Tuesday's HOT MIC

Here is your HOT MIC for today.


 Researchers from Rutgers University just revealed that a large swelling of hot rock is bubbling up under New England, and it may be the first hints that a new volcano is forming under our feet.

“The upwelling we detected is like a hot air balloon, and we infer that something is rising up through the deeper part of our planet under New England,” lead author Vadim Levin of Rutgers’ Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences says. “It is not Yellowstone (National Park)-like, but it’s a distant relative in the sense that something relatively small – no more than a couple hundred miles across – is happening.”

EarthScope’s measurements show that the upwelling is occurring deep beneath parts of Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire. If a volcano were to eventually form, there’s really no telling where it would would actually emerge...

So I guess those of us who live in rural New England should be worried, right?

The would-be volcano growing under New England would take potentially millions of years to actually form, and because of that Levin says that there’s no reason for current generations to worry about waking up to a neighborhood covered in lava. “It will likely take millions of years for the upwelling to get where it’s going,” Levin explains. “The next step is to try to understand how exactly it’s happening.”

Maybe I should sell. You can't be too careful these days, in the Age of Trump. Besides, the last time a new volcano burst through the surface of the eath, it was right down Wilshire Blvd. from my place in Hancock Park:


And I was just getting ready to write a story about how homeschoolers should avoid this kind of federal entanglement.

Hurry! These won't last!

Kasich chief strategist John Weaver writes in a fundraising email:

We just got in stock a small quantity of bumper stickers to support Gov. Kasich's message about standing up to protect the honor of our country by rejecting candidates who are not worthy of the office they seek, as we saw recently in Alabama.

It'll cost you 25 bucks. A quick search of Twitter finds that Kasich and Weaver have been trying (unsuccessfully) to get #TwoPaths to catch on.

Is Kasich gearing up for some sort of third-party bid after being roundly rejected by the GOP? Don't be surprised when it happens.

Sooooo...Eminem is gay now? Or I guess we would call this P on the LGGBTTTQQAIPWTF scale (pansexual)...

Eminem admits he uses Grindr, gay hookup app.

More likely, this is Eminem's latest plea for attention he's not getting with the release of his new awful album. Blech.


So I wanted to do one of those fancy explainer pieces on the politics of the just-passed tax bill, but this is the best I could come up with.

Now I'll never get that job at Vox.