UN: Climate Change Will Create “New Great Divergence” Between Rich and Poor.
Were Other Human Species the First Victims of the Sixth Mass Extinction?
three years running Suicides and overdoses among factors fueling drop in U.S. life expectancy.
The Illusions Underlying our Foreign Policy Discussions.
ALEC Is an Incubator for Efforts to Protect White Supremacy.
“Calvin and the Colonel” – a kids’ cartoon with a shady past.
James Ussher, polyglot, prolific scholar, a man of the church and the man responsible for what we know today as ‘creationism’.
How gender-neutral pronouns can change a culture.
When America Starts to Feel a Little More Soviet.
Articles of Impeachment: Broad or Narrow? – they went narrow.
What Does Trump’s Inner Party Believe?
Letter to the editor:
Pattern of misbehavior – Roger Green, Scottsbluff, NE.
Plan to Strip Food Aid From 750,000 Low-Income People by 2020.
He wanted to ban feeding homeless people. Now he’s about to lead a federal homeless agency.
Even if a Democrat wins in 2020, the next president isn’t likely to resurrect a Pax Americana.
The US-Mexico-Canada Trade Deal Is Not as Good as Nafta.
Devin Nunes may regret SLAPPing his critics.
Vicki Van Meter is the youngest female pilot to have made a transatlantic flight when she was aged twelve.
Gender-neutral pronouns can nudge people to see the world a little differently.
Rejection: A Wilderness Guide for Writers, Part 25.
Memories of a map.
How Costco gained a cult following — by breaking every rule of retail.
The Easiest Way to Bike Up a Hill and The One Thing You Can’t Take Home from The Price is Right and The State of Indiana versus Robin Hood and There’s Snow Better Way to Measure and Picasso with the Sharp Elbows and The Federal Bacon Law That Protects Truth in Advertising and The Best Way to Have Your House Cleaned Out By an Intruder. Obits
Caroll Spinney, Big Bird Muppeteer for Nearly 50 Years, Dies at 85. Check out the 2014 documentary I Am Big Bird.
René Auberjonois, ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Benson’ Actor, Dies at 79. He was also in Boston Legal and a tons of other roles.
D.C. Fontana wrote many great stories and not all of them were for Star Trek, “which is the impression you’ll probably get from some of the obits.”
Ron Leibman, Tony Winner for ‘Angels,’ Is Dead at 82. His IMDB page.
Pete Frates, A Driving Force Behind The Viral Ice Bucket Challenge, Dies At 34.
Wrecked locomotive discovered after 106 years under Lake Superior.
Former chairman of the Federal Reserve Paul Volcker, who was 92 when he died in New York City
blasted ‘nihilistic’ Trumpism in final testament.
Daily syndication of Unshelved is available for free to any noncommercial web site. MUSIC
I Love Trash – Oscar the Grouch.
ABC-DEF-GHI Song – Big Bird.
Going Home, per Dvorak – BYU choir.
Othello Overture – Dvorak.
1287: The 15th Annual Beatles Thanksgiving Cover Story and 1288: The 40th Anniversary Tribute to Pink Floyd’s The Wall.
Baby’s in Black – MonaLisa Twins.
21st Century Schizoid Man [Radio Edit] – King Crimson at 1:55.
Lean on Me –
Why you should learn about the Teskey Brothers.
These men just released their first music album — at age 102 and 88.
It is brutal, damaging and untrue
Condolences to Dustbury on the loss of his brother James, his last sibling
Thousands of internal documents that help explain how the Islamic State stayed in power so long
The root of all cruelty?
Travel is fatal to prejudice
Why does the Right hate victims?
50 years after the Wahine Disaster (New Zealand)
Corruption, Not Russia, Is His Greatest Political Liability
His long-term effect on American democracy: How worried should we be?
The Crime-Fraud Exception in the Michael Cohen Case
What Will Our Society Look Like When Artificial Intelligence is Everywhere?
Ten Things That Have Zero Effect on What the Truth Is
Daniel Van Riper’s Albany Weblog:
They Want To Fill In The Ravine In Lincoln Park
The Real Story of the Hawaiian Missile Crisis
The REAL Consumer Price Index?
Congress, Not Amazon, Messed Up the Post Office
the beautiful human gumbo
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF COLOUR
Steven Bochco, RIP; a retrospective – I loved many of these shows
Remembering Winnie Mandela
Living the beam onstage with William Shatner
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Oprah’s Full Chat from SUPER SOUL SUNDAY
Kickstarter: From the nifty historical fiction Silent Scream #1 THE TRUST BOOK ONE: SILENT SCREAM ISSUE 2 – Dennis Webster, Bill Anderson, Gabriel Rearte and Laurie E. Smith
Mark Waid tells a new Captain America story with original artwork from Jack Kirby!
Top 37 Parks To Visit Before You Die
After 40 years, Wendy and Richard Pini finish ‘Elfquest,’ the ‘first American manga,’ and go on fanquest
Black Jeopardy with Chadwick Boseman
Seth Meyers’ great “desk story”
A Weird and Beautiful Sports Story
150th anniversary of Little Women
On Punctuality (John) v. How to Stop Being Late Forever (Hank)
Now I Know:
How Overdue Parking Tickets Took Over an Innocent Person’s Life and The Therapeutic Value of a Not-Quite-Flying Pig and The Race to Determine the Fastest Man Alive and Why You Can’t Steal First Base and Why You Shouldn’t Eat Those “Do Not Eat” Packets and The Elevator Light That’s a Total Gas
How he is transforming himself into the greatest president ever
Found Tonight – Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ben Platt
Listen to the Music – Playing for Change
Catch Me If You Can -John Williams score
She’s A Rockin’ Machine – Archie and the Bunkers
Coverville 1212: Cover Stories for Jimmy Cliff and Pharrell Williams
Oriental Rhapsody – Alexander Glazunov
Stephen Hawking Picks the Music (and One Novel) He’d Spend Eternity With: Stream the Playlist Online
‘The Weakness in Me’: Notes on Joan Armatrading
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Sonny Vande Putte
Never tell someone they can’t sing – it is brutal, damaging and untrue
The Public Library: A Photographic Love Letter
Do Not Lose Heart; We Were Made for These Times
On earth as it is in heaven: Why Jesus didn’t call his followers to be safe
The Gaslight Zone,
Part 1 and Part 2
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver:
Gerrymandering and Marijuana
Can We Get Real About Opioids? and Opioids, My Mom’s Death, and Why People Trust Science Less
How my daughter died from a simple case of flu
The Perception of Liberal Bias in the Newsroom Has Nothing Whatsoever to Do With Reality
Facebook use is a predictor of depression
The Internet Isn’t the Wild Wild West Anymore, It’s Westworld
Killing the Church with Sunday School
Girl, 2, defends her choice of doll to cashier
Carolyn Kelly, R.I.P. –
Mark Evanier’s getting by, with the help of Henry Fonda
Sheryl Sandberg: ‘Everyone looked at me like I was a ghost’
Letterman’s mom was everyone’s mom: Dorothy Mengering dead at 95
A Tribute to Carrie Fisher
The Public Library: A Photographic Love Letter to Humanity’s Greatest Sanctuary of Knowledge, Freedom, and Democracy
Dianne Bentley saved receipts, helped take down her cheating governor husband
Arts in the Parks
Two longtime artists offer stunning works in ‘Traces’ exhibition
“Let me help” (Thoughts on “The City on the Edge of Forever”)
Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in the 1960s
Ken Levine interview: Voiceover artist Randy Thomas
I wrote about
helicopter parenting four and a half years ago, and someone wanted to know if I wanted to read Abandon Helicopter Parenting, Embrace Negotiation Parenting; xooloo has developed an app for that.
7 Tips for Donating Old Books Without Being A Jerk
Now I Know:
The Slave Who Spied on the Traitor and The Campaign for the Other Gary and Taking “One Person, One Vote” Literally — and Accidentally
Queen Elizabeth has someone break in her shoes before she wears them
Dawn Wells: Forever Mary Ann
I keep seeing references to crushed Doritos in recipes, e.g. replacing bread crumbs on fried chicken, or as the crust for mac and cheese. Have YOU used them?
Chopped liver Music
Just a clown singing Pinball Wizard to the tune of Folsom Prison Blues
The Beatles – Home Recordings, May 1968 (white album)
Elton John cover story
Back in June 1980,
the legendary Chuck Berry performed in the little village of Ladner, British Columbia, Canada
K-Chuck Radio: Music to help pretty plants grow
5 truly explosive performances of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture
Appreciating an Unusual Beach Boys Album
Who has opened for the J. Geils Band?
Linda Hopkins; blues singer won Tony for best actress
The Neuroscience of Singing
There is a reason to have a B# and an E#
John Coltrane Draws a Picture Illustrating the Mathematics of Music
Monkees Star Mike Nesmith Reveals All on Drugs, a Near-Crippling Illness, and Jack Nicholson ‘Bromance’ in New Memoir
Where Have All The Bob Seger Albums Gone?
Genesis Tour Manager Recalls His Role in One of Rock’s Most Embarrassing Moments
Rock’n’roll shrimp named after Pink Floyd because of its deafening vocal ability
Busker lends a helping hand to people with cancer
Thanks to the VCR, I believe I missed but one episode.
From all the news segments, I knew that Star Trek turns 50 today. Yet I was going to let the anniversary pass, even though I really liked the piece on CBS Sunday Morning, where, I discovered, reporter Faith Salie appeared on Deep Space Nine.
But what tipped the tide was turning on the TV on Labor Day, and there was someone who looked a whole lot like Nichelle Nichols, Uhura on the original Star Trek, on
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