Throw your hands in the air

Texas under water, N. Korea launching missiles over Japan, Donald Trump pardons racists, and Game of Thrones sn7 is over.

So, with all that water, it’s hard to place full blame on dumb politicians. But …

Houston’s Big Dams Won’t Fail. But Many Neighborhoods Will Have to Be Flooded to Save Them. ProPublica

Thousands of homes and structures surrounding the reservoirs have indeed already flooded. Some of them are flooding because they’re along creeks and bayous that have also been overwhelmed. Some are flooding because of bad drainage in the neighborhood. But many are flooding because they are in an area that the Army Corps actually considers to be inside the reservoirs. (See map.)

The Army Corps says that as water goes around the auxiliary spillways, the flooding close to the reservoirs may get worse for homes that have already been affected. But officials don’t yet know how much worse.

Zoning laws are good.


It’s a good thing the President is there.

Trump relishes role as chief executive of Harvey response Politico

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — It was a presidential trip to a deluged state where the president didn’t meet a single storm victim, see an inch of rain or get near a flooded street.

But the daylong visit, during which President Donald Trump spent far more time in the air than on the ground, gave the optics-obsessed president some of the visuals he wanted, as he checked in on the government apparatus working on relief efforts and was buoyed by a roaring crowd of locals.

Folks.


Why the Arpaio Pardon Matters The Atlantic

But the main difference was the nature of Arpaio’s crime. While he is not the first official whose offense involved abuse of public powers—from Nixon on down, others fit that category—his is the first case I’m aware of where someone is pardoned for using state power toward racist ends.

The actions speak, articulately, for themselves.


On a lighter(ish) note ATLiens turned 21 last weekend. Bomani Jones shared a pretty killer piece he wrote on them back in 2010.

GROWING UP WITH ATLIENS Bomani Jones

I didn’t really start picking up on all these things going on in ATLiens until a couple of years ago. I’m not sure how much run I gave it before, but think about this — I had to turn 27 to begin to get something they wrote when they were 20 and 21. And it wasn’t because they didn’t say it clearly. It was because ATLiens was that much more mature than I was.

This is how I feel with basically all hip-hop – it may always go over my head. But OutKast has always met me where I am. It speaks to me even when I can’t hear. That’s what good art does.


Do good this week, y’all.