The San Diego zoo’s website calls cassowaries the world’s most dangerous bird with a 10cm dagger-like claw on each foot. 🔗

Maybe breeding the decedents of velociraptors as pets is not the best idea…

Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, pledged on Saturday to annex Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank… 🔗

Well there goes even the pretense of not making the apartheid state permanent.

“Affectionate” is the word people keep using. | Anna North, Vox 🔗

I wonder if Biden has ever rubbed noses with a man he just met. Or inhaled a man’s hair and kissed him on the head from behind.

If not, maybe he should think about if there’s more than just “affection” going on.

Muslims and Jews face a common threat from white supremacists. We must fight it together | Jonathan Freedland and Mehdi Hasan, The Guardian 🔗

…both the Muslim who hates Jews and the Jew who hates Muslims forget that the white supremacist hates them both.

America may be fundamentally broken. 🔗

During active shooter drill, four teachers at a time were taken into a room, told to crouch down and were shot execution style with some sort of projectiles—resulting in injuries to the extent that welts appeared, and blood was drawn.

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world… 🔗

Brexiters lobby for European veto of article 50 extension | Patrick Wintour, The Guardian 🔗

Is there any precedent for elected representatives trying to lobby foreign governments to oppose their own government? It’s like the House GOP inviting Netanyahu taken to the nth degree.

For the love of all that is holy, why? 🔗

Remember, USB 3.0 and USB 3.1 are now called USB 3.2, with USB 3.0 being USB 3.2 Gen 1 (also formerly USB 3.1 Gen 1), USB 3.1 Gen 1 is now being called USB 3.2 Gen 2, and then there’s USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 for 20Gbps speeds.

Ministers hold emergency talks after they realise UK has shortage of the right pallets 🔗

I’m beginning to think the folks hoping for a no-deal Brexit haven’t really thought everything through.

Kamala Harris and the Coat of Many Colors | Kevin Drum, Mother Jones 🔗

I think I’ve made up my mind. I am going to vote for the candidate who generates the greatest amount of idiotic pushback from men on Twitter. The contest starts now.

This does feel like a good metric.

The Startup That Wants to Sell You a Subscription to Miami Beach Tap Water Explains Itself | Henry Graber, Slate 🔗

Nothing like “…purified, chilled, great-tasting water product…”

Against The White Canon At The Gardner, Helga Davis Reclaims Narratives | Ariana Lee, wbur 🔗

If you’re in Boston, go see something in this series. Helga is brilliant!

A rare example of elite accountability. | Zack Beauchamp, Vox 🔗

“Mr. Abrams, in 1991 you pleaded guilty to two counts of withholding information from Congress regarding the Iran-Contra affair, for which you were later pardoned by President George H.W. Bush,” [Rep] Omar begins.

Young Tech Workers Organizing 🔗

…attendees stand together, fists raised, to take a photo in solidarity with the Los Angeles Unified School District teacher’s strike.

I’m still waiting for someone to start organizing an actual union for developers.

Ezra Klein Talks With Peter Beinart 🎙

Lots about how Israeli apartheid is driving my generation and younger American Jews to be anti-Israel, because of Jewish beliefs. Doesn’t go far enough—we ought to be anti-Zionist—and it isn’t happening fast enough. But here’s hoping that the liberal values of non-Orthodox Jews can change the orientation of our country.

The Zionists don’t really consider us completely Jewish anyway. They are not on the side of those of us who believe we are American.

It Isn’t Really Monday Until The Subway Is On Fire—Ben Yakas | Gothamist 🔗

So is this a sign New Yorkers are just cool customers or that we have Stockholm Syndrome and very low expectations of the MTA?

The Dems Should Get a Good Deal on Infrastructure 🔗

That means massive investments in clean energy generation and transmission, municipal broadband, a serious revival of airline competition, and competitive grants to states for carbon-cutting transportation programs.

Good news for small “d” democracy. 🔗

With Amendment 4’s win on Tuesday, that will now change — and more than 1 million people will get back the right to vote.

I don’t know if I’d call it a ‘Blow Out’, but Drum makes a good point. 🔗

Democrats flipped dozens of congressional seats and took control of the House despite running against a terrific economy.

Federal Judge Allows North Dakota Republicans to Block Native Americans From Voting | Mark Joseph Stern, Slate. 🔗

This law makes it straight up illegal for some people to vote. Not hard, not convoluted. Illegal.

Kroger Grocery Store Shooting That Left 2 Dead Now Being Investigated as Possible Hate Crime | Dylan Lovan, AP 🔗

I have no words.

A man carrying a concealed weapon who happened to be in the parking lot challenged Bush, and police say the suspect then “began firing wildly” at him, putting other shoppers in the parking lot in danger.


An arrest citation said Bush’s parents were punched and choked, and they told police they were “terrified of (his) unpredictable behavior.”

Bush’s ex-wife told authorities in a domestic violence petition in 2009 that Bush was “diagnosed paranoid” in 2003 but had stopped taking his medication.

“I am afraid for me and my son. I want him to stay away,” she wrote in the court document.