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Friday, April 26, 2024

Good morning. I'm back from my vacation and all out of excuses, so I have a reasonably complete newsletter for you this week. Let's start with everyone's favorite topic: man's inhumanity to man.

Amazon.com: Magneto was Right Shirt : Automotive
was he, though?

Everyone knows that Magneto's time as a Jewish child in a Nazi concentration camp turned him into the definitive uncompromising mutant radical. This Defector piece (gift link) by Asher Elbein traces the barely-attenuated connection between a goofy evil mutant and the Israeli state, and their respective journeys over the years as they reckoned with a brutal history of oppression and dehumanization by doing everything they could to ensure that any future atrocities would be committed by them, not to them.

The story dutifully acknowledges the sick irony of a victim of a fascist, violent ideology responding by turning itself into a fascist, violent ideologue, not that defenders of Israel's recent behavior seem to find anything objectionable about it. As Elbein suggests, perhaps it's just not ironic (or hypocritical) in their eyes. Their objection to Nazism is not that it happened at all, but simply that Jews were the victims, not the perpetrators.

Item 2: a list

Fleetwood Mac’s “Tusk” tracks, ranked:

  1. Tusk
  2. Storms
  3. Never Forget
  4. Over & Over
  5. Sara
  6. Walk a Thin Line
  7. Honey Hi
  8. Think About Me
  9. Sisters of the Moon
  10. Not That Funny
  11. What Makes You Think You’re the One
  12. Beautiful Child
  13. Angel
  14. Brown Eyes
  15. That’s Enough for Me
  16. I Know I’m Not Wrong
  17. That’s All for Everyone
  18. Save Me a Place
  19. The Ledge

Item 3: a media recommendation

The New Deal - Exciting New Direction

Item 4: word of the week


The febrile tortoise lay on its belly, with its legs splayed and its stubby tail quivering pathetically. Should not have eaten that Kinder Egg.

Item 5: a photograph

Christmas Island red crab - credit: Allison Shaw, Princeton University. Research was supported by NSF (grant number DGE 0646086, Princeton University), the National Geographic/Waitt Institute for Discovery, and NASA (grant number NNX08AR30G, University of Washington).

See ya!

Kind of a dark issue this week. At least Donald Trump's trial for inciting an insurrection is going ahead on sched- oh, hmm. Well let's hope for better news next week. See you then.