Jalopnik: So You Want To Watch Free Motorsports Online?
I watched an IndyCar the other day. All the cars look identical except for color; as a result, there was a video-game quality to it. I found it an excellent substitute for Sominex.
CJR: Untangling Obamacare — What’s behind the rate increases?
What does a 100% increase sound like to you? Subsidies will soften the blow … I remain maximally skeptical.
CSM: Did the IRS illegally target the Tea Party? Seven questions answered.
Some needed background.
NY Times: Daft Punk Gets Human With a New Album.
It is so retro. I’ve listened through once, had flashbacks of Jackson/Flashdance/Chic all the way through. I’ll have to give it a go with headphones at some point. I didn’t hear anything remarkable on the first go-round — but then I’ve been programming in Expression Engine, setting up some logical constructs, so my attention is decidedly not on the music’s nuances.
Guardian.UK: Pioneering author’s body found mummified in New Mexico home.
“Her brother-in-law Louis Ponce found the body after he and his wife Edna, Salinas’ sister, drove from their home in California to check on her after two years of unreturned phone calls and letters.”
A Continuous Lean.: As it Happened — Brimfield.
Each year, I drool. Each year, my savings account is so happy I was not close enough to visit.
[Vintage tip: Remember to buy moldy leather, not dry leather. Mold can be removed and the leather restored, with a little elbow grease. It will still be strong and have a service life ahead of it. Dry and cracked leather, though it may look more palatable, will crack, fail and need replacing.]
TomDispatch: David Vine, ‘Baseworld Profiteering.’
Private contractors are the big winners.
CELDF.org: First County in U.S. Bans Fracking and all Hydrocarbon Extraction.
Good for you, Mora County. Now batten down the hatches and get ready for the legal challenges.
NY Times: No Benefit in Sharply Restricting Salt, Panel Finds.
“As you go below the 2,300 mark, there is an absence of data in terms of benefit and there begin to be suggestions in subgroup populations about potential harms.” First eggs, then butter … now salt. Everything in moderation.
ExtremeTech: How the 2013 World Press Photo of the Year was faked with Photoshop.
“I think most of you will agree, though, that the photo simply feels fake — there’s just something about the lighting that sets off a warning alarm in your brain.” That’s for sure. First thing you ask - where’s the light source?
Guardian.UK: Yoga guru Bikram Choudhury accused of rape in two new lawsuits.
GreatFallsTribune: Feds—Budget cuts to make wildfire season tougher.
“Jewell spent the past two days touring the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, the government’s national wildfire nerve center. She was joined by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who said the U.S. Forest Service alone will hire 500 fewer firefighters and deploy 50 fewer engines this season.” This sequester fallout will cost more money than it saves. Plain and simple.
IKEA Hackers: Closet Toolshed.
I love this concept. Except I don’t want to take up valuable interior space. I’ll keep my eye out for old gym lockers at the thrift store, stuff a couple in my garage!
NY Times: My Medical Choice.
Angelina Jolie undergoes a voluntary double mastectomy. Gutsy lady.
SciAm: Riding Technique Affects Horse Force.
“Researchers filmed dressage riders as they trotted using both techniques. And they found that riders who use the more bouncy ‘rising trot’ actually keep their center of mass more steady when they stand—which reduces the force on the horse’s back.” Never sit like a sack of potatoes. Terrible for the horse.
TNDP.org: U.S. House Republican Majority Votes to Axe 40-Hour Work Week.
A den of vipers and thieves. I’ve got some tar … anyone got a supply of feathers and a railroad tie?
Tibet Post: China destroys the ancient Buddhist symbols of Lhasa City in Tibet.
“Ignoring both religious freedom and the outcry of the Tibetan people, the Chinese authorities have begun demolishing the ancient capital of Lhasa, including one of the most important Buddhist sites of the city, Tibet’s holiest Jokhang Temple.”
The Nation: Congressman Seek Constitutional Guarantee of the Right to Vote.
NY Times: From Isabella Rossellini, Creature Moms.
What’s “natural” for a mother? Seems a whole lotta cannibalism goin’ on.
Guardian.UK: Cornel West—‘They say I’m un-American.’
I find his most vociferous critics have never, ever heard him speak.
BBC: ‘Dramatic decline’ warning for plants and animals.
“The good news is that our research provides new evidence of how swift action to reduce CO2 and other greenhouse gases can prevent the biodiversity loss by reducing the amount of global warming to 2C rather than 4 degrees.””
OpenCulture: Jimi Hendrix Invites Paul McCartney to Join a Super Group with Miles Davis.
Curious choice. I would suspect disaster.
Oh … and under the weather.
Spring cold knocked me off my feet Friday night. Recovering now. Hopefully.
Motoriginal: 1958 Buick Century Convertible.
Fantastic grill. The past is another country; they indeed do things differently there. Could we ever figure out today what designers/streamliners had in mind then to create such a thing?