Afternoon Links

Research shows that people who read words on paper remember them better than those who read words on a screen.

A short history of the ballpoint pen

“Do elephants have souls?” Fascinating.

Why you should read George Eliot

How sad

Children are struggling to use and hold pencils because the excessive use of touchscreen phones and iPads is damaging their dexterity, specialists have claimed. Paediatric doctors, handwriting experts and orthopaedic therapists are warning that although youngsters can swipe a screen, they no longer have the hand strength and agility to learn to write correctly when they start school. Increasingly the use of digital screens is replacing traditional skills such as drawing, painting and cutting out which boost fine motor skills and coordination.

We’re really not going to make it, are we? What a dumb time to be alive.

Sadly, I think this is probably true.

A contest between a generic neoliberal and Trump would be a battle of airs and grievances, a duel for feigned moral superiority utterly divorced from practical moral and economic questions. It would be phantasmal, like the rest of our political life…Meanwhile the same media that made Trump’s rise possible by investing his every moronic utterance with world-historic significance is trying desperately to pose as a check on his authority. The 2016 election was the story of CNN allowing Trump to phone in his extemporized thoughts on nothing in particular while Rand Paul and Jeb Bush sat waiting in the wings with their boring white papers on criminal justice reform.

Shhhh. Don’t take away our reason to irrationally panic and propose bad policies and scream “murderer!” at those with whom we disagree.

“A lot of right-of-center people in my world love the idea of ‘outsider’ lawmakers, who are unsullied by government experience. I keep hearing that ‘wonky’ candidates are boring, because they keep talking about details that few people pay attention to or even care about. I’d argue that Trump’s epic flip-flop is a demonstration of why conservatives are fools to turn over the power of government to any candidate who hasn’t been fighting the good fight for a long time, and who can’t demonstrate a grasp of key policy details. ‘Outsider’ is turning into a euphemism for ‘a candidate who can’t be bothered to do his homework.’

A biography of the Renaissance’s biggest gossip, Giorgio Vasari

Disgraceful

The U.S. Army confirmed on Monday that it had mishandled retired bomb-sniffing war dogs and said it would comply with recommendations in a Defense Department Inspector General’s report that called for reforms. In a report released on Friday, the Inspector General said that canine heroes, which saved the lives of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan while working with brigade combat teams to sniff out roadside bombs, were mistreated by the Army after they returned to the United States.

The report said that some dogs were left in kennels for up to 11 months, beyond a deadline for giving them away for adoption or re-using them in the military or other government agencies. It said they were mistreated through lack of care and attention, and others may have been put down.

Trump’s fake Renoir

Dying

Why “What’s Up” by 4 Non Blondes is a terrible song

Disney World is proof the middle class is booming

Like most of his ideas, this is a terrible, bonkers idea.

A history of British embassies

I have never wanted to drone strike a place so badly.

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