Just One Cough

I’ve been thinking of watching the upcoming Clinton-Trump debate tomorrow night  online.

But I’ve decided against it because I’m not sure where to watch it, and it’s going to start at 2 am UK time. But also if I did watch, I’d only be watching to see whether Hillary a) shows up, b) remains standing throughout, c) doesn’t have a coughing fit, d) doesn’t have a head-nodding fit, e) doesn’t have any other outage. That’s really all I want to see.

And if she doesn’t do any of those, regardless of what gets said, I’ll call it a debate win for Hillary, because she’ll have shown that she really can do it, refuting the claims that have surrounded her over the past few weeks. But if there’s just one cough, she loses the debate, and most likely the election too.

So if I did watch the debate, I’d probably watch with the sound off anyway. And what’s the point of doing that?

So best leave it to other people to watch and report (if anyone else is going to watch), and leave a comment like “She sailed through without any problem”, or “She started coughing 10 minutes in, and then fell down, and Donald Trump went over and helped her back onto her feet.” Then I can read the verdict the next morning. There’ll be lots of YouTube videos of it all anyway.

A few years ago, I tried to discover more about how the singer Jeff Buckley had mysteriously died by drowning while swimming in a Mississippi tributary. I didn’t learn very much, and remained puzzled. But yesterday I found several new accounts of his death, including this one in Wikipedia:

On the evening of May 29, 1997, Buckley’s band flew to Memphis intending to join him in his studio there to work on the newly written material. The same evening, Buckley went swimming in Wolf River Harbor, a slack water channel of the Mississippi River, while wearing boots and all of his clothing and singing the chorus of the song “Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin. Buckley had gone swimming there several times before. A roadie in Buckley’s band, Keith Foti, remained onshore. After moving a radio and guitar out of reach of the wake from a passing tugboat, Foti looked up to see that Buckley had vanished. Despite a determined rescue effort that night, Buckley remained missing. On June 4, two locals spotted his body in the Wolf River near a riverboat, and he was brought to land.

In addition I read somewhere else that:

He was last seen floating on his back singing Led Zeppelin’s ‘Whole Lotta Love’ before he disappeared.

And I finally realised what must have happened. Lying on his back in the water, singing (and with both ears underwater), Jeff Buckley simply didn’t hear the approaching tugboat. He had his mouth wide open as he sang. and the wake from the tugboat probably rolled right over him. And if he was inhaling between verses at the moment the water filled his open mouth, it would have been drawn into his lungs. With already reduced buoyancy from clothes and shoes, once underwater, he didn’t float back up. Without any air, and his lungs full of water, he was probably dead in seconds.

It all made perfect sense at last.

In retrospect, many of Jeff Buckley’s song lyrics seemed to prefigure his strange death, including Lover, You Should’ve Come Over below, which features “rain falling on funeral mourners”, “wake”, and “shoes filling up with water” in the first verses.

Aside from all that, it’s a great song that demonstrates his vocal range.

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26 Responses to Just One Cough

  1. harleyrider1978 says:
  2. harleyrider1978 says:
  3. harleyrider1978 says:
  4. harleyrider1978 says:

    That’s a few of the political cartoonage going around

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      1937 Hitler passes anti-smoking laws
      1993 Hillary gets her husband to ban smoking in federal buildings.
      2006-8 Hillary tried to get congressional nationwide smoking ban passed.

  5. waltc says:

    She’ll be drugged up with cough suppressant and whatever else it takes to keep her upright and unspastic so don’t coint on a pratfall. That aside, tjere are too many confounders involved –policy, personality, pugilism– to predict who wins. Nor do you want to trust the post-bout recap by the various spinners. Better watch it yourself, if not live then I’m sure you can watch it next day online.

  6. Lepercolonist says:

    The great golfer Arnold Palmer died today at age 87. He quit smoking at age 35. He will be listed as a tobacco related death. Does not matter that he has been smoke-free for 52 years.

  7. Rose says:

    The new plan is to make us invisible.

    “Smoking should be banned in all parks and playgrounds to reduce the chances of children growing up thinking that using cigarettes is normal, environmental health officers have told ministers.”

    NEW in the last half-hour
    Ban smoking in parks, ministers are urged Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health 14:00

    Public back ‘no smoking in parks’ campaign IBTimes.co.uk 13:40

    Smoking ban could be rolled out across Swansea Bay beaches South Wales Evening Post 13:20

    Call for parks and playgrounds to become no-smoking zones North-West Evening Mail 11:38

    Digest: Call to expand no smoking zones Local Government Chronicle 10:38

    Parks should be ‘no smoking zones’ Government Business 10:28

    Parks should be ‘no smoking zones’ to protect children, experts say LocalGov 09:50

  8. harleyrider1978 says:

    ANSA) – Rome, September 26 – Naples police on Monday arrested a third suspect in connection with the brutal beating of a Rome metro passenger on September 18, after the passenger asked the suspects to respect the no-smoking ban in the station.
    Gennaro Riccitiello of Caserta was arrested for attempted murder and jailed in Naples’ Poggio Reale prison on Monday.
    His brother Luigi and another accomplice, Antonino Seneca, both also of Caserta, were arrested and jailed shortly after the beating took place.


  9. slugbop007 says:

    Mr. Davis,Are you familiar with this science podcast? It has been on air for the past ten years. I’m sure you’ll like it.The most recent episode, which I am listening to this very minute, is about Asteroids. Big Picture Sciencehttp://radio.seti.org/episodesCheersslugbop007

  10. garyk30 says:

    The debate tonight is not just Donald vs Hillary.

    It is Capitalism vs Socialism

    Cultural Conservatism vs Cultural Marxism(dogmatic PC)

    Individual Rights vs Elitist Rule

    The Constitution vs the Far left ideology

    I urge all
    Hillary supporters to watch and then to vote on Nov 10th.

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Ninth Amendment to the United States Constitution

      The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

      This amendment is used to protect the citizenry from any expansion of governmental power because of the limited nature of the Bill of Rights. Because every right of the people of the United States could not possibly be mentioned in the Constitution, the Ninth Amendment was added to supplement those already mentioned. The amendment protects many rights implied in a universal civil code, and those that are linked to other rights already declared. It protects these personal liberties from state and federal infringement.

  11. smokingscot says:

    Frank there are three debates scheduled before polling day and they last for an hour and a half, so I feel you’re right to just get a good night’s kip and catch up with the analysis tomorrow.

    They estimate up to 120 million Americans will watch it live (there are no commercial breaks, which makes it all a bit of a novelty over the pond) and you can betcha there will be feverish activity in the blog space.

    I suspect it’ll be similar to our pre-election debates with no outright winner, and “polls” being run by the mass media to give an idea of how they come across to the average viewer.

    What’s likely to happen over the three debates is both candidates will sharpen up on their commitments and put flesh on the bare bones they’ve been yacking on about for months. Trump’s going to have bother with his Mexican-paid-for-wall, ‘cos they say they won’t. And I, along with 60 million or so people in Iran will want more detail on his proposed re-imposition of sanctions.

    Not unsurprisingly it seems these debates do little to sway voters, though it could be argued that there is one case where it did – and that was the 2010 debate when Clegg wowed many floating voters.

    That’s all they can realistically expect to do, hook some of the 8% who say they haven’t made up their minds yet.

    Oh and with respect to Mrs. Clinton, I’d include perspiration, or hanging on to her lectern for dear life. I can tell you that standing for 90 minutes is something I wouldn’t relish – and I’m nowhere near the age of either candidate. But I don’t want to be President of naff all.

  12. slugbop007 says:

    Someone should send a copy of the Ninth Amendment to President Obama.slugbop007

  13. Frank Davis says:

    Anyone been having this problem?

    G’day Frank,

    I’ve been having a problem the last few days when I visit your site. A box opens and says that the security certificate isn’t valid and asks do I want to continue. When I click yes the page usually freezes and I have to close my browser, I can’t even go to another site. Has anyone else had this problem do you know? I’ve been visiting your site for a while with no problem.

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