Sunday Reads: Presidency of Horrors 

 

What a week it has been…

This presidency is like a horror show, and I’m not talking about a good one either. It is beyond Plan 9 From Outer Space…

The images are my commentary on that.

 

 

Things are very bad at home right now. Cancer is a bitch. So the post today is just links. In no particular order…

WATCH: A Yale historian explains to Maher how Trump resembles 1930s fascists — and makes the Russia connection

Yale History Professor Timothy Snyder’s latest book On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century outlines some of the things that fall under dictators as they rise to power. In a conversation Friday with Bill Maher, the host asked Snyder if this was his “busy season” given President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia.

Maher asked Snyder to give the top three lessons from tyranny for which Americans should suit up.

“Don’t obey in advance,” was Snyder’s first instruction. He doesn’t necessarily mean obeying leaders or authority rather, “don’t follow what everyone else is doing… figure out what you stand for and be yourself.”

His second instruction was that Americans must defend institutions. Many anticipate that “the institution will save us” but Snyder said that this kind of thinking is wrong. “We have to save the institutions. They don’t do it on their own. This is the moment of ‘ask not what the institutions can do for you. Ask what you can do for the institutions.’”

His third was for Americans to believe in the truth. “Without truth, we don’t have trust. Without trust, we don’t have the rule of law. Without the rule of law, we don’t have democracy,” he continued.

More at the link.

Scientists turn spinach leaf into working human heart tissue | The Independent

Researchers have turned a spinach leaf into working human heart tissue.

Scientists struggle to make large-scale human tissue – while they have had success in creating small lab samples, it is much more difficult to make them at the size of tissues, bones or whole organs. But that’s what will be needed if the tissue proves useful in the treatment of disease or injury.

Now they have come closer to solving perhaps the hardest of those challenges ,and creating a vascular system that can deliver blood into the new tissue.

47 Days to Leave their Village and Never Return

An eviction notice is never the kind of letter you want to receive, but in 1943, the villagers of Imber, on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, all received the very same letter, regretting to inform them “that it is necessary to evacuate” their home to be “made available for training by December 17th”, giving them just 47 days to pack up their lives and “quit” Imber, never to return.

How a new women-only cab service is helping women get around in Pakistan

One of the many barriers perpetuating that disparity is a lack of safe transportation options, as many women face sexual harassment when taking public transit — and cabs can be no better. Noor Jehan, a Pink Taxi driver, told the Independent most women in Pakistan would “think thrice” before getting into a car alone with a man.

Dystopian dreams: how feminist science fiction predicted the future | Books | The Guardian

From Mary Shelley to Margaret Atwood, feminist science fiction writers have imagined other ways of living that prompt us to ask, could we do things differently?

Thin-Skinned Trump Targets 17-Year-Old Coder For Kitten Website

Instead of running the country, Trump has decided his priority is sending cease-and-desist letters to high school girls for making funny websites.

Alone in the Wild for a Year, TV Contestants Learn Their Show Was Canceled – The New York Times

The remaining contestants on a reality television series have emerged after surviving 12 months in the Scottish wilderness — fending off hunger, infighting and fatigue — only to learn that the show stopped broadcasting after four episodes, the last of them in August.

The show, “Eden,” was billed as a unique social experiment in which 23 men and women living in isolation “would take on the challenge of building a new life and creating a society from scratch,” according to a statement promoting the show.

The contestants were taken to a 600-acre estate on the remote Ardnamurchan peninsula on the west coast of Scotland, which is known for its forests, lochs and beaches.

But “Eden” proved to be anything but paradise.

 CNN analyst: Sources say Mike Flynn may have turned on Trump and become a witness for the FBI

Tasmanian tiger: ‘Sightings’ of extinct animal spark hunt in Australia | The Independent

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Carnivore hunted to extinction by European settlers may have survived in isolated wilderness area, if sightings by park ranger and tour guide are genuine

Auschwitz shuts down after nude protesters slaughter sheep, chain selves to ‘arbeit macht frei’ gate – Europe – Haaretz.com

Regretful Trump Voters Are (Mostly) a Myth

Angry Trump voters blame everyone but the president for US healthcare fail

Frank Rich: No Sympathy for the Hillbilly

 

tRump voters are assholes!

 

 

That video is sheer horror…

Some more horror tales:

Fifteen Percent Of Undergrad Women At UT Austin Reported Being Raped, Survey Finds

10 critics of Vladimir Putin who wound up dead – Chicago Tribune

Russia’s Putin Picks Le Pen to Rule France – The Daily Beast

U.S. Confirms Coalition Strike Killed as Many as 200 Civilians in Mosul

U.S. airstrikes may have killed as many as 200 civilians in Mosul.

Dem to Trump: ‘You truly are an evil man’ | TheHill

5 ways Trump is mentally torturing us now

Trump Is Dragging Us Into Another War… And No One Is Talking About It | The Huffington Post Well, we are talking about it here on the blog…

Fox Host Does Trump’s Dirty Work | Crooks and Liars

Trump’s day in tweets: Saturday, March 25 – LA Times

His tweets have the power to shape international relations, send stock prices up — or down — and galvanize the American public.

We’re watching how Donald Trump is using this platform of unfettered communication now that he’s commander in chief. Here is everything Trump has tweeted since he was sworn in as 45th president of the United States. In many cases, we look at what he was reacting to and whether what he said was accurate. And, as much as possible, we’ll relate what else was going on at the time. Check back for more as Trump continues to tweet.

Nearly 1 million pounds of chicken recalled due to ‘metal objects’ | WSB-TV This chicken was sold throughout the US…so make sure you don’t have any in your kitchen.

Caution: Your Supermarket Grocery May Be Carrying More Germs Than Your Toilet : HEALTH : Tech Times

Orcas Spew An Array Of Bacteria When They Exhale, And Human Waste May Be To Blame : SCIENCE : Tech Times

Why dissecting the brain only gives us half its story | Daniel Glaser | Life and style | The Guardian

Trump’s semi-truck photo op turned into picture book | TheHill

Anna Kendrick, Lin Manuel-Miranda and Others Vie to Be Stephen Hawking’s New Voice

Stephen Hawking is shopping for a new voice. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with his old one, it’s just that he’s had it for 30 years and he’s ready to swap it out. Happily, celebrities ranging from Liam Neeson to Anna Kendrick to Rebel Wilson to Lin-Manuel Miranda were more than willing to offer their services, each vying pitifully to have their vocal cords associated with one of the greatest minds in modern physics.

“Stephen…it’s me…surely it has to be me,” said Neeson in his fake audition tape, his neck wrapped tight in a heavy scarf despite being indoors. Kylie Minogue, standing under the shade of a tree, insisted she should be his new voice, since all of her songs are about…science. Lin-Manuel rapped.

“No.” Hawking said, his horror palpable.

The production was created for British charity Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day, a high profile telethon that raises money for kids both in the U.S. and in poor communities in developing countries.

In the end, Hawking ultimately rejected each celebrity entreaty, selecting instead Sir Michael Caine. He didn’t even have to audition. Figures.

And on that note I will wrap this thread up…

Hope everyone is having a better day then we are, lol. This is an open thread…


Wednesday Hump Day Cartoons: Nasty Scheme 

 

So, things are happening.

Westminster attack: woman killed and others left with ‘catastrophic’ injuries in ‘terrorist incident’ – live | Politics | The Guardian

U.K. Parliament Attacker Is Shot; Panic on Westminster Bridge – The New York Times

Then there is this…

Key witness in Preet Bharara’s Russian crime probe was just thrown from fourth floor of building – Palmer Report

Former Trump Campaign Head Manafort Was Paid Millions By A Putin Ally, AP Says : The Two-Way : NPR

 

Now for the cartoons.

 

 

Trump Rabbit Hole: 03/22/2017 Cartoon by Adam Zyglis

Cartoon by Adam Zyglis - Trump Rabbit Hole

SECURITY BLANKETS: 03/22/2017 Cartoon by Deb Milbrath

Cartoon by Deb Milbrath - SECURITY BLANKETS

Confirmation Hearing: 03/21/2017 Cartoon by Deb Milbrath

Cartoon by Deb Milbrath - Confirmation Hearing

TWITTER-RANG: 03/20/2017 Cartoon by Deb Milbrath

Cartoon by Deb Milbrath - TWITTER-RANG

ST PAT’S DAY: 03/17/2017 Cartoon by Deb Milbrath

Cartoon by Deb Milbrath - ST PAT'S DAY

BUDGET CUTS: 03/16/2017 Cartoon by Deb Milbrath

Cartoon by Deb Milbrath - BUDGET CUTS

tRUMPCARE – CBO REPORT: 03/14/2017 Cartoon by Deb Milbrath

Cartoon by Deb Milbrath - tRUMPCARE -  CBO REPORT

03/22/2017 Cartoon by Nick Anderson

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03/21/2017 Cartoon by Nick Anderson

Cartoon by Nick Anderson -

03/10/2017 Cartoon by David Horsey

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03/09/2017 Cartoon by David Horsey

Cartoon by David Horsey -

03/21/2017 Cartoon by David Horsey

Cartoon by David Horsey -

This is an open thread.


Wednesday Hump Day Cartoons: A Fleeing Humanity 

 

That vintage cartoon panel sure would have made me laugh a year ago…I would have used it in one of my cartoon mash-ups, depicting the populous fleeing a GOP debate. Now I can only think how prophetic that little drawn rectangle frame could be. If I had a way, I’d be gone. Wouldn’t you?

So, soon Comey is supposed to come out and speak.

 

Before I get to the political cartoons, let me put a couple more tweets here:

Below is the copy of that above link, via TwitLonger:

TwitLonger — When you talk too much for Twitter

 

Now the cartoons.

The one thing I love about the cartoonist Pat Bagley, if you follow his twitter…he will post many comments and statements aside from his wonderful cartoons.

Here is a link to the past 10 cartoons by Pat Bagley:

 

Follow him.

Cartoons continued:

 

 

That’s all, because it is 1pm…go time?

 


Sunday Reads: Shadow Boxing 

Good Afternoon.

Like many of you, I try to find escape in things away from the daily…or should I say, hourly destruction of our Democracy.

out of the past (1947)

I can countless time looking at pictures on Pinterest. Which is what I was doing last night and early morning when I got the idea of working it into a thread.  So…take some time and enjoy the images, that comprise of movie stills, production shots, and publicity stills of various movies. I’ve picked images that create shadows, or are silhouettes of actors, some are the bright overexposed contrast of an actor’s face against the black back of the scene.

Simone Simon in a publicity still for “Cat People”

I used to remember what all the terms and phrases of these “shots” were called back in the day. The names have become out of my grasp. Yes, I know I could look them up…but that would mean having to do more research. You know what? My brain just can’t function like it used to. I would blame it on the pain pills, depression and all that but it must be something more.

 

Here are a few news items to pepper this thread.

Julie Harris as Eleanor in The Haunting, 1963

This was the highlights from SNL: I didn’t watch these yet. I bring myself to after this week’s actual press conference where Spicer pointed to the two stacks of papers as a “visual aid” for explaining the difference between the Obamacare bill and the Trumpcare bill.

 

SNL Mocks Ivanka Trump with ‘Complicit’ Fragrance Ad | Mediaite

SNL’s Trump Has Everything Under Control During an Alien Invasion | Mediaite

SNL Assures Us We’ll Be Screwed If Aliens Invade Under Trump

 

As you can see from the headlines, even SNL has to expand its storyline to a more unrealistic basis. I mean, everything else they have made fun of, in terms of the ludicrous connections and outrageous way tRump is getting away with everything…all that shit is true! And still nothing is happening. The traitor is still there.

Robert Ryan, Laraine Day– The Woman on Pier 13

Greed (Erich von Stroheim, 1924)

Donald Trump Jr says he has ‘zero contact’ with father as he runs business | US news | The Guardian

Yeah, Right.

“M”

On to the next shit business.

 

The Seventh Seal

GOP Rep. Steve King: Millions could lose health insurance under TrumpCare, and that’s ok – AMERICAblog News

Hospitals worry about caring for newly uninsured in GOP plan | Tampa Bay Times

WaPo: “They are poor, sick and voted for Trump. What will happen to them without Obamacare?” – Balloon Juice

Now that headline reminds me of a movie:

 

 

Watch out all of you in the New England!

Rising numbers of great white sharks headed toward Cape Cod, scientists say | Environment | The Guardian

Figure rises for second consecutive year, says Massachusetts’ top shark expert, warning of ‘public safety issue’ despite no deaths in state’s waters since 1936

Oh oh…I see a pattern here.

 

Angel Heart

Can y’all believe it has been 6 years?

Six years after Fukushima, much of Japan has lost faith in nuclear power – Salon.com

Shadows in Window, 1949 (Siegfried Lauterwasser)

 

With all this going on, I think we may have found the answer to our problems.

Alfred Hitchcock’s “Sabotage”

We need to look back, if we are going backward in time…lets go backward in medicine.

The Fart Jars of 17th Century Europe | Mental Floss

When a mysterious illness is busy killing a significant percentage of the world’s population and medical knowledge is at a bit of a standstill, weird things can happen. Case in point: In the 1600s, some doctors recommended their patients fart in jars to help treat exposure to the bubonic plague.

Ivan The Terrible pt.1 (1945, Sergei Eisenstein)

Their very suspect logic went something like this: The Great Plague of London that devastated the city between 1665 and 1666 was believed to be a miasma, or a deadly air vapor spread through breathing in the atmosphere. Doctors felt that if a patient could somehow dilute the polluted air with something equally potent, it might reduce the chances of contracting the illness. So they advised their patients to have something foul-smelling at the ready.

Macbeth (1948, Orson Welles) / Cinematography by John L. Russell

To have some kind of putrid stench on standby, some homeowners retained a goat and let it stink up the place. Others took to the practice of farting into a jar and quickly sealing it, then would rush to inhale the stench when they suspected that they may have been exposed to the deadly germs.

Barbara Stanwyck & Brian Donlevy in The Great Man’s Lady (1942, dir. William A. Wellman)

While it’s unknown how many people were saved by such a method, it’s fair to assume that the likely answer is none. There is, however, no telling how those saved farts may have acted as a kind of methane placebo, calming the rattled nerves of those who were alarmed by the piles of dead bodies collecting in the streets.

Ricardo Cortez in production still from D.W. Griffith’s Faustian tale The Sorrows of Satan (1926)

The article ends with stating that of course this tip won’t save you from the bubonic plague…and that farts mean your digestive system is working. Perhaps we can start a campaign to send turds in a bottle to tRump?

Rebecca

Last two links.

Why Movies Now Look Like Colorless, Lifeless Crap

Ah..ha. I got a tie in there. Didn’t I! (Get it, turds and the headline “lifeless crap.”)

Harvey

And, finally…one of the movie stills I am featuring today:

The Big Combo

C&L’s Sat Nite Chiller Theater: The Big Combo (1955) | Crooks and Liars

So give that a looksee and see y’all later.

This is an open thread.

Lot’s more film images here:

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Wednesday Hump Day Cartoons: Sometimes you shouldn’t even bother getting out of bed in the morning. 

“The Fool”

(Notice in the antique card above the pussy is grabbing back.)

So…have you seen the latest tweet from the Head Twit in Charge?

 

This is really not why it is sometimes best to stay in bed…yesterday Robert Osborne, the host of TCM passed away in his sleep.

 

 

Robert Osborne, host of Turner Classic Movies, has died – CNN.com

Robert Osborne, the film aficionado who shared his knowledge and passion for movies with millions of viewers as the longtime host of Turner Classic Movies, has died. He was 84.

[…]

Osborne has been on TCM since it made its on-air debut in April 1994.
A cause of death has not been announced.
Osborne, a Washington native, moved to Hollywood to pursue a career in acting and was once mentored by Lucille Ball, according to an official bio on his website.

Robert Osborne, Host Of Turner Classic Movies, Dies At 84 : The Two-Way : NPR

NPR film critic Bob Mondello also highlighted Osborne’s “encyclopedic” knowledge of film history.

Osborne “grew up before the Internet made film research easy — before there was even a book keeping track of Oscar winners,” Bob told our Newscast unit. “So he spent hours at his college library scribbling notes that eventually helped him write film reference books, fill a column for The Hollywood Reporter, and host decades of Turner Classic Movies.”

According to his biography, Osborne was born in a small town in Washington state and studied journalism before he headed to Hollywood, where Lucille Ball encouraged his writing career.

He had a brief acting career — his biography mentions the pilot of The Beverly Hillbillies, and Bob Mondello notes uncredited bit parts in Psycho and Spartacus — but it was his work as a host and historian that earned him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

He wrote the “Rambling Reporter” column in The Hollywood Reporter for more than 25 years, and wrote a series of official histories of the Academy Awards.

Osborne was the first host of Turner Classic Movies, when the network launched in 1994. He has been the face and voice of the network ever since, although he was eventually joined by two other hosts and had cut back on his duties in the last few years.

About a year ago, in an interview with Mo Rocca on CBS Sunday Morning, Osborne said he’d been training his whole life to host TCM — without imagining it would be an option. “I was preparing for my ideal job that didn’t exist,” he said.

He also told Rocca why he believed movies matter.

“I think we have to have dreams,” he said in the CBS interview. “We need a little Carmen Miranda with all her tutti frutti hats. And we need some Fred and Ginger dancing. We need Gene Kelly hanging off that lamppost. We need to be taken into a fantasy world, and not be afraid to go there occasionally.”

Robert Osborne dies at 84; genial student of films hosted Turner Classic Movies – LA Times

Robert Osborne, who displayed an encyclopedic knowledge — and love — of film history as the primary host of Turner Classic Movies, died Monday morning at age 84, said his partner of 20 years, theater director and producer David Staller.

Osborne died of natural causes in his sleep at home in New York City, Staller said.

“It’s difficult to imagine a planet without him,” Staller said. “He made the choice to call it a day, and he wants everyone to know that he’ll see them at the after party.”

More stories of Robert here:

Robert Osborne Dead: Turner Classic Movies Host Was 84 | Hollywood Reporter

Robert Osborne: a classic gentleman – latimes

TCM Host Robert Osborne Dead at 84; Survived by Same-Sex Partner | Advocate.com

Robert Osborne, Turner Classic Movies Host And Oscars Expert, Dies At 84 | The Huffington Post

Robert Osborne, Turner Classic Movies host, is dead at 84.– Via Slate

Robert Osborne Is Dead, and Classic Movie Fans Are Bereft – Via Jezebel

TCM announces plans to honor longtime host Robert Osborne – LA Times

Turner Classic Movies on Tuesday announced plans to honor longtime host Robert Osborne with a 48-hour tribute featuring a selection of long-form interviews from his 23-year tenure with the channel.

[…]

The tribute on March 18-19 will include interviews from Osborne’s interview series “Private Screenings,” including conversations with Liza Minnelli, Peter O’Toole, Debbie Reynolds and Ernest Borgnine. The network will also feature the 2013 installment of “Private Screenings” featuring Alec Baldwin interviewing Osborne.

“Robert was embraced by devoted fans who saw him as a trusted expert and friend. His calming presence, gentlemanly style, encyclopedic knowledge of film history, fervent support for film preservation and highly personal interviewing style all combined to make him a truly world-class host,” TCM general manager Jennifer Dorian said in a statement released Monday.

Here’s the full “TCM Remembers Robert Osborne” schedule (all times Eastern):

March 18
6 a.m. – “Private Screenings: Robert Osborne”
7:30 a.m. – “Private Screenings: Norman Jewison”
9 a.m. – “Robert Osborne’s 20th Anniversary Tribute”
10:15 a.m. – “Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Alan Arkin”
11:30 a.m. – “Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Luise Rainer”
12:15 p.m. –  “Private Screenings: Liza Minnelli”
1:30 p.m. –  “Private Screenings: Robert Osborne”
3 p.m. –  “Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Eva Marie Saint”
4:15 p.m. –  “Robert Osborne’s 20th Anniversary Tribute”
5:30 p.m. –  “Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Peter O’Toole”
6:45 p.m. –  “Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Kim Novak”
8 p.m. –  Robert Osborne introduces “Gone with the Wind” in his first-ever on-air appearance as a TCM host
8:05 p.m. – “Private Screenings: Robert Osborne”
9:30 p.m. –  “Private Screenings: Debbie Reynolds”
10:30 p.m. –  “Private Screenings: Betty Hutton”
11:45 p.m. –  “Private Screenings: Liza Minnelli”
12:45 a.m. – “Private Screenings: Robert Osborne”
2:15 a.m. – “Private Screenings: Norman Jewison”
3:30 a.m. – “Private Screenings: Ernest Borgnine:
4:45 a.m. – “Robert Osborne’s 20th Anniversary Tribute”

March 19
6 a.m. – “Private Screenings: Liza Minnnelli”
7 a.m. – “Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Eva Marie Saint”
8:15 a.m. – “Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Kim Novak”
9:15 a.m. – “Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Peter O’Toole”
10:30 a.m. – “Private Screenings: Robert Osborne”
Noon –  “Robert Osborne’s 20th Anniversary Tribute”
1 p.m. –  “Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Alan Arkin”
2:15 p.m. –  “Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Luise Rainer”
3 p.m. –  “Private Screenings: Ernest Borgnine”
4:15 p.m. –  “Private Screenings: Norman Jewison”
5:30 p.m. –  “Private Screenings: Robert Osborne”
7 p.m. –  “Private Screenings: Liza Minnelli”
8 p.m. –  “Robert Osborne’s 20th Anniversary Tribute”
9 p.m. –  “Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Eva Marie Saint”
10:15 p.m. –  “Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Luise Rainer”
11 p.m. –  “Robert Osborne’s 20th Anniversary Tribute”
Midnight – “Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Peter O’Toole”
1:15 a.m. – “Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Kim Novak”
2:30 a.m. – “Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Alan Arkin”
3:45 a.m. – “Private Screenings: Robert Osborne”
5:15 a.m. – “Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Luise Rainer”

 

It is too sad to think of TCM without Robert…Things have been so depressing lately. I don’t know how much I can take…

 

 

Now for some comedy:

 

 

 

 

 

This is an open thread….


Wednesday Hump Day Cartoons: The best of everything.

Good Afternoon

 

I think this tidbit from LOLGOP makes a great point…a terrific point…yes, they gotta great idea here with this thing. Bigly, I’m telling you.

Bad storms today, if you are in it’s path…watch out.

So here are the cartoons for today:

 

 

 

 

 

tRUMP speech to congress: 03/01/2017 Cartoon by Deb Milbrath

Cartoon by Deb Milbrath - tRUMP speech to congress

White Privilege: 03/01/2017 Cartoon by Eric J Garcia

Cartoon by Eric J Garcia - White Privilege

tRUMP SPEECH: 02/28/2017 Cartoon by Deb Milbrath

Cartoon by Deb Milbrath - tRUMP SPEECH

WRONG WINNER: 02/27/2017 Cartoon by Deb Milbrath

Cartoon by Deb Milbrath - WRONG WINNER

Bruce Plante Cartoon: Trump addresses congress: 03/01/2017 Cartoon by Bruce Plante

Cartoon by Bruce Plante - Bruce Plante Cartoon: Trump addresses congress

03/01/2017 Cartoon by Joel Pett

Cartoon by Joel Pett -

02/28/2017 Cartoon by Signe Wilkinson

Cartoon by Signe Wilkinson -

Even the former President of Mexico is getting into the political cartoons:

Trump Air: 03/01/2017 Cartoon by Tom Curry

Cartoon by Tom Curry - Trump Air

That is it for today…this is an open thread.


Sunday Reads: Cat’s Ass; Giraffe’s Ass

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Exact definition of the phrase, “You have a face that looks like a cat’s ass!”

Mona had this image above shared on her Facebook yesterday, I don’t know where she found it but isn’t it a beauty!

Ass. I’ve been looking at a lot of ass lately.

 

 

I think I’ve spent more time the last few days looking deeply into a giraffe’s ass than I have looked into any animal’s backside in my entire lifetime.

That is the live feed for the Animal Adventures Park in upstate New York, where their pregnant giraffe April has been in labor for the past 4 or 5 days…from the zoo’s facebook page:

So many people world wide have been tuning in to see April stand around and eat…especially those of us here in the US…I think it reflects the state of the tRump situation we are in; people are willing, no…preferring to flip to a live feed via YouTube and stay glued to their little phone screens for hours watching a giraffe’s ass to escape the disaster, chaos driven, hatefulness that is parading around as our current Administration. For April’s ass, yeah…I am using a cooch of an expecting giraffe here, has become the symbol of hope for America. The one pussy tRump wouldn’t be caught dead grabbing! Folks are embracing this emblem of Giraffa camelopardalis motherhood as a figurehead of a new Columbia for America. I’m not kidding…think about it.

April, a giraffe…a creature not native to America…but here she is…in labor, on live TV. Everyone is focused on her crotch. Giving birth completely controlled, however at the same time, giving hope as well. Is it the Handmaid’s Tale, honest animal conservation or Alex Haley’s Queen.

Yet, let us take it one step further….the giraffe’s name. April. She has to have one of the most generic of American girl names, something as close to “Fern” as one can get in terms of type-casting someone who would work at a dairy queen. (Movie quote from the film Baby Boom, when JC articulates the reason she could not give up the baby girl she inherited up for adoption.)

I just couldn’t hand her to a woman that calls her husband sir, it gave me the chills, her life flashed before my eyes and then suddenly I saw her with frosty pink lipstick wearing a dairy queen uniform.

This giraffe represents everyone!

Okay…now for some links. Because it is Sunday, and I am avoiding tRumpelforeskin as much as possible, the articles are obviously sans tRump. They will also be in dump format because I must make the rest of this post quick. On a side note, images are from women in Navy recruitment posters. My daughter…if everything goes as planned, will be swearing in on Tuesday. She is enlisting in the US Navy. I am very proud of her. I can’t believe I will be a Navy Mama. This is a huge step for her and I support her decision and think she is tough as hell to be joining the Navy.

img_3746The first few links are on the latest literary find:

Walt Whitman’s lost novel The Life and Adventures of Jack Engle found | Books | The Guardian

Lost Walt Whitman Novel Discovered By Grad Student : The Two-Way : NPR

Whitman’s Secret Novel

…some hotshot grad student has tracked down Life and Adventures of Jack Engle, a swashbuckling mystery novel by one Walt Whitman, who published it without credit in New York’s Sunday Dispatch circa 1852. The novel, as Jennifer Schuessler writes, boasts “antic twists, goofy names, and suddenly revealed conspiracies,” but it’s at its best when its hero loses the plot and pauses for some Leaves of Grass–style musing: img_3745Jack enters the cemetery at Trinity Church in Lower Manhattan, and the madcap plot grinds to a halt in favor of reveries about nature, immortality and the oneness of being that strikingly echo the imagery of Whitman’s great work. ‘Long, rank grass covered my face,’ says Jack, the first-person narrator. ‘Over me was the verdure, touched with brown, of trees nourished from the decay of the bodies of men.’ Jack wanders among those bodies of men, copying out the inscriptions of the tombstones of Alexander Hamilton, the War of 1812 hero Capt. James Lawrence (of ‘Don’t give up the ship!’ fame) and other lost lives. Then, he exits onto the streets, where ‘onward rolled the broad, bright current’—and quickly and rather indifferently wraps up his own story.”

img_3750In a Walt Whitman Novel, Lost for 165 Years, Clues to ‘Leaves of Grass’ – The New York Times

Readers who picked up The New York Times on March 13, 1852, might have seen a small advertisement on Page 3 for a serial tale set to begin the next day in a rival newspaper.

“A RICH REVELATION,” the ad began, teasing a rollicking story touching on “the Manners and Morals of Boarding Houses, some Scenes from Church History, Operations in Wall-st.,” and “graphic Sketches of Men and Women” (presented, fear not, with “explanations necessary to properly understand what it is all about”).

img_3744It was a less than tantalizing brew, perhaps. The story, which was never reviewed or reprinted, appears to have sunk like a stone.

But now comes another rich revelation: The anonymously published tale was nothing less than a complete novel by Walt Whitman.

The 36,000-word “Life and Adventures of Jack Engle,” which was discovered last summer by a graduate student, is being republished online on Monday by The Walt Whitman Quarterly Review and in book form by the University of Iowa Press. A quasi-Dickensian tale of an orphan’s adventures, it features a villainous lawyer, virtuous Quakers, glad-handing politicians, a sultry Spanish dancer and more than a few unlikely plot twists and jarring narrative shifts.

img_3737“This is Whitman’s take on the city mystery novel, a popular genre of the day that pitted the ‘upper 10 thousand’ — what we would call the 1 percent — against the lower million,” said David S. Reynolds, a Whitman expert at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Here is the book online: Walt Whitman Quarterly Review | Vol 34 | No. 3

And here is the book for sale: Life and Adventures of Jack Engle | University of Iowa Press

Sticking with books…here is an interesting one, check out this review: A Railroad Runs Through a Tale of Two Kenyas – NYTimes.com

img_3735More stories for you this Sunday afternoon.

Where were all the women in the Stone Age?

Were there any women around in the Palaeolithic Era? If popular culture is any guide you’d think not. And even archaeology itself has a long way to go to address a deeply ingrained bias towards men.

It’s obvious that without Homo sapiens could hardly be here today. But our cultural imaginings of the Palaeolithic evoke images of ‘man the hunter’ or ‘man the tool maker’ because that’s how our evolution has largely been portrayed by scientists and artists (with a few notable exceptions).

 

img_3736Crouched Medieval Burials Found in Siberia – Archaeology Magazine

Countries the U.S. Lags Behind Regarding Transgender Rights | The Mary Sue

Depression Leading Cause Of Disability, More Likely To Affect Women, WHO Reports : HEALTH : Tech Times

How We Read Emotions Is Linked To How Our Eyes See: Study : HEALTH : Tech Times

img_3748Chaco dynasty in Pueblo Bonito: DNA evidence proves a maternal dynasty existed in North America 1,200 years ago — Quartz

An ancient North American dynasty ruling parts of the what is now the southwestern US 1,200 years ago used to only pass its power to elites born from powerful women, according to new DNA evidence.

In a paper published in the journal Nature Communications on Feb. 21., scientists reported work done on DNA material from buried skeletons discovered at Pueblo Bonito, an archaeological ruin in Chaco Canyon, in northern New Mexico. The building was one of the “great houses” of the Chaco society; its 650 rooms housed hundreds of Chacoans over a 330-year dynasty starting in 800 CE.

img_3752The complexity of the colossal architecture reflects how advanced the Chaco society—part of the larger Ancestral Puebloan civilization—was.

I hope you enjoy those reads…now just because I chose to avoid tRump does not mean you don’t have to avoid him in the comments. Post links to whatever you want, it is an open thread.

 

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