Dean Clough

December 13, 2021

Portico Darwin: Health & Conservatism & Brian Williams

Last Friday's epic post on music streaming and music hardware took a lot out of me.  Probably you, too.

So Happy Monday and Happy Mostly No Portico Darwin Writing Day.  I will say that I'm not sure I've ever seen a more exciting finish to a sporting event than yesterday's conclusion to the Formula 1 race in Abu Dhabi.  Wow wow wow. 

In addition to the race, here are three different things that hit my radar screen recently.  I hope you'll make the time to listen to the podcast and read the essay; watching the video will take 3 minutes.  I doubt you'd regret any of it and it's better than most of the schlock I typically spiel here . . .

First up is an episode of Scott Galloway's weekly "Prof G" podcast, and his interview with Dr. Sanjay Gupta.  If you have questions about the pandemic and health in general, this is the one.  Wow, is Dr. Gupta brilliant and so fucking calm.  Did you know he was accepted into medical school at the age of 16?

Lessons From The COVID-19 Pandemic with Dr. Sanjay Gupta

If "you're doing your own research" and/or are a fan of Joe Rogan, I urge you to listen to Dr. Gupta.

Next, a long essay on what's happened to American conservatives, written by one himself, David Brooks.  I found it to be both powerful and educational.

What Happened to American Conservatism?

Lastly:  if you do nothing else with today's recommendations, I sincerely hope you'll watch Brian Williams final few minutes as a news anchor.  What he says is important.

My childhood pal and former business partner Steven Simon flattered me, which is fairly unusual, as he's my hero (and he should be):

"You are much less of a dinosaur than I, my friend.  Of the 47 artists lists, I have heard of 10 of them, clocking in at a paltry 21%.  Unless Ronnie Wood is the Rolling Stone, which would catapult me to 23%."

Indeed, it is Ronnie Wood of The Rolling Stones.  Almost 25% is not too bad, and remember, I cheated.  Before reading that article, I was aware of 19 of the artists I listed, or 40%. 

Next, we turn to Byron Browne IV, famous for changing jobs as often as Trump voters change their minds, has actually landed somewhere new.  Congrats - perhaps you can use some of those massive new paychecks and book that Italian train trip???  You see, Byron shared info on a new train service in Italy, starting in 2023.  Get ready.

Orient Express La Dolce Vita

Want more reality in terms of your Italian trains?  Both Julie and Hunter Deuce have something for you right over here.


"Thought you'd enjoy this video on Italy's high-speed trains:

The Trains That Killed an Airline"

As I replied to Hunter and as I say often, with zero humor:  tell me again why we can't have nice things in America?

Thank you to any one that is reading this newsletter.

Here's a recommendation with absolutely no connection to any of today's newsletter topics.  Worse, I even mentioned it a couple of weeks ago, albeit at the very end of KLUF, and it wasn't the featured album. 

With thanks again to Arthur for first bringing them to my attention, I properly present to you the Killer album "Signify", by the rather expansive band Porcupine Tree.


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