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Bwoglines: Words From Questionable Leaders Edition

“My Twitter has become so powerful that I can actually make my enemies tell the truth.”

Happening in the World: Brazilian YouTuber Professor Terra Planat, one of the 11 million Brazilians who believe that the Earth is flat, will be holding Brazil’s first flat earth convention on Saturday. Some critics have attributed the recent craze for outrageous theories to the government; in March, the foreign minister Ernesto Araújo showed sympathy to the movement, saying: “For me, the Earth is round. But it’s important to have this spirit of questioning.” (The Guardian)

Happening in the US: Democrats have won control in both state house and senate in Virginia, turning the state blue for the first time in a generation. In Kentucky, Attorney General Andy Beshear claimed victory against unpopular governor Matt Bevin by a margin of 5100 votes. At a rally on Monday night, Trump had told the crowd that “If you lose, it sends a really bad message … you can’t let that happen to me.” Well, guess it’s happened now. (ABC News)

Happening in NY: Jersey City residents voted for stricter regulations on short-term rentals this Tuesday, due to concerns that Airbnb’s 3000+ listings would push tourists into residential areas and accelerate gentrification. The multibillion-dollar company released the following statement: “It’s unfortunate to see the hotel-backed special interests run a campaign that moves Jersey City in a different direction.” (NY Times)

Happening on Campus: Nonfiction writer Sarah Manguso will be holding a creative writing lecture from 7:30 p.m. today at Dodge Hall. Her recent works include 300 Arguments, an aphoristic autobiography, and Ongoingness: The End of a Diary, an essay on self-documentation, motherhood, and time. No RVSP required. 

an accurate representation of our terrestrial abode via The Guardian

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