- The bizarre tale of the flat-Earth convention that fell apart (CNET) I really wish that Terry Pratchett was around to comment on this.
- The carbon footprint of tourism revealed (it's bigger than we thought)
- Monica Lewinsky: What We All Can Learn from My Disinvitation Debacle (Vanity Fair) Monica Lewinski gets an anodyne invite to a charity function, and then gets uninvited after Bill Clinton announces that he will be there. Ms. Lewinski goes public. Much stupidity (Not from Lewinski) ensues.
- What's a safe distance between us and a supernova? (EarthSky) Somewhere under 50 and 100 light years, you start getting major effects on earth.
- Grenfell Tower fire: Government makes U-turn on inquiry panel after pressure from bereaved families (The Independent) The Theresa May Tango: Do something cruel and stupid, and after weeks of protests and condemnation, and reverses herself. She may be the most incompetent British PM since Winston Churchill in the 1950s.
- Connecting.nyc: Managing a top-level domain as a commons (P2P Foundation) Conservatives would call this proposal socialism. Conservatives are idiots.
- Study: programs like welfare and Social Security work (Yahoo Finance) Won't change conservative minds, because they are impervious to facts.
- We've Known for 400 Years That Torture Doesn't Work (Scientific American) It's official.
- Iraqi journalist who threw shoes at Bush stands for parliament (Reuters) Politics is weird.
- How The ACORN Scandal Seeded Today's Nightmare Politics (HuffPo) Whether it's the Democratic Party's defenestration of ACORN, or the similar dismissal of Shirley Sherrod, contributed mightily to the right wing echo chamber of lies, because they discovered that it worked.
This may be The best political ad of the season.
As an FYI, the station actually broadcast this, because federal regulations require it: (Warning, F-Bomb)