Tag Archives: California

this pressed for your right to know: Who didn’t get rich in Congress? – Debra J. Saunders|SFGate


Who didn’t get rich in Congress?

Darrell Issa is the richest member of Congress

CQ Roll Call came out with its annual list of members of Congress by wealth.

California politicians have done well for themselves. GOP Rep. Darrell Issa, who made a small fortune in car alarms before running for  office, leads the list with a net worth of $357 million. “Issa alone accounts for more than one-sixth of the entire Congress’ reported minimum net worth,” Roll Call reports. Sen. Dianne Feinstein‘s net worth is $43 million. She’s No. 9. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi placed 14th with a net worth of $29 million. Sen. Barbara Boxer was No. 175 with a net worth of $1.1 million. There are 188 millionaires in Congress.

via  Who didn’t get rich in Congress? – Debra J. Saunders.|SFGate

this pressed: Golden Gate Bridge pedestrian poll proposal survives first test— SFGate (@SFGate)


this pressed: Bats, white-nose syndrome and you | U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region



via   Bats, white-nose syndrome and you | U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region.

today’s holiday: Tarantula Fest and Barbecue


Tarantula Fest and Barbecue

In northern California, the tarantula mating season begins in mid-August and lasts through early November, during which time many of the spiders cross the roads at Henry W. Coe State Park. Park rangers view the mass exodus as a great opportunity to hold a festival and a barbecue. The bolder attendees of the festival go for the tarantula-handling. Some even muster the courage to pose for pictures as the spiders crawl on their faces. There are also displays of non-native tarantulas and a raffle, and the park’s visitor center offers more information about tarantulas and the park. More… Discuss

this pressed: Thousands of undocumented immigrants skipped mandated follow-up appointments



Thousands of undocumented immigrants skipped mandated follow-up appointments

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Fact-Checking Feinstein on the Assault Weapons Ban – ProPublica


Fact-Checking Feinstein on the Assault Weapons Ban – ProPublica.

word: ostracize


ostracize 

Definition: (verb) Expel from a community or group.
Synonyms: banish, blackball, cast out, shun, ban
Usage: I have been ostracized by my teammates ever since I accidentally scored the winning goal for our opponents in the championship game. Discuss.

environment/endangered species: California Blue Whale Makes a Comeback


California Blue Whale Makes a Comeback

Once teetering on the brink of extinction, the California blue whale has recovered in an unprecedented way—reaching about 97 percent of historic population levels. Researchers estimate that there are now 2,200 of these whales in existence. It is the only population of blue whale known to have rebounded from the ravages of whaling. The blue whale is the largest known animal on Earth, growing to nearly 100 feet (30 meters) in length and weighing in at 190 tons (172 tonnes), twice as much as the largest known dinosaur. More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Manson Family Member Attempts Assassination of US President (1975)


Manson Family Member Attempts Assassination of US President (1975)

In 1967, depressed teen runaway Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme met cult leader Charles Manson, and she soon became a devoted member of his “Family.” In the early 1970s, she was arrested in conjunction with several murders committed by the “Family” but avoided charges. Several years later she was arrested again, this time for aiming a gun at US President Gerald Ford at an appearance in California in what was believed to be an assassination attempt. What did Fromme claim she wanted to discuss with Ford? More… Discuss

today’s birthday: James Lick (1796)


James Lick (1796)

A piano maker by training, Lick spent many years in South America before returning to the US in 1848. He settled in San Francisco, where he soon abandoned the piano-making trade in favor of real estate. Shortly after his arrival, gold was discovered in the region, and Lick made a fortune in the housing boom that followed. The wealthiest man in California at the time of his death, he left most of his estate to social and scientific causes. Under what scientific instrument is he buried? More… Discuss

this pressed from The Independent and MPR: Magnitude 6.0 earthquake hits San Francisco Bay Area in biggest quake since 1989 – Americas – World – The Independent


 

Magnitude 6.0 earthquake hits San Francisco Bay Area in biggest quake since 1989 – Americas – World – The Independent

A photo provided by Lyall Davenport shows damage to a building in Napa, Calif., early Sunday.

Strong Quake Causes Injuries, Damage, Outages In Northern Calif.by Scott Neuman August 24, 2014 7:20 AM ET (the two way breaking news from MPR)

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today’s birthday: Duke Kahanamoku (1890)


Duke Kahanamoku (1890)

Kahanamoku, known as the “Big Kahuna,” was an Olympic champion swimmer who is generally credited with introducing the modern sport of surfing to the West, starting with Australia and California about 1912. He revolutionized sprint swimming with the flutter kick and became the first person to be inducted into both the Swimming Hall of Fame and the Surfing Hall of Fame. On dry land, he had a brief movie career and was sheriff of Honolulu, Hawaii. He won admiration for what heroic act in 1925? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: The Watts Riots Begin (1965)


The Watts Riots Begin (1965)

As Los Angeles, California, became a hub for the production of munitions and supplies during World War II, thousands of African Americans moved to the city to work. Massive suburban growth in Los Angeles after the war, however, created or exacerbated a variety of urban problems. In 1965, the African-American community of Watts was the site of six days of race rioting that left 34 people dead and caused extensive property damage. What happened on the evening of August 11 to trigger the riots? More… Discuss

Arnold Schwarzenegger (1947)


Arnold Schwarzenegger (1947)

An Austrian-born bodybuilder, Schwarzenegger won the first of his five Mr. Universe titles in 1967 and went on to become a Hollywood action star. An increasingly politically active Republican during the 1990s, he was elected governor of California in 2003. Schwarzenegger ran for re-election in 2006 and, despite the numerous criticisms of his first term, defeated Democrat Phil Angelides. Why did an Austrian politician demand that Schwarzenegger be stripped of his Austrian citizenship in 2005? More… Discuss

Labor, Privatization And How To Defend Public Education: SF Forum


Labor, Privatization And How To Defend Public Education: SF Forum
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PllIo…
On July 6, 2014 in San Francisco a forum was held titled
Labor, Privatization And How To Defend Public Education.
Speakers included
Kathleen Carroll, fired Commission On Teacher Credentialing, attorney & whistleblower
https://www.facebook.com/CitizensForE…
Rick Baum, member of CCSF AFT Local 2121;
George Wright, retired Professor AFT 1493;
Gray Brechin, UCB Geography Department, author of “Imperial San Francisco”
Sharon Higgins, researcher/expert on privatization of Oakland, CA schools and the Gulen charter chain.
http://charterschoolscandals.blogspot…
Billionaires from the Walton Walmart family to the Gates
Foundation, the Fisher GAP KIPP operation and the Broad
Foundation are spending fortunes pushing charters to loot
public education. The “Common Core” and testing schemes
profiting Pearson Inc. are part of the drive to totally privatize
public education. UC Regent Richard Blum and others with ties
to politicians are also benefiting financially from this transformation.
Politicians in California and nationally are actively supporting
privatization, the “Common Core” and charters to eliminate and
re-segregate our public schools.
At the same time in San Francisco privatizers are seeking to revoke
accreditation of the City College of San Francisco in order to
destroy the unions and privatize the largest community college
in California. This forum looks at how this privatization agenda
is being implemented and what our unions and the labor
movement need to do to fight it.
For further information by Kathy Carroll on this issue:
When Did Teacher Unions Decide to “TURN” Against Collective Bargaining Rights?
http://www.dailycensored.com/when-did…
Full video of UPWA Forum
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PllIo…
For more video from Kathy Carroll:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOCjDI…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOCjDI…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56SWb4…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLa6YC…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ux7F7…
For more information
https://www.facebook.com/CitizensForE…
Sponsored by United Public Workers For Action
http://www.upwa.info
Production of Labor Video Project http://www.laborvideo.org

 

this day in the yesteryear: Disneyland Opens in Anaheim, California (1955)


Disneyland Opens in Anaheim, California (1955)

Having welcomed more than 650 million visitors since its opening, Disneyland is perhaps the world’s most famous themed amusement park. Walt Disney’s original plans called for a modest park to be built on eight acres (3.2 hectares) near Disney Studios. A much more ambitious Disneyland opened to invited guests and the media on July 17, 1955, a year after construction had begun. The day’s events did not go smoothly, prompting Disney to later refer to it as “Black Sunday.” What went wrong? More… Discuss

this pressed: U.S. sued for not providing attorneys to children in immigration court – Los Angeles Times


Immigrant childrenU.S. sued for not providing attorneys to children in immigration court – Los Angeles Times.

A Return to Love – Marianne Williamson – Audiobook Full


A Return to LoveMarianne Williamson – Audiobook Full

 

UC Davis MIND Institute Study Finds Association Between Maternal Exposure to Agricultural Pesticides, Autism in Offspring



UC Davis MIND Institute Study Finds Association Between Maternal Exposure to Agricultural Pesticides, Autism in Offspring
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mindinstitute.ucdavis.edu

Source: http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu
The work was supported by grants from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences R01-ES015359, P01-ES011269 and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grants R833292 and 829338. The study is available free of charge at:  http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/1307044/

Mojave Desert


Mojave Desert

The Mojave Desert occupies a significant portion of southeastern California and parts of Utah, Nevada, and Arizona. It is named for the Mojave tribe of Native Americans, who made it their home. It is also home to the world’s largest Joshua tree forest and the third-tallest dunes in North America, the 600-foot-high Kelso Dunes. The desert’s Death Valley, the lowest, hottest, driest area of North America, has recorded some of the world’s highest air temperatures. What is the Mojave’s largest city? More… Discuss

make music part of your life series: Lullaby for String Quartet, George Gershwin, Members of the LA Philharmonic, Feb 10, 2013


Lullaby for String Quartet, George Gershwin, Members of the LA Philharmonic, Feb 10, 2013

Lullaby for String Quartet, George Gershwin, Members of the LA Philharmonic: Mischa Lefkowitz, Violin, Minyoung Chang, Violin, Michael Larco, Viola, Jason Lippmann, Cello, Baxter Concert Series, Whittier, California, February 10, 2013

Dream a Little Dream of Me


Dream a Little Dream of Me

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 
Zooey Deschanel
Zooey Deschanel 2009.jpg

Deschanel at a premiere for (500) Days of Summer in 2009
Born Zooey Claire Deschanel
January 17, 1980 (age 34)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma mater Crossroads School
Occupation Actress, singer-songwriter, musician, producer
Years active 1998–present
Spouse(s) Ben Gibbard (m. 2009–12)
Parents
Relatives Emily Deschanel (sister)
Musical career
Genres Pop, folk, jazz
Instruments Vocals, piano, ukulele
Years active 2001–present
Associated acts She & Him

Zooey Claire Deschanel (/ˈz. dʃəˈnɛl/; born January 17, 1980) is an American actress, musician, and singer-songwriter. In 1999, Deschanel made her film debut in Mumford, followed by her breakout role as Anita Miller in Cameron Crowe‘s 2000 semi-autobiographical film Almost Famous. Deschanel soon became known for her deadpan and “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” supporting roles in films such as The Good Girl (2002), Elf (2003), The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005), Failure to Launch (2006), Bridge to Terabithia (2007), Yes Man (2008), and (500) Days of Summer (2009).[1][2][3] She has portrayed the role of Jessica Day in the Fox comedy series New Girl since 2011.

For a few years starting in 2001, Deschanel performed in the jazz cabaret act If All the Stars Were Pretty Babies with fellow actress Samantha Shelton.[4] Besides singing, she plays keyboards, percussion, banjo and ukulele.[5] In 2006, Deschanel teamed up with M. Ward to release their debut album Volume One (recorded under the moniker She & Him) which was released in March 2008. Their follow-up album Volume Two was released in the U.S. in March 2010, with their Christmas album A Very She & Him Christmas being released in 2011 and Volume 3 in 2013. She also often sings in her films.

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news: @HiddenCash


@HiddenCash

A new Twitter trend is sweeping the globe. It started with one anonymous Twitter user with the handle @HiddenCash stashing money in various locations around San Francisco, California, and then tweeting clues to its whereabouts for followers to find, and in days sparked a slew of copycat accounts around the globe hosting similar cash hunts. The man who started it all claims to be a successful real estate investor who is trying to give back with this unconventional philanthropic campaign and inspire a movement of out-of-the-box charitable giving. So far, he seems to be doing just that. More… Discuss

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press this>>>Go Wild: Celebrating the Gila Wilderness Area’s 90th Birthday | Golden Green | The Back Forty | KCET


Looking into the Gila Wilderness in New Mexico.Go Wild: Celebrating the Gila Wilderness Area’s 90th Birthday | Golden Green | The Back Forty | KCET.

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word: aegis


aegis 

Definition: (noun) Protection.
Synonyms: auspices
Usage: Bandits dare not approach me on the roads, as I am under the imperial aegis. Discuss.
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Using the Cloud to Track Migrant Workers and Pregnant Goats – Bloomberg


Employers of Mexican immigrants in the U.S. can have a tough time following the rules. They need to track each employee’s immigration forms, workers’ compensation, labor disputes, health-care options and more. The complex system is partly why many choose to look the other way when workers apply without legal documentation.

Veg Packer, a Mexico- and California-based farm owner employing more than 1,000 workers, used basic Excel spreadsheets to log the information for years. Managers would grumble about receiving e-mails with out-of-date files and missing attachments.

via Using the Cloud to Track Migrant Workers and Pregnant Goats – Bloomberg.

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TODAY’S HOLIDAY: Cinco de Mayo


Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo, or the Fifth of May, is a national holiday in Mexico commemorating the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, in which Mexican troops under General Ignacio Zaragoza defeated the invading French forces of Napoleon III. The anniversary of this event is celebrated not only in Mexico but in many American communities with large Mexican-American populations—especially in the southwestern states of Texas, Arizona, and southern California. The events include parades, patriotic speeches, bullfights, barbecues, and beauty contests. More… Discuss

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Great Compositions/Performances: Béla Bartók – Román népi táncok / Dansuri populare românești / Rumanian Folk Dances



Béla Bartók (1881-1945), Magyarország / Hongrie

- Román népi táncok, Sz. 56, BB 68
- Dansuri populare românești
- Rumanian Folk Dances

GHEORGHE ZAMFIR, nai / pán-pipe / panflute
Studio Orchestra
Tony Britten

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: ALCATRAZ CLOSES (1963)


Alcatraz Closes (1963)

Alcatraz, a rocky island in western California‘s San Francisco Bay, served as a federal prison housing the country’s most dangerous criminals from 1934 to 1963. It became a National Recreation Area in 1972, and by the mid-1990s, it was attracting almost a million visitors a year. Nicknamed “The Rock,” Alcatraz was a symbol of the impregnable maximum security fortress prison. During its 29 years of operation, 34 prisoners attempted escapes, but only three may have succeeded. Who were they? More… Discuss

 

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Abandonment (photos and stories of now: Ghost Towns USA): Widget coming up!


GOLDBELT SPRING
 
NAME: Goldbelt Spring
COUNTY: Inyo
ROADS: 4WD
GRID: 1
CLIMATE: Hot summer, cool winter
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Anytime
COMMENTS: East/south from Teakettle Junction in Death Valley NP, thru Hidden Valley. Or east on Hunter Mountain Road, likely closed by snow in winter and late spring
REMAINS: Dumptruck, dugout, building remains

The famous Shorty Harris lead the first rush into the Goldbelt Mining District after he discovered gold a few miles south of the area’s namesake, Goldbelt Spring. There was talk of building a town site but, the ore didn’t amount to much so, the talk fizzled. Harris also discovered tungsten here in 1915. In the 1940’s, talc was discovered and mined in various locations. Although no large talc deposits were ever discovered here. There are only flattened buildings now left when only a few years ago there were three 50s era shacks, a dugout and an outhouse. The nearby Calmet Mine has an abandoned ore chute. The spring is marked by a dumptruck, resting forever at this site. As this is the only reliable spring in the area, it was used by the Tuhu band of Western Shoshoni indians, and later by miners (mostly talc and chrysotile asbestos) as a base camp. Before they were removed by the Park Service, non-indigenous feral burros frequented the site, evidenced by numerous skulls and bones that could once be found nearby. None of the local mines was particularly productive and none were major operations. Geologically, chrysotile occurs just north of Goldbelt on the east side of Ulida Flat in a zone of serpentinized dolomite which was altered in contact with quartz monzonite, probably of the Hunter Mountain Pluton. Submitted by: Bill Cook
Goldbelt dwelling, outhouse and dugout
Courtesy Bill Cook

Framed at Goldbelt
Courtesy Bill Cook


Downtown Goldbelt Spring
Courtesy Bill Cook


Goldbelt Spring
Courtesy Bill Cook


Dumptruck at Goldbelt Spring
Courtesy Bill Cook


Shingled outhouse Goldbelt Spring
Courtesy Bill Cook


View to downtown from the spring
Courtesy Bill Cook


Goldbelt leaning. It was gone by our next visit
Courtesy Bill Cook

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California drought: Highway signs urge water conservation.


 

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California drought: Highway signs urge water conservation | 89.3 KPCC


California drought - highway signsCalifornia drought: Highway signs urge water conservation | 89.3 KPCC.

 

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Wilderness Park Downey California My Movie #3_720HD 1.avi (Audio: Simon and Garfunkel – Bridge over troubled water


In case you didn’t visit my YouTube Channel yet:
Wilderness Park Downey California My Movie #3_720HD 1.avi
(Audio: Simon and Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water)

This is an edited version of the originally uploaded “Wilderness Park In Downey California”. The main difference is the clips transition, and I think you will enjoy it more this way. Why did I make this movie? Because I believe that our time calls for refocusing on our psyche, on what makes all natural beings live in harmony. In other words I just took the time away from the modern word to look to nature, and rediscover its beauty, empathy, resilience, acceptance, and above all power to restore. It is the intent of the well known “Bridge Over Troubled Waters”, to restore, to build the bridge between the internal, overwhelming at times noise, and the external, harmony in nature.

Happy New Year, And I’ll see you on the trail!

Visit me at https://euzicasa.wordpress.com

Thank you!

 

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Rattlesnake Hilltop (Turnbull Canyon) Puente Hills, California August 3, 2013



Filmed with an “LG OPTIMUS ELITE”, 
It is always a great “Vista Point” from this hilltop, and always a privilege 
to be able to do the walk, which is not as easy as it used to be. Only 1.7 miles from Beverly Blvd. @ Turnbull Canyon Trail, still a uphill road all the way. But the view is so gratifying, and the people around so friendly, that it is worth every moment, every breath…See you there sometimes! Get off your couch and get going!
Must have:
Water, UV filtering glasses, head covering, sunblock lotion, and a positive attitude!
Best exercise, if you are wealthy enough to attend to, is walking, and walking uphill is a perfect Cardio training, not requiring an equipment: Just your legs!

Start today!

I created this video with the YouTube Video Editor (http://www.youtube.com/editor)

*****Today I finally broke away from the winter season, and its heavy clothing and hit the trail*****

I thought that republishing the video I made last August, will be inspiring you to start your outdoors fitness program: Remember this is a thing that cannot be delegated! Again: Start today!

 

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LA Opera’s “Noah’s Flood” (“Noye’s Fludde”) by WIlliam Ohanesian


I created this profile of the production of Benjamin Britten‘s “Noye’s Fludde” at the Los Angeles Cathedral on April 19th and 20th, 2013. 

Performance conducted by James Conlon.

 

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A Closer Look – ProPublica: Three Golden Ages of Journalism?


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A Closer Look – ProPublica.

 

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: THE TREATY OF GUADALUPE HIDALGO IS SIGNED (1848)


The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo Is Signed (1848)

A border dispute sparked by the US annexation of Texas in 1845 soon led to all-out war between the two countries. Under the terms of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo that ended the war, Mexico confirmed US claims to Texas and ceded lands constituting present-day California, Nevada, and Utah, and parts of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Wyoming in exchange for an indemnity of $15 million and US assumption of American claims against Mexico. How did the US’s victory precipitate its Civil War?More… Discuss

 

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CHILLING NEW SPAM NEWS


Chilling New Spam News

We have become inured to news of computers being compromised by malicious software, but how about refrigerators? A California-based security firm has uncovered a network of 100,000 devices, about 25,000 of which were smart devices such as kitchen appliances, home media systems, and televisions, that were infected with malware that used them to send out about 750,000 spam emails. The problem is expected to worsen as more and more vulnerable, web-connected “smart” devices make their way into people’s homes. More… Discuss

 

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FDA to review safety of chemical found in some soft drinks – latimes.com


English: Macro photograph of coca-cola bubbles...

English: Macro photograph of coca-cola bubbles. Deutsch: Makro-Fotografie von Coca-Cola-Bläschen. Japanese: コカ・コーラの泡のマクロ写真。 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Soda linked to behavioral problems in young children, study says

FDA to review safety of chemical found in some soft drinks – latimes.com.

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: ENNIS COSBY MURDERED DURING ROBBERY (1997)


Ennis Cosby Murdered during Robbery (1997)

In 1997, Ennis Cosby—son of actor Bill Cosby—was driving to visit a friend in Los Angeles, California, when his car got a flat tire on the highway. As Ennis changed the tire, a man with a gun approached him, demanded money, and shot him in the head. The case remained unsolved until the National Enquirer received a tip linking Mikhail Markhasev—an 18-year-old gang member with a history of racist attacks—to the crime. What shocking thing did Markhasev do while serving his life sentenceMore… Discuss

 

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Erin Brockovich: After Chemical Spill, West Virginians Organizing “Stronger Than I’ve Ever Seen” | Democracy Now!



Erin Brockovich: After Chemical Spill, West Virginians Organizing “Stronger Than I’ve Ever Seen” | Democracy Now!
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ARTICLE: THE SAN ANDREAS FAULT


The San Andreas Fault

Formed around 30 million years ago, California’s San Andreas Fault is a major zone of fractures in the Earth’s crust extending from San Francisco to San Diego. The fault causes several thousand earthquakes a year, but few are serious. It was first identified in northern California by geology professor Andrew Lawson in 1895. After the 1906 San Francisco quake, he discovered that the fault continues through southern California. What city along the fault regularly endures magnitude 6.0 temblors? More… Discuss

 

Dream A Little Dream Of Me – The Mamas & The Papas


Dream A Little Dream Of Me – The Mamas & The Papas

 

The Eagles Hotel California [Remastered] 01 Hotel California


“Hotel California

On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair
Warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air
Up ahead in the distance, I saw a shimmering light
My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim
I had to stop for the night
There she stood in the doorway;
I heard the mission bell
And I was thinking to myself,
“This could be Heaven or this could be Hell
Then she lit up a candle and she showed me the way
There were voices down the corridor,
I thought I heard them sayWelcome to the Hotel California
Such a lovely place (Such a lovely place)
Such a lovely face
Plenty of room at the Hotel California
Any time of year (Any time of year)
You can find it here

Her mind is Tiffany-twisted, she got the Mercedes bends
She got a lot of pretty, pretty boys she calls friends
How they dance in the courtyard, sweet summer sweat.
Some dance to remember, some dance to forget

So I called up the Captain,
“Please bring me my wine”
He said, “We haven’t had that spirit here since nineteen sixty nine”
And still those voices are calling from far away,
Wake you up in the middle of the night
Just to hear them say…

Welcome to the Hotel California
Such a lovely place (Such a lovely place)
Such a lovely face
They livin’ it up at the Hotel California
What a nice surprise (what a nice surprise)
Bring your alibis

Mirrors on the ceiling,
The pink champagne on ice
And she said “We are all just prisoners here, of our own device”
And in the master’s chambers,
They gathered for the feast
They stab it with their steely knives,
But they just can’t kill the beast

Last thing I remember, I was
Running for the door
I had to find the passage back
To the place I was before
Relax, ” said the night man,
“We are programmed to receive.
You can check-out any time you like,
But you can never leave! “

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:  

“Hotel California” topped the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for one week in May 1977 and peaked at number ten on the Adult Contemporary charts. Three months after its release, the single was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), representing one million copies shipped. The Eagles also won the 1977 Grammy Award for Record of the Year for “Hotel California” at the 20th Grammy Awards in 1978.[3]

 

In 2009, the song “Hotel California” was certified Platinum (Digital Sales Award) by the RIAA for sales of one million digital downloads.[4]

 

The lyrics weave a surrealistic tale in which a weary traveler checks into a luxury hotel. The hotel at first appears inviting and tempting, but it turns out to be a nightmarish place where “you can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave”. The song is an allegory about hedonism, self-destruction, and greed in the music industry of the late 1970s.[9] Don Henley called it “our interpretation of the high life in Los Angeles[10] and later reiterated: “It’s basically a song about the dark underbelly of the American dream and about excess in America, which is something we knew a lot about.”[11] In 2008,Don Felder described the origins of the lyrics:

 

Don Henley and Glenn wrote most of the words. All of us kind of drove into L.A. at night. Nobody was from California, and if you drive into L.A. at night… you can just see this glow on the horizon of lights, and the images that start running through your head of Hollywood and all the dreams that you have, and so it was kind of about that… what we started writing the song about. Coming into L.A…. and from that ‘Life in the Fast Lane’ came out of it, and ‘Wasted Time’ and a bunch of other songs.[12]

 

The term “colitas” in the first stanza means “little tails” in Spanish; in Mexican slang it refers to buds of the cannabis (marijuana) plant.[13]

 

In a 2009 interview, The Plain Dealer music critic John Soeder asked Don Henley this about the lyrics:

 

On “Hotel California,” you sing: “So I called up the captain / ‘Please bring me my wine’ / He said, ‘We haven’t had that spirit here since 1969.'” I realize I’m probably not the first to bring this to your attention, but wine isn’t a spirit. Wine is fermented; spirits are distilled. Do you regret that lyric?

 

Henley responded:

 

Thanks for the tutorial and, no, you’re not the first to bring this to my attention—and you’re not the first to completely misinterpret the lyric and miss the metaphor. Believe me, I’ve consumed enough alcoholic beverages in my time to know how they are made and what the proper nomenclature is. But that line in the song has little or nothing to do with alcoholic beverages. It’s a sociopolitical statement. My only regret would be having to explain it in detail to you, which would defeat the purpose of using literary devices in songwriting and lower the discussion to some silly and irrelevant argument about chemical processes.[14]

 

According to Glenn Frey‘s liner notes for The Very Best Of, the use of the word “steely” in the lyric, “They stab it with their steely knives, but they just can’t kill the beast,” was a playful nod to band Steely Dan, who had included the lyric “Turn up the Eagles, the neighbors are listening” in their song “Everything You Did“.[15]

 

 

ARTICLE: THE CARSON MANSION


The Carson Mansion

The word “mansion” does not do justice to the castle-like Carson Mansion in Eureka, California. Completed in 1886 and considered one of the highest executions of American Queen Anne architecture, it is perhaps the most photographed Victorian building in the US. The stately residence was built for failed-gold-miner-turned-lumber-baron William Carson, who came to the US from Canada seeking his fortune and, after some initial missteps, found it. What has been housed in the residence since 1950? More…Discuss

 

From National Geographic: Dazzling Time-Lapse Reveals America’s Great Spaces



October 23, 2013—After quitting a comfortable day job, photographer Shane Black spent two months on the road shooting time-lapses of some of America’s most beautiful spots. His “Adventure Is Calling” video is the mesmerizing result, made from about 10,000 of the photos he took.

Read the story behind the video on National Geographic’s StarStruck blog:
http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.c…

LOCATIONS

00:00 – Badlands National Park, South Dakota
00:16 – Yosemite National Park, California
00:26 – Zion National Park, Utah
00:37 – Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
00:44 – Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
01:06 – Monument Valley National Park, Arizona
01:20 – Marysville, Ohio
01:31 – Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
01:58 – Central Florida
02:03 – Flagstaff, Arizona
02:09 – Bruneau Dunes State Park, Idaho
02:13 – Holbrook, Arizona
02:21 – Marysville, Ohio
02:25 – Monument Valley, Arizona
02:29 – Texas
02:32 – Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
02:36 – Bandon Beach, Oregon
02:39 – White Sands National Monument, New Mexico
02:43 – Big Sur, California
02:46 – Santa Barbara, California
02:53 – Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
03:26 – Bruneau Dunes State Park, Oregon
03:51 – Zion National Park, Utah
04:03 – Yosemite National Park, California
04:19 – Zion National Park, Utah
04:34 – Monument Valley National Park, Arizona
04:46 – Yosemite National Park, California

PHOTOGRAPHER AND EDITOR: Shane Black (http://www.facebook.com/shaneblackpho…)
MUSIC: “Signaling Through the Flames,” by The American Dollar

The photographer would like to thank Flickr and Coca-Cola for supporting the trip.

Schubert / A. Brendel, 1961: Fantasy in C Major, D. 760 (Op. 15) – The Wanderer –



Wanderer Fantasy” is the popular name for Opus 15 (D 760) in C major by Franz Schubert, written in November 1822. It is a fantasy for solo piano in four movements, which sometimes even in the classical sonata form seem to stand up and form a sonata in their arrangement (which is in the typical order fast-slow-scherzo-fast clear). on the other hand, there is a close relationship between the individual sets, so that the imagination is interpreted as a major Sonata process. Accordingly would be the first sentence of the exposure, the second is a free implementation, the third one (albeit highly varied) recapitulation and the fourth would make the virtuoso coda.

 

This Day in the Yesteryear: EUROPEAN EXPLORER JUAN RODRÍGUEZ CABRILLO DISCOVERS CALIFORNIA (1542)


European Explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo Discovers California (1542)

In 1520, Cabrillo, an explorer in the service of Spain, landed in Mexico and joined in the conquests of Mexico and Guatemala. Some 20 years later, he accompanied an expedition up the west coast of Mexico, assuming its command after the death of its original commander. He then proceeded to explore much of the coast of what is now the state of California, becoming the first European to do so. How far north did he get before complications from a broken bone, possibly gangrene, took his life? More… Discuss

 

Memories From Downey with love: The Carpenters – “Top Of The World” (the cold war era looked quite idyllic…but then most past memories are)



Such a feelin’s comin’ over me
There is wonder in most everything I see
Not a cloud in the sky
Got the sun in my eyes
And I won’t be surprised if it’s a dream

Everything I want the world to be
Is now coming true especially for me
And the reason is clear
It’s because you are here
You’re the nearest thing to heaven that I’ve seen

I’m on the top of the world lookin’ down on creation
And the only explanation I can find
Is the love that I’ve found ever since you’ve been around
Your love’s put me at the top of the world

Something in the wind has learned my name
And it’s tellin’ me that things are not the same
In the leaves on the trees and the touch of the breeze
There’s a pleasin’ sense of happiness for me

There is only one wish on my mind
When this day is through I hope that I will find
That tomorrow will be just the same for you and me
All I need will be mine if you are here

I’m on the top of the world lookin’ down on creation
And the only explanation I can find
Is the love that I’ve found ever since you’ve been around
Your love’s put me at the top of the world

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Carpenters were both born at Grace-New Haven Hospital (now called Yale-New Haven Hospital) in New Haven, Connecticut, to parents Harold and Agnes.[12] Continue reading

Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 3 (1976 was a good year)



Ottorino Respighi (1879 – 1936)
Ancient Airs and Dances / Antiche arie e danze per liuto
Suite No. 3 (1932)

I. Italiana (0:00)
II. Arie di corte (1:55)
III. Siciliana (8:39)
IV. Passacaglia (12:18)

Sir Neville Marriner
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
1976