Different Drum

January 22, 2017

“Different Drum,” written by Mike Nesmith, released by The Stone Poneys in 1967. In fact, while vocalist Linda Ronstadt was in the folk rock Poneys, she was the only member of the trio on the recording session. Jimmy Bond (bass), guitarist Al Viola (guitar), Don Randi (harpsichord), Jim Gordon (drums) and a string section accompanied her.

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Sunday Morning

January 22, 2017

“Sunday Morning,” written by Lou Reed and John Cale, performed by Martha Berner in 2006. Originally recorded by the Velvet Underground in 1967.

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Civil Disobedience

January 21, 2017

This seems like a good time to examine the concept of Civil Disobedience.

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Paar Chanaa De

January 21, 2017

“Paar Chanaa De” (“Across the Chenab,” “پار چناں دے”), performed by Noori and Shilpa Rao for Coke Studio Pakistan, September 3, 2016. The song, composed by Shiraz Uppal, is about the tragic romance of Sohni and Mehar.

Lyrics.

h/t: Azra Raza

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Hollywood Donald

January 20, 2017

“Every Donald Trump Cameo, Ever.” Three-and-a-half minutes with the Celebrity In Chief.

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Inaugural Parade

January 20, 2017

Inaugural Parade

Today’s 58th Inaugural Parade perfectly represents Donald J. Trump’s America — people from fewer than half of the 50 states will be participating. Mr. Trump, you may recall, was elected with only 46 percent of the vote.

Many of the marchers will be from police and military units, following compulsory orders. God help them, now that DJT is Commander in Chief. Appropriately, Virginia will be represented by Arlington’s Tragedy Assistance Marching Unit.

At least Mr. Trump didn’t get the tanks and missile launchers he wanted in his inaugural parade.

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58th Presidential Inauguration

January 20, 2017

58th Presidential Inauguration

At Noon today, Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. Mr. Trump will take the oath of office with his hand on the Lincoln Bible, symbolizing his hostile takeover of the Republican Party and the U.S. of A.

God Save the Republic.

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NASA Wants Better Astronaut Diapers

January 19, 2017

NASA Wants Better Astronaut Diapers

NASA scientists are good at … well rocket science, but t here’s one problem that has them stumped: how to handle space suit poop. The agency issued the Space Poop Challenge late last year, and is currently judging the entries. The winner will get $30,000.

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Why Banks Fail

January 18, 2017

Former Bank of England Governor Mervyn King explains why and how banks fail.

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FTC Cracks Down on Vintage Quackery

January 17, 2017

FTC Cracks Down on Vintage Quackery
The Federal Trade Commission will now require homeopathic “drugs” to bear labels admitting they are pseudo-scientific frauds. The products, essentially small vials of very expensive water or alcohol, are found in the “attention suckers!” aisles of health food stores, Whole Foods Markets, and CVS stores (which should know better). 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 “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.

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