Le Pétomane

Some of the highlights of his stage act involved sound effects of cannon fire and thunderstorms, as well as playing “‘O Sole Mio” and “La Marseillaise” on an ocarina through a rubber tube in his anus. He could also blow out a candle from several yards away. His audience included Edward, Prince of Wales; King Leopold II of the Belgians; and Sigmund Freud.

The classics.

Early Voting FTW

Polls opened at 8AM today.

There were no armed Trumpian yahoos lingering around pretending to be poll police like I thought there might be. There weren’t even any real police there. Just a bunch of mostly-old people standing in line, and joking that they’d never seen a line for early voting before. Everyone was well behaved and pleasant and all were eager to get this mess over and done with.

Based on the number of Democratic v Republican ‘voter guides’ people were holding (many Dem, zero Republican), it was a Dem crowd.

The Globalist Speaks


What has been made clear by current events and financial upheavals since 2008 is that the global economy has become truly that — global.

The near meltdown we experienced a few years ago made it clear that our economic health depended on dependence on each other to do the right thing.

We are now closer to having an economic community in the best sense of the term — we work with each other for the benefit of all.I think we’ve all become aware of the fact that our cultures and economics are intertwined. It’s a complex mosaic that cannot be approached with a simple formula for the correct pattern to emerge. In many ways, we are in unchartered waters.

The good news, in one respect, is that what is done affects us all. There won’t be any winners or losers as this is not a competition. It’s a time for working together for the best of all involved. Never before has the phrase “we’re all in this together” had more resonance or relevance.

My concern is that the negligence of a few will adversely affect the majority. I’ve long been a believer in the “look at the solution, not the problem” theory. In this case, the solution is clear. We will have to leave borders behind and go for global unity when it comes to financial stability.


I wonder if every news organization will treat Trump the way they treated Palin, with his every utterance being EXCLUSIVE POLITICO MUST CREDIT POLITICO ON THIS SCOOP ABOUT PALIN’S FACEBOOK STATUS.


It took them years to get over their Palin addiction.

Too Plausible

U.S. Presidential candidates and “beloved anti-heroes” Donald J. Trump and Hillary Clinton will be brought back for a second season of HBO’s smash hit horror series the 2016 Presidential Campaign, network executives announced earlier this week.

The agreement came after the premium cable network won a bidding war to produce more out-of-bounds insults, secret videos, and leaked emails for an already on-edge nation.

“We were a bit cold on the idea at first,” said HBO CEO Richard Plepler. “But once the Donald-pussy tape came out it was obvious we had something special here. We couldn’t pass it up.”

Blonde Redhead


Saw an old favorite, Blonde Redhead, at Duke this past weekend. I love their first three records, which are all pretty and noisy like a more-melodic Sonic Youth. On those early records, they were fairly minimalist: guitars, bass, drums, with vocals shared by the Japanese Kazu Makino and Italian Amedeo Pace. They sing in English, but their accents and distinctive (non-native?) phrasing give the songs an other-worldly vibe.

On this current tour, they’re playing their sixth record, Misery Is a Butterfly, start to finish. It’s a much mellower record than those early ones; songs are all slow, minor key, dream-like. And it’s much more lushly produced; instead of drums and angry dissonant guitars, there are strings and keyboards and drum machines. And so, to make this work live, they’re touring with a string quintet (ACME). It worked really well. Sounded great.

They played the full album as advertised, almost; they skipped my favorite song on the record, the last song, Equus. That’s the only song on the record that rocks very much. Instead, they played a few very new songs.

So, I’m glad I finally got to see them. But I wish I hadn’t skipped seeing them a decade ago.

King Of The Deplorables

Every sexual predator now has a defender at the top of the Republican ticket. The most remarkable thing about last Sunday’s debate was Anderson Cooper having to school a 70-year-old man on workplace taboos that most of us learn on our first job.

“You described kissing women without consent, grabbing their genitals,” said Cooper. “That is sexual assault. You bragged that you have sexually assaulted women. Do you understand that?”

What you heard was the lecture the human resources director gives just before saying, “You’re fired.” Trump could not get hired at the drive-through window at a Jack in the Box. Knowing about his history would make any employer liable. It took decades to get the workplace to that point where Trumpian predators are shunned. Given the biggest pulpit in the world, Trump is trying to bring that consensus down.

He’s destroyed whatever moral standing leading Christian conservatives had — starting with Mike Pence. Their selective piety is not teachable. Take solace in one of the small acts of courage breaking out in recent days: a group of students at Liberty University telling their Trump-supporting president, Jerry Falwell Jr., to practice what the school preaches.

Trump is “actively promoting the very things that we Christians ought to oppose,” the students wrote. These young people, at least, are smart enough to see what Trump is doing to their world.