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Weekend link dump for July 17

You can now get your files back if they have been hijacked by ransomware.

You’re going to have to wait a little longer for the final episodes of Game of Thrones.

Gotta say, there’a a lot more to Emily Ratajkoski than I would have guessed. Good for her. Also, that link is somewhat NSFW.

George Takei does not agree with the decision to make Lt. Sulu gay in the next Star Trek movie. Simon Pegg respectfully disagrees.

RIP, Frankie B. Mandola, longtime Houston restauranteur and Italian food pioneer.

“It is a remarkable picture. A single woman stands in the roadway, feet firmly planted. She poses no obvious threat. She is there to protest the excessive force which Baton Rouge police allegedly deploy against the city’s black citizens. She stands in front of police headquarters, on Saturday. And she is being arrested by officers who look better prepared for a war than a peaceful protest.”

“The eagerness to arrest and aggressively disperse people protesting on highways seems inseparable from public officials’ identification with motorist entitlement — the presumption that drivers’ business must never be subordinated, and certainly not for a spontaneous public demonstration exercising First Amendment rights.” Also, too, this.

You might want to read this if you’re into Pokemon Go.

“But I want you to know something about Jacoby Ellsbury. I need you to know something about Jacoby Ellsbury. In what way does Jacoby Ellsbury most stand out from the crowd? Eight times already this season, Ellsbury has reached base on catcher’s interference. The guy in second place has done it twice. Ellsbury has already tied the all-time record for a season. It is the All-Star break.”

We need to do better by our English language learners in schools.

“This is an effort to answer a question I’ve been struggling with since at least 2008: Why is the Hillary Clinton described to me by her staff, her colleagues, and even her foes so different from the one I see on the campaign trail?”

Maybe the Philistines weren’t such, um, philistines.

“[Being an astronaut] was the most interesting job I ever had, but when I left, I left.”

What Charlie Pierce says.

“A would-be strong man, an authoritarian personality, isn’t just against disorder and violence. They need disorder and violence. That is their raison d’etre, it is the problem that they are purportedly there to solve.”

First responders usually shouldn’t mean “people with guns”.

The videotapes of the first season of Monty Python’s Flying Circus came perilously close to getting erased.

Meet Mike Pence, in case you have need to know more about him.

“Whatever the precise details, however, it’s classic Trump – poorly organized, impulse driven and on the fly, riddled with weird personal animosities and feuds.”

“This is the choice. Don’t bamboozle me with no-fly zones and tougher rules of engagement and better border security. That’s small beer. You either support Obama’s current operation, more or less, or else you want a huge and costly ground operation. There’s really no middle ground. So which is it?”

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  1. Bill Daniels says:

    The woman photographed blocking the road is no obvious threat? Perhaps, but she had no right to elevate her need for attention above the rights of motorists to freely travel. She is absolutely no different than the idiot that thought it would be a good idea to shut down the Pierce Elevated so he could propose to his girlfriend.

    Nobody thought it was a “powerful picture” when he did that, or when he subsequently got arrested. Peaceful protest? Heck yeah!

    Blocking the roadway? Uh, no.