How A Decision In May Changed The General Election. Damn it, Hillary. This is just how smart-stupid Clintonism is. Trump is cast as an utterly unique monster threatening American democracy, when she should have done is cast him the next logical evolution of what the Republican party has been creating for decades. If anything it only helped Trump. Trump voters aren’t anything new. They’re same people who voted for Reagan, Bush, Dole, Bush, McCain, and Romney. Because Trump is branded as something new, he doesn’t have to carry of the legacy of failure. These voters are excited and energized. It’s been impossible to ignore. Until a few weeks ago, it seemed the electoral college shut out Trump and the election was a farce. Now, because Clinton is a such an obviously uninspired kleptocrat, we might get saddled with a lunatic grifter.
I’m still not unconvinced that Trump is a monster of Clinton’s creation.
Nasa scientists find ‘impossible’ cloud on Titan—again. The clouds are compound of carbon and nitrogen. They don’t seem formed by condensation, but by chemical reactions.
NASA to Announce ‘Surprising’ Europa Discovery Monday. It’s supposed to be in relation to the subsurface ocean. In 2012 giant plumes of water vapor seemed to be detected. It was never solidly confirmed. Maybe that.
There Is No Ending: The Strange World of… Arab Strap. It’s bizarre to think they’ve been around 20 years. They remind me of an era in which a dear penpal friend would send dubs of whole albums. All of it was dour, quiet with a heavy dose of cynical humor. It was all brilliant music, but more the sort of the thing that one would have to stay all up all night, every night, drinking heavily. My liver couldn’t keep up.
Human remains found in hobbit cave. Human teeth 46,000 years old. The extinction of Homo floresiensis was recently pushed back to 50,000 years ago, much to my disappointment. This is decent support for argument that modern humans were a factor driving Homo floresiensis to extinction.
‘Rick And Morty’ Theory: Mr. Poopybutthole Informed Rick Of The Truth, Making His Life Tragically Pointless. It’s plausible. Rick & Morty is one those shows that wastes nothing, like Venture Bro. The downside is that when the creators see this theory floated, they probably will change what’s happening to thwart expectations.
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Wins Expanded Halt to Pipeline Construction. It’s surprising how well the protest seems to be going. Despite the lack of media coverage, anecdotally I know many people locally who support it. Even libertarian, kinda racist cranks who cannot wrap their heads around Black Lives Matter support Standing Rock.
Police execute unarmed Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Crutcher’s car had stalled on the road. Details.
Occupy Wall Street: Where Are They Now? Nearly every one of them is still engaged in making a better world.
Hooks made of sea snail shell as well as remains of charred cooked food suggest people have been living on Okinawa for the past 23,000 years. Continuous habitation might reach back 35,000 years.
Human remains have been recovered from the Antikythera mechanism site. There’s going to be an attempt at DNA testing of course.
Every time I see photos of Hasankeyf, I get irritated that it could be submerged by the Ilisu Dam on the Tigris River. It probably qualifies as a world heritage site, but because it’s in Kurdish territory, Turkey won’t even bother to apply.
C. Martin Croker died and he was an amazingly talent guy. I watch the Space Ghost DVDs and think about how I’d hang out at my friend John’s house. He’d tape all of the episodes on VHS because I didn’t have cable when the show first came on. It hadn’t crossed my mind that his voice hadn’t been appearing on many of the cartoons I still watch. A great piece on why Space Ghost Coast to Coast is the keystone for most modern comedy. Croker isn’t mentioned oddly, although it’s been clear all along he was a primary factor in the show’s brilliance. Zorak is possibly my favorite character in Adult Swim history.
Wait, Why the Hell Is Pluto Emitting X-Rays? Good question. Hell if I know. Me like.
Hilarious probability that the guy who deleted Clinton’s private email server ( Paul Combetta) asked for help on Reddit how to do it. He seems doxxed well enough. Depressingly, this election damned well better be rigged. Clinton losing is terrifying. Her health scare last week was darkly amusing and the pneumonia story remains less than convincing. Virginia is not why she picked uninspiring hack Tim Kaine. McAuliffe already provides that. The Hapsburg jokes seem mostly mockery but they’re probably the truth. This is a decadent, dangerous time.
Using thermoluminescence to date tools in southern Tunisia to 92,000 years old. No surprises in this story. It’s the technique that is important.
New Çatalhöyük stone figurine of woman dating from 5500-8000 BC found. It fits the fertility goddess/ Venus of Willendorf type.
Jerusalem came in last Tuesday, but it’s untouched. I have the three paperback volume version. Two copies of the hardback came into the bookstore this Friday, much to my pleasant surprise. Bill tipped me off to new Murahem Bazdulj and new Georgi Gospodinov.
I’ve not even been reading comics these past two weeks. The kid was sick, then I was sick, and then it was a draining work schedule. Only just discovered that Embrace of the Serpent is streaming on Amazon Prime and High Rise is on Netflix. It’s unlikely I’ll watch either in the coming weeks.