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The Dumbing Down of Protest Music

Yeah, the Daily Beast has it right. This month, two anniversaries seem to harmonize with one another. Fifty years ago, civil-rights protestors marching from Selma to Montgomery were rallying and singing and sometimes bleeding and dying for freedom. And 30 years ago, a feel-good anthem sung by rock stars to fight African hunger was climbing [&hellip.. more

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The Ramones vs. Sugaring. You Know, That Thing We Do With Maple Trees

This arrived in the inbox from Susan. It’s just too good not to share. Hey Alan Long time no write, so thought I’d drop a line. Currently I am sugaring, as I have since 2008. When I saw the realtors’ listing for my house back in August 2007, the words ‘mature maples’ were a huge [&hellip.. more

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Science Explains Why Hipsters Grow Beards

You think it’s just some egomaniacal quirk and odd personal affectation? Not according to science. From the Daily Telegraph: Scientists think they may have solved one of the great mysteries of the age. Whyare so many of today’s men growing beards? The answer, according to The University of Western Australia researchers, is because men are [&hellip.. more


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