Bloomberg: Islamic State Is Selling Looted Art Online for Needed Cash.
Guardian.UK: Bill Cosby admitted obtaining sedative to use on women, documents show.
FireworksLand.com: What’s an M-80?
Bit of history. Cherry bombs used to be the delinquent weapon-of-choice for disrupting classes. Dropped in a toilet and flushed, it would blow up a toilet with fragrant results. Back then, an irate principal or disciplinarian would suspend the delinquent for a period of days or weeks. Today, you’d likely get bomb squads, antiterrorism troops ... the child frogmarched off to jail.
NY Times: Remnant of Boston’s Brutal Winter Threatens to Outlast Summer.
“If city officials had heeded the cries of fed-up residents last winter and just shoved the snow into Boston Harbor, the now-showcase waterway would be clogged with more than 250 tons of bicycles, hubcaps and other detritus.”
The Hill: Team Clinton ‘worried’ about Bernie Sanders campaign.
Of course they’re worried. If he chooses to third-party it, the Repubs win.
TechCrunch: Writers Are Going Cuckoo For Kindle Unlimited.
Politico: On promoting democracy, Jeb breaks with George W.
I still am a bit confused; where does “spreading democracy” differ from the old, conservative-hated “becoming the world’s police force” differ? I suppose in third-party contractors.
Vox: The media’s 5 unspoken rules for covering Hillary.
Fair enough. I’ll keep those in mind.
naked cap: Will the ECB Continue Its “Sherman’s March to the Sea” with the Greek Economy?
“We need to stress that merely refusing to increase the ELA will strangle the banks and the economy, and quickly, too. The decay will not be liner and it will probably start to accelerate this week if the ECB does not relent. This is no different than Sherman’s march to the sea, when General William Tecumseh Sherman engaged in the first large-scale example of scorched earth warfare, destroying homes, crops and infrastructure on an over 300 mile swathe through Georgia.”
NY Times Review: Shania Twain in Concert Recalls Glory Days.
“Ms. Twain, at 49, isn’t the same singer she was before what she called her sabbatical. Her voice has lost some of its perky sweetness; it has a rasp in it now, and she sings some of her hits in lower keys.” Yeah, I’ve never taken to anything Elton’s done since his voice issues. Perhaps some things have to say on vinyl (or silicon).
Coolist: 1938 Adler Trumpf Rennlimousine.
“Most Beautiful”? Looks like a car out of a vintage cartoon, IMHO.
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.
Daily Beast: Ban Everything, Learn Nothing - ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’ Is Run Off The Road.
“In our culture of instant offense, we ban before we think. However, banning isn’t a sign of strength or resolve, but an admission of defeat, of showing how little we have engaged with whatever the bigger issue that belies the ban.” My italics.
Archaeology News Network: Research shows how Spanish colonists changed life in the Middle Rio Grande
“I was expecting to see a turnover in the mammals people ate – a change from wild mammals to introduced domesticates, like sheep, goats and cattle - relatively early in the 17th or early 18th century. You would start with wild fauna which would then be mostly replaced by things like sheep, and goats and cattle. [snip] What I actually found was that this change doesn’t seem to occur until very late in the game in the late 19th and early 20th century.” History still lies very close to the skin here in New Mexico.
Pacific Standard: ‘In the Morning, I’ll Be All Right’.
Standpoint: Saving Greece [Sell Britain the Parthenon].
Olivia de Havilland is 99!
“Olivia is now the oldest living academy award recipient, having received her last Oscar in 1950, 65 years ago, for her role as Catherine Sloper in the Heiress.” Happy Birthday, my dear. Scarlett O’Hara was nothing compared to your sweet self.
PoliticalWire: Bush Leads GOP Pack Nationally.
Told ya. ‘Twas only a matter of time. The players behind the scenes are falling into line now, I’d imagine.
PS Mag: The American Diner at Age 143.
“The diners (the real ones, at least) stand as a testament to a past that is in so many ways impossible to find. Go to rural America and you’re more likely to find a Target than a stationary train car serving eggs. You can’t find whatever’s lost in America; that America, too, has been lost.” If you’ve never had the pleasure, please read Blue Highways by William Least Heat Moon. Don’t ask, just run and buy it. Or grab it from the library (you’ll feel guilty you didn’t buy it, though). And make sure to have a nice hammock to read it in. Everything we miss, in one volume.
JamesDempsey: Apple Home Page Tabs History.
ArtDaily: Assassin who sparked WWI gets statue in Belgrade.
He survived until after the war. Barely. Wracked with TB, I wonder what he thought of his actions? Millions of people dead, as the result of a couple of pistol-shots.
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.
Telegraph.UK: The hunt for the million-dollar Faberge eggs.
I have a feeling these are not sitting in thrift stores, but carefully squirrelled away, to be found by executors and family members.
Hemmings: Deliveries of retro California black plates to begin soon.
Ah, if I were in CA ...
Colossal: The Tedious 10-Month Restoration of a 355-Year-Old Painting at the Metropolitan Museum of
Hey, they were able to remove that Instagram filter ... (joking, just joking) ...