Read — 2016/08/09

by shwolff

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. GOP senator Susan Collins: Why I cannot support Trump“, by Susan Collins (Washington Post). Senator Collins explains why she will not support Trump’s presidential bid, citing his “lack of self-restraint” and his refusal to “sa[y] he was wrong” as dangerous traits that would escalate conflict.
  2. The poop scientist of Japan — and his dream toilet“, by Sanjena Sathian (OZY). The John and the microbiome.

Today (9 August 2016) marks the 71st anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. In light of nationalistic bravado, sabre-rattling, and bigotry, then as now, the stern message of forgiveness spoken by delegate J.R. Jayewardene of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) at the conference for the Treaty of San Francisco (signed 8 September 1951) lingers hauntingly in the air. (Here is the full text of J.R. Jayewardene’s speech.)