From the daily archives:

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Week 33: Hero(es) – the Kurdish Peshmerga

August 17, 2014

This Week’s Heroes of the Week are the Kurdish Peshmerga who have halted and in some places reversed the advance of ISIS, helping those who live in northern Iraq of all faiths and none in the process In many ways the Kurds are the unluckiest people on the planet.  Their lands are rich in oil.  […]

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Week 33: Prat – Mark Simmonds MP

August 17, 2014

This Week’s Prat of the Week is Tory MP for Boston and Skegness and former Minister of State and the Foreign Office, Mark Simmonds This week the world’s smallest violins were out in sympathy with poor (at least that is how he would like himself to be seen) Tory MP, Mark Simmonds.   You see,  the […]

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#922: 1972, Randy Newman, Political Science

August 17, 2014

For our final song in our anti-war themed week here at Songs to Learn and Sing, we turn to the Cold War. With an intervening quarter century since the fall of the Berlin Wall, it is sometimes difficult to recall that my generation’s teenage years were under a mushroom-cloud shaped shadow of the distinct possibility […]

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Cine-East Film Club Presents #50: 1991, The Fisher King (Terry Gilliam)

August 17, 2014

Jack Lucas: ‘I wish there was some way I could just pay the fine and go home’ I initially didn’t intend to post a Cine-East film club tribute presentation to Robin Williams.  Much of his film career, so it seemed to me, involved roles of such saccharine vacuity that his life in films was not […]

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