Have you seen the list of nihilistic password-recovery questions that’s going around? Examples: “What is the name of your least favorite child?” . . . and . . . “On what street did you lose your childlike sense of wonder?”
Betty P.: “Per your suggestion, I printed out the Hamilton lyrics and downloaded the music. Bob and I listened to it FOUR times before we saw the matinee on Wednesday. And we are still listening to it in our heads. It made our ‘Hamilton’ experience magical!”
☞ Actually, you can save big bucks by not seeing Hamilton at all. Or at least until the next batch of regular-priced tickets is released for year-end 2016 / early 2017. Just see it “in your head,” as often as you want, free. It’s great treadmill music: be thrilled, inspired, and heart-healthy.
But even as Hamilton describes the country’s contentious founding, so Jane Mayer’s Dark Money describes its more recent confounding — as sampled in this interview. How a tobacco-industry lawyer and a few wealthy right-wingers set out to undermine the intellectual class they saw impeding capitalism — professors, scientists, and such. And how the Koch brothers, whose dad co-founded the John Birch Society, currently lead that effort.
Quote of the Day
We've forgotten all the sacrifices that the people who've gone before us made to give us this wonderful life that we have. We accept it; we take it for granted; we think it's our birthright. The facts are, it's precious, it's fragile -- it can disappear.~Ross Perot, 1988
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