Afternoon Links

We did it, guys. We got ISIS to throw down their arms and feel shame.

How balloon flight changed 18th-century ideas of landscape

So let’s sum up Trump’s Russia policy:
1. Won’t honor NATO treaty
2. Would recognize Russian seizure of Crimea
3. Would end sanctions
4. Rejects U.S. criticism of Russia, including assassinations on Western soil
5. Welcomes and invites Russian espionage inside the U.S.
6. Ripped up his own party platform to prevent discussion of assistance to Ukraine

This is not a series of stumbles. It’s his only consistent policy. Completely orchestrated by a campaign staff with serious ties to the Kremlin. It’s hard to overstate how stupid one must be to believe he’s fit for the presidency. People who don’t understand international affairs, deterrence, and Russian objectives (aka most Americans) don’t see how dangerous this is. When an adversary isn’t clear how you’ll react, they test their parameters. Miscalculation leads to retaliation, escalation, cascade effect. That’s why we don’t let game show hosts have nuclear weapons.

Without religious liberty society will become less civil and democratic

An exciting history of drywall

LMAO

Donald Trump has made restoring American jobs a centerpiece of his campaign, a pledge he reiterated last week when he accepted the Republican nomination for president: “I’m going to bring our jobs back to Ohio and Pennsylvania and New York and Michigan and all of America,” he said. This month, Trump is bringing jobs to Florida, as he looks to hire 78 servers, housekeepers, and cooks at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach and the nearby Trump National Golf Club, Jupiter. But instead of making sure those jobs go to Americans, he is seeking to import foreign workers for the positions, which pay $10.17 an hour for housekeepers, $11.13 an hour for servers, and $12.74 for cooks. He filed applications this month claiming he couldn’t find enough Americans to do that work, and is seeking temporary visas to bring in 65 workers at Mar-a-Lago along with another seven waiters and six cooks at the golf club.

Stingrays on stinging spree in Southern California

Did the Phoenicians even exist?

Correct, much as it pains me to say it: “Michelle Obama delivered the winning oratory Republicans have forgotten”

“Pay off my student loans with your tax dollars, so I can spend most of my time partying and protesting and whining.” Lol no.

Wow, Obama just doesn’t get it man. smdh

Long-lost engraving by Albrecht Dürer discovered at flea market

Russian woman wants to dress Michelangelo’s ‘David’

“In the great contest between the House of Trump and the House of Clinton, sensible patriots are rooting for casualties.”

Everytime I think maybe I could vote for Gary Johnson as a protest vote, he goes and says stuff like this.

MTV launches ‘classic’ channel dedicated to the ’90s

What can Joseph Conrad’s 1907 novel The Secret Agent tell us about terrorism today?

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