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A brief writeup of last night's excellent American/Rhapsody, part II of MUSE/IQUE​'s tribute to George Gershwin, Gershwin/Nation. One of the best Muse/ique shows we've seen, although it would be really nice if they provided a program with a list of all the songs and who performed them.
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After a discussion over on Sean Lyons​ wall this morning about the Louisiana response, I felt a post well up inside of me about how well our President and our candidates for the job have demonstrated two important qualities of a president: Leadership and Compassion. My conclusion was that they have all fallen short in various ways. When you see a meme that says that one candidate is all bad and the other all good, be very suspicious. Politics are complicated, and there are many valid sides to issues. To put it another way: One person's Trump statue may be seen as highlighting Trump's shortcomings, while another may see it as inappropriate body shaming and violations of boundaries.
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In which I realize that a unintentional habitual behavior can be viewed as disrespectful and belittling, and realize that similar habitual behaviors are behind some of what is viewed as privilege in this world. The first step in fixing a behavior is being conscious of it. I will endeavor to correct my behavior, and wrote this blog piece remind society that perhaps they need to do the same.
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I'm tired of constantly saying the same things over and over in discussions regarding Hillary Clinton​ on Facebook, so I've decided to collect them all in one post. I've also thought about what I've been seeing on Facebook, and realizing that our political discourse has devolved into a discussion about character only. Having looked into Hillary's positions, I like them quite a bit. I don't agree with everything, but I like her positions and what she says. So I challenge you. Continued repeating of Trump's gaffes of character is too easy, and it is too tiring to constantly repeat the same defenses of Clinton's character. Let's turn the discussion into one about positions. For whatever candidate you like, I challenge you to post a status update about two or three of their positions, and why you like them. Compare and contrast them to the other candidates, and indicate how the particular position benefits the country and can be paid for without further deficit spending.
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I decided to take my last Facebook status update, expand it a bit, and make it a blog post. For those that didn't see it, it presents a summary of a very prescient article by Arthur Hertzberg​ about why Jews should be concerned about the Conservative victory -- in 1995, the year that brought Newt Gingrich​'s contract with America. Reading that article, in light of what Trump has been saying and doing, and in light of the support for him from some segments of Orthodoxy, should encourage us progressive Jews to vow #NeverTrump, and to realize the importance of supporting Hillary.
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A collection of news chum related to the passing of some malls in the valley: the Promenade Woodland Hills​, the Macys Laurel Plaza​, and the Panorama Mall​ in Panorama City, California​.
Moving away from politics for a moment, lets have a moment of silence for some once great malls in the valley: Woodland Hills Promenade. The Daily News is reporting that the Woodland Hills Promenade may be moving into the dying mall category. Specifically, Westfield appears to have plans to wall ...
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Cleaning out the links: Links and discussions of articles regarding: adapting Hebrew for Transgenders, LGBTQ and Jewish Summer Camps, the origin of Ga-Ga, possible lead contamination in Turmeric, rotisserie chicken vs make your own, Labels Table returning to Tarzana, Ports O'Call being demolished; Music Center being remodeled; the sense of smell all over the body; vocal fry and hating women; why we put our hands over our heart; history of the haunted mansion; pinball museums; a musical supergirl/flash crossover; passings of note; and theatre news: fun home casting, csulb doing rare musicals, dear world at VPAC, parade in TO, oh, and Allan Sherman coming to TAS.
Last night, we had a Shabbabaque at Temple (“Shabbat” + “Barbeque”). There was a bunch of food leftover, and so I brought some home — the sliced tomatoes and roasted zucchini — and threw it into a crockpot. That's a great thing to do with leftovers: make a stew (and I intend to suggest ...
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Continuing a tradition started many years ago on LiveJournal​: On your anniversary, post one thing about your spouse that you love for every year you've been married. Today is 31 years.
Thirty years ago today Karen and I got married (in Woodland Hills, by Rabbi John Sherwood Z”L). Here's looking forward to at least thirty more years… (to the tune of the “William Tell Overture”) Happy Anniversary, Happy Anniversary Happy Anniversary, Haaappy Anniversary.
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Some passings that have come across the news this past week, with some corresponding remembrances: Pete Fountain​, Glenn Yarbrough​, Kenny Baker, possibly Gladstone's Restaurant Malibu​, and the infrastructure of Social Media.
Some passings (or soon to be passings) from the last week that are worthy of note: Pete Fountain. I've come to an appreciation of New Orleans Jazz late in life. My dad always loved it, and in a number of ways our tastes have aligned as I've gotten older (except for Jolson — I'm not as big of a ...
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In addition to my most recent post about Reform Judaism Magazine in Spring 1995 predicting the rise of Trump (see *), here are some more things you didn't think about (and some sound like they came from a Surprisingly Awesome): the role of gasses in the human body, creating fuel from CO2, the history of drywall, hidden architectural security, the most cost effective pizza, and how a hacker can always make you click on a link. http://cahighways.org/wordpress/?p=11858
*: http://cahighways.org/wordpress/?p=11855
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An update of a post from a few years ago on how to get theatre tickets on a budget.
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You just won't believe it. Trump was taking pictures of his junk and sexted it to his gay lover.  [I guess I should note that this is really my writeup of OperaWorks​ Advanced Artist's Program production Opera Re-Constructed - "Trump'd: Making Opera Great Again"​]
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Daniel is a mild-mannered computer security specialist with interests in a wide variety of things, especially live theatre, highways, Judaism, history, and off-beat news. His primary home is on Livejournal, but you can also find him on Facebook and G+.
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