Monthly Archives: September 2012

UC Davis students and alumni who were pepper-sprayed by campus police during a protest 10 months ago were pleased with the nearly $1-million settlement the university system has agreed to pay.


But th guilty (the police officers were pardonned….How does that work?

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UC Davis Protestors Pepper Sprayed

$1 million settlement: Pepper-sprayed students, alumni pleased

UC Davis students and alumni who were pepper-sprayed by campus police during a protest 10 months ago were pleased with the nearly $1-million settlement the university system has agreed to pay.

Each of the 21 students and alumni will receive $30,000, the University of California announced Wednesday.

The agreement, which must still be approved in federal court, also calls for UC to pay a total of $250,000 to the plaintiffs’ attorneys and set aside a maximum of $100,000 to pay up to $20,000 to any other individuals who join the class-action lawsuit by proving they were either arrested or directly pepper-sprayed, a university statement said.

PHOTOS: UC Davis pepper spray…

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FLASHBACK – New Bombshell of Disastrous Side Effects from Statins…


wAIT A MINUTE, STATINS, ARE YOU SAYING STATINS?

The GOLDEN RULE

This article, although here for the first time,  was published in June 2010 so adding the word ‘Flashback’ seemed appropriate. A post by Dr Mercola ( Mercola.com ) firmly advocating caution regarding statin drugs.

Doctors are being warned to think more carefully about prescribing cholesterol-lowering drugs by researchers who have found a wide range of “unintended” side effects.

Some doses and types of statins are linked with effects that include liver problems and kidney failure.

BBC News reports:

“Researchers looked at data from more than two million 30-84 year-olds from GP practices in England and Wales over a six-year period. Adverse effects identified in the study, published in the British Medical Journal, include liver problems, acute kidney failure, muscle weakness and cataracts.”

Read the article here.

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Quotation: Edith Wharton (1862-1937) on yes and no: But what about may be?


When people ask for time, it’s always for time to say no. Yes has one more letter in it, but it doesn’t take half as long to say.

Edith Wharton (1862-1937) Discuss

VIRAL ZIT ZAPPER COULD BE COMING


 

Viral Zit Zapper Could Be Coming

Acne, the scourge of young adulthood, may soon go the way of thedodo—at least, that is what those plagued with pimples hope will be the case now that scientists have discovered a group of viruses that targets and kills bacteria that cause acne. Current antibiotics used to treat acne cannot target specific types of bacteria and therefore have the unintended consequence of killing “good” bacteria, like the types that live in our gut, as well as the acne-causing strain. The viruses, however, are naturally occurring and attack only specific bacteria, in this case, Propionibacterium acnes, a bacterium common in acne pustules. More… Discuss

 

FALSE FRIENDS


 

 

False Friends

False friends are words that look or sound the same in different languages but have different meanings. Unlike false cognates, which are completely unrelated, false friends may have a shared origin. For example, gift has a far more sinister German meaning—poison—than it does in English, though both languages derive the word from the same Germanic root. How might a new Spanish speaker worsen her situation by mistakenly using the word embarazada to indicate that she is embarrassed? More… Discuss

 

Radu Lupu Plays Schubert: Piano Sonata/Fantasie No.18 in G, D.894, Op.78 (1945)



Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Piano Sonata/Fantasie No.18 in G, D.894, Op.78
Radu Lupu (1945-), piano

00:00 1st movement-Fantasie – Part1: exposition-beginning
04:37 1st movement-Fantasie – Part1: exposition-reprise
09:11 1st movement-Fantasie – Part2: development, recapitulation
16:56 2nd movement-Andante
25:02 3rd movement-Menuetto with Trio
29:10 4rd movement-Allegretto

Franz Schubert – Piano Sonata no. 5, D 557 – Wilhelm Kempff



Franz Schubert
1797-1828

Piano Sonata no. 5, D. 557
in A flat major / As-dur / en La bemol majeur

1. Allegro moderato
2. Andante
3. Allegro

UKIP Conference 2012 – NIGEL FARAGE leader Full Conference Speech (The Voice of Opposition in UK!)




UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage full speech at the UKIP 2012 Conference

Dvorak: Legends Op. 59 (Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, David Zinman conductor)


 

A set of 10 rather light but very evocative orchestral pieces. They were originally written for piano duets and orchestrated a few months later. I enjoy the original version too, but I think the orchestra’s wider range of tone color do enhance the pieces quite a lot.

No. 1: Allegretto (0:09)
No. 2: Molto moderato (3:45)
No. 3: Allegro giusto – Andante – Allegro giusto (8:09)
No. 4: Molto maestoso (12:23)
No. 5: Allegro giusto (18:41)
No. 6: Allegro con moto – Moderato – Tempo I (23:10)
No. 7: Allegro grazioso – Poco piu mosso – Tempo I (28:15)
No. 8: Un poco allegretto grazioso (31:03)
No. 9: Andante con moto (34:50)
No. 10: Andante (37:33)

 

Frederic Chopin-Waltz in B Minor,Op.69,No 2 with Vladimir Ashkenazy



Los Angeles Guerrilla Gardening

Los Angeles Guerrilla Gardening (click to access Website)

Guerrilla Gardening in Los Angeles – SubCultures – Check this out, it’s Awesome!


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Check out the friendly, yet forbidden world of Guerilla Gardening. A community of folks planting public gardens under cover of the night. For more info about it’s Los Angeles chapter, check out: http://www.laguerrillagardening.org/

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Kiteboarding a Salt Island



Perfect sunshine and winds between 15 and 20 knots are usually the recipe for just another training day in the life of PKRA Freestyle World Champion Bruna Kajiya, but on the last week of September 2012, Bruna took on a unique challenge 13 kilometers away from the coast of Rio Grande do Norte state in Northeastern Brazil: kiteboarding on a salt island. Bruna was joined by fellow Brazilian standout Reno Romeu as the pair tackled the Agua Branca Salt Terminal, a trading post through which over 2 million tons of salt are commercialized every year. The glistening crystalline surface providing a kiteboarding medium unlike any other, and challenged these world class kiteboarders to adapt and conquer the new terrain. ___________________________________________________________

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land (poetic thought by George-B)


Land    (poetic thought by George-G)

You bring the best in me

I’d grow a red beard, and wear an eye patch (over)

a good eye

get the scariest of tattoo, right over my –

your name is on it for ten thousand years

and eternity – you’re smiling –

oh yes, you think, I wouldn’t wear a hook on my good hand

and wear a 30lb sword for you?

All for you, I’ll sing your song, and carry your flag…

 

Missy Higgins – beautiful opening song – Nightminds – Center Stage Atlanta 2-27-09


Quotation: Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) on Poetry


Poetry has been to me its own exceeding great reward; it has given me the habit of wishing to discover the good and beautiful in all that meets and surrounds me.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: GENE AUTRY (1907)


Gene Autry (1907)

Probably the most successful “singing cowboy” in American film, Autry began performing on the radio during the 1920s in Oklahoma. He moved to Hollywood in the early 30s and went on to star in nearly 100 films, becoming America’s top Western star from 1937 to 1943. He usually played a singing hero astride his famous horse, Champion. He wrote and recorded hundreds of songs, including his signature song, “Back in the Saddle Again.” What well-known Christmas song was Autry’s biggest hit? More… Discuss

Gene Autry and I both like tooled leather

Gene Autry and I both like tooled leather (Photo credit: LibraryatNight)

 

 

 

This Day in the Yesteryear: HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR FREDERICK II IS EXCOMMUNICATED (1227)


 

Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II Is Excommunicated (1227)

Prior to being excommunicated the first of several times, Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II had planned to go on a crusade. However, an epidemic waylaid him and a large part of his army, delaying the conquest. As a result, he was excommunicated by Pope Gregory IX. He eventually went on the postponed crusade and became king of Jerusalem. With Italy as the center of his power, Frederick, a religious skeptic, was in frequent conflict with the papacy. Frederick wrote the first book on what subject? More… Discuss

 

CENTENARIAN’S RIDE OF THE CENTURY


Centenarian’s Ride of the Century

French centenarian and former fireman Robert Marchand rode his way into the record books for a second time on Friday, completing a 100-kilometer (62-mile) bike ride in just 4 hours, 17 minutes, and 27 seconds. He averaged 23.3 km/h (14.5 mph) for the duration of his record-setting ride. In February, Marchand set the world hour record for his age group. The cyclist’s longevity and vitality have caught the interest of scientists, who now examine him regularly in the hopes of learning the secret to his long, active life. Marchand turns 101 in November. More… Discuss

The Centenarian

The Centenarian (Photo credit: hannanik)

HENRY V


 

Henry V

Determined to regain the lands in France once held by his ancestors, King Henry V of England rekindled the Hundred Years’ War and all but conquered France. His continuing victories—including his stunning success at the Battle of Agincourt—forced the French to sign a 1420 treaty naming him heir to the throne. However, he died two months before the French king and thus did not inherit the crown. At 16, Henry was shot in the face with an arrow. How did his physician remove it and save his life? More…Discuss

 

Hot Sheet: Regina Spektor – How / Open – Last Call with Carson Daly


Regina Spektor - How / Open - Last Call with Carson Daly

Regina Spektor – How / Open – Last Call with Carson Daly  (click to access the video)

Outbursts of violence in both Greece and Spain are not preventing the respective governments from pushing ahead with the further austerity measures asked for by international lenders.


People, what a concept! International Leaders: ooooooooohhhhhhhhh, more like gods, what’s born of a god in s god!

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Greece, Spain up for more austerity despite violence

 

  1. By Valentina Pop

BRUSSELS – Outbursts of violence in both Greece and Spain are not preventing the respective governments from pushing ahead with the further austerity measures asked for by international lenders.

After weeks of haggling, the three-party coalition in Greece on Thursday (27 September) announced a “basic agreement” on €11.5 billion worth of spending cuts needed for the next tranche of bailout money to be disbursed.

But one of the three leaders, Fotis Kouvelis, said there were still some “outstanding issues”, without giving any details. Centre-right Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has struggled to convince his two junior coalition partners from the left to agree to more wage and pension cuts.

Popular anger against the…

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Kris Kristofferson – The Heart (and another TGIF kind of Song!)


My Daddy was a charmer, boys, he had a lot of style
He was shining best at everything he did
They said that he could lighten up a room with just a smile
And I was proud as hell to be his kid

It seemed like just as we were growing close together he was gone
But it was long enough to show what I could be
And I sometimes feel his spirit fill my body like a song
And this is what my Daddy sings to me

Chorus:
If they deal you down and dirty in a way you don’t deserve
You’ll feel better if you take it like a man
If you let ’em drive you crazy, boy, they’ll shut your business down
Shake it off and get your licks in when you can
‘Cause the heart is all that matters in the end

They say every song is sweeter when you sing it from the heart
I won’t knock it ’cause I tried it and it’s true
I may never get to heaven, but I’ve seen a lot of stars
And I’m here to bring the same advice to you.

Chorus:
If they deal you down and dirty in a way you don’t deserve
You’ll feel better if you take it like a man
If you let ’em drive you crazy, boy, they’ll shut your business down
Shake it off and get your licks in when you can
‘Cause the heart is all that matters in the end

Yes, the heart is all that matters in the end
The heart is all that matters in the end 

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Kenny Rogers – Love Will Turn Around (A TGIF kind of song!)


Love Will Turn You Around lyrics

You can run you can hide 
never let it inside
Keep livin’ your life in the dark
But sooner or later 
that gentle persuader
Is gonna catch up with your heart
Make you a dreamer, believer
Believin’ in love

Right when a man’s 
doin’ all that he can 
And he thinks he got 
just what he needs
Life will deliver 
a shock that will shiver
And drivin’ him down to his knees
Make him start givin’ 
livin’, livin’ again

(chorus)
Well it’s your mind 
that tricks you in to 
leavin’ every time
Love will turn you around 
turn you around
Well it’s your heart 
that talks you in to 
stayin’ where you are
Love will turn you around 
(From: http://www.elyrics.net/read/k/kenny-rogers-lyrics/love-will-turn-you-around-lyrics.html)
turn you around

Out of the blue 
she reaches for you
And you tell her 
you don’t have the time
So you move away fast 
but you know it won’t last
Cause you can’t get her 
off of your mind
Thoughts are burnin’, turnin’ 
they’re turning around

How do you know 
when to stay or to go?
And how do you know 
when it’s real?
You don’t need a sign 
to make up your mind
When you got your heart 
at the wheel
You wanna start sharin’ 
carin’, carin’ again

(chorus)

Love will turn you around, turn you around
Love will turn you around, turn you around
Turn you around

(Lyrics from Here)

Angelic Thought (poetic thought by George-b)


Angelic Thought   (poetic thought by George-b)

didn’t  battle lately
life goes on

didn’t sway any soul, in the youthful – heartbeat – faster, way
life goes on

didn’t drop a precious vase, a bone, a glass,
life goes on

returning into my body every morning
and still dreaming of us,

while, well, life goes on…

will it ever win my wings? 

Westbound on 17th Street in Santa Ana @ Sunset


Westbound on 17th Street in Santa Ana @ Sunset!

Westbound on 17th Street in Santa Ana @ Sunset!

Street Photography: The Citadel and Hotel Transylvania (City of Commerce)




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This Day in the Yesteryear: NORMAN CONQUEST OF ENGLAND BEGINS (1066)


Norman Conquest of England Begins (1066)

In 1066, King Edward the Confessor of England died childless. His cousin William of Normandy claimed that he had been promised the throne years earlier, yet Harold, duke of Wessex, was crowned instead. William then assembled a force of 5,000 knights and invaded. He was crowned less than three months later, following a swift and brutal conquest that had a profound and lasting effect on English life. When William landed at Pevensey on September 28, Harold’s forces were busy elsewhere—doing what? More…Discuss

FREE BUS PASSES FOR SENIORS PAY OFF


 

Free Bus Passes for Seniors Pay Off

In 2006, England introduced a program offering free bus passes to seniors, but budgetary concerns could soon bring the program to a screeching halt. However, terminating the program could in fact end up costing the government money. Research shows that senior citizens given free bus passes are more likely to undertake “active travel,” defined aswalkingcycling, or using public transportation. This, in turn, can reduce the risk of inactivity-related illnesses among the elderly, thereby cutting healthcare costs. More…Discuss

 

william blake Red Dragon


Nights and A Day (Poetic thought by George-b)


Nights and  A Day  (poetic thought by George-b)

 Resentment is an aching heart,
A feeling – as material as black holes of a soul –
The soul of the universe is darker than the
Black hole in one’s aching heart,
All that light poured in,
Keeps it for ever mortal.

All light is engulfed,
By the stories of vampires, and Batory, and other blue bloods…
While the mistress of the night, restores till sunsets – So fireworks leave less smoke behind. Than the day washes off a night’s  makeup,
the glamour, now removed is lost to the black hole:
Self denial is key – love as fear and  guilt go hand in hand.

With the evidence that shadows have been breathed in by the greedy black hole,

Ever restoring nothing…

William Blake – ORC / Auguries of Innocence (“…Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour.”)


 

Orc

Poet and artist William Blake is known for the complex mythology he created in his Prophetic Books. Among the characters that take shape in these writings is Orc, a positive figure symbolizing rebellion, passion, freedom, and revolution. He stands opposed to Urizen, a figure of order and tradition. Through characters such as these Blake analyzes the American and French revolutions, which took place during his lifetime. Orc’s life, which ends in rebirth, bears parallels to what religious figures? More… Discuss

blake images

William Blake – Auguries of Innocence

To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.

A robin redbreast in a cage
Puts all heaven in a rage.

A dove-house fill'd with doves and pigeons
Shudders hell thro' all its regions.
A dog starv'd at his master's gate
Predicts the ruin of the state.

A horse misused upon the road
Calls to heaven for human blood.
Each outcry of the hunted hare
A fibre from the brain does tear.

A skylark wounded in the wing,
A cherubim does cease to sing.
The game-cock clipt and arm'd for fight
Does the rising sun affright.

Every wolf's and lion's howl
Raises from hell a human soul.

The wild deer, wand'ring here and there,
Keeps the human soul from care.
The lamb misus'd breeds public strife,
And yet forgives the butcher's knife.

The bat that flits at close of eve
Has left the brain that won't believe.
The owl that calls upon the night
Speaks the unbeliever's fright.

He who shall hurt the little wren
Shall never be belov'd by men.
He who the ox to wrath has mov'd
Shall never be by woman lov'd.

The wanton boy that kills the fly
Shall feel the spider's enmity.
He who torments the chafer's sprite
Weaves a bower in endless night.

The caterpillar on the leaf
Repeats to thee thy mother's grief.
Kill not the moth nor butterfly,
For the last judgement draweth nigh.

He who shall train the horse to war
Shall never pass the polar bar.
The beggar's dog and widow's cat,
Feed them and thou wilt grow fat.

The gnat that sings his summer's song
Poison gets from slander's tongue.
The poison of the snake and newt
Is the sweat of envy's foot.

The poison of the honey bee
Is the artist's jealousy.

The prince's robes and beggar's rags
Are toadstools on the miser's bags.
A truth that's told with bad intent
Beats all the lies you can invent.

It is right it should be so;
Man was made for joy and woe;
And when this we rightly know,
Thro' the world we safely go.

Joy and woe are woven fine,
A clothing for the soul divine.
Under every grief and pine
Runs a joy with silken twine.

The babe is more than swaddling bands;
Every farmer understands.
Every tear from every eye
Becomes a babe in eternity;

This is caught by females bright,
And return'd to its own delight.
The bleat, the bark, bellow, and roar,
Are waves that beat on heaven's shore.

The babe that weeps the rod beneath
Writes revenge in realms of death.
The beggar's rags, fluttering in air,
Does to rags the heavens tear.

The soldier, arm'd with sword and gun,
Palsied strikes the summer's sun.
The poor man's farthing is worth more
Than all the gold on Afric's shore.

One mite wrung from the lab'rer's hands
Shall buy and sell the miser's lands;
Or, if protected from on high,
Does that whole nation sell and buy.

He who mocks the infant's faith
Shall be mock'd in age and death.
He who shall teach the child to doubt
The rotting grave shall ne'er get out.

He who respects the infant's faith
Triumphs over hell and death.
The child's toys and the old man's reasons
Are the fruits of the two seasons.

The questioner, who sits so sly,
Shall never know how to reply.
He who replies to words of doubt
Doth put the light of knowledge out.

The strongest poison ever known
Came from Caesar's laurel crown.
Nought can deform the human race
Like to the armour's iron brace.

When gold and gems adorn the plow,
To peaceful arts shall envy bow.
A riddle, or the cricket's cry,
Is to doubt a fit reply.

The emmet's inch and eagle's mile
Make lame philosophy to smile.
He who doubts from what he sees
Will ne'er believe, do what you please.

If the sun and moon should doubt,
They'd immediately go out.
To be in a passion you good may do,
But no good if a passion is in you.

The whore and gambler, by the state
Licensed, build that nation's fate.
The harlot's cry from street to street
Shall weave old England's winding-sheet.

The winner's shout, the loser's curse,
Dance before dead England's hearse.

Every night and every morn
Some to misery are born,
Every morn and every night
Some are born to sweet delight.

Some are born to sweet delight,
Some are born to endless night.

We are led to believe a lie
When we see not thro' the eye,
Which was born in a night to perish in a night,
When the soul slept in beams of light.

God appears, and God is light,
To those poor souls who dwell in night;
But does a human form display
To those who dwell in realms of day.
Auguries of Innocence (poems)

Auguries of Innocence (poems) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Sara Bareilles – Between The Lines – Trailer



Music video by Sara Bareilles performing Between The Lines – Trailer. (C) 2009 Sony Music Entertainment

Andy Williams – Moon River (Lyrics): Mr. Williams, you will be missed!


 

 

Quotation: Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) on definition of true artist


The true artist is a man who believes absolutely in himself, because he is absolutely himself.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Discuss

 

Macavity The Mystery Cat – TS Eliot


The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock. T.S. Eliot. Read by Anthony Hopkins



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T. S. Eliot

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S`io credesse che mia risposta fosse A persona che mai tornasse al mondo, Questa fiamma staria senza piu scosse. Ma perciocche giammai di questo fondo Non torno vivo alcun, s'i'odo il vero, Senza tema d'infamia ti rispondo. Let us go then, you and I, When the evening is spread out against the sky Like a patient etherized upon a table; Let us go, through certain half-deserted streets, The muttering retreats Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels And sawdust restaurants with oyster-shells: Streets that follow like a tedious argument Of insidious intent To lead you to an overwhelming question... Oh, do not ask, "What is it?" Let us go and make our visit. In the room the women come and go Talking of Michelangelo. The yellow fog that rubs its back upon the window-panes The yellow smoke…

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THOMAS STEARNS “T. S.” ELIOT (1888) an Poet and Critic THe Hollow Man ( this is the way the world ends-not with a bang, but a whimper)


Thomas Stearns “T. S.” Eliot (1888)

Eliot was an American-British poet and critic and an immensely distinguished literary figure who, from the 1920s on, was the most influential English-language modernist poet. His early poems, such as “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” and “The Waste Land,” express the anguish and barrenness of modern life and the isolation of the individual. In his later poetry, he turned from spiritual desolation to hope for human salvation. What book by Eliot is the basis for the musical CatsMore… Discuss


The Hollow Men was written in 1925

Eliot said the name was a mixture of “The Broken Men” of Rudyard Kipling with “The Hollow Land” of William Morris

There are strong references to Guy Fawkes, particularly the ending. 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hollow_Men

The portrait of T.S. Eliot was by Wyndham Lewis in 1938

The picture is of a Japanese scarecrow, reworked in Paint Shop Pro. Here’s the original picture:
http://tinyurl.com/y9hwp2h

This day in the Yesteryear: STEAMSHIP RMS QUEEN MARY IS LAUNCHED (1934)


 

Steamship RMS Queen Mary Is Launched (1934)

Construction on the Queen Mary ocean liner began in Scotland in 1930. In 1934, British King George V’s consort, Queen Mary, christened the ship in her own name. Operated by the Cunard Line, the glamorous luxury ship carried passengers between New York and England for decades—except during World War II, when it was painted grey and converted to carry troops. In the 1960s, air travel rendered transatlantic passenger ships obsolete, and the Queen Mary was retired. Where is it now? More… Discuss

 

NEW, DEADLY VIRUS LINKED TO SARS


 

New, Deadly Virus Linked to SARS

A new respiratory illness that has killed one and left another in critical condition has been identified, and researchers say the virus that causes it is in the same family as the SARS virus, which infected thousands and killed hundreds around the world in anoutbreak in 2002 and 2003. International health authorities are on alert, but no travel restrictions have yet been issued, as there have been only two confirmed cases of the new illness thus far. Both of those cases have been traced to the Middle East, and there is no indication that the disease has spread. More… Discuss

 

THE SIEGE TOWER


The Siege Tower

Dating to antiquity, siege towers were large, portable structures that aided soldiers in scaling defensive walls and shielded them as they did so. The massive towers were filled with soldiers and then wheeled up to the walls of a besieged fortress, whereupon gangplanks would be lowered to allow the invading force access. Archers and catapults were often positioned on top of the towers so that they could fire upon enemies during an assault. What protected the wooden towers from flaming arrows? More… Discuss

Jesse Ventura on CNN Piers Morgan Sept. 17th, 2012 Full Interview


Kate Nash – Mouthwash (& Floss) – Cartoon Version


Missy Higgins – Ten Days (‘still the only one that feels like home’)


 

Ten Days

So we’ve put an end to it this time. 
I’m no longer yours and you’re no longer mine. 
You said this hill looks far too steep 
If I’m not even sure it’s me you wanna keep. 
And it’s been ten days without you in my reach, 
And the only time I’ve touched you is in my sleep. But time has changed nothing at all – 
You’re still the only one that feels like home. 
I’ve tried cutting the ropes and 
I let you go but you’re still the only one 
That feels like home. 

You won’t talk me into it next time, 
If I’m going away your hearts coming too. 
‘Cos I miss your hands I miss your face. 
When I get back let’s disappear without a trace. 

‘Cos it’s been ten days without you in my reach, 
And the only time I’ve touched you is in my sleep. 

But time has changed nothing at all – 
You’re still the only one that feels like home. 
I’ve tried cutting the ropes, 
Tried letting go but you’re still the only one 
That feels like home. 

So tell me, did you really think… 
Oh tell me, did you really think 
I had gone when you couldn’t see me anymore? 
When you couldn’t… 

‘Cos baby time has changed nothing at all – 
You’re still the only one that feels like home. 
And I’ve tried cutting the ropes, 
I let you go but you’re still the only one 
That feels like home, yeah, 
You’re still the only one that feels like home, 
You’re still the only one I’ve gotta love. 
Oh yeah…

 

Missy Higgins – Scar (Video)


 


“Scar”

He left a card, a bar of soap and a scrubbing brush next to a note
That said “use these down to your bones”
And before I knew I had shiny skin and it felt easy being clean like him
I thought “this one knows better than I do”

A triangle trying to squeeze through a circle
He tried to cut me so I’d fit

And doesn’t that sound familiar? Doesn’t that hit too close to home?
Doesn’t that make you shiver; the way things could’ve gone?
And doesn’t it feel peculiar when everyone wants a little more?
And so that I do remember to never go that far,
Could you leave me with a scar?

So the next one came with a bag of treats, she smelled like sugar and
spoke like the sea
And she told me don’t trust them, trust me
Then she pulled at my stitches one by one, looked at my insides clicking
her tongue and said
“This will all have to come undone”

A triangle trying to squeeze through a circle
She tried to blunt me so I’d fit

And doesn’t that sound familiar? Doesn’t that hit too close to home?
Doesn’t that make you shiver; the way things could have gone?
And doesn’t it feel peculiar when everyone wants a little more?
And so that I do remember to never go that far,
Could you leave me with a scar?

I think I realized just in time, although my old self was hard to find
You can bathe me in your finest wine but I’ll never give you mine
‘Cos I’m a little bit tired of fearing that I’ll be the bad fruit nobody buys
Tell me, did you think we’d all dream the same?

And doesn’t that sound familiar? Doesn’t that hit too close to home?
Doesn’t that make you shiver; the way things could have gone?
And doesn’t it feel peculiar when everyone wants a little more?
And so that I do remember to never go that far,
Could you leave me with a scar?
Could you leave me with a scar?

 

Missy Higgins – Where I Stood


 

Songwriters: MELISSA MORRISON HIGGINS

I don’t know what I’ve done
Or if I like what I’ve begun
But something told me to run
And honey you know me it’s all or none

There were sounds in my head
A little voice is whispering
That I should go and this should end
Oh and I found my self listening

‘Cause I don’t know who I am, who I am without you
All I know is that I should
And I don’t know if I could stand another hand upon you
All I know is that I should

‘Cause she will love you more then I could
She who dares to stand where I stood

See I thought love was black and white
That it was wrong or it was right

But you ain’t leaving without a fight 
And I think I am just as torn inside
[ Lyrics from: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/m/missy_higgins/where_i_stood.html ]
‘Cause I don’t know who I am, who I am without you
All I know is that I should
And I don’t know if I could stand another hand upon you
All I know is that I should

‘Cause she will love you more then I could
She who dares to stand where I stood

And I won’t be far from where you are if ever you should call
You meant more to me then any one I’ve ever loved at all
But you taught me how to trust myself 
And so I say to you, this is what I have to do.

‘Cause I don’t know who I am, who I am without you
All I know is that I should
And I don’t know if I could stand another hand upon you
All I know is that I should
‘Cause she will love you more then I could
She who dares to stand where I stood
She who dares to stand where I stood.

 

Johnny Cash – Pickin’ Time THP 1959


Words and music by Johnny Cash

(Spoken)
I got cotton in the bottom land
It's up and growin' and I got a good stand
My good wife and them kids of mine
Gonna get new shoes, come Pickin' Time
Get new shoes come Pickin' Time.

Ev'ry night when I go to bed
I thank the Lord that my kids are fed
They live on beans eight days and nine
But I get 'em fat come Pickin' Time
Get 'em fat come come Pickin' Time.

The corn is yellow and the beans are high
The sun is hot in the summer sky
The work is hard til layin' by
Layin' by til Pickin' Time
Layin' by til Pickin' Time.

It's hard to see by the coal-oil light
And I turn it off purty early at night
'Cause a jug of coal-oil costs a dime
But I stay up late come Pickin' Time
Stay up late come Pickin' Time.

My old wagon barely gets me to town
I patched the wheels and I watered 'em down
Keep her in shape so she'll be fine
To haul my cotton come Pickin' Time
Haul my cotton come Pickin' Time.
Last Sunday mornin' when they passed the hat
It was still nearly empty back where I sat
But the preacher smiled and said that's fine
The Lord'll wait til Pickin' Time
The Lord'll wait til Pickin' Time.

Loretta Lynn – Coal Miner’s Daughter


 

Well I was born the coal miner‘s daughter in a cabin on a hill in Butcher Holler
We were poor but we had love that’s the one thing that daddy made sure of
He shovel coal to make a poor man’s dollar
My daddy worked all night in the Vanleer coal mine all day long in the field hoein’ corn
Mommie rocked the baby that night and read the Bible by the coal oil light
And everything would start all over come break of morn
Daddy loved and raised eight kids on a miner’s pay
Mommie scrubbed our clothes on a washboard everyday
Why I’ve seen her fingers bleed to complain there was no need
She’s smiled in mommie’s understanding way
In the summertime we didn’t have shoes to wear
But in the wintertime we’d all get a brand new pair
From a mail order catalog money made by selling a hog
Daddy always managed to get the money somewhere
Yeah I’m proud to be a coal miner’s daughter
I remember well the well where I drew water
The work we done was hard at night we’d sleep cause we were tired
I never thought I’d ever leave the Butcher Holler
But a lots of things have changed since the way back then
And it’s so good to be back home again
Not much left but the floor nothing lives there anymore
Just the mem’ries of a coal miner’s daughter

 

Dolly Parton- Coat of many colors (“one is only poor only if they choose to be”)


 

Back through the years
I go wonderin once again
Back to the seasons of my youth
I recall a box of rags that someone gave us
And how my momma put the rags to use
There were rags of many colors
Every piece was small
And I didn’t have a coat
And it was way down in the fall
Momma sewed the rags together
Sewin every piece with love
She made my coat of many colors
That I was so proud of
As she sewed, she told a story
From the bible, she had read
About a coat of many colors
Joseph wore and then she said
Perhaps this coat will bring you
Good luck and happiness
And I just couldnt wait to wear it
And momma blessed it with a kiss
Chorus:

My coat of many colors
That my momma made for me
Made only from rags
But I wore it so proudly
Although we had no money
I was rich as I could be
In my coat of many colors
My momma made for me

So with patches on my britches
Holes in both my shoes
In my coat of many colors
I hurried off to school
Just to find the others laughing
And making fun of me
In my coat of many colors
My momma made for me

And oh I couldnt understand it
For I felt I was rich
And I told them of the love
My momma sewed in every stitch
And I told em all the story
Momma told me while she sewed
And how my coat of many colors
Was worth more than all their clothes

But they didn’t understand it
And I tried to make them see
That one is only poor
Only if they choose to be
Now I know we had no money
But I was rich as I could be
In my coat of many colors
My momma made for me
Made just for me