Saturday, April 29, 2017

A Girl Named Genny Perform "Mary Turner," "Love That Breaks" & "No More Wrongs"






Performing tonight at the Flour City Station. The fiddler was my daughter's teacher.

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Morning Workout

The Royal Canadian Air Force 5BX exercise program I have been doing for more than two decades every morning fits within these parameters — Start Your Day Off Right: The 15-Minute Bodyweight Workout. Writes the "Manly Guest Contributor" in the Art of Manliness article:
    Luckily, you don’t have to spend hours in the gym to experience the benefits of working out. And you don’t need any machines or weights either — you can get a great workout in your house or apartment.

    I highly recommend that all men find time for a short bout of exercise first thing every morning. By starting your day with the 15-minute (or less) workout below, your body will release endorphins that promote brain function, and improve focus and creativity. You’re going to have a boost in energy, and also a boost in metabolism, helping you burn more fat throughout the rest of your work day. Making a short bodyweight workout part of your morning routine will have you heading into your day feeling at the top of your game.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Marc-Antoine Charpentier's & Jean Baptiste Lully's Te Deums, Performed by Amel Brahim-Djelloul, Claire Lefilliatre, Jean-François Lombard, Mathias Vidal, Geoffroy Buffière, Le Poème Harmonique & Les Cris de Paris Conducted by Vincent Dumestre

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Two Cheers, One Jeer for the Trump Régime


  • Cheer One: speaking just now of "Conservativism and Conservationism," here's some very good news — Trump Executive Order on National Monuments Aims to Give Federal Land Back to The American People. Thus spake our president, "Today I'm signing another executive order to end an egregious abuse of executive power and give that power back to the states and the people where it belongs."

  • Cheer Two: even the Old Grey Lady starts with an honest lede on the "proposed sharp reductions in both individual and corporate income tax rates, reducing the number of individual income tax brackets to three — 10 percent, 25 percent and 35 percent — and easing the tax burden on most Americans, including the rich" — White House Proposes Slashing Tax Rates for Individuals and Businesses.

  • Jeer One: "If the 60 million Koreans, North and South, were raptured up to heaven, how would America be imperiled?" asked Pat Buchanan in "More Troops—or Less Empire" more than ten years ago, something that was a true then as it is now and was 67 years ago when we first got involved in this mess, something our first "America First" president should understand — U.S. Inches Closer to Military Crisis with North Korea.

  • Okay, here's another jeer — Trump’s Wikileaks Flip-Flop / Prosecution of Assange is Persecution of Free Speech


  • So, I guess one-hundred days in I'm two-thirds or one-half pro-Trump, the rest against him, pretty much divided between domestic and foreign policy. Disappointed, not surprised, still hopeful.

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    Conservativism and Conservationism

    The only thing new about this is that the "hard left" CounterPunch is just now discovering it — Green Nationalism? How the Far Right Could Learn to Love the Environment. Gosh, start with Rod Dreher's Birkenstocked Burkeans fifteen years ago.

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    Silverback Passes On-Campus Alphatude Test

    Yesterday, late as always and on the way to a seminar in the "liberal arts" building, I approached a campus SJW with a clipboard barking some slogan I could not hear. Curious, I had hoped to hear what it was about; however, the neck-beard looked away and it was not until after I had safely passed that I heard his plea: "Sign a petition to protect our undocumented students." I scoffed, and entered the building. Little did I know I had passed "a simple social experiment necessitating few input variables other than a public venue and a street hustler to determine if you, or other men you can observe, exude alphaness or betatude" — How To Tell If You Exude Alphaness Or Betatude:
      Those carnival barkers working for non-profits like Greenpeaceout or Abortion, Yay! are useful proxies of a man’s SMV. Try this: the next time you pass by one or more of these millennial hippies holding clipboards and pamphlets near subway entrances, bus stops, or along busy sidewalks, take note of their reaction to you.

      Do they accost you to pitch their dreck? You exude betatude.

      Do they let you walk by unbothered? You exude alphaness.

      Pretty cut and dry, if I must say. And if the NGO urchins begging for donations let you pass unmolested with a look of apprehension and even fear in their eyes, your alphaness may be off the charts. If, on the other hand, they rush right into your face and press their case for an uncomfortably long time as you stutter and stammer to get away, your betatude is bad enough to require a PUA’s intervention.

      In short, look like a badboy who doesn’t suffer bullshit gladly, and you are likely an alpha who enjoys plenty of female attention. Look like a niceguy who takes shit from everyone, and you are likely a beta balls-deep in the GoFap Zone.

      If you want to gauge your progress from invisible beta herb to irresistible alpha chad, keep track of the reactions you get from volunteer streetside beggars. You want to unlock the achievement level in which all those shitlib cause du jour curs are retreating from your arrival like the fucking Red Sea parting before Moses.
    I've had this happen before; I'm actually curious to hear what the SJW's are up to, but they fall silent when I approach.

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    Saturday, April 22, 2017

    Jean-Baptiste Lully's Les Journées au Château de Versailles, Performed by Anna Maria Panzarella and Le Concert Spirituel, Conducted by Hervé Niquet

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    I'm with her...

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    Sunday, April 16, 2017

    J.S. Bach's Oster-Oratorium Performed by Hannah Morrison, Meg Bragle, Nicholas Mulroy, Peter Harvey, the Monteverdi Choir, and the English Baroque Soloists, Directed by Sir John Eliot Gardiner


    Happy Easter!
      The English term, according to the Ven. Bede (De temporum ratione, I, v), relates to Estre, a Teutonic goddess of the rising light of day and spring, which deity, however, is otherwise unknown, even in the Edda (Simrock, Mythol., 362); Anglo-Saxon, eâster, eâstron; Old High German, ôstra, ôstrara, ôstrarûn; German, Ostern. April was called easter-monadh. The plural eâstron is used, because the feast lasts seven days.
    Christ is risen!

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    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

    Antonio Lotti's Crucifixus Sung by Tenebrae

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    Whither Trump?


    "[T]he US’s top 5 newspapers all weighed in with a celebratory chorus of praise for Trump sending in the cruise missiles, reminds "CounterPuncher Jeffrey Sommers, while "former Democratic National Party Chair, Howard Dean asserted figures like Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who served in Iraq and who has actually been to Syria, was 'outrageous' and should 'resign from Congress' for having the temerity to suggest it might be possible that the 'chemical weapons attack' was precisely what Assad (and some in the UN) claimed, a dispersal of chemicals from the terrorist warehouse bombed by the Syrian Air Force" — Trump Repairs His Ratings: Syria and the Democrats’ Denunciations of Dissent.

    "President Trump’s former enemies in the mainstream media, which he has characterized as purveyors of 'fake news,' turned on a dime the moment he bombed Syria," writes Antiwar.com editor Justin Raimondo, also noting that "conservative media that has been supportive of Trump reviled the move" — Trump’s Base Revolts Against Syria Strike.

    CH wonders — Trump The 4D Chess Master, Or Trump The Puppet?

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    Saturday, April 8, 2017

    Johann Sebastian Bach's Matthäus-Passion, Performed by Christoph Prégardien, Tobias Berndt, Dorothee Mields, Hana Blažíková, Damien Guillon, Robin Blaze, Colin Balzer, Hans Jörg Mammel, Matthew Brook, Stephan MacLeod, and Collegium Vocale Gent, Directed by Philipp Herreweghe

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    Trump vs. Trump

      We should stay the hell out of Syria, the rebels are just as bad as the current regime. WHAT WILL WE GET FOR OUR LIVES AND $ BILLIONS? ZERO

      [....]

      What will we get for bombing Syria besides more debt and a possible long term conflict? Obama needs Congressional approval.

      [....]

      The only reason President Obama wants to attack Syria is to save face over his very dumb RED LINE statement. Do NOT attack Syria, fix U.S.A
    Thus rightly tweeted our candidate, quoted by John Derbyshire here — Collapse of Trumpism—On War and Immigration?

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    Friday, April 7, 2017

    Giovanni Pergolesi's Stabat Mater Dolorosa Performed by Anna Netrebko, Marianna Pizzolato, Staatskapelle Dresden, Directed by Bertrand De Billy

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    Washington Shows Its True Colors

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    "Mama Said Knock You Out"

    "Florida State University researchers have found that when individuals adopt this outlook -- referred to as a 'code of the street' -- it can increase their probability of arrest or conviction" — Keeping the code: How cultural beliefs affect police, court decisions. The Michael Browns, Eric Garners, and Trayvon Martins might still be alive had they not "kept the code" but instead "acted white."

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    Tuesday, April 4, 2017

    Hildegard von Bingen's O Frondens Virga Sung by Chanticleer

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    Happy Equal Pay Day!

    Today is "the day that symbolically marks how much longer women supposedly have to work to catch up to what men earned in the previous year," debunked by Forbes' Karin Agness last year (April 12, more than a workweek later in the year), noting that "the White House and others who promote the myth are manipulating statistics in a way to convince women that they are the victims of systematic societal discrimination, and, therefore, stand to benefit from further government action" — Don't Buy Into The Gender Pay Gap Myth.

    "Not all women are equal on Equal Pay Day," notes Fortune's Valentina Zarya — Why Women in Their Early 20s Are Out-Earning Men.

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