Public Books: Gun Studies Syllabus.

Well, if we want to have a clear picture of all the issues, you'd be hard pressed to find a better place to start. Week 2 especially interests me. I've read most of these over time, but could sure use refreshing the old grey matter with this particular focus in mind.

Bookmark this one. You'll need it when the next mass shooting happens (and I'm terribly sad to have to say that).

Valet.: Three Common Bag Mistakes to Avoid.

I have the Handmadecraft briefcase. I carry my 15" Macbook in it, along with: a) a plastic lazy susan, for meeting with people at conference tables; b) optional Magic Mouse if the trackpad gets up my nose; c) recharger cable curled in a bag; d) Rhodia Dotpad No. 19, Rhodia graph paper 8x8" notebook (labelled for the particular client), various fountain/ballpoint pens and 0.9mm mechanical pencil (that size never breaks); e) a selection of protein bars; f) optional long USB cable for tethering to my camera(s).

My quick review: It's OK. The leather's thin, but I've abused mine for about a year now and it still looks roughly like it did when I bought it. The snaps are difficult to snap with gear inside. The outside pockets are all but useless; Ostensibly one is supposed to fit a cellphone, but if you're not carrying a small 2000-era flip phone, don't even try.

It carries what I need, for the car-to-coffee-shop walks, and looks appropriately weathered. The strap is long enough for across-the-body use, but not very comfy. If you're going to walk any distance, get a better pad for the top of your shoulder.

Conclusion: More 'hip' than the nylon competition.

PS Mag: 'Segregation's Constant Gardeners' - How White Women Kept Jim Crow Alive.

This bothers me. Brought up a memory I had not thought about for nearly a decade. I remember the mother of one of my 60's classmates exclaiming, after her child was touched by one of my black friends, "Don't touch, the black doesn't wash out." And this was in suburban New Jersey, not the deep South.

I hope that expression is never used again, ever.

naked cap: The American Healthcare System Shows Why We Can’t Trust Free Market Spin Doctors.

Because the biggest savings associated with single-payer come from reduced payments to service providers, the switch would require American doctors and administrators to work for significantly less than they currently earn. But how painful would those sacrifices be?

Many I know went into healthcare to help people, not necessarily to feather their nests. If the overall emphasis changes from the current model, would not the former make for better healthcare? I constantly hear physicians complaining about how things are currently, the lack of time to diagnose patients properly, the excessive electronic records documentation to collect insurance billings, etc.  It points strongly (to me) that they'd like to simply do their jobs and return to their domiciles at the end of a workday with feelings of accomplishment.

TG's Political Wire: Paul Ryan's Party Is Over.

They said Trump was 'over', multiple times, going way back. I think a more historical view than the current reactionary one (that attracts clicks), is a better way to view all this.

Or am I the only one imagining some sanctimonious Presidential run by Ryan, offering to 'restore the soul of the Republican Party'? Those dewy eyes, appealing to red-state voters ... ? The lonely widows chucking their retirement leavings at him, much as men do at strip clubs?