Elsewhere for August 11

You should read this for 8/11/2018:

Art and Film

Books, Writing, and Language

Losing My Son to Reading “Books helped me gain independence. So it saddens me just a bit to see my son reading on his own.”
A Friendly Reminder that Comic Books Still Count as Reading

[A] study conducted at California State University, Northridge, found that for students to improve their vocabulary they must be exposed to as many complex or difficult words as possible. Their research found that the “language used by comics is far more advanced than that the oral communication of college graduates, and uses almost twice as many rare or difficult words!”

A rough guide to making a manuscript A great illustrated “How To” from the British Library.


Betsy DeVos’s summer home deserves a special place in McMansion Hell And Betsy DeVos deserves her own Special Place, too, right along with folks who talk at the theater.

Food and Drink

Lemon-Roasted Beets, Braised Greens, and Grilled Carrots with Beet Gastrique and Ricotta Cheese [with video]
Sicilian Home-made Ricotta Cheese This recipe is richer and creamier than others in part because it uses buttermilk instead of vinegar.

History and Archaeology

A sixth-century Lombard warrior buried in northern Italy appears to have worn a prosthetic weapon.

Pay It Forward and Make It Better

GoFundMe for Flint, MI: I’m fundraising to provide clean drinking water for the residents of Flint. Whether it’s $5 or $1,000, 100% of every donation you provide will be invested in operating this #SaveFlintChallenge campaign, and used to purchase bottled water

The residents of Flint STILL don’t have access to clean drinking water, unless someone in the community like Little Miss Flint or Pastor Rob, provides it for them. Further investigation reveals the replacement of all the lead pipes necessary to provide clean water to Flint residents, won’t be completed until 2020.

Science and Nature

The quack behind the MSG scare is still stoking fear for profit
Great Black Hawk in Biddeford, ME.


From Eric Meyer, Mr. CSS: Securing Web Sites Made Them Less Accessible

A local caching server, meant to speed up commonly-requested sites and reduce bandwidth usage, is a “man in the middle”.  HTTPS, which by design prevents man-in-the-middle attacks, utterly breaks local caching servers.  So I kept waiting and waiting for remote resources, eating into that month’s data cap with every request.

Ajit Pai admits FCC lied about “DDoS,” blames it on Obama administration

The FCC claimed it was hit by the DDoS attack just after comedian John Oliver asked his viewers to submit comments opposing Pai’s net neutrality repeal.

Apple’s response to Congressional privacy inquiry is mercifully free of horrifying revelations

Women’s Work

Today’s Doodle celebrates the 110th birthday of Mary G. Ross. Mary G. Ross, the first American Indian female engineer, whose major contributions to the aerospace industry include the development of concepts for interplanetary space travel, manned and unmanned earth-orbiting flights, and orbiting satellites.
Japan Medical School Confirms Altering Scores To Limit Women

💩🔥💰 Trumpery 💩🔥💰

The Day Trump Told Us There Was Attempted Collusion with Russia

We can all move forward understanding that there is a clear fact pattern about which there is no dispute:
* The President’s son and top advisers knowingly met with individuals connected to the Russian government, hoping to obtain dirt on their political opponent.
* Documents stolen from the Democratic National Committee and members of the Clinton campaign were later used in an overt effort to sway the election.
* When the Trump Tower meeting was uncovered, the President instructed his son and staff to lie about the meeting, and told them precisely which lies to use.
* The President is attempting to end the investigation into this meeting and other instances of attempted collusion between his campaign staff and representatives of the Russian government.

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