Elsewhere for August 24, 2019

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You should read this for 8/24/2019:

Books, Writing, and Language

Gay-themed books fuel fight over free speech at small-town library in Maine

And more weirdness from Maine libraries: Bizarre counterfeit bills targeting readers of Jewish authors found in Brunswick library
Notice, please the way librarians respond; they are fabulous.

I still miss Bookslut years after it stopped publishing. Bookslut was born in an era of internet freedom. Today’s web has killed it See also: Bookslut is Dead Long Live Bookslut

Food and Drink

Green Chile Enchiladas “These are made with corn tortillas stuffed with roasted green chiles and jack cheese, then smothered with roasted tomatillo salsa verde.”

History and Archaeology

Wooden Stone Age platform found on seabed off Isle of Wight “An 8,000 year-old wooden platform has been discovered on the seabed off the Isle of Wight.”

Science and Nature

Researchers Memorialize First Major Icelandic Glacier Lost To Climate Change

Global heating: ancient plants set to reproduce in UK after 60m years

An exotic plant has produced male and female cones outdoors in Britain for what is believed to be the first time in 60m years. Botanists say the event is a sign of global heating.

Tiny robot finds an asteroid that’s freakishly free of dust This is so very very cool; just read it. More of this, less wall-building crap would be good.



Opt out of all the data sharing you wouldn’t opt in to.

Women’s Work

Megan Riddle: Why Did I Become a Teacher? “After years of trauma went ignored by my school, I decided I couldn’t let other kids suffer like I did”

💩🔥💰 Trumpery 💩🔥💰

Trump Administration ‘Strongly Objected’ to Welfare for Military Families in Poverty

Pay It Forward and Make It Better

Thrupp bus shelter mysteriously made into cosy sitting room

H/T Yasmin: New Calif. freeway bridge to carry wildlife

What3words: The app that can save your life “”I was speaking to a mathematician and we found there were enough combinations of three words for every location in the world.””

Via Twitter: Last night I was in a loo and a woman entered the only other stall crying. I did the awkward shout over and asked if she was ok or wanted to talk about it, or needed a hug Read the thread.

17 times Anthony Hopkins’ Twitter feed was the most wholesome place on the internet

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.