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Waxahatchee, “Under a Rock”, off their recent album Ivy Tripp. Pretty standard indy rock, granted, but the women do it well.

– Badtux the Music Penguin

Being sick sucks

Okay, so I’ve come to a conclusion: using an inhaled steroid such as Nasacort or Flonase isn’t going to work for dealing with my allergies because there’s an infection reservoir somewhere back there. When I use the inhaled steroids it kills the immune response of my nasal tissues, which then get invaded by the infection, which then makes me sick.

This latest one led to a mild case of pneumonia to go with the sinusitis, now on the mend. Now I’m dealing with the rebound congestion from both the damage done by the infection and from the heavy-duty drugs used to keep me somewhat breathing through all this — the cough medicine with expectorant for thinning secretions, the decongestant for shrinking swollen membranes, etc. The most important tool for this is the nasal irrigator, otherwise known as a “neti pot”. I flow warm saline through one nostril and out the other, do it the other way around, then blow all the nasty stuff out of my sinuses into the basin (and I’m talking *nasty* stuff, this infection plus the drugs did a number on my nasal membranes, so there’s a lot of bloody chunks where I’m blowing scabs out so that my nasal passages can heal correctly).

Once all this is healed, I then get to do it all again when they do the surgery to open up the sinuses and get rid of whatever reservoir of infection is back there. Because that explains a helluva lot of things. Like why I’ve felt lousy for the last six months…

– Badtux the Nasally Annoyed Penguin

Twilight love

Eternal Summers, “A Burial” from their 2014 album The Drop Beneath. They have a *fourth* album coming out in June… I’ve heard a couple of songs from it and will feature them after the album drops.

– Badtux the Music Penguin

Happy BBQ day!

On this day, we commemorate the lives of all the pigs and cows that have died so we can have that most American of foods: barbecue! Nowhere else on the planet are giant slabs of meat placed onto grills and slathered with spices and sauce like we do it here. Whether your favorite is North Carolina pulled pork (mystery gray meat) with a vinegar-pepper sauce, South Carolina pulled pork with mustard-pepper sauce, Mississippi-Louisiana chopped beef with a sweet-spicy tomatoey sauce, or Texas BBQ rubbed with spices and smoked over a wood fire, or even California “barbecue” which has no sauce at all and is just meat cooked outdoors, this is the day to celebrate meat, meat, MEAT!

So enjoy your barbecue, boys and girls, enjoy it well. Oh, and there’s some dead folks we’re supposed to be commemorating today too, but who cares about them, right?

– Badtux the Bitterly Snarky Penguin

Bronzed childhood

Low, “In Metal”, off their 2001 album Things We Lost In the Fire.

– Badtux the Music Penguin

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So, Bill O’Reilly claims that median wages have fallen under President Obama. Is that true?Or is Bill O lying to us?
To determine whether Bill was telling the truth I went to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ web site and found their table of median weekly wages of full-time workers. I found that the median weekly wage in 2008, when Obama took office, was $783 per week (adjusted to current dollars). The median weekly wage as of the first quarter of this year was $802/week. Which is, uhm, more than $783.

So by that definition of median wage, Bill O’Reilly is a “Pants on fire!”, a full 5 Pinocchios. It could be, however, that Bill was attempting to state that median household income is lower today than when President Obama took office. That is true but not because people are making less money. It’s because due to the retirement of baby boomers and the generally poor employment outlook of the past six years many left the workforce and are no longer earning wages. But those who are earning wages are making more than in 2008, despite what Bill said.

– Badtux the Fact-based Penguin

Poison with no cure

Calexico, “Black Heart”, off their 2003 album Feast of Wire. Dramatic Arizona melancholia.

– Badtux the Music Penguin

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