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41 thoughts on “Suggestions for Posts?

  1. Eyewitness says:


    “Mrs. Fanny Parrott, wife of former slave near Siloam, Greene County, Georgia.”
    By Jack Delano, Farm Security Administration Photography program (FSA). May 1941.

  2. Oscar G. says:

    Trump administration neuters nuclear safety board (Santa Fe New Mexican/ProPublica July 22, 2018) https://www.propublica.org/article/nuclear-safety-board-information-access-trump-administration?utm_campaign=sprout&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_content=1532442407 “Under a new order from the Energy Department, a nuclear safety board will have to fight for information about and access to nuclear laboratories. In the past, the board has brought serious problems at those labs to light.”

  3. Filmer says:

    Netflix’s ‘The Bleeding Edge’ Documentary Called ‘Inaccurate and Misleading’ by Pharma Giant Bayer (Variety 7/27/18) https://variety.com/2018/digital/news/netflix-bleeding-edge-documentary-called-inaccurate-and-misleading-by-pharma-giant-bayer-1202888628/ “Bayer currently faces more than 16,000 lawsuits in the U.S. related to Essure by women who claim the implants caused injuries such as excessive bleeding, abdominal pain and allergic reactions, according to the New York Times. Last week, Bayer announced that it would discontinue sales and distribution of Essure in the U.S. at the end of the year. The company cited declining interest in Essure among women, which it attributed to factors including decreased use of permanent contraception overall, as well as negative publicity about the device including the accounts in “The Bleeding Edge.”

    • Méliès says:

      Netflix has purchased movie rights and is developing an adaptation of George Orwell’s iconic novel “Animal Farm.” Andy Serkis is directing and producing through his Imaginarium production company. https://variety.com/2018/film/news/netflix-animal-farm-andy-serkis-1202892650/ The Netflix deal re-teams Serkis with Reeves following their work on “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” and “War for the Planet of the Apes.” (Serkis is best known for his performance capture roles comprising motion capture acting, animation and voice work for such computer-generated characters as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy).

  4. Cassandra says:

    “As wildfires rage, Trump administration plans to slash fire science funding” https://www.revealnews.org/article/as-wildfires-rage-trump-administration-plans-to-slash-fire-science-funding/
    “The Only Thing Fire Scientists Are Sure of: This Will Get Worse” https://www.wired.com/story/the-only-thing-fire-scientists-are-sure-of-this-will-get-worse/ “…We can no longer use the observed past as a guide. There’s no stable system that generates a measurable probability of events to use the past record to plan for the future,” says LeRoy Westerling, a management professor who studies wildfires at University California, Merced. Now we have to use physics and complex interactions to project how things could change. On top of that is interaction between the climate system, the ecosystem, and how we manage our land use. That intersection is very complex, and even more difficult to predict. When I say there’s no new normal, I mean it. The climate will be changing with probably an accelerating pace for the rest of the lives of everyone who is alive today.”

  5. Mills of God says:

    “Flynn, Comey, and Mueller: What Trump Knew and When He Knew It” By Murray Waas (NYR Daily 7/31/18) https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2018/07/31/what-trump-knew-and-when-he-knew-it/ “Previously undisclosed evidence in the possession of Special Counsel Robert Mueller—including highly confidential White House records and testimony by some of President Trump’s own top aides—provides some of the strongest evidence to date implicating the president of the United States in an obstruction of justice. Several people who have reviewed a portion of this evidence say that, based on what they know, they believe it is now all but inevitable that the special counsel will complete a confidential report presenting evidence that President Trump violated the law. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the special counsel’s work, would then decide on turning over that report to Congress for the House of Representatives to consider whether to instigate impeachment proceedings.

  6. Knock, knock... says:

    Canada’s new radio telescope has picked up a mysterious signal from deep space with a frequency so low, it’s never been detected before. The Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) detected the strange noise, known as a fast radio burst, on July 25, BGR.com reported. FRBs frequently are picked up on radio telescopes, though their exact origins aren’t fully understood. This most recent one, named FRB 180725A, is notable because of its low frequency of 580 megahertz. Before this, there had never been an FRB picked up below 700 MHz. https://nypost.com/2018/08/03/radio-telescope-picks-up-new-frequency-in-space/ CHIME is located in British Columbia and its FRB from last month was reported in a post by the Astronomer’s Telegram.

      • полезный идиот says:

        “Russia has tasked martial arts film icon Steven Seagal to raise awareness of its “common history” with the U.S., including Moscow’s colonial rule over Alaska and other parts of America.” (Newsweek 8/6/18) https://www.newsweek.com/russia-wants-steven-seagal-remind-us-about-moscow-ruling-alaska-1058558 Mr. Seagal received Russian citizenship, and a Russian passport directly from President Vladimir V. Putin on Nov. 3, 2016.

      • Omar comin'! says:

        “Ex-‘Manhattan Madam’ to Appear Before Grand Jury in Russia Investigation” https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/06/nyregion/manhattan-madam-grand-jury-russia.html “…One possible line of inquiry is Ms. Davis’s longstanding connections to Roger J. Stone Jr., a veteran political consultant and Trump adviser who has himself become a central subject in the Russia probe. Mr. Stone, a self-described “dirty trickster” whose career in politics reaches back to the Nixon administration, was in contact before the election with Guccifer 2.0, an online avatar that Mr. Mueller’s team has said Russian military intelligence officers controlled. Guccifer 2.0 was instrumental in helping WikiLeaks publish stolen emails and other campaign documents that proved damaging to Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid and to the Democratic Party.”

        • Law & Order says:

          A federal district judge who was appointed by President Donald Trump has upheld Robert Mueller’s appointment and constitutional authority in the special counsel’s case against Russian social media propagandists. https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/13/politics/robert-mueller-concord-management-and-consulting/index.html “The appointment does not violate core separation-of-powers principles. Nor has the Special Counsel exceeded his authority under the appointment order by investigating and prosecuting Concord,” Judge Friedrich wrote in an opinion published Monday morning. She was one of the first judges Trump placed into a federal court position. Friedrich cited opinions by three other federal judges — Amy Berman Jackson, who oversees Paul Manafort’s criminal foreign lobbying case; T.S. Ellis, who oversees Manafort’s financial fraud case; and DC District Court Chief Judge Beryl Howell — to back up her decision. All three judges also denied requests to invalidate Mueller’s authority, with Howell writing as recently as late July that a witness subpoenaed to turn over documents and to testify before the grand jury about Roger Stone would have to. That witness, Andrew Miller, has been held in contempt of the court and now may appeal.

  7. Jiminy says:

    “Eating crickets can be good for your gut, according to new clinical trial” (University of Wisconsin-Madison) https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/uow-ecc080318.php “Valerie Stull was 12 when she ate her first insect. Today, Stull, a recent doctoral graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, is the lead author of a new pilot clinical trial published in the journal Scientific Reports that looks at what eating crickets does to the human microbiome. It shows that consuming crickets can help support the growth of beneficial gut bacteria and that eating crickets is not only safe at high doses but may also reduce inflammation in the body.”

  8. Jimmy Click says:

    Bangladesh police arrested an award-winning photographer for “provocative comments” allegedly made in media interviews about student protests that have gripped the country for more than a week. https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/dhaka/2018/08/06/photographer-shahidul-alam-taken-to-db-office
    Over the past four months in Bangladesh, more than twenty journalists have been sued under a controversial law prohibiting digital messages that can “deteriorate” law and order, “prejudice the image of the state or person,” or “hurt religious beliefs.” Although its authors may have intended for this part of the law to be used sparingly, it is now routinely used to suppress freedom of speech and harass writers, activists, and journalists, often for their comments on social media. (July 17, 2017) https://advox.globalvoices.org/2017/07/17/bangladeshs-ict-act-paved-the-way-for-hundreds-of-lawsuits-over-online-speech/

  9. Footnote says:

    “My son, Osama: the al-Qaida leader’s mother speaks for the first time” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/03/osama-bin-laden-mother-speaks-out-family-interview “Saudi Arabia’s new leadership – spearheaded by the ambitious 32-year-old heir to the throne, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – has agreed to my request to speak to the family. (As one of the country’s most influential families, their movements and engagements remain closely monitored.) Osama’s legacy is as grave a blight on the kingdom as it is on his family, and senior officials believe that, by allowing the Bin Ladens to tell their story, they can demonstrate that an outcast – not an agent – was responsible for 9/11. Saudi Arabia’s critics have long alleged that Osama had state support, and the families of a number of 9/11 victims have launched (so far unsuccessful) legal actions against the kingdom. Fifteen of the 19 hijackers came from Saudi Arabia.”

  10. Hope says:

    “Coal was king in this Illinois town for generations. A young mayor is betting on solar.” https://www.bnd.com/news/local/article216073020.html Plans call for construction of two solar farms, one 5 acres and one 11 acres, on village property on the west edge of town. Officials expect them to eventually provide all the electricity for the wastewater-treatment plant [which last year was guzzling $7,000 to $10,000 in electricity a month] and most of it for other village buildings, saving thousands of dollars a year. The two village projects are separate from a 26-acre solar farm proposed by Colorado-based Microgrid Energy on private property on the east edge of town. Its purpose would be adding electricity to the Illinois power grid through the state’s new community solar program. https://www.bnd.com/news/local/article216073020.html
    Last fall, nearby Pinckneyville (population 5,404) arranged for the St. Louis company StraightUp Solar and Texas-based SHINE Partners to build a solar farm on 4 acres of city property. Today, it provides 95 percent of electricity for its wastewater-treatment plant. “We absolutely love it,” said City Clerk Larry West, noting the city may buy the solar panels and other equipment in seven years at a quarter of the companies’ original $1 million investment.”

  11. пятая колонна says:

    (8/10/18) “Putin’s “Surgeon” of the Night Wolves [‘biker club’] Issues “End of the World” Message to Slovakian President Kiska” https://www.polygraph.info/a/fact-check-prussian-night-wolves-slovakia-base/29420821.html “The “Night Wolves” has enjoyed privileged treatment by the Russian government — funding verified in tens of millions of rubles and possibly much more in direct financing and presidential grants.” Image: Russian President Vladimir Putin riding alongside the leader of the Night Wolves Alexander Zaltostanov aka the Surgeon https://gdb.polygraph.info/96EE4EC3-B8DA-4362-8ED7-CA8F219C6DC3_w1023_r1_s.jpg
    “The Putin-loving bikers who helped annex Crimea just set up shop in Slovakia (WAPO 8/2/18) https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2018/08/02/the-putin-loving-bikers-that-helped-annex-crimea-just-set-up-shop-in-slovakia/?utm_term=.f596755f8eb6 (includes drone footage) “When Russian troops left Czechoslovakia after more than two decades in the mid-1990s, many residents rejoiced and celebrated the end of Soviet military occupation. Czechoslovakia has since split up into two countries — the Czech Republic and Slovakia — but animosity toward Russian military might persists on both sides of the border.
    So, when members of the Putin-linked biker club Night Wolves recently showed up in the Slovak village of Dolna Krupa to set up a military-style base with tanks and other army equipment inside a former pig farm, the government was rather puzzled, if not outright alarmed
    The Russian government said the base was simply the club’s “European headquarters.”
    Rolling Stone (Oct 2015): ” Putin’s Angels: Inside Russia’s Most Infamous Motorcycle Club : The Night Wolves are backed by the Kremlin, fighting in Ukraine and hellbent on restoring the empire” https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/putins-angels-inside-russias-most-infamous-motorcycle-club-56360/

  12. Fiddle-faddle says:

    “The Big Melt” by Tim Flannery. “Sometimes, it seems, threats to our future become so great that we opt to ignore them.” (New York Review of Books Aug 16 issue) https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2018/08/16/arctic-big-melt/ Reviews:
    “Brave New Arctic: The Untold Story of the Melting North” by Mark C. Serreze, Princeton University Press
    “Extreme Conservation: Life at the Edges of the World” by Joel Berger, University of Chicago Press.

  13. Smilin' Jack says:

    Airbus’s Zephyr solar-powered drone flew for 25 days straight during a test-flight over Yuma, Arizona beginning on July 11, 2018. The flight represented a record for aircraft endurance, breaking the previous 14-day record also set by a Zephyr back in 2015. http://warisboring.com/new-spy-drone-flies-non-stop-for-a-month/ The propeller-driven Zephyr belongs to a class of aircraft known as “high-altitude pseudo-satellites,” or HAPs. Flying as high as 70,000 feet for weeks or even months at a time, HAPs perform many of the same missions that low-orbiting satellites do. Airbus is still refining Zephyr, in particular its power-consumption. During daytime, the lightly-built solar-powered drone — which features an 82-foot wingspan and yet weighs just 165 pounds — can fly as high as 70,000 feet while also charging its batteries. After the sun goes down, Zephyr runs on batteries … and slowly loses altitude. During the record-setting Yuma flight, the drone dipped as low as 50,000 feet at night.

  14. Ante up says:

    “Maria Konnikova Shows Her Cards : The well-regarded science writer took up poker while researching a book. Now she’s on the professional circuit” – winning more than $200,000 in tournament jackpots. (NYT 8/10/18) https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/10/science/maria-konnikova-poker.html “A friend suggested I read John von Neumann’s “Theory of Games and Economic Behavior,” the foundational text of game theory.
    Von Neumann, as you know, was one of the geniuses of the 20th century — the hydrogen bomb, computing, economics. And he’d been a poker player. It turned out that all of game theory came out of poker!
    When he was trying to understand how strategic decision-making worked, he concluded that poker was the perfect analog, because it was a blend of skill and chance and because, over the long run, skill can win. I decided that poker was the way to go.”
    “Does God play Dice?” By Stephen Hawking http://www.hawking.org.uk/does-god-play-dice.html
    Image: https://10deb7fbfece20ff53da-95da5b03499e7e5b086c55c243f676a1.ssl.cf1.rackcdn.com/b70718a12454f4768490a04ffb4c7ae3_xl.jpg

  15. Cassandra says:

    Researchers have found declines in the number and diversity of bird populations at nine sites surveyed in northern New Mexico, where eight species vanished over time while others had considerably dropped. https://www.lamonitor.com/content/bird-communities-dwindle-new-mexico%E2%80%99s-pajarito-plateau “These birds are not using these habitats anymore,” said Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Jeanne Fair, lead author of the study published recently in the journal Biological Conservation.
    The decline of birds may be an early indicator of the significant loss of piñon pine trees due to prolonged drought, hotter temperatures and bark beetle outbreaks in the Southwest, according to the research. The study points to a forecast of the loss of piñon-juniper forests in the Southwest by 2100. Other Los Alamos studies suggest conifer trees in the region could die by 2050. See “Pine, Juniper forests predicted to disappear” http://nmindepth.com/2016/03/09/pine-juniper-forests-predicted-to-disappear/

  16. Slo-Mo putsch says:

    Why Republicans Just Impeached the Entire West Virginia Supreme Court https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/08/west-virginia-supreme-court-why-republicans-just-impeached-all-four-sitting-justices.html Republicans, who led the drive to oust the whole bench, insisted the court was irredeemably corrupt. Many Democrats countered that GOP legislators were staging a coup to seize control of the judiciary.
    West Virginia’s high court corruption just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to big money’s judicial influence : Legislative and executive attacks on judicial independence are serious matters, but high courts around the country are in danger of losing the high ground. https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/west-virginia-s-high-court-corruption-just-tip-iceberg-when-ncna901301

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