Mama Didn’t Raise No Fools

January 20, 2018

“Mama Didn’t Raise No Fools,” written by Gene Barge, recorded by Sugar Pie DeSanto in 1965.

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Thirty”

January 20, 2018

“Thirty,” written by Tamara Lindeman, recorded by her with her band The Weather Station.

Tamara Lindeman (vocal guitar), Adrian Cook (pedal steel), Ben Whiteley (bass), and Ian Kehoe (drums).

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Rival Romeos

January 20, 2018

“Rival Romeos,” with Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, 1928. Animated by Ub Iwerks.

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If the Government Shuts Down

January 19, 2018

What happens if the federal government shuts down due to lack of an appropriation? The Associated Press explains.

Related:

“Looming shutdown raises fundamental question: Can GOP govern?” Damian Paletta and Erica Werner, Washington Post

“Report: Shutdown could cost U.S. economy $6.5 billion a week,” Christopher Matthews, Axios

“More Americans blame Republicans than Democrats for potential government shutdown, Post-ABC poll finds,” Scott Clement, Washington Post

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New Jersey: Don’t Drone While Drunk

January 19, 2018

New Jersey: Don't Drone While Drunk

Last Monday, before leaving the Governor’s office, New Jersey’s Chris Christie signed a law making it illegal to fly aerial drones while drunk. Anyone flying a drone in the Garden State with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher or while drugged faces up to six months in jail, a $1,000 fine, or both. Flying drones near a prison or while pursuing wildlife is also banned.

Good luck with that. While all of Washington DC is a no-drone zone, nearly a hundred of the things flew over sensitive military sites in the area last summer, and a drunk off-duty federal intelligence employee crashed a hobby drone right onto the White House lawn in 2015.

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Minister of Loneliness

January 18, 2018

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Theresa May appointed a”Minister for Loneliness,” Tracy Crouch. Ms. Crouch is a Conservative MP and FA-qualified football coach whose cabinet portfolio also includes sports gambling, the National Lottery, and horse racing.

A Loneliness Minister might sound odd to American ears, but it’s just a British way of saying Ms. Crouch is responsible for helping UK residents who feel excluded from society.

More:

“U.K. Appoints a Minister for Loneliness,”  Ceylan Yeginsu, New York Times

Related:

“Loneliness is a ‘giant evil’ of our time, says Jo Cox commission,” Anushka Asthana, The Guardian

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Carrier

January 17, 2018

During his 2016 election campaign, Donald Trump won a victory when he convinced the Carrier company to keep 800 manufacturing jobs in Indiana instead of moving them to Mexico. But Carrier has laid off some of those Indiana workers due to outsourcing and automation.

A video from The Atlantic

More:

“Carrier Employees, Soon to Be Laid Off, Feel Betrayed by Donald Trump,” Charles Bethea, The New Yorker

Related:

“Labor seeks to break into the debate over robots,” Steve LeVine, Axios

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Ronald Reagan on Making America Great Again

January 16, 2018

Ronald Reagan, interviewed by Bill Moyers at the Reagan ranch in California on April 30, 1979, six months before Mr. Reagan declared as a candidate for the presidency.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Health Care

January 15, 2018

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Health Care

“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and inhumane.”

— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. addressing the Medical Committee for Human Rights, 1966

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Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around

January 14, 2018

“Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” written by Tom Petty and Mike Campbell, performed by Devon Allman and Samantha Fish. Dunno who directed the video.

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