You should read this for 7/27/2019:
Books, Writing, and Language
Free Book Vending Machines Launched Across All NYC Boroughs
Rebuilding Jane Austen’s Library
The collaboration is called “Reading with Austen.” Users can hover over the shelves and click on any of the antique books, summoning bibliographic data and available photos of pertinent title pages, bookplates, and marginalia. Digging deeper, one can peruse a digital copy of the book and determine the whereabouts of the original.
Toddlers engage more with print books than ebooks, developmental researchers say “Researchers find that toddlers verbalize and interact more with their parents when reading sessions feature print books, not tablets.”
History and Archaeology
Romano-Saxon Site Found in England the site was occupied during the Iron Age, Roman, and Saxon periods. Finds include eight Iron Age roundhouses, some of which date to 100 B.C.E, remains of three people who had been buried in a crouched position some 2,500 years ago. According to archaeologist Stephen Macaulay of Oxford Archaeology East:
What makes this site really significant is we have evidence of early Saxon occupation mingled with the latest Roman remains
Archeologists confirm near-legendary tale of crusaders’ siege of Jerusalem
“The chroniclers talk about ‘rivers of blood’ running in the streets of the city, and it may not be an exaggeration,” said project co-director Shimon Gibson, a historian at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, in a recent statement. Amid looting, burning, and worse, crusaders slaughtered Muslims, Jews, and even local Christians, whom they considered heretics. “They turned Jerusalem into a ghost town,” said Gibson.
Dare to Dream: William J. Powell, Booster of Black Flight
Lessons from testing decades of forgotten rape kits: serial rapists are common, they don’t follow a pattern, they’re not very bright, and they’re often the same men who commit acquaintance rape “An Obama-era subsidy for clearing rape kit backlogs, combined with DNA testing, has completely upended the conventional wisdom on rapists and how they commit their crimes.”
By ignoring the rapes of sex workers, poor women, women of color, addicted women and disabled women, cops allowed men who were also committing property crimes and crimes of violence go free; and by not bothering to DNA-test rape kits from acquaintance-rapes, cops allowed strings of stranger rapes to go unsolved.
Play These Retro Video Games With Your Kid
Via the magnificent Blair Macgregor: Seeing Is Understanding ‘This is about speaking up, creepers, and what good men don’t always see.”
💩🔥💰 Trumpery 💩🔥💰
USA TODAY’s Editorial Board: Trump is ‘unfit for the presidency’
This year, the choice isn’t between two capable major party nominees who happen to have significant ideological differences. This year, one of the candidates — Republican nominee Donald Trump — is, by unanimous consensus of the Editorial Board, unfit for the presidency.
From the day he declared his candidacy 15 months ago through this week’s first presidential debate, Trump has demonstrated repeatedly that he lacks the temperament, knowledge, steadiness and honesty that America needs from its presidents.
Better to have a few rats than to be one
We would tell the most dishonest man to ever occupy the Oval Office, the mocker of war heroes, the gleeful grabber of women’s private parts, the serial bankrupter of businesses, the useful idiot of Vladimir Putin and the guy who insisted there are “good people” among murderous neo-Nazis that he’s still not fooling most Americans into believing he’s even slightly competent in his current post. Or that he possesses a scintilla of integrity. Better to have some vermin living in your neighborhood than to be one.
Pay It Forward and Make It Better
Coal went from 25% of Ontario’s supply mix in 2003 to zero in 2014, all while grid reliability and domestic supply improved. The elimination of coal stands as the single largest GHG emissions reduction action on the continent and was primarily responsible for Ontario achieving its ambitious 2014 emissions reduction target of 6% below 1990 levels.
H/T Jeff C. A first for U.S.: Clean energy generates more power than coal
‘Restore UK bogs’ to tackle climate change
James Patterson’s Holiday Bonuses for Booksellers