Deconstructing Trumpspeak


(FTB) – Mano Singham:

On his last show for the year, John Oliver looks at the obfuscatory rhetorical techniques that Donald Trump uses and the danger of them spreading more widely. He also looks at the slight glimmers of hope that have emerged. …

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John Oliver on Trump Presidency


Nightmare Email Feature


(xkcd) – Randall Munroe:

Total time spent revising this email before sending: 47 minutes 12 seconds.” …

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Randall Munroe: xkcd 1915: Nightmare Email Feature

Roy Moore’s Behavior is Perfectly Biblical


( – Valerie Tarico:

When it comes to relationships between woman and men, the contents of the Bible confront modern Jews and Christians with a difficult choice. …

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Roy Moore's 10 Commandments in stone

Intel’s Hidden In-Chip Operating System


(ZDNet) – Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols:

Buried deep inside your computer’s Intel chip is the MINIX operating system and a software stack, which includes networking and a web server. It’s slow, hard to get at, and insecure as insecure can be. …

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Big Brother bug

Magnificent Chaos at Jupiter’s Poles


(Syfy Wire::Bad Astronomy) – Phil Plait:

On October 24, 2017, the Juno spacecraft swung low over Jupiter’s poles for the ninth time. Accelerating by the giant planet’s powerful gravity to the nearly unbelievable velocity of 60 kilometers per second — fast enough to cross the continental United States in a minute and a half — it screamed over the cloud tops, taking scientific data to send back to Earth.

It also took a series of images using the JunoCam, a camera designed not for science but for public outreach. These shots of the solar system’s largest planet are meant primarily to excite the public about astronomy and planetary science, with the science itself being secondary. …

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Jupiter's northern latitudes

The Star That Refused to Die


(Atlantic Science) – Marina Koren:

Astronomers have discovered a zombie supernova that defies every known theory of star death. …

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Supernova remnant

Julius Caesar: Act 2, Scene 1 (part 3)


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

Brutus has been brooding in his courtyard for some time now. Let’s wrap things up. …

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Mya Gosling: Julius Caesar: Act 2, Scene 1 (part 3)

The UK Has Become Ungovernable


(Guardian Comments) – Suzanne Moore:

The Tories may be in disrepair, but the issues that divide Britain – from globalisation to social disparity – run deeper than this useless government. …

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Cabinet ministers Priti Patel and Boris Johnson

Religious Homes


(Jesus and Mo) – Jesus:

“Secularists are complaining that taxpayers’ money is being used to build homes specifically to accommodate the religious beliefs of the community.” …

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Jesus and Mo 2017-11-08: Homes

Julius Caesar: Act 2, Scene 1 (part 2)


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

Brutus seems to finally have made up his mind regarding killing Caesar, so let’s bring in some fellow conspirators! …

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Mya Gosling: Julius Caesar: Act 2, Scene 1 (part 2)