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Beat Kidz -- Who Did You Exploit Today?!

"... You need this to wipe the blood off your hands..."

Seven Natural Wonders of the World

Governor Cuomo Pandemic Update April 23 2020

"Here's what Mitch McConnell is saying.

15,000 people died in New York. But they were predominantly Democrats. So why should we help them.

I mean, for cryin' out loud, if there were ever a time you're gonna put aside your pettiness, and your partisanship, and this lens you see the world through Democrat and Republican, and we help Republicans but we don't help Democrats.

That's not who we are. It's just not who we are as a people.

If there was ever a time for humanity and decency, now is the time.

And if there was ever a time to stop your political obsessive politics and anger, which is what it's morphed into... now is the time. And you want to politically divide this nation now, with all that's going on? How irresponsible, and how reckless...

We operate with love and we're strong enough to say love."

Mitch McConnell ... federal legislator, distributing the federal pot of money. NY puts in more to federal pot than it take out. His state takes out more than it puts in.... it's your state that is living on the money that we generate. Your state is getting bailed out. Not my state...."

EDIT: a recorded version of this live stream coming up soon

MMM -- TVMovieThursday

one love

Caught A Ghost. “Can’t Let Go” (Bosch)

Marvin Gaye. “Inner City Blues” (Four Brothers)

Boccherini. “La Musica Notturna Delle Strade Di Madrid, No. 6, Op. 30” (Master and Commander)

ODESZA “Lost and Found” remix (Divergent)

Sufjan Stevens. “Chicago” (The Politician)

32 Millionaire CEOs Who Scooped Up Taxpayer Money Meant for Struggling Small Businesses


The following is a listing of companies, as of April 21, that received a forgivable loan from the Paycheck Protection Program and have paid their CEO more than $1 million in total compensation. The CEO compensation is based on the latest data available, which is either from 2018 or 2019.


Governor Cuomo Pandemic Update April 22 2020

This is no time to be stupid. This is a marathon, not a sprint.

We are not going to have people lose their life because we act imprudently. I'm not going to do it. That's not who we are.

Facts only. Don't be cocky. If you're not ready for the second wave that's the wave that will knock you down.

I have no problem with local officials blaming me.

The state laws govern. Local laws can't counter state laws.

"When the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then they ceased to be free." Edith Hamilton/Edward Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.

You have a responsibility to act prudently vis a vis other people. You're not just putting your own life at risk... you're risking others' lives, and you don't have that right. To advocate for total irresponsibility... no. Not here. Not now.

EDIT: recorded video will replace this current stream

Midday Music for Millennials -- WhatevWednesday

Black Keys. “It’s Up To You Now”

Randy Newman. “Putin”

Mark Knopfler. “What It Is”

The Alan Parsons Project. “Sirius, Eye In The Sky:

Pharcyde. “Passing Me By”

Four Tet. Sixteen Oceans (Full album)

Governor Cuomo Pandemic Update April 21 2020

EDIT: recorded video will replace current live stream; only 30 minutes

MMM -- TerribleTuesday

one love

CeeLo Green. “I Am Selling Soul”

New Order. “Your Silent Face”

Avi Avital. “5. Nana”

Jane Weaver. “Modern Kosmology”

Kenton Henson. “You”

coffee shop radio

Bernie Sanders: The Foundations of American Society Are Failing Us


The absurdity and cruelty of our employer-based, private health insurance system should now be apparent to all. As tens of millions of Americans are losing their jobs and incomes as a result of the pandemic, many of them are also losing their health insurance. That is what happens when health care is seen as an employee benefit, not a guaranteed right. As we move forward beyond the pandemic, we need to pass legislation that finally guarantees health care to every man, woman and child — available to people employed or unemployed, at every age.

The pandemic has also made clear the irrationality of the current system. Unbelievably, in the midst of the worst health care crisis in modern history, thousands of medical workers are being laid off and many hospitals and clinics are on the verge of going bankrupt and shutting down.

In truth, we don’t have a health care “system.” We have a byzantine network of medical institutions dominated by the profit-making interests of insurance and drug companies. The goal of a new, long-overdue health care system, Medicare for All, must be to provide health care to all, in every region of the country — not billions in profits for Wall Street and the health care industry...

Rich people get the virus and rich people die. But it is also true that poor and working-class people are suffering higher rates of sickness and are dying at much higher rates than wealthy people.

This is especially true of the African-American community. This disparity in outcomes from exposure to the virus is a direct reflection not only of a broken and unjust health care system but also an economy that punishes, in terrible ways, the poor and working class of this country.

In addition to millions of lower-income families not having any health insurance, Covid-19 virus is vicious and incredibly opportunistic in attacking people with pre-existing conditions and weakened immune systems. For a wide variety of socio-economic reasons, it is the poor and working class in this country who are exactly in that position as they suffer higher rates of diabetes, drug addiction, obesity, stress, high blood pressure, asthma and heart disease — and are most vulnerable to the virus. Poor and working-class people have lower life expectancies than rich people in general, and that tragic unfairness remains even truer with regard to this pandemic.

Further, while doctors, governors and mayors tell us that we should isolate ourselves and stay at home, and rich people head off to their second homes in less populated areas, working-class people don’t have those options.

When you are living paycheck to paycheck, and you lack paid medical and family leave, staying home is not an option. If you’re going to feed your family and pay the rent, you have to go to work. And, for the working class, that means leaving your home and doing jobs that interact with other people, some of whom are spreading the virus.

As Governor Cuomo reminds us, what we do today will determine tomorrow.

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