An interesting, well researched piece on the difficulties of life as a drag performer

An interesting, well researched piece on the difficulties of life as a drag performer. The author seems to have spoken to just about everyone except RuPaul, who declined an interview.
“There’s athlete’s foot, joint pain, U.T.I.s, pink eye,” Katya said. “There’s bizarre sexualization, not being sexualized when you want it, and the almost complete forfeiture of a regular gay relationship.”

I had forgotten about this wonderful project & was happy to be reminded of its existence by Open Culture on Twitter today

I had forgotten about this wonderful project & was happy to be reminded of its existence by Open Culture on Twitter today. If you love Moby-Dick as I do, you may also be happy to learn or be reminded of it. Many fabulous famous people read chapters aloud. John Waters, unsurprisingly, reads “The Cassock,” the one where the whale’s huge, black penis skin is turned into a sailor’s outfit.

Since moving to Michigan last year, I’ve fallen reprehensibly behind in my TV watching

Since moving to Michigan last year, I’ve fallen reprehensibly behind in my TV watching. I realized only today that there exists a whole new season of Vikings that’s been going on for months. I’m tempted to start re-bingeing it tonight. But I’m in the middle of reading Fire & Fury. I think I’ll rein in my appetites, finish the Trump version of raping & pillaging first, & then move on to the unvarnished Viking version. I love this show & recommend it without reservation. Sure, it’s more Game of Thrones than it is Fargo or Westworld or Orphan Black or Legion (to name a bunch of my fave shows). But it also has a lot of the values of the good Marvel shows (Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Daredevil). And it hews admirably close to history, in my opinion, even as it juliennes it for TV plot convenience. Regardless, I can’t wait to see what Lagertha is up to!

I knew about Patti Smith, but I didn’t know until now about Tom Verlaine

I knew about Patti Smith, but I didn’t know until now about Tom Verlaine. How cool! My daughter, Anneliese Cooper, is doing it even as I type these words. I’m sorry to learn about the death this week of the wonderful longtime owner, Fred Bass. But I’m delighted to learn that his successor, daughter Nancy Bass Wyden, is married to one of my favorite senators.
Rhododendron
Is a nice flower.
If you’re interested, here are questions from the quiz that Patti, Tom, & Anneliese had to answer correctly to get the job: https://www.nytimes.com/…/2…/07/14/nyregion/strand-quiz.html
I missed 3 out of 50, because I’m developing senile dementia.

Those who know Mueller’s history can probably guess how I will answer

Those who know Mueller’s history can probably guess how I will answer. I’m 99% with Glenn Greenwald. And I sympathize with his low tolerance of hypocrisy.
Here’s an excerpt: “This is a year in which even the most anti-Establishment liberals have found themselves rooting for Mueller, a Republican who ran George W. Bush’s war-on-terror FBI. “It is not an insubstantial portion of Democratic online loyalists who believe that if you deviate from Democratic Party orthodoxy on the Trump-Russia question, you are a paid Kremlin agent,” Greenwald says. And many of those who don’t believe Greenwald works for Vladimir Putin tend to think he does his bidding for free. ..
Thanks to this never-ending hot take, Greenwald has been excommunicated from the liberal salons that celebrated him in the Snowden era; anybody who questions the Russia consensus, he says, “becomes a blasphemer. Becomes a heretic. I think that’s what they see me as.” Greenwald is no longer invited on MSNBC, and he’s portrayed in the Twitter fever swamp as a leading villain of the self-styled Resistance. “I used to be really good friends with Rachel Maddow,” he says. “And I’ve seen her devolution from this really interesting, really smart, independent thinker into this utterly scripted, intellectually dishonest, partisan hack.”

Did anyone see the new (beautiful blond) Director of Homeland Security evade answering Chris Wallace’s pointed questions this morning about the…

Did anyone see the new (beautiful blond) Director of Homeland Security evade answering Chris Wallace’s pointed questions this morning about the mistaken hitting of the nuclear panic button in Hawaii yesterday? When Wallace asked whether people on the ground, whether panic stricken or not, can do anything (as ridiculously stupid) as teaching their children to go under their desks in the minutes before the nuclear bomb hits–and now they are apparently putting children in manholes?–the beautiful Homeland Security Director just totally avoided answering.
Retired Col Ann Wright has launched a petition that advises the following:
“The sirens heighten the anxiety and stress of impending conflict and devastation, make citizens afraid and in their fear, accept whatever the government feeds them on how great threats to our nation are. We know that successive administrations have lied our country into wars –from Vietnam to Iraq. We do not agree for the need for war with North Korea and refuse to accept the attempted US intimidation of North Korea which could lead to war. The sirens normalize the potential for war.
Certainly, If the U.S. initiates military action against North Korea, militarized Hawaii with its four major military bases on Oahu—the headquarters of the U.S. military Pacific Command that covers half the world, the Army’s 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Marine Expeditionary Force at Kaneohe, Hickam Air Force Base and Pearl Harbor Navy Base, the huge NSA underground listening station near Wahaiwa, the massive practice bombing area called Pohakuloa, on the Big Island and the Pacific Missile Range on Kauai would be a retaliatory target for North Korea and any other nation threatened by the United States.
Therefore, it is in Hawaii’s survival interest that we demand that the U.S. government resolve issues with North Korea in a nonviolent manner.
The national government in Washington, DC does not feel the need to have nuclear warning sirens, so why should Hawaii? One would think the politicians who make the decisions for war and the Pentagon would be bigger targets than Hawaii.
Please sign this petition to the Hawaii Governor, the Hawaii State Emergency Management Agency and Hawaii’s Congressional delegation demanding that the monthly nuclear attack warning sirens STOP.”

Here we go again

Here we go again…. Unless Trump sticks with his first thought.
US military intervention in foreign countries through use of, arming and training of proxy forces, including using a number of terrorist groups and corrupt regimes as our US proxies on numerous past occasions, has been tried over and over but has never “worked.” Except to spread more death and destruction and make war profiteers richer. fyi John Mesler
This article leaves a lot out about the sordid history of US employing proxy forces and just continues to spew war propaganda targeting Iran in order to appeal to Trump and get him to reverse his earlier decision to stop the CIA from supporting the Syrian jihadist fighters trying to topple the Syrian government.

“Another way that you love your enemy is this: When the opportunity presents itself for you to defeat your enemy, that is the time which you must…

“Another way that you love your enemy is this: When the opportunity presents itself for you to defeat your enemy, that is the time which you must not do it. There will come a time, in many instances, when the person who hates you most, the person who has misused you most, the person who has gossiped about you most, the person who has spread false rumors about you most, there will come a time when you will have an opportunity to defeat that person. It might be in terms of a recommendation for a job; it might be in terms of helping that person to make some move in life. That’s the time you must do it. That is the meaning of love. In the final analysis, love is not this sentimental something that we talk about. It’s not merely an emotional something. Love is creative, understanding goodwill for all men. It is the refusal to defeat any individual. When you rise to the level of love, of its great beauty and power, you seek only to defeat evil systems. Individuals who happen to be caught up in that system, you love, but you seek to defeat the system.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

What happened (and is happening to Hawaii) is SO wrong on so many levels! The first terrible consequence, as the article details, is enlarging the…

What happened (and is happening to Hawaii) is SO wrong on so many levels! The first terrible consequence, as the article details, is enlarging the chance of inadvertent, mistaken launching of nuclear holocaust. As many of us have constantly warned, the nuclear superpowers on hair trigger alert have already experienced several accidental mis-sightings and equipment malfunctions where we would all be dead if their nuclear protocol had been followed. Secondly a monthly “emergency warning” like this, like “crying wolf,” only reduces the level of people’s vigilance or caring. (Normalizing nuclear war, however, seems to be what these “nuclear drills” are all about–making people falsely believe that there is some way, like schoolchildren taught to go under their desks, to survive nuclear attack (and then the later “nuclear winter” that kills off life on the entire planet).
Therefore please consider signing and sharing retired Col. Ann Wright’s petition on this issue:
https://diy.rootsaction.org/…/stop-hawaii-s-monthly-nuclear…

The answer, barring unforeseen circumstances, is pretty obvious

The answer, barring unforeseen circumstances, is pretty obvious.
However, almost all of the commenters under this article are honestly pointing out the reality behind the ridiculous pronouncements of the “Total Spectrum Dominance” foreign policy elites fueling US-NATO-Israel’s endless war who spoke at the Jamestown Foundation Conference described in the main article. The U.S. is decaying and rotting as all Empires do that come to rely on a war economy and the arming of proxy (terrorist) forces and friendly dictators as well as waging of endless war and militarism.