Sunday, June 18, 2017

Old Crow Medicine Show Perform Bob Dylan's "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35," "Just Like a Woman," & "Obviously 5 Believers"






Three tracks from their phenomenal "50 Years of Blonde on Blonde" album, my Father's Day present on 180 gram vinyl, covering the Nobel Laureate recognized for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition." The album's story is told here — How Old Crow Medicine Show Reimagined Bob Dylan's 'Blonde on Blonde'.

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Islam in Upstate New York

  • A fellow named Ramadan Abdullah amassed fifteen unregistered firearms and 10,000 rounds of ammunition, before he got busted, but authorities assure us there are "no indications that there was a plan in place for him to commit any acts of violence" — Shoplifting bust leads to huge weapons cache, police say. "Police are also exploring Abdullah's travel patterns; he is a United States citizen and investigators believe he has previously traveled overseas."

  • Islamberg, New York, a place I had no idea existed, is the setting for our next story— Man gets nearly 20 years in Muslim attack plot. Town founder Mubarak Ali Gilani "has been alleged by the U.S. Government [to be ] associated with the terrorist organization Jamaat ul-Fuqra," "an organization of mostly African-American Muslims based in Pakistan and the United States," "[s]ome of [whose] 3000 members have planned various acts of violence."

  • Utica, NY, “The Town that Loves Refugees”, is the subject of loretta the prole's revisit — My Hometown Is Gone. "The agency that resettles refugees for the federal government in the city of Utica, NY," is run by a woman who "does not live in Utica, whose population, she told the New York Times, is perhaps 25% refugee," but rather she lives "in Holland Patent, a picturesque rural enclave, listed on the National Registry of Historic Places for its beautiful stone church- and which happens to be almost 99% white."

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    Saturday, June 17, 2017

    Julie Byrne Performs "Sleepwalker" and "Natural Blue"

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    Wine Snobs, i.e. Liberals, Are Hiveminded Conformist Fools

    As evidenced by the reminder that a line from "the movie 'Sideways' [made] merlot consumption sank like a rock but appreciation for pinot noir burst into fashion," which we read here — Why syrah just don't get no respect. The same blind, unquestioning following of this or that trend can be seen in their politics. So much for these self-styled sophisticates.

    Serious beer-drinkers have given my skepticism, but never snobbery, over my endorsement of Genesee Light as a good beer. Merlot and syrah (a.k.a. shiraz) are two of my favorites, along with cab sav and malbec. I never liked pinot noir after my limousine liberal aunt said it was the only wine she drank.

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    Friday, June 16, 2017

    Fake Hate


    Upstate — Ex-University Albany students found guilty of falsely reporting hate crime, cleared of other charges. "On the 911 calls, Agudio can be heard saying 'I beat up a boy' and 'I had three bitches down' before an operator picked up the call."

    However, the presiding judge may be sexist, eurocentric, and specieist: "Acting Albany County Judge Roger McDonough lectured the women at the sentencing about telling lies, reciting one of Aesop's Fables, 'The Boy Who Cried Wolf.'"

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    Le Butcherettes Perform "Shame You're All I've Got"

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    ¡Tan Lejos de Dios y Tan Cerca de los Estados Unidos!”

    That Mexican lament comes to mind and is turned on its head reading Justin Raimondo's latest, noting "The cartels control our southern neighbor" — Forget the Russian ‘Threat’: Mexico Is Our Real Problem. His conclsuion:
      Some problems don’t have solutions, and this may be one of them. The accumulated stupidity and venality of the Mexican and US authorities over past decades has created such a toxic brew of social decomposition and political dysfunction that we can only await the coming explosion with a mixture of fear and hope – hope that our leaders will force their gaze away from the far horizons of the Middle East and focus on the rising crisis right here on our own southern border.

      So you think Russia is a threat? You’re worried that the borders of Afghanistan are insecure? All this pales before the real threat that is growing south of the Rio Grande, a gathering storm that will inevitably spill over the border and impact life right here in the United States.

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    Why We Like Movie Critics

    "Critics’ lists tend to favor strong visual directors, while Oscars tend to go to social message movies constructed more by producers than by directors," begins Steve Sailer, concluding thus that "critics’ favorites tend to be implicitly rightwing because the auteur theory favors strong men as directors" — Douthat: "The Best Movies of the 21st Century".

    Here the Old Gray Lady's list — The 25 Best Films of the 21st Century So Far. From across the pond, here's Auntie Beeb's — The 21st Century's 100 greatest films.

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    Charles Darwin, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, and Marshall McLuhan

    Peter Feuerherd on "one portion of McLuhanism that remained hidden to the general public" — The Mystical Side of Marshall McLuhan:
      McLuhan privately expressed his debt to the Jesuit mystic, scientist and theologian Teilhard de Chardin for inspiring many of his theories. McLuhan saw his theories as harkening an age in which all people would become part of the body of Christ, a unity created by technological advances. Teilhard, who died in 1955, was known for his teachings which looked towards Darwinian evolution not as an enemy of religious faith but as evidence of God’s design for the evolution of humanity.

      McLuhan kept this influence out of his public writings and speeches. Wolfe says he probably did so in response to Teilhard’s regular battles with Catholic authorities, who frequently saw his views as contrary to the faith and tried to suppress them. Teaching at a Catholic college, McLuhan might have been reticent for fear for his own position.

      McLuhan also saw that citing a mystical Jesuit would be a dead end with secular audiences, who would be suspicious of a religious viewpoint permeating the realm of communications theory.

      In any case, McLuhan enjoyed guru-like status, invoked regularly and pondered by the world’s intelligentsia. His theories were applied by the innovators of the emerging internet of the 1990s, who saw in McLuhan a vision of how their own medium was transforming the world. Years after his death, McLuhan’s photo adorned the masthead of Wired, the print Gospel of the internet, a tribute to how a formerly obscure literary professor transformed the way the world views communication. The impact of his thought, notes Wolfe, cannot be overestimated, akin to that of Freud or Einstein.

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    Wednesday, June 14, 2017

    Lisa Hannigan, John Smith and Glen Hansard Perform Robbie Robertson's "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"


    The sweet Irishwoman and two Irishmen perform one of our noblest and most tragic American songs, written by a Canadian Mohawk/Jew. Will this performance have them prosecuted for a hate crime?

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    "Virgil, Quick, Come See, There Goes Robert E Lee"

    "Rewriting American History" is the phrase Walter E. Williams uses to describe the recent treatment given to perhaps the greatest American hero described by Fred Reed here — General Lee Speaks: Had It Figured Out. On the sesquicentennial of the end of the War of Northern Aggression, I posted this interlude indicative of a far more civil time:

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    First Shots of the Second American War (the War of Liberal Aggression)?

    Escalating from sucker-punches, the left takes up arms — Anti-Trumper Shoots Republican Congressmen. With more than 50 rounds fired and no fatalities, this should be an easy win.

    Homeboy and "the first member of the House of Representatives to endorse President Donald Trump during the campaign" wisely prepares to defend himself — Collins says he will start carrying a gun, after baseball practice shooting. This reminds us that not only was this an attack on our president's party, it was an attack on baseball.

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    Sunday, June 11, 2017

    Jacqueline Fortes Performs "Seis One Na Taraffal;" Americo Brito Performs "Sintado Na Pracinha a Coladeira;" Adison dos Reis Trio Perform "Kolá San Jon;" Melissa Fortes, Sonia Andrade, Laise Sanches, & Milena Braga Tevares Perform "Force d'Mulher;" Dina Media & Paulo Bouwman Perform "Fidjo Magoado;" and Jacqueline Fortes, Americo Brito, Adison Dos Reis, Dina Medina, Hassan Ait Moumad, Carlos Sousa, Sima Nos e So Nos, Paulo Bouwman, & Marco Santos "Sodade"












    The music of Cape Verde, which captured my attention several years ago (and that of Dutch broadcaster vpro vrije geluiden just last month), has a similar windswept Atlantic melancholy (Sodade/Saudade, em português) that I find so attractive in the music of the Faroe Islands, far further north, which captured my attention last week.

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    As Heroic As It Is Pathetic

    This news from my maternal grandmother's hometown — New Black Power Mayor Of Jackson (MS State Capitol, Nearly 90% Black) Promises To “Figure Out How To Get A Movie Theater”. Said His Honor Chokwe Antar Lumumba, "If Green Bay can figure out how to get a professional football team, then I feel we can figure out how to get a movie theater."

    Perhaps VDARE could take a less condescending view, as the separatist goals of White nationalism are in line with those of the proposed Republic of New Afrika.

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    Guðrið Hansdóttir Performs "Í Mjørka"


    "In Fog," my favorite song of hers; "They say the fog will make the pastures grow."

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    Friday, June 9, 2017

    Guðrið Hansdóttir Performs "Meditations on Salt," "You Have Diamonds," "Aldan," "Cloth Mother," "A Faroese Fisherman Speaks of Drowning," "Stjørnur," "Í Mjørka" & "Morgun Í Mars"


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    Hallur Joensen & Kristina Bærendsen Perform "Um Tú Hevur Tað Sum Eg" & "Her í Bygdini"




    Country music in the Faroese language? Makes perfect sense. And I had thought Country Québecois from just next door was pushing it linguistically and geographically.

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    Thursday, June 8, 2017

    Guðrið Hansdóttir Performs "Morgun í Mars" & " Í Mjørka"




    More beauty from the Faroe Islands. The second song, with a title translated as "The Fog" and sung in English, is about as perfect as a song can get.

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    Trump References Clinton's Ditch


    In his speech on infrastructure — What Donald Trump said about the Erie Canal.
      "The new canal exceeded even the governor's bold vision," Trump said. "It dramatically reduced the time and cost required to transport goods from the heartland. As a result, new settlers rushed into the Midwest, including to right smack here."

      The Erie Canal, which connected the Hudson River to the Great Lakes and opened the New York City harbor to the Midwest, is currently celebrating the bicentennial of its groundbreaking.

      As he closed his speech, Trump used DeWitt Clinton's push as an aspirational goal for future infrastructure investment.

      "Just as the daring dreams of our ancestors opened new paths across our land, today we will build the dreams that open new paths to a better tomorrow," he said. "We too will see jobs and wealth flood into the heartland and see new products and new produce made and grown right here in the USA."

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    Mahomet as anti-Christ

      Jesus’ responses to the three temptations of Satan were the exact opposite of Mahomet’s behavior. Whereas Jesus refused to use his divine powers for his personal advantage or for power, Mahomet often used his (false) claim of direct divine authorship of the Koran for purely personal ends (such as his various murders and marriages), and, of course, to make his religious teaching into an earthly, conquering, political force. In other words, Mahomet yielded to the temptations that Jesus rejected. Therefore, Muir concludes (and he calls this a suggestion rather than a dogma), if Mahomet was indeed inspired by a supernatural being, it was not God but someone else.
    Thus wrote Lawrence Auster, "discuss[ing] discussed William Muir’s 1878 The Life of Mahomet," excerpted here — Islam As Anti-Christianity.

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    Fuck You, We Are All Millwall


    That cry, referencing London's working class Millwall Football Club, could well be the cry of a new reconquista'Lion Of London' Took On Terrorists And Shouted 'F**k You, I'm Millwall' At Them.
      47-year-old Roy Larner battled the three machete-wielding jihadis with bare fists and shouted: "Fuck you, I'm Millwall!"

      Roy was enjoying a pint in a pub when the attackers ran in with machetes, chanting, "Islam, Islam!" and "This is for Allah!"
    [Please ignore what the attackers shouted; these acts had nothing to do with Islam, which Christians ranging from President Bush to Pope Francis never tire telling is the Religion of Peace.]

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    Eivør Pálsdóttir Performs "Tròdlabùndin"


    I was lead to the lovely lass above after my start-up page this morning took me to Mykines, in the Faroe Islands, and the image and description below:

      Wave-battered cliffs, torrential rain, and a haunting beauty–the remote Faroe Islands have an allure all their own. These 18 rugged islands lie halfway between Iceland and Norway. The resilient locals are mostly ethnic Faroese, descendants of Norse and Gaelic peoples. We’re looking at Mykines here, the westernmost of the Faroes, where the 2004 head count put the human population at 11. And while people aren’t flocking to the island, birds find it a great place to roost. Cliffs made of soft volcanic layers interspersed with basalt provide ideal nesting grounds for thousands of seabirds, including puffins and gannets.

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    Tuesday, June 6, 2017

    Preservation Hall Jazz Band Performs "So It Is," "Santiago," "Convergence," "La Malanga," "One Hundred Fires" & "Mad"


    Seeing an earlier, rootsier incarnation of this institution two decades ago at their home was an experience.

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    Misinformation from NPR

    In this report, which mentions the "recent video from The Evergreen State College [which] shows a group of students confronting a biology professor named Bret Weinstein because he questions certain diversity policies on campus" — Trump Supporters Accuse Liberal Communities Of Hostility Toward Free Speech.

    The journalist notes that "this professor considers himself a liberal, and he objected only to some aspects of the diversity policies." Here's an alt-media report on the incident that mentions which "aspects of the diversity policies" he objected to — Evergreen faculty demand ‘investigation’ into professor who dissented from no-whites day. Our capital's moonie paper gives the important information in this headline — . But in the WaPo, you need to get to the seventh paragraph to get that information — Evergreen State College closes again after threat and protests over race.

    Why is the librul media afraid to present the whole truth about such stories? Why do they continue lying to themselves? They are afraid that more of their kind will be come woke to right-thinking if they were allowed to think for themselves. They are believing their own propaganda, which happens just as a tyrannical ruling class falls.

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    Sad News From Buffalo

    One of my favorite places as a kid is closing up shop — Last Record Theatre location to close its doors. An hour to the east, Record Archive survives.

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    It Was Thirty Years Ago Today

    More or less, that I saw the same band perform the same music in the same town — U2 brings 'The Joshua Tree' Tour to New Era Field in Buffalo this summer. Did I go with Missy C.?

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    Meteor Watch

    Tomorrow — This week, a daytime meteor shower. "The Arietid meteor shower is the strongest daylight shower of the year. It lasts from late May through early June. Will you see any meteors? Maybe. Try around the morning of June 7."

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    Sunday, June 4, 2017

    J. S. Bach's Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben Performed by the Arnold Schoenberg Chor and Concentus Musicus Wien, Directed by Nikolaus Harnoncourt

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    "Brain Death" Is Not a Real Thing; Cardiorespiratory Death Is

    "With all the modern technology that exists today, one would think that determination of death should be a straightforward matter," says Giuseppe Citerio, Professor of Anesthesia and Intensive Care at the Milano Bicocca University, School of Medicine and Surgery, Milan, Italy — International variation on definition of brain death must be cleared up to restore public confidence.

    But it is not "a straightforward matter," and, the good (?) doctor notes, "Despite it being more than 40 years since the concept of 'brain death' was first introduced into clinical practice, many of the controversies that surround the determination of death by neurological criteria (DNC) have not been settled." He makes note of the "broad consensus, at least in the Western world, that human death is ultimately death of the brain, but debate continues over the way to demonstrate the ceasing of brain functions to satisfy a definition of DNC," but argues that until "determination of DNC [is] as easy and accepted as placing a stethoscope on a deceased patient's chest to search for a heartbeat and breath that will never come," it will not be "possible to achieve equivalence of DNC and cardiorespiratory death in the minds of the public and professionals."

    Perhaps it is time to abandon this four-decade-old modernist non-scientific notion, as we have traditional one accepted across the millennia and across cultures, noted in this nine-year-old blog-post of mine:
      Hearts and Lungs, Not Brains

      "The Vatican City state does not use certification of brain death, an article in L'Osservatore Romano says, because this would tend to equate the human person with brain function" — Vatican questions brain death definition. The article notes that "[f]orty years ago a committee of the Harvard Medical School published a report recommending the adoption of brain death as the criterion for declaring a person dead," which in effect "meant the cessation of heart and lung function were no longer the only criteria for declaring someone dead."

      It is interesting that traditionally, both East and West, breath has been synonymous with spirit, as evidenced by the importance of breathing in Indic religions or the Greek word πνεύμα. And the heart has traditionally been seen as the seat of emotion and even consciousness, as evidenced by the ideogram 心 which can refer to both the organ and to the concept of mind.

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    Thursday, June 1, 2017

    Zoltán Kodály's Budavári Te Deum, Performed by Marianna Váradi, Bernadett Wiedemann, Szabolcs Birickner, Krisztián Czér, Debreceni Kodály Kórus, & MR Szimfonikus Zenekar, Directed by Tamás Vásáry

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    Hungary for Change

    "We shall let in true refugees: Germans, Dutch, French, and Italians, terrified politicians and journalists who here in Hungary want to find the Europe they have lost in their homelands," said His Excellency Viktor Orbán, Prime Minister — How Hungary Became a Haven for the Alt-Right.

    We learn from the article that "Identitarians, or aggrieved nationalists from Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States, France, and elsewhere, all motivated by their disdain for their home countries’ commitment to liberal values, have found an ideological match in his Hungary" and "from all over Europe and the United States, they have created a structured propaganda circuit, in the hopes of spreading their ideas far and wide." We even learn of "a resettlement campaign called 'Operation Ark' for 'refugee' [scare quotes theirs] South African Boers to relocate to rural Hungary."

    We also learn of Arktos Media, which "originally began operations in India in 2010 when a Swedish businessman named Daniel Friberg absorbed a 'traditionalist' publishing house [Integral Tradition Publishing] run by American editor-in-chief John B. Morgan," and "is routinely referred to as the preeminent publisher of the alt-right by those within the movement and experts who study it, and is known for translating many canonical alt-right texts into English, including the first full-text English translations of Russian theorist Alexander Dugin." Click on the site for these; I've been long looking to read Aleksandr Dugin's Eurasianism, to find parallels for our shores.

    Interesting too that this initiative should come from speakers of a non-Indo-European language. The Hungarian language is one of the Uralic languages, which used to be grouped with Altaic languages like the Korean language as Ural–Altaic languages. [Coming to mind is John Derbyshire's "An Arctic Alliance?"]

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    Revelation XII, the Vatican Observatory, & an Anti-Elitist Professor


    On September 23rd, MMXVII, will we see in the skies the "great sign" of "a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of 12 stars," "with child and wail[ing] aloud in pain as she labor[s] to give birth… to a son, a male child, destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod" — Biblical signs in the sky?

    Perhaps so, but "this same event has happened at least four times already, in 1827, 1483, 1293, and 1056," as Prof. Christopher M. Graney says in his EarthSky article, which was in response to a question from "a reader of The Catholic Astronomer… ask[ing] why the Vatican Observatory blog was full of discussion on black holes or whatnot, when there was something much more momentous to talk about."

    Hats off to the good professor for respectfully addressing the question; as he notes:
      Now, I know that the readers of this blog are diverse. People with interest in astronomy are a diverse group! And you all will have diverse reactions to this question. Some of you are probably saying right now, “what a bunch of nonsense!” Others of you may be thinking that my caller had a good point, and you would like to learn more. Fortunately, I am a community college professor! Community college people are the ‘A-Team’ of the academic world (as in B.A., Hannibal, and the crew from the TV show and the movie — who are tougher than anyone else and able to save the day using duct tape, PVC pipe, and a butane lighter). We thrive on diversity! No question phases us!

      We know that there are a lot of smart people out there who have not had much formal education in a topic like astronomy, and that interest in questions like this reflects a basic interest in astronomy combined with interest in religion and scripture.

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    Does It Violate Title IX to Ask If This Violates Title IX?

    Just asking — Boy Wins Girls' State Track Meet. Answering my question, Steve Sailer notes, "[Y]ou’re a bigot for wondering" and "[t]he word 'sportsmanship' has 'man' in it, so the entire concept is transphobic." That makes sense.

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    Remembering Manuel Antonio Noriega Moreno

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