Alflafa Spout: “Fondomonte was unique in that its leases allowed it to draw water from a groundwater supply earmarked as a possible future source for Phoenix and other metro areas. Fondomonte’s presence in western Arizona became a political lightning rod as policymakers grappled with a megadrought.” Arizona moves to end Saudi farm’s controversial groundwater deals to grow, export alfalfa. Yes, the Saudis were drinking Arizona’s milkshake. This is part of a much bigger story over the global battle for water.

+ When Ally is a Lie: “Ronald Reagan’s steadfast opposition to Moscow was one of the reasons I was a young GOP voter in the 1980s—but now the party is saddled with a group of shortsighted appeasers, buttressed by a squad of right-wing cranks, who would doom tens of millions of innocent people to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s butchery just to own the libs.” Tom Nichols in The Atlantic (Gift Article): Why the GOP Extremists Oppose Ukraine.

+ Watching the Detectives: “The police chief who led an August raid on a small weekly newspaper in central Kansas resigned Monday, just days after he was suspended from his post and following the release of body camera video of the raid showing an officer searching the desk of a reporter investigating the chief’s past.” (Considering the fact that he used the police force for personal retribution, is a resignation enough?)

+ Strike Could Strike Again: “More than 75,000 healthcare workers at the US’s largest non-profit private healthcare provider, Kaiser Permanente, are poised to strike on 4 October in the largest healthcare strike in US history.”

+ Confirmed: “A person that thinks those who defend their country in uniform, or are shot down or seriously wounded in combat, or spend years being tortured as POWs are all ‘suckers’ because ‘there is nothing in it for them.’ A person that did not want to be seen in the presence of military amputees because ‘it doesn’t look good for me.’ A person who demonstrated open contempt for a Gold Star family – for all Gold Star families – on TV during the 2016 campaign, and rants that our most precious heroes who gave their lives in America’s defense are ‘losers’ and wouldn’t visit their graves in France … A person who admires autocrats and murderous dictators. A person that has nothing but contempt for our democratic institutions, our Constitution, and the rule of law. There is nothing more that can be said. God help us.” It took a lot longer than many would have liked, but John Kelly finally confirmed all the stories about Trump. (If you think this will shake his supporters, I’ve got a billion dollar property in Florida I’d like to sell you…).

+ How White Nationalists Bagged an Elephant: “In the nearly 18 months since then, many of the decisions Musk made after he bought Twitter appear to have closely followed that road map, up to and including his ongoing attacks against the Anti-Defamation League.” What was Elon Musk’s strategy for Twitter?

+ Positive Electron News: “Pierre Agostini, Ferenc Krausz and Anne L’Huillier received the 2023 Nobel Prize in Physics for using attosecond-scale pulses of light to study the motions of electrons.” (Darn. I had the same idea but never got around to doing it.)

+ Finger Tip: “Investigators were able to identify a fingerprint from a ransom note allegedly left by the suspect.” 9-year-old who vanished from New York state park found safe and man linked to ransom note arrested.