Sunday Reads Funky Link Dump, James Brown Style

130534089169830531_A8rt5YUL_cGood Morning

Still feeling down in the dumps today, so forgive the sparse content. Hopefully these links are not repeats…

I have not had a chance to read this first link…yet. Kurt Eichenwald: Let’s Repeal the Second Amendment | Vanity Fair

Haven’t read this one either:  6 Biggest Religious Right Threats to America | Alternet

Something on gun control: Muhlberger’s World History: The Bonfire of the Vanities

Check out these official pictures from the White House 2012:

From the silly to the somber, White House photos show 2012 highlights – TODAY News

White House photos 2012; candid snapshots of President, first family released | GlobalPost

A few science articles:

This first link needs a bit of funk to make it right:

How Corn Syrup Might Be Making Us Hungry-and Fat

If you have what James Brown likes…then you may also suffer from Fatty Liver.

One thing that can help with this next link about Fatty Liver, is to get a little more active:

Scientists develop new compound that reverses fatty liver disease

Muscle weakness in Down syndrome: New study offers insights

‘Black Beauty’ meteorite could yield Martian secrets

Which spiral arm of the Milky Way contains our sun?

For Dakinikat…it isn’t about old grave discoveries, but it still has a touch of death to it: Dried squash holds headless French king’s blood, study finds

Another one for Dak, Maya Funerary Vessel Represents “Tremor 8” – Archaeology Magazine

For Boston Boomer, you may find this interesting: Language Acquisition Could Begin In The Womb | Geekosystem

Is it a man’s world? Now for some mood music, for the next few links about Women’s Rights and Women in History:

Annie Lennox has a blog she writes at: Annie Lennox Calls For Action On Women’s Rights In 2013 – Starpulse.com

Here is direct link to it: Annie Lennox – Official Website

Maybe  Women’s Rights will have a louder voice now: 101 Facts About 100 Women of the House and Senate

History looks at Viking Women: Don’t underestimate Viking women | Medieval News

Another one on religion, and women’s influence in culture: Research uncovers how single and widowed women shaped the religious culture of colonial Latin America

Strange news: 15-year-old girl with missing moniker set to sue Icelandic government in fight to legally use her name

Sick twisted doctors…10 Derailed Doctors Who Creatively Abused Their Patients

An iconic song turns 30: ‘Billie Jean’: Michael Jackson’s landmark single turns 30 | theGrio

A very cool picture of Mt. Everest…and a very cool idea:  Toys inspire giant ‘dandelion’ anti-mine device

Video of a big ass plane landing at a tiny airport.

Video of the same big ass plane taking off from a tiny airport.

Video of a cartoon we have all seen before, but should watch again.

A few movie reviews:

Richard Schickel: Seven Movies I Liked in 2012 (and One I Didn’t)

This Amanda Marcotte review of Django Unchained is good, she gets it:  Django Unchained: A Movie About Other Movies About the 19th Century

And…another review…about Django…only this one asks the wrong question: How Accurate Is Quentin Tarantino’s Portrayal of Slavery in Django Unchained? : The New Yorker

And one more:  Wagner with Guns by Christopher Benfey | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books

Sticking with the movie topic a bit more: alicublog: I LOST IT AT THE MOVIES.

Now for an actor who is Super Bad, and one of my favorites, bet you can guess who that is?

An interview with my man: Samuel L. Jackson is right about bad Hollywood endings, but then real life isn’t much better

I wonder if this film will be made in time for the 2016 campaign season: Tennessee Guerilla Women: Hillary Clinton’s Life, Soon to Be a Hollywood Movie

And…its a squatch! One of those elusive Georgia Redneck Big Foots! Yup, a few of them are getting together to talk about another kind of Bigfoot…Inaugural Southeastern Bigfoot Conference being held in Dahlonega

More fantastic Bigfoot reads:

Top 10 Reasons Bigfoot Probably Doesn’t Exist

Bigfoot or Good Foot you decide:

Have a fantastic Sunday…and hope everyone is feeling good!


Evening News Round-up: Informants, Conspiracies, and 500 Rumbles

Good Evening!

Yesterday, I started to read Kurt Eichenwald’s latest book, 500 Days Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars. I got up to page 137 before I called it a night and went to bed. It is heartbreaking to read about all the lost opportunities to intervene and possibly stop the attack, but the Bush administration just did not pay attention, or blatantly and cockishly refused to even hear the warnings from CSC…Counterterrorist Center.

Since I am only in the first part of the book, I will link to a review from the New York Times Book Review: ‘500 Days,’ by Kurt Eichenwald

Doug Mills/Associated Press

President Jacques Chirac of France and President George W. Bush, November 2001.

This book is misleadingly titled. “500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars” seeks to provide a global account of the period after 9/11, leaping from a prison cell in Syria to the nightclub bombing in Bali, but it’s best and most informative when depicting how the Bush administration, and especially its lawyers, suffered a protracted nervous breakdown during that time. In that respect, it is an ambitious undertaking and a valuable resource.

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With each piece of evidence, it becomes clearer that in late 2001 and in 2002, President Bush and Vice President Cheney had begun panicking. Mistaking rumors and lies fabricated by victims of torture as actionable information and elbowing aside skeptics, they gave rein to their fears that the worst was yet to come — and their hysteria spread to and infected parts of the national security ­establishment.

Give that review a quick read. I will give you two quotes from the book, that so far has struck me as very telling.

In discussing John Ashcroft and his “priorities,” of which terrorism was not even part of, Eichenwald writes about Tom Picard, the acting director of the FBI and Dale Watson, head FBI in charge of counterterrorism:

Despite Ashcroft’s apparent indifference, Pickard tried to hammer home the magnitude of the terrorist threat almost every time they met. But at this latest briefing, Pickard told Watson, the attorney general had gone off the rails.

“I was telling him about the high level of chatter and how it suggested something big was about to happen,” Picard told Watson. “And then he interrupted me and said, ‘I don’t want to hear about that anymore.”

This was two months prior to the attacks. And, one of many warnings about bin Laden and his big plans within the last 12 months…since Bush became the Republican nominee and received his first intelligence briefing.

The other quote is shortly after the attacks, when one of Ashcroft’s top aides  is caught reading a book in his office:

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Understanding Islam. Omigod. That is not a good sign.

Again, I am only at the beginning but wow…and that is just a couple of examples from the Department of Justice. We are not even mentioning Cheney and his crew.

I just finished reading Eichenwald’s earlier book, The Informant, and if you are up for some real unbelievably f’d up cooperating witnesses, involved in price fixing and embezzlement, then please read the book. (The movie with Matt Damon does not really touch the surface…)

Here are a couple of reviews for the book:

BOOKS OF THE TIMES; A Crime Story of the White-Collar Kind – New York Times

Fox in the Henhouse – New York Times

And a two-hour interview with Eichenwald: Booknotes :: Watch The Informant Part One and Booknotes :: Watch The Informant Part Two.

Anyway, I also sat through the entire Bill O’Reilly and Jon Stewart Debate. It was awesome…if you have not seen it, you need to.

Bill O’Reilly, Jon Stewart Debate In ‘Rumble In The Air-Conditioned Auditorium’

Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly: The Rumble : The New Yorker

Just one more link for you tonight, this is sad…Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman split after 30 years

Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlmanare breaking up.

A spokesman for DeVito says the couple is separating after 30 years of marriage. Publicist Stan Rosenfield offered no other details.

DeVito and Perlman married in 1982 and have three adult children. The couple worked together on TV’s “Taxi” from 1978 to 1982.

Together, the couple established the production company Jersey Films, which counts “Pulp Fiction,” ”Erin Brockovich” and “Out of Sight” among its credits.

Danny DeVito-Rhea Perlman split catches Hollywood off guard

‘Stunned,” “shocked,” “totally surprised” and “so sorry to hear it” — just a few of the comments veteran Hollywood insiders were using Monday as news broke Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman had separated after 30 years of marriage.

“For Hollywood — hell, for anywhere in America — breaking up after 30 years is practically unheard of,” said one of the biggest producers in the entertainment business, who has worked with both DeVito and Perlman. “I am devastated to hear about this. They are both good friends and will remain so. I’m just sorry they apparently were unable to overcome whatever issues they had.”A second Tinseltown source who recently worked with DeVito speculated the couple’s work has kept them apart, “as often is the case out here.” Beyond confirming the split, DeVito’s spokesman,

I’ve read rumors of a possible connection to DiVito’s alcoholism, but I guess we will find out later on…

This is an open thread.