Evening Art Break

“Portrait of a Lady”
Gustav Klimt (1917)

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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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Music Monday (on Tuesday)

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Evening Art Break

“Moonlight Interior”
Edward Hopper (1923)

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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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Evening Art Break

“Mariana”
John Everett Millais (1851)

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Poem for the Week

The Peace of Wild Things
by Wendell Berry

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

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