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For the Fourth: Holy American Major League of Nations (Notes on Baseball, Booze, and the Re-De-Nationalization of Americanism)

It welcomed the tests of time/
Like an eternal friend,/
Our country is blessed,/
Our country is such!

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Patti Smith Sings “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” at Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize Ceremony

I saw a room full of men with their hammers a-bleedin’/
I saw a white ladder all covered with water/
I saw ten thousand talkers whose tongues were all broken/
I saw guns and sharp swords in the hands of young children…

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The Oldest Song in the World – Open Culture

The piece, writes Richard Fink in a 1988 Archeologia Musicalis article, confirms a theory that “the 7-note diatonic scale as well as harmony existed 3,400 years ago.” This, Fink tells us, “flies in the face of most musicologist’s views that

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Prince’s Life of Faith – The Stream

A 2008 interview Prince gave to The New Yorker suggests this “clean, simple approach” left the singer a relatively strict social conservative who held the Bible as authoritative. “So here’s how it is: you’ve got the Republicans, and basically they want

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Merry Singing Xmas from Your Son at Boot Camp in 1944

Two “audio letters” home, sent December 19, 1944, one in which Duncan has his friend Joe (“a good singer”) sing “White Christmas,” the other featuring Duncan singing “Oh Holy Night.” The discs themselves are very lightweight, and have not survived

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DJ Earworm’s 2014 Mash-Up

(Put abstractly: DJ Earworm’s art of re-assembly constructs or realizes a depth – or, perhaps more precisely, synthesizes and integrates an ideational as well as actual polyvocality – that few to none of the popular music videos he samples can

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Ol Frenz

Silversun Pickups – The Pit (Neck Of The Woods) Courtesy of another old friend, just ran into on Twitter. Made me think of:

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Seid nüchtern und wachet (Faust Cantata); VII. Es geschah (It came to pass)

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Donna Summer RIP – “I Feel Love” (NB “Marriage” as Dialectical Principle)

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BIG: New KB24 Commercial

…why we still kind of like commercials… and basketball… and Kobe… pretty much no matter what.

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So, does Mitchell make any money on the work, which has been shared so many times? He uploaded a high-res image of the symbol and granted permission for anyone to use it personally for free. But for those who want to support his work or simply want something readymade, you can also buy T-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, and journals emblazoned with the symbol through Threadless.“I really just want to spread the image as much as possible and cement it in history,” Mitchell says. “In all honesty, the amount I’ve made from my Threadless shop so far is still less than my hourly rate, so I don’t really see it as a big deal. If you look at my Twitter, half the replies are people wanting to know where they can buy a shirt. Threadless is happy to help them out with that, and so I’m happy to let that happen.”Now that the symbol has flooded our streets and our timelines, Mitchell just has one request: “Impeach this idiot already,” he says.

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This is a Waterloo moment for Trump, the tea party and their alliance.  They have been stopped in their tracks not only by Democratic opposition but because of a mutiny within their own ranks. Although never particularly liked or respected, it is now clear that they are no longer feared. The bankruptcy of their ideas and their incompetence have been exposed. Their momentum has been dissipated. Their rejection of political norms has itself been scorned. Our long national nightmare may finally be coming to an end.

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One seasoned Democrat told me that among the reasons Trump won in 2016 was that a long year of Crooked Hillary talk, about emails and Goldman Sachs and the like, had steadily demoralised and demobilised the liberal base. If sustaining fury at Trump helps keep those same voters energised, so they eventually turn out to defeat him, it’ll be worth it, he says.

But it can’t just be in the form of world-weary, if witty, tweets. What’s needed is a coherent argument, one that explains why Trump’s repulsive behaviour matters. For Americans, that will surely centre on the state of their society. The civic realm is being degraded by Trump’s lies, vanities and insults. The national conversation is being coarsened. The basic democratic assumption, that disagreements can be resolved through discussion rather than coercion and violence, is being eroded from the very top. Note the language of Scaramucci’s outburst: “I want to fucking kill all the leakers.”

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