This is no longer the most recent edition. There is at least one that's newer. That doesn't mean you won't find good stuff in here. Just that it's not getting any more updates.
(Wednesday's update gets excitingly spacy on ya!)
(Tuesday's update includes TWO news stories we never expected to bring you. Monday's update includes the ELIZA GILKYSON special, announced to the press the same day.)
So, this summer's quadrennial political party conventions are less blah-blah and no hoop-la. They are still scripted, and this time, the psychologists are doing the writing. Congratulate yourself that you're escaping the Operant Conditioning, virtual values realignment, and general brainwashing inherent in both conventions. Their solutions to everything are flawed plans put forth by flawed human beings, dependent on flawed judgements by voters to pick the one that's less terrifying. Which probably isn't the one who assures us that miracles will replace the need for action because he thinks he's perfect.
Big news about The Guide's impending move is in our previous edition.
The "New Normal"-- will Dodger Stadium's cutouts catch on?
Tonight, a maskless crowd of 1,000 will be in attendance when Donald Trump makes his acceptance speech for the Republican nomination to run again.
That gathering of unmasked Branch Covidians will conclude tonight and is set to be repetitively consistent with all four days of the Republican Convention.
■ attempting to foment fear among suburban homeowners that "the Democrats" would invade their neighborhoods with high-density housing projects filled with poor minorities and free-roaming illegal immigrants bent on committing crimes, all while defunding police and leaving you at the mercy of criminals that only Trump would protect you from
■ claiming the pandemic is over, that Trump conquered it, and that "the Democrats" are destroying the economy and ruining your children by refusing to allow "the economy to reopen," "the schools to reopen," and "America to reopen"
■ ignoring record wildfires in California (because saying anything might contradict their denial of Global Climate Change)
■ ignoring the strongest hurricane ever to hit Louisiana (because saying anything might contradict their denial of Global Climate Change)
■ ignoring the record 90° water in the Gulf of Mexico and the record 80°+ water in the Atlantic Ocean that spawned that hurricane and is already spawning more potentially-record storms (because saying anything might contradict their denial of Global Climate Change)
■ ignoring the (latest) shocking police shooting of a young black man, this time in Kenosha, Wisconsin, this time who was shot in the back seven times at point-blank range
■ mischaracterizing peaceful protestors across America as looters and rioters who are coming to get you
■ claiming that demonstrators -- for social justice -- (who don't look like you) were the ones who spread the virus (after Trump somehow stopped it and "stood up to China") yet ignoring the fact that their Republican Convention has featured, and is concluding with, mass gatherings of maskless demonstrators -- for Trump
■ ignoring the under-age 17-year-old white murdered who shockingly shot peaceful demonstrators in Kenosha, Wisconsin, killing two of those demonstrators, and was ignored by police in their tanks even while he had his assault rifle murder weapon dangling across his chest
■ ignoring the fact that the Kenosha killer left the scene because he was ignored by police, and was eventually arrested at his home in a different state
■ ignoring the fact that the killer is associated with a white militia group of Trump supporters who demanded they be deputized by the Kenosha County Sheriff and deployed as an armed presence "to stop demonstrators"
You cannot make this stuff up, and we didn't.
(Two items today)
It's a "Delta IV Heavy" launch, live tonight from Cape Canaveral. Night launches are always dramatic, and this thing is a 'uge "triple wide." Payload is a super secret giant NSA spy satellite, sure to increase international tensions. But hey, you might as well enjoy watching them spend your money (and see the capability of these launch vehicles to feed your dreams of peaceful planetary exploration).
This is the 12th mission for a Delta IV Heavy, the second most powerful launch vehicle in the world today. By itself, the rocket is a $350 million per-launch proposition. The NSA is spending $440 million to send up whatever they're sending up that looks back down. And that's before you get to what the if-we-tell-you-we-have-to-kill-you, city-bus-sized satellite costs.
The rocket has two stages, with the first stage having two strap-ons (i.e., "triple wide"). Each of those first stage cylinders is 16 ft wide, making the whole thing 49 feet across on the launch pad. It is 72 meters (236 ft) tall and will generate 9,411 kN (2,115,676 pounds) of thrust for this mission -- which is higher than the vehicle's advertised total thrust. The fiery plumes of both stages are fueled by eco-friendly liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen -- ironically, the same atomic ingredients as distilled water.
• Pacific time, the coverage starts at 10:50 pm, with launch set for 11:12 pm.
Go on early, because the last-minute lookie-loos can leave you percolating.
LATE UPDATE on that "Biiig Rocket Launch"...
Flame. Fury. For uh, a few inglorious seconds. Watch ULA abort it at the last possible moment.
The team had even declared "liftoff." There was "a hot fire abort" at T-minus 3 seconds...
Go to the video screen at the bottom of the link. It's labelled as "live." Tap it open and give it about 30 seconds. If necessary, tap it again to get the scroll bar. Slide it across to 1:50:53 or thereabouts and wait for it to load. Worth the short wait.
When we titled this edition, we did not expect to do anything but escape from the two big corporate political parties' quadrennial conventions. But neither did we expect the delegates to one of those conventions would themselves escape -- as in, escape from their responsibilities to those who sent them, and their responsibilities to the nation in the upcoming election. They did, and we're calling them out for doing it.
Sad and shocking, as reported this morning in No Depression
Country-Folk Singer-Songwriter Justin Townes Earle Has Died at 38
Justin Townes Earle in 2017 (photo by C. Elliott)
California Wildfires and Climate Change
(This story republished Friday, August 21, 2020, from L.A. Progressive.)
"The only reason that I am a Democrat today is because of Bernie, Our Revolution, and the pro-worker policies they champion.
"I’ve been watching the parade of Republicans — like Michael Bloomberg and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich — speak at the DNC. I understand why the Democratic establishment invited them to be in the spotlight. But it makes me wonder which side is the Democratic Party on? Regular working class folks like me — or anti-worker, pro-corporate Republicans?
"I was a Reagan supporter and a believer in free market economics. I was a county RNC delegate for Ron Paul in 2008 and 2012. Then I was introduced to Bernie Sanders. Bernie was the first Democrat who talked to me like a human being and helped me understand his side of the argument. He didn’t move over to my side — he moved me over to his side. And I am not the only Republican working class voter that Bernie converted.
"Since the Democratic Party isn't willing to do the work to talk to voters like me, I'm so grateful that Our Revolution is all over America doing the organizing necessary to prevent a dictator-like second Trump term.
"This movement is here to stay.
DNC Delegate & Our Revolution Member
You can learn about or contact Our Revolution at www.ourrevolution.com
"There can be a new tomorrow / There can be a brighter day / There can be a new tomorrow / Love will find a way."
~ Jackie DeShannon, singer-songwriter (born August 21st).
Watching live streaming performances just got complicated
Covidology 101 (our ongoing series) for August 19th...
Real promise, not bleach...
Leronlimab, an HIV drug, is showing great promise in clinical trials against COVID-19. A patient at UCLA Geffen went from a ventilator to out of the hospital and riding her bike three weeks later. With other patients still desperately short of breath months after Coronavirus, that is remarkable. Now the trials will determine if it works for everyone, or for enough patients -- without adverse side effects -- to become part of widespread treatment regimens. ("CBS2 This Morning" Los Angeles.)
But elsewhere, retreat...
"Breaking News: An emergency approval to use blood plasma on virus patients is on hold after federal officials intervened, saying the data on treatment was too weak." (Bulletin from today's New York Times.)
It's been two weeks since the announcement that utilities would be shut-off to any address doing that. So far, it's an empty threat. Now, Los Angeles is considering cutting power to at least three houses for violating coronavirus-related rules against social gatherings, according to police and city officials (L.A. Times story link).
Meanwhile, in China...
The first music festival in the world in months was held last weekend as a massive pool party in Wuhan, China, where the global Coronavirus outbreak began. Wuhan has had no new cases in two months. The festival was electronica, so we don't figure we missed anything.
Compared with the sitch in America...
There is zero hope of live music venues opening any time soon. Even as other nations began returning sectors of their economies to "modified normal," the U.S. -- still with no national plan -- took only 17 days to go from 4 million to 5 million cases, and deaths from the disease soared to nearly one and a half dead Americans every single second of every minute of every hour, day and night.
Reopening America's schools, from K-12 through colleges...
As many as 40% of incoming freshmen, nationwide, will opt NOT to attend their first year of college this fall due to myriad uncertainties of Coronavirus or already announced online classes. 42% of four-year institutions are set to be online, 32% plan to be in-person in classrooms, and 22% will function in some kind of hybrid. (CBS "This Morning.")
As K-12 schools across the U.S. choose whether to teach in person or online during the pandemic, researchers have clarified that kids can in fact get sick with the coronavirus and spread it to others. Phyllis Sharps and Lucine Francis from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing share 10 tips that could help lower the risks of at-school learning for everyone. (From The August 19th edition of "The Conversation," a publication with "Academic Rigor, Journalistic Flair.")
Reopening in person maximizes revenue, if it can be sustained. But this week so far Georgia Tech, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Notre Dame were all forced to reverse their plans for in-classroom learning due to outbreak clusters of the virus.
And if they can't get their violence on the gridiron...
Domestic violence has risen during the coronavirus lockdowns — and injuries are dramatically more severe, a new national study finds.
The author, Geo. McCalip, is a contributor to the Acoustic Americana Music Guide. The story appears here as it ran in today's L.A. Progressive.
THREE online live concerts from McCabe's:
Monday, August 17, 2020 at 6 pm PDT
Friday , August 21, 2020 at 6 pm PDT
|Caro Pierotto Drive-In Concert|
Thursday, August 20
Gates open 6pm; Concert 7:30pm
"Your first glimpse of Caro might have been when she sat in with our house band at the Muck Gala. She was stunning both visually and vocally that night. She’s back, accompanied by her All-Star Band. The Brazilian born songstress will stun you all over again."
|Adam Pascal Drive-in Concert|
Thursday, August 27
Gates open 6pm; Concert 7:30pm
"If you're a fan of the musical RENT, you'll recognize Adam as the original Roger on Broadway and in the film adaptation. He was also the original Radames in Broadway’s AIDA. Don't miss this rare opportunity to see a Broadway giant, in his prime, in a solo show."
Farrell Hirsch, CEO, Muckenthaler Cultural Center, says:
"Today's announcement is brought to you by the letter V.
"We'll start with the VOICE of OC, which published a very kind article about how the Muck has had some VICTORIES while adjusting to the Corona VIRUS before a VIABLE VACCINE emerges.
"Here's a link to VIEW it VIRTUALLY.
"This Thursday, I hope you come by to see the VIVACIOUS VIRTUOSO Caro Pierotto in concert. I have seen her perform twice. The first time was in VEGAS. In fact, I so completely VOUCH for her being...VONDERFUL, that this show comes with my VEHEMENT and VENERABLE money back guarantee. If you don't think she's amazing, you get your money refunded.
"Here's a VIDEO to show you why I'm so excited. (and why my offer is VIABLE)
"Remember, while you are free to be VOCIFEROUS at our Drive ins, please do so from your VEHICLE.
"And to the one VOLATILE gentleman in our audience who is emailing VOLUMINOUSLY to say that I should stop telling people how great a singer Caro is, and start telling them how attractive she is, well...that doesn't go over well in the 21st century VERNACULAR. But if this were the 20th Century, I would VOLUNTEER that "she has VIRTUES beyond her VELVETY VOICE".
"We also have a gallery exhibit opening today. Our guest curator, Mr Sunook Park has done VALIANT work pulling together work by eight contemporary Korean Artists including our very own Young Shin Kim. The works have such a VISUAL VITALITY that I think the show will be VENERATED by VIRTUALLY all who VIEW IT—which you can do only by appointment. CLICK HERE.
"In fact let me VEX you with a challenge.
"If we can get 100 VEHICLES here to see Caro's performance on Thursday, The Muck will use that cash to hire a professional VIDEOGRAPHER to create a stunning CinemaVERITE piece to share with all of you, which will include a VOICE-OVER. So even those with some apprehension about a gallery visit can experience this gorgeous exhibit VICARIOUSLY.
"I think that's VIABLE, don't you?"
Muckenthaler Cultural Center
Sunday, August 23...
The wonderful series in Marlboro, Vermont, had to go virtual this year. On what would have been their season series closing concert, they left us with music to enjoy at our convenience.
Their spokesman, Brian Potter, tells us:
"On what would have been the final day of our 2020 summer season, we celebrate Marlboro music-making with a special digital program and tribute to the traditional Beethoven Choral Fantasy.
"We also celebrate our musical community, which we have convened virtually over these past seven weeks. While nothing can substitute for the in-person experience of being together here in the Southern Vermont hills, our artistic directors, senior artists, young participants, and staff have successfully collaborated on dozens of unique virtual events for our participants over the course of the summer.
"From deep dives into masterworks of the repertoire (Schoenberg’s Wind Quintet, Schubert’s Octet, Schumann’s Trio in G Minor, Mozart’s Da Ponte Operas, and Haydn’s string quartets, to name but a few) to curated listening sessions and discussions, Feldenkrais classes, and community-building activities, these events have enabled our gifted young musicians to receive invaluable lessons and mentoring, and the opportunity to be engaged and connected with one another and this art form that we all love.
Lucy Fitz Gibbon, soprano; Evren Ozel, piano
Performed August 5, 2018
|Watch their Choral Fantasy photo montage|
(Reproduced from L.A. Progressive, August 18, 2020)
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in this new world of the improbable unknown...