Elsewhere for October 21, 2017

You should read this for 10/21/2017:


Macro Photos That Capture the Beauty of Peacock Feathers

Books, Writing, and Language

School district pulled ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ from shelves because it ‘makes people uncomfortable’That’s kind of the point; wrong-doing is supposed to make us uncomfortable. It’s called having a conscious.
Glenn Fleishman via Medium on Re: Coding the Lobster How Emojis became “official.”
How UNH Turned A Quiet Benefactor Into A Football-Marketing Prop This isn’t the first time I’ve been embarrassed and ashamed by UNH. The library is important; the football team? Not so much.
Sarah Hughes via The Guardian: Dorothy Dunnett’s Lymond Chronicles: far more than sex and swords “This saga of a courageous 15th-century Scottish nobleman, contending over six volumes with many a lethal challenge, has kept me rapt for 30 years.”
I too discovered The Lymond Chronicles as a teen, and have worn out various editions, and purchased them for friends. I wrote about my relationship with Dorothy Dunnett’s Lymond Chronicles here, but with the seasonal swing towards autumn, I’m about to begin re-reading them, and this time, I’m planning to write about it. Just in time, too; there’s apparently a Lymond Chronicles television series in the making.

Food and Drink

Easy Meat And Cheese Stromboli Via Simply Recipes: You start by using prepared (or purchased) pizza dough, which you roll out, layer with meat, cheese and savory toppings. “Stromboli is a long roll of meat and cheese wrapped in pizza dough, which is then cut into individual slices for serving. It’s an Italian-American invention from the 1950s, apparently named for the film “Stromboli,” which was on the silver screen at the time.”
Also via Simply Recipes: Parker House Rolls.

History and Archaeology

American Fascism, in 1944 and Today
“Seventy-three years ago, The New York Times asked the sitting vice president to write an article about whether there are fascists in America, and what they’re up to.”
Hundreds of Mysterious Stone ‘Gates’ Found in Saudi Arabia’s Desert I wonder what these man-made stone structures are; and I wonder if they were meant to direct water. They remind me a little of fish traps made of stone.
Native American Secrets Lie Buried in Huge Shell Mounds Some of the oyster mounds that I remember as a kid are no more. Oyster mounds are heaps of discarded oyster shells left by native Americans in the distant past, which often reveal all kinds of data, as well as artifacts.


After Herald Catches Prison Guards Running Child “Fight Clubs,” State Attacks Reporters
Cristina Alonso, a 22-year-old college student from Spain, planned to visit Oregon for six weeks this summer. Instead, border agents sent her to NORCOR jail in the The Dalles for over 48 hours. Her friend, Professor Laurie Bridges, shares the shocking story.
Hero-Princess-General Carrie Fisher Once Delivered a Cow Tongue to a Predatory Hollywood Exec
How Congress allied with drug company lobbyists to derail the DEA’s war on opioids
Molly Ringwald Says She Has Worked with Several “Harvey Weinsteins” “I could go on about other instances in which I have felt demeaned or exploited, but I fear it would get very repetitive,” she said. “Then again, that’s part of the point. . . . Stories like these have never been taken seriously. Women are shamed, told they are uptight, nasty, bitter, can’t take a joke, are too sensitive. And the men? Well, if they’re lucky, they might get elected president.”
“This is the future that Liberals want.” “When Twitter user @polNewsNetwork1 posted a photo of a Muslim woman and a drag queen riding the subway next to each other on Wednesday, and proclaimed them as “the future that liberals want”, we’re pretty sure they weren’t expecting the response they received from the Internet.”

Pay It Forward

He Broke the Law to Build a Better Nursing Home “All those animals in a nursing home broke state law, but for Thomas and his staff, it was a revelation. Caring for the plants and animals restored residents’ spirits and autonomy; many started dressing themselves, leaving their rooms and eating again. The number of prescriptions fell to half of that of a control nursing home, particularly for drugs that treat agitation. Medication costs plummeted, and so did the death rate.”
There’s still time to save the Great Barrier Reef from dying “We’re killing one of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders. It’s not too late to change.”

Science and Technology

Watch astronauts flip when they get to play with a fidget spinner on the space station “We’re not entirely sure if fidget spinners are still a thing on Earth. But judging by a new video from NASA, they’re still cool on the International Space Station.”
FCC’s DDoS claims will be investigated by GAO

💩🔥💰 Trumpery 💩🔥💰

‘He believes his own lies’: Trump has a fake Renoir painting he’s been claiming is real for decades
Trump Given A Subpoena For All Documents Relating To Assault Allegations
“A woman who said Donald Trump groped her has subpoenaed his campaign for documents about “any woman alleging that Donald J. Trump touched her inappropriately.” Trump has denied her accusations and is fighting the subpoena.”
Trump Denies Family Claim He Disrespected Fallen Soldier
Trump offered a grieving military father $25,000 in a call, but didn’t follow through
Father of fallen soldier wants to learn to use Twitter so he can call Trump ‘a damn liar’ “Mr. Brooks lost his son Sgt. Roshain E. Brooks, 30, in a “mishap” during an engagement with ISIS forces in Iraq. He told the Post that the White House never called, in spite of Trump’s claims to the contrary.”
Via NPR: Numbers Disagree With Trump Golf Course Claim Of ‘Millions To Charity’

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