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My intention is to compile and post a bunch of current columns from the best of our sensible and left-leaning publications. Some will require a subscription to read, but at least you'll get an idea of what they're reporting.   Please use the Contact function if you can suggest other relevant articles which should be included.

Feb. 14, 2018.  On this day in 1920, the League of Women Voters is founded in Chicago.

The Out Olympics.  Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy show the entertainment value, and political power, of gay people embracing full visibility.   Spencer Kornhaber. The Atlantic.

Cracking the Shell. Trump and the Corrupting Potential of Furtive Russian Money.  Center for American Progress.

The China Reckoning. How Beijing Defied American Expectations.  Kurt M. Campbell and Ely Ratner.  Foreign Affairs.

We’re Averaging One School Shooting Every 60 Hours In 2018. Wednesday’s shooting at a Florida high school is the 18th school shooting of the year. Lydia O’Connor. Huffington Post.

ICE launches new immigration sweeps in L.A. area; at least 100 detained so far. Los Angeles Times.

Big business tax cuts a non-starter. You can’t cut tax for companies paying zero.  Paddy Manning.  The Monthly Today.

With His Assault on PBS and NPR, Trump Seeks to Eliminate Real News.  John Nichols.  The Nation.

South Africa’s Zuma Leaves Behind a Broken Democracy. Can the party of Nelson Mandela cleanse and revive itself?  New York Times.

“America’s Harvest Box” Captures the Trumpian Attitude Toward Poverty.  Sasha Abramsky.  The New Yorker.

The best photo we have of the Trump White House is Colbie Holderness and her black eye. The photo of Rob Porter’s wife with a black eye is a picture of hate and violence. Lucian K. Truscott IV.  Salon.

South African president resigns amid corruption allegations.  The African National Congress had pressured Jacob Zuma to step down. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who replaced Zuma as ANC leader in December, is expected to become acting president.  Kevin Sieff and Krista Mahr.  Washington Post.

"The Song of Trees" by Keiko Abe. Performed by Felix Reyes.  YouTube.

From the other side of the aisle:

Under pressure, Trump says he's 'totally opposed to domestic violence'.   Jordan Fabian.  The Hill.

How Trump’s Budget Would Cut the Social Safety Net. As a candidate, President Trump said he would not cut Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security. But his 2019 budget proposal seeks to reduce spending on all three programs.  Yuval Rosenberg. Fiscal Times.

Success Academy Charter Schools Are a Big Success. Kids who attend New York City's Success Academy charter schools do remarkably well. John Stossell.  Reason.Com.

VA Secretary David Shulkin regrets misusing taxpayer funds for European trip, reimburses government.   Naomi Lim.  Washington Examiner.

Here is the list of the not particularly Rad publications I look through for this post:

The Atlantic.

Center for American Progress



Huffington Post


Los Angeles Times

The Monthly Today

The Nation

New Republic

New York Book Review

New York Times

The New Yorker




Washington Post


From the other side of the aisle:

The Hill

Fiscal Times.

National Review


Washington Examiner

Washington Times.

Feb. 13, 2018.   On this day in 1914,  the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) was established to protect the copyrighted musical compositions of its members.

Trump’s Top Intelligence Officials Contradict Him on Russian Meddling.  The intelligence community has a stark warning about Russia’s intentions to interfere in the 2018 elections—but no public plan to prevent it.  Natasha Bertrand. The Atlantic.

A Bad Budget for America’s Place in the World.  Center for American Progress.

Benjamin Netanyahu: Israeli police recommend indicting prime minister. Attorney general will examine evidence and decide whether to indict after police investigation of the prime minister in two cases.  Oliver Holmes. Guardian.

Trump's Plan To Screw Over Your Bartender. The Restaurant Owner-In-Chief Wants To Give Employers More Control Over Tips.  Dave JamiesonHuffington Post.

As foreign hackers plot next attack, Washington struggles to shore up vulnerable voting systems. Los Angeles Times.

Why Does the Pentagon Always Tell Us the End Is Right Around the Corner?  What they should say is how many times they’ve been wrong about that.  Tom Engelhardt.  The Nation.

Information Wants to Be Chinese.  How investment from the People’s Republic is dividing Washington and Silicon Valley.  Moira Weigel. New Republic.

The Hidden Political Message of Michelle Obama’s Portrait Dress. From the pattern to the designer, the dress is the most revealing part.  Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell.  Politico.  

Chopin Waltz Op.69 no 2 played by Thu Le, Classical Guitar. Arranged by Roland Dyens.  YouTube.

From the other side of the aisle:

Schiff: We're not going to revise Democratic memo.  The Hill.

Democracy in Chains Author Nancy MacLean Calls Autism a Leading Cause of Libertarianism.  "It’s striking to me how many of the architects of this cause seem to be on the autism spectrum: people who don’t feel solidarity or empathy with others."  Robby Soave.  Reason.Com.

Greece is the word: Fiscal recklessness portends a crash.  Quin Hillyer.  Washington Examiner.

Feb. 12, 2018.  On this day in 1817, Frederick Douglas was born into slavery in Maryland.

The Fetishization of Kim Yo Jong.  Krishnadev Calamur. The Atlantic.

Election Security in All 50 States. Defending America's Elections.Center for American Progress.

U.S. Soccer Blew It.  Billy Haisley. Dead Spin.

Frustrations at the White House and the Pentagon. Why They Can't Seem to See Eye to Eye on North Korea. Julianne Smith and Loren DeJonge Schulman.  Foreign Affairs.

Why Purebred Dogs Are Sick, Miserable, and Ugly.  George Dvorsky.  Gizmodo.

Barack and Michelle Obama's official portraits expand beyond usual format. The pictures, painted by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, are vivid depictions by African American artists and will hang at the Smithsonian.  David Smith. Guardian.

Do You Like Paying Tolls? You’re Gonna Love Trump’s Infrastructure Plan. The proposal would allow more states to toll interstate highways. Igor Bobic. Huffington Post.

Jeff Sessions, Not Trying to Hide It, Praises 'Anglo-American Heritage of Law Enforcement'. Ellie Shechet.  Jezebel.

Minding the gap. For once, really important targets are making a difference. Paddy Manning.  The Monthly Today.

Randy Bryce’s Campaign Is Not Just Pro-Union—It’s Unionized.  The Campaign Workers Guild has negotiated its first collectively bargained contract, with the Democratic candidate challenging Paul Ryan.  John Nichols.  The Nation.

Trump Budget Ignores Deficit With Increases for Military.  The plan also includes large increases for the military, envisioning deficits totaling at least $7.1 trillion over the next decade.  Julie Hirschfeld Davis.  The Nation.

Trump’s Words Will Leave a Lasting Mark.  History proves that presidential rhetoric impacts policy, sometimes long after the president himself has left office.  Jeet Heer.  New Republic.

God’s Own Music.  The Anglican choral tradition is one of the great successes of English cultural diffusion.  Ian Bostridge.  New York Book Review.

Trump Budget Ignores Deficit With Increases for Military.  The plan also includes large increases for the military, envisioning deficits totaling at least $7.1 trillion over the next decade.  Julie Hirschfeld Davis. New York Times.

The Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony: People Are Awesome. The Games feel like a testament to human pleasure: let us gather, and do these pure and ridiculous things for fun.  Amanda Petrusich.  The New Yorker.

McConnell’s immigration gamble. The Senate majority leader is unleashing a free-for-all debate over Dreamers — and his endgame is a mystery.  Seung Min Kim and Burgess Everett.  Politico.

Jeff Sessions Let His Racism Peek Through a Little More Than He May Have Intended To.  Emma Roller. Splinter.

Trump wants to overhaul America’s safety net with cuts to health care, food stamps and housing. The budget proposal presumes lawmakers will change entitlement programs for the poor in ways beyond what Congress so far has been willing to do.   Tracy Jan, Caitlin Dewey, Amy Goldstein and Jeff Stein. Washington Post.

Gregorian chant.Early Music Sources.YouTube.

From the other side of the aisle:

Trump fires first salvo on drug prices. The Hill.

The Trump Budget's $7.1 Trillion Hole. Yuval RosenbergFiscal Times.

When Border Searches Become Unreasonable. Allowing warrantless searches everywhere within 100 miles of the border leads to much abuse.  Kyle Sammin.  National Review.

Trump's New Budget Plan Is a Fiscal Disaster. The administration's spending blueprint continues the fiscal decline that began during the Bush era.  Marc. Joffe.  Reason.Com.

Feb. 11, 2018.  On this day in 1937, General Motors recognized the United Auto Workers' Union following a sit-down strike lasting 44 days.

A Better Way to Look at Most Every Political Issue. Americans would be less alienated from one another and solve problems more easily if they recognized one little-noticed distinction in policy debates.  Conor Friedersdorf. The Atlantic.

Cryptojackers Strike Again, Hitting Thousands of Sites Including US and UK Government Pages.  Tom McKay. Gizmodo.

The Guardian view on childhood obesity: forget small steps, tackle big food. Guardian.Heartbreaking Video Shows Black Parents Teaching Their Kids About Police Encounters. “Do everything that you can to get back to me.” Taylor Pittman.  Huffington Post.

Weinstein Company Sale Delayed by New York State Lawsuit.  New York’s attorney general filed a suit alleging the studio and its founders repeatedly violated state and city laws barring gender discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual abuse and coercion. It appeared timed to at least temporarily stop a sale.  Brooks Barnes and William Neuman. New York Times.

Feb. 11, 2018.  On this day in 1937, General Motors recognized the United Auto Workers' Union following a sit-down strike lasting 44 days.

A Better Way to Look at Most Every Political Issue. Americans would be less alienated from one another and solve problems more easily if they recognized one little-noticed distinction in policy debates.  Conor Friedersdorf. The Atlantic.

Cryptojackers Strike Again, Hitting Thousands of Sites Including US and UK Government Pages.  Tom McKay. Gizmodo.

The Guardian view on childhood obesity: forget small steps, tackle big food. Guardian.Heartbreaking Video Shows Black Parents Teaching Their Kids About Police Encounters. “Do everything that you can to get back to me.” Taylor Pittman.  Huffington Post.

Weinstein Company Sale Delayed by New York State Lawsuit.  New York’s attorney general filed a suit alleging the studio and its founders repeatedly violated state and city laws barring gender discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual abuse and coercion. It appeared timed to at least temporarily stop a sale.  Brooks Barnes and William Neuman. New York Times.


Feb. 10, 2018.

How WeWork Has Perfectly Captured the Millennial Id.  The company sells a somewhat uneasy combination of capitalist ambition and cooperative warmth.  Laura Bliss. The Atlantic.

Purdue Pharmaceuticals Says It Will Stop the Aggressive Opioid Marketing That Made It Billions.   Tom McKay.  Gizmodo.

Corporations Won’t Fix American Health Care. They Already Run It.  Neil J. Young. Huffington Post.

White House floats an offer to keep legal immigration at 1 million per year instead of cutting it. Los Angeles Times.

Can Germany’s Social Democrats Get Their Groove Back?  The turn to neoliberalism demoralized the party—and helped fuel the rise of the extreme right.  Jordan Stancil.  The Nation.

The Heart of Conrad. (Review of The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World by May Jasanoff).  Colm Tóibín.  New York Book Review.

G.O.P. Squirms as Trump Veers Off Script With Abuse Remarks.  Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns.  New York Times.

Sports Illustrated’s Spectacularly Silly #MeToo Swimsuit Issue.You may have heard that women everywhere are sick of being sexually harassed; Sports Illustrated has, too.  Alexandra Schwartz.  The New Yorker.

The Democrats’ secret weapon to take back statehouses. The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee is pumping money and infrastructure into an array of legislative races. Special election results suggest it’s paying off.  Edward-Isaac Dovere. Politico.

Catching a glimpse of “the black tech renaissance”. I went down to BlackTech Week in Miami with a group from Maryland to see the future of cybersecurity.  D. Watkins.  Salon.

Danish folk song by Bon Voyage Music Project. YouTube.

From the other side of the aisle:

EPA chief’s questions about climate science draw new scrutiny.  The Hill.

In Memoriam: The GOP Pretending to Care About Fiscal Restraint.  The new two-year budget deal will result in a $1 trillion deficit.   Austin Bragg & Meredith Bragg.  Reason.Com.

Feb. 9, 2018.  On this day in 1950,  U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy (R. Wisc.) said that the U.S. Dept. of State was full of communists which he considered a bad thing.

6 Things to Watch for in Trump’s Infrastructure Scam.  Center for American Progress.

How to Win a Great-Power Competition. Alliances, Aid, and Diplomacy in the Last Struggle for Global Influence.   Benn Steil.  Foreign Affairs.

Trump's America will be saddled with debt – just like his bankrupted hotels.  Guardian.

Dow rises 330 points Friday, but stocks still have worst week in two years.    Los Angeles Times.

A New Housing-Rights Movement Has the Real-Estate Industry Running Scared.  In cities across the country, tenants are demanding robust regulations to keep rents affordable and stop unjust evictions.  Jimmy Tobias.  The Nation.

Could This Madman Accidentally Bring Peace to the Korean Peninsula?  The Trump administration's extreme rhetoric on North Korea is forcing South Korea to seek a new solution for its longterm securityJeet Heer. New Republic.

 Welcome to the Post-Text Future.  The internet was born in text. Now, video and audio are ascendant, writing is being left behind, and everything will be different.  Fahrad Manjoo.  New York Times.

Trump Gives Wife Beater Praise He Usually Reserves for Child Molesters and Nazis.  Andy Borowitz.  The New Yorker.

 Justice Department’s No. 3 official plans to step downRachel Brand will take a private-sector job after nine months as associate attorney general, said a person familiar with the decision.   Sari Horwitz and Josh DawseyWashington Post.

Brahms - Piano Concerto No.2 (recording of the Century : Emil Gilels/Reiner, 1958, Chicago).  YouTube.

From the other side of the aisle:

Pence did not stand for Korean delegation at Olympics opening ceremonies: report.  The Hill.

Feb. 8, 2018.  On this day in 1575, Leiden University was founded; its motto, Praesidium Libertatis or bastion of liberty, while appropriate from the start, was coined in 1839.

The Weirdest—and Possibly Best—Proposal to Resolve the North Korea Crisis. The administration is nowhere near out of peaceful options. Peter Beinart. The Atlantic.

10 Faith Leaders to Watch in 2018.  Center for American Progress.

ICE Wants to Be an Intelligence Agency Under Trump. Immigration enforcers have tried for years to get access to spy agency secrets. Civil libertarians call the prospect ‘frankly terrifying’—and a lot more realistic under Trump.  Betsy Woodruff.  The Daily Beast.

Muslim Voters and the European Left. When Inclusion Leads to Populism.   Rafaela M. Dancygier.  Foreign Affairs.

Google Will Soon Start Shaming All Sites That Don’t Use HTTPS as 'Not Secure'.  Sam Rutherford. Gizmodo.

As Vladimir Putin steals the Russian election, our leaders are shamefully silent.  Guardian.

George W. Bush says Russia meddled in 2016 U.S. election.  Curtis Lee. Los Angeles Times.

Sex, Lies, and Human Resources. If you think the #MeToo reckoning is over because the Weinsteins of the world have been toppled, you’ve missed the point.  Marie Claire and Esquire came together to ask some of the smartest people we know 21 questions to cut through popular opinion, diagnose how we really got here, and debate where we go next. Edited by

Am I bothered? Big bank regulatory risks are being priced in comfortably.   Paddy Manning .  The Monthly Today.

John Kelly Has Got to Go.  His awful response to domestic-abuse charges involving a top aide is just the latest in a series of toxic blunders.  John Nichols.  The Nation.

We All Have Stake in Stock Market, Right? Guess Again. Wall Street’s up and downs have little impact on the income or wealth of most Americans, despite the bromides of politicians on both sides of the aisle. Patricia Cohen. New York Times.

North Korea’s Mesmerizing “Army of Beauties”. The allure of the country’s cheerleading squad is connected with the degree to which its members appear to be under complete control.  Jia Tolentino.  The New Yorker.

Rand’s latest stand puts government on brink of shutdown.  Get ready for a long night.  Burgess Everett. Politico.

Mike Pence Is Having a Full-Blown Meltdown Over Being Called Out for His Homophobia.  Isha Aran. Splinter.

With 1,000-point loss, Dow drops into correction territory for first time in years.  Thomas Heath. Washington Post.

Saint-Saëns: The Swan (The Carnival of the Animals) - Sarah Joy. YouTube.From the other side of the aisle:

If a School Cop Threatens Your 13-Year-Old with Child Porn Charges for Sexting, Get a Lawyer.  Families should never consent to have school resource officers search kids' phonesRobby Soave.  Reason.Com.

 Prison reform, the time is now.  Cal Thomas.  Washington Times.

Feb. 7, 2018.  On this day in 1898,   1889 Emile Zola was brought to trial for libel for publishing J'accuse,  a letter accusing the government of France of anti-semitism in the Dreyfus affair.

How Humans Sank New Orleans. Engineering put the Crescent City below sea level. Now, its future is at risk. Richard Campanella.  The Atlantic.

Nancy Pelosi Holds The Floor More Than 8 Hours To Demand Immigration Promise. The Democrat says she won’t support a budget deal until the House speaker commits to holding a vote for Dreamers.  Elise Foley and Igor Bobic. Huffington Post.

“403,000 jobs in a row”. The PM should be careful grandstanding on the economy. Paddy Manning.  The Monthly Today.

A Glimpse of North Korea’s Isolated Athletes.  We’ve gathered insights from the country’s state news media, analysts, defectors and athletes who have competed alongside North Koreans.  Motoko Rich.  New York Times.

Raining on Trump’s Parade. The reason to oppose the President’s desired military showcase is simply that it is not—in the old-fashioned sense—the American way.   Adam Gopnik. The New Yorker.

Trump's military parade draws bipartisan rebuke.  Bryan Bender.   Politico.

Trump’s big parade turns military tradition and honor on its head.  Toy soldiers and toy tanks on Pennsylvania Avenue will make him look like a tin pot dictator. Lucian K. Truscott IV.  Salon.

Extreme Homophobe Mike Pence Doesn't Seem to Get Why a Gay Person Won't Talk to Him.  Kinsha Aran. Splinter.

In Conversation: Quincy Jones. The music legend on the secret Michael Jackson, his relationship with the Trumps, and the problem with modern pop.  David Marchese.  Vulture.

Republicans are doing a complete reversal on the deficit.   The debt binge, which is projected to push the annual gap between spending and revenue past $1.1 trillion in 2019, caps off a major shift for the Republican Party, which has been swept up by President Trump’s demands for more spending and tax cuts.  Damian Paletta and Erica Werner. Washington Post.

Quincy Jones - The Best Quincy Jones - (full album) HQ.  YouTube.

From the other side of the aisle:

Right revolts on budget deal.  The Hill.

Big Jump in Corporate Buybacks.  Critics of the GOP tax overhaul argue that businesses will use their tax cut windfall not for domestic investment but to boost buybacks and enrich shareholders.  Fiscal Times.

Jeff Sessions Says Opioid Addiction Starts With Marijuana. Here Are 6 Studies That Say Otherwise.  Sessions: "We think a lot of this is starting with marijuana and other drugs, too."  J. Ciaramella.  Reason.Com

Feb. 6, 2018.  On this day in 1959,  Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments filed the first patent for an integrated circuit.

On the Proper Name for the Trump Era: ‘Democracide’, ‘Ochlocracy’, or Something Else.  James Fallows.  The Atlantic.

Falcon Heavy Now Officially the Most Powerful Rocket in the World.  George Dvorsky.  Gizmodo.

Daniel Barenboim. Beethoven Piano Concerto # 5 – Jansons / Bavarian Radio S.O.  YouTube.

From the other side of the aisle:

Pentagon planning grand military parade for Trump. Avery Anapol.  The Hill.

Trump’s NAFTA Antics Will Drive America’s Auto Industry Into a Ditch.  Daniel Griswold.  Reason.Com..

Feb. 5, 2018.  On this day in 1994,  Byron De La Beckwith was convicted of the 1963 murder of civil rights leader Medgar Evers.

Boycott the Republican Party. If conservatives want to save the GOP from itself, they need to vote mindlessly and mechanically against its nominees. and The Atlantic.

Fertile Ground. Using the 2018 Farm Bill To Grow Investment in Private Lands Conservation.Center for American Progress.


Why Spanish Nationalism Is on the Rise. And What It Means for the Country's Politics.   Foreign Affairs.

Apple Music Was Always Going to Win.  Adam Clark Estes.  Gizmodo.

Australian and Japanese stock markets slide after Dow suffers biggest one-day points fall.  and Guardian.


Millennials Are Keeping Unions Alive. Jobs are precarious, health-care costs are skyrocketing, and wages aren’t keeping up with the cost of living—no wonder young people are organizing.

Michelle ChenThe Nation.


Trump Goes Quiet as the Stock Market Slumps. Having boasted as the Dow Jones was rising, the President can hardly complain if people now associate him with it as it falls.   John Cassidy.  The New Yorker.

From the other side of the aisle:

Apple Music on Track to Overtake Spotify in U.S. Subscribers. 

Apple’s U.S. subscriber-account base has been growing about 5% a month, versus No. 1 Spotify’s 2% clip.  Anne Steele.  Wall Street Journal.

Feb. 4, 2018. On this day in 2004, Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook.

Pub test. “Turnbull’s doing what Trump’s done”. Paddy Manning. The Monthly Today.

The Rediscovery of Florence Price. How an African-American composer’s works were saved from destruction. Alex Ross. The New Yorker.

Symphony No. 3 1st Movement--Florence Price. YouTube.

William Dawson - Negro Folk Symphony (1934). YouTube.

Ivanka, Rubio find a new project: Paid family leave. Can the duo pining for a softer side of Republicanism win over the GOP? Seung Min Kim. Politico.

From the other side of the aisle:

Five takeaways from tech giants' end-of-year reports. The Hill.

John McCain, Chris Coons to introduce bipartisan DACA citizenship bill to break immigration logjam: Report. Josh Siegel. Washington Examiner.

Party of fiscal discipline? Republican tax cuts make balanced budget ‘nearly impossible’. Washington Times.


Feb. 3, 2018. On this day in 1870, Congress ratified the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Consititution, guaranteeing voting rights to male citizens regardless of race.

Is the CDC Losing Control? The country’s flagship public-health agency is facing internal scandal and funding issues that will test its ability to respond to outbreaks on the horizon. Vann R. Newkirk II. The Atlantic.

SpaceX's Best Hope for Sending People to Mars Will Launch This Week. George Dvorsky. Gizmodo.

Plan to save Europe’s synagogues receives high-profile backing. Simon Schama, Howard Jacobson and Natasha Kaplinsky among supporters of campaign to protect Jewish heritage. Harriet Sherwood. Guardian.

Nunes challenger seizes on FBI memo uproar. The California district is a long shot for Democrats, but the House Intelligence chairman is giving his adversaries hope. Caerla Marinucci and David Siders. Politico.

A Short, Brutal History of ICE. Katie McDonough. Splinter.

Giovanni Sollima - Enrico Melozzi - Orchestra Notturna Clandestina. A Clandesine Night in Rome. YouTube.

From the other side of the aisle:

GOP eyes rules changes to presidential nominating process.David M. Drucker. Washington Examiner.

Feb. 2, 2018. On this day in 1990, South African Premier F.W. de Klerk announces the legitimacy of the African National Congress and promises to release Nelson Mandela.

We Want to Hear From You. Introducing The Atlantic’s new Letters section. Jeffery Goldberg. The Atlantic.

Beyond Our Borders. How Weak U.S. Gun Laws Contribute to Violent Crime Abroad. Chelsea Parsons and Eugenio Weigend Vargas. Center for American Progress.

Tory rebels launch bid to keep UK in customs union with EU. Anna Soubry and Ken Clarke seek cross-party support in clear challenge to May’s authority. Rowena Mason, Anushka Asthana and Jessica Elgot. Guardian.

Sen. John McCain On Nunes Memo Release: ‘We Are Doing Putin’s Job For Him’. The Arizona senator blasted the memo, which President Donald Trump declassified against the wishes of the intelligence community. Sebastian Murdock. Huffington Post.

Dow's 666-point plunge looks bad, but the economy's fundamentals are still strong. James F. Peltz. Los Angeles Times.

Resisting Nuclear Weapons Means Resisting Injustice and Oppression. Nuclear arsenals are part of broader systems of patriarchy, racism, militarism, and capitalism. Ray Acheson. The Nation.

Work requirements for Medicaid will actually increase poverty. Sarah Jones. New Republic.

G.O.P. Releases Memo on Russia Inquiry. Alleges Abuses by F.B.I.; Critics Call Claims Misleading. The memo criticizes information used in an application for a warrant to wiretap Carter Page, a former Trump campaign adviser, but does not provide all the evidence used in the application. Adam Goldman, Nicholas Fandos, Charlie Savage.New York Times.

The Nunes Memo Undermines the Right’s Trump-Russia Conspiracy Theory. John Cassidy. The New Yorker.

GOP pressures Trump on Taiwan as China issues threats. The president faces pressure from Taipei's Republican ally to take a harder line that infuriates Beijing, which has threatened to invade its island neighbor. Patrick Temple-West. Politico.

From the other side of the aisle:

Trump casts doubt on chances for immigration deal. The Hill.

The Next Short-Term Funding Bill Will Extend Deep into March. Michael Rainey. Fiscal Times.

The Big Flaw in the Memo. David French. National Review.

Here's What Rand Paul, Mark Meadows, and Others in Washington Are Saying About the Nunes Memo. Now that it's out, nobody's minds seem to have changed. Scott Shackford. Reason.Com.

Federal Reserve slaps punishments on Wells Fargo for creating false accounts. Diana Stancy Correll. Washington Examiner.

McFarland withdraws name from ambassador nomination. Dave Boyer. Washington Times.

Feb. 1, 2018. On this day in 1902, the author and activist Langston Hughes was born.

From the other side of the aisle:

Mary Beth Cahill to serve as DNC interim CEO. The Hill.

The Gang that Couldn't Lie Straight. The Trump team’s deception of media regarding the Trump Tower meeting piques Mueller’s interest. Andrew C. McCarthy. National Review.

Jan. 31, 2018. On this day in 1865, the U.S. Congress passed the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution abolishing slavery.

America Is Not a Democracy. How the United States lost the faith of its citizens—and what it can do to win them back. Yascha Mounk. The Atlantic.

Before Our Species Left Africa, Now-Extinct Humans Made These Fancy Tools in India. George Dvorsky. Gizmodo.

The Guardian view on Trump’s State of the Union: platitudes, few plans and plenty of division. Guardian.

Top Pennsylvania Republican Says He’ll Ignore Court Order To Help Fix Gerrymandering. Joseph Scarnati refused to comply because he said he considered a ruling from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to be unconstitutional. Sam Levine. Huffington Post.

San Francisco will wipe out thousands of marijuana convictions dating back to 1975. The move will clear people's records of crimes that can be barriers to employment and housing. Los Angeles Times.

The Federal Government Is Unraveling—but the State of Our Cities Is Strong. Dispatches from the urban resistance, from Philadelphia to Seattle and beyond.
Jimmy Tobias. The Nation.

The Legal War Over the Government’s Consumer Watchdog Rages On. Matt Ford. New Republic.

2018 State of the Union Fact-Check. New York Times.

How Carob Traumatized a Generation. Jonathan Kauffman. The New Yorker.

Immigration torments GOP as feel-good retreat kicks off. House and Senate Republicans are miles apart on a fix for Dreamers — a problem that threatens the party's entire 2018 agenda. Rachael Bade and Burgess Everett. Politico.

New report classifies US as a “flawed democracy”. Partisanship and Trump were to blame for the US’s dismal ranking in the Economist’s annual Democracy Index report. Nicole Karlis. Salon.

Democracy Index 2017. Economist Intelligence Unit.

Leo Brouwer - Six Preludios Epigramaticos for Guitar (1981-83) [Score-Video]. YouTube.

From the other side of the aisle:

Newsmax's 30 Most Influential Republicans Under 30. Jen Krausz. Newsmax.

Trump's Turned Republicans Into Everything They Once Hated. A. Barton Hinkle. Reason.Com.

Jan. 30, 2018. On this day in 1968, the Tet Offensive begins, putting paid to U.S. assertions that the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese were near defeat and ineffectual on the battle field.

Rhetoric vs. Reality: How Abortion Bans Hurt Women. Center for American Progress.

Turkey’s huge crackdown is destroying civil society. My Amnesty colleagues face a sham trial for terrorist offences at the hands of a draconian government. Such scare tactics threaten Turkey’s future. Guardian.

How the Courts Have Stymied Trump. Along with citizen activism, they have proven to be an important safeguard of constitutional liberty—but the Supreme Court has yet to weigh in. David Cole. The Nation.

The Lively Irrelevance of Conservative Magazines. The rise of Trumpism has enlivened legacy publications like National Review, but Republicans are flocking to more partisan outlets. Jeet Heer. New Republic.

After Years of Drought, Cape Town Is Close to ‘Day Zero’ of No Water. One of Africa’s richest cities is threatening to turn off the taps to its four million residents, cutting off homes and most businesses. Norimitsu Onishi and Somini Sengupta. New York Times.

Hispanic members unload on Dem leaders at 'tense' meeting. Frustration is mounting over the party's strategy to help Dreamers. Heather Caygle and Ted Hesson. Politico.

The Civil Rights movement, distorted: Weaponizing history against Black Lives Matter. The Civil Rights movement was far more disruptive, demanding, contentious, and profound than it’s often depicted. Jeanne Theoharis. Salon. From the other side of the aisle:

Key senator floats new compromise for immigration talks. The Hill..

One Chart That Explains Why Jeff Bezos and Warren Buffett Are Getting into Health Care. The Kaiser Family Foundation's Larry Levitt tweeted out this chart today. Jan. 29, 2018.

The Mystery of Andrew McCabe's Exit. The Trump-detested deputy director of the FBI is leaving his post earlier than expected, but there’s no clear explanation for why. David A. Graham. The Atlantic.

The death of Christianity in the U.S. Miguel De La Torre. Baptist News.

MLB Says Cleveland Indians Will Get Rid Of Chief Wahoo On Uniforms In 2019. Patrick Redford. Dead Spin.

Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen To Retire. Another Republican calls it quits. Matt Fuller. Huffington Post.

New impeachment ads funded by Tom Steyer to run during Trump State of the Union address. Sarah D. Wire. Los Angeles Times.

White-Collar Unionization is Good for Everybody. Some have argued that it creates a class divide in labor—they’ve got it backward. Alex Press. The Nation.

Is Ted Cruz's Re-Election Bid in Trouble? Sarah Jones. New Republic. What the Economic Data Don't Tell Us. Paul Krugman. New York Times.

The Agonizingly Slow Downfall of K. T. McFarland. Adam Entous. The New Yorker.

Trump's trade chief clashes with Canada, Mexico in NAFTA talks. Doug Palmer and Adam Behsudi. Politico.

Achilles Ecos Chamber Music Recital, Sunday, January 28, 2018. Cello Sonata in E minor, Op. 38 Johannes Brahms. YouTube.

From the other side of the aisle: The Economic State of the Union in 8 Charts. Yuval Rosenberg and Michael Rainey. Fiscal Times.

House Intel Committee votes to release memo said to allege missteps by surveillance community. Kelly Cohen. Washington Examiner.

Jan. 28, 2018. On this day in 1933, the name Pakistan was coined by Choudhry Rahmat Ali Khan and generally accepted by Indian Muslims.

'The Military Has Seen the Writing on the Wall'. The United States is preparing for a war with North Korea that it hopes never to have to fight, says Senator Tammy Duckworth. Uri Friedman. The Atlantic.

Debunking the Lie that Dreamers Can Wait.Center for American Progress.

Elon Musk Would Like to Sell You a Flamethrower. Tom McKay. Gizmo.

It's fashionable to say western democracies are dying. Don't buy it (yet). The claim that everything is getting worse is in part the consequence of egocentric bias among liberal commentators. Cas Mudde. Guardian.

Lindsey Graham Urges RNC To Consider Returning Funds Steve Wynn Raised. The money should be returned if sexual misconduct allegations “have merit,” Graham says. Hayley Miller. Huffington Post.

Trump’s Xenophobic Vision of America Is Inciting Racist Violence. Attacks against Muslim, South Asian, Sikh, Hindu, Arab, and Middle Eastern communities in the US were up a staggering 45 percent in 2017. Suman Raghunathan. The Nation.

At Davos, the Real Might Have Been China, Not Trump. While President Trump reassured business leaders that he wanted trade to continue, Beijing extended its economic reach to Latin America and the Arctic. Kieth Bradsher. New York Times.

Schubert: Symphony nº 5 - Dima Slobodeniouk - Sinfónica de Galicia. YouTube.

From the other side of the aisle:

Republican lawmakers consider need to protect Mueller.

Jan. 27, 2018. On this day in 1973, the Paris Peace Accords were signed, ending the War in Vietnam.

The Battle of Khe Sanh and Its Retellings. What one Vietnam War battle, celebrated by the press and the military as a turning point towards an inevitable American victory, says about certainty and authoritativeness.Conor Friedersdorf. The Atlantic.

Betsy DeVos Rolled Back Title IX Protections Two Days After Hanging Out With MSU President. Diana Moskovitz. Dead Spin.

The Guardian view on Theresa May’s government: divided they drift. Guardian.

Facebook And Google’s Surveillance Capitalism Model Is In Trouble. Regulators start to pump the brakes on Big Tech’s advertising dystopia. Paul Blumenthal. Huffington Post.

The New Trump Immigration Plan Is Anti-American. Hardliners like John Kelly and Stephen Miller are setting the agenda—and their goal is an end to America as a nation of immigrants. Joan Walsh. The Nation.

RNC finance chair Steve Wynn resigns after sexual harassment allegations. Alex Isenstadt. Politico.

Innocent on death row: The day I got the call that set me free. After going through hell in solitary confinement, I got to say, “I’m coming home, Momma”. Anthony Graves. Salon.

From the other side of the aisle:

Five hurdles to getting an immigration deal. The Hill.

Republicans Who Think Trump Has Gone Soft Have a Plan: Criminalize Dreamers, Slash Legal Immigration, and Invade Americans' Privacy. David Bier. Reason.Com.

Koch brothers pledge nearly $400 million to promote conservative policies, Republicans in midterm elections.Koch brothers pledge nearly $400 million to promote conservative policies, Republicans in midterm elections. David M. Drucker. Washington Examiner.

Jan. 26, 2018. On this day in 1734, maids in New York organized to improve working conditions.

From the other side of the aisle:

Trump immigration plan hits wall of opposition. The Hill.

California’s Soft Secession Accelerates. Done correctly, it’s a good thing indeed. David French. National Review.

The White House's Proposed Dreamer Fix Is an Abomination. It'll throw millions more immigrants under the bus than it'll save. Shikha Dalmia. Reason.Com.

Rep. Patrick Meehan's retirement adds to Pennsylvania's congressional district chaos. Salena Zito. Washington Examiner.

Jan. 25, 2018. On this day in 1890, the United Mine Worker's union was formed.

From the other side of the aisle:

Tax Cuts Will Have ‘Limited Impact’ on Economy, Moody’s Says. Yuval Rosenberg. Fiscal Times.

A Republican Agenda Worth Pursuing in 2018. Ramesh Ponnuru. National Review.

Poll Commissioned by Pot Prohibitionists Shows How Unpopular Pot Prohibition Is. A survey by an anti-marijuana group finds that only 16 percent of Americans support the current federal policy. Jacob Sullum. Reason.Com.

Read the White House summary of its immigration plan. Washington Examiner.

Jan. 24, 2018. On this day in 1784, New York citizens demand that indentured servitude be stopped.

All Good Magazines Go to Heaven. As print flails, piles of pristine Vogues, Playboys and more are being painstakingly preserved in a former cannon foundry near the Thames. David Shaftel. New York Times.

At Versailles and Davos, Emmanuel Macron Makes His Move. Adam Gopnik. The New Yorker.

America as Indian Country. The omnipresence of Native Americans in popular culture. Peter Schjeldahl. The New Yorker.

Breaking tradition, Trump team [at DAVOS] unleashes verbal assault on the dollar. Top U.S. officials for decades had routinely declared their allegiance to a strong U.S. currency, framing it as a sign of American economic strength. Been White. Politico.

#HarbinComp18 - Final - Leonid Zheleznyi - Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D Major. YouTube.

More than 30 senators join push for immigration deal. The Hill.

From the other side of the aisle:

Militarized Police Events Are Now Routine. And Illustrate the Pressing Need for Civilian Oversight. A. Barton Hinkle. Reason.Com.

Trump backs full citizenship for Dreamers; undercuts own lawyers on DACA. Stephen Dinan. Washington Times.

Jan. 23, 2018. On this day in 1849, Elizabeth Blackwell was awarded her M.D. by the Geneva Medical College, New York, becoming the first woman physician in the U.S.

Jan. 22, 2018. On this day in 1891, Antonio Gramsci was born.

Trust Is Collapsing in America. When truth itself feels uncertain, how can a democracy be sustained? Uri Friedman. The Atlantic.

2018 Trust Barometer. Edelman.

Trump Taxes Solar Imports in Biggest Blow to Renewables Yet. Brian Eckhouse, Ari Natter, and Chris Martin. Bloomberg News.

The Best Reason for Democrats Ending the Shutdown Now: CHIP Funding. Amy Davidson Sorkin. The New Yorker.

“I’ve Got Another Nut Job Here Who Thinks He’s Running Things”: Are Trump and Kelly Heading for Divorce? With the president and his chief of staff arguing in public, Ivanka Trump takes charge of finding a replacement. Gabriel Sherman. Vanity Fair.

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From the other side of the aisle:

DHS waives more than 30 environmental laws to speed Trump's border wall. John Siciliano. Washington Examiner.

GOP promises big immigration debate. Stephen Dinan. Washington Times.

Infographic: Is Your State's Highest-Paid Employee A Coach? (Probably). Reuben Fischer-Baum. Dead Spin.

The Political Myth Buster in Chief. Jamil Smith. New York Times.

Moderates move to break shutdown logjam. Senate centrists are attempting to hatch a compromise to end the government shutdown before the work week begins. Burgess Everett, Heather Caygle, and Elana Schor. Politico.

From the other side of the aisle:

Shutdown Day 2: Donald Trump Urges 'Nuclear Option.' That's Not a Good Plan. Luckily, no actual nukes are involved. But it could be politically destructive. Katherine Mangu-Ward. Reason.Com.

Jan. 20, 2018. On this day in 1265, the English Parliament for the first time included representatives of major towns in addition to Lords.

A Major-League Team Is Not A Business. Tom Ley. Dead Spin.

Vice President Mike Pence gets an earful in Cairo on his first official Middle East tour. Brian Bennett. Los Angeles Times.

Jan. 19, 2018. On this day in 1920, the A.C.L.U. was founded initially to argue for freedom of speech for anti-war protestors.

Potential Turkish Military Move on Afrin Risks Wider War. Max Hoffman. Center for American Progress

Facebook hires Eurosport chief for multibillion live push. Appointment made before deadline for bids on rights to stream Premier League matches. Mark Sweney. Guardian.

Los Angeles Times journalists vote 248-44 to unionize. James Rufus Koren. Los Angeles Times

What Happens When Women Fight Back. A year after Donald Trump’s inauguration—and the Women’s March that eclipsed it—women are the best hope to save the country—as long as we stay out of our own way. Joan Walsh. The Nation.

Trump, Fox News, and the Mainstreaming of White Nationalism. A racist TV interview helps explain why the president is struggling to cut an immigration deal that averts a government shutdown. Jeet Heer. New Republic.

A Year of Donald Trump in the White House. Adam Gopnik. The New Yorker.

Shutdown ticks closer as Trump redoubles support for GOP plan. Washington Post.

Mozart: Symphony No. 29 in A major, K.201 - Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra - Live Concert HD. YouTube.

From the other side of the aisle:

What might be worth reading from the other side of the aisle? State Dept's most experienced sanctions negotiator quits. The Hill

Lawyers [ABA] to Congress: It’s Time to Fund the IRS Adequately. Michael Rainey. Fiscal Times.

Senate Votes to Shut Down Rand Paul Filibuster Against Surveillance Act Renewal. Lawmakers will advance legislation that expands the power of the feds to snoop on American citizens. Scott Shackford. Reason.Com.

Pentagon sets sights on Russia, China in major shift away from anti-terror mission. Washington Times.

Why America Needs People from 'Shithole' Countries. Edward Halper. Weekly Standard.

Jan. 18, 2018. On this day in 1958, Native Americans of the LumbeeTribe confronted the Ku Klux Klan and drove them out of Maxton, N.C.

The 'Underground Railroad' To Save Atheists. A vision to protect those persecuted for non-religion. David Robson. The Atlantic.

Trump's Punt On Fake News Awards: In The End, He's Got Nothing. , Forbes.

Trump’s Nuclear Posture Review: Back to Armageddon. It calls for increasing the role of nuclear weapons in US strategy, which will only increase the risk of confrontation. Michael T. Klare. The Nation.

The Fight for the Suburbs. How a battle over the Fair Housing Act could transform U.S. politics. Rachel M. Cohen. New Republic.

North Carolina Gerrymandering Ruling Is Blocked. The Supreme Court’s temporary block makes it likely the 2018 elections will be held using districts favorable to Republicans, but it is not particularly telling as the court weighs partisan gerrymandering. Adam Liptak and Alan Blinder. New York Times.

Democrats Brace for a Government Shutdown. With a DACA deal still not in place, a debate about immigration policies has been caught up in political jockeying over funding the federal government. John Cassidy. The New Yorker

How Trump's TV habits raised the risk of a shutdown. White House aides say the president woke up spoiling for a fight and focused his attention on the spending deal after it came up on his favorite cable news show. Eliana Johnson and Burgess Everett. Politico.

Trump's "Fake News Awards" Are Both Absurd and Dangerous. Behavioral science research suggests they could actually give weight to his media-bashing agenda. Gleb Tsipursky. Scientific American.

Tom Cotton Is Sending Cease and Desist Letters to His Own Constituents. Rafi Schwartz. Splinter.

Jan. 17, 2018. On this day in 1961, Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower delivered a farewell address in which he warned against the military-industrial complex.

Congress Produces Drama While Mueller Produces Results. Steve Bannon stonewalled a House committee, then promptly agreed to an interview with the special counsel—the latest example of how Mueller is moving ahead as lawmakers feud and spin their wheels. David A. Graham. The Atlantic.

One of the original Dreamers fights for DACA. Brian MacQuirie. Boston Globe.

Emmanuel Macron: a modern master of the diplomatic gesture. Bayeux tapestry loan is latest example of use of symbolism to raise France’s global profile. Patrick Wintour. Guardian.

Are You Ready for The Women's March?Megan Reynolds. Jezebel.

The Trump Effect Helps Democrats Pull Off a Surprise Win in Wisconsin. In a district that backed Trump 55-38, Patty Schachtner sweeps to victory with a result that has shocked the state—and Governor Scott Walker. John Nichols. The Nation

North and South Korean Teams to March as One at Olympics. 查 看简体中文版 查 看繁體中文版 . New York Times

Improving Workplace Culture, One Review at a Time. With its emphasis on transparency, the jobs site Glassdoor aims to upend corporate power dynamics. Lizzie Widdicombe. The New Yorker

Walking the Floor of the Great Minnesota Activist Factory. Hamilton Nolan. Splinter.

Jan. 16, 2018. On this day in 1786, the Virginia General Assembly enacted Thomas Jefferson's

Statute for Religious Freedom. Trump Might Finally Get His Shutdown. With the president fuming, a funding deadline looming, and a DACA deal far off, a climactic confrontation in Congress might be impossible to avoid. Russell Berman. The Atlantic.

They Can Destroy You, Too. Albert Burneko. Dead Spin.

EU declares war on plastic waste. Brussels targets single-use plastics in an urgent clean-up plan that aims to make all packaging reusable or recyclable by 2030. Daniel Boffey. Guardian.

Tom Cotton, David Perdue, and the Trap of Lying for Donald Trump. Amy Davidson Sorkin. The New Yorker.

Senate Immigration Deal Will Reportedly Cut Diversity Visa Lottery, Ban DREAMers From Sponsoring Parents. Morgan Baskin. Splinter.

Jan. 15, 2018. On this day in 1929, Martin Luther King, Jr., was born.

Five Decades of White Backlash. President Trump is the embodiment of over 50 years of resistance to the policies Martin Luther King, Jr. fought to enact. Van R. Newkirk II. The Atlantic

Instead of Work Requirements, Why Not a Jobs Guarantee? Paying people to work would be a more direct—and less expensive—way to lift them out of poverty. Van R. Newkirk II. The Atlantic

Can Government Officials Have You Arrested for Speaking to Them? The Supreme Court faces a test of the authority of politicians to use police to silence their critics. Garrett Epps. The Atlantic

The United States and India: Forging an Indispensable Democratic Partnership. The United States and India must forge an indispensable democratic partnership that can serve as a pillar of peace, prosperity, and democracy around the world. Center for American Progress.

At two of the nation’s most historic black churches, sermons reflect on Martin Luther King and take sharp aim at Trump. Los Angeles Times.

Martin Luther King’s Call to ‘Give Us the Ballot’ Is As Relevant Today as It Was in 1957. And that’s a mark of how endangered voting rights are right now. Barbara Arnwine and John Nichols. The Nation.

Condé Nast Crafts Rules to Protect Models from Harassment. Vanessa Friedman. New York Times.

The Damage Done by Trump’s Department of the Interior. Under Ryan Zinke, the Secretary of the Interior, it’s a sell-off from sea to shining sea. Elizabeth Kolbert. The New Yorker.

How Donald Trump Degrades Us All. Masha Gessen. The New Yorker.

How Does Obama’s Foreign Policy Look a Year Into Trump? A frank conversation with Samantha Power and Ben Rhodes. Susan B. Glasser. Politico.

In Florida, “nasty women” practice the art of resistance. The Women’s Collective mixes art and activism. Tyler Gillespie. Salon.

Reflecting on Martin Luther King Jr.'s Legacy in Trump's America. Splinter Video.  Splinter.

Jan. 13, 2018. On this day in 1924, the Daily Worker newspaper was first published in New York City.

False Alarms of the Apocalypse. At a time when state and non-state actors alike are resorting to disinformation operations, reliable official information is critical. Ankit Panda. he Atlantic.

What explains Nicaragua’s surprisingly low murder rate? Roberto Lovato. Boston Globe

52 Harms in 52 Weeks. How the Trump Administration Hurt Communities of Color in 2017. Center for American Progress.

Trump row could kill off swift post-Brexit trade deal, says former UK envoy. Michael Savage and Toby Helm. Guardian.

Mark Wahlberg Will Donate $1.5 Million Reshoot Fee To Time’s Up Fund. Andy McDonald. Huffington Post.

John Tunney, California senator who worked for environmental protection and civil rights, dies at 83. Jean Merl. Los Angeles Times

Guess Who’s Coming to ‘Peanuts’. The introduction, 50 years ago, of a black character into the Schulz comic strip was a major social statement. David Kamp. New York Times

What It Felt Like in Hawaii When Warning of an In-Bound Missile Arrived. Charles Bethea. The New Yorker.

How Charlie Baker ditched Trump to become the most popular governor in America. Massachusetts' Republican governor is defying the laws of political gravity. Lauren Dezenski. Politico.

I was an armed and dangerous neo-Nazi youth. Christian Picciolini now works to de-radicalize white supremacists. He was one of them, once. Christian Picciolini. Salon.

Jan. 12, 2018. On this day in 1876, Jack London was born in San Francisco.

'People Who Are Different Are Not the Problem in America'. Two members of the U.S. Senate urge Americans to honor the legacy of the Martin Luther King Jr. by engaging with others of different backgrounds. James Langford and Tim Scott. The Atlantic.

Spineless silence on Trump’s bigoted rant . The Republicans at President Trump’s immigration meeting failed a serious test of character, and they ought to be held accountable too. Editorial. Boston Globe.

The Trump Administration Is Selling Your Public Lands on the Internet. Nicole Gentile. Center for American Progress.

Scenes From a Sanctuary City . Katie McDonough for Splinter in Dead Spin.

Highly Competent White House Spends 22 Minutes Trying to Mute a Conference Call. Brian Menegus.Gizmoto.

Supreme Court will decide billion-dollar question for online sales: Can states collect sales taxes on all purchases? David G. Savage. Los Angeles Times.

Without Haiti, the United States Would, In Fact, Be a Shithole. And some other things about the country that Donald Trump doesn’t know and doesn’t care to know. Amy Wilentz. The Nation.

Billie Jean King Says Margaret Court Arena's Name Should Change. Ken Rothenberg. New York Times.

Why Did Catherine Deneuve and Other Prominent Frenchwomen Denounce #MeToo? Lauren Collins. The New Yorker.

Want to Strike North Korea? It’s Not Going to Go the Way You Think. Trust me: I was a nuclear strategist for the Pentagon. Van Jackson. Politico.

New York Drops Outrageous Attempt to Restrict Prisoners' Books. Emma Roller. Splinter.

Trump seems to deny profane comment but fails to quell outrage. Ed O'Keefe and Ann Gearan. Washington Post.

Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major - Harriet Krijgh - Live Classical Music Concert HD. YouTube

Jan. 11, 2018. On this day in 2003, the Illinois Governor George Ryan commuted the death sentences of 167 prisoners who had confessed to crimes when under torture.

A Radical New Scheme to Prevent Catastrophic Sea-Level Rise. A Princeton glaciologist says a set of mega-engineering projects may be able to stabilize the world’s most dangerous glaciers. Robinson Meyer. The Atlantic.

The Administration and Congress Should Not Undermine Registered Apprenticeships. Angela Hanks. Center for American Progress.

Deadspin Interview: Ta-Nehisi Coates. Dennis Young. Dead Spin.

Ancestry Made Its Privacy Policy More Transparent, but It Still Claims to Own Your DNA. Kristen V. Brown. Gizmoto.

Farage's call for second Brexit vote greeted with glee by remainers. Pro-EU campaigners back former Ukip leader’s suggestion of second referendum to ‘kill off’ issue for a generation. Rowen Mason. Guardian.

Democrats Don’t Appear To Yearn For An Outsider Candidate. Ariel Edwards-Levi. Huffington Post.

Get Your Damn Flu Shot Already. Lauren Evans. Jezebel.

Op-Ed. Take it from a former Division I athlete: College sports are like Jim Crow. Victoria L. Jackson. Los Angeles Times.

We Are Living Through the Moment When Women Unleash Decades of Pent-Up Anger. Let’s hope there’s no going back. Katt Pollitt. The Nation.

Silicon Valley’s Forgotten Minority. Why Asians remain absent from the tech industry’s highest echelons. Matt Schiavenza. New Republic.

Ecuador Gives Assange Citizenship, Worsening Standoff with Britain. Maggie Ayala and Steven Erlanger. New York Times.

Lessons from the Election of 1968. Protests, populism, and progressivism all clashed in a battle royal. But what really drives election results? Louis Menand. The New Yorker.

Schiff: It would be 'valuable' if Ivanka Trump testified in Russia probe. Kyle Cheney. Politico.

Trump attacks protections for immigrants from ‘shithole’ countries. Josh Dawsey. Washington Post.

Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 26 Les Adieux op. 81a Mvt played by John Cao. YouTube.

Jan. 10, 2018. On this day in 1957, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference was founded.

Recy Taylor's Truth. A Q&A with historian Danielle McGuire about the life of the black woman whose campaign for justice after a rape by six white men was instrumental to the civil-rights movement—and to the #MeToo movement today. Vann R. Newkirk II and Danielle McGuire. The Atlantic.

Trump administration halts ‘evidence-based’ program that evaluates health therapies. The highly regarded program helps physicians, families, and agencies separate “evidence-based” treatments for substance abuse from worthless interventions. Sharon Begley. Boston Globe.

The Endangered Species Act Is Working: State-by-State Fact Sheets. Ryan Richards and Kyle Cornish. Center for American Progress.

Wall Street Analysts Are Embarrassingly Bad At Predicting The Future, Study Finds. Ed Kara. Gizmoto.

Russian bid to influence Brexit vote detailed in new US Senate report. UK political system vulnerable to anti-democratic meddling via social media and ‘possibly illicit’ campaign funding, report says. Patrick Wintour. Guardian.

100 Top CEOs Urge DACA Action In Open Letter To Congress. “The imminent termination of the DACA program is creating an impending crisis for workforces across the country.” Ryan Genoble. Huffington Post.

The U.S. tells citizens not to travel to five Mexican states. Kate Linthecum. Los Angeles Times.

South and North Korea Hold Talks; US War Hawks Are Alarmed at the Prospect of Peace. Tim Shorrock. The Nation.

A Federal Judge Saves DACA, for Now. Trump wants to end the Obama-era immigration program, but the courts are resisting him yet again. Matt Ford. New Republic.

Trump Says Again He’ll ‘Take a Strong Look’ at Libel Laws. President Trump called current libel laws a “sham and a disgrace” and said he wanted to make it easier for people to sue news organizations and publishers for defamation. Michael M. Grynbaum. New York Times.

“Fire and Fury” in Washington. Michael Wolff on the Fallout from the Book. Susan B. Glasser. The New Yorker.

Rash of retirements dim GOP hopes of keeping the House. Democratic momentum is building as Reps. Darrell Issa and Ed Royce become the latest Republicans to hang it up. Elena Schneider and John Bresnahan. Politico.

Trump has reached the top, and he is not enjoying himself at all. From the looks of it, job satisfaction remains elusive for the 45th president. Lucian K. Truscott IV. Salon.

Immigration agents target 7-Eleven stores in move to crack down on undocumented workers. Nick Miroff. Washington Post.

Vienna New Year's Concert 2018 - Riccardo Muti. YouTube.

Jan. 9, 2018. On this day in 1914, the first African American fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma, was formed at Howard University.

America's Rural Hospitals Are Dangerously Fragile. Consolidation in the health-care industry is threatening small and independent hospitals and the communities they're in. Brian Alexander. The Atlantic.

Bannon steps down from Breitbart amid rift with Trump. Zeke Miller and Catherine Lucey. Associated Press.

3 Ways that States Can Stop Ongoing Health Care Sabotage. Sam Berger. Center for American Progress.

The Winnipeg Kerfluffle [sic] Has Reached Dangerously Canadian Levels. Barry Petchesky. Dead Spin.

Senate Democrats Promise Vote to Restore Net Neutrality, Call FCC’s Order ‘Un-American’ Dell Cameron. Gizmoto.

US to loosen nuclear weapons constraints and develop more 'usable' warheads. New proposal is significantly more hawkish than Obama-era policy. Critics call development of new weapons ‘dangerous, Cold War thinking’. Julian Borger. Guardian.

Joe Arpaio Is Running For Senate In Arizona. “I have a lot to offer. I’m a big supporter of President Trump,” the former sheriff said. Willa Frej. Huffington Post.

At least 8 dead as heavy rains trigger flooding, mudflows and freeway closures across Southern California. Los Angeles Times.

Donald Trump Has Sold Out Family Farmers. Trump claims he's "fighting for our farmers," but his policies mainly benefit agribusiness. Zoë Carpenter. The Nation.

Congress’s Absurd Quest to Curb the Surveillance State. In attempting to both appease the intelligence community and ostensibly roll back its powers, lawmakers are making a mockery of the reform effort. Marcy Wheeler. New Republic.

Trump Plans to Attend the World Economic Forum in Davos. Maggie Haberman and Michael D Sheer. New York Times.

When Deportation Is a Death Sentence. Hundreds of thousands of immigrants in the U.S. may face violence and murder in their home countries. What happens when they are forced to return? Sarah Stillman. The New Yorker.

Ex-spy behind Trump dossier was told FBI had source inside network, testimony revealsDevlin Barrett and Tom Hamburger. Washington Post.

Igor Levit: BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist plays Bach. YouTube.

Jan. 7, 2018. On this day in 1955, Marion Anderson became the first person of color to perform at the Metropolitan Opera.

Low-Income Communities Are Struggling to Support Churches. The institutions need money to serve people. But in many cases, they get that money from those they serve. Patton Dodd. The Atlantic.

Stop answering your phone. Janelle Nanos. Boston Globe.

‘We Are Resilient’: The Power of the Black Community. Center for American Progress. Ohio State Takes Down Number-One Michigan State. Lauren Theisen. Dead Spin.

Here's How to Watch SpaceX Launch the U.S. Government's Mysterious Zuma Spacecraft Tonight. Tom McKay.

Also from Gizmoto: Get Ready For the Ultimate Kaiju Battle With This Godzilla: Monster Planet Release Trailer. Julie Muncie.

Israel imposes travel ban on 20 foreign NGOs over boycott movement. Peter Beaumont. Guardian.

Temperatures In Australia Hit 117 Degrees As Sydney Sees Hottest Day In 78 Years. Nina Golgowski. Huffington Post.

Black Dresses Look Nice, That's Nice. Whitney Kimbell. Jezebel.

Gov. Jerry Brown plants the seeds of his next chapter on a ranch in rural Northern California. John Myers. Los Angeles Times.

Betrayal. The Turnbull government has burned the bridge of bipartisanship. Noel Pearson. The Monthly.

Brexit Britain Hits a New Low. How a "Top Chef" judge landed a job overseeing the country's universities. Josephine Livingstone. New Republic.

The Alt-Right's Asian Fetish. Audrea Lim. New York Times. Women Say a Rigged System Allows Wall Street to Hide Its Sexual-Harassment Problem. William D. Cohan. The New Yorker.

Arguing over the moon. If Earth were hit by a huge object that created the moon, where did evidence of that object go?. Keith A. Spencer. Salon.

Fate of "Dreamers" set to dominate next round of budget talks. Washington Post.

Vivaldi, Concerto in F moll. Soloists Ekaterina Nazarova (violin) Ilya Movchan (violin) The State Academic Chamber Orchestra of Russia (2017) . YouTube.

Jan. 6, 2018. On this day in 1941, F.D.R. delivered his Four Freedoms State of the Union speech.

Don’t focus all of your attention on money, Pope advises. . Boston Globe.

The Emergence of U.S. Nonfederal Climate Diplomacy. Gwynne Taraska. Center for American Progress.

Liverpool And Barcelona Agree To £142 Million Transfer Fee For Philippe Coutinho. Chris Thompson. Dead Spin.

Linus Torvalds Is Not Happy About Intel's Meltdown and Spectre Mess. Tom McKay. Gizmoto.

Angela Merkel at bay … Social Democrats to set high coalition price. German chancellor faces hard talks with centre-left on Sunday to secure fourth term, but rightwingers may cause trouble. Philip Oltermann. Guardian.

Twitter Says Blocking Accounts Of World Leaders Would ‘Hamper Necessary Discussion’. Critics have pushed the company to reprimand Donald Trump for his threatening tweets about nuclear attacks. Mary Papenfuss. Huffington Post.

An Exchange Between Sarah Silverman and a Follower Shows That Twitter Doesn't Have to Be Terrible Always. Whitney Kimball. Jezebel.

Protecting California's beaches from Donald Trump. Steve Lopez. Los Angeles Times.

The Unflappable Finkel. Australia's chief scientist talks energy alternative and trying to elevate the narrative. Anna Krien. The Monthly.

Since Trump's Victory, Democratic Socialists of America Has Become a Budding Political Force. Why an army of young people is joining the DSA. Anna Heyward. The Nation.

The Looming Digital Meltdown. Zeynep Tufekci. New York Times.

Trump, Defending His Mental Fitness, Says He's a 'Very Stable Genius'. Peter Baker and Maggie Haberman. New York Times.

Donald Trump and the Rule of Law. By filling key positions in an acting capacity rather than through Senate confirmation, President Trump has created a cadre of officials who are accountable only to him. Jeffrey Toobin. The New Yorker.

Trump's extraordinary tweetstorms mark an unsettling start to 2018. Dan Balz. Washington Post.

Bach 8 Motets (Motetten). YouTube.

Jan. 5, 2018. on this day in 1968, Alexander Dubček is elected and the "Prague Spring" begins.

What can go wrong for Democrats in 2018? Quite a lot

A New Path for School Integration

A Major-League Team Is Not A Business

Paper Scraps Recovered From Blackbeard's Cannon Reveal What Pirates Were Reading

Once more, Iceland has shown it is the best place in the world to be female. [The] country has just taken a huge step forward in legally enforcing equal pay for men and women.

GOP Senators Recommend Criminal Investigation Of Trump Dossier Author. It’s the Judiciary Committee’s first public criminal referral in the Russia investigation.

These Are the Real Causes of the Iran Protests. Trump’s threats to kill the nuclear deal have inhibited investment, leading to continued economic distress—but it was the Iranian government’s leaked budget that enraged the public.

The Republican Threat to Food Stamps in 2018. Paul Ryan wants to tackle entitlement reform this year, and America's largest anti-hunger program is a top target.

‘Forget About the Stigma’: Male Nurses Explain Why Nursing Is a Job of the Future for Men

Fighting Fake News Is Not the Solution

Analysis. Trump has big plans for offshore oil development. But will it ever happen?

Senior Republican refers Trump-Russia dossier author for possible charges

Bahubali Kon hain Vo Bharatanatyam Dance Choreography

Jan. 4, 2018. On this day in 1884, the Fabian Society was formed in London

A New Path for School Integration

Roads, cars submerged: Storm rages with snow, floods

The Redemption Of Figure Skater Mirai Nagasu

FCC Releases Final Text of Order Killing Net Neutrality

Tell-all book on Trump to be released early despite White House legal effort

Sen. Cory Gardner Rips Jeff Sessions’ Weed Reversal, Threatens To Hold Up DOJ Nominees

Trump Administration Goes Ahead and Opens Nearly All Federal Waters to Drilling

These Are the Real Causes of the Iran Protests.

Trump’s threats to kill the nuclear deal have inhibited investment, leading to continued economic distress—but it was the Iranian government’s leaked budget that enraged the public.

Trump’s offshore drilling policies put every coastal community in America at risk.

The Bogus Voter-Fraud Commission Is Dead, but the Myths Aren’t

Sibelius Pohjola's Daughter

Jan. 3, 2018. On this day in 1961, the U.S. cut diplomatic ties with Cuba; in 1966 civic right activist Sammy Younge was shot to death in Tuskegee, AL.

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Emmanuel Macron promises ban on fake news during elections.French president warns democracies are under threat as he sets out plan including emergency blocks on websites

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Much like his father, Stevenson remained a staunch Tory for most of his life. His cousin and biographer, Sir Graham Balfour, said that "he probably throughout life would, if compelled to vote, have always supported the Conservative candidate". During his college years, he briefly identified as a "red-hot Socialist." However, by the year 1877, at only twenty-seven years of age and before having written most of his major fictional works, Stevenson reflected: "For my part, I look back to the time when I was a Socialist with something like regret. I have convinced myself (for the moment) that we had better leave these great changes to what we call great blind forces: their blindness being so much more perspicacious than the little, peering, partial eyesight of men [...] Now I know that in thus turning Conservative with years, I am going through the normal cycle of change and travelling in the common orbit of men's opinions. I submit to this, as I would submit to gout or gray hair, as a concomitant of growing age or else of failing animal heat; but I do not acknowledge that it is necessarily a change for the better—I dare say it is deplorably for the worse."

From a review of H.L. Mencken's American Mercury, found in the German magazine Querschnitt, 1924 (translation by me):

We in Europe and particularly in Germany, we know only the bad, or to put it more mildly, the disappointing side of America, not its aspirations and its striving for human worth despite Ford and Wilson, despite world war and “business.” But Mencken, this magician, successfully call forth the powers to show us this other America, that is morally clean, without becoming sour, that is intelligent without expressing simply a trick of the advertising life and politics, and that, not least of all, understands how to write.

IN 1924!!!!

Tips are considered somewhat impolite in Australia.  It's like giving strangers money.

The practice in America seems to date from late in the 19th century.

-- Judging from the number and earnestness of the letters that a few remarks on the practice of tipping, recently printed in this column, have moved our readers to write, the subject is generally regarded as both interesting and important. For that reason, and not from any hopes that the discussion will lead to practical results, it is worthwhile to emphasize again the fact that the wretched system was originated and is perpetuated, not by its victims, the men who give and take tips, but by those who profit by it every year to the extent of millions more than a few. The real takers of tips are the hotel and restaurant proprietors, the owners of steamships, the officers and stockholders of railways, and a dozen other classes of employers, all very dignified and all infinitely far above the acceptance of a gratuity — directly. These are the people at whom our correspondents should aim their arguments, their denunciation and contempt, not at their almost helpless agents, the waiters and porters. With exceptions so rare that they need not be taken into the account, the tipping custom exists only where the nominal employer is not the person served, and every tip saves the payment of wages to an equal amount. In private families and in clubs there is no tipping, and yet the service is as good as or better than it is in hotels and on steamboats. This shows the utter emptiness of the claim that tips go naturally and properly with labor of a personal or "menial" sort. As a matter of fact, they go naturally and meet improperly with labor performed in such circumstances that two payments can be exacted for the same service. One payment goes to the employee, the other to the house or the company or the individual under the control of whom or which he exercises his trade. It may not be commonly known that the hotel waiter detailed to serve the proprietor's family gets, in some cases, at least, appreciably higher pay than his companions. Of course he receives no tips. This throws a flood of light on the frequent assertions that the abolition of the tipping system is impossible. -- from The New York Times, November 21, 1899.

Treasures are what people bring to Antiques Roadshow; who would sell an heirloom worth $50?  Here from Rafael Sánchez Ferlosio, Adventures of the Ingenious Alfanuí

-- People think that a treasure is something worth a lot of money, but a real treasure is something you cannot sell. A treasure is something that is worth so much it is worth nothing. Of course, he could sell his treasure as ivory, but then it would lose its status as a treasure, and all he would be selling was the ivory. A real treasure is worth more than life, because you will die without selling it. It will never save your life. A treasure is worth a lot and is worth nothing. That is what a treasure is, something that you cannot sell.

A translation of Om Mani Padme Hum from a small framed piece at the Lessers:

OM: I invoke the path and experience of universality so that

MANI: the jeweline luminesity of my immortal soul/mind/spirit

PADME: may be unfolded within the depths of the lotus center of awakening consciousness

HUM: and I be wafted by the ecstasy of breaking through all bonds and horizons.

source of trans.: W.E. Garett, "Mountaintop War in Remote Ladakh", National Geographic 123 (May 1963): 686 at . See also the Wikipedia article on it

stop guns

...The lesson of today's terrorism is that if God exists, then everything, including blowing up thousands of innocent bystanders, is permitted - at least to those who claim to act directly on behalf of God...

...Fundamentalists do what they perceive as good deeds in order to fulfill God's will and to earn salvation; atheists do them simply because it is the right thing to do...

from Slavoj Zizek, "Atheism is a legacy worth fighting for", The New York Times, March 13, 2006

It's the present even if we don't yet know that it's the future.


Let's get down to brass tacks.

Do the Corporations want a Middle Class?

If not,

well then, a simple solution. (Otherwise, does everyone listed below seems like a drag on income?)

If so,

who do they want to be in it?

Guys with guns.  Cops, Prison Guards, Military.


People who look after us.  Nurses, Teachers, Cops, Claims Adjustors, Dental Hygenists.

Should they expect to be able to buy a house?

Those who serve us.  Cash Register Clerks, Receptioniss, Pre-School Teachers, Waiters.

They seem to get emergency room health care now.

The incapacitated.  Homeless, Ill, Odd.

Tethered and sequestered.

Otherwise, how poxie will things be if the Corporates' kids venture into public?

If only I could find the recently reported note from an industrialist in the early days of regulation saying any regulatory agency is fine because it will soon be sufficiently weakened to be no threat and an illusion of the electorate.

"While Warren's nomination was too-toxic-to-touch mere months ago, the momentum of the past few weeks could be enough to convince the White House to tap her for the job. Whomever Obama picks, he'll need to do it soon: The deadline for having a permanent CFPB director in place is July 21, according to the Dodd-Frank financial reform law. But no matter who the nominee is, he or she faces massive opposition in Congress, with Republicans maneuvering to block not just Warren but any CFPB nominee if their demands to weaken the bureau are not met."

--- Andy Kroll in Mother Jones

Auto Theft

When she came back out her short hair was now spiked and dark brown instead of tipped and flowing.

"Wow!" she said.  "That's different, eh?"

Louis laughed.  "I could open a salon!"

They are both dear and young. 

Later that night her hair relaxed and fell against her skull.  It framed her face and set off her ears.  The natural color showed her eye brows and lashes.

Thomas noticed.  "Wow, a haircut!" he said.  "Quite a disguise to make yourself look more like yourself."

But Louis was taken.  All eyes and nods around the room.  He'd brought back a full lunch.

Auto Theft

How do you know it's RagTag?

No person is physically harmed.  The point it to harm institutions which inflict personal harm, both physical and emotional.  Financially powerful institutions are not necessarily evil.

Before I quit smoking I worried that when I lit up I spent a moment in a contemplative never-never land and insight came to me.  Even once I quit, I was sorry to have lost that capacity, however artificially prompted.

Now, 6 months without tobacco, I find that the insughtful moment is not brought on by a smokey cigarette but comes from planting your feet firmly and not moving for a few moments.  The window of insight, admittedly still innocuous, opens.  Beer helps.

All these things happen.  I could write them down.  Who would read them?

The novel is to print as X is to the web.  A website is about size.  It's an isolate giving ready access, like a video game, to several series of pages filled with links to entertaining sites with Google ads running down the right side.

For $10 a month you can have a place to type in the more interesting bits of you day books.  The website could be called: Am I the Only Person on Earth Who Wants to Know About This


By-Laws Society of Bibliophiles of the Law

Membership.  Membership is by self-nomination.

    Charter members.  Charter Members are expected to pay as much they feell is necessary to defray the cost of the society's activities.

    Regular members.  Regular Members need pay nothing.

Officers.  The Secretary is empowered to act in the best interest of the Society.

Meetings.  The Society will meet at the pleasure of the Charter Members.

Activities.  The Society intends to publish and distribute gratis in pamphlet form exemplary legal writing, particularly writing that is otherwise difficult to find.

Geist Foundation

Los Angeles

July 2008

Board meeting minutes

Call to order

Minutes of 2007 meeting (see attached) approved as amended.

Financial Report 2007 - 2008 tabled (see attached)

Agenda approved

    Bibliophiles of the Law grant approved.  SA Jones's writ in Moore v Dempsey in pamphlet form to honor NAACP centenary.

    Invoice Pirate Pamphlets approved.

New business

    SA Jones pamphlets to Board members for subsequent distribution.

    Board membership discussed.

    G. Boeck continues as secretary/treasurer

Next meeting

    Mid-November 2008

Adjourn 9:50 am

How to Boil Water

Kitchen rules

Meat.  Raw meat on the counter - the surface has to be cleaned before it is used again.  You have some leaway if you are preparing vegies to be cooked.  Believe me, clean knives and counters are worth the effort.

putting images on webpages

apple flower with bee

It seems odd to me. A  significant part of a bee's biology deals with flight late in life.  They are excuisitely desgined to take nectar and pollen from flowers in daylight, yet they spend almost all of their time in a pitch black hive. During most of her life she hangs around, wanders here and there in the hive touching friends and things.  Sleeping, stopping to clean something or fiddle with wax and comb.  Less than a third of the day is spent working or sleeping.  The comings and goings of her sisters during the daylight sets the tempo.


To put an image on your website takes three steps:  put the image on your desk top, insert the image into your webpage, post the image and the webpage to your site.

Open SeaMonkey's Composer which lives under the Window tab.

One way to insert an image is to click on Image in the navagation bar.  You will be asked to choose the image and will have to give it a title in the alternative text box.  You then figure out the demensions of the photo on the page, either in Pixels or in % of the page.  If you use Pixels, the computer will make sure that the ratio of height to width stays constant.  Then you can decide where you want the illus. relative to its text by clicking on the Appearance tab.  For the amount of space around the illus., I like 10 pixels left and right and top and bottom.   You can also align the text and image.  You can also drag the image to where you want it in the text, then change the alignment to right left or above or below.

Once you've got the image where you want it, you can post it to the website.

First, save the file to the Index folder in the Website folder.  Save the illus. to the Images folder in the Website folder.    Then in Foxfire under the tools tab, open FireFTP.  The files on the left are those on the computer, those on the right are those on the website.  When you first start FireFTP, you will have to click on Connect (on the left below the Google box) and will probably have to double click on the folder to open it.  The images folder has all of the images on the website.  The index folder has all of the pages on the website.  To copy the image, click on the images folder to open it.  The right and left panes should look more or less identical.  Click once on the image name on the left to select it then on the arrow to copy it to the web page.  Do the same for the edited page to copy it to the index folder.  You will have to tell the machine to overwrite the file.

15 books quickly

Moby Dick

Friends of Edie Coyle

Perenial Philosophy

Pride and Prejudice

Villion's Testament

Elida's Shamanism

BackRoads to Far Towns

Life on the Mississippi

Red Badge of Courage

Secret Garden

RT Peterson's Birds of Western States

Propp Morphology of the Folktale

Score Beethoven's 5th Symphony

Fafird and the Gray Mouser

Where the Wild Things Are

What about those bees, eh?  Apis Meliflora.

Spring brings great things to the Pasadena yard.

The news is an article I wrote about an early court record which got me my folklore degree. Naturally I put it with Bibliophiles of the Law. It will land me in hot water for naive understanding.

Debris left from attempts to figure out how to do stuff.

Footnote:  you can't link to go back and forth unless yhou start a second page with footnotes on it.  We have to use the Back button.

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<a name="fn1">1.&nbsp;</a> About something ...

Watch it!  check the source for the stuff.

Dottie at wedding

Dorothy walks to the wedding.

Grace van Cutsem by Matt Durham




cut from Guide Sydney:

Practical information

Tourist information. The Sydney Visitor Centre, 106 George Street, The Rocks, t 02 9255 1788/13 20 77 (throughout Australia for cost of local call); Airport centre, International Terminal, t 9667 6050. Open every day 09.00-18.00. Hotel bookings made on site and for single nights only. Both centres include hotel phone board from which main chain hotels can be reached for bookings and transportation.

Getting from the airport. Kingsford Smith Airport is located in Mascot on Botany Bay, about 8km from the centre of Sydney. The airport's two terminals, domestic and international, are linked by free shuttle buses. These Airport Express buses also travel into the city, running every 20 minutes t 131 500. No. 300 runs to Circular Quay via Central Station and King's Cross; no. 350 runs to Central Station and King's Cross. Currently the cost is $5 single, $8 return. There is also a private bus line, Kingsford Smith Transport, that will drop you at most places in the city for the same price as the city bus; t 02 9667 3221. Taxi fare is about $20 into central Sydney.

Trains. All interstate and local trains arrive at Central Railway Station, Eddy Avenue, immediately south of city centre. All major bus and city train routes leave from here as well. For information on state and interstate services, t 02 9217 8812 or in New South Wales freecall t 008 04 3126; a Countrylink Travel Centre is also available at Circular Quay Station, which is the other centre for rail information. City rail information is open until 22.00; t 131 500.

Bus. The main coach terminal is at the side of Central Station (t 02 9212 1500), although the Greyhound-Pioneer buses most regularly arrive at the depot on Oxford and Riley Streets, in Paddington-Darlinghurst; t 13 2323; website: From here, local buses nos 280 and 389 go down Oxford Street to Circular Quay; bus no. 378 arrives at Central Station.

Local transport. Sydney has relatively good public transportation, with an extensive and fairly efficient train network from the Blue Mountains to Liverpool and along the coast both north and south. Within the city, buses are the most convenient and cheapest way to travel. Automobile traffic in the entire Sydney region causes some of the worst and most frustrating congestion in the world; travel by public transportation is strongly recommended when at all possible. Bus, train, and ferry information is available at travel offices at Circular Quay and Central Station; t 02 9954 4422/131 500. Weekly Travelpasses are available, with colour-coded zone fares; for the buses, a Metroten ticket offers the biggest savings, if you are using the buses for several trips. For tourists, the Sydney Explorer Pass allows unlimited travel on the many Explorer buses to popular destinations around the city; it is available through the New South Wales Travel Centre, 19 Castlereagh Street, t 02 9231 4444.

Ferries. Do not forget that the harbour's ferries are not just tourist rides, but serve as the major, and certainly the most enjoyable, form of public transportation from the North Shore and to most venues around the harbour as far as Parramatta. They travel frequently and conveniently.

The Ferries Information Centre is located opposite Jetty 4 at Circular Quay; information about ferry service is through the State Transit Public Transport Information Line, t 131 1500.

Water taxis are also available 24 hours a day, a bit pricey, but a truly exciting way to get to any place near the water. Telephone Taxis Afloat, t 1300 300 925, website: Harbour Taxi Boats, t 9555 1155; or Beach Hooper Water Taxis, t 0412 400 990

Taxis. Taxi fares in Sydney are relatively expensive, and, as in all major cities, the drivers have a reputation for either verbosity or cantankerousness; they represent the multicultural nature of contemporary Australia, and are for the most part excellent drivers. Tipping is appreciated, but certainly not mandatory and is usually only a rounding off to the nearest dollar. Taxis can be located at taxi ranks around the city; one can also try to hail a cab on the street, although this is not as standard a practice as in New York City. Book a cab from Legion, tel. 9289 9000; Premier Radio Cabs, 02 13 10 17; RSL, 02 9581 1111.

Useful addresses

Consulates: British Consulate General, Level 16, Gateway Building, 1 Macquarie Street, t 02 9247 7521; US Consulate, 59th floor, MLC Centre, 19-29 Martin Place, t 02 9373 9200.

Police: Emergency, t 000; police switchboard, 151-241 Goulburn Street, Surry Hills, t 02 9281 0000; city stations: 192 Day Street, t 02 9265 6499; The Rocks, George and Argyle Street, t 02 9265 6366.

Hospitals: Sydney Hospital Emergency, Macquarie Street, t 02 9228 2111; Royal North Shore Hospital, Pacific Highway, St Leonards, t 02 9438 7111.


$$$$ Hotel Inter-Continental, 117 Macquarie Street, City, t 02 9230 0200/1800 221 828; fax 02 9240 1240. A truly grand hotel, part of which is the old treasury building; cultivated elegance, walking distance to Opera House and Botanic Gardens. Superb restaurant.

$$$$ Park Hyatt, 7 Hickson Road, The Rocks, t 02 9241 1234/131 234, fax 02 9256 1555. In USA: t 1800 233 1234; London: t 0171 580 8197. Architecturally impressive, blending beautifully with Rocks and Quay buildings; balcony rooms directly on harbour.

$$$$ Ritz-Carlton, 93 Macquarie Street, City, t 02 9252 4600/1800 252 888, fax 02 9252 4286. Fine hotel near Sydney's financial district and opposite Botanic Gardens, in 1899 sandstone building; thoughtful service.

$$$ Carlton Crest, 169-179 Thomas Street, City, t 02 9281 6888/1800 252 588; fax 02 9281 6888. A four-star hotel near Darling Harbour, excellent location, rooftop pool. Has special packages in combination with Sydney Festival, and on summer weekends.

$$$ Observatory Hotel, 89-113 Kent Street, The Rocks, t 02 9256 2222/1800 806 245, fax 02 9256 2233. Famed for its 'drawing room' atmosphere—antiques, library, fireplace, as well as canopied pool. On one of the most delightful and calming streets in inner Sydney, across from Observatory Hill.

$$$ Ritz-Carlton Double Bay, 33 Cross Street, Double Bay, t 02 9362 4455/1800 252 888, fax 02 9362 4744. A popular 'celebrity hotel' in the 'village' of Double Bay, 10 minutes from centre city. Impeccable service, famous buffet lunch in the lobby restaurant.

$$$ The Sebel of Sydney, 25 Elizabeth Bay Road, Elizabeth Bay, t 02 9358 3244. ‘Boutique' hotel, where Princess Diana and film stars stayed. Small and friendly, personalised service.

$$$ Woolloomooloo Waters Apartment Hotel, 88 Dowling Street, Woolloomooloo Bay, t 02 9358 3100/1800 267 949; fax 02 9356 4839; e-mail: Self-contained apartments (studio, one- and two-bedroom), flexible packages for all levels of amenities, good for longer stays, ideal for families.

$$ Hughenden Boutique Hotel, 14 Queen Street, Woollahra, t 9363 4863, fax 02 9362 0398. Small (36 rooms), in renovated historic (1876) house and stables; stylish and popular breakfast room.

$$ McLaren Hotel, 25 McLaren Street, North Sydney, t 9954 4622, fax 02 9922 1868. Boutique hotel (25 rooms) in centre of North Sydney; front building part of National Trust; room cost includes breakfast.

$$ Periwinkle Guesthouse, 18-19 East Esplanade, Manly, t 9977 4668, fax 02 9977 6308. Great location, a 'fun' guesthouse, with a variety of rooms, resulting from the joining of two Victorian houses near the beach.

$$ Ravesi's, On the corner of Campbell Parade and Hall Street, Bondi Beach, t 9365 4422, fax 02 9365 1481. The best place to stay on Bondi Beach: new and comfortable, ocean views, next to Hall Street and Jewish eateries.

$$ Sullivans, 21 Oxford Street, Paddington, t 02 9361 0211, fax 02 9360 3735. Perfect inner-city location, off-street parking, comfortable rooms; great breakfast cafe. Very homey place, family-owned; bicycles available to guests.

$ The Grand Hotel, 30 Hunter Street, City, t 02 232 3755, fax 02 9232 1073. One of Sydney's oldest hotels (only 19 rooms), built over the Tank Stream and opposite Wynyard Station. Excellent value, central location, some shared facilities.

Wordpress blog

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN">
<title>Your Page Title</title>
<meta http-equiv="REFRESH" content="0;url="></HEAD>
Optional page text here.

Code Description:

<meta http-equiv="REFRESH" content="0;url="> is the part that actually does the redirecting.

The number preceding the url (in this case zero) tells the browser the number of seconds to wait before redirecting to the new url.

You could set this to 5 and add some optional text to your page - something like:

"Please wait while we redirect you to our new site".

That's it! Just copy the code, save it (i.e. save as index.html) and your html redirect will work perfectly.

Yikes!  We had to move. (I finally started to understand a bit about the architecture of websites.)

The new URL is:

You will be redirected to the new address in five seconds.

If you see this message for more than 5 seconds, please click on the link above!

IPR frontis

IRP Chapter 1

IRP Chapter 2

IRP Chapter 3

IRP Chapter 4

IRP Chapter 5

IRP Chapter 6

IPR coda

IRP End Matter

testing Chrome

testing links A brief history of Australia

The Arts


Testing ShiftEdit test


Apple Flower with Bee, Simon Eugster --– Simon
peace symbol
echidna.jpg -- Neville W. Cayley (1887-1950), Australian National Botanic Gardens
wedding_Dottie -- Erika Esau
blackberries -- Laura Courtney's friend
ginwindsofwar -- Erika Esau