So. What’s been happening since I more-or-less went into radio silence:
The UK election. A major earthquake devastated Nepal. ISIS, somehow, endures in Mesopotamia. The Greeks voted to reject proposed terms, and then, when the Powers That Be in Europe were unmoved, the Greek government and parliament accepted substantially the same terms (if not worse). The Affordable Care Act survived its latest litigated challenge. SCOTUS has made marriage equality the law of the land. The US Women’s National Team won the World Cup in spectacular fashion. New Horizons visited Pluto, successfully. The Iran deal. Charleston. Confederate flags have started coming down, even in South Carolina (I would not have predicted that).
And, a week-and-a-half ago, a man decided to shoot up my hometown, killing four marines and one sailor.
Some links for your consideration:
1. A good start: the president has commuted the sentences of 46 nonviolent offenders.
2. Steve Saideman: not every threat is an existential threat.
8. Big changes are coming to Firefox, supposedly.
Image Credit: Walnut Street Bridge, Chattanooga, Tennessee. Photo by Zack Johnston, December 2, 2005. Used under a CC BY-SA 3.0 license. Source: Wikimedia Commons.