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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: HARRIET QUIMBY FLIES OVER ENGLISH CHANNEL (1912)


Harriet Quimby Flies over English Channel (1912)

In 1911, Harriet Quimby earned the first pilot’s license issued to a woman in the United States. Less than a year later, Quimby became the first woman to fly across the English Channel. She continued piloting aircrafts until her tragic death in 1912, when she was tossed from her airplane after it unexpectedly pitched forward. Despite the importance of her flight over the English Channel, the feat barely made the newspapers at the time because it was eclipsed by what major event? More… Discuss

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: RMS TITANIC SINKS (1912)


 

RMS Titanic

RMS Titanic (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

RMS Titanic Sinks (1912)

The Titanic was a massive ocean liner that was thought to be virtually unsinkable. The ship was on its maiden voyage and carrying more than 2,200 passengers and crew when it struck an iceberg on April 14, 1912, and sank early the next morning. More than 1,500 lives were lost in the disaster. In 1985, a team led by Robert Ballard and Jean-Louis Michel located theTitanic’s wreck on the ocean floor and made a discovery that shed light on how the ship sank. What was it? More… Discuss

45 survivor accounts. The final moments of RMS Titanic.

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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: G. Gershwin – Walking the Dog (Promenade)



Julian Milkis – Clarinet, Mikhail Kopelmanviolin, Päivyt Meller – violin, Ulla Soinne – viola, Seppo Kimanen – cello.
Recorded at Sibelius Academy of Music on November 24, 2012 by 
ABG World, Video and Audio Production.

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: ETHEL AND JULIUS ROSENBERG CONVICTED OF ESPIONAGE (1951)


Ethel and Julius Rosenberg Convicted of Espionage (1951)

In 1951, the Rosenbergs were prosecuted for conspiracy to transmit classified military information to the Soviet Union. During the Rosenbergs’ trial, the government charged that they had persuaded Ethel’s brother, an employee at the Los Alamos atomic bomb project, to provide them with top-secret data on nuclear weapons. They were convicted and executed via the electric chair, becoming the first US civilians to suffer the death penalty for espionage. What happened to their children? More… Discuss

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: ARTURO TOSCANINI (1867)


Arturo Toscanini (1867)

Internationally recognized as one of the world’s great conductors, Toscanini first took the baton as a substitute conductor in Brazil. Toscanini’s artistry is preserved in recordings, notably of the symphonies of Beethoven and works by Brahms, Wagner, Verdi, and others. A tempestuous personality greatly respected by his performers, he also served as musical director of La Scala, Milan, and of the Metropolitan Opera, New York City. Before becoming a conductor, Toscanini studied what instrument?More… Discuss

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: THE MONT BLANC TUNNEL FIRE (1999)


The Mont Blanc Tunnel Fire (1999)

The Mont Blanc Tunnel was completed in 1965 and became a major trans-Alpine transport route linking France and Italy. On March 24, 1999, passing motorists alerted a driver that his truck was smoking. His cargo of flour and margarine had caught fire in the tunnel. The fire burned for 53 hours and reached temperatures over 1,832°F (1,000°C), trapping drivers and thwarting rescue efforts. The blaze claimed 39 lives. How many people were saved by a man on a motorcycle before he died in the inferno? More…Discuss

 

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TODAY’S HOLIDAY: WORLD DAY FOR WATER


World Day for Water

In 1992, the United Nations declared March 22 World Day for Water. Programs associated with the day draw attention to the ways in which proper water resourcemanagement contributes to a nation’s economic and social vitalityMore… Discuss

 

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Filomena Moretti – Grande Sonata di Nicolò Paganini (1° mov.)



XXIII Convegno Chitarristico, Modena 30 ottobre 2010, Accademia Nazionale di Scienze Lettere e Arti.
Filomena Moretti – Tra rêverie e virtuosismo: poetica ottocentesca della chitarra – Grande Sonata di Nicolò Paganini (I movimento).
Riprese video: Alberto Boni.
http://www.chitarrainitalia.it

 

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TODAY’S HOLIDAY: INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY


International Women’s Day

This day commemorating women is one of the most widely observed holidays of recent origin. It has its roots in the March 8, 1857, revolt of women in New York City, protesting conditions in the textile and garment industries, although it wasn’t proclaimed a holiday until 1910. In Great Britain and the United States, International Women’s Day is marked by special exhibitions, films, etc., in praise of women. In the former U.S.S.R., women received honors for distinguished service in industry, aviation, military service, and other fields. More… Discuss

 

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: RALPH WALDO ELLISON (1914)


Ralph Waldo Ellison (1914)

Ellison moved to New York City in 1936 to study art but took up writing after meeting authors Langston Hughes and Richard Wright. Ellison spent seven years writing what would be his only completed novel, Invisible Man, about a nameless black man struggling to live in a hostile society. The work brought Ellison eminence as a writer and remains one of the central texts of the African-American experience. What is the title of his second, uncompleted novel, published posthumously in 1999? More… Discuss

 

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Corigliano: Suite from “The Red Violin” / Rachlevsky • Chamber Orchestra Kremlin



Corigliano: Suite from “The Red Violin” / Misha Rachlevsky • Chamber Orchestra Kremlin

Recorded at the Chamber Hall of the Moscow International House of Music, with Mr. Corigliano in the audience, March 2003. Russian premiere. With author’s permission, Misha Rachlevsky amended the Suite with other episodes from the film’s score, giving every violinist of the orchestra a chance to shine.

Our website: http://KremlinOnTour.com/

 

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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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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: ELIZABETH BLACKWELL (1821)


Elizabeth Blackwell (1821)

Blackwell chose to pursue a medical education at a time when doctors were almost exclusively male. Consequently, she was rejected by many medical schools before one in New York accepted her. In 1849, she became the first woman in the US to receive a medical degree, but her struggle did not end there. Barred from practice in most hospitals, she, her sister, and another female doctor founded their own practice and later a women’s medical college. How did a joke gone wrong give Blackwell her start?More… Discuss

 

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QUOTATION: Edith Wharton


There’s no such thing as old age, there is only sorrow.

Edith Wharton (1862-1937) Discuss

 

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Great Performances: Léo Ferré “Avec le temps”


Great Performances:  Léo FerréAvec le temps

Cover of "Avec Le Temps"

Cover of Avec Le Temps

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GREAT PERFORMANCES: Rhapsody in Blue – George Gershwin



Rhapsody in Blue, de George Gershwin. Interpretada por el genial Leonard Bernstein, al piano y la dirección.

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: JACK HENRY ABBOTT (1944)


Jack Henry Abbott (1944)

While imprisoned in the 1970s—for various crimes, including the murder of a fellow inmate—Abbott began a correspondence with author Norman Mailer, hoping to help him write about prison life more authentically. Mailer was so impressed with Abbott’s writing that he helped him compile his letters into the acclaimed book In the Belly of the Beast and advocated for Abbott’s parole. However, just weeks after his release, Abbott fatally stabbed a man and was rearrested. Why had he done it? More… Discuss

 

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Fabulous Music: Regina Spektor: Far (Full Album 2009)



Cover of "Far (Special Edition CD/DVD)"

Cover of Far (Special Edition CD/DVD)

Regina Spektor: Far (Full Album 2009)

Blue Lips 0:00
Dance Anthem of the 80′s 3:34
Eet 7:17
Folding Chair 10:18
Genius Next Door 13:53
Human of the Year 19:00
Laughing With 23:08
Machine 26:26
Man of a Thousand Faces 30:21
One More Time With Feeling 33:32
The Calculation 37:33
Two Birds 40:42
Wallet 44:01
“Far” is available on Amazon and iTunes.

  • Regina Spektor
    Singer-songwriter

 

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Vienna New Years Concert 2010, Die Fledermaus Overture, Johann Strauss



From the New Years Day concert 2010 in Vienna. Johann StraussDie Fledermaus Overture. Upscaled to 720p.

Recorded from the BBC on 01 January 2010.

 

Leonard Cohen Chelsea Hotel #2 Live


LEONARD COHEN LYRICS

Chelsea Hotel #2″

I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel, 
you were talking so brave and so sweet, 
giving me head on the unmade bed, 
while the limousines wait in the street. 
Those were the reasons and that was New York
we were running for the money and the flesh. 
And that was called love for the workers in song 
probably still is for those of them left. 
Ah but you got away, didn’t you babe, 
you just turned your back on the crowd, 
you got away, I never once heard you say, 
I need you, I don’t need you, 
I need you, I don’t need you 
and all of that jiving around. I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel 
you were famous, your heart was a legend. 
You told me again you preferred handsome men 
but for me you would make an exception. 
And clenching your fist for the ones like us 
who are oppressed by the figures of beauty, 
you fixed yourself, you said, “Well never mind, 
we are ugly but we have the music.” 

And then you got away, didn’t you babe… 

I don’t mean to suggest that I loved you the best, 
I can’t keep track of each fallen robin. 
I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel, 
that’s all, I don’t even think of you that often.

National Geographic: What “Lady Liberty” and Ellis Island Mean Today



Ellis Island, the U.S. gateway to immigration from distant lands, recently reopened to visitors, following significant damage from Hurricane Sandy. A visit there today, and to the nearby Statue of Liberty, can be emotional, even for those born in the U.S.

 

THE 1908 NEW YORK TO PARIS RACE


The 1908 New York to Paris Race

On February 12, 1908, six cars representing four nations—Germany, France, Italy, and the US—embarked on an automobile race from New York City to Paris. The challenge was daunting enough given the newness of the automobile and the unpaved nature—or nonexistence—of many roads, but the months-long journey also had to be re-routed at times due to impassable conditions. Only three cars managed to complete the race. The Germans reached Paris first, but the US team was declared the winner. Why? More…Discuss

 

ROSSINI: William Tell Overture



Gioacchino Rossini: William Tell Overture (1829)

London Philharmonic, Alfred Scholz

 

Fabulous Compositions: Aram Khachaturian – Spartacus – Adagio



Aram KhachaturianSpartacusAdagio
Performed by Vienna Philharmonic

 

Antonín Dvořák – Water Goblin, Op. 107



Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra, Theodore Kuchar

DANGER ON THE ROADS


Danger on the Roads

Spending hours at the wheel can make anyone sleepy, but for truck drivers, whose livelihoods depend on how quickly they can get to their destinations, taking a break is often not seen as an option. Instead, many truckers opt for alcohol or other mind-altering substances, like marijuana, amphetamines, and cocaine, to keep them on the road. An analysis of 36 studies shows that this is going on all over the world in varying degrees. Substance use seems to be linked to poor working conditions, suggesting that taking steps to improve working conditions for truckers could reduce this dangerous practice. More… Discuss

 

*So sad to hear about Lou’s passing today at the age of 71: “Walk On The Wild Side”



*So sad to hear about Lou’s passing today at the age of 71. There will never be another one like you Lou. A true original and pioneer. Like The Who said in their Facebook status: “Walk On the Peaceful Side”*

“Walk On The Wild Side” from Lou Reed’s 1972 second solo album, Transformer, after leaving the Velvet Underground did not chart in the top 10 on Billboard. Some of the songs that year that did chart in the top 10 were: Gilbert O’Sullivan‘s “Alone Again (Naturally),” Mac Davis “Don’t Get Hooked On Me,” and Wayne Newton “Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast.” I’d say “Walk On The Wild Side” is just as memorable, if not more so than those ones. My favorite part of the song is probably the saxophone solo at the end 3:44

To say the least, this song was highly controversial when it came out considering it is about transvestites who come to NYC for prostitution. They would say to their potential customers, “Take a walk on the wild side!” Lou Reed once said about the song: “I always thought it would be fun to introduce people to characters they maybe hadn’t met before, or hadn’t wanted to meet.” What an amazing storyteller and lyrical genius Lou Reed was. 

Try to find another song from this time period where the artist talks about subjects such as “giving head,” I doubt you can find another! He was writing about things that, frankly, almost no other artist at that time would even consider writing or singing about. Lou was well before his time, and has inspired countless artists from all genres. What a classic, classic song! Still no song like it to this day. What artist other than Lou could get away with lyrics like: “And the colored girls go doo do doo, doo do doo, doo do doo”?! The lyrics are way too clever and fun not to post in the description so here they are:

Lyrics:

Holly came from Miami, F.L.A.
Hitch-hiked her way across the U.S.A.
Plucked her eyebrows on the way
Shaved her legs and then he was a she
She says, ‘Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side’
He said, ‘Hey honey, take a walk on the wild side’

Candy came from out on the island
In the backroom she was everybody’s darlin’
But she never lost her head
Even when she was giving head
She says, ‘Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side’
He said, ‘Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side’

And the colored girls go
Doo do doo, doo do doo, doo do doo

Little Joe never once gave it away
Everybody had to pay and pay
A hustle here and a hustle there
New York City’s the place where they said
‘Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side’
I said, ‘Hey Joe, take a walk on the wild side’

Sugar plum fairy came and hit the streets
Lookin’ for soul food and a place to eat
Went to the Apollo, you should’ve seen ‘em go go go
They said, ‘Hey sugar, take a walk on the wild side’
I said, ‘Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side’
Alright, huh

Jackie is just speeding away
Thought she was James Dean for a day
Then I guess she had to crash
Valium would have helped that bash
She said, ‘Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side’
I said, ‘Hey honey, take a walk on the wild side’

And the colored girls say
Doo do doo, doo do doo, doo do doo

This Day in the Yesteryear: THE FIRST UNDERGROUND LINE OF THE NEW YORK CITY SUBWAY OPENS (1904)


The First Underground Line of the New York City Subway Opens (1904)

Now an integral part of New York City culture, the NYC subway opened its first underground line in 1904—about 35 years after service began on the first elevated line. The subway’s early popularity was highlighted in songs like “Take the ‘A’ Train” and publicity contests like “Miss Subways.” Millions of people now ride the city’s subways every day, consistently crowding some trains well beyond capacity. What 1888 natural disaster boosted support for the creation of an underground transit system? More… Discuss

 

MANHATTAN’S FIVE POINTS


Manhattan’s Five Points

Five Points was a notorious New York City slum centered on a five-cornered intersection in what is now Foley Square. The neighborhood, home to the infamous “gangs of New York,” was created in the early 1800s after Collect Pond was filled, creating a swamp and prompting its more affluent inhabitants to move amid declining conditions. Heavily populated by free African Americans and Irish immigrants, Five Points was an early example of racial integration in the US. What form of dance emerged there? More… Discuss

This day in the yesteryear: THE METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE OPENS WITH A PERFORMANCE OF FAUST (1883)


The Metropolitan Opera House Opens with a Performance of Faust (1883)

New York City’s Metropolitan Opera House is the leading US opera company. It opened in 1883 after having been founded by a group of millionaires who had failed to get boxes at the prestigious and exclusive Academy of Music. The “Met” soon outshined its rival and is now considered one of the world’s premier opera stages. Originally located at Broadway and 39th Street, it moved into the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in 1966. Who were among the Met’s founding millionaires? More… Discuss

 

Antonín Dvořák – In Nature’s Realm Overture, Op. 91



Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra, Theodore Kuchar

 

Lessons from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident



This week Fairewinds Chief Engineer Arnie Gundersen participated in two panel discussions in Boston and New York City entitled “The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident: Ongoing Lessons” Other panelists included Ralph Nader, Peter Bradford, Naoto Kan, Gregory Jaczko and Jean-Michel Cousteau.

The video above is a recording of Arnie’s speech entitled “Forty Good Years And One Very Bad Day.” To watch the entire NYC presentation, visit:
http://new.livestream.com/FukushimaLe…

Uploaded by permission. For more information, please visit:
http://fairewinds.org/podcast/fukushi…

For complete transcript, visit:
http://www.globalresearch.ca/lessons-…

 

Eric Clapton/Tears in heaven



1999 live at Madison Square Garden, NewYork city

 

Today’s Birthday: HÉCTOR LAVOE (1946)


Héctor Lavoe (1946)

Lavoe was a Puerto Rican salsa singer. He moved to New York City at age 17 and found fame performing with acts like Orquesta New York and Willie Colón‘s band. Lavoe recorded many hits, including “Mi Gente,” but with success came drug addiction and tragedy. After the deaths of his father, son, and mother-in-law and an HIV diagnosis, Lavoe jumped off a hotel balcony, likely in a suicide attempt. He survived and died of AIDS-related complications in 1993. Why were his remains later exhumed? More… Discuss

 

Barbieri Symphony Orchestra – Flashmob oficial LavapiesMusic



El arte sale a la calle.
Presentación informal de la Barbieri Symphony Orchestra en colaboración con Lisarco Danza, Okube y BeringolaTV., bajo la dirección de Óliver Díaz y José Carlos Plaza.
La obra interpretada es el Vals de la Jazz Suite nº2 de Dmitri Shostakovich.

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“La música clásica como nunca la habías imaginado”

 

Emmanuel Chabrier: L’ Étoile – Overture



Emmanuel Chabrier: L’ Étoile – Overture
Joseph Peyron, Lina Dachary, René Lenoty, Claudine Collart, Jean Christophe Benoit
Emmanuel Chabrier : L’ Étoile (1957), Volume 1

1. Emmanuel Chabrier: L’ Étoile – Overture

 

This Day in the Yesteryear: RMS QUEEN ELIZABETH 2 IS LAUNCHED (1967)


RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 Is Launched (1967)

By the time Cunard‘s RMS Queen Elizabeth 2, often referred to simply as the QE2, ocean liner was built, airplanes had already largely supplanted ships for transatlantic travel. Thus, the vessel needed to be more efficient and versatile than her predecessors in the fleet. During her 39 years in service, she completed 806 transatlantic crossings, ferrying 2.5 million passengers across nearly six million miles of ocean. During what war was she pressed into service as a troop carrier? More… Discuss

 

Frederic Chopin – Variations on a Theme by Rossini – Flute & Piano



Flutist Jonathan Brahms and pianist Kenneth Gartner perform Chopin’s Variations on a Theme of Rossini, opus posthumous, at The Kosciusko Foundation in New York City on February 18, 1989. The theme is from “La Cenerentola” (Cinderella).

Tema: Andantino
Variation 1: Allegretto
Variation 2: Andante
Variation 3: Allegretto 
Variation 4: Allegro assai

 

Eric Clapton – Tears in heaven



1999 live at Madison Square Garden, NewYork city

CBS – 60 Minutes: ‘Prosecuting Wall Street’ (December 4, 2011)


CBS - 60 Minutes 'December 4, 2011 Prosecuting Wall Street'
CBS60 Minutes ‘December 4, 2011 Prosecuting Wall Street‘ (click here to find out more about this vital issue!)

http://cnettv.cnet.com/av/video/cbsnews/atlantis2/cbsnews_player_embed.swf

 

“It’s been three years since the financial crisis crippled the American economy,” Steve Kroft begins his 60 Minutes piece this week. “[Yet] there has not been a single prosecution of a high ranking Wall Street executive or major financial firm.”

 60 Minutes producer James Jacoby wanted to find out why, and one of the first people he spoke with was Tom Borgers, a man who literally helped write the book on the financial meltdown.

 Borgers was a senior fraud investigator for the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC), a bipartisan panel set up by the Obama administration to examine the causes of the crisis. In the end, the FCIC issued a 500-page report on its findings, required reading for James and associate producer Maria Gavrilovic.

 One of Borgers’ chief responsibilities at the FCIC was finding, vetting, and interviewing whistle-blowers, and he was therefore helpful in leading the 60 Minutes team to sources including Eileen Foster and Richard Bowen, the whistle-blowers who are the centerpiece of the 60 Minutes piece, “Prosecuting Wall Street.”

 When Steve Kroft and Borgers sat down together, it was a great interview: honest, direct, and full of useful information. “I think he felt a real duty to make sure that a lot of their findings were followed up upon,” James told Overtime. “Most people who leave those commissions don’t really ever talk about it.” Which is why we are thrilled to feature Borgers this week on Overtime.

 A seasoned fraud investigator, Tom Borgers worked for the government in the wake of the Savings & Loans scandal, preparing and directing criminal referrals, and responsible for the recovery of multi-million dollar claims. During that time, Borgers saw hundreds of bank executives prosecuted and sent to prison, a stark contrast with what’s happened in our current economic crisis.

 Borgers tells Kroft that the FCIC found evidence of trillions of dollars of fraud and gross negligence, and that in the area of mortgage fraud, he found crimes committed by “mortgage originators, underwriters, banks . . . across the board.” Yet still, no prosecutions . . . so far.

 Despite that, Tom Borgers’ personal contributions have been recognized. In 2010, he was awarded the Examiner of the Year Award by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, DC. It noted his “selfless and tireless service to the United States people” through his work at the FCIC. That same year, he was also honored with a Special Act of Service Award by the FCIC. In February of 2011, he became a managing director of a financial consulting firm in New York City.

(Source: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504803_162-57336046-10391709/behind-the-financial-crisis-a-fraud-investigator-talks/?tag=contentBody;currentVideoInfo)

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Occupy Wall Street Draws Massive Turnout in NYC and Across the Nation to Mark 2-Month Milestone: from Democracy Now, November 18, 2011


Occupy Wall Street Draws Massive Turnout in NYC and Across the Nation to Mark 2-Month Milestone
Occupy Wall Street Draws Massive Turnout in NYC and Across the Nation to Mark 2-Month Milestone (Click here to watch the program from Democracy Now)

From Democracy Now: ‘The Occupy Wall Street movement entered its third month Thursday with protests against the economic system in dozens of cities across the country. Reports estimated some 300 people were arrested nationwide, with the majority of the arrests taking place in New York City when protesters attempted to shut down the New York Stock Exchange. “We effectively shut down Wall Street this morning. We did it with our stories, with our bodies, with our hearts,” says one of the organizers of the action. Democracy Now! reporter Ryan Devereaux filed this report. [includes rush transcript]‘
(Source: http://www.democracynow.org/)

Arrests at new Occupy Wall Street protest (New Video: November 5, 2011


(Source Video, Story and Interviews: http://www.euronews.net/

At least 20 people have been arrested after scuffles broke out during an Occupy Wall Street protest in New York.
Hundreds of people marched as part of a demonstration against what they see as greed among banks and corporations.
Occupy Wall Street has inspired similar demonstrations right around the world.
Protester David Yale said: “This march is about the banks and what they’ve done to the American economy. We want them to be held accountable. We want them to pay for the damage they did. Fraud should be punished by jail terms.”)

This Day in History: Statue of Liberty Is Dedicated (1886)


Statue of Liberty Is Dedicated (1886)

The Statue of Liberty, originally known as Liberty Enlightening the World, was proposed by French historian Édouard Laboulaye in 1865 to commemorate the alliance of France with the American colonies during the American Revolution. Designed by French sculptor F. A. Bartholdi, the statue is 152 ft (46 m) high and is possibly the tallest metal statue ever made. It was shipped to New York in 1885, assembled, and dedicated in 1886. What New York tradition originated during the dedication? More… Discuss

Michael Moore Occupies Wall Street: CNBC VIDEO


CNBC VIDEO_ Michael Moore Interview October 24 2011

CNBC VIDEO_ Michael Moore Interview October 24 2011 (CLick Here to view the video and read the transcript of the interview at CNBC!)

film maker Michael M is not one to hold back when it comes to capitalism. corporate america and now the movement to occupy wall street. he joins us this morning from outside the nyse. good morning and good to have you on the program. actually we’re not outside the new york stock exchange. you have moved me down here on to broadway. so that apparently you’ve been told or you are not allowed to have me there in front of the — you know, when i’ve interviewed with you in the past, you’ve tried to actually bring me into your studio at the stock exchange and the stock exchange will not allow me inside the building to be interviewed by members of the press (source: http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000052954#)

 
 
 

Democracy at Work Here: Ralph Nader speaks to Occupy DC 10/08/11 (Reoccupy!)


Ralph Nader: A man who dedicated a life time to the American Citizen. His actions have spoke for themselves and his speech is just eloquent.

Happy Birthday Louis: “LA Vie En Rose”


Louis Armstrong (1901)

(Video from: Сoncert of Louis Armstrong in Belgium 1959 backed by his stellar band the All-Stars, featuring Trummy Young, Peanuts Hucko, Billy Kyle, Danny Barcelona and Mort Herbert.)

Armstrong was an innovative trumpeter and singer who strongly influenced the melodic development of jazz in the 1920s. He began playing in marching, riverboat, and cabaret bands as a youth in New Orleans and later joined King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band in Chicago and the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra in New York City. Between 1925 and 1929, he made his classic Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings, which established the preeminence of the virtuoso jazz soloist. What style of singing did he popularize? More… DiscussArmstrong was an innovative trumpeter and singer who strongly influenced the melodic development of jazz in the 1920s. He began playing in marching, riverboat, and cabaret bands as a youth in New Orleans and later joined King Oliver‘s Creole Jazz Band in Chicago and the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra in New York City. Between 1925 and 1929, he made his classic Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings, which established the preeminence of the virtuoso jazz soloist. What style of singing did he popularize? More…

Louis Armstrong _ What a Wonderful World

Louis Armstrong _ What a Wonderful World

 

Leonard Cohen: Chelsea Hotel #2 Live



I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel,
you were talking so brave and so sweet,
giving me head on the unmade bed,
while the limousines wait in the street.
Those were the reasons and that was New York,
we were running for the money and the flesh.
And that was called love for the workers in song
probably still is for those of them left.

Ah but you got away, didn’t you babe,
you just turned your back on the crowd,
you got away, I never once heard you say,
I need you, I don’t need you,
I need you, I don’t need you
and all of that jiving around.

I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel
you were famous, your heart was a legend.
You told me again you preferred handsome men
but for me you would make an exception.
And clenching your fist for the ones like us
who are oppressed by the figures of beauty,
you fixed yourself, you said, “Well never mind,
we are ugly but we have the music.”

And then you got away, didn’t you babe…

I don’t mean to suggest that I loved you the best,
I can’t keep track of each fallen robin.
I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel,
that’s all, my little darling, I don’t even think of you that often.

There is so much to read into this beautiful song, a song that each one of us would like to dedicate to somebody from our past, a relationship that crowned our hopes for love beyond reach. There is something outstanding in being able to recognize everything from the lobby of that hotel to its elevator with its buttons, decades later, as if as a sudden time returned to that past moment, long ago…The memory of a perfect moment, a clever line, a new tune, a lovely moment, love. Leonard cherishes this personal moment  in a way that is so distinctively profound, that elevates the scene of meeting Janis, to a higher level of mindfulness and perception, a spiritual level where the mind and body fly above the prosaic, where we become art, love. In that space there is no human imperfection, as art – music – perfects and beautifies everything: To reach that fabulous place you need to follow Leonard’s direction to the 5th floor, the place where music makes life worth living. A beautiful song, a lovely dedication to Janis Joplin.

Chelsea Hotel #2 (Song for JANIS JOPLIN) by Leonard Cohen (Subtitulado Español)



Chelsea Hotel, (by Leonard Cohen)

I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel,
you were talking so brave and so sweet,
giving me head on the unmade bed,
while the limousines wait in the street.
Those were the reasons and that was New York,
we were running for the money and the flesh.
And that was called love for the workers in song
probably still is for those of them left.

Ah but you got away, didn’t you babe,
you just turned your back on the crowd,
you got away, I never once heard you say,
I need you, I don’t need you,
I need you, I don’t need you
and all of that jiving around.

I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel
you were famous, your heart was a legend.
You told me again you preferred handsome men
but for me you would make an exception.
And clenching your fist for the ones like us
who are oppressed by the figures of beauty,
you fixed yourself, you said, “Well never mind,
we are ugly but we have the music.”

And then you got away, didn’t you babe…

I don’t mean to suggest that I loved you the best,
I can’t keep track of each fallen robin.
I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel,
that’s all, I don’t even think of you that often.