Wiretap: In the climate change west, rethinking how we fight wildfires

 
It was last June that 19 firefighters lost their lives battling a fire near Yarnell, Arizona. Writing in The Atlantic, Brian Mockenhaupt looks at what went wrong – and asks if it is time to rethink how we battle wildfires that burn ever hotter and more destructively.

#yesallwomen. The hashtag that came of the Isla Vista killer and his women-hating manifesto. Start with this: #YesAllWomen because ‘I have a boyfriend’ is more effective than ‘I’m not interested’—men respect other men more than my right to say no. Via the New Yorker.

Roger Cohen looks at the electoral earthquake that hit Europe – and especially France — and sees instead the banality of anger. Via the New York Times.

John O’Sullivan writes in the National Review that in Great Britain the earthquake hit the Tories the hardest.

Creepy Uncle Sam is back. This time the strange invention of Generation Opportunity — a conservative group, natch — leaves his calipers at home, but he’s just as weird as ever. Via the National Journal.

What you didn’t know: How African-Americans in South Carolina at the time of the Civil War invented Memorial Day. You didn’t know, of course, because the story was soon thereafter suppressed. Via Vox.

The VA scandal from the view of a veteran who needs help: Thank you for being expendable. Via the New York Times.

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