Hey Facebook, your awesome new super-duper whiz-bang ‘security measures’ locked me out, and I can’t get you to help

Every time I try to access Facebook, I get this error message instead. I've been locked out of Facebook for two months now, and I hadn't given much thought to it lately. I miss my FB friends, at least most of them, but I don't miss those lengthy threads arguing politics with people I didn't … Continue reading Hey Facebook, your awesome new super-duper whiz-bang ‘security measures’ locked me out, and I can’t get you to help

‘It’s not subtle’: Jamelle Boule links the latest homophobic, racist dog whistles to longstanding assault on the public schools

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsOo0KB80es Sadly, Jamelle Bouie of the New York Times is one of very few pundits to weigh in on a Michigan state legislator who blasted the racist, homophobic slurs in the far right's latest assault on K-12 public education. The lawmaker, state Sen. Mallory McMorrow, a Democrat of suburban Detroit (Royal Oak), replied In kind … Continue reading ‘It’s not subtle’: Jamelle Boule links the latest homophobic, racist dog whistles to longstanding assault on the public schools

A gallery of 18th-century Scottish and English regency men’s ponytails inspired by the pandemic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDvp_KXB12s I don't know anything about this TV series -- other than what I learned from Wikipedia, which tells me it's about a time traveler who gets plopped down in the 1745 Jacobite rebellion in Scotland. But I know just enough about 18th-century men's hair styles to want to post this video clip to Ordinary … Continue reading A gallery of 18th-century Scottish and English regency men’s ponytails inspired by the pandemic

Daily COVID-19 Metrics — IDPH

https://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/data/surveillance.html The measures included on this page are daily indicators of how Illinois and its regions and counties are being impacted by COVID-19. The Illinois Department of Public Health continues to monitor these indicators to identify early increases of virus transmission, and stress on hospital resources. SELECT COUNTY (or click on map) for local metrics. [To … Continue reading Daily COVID-19 Metrics — IDPH

File under creolization — blending Jewish and (Protestant) American religious and cultural norms in mid-19th century

d r a f t Interview with Jeffrey Gurock of Yeshiva University on creolization in Jewish-American institutions in the years after the Civil War -- although he doesn't use the word -- points up some important (imho) simliarities between the Jewish and and Swedish-American Lutheran experience. At this point, Jews were not hated like Irish … Continue reading File under creolization — blending Jewish and (Protestant) American religious and cultural norms in mid-19th century

‘For Ukraine’: A powerful choral work by Estonian composer Erkki-Sven Tüür that deserves an international audience

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f49Mzm3xqG0 All in the first month after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a choral work asking God to protect Ukraine by a noted Estonian composer was written, set to music, rehearsed and performed for the public within three weeks' time. The war began Feb. 24, and the premiere, in Estonia's capital city of Tallinn, was March … Continue reading ‘For Ukraine’: A powerful choral work by Estonian composer Erkki-Sven Tüür that deserves an international audience

CNN newsletter highlights disconnect between ‘culture war,’ real-world problems in a time of real war

In my email on March 23, from CNN Reliable Sources <reliablesources@newsletters.cnn.com>, after this headnote: Oliver Darcy here at 10:47pm ET on Wednesday, March 23. Here's the latest on Reuters, BuzzFeed News, Fox, Meta, "Wheel of Fortune," Spotify, "Real Housewives," and more... [...] this item, which is too good to clean out of my inbox and lose forever. Darcey … Continue reading CNN newsletter highlights disconnect between ‘culture war,’ real-world problems in a time of real war