Daily Archives: April 19, 2013

From ProPublica — A Reading Guide to What’s Going on in Boston

From ProPublica --A Reading Guide to What’s Going on in Boston

From ProPublica –A Reading Guide to What’s Going on in Boston

Boston Bombing Suspects Echo Home-Grown Terrorists in Madrid, London Attacks, ProPublica

Excerpts from article: “Counterterror officials say the emerging portrait suggests the brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev slipped into Islamic extremism under the influence of Internet propaganda.” 

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Is depression contagious? ‘Cognitive vulnerability’ may be transferable between roommates, study finds

May be may be not: one thing though: recession contagious guaranteed

At Times WordPress Leaves Me Baffled Part 5

Pavlovian Politics: Leaders Line Up To Call For Increased Surveillance In Aftermath of Boston Bombing



220px-2013_Boston_Marathon_aftermath_peopleBelow is my column today in USA Today on the Boston bombing and the call for new security laws and expanded surveillance. I have been doing interviews trying to caution against these calls for immediate action — a mantra that we hear after every attack no matter the cause. I am in Chicago today and was struck by how quickly Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel called for more surveillance cameras in a city with one of the largest surveillance systems in the United States.

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How thieves guess PINs

Partial Self-portrait _ work in progress (pencil drawing from My collection)

Partial Self-portrait_ work in progress

Partial Self-portrait_ work in progress

Obama Approves EPA’s Higher Radiation Exposure Levels for U.S. Population (there is no safe level of exposure to radiation!)

Obama Approves EPA's Higher Radiation Exposure Levels for U.S. Population

Obama Approves EPA’s Higher Radiation Exposure Levels for U.S. Population (click to access article)

So the regulation ups to match the reality of exposure: Way to go guys! 

Leonard Cohen – The Story of Isaac

Leonard Cohen Story Of Isaac Lyrics

Songwriters: COHEN
The door it opened slowly, 
My father he came in, 
I was nine years old. 
And he stood so tall above me, 
His blue eyes they were shining 
And his voice was very cold. 
He said, “I’ve had a vision 
And you know I’m strong and holy, 
I must do what I’ve been told.” 
So he started up the mountain, 
I was running, he was walking, 
And his axe was made of gold. 

Well, the trees they got much smaller, 
The lake a lady’s mirror, 
We stopped to drink some wine. 
Then he threw the bottle over. 
Broke a minute later 
And he put his hand on mine. 
Thought I saw an eagle 
But it might have been a vulture, 
I never could decide. 
Then my father built an altar, 
He looked once behind his shoulder, 
He knew I would not hide. 

You who build these altars now 
To sacrifice these children, 
You must not do it anymore. 
A scheme is not a vision 
And you never have been tempted 
By a demon or a god. 
You who stand above them now, 
Your hatchets blunt and bloody, 
You were not there before, 
When I lay upon a mountain 
And my father’s hand was trembling 
With the beauty of the world. 

And if you call me brother now, 
Forgive me if I inquire, 
“Just according to whose plan?” 
When it all comes down to dust 
I will kill you if I must, 
I will help you if I can. 
When it all comes down to dust 
I will help you if I must, 
I will kill you if I can. 
And mercy on our uniform, 
Man of peace or man of war
The peacock spreads his fan.


From Democracy Now: The Video Guatemala’s President Doesn’t Want You To See Perez Molina = Mayor Tito! Troubling!

Published on Apr 19, 2013

Watch the full interview with reporter Allan Nairn talking about his 1982 interview with Guatemala’s new president, Otto Pérez Molina, on Democracy Now! at http://owl.li/kesMR. In 1982, Nairn interviewed a Guatemalan general nicknamed “Tito” on camera during the height of the indigenous massacres. It turns out the man was actually Otto Pérez Molina, the current president of Guatemala. We air the original interview footage and speak to Nairn about the U.S. role backing the Guatemalan dictatorship. Nairn was scheduled to testify this week in the genocide trial of former Guatemalan dictator Efraín Ríos Montt.

Nairn flew to Guatemala for the Ríos Montt trial after he was called to testify. But at the last minute, Nairn was kept off the stand “in order,” he was told, “to avoid a confrontation” with the president — General Pérez Molina — and for fear that if he took the stand, military elements might respond with violence. “They knew that I could implicate Pérez Molina further, because I had met him in the highlands during the massacres when he was operating under a code name, and I interviewed soldiers under his commands who described how under orders they executed and tortured civilians,” Nairn says.

AMY GOODMAN: This is a huge charge. I mean, right now, it’s an historic trial when it’s 25 years after a past president is now being charged. Let’s go to a clip of Otto Pérez Molina, the current president of Guatemala, but this is 1982 in the heartland area of Quiché in northwest Guatemala, northwest of Guatemala City. In this video clip, Otto Pérez Molina is seen reading from political literature found on one of the bodies. This is your interview with him.

MAYOR OTTO PÉREZ MOLINA: [translated] “The poor artisan fights alongside the worker. The poor peasant fights alongside the worker. The wealth is produced by us, the poor. The army takes the poor peasants. Together, we have an invincible force. All the families are with the guerrilla, the guerrilla army of the poor, toward final victory forever.” These are the different fronts that they have.

ALLAN NAIRN: [translated] So here they are saying that the army killed some people.

MAYOR OTTO PÉREZ MOLINA: [translated] Exactly.

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Upper room (poetic thought by George-B)

Upper room (poetic thought by George-B)

Close your eyes-
There is so much to see
in the deep recesses of your soul

The shadows come to life
In the recesses of your soul…

There is a healing breeze
A faint fragrance of sage and tarragon
A breastbone yet to break
A chance that’s only yours

A closed door once now opens,
A brave large bird circling the scene,
From seemingly unsurpassed heights…

The vision from above is clear,
And rarity of air makes thing simple:

To breathe or not to breathe becomes the question
To breathe and breathe again the only answer

 Coming from the upper room. 

Chelsea Hotel 2 – Leonard Cohen “your heart was a legend”

 Send “CHELSEA HOTEL NO. 2” Ringtone to your Cell 

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.

 Send “CHELSEA HOTEL NO. 2” Ringtone to your Cell 


Otis Redding-Sitting on the dock of the bay

Bill Withers – Ain’t No Sunshine (Uploaded on Jul 22, 2007 – 46,448,262)

Uploaded on Jul 22, 2007

Bill Withers in 1971, playing “Ain’t No Sunshine”

John Lennon Stand by Me (viral on YouTube Uploaded on Jun 25, 2006 – 36,715,408 views + 1)

Pink Floyd – Another Brick In The Wall (Viral Uploaded on Jul 5, 2010 24,677,69 views) And the message is: “FREEDOM”

Pink Floyd – Another Brick In The Wall 

Lifted from “Pink Floyd The Wall” film, this video is actually comprised of two songs: “The Happiest Days Of Our Lives” and “Another Brick In The Wall Pt. 2” This video became the official video of “Another Brick In The Wall Pt. 2” after the release of the film in 1982.

This single is by far Pink Floyd’s greatest ever mainstream success, instantly attaining classic status, and is perhaps their most famous piece of work. 

ABINTW Pt. 2 even became the protest song of a group of South African students during the apartheid regime, the song was subsequently banned in South Africa. 

The song itself is a protest against the rigidity of British schools, and in particular, the boarding school system Waters would have been part of as a young boy.

The poem read out by the schoolteacher is a direct reference to “Money”

The schoolteacher in this video was portrayed by the late, great, Scottish actor Alex McAvoy who passed away in June 2005.

If you haven’t seen “The Wall” I would Highly recommend you to do so.

Queen – Radio Ga Ga (HQ) (Live At Wembley 86) “All We Hear Is Radio Ga Ga” (and TV of Course!)

Played at Wembley Stadium In London, England on Saturday 12th July 1986 during Queen’s Magic Tour.
Written by Roger Taylor.

Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen (viral on YouTube 13,817,803 – Uploaded on Apr 19, 2011)

Bohemian Rhapsody” is a song by the British rock band Queen. It was written by Freddie Mercury for the band’s 1975 album A Night at the Opera. The song has no chorus, instead consisting of three main parts: a ballad segment ending with a guitar solo, an operatic passage, and a heavy rock section.

When it was released as a single, “Bohemian Rhapsody” became a huge commercial success, staying at the top of the UK Singles Chart for nine weeks and selling more than a million copies by the end of January 1976.[1] It reached number one again in 1991 for five weeks following Mercury’s death, eventually becoming the UK’s third best selling single of all time.[2] It topped the charts in several other markets as well, including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and The Netherlands. In the United States the song originally peaked at number nine in 1976; however, it returned to the chart at number two in 1992 following its appearance in the film Wayne’s World revived its American popularity.

The single was accompanied by a promotional video, considered ground-breaking.[3] Although critical reaction was initially mixed, particularly in the United States, “Bohemian Rhapsody” remains one of Queen’s most popular songs. Rolling Stone ranked it as the number 163 on their list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time“.


EUZICASA Friday Matinee Concert: Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen – A Cappella Multitrack by Matt Mulholland (viral on YouTube: uploaded February 13, 2011 – 475,314 views)

Taking air guitar to the next level.  

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