What I’ve been reading today Wed. 6/13/2019

Day two of this. For a year I have been saving news stories to my email to comment on them in the blog. For a while I’m going to post them immediately with very little commentary on my part. Then over the next few days I’m going to go back and delete all the news links I never alerted my eight loyal readers to.

The Polymet Mine which I’ve mentioned in recent posts is getting tough scrutiny by a newspaper I greatly admire the Timberjay. I will add that I have been close to persuaded that the mine will not be a threat to Minnesota’s water. That said I don’t like the strings that seem to have been pulled to free the mine from scrutiny. http://timberjay.com/stories/epa-releases-long-sought-comments-on-polymet-permit,15156?fbclid=IwAR2YlAhvBOtxq1usaG0OKSuK06AZydgYdI8U2tneCVwiIJt7ARktroQk2uU

A short interview on NPR of Lonnie Bunch the new head of the Smithsonian Institution. He recalls when a black father who refused to stop for nonexistent in White only South pulled into Washington D.C. to let his kid finaly relieve himself in the Smithsonian where there were no “coloreds only” bathrooms. https://www.npr.org/2019/06/12/730795443/lonnie-bunch-iii-takes-helm-of-the-smithsonian-i-feel-the-weight-of-history

A NY Times story about the attempt to make the online Times more compelling, readable and savvy led me to this example. It marvelously shows how America is white friendly and Black unfriendly based on how easily white kids can improve their economic situation and well-to-do black kids can fall through the gaping cracks. https://nyti.ms/2tYGuMu

And just now my Pandora played one of my favorite works by Bethoven a movement from his seventh symphony. I had just heard it and remembered it was tied to something I wanted to share online. This is it. A moving 75th anniversary remembrance of the D-Day Invastion by Sgt. Raymond Lambert delivered by Sam Elliot. Half way through the orchestra strikes up the movement which matches the gravity of the story Elliot tells.