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Afternoon Links

His fathomless lack of interest in America’s path to the present and his limitless gullibility leave him susceptible to being blown about by gusts of factoids that cling like lint to a disorderly mind.”

“The angel is forever handcuffed to the ape”

What a dumb time to be alive

Correct. This is the main problem with Trump’s tweeting.

How jazz, flappers, European emigrés, booze and cigarettes transformed design

Can’t believe this needs to be explained to people but, no, the AHCA does not make rape a pre-existing condition.

Lincoln, not Jackson

Researchers have developed a device that allows you to play an instrument by thinking

Reading is good for your health

We’re all murderers now

Just another day in the Drug War

The story of the most valuable stamp in the world

Painter inspired by indigenous art accused of ‘cultural genocide’ by lunatics

Like most of Trump’s executive orders, the religious liberty EO is worthless

This will probably suck.

 

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Your Morning Cup of Links

Oh shut the fuck up

Good, good. Let the Wall Street money flow through you.

Cassini plunges through Saturn’s ‘Big Empty’

AMERICA IS ALREADY GREAT

Very sad

LOL “If Trump is cool with the shitty Democratic policy we used to hate then we’re cool with it too!” What a party of morons.

The rule of law is partly responsible for ‘Mario Kart’s’ success

Hilarious. Are you sick of all the winning yet?

New York’s vanishing diner culture

The case for reading John Milton today

Trump’s executive orders are mostly theater

“First 100 days suggest our democracy is more likely to die in dumbness than in darkness”

“For those at Berkeley celebrating what they believe to be a moral victory, consider this: As much as you may detest Ann Coulter, she has never used violence or the threat of violence to keep someone from speaking. She is a better citizen than you are, with a deeper commitment to genuinely liberal and humane values. You may call yourselves the anti-fascists, but your black-shirt routine — along with your glorification of political violence and your rejection of liberal and democratic norms — suggest that the “anti” part of that formulation is not entirely appropriate. Perhaps you are only young and ignorant, but if you had any power of introspection at all, you would see that you are the thing you believe yourselves to be fighting. You are the oppressors, the censors, the violent, the hateful, the narrow-minded, the reactionary.”

A Japanese scholar on his collection of Middle English manuscripts

The Left’s pants-shitting hysteria over the NEA was for no reason. I told them this President would work out way better for them than for me.

Andrew Roberts reviews the 19th volume of the Churchill Documents

Flannery O’Connor and the way of violence

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Your Morning Cup of Links

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

Good

Tolstoy on Broadway

 

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Your Morning Cup of Links

Why does Trump’s Russia fealty matter? Because it could lead U.S. allies not to share intel, making us less safe.

The Sokal affair will never be anything less than hilarious.

This:

The spasms of student attempts at “decolonization” are almost always ill-conceived…There’s something adorably naive about expecting the major poets of a language that was primarily spoken in one section of one island for half a millennium to be representative of all global voices. No one makes this demand of literature in other languages. We don’t expect to find Welsh, Brazilian, or Caribbean voices among the major Polish language poets…If students really want to encounter classical poetry produced by non-whites, they have options. They can study the relative handful of languages that produced significant literature before the modern period. Hebrew, Arabic, Thai, Chinese, and Urdu come to mind. These are all worthy subjects crying out for more scholarship.

But there’s a catch. And it is what catches our activists out. Studying an ancient language to discover non-white voices is challenging and requires real work. You cannot pass the final exams just by repeating a number of fashionable political slogans. And perhaps activist students do not study these languages because they correctly suspect they won’t find much written in these languages that qualifies as politically correct by the standards of 2017. In fact, you will find in these literatures exactly the kind of messages that activists least like to hear. Lessons like: Humble yourself and mortify your ambitions.

This is lovely.

What a dumb time to be alive

Rand’s plan is the answer, but it will never pass

Police reform, like education reform, is a must. And in both cases, unions are the main problem.

If Pryor is the SCOTUS pick the 4th Amendment will get weaker. He’s a terrible replacement for Scalia.

Lol. Endorse.

These people are insane.

Having an IUD token in the game of Monopoly would solve several longstanding issues. It would emphasize that access to reliable birth control is an important factor that enables people to become real estate magnates in Atlantic City. It’s hard to find the capital, time, and energy to buy up property when you or your partner is unexpectedly pregnant or raising a child, you know. Until now, Monopoly has consistently ignored birth control’s contributions to capitalist society.

The forbidden fruit of Cuba isn’t cigars – it’s rum

So Trump will enter the White House under Senate investigation. For espionage.

Dogs can form autobiographical memories, research suggests

Empire of booze: No nation had more influence on alcohol than 18th-century Britain.

Why some people love snow

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Afternoon Links

The questions that should have been asked at Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing

What a bunch of morons

Saying nice things about your wife is sexist, guys.

Rafsanjani was Iran’s mythical ‘moderate’

Putin’s newest export: terrorists

Russia’s forgotten anti-Stalinist playwright

Chee-Yun’s buried violin

I fail to see the problem with his behavior.

Wow. What a life.

The (social) life of the mind in England

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Your Morning Cup of Links

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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Oh fuck off

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Congrats to the humorless Leftist pricks on Twitter who made Cinnabon delete and apologize for this cute tweet (which I’m confident Carrie Fisher would have found funny).

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Oh and then Steve Martin dared to say Carrie Fisher was beautiful in his tribute tweet and you scolds hounded him until he deleted that too. You’re the reason we have Trump, you stupid motherfuckers.

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