Elsewhere for June 21, 2020

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Art and Film

decorative leaf bulletFox News falls for Monty Python joke in report criticising Seattle protesters

Books, Libraries, Writing, and Language

decorative leaf bulletLockdoon’s naw fur me: Schoolgirl’s cheeky poem gets FM approval “Lockdoon — A Glesga Poem by Leah Begg”

Food and Drink

decorative leaf bulletH/T SJS: Gardenscape Focaccia: Take a Stroll in the Kitchen

History and Archaeology

decorative leaf bulletA Long-Lost Manuscript Contains a Searing Eyewitness Account of the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921
decorative leaf bulletU.S. National Archives Unearths Original Juneteenth Order

The order, issued in Galveston on June 19, 1865, by U.S. Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger, informed the people of Texas that all enslaved people were now free:
“The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages.

Science and Nature

decorative leaf bulletOn a wing and a prayer… Garden birds as seen during lockdown – in pictures

During the first month of lockdown, photographer and “lover of nature” Liam Prior began capturing the different birds that visited his north London garden for his project Birds on Lockdown.

decorative leaf bulletTexas’s cactus cops battle to save rare desert beauty from smuggling gangs


decorative leaf bulletVia LOC: Pride at 50: From Stonewall to Today

This month marks the 50th anniversary of annual LGBTQ+ Pride traditions in the United States. The first Pride march was in New York on June 28, 1970, on the first anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, the protests that occurred after a late-night police raid on the landmark gay bar on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village.


decorative leaf bulletKirk McElhearn: The Pros and Cons of Apple’s iOS App Store

Women’s Work

decorative leaf bulletScythian Warrior’s Genome Analyzed

Kharis Mustafin, Irina Alborova, and Alina Matsvai of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology mapped the genome of a 2,600-year-old Scythian mummy discovered in a wooden sarcophagus in 1988. It had been previously thought that the well-preserved remains belonged to a prepubescent male warrior, based upon the array of weapons in the grave and the lack of beads and mirrors typically recovered from female burials. “This discrepancy in the norms of the funeral rite received an unexpected explanation: firstly, the young man turned out to be a girl, and this young ‘Amazon’ had not yet reached the age of 14 years,” said excavator Marina Kilunovskaya of the St. Petersburg Institute of Material History Culture.

decorative leaf bulletSee also: Arms and the Women

When the ancient Greeks encountered the nomadic Scythians, who dominated the Eurasian steppe in the first millennium B.C., they recorded that they were deeply impressed by the spectacle of Scythian women riding into battle. Recently, a team excavating a fourth-century B.C. burial mound in western Russia found that it held the remains of four of these real-life Amazons. Two of the women were buried with horse tack and weapons, and one of them had her legs positioned as if she were riding a horse.

💩🔥💰 Trumpery 💩🔥💰

decorative leaf bulletProfessor Richard Striner: What if Trump Refuses to Leave?
decorative leaf bulletHBO’s Roy Cohn Documentary Is a Lesson for Trump

Cohn was a homophobic gay man and a Jew who persecuted other Jews during the anti-communist witch hunts of the ’50s. His most famous acolyte was Donald Trump, to whom Cohn attached himself as a mentor during the ’70s, teaching the budding real-estate mogul and future president his own personal code for winning: Dominate in every interaction, never admit wrongdoing or defeat, never pay your bills, and sue anyone who objects to your behavior into financial submission.

decorative leaf bulletJohn Bolton’s bombshell Trump book: eight of its most stunning claims

Pay It Forward and Make It Better

decorative leaf bulletPandemic can’t stop Philly Elmo and Positive Movement drum line from hitting the streets
decorative leaf bulletTranscribe Anti-Slavery Letters to Help Historians

The Boston Public Library has a collection of letters that were sent to and from anti-slavery activists in the 19th century. The only problem: They’re handwritten, which makes them hard to read and impossible to search. This is where you come in.
The library is looking for volunteers to help transcribe the letters in its Anti-Slavery Manuscripts project.

decorative leaf bulletAnti-Racist Resource Guide

This document was created to be used as a resource for anyone looking to broaden their understanding of anti-racism and get involved to combat racism,  specifically as it relates to anti-Blackness and police violence. Within this guide, please find a variety of resources to explore practical ways to understand, explain, and solve seemingly intractable problems of racial inequity, white supremacy, police violence, and injustice.

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Something Wonderful

Bayeux Tapestry: Odo, Bishop of Bayeux, rallying Duke William’s troops during the Battle of Hastings in 1066 Image: Wikipedia

decorative leaf bullet[Bayuex Tapestry] Historic Tale Construction Kit

Two German students originally wrote the Historic Tale Construction Kit, with Flash. Sadly, their work isn’t available anymore, only remembered. This new application is a tribute, but also an attempt to revive the old medieval meme, with code and availability that won’t get lost.
This project is available for you to use and we hope you will enjoy playing with it as much as we enjoyed building it. We put the open source code on GitHub , so you can grab it, tinker with it or even help us by contributing.

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