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Culture

Tuesday Links

Composer Dimitri Shostakovich was born September 25, 1906: some quotes, history, and music.

When the U.S. Government Tried to Make It Rain by Exploding Dynamite in the Sky.

Georgian era stand-up routines

Hypnotic breast enlargement.

This Is Your Octopus On Drugs.

A short history of Sleepwalking.

ICYMI, most recent links are here, and include the physics of swirling your wine, Firefly‘s Unification Day, the 17th century Russian beard tax, seamless underwater-to-air communication, and the Great British Hedgehog Census.

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Elections

The Democrats Made Two Joe Biden Miscalculations

I think it's safe to say that there are many, many progressive Democrats who are more than a little surprised -- and a lot chagrined -- at Joe Biden's polling dominance. Look at FiveThirtyEight's polling roundup. Aside from a few high and low outliers, he leads the race by a solid 20 points (at least). Even ... Read More
National Security & Defense

The Warmonger Canard

Whatever the opposite of a rush to war is — a crawl to peace, maybe — America is in the middle of one. Since May 5, when John Bolton announced the accelerated deployment of the Abraham Lincoln carrier group to the Persian Gulf in response to intelligence of a possible Iranian attack, the press has been aflame ... Read More