Links for August 18 2016

Oops, forgot to post links yesterday!

* New Thoughts on Making Rope in the Paleolithic

“Paleolithic hunter-gatherers may have used mammoth ivory tools to weave rope out of plant fibers.”

* Supreme Court Says Police May Use Evidence Found After Illegal Stops

“Justice Thomas’s opinion drew a fiery dissent from Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who said that “it is no secret that people of color are disproportionate victims of this type of scrutiny.””

* Discovery of vast treasure trove of fine textiles shows importance of fashion to Bronze Age Britons

“Archaeologists from the University of Cambridge’s archaeological unit have so far unearthed more than 100 fragments of textile, unspun processed fibre and textile yarn at the site. Some of the yarn is of superfine quality – with some threads being just 100 microns (1/10 of a millimetre) in diameter, while some of the fabrics themselves are so finely woven that they have 28 threads per centimetre, fine even by modern standards. It’s likely that some of the fragments of textile are from items of clothing.”

* Life-Hacks of the Poor and Aimless

“Can all this positive thinking be actively harmful? Carl Cederström and André Spicer, authors of The Wellness Syndrome, certainly think so, arguing that obsessive ritualization of self-care comes at the expense of collective engagement, collapsing every social problem into a personal quest for the good life. “Wellness,” they declare, “has become an ideology.””

* I Know Why Poor Whites Chant Trump, Trump, Trump

“There is an unavoidable question about places like Benton County, a question many liberals have tried to answer for years now: Why do poor whites vote along the same party lines as their wealthy neighbors across the road? Isn’t that against their best interests?

Ask a Republican, and they’ll probably say conservatives are united by shared positions on moral issues: family values, religious freedom, the right to life, the sanctity of marriage, and, of course, guns.

Ask a Democrat the same question, and they might mention white privilege, but they’re more likely to describe conservatives as racist, sexist, homophobic gun nuts who believe Christianity should be the national religion.

But what if those easy answers are two sides of the same political coin, a coin that keeps getting hurled back and forth between the two parties without ever shedding light on the real, more complicated truth?

I’m just a poor white trash motherfucker. No one cares about me.

What if he’s right?”

And, after that, a unicorn chaser —

Kyle “Paul Atreides” McLachlan explains Dune with a single tweet

Go, go look at it, it’s adorable. 😀

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