ฉันไม่พูดภาษาไทย (“I Don’t Speak Thai”), Sings Brooklyn’s Maggie Rosenberg

July 22, 2015

“For 19-year-old Brooklyn native Maggie Rosenberg, learning Thai pop songs began as a frustrated attempt to connect with the people of her host country. But the connection turned out stronger than she had anticipated ….

After returning home from a cultural immersion program in Thailand four years ago, Rosenberg taught herself Thai by learning how to sing the country’s pop hits. Today, her covers draw tens of thousands of views, while her original song, the endearing “I Don’t Speak Thai,’ has racked up nearly a million. Most videos feature her strumming a ukulele in her bedroom ….”

— “Maggie Rosenberg, Thailand’s American Sweetheart.” Melissa Pandika, OZY

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Australia Will Kill Millions of Kitty Cats

July 21, 2015

Australia Will Kill All the Kitty Cats
20 to 30 million feral cats roam Australia, killing 75 million animals each night. 29 of the continent’s mammals have been lost to extinction, and feral cats are implicated in 28 of these eradications. More than 120 Australian animals are currently at risk of extinction by feral cats, which also spread diseases that affect farm livestock.

These critters are not the mild-mannered moggies British colonists brought with them since arriving in 1788 but ferocious felines weighing up to 30 pounds. The Australian government wants to kill 2 million of these furry furies in the next 5 years.

More:

“Feline Massacre: Australia Unveils Plan to Kill Two Million Feral Cats,” Vice

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Altar Boy, US Marine, FBI Agent, Lawyer, GOP Congressman, Felon.

July 20, 2015

Altar Boy, US Marine, FBI Agent, GOP Congressman, Falon.
Former altar boy Michael Grimm, US Marine veteran, ex-FBI Agent, lawyer, thug, restaurateur, and former Republican Congressman from Staten Island, has been sentenced to 8 months in federal prison for tax fraud. He will be missed by his Mom and Sebastian, his Yorkshire terrier.

More:

“The Appalling Career of Michael Grimm,” Evan Ratliff, The New Yorker

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The Twinkies Bakery is Now Worth Big Dough

July 20, 2015

The Twinkies Bakery is Now Worth Big Dough

Hostess, baker of America’s beloved Ding Dongs, Ho Hos and Twinkies, founded in 1930, went bankrupt in 2012. The firm was bought the next year by a partnership led by C. Dean Metropoulos, savior of Vlasic, Hungry-Man, Old Milwaukee and Chef Boyardee food brands. The turnaround king has done it again, for our nation’s iconic dessert cakes:

“Now, the iconic dessert titan is resurgent, selling its golden, cream-filled Twinkies across the world under the name Hostess Brands and turning down $2 billion offers from a pack of hopeful buyers. On Tuesday morning, the company reached its latest peak when Reuters, citing anonymous sources, suggested Hostess would head to Wall Street with an initial public offering that would value the company at around $2.5 billion.”

— “Twinkies are not just back from the dead. Their baker may now be worth billions.” Drew Harwell, Washington Post

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Today’s Economy: Agnes Török Explains It All to You

July 19, 2015

“Worthless,” written and performed by Agnes Török of Loud Poets. Film by Perry Jonsson; music by Robbero.

h/t: S. Abbas Raza

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Mosquito Festival!

July 18, 2015

Mosquito Festival

The internet is just humming about Mosquito Festivals. If you’re just itching to go this summer, there’s only one pesky problem: Which one to go to? The mosquito festival in Texas has some pretty good music, but the one in Russia has a Most Delicious Girl Contest judged by swarms of bloodthirsty insects. There are ‘skeeter celebrations in Oregon, Indiana, Arkansas, Montana, New York State, and Italy. No wonder blood bank deposits are running low.

We just hope these insect-centered events live up to all the buzz, and to the high standards set by the big Blackfly Festivals of Vermont and Maine and the legendary Luckenbach Mud Dauber Festival & Chili Cookoff.

Related:

“How mosquitoes zero in on warm bodies,” Jonathan Webb, BBC News

“The 20 Most Mosquito-Plagued U.S. Cities,” Vicky Gan, CityLab

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Bernie Surges!

July 17, 2015

Bernie Surges!
Vermont’s Democratic Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders is drawing bigger crowds than any other 2016 presidential candidate, 2,500 in Iowa, 10,000 in one Wisconsin event alone. While some think his positions are too radical for America, others think they have more in common with Teddy Roosevelt than Eugene Debs.

Right now Senator Sanders’ grassroots effort is gaining on Hillary Clinton in the polls. All he needs now is some kind of campaign song ….

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Miguel Rivera y Miguel Jackson

July 16, 2015

“Beat It,” written by Michael Jackson, performed by Spain’s Miguel Rivera.  Video by Federico Ryll.

“The thing that makes Rivera’s cover great is that he manages to use a rapid-fire combination of drumming, slapping, tapping, plucking, and strumming to play all the song elements at the same time: vocal melody, lead riff, and drum and bass lines.”

— Timothy McGrath, Global Post

Miguel Rivera guitar lessons

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He’s Number One: Trump Leads GOP Field in New Poll

July 15, 2015

He's Number One: Donald Trump Leads GOP Field in New Poll

Donald Trump is first in a new Suffolk University/USA Today nationwide poll of Republican primary voters, leading the field with 17 percent. Jeb Bush is second with 14 percent; the other 14 Republican presidential contenders are in single digits. 29% of GOP voters responded “Huh?”

More:

“Poll: Trump leads the GOP field but falters against Clinton,” Susan Page and Erin Raftery, USA Today

“Trump’s popularity spikes among Republicans,” Peyton M. Craighill and Scott Clement, Washington Post

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American Icon

July 15, 2015

American Icon
Pink plastic flamingo flocked to millions of suburban lawns in Postwar America’s sprawling subdivisions. The bright birds were created by sculptor Don Featherstone in 1957 for Union Products of Leominster,Massachusetts. Mr. Featherstone died last month at the age of 79.

More:

“Creator of plastic pink flamingo dies one day before Pink Flamingo Day,” Colleen Shalby, PBS Newshour

“The Tacky History of the Pink Flamingo,” Abigail Tucker, Smithsonian Magazine

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