NY Times: van Gogh Paintings Stolen From Amsterdam Are Recovered in Italy.
And they are gorgeous. Well done.
Italian Ways: The Ferrari 275 GTC, queen of competitions.
And one of Denise McCluggage’s favorite NART drives.
Haaretz: Monumental forgotten gardens of Petra rediscovered after 2,000 years.
“Now archaeologists are discovering the Nabataean capital, situated in the southwestern deserts of Jordan, once was adorned with an exquisite, artificially irrigated garden. It featured paths likely shaded by vines, trees and date palms, and grasses, which were cultivated next to a huge, 44-meter wide swimming pool.” Not bad. Indiana Jones’ fictional Grail knight sat around for decades in a paradise.
Music Aficionado: The 5 Tracks That Launched The Jeff Beck Legend.
It’s the solo on “Shapes of Things” that they never play on the radio. Totally misses the point. And that’s commercial radio these days. Don’t know what to spin? Shove some Def Leppard in there. Every time I go anywhere in the car, I can guarantee at least two DL songs will play.
Slate: David Plouffe, Barack Obama’s campaign manager, is confident Clinton will win.
PS Mag: Getting Punished as a War Criminal for Destroying Ancient Monuments.
“With the new ICC conviction, it appears all that thinking and law-making is finally having real-life effects. The prosecution of al-Mahdi, who was the head of Ansar Dine’s morality enforcement, could serve as a template for future cases against those who demolished artifacts in Palmyra and elsewhere, the BBC reports.” Nine years.
TG’s Political Wire: Trump Has the Bigger Transition Team.
“... the Trump transition team led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has assembled nearly 100 advisers who are weighing details on issues ranging from taxes and national security to decisions on which Obama administration policies should be quickly overturned ...” Don’t say we weren’t warned about the end of democracy in America. Jesus.
Atlas Obscura: Found - A Hand-Drawn Map of Detroit from 1790.
“In addition to being delicately illustrated and lovely, the map depicts an otherwise unknown period in the history of the city, just before the British were to evacuate, leaving the land to the burgeoning United States.” And the archaeologists rush to find bits and bobs under car parks and buildings ...
Brown.EDU: 13th century Maya codex, long shrouded in controversy, proves genuine.
“Houston and his coauthors outline what a 20th century forger would have had to know or guess to create the Grolier, and the list is prohibitive: he or she would have to intuit the existence of and then perfectly render deities that had not been discovered in 1964, when any modern forgery would have to have been completed; correctly guess how to create Maya blue, which was not synthesized in a laboratory until Mexican conservation scientists did so in the 1980s; and have a wealth and range of resources at their fingertips that would, in some cases, require knowledge unavailable until recently.”
NY Mag: Republicans in Denial That Debate Exposed Trump As Unfit.
In a certain light, only the GOP may be able to stop this from happening. But they’ve lost control of their audience, by allowing easily-exploitable ignorance to blossom.
This will reflect my lack of free time to blog:
There WAS no debate. One person was professional, the other was unqualified, underprepared and overcooked. Stewing in his own juice and boiling over to hiss on the stove.
Spin? Sorry, not playing. Trump was never a serious candidate in the first place. Past time for the media to stop giving him free publicity. He belongs in the ENTERTAINMENT section, not the POLITICS section.
America has only one choice. You know who she is. You may not like her, you may have longstanding biases (legitimate or not). But she’s the only one qualified to handle the job. Register, pull the lever, let’s move on with our lives. Enough of this circus.
WaPo: A teacher stepped on an American flag during a free speech lesson.
Interesting. In fifth grade, during a school play, I tripped over a cast iron prop and fell on my face, taking the American Flag with me. My schoolmates continued to badger me for ‘ruining’ a flag for about a month. “You’re going to JAIL!” I remember the earnest fifth grade conversations over whether floorboards were ‘ground.’ Teacher was an ex-Marine, Guadalcanal. He didn’t bat an eye, so I didn’t.
The Atlantic: Antoine Fuqua’s ‘The Magnificent Seven’ Is Anything But.
“Early on, when he [Denzel Washington] raises eyebrows by presenting himself in an all-white saloon as a ‘duly sworn warrant officer,’ it’s hard not to hear echoes of Cleavon Little in Blazing Saddles and Eddie Murphy in 48 Hours.” Worried about that. But only a fool would try to remake Magnificent. That the original eclectic cast (astonishing in their variety) pulled it off, makes it a miracle that could never be re-approached by coherent processes, much less bested. Completely illogical on its face, almost to the point of insanity - yet it captivates.
FirstThings: On Reading Old Books.
“Censoring history helps nobody.” Agreed, wholeheartedly.
Good: Alanis Morissette And James Corden Sing An Updated Version of ‘Ironic’.
Couldn’t stand her at the time, but the updated lyrics are funny. I always associated her hits with the Clintons, because allegedly Chelsea got her Dad to become a fan.
NY Times: Museum Officials and Archaeologists Sign Petition Against N. Dakota Pipeline.
“In this case, it’s pretty clear that the Standing Rock area is important to our national history for a lot of reasons.” Legal efforts to preserve the historical spaces will be the strongest argument for rerouting the pipeline; the judge pretty much threw out all else.
SciAm: “Last Shipwreck” from WWI’s Battle of Jutland Found Near Norway.
“Although the wrecks of the Tarpon and the Warrior are legally protected as war graves, McCartney said all war wrecks in the area are threatened by illegal salvage operators, who plunder them for the valuable metals inside. He said the most valuable items are the bronze condensers that were used in many wartime ships’ engines, which are worth tens of thousands of dollars as bronze scrap when melted down.” Dangerous work, that.
Aeon: Opposition to Galileo was scientific, not just religious.
“Science’s history matters. Anti-Copernicans such as Locher and Brahe show that science has always functioned as a contest of ideas, and that science was present in both sides of the vigorous debate over Earth’s motion.”
Aeon Essays: The civic drama of Socrates trial.
You know, going back to read Socrates as an adult (after grade school glances), you realize that to be stuck conversing with Socrates must have been annoying as hell. He wanted you to reflect on your own beliefs, and live in accordance with the logic of one’s choices. There would be no going to church and holding pro-choice beliefs - you’d have to live your conviction, or change that conviction. Yet ... we need to discuss the ‘noble lie’ ... pertinent to today’s political landscape.
SciAm: Human Skeleton Found on Famed Antikythera Shipwreck.
The Atlantic: What America Lost as Women Entered the Workforce.
Long read. The little old ‘widder ladies’ kept eyes on us kids, made sure we behaved within the bounds of propriety. Well, as long as we were within the range of failing eyesight.
Political Wire: Young Voters Force Clinton Campaign Reset.
Both campaigns are missing opportunities, letting others slip away. By the time it starts to affect the polls (poll-driven policy, a Clinton weakness from the ‘90’s), it’s often too late.
ArtDaily: Spain’s Tomatito - 60 guitars and family-style flamenco.
An object lesson in white balance.
Shoot this, you obviously need a color patch setup to get it right. Not that a color bias doesn’t add drama. But I’d like to know what the colors really are!
NY Times: Concern Over Colin Powell’s Hacked Emails Becomes a Fear of Being Next.
“Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, shrugged off the news. ‘I haven’t worried about an email being hacked since I’ve never sent one,’ Mr. Graham said. ‘I’m, like, ahead of my time.’” Yeah well. We have his quotes and video from the Contract with America and Clinton impeachment days. That’s plenty.