Five in a Flash – September 5, 2017


In today’s news: Hurricane Irma, North Korea sanctions, British terror sting, NAFTA negotiations, and more college football.


Hurricane Irma barrels toward Caribbean, southern United States (Reuters) – “Hurricane Irma, a powerful Category 4 storm, plowed toward the Caribbean and the southern United States on Tuesday as islands in its path braced for possible life-threatening winds, storm surges and flooding. Hurricane warnings and watches were in effect for parts of the Leeward Islands, the British and U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, in preparation for a storm that was intensifying with 150 mph (240 kph) winds, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.”

Haley: Kim Jong Un ‘begging for war’ (CNN) – “US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Monday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was ‘begging for war’ as she urged the UN Security Council to adopt the strongest sanctions measures possible to stop Pyongyang’s nuclear program. Speaking at a Security Council emergency meeting, Haley said North Korea’s sixth nuclear test was a clear sign that ‘the time for half measures’ from the UN had to end. ‘Enough is enough,’ Haley said. ‘We have taken an incremental approach, and despite the best of intentions, it has not worked.'”

Four alleged British neo-Nazi soldiers accused of plotting terror (CBS News) – “Police in England arrested four alleged members of a neo-Nazi group on Tuesday on suspicion of the ‘commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism.’ The West Midlands Police said in a statement that the male suspects . . . were accused of being members of the banned white supremacist group National Action. Britain’s Ministry of Defense confirmed that all four men were serving members of the Royal Army after the arrests were announced.”

Mexico’s low wages are under fire at NAFTA negotiations (AP) – “Mexico’s low wages have become an increasing point of debate as the second round of negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement moved into their fourth day Monday. The United States has said it wants to tighten labor standards in the 23-year-old trade pact. But Mexico has drawn plants and investments by capitalizing on low wages and weak union rules, and Mexican business and labor leaders appear to be resistant to any attempt to tighten labor standards or ensure that Mexican wages rise.”

Tennessee wins double-OT thriller against Georgia Tech (SBNation) – “No. 25 Tennessee snuffed out a two-point conversion attempt by Georgia Tech in double overtime of their game on Monday in Atlanta, capping a 42-41 comeback victory. An option pitch play didn’t work out, and Tennessee held on. . . . Tennessee blocked a 36-yard field goal as regulation expired, pushing the game to overtime. Tech kicker Shawn Davis lined a low kick that met a wall of Tennessee resistance. It was a dramatic way to prolong college football’s Week 1 for just a little bit longer. And in overtime, the Vols made sure it didn’t happen for nothing.”


According to Nintendo, Mario is no longer a plumber (IGN) – “We cover some pretty big stuff on this site, but very little is this epochal. It is my sad duty to report that Mario is no longer a plumber. In an official profile of Mario on Nintendo’s Japanese site . . . the hero is described as: ‘[a]ll around sporty, whether it’s tennis or baseball, soccer or car racing, [Mario] does everything cool. As a matter of fact, he also seems to have worked as a plumber a long time ago.'”


Is the media honest (with examples)? (The Center)

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Connor Mighell is a third-year law student at the University of Alabama School of Law with an undergraduate degree in Political Philosophy from Baylor University. He is a contributor at Merion West and the curator of "Five in a Flash," a weekday newsletter. His work has been featured at The Federalist, SB Nation, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Hill, The Dallas Morning News, and The New Americana.

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