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Invasion of the polar vortex

 

Good Weekend Widdershins!

Yes the polar vortex is going to do one of its little numbers and give a big chunk of the U.S. some of the coldest weather of the season to parts of the midwest, before scooting eastward towards the northeast (heads up DYB!).

the polar vortex is expected to become displaced from the Arctic Circle and plunge down to near the upper Great Lakes.

Our WCW (West Coast Widdershins) should not be affected by this.  Those of us in the south should get some cold weather but nothing earth-shattering, like, say, Chicago.

“Latest indications are that Chicago could set a record on Wednesday for the day’s lowest high temperature,” according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Tom Kines. Temperatures have not been held below zero for an entire day in Chicago since Jan. 6, 2014.

And as I said, the northeast will get smacked also.

Temperatures along the I-95 corridor from Philadelphia to New York City to Boston may struggle or fail to reach 20 during the day. Overnight lows can be in the single digits and lower teens.

So let’s take a look at some songs about cold, whether it’s cold weather, cold hearts, groups with “cold” in the name and similar instances.

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Foreigner~Cold As Ice

Annie Lennox~Cold

Ella Fitzgerald/Louis Armstrong~Baby It’s Cold Outside

Queensryche~Cold

Rolling Stones~She’s So Cold

Bruce Springsteen~Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out

Coldplay~Fix You

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Okay Widdershins, my choices above, please add some of your choices in the comments.

Open thread, of course.

 

 

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Happy weekend Widdershins. I’d like to say things are looking up, but they really aren’t much are they? We’ve won a few elections, so good. Then, one vicious policy, grifting, criminal act after another comes oozing out of this administration. Oh well, we’ll look up anyway.

I know I’ve been eyeing the sky a lot lately. After a week of rain, the heat came back and brought storm after storm rolling through. Fortunately no tornadoes, but occasional high winds that can topple trees. Those can run me to the basement!

So let’s look to the sky for inspiration this week. Songs about the celestial, links to an amazing weather phenomenon, or beautiful pics of the galaxy beyond. The sky’s the limit!

Bad Company – Shooting Star

Don McLean – Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)

Train – Drops of Jupiter

Eric Clapton – Tears in Heaven

Frankie Avalon – Venus

Actually, the sky is not the limit ’cause this is an open thread!

 

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Since I may have not given this enough time last week
I’ll repost today so DYB can add some Madonna vids

 

HAPPY SPRING WIDDERSHINS (I THINK)

The calendar told us that Tuesday was the Spring Equinox but for some of us it still seems as if winter hasn’t gone away.  Our dear northeast Widdershins had Winter Storm Xanadu or something like that this week and I think I heard that there may be another one headed that way.  Nevertheless let’s take a look at some songs about spring.  Perhaps we will at least get in a springlike mood.  And let’s face it: it’s a break from the vulgar talking yam and the insane crap he’s been pulling lately.

There are tons and tons of songs out there but I’ll include a few that I knew of and others that I found.

(1) Mendelssohn~Spring Song

(2) The Beach Boys~Spring Vacation

(3) Bill Evans Trio~Spring Is Here

(4) Billie Holiday~Some Other Spring

(5) Frédéric Chopin~Spring Waltz (although supposedly not Chopin)

(6) Ella Fitzgerald~I Got The Spring Fever Blues

So there you go Widdershins; a nice half dozen spring or springish songs.  Please add your choices in the comments below.

Open thread of course.

 

 

A HAPPY SUNDAY TO YOU WIDDERSHINS!

As I said in the comments yesterday we actually had a couple of days this week when it warmed up enough that I had to turn on the a/c because it was getting a bit on the stuffy side.  It didn’t last for long.  I went out to run to the bank Friday before MLK Day Monday and a front had already plunged through the area; it was drizzly and cold.  Ugh.  The wx guy said during this upcoming week we’ll get a reinforcing shot of the cold and several of the forecast models show snow one day this week.  We don’t do snow well in the south.

So I thought we might want to look at some songs about sunny weather or sunny places; just anything along those lines.

(1) Beachin’ ~ Jake Owen

(2) Soak Up The Sun~Sheryl Crow

(3) A Classic from The Beach Boys

(4) Warm Weather~Pieces of a Dream

(5) Sun is Shining~Bob Marley

(6) Boat Drinks~Jimmy Buffet

There ya go Widdershins, six songs to brighten up a dreary, winter day.

Open thread of course.

ETA: Please add some of your musical choices in the comments.

A little h/t to chat

Good weekend to you Widdershins!

On Friday we had our Autumnal Equinox.  Of course we wouldn’t know that down here in the lower parts of the country – we hit 89° for a high yesterday. We have the autumnal equinox each year and yes I’ve done music posts about it before.  But isn’t it nice to have some continuity?  (I know that you are all nodding your heads in agreement with that)

I found a site that has some nifty items about the equinox and I’ll share some of them here.

  • This year, 2017, the autumnal equinox arrives precisely at 4:02 pm (EDT) on Friday, September 22. Unlike an event such as New Year’s midnight that follows the clock around the time zones, equinoxes happen at the same moment everywhere.
  • There are two equinoxes annually, vernal and autumnal, marking the beginning of spring and fall. They are opposite for the northern and southern hemispheres – so for those of you in the south, happy spring!
  • Because it takes the Earth around 365.25 days to orbit the Sun – and why we have a leap year every 4 years – the precise time of the equinoxes varies from year to year, usually happening around six hours later on successive years. On leap years, the date jumps back an entire day.
  • “Equinox” comes from the Latin words “equi” meaning “equal” and “nox” meaning “night.” This implies that there will be equal amounts of daylight and darkness, however such is not exactly the case.
  • Exactly equal day and night won’t happen until sunrise and sunset occur precisely 12 hours apart, which depends on a location’s latitude; the closer to the equator, the closer it is to the equinox. This day is known as the equilux.(“Lux” being Latin for light, isn’t that pretty?)

Okay that’s enough of lessons.  You can go to the link and read them all.  Let’s move on to some music.

I’m going to do this a little differently this time.  I found a lot of fall/autumn images so I’m going to put a picture or image inbetween the songs.

(1) Cloudy~Simon and Garfunkle

(2) Autumn Sweater~Yo la tengo

(3) Indian Summer~Poco

(4) When the leaves come falling down~Van Morrison

(5) Forever Autumn~The Moody Blues

(6) The Autumn Leaves~Nat King Cole

Last:
(7) Autumn in New York~Sarah Vaughan

Okay Widdershins, that’s all I have for today.  Please share your selections, if any, in the comments below.  Open thread of course.

 

 

 

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Good morning Widdershins,

Hurricane Harvey has been a massive catastrophe. As I was writing this on Tuesday evening, a levee in a county south of Houston has breached. “NOTICE: The levee at Columbia Lakes has been breached!! GET OUT NOW!!!” Brazoria County said on Twitter on Tuesday morning. Many trillions of gallons of water have fallen. The entire Texas National Guard has been deployed. Meanwhile president Dump and his wife (wearing 4” heels) went to visit and Dump wondered at the size of the crowd assembled. “What a crowd, what a turnout,” he declared in Corpus Cristi. Meanwhile Glenn Thrush of the New York Times declared that Dump “used the dulcet, reassuring and uplifting language of prior presidents” when speaking of the disaster, in an article with the headline: “Harvey Gives Trump A Chance to Reclaim Power to Unify.” I assume that’s when Dump wasn’t wearing his $40 hats his company sells while making appearances in Texas. The New York Times has reached peak dumpster fire in their apologia and legitimization of Dump. Just a few days ago their reporters (you know the ones) were screaming on twitter that everything is Hillary’s fault. (I’m sure I’m wrong about it being peak. Bigger dumpster fires are yet to come.) The only person at the Times with any sense of decency is Paul Krugman who sent out a series of tweets pointing out the media screwed up. Sadly the political desk at the Times, headed by Dean Baquet, doesn’t listen to Krugman.

Speaking of Dean Baquet, read this remarkable article about Baquet, the media, Melania Trump’s plagiarized speech, and Meredith McIver, who took responsibility for stealing Michelle Obama’s words. Is McIver an actual person? Who knows! Even though the Times, among others, wrote glowingly about her, nobody seems to have met this woman in at least 10 years. And Baquet thinks the reporter who asked to confirm that someone at the Times actually has met this woman is a “moron.”

…we really don’t know if Meredith McIver is real, alive, and well, or not — she may very well be. But I know the explanations from Team Trump for what happened at the time were completely ridiculous — one involved Sean Spicer and a My Little Pony box (please, Google it); I know that other people searching for Meredith have received anonymous threats; I know that a phone conversation I had with Meredith’s alleged ex-boyfriend, Stephen Palitz, led to far more questions than answers; I know that fake social media accounts for Meredith popped up immediatley after she accepted blame…and suddenly and inexplicably began communicating in Russian before disappearing again.

A few months ago, Arthur Sulzberger, publisher of the NYTimes, fired the paper’s public editor. The public editor was originally hired after the paper’s disastrous coverage leading up to the Iraq War. Now Sulzberger declared the role was no longer necessary because the public would keep his reporters honest. On Tuesday evening Peter Daou, a former Clinton staffer who is very vocal in his defense of Clinton on twitter, announced he has now been blocked by 3 major Times reporters, including Thrush and Haberman. How does one keep reporters honest – when reporters block you?

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What’s on your minds Widdershins? This is an open thread.

Science is easy….even penguins can do it!

The long-awaited governmental report on the environmental impact of the Keystone XL Pipeline has come out…and unfortunately, while it admits that the pipeline will increase greenhouse gas emissions significantly, it also claims that this fact shouldn’t harm the environment. (Insert sound of head scratching here.)

The question is dual: Not just “WWOD?” (“What Will Obama Do?”), of course, but, WWJKD (“What will John Kerry Do?”). After all, the report came from the State Department, and last time I checked, Kerry was kinda in charge there. HuffPo columnist Dr. John Abraham explores this question in more depth:

I mention Secretary Kerry specifically because a year ago, he “made it clear … that he will play a pivotal role in deciding the fate of the Keystone XL pipeline if he is confirmed as secretary of state.” In addition, Secretary Kerry stated in March 2013 that “the science is screaming at us” to “take steps to prevent potential disaster” with regard to climate change. Just a few weeks ago, the New York Times reported that Secretary Kerry “has initiated a systematic, top-down push to create an agency-wide focus on global warming,” the goal being “to become the lead broker of a global climate treaty in 2015 that will commit the United States and other nations to historic reductions in fossil fuel pollution.”

Clearly, none of the goals Secretary Kerry has laid out are consistent with approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Yet right now there are numerous forces — both inside and outside the Obama Administration — pushing hard to approve this environmentally disastrous project, as the FEIS demonstrates. How else to explain the issuance of the FEIS despite the fact that Environmental Resource Management (ERM), the contractor that helped prepare the FEIS is closely tied to TransCanada, the pipeline’s builder, and despite the fact that the State Department’s own Inspector General has not yet released its report examining those ties?

Corruption and the Obama Administration? No no, couldn’t be. It’s not as though Obama were indebted to Big Oil and Gas, or anything! From the New York Times in August of 2012:

With energy an increasingly pivotal issue for the Obama White House, a review of Exelon’s relationship with the administration shows how familiarity has helped foster access at the upper reaches of government and how, in some cases, the outcome has been favorable for Exelon.

White House records show that Exelon executives were able to secure an unusually large number of meetings with top administration officials at key moments in the consideration of environmental regulations that have been drafted in a way that hurt Exelon’s competitors, but curb the high cost of compliance for Exelon and its industry allies.

In addition, Exelon, which provides power to more than 6.6 million customers in at least 16 states and the District of Columbia, was chosen as one of only six electric utilities nationwide for the maximum $200 million stimulus grant from the Energy Department. And when the Treasury Department granted loans for renewable energy projects, Exelon landed a commitment for up to $646 million allowing it, on extremely generous financial terms, to finance one of the world’s largest photovoltaic solar projects.

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