Thursday, July 28, 2016

Margaret Glaspy Performs "Emotions and Math," "You and I," "No Matter Who," & "Memory Street"

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Counterpunch Defends the Church

Writing from the "hard left," JoAnn Wypijewski exposes the Anti-Catholic Moral Panic of 2002 which would have it that "every playground, church and rectory was a hunting ground for the great Whore of Babylon" in this must-read piece of journalism — Oscar Hangover Special: Why “Spotlight” Is a Terrible Film.
    By their nature, moral panics are hysterical. They jettison reason for emotion, transform accusation into proof, spur more accusation and create a climate that demands not deliberation or evidence or resistance to prejudice but mindless faith.

    They are the enemy of skepticism, which those on the left and near-left, liberals, progressives, regard as the sword and shield of journalism when it’s convenient or ideologically appealing. The Globe did not so much practice journalism as it constructed a courtroom of panic, one that reversed the presumption of innocence and spilled over into real courtrooms where real defendants didn’t stand a chance.
This moral panic drove mushy-headed cuckservative Rod Dreher from the Church into schism.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Fanna-Fi-Allah Sufi Qawwali Ensemble Perform "Ya Farid Ganje Shakar" & "Chap Tilak"

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Racist Trump Creates Jobs for Poor Minorties

    Not only that, [Trump] is not very supportive of union representation. In his construction jobs, for example, in Las Vegas, he had a casino there. It was very anti-union. I mean, most of the people working in those jobs are minority, Latino, African Americans, and people that are at the lower end of the job scale.
Thus spake former U.S. labor secretary Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis. Imagine what might happen if this evil man became president.

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The Daily Mail Nails Hillary

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Improve Your Eyesight

Naturally — How To Improve Your Eyesight Naturally. I learned some of these tricks a quarter-century ago at a Rainbow Gathering.

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem Performed by the Orchestre & Chœur La Scala, Directed by Daniel Barenboim

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Numbers Don't Lie (but the Media Does)

Taki's Magazine's latest edition of "The Week That Perished" has some interesting numbers compiled by Heather Mac Donald:
    • American blacks commit homicide at 11 to 12 times the per-capita rate of whites.

    • A multi-city study found that police were “47 percent less likely to discharge their weapon without first being attacked if the suspect was black than if the suspect was white.”

    • Black officers in the NYPD were more than three times likelier to use their gun at shooting scenes than white officers.

    • As a quotient of overall homicide victims for their respective groups, whites and Hispanics were three times more likely than blacks to die as a result of police shootings.

    • In 2015, 36 unarmed black males died from police shootings, whereas 52 police were murdered.

    • So far in 2016, twice as many whites than blacks have died from police shootings, matching the pace set last year.

    • A study of “America’s 75 largest counties” in 2009 found that compared to their percentage of the population, blacks were overrepresented 380% as murder defendants, 300% as assault defendants, and 413% as robbery defendants.
Of course, it is troublesome that "36 unarmed black males died from police shootings, whereas 52 police were murdered," as the police are by definition armed and deaths of the unarmed should be as close to zero as possible. The other numbers do put even those deaths in context, and maybe 36 is as close to zero as possible given the criminality of blacks the other numbers suggest. How many of these 36 died à la Michael Brown, i.e. trying to arm themselves with police weapons? How many of these 36 lives could be have been saved if the deceased had had the foresight to know that not resisting arrest not only reduces immediate hassles but might also save your life? Ending the culture of resisting arrest as "keeping it real" and not resisting arrest as "acting white" would be a good campaign for Black Lives Matter if they take their name seriously.

Writing for Lew Rockwell, Linh Dinh in "Death of a Nation?" also has some numbers and hatefacts:
    Complaint: Police always targeting us, they always messing with the black man.

    Fact: A city where the majority of citizens are black (Baltimore for example) …will ALWAYS have a higher rate of black people getting arrested, it will ALWAYS have a higher rate of blacks getting stopped, and will ALWAYS have a higher rate of blacks getting killed, and the reason why is because a city with those characteristics will ALWAYS have a higher rate of blacks committing crime. The statistics will follow the same trend for Asians if you go to China, for Hispanics if you go to Puerto Rico, for whites if you go to Russia, and the list goes on. It’s called Demographics.

    Complaint: More black people get arrested than white boys.

    Fact: Black People commit a grossly disproportionate amount of crime. Data from the FBI shows that Nationwide, Blacks committed 5,173 homicides in 2014, whites committed 4,367. Chicago’s death toll is almost equal to that of both wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, combined. Chicago’s death toll from 2001–November, 26 2015 stands at 7,401. The combined total deaths during Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003-2015: 4,815) and Operation Enduring Freedom/Afghanistan (2001-2015: 3,506), total 8,321.

    Complaint: Blacks are the only ones getting killed by police, or they are killed more.

    Fact: As of July 2016, the breakdown of the number of US Citizens killed by Police this year is, 238 White people killed, 123 Black people killed, 79 Hispanics, 69 other/or unknown race.

    Fact: Black people kill more other blacks than Police do, and there are only protest and outrage when a cop kills a black man. University of Toledo criminologist Dr. Richard R. Johnson examined the latest crime data from the FBI’s Supplementary Homicide Reports and Centers for Disease Control and found that an average of 4,472 black men were killed by other black men annually between Jan. 1, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2012. Professor Johnson’s research further concluded that 112 black men died from both justified and unjustified police-involved killings annually during this same period.

    Complaint: Well we already doing a good job of killing ourselves, we don’t need the Police to do it. Besides they should know better.
Innumeracy in America needs to be addressed.

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Paleo-President Trump

"Trump's divergence from the conventional Republican platform is generating indignant punditry from neocons and neoliberals alike," writes Michael Hudson, "a distinguished research professor of economics at the University of Missouri Kansas City" — Trump Policy Will Unravel Traditional Neocons.

UPDATE: Over at CounterPunch, the same article is posted under the title "As the Election Turns: Trump the Anti-Neocon, Hillary the New Darling of the Neocons," with a longer intro from one Sharmini Peries:
    Just as the Republican convention demonized Hillary (“Lock Her Up”), so the Democrats are demonizing Donald Trump. They refuse to support any policy that he backs, even when he says something progressive.

    One might think that at least Bernie’s supporters would applaud Trump’s left-wing transformation of the old conservative, pro-corporate neocon Cheney-Bush core of the Republican Party. But nobody had a single good word to say about Trump’s assertions that he would wind down confrontation with Russia, reduce military spending on the grounds that NATO is obsolete, and oppose the TPP and TTIP as well as rewrite NAFTA’s terms.

    The Democrats are misrepresenting this election’s rivalry with the Republicans by attacking Trump’s anti-neocon positions. This leaves Hillary as the neocon choice.

    She also has become the choice of the Koch Brothers and the Chamber of Commerce, who are shocked by Trump’s critique of the corporatist TPP and other trade agreements

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Two Damnable Presidents

    Not since Woodrow Wilson has a president so firmly believed that he was the instrument of God’s will. Just as Wilson’s religious certitude led him into disaster at Versailles, so George W. Bush’s messianic conviction distorted his leadership in the days following 9/11.
So writes the author of the book reviewed here — New Bush Biography is a Damning Portrayal.

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Old Crow Medicine Show Perform "Levi"


Written for a different Levi than the one remembered here — Levi Shirley, R.I.P.

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Levi Shirley, R.I.P.


"I don’t think good people in a society can stick other people inside of a cage and set them on fire, so — yeah, I came here to stop that," said this fallen soldier of the People's Protection Units, who deserves to be remembered and honored — American Volunteer Levi Shirley Killed Fighting ISIS in Syria.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

John Doe Performs "Get On Board," "A Little Help," "My Darling, Blue Skies," "Sunlight" & "Go Baby Go"


Punk rock, God bless it, ages well, does it not?

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Thus Spake Trump

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The Paper of Record on the Trumpening

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys Perform "Still Water," "Magic Man," "Shining In The Distance," "Magic Man" & "Everything Changed" and My Bubba Perform "Charm," "Letter," "Big Bad Good" & "Ghost Sweat" and Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys and My Bubba Perform "Bring It On Home To Me"

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Valley Queen Performs "In My Place," "Hold On You" & "Ride"


"Valley Queen's music is rich with nuance and depth, rooted deep in California country."

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The Wisdom of Fr. Baltasar Gracián, S.J.

The Art of Manliness on "a book of 300 maxims and commentary written by a 17th century Jesuit priest [c]onsidered by many to be Machiavelli’s better in strategy and insight, [whose] maxims give advice on how to flourish and thrive in a cutthroat world filled with cunning, duplicity, and power struggles, all while still maintaining your dignity, honor, and self-respect — Cunning as a Serpent, Innocent as a Dove: The Art of Worldly Wisdom.

I immediately went to the library for to borrow A Truthtelling Manual and the Art of Worldly Wisdom. Being a Collection of the Aphorisms which Appear in the Works of Baltasar Gracian of the Company of Jesus, and Reader in Holy Scripture in the College of Tarragona Immediately Translated for the Understanding from a 1653 Spansih Text by Martin Fischer. A Second and Revised Version. I also found this article from the "Anarchist Studies" journal, whose author argues that "Gracian's legacy is invaluable for the elaboration of a project of radical atheism and existential anarchism" — We have nothing of our own but time: Baltasar Gracian's strategy of disrespectful opportunism.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

The Lumineers Perform "Sleep On The Floor," "Ophelia," "Flowers In Your Hair," "Ho Hey," "Cleopatra," "Slow It Down," "Dead Sea," "Angela," "Big Parade," "Submarines," "Scotland," "Gun Song," "My Eyes," "Charlie Boy" & "Stubborn Love"

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Boycotting Sweden's Imported Rape Culture

"The descriptions [of perpetrators] are diverse, with the one common denominator being that these are all young men," [emphasis mine] said the Swedich police of the atrocity that sparked this righteous stand — Mumford & Sons boycott Swedish festival over sexual assault reports.

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Hard Left Right about Killery

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Hillary Clinton, One Percenter

    “If we broke up the big banks tomorrow,” Mrs. Clinton asked the audience of black, white and Hispanic union members, “would that end racism? Would that end sexism? Would that end discrimination against the L.G.B.T. community?,” she said, using an abbreviation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. “Would that make people feel more welcoming to immigrants overnight?”

    At each question, the crowd called back with a resounding no.
Steve Sailer rightly suggests the above "would make a good speech for Mrs. Clinton (played by Nikki Minaj) to rap in Hillary!" responding to a story headlined "After FBI Interview, Hillary Clinton Goes to See ‘Hamilton’" — Hillary Clinton, Honorary Nonwhite.

I remember hearing this speech on the wireless, and being less disgusted by the candidate's brazen corporatism than by her audience's unquestioning subservience. Are "racism," "sexism," and "discrimination against the L.G.B.T. community" really bigger issues to union members and the working class than the oligarchy's stranglehold on our economy, which has not seen real wages increase (save for the one percent) in at least a generation?

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Happy ʻĪd al-Fiṭr!

Ending this year's "Ramadan Bombathon" reported on here — Islam: the Politically Incorrect Truth:
    Once again, the Religion of Peace made its holiest month a Ramadan to remember, with high profile suicide attacks in Florida, Turkey, Bangladesh, Baghdad, Yemen, and elsewhere - resulting in over 1850 dead Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, gays and co-religionists.

    238 fatal terror attacks in 32 countries occurred in the name of Islam this year, while other religions mustered not a single one. There were also a handful of detestable assaults on innocent Muslims in the aftermath of Islamic terror, although (fortunately) no one was killed.

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