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Gimme Little Sign

February 17, 2018

“Gimme Little Sign,” written by Alfred Smith, Joe Hooven and Jerry (Hal) Winn, recorded by Mr. Smith as “Brenton Wood,” 1968.

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Everybody Hurts

February 4, 2018

“Everybody Hurts,” written by Bill Berry, Peter Buck, and Michael Stipe, performed by The Corrs. The song was originally recorded by R.E.M in 1992.

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Sleeping in the Subway

January 26, 2018
Sleeping In the Subway

DC Metro 7000 car sleeping berth, 2 PM Saturday, January 20, 2018.

In 1956, Edmund G. Love wrote a magazine article about individual homeless New Yorkers, the circumstances which forced them to sleep  in the subway, and how they coped with daily needs. It was so fascinating that Mr. Love expanded the article into a book. So New York responded by implementing social policies that ended homelessness, right?

Ha. The book inspired a Tony-award-winning romantic musical comedy on Broadway. It was at the St. James Theatre, close to the sleepers on the A, C, and E trains.

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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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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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Kim Davis: Resurrection?

November 15, 2017

Kim Davis: Resurrection?

Intolerant Kentucky County Clerk Kimberly Jean Bailey Davis will be running for reelection in 2018. Ms. Davis was imprisoned in 2015 for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. She was sprung after a federal judge determined that her deputy clerks were doing the work she shirked, providing equal justice under the law by issuing civil marriage licenses to all couples. Ms. Davis’s unconstitutional stunt cost the State of Kentucky $224,000 in court costs.

Kim Davis believes in marriage so strongly she’s had four of them. Her twins, born five months after her divorce from her first husband, were sired by her third husband and adopted by her fourth husband, who was also her second husband.

And family values are what the Rowan County Clerk’s Office is all about. When she was elected in 2014, Kim Davis hired her son to work in her county government office, just like her own mother, Rowan County Clerk for 37 years, had hired her. If Mrs. Davis ever decides to abdicate, surely her son will inherit the family business.

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Standard Time

November 5, 2017

Standard Time
Hope you enjoyed your extra hour of sleep last night (in Europe, make that “last week“). America has now moved from “Daylight Saving Time” to “Standard Time,” except in Arizona, which stays in Standard Time all year long. Arizona also doesn’t believe in Climate ChangeWater FluoridationInternational Law, or Evolution, either. But wait:

“The fall transition to standard time is linked to an increase in crime that costs the country billions of dollars annually. Transitions into and out of daylight saving time are linked to disrupted sleep patternsincreased heart attack risk, and an uptick in fatal car accidents.

… a team of researchers from the departments of psychiatry and political science at the universities of Aarhus, Copenhagen and Stanford added another formal complaint to the indictment against clock-turning: The autumn shift to standard time appears to be closely linked to a jump in depression diagnoses around this time of year.”

— “Turning back the clock 1 hour takes a serious toll on your mental health,” Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post

More:

“For the last time, daylight saving time isn’t worth the trouble it causes,” Laura Grant, Quartz

“Daylight saving time ends Sunday: 6 things to know about ‘falling back,’” Brian Resnick, Vox

“Daylight Saving Time as Americans know it was instituted by corporate lobbies, not farmers,” Zoë Schlanger, Quartz

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Lackluster No

October 14, 2017

“Lackluster No,” by Nova Heart, led by Helen Feng, who directed the video. Cinematographer: Joewi Verhoeven.

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I Remember California

October 8, 2017

“I Remember California,” by R.E.M., 1988.

“I remember redwood trees, bumper cars and wolverines
The ocean’s Trident submarines
Lemons, limes and tangerines”

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Train To Birmingham

September 17, 2017

“Train To Birmingham,” written and performed by John Hiatt, 2011.

John Hiatt website

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