Can’t Find My Way Home

June 9, 2015

Steve Winwood performing his song “Can’t Find My Way Home” in front of a snapping fireplace. He originally performed it with the “supergroup” Blind Faith in 1969. Notable versions have been recorded by Joe Cocker, SwansBobby McFerrin, and Alison Krause.

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Video Game Hall of Fame: First Inductees

June 8, 2015

Video Game Hall of Fame: First Inductees

The Strong Museum in Rochester, home of the National Toy Hall of Fame, has announced the first inductees in the World Video Game Hall of Fame: DOOMPac-Man, PongSuper Mario Bros., Tetris, and World of Warcraft.

Electronic games now earn more money than recorded music or Hollywood films, about $21 Billion in 2013.

The Strong Museum collects and preserves video games and artifacts through its International Center for the History of Electronic Games. The collection includes more than 55,000 video games and artifacts, personal papers and corporate records that document the history of video games.

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Court: Virginia’s Racially Gerrymandered Congressional Map is Unconstitutional

June 7, 2015

Court: Virginia's Racially Gerrymandered Map is Unconstitutional
On Friday a federal court panel reaffirmed an earlier decision throwing out Virginia’s map of congressional districts due to racial gerrymandering in violation of the Equal Protection Clause.

“Virginia is widely believed to be one of the most gerrymandered states in the country. In 2012, Republican House candidates won just 51 percent of the votes cast in the state — but they ended up winning eight of the state’s 11 congressional districts.”

— “Virginia’s congressional map has been thrown out by judges for racial bias,” Andrew Prokop, Vox

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D-Day’s ‘Matchbox Fleet’

June 6, 2015

D-Day’s ‘Matchbox Fleet’

Sixty wood-hulled boats made in Brooklyn were carried across the North Atlantic to England on the decks of Liberty Ships seventy years ago. The patrol boats, each 83 feet long, were designed for anti-submarine patrol and coastal search and escort, but had been modified as rescue craft. Most had radar; some had sonar.

The group of small, wooden, gasoline-powered cutters, vulnerable to incendiary shells, was understandably nicknamed the ”Matchbox Fleet.”  On June 6, 1944, these boats crossed the English Channel as U.S. Coast Guard Rescue Flotilla One (ResFlo1), part of Operation Neptune/Overlord.

Inscription on the Rescue Flotilla 1 (The “Matchbox Fleet”) Memorial, harborside at Poole, Dorset, UK:

“From this Quay, 60 cutters of the United States Coast Guard Rescue Flotilla 1 departed for the Normandy Invasion, 6 June 1944.  These 83 foot boats, built entirely of wood, and the 840 crewmembers were credited with saving the lives of 1437 men and 1 woman.  In remembrance of the service of Rescue Flotilla 1, and with appreciation of the kindnesses of the people of Poole to the crews, this Plaque is given by the men and women of the United States Coast Guard.”

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GOP Healthcare Plan

June 5, 2015

GOP Healthcare Plan

Republicans have bloviated about the evils of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) for years now, even with the program’s obvious success. They’re promised an alternative, but never delivered.

But GOP insurgents have elevated an awkward phrase in the 900-pages of ACA legislation into a Supreme Court case, and a decision in King vs Burwell is expected in late June or early July 2015. If Republicans win that case they lose, since that would really hammer the residents of Red States and put GOP governors in a bind. So surely the Grand Old Party has come up with Health Plan B, right?

Nope.

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Q & A: 2 Minutes with Elizabeth Warren

June 4, 2015

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) at the re/code Conference, May 26, 2015.

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Sepp Blatter to Leave the Game

June 3, 2015

Sepp Blatter to Leave the Game
Zurich’s Joseph “Sepp” Blatter, recently reelected President of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), will be leaving that position in a few months, if he is not arrested first. Herr Blatter has ruled the international sports empire since 1998, and has helped FIFA bring the lucrative World Cup matches to places like Russia and the North Pole Qatar. The abrupt resignation followed news that Herr Blatter’s top assistant, Jérôme Valcke, was involved in a questionable $10 million money transfer.

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Stone Age Murder

June 2, 2015

Stone Age Murder

“Scientists at Binghamton University have analyzed fatal wounds on a 430,000-year-old skull, and believe that they have uncovered one of the oldest murder cases known to man. The skeletal remains in question were found at an archaeological site in Spain, where at least 28 other skeletons were also discovered.”

–“Wanted: 430,000-Year-Old Murder Suspect,” Dustin Petzold, Big Think

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Pataki Joins the Umpteen Other Contenders for the 2016 GOP Nomination

May 31, 2015

Pataki Joins the Umpteen Other Contenders for the 2016 GOP Nomination
Last week former New York Governor George Pataki announced that he is running to be the 2016 Republican Presidential candidate. He’s got three big problems. Number three is the big crowd of contenders ahead of him. His second-biggest problem: Since he left office in 2006 the Republican Party has run away from his social positions, veering quite far to the Right. His number 1 problem? No one knows who he is anymore.

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Texas Flood Blues

May 30, 2015

Texas is prone to gully-washers and toad-stranglers, thunderstorms that turn washes and arroyos into rivers, and rivers into inland seas. Every couple of decades there’s a big one.

Larry Davis co-wrote and recorded the song “Texas Flood” in 1958, with Fenton Robinson on guitar. Texans Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan jammed on the tune in the CHCH-TV studio in Hamilton, Ontario on December 6, 1983 for the television series In Session.

Mr. Vaughn’s 1983 studio recording of this Blues is the most well-known, but Fenton Robinson’s 1974 version has a lot to offer.

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