Carved gem from the reign of Augustus depicting Aeneas escaping Troy
Long New Yorker piece by Gideon Lewis-Kraus on the brouhaha between Scott Alexander and the New York Times, with a discourse on the relationship between the tech world and the rest of liberal America.
Damon Young, author of a book about racism, is getting tired of Serious Conversations about Race.
In a NY Times Op-Ed, the Mayor of Minneapolis gives a pretty intelligent exposition of the white guilt version of contemporary events: "Police officers understand the dynamic well. We give them lethal tools and a lot of leeway to keep our parts of town safe."
As fewer kids play (American) football, emergency room visits for brain injury have declined 32%.
How one domineering librarian kept Goodnight Moon out of the New York Public Library for 25 years. She had "a custom-made rubber stamp reading NOT RECOMMENDED FOR PURCHASE BY EXPERT, and she was not afraid to use it."
Nuclear talks with North Korea still going nowhere.
If you hate the police as they are now, how about becoming an officer yourself? (NY Times)
Contemplating plastered skulls from the ancient Near East
Conor Friedersdorf chronicles some of the recent attempts to cancel liberals for insufficient radicalism on the subject of police violence.
A nightmare vision for racists: major new study says populations of many European and east Asian nations will be cut in half by 2100 while populations in Africa treble. But since population projects from thirty years ago were way, way off, I refuse to get very invested in the contemporary version.
Fascinating BBC story on Freiburg, the south German city where the Green Party was born, now regularly cited as the most sustainable city in the world and also one of the few German cities where births outnumber deaths. But note that the city's pro-bike, anti-car ethos is possible partly because of design decisions made after WW II. Recreating cities requires a long, long, long-term effort.