Autoweek: Indian cars score zero stars in Global NCAP crash test, with video.
Cut to the chase: Everyone dies.
WaPo: Sanders wins greater say in Democratic platform; names pro-Palestinian activist.
Symbolic. Not that they’ll get full shrift, with 2/3 opposition.
Nat’l Review: Donald Trump & Newt Gingrich - A Potential GOP Ticket of Kindred Spirits.
It would be full-circle for Gingrich; locking permanently open the Pandora’s Box he opened in ‘94. My opinion? Blech. Hillary would need Jon Stewart as Vice to be able to compete.
Vox: Lake Mead helps provide water to 25 million people. And it just hit a record low.
NYT: Is Single Payer Our Health Salvation?
Listen to the doctors? I assume cherry-picked from a selection of responses; the choices an opinion in itself.
Vanity Fair: Olivia de Havilland and the Most Notorious Sibling Rivalry in Hollywood.
Long. Great story.
naked cap: Destroying Medicare to Save ObamaCare: Hillary Clinton’s “Public Option” Plan.
“Eliminating Medicaid estate recovery, whereby over-55 people forced into Medicaid by ObamaCare’s eligibility rules have any costs incurred clawed back from their estates. Since the only real asset most people may have is their homes, that means sick elders might not be able to pass their homes down to the kids. Fixing that injustice would be one of those incremental changes Clinton is supposed be so enthusiastic about. Since Clinton doesn’t bring up something so obvious, the only conclusion I can draw is that the Democrats just don’t give a future coprolith.”
Authority Nutrition: 7 “Toxins” in Food That Are Actually Concerning.
Real compounds to avoid.
Vice: ‘GoT’ Confirmed My Immigrant Parents’ Suspicions That Americans Are Violent Psychopaths.
“I think that America has problem, enjoy this kind of movie, really have problem. No wonder they vote for Trump. They crazy.” I’ve been considering this too. When you want to relax in the evening, the choices of untraumatic, non-violent (or simply gun-less) fare is thinner than it should be.
Literary Hub: How Writers Will Steal Your Life and Use it For Fiction.
The Millions: Dear Novel - On Breaking Up with Your Manuscript.
“ Every fiction writer thinks they need to be in a long-term relationship.” Yeah, yeah, yeah. Sometimes the arc is naturally short. Trying to lengthen it, it just gets worse and worse ... and the self-pressure dials to 11, 12 ...
WSJ: How Bugs Bunny and ‘Kill the Wabbit’ Inspired a Generation of Opera Stars.
I’ve said it many times here. My appreciation of classical music started with Looney Tunes.
Mashable: Female pilots who flew during WWII can now be buried at Arlington.
This surprised me. Even the women ferry pilots should be accorded this honor.
Yahoo: Craig out as Bond after refusing mammoth offer, but a likely successor has emerged.
Probably should have left it at Skyfall. I’ve actually not rushed to see Spectre (remains unwatched). That plane-down-the-ski-slope image in the trailer brings too many shivers of Moore/Dalton Bonds. There were good story arcs; the writers just never followed them. I applaud his choice. I will always cherish Casino Royale & Skyfall. Best Bond films, bar none. Best of luck, Mr Craig.
Variety: ‘Mister Ed’ Star Alan Young Dies at 96.
NY Times: Signals From Plane Hint at Swift Catastrophe, Aviation Website Reports.
“Some of the messages appeared to be alerts reporting smoke in a lavatory, smoke in the avionics bay of the plane and problems with several windows. The smoke warnings do not necessarily indicate a fire; those sensor warnings can also be set off by conditions like condensation from a sudden drop in air pressure.”
DP Review: LandscapePro software promises simple steps to dramatic changes.
This kind of software makes me crazy. I saw an article by a photographer the other day, who changes the size of features in his landscape shots via Photoshop. Makes mountains taller, seashells bigger/smaller, that kind of thing. The result is a complete fantasy. Sure, that has a place in photography, but it should be labelled as such. Fantasy. Fine art shot. Not reality. Very hard to place the line between sometimes.
Bad enough we alter colors and ranges of contrast routinely. Worse that we photograph crowded places during slow times, giving the impression that beauty and solitude are guaranteed (Santa Fe, this is getting very hard to do with all the tourism pushes). You see a photo of Santa Fe Plaza empty - it’s fiction. The place always has people in it.
It’s good, occasionally, to ask one’s self “What exactly am I portraying and why”.
BillMoyers: Democrats Can’t Unite Unless Wasserman Schultz Goes!
Moyers himself helped write this.
PS Mag: We’re Inching Closer to Making Solar Power as Cheap as Regular Electricity.
Guardian.UK: NRA members skeptical of whether Trump’s gun rhetoric matches his record.
Trump. With a gun. Is that not what nightmares are made of? Who knows what he’d hit.
Youtube: Duran Duran - Hungry Like the Wolf (Vocals Half-Step Out of Key).
Guardian.UK: US corporate giants hoarding more than a trillion dollars.
Slate: Why the Democrats’ platform actually matters this year.
“‘I expect that there’ll be some conciliation’ on the platform.” We’ll see. I have no doubt Clinton will bull ahead and do what she wants, not what the platform recommends.
Cutestrap, a CSS framework.
8kb. Scanning through ... I like. Have to play.