You should read this for 11/4/2017:
Art and Film
Books, Writing, and Language
Bookstore Chains, Long in Decline, Are Undergoing a Final Shakeout Another reason to buy local. Bookstores like libraries provide a real service and information that an algorithm can’t.
Food and Drink
Hummus. It’s the food of my people. Serve it with warm pita bread, or toast points or crudités.
Pay It Forward and Make It Better
Sarah Silverman’s response to a Twitter troll is a master class in compassion “After a troll lashed out at Silverman, she found him help for his pain.”
Science and Technology
Niagra Falls is covered in ice, and it’s absolutely stunning Go look at the pictures.
There is a Whole Cottage Industry of Doctors Helping Parents Skip Their Kids’ Vaccines In California, medical exemptions for shots are on the rise.
Winter storm Grayson blows in and dumps snow on the U.S. East coast. It also brought a hawk to the feeders.
Writer Donna Migliaccio has foxes in her yard! She’s got pictures, too. https://donnamigliaccio.com/2017/12/26/the-christmas-foxes/ But wait, there’s more: The Christmas Foxes in January.
NSA’s top talent is leaving because of low pay, slumping morale and unpopular reorganization “Since 2015, the NSA has lost several hundred hackers, engineers and data scientists, according to current and former U.S. officials with knowledge of the matter. The potential impact on national security is significant, they said.” No kidding! This is not good; if I were the NSA, I’d start heavy recruiting, and I’d look a women and minorities in particular. That’s a good way to solve the staffing problem, and improve the NSA’s organizational culture.
That question — why is it our responsibility to fix the system that victimizes us? — has dogged me ever since. I thought about it when I sat on an all-female panel in front of a mostly female audience talking about how to fix gender bias in comedy. I think about it every time a reporter asks me how victims of internet trolling can make ourselves safer online.
💩🔥💰 Trumpery 💩🔥💰
Trump’s New York Times Interview Is a Portrait of a Man in Cognitive Decline The NYT interview is here. 💩🔥💰 displays not only his native malevolent Narcissim, but I absolutely think he has dementia and is sliding fast. And here’s NPR’s fact-check of 💩🔥💰 insane mendacious interview.