By the Editorial Board
LIV goes full ‘Caddyshack’
In little more than a week, the list of outrages has grown exponentially regarding the LIV golf tour, financed by the Saudi royal family and paid for with the blood of a Washington Post opinion writer murdered by the crown prince’s henchmen. To his credit, Tiger Woods reportedly turned down a blood money offer of at least $700 million to join the tour. Also shunning the tour are golf fans, who were so sparse at last week’s event at Donald Trump’s country club in Bedminster, New Jersey, that tickets reportedly were being sold for as little as $1 each.
Not even appearances by Trump himself were enough to boost attendance. But golf journalists did stick around to witness Trump blatantly cheating during a pro-am exhibition. Trump also used the presidential seal on his golf cart and equipment, which is illegal.
Then there was the revelation that Ivana Trump, the ex-president’s first wife who died last month, was buried at the country club. By designating the grounds, or part of them, as a cemetery, Trump can take advantage of a big tax break. Perhaps he can persuade Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman to locate the hidden remains of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and rebury them at Bedminster, garnering Trump even more money for cemetery fees and tax breaks.
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Not dead yet
This seems like the plot for a new sequel of the 1985 film “Re-Animator,” but no, this is real. And it’s… alive! Scientists have developed a solution that allows them to revive some cell function of pigs that have been dead for as much as a full hour. The solution, dubbed OrganEx, revived and restored “normal cell function in the pigs’ kidneys, hearts and livers,” the journal Nature reported. OrganEx also proved effective in reviving some brain cells.
This is not the work of sick, mad scientists interested in developing a new line of commercial zombies to terrorize the world. Rather, if perfected, the solution could be used to keep important organs viable longer for use in transplants after a potential donor has died.
A newspaper reporter in Alabama was assigned to cover a state execution. But first she had to placate prison officials who, despite the deadly serious event at hand, were fixated on her skirt, which they decided was too short and violated prison policy. Journalist Ivana Hrynkiw had previously covered executions for AL.com wearing the same skirt with no issues, so the sudden confrontation by prison officials was confusing. It turns out the prison had decided to suddenly start enforcing a previously unenforced dress code for witnesses to executions.
As reported in The Washington Post, a photographer on hand happened to have a pair of fisherman’s waders handy, which Hrynkiw borrowed so she could cover up and cover the execution. But then the prison officials said her open-toed shoes were too revealing.
Luckily, she had a pair of tennis shoes in her car, which was enough to get prison officials to finally approve her wardrobe — and then proceed with the execution. “I sat down, tried to stop blushing, and did my work,” she later posted. “As women often have to do.”
Dr. Greg will see you now
In a jolting and effective issues ad out of Texas, a doctor explains to a couple that the choice of whether to end their medically non-viable pregnancy is a difficult decision that will have to be made by … Gov. Greg Abbott. The viral ad, by Mothers Against Greg Abbott, uses absurdist dark humor to skewer Texas’ extreme abortion ban championed by Abbott.
In it, the doctor says the fetus has a catastrophic brain abnormality that will kill the child hours after birth if the pregnancy isn’t terminated first. The doctor then informs the shocked and confused couple that only one person can make the decision of whether to do that: “Greg.”
After consulting by phone with Abbott, the doctor tells the couple: “Yeah, that’s going to be a no. Best of luck to you.”
Of course, that’s not how the law works, but the point of the hyperbole is well-taken: Texas, like Missouri and other red states, has wrenched intimate health decisions away from women and doctors, and given them to politicians.
Best if viewed from afar
It might seem like an extreme response, but the National Park Service has stiffened fines and even jail sentences for explorers trying to visit the world’s tallest living tree, Hyperion, which stands at 379.1 feet tall. At a time when fires and human-caused environmental problems are threatening California’s wild habitats, this move is designed to prevent disaster rather than waiting to react to it after it happens.
The tree, inside California’s Redwood National Park, is such a popular site for explorers and gawkers that they are literally trampling the grounds around it to death. So the Park Service has imposed a fine of $5,000 and up to six months in jail for anyone who violates the new rules to stay away.
“As a visitor, you must decide if you will be part of the preservation of this unique landscape — or will you be part of its destruction?” park officials stated in a warning. Normally, people walking near trees wouldn’t be such a big deal, but redwoods have a particularly shallow root system, making them more dependent on the soil above and more susceptible to disruptions in the habitat.