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November 16, 2023

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November 11, 2023

When Smokey Sings, ABC

Good morning, DUers! ❤️

With saxophone solo


Without saxophone solo, with lyrics



"When Smokey Sings" is a song by English pop band ABC, released as the first single from their fourth studio album, Alphabet City (1987). The lyrics and title of the song are a tribute to R&B and soul singer Smokey Robinson. In the United States, Robinson himself was on the Billboard 100 pop chart with his single "One Heartbeat" at the same time as this tribute song; for the week ending 3 October 1987, both songs were in the Billboard top 10 simultaneously.[3]
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Background

"When Smokey Sings" and its B-side, "Chicago", also topped the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart. The song reached No. 11 on the UK Singles Chart and became their second US top-10 hit, peaking at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. There is a slight difference in the lyrics between the album and single version in the bridge of the song. Pitchfork were favourable for the Miami Mix.[4]

In the album version, references are made to "Luther," "Sly," "James," and "Marvin" (most likely referring to Luther Vandross, Sly Stone, James Brown, and Marvin Gaye, respectively). In the single version, this is replaced by alternative lyrics, followed by a short saxophone solo.

The bassline of the song is a homage to Robinson's 1970 composition, "The Tears of a Clown."[5] Smokey Robinson himself praised the song, saying, "Well, of course, that's a form of flattery, and I really appreciate it."[6]
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/When_Smokey_Sings


When Smokey Sings
(Ooh ooh)
(Ooh ooh)
(Ooh ooh)
Ooh-ooh (Ooh ooh)

Debonair lullabies
In melodies revealed
In deep despair on lonely nights
He knows just how you feel
The slyest rhymes, the sharpest suits
In miracles made real

Like a bird in flight on a hot sweet night
You know you're right just to hold her tight
He soothes it right, makes it out of sight
And everything's good in the world tonight

When Smokey sings, I hear violins
When Smokey sings, I forget everything
As she's packing her things
As she's spreading her wings
The front door might slam
But the back door it rings
And Smokey sings, he sings

Elegance in eloquence
For sale or rent or hire
Should I say yes and match his best?
Then I would be a liar
Symphonies that soothe the rage
When lovers' hearts catch fire

Like a bird in flight on a hot sweet night
You know you're right just to hold her tight
He soothes it right, makes it out of sight
And everything's good in the world tonight

When Smokey sings, I hear violins
When Smokey sings, I forget everything yeah
As she's packing her things
As she's spreading her wings
Smashing the hell
With the heaven she brings
Then Smokey sings, he sings

(Would it be true to say?)

Luther croons
Sly's the original originator
James screams (uh-uh)
Marvin was the only innovator
(Innovator)
But nothing can compare
Nothing can compare
When Smokey sings
(Sings)

When Smokey sings, I hear violins
When Smokey sings, I forget everything
As she's packing her things
(Ooh ooh)
As she's spreading her wings
(Ooh ooh)
She threw back the ring
(Ooh ooh)
When Smokey sings
Smokey sings
(Smokey sings)
Smokey sings
(Smokey sings)
Written by: Mark Andrew White, Martin David Fry
Album: Alphabet City
Released: 1987

Lyrics provided by Musixmatch
https://www.musixmatch.com/lyrics/ABC/When-Smokey-Sings

Have a great day!
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October 29, 2023

Milk vs. Dark vs. Semi-sweet vs. Bitter-sweet chocolate?

Milk chocolate is unique in that it contains a significant quantity milk, either in the powdered, liquid, or condensed form.

Dark chocolate is a category of chocolate that includes semisweet and bittersweet chocolate. The US FDA actually does classify dark chocolate as anything containing 35% or more cacao (liquor or butter). In practice, semisweet chocolate is typically much sweeter, and contains about 50% sugar. Bittersweet chocolate, on the other hand, typically contains about 33% sugar. Some dark chocolates may contain small amounts of milk, but not enough to be called milk chocolate.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Types_of_chocolate

I would have to die if I couldn't get chocolate. I have it almost every day in some form or another. Mostly as cocoa powder (unsweetened) in a blended drink.

There's also some evidence that it's a pain killer.

Chocolate and Chronic Pain
THOMAS COHN, MD
New research presented at the Experimental Biology 2018 annual meeting found that chocolate may have some benefits for chronic pain sufferers.

According to the findings, dark chocolate (minimally 70% cacao, 30% organic cane sugar) can positively affect some factors that contribute to or that make chronic pain worse. Researchers say that dark chocolate has been associated with:

●Decreased stress levels
●Decreased inflammation
●Improved mood
●Improved memory
●Increased bacterial immunity

“For years, we have looked at the influence of dark chocolate on neurological functions from the standpoint of sugar content – the more sugar, the happier we are,” said principal investigation Lee S. Berk, DrPH. “This is the first time that we have looked at the impact of large amounts of cacao in doses as small as a regular-sized chocolate bar in humans over short or long periods of time, and are encouraged by the findings. These studies show us that the higher the concentration of cacao, the more positive the impact on cognition, memory, mood, immunity and other beneficial effects.”
https://mnphysicalmedicine.com/2018/04/30/chocolate-and-chronic-pain/


Short video on the health benefits
https://cdn.jwplayer.com/previews/PQT9zFJW

More...
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270272#risks_and_precautions-

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October 24, 2023

I really love this!

One of my areas of study before I buckled down and declared a major was linguistics. Even after I graduated and worked in my primary chosen career I continued my interest in language and did research that helped establish the foundations for early speech synthesis and the speech generated by AI today.

My work centered on writing languages that provide individuals who are unable to speak augmented speech by way of speech generating devices, like Stephen Hawking. The same computer languages we have today that let us have our emails spoken to us and that through AI lead to this wonderful thing you've shared here.

I am an award winning, published author in the field and am so excited to see how far we've come in this arena.

Thanks so much for sharing this, Judi Lynn. I helps to remind me that I'm not old and useless because I did many things in the past that were useful and helpful and continue to be relevant even so many years later.

❤️



October 24, 2023

One cool cat 🐈

"Bought my cat a lion's mane for Halloween last year..."

https://twitter.com/Soulseedzforall/status/1716562111986577706



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October 21, 2023

Alice In Chains - The Rooster



Alice In Chains - The Rooster

Rooster is the 5th song of the album ''Dirt''

Lyrics:
Ain't found a way to kill me yet
Eyes burn with stinging sweat
Seems every path leads me to nowhere
Wife and kids, household pet
Army green was no safe bet
The bullets scream to me from somewhere

Yeah they come to snuff the rooster
Yeah here come the rooster, yeah
You know he ain't gonna die
No, no, no, you know he ain't gonna die

Here they come to snuff the rooster
Ah yeah, yeah
Yeah, here come the rooster, yeah
You know he ain't gonna die
No, no, no, you know he ain't gonna die

Yeah they come to snuff the rooster
Yeah here come the rooster, yeah
You know he ain't gonna die
No, no, no, you know he ain't gonna die

Walkin' tall machine gun man
They spit on me in my home land
Gloria sent me pictures of my boy
Got my pills 'gainst mosquito death
My buddy's breathin' his dyin' breath
Oh god please won't you help me make it through

Yeah they come to snuff the rooster, ah yeah
Yeah here come the rooster, yeah
You know he ain't gonna die
No, no, you know he ain't gonna die
October 4, 2023

Welcome to DU radicalleft.

October 1, 2023

Who are the MAGA Republicans?

I'm not asking for a statement of purpose or binding philosophy. But it probably helps to define it.

I am looking for names. I want a list. Doing a search doesn't help. Some of them are obvious, of course, but when Ms. Karine Jean-Pierre was asked she "demurred" according to one article I read.

Do we need to define a MAGA in order to identify a MAGA? If so, how loose or firm do the criteria have to be for someone to qualify as MAGA? What's the threshold?

Are they all Republicans? Maybe some are Libertarians disguised as Republicans. Are some "closet" MAGA or "convenient" MAGA, when it suits them? Or "once a MAGA" but now claim to be reformed?

Most of all, who do you think we can decorate with the MAGA albatross?

I have some ideas but I'd like to know what my colleagues here at the Democratic Underground think.

Of course, any and all ideas are welcome.

Thanks.




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September 29, 2023

Maxwell Frost Gives Witness the Vapors With Scathing Takedown Of 'Fake Impeachment' Hearing

Frost uses his questioning time to highlight the timeline, specifically how McCarthy went from saying a vote was needed for impeachment to changing his mind about that in under 2 weeks

He also says "Mr Turley is stopping here on the way to his next Fox News hit" 🔥

https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1707449745604546930



Maxwell Frost Gives Witness the Vapors With Scathing Takedown Of ‘Fake Impeachment’ Hearing

Story by Michael Luciano

Rep. Maxwell Frost (D-FL) unloaded on the impeachment inquiry ...snip...so much so, that one witness appeared aghast at the lawmaker’s scathing remarks.

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Republicans on the committee called three witness to testify: Fox News contributor and George Washington University Law Professor Jonathan Turley; Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General Eileen O’Connor; and Bruce Dubinsky, a forensic account. Notably, none of these witnesses were fact witnesses, but rather experts in their respective fields. Nevertheless, the GOP’s witnesses – especially Turley – seemed skeptical about the evidence presented so far.

“This fake impeachment is based on desperate political calculation, not any evidence,” Frost declared. “And Mr. Chairman, you say this hearing is to establish the basis for this fake sham impeachment hearing, but these witnesses are not giving us any basis or giving us any evidence.”

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“These witnesses are not giving any answers,” Frost continued. “They’re just asking more questions. We have one witness who has a lot of questions – Ms. O’Connor –, Dubinsky – one witness who knows something about accounting but has no real involvement in what’s going on –, and Mr. Turley’s stopping here on his way to his next Fox News hit.”

As he spoke O’Connor could be seen on camera with her jaw agape, as if to be in disbelief at Frost’s dismissive remarks.

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HAHA 😂 the reaction

https://twitter.com/Acyn/status/1707450519801798726


https://twitter.com/MaxwellFrostFL

Original Article on Mediate
https://www.mediaite.com/politics/maxwell-frost-gives-witness-the-vapors-with-scathing-takedown-of-fake-impeachment-hearing/

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