I’ll Be Waiting Up There

September 26, 2021

“I’ll Be Waiting Up There,” recorded by the Gospel Classics of Detroit, 1973.

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No One Is Alone

September 25, 2021

“No One Is Alone,” written by Stephen Sondheim, recorded by Judy Collins, 2017. Originally written for the play Into the Woods.

Judy Collins website

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Everybody’s Talkin’

September 25, 2021

“Everybody’s Talkin’,” written by Fred Neil, performed by the Tedeschi Trucks Band, 2012. Lead vocals: Susan Tedeschi. You may know the Harry Neilson recording of the song, used in the Easy Rider soundtrack.

Tedeschi Trucks Band website

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Come Over Here

September 25, 2021

“Come Over Here,” written by James Brown, recorded by James Brown and the Famous Flames, released 1962.

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Woke Up From a Dream

September 25, 2021

“Woke Up From a Dream,” written and recorded by Cindy Lee Berryhill, 2020.

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The Reformed Wolf

September 25, 2021

“The Reformed Wolf” a 1954 Terrytoons theatrical cartoon featuring Mighty Mouse, directed by Connie Rasinski, with music by Philip A. Scheib.

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New Hope for Boy Scouts: Poison Ivy Vaccine

September 24, 2021

“Poison Ivy,” written by Lieber & Stoller, interpreted by Manfred Mann, 1966.

Each summer, 10 million to 50 million Americans get painful, itchy contact dermatitis skin rashes from poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac. Things are about to get worse as the climate crisis makes poison ivy more toxic and expands its range. Higher levels of carbon dioxide make the plants produce a more allergenic form of urushiol, the oily sap resin responsible for the rash.

But there’s hope:

“Human research is proceeding with a compound called PDC-APB, which would be injected as a vaccine once every year or two to prevent poison ivy misery. Developed at the University of Mississippi, it is a synthetic version of urushiol’s active component. ‘We believe the shot will lead to desensitization and reduce or eliminate reactions to poison ivy, oak and sumac,’ says Ray Hage, CEO of Hapten Sciences, which has licensed the compound. It works well in guinea pigs …, passed initial safety testing in humans and is about to be evaluated in a small randomized controlled trial. People are beating down the door to try the vaccine, Hage reports: ‘Every March I start to get e-mails from people asking, ‘Where is the drug? Can I be in a trial?’”

— “A Vaccine against Poison Ivy Misery Is in the Works as Scientists Also Explore New Treatment Paths,” Claudia Wallis, Scientific American

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Will Tony Blinken Get Cancelled By His High School Alumni Association?

September 23, 2021

Australia nixed a $66 billion submarine contract with France and made a new deal with the USA and UK. France is so angry that it recalled its ambassadors to the US and UK. This Biden Administration move was even more of a shock since his french-speaking Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, spent his youth in France and went to high school at prestigious École Jeannine Manuel in Paris, receiving his baccalauréat in 1980. So, is Tony still a member in good standing of the school’s alumni association, or do they want le sweat-shirt back?

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Supreme Court May Dunk on NCAA

September 22, 2021

Supreme Court May Dunk on NCAA

The Supreme Court will begin hearing cases again on October 4th, the first Monday in October, while 2021 NCAA fall sports seasons are well under way. A spring SCOTUS opinion by Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh suggests the court and the “amateur sports” monopoly may have a showdown before June.

“Nowhere else in America can businesses get away with agreeing not to pay their workers a fair market rate on the theory that their product is defined by not paying their workers a fair market rate,” Kavanaugh wrote. “And under ordinary principles of antitrust law, it is not evident why college sports should be any different. The NCAA is not above the law.”

More:

How US college sport became an $8bn inequity racket. And why it may fall,” Bryan Armen Graham, The Guardian

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Eel Farm

September 21, 2021

Sara Rademaker’s American Unagi is the country’s only glass eel farm. They grow the critters and sell them live to sushi restaurants and chefs and smoked and frozen to consumers. An Eater video directed by Connor Reid and hosted by Daniel Geneen.

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