A Sinkhole Opened Up Next To Mar-A-Lago, Leading To Lots Of Interesting Theories And Metaphors

“Has anyone ever rooted for a sinkhole before?”

Donald Trump’s election isn’t the first time that American citizens have taken the Chicken Little “the sky is falling” approach to the news, but a new development right next to the president’s Mar-a-Lago resort certainly lends some credence to the dramatic and cliché proclamation.

Amid growing scandals surrounding the White House, a modest sinkhole has opened on a road next to the president’s private club.

The geological phenomenon may not carry with it the drama of, say, the Gates of Hell in Turkmenistan …

… but that hasn’t stopped people from making the comparison and pointing out the not-so-subtle metaphor of a hole to the middle of the Earth (sort of) emerging next to out president’s uber-classy resort during his darkest hour (yet).

Some felt that the rather modest visual required some dressing up to properly convey the spirit of the neighboring president:

As The Washington Post pointed out, the sinkhole, despite being an unconscious geologic phenomenon with no motives or feelings, seems to have its own fan club.

I think we can say, in light of recent events, the answer is “yes.”

Along with the metaphors come the requisite theories as well. People weren’t sleeping on the fact that this sinkhole business all seemed to start around the same time Trump touched that glowing orb.

Remarkably, this seems to be one of the more civil and reasonable political discussions a person can hope for in the Trump era of politics.

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Sin City is doing something good for its less fortunate citizens as well as those who've broken the law this month. The city of Las Vegas, Nevada will drop any parking ticket fines for those who make a donation to a local food bank.

A parking ticket can cost up to $100 in Las Vegas but the whole thing can be forgiven by bringing in non-perishable food items of equal or greater value to the Parking Services Offices at 500 S. Main Street through December 16.

The program is designed to help the less fortunate during the holidays.

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For more than 20 years. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) has served the citizens of Maine in the U.S. Senate. For most of that time, she has enjoyed a hard-fought reputation as a moderate Republican who methodically builds bridges and consensus in an era of political polarization. To millions of political observers, she exemplified the best of post-partisan leadership, finding a "third way" through the static of ideological tribalism.

However, all of that has changed since the election of Donald Trump in 2016. Voters in Maine, particularly those who lean left, have run out of patience with Collins and her seeming refusal to stand up to Trump. That frustration peaked with the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

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Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign looks to be getting a huge big shot in the arm after it's faced some difficulties over the past few weeks.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a leading voice in the Democratic parties progressive, Democratic Socialist wing, is expected to endorse Sanders' campaign at the "Bernie's Back" rally in Queens, New York this Saturday.

Fellow member of "the Squad," Ilhan Omar, endorsed him on Wednesday.

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The U.K. is trying to reach its goal of net-zero emissions by 2050, but aviation may become the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.K. by that same year. A new study commissioned by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) and conducted at the Imperial College London says that in order for the U.K. to reach its target, aviation can only see a 25% increase, and they've got a very specific recommendation on how to fix it: Curb frequent flyer programs.

Currently, air travel accounts for 2% of global greenhouse gas emissions, however that number is projected to increase for several reasons. There's a growing demand for air travel, yet it's harder to decarbonize aviation. Electric cars are becoming more common. Electric planes, not so much. If things keep on going the way they are, flights in the U.K. should increase by 50%.

Nearly every airline in the world has a frequent flyer program. The programs offer perks, including free flights, if customers get a certain amount of points. According to the study, 70% of all flights from the U.K. are taken by 15% of the population, with many people taking additional (and arguably unnecessary) flights to "maintain their privileged traveler status."

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