After I decided to feature Dvorak this morning, it suddenly hit me that I bought a copy of a performance of the New World Symphony on 8-track way back in the day. Can still hear the whirring of the tape in the quieter sequences if I think about it.
Here are some midday news and views hors d’oeuvres:
* Alex Pareene’s “Hack List” is back, this time with an effort at penning a parody column. Not being hackalicious is another reason I can proudly ask you for a tax-deductible donation. Hacks usually have plenty of financial backing.
* Marty Lederman digs into the hair-splitting about contraceptions and “abortifacients” in the Hobby Lobby claim for a religious exemption from Obamacare, and concludes the Supremes will make a broader decision than the plaintiff asked for.
* Moral Monday protests in North Carolina may spread to Georgia in the 2014 state legislative session.
* Private insurers heavily advertising to secure customers via Obama exchanges now that they are more functional.
* Krugman makes case for inequality being engine of slow growth and unemployment.
And in non-political news:
* Beyonce sells over 800k copies of new album first weekend, w/o pre-release publicity. I don’t get it, but she clearly does.
As we break for lunch, here’s the Dublin Philharmonic with the first movement of the New World Symphony.