The Millions: On Whimsy, Trump, and ‘Bloom County’.
“It’s not just that Bloom County was prescient in seeing his trajectory. Nor is it just that it sussed out the void in his soul. No, what’s so frightening to see now, 30 years after Trump’s turn as Bill the Cat’s brain, is just how precisely it pegged why he shouldn’t have power.”
FishbowlNY: Publishers Are Happy With Google AMP.
Italian Ways: Fiat 1500 6C Barchetta, born from the wind.
Somehow, that front end looks a little bovine to me. Surely a design standout, but not to my taste. I’d put my head above the windscreen and start ‘mooing’.
DYT: Why Did A Millionaire Winch An F1 Car Up An Apartment Block?
To hang it from his ceiling. Upside-down. Butofcourse!
PS Mag: The Sad Silver Lining to the Trump Campaign’s Implosion.
“Despite the historic prevalence of sex scandals in American politics, no longer will misogyny exist as a minor indiscretion among the highest echelons of political and economic power. Women make up more than half of the electorate and have voted at higher rates than men for years; now, they’re flexing their political muscle beyond the ballot box.”
Vox: A GOP strategist explains why the Republican Party is about to break in two.
“I think what you’re gonna see is [Trump campaign CEO and Breitbart News chief] Steve Bannon monetizing 30 percent of the electorate into a UKIP-style movement and a billion-dollar media business.” Yep.
Mashable: The terrifying moment a shark breaks into a cage with a diver inside.
Outfits routinely bait to bring in sharks. Everyone was lucky ... this time. So, want to still sit in a shark cage? NAH.
Slate: How are these two Missouri Democrats surviving in Trumpish Missouri?
Breaking the mold. Don’t miss the ‘background checks’ video in the middle of the article. That’s authenticity. That’s what I’m talking about.
Upgraded to 100GB of Google storage.
My 15GB free gigs were at 94%. Interestingly, speed of email deliveries has immediately gone up (checking frequency is better), as has Gmail website rendering. Just an independent observation. 100GB is ~$2/month.
The Nation: Michelle Obama Just Delivered the Most Powerful Speech of the 2016 Campaign.
It is a shame that this cannot be the first woman President.
NY Times: New Jersey Transit, a Cautionary Tale of Neglect.
“In the 1990s, New Jersey Transit was riding high. Its ridership was increasing, and its trains were new and running on time.” Who comes up with this stuff? Um ... NO. Not new. Not running on time. I stopped commuting in the mid-‘90’s. Overcrowded, miserable. It was better at the turn from ‘80’s to ‘90’s. The tracks were always in terrible shape. The bridges around Newark, an embarrassment. The concrete ties would shatter if the Amtraks went too fast, so they had a speed limit. The wooden ties, you could pull the spikes out with your bare hands. Some had probably been there since the turn of the last century. NJ Transit *always* needed a ‘sugar daddy’. Christie pulled it away, in good Republican fashion, and now you’ve got people dead. This isn’t hard to figure out.
Outside Mag: Obituary - Great Barrier Reef (25 Million BC-2016).
Even this won’t nudge the impenetrable.
ANN: Ancient ‘Kennewick Man’ remains returned to Columbia River tribes.
It’s about time.
BBC: Western contact with China began long before Marco Polo, experts say.
“Other discoveries include new evidence that the First Emperor’s tomb complex is much bigger than first thought and 200 times bigger than Egypt’s Valley of the Kings.” China is wisely taking their time before excavating Qin’s tomb. If historical texts are correct, it is under a dome that models the night sky over China, and his entire empire is rendered in miniature underneath, with rivers and streams flowing of liquid mercury. I hope I’m still around when they finally open it.
SciAm: Long-Forgotten Research Unearths New Mystery About Lyme Disease.
Got Lyme, took the meds, and still have symptoms? Read this, urgently.
DP Review: Ansel Adams’ Arca-Swiss 4x5 View Camera is the first of its kind at auction.
“This view camera collection was used by Ansel Adams from 1964 to 1968, according to the auction house, after which point he gave the camera to his then-assistant Liliane de Cock, who used it as part of her own career. The camera and related accessories were acquired directly from the photographer’s family.” Kinda like buying Michaelangelo’s paintbrushes.
NY Times Book Review: In ‘News of the World,’ Unlikely Companions Bond on a Journey.
“... Kidd loves to cull and aggregate articles, loves the gasps of surprise he hears, loves the power of information. During the hours you spend reading “News of the World,” that power is magically restored.” Sounds worthy. On my list.
The Atlantic: What’s ‘Healthy’? What’s ‘Natural’?
“PepsiCo misleadingly markets Naked Juices as predominantly containing high-value ingredients such as acai berry, blueberries, kale, and mango, when in fact the predominant ingredient in the product line is usually cheap, nutrient-poor apple juice ...” Well, if you remember ‘60’s advertising like I do, then PepsiCo has gone a long way to save us from terrible laxative adverts ... (wink) ...
Editor’s note: This site may disappear at any moment.
I’m afraid my CMS is starting to betray overdue signs of overuse and age. I wake up in the morning, the sidebar is gone. Today, the header was gone. A new “publish story” command seems to return it all to normalcy. But these little errors are piling up. I need to schedule in either an upgrade, or a switchover to another CMS/service [like I have time for this right now]. What form that’ll take, I have no idea. But it’s getting dicey on this end. So if I disappear, it’s not forever ... it’s just a momentary glitch. @dangerousmeta on Twitter to find out what’s going on - if I’m dead in the water, I’ll be using that more frequently.
Autoweek: This is Porsche’s first race car, returned to its prime.
Makes me start singing the theme song from “Casper the Friendly Ghost.”
InTheseTimes: Natives Are Being Killed by Police at a Rate Higher Than Any Other Group.
I’ve been trying to get this fact into people’s heads, to little avail.
SciAm: DEA Drops Ban on Herbal Supplement Kratom.
Suspicious. There seems to be very little science on this, other than overdose stats (and those are not high). Given the potential use profiles, one can’t help but imagine drug companies want an exclusive on the active ingredients (at maximum profit).
Guardian.UK: Study shows books can bring Republicans and Democrats together.
“ What we found was surprising: when both conservative and liberal readers talk about “bridge books” instead of their usual partisan books, they change their way of talking and thinking in significant ways. They use less negative or hateful language. They use more words related to cognitive insight, such as “admit” and “explain”. In short, what is special about these books is that they make readers who otherwise have strong political dispositions become less tribal.” Just in time for choosing Xmas presents for people ...
naked cap: As ObamaCare Death Spiral Continues, Flailing Institutions Attempt to Cope.
PVC: ON1 Photo RAW editor has new tricks.
Very excited to get my hands on this. Finally someone’s going to give Lightroom a kick in the pants.