China’s ominous app

To me, the abstract blow that came with victory for the guy I didn’t vote for in the presidential election has been followed by many concrete blows, steps down roads leading to places we don’t want to go as a nation, in terms of wealth inequality, human rights abuses, racism, healthcare injustice—the list is long and discouraging.
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Plane crashes, probability, and fear

Boeing_777-200ER_Malaysia_AL_(MAS)_9M-MRO_-_MSN_28420_404_(9272090094)Let’s start with the most recent downed commercial flights first: on July 24th, an Air Algerie flight out of Burkina Faso bound for Algiers crashed during a rainstorm, killing 116 passengers and crew. On July 22nd, the crash of a TransAsia flight in Taiwan killed 48 people. On July 17th a Malaysia Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down over Ukraine, killing 298 people.[More….]