Friday, June 9, 2017, 8:00am

Friday Tunes: ‘Shake It Off,’ Taylor Swift

“Shake It Off” is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift from her fifth album, 1989 (2014). Written by Swift, Max Martin and Shellback, it is an uptempo dance-pop track considered to be a departure from Swift’s earlier country pop music style. (Wikipedia | Lyrics)

I seem to have pinched a nerve last weekend, resulting in lots of sciatica pain, along with some pulled/strained tendons, resulting in swelling. 0/10, do not recommend. On the upside, it means I’m looking forward to a weekend where I have a perfectly valid excuse to sit around and do nothing. Always look for the silver lining, folks.

Weekend Reading List

Vox: The shocking UK election results, explained
“May’s Tories lost 12 seats in Parliament, when just two months ago they reasonably hoped to gain nearly 100. They’re still the largest party — having won 318 out of 650 total seats — but no longer hold a majority.”

The Atlantic: The Five Lines of Defense Against Comey – and Why They Failed
“Trump’s supporters attacked the former FBI director’s testimony, but didn’t manage to discredit it.”

On The Media: ‘Something Is Emerging From This Community’
“After Jeremy Christian murdered two people who intervened as he shouted anti-Muslim slurs at women on a Portland train, the mainstream media quickly declared the incident a product of Donald Trump’s divided, embittered America. Right-wing media, however, sought to undermine that narrative by highlighting parts of Christian’s backstory: he supposedly supported Bernie Sanders, not Trump, and hated everyone, not just Muslims. Meanwhile, as Portland’s mayor tried, unsuccessfully, to revoke a permit for an alt-right march happening this weekend, a debate over free speech flared. Amid these swirling issues, Bob talks with Corey Pein, a reporter for Portland’s Willamette Week, about the view locally, and what the national media are missing about this story.”

New York Times: Fringe Groups Revel as Protests Turn Violent
“As the founder of a group of right-wing vigilantes called the Fraternal Order of Alt-Knights, Mr. Chapman, a 6-foot-2, 240-pound commercial diver, is part of a growing movement that experts on political extremism say has injected a new element of violence into street demonstrations across the country.”

Buzzfeed News: Kids Are Quoting Trump To Bully Their Classmates And Teachers Don’t Know What To Do About It
“BuzzFeed News reviewed more than 50 reports of school bullying since the election and found that kids nationwide are using Trump’s words to taunt their classmates. If the president can say those things, why can’t they?”

New York Magazine: Trump Can Commit All the High Crimes He Wants. Republicans Aren’t Going to Impeach Him.
“Since the beginning of Donald Trump’s presidency, or even before, Democrats have been waiting for the moment when the Republican Party’s indulgence would snap. In every incremental advance of the Russia story, many hear the ticking hands of an “impeachment clock.” But there is no clock, and there will probably be no impeachment, at least not based on the field of Trumpian misdeeds currently at play.”

Rolling Stone: It’s Time to Demand Donald Trump’s Resignation
“How many times in the 19-and-a-half weeks since January 20th have you needed to remind yourself to breathe, to remain calm, not to panic? Do you regularly tell yourself it can’t possibly be as bad as you think? Are you worried you’re overreacting? You aren’t. It’s as bad as you think, and possibly worse.”

Vox: Britney Spears’s Instagram is secretly being used by Russian hackers
“In order to hack foreign governments, military officials, and embassies, Russian hackers are now using Britney Spears in their operations by posting cryptic comments on her Instagram photos.”

Coffee Break - Earl Wilson

“Science may never come up with a better office communication system than the coffee break.” – Earl Wilson

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