Devolving into quotes.
I always said I wouldn’t do it. But this is a good one, given natural and political events of this week: “If this earth should ever be destroyed, it will be by desire, by the lust of pleasure and self-gratification, by greed of the green frog skin, by people who are mindful of their own self, forgetting about the wants of others.” ― John (Fire) Lame Deer, Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions
TechDirt: With Republicans Backing Away From TPP, Does It Still Have Any Chance?
“So, you have both candidates claiming to be against TPP, but for weird reasons, and no one believing the Dem candidate, while no one quite understanding the GOP candidate. Meanwhile, the sitting President continues to push for the TPP even as the only two people likely to have his job in a few months insist they won’t support it.” Yes, it’s this bad in America right now. The confluence of media/politics/reality is just a regurgitated mess.
ESPN: Brazilian police say video shows Ryan Lochte’s, swimmers’ robbery story untrue.
“The official said Lochte’s teammates Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz, who were pulled off a plane going back to the United States late Wednesday, told police that the robbery story had been fabricated.” For shame.
The Atlantic: The Couple Who Worked as Truck Drivers Together.
New Yorker: What Happens When We Decide Everyone Else Is a Narcissist.
“If ‘toxic self-absorption’ is indeed the new American disease, then it will be important to remember that no one has immunity.” There is nothing more damaging and wrong than involuntary psychoanalysis. Over each other. Even over politicians. Any psychologist will tell you decent analysis is a time consuming, intricate process. Generalizations are prone to bias. An individual with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology ruined my opportunity to be fluent for decades. ‘60’s. I admit I’m a bit unreasonable and immovable over this, given my own experiences. I don’t think I’m alone. Read James Hillman. Where is moving locations as a therapy in modern psychology? Exactly. Not everyone benefits from the modern SSRI -> endless talk therapy route.
SciAm: Is There Such a Thing as “Fat but Fit”?
“It would imply that you are not protected from bad outcomes if you are a so-called fit and fat person.” I ran across an extensive photo gallery of Woodstock, and was struck (once again) by the low BMI of kids in the ‘60’s compared to the average American today.
Slate: Zika is spreading in Florida, but we know how to stop it.
“It’s because of Dengue that this country’s public health officials have figured out how to control Aedes aegypti, the disease-carrying mosquito that lives in coastal areas during the summer months. We do that with Naled, an insecticide that is almost 100 percent fatal for the Aedes aegypti mosquito. The chemical is already sprayed on about 16 million acres a year in the continental U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Environmental Protection Agency.”
BBC: News site Gawker.com to shut down next week.
Capital and Main: DOJ to End Use of Private Prisons.
“The DOJ’s decision is a testament to the long and tiring work of some of In the Public Interest’s closest allies, including Grassroots Leadership, Detention Watch, ACLU, AFL-CIO, AFSC, AFSCME, Prison Legal News, Enlace, Justice Strategies, SEIU, Teamsters, CWA, AFGE, PICO, the Sentencing Project, Brave New Films, NAACP and many more.” Congratulations!
DebugMe: Sites Where Girls Can Learn to Code Online.
Guardian.UK: Clinton, rig the election? I’ve been a voter fraud expert for the GOP, and it’s fantasy
FYI. “Perhaps Trump would encourage his observers to ‘rough them up a little bit’ or ‘punch them in the face’. Sounds absurd right? No, it doesn’t. It sounds like a scenario that should be expected based on past behavior.” As I stated previously, this is ‘brownshirt’ behavior. Anyone who promotes this behavior should face charges.
Vox: Clinton has eased one of the biggest doubts about her capacity to be a good president.
538: The GOP’s Chances Of Holding The Senate Are Following Trump Downhill.
Good news in the midst of mayhem.
FishbowlNY: NY Times to Shutter NYT Now App.
Not esp. surprising. Another app I can erase.
Atlas Obscura: The Dangerous Origins of the Pentathlon, the Only Sport Created for the Olympics.
Just because it has a military genesis, does not mean it should be dropped. How many objects in our daily lives, how many behaviors, are originally ‘military’? I so wanted to compete at pentathlon when I was a teen. Didn’t have the cash for training.
College Fix: Princeton HR department - Don’t use word ‘man’.
Should this be the new ‘default’ for all weblogs and social interactions? Asking. “I’d really like to know, man.”
OneHeadlightInk: “Woman Walks Ahead” Casting Native American Children and Adults.
Wonkette: Let’s Try Talking About Juanita Broaddrick, Again.
“But truly — back then, men were taught that a girl has to say no a couple times before she says yes, so no one will think she is easy.” Read it, see what you think. Most are only linking the original article; this is the ‘apology’. In the ‘90’s? Please. ‘50’s, maybe. I was born in 1959, and I understood “No” to be “No”. And it never went that far, in my hearing. And ‘taught’? Where in the world did that idea come from? And religious redemption is the slippery slope by which terrible politicians regain the limelight.
Sometimes, as a blogger, you have to step back and avoid the ‘I need to answer my mistake right away’ urge. A longer, more thoughtful process is required. Most readers will understand the pullback-and-contemplate time, if you ask for it. “I didn’t express myself well, let me take the time to carefully rephrase my intended meaning.”
Speaking more generally: Given the youth of today’s journalists, I really do wonder sometimes at their portrayal of previous decades. It only rarely resembles the realities I lived through. The first lesson: Avoid making broad generalizations without evidence!
The Atlantic: Does ‘Economic Anxiety’ Explain Donald Trump?
Pop Arch: Tree-rings reveal secret clocks that could reset key dates across the ancient world.
“In the past, we have had floating estimates of when things may have happened, but these secret clocks could reset chronologies concerning important world civilizations with the potential to date events that happened many thousands of years ago to the exact year.” Two radiation spikes at 775 and 994 CE, visible in all trees across the globe, will change dates on many major events in our history books. Huzzah!
Guardian.UK: Visitors rush to the Great Barrier Reef to catch it before it’s gone.
Authority Nutrition: Fluoride - Good or Bad?
Net-net: If you’re worried, stop.
FishbowlNY: NPR Is Closing Its Comments Section.
“Montgomery added that social media provides a much better platform for discussing NPR stories than the site’s comments section. He’s right, of course.” Um, Twitter just encourages snark. So I respectfully disagree.
NYT: How Imperfections Could Bring Down the World’s Most Perfect Statue.
“The most popular target for photographers was the David’s genitals. People were obsessed with them.” See Bly, Sibling Society.