It’s Not Misinformation. It’s Amplified Propaganda. – The Atlantic

You don’t need fake accounts to spread ampliganda online. Real people will happily do it.

By Renée DiResta

Getty; The Atlantic

One Sunday morning in July of last year, a message from an anonymous account appeared on “Bernie or Vest,” a Discord chat server for fans of Senator Bernie Sanders.

It contained an image of Shahid Buttar, the San Francisco activist challenging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the 2020 congressional runoff, and offered explicit instructions for how to elevate the hashtag #PelosiMustGo to the nationwide Trending list on Twitter.

“Shahid Says…,” read the large print, “Draft some tweets with #PelosiMustGo—don’t forget to capitalize #EachWord. Don’t use more than two hashtags—otherwise you’ll be marked as spam.” The call to action urged people to start posting at noon Pacific time, attach their favorite graphics, and like and retweet other Buttar supporters’ contributions.

Source: It’s Not Misinformation. It’s Amplified Propaganda. – The Atlantic

Bobby Flay to Leave Food Network After 27 Years, Report Says | Insider

By Jake Epstein and Rachel Askinasi, Oct 8, 2021, 12:35 PM

** Chef Bobby Flay and the Food Network are set to part ways after 27 years, Variety reported. Since the early days of the Food Network, Flay has been a beacon in its programming.

** Flay dropped out of high school and became a head chef by age 20.

Bobby Flay is reportedly parting ways with Food Network.
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Legendary chef Bobby Flay and the Food Network are set to part ways after 27 years, Variety’s Cynthia Littleton reported on Thursday.

Flay and the network were reportedly in the middle of contract negotiations, ahead of the expiration of his current three-year deal later this year, and sources told the publication the network ended the talks. Variety reported that a source close to the network cited disagreements over financial terms as reasoning behind the TV giant wanting to cut ties. Food Network didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

When reached for comment by Variety, Flay’s representatives at WME reportedly declined and cited a “policy of not commenting on active negotiations.” WME did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment. 

Source: Bobby Flay to Leave Food Network After 27 Years, Report Says

The Birth of BOND | Vanity Fair | October 2012

October 2012, By David Kamp

Screenshot from article…

Enter Sean Connery, dark hair slicked with pomade, eyes locking hungrily upon a beautiful green-eyed girl.

Her return glance leaves no doubt—the feeling is mutual. His slouch and casual banter exude languor and nonchalance, but there’s an undercurrent of coiled menace to this man, as though he might, at any moment, spring into table-overturning, crockery-shattering action.

Except nothing of the sort happens. Instead, the other fellow in the scene cuts the tension by taking out his fiddle and favoring the room with a jaunty tune learned, he says in a stagy brogue, “in the old ruins on the top of Knocknasheega!” This isn’t a James Bond picture.

It is 1959, and Connery is putting in time in a cornball live-action Disney feature called Darby O’Gill and the Little People. He’s the second male lead, billed beneath not only Albert Sharpe, the elderly Irish character actor in the title role—a kindly farmhand who sees leprechauns—but also the green-eyed girl, the ingenue Janet Munro. Though verily pump-misting pheromonal musk into the air, to a degree unmatched before or since by any actor in a Disney family movie, Connery is still a jobbing scuffler, not a star. He has no idea of what lies in store for him.

Source: The Birth of BOND | Vanity Fair | October 2012

Weight Gain And Obesity Up In 2020 In The U.S. : Shots – Health News : NPR

By Yuki Noguchi, September 29, 20211:01 PM ET

A Planet Fitness employee cleans equipment before a gym’s reopening in March in Inglewood, Calif., after being closed due to COVID-19. Reduced access to recreation likely has contributed to weight gain during the pandemic.
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It is official: The pandemic’s effect on America’s waistline has been rough.

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed 16 states now have obesity rates of 35% or higher. That’s an increase of four states — Delaware, Iowa, Ohio and Texas — in just a year.

The findings confirm what several recent research studies have found: Many Americans have gained significant weight since the COVID-19 crisis started, likely fueled by an increase in sedentary behavior, stress and troubles such as job and income loss that make healthy eating harder. And those rates are rising faster among racial minorities.

Source: Weight Gain And Obesity Up In 2020 In The U.S. : Shots – Health News : NPR

Celebrating the Librarians of SFF | Tor.com

By Stubby the Rocket, Wed Sep 29, 2021 10:00am 32 comments 7 Favorites [+]

From article…

Across fantasy and science fiction (with the occasional stop in horror), there are any number of amazing fictional libraries we’d love to visit—especially to meet up with the guardians of the stacks!

After all, what’s a fantasy story without an awe-inspiring tower full of potentially curséd books?

Or a sci-fi adventure without the cumulative knowledge of civilization stored somewhere to guide our heroes on their quest?

We decided it was time for an overdue celebration of the keepers of knowledge, from experts in Egyptology to far-future book-lovers fighting tyrannical governments to sword-wielding barbarians, we have a librarian for every occasion.

Editor’s Note: Lots of listing in the article, and check out the comments as well.

Source: Celebrating the Librarians of SFF | Tor.com

St. Louis city, county libraries to integrate catalogs, totaling 5 million items | Books | stltoday.com

By Jane Henderson, Sep 29, 2021

Donna Kniest, of Brentwood, left, and Pam Mahoney, of Webster Groves, pick up the books they had on hold last year from the holds section of the St. Louis County Library Headquarters. “I’ve been anxiously awaiting the reopening,” said Pam. The library reopened on June 18, 2020, after being closed early in the coronavirus pandemic.

A catalog of almost 5 million items — from books to DVDs — will be created next year when the St. Louis city and county integrate their library systems.

The two aren’t combining libraries, but they are making it easier for residents to access materials, they said in a news release Wednesday.

If a person in south St. Louis, for example, wants to check out a book unavailable in the city library, he or she can request it through the new integrated system and it will be delivered to a nearby city library.

Patrons will be able to use the library card they have and will not need to get a new one.

The city and county libraries have shared resources for 28 years through a reciprocal lending agreement. City residents could also get a county library card and vice versa, but borrowers usually had to travel farther to pick up materials.

The new shared catalog will be made available by using Polaris ILS (integrated library system), a product of Innovative Interfaces Inc. A spokeswoman for the county library said sharing a system will save both libraries money.

Editor’s Note: This approach should be applicable to many large libraries, often a city library and county library in big metropolitan areas. For example,

Editor’s Note: This approach should be applicable to many large libraries, often a city library and county library in big metropolitan areas. For example,

SAN DIEGO COUNTY LIBRARY1,281,922
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SAN DIEGO PUBLIC LIBRARY2,539,784
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Their combined catalog, not allowing for duplicates, would be 3,821,706 items.

Source: St. Louis city, county libraries to integrate catalogs, totaling 5 million items | Books | stltoday.com

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