Police: No Scooters at the Capitol

June 26, 2019

Police: No Scooters at the Capitol

Bird, Lyft, Skip, Spin and Jump. No that’s not a new Olympic field event, those are the companies inflicting dockless electric scooters on pedestrians in the District of Columbia. But not at the Capitol, says US Capitol Police spokesperson Eva Malecki:

“The proliferation of electric scooters and other motorized devices for rent has become a safety and security concern for the Department. They should not be parked and/or left unattended on Capitol Grounds.”

“We have been working to better educate users of the restrictions for using and/or parking scooters on Capitol Grounds as well as the various companies that make them available to the public.”

— “Scooter commuters of Capitol Hill, take note,” Katherine Tully-McManus, Roll Call

Update:

“Eleanor Holmes Norton says let them scoot!” Clyde McGrady, The Hill

Related:

“Overnight e-scooter ban and complaint line proposed in DC,” Zeke Hartner, WTOP

Paris clamps down on electric scooters as law of the jungle rules,” Forrest Crellin, Reuters

“River patrol pulls e-scooters from bottom of Willamette River,” KATU

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Homeopathic Snake Oil Fuels the Measles Crisis

June 25, 2019

Homeopathic Snake Oil Fuels the Measles Crisis

Kate Birch, a homeopath based in Minnesota, is a leading quack in the lunatic anti-vaxxer campaign behind the raging measles epidemic plaguing America’s children. Homeopathic products are essentially small vials of very expensive water or alcohol masquerading as preventatives and cures for diseases and ailments. Substances they contain are so diluted that the products are essentially placebos.

Why, you may ask, doesn’t the FDA regulate this kind of bunkum? An original Senate sponsor of the 1938 “Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act” was a dean at a Homeopathic Medical College, and made sure the act identified all homeopathic swill as drugs. Existing FDA regs are, appropriately, watered-down. Since umpteen-hundred scientific studies show that homeopathic medicine doesn’t work, even the woo-woo department of NIH, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, points out that homeopathy is bunk.

More:

“US homeopaths claim ‘therapies’ prevent measles and ‘cure’ autism,” Ed Pilkington, The Guardian

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U.S. Internment Camp for Kids

June 24, 2019

U.S. Internment Camp for Kids

The Trump Administration, acting in the name of America’s citizens, plans to imprison migrant children, some 1400 of them, at Fort Sill, Oklahoma starting in July. That U.S. Army base was a prison for Chiricahua Apache families from 1894 to 1913 and used to incarcerate Japanese American families during World War II.

This won’t be the first time youngsters separated from families were held captive at Fort Sill. From 1871 until 1980 the base housed the Fort Sill Indian School, a boarding school where Comanche, Apache, Caddo, Kiowa, Delaware, Wichita, and Navajo children were removed from their families and punished for speaking their Native American languages.

More:

“‘Stop Repeating History’: Plan to Keep Migrant Children at Former Internment Camp Draws Outrage,” Ben Fenwick, New York Times

“Japanese-American internment survivors protest use of Oklahoma base as migrant detention center,” Tim O’Donnell, Time

“The Unimaginable Reality of American Concentration Camps,” Masha Gessen, The New Yorker

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So What: Coltrane vs Miles Davis, 1960

June 23, 2019

“So What,” written by Miles Davis, recorded on tour in Stockholm, 1960. Miles Davis (trumpet), John Coltrane (tenor sax), Wynton Kelly (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Jimmy Cobb (drums).

More:

“Listening to Miles Davis and John Coltrane’s Final Tour,” Richard Brody, The New Yorker

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Nànnuflày

June 23, 2019

“Nànnuflày” (“Fulfilled”), by Tinariwen. Rock from Mali.

There was a time
I lived fulfilled.
Life taught me that
It can often change.

Tinariwen website

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Our Own House

June 23, 2019

“Our Own House,”  written by Mandy Lee and Martin Terefe, recorded by MisterWives, 2014. Video directed by Andrew Joffe.

MisterWives: Mandy Lee, (lead vocal), William Hehir, (bass, vocals), Marc Campbell (guitar), Jesse Blum (trumpet, keyboards), Michael Murphy (sax), Etienne Bowler, (drums).

MisterWives website

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Satan’s A-Waitin’

June 23, 2019

“Satan’s A-Waitin’,” written by Wayne Walker, and recorded by Sonny Burns, 1956.

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Let The Lord Come In

June 23, 2019

 

“Let The Lord Come In,” by the Gospel Clefs, 1962.

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Pouring Water On A Drowning Man

June 22, 2019

“Pouring Water On A Drowning Man,” written by Drew Baker and Danny McCormick, recorded by Percy Sledge, 1966.

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I Just Slipped Your Mind

June 22, 2019

“I Just Slipped Your Mind,” recorded by Sonny Burns, 1963.

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