Artwork of the Week

Orazio Gentileschi (1621)


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Your Morning Cup of Links

So much savagery tolerated, and so many lives lost, all for the sake of a legacy item for a failed administration.

Trump quintupled his campaign’s Trump Tower rent, once his donors started footing the bill.

Sex, death, and violence: how do you explain great art to little children?

Why US troops risked their lives in WWII to rescue horses kidnapped by Nazis

Yay government-run health care yay

Hospitals are to cancel thousands of operations and appointments in a desperate bid to stop the NHS “buckling” this winter, under Government plans. Health officials are drawing up contingency measures to attempt to safeguard emergency care by diverting senior doctors from operating theatres into wards and Accident & Emergency departments as winter sets in. The national plan, detailed in evidence to the Commons health select committee, comes amid concern that the NHS is already in the grip of the worst bed-blocking crisis on record.

Last night, Britain’s most senior A&E doctor said hospitals were under such strain that a bad outbreak of flu this winter would be enough to leave services “poleaxed”. Each hospital trust has been ordered to draw up specific plans to cope this winter, with new “A&E delivery boards” to be set up within a fortnight. The plans will see the cancellation of thousands of operations and appointments in the run-up to Christmas, with senior doctors asked to concentrate on discharging any patients who can safely be sent home, in a bid to free up beds.

The health service is already braced for rolling strikes from junior doctors throughout autumn, after the British Medical Association threatened to hold the “trade union dispute of the century” in protest at new contracts…Last month the head of England’s health watchdog said hospitals were being forced to choose between meeting waiting times and providing decent quality care…Latest figures show the number of elderly people needlessly stuck in hospital has reached record levels, with an 80 per cent rise in bed days lost to delayed discharges in five years. The monthly figures also show just 90.5 per cent of A&E patients were seen within four hours, against a target of 95 per cent – the worst June figures on record.

If you’re a Trumpkin screaming about this, just be aware that if Trump had pulled this off you would be saying he’s a genius deal-maker who works the system and everybody does it.

Mel Brooks: “‘Blazing Saddles’ could never get made today”

Irving Fields, composer who infused songs with Latin rhythms, dies at 101

Of course they don’t. He could tell his fans he’s going to deport THEM and they wouldn’t mind. It’s a cult.

Never Trump isn’t ‘preening,’ it’s mourning

Ancient Egyptian works to be published together in English for first time

Why Obama let Iran’s Green Revolution fail

Finally, a book celebrating the great art of the Empire.

Trump doctor wrote health letter in just five minutes as limo waited

Yellowstone in the age of the helicopter parent

Just in time for the election!

Endangered European bison live in oldest primeval forest in Poland, untouched for millennia

It’s time to talk about Lord Byron again

Truman Capote’s ashes to be sold

There may be some artists who create good work that is also political, but Arthur Miller is not one of them.

*bangs head against wall*


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Music Monday

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Poem for the Week

The Woodspurge
by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882)

The wind flapped loose, the wind was still,
Shaken out dead from tree and hill:
I had walked on at the wind’s will,—
I sat now, for the wind was still.

Between my knees my forehead was,—
My lips, drawn in, said not Alas!
My hair was over in the grass,
My naked ears heard the day pass.

My eyes, wide open, had the run
Of some ten weeds to fix upon;
Among those few, out of the sun,
The woodspurge flowered, three cups in one.

From perfect grief there need not be
Wisdom or even memory:
One thing then learnt remains to me,—
The woodspurge has a cup of three.

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Weekend Art Break

“Drunk woman is tired”
Pablo Picasso (1902)


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Afternoon Art Break

“Slowly Toward The North”
Yves Tanguy (1942)


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Firearms Friday

Dear sweet Christ, the stupidity:


The Second Amendment: How does it work? Progressives have no idea.

I am genuinely curious: is there any other constitutional right, or any other constitutional amendment, that is so consistently and so aggressively handled with such base and inexcusable stupidity, on so regular a basis, and on such an industrial scale? I am not sure. You don’t usually see arguments of this idiotic magnitude when it comes to, say, the Fourth Amendment, or the Sixth. You certainly see dumb interpretations of the First Amendment, but that’s usually a matter of degree, not kind: you will have people arguing that the First Amendment doesn’t protect “hate speech,” for instance, but nobody ever argues that the First Amendment only applies to state governments, say, rather than to individual members of the body politic.

Only the Second Amendment is subject to such illiterate and ahistorical analyses. Once you realize that, you can fully grasp why : many people simply do not like guns, and they will lie—or else keep themselves deliberately ignorant—to prevent other people from having them.

Kim Rhode is the first woman to medal in six straight Olympics. You haven’t heard of her because our gun culture is nothing like Norman Rockwell’s.

“The only holsters I wear”

A gun-mounted computer that will help you shoot better

The idiocy of the #CocksNotGlocks movement

New Honor Guard 9mm compact pistol from Honor Defense

Olympic shooters garner little fame, but rack up lucrative gun-industry endorsements

I hate him, but credit where credit is due. Good for Chris Christie.

Concealed carry permits soar 215%

Of course Hillary wants to ‘abolish’ the Second Amendment. She has said it repeatedly.

Real women reload

Common sense gun safety – handgun safes

Gear Review: SCOTTeVEST Annie concealed carry jacket

What’s important when assessing any trigger’s quality?

FN recalls SCAR rifles

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