Wednesday Reads: Damn you…

My internet has been cutting out all day long, so this is going to be brief.

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Why are the Blue Ridge Mountains blue? The trees growing along the ridgelines produce high levels of a compound call isoprene. The isoprene hovers around the thickly forested mountains like a haze and scatters the different wavelengths of light and the short, small waves of blue dominate our receptors. Of course, the best place to see the effect is while resting or traveling along the #BlueRidge Parkway in #NorthCarolina and #Virginia. With amazing views, hiking trails, waterfalls and wildlife, the mountains might be blue, but you won't feel that way. Photo @BlueRidgeNPS courtesy of Joshua T. Moore (@jtm71). #usinterior

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Daniel Smith, 88, a member of an almost vanished demographic: The child of someone once considered a piece of property instead of a human being. Long after leaving Massies Mill, Va., and moving up North as a young man in his 20s, Smith’s father, Abram Smith, married a woman who was decades younger and fathered six children. Dan, the fifth, was born in 1932 when Abram was 70. Only one sibling besides Dan — Abe, 92 — is still alive. After his father died in 1938, Dan Smith picked up where Abram’s life left off, witnessing decades of the nation’s racial history — the injustice of Jim Crow, the grief and glory of the civil rights movement, the elections of the first black president and then Donald Trump, and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement. He watched the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis caught on cellphone video, horrified, and now wonders where this new unrest will lead. Read more by clicking the link in our bio. (Photo by @salwangeorges/The Washington Post)

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A cartoon by @rozchast. #NewYorkerCartoons

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No, this next one is not the onion:

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Attorney General William Barr hedged when asked whether it would be “appropriate for a president to solicit assistance” from a foreign government during an election, initially saying “it depends on what kind of assistance” before deciding, “No, it’s not appropriate.” The exchange between Barr and Rep. David N. Cicilline (D-R.I.) turned what might have been a throwaway question into an immediately heated exchange, as Cicilline also accused Barr of not respecting protesters in cities such as Portland, Ore., where federal officers have been dispatched to respond to demonstrations. Barr said that he thought “protesters are good” but that he was trying to condemn “people committing crimes.” Read more by clicking the link in our bio.

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“Some people should just give up. I have.” #seinfeld #thecartoon

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Stay awake, America.

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For example…this kidnapping:

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A very short clip of #OliviadeHavilland during a screen test for #GoneWithTheWind (1939) ❤

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I was going to do a post about Olivia de Havilland, but let’s do that on Sunday.

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From @JillKargmqn via @plannedalism

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This is an open thread.


13 Comments on “Wednesday Reads: Damn you…”

  1. dakinikat says:

    Hey JJ!! How are you doing? Gawd these are wretched times when the political cartoons are spot on and you can’t laugh and really try not to cry.

    Xoxo

  2. dakinikat says:

    • NW Luna says:

      Hayes better be just as upset about the kidnappings of protestors in Portland as about a TiM New Yorker.

    • Enheduanna says:

      Wow. They must have tested him before he was supposed to get on AF1 with Dump. He was at the hearing with Barr and got close to him yesterday – neither wearing a mask.

    • NW Luna says:

      Couldn’t happen to a more appropriate person.

  3. dakinikat says:

  4. Enheduanna says:

    This is pretty cool:

    https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/jul/28/location-van-gogh-final-painting-tree-roots-postcard

    A vintage postcard identified the spot Van Gogh was painting on his last day. Seems a few things have been found by people quarantined and organizing their stuff.

  5. NW Luna says:

    Oregon governor says federal officers to withdraw from Portland. DHS says not yet.

    As part of the agreement, officials said, most Department of Homeland Security agents would move off what have become the front lines around the courthouse and then withdraw from Portland entirely if the nightly rioting ceased.

    But the specific timing of how this would play out remained unclear. Gov. Kate Brown (D) said the agents would leave downtown Thursday and then the city soon thereafter, while acting DHS secretary Chad Wolf said federal officials would pull back from Portland “should circumstances on the ground significantly improve” as state troopers move to protect the courthouse.

  6. NW Luna says:

    • quixote says:

      Jeeesus. I didn’t know it wasn’t already banned in NZ. We have got sooooo far to go. You can measure it by how there isn’t even *recognition* of the crimes against women, let alone massive general demonstrations in the streets about it.

  7. palhart says:

    Thanks, JJ, for that beautiful photo of our Blue Ridge Mountains. I never knew what caused them to look blue. I wish I could visit the mountains now before the possibility of a lockdown, as Harvard researchers believe our “orange” state should be considering it as a next phase. Symptoms of anxiety and depression have tripled here and emergency room visits for opioid overdoses have increased 15%. The misery for our citizens made all the more dire because the Republican controlled legislature didn’t expand Medicaid. However, the federal CARES Act money is being diverted to mental health resources for the uninsured and the underinsured.