• The Cyclist Who Uncorked a Historic Victory at the Tour de France

  • The Rubik Cube Turns 50 - The New York Times

    In March 1981, with the Cube having been renamed for Rubik and populating American toy stores, the cognitive scientist Douglas Hofstadter diagnosed the craze as “cubitis magikia” — “a severe mental disorder accompanied by itching of the fingertips, which can be relieved only by prolonged contact with a multicolored cube,” he wrote in his column for Scientific American. He added: “Symptoms often last for months. Highly contagious.” By November 1982, the mania had subsided — “Rubik’s Cube: A Craze Ends,” declared a headline in the The New York Times. But it was resurrected in the 1990s by the World Wide Web. In 2023, Spin Master, the toy company that now owns the brand, globally sold 7.4 million units, including both the classic Cube and related twisty puzzles. Ben Varadi, a Spin Master co-founder, noted that Rubik’s has “95 percent brand awareness” — virtually everyone has heard of it. Rubik’s lore also holds that one in seven people on Earth have played with the Cube. “It gives me hope about the world,” Mr. Rubik told his audience in San Francisco. “It brings people together.”

  • Aboriginal ritual passed down over 12,000 years, cave find shows

  • Analysis | How accurate is the weather forecast where you live? Look up your city. - Washington Post

    Coastal regions can be easier to forecast because the ocean acts like a giant thermal regulator, absorbing the sun’s warmth during the day and gradually releasing it over time. Similarly, the southwest desert is relatively predictable because its arid conditions discourage the formation of disruptive weather systems. The vast middle of the country lacks these moderating factors. Instead, air masses frequently converge with one another: A warm, moist air mass from the Gulf of Mexico, for example, might surge northward and meet a cold, dry mass sweeping down from Canada. Such interactions can cause rapid, unpredictable temperature swings that throw off the forecast’s accuracy.


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  • Judge orders surprise release of Epstein transcripts

    A judge in Florida has ordered the surprise release of graphic transcripts from the state's 2006 prosecution of paedophile Jeffrey Epstein - a probe that ended with the millionaire financier receiving a legal slap on the wrist. When prosecutors made that deal, they knew he had sexually assaulted teenage girls two years before, according to the transcripts.

    On Monday, Circuit Judge Luis Delgado ordered the 16-year-old documents released, writing that "details in the record will be outrageous to decent people". "The testimony taken by the Grand Jury concerns activity ranging from grossly unacceptable to rape — all of the conduct at issue is sexually deviant, disgusting, and criminal." Referring to Epstein as "the most infamous pedophile in American history", the judge added that the state's leniency in the case "been the subject of much anger and has at times diminished the public's perception of the criminal justice system". "Epstein is indeed notorious and infamous and is widely reported to have flaunted his wealth while cavorting with politicians, billionaires, and even British Royalty," he continued. "It is understandable that given those reports the public has a great curiosity about what was widely reported by news (agencies) as 'special treatment' regarding his prosecution."

    The investigations uncovered Epstein’s close ties to former President Bill Clinton and Britain’s Prince Andrew, as well as his once friendly relationship with former President Donald Trump and numerous others of wealth and influence who have denied doing anything criminal or improper and not been charged.

  • They always got away with it': new book reveals Kennedys' treatment of women

  • Rapper BG ordered to have all future songs approved by US Government

    A US federal judge has refused prosecutors’ request to prohibit the maker of the 1990s rap classic Bling Bling “from promoting and glorifying future gun violence/murder” in songs and at concerts while on supervised release from prison, saying such a restriction could violate his constitutional right to free speech. But the artist known as BG must provide the government with copies of any songs he writes moving forward, ahead of their production or promotion – and, if they are deemed to be inconsistent with his goals of rehabilitation, prosecutors could move to toughen the terms governing his supervised release.

Rank Propaganda / Thought Policing / World Disordering

Trump / War against the Right / Jan6

  • Supreme Court's Trump immunity ruling is what the body was meant for -- unpopular but constitutionally correct

  • Opinion | How Steve Bannon Sees the Future - The New York Times

    I felt like I was talking with Leon Trotsky in the years before the Russian Revolution. I decided to check in with Bannon again about a week ago. This year, populists have scored yet another string of triumphs and a second Trump victory is possible or even probable this November. I found Bannon, currently the host of the podcast “War Room,” to be embroiled and embattled as usual. He’s going to prison Monday, to begin serving a four-month sentence for contempt of Congress. If anything, he is more confident than ever. What follows is a transcript of our conversation, edited for clarity and length — and to remove the F-bombs that Bannon dropped with machine gun regularity. I should emphasize that I wasn’t trying to debate Bannon or rebut his beliefs; I wanted to understand how he sees the current moment. I wanted to understand the global populist surge from the inside. What he told me now seems doubly terrifying, given Joe Biden’s performance at the first presidential debate.

  • Things Got Weird: On the Early ‘90s Crack-Up - The Millions

    As a scholar of chaos and the right, Ganz also shares much with historian Rick Perlstein (whose exhaustive, spectacular Reaganland: America’s Right Turn 1976–1980 shows the planting of the seeds that sprouted in early 1990s America), though using a less pointillist approach. Ganz is drawn to big characters: “the gang of ‘paleoconservative’ malcontents, Patrick Buchanan, the billionaire-populism of Ross Perot, survivalist cranks in the Rocky Mountains, the transformation of John Gotti into a folk hero.” It’s a rich tableau. But the star of this show is Perot and the fractured milieu that tossed him into the spotlight.

    It can be hard to recall, at a time when a Kennedy reeling off cracked theories on raw milk and 9/11 barely rates a headline, what a gobsmackingly odd, only-in-America phenomenon Perot was. Termed “Little Caesar” by Maureen Dowd, Perot was a reedy, runty, and wildly wealthy Texas businessman who presented as a down-market Barry Goldwater-style bootstraps libertarian with all the usual contradictions (though talking big about small government, he built his computer-business fortune on Medicare contracts).

    An eager and quippy performer always yammering away on Larry King Live, Perot picked up on the country’s angry disquiet with the status quo. He cunningly let himself be drafted for a third-party presidential campaign while on air. Ganz quotes Rush Limbaugh, another big talker channeling the country’s garrulous id, describing Perot as a kind of on-air insurgent: “Talk media is to the dominant media institutions what Ross Perot is to the dominant political institutions.”

    • After having sold a couple of generations on orthodoxy and "stand behind your government" in the Cold War, there was a breif period where people began to ask "why do we need to stand united on everything if there's no more Great Enemy?" So the propagandists began working overtime to provide more Enemies that required a unified response.
  • Trump Moves to Overturn Hush-Money Conviction, Citing Immunity Decision - The New York Times

  • Manhattan Prosecutors Agree to Delay Trump’s Sentencing - The New York Times

    Manhattan prosecutors on Tuesday agreed with Donald J. Trump’s request to postpone his criminal sentencing so that the judge overseeing the case could weigh whether a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling might imperil his conviction, new court filings show. It is up to the judge to determine whether to postpone the sentencing, though with both sides in agreement, it seems likely he would do so. Mr. Trump, who was convicted of 34 felony counts of falsifying business records related to his cover-up of a sex scandal during his 2016 presidential campaign, was scheduled to be sentenced on July 11. He faces up to four years in prison, though he could receive as little as a few weeks in jail, or probation.

  • Trunp sentencing date rest to Sep 18 "if such is still necessary"

  • Trump Suggests Electric Planes Can't Fly When It's Not Sunny

  • Imperial U.S. presidency looms with Trump's 2025 vision

    Trump promises an unabashedly imperial presidency — one that would turn the Justice Department against critics, deport millions of people in the U.S. illegally, slap 10% tariffs on thousands of products, and fire perhaps tens of thousands of government staff deemed insufficiently loyal.

  • Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani Disbarred In New York – One America News Network

    An appeals court on Tuesday ruled that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is barred from practicing law in New York. “Rudolph William Giuliani, is disbarred from the practice of law, effective immediately, and until the further order of this Court, and his name stricken from the roll of attorneys and counselors-at-law in the State of New York,” the First Department appeals court wrote in a decision released on Tuesday. The judges claimed Giuliani “flagrantly misused” his position as an attorney for former President Donald Trump and his campaign to make “intentionally” false statements to courts, lawmakers and the public.

  • In Trump Immunity Decision, Supreme Court Boosts Imperial Presidency - Bloomberg

    In dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, joined by the other two liberals, condemned the decision in the harshest terms. “In every use of official power,” she wrote,” the president is now a king above the law.” This result would be deeply disturbing to the nation’s founders. Nothing in the Constitution’s text or original public meaning supports the immunity rules the court crafted. To the contrary, as Sotomayor pointed out in her dissent, the Constitution specifically anticipates criminal prosecution of a president, noting that after impeachment, a president removed by the Senate “shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law.”

  • No, President Biden, the Supreme Court Did Not Remove All Limits on the Presidency – JONATHAN TURLEY

Edumacationalizing / Acedemia Nuts

  • Teachers don’t have time to be therapists, cops, nurses and social workers.

    Administrators leave disruptive students in class because suspensions lower a school's performance rating, the teachers said. They called for decoupling student behavior from school accountability. "That feedback was critical to recent passage of a state law," said Brumley. After three suspensions, disruptive students are sent to “alternative sites where they can get the support that they need — academically, behaviorally, socially, mentally — to eventually return to the general school setting and function among their peers.” Brumley presented the recommendations to 7,000 teachers at the state’s annual teacher summit in New Orleans a few weeks ago, he said. “After sharing the first recommendation, I struggled getting to the next recommendation due to teacher applause.”

  • The Youngest Pandemic Children Are Now in School, and Struggling

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Law Breaking / Police / Internal Security

  • Ex-Billionaire Gets 7 1/2-Year Sentence for Defrauding Investors Goldman, Google

    Rishi Shah, 38, the co-founder of Outcome Health, which provided ads on TVs in doctors’ offices, was convicted of more than a dozen fraud and money laundering charges by a federal jury last year. He and two other Outcome executives were sentenced last week in Chicago by US District Judge Thomas Durkin, the US Attorney’s Office said in a statement Monday. Prosecutors had sought a 15-year sentence, describing Shah as the “driving force behind a dizzying array of lies to clients, lenders, investors and an audit firm.” He and the other executives were accused of lying to pharmaceutical company clients and taking money for ads that were never placed, and then misrepresenting the health of the company to investors.

    Before the fraud was revealed in a 2017 Wall Street Journal article, Shah was a budding star in Democratic circles. Shah got the idea for Outcome — then known as Context Media Health — in 2006 while he was a student at Northwestern University just north of Chicago, and the company’s rapid rise over the next decade boosted his public profile. Then-Mayor Rahm Emanuel declared at a company press conference, “as Outcome goes, so goes Chicago.”