Weekend link dump for April 30

Other Congressional districts that could be as competitive as the 6th District in Georgia was.

The evolution of the TV mom.

From the archives, how to deal with a psychopath. (Spoiler: If at all possible, don’t.)

“It’s hard to call these meetings political, at least in the narrow sense of partisan politics (save, perhaps, for those cases where campaign donations were involved). But they weren’t without meaning; who a president brought to the White House said something about the image he sought to project and the people he tried to speak for.”

“For months, Mr. Kalanick had pulled a fast one on Apple by directing his employees to help camouflage the ride-hailing app from Apple’s engineers. The reason? So Apple would not find out that Uber had been secretly identifying and tagging iPhones even after its app had been deleted and the devices erased — a fraud detection maneuver that violated Apple’s privacy guidelines.”

“For most people, the luxury of living in a relatively stable democracy is the luxury of not following politics with a nerve-racked constancy. Trump does not afford this.”

Is Sean Hannity the next Bill O’Reilly?

There’s a lot of junk orbiting the earth, and it’s becoming a problem.

“Greek yogurt giant Chobani filed a lawsuit Monday against right-wing radio host Alex Jones, accusing the conspiracy theorist of publishing false information about the company.”

“Any enterprise run by a group of adults obsessing over the sexuality of teenage girls is bound to be deeply creepy.”

To hug or not to hug at work.

I’m a big Houston Rockets fan, but I confess to having a soft spot for the San Antonio Spurs as well. Stuff like this is one reason why.

“The big question in American politics is whether Trump’s opponents can find a platform and set of candidates that unite the diverse and somewhat diffuse anti-Trump majority, not whether the president’s fans continue to celebrate him.”

RIP, Jonathan Demme, Oscar-winning director of The Silence of the Lambs.

“The lowly caterpillar Galleria mellonella, also known as the wax worm, can digest a type of plastic commonly found in packaging, according to a paper published Monday in Current Biology. The finding continues a string of recently discovered plastic-eating organisms that has some scientists hoping nature might share some of its tricks and help us rid the environment of the alien materials.”

Now that is how you deal with a troll.

Eleven reasons for ESPN’s layoffs.

Why is the Trump administration arguing that it should be able to deport people like Melania Trump?

“I loved my previous life. I had so many things going. This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier.”

I told them I’d been abducted by a UFO. There was a long pause. I heard them do a big sigh. And they closed out the conversation saying that they’d make a note of it and I should wait for the DHS to investigate my report.”

“Please note that monkey-wrenching a despicably white nationalist Trump initiative with phone calls is not the paramount duty of patriots and neighbors at this time. We shouldn’t be making calls like that until after we’ve called our senators and representatives and flooded those phone-lines with sincere, passionately civil statements to hold those members of Congress accountable for holding Trump accountable.”

RIP, Richard “Racehorse” Haynes, legendary Houston defense attorney.

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