Sunday, June 22, 2014

Wilco & Billy Brag Perform "California Stars"


One of the numbers heard on the timeless Mermaid Avenue, "a 1998 album of previously unheard lyrics written by American folk singer Woody Guthrie, put to music written and performed by British singer Billy Bragg and the American band Wilco," purchased by yours truly on 180-gram high performance vinyl at Record Archive this weekend.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Guillaume de Machaut's Messe de Nostre Dame Sung by l'Ensemble Gilles Binchois, Directed by Dominique Vellard

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The Age of Faith... and Engineering

LewRockwell.com links to this post about "a time of great discovery and invention" which "also saw major advances in technologies that already existed, and the adoption of many Eastern technologies in the West" — Top 10 Inventions of the Middle Ages. N.B.: This is a list wisely "excluding military inventions."

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Kobayashi Kiyochika's Sumida River by Night



The above woodblock print, "in which far-off windows glow red, and their light glimmers on the dark river," with "[g]ray dusk, slender black trees, and two silhouettes, a kimono-clad and a man in a mix of traditional and Western clothing," grace The American Conservative's Eve Tushnet's review — Geishas By Gaslight: Kobayashi Kiyochika at the Freer Gallery.

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U.S. and I.S.I.S.

  • The American Conservative's Patrick J. Buchanan, contra that senile fool McCain, that "nothing that happens in Mesopotamia is going to threaten the existence of the United States" — ISIS Poses No Existential Threat to America.

  • LewRockwell.com's Ron Paul warns us against "two equally stupid choices: either pour in resources to prop up an Iraqi government that is a close ally with Iran, or throw our support in with al-Qaida in Iraq (as we have done in Syria)" — Haven’t We Already Done Enough Damage in Iraq?Instead, he argues that we "follow a third choice: ally with the American people and spend not one more dollar or one more life attempting to re-make the Middle East."

  • CounterPunch's Patrick Cockburn provides excellent investigative reportage on "the most powerful and effective extreme jihadi group in the world" — Who is Behind ISIS?
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    Friday, June 13, 2014

    Sam Outlaw Performs "It Might Kill Me"

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    Bush-Obama-Satan Endgame?

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    Thursday, June 12, 2014

    Hackensaw Boys Perform "C'mon Baby Don't Bet Against Me" & "Ol' Nick"

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    The Fall of Mosul

    Mike Whitney rightly calls it the most "spectacular foreign policy debacle since the Saigon withdrawal in April 1975," noting that "the Obama administration’s strategic goals and those of the terrorists are nearly identical" — Black Flags Over Mosul.

    From a UCIEP listserv discussion:
      We are hearing from our Iraqi students that they are being told that their stipends may be reduced or cut due to events in Iraq. Students from Mosul (Christians) are asking about asylum.
    Blowback, or Bush-Obama-Satan policy?

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    Daniel Larison on America's Traditional Foreign Policy

    "America's alternative to war and empire is not 'isolationism'" — Noninterventionism: A Primer. He reports that "52 percent of Americans now prefer that the U.S. 'mind its own business in international affairs,' which represents the most support for a restrained and modest foreign policy in the last 50 years."

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    Monday, June 9, 2014

    Amythyst Kiah Performs "Myth"

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    Race War in Rochester?

      We won't live like this any more. If police won't do anything, we will. Some of us may die, but they will too.
    Thus spake a representative of the local Nepalese and Bhutanese community, after "hundreds of incidents of robbery and violent and verbal bullying in recent years" — Unite Rochester: Local refugees targeted. The remarkably honest report (the race of the victimizers is named explicitly) begins with this caveat lector:
      Over the past year and a half the Unite Rochester series has explored numerous topics related to the complicated topic of race in Rochester. Today's installment explores a sensitive and potentially volatile situation in the Jones Square neighborhood. Our aim is to alert the community to a sparking flashpoint in hopes that efforts can be made to unite two communities that are currently at odds. The language is at times stark, but is meant to be an honest representation rather than an attempt to give offense — or give credence to inappropriate and incendiary statements.

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    Thursday, June 5, 2014

    Hank Williams III Performs "Country Heroes," "Smoke & Wine," & "Six Pack of Beer"

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    Putin's Weltanschauung

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    "In America, If You Don't Like Your Boss, You Punch Him on the Nose and Light Out for the Frontier"

    Thus spake George Orwell, quoted by John Derbyshire on the Xth anniversary of his show — Happy Birthday, Radio Derb!

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    "In the Modern World the Stupid Are Cocksure While the Intelligent Are Full of Doubt"

    Thus spake Bertrand Russell, the agnostic whose tome A History of Western Philosophy is a must-read, quoted in this post linked to by A conservative blog for peace, summarized aptly by the Young Fogey as "dumb people don't know they're dumb; smart people often know their limits" — "The Dunning-Kruger Effect".

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    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

    Sam Amidon Performs "Short Life" & "As I Roved Out"

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    Back From SoCal

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