The News: Thursday, June 29, 2023

Thursday, June 29, 2023

Supreme Court ends Affirmative Action 

Wherever anything's left that doesn't suck about America, count on this Republican Supreme Court to put an end to it. —DH 

Supreme Court ruling leaves big questions for the 2024 election 

"Not for employee use": why are US retail workers denied chairs? 

Delaware House tees up bill to allow corporations to vote 

National Geographic lays off its last remaining staff writers

How often do health insurers say no to patients? No-one knows. 

Adding more lanes to freeways is fruitless, yet another study finds 

2,200 forgotten vintage computers are being liberated from a barn in Massachusetts 

Trump's trial could be delayed until spring 2024 

Or longer, and then a little longer. Heck, why not wait until Trump is dead of natural causes? —DH

"Gay furries" group hacks US state agencies that attack gender-affirming care

Reddit to unpaid moderators: "This community remaining closed to its [millions of] members cannot continue" 

r/Minecraft shutters, leaving 7-million readers behind

Pickleball injuries may cost Americans nearly $400 million this year, according to UBS 

Extreme heat is deadlier than hurricanes, floods and tornadoes combined 

At least a dozen dead as heat dome bakes southern US 

Overpopulation is killing this planet 

New study reveals global reservoirs are becoming emptier 

Climate change can turn major snow into extreme rain over mountains 

How climate change is intensifying drought 

Lawsuit: Black drivers in Chicago are 4-7 times more likely to be pulled over by police than white drivers 

Border Patrol video of killing shows Native man had no gun, complied with orders 

"School cop" arrested after "inappropriate interactions" with students 

3-year-old put in jail for potty-training trouble by Daytona Beach Shores police officer 

Livonia police criticized for [lack of] response to racist attack on Black teen 

Ex-police chief gets 8 life sentences for setting series of fires targeting rivals and people he believed slighted him 

Chicago police log 11,000 complaints since consent decree went into effect 

Prominent evangelist warns that Bud Light has triggered the End Times 

Minnesota Republican blames global warming on Pride Month 

Trump adviser suggested blowing up migrants’ boats with drones, book says 

Alito's wife leased land to an oil and gas firm while the justice fought the EPA 

New Tennessee law to ban 'divisive' concepts in public schools 

FOX News' Jesse Watters openly questions Vice-President Harris' gender 

Rightwingers say "pink-haired liberals" are killing New York pizza 

Tuberville is only the latest Republican to take credit for massive broadband investment they voted against 

Mike Pence says affirmative action is not needed because his children had a good college experience 

Republican Congresswoman implies she thinks she's being spied on via her TV 

Duggar family minister tells incredible lies about US slavery 

A handy guide to the Republican definition of crime 

Mystery links
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The upstate town that took back its power 

The death cult of the American car 

Witness the birth of Pride: Footage of the first Gay Liberation Day March (1970) 

Inside a secret lesbian sex toy smuggling ring 

A quick look at America's elite whose families made their riches from slaves 

Operation Midnight Climax: The CIA mixed LSD and sex at this San Francisco brothel 

No tipping at The Motormat 

♫♬  It don't mean a thing  ♫
if it don't have that swing

Black and White — 3-Dog Night 

Black Magic Woman — Santana 

Black Pearl — Checkmates 

Leaving My Old Life Behind — Franz Ferdinand 

We Don't Need the Men — Malvina Reynolds 

Eventually, everyone
leaves the building

Ed Fredkin 

Sue Johanson 

Robert "Say" McIntosh 

Julian Sands 

Roger Squires 

Lisl Steiner 

Lowell Weicker 

Paxton Whitehead


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  1. Reddit is doing some stupid things and its biting them in the butt, and I remembe rthat you used to post on Reddit so of course you're interested. To me it's just another company being run stupid by its stupid management. To be expected.

    1. It is and it is.

      I've been on Reddit for... I really don't know, 15 years? Lots of good times. I've probably spent at least an hour there, most days. But yeah, since it's always been a business, watching it turn to shit is "to be expected."

  2. Dougles, in honor of what must be the completion of your last working day on Fantasy Island, we should pull out the old Victrola and play the Dylan song about working for the woman, Maggie's Farm. Here are the lyrics, followed by a link to the melody. Congrats. . . .

    Maggie's Farm
    by Bob Dylan

    I ain’t gonna work on Maggie’s farm no more

    No, I ain’t gonna work on Maggie’s farm no more

    Well, I wake in the morning

    Fold my hands and pray for rain

    I got a head full of ideas

    That are drivin’ me insane

    It’s a shame the way she makes me scrub the floor

    I ain’t gonna work on Maggie’s farm no more

    I ain’t gonna work for Maggie’s brother no more

    No, I ain’t gonna work for Maggie’s brother no more

    Well, he hands you a nickel

    He hands you a dime

    He asks you with a grin

    If you’re havin’ a good time

    Then he fines you every time you slam the door

    I ain’t gonna work for Maggie’s brother no more

    I ain’t gonna work for Maggie’s pa no more

    No, I ain’t gonna work for Maggie’s pa no more

    Well, he puts his cigar

    Out in your face just for kicks

    His bedroom window

    It is made out of bricks

    The National Guard stands around his door

    Ah, I ain’t gonna work for Maggie’s pa no more

    I ain’t gonna work for Maggie’s ma no more

    No, I ain’t gonna work for Maggie’s ma no more

    Well, she talks to all the servants

    About man and God and law

    Everybody says

    She’s the brains behind pa

    She’s sixty-eight, but she says she’s twenty-four

    I ain’t gonna work for Maggie’s ma no more

    I ain’t gonna work on Maggie’s farm no more

    No, I ain’t gonna work on Maggie’s farm no more

    Well, I try my best

    To be just like I am

    But everybody wants you

    To be just like them

    They sing while you slave and I just get bored

    I ain’t gonna work on Maggie’s farm no more

    Copyright © 1965 by Warner Bros. Inc.; renewed 1993 by Special Rider Music

    . . . and the recording . . .


    Good luck and warmest regards,


    1. That's one of a lot of songs I've heard countless times, but never gave a serious listen to until years later. It sure didn't mean much to me when I wasn't even shaving yet, let alone working.

      Came to mean more to me later, and I have a cover in my playlist. You'll disagree perhaps or probably, but Maggie's Farm is one of those songs Dylan wrote so well but mangled when he sang it.

    2. I just can't imagine anybody else singing it. It's off Bring It All Back Home, the first of his famous 14 month trilogy. There were a couple of lousy songs on those three albums, but not many. I think he sings it well, but I was sold on that idea when I was 15. Like many of Dylan's mid-60s songs, it's an echo of a song written and recorded 40 years earlier. I think Pat Boone had a lovely cover. You might give that a try.



    3. I know the names of Dylan's albums -- I just can't type. The album is Bringing It All Back Home. Like calling the bible the bibble. Worse, because it's Dylan.


    4. I kinda love covers of classics. Take a song you've heard a thousand times, give it to someone else to perform (preferably someone with talent), and the result can be grand.


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