Let It Be Me

November 21, 2020

“Let It Be Me,” written by Gilbert Bécaud, with English lyrics by Manny Curtis, recorded by Linda Jones, 1972.

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A Good Feelin’ To Know

November 21, 2020

“A Good Feelin’ To Know,” written by Richie Furay, recorded by Poco, 1972. Richie Furay (guitar, vocals), Paul Cotton (guitar, vocals), Rusty Young (pedal steel, guitar, vocals), Timothy B. Schmit (bass, vocals), George Grantham (drums, vocals).

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They Don’t Know

November 21, 2020

“They Don’t Know,” written and recorded by Kirsty MacColl, 1978. Musicians are said to include Lu Edmunds (guitar), Gavin Povey (keyboards) and Jon Moss (drums).

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I Love You Period

November 21, 2020

“I Love You Period,” written by Terry Anderson and recorded by Dan Baird, 1992.

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The Trojan Horse

November 21, 2020

“The Trojan Horse,” a 1946 Terrytoons theatrical cartoon featuring Mighty Mouse, directed by Mannie Davis, with music by Philip A. Scheib.

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2020 Election Winner: Weed

November 20, 2020

On November 3rd, pro-marijuana ballot measures flourished. A Vox video by Madeline Marshall and Melissa Hirsch.

More:

“How marijuana legalization made strides across the US in this election,” Richard Luscombe, The Guardian

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Thanksgiving: 250,000 Reasons to Stay Home

November 19, 2020

Thanksgiving: 250,000 Reasons to Stay Home

As the number of Americans dead from COVID-19 rises past 250,000, The Centers for Disease Control advises you to stay the hell home for Thanksgiving:

“More than 1 million COVID-19 cases were reported in the United States over the last 7 days.

As cases continue to increase rapidly across the United States, the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to celebrate at home with the people you live with.

Gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu.”

— “Celebrating Thanksgiving,” CDC

Gatherings in the home seem to account for the greatest number of new infections. Currently, at least 3 million Americans are infected with coronavirus. As Colorado’s governor put it, holding a large family Thanksgiving dinner is like holding a loaded pistol to Grandma’s head.

More:

“CDC recommends against Thanksgiving travel amid surge of coronavirus cases,” Brittany Shammas, Washington Post

Related:

“The trauma of Thanksgiving for Native communities during a pandemic,” Rachel Ramirez, Vox

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South Dakota Death Cult

November 19, 2020

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, a pistol-packin’, hard-drivin’, snake-oil pushing, Trump-touting former beauty queen, has resisted implementing elementary coronavirus public health policies in her state, claiming they would infringe on personal freedom. Her libertarian lovefest has given her state the nation’s highest COVID-19 positivity rate. “I’ve consistently said that people that want to wear masks should wear masks, and people that don’t shouldn’t be shamed because they choose not to,” the governor reiterated on Wednesday.

While South Dakota’s hospitals are filling up and her constituents die thinking coronavirus is a hoax, Kristi Noem declares that, if President Biden enacts a national mask mandate, she won’t enforce it.

More:

“As deaths spiral, South Dakota governor opposes mask rules,” Stephen Groves, Associated Press

“‘It’s not real’: In South Dakota, which has shunned masks and other COVID rules, some people die in denial, nurse says,” Joel Shannon, USA Today

“What Nurses Are Seeing and Hearing in South Dakota,” Molly Olmstead, Slate

“South Dakota is grappling with the nation’s highest positivity rate. This Covid-19 widow wants a mask mandate,” Lucy Kafanov, Leslie Perrot and Hollie Silverman, CNN

Updates:

“Kristi Noem rigidly follows Trump strategy of denial as Covid ravages South Dakota,” Ed Pilkington, The Guardian

“South Dakota gripped by pandemic amid Kristi Noem’s no-mask approach,” Talli Nauman, The Guardian

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Trump’s Child Detention Program

November 18, 2020

Trump's Child Detention Program

“When U.S. Customs and Border Protection holds migrant children in custody, the child’s detention is supposed to be safe and short. That’s true whether the child is with a parent or without one.

But new data shows that over the last four years, detention times lengthened as the number of children held at the border soared to almost half a million. The detentions, which include both unaccompanied children and children with their families, peaked last year at over 300,000, with 40 percent held longer than the 72-hour limit set by a patchwork of legislation and a court settlement.”

— “500,000 Kids, 30 Million Hours: Trump’s Vast Expansion of Child Detention,” Anna Flagg and Andrew R. Calderón, The Marshall Project

Related:

“Judge blocks border officials from expelling unaccompanied migrant children,” Stef W. Kight, Axios

“White House killed deal to pay for mental health care for migrant families separated at border,”  Jacob Soboroff, Julia Ainsley and Geoff Bennett, NBC News

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Trump COVID Advisor Scott Atlas: It’s Grandma’s Last Thanksgiving!

November 17, 2020

Trump COVID Advisor Scott Atlas: It's Grandma's Last Thanksgiving!

Trump COVID-19 advisor Scott Atlas, MD, is not an epidemiologist or an infectious disease expert. He’s a renowned expert in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Dr. Atlas has no pandemic expertise and hasn’t practiced medicine in 10 years, but he’s a fellow in Health Care Policy at Stanford’s conservative Hoover Institution and bloviates on Fox News, so he’s the go-to White House medico. When it comes to coronavirus, Dr. Atlas wants to let lots of people get it to bring about “herd immunity.” Real pandemic experts estimate it would require the deaths of 2 million Americans to achieve “herd immunity” in the U.S.

That hasn’t deterred Dr. Atlas. He says Americans aren’t doing enough to collaborate with the virus. They should ditch those masks, ignore advice on social distancing, and celebrate at the table with Grandma, bringing about her “last Thanksgiving.”

Many of his former medical colleagues are appalled, and Stanford University is distancing itself from Dr. Atlas. No so Mr. Trump.

More:

“On Fox News, Dr. Scott Atlas encourages large holiday gatherings: ‘For many people this is their last Thanksgiving,’” Media Matters

“Trump adviser Scott Atlas criticizes plans to avoid seeing elderly for Thanksgiving,” Brett Samuels, The Hill

“Trump COVID Adviser Scott Atlas Is on a Hot Streak of Dumb Ideas,” Matt Stieb, New York Magazine

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