The Evening Blues - 4-24-19



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No news roundup + tonight's musical feature: Harmonica Fats


Hey! Good Evening!

This evening's music features West coast harmonica player Harmonica Fats. Enjoy!

Harmonica Fats - My Baby Didn't Come Home

"It's too nice today for news."

-- Joe Shikspack


News and Opinion

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A Little Night Music

Harmonica Fats - Tore Up (Over You)

Harmonica Fats - The Big Round Wheel

Harmonica Fats With Joe Kincaid & Soul Brother Band - It's Hard To Get Along

Harmonica Fats W/Joe Kincaid & Soul Brother Band - Harmonica Symphony Stomp

Deloris Ealy & The Kenyattes w Harmonica Fats ?– Come Into My Bedroom

Deloris Ealy & The Kenyattes w Harmonica Fats ?– Big Surprise

Harmonica Fats - Mama, Mama, Talk To Your Daughter For Me

Harmonica Fats - How Low Is Low

Harmonica Fats - I Get So Tired

Harmonica Fats - Long Cool (Summer Time Blues)

Harmonica Fats & The Bernie Pearl Blues Band


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mimi's picture

news today.
I tried to find some news on my own that are worth reading and found none.
Good NIght.

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joe shikspack's picture

@mimi

heh, glad i took off on a slow news day. Smile

have a great evening!

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enhydra lutris's picture

@mimi Sixties era KPFA/KPFB nightly news sign off --

"And that's the news. If you don't like it, go make some of your own."

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

Azazello's picture

In a sane country, Max Blumenthal would be a frequent guest on major network news programs.
Here he is with Cenk discussing his new book.

A word from Tulsi:

Have a nice night.
I'll be grilling burgers and listening to Sabor del Barrio and The Chicano Connection here starting at 6 Tucson time.

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Amanda Matthews's picture

@Azazello

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I'm tired of this back-slapping "Isn't humanity neat?" bullshit. We're a virus with shoes, okay? That's all we are. - Bill Hicks

Politics is the entertainment branch of industry. - Frank Zappa

WoodsDweller's picture

@Azazello but Tulsi's vid showing 2800 views, 980 likes. Pretty good percentage, if it holds.

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Yesterday is heavy, put it down.

joe shikspack's picture

@Azazello

thanks for the vids!

enjoy the burgers. i've already had some nice brisket and shortly i'll be out on the back porch checking to make sure that our bottle opener made it through the winter in just exactly perfect working order.

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mimi's picture

@Azazello
something that is very rare in a combination. I like her. If I were an American, who is allowed to vote, she would get my vote.

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WoodsDweller's picture

https://www.alternet.org/2019/04/conservative-mccain-family-to-back-joe-...

The family of late Sen. John McCain is expected to support former Vice President Joe Biden ... in a crowded Democratic field, and — if he wins the Democratic nomination — in a race against President Donald Trump.

I thought that tape of Biden boasting about working with Jesse Helms was gold, but this is classic.

Get ready to pop your ears, this campaign is going down fast.

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Amanda Matthews's picture

@WoodsDweller

It’s unclear what impact the McCain’s support for Biden will have on the race. In a crowded Democratic primary, sources close to the McCain fear an endorsement will harm the former vice president.

But I doubt it will hurt that much since Crazy Unca Joe isn’t going to get the nomination (IMO).

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I'm tired of this back-slapping "Isn't humanity neat?" bullshit. We're a virus with shoes, okay? That's all we are. - Bill Hicks

Politics is the entertainment branch of industry. - Frank Zappa

WoodsDweller's picture

@Amanda Matthews It doesn't matter if Joe loses a vote from the Left, he'll pick up two votes from suburban Republicans, don't ya know!

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snoopydawg's picture

@WoodsDweller

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Didn't Herheinous say something really dumb about voters before? Why yes. Yes she did..

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You'd think that she would learn that the internet never forgets.

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America is a pathetic nation; a fascist state fueled by the greed, malice, and stupidity of her own people.
- strife delivery

mimi's picture

@snoopydawg
but it seems to give lots of people something to do in their spare time... to add new stuff that the internet never forgets again. So that the internet makes us forget everything.

I feel manipulated by the 'never forgetting internet'.

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Amanda Matthews's picture

@WoodsDweller
the Dims aren’t big on self-awareness so I can see them doing it again.

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I'm tired of this back-slapping "Isn't humanity neat?" bullshit. We're a virus with shoes, okay? That's all we are. - Bill Hicks

Politics is the entertainment branch of industry. - Frank Zappa

WoodsDweller's picture

@Amanda Matthews They'll keep running 90s campaigns until the last of them are put out to pasture.

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joe shikspack's picture

@WoodsDweller

heh, i hope that the mccains endorse biden long and loud. it will be good for centrists to see who their allies really are.

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snoopydawg's picture

MoA

If gas prices keep rising Trump will risk being reelected. Gas prices are already rising fastly because of his actions. It's gone up $.70 here in two weeks and people in California are close to paying $5 gallon. If he goes to war with Iran it will crash the global economy because Iran is threatening to close the Hormuz strait. Same thing if he goes to war with Venezuela. The sanctions on them are affecting prices too.

Farmers in Nebraska have lost millions from his tariffs and because their farms are flooded. The number of farmers who are declaring bankruptcy is almost at an all time high. Anyone hearing much about the floods? I'm not. I have to search for articles that cover it. The media doesn't seem to be able to walk and chew gum at the same time. It's Trump, Mueller and Russia Gate.

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America is a pathetic nation; a fascist state fueled by the greed, malice, and stupidity of her own people.
- strife delivery

joe shikspack's picture

@snoopydawg

i reckon this is going to make the u.s. domestic oil and gas industry very happy. frack happy to be precise.

on the other hand, the rest of his constituency is going to be pretty well convinced that his legendary status as a dealmaker exists only in his head.

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@snoopydawg
ADM no doubt is grateful for the administration's patronage, tariffs notwithstanding.

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The earth is a multibillion-year-old sphere.
The Nazis killed millions of Jews.
On 9/11/01, a Boeing 757 (AA Flight 77) flew into the Pentagon.
If you can't accept these indisputable facts, I can't fake an interest in your opinions about anything else.

Over the past couple of decades several people have written books or published studies on fundamental cognitive differences between folks who tend rightwards versus leftwards in their political orientation. Here is a difference I noticed quite a while ago:
Rightish/libertarianish types get angry if anyone gets something they "don't deserve" or "haven't earned".
Leftish types get angry if anyone doesn't get something they "deserve" or "have earned". (These are, of course, generalizations. Also, there is a tendency on both sides to weight the judgement scale in favor of people (whether individuals, or classes) for whom they have particular sympathy, and against those for whom they have particular antipathy.)
Thus, for example, right-wingers would rather 100 people go without healthcare they need, than allow 1 person to (free-of-charge) self-indulgently go to the doctor when it isn't necessary. Conversely (number-wise) they'd rather imprison 1 innocent person, than let 10 guilty criminals go free. In both cases, these attitudes are often colored by an overall sense of moral superiority: The so-called "innocent" are probably guilty of something, anyway; it's childish and venal to seek medical care for small discomforts -- you should suffer in silence.
In the world of machine learning and artificial intelligence -- those "algorithms" we're always hearing about, though it's an abuse of the technical term -- this is a well-understood parameter of systems whose purpose is to classify events or images or applicants or patients or suspects: Sensitivity versus Specificity. If I'm engineering a classifier to diagnose your lump as benign or malignant based on microscope images of your biopsy, I need to decide where to bias the system with respect to "False Negatives" (malignancies that are classified as benign) and "False Positives" (benign lumps that are classified as malignant). A sensitive classifier is one that has a very low False Negative rate. A specific classifier is one that has a very low False Positive rate. Typically, these two characteristics are in conflict -- as I "relax" the criteria for calling a sample "Malignant", I'm probably going to increase the rate of benign tumors that get "roped in" with the malignancies. Similarly, if "tighten" the criteria for calling a Malignancy, fewer benign tumors will be mis-classified, but at the risk of overlooking malignancies.
In the real world, with real data, it is almost impossible to design/develop a classifier that will have perfect sensitivity and perfect specificity, even if I have a perfect "model" for making the prediction, because what I almost never have is perfect data. The instruments that take the data are imperfect, and the people who record the data are imperfect. Thus, we're always left making a decision about where the tradeoff lies -- about the relative risks and costs of a False Negative versus the relative risks and costs of a False Positive.
In the ongoing quest for wisdom, it behooves the pilgrim to ask certain questions, when considering any policy stance: Where do I draw the line(s), and why? What are the real costs, weighted by my value system, of False Negatives? Of False Positives? Am I being honest in my answers? Am I being reasonable?

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The earth is a multibillion-year-old sphere.
The Nazis killed millions of Jews.
On 9/11/01, a Boeing 757 (AA Flight 77) flew into the Pentagon.
If you can't accept these indisputable facts, I can't fake an interest in your opinions about anything else.

QMS's picture

@UntimelyRippd
well is your line drawn

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Listen to your higher mind.

joe shikspack's picture

@UntimelyRippd

you certainly sound reasonable. one thing that i noticed about your use of language though is that moral concerns ("deserve" and "earned" in context) are mixed in together with concerns about accuracy of data and prediction. if i am reading your examples correctly, the moral concerns trump the concerns for the accuracy of the science.

i guess like leftish people i have a moral concern about any innocent person being imprisoned and i have a low bar for how people get to deserve healthcare. all humans deserve it.

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@joe shikspack
precision of their data-sensing "instruments"; this leads them to overestimate both the sensitivity AND specificity of the many, many classifiers through which they filter all the information that constantly comes their way.

these ideas are more easily communicated graphically, i'm afraid.

my bar for "deserving" healthcare is pretty much yours. however, i think we would both agree that unnecessary healthcare is neither deserved nor warranted. to the angry right, this is an insurmountable moral wall: better that a child be maimed from an untreated broken arm, than that another child be taken to the doctor for a bruise. to you and me, uh ... no: "treating" the kid with a bruise is just part of the Cost of Doing Business (the business being: Making sure no kids are unnecessarily maimed, etc.); it has no more moral significance than the cost of providing telephones in the doctor's office.

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The earth is a multibillion-year-old sphere.
The Nazis killed millions of Jews.
On 9/11/01, a Boeing 757 (AA Flight 77) flew into the Pentagon.
If you can't accept these indisputable facts, I can't fake an interest in your opinions about anything else.

Unabashed Liberal's picture

@joe shikspack

something that should be subjected to a "deserving"/"undeserving" metric--period.

My measure is one of proportion. Which is the main reason that I think that the ACA was/is a massively toxic program. IOW, to cover approximately 30 million (maybe, up to 40 million) people, the PtB--deliberately, IMO--sought to destroy the better part of the group and individual health insurance industry. (not that it was good, but, they made it far worse for the masses) By that, I'm saying that our lawmakers--along with their insurance industry hacks/advisors--enacted numerous regulations/rules which encouraged/allowed employers and governments to dramatically shift costs. At the same time, the 'reform' still left several tens of millions folks, uninsured.

Think - "Cadillac Surcharge/Tax." The fact that the PtB ('O' and Dems) kept 'delaying' the so-called "Cadillac Tax" (currently, to 2022, IIRC) doesn't matter one whit, since employers went ahead and acted in their best interest, in order to avoid the intended negative penalties/repercussions--having to pay the new surtax. They did so by slashing health plan benefits, and shifting more costs [of group health insurance] to employees.

Which is one of the primary reasons that I don't want lawmakers to go anywhere near Original/Traditional Medicare. Don't care that much about MA--they've already privatized it. If folks who've enrolled in it, like it--that's cool. That's their business, as far as I'm concerned. Live, and let live.

Think about it--MA is similar to the program design of Paul Ryan's/Alice Rivlin's proposed Medicare 'voucher' proposal. Which is 'why' I could never figure out why some progressives blew a gasket over that proposal, then, enrolled in MA. Go figure.

Anyhoo, IMO, we need to completely clean House (of current lawmakers). Otherwise, any proposed 'reforms' will likely continue the current trajectory--shifting costs to beneficiaries, cutting benefits--or, both.

BadMollie

I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive.
~~Gilda Radner, Comedienne

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"The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it."
--George Bernard Shaw, Irish Dramatist & Socialist
"We [corporations] are the government!" Actor John Colicos (1978)

is the cryptic non sequitur thought-provoking, or merely another buzz in the bee-loud glade?

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The earth is a multibillion-year-old sphere.
The Nazis killed millions of Jews.
On 9/11/01, a Boeing 757 (AA Flight 77) flew into the Pentagon.
If you can't accept these indisputable facts, I can't fake an interest in your opinions about anything else.

Unabashed Liberal's picture

your well-deserved break--thanks for tonight's News & Blues. Good

Gonna have to be a little scarce, off and on, myself, for a couple weeks, but, hope to catch up with you Guys tomorrow, before we depart for the Eastern Shore--not your Eastern Shore. Tomorrow I'll link to a slideshow of some of the beautiful scenery in the area. Unfortunately, when I had to shut down my laptop unexpectedly the other night, lost a bunch of really important bookmarks, spanning several months. (Including one from a historic hotel in the region, with a nice slideshow.)

Anyhoo, will leave you Guys with this graphic from the ACR (The American College of Rheumatology) -

ACR statement reference 'merging of Part B & Part B'.JPG

The new policy (in Medicare Advantage, or, MA Plans) of "transferring some Part B prescription drugs into the Medicare Part D plans," really worries me; and, both parties are on board with it, although, Dems (naturally) attempt to hide their support. I've read conflicting reports--one, that it will require legislation to apply this toxic 'reform' to Traditional/Original Medicare; another, saying that it can be achieved with 'a rule change.'

Hey, Everyone have a nice evening!

ByePleasantryBlue Onyx

I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive.
~~Gilda Radner, Comedienne

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"The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it."
--George Bernard Shaw, Irish Dramatist & Socialist
"We [corporations] are the government!" Actor John Colicos (1978)

joe shikspack's picture

@Unabashed Liberal

have a great trip to the shore! it's probably good that you're going to your eastern shore rather than mine, seeing as the weather and water temps up here might not be just exactly perfect yet. though, if you came to my eastern shore, you wouldn't have to worry about running into a deluge of tourists and teenagers off the leash like you might in about a month. Smile

heh. everything can be fixed with a "rule change." Smile

have a great evening!

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Lookout's picture

hope you are enjoying the night off.

Warm today and tonight in the deep south.

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

janis b's picture

@Lookout

From deeper South ...

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Lookout's picture

@janis b

Reminds me of my neighbor's style of picking. Here they are many years ago. Rising Fawn is the little town where Norman and Nancy live on the other side of the mountain from me. James lives near by on Lookout.

Edit to add - a couple of our CD's made it to McMurdo in Antarctica (where they were played on their little radio station). We figured our southern music had gone as far south as could be. All the best in your part of the south!

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

enhydra lutris's picture

cooling off to really nice. Thanks for the no news day and the tunes.
Have a great one.

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

janis b's picture

I fully trust your un-news day was especially enjoyable.

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