Jubilee Stomp

November 17, 2018

“Jubilee Stomp composed by Duke Ellington in 1928, performed by Tuba Skinny on Royal Street in New Orleans.

Shaye Cohn (cornet), Todd Burdick (sousaphone), Robin Rapuzzi (washboard), Jason Lawrence,(banjo), Max Bien Kahn (guitar), Greg Sherman (guitar), Barnabus Jones (trombone).

Tuba Skinny website

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Funny How Time Slips Away

November 17, 2018

“Funny How Time Slips Away,” written by Willie Nelson, first recorded By Billy Walker, 1961.

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Wise Owl

November 17, 2018

“Wise Owl,” a 1940 cartoon produced by Charles Mintz for Columbia Pictures’ Color Rhapsody series. Directed by Ub Iwerks, with voices by Mel Blanc and music by Eddie Kilfeather and Joe De Nat.

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Mickey D’s Durian McFlurry. Yum!

November 16, 2018

Durian, the notoriously stinky fruit of the Pacific, is featured at McDonald’s in Malaysia and Singapore in a McFlurry concoction. It’s made with the milder D24 durian, but even so, that’s no pumpkin spice latte. McD’s offers localized menus in many parts of it’s global empire. See ads for more far-flung fast food treats here.

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Firehose of Falsehood

November 15, 2018

Obvious lies make great propaganda. Carlos Maza explains. A Vox video.

More:

“The Russian ‘Firehose of Falsehood’ Propaganda Model,” Christopher Paul, Miriam Matthews, RAND Corporation

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How ‘The Apprentice’ Manufactured Trump

November 14, 2018

“How ‘The Apprentice’ Manufactured Trump,” an Atlantic video.

In 2004 the first season of The Apprentice reintroduced pro wrestling promoter Donald Trump as an incredibly successful and intelligent businessman, the biggest real estate developer in New York City (had to be true, it was on TV, right?). The show was a hit, and boosted the Trump brand. The show’s producers created his persona and sold his image to America. How did they create a reality TV president?

More:

“The Inside Story of How ‘The Apprentice’ Rescued Donald Trump,” Michael Kranish,Marc Fisher, Fortune

“How Reality TV Made Donald Trump President,” Joy Lanzendorfer, Vice

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Displacement is not community development.

November 13, 2018

One reaction to Amazon’s pending HQ2/2 project in New York’s Long Island City.

More:

“Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is not thrilled about Amazon coming to Queens,” Melissa Locker, Fast Company

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Fraudster & Political Hack Illegally Acting as U.S. Attorney General

November 13, 2018

Fraudster & Political Hack Illegally Acting as U.S. Attorney General

After firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, President Trump appointed right-wing political hack Matthew Whitaker, a man the president doesn’t know (except when he does) as acting attorney general. There are a few issues with Mr. Whitaker’s appointment, chief among them the fact that it’s against the law. The Constitution, Which Donald Trump swore to defend, requires principal federal cabinet officers to be confirmed by the senate, and Matt Whitaker wasn’t. His appointment was illegal. Even Kellyanne Conway’s husband says so. So does Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano.

But there’s more. As acting AG, Matt Whitaker oversees the Mueller investigation, and he is already on record criticizing it, suggesting he would choke off Mueller’s funding. Mr. Whitaker has also opined that judges should be Christian, and the courts are an inferior branch of government, an interesting stance for the nation’s chief law enforcement officer.

And Matt Whitaker has some distinctly unchristian episodes in his past. He was on the board of World Patent Marketing, which paid a judgment of $25,987,192 to the FTC for defrauding inventors. Mr. Whitaker used his reputation as a former federal prosecutor to threaten inventors who complained. A perfect AG pick for a president with fraud judgments of his own.

More:

“Acting attorney general reportedly interviewed to be a ‘legal attack dog’ for Trump against Mueller,” Bonnie Kristian, The Week

“Trump’s acting attorney general involved in firm that scammed veterans out of life savings,” Jon Swaine, The Guardian

“Whitaker abandoned taxpayer-funded project in Iowa in 2016,” Ryan J. Foley and David Pitt, Associated Press

“Who Is Matt Whitaker And Why Is He Illegally Pretending To Be The Attorney General?” Elie Mystal, Above the Law

“Trump pick Whitaker rose through ranks as partisan targeting Democrats,” Stephanie Kirchgaessner and Jon Swaine, The Guardian

“The rules are clear: Whitaker can’t supervise Mueller’s investigation,”Neal Katyal, Washington Post

“A Quick Primer on the Legality of Appointing Matthew Whitaker as ‘Acting’ Attorney General, and Whitaker’s Power to Influence the Russia Investigation,” Marty Lederman, Just Security

Update:

“Whitaker’s Appointment as Acting Attorney General Faces Court Challenge,” Charlie Savage, Washington Post

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Armistice Day

November 12, 2018

Armistice Day

This is when Veterans Day is observed in the United States. It was originally named Armistice Day and commemorated the time the agreement to stop The Great War was signed, at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918. After World War I failed to be The War to End All Wars, the U.S. observance was officially renamed Veterans Day in 1954, probably because veterans of later wars vote and dead WWI soldiers don’t, and we already have Memorial Day. Britain still commemorates the WWI Armistice and those who died to achieve it, and today it is known as Remembrance Day in Commonwealth nations.

More:

“History of Veterans Day,” U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

“Armistice Day 100 Years Since the end of WWI,” Stephanie Hall, Folklife Today

“A day by many names, celebrated all the same,” Jason Duhr, Stars and Stripes

“Why Veterans Day is often confused with Memorial Day,” Valerie Strauss, Washington Post

“Veterans Day is a prayer for peace,” Joe Sacco and Adam Hochschild, Tom Dispatch via Salon

“Why doesn’t the US observe Armistice Day? We’re more comfortable with war than peace,” Rory Fannin, The Guardian

“Veterans Day should actually be about serving veterans,” Libby Nelson, Vox

“Honor Veterans By Considering Revival of National Service,” Ed Kilgore, Washington Monthly blog

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Tu vuo’ fa’ l’americano

November 11, 2018

“Tu vuo’ fa’ l’americano,” a Neapolitan pop song by Nicola Salerno and Renato Carosone, performed by Dany Brillant, 2001.

“You wanna be like an American,
an American, an American.
Listen to me! Who’s asking to you?”

Dany Brilliant website

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