Elsewhere for October 25, 2020

You should read this for 10/25/2020:

Art, Music, and Film

decorative leaf bulletAnimaniacs reboot coming to Hulu! With Spielberg producing and the original cast

Books, Libraries, Writing, and Language

H/T Lisa Carnell: decorative leaf bulletThe Changing Politics of Reading Harry Potter in the Post-Trump U.S. This was deliveredOctober 16, 2020 at the Harry Potter Conference of Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA.

Coronavirus | COVID-19

decorative leaf bulletAs schools and offices open up, here’s what building managers should do to reduce SARS-CoV-2 particles in the air we breathe

Scientists say portable air cleaners (also called air purifiers) with HEPA filtration can remove virus particles that cause COVID-19

Portable HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) rated air filters remove more than 99 percent of airborne particles regardless of the particle size. Dr. Miller’s team partnered with Harvard University to created a calculator to help you find the right air cleaner for your room size and type. Look for a certification from the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM). You can find a list of verified units here. You will also want to make sure the clean air delivery rate (CADR) matches or exceeds the square footage of the room you are trying to clean.

Food and Drink

decorative leaf bulletA Disturbing Twinkie That Has, So Far, Defied Science

decorative leaf bulletwhole wheat chocolate oat cookies

. . . [W]hen, like most of us, I ran low on white flour in April, I used whole wheat instead and discovered that the recipe wasn’t just as good as it was with white flour, but better. Crunchier, more flavorful, and even nuanced.

decorative leaf bulletEasy Tomato Soup

This Classic Tomato Soup is rich with a velvety texture. It’s easy to make with canned tomatoes, and perfectly suited for all of your grilled cheese dipping needs. Better than a can of Campbell’s and just about as easy!

History and Archaeology

H/T Lisa Carnell and Yasmin: decorative leaf bulletHuge cat found etched into desert among Nazca Lines in Peru “Feline geoglyph from 200-100BC emerges during work at Unesco world heritage site”

The dun sands of southern Peru, etched centuries ago with geoglyphs of a hummingbird, a monkey, an orca – and a figure some would dearly love to believe is an astronaut – have now revealed the form of an enormous cat lounging across a desert hillside.

Science and Nature

decorative leaf bulletBirth of Cloned Przewalski’s Foal Offers Genetic Diversity for This Endangered Species

On Aug. 6, 2020, the world’s first successfully cloned Przewalski’s horse was born in Texas at the veterinary facility of a ViaGen Equine collaborator, Timber Creek Veterinary. The foal, born to a domestic surrogate mother, is a clone of a male Przewalski’s horse whose DNA was cryopreserved 40 years ago at the San Diego Zoo Global (SDZG) Frozen Zoo®. The colt’s birth revives genetic diversity that had been lost to the world and has now been recovered due to this important partnership between Revive & Restore, ViaGen Equine and San Diego Zoo Global.

H/T Jasmin: decorative leaf bulletWhy skimping on sleep makes your brain crave sweets


decorative leaf bulletPope Francis calls for civil union laws for same-sex couples


decorative leaf bulletHow does Google’s monopoly hurt you? Try these searches

Googling didn’t used to require so much … scrolling. On some searches, it’s like Where’s Waldo but for information.
Without us even realizing it, the Internet’s most-used website has been getting worse. On too many queries, Google is more interested in making search lucrative than a better product for us.

SetApp: A Suite of macOS Apps for a Single Price Affiliate link for a great collection of 75+ apps for a single price.

Pay It Forward and Make It Better

decorative leaf bulletSupport Indie Bookstores With Your Holiday Shopping

Something Wonderful

decorative leaf bulletTurn up the sound: PROTECTING HER KITTENS (sound up)
This mama wasn’t stalking a hiker like some news headlines would lead you to believe.

Buy me a Coffee! If you find this site interesting, and would like to see more, buy me a coffee. While I may actually buy coffee, I’ll probably buy books to review.

Buy me a Coffee! If you find this post or this site interesting, and would like to see more, buy me a coffee. While I may actually buy coffee, I’ll probably buy books to review.

Elsewhere for October 17

You should read this for 10/17/2020:

Art, Music, and Film

decorative leaf bulletStar Trek: Discovery season three review – its most thoughtful series yet

h4 style=”margin: 15px 5px 15px 5px; color: #000066;”>Books, Libraries, Writing, and Language

decorative leaf bulletThe Archaeology of Reading in Early Modern Europe (AOR)

The Archaeology of Reading in Early Modern Europe (AOR) uses digital technologies to enable the systematic exploration of the historical reading practices of Renaissance scholars nearly 450 years ago. This is possible through AOR’s corpus of thirty-six fully digitized and searchable versions of early printed books filled with tens of thousands of handwritten notes, left by two of the most dedicated readers of the early modern period: John Dee and Gabriel Harvey.

Coronavirus | COVID-19

decorative leaf bulletCovid-19 virus ‘survives on some surfaces for 28 days’ “The virus responsible for Covid-19 can remain infectious on surfaces such as banknotes, phone screens and stainless steel for 28 days, researchers say.”

Even so, these results highlight the need to wash hands as well as touchscreens regularly and to avoid touching one’s face in order to minimise the risk of infection.

decorative leaf bulletNearly 10,000 minks dead from Covid-19 outbreak at Utah fur farms

decorative leaf bulletRemdesivir has very little effect on Covid-19 mortality, WHO finds

The drug, made by the US biotech firm Gilead, has been talked up as a potential cure and was taken by Donald Trump. A trial in the US had previously showed it reduced the length of stay in hospital. But the gold-standard Solidarity WHO trial, which was based on a far larger sample – 3,000 people on the drug, compared with as many who were not – showed remdesivir had little effect on deaths over 28 days.

decorative leaf bulletIs COVID-19 a Preexisting Condition? “What could happen if we lose the Affordable Care Act during the pandemic”

Food and Drink

decorative leaf bulletItaly’s olive oil production drops by a quarter as ‘tree leprosy’ takes toll

History and Archaeology

H/T Librarythingtim: decorative leaf bulletA Profanity Filter Banned the Word ‘Bone’ at a Paleontology Conference

Science and Nature

decorative leaf bulletThe Carina Nebula. Seen With and Without Adaptive Optics

HT Jasmin: decorative leaf bulletCrown shyness is a phenomenon observed in some tree species, in which the crowns of fully stocked trees do not touch each other, forming a canopy with channel-like gaps

decorative leaf bulletThe Colorful Walls of an Exposed Impact Crater on Mars


decorative leaf bulletPlanned Parenthood Corrects Ted Cruz’s Definition of Birth Control


decorative leaf bulletWhat the experts use: Andrew Marino’s podcasting gear

podcasting is a creative form available to anyone who has a computer, a microphone, and an internet connection. We spoke to Andrew Marino, audio engineer and producer at The Verge, to find out what he recommends for those who want to try this out as well.

decorative leaf bulletOracle founder donated $250,000 to Graham PAC in final days of TikTok deal

Women’s Work

decorative leaf bulletAmmonite: Who was the real Mary Anning?

💩🔥💰 Trumpery 💩🔥💰

decorative leaf bulletRudy Giuliani Is My Father. Please, Everyone, Vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

To anyone who feels overwhelmed or apathetic about this election, there is nothing I relate to more than desperation to escape corrosive political discourse. As a child, I saw firsthand the kind of cruel, selfish politics that Donald Trump has now inflicted on our country. It made me want to run as far away from them as possible. But trust me when I tell you: Running away does not solve the problem. We have to stand and fight. The only way to end this nightmare is to vote. There is hope on the horizon, but we’ll only grasp it if we elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

decorative leaf bulletWhite House was warned Giuliani was target of Russian intelligence operation to feed misinformation to Trump

The warnings were based on multiple sources, including intercepted communications, that showed Giuliani was interacting with people tied to Russian intelligence during a December 2019 trip to Ukraine, where he was gathering information that he thought would expose corrupt acts by former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

SetApp: A Suite of macOS Apps for a Single Price Affiliate link for a great collection of 75+ apps for a single price.

Something Wonderful

decorative leaf bulletWhat the Astronauts Saw as They Orbited the Moon During Apollo 17

This is what Apollo 17 astronauts saw in December of 1972 as they came around the farside of the Moon: the blue and white crescent Earth rising above the stark lunar horizon. And now image editing guru Kevin Gill has sharpened the image, giving it more texture, color and contrast. I can imagine this sharp, spectacular view must be close to what the astronauts saw with their own eyes.  

Elsewhere for October 11, 2020

You should read this for 10/11/2020:

Books, Libraries, Writing, and Language

decorative leaf bulletTwo more beloved L.A. indie bookstores reach an existential crossroads

decorative leaf bulletListen to Shakespeare in a Whole New Way

Coronavirus | COVID-19

decorative leaf bulletWhite House overruled FDA to shorten testing period for Covid-19 vaccine

A senior administration official confirmed the move to block the guidelines to the Associated Press on Monday evening, saying the White House believed there was “no clinical or medical reason” for the additional requirement. The White House action was first reported by the New York Times.
It is the latest example of the administration undercutting its own experts working to combat Covid-19. The FDA commissioner, Stephen Hahn, has been attempting to shore up public confidence in the FDA vaccine review, vowing career scientists, not politicians, would decide if the shots are safe and effective for mass vaccination.

decorative leaf bullet‘Brain fog’: the people struggling to think clearly months after Covid

“Brain fog seems like such an inferior description of what is actually going on. It’s completely crippling. I am unable to think clearly enough to [do] anything,” says Nicholson-McKellar, adding that the experience would be better described as cognitive impairment.


decorative leaf bulletEven In COVID-19 Hot Spots, Many Colleges Aren’t Aggressively Testing Students

The data from more than 1,400 colleges were compiled by the College Crisis Initiative at Davidson College and analyzed by NPR. They show that more than 2 out of 3 colleges with in-person classes either have no clear testing plan or are testing only students who are at risk — mostly when they feel sick or have had contact with someone who has tested positive for the coronavirus.

. .*nbsp;.

Experts say that because up to 40% of people with the coronavirus do not show symptoms, frequent and rapid testing of large numbers of students is the best way to fend off major outbreaks on campuses. Research from this summer shows that most cases are spread by people without symptoms, often called silent spreaders.

decorative leaf bullethttps://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/10/09/what-we-know-about-timeline-white-house-coronavirus-cluster-and-what-we-dont

There are two factors that make it particularly hard to track the spread of new coronavirus infections. The first is that symptoms can appear up to two weeks after a person first contracts the virus, making it much harder to establish the point of infection. The second is that some people don’t show symptoms at all, making it harder to find new cases in the first place.
Given that, tracing the outbreak of coronavirus cases apparently linked to the White House — an outbreak that has now spread to nearly three dozen people — would have been difficult under the best conditions. That the White House doesn’t appear to be particularly eager to aid in that effort simply introduces another layer of difficulty, obscuring the public’s ability to understand how President Trump and his team contracted the virus and where it may have spread.

Food and Drink

decorative leaf bulletSugar adds more than sweetness to baked goods. Here’s what to know before you cut it.

Science and Nature

decorative leaf bulletPrevious incident may have led Orcas to target boats, say experts

Since 10 August, crews sailing off the Spanish region of Galicia have reported 22 interactions with orcas – also known as killer whales – a third of which have resulted in varying degrees of damage to their boats. In a handful of cases, boats have been left with damaged steering systems.

After studying photos and video footage of the encounters, a working group of Spanish and Portuguese experts, including marine biologists and government officials, has identified three orcas present in 61% of the incidents.

decorative leaf bulletTrees Are Time Machines “Arborists are planting trees today that must survive decades of global warming. The health, comfort, and happiness of city dwellers hang in the balance.”


decorative leaf bulletRevealed: Amy Coney Barrett lived in home of secretive Christian group’s co-founder

Amy Barrett, who graduated from Notre Dame Law in 1997 at the top of her class, has said she met Jesse while she was in law school but has not offered other details. Records show that other individuals who appear to be members of the People of Praise have also gotten married following periods of living in the Ranaghan household.

Insider accounts by former members who are now critical of the organization suggest that the group has “well-developed courtship and marriage traditions” which are closely followed. One critic, former member Adrian Reimers, has said in writings about his experience that people who are in the community do not usually date until the matter has been prayed upon by an individual’s “head” – or spiritual leader – who helps make decisions about whether a couple ought to get married.

. . .

here are only a few details about Barrett’s history with the People of Praise. While Barrett has identified herself as a Catholic, and belongs to a conservative church in Indiana, People of Praise is an ecumenical group that – some literature shows – sees itself as distinct from other Christian groups in that its members have entered a covenant – or a vow – to support each other “financially and materially and spiritually”.

decorative leaf bulletWhy Americans Have Turned to Nesting

I couldn’t control much in the pandemic, but I could control what happened in my own 450 square feet. As summer began to creep toward fall, my ambitions expanded: Install a new showerhead? Paint my cabinets? Put up a peel-and-stick tile backsplash? What couldn’t I do with Google, a Home Depot credit card, and a total willingness to lose my security deposit?

Yep; various friends have, like me, been trying to maximize space and minimize stuff.

decorative leaf bullet‘Mail voting doesn’t work for Navajo Nation’: Native Americans face steep election hurdles

Tribal advocates estimate that some voters have to drive anywhere from 40 to 150 miles roundtrip to pick up their mail. But the Arizona lawsuit Yazzie v Hobbs also pointed out that the reservation’s 27,425 square miles are covered by just 24 post offices and 15 postal service providers. The slightly smaller state of West Virginia has roughly 10 times the population, but it’s covered by 725 post offices and postal service provider sites.

SetApp: A Suite of macOS Apps for a Single Price Affiliate link for a great collection of 75+ apps for a single price.

Women’s Work

decorative leaf bulletExtraordinary women: courage and defiance through war and hardship – in pictures

A selection of photographs by photojournalist Tom Stoddart shot over several decades all over the world showcase the will, endurance, and perseverance of women in war and extreme situations. The book and exhibition Extraordinary Women aims to gives a voice to women around the world whose perspectives are often left unheard.

decorative leaf bulletKamala Harris reminding Mike Pence ‘I’m speaking’ is every woman in a meeting

While Mike Pence didn’t quite reach Trump levels of shouting over his opponent and moderator, the VP refused during almost every single one of his answers to acknowledge moderator Susan Page’s polite requests that he stop talking when his time was up, and interrupted Harris when her time was not.

decorative leaf bulletHillary Clinton Says She Was Right All Along

Hillary Clinton has been in lockdown like everyone else. It feels like Groundhog Day, she told me Wednesday afternoon. But existential exhaustion looks different for a woman who has spent the past four years thinking about the final month of the 2016 election—and who worries that Vladimir Putin, disinformation, and our deep political divides will still threaten American democracy even if Biden wins. In many ways, Clinton feels vindicated by how the Trump presidency has played out, and by what Americans have learned about him over the past four years—including the recent revelation that he paid just $750 in federal income taxes in 2017.

💩🔥💰 Trumpery 💩🔥💰

decorative leaf bulletPanic and confusion permeate White House after 🤥🤥👖🔥’s Covid diagnosis

decorative leaf bullet5 big questions about the White House’s botched handling of 🤥🤥👖🔥’s coronavirus diagnosis

decorative leaf bulletAfter Donald Trump’s deranged balcony address, we’re all gasping together

Once he’d wheezed through the unpleasantries, all that remained was to remove his mask and set about infecting any remaining staff yet to be exposed to his droplets. Think of Trump as the 83rd Airborne, parachuting his deadly particles deep into butlers’ respiratory systems. He won’t give you a Purple Heart, but he might give you purple lungs.
Alas, it’s disappointing to find potential victims failing to feel grateful for the opportunity. One current secret service agent assigned to the first family’s detail expressed frustration, telling CNN: “We’re not disposable.” Two housekeeping staff have already tested positive for the virus. As the events of the past week show, the president’s respect for human life is so low that he is willing to send an entire army of servants into 14-day isolation or worse in order to keep up a steady stream of trans-fats being fed to him. Dying in the line of duty used to mean taking a bullet for the president; it could now involve taking him a Diet Coke. Thank you for your drinks service.

NPR: decorative leaf bulletRetired General Backs Biden, Says A 2nd Trump Term Would Put Democracy ‘At Risk’

Retired four-star Air Force Gen. Chuck Boyd is one of hundreds of military voices speaking out against President Trump this election. Late last month, Boyd, who fought in Vietnam and spent seven years there as a prisoner of war, joined nearly 500 national security leaders who endorsed Democrat Joe Biden.

In a video endorsement, Boyd says that ever since he returned from Vietnam, he has been a Republican, “but quietly.” He goes on: “I fervently believe that military officers should not get involved in presidential politics, even when retired. But this year is different.”

That’s because, Boyd tells NPR, he thinks Trump is a danger to democracy.

decorative leaf bulletHow removal under the 25th Amendment works: A beginner’s guide

Something Wonderful

The Proud Boys were emboldened by Trump’s words. Then, LGBTQ couples reclaimed the group’s hashtag.

The president’s comment telling the Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by” provided a boost to the group on social media, emboldening its members to use Trump’s words as a rallying cry. Two days later, amid rising outrage, Trump denounced the group.

But then actor and activist George Takei suggested a clever comeback — a way to drown out the hate on social media and replace it with something, well, gay.

“What if gay guys took pictures of themselves making out with each other or doing very gay things, then tagged themselves with #ProudBoys. I bet it would mess them up real bad. #ReclaimingMyShine,” Takei, who is gay, tweeted on Thursday. See also decorative leaf bulletGay men have taken over the Proud Boys Twitter hashtag See also The Proud Boys Are Furious That Gay Men Have Taken Over #ProudBoys On Twitter
and Twitter users flood #ProudBoys hashtag with gay pride images and

Elsewhere for October 4, 2020

You should read this for 10/04/2020:

Books, Libraries, Writing, and Language

decorative leaf bulletTrending: ‘schadenfreude’
Lookups spiked 30,500% on October 2, 2020

Schadenfreude was our top lookup on October 2nd, by a very considerable margin, following President Trump’s announcement that he and the First Lady had tested positive for COVID-19.

decorative leaf bulletUse the 1913 Webster’s Dictionary When You Need to Define a Word

Coronavirus | COVID-19

decorative leaf bulletStudy shows Trump is a super-spreader — of coronavirus misinformation

A Cornell University study of more than 1 million news articles concluded that “the President of the United States was likely the largest driver of [a] covid-19 misinformation ‘infodemic.’ ”

decorative leaf bulletHow We Survive the Winter “The coming months of the pandemic could be catastrophic. The U.S. still has ways to prepare.”

decorative leaf bulletScrutiny on Rose Garden event after Kellyanne Conway and other guests test positive for Covid “At least seven people who attended event for Trump’s supreme court nominee have confirmed they have coronavirus”

H/T Daring Fireball—Link round-up from Jason Kotke: decorative leaf bulletHow to Protect Yourself from the Aerosol Spread of Covid-19


decorative leaf bulletIn Internet Dead Zones, Rural Schools Struggle With Distanced Learning

This pandemic has shone a glaring light on a lot of inequalities. The federal government estimates that more than a third of rural America has little or no Internet. In numerous recent interviews, educators have told NPR they’re concerned the rural-urban divide will only worsen if kids can’t get online to learn.

Morning Brew newsletter — a free daily morning newsletter that’s a well-written, intelligent round-up of business news that’s actually interesting: Morning Brew Referral link .

Food and Drink

decorative leaf bulletSunday best: 17 expert tips for the perfect roast dinner, from brining the chicken to bashing the potatoes One of the things I love about this meditative collection of Sunday dinner tips is that it is So Very British.

History and Archaeology

Video: decorative leaf bulletMaliwawa Figures: Ancient Aboriginal art ‘unlike anything seen before’ “Professor Paul Tacon explains how the 572 paintings known as the Maliwawa Figures offer a glimpse into life more than 6,000 years ago.”

Science and Nature

decorative leaf bulletWildlife Photographer Captures a Rare Black Panther Roaming in the Jungles of India

decorative leaf bulletHalf a Million Sharks Could Be Killed to Make a Global COVID Vaccine “A number of potential coronavirus vaccines are using something called squalene, from shark liver. Experts estimate that about 3,000 sharks have to die to extract a single tonne of the stuff.”

decorative leaf bulletHumpback whales seize chance to sing in Alaska’s cruise-free Covid summer

Hubble image showing the spiral galaxy NGC 5643
spiral galaxy NGC 5643 in the constellation of Lupus (the Wolf)
Image: ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Riess et al.; acknowledgment: Mahdi Zamani

decorative leaf bulletHubble stared at this magnificent galaxy for nine hours to capture the perfect shot


Senator Klobucher has had enough: these are the facts.

H/T Roseanne: decorative leaf bulletI Lived Through Collapse. America Is Already There.

lived through the end of a civil war — I moved back to Sri Lanka in my twenties, just as the ceasefire fell apart. Do you know what it was like for me? Quite normal. I went to work, I went out, I dated. This is what Americans don’t understand. They’re waiting to get personally punched in the face while ash falls from the sky. That’s not how it happens.

This is how it happens. Precisely what you’re feeling now. The numbing litany of bad news. The ever rising outrages. People suffering, dying, and protesting all around you, while you think about dinner. If you’re trying to carry on while people around you die, your society is not collapsing. It’s already fallen down.

decorative leaf bulletJaime Harrison brought his own plexiglass divider to debate Lindsey Graham

If there’s one word that can perfectly describe Jaime Harrison in his first debate against Sen. Lindsey Graham, it’s “prepared.”

On Saturday, Harrison — South Carolina’s Democratic Senate candidate — spent the debate masterfully discussing key issues such as the Supreme Court nominee, COVID-19, and more with the Republican senator. But Harrison didn’t stand out solely for his words. His actions, one in particular, also made quite a statement.

SetApp: A Suite of macOS Apps for a Single Price Affiliate link for a great collection of 193+ macOS apps for a single price—now with iOS apps too.


decorative leaf bulletThe best podcasting apps on iOS in 2020 I want to add a shout-out to my own favorite: Pocketcasts for iOS, Android, macOS.

Voting Resources

decorative leaf bulletHow to track your ballot like a UPS package

decorative leaf bulletHow to vote in your state

decorative leaf bulletHow to prevent your mail ballot from being rejected</a

Women’s Work

Via libbyjones715: decorative leaf bulletMost people who know the name Sophie Scholl know she was a 21 year old German student activist who was executed by the Nazis for distributing anti-Nazi pamphlets on her college campus. But people don’t talk about what happened leading up to her execution, or what happened after.

decorative leaf bulletWomen Value Their Group Texts in Normal Times. During the Pandemic They’ve Become a Lifeline

We are scared and we are exhausted and we are often by ourselves. We know better than to complain too much because no one besides the women like us seem to want to hear it.

decorative leaf bulletHow I learned to love being an Essex girl

decorative leaf bullet‘Priceless skill’: The Māori hunter helping women swap the food bank for the rifle

💩🔥💰 Trumpery 💩🔥💰</h4

decorative leaf bulletPostal Service workers quietly resist DeJoy’s changes with eye on election

Mechanics in New York drew out the dismantling and removal of mail-sorting machines until their supervisor gave up on the order. In Michigan, a group of letter carriers did an end run around a supervisor’s directive to leave election mail behind, starting their routes late to sift through it. In Ohio, postal clerks culled prescriptions and benefit checks from bins of stalled mail to make sure they were delivered, while some carriers ran late items out on their own time. In Pennsylvania, some postal workers looked for any excuse — a missed turn, heavy traffic, a rowdy dog — to buy enough time to finish their daily rounds.
“I can’t see any postal worker not bending those rules,” one Philadelphia staffer said in an interview.

decorative leaf bullet‘INFECTED’: How the media scrambled to cover Trump and the first lady’s positive coronavirus tests

decorative leaf bulletDonald Trump tests positive for Covid and goes into quarantine – live updates

decorative leaf bulletBefore testing positive for coronavirus, Trump scoffed at many health guidelines

In the seven months since the outbreak first spread across the U.S., he has flouted seemingly every basic health guideline put forth by his own government in response.
He repeatedly refused to wear a face mask, and held large rallies with hundreds of supporters who did the same, often in violation of local ordinances. He allowed the White House to continue its daily operations with scant social distancing, exposing himself to dozens of people who had taken few protections against the virus.

decorative leaf bulletTapes reveal Melania Trump appearing to downplay child separation policy, bemoaning Christmas decorations

Last month, Winston Wolkoff told The Washington Post’s Jada Yuan that the first lady used private email accounts, iMessage, and Signal, an encrypted messaging app, while at the White House. Critics said the finding was hypocritical considering the president’s attacks on Hillary Clinton, who used a private email server while she was secretary of state.

.; . .

Trump suggests that the migrant children are treated well at the border and have a higher quality of life than they did in their home countries.

“The kids, they say, ‘Wow I will have my own bed? I will sleep on the bed? I will have a cabinet for my clothes?’ It’s so sad to hear it, but they didn’t have that in their own countries, they sleep on the floor,” she said. “They are taken care of nicely there. But you know, yeah, they are not with parents, it’s sad. But when they come here alone or with coyotes or illegally, you know, you need to do something.”

— People said this about slavery, too. It’s still wrong, and yes, still untrue.

💩🔥💰 VOTE 💩🔥💰

decorative leaf bulletPelosi Prepares Democrats For Rare Possibility The House May Decide The Election

If the outcome of the election is not clear by Jan. 6, the decision goes to the House. But the vote is not as straightforward as Democrats having the majority of seats overall. Each state would get a single vote, which would be determined by the party that has the majority of members from that state.

Pay It Forward and Make It Better

decorative leaf bullet8 Black-Owned Bookstores for Buying Your Next Great Read

SetApp: A Suite of macOS Apps for a Single Price Affiliate link for a great collection of 75+ apps for a single price.

Something Wonderful

Via Morning Brew: decorative leaf bulletSo Much Better than watching paint dry

Via Morning Brew: decorative leaf bulletFrench Press Coffee To Water Ratio Calculator

Buy me a Coffee! If you find this site interesting, and would like to see more, buy me a coffee. While I may actually buy coffee, I’ll probably buy books to review.

Elsewhere for September 27, 2020

You should read this for 9/27/2020:

Art, Music, and Film

decorative leaf bulletExquisite Instructional Book From 1896 Illustrates How Flowers Become Art Nouveau Designs

Books, Libraries, Writing, and Language

Coronavirus | COVID-19

decorative leaf bulletUNC-Chapel Hill’s student newspaper sums up school’s coronavirus policy with an f-bomb

Hours after the editorial published, the University announced Monday a reversal to move to all-remote learning, starting Wednesday. School officials announced the change after testing showed rapid spread of the virus — 177 cases of covid-19 were confirmed among students, out of hundreds of tests.

decorative leaf bulletThe N95 shortage America can’t seem to fix “Nurses and doctors depend on respirator masks to protect them from covid-19. So why are we still running low on an item that once cost around $1?”

. .  the H1N1 flu epidemic depleted 85 million N95s from the national stockpile — and the supply was never replenished. In 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017, public health officials published alarming reports warning of a “massive gap” in what remained. Even more concerning, they said, the vast majority of N95s and the materials needed to manufacture them were now being made in Asia.

See also NPR’s Why Can’t America Make Enough N95 Masks? 6 Months Into Pandemic, Shortages Persist

Even so, 3M and Honeywell haven’t been able to make enough masks as the pandemic wore on and demand only increased.
“We’re not tens of millions of masks short. We’re hundreds of millions of masks short of where we need to be,” Paul said. “It would make complete sense to want to scale up some small and mid-sized manufacturers to help fill in this massive gap.”
But the federal government has no plan to help small- and mid-sized manufacturers move into PPE.
“This administration has really had a big firm focus,” said Gary Gereffi, a professor at Duke University and the founding director of the Duke Global Value Chains Center.

decorative leaf bulletCDC reverses itself and says guidelines it posted on coronavirus airborne transmission were wrong

For months, scientists and public health experts have warned of mounting evidence that the novel coronavirus is airborne, transmitted through tiny droplets called aerosols that linger in the air much longer than the larger globs that come from coughing or sneezing.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention agrees. The CDC recently changed its official guidance to note that aerosols are “thought to be the main way the virus spreads” and to warn that poorly ventilated indoor spaces are particularly dangerous.

But then Monday, September 21, the CDC changed their site again. As The Washington Post reports:

But the update only lasted a few days. On Monday morning, the CDC edited the website to remove the guidance and said the Friday update was posted in error. “Unfortunately an early draft of a revision went up without any technical review,” said Jay Butler, the CDC’s deputy director for infectious diseases. “We are returning to the earlier version and revisiting that process. It was a failure of process at CDC.”

Also see The Verge: CDC removes guidance about airborne spread of the coronavirus

Experts were thrilled to see the original update. Many have stressed for months that the virus can travel through tiny particles that float more slowly through the air, not just through the larger droplets that fall to the ground. That’s why both ventilating indoor spaces (to clear out residual virus) and wearing masks (to help block any exhaled particles) are just as, if not more, important than keeping six feet of distance.

This does look like once again GOP politics are interfering with the science and mission of the CDC.

See this Twitter thread from Epidemiologist Eric Feigl-Ding
@DrEricDing Dr Fauci tears into fake-board-certified ophthalmologist Rand Paul: “You misconstrued that, Senator. And you’ve done that repetitively in the past.” See also: Fauci scolds Rand Paul during tense exchange at hearing And decorative leaf bulletRand Paul has another problem On Senator Rand Paul’s dubious board certification as an ophthalmologist; he created his own certification board. That’s because Rand Paul is an idiot.

decorative leaf bulletThe code: How genetic science helped
expose a secret coronavirus outbreak

decorative leaf bulletFauci to a Meddling HHS Official: ‘Take a Hike’

History and Archaeology

H/T Lisa C: decorative leaf bullet11,500-Year-Old Infant’s DNA Reveals New Surprises About How North America Was Populated

While it’s commonly known that people from Siberia crossed over a land bridge known as Beringia at the end of the last Ice Age and were the first to settle in North America, scientists were never sure if it was one migration of a single population or multiple peoples who came in waves. This is what makes Sunrise Girl-Child’s DNA so incredible. The genetic analysis demonstrates that a single ancestral Native American group split from East Asians around 35,000 years ago. This group then split again in two about 20,000 years ago—one population being the Ancient Beringians and the other being the ancestors of all Native Americans.

decorative leaf bulletNew clues to the origin of domestic horses

Domestic horses likely did not originate in Anatolia as previously suspected, according to a new study of ancient remains dating as far back as 9000 BCE.
Instead, they may have been introduced to the peninsula – which makes up most of modern-day Turkey – and the nearby Caucasus region from the Eurasian Steppe by about 2000 BCE, during the Bronze Age.
The findings, presented in a paper in the journal Science Advances, also suggest imported domestic horses were bred with local wild Anatolian horses and donkeys and provide the earliest genomic evidence for a mule in southwest Asia, dating to between 1100 and 800 BCE.

Science and Nature

H/T Introversion: decorative leaf bulletRare case of black licorice poisoning kills man in Massachusetts

decorative leaf bulletResearchers Examine Plants Brought Back to Life From 32,000-Year-Old Seeds


decorative leaf bulletTavi Has 3 Parents

The problem for Jay was never how babies are made, and fostering and adoption were options. The problem was that he wanted kids and also wanted a co-parent to help him raise kids, but wasn’t interested in romantic partnership. Before exploring single parenthood, he was curious whether there might be another way to form the family he wanted.

decorative leaf bulletInternal USPS documents link changes behind mail slowdowns to top executives

Voting Resources

decorative leaf bulletHow to track your ballot like a UPS package

decorative leaf bulletHow to vote in your state

decorative leaf bulletHow to prevent your mail ballot from being rejected

Women’s Work

decorative leaf bulletCorrecting the misinformation about Breonna Taylor

decorative leaf bulletTrump administration rescinded Courage Award for woman who criticized Trump, then gave false explanation for its decision, watchdog finds

Pay It Forward and Make It Better

decorative leaf bullet‘Bringing beaches back to life’: the First Nations restoring ancient clam gardens

SetApp: A Suite of macOS Apps for a Single Price Affiliate link for a great collection of 75+ apps for a single price.

Elsewhere for September 20, 2020

You should read this for 9/20/2020:

Art, Music, and Film

decorative leaf bulletNeolithic paintings in Spain reveal art was social activity for both sexes

“We looked at the number of fingerprint ridges and the distance between them and compared them with fingerprints from the present day,” he told the Guardian.
“Those ridges vary according to age and sex but settle by adulthood, and you can distinguish between those of men and women. You can also tell the age of the person from the ridges.”

decorative leaf bulletThree Years After Tom Petty’s Death, His Dream Project Finally Emerges

Books, Libraries, Writing, and Language

H/T Less: decorative leaf bulletWhy Goodreads is bad for books

H/T Lisa C.: decorative leaf bulletAddressing The Claims In JK Rowling’s Justification For Transphobia

decorative leaf bulletEdition of Shakespeare’s last play found in Scots college in Spain

The Two Noble Kinsmen, written by Shakespeare with John Fletcher, was found by a researcher investigating the work of the Scots economist Adam Smith.
The 1634 volume could be the oldest Shakespearean work in the country.

Coronavirus | COVID-19

decorative leaf bulletTrump officials interfered with CDC reports on Covid-19

The health department’s politically appointed communications aides have demanded the right to review and seek changes to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s weekly scientific reports charting the progress of the coronavirus pandemic, in what officials characterized as an attempt to intimidate the reports’ authors and water down their communications to health professionals.

. . .

The CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports are authored by career scientists and serve as the main vehicle for the agency to inform doctors, researchers and the general public about how Covid-19 is spreading and who is at risk. Such reports have historically been published with little fanfare and no political interference, said several longtime health department officials, and have been viewed as a cornerstone of the nation’s public health work for decades.

But since Michael Caputo, a former 💩🔥💰 campaign official with no medical or scientific background, was installed in April as the Health and Human Services department’s new spokesperson, there have been substantial efforts to align the reports with 💩🔥💰’s statements, including the president’s claims that fears about the outbreak are overstated, or stop the reports altogether.

decorative leaf bulletMaine “superspreader” wedding linked to 170 Covid cases and seven deaths

That single event on 7 August is linked to coronavirus outbreaks in at least two other locations in Maine, with more than 170 people contracting the virus and seven deaths since.

. . .

The “superspreader” event started with wedding attendees in the Katahdin region and spread to the community at large and to a nursing home in Madison.

An attendee worked at the York county jail, 220 miles away, where there are more than 70 cases. The state is also investigating an outbreak at a church in Sanford, home of the wedding’s officiant.

Food and Drink

H/T Mac: decorative leaf bulletHow to Grow Mushrooms in Coffee Grounds

But for those who want to get a little more experimental and expand your horizons past fruits and vegetables, growing your own oyster mushrooms can be a fairly low-budget and simple avenue to pursue.

One cultivating method used by a number of urban farmers and “do-it-yourself” growers involves taking freshly used coffee grounds and a little bit of boiled straw as substrate (the soil) and mixing it with spawns of the mushrooms to grow into a new batch.

decorative leaf bulletCoffee Is Under Attack “Coffee plants were supposed to be safe on this side of the Atlantic. But the fungus found them.”

decorative leaf bullettangy braised chickpeas

History and Archaeology

decorative leaf bulletRoman Caistor: ‘One of largest’ Roman Britain temples revealed in Norfolk

decorative leaf bullet‘Viking’ was a job description, not a matter of heredity, massive ancient DNA study shows

It was a Viking saga written in genes. In 2008, construction work on an isolated Estonian beach near the town of Salme uncovered the skeletons of more than 40 powerfully built men. They were buried around 750 C.E. in two ships with Viking-style weapons and treasure—apparently the aftermath of a raid gone wrong. DNA from the bones has now added a poignant detail: Four of the men, buried shoulder to shoulder holding their swords, were brothers.

. . .

The results tell dramatic stories of individual mobility, such as a pair of cousins buried in Oxford, U.K., and Denmark, separated in death by hundreds of kilometers of open ocean. The genetic details may also rewrite popular perceptions of Vikings, including their looks: Viking Age Scandinavians were more likely to have black hair than people living there today. And comparing DNA and archaeology at individual sites suggests that for some in the Viking bands, “Viking” was a job description, not a matter of heredity.

The DNA has raised new questions, too. Study co-author and National Museum of Denmark archaeologist Jette Arneborg says DNA recovered from burials in Greenland shows a mix of Scandinavian men from what is now Norway and women from the British Isles. Yet the artifacts and burials look completely Scandinavian. The women “have British genes but we can’t see them in the archaeology,” she says. “The DNA is going to make us think more about what’s happening here.”

Science and Nature

decorative leaf bulletPossible rare “seven-armed octopus” found on Whidbey beach


decorative leaf bulletQAnon Website Shuts Down After N.J. Man Identified as Operator

SetApp: A Suite of macOS Apps for a Single Price Affiliate link for a great collection of 75+ apps for a single price.

Women’s Work

decorative leaf bulletJustice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Champion Of Gender Equality, Dies At 87 See also: A 5-Decade-Long Friendship That Began With A Phone Call

💩🔥💰 Trumpery 💩🔥💰

decorative leaf bulletDespite DeJoy’s vows to halt changes, serious problems persist, postal workers say

n Chicago, postal employees say backlogged mail is stacked so high in some facilities that workers barely have space to walk by. In Albuquerque, New Mexico, mail handlers tell NBC News first class and priority mail is still running several days a week behind schedule on average.
And in Tacoma, Washington, multiple postal workers said new mandates mean many mail trucks per week are being ordered to set out on their routes five minutes early — often entirely empty.

Pay It Forward and Make It Better

decorative leaf bulletWhen Your Best Friend Gives Birth to Your Babies—All 4 of Them

Something Wonderful

decorative leaf bulletArtists Crochet Giant Sea Urchin Installations That Interact with Their Surroundings

Choi+Shine Architects created The Urchins, a series of 3 interactive hand-crocheted installations

Elsewhere for September 13, 2020

You should read this for 9/13/2020:

Art, Music, and Film

decorative leaf bulletGeorge Takei: ‘Getting cast as Lt Sulu in Star Trek was life-changing’

decorative leaf bullet‘The Princess Bride’ cast is reuniting to raise money for Wisconsin Democrats

Books, Libraries, Writing, and Language

decorative leaf bulletWith schools closed, public libraries are being used as day-care centers, angering some people

Coronavirus | COVID-19

decorative leaf bulletHow to Avoid Toxic Positivity (And Handle It When It Comes Your Way)

Zuckerman goes on to say that toxic positivity can take many forms, including but not limited to: a friend or family member who scolds you for expressing frustration about something instead of actually listening to why you’re upset; or comments like “look on the bright side,” “be grateful for what you have,” “it could actually be much worse,” “if you stay positive, something good will come your way.” (There are so, so many.)

David Frum: decorative leaf bulletI Crossed Back Into a State of Denial “At the Canada-U.S. border, I encountered a study in contrasts.”

H/T Jeff C: decorative leaf bulletResults Are In: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Was A COVID ‘Super Spreader’ Costing Billions

. . . for the month in which Sturgis took place, the rally was responsible for a fifth of the cases in the entire country

. . .

If we conservatively assume that all of these cases were non-fatal, then these cases represent a cost of over $12.2 billion, based on the statistical cost of a COVID-19 case of $46,000 estimated by Kniesner and Sullivan (2020). This is enough to have paid each of the estimated 462,182 rally attendees $26,553.64 not to attend.”

decorative leaf bulletHigh numbers of Los Angeles patients complained about coughs as early as December, study says

The number of patients complaining of coughs and respiratory illnesses surged at a sprawling Los Angeles medical system from late December through February, raising questions about whether the novel coronavirus was spreading earlier than thought, according to a study of electronic medical records.

The authors of the report, published Thursday in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, suggested that coronavirus infections may have caused this rise weeks before U.S. officials began warning the public about an outbreak.

. . .

The study authors searched outpatient and emergency department reports that used the word “cough,” and tallied the number of people hospitalized for acute respiratory failure.
That approach revealed an uptick in patients that began the week of Dec. 22 and remained elevated for 10 weeks. The number of extra people exceeded the researchers’ predictions by 50 percent, totaling about 1,000 more patients compared with the previous five flu seasons.


decorative leaf bulletParents, Districts, And NAACP Win Major Victory As Federal Court Blocks Illegal Devos Rule Nationwide

Judge Dabney L. Friedrich ruled that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and the U.S. Department of Education violated the clear language of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act in issuing a regulation that would illegally divert desperately needed funds away from public school students for the benefit of private schools.

decorative leaf bulletThe Pandemic Has Researchers Worried About Teen Suicide

If a teen talks about harming themselves or wanting to disappear, a parent should ask directly, “Is that something you think you might really do or you think about doing? Or are you just letting me know that you’re very upset right now?” And, she adds, hear them out without dismissing what they’re saying.
She also says parents should look out for anger: “In teenagers, uniquely, depression can take the form of irritability. That depression in teenagers sometimes looks like a prickly porcupine. Everybody rubs them the wrong way. And that is easy to miss because sometimes we’ll just dismiss that as being a snarky teenager.”

decorative leaf bulletInvestigation into US professor sparks debate over Chinese word

Food and Drink

decorative leaf bullet5 Comforting Dinners to Make this Fall Recipes use canned tomatoes to make Quick & Easy Hamburger Soup, Slow Cooker Taco Soup, Tomato Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage, and Fettuccine with Creamy Tomato Italian Sausage Sauce.

History and Archaeology

Maeshowe— the 5,000-year-old Neolithic passage tomb in Orkney

decorative leaf bullet5,000-year-old tomb on Orkney designed to “ease passage to afterlife,” research finds

The tombs, referred to as ‘houses for the dead’, showed similar layouts to that of domestic houses.

Ms van der Reijden’s found the side chambers showed inverted architectural designs to give the effect that the chamber is within the underworld.

Science and Nature

decorative leaf bulletHundreds of Americans Planted ‘Chinese Mystery Seeds’

In late July, America was briefly enthralled with “Unsolicited Seeds from China,” which started showing up in mailboxes in all 50 states. These mystery seeds prompted warnings from the USDA, which said people should not plant them, and should instead alert their state agricultural authority and mail them to the USDA or their local officials.
Many Americans heeded this advice. Many more decidedly did not.


decorative leaf bulletNeil Kinnock on Biden’s plagiarism ‘scandal’ and why he deserves to win: ‘Joe’s an honest guy’

“Joe is honest, he’s courageous, he’s well-informed and experienced, and most of all, he’s rational, all things that Trump isn’t. One of Joe’s greatest strengths, I think, certainly a natural attribute is that he’s normal. He really is the well-informed guy off the street and in an age when voters are looking for authenticity, he is the real thing.”

decorative leaf bulletThe Government Has Been Binging On Classification. Senators Say It’s Time To Start Purging.

Under the current system, costly resources are used to hold on to records that no longer require classification resulting in an unnecessary waste of taxpayer dollars. The cost of the government’s classification system now exceeds $18 billion annually. Additionally, when records are kept classified for reasons that have nothing to do with national security, historians, journalists, public watchdogs and all Americans are denied their right to research historical events or examine the actions of their government to hold it accountable. As the line between classification for national security and pointless secrecy is blurred, public trust in government erodes.

SetApp: A Suite of macOS Apps for a Single Price Affiliate link for a great collection of 75+ apps for a single price, and now with iOS apps as well for a small device fee.


decorative leaf bulletFacebook engineer quits, says company is “profiting off hate”

Chandwaney’s [resignation] letter is full of links citing specific incidents of Facebook’s failures, such as the company obstructing an investigation into genocide in Myanmar and failing to remove an event encouraging people to shoot and kill protesters in Kenosha. [They] also referred to President Donald Trump’s infamous “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” post from May 29, which Facebook has still refused to remove. In contrast, Twitter hid a post from Trump that used the same phrase for “glorifying violence.”

Women’s Work

decorative leaf bulletArmed guards provided for threatened lesbian couple

decorative leaf bulletHow Victorian female brewers broke the (pint) glass ceiling

n Anglo-Saxon times women made beer at home at the same time as baking bread. They were known as brewsters, and the best in the village turned their homes into an early version of a pub.
Hester Parnall, head of the St Austell Brewery in Cornwall from 1916 to 1939. Photograph: St Austell Brewery
“Only in the 18th and 19th centuries did we see big commercial brewers dominated by men to meet demand for a new beer called porter,” said Protz. But then [the first world] war came, and the men who managed and worked in the breweries went off to fight, leaving women to step into the breach.

decorative leaf bulletThe woman trying to save India’s tortured temple elephants

decorative leaf bulletGo read this story of how a dress code exposed inequality on an Arctic research missio

💩🔥💰 Trumpery 💩🔥💰

decorative leaf bulletTrump detests Christians — and he deceived pastors and mocked them after they left Trump Tower: Michael Cohen’s ‘Disloyal’

“Watching Trump I could see that he knew exactly how to appeal to the evangelicals’ desires and vanities – who they wanted him to be, not who he really was. Everything he was telling them about himself was absolutely untrue.”
To deceive the evangelicals, Cohen writes, Trump would “say whatever they wanted to hear.”

decorative leaf bulletWoodward book: Trump says he knew coronavirus was ‘deadly’ and worse than the flu while intentionally misleading Americans

Pay It Forward and Make It Better

H/T Mary The Pen Cup: decorative leaf bulletPostcards For Democracy

In light of the threat to our postal service, at a time that could jeopardize the democracy of the country, let’s join forces for this collective postcard art demonstration

Something Wonderful

Via @Dark Mode Dave decorative leaf bullet

H/T Colleen: decorative leaf bulletOrca Tahlequah is a mother again

Buy me a Coffee! If you find this site interesting, and would like to see more, buy me a coffee. While I may actually buy coffee, I’ll probably buy books to review.

Elsewhere for September 6, 2020

You should read this for 9/6/2020:

Art, Music, and Film

decorative leaf bulletStar Trek Day! Star Trek Day!

On September 8th, CBS All Access is holding an all-day streaming event to commemorate the 54th anniversary of the premiere of the original Star Trek television show. I’ll admit I skimmed the email announcement until I found what I was looking for: yes, Patrick Stewart aka Captain Jean-Luc Picard will be part of the Star Trek panel discussions and will even reunite with Jonathan Frakes aka William Riker aka Number One aka Ensign Babyface.

. . .

The event will stream free on the Star Trek website, and doesn’t require a CBS All Access subscription.

decorative leaf bulletGo read John Boyega’s unfiltered interview about how Disney (and Star Wars) sidelined him Boyega’s interview is here.

But] what I would say to Disney is do not bring out a black character, market them to be much more important in the franchise than they are and then have them pushed to the side. It’s not good. I’ll say it straight up.”

decorative leaf bulletDisney+’s “The Mandalorian” returns this fall. More Baby Yoda in 2020! October 30, 2020.

Books, Libraries, Writing, and Language

The New York Times: decorative leaf bulletThe Celebrity Bookshelf Detective Is Back

decorative leaf bulletExpand Your Vocabulary With This Site of Untranslatable Words

decorative leaf bulletWhat the [US] is reading during the pandemic: Dystopias, social justice and steamy romance

This year, perhaps as never before, our reading habits reflect our precarious reality. As the country has muddled through a deadly pandemic and a racial reckoning under a cloud of exhaustion and dread, we’ve used books to escape the present, inform our beliefs and educate our homebound children. We’ve found catharsis in apocalyptic science fiction and comfort in romance; advice in self-help guides and a moment of peace, thanks to children’s activity books. Most strikingly, since the death of George Floyd in May, we’ve flocked to books about race and social justice.

Coronavirus | COVID-19

H/T Lisa C: decorative leaf bulletSociopathic traits linked to non-compliance with mask guidelines and other COVID-19 containment measures

New research from Brazil has found that people who are unconcerned with adhering to measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 tend to display higher levels of traits associated with antisocial personality disorder, also known as sociopathy. The findings have been published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences.

decorative leaf bulletState suspends business license of Millinocket inn linked to COVID-19 outbreak

The inn hosted a wedding reception on August 7, which has now been linked to 87 COVID-19 cases across the state. The Millinocket outbreak has also been linked to smaller outbreaks at the Maplecrest Rehabilitation Center in Madison, as well as at the York County Jail complex


decorative leaf bulletThis public US university has seen grades soar despite Covid. What’s it doing right? “Most of Georgia State’s students come from low-income backgrounds hard-hit by the pandemic. The school could serve as a model for others nationwide”

Georgia State has not been pummeled. In fact, its graduation rate this spring hit a record high. So did the grade-point average of its graduating class. Not only did attendance not drop in the hurried shift to remote learning; it went up – to a dizzying 98.5% by the final week of the spring semester.

How? The answer is that Georgia State is a special sort of university, one that, for the past decade, has overturned received wisdom about the viability of lower-income, minority, and first-generation students. It has proven that such students do not fail because they are not capable; they fail because, at most universities, the bureaucracy throws obstacles in their way instead of helping them fulfill their potential.

. . .

In the first two weeks of remote learning, advisors were able to identify more than 8,000 students who either were not logging on or weren’t performing as expected. Some needed laptops or iPads, which the university was able to provide. Others were overwhelmed and needed financial or psychological guidance.

decorative leaf bulletThese students figured out their tests were graded by AI — and the easy way to cheat This is a waste of time, technology, and student’s efforts to learn. This kind of online instruction is pointless. It’s the digital equivalent of watching my peers (who could see) look up the work sheet answers in the “self- programmed textbooks” we had in the seventies.

Food and Drink

decorative leaf bulletpeach and blueberry crisp

decorative leaf bulletstovetop tzimmes

History and Archaeology

decorative leaf bulletHadrian’s Wall dig reveals oldest Christian graffiti on chalice

A 5th-century chalice covered in religious iconography has been discovered in Northumberland, to the astonishment of archaeologists, who describe it as Britain’s first known example of Christian graffiti on an object. With its complex mass of crosses and chi-rhos, angels and a priestly figure, as well as fish, a whale and ships, it is believed to be without parallel in western Europe.

Made of lead and now in 14 fragments, it was unearthed at the Vindolanda Roman fort, one of Europe’s foremost archaeological sites, near Hadrian’s Wall, during an excavation that has also discovered the foundations of a significant church of the 5th or 6th century.

decorative leaf bulletBronze age Britons made keepsakes from parts of dead relatives, archaeologists say

Bronze age Britons remembered the dead by keeping and curating bits of their bodies, and even turning them into instruments and ornaments, according to new research on the remains.

Archaeologists found that pieces of bone buried with the dead were often from people who had died decades earlier, suggesting their remains had been kept for future generations, as keepsakes or perhaps for home display.

. . .

“Our research demonstrates that excarnation – the exposure of fleshed bodies to the elements – was in fact common throughout the bronze age, and evidence for the manipulation of partially fleshed bodies in a variety of ritual practices indicates that bronze age people had a quite different attitude to death and the dead than we have today,” Bruck said.

Science and Nature

Image shows a twisted ribbon of light, a small section of the Cygnus supernova blast wave
This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope depicts a small section of the Cygnus supernova blast wave, located around 2400 light-years away.

decorative leaf bulletHubble’s Photo of the Cygnus Loop is, Of Course, Incredible

“The name of the supernova remnant comes from its position in the northern constellation of Cygnus (The Swan), where it covers an area 36 times larger than the full moon.  The original supernova explosion blasted apart a dying star about 20 times more massive than our Sun between 10 000 and 20 000 years ago. Since then, the remnant has expanded 60 light-years from its centre. The shockwave marks the outer edge of the supernova remnant and continues to expand at around 350 kilometres per second. The interaction of the ejected material and the low-density interstellar material swept up by the shockwave forms the distinctive veil-like structure seen in this image.”


decorative leaf bulletYes, It’s Possible to Get Paid for Family Caregiving

decorative leaf bulletHolocaust reparations, prescriptions and rent checks: USPS delays put Americans in jeopardy

And there’s more than enough real-time postal pain to go around, since Postmaster General Louis DeJoy began instituting cost-cutting measures in July. DeJoy has since put the brakes on any new cuts — including slashing overtime, ripping out mail-sorting machines, getting rid of blue mailboxes that grace so many street corners. The damage, however, has already been done. Critical prescriptions are being delayed, placing many Americans’ health in jeopardy. New credit cards, rent checks, stimulus payments from the Internal Revenue Service — all have been stalled. Small-business owners who sell goods through Etsy and EBay are being hammered with customer complaints because packages do not arrive when promised.

Larry Flynt: decorative leaf bulletLarry Flynt: My Final Farewell to the Falwells The dude can write:

They’re obsessed above all with sexual behavior, ignoring and subverting the core message of Christianity—humility and compassion for the downtrodden—while embracing “prosperity gospel,” which is to say the gospel of greed above all other values.

They support Republican politicians eager to gut Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, welfare and other programs designed to do what Jesus Christ strived for: the reduction of human suffering in this vale of tears. They live in multimillion-dollar mansions and fly around in private jets, while fleecing their flock for “prayer donations” guaranteed to cure incurable diseases and afflictions. They forget that Jesus Christ only lost his temper and acted violently once: when driving the money-lenders from the temple. But they are not troubled in the least by the banksters on Wall Street, who hoovered up millions from middle-class Americans, granting the 1 percent a get-out-of-jail-free card to do it all over again. Instead, these evangelists reserve the whip for gays, women who want to control their own bodies, pot smokers, and other “heretics” who are only trying to lead fulfilling lives. They actually work to increase the sum of human suffering. They are peddlers of religious snake oil.


decorative leaf bulletNearly half of Twitter accounts pushing to reopen America may be bots “There has been a huge upswell of Twitter bot activity since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, amplifying medical disinformation and the push to reopen America.”

SetApp: A Suite of macOS Apps for a Single Price Affiliate link for a great collection of 75+ apps for a single price.

Women’s Work

decorative leaf bulletWomen speak out over Scottish trad music scene ‘misogyny’

decorative leaf bulletCaitlin Moran: ‘Every few years, I reread How To Be A Woman and marvel at what I got wrong’

Social media has reminded us of the most intriguing yet exhilarating fact about feminism: there is no feminist bible. Feminism isn’t a science. It’s just an idea; a completely freelance, voluntary, crowd-sourced and brilliant idea, in which women and, yes, sometimes men, go about identifying, then trying to solve the problems of girls and women. And, one of the things I feel we sometimes forget , celebrating their brilliance. Although it might occasionally feel like it, being a woman isn’t just a set of difficult questions. The female population of the Earth is also a set of answers. It’s a billion seeds of potential. It is a field of blossom, just waiting.

decorative leaf bulletHollie Doyle is first woman in British racing to ride five winners in a day

It so happens the Sky TV cameras are due at Doyle’s home on Monday, but not for her; her boyfriend and fellow jockey Tom Marquand is to give an interview. Told of this, Doyle smiled wryly and said: “I’d better get the cleaning done, then…”

decorative leaf bulletWomen Scientists Have the Evidence About Sexism

decorative leaf bulletPolitician brought her baby to vote after she wasn’t allowed to vote remotel

Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks had asked to be allowed to vote by proxy on a housing bill Monday, but her request was denied. The speaker of California’s State Assembly, Anthony Rendon, decided she would have to vote in person or not at all. Only those who are considered at higher risk of COVID-19 are allowed to have a legislative leader, a proxy, vote on their behalf, according to Assembly rules introduced in July. As a new mother, Wicks didn’t cut it in Rendon’s eyes.

As Wicks is being commended for showing up with her newborn to make the vote — even by Hillary Clinton, no less (Wicks supported her presidential run) — there’s a deeper frustration here.
She shouldn’t have been forced to drive more than 80 miles from her Oakland home with her baby in tow to do it. She shouldn’t have had to stop feeding her one-month-old to run to the floor and vote. She shouldn’t have had to soothe a cranky baby as she pleaded with her colleagues.

💩🔥💰 Trumpery 💩🔥💰 from 🤥🤥👖🔥

decorative leaf bulletSecret Service copes with coronavirus cases in aftermath of Trump appearances

The previously unreported episode is one of a series of examples of how Trump’s insistence on traveling and holding campaign-style events amid the pandemic has heightened the risks for the people who safeguard his life, intensifying the strain on the Secret Service.

decorative leaf bulletTrump Is Suing Pennsylvania To Block Votes From Being Counted

BREAKING: In a late-Friday filing, Trump and @GOP ask Federal Court to BLOCK the counting of mail-in ballots cast in Pennsylvania via drop boxes, that lack inner envelops, or have been delivered via third party.

Keep in mind that 🤥🤥👖🔥 voted via absentee ballot and had it delivered by a third party.

decorative leaf bulletTinpot Administration Is Apparently ‘Building Dossiers’ On Journalists Who Criticize 💩🔥💰

decorative leaf bulletThe Pentagon has ordered Stars and Stripes to shut down for no good reason “💩🔥💰 wants to pull funding from Stars and Stripes, a newspaper for American troops that began in the Civil War and has been serving our soldiers.”

In a heretofore unpublicized recent memo, the Pentagon delivered an order to shutter Stars and Stripes, a newspaper that has been a lifeline and a voice for American troops since the Civil War. The memo orders the publisher of the news organization (which now publishes online as well as in print) to present a plan that “dissolves the Stars and Stripes” by Sept. 15  including “specific timeline for vacating government owned/leased space worldwide.”

Pay It Forward and Make It Better

decorative leaf bulletPenzey’s Spices is ‘looting’ its own Kenosha store in a statement about priorities

decorative leaf bulletMy face blindness is embarrassing – but it tells me a lot about other people

I increasingly use my face-blindness as a sorting device. I tell people about it on our first meeting, and the way they behave after that reveals a lot. Some are touchingly helpful – one friend always finds a way to shoe-horn her name into the first sentence while I orient myself – but I’m surprised at the number of people who don’t think I’ll be blind to their face, uniquely. They seamlessly translate my face-blindness into a failure to love them enough, rather than a neurological difference. Disclosing it has become a reliable measure of people’s kindness, their neediness, their ability to put their ego aside.

decorative leaf bulletHow To Feed A Protest

Something Wonderful

decorative leaf bulletDave Grohl is in an adorable remote drum battle with a 10-year-old

decorative leaf bulletThe COVID Cruise Ship and the Maine Fishing Town

Buy me a Coffee! If you find this site interesting, and would like to see more, buy me a coffee. While I may actually buy coffee, I’ll probably buy books to review.

AI assisted images of Roman emperors Augustus and Maximinus Thrax derived fromt heir statues

Elsewhere for August 29, 2020

You should read this for 8/30/2020:

Art, Music, and Film

AI assisted images of Roman emperors Augustus and Maximinus Thrax derived fromt heir statues
Daniel Voshart’s AI renditions of Roman emperors Augustus and Maximinus Thrax, paired with their statues Image: Daniel Voshart

decorative leaf bulletHow a designer used AI and Photoshop to bring ancient Roman emperors back to life

One of my favorite Earle performances is an acoustic cover of Paul Simon’s “Graceland,” which he recorded in 2017 for Hamburger Küchensessions, a German series in which musicians perform from the corner of a kitchen. Take a breath before you watch it. His eyes are fluttering, and he appears unshaven, a little jittery. But his voice is beautiful—fragile and strong.

decorative leaf bulletThe Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies: At Least It’s Over Now

Indeed, what is perhaps most depressing about Jackson’s swollen Hobbit enterprise is the way it retrospectively diminishes his Lord of the Rings trilogy. The latter were genuinely good films—better, I think, than any Tolkien fan (and I count myself decidedly among them) had any reason to hope for. It seems a very long time ago now, but all three were nominated for Best Picture and the third film actually won.

I saw the first of the Peter Jackson Hobbit films in a theater; it broke my heart sufficiently that I haven’t seen the other two. I’m not alone in that, apparently. I still love the 1977 Rankin and Bass directed animated The Hobbit, despite its many and obvious flaws.

decorative leaf bulletOn Appeal, ‘Star Trek Discovery’ Still Doesn’t Infringe On Video Game’s Copyright

This is yet another instance where the idea/expression dichotomy of copyright law comes into play. This dichotomy dictates that copyright can be afforded to specific expression, but not to a general idea. And certainly not to an idea comprised essentially of real life scientific discovery. So, if Discovery told the same story about the same tardigrade creature, merely having a tardigrade in its plot is not somehow infringement just because both works are set in space.
While “[t]he distinction between an idea and its expression is an elusive one,” Crichton, 84 F.3d at 587-88, Abdin’s space-traveling tardigrade is an unprotectible idea because it is a generalized expression of a scientific fact -namely, the known ability of a tardigrade to survive in space.

Books, Libraries, Writing, and Language

H/T Lymond. Redditor Ultach: decorative leaf bulletI’ve discovered that almost every single article on the Scots version of Wikipedia is written by the same person – an American teenager who can’t speak Scots But see Shock an aw: US teenager wrote huge slice of Scots Wikipedia

But Michael Dempster, the director of the Scots Language Centre based in Perth, takes a more ameliorative approach and says he is now in conversation with the Wikimedia Foundation about the prospect of properly re-editing the teenager’s contributions.
“We know that this kid has put in an incredible amount of work, and he has created an editable infrastructure. It’s a great resource but it needs people who are literate in Scots to edit it now. It has the potential to be a great online focus for the language in the future.”
Dempster, a first-language Scots speaker himself, says that he is assessing how to put together a team of volunteers to undertake a mammoth re-editing task.

decorative leaf bullet

Books seen behind Boris Johnson tell their own story

“Whichever librarian managed to get not just the “The Twits” but also “Betrayed”; “Resistance” and “Fahrenheit 451” in the shot behind Johnson has my admiration,” tweeted Sam Freedman, a former senior policy advisor at the DfE. Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel by American writer Ray Bradbury about a society where books are banned.

But wait: Leicestershire librarian “feels sorry” for PM over book backdrop

“It was a message for the management team, not for Boris Johnson. I did feel sorry for him,” said the 48-year-old librarian from Leicestershire, who wants to remain anonymous.
She said she had left the Coalville school six months ago after requests for more support in the library were not acted upon and admitted displaying the titles along the top shelves during her last week at the school in February.

More here.

Coronavirus | COVID-19

decorative leaf bulletGenetic data show how a single superspreading event sent coronavirus across Massachusetts — and the nation

By the meeting’s end on Feb. 27, the infection had infiltrated many more people: a research director, a photographer, the general manager for the company’s east division. They took the virus home with them to the Boston suburbs, Indiana and North Carolina, to Slovakia, Australia and Singapore.

decorative leaf bulletSome Trump administration claims on effectiveness of convalescent plasma are wrong or dubious, scientists say

The FDA commissioner appeared to have mixed up absolute risk reduction and relative risk reduction, which are basic concepts in economics and in the presentation of data from clinical trials.

decorative leaf bulletLive updates: CDC says not all close contacts need to get tested after coronavirus exposure, alarming experts

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revised its guidance for coronavirus testing this week. It now says that many people who have been exposed to the virus through close contact with someone who later tested positive “do not necessarily need a test” if they are not experiencing symptoms. Experts are expressing concern about the change, noting that people without symptoms are responsible for a large share of transmissions.

The CDC is clearly caving in to pressure from 🤥🤥👖🔥. Because asymptomatic transmission is so high, people who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 absolutely should be tested. We must have more testing, not less. We need free, fast, and readily available testing for at least two years to put this thing to rest.


Maryanne Wolf: decorative leaf bulletScreen-based online learning will change kids’ brains. Are we ready for that? As much as I respect Wolf, I think she’s painting with far too broad a brush.

Part of the problem is that a lot of the instructional technology, especially in K-12, where the technology is deployed in an emergency, is at best poorly implemented in terms of pedagogy. I would much rather see less reliance on streaming live video Zoom et al, and more on text, audio, and two way or multiple voice audio. Less reliance on large video streams and lectures, and more on small group sessions. I’d prefer Discord over Zoom, in other words. Use Zoom or other live streams for specific purposes, and for short periods of time. Hours of live-stream is really not a good choice for students or teachers. It’s crucial to have a pedagogical reason for using a tool, not just using the tool because it’s what’s there. Don’t forget analog still works with digital transmission, and there’s always asynchronous text (chat and discussion) as well as generic HTML with images.

decorative leaf bulletTeachers Know Schools Aren’t Safe to Reopen

decorative leaf bulletUniversities sound alarm as coronavirus cases emerge just days into classes — 530 at one campus

Colleges and universities that brought students back to campus are expressing alarm about coronavirus infections emerging as classes have barely started, raising the possibility everyone could be sent home.

Food and Drink

decorative leaf bulletThe best summer tomato salads use just a few ingredients to generate big flavors

Before we freestyle, know there’s one nonnegotiable: For a tomato to shine no matter how ripe, it needs salt. Cut the tomatoes in any way that moves you, then put them in a bowl and gently sprinkle them with salt (sugar, too, if they really need help).

. . .

The evidence shows the colony left Roanoke Island with the friendly Croatoans to settle on Hatteras Island. They thrived, ate well, had mixed families and endured for generations. More than a century later, explorer John Lawson found natives with blue eyes who recounted they had ancestors who could “speak out of a book,” Lawson wrote.

The two cultures adapted English earrings into fishhooks and gun barrels into sharp-ended tubes to tap tar from trees.

decorative leaf bulletYou Can Roast Tomatoes in the Microwave

decorative leaf bulletBlueberry farmers warn of ‘disaster’ crop

For the past five years, Maine’s growers had begun to export frozen wild berries to China, as reported by US broadcaster NBC last year. This was a very useful new market, as growers had been struggling to sell all their crop due to the cheaper cultivated berries in a saturated US market.

However, sales to China basically halted in April 2018 when Beijing imposed 80% tariffs on US frozen blueberries in response to President Trump’s levies on Chinese imports.

History and Archaeology

decorative leaf bullet‘The mystery is over’: Researchers say they know what happened to ‘Lost Colony’

Teams have found thousands of artifacts 4-6 feet below the surface that show a mix of English and Indian life. Parts of swords and guns are in the same layer of soil as Indian pottery and arrowheads.

decorative leaf bullet

At the center of this drama was an official of the Vatican curia who, as we now know from other newly revealed documents, helped persuade Pope Pius XII not to speak out in protest after the Germans rounded up and deported Rome’s Jews in 1943—“the pope’s Jews,” as Jews in Rome had often been referred to. The silence of Pius XII during the Holocaust has long engendered bitter debates about the Roman Catholic Church and Jews. The memoranda, steeped in anti-Semitic language, involve discussions at the highest level about whether the pope should lodge a formal protest against the actions of Nazi authorities in Rome. Meanwhile, conservatives in the Church continue to push for the canonization of Pius XII as a saint.

. . .

The newly available Vatican documents, reported here for the first time, offer fresh insights into larger questions of how the Vatican thought about and reacted to the mass murder of Europe’s Jews, and into the Vatican’s mindset immediately after the war about the Holocaust, the Jewish people, and the Roman Catholic Church’s role and prerogatives as an institution.

Science and Nature

decorative leaf bulletEveryone Took Pictures of Comet NEOWISE, Including Hubble

decorative leaf bulletWhy do birds sing? Because they’re all on drugs

decorative leaf bulletPenguins Are Nature’s Best Snugglers “How they huddle is so mathematically perfect that mathematicians can’t design a better way themselves.”


decorative leaf bulletHow to prevent your mail ballot from being rejected

decorative leaf bulletWhat Katie Porter taught us at the DeJoy hearing

DeJoy does not know basic facts about postal prices or even about voting by mail. “I’m glad you know the price of a stamp, but I am concerned about your understanding of this agency,” Porter said matter-of-factly. “And I am particularly concerned about it because you started taking very decisive action when you became postmaster general. You started directing the unplugging and destroying of machines, changing of employee procedures and locking of collection boxes.” When asked about the changes under his watch that have impacted service, he insisted they were not his and he did not know who was responsible.

decorative leaf bullet‘I wasn’t surprised. I was just hurt’: A Black professor says police demanded proof she lives in her own house


decorative leaf bulletAdobe accidentally deleted people’s photos in latest Lightroom update

From Kirk McElhearn: decorative leaf bulletHow to Prepare Your Mac to Upgrade to macOS Big Sur

decorative leaf bulletAutonomy Online: A Case For The IndieWeb

There is an alternative to corporate bubbles online — it’s called the IndieWeb. Build your own personal websites, control your online presence, and learn on your own terms.

SetApp: A Suite of macOS Apps for a Single Price Affiliate link for a great collection of 75+ apps for a single price, now with iOS support too!

Women’s Work

decorative leaf bulletThe untold tale of the woman who dug up ancient sea monsters

It’s not looking good for Washington state’s NFL team: decorative leaf bulletFrom dream job to nightmare
More than a dozen women allege sexual harassment and verbal abuse by former team employees at Redskins Park
; Lewd cheerleader videos, sexist rules: Ex-employees decry Washington’s NFL team workplace, and Daniel Snyder has now embarrassed — and exposed — the entire NFL

This is what the NFL gets for not scraping Daniel Snyder off its shoe before now. “The good bits” is the phrase that will haunt the league. That’s the description of the soft porn videos of cheerleaders; outtakes of nipples and crotches inadvertently exposed and intentionally collected, allegedly for the enjoyment of some of the juvy little pervs in the Washington football club’s upper management.

decorative leaf bulletFor female politicians, talking about cooking can be fraught. Kamala Harris is breaking that mold, too

💩🔥💰 Trumpery 💩🔥💰

decorative leaf bulletPostal Service Slowdowns Cause Dangerous Delays In Medication Delivery

Among those who depend on the service are vulnerable residents: patients with chronic health issues, rural residents, veterans and the elderly.
“People who depend on this vital service to get their medications have a very significant potential for having negative health outcomes,” says Dr. Rob Davidson, an emergency physician in Michigan and the executive director of the Committee To Protect Medicare, a nationwide group of physicians advocating for health care affordability.

decorative leaf bullet‘I Moved on Her Very Heavily’: Part 1

Who are the people who came forward to say that Trump treated them exactly as he described: as fungible collections of body parts to paw at whenever it suited his purposes? Why did the women decide to tell their stories, and what has life been like since? Carroll’s lawsuit remains in progress; the president has denied all of the women’s allegations, and the White House declined to comment for this story.
Natasha Stoynoff, the subject of this first installment, likens herself and her fellow accusers to the proverbial canaries in the coal mine: among the first to warn the world about the essential nature of the 45th president of the United States.

decorative leaf bulletMiles Taylor’s very serious allegations against 🤥🤥👖🔥, explained

“The president said to the senior leadership of the Department of Homeland Security, behind the scenes, ‘We should not let anyone else into the United States,’ ” Taylor says in the video. “And even though he’d been told on repeated occasions that the way he wanted to do it was illegal, his response was to say, ‘Do it. If you get in trouble, I’ll pardon you.’ ”

Standford Professor Michael McFaul @McFaul:
decorative leaf bulletFor those of us who study autocracies, including elections in autocracies, there were a lot of familiar messages, symbols, and methods on display this week at the RNC.

Pay It Forward and Make It Better

decorative leaf bulletShields Up, Nichelle Nichols ! “Sadly, many well-known celebrities, including Rosa Parks, Stan Lee, Mickey Rooney, and Casey Kasem reportedly suffered elder abuse in their later years. Unfortunately, this has also happened to Nichelle.” The actual legal complaint is linked, but Nichols’ family is helping her sue to regain her property and control over her finances.

decorative leaf bulletHas the Great WFH Experiment Delivered for Workers with Disabilities?

• The unemployment rate for workers with a disability peaked in April at 18.9%. It was 14.3% for workers without a disability.
* By July, unemployment for workers with a disability had fallen to 14.3%, while it hit 10.3% for workers with no disability.
Now, competing for limited open positions, disabled workers have to combat misperceptions that they are higher risk and more expensive.

Something Wonderful

decorative leaf bulletEssential Reads on Feminism for Adults

Elsewhere for August 23, 2020

You should read this for 8/23/2020:

Art, Music, and Film

decorative leaf bulletBuckingham Palace art collection to go on gallery display for the first time

decorative leaf bulletA Place to “Waste”

In addition to those 100-plus sketchbooks you’ve seen, a page at a time, on this blog, I also have another couple dozen sketchbooks that I keep at my desk. About half of those pages are filled with still lives (like all those primary triad apples and product review test sketches) and other studies I make in the studio. The other half are experiments, scribbles, notations, color swatches and who knows what else. They are not the kinds of things I would typically share unless they are related to a review. These reference pages bristle with Post-its that I use as tabs.

H/T Martha S.: decorative leaf bullet Artist Reveals What Fonts Were Used To Design Famous Logos

Books, Libraries, Writing, and Language

decorative leaf bulletLiterary world overwhelmed by 600 books to be published on one day

H/T Tina Koyama: decorative leaf bulletWhy I Keep a Journal

I’m a journal-keeper. With over a hundred notebooks filled since 1982, it’s become part of who I am. I couldn’t have expected or anticipated all the ways my new habit would enrich my life.
Even if we never reread what we write in our journals, the act of writing changes us. It shapes our perceptions and memory. Over time, opening the notebook and picking up the pen becomes like resuming a long-running conversation with a friend. We develop a voice, even though there’s no one on the other end to hear it — or rather, our self is listening.

Coronavirus | COVID-19

decorative leaf bulletLong-Haulers Are Redefining COVID-19

lauren nichols has been sick with COVID-19 since March 10, shortly before Tom Hanks announced his diagnosis and the NBA temporarily canceled its season. She has lived through one month of hand tremors, three of fever, and four of night sweats. When we spoke on day 150, she was on her fifth month of gastrointestinal problems and severe morning nausea. She still has extreme fatigue, bulging veins, excessive bruising, an erratic heartbeat, short-term memory loss, gynecological problems, sensitivity to light and sounds, and brain fog.

decorative leaf bulletQ&A with Dr. Fauci: “We will get out of this and we will return to normal. Don’t despair.”

I mean, when you’re in something that’s so stressful, you have to worry about despair setting in. Like, “My God, I’m in a hopeless situation.” It’s not. It will end. We will get out of this and we will return to normal. Don’t give up. Don’t despair. Don’t throw caution to the wind. We can end this. The combination of pulling together with public health measures and the scientific advances of vaccines and therapies and preventions. I will guarantee you that.

Food and Drink

decorative leaf bulletPickle Slaw “Made with pickle juice in place of the vinegar, it makes a fantastic addition to pulled pork sandwiches and fish tacos.”

History and Archaeology

decorative leaf bulletRestoration of Norfolk hall uncovers Tudor and Elizabethan finds

Oxburgh Hall was built by Sir Edmund Bedingfield in the late 15th century. The Bedingfields were once rising stars at the Tudor royal court but they were also devoutly Catholic and were ostracised and persecuted as a result.
Curators believe the manuscript parchment and other objects may well have been used in illegal masses and hidden deliberately by the family.

Science and Nature

A mother wolverine and her kits ascend a tree in Ranier, WA
Photo Credit: NPS/Cascades Carnivore Project

decorative leaf bulletWolverines Return to Mount Rainier National Park After More Than 100 Years This National Park Service news release includes video.


H/T @JesseDamiani decorative leaf bulletThe Unraveling of America

COVID-19 didn’t lay America low; it simply revealed what had long been forsaken. As the crisis unfolded, with another American dying every minute of every day, a country that once turned out fighter planes by the hour could not manage to produce the paper masks or cotton swabs essential for tracking the disease. The nation that defeated smallpox and polio, and led the world for generations in medical innovation and discovery, was reduced to a laughing stock as a buffoon of a president advocated the use of household disinfectants as a treatment for a disease that intellectually he could not begin to understand.

. . .

The American president lives to cultivate resentments, demonize his opponents, validate hatred. His main tool of governance is the lie; as of July 9th, 2020, the documented tally of his distortions and false statements numbered 20,055. If America’s first president, George Washington, famously could not tell a lie, the current one can’t recognize the truth. Inverting the words and sentiments of Abraham Lincoln, this dark troll of a man celebrates malice for all, and charity for none.

H/T Jeff C. decorative leaf bulletHow three conspiracy theorists took ‘Q’ and sparked Qanon

decorative leaf bulletThe U.S. Shouldn’t Get to Decide If a Navajo Man Dies “His tribe objected. The victim’s family objected. Even the case’s original prosecutor objected. But he’s scheduled to get the death penalty anyway.”


Women’s Work

decorative leaf bullet“We’re stewards of our land” the rise of female farmers “Nearly one in five farmers are women, with the number rising all the time. We ask four of them about their lives, work and a year of challenge”

H/T Tonya: decorative leaf bulletThe ‘Rage Moms’ Democrats Are Counting On

H/T Glenn: decorative leaf bulletHow Queer Women Powered the Suffrage Movement

Rouse, who is among scholars working to “queer the suffrage movement” — which she described as “deconstructing the dominant narrative that has focused on the stories of elite, white, upper-class suffragists” — uses “queer” as an umbrella term to describe suffragists who challenged gender and sexual norms in their everyday lives.

They did this by choosing not to marry, for example, or by living a life outside the rigid expectations placed on women in other ways. The suffragist Gail Laughlin demanded that pockets be sewn into her dresses, a radical request at the time.

decorative leaf bulletThe bold suffragists you likely didn’t learn about in school

decorative leaf bulletA daughter’s choice: Her mom didn’t have covid-19. But isolation seemed to be killing her.

💩🔥💰 Trumpery 💩🔥💰

decorative leaf bulletTracing 🤥🤥👖🔥’s Postal Service obsession — from ‘loser’ to ‘scam’ to ‘rigged election

Allies coddled 💩🔥💰 by telling him the reason he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton in 2016 was widespread mail-in balloting fraud — a conspiracy theory for which there is no evidence — and the president’s postal outrage coarsened further.

.  . .

Trump has fixated again on the Postal Service, this time trying to make it a tool in his reelection campaign by slowing mail service, blocking an emergency infusion of federal funds and challenging the integrity of mail-in balloting. The president acknowledged last week that his opposition is rooted in his desire to restrict how many Americans can vote by mail.

decorative leaf bullet💩🔥💰 unhinged Twitter meltdown shows Michelle Obama drew blood

Trump is by far the most corrupt, self-dealing president of the modern era. And the Russia probe uncovered important truths about a foreign attack on our democracy that actually happened, to his benefit, an accounting he corruptly tried to derail.
If anything, Michelle Obama’s account was charitable. She declared that Trump is “clearly in over his head” and “cannot meet the moment.” That’s all true, but it undersells his malevolent intent.

decorative leaf bulletEach of the three people who led Trump’s 2016 campaign has now faced criminal charges

decorative leaf bulletLooks like Trump just validated a key Stormy Daniels affair allegation — by complaining about sharks

Pay It Forward and Make It Better

decorative leaf bulletA Cheerful Mess

In Amy Pollien’s garden, there are no well-defined borders, no straight and tidy rows. Angelica, dahlias, poppies, and milkweed overflow irregularly shaped beds. The green beans, zucchini, and kale flourish in scattershot arrangements. “It’s a cheerful mess,” says Pollien, as she leads me along a narrow path signposted by random mounds of decomposing branches, dead leaves, hay, and clippings.

It’s also an intentional mess: “It disguises the plants,” she explains. “The bugs that like broccoli want nothing more than to find 60-foot-long rows of broccoli. The things that want to gnaw on carrots want to find the carrots. If I hide them here and there, I get much less nibbling.”

decorative leaf bulletEverything you thought you knew about ADHD is wrong.

SetApp: A Suite of macOS Apps for a Single Price Affiliate link for a great collection of 75+ apps for a single price, including the stunning 24 Hour Wallpaper collection. Now, with iOS apps too!

Something Wonderful

H/T Less: Pandas being pandas, while a zoo-keeper tries to rake some leaves: