Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Afternoon Tea (5/21/19)

Wow, this BuzzFeed investigation of Tony Robbins: Unlimited Power

This is so interesting, and obviously whether it's helpful or terrible depends greatly on how it's done: ‘Hi! My name’s Eva’: A teenage Holocaust victim’s diary comes to life on Instagram

My Cousin Was My Hero. Until the Day He Tried to Kill Me.

Liquid Death and the Nonsense of Packaged Water

Why You Should Start Binge-Reading Right Now

Morning Coffee (5/21/19)

In Syria, Reports Of 19 Medical Facilities Bombed Since April 28

Accountants Must Turn Over Trump’s Financial Records, Lower-Court Judge Rules

White House blocks former counsel McGahn from testifying to Congress

THIS IS ASTONISHING, even by our current dismal standards: The Century-Old ‘Science Fiction’ Behind Ohio Rep’s Bill Covering Nonexistent Ectopic Pregnancy Treatment

Disgusting: Trump’s pick for ICE director: I can tell which migrant children will become gang members by looking into their eyes

Elizabeth Warren Has a Plan to Save Abortion Rights Of course she does.

Niki Lauda, Austrian Formula 1 legend, dies at 70

This sounds great! Berkley Has Acquired Its First Queer Female Romance and We Have All The Details!

Citrus Farmers Facing Deadly Bacteria Turn to Antibiotics, Alarming Health Officials

The new kilogram just debuted. It’s a massive achievement.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Afternoon Tea (5/20/19)

Long and worth your time: John Bolton on the Warpath

This history is fascinating and I have a LOT OF SYMPATHY for his annoyed constituents: Mayor and ‘Foreign Minister’: How Bernie Sanders Brought the Cold War to Burlington

Lessons From the Kosher Meat Boycott

Oh gosh, remember this nonsense? Stuff Your ‘Rules’

Great book recommendations here: Warrior Girls

Morning Coffee (5/20/19)

Me elsewhere: TV news for the week.

What a shock: Deutsche Bank Staff Saw Suspicious Activity in Trump and Kushner Accounts

This is bad on... several levels: Trump May Be Preparing Pardons for Servicemen Accused of War Crimes

Rebecca Traister, great as always: Our Fury Over Abortion Was Dismissed for Decades As Hysterical

Stacey Abrams: We Cannot Resign Ourselves to Dismay and Disenfranchisement

Trump’s puzzling trade war with China, sort of explained

Yay! In first for Asia, Taiwan lawmakers back same-sex marriage

Where Will Measles Break Out Next? Chicago, Los Angeles or Miami, Scientists Predict

Maya's a pal of mine and also Julian Castro's campaign manager and this is a great interview: ‘You Can’t Always Be Exactly Who You Are’: A Chat With Maya Rupert

Eeeee: See exclusive new photos from the upcoming 'Veronica Mars' revival on Hulu

Oh: Man killed by crossbow in Germany led 'medieval cult'

Friday, May 17, 2019

Afternoon Tea (5/17/19)

Your wild Friday afternoon read: The School Photo Industry Is a Master Class in Drama

How the Hell Has Danielle Steel Managed to Write 179 Books?

A Journey Into Greece’s Land of a Thousand Stories

The Dream of the ’90s Is Alive in AriZona Iced Tea

How social media–savvy youth became the unofficial keepers of queer history

Morning Coffee (5/17/19)

Okay, time for some FRIDAY HAPPY LINKS.

OH MY GOSH look at the Nancy Drew show trailer!!! I am 1000% in.

Ooh, mystery fans, check out the Anthony Award nominations.

Yay Mr. Ratburn! Kids’ TV rarely shows same-sex marriage. PBS’s Arthur just did — and it was, wonderfully, no big deal.

This is GREAT casting: Lucy Hale & Robbie Amell To Star In Rom-Com ‘The Hating Game’ Adapted From Hit Novel, Mister Smith Boards

Oreo Just Confirmed FOUR New Flavors Rolling out This Summer

'A little miracle': Dutch statesman's diary found 200 years after it was lost

Look at the baby giraffe's special therapeutic shoes!

'Reconstruction' begins of stone age lands lost to North Sea

12 Summer Nail Polishes You Need to Try

Let's go! Queen Victoria’s sapphire and diamond coronet to be put on display

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Afternoon Tea (5/16/19)

The Birth-Tissue Profiteers

Wow, imagine being these guys: Why Apollo 10 Stopped Just 47,000 Feet From the Moon

Why It's So Hard To Stop Women From Sleeping In A Menstrual Shed

Australia’s Politics May Be Changing With Its Climate

Stumbling Into Identity: Casey McQuiston on Writing About Bisexuality

Morning Coffee (5/16/19)

This is horrifying: Trump Administration to LGBT Couples: Your ‘Out of Wedlock’ Kids Aren’t Citizens

Skeptical U.S. Allies Resist Trump’s New Claims of Threats From Iran

This headline is, uh, mild; this is definitely added restrictions to legal immigration: Trump Immigration Plan Emphasizes Immigrants’ Skills Over Family Ties

Trump administration cracks down on giant Chinese tech firm, escalating clash with Beijing

Anti-Abortion Laws Will Put Women in Jail

The Senate Is as Much of a Problem as Trump

Biden Is (Still) Leading Cable News Coverage

The Met Will Turn Down Sackler Money Amid Fury Over the Opioid Crisis

Uh: Mel Gibson’s Rep. Claims Controversial ‘Rothchild’ Movie Is ‘Completely Unrelated’ to the Rothschild Family

Shrinking and Quaking Hint at Moon’s Tectonic Life

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Afternoon Tea (5/15/19)

Argentina’s Economic Misery Could Bring Populism Back to the Country

How Casey Cep Wrote the True-Crime Book Harper Lee Couldn’t

In African Villages, These Phones Become Ultrasound Scanners

This is such a tough aspect of apartment living: Listening to My Neighbors Fight (...I just realized I have two Maris Kreizman pieces linked in this post but I DON'T CARE, Maris is great.)

Discovering Cheese and Tradition in the Swedish North

Morning Coffee (5/15/19)

Alabama Lawmakers Vote to Effectively Ban Abortion in the State

White House Reviews Military Plans Against Iran, in Echoes of Iraq War

What Democrats Can Learn About Impeachment From the Civil War

Good for her: 'A hate-for-profit racket': Warren refuses Fox town hall invite

“Am I a bad person?” Why one mom didn’t take her kid to the ER — even after poison control said to.

Bill Nye says "the planet's on f****ing fire" and we need to "grow the f*** up"

Welp: Disney takes over full control of Hulu

How Volunteer Sleuths Identified a Hiker and Her Killer After 36 Years

Royal burial site ‘UK’s answer to Tutankhamun’s tomb’

Goro Shimura, 89, Mathematician With Broad Impact, Is Dead

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Afternoon Tea (5/14/19)

This is riveting: What Happened After My 13-Year-Old Son Joined the Alt-Right

Your 5G Phone Won’t Hurt You. But Russia Wants You to Think Otherwise.

Robert Caro’s Blind Spot

Images from Nigeria, land of the 'inseparable two'

Script, history and ideology: German fonts and handwriting

Morning Coffee (5/14/19)

French special forces rescue hostages in a deadly Burkina Faso raid

Supreme Court Allows Antitrust Lawsuit Against Apple to Proceed

New York Regulator Launches Investigation Into TurboTax Maker Intuit and H&R Block

How a James Comey Tweet Fueled a Conspiracy Theory That Upended a California Town

US is hotbed of climate change denial, major global survey finds

65 years after Brown v. Board of Education, school segregation is getting worse

Good for them: Brother and Sister of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Accuse Him of Spreading Misinformation on Vaccines

Actress And Singer Doris Day, Hollywood's Girl Next Door, Dies At 97

Missing Piece of Stonehenge Returned From Florida 60 Years After Removal

Dinosaur With Bat Wings Was More Than Legend

Monday, May 13, 2019

Afternoon Tea (5/13/19)

Algeria’s Turmoil Adds New Obstacle to Saving the Historic Casbah

It Was Lost for Decades, but This Warning About Anti-Semitism Has Reappeared at Just the Right Moment

Will Translated Fiction Ever Really Break Through?

Reinventing the Tomato for Survival in a Changing World

Beauty in ruins: the wonder of abandoned buildings – a photo essay

Morning Coffee (5/13/19)

Me elsewhere: TV news for the week - a lot of it!

Sweden reopens rape case against Julian Assange

South Africa’s ruling party ANC wins reelection

Trump asked Don McGahn to publicly state he didn’t obstruct justice. McGahn refused.

He Crossed the Border Alone, Then Spent 8 Months in Custody. He Was 7.

Leaked Documents Allege the NRA Has Been Spending $100,000 a Day on Lawyers

Biden’s 2020 Rivals Attack Him From the Left on Climate Change

Of course he does: Trump wants to change how poverty is calculated — to make fewer people eligible for benefits

This is so complicated, but I think basically a good step? Gilead Will Donate Truvada to U.S. for H.I.V. Prevention

Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant Is Shutting Down

!! For a Split Second, a Quantum Computer Made History Go Backward

Friday, May 10, 2019

Afternoon Tea (5/10/19)

Ancient Rock Art in the Plains of India

I love Laura Lippman: Game of Crones

You’ve Conquered the Escape Room. But Can You Escape the Lab?

Locked-Room Mysteries: A Beginner's Guide

Scenes From a Chechen Wedding

Morning Coffee (5/10/19)

Time for some Friday happy links!

Meet Baby Sussex: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor

I would try this: Dole Is Releasing a New Smoothie Bowl That Tastes Just Like Dole Whip

...and this: Wendy's Has New Frosty Sundaes Loaded With Cookies and Ghirardelli Chocolate

Lesbian Superhero Drama 'Batwoman,' 'Riverdale' Spinoff, 'Nancy Drew' Ordered to Series at The CW

Taylor Swift's Denim Jacket Pins: The Complete Guide You Didn't Know You Needed

Ooh: Colin Firth To Star In John Madden WWII Story ‘Operation Mincemeat’; FilmNation, Cross City & CAA Launch Sales — Cannes

I don't really even go here but I love puns and themed parties so: Game of Groans: Pun-tastic Recipes for Your GoT Watch Party

Rachel has great recs: Summer Reading Megalist

15 Delicious Cocktails to Drink With Your Mom on Mother’s Day

Pick 6 Cookies and We’ll Tell You Which May New Release to Read

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Afternoon Tea (5/9/19)

The Black Feminists Who Saw the Alt-Right Threat Coming

Syrup Is as Canadian as a Maple Leaf. That Could Change With the Climate.

At Egypt’s Tourism Gems, Animal Abuse Is an Ugly Flaw

How Barilla used its CEO’s homophobic comments to reshape the company’s image

Nancy Astor: A Mother in the House

Morning Coffee (5/9/19)

Donald Trump Jr. Is Subpoenaed to Testify to Senate Panel on Russia Contacts

The House Judiciary vote on contempt of Congress and what it means for William Barr, explained

Georgia Just Criminalized Abortion. Women Who Terminate Their Pregnancies Would Receive Life in Prison.

Vatican establishes new rule for sexual abuse complaints and coverups involving bishops

Awful: Jewish Family Loses Legal Battle To Recover Painting Stolen By Nazis

Is Biden Really the Most ‘Electable’ Democrat?

The Man Who Made Your iPhone Wants to Run Taiwan. A Sea Goddess Backs Him, He Says.

Jacinda Ardern Got Engaged. New Zealand Almost Didn’t Notice.

He ruins everything! How Donald Trump ruined a space art project

Battle for .amazon Domain Pits Retailer Against South American Nations

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Afternoon Tea (5/7/19)

This would be such a loss: Should These Clothes Be Saved?

In a Poor Kenyan Community, Cheap Antibiotics Fuel Deadly Drug-Resistant Infections

Could Maple Syrup Be a Climate Change Solution?

Expeditions to the North Pole Are on Ice

The History of the Spelling Bee

Morning Coffee (5/7/19)

Let's start with something cute for once: Baby Sussex is here! Harry's announcement is adorable.

This is dangerous and frightening: Claiming two years of his presidency were ‘stolen,’ Trump suggests he’s owed overtime

House Democrats move closer to holding Barr in contempt, raising questions about fate of former Trump counsel Donald McGahn

The fight for Trump’s tax returns just escalated

Trump would have been charged with obstruction were he not president, hundreds of former federal prosecutors assert

After a weekend of violence, Israel and Gaza reach a tentative ceasefire

Supporter of North Macedonia Name Change Wins Presidency

Humans Are Speeding Extinction and Altering the Natural World at an ‘Unprecedented’ Pace

A New Study Confirms (Again) That Race, Not Economics, Drove Former Democrats to Trump

Gas That Makes a Mountain Breathe Fire Is Turning Up Around the World

Monday, May 6, 2019

Afternoon Tea (5/6/19)

A Former Alt-Right Member’s Message: Get Out While You Still Can

Can Humans Help Trees Outrun Climate Change?

How an Aquafresh Parody Tumblr Got Swept Up in a Hate-Speech Purge

What's the DNA of Desire?

At the Edge of the Ice

Morning Coffee (5/6/19)

Me elsewhere: TV news for the week.

Trump wants Venezuela’s military to remove its president. But Maduro has made that difficult.

Poland’s Populists Pick a New Top Enemy: Gay People

Democrats Green Light Trump’s Authoritarian Ambitions

This story has been WILD: Baltimore’s Mayor Resigns Over a Series of Self-Published Children’s Books

Important historical context for Trump's ridiculous lies about abortion: “They Will Execute the Baby”

"The message Biden is sending is that he cares about women as a political bloc but not as individuals whose perspectives merit concerted empathy."

F.D.A. Approves the First Vaccine for Dengue Fever, but Limits Its Use

Science Academy Pushes to Eject Sexual Harassers

‘Coronation Street,’ Long-Running British Soap, Introduces Its First Black Family

The Hottest App in China Teaches Citizens About Their Leader — and, Yes, There’s a Test

Friday, May 3, 2019

Afternoon Tea (5/3/19)

The secret feminist history of illustrating plant life

Hilary Hahn: Entering the Sublime

This is very cute: Whale of a time

How The Pennsylvania Dutch Turned A Rural Town Into A Snack Food Empire

48 of the Best YA Books of May

Morning Coffee (5/3/19)

Time for Friday happy links!

VERONICA MARS TRAILER. I can't wait.

Ooh: Presidential Production: Barack and Michelle Obama Announce New Netflix Slate, Including a Frederick Douglass Biopic

This is a great profile of Chasten Buttigieg.

SO CUTE: Princess Charlotte’s Fourth Birthday is (Almost) Here, and We Have New Pics

I want to watch pretty much everything in the PBS summer slate.

Aw: A Stray Dog Joined a 140-mile Race in the Sahara (and Stayed to Get His Medal)

This video of Taylor Swift meeting her new kitten is adorable.

A Violent Splash of Magma That May Have Made the Moon

Genetic History Debunks Legend Of Blue Cheese Origin

Italians try to crack Leonardo da Vinci DNA code with lock of hair

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Afternoon Tea (5/2/19)

It’s Time for the Heroic Male Paleontologist Trope to Go Extinct

Fears of a Fourth Reich

With Indigenous Languages in Steep Decline, Summer Camps Offer Hope

Can This Breakfast Cereal Help Save The Planet?

T.S. Eliot, Crime Fiction Critic

Morning Coffee (5/2/19)

All this is just... wow: Barr’s refusal to testify before House panel increases likelihood of contempt citation from Congress

The Democrats' Fatal Impeachment Error

This is just awful: Caster Semenya: Olympic 800m champion loses appeal against IAAF testosterone rules

Indonesia's planning minister announces capital city move (BECAUSE THE CITY IS SINKING)

THIS IS HORRIFYING: Bernie Sanders' 2020 campaign unveils tech tool to increase its voter database (specifically the "report on which of your neighbors might not be sufficiently loyal" part)

U.N. Issues Urgent Warning on the Growing Peril of Drug-Resistant Infections

Revealed: populists far more likely to believe in conspiracy theories

!! Denisovan Jawbone Discovered in a Cave in Tibet

Jo Sullivan Loesser, Singer and Guardian of a Legacy, Dies at 91

Release of “13 Reasons Why” Associated with Increase in Youth Suicide Rates

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Afternoon Tea (5/1/19)

Visit Auschwitz For The Questions That Follow You Home

This was good but didn't explain the connection between cursive and conservative Christian educational movements strongly enough: Cursive Seemed to Go the Way of Quills and Parchment. Now It’s Coming Back.

The Race to Develop the Moon

A wilder read than you might expect: The Raisin Situation

We Spy 6 Brilliant New Books That Celebrate Our Fascination with Spies

Morning Coffee (5/1/19)

Mueller Objected to Barr’s Description of Russia Investigation’s Findings on Trump

Julian Assange jailed for 50 weeks for breaching bail in 2012

Trump wants to make asylum seekers’ stay in the US harder — and shorter

Supreme Court’s Ruling on Making SNAP Retail Data Public Has Broad Public Health Implications

Ugh, of COURSE: Far-Right Smear Merchants Try to Slime Pete Buttigieg with Bogus Sex Assault Claim

Ashdown Forest: Fire breaks out in Winnie the Pooh wood

Belarus Building Site Yields the Bones of 1,214 Holocaust Victims

Justice prohibits sale of Brazilian books accused of plagiarizing Nora Roberts

Scientists Create Speech From Brain Signals

Women, People of Color Make Progress as TV Writers But Still Underrepresented in Top Jobs