A.M. Links: Earthquake Triggers Tsunami Warning for Alaska, Indian Prime Minister Champions Free Trade at Davos, Inspiration for 'Rosie the Riveter' Dies at 96

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  • Todd Kranin

    President Donald Trump reportedly referred to his chief of staff John Kelly as "another nut job here who thinks he's running things."

  • A tsunami warning was issued this morning for Alaska after a magnitude 7.9 earthquake occurred the Gulf of Alaska.
  • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke out in favor of free trade at the World Economic Forum in Davos, saying the "forces of protectionism are raising their heads against globalization."
  • "Turkey seeks to avoid any clash with Syrian, Russian or U.S. forces during its operation in northern Syria but will take whatever steps it needs for its security, Turkey's foreign minister was quoted as saying on Tuesday."
  • Naomi Parker Fraley, the woman who served as the model for the famous World War II "Rosie the Riveter" poster, has died at age 96.
  • The 2018 Oscar nominations will be announced today.

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  1. A tsunami warning was issued this morning for Alaska after a magnitude 7.9 earthquake occurred the Gulf of Alaska.

    That’s what happens when you open up ANWR to fracking, you anger North Gaia.

    1. Hello.

      1. #MeToo

        1. Works both as a response to Rufus’ greeting and to FOE’s assertions about drilling North Gaia against her will.

  2. The 2018 Oscar nominations will be announced today.

    Also known as the Me Too Awards.

    1. So brave.

    2. Boss Baby was nominated. Nothing matters.

  3. President Donald Trump reportedly referred to his chief of staff John Kelly as “another nut job here who thinks he’s running things.”

    “And there can be only one. Believe me.”

    1. We have more than one here. Believe me.

    2. Odd how the Dotard picked a bunch of “nut jobs” for his cabinet.

      What did Tillerson call Trump? A fucking ignoramus?

      1. The Drumpfter’s lack of intelligence enraged me to the point of insane in continence.

      2. Don’t be silly, nobody would speak of the president that way. He said he was a fucking moron.

      3. Billions in free publicity!

        Lefties concentrate on what Trump tweets and what their bubble narrative is, meanwhile Trump rolls back him some gubmint.

        1. The dotard picked a bunch of nut jobs for his cabinet and, collectively, they couldn’t find their asses with both hands.

          His predecessor selected a carefully crafted Team of Rivals, unseen since the days of Lincoln, who sat idly by while he perpetrated every unconstitutional act he thought SCOTUS and Congress would let him get away with and quite a few that they didn’t.

          1. And some unprecedented shit is gonna hit the fan. FISA, 50,000 missing FBI texts, Obama knowing about Hillary’s gross negligence and doing nothing about it, Seth Rich, DWS, I predict a popcorn shortage.

  4. A tsunami warning was issued this morning for Alaska after a magnitude 7.9 earthquake occurred the Gulf of Alaska.

    THANKS, TRUMP!

    1. Best earthquake ever. You are going to love it.

      1. Not really. There wasn’t a giant tidal wave, or nuclear melt down, or thousands of buildings flattened. As far as earthquakes go Mother Nature was really lazy on this one.

  5. President Donald Trump reportedly referred to his chief of staff John Kelly as “another nut job here who thinks he’s running things.”

    Reportedly, eh?

  6. Release that classified FISA memo congress so that all the American people can see what a complete joke Obama, Clapper, Brennan, Mueller, and the FBI are.

      1. You’re only talking to yourself using multiple screen names, retard.

        1. In addition to being laughably untrue, that doesn’t answer my question at all, but i’ll let it slide since you’re barely literate.

      2. Anyone who wants to continue winning!

    1. It is not “classified” you idiot.

      It is completely made up by GOP partisans.

      1. All FISA requests and proceedings in the FISA court are classified, Weigel you lying fuck.

        1. FISA court orders are – but not the GOP “memo” they made up.

          1. I can tell how terrified you scumbags are because of how close we’re getting to the truth finally coming out once and for all about your beloved Chocolate Nixon.

            1. YOU’RE BOTH FUCKING RETARDS SO GET OVER IT

              1. You, Tony, and Butt seems little frustrated lately.

                It must be Trump’s anniversary as president and his ever increasing popularity above what won him the election.

                Lefties are in for some bleak decades ahead. Trump as president for 8 years. Ruth Bader Ginsburg croaks and Trump replaces her with an originalist justice like Gorsuch. Kennedy retires and Trump replaces him with an originalist justice like Gorsuch. Democrats lose more seats in the House and the conservatives gain a 60 seat super majority in the Senate.

                1. For Sparky of course.

                  1. For Sparky of course.

                    Oh for crying out loud, you’re as retarded as the other two. You and the imaginary lefties in your underwear.

        2. The document alleges that the FISA judge who signed off on surveillance warrants for members of Trump’s team during the campaign was not given full information about the dossier that was used in at least one application, including that it was paid for by the Democratic sources, CNN reported Saturday.

          That’s all you wingnuts have?

          Are you fucking serious?

          1. It compares little to the evidence of treason we have seen from the Drumpsflateur.

            Treason is a capital crime. Let’s hope for the best.

            1. The best is Hillary gets more than a year and a day in prison for mishandling classified information.

              Since lefties don’t even know what treason means, Trump will let Mueller spin his wheels for 2 more years. Plenty of distractions to rollback government and nothing the lefties can do about it.

          2. Butt: You seem all frustrated lately. Its almost as if all your lefty fantasies are being proven wrong over and over again. Even worse for your lefty ideologues is that more and more Americans are saying fuck you Democrats. Americans are in charge now.

      2. It is completely made up by GOP partisans.

        My understanding is that GOPers are the one’s being labeled as duplicitous hacks for keeping it under wraps. That, while it does undermine the FBI and Clinton, it just as much demonstrates that the GOP is willing to keep the same secrets from Americans and from other elected representatives in order to manipulate decisions and maintain power/status quo.

        1. Greenwald had a pretty good article on this over at _TheIntercept.

          This may very well be a GOP fraud, aka “phony scandal”. If the “four-page memo” isn’t released in the next couple of days, we can pretty safely assume one of two things. It’s typical partisan hype of a phony scandal, or things are much, much worse than anything imagined. Occam’s Razor says it would be the former.

  7. The 2018 Oscar nominations will be announced today.

    They need to announce the nominations for what the source of anger will be after the nominations are announced.

    1. Here’s hoping they turn on each other.

    2. They need to announce the nominations for what the source of anger will be after the nominations are announced.

      This is hard coded into the hierarchy as reflected in the manual. If mostly white people win, it’s too white. If mostly men win, black or not, some of them inevitably sexually assaulted someone. The only way there is no anger is if all multi-racial transgender things win. Even then, it’s not as much ‘no anger’ as it is utter confusion about how and where to spew it.

  8. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke out in favor of free trade at the World Economic Forum in Davos, saying the “forces of protectionism are raising their heads against globalization.”

    Free trade between countries, anyway. He doesn’t seem to be in a hurry to encourage unrestrained trade among his own citizens.

  9. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke out in favor of free trade at the World Economic Forum in Davos, saying the “forces of protectionism are raising their heads against globalization.”

    SPOKEN LIKE SOMEONE CURRENTLY WINNING THE GLOBAL LABOR TRADE WAR.

    1. I suppose our attitude should be more one of gratitude and wonder that India, of all countries, is now lecturing the world on free trade. But really; these guys were so ridiculous that until the past few years municipalities had protectionist tariffs that you’d pay at customs posts on the roads into town. I don’t even think the Soviets ever had that.

      1. Makes sense. Historically and to this day India is still very much a Confederacy of regions. Federalism is very strong there, to the point that tariffs such as that does not surprise me.

        Really, India is an interesting plac.

  10. The Con Man is slapping a 30% tariff on solar equipment.

    http://time.com/5113472/donald…..el-tariff/

    Fuck these protectionists.

    1. Two of my solar / dealer / installation clients suddenly love something else orange.

    2. Elon Musk is slapping a 30% tariff on solar equipment?

      My God, does he know no shame?

    3. Yeah, fuck protectionist Obama and his tariff on tires!
      Obama tariffs on Chinese tires

  11. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke out in favor of free trade at the World Economic Forum in Davos, saying the “forces of protectionism are raising their heads against globalization.”

    Trump is 100% wrong on free trade. Wouldn’t it be sweet if international Trump Derangement Syndrome actually increases the amount of free trade?

    1. When is globalization going to finally bring 20th century sanitation to India? I hear it’s disturbingly common for people to defecate right in the public streets there.

      1. Pics or it didn’t happen. (I’m especially skeptical that women 18-25, with long, straight hair parted down the middle and small to medium breasts do a lot of open defecation.)

        1. Pics or it didn’t happen. (I’m especially skeptical that women 18-25, with long, straight hair parted down the middle and small to medium breasts do a lot of open defecation.)

          Obligatory.

        2. Also, I don’t know that the point is as much the actual incidents of open defecation as the fact that societies who tell us we need to modernize are the same ones decried by women’s rights organizations for their treatment of women (with rural women being documented as being assaulted because of a lack of toilets).

          They can’t simultaneously be the epitome of openness, modernity, and progressive egalitarianism and still be a rapey shithole. Pick one.

      2. Talk about freedom!

        1. Talk about shitholes.

  12. Michigan man arrested after caller threatens to kill CNN employees

    “Fake news. I’m coming to gun you all down,” said the caller, who cursed and used an expletive directed at African-Americans, the affidavit said.
    “I am on my way right now to gun the f****** CNN cast down …. I am coming to kill you,” the caller said a second call to CNN, according to affidavit.
    On January 9, an investigator employed by CNN searched law enforcement databases for the phone number and discovered it was registered to Griesemer’s father, the affidavit said. The investigator learned a second number was associated with the wireless account.

    https://goo.gl/UCE2ZV

    OK, which one of the H&R wingnuts was this?

    1. “an investigator employed by CNN searched law enforcement databases”

      What, are detectives so lazy that they can’t search their own databases? Does this mean poor people who can’t afford to hire their own investigators are out of luck?

      1. Does this mean poor people who can’t afford to hire their own investigators are out of luck?

        Welcome to the Black Lives Matter movement.

    2. Projection.

      Are you just begging to be arrested?

      1. The only person sad clown Weigel is a threat to is himself, what with his manic depression and suicidal thoughts.

      2. Projection.

        Progjection”.

        1. Ooooh, nice.

    3. Remember when a Bernie Bot shot up a baseball field in an attempt to assassinate GOP congresscritters? Also, I don’t trust CNN unless there is credible evidence. Being CNN, it is likely manufactured.

  13. President Donald Trump reportedly referred to his chief of staff John Kelly as “another nut job here who thinks he’s running things.”

    MAGAdamia nut, amiright?

  14. Has anyone heard from sarcasmic?

    1. What was going on with him last night?

      1. I don’t know, but I’m a little concerned.

    2. Yeesh… I wasn’t sure if he was doing a bit or what he was responding to. Wish I had gone back to check the comments last night.

      Hope you’re doing OK, sarc. I don’t know what’s going on, and life does often suck, but… shrug it’s the only one you got. And why care what some dickholes think about you?

      1. Well, I won’t go hunt down his posts, as that reeks of hunting a spectacle at this point. But I wish you well Sarc.

    3. He’s been in a pretty bad place for a while. Some pretty heavy shit that I won’t get into because it’s not mine to share.
      A while ago he had some drinks and offended a few people who participate in a libertarian-ish email list. I don’t think they hate him as much as he thinks (I certainly don’t). I’m going to try to see if he’s OK.

  15. “forces of protectionism are raising their heads against globalization.”

    Is this a signal to put your money into hydra-powered industries?

  16. President Donald Trump reportedly referred to his chief of staff John Kelly as “another nut job here who thinks he’s running things.”

    It’s nut jobs all the way down.

    1. You have to be a nut job to rollback government when all your crony peers are yelling that they want more government.

  17. The Eskimos have 87 different words for ‘Trump.’

  18. You know it’s actually a myth that the Eskimos have over 300 words for snow. That’s actually Justin Trudeau’s mom, in the 70s. So you can see where, maybe geographically things got a bit mixed up in common knowledge.

    1. The Rolling Stones also had 300 or so words for her.

  19. So which asshat celebrity is gonna bore people with a self-indulgent banal speech my 12 year-old can better?

    1. I think we need to save time by predicting who WON’T do that.

    2. Answer: All of them.

    3. I don’t know what’s worse: the speeches themselves, or all of the gushing afterwards about how “brave” it was.

      1. I was brave just yesterday. I didn’t park on the railroad crossing.

  20. New beginnings or “the end of the end”,

    As I wake up this morning I am startled by how nature seems to emulate life. Though surrounded by a low and gloomy overcast, the storm is passing and the pale blue sky will soon show as the piercing amber red rays of the sun penetrate the shadows.

    A slow comforting smile befell my generally stoic, apprehensive demeanor as I observed a small child crawl out from the rubble of our dystopian fate. She approached a single golden yellow daisy, adorned by a single drop of dew, that had sprouted from the dark pale earth. As she approached this symbol of rebirth she smiled as she knelt to examine its beauty. I do not know weather she will be old enough to remember the fall of society, I pray she does not.

    The moment was as sweet as it is fleeting, “what next” I thought to myself. All man kind now faces a choice, rebuild from the burnt ashes of order and humanity, like a phoenix triumphantly soaring; or let the crushing weight of mankind’s fall from government and grace weigh heavy on the conscious, like the heavy burden on a tired Atlas’ shoulder. Though we have taken a knee, I must hope, for the sake of that smiling child and her dew soaked flower, that we will not lie down.

  21. Turkey seeks to avoid any clash with Syrian, Russian or U.S. forces during its operation in northern Syria but will take whatever steps it needs for its security

    This will end well.

  22. >Dutch police to ‘undress’ youths wearing clothes deemed too expensive for them

    Police in the Dutch city of Rotterdam have launched a new pilot programme which will see them confiscating expensive clothing and jewellery from young people if they look too poor to own them.

    Officers say the scheme will see them target younger men in designer clothes they seem unlikely to be able to afford legally ? if it is not clear how the person paid for it, it will be confiscated.

    The idea is to deter criminality by sending a signal that the men will not be able to hang onto their ill-gotten gains.

    Rotterdam police chief Frank Paauw told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf: “They are often young guests who consider themselves untouchable. We’re going to undress them on the street.

    “We regularly take a Rolex from a suspect. Clothes rarely. And that is especially a status symbol for young people. Some young people now walk with jackets of ?1800. They do not have any income, so the question is how they get there.”

    1. If your instinct is that this seems wrong, don’t fret, they have a libertarian justification:

      He said the young men targeted often have no income and are already in debt from fines for previous convictions but wearing expensive clothing.

      This “undermines the rule of law” which sends “a completely false signal to local residents”, he explained.

      1. He probably violated NAP once. Which means all possible retribution is justified.

    2. If I had “young guests” helping themselves to my stuff, my instinct would be to send them packing. OK, maybe tear the clothes off the attractive ones, if any.

  23. The Rosie The Riveter poster is one of the finest examples of Soviet propaganda art in American culture. Topped only by Obama’s Change poster.

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