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After Fox Fires Tucker Carlson, Vegas Plays ‘Who’s Next’

Las Vegas oddsmakers are taking bets on where Tucker Carlson will end up, now that he's no longer welcome at Fox News. They're also taking bets on who will be fired next at the faux news network -- as well as who will get the ax next at CNN, now that Don Lemon has been pushed out the door.

The San Francisco Sound: ‘White Rabbit,’ Grace Slick, and The Great Society

The Great Society in 1965
Grace Slick, Jerry Slick, David Miner, Bard Dupont and Darby Slick in 1965.

On this Sunday’s The Sixties in 60 radio show on The Barrel of Rock, I played a “lost” recording of Grace Slick with The Great Society. The recording wasn’t really lost, of course, since nothing is really lost in the age of the internet where you can find anything you want with a thorough search, but in the old days it would have been considered, at the very least, rare.

Judaic Incunabula: An Evening’s Encounter With Survivors From My Distant Past

by Sally Wiener Grotta

rare books
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I recently spent an evening of wonder and reflection in the company of several Judaic incunabula (printed books in Hebrew from the 15th century) at Philadelphia’s Rosenbach Museum & Library. Each was a personality and story, bound by hand and laden with transmitted memory. My guide through their histories, typography and quirks was Judy Guston, the Rosenbach’s curator and senior director of collections, who also happens to be a fascinating storyteller. I was entranced, and the time went by far too quickly.

Green Check Wants to Be Why Your Pot Dealer Can Have a Bank Account

As state governments work to make sure that legalizing recreational marijuana doesn’t open a door for illegal drug cartels and/or the mob, legitimate cannabis vendors have been struggling to obtain services that are essential to running a business.

Cannabis Shop sign
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At this early stage of the game, it’s not easy being a legal pot dealer in the U.S. No matter how legal you may be in the state where you operate, to federal law enforcement you are a multiple felon — if they want to go after you.

Although the feds haven’t been going after these newly minted legal dealers (and have indicated they have no plans to do so), their legal status on the federal level has been somewhat problematic, both to them and to other companies that want to do business with them.

Becoming Spaceworthy: A Season of Reason and Change

The untamed mind set loose without being tempered by the needs of physical existence, which is life, cannot be sustained. Welcome to Spaceship Earth.

sustainable world
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Imagine a space-going vessel, not something small containing only humans, but a vast one teeming with life. Imagine living in space, not just with other people, but with forests and lakes full of all manner of fish, flora, and fauna. For a species to establish a true space-faring civilization, it must survive its own technology and root that civilization in a healthy, viable environment. We will not be able to populate other star systems without taking nature with us. We need wolves and rabbits, deer and field mice, wild horses, bear and fowl. If we are to become such a spaceworthy species, we need to consciously define and claim a new ecological niche. There is more to the story.