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The Home Front:
Why There’s a Watering Can in My Shower
Last year, a friend told me her young daughter was putting a bucket in the shower to save the water normally wasted during the time it took to heat up. I loved the idea. By dropping my showerhead into a watering can before every shower, I capture four liters of clean water that can be used for watering plants, flushing toilets, or household cleaning. By 2025 water shortages may affect up to two thirds of the world’s population, experts predict. Conserving shower and bath water can make a difference. And that’s why there’s a watering can in my shower.
STOP, LOOK, LISTEN!
I'm visiting in the US—and just watched some early-evening TV at my mother’s house. During just half an episode of Wheel of Fortune I saw six ads for Mike Bloomberg. Julia Ceaven of Slate theorizes that this may be some sort of bizzare social experiment to test the maximum threshold of political advertising the public can tolerate.
I noted the sheer number of ads, but I didn't pay much attention to the content—until Mom commented on one. “Did you see that? I can’t believe Obama has endorsed Bloomberg!” He hasn’t, of course, but a combination of selective context and editing certainly gives that misleading impression. It is horrifying.
We gather together:
How Stuff Works: How do caucuses work?
Five states conduct caucuses to select their presidential candidates: Iowa, Nevada, North Dakota, Wyoming, and Kentucky. (Minnesota still does, sort of.)
Slate/What Next: How ICE Is Weaponizing Therapy (Podcast, 26 min)
Unaccompanied minors at the border receive weekly therapy while in ICE custody. Now, officials are using therapists’ notes as evidence against these young migrants in court.
Pew Research Center: Almost half of Americans have stopped talking politics with someone by Mark Jurkowitz and Amy Mitchell
60% of liberal Democrats say they have stopped talking politics with someone because of something they said. The next likeliest to drop the subject are conservative Republicans, at 45%.
Downhill from there:
Al Franken Podcast: How We Got Here. Norm Ornstein on the Erosion of Norms from Gingrich to McConnell to Trump (Podcast, 52 min)
Back in the 90s, Newt Gingrich instructed Republican lawmakers to demonize Democrats as “sick, corrupt, traitors.” (In case you missed the newer, low-profile Al Franken, see this profile from last July's New Yorker. Franken discusses it on Conan, here.)
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