You should read this for 4/8/2018:
Books, Writing, and Language
The borrowers: why Finland’s cities are havens for library lovers “Helsinki’s state-of-the-art Oodi library will stand opposite parliament and boast a cinema, recording studio and makerspace. It’s a perfect fit for a literate nation taking public learning to the next level.”
at a time when libraries worldwide are facing budget cuts, a decline in users and closure, Finland is bucking the trend. According to local authority figures from 2016, the UK spends just £14.40 per head on libraries. By contrast, Finland spends £50.50 per inhabitant. While more than 478 libraries have closed in cities and towns across England, Wales and Scotland since 2010, Helsinki is spending €98m creating an enormous new one.
Federal School Safety Commission Holds First Public Session. DeVos Wasn’t There “The Trump administration’s school safety commission held its first public listening session Wednesday, a day after the panel’s chair, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, told lawmakers on Capitol Hill that the commission wouldn’t focus on guns.”
Food and Drink
I’m so sorry for the loss of Anthony Bourdain, who has grieving friends and families. Bourdain was a wonderful writer, a genuine humanist, and a huge loss. He came to the attention of world as a writer in 1999 when The New Yorker published Bourdain’s essay Don’t Eat Before Reading This. That essay lead to Bourdain’s first non-fiction book Kitchen Confidential. He was a killer writer, and a genuine mensch, not least for his support of #metoo, which was genuine and real.
History and Archaeology
Pay It Forward and Make It Better
Suicide is increasingly on our minds. Please let someone know if you’re struggling. You are not alone, and you absolutely do matter. There’s help available, and people who care about you. How to get help: In the US, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. The International Association for Suicide Prevention and Befrienders Worldwide also can provide contact information for crisis centers around the world.
Science and Nature
The Lifespan of a Lie “The most famous psychology study of all time was a sham. Why can’t we escape the Stanford Prison Experiment?”
In the Senate, Hirono is known as a “work horse, not a show horse,” as one of her colleagues put it. But she is the only senator who asks every nominee for any position if they have ever been accused of sexual misconduct, and if they have ever signed a nondisclosure agreement. She wants these answers on the record in case future information shows a nominee lied.
She is the Senate’s only immigrant and its first female Asian American, and she had kept a pretty low profile.
💩🔥💰 Trumpery 💩🔥💰
Every president until this one has voluntarily complied, jettisoning foreign businesses and assets and/or asking permission to receive foreign gifts. Not President Trump. He and his relatives who work in the executive branch retained businesses that operate overseas; they frequently receive all sorts of monetary benefits from foreign governments. Ivanka Trump just got a batch of trademarks from China. Trump hotels are filled with foreign dignitaries, paying handsomely so the president can see that they are filling his coffers.