Wednesday Reads: Licking Rats

Oh wow…I am thrilled!

Kamala Harris is Biden’s choice for VP…

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I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate. Back when Kamala was Attorney General, she worked closely with Beau. I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse. I was proud then, and I'm proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.

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Joe Biden is a leader who can unify the American people, because he's spent his life fighting for the American people. And as president, he will build an America that lives up to our ideals. I'm honored to join him as our party's nominee for Vice President, and do everything it takes to make @JoeBiden our next Commander-in-Chief.

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Rumor has it . . .
A cartoon by @b_a_bourgeois.
#NewYorkerCartoons

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I feel terrible for the young men and women who worked their whole lives to get good enough to play their sport on a national level but no game is worth their health. No shocker that Trump wants them out on the field. • #bigtenfootball #collegefootball #ncaa #ncaafootball #collegesports #ncaasports @bigten #bigten #coronavirus #covid19 #quarantine #lockdown #trumpvirus #trumprecession #votehimout #politicalcartoon #nocollegesports

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Going postal with your mail-in ballots may be getting harder with Postmaster General Trump in charge… #votebymail #vote #postmastergeneral #election2020 #politicalart #politicalcartoons #trump

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The future is female, the past is pumpkin-faced. #jacindaardern #dumptrump #illiteratenero #publicaccesscaligula #thedailydon

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Happy Shark Week. See how stupid you look by not wearing a mask? • #sharkweek #sharkweek2020 #discoverychannel #wearamask #greatwhiteshark #maskssavelives #wearthedamnmask #scubadiving #editorialillustration #cartoonist @discovery @sharkweek #scubagear #swimmingwithsharks #sharks

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Felt like a good day to spray my alternate #Uhura

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Today I've been wondering how some monks living in Winchester 1000 years ago got their nicknames, including: Stephen the Decrepit Godeman the Stammerer Ælfric the Human Ælfwig the Woodpecker 🐦 Leofric the Fat Byrhtric the Black Osulf the Dwarf Wulfsige Pikel (young pike 🐟) Godeman the Old Lyfinge the Bald Byrhstan the White Wulfgar the Lamb 🐑 Ælfstan the Lame Æthelric the Hairy (@BritishLibrary Stowe MS 944, ff. 18v-21v)

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I think y’all can guess which nickname I fancy the most…

I wanted to end this on a powerful note:

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#womanist #blacklove #blacklivesmatter  #blackwriters #blackart #blackartist #blackpanther #love #war #poetry #art #blackpoetry  #unlearn #history #american #american #africanamerican #afro #herstory #human #blackandwhite #nature #blackmadonna

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Sunday Reads: Earthquake…tRumpquake

Every day, something happens…

And now, the J stands for Jenuis:

This thread:

I’m thinking these rich people may also be thinking about a possible re-election of tRump? They can just leave the country, after the helped destroy it.

This looks interesting:

At last…

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🤷🏽‍♂️🤔☝🏾

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Wednesday Reads: Explosion

For the latest updates on Beirut:

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Pulitzer Prize winning photographer @lorenzotug is on the ground for The Post in Beirut, Lebanon and took these photographs following massive explosions that shook the city on Tuesday, injuring and killing hundreds of people. The cause of the early-evening blasts was not immediately clear, but senior officials said it appeared that flammable materials stored in a warehouse had caught fire. One thing that was clear is that crisis-stricken Lebanon, in the throes of a major economic collapse and battling rising numbers of coronavirus infections, is in little position to cope with another disaster, especially on this scale. At least two hospitals were badly damaged in the explosions, and TV footage showed staff evacuating patients to alternative hospitals that were themselves swamped — in the dark, because the city had no electricity. Read our coverage by clicking the link in our bio.

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And, by the way…

Dealing with tRump:

Other bits of news:

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A lot of schools reopened this week and go figure but the pictures seem to show few wearing masks or social distancing. Now it’s just a matter of time until a spike in cases. • #keepschoolssafe #keepschoolsclosed #distancelearning #onlinelearning #virtuallearning #coronavirus #covid19 #publicschool #teachers #teachersofinstagram #guineapigs #wordproblems #lessonplan #school #freelanceartist #digitalart

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On Wednesday, teachers in Georgia’s largest school district returned to elementary, middle and high school campuses to start in-person planning for the fall semester. By the next day, 260 district employees had been barred from entering their schools, either because they tested positive for the coronavirus or had been directly exposed to someone who had. The outbreak has complicated the return to school in Gwinnett County, which this week had the highest number of new coronavirus cases in the state. Across the nation, school districts have been struggling to find the safest, most effective way to return to class this fall. But spiking coronavirus case rates, particularly in the Midwest and South, where outbreaks have been growing rapidly in recent weeks, have complicated the reopening process. States and individual districts have adopted a patchwork of policies governing how schools should shut down when outbreaks spread through classrooms. Georgia has left control over closures up to school districts. Read more by clicking the link in our bio.

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Playtime for clouded leopard cubs Jilian and Paitoon! Toys that dangle, swing and roll are all the rage with these cool cats, which are well-adapted to arboreal life in the forests of Thailand, Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia and China. This entertaining enrichment serves to sharpen the cubs’ hunting skills, motivate them to explore their habitat, encourage problem solving and offer them choices in how to spend their time. . . . These items are built to be hearty, but over time they wear down after so many teeth and claw marks. You can help replenish some of the cubs’ worn-but-well-loved toys by making a donation to the Enrichment Trunk: https://s.si.edu/3kbeStB. (Link in bio.) On behalf of the cubs, thank you for your generosity! . . . #InternationalCloudedLeopardDay

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Here is something to check out, on the political cartoon front:

Follow that thread.

A few thoughts on the Swan interview:

This thread is spot on…

Be sure to read that thread in full.

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Six years ago today we had a twinkle in our eyes that, well watered with gin and due fucking care and attention, became the Profanity Embroidery Group! Been a bit of a shitty year for a pub-meeting responsible-drinking (ahem) over-huggy very sweary embroidery group – but we are slowly finding our fucking feet again. All being well, might be worth tuning in to You & Yours on Radio 4 tomorrow (Thursday 6th Aug). Might not of course, but that’s up to you – and whatever other shit the world throws up that would be more important than talking sweary sewing HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!!!!! and here for good measure, is the @rinadraws cartoon which began it all. Fuck the World. . . #pegwhitstable #itsprofanedontcomplain #profanityembroiderygroup #profanityembroidery #sewing #welovefuckingswearing #whitstable #embroiderytherapy #embroideryart #artist #textile #textileart #textileartist #textiletherapy #fuckit #fuckyou #fucktheworld #pissed #gin #mrswinchester #embrioderyandshit

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tRump is a disgusting piece of shit.

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If 2020 was an Avocado…

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Sunday Reads: The de Havilland Law

On July 26, we lost one of the last remaining connections to the “Golden” era of Hollywood.

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We at TCM are saddened to hear that beloved film icon and one of the last remaining stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood, Olivia de Havilland, has passed away. The two-time Oscar winner leaves behind a staggering and versatile body of work, but her greatest contribution came in court against Warner Brothers, setting a template for labor rights in Hollywood. She won a landmark decision that gave artists creative independence from studios and became known as "De Havilland Law." TCM host Robert Osborne and de Havilland were dear friends. The two spoke over the phone every Sunday for 40 years. He once shared a story with us about a conversation de Havilland had with frequent co-star Errol Flynn. Flynn asked her what she wanted most out of life. She said, "I would like respect for difficult work well done."

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Today, we say goodbye to one of the last leading ladies of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Olivia de Havilland not only leaves behind a versatile body of work but was a champion for labor rights. We are grateful for her on-screen performances and for being a trailblazer off-screen.‬

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Most of the tributes related to Olivia de Havilland obviously mention her role in GWTW, but she had a greater contribution to Hollywood in the form of the de Havilland Law. She sued Warner Brothers and won, allowing Olivia to become a free agent during a time when studios held actors to the contract system.

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Rest in peace, Olivia de Havilland. The actress who was best known for her role in the 1939 film “Gone with the Wind” passed away this weekend at the age of 104 (Photo: circa 1940).

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If that link up top did not work, here is the TCM Remembers:

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Goodnight to the peerless Olivia de Havilland, who has passed away at the age of 104. Alongside her many indelible contributions in Hollywood, de Havilland's Oscar-winning turn in THE HEIRESS (1949) remains a beautifully devastating, astonishing performance to behold. ❤️

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The Heiress is one of my favorite movies…you can catch it on TCM this August 23rd:

For a full schedule click this link here:

A different star every day, all month. August 1-31

#SummerUnderTheStars

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Heartbreaking to announce that Olivia de Havilland has passed away 💔 Her career spanned more than 50 years and earned her two Academy Awards for Best Actress. In 1943, she took Warner Brothers to court because they added time to her original contract as a penalty for turning down roles. The Supreme Court ruled in her favour and this became known as the De Havilland Law, which loosened the grip studios had on their actors. She was a phenomenal actress and one of my absolute favorites of all time 💔 🌹(July 1, 1916 – July 25, 2020)🌹 – #OliviadeHavilland #OliviadeHavillandOHArg #OldHollywood #ClassicHollywood #Classic #Vintage #Icon #Iconic #1940s #40s #Film #Cinema #Hollywood #Glamour #Fashion #GoldenAge

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Olivia de Havilland was the last of an unprecedented and unmatched period of Hollywood star-making. Rest in peace, legend. #oliviadehavilland

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Olivia de Havilland as a suffragette in the comedy THE STRAWBERRY BLONDE ('41) opposite Rita Hayworth.

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Olivia de Havilland, a two-time Oscar winner and costar of "Gone With the Wind," died Sunday at the age of 104. In her 2005 Proust Questionnaire, the Hollywood icon told V.F.: "I would prefer to live forever in perfect health, but if I must at some time leave this life I would like to do so ensconced on a chaise longue, perfumed, wearing a velvet robe and pearl earrings, with a flute of champagne beside me and having just discovered the answer to the last problem in a British cryptic crossword." Read more at the link in bio. 📸: @gettyimages/@annieleibovitz

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On August 23rd, TCM will celebrate the life and career of Olivia de Havilland with a 24-hour tribute to the legendary actress and champion for labor rights: THE MALE ANIMAL ('42) at 6am ET PRINCESS O'ROURKE ('43) at 8am ET LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA ('62) at 10am ET IN THIS OUR LIFE ('42) at 12pm ET CAPTAIN BLOOD ('35) at 1:45pm ET DODGE CITY ('39) at 4pm ET THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD ('38) at 6pm ET GONE WITH THE WIND ('39) at 8pm ET THE HEIRESS ('49) at 12am ET TO EACH HIS OWN ('46) at 2:15am ET HARD TO GET ('38) at 4:30am ET

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BBC and ITV news headlines from Sunday evening pay tribute to Dame Olivia . . . . . #OliviadeHavilland #bbc #itv #news #gonewiththewind #theheiress #vivienleigh #errolflynn #bettedavis #cinema #hollywood

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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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By @tglnyc

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By @tglnyc

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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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