EDITORIAL NOTE: It feels to me that this has been a momentous past week filled with terrible portents, especially from the president who refuses to say he will leave his post if he is defeated in November. I don't have words.
So a few of today's entries fall to heavier side of the scale.
IN HONOR OF JUSTICE RUTH BADER GINSBURG
You remember Founders Sing, don't you. The Youtube group who debuted in February with their tune, The Day Democracy Died.
They have been releasing these original political songs ever since and this week they gave us I AM RUTH – By Founders Sing, In Honor of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
YOUNG PEOPLE MORE LIKELY TO BELIEVE VIRUS MISINFORMATION
The number of new virus infections is not getting better. In fact, it is skyrocketing. This week, The New York Times reported,
”In a survey of 21,196 people in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, researchers identified a clear generational divide.
“Respondents 18 to 24 had an 18 percent probability of believing a false claim, compared with 9 percent for those over 65, according to the study [pdf], conducted by researchers from Harvard University, Rutgers University, Northeastern University and Northwestern University.”
People were asked to gauge their acceptance of 11 false claims:
”Those included false claims that the virus originated in people who ate bats, that taking antibiotics protects against the disease and that only people 60 or older are at risk of being infected.”
Read more at The Times. Talk to the young people in your life about staying safe.
AOC'S MESSAGE TO THE FUTURE
The Guardian reports that young people yesterday led strikes around the world calling for urgent action on climate change.
”Greta Thunberg led a strike in Sweden, which was limited to 50 people by the country’s lockdown laws – 'so we adapt', she tweeted, with a picture showing strikers more than 2 metres apart. The day of action also marked the 110th week of her own school strike, which began in August 2018.
“'Fridays For Future and the youth climate movement are striking again around the world, in a safe way and following Covid-19 guidelines, to demand those in power treat this like the urgent crisis it is,' she said.”
Relatedly, TGB reader Mary Evans Young, sent this pertinent 18-month-old video from U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez titled A Message from the Future.
In the U.S., we are in the final weeks of fighting for the existence of our country, even for democracy itself. Untold environmental damage has been done by our president and his minions in just the year and a half since OAC's video debuted. So don't let up. Register to vote. Help others to register. Plan your vote.
Read more about the worldwide children's crusade at The Guardian.
OBVIOUSLY THIS DOGGEREL FROM HENRY LOWENSTERN...
...cannot be ignored at this blog. Titled Down and Out.
When you are feeling down and out,
give Ronni Bennett a shout.
She's a long-time blogger
and memories cataloger
who writes about her ills
and the long-remembered thrills
that bring smiles to her face
and maybe will help erase
some of the despair
that afflicts your debonair.
IMPOSSIBLY YOUNG WILLIE NELSON
I've been listening to a lot of Willie Nelson lately – the old stuff and the newest too. He's 87 years old now. But in truth, he's ageless.
This is a medley he sang at Grand Ole Opry in 1965. Did you know Willie wrote Patsy Cline's huge hit, Crazy? I didn't until now.
NEW YORK'S RUBBER STAMP SHOP
Do people even use rubber stamps anymore? I guess so. According to the Youtube page,
”John Casey is the owner of East Village mainstay Casey Rubber Stamps, a local landmark that has endured for almost two decades.
“The iconic stamp and ink shop, located on East 11th Street in downtown New York, is beloved by locals. For years, residents and tourists alike have swung by to buy and make their own novelty rubber stamps.”
This short film is from Eric Maierson and Leandro Badalotti for Atlas Obscura.
THE BELUGA AND THE SEAGULL
This whale could have the gull for lunch in one bite but he (she?) didn't. Instead, they played.
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