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Afternoon Links

I’m glad the NYT publishes this stuff, but nothing will change. Americans have to learn the hard way. And we’re going to be in a world of pain in the coming decades.

A public university president in Oregon gives new meaning to the idea of a pensioner.

Joseph Robertson, an eye surgeon who retired as head of the Oregon Health & Science University last fall, receives the state’s largest government pension.

It is $76,111.

Per month.

New “Lost In Space” stirs memories of campy cult classic

Sounds like I’ll be watching the new “Civilisations” show mostly on mute because the Left has to ruin everything.

“If we were on Earth-2 and President Mitch Daniels were in office and Republicans were enjoying the luxury of a boring and mature presidency that was tackling head-on the Sweet Fiscal Crisis of Death coming our way, the pull of Ryan’s family might not have been nearly so acute…As a general rule, whether you’re on the right or the left, if you personally hate Paul Ryan, that’s an indicator to me that you’re an unreasonable person. Sure, you can disagree with him. You can be disappointed in him. But if you buy the claptrap from the Krugmanite Left or the Bannonite Right about Ryan, if you think he’s evil or a fraud, I’m going to assume you’re part of the problem in our politics.”

Behold, the stupidest thing you’ll read this month. Delicious food at low prices with excellent customer service but OH NOES THEY’RE CHRISTIANS AND THEY MOCK COWS. DRIVE THEM OUT OF THE CITY! Get a life, people.

Sadly, this is true. 

Why I laugh when teachers want to get paid more.

More than one-fifth of millennials in the U.S. — 22 percent — haven’t heard of, or aren’t sure if they’ve heard of, the Holocaust, according to a study published Thursday…Additionally, two-thirds of millennials could not identify in the survey what Auschwitz was. 41 percent of millennials believe two million Jews or fewer were killed during the Holocaust, the study found. Six million Jews were killed in World War II by Nazi Germany and its accomplices.

This is stupid.

I would love to watch a good movie about this woman.

Almost everyone over 30 somehow survived this “controversial” method of parenting. Back then, it was called “parenting.”

This story is insane.

Good on the White Sox. Can’t imagine what this guy has been through.

The Red Atlas: How the Soviet Union secretly mapped the world

A history of seven buildings between 105th and 106th street in Manhattan

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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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Your Morning Cup of Links

The escape of Charles II to France

A new biography of Grant

THE DOG PATRIARCHY MUST BE STOPPED

Everything about this story is ridiculous. Especially the “I had a bump on my neck once that turned out to be nothing, so now I need an emotional support rodent to fly with me” part.

We’re raising a generation of idiots and calling it progress.

Solzhenitsyn’s cathedrals

The truth and fiction of Adam and Eve

Massive ancient underground city once housed 20,000 people

Google X and the science of radical creativity

How The Princess Bride built film’s most beloved sword fight

The volatile friendship of Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon

A “horrifying and engrossing” history of madness at sea

Is the traditional Western a thing of the past?

The man who invented Bailey’s

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Your Morning Cup of Links

The anthology show is back

Dante as theologian

Yep

Indeed. More please.

How air conditioning changed the world

The Porn President

Why are so few classic films available on Netflix?

The problem with teaching today

A wonderful new account of 19th century Britain

The insanity of addiction

“Trump is a familiar sort of man who mistakes being hard for being a sadist, and thinks that his own well-documented appetite for inflicting suffering and humiliation on others makes him tough.”

The consolations of Latin

The pleasures and secrets of library archives

Is the golden age of astronomy nearly over?

What’s wrong with Catholic fiction today?

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Your Morning Cup of Links

The case of Stephen Greenblatt

A strange museum

What it means to be Cuban

What the Greek myths teach us about anger in troubled times

Jupiter’s auroras defy the laws of earthly physics

Freedom and art at the turn of the century

The mystery of the lost Roman herb

The inept crusades of the Knights Templar

A man who traveled to some of the world’s most violent places to clown around

Bureaucracy and poetry

Monet’s art collection

How the Jeopardy! writers room comes up with all those questions

Sex is cheap...and that’s a problem

Who painted the first abstract painting?

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Weekend Links

Why truckers love NPR

A guide to the plants of Tolkien’s Middle Earth

Should one always obey the wishes of late authors to destroy unpublished work?

A history of tea and how European colonization changed the Western diet

How Buffy The Vampire Slayer redefined TV storytelling

When things go missing

How Instagram is changing restaurant design

What a dumb time to be alive

The fight over women’s basketball in Somalia

The untold story of the Astros’ rainbow uniforms

Why everyone loves blue

A history of Europe’s four winds

The real Gus Grissom

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Your Morning Cup of Links

People are trash. I can’t remember the last time I went to a movie or play and someone wasn’t talking or looking at their phone. What happened to manners?

The surprising joy of Stranger Things: “But the nostalgia of Stranger Things isn’t just for an era, really: It’s for a feeling. That feeling is intimately connected, weirdly enough, with bicycles — and, by extension, the reckless sort of freedom rarely found in childhood today.”

On the same subject:

It’s the same reason everyone loves “Casablanca” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” but merely appreciate “Citizen Kane.” Rick Blaine and George Bailey make us feel things. They help us see in the most basic way that altruism is a fundamental part of life, that giving ourselves makes us more complete. Our country seems more divided every day. And then out of nowhere comes this weird little show. And it doesn’t divide us. It isn’t controversial. It’s just nice. It’s about things we can all agree on. It could not have come along at a more perfect time. For that reason, it doesn’t matter if it ages well. Sometimes things need to be of their times. And sometimes the best way to serve our times is to tell a story that happened a long, long time ago in a decade that seems far away.

How a trove of Nazi art wound up under lock and key on an Army base in Virginia

What’s beneath New York City? Nobody knows.

The marvels of British realist painting

The man who studied the sun’s puzzling heat

Tom Ricks on revising his book on Churchill and Orwell

The lost pleasure of reading aloud

Why do people hike?

What to do with Heligoland?

What was Edgar Degas like?

How smartphones have ruined the museum experience

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