Elsewhere for June 29, 2019

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Art and Film

Thousands urge Netflix to cancel ‘Good Omens.’ It’s on Amazon Prime
Riz Ahmed’s Star Wars Celebration Chicago Appearance Was Canceled Because Homeland Security Wouldn’t Let Him Board His Flight

On the first day of Star Wars Celebration Chicago this past April, it was suddenly announced that Riz Ahmed—who played Imperial courier-turned Rebel hero Bodhi Rook in Rogue One—had to cancel his appearance at the convention. Now, the actor’s revealed why, and it’s another reflection of being a minority attempting to travel in the U.S.

Books, Writing, and Language

The Holocaust Survivor Who Deciphered Nazi Doublespea

Blumental, from the beginning, gathered words.
In every Nazi document he came across, he circled and underlined innocuous terms like “abgang” (exit) or “evakuierung” (evacuation). He knew what these words actually meant when they appeared in memos and bureaucratic forms: They were euphemisms for death. A mission of his own took shape: to reveal the ways the Nazis had used the German language to obscure the mechanics of mass murder and make genocide more palatable to themselves.

Food and Drink

H/T Ken @alawine: The Beginner’s Guide To Pairing Wine With Chocolate
The Best Bar Regulars Are the Quiet Ones

History and Archaeology

Exquisitely Designed 2,000-Year-Old Roman Shoe Discovered in a Well
Stonewall at 50: How it Played out in Newspapers

The Stonewall uprising was a series of six-day protests that began in the early morning of June 28, 1969, and centered around the Stonewall Inn, a gay tavern in New York City’s Greenwich Village on Christopher Street. This particular event (also called the Stonewall rebellion or Stonewall riots), represents a turning point in the movement for LGBTQ rights. Christopher Street Liberation Day on June 28, 1970, marked the first anniversary of the Stonewall uprising with an assembly on Christopher Street and the first Gay Pride march in U.S. history, covering the 51 blocks to Central Park.

Science and Nature

New climate ‘stripes’ reveal how much hotter your hometown has gotten in the past century

A social media campaign called #ShowYourStripes is flooding the climate science community with beautiful blue and red striped barcodelike images, each of which represents more than a century of temperature data for virtually all countries and all 50 U.S. states.

See also: Ed Hawkins Show Your Stripes.


Some penguins are gay. Get over it.

Ronnie and Reggie got together in 2014, and famously adopted an egg that was abandoned by another couple a year later. The pair shared parenting duties of their chick, Kyton, until he fledged the nest. They remain as strong as ever and are often found snuggled up in their nest box together.
The duo share their home with 91 other penguins, including fellow same sex couples Nadja and Zimmer and Dev and Martin, as well as one-year-old Rainbow who hatched during Pride celebrations last year and will celebrate her first birthday this weekend.


In-the-wild Mac malware kept busy in June—here’s a rundown

Women’s Work

Viking warrior women? Reassessing Birka chamber grave Bj.581

The warrior woman has long been part of the Viking image, with a pedigree that extends from the Valkyries of Old Norse prose and poetry to modern media entertainment. Until recently, however, actual Viking Age evidence for such individuals has been sparse. This article addresses research showing that the individual buried at Birka in an ‘arche- typal’ high-status warrior grave—always assumed to be male since its excavation in 1878—is, in fact, biologically female.

💩🔥💰 Trumpery 💩🔥💰

Pay It Forward and Make It Better

Same-sex couple receives adorable note thanking them for their Pride flag
Create a Music Playlist for a Loved One With Dementia
Love is Love

I’m gay, and I’ve just left my church of fifteen years to come out. I’ve already left my church job, lost my network, my home, most of my friends, and my family’s understanding. In a really strange time in my life, a little bit apocalyptic, #GoodOmens
 was a heartstopping watch.

H/T Sylvia: Canberra family turning bottle caps into plastic hands and arms for children

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