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Weekend link dump for June 2

Trump administration officials as Blazing Saddles characters.

“I therefore charted the ratio of minimum coach seat width to the proportion of U.S. adults who are overweight. At the risk of being cheeky, I label this variable the Airline Seat Size to Passenger Heftiness Index Tracker (ASSPHIT), which reveals a startling 36% decline in posterior comfort over the past three decades.”

“Experts say these shooters crave attention and want to spread fear among those they feel have slighted them, and each incel shooting might inspire future acts of mass gun violence. ”

On the subliminal sex messages of animated Disney movies.

Rural counties are doing better than you might think.

RIP, Bart Starr, Hall of Fame quarterback for the Green Bay Packers.

RIP, Bill Buckner, All Star first baseman best known for his error in the 1986 World Series.

“Amazon is reportedly back in the market for office space in New York City, which, if true, is a sweet bit of vindication for critics of the company’s whole HQ2 fracas.”

“With future of women’s hockey uncertain, athletes launch Players Association amid boycott”.

What Pawn Stars got wrong about Mad magazine’s history.

“Shorter Mueller: if Trump were not president, he would have been charged with the crime of obstructing justice.”

RIP, Leon Redbone, versatile singer-songwriter.

RIP, Claus von Bulow, protagonist of one of the more sensational murder trials of the 1980s.

What that new college diploma of yours allows you to do.

“Ten years ago [Friday], George Tiller, a Kansas abortion provider, was handing out the bulletin in his longtime church when he was shot and killed. On May 31, 2009, he became the eighth abortion provider to be murdered by antiabortion terrorists. A decade later, his legacy is under dire and escalating threat.”

Stratolaunch fails to launch.

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  1. SocraticGadfly says:

    Not all of Drum’s counties are so rural. Newton is in Beaumont MSA; Callahan in Abilene MSA; Frio is less than 60 miles from San Antonio. And, in NM, Taos has been Californicated.

  2. voter_worker says:

    Drum’s use of data to persuade us that all is well (i.e. not totally gone-to-hell) in rural America isn’t convincing. I randomly chose one of his rural counties, Conecuh County AL and looked around to get clues. Repton appears to be the second-largest community, and a cursory look shows that it’s in the grip of long-term decline. This linked article describes the heroic efforts of the town to reverse this trend line and you have to wish them well, but I wouldn’t describe their situation as anything but dire.

  3. Jules says:

    “Mueller went on to say that “the Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrongdoing.” That other process described in the Constitution is impeachment, not an override by the attorney general.”