So this is a profoundly weird story: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/26/us/politics/ufo-sightings-navy-pilots.html
I think this Mother Jones thing (and, by extension, the WaPo thing) about definitional issues is probably misguided water-muddying.
Urbanization is happening at an increasing pace, and that "just is" rural health in decline seen from the city's perspective. I think Will Wilkinson is correct: the opportunity cost of non living in a dense city keeps going up, and that means places are either turning urban or seeing their population drain to cities.
Fuck yeah, another Italia Squisita video on pizza preparation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZ5NRZzEDXY
I love these, and I don't know why :)
Ticks all of my boxes:
1. passionate discussion of the dough recipe for the crust for 80% of the video (spoiler: it's basically the same every time)
2. they make enough dough for 4-6 pizzas at a time, because Italy
3. toppings are always lovingly crushed by hand are are: tomatoes, olive oil, an herb (basil or oregano), garlic, and maybe cheese (fior di latte, not much)
This is a great article :) https://sidbala.com/h-264-is-magic/
It's interesting. I used to voraciously read fantasy; much of that has now shifted to voraciously reading history. It is actual history that has raised my standards for fiction. Real people and events turn out to frequently be weirder, more interesting, and certainly more shocking than fiction :).
I really should start that podcast where I tell history like a story instead of as a collection of facts and dates.
Anyhow, not sure there's been a better fantasy show, and it has set the bar really quite high indeed; I mostly really liked it despite my reservations about the shift in storytelling once they really ran out of Martin's material and the jettisoning of interesting plot through-lines. But I also think that _Martin_ got lost in a maze somewhere in the middle of the third book and may not himself have any idea how this was supposed to work.
No theme or character I found truly interesting or unique other than Sansa turned out to matter in the end, which was disappointing, but it all ended in a decent enough way.
I am stunned, stunned that the lords present, after unanimously declaring Tyrion to be an idiot (& hearing him agree!) then completely agreed to a spur of the moment wholesale restructuring of government proposed by him.
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