Sunday, January 31, 2016
Building Trades in Rochester
- Neighbors Project: This project will provide training to young men, equipping them with skills and experience to gain employment in the building trades and property management, while also improving downtrodden neighborhoods. We will recruit students from city neighborhoods and rehabilitate a city-owned property scheduled for auction.
- Rochester's Kindergarten to College: Modeled after a successful initiative in San Francisco, we will work with the city of Rochester, city schools and community-minded financial institutions to provide every incoming kindergarten student with a college savings account. While the initial deposit will be publicly funded, students and families will be given financial literacy training and incentives to keep saving. In San Francisco, the program has also helped adults by helping them establish a relationship with a bank.
- We must revise the notion that attending a four-year college is the mark of being a legitimate American, and return to truly valuing working-class jobs. Attending four years of college is a tough, expensive, and even unappealing proposition for many poor people (as well as middle-class and rich ones). Yet poor people can, with up to two years’ training at a vocational institution, make solid livings as electricians, plumbers, hospital technicians, cable television installers, and many other jobs. Across America, we must instill a sense that vocational school—not “college” in the traditional sense—is a valued option for people who want to get beyond what they grew up in.
Whither the Language of Cervantes?
- If your thought languages with grammatical gender (the only real kind) would be resistant to "gender-neutralization" you were wrong — Latinx: The Ungendering of the Spanish Language. My experience in both Chile and among Nuyoricans is that transvestism is more far more common among latinos (or latinx, now) that it is among anglos.
- We are supposed to find heartwarming this story of a gay Guatemalan illegal migrant who gets "asylum" and becomes the country's only Mam language court interpreter, whom tax-payers now fly around the country to make defendents feel happy to hear their own language spoken in American courts of law — The Accidental Interpreter.
- A editor suggests that American pop songs sing about being wronged while Spanish-language pop songs sing about saying sorry — Before 'Sorry' There Was 'Perdón:' The Definitive Theory on Latino Apology Anthems. The author also suggests that latino boyfriends do not follow John Wayne counsel, "Never apologize, mister, it's a sign of weakness," but rather are in a constant state of apology. Machismo, I've long believed, whether partcied by the Hispanics who gave us the term or attempted by Mohammedans or even East Asians, is in reality a mask for a diseased mama-boy deeply beta culture.
Now that my kids are of an age to choose a foreign language, I have guided them towards more culturally prestigious languages, that of neighboring Quebec for my daughter and that of Ancient Rome for my son. While Nuyoricans have contributed nothing lasting to world culture, even the brightest lights of the Hispanosphere like Miguel de Cervantes and Pedro Calderón de la Barca are mere footnotes. See this — Charles Murray's Human Accomplishment Database Goes Public.
Saturday, January 30, 2016
EL VY Perform "No Time To Crank The Sun," "Careless" & "Need A Friend"
An Old Left Defense of Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Didier François & Phillipe Malfeyt Perform "I Gold Generation"
White Man Shot Dead by Police
- Well, there is already a fairly full-blown conspiracy theory saying - or claiming that he was shot to death while his hands were up. We've had conflicting witness reports. One person essentially told a story to that effect. Another one said that wasn't true at all, that what he did was jump out of his car and charge police after he was pulled over - or rather got stuck in the snow fleeing from them, so we don't know.
Does the SPLC call it a "full-blown conspiracy theory" that Michael Brown is remembered as getting shot with his hands up even if black witnesses testified that he was trying to take a cop's gun, a story that has caused much violence across the country?
LaVoy Finnucum, rest in peace.
Saturday, January 23, 2016
River Whyless Performs "Life Crisis," "Sailing Away" & "Baby Brother"
Charlotte Rampling for Best Actress!
Steve Sailer reports, "After an Oscar nominationless half century career of playing Mean Girls who don’t give a damn, 69-year-old Charlotte Rampling refuses to be White Guilted over her first-ever nomination" — Oscar Whiteness Crisis: Charlotte Rampling Says Oscars ‘Boycott’ Is ‘Racist Against Whites’. "Until recently, it would have been considered a compliment to say that only Charlotte Rampling has the courage to say what other are thinking, but we’re well past all considerations of individual character."
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Sóley Performs "Smashed Birds," "While I Sleep," "Scary Adventures," "The Sun Is Going Down II," "Pretty Face" & "Dreamers"
Donald J. Trump for Republican Nominee!
The candidate's "remarkably coherent and consistent worldview," which "is also a worldview that makes a great leap backward in history," as described by Politico.com's Thomas Wright, in an article linked to by Lew Rockwell's Political Theatre, has earned him this blog's primary endorsement — Trump’s 19th Century Foreign Policy:
- In sum, Trump believes that America gets a raw deal from the liberal international order it helped to create and has led since World War II. He has three key arguments that he returns to time and again over the past 30 years. He is deeply unhappy with America’s military alliances and feels the United States is overcommitted around the world. He feels that America is disadvantaged by the global economy. And he is sympathetic to authoritarian strongmen. Trump seeks nothing less than ending the U.S.-led liberal order and freeing America from its international commitments.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Wild Child Perform "This Place," "Stones" & "Wild Child"
Wild Child performs at The Haunt, Friday, January 22, at 8:00 p.m., down New York State Route 96 in Ithaca, New York:
- This colorful indie-pop band from Austin, Texas lives by-way of the strong melodic and poppy voice of lead vocalist and violinist Kelsey Wilson. The band’s sound hangs somewhere in-between crunchy indie-folk and super catchy pop. Their strengths lie in the weaving in and out of these forms. Their arrangements have an old-time jamboree feel to them, yet the strong pop sense makes the band very much modern – and teetering on the brink of indie superstardom.
My Pick for Rochester Race Relations
- Neighbors Project: This project will provide training to young men, equipping them with skills and experience to gain employment in the building trades and property management, while also improving downtrodden neighborhoods. We will recruit students from city neighborhoods and rehabilitate a city-owned property scheduled for auction. Submitted by Teresa Owen, NEST.
Saturday, January 16, 2016
Spirit Family Reunion Perform "Climb Up The Corn," "I Am Following The Sound," "Wake Up Rounder," "Don't Be A Liar," "Green Rocky Road," "Put Your Hands Together When You Spin The Wheel," "I Want To Be Relieved," & "I'll Find A Way
One of my favorite representatives of New York values. This is not the first we've heard from this band whose music "members call 'open-door gospel' — gospel music that's not tied to any particular religious denomination" on these pages:
- Spirit Family Reunion Perform "Leave Your Troubles At The Gate," "Green Rocky Road," and "I'll Find A Way"
- Spirit Family Reunion Perform "Put Your Hands Together When You Spin the Wheel," "Climb Up The Corn," & "The Gazebo Song"
- Spirit Family Reunion Perform "Climb Up the Corn," "Fill My Heart With Love," & "Nighttime In Nevada"
Donald J. Trump, the Candidate from Somewhere
"The Candidates from Nowhere," the title of a seminal article written by my homeboy Bill Kauffman eight years ago arguing that "a president without roots will have no domestic or sentimental reminder of why foreign crusades, whose first casualties are the nearest and dearest things, should never be waged," came to mind after processing the above exchange from the Republican non-debate a few days ago between a Cuban-Canadian-Texan and a Manhattanite over "New York Values," a term which which, as an Upstater, "one of the wonderful, wonderful working men and women from New York State" Mr. Cruz referenced, I can understand and appreciate. That said, Mr. Trump's defense of his home-town was classic, and soon had Mr. Cruz eating his words.
America knoweth whence The Trumpening cometh. We hear it in his voice. Can this be said of any other candidate, save the Brooklynite from Vermont? "Trump's invisible, poor white army," as described by the beautiful South African columnist, which draws its ranks from places all over this country, is on the march!
Yet Another Reason to Disqualify Hitlery
"Imagine how damaging it should be to Hillary," ponders Daniel McAdams, "if the mainstream media decides to pick up on probably the most explosive revelation from Hillary’s latest server dump: She knew that the Libyan rebels her State Department backed were systematically committing genocide against black Africans in Libya and she did nothing about it!"
Friday, January 15, 2016
Natalie Merchant Performs "Motherland," "Texas," "Cowboy Romance," & "Weeping Pilgrim"
A fond memory from the '80s was a 10,000 Maniacs concert at Griffis Sculpture Park in which the Jamestown, New York singer, wearing a hippie dress, got off the stage, took a fan's hand, and led the crowd to run around the fields holding hands in a big circle.
It's in the news — People of Whitesboro defend their controversial village seal (video).
Monday, January 11, 2016
AFI Perform David Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust"
A quarter-of-a-century ago, when I was fooling around on the guitar a few months after my one guitar lesson learning E and Em from a friend, I stumbled upon the chord progression that starts this song (apparently G, D-Dsus4, Cadd9, G/B, & Am7, or something like that), or at least something that sounded like it to me, and then learned the song. Rest in peace, Mr. Bowie.
David Bowie Was Here
European Collective Rape Fantasy?
Friday, January 8, 2016
Trampled By Turtles Perform "Empire," "Sounds Like A Movie," "Help You," "New Orleans," "Victory," "Darkness And The Light" & "It's A War"
Say what you will about Mr. Castro, his speeches were known to last for hours on end and to be very boring. Mr. Cuomo, in contrast, is never heard spouting anything longer than a slogan and always backed by fanatically cheering crowds, à la Benito Mussolini.
German Rape Fantasy?
Thursday, January 7, 2016
Railroad Earth Perform "Long Walk Home," "The Jupiter & the 119" & "Potter's Field"
Raimondo on the Hammonds
Respecting the Dead
Labels: The Finger Lakes
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Priscilla Ahn Performs "I Don't Think So," "Dream," & "Way Back Home"
Thomas Jefferson and Robert Frost on the Oregon Rebellion
NPR obviously doesn't know who the "Anti-Federalists" were, but the term does somewhat apply. Interestingly, this is occurring very close to the proposed State of Jefferson
Sunday, January 3, 2016
Markús & the Diversion Sessions Perform "Decent Times," "13th Floor," "The Truth The Love The Life," "Very Lightly," "Slow Boat" & "Picture A Painting"
Are these Icelanders guilty of Cultural Appropriation for singing in English? I don't know. I do know that I am in love with that Gretsch Electromatic Hollow Body! But is their using it not an appropriation of an American appropriation of a Spanish appropriation of an Arab instrument, the oud, which, according to Al-Farabi, was the invention of Lamech, the sixth grandson of Adam?
But seriously, how can a country with a third of the population of the Rochester, New York metropolitan area produce so much good music?
Cultural Appropriation and the Canadian Tuxedo
I then thought further, and wondered, is not Canada just as guilty for having appropriated American denim as her national costume? But then we learn that denim comes from "the French phrase serge de Nîmes ("serge from Nîmes"), after the French town of Nîmes, where denim fabric was originally produced," so both North American nations stand guilty before the French. But then, all of us, American, Canadian, and French, the white folk among us anyway, are all already guilty, right?
I turned to Razib Khan's recent post on the topic, "Cultural Appropriation and Cultural (d)Evolution," but he offers no guidance, only saying that "the idea of 'cultural appropriation' is an academic term that has bled into mainstream discussion as a way for various elites to police people and put them in their place." Perhaps then, I need to plumb the works of Claude Lévi-Strauss before I can feel safe wearing the clothing made most famous by Levi Strauss.
In a recent musical post of mine, all three of the American males can be seen wearing the Canadian tuxedo without a hint of shame — The Dave Rawlings Machine Perform "Short Haired Woman Blues," "The Last Pharaoh," "The Weekend" & "Sweet Tooth"
John Collier's Lady Godiva (1897)
Finding a calendar with the works of my favorite artistic movement, I came to know the exquisitely beautiful painting above by John Collier, who, while painting in their style, was not a member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. In the Pre-Raphaelites Wall Calendar, the painting graces the month of February. Should Lady Godiva not appear as Miss April in American editions of this calendar, given that she led one of the Anglo-Saxon world's most memorable tax-protests?
Saturday, January 2, 2016
Árstíðir Perform "Ljóð í Sand," "Shine," "Himinhvel" & "Things You Said"
Enbrethiliel on the Færies of Iceland
- Then there's a fun recent example of a government ruling from Iceland: if you can prove that a boulder has been associated with faeries for over one hundred years, then the government will protect the boulder from construction projects. Yes, you read that right even if I spelled it in my usual affected way: faeries. Now, the worst that will ever happen is that highways will have to curve around boulders instead of going straight and that some architects will have to modify their designs to fit the landscape. Practically speaking, it's really not a big deal. But I will never forget the commenter under the news article about it who was absolutely disgusted that a modern secular government would do something like that. And whenever someone else left a whimsical comment about having been in nature and feeling as if they weren't alone, she responded directly to it, to call the other person "stupid." It seemed really excessive (if also entertaining); but it's much clearer now that I see that the woman's reaction was a moral one. To her, a belief in the supernatural is pure degradation. How dare any government countenance something so immoral!
Hats of to Iceland for protecting her fair folk, known there as the Huldufólk.
The Grandmother Speaks Truth to Power
- Whatever went down, the family is sorry. We do not support radical Islam. We don’t. We’re sorry for what happened. But they sent this guy to befriend him and set him up in a sting. How is that right? For the federal government to set up youths that they know are vulnerable? ... He didn’t have money to buy Pampers for his son. How would he find money to go buy these (weapons)?
- He always calls me because I’m the one who will accept his calls (from prison); because no one else will pay to talk to him on the phone. And I have to sacrifice to make sure there’s money for that. But he needs to hear a human voice, someone who loves him. I’ll never turn my back on my grandson.
Friday, January 1, 2016
Arvo Pärt's Bogoróditse Djévo Sung by The Choir of King's College, Cambridge
For today's Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God, a contemporary setting of the Old Church Slavonic version of the Ave Maria by the world's greatest exponent of Holy Minimalism.
Bogoroditse Djevo, raduisya,
Theotokos Virgin, rejoice,
Mary full of grace,
Господь съ тобою:
Gospod s' toboyu:
The Lord is with thee.
Blagoslovyena tyh v' zhenakh,
Blessed art thou amongst women,
и благословенъ плодъ чрева Твоегω;
Y blagoslovyen plod chreva Tvoyego,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb,
якω Спаса родила еси дѹшъ нашихъ.
yako Spasa rodila yesi dush nashikh.
for thou hast borne the Saviour of our souls.
Sœur Marie Keyrouz Sings "Thou, O Mother of God"
On this Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God, Levantine Melkite nun Marie Keyrouz's haunting vocals seem eerily appropriate as an intercession to lament small-a antichrist George W. Bush's mideast legacy, exposed by Doug Bandow, writing for Forbes, here — Mideast Christians Are Being Killed -- As A Result of Republican Party Policies:
- No single policy was as injurious to Middle Eastern Christians as the invasion of Iraq. In this repressive but secular dictatorship, Christians were free to worship and work. The ruling Baath Party was formed by a Christian; under Saddam Hussein a nominal Christian, Tariq Aziz, was foreign minister and deputy prime minister. However, U.S. intervention triggered a sectarian conflict which drove out hundreds of thousands of Christians (many to Syria), spawned a new al-Qaeda organization which morphed into the Islamic State (now killing Christians in Iraq and Syria), and tolerated ruthless Shia rule which encouraged Baathists and Sunni tribes to support ISIL (enabling its unexpected victories). Absent George W. Bush’s Iraq folly, backed by Rubio and most of his competitors, the “murderous terrorist organization,” as Rubio termed the Islamic State, wouldn’t even exist.
The Science of Stereotyping
Also, from EurekAlert! comes news of a study indicating that "white Americans' stereotypes of black Americans... may have little to do with race" but rather "reflect beliefs about how people from different environments, or 'ecologies,' are likely to think and behave" — Researchers find that in race stereotypes, issues are not so black and white. An exerpt:
- In "Ecology-driven stereotypes override race stereotypes," published in the early online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, ASU doctoral students Keelah Williams and Oliver Sng, together with Steven Neuberg, an ASU Foundation Professor of Psychology, conducted a series of five studies examining the stereotypes people hold about individuals who live in resource-poor and unpredictable ('desperate') environments as compared to those who live in resource-sufficient and predictable ('hopeful') environments.
Research shows that desperate and hopeful environments tend to shape the behavior of those living within them by altering the costs and benefits of different behavioral strategies. Desperate ecologies tend to reward 'faster,' present-focused behaviors whereas hopeful ecologies tend to reward 'slower,' future-oriented behaviors.
Because ecology shapes behavior, the authors argue, social perceivers are likely to use cues to another's ecology, or environment they come from, to make predictions about how that person is likely to think and behave. Indeed, research participants stereotyped those from desperate environments as relatively faster -- as more impulsive, sexually promiscuous, likely to engage in opportunistic behavior and as less invested in their education and children, than individuals from hopeful ecologies.
Ignoring (in reality legislating ignorance of) the above-mentioned concepts of stereotyping, demographics, individuals, ecologies, time preference, etc., leads to pretty disastrous results, as this 2008 piece from the liberal WaPo indicated — How HUD Mortgage Policy Fed The Crisis.
War on Terror™ Comes to Rochester?
A petty criminal and "aggressive panhandler" with a history of "mental hygiene" arrests is goaded by three undercover FBI agents who purchase for him his $40 arsenal of "machete, duct tape, knives, ammonia, latex gloves, and zip ties." The only overseas connection is one the accused himself told an undercover agent occurred between him and an "ISIS bother" who told him to kill "1,000,000s of kuffar." Terror-plot master-mind or lunatic?
Now the feds can boast of another terror-plot thwarted and the post-American sheeple will clamor for more "protection," i.e. infringements of their civil liberties.