Weekend Links

“To summarize: it is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it.
To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.”
― Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

The political news this week: the administration went from no involvement in Syrian crisis to missile launches in three days. The Washington Post and I had a lot of the same reactions to this; namely, granted that there is a humanitarian crisis of unprecedented proportions going on (here’s where you can donate to on the ground causes), trying to pick a fight to make your populace rally around your leadership is literally one of the oldest political tricks in the book. Ultimately, I’m just going to leave this 2012 tweet by then-citizen Trump here and make no further comment. Honestly, his twitter feed is his own pre-existing condition. Then, decades of political power grabbing in the senate culminated in the destruction of the filibuster against supreme court nominees and Judge Gorsuch will take up a seat. Finally, Mr. Bannon has been removed from the NSC, which I actually cheered aloud to read.

Whew.  The pace of political news really is going to stay like this for the next four years, isn’t it?

To help with any attendant fatigue, we’ve got a nice bunch of links curated for you this week to read while you lap up the British sunshine. Yes! It exists and is living in London this weekend!

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One of my work views this week. Seriously.

J. Crew is going through a major shakeup. I’m curious to see what effects this has, as I have a deep affection for the brand though (like many, apparently) I’ve fallen out of love with it in more recent years and seasons. Man Repeller has a nice tribute to the former creative director who, whatever you think of the brand, was a genuine tastemaker.

Of course President Trump defends Bill O’Reilly. Of course he does.

Heavens, that didn’t take long, did it?

Here’s a piece of Style Month homework for you, courtesy of Jezebel: How to Read a Dress.

In the great debate over national budget, which do you prioritize: military spending or public broadcasting? Wait. You’re assuming they don’t overlap? I have distinct memories of growing up as a military brat overseas where much of the American media I could get (radio and TV) was based on public broadcasting programs. In any case, retired Gen. McChrystal weighs in on the pro-PBS side to excellent effect.

Speaking of public education platforms, the YouTube channel CrashCourse (originally a VlogBrothers project) is still going strong. I’ve been dipping into their Mythology course.

And now, a political palate cleanser.

Tale as old as time…going to the dentist.

This is a great piece at Racked but Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt ruined the idea of SoulCycle for me long ago. That being said, I’m currently flirting with some new workout gear from Sweaty Betty so who am I to judge, really?

Album of the week: Arca, by Arca

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