Grind for August 7th, 2018
“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”
– Marilyn Monroe
Things are heating up in Europe
Emergency services in Europe are on high alert for forest fires amid a heat wave that threatens to break Europe’s longtime record of 118° F (set in Greece in 1977).
Hot winds from North Africa are exacerbating the heat wave in Spain and Portugal, with some areas expected to hit 116° F this weekend.
“Lisbon will be one of the hottest cities in the world this weekend because it’s 10 in the morning right now and the weather is already way too hot,” says Ana Pascoal, 56. “It really is unbearable.”
More than 90 people were killed last month in a series of drought-fueled wildfires that devoured homes and forests in Greece. Two men died of heat exhaustion in Mercia, Spain.
In Switzerland, fishery authorities and volunteers combed creeks and streams to save fish from suffocation as the water dried up. The Swiss army allowed soldiers to wear T-shirts and shorts to prevent overheating.
Meanwhile, authorities in nations bordering the Baltic Sea have warned residents about a toxic algae bloom that is spreading due to high temperatures.
Protestors demand Chicago Mayor step down after failure to reduce gun violence
Gun control activists in Chicago warned officials about a massive protest that could shut down busy streets during rush hour.
According to the organizers, the demonstration is aimed to unseat Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson.
Protestors said they plan to march from Lake Shore Drive to Wrigleyville — potentially interrupting a Cubs game at Wrigley Field.
“We have people who are committed, who are ready to get arrested,” said Reverend Ira Acree of Greater St. John Bible Church. “And we will have attorneys and people who will provide resources to bail them out.”
For years, the city of Chicago has struggled with gun violence that seems unaffected by policy change. The Chicago Tribune in June reported more than 1,000 shootings so far this year, including at least 200 homicides.
The city crossed the 1,000 mark after Memorial Day weekend when 7 were killed, and 32 were wounded by gunfire. The homicide rate so far this year is 25.1 per 100,000, which is far higher than New York’s 2.3 per 100,000.
Protestors like Acree are demanding that Mayor Emanuel step down after his abject failure to address the problem.
The Chicago police department said it would do its best to protect protestors during the demonstration while at the same time addressing public safety and traffic implications.
According to the latest estimates, at least 54 police officers throughout the US have died in the line of duty since the beginning of the year.
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