REST IN PEACE, DR. JOHN
It's been so long that I can hardly remember a time without Dr. John, the Night Tripper in my musical life. His death last week from a heart attack at age 76 (or so) was a shocker to me. Here is a short video obituary from CBS Sunday Morning program:
Rolling Stone magazine (among many others) posted a more comprehensive obit here.
Watch this space for TGB musicologist, Peter Tibbles', column on Dr. John coming soon.
BARBARA JORDAN'S STIRRING CONSTITUTION SPEECH
It's been a bad week for our poor old U.S. Constitution and the rule of law. The president has made it abundantly clear that he not only doesn't understand the Constitution, he also couldn't care less about what it says.
Some Congressional leaders have made the right noises about the president's conviction that only he knows what's right or wrong in regard to foreign intervention in our elections. But not loud enough and not with any meaningful follow-up.
My friend Jim Stone sent this speech from another era in our history when the rule of law was under attack by a president. Texas Representative Barbara Jordan, during impeachment hearings in regard to President Richard Nixon, specified in detail the articles of impeachment and the glory that is our Constitution.
This is audio only of Jordan's full speech and it is worth every one of its 13 minutes. President Nixon resigned his office on August 9, 1974. It is widely believed that if he had not resigned, he would certainly have been impeached.
The “1971” citation at top of video is an error – Representative Jordan's speech took place in July 1974 regarding a vote on articles of impeachment.
TODAY'S CAT COLLECTION
A toddler walks off with a mother cat's kitten and she doesn't waste much time snatching back her child.
WHY DO CATS LIKE CATNIP?
Here's an explanation from one veterinarian about why so many cats love catnip.
A BUNCH OF BADASS CATS
I may have mentioned that I'm not much fond of compilation videos but cats can be fearless (jerks, sometimes too) and it's really fun to watch them being so.
MAINE BECOMES EIGHTH U.S. STATE TO LEGALIZE PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED DEATH
Last Wednesday, Maine's Democratic Gov. Janet Mills signed the bill that allows physicians to prescribe medication for people with terminal diseases to end their lives. As AP reports:
Read more here.
CHINESE WERE SMOKING POT 2500 YEARS AGO
High (pun intended) in the mountains of western China, archaeologists Yimin Yang and Meng Ren of the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences examined 10 wooden braziers pulled from eight burial tombs.
The Los Angeles Times reports that when the braziers were tested,
“Beyond the THC levels, the braziers themselves supplied the smoking gun, Frachetti said.
“'It’s the difference between finding the residue of burnt cannabis versus finding an actual bong,' Frachetti said. 'That’s going to be the indication that these things are being deployed as smoke, and that’s what these braziers really are. They’re showing a whole technology of releasing cannabis smoke.'”
Read more at the L.A. Times.
WHY ARE THERE 96 MILLION BLACK BALLS IN AN L.A. RESERVOIR?
The reporter on this video tells us:
”I took a boat through 96 million black plastic balls on the Los Angeles reservoir to find out why they're there. The first time I heard about shade balls the claim was they reduce evaporation. But it turns out this isn't the reason they were introduced.”
The video is 12 minutes long and I didn't expect I would stick around to the end. But I did and enjoyed the whole thing.
WRESTLING GRIZZLY BEARS GET PUNKED
By their sister, according to the video. Thank TGB reader Simone for this surprise ending.
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.
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