Hillary wants you to ‘Trump Yourself’.
But you have to allow access to your FB setup.
Time: An Unhinged Republican Convention and the Nation’s Greatest Test.
Interesting to get Klein’s view. Esp. on the Benghazi ordeal - which echoes my own take.
JAMA: United States Health Care Reform - Progress to Date and Next Steps.
“The law has also greatly improved health insurance coverage for people who already had it.” An outright lie, in my own case. Sure, caps and preexisting conditions are gone. But I had to go from a $500 deductible to a $5,000 deductible to maintain my near-identical monthly payment. My wallet is not a fan.
BillMoyers: Disappointed By the Democratic Party Platform? Follow the Money.
“The Sanders campaign has announced it will not further contest platform planks, but as a previous report by In These Times showed, the presence of superdelegates at the convention could still water down the platform, as it has in the past. Progressives should keep up the pressure until then.”
Politico: Dead Heat In Ohio.
Note - barring some crisis or a great debate performance - this is the only poll bump he can expect between now and November.
Recode: Entrepreneur and investor Gary Vaynerchuk ‘cannot wait’ for the startup armageddon.
“I’m not going to get a job! I’ve got an idea!” Oh yeah. BOINGGGGGG.
Mashable: Brits not happy about advice to take vitamin D supplements.
Silly. Take it. Esp. if you’re male and advancing in years. Your weight will be lower, your T levels slightly higher, your mood better. Saves me from the depths of SAD every winter, too.
Ted Cruz showed guts last night.
He deserves my commendation. Important to remember, however ... even a snake has a backbone. It’s only in this election season that backbone has become rare. If Trump loses in November, Cruz will be the GOP standard bearer into the future.
Even later: “... if you go slander and attack Heidi I am nonetheless going to come like a servile puppy dog and say thank you very much for maligning my wife and maligning my father.” Actions and statements have consequences. Good.
Macworld: LiquidText for iPad review: All you need for deep research projects.
This looks like something we expected the iPad to offer, years ago. I’ll have to try it out.
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 ...