In today’s Buzz Donald Trump shows he is human and expresses regret over some of the things he has said during his campaign, Ryan Lochte and three additional U.S. swimmers lied about being robbed in Rio, and the United States admits that a $400 million payment to Iran was used as leverage during prisoner negotiations.

Today’s Buzz is brought to you by the wildlife of the North and South Carolina.  I have spent the last week vacationing throughout both North and South Carolina. Our time in the Carolinas has included bears at our camp site, jellyfish & horseshoe crabs at the beach, alligators in lagoons, and lots of elk in the mountains. 

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What I’m Reading – Child of God by Cormac McCarthy

What I’m Watching – Olympics

What I Want to Know from You – What is the most dangerous wildlife you have ever encountered?



Trump expresses regret over causing ‘personal pain’ with ill-chosen words  The Republican presidential nominee issued an unexpected and uncharacteristic declaration of remorse at his first rally since a staffing shake-up in his campaign.

Ryan Lochte represents a special category of obnoxious American ‘bro’  The American swimmer’s conceit intersected with the delicate political issues of violence and police corruption in Brazil, creating a perfect storm that showed his disrespect for not only the host nation but his teammates as well.

U.S. Concedes $400 Million Payment to Iran Was Delayed as Prisoner ‘Leverage’  The State Department conceded for the first time on Thursday that it delayed making a $400 million payment to Iran for several hours in January “to retain maximum leverage” and ensure that three American prisoners were released the same day.







50 Nifty

America Is Ignoring Another Natural Disaster Near the Gulf  Wide stretches of southern Louisiana are once again flooded with more than two feet of water.

Beaverton police release sketch of man who allegedly posed as officer, tried to pull people over  The man was driving a relatively new Mitsubishi Lancer that may have a flashing red, white and blue light above its rearview mirror, Beaverton police said.

Police chief Eddie Johnson calls for firing of seven cops over Laquan McDonald shooting, and other Chicago news  Welcome to the Reader‘s morning briefing for Friday, August 19, 2016. Have a great weekend!

One Massachusetts Town’s Rejection of a Muslim Cemetery  Massachusetts will investigate whether a town in the state violated a Muslim group’s civil rights when it rejected plans to build a Muslim cemetery, U.S. federal officials said Thursday.

The Potential Zika Threat to Adult Brain Cells  Zika is understood to pose the greatest threat to pregnant women and their fetuses, which can be born with severe brain defects if infected with the mosquito-borne virus.

The Dark Side of Going for Gold  On August 21, more than 11,000 Olympic athletes will leave Rio, some carrying medals, others lugging the weight of falling short of expectations. Despite their varying degrees of success, many will have the same surprise waiting for them back home: a feeling that life suddenly seems ordinary.

You Can’t ‘Open’ a Dive Bar  Dive bars are the antithesis of change. Regular customers expect the same person to serve them the same drink, and that it will taste the same, the bar will smell the same, and that nothing will ever surprise them there.

Why Private Prisons Are a Bad Idea  Once when I was on a panel discussing privatization, one person said a city should privatize sewers over water service because nobody cares what happens after they flush the toilet, making it an easier political sell.

In Leak Of Democratic Emails, Questions About Russia’s Role  What’s behind Russia’s apparent hacking into the Democratic National Committee — and what could it gain by meddling in the U.S. election? “It’s all about Hillary Clinton,” says a Russian journalist.

Bill Clinton, Big Money To Leave Foundation If Hillary Clinton Is Elected  The former president told staff he’ll step down from the board of the Clinton Foundation and it would stop accepting money from corporate and foreign sources, if Hillary Clinton wins the election.

Startup Aims to Help Cities Separate Smart Hype from Solid Smart City Solutions  In the rush many municipalities feel to become a “smart city” — one that collects immediate data on everything from traffic patterns to home water use, analyzes it, and uses that information to improve performance and outcomes — cities have struggled to separate what’s helpful from the hype.



Local Government Confidential

Roscoe Village Board votes down $2.9 million police station  For more than a year, Roscoe city officials have debated about what to do with the town’s aging police station.

A Blueprint for Crisis Communications in Local Government  The willful suspension of disbelief is what makes everyday living feel normal and safe for most people whose jobs aren’t focused on calculating risk and danger, and who live in locations of relative stability.

Four finalists named for Whitefish city manager job  The city of Whitefish has narrowed its list of prospects to four finalists for City Manager Chuck Stearns’ replacement.