Unusual Creatures is a PBS Digital Studios series. This particular episode reveals some fascinating facts about the Sea Pig (Scotoplanes globosa), a critter that inhabits a world on the deep ocean floor that most of us will never directly experience. These little pink blobs survive by hoovering up “marine snow”, basically eating and pooping. That doesn’t inhibit the show’s host Michael Hearst from collaborating with the San Francisco string group Kronos Quartet to create a musical tribute to this peculiar denizen of the deep. [Read more…]
Returning to our theme of providing culture to our readers, here is a mashup of an art form—Opera—that screams “Class!” (but not in the way Ms. Farkas used to holler at us in sixth grade; more in the way that being chauffeured in a Bentley does) and the news form—TV anchor—that insists “Seriously!” With a nod to Adam Sandler’s SNL character Operaman, the group Operatico Politico presents a roundup of recent events involving Trump. [Read more…]
Two incidents reported by Voice of San Diego over the past week highlight the unfinished work of making sure the ‘justice’ part of criminal justice becomes a reality in San Diego. This coming week offers opportunities for activists to weigh in issues concerning both the Sd Sheriffs Department and the San Diego Police Department.
The San Diego Sheriff’s Department dropped a dime on a couple pulled over for a cracked windshield in Mission Bay, holding them until Border Patrol agents could detain them, despite a policy prohibiting deputies from stopping, detaining or questioning people for reasons related to immigration. A conveniently conjured up ‘ongoing felony criminal investigation’ (not mentioned in subsequent bail hearings) was all the deputies needed, apparently.
We also learned about a San Diego Police officer lying multiple times under oath thanks to body camera footage discovered by the city attorney’s office after a homeless man’s lawyer appealed his conviction. Sadly, after doing the right thing and filing a motion to throw out the conviction, they neglected to inform the SDPD about the officer’s perjury. [Read more…]
Wealthy patrons complain
about the absence of ice buckets
Bloated small talk
that melts glaciers [Read more…]
We’ve all heard about travel advisories issued by our State Department for U.S. citizens planning to travel abroad, but this NAACP advisory is truly a first. To be clear, this is not a directive that tells folks not to go to Missouri. This is a warning that if you are a minority and for some reason you find that you will be traveling through Missouri, there are safety concerns and risks that you need to be aware of. Check out this coverage by Charles P. Pierce at Esquire and Nancy Coleman at CNN for more details on the trajectory of the issuing of this advisory. A clue to the nature of the situation can be found in the the state attorney general’s annual report where it is documented that black drivers were stopped by police at a rate 75% higher than white drivers. Got bail? [Read more…]
Let’s see…. Democracy under attack. Check. Racism rampaging. Check. Misogyny mounting. Check. Rich Getting Richer, Want Tax Cut. Check….
You get the picture, right? “We”–as in the people– are at a critical juncture in history. If we don’t collectively push back, chances are even worse things are going to happen.
So what is it with certain so-called Democrats who continue to say and do stupid sh*t? [Read more…]
By Raymond Bender
July gave us another court case rebuking FAA secrecy and arbitrary decisions. In Flyers Rights Education Fund, Inc. v. FAA, the D.C. United States Courts of Appeals told the FAA to again review whether skinnier, narrower, claustrophobic aircraft seats created passenger safety hazards.
Flyers Rights argued that shoehorning passengers into cramped seats risked passenger health before and after crashes. Restricted blood flow caused by cramped seats, they said, might lead to deep leg thrombosis — a condition caused when blood settles in the circulatory system, as often occurs in the lower limbs during long flights and especially among the elderly. After a crash, restricted seats might slow escape from the aircraft as sardined and confused crash victims fight to escape darkened and possibly smoky aircraft aisles.
The court agreed that the FAA had presented enough information to reject the thrombosis claim but concluded that the FAA had failed to present evidence that smaller seats did not compromise passenger safety. [Read more…]
When Juan Martin Sajche left his small village in Guatemala in 1997 at the age of 15, he never dreamed he would one day be a respected Spanish teacher at Morse High School in San Diego. The past twenty years have been quite a journey! [Read more…]
Donya Williams, the four-times great-granddaugter of a man named Moses Williams, asked me if I would help draw attention to some research she and a cousin are doing titled: Stronger Together: The Moses Williams Genetic Genealogy Project.
So I started reading a bio she sent me of their work and can’t help but think they already know what they’re doing.
I was barely into reading other information when the names Strom Thurmond, 50 Cent, Al Sharpton, and L.L. Cool J jumped out at me – names I wouldn’t ever expect to appear in the same sentence.
I mean what could a white Southern senator who loves the KKK and a man who raps, “There’s no business like ho business” and a melodramatic Baptist preacher “Keepin’ it Real” and the creator of “Mama Said Knock You Out” possibly have in common? [Read more…]
Well it may not be set in the White House, but this little slice of the 1966 Mike Nichol’s film adaptation of Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” certainly does justice to the original Bette Davis delivery of the now iconic phrase: “What a dump”. What does any of this have to do with Donald Trump? As little as possible. I just couldn’t resist an opportunity to resurrect this masterful classic that is one of only two films to be nominated in every eligible category at the Academy Awards. (h/t AGD) [Read more…]
So much outrage, so little time. Here’s what I read about over coffee this morning:
One. Does anybody remember when Republicans got mad at Barack Obama for not wearing a tie in the Oval Office? The current President thinks the White House is a “dump,” and the silence of his sheeples is deafening.
Two. Donald J. Trump is President of the United States of America, and we’re really supposed to believe mediocre white people aren’t getting a fair shake. The New York Times reported on a Justice Department scheme to begin “investigating and suing universities over affirmative action admissions policies deemed to discriminate against white applicants.”
Three. If you think the administration’s plan for health care reform was a sadistic attack on regular working people, wait until you see Trump’s tax plan. [Read more…]
This is the second of a two part series highlighting Democratic challengers in the 50th Congressional District. Last week we featured three of the six candidates.
With the primary election less than a year away, six motivated Democrats are maneuvering to gather support from the party faithful — as well as disenchanted Independents and Republicans — all with the aim of challenging Duncan Hunter, the embattled GOP incumbent in the 50th Congressional District.
Democrats vying in the 2018 primary are Glenn Jensen, Pierre Beauregard, Gloria Chadwick, Josh Butner, Ammar Campa-Najjar, and Malloy. This week Butner, Campa-Najjar, and Mally are interviewed. [Read more…]