Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 393

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The aFa Weekend Concert series returns featuring Fleetwood Mac. Given the distinct nature of her voice, Stevie Nicks songs are acceptable. Concert starts Saturday at 1:00 AM (Eastern US).

On a concert note, the stage will be dark the following weekend (March 2-3) due to scheduling difficulties.

Thanks for everyone for the kind comments on my birthday post. There is something about receiving nice greetings from all over the US and throughout the world that touches my heart – and to think we’ve never met in person. For the record, comments came from 10 different US states and 8 different countries. 🙂

Not long ago we said goodbye to Curiosity, NASA’s rover on Mars. Doesn’t seem that long ago when we said hello to it with this way. Do you remember it?


For those who know about TEDx Talks, I recently discovered that TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. I had no clue of its meaning! For podcasts enthusiasts, I endorse TEDx podcasts.

We watched Roma, the critically acclaimed Netflix film that has received numerous Oscar nominations. For us, it’s a movie for critics and lovers of movies critics rave about that aren’t not for many of us. But hey – you may like it.

We also went to the theater for The Wife. Good movie; and Glenn Close is fabulous and worthy of her Oscar nomination and Screen Actors Guild Award.

About the previous post – the Final Jeopardy question. I based the list on Madeleine Albright’s latest book: Fascism: A Warning – not my personal opinion.

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Dear Voters in Kentucky. Thank you for sending us Mitch McConnell. He’s quite pathetic.

If Republican senators are smart, they would unquestionably vote against President Trump’s National Emergency declaration. Otherwise, they are setting themselves up for something in the future. Then again, most of them are not smart and they (and their supporters) accept their own contradictions in their “party-first” perspective.

I encourage you to write your representative and senators encouraging them to vote against President Trump’s National Emergency declaration on the grounds of a dangerous precedent for the future. I’ve written my three: two Republicans (one probably a lost cause) and a Democrat). As of this writing, the lost-cause has not responded, which I requested.

Here’s an interesting scenario from Politico about the declaration and the courts.

Democrats continue to expand the field of candidates seeking the nomination. Shame on NBC starting the debates in June – well ahead of the Iowa Caucuses in early 2020. Odds of me watching are less than very slim.

Now here’s an interesting situation to ponder about the 2020 election: Democrats gain control of the Senate, keep control of the House, and President Trump is re-elected.

To lead you into the weekly dose of satire, The Onion provides a list of pros and cons about salary transparency.

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Weekly Headlines from The Onion (combos welcome)

Man competitive about how depressed he is
Coworkers agog as employee introduces new shirt into rotation
Aunt scores big with nephews by dropping bombshell story about Mom smoking weed as teenager
Scientists produce rigorous study of why grapes spark in the microwave
Mass invasion of polar bears forces Russian islands to declare emergency
Man always makes sure to place phone on Silent before misplacing it

My Combo: Competitive depressed man scores spark with bombshell employee before misplacing weed misplacing new shirt

Bonus: I like this headline and image of this one about New York City police (but you’ll have to click to see).

Interesting Reads

Women and computer programming: a historical look
Policy and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Why calories are not on labels of alcoholic drinks
Albanian bunkers
Thinking non-human animals
(Article w/ interactive) International view of issues
(Graphic) Marijuana regulations in the US
(Photos) UK National Parks Photo Competition

To send you into the weekend, here’s one from the past that once I heard it earlier this week, I knew to use it here. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

41 thoughts on “Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 393

  1. My husband and I thought Roma was wonderful, but you know we’re those type of movie viewers. 😉 We saw it in the theater. Glenn Close was excellent in The Wife, which was a good, but not great movie.

    You are right–McConnell is pathetic.
    Studying why grapes spark in the microwave appears to be a real thing.

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  2. Dear aFrank
    Thanks for the morning laugh on the undercover NYPD. Hilarious 😆 My hubby worked undercover when he was straight out of the academy. Lots of tales there. 👍
    NASA video 👍 another thumbs up. My brother in law was – retired now – head of security at NASA. The back tour and viewed space launches were awesome 👏 as were som insider – no cannot tell – stories. 😊
    Ted talks 👍 my favs. I enjoy them immensely.
    I saw the movie Roma. I liked it. Hubby did not. I had a personal life experience with a great aunt who had hired help. I think knowing the back story clarifies it. It will get lots of awards because there’s so much talk about it. 😳 Glenn Closenis 5 star ⭐️ She’s what an actress should be. Right up there with Merrill Streep.
    So 😊 lots of good stuff in this post including a Dobie Gray throwback song. Cool 😎
    See you at the concert 👍😎

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  3. I appreciate your motive in writing to your Congress people about the National Emergency declaration, Frank, but I must confess that I’ve lost confidence that it would do any good. I don’t believe any more that emails matter this way because they are too cheap and easy. Used to be significant if a citizen took the time and effort to put pen to paper and bought postage, but those days are long gone. The politicians now respond mostly to polls and lobbyists. One significant Senator who exemplifies this is Lindsey Graham who has completely changed his coloring in favor of the psychopath in the White House. John McCain must be rolling in his grave. No, what really counts, I think, is voting. I will continue to speak out on blogs and in my local paper’s op-ed page, but I’ve given up on the partisans who pretend to represent me.

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    • Jim,
      I hate to disappoint you, but I already know my letter won’t do any good. I already know that if I get a response, it will probably be a form letter spouting some sort of party prose. I already know our elected officials follow the guidelines of the party and wishes of the party. I already know that most partisans voices don’t speak for me. I will write my representatives because the time may come when I can use the information … and yes – I will vote … well, except in the next Ohio primary. Right on about Sen. Graham going off the rails. Meanwhile, carry on with your worthy advocacy. 🙂

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      • Actually letters are probably better than emails ( click, delete and so yawn common to email quickly without thinking). You have to try – too difficult to walk into their offices these days. A form letter probably zooming it’s way to you – on a totally different topic and totally vague anyway – but you have to try. (and stay as normal as possible above the political noise with music – thanks for that)

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  4. Well, let’s see…where to unpack today’s post. Umm, Fleetwood Mac…should be interesting. Too bad, brother Lindsey is totally gone off the mental rails. Still the music is good and I’m looking forward to the concert. 🎶

    When I first heard NBC announce (um…more like uber-hype, but that’s a separate issue) the Democratic debate schedule I was more than mildly irritated-jeez we barely are finished with the 2018 election (and still need to figure out how HD9 is gonna go in NC). Then I realized they need to separate the wheat from the chafe early on so we don’t have that ridiculous kids’ table like the Republicans had in 2016. Not many will watch the early sessions anyway because voters have the attention span of a gnat and why bother educating themselves about candidates at this stage of the game considering how well 2016 went. Maybe by winnowing the number of candidates down now, we can avoid some of the chromaticity on the clown car. *sigh*

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  5. Love Drift Away…haven’t heard it in a while so it’s a nice treat.
    I’m with you on Roam. I don’t get all the hype but you know how those Hollywood types are. They look for messages in strange or bizarre works. I din’t get this. I remember seeing the previews and not knowing what the heck it was about. Still don’t.

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  6. Fun, as always. I do like the plain clothes cop car! I still hope to see Roma but have not yet. Watched The Wife–Glenn Close is incredible. Same can be said for Melissa McCarthy and her nuanced performance in Can You Ever Forgive Me. Hope to watch Green Book this weekend.

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  7. Thanks for boosting my self-esteem by revealing that I haven’t been the only person on the planet ignorant of what the TED in TED Talks stood for. I’ve also been puzzled by the difference in TED Talks and TEDx Talks, which turns out to be that the former takes more of a global approach while the latter typically focuses on a local community that concentrates on local voices. Officially, the ‘x’ in TEDx stands for independently organized TED event – but it’s more of a TED multiplied.

    In my book, you solidified your Authentic Independent credentials by writing your three lawmakers encouraging them to vote against President Trump’s National Emergency declaration on the grounds of a dangerous precedent for the future, and requesting that they NOT respond.

    “Coworkers agog as employee introduces new shirt into rotation” was an absolutely splendid quotidien (French for Daily Grind) ‘Cry from the wilderness’ SPLAT!

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  8. I love the comment about Mitch McConnell. Pathetic indeed! I liked Roma very much, and went to see it in the theater to get the best effect. I probably wouldn’t have done that on my own, but a friend asked me to accompany her. I have yet to see The Wife, but I still intend to see it. Glenn Close never disappoints me!

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