Randy Rainbow may not have the answer, but he certainly knows how to ask the question! Here is his Sound of Music inspired “How do you solve a problem like Korea?” It’s apparent that even after (or should that be because of?) this week’s diplomatic tour, the problem is still unresolved. Aaargh! [Read more…]
Kurt Vonnegut’s experience of surviving the fire-bombing of Dresden as a prisoner of war provided a fundamental component of the raw material for his novel “Slaughterhouse Five”. In this video Vonnegut reads a passage from the novel accompanied by remarkable imagery using archival footage in an unconventional way and suggests how Vonnegut may have longed for that history to have been rewritten.
(BTW, today, November 11th, is Vonnegut’s birthday) [Read more…]
Lee Carter’s campaign for the Virginia House of Delegates 50th district was successful, defeating Jackson Miller, the Republican incumbent who is serving as the current House Majority Whip. Running as a Democrat, but in the mold of Bernie Sanders, Marine veteran Lee identifies as a Democratic Socialist.
What does that mean? For Lee, he echoes Sander’s explanation: “It means I believe in strong unions, health care for everybody, and an end to discrimination”. In this campaign the issues also included single-payer health care and getting money out of politics, issues which very much resonate with the Democratic base. Those issues resonated strongly enough to get out 11,360 votes for Lee to 9,510 for Miller. [Read more…]
With the imminent expiration of DACA in March 2018, the ACLU of Northern California, the ACLU of Southern California and the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties have initiated a campaign, “CA is my home”, to pressure key California representatives to actively support the House bipartisan Dream Act and pass the bill by December 2017. The key representative for the San Diego area is Darrell Issa. In the last election Issa lost to his opponent, Doug Applegate, by about 7 percentage points in San Diego County. It was the Orange County voters that tipped the total in his favor, allowing him to retain his seat. Issa should be feeling vulnerable. [Read more…]
Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock share a bit of “Welcome to My World” with SNL cast members representing stunned HRC supporters after last year’s historic election night returns. [Read more…]
Samantha Bee released this segment about the relationship between mass shootings and domestic violence four days before the latest mass shooting at a Texas church which left 26 people dead and another 20 wounded.
She didn’t know that the shooter, 26 year old Devin Kelley “beat his wife, cracked his toddler stepson’s skull and was kicked out of the military. He drove away friends, drew attention from the police and abused his dog.” [Read more…]
“A Night at the Garden” contains archival footage of a 1939 “Pro-America Rally” held by the German-American Bund, in conjunction with demagogue Father Charles Coughlin’s Christian Front. An almost capacity crowd of 20,000 was in attendance that night at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The main speaker is Hitler knock-off Fritz Kuhn, a naturalized German immigrant and head of the Bund. [Read more…]
The human voice as instrument …
The second selection of this NPR Tiny Desk Concert performance is Rinde Eckert’s “Cesca’s View” which incorporates yodeling as a vocal technique. This a capella performance by the women of “Roomful of Teeth” expands the limited association of that technique from strictly Alpen herders to the vocal repertoire in general.
While the weather here in San Diego hasn’t been as dramatic as depicted in this video, it has definitely taken a more winter-like turn in the last few days. We’re not likely to see the kind of activity captured in this video in the San Diego region, but thankfully storm-chaser Mike Olbinski created a montage of some of these dramatic Plains states events. Near the end (beginning at around 6:18) it features a rare cloud formation—undulatus asperitas—only recently acknowledged by the World Meteorological Organization in its International Cloud Atlas as a distinct category. [Read more…]
So, Trump’s tax plan is supposed to be a YUGE tax cut for the middle-class? Yeah, right! Robert Reich lays out the arguments against the kind of tax cut legislation that the current administration is pushing. Policies like these have been tried before and their track record is abysmal. And somehow deficits of upward of $1.5 trillion are no longer a problem? Get real! [Read more…]
Could the need to rebuild Puerto Rico’s power grid provide the opportunity to construct a community controlled sustainable infrastructure? Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman spoke to Ángel Figueroa Jaramillo, the head of UTIER, the electrical workers’ union in Puerto Rico, about Elon Musk’s proposal to make Puerto Rico the model of sustainable energy. She also visited the Casa Sol Bed and Breakfast in San Juan, which runs entirely on solar power and was able to provide electricity and drinking water to neighbors in advance of the city’s restoration of power. [Read more…]
The Rohingya Muslims are still facing ethnic cleansing in their homeland of Myanmar (Burma). AJ+ investigator Jason Motlagh documents the conditions facing the latest refugees and hears them relate their harrowing tales of persecution and flight. [Read more…]