2021: Favorite Books, Movies, Music

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  1. 1 Dudette
    December 24, 2021 at 9:38 am

    Merry Christmas Everyone! 🎄

  2. December 24, 2021 at 10:41 am

    Met my match’:
    Barack Obama gets upstaged by little girl at vaccination centre, discusses favourite book

    Along with Dr Anthony Fauci, White House Chief Medical Advisor,
    Barack Obama visited vaccine site at Kimball Elementary School in southeast Washington.

    ……trending globally.

    —Happy Holidays and Happy Christmas to all !!

  3. December 24, 2021 at 10:42 am

    Presents on Time for Christmas,
    Gas Prices Falling,
    U.S. Economy Massively Outperforming Rest of the World

    Dec 22/21 Blog
    From the Speaker’s Press Office:

    “President Biden and House Democrats are delivering durable economic growth with historic investments in infrastructure, a stronger supply chain, and American workers. Now, ahead of the holiday season,
    families are seeing presents arrive on time, gas prices beginning to fall, and a strong outlook for more durable economic growth for the United States even as other countries struggle to find their footing.

    Here are the top stories about welcome economic news this holiday:


  4. December 24, 2021 at 10:52 am

    Santa Tells Joy Reid
    ‘I Would Love For Our Country To Have Peace, Happiness, Harmony’

    “The great Santa shortage of 2021 made it difficult for every kid to meet Saint Nick this year.
    Luckily, Santa Larry–a great, old friend of Joy Reid’s–took time out of his very busy schedule to pay us a visit
    from his North Pole studio. “

  5. 8 ggail44
    December 24, 2021 at 11:20 am

    Good West Coast Christmas Eve morning Nerdy & TOD family. 🎅🏾🎄🌟

  6. 11 jer44
    December 24, 2021 at 11:24 am


    President Biden, First Lady to visit children’s hospital – https://www.cbsnews.com/live/

  7. December 24, 2021 at 12:01 pm

  8. December 24, 2021 at 12:02 pm


    omg……well, anyway……

  9. 14 whenpamelawandered
    December 24, 2021 at 1:12 pm

    Sending out warmest thoughts and lots of Light all around {{{TOD}}}, stay warm, stay calm, stay safe!

    Many blessings for a Merry Christmas!


  10. 17 sjterrid
    December 24, 2021 at 1:39 pm

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, TOD! 🎄🕯

  11. 19 pkayden
    December 24, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    Stephen Miller complains that he and his wife are unable to find necessities for their forthcoming child due to supply chain issues. I think we should all send them Mylar blankets and cheap juice packs. He said those were good enough for the kids he locked up at the border.— ᒪᗩᑎᑕᗴ 🏳️‍🌈 (@LanceUSA70) December 24, 2021


  12. December 24, 2021 at 3:00 pm

    Merry Christmas …

  13. 26 jer44
    December 24, 2021 at 4:06 pm

  14. 27 jer44
    December 24, 2021 at 4:32 pm

  15. December 24, 2021 at 7:03 pm


  16. 29 No Child Left Behind
    December 24, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    Merry Christmas everyone. Peace and joy in your lives!

  17. 31 Dudette
    December 25, 2021 at 9:21 am

    Wishing all of my TOD Family good health, laughter, love and joy! Merry Christmas!😘❤️🎄

  18. 34 Dudette
    December 25, 2021 at 9:56 am

    Merry Christmas from Forever POTUS and Forever FLOTUS🎄❤️

  19. 35 Dudette
    December 25, 2021 at 9:57 am

    Merry Christmas from The White House! 🎄❤️

  20. 37 jer44
    December 25, 2021 at 10:30 am

  21. 38 jer44
    December 25, 2021 at 10:34 am

  22. 39 jer44
    December 25, 2021 at 10:46 am

  23. 40 ggail44
    December 25, 2021 at 11:17 am

    Good West Coast morning Nerdy & TOD family.
    Wishing Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to one and all! 🎄💝🌟

  24. 41 ggail44
    December 25, 2021 at 11:28 am

  25. 42 ggail44
    December 25, 2021 at 11:37 am

    Encouraging News!

  26. 44 ggail44
    December 25, 2021 at 12:08 pm

    I just received this in a text message. It warmed my heart 💝

  27. 45 ggail44
    December 25, 2021 at 12:18 pm

  28. December 25, 2021 at 12:55 pm

    Happy Yuletide to one and all !!

  29. 47 marleysperson
    December 25, 2021 at 7:32 pm

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays all my TOD family. Hope the day was spent with family and friends and that you all enjoyed good food and good company… on to a good New Year!

  30. 48 marleysperson
    December 25, 2021 at 7:32 pm

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays all my TOD family. Hope the day was spent with family and friends and that you all enjoyed good food and good company… on to a good New Year!

  31. December 26, 2021 at 7:18 am

    Am going to keep post this song, for our TOD Fam! It’s a lift you up but we can imagine a virtual line dance w/ all our TOD Fam. Go for it in your space! Most important, you gotta shake a leg & your whatevers. Retro for the younger fam? 💃💞

    Let’s pata pata into 2022 & beyond w/ the Legendary Miriam Makeba! 💞🎶

  32. 54 jer44
    December 26, 2021 at 10:17 am

  33. December 26, 2021 at 11:56 am

    A Ballerina Who Adds to the ‘Palette of What’s Possible’
    Chyrstyn Fentroy was a star at Dance Theater of Harlem before joining Boston Ballet, where she has been promoted to the top rank of principal.

    “Fentroy’s ascent may not be surprising, but it’s still news. For a Black woman to become principal dancer at an American ballet company remains a rare feat.”

    “I’m also recognizing how important identifying myself as biracial is,” she said. “Two of my mentees were biracial, and we talked about people always putting us in a category that we didn’t know if we identified with.”


  34. December 26, 2021 at 12:41 pm

    “In May, Montana, which has several new statutes narrowing health officials’ powers,
    became the first state to prohibit discrimination based on vaccination status.

    It applies to any vaccine,
    not just shots to protect against the coronavirus.
    It means that employers may ask staff members whether they have been immunized against the virus,
    but they cannot punish or lay off employees who refuse to disclose their vaccination status or to get the shots.
    It makes an exception for nursing homes —
    but not for hospitals or clinics.”


    = So don’t get sick or go to the hospital in MT or other states with trumpy governors happy to lose their own voters. And don’t birth your baby there. Solved.

  35. 61 tnmtngirl1
    December 26, 2021 at 2:11 pm

    Test…….new computer

  36. 62 whenpamelawandered
    December 26, 2021 at 3:51 pm

    Okay, everyone, watch this, and wet your whistles for the trailer to hopefully come soon…

    The short film will be released most likely in early 2022… will bring a link ~

    This is the latest film from my daughter, making the rounds of film festivals worldwide now, and receiving high reviews, and a few awards… it’s all very exciting, not to be missed!!

    Watch, enjoy and share!!

    “And a Christmas gift from the New York Science and Nature Film Festival, feedback on my elephant film:”


  37. December 26, 2021 at 4:24 pm

  38. 65 Dudette
    December 26, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    Good movie recommendation: Don’t LookUp on Netflix. I experienced it the same way Sherrilyn Ifill did. The cast is jam-packed with stellar talent.

    There’s also a great song by Bon Iver in the end credits.

    Full track here:

  39. December 27, 2021 at 8:59 am

  40. 68 jer44
    December 27, 2021 at 11:42 am


    President Biden holds call with governors on COVID-19 response

  41. December 27, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    Will Donald Trump Get Away With Inciting an Insurrection?

    “In his nine months in office, Attorney General Merrick Garland
    has done a great deal to restore integrity and evenhanded enforcement of the law to an agency that was badly misused for political reasons under his predecessor. But his place in history will be assessed against the challenges that confronted him. And the overriding test that he and the rest of the government face is the threat to our democracy from people bent on destroying it.

    Mr. Garland’s success depends on ensuring that the rule of law endures.
    That means dissuading future coup plotters by holding the leaders of the insurrection fully accountable for their attempt to overthrow the government. But he cannot do so without a robust criminal investigation of those at the top, from the people who planned, assisted or funded the attempt to overturn the Electoral College vote to those who organized or encouraged the mob attack on the Capitol.

    To begin with, he might focus on Mark Meadows, Steve Bannon, Rudy Giuliani, John Eastman and even Donald Trump — all of whom were involved, in one way or another, in the events leading up to the attack.

    Almost a year after the insurrection,
    we have yet to see any clear indicators that such an investigation is underway, raising the alarming possibility that this administration may never bring charges against those ultimately responsible for the attack.”

    Tribe, Ayer, Aftergut: (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/23/opinion/trump-capitol-riot-january-6th.html)

  42. December 27, 2021 at 1:24 pm

    Sketchy Chinese company under investigation is well suited to partner with Donald Trump

    Douglas MacMillan, reporter for the Washington Post, talks with Rachel Maddow about the shady background of the Chinese company helping Donald Trump take his new media company public.

  43. December 27, 2021 at 2:11 pm


    V.P. Kamala Harris’s successes overlooked by political media

    “Foreign Affairs Analyst David Rothkopf shares his in-depth reporting on the foreign relations work
    Vice President Kamala Harris is doing for the President, arguing that her story isn’t getting out.”
    “Foreign policy is not done in front of the camera very often.”

  44. 75 Dudette
    December 27, 2021 at 2:12 pm

    I love our Nerdy-Sciency President Obama!

  45. 77 Dudette
    December 27, 2021 at 2:13 pm

    2021 was a very busy year for NASA

  46. December 27, 2021 at 2:53 pm

    The dubious qualifications
    “of former football player Herschel Walker,
    a Republican candidate for Senate endorsed by both Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell,
    who apparently had good reason to avoid interviews.”

    Here: (https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/is-this-seriously-who-republicans-want-representing-georgia-instead-of-raphael-warnock-129502277945)

  47. December 27, 2021 at 3:01 pm

    V.P. Kamala Harris Turns Up The Heat On The Senate To Pass Voting Rights

    Transcript via CBS’s Face The Nation:

    “…and I’m talking about what’s not happening in this Capitol in Washington, D.C.,
    which is the passing of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Freedom to Vote Act.
    We have to- we have to agree- and this is not about saying you should vote for me or you should vote for Democrats. This is about everyone having unfettered access to their right to vote and- and agreeing that this is bigger than one election cycle. This is literally about our standing in the world, it’s about the integrity of our democracy. And I do believe of all the things that are on the headline news tonight, tomorrow, for the next week or months, when our kids look back five- ten years from now, at this moment it will be on our watch that we either stood for and fought for our democracy or not. And that I think that is all at stake right now.”

    More: (https://www.politicususa.com/2021/12/27/kamala-harris-turns-up-the-heat-on-the-senate-to-pass-voting-rights.html)

    • December 27, 2021 at 3:03 pm

      “Democracy is being killed by the politics of self in the Senate.
      There is no policy reason why voting rights legislation has not passed yet.
      All 50 Democrats agree on and support the voting rights bills in the Senate.
      Vice President Harris was right about the critical importance of voting rights. A couple of Senate Democrats are treating the right to vote as just another issue, and the consequences could be disastrous for the future of US democracy.” (Easley, politicus)

  48. December 27, 2021 at 4:00 pm


    E.O. Wilson,
    ‘Darwin’s natural heir,’ dies at age 92
    The biologist and ant specialist championed biodiversity and conservation.

    “Edward O. Wilson, the American biologist and leading authority on ants whose study of tiny insects led to some of the biggest, most provocative scientific ideas of the 20th century—notably that a biological basis to human behavior exists and that preserving biodiversity is key to the planet’s survival—died on December 26 in Burlington, Massachusetts, according to a statement from the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation. He was 92.

    Called “one of the foremost naturalists in both science and literature” by the National Geographic Society, which awarded him its Hubbard Medal in 2013, and “Darwin‘s natural heir” by others, Wilson was a soft-spoken Southern gentleman who did his seminal work at Harvard University, yet never forgot his roots in Gulf Coast Alabama. Much of the modern environmental movement owes its scientific underpinnings to him.

    “He played the most important role in elevating biodiversity in the public consciousness,” said Thomas Lovejoy, the late ecologist who coined the term “biological diversity.”

    “Ed’s elegant writing has contributed in a way that none of the rest of us has.”
    Wilson’s contributions were legion.”

    • December 27, 2021 at 4:01 pm

      “…Later, Wilson and mathematician William Bossert, a Harvard colleague,
      helped unlock the secrets of ant communication,
      describing their secretion of chemical signals known as pheromones.
      Microorganisms, plants, and most animals use such scent signals to relay information.
      Some of Wilson’s work sparked a political firestorm.
      In the 1970s, his study of social ants, bees, wasps, and termites led him to create the field of sociobiology, which shattered then-popular dogma that babies are born tabula rasa, or with their minds a blank slate to be formed by nurture and learning alone. In The Insect Societies, and more fully in Sociobiology: The New Synthesis, he insisted that genetic traits influence intelligence and play a role in both animal and human behavior, including aggression.”

      “He eventually returned to Harvard,
      where he served as curator of insects at its Museum of Comparative Zoology for the rest of his life”.
      A prolific author who wrote every day, Wilson published more than 20 books. In 1978, eager to answer critics of sociobiology, he expanded on the role of biology in human culture in On Human Nature. The book launched the field of evolutionary psychology and won Wilson the first of two Pulitzer Prizes. His monumental treatise, The Ants, with co-author Bert Hölldobler, became the only book written for scientists to win a Pulitzer. Wilson’s writing was hardly confined to empirical science.”

    • December 27, 2021 at 4:05 pm

      Wilson added: “I believe that we’re on the edge of a new era, in which value is extended to saving the rest of nature. Knowing it, preserving it, studying it, understanding it, cherishing it, and holding on until we know what the hell we’re doing.”

      Wilson added: “I believe that we’re on the edge of a new era, in which value is extended to saving the rest of nature. Knowing it, preserving it, studying it, understanding it, cherishing it, and holding on until we know what the hell we’re doing.”

      —–Even in 1996, one of his post-doc students reported that E.O. Wilson produced 40 handwritten pages
      every day…imagine.

  49. 86 Dudette
    December 27, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    Dogs are awesome! 🐶😁

  50. 87 Dudette
    December 27, 2021 at 5:21 pm

    Squeeeeeee! 😃

  51. 89 jacquelineoboomer
    December 27, 2021 at 6:36 pm

    Good day / good evening! Hope you all enjoyed your Christmas. Happy New Year, when we get there!

    • 90 tnmtngirl1
      December 27, 2021 at 7:43 pm

      What you said J’OB. I never got a Merry Christmas wish posted. We had a very quiet and relaxed and lazy day. Husband got me a new computer so he worked on it allllll day! Gettng everything all set up, connect4ed to the printer, etc. My old one was a Google Chrome and I was never able to print from it. Had to forward to his or find the thing on his computer. I am having a difficult time getting used to this keyboard, but it will come.

      I hope all had a blessed and good Christmas.

  52. 92 pkayden
    December 28, 2021 at 7:28 am

    Some of you have asked me if getting vaccinated reduces the risk of developing long COVID, and the answer is yes, people who are fully vaccinated (and become infected) appear to have about half the risk of experiencing long-term COVID symptoms.https://t.co/3jZsgzzmTB— Caroline Orr Bueno, Ph.D (@RVAwonk) December 28, 2021


  53. December 28, 2021 at 12:06 pm

    Scientists hold their breath as James Webb Space Telescope deploys with high hopes

    “Mat Kaplan, host of Planetary Radio, talks with Aymen Moheyldin about how the James Webb Space Telescope mission is progressing post-launch with features still deploying, and what researchers hope to learn, from the origins of the universe to extraterrestrial life.”

  54. December 28, 2021 at 12:33 pm

    Rosanne Didn’t Radicalize Herself’: After Death On 1/6, Family Seeks Accountability

    “Lonna Cave, sister of Rosanne Boyland, who died during the 1/6 attack on the U.S. Capitol,
    talks with Ayman Mohyeldin about what compelled her sister to join the mob that attacked the Capitol on January 6th and the political currents that make another attack a very real possibility.”

    • December 28, 2021 at 12:35 pm

      “I think they were just used as pawns and there is the potential for it to happen again.”
      “Who is behind this movement and how do we stop this?”
      “The radicalization is happening on a widespread level and at a very alarming rate.” (Lonna Cave)

      —American Radical: podcast with Mohyeldin.

  55. 96 tnmtngirl1
    December 28, 2021 at 12:48 pm

    Regarding playden’s comment about long Covid. My personal experience regarding long Covid and having a breakthrough (in August) and being fully vaccinated (at that time it was 2): Have had no major issues. The one thing I have noticed is that it changed (a little) or altered my taste/likes/dislikes for a few foods. The biggest–and this is REALLY weird–is that I now REALLY REALLY like french fries. Have always liked them, but the bad thing is now I REALLY like them. I use a lot of discipline to not over do. Actually count out a certain number and that is all I allow myself. When I first started feeling like I might be able to eat something solid/real food, I asked my husband to get me a small order of McD’s fries. I ate most of them so guess that was the start. Who knows? As I said, it is weird.

  56. 97 ggail44
    December 28, 2021 at 12:49 pm

    Good West Coast Nerdy & TOD family. 2021 is winding down…

  57. 98 jer44
    December 28, 2021 at 2:19 pm

    LIVE NOW: Opening of second time capsule found during removal of Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond

  58. December 28, 2021 at 3:00 pm


    Tea Party Redux:
    How the Koch Network Funds and Fuels the Anti-Lockdown Movement

    “A new report titled “How The Koch Network Hijacked The War On COVID”
    reveals how a right-wing network linked to billionaire Charles Koch has played a key role in fighting public health measures during the pandemic, including mask and vaccine mandates, contact tracing and lockdowns.

    The groups include the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC),
    the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER),
    Donors Trust, the Hoover Institution and Hillsdale College.

    We speak about the contents of the report with co-author Walker Bragman,
    who says the right-wing network’s attack on public health is designed to
    “maintain corporate profit at the expense of human life.”

    Thank You:

    • December 28, 2021 at 3:25 pm

      When will Big O & G overlords be gone? What will we do to end their hegemony?

      How ironic that all of that atmospheric carbon comes from materials originating from long ago decayed Paleozoic forests.

      We know what to do for starters: Leave fossil fuels in the ground. And invest in the BBB.

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