Midday open thread: Flooding in the Midwest, 'surf guitar,' and plastic in the ocean

Today’s comic by Tom Tomorrow is Back to the stupidverse:

What you missed on Sunday Kos …

Women’s History Month: Reclaiming the herstories of black woman suffragists, by Denise Oliver Velez
Sexist campaign coverage can’t be fixed if media won’t admit to 2016 fiasco, by Eric Boehlert
Too many Democrats? History shows that a large presidential field bodes well for our chances in 2020, by Ian Reifowitz
How the college admissions process illuminates the reality of the American caste system, by Rebecca Renner
Donald Trump’s 10 most pathetically predictable broken promises, by Jon Perr
Sorry, Trump: Coal is going down, renewables are headed up, by Sher Watts Spooner
Affirmative action and the myth of structural reverse racism, by Frank Vyan Walton
Preparing for war in Venezuela? I’ve seen this play before, by Egberto Willies
The Ohio gerrymandering court case: ‘A map that Speaker Boehner supports,’ by David Akadjian
I, for one, welcome our robot overlords—they can’t be any worse than Trump, by Mark E Andersen

Flooding in the Midwest:

Residents in parts of southwestern Iowa were forced out of their homes Sunday as a torrent of Missouri River water flowed over and through levees, putting them in a situation similar to hundreds of people in neighboring Nebraska who have been displaced by the late-winter flood.

Heavy rainfall and snowmelt have led to dangerously high water in creeks and rivers across several Midwestern states, with the Missouri River hitting record-high levels in many areas. At least two deaths were blamed on flooding, and two other men have been missing for days.

In addition:

Even the U.S. Air Force couldn’t stop the Mighty Missouri River from flooding Offutt Air Force Base. […]

By Sunday morning, one-third of the base was underwater, she said. Thirty buildings, including the 55th Wing headquarters and the two major aircraft maintenance facilities, had been flooded with up to 8 feet of water, and 30 more structures damaged. 

Rest in peace:

Dick Dale, known as the “King of the Surf Guitar,” has died at the age of 81. The legendary guitarist’s death was confirmed by his live bassist, Sam Bolle. […]

The legendary, often overlooked guitarist virtually singlehandedly invented surf-rock, and influenced everyone from The Beach Boys to Eddie Van Halen.


A young whale whose carcass washed up in the Philippines died of “dehydration and starvation” after consuming 40 kilograms (88 pounds) of plastic bags, scientists have found.

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: The need for a world & national leader in the wake of the NZ shooting drove Trump batty this weekend. The drive to replace him rolls on. Greg Dworkin reports. More unsavory figures at Massage-a-Lago. Are the Sauds dialing back on the bone saws?

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