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The manatee lay still, floating in the shallow waters of a Florida river over the weekend when a woman on a boat noticed something odd. As she moved closer and filmed with her phone, Hailey Warrington found a one-word message scrawled on the marine mammal’s back: “TRUMP.”

“This is just disturbing. One hundred percent disturbing,” Warrington, who discovered the defaced manatee in the Homosassa River, told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Now federal and local authorities are investigating who is responsible for etching the president’s name on the threatened animal’s back. Harassment of a manatee is a criminal offense punishable by a $50,000 fine and up to a year in prison.

Listening To…

  • Madlib – Shades Of Blue: Madlib Invades Blue Note. Hip hop producer Madlib was allowed to run through the entire catalog of legendary jazz label, Blue Note records; and he put his remixing skills to work. So we have remixes of tunes by the likes of Horace Silver, Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock, and others. The result is a lot of ‘chill’ hip-hop, mostly instrumental, very groovy. Unfortunately, I’m not familiar with most of the source material, so I can’t say how they compare to the originals. I do know this one, though, and it is pretty great.
    Madlib - Song for my father

  • Sumer Is Icumen In : The Pagan Sound Of British And Irish Folk 1966-75. Thirty (!!) songs from the folk music explosion. The quality varies, and the styles range from rough recordings of people sawing away on their fiddles to well-produced psychedelic folk (ex The Strawbs – the only of these bands that I’d heard of). It’s … interesting.

  • Gillian Welch & David Rawlings – All The Good Times. I think this is the first of their records where they both sing. It’s always been Gillian sings on “Gillian Welch” albums and David sings on “David Rawlings [+/- Machine]” albums. This is a mix of both; and there’s even one tune where they trade verses (Johnny and June’s version of “Jackson”, which they’ve been doing live for a while). Not my favorite collection of tunes, but it’s nice to get new stuff from either of them.

  • Low – Things We Lost In The Fire / Double Negative. I’m late to Low. They been around for a while, doing their low-key indie stuff, but I didn’t catch on till 2018’s (awesome) Double Negative. Things We Lost In The Fire is older, but newer to me. And it’s more organic and more delicate, without the electronics and extensive sonic manipulations that Double Negative has. But, they’re both full of beautiful, slow, droning songs that ebb and flow around you. Great in headphones.
    Low - Fly [OFFICIAL VIDEO]


Monday Cat Blogging


Pete loves chasing feathers on a stick. Loves it. Begs for it all day long.

And when he catches the feather, he grips it in his teeth, lies down, rolls over onto his back and holds perfectly still, eyes wide open and staring at nothing. After a few seconds, he’ll sit up, take a step or two in some random direction, then the lie back down with the feather in his teeth. And he’ll keep doing this until I stop tugging on the string.



They took a dump on the seat of American democracy — literally.

Some of the unhinged pro-Trump rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday defecated inside the historic building and “tracked” their feces in several hallways, the Daily News has learned.

A source close to Sen. Chuck Schumer said staffers to the New York Democrat found out about the fecal fiasco on Thursday.

The vile attackers, whose violent invasion of the Capitol left five people dead, apparently went No. 2 in a bathroom and then smeared their extremist excrement around the building, leaving behind brownish “foot-prints,” the source said.

“It looked like they tracked it around,” said the person.