Arts & Humanities to Trump: Resign


(FTB Pharyngula) – PZ Myers:

It’s another mass resignation: the President’s Committee on the Arts & Humanities has just dumped Trump in an excellent “Dear Donald John” letter. …

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President’s Committee on the Arts & Humanities to Trump: Resign

Shakespearean Vocabulary, part 5


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

Shakespearean words don’t necessarily mean what you think they mean. …

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Mya Gosling: Shakespearean Vocabulary, part 5



(Jesus and Mo) – Barmaid:

“The problem is that the premise upon which you base your worldview – namely that there exists a “holy book” inspired by God – is not only unjustified, but it has a retarding effect on your ethical thinking.” …

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Jesus and Mo 2017-08-16: Think

Eclipse Science


(xkcd) – Randall Munroe:

“Tell me, are you scientists exited for the eclipse?” …

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Randall Munroe: xkcd 1877: Eclipse science

Dark Matter in Black Holes


(Nautilus Cosmos) – Pedro Ferreira:

The elusive substance may not be a new kind of particle at all. … 142 dark-matter

Black Hole simulation at LMC

Durham’s Confederate Statue Comes Down


(Atlantic Politics) – David A. Graham:

Unwilling to wait for local officials to act to take down a Civil War monument, a group of protesters took matters into their own hands Monday night. …

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Toppled grey soldier monument in Durham, NC

Atomic Blonde


(FTB stderr) – Marcus Ranum:

Short form: I wish there were more thrillers that had such great lighting, interesting characters, adult plot, and which did such a beautiful job of treading the line between suspension of disbelief and failure to suspend disbelief. If you like action movies, go see it unless you are allergic to 80s music and beautifully choreographed but intense violence. …

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Atomic Blonde, 2017 film

Who Ate Republicans’ Brains?


(NY Times) – Paul Krugman:

A key moment came in the 1970s, when Irving Kristol, the godfather of neoconservatism, embraced supply-side economics — the claim, refuted by all available evidence and experience, that tax cuts pay for themselves by boosting economic growth. Writing years later, he actually boasted about valuing political expediency over intellectual integrity: “I was not certain of its economic merits but quickly saw its political possibilities.” In another essay, he cheerfully conceded to having had a “cavalier attitude toward the budget deficit,” because it was all about creating a Republican majority — so “political effectiveness was the priority, not the accounting deficiencies of government.” …

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Irving Kristol

The Myth of the Kindly General Lee


(Atlantic Politics) – Adam Serwer:

The legend of the Confederate leader’s heroism and decency is based in the fiction of a person who never existed. …

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Robert E. Lee statue removed in New Orleans, Louisiana

How Germany Responds to “Blood and Soil” Politics


(Economist::Kaffeeklatsch) – J.C.:

What zero tolerance of neo-Nazi ideology looks like …

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Berlin Holocaust Memorial