Mid-Afternoon Reads for July 3rd!


On this day in history, three items of particular interest.

All of these were attacks on people who were either countrymen or allies. None of them had the desired effect.

On to the reads!

  • Rigged. Forced into debt. Worked past exhaustion. Left with nothing (USA Today)
  • The slow death of the electric guitar (Washington Post)
  • Trump, Russia and a shadowy business partnership (Bloomberg View)
  • China’s all-seeing surveillance state is reading its citizens’ faces (Wall Street Journal)
  • Are you a self-interrupter? (Nautilus)
  • Power causes brain damage: Over time, leaders lose mental capacities—most notably for reading other people — that were essential to their rise (The Atlantic)
  • How Stephen Miller rode white rage from Duke’s campus to Trump’s West Wing (Vanity Fair)
  • Penn Station Is New York’s Commuter Hell, and It’s About to Get Worse (Bloomberg)
  • Officials struggle to convince Trump that Russia remains a threat (CNN)
  • How Apple’s iPhone changed the world: 10 years in 10 charts (Recode)
  • Thirteen Ways to Instantly Become Better at Grilling (Bloomberg)
  • Nike Thought It Didn’t Need Amazon — Then the Ground Shifted (Wall Street Journal)
  • Away from the NFL spotlight, financial ruin drove Clinton Portis to the brink of murder (Sports Illustrated)



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Gettysburg: the masked Antifa idiots probably figured out no one was standing down this weekend if they came to destroy a cemetery. Hope they hold to a “we weren’t coming to the party….”


Hello, Stefan. I was thinking just yesterday, Stefan never posts anymore.

Getting a jump on tomorrow, here’s the U.S. Navy Band performing The Stars and Stripes Forever. It’s part of their submission to #NavyMusic’s centennial celebration of Lt. Cmdr. John Philip Sousa’s commissioning into the U.S. Navy Reserve.


Dave Bearse
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Putin will be prepared to take advantage of Trump’s stupidity, pettiness, and insecurity at the G-20 Summit. Trump meanwhile is preparing for Putin by honing his strengths; watching WWE clips, and practicing The Dozens with low I.Q. crazy Mika. Too bad for Trump that his forte, snaps disparaging women, will be limited by the fact that Putin is no longer married and his mother is dead. . But no worries, Trump can use that practice and his diminished wit, self-control, verbal ability, mental acuity, and Make America Great Again by putting the leader of the free world, host Angela Merkel,… Read more »

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Dave Bearse

Trump chides states for not complying with voting commission: ‘What are they trying to hide?’
Everyone except the half-wits and sycophant Trump supporters have said about Trump’s campaign and appointees not reporting contacts with the Russians, let alone Trump’s tax returns.

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Dave Bearse

“There are no humans on Mars. There are active rovers on Mars. There was a rumor going around last week that there weren’t. There are. But there are no humans.” — NASA spokesman Guy Webster to the Daily Beast.
It had to be said, otherwise Trump supporters would claim it to be indisputably true. And besides, how would Precedent Trump know there weren’t any humans on Mars?