U.S. warships enroute to Korean peninsula. I’m more scared of what Trump might do than what Kim Jong-un might do right now.

Reading Isenberg’s White Trash. Whole lotta shit I only half-knew, forget, or never knew. Never much had any use for revisionist Confederacy bullshit, but even more illusion stripped away. It popped in my head that the junior high history teacher who called himself a libertarian also used to call himself a proud mudsill. He was a sarcastic crank. In context with the other angles he kept pushing in his classes, he probably wasn’t a libertarian, but possibly a lazy, contrarian Marxist. I had him as my history teacher for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. I barely recall any of it aside from an insane amount of notes, fiery lectures, essay tests that I didn’t see the likes of again until college, and his constant abandonment of his responsibilities in the classroom to work on his theater troupe. I saw him play Teyve and Scapin. He died of a brain tumor decades ago.

Octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish can rapidly edit RNA to adapt to temperature change.

A vaguely plausible theory about a life-sustaining planet orbiting a black hole is quite fun. Lost this one in drafts.

The US Border Patrol is trying to build face-reading drones. Fuck this.

Friday one of the pop culture writers I read back in the day who was recently sniffing haughtily at Legion for its heavy-handed music cues was swooning over Wilco and Pearl Jam. Heh. Yeah, ok. Naming a character after Syd Barrett is lame, but indie dad-rock is awesome.

BTW, I couldn’t finish Luke Cage. I kept nodding off, picking up phone to scan Twitter, or leafing through a book. I sure as shit don’t find the Power Man series to look more compelling. If they wanted to do an origin, they should have drawn far, far more from Brubaker, Fraction, and Aja. More recently, Walker & Greene’s Power Man & Iron Fist would have been harder to deliver than an origin story, but I hate most origin stories anyway.

Everyone freaking out that the journalist who was recently on Chapo talking about his time in militias on the Mexican border is freaking out that he turns out to be pro-intervention in Syria. Not enough people are mentioning that the dude spent two years as a prisoner of Iran, because I’ve not seen it mentioned yet. That might have colored his thinking, in that Iran backs Assad and he might harbor a grudge. There’s also the more conspiratorial theory that he was a CIA asset all along. He’s still an interesting journalist and I look forward to more of his work.

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