Withdrawal Pains

October 18, 2017

Withdrawal Pains
On Tuesday, Rep. Tom Marino (R, PA-10) withdrew his name from consideration as America’s drug czar, tweeted President Trump, who nominated him. This followed a devastating 60 Minutes/Washington Post report on Mr. Marino’s role in sponsoring a bill that prevented the DEA from pursuing the crooked drug wholesalers, pharmacies and doctors responsible for illegal distribution of opioids, highly-addictive prescription drugs. Last year, opioid overdoses killed more Americans than died in the entire Vietnam Conflict.

Mr. Marino was one of the 23 sponsors and co-sponsors of the DEA-hampering bill who divvied up $1.5 million in Big Pharma campaign contributions. Of course, drug enforcement isn’t the only thing Republicans want to deregulate, but the others don’t send 40 Americans to the morgue every day. They’ll kill you more slowly.

Related:

“How big pharma’s money – and its politicians – feed the US opioid crisis,” Chris McGreal, The Guardian

Updates:

“Opioid Lobbyist Left a Digital Fingerprint on a Campaign by ‘Patient Advocates,'” Lee Fang, The Intercept

“Opioid Commission Member: We Worry Trump Won’t Act To Address Drug Crisis,” Esme Cribb, TPM Livewire

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GOP Space Alien Abduction Survivor Runs for Congress in Florida

October 17, 2017

GOP Space Alien Abduction Survivor Runs for Congress in Florida

Republican Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera, a former Doral city council member, is running for the House seat of retiring Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Ms. Rodriguez Aguilera is uniquely qualified to represent the Sunshine State, as she has secret knowledge telepathically transmitted to her by the tall blond-haired space aliens who took her aboard their spaceship when she was 7 years old.

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Baby Names

October 16, 2017

“The Popularity of Baby Names by US State,” a video by Abacaba.

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Don’t Forget Me

October 15, 2017

“Don’t Forget Me,” written and performed by Harry Nilsson. Recorded in 1974 with a panoply of famed musicians in sessions produced by John Lennon.

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Help Me I’m In Need

October 15, 2017

“Help Me I’m In Need,” written by George Jackson, performed by James Govan.

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Sweet Child O’ Mine

October 15, 2017

“Sweet Child O’ Mine” written by Guns n’ Roses, performed by Slash and Myles Kennedy, 2010.

Slash website

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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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Good Thing Part 1

October 14, 2017

“Good Thing Part 1,” written by Frank Williams and William “Little Beaver” Hale. 1965 funk from Frank Williams & The Rocketeers. Mr. Hale is the vocalist.

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Superman and the Bulleteers

October 14, 2017

“The Bulleteers,” a 1942 Superman cartoon by Fleischer Studios. released in Technicolor by Paramount Pictures. Based on the characters created by Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel; story by Bill Turner and Carl Meyer. Directed by Dave Fleischer and Orestes Calpini. Animation: Orestes Calpini and Graham Place. Music by Winston Sharples and Sammy Timberg. Voice actors: Joan Alexander (Lois Lane), Jackson Beck (narrator, Bulleteer), Bud Collyer (Superman/Clark Kent/Bulleteer), and Julian Noa (Perry White/Bulleteer). The actors had worked on The Adventures of Superman radio show since 1940.

More:

“The Real Heroes of Superman, Part 3,” Nina Kincaid, Flixens

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How to wait for a very long time

October 13, 2017

“How to wait for a very long time,” a short film by Jill Goritschnig.

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