Permaculture

September 29, 2022

Permaculture may help produce food without destroying the planet. A Deutsche Welle video by Kiyo Dörrer.
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School Book Bans Are Rising

September 28, 2022

School Book Bans Are Rising

“From July 2021 to June 2022, PEN America’s Index of School Book Bans lists 2,532 instances of individual books being banned, affecting 1,648 unique book titles.

The 1,648 titles are by 1,261 different authors, 290 illustrators, and 18 translators, impacting the literary, scholarly, and creative work of 1,553 people altogether.”

— “Banned in the USA: The Growing Movement to Censor Books in Schools,” Jonathan Friedman and Nadine Farid Johnson, PEN America

“While book bans have long been a part of America’s education fabric, the Pen report suggests they are now driven less by the complaints of individual parents and more by organized, ideological groups and overt pressure from politicians.

About 40% of the book bans in the past year have been connected to political pressure or legislation designed to restrict and reshape teaching, the report estimates.”

— “‘Rapid acceleration’ in US school book censorship leads to 2,500 bans in a year.” Oliver Milman, The Guardian

More:

“Who’s Behind the Escalating Push to Ban Books? A New Report Has Answers,” Eesha Pendharkar, Education Week

“Over 1,600 Books Were Banned During the Past School Year,” Ella Feldman, Smithsonian Magazine

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Kill Your Lawn

September 27, 2022

Kill your lawn, because it’s killing the planet. A New York Times opinion video by Agnes Walton, narrated by Lulu Garcia-Navarro.

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Sing Along With Space Force

September 26, 2022

“Semper Supra” is not a menu item at an ethnic restaurant, it’s the name of the U.S. Space Force anthem. “Semper Supra” (“Always Above”), written by veteran armed forces musicians Jamie Teachenor and Sean Nelson, was wheeled to the launch pad on September 20th. Blast-off was greeted by a galactic chorus of “Meh.”

Of course, in space no one can hear you sing.

More:

“With new official anthem, the Space Force hopes to land on your radar,” Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post

“Space Force Song Shoots for the Stars, but Some Think It Falls Flat,” Michael Levenson, New York Times

“‘It’s not a banger’: response to Space Force official song is less than stellar,” Martin Pengelly, The Guardian

Related:

“Space Force: A Guide to Trump’s Most Misunderstood Creation,” Margaret Hartmann, New York Magazine

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The Soul of a Man

September 25, 2022

“The Soul of a Man,” written by Oliver Sain, recorded by the late Di Anne Price, 2000.  Nice interpretation of a song first recorded By Fontella Bass in 1965.

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Heart Full of Soul

September 25, 2022

“Heart Full of Soul,” written by Graham Gouldman, recorded by Chris Isaak, 1986. Orinally recorded by The Yardbirds in 1965.

Chris Isaak website

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Soul Superman #2

September 25, 2022

“Soul Superman #2,” written by Jack Ashford, Lorraine Chandler, and Raymond Monette, recorded by The Hesitations, 1967. We like it better than Soul Superman #1.

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Sunshine Superman

September 25, 2022

“Sunshine Superman,” written by Donovan Leitch, and recorded by him as Donovan, 1965. The lead guitarist was Jimmy Page, with Spike Heatley on double bass and John Paul Jones on electric bass (apparently). John Cameron played harpsichord and arranged the session. Bobby Orr played drums and Tony Carr (George Caruana) played congas and other percussion.

Donovan website

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You Brought The Sunshine

September 25, 2022

“You Brought The Sunshine,” written by Twinkie Clark, sung by Yolanda Adams, Y’anna Crawley, Amber Bullock, and Jessica Reedy at the BET Awards, 2012. Originally recorded by The Clark Sisters in 1981.  There was a wonderful rendition by The Clark Sisters at the 2020 BET awards.

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Down By The River

September 24, 2022

“Down By The River,” written by Neil Young, recorded by Michael McDonald, 2000.

Michael McDonald website

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