Elsewhere for August 16, 2020

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Art, Music, and Film

decorative leaf bulletLetters reveal British objections to plot of Bridge on the River Kwai

Books, Libraries, Writing, and Language

decorative leaf bulletHow Scholars Finally Deciphered Linear B, the Oldest Preserved Form of Ancient Greek Writing

Coronavirus | COVID-19

decorative leaf bulletWhat Does the United States’ Coronavirus Response Look Like Abroad?: Watch the Rest of the World Stare Aghast at Our Handling of COVID-19

Education

decorative leaf bulletIf you can punish a teenage girl for spaghetti straps, you can enforce a mask mandate

decorative leaf bulletThanks to coronavirus and Zoom, we’re looking at the end stages of college as a commodity 

Food and Drink

decorative leaf bulletMedieval ‘wine windows’ are reopening, reviving Italian plague tradition

Thus, the “wine windows,” or buchette del vino, of Tuscany. They are just as they sound: pint-size hatches, carved into the concrete walls of urban wineries and shops, where beverage merchants would serve sips at a safe social distance.

First introduced in the 1600s, their true purpose went untapped for centuries after the plague — that is, until a new one came along this year.

See also: The Wine Windows of Renaissance Florence Dispense Wine Safely Again During COVID-19 And: Wine windows: why the historic plague-inspired booze holes are back

decorative leaf bulletPoach Your Corn in a Buttery Milk Bath The next time I cook corn on the cob for more than two people, I’m poaching the corn in a butter and milk bath. Cooking corn in butter and milk makes amazing corn on the cob.

decorative leaf bulletHow to Properly Clean Your Dishwasher

decorative leaf bulletEscabeche (Pickled Jalapeños)

decorative leaf bulletDessert Recipes of Iconic Thinkers: Emily Dickinson’s Coconut Cake, George Orwell’s Christmas Pudding, Alice B. Toklas’ Hashish Fudge & More

decorative leaf bulletWhy You Should Freeze Tomatoes Without Peeling Them First

History and Archaeology

Science and Nature

decorative leaf bulletMartian Features Were Carved by Glaciers, not Flowing Rivers This is the conclusion of a single research paper, so it’s still a theory, but nontheless, an interesting theory.

decorative leaf bulletLarge blue butterfly returns to Cotswolds site for first time in 150 years

Image of a large blue butterfly from above the wings
Large blue butterfly Maculinea arion
Image: PJC&Co Wikimedia

Years of painstaking work by Prof Jeremy Thomas and David Simcox led to the butterfly being successfully reintroduced to sites in Somerset and more recently Gloucestershire.

To do so, they first had to understand its unique lifecycle, with tiny caterpillars dropping off wild thyme and being taken underground by the red ant, Myrmica sabuleti, which is duped into believing that the parasitic larva is one of their own.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Large_blue#/media/File:Maculinea_arion_Large_Blue_Upperside_SFrance_2009-07-18.jpg

Society

decorative leaf bulletBody camera footage shows struggle leading to George Floyd’s fatal police encounter The headline is misleading. This was murder. No question. BLACK LIVES MATTER.

decorative leaf bulletVoting during 2020 election: What you need to know about mail-in votes, online ballots, polling places

decorative leaf bulletTaxes VPNs and Office Hours the Ultimate Forbes Guide to Working From Home

Technology

Via Twitter @jonasdowneydecorative leaf bulletTHREAD: Here’s a little tale about what it’s like to be an indie iOS developer working under Apple’s 800lb gorilla rule…

decorative leaf bulletFacebook Fired An Employee Who Collected Evidence Of Right-Wing Pages Getting Preferential Treatment. ANd see: decorative leaf bulletYes, Facebook Treats Trump Fans Differently: It Has Relaxed The Rules To Give Them More Leeway

decorative leaf bulletSilicon Valley Has a Caste Discrimination Problem

decorative leaf bulletMalicious party hijacks 24% of Tor network

Women’s Work

decorative leaf bulletThis is how the media should confront Trump and his cronies

. . . CBS’s Paula Reid, who challenged a lie President Trump has told about 150 times, namely that he signed the Veterans Choice Act. President Barack Obama did . . . (I will note that by and large in the White House news conferences, it has been women who have rattled Trump: Yamiche Alcindor, Weijia Jiang, April Ryan and Abby Phillip. One need look no further for evidence that Trump cannot deal with non-docile women.)

decorative leaf bulletThe girl who picked up an AK-47 to defend her famil

She was hailed as a hero. But the story behind what happened that night was more complicated.
Did Nooria shoot Taliban attackers, or her husband? Or both?

💩🔥💰 Trumpery 💩🔥💰

decorative leaf bulletCalling it a ‘peaceful protest,’ 🤥🤥👖🔥 flouts coronavirus guidelines with golf club gathering

The happy-hour scene just steps from the golf course was orchestrated by 💩🔥💰, who decided late Friday to hold an impromptu news conference and invite his club members to gather indoors in defiance of state restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
With coronavirus cases nearing 5 million in the United States and average daily deaths topping 1,000, 🤥🤥👖🔥‘s retreat to the confines of his private club offered him an opportunity to create a kind of alternate reality in which his presidency is not being beset by numerous crises.

decorative leaf bulletSeth Meyers explains exactly how Republicans sabotaged the U.S. Postal Service

Trump’s efforts include a massive restructuring of the United States Postal Service which centers power around Postmaster General and Trump fanboy Louis DeJoy. A man who, as Meyers notes, has up to $75 million invested in the post office’s competitors.

decorative leaf bulletPostal Workers Decry Changes And Cost-Cutting Measures

As a result of the recent changes, Karol told NPR’s Noel King on Morning Edition, a mail processing machine was removed from her facility in Waterloo and others have been removed across Iowa.
Of the policy to leave some letters behind for the following day, another postal worker told NPR last month: “I am sick to my stomach,” knowing that means medication could be delayed in getting to recipients.

decorative leaf bulletAmber Ruffin lists all the things 🤥🤥👖🔥 has done for Black Americans

decorative leaf bullet🤥🤥👖🔥 Admits To Opposing Funding For Postal Service To Block More Voting By Mail

Pay It Forward and Make It Better

decorative leaf bullet🤥🤥👖🔥 sent agents to quell unrest. But protest is what Portland does best.

The US Mail Not for Sale is a worker-led campaign sponsored by the American Postal Workers Union and the National Association of Letter Carriers. They have some ideas for ways Americans can save our Constitutionally mandated USPS. decorative leaf bulletSave the Post Office You can follow APWU on Twitter.


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Something Wonderful

H/T Lymond: Zw Frank decorative leaf bulletTrue Facts: The Hummingbird Warrior

Lisa

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.

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