INFOGRAPHIC: Everything you wanted to know about swing states

November 7, 2016 by  
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Swing states are always important in any election, but this election they are even more important than usual. Tomorrow, just 11 battleground states could decide our next president , with several traditionally “safe” states even entering the fray. This infographic shows you everything you need to know about swing states, both in this election and recent ones. And after you learn all about the importance of these purple states, don’t forget to get out there and vote, even if you don’t live in one of them, because every single vote matters. + University of San Francisco 

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Mexican architect proposes stunning purple bridge in defiant response to Trump’s border wall

November 4, 2016 by  
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Trump has made many promises that, if elected, he would build an “impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful, southern border wall” between the US and Mexico as part of his flimsy national security strategy. The aim, of course, is to keep Mexicans in Mexico, so they cannot enter the US illegally and steal employment and social services from American citizens. Most Americans do not support Trump, but polls and political analysts still suggest he has a real shot at the White House. Even so, the odds of a US/Mexico border wall becoming a reality are incredibly slim, as such a project would come with an enormous budget, and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has already made it clear his government is not interested in sharing the cost, as Trump had previously promised his supporters on the president’s behalf. Related: Mexican designers envision Trump’s border wall in all its gorgeous perversity The bridge proposal from Legorreta , a firm named for its founder Ricardo Legorreta, defies Trump’s vision directly, with a bold purple bridge at one of the busiest border crossings between the two countries. The proposed bridge is an enclosed 14,788-square-foot pedestrian walkway, which would connect the the existing Tijuana International Airport in Mexico with a new airport terminal in San Diego, just across the border. “The US-Mexico Border is the busiest in the world and one of the most fortified ones,” said Legorreta. “The facility is built on a plot located in Otay, San Diego, to expedite the crosswalk at the US-Mexico border. The cross border needed to have a direct connection between the migration departments of both countries to mitigate traffic in the current checkpoint, this way Otay Cross Border Xpress becomes an unprecedented contribution to the region.” While Legorretta’s aim was to turn Trump’s proposal on its head, other Mexican designers have responded to the border wall idea by illustrating how ridiculous such a thing would be. All told, it’s fairly clear that if Trump really wants to build a wall between the US and Mexico, he may have to do it all by himself. + Legorretta Via Dezeen Images via Legorretta

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Donald Trump believes California farmers who say "there is no drought"

May 31, 2016 by  
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Climate denier Donald Trump makes no bones about the fact that he doesn’t believe humans are contributing to climate change, calling it a ‘hoax’ proctored by the Chinese. Now he’s adding another scientific fact to the list of things he doesn’t believe in : the severe drought that has plagued California for the past five years. In a speech in Fresno on Friday, Trump claimed that a group of “50 or 60 farmers” told him, right before he took the stage, that “there is no drought.” And the Republican presidential candidate says he believes it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YC-W971AeF4 In the clip above, Trump recounts his conversation with farmers, saying that he asked them how bad the drought was. They told him, he says, “There is no drought, they turn the water out into the ocean.” Trump said that, after 30 minutes of discussion, he believes what the farmers told him. To be clear, Trump never actually says there is no drought, but by quoting others who have allegedly said it and saying he agrees, we can all agree that’s pretty much the same thing. Related: Donald Trump vows to nix Paris climate deal and pave way for Keystone XL pipeline Anyone who has been paying attention knows that he’s wrong about this. California is suffering a very real and very devastating drought. There simply isn’t “plenty of water,” as Trump quotes farmers allegedly telling him. Some 95 percent of the state is enduring drier than average conditions, and 20 percent of the state is experiencing drought conditions deemed “exceptional” by the Western Regional Climate Center, which has been closely monitoring the drought for years. Even Fresno, the city in which Trump came out of the closet as a drought denier last week, is experiencing drought conditions that rank in the “extreme” to “exceptional” range. Across the state, hundreds of thousands of acres of farmlands have turned fallow , millions of trees have lost canopy water , and rampant wildfires have raged , fueled by drier than normal brush. Not even the wet El Niño season could provide much relief, although it has helped contribute to the snowpack in the northern part of the state. It continues to be difficult to tell whether Trump is on a mission to spread misinformation and foster distrust in science, or if the man is just very, very confused. Either way, we wonder what will he will deny next. Is gravity also a hoax, Donald? Via Slate Images via Donald J Trump/Facebook and  U.S. Drought Monitor

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