“A good society contains many different artists doing many different things. A bad society coerces artists because it knows that they can reveal all kinds of truths.”
Legendary journalist Seymour Hersh on the truth behind novichok, the Russian hacking and 9/11 Independent. The story is said to have been published early by accident, but just in case, this is the Google cache version…
Steal Selena's Josefina style in step-hem jeans by 7 For All Mankind
A design spirit so strange it had its own nickname ...
3000 or so years after King David's United Monarchy, Israel again becomes a Jewish nation-state
Russian author Vladimir Voinovich has passed away; see, for example, the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty report,Russian Author, Former Soviet Dissident Voinovich Dies At 85.
Only one of his novels is under review - Monumental Propaganda -- but I enjoyed the Ivan Chonkin books, and Moscow 2042 is also worthwhile.
Macron, the bodyguard and the May Day scandal FT
“Lonely deaths account for around 30 percent of the total clean-out market, according to Hideto Kone, vice president of the Association of Cleanout Professionals.” Link here.
Another side of Amy Winehouse: intimate photographs by her friend Blake Wood
A Most Modern Tragedy: Why We're All To Blame For The Death Of Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse's Death: A Troubled Star Gone Too Soon – Rolling Stone
She sounds to me to be like all of us — a work in progress.
Communism sent millions to their deaths – so why is it cool to wear it on your T shirt?
The shortest economic suicide note in history
The Dead Can Vote–At Least on the Ninth Circuit
NEWS YOU CAN USE: Tight blood pressure control can cut memory loss, study finds: It’s the first intervention that has been clearly demonstrated to lower the risk of developing memory loss that leads to dementia, researchers say.
Researchers find link between viruses, inflammatory bowel diseases. “Viruses may be killing off beneficial bacteria in the intestine and allowing ‘bad actor’ bacteria to cause inflammation and bowel disease, the researchers said.”
This would make a great premise for a sitcom, and the Tyson twins seem almost custom-made for TV…
Inside my nightmare working in de Blasio’s government.
When Bill de Blasio became mayor of New York in 2014, things changed drastically. I started to hear rumblings early on. My former colleagues who were dedicated public servants were concerned by a large-scale rollback of Bloomberg’s strategic initiatives. These seemed to be based on partisan politics and black-and-white thinking as opposed to critical analysis. It was very disappointing for me since I had also voted for de Blasio.
Although I was still working in the same social-services agency where I had remained at the end of Bloomberg’s term, my job changed radically. I had no contact with the new commissioner who appeared to be disengaged from substantive discussions about social-services programs for an extremely vulnerable population. In fact, she was much more preoccupied with renovating her office — I heard her new desk alone cost thousands of dollars. She even requested that a private bathroom be built for her. She had the attitude of an oligarch and was disturbed that she had to vet invitations to galas through legal and City Hall. She wanted carte blanche to attend expensive events.
She also refused to meet with the lawyers in her department and she kept the door to her office closed and didn’t know the names of the people who worked in her agency.