Hillbilly Agonistes

Kevin D. Williamson in National Review –

A question that obsesses Republican circles: What happens to Trumpism after Trump?

Maybe J. D. Vance has an answer.

Vance, the Marine Corps veteran and venture capitalist who wrote Hillbilly Elegy, is expected to soon announce his candidacy for a U.S. Senate seat from Ohio. He is generally associated with what we must call – for lack of a better term – the Trumpier tendency in Republican politics: a self-described nationalist who believes that government and civic institutions have failed many Americans outside of the urban elite, and is skeptical of the globalization he believes has resulted in “an American economy built on consumption, reliant for production on regimes either indifferent or actively hostile to our national interest.”


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New experiment hints that a particle breaks the known laws of physics

Michael Greshko of National Geograph

a close up of a bicycle: The Muon g-2 ring sits in its detector hall amidst electronics racks, the muon beamline, and other equipment. This impressive experiment operates at negative 450 degrees Fahrenheit and studies the precession (or wobble) of muons as they travel through the magnetic field.

In a landmark experiment, scientists have found fresh evidence that a subatomic particle is disobeying one of science’s most watertight theories, the Standard Model of particle physics. The gap between the model’s predictions and the particle’s newly measured behavior hints that the universe may contain unseen particles and forces beyond our current grasp.

researchers with Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois, announced the first results of the Muon g-2 experiment, which since 2018 has measured a particle called the muon, a heavier sibling of the electron that was discovered in the 1930s.

Like electrons, muons have a negative electric charge and a quantum property called spin, which causes the particles to act like tiny, wobbling tops when placed in a magnetic field. The stronger the magnetic field, the faster a muon wobbles.


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China erasing H & M from Internet amid Xinjiang backlash

Zen Soo and Joe McDonald of AP –

H&M disappeared from the internet in China as the government raised pressure on shoe and clothing brands and announced sanctions Friday against British officials in a spiraling fight over complaints of abuses in the Xinjiang region.

H&M products were missing from major e-commerce platforms including Alibaba and JD.com following calls by state media for a boycott over the Swedish retailer’s decision to stop buying cotton from Xinjiang. That hurts H&M’s ability to reach customers in a country where more than a fifth of shopping is online.

Shockwaves spread to other brands as dozens of celebrities called off endorsement deals with Nike, Adidas, Burberry, Uniqlo and Lacoste after state media criticized the brands for expressing concern about Xinjiang.


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‘The 45th’: Why Trump is abandoning his iconic brand for a number

Alex Seitz-Wald of NBC News –

Donald Trump spent a lifetime putting his name on steaks to skyscrapers to stimulus checks, but now, the former president appears to be replacing the gold-plated surname with a number: 45.

Recently, the 45th president launched his new official website, 45Office.com, a URL unlike those of his predecessors, who used their names for their web addresses. Trump’s shift from his name to his digits has been across his political properties.

His PAC can be accessed at SaveAmerica45.com. His White House’s old tweets can be found at @WhiteHouse45. And when his attorney…


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Ancient coins may solve mystery of murderous 1600s pirate

William J. Kole of AP –

A handful of coins unearthed from a pick-your-own-fruit orchard in rural Rhode Island and other random corners of New England may help solve one of the planet’s oldest cold cases.

The villain in this tale: a murderous English pirate who became the world’s most-wanted criminal after plundering a ship carrying Muslim pilgrims home to India from Mecca, then eluded capture by posing as a slave trader.

“It’s a new history of a nearly perfect crime,” said Jim Bailey, an amateur historian and metal detectorist who found the first intact 17th-century Arabian coin in a meadow in Middletown.


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