Stick Figure Iconography: Henry V


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

You know who’s big on iconography? The British royal family. Here’s some of the distinguishing characteristics and symbols of Henry V! …

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Mya Gosling: Stick Figure Iconography: Henry V


The Legacy of the Iraq War


(Rolling Stone Politics) – Matt Taibbi:

The invasion is no longer just one of the great crimes of this or any age – it’s become a crossroads event in the history of America’s decline. …

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Dirty Wars [2013 American documentary film]

A Criminal Justice Revolution


(The Intercept) – Shaun King:

Across the country, talking the talk of criminal justice reform has gotten many people elected as DA. Once in office, their reforms have often been painfully slow and disappointing. Larry Krasner was the first candidate elected who publicly committed not just to intermittent changes, but a radical overhaul.

So far, having been office less than three months, he has exceeded expectations. He’s doing something I’ve never quite seen before in present-day politics: Larry Krasner’s keeping his word — and it’s a sight to behold. …

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Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner

Self-Driving Cars Still Don’t Know How to See


(Atlantic Tech) – Meredith Broussard:

An Uber autonomous SUV killed a pedestrian. What does that say about the promise of self-driving technology? …

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Uber SUV after killing pedestrian in Tempe, AZ

Stick Figure Iconography: Rosalind


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

Shakespeare‘s tragic characters are usually easy to depict, as they have instruments of death and destruction to wave around. Comedic characters are usually a little trickier, like today’s subject: Rosalind! …

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Mya Gosling: Stick Figure Iconography: Rosalind

The Donald Trump Bowling Ball Test


(Raging Pencils) – Mike Stanfill:

Did you feel that?” …

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Mike Stanfill: Raging Pencils 2018-03-16: The Donald Trump Bowling Ball Test

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(xkcd) – Randall Munroe:

If you ever really want to make people mad, set this as your 404/”Not found” page. …

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Randall Munroe: xkcd 1969: Not available

Why Evangelicals Just Don’t Care


(Patheos::Godless in Dixie) – Neil Carter:

Apocalyptic worldviews like Dispensationalism teach that in the end God is just going to torch the world and start over again, so there’s no point in trying to change the way the world works today. Are you troubled by the lack of financial and political equality in the world today? Fret not, dear ones, God is going to make all things new when the time is right. He’s going to wipe the slate clean and start over again from scratch.

It’s easy to see how such a pessimistic view of current events could excuse an apathetic posture toward injustice even among a people claiming to follow a man who valued the poor and the weak over the rich and the strong. But Chris Ladd is right – the roots of this incongruity don’t trace back only to the Civil Rights Movement or the Scopes Monkey Trial but to the Civil War itself. The seeds of this way of thinking were sown into the very roots of this entire theological tradition from its beginning.

Christianity in the American South became obsessed with Jesus coming back at any second because it enabled them to disregard the inequities woven into their cultural DNA. That’s why today white evangelicals are still so tone deaf to the persistent social problems of American life, and it helps to explain why they care so very little about the character of one Donald Trump. …

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Southern Baptist Convention

Shakespeare And Politics


(Guardian Stage) – Mark Lawson:

Yanis Varoufakis, the Greek former finance minister talks about the lessons politicians could learn from Shakespeare. …

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The Third Policeman


(Independent Books) – Joe Sommerlad:

Flann O’Brien was the pen name of Brian O’Nolan (1911-66), a novelist and satirist who originally rose to prominence as a columnist for The Irish Times, writing for that newspaper under the pseudonym “Myles na gCopaleen”.

His second novel, The Third Policeman, was not published in his lifetime but its posthumous release in the late Sixties saw it quickly recognised as a masterpiece of absurdist comic writing. …

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Flann O'Brien: The Third Policeman