Social media making it easy to form online lynch mobs
In the aftermath of the racial violence of Charlottesville, the Twitter account, Yes You’re Racist, has invited its audience to dox the families of white supremacists by publishing names. It’s all very wink-wink. It doesn’t instruct people to make life miserable for family members. It doesn’t have to.
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The Confederate flag debate is back
Yoga pants and visible hickeys are specifically banned in a lot of South Dakota schools but students with Confederate flag T-shirts might get away with it. Read more →
After Charlottesville, new life for a long-forgotten propaganda film
There’s a fair chance that more people have seen a 1942 Army documentary in the last 48 hours than saw it in theaters when the government produced and distributed the anti-fascism film. Read more →
And now this moment of human achievement
Every Monday should start with a SpaceX launch and main booster return to earth.
We do some pretty cool things on this planet and today’s launch and recovery puts SpaceX near the top of the list. Read more →
A good love story can take many forms and, not surprisingly, Boyd Huppert of KARE 11 found a good one for his weekly series last evening. Read more →
The dogs who jump off docks
Some days you just need a little video of a dock-jumping dog.
Today, for example. Read more →
‘Peter is a maniac, who has turned away from all of us and gone down some insane internet rabbit-hole, and turned into a crazy Nazi,’ Peter Tefft’s nephew tells WDAY. Read more →
After racism in Charlottesville, a call to say its name
There is an undeniable attraction between Donald Trump and the racists who flooded the streets and killed a woman in Charlottesville over the weekend. Read more →
A souvenir of war returns to Japan
Marvin Strombo is 93 now. It’s been 73 years since he took a Japanese flag from a dead soldier on Saipan. On Friday, Marvin landed in Tokyo, the first step to bring the flag home. There are, apparently, a lot of old men still out there having second thoughts about their souvenirs of war.
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Survey: White millennials are sleeping on racism
A St. Paul woman’s two-month-old Facebook post is inspiring the Washington Post to examine the attitudes of millennials toward racism. Read more →
Reports of the Twins’ demise were premature
The Minnesota Twins threw in the towel on their playoff hopes nearly two weeks ago, trading a starting pitcher it had acquired for a playoff push days earlier, and sending away its All-Star closer. That earned the scorn of local scribes who ridiculed the team for believing it had a chance at the playoffs in the first place. Read more →
An all-staff meeting at Google in the wake of a fired-employee’s memo on women and diversity had to be canceled because of online harassment of employees. Read more →
Bernetta Kouba is hanging it up as a newspaper carrier. She can’t see well anymore and her health isn’t much to write home about.
That’s the way things go when you’re 91.
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Anybody can support the rights of people we like. But it takes a true American patriot to recognize that the rights granted by the Constitution should be argued and defended on behalf of those we despise, too. Read more →
Ever since it became the first state to adopt a voter ID law, Indiana has been the poster child in the debate over whether it’s actually an attempt at voter suppression. Read more →