Remembering Cecil And David Rosenthal, Brothers Killed In Synagogue Shooting : NPR:

Northeast Ohio Jewish Community Mourns Pittsburgh Shooting Victims | News | ideastream:

Opinion: the attack was monstrous, horrific. Am heartened to see both the Pittsburgh local community come together, and see the solidarity demonstrated from everywhere else.


Suspect Charged With 29 Federal Counts In Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre : NPR:

What’s Known About Robert Bowers, The Suspect In The Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting : NPR:


Fingerprints, DNA And Social Media Posts Helped FBI Identify Bomb Suspect Cesar Sayoc : NPR:

As FBI Closed In On Bomb Suspect, Mixed Signals From President Trump : NPR:

Blaming Victims For Mail Bombs Carries Echoes Of Civil Rights Bombings : NPR:


This civilian’s opinion: these guys — the shooter, the bomber — were/are domestic terrorists.

Robert Lustig: How Worried Should We Be About Sugar? : NPR

Robert Lustig: How Worried Should We Be About Sugar? : NPR

Opinion: I’m nearing 50. Only in the past 15 years have I been regularly and deliberately eating more vegetables. Used to be almost exclusively meat and potatoes/pasta.

Very bad. Even back when I actually ised to work out on a regular basis.

Even now: still eating too much meat (never will give it up, tho; I just need to scale it back), not eating enough fiber, and I realize now that I need to reduce my refined/added sugar intake.


The Food We Eat : TED Radio Hour : NPR:

Girl, 8, pulls a 1,500-year-old sword from a lake in Sweden – BBC News

Girl, 8, pulls a 1,500-year-old sword from a lake in Sweden – BBC News:

“Hey, J.K. Rowling: Looking for an idea for tour next series of novels? ….”



The First Three Lives of Catherine Webb:

Red Brain, Blue Brain | Hidden Brain : NPR

Red Brain, Blue Brain: Nature, Nurture, and Your Politics | Hidden Brain : NPR:


Tom Nichols: Why I’m Leaving the Republican Party – The Atlantic:

[That article was briefly a subject of discussion in the political forum I frequent daily, and got some time devoted to it on NPR.]

[It’s been useful for me, as I think about where I am, politically, socioeconomicly, spiritually, philosophically.]

Large Majorities Dislike Political Correctness – The Atlantic:

BBC World Service – Witness – The Nazi Black Book

BBC World Service – Witness – The Nazi Black Book:

Keeping Tabs [2016]: Data & Surveillance in America | BackStory with the American History Guys:

Beyond Numbers | BackStory with the American History Guys:

Private industry and governments are constantly collecting data, constantly making “lists”. Can’t prevent that, and really, might not want to prevent it. So, comes down to protecting individual citizens against mis-use of the data collected. Correct?

“Freedom of Speech/Freedom of the Press” Outside the “American Bubble”

Reports: Turkey Says Journalist Jamal Khashoggi Killed In Saudi Consulate : NPR:

3 Russian Journalists Killed While Probing Reports Of Mercenaries In Africa : NPR:

Who Ordered The Car Bomb That Killed Maltese Journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia? : NPR:

Prominent Mexican Journalist Joins A Long List Of Those Killed : NPR:

Why Do Russian Journalists Keep Falling? : NPR:

Spider-Man Universe Plans Revealed by Sony – Variety

Spider-Man Universe Plans Revealed by Sony – Variety:



Not ideal use of the characters and concepts.

Must make myself “cautiously optimistic”; thanks to licensing/legal entanglements made decades ago, as a fan, that’s all I can do.

Still: Ugh.

Buchanan’s Trump

How The 1990s Paved The Way For Today’s Political Divide – 1A:

How Trump Really Got Rich – The New York Times:

[For a layman like me, a blue-collar tax-paying voter, this reinforces for me why I didn’t vote for Trump in 2016, and will never vote for him.]

“Agents of MARVEL”

Thank God I have a fiance with internet-only cable service and a huge TV with an Amazon Firestick.

I lost track of Marvel’s “Agents of SHIELD” back when I was still single. I had access to basic cable TV then, but no DVR or DVD; only internet access I had was thru my smartphone and its Verizon plan.

Since the show was an ABC network show, my only choice was “appointment viewing”. Didn’t work out so well for me. Loved the show, but my work schedule meant I tended to fall asleep during the long commercial breaks. The last epsisode I remember catching it its entirety Simmons’ survival on the planet Maveth. After that, I caught plenty of partial episodes, but, I lost track during that season. Happened more and more when they shifted to a 10pm time slot.

Few weeks ago, started watching it from season 1. Two, three, at a time. Unlike most, I loved the first season, and it only got better from there.

This morning, I watched 5 episodes (woke up early, got my Sunday chores done, been lazy since). I’m in the middle of episode 10 of season 5. Man has it been a wild ride. Superhero/spy/noir/sci-fi/horror.

Heck, thinking about it now, the whole series has been about one “team’s” experience as a formerly shadowy goverment agency that dealt with paranormal threats died a slow death, from both threats it couldn’t anticipate, and more than a few it had a hand in making while it was trying to anticipate known and unknown threats.

Wild, wild ride.

I’m afraid to see how much more of the series is left. Afraid to look on the internet to see. Afraid it got cancelled. (I believe I heard a rumor.)

Of course, I look forward to reaquainting myself with “Agent Carter”. Then, delving into the Netflix Marvel series of series, finally.

Thank you, wife-to-be, for Amazon Firestick TV, and letting me watch it (after you’re done with your episodes of “Orange is the New Black”, “The Fosters”, “Frankie & Grace”, and “The Good Wife” (which have been fun to watch together, for ‘regular dramas’).

Apple, Amazon deny claims Chinese spies implanted backdoor chips in company hardware: report | ZDNet:

Vice President Pence Accuses China Of Trying To Interfere In U.S. Elections : NPR:

Transcript: NPR’s Interview With China’s Ambassador To The U.S. : NPR:

Chinese Leaders Leverage Media To Shape How The World Perceives China : NPR:

How The Chinese Government Works To Censor Debate In Western Democracies : NPR:

Chinese Companies Get Tech-Savvy Gobbling Up Germany’s Factories : NPR:

Will Morocco’s Chinese-Funded ‘Tech City’ Ever Break Ground? : NPR:

Australia And New Zealand Are Ground Zero For Chinese Influence : NPR:

China Unbound: What An Emboldened China Means For The World : NPR:

Latin America Becomes Embroiled In China’s Diplomatic War With Taiwan | Here & Now:

MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grants: Meet The Winners Of The 2018 Fellowship : NPR:

Nobel Prize In Chemistry Honors Work That Demonstrates ‘The Power Of Evolution’ : NPR:

The Nobel Prize In Physics: 117 Years, Three Women And Counting : NPR:

Donna Strickland Becomes First Woman In More Than 50 Years To Win Physics Nobel Prize : NPR:

Sizing Up The Universe With Neil deGrasse Tyson – 1A: