Hating what you don’t understand
If every episode is a blowout in which two of three contestants are basically never competitive, does that not grow uninteresting over time?
Women and the Resurrection cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward Read the redacted Mueller report here OR here.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver:
Mueller Report and Opioids II.
A Migrant’s Journey and refugees to America brought in $63 billion more in government revenues than they cost in the last 10 years.
Mr. Parrot pointed out: “Why on earth didn’t we [the UK] follow the Code of Good Practice on Referendums which the UK signed up to in 2006? This advocates a referendum as a two-part process, starting with an advisory vote and proceeding to a detailed proposal, with a second vote by either parliament or the people. They also advise that a vote below 55% in favour should be ignored.” ( Brexit passed with 51.9% of the vote.)
When Did Faith & Science Become Enemies? Lessons from a Christian Physicist with Dr. David Larrabee.
Selling the Soul of Franklin Graham.
How Sovereign Citizens Helped Swindle $1 Billion From the Government They Disavow.
Do not mess with Katie Porter. EVER.
“I’ve lived long enough to see the triumph of zealots and absolutists, to watch money swallow politics, to witness the rise of the corporate state. See the party of working and poor people become a sycophant of crony capitalism.
Watch the union of church and state become fashionable again. Witness the coupling of news and entertainment. See everyday people cast overboard as the pirates and predators of Wall Street seized the ship of state. I didn’t drift; I moved left just by standing still.”
Bill Moyers, from an interview at The Progressive in 2014.
Why James Holzhauer Is Bad for JEOPARDY! “If every episode is a blowout in which two of three contestants are basically never competitive, does that not grow uninteresting over time?”
The Tragic Story of Bob Fosse’s Second Wife, Joan McCracken.
The #MeToo Blacklist?
What Will Hollywood Do with Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin?
Ken Levine interview with Al Michaels
Part 1 and Part 2.
The Exaltation of Anger.
Why do we laugh?
Respect is Coming and Respect World.
I like cursive.
Merriam-Webster just added 640 new words.
Just blog it and 101 Blogging Statistics for 2019.
Waiting for the doctor.
Neil Gaiman on Jack Kirby.
Are X-Men human… or monsters?
Now I Know:
The Surströmming Offensive and Why Do Escalators Have Those Brushes Along the Edge? and The Swimming Pool That Was Literally Blacked Out and The Bug in the Plan.
Wayfaring Stranger – Rhiannon Giddens.
My World is Empty Without You/Maneater – Hall and Oates and The Supremes.
Hail Mary, Gentle Woman – Jamie Biller.
Cover Stories for Indigo Girls, Dave Edmunds and Dusty Springfield.
The Grande symphonie funebre et triomphale – Hector Berlioz.
O Mio Babbino Caro Darci (Italian Opera) – Darcy Lynne and Petunia.
Triumphal March from Aida – Verdi.
Greg Burgas: The Unsung –
the weirder end of the Phil Collins musical spectrum.
The many branches of Bruce Channel’s one-hit wonder.
Jupiter from The Planets – Gustav Holst – Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Sh-Boom – Sh-Pony.
Guitarist J. Geils Dead at 71.
Top Ten Most Worthless Records, and I own half of them.
Ray Liotta is a working actor, but we’re not paying his bills.
One of my favorite Pete Townsend solo tracks is Let My Love Open the Door from his 1980 album Empty Glass. I recall that there was some conversation about whether the song was religious in nature, as Townsend occasionally hinted. or a romantic song.
Here’s the thing, though: it doesn’t matter. Whatever the artist’s vision of the work, how the audience perceives it will usually carry the day.
So I found the whole rather vigorous discussion of whether Bert and Ernie of Sesame Street were gay – it made several mainstream news stories – as rather beside the point. As Muppeteers Frank Oz and the late Jim Henson came up with them, the characters reflected their friendship.
When Sesame Street scriptwriter Mark Saltzman noted in an interview that he wrote Bert and Ernie with his longterm relationship with film editor Arnold Glassman, that was his process. He clarified to the New York Times, “As a writer, you just bring what you know into your work. Somehow, in the uproar, that turned into Bert and Ernie being gay. There is a difference.”
Sesame Street folk responded, initially awkwardly. Ultimately, the audience decides what it chooses to believe.
Another showbiz buzz this month involved Cosby Show actor
Geoffrey Owens found working at a Trader Joe’s market. Beyond the pushback against some trying to shame him is a more basic reality; you don’t always get that next job in the entertainment world.
It’s not for me to judge if GoodFellas costar
Ray Liotta does a commercial for Chantix, an anti-smoking drug. He’s a working actor, but we’re not paying his bills. If he needs the money or loves the product or both, so be it.
Blythe Danner is still in those ads for Prolia, an injection to fight osteoporosis. Ditto for her.
That said, I STILL wish the flood of pharmaceutical ads would end in the US. But we’re quite unlikely to see that genie put back into the bottle.
Lin-Manuel Miranda and William Daniels Talk Hamilton and 1776
Sister Leslie is out of the hospital, as of ndependence Day. Still healing at home. More probably on July 23.
Flirting with Fascism
The Coming Collapse and Why It is Extraordinary
We Were Warned: What the Movie Villains Should Have Taught Us
As our democracy is dismantled right before their eyes, Americans remain silent
“America First” means China wins
During CBS interview, government agents chillingly showed up to intimidate former ICE spokesman
On July 4th Eve, Jeff Sessions Quietly Rescinds a Bunch of Protections for Minorities
If Pixar Made A DACA Movie
The retirement of Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy is as bad as it seems and Anthony Kennedy, You Are a Total Disgrace to America
Larry Kudlow is Never Ever Right
If You Think Basic Income is ‘Free Money’ or Socialism, Think Again
Turks Have Voted Away Their Democracy
Trust Issues, examining the state of trust in 2018
Fatal accidents, off-the-books workers, a union once run by a mobster. The rogue world of one of New York’s major trash haulers
That Property Down In Coeymans: The City of Albany is still trying to get rid of the proposed site of Jerry’s Dump
Tim Berners-Lee has seen his creation debased by everything from fake news to mass surveillance. But he’s got a plan to fix it
Radical Democrats Are Pretty Reasonable
Israeli airline says it will no longer accommodate Orthodox Jewish men who refuse to sit next to women
There’s some good in this world. And it’s worth fighting for
An Interview with Deborah Mends, UK College Diploma Graduate and Owner of Your Visual Mind – I first met my friend in the summer of 1977 in NYC
Atomic Roundtable: Harlan Ellison 1934-2018
Gene Editing: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
How’s the Water?
What to Do When an ATM Won’t Give You Any Money
The Counterfeit Queen of Soul
Lin-Manuel Miranda and William Daniels Talk Hamilton, 1776, Mr. Feeny, and More (2016)
Five Muppeteers explain how they operate their characters on Sesame Street
Now I Know:
When the Jazz Didn’t Stop Playing and How To Fool the World Starting with Two All-Beef Patties and The Macroeconomic Madness Behind Extra Cheesy Pizza
Yes! The Wedding of Winnie & Thomas MUSIC
I Don’t Know – Paul McCartney
Come On To Me – Paul McCartney
We Are the World video, re-created by a bunch of talented folks from Broadway
Rasta Children – Playing for Change
First Burn (Hamilton)
Smells Like Karen Carpenter – Moneyshot Cosmonauts
Beautiful Life – Rick Astley
Coverville 1223: Cover Stories for George Michael, Men At Work, and Cyndi Lauper
Gorillaz in our midst and It’s All About That Bass
Friends don’t let friends clap on the 1 and 3 (Harry Connick Jr)