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So included in the 2.2 Trillion Buck “CARE ACT,” is a 25 million dollar payout providing for The Kennedy Center for the Arts. However, the Board of Directors has approved sending out notices to both the librarians and the musicians that their last paycheck will be on April 3rd 2020. More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. What ‘The Martian’ Tells Us about Pandemics and Progress

 

Plan beats no plan. And in The Martian, Red Planet-marooned astronaut Mark Watney (played by Matt Damon) devises a pretty simple one, though hardly an easy one: “In the face of overwhelming odds, I’m left with only one option. I’m gonna have to science the s— out of this.”

To that quote, my brain always adds a parenthetical, “Because that’s what Americans do.” Scientific discovery and entrepreneurial application are the key drivers of human progress. And Americans like to think that no one is better at those things than we are. The United States leads the world in pushing forward the technological frontier. No nation has won more Nobel prizes in the sciences. No nation has better technology companies or universities.

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Any other Potter Freaks around here? Let’s have some fun discussing the Wizarding World. Everyone is eligible and welcome. More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Keeping It Simple…

 

From a conversation yesterday evening with my kid brother John:

John: So, what socially insular thing are you doing tonight?

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Netflix now boasts that Tiger King is the number one television show in the nation. Though they don’t share their numbers, that could well be true. Everyone seems to be talking (at least on Twitter) about this crazy man, Joe Exotic, and his motley band of crazed cohorts and the way they exploit big cats. […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Majestyk’s Giant ‘Jeopardy!’ FAQ

 

Everybody already knows that I was going to appear on the biggest, best, longest-running game show in the history of whenever – “Jeopardy!,” of course! – but now I have a conundrum on my hands: How do I handle all of the questions and fan mail?

Never fear, gentle reader: I am here to answer your burning questions about all things J!

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My wife recently asked me if I thought it odd that she maintained a “sad songs” playlist on her Spotify account. A friend of hers commented that her playlist was unhelpful and my wife should listen to happy and uplifting songs. I chuckled and showed her my phone with my own “Sad But Good” playlist. […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Soundtrack of the Apocalypse

 

I’ve been trying to think what the best soundtrack is for the quarantine. Ohio Governor Dewine has locked down a large part of the state already, and last night I had Life During Wartime, by The Talking Heads, running through my, erm… head. But other tracks seem apropos. Amish Paradise, for instance:

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But seriously, what kinds of strategies are you using to deal with the sudden and lengthy increase in togetherness? My kid is in his 40s so he mostly entertains himself, but some of y’all have it tougher than that. Please list the ages of kids, and any online amusements, board games, cooking projects, scavenger hunts, […]

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Reasonable people might well ask what possessed me to desire drinking Sumerian beer, lo these decades ago? Probably it was reading through the Sumerian literature. More

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Since a lot of us are going to be stuck indoors for far too much time, here’s a thread to suggest things that are well outside the normal list of popular music and other media. My suggestion: More

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I will first dispense with the obviously silly ones. Only because it was very windy when I arrived that I thought of flying nuns. Whatever the shortcomings of Western civilization, it promptly dropped the idea of sitcoms set in Puerto Rico after doing this one. Another idea promptly dropped by both Western civilization and me […]

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It’s all-crazy and all coronavirus today on the Three Martini Lunch. Join Jim and Greg as they go through the three key points from President Trump’s Oval Office address that were not consistent with administration policy and needed later clarification. They also dive into the rapidly growing list of college and professional sports events being cancelled or radically altered, most prominently the NBA suspending its season after Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert tests positive for coronavirus. Finally, they comment on movie star Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson testing positive in Australia while feeling slightly under the weather and wonder how much patience Americans will have for a long-term quarantine when many patients don’t feel that crummy and a lot of economic livelihoods are on the line.

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After a brief discussion of the media and the markets and convenient coronavirus excuses, we dive into Wednesday’s Three Martini Lunch. Join Jim and Greg as they are gratified to see convicted rapist and former Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein sentenced to 23 years in prison. They also discuss what this episode says about our justice system. They also have different reactions to South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn suggesting Joe Biden’s big wins on Tuesday suggest the Democratic National Committee should “shut this primary down” and “cancel the rest of these debates.” And they get a kick out of the writer for “The Atlantic” who feels betrayed because her husband voted for Bernie Sanders for strategic reasons in the California primary while she stuck with Elizabeth Warren.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Comedy Before Cancel Culture

 

Before I was born my parents went to see Johnny Carson perform in Las Vegas. Carson’s Vegas act, my parents would later inform me approvingly, was nothing like the material he performed for millions of Americans nightly over the source of thirty years on The Tonight Show. This wasn’t just Vegas – it was 1960s Vegas: a sophisticated playground for adults, not the inclusive, family-oriented bastion of “zany” comedy that prevails today.

Carson’s versatility was laudable, notwithstanding the widespread notion that the mere ability to perform R-rated material is disqualifying. My parents, typical of their generation, ate it up: they had no intention of making the four- or five-hour drive through the desert to spend an evening with Johnny Carson only to hear him deliver FCC-approved jokes about the Buffalo blizzard of ’77. (“How cold was it?!”)

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You won’t be disappointed The ICAA’s original documentary is now available to view on classicist.org More

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More often than I care for it to happen, a truck with flashing lights and an oversized OVERSIZE LOAD sign drives past me as I bicycle, and then another truck scuds by, with a gigantic windmill blade behind it. There’s no danger, to me, but my unawareness not only of where these things are going […]

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