Monthly Archives: January 2021

WEATHER RADAR: Massive winter storm targets the East Coast

The Hill

A massive winter storm is targeting the East Coast of the United States with up to two feet expected in some areas. The storm is expected to impact Washington, DC, New York, Boston and surrounding areas.

According to the National Weather Service: An area of low pressure over the Ohio Valley is responsible for producing periods of snow in parts of the Lower Great Lakes and northern Mid-Atlantic. This low pressure system will pass the baton off to a new coastal storm forming near the Mid-Atlantic coast tonight. As the storm strengthens overnight and into Monday morning, bands of heavy snow look to set up over an area stretching from eastern Pennsylvania and the NYC metro area to southern New England. The coastal low will then stall just off the New Jersey coast and drop copious amounts of snow in these areas through the day Monday and even into Tuesday. The latest forecast for this long duration winter storm calls for over a foot of snow across a large portion of eastern Pennsylvania, northern New Jersey, southern New York, and into southern New England with totals over in excess of 20 inches in some locations. Gusty winds will help to reduce visibilities and lead to both blowing and drifting snow. Treacherous travel conditions are expected throughout the Northeast as the storm continues to generate periods of snow that stick around into the day on Tuesday. Snow finally begins to taper off for most areas by Tuesday night with the lone exception being northern New England where snow may continue into Wednesday morning.

The Madman’s Library: A World of Extraordinary Books

The British Library = Jan 31, 2021

Edward Brooke-Hitching talks to TV producer and writer John Lloyd (Blackadder, QI and much more) about his new book The Madman’s Library, a journey that takes us into the darkest territories of literature, to hunt down the very strangest books ever written and uncover the fascinating stories behind their creation.

From a gorgeously decorated 15th-century lawsuit filed by the Devil against Jesus to a 605-page Qur’an written in the blood of Saddam Hussein, to the lost art of binding books with human skin, every strand of strangeness imaginable (and many inconceivable) has been unearthed. Books that hoaxed the globe and books invisible to the naked eye, books of code and cypher whose secrets remain undiscovered… and others that are just plain weird. Several have been uncovered in the British Library’s own collections.

Praise for The Madman’s Library

‘Anybody who loves the printed word will be bowled over by this amusing, erudite, beautiful book about books. It is in every way a triumph. One of the loveliest books to have been published for many, many years’
Alexander McCall Smith

‘Quite simply the best gift for any book lover this year, or perhaps ever’
Lucy Atkins, Sunday Times Literary Book of the Year

‘The most beautiful objects in literature. You’re going to love this. Extraordinary’
Dan Snow

‘An utterly joyous journey into the deepest eccentricities of the human mind…The most cheering, fascinating book I’ve read for ages’
Alison Flood, Guardian

Edward Brooke-Hitching is a writer for the popular BBC TV show QI. He is also the author of the non-fiction bestsellers The Sky Atlas, The Golden Atlas (shortlisted for the Edward Stanford Writing Award), The Phantom Atlas, Fox Tossing Octopus Wrestling and Other Forgotten Sports. His writing has featured in the Guardian, the London Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Literary Review, the Spectator, the Economist, the Washington Post and others; and he has appeared on shows including BBC Radio 4’s Museum of Curiosity, Start the Week with Andrew Marr, and the Radio 2 Arts Show with Jonathan Ross. The son of an antiquarian book dealer and an elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, he lives in a dusty heap of old maps and books in London.

John Lloyd is a television and radio comedy producer and writer, best known for his work on QI, Blackadder, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Spitting Image and Not the Nine O’Clock News. He is currently the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s The Museum of Curiosity.


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Biden’s racial equity plan is ambitious, but is it enough?

Washington Post – Jan 31, 2021

The Post’s Tracy Jan explains how President Biden’s executive orders intend to improve decades-long racial inequality across American society. Read more:

As Trump’s impeachment trial nears, Republicans mull questions on party’s future

Washington Post – Jan 31, 2021

As former president Donald Trump’s second impeachment nears, lawmakers discussed on Jan. 31 whether he should be held accountable for the Capitol breach. Read more:

Steve Bannon Humiliates Shocked Rudy Giuliani During Interview

The Majority Report w/ Sam Seder – Jan 29, 2021

Steve Bannon might be a bit terrified of being de-platformed…so much that he was forced to kind of bury Rudy Giuliani during this interview. Emma Vigeland and the Majority Report crew discuss this. We stream our live show every day at 12 PM ET.

GOP Slow To Respond To Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Conspiracy Theories And Attacks | Meet The Press

NBC News – Jan 31, 2021

Republicans so far have been slow to criticize Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene. Greene has been under fire after a 2018 video surfaced in which she suggested 9/11 and the Sandy Hook shootings were hoaxes, and taunted a Parkland shooting survivor and indicated support for calls to execute prominent Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The time is NOW to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Bernie Sanders – Jan 31, 2021

Half of our people are living paycheck to paycheck. The time is NOW to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Eight year-old Acheampong on path of becoming Grand Master

CGTN Africa– Jan 31, 2021

An 8-year old boy in Ghana has set a record by becoming the first in the country to win the Africa Under-9 Chess Championship. Dave Acheam-pong hopes to become a Grand Master in the future and his coaches say he has great potential in the sport. CGTN’s Nabil Ahmed Rufai reports from Accra.

Eddie Glaude Calls Out Republicans: ‘They Don’t Believe In Who Are As A Country’ | Deadline | MSNBC

MSNBC – Jan 28, 2021

Princeton University professor Eddie Glaude says there is “no ground to have bipartisan relationships” with those who disregard our democratic principles to ensure historical power structures stay in place. Aired on 01/28/2021.

Federal Judge Overturns Local Courts To Keep Some Accused Trump Mob Members In Custody

MSNBC – Jan 30, 2021

Rachel Maddow reviews some of the cases in which accused pro-Trump rioters were allowed by local judges to go home after being arrested, only to have a federal judge insist that they remain in jail until trial. Aired on 01/30/2021.