Earth Day 1970

I attended the first Earth Day observation in Philadelphia.  I remember that poet Allen Ginsberg and Ed Muskie were among the speakers.  Muskie, who was the Democratic vice-presidential candidate in 1968, was the favorite for the 1972 presidential nomination at that point.  Redbone, a Native American band, performed.

Here are articles about it.

Earthweek 1970

Time Magazine


Some thoughts on Trump’s indictment

Republicans are being very antisemitic when they say George Soros is behind the prosecutor. Soros is their code word for their bigotry

It’s going to be hard to find a jury to convict Trump if he is guilty. How can anyone say they haven’t heard about the case when we’ve been bombarded with it? Most New Yorkers don’t like Trump but I am sure there could be one or more Trump supporter in a group of 12 jurors. They will have already decided he is innocent since they don’t care about the facts.

Some people have said it is a weak case. It was strong enough to get Michael Cohen convicted and sent to jail. Trump, not Cohen, slept with Stormy Daniels. Trump, not Cohen, supplied (however indirectly) the money.

Some people say that the DOJ 1/6 or Georgia find the votes cases should have come first. The other prosecutors have had two years to charge Trump and they haven’t. I agree the other cases are about more significant issues but I see no reason why Bragg should wait.

I wish the media would stop referring to Stormy Daniels as a porn star. It’s irrelevant. If she was a teacher, would they call her “teacher” Stormy Daniels? I doubt it. It’s boring.

This won’t hurt him with his cult. If they didn’t care about two impeachments, Access Hollywood, the insurrection, the endless lies, and the terrible bigotry, they won’t care about this. The cult and GOP politicians are already falling in line.

Library of Congress: A conversation with Randy Newman (2013)

from the description:

Mark Horowitz talks with award-winning composer and performer Randy Newman about the creative process. Speaker Biography: The composer of a long list of notable film scores — “The Natural,” “Awakenings,” “Ragtime,” all three “Toy Story” pictures, “Seabiscuit,” “James and the Giant Peach,” “A Bug’s Life” and many others — Newman’s many accolades include two Oscars, three Emmys, and six Grammys. His unforgettable songs include “I Think It’s Going to Rain Today,” “Louisiana 1927,” “Short People,” “Sail Away,” and “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.” Speaker Biography: Mark Eden Horowitz is a specialist in the Library’s Music Division. For transcript, captions, and more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feat…

Pathetic take by the New York Times on the Trump indictments

It’s not victor’s justice, it’s holding a lawbreaker accountable. The Times was wrong to even bring this up.

Tweets by Nate Silver and Matt Glassman on the GOP

The GOP has turned to using the courts,voter suppression, and state legislatures to enact their extremist policies on issues such as abortion which are opposed by the majority.

Wins based on the electoral college rather than the popular vote will undermine faith in elections. All 25 presidential elections in the 1900s had the same result in the popular vote and electoral college. Two of the six elections in the 2000s have been won by the popular vote loser. Trump lost the popular vote by an unprecedented almost three million votes.

Look at the Glassman tweet thread

American life expectancy is decreasing

Tweets and videos on the Chrysler Building

New York’s Chrysler Building was completed in 1930.

My take on the 2023 Orioles

The 2022 Orioles won 83 games after winning only 52 in 2022. Will they fall back in 2023? Most predictions I have seen predict they will only win in the 70s. I predict they will win 87.

There is a precedent for the Orioles’ big jump.

1988: 54 wins

1989: 87 wins

1990: 75 wins

This time is different. The farm system is much better than it was in 1990. There are lots of players close to being ready for the majors that they can bring up or trade. They will have full seasons of Adley Rutschman and Gunnar Henderson.

I do think they didn’t do enough in the offseason but their minor moves do make the team slightly better.

It will all come down to pitching. Can the bullpen repeat their excellent performance of last year? That will be tough but it’s possible,. I think there will be improvements in the starting pitching especially if Grayson Rodriguez and D L Hall come up and John Means does well whenever he returns.

I am looking forward to the season. I think the Orioles will be good and enjoyable to watch.

The Athletic

The cover of The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan – Tweets and articles

This tweet reminded me to post about the cover

NYC Album Art Revisted: The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan

The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan: the story of the artwork

Bob Dylan and Suze Rotolo During the Freewheelin’ Cover Shoot on West 4th Street in New York City, 1963