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Your hed gif source is “I Love Lucy.” As this is one of the most recognized scenes in tv comedy history, you likely already knew that. https://open.substack.com/pub/martiniambassador/p/job-switching

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Nov 9, 2023Liked by Martini Glambassador

It's funny how nobody ever mentions the TV shows that Lucy did after "I Love Lucy". She was pretty much a fixture on CBS for years in the 60s and early 70s.

Also, Desilu Productions, which she founded with Desi Arnaz and headed from 1960 on, were also the producers of "Star Trek" ( the original series )

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Because they were ratings duds. Only "I Love Lucy" had the staying power.

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"The Lucy Show" ran from 1962-1968 and was only canned because of CBS's purge of sitcoms that skewed older.

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One additional possibility was that Lucy kept demanding more and more money. This was before studios dumped the year to year contracts and obligated stars to stick around for multiple years.

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Nov 9, 2023·edited Nov 9, 2023

Actually, I was wrong. Ball walked away from The Lucy Show as she had enough episodes in the bank for syndication. (Around the same time, Desilu was sold to Gulf + Western, so she no longer held any rights to that series or I Love Lucy.) She then started a new show, Here's Lucy, which spent two or three seasons in the Top Ten Nielsen ratings, and then dropped into the mid-teens. She knocked that one on the head when there were enough episodes for syndication which belonged to her personal distribution company. The irony was that she had a hard time selling the show because the syndication market was already awash in Lucy product, none of which belonged to her.

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And tasty too!

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Nov 9, 2023·edited Nov 9, 2023Liked by Martini Glambassador

Physical comedy is such great stuff when done well, and a bit harder to perform than it might seem. Thanks for the morning smiles, Mme Martini.

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I'm still among the 4 people in the world that feel this way but I LOATHED the entire Luci franchise. Not so much that I didn't like Lucille Ball but the comedy made me retch.

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Lucy tries some harebrained scheme for some reason, everything comes crashing down around her, and then Ricky has to clean up her mess..... Pretty much sums it up.

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I was so embarrassed for her that I just couldn't.

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You feel the same way about the Stooges presumably?

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I recall one Stooges short (don't remember the title offhand) where the trio was asked to cater a formal dinner party that a rich guy was throwing for his wife. Needless to say, after much physical comedy between the Stooges, the high society dinner devolved into a pie fight. As the whipped cream and custard were flying about, Moe and the host found themselves sheltering under the same table. The host took the opportunity to THANK him for the great party; he'd never seen his wife having so much fun before!

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>> most recognized scenes<<

Apparently the /only/ scene the Lucy Show let anyone use so it's become a cliché.

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Nov 9, 2023Liked by Crip Dyke, Martini Glambassador

Lucille Ball is the amazingly talented woman who made me LOVE the red in my hair.

Gawd but I adored that lady.

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Nov 9, 2023Liked by Rebecca Schoenkopf, Crip Dyke

Lucille made Star Trek happen.

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I only learned that late in life. Fascinating.

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Mission Impossible also too. Noticeable drop off in quality after Paramount took over a larger role in production

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You should read the book "The Complete Mission: Impossible Dossier". Fascinating story behind the series.

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I will look for it.

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Nov 9, 2023Liked by Rebecca Schoenkopf

Editrix, it was so sad that that proposition 7 passed. It’s basically a taxpayer funded so subsidy for gas plants. Once again, the 2 billionaires that own Greg Abbott got what they wanted put on the ballot and a majority of my fellow Texans bought into the bullshit. The other propositions that passed that personally pissed me off were prop 1, the “freedom to farm” amendment. It should have been called the “freedom to irresponsibly use pesticides and herbicides and prevent cities and counties from suing you”. Always a bad sign when the big agribusinesses are pushing something and smaller farmers and ranchers are against it. Also too, proposition 3. Lower property tax. Sounds good, right? It does it by gutting school funding (largely paid for from our property taxes). For a one-off reduction in property tax. The website for the tv station KXAN (here in Austin has a really nice interactive map showing how each county voted for each of the 14 propositions. Oh well. And of course, as always, fuck Ted Cruz.

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If the states are a petri dish of democracy, well. I remember when CA tried the property tax thing. Prop 13 is one of the overearch items that destroyed the rethug party there. Keep persevering. You may see some light... eventually.

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Also made Carol Burnett happen. Or at least gave her a big boost early in Carol's TV career.

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THIS!

She was amazing!

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That is a bit of trivia I have savored for decades. That she played a major role in making my favorite TV program happen delights me beyond all measure.

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That movies is great.

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Arnez was the perfect straight foil for Lucille Ball. They were such a powerful combination on camera I suppose that it was inevitable that their marriage would fail.

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I got to meet Desi once.

That is all

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TOO absolutely cool!

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Smart, confident and one of the funniest humans in history.

Thank goodness she existed (and gave us Star Trek also, too).

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>> you likely already knew that <<

Well, there are known knowns and there are unknown knowns, and there are known unknowns and unknown unknowns, which Lucy can 'splain for you.

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You’ve been hitting the Vitavetavegamin early, haven’t you? 😜

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It's got everything in it! Meat! Vegetables! Grain! 23% alcohol!

And my wretched, wretched tears. I spent 7 months writing up a detailed, 922-footnote feminist treatise all in the hope that it would get some love from you. But no! I am anguished. I shall set over here with my vitametavegamin and despair.

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I did not know about it! I saw you writing that you were intending to write something, but that was it. I will go searching.

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How wude! Everyone should head over to your 'stack and SMASH THAT LIKE!

....sorry, I was temporarily possessed by the spirit of a over-exuberant YouTuber.

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I don't see any ads in your non-comment.

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Why Paul Krugman is the only NYT columnist worth reading, part elebenty-billion:

𝗪𝗵𝘆 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗮𝗿-𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝘀𝗲𝘁 𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗮𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮 '𝗱𝗶𝗿𝗲 𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗶𝘁' 𝗼𝗳 𝗔𝗺𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗮’𝘀 𝗰𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗮𝗽𝘀𝗲: 𝗞𝗿𝘂𝗴𝗺𝗮𝗻

https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/why-the-far-right-is-set-on-painting-a-dire-portrait-of-america-s-collapse-krugman/ar-AA1jBUtM?ocid=entnewsntp&cvid=44ee643d142f4747a75be31417791798&ei=12

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Glad I looked at that Forbes link. Now I know important breaking news:

23 minutes ago

Can Putting Oil In Belly Button Cause Weight Loss? Experts have doubts.

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Nov 9, 2023·edited Nov 9, 2023

Re the Thom Hartmann post - how did I not know that two of PAB's Deutsche Bank collaborators committed suicide? Was that common knowledge, or did I just miss it in the tsunami of other hinky shit surrounding Orange Foolius?

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If you did a Clinton body count style accounting of Trump's last 50 years on the planet, you would be absolutely agog at the numbers

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I didn't either!

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OK, I feel a little better about not knowing. Because HOLY FUCK, how damning is that??

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Your Online Order Has Been Delivered—and It’s Teeny Tiny - WSJ

https://www.wsj.com/business/retail/online-order-miniature-tiny-d9911da8

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Your mention of the "Alito curse" reminded me of this piece in today's WaPo ( i had originally skipped it ):

𝗔 𝗴𝘂𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗱𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗽𝗮𝘁𝗿𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗖𝗹𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗚𝗶𝗻𝗻𝗶 𝗧𝗵𝗼𝗺𝗮𝘀

[gift link]: https://wapo.st/3ufGlnp

Figured I'd share and then read both it and Law Dork's Alito curse bit

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Wait, what's this?

"Humanity Just Witnessed Its First Space Battle"

https://gizmodo.com/israel-houthi-missile-first-battle-in-space-1850999081

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Well crap. Civilization was nice while it lasted.

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So even whales know that wealthy people are sociopaths who revel in cruelty?

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Oh, I think the harpoons in the sides so the rich could light their houses with whale oil might have been a tip-off. To the Orcas, the white whale in Moby Dick is the hero.

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People are asking about P01135809's fraud trial, asking why take testimony from his offsproing if the judge has already reached a finding of fact that fraud occurred? Well! A legal friend of mine explained to me that taking the testimony of Don Jr, Eric and Ivanka lays a foundation for introducing *more* evidence of fraud. That will probably impeach the testimonies of these offsproings. Karma is so fucking brutal sometimes.

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Not nearly brutal enough, IMHO.

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I think there were something like six counts in the original filing. One was decided as a summary judgment, the others are part of this trial, as is the value of the fine in the one fraud decision.

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Red states intentionally spreading COVID tab …

States are withholding vaccine information

“Yesterday, one of my favorite science writers published an important piece: “Legislatures and politicians are pressuring public health officials to keep quiet about Covid vaccines.” Texas and Florida were called out, and Tennessee was briefly mentioned.

I can attest to this. One of these states recently invited me to speak at an event. Before going on stage, I was told what I could and could not say.”

https://yourlocalepidemiologist.substack.com/p/states-are-withholding-vaccine-information

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1. Increase Covid cases

2. Try to make Biden look bad

3. Profit!

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Especially if you're DeathSantis and getting kickbacks for a COVID treatment and have a financial incentive for more people to get sick.

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OTish, watching Nausicaa on ride to work. I do in fact watch things other people have heard of.

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El Camino Real at 5:30 am isn’t a bad drive. I don’t know why anyone goes anywhere after 7 am in this town, given the traffic.

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"𝗔𝗺𝗮𝘇𝗼𝗻 𝗔𝗻𝗻𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗰𝗲𝘀 𝗡𝗲𝘄 𝗕𝗲𝗻𝗲𝗳𝗶𝘁 𝗙𝗼𝗿 𝗣𝗿𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝗠𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿𝘀: 𝗣𝗿𝗶𝗺𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝗖𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗦𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗶𝗰𝗲𝘀 𝗙𝗼𝗿 $𝟵 𝗣𝗲𝗿 𝗠𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗵

the company announced the latest addition to Prime: access to primary care services through its One Medical platform for $9 per month.

One Medical provides access to 24/7 virtual care, expedited care for common concerns such as cold symptoms and skin issues, and same- or next-day remote or in-person appointments at One Medical primary care offices. Notably, virtual care users will not have any additional costs, as the entire service is included in the membership fee..."

https://www.forbes.com/sites/saibala/2023/11/08/amazon-announces-new-benefit-for-prime-members-primary-care-services-for-9-per-month/amp/

What could possibly go wrong? At least until Amazoon gets busy e̶n̶s̶h̶i̶t̶i̶f̶y̶i̶n̶g̶ trying to extract the top dollar from the service...

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Think they can ramp up Fukui's work without Fukui? Enquiring minds and all that.

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One step closer to Taco Bell/Pizza Hut Hospital services

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Brawndo: for all your health care needs! It’s got what plants AND people crave.

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Nov 9, 2023Liked by Rebecca Schoenkopf

If orcas had ever developed opposable thumbs, they'd be launching nuclear missles at humans by now.

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They'd need someone like J. Robert Oppenheimer to help with the math, but OK.

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All they have to do is steal the existing tech. You know, like Musk does!

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