Elsewhere for April 30, 2017

You should read this for 4/30/2017:

Via NPR: A Watergate Villain Walks Into A Berkeley Restaurant. What Could Go Wrong? One of the thing I love best about this food culture history piece is the Editor’s Note: “This post is about chefs and they can be quite coarse when they talk. Don’t be surprised by a little foul language.”

Via Slate: The Empty Waistband “As Sotomayor pointed out in her dissent, both of these rulings warp the law in an effort to reach a police-protective outcome.” See also The Supreme Court’s double standard for qualified immunity cases “But I found Alito’s description of the court’s neutral principles of certiorari a little hard to fully accept for several reasons.”

From the March for Science: A Brain Hat

University of California administration is paying excessive salaries and mishandling funds, state audit says “The auditor said that because of recent tuition hikes, she recommends the Office of the President should refund available funds in the reserves by returning them to the campuses for the benefit of students.” . . . “Auditors said salaries paid to those in the president’s office are much higher than the pay of comparable positions in other state government jobs.” Here’s the actual audit.

Via Medium: Stephen Levy interviews Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter. Twitter’s CEO on the president, the future of the product, and the harassment problem.

19th Century Princess And Cookbook Author Was Also Georgia’s First Feminist “Georgia is having something of a gastronomic renaissance, with restaurateurs improvising beyond staples like walnut paste-stuffed veggies and shashlik. The trend is largely toward fusion and innovation, but it is also about putting history on the menu.”

Go Ahead, Have That Fourth Cup of Coffee “A new scientific review on the safety of caffeine says drinking up to four cups of coffee, or about 400 milligrams of caffeine, is pretty safe.”

UNC Professor Andrew Reynolds Gorka: Is the #FakeTerrorismExpert’s Ph.D fake? “Gorka is a fraud — a charlatan of the most brazen hue — a snake-oil salesman whose supposed Ph.D dissertation would have never passed muster in America or Britain and to put the cherry on the cake was approved by a fraudulent panel of examiners.”

Calans Mai or May Day or Beltain

Tea brack “—a.k.a. Irish Freckle Bread — is a moist, close-grained, packed-with-fruit breakfast bread.” And yes, it’s made with strong brewed tea (and better if you also add a tiny bit of Irish).

💩🔥💰 Trumpery 💩🔥💰

David Redneck via The New Yorker: A hundred Days of 💩🔥💰 With his nativist and purely transactional view of politics, he threatens to be democracy’s most reckless caretaker. “💩🔥💰 flouts truth and liberal values so brazenly that he undermines the country he has been elected to serve and the stability he is pledged to insure.”

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She plays o' the viol-de-gamboys, speaks three or four languages word for word without book, hath all the good gifts of nature, knows a hawk from a handsaw, and can see a church by daylight. The rest is subject to fancy.