John Oliver of Last Week Tonight presents an update on the practice of astroturfing. San Diego’s own Juan Vargas has a brief cameo during a discussion of the California flame retardant legislation lobbying. [Read more…]
Beto O’Rourke fields a tough question during a town hall type meeting. And he does it with grace and sincerity. (h/t to Doug P.)
BONUS VIDEO: This 37 minute Facebook campaign video starts off with a minute or so of Beto skateboarding in the parking lot of a Whataburger. The dude can move. [Read more…]
I love Leonard Bernstein; I love the spirt, the sensibility, the music and dance of West Side Story. BUT! Anyone who has been to Puerto Rico, or has even a slight familiarity with Puerto Rican culture knows that the music and dance of the ostensibly Puerto Rican community of West Side Story is completely off-base.
News of a collaboration between Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner for a remake of the musical, motivated actor/comedian Suni Reyes to call attention to this egregious misrepresentation. Her method is to parody one of the key musical scenes in a clever, timely and pointed skit. She even manages to briefly get in some authentic Puerto Rican music! Latino Rebels features an interview with Suni where she discusses some of the issues she wrestled with while creating the number. [Read more…]
With the passing of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, we look back over her legacy and remind ourselves of her incredibly rich and powerful history. Digby’s Hullabaloo has the fascinating story (with additional video) of how her iconic interpretation of “Respect” came to be. [Read more…]
The Parkland students who committed themselves to taking action to prevent gun violence in the U.S. organized a multi-city bus tour called “Road To Change”. It’s purpose was to encourage voter registration and turnout, with the hope that the newly empowered voters will turn out of office those officials who refuse to address the gun violence issue. The tour’s final stop was in Newtown, Connecticut, the site of the Sandy Hook elementary school attack nearly six years ago. Activists David Hogg and Bria Smith reflect on the tour and about what’s next. [Read more…]
On this date, August 16th, in 1971, John Dean drafted a confidential memo that essentially outlined the structure of what is now popularly referred to as Nixon’s Enemies List. Rachel Maddow shows us the gory details from a copy of the original memorandum and notes that unlike the current administration’s very public retaliations against its perceived enemies, the Nixon administration believed it was necessary for this behavior to remain behind-the-scenes and covert. How times have changed! [Read more…]
The Center on Policy Initiatives (CPI) Executive Director Kyra Green blasts the the San Diego County Board of Supervisors on their attempt to prevent having the Full Voter Participation Act (FVPA) measure appear on this November’s general election ballot by first requiring a preliminary study. It appears the court has now affirmed her position, as the Voice of San Diego reports that Superior Court Judge Ronald Styn ruled in favor of having the measure appear on the November ballot. [Read more…]
Robert Reich lays down some common sense suggestions for fostering dialogue with folks that may not share one’s political viewpoints. I know there are persuasive arguments for not even attempting to engage the hard-core Republican fanatics, but not all non-democrats are hardcore Trump/Pence racist types. Plus it’s important to listen and hear what others are saying as well as being able to articulate one’s own viewpoint. [Read more…]
John Brady speaks before the City Council, August 9, 2018 to explain why Homelesness activists oppose the Convention Center Ballot Measure. [Read more…]
Here’s to the wonderful world of Fusion. I love Salsa. I love Celtic. Here’s Salsa Celtica with a live version of El Sol de la Noche from the Helsinki Festival, August 2014. [Read more…]
As we mark the one year anniversary of the death of Heather Heyer and two law enforcement officers during a “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, a year ago today, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is promoting a web site it created dedicated to Fighting Hate—a guide to opposing the bigotry and hatred of white nationalism and neo-nazi movements. It presents a plan and suggests courses of action for creating a counter force of tolerance and inclusion. [Read more…]
From the NASA Goddard YouTube web page:
The visualization was created to accompany a performance of Clair de Lune by the National Symphony Orchestra Pops, led by conductor Emil de Cou, at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, on June 1 and 2, 2018, as part of a celebration of NASA’s 60th anniversary.
The visualization uses a digital 3D model of the Moon built from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter global elevation maps and image mosaics. The lighting is derived from actual Sun angles during lunar days in 2018.
And for another take on this classic Debussy work, here’s an arrangement by saxaphonist Kamasi Washington. [Read more…]