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Doc Sportello

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May 10, 2022

Bob Dylan Center to open Tuesday in Tulsa

The Bob Dylan Center contains more than 100,000 items, including lyrics, notebooks and recordings dating back to the early 60s in Greenwich Village.

The Bob Dylan Center will officially open to the public Tuesday following a weekend full of special events and concerts that feature such artists as gospel legend Mavis Staples, poet and songwriter Patti Smith and singer-songwriter Elvis Costello.

CBS Sunday Morning segment:

April 30, 2022

The Musk Cult of Personality: Why do some of us worship billionaires?

Including some on this site.

Here's a few reasons:


Psychologists say that many of us fantasize about being billionaires, meaning that when they root for Musk, they're really rooting for what they perceive as a version of themselves — namely, as masters of the universe, "winners" in every sense that mainstream society deems worthy. In the process, they also reveal their own deep feelings of inadequacy.


And, unsurprisingly, they also checked the right demographic boxes to benefit from various forms of societal privilege. For one thing, they are almost always white. For another, they are almost always male.

"Basically the difference between what we would call a psychopath and people that we admire is like a surgeon or a killer, a judge, or a gangster, they may have some of the same characteristics, but are either at a different intelligence level or they're doing things that are actually unacceptable to society," Bieber explained. As Landay explained, psychopathic tendencies consist of three personality traits: boldness, "such as interpersonal dominance"; lack of empathy and a tendency toward being mean; and disinhibition, "such as impulsivity."

"Essentially, individuals with psychopathic tendencies have the potential to be much a much worse than average jerk, yet because of those very qualities, it's plausible that they might find great success in business organizations," Landay told Salon.


April 7, 2022

Dominant strain (BA.2) hasn't shown signs of starting a surge



The Omicron subvariant caused as many as 3 in 4 cases of Covid-19 in the United States last week, according to the latest genomic surveillance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but so far, there are no signs of a looming surge in the US.
Even as BA.2 has become dominant, overall numbers of cases are still decreasing, says Dr. Jessica Justman, an epidemiologist at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.


Zooming in on areas of the country that are seeing more BA.2 transmission, like New York, wastewater has been only modestly affected.
"It's still low when we look at absolute raw numbers of viral copies in wastewater," said David Larson, an associate professor of public health at Syracuse University who helped create the state's wastewater dashboard.
March 29, 2022

Smith Rock

I just love it that last time Gayle McCormick belts out BAAABBBY! It's you ...
March 18, 2022

GQP christofacist advertises support of Putin on their car

Posted for the know-your-enemy point of view. From a store parking lot (trigger warning, this could make you sick):

March 10, 2022

McFaul: "The Ukrainians will never give up"

Just now on Nicolle Wallace. He added: "They will fight forever. Until Ukraine is free."

He is someone who should know.

March 8, 2022

Olena Gnes coming up on Anderson Cooper

If you haven't seen this young mother of three, she is worth watching. Articulate, brave, funny and as far as I can tell doing a wonderful job of mothering three young children by herself while living in a basement.

March 6, 2022

Stay Calm America; Don't Make Decisions Based on Emotion

From Tom Nichols at the Atlantic:


In my rage, I want someone somewhere to do something. I have taught military and national-security affairs for more than a quarter century, and I know what will happen when a 40-mile column of men and weapons encircles a city of outgunned defenders. I want all the might of the civilized world—a world of which Putin is no longer a part—to obliterate the invading forces and save the people of Ukraine.


And yet, I still counsel caution and restraint, a position I know many Americans find impossible to understand. Every measure of our outrage is natural, as are the calls for action. But emotions should never dictate policy. As President Joe Biden emphasized in his State of the Union address, we must do all we can to aid the Ukrainian resistance and to fortify NATO, but we cannot become involved in military operations in Ukraine. ...
...Also, let’s remember that America is, in fact, taking action to help Ukraine and oppose Russia. Western sanctions will not save Kyiv or other Ukrainian cities tomorrow, but they are crippling the Russian economy and undermining Putin’s ability both politically and materially to seek a larger war. We are working with the rest of the world to get military assistance to the Ukrainians, who will be fighting a resistance for as long as the Russians are in their country.


one more reason not to let our emotions get the better of us is that the only way Putin can save himself from his own fiasco is to bait the West into an attack. Nothing would help him more, at home or abroad, than if the United States or any other NATO country were to enter direct hostilities with Russian forces. Putin would then use the conflict to rally his people and threaten conventional and nuclear attacks against NATO. He would become a hero at home, and Ukraine would be forgotten.

March 3, 2022

Russians about to get a taste of Putin is a Dickhead beer

Just saw this on CNN. A brewery in Lviv began producing Putin is a Dickhead beer in 2014 during the uprising. They also learned how to make Molotov cocktails. Now they are using those bottles to make them once again. Cheers!


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