GRANDPA AND ME AND A HELICOPTER TO HEAVEN
Reader Tom Delmore sent this video of the touching relationship between an old man at the end of his life and his grandson. Simple and beautiful. (In Swedish with subtitles.)
OH, GOD, I WILL MISS JON STEWART SO MUCH
Last Monday, The Daily Show took on those Texas lunatics – including way too many elected officials – who believe a U.S military training exercise in their state this summer is a cover for instituting martial law.
Remember last week when the story about a crazy deer crossing lady was headlined, “They walk among us and they vote?” Just apply that to these people and enjoy Jon Stewart skewering them. Be sure to stick around for the last line.
DAVID LETTERMAN'S EXIT INTERVIEW
Jon Stewart is not the only legend leaving late night television soon. After 33 years, David Letterman is bowing out. The notoriously interview-shy Late Night host talked to Rolling Stone.
Here's something you probably didn't know:
”Three days a week, Letterman wakes up in his downtown Manhattan loft at 6 a.m., drives to his offices at 53rd and Broadway and immediately goes back to bed.
“He used to commute at a more normal hour, but at some point he decided he hated traffic so much that he'd rather sleep in segments than spend an extra 15 minutes in rush hour. Now he gets to his 12th-floor suite around 6:30, sleeps for three more hours, then gets up to start his day, 'refreshed and ready to go.'"
It's a long interview about the show, about quitting after 33 years, about his young son and what he'll do with himself now.
In reality, Letterman is a better interviewer than interviewee. But his retirement marks the passing of an era and should be noted - particularly, if like me, you've produced a zillion TV interviews in your life.
You can read the whole thing at Rolling Stone. Letterman's last show will be broadcast on this Wednesday 20 May. Stephen Colbert takes over that time slot on CBS-TV on Tuesday 8 September.
INSIDE THE COCKPIT WITH A BLUE ANGELS PILOT
I'm not too keen on the accompanying music within this video but it is fantastic to see how the Blue Angels work from the inside.
If you like that, there are more Blue Angels videos at YouTube – just search “blue angels”
THE CARE PACKAGE
That's the name of a new series on the PBS Newshour website from editorial cartoonist, Jack Ohman.
“When editorial cartoonist Jack Ohman sat down to illustrate his father’s final years,” writes someone unnamed at the website, “he did not want to sugar-coat his own experiences providing four years of long term care. Otherwise, the story would not have been worth telling, he explained...
“It was difficult, but he said he acted with a sense of duty.
“'He took care of me, and we had our issues, but I felt he was owed a dignified life, and I wanted to help him,' Ohman said.”
Here are two of the panels from Part 1.
You can see all of Part 1 here where you can also sign up to be notified as Parts 2-4 are published over the next several months. (Hat tip to Tom Delmore)
MICHELLE OBAMA'S TUSKEGEE COMMENCEMENT SPEECH
Last week, First Lady Michelle Obama gave a powerful, even soaring commencement speech at Tuskegee University in Alabama. I would wager no other first lady has been this outspoken and strong. Predictably, the right wing punditry was outraged.
Never mind about that. Just watch this amazing woman tell it like it is to the 2015 graduating class.
REPUBLICANS CUT AMTRAK FUNDNG AFTER DEADLY CRASH
Really. They did that. The Republican majority on the House Appropriations Committee.
In fewer than 24 hours after the terrible train derailment in Pennsylvania took eight lives this week, they snatched more than a quarter of a billion dollars from Amtrak. You can read about it here and here.
And you can check to see if your House representative was on that list here.
JOHN OLIVER ON PAID FAMILY LEAVE
John Oliver keeps telling people who ask that he is not a journalist, not an investigative reporter. Maybe he thinks so because he tells such funny jokes while exposing malfeasance, corruption, fraud, crime, exploitation, misrepresentation along with plain old stupidity.
And he does it thoroughly, competently and even when it's not headline news.
This week Oliver took on paid family leave and you will be shocked at the position the U.S. holds in the world on this subject.
POLAR BEAR MAMA AND HER CUBS
From Darlene Costner. I am charmed by polar bear video while simultaneously being frightened and sad for them as the polar ice continues to melt.
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