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.”

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.

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

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.

Elsewhere for August 7, 2016

You should read this for 8/7/2016:

Dear Hillary: How Very Dare You!“I bought into a narrative about Hillary Clinton that has been produced, packaged, and perpetuated by mostly the GOP with the help of many democrats and independents.”

For the love of stuff: I am my things and my things are me. I don’t want to give them up: they are narrative prompts for the story of my life

Campaign to help archaeologists search for an Iron-Age broch in Scotland

An Artist’s Pet Dog Photobombs the Middle Ages Elizabeth Morrison at The Getty: The same charming dog appears in illumination after illumination by late-medieval artist Simon Bening. Was it possibly his own pet?

Elsewhere for July 31, 2016

Hillary Clinton Helped Me Realize That Powerful Women Deserve Love

Trump: Clinton should have congratulated me for making history

Nature published a Neolithic DNA study revealing “three genetically distinct farming populations living in the Near East at the dawn of agriculture 12,000 to 8,000 years ago: two newly described groups in Iran and the Levant and a previously reported group in Anatolia, in what is now Turkey.” The data suggests that “agriculture spread in the Near East at least in part because existing groups invented or adopted farming technologies, rather than through population replacement.”

The British Library has just added digital facsimiles of manuscripts related to the Roman de la Rose, Christine de Pizan, and what scholars call La Querelle des Femmes. See
Metaphors, Misogyny and Courtly Love for back ground and links to some stunning medieval manuscripts.

Muslims across France have attended Catholic Mass in a gesture of solidarity after the murder of a priest on Tuesday.

Thousands of tricolored Blackbirds saved by California farmers

Amazon Escalates the Attack Against Hachette

Amazon has moved from discouraging customers from buying books published by Hatchette (AKA Hachette Livre, including Hachette, Grand Central Publishing, Little, Brown and Company, Orbit), to removing books from sale; you may remember that on January 29, 2010 Amazon pulled all of Macmillan’s books from sale—two days after Apple announced the iPad and the iBooks bookstore. In response, John Sargent of Macmillan announced the adoption of an agency model.

The New York Times “Bits” blog notes:

Amazon, under fire in much of the literary community for energetically discouraging customers from buying books from the publisher Hachette, has abruptly escalated the battle.

The retailer began refusing orders late Thursday for coming Hachette books, including J.K. Rowling’s new novel. The paperback edition of Brad Stone’s “The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon” — a book Amazon disliked so much it denounced it — is suddenly listed as “unavailable.”

James Patterson has weighed in in a post titled “Read Four of the Most Important Paragraphs I’ll Ever Write“:

The press doesn’t seem to consider this newsworthy, but there is a war going on between Amazon and book publishers. . . . There are other significant issues people might want to consider. Currently, Amazon is making it difficult to order many books from Little, Brown and Grand Central, which affects readers of authors such as Malcolm Gladwell, Nicholas Sparks, Michael Connelly, me, and hundreds of others whose living depends on book sales. What I don’t understand about this particular battle tactic is how it is in the best interest of Amazon customers. It certainly doesn’t appear to be in the best interest of authors.