Bursting Through

April 22, 2018

“Bursting Through,” written and performed by Bic Runga.

Bic Runga website

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It Ain’t What You Got

April 22, 2018

” It Ain’t What You Got,” written and recorded by Jimmy Hughes, 1967 (Spoiler: It’s how you use it).

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Lil’ Wallet Picture

April 22, 2018

“Lil’ Wallet Picture,” by Richard Buckner.

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Don’t Let The Devil Ride

April 22, 2018

“Don’t Let The Devil Ride,” written by Oris Mays, performed by Neal Roberson with the Gospel Legends.

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Darkness Into Light

April 21, 2018

“Darkness Into Light,” by The Meltdown. Written by vocalist Simon Burke. Great band out of Melbourne, Australia.

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Devil In His Heart

April 21, 2018

“Devil In His Heart,” written by Richard Drapkin, recorded by Detroit’s Donays in 1962. A favorite of some British lads, The Beatles.

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Calling Cards

April 21, 2018

“Calling Cards,” written and recorded by Neko Case, 2013. Video by Andrew Joffe.

Neko Case website

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Lady, Play Your Mandolin!

April 21, 2018

“Lady, Play Your Mandolin!,” starring Foxy, was the first Merrie Melodies cartoon, released in 1931,  Directed by Rudolf Ising; principal animation by Rollin HamiltonNorm Blackburn, and Isadore Freleng; music supervisor: Frank Marsales, score performed by Abe Lyman and his Brunswick Recording Orchestra. Voice actors were uncredited.

“Lady, Play Your Mandolin!,”the title song, written by Oscar Levant and Irving Caesar, was first recorded commercially by Lloyd Keating and Elmer Feldkamp in 1930.

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Rocket Racer Named NASA Administrator

April 20, 2018

Rocket Racer Named NASA Administrator

The U.S. Senate voted 50-49 to confirm Republican Congressman Jim Bridenstine (OK-1) as NASA Administrator. Mr. Bridestine, unlike the first 12 space agency leaders, is not a scientist or aerospace engineer, though he flew an E-2C Hawkeye turboprop in Latin America as part of the War on Drugs. Mr. Bridenstine’s more recent aerospace experience was as Executive Director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum, where he managed to put the museum in the hole by using its resources to fund a Rocket Racing League exhibition at the Tulsa Air Show in 2010. One of the owners of the Rocket Racing League was Jim Bridenstine, a classic case of self-dealing.

Annual budget of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum: $1 million. Annual budget of NASA: $18.5 billion. Houston, we have a problem.

More:

“How Trump’s NASA Nominee Used a Nonprofit He Ran to Benefit Himself,” Nick Schwellenbach and Adam Zagorin, Daily Beast

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Top photo: D J Shin – My Toy Museum via Wikimedia. 

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Landlords

April 19, 2018

The UK insurance firm HomeProject announced the “Landlord of the Year” last Monday. Rhik Samadder opines:

“Landlord of the year. Lol! Rofbhawuild! (Rolling on the floor, banging my head against the wall until I lose my deposit.) Who is it going to be? One who lets you have a pet? Some of my friends are landlords, and I’m sorry to say it, but they are going straight to hell too. Imagine how satisfyingly overcrowded the underworld must be with landlords; partitioning the seventh circle into seven more circles, charging each other extra for underfloor heating. The best thing you can say about them is that they are better than letting agents. But that’s like giving Stalin a humanitarian award for massacring fewer people than Genghis Khan. The fact is, they’re all rogue. Whether your landlord is a genial profiteer or an actual psychopath is the luck of the draw. Anyone can be one, if they have made enough money or inherited property, and those are two of the worst qualifications imaginable. Like anyone who thrives off the housing crisis, they are social parasites.”

Rhik Samadder, “Landlords are social parasites. They’re the last people we should be honouring,” The Guardian

Video: “Dear Landlord,” written by Bob Dylan, performed by Joe Cocker.

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