Live-Tweeting The Weather Log For The Trinity Test (1945)

In America, Because of wow., Domestic Affairs, Nuclear Stuff by Cheryl Rofer

  The opera “Dr. Atomic” premieres at the Santa Fe Opera on Saturday, July 14. This will be its first performance so close to Los Alamos. To commemorate the events of the opera, Nuclear Diner will live-tweet the weather reports for the Trinity test of the first nuclear device to be exploded. The weather reports were significant, because this time of year is monsoon season, and thunderstorms surrounded the test site. The Twitter account is @NuclearDiner. The live-tweet starts at 12:30 am Mountain Daylight Time July 16. You don’t need …

Friday Morning Open Thread: Beating the Odds

In Because of wow., Excellent Links, Foreign Affairs, Open Thread by Anne Laurie

Incredible: 14 yr-old Adul Sam-on (from Myanmar) is 1 of 3 players on Wild Boars from stateless ethnic minority. Because he speaks English, Thai, Burmese, Mandarin and Wa, he played key role in rescue, acting as interpreter bw/ team & multinational divers https://t.co/O6EIxxoXv8 — Samantha Power (@SamanthaJPower) July 10, 2018 I’ll admit — when news of the soccer team trapped in that Thai cave first broke, I assumed it was another example of testosterone poisoning making it dangerous for teenage boys to associate with each other in groups larger than …

Tuesday Morning Open Thread: Real-World Heroes

In Absent Friends, All we want is life beyond the thunderdome, Because of wow., LGBTQ Rights Are Human Rights, Open Thread by Anne Laurie

in russia, the act of displaying the LGBT flag in public can get you arrested. so these 6 activists from latin america resorted to creativity: wearing uniforms from their countries' football teams, they turned themselves into the flag and walked around moscow with pride. ?????? pic.twitter.com/7Q2HgLemzh — gabi (@harleivy) July 8, 2018 "Wendi Winters saved my life": Capital Gazette staff say their fallen colleague charged the shooter. https://t.co/7yK6ljHb1c pic.twitter.com/chBXW52qfh — Capital Gazette (@capgaznews) July 7, 2018 When a man with a shotgun shattered the glass door of the Capital Gazette …

Kids are expensive

In Because of wow., Foam Finger Nation, Free Markets Solve Everything, Fuck The Middle-Class, Fuck The Poor by David Anderson

This is not a health policy post, just an observation from my life. The New York Times reported that fertility rates are declining in America. Americans are having fewer babies. At first, researchers thought the declining fertility rate was because of the recession, but it kept falling even as the economy recovered. Now it has reached a record low for the second consecutive year. Because the fertility rate subtly shapes many major issues of the day — including immigration, education, housing, the labor supply, the social safety net and support …

Closing Out the Fourth: Hold Your Head Up High

In Because of wow., Daydream Believers, Domestic Affairs, Open Thread, Rare Sincerity by Anne Laurie

Just got back from dinner at the Common Man in Windham, celebrating with the Spousal Unit on the fortieth anniversary of our first date. All of our friends & housemates were out of town (mostly off to work on Iggycon prep), so we walked down to watch the local fireworks together… Congratulations, and many happy returns, to intrepid blogger & commentor Schrodinger’s Cat on her anniversary: A year ago I became a United States citizen… The Federal District Court judge, who administered the oath urged us to do our duty …

Good News Open Thread: Light A Candle

In Because of wow., C.R.E.A.M., Daydream Believers, Immigration, Open Thread, Rare Sincerity by Anne Laurie

From the Washington Post: … Charlotte and Dave Willner had seen the pictures of migrant children crying at the border. One in particular reminded them of their own 2-year-old daughter. The San Francisco area couple had heard — as much of the United States had by now — that President Trump’s administration has begun jailing migrant parents caught crossing the border and sending their children to shelters. The president’s chief of staff has called the new “zero-tolerance” policy a deterrent against illegal immigration. But the Willners had also learned that …

Thursday Morning Open Thread: Out of Our League

In Because of wow., Faunasphere, Open Thread, Riveted By The Sociological Significance Of It All by Anne Laurie

Your daily reminder that you are not a predator pic.twitter.com/oYmMyzTpOo — Nick Squires (@meatymcsorley) June 14, 2018 In related news, Not The Onion… but the BBC — “Does the US have a pet tiger problem?”: Taj was a four-month-old tiger cub when purchased at a Texas truck stop by the driver of an 18-wheeler lorry. But after Taj began tearing up the truck’s cab, the driver contacted Austin Zoo to get the animal off his hands. The zoo now looks after the fully grown 17-year-old Bengal tiger male. Taj is …

Saturday Morning Sci-Fi Open Thread: Mars Needs Believers!

In Because of wow., Daydream Believers, Excellent Links, Open Thread, Riveted By The Sociological Significance Of It All, Space by Anne Laurie

Even as a very young hardcore sf reader, I knew I would never be part of a one-way space mission, because I can barely stand to spend a long weekend trapped in the house with a handful of people I love, much less a bunch of random strangers. (And, yes, I did not rate my chances of appealing to a quorum of those strangers, either.) But Murphy the Trickster God bless the… idealists… who are willing to share their dreams of Martian colonization with all the world and the Boston …

‘Look for the Helpers’ Open Thread: James Shaw, Jr

In All we want is life beyond the thunderdome, Because of wow., gun safety, Post-racial America by Anne Laurie

my hero James Shaw Jr. pic.twitter.com/BRnuYEURdv — Emma González (@Emma4Change) April 29, 2018 In the “Stuff That *Doesn’t* Suck” category… … Just days after the 40-year-old rapper tweeted of his support for President Donald Trump, [Kanye] West shared a photo of Gonzalez and referred to her as “my hero” on Saturday… Gonzalez, who has openly rebuked Trump and called for stricter gun laws in the country since the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on Feb. 14 that killed 17 people, did not return West’s compliment. Copying the format of …

Open Thread: Surfing Records

In Because of wow., Open Thread, Sports by Anne Laurie

WORLD RECORD CRUSHED: Watch Brazilian surfer Rodrigo Koxa ride an 80-foot wave https://t.co/ZBi9TOyjrx pic.twitter.com/HV3XrQFLQk — CBS News (@CBSNews) April 30, 2018   These days, everything feels like a political metaphor, doesn’t it?

Monday Morning Open Thread: Rock On, Fellow Jackals!

In Because of wow., Dog Blogging, Open Thread, Readership Capture by Anne Laurie

Four legs good, two legs better. Good morning. pic.twitter.com/o6BVImIL8K — Paul Bronks (@BoringEnormous) April 20, 2018 For this Monday, a ditty from universally beloved commentor SiubhanDuinne: Good old Balloon Juice, As good as it gets: Come for the POLITICS, Stay for the PETS. Balloon Juice will serve you, Whatever your mood: Come for the ANIMALS, Stay for the FOOD. Most of us love Cole’s Emotional rants: Come for the RECIPES, Stay for the PLANTS. The kittehs meow, And the puppehs do bark. Come for the GARDENING, Stay for the SNARK. …