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Uncle Sam Wants You — To Drink More Milk

September 19, 2016

Got Milk? Why?

“New evidence also shows that drinking lots of milk doesn’t protect against bone fractures and may be linked to certain types of cancer. And all the good stuff in milk — calcium, potassium, and protein — can be found in greater amounts in foods like broccoli, kale, and black beans.

 But these foods are at a disadvantage when it comes to competing against dairy. They don’t have trade groups giving millions to members of Congress and lobbying for influence over the nation’s nutrition policy.”
— “How big government helps big dairy sell milk,” Liz Scheltens and Gina Barton, Vox

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Sully: Hollywood Praises Bird Murderer!

September 16, 2016

Sully: Hollywood Praises Bird Murderer!

Pilot Chesley Burnett “Sully” Sullenberger III, infamous for a 2009 airborne goose slaughtering episode, is celebrated in a new movie directed by Clint Eastwood, who began his career portraying Rowdy Yates, a man who drove thousands of helpless cows to their deaths.

Vegans will want to give this flick a pass.

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Detroit Made

September 5, 2016

“Detroit Made,” written by John Hiatt, recorded by Bob Seger in 2014. Video by Possum Hill. The song is about the 225-inch-long Buick Electra, which was actually built in Flint, about 70 miles from Detroit. Hey, they look like twin cities to the songwriter, who lives 500 miles away, in Tennessee.

“Now when I first got out of high school, I drove an old farm truck
All the girls they walked right by me, didn’t even say good luck
Now I ride my 225, they all want to be my friend
I’ll pick you up later tonight now baby
If you can wait till then”

Bob Seger website

More:

“Michigan mix-up: Bob Seger apologizes to Flint for ‘Detroit Made’ discrepancy during Saginaw concert,” Jessica Shepherd,  MLive

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Carl Sagan

August 13, 2016

“A literal reading of the Bible simply is a mistake; I mean it’s just wrong.”

Carl Sagan on October 4, 1985, as told to Studs Terkel. Animated by Patrick Smith for Blank on Blank (PBS Digital) and Quoted Studios. More of the interview here.

Carl Sagan Portal

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Usizi

August 7, 2016

“Usizi (Tribulation),” by the Soul Brothers. Moses Ngwenya is on keyboards; David Masondo leads the vocals.

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Summer in the City

July 31, 2016

“Summer in the City,” written by John Sebastian, Mark Sebastian, and Steve Boone, and recorded by the Lovin’ Spoonful in 1966. Produced by Erik Jacobsen, it was their only hit single to reach #1.

John Sebastian (lead vocal, guitar) Zal Yanovsky (guitar), Steve Boone (bass), Joe Butler (drums).

The video is from the 1928 silent film Speedy starring Harold Lloyd, Ann Christy, Bert Woodruff and baseball star Babe Ruth. (thanks YouTube!).

“And babe, don’t you know it’s a pity
the days can’t be like the nights
In the summer, in the city”

More:

“Summer in the City,” Andrew Berman, Off the Grid

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Up Above My Head

July 17, 2016

“Up Above My Head,” performed by The Wood Brothers. Many people are more familiar with the 1940 version by Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

The Wood Brothers: Oliver Wood (guitar), Chris Wood (bass) and Jano Rix ( percussion thing).

“Up over my head
I hear music in the air
I really do believe
There’s a Heaven up there.”

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Starbucks Serves Cups of Coffee Jelly

July 5, 2016

Starbucks Serves Cups of Coffee Jelly

This summer Starbucks Japan is serving a four-layered coffee jelly Frappuccino. There are chucks of jellied espresso on the bottom.

“The Frappuccino has been designed to drink like a dessert, with the bottom layer of frozen jelly melding with the sweet custard vanilla sauce and frozen coffee above it, finishing with the pleasant taste of freshly whipped cream,” says Oona McGee at RocketNews24.

So much more sophisticated than Japan’s Minute Maid Peach Flavor Qoo Jelly Drink.

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Summer Solstice 2016

June 20, 2016

Summer Solstice
Today, on June 20, the Sun’s direct rays will reach their northernmost point, furthest from the equator, directly over the Tropic of Cancer. Folks wintering in the Southern Hemisphere call this the June or Northern Solstice. Here in the Northern Hemisphere we just call it the Summer Solstice, the first day of astronomical Summer. Northern latitudes have the longest hours of daylight.

More:

“Summer solstice 2016: Everything you need to know about the longest day of the year,” Justin Grieser, Washington Post

“The strawberry full moon makes this summer solstice a super rare thing,” Melissa Breyer, TreeHugger

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You Love The Thunder

May 29, 2016

“You Love The Thunder,” written and performed by Jackson Brown, with David Lindley on lap steel guitar and backup vocals by Rosemary Butler and Doug Haywood.

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