Open thread for night owls: Excerpts from the July edition of Harper’s Index

Here are some excerpts from the latest edition of the Harper’s Index:

Amount of Vietnam War–era loan repayments that the United States is demanding from Cambodia:  $506,400,000

Estimated number of Cambodian civilians killed by U.S. bombs during the war:

Amount a U.N.-backed tribunal has spent prosecuting ex–Khmer Rouge members for crimes against humanity:  $293,100,000

Number of people who have been convicted:  3

Portion of U.S. Border Patrol applicants who fail their polygraph tests:  3/4

Percentage change in absences at elementary schools in Las Cruces, New Mexico, after immigration raids in February:  +148

Chances a child in school on a U.S. military base is eligible for free or reduced-cost meals:  2 in 5

Percentage of Mississippi families applying for welfare in 2016 who were accepted: 1.4

Amount of time, in minutes, that national nightly news broadcasts spent covering climate change last year:  39



of U.S. public funds that have been invested in N.F.L. stadiums since 1996:  $6,700,000,000



“I am aware, that many object to the severity of my language; but is there not cause for severity? I will be as harsh as truth, and as uncompromising as justice. On this subject, I do not wish to think, or speak, or write, with moderation. No! no! Tell a man whose house is on fire, to give a moderate alarm; tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hand of the ravisher; tell the mother to gradually extricate her babe from the fire into which it has fallen; — but urge me not to use moderation in a cause like the present. I am in earnest—I will not equivocate—I will not excuse—I will not retreat a single inch—AND I WILL BE HEARD. The apathy of the people is enough to make every statue leap from its pedestal, and to hasten the resurrection of the dead.”
~William Lloyd Garrison, The Liberator,  January 1, 1831




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At on this date in 2002Sludge is now good for fish:

Just when I think the Bush Administration can’t shock me anymore, they gleefully prove me wrong. You see, according to an internal EPA report, dumping toxic sludge into the Potomac River is good for fish. The sludge is dumped into the river in violation of the Endangered Species Act and Clear Water Act. The Washington Times notes:

The document says it is not a “ridiculous possibility” that a discharge “actually protects the fish in that they are not inclined to bite (and get eaten by humans) but they go ahead with their upstream movement and egg laying.”

The Bush administration is a blatant enemy of environmental regulation, but the extremes they will travel to justify their polluting is bizarre. California Rep. George Radanovich, a Republican, was flabbergasted.

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Greg Dworkin rounds up the news, including the downing of a Syrian jet, attacks against Muslims here & in the UK, and Megyn Kelly’s stunt. Armando takes issue with a SCOTUS trademarks case. Trump digital director Brad Parscale is next under the microscope.

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