Musings on the Miscellaneous

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Cave rescue: Boys and football coach free from Tham Luang

<b>Divers in northern Thailand have rescued all 12 boys and their football coach from flooded caves, 17 days after they got trapped underground.</b><p>Their plight and the massive, dangerous three-day-long operation to free them gripped the world's attention.<p>The group was cut off on 23 June after heavy rains …

Mission Impossible

Man accused of driving into crowd at Charlottesville ‘Unite the Right’ rally charged with federal hate crimes

The Justice Department charged James Alex Fields Jr., the driver accused of killing a counterprotester at last year’s white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, with multiple hate crimes Wednesday.<p>The charges include two hate crimes connected to the death of Heather Heyer, a counterprotester who …

Rights & Freedoms

April is Poetry Month

Why on Earth in April?The poet T.S. Eliot famously declared:<i>April is the cruellest month, breeding</i><i>Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing</i><i>Memory and</i> …

Literature

Let It Come Naturally: How to Create a Character in Short Fiction

Imagine this common scenario: you are at a party, perhaps a neighborhood meet and greet where you are likely to be meeting people for the fist time. You find yourself in a corner with the woman who lives two doors down and she seems like someone you would like to get to know. She seems friendly …

Ecuador Disconnects Julian Assange From The Internet

The government of Ecuador has cut off the Internet connection for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange inside its London embassy, saying that he was jeopardizing its relationships with other countries through his posts on social media.<p>Assange has been living in the embassy there since 2012, when he …

Judge allows lawsuit alleging Trump took illegal foreign gifts

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> A federal judge said Wednesday that a lawsuit alleging gifts or payments from foreign and domestic governments made to President Donald Trump may be illegal can proceed.<p>But the ruling from Judge Peter Messitte of the US District Court of Maryland says the Maryland and District of …

Donald Trump

Linda Brown, woman at center of Brown v. Board case, dies

<b>(CNN) —</b> Linda Brown, who as a little girl was at the center of the Brown v. Board of Education case that ended segregation in American schools, has died, a funeral home spokesman said.<p>Brown, 75, died Sunday afternoon in Topeka, Kansas, the spokesman said.<p>Brown was 9 years old in 1951 when her …

Pop Culture

Trump tweets that memo 'totally vindicates' him in Russia probe

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump says a GOP memo declassified on Friday "totally vindicates" him in the Russia probe.<p>In a Saturday morning tweet, Trump denied any collusion or obstruction and called the investigation "an American disgrace."<p>"This memo totally vindicates 'Trump' in probe," …

Donald Trump

Inside One of America’s Last Pencil Factories

A pencil is a little wonder-wand: a stick of wood that traces the tiniest motions of your hand as it moves across a surface. I am using one now, making weird little loops and slashes to write these words. As a tool, it is admirably sensitive. The lines it makes can be fat or thin, screams or …

Shutdown watch: What Trump's DACA moves mean

<b>(CNN) —</b> Put Thursday in the proper perspective: President Donald Trump, who said definitively he would sign what Congress sends him, flatly rejected the lone (serious) bipartisan effort to reach a resolution on the expiring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.<p>And he did it by:<p>A. …

Immigration

Puerto Rico Sketchbook: The Elders of the Island

In November, the artist and writer Molly Crabapple spent a week in Puerto Rico documenting grassroots efforts by communities to rebuild after Hurricane Maria. Here are excerpts from her sketchbook.<p>Puerto Rico is an elderly island. A quarter of its population is over sixty-five.<p>This is due to the …

Caribbean

What Do We Do with the Art of Monstrous Men?

<i>We’re away until January 3, but we’re reposting some of our favorite pieces from 2017. Enjoy your holiday!</i><p>Roman Polanski, Woody Allen, Bill Cosby, William Burroughs, Richard Wagner, Sid Vicious, V. S. Naipaul, John Galliano, Norman Mailer, Ezra Pound, Caravaggio, Floyd Mayweather, though if we …

Woody Allen

Protesters projected a sign on Twitter's headquarters after Trump's latest tweets about nuclear war: 'Jack is complicit'

Protesters went after Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Tuesday night using a projected message on the side of Twitter's main headquarters in San Francisco.<p>The message was short: "@jack is #complicit."<p>The group claiming responsibility for the projection, Resistance SF, explained the message via its …

How to trick your brain into keeping a New Year’s resolution

Apply the power of habit to your annual goals.<p>Breaking New Year’s resolutions is so time-honored a tradition that companies can actually stake their business model on it. Gyms like Planet Fitness depend on thousands joining up at the beginning of the year, only to fail on the follow-through. They …

The most outrageous numbers of 2017

Number inflation was rampant in 2017, as the figures that dominated news stories just got bigger and bigger. Data stored, stuff bought, years lived, the great scoreboard of human existence clicked over with digits never seen before as the world population edged ever closer to 8bn.<p>Many of the …

Space

The perfect storm: there’s a spike in users being told by Facebook they have malware today

Many years ago, I was locked out of Facebook for 69 hours. It was completely a Facebook database problem, but in those days, they just locked you out …

A Quick Look Back on Things Worth Remembering from 2017

It is always worth remembering - and reminding each other: #InDarknessBeLight. After saying "goodbye and don't let the door hit you in the behind" to …

Are you close to quitting social media?

<b>Above:</b> Just another regular day on Facebook: find more bots, report them, Facebook does nothing.A friend asked today, for an article he is penning, …

I’ve Always Been Authentic On This Blog

On LinkedIn yesterday I wrote an article titled The Word For 2018 Is Authenticity. I wrote it and alluded to an article I read that gave me …

Social Media

Developer creates a tool to expose bigoted, fake Twitter accounts; Twitter bans it

In theory, one of the positive things about social media should be the fact that a company has as much chance of succeeding as an individual. Another …