Elsewhere for February 18, 2017

You should read this for 2/19/2017 :An encouraging thought, life in crystal, of the making of ebooks there is no end; we just need a better way to read, stories with Picts, and twice-baked cookies.

Green Shoots (even in the Whitehouse

Via The Christian Science Monitor: Microbes that once slumbered inside giant crystals in a Mexican cave are alive and well, according to NASA scientists.

Michael Cohen via TidBITS on The State of iBooks in Early 2017For those of us who love ebooks, the iBooks app is a little bit of heartbreak.

Via Past Horizons: Facial reconstruction of Pictish man brutally murdered 1,400 years ago. Writers: There’s a story in this story.

Via Williams Sonoma Hazelnut and Dried Cherry Biscotti


Federal Elections Commmissioner Ellen Weintraub asks for proof regarding 💩🔥💰’s allegations of wide-spread voter fraud. You can see Weintraub’s letter here. More from NPR: 💩🔥💰 Adviser Repeats Baseless Claims Of Voter Fraud In New Hampshire. It’s pretty hard to commit voter fraud in a state where most of the polling places have been staffed by the same people for years, and everyone know’s everyone because they all went to school together. Just sayin’, as a native Granite Stater, I call foul.

The Spy Revolt Against Trump Begins

Justice Department warned White House that Flynn could be vulnerable to Russian blackmail

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Elsewhere for February 11, 2017

You should read this for 2/12/2017: Compassionate Canadians, Looting Qumranians, Linguistically undermining evil, Bots fight back, She Persists, and Pho

Quebec City Imam’s Profoundly Magnanimous Eulogy Includes White Gunman in List of Victims

Excavations in a cave on the cliffs west of Qumran Prove that Dead Sea scrolls from the Second Temple period, were hidden in the cave, and were looted in the middle of the last century.

I Am a Priest, and This is Why I’m Pro-Choice

Great Advice from George Lakoff about CopingVia George Lakoff, UC Berkeley cognitive linguist; see also George Lakoff: Progressives Need to Use Language That Reflects Moral Values

Angry programmer sends army of bots after Windows Support scammers

Senator Elizabeth Warren silenced for reading 1986 letter from Coretta Scott King, sent in opposition to Session’s judicial appointment. Responses from her male colleagues: Sen. Lindsey Graham: “Silencing Warren was ‘long overdue” and Sen. Orrin Hatch: “Warren shouldn’t criticize Sessions, should think of his wife”, but Senators Tom Udall, Jeff Merkley, Sherrod Brown and Bernie Sanders all read the letter without interruption. King’s letter is here; the letter notes regarding Jeff Sessions that

Anyone who has used the power of his office as United States Attorney to intimidate and chill the free exercise of the ballot by citizens should not be elevated to our courts,” King wrote. “Mr. Sessions has used the awesome powers of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly black voters.

Via Etymons: Dormouse

Quick Chicken Pho from Andrea Nguyen via Emma Christensen from Simply Recipes.

💩🔥💰 Trumpery 💩🔥💰

Despite Criticism Of Claims, 💩🔥💰 Seeks Investigation Into Voter Fraud “[💩🔥💰] and the White House have cited Becker’s report repeatedly to back claims that fraud is rampant. But Becker said that’s not at all what his study found, and neither have numerous other investigations, including one by the Justice Department under former President George W. Bush.”

Who is the judge who stopped 💩🔥💰’s] travel ban?

From Sarah Cooper via Medium: The Laugh Track is Tricking America“The clapping and laughing you hear in both instances are [his] own people, who initiate and get the crowd to follow. They are sycophants who he brings to cheer him on and make it seem like what he’s saying is being well-received. And it’s working.”

They Rethink Tactics After Stumbles “But for the moment, Mr. Bannon remains the president’s dominant adviser, despite 💩🔥💰’ anger that he was not fully briefed on details of the executive order he signed giving his chief strategist a seat on the National Security Council, a greater source of frustration to the president than the fallout from the travel ban.”

Transition email shows initial effort to oust all inspectors general“Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md), the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, said that “this email demonstrates that these calls were not isolated incidents.” He added, “Whoever approved these calls had absolutely horrendous judgment and should not be allowed anywhere near the reins of power.”

Ordinary Americans carried out inhumane acts for Him“At Kennedy Airport, still other federal employees detained and handcuffed a 65-year-old woman traveling from Qatar to visit her son, who is a U.S. citizen and serviceman stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C. The woman was held for more than 33 hours, according to the New York Times, and denied use of a wheelchair.” This is how it begins; it ends with more camps and prisons for citizens and innocents.

California Farmers Backed [💩🔥💰], but Now Fear Losing Field Workers“California farmers could lose workers, many of whom are unauthorized, if [his] immigration promises come to pass.”

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Activism and Making Your Vote Count

Contacting your legislators, your Representatives and Senators is both a privilege and a right. It’s also particularly important.

I’ve created a page with some US Activism and Engagement Resources to help you contact your elected officials to let them know what’s important to you.

Your opinion is important, no matter what it is.

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Elsewhere for February 5, 2017

You should read this for 2/5/2017:  Protection for priests, clams, and refugees, and sauce for chimney Sweepers who eat steak

People and Companies Matching ACLU Donations.

Secret Room in UK Mansion Tied to King James I Assassination Attempt

On the Pacific Northwest coast, indigenous groups are reinvigorating the ancient practice of clam gardening. And see also: Can ancient “clam gardens” teach us how to farm better today? “The clam gardens were constructed as a series of stone terraces on specific parts of the shore to protect them from the sea, basically making calmer pools where clams can grow more safely and easily.”

Via the BBC: Starbucks CEO pledges to hire 10,000 refugees globally “Starbucks has pledged to hire 10,000 refugees globally over the next five years, in response to US President Donald Trump’s recent immigration ban.”

And yes, I’ll be deliberately patronizing Starbucks. along with other caring businesses like Penzey’s.

Chimichurri Sauce Argentinean Marinade that you really need to try on a steak.

💩🔥💰 Trumpery 💩🔥💰

5 Questions About The Law And 💩🔥💰’s Immigration Order

Rulings on 💩🔥💰’s Immigration Order Are First Step on Long Legal Path

Civil Rights Challenges to 💩🔥💰 Immigration/Refugee Orders

Park Rangers to the Rescue “But what is different with this administration, from that very first attempt to snuff a truth about the size of the crowd on the lovingly restored National Mall grass, is they’re trying to institutionalize lying. The fish is going to stink from the head down.”

Professor David Perry on Milo and the Violent, Well-Funded Right-Wing Attacks on Academic Freedom

Via NPR: After 2 Weeks In Office, 💩🔥💰 Faces More Than 50 Lawsuits Far more than his predecessors faced in their first days on the job”—40 or more just in response to Trumps EO regarding refugees and travel.

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Elsewhere for January 29, 2017

You should read this for 1/29/2017: The Wisdom of Jobs, thank your foremothers, it’s not always the Others, and cauliflower can be tasty. 

Note: We’ve Placed Trumpery in an Isolation Section at the End

You know what…
Take my $1.37… I want my PBS.
Take my $.46… I am all for federal funding of art programs.
Take my $.46… I love my museums, colleges, and libraries.
Take my $.11… I support developing minority businesses.
Take my $.66… I am for entrepreneurship and innovation.
Take my $1.60… I want us to export more goods overseas.
Take my $0.43… I would like to see more American manufacturing.
Take my $0.88… I think community policing needs vast improvement.
Take my $1.48… I support programs for women.
Take my $1.55… I believe in due process for all.
Take my $0.48… We need a civil rights division in the justice department.
Take my $0.38… I think we need to defend our Mother Earth.
Take my $0.03… I know more work needs to be done for climate change.
Take my $8.95… because we need more sustainable energy.
Take my $2.71… we should reduce our carbon footprint.
If saving these programs means I’m out $22.36 a year, I’m good with contributing my $.07 a day to save American jobs and these federal programs (Derivation unknown, but sentiments heartfelt).

Steve Jobs

You Are Not Equal. I’m Sorry. (So say “thank you” to all the ones who went beofe.)

We Finally Know What’s Causing Namibia’s Mysterious Fairy Circles (It’s not the Good People.)

Via The New York Times Cooking section Pan-Roasted Cauliflower With Garlic, Parsley and Rosemary

💩🔥💰 Trumpery 💩🔥💰

Crowd Scientists Say Women’s March 
in Washington Had 3 Times as Many People as 💩🔥💰’s Inauguration “The women’s march in Washington was roughly three times the size of the audience at President Trump’s inauguration, crowd counting experts said Saturday.”

How these Los Angeles-born pink hats became a worldwide symbol of the anti-💩🔥💰 women’s march “Knitters — mostly women — started crafting handmade pink caps with cat ears, a reference to 💩🔥💰’s vulgar statements about grabbing women’s genitals, which were revealed in a leaked video shortly before the election.” (You can find the pattern here; it’s not difficult!)

Donald 💩🔥💰 delivers speech to CIA to deny feud and criticize media coverage“Pool reports later clarified that the attendants who were cheering and clapping when Mr Trump spoke were not CIA staffers but people who accompanied Mr Trump to the briefing.”

Via NPR: President 💩🔥💰’s Inaugural Address, Annotated

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary Has Been Trolling 💩🔥💰 On Twitter For Months

Charles M. Blow in The New York Times: A Lie by Any Other Name
“Donald [💩🔥💰] is a proven liar. He lies often and effortlessly. He lies about the profound and the trivial. He lies to avoid guilt and invite glory. He lies when his pride is injured and when his pomposity is challenged.”

It’s Not Just The Park Service: ‘Rogue’ Federal Twitter Accounts MultiplySome of these accounts — this list has compiled more than 80 of them — initially claimed to be run by members of these organizations, but many have since altered their descriptions, or in the case of the alternative National Park Service have said the account was handed off to environmentalists and activists.

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Elsewhere for January 22, 2017

You should read this for 1/22/2017: You are what you read, the other Washington remains a beacon of hope, progress and opportunity for all, the cake is a lie, grace all the way, you voted for him, you fix him, and thighs are the way to go.

Via The New York Times President Obama on What Books Mean to Him and, a bonus link from the same interview Obama’s Secret to Surviving the White House Years: Books

Saying goodbye: U.S. Digital Service

Governor Jay Inslee: Washington will always be ‛a beacon of hope, progress and opportunity for all’ “Our state has a proud history of inclusivity and compassion for all — regardless of class, race, gender, ethnicity, immigration status or sexual orientation. This legacy is integral to the character of our state and a foundation for what makes the Evergreen State so exceptional. . . . No president or administration can change that. We’ll continue our fight and ensure that whatever happens in the other Washington, this Washington will remain a beacon of hope, progress and opportunity for all.”

💩🔥💰’s inaugural cake was commissioned to look exactly like Obama’s says the baker, made by Duff Goldman. Here’s more about Duff Goldman’s original cake for President Obama. (The baker in question donated her payment to the Human Rights Campaign).

Hillary Clinton was not required to come to the 💩🔥💰 Inauguration as either a former First Lady or as a defeated candidate by anything other than custom and grace.

We have just entered a poorer reality “And now we have a president who represents the worst of us: narcissistic, ill-informed, petulant, prejudiced, simplistic, lying and combative. Those of us who see this will resist him. Those who voted for him, it is upon you to press this man to be better. Otherwise, he drags us all down — with you at the leading edge.”

Ree Drummond’s pan-roasted chicken thighs

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Elsewhere for January 15, 2017

You should read this for 1/15/2017: Just five books, please, ones that the Suck Fairy hasn’t visited, whales in their crone phase, horses know how to train humans, humans feeding other humans, humans removing health care from other humans, and everything you need to know about cooking beans.

Five Books: The Best Books On Everything An interesting premise, and a great way to find books to read: “We ask experts to recommend the five best books in their subject and explain their selection in an interview.”

Jo Walton on The Suck Fairy “The Suck Fairy comes in when you come back to a book that you liked when you read it before, and on re-reading—well, it sucks.” Jo Walton is one of my favorite writers, of fiction or essays. Walton is smart, she’s funny, and writes true things.

A New Type Of Food Pantry Is Sprouting In Yards Across America I think this is a super idea; “Tiny pantries” are a spin-off from the Little Free Library concept, also a great idea. I’d like to do both, if I can figure out where and how.

Why do Orcas go Through menopause? “Almost all animals reproduce until they die, even very long-lived ones like elephants and blue whales. As far as we know, just three species buck the trend: killer whales, short-finned pilot whales, and humans.”

Via NPR: How Smart Are Horses? Pretty smart; they train humans to feed ’em.

The Anti-Obamacare FAQ Everything you need to know about why conservatives want to repeal the president’s health care law.

From The New York Times and Melissa Clark: How to Cook Beans What beans, what prep, what seasonings, and what to do with all those dried beans.

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Elsewhere for January 8, 2017

You should read this for 1/08/2017:Acknowledging community history in Australia; poorly conceived test questions, 💩🔥💰’s avalanche of cleansing, and Baked beans from Maine

What Does It Mean to Acknowledge the Past? “Gathering together to listen to speeches and watch performances is one way civilizations share values. These events can foster community as well as breed animus, as we saw Donald J. Trump so successfully accomplish in his campaign rallies. Since the election, white supremacists and perpetuators of hate speech appear to be emboldened. In this political climate, the words we use and the traditions we champion matter more than ever.”

And so it begins: 💩🔥💰’s Purge Of Non-Loyalists Takes Shape Using an obscure 1876 rule that allows them to cut any federal employee’s pay to $1, the GOP Congress begins to set up for the purge of non-loyal-to-Trump federal employees that Donald Trump’s team has been talking about.

Poet Sara Holbrook can’t answer questions on Texas standardized tests about her own poems, and doesn’t understand why they would be used as source material in any case.

Maine Baked Beans (with salt pork!)

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Elsewhere for January 1, 2017

You should read this for 1/01/2017: Chrismakkah, practical rebellion against evil, food and politics, and it’s ok to omit records if you’re Jeff.

Medievalist David M. Perry on The GOP Theocracy: Xmas vs Hanukkah Statements “The King isn’t Trump to my reading. It’s still a dangerous statement.”

Via Matthew d’Ancona in The Guardian How do liberals halt the march of the right? Stand our ground and toughen up These are specific, practical suggestions that anyone can implement.

Helen Rosner of Eater.com interviews Anthony Bourdain Anthony Bourdain: The Post-Election Interview “But the threshold of acceptable rhetoric right now, the threshold of hate and animus that’s being shown at this point — this really naked hatred of every flavor, racists, sexists, pure misogyny, class hatred, hatred of the educated — this is something I’ve never seen before. And it’s now acceptable! It’s more acceptable in public at political rallies than it is at universities, which is where people should be saying offensive shit.”

A professor called 💩🔥💰’s election an ‘act of terrorism.’ Then she became the victim of terror. “For as long as she has taught, Cox, a professor at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, Calif., has prided herself on speaking freely. Then a clip of her calling Donald 💩🔥💰’s election “an act of terrorism” went viral earlier this month, unleashing a wave of violent threats that forced her to end her semester early and flee her home in suburban Orange County.”

Jeff Sessions, Donald 💩🔥💰’s nominee for Attorney General of the U.S has omitted decades of records (including email) for his confirmation hearing. He previously argued that omissions should be a felony.

Via Southern Living: Pimento Cheese. It’s apparently a Southern Thing. Who knew?

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Elsewhere for December 25, 2016

You should read this for 12/25/2016: Encouraging kindness in social networks, a Trumpish short story, finding the lost kingdoms, and Spirograph is even better than you remembered.

Kevin Barrett of Postlight on Building Kind Social Networks“In reality, addressing abuse is not a scale, but a switch.”

A five year project to investigate the “lost” kingdoms of Northern Europe.

Via Ars Technia: The Greatest Spirograph in the World. Really. Watch the videos.

NORAD’s Santa Tracker Began With A Typo And A Good Sport

A Trump Christmas Carol by Roz Kaveney, Laurie Penny, John Scalzi, & J0 Walton. Nicely done.

And the complete A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, annotated.

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