Sad But Not Surprising

This is not good:

The blistering summer and ongoing drought conditions have the prompted the U.S. Agriculture Department to declare a federal disaster area in more than 1,000 counties covering 26 states. That’s almost one-third of all the counties in the United States, making it the largest distaster declaration ever made by the USDA.

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She had talent out the ying-yang, and some amazing pipes, but sadly every obituary will include her infamous comment “crack is whack.”  She was found dead today at the Beverly Hilton hotel, on the eve of the Grammy Awards.  Her first album cover: