Elsewhere for November 11, 2017

You should read this for 11/11/2017:

For 98 years, Americans have remembered those who served our country in uniform on 11 November – first as Armistice Day, and then, since 1954 as Veterans Day.  

Art and Film

Watch an Oil Painting Instantly Lose 200 Years of Grimy Varnish “Fine art is often coated with varnish for the same reason furniture is: it provides a protective barrier to the elements. But varnish turns yellow over time, and an even less attractive color after a few centuries—which is why art restoration experts need to strip old varnish off and reapply it when a painting becomes unsightly.”

Photoshop Experts Hello Kitty-fy Masculine Superheroes With Sparkly Pink Costumes

Found: A Dead Bug in a Van Gogh Painting 

Books, Writing, and Language

“Unbury the Future”: Martha Wells’ Full Speech from the 2017 World Fantasy Awards

Food and Drink

To Get Calcium, Navajos Burn Juniper Branches To Eat The Ash

History and Archaeology

Found: A Rare Carved Stone That Could Rewrite Art History “A miniature masterpiece from the Greek tomb of the “Griffin Warrior.”

A part of Hadrian’s Wall has been found in Newcastle city centre

Society

Killing the medical expense deduction will hit the middle class — and hard “For them it’s not a once-in-a-lifetime tax break, but a provision that enables them to survive financially year after year. It wouldn’t give them more flexibility to use their paychecks, but would wipe out much of their income.”

Resignation syndrome: Sweden’s mystery illness

Maine Governor Paul LePage Refuses to Implement Medicaid Expansion After Ballot Measure Wins

LePage, who is term-limited out of office next year, previously vetoed five Medicaid expansion bills passed by the state’s legislature. Frustrated by inaction, Maineiacs gathered the required signatures to put the referendum on Tuesday’s ballot.

Pay It Forward and Make It Better

Send a girl to school in Afghanistan, Congo or Lebanon for a year for a donation of $59.00. A great gift for someone who’s hard to shop for, from Rescue.org.

Science and Technology

Why This Fungus Has Over 20,000 Sexes

Where we have two traditionally recognized genders, male and female, some species of fungi can have thousands of sexes. It sounds confusing, but it’s actually helpful — with so many variations, the fungi can mate with nearly every individual of their species they meet.

Women’s Work

Jane Goodall, Redux

Goodall was a young, photogenic woman with a refined English accent, which she used to full effect in the voiceovers of her documentaries. Perhaps those factors coupled with her having no Ph.D or even a college degree meant her primate discoveries would not be taken seriously by many scientists.

But though she lacked scientific training, she was still making important discoveries.

💩🔥💰 Trumpery 💩🔥💰

Trump SoHo: A Shiny Hotel Wrapped In Glass, But Hiding Mysteries “Turns out, the site had once held the 19th-century burial vault of a church known for its abolitionist stance and inclusion of African-Americans. The hotel developers — including a little-known company called Bayrock Group — suddenly owned an American historic site. . . . Mueller’s team reportedly is specifically looking into money laundering in New York City real estate. That investigation — along with the discovery process of various lawsuits — may help uncover information about the business back story of the man whom Americans have elected president.”

Trump’s 2016 Victory Speech, Annotated 1 Year Later “Much has changed in the year since Donald Trump gave his election night victory speech. Journalists across the NPR newsroom have annotated his remarks in retrospect, providing context and analysis to his policy promises and noting who, among the people he thanked, is still in the inner circle.”

State Department senior ranks being depleted at ‘dizzying speed’
“The U.S.’s ranks of diplomats are losing key leaders at a “dizzying speed” as the State Department struggles to recruit new talent amid a hiring freeze and sinking morale in the Trump administration, according to a new letter from a top ambassador.”

💩🔥💰’s claim that the House GOP bill is ‘so bad for rich people’ Four Pinocchios: “Contrary to the president’s claim, the tax plan is not “so bad” for the wealthy. In fact, no matter how you slice it, the superwealthy do rather well under the House GOP proposal.”

Via The Observer; former NSA analyst John R. Schindler notes: Spies Suspect Kremlin Is Pushing Dozens of Fake Trump Sex Tapes

About the author

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.