Psychic Twin, "Strangers"

Psychic Twin - Strangers [OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO] from Polyvinyl Record Co. on Vimeo.

A sea of blue-green
A bird flaps its wings

Have I lost my vision
or is this video really blurred?

Oh no, that is someone's head
Is that two of them or some kind of mirror effect?

Why is the camera
floating above their heads?

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Will Morelandgate Kill the Governor?

Last week the Southern District US Attorney launched an investigation into the Governor's disbanding of the Moreland Commission, a commission he tasked with weeding out corruption in the state.  This week Siena College released a poll showing the Governor's huge lead continuing to shrink.  It would shrink even more so if one of the state's third parties, the Working Families Party, would back another candidate, as it indicated it would.  And then there is Moreland.  If the Governor is under investigation during the campaign season, his lead is likely to drop even more.  But the most troubling thing facing Cuomo, is the fact that Astorino backers are now more enthusiastic than ever, and over on the left, people are very disappointed with the Governor.  A battle on two flanks has been launched, and none of this would have been possible if the Governor just let the commission look into corruption.  This gubernatorial campaign may just allow us to witness how a campaign can completely implode based on one bad decision.  This week's installment of the "New York State Gubernatorial Candidates Power Standings (or something like that)" sees Cuomo remaining at the top spot and Astorino rising from last to second.  This week's roundup below.

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Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich, by Stephen Leacock, Part LXXIII

Stephen Leacock

Every day on Daily Readers' Book Club we offer an article length section of a book until that book is done.  We are currently reading Stephen Leacock's Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich.  This book will have 94 parts.

Meantime the handsome face of the Reverend Edward Fareforth Furlong began to wear a sad and weary look that had never been seen on it before.  He watched the congregation drifting from St. Asaph's to St. Osoph's and was powerless to prevent it.  His sadness reached its climax one bright afternoon in the late summer, when he noticed that even his episcopal blackbirds were leaving his elms and moving westward to the spruce trees of the manse.

He stood looking at them with melancholy on his face.  "Why, Edward," cried his sister, Philippa, as her motor stopped beside him, "how doleful you look!  Get into the car and come out into the country for a ride.  Let the parish teas look after themselves for today."

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Supreme Court Rules Affirmative Action Ban Constitutional

Supreme Court

Every weekday on the Daily Poet, the day's news in poetry form.

The Supreme Court rules
for an affirmative action ban
in the state of Michigan
that decides who can get into schools

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STRFKR, "Beach Monster"

STRFKR - Beach Monster [OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO] from Polyvinyl Record Co. on Vimeo.

Clean cut guys with guitars and ties.  On a sandy beach, a transistor radio lies.  This is a video from another time.

Sparkling wine on the beach.  Isn't life rich?  A couple of kids, one of each.

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Being Blindly in Love Is Being Stupid

Blindfolded heart

"Social Q's" is Philip Galanes's advice column in the New York Times.  Every Tuesday in Anti-Social Q's, I will answer the same questions as "Social Q's," with a greater regard for the sad state of the human condition.

This week Philip tackles blind love, phone calls and urination, bullying, and bad bosses.  Someone falls back in love with someone they had feelings for a long time ago, a man named Mr. Peek has noticed people speaking on cell phones in public toilets, a teenager is bullied by a step-cousin from hell, and a woman retires from a job she should have retired from a long time ago.

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Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich, by Stephen Leacock, Part LXXII

Stephen Leacock

Every day on Daily Readers' Book Club we offer an article length section of a book until that book is done.  We are currently reading Stephen Leacock's Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich.  This book will have 94 parts.

"It is a joy to me to see," he remarked to several of his trustees, "that there are in the City so many godly young men, whatever the elders may be."

But there may have been a secondary cause at work, for among the godly young men of Plutoria Avenue the topic of conversation had not been, "Have you heard the new presbyterian minister?" but, "Have you seen his daughter?  You haven't?  Well, say!"

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Backing a Global Power into a Corner

Ducks

Every weekday on the Daily Poet, the day's news in poetry form.

Joe Biden tells Russia to behave
in the lands of the eastern Ukraine
for he says they agreed to a truce
so it's time for them to remove their troops

And even though we have budget constraints
we might be borrowing money to help the Ukraine
all this to escalate tensions
with a country that has nefarious intentions

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Laure Shang "Perfect Night"

“Laure Shang: Perfect Night” by Theo Stanley - NOWNESS from NOWNESS on Vimeo.

This is one of those days where you just hope you make it to the end of the day and you really have no patience for any negativity.  You just look for happiness and joy wherever you can.  The weekend is over, for some people it was a holiday weekend, for others, not, but we can say that about any holiday really.  And the thing about Easter is that the spirituality really does rub off on everyone (except maybe people in eastern Ukraine and drone operators) that comes in contact with one of the celebrants.  I guess the same is true of any holiday.

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Pat Buchanan as Father of the Bride

In this time of love and peace and tranquility, the panel discussed the potential marriage of two great nations, the United States and Canada.  Wedding bells rang throughout the show, but like in every marriage there were the naysayers.  Pat brought up so much opposition as did Eleanor that we fear the two countries may get up and elope.  And just like any soap opera, the Canadians are in the process of a divorce.  Quebec has gotten sick of Canada, and Pat wondered whether Canada would practice bigamy and marry us before she divorced Quebec or wait till that issue was settled.  Highlights below.

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