It’s old (and short), but it’s good. Just thought a little lightness wouldn’t hurt things around here.

(In brief: Someone discovered the video for Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO matched up with Star Wars Cantina tune…)

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Happy Birthday, Clare

She would have turned 69 years old today. There was plenty of life left, if it hadn’t been stolen by the cancer.

“You’re under arrest, Trump”

Here’s a clip from a 1958 TV western called Trackdown. It features a charlatan (guess his name) who promises to save a town by building a wall.

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I’m sure it can only possibly be a wild coincidence that the grifter vaguely resembles Fred Trump (Donald’s father). [/sarcasm, for those who missed it]
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Entrancing Percussion

Kashakas are a new-to-me percussion instrument originating from West Africa. Here is a rather hypnotic demonstration by an unnamed performer in Senegal. More information about kashaka on Wikipedia.

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A marbled conglomerate of ginger root, butterscotch, and aniseed

One day, just as he’s entering a narrow street all ancient brick walls and lined with costermongers, he hears his name called—and hubba hubba what’s this then, here she comes all right, blonde hair flying in telltales, white wedgies clattering on the cobblestones, an adorable tomato in a nurse uniform, and her name’s, uh, well, oh—Darlene. Golly it’s Darlene. She works at St. Veronica’s hospital, lives nearby at the home of a Mrs. Quoad, a lady widowed long ago and since suffering a series of antiquated diseases—greensickness, tetter, kibes, purples, imposthumes and almonds in the ears, most recently a touch of scurvy. So, out in search of limes for her landlady, the fruit beginning to jog and spill from her straw basket and roll yellowgreen back down the street, young Darlene comes running in her nurse’s cap, her breasts soft fenders for this meeting on the gray city sea.

“You came back! Ah Tyrone, you’re back,” a tear or two, both of them down picking up citrus, the starch khaki dress rattling, even the odd sniffle from Slothrop’s not unsentimental nose.

“It’s me love…”
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The 17 Known Investigations

There are “at least 17 distinct court cases stemming from at least seven different sets of prosecutors and investigators. (That total does not count any congressional inquiries, nor does it include any other inquiries into other administration officials unrelated to Russia.)” Wired Magazine has quite handily rounded them up with good explanations on each, of which have been summarized below the fold. Fuller detail of what the cases entail in TFA.
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World Domination in Two Easy Steps

“Compromise your guy; then install your guy. World domination in two easy steps.”

Rachel Maddow does a great job of connecting all the dots here, a good primer for what’s (quite possibly) about to be revealed in the next week or two – as well as the next two years. Well worth watching despite it’s length, if for no reason other than to gain a firm background in what’s about to be revealed, presumably. Especially for those who aren’t already grounded in current events.

Of special note is that Maria Butina (the ‘alleged’ Russian agent jailed attempting to flee the country) is (almost) caught on camera at a press conference pretending to be a reporter (and incidentally the very first one Rump calls on) seeding the question for the first time leading Rump to lift sanctions on Russia.
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Just for fun, Reggie Watts

Ok, I know TED Talks have developed a bit of a …reputation, shall we say, but this one is seriously unserious. Yeah it’s old (from 2012), but IMO it skewers TED in the best way possible, though possibly without anyone noticing at the time? I like to believe TED takes itself too seriously to wittingly allow this kind of parody slip through the cracks…

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The Fiddle and the Drum

This song strikes me as particularly timely. Joni Mitchell singing The Fiddle and the Drum on the Dick Cavett Show, 19 August 1969 (the day after Woodstock, as it happens).

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Thirty-Two Hours Work for Forty Hours Pay

A New Zealand law firm ran an experiment – the 4-day work week, and declared it a success. They have decided to make it permanent. The basics are covered in The Guardian article by Eleanor Ainge Roy:

The New Zealand company behind a landmark trial of a four-day working week has declared it a success and will be adopting the new schedule full time.

Almost 250 staff at Perpetual Guardian, a company which manages trusts, wills and estate planning, trialled a four-day working week over March and April this year, working four eight-hour days but getting paid for five.

Academics who studied the trial found staff at the firm’s offices around the country reported lower stress levels, higher levels of job satisfaction and an improved sense of work-life balance.

Perpetual Guardian’s founder, Andrew Barnes, said staff could choose whether to opt into a four-day week, and lawyers had been consulted to ensure the new system would abide by New Zealand employment law and conditions.

Workers who chose not to opt into the four-day week would still be offered flexible options such as starting or finishing early to avoid traffic congestion or manage their childcare commitments.
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Steve Colbert interviewed by NYT

This is actually very interesting insightful look into Steve Colbert and his work on his show, and how he feels about… everything! And of course, Steve is an entertaining guest, go figure…

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One Year

Phil Elverum sings:

Death is real
Someone’s there and then they’re not
And it’s not for singing about
It’s not for making into art
When real death enters the house, all poetry is dumb
When I walk into the room where you were
And look into the emptiness instead
All fails.

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