M Is FOR MASHUP - June 14th, 2016
A Summer Mashup
By DJ Useo
DJ Roz Roz has released his wonderful bootleg mix called "Sleepwalkin' Marley" ( Bob Marley vs Santo & Johnny )
( sowndhaus.com/track/6202/sleepwalkin-marley )
Stream, or download here
( sowndhaus.com/track/6202/sleepwalkin-marley )
( www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfoYFmTKJyw )
Send me links for any mashups you are enjoying. One last word - sunscreen. ;)
Paul Krugman: We're Not Even In Kansas Anymore (NY Times Blog)
The point is that what we're seeing now is so bad, so cynical, that it makes the Kansas experiment looks like a model of idealism and honesty by comparison.
Paul Krugman: "Macroeconomics: The Simple and the Fancy" (NY Times Blog)
A more modest program would, in part, help diminish this harm. But it would also be really helpful if macroeconomists relearned the idea that simple aggregate models can, in fact, be useful.
Andy Slavitt: The Senate's three tools on health care: Sabotage, speed and secrecy (Washington Post)
McConnell couldn't have missed the town halls filled with angry Americans who rely on Medicaid and see the Affordable Care Act's protections for those with preexisting conditions as a godsend. The House bill - which the Congressional Budget Office estimates would cause 23 million to lose coverage and end those protections for many - threatened all of that.
John Harwood: Trump makes bizarre claims at press event as Cabinet members take turns praising him (CNBC)
Since taking office in January, Donald Trump has displayed various reactions to the pressures of his job, from angry tweets to effusive exaggerations to self-defeating candor. On Monday, Trump tried something new: bathing in praise from his Cabinet in front of TV cameras.
Ryan Gilbey: Tom Green: 'It demystifies the presidency when you've had Trump scream in your face' (The Guardian)
Inevitably, the current US president, who fired him from The Apprentice, crops up. "I talk about how it demystifies the presidency when you've sat there and had him scream in your face. 'Wow, that guy's the president? I really should've gone up for all of those jobs in my life that I never felt qualified for.'"
Michele Hanson: I was talked into getting a health check. Big mistake (The Guardian)
I thought a quick checkup would quell my anxieties and leave me happy and confident about my future. Some chance.
Caught Red Handed (YouTube)
Maybe she couldn't remember doing it? Still, Emma was caught red faced and red handed...
David Bruce: William Shakespeare's 11 Tragedies: Retellings in Prose (Amazon Kindle)
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Michelle in AZ
"It's a Good Life"
A friend of mine was reminded of this Twilight Zone episode ("It's a Good Life") after watching Trump's recent cabinet meeting.
Swallowtail aflutter in Wisconsin
Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp
Borowitz's take on Weasel Boy
The last line is certainly true for me!
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)-An Alabama man whose brain was ravaged by severe amnesia is somehow able to function in an extremely demanding legal job, leading neurologists reported on Tuesday.
The man, whom neurologists are calling a "medical mystery," has performed highly exacting tasks in one of the country's top legal positions despite having virtually no short- or long-term memory.
Dr. Davis Logsdon, the chairman of the neurology department at the University of Minnesota Medical School, said that the Alabaman's brain "defies explanation."
Logsdon said that his team of neurologists was studying video of the man in the hopes of understanding the paradoxical functioning of his brain, but Logsdon acknowledged that such a task was challenging. "After listening to him talk for hours, your own brain starts to hurt," he said.
Couple of days agoI I got this trash in my e-mail from the cupie doll, how in the hell did they get my name?????
Did the russians hack the DNC and give my e-mail to the punkinhead?????
I'm completely beside my self thinking of the most appropriate way to respond!!!!
Make America Great Again
I wanted to save reaching out to you for a very special event.
On June 14, 2017, President Trump will turn 71, and I need your help to make it a birthday my husband will never forget.
Our celebrations always include family and close friends.
You have certainly proven yourself to be a loyal friend of my husband through your support of his positive vision to Make America Great Again and your unwavering commitment to the Republican Party.
Please, join me in celebrating Donald's 71st birthday by signing the card before the deadline, 9:00 PM on June 14, 2017.
And to make it even more special, be sure to include your personal message.
Friend, Donald will be glad to hear from friends like you who have meant so much to his and our Party's success.
So please, take a moment to sign the President's birthday card. Your support and kind wishes mean so much to our family.
(Melania Trump Signature Headshot)
SIGN THE CARD
from Marc Perkel
from that Mad Cat, JD
GOOD RIDDANCE TO BAD RUBBISH!
"THE MEN WHO SOLD THE WORLD"
SUCCESS IN OAKLAND!
THE SNOWFLAKES ARE UPSET.
SMOKE A JOINT AND CHILL OUT.
THE CRIMINAL REPUG THUG GOES TO CONGRESS?
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In The Chaos Household
No marine layer and it's starting to heat up.
Blocked By T-rump
In the face of political tumult, an online literary community is thriving.
Two popular authors -- J.K. Rowling and Stephen King -- have been particularly outspoken. Since November, King has been sharing his thoughts on Donald Trump to his 3.28 million followers.
"If Ivanka Trump had grown up in farm country, like some of us, she'd know her father is reaping exactly what he sowed," the author tweeted yesterday.
His commentary must've ruffled feathers because today, to his dismay, he shared that Trump has blocked him on Twitter. "I may have to kill myself," the author of over 50 novels ? many of them both classics and bestsellers ? added.
But, fellow Trump-decrier and beloved writer J.K. Rowling stepped in, in an act of writerly camaraderie. "I still have access," she wrote. "I'll DM them to you."
Plastic Pollution Crisis
Sitting on the back of an old steel sailboat called the SY Christianshavn that is cruising through the middle of the eastern Pacific Ocean, 1,000 miles from land in any given direction, when I spot my first piece of ocean plastic.
It's a large chunk of an orange laundry basket, and I snap a few photos of it as it floats by the starboard side of the ship. Soon after, I spot a large orange fishing buoy, a few fist-size plastic flakes, a pink dustpan and a green condiment bottle colonized by barnacles. And then - nothing. The sapphire blue water around the ship appears clean and clear until another pile of plastic debris - a huge tangle of nets and rope, a hunk of Styrofoam and a fishing trap - materializes about 20 minutes later.
It may be called "the Great Pacific Garbage Patch," but this stretch of the ocean appears less like an overflowing landfill site and more like a lightly littered road.
Yet the people I sailed with last November - a group of seven sailors and scientists affiliated with a Danish nonprofit organization called Plastic Change, plus American artist Chris Jordan - have found a potentially huge and constant presence of plastic lurking below the surface. On this trip they pulled microplastic from the depths, something that had not been done before in the Pacific. The presence of the substance in deep water could mean scientists have been underestimating both the volume of plastic in the ocean and its effects on the marine life that feeds in the middle layers of the ocean and on the seabed.
"New research suggests that large pieces of plastic collect on some parts of the ocean floor, and tiny particles can be suspended in the water column," said Kristian Syberg, associate professor of environmental risk at Denmark's Roskilde University, who sailed across the Pacific with Plastic Change.
Grew A Second Head
There are all kinds of experiments going on aboard the International Space Station, but they all probably don't produce results as strange as this one. An article published today in the journal Regeneration details a recent experiment in which an amputated flatworm grew two heads -- twice.
Planarian flatworms are known to have extraordinary regenerative properties. They can regrow complex organs, including a central nervous system, from small pieces of their bodies. In order to study how space travel might affect these regenerative abilities, the scientists sent a group of worms up to the International Space Station; half were amputated, with their heads and tails cut off, and half were normal.
The worms stayed aboard the ISS for five weeks, after which they were observed for 20 months on Earth. This was when scientists noticed something very strange: One of the 15 amputated worms actually grew two heads. While this has occurred in fully Earth-bound worms, it's incredibly rare -- in 18 years of working with these worms, this specific research team has never encountered the phenomenon.
The team once again amputated the worm (seriously, what did this worm ever do to them?) and it grew another double head from the cut end. This has led the scientists to hypothesize that space travel has made some fundamental change to the worm's regeneration abilities.
Internet pioneer Yahoo ended its two-decade run as an independent company on Tuesday, completing the sale of its core online assets to telecom giant Verizon.
Yahoo's chief executive Marissa Mayer resigned as expected, as Verizon finalized the $4.48 billion deal integrating the Yahoo internet operations into a new unit called Oath, which includes another former sector leader, AOL.
Tim Armstrong, former CEO of AOL, now holds the same title at Oath, a division in Verizon's Media and Telematics organization.
Oath includes a number of other digital media operations including HuffPost, formerly known as the Huffington Post.
Verizon has made no indication of how it will use the Yahoo brand -- which is used by over a billion people worldwide -- but indicated it is keeping the names Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Finance, Yahoo Mail and more.
War On Women Continues
Missouri lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Monday after Republican Gov. Eric Greitens (R-Every Sperm Is Sacred) called for a special session aimed at imposing more abortion restrictions and undoing a St. Louis ordinance that bans discrimination over abortion and pregnancies.
Greitens, an abortion opponent, announced last week he was bringing legislators back to work, the second time he's done so in less than a month. At issue now are a federal judge's ruling striking down some state laws on abortion and the St. Louis ordinance, which prohibits discrimination in housing and employment based on "reproductive health decisions."
While largely symbolic, the St. Louis ordinance bans employers from firing, refusing to hire or disciplining women because they have an abortion, take contraception, use artificial insemination or become pregnant while unmarried. The ordinance, which also bans such discrimination in housing, was approved in the heavily Democratic city to pre-empt anti-abortion measures during the regular legislative session.
Greitens, in calling for the special session last week, said he wants the local ordinance undone, saying it makes St. Louis "an abortion sanctuary city."
The first-time governor also said more regulations were needed in response to a ruling in May by U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs. The ruling invalidated requirements that doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and that clinics meet hospital-like standards for outpatient surgery. The state has appealed the ruling.
Justices Strike Down Gender Differences
A unanimous Supreme Court on Monday struck down part of an unusual immigration law that treats fathers and mothers differently when it comes to conferring citizenship on children born outside the U.S.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg called the 1940s-era law "stunningly anachronistic" in the way it stereotypes men and woman. Her opinion cites several landmark discrimination cases that she successfully argued before the high court for the principle that having one rule for mothers and another for fathers is unconstitutional.
But in a twist, the ruling failed to provide any relief to Luis Ramon Morales-Santana, the New York resident who successfully challenged the law. The court said tougher - not easier - standards for attaining citizenship should apply to everyone.
The ruling affects a law that applies to children born abroad to one parent who is an American and one who isn't. The law made it harder for children of unwed American fathers to gain citizenship themselves.
Under the law, a child born outside the United States to an unwed citizen father and a noncitizen mother can become a U.S. citizen at birth if the father lived in the U.S. for five years, with at least two of those years coming after the age of 14. But an American mother must only have lived in the U.S. continuously for one year to meet the requirement.
Bans Full-Face Muslim Veil
The Norwegian government on Monday proposed a bill to ban the full-face Muslim veil in all schools, from nurseries to universities, saying it hinders communication between students and teachers.
Norway's ruling coalition of conservative and anti-immigration rightwing parties had promised the ban last year, targeting the full-face veil called the niqab as well as burqas, balaclavas and masks.
Local authorities in Norway already have the power to ban the veil in schools, however there is no uniform national policy. At this stage, the bill does not lay out consequences for disregarding the proposed law.
The full-face veil is rather uncommon in Norway, even more so in schools, but the issue comes intermittently back into political debates.
Still Full Of It
Publications such as the Daily Mail and the Washington Examiner are hailing Barron Trump as a fashion icon after reporting that a $30 J. Crew shirt the 11-year-old wore sold out.
"Barron Trump Gets J. Crew Shirt Sold Out WITHIN HOURS," reads a headline on former half-term Alaska governor Sarah Palin's (R-Has Been) website.
That's not true. The shirt has been off the market for some time.
J. Crew told Business Insider that its "The Expert" t-shirt was from its Spring 2015 collection. It was not re-released yesterday and would have "sold out" long before the president's son wore the shirt.
It seems like the first family is making an effort to appear more relatable
Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for June 5-11. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.
1. NBA Finals: Golden State at Cleveland, Game 3, ABC, 20.1 million.
2. NBA Finals: Golden State at Cleveland, Game 4, ABC, 19.01 million.
3. "America's Got Talent" (Tuesday), NBC, 12.53 million.
4. "World of Dance," NBC, 8.42 million.
5. "60 Minutes," CBS, 7.88 million.
6. "Little Big Shots," NBC, 7.04 million.
7. "Celebrity Family Feud" (Sunday), ABC, 7.03 million.
8. Stanley Cup Final: Pittsburgh at Nashville, Game 6, NBC, 6.99 million.
9. "NCIS," CBS, 6.74 million.
10. "Celebrity Family Feud" (Thursday, 9 p.m.), ABC, 6.25 million.
11. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 6.17 million.
12. "Steve Harvey's Funderdome," ABC, 6.15 million.
13. "Tony Awards," CBS, 6.05 million.
14. "The Bachelorette," ABC, 6.045 million.
15. "Bull," CBS, 5.72 million.
16. Stanley Cup Final: Pittsburgh at Nashville, Game 4, NBC, 5.66 million.
17. "The $100,000 Pyramid," ABC, 5.54 million.
18. "NBA Countdown, Game 3," ABC, 5.5 million.
19. "Blue Bloods," CBS, 5.38 million.
20. "Celebrity Family Feud" (Thursday, 8 p.m.). ABC, 5.36 million.