The New Yorker sums up in one paragraph why I believe Hillary Clinton is the right choice for America’s future. It’s been hard to be openly supportive of Hillary; propaganda from both left and right make a centrist look unappealing. But she’s “a liberal incrementalist”. She will be able to work with both sides to inch America forward where it has been relatively stagnant after the Congressional stonewalling of Obama.
Hillary Clinton’s vision and temperament are the opposite of her opponent’s. She has been a pioneer throughout her life, and yet her career cannot be easily reduced to one transcendent myth: she has been an idealist and a liberal incrementalist, a glass-ceiling-smashing lawyer and a cautious establishmentarian, a wife and mother, a First Lady, a rough-and-tumble political operator, a senator, a Secretary of State. Her story is about walking through flames and emerging changed, warier and more determined. In her intelligence, in her gimlet-eyed recognition of both the limits and the possibilities of government, she’s a particular kind of inspirational figure, a pragmatist and a Democratic moderate. We wish that Clinton faced a worthy opponent: she deserves a less sullied, more substantive win. But her claim to our support goes far beyond the nihilism of the alternative. I
Source: The New Yorker Endorses Hillary Clinton
Not every photo taken by the professionals turns out how they expect. This series of goofy nature photos is well worth a look.
Source: 2016 Finalists :: Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards – Conservation through Competition
I am obsessed with Hamilton. Two of the things I love most are history and music with intelligent lyrics, so Hamilton has blown into my life and given me the best of both worlds. Here’s a fantastic documentary by PBS that covers both the historical Hamilton and Lin Manuel Miranda’s process of transferring the history to rap. It’s as engaging as the show itself, but thanks to PBS’s free streaming, far easier to get “tickets” to!
The feature film documentary Hamilton’s America brings history to vivid life through the contemporary perspective of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s revolutionary hip-hop musical, Hamilton. The story of Alexander Hamilton is most remembered for its dramatic conclusion, in which Hamilton was killed in a duel by Vice President Aaron Burr. But his immeasurable contributions to modern society have largely been forgotten by today’s general public. Just in time for election year, Hamilton’s America will provide a primetime audience with intimate access to Miranda and his colleagues during the two years leading up to the Broadway opening of the smash hit musical “Hamilton.”
Source: Hamilton’s America | Great Performances | PBS
I present, as official slogan of 2016:
Source: And Always After That It Grew Much Worse
This entire election cycle has been a mess at best, and an absolute cesspit of awfulness at worst, but there has been one very bright light in the darkness: Randy Rainbow’s videos.
I finally loaded up his Braggadocious vid after everyone on my Facebook feed had forwarded it along, then the rest of that night going through his entire playlist. The early vids are as hilarious as the new ones. Here’s a talent who needs to be snapped up (and hopefully given some creative freedom) by a studio or production company. I will happily watch anything he makes!
Source: Randy Rainbow – YouTube
This is a really lovely little prose poem by Ace Metaphor.
Source: (1) Ace Metaphor – Timeline
This election has been repulsive on so many counts, but Gail Collins presents us with at least one happy thought:
Ted Cruz — who insulted Trump by failing to endorse him at the convention, then panicked and gave him a nod just before the trash-talk tape went public — must be having the worst week of his political life. Which certainly is a mood raiser.
Source: And Now, the Good News Is … – The New York Times
As an artist, I think a lot about colour. As a historian, I don’t. This is an interesting look at where some of our colours came from, and why they aren’t used anymore.
The colors of art change not just with trends, but availability as well. For reasons of being incredibly poisonous, expensive, or just involving way too many snails, here are five pigments that have disappeared from art.
Source: The Colorful Stories of 5 Obsolete Art Pigments
Dilbert stopped being funny or relevant a long time ago, but Scott Adams seems to believe he’s still funny and relevant. He should get out more, or just get out.
Cameron’s low estimation of the public can be seen in his decision to hold the referendum before people fleeing war and drought begin their attempts to cross the Mediterranean this summer. He imagines that dead bodies on beaches, and news reports from refugee camps would make us vote against the EU, as our primary concern would be keeping those people out. I think it’s more likely that this refugee crisis will create an outpouring of compassion. We can register our disgust at being spoken to as racists in this referendum by how we behave towards these refugees. People are drowning in the Mediterranean while we have a navy that could save them. We can press our government to act, and I refuse to be told that’s fanciful by people who think it would be easier to reform the EU. And we can act ourselves. People already are. Donating money, driving to Calais with supplies, trying to create political pressure, and let’s join them, each in our own little way, in a sort of Dunkirk of the spirit. We should do this because these are desperate human beings who need our help. As an added bonus, remember that whatever you do, no matter how small, will appal both sides of this intellectually enfeebled and poisonous campaign, and that the most radical message we can send them is that we still feel love.
Source: The Brexiteers look like villains cornered by Batman in a hall of mirrors | Frankie Boyle | Opinion | The Guardian