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Your Morning Cup of Links

The world’s largest private Rembrandt collection goes on view at the Louvre

Good piece on the best movie of the year

Solar system that could support alien life discovered

Social media driving Americans insane

The mythic grandeur of old Hollywood is gone

What did Adam Smith really believe?

Dear GOP Congress,
Ignore the clown show in the White House and start passing reforms now. You probably won’t be in power for long.

Why the British tell better children’s stories

Squid communicate with a secret, skin-powered alphabet

Eiffel Tower to get €300 million facelift

The music of the Third Reich

For Ben Franklin’s birthday, his first piece of printing reappears

The music of meaning: how to listen to jazz

First synagogue in 500 years opens in Sicily 

The early life of Prince Edward VI 

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The story of David Bowie’s unfinished musical

Stolen Guercino altarpiece worth $6 million found in Morocco

How a young Antonin Scalia shaped Canada’s spy agencies

Lady Jane Grey — a quintessential Tudor

Obscure Gustav Klimt masterpiece will lead Sotheby’s London auction

The President isn’t the hero of the American story

The flaw in the Right’s media hate

The art of living and writing freely can save us from ourselves

Literature-loving writers can now work in Mark Twain’s library

We deserve a better press, and a better president, too. If you are the sort of partisan who cannot entertain the possibility that both of these things may be true at the same time, then you ought to consider the possibility that you are one of the reasons why we do not have a better press or a better president.”

“Zhou Youguang, the inventor of a system to convert Chinese characters into words with the Roman alphabet, died recently at the age of 111. Since his system was introduced nearly six decades ago, few innovations have done more to boost literacy rates in China and bridge the divide between the country and the West.”

How microbial infections might cause Alzheimer’s disease

Will the Crac des Chevaliers survive the Syrian Civil War?

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Excited to watch Planet Earth II whenever it comes to streaming services. 

Saving babies’ lives by carrying them like kangaroos

German court upholds ruling banning German comedian from reciting poem making fun of Turkish President Erdoğan

Embarrassing bodies: what did the Victorians have to hide?

Doomsday prep for the super rich

The spy revolt against Trump begins

Great summary of why civil asset forfeiture is awful and why we should hope Trump can’t stop its reform.

German town hall stops fox song after vegan complains

Ted Cruz is correct: you don’t have a right to health care

Dolphins are probably getting high on blowfish

What should cathedrals do?

The dark history of the lobotomy

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Lol. Like I said, you’re going to get single payer, and all I can do at this point is laugh.

Be sure to share the Bloomberg story about this on Facebook using the Windows PC you bought on Amazon, all on the internet powered by Oracle using fiber-optic cable shipped by BNSF.

Unreal. What a bunch of cowards.

Why is the word for wine so similar across languages?

The greatness of tiny churches

The last bookbinder on the Lower East Side

The brilliance of a Stradivari violin might rest within its wood

Unbelievable. A final “fuck you” to America on the way out.

Key part of this essay is the civic consequences of colleges turning out a bunch of credulous dolts.

Progressives destroyed normalcy, now are shocked Trump isn’t normal

Lol awesome


Seattle has a secret mermaid society

Why national unity remains so elusive

Academics race to save rare colonial documents in Cuba


Tolstoy on Broadway


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A Secret Jew, the New World, a Lost Book: Mystery Solved

Why Chinese speakers cut their hair before New Year’s

Yep. Obamacare (or much the same thing with a different name) isn’t going anywhere, because Americans won’t accept what would actually solve the problem.


As I predicted a month ago, Mattis won’t last long. He’s too good a man.

I love this.

“It’s time to be clear about what is happening. Our soon-to-be commander-in-chief is publicly ridiculing our security agencies, while backing a fugitive on the lam from rape charges who is also an agent of the Kremlin. To call this situation unprecedented is an understatement.”

Louvre blames 2 million fall in visitor numbers on terrorism fears

This is hilarious: “The media’s favorite ‘millennial’ is 55-years-old”

New research on Anne Frank’s arrest

A new history looks at a time when Europe came together

The long death of Product 19, the most beloved cereal you’ve never heard of

Evelyn Waugh’s gift

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They “sounded as much like Bernie Sanders supporters as Trump voters.” Lol. Shocking!

Glad to see Tom Cotton has come back to his senses after a brief flirtation with the dipshit brigade.

Italian cop, also a sommelier, teaches wine skills to inmates

Vatican McDonald’s divides opinion

“No one who lived through the Cold War could call those dark and dangerous decades ‘the good old days.’ Hundreds of millions of people lived in political and social repression and economic and spiritual deprivation behind the Iron Curtain. Things were far better in the free world, but the political tension and specter of war, even a nuclear war, were ever-present. What I do miss, however, was the moral clarity that won the Cold War. It has been replaced by a rising tide of moral equivalence as the memories of what real evil looked like have faded.”

A CIA calendar the CIA gift shop refuses to sell? Yes, and here’s the strange story behind it.

“Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Not a nut, not a leftist, and not an irresponsible intellectual”

The need to read

Russia’s new favorite jihadis: The Taliban

What made George Washington different from Benedict Arnold?

Picasso’s self-portraits from the age of 15 to 90

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Roman antiquity missing since World War II found in Russia

How Bugs Bunny and ‘Kill the Wabbit’ inspired a generation of opera stars

A brief history of the GRU

A bird identification app

Buckley, the master obituarist

The hard-edged vision of Carmen Herrera

Why the CIA won’t go public with evidence of Russia’s hacking. (This should be obvious, but just in case it’s not…)

Obama has been an utter failure. He is LBJ without the expertise.

O come, let us adore this little-known Spanish painter

Murals saved by Shakespeare’s father restored

The parochial progressive obsession with Ayn Rand:

Bring up your undying love of Atlas Shrugged at the typical conservative gathering and people will smile at you and try very hard not to roll their eyes. Some people think of her novels as a kind of guilty adolescent enthusiasm now grown out-of-date, an intellectual mullet, a stage one goes through between the ages of 14 and 20. Some people use Atlas Shrugged as a totem — it had a moment at the cresting of the Tea Party phenomenon. But it is rare to meet actual adult human beings who organize their politics views (or, for pity’s sake, their lives) around Ayn Rand and her views. I don’t think National Review has a single Randian in the house; I’d be surprised if the Weekly Standard did, and if one showed up at Commentary then John Podhoretz would simply mock him out of existence. Strangely, our progressive friends insist that the Right is entirely in thrall to the ideas of Ayn Rand.

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