Wondering why President Trump wants to give out more H-2B visas this year for temporary workers from overseas? Because he likes to use H-2B workers at his own enterprises! Of course his DHS made this move the same week that Mr. Trump proclaimed "Made in America" week. Last year, of course, Mr. Trump said he just couldn't find cooks, waiters, waitresses and housekeepers during the summer at his Mar-a-Lago resort -- probably because he wouldn't pay them enough or give them enough hours! Hence he, like so many corporations, uses H-2B visas to get workers who'll do those jobs for less.
Jesus Mary and Joseph what is wrong with people who can't accept a woman as the new Doctor Who? Doctor Who has long been more feminist than folks have given it credit for -- was Barbara Wright a shrinking violet next to William Hartnell's Doctor? -- and the ability of a Time Lord to switch genders during regeneration has been canon at least since the Neil Gaiman-penned 2011 episode The Doctor's Wife; folks who found it amusing then have no standing to be disgusted now, and folks who are wringing their hands now after failing to do so when the Master became Missy ought to look in the mirror.
Marshall Allen at ProPublica, as part of a series on waste in the U.S. health care system, wonders if health care providers are throwing away perfectly good drugs because they've expired. In 2012, California researchers tested 14 caches of literally decades-old drugs, and found that 12 of them had lost very little potency. That doesn't mean you ignore expiration dates on drugs, but it does suggest that we don't set those expiration dates very effectively, or that we don't do enough work testing expired drugs to see if they're actually still safe and effective. Of course, big pharmaceuticals have a massive financial incentive to keep shelf lives short -- they get to sell new drugs whenever the old ones expire.
You've heard about President Trump's falling popularity, but you may not know that a Bloomberg National poll finds even lower approval ratings for Hillary Clinton right now. The poll finds 39% of voters approve of Mrs. Clinton, versus 41% for Mr. Trump; don't fall into the trap of wondering how they'd do head-to-head, because, well, we've already seen that train wreck. But feel free to wonder whether maybe nominating the most popular politician in America (i.e., Bernie Sanders) might have been a better idea than nominating, ah, "the one who can win."
Finally, in the wake of the implosion-for-now of the Republican health care "reform" effort, would it kill the "liberal" media to stop using phrases like "the Republican Party is at war with itself"? The Republican Party is not "at war with itself" -- it is at war with the will of the American people, as it has been for many, many years. But it sure is funny how the "liberal" media constantly disappear us from the conversation. You have to wonder why they do that.