"Our Lips Are Sealed" was a song co-written by Jane Wiedlin of The Go-Go's and lead singer Terry Hall of The Specials and Fun Boy Three. According to Wiedlin, the song was about an affair that she and Hall had in 1980 when The Go-Go's opened for The Specials despite Hall being in another relationship … Continue reading a version of “Our Lips Are Sealed” ages well
Michels too extreme for Wisconsin
Community groups gather in from of a Michels company building in Milwaukee. (Photo | Voces de la Frontera Action!) You'd think that after four disastrous years of a Trump presidency, the trope of a businessman making an ideal politician would be dead in the water. Yet, here it returns, zombie-like, from the dead with Tim … Continue reading Michels too extreme for Wisconsin
60 years after the Cuban Missile Crisis, nuclear threats are still not an option
Union of Concerned Scientists We still need to defuse nuclear weapons because nuclear threats are still not an option. Nuclear war is not an option. Sixty years after the Cuban Missile Crisis, one of the most blatant threats of nuclear war has been made by Russian President Vladimir Putin. But these are far from the … Continue reading 60 years after the Cuban Missile Crisis, nuclear threats are still not an option
how can you really not love Foxygen?
Foxygen has had a talent for mining the absurd depths of late 60s and early 70s California cheese-pop and creating something alternately hilarious and catchy. Their band name, and the album title "We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic" says a lot about how the degree to which they do and don't … Continue reading how can you really not love Foxygen?
long COVID is disabling to most people who have it
Four out of five people with long COVID struggle with normal day to day activities. This is an alarming statistic, combined with the fact that estimates of between 10 and 20 percent of those who catch COVID end up with Long COVID. Both sets of statistics come from the CDC--why do they keep on scaling … Continue reading long COVID is disabling to most people who have it
high school students are supporting their peers in ways unimaginable when I was young
Students listen during a rally in support of inclusive Family Life Education outside of Luther Jackson Middle School in Falls Church, Virginia, on July 14, 2022.Eric Lee for The Washington Post via Getty Images High school students are supporting their peers in ways unimaginable when I was in high school. When I was in high … Continue reading high school students are supporting their peers in ways unimaginable when I was young
if smokey the bear worked in CDC communications
The convoluted messaging from the pandemic is begging to be parodied. CDC communications have been atrocious during the pandemic.
everything’s alright for Boo Radleys autumnal music
Autumn weather brings out my autumnal music playlist. I don't know and don't care if I've posted this before, the songs I will be posting capture the vibe of the season in a special way. This song appears on The Boo Radleys album "Everything's Alright Forever," just in case you wanted more from where this … Continue reading everything’s alright for Boo Radleys autumnal music
corporate greed and inflation
The United States Federal Reserve always uses the same blunt tool to combat inflation or even the remote threat of inflation--hiking interest rates. But this tool has always been based on an assumption that rarely has been true--that rising wages cause inflation. There can be many reasons for inflation. Most recently, pandemic-caused disruptions in the … Continue reading corporate greed and inflation
COVID a mass disabling event
Mallory Stanislawczyk, a disabled former nurse practitioner who suffers from post-COVID illness, gives herself a saline infusion in her Walkersville, Md., home on May 27, 2022. Photo CreditMatt Roth—The Washington Post/Getty Images This article from TIME magazine quoted Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel as saying, “I can’t say why people aren’t [reacting like] their hair’s on fire. … Continue reading COVID a mass disabling event