Yesterday: China, Puerto Rico, and the land of Borealis. Today:
HOW WE’LL LIVE ON MARS
The author says little more than 20 years. But even if it winds up being 50 — or 100! — that’s basically tomorrow. Can’t wait to read the book.
IS IT TIME FOR THE JEWS TO LEAVE FRANCE?
My great friend Marie Brenner wrote this just-published — riveting — piece for Vanity Fair. Is it beginning all over? Again? I like to think the good people of France will not allow it — just as the good people of South Carolina have decided to lower the flag.
When you read in Vanity Fair about Amedy Coulibaly, who killed four at a Jewish supermarket in Paris . . . and then here, in an impassioned post by Douglas A. Blackmon, about Dylann Roof, who killed nine in a church in Charleston . . . you realize how much they have in common. A black Muslim murderer from Mali; a white Lutheran murderer from South Carolina. Both certain they were doing something good.
In a world where such things are possible, we cannot have a backup world soon enough. Just in case the good people of Earth are somehow unable to prevent catastrophe.
Mike Martin: “I believe yesterday’s Hunan fireworks video is fake: notice that YouTube describes it as ‘FWSim’ which is software for simulating fireworks displays on your computer.” Oops.
But have a great weekend anyway.
Quote of the Day
SOCIAL SECURITY: The very first check, for $22.54, was paid in 1940 to a Vermont woman who had paid $22 in Social Security taxes. By the time she died, in 1974, aged 100, she had collected $20,944.42.~.
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