Happy Sunday, everybody. Hope you have all had a relaxing weekend. Here are some suggestions for what you can read with the rest of your leisurely afternoon. I’ll be reading these and watching my cat destroy what’s left of my blinds. Here’s a shot of her in action for everyone’s amusement:
- As scrutiny of British Prime Minister David Cameron’s personal finances grows after his connection to off-shore accounts were revealed in the Panama Papers, Downing Street has released more information about the size of his inheritance. The Sunday Times has this story, which details Cameron’s finances before he took office and in the years since.
- The Boston Globe Editorial Page published a fake front page for it’s ideas section Sunday. The page is meant to be a representation of what America would be like if Donald Trump were elected president–including an Attorney General Chris Christie, a very offended Chinese first lady, a tumbling stock market and Megyn Kelly reporting news from a bar because she’s been blacklisted from the White House.
- The New York Times style section has a story about how Hollywood is splitting between Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. If you have a spare $33,000 lying around, you can go to a fundraiser for the Clinton Victory Fund at George and Amal Clooney’s home next weekend.
- A new NASA study has found that the rate at which ice sheets are melting are changing the way the Earth wobbles on its axis. This “wobble,” known to climate scientists as polar motion, has been measured since 1899 and shows the dramatic way in which humans are changing the Earth.
- A look at how the new top Afghan commander, Maj. Gen. M. Moein Faqir, is trying to strengthen the Afghan national forces and push back the Taliban in Helmand province. There’s also a lot about planting flowers.
- The suspects arrested in connection with the terrorist attacks in Brussels last month told Belgian prosecutors they intended to strike targets in France, but thought investigators there were making too much progress investigating the November terror attacks in Paris, so they chose to strike Belgium instead.
- Syrian government forces, with backing from their Russian patrons, are looking to launch an operation to retake the city of Aleppo. The Syrian regime lost control of Aleppo in 2012 and since then it has been partially controlled by various rebel and Islamist fighter factions, including al Nusra front.
As always, email me or leave a comment with any ideas, thoughts, sonnets, sarcastic comments or tips. Keep your stick on the ice,