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Tidbits and notions. Stuff and blither. News and snooze. This little gmiphloglet be short and more mirth than matter.
Map of Australian colonial massacres.
Today in buried ledes… Business news report on 21 trillion dollars AWOL from USA constitutionally mandated budget reportage between 1996-2015. Someone is getting paid vast amounts via the DOD. And someone is paying them. But the empire decided to forget who and whom. Oopsy!
‘"I'm a nobody," he slurred during a moment of silence. A nobody. What a sad state of the soul to actually believe you are nobody. I should have said more, besides that he is somebody, he has children, he is Floyd, he is somebody. I hope he remembers that.’
Some fresh hot Rage Against the Machine, enhanced by young drumming master Yoyoka. It’s great to see her power and moxie only increase with her age.
App (noun) - a program which insults the user’s intelligence.
Web Annoyances Ultralist - blocks the webby pop up garbage which helps make the web such a UX cesspool.
A Christian testimony of struggle and perseverance. Nothing easy, only worthy.
Go Pick a Rock. Blog post by Mennonite lady, on worry and spotting hard stones.
Cannabinoid receptors evolved at least 600mya during the Cambrian explosion as a mutation of the Vanilloid receptors. This is less interesting about cannabis per se, and more about how pain and emotions work similarly in virtually all animals.
Just what it says. A delightful artisinal offering amongst many more of equal calibre sure to appeal to any in the natural sciences.
A compendium CBS tv news reports on the civil rights upheavals in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963. The obnoxious watermark is worth enduring for the 1.5 hours of footage and contemporary commentary. The emphasis in media of white anxieties for possible black militancy over the manifest reality of massive white supremacist terrorism is really quite striking. King was canny that year in leveraging such obsessive white fears to bring white elites to a more serious stance of negotiation.
The Forgotten Strand: Socialism in the Southern Conservative Tradition 1850-1950
A brief survey of how Southern traditionalism/agrarianism had an ambivalent relationship with Socialism, and later formed a main root of the new USA “conservatism” umbrella in the late 20th century. This paper well projects the tensions inherent in the Jeffersonian Democrat conservative tradition viz a viz capital and industry, even from the perspective of agrarian slavery elites.
Teach Yourself Nama - a very brief primer in the sounds and casual vocabulary of that hardy click language of venerable antiquity which is now called Khoekhoe, in former times with considerable imprecision called Hottentot, Khoikhoi, central Khoisan, Nama... Libgen has Khoekhoe resources listed under all these names, of varying usefulness.
A new QuickStart guide in English for learning the popular new Adlam alphabet used to write Fulani language. A pretty script, elegant and distinctive.
Beall’s List, Updated - An ongoing project to name and shame predatory publishers, the “Nigerian prince” scammers of the academic world.
Saguaros are being pummeled by climate change. No monsoons? No life. Utter madness.
Toxoplasma gondii infection increases aggression, recklessness, and depression in humans. 11% of USAmericans carry this bug. In poor countries the CDC says this can rise to between 50-80% of the population. How is this not a global health priority?
Critical Rôle is excellent fantasy theatre for the quarantine era.
Theodore Roosevelt, of whom Bernie Sanders is possibly the reincarnation, discusses a living wage and bringing industry to heel for labour.
Caroline - A needy mother’s quick, desperate mistake blooms into trauma.
Broken Bunny - A short film about mortality and ethical choices
A pet-peeve roundup of millennialisms, but doesn’t go into vocal fry. As far as I can determine, these speech patterns are linked to social status, marking young urban professional class / bourgeois artiste speakers. The supposition that uptalk hesitantly begs listener approval is probably indicative, a form of sociolectic fencing tied to professional class manners which hasn’t (yet) diffused to the North American working classes.
The Silent Child
Short film about a sweet lil girl, a kind teacher, and neglectful purile parents who have no business caring for children.
Zapatistas: the Recombinant Movie
Tangentially in counterpoise, a nearly forgotten bit of prophetic smolweb from our friends at the Thing BBS, 1996.
Indeed history doth fractally rhyme. The hundredth anniversary commemoration of the Anti-Chinese Massacre of Torreón is this year, an Einsatzgrüppen style village bloodbath illustrating the social power of mere permission.
I Hope We Choose Love - Kaicheng Thom
🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️ Book. Some trenchant critiques of North American queer culture, from a millennial trans woman who has worked deep in those trenches. I’m not sure how conscious she is of it, but much of her argument for a queer reformation leans on Christian queer theology, often in poignant ways.
Chappie with a fashionable pompadour teaches us how to replace an iPad button, with useful tips to work with Apple’s absolutely user-repair hostile design.
Roundup FAQ of *2email proxies circa 1995-2002. I’m quite interested in finding out web and gopher to email gateways. As far as I can tell so far, no open gateways exist now. It would be a gimme for Gemini, natch.
The One Page Linux Manual. From 1999. Still served fresh.
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