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Weekend link dump for July 31

“There is also something between a non-trivial and a substantial amount of evidence suggesting Putin-backed financial support for Trump or a non-tacit alliance between the two men.”

What Mark Cuban says.

“[Elon] Musk assumes that transit is an engineering problem, about vehicle design and technology. In fact, providing cost-effective and liberating transportation in cities requires solving a geometry problem, and he’s not even seeing it. In this he’s repeating a common delusion, one I hear all the time in urbanist and technology circles.”

Educators see a golden opportunity in Pokémon Go.

And the gazebo where 12 year old Tamir Rice was shot by police in 2014 is now a “Pokéstop”. With the desrription “Community memorial for Tamir Rice, shot and killed by CPD officers who shot him in under 2s after breaking department policy regarding escalation of force.”

RIP, Tim LaHaye, who will never get to experience the Rapture that he’d been predicting for 50 years.

Along those lines, “How to make a fortune (and lose your soul) prophesying the End Times”.

RIP, Marti Nixon, American cinema’s most unsung singer.

In which an F-bomb-laden courtroom transcript gets turned into a cartoon at Comic Con.

Finally, an opportunity to turn your glorious mullet into cold, hard cash.

This pretty much sums up why I never felt the Bern.

“What’s galling about the WikiLeaks dump is the way in which the organization has blurred the distinction between leaks and hacks. Leaks are an important tool of journalism and accountability. When an insider uncovers malfeasance, he brings information to the public in order to stop the wrongdoing. That’s not what happened here. The better analogy for these hacks is Watergate.”

How Asian-Americans became Democrats.

RIP, Youree Dell Harris, better known as “Miss Cleo” the pitchwoman for the Psychic Readers Network.

“But this year, the [Democratic Party] has made huge leaps and bounds for disability equality, from the Clinton campaign’s conscious work to make materials accessible, to a thoughtful platform clearly developed with input from disabled stakeholders.”

RIP, Jack Davis, longtime artist for MAD magazine who also did movie posters and album covers.

How it all went so horribly wrong in Rio.

“It was this moment that should make every Republican politician who opposes that Muslim ban and still supports Donald Trump feel a sharp, stabbing sense of shame.”

What Scalzi says.

The dad jokes are strong with this one.

“He walked onto the convention stage Thursday night with his wife beside him, the Constitution to guide him and the pride of a father who knows he has a story to tell.”

“This is not a question that needs to be asked in most elections, but it needs to be asked in this one: what kind of person is Donald Trump? What kind of person says these things? And is that really the kind of person we want to be president?”

“Until this moment, I think I never really gauged his cruelty.”

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