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INTERESTING STUFF – 11 April 2020

A WILLIE NELSON WEEKEND

Personally, I can never get enough of Willie Nelson and this weekend was made for someone like me.

Today, at 8PM Eastern Daylight Time, Nelson will host At Home with Farm Aid streaming live on AXS-TV and at the Farm Aid website which will also feature Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews.

Willie was quoted in Rolling Stone about the live concert:

“...I’m so grateful for the farmers, ranchers and farmworkers who are on the frontlines sustaining all our communities. Now, more than ever, stay strong and positive.”

You can find out more about the live concert at the Rolling Stone and at the Farm Aid websites.

Then, on Sunday, A&E will broadcast Willie Nelson: American Outlaw, filmed during an all-star tribute concert to the Willie in Nashville in January.

A&E has released a track from the program, City of New Orleans. Here it is:

Other performers include George Strait, Jimmy Buffett, Chris Stapleton, Dave Matthews, Eric Church, Emmylou Harris, Jack Johnson, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Norah Jones and the Little Willies. Find out more at Rolling Stone and A&E.

MEDICARE COVERAGE CHANGES

Medicare announced this week that it will cover (1) out-of-pocket costs for lab tests for COVID-19 and (2) all medically necessary hospitalizations.

This includes if you are diagnosed with COVID-19 and need to stay in the hospital under quarantine instead of being discharged from the hospital after an inpatient stay.

Read more at Medicare's Coronavirus page.

QUARANTINE – WASH YOUR HANDS AND STAY HOME

This came from TGB reader Joan McMullen. Jeanine Levy says on her YouTube page,

”Being quarantined from the Corona Virus takes it's emotional toll. Please enjoy my funny journey from the spice cabinet, toilet paper shortage, to melons...”

Enjoy.

JOHN OLIVER ON OAN

One America News Network (OAN) is a far right, conservative network that the president frequently mentions positively, particularly when he is angry with Fox News for lack sufficient fealty to him.

Last Sunday on his HBO program, Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver gave us his take on the network.

CHICO THE SLOTH'S PRIVATE ZOO TOUR

Most, if not all, of U.S. zoos are closed due to the virus. Texas State Aquarium took the opportunity to show its sloth, Chico, some of the denizens of the aquarium.

”As a bit of a local celebrity,” explains the YouTube page, “Chico can't tour the Aquarium on most days without being mobbed by his adoring fans. But with our temporary closing, our sleepy sloth Chico was treated to an eye-opening adventure through our Gulf of Mexico exhibits!”

Note how the dolphin, near the end, turns upside down in his tank to see Chico hanging upside down.

MORE DOGGEREL FROM HENRY LOWENSTEIN

This one titled Separation.

I used to be able to make the case
for a neighborly embrace
whenever we met,
but now, instead,
at your insistence,
I am keeping my distance,
and try to greet
you from six feet.

VP PENCE BLOCKS DRS. FAUCI AND BIRX FROM APPEARING ON CNN

As the Washington Post tells us daily, “Democracy dies in darkness” and that is what Vice President Mike Pence is doing because he doesn't like how CNN is covering the daily White House rally. CNN reports:

”Pence's office, which is responsible for booking the officials on networks during the pandemic, said it will only allow experts such as Dr. Deborah Birx or Dr. Anthony Fauci to appear on CNN if the network televises the portion of the White House briefings that includes the vice president and other coronavirus task force members...

"'When you guys cover the briefings with the health officials then you can expect them back on your air,' a Pence spokesperson told CNN.”

CNN says it cuts away from the broadcast to check the information that is often less that factual. More at CNN.

RANDY NEWMAN'S COVID-19 SONG

Like Willie Nelson, Randy Newman is also one of my favorite musicians. Randy has written a new song for our times which he recorded at home. It is titled Stay Away. You can follow the lyrics at the You Tube page.

COPYCAT PETS

Some of these are amazing. And cute too.

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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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Comments

This has got to be one of my all-time favorite Interesting Stuffs, a big THANK YOU Ronni! So excited for the Willie Nelson shows, loved the animal videos & that Jeanine Levy video had me laughing like a crazy person :)

However—much as I adore John Oliver, I had to turn him off midway thru (so I could finish my breakfast and keep it down). I’ve had more than enough of TRUMP and his putrid assortment of fellow slimeballs. And when something like OAN makes Fox News looks not so bad in comparison... what’s next, having a couple reporters from the KKK attend those torturous “briefings”? My god, enough.

Started my day with John Prine and Willie Nelson. Thank you for Willie and for John Oliver, unpleasant as his topic was.

Ronni, remember when you shared a song from Willie Nelson’s new album about ageing? I believe it was “It Gets Easier” but could have been “I’m Not Dead Yet.” This album has become a favorite especially for road trips, when we used to take them! Great to sing along with. Thanks!

The sloth and Randy Newman for the win! Plus, I enjoyed watching the Millie Garfield group chat from a few days ago. Thanks, Ronni!

I think Chico was more interested in eating. : ) Shared the funny Corvid 19 virus vid, Randy Newman and Copycat Pets on my FB page! 3 in a row!

I commented this morning (I know, I talk too much) but do you remember that 1970's shampoo commercial "I told 3 people, and she told 3 people, and so on..."? Earlier today I shared that funny Levy video with my sister (who just completed painting my niece's bedroom) and she dearly loved it. She said "Replace the wine with Coke and that's me."

She's been sharing it with friends & family, and earlier tonight a relative sent it back to me. Just thought that was too funny. Anyway I'm glad I came back to finish watching that John Oliver video, thank you again for posting that. I am now shutting up & going right to bed. :)

OAN and FOX actually report factual news? Scary that 40% of population apparently think they do. Whatever happened to critical thinking? Talk about faux democracies with autocratic dictators seems to be what this administration seeks with Pence’s support, that of AG Barr and Sen. McConnell. A real press, often condemned by this President, that seeks and speaks the truth needs our support now more than ever.

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