August 27, 2016

Saturday Learning Series - Geography (Ecuador)

A lesson in Equatorial geography in Geography Now's disposition on Ecuador.

And the flag story:

August 26, 2016

Hillary Clinton goes paranoid conspiracy theory

Hillary Clinton is no doubt trying to gin up support among her leftist base. by giving a speech on the nefarious, evil, loathsome Alt-Right. But her anti-Alt-Right speech this week is definitely tinfoil hat stuff and she deserves to be disparaged for it. And I don't mean by Donald Trump, but rather everyone else.

Warning - this video contains some strong language.

By the way this is not an endorsement of the Alt- right, which frankly suffers from a myriad of definitions and at this point does not deserve to be condemned or endorsed without attaching a definition to the endorsement or condemnation.  So there.

Friday Musical Interlude - Mull of Kintyre

From 1978, Paul McCartney's Mull of Kintyre with it's beautiful bagpipes.

August 23, 2016

Trump change

The polls might follow, but the important thing is Trump's tone has quite possibly changed.

Next he's got to focus on the winning the debates and I still think a ground game in key states is critical.  There's some creeping down side to a Trump presidency in the fact that he hasn't worked on that, but that's a discussion for another time - post Hillary.

August 22, 2016

A not Friday Musical Interlude - Wheat Kings

It's not time for a Friday Musical Interlude but Gord Downie, lead singer of the Canadian band The Tragically Hip was diagnosed not too long ago with terminal brain cancer.  Instead of quietly disappearing Downie and the Hip decided to do one last concert tour culminating in a concert this past Saturday in the band's hometown of Kingston, Ontario.  The concert was broadcast nationally and it was very moving.

The Tragically Hip were a great band, entirely underappreciated in the United States.  Mostly. They had a lengthy career (releasing albums from 1987 through 2015) and spawned a wealth of memorable songs as well as mega-hits (in Canada at least).  Their memorable songs ranged from the melancholy to hard rock to near-country.

I thought I'd share one of their more moving songs with my American audience of readers.  The song Wheat Kings is in some ways a political song but not really - it's just about an incredibly sad situation.  And it's a prime example of why Downie has been such an important part of the Canadian musical landscape.  Their contributions will be missed and not forgotten.

August 21, 2016

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