Daily Archives: February 19, 2013

I have been trying to find out more about this, I am glad you brought it: To start with: There is no precedent in the history of humanity in a case where free people are made, during peace time slaves to a company (not in modern times at least). To be allowed to acquire patents on existing natural seeds and monopolize on that is insane. To pay an army of “private agents”, is even more incompatible with civilization. Shame on Monsanto!

It was force for good…for the empire!

The Hindu perspective

The idea that British rule over India was a force for good is not uncommon in Britain and even in certain sections of westernised Indian elite. Read right-of-centre British newspapers and you will regularly find articles and columns that glorify Britain’s colonial past, giving the impression that Britain was spreading the light of Western Civilisation to the dark corners of the world. Many British history books still do their best to highlight the benefits that British rule brought to the numerous colonies, rather than the hardships.

Recently in an interview with the BBC, Niall Ferguson, a British historian who has recently produced a six-part documentary series for Channel 4, and also works in a research department at Oxford University, said that British Raj greatly benefited the ruled nations and people.

To be sure, many white Britons, perhaps even the majority, think that the colonial era is not something to…

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Si se puede!

crimson satellite

A child celebrates Rafael Correa's election victory


Ecuador’s president has vowed to deepen the “citizens’ revolution” that has lifted tens of thousands of people out of poverty.

“In this revolution the citizens are in charge, not capital,” said Rafael Correa, who was elected to a third term in office after winning 56.9% of the vote on Sunday.

His closest challenger, banker Guillermo Lasso, won 23.8% and former president Lucio Gutiérrez finished third with 6%, with 57% of the ballots counted. The remainder of the votes were divided among five other candidates.

Correa, a leftwing economist, has brought stability to the oil-exporting nation of 14.6 million people, which had seen seven presidents in the decade before he took office. With the help of crude prices hovering around $100 a barrel, he has raised living standards and widened the welfare state with region-leading social spending.

The 48-year-old dedicated his victory to his cancer-stricken friend Hugo Chávez, the Venezuelan…

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run them out of town!

World Music - the Music Journey

Todos Tus Muertos is a punk and reggae band from Argentina created in 1985. In 1986 they recorded their first demo called Noches Agitadas en el Cementerio. In 1988, a self-named album was released. After three years of recording, in 1990 a second album was released called Nena de Hiroshima. After the second album Fidel was invited to collaborate with Mano Negra. Along with Manu Chao and the rest of Mano Negra, they went to Colombia where they recorded La Casa Babylon.(wikipedia)

If you hear the track , you think first- this got nothing in common with punk music but the sound ´s familiar to the one of Manu Chao ( think most of you have already heard them ) The sound is quite different , but unique , here is their song Adelita


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Long live the oil man!


32 Days Of Higher Gas Prices Comes At Tough Time




” That means that the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline has increased more than 13% over that period to $3.73.

It’s hitting wallets right in the middle of winter, when people are already looking at large home heating bills. And it comes just after many Americans have been hit with smaller paychecks, and are worried about looming budget cuts that could deliver an even deeper blow.

What’s behind the higher prices at the pump? It’s a confluence of factors, from rising crude oil prices, to production cuts and refinery closings.”

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Leonar Cohen – From the footage of ‘Bird on a Wire’ taken in the late 1960’s of Cohen’s tour around Europe and “If It Be Your Will”

If it be your will 
That I speak no more 
And my voice be still 
As it was before 
I will speak no more 
I shall abide until 
I am spoken for 
If it be your will 
If it be your will 
That a voice be true 
From this broken hill 
I will sing to you 
From this broken hill 
All your praises they shall ring 
If it be your will 
To let me sing 
From this broken hill 
All your praises they shall ring 
If it be your will 
To let me sing 

If it be your will 
If there is a choice 
Let the rivers fill 
Let the hills rejoice 
Let your mercy spill 
On all these burning hearts in hell 
If it be your will 
To make us well 

And draw us near 
And bind us tight 
All your children here 
In their rags of light 
In our rags of light 
All dressed to kill 
And end this night 
If it be your will 

If it be your will

Jennifer Warnes & Leonard Cohen – Joan of Arc (“…she clearly understood If he was fire, oh she must be wood…”)

Now the flames they followed Joan of Arc
As she came riding through the dark
No moon to keep her armour bright
No man to get her through this dark and smoky night
She said, “I’m tired of the war
I want the kind of work I had before
A wedding dress or something white
To wear upon my swollen appetite.”
La la la la la la…

Well, I’m glad to hear you talk this way
You know I’ve watched you riding every day
And something in me yearns to win
Such a cold and lonesome heroine
“And who are you? ” she sternly spoke
To the one beneath the smoke
“why, I’m fire,” he replied
“And I love your solitude, I love your pride.”

“Well then fire, make your body cold
I’m gonna give you mine to hold”
Saying this she climbed inside
To be his one, to be his only bride
And deep into his fiery heart
He took the dust of Joan of Arc
And high above all these wedding guests
He hung the ashes of her lovely wedding dress
La la la la la la…

It was deep into his fiery heart
He took the dust of Joan of Arc
And then she clearly understood
If he was fire, oh she must be wood
I saw her wince, I saw her cry
I saw the glory in her eye
Myself I long for love and light
But must it come so cruel, must it be so brave?
La la la la la la…


unemotional (poetic thought by George-B)

unemotional (poetic thought by George-B)

Giving receiver, how have you become?  
Without feelings, a smile’s a grin,
A portrait, a monster, a fake an original,
life dead,

The burning face in the painting is Gioconda’s –

Libria, I Salute you!

disease is the human emotion
Peace come
Burn the painting, burn the book, make anti-art
Unemotional, the world is once  again flat,
Soulless, uninhibited

 I freed the bait from the hook of life
giving it fair chance to fate.

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Miles Davis – Kind Of Blue (Full Album) (Full HD 1080p) Jazz HQ Sound

Published on May 10, 2012

Miles DavisKind Of Blue Full Album Concert Full HD Kind of Blue is a studio album by American jazz musician Miles Davis, released August 17, 1959, on Columbia Records in the United States. High Quality Sound Audio FLAC Which Preserve Quality of Original Uncompressed Audio Sound Recording sessions for the album took place at Columbia’s 30th Street Studio in New York City on March 2 and April 22, 1959. The sessions featured Davis’s ensemble sextet, which consisted of pianist Bill Evans (Wynton Kelly on one track), drummer Jimmy Cobb, bassist Paul Chambers, and saxophonists John Coltrane and Julian “Cannonball” Adderley.
After the entry of Bill Evans into his sextet, Davis followed up on the modal experimentations of Milestones (1958) and 1958 Miles (1958) by basing the album entirely on modality, in contrast to his earlier work with the hard bop style of jazz. Though precise figures have been disputed, Kind of Blue has been described by many music writers not only as Davis’s best-selling album, but as the best-selling jazz record of all time. On October 7, 2008, it was certified quadruple platinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It has been regarded by many critics as the greatest jazz album of all time and Davis’s masterpiece.
The album’s influence on music, including jazz, rock, and classical music, has led music writers to acknowledge it as one of the most influential albums ever made. In 2002, it was one of fifty recordings chosen that year by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry. In 2003, the album was ranked number 12 on Rolling Stone magazine‘s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
Kind of Blue has been cited by writers and music critics as the greatest jazz album of all time and has been ranked at or near the top of numerous “best album” lists in disparate genres. In 2002, Kind of Blue was one of 50 recordings chosen that year by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry.In selecting the album as number 12 on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, Rolling Stone magazine stated “This painterly masterpiece is one of the most important, influential and popular albums in jazz”. On December 16, 2009, the United States House of Representatives passed a resolution honoring the fiftieth anniversary of Kind of Blue and “reaffirming jazz as a national treasure”. It is included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, described by reviewer Seth Jacobson as “a genre-defining moment in twentieth-century music, period.”
Track listing
All songs written and composed by Miles Davis except where noted (see content section for more information). Only six complete takes of the five songs on the album exist:. 
No. Title Length
1. “So What” 9:22
2. “Freddie Freeloader” 9:46
3. “Blue in Green” (Miles Davis and Bill Evans) 5:37
4. “All Blues” 11:33
5. “Flamenco Sketches” (Miles Davis and Bill Evans) 9:26
Reissue bonus track
No. Title Length
6. “Flamenco Sketches (Alternate take)” 9:32
Tracks 1, 2 and 3 (side one on the original vinyl release) recorded March 2, 1959; tracks 4 and 5 (side two) recorded April 22, 1959. All tracks recorded at Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City.

Miles Davis — trumpet, band leader
Julian “Cannonball” Adderley — alto saxophone, except on “Blue in Green”
Paul Chambers — double bass
Jimmy Cobb — drums
John Coltrane — tenor saxophone
Bill Evans — piano (except “Freddie Freeloader”), liner notes
Wynton Kelly — piano on “Freddie Freeloader”
Michael Cuscuna — reissue production
Don Hunstein — photography
Teo Macero — production
Jay Maisel — cover photo
Fred Plaut — recording engineering
Irving Townsend — production
Mark Wilder — remix engineer
Nat Hentoff — liner notes

Chart positions
Billboard Music Charts (North America)
1977: Jazz Albums — #37
1987: Top Jazz Albums — #10
2001: Top Internet Albums — #14

Lucy Rose – Shiver

Published on Feb 18, 2013

Music video by Lucy Rose performing Shiver. (C) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

One for the bait (poetic thought by George-B)

One for the bait (poetic thought by George-B)

I freed the worm from the hook
to give it a second chance to life.
I hooked myself but it’s too late
in the season for fishing.

I shaved, hoping to please some killer whale
with no result
Here I am,
I can’t even make the bait.

Sisters of Mercy – Leonard Cohen (“If your life is a leaf that the seasons tear off and condemn”)

(From the Movie Mc Cabe and Mrs Miller)

Leonard Cohen

Oh the sisters of mercy,
they are not departed or gone.
They were waiting for me 
when I thought that I just can’t go on.
And they brought me their comfort 
and later they brought me this song.
Oh I hope you run into them, 
you who’ve been travelling so long.

Yes you who must leave everything
that you cannot control.
It begins with your family,
but soon it comes around to your soul.
Well I’ve been where you’re hanging,
I think I can see how you’re pinned:
When you’re not feeling holy,
your loneliness says that you’ve sinned.

Well they lay down beside me,
I made my confession to them.
They touched both my eyes 
and I touched the dew on their hem.
If your life is a leaf that the seasons
tear off and condemn
they will bind you with love that is
graceful and green as a stem.

When I left they were sleeping, 
I hope you run into them soon.
Don’t turn on the lights,
you can read their address by the moon.
And you won’t make me jealous
if I hear that they sweetened your night:
We weren’t lovers like that 
and besides it would still be all right,
We weren’t lovers like that
and besides it would still be all right.  (Lyrics from Here)


LAWeekly: Living off the Grid – When life takes you out of your house and into your car

LAWEEKLY - Suzanne Verdal

LA WEEKLY – Suzanne Verdal  (Click to access story)

From the Canadian movie “I Am A Hotel” (1983).
The whole video is only 24 min. long but it contains some of the best LC’s songs. 
Written by Leonard Cohen and Mark Shekter, produced by Allan Nichols for Blue Memorial Video Ltd. Filmed at the King Edward Hotel, Toronto
The video won the Golden Rose international television award in Montreux, Switzerland.


Quotation: Charles Dickens on Charity and Justice

Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: SHIVAJI (1630)

Shivaji (1630)

A devout Hindu, Shivaji grew up hating the Mughal Empire that controlled most of his native India. Around 1655, he began making guerrilla attacks on the Muslim kingdom of Bijapur, gradually carving out his own domain. He lured the Bijapur army to its destruction, becoming a formidable warlord overnight by taking the army’s equipment. He then established the Maratha Empire, which was noted for its religious tolerance. How did he once make a daring escape from the Mughal emperor’s palace? More… Discuss


Former US Vice President Aaron Burr Arrested for Treason (1807)

Nearly three years after killing Alexander Hamilton in a duel, former US Vice President Aaron Burr was arrested on unrelated charges of treason. Though the exact details of his plan were a mystery even then, he was accused of plotting to establish an independent country of his own, possibly in the American Southwest. He was treated well while imprisoned at Fort Stoddert and was eventually acquitted, but his political career was destroyed. Which of his co-conspirators turned on him? More… Discuss


WRESTLING TO BE DROPPED FROM OLYMPICS IN 2020 (might as well drop Olympics altogether!)

Wrestling to Be Dropped from Olympics in 2020

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) dealt a stunning blow to the wrestling community last week when it recommended that the sport be dropped from the Games starting in 2020. Wrestling was one of the founding sports of the ancient Olympic Games, and it featured in the first modern Olympics in Athens in 1896. Still, its longstanding Olympic legacy was not enough to keep it from getting the ax. The IOC hopes the move, which gives it the flexibility to add a new sport to the program, will help it maintain the appeal of the Games in a changing world. More… Discuss