Mashable: Disney’s ‘Zootopia’ trailer proves that actual sloths run the DMV.
Wait for the protests. “Microaggression!”
PS Blog: Is TIME Screwing Photographers?
Guardian.UK: Pfizer’s injection of Botox may cause more than cosmetic damage.
“... while Pfizer may be able to rush this deal to completion before US legislators can react, it is surely nonsense to think US politicians will then shrug their shoulders and carry on as if nothing has happened. Pfizer is a company that, like most US pharma giants, has prospered for decades on the back of the high prices Americans pay for their prescription medicines.” Please, Congress, start a brouhaha over this.
Says: “Dead” Chinese Girl Was Actually Playing Games And Living In Cafes For The Past 10
Random image link: 1969 Buick Century Cruiser, concept car.
Now that’s cool.
NPR: You’ve Got A Home - June Millington’s Lifelong Journey In Rock.
Woulda, coulda, shoulda.
ArtDaily: Bonhams returns to Monaco with ex-Stirling Moss Jaguar C-Type.
Legendary example of a wonderful car.If I had the expendable cash as a collector/enthusiast, a C-type is the first car I’d want to own.
The New Yorker: Telling the Truth About ISIS and Raqqa.
“Assad has killed so many innocents, and many people have lost hope. After Assad’s chemical attack, when he crossed the so-called ‘red line,’ the U.S. just took the weapons. It made America look like a liar and weak.”
Crooked Timber: What We Owe the Students at Princeton.
DYT: This Man Spent 25 Years To Create The ”World Map” in Lake Klejtrup, Denmark.
Guardian.UK: Texas family struggles to keep health insurance – and survive cancer.
“Just don’t go the doctor. Don’t do those preventative care visits that probably helped me find out I had breast cancer and thyroid cancer early on. Just don’t find out and don’t get it fixed. [snip] Which is ludicrous but at this point what do you do? It becomes insanely expensive, it’s a whole different ball game from what it used to be.”
Archaeology News Network: 23 heritage sites destroyed in Saudi airstrikes on Yemen.
Daesh is apparently not alone in desiring to wipe out history.
SF New Mexican: Federal official says N.M. licenses are fine for U.S. travel.
“The fact the federal government didn’t give New Mexico an extension on Real ID compliance means that secure federal facilities in New Mexico will have to have stricter policies in the type of identification they accept. Starting Jan. 10, people won’t be able to use a New Mexico driver’s license to enter a military base or a federal installation such as the Los Alamos National Laboratory.” We’ll get four months’ notice if we need a passport for domestic travel.
Bicycling: Free Electric Could be The New Power Source of India.
Telegraph.UK: Secret pagan basilica in Rome emerges from the shadows after 2,000 years.
“There were lots of cults worshipped at the time and the empire was in general fairly tolerant towards them.” Hmmph. ‘At the time.’ Constantine enjoyed practicing many cults much later than the family in the article (300s AD), and did not get baptized until shortly before death ... and even that, by an Arian bishop (heretical). Another case of journalists not knowing what the hell they’re writing about.
The Atlantic: Are Higher Minimum Wages Eliminating Restaurant Jobs?
Misleading. When Santa Fe increased the minimum wage, the businesses that were operating on a shoestring failed almost immediately. Restaurants cut back on personnel and portion size, but that was neither sustainable nor sensible (customers dwindled) ... so eventually supplies were re-sourced, economies found, prices raised a smidge or so ... and hiring resumed. So any ‘elimination’ is temporary at best.
Slate: Howard Axelrod’s The Point of Vanishing, reviewed.
Foundation 6 is available.
Certain days ...
I skim through the articles in my aggregator on days like today, and think “We (America) must look like an insane person to those outside the country ... ripping off clothes, screaming like a banshee, slamming into trees, running through frozen ponds, eating handsfuls of autumn leaves and growling ... totally batshit crazy. Some want to help, but they don’t dare - this insane person’s got nukes, the largest military in recorded history, and a sensitivity for outrage that’s dialed to 11.”
Maybe I need to avoid my “Politics” channel for a while ...
TG’s Political Wire: Trump Holds Massive National Lead in New Poll.
It’s gonna be a long, cold winter for the establishment GOP.
Vox: UnitedHealth might quit Obamacare. That would be a huge deal.
“But in the long term, United pulling out of Obamacare might signal something even more troubling: that the marketplaces aren’t a good business decision for other large carriers like Blue Cross Blue Shield or Aetna.” Uh, Vox? BCBS is already gone from NM. Wake up and smell the beginnings of a death spiral.
Civil War Memory: Ta-Nehisi Coates and Civil War memory.
“I don’t think anyone has gone further to engage the tough questions of the Civil War and interpret their relevance for both the black community and for a nation that continues to struggle with race relations.”
Links in the afternoon again ...
Just busy. Tootle along, I’ll be back soon.
NY Times: In Rise of ISIS, No Single Missed Key but Many Strands of Blame.
““It was disregarded by the White House. [snip] It was disregarded by other elements in the intelligence community as a one-off report. Frankly, at the White House, it didn’t meet the narrative.” And yet ... from The Guardian (UK) ... Turkey could cut off Islamic State’s supply lines. So why doesn’t it? “The exact relationship between Erdoğan’s government and Isis may be subject to debate; but of some things we can be relatively certain. Had Turkey placed the same kind of absolute blockade on Isis territories as they did on Kurdish-held parts of Syria, let alone shown the same sort of ‘benign neglect’ towards the PKK and YPG that they have been offering to Isis, that blood-stained ‘caliphate’ would long since have collapsed – and arguably, the Paris attacks may never have happened. And if Turkey were to do the same today, Isis would probably collapse in a matter of months. Yet, has a single western leader called on Erdoğan to do this?”
See the link yesterday about Turkish soccer fans.
Autoweek: 2017 Fiat 124 Spider debut at the 2015 LA Auto Show.
Nice front end; the rest smells like the usual Miata. Any choice between the two, given equal features, I’d take this one.