May. 24th, 2017 12:21 pm
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From Quartz
The New Orleans mayor is here to remind us that no one is free until everyone is free

Photo caption:
A statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is lowered to a truck for removal Friday, May 19, 2017, from Lee Circle in New Orleans. The city council voted to remove the monument and three other Confederate and white supremacist monuments in Dec. 2015. An obelisk honoring the militia known as the White League was taken down in April; a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis was removed May 11; and a statue of Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard was taken down on Wednesday.

The city of New Orleans has been making waves lately. After much debate, New Orleans decided to take down four Confederate monuments from around the city. On Friday (May 19), mayor Mitch Landrieu gave a speech about the decision, just hours before the last monument—depicting general Robert E. Lee—came down.

There’s no denying we’re living in a time of political turmoil, and people worldwide are faced with decisions about how they will act, either in resistance or peace. Still, it is striking how Landrieu chose to stay true to his values, in spite of opposition, and so eloquently explained his choice by detailing the history of the Confederacy and the cult of the Lost Cause of the Confederacy.

New Orleans is making an active effort to rewrite its history to be inclusive. You can watch the full speech and read the full transcript below:

Click headline for article, with video and transcript

Punctuation changes everything

May. 21st, 2017 10:45 am
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Airline fees

May. 21st, 2017 10:36 am
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seen on cars recently

May. 19th, 2017 11:55 pm
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BE WEIRD photo BE WEIRD_zpsxolecjuo.png

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The white color on the lower bow of the "B" is worn away, so that from certain angles it looks almost like an "F".

GE'EZ BUMPER STICKER photo Ethiopian or Somali bumper sticker_zpszkxccpbu.jpg

This bumper sticker is in the Ge'ez or Ethiopic script, which is used for Amharic, Tigrinya, and a number of other languages in Eritrea and Ethiopia. I don't know what it says. There are many people from this part of East Africa in my neighborhood, and I delight in the Ge'ez signage and the languages I hear.

DOUGLASS - MARIPOSA photo Douglass - Mariposa_zpslqziaxjh.jpg

The large white bumper sticker is a quotation from Frederick Douglass. The small round sticker is from the nearby Mariposa Food Co-op.

AYYAPPA photo AYYAPPA_zpsjbbb7o1m.jpg

Ayyappa or Ayyappan is a Hindu deity, the son of Mohini (the only female incarnation of Vishnu) and Shiva, and is worshiped mainly in South India.

Sorry, wrong numbers

May. 19th, 2017 03:50 pm
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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith wrote

I read it. FAScinating! o॓ó

But I've just been trying to send the author a note on number (grammatical, that is) fitting within Twitter's 140-byte limit —
Algae=plural, alga=singular. But bacteria=plural, bacterium=singular
— and mark up his article. But of course I can't send a marked-up text of any size at all through Twitter, so I'm putting it here and giving him the link.,

Read more... )
Unsurprisingly, the expert he quotes (J. Burns) uses both forms correctly, and I haven't generally included those quotes. But Dvorsky has trouble with these Latin terms, as many do, and is inconsistent about them.

contacts, huh

May. 19th, 2017 01:48 pm
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While Skyping with my daughter just now, I looked at my history list. The right-hand column is what I've sent to them, if anything. Mostly they're people Skype accounts that have contacted me with lines like "Let's be friends" or "I'd like to talk with you". Right.

OK, looking through these... I don't see any reasonable connection for the others. Gotta block 'em all!
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Huffington Post, 05/08/2017 04:29 pm ET

Forbes Catches Donald Trump Lying About The Size Of His Penthouse

And he REALLY inflated the size of it.
By Carly Ledbetter

According to a recent report from Forbes, the president lied about the size of his penthouse in a previous interview with the outlet in 2016. He told Forbes that his penthouse at Trump Tower spanned 33,000 square feet over three floors and cost $200 million. He admitted that he once leased a “little section” to a neighbor, but forgot to admit he shares the space with someone else.

Forbes uncovered New York City records that show Trump’s penthouse space is actually around 10,996 square feet. He also shares two of the floors with longtime neighbor Joel R. Anderson, who takes up 3,368 square feet.

Perhaps the biggest blow to Trump’s ego is the price Forbes put on his penthouse ― a measly $64 million.

This isn’t the first time Trump has bragged about the size of his assets. In March of last year, the president boasted about the size of his penis during a Republican presidential debate.
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From my congregation's chief music-maker, who recently earned her ordination as a cantor. Ezuz is the name of her band.

Hello KT:

Sending you a little music from this week's Torah portion, in Ladino: "For six years, sow your fields and prune your vineyards. But let the seventh be a year of complete rest for the land -- a Shabbat for Yah."


Whine, whine, lie, lie

May. 18th, 2017 05:32 pm
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Al-Jazeera, about ten minutes ago (Thurs. 5/18, ~5:20 pm EDT, 21:20 UTC))

Donald Trump condemns special counsel for Russia probe
Decision to pick ex-FBI head to probe alleged Russian interference in 2016 vote condemned by president as 'witch-hunt'.

Trump says displeasure with FBI's Russia inquiry was a factor in dismissing Comey [EPA]

The Twit-in-Chief's tweet *

US President Donald Trump has denounced the appointment of a special counsel to lead the Russia investigation as "the single greatest witch-hunt" in American history.

In the face of rising pressure from Congress, the US justice department named Robert Mueller, the former FBI director, on Wednesday as special counsel to investigate alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US election and possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia.

In a pair of Twitter posts on Thursday morning, Trump made clear he was unhappy with the latest crisis to grip his four-month-old administration.

Click headline for whole article.

* (I was hoping to embed the tweet, but the directions that Google found for me from Twitter developers didn't work on my smartphone. "Select the More icon under the text of the tweet" – there isn't any such.)


May. 17th, 2017 08:51 pm
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Today's (Philadelphia) Metro:

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The First Emperor's terracotta warriors, that is. This morning [personal profile] mmegaera wrote:

A long-held wish comes true

I remember first hearing about this amazing Chinese archaeological find decades ago. It may even have been when it was first discovered, although I was a pretty self-absorbed teenager back in the 1970s. It seems like it was always a part of my imagination, an entire city built underground, filled with wonders, first and foremost of which was an entire population made of terracotta clay – like flowerpots. Mostly an army, but others as well, and animals, inhabiting a place where rivers ran with mercury, all built by an emperor who wanted to be immortal.

I have wanted to go see that terracotta city for what seems like forever, but a trip to China has never been in the cards.

Well, yesterday, China came to see me. Seattle’s Pacific Science Center is one of only two American stops (the other will be in Philadelphia) on a tour of a wonderful exhibit of the Terracotta Warriors, and yesterday my friend Loralee and I went to see it.

It was amazing. I really don’t have words. The story and history behind the terracotta army beggar belief, but to see the actual statues, and learn about how they were made, and why, and for whom…

Anyway, I may not have words, but I do have photos, and here are some of them. If you’re going to be anywhere near Seattle between now and September (and if you can still get a ticket – this exhibit has been wildly popular) or if you’re going to be in Philadelphia when it’s open there, all I can say is – GO. It’s an amazing and wonderful thing, and everyone who can should see it.

She's talking about the Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor, and they're coming to the Franklin Institute September 30 and staying till March 4. Her first two paragraphs speak for me as well, and I immediately commented

Oo! Oooo! Oooooooo! And so am I!!! :-D Yeah, YEAH!!

And I may very well join the Franklin Institute so I can see them at a discount,* and see them again and again and again! As well as the rest of what the Institute has to offer.   Mwah-hah-hahhhh!   **

Click on the headline to see the rest of her post, including the photos. The photos!

ticket prices )

(Gee, does my excitement show?)

Oh (gasp) joy

May. 16th, 2017 05:08 pm
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for Philadelphia

...Air Quality Alert in effect for Wednesday May 17th...

The Department of Environmental Protection has issued a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for Ground Level Ozone... in effect for Wednesday May 17th. An Air Quality Alert means that air quality within the region may approach or exceed unhealthy standards. For more information on current and forecast concentrations of ground-level ozone and fine particulates, visit

And there it shows... [Air Quality Index (Combined Particulate Matter and Ozone)]

Air-quality shown here is better than the alert says photo IMG_20170516_171947_zpsy0jykxs2.jpg

... Philadelphia as good or moderate. WTF?  Click map for very large original


Quotation of the year?

May. 12th, 2017 11:08 am
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Posted this morning by Stephen Goranson to the email list of the American Dialect Society:

Interview on Sat. April 29; broadcast on CBS, Face the Nation, Sunday the 30th.

JOHN DICKERSON: But you stand by that claim ["surveillance"] about him [Obama]?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I don’t stand by anything.
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