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Last Build Date: Thu, 25 May 2017 20:44:55 +0000


The news du jour: the Gianforte body slam

Thu, 25 May 2017 20:44:55 +0000

I figure I ought to cover this story. It’s the lead story at memeorandum and plenty of other places. The gist of it is that Montana Republican US House of Representatives candidate Greg Gianforte is reported to have body-slammed Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs. There were three Fox News reporters witnessing the incident (one of whom […]

British authorities ignored many warnings about the Manchester bomber

Thu, 25 May 2017 20:12:37 +0000

Yesterday I wrote this: In the case of Manchester terrorist Salman Abedi, there were warnings aplenty. But they were general, and amounted to mere speech of a suspicious nature, and it’s not surprising that nothing was done… This is potentially dangerous behavior, but not actionable behavior except perhaps to call the person in for questioning […]

Seeing through walls

Thu, 25 May 2017 18:46:37 +0000

To tell you the truth, I assumed they could already do this sort of thing: Routers scatter and bounce their signal off objects, illuminating our homes and offices like invisible light bulbs. Now, German scientists have found a way to exploit this property to take holograms, or 3D photographs, of objects inside of a room […]

Correction on yesterday’s post “A modern slave”

Thu, 25 May 2017 18:26:46 +0000

Yesterday I wrote a post titled “A modern slave” about an article in the Atlantic. I had two articles on the subject open on my browser at the same time; not only were on the same subject, but they looked a bit alike, and unfortunately I linked to the wrong article. So I wanted to […]

Michelle Obama in Italy: fashion for ex-First Ladies

Wed, 24 May 2017 20:17:21 +0000

Quite a few people have mentioned the stories fawning over Michelle Obama’s one shoulder blouse in Italy. Here’s the blouse, in case you somehow missed this item of great and burning import: That wasn’t all. There was also this, in the same vein: First, let me re-establish my position on Michelle Obama and fashion, a […]

A modern slave

Wed, 24 May 2017 19:56:47 +0000

[CORRECTION: This post contains a link to the wrong article. Please see this for the correction.] This is a fascinating and deeply touching portrait of a situation that defies easy answers. Was Lola, the woman described in the article, a “slave”? Let’s not worry about semantics. She was an abused servant whose life was hard, […]

In Manchester, terrorism was a family affair

Wed, 24 May 2017 19:51:49 +0000

At least, that’s the way it looks at the moment: The Telegraph understands Hashem Abedi, 20, the brother of suspected attacker Salman Abedi, was arrested last night in the capital Tripoli by counterterrorism forces on suspicion of links to the Islamic State group. Three armed vehicles arrived to take away their father, Ramadan Abedi, an […]

About Sirhan Sirhan’s religion

Wed, 24 May 2017 19:21:18 +0000

I noticed mention of Robert Kennedy’s assassin Sirhan Sirhan in the comments section yesterday, to wit: [Calling terrorists “evil losers”] is the single strongest blow against Evil Losing Islamic terrorists since Sirhan Sirhan murdered RFK. And commenter Bill wrote in response, “I’ve looked at this sentence twenty different ways and I still don’t know what […]

The beauteous Melania and Ivanka’s Middle Eastern fashions

Tue, 23 May 2017 22:22:02 +0000

Yes, this is a frivolous post. I need a pleasant escape for a little while from the heaviness of the news. Maybe you do, too. And the world cares about these things, as measured by the buzz about the way Melania and Ivanka Trump dressed on their visit to the Saudis and then in Israel. […]

Terrorism and language: Trump and the evil losers

Tue, 23 May 2017 20:20:03 +0000

Last night commenter “Sergey” made the observation that Trump is “the most underestimated politician I heard about…He thinks outside the box, not even thinks, but grasps and sees what nobody else can grasp and see.” I don’t know how cerebral Trump’s behavior is or how instinctual. But Sergey has a point, because Trump—not an articulate […]