Huh. Looks like nobody else is around and it’s about time for an open thread.
Here’s one of the things I’m working on. Veljo Tormis is not well known in the United States, although I’ve seen his music in a few more concerts recently. He collected folk songs of Estonia and other Finnic peoples around the Gulf of Finland. He is greatly loved in Estonia. There are several smaller related language groups in that area, some of them dying out.
I love his music, and you can hear the folk tunes in this prelude and fugue.
He died earlier this year. I saw him at the 1999 and 2004 Song Festivals in Tallinn.
I’m going to feed the cats and go to bed. Will check back in the morning.
You just know the headline writer wet him/herself a little in glee after coming up with this one.
To pee or not to pee? Amsterdam court case sparks national row
this macine kills fascists
Nazis and Klansmen are coming to my town.
our town, our streets.
She’s pissing up a rope legally, but she has a pisser of a policy argument.
Or a pissah, as the Massholes like to say.
Jimmy Kimmel’s monologue tonight is up; Mediaite link. Most convincing to me was the alphabet soup of health organizations opposed, and the skit about the coffee bar.
At the end, he put up a list of undecided senators to contact — which included Heller, which surprised me because I’ve heard this monstrosity called Graham Cassidy Heller Johnson.
Anyway, it was a good monologue, although last night’s was better. I hope Cassidy never recovers his credibility. He absolutely went on there and lied, and he is still lying.
Thanks for music, Cheryl. Very nice.
@burnspbesq: Yeah, about time for mass citizen action on the continuing public crisis of public women’s toilet shortage. I don’t understand why they put up with it. We need sit ins. or piss ins, or something.
If enough of your fellow townspeople turn out to oppose them, the Nazis and Klansmen will run away. If you try to ignore them, it will only embolden them.
Big Jim Slade
Very nice. Sounds inspired by Shostakovich. Thanks!
Veps and, Votic, Ingrian, Karelian, Livonian… and don’t start me on the dialects… I swear, every feckin village on that side of the Baltic has at least two dialects of its own.
@Elizabelle: Kimmel didn’t fool around. And, I had a dog as a kid that could probably learn how to do taxes before Trump does.
So, my contribution is odd. Suddenly youtube decided I am really interested in seeing Conan O’Brien’s Trump skits. So, I watched this one.
Donald Trump Guest-Directs CONAN – CONAN on TBS
I always thought of O’Brien as the Two Stooges version of late night TV, though I don’t watch enough to know.
But, they showed a prescient understanding of the true Trump.
Major Major Major Major
@NotMax: the second half could use some work.
@Elizabelle: Calling Cassiidy a GOPenis was a nice touch.
Oh my.O’Brien was on Trump’s case early.
Here is his skit on Trump’s announcement speech.
Donald Trump’s New 100% Truthful Speech – CONAN on TBS
Yep. I hope Cassidy’s lies catch up with him
I’m going on for my (hopefully) one and only chemotherapy treatment in the morning. I’m thinking I probably won’t be allowed to use my phone, but if I can, I’m going to call Republican senators and tell them I’m undergoing chemo right now so I’m going to have a pre-existing condition for the rest of my life, and I don’t care what stupid promises you made to your asshole supporters, don’t fuck with my health care.
Gives new meaning to live streaming.
@jl: When the Orioles moved from Memorial Stadium to Camden Yards, the project manager of the Yards was a woman. I’ve heard that men’s and women’s bathrooms have the same number of facilities because of her. I don’t have a citation, though, but it predates FakeNews.
@NotMax: …or the pee tape.
@Felonius Monk: Yes! Forgot that one.
@Redshift: Good luck to you. May that chemo knock out whatever ails you. Forever.
Lovely – after listening, I went over and put one of his CD’s on my Amazon wish list (have to wait for the retirement check to come in next month). Even though it’s from a very different musical tradition, it got me thinking about this Egberto Gismonti performance that I really like: https://youtu.be/zYafuW82i7U
Jim, Foolish Literalist
@frosty: Can you see the difference? Are there ridiculously long lines for the women’s bathrooms there?
The standard shouldn’t be equal number of stalls, it should be if there are enough for both sexes, so that neither has lines stretching ridiculous lengths with people jumping up and down waiting to get into the head.
The U.S. maybe should have some of these:
Female urination device
Testicular cancer. With the earlier surgery, it’s supposed to have a 97% chance of curing it. As my doctor said, if you have to get cancer, this is the one you want to get.
@Jim, Foolish Literalist: The really evil thing is that they’re lying backwards and forwards. The “more people will be able to access affordable coverage” lie is from the idea that there will be cheaper coverage because it will once again be legal to sell policies that effectively don’t cover anything, and the “pre-existing conditions will be covered” lie is falsely pretending that such coverage will be affordable.
Best wishes for a healthy, peaceful, happy, prosperous, and blessed 5778.
– or 1439, if that is what you’re celebrating, as well.
@Redshift: I will be thinking of you tomorrow.
My chemo infusions are set to start in a couple of weeks. I’m calling my senator, governor, congressman, and also Murkowski and McCain tomorrow, for you and for me and for all of us.
Sending you hugs and good thoughts for tomorrow. You’re going to kick that cancer’s ass.
Somebody on Twitter was saying that Kimmel shouldn’t be talking politics, he is supposed to be making people laugh, and went on to say that Johnny Carson didn’t talk politics. Well, of course he did, but he tried to skewer politicians on both sides. So I went looking and found this clip from January 31, 1992.
Johnny Carson on Clinton and Trump
J R in WV
Those guys just don’t know how to stick to the truth. They are so good at lying it’s easier for them to tell one than to figure out an accurate and truthful answer. Sociopaths, all of them, I suspect.
I’ll be calling every day til the end of the month. I’ll even call the AZ folks. Flake should know that his state will suffer if they mess with the current rule making arrangement. I read now that all the healthcare insurance companies are asking the politicians not to break the current system, to tweak it, to improve it, but not to break it with an unplanned and unexamined new law.
It’s crazy to over-write a law that took 2 years of constant hearings and amendments, and has now had years of refining, rule making, court opinions changing the law as written, with no bi-partisan legislation to address the court rulings that now appear insane.
@Redshift: Beat that cancer! I like your odds. Hope you are completely returned to health. And having that backstory will steel you in calling these “public servants” who need to stop fucking with our healthcare.
@Mel: My best to you as well. Keep us posted; we are rooting for you, too.