Monday, May 22, 2017

J. Samuel Walker, Prompt and Utter Destruction


At Amazon, J. Samuel Walker, Prompt and Utter Destruction: Truman and the Use of Atomic Bombs Against Japan.

At Least 19 Slaughtered at Ariana Grande Concert in Manchester, U.K. (VIDEO)

Well, I doubt this is going to help Jeremy Corbyn and Labour.

But it's still early.

At Telegraph U.K., "Live Manchester Arena explosion 19 dead in 'terror attack' at Ariana Grande concert."

Terrorism is suspected.

Expect updates.

ADDED: Here's Pamela Geller on Twitter, reporting it was a "suicide attack":

Now here's the front-page at tomorrow's Guardian U.K.:

I'll append tweets as I see them:

Max Boot, the Perpetually Unhappy Camper

Honestly, if I was Max Boot, I'd just focus on writing books and academic scholarship. Since the nomination (and then election) of Donald Trump, Boot's been publishing one piece after another bemoaning all the old institutions to which he had ties, first it was the GOP itself, now it's Fox News.

He's really pathetic. And that's the saddest thing. I used to find him interesting. I used to respect him. Now look what's happened. All because of President Trump. I don't know. Chalk it up to "Trump Derangement Syndrome."

In any case, here's Boot, at Foreign Policy, "The Seth Rich ‘Scandal’ Shows That Fox News Is Morally Bankrupt":

The network I once respected as a necessary antidote to liberal media now peddles craven lies and Russian disinformation.

It was just a coincidence, but a telling one, that Roger Ailes died on May 18 just as the television powerhouse that he created, the Fox News Channel, was propagating a conspiracy theory involving a Democratic National Committee staffer named Seth Rich, whose murder in Washington, D.C., last summer remains unsolved.

If you don’t watch Fox News, read Breitbart or the Drudge Report, or listen to Rush Limbaugh, you likely don’t have any idea who Seth Rich was. If, however, you are a devotee of those dubious news sources, you have been fed a grab bag of unsubstantiated allegations designed to make you think that Rich was murdered by some kind of Democratic Party cabal for having revealed the party’s secrets to WikiLeaks.

These spurious insinuations have been put forward (before being largely recanted) by a sometime Fox News contributor named Rod Wheeler. Never mind that Rich’s family, the Washington police force, CNN, the Washington Post, and the New York Times, among others, have debunked these conspiracy theories, showing there is no evidence that Rich was a WikiLeaks source, much less that his murder has anything to do with the stolen Democratic Party emails. Sean Hannity, one of the last of the old guard hired by Ailes to rule prime time, nevertheless devoted three separate segments of his show last week to the “DNC murder mystery.” On Sunday morning, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was pushing the same allegation about Rich’s “assassination” on Fox & Friends. Lou Dobbs has spouted these theories on Fox Business Network, too.

Fox’s tasteless conspiracy-mongering has been denounced by the Rich family, which wants the far-right to stop exploiting their son’s tragic death, but it has found support in an unlikely quarter. Ever happy to play the troll, the Russian Embassy in London tweeted: “‪#WikiLeaks ‪informer Seth Rich murdered in US but MSM was so busy accusing Russian hackers to take notice.”
I'm not up on the Seth Rich story, and that's not by accident. I personally stay away from conspiracy theories. That said, I distinctly remember Julian Assange saying, at the time of Rich's death, that he suspected that his sources were putting their lives in danger. I don't recall him conceding that Seth Rich had leaked documents to WikiLeaks. He simply said that powerful people had an invested interest in making those leaks stop. Assange and WikiLeaks (one and the same, as far as I know) have stated consistently that they do not divulge the names of their sources. But that's about as far as I'll go.

Oh, well, that, and Max Boot is a special snowflake neocon wienie.

BONUS: At the New York Times, "How the Murder of a D.N.C. Staff Member Fueled Conspiracy Theories."

ICYMI: Omar El Akkad, American War

Following-up from my previous entry, I'm reminded if this, at Amazon, Omar El Akkad, American War: A Novel.

S. Jonathan Bass, He Calls Me By Lightning

Looks like a thrilling read.

At Amazon, S. Jonathan Bass, He Calls Me By Lightning: The Life of Caliph Washington and the forgotten Saga of Jim Crow, Southern Justice, and the Death Penalty.

Jennifer Delacruz's Monday Forecast

The video wasn't available when I hit the hay last night, or I would've posted my nightly weather forecast. But it's never too late for the lovely Ms. Jennifer.

At ABC News 10 San Diego:

Harleys, Hamburgers, and American Flags Welcome Donald Trump in Saudi Arabia

At the New York Times, surprisingly:

Jessie James Decker


From last night at the BBMAs.

Big Game Hunter Crushed to Death by Falling Elephant in Zimbabwe

The elephant was wounded. Once shot, it had apparently grabbed the hunter by its trunk, then falling dead, crushed the guy under its weight. Talk about taking 'em out with you, heh.

That was some righteous karma at the end there.

At the Telegraph U.K., via Memeorandum, "South African hunter crushed to death by elephant."

On Twitter, one woman writes, "Big game hunter crushed to death under an elephant he's just shot? Good."

Actually, I wish they weren't hunting big game myself, but it's not illegal. And I wouldn't wish the man killed. I get the karmic justice, but it's still a sad loss of human life.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Alison Gopnik, The Gardener and the Carpenter

At Amazon, Alison Gopnik, The Gardener and the Carpenter: What the New Science of Child Development Tells Us About the Relationship Between Parents and Children.

Richard White, 'It's Your Misfortune and None of My Own'


At Amazon, Richard White, "It's Your Misfortune and None of My Own": A New History of the American West.

White's the author of, The Middle Ground: Indians, Empires, and Republics in the Great Lakes Region, 1650-1815, and the forthcoming, The Republic for Which It Stands: The United States during Reconstruction and the Gilded Age, 1865-1896 (Oxford History of the United States).

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The Crisis in American Journalism Benefits No One

From Salena Zito:

Brazilian Supermodel Isabeli Fontana Stuns in Black Bikini at Cannes

At London's Daily Mail, "Isabeli Fontana, Brazilian Supermodel with Victoria's Secret and Dolce & Gabbana, Stuns in Sexy Tight Black Bikini at Cannes Film Festival (PHOTOS)."

Killing C.I.A. Informants, China Crippled U.S. Spying Operations

This is really shocking piece, considering how nonchalant everybody is about spying and intelligence these days. All this hacking and leaking and political payback can get you killed. A lot of people are getting killed.

At NYT, with the response at Zero Hedge:

Idiot Leftist Trying to Save the Internet

It's Evan "Ev" Williams, one of the founders of both Blogger and Twitter, and the founder of Medium. He apologized for giving Donald Trump a platform (on Twitter), and contributing to the real estate mogul's election. He wishes only views he shares could be posted on his platforms, like the idiot loser leftist he is.

At Memeorandum and NYT:

Danielle Gersh's Early Summer Blazing Hot Forecast

As I was saying at my earlier entry, "Jennifer Delacruz Continued Hot Forecast," it wasn't quite as hot yesterday in San Diego. We were in record-breaking territory in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, and more heat is expected today.

Here's the lovely Ms. Danielle with the forecast. Stay cool, people!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Orwell's Animal Farm

I just read it.

I've had a copy on my shelf for probably 30 years and never read it.

I have an even earlier version of this, an old Signet mass-market paperback, at Amazon, George Orwell, Animal Farm.

The latest, cheaper Signet paperback is here. It's a great little read, heh.

Jennifer Delacruz Continued Hot Forecast

It's not just "warm." It's freakin' blazing hot! It was pushing 90 in the O.C. today, if not higher.

San Diego might not be getting the brunt of the high pressure, if it's any cooler than what we were having up here today.

Either way, here's the lovely Ms. Jennifer, for ABC News 10 San Diego:

Kendall Jenner Steals the Show in Cannes

I'll say.

Flaunt it while you got it, babe.

At London's Daily Mail:

James F. Brooks, Captives and Cousins


At Amazon, James F. Brooks, Captives and Cousins: Slavery, Kinship, and Community in the Southwest Borderlands.

'Alien: Covenant' is Rad! (VIDEO)

Following-up, "Ridley Scott's 'Alien: Covenant' (VIDEO)."

My son and I caught the early-bird (cheapskate) showing, at the Tustin Marketplace 10 theaters.

That was an extremely enjoyable movie. You feel like you're plopped right back into the original "Alien" with Ellen Ripley (Signorney Weaver). And you don't feel like you've missed too much even if you haven't seen "Prometheus" (which Ridley Scott now thinks was a mistake).

The L.A. Times review (linked at top) was ecstatic about it. So was my son.

Here's the review at the New York Times, below. And do yourself a favor: Go out and have some fun --- see this movie.

See, "Review: ‘Alien: Covenant’ Stays on Brand With Its Terror."

Louise Mensch Claims President Trump's About to Be Impeached

Following-up from yesterday, "Leftist Conspiracy Theories Flourishing in the Age of Trump."

I don't know. It's like spraying machine gun fire: you're likely to hit something after a while. Maybe Louise is about to get lucky and prove her detractors wrong.

Seen on Twitter (be sure to click through for the tweets):

'The Conceptual Penis'

Oh boy.

Truly a riot, and then sad at the same time.

A peer-review hoax along the lines of Alan Sokal's bogus "Transgressing the Boundaries: Toward a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity," which was published in the peer-reviewed journal, the Social Text, in 1996.

Seen on Twitter:

Ridley Scott's 'Alien: Covenant' (VIDEO)

I need to get caught up on this franchise.

The original "Aliens" is an all-time classic. I love watching that movie, heh.

At the Los Angeles Times, "Review: Ridley Scott's 'Alien: Covenant' is a sleek, suspenseful return to form."