The Stephen Colbert crew use the Public Service Announcement format to poke some fun at the current Congress. They note that “Your Congressional body is almost 240 years old now and it’s going through some changes … ” [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. He would have been 96.) [Read more…]
From the Nidd Chorale YouTube web page:
Nidd Chorale commissioned this anthem from the renowned composer Philip Wilby, to commemorate the centenary of the ending of World War I. The words were specially written by choir member, and former Master of the Royal Armouries, Guy Wilson who has had much of his poetry set by Phil, including the choir’s last commission Spring Madrigals. The inspiration for the words came from soldiers’ letters written from the front to family members in Nidderdale, North Yorkshire where the choir is based.
“Turiya and Ramakrishna” appears on the album Ptah, the El Daoud. Wikipedia notes: The title track is named for an Egyptian god, Ptah, “the El Daoud” meaning “the beloved”. “Turiya”, according to the liner notes, “was defined by Coltrane as “a state of consciousness — the high state of Nirvana, the goal of human life”, […]
From the MSNBC YouTube web page:
In a Special Report, Ari Melber breaks down how Democrats had a decisive victory in the 2018 midterm elections, winning more House seats than they have in 40 years. Melber examines the myth of divided Government and shows how Americans have not been going back-and-forth in deciding which party should win the White House, but have in fact, by popular vote, preferred a Democrat for President in 6 of the last 7 Presidential races.
From the Vox YouTube website:
The 2018 midterms were historic for women candidates. A total of 273 candidates were on the ballot, representing both parties. But even with this influx of women, they’re still way underrepresented in the US government. And that underrepresentation has very real policy consequences.
A quick recap of yesterday’s election results from around the country posted by The Real News this morning at around 1:00am (PST). The Democrats regain control of the House, Republicans retain control of the Senate. Key state ballot initiatives pass including in Florida, the restoration of voting rights to felons who have served their sentences. [Read more…]
“I think I found a cure for what ails us …” Randy Rainbow strikes again with a parody of “Loathing” from Wicked: Voting! Let’s do this! [Read more…]
All In’s Chris Hayes talks to Michael Moore about this year’s midterm election. Two key points: take people with you when you go to vote; don’t trust the polls. [Read more…]
This is it folks! And in case anyone needs to be reminded, here’s the Broadway cast of Hamilton with “The Election of 2018” reminding us what it’s all about: voter turnout on Tuesday, November 6th! [h/t to thoughtfulbear]
Lin-Manuel Miranda and the original Broadway cast approve this message. “The ‘room where it happens’ is wherever your voting booth is.” [Read more…]
The Day of the Dead has passed, but here’s a little something by Lila Downs, accompanied by Totó la Momposina and Celso Piña, that resurrects that sensibility. [Read more…]
There’s been much talk this election cycle of voting for things that are not explicitly on the ballot. Trump has said that even if his name isn’t on the ballot, a vote for a Republican is a vote for him. Here’s something else not on the ballot: the Antarctic. And even if it isn’t on the ballot, a vote for anyone that doesn’t take climate change seriously is a vote to destroy the Antarctic. Meanwhile, Thom Yorke graces us with his sonic interpretation of this mesmerizing Antarctic imagery from the Greenpeace ship “Arctic Sunrise”. [Read more…]