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"one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country"

California Gov. Jerry Brown signs new vaccination law, one of nation's toughest "The bill, one of the most controversial measures before the Legislature this year, was introduced because of concern about low vaccination rates in some communities and an outbreak of measles at Disneyland that ultimately infected more than 150 people." (LA Times)

Time Magazine's coverage: "Parents who decline to vaccinate their children for personal or religious reasons will have to home-school them or send them to a public independent study program off school grounds."

From Yahoo! News:

"The bill has proved contentious, with thousands of parents calling representatives and protesting at the Capitol. One state senator said pushback has been so fierce that he briefly closed his district office out of concerns for his staff's safety. Amid this intensity, the bill passed through four legislative committees and survived votes in both houses. The Senate on Monday approved amendments to the bill, and the governor signed it less than 24 hours later."
The high-profile social media backlash has begun.

Previously: Mickey had the measles

Aarne–Thompson 410

What do Mark A. Bedau's Weak Emergence[PDF], Stewart Cohen's Contextualism, Skepticism, and the Structure of Reasons, Paul Benson's Free agency and self-worth, and Michael G.F. Martin's Perception, Concepts, and Memory have in common? They're all Sleeping Beauties.

'Sleeping beauty' papers slumber for decades
Defining and identifying Sleeping Beauties in science

On the Citation Lifecycle of Papers with Delayed Recognition[PDF], Christian Lachance and Vincent Larivière, École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l'information, Université de Montréal, C.P. 6128, Succ.
Centre-Ville, Montréal, QC. H3C 3J7, Canada

Powerful And Triumphant And Lonely All At The Same Time

"Happy people don't need you to say you understand. As an artist I don't have much to say to happy people. And that works out great because they're busy being content. For the rest of us, coming to terms with rejection, failure, death, and the fragility of love is very important. Some people are self-conscious about these things and maybe they don't want to talk about them, but sometimes it just feels good to know you're not alone. Books and music do this better than possibly anything else."
Author Joe Bonomo explores the sadness, yearning, and warmth of the music of Greg Cartwright.

An abbreviated, chronological summary of Cartwright's work starts with...

Compulsive Gamblers

Sour & Vicious Man
You Don't Want Me
Two Thieves
Stop & Think It Over

...followed by the bassless garage rock outfit...

Oblivians

Bad Man
Do The Milkshake
Feel All Right

...though the bulk of his work has been with...

Reigning Sound

Break Up, Break Down

Since When
I Don't Care
Goodbye
I'm So Thankful, which is discussed at length in the article.

Time Bomb High School

Stormy Weather, perhaps my favorite example of a cover song that transforms the original
Brown Paper Sack
I Walk By Your House
Reptile Style

Too Much Guitar

We Repel Each Other
Your Love Is A Fine Thing
You Got Me Hummin'
I'll Cry
Drowning

Love And Curses

Break It
Trash Talk
Call Me
Debris
Love Won't Leave You A Song

Abdication... For Your Love

Lying Girl
Watching My Baby
Not Far Away

Shattered

North Cackalacky Girl
Never Coming Home (which has my favorite string arrangement in a rock song)
Falling Rain
Once More
In My Dreams
I'm Trying (To Be The Man You Need)

And for what it's worth, the Reigning Sound put on a great live show of screamers, Sam Cooke covers, rockabilly, and the remainder of their catalog. Enjoy!

"The secret ingredient is imagination, fear."

"The idea is that Hannibal is always eating people, regardless of what he's feeding you. So I wanted it to look like something that could be lamb's tongue but probably was a people tongue. Lambs' tongues are so homely, and once you cook them they just look creepy and unappetizing, and what I want more than anything is for the food to look so delicious that you want to reach into the screen and try it, even though you know it's people. It's the personification of Hannibal. He's the Devil. Why do you like him? Why do you want to get to know him? Why do you want to eat these tongues? They're people!"
How Hannibal's food stylist, Janice Poon, creates hypothetical human meat

The Millennial Depeche Mode?

The New Division has a new album... Gemini. It's very New Wave 3.0 you can stream it here John Kunkel began writing new wave/synth pop songs in 2005 while attending California Baptist University in Riverside, California, heavily inspired by bands such as New Order and Depeche Mode. Over the next few years, the New Division began to develop into a full band, with Michael Janz and Mark Michalski joining Kunkel on synthesizer, and Brock Woolsey contributing guitar. The group gigged heavily around Riverside, developing its modern take on '80s-inspired sounds, and began digitally self-releasing singles and EPs in 2010. start here: Introspection a little darker here: Alive

"I try to be as responsive as I know how."

The Ultra Hal chatbot converses with itself. Ultra Hal is a learning chatbot and virtual assistant from zabbaware, as well as a $29 ticket to an Uncanny Valley of sexism, materialism and banality.

The best New Works in every department of Literature

Well before Netflix, there was the circulating library. Although circulating libraries large and small were well-established in Britain by the middle of the eighteenth century--some of them, perhaps most (in)famously the Minerva Press, becoming publishing houses themselves--the most powerful circulating libraries came into being during the Victorian era.

Of all the circulating libraries, the most famous was Mudie's Circulating Library (or Mudie's Select Library), founded by Charles Edward Mudie. A devout Christian (he also wrote hymns), Mudie refused to stock anything he found offensive, with disastrous results for novelists like George Meredith. Just as importantly, or even more so, Mudie's was one of the key players responsible for the omnipresence of the Victorian three-volume novel, or triple-decker: circulating libraries (which found the multivolume format highly advantageous for their business approach) were the primary markets for triple-deckers, not individuals. (See Troy Bassett [pdf] for more detail.) Eventually, the circulating libraries also tanked the format on which they once relied.

Troy Bassett's At the Circulating Library catalogs the kinds of fiction that, well, circulated (some titles are annotated). A number of Mudie's catalogs have been digitized. And to get a sense of just how many libraries were out there, see the late Robin Alston's list, covering England to 1850.

He's My Guy

Mighty Mouth Records has just released Volume 2 of The Best of Laurice. Vol. 1 was described as "70's rock meets mainstream British pop in an explosive style fusion of pre-punk, glam, psychedelic and gay themed musical gems." Featuring such catchy titles as "I'm Gonna Smash Your Face In" (as Grudge) and "Flying Saucers Have Landed." From MMR: "Recorded in the early to mid-70's at various studios in London, UK, these tracks, many previously unreleased, demonstrate the versatility and originality of a singer-songwriter who challenged society's rules ..." Vol 2 still available on vinyl. Both also on achem Spotify. Enjoy.

"So does a piece of shit!"

Comedian Jack Carter has died at the age of 93. The Comic's Comic site has some great clips, as well as a link to the Shit Jack Carter Says tumblr. Also this great anecdote: "William Morris sent Reggie Rose the screenwriter, you know. He came to one of our first meetings and said, 'A sketch has got to have a beginning, a middle and an end.' Larry Gelbart said, 'So does a piece of shit!' And that was the end of Reggie Rose."

No other WWII training accident took so many American lives.

DISASTER AT SLAPTON SANDS Scimitar was holed when she was rammed by another vessel and was ordered to return to port. Incredibly, no one bothered to inform the operation commander of this! This left tiny Azalea to act as the sole escort. As events showed, this might have been enough except for one unspotted typographical error in the orders. The American ships were tuned to the wrong radio frequency and could not transmit to or receive from the British ship or coastal stations.

See also: The disaster that may have saved D-Day

China's annual human rights report on the US

Full text: The Human Rights Record of the United States in 2014. via

Brighton's probably still pretty expensive.

It starts with a vanguard class of young creative types reclaiming zones of social and economic dereliction, setting up what Ehrenhalt sardonically describes as "projects through which a small coterie of local artists seek to display their sheer edginess to one another". The hipster pioneers are followed by young couples with bourgeois-bohemian sensibilities – what the French call "bobo" – who breed and fill the pavements with space-age prams. I was that cliché once, wheeling my daughters around Hackney in the gentrificational transition between murder rates falling and Foxtons arriving on the high street. Then come the really wealthy types who like urban edge fully blunted by waves of demographic change. Before you know it a draughty three-bedroom Victorian terraced house in what was once a slum costs more than £1m.

(slGrauniad)

Take with a grain of salt

Are you ready to start using/buying "Artisan Salt"? You can also buy over 100 different kinds of salt at The Meadow.

Male and female mice process pain differently, study finds

New research into the pain processing of mice has found male and female mice process pain differently, and the discovery may also apply to other species, including humans. Scientists are now questioning what this means for the future of medical research, which until now, has had a strong bias towards experimenting on male mice.

Sex bias in the subject of medical research has been an issue for a long time. This disparity has had a variety of negative effects on women's outcomes in health care. Last year, the NIH rolled out a policy of requiring medical researchers to use both male and female subjects in animal studies.

Previously.

A Rude Awakening

Sitting in his surgical gown inside a large medical suite in Reston, Va., a Vienna man prepared for his colonoscopy by pressing record on his smartphone, to capture the instructions his doctor would give him after the procedure.

But as soon as he pressed play on his way home, he was shocked out of his anesthesia-induced stupor: He found that he had recorded the entire examination and that the surgical team had mocked and insulted him as soon as he drifted off to sleep.

China Girls, Color TV, And Racial Bias

The Atlantic covers the fight over color TV, the women who helped push it, and how racial bias influenced the evolution of the technology. Of note is the history of bias influencing all sorts of imaging technologies, pushing towards fidelity of reproducing lighter skin tones at the expense of darker ones.

50 Shades of Flashheart

50 Shades of Flashheart. The immortal words of Christian Grey put into the mouth of Blackadder's Lord Flashheart. (Single serving tumblr.)

still cheaper than a condo

For $350K You Can Spend Eternity In Manhattan

"Until you open a vault, you don't know what you're going to find," Iverson says. For example: either of two former mayors of the city, one also a former governor of New York; six Roosevelts; a Revolutionary War hero; a pioneering archeologist of Maya civilization; the Dutch dominies, whose bones are the oldest white men's bones in Manhattan; or what's left of a once-prominent merchant named Preserved Fish III.

"I just want to spend my money on food & beers & going to hear music."

Chef Paxx Caraballo Moll is a rock-n-roll chef who creates inventive vegetarian food with the native foods of Puerto Rico.
They're also one of nine individuals profiled in Mala Mala, a feature length documentary exploring the lives of young Puerto Ricans in the trans community that recently premiered at the Tribeca film festival.

Moll uses they/them pronouns. Trans 101.

Demons For Dummies Ca. 1775

"A selection of pages from an 18th-century demonology book comprised of more than 30 exquisite watercolours showing various demon figures, as well as magic and cabbalistic signs. The full Latin title of Compendium rarissimum totius Artis Magicae sistematisatae per celeberrimos Artis hujus Magistros, roughly translates to "A rare summary of the entire Magical Art by the most famous Masters of this Art". With a title page adorned with skeletons and the warning of Noli me tangere (Do not touch me), one quickly gets a sense of the dark oddities lurking inside its pages." - The Public Domain Review presents illustrations from a 18th century guide to demons and demonology (NSFW illustrated nudity, snakes on bits.)

I will what I want.

Misty Copeland has been promoted to principal dancer of the American Ballet Theater, making the thirty-two year old the first Black dancer to hold such a position.

The Banker and the Ballerina: How Goldman Partner Waltzed Misty

Time 100

Misty Copeland Solo

Let me hear your balalaika's ringing out...

Life in USSR showcases in photos the daily life of the Soviet people.

The alphabet of months: a year of living with multiple sclerosis

I write a lot of notes to myself these days, but this one is different. Remember the body. A strange thought. How could I forget it? And yet I do.
[...]
I have had MS for a little over a year and this has been the surprising, sometimes embarrassing challenge in my particular case: where does the disease end and where do I begin? What is the illness and what is just my maddening response to it?
Games writer Christian Donlan (previously) writes about neurology, language and life since his diagnosis with multiple sclerosis.

"Her body is never a plot point. It is simply allowed to be."

I am just about the biggest advocate for "representation matters" there is, but as a white woman I never really felt it applied to me all that much. Watching Fury Road, I realized how wrong I was. I've been this way my entire life and I've never felt "handicapped." I'm disabled, yes – there's shit I just can't do, but an invalid I am not. For the most part I've always approached life with a "figure out how to do it and just get it done" attitude; I am loathe to admit I can't do anything and I never give up without exhausting all the possibilities available to me. Watching Fury Road, I felt like I was watching my own struggle brought to life (albeit in a very fantastical setting), and I don't think I ever realized how truly profound that could be for me.
Laura Vaugh talks about her response to seeing a kick-ass woman with the same disability as her on the silver screen.

In an interview with Nerdist, she explains a bit more about why Furiosa's arm was a triumph:
Not only did Furiosa's arm look right and operate correctly when it was on, most importantly to Vaughn, it also came off. Prosthetic limbs are often heavy and hot – in reality, Vaughn tells me, no one wears them all the time. But amputees in film are almost never without their prostheses. The conclusion is that they need them to function properly. Not Furiosa. And certainly not Vaughn.