Today’s Buzz is dedicated to one of my favorite shows currently on television- 12 Monkeys. I was a skeptic when the show was announced; so few shows based on movies are of the highest caliber. The new Monkeys has really grabbed the bull by the horns and is a wild romp across time, featuring season-long story arcs, the twists of well thought out time travel, and great characters.
What I’m reading: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
What I’m listening to: The Isle of the Dead, Symphonic Poem Op. 29 by Rachmaninov
What I’m watching: Last Days in Vietnam on American Experience
What I’m doing: Getting ready for GENCON this week!
New study finds that male academics are more likely to cite a higher authority: Themselves: While “self-citation” represents a significant chunk of all citations in academic papers, researchers found that men practiced it on their own papers far more than women.
Top Trump Aide Previously Wielded Influence in Ukraine: With Russia becoming a focus of the presidential campaign, Paul Manafort’s work and business dealings in Ukraine have come under scrutiny.
Black Lives, Blue Lives: Political Conventions Reveal A Country Deeply Divided: The rhetoric on the stage was dramatized by interactions between protesters and police on the streets.
Conference: Center for Priority Based Budgeting (CPBB) Conference – August 2 to 4, Denver CO
Event: ELGL & CPBB at the Ballpark – August 3, Denver CO
Supper Club: ELGL Supper Club in San Mateo, CA – August 28
Webinar: Future Schedule Technology Efficiency Series – New Webinar Every Month
Event: League of Women in Government Symposium + Networking – September 24, Kansas City Convention Center, Kansas City MO
Only 9% of America Chose Trump and Clinton as the Nominees: While Mr. Trump or Hillary Clinton will represent the entire country, those who voted for them are a small part of it.
- Would You Really Like Hillary More if She Sounded Different?: When Hillary Clinton made history by becoming the first female presidential candidate last week, she sounded enthusiastic. And people took note.
- The U.S. Air Strikes Against ISIS in Libya: The United States has launched air strikes on Islamic State targets in Libya, the Pentagon said Monday. The strikes were requested by the Libyan government, Peter Cook, the Pentagon’s spokesman, said in a statement.
The Science Behind Hating Hillary’s Voice: Commentators often criticize Hillary Clinton for having a loud, monotone, and shrill voice. In this video, The Atlantic’s Olga Khazan talks to voice experts to understand what makes Hillary’s voice allegedly more annoying than her competitors. The conclusions are complex: Clinton’s voice is actually average in pitch and loudness for her age and gender, but she does yell into microphones and speak in an overly annunciated voice—two factors that may make her seem abrasive. And then, of course, there’s another element at play: sexism.
- ‘He Doesn’t Know What the Word Sacrifice Means’: “I’ve had a flawless campaign,” Donald Trump insisted this weekend. A campaign’s most serious errors are only sometimes obvious in retrospect, but Trump’s decision to launch an all-out rhetorical war with Khizr and Ghazala Khan looks like an unforced error.
- Kansas countdown, T-minus 1 day: Brownback pumps last-minute money into Johnson County: Remember that pheasant hunt back in March, hosted by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback? As I wrote at the time, some politicians feared the $15,000-a-pop contributions requested for the hunt would …
‘Mean Streak’ coaster at Cedar Point will close for good next month: Ride it while you still can. One of the biggest rides at Cedar Point is about the get the axe, literally, in just over a month.
Study: Uber Doesn’t Reduce Drunk Driving Fatalities: The debate about the benefits of transportation network companies, like Uber, continues.
- U.S. Homeownership Rate Lowest Since 1965: A confluence of economic and demographic factors means fewer Americans own homes than at any time since 1965.
Along for the Ride: Remembering the controversial South County Connector: MetroLink could come to South County, where opposition has ended big projects before
Messenger: Privatized ambulance service falling short in University City: Some residents are asking city officials to return to city firefighter-paramedics.
Study: Missouri state workers worst paid in nation: Consultants say it would cost the state more than $13 million to bring salaries for prison guards, social service workers and other state employees to a competitive rate.
New, Scaled-down Plan for One Winnetka: A new plan for One Winnetka that now includes the Conney’s Pharmacy property and eliminates any contribution of village funds was presented to the Village Council at a lengthy special session held on July 27.