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


March rambling: don’t be an idiot


sign at the gas pump
Why India’s Muslims are in grave danger.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Coronavirus advice: ‘Don’t be complacent, and don’t be an idiot’ and Medicare for All.

Everything looks fine until it doesn’t.

Weekly Sift: Coronavirus Reaches My Town.

Why retirement insecurity is the new American epidemic.

Rules for Addressing Panhandlers.

The Inclusive Internet Index 2020.

Does Anybody Know Who’s Electable?

What Are Those Strange Things You See Floating In Your Eye?

Bye, Chris Matthews.

Was Jeanne Calment the Oldest Person Who Ever Lived — or a Fraud?

Cookie Monster breaks the Internet.

Touching a camera for the first time in three months.

James Lipton, animated host of ‘Inside the Actors Studio’, dies at 93.

Max von Sydow, Legendary Seventh Seal Star, Dies at 90.

RIP Earl Pomerantz

My wife’s aunt, Emelia Olin obit.


What is Bipartisanship, Really

Racism, Retaliation and Othering


He Bears Full Responsibility for Botched Response to Coronavirus in U.S.

Jared Kushner and Stephen Miller Wrote His Coronavirus Speech That’s Tanking Markets and Spreading Falsehoods and Fear.

The Daily Show video: Pandumbic. Late Night with Seth Meyers: Trump Contradicts Experts as Coronavirus Is Declared a Pandemic.

A limerick by Catbird

There once was a POTUS named trump
Whose mind was as sharp as a stump
“It’s perfect!” he crowed
“Test kits? We’ve a load!”
And now we’re all down in the dumps.

Pressed on the ACA, his rhetoric takes an incoherent turn.

How should Democrats fight against a president who has no moral or legal compass?

Newly obtained documents reveal more Secret Service payments to Trump properties.

He Installs Homophobic Racist Tea Party Birther Who Promised to Send Obama ‘Home to Kenya’ as New Chief of Staff.


What is the difference between appoggiatura and acciaccatura? Appoggiatura is “a type of musical ornament, falling on the beat, which often creates a suspension and subtracts for itself half the time value of the principal note which follows while acciaccatura is a short grace note (theoretically taking no time at all), occurring on the beat occupied by the main note to which it is prefixed.”

Definition of meliorism: the belief that the world tends to improve and that humans can aid its betterment.

Words That Describe Incredibly Specific Things, such as erinaceous, jentacular, nudiustertian, qualtagh, and especially floccinaucinihilipilification.

Words Fossilized In Idioms.

Geez, jeez!

12 Regional Slang Words From Across the U.S.

The Origin Of “Piss Poor” And Other Popular Sayings.

Insight of the Day.

Now I Know

The Tampons That Fought Back By Adding a Spine and The Color of Flying Calmly and The Beyond Gold Medalist and A Blockbuster Parenting Move and How Much is a Buttload, Exactly? and The Somewhat-Silent Explosions Made for Dogs and The Snack You Had to Commit a Crime to Try and Why Stop Signs Have Eight Sides.


Philippa Duke Schuyler performing Bach.

Homunculus C.F. by Julia Perry.

Fidelio overture by Ludwig van Beethoven.

Coverville 1298: This Day in Covers: February 25, 1985.

God’s Counting On Me – Pete Seeger.


Mr. Sandman – The Chordettes. Obit: Lynn Evans Mand, singer of hits with the Chordettes, at 95.

K-Chuck Radio: The Invasion of the Break-Ins.

The Archive Of Contemporary Music — And Its 3 Million Recordings — Is Leaving NY.

Johnny Cash thought his recording career was over. Then he met legendary producer Rick Rubin.

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