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Poland used to be okay with Trump. Then, he posted a photo.

The Polish government did everything it could to turn Tuesday’s visit into one of Trump’s more enjoyable moments.
Yet, somehow, Trump managed to offend the Poles so deeply that the fallout was all over Polish news sites on Wednesday morning.

What happened? At the end of their meeting, the two leaders agreed to sign a strategic partnership pact to boost defense, energy, trade and security ties. But what could have been a peaceful moment for both presidents immediately took an awkward turn.


While signing the document, Trump sat comfortably in his chair while the Polish leader was forced to stand next to him and awkwardly reach over the table to sign. Poland’s Duda still somehow managed to smile at the camera, as Trump looked on with a stern face. The scene was captured on camera by the White House and was tweeted out shortly after — much to the bewilderment of Polish journalists, politicians and researchers.

The message is clear: Americans do not respect Poles,” Sibora told the Polish news outlet. “If we sign such an important document in that way, we should ask ourselves whether this wasn’t detrimental to the honor of Poland.”

Rick Noack article from the Washington Post here:

Let's see if got this right, Kavanaugh assaulted a girl in high school and that means:

1. The Democrats should have done something
2. The Washington Post should have investigated more.
3. Diane Feinstein is the devil.
4. The Democrats are to blame.

Sorry, but lots of transparency here in GD today.

What do you call an alligator in a suit?

An investigator.

Jack Chalker

I've only ever read his Well World Books and a stand alone novel or two. What series by him do you recommend I read next?


Remember the Arcade game Tapper? The history of Tapper


Ann Telnaes's delightful live-sketching of the Brett M. Kavanaugh confirmation hearings.

Sorry, can't post them here, but they can be found at:


highly recommend.

LOL, We've traced the call! It's coming from inside the White House.

Get out now!

Ok, you suddenly have the power to resurrect 1 musician to enjoy new work from them for 10 more

years. Who do you resurrect?

For Me, it would be Stiv Bators

Runners' up:

Joe Strummer
Johnny Thunders

DU Missed Connections! You: Tan Jeep with "DU Jeep" personalized plates.

Me: Topless 4-door Jeep roaring along.

This simple solution to smartphone addiction is now used in over 600 U.S. schools

Graham Dugoni was at a music festival in San Francisco in 2012 when he witnessed something that disturbed him. A man was dancing, uninhibited, perhaps drunk, losing himself in the moment. Some strangers thought it was funny, so they filmed it and uploaded it to YouTube.

It’s the kind of thing that happens a thousand times a day. But it bothered Dugoni. Traditionally, as he saw it, people at such festivals would come together to commune, to share a collective feeling that those not present would never be able to participate in (see: Woodstock, 1969, or any Grateful Dead show from the 1960s to the 1990s). But now, everyone had a smartphone. You had to act cool. And that old group intimacy? It was gone.


In the end, Dugoni wants people to ask themselves: What is the point of all those instantaneous texts, shares and likes?

“If you think of this phone as the ultimate expression of technological efficiency where things are easier, cheaper, faster all the time, I think it comes down to what are the limits of a purely efficiency-driven mode of life? What people really enjoy has nothing to do with efficiency. You can play a melody faster, but that doesn’t make sense. What does it mean to be more efficient in our social interactions? Is that something we want? Does that make sense at all?”

Good article by Tara Bahrampour from back in Feb in the Washington Post

The device discussed, by a company called Yondr, is a small, gray neoprene pouch. The phone is locked in and cannot be used until the end of the event. Comedian Dave Chappelle requires them at his shows and some courts and schools have begun using them.

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