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Selected Movie & Article Links

Below are links to a sampling of our best, most interesting, infuriating, or just plain funny movies, articles, and essays. Selections for this list are entirely arbitrary. Feel free to make suggestions! N.B., The-Ave.US has over 20,000 postings, so this isn’t an index.

ANIMATED VIDEOS

Carpark (1:22 min.; genre: animated short — click here)

Carwash (0:39 min.; genre: animated short — click here)

Funny FAT Animals (6:20 min., genre: animated short — click here)

Oh Sheep! (6:36 min., genre: animated short — click here)

Wildebeest (0:59 min., genre: animated short — click here)

MUSIC VIDEOS

Bach’s Tocatta and Fugue (12:10 min.; genre: classical — click here)

Necking With Donkeys (3:30 min., genre: country — click here)

Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54 (39:50 min., genre: classic — click here)

“That” Pepsi Commercial (3:07 min., genre: pop/rock — click here)

The Gael from “Last of the Mohicans” (3:44 min., genre: soundtrack — click here)

SHORT MOVIES AND VIDEOS

Appalachian English (8:11 min.; genre: documentary — click here)

Battle of Beersheba (9:39 min.; genre: war — click here)

Battle of Nagashino (excerpt; 11:49 min., genre: medieval war — click here)

Black Hole (2:42 min., genre: science fiction — click here)

Cloud Waterfall (5:00 min., genre: nature — click here)

Cow Cuddling (4:13 min., genre: health and wellness — click here)

Daisy and Cooper Share Ice Cream (0:42 min., genre: humor — click here)

Dog Loves Diving Into Leaf Piles (1:07 min., genre: humor — click here)

Geico Chicken Commercial (0:29 min., genre: humor — click here)

Lie Detector (3:12 min., genre: humor — click here)

Modern Educayshun (7:20 min., genre: horror — click here)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (excerpt, 2:00 min., genre: comedy — click here)

Revenge of the Roadkill Rabbit (9:57 min., genre: spoof horror — click here)

Sheep on Trampoline (0:34 min., genre: humor — click here)

The Dentist (6:37 min., genre: western — click here)

Vivodvan’s Bells 1914 (excerpt from King Petar the First; 25:15 min., genre: war — click here)

Why you don’t give an AK-47 to an ape (0:42 min., genre: humor — click here)

FEATURE LENGTH MOVIES

Everest north ridge, 2016 (57:10 min., genre: mountaineering — click here)

Girl with a Pearl Earring (100:12 min., genre: historical drama — click here)

Matewan (133:07 min., genre: historical drama — click here)

Mercy Mission: The Rescue of Flight 771 (92:20 min., genre: drama — click here)

The Edge (119:58 min., genre: Russian feature-length drama — click here)

SERIOUS ARTICLES & ESSAYS

Is the movie “Reservoir Dogs” an allegory on nuclear war? (9/4/21; 602 words — click here)

Politics: How to stop hating each other (7/5/21; 588 words — click here)

Is insulting a student “academic freedom”? (4/1/21; 390 words — click here)

A brief history of U.S. politics since the 1960s (3/21/21; 869 words — click here)

How America’s civil society corroded, and how to repair it (3/9/21; 951 words — click here)

A brief history of democracy (1/26/21; 274 words — click here)

Vox article says, “Kicking people off social media isn’t about free speech.” Or is it? (1/21/21; 794 words — click here)

How to finally realize you’re a crummy writer (1/3/21; 16 words — click here)

Was the Civil War about slavery? (10/25/20; 1,546 words — click here)

Want to be a lawyer? (10/11/20; 506 words — click here)

Walking a tightrope between America’s two competing philosophies (9/17/20; 995 words — click here)

Reflections on writing (8/27/20; 491 words — click here)

What I think of today’s journalism (8/23/20; 25 words — click here)

Dr. Steve Schwartz, being Jewish, and the Holocaust (8/22/20; 706 words — click here)

How dangerous is QAnon? (8/21/20; 585 words — click here)

The reasons for going to college and what you learn there, (8/16/20; 1,764 words — click here)

Russia’s Vietnam (8/15/20; 2,158 words — click here)

Was Lincoln right to preserve the Union by force? (7/23/20; 692 words — click here)

Oklahoma tribes win big Supreme Court victory (7/10/20; 703 words — click here)

Should you consider law school? (11/21/15; 862 words — click here)

A liberal view of business regulation (5/3/15; 768 words — click here)

Before the Big Bang (5/4/14; 1,564 words — click here)

MISCELLANEOUS

This blog’s commenting rules in effect from 4/16/20 – 1/29/21 — click here

How this blog has evolved since its founder’s death (10/22/20; 326 words — click here)

How to unblock NBC websites — click here

FEATURED ARTICLES FROM ARCHIVES

Follow up: Deer crossing lady now famous (11/26/17; 157 words — click here)

Tamir Rice’s rap sheet (5/29/15; 31 words — click here)

You don’t have to be crazy to drive this road but it helps (2/16/15; 109 words — click here)

The most unpardonable sin an academic can commit (2/20/14; 528 words — click here)

GENERAL INTEREST

How to handle bear encounters (10/10/21; 125 words — click here)

A primer on amateur astronomy (9/7/21; 819 words — click here)

How to remove a bandaid (8/26/21; 405 words — click here)

Primer on home backup generators (2/17/21; 1,238 words — click here)

Creating a home gym (1/26/21; 907 words — click here)

Easy way to open cardboard boxes (12/27/20; 105 words — click here)

The greatest threats to humanity (10/25/20; 348 words — click here)

The Frost ornithopter (10/24/20; 214 words — click here)

It’s not a bargain if you don’t need it (8/29/20; 129 words — click here)

How to bag groceries (8/22/20; 554 words — click here)

Third hottest temperature? (8/18/20; 106 words — click here)

Ferdinand the Bull charges firemen battling So. Cal. wildfire (8/15/20, 83 words — click here)

New analysis suggests D. B. Cooper splashed down in the Columbia River (8/4/20; 401 words — click here)

Hallelujah, I found a can opener that works!!! (8/4/20; 487 words — click here)

An engagement photo for a lifetime (7/22/20; comet photo — click here)

CURRENT EVENTS

Status report: Will China invade Taiwan? (10/5/2021; 899 words — click here)

The great peril of Trumpism, and what we must do (9/21/21; 1,246 words — click here)

Should we stop farmers from wrecking the climate? (8/29/21; 354 words — click here)

Assessing Biden’s decision to give up Afghanistan (8/14/21; 1,850 words — click here)

What the Founding Fathers screwed up (7/4/21; 457 words — click here)

What’s really wrong with police unions (6/27/21; 1,820 words — click here)

When people are wrong, they should be ignored (4/30/21; 311 words — click here)

Black education (4/16/21; 252 words — click here)

The Covid-19 variants (3/22/21; chart — click here)

Former Aussie PM: How the U.S. and China could avoid war (2/15/21; 1,558 words — click here)

China vs. Taiwan (2/4/21; 202 words with links to resources — click here)

Compilation of Capitol riot stories (1/7/21; 19 links to news reports — click here)

WHO warns of “long road back” (8/3/20; 473 words — click here)

“Black lives matter” explained (7/17/20; 122 words — click here)

Is “All Lives Matter” hate speech? (7/5/20; 345 words — click here)

What’s wrong with “white lives matter”? (6/23/20; 453 words — click here)

POLITICS

The Guns of January (10/3/21; 1,199 words — click here)

Why do Republicans lie so much? (8/31/21; 672 words — click here)

Are Democrats in trouble for 2022 and 2024? (8/29/21; 787 words — click here)

In defense of Biden (8/16/21; 672 words — click here)

Loren Culp’s police dog is a crook (5/17/21; 559 words — click here)

Busting the “welfare queen” myth (5/16/21; 912 words — click here)

Many Republicans agree “trickle down” is hogwash (4/29/21; 341 words — click here)

Don’t believe the GOP’s “audit” of Arizona ballots (4/23/21; 386 words — click here)

Their liberty, your life; gun control and Covid-19 mandates (4/17/21; 1,021 words — click here)

Biden’s foreign policy takes shape (4/15/21; 1,075 words — click here)

In defense of Sen. Joe Manchin (3/7/21; 1,104 words — click here)

Understanding politics (2/18/21; 46 words — click here)

Whither the filibuster? (1/29/21; 1,493 words — click here)

Archive of Trump and 2020 election links (1/20/21; 27 links to The-Ave.US posts — click here)

Those silly maps of “red” counties don’t mean a darn thing (12/17/20; 213 words — click here)

GOP senator disparages democracy (10/9/20; 2,157 words — click here)

Rightwing media’s shrieking grievance peddlers (10/4/20; 802 words — click here)

“A Tea Partier Just Called Me Communist,” by Conceptual Guerilla (10/2/20; 810 words — click here)

“Defeat the Right in Three Minutes,” by Conceptual Guerilla (10/2/20; 2,579 words — click here)

What living in a “republic” means (8/31/20; 23 words — click here)

Kamala Harris was born in California, but birthers argue she can’t be vice president. (8/13/20; 971 words — click here)

Is something wrong with America’s voters? (7/16/20; 544 words; essay, liberal viewpoint — click here)

CONGRATULATIONS: Sawant makes $200,000! (6/17/15; 276 words — click here)

GENERAL HUMOR, SATIRE, and TONGUE-IN-CHEEK

Seattle Times drives WSU president to drank (9/24/21; 375 words — click here)

Bad, bad boomers! (4/4/21; 1,592 words — click here)

Gary Larson “Far Side” cartoons embedded in articles (click here, here, and here)

Running a university like a farm (8/24/18; 593 words — click here)

If obituaries were honest (11/13/15; 604 words — click here)

The most unpardonable sin an academic can commit (1/10/14; 271 words — click here)

The Art of Getting Disbarred For Perjury (12/16/13; 1,751 words — click here)

POLITICAL HUMOR & SATIRE

Negotiation and compromise (4/18/21; cartoon with article link — click here)

They’re in a bus! They’re antifa! (8/30/20; 960 words — click here)

1981 High School Football Team Photo Leaves Little Doubt that Michelle Obama Was Born Michael Robinson (3/27/15; 1,259 words — click here)

  • Should Michelle Obama be banned from girls’ sports? (3/29/21; 287 words — click here)
  • Debunking the absurd claim that Michelle Obama is transgender (9/15/20; 304 words — click here)
  • About that “1981” article (8/17/20; 209 words — click here)
  • Kamala Harris is a man! (8/15/20; 225 words — click here)
  • But was Donald Trump born Donna Trump? (8/15/20; 265 words — click here)
  • A Post on TA breaks 700! Go figure (6/13/16 — click here)

BOOKS

3 Compact War Histories (8/19/20; book titles and authors — click here)

“A Warning” by Anonymous (12/3/19, 875 words; book review — click here)

Joachim Fest’s “Hitler” (3/10/16; 1,350 words; book review — click here)

“House of Debt” by Mian and Sufi (10/26/14; 2,237 words; book review — click here)

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