The deadline this year for enrolling in an ACA health plan is December 15th. President Barack Obama is back to remind potential enrollees of the need to sign up for health insurance coverage at HealthCare.gov by that date. [Read more…]
Still looking for a good explanation of the current dynamics of the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia? Hasan Minhaj has you covered; facts and biting humor make it real. [NSFW: language] [Read more…]
Natasha Trethewey, U.S. Poet Laureate of 2012-2104, was born in Gulfport, Mississippi on April 26, 1966. I suspect that the incident described in this poem was a lived experience and not mere literary invention. There was something chilling about reading, at this time of year, the line describing “the cross trussed like a Christmas tree”. [Read more…]
During the holiday season the harp seems to stand out a bit more in the orchestral landscape than usual, although its repertoire tends to be limited to the traditional holiday fare. I find it regrettable that it doesn’t seem to get as much attention during the rest of the year, and I appreciate works outside of the holiday canon that demonstrate the versatility of the instrument. Here is a performance by Lavinia Meijer playing Philip Glass’ Metamorphosis Two, Flowing. It was recorded in the church of the Reformed Gemeente Kortenhoef for the Dutch radio station NPO 4’s program NTR Podium. [Read more…]
there is no avenging angel or red burning devil
there is only me sitting here
at the age of 70
playing with the word. [Read more…]
When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when you’re feeling sad, what are some of your favorite things to think of? For Trump, when his friends flip, when his day sucks and his hair looks bad, Randy has some insight into what might be going through Trump’s mental playground. [As usual, Randy is NFSW, so there’s that] (h/t to AGD) [Read more…]
From the Full Frontal website:
MMA fighter Leslie Smith is doing what she does best: fighting. This time for Project Spearhead & collective bargaining rights for her and all UFC fighters. Allana Harkin steps into the ring. Produced by Halcyon Person with Lauren Walker.
From the MSNBC website:
Elle Magazine exclusively shot the majority of the non-incumbent women newly-elected to the U.S. House of Representatives during their orientation week in DC, and Executive Editor Emma Rosenblum joins Morning Joe to discuss the project.
From the MSNBC YouTube website:
In tonight’s Thing 1 Thing 2, Donald Trump’s unnecessary capitalizations give birth to “Scott Free” and the internet just needs to know who the heck that is.
From the MSNBC website:
The Trump administration could refuse to comply with Democrats who attempt to investigate issues like Trump’s ties to Russia, or corruption in the White House in 2019. Former Counsel to Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the Bush administration, Irvin Nathan, who was also the first House Counsel to take a White House to court over an administration subpoena, won his case. He joins Ari Melber exclusively to discuss how Democrats can subpoena top White House aides if they refuse to comply with subpoenas. Nathan also reveals Pelosi is already considering candidates for the Counsel role, and hopes the court battle begins “very quickly”.
From The Snakecharmer YouTube page:
When the foot tapping Irish dance party song from Titanic gets an unbelievable Punjabi revival. A multi cultural music video with Britain’s Castles, India’s streets, highland dancers, Bagpipes, Punjabi folk, bhangra dancers, Russian violinist and a crazy dhol player get together to showcase the amazing diversity in the world and how we all have something in common despite the distance and differences. Enjoy this brand new Celtic punjabi crossover with Bagpipes.
(h/t to my bro thebigbadbob) [Read more…]
The recent weather had my beloved humming this tune. For us this has always been the Judy Collins cover, from her 1966 album “In My Life”, of this Randy Newman inspiration. But while searching for an online version I discovered a slew of other performers have been moved to interpret this work, including Nina Simone, another of our all-time favorite artists. This performance was somehow not yet included in our collection of her work, so I had to check it out. Listening to Nina’s rendition didn’t diminish the Judy Collins version and Nina’s performance stands alone in its own delivery and truth. If you’re unfamiliar with Nina or her version of this melancholy air, here’s your opportunity to enrich your musical repertoire. [Read more…]