Elsewhere for May 26, 2018

You should read this for 5/26/2018:

Books, Writing, and Language

Earliest Version of Our Alphabet Possibly Discovered “The earliest example of our alphabet — a possible mnemonic phrase that helped someone remember “ABCD” — has been discovered on a 3,400-year-old inscribed piece of limestone from ancient Egypt, a scholar believes.”

Food and Drink

The 18th-century chocolate champions “Chocolate was introduced to England around 1600, first and foremost as a drink, and remained popular in that form for over 200 years.”

History and Archaeology

Early evidence of use of a bit on domestic donkeys found in the Near East “Ancient donkey remains from the Early Bronze Age (EB) show tooth wear linked to bit-wearing” See also: Archaeologists uncover earliest evidence for equid bit wear in the ancient Near East This is a link to a .pdf of the original journal article by the researchers.

A robot submarine found the ‘Holy Grail of shipwrecks.’ It’s worth billions. “On June 8, 1708, during the War of the Spanish Succession, the San José’s gunpowder ignited during a battle with British ships, sending 600 sailors to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean — along with gold, silver and emeralds from mines in Peru, a total haul valued at some $17 billion in today’s dollars.”

London dig unearths Roman bones, jewels and single flake of gold—Museum to show rare artifacts alongside ethnically diverse human remains

Pay It Forward and Make It Better

Stop Throwing Cellphone Batteries in the Trash, You’re Firebombing Garbage Trucks

Science and Nature

Here’s why there are so many coyotes and why they are spreading so fast “Coyotes have been around forever. Today’s species originated from ancestors that lived alongside saber-tooth tigers, mastodons and dire wolves.”

Society

Spurned advances provoked Texas school shooting, victim’s mother says

See also:

Incel, the misogynist ideology that inspired the deadly Toronto attack, explained

Technology

Here’s Amazon’s explanation for the Alexa eavesdropping scandal “

I mean, that all does sound pretty unlikely. But the fact that Alexa can interpret background conversation as a confirmation is a big problem.” I would not give Amazon or its devices access to my contacts list.

Women’s Work

💩🔥💰 Trumpery 💩🔥💰

💩🔥💰’s Unsecured iPhones Make Clinton’s Basement Server Look Like Fort Knox

This revealing anecdote unmasks 💩🔥💰’s dehumanization game

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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.