Trump’s Stock

Written by SK Ashby

(Cartoonist - Joel Pett)

In other news, federal prosecutors have finally charged a North Korean man for the 2014 breach of Sony which was an apparent response to the Seth Rogen movie "The Interview."

Meanwhile, a government photographer actually did edit photos of Trump's inauguration according to documents just obtained by The Guardian. The photos were edited to make the crowd look bigger, not smaller.

Finally, dozens of coastal research labs that study sea level rise are planning to move because their own facilities are now flooding.

The Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium lab is located along the state's fragile coast, about 80 miles southwest of New Orleans. The giant X-shaped building is at the end of a gravel road, surrounded by open water and grassy marshes. [...]

Due to a combination of sea level rise and natural subsidence (sinking land), the state is losing land faster than just about anywhere in the world.

State and federal officials have built levees along much of the coast to protect populated areas. The Army Corps of Engineers, with state and local partners, recently built a big one right near the marine consortium, known as LUMCON.

But as [professor Alex Kolker] watched the construction play out on his way to work, the big backhoes and trucks moving dirt around, he realized one day that the giant wall was not going to protect the lab.

"This is sort of an ironic situation," he says. [...]

Since then, the lab grounds have started flooding more often. The building is already raised 15 feet off the ground in case of storms, but now the whole property floods during heavy rains and high tides. This happened about 75 times last year.

This isn't a funny story, but my natural reaction was to laugh.

It's a coping mechanism.