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INTERESTING STUFF – 11 July 2015


SONG FOR GRATEFUL DEAD'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY

It has been half a century since the Grateful Dead first set foot on a stage and over the 4 July weekend, they played their final concerts. Norma, the Assistant Musicologist, sent this video but first:

Playing For Change (PFC) is a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music.

”Our friends at JamBase asked us to turn the Grateful Dead's 1970 classic, Ripple into a PFC Song Around the world as part of their 'Songs Of Their Own' series and after many miles on planes, trains and automobiles we can finally share it with all of you!!

It's amazing and beautiful. Take a look. Enjoy.

Also, you'll find a good review of the Dead's final concert here.


A CLASSIC UPDATES AND SLIMS DOWN

I don't eat them often these days but Oreo's have been a favorite treat all my life. We all have our own ways of eating them. I like to twist them open, eat the crème inside, then chew the cookies.

Now, it probably won't be so easy to do that. Oreos is releasing a new product, Oreo Thins in original, mint and golden flavors. Take a look at the difference:

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“The original Oreo is 42 calories each, while the Oreo Thin is 35 calories each," writes ABCNews reporter Stefanie Tudor.

"This writer much prefers the Oreo Thins," she continues. "They’re crispier and more chocolaty because of a higher cookie to cream ratio.

"One ABC News editor noted, though, that they’re a lot more fragile than the original, and many in the package were already broken upon arrival."

Read more here.


PICTURING THE WESTERN U.S. DROUGHT

Propublica and Matter teamed up with several photographers to document the drought in the western part of the United States and it is terrifying – to me, anyway.

”As serious as the drought is,” reports Michael Friberg, “the investigation found that mismanagement of that region’s surprisingly ample supply has led to today’s emergency.

“Among the causes are the planting of the thirstiest crops; arcane and outdated water rights laws; the unchecked urban development in unsustainable desert environments...”

This is Lake Mead, nearly 140 feet below its high water mark.

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Read the story and see a dozen more photos at Propublica.


TURTLE'S EYE VIEW OF THE GREAT BARRIER REEF

On a similar theme, The Great Barrier Reef is home to almost 6000 species.

”The situation is dire. Half of the natural reserve has died in the last 30 years, due to climate change, and the UNESCO World Heritage Committee will not recognize the area as “in danger,” reports RT.com

The YouTube page explains that the World Wildlife Fund has joined several other environmental organizations to find out how the level of pollution is affecting turtles within the Reef.

”As part of that project, the opportunity arose to very carefully fit a small GoPro camera to a turtle, to better understand the post-release behaviour of tagged green turtles. The result is this amazing video.”


JOHN OLIVER SHALLOW DIVES

John Oliver's HBO program, Last Week Tonight, was on hiatus for the holiday last Sunday. But Oliver produced a little gift to hold us until the next new show.

As you know, Oliver and company specialize in long-form essays on one subject. In his online-only “shallow dive,” he covers 15 topics in one minute.


WHICH POLITICAL PARTY DO YOU SIDE WITH?

And which candidate are you most closely aligned with?

TGB reader James Wallace Harris of Auxiliary Memory forwarded this quiz. Here are some of my results – in order: ideology, party, candidate:

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It's a fairly long quiz but it's thorough and gives you a detailed comparison of where you agree or not with about ten different candidates. You can take the quiz for free at I Side With.


NINA CONTI

In his email with the link to this video, Jim Stone wrote, “She just kills me.” And now, me too. And maybe you.

Ventriloquist Nina Conti uses audience members as her puppets.


SNEAK PEAK OF GO SET A WATCHMAN

GoSetaWatchmanCover100You may know that after sitting somewhere in a drawer for 60 years, the followup to Harper Lee's beloved novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, will be released next Tuesday. The book begins as Scout, now 26 years old and living in New York, returns home to visit her father, Atticus:

"Jean Louise Finch always made this journey by air, but she decided to go by train from New York to Maycomb Junction on her fifth annual trip home. For one thing, she had the life scared out of her the last time she was on a plane: the pilot elected to fly through a tornado.

"For another thing, flying home meant her father rising at three in the morning, driving a hundred miles to meet her in Mobile, and doing a full day’s work afterwards: he was seventy-two now and this was no longer fair."

If that's not enough of a taste for you, right now you can read the entire first chapter at The Guardian or listen to it as read by the actor Reese Witherspoon.

You can also read a background here of how this new novel came to be published.

Further, yesterday The New York Times published what is probably the first review of the long-awaited novel and here's a bombshell:

"Shockingly," writes Michiko Kakutani, "...Atticus is a racist who once attended a Klan meeting, who says things like 'the Negroes down here are still in their childhood as a people.' Or asks his daughter: 'Do you want Negroes by the carload in our schools and churches and theaters? Do you want them in our world?'”

The full Times review is here.


101 DALMATIONS

Ooops. No. I mean 16 Basenjis. Puppies. SIXTEEN of them - from three litters.

This week's Interesting Stuff contains a lot more heavy-going items than usual and I think that requires strong antidote for a finish. So, all those puppies, some little kids and I promise you will laugh until you weep.

There is more information about the puppies at Huffington Post.


Interesting Stuff is a weekly listing of short takes and links to web items that have caught my attention; some related to aging and some not, some useful and others just for fun.

You are all encouraged to submit items for inclusion. Just click “Contact” in the upper left corner of any Time Goes By page to send them. I'm sorry that I won't have time to acknowledge receipt and there is no guarantee of publication. But when I do include them, you will be credited and I will link to your blog IF you include the name of the blog and its URL.


Comments

I now know why I'm eagerly awaiting my Bernie Sanders bumper sticker.

Please balance the puppies with some cute kitties.

On the test:
I am about even on Hilary and Bernie, but Bernie has the edge. My spot is left wing, but a bit more moderate in description than Ronni. (yes or no on some of those questions, needed some explanation).

The Grateful Dead video made me cry? The puppies made me smile, and Nina Conti and John Oliver brought laughter and made me want Krispy Kreme donut.

The first chapter of Harper Lee's new novel made me want to read the whole of it.

And the Turtle's eye-view was fascinating.

All-in-all, a very enjoyable blog experience today,
THANK YOU, RONNI.


The video "Ripple" for Playing for Change brought me to tears. It is amazing, a word which is not even strong enough to express how I felt about this one!

Thank you for this one. I'm sharing it with everyone I know.

And our drought here in California is disgraceful. For years, everyone has been trying to turn this desert into a look-alike for the plush East and it is painfully apparent that it was a disaster in the making. So sad. When this area is treated like the desert that it is, it is truly beautiful.

Yesterday I was driven to an area of Tucson that I had not seen for a few years. What used to be Palo Verde trees and cacti is not shopping centers and apartment houses. I don't know where they developers and city planners think the water is going to come from. Tucson is growing faster than a run-away train and I think we are on our way to becoming another Mesa Verde where the entire tribe vanished leaving their homes behind.

Having taken the quiz earlier I found that I was right in my presidential selection. I am for Bernie Sanders 100%.

I am not sure I want to read "Go Set a Watchman" as I hate being disillusioned. "To Kill a Mocking Bird" has been my favorite novel of all times and I know the sequel (even though it was written first) will color my perception negatively.

John Oliver – flip flops "lingerie for feet". We in Australia have always known that because they're called thongs here.

Bernie and me are pretty much in synch so no surprise there. But come on, Ronni, i can't be alone in having a few synchronicities with Donald Trump. Are you hiding something, or are you really that pure?

Interesting and Wonderful Stuff today.

Miki Davis isn't the only one who teared up when watching the Grateful Dead PFC video. I've watched it three times so far and know I need to see it some more.

The Turtle's Eye View of the Great Barrier Reef was amazing--so beautiful and full of life.

Play for Change has been around for several years. It's great.
I'm a left liberal. But think the world leaders will crush Bernie.

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