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Anthony Bourdain muses about death in the final episode of 'Parts Unknown'

Anthony Bourdain performed a Bhutanese death ritual in the final episode of 'Parts Unknown'

Source: Insider, by Tom Murray


"It is considered therapeutic to think about death a few times a day," Bourdain says.

When a man responds: "You are reminded time and again not to take things too seriously," Bourdain affirms: "Life is but a dream."


"Bhutan was where I really got to know Tony," Aronofsky, who directed the film "Black Swan," said in an article for CNN.

"There, I became aware of his utter lack of vanity. He never adjusted his hair or gave a damn about makeup or a lighting setup."

The director touched on the prescient nature of their trip, which often involved discussions around death: "It seems ironic now that on our last day of shooting we performed a Bhutanese death ritual.



On Sunday, two weeks after the tragic death of Anthony Bourdain, CNN aired a town hall about suicide as well as the season finale of Bourdain’s show, "Parts Unknown." Meanwhile, French authorities revealed that no narcotics were in Bourdain’s body when he died, though a significant amount of alcohol was. NBC's Stephanie Gosk reports. If you or someone you know is struggling, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Hey Nikki Haley: Come to Alabama to see 'patently ridiculous'

Source: AL.com, by John Archibald

It's patently ridiculous that regions like the Black Belt, where populations have fallen so far in recent decades that barely more than 20 people inhabit each square mile, have been forgotten and ignored.

It's a place that seems more like a developing nation than a land of opportunity, where children are more likely to be born to single mothers and more likely to die before they learn to walk.

Eight of the counties in Alabama's Black Belt are on the list of the 100 poorest counties by median household income, as counted by the U.S. Census Bureau. Four of them - Wilcox, Sumter, Green and Bullock - are in the bottom 25.

The bottom 25. Out of more than 3,000 counties nationally. Ridiculous.

The UN Report

"Punishing and imprisoning the poor is the distinctively American response to poverty in the twenty-first century," it said. "Workers who cannot pay their debts, those who cannot afford private probation services, minorities targeted for traffic infractions, the homeless, the mentally ill, fathers who cannot pay child support and many others are all locked up. Mass incarceration is used to make social problems temporarily invisible and to create the mirage of something having been done."

Sweet Home Alabama.

UN poverty official touring Alabama's Black Belt: 'I haven't seen this' in the First World

Darling Nikki is keeping busy, though.

Pollsters: Dems will take back House

Technically, the pollsters were right in 2016 - Hillary won by 3 million votes.

Source: HILL.TV http://thehill.com/hilltv/rising/393713-pollsters-dems-will-take-back-house

The average answer for the first-ever Poll of Pollsters was 23 seats, the show announced Friday.

That’s exactly the number that Democrats need to flip control of the chamber from Republicans.

Republican pollster Ed Goeas of the Tarrance Group predicted it was a “better than even chance” that Democrats reclaim control of the House for the first time in eight years.

He predicted Democrats would net 23 seats.

Carly Cooperman, a partner at Schoen Consulting and a Democratic pollster, predicted a gain of 24 seats. “We see the generic vote is in the Democratic favor and a lot of the competitive seats are held by Republicans,” she said.

Former Clinton pollster Mark Penn predicted a gain of 28 seats for Democrats.

Anthony Bourdain Had No Narcotics in His System When He Died, French Official Says

Source: NYT, by Kim Severson

Anthony Bourdain did not have narcotics in his body when he died this month, a French judicial official said.


There were none, save for the trace of a nonnarcotic medicine in a therapeutic dose, Christian de Rocquigny, the local prosecutor in charge of the investigation, said in a text message to The New York Times.


Mr. Bourdain was cremated in France and his remains and travel belongings were sent to his younger brother and only sibling, Christopher. The family will likely have a small, private ceremony of some kind, said Gladys Bourdain, his mother.


Ms. Bourdain, a former editor at The New York Times, said she planned to get “Tony” tattooed in small letters on the inside of her wrist next week as a personal memorial to her son.

She said she was never a fan of Mr. Bourdain’s tattoos, which chronicled his culinary journeys. But she plans to use his tattoo artist. It will be her only tattoo.


Trump endorses Martha Roby in Alabama's District 2 race

File this under "The enemy of my enemy is my friend."

Source: AL.com, by Ivana Hrynkiw

Incumbent Roby will face Bobby Bright-- a former congressman she defeated in 2010-- in a runoff next month. Bright served one term in Congress as a Democrat, but switched parties to run against Roby in this year's Republican primary.

She has served four terms in Congress.

In 2016, Roby said she wouldn't vote for Trump after the Access Hollywood tape was made public, where Trump talked about grabbing women's body parts.

She said in a statement, "As disappointed as I've been with his antics throughout this campaign, I thought supporting the nominee was the best thing for our country and our party. Now it is abundantly clear that the best thing for our country and our party is for Trump to step aside and allow a responsible, respectable Republican to lead the ticket," she said.

Read it all at: https://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2018/06/trump_endorses_martha_roby_in.html#incart_river_index

A confederacy of feckless wonders.

Let's poll some Republicans!

There's nearly a Nixon '74 level of public support for impeaching Trump

42% of Americans say President Donald Trump should be impeached and removed from office.

Source: CNN, by Z. Byron Wolf

What makes it remarkable is that he's on par with President Richard Nixon, who 43% of Americans said should be impeached and removed from office in a March 1974 Harris poll. That was after the scale of Watergate came to light, but months before the House started to move against Nixon, who would go on to resign in August 1974 rather than be impeached.

The 43% supporting Nixon's impeachment in that Harris poll, by the way, is much higher than the 29% who supported impeachment for President Bill Clinton in 1998. Or, for that matter, the similar number who wanted Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush impeached. As CNN's Grace Sparks writes, there's basically "a baseline of pro-impeachment sentiment for a modern president" and Trump far eclipses it.

Read it all at: https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/22/politics/impeach-trump-nixon-support-bill-clinton-poll/index.html

"What's the matter with kids today?"

And now they're voting?

Bourdain's "Parts Unknown" final two episodes.

"Cajun Mardi Gras" and "Bhutan."

"Cajun Mardi Gras" aired last night (June 17) resembling a Clive Barker nightmare! This is one of the most astounding journeys Bourdain ever made, right in our own backyard (ok, the part of the backyard with the sewage leak )!

Just a taste:

The upcoming "Bhutan" episode Bourdain is accompanied by filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, who has been the force behind Black Swan, mother! and the recently completed NatGeo series One Strange Rock.

“Devastated. I don’t feel much else. Tony was a loyal friend and an inspiration. Always sensitive, always connected, always inquisitive, always fun. We had great times exploring Madagascar and Bhutan together. I will never forget his spirit, his conviction, his professionalism, his passion, his love for his daughter, his love for Asia and her kids, his vision, his stories, his drive for justice, and his wicked sense of humor. Thank you Tony.”

"Wasted!" - Anthony Bourdain's last film production.

Trump is betting American families are willing to pay for his trade war

Source: WaPo. by Heather Long


All of Trumps tariffs so far — on China, on steel and aluminum, on washing machines and on solar panels — will end up costing the average U.S. family $80 a year, Moody's Analytics estimates in a report to be released next week. If Trump continues to pile tariffs on China (he has threatened to do another $100 billion) and China retaliates, then the cost to the average family would rise to $210, according to Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics. Wall Street bank Goldman Sachs has also forecast rising prices from the tariffs.


The reality is every family isn't going to pay $80. Some families are likely to pay hundreds or thousands or be the ones losing jobs and livelihoods, while most others probably won't notice the price increases.

For example, “laundry equipment” prices have shot up 17 percent since Trump put tariffs on washing machines in January. Families that are buying a new washing machine now probably aren't happy, but the majority of Americans aren't shopping for a new washing machine and may not care much.


China, Canada and the E.U. have targeted politically vulnerable parts of America with their retaliatory tariffs. It's another reason many Republicans are urging Trump to back down. They also say that growth, which is picking up after the Republican tax cut and extra government spending, is now in doubt because of the tariffs.


Read it all at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2018/06/15/trump-is-betting-american-families-are-willing-to-pay-for-his-trade-war/

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