Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Afternoon Tea (8/15/18)

This is long and a bit tricky but worth it: The Scientist Who Scrambled Darwin’s Tree of Life

How Maori-owned small businesses are reshaping New Zealand

The Search for the Oldest Cheese in the World

The Art of the Heist

Unlocking the Mystery of Ten Revolutionary Generals’ Signatures

Morning Coffee (8/15/18)

SO HAPPY ABOUT THIS: Federal Judge Strikes Down N.H.'s 'Signature Mismatch' Absentee Voting Law

Report Reveals Widespread Sexual Abuse By Over 300 Priests In Pennsylvania

Trump and Allies Seek End to Refugee Status for Millions of Palestinians

Donald Trump and the disturbing power of dehumanizing language

Cuban 'acoustic attack' report on US diplomats flawed, say neurologists

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Picks a Very Strange Fight with Canada

Sounds secure: An 11-year-old changed election results on a replica Florida state website in under 10 minutes

This is amazing: Guernsey resident halts roadworks with ancient plea

This whole thing is bananas: 'Doesn't believe in contracts': Literary agent sues bestselling author

Oh good: Simone Biles’ former coach’s gym new home for U.S. women’s gymnastics

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Afternoon Tea (8/14/18)

This whole thing is fascinating: How a Notorious Gangster Was Exposed by His Own Sister

A Songwriting Mystery Solved: Math Proves John Lennon Wrote 'In My Life'

An Ancient River in Syria Sections Off a Modern War

TV's writers' rooms have a mother of a problem

1921 · 1946 · 1984 · 2018 A Genealogy of the Totalitarian Novel

Morning Coffee (8/14/18)

This is evil: Aurora parents fighting to stop legally adopted 4-year-old daughter from being deported

FBI agent Peter Strzok fired over anti-Trump texts

GOP lawmaker's son blasts father's role in Strzok saga, wants to flip his seat

Of course: White House Takes Aim At Financial Protections For Military

Trump Foreign Policy Held Back by Struggle to Grasp Time Zones, Maps

The Connecticut governor’s race, a rare 2018 opening for Republicans, explained

Stephen Miller Is an Immigration Hypocrite. I Know Because I’m His Uncle.

...yep: Anti-immigration Norwegian minister resigns over Iran holiday security fears

Behind Hollywood’s A-List Bidding War for a McDonald’s Monopoly Article

More young footballers dying of heart problems than thought, FA study finds

Monday, August 13, 2018

Afternoon Tea (8/13/18)

Inside the Radical, Uncomfortable Movement to Reform White Supremacists

Searching for the French Psychic Behind a $200MM Scam

25 Writers On The Books That Inspired Them To Write

Science’s search for a super banana

A Very Brief History of the Manx Language

Morning Coffee (8/13/18)

Me elsewhere: TV news for the week.

The old left and the new anti-Semitism

What Sunday’s Unite the Right 2 rally tells us about the state of the alt-right in America

With Brett Kavanaugh, Trump Has Found a Way to Repay the NRA

I'm curious to see how this ballot situation sorts out: GOP Uncertain as Rep. Chris Collins Ends Re-election Bid

The FCC Blamed a Cyberattack When Its Comment System Crashed Before Net Neutrality Repeal. The Real Culprit Was John Oliver.

Welp: Russians Flock to Trump Properties to Give Birth to U.S. Citizens

The demographic info at the end of this is fascinating: Quiz: How well can you tell factual from opinion statements?

It's terrible that this is necessary, of course, but it's a great idea: Hotel housekeepers call for panic buttons amid sexual harassment

Traces on George Orwell letter suggest he caught TB from Spanish hospital

JEOPARDY is Now Streaming on Hulu (It's a selection, not all the current episodes. But still!)

Friday, August 10, 2018

Afternoon Tea (8/10/18)

I love this piece: How World War One Gave Rise to the Traditional Mystery

Why a Belgian sourdough librarian flew to Canada for yeast

Myths, monsters and the maze: how writers fell in love with the labyrinth

Worshiping the False Idols of Wellness

Viking Women: Weaving History and Progress

Morning Coffee (8/10/18)

OKAY, time for some happy Friday links!

This is great! Rashida Tlaib, With Primary Win, Is Poised to Become First Muslim Woman in Congress

Starbucks stores are already receiving Pumpkin Spice Latte supplies, and people think they've figured out the PSL's return date

!! Natalie Dormer joins the Potterverse as A History of Magic narrator

Aah, new The Nutcracker and the Four Realms trailer!

In very different movie news, the Lizzie trailer also looks great.

Wisconsin Just Broke the Record for the World’s Largest Cheeseboard

'Cat Person' breakout writer is back with debut book: Read the first excerpt

Ooh, look at all the cute rainbow things!

Of course it does: So cheesy: Burlington airport has a 7-foot block of cheese and matching maple syrup

Announcing Three New Novels From Annalee Newitz