A 2-minute Trump rally

November 13, 2019

Q. Trump rallies: Nuremberg or Orwell?

A. Yes.

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Trump Family Foundation Fraudsters Fined, Get Schooled

November 13, 2019

Trump Family Foundation Fraudsters Fined, Get Schooled

Donald Trump will pay $2 million in fines for misusing Trump Foundation charity funds to futher his own political ends, pay business debts, and buy a 6-foot-tall portrait of himself for $10,000. New York County Supreme Court Justice Saliann Scarpulla ordered that the fine and the remaining assets of the defunct foundation, $1.7 million, will be disbursed to legitimate charities: the Army Emergency Relief, the Children’s Aid Society, Citymeals-on-Wheels, Give an Hour, Martha’s Table, United Negro College Fund, United Way of National Capital Area, and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Foundation directors Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, and Ivanka Trump have been sentenced to re-education camp, and will take classes in how honest board members govern a legitimate nonprofit organization. Papa Trump is exempt from education, either because he’s president, too old to learn, or possibly due to bone spurs.

More:

“Trump Ordered to Pay $2 Million to Charities for Misuse of Foundation,” Alan Feuer, New York Times

“Trump learns that fake charities are tons of fun until you get caught,” Kathleen Parker, Washington Post

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Future crops

November 12, 2019

By 2050 there’ll be nearly 10 billion people on our planet. Agricultural demand is predicted to rise by 70 per cent. An Oxford Sparks video.

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Armistice Day

November 11, 2019

Armistice Day

Today 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

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Walk On By

November 10, 2019

“Walk On By,” written by Burt Bacharach, with lyrics by Hal David, recorded by Helen Shapiro, 1964. The Dionne Warwick version had been out for a few months before this was released. Ms. Shapiro, an East-End-born teenager, usually suffered at the hands of kitschy arrangers, but the influence of Bacharach thankfully prevails here. The singer is unknown in the USA.

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Here Comes The Rain Again

November 10, 2019

“Here Comes The Rain Again,” written by Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart and performed by them on MTV Unplugged (I think).

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Twenty-Five Miles

November 10, 2019

Twenty-Five Miles,” written by Johnny BristolHarvey Fuqua, and Edwin Starr, recorded by Mr. Starr in 1968.

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Baby, Now That I’ve Found You

November 10, 2019

“Baby, Now That I’ve Found You,” written by Tony Macaulay and John MacLeod, performed by Alison Krauss and Union Station, 2002. Alison Krauss (vocals, fiddle), Jerry Douglas (resophonic guitar, vocals), Dan Tyminski (guitar, vocals), Ron Block (guitar, vocals), Barry Bales (bass, vocals),
Larry Atamanuik (drums).

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I Know I’ve Been Changed

November 10, 2019

“I Know I’ve Been Changed,” as performed by The Staples Singers, Roebuck Staples and his children Cleotha, Mavis, Pervis, and Yvonne.

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Until You Get Enough Of Me

November 9, 2019

“Until You Get Enough Of Me,” written by Ronnie Lovejoy, recorded by The Revelations featuring Tre Williams, 2011. Tre Williams (lead vocal), Halley Hiatt, (backing vocals), Wes Mingus (guitar), Lester Snell (electric piano), Charles Hodges (organ), David Steinberg (tenor sax), Geoff Countryman (baritone sax), Joe Ancowitz (tenor sax), James Alexander (bass), Gintas Janusonis.
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