Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Civil Forfeiture. “Oliver references a September report from The Washington Post, which states that, since 9/11, police have seized $2.5 billion in 61,998 cash seizures from people ‘who were not charged with a crime.’ ‘Under civil forfeiture laws, your property is guilty until you prove it innocent.'” Read more. And here’s another example
Condolences to my buddy Steve Bissette, whose dad passed peacefully on October 28.
Unfortunately, the cancer has returned for Eddie Mitchell, the Renaissance Geek. Send him a good thought.
In an excerpt of The Republicans: A History of the Grand Old Party by American history professor Lewis L. Gould, he recounts the mid-’90s Republicans’ desperation to preserve their image — and how that desperation led them to impeach President Bill Clinton.
2014 may be the first year ever with ZERO platinum-certified albums since they started the designation. But never underestimate Taylor Swift.
Chuck Miller: They’re tearing down 309 South Broad Street in Philadelphia.
Jeff Sharlet: The Writer Who’s Using Longform to Take Instagram to the Next Level. BTW, he recently sent me a pic of his late mom, his sister, himself and myself from c. 1979.
Ken Screven on being the only black kid in the class. I can relate; that was me for most of K-9.
Enough With Dystopias: It’s Time For Sci-Fi Writers To Start Imagining Better Futures. To that end, both SamuraiFrog and Jason Bennion recommend the new book by Jaquandor called
Princesses in Space! Stardancer. Read all about it at his new site, ForgottenStars.net. Especially you, Uthaclena.
Speaking of Jaquandor, he reviews a book about minor league baseball that makes me want to read the tome. Or better still, go to a game. Cartoon: Why Baseball Is Better. Short audio: Take Me Out to the Ball Game – The Skeletons. Commercial: Throwing like a girl.
These Are the Grammar Rules You Don’t Need to Follow. Also, 10 Grammar Mistakes People Love To Correct (That Aren’t Actually Wrong). OK, but I just can’t say “data is…”
TV Legend Norman Lear: ‘Even This I Get To Experience’. He was the creative force behind All in the Family, Maude, The Jeffersons and many more programs.
Playtex Living Spacesuits. Don’t think the movie has come out yet.
My computer screen went sideways this month, for some reason. I found how I turn it back: Try pressing Ctrl + Alt + UP Arrow Key, or try Ctrl + Alt + and a different Arrow Key.
SamuraiFrog’s alphabetical Muppet gallery includes Lenny the Lizard and Mr. Johnson (one of my FAVES) and Nutty Bird and Ohreally and the wonderful Prairie Dawn; the school plays on the latter are great. Plus Bill Cosby and the Muppets.
Sesame Street: Janelle Monae- Power of Yet
A mildly interesting story about Mark Evanier, Henry Kloss and home electronics. But this coda is even better.
The Strange History of Corn Flakes, which, being a cereal aficionado, I actually knew.
Every time you make a typo, the errorists win.
GOOGLE ALERTS (me)
Dustbury notes the Tchotchke Index.