Thursday, May 25, 2017

Afternoon Tea (5/25/17)

Juicy! LuLaRoe's Consultants Are Furious With the Brand

Let's go IMMEDIATELY: This Shop Will Cover Your Ice Cream in Edible Pearls and Flowers

TV is better than ever — yet we talk endlessly about the same tiny handful of shows

This makes really important points: Who Gets to Be Low-Maintenance?

Norway teens say their graduation blowouts beat them all (This is an ongoing plot on Skam and it is CRAZY.)

Morning Coffee (5/25/17)

This is horrifying (and was wild to watch play out on Twitter last night): Greg Gianforte, Montana G.O.P. Candidate, Is Charged in Attack on Reporter (He'll probably still win the election today.)

Important to note: The reporter he attacked broke this last month: GOP candidate has financial ties to US-sanctioned Russian companies

Top Russian Officials Discussed How to Influence Trump Aides Last Summer

How a dubious Russian document influenced the FBI’s handling of the Clinton probe

What a shock: AG Sessions did not disclose Russia meetings in security clearance form, DOJ says

I can't believe he's making us side with THERESA MAY: Manchester attack: May to tell Trump to stop intelligence leaks

The Czech Republic got a new name, but few people seem to have noticed yet (I had forgotten about this until I saw this story. I AM PART OF THE PROBLEM.)

!! Found: A Hidden Vault Door Beneath the Rhode Island State House

A bitter legal battle in California is blocking everyone from eating sweeter strawberries

Interesting: Netflix viewers like comedy for breakfast and drama at lunch

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Afternoon Tea (5/24/17)

The Battle Over Susan B. Anthony

I'm much more interested in Kim Kardashian's business empire than any of her actual shows/products, so this was FASCINATING: A Day In The Life Of Kim Kardashian's Right-Hand Woman, Stephanie Shepherd

A Psychic Healer Tried to Hypnotize Soviets to Distract From the Fall of Communism (I was thinking "How Rasputin!" and then got to the part where they actually call him the spiritual heir to Rasputin, SO.)

Science is wacky: These Baby Mice Were Born From Sperm That Went to Space

I'll always show you Medieval book curses.

Morning Coffee (5/24/17)

Michael Flynn may have lied to officials about his Russia ties, congressman says

“People who go along a treasonous path do not know they are on a treasonous path until it is too late.”

Trump Budget Based on $2 Trillion Math Error

45 million Americans rely on food stamps. Trump wants to gut the program.

Clinton: Trump budget shows ‘unimaginable’ cruelty

Ancestry.com takes DNA ownership rights from customers and their relatives

This is so interesting: Building a Vision of Heaven for Thailand’s ‘God’

This is an amazing sentence: "It was like a chop shop of stolen bees."

Aw, I always love these stories: Mom who went to classes with quadriplegic son gets MBA

What weird coincidental timing: ‘Watergate’: History Sets Documentary Series On That Other Presidential Scandal

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Afternoon Tea (5/23/17)

I love this store: How the Owner of the Greatest Mystery Bookstore Pulled the Genre Out of the Muck

How a 13-Year-Old Boy Brought Down L.A.’s Most Notorious Serial Killer

Selling the Apocalypse: The Second Coming Of Televangelist Jim Bakker

I may be occasionally annoyed by limited menu options, but at least I'm not getting arrested: “Pork It Is, Then”—Confessions of an Underground Vegetarian

When Women Crowdfunded Radium For Marie Curie

Morning Coffee (5/23/17)

The bombing at the Ariana Grande concert last night was just horrifying. Here's the Guardian's live coverage.

Michael Flynn Misled Pentagon About Russia Ties, Letter Says

Wow: Justices Reject 2 Gerrymandered North Carolina Districts, Citing Racial Bias

Mayor Landrieu's address on the removal of Confederate monuments was very good and worth a read.

Wow, good for him: Hong Kong bookseller abducted by China vows to reopen shop in Taiwan

Trump isn’t a toddler — he’s a product of America’s culture of impunity for the rich

‘Straight out of the Nazi playbook’: Hindu nationalists try to engineer ‘genius’ babies in India

#1000BlackGirlBooks Founder Marley Dias on Writing Her Own Book and Inspiring Other Young Girls

Ooh: 'Spectacular' Roman mosaics on display in Leicester

Spotting Mysterious Twinkles on Earth From a Million Miles Away

Monday, May 22, 2017

Afternoon Tea (5/23/17)

Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf are fascinating: The Painter and the Novelist

Superstore, TV’s best workplace comedy, destroys its workplace in the season 2 finale

Heh: An AI invented a bunch of new paint colors that are hilariously wrong

How World War I Changed Weather Forecasting for Good

The Mysterious Death of the Namesake of the Douglas Fir

Morning Coffee (5/22/17)

Me elsewhere: The week's TV news.

Inside Russia’s Social Media War on America

Any Half-Decent Hacker Could Break Into Mar-a-Lago. We Tested It.

Report: Trump’s Team Tricks Him Into Reading by Preying on His Narcissism

She fixed Ukraine’s economy -- and was run out of her job by death threats

How To Remember Roger Ailes (As A Liar And Enabler Who Hurt Women)

Fun: What White House Correspondents Pack

I love the spoiler alert on this one: King Arthur: not just a man of the sword?

I think anyone who texts at the movies should be immediately thrown in jail, so I'm kinda siding with this guy.

Ooh: 3D-Printing ‘Archinaut’ Spacecraft Will Assemble Massive Structures in Space

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Morning Coffee (5/20/17)

Hahahahaha where to start? Yesterday's big scoops, I guess...

Trump Told Russians That Firing ‘Nut Job’ Comey Eased Pressure From Investigation

Russia probe reaches current White House official, people familiar with the case say

When I bookmarked this link it was about members of Congress saying they were told the probe now includes a possible White House cover-up, but the news cycle is moving so quickly that the story has been updated and has a new headline that's also worth mentioning: Comey agrees to testify in public as Trump-Russia probe heats up

Israeli Intelligence Furious Over Trump's Loose Lips (And that barely cracked the top five big stories yesterday afternoon!)

Exclusive: Trump campaign had at least 18 undisclosed contacts with Russians: sources

This is so embarrassing: "Foreign officials and their Washington consultants say certain rules have emerged: Keep it short — no 30-minute monologue for a 30-second attention span. Do not assume he knows the history of the country or its major points of contention. Compliment him on his Electoral College victory."

I'm sure this will go well: Stephen Miller Is Writing the Big Speech on Islam That Trump Is Delivering in Saudi Arabia

Meanwhile: Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz To Leave Office At The End Of June

MEANWHILE: Hundreds of Thousands Strike in Greece as Cuts Near Approval

2017! CBS Boss Defends Lack of Women in New Fall Slate

Okay, something fun! Pippa Middleton got married today (or the reception's going on right now, I guess) and the Fug Girls wrote her a hilarious toast.