Here’s another student voice from the Parkland, Florida, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, site of the February 14th mass shooting. Cameron Kasky speaks with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “Our community just took 17 bullets to the heart.” [Read more…]
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Emma Gonzalez:
“Just like Tinker v. Des Moines, we are going to change the law. That’s going to be Marjory Stoneman Douglas in that textbook and it’s going to be due to the tireless effort of the school board, the faculty members, the family members and most of all the students. The students who are dead, the students still in the hospital, the student now suffering PTSD, the students who had panic attacks during the vigil because the helicopters would not leave us alone, hovering over the school for 24 hours a day.”
Sometimes when words fail, music must speak. Here’s a number from 1982 by the English band XTC: Melt the Guns. [Read more…]
Ra Ra Rasputin, Lover of the Russian Queen
There was a cat that really was gone.
With the announcement of indictments against 13 Russian nationals (and a separate indictment for a Californian!) Russia is back in the news again. Here’s a musical nod to one (in)famous Russian—Rasputin—that was composed and performed by the German disco group Boney M. back in the late 70s. Here it is re-imagined by Alexey Rom for a mechanical organ built in 1905—the 81-key Marenghi Organ. We can only speculate whether Russia’s contemporary (Ras)Putin is exerting some kind of mysterious exotic power over Donald Trump, but Trump’s actions certainly fuel that speculation. [Read more…]
Barbara McQuade, former U.S. attorney discusses with Rachel Maddow the significance of reports that Rick Gates, former Trump campaign staffer, has had a “Queen for a Day” interview with the Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team. If true, this would likely mean a third co-operating witness for the team.
(Plus bonus archival clip of actual “Queen for a Day” episode!) [Read more…]
What is it with Americans and gun culture? It even had David Bowie skivvied out. As Garry Wills passionately portrays, guns truly are our Moloch. [Read more…]
Almost let Valentine’s Day slip by without a little sumpin’ special. Can’t let that happen! Here’s a version of ‘Simply Beautiful’ featuring Queen Latifah and Al Green to help set the mood. [Read more…]
Ever noticed how Trump’s tweets seem to echo the coverage of content on Fox & Friends? You aren’t imagining things. Vox producers Carlos Maza and Coleman Lowndes present the results of a study by Alvin Chang that clearly show how material on the show is transformed almost directly into tweets! [Read more…]
This year’s Ash Wednesday, or the beginning of Lent, is February 14th. The day before is thus the last day to enjoy food without fasting, hence “Fat Tuesday” or in French, “Mardi Gras”. Here are a couple of videos to celebrate the event. The first is from “Orfeu Negro” (Black Orpheus), a 1959 movie directed by Marcel Camus set in Rio de Janeiro at Carnaval time. The story is a re-imagining of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice and this excerpt is a scene where Orfeu meets Eurydice during his samba school’s preparations for the Carnaval festivities. [Read more…]
The first associations that come to mind when someone says “Black Panthers“ are not likely to be items connected to health care. But in practice, the bulk of activity of the Panthers was related to the health and well-being of the community. Self-defense was a critical, but small part of daily affairs; health clinics, meal programs and education were the core elements. [Read more…]
Ruthie Foster is joined by The Blind Boys of Alabama in a version of the spiritual “Lord Remember Me”. [Read more…]
A hearing impaired dance troupe performs a routine representing the Thousand Hand Bodhisattva (Guan Yin). [Read more…]