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this day in the yesteryear: Soviet Union Lifts Blockade of Berlin (1949)


Soviet Union Lifts Blockade of Berlin (1949)

One of the first major crises of the Cold War, the Berlin blockade began in June 1948 during the multinational occupation of post-WWII Germany. In an attempt to force its former wartime allies—the US, the UK, and France—out of Berlin, the USSR began a blockade of all rail, road, and water traffic through East Germany to West Berlin. Rather than withdraw, the Western powers bypassed the blockade by airlifting thousands of tons of supplies into the city each day. What was Operation Little Vittles? More… Discuss

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people-places-civilizations: Gurkha


Gurkha

The Gurkha are members of a Nepali ethnic group who claim descent from the Rajputs and Brahmins of North India. They entered Nepal from the west after being driven from India and, in the early 16th century, conquered the small state of Gurkha. They then expanded eastward and established their authority over all of Nepal by the mid-18th century, although a subsequent war with the British in India brought a strong British influence to Nepal. What is the name of their famed curved knife? More… Discuss

this embed for your enjoyment: The best drone pictures of 2014 — BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld)


this pressed: #Hagupit in tweets and pictures – timeline of a typhoon— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld)


this day in the yesteryear: Japan’s Meiji Constitution Goes into Effect (1890)


Japan’s Meiji Constitution Goes into Effect (1890)

In the mid-19th century, Japan was forced to end its isolation by signing a series of unequal treaties that gave Western nations special privileges in Japan. The unpopular Tokugawa shogunate collapsed soon after and, in 1868, the boy emperor Meiji was “restored” to power. The Meiji constitution defined Japan as a capable, modern nation deserving of Western respect while preserving its own power. What did Ito Hirobumi, who drafted the Meiji constitution, do to prepare himself for the task? More… Discuss

this pressed: A little wisdom from someone who cares about freedom.


Beethoven – Trio for Piano, Flute and Bassoon in G, WoO 37: great compositions/performances


Beethoven – Trio for Piano, Flute and Bassoon in G, WoO 37

Eric Kleiber – Dvořák: The Wild Dove (Holoubek), Op 110, Wedding Dance: great compositions/performances


Eric Kleiber – Dvořák: The Wild Dove (Holoubek), Op 110, Wedding Dance

this day in the yesteryear: The Berlin Wall Falls 1989 NBC Coverage Pt1


The Berlin Wall Falls 1989 NBC Coverage Pt1

Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Beethoven Variations on “Rule Britannia”


Beethoven Variations on “Rule Britannia

 

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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: The Berlin Celebration Concert – Beethoven, Symphony No 9 Bernstein 1989



Make Music Part of Your Life Series: The Berlin Celebration Concert – Beethoven, Symphony No 9 Bernstein 1989

Published on Mar 30, 2013

Conducted by Leonard Bernstein, THE BERLIN CELEBRATION CONCERT is an historic performance marking the fall of the Berlin Wall. Performed on Christmas Day 1989 in the former East Berlin, the concert unites an international cast of celebrated musicians and vocalists for a moving performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

Symphonieorchester des Bayerisches Rundfunks and members of Staatskapelle Dresden, Orchestra of the Leningrad Kirov Theatre, London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and Orchestre de Paris.

 

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Leonard Cohen Prophesies…The Future


Uploaded on Mar 3, 2011

(Lyrics below) It’s been said that even a broken clock is right twice a day. My estimate is that Leonard Cohen at least doubles that. It’s amazing how often he is able to nail profound spiritual truth — more commonly with a couplet but at times, like with this one, even three-fourths of an entire song. How I wish there were born-again Christians that could prophesy like this man!

Please note the eerily powerful pro-life allusion at song’s end.

The Future
(Music and Lyrics by Leonard Cohen)

Give me back my broken night 
my mirrored room, my secret life 
it’s lonely here, 
there’s no one left to torture 
Give me absolute control 
over every living soul 
And lie beside me, baby, 
that’s an order! 
Give me crack and anal sex 
Take the only tree that’s left 
and stuff it up the hole 
in your culture 
Give me back the Berlin wall 
give me Stalin and St Paul 
I’ve seen the future, brother: 
it is murder. 

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions 
Won’t be nothing 
Nothing you can measure anymore 
The blizzard, the blizzard of the world 
has crossed the threshold 
and it has overturned 
the order of the soul 
When they said REPENT REPENT 
I wonder what they meant 
When they said REPENT REPENT 
I wonder what they meant 
When they said REPENT REPENT 
I wonder what they meant 

You don’t know me from the wind 
you never will, you never did 
I’m the little Jew 
who wrote the Bible 
I’ve seen the nations rise and fall 
I’ve heard their stories, heard them all 
but love’s the only engine of survival 
Your servant here, he has been told 
to say it clear, to say it cold: 
It’s over, it ain’t going 
any further 
And now the wheels of heaven stop 
you feel the devil’s riding crop 
Get ready for the future: 
it is murder 

Things are going to slide … 

There’ll be the breaking of the ancient 
western code 
Your private life will suddenly explode 
There’ll be phantoms 
There’ll be fires on the road 
and the white man dancing 
You’ll see a woman 
hanging upside down 
her features covered by her fallen gown 
and all the lousy little poets 
coming round 
tryin’ to sound like Charlie Manson 
and the white man dancin’ 

Give me back the Berlin wall 
Give me Stalin and St Paul 
Give me Christ 
or give me Hiroshima 
Destroy another fetus now 
We don’t like children anyhow 
I’ve seen the future, baby: 
it is murder 

Things are going to slide … 

When they said REPENT REPENT ..