Your Morning Cup of Links

Dark Ages royal palace discovered in Cornwall, in area closely linked to the legend of King Arthur

Is SCOTUS a good reason to support Trump? Libertarian and conservative legal experts weigh in.

Donald Trump eats fried chicken like a sociopath (with a knife and fork)

An optimistic view of the future that I try to hold onto. But it becomes more difficult by the day.

The problem with “non-mimetic” portraits

Can a dating app help save this endangered monkey?

There is something very wrong with this man

You don’t take a crack at every single person who criticized you. And you especially don’t pick fights that you can’t possibly win, such as against a grieving Gold Star mother or a general. It’s simply not in your interest to do so. The fact that Trump could not help himself, that he clearly did, as he said, want to “hit” everyone who spoke against him at the Democratic convention, suggests that there really is something wrong with the man. It is not just that he is incapable of empathy. It is not just that he feels he must respond to every criticism he receives by attacking and denigrating the critic, no matter how small or inconsequential the criticism. If you are a Republican, the real problem, and the thing that ought to keep you up nights as we head into the final 100 days of this campaign, is that the man cannot control himself. He cannot hold back even when it is manifestly in his interest to do so. What’s more, his psychological pathologies are ultimately self-destructive.

Imagine such a person as president. What we have seen in the Trump campaign is not only a clever method of stirring up the anger in people. It is also a personality defect that has had the effect of stirring up anger. And because it is a defect and not a tactic, it would continue to affect Trump’s behavior in the White House. It would determine how he dealt with other nations. It would determine how he dealt with critics at home. It would determine how he governed, how he executed the laws, how he instructed the law-enforcement and intelligence agencies under his command, how he dealt with the press, how he dealt with the opposition party and how he handled dissent within his own party. His personality defect would be the dominating factor in his presidency, just as it has been the dominating factor in his campaign. His ultimately self-destructive tendencies would play out on the biggest stage in the world, with consequences at home and abroad that one can barely begin to imagine. It would make him the closest thing the United States has ever had to a dictator, but a dictator with a dangerously unstable temperament that neither he nor anyone else can control.

Something crazy happens to Jupiter’s moon Io for 2 hours every day

“If your daughter didn’t already know that she could grow up and make of her life whatever her dreams and abilities allow, and learned otherwise only upon seeing a dreadful politician take the next step in her dreadful career, that isn’t a failure of a patriarchal society. You’re just a bad father.”

“What Trump should have said about Khizr Khan’s slain son”

Good, brutal piece by Jeffrey Goldberg: “Chris Christie, Tom Cotton, and Paul Ryan: The Hollow Men”

The late, late phase of Henry James

“Top security folks in all the Baltic states now plainly call the Republican nominee ‘the Kremlin’s man’…”

This is lovely

Siberia: always a byword for despotism

91% of you are blameless…until November. To the 9% that did this to us, a hearty fuck you.

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