Daily Archives: May 27, 2012

NYTimes: Eddie Blazonczyk, 70, Polka Singer and Bandleader, Dies

Mr. Blazonczyk was a former rock ’n’ roller who switched to polka and found lasting success, winning a Grammy and vigorously touring. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/25/arts/music/eddie-blazonczyk-70-polka-singer-and-bandleader-dies.html

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NYTimes: Katie Beckett, Who Inspired Health Reform, Dies at 34

Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services, called Ms. Beckett “an inadvertent pioneer in the civil rights movement for people with disabilities.” http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/23/us/katie-beckett-who-inspired-health-reform-dies-at-34.html

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NYTimes: Eugene Polley, Conjuror of a Device That Changed TV Habits, Dies at 96

Mr. Polley, a Zenith engineer, invented the Flash-Matic remote control for television, and spent years reminding people he was the device’s sole inventor. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/23/business/eugene-t-polley-inventor-of-the-wireless-tv-remote-dies-at-96.html

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NYTimes: Jean Pakter, Who Made New York a Model for Safe Abortions, Dies at 101

As head of the city’s maternity services bureau, Dr. Pakter supported a law that legalized abortion in New York before Roe v. Wade, and one of her studies led to a breakthrough in care for premature babies. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/23/nyregion/jean-pakter-womens-health-advocate-in-new-york-dies-at-101.html

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NYTimes: Hal Jackson, 96, New York Broadcaster Who Broke Racial Barriers in Radio, Dies

Mr. Jackson, a major presence on New York City airwaves for decades, influenced generations of broadcasters. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/25/nyregion/hal-jackson-pioneer-in-radio-and-racial-progress-dies-at-96.html

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NYTimes: When a Boy Found a Familiar Feel in a Pat of the Head of State

A photograph of a young black boy feeling President Obama’s hair has been on view in the West Wing for years. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/24/us/politics/indelible-image-of-a-boys-pat-on-obamas-head-hangs-in-white-house.html

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The Frog of War | Mother Jones

The Frog of War | Mother Jones.

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New Bruce Jenner Interview – Esquire Bruce Jenner Kardashian Story – Esquire

New Bruce Jenner Interview – Esquire Bruce Jenner Kardashian Story – Esquire.

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Blogs – philly.com

Blogs – philly.com.

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Sentinelese of the Andaman Islands located in Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India | Atlas Obscura | Curious and Wondrous Travel Destinations

Sentinelese of the Andaman Islands located in Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India | Atlas Obscura | Curious and Wondrous Travel Destinations.

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What If Rhinos Were No More? – Rewilding the World

What If Rhinos Were No More? – Rewilding the World.

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The Real Danger Of Poor Education « Happiness in this World

The Real Danger Of Poor Education « Happiness in this World.

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Ben Franklin on War

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While you were distracted by NATO … | Ben Joravsky on Politics | Chicago Reader

While you were distracted by NATO … | Ben Joravsky on Politics | Chicago Reader.

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Tortoise having sex with a shoe, squeaking.

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The Daily Quote

Bill Murray, on fame: “The only time [fame] really matters is in the emergency room with your kids.” [Posted with iBlogger from my iPhone]

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The history of the paper clip: It was invented in 1899. It hasn’t been improved upon since. – Slate Magazine

The history of the paper clip: It was invented in 1899. It hasn’t been improved upon since. – Slate Magazine.

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The descent of Edward Wilson

The descent of Edward Wilson.

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m.guardian.co.uk-Jonathan Franzen on Writing

m.guardian.co.uk.

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Lunch with the FT: Paul Krugman – FT.com

Lunch with the FT: Paul Krugman – FT.com.

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The Oligarchy’s Rule of Law: From Russia to Oklahoma

The Oligarchy’s Rule of Law: From Russia to Oklahoma.

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Lethal Injection the Latest Chapter in America’s History of Botched Executions

Lethal Injection the Latest Chapter in America’s History of Botched Executions.

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Salon.com » The Authoritarian Mind Mobile

Salon.com » The Authoritarian Mind Mobile.

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Bill Maher Takes a Shot at the Birthers With Parody on Romney’s ‘Wiferism’ Scandal | Video Cafe

Bill Maher Takes a Shot at the Birthers With Parody on Romney’s ‘Wiferism’ Scandal | Video Cafe.

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This Is How We Ride – NYTimes.com

This Is How We Ride – NYTimes.com.

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