…The book is bloated with self-importance, even though what it mostly recounts is Bolton not being able to accomplish very much. It toggles between two discordant registers: exceedingly tedious and slightly unhinged.
Still, it’s maybe a fitting combination for a lavishly bewhiskered figure whose wonkishness and warmongering can make him seem like an unlikely hybrid of Ned Flanders and Yosemite Sam.
Welders, Thongs, and Monster Trucks: Inside @QueerAppalachia’s Search For Community in the Deep South Esquire (resilc). Yes, I have to imagine the rural or semi-rural South is awfully inhospitable to gays. But the South does include New Orleans. And before I moved to Birmingham, I flew next to a making-no-attempt-to-hide-it gay man who had moved down because his partner had gotten a good job at the local conservatory. He secured employment quickly and was a booster of Birmingham. Similarly, there’s a neighborhood nearby with lovely houses and crappy schools which is well known locally to be a magnet for gays. So there are pockets of the South that may not rise to being gay friendly but are at least not gay hostile.
YouTube Bans Mercola Videos, Google is really out of control. Looks like Mercola got in trouble not just for being a major anti-vax funder, but also for promoting his dietary supplements as superior to vaccines. But the remedy for that is not Google intervening but the FDA coming down on him like a ton of bricks for making medical claims. Dietary supplements makers typically pay big bucks to lawyers to stay on the right side of that bright line. I have no doubt the labels on Mercola’s products were compliant, but misleading advertisements and promotions are a no no. This is another really troubling example of Google acting in a quasi judicial manner.