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Tennis

The Australian Open Is the Tip of a Melting Iceberg | The Nation

I’m normally excited by the first tennis Grand Slam of the year, but Australia is literally on fire and climate change is a significant factor.
— Read on www.thenation.com/article/australian-open-fires-climate-change/

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Friday Playlists

Friday Playlist – January 17, 2020

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Kevin

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Rant

Parnas Doc Dump – Musing about law, books, and politics

In asking Zelensky to conduct an investigation that would benefit Trump personally, Giuliani and Trump behaved as if the government was at their personal disposal. They acted as if the U.S. is a mafia state.

Put simply: They conducted U.S. foreign policy for the personal benefit of Trump and pals. This is why the first Article of Impeachment is “abuse of power.” Yes, there were crimes involved. By the overall problem was behaving as if the U.S. is mafia state.

Source: Parnas Doc Dump – Musing about law, books, and politics

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Entertainment

Joker’s Oscar nominations are a joke: This movie is stupid!

This, in the end, is what I find stupidest of all about Joker: how convinced the movie seems that it’s daring, that it’s showing us something we’ve never seen before. There’s a scene in Joker when Arthur Fleck sneaks into a fancy benefit screening of Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times. Todd Phillips trains the camera on the movie screen as the Little Tramp roller-skates closer and closer to a steep drop. Get it?!Phillips is asking, nudging us in the ribs. We, too, are unafraid to skate close to the edge.

— Read on slate.com/culture/2020/01/oscar-nominations-2020-joker-best-picture-no.html

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Rant

Cynicism and the Senate Trial – Musing about law, books, and politics

McConnell now wants to persuade Americans not to follow the trial. He wants you to think it will be dull and meaningless.

Let’s not help him. Americans need to watch it all, even the lying.

Source: Cynicism and the Senate Trial – Musing about law, books, and politics

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Entertainment

Bobby Boucher Was Robbed!

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Rant

Impeachment Update – Musing about law, books, and politics

We don’t know everything Pelosi knows, which makes it hard to predict what she will (or should) do.

But the delay is clearly helping the Democrats. Unlike in the Clinton impeachment, Trump’s numbers are currently on a downward slope. On Dec. 17, his approval was 43.8 on the 538 aggregate. Now it is at 41.9%, a long way from Clinton’s 73%.

Source: Impeachment Update – Musing about law, books, and politics

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Entertainment

Rush Drummer Neil Peart Dead at 67 – Rolling Stone

Neil Peart, the drummer and lyricist for Rush, died Tuesday, January 7th, in Santa Monica, California at age 67, according to Elliot Mintz, a family spokesperson. The cause was brain cancer, which he had been quietly battling for three-and-a-half years. A representative for the band confirmed the news to Rolling Stone.

— Read on www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/neil-peart-rush-obituary-936221/amp/

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2020 Reading Challenge

2020 Goal: Read 52 Books

One book a week. That shouldn’t be hard to do, right?

Well, it turns out it’s harder than I thought. Last year, I did my first GoodReads Reading Challenge with that goal – 52 books in 52 weeks. I started off well, but slacked off during the second half of the year. My final count? 38 books read. Still, not a bad number and probably the most I’ve read in a single year for some time.

I still think I can pull it off, so one of my goals for 2020 is to read 52 books in 52 weeks. I am taking it a step further this year, however, and focusing on reading the following types of books each month:

  • One fiction book
  • One non-fiction book
  • One graphic novel
  • One work related book
  • One audiobook

Aiming for five books each month with that kind of variety should help me meet my goal with time to spare and keep me interested in reading throughout the year.

I also hope to write reviews of what I read. This is something I started last year but I didn’t make a habit of it, which led to only a few reviews at the start of the year.

Are you on GoodReads and/or have a reading goal of your own for 2020? Follow my GoodReads profile and let me know or just drop a comment below!