Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Lee's Story

they took my license fer not bein' able to pay child support because i am disabled 'n they didn't take that into account ---- i have been desperately tryin to get this mistake fixed fer 8 yrs now (4 yrs w/out dr license) ---- i was livin' in my vehicle and traveled to fairs 'n festivals fer my work --- now i am homeless w/ NO income and am supported by taxpayers money.”

I've left these words exactly as she wrote them. There will be more to this story as it is an ongoing saga, one of countless tens of thousands out there because not everyone can or will fit into some cookie cutter system devised by the few at the top to keep the rest of us in line so that they can ... rule over us. This woman is significantly disabled but the “authorities” in her state (OREGON) seem oblivious to this fact and have demanded that she pay up or she's lost her drivers' license, so she can't even go anywhere to get any money to pay them. This is STUPIDITY and must be exposed!

Please send the link to this story far and wide: make it go viral!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Why Fasting Bolsters Brain Power: Mark Mattson at TEDx JohnsHopkins University

Why Fasting Bolsters Brain Power: Mark Mattson at TEDx JohnsHopkins University
Published on Mar 18, 2014

Mark Mattson is the current Chief of the Laboratory of Neurosciences at the National Institute on Aging. He is also a professor of Neuroscience at The Johns Hopkins University. Mattson is one of the foremost researchers in the area of cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

[My decision to post this video and subsequent notes should not imply or infer that I personally agree with anything and everything that issues forth under the TED banner.] 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Chopin Nocturnes Complete - Brigitte Engerer

How was it possible for the world to have ignored Brigitte Engerer? Born in 1952 and passed in 2012 and what a legacy! Listen to these flawless performances of the most beloved works of Chopin. She plays them exactly as we'd all wish to play them, makes it all sound easy and elegant and graceful and magical and wonderful. The piano she used was in spectacular prep to get some of the subtle effects she elicits, especially in the many famous pianissimo moments. Enjoy!

Chopin Mazurkas Complete

 Chris Breemer has done us the estimable favour of placing his performances of the complete cycle of Mazurkas by Frédéric Chopin. A great thank-you goes out to him. We'd heartily encourage more accomplished pianists to do the same with other series in the great classical piano literature so that more of us could get their sense of the sweep of the music through each composer's particular progress through their creative journeys. The Mazurkas are among Chopin's most idiomatic compositions, some of them contain the most strikingly modern of his style elements. Emjoy!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Khachaturian: Masquerade Suite

There was supposed to be some text that went with this post, so here it is. Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978) is identified as a “Soviet composer of Armenian extraction.” He was born and raised in Tblisi, Georgia. He moved to Moscow in 1921 (he would have been in his late teens), he studied music there and by 1936 wrote his first great work, his piano concerto (he would have been in his early thirties). He wrote a lot of orchestral music over the next twenty years including this featured work in 1941.

Now, we all know what was going on in the world of 1941 and probably so did Khachaturian. What's actually not so surprising is that this music seems to fit similar realities being played out on the present social political scene in the world of 2015. While this really is a good performance of this work, its context here is what the music said about the times it was written and what it suggests to us today. These sorts of associations tend to give greater relevance to music written closer to our own time. There may be many out there who may not regard Khachaturian as either a very important or significant composer, but I'd suggest that his music expresses much that is inherently and incontestably part of that emotional realism that falsely and mistakenly is passed off as merely “romantic,” as if to suggest fantasy or fiction. No way! Khachaturian in his own special way was contributing to and extending the drive for expressing emotional realism in music, and in this particular composition, of a lot of fake and crazy emotions connected with false gallantry, heroism and war posturing. Bear all that in mind as you get acquainted once again with an old orchestral war horse of a composition from a time, very sadly and foolishly, very much like our own.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

"Decoding the Ice Age Floods - Wallula Gap" Graham Hancock interviews Randall Carlson

Graham Hancock - “As regular visitors to this page will know I had the privilege of making a lengthy research trip across the northern states of the US in September/October with leading catastrophist investigator Randall Carlson. The video linked here is the first of a series from our research trip that we will be releasing. I made the trip in order to learn from Randall and I am pleased that these videos will allow many others to learn and benefit from his extensive, hard-won knowledge as well. Randall is a brilliant teacher and as we travelled through the scablands and the coulees together, and stood above Wallula Gap -- 'the gathering of the waters' featured here -- he opened my eyes to the extent of the catastrophic flooding that afflicted North America at the end of the last Ice Age. The old model of multiple fillings and emptyings of Glacial Lake Missoula simply cannot account for the scale of the damage. The new evidence for a comet impact on the North American ice sheet, which I will be presenting in 'Magicians of the Gods', the sequel I am now writing to 'Fingerprints of the Gods', is the answer and opens a completely new window on the much wider mystery that has been the focus of my attentions for the last 25 years -- the mystery of earth's lost civilisation."