October rambling: needless scourge

Three Chaplains on PBS

Abandoning the poor by Liz Theoharis. Or confronting the needless scourge of poverty.

Discrimination Has Trapped People of Color in Unhealthy Urban ‘Heat Islands’

The United States has a hate crime problem

Banned Black History Can Teach Us How to Fight Right-Wing School Censorship

Is there a glass ceiling for ethnic minorities to enter leadership positions? Evidence from a field experiment with over 12,000 job applications

The Evisceration of a Public University

Homeschooling: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

The Human Ecology of Overshoot: Why a Major ‘Population Correction’ Is Inevitable

Steve Bannon’s plan backfires: RF Kennedy Jr’s independent bid spells trouble for djt. I had literally two dozen djt-related posts, which I dumped.  Look at the Legal Eagle YouTube page; about half of his recent posts address djt’s legal woes. But also read the NYT’s Inside His Backroom Efforts To Lock Up the Nomination.

The Weirdness in the House. Kevin McCarthy reaped as he sowed.

When should public officials resign


Any antidote to climate anxiety involves organizing

Doomscrolling – The New Drug of the 21st Century

CDC’s Bridge Access Program provides no-cost COVID-19 vaccines to adults without health insurance and adults whose insurance does not cover all COVID-19 vaccine costs

They Studied Dishonesty. Was Their Work a Lie?

Which nonprofits pay their employees $1 million or more in annual compensation? Learn why not all charity salaries are considered “overhead” in this video.

What to Do When an Airline Changes Your Seat

NYS Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program Five-Year Action Plan

13 Common Genealogy Questions, Answered

Exploring Ireland’s Virtual Record Treasury online

The Diversity Visa Program is open from October 4 to November 7, 2023. It allows people from countries with low U.S. immigration rates who meet eligibility requirements to enter for a chance to apply for a U.S. immigrant visa.

New York State Geographic primer Jamais vu: the science behind eerie opposite of déjà vu

Now I Know: A Star Spangled Snafu and The Big Lie and How The Worst Swinging Strike in Baseball History Broke the Game and Why Only Dead People Are On American Money and When Emergency Broadcasts Go Wrong

Unaffordable Luxury. Links re djt, life expectancy, and much more

Let’s close these tabs! Links about the comic strip Nancy, pedestrian deaths, and much more.


Three Chaplains: Muslim chaplains aim to make a change in one of America’s most powerful institutions—the military. For them, the fight for equality and religious freedom begins on the inside. PBS November 6, 2023

Now What? The Five Crises Confronting a Post-Strike Hollywood

This month, I received the beautiful book Comics for Ukraine. I asked the folks at Operation USA if more copies might be available. Mary said they “have reached out to the publisher (Zoop) regarding the latest details for purchasing copies. The initial run was crowdfunded via pre-orders, so I am not 100% sure if additional copies are on sale yet. I will loop back as soon as I have more info.” If it becomes available, get it!

Patrick Stewart: Why I Stormed Off the Set of ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’

Kelly writes Why Post Bad Reviews in response to a back-and-forth we had via email.

Hollywood Reporter Critics Pick the 50 Best TV Shows of the 21st Century (So Far). I’ve seen eight of them, plus Freaks and Geeks (1999-2000), which should not have been on the list. If they had listed the best shows of the past 25 years, yes. There are at least a dozen shows I’ve never heard of.

What About THE SIXTH SENSE’s Other Twist?

Vladimir Duthiers Is Making Up for Lost Time. My wife watches Vlad every weekday on CBS Mornings.


Dana Kennedy was known as writer William Kennedy’s wife, but she had a fascinating career, particularly when he was a struggling writer. Back in 1980, give or take a couple of years, I was at their house outside of Albany, which was… rustic. I met her at least twice since then, mentioned here.

A political trailblazer, Dianne Feinstein was the first woman to be elected mayor of San Francisco and later became the longest-serving female Senator in United States history. I remember when she announced the assassination of George Moscone and Harvey Milk.

Rudolph Isley, founding member of the Isley Brothers, dies at 84

Tim Wakefield dies at 57: Red Sox mourn the loss of former pitcher who ’embodied true goodness.’ A class act.

Hall of Fame 3B, Orioles legend Brooks Robinson dies at 86. He received 16 consecutive Gold Gloves.

Dick Butkus, Legendary Chicago Bears Linebacker Turned Actor, Dies at 80

Former Pro Bowl TE Russ Francis dies in a plane crash. I was fond of Francis and the 1980s 49ers

Keith Giffen, Comic Book Writer-Artist Behind Lobo, Blue Beetle and Rocket Raccoon, Dies at 70

Piper Laurie, Actress in ‘The Hustler,’ ‘Carrie’ and ‘Twin Peaks,’ Dies at 91

Suzanne Somers, Star of ‘Three’s a Company’, Dies a Day Shy of 77

Phyllis Coates, the First Lois Lane on Television, Dies at 96

Mark Goddard, Actor on ‘Lost in Space,’ Dies at 87

Kelly remembers Robert John Guttke

 “I don’t want to discuss the intricacies and atrocities of the Israeli-Hamas conflict here. I just want a quiet space to express my grief. Grief is different than outrage and vengeance because it has no satisfying outlet or expression. No remedy, no cure. Even achieving justice does not slake grief. It is impenetrable.” –Kareem


Lenny -Atka

Sweet Sounds of Heaven – The Rolling Stones with Lady Gaga and Stevie Wonder 

Leonard Bernstein, playing the solo piano and conducting the Columbia Symphony Orchestra, in George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and also An American in Paris. I have the very CD pictured..

Mean Town Blues – Johnny Winter (CPH, 1971)

Peter Sprague Plays Getting Better

Coverville 1458: The Joan Jett & The Runaways Cover Story and 1459: The Renee & Jeremy Interview and 1460: The Steve Miller Band Cover Story III

The Tree – Maren Morris

Ceremonial: An Autumn Ode -Toru Takemitsu

Look What They’ve Done To My Song, Ma – the MonaLisa Twins


Author: Roger

I'm a librarian. I hear music, even when it's not being played. I used to work at a comic book store, and it still informs my life. I won once on JEOPARDY! - ditto.

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