Monthly Archives: October 2012

Texas To Arrest U.N. Unilateral Imposition Of Election Observers: While Obama Pulls A Stalin And Sends The Presidential Election Counting To Convicted Felon George Soros In Spain!


Political Vel Craft

Texas authorities have threatened to arrest international election observers, prompting a furious response from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

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Politics Untitled #2


Plutocrats: Our New Secessionists


The Pacific Bull Moose

“Revolt of the Rich”
Mike Lofgren

The American Conservative
August 27, 2012

A brilliant piece by Lofgren, the kind that underscores how being “pro-business” does not mean being a supporter of the new American Plutocracy. A sample quote:

Our plutocracy now lives like the British in colonial India: in the place and ruling it, but not of it. If one can afford private security, public safety is of no concern; if one owns a Gulfstream jet, crumbling bridges cause less apprehension—and viable public transportation doesn’t even show up on the radar screen. With private doctors on call and a chartered plane to get to the Mayo Clinic, why worry about Medicare?

The question facing the nation, then, is why have we allowed an elite to build a disproportionate influence on our society, in contravention to everything for which our Constitution stands?

What we need to do now is draw…

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Quotation: Francis Bacon on the man’s way to power


By indignities men come to dignities.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: JOHN EVELYN (1620)


John Evelyn (1620)

From 1631 until his death in 1706, Evelyn kept a diary that is today an invaluable source of information on 17th-century British social, cultural, and political life. He corresponded frequently with Samuel Pepys, another now-famous diarist of the time. Living as a wealthy country gentleman in Deptford, he wrote about 30 books on various subjects including reforestation, vegetarianism, and numismatics. In 1661, he wrote the Fumifugium, believed to be the first book written on what topic?More… Discuss

this Day In the Yesteryear: LEIDEN UNIVERSITY LIBRARY OPENS IN THE NETHERLANDS (1587)


Leiden University Library Opens in the Netherlands (1587)

The city of Leiden played a prominent role in the revolt that would create an independent Dutch nation. In 1575—a year after Leiden had survived a siege by the Spanish—Prince William the Silent founded a university in the city. Today, Leiden University is the oldest in the Netherlands. Its library, once housed in a single room, is now home to a monumental collection of books, manuscripts, maps, and letters—some of which are centuries old and very rare. What was the library’s first book? More… Discuss

 


The Sistrum

The sistrum is a percussion instrument that functions much like a tambourine. Often made of metal, it consists of a handle and a U-shaped frame run through with thin, loosely set crossbars. The crossbars can have little metal rings or loops on them, and when the sistrum is shaken, the crossbars and loops jangle. The sistrum was used in ancient Sumer, Rome, and Egypt, and some Egyptian goddesses were depicted holding the instrument. What churches still use the sistrum in religious services? More… Discuss

 From New England comes Douglas Irvine, a composer, sound artist and instrument maker, the sounds that he creates are inspired on the musical traditions of ancient Middle Eastern cultures, like ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. This record have a great aura, with different sensations, its ritualistic, relaxed, deep, dark, ethereal and mystic. This are some of the old instruments that you could ear on this great record that e real advice: bass lyre, bells and miscellaneous percussions, shoulder harp, clappers, pan pipes, double Oboe etc. Ambient Egypt is a varied collection of musical soundscapes inspired by ancient Egyptian traditions.

Although music existed in prehistoric Egypt, the evidence for it becomes secure only in the historical (or “dynastic” or “pharaonic”) period–after 3100 BCE. Music formed an important part of Egyptian life, and musicians occupied a variety of positions in Egyptian society. Music found its way into many contexts in Egypt: temples, palaces, workshops, farms, battlefields and the tomb. Music was an integral part of religious worship in ancient Egypt, so it is not surprising that there were gods specifically associated with music, such as Hathor and Bes (both were also associated with dance, fertility and childbirth).

All the major categories of musical instruments (percussion, wind, stringed) were represented in pharaonic Egypt. Percussion instruments included hand-held drums, rattles, castanets, bells, and the sistrum–a highly important rattle used in religious worship. Hand clapping too was used as a rhythmic accompaniment. Wind instruments included flutes (double and single, with reeds and without) and trumpets. Stringed instruments included harps, lyres, and lutes–plucked rather than bowed. Instruments were frequently inscribed with the name of the owner and decorated with representations of the goddess (Hathor) or god (Bes) of music. Both male and female voices were also frequently used in Egyptian music.

Professional musicians existed on a number of social levels in ancient Egypt. Perhaps the highest status belonged to temple musicians; the office of “musician” (shemayet) to a particular god or goddess was a position of high status frequently held by women. Musicians connected with the royal household were held in high esteem, as were certain gifted singers and harp players. Somewhat lower on the social scale were musicians who acted as entertainers for parties and festivals, frequently accompanied by dancers. Informal singing is suggested by scenes of workers in action; captions to many of these pictures have been interpreted as words of songs. Otherwise there is little evidence for the amateur musician in pharaonic Egypt, and it is unlikely that musical achievement was seen as a desirable goal for individuals who were not professionals.

The ancient Egyptians did not notate their music before the Graeco-Roman period, so attempts to reconstruct pharaonic music remain speculative. Representational evidence can give a general idea of the sound of Egyptian music. Ritual temple music was largely a matter of the rattling of the sistrum, accompanied by voice, sometimes with harp and/or percussion. Party/festival scenes show ensembles of instruments (lyres, lutes, double and single reed flutes, clappers, drums) and the presence (or absence) of singers in a variety of situations.

 



Composed By Elmer Bernstein


Composed By Fumio Hayasaka

Great Western Movie Themes: O.K. Corral City of Prague Phiharmonic Orchestra


 

Where in the World are ‘Morals’?


COTO Report

By Robert C. Koehler
COTO Report

My favorite quote was from the British government spokesperson, who assured us: “All ammunition used by UK armed forces falls within international humanitarian law and is consistent with the Geneva Convention.”

Tears come to my eyes as I think about the kindness of coalition bullets, the empathy of coalition bombs — unlike, I’m certain, the ammo used by terrorists, which is cruel, which hates our way of life and wants only to destroy it.

Forgive me the sarcasm. Another study has come out, this one underwritten by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan, linking the U.S.-British war in Iraq with a hideous, heartbreaking and “staggering” increase in birth defects in areas of the country where bombing and heavy fighting occurred.

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Try and Fail


Source of Inspiration

Try and fail
Try again
Failure repeats
Alone we are
Doomed to this
Endless cycle

We reach for the
hand of another
then another until
we connect with all

Our voices call on
our Creator to show
us the way. The Light
surrounds and fills
illuminating the path
of love. At last we
are home, one with All.

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CATO Institute (Access Here)


CATO Institute

CATO Institute (Access Here)

The Libertarian Vote: Swing Voters, Tea Parties, and the Fiscally Conservative, Socially Liberal Center

The dominating theme of political commentary over the past decade has been that we are a nation divided – polarized, red vs. blue, liberal vs. conservative. But millions of American voters don’t fit neatly into liberal and conservative boxes. In their new ebookDavid BoazDavid Kirby, andEmily Ekins reveal that 10 to 20 percent of Americans are fiscally conservative and socially liberal-libertarian. And over the past decade, unlike loyal Democrats and Republicans, they have been swing voters.

TEDxNYED – Lawrence Lessig – 03/06/10



Lawrence Lessig is the director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics, and a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Prior to returning to Harvard, he was a professor at Stanford Law School, where he founded the schools Center for Internet and Society, and at the University of Chicago. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court

About TEDx, x = independently organized event 

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

 

Free Culture Movement (from Wikipedia)


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Lawrence Lessig standing at a podium with a microphone, with a laptop computer in front of him.

Lawrence Lessig in front of a laptop labeled “free culture”

The free culture movement is a social movement that promotes the freedom to distribute and modify creative works in the form offree content[1][2] by using the Internet and other forms of media.

The movement objects to overly-restrictive copyright laws. Many members of the movement argue that such laws hinder creativity. They call this system “permission culture“.[3]

Creative Commons is a well-known website which was started by Lawrence Lessig. It lists licenses that permit sharing under various conditions, and also offers an online search of various creative-commons-licensed productions.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_Culture_Movement

Get his book for free as PDF at: http://www.free-culture.cc/freecontent/

Get his book for free as PDF at: http://www.free-culture.cc/freecontent/

Get his book for free as PDF at: http://www.free-culture.cc/freecontent/

A presentation given by Stanford Law professor and founder of Creative Commons, Lawrence Lessig, about his book “Free Culture”.
OSCON July 24, 2002

1- Creativity and innovation always builds on the past.
2- The past always tries to control the creativity that builds upon it.
3- Free societies enable the future by limiting the past.
4.- Ours is less and less a free society.

Quotation: Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) on selfishness


Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches as to conceive how others can be in want.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: ANGELICA KAUFFMANN (1741)


Angelica Kauffmann (1741)

Swiss-born painter Angelica Kauffman studied art in Italy as a child. She was a protégée of Joshua Reynolds, who took her to London in 1766. Two years later, Reynolds became the first president of the Royal Academy and Kauffman one of the founding members. She became known for her decorative work and her portraits of female sitters. Returning to Italy, she flourished in artistic and literary circles. In 1775, how did a fellow member of the Royal Academy ridicule her and Reynolds in a painting? More… Discuss

Peintre et graphiste autodidacte, portraitiste surdouée, Angelica KAUFFMANN voyage avec son père pour parfaire sa formation notamment en copiant les oeuvres de peintres classiques.
Musique : Mozart Quintette en ut majeur K 115 – Allegro
De 1766 jusqu’en 1781, elle habita Londres où elle fut la seule femme reçue à l’Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts. Artiste précoce elle fut dans le domaine du portrait puis des thèmes mythologiques et historiques.
En Italie, elle a fasciné le peuple, la haute société et les poètes.
Elle était pour GOETHE “La dame inestimable”.
Délicatesse, finesse, charme et élégance caractérisent son oeuvre.

 

This Day in the Yesteryear: HENRY VII IS CROWNED KING OF ENGLAND (1485)


Henry VII Is Crowned King of England (1485)

As a noble from the House of Lancaster, Henry fled England when the rival House of York triumphed in 1471. He later returned, rallied his supporters, and defeated Richard III in 1485. He then married Elizabeth of York and ended the Wars of the Roses between the two houses. Plots against him persisted, and two years later, Yorkists rebelled in support of Lambert Simnel, a boy they claimed was the Earl of Warwick. The rebellion was crushed by Henry’s forces. What did Henry do with young Lambert? More… Discuss

 

HURRICANE SANDY POUNDS EAST COAST OF US


Hurricane Sandy Pounds East Coast of US

After sweeping through the Caribbean, where she claimed the lives of at least 60 people, Hurricane Sandy turned her ferocity on the Eastern US, battering the coast with strong winds and driving rain. A rare confluence of weather events—a hurricane meeting up with a winter storm coming from the west—gave Sandy extra punch as she made landfall in the Northeast. In anticipation of the “Frankenstorm,” several major public transportation systems were shut down, thousands of flights were canceled, and thousands of people were evacuated from their homes. The full extent of Sandy’s damage has yet to be assessed, but the final tally could be in the tens of billions of dollars. More… Discuss

 

ARGYRIA


Argyria

Minimally toxic to humans and known for its antibiotic properties, silver has historically been used in a variety of medical and industrial applications. However, prolonged exposure to silver can result in argyria, a permanent slate-gray or bluish discoloration of the skin, mucous membranes, and internal organs. Though the condition is not harmful, it is irreversible and, in some cases, very noticeable. What American politician took on a bluish tint after consuming a homemade silver concoction? More… Discuss

 

Quotation: Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) on Fear (fear of the UNKNOWN)


How does one kill fear, I wonder? How do you shoot a specter through the heart, slash off its spectral head, take it by its spectral throat?

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: EVELYN WAUGH (1903)


Evelyn Waugh (1903)

Waugh was an English novelist who is widely considered the greatest satirist of his generation. His novels, characterized by sardonic wit, technical brilliance, and his devoted Catholicism, include A Handful of Dust and Brideshead Revisited. Waugh also wrote amusing travel books. After service in World War II, he led a retired life, and his writing grew increasingly misanthropic. In 1925, Waugh’s suicide attempt was thwarted when he was coincidentally attacked by what animal? More… Discuss

This Day in the Yesteryear: HARVARD COLLEGE IS FOUNDED (1636)


Harvard College Is Founded (1636)

Founded with a grant from the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Harvard College was named for its first benefactor, John Harvard. He bequeathed his books and about £780 to the fledgling college. The oldest and one of the most prestigious institutions of higher education in the US, Harvard originally trained Puritan ministers. Today, it has the largest university endowment in the US, estimated at more than $25 billion in 2009. Why did Harvard athletes first adopt the color red? More… Discuss

 

ALGAL BIOFUEL UNSUSTAINABLE FOR NOW


Algal Biofuel Unsustainable For Now

The volatility in the Middle East and rising prices at the pump have increased the attractiveness of alternative energy sources, likebiofuel, but science has not necessarily kept pace with demand. Experts had hoped that algal biofuel would play a role in reducingforeign oil dependence, even the US president recently expressed confidence that it could do so, but his statement appears to have been premature. At the moment, large-scale algal biofuel production requires too much energy, water, land, and fertilizer to be sustainable. Further developments could change this, but for the time being, algae is not a viable commercial source of biofuel. More… Discuss

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING


The Theory of Everything

In physics, there are four fundamental forces—gravitational, electromagnetic, strong, and weak. Each plays a vital role in how the universe works. For example, the strong force is what holds atoms together. For years, physicists have sought a single theory that explains how all the forces work together: the theory of everything. Even on his deathbed, Einstein was working on this problem. Some believe no solution exists. What notable physicist once believed it was possible, then changed his mind? More… Discuss

The operators of the shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant say a hydrogen leak is the latest problem to plague the troubled plant


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Nuclear Power Truths

Minor hydrogen leak at closed Calif. nuclear plant

The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES—The operators of the shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant say a hydrogen leak is the latest problem to plague the troubled plant, but it was small and presented no risk to workers or the public.Plant operator Southern California Edison said in a statement Monday that the leak was discovered in a non-nuclear part of the facility Sunday and has been reported to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The Orange County Register (http://bit.ly/RSeFa9) reports that hydrogen is used to cool electrical generators at the plant, and a pipe fitting will be replaced because of the leak.

The plant located between Los Angeles and San Diego hasn’t produced power since Jan. 31 because of excessive wear in its reactors, and it’s not clear when, or if, it will return to service.

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MESSEL PIT


Messel Pit

One of the most significant fossil sites in the world, the Messel Pit is a former shale quarry in Germany. About 47 million years ago during the Eocene Epoch, the area was home to a lake, and archaeologists hypothesize that it periodically released clouds of poisonous volcanic gases. Insects, fish, birds, and mammals that died there were preserved with incredible detail—down to fur and feathers—in the lake’s sediment. Prehistoric versions of what modern animals have been found there? More… Discuss

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I Asked The Lord – Mahalia Jackson


Mahalia Jackson – Walk In Jerusalem


This day in the Yesteryear: USA PATRIOT ACT SIGNED INTO LAW (2001) (Mahalia Jackson – Trouble of the World)


USA PATRIOT Act Signed into Law (2001)

Enacted quickly and with little opposition in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the sweeping USA PATRIOT Act dramatically enhanced the powers of law enforcement and intelligence-gathering agencies within the US. The bill has since come under increasing scrutiny and criticism, and aspects of it have faced legal challenges in the courts. After it was renewed in 2006, most of its sections became permanent. What section of the act has riled librarians in particular? More… Discuss

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927) on the natural law of …Drawbacks


But there, everything has its drawbacks, as the man said when his mother-in-law died, and they came down upon him for the funeral expenses.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927) Discuss

 

Today’s Birthday: MAHALIA JACKSON (1911) (He’s got the whole world – Lord don’t move the Mountain)


Mahalia Jackson (1911)

As a child, Jackson sang at the New Orleans church where her father preached. After moving to Chicago, she sang with a touring gospel quintet. Her warm, powerful voice first came to wider public attention in the 1930s. Called “The Queen of Gospel,” she sang at an inaugural party for US President John F. Kennedy, at the 1963 March on Washington, and at the funeral of Martin Luther King, Jr. Despite many offers, she refused to sing secular songs. Jackson was born with what physical deformity? More… Discuss


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Quotation: Henry Fielding (1707-1754) on Nature


All nature wears one universal grin.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: GEORGES BIZET (1838) – L’Arlesienne suite No 2: Farandole (March of Three Kings)


Georges Bizet (1838)

A French composer, Bizet became disgusted with the frivolity of French opera and decided to change it. In 1875, his masterpiece,Carmen, premiered. Though its harsh realism repelled many, it eventually won international acclaim and is now one of the most popular operas in history. Sadly, Bizet did not live to see Carmen’s success, dying just months after it premiered. Foul play was initially suspected, but the apparent gunshot wound on his neck was eventually attributed to what? More… Discuss

This day in the Yesteryear: US INVADES GRANADA (1983)


US Invades Granada (1983)

After a left-wing government took control of Grenada in a 1979 bloodless coup, relations between the tiny Caribbean nation and its neighbors became strained. In 1983, the government was overthrown by radicals from within the same movement. Concerned about Grenada’s leanings toward Cuba and the Soviet bloc, the US invaded. World leaders were outraged, and the UN voted 108 to 9 to condemn the invasion. How did US President Ronald Reagan respond when asked whether the lopsided vote concerned him? More… Discuss

 

FAINTING AND FEAR AS “DEAD MAN” INTERRUPTS HIS OWN WAKE


Fainting and Fear as “Dead Man” Interrupts His Own Wake

Mourners in Brazil got the shock of their lives when the man they were mourning showed up at his own wake over the weekend. Some fled in fear while others simply fainted at the appearance of 41-year-old car washer Gilberto Araujo. As it turns out, the “undead” man had never been dead in the first place—it was all a case of mistaken identity that began at the mortuary, when a murder victim was incorrectly identified as Araujo and released to his family for burial. More…Discuss

 

DAEDALUS


Daedalus

In Greek mythology, Daedalus was a brilliant craftsman whose inventions often went awry. On Crete, he inadvertently helped create the fearsome Minotaur. At the order of King Minos, he built a labyrinth to contain the monster, but Theseus successfully navigated it to kill the beast. While imprisoned by Minos, Daedalus crafted wings of wax and feathers so he and his son Icarus could escape. Sadly, Icarus fell to his death when the sun melted his wings. Why had Daedalus originally fled to Crete? More… Discuss

Iodine- Leonard Cohen


Iodine
Leonard Cohen
Death of a Ladies’ Man
1977

I needed you, I knew I was in danger
of losing what I used to think was mine
You let me love you till I was a failure,
You let me love you till I was a failure —
Your beauty on my bruise like iodine

I asked you if a man could be forgiven
And though I failed at love, was this a crime?
You said, Don’t worry, don’t worry, darling
You said, Don’t worry, don’t you worry, darling
There are many ways a man can serve his time

You covered up that place I could not master
It wasn’t dark enough to shut my eyes
So I was with you, O sweet compassion
Yes I was with you, O sweet compassion
Compassion with the sting of iodine

Your saintly kisses reeked of iodine
Your fragrance with a fume of iodine
And pity in the room like iodine

Your sister fingers burned like iodine
And all my wanton lust was iodine
My masquerade of trust was iodine
And everywhere the flare of iodine

 

Leonard Cohen With U2: Tower of Song: (‘But I feel so close to everything that we lost We’ll never have to lose it again’)


Tower of Song

Well my friends are gone and my hair is grey
I ache in the places where I used to play
And I’m crazy for love but I’m not coming on
I’m just paying my rent every day
Oh in the Tower of Song
I said to Hank Williams: how lonely does it get?
Hank Williams hasn’t answered yet
But I hear him coughing all night long
A hundred floors above me
In the Tower of Song

I was born like this, I had no choice
I was born with the gift of a golden voice
And twenty-seven angels from the Great Beyond
They tied me to this table right here
In the Tower of Song

So you can stick your little pins in that voodoo doll
I’m very sorry, baby, doesn’t look like me at all
I’m standing by the window where the light is strong
Ah they don’t let a woman kill you
Not in the Tower of Song

Now you can say that I’ve grown bitter but of this you may be sure
The rich have got their channels in the bedrooms of the poor
And there’s a mighty judgment coming, but I may be wrong
You see, you hear these funny voices
In the Tower of Song

I see you standing on the other side
I don’t know how the river got so wide
I loved you baby, way back when
And all the bridges are burning that we might have crossed
But I feel so close to everything that we lost
We’ll never have to lose it again

Now I bid you farewell, I don’t know when I’ll be back
There moving us tomorrow to that tower down the track
But you’ll be hearing from me baby, long after I’m gone
I’ll be speaking to you sweetly
From a window in the Tower of Song

Yeah my friends are gone and my hair is gray
I ache in the places where I used to play
And I’m crazy for love but I’m not coming on
I’m just paying my rent every day
Oh in the Tower of Song

Leonard Cohen – Live In London – I Tried to Leave You


Leonard Cohen | Loved you in the morning | Anthem Ring the bells | (“Walk me to the corner Our steps will always rhyme…’)



Leonard CohenYes I Loved you in the morning and Ring the bells(c) (C) 2009 Sony Music Entertainment. Including the musicians Presentation, London Live concert 2009.
I love you in the morning
Our kisses deep and warm
Your hair upon the pillow
Like a sleepy golden storm.
Yes, many loved before us
I know that we are not new,
In city and in forest
They smiled like me and you,
But now it’s come to distances
And both of us must try,
Your eyes are soft with sorrow,
Hey, that’s no way to say goodbye.

I’m not looking for another
As I wander in my time,
Walk me to the corner
Our steps will always rhyme,
You know my love goes with you
As your love stays with me,
It’s just the way it changes
Like the shoreline and the sea,
But let’s not talk of love or chains
And things we can’t untie,
Your eyes are soft with sorrow,
Hey, that’s no way to say goodbye.

I love you in the morning
Our kisses deep and warm,
Your hair upon the pillow
Like a sleepy golden storm.
Yes, many loved before us
I know that we are not new,
In city and in forest
They smiled like me and you
But let’s not talk of love or chains
And things we can’t untie,
Your eyes are soft with sorrow
Hey, that’s no way to say goodbye.

 

Leonard Cohen – To Love Somebody – Leonard performs the Bee Gees’ song live in Eppelheim 1980.


Leonard Cohen – Alexandra Leaving (‘Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving. Then say goodbye to Alexandra lost.’)


Suddenly the night has grown colder.
The god of love preparing to depart.
Alexandra hoisted on his shoulder,
They slip between the sentries of the heart.

Upheld by the simplicities of pleasure,
They gain the light, they formlessly entwine
And radiant beyond your widest measure
They fall among the voices and the wine.

It’s not a trick, your senses all deceiving,
A fitful dream, the morning will exhaust
Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving.
Then say goodbye to Alexandra lost.

Even though she sleeps upon your satin
Even though she wakes you with a kiss.
Do not say the moment was imagined
Do not stoop to strategies like this.

As someone long prepared for this to happen,
Go firmly to the window. Drink it in.
Exquisite music. Alexandra laughing.
Your firm commitments tangible again.

And you who had the honor of her evening,
And by the honor had your own restored
Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving
Alexandra leaving with her lord.

Even though she sleeps upon your satin
Even though she wakes you with a kiss.
Do not say the moment was imagined
Do not stoop to strategies like this.

As someone long prepared for the occasion
In full command of every plan you wrecked
Do not choose a coward’s explanation
that hides behind the cause and the effect.

And you who were bewildered by a meaning
Whose code was broken, crucifix uncrossed
Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving.
Then say goodbye to Alexandra lost.

Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving.
Then say goodbye to Alexandra lost.
Read more at http://www.songmeanings.net/songs/view/42869/#Dm3xrlJrK6jzaYQ2.99

 

Leonard ‘Jikan’ Cohen-A Thousand Kisses Deep (‘La Fille Sur Le Pont’)


I’ve been practicing the art of knife and shuriken throwing.
I am learning to master the “No-Spin” technique.
Here’s “A Thousand Kisses Deep”, the song, set to 
La Fille sur le Pont
a great film with amazing performances 
by Daniel Auteuil and Vanessa Paradis
and directed by Patrice Leconte

“A Thousand Kisses Deep”

The ponies run, the girls are young,
The odds are there to beat.
You win a while, and then its done 
Your little winning streak.
And summoned now to deal
With your invincible defeat,
You live your life as if its real,
A Thousand Kisses Deep.

Im turning tricks, Im getting fixed,
Im back on Boogie Street.
You lose your grip, and then you slip
Into the Masterpiece.
And maybe I had miles to drive,
And promises to keep:
You ditch it all to stay alive,
A Thousand Kisses Deep.

And sometimes when the night is slow,
The wretched and the meek,
We gather up our hearts and go,
A Thousand Kisses Deep.

Confined to sex, we pressed against
The limits of the sea:
I saw there were no oceans left
For scavengers like me.
I made it to the forward deck.
I blessed our remnant fleet 
And then consented to be wrecked,
A Thousand Kisses Deep.

Im turning tricks, Im getting fixed,
Im back on Boogie Street.
I guess they wont exchange the gifts
That you were meant to keep.
And quiet is the thought of you,
The file on you complete,
Except what we forgot to do,
A Thousand Kisses Deep.

And sometimes when the night is slow,
The wretched and the meek,
We gather up our hearts and go,
A Thousand Kisses Deep.

The ponies run, the girls are young,
The odds are there to beat . . .

video credit:Maddylena92 very good editing

Cover of

Cover of Girl on the Bridge

 

 

Leonard Cohen – ‘You Know Who I Am’


You Know Who I Am 

(by Leonard Cohen)

I cannot follow you, my love,

you cannot follow me.

I am the distance you put between

all of the moments that we will be.


You know who I am,

you've stared at the sun,

well I am the one who loves

changing from nothing to one.


Sometimes I need you naked,

sometimes I need you wild,

I need you to carry my children in

and I need you to kill a child.


You know who I am...


If you should ever track me down

I will surrender there

and I will leave with you one broken man

whom I will teach you to repair.


You know who I am...


I cannot follow you, my love,

you cannot follow me.

I am the distance you put between

all of the moments that we will be.


You know who I am...

Leonard Cohen You Know Who I Am

The Perils of Positive Thinking


Plato on-line

What Makes Positive Thinking Dangerous
How the “positive thinking” cult in America mirrors life under
Stalin
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The Fraud Behind Disarming Citizens
It’s always interesting what parts of American history get told …and which parts are ‘disappeared.’

Here’s a heavily censored story of American heroism that’s going
to annoy a lot of opinionated people.
Video:
history-youve-never-heard

Food Activism vs Global Corporate Oligarchy
Organic food dealing fatal blows to global corporate oligarchy

‘The discredited Standford study was followed up by a more recent paper put out by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), covered in MSNBC’s article “Organic food no better than conventional for kids, pediatricians say.” The same flawed, unconvincing argument made by Cargill-funded Standford researchers was repeated verbatim by AAP, this time, the lie specifically targeting children. Ironically enough, a search for the AAP article revealed another interesting headline from MSNBC titled, “Pesticides in food linked to ADHD in…

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Breaking => Prominent International Lawyer: US President George W. Bush UK Prime Minister Tony Blair Convicted Of Nuremberg Crimes!


Political Vel Craft

A prominent international lawyer says former US President George W. Bush, and former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair stand guilty of crimes against peace, war crimes and torture, Press TV reports.

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Quotation: Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) on bondage of love


The soul most free is that most bound in thralldom to the ancient tyrant Love.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) Discuss

 

Today’s Birthday: ANNIE EDSON TAYLOR (1838)


Annie Edson Taylor (1838)

On her 63rd birthday, Taylor became the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel. The interior of the barrel was cushioned and the air was compressed with a bicycle pump. Before her trip, Taylor sent a cat over the falls in her barrel—and it lived. Days later, she drifted over the falls in the same barrel and walked away from the plunge with minor injuries. However, she did not significantly profit from the stunt. According to some accounts, her barrel was stolen by whom? More… Discuss

This Day in the Yesteryear: ZAMBIA GAINS INDEPENDENCE (1964)


Zambia Gains Independence (1964)

The area that is now Zambia came under British control in the early 1900s with the development of the copper mining industry. After decades of nationalist struggle, the British protectorate of Northern Rhodesia became the independent Republic of Zambia. Kenneth Kaunda, a former schoolteacher who had been jailed for nationalist political activities prior to independence, became its first president. Zambia may have been the first country to do what during the OlympicsMore… Discuss