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Mundus Calicem: Battle of the Popes!

July 13, 2014

Mundus Calicem: Battle of the Popes!

The big Sunday news: Today’s World Cup Final is a match between Argentina, home of His holiness Pope Francis, and Germany, home of retired Pope Benedict XVI. Good Lord!

More:

“World Cup final? No, it’s battle of the Popes,” Sophie Gadd and Martin Belam, Daily Mirror

“World Cup 2014: Battle of the Popes,” Terry Elkady, Global News

“World Cup: Germany, Argentina each have pope in corner,” Eric J. Lyman, USA Today

“World Cup final: It’s Pope versus Pope,” Daniel Burke, CNN Belief

“Who has God on their side? Popes to battle it out in World Cup final,” Carey Lodge, Christian Today

Note: The referee? Italian, naturalmente.

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Tommy Ramone, 1949 — 2014

July 12, 2014

Tommy Ramone, 1949 -- 2014

Musician, songwriter, and producer Tommy Ramone (Tamás Erdélyi) died last Friday. The drummer for The Ramones, he was the last surviving original member of that influential punk band.

More:

“Tommy Ramone, Last Original Member Of The Ramones, Dies At 65,” Scott Neuman, NPR

“Tommy Ramone Dies at 65; He Gave Punk Rock Its Pulse,” Ben Sisario, New York Times

Tom Erdelyi Discography, Discogs.com

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Round, Rested, and Running for Re-Election

July 1, 2014

Round, Rested, and Running for Re-Election
Just in time for Canada Day, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has returned to town after a two-month rehab stint at GreeneStone treatment center. He apologized for embarrassing the city with his erratic behavior and escapades,  declared himself “ashamed, embarrassed and humiliated” and said he “has no one to blame but myself,” but he’s still running for re-election in October.

More:

“Crack-smoking Toronto mayor Rob Ford says he’s sober as he returns to office after two months of rehab,” Sasha Goldstein, New York Daily News

“Toronto Mayor Rob Ford: Rehab saved my life,” BBC News

“Rob Ford: What powers does he still have as mayor?” CBC News

“Rob Ford begs for another chance after his stint in rehab,” Canadian Press via Maclean’s

“Rob Ford, with equal parts contrition and bombast, makes it clear he isn’t going away,” Richard Warnica, National Post

“Rob Ford returns: But can he still win the mayoral race?” Mark Gollom, CBC News

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Dr. Oz: Miracle Snake Oil Diet!

June 24, 2014

Dr. Oz: Miracle Snake Oil Diet!

Reality TV star Mehmet Öz, MD testified before a Senate committee last week about fraudulent weight loss scams. He knows all about it; he’s been promoting the likes of green coffee bean extractGarcinia Cambogia, forskolin, and gluten-free everything for years, when he’s not endorsing faith healing and homeopathy.

Has he no shame? Nope.

More:

“Senators to Dr. Oz: Stop Promising Weight-Loss Miracles,” James Hamblin, The Atlantic

“Dr. Oz, still shilling as fast as he can,” Michael Hilzik, Los Angeles Times

“Celebrity turns a good doctor into a snake oil pitchman,” Dr. Manny Alvarez, Fox News

“Dr. Oz Defends His ‘Miracles,’” National Journal

“Dr. Oz Defends His Pseudoscientific Claims As Harmless ‘Flowery Language,’” Francie Diep, Popular Science

“Dr. Oz: World’s Best Snake Oil Salesman,” Russell Saunders, Daily Beast

“It’s Time to Turn Off TV Doctors,” April Siese, Daily Beast

“The Operator,” Michael Spector, The New Yorker

“Why Dr. Oz can say anything and keep his medical license,” Julia Belluz, Vox

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The Popemobile

June 14, 2014

The Popemobile
Pope Francis told Barcelona’s La Vanguardia that he’s not happy greeting throngs of believers through the bulletproof glass of an armored car:

“I remember in Brazil, they had provided for me an enclosed Popemobile, but I cannot greet the people and tell them I love them inside a sardine can, even if it is made of glass. For me it is a wall.”

“It’s true that anything could happen, but, let’s face it, at my age I don’t have much to lose.”

More:

“Why do I need a bullet-proof car at my age, asks the Pope,” Nick Squires, Irish Independent

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Hangover

June 12, 2014

Hangover

Korean novelty pop star Psy (Park Jae-sang) hosts LA’s Snoop Dogg (Calvin Broadus, Jr.) on a binge-drinking tour of Seoul in a new music video. The hard part must have been convincing Snoop to forgo his customary herb for Korea’s potent soju (소주) distilled spirits, the best-selling booze in the world.

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Herb Jeffries, ‘Bronze Buckaroo’

June 2, 2014

Herb Jeffries, ‘Bronze Buckaroo’

Herb Jeffries, who sang with Duke Ellington and starred in early black westerns as the singing “Bronze Buckaroo,” died last week. He was believed to be 100 years old.

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Where In the World Is Rob Ford?

May 7, 2014

Where In the World Is Rob Ford?

 

“Where is Rob Ford? Brother, lawyer say he’s in rehab,” Kendra Mangione, CTV News

“Toronto crack-smoking mayor Rob Ford missing after flying to US,” RT.com

“Rob Ford declined to officially enter United States,” Robyn Doolittle and Greg McArthur, Globe and Mail

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Gabriel García Márquez, 1927 — 2014

April 19, 2014

Columbia writer Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez (“Gabo”) died this week. His books have “no word misplaced” and inspired countless readers, writers, and songwriters. That’s Colombian singer Shakira above with a song from the film version of El amor en los tiempos del cólera (Love in the Time of Cholera). Cuban singer Oscar Chavez (below) sings about Márquez’s fictional town of Macondo.

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Texas Town’s Request to Ted Nugent: Play ‘Far, Far Away’

March 26, 2014

Texas Town's Request to Ted Nugent: Play 'Far, Far Away'

The city of Longview Texas paid $16,250 to keep Ted Nugent from appearing at its municipal Fourth of July celebration. City leaders concluded that Mr. Nugent’s act was not the family-friendly entertainment they had in mind, but his agent claimed their preliminary talks constituted a verbal contract, so the town paid Mr. Nugent a “kill fee.” The 65-year-old rocker, once known for his guitar playing, now stays in the public eye through his racist comments, questionable lyrics, and gun-happy right-wing views.

More:

“Longview pays off rocker Ted Nugent to not perform,” Richard Yeakley, Longview News-Journal

“Rejection slip from Longview gig has Nugent hot as a firecracker,” Bud Kennedy, Fort Worth Star Telegram

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