Flickr’s uploading features have been down for about five hours now.
Don’t expect to see anything new there today. No word from Flickr HQ as to what’s going on.
ANN: Fix for 3-billion-year-old genetic error could dramatically improve genetic sequencing.
“The new innovation engineered at UT Austin is an enzyme that performs reverse transcription but can also “proofread,” or check its work while copying genetic code. The enzyme allows, for the first time, for large amounts of RNA information to be copied with near perfect accuracy.” Exciting and mind-blowing. On the flip side, let’s hope it doesn’t make viruses more potent.
WaPo: In new poll, support for Trump has plunged, giving Clinton a double-digit lead.
Interesting, how news titles are being created. Notice T is mentioned first, in nearly every case.
Atlas Obscura: Scottish Birds Continue Stealing Large Amounts of Underwear.
Jury’s out on whether they’ll still steal domestically-manufactured skivvies.
The Toast: Female Philosophers of the Early Modern Era.
“Here’s another list of seventeenth century philosophers: Margaret Cavendish, Anne Conway, Elisabeth of Bohemia, Mary Astell, Damaris Masham, Catherine Cockburn, Bathsua Makin. You can take a philosophy degree, including Early Modern philosophy, and not come across a single one of these women. ”
ArtDaily: US bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley dies at 89.
Another RIP. Get them all out of the way early in the day ... “O Death” was incredible.
NPR: Bill Cunningham, Iconic ‘New York Times’ Photographer, Dies At 87.
Dangit. RIP. The king of streetstyle photography. I suppose we should be grateful he didn’t have to suffer the aftereffects of the stroke. You will find tons of tributes and other photos of the man on various social channels ... Tumblr, etc.
Bloomberg: That $5,000 TV Ad May Run $100,000 Now for Political Conventions.
Ugh. “Just the facts” won’t exist this political season.
Prospect.org: Who’s to Blame for Brexit? The Elites.
“If Europe responds to Brexit by consolidating more control, they’ll have learned nothing from the yearning for people to free themselves from the yoke of unaccountable external rule, and the UK won’t be the first to leave.” Great find from Kevin [GitM] on FB.
Guardian.UK: Tony Robbins event attendees burned after walking on hot coals.
Only after he does it first.
Discover: Antibiotic-Resistant Genes Hitch a Ride in Just Two Days.
So many of my acquaintances go overseas, bringing back hitchhikers (GI distress). Perhaps this is why.
SciAm: No Flu Nasal Spray Next Season: Why Is This Vaccine Not Working?
AppleInsider: The best external monitor alternatives to Apple’s discontinued Thunderbolt Display.
Of note. Expected at least one Dell, and sure enough ...
NM Fire Info: Lightning-Caused McClure Fire 30% Contained.
Youtube: Jeff Beck - Live In The Dark [Official Lyric Video].
From the new album! Interesting day to choose for a song with this title. I love when Jeff gets ‘dirty’ with his distortion, with a growling female singer. Remember on Flash, Karen Lawrence belting ‘Back on the Streets’?
SFR: Major resources on tap to fight fire that began Thursday in the Santa Fe Watershed.
Brexit. They actually did it.
Between Trump and this event, it feels like hordes of ignorance are taking over the world. Western Civilization is practically poised to fall, thanks to narrowminded pursuit of profit at any cost ...
Later: I’m being melodramatic, but my excuse is, ‘tis the season ...
AP: Clinton Failed to Hand Over Key Email to State Department.
Since when did AP go right-wing? I understand the issues, but this sounds like it was written by GOPAC back in the day.
Trump Ipsum: Make Placeholder Text Great Again!
Offered sans comment.
Hazlitt: Our Adored Cadavers.
naked cap: Sanders Has Leverage But Clinton Will Never Bargain.
“As Nate Silver noted last month, “her lack of support from Sanders voters is harming her general election numbers.” A YouGov/Economist poll in late May found that “Only half (50 percent) of Sanders supporters pick Clinton over Trump in the general election trial heat.”” She won’t want to limit herself with pre-election promises; same as any other politician in the position of power. To expect her to is unrealistic. Question is, will she decide she needs those votes, and how far will she risk her ‘freedom’ to capture them? And ... will she keep her word after election? She’s a politician, same as any other. Promises as piecrusts.
Archaeology News Network: Massive vertebrae sheds new light on Alamosaurus sanjuanensis.
RATS! A co-worker and I spent MONTHS searching around Big Bend in his Bronco for dinosaur bones in ‘78. We looked in the wrong durned place.
Hollywood Reporter: Led Zeppelin Wins ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Jury Trial.
After the “Blurred Lines/Marvin Gaye” trial, I suspected something awry. Digging further - and it’s hard to find - the attorney for Spirit is a bit of a nut, and threw his net way too wide. If he’d limited his argument to “Stairway/Spirit” *alone*, he likely would have won. He may appeal.
Question is ... virtually all of Zep is 12-bar blues. Yet everyone using that historical progression has copyrighted their individual works. How is that any different?
Music’s just gonna get more interesting.
CJR: Big investigation of slaughterhouse safety highlights the promise of media partnerships.
Used to be, partnerships weren’t needed. The profit models are all different now. Unless they band together, there’ll be no long-term in-depth reporting.
The Cut: Bill Cunningham Has Suffered a Stroke.
Oh no! Great guy, great streetstyle photog.
Pacific Standard: Our Memories Are Deeply Flawed, and We’ll Be Happier If We Accept It.
“The recovered-memory movement in the 1980s and ’90s emboldened people to root out their supposedly forgotten pasts — usually with the help of a therapist — and confront their tormentors, often their own parents, while fueling an adjacent hysteria about uncovering clandestine, sometimes occult-themed, networks of sexual predators.” God, the damage this movement did ...
DYT: 1980s - The Period Of Women Rock Hairstyle Boom.
Oh man. There’s a blast from the past. Hairspray and blowdryers!
If a speaker’s using a teleprompter, it should appear in any videos taken. Likewise, kickback monitors (video screens at the foot of the stage, a la Steve Jobs fictional ‘ad libbing’) should be cut to occasionally, so viewers know the source of the rhetoric.
Anything else is fiction. Journalism isn’t supposed to be perpetrating fiction.
BillMoyers: America Has a Republican Problem — and the Media is Partly to Blame.
“... the Republican Party, with its history of dog-whistle racism, sexism, homophobia, nativism, and gun addiction, salted now by incipient fascism, has been legitimized by the mainstream media for years.” All in the interest of keeping the old Fairness Doctrine at an arm’s length. And it ain’t just happening for the Red side of the aisle. Get the DLC dinos out of Washington. They’ve been ‘legitimized’ way too long as well.
SciAm: Viruses Hijack the Body’s Response to Mosquito Bites.
Ya know, I keep getting the idea Mother Nature ain’t wild about this human-overpopulation/global-warming stuff.