CBSNews: California’s Obamacare premium sticker shock.
“Come this fall’s open-enrollment period, which starts just a week before the election, exchange customers can switch to a cheaper plan.” Yeah, the supporters of the ACA keep pushing this. Look at the copays, the deductibles. Insta-bankruptcy if you get seriously ill. Pushing ‘affordable health care’ into science fiction territory. It’s like using fix-a-flat on a tire; works, but it’s not equal to a functioning patched tire.
FishbowlNY: The Atlantic Prints 25,000 Additional Copies of July/August Issue.
MessyNessyChic: Honeymooning on the Battlefields of WWII.
Bit weird, but fascinating from our time-perspective.
Gawker: Video Shows Unarmed Black Man Pleading With Arms Raised Before Getting Shot by Police.
Oil can guitars, that is.
Techdirt: Nick Denton Bucks The Trend Du Jour, Thinks News Comments Are Worth Saving.
“Throwing out the entire concept of on-site comments because a jackass said something mean or pointed out you were wrong about something has never been much of a solution.” Um, been saying this for a decade at least.
Texas Observer: The GOP is Gaslighting America — on National Television.
Preach it, girl. Damned straight. The Tea Party movement took the gloves off originally. This is just the logical extension.
‘Oh the Paine, the Paine.’ We need you more than ever.
“When it can be said by any country in the world, my poor are happy, neither ignorance nor distress is to be found among them, my jails are empty of prisoners, my streets of beggars, the aged are not in want, the taxes are not oppressive, the rational world is my friend because I am the friend of happiness. When these things can be said, then may that country boast its constitution and government. Independence is my happiness, the world is my country and my religion is to do good.”
― Thomas Paine, Rights of Man
Randall Made Knives.
New Scientist: Let’s ditch the idea that only home-cooked food is good for kids.
“... home-made meals based on 408 bestselling cookbook recipes for infants and young children are not always healthier than ready meals and convenience products. In fact, on many measures they seemed less healthy: they tended to have a lower vegetable variety per meal and were more likely to exceed maximum recommendations for energy and fat content.” I used to enjoy Campbell’s chicken noodle soup as a kid, eventually making my own Mrs. Grass’ (with the oil/egg). I mean, come on. Lighten up. You’d think we were talking about infant formula (ducking swiftly) ...
Mashable: Birkenstock will pull its shoes from Amazon over counterfeit sellers.
Counterfeits have become a HUGE issue for sellers using Amazon. Huge. Buyer beware. At least there’s a return policy.
SciAm: Human Brain Mapped in Unprecedented Detail.
Albuquerque Journal: Man with BB gun, scope won’t face charges, police say.
PS Mag: How the Recent Shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge Will Impact Law and Order Policing.
Slate: Trump’s wall would hurt wildlife and halt science at the border.
Let’s put this to bed once and for all. There will be no wall. Perhaps an invigorated fence, but there will be no wall. A wall vs. a fence requires much more material. How much more? I believe I’ve posted before - concrete calculators are available on the web. An 18’ high by 4’ thick by 1 mile long chunk of wall would be ~14,000 cubic yards of concrete. The entire border is 5,520 miles. That’s nearly 80 million cubic yards of concrete, longer than the Great Wall of China (built of brick-faced rammed earth). That wall didn’t keep out the hordes either.
The fact that Slate or any other media source is reporting on ‘the wall’ as if it is a serious consideration, is a breach of journalistic ethics if you ask me. As a joke only. A piece of idiotic tomfoolery.
But this is how media sources keep clickthroughs maxed, and make the contest more of a horserace (as I projected months ago).
[#ignoretrump. Thistles can’t grow where roses do. Use it - point to cat photos if you want. Anything but the blowhard.]
538: There’s Probably Nothing That Will Change Clinton Or Trump Supporters’ Minds.
If only we could convince our friends and family on social channels that this were true ...
Vox: Donald Trump perfectly explains his entire campaign strategy, in one bizarre tweet.
Been trying to explain this for ages now. If you ignore him, he loses his power. After the Clinton coronation, all thinking liberals should purposely minimize their T-tweets and quash T-conversations.
BillMoyers: The Right Says America is in Decline, But Refuses to Shoulder Any Blame.
“How did this happen? Domestically, it was through economic policies begun by Ronald Reagan (and continued by Democrat Bill Clinton) and doubled down on by George W. Bush.” The Nixon/Ford/Carter years weren’t exactly boom years either.
Register.UK: Flaws found in security products from AVG, Symantec and McAfee.
“Microsoft is brewing a patch for Detours due to drop next month which will help to address matters.” Hoo boy. Back up your stuff, Win users.
Mashable: Trump Jr. also recycled part of his Republican Convention speech, but apparently it’s OK.
Macworld: Scrivener for iOS review - A sophisticated writing and research app for on-the-go.
Quirky but lovely, I use Scrivener for all my longer-form writing on desktop. I’ve not tried this mobile variant yet.
SER: Google Releases AMP Case Study & Here Are My Results.
Hmmm. Small/medium sites, think twice before committing the time/resources.
OpenCulture: 4 Interactive Maps Immortalize the Roads That Inspired Jack Kerouac.
Apparently the staple myth in Santa Fe of old Rt 66/Kerouac is untrue. Amazing what happens when you actually read a book ...
WaPo: The many lives of Garry Marshall, ‘Happy Days’ creator, dead at 81.
Heartfelt RIP, man. You brought us a great deal of happiness over the years.
Italian Ways: Signorelli and the Sacristy of San Giovanni in Loreto.
You can clearly see where Michaelangelo riffed off of Signorelli.