Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Afternoon Tea (7/17/19)

Worrisome, obviously, but fascinating: ‘We Cannot Save Everything’: A Historic Neighborhood Confronts Rising Seas

This is quite a saga: "I Did Not Die. I Did Not Go to Heaven."

Oh, wow, what bad science: The 5G Health Hazard That Isn’t

7 Unlikeable Women (Characters) You Should Get to Know This Summer

An Ancient Greek Philosopher Was Exiled for Claiming the Moon Was a Rock, Not a God

Morning Coffee (7/17/19)

A divided House votes for resolution condemning Trump’s racist remarks

I'm not surprised, but I'm sad: Eric Garner’s Death Will Not Lead to Federal Charges for N.Y.P.D. Officer

This is scary: Kellyanne Conway asked a Jewish reporter 'What's your ethnicity?' while defending Trump's racist tweets

Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, Who Led Liberal Wing, Dies at 99

Six officials at nonprofit Southwest Key, which runs migrant child shelters, earned more than $1 million in 2017

Trump Admin Says Abortion ‘Gag Rule’ Effective Immediately

If the information in this story is correct, I'm glad she's out: Planned Parenthood Has Ousted Its President, Leana Wen, Amid A Dispute Over The Organization's Direction

Oh for the love of God: A second candidate for Mississippi governor says he won’t meet alone with women

Polio Cases Surge in Pakistan and Afghanistan

A Burning Lava Lake Concealed by a Volcano’s Glacial Ice

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Afternoon Tea (7/16/19)

India’s Shooting for the Moon, and the Country Is Pumped

A Universe of One’s Own

Inside an Amazon Warehouse, Robots’ Ways Rub Off on Humans

Queer History Uncovered: A Conversation with Matthew Riemer

This Archive Captures Centuries of British Crime, From Cheese Theft to Murder

Morning Coffee (7/16/19)

Trump Administration Implementing '3rd Country' Rule On Migrants Seeking Asylum

ICE Launches Raids Targeting Migrant Families

Vital, from Adam Serwer: Trump Tells America What Kind of Nationalist He Is

Trump says he’s not concerned about being racist because “many people agree” with him

Hundreds of leaked chat messages show Puerto Rico’s governor using vulgar antigay slurs repeatedly

American Federation of Teachers sues Betsy DeVos over public service loan forgiveness program

Good! Britain’s £50 Note Will Honor Computing Pioneer Alan Turing

Glacial melting in Antarctica may become irreversible

Fair Trade Helps Farmers, But Not Their Hired Workers

Found: The Original Home of England’s Doomed ‘9-Day Queen’

Monday, July 15, 2019

Afternoon Tea (7/15/19)

"The United States women’s soccer team has become an excruciating example of a scenario we’ve seen play out for decades: Little girls are told to follow their dreams, and to excel, until they become women and expect be paid for it."

Julián Castro can’t speak Spanish. Here’s why that’s so authentic.

What the Measles Epidemic Really Says About America

International Nonbinary Day was... yesterday, oops, but here are some book recommendations for the occasion!

Why No One Can Agree on What George Washington Thought About the Relationship Between Church and State

Morning Coffee (7/15/19)

Me elsewhere: TV news for the week.

Border Patrol Agents Are Passing Around A Commemorative Coin Mocking Care for Migrant Kids

This affects a lot of important research (including climate change) as well as the obvious education aspect: Political chaos roils Alaska as universities face devastating cuts

Uh, I'm pretty sure we've all read this book: Amazon, Microsoft wage war over the Pentagon’s ‘war cloud’

Agriculture Department suspends data collection for honeybees after Trump budget cuts (WEIRDLY ENOUGH this came right after they got rid of a rule banning pesticides that hurt bees!)

Sanders and Warren voters have astonishingly little in common

WOW, this is awful: ‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2 Turmoil: Inside Andrea Arnold’s Loss of Creative Control

The Milky Way Has Battle Scars from Colliding With a Ghostly Galaxy

AWW: Paul McCartney Brings Ringo Starr to the Stage for End-of-Tour Surprise

Unesco Recognizes Heritage Sites, Ancient to Modern, Around the World

Good! Essex drops library closure plans following sustained public protests

Friday, July 12, 2019

Afternoon Tea (7/12/19)

This is RIVETING: New Coke Didn’t Fail. It Was Murdered.

Whoa: An Eight-Second Film of 1915 New Orleans and the Mystery of Louis Armstrong’s Happiness

Mermaids Have Always Been Black

10 Black Princess Books to Celebrate Halle Bailey as Ariel

Jerome and the lion

Morning Coffee (7/12/19)

This was the longest week ever, wasn't it? Okay. We made it. FRIDAY HAPPY LINKS.

I don't know if I can take it: Veronica Mars First Look: Old Friends, Foes and an Ex Return for Hulu Revival

This sounds great! Alaska Native girl leads animated kids TV show in US first

Here's a VERY USEFUL infographic: So You Want to Watch Women's Soccer

Oh, this is gorgeous: The First Mulan Trailer Teases a Sweeping Warrior's Adventure

Dahlia Adler's editing a Shakespeare retelling anthology!!

Bear spotted taking in sunrise over Mount Washington

WHAT: Buckingham Palace Is Hosting a Leonardo da Vinci Escape Room All Summer

I love this headline: Cockatoo choreographs his own dance moves, researchers believe

And in other bird news: The Queen takes a morning stroll with a duck called Olive in Edinburgh

Mix and Match Fruits and Spreads for an Easy, Customizable Fruit Tart

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Afternoon Tea (7/11/19)

Central America’s choice: Pray for rain or migrate

‘Mother Is Not Going to Like This’: The 48 Hours That Almost Brought Down Trump

This post from Dahlia Adler is great even if the situation doesn't directly apply to you: Mid-Career Querying and Other Stuff We Don’t Talk About

The Woman Who Revealed the Missing Link Between Viruses and Cancer

The Personal Kit of a British Soldier at the Start of the Asia-Pacific War

Morning Coffee (7/11/19)

Of course: Gov. Sununu Issues 10 New Vetoes But! Buried in there is that he DID let the non-binary gender marker bill pass into law without his signature, so that's good news, NH!

And another of course: Trump labor secretary who cut Epstein deal plans to slash funds for sex trafficking victims

ICE Just Quietly Opened Three New Detention Centers, Flouting Congress’ Limits

Ilhan Omar calls Tucker Carlson a ‘racist fool’ after he describes her as a threat to U.S.

E. Jean Carroll Told Her Story Anyway

An Executive Order Can’t Fix Trump’s Census Problem

SIGH: Tom Steyer Will Run for President and Plans to Spend $100 Million on His Bid

Hahaha: Megan Rapinoe would beat Donald Trump in 2020 election according to new poll

The Future of Ebook Pricing

13-Year-Old Scientist's Research Shows Hand Dryers Can Hurt Kids' Ears

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Afternoon Tea (7/10/19)

ICYMI, here is the COMPLETELY BONKERS preschool story everyone is talking about: The Battle of Grace Church

Sandra Boynton is tweaking some of her beloved children’s books. But why mess with perfection?

The Goal Is To Feel Strong, Says 'Black Panther' Jewelry Designer

On the 18th-Century Origins of Celebrity Worship

Bless Us, O Instagram

Morning Coffee (7/10/19)

Migrant kids in overcrowded Arizona border station allege sex assault, retaliation from U.S. agents

Judge Rejects Justice Dept. Request to Change Lawyers on Census Case

"It was supposed to be an exclusive party at Mar-a-Lago, Donald J. Trump’s members-only club in Palm Beach, Fla. But other than the two dozen or so women flown in to provide the entertainment, the only guests were Mr. Trump and Jeffrey Epstein."

President Trump cannot block his critics on Twitter, federal appeals court rules

A new human rights commission sounds nice but don't be fooled: this administration is redefining human rights and probably who gets to be human.

And in gross local news: Sununu Auctions Copy Of His Paid Family Leave Veto At Republican Fundraiser

Warren Rising: Massachusetts Progressive Announces $19 Million Fundraising Haul

Ross Perot, Brash Texas Billionaire Who Ran for President, Dies at 89

Support for legal abortion matches its 24-year high: Poll

Everything in this article is great: In 2003, an 8-year-old Rose Lavelle dressed as Mia Hamm for a third-grade book project

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Afternoon Tea (7/9/19)

Exclusive Investigation: Sex, Drugs, Misogyny And Sleaze At The HQ Of Bumble’s Owner

Why the USWNT’s open queerness matters

Romance Novelists Write About Sex and Pleasure. On the Internet That Makes Them Targets for Abuse

DNA Begins to Unlock Secrets of the Ancient Philistines

A few days late but very interesting: An Ives Fourth

Morning Coffee (7/9/19)

Jeffrey Epstein: Seizure of Photos of Nude Girls Deepens Questions About Earlier Deal

Trump Lied to the Supreme Court, and Four Justices Don’t Care

Trump tweets “we will no longer deal” with UK ambassador after leaked cables

E. Jean Carroll and the ‘Hideosity Bar’

Please Stop Thinking This Will Be a Fair Election least it's one in, one out? Billionaire Tom Steyer May Enter the 2020 Field as Rep. Eric Swalwell Bows Out

Principal Who Tried to Stay ‘Politically Neutral’ About Holocaust Is Removed

Trump’s corruption is getting worse. He has a hidden enabler.

This is a thoughtful piece on health care policy and the questions we should be asking 2020 candidates: Abolish private insurance? It depends.

Mickey Kapp, Who Made Mixtapes for Astronauts, Dies at 88

Monday, July 8, 2019

Afternoon Tea (7/8/19)

The Moon Sits for Its Portrait

Screw This Whole ‘My Girlfriend Isn’t Hungry’ Menu Trend

From LGBTQ Reads: New Releases: July 2019 So many things there sound good!

How stock photographers take a perfectly anonymous picture

Lost in Translation

Morning Coffee (7/8/19)

Me elsewhere: TV news for the week.

DRC rebel chief 'the Terminator' convicted of war crimes

Greece Liked to Underestimate Kyriakos Mitsotakis. Now He’s Prime Minister.

Justice Dept. to Replace Lawyers in Census Citizenship Question Case

ICE Used Facial Recognition to Mine State Driver’s License Databases

A Crime by Any Name

US women’s soccer team wins its fourth World Cup

USA's formidable women's soccer team is no accident. It's a product of public policy

Elizabeth Warren Unveils Plan for Getting Women of Color Paid More Fairly

Women's Health Providers Say Impasse After Sununu's Budget Veto Will Hurt Patients

João Gilberto, Father of Bossa Nova, Dies at 88

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Afternoon Tea (7/3/19)

This is great: So the President F*cking Hates My Girlfriend

SO MANY BOOKS THAT SOUND GREAT: Our Most Anticipated LGBTQAP YAs of 2019: July to December

NASA Reopens Apollo Mission Control Room That Once Landed Men on Moon

The Meaning Changed, But DiGiorno’s Slogan Stays the Same

The Boyfriends of Giarre

Morning Coffee (7/3/19)

GOOD: Federal Court Blocks Trump Administration Policy of Arbitrarily Jailing Asylum-Seekers

DHS Inspector General Finds 'Dangerous Overcrowding' In Border Patrol Facilities

Border agents confiscated lawmakers’ phones. Joaquin Castro captured photo and video anyway.

Phew: 2020 Census Won’t Have Citizenship Question as Trump Administration Drops Effort

Woww: Navy SEAL Acquitted Of Murder After Witness Claims To Have Killed ISIS Captive

About time: House Files Lawsuit Seeking Disclosure of Trump Tax Returns

Kamala Harris Doesn’t Have to Believe in Joe Biden’s Innocence

Amazing: Suspicious substance mailed to 'Straight Pride' organizers turns out to be … glitter

Good for him: Adam Scott Calls Out Mitch McConnell’s Social Media Team for Using His Image on Twitter

Lee Iacocca, Visionary Automaker Who Led Both Ford and Chrysler, Is Dead at 94

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Afternoon Tea (7/2/19)

Why Are the Democrats’ Bad Men Refusing to Step Down?

No Drips, No Drops: A City Of 10 Million Is Running Out Of Water

“Everyone uses Ravelry”: why a popular knitting website’s anti-Trump stance is so significant

Interesting commentary on the industry here: Netflix canceled One Day at a Time. Then a traditional TV network resurrected it.

Australian Gothic Literature

Morning Coffee (7/2/19)

Inside the Secret Border Patrol Facebook Group Where Agents Joke About Migrant Deaths and Post Sexist Memes

Agents feared riots, armed themselves because of dire conditions at migrant facility, DHS report says

No thank you: Trump Says Tanks Will Be on Display in Washington for July 4

These people should all be ashamed of themselves. This is how evil regimes take hold. Alabamians Defend Arrest of Woman Whose Fetus Died in Shooting

Elizabeth Warren Wants To Transform American Elections

Good: Twitter Conspiracy Theorist Charged With a Felony in Lynch Threat Against Muslim Candidate

Oh no: Center for American Progress Puts ThinkProgress Up for Sale

This is the minimum any decent person should say, but given his position, it's still important and great that he said it: The Duke of Cambridge: ‘absolutely fine’ if children are LGBTQ

Eee, good winners! 2019 Locus Awards Winners

In Hawaii, Construction to Begin on Disputed Telescope Project

Monday, July 1, 2019

Afternoon Tea (7/1/19)

The Illiberal Right Throws a Tantrum

A Mystery Disease Is Killing Children, and Questions Linger About Lychees

Reader's Guide: Stonewall for Any Age

‘We’ve got five farmers’ – Cardiff Metropolitan University prepares for the Europa League

Noah's Ark and the Anglo-Saxons

Morning Coffee (7/1/19)

Me elsewhere: TV news for the week.

Protesters are trying to storm the Hong Kong government headquarters as I write this - here's the Guardian liveblog.

The Treatment of Migrants Likely ‘Meets the Definition of a Mass Atrocity’

There will be Close the Camps protests tomorrow (Tuesday) at noon. Find one near you.

Bolton Keeps Trying to Goad Iran Into War

The Census Case Is Shaping Up to Be the Biggest Travesty Since Bush v. Gore

Elizabeth Warren & Julián Castro Refused To Battle Each Other In The Debate. It Paid Off.

Gross: 2,495 Reports of Police Bias. Not One Was Deemed Valid by the N.Y.P.D.

This is extremely worrisome: New Study Shows Decline in LGBTQ Acceptance Among Young Americans

Good: Melvil Dewey's name stripped from top librarian award

Groundbreaking astronomer Kepler 'may have practised alchemy'

Friday, June 28, 2019

Afternoon Tea (6/28/19)

The way he talks about both Linda and John just kills me: Paul McCartney on Linda’s best photos: ‘Seeing the joy between me and John really helped me’

Ooh there are some GREAT choices in this list: 21 YA eBooks on Sale for Under $3 for Pride Month!

How to Cut Cheese Like a Pro

The Best Ice Cream Shop in Every State

Fancy a Mystery-Inspired Board Game?

My Top Ten Takeaways from the First Round of Debates

1. I've been trying not to commit to a candidate too early, but it's time to stop pretending Warren hasn't completely won me over here. My "Warren Has a Plan for That" t-shirt arrives today. There is nothing in the world I love more than plans so I don't know why I though I could hold out.

(1b. Yes, I agree that her handling of the "Pocahontas" thing was Not Great, and I hope she does more to make things right with the Native American community, but there's SOMETHING I don't like about literally every candidate. Holding out for perfection is dangerous and counterproductive. And, you know, impossible.)

2. Of the rest, Castro and Harris did the best and seemed like the other adults on stage, and then probably Booker and Buttigieg. I'd be pretty happy with any of them as VP. Warren/Castro is my dream ticket at this point.

(2b. My main issue with Booker was the way he implied that Warren wanting good research and plans regarding gun violence meant she didn't CARE. Gross.)

3. Bernie did himself no favors but didn't really change my opinion of him in either direction. You know what you're getting with him and you either like it or you don't. I don't. I think he'd be bad at the job of being president and nothing he said made me think otherwise.

4. I miss when Joe Biden was someone I had mostly warm feelings about. (Not in this race, just in general.) He really, really, really needs to go.

5. Actually, let's just get rid of all the white cishet men. They are unnecessary. And it's great to have so many female candidates that we can be CHOOSY and deeply dislike at least two of them and still have options!

6. If one more person criticizes a (usually female) candidate for SEEMING TO HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT SOME OF THESE ISSUES BEFORE rather than being totally! spontaneous! I am going to murder someone.

7. I hope other candidates follow Castro's lead and use inclusive language when talking about abortion rights.

8. I woke up thinking about how many people I know would be really into Marianne Williamson's nonsense about "politics are icky, no need for plans or action or actually confronting difficult things, love will magically heal the world," and that's sad and scary.

9. So much yelling and interrupting and talking over each other! That is not helpful to anyone. Future moderators, please take a stronger stance on this. If the Oscars can cut mics, you can too.

10. I would ABSOLUTELY 100% vote for ANY of these candidates in the general election if they were the nominee, because they are all better than Trump, and if you do not do that you are a bad person.

Morning Coffee (6/28/19)

On Friday we stick to happy links. Back to current events tomorrow.

Yay! One Day at a Time Saved From Cancellation by Pop TV

Aaah, this Charlie's Angels trailer!


!! Dixie Chicks confirm on Instagram that a new album is coming

THIS IS SO CUTE: LEGO is hosting the world’s smallest Pride parade to celebrate Stonewall’s 50th anniversary

Cookies in Space!

Whoa: 'Myst' Film, TV Universe in the Works From Village Roadshow

50 Must-Read Queer Romance Novellas

I just love this headline: Reversible superglue proves strong enough to hold average man

Polish & Paperbacks: 13 Book-Inspired Manicures

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Afternoon Tea (6/27/19)


They Thought This HIV Strategy Couldn't Work. But It Did

Brand Twitter Grows Up

The Many Liars of Crime Fiction

Toads and ermine (and other coats of arms)

Morning Coffee (6/27/19)

Investigators Found Immigrant Kids And Families Locked In Disgusting Conditions In Border Camps

Elizabeth Warren proved she’s ready for the big show

Our next election is dangerously vulnerable, a top Democrat warns. Does Trump care?

This is horrifying and a very very very worrisome sign of things to come: Woman indicted in shooting death of her unborn child; charges against shooter dismissed

Elizabeth Warren says she would ban private prisons and detention facilities as president

I love her: Out soccer star Megan Rapinoe says she’s ‘not going to the f–king White House’ after World Cup

By pushing for revote in Istanbul, Erdogan gambled — and lost

Wow: A trans Starbucks employee was misgendered on the job. Starbucks says it isn’t harassment.

A Former Republican Operative With Ties To White Nationalists Has Been Publishing Opinion Pieces In The Wall Street Journal

NASA Rover on Mars Detects Puff of Gas That Hints at Possibility of Life

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Afternoon Tea (6/26/19)

‘Lock the S.O.B.s Up’: Joe Biden and the Era of Mass Incarceration

The kidnapped Yazidi children who don’t want to be rescued from ISIS

If you've seen other article about YA and Twitter going around... well, I recommend THIS one, which is actually well-researched and thoughtful: YA Twitter Can Be Toxic, But It Also Points Out Real Problems

Challenging Heterosexist Readings Of Women’s Holocaust Testimonies

Tsampa: The Tibetan Cereal That Helped Spark An Uprising

Morning Coffee (6/26/19)

‘We’re in a Dark Place’: Children Returned to Troubled Texas Border Facility

Good for the Times editorial board: Children Shouldn’t Be Dying at the Border. Here’s How You Can Help.

This guy is, of course, evil and racist: Mark Morgan to replace John Sanders as border chief as DHS shake-up continues

Wayfair Workers Plan Walkout Over Sales to Migrant Detention Facilities

I'm glad Dara Lind is back from vacation: The horrifying conditions facing kids in border detention, explained

GOOD: Elizabeth Warren: Repeal The Law That Criminalizes Migrants

I'm not getting my hopes up for anything to come of this, but I think it's good that it happens regardless: Mueller to testify to Congress in open session about his investigation

Uh, whoa: New Estimate for an Oil Leak: A Thousand Times Worse Than Rig Owner Says

Good: N.R.A. Shuts Down Production of NRATV

And let's end on one more positive thing: Jesuit School, Defying Archdiocese, Refuses to Remove Teacher in Same-Sex Marriage

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Afternoon Tea (6/25/19)

This is great: Naked, Afraid and Transgender: ‘The Wilderness Couldn’t Care Less’

The Wild Ride at Babe.Net

Can ‘Big Data’ Help Fight Big Fires? Firefighters Are Betting on It

I FEEL ATTACKED but no, this is important: You Are Doing Something Important When You Aren’t Doing Anything

6 YA Books About Thorny Female Friendships

Morning Coffee (6/25/19)

Doctor compares conditions for unaccompanied children at immigrant holding centers to 'torture facilities'

Migrant Children Moved From Border Patrol Center After Outcry But. "It is not clear where the children formerly detained at the Clint facility have been transferred" is a CHILLING statement.

White House moves to bar counselor Kellyanne Conway from testifying to Congress about alleged violations of Hatch Act

Trump will never be held accountable for his treatment of women

It’s time for a reckoning for journalists who boosted false narratives about Donald Trump’s LGBTQ policy positions

A good step: A Message From the Billionaire’s Club: Tax Us

What Is Joe Biden Hiding About What He’s Hiding From the New York Times?

Wow: Over 40% of newly elected Indian lawmakers facing charges

Rising Temperatures Ravage the Himalayas, Rapidly Shrinking Its Glaciers

Giant Squid Reappears on Video, This Time in U.S. Waters

Monday, June 24, 2019

Afternoon Tea (6/24/19)

14 YA Authors on the Queer Books That Changed Their Lives

Americans Just Want Immigrants for the Food

Of course this was someone who worked for Goop: Welcome to the Era of Branded Engagements

I never knew the lyrics to this first verse and I am horrified: The Rolling Stones & Brown Sugar — way past time to let it go

The Art and Politics of Crosswords

Morning Coffee (6/24/19)

Me elsewhere: TV news for the week.

Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children

Illinois bans private immigration detention centers

Lesbian Couple Barred From Fostering Migrant Kids

Well, this is alarming! Trump tweets video showing him running for president indefinitely

No. Why. Joe Sestak Becomes Latest Democrat To Announce 2020 Presidential Run

One of the last: Tuskegee Airman who flew 142 WWII combat missions dies at 99

Boston tapes: Ex-IRA man to take case to Supreme Court

Good: 72 Philadelphia Police Officers Placed On Desk Duty Over Offensive Social Media Posts

Oh, nice move: U.S. Olympic Committee Changes Name To U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee

A legend: Judith Krantz, Whose Tales of Sex and Shopping Sold Millions, Dies at 91

Friday, June 21, 2019

Afternoon Tea (6/21/19)

Eeee: Veronica Mars on Hulu Will Be Darker, Sexier, and Stacked with Guest Stars

This is lovely: Olympic ice-dance champions Virtue and Moir: 'We’re so proud of our relationship'

! Narlugas Are Real

Overlooked No More: Claude Cahun, Whose Photographs Explored Gender and Sexuality

6 Books About Queer Princesses for Readers of All Ages

Morning Coffee (6/21/19)

The whole first half of today's happy Friday links are book announcements/cover reveals. Sorry not sorry.

I LOVE THIS COVER: Exclusive: Maureen Johnson is wrapping up her Truly Devious trilogy in style

Emily St. John Mandel has a book coming next year!!

The New Sci-Fi & Fantasy Anthology 'A Phoenix First Must Burn' Puts The Spotlight On Black Girls & Gender Nonconforming Teens

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Gamers Fight Online Trolls in Eric Smith's Don't Read the Comments

Exclusive Cover Reveal: King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender

!!! Julie Andrews To Voice Lady Whistledown In Shondaland’s Bridgerton Series For Netflix Based On Novels

Accidental cat filter appears on Pakistan official's briefing

I remain cautiously optimistic: Exclusive First Look: Greta Gerwig and Saoirse Ronan’s Little Women

Harry and Meghan Give Us a New Photo of Master Archie For Father’s Day

Lorde confirms work on third album

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Afternoon Tea (6/20/19)

This Sherrilyn Kenyon profile is... a lot. 'I Really Thought He Was Going to Kill Me and Bury My Body'

Meet the New York couple donating millions to the anti-vax movement

The black Georgia school teacher who turned out to be a Union spy

Hollywood Finally Let Bianca Lawson Grow Up

Watch Soap Bubbles Turn Into Tiny Snow Globes as They Freeze

Morning Coffee (6/20/19)

FINALLY, New Hampshire: Gov. Sununu signs bill declaring Juneteenth a state holiday

‘Never again’ means nothing if Holocaust analogies are always off limits

Prominent Uighur Writer Dies at Chinese Internment Camp

E.P.A. Finalizes Its Plan to Replace Obama-Era Climate Rules

Good for him: A Pride Flag is flying over California’s Capitol. Gavin Newsom says it’s sending a message

Which 2020 Candidates Have The Most In Common … On Twitter?

Librarian of Congress Names Joy Harjo the Nation's 23rd Poet Laureate (THE FIRST NATIVE AMERICAN POET LAUREATE. Sigh.)

GOOD: Nxivm’s Keith Raniere Convicted in Trial Exposing Sex Cult’s Inner Workings

Whoa: Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje stepping away from competition

In the Bronze Age, Bagels Were Tiny

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Afternoon Tea (6/19/19)

I'm excited to read this one: Reviving Gay History in Abdi Nazemian’s Like a Love Story

‘Star Wars’ Continues to Embrace Female Leadership, As Long As They’re Not Directing Films

Androgyny Is Now Fashionable in the W.N.B.A.

Interesting history I didn't know at all: The Sultan of Lovers

How Almonds Went From Deadly To Delicious

Morning Coffee (6/19/19)

U.N. Report Calls for Investigation of Saudi Crown Prince in Khashoggi Killing

Patrick Shanahan withdraws from consideration as Trump’s secretary of defense

SCOTUS Just Killed Off Virginia’s Racial Gerrymander. Its Decision Will Affect Elections for Years to Come.

Trump’s 2020 message: “Depraved” Democrats “want to destroy you”

Mitch McConnell, Too, Welcomes Russian Interference

Joe Biden's Approach to Governing Won't Work

Eight Women Accuse Hollywood Filmmaker Max Landis of Emotional and Sexual Abuse: ‘We’re Not People to Him’

ABOUT TIME: Carnegie medal goes to first writer of colour in its 83-year history

NOPE: Facebook Plans Global Financial System Based on Cryptocurrency

It looked like a simple domestic murder. Then police learned about the alien reptile cult.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Afternoon Tea (6/18/19)

A great profile by Emily Bazelon: Elizabeth Warren Is Completely Serious

This happened in my area and was so scary: The Day the Town Blew Up

Stop Using Phony Science to Justify Transphobia

The Invention of the "Beach Read"

The Ruin of Britain

Morning Coffee (6/18/19)

Please read this: The Youngest Child Separated From His Family at the Border Was 4 Months Old

Trump Adds Troops After Iran Says It Will Breach Nuclear Deal

Mohamed Morsi, ousted president of Egypt, dies in court

‘There’s no accountability’: Trump, White House aides signal a willingness to act with impunity in drive for reelection

THIS monster: Lawyers for Sandy Hook families say Alex Jones sent them child porn

Chilling Video Shows Cop Aiming Gun At Black Family After Girl, 4, Takes Doll From Store

Disgusting: Alabama court forces rape survivor to allow rapist to have visitation with children

Gloria Vanderbilt Dies at 95; Built a Fashion Empire

Veronica Mars trailer!!

Out of Their Eggs, Into the Sky: How Baby Pterosaurs May Have Taken Flight

Monday, June 17, 2019

Afternoon Tea (6/17/19)

Childhood, disrupted: Venezuela is in danger of losing a generation

This piece on George Sand is very interesting and now I want to read her; I basically only learned about her as a sidebar in Chopin's story, which is of course typical and terrible: Devils v. Dummies

These Boots Were Made for Walkin’ Away from Oklahoma

The history of candidate books: Confessions of a Presidential Candidate

‘She is an Outsider in Public Life’: women parliamentary candidates, 1918-1923

Morning Coffee (6/17/19)

Me elsewhere: TV news for the week!

Iran Threatens to Violate Nuclear Deal’s Limits on Uranium Enrichment

‘Guats,’ ‘Tonks’ and ‘Subhuman Shit’: The Shocking Texts of a Border Patrol Agent

Trump, election interference, and hollow nationalism

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders Is Leaving The White House

Heads up: King Arthur Flour recall!

Who Made The Cut: DNC Announces Primary Debate Contenders

New York City Allocates $250,000 for Abortions, Challenging Conservative States

See a Design of the Harriet Tubman $20 Bill That Mnuchin Delayed

Not good! Hungary eyes science research as latest target for state control

‘Frightening’ number of plant extinctions found in global survey