Guardian.UK: Native American family attacked in deadly shooting on Montana highway.
I often stop and help folks who look broken down. Looks like I may have to think twice about doing it - or contemplate concealed carry.
The Point: Forward with Fukuyama.
Hmmm. The internet age has seen history expand and contract in myriad ways. Poor education gifts contextless young journalists with near-zero historical perspective, whereas the internet itself is deepening the sheer volume of historical text. History seems to get interpreted and reinterpreted, sliding off current events like eggs off a teflon pan.
Vox: How conservative media helped the far-right take over the Republican Party.
Mirror.UK: Katie Hopkins wants ‘euthanasia vans’ because ‘there are far too many old people’.
Has she met Ann Coulter yet?
Guardian.UK: Obama breaks with protocol in Africa to criticise Republicans’ ‘lack of decorum’.
Mistake. This is the kind of thing Obama does frequently that boggles me. He immediately becomes a target for invective, while vivifying his political opponents - raising their stature in the news cycle. He must be an awful poker player. Leave ‘em to cut themselves to pieces, rather than enter the fray as an outsider; the behavior is predictable - they’ll all turn on you, man.
WaPo: It’s not Dixie’s fault.
A worthy read. Written by one of our leading civil rights historians.
Guernica: Stars in My Pocket Like Bits of Data.
“... the average American encounters a total of 34 gigabytes of information daily.” No wonder I just tried to shelve the milk in my vitamin cabinet ...
Paywalls are blocking me from good content, again.
A couple of articles I was going to link this morning remain unseen because of paywalls. Sorry, publishers. You do this, I can’t publicize your good work. I don’t link unless I can read beyond an excerpt. I also cannot afford to pay for every paywall that may pop up in my RSS aggregator. A renaissance of micropayments? The media’s distribution model needs a rethink.
NY Times: Royal Family’s Nazi Salute in 1930s Stirs Debate in Britain.
Oh please. Not even the NY Times here gives you enough background. The House of Windsor was originally the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, thanks to Prince Albert (with or without his can). There were many Brits in WWI and WWII who were deeply uneasy about the German roots of the British royals. To say the Sun was careful to put this into a historical context ... puh-leez. This was pulling out a historical tidbit and milking it, without giving even a shred of authentic historical context. Why do you think Churchill parked the Duke of Windsor’s rear-end over in the Bahamas? Way too friendly with the Third Reich, by half. Whereas Winnie and George VI would take lunch together every Tuesday, to discuss war progress. King G and the Queen Mum sat through the Blitz in London, along with everyone else ... that should put ‘paid’ to the Sun’s little stunt.
Vanity Fair: An Interview With Rachel Dolezal - “It’s not a costume”.
“It is precisely the look of a white woman who tanned for a darker hue, who showcased a constant rotation of elaborately designed African American hairstyles, and who otherwise lived her life as a black woman, being asked if she is indeed African American. It is the look of a cover blown.” The bottom line is, of course, she can stop with the visual cues and resorb back into the majority race. A true minority can’t, and there are unique experiences and learning involved that one cannot acquire (or be burdened with) without the complete removal of the ‘escape route.’
Mashable/AP: Police tighten Tour de France security after urine is thrown at British rider.
“I certainly wouldn’t blame the public for this. I would blame some of the reporting on the race that has been very irresponsible.” We know this from American politics, don’t we?
Guardian.UK: Captain Kidd’s ‘rediscovered’ treasure really just lead and rubble, Unesco says.
WaPo: Every state flag is wrong, and here is why.
WaPo, scraping the bottom of the barrel for articles. No history, no anecdotes ... just snark. Waste of bandwidth.
Investors.com: Apple Watch sales slow to a crawl as hype fades.
Well, the Newton wasn’t any great shakes in sales either. Here’s looking forward to what the Watch will become.
Guardian.UK: New York Stock Exchange shut down over ‘technical issue’ [Live Updates].
Vox: The media’s 5 unspoken rules for covering Hillary.
Fair enough. I’ll keep those in mind.
Vox: 3 reasons the American Revolution was a mistake.
Pffft. When I read #3, I thought “Thereby, Vox loses whatever conservative readership they have left.” Took some cojones to print that just before July 4.
KOB: Former CNN reporter shoots, kills armed robber at Westside motel.
The big news here in the state. Former CNN anchorwoman Lynn Russell and her husband were attacked. They both have CCWs, and together they played along with the assailant until one of them could arm themselves. Long story short, Ms Russell’s husband got to a gun first and is in the hospital, took three shots, two bullets in the abdomen. The assailant is dead.
Unsurprisingly, they recommend CCWs. Best wishes for your swift recovery, Mr de Caro.
Later: I have to comment further ... usually the most lethal things at a Motel 6 are the rugs. No, wait. And the bedspreads. I’ve been known to lay trails of clean towels from the bedside to the bathroom, some have been that bad.
CJR: Under Spain’s gag law, covering the news could cost you.
“The so-called Citizen Security Law makes it illegal to disseminate pictures, video and other content deemed “damaging” to Spain’s police and security forces. Coinciding with a wave of demonstrations over austerity programs and bank bailouts, the law criminalizes demonstrations in front of some government agencies and public buildings, and includes stiff fines for documenting the police response.” Keeping an eye on this kind of thing.
Jalopnik: The Truth About Press Cars.
Interesting! Among the press cars I drove, the Audis always stood out for overall perfection, every car. The most fun - the Hybrid Hyundai Sonata. The electrics are set up for torque at low speeds, and dang ... total fun winding up that thing between stoplights, without sipping a drop of gas. I’d make Denise (McCluggage) giggle in the passenger seat every time the light turned green, as we headed off to our bimonthly/semiweekly ‘lunch meetings’. I also liked the Mini Coupe to drive, but two things challenged me ... headroom (there is none), and where do you put that damned key/lozenge to start up the car? All hilarious to remember now.
TechDirt: Apple Informs Bloggers It Will Be Using Their Content Via An Opt-Out Only ‘Agreement’.
Smoking Gun: NAACP Imposter Sued School Over Race Claims.
The story gets weirder: “The court opinion also noted that Dolezal claimed that the university’s decision to remove some of her artworks from a February 2001 student exhibition was ‘motivated by a discriminatory purpose to favor African-American students over’ her.”
LA Times: Legendary Gore Vidal-William F. Buckley rivalry coming to screens.
“Vidal, unsportingly, called Buckley a ‘pro-crypto-Nazi.’ Even less sportingly, Buckley shot back, ‘Now listen, you queer, stop calling me a crypto-Nazi or I’ll sock you in you goddamn face and you’ll stay plastered.’ On live television.” Ah, nothing like the good old days.
Lifehacker: LastPass Hacked, Change Your Master Password Now.
Register.UK: Brace yourselves: Facebook plans MORE PHP jiggery pokery.
Multi-page; don’t miss the extra content reached via very small page number/links at the bottom.