Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was in Springfield, Ill., Wednesday where she sought to use the symbolism of a historic landmark to draw parallels to a present-day America that is in need of repairing deepening racial and cultural divides.

The Old State Capitol — where Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous "A house divided" speech in 1858 warning against the ills of slavery and where Barack Obama launched his presidential bid in 2007 — served as the backdrop for Clinton as she spoke of how "America's long struggle with race is far from finished."

Episode 711: Hooked on Heroin

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When we meet the heroin dealer called Bone, he has just shot up. He has a lot to say anyway. He tells us about his career--it pretty much tracks the evolution of drug use in America these past ten years or so. He tells us about his rough past. And he tells us about how he died a week ago. He overdosed on his own supply and his friend took his body to the emergency room, then left.

New British Prime Minister Theresa May announced six members of her Cabinet Wednesday.

Amid a sweeping crackdown on dissent in Egypt, security forces have forcibly disappeared hundreds of people since the beginning of 2015, according to a new report from Amnesty International.

It's an "unprecedented spike," the group says, with an average of three or four people disappeared every day.

The Republican Party, as it prepares for its convention next week has checked off item No. 1 on its housekeeping list — drafting a party platform. The document reflects the conservative views of its authors, many of whom are party activists. So don't look for any concessions to changing views among the broader public on key social issues.

Many public figures who took to Twitter and Facebook following the murder of five police officers in Dallas have faced public blowback and, in some cases, found their employers less than forgiving about inflammatory and sometimes hateful online comments.

As Venezuela unravels — with shortages of food and medicine, as well as runaway inflation — President Nicolas Maduro is increasingly unpopular. But he's still holding onto power.

"The truth in Venezuela is there is real hunger. We are hungry," says a man who has invited me into his house in the northwestern city of Maracaibo, but doesn't want his name used for fear of reprisals by the government.

The wiry man paces angrily as he speaks. It wasn't always this way, he says, showing how loose his pants are now.

Ask a typical teenage girl about the latest slang and girl crushes and you might get answers like "spilling the tea" and Taylor Swift. But at the Girl Up Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., the answers were "intersectional feminism" — the idea that there's no one-size-fits-all definition of feminism — and U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres.

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When The Dutch Keep Secrets, Everybody Notices. A Google Puzzle

Sep 11, 2013

What is this?

When I saw it for the first time, here's what I knew: It's a Google image found on Google Maps, taken by a satellite, plucked and blogged by photographer/sleuth, Mishka Henner. It's a patch of land near a town called Coevorden, in The Netherlands. There's a road on one side, plowed farmland all about, some trees on the lower left and then, weirdly, grey, black, white, golden, green and brown patches crunched together in an almost-rectangle. Those couldn't be natural, I thought.

They aren't. The Dutch government superimposed them on Google Maps to disguise what's underneath. They've changed it since, but what's underneath is a storage facility that serves NATO. This is how, Mishka says, The Netherlands like to keep secrets.


Google allows countries to block out neighborhoods or buildings for security purposes. North Korea has chosen to block its entire self. But the Dutch are, in their way, almost as peculiar. In a normal country, like France, if they don't want you to see Reims Air Base, they just plop big pixels on it, like this ...

But here's what the Dutch did with their base, Volkel Air Base near Uden. To hide this place from prying eyes, they chose those same eye-catching, artful polygons, which had the completely wrong effect; these polygons made me want to look more. Why, I wonder, would they do this? Especially when truTV reports they really had something to protect: "WikiLeaks did publish a diplomatic cable that confirmed the presence of nuclear warheads at this base."

So this is a puzzle. The way to avoid attention is, well, to avoid attention. There are so many ways to be bland. In Hungary, the government for a while wanted to hide its Szazhalombatta Oil Refinery — which it did (they seem to have changed this now) by creating a dull green parking lot, with markings here and there. It's crude, but boring ...

... but when the Dutch decided to hide a Space Research and Technology Center they slapped this razzle-dazzle soccer ball over the complex to keep people from noticing — which makes it so noticeable. To add to the puzzle, truTV on its blog says this complex "has a visitor's center open to the public, so it's not like we aren't supposed to know it's there."

So what is going on? Are the Dutch (home to Rembrandt, Vermeer and Van Gogh) so in love with beauty that they can't help themselves? They want their secrets to look dashing? Beautiful?

Mishka Henner isn't sure. Writing in Granta Magazine last year, he admits there is "an absurdity to these censored images since their overt, bold and graphic nature only draws attention to the very sites that are meant to be hidden." Yup. That's clear. But the question remains ... why?

Anybody have a notion? If you live in The Netherlands, maybe you can explain what your government is thinking ...

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