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Bagel Day

September 11, 2019

Bagel Day

Tuesday was Bagel Day at the software development center, and I favored Bagels & Baguettes near Stanton Park. There was a line when I got there, around 8:30 AM. The shop was near the Senate office buildings and the Heritage Foundation, so there was a TV tuned to CNN to keep news-obsessed customers occupied.

By the time I got my two dozen hot bagels, the damnedest thing was on that television. An airplane had crashed into a World Trade Center tower in New York, and the building was on fire. It was September 11, 2001.

I went to the office break room and put out the bagels, cream cheese, and smoked salmon. I guess I was making coffee when the second plane hit the other tower. I figured people still had to eat.

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I’m Gonna Build On That Shore

September 8, 2019

“I’m Gonna Build On That Shore,” written by Silas Roy Crain, recorded by the Soul Stirrers, 1951. Lead vocals by Mr. Crain and Sam Cooke.

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Doom And Gloom

September 7, 2019

“Doom And Gloom,” wriiten by Keith Richards and Mick Jagger and performed by them with the Rolling Stones, 2013.

Rolling Stones website

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Government Watchdog: Separated Migrant Children Suffer Severe Trauma

September 6, 2019

Government Watchdog: Separated Migrant Children Suffer Severe Trauma

Many migrant children separated from their parents by the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy experienced severe mental trauma, according to a new report by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General. Separated children “exhibited more fear, feelings of abandonment, and post-traumatic stress” than children who were not separated.

The Trump Administration continues to separate migrant children from their families at the southern border, claims the ACLU, despite a year-old court order forbidding the practice. There is an exception when parents pose a risk to their children, and Customs and Border Protection has abused that carve-out, separating nearly 1000 children from families over petty offenses or subjective and contrived reasons, says the ACLU in court filings. After CBP separates families, the HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement becomes responsible for child welfare, hence the IG report.

More:

“‘Can’t feel my heart:’ IG says separated kids traumatized,” Colleen Long, Martha Mendoza, and Garance Burke, Associated Press

“Government watchdog details severe trauma suffered by separated children,” Nathaniel Weixel, The Hill

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Sleep With One Eye Open

September 1, 2019

“Sleep With One Eye Open,” written (and originally recorded) by Lester Flatt, performed by Della Mae, 2014. Jenni Lyn Gardner (mandolin, vocals), Celia Woodsmith (guitar, vocals), Kimber Ludiker (fiddle, vocals), Courtney Hartman (guitar, vocals), Shelby Means (bass, vocals).

Della Mae website

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Homesick

August 31, 2019

“Homesick,” written by Marcus King and performed by the Marcus King Band at Paste Studios, 2018. Marcus King (vocal, guitar), Jack Ryan (drums), Stephen Campbell (bass), Justin Johnson (trumpet), Dean Mitchell (sax) and DeShawn “D’Vibes” Alexander (keyboard).

Marcus King Band website

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Matinda

August 25, 2019

“Matinda,” by Franco & L’O.K. Jazz, 1968. Vocalists: Victor Longomba and Michèl Boyibanda.

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Quand Betty Fait Boop

August 17, 2019

“Quand Betty Fait Boop,” written by Loulou Gasté, with lyrics by Françoise Giroud, recorded by Josette Daydé with the Marius Coste Orchestra, 1944.

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Taxing the Super-Rich

August 14, 2019

What is a wealth tax, anyway? Alvin Chang explains. A Vox video.

There’s a related fact sheet here

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Silicon Valley Language Lesson

July 31, 2019

Silicon Valley Language Lesson

 

Apple (n) – America’s first trillion-dollar company, which achieved inordinate success through groundbreaking products such as the Macintosh, iPod and iPhone. After it ran out of ideas for new products, Apple maintained its dominance by coming up with new ways to force its customers to purchase expensive accessoriesSee dongle.”

cloud, the (n) – Servers. A way to keep more of your data off your computer and in the hands of big tech, where it can be monetized in ways you don’t understand but may have agreed to when you clicked on the Terms of Service. Usually located in a city or town whose elected officials exchanged tens of millions of dollars in tax breaks for seven full-time security guard jobs.”

Julia Carrie Wong and Matthew Cantor have produced a Devil’s Dictionary for today’s Bay Area:

“How to speak Silicon Valley: 53 essential tech-bro terms explained,” Julia Carrie Wong and Matthew Cantor, The Guardian

Related:

“The New Devil’s Dictionary,” The Verge

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