The study reported that only two states — California and New York — and the District of Columbia saw firearm mortality rates decline across most demographic groups (such as race, sex and age) in recent years. This is notable considering these jurisdictions' relatively strict gun laws.” Photo credit: Gigigadid /Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0)
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Jeremy Hammond, Former Wikileaks Source, Held in Contempt (Chris)

The author writes, “Former hacktivist Jeremy Hammond, a one-time WikiLeaks source, who admitted to leaking stolen files from a private intelligence firm, was held in contempt on Thursday after allegedly refusing to testify before a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia. It is not immediately clear what consequences Hammond will face or what questions he was asked.”

Study: Climate Change Denial Thriving Under Trump (Mili)

From Axios: “Trump, who regularly dismisses and mocks climate change, is having a tangible impact among America’s most influential policy experts working inside the beltway.”

Actually, Giuliani Has Always Been Like This (Russ)

The author writes, “It isn’t just mere theatrics that unite Trump and Giuliani; it’s also political substance. While many Republicans ally themselves with the president for political expedience, the president and the former mayor share an obsession with ‘law and order,’ a focus on militarized policing as the solution to racialized fears of crime, and a tendency toward a more fascistic section of the right than the rest of the Republican Party.”

I Flew the $200 Manhattan-to-JFK Helicopter to Preview Our ‘Flying Taxi’ Future (Gerry)

The author writes, “As for the ride, it’s faultless, at least from a passenger perspective. It is fast. It is time-efficient. On days like these, it is gorgeous. But I didn’t spend the ride thinking about the view. All I could think about was how much gas we were burning.” 

‘Tonatiuh’ by Photographer Juan Brenner (Chris)

From Booooooom: “[The series of photos] explores themes of conquest and colonialism in Central America. … Especially interested in archetypes that unite colonized countries, Brenner focuses in on the repetition of visual details in the cultures he photographs.”

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