Welcome to Silver and Shadow

"Look at that sea, girls--all silver and shadow and vision of things not seen. We couldn't enjoy its loveliness any more if we had millions of dollars and ropes of diamonds." -L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

This is a blog I will be using for topics other than food. Politics, religion, spirituality, humor, green living, anything that I want to talk about that doesn't fall under the food/cooking category.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

03/15/17 Week in Review

I feel like I have less articles this week than I have had in past weeks. I read a lot, I just wasn't pleased with the quality of the writing for a lot of it. Also, a lot of the big issues this week are still ongoing, so a lot of the articles feel like they're already out of date, or soon to be. I did manage to find plenty to read, though, so enjoy your Sunday news reading today!

Trump's Nominations

Another Trump nominee has withdrawn his name from consideration.

We have a new Secretary for the Department of the Interior.


Two more Trump advisors are known to have had contact with the Russian envoy.

Where things stand on what the Trump administration's connections to Russia are, and what we still need to find out.

The Tuesday Speech

Information about VOICE, talked about during Trump's speech on Tuesday.

Fact-checking Trump's speech on Tuesday night.

Travel Issues

Information on what customs can and cannot ask you when you are leaving a domestic flight.

Something to keep in mind if you plan on traveling to Europe over the next few years.

Immigration Issues

What Seattle churches are planning to do to support the city's sanctuary status to help immigrants.

I hesitated to add this, because at this point it's more speculation than news, and there isn't a clear source for where this information is coming from, but I felt it was important enough for people to read about sooner, rather than later. I don't know how this particular issue is best combated, contacting your representatives, maybe? But this is definitely not an ok policy to enact, and my personal take is that this should never see the light of day to be retracted at a later date. It should be dead on arrival before it can even take effect.

Voting Issues

Voting rights are under attack, yet again. This time from the Department of Justice...This does not bode well for the people in states that enjoy suppressing voters from using their right to vote.

It looks like the days of gerrymandering districts in the state of Virginia may be numbered...


Former President George W. Bush has some strong opinions on the current administration.

Warren Buffett's opinion on the current and future state of the economy.

Where things currently stand on the ACA repeal and its chances of getting past all the hurdles.

Trump has blamed the US military for the death of a serviceman during a raid in Yemen. This was the morning before his speech that night in which he praised the serviceman's widow for the sacrifice her husband had made to his country.

Due to the mix-up during the Oscars last Sunday, the director of Moonlight never had a chance to give the speech he had planned to give, if they'd won. Read it here!

Four transgender women of color have been killed in one week in this country, bringing the annual total to seven so far in less than three months into 2017. This is not ok.

Terrifyingly, the cartoon, Daria, a very important piece of my 90's youth, has turned 20 this week.

Opinion Pieces

Trump is not a conservative, and apparently, neither is the GOP...

Sexism and its role in the Clinton email controversy. Pence will not likely receive the same vitriol Clinton did.

Civics 101:
I'm going to include a longer section of the Declaration of Independence this week, since the list of articles is a little shorter than it has been so far. Remember, we're in the middle of the long laundry list of things King George is guilty of doing to the Colonies, at least in their opinion.

"He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power."

Question of the Week:
I can't think of anything good this week. I feel like the news stories this week all ended in cliffhangers and I don't really know where to go with them yet. They're still very much ongoing. So, I'll leave it up to the readers. Do you have a question we could explore as a group of readers? Comment on the blog or the post on Facebook and let's see what we come up with!

Do One Thing: 
Did I do my assigned thing from last week? Of course not! I spent the second half of this week taking care of my sister after she had surgery on both legs, so I was a little distracted from all of that. I think I'm out of my routine and a bit out of sorts because of that. I will try to do my assignment next week!

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