Howard Zinn on American Empire

a recap of Zinn's views on the American Empire in cartoons. narrated by Viggo Mortensen

we miss you, Howard.  rest well

video here

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I've never understood Bruce Springsteen's Dancing in the Dark – the music is so upbeat and the lyrics such a downer. but hey, he wrote it, he knew what he was doing.  I was delighted to find a cover of Dancing…that's a lot closer to how I imagine it to be, very melancholic, quietly desperate.

took me a while to find the cover and then VOX refuses to upload it.  it figures.   ———–>

here's another cover.  from the 1970 Amchitka concert, one of few tapes that had remained undiscovered 'til recently. Joni Mitchell has never sounded better.

Carey / Tambourine Man
Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Phil Ochs

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QotD: RIP J.D. Salinger

J.D. Salinger died this week at the age of 91. How many times have you read Catcher in the Rye? How did it impact your life? 

y'all know how much I dislike the QotD, but today it serves a purpose

among the avalanche of JDS obits, memories, remembrances, etc. I'll say this:  I read "Catcher , didn't relate to it at all,  found Holden annoying and whiny.  the Glass family stories are interesting. 

yet I got to tip my hat to JDS – when he ran out of things to say, he shut up.

may all of us be that smart

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one of the saddest things I’ve read

or horrifying.  can't decide yet.

WARNING: Thyroid hormones, including SYNTHROID, either alone or with other therapeutic agents, should not be used for the treatment of obesity or for weight loss. In euthyroid patients, doses within the range of daily hormonal requirements are ineffective for weight reduction. Larger doses may produce serious or even life threatening manifestations of toxicity, particularly when given in association with sympathomimetic amines such as those used for their anorectic effects.


for real?

they actually have to warn doctors that this is a drug to treat a clinical condition and that it should not be given to fatties to get them to drop some weight already?

color me shocked.

even worse, in case a doctor is tempted to give it to a fattie anyways, the warning continues to say that the drug doesn't 'help' if your thyroid is normal anyway.

there is, by the way, a long list of WARNINGS regarding the use of the drug, including increased risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, gastrointestinal problems, reproductive and cognitive functions, stunted growth in the young, etc.

but hey, it can lead to weight loss, so hook me up already! 

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Howard Zinn, RIP

this really sucks.  Howard is one of my heroes.  
goodbye dude – I'm sure Studs Terket is chilling some brews already

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State of the union address 2010 – liveblog

never mind.  watching the liveblog chez Jodi's

 join us

liveblog below

 I'm bored, so why not.  get an appropriate beverage and play along in the comments.  if you want
watching on FOX

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of interest to writers in the ‘hood

I do not know all the details of the Google book settlement, except that it is good for Google.  it is outrageous that the Author's Guild took it upon themselves to negotiate with the big G in behalf of all US writers. 
the deadline for writers to add their names to the petition for the US to be exempted from the settlement is on Monday January 25 2010.

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information overload – the internet in 2009

a nice pool of data to jump in.   with references!

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tonight. tonight we drink

in homage to the King of Ginges as he leaves The Tonight Show.

here, via videogum are some of the rules for the drinking game.  take a drink when each of the following happens:

  • Conan does the string dance
  • Conan rolls his r's at a lady
  • Conan rubs his nipples
  • Conan makes a disparaging remark about his skin/hair
  • Andy Richter says something hilarious because he's the best
  • They cut to a close up of Max Weinberg looking serious
  • They cut to a close up of Max Weinberg looking pervy   <—- as per LurkerType
  • Triumph the Insult Comic Dog makes a surprise visit
  • The Masturbating Bear makes a surprise visit
  • Pimbot makes a surprise visit
  • Amy Poehler makes a surprise visit (as Andy's little sister)
  • Pee Wee Herman emerges from retirement to present an award

more rules:

if Jay Leno shows up, finish your drink
if Barack Obama shows up, finish the bottle
if Jeff Zucker shows up, empty the nearest liquor store.
if Johnny Carson shows up you are way too drunk and oughta get to bed

and so, goodbye it is.  goodbye until Conan rises again to lead the ginge revolution. 
alongside RedScylla, of course

NOTE:   from the department of We Havent' Been Punished Enough, in collaboration with the department of Rubbing Salt In The Wounds, come the news that Jay Leno, that lousy rat has been picked to host the White House Correspondents Dinner.

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