Monday, August 31, 2009
Get this. McCartney wrote "When I'm Sixty Four" back in the late 1950's, then hauled it out much later and polished it with George Martin's help. Lennon did not like this kind of music coming from McCartney.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Whenever I think of the conservative opposition to minimum wage increases--indeed, many of these people are even against any minimum wage at all--I am so outraged that I almost lose control. Even hate radio icon Michael Savage agrees with me on minimum wage!
So I will always remember the staunch battle for the poor waged by Senator Edward Kennedy. This is a man I deeply admire.
Let it be.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
In Hinduism all the male divinities are completely powerless without their female counterpart, their energy or power, their shakti. In this way we find a conception of God as a Divine Couple.
Today is the "appearance day" of Sri Radha, Lord Krishna's eternal girlfriend.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
It's been a long time since they've made any music that meant anything to me, but the songs they made back in the day will be with me always. Here are two gems from the 70s that still sound amazing to this day.
"Round and Round"
"Seasons of Wither"
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
This is one of my favorite songs, introduced to me by the Station Agent. I must post it every few months at The Walrus Speaks.
King David is humbled by his love for a woman, and they are both humbled before God. The blurring of the distinction between the mundane and the sacred would confound Emile Durkheim, but gets an A+ from Hector Diego.
However, if you are an American who wants to think that the sacred is a formless blob, go right on, it's your Constitutional right.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
The rest is here.
William Calley, the former Army lieutenant convicted on 22 counts of murder in the infamous My Lai Massacre in Vietnam, publicly apologized for the first time this week while speaking in Columbus.
“There is not a day that goes by that I do not feel remorse for what happened that day in My Lai,” Calley told members of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Columbus on Wednesday. His voice started to break when he added, “I feel remorse for the Vietnamese who were killed, for their families, for the American soldiers involved and their families. I am very sorry.”
Dakine01 at Firedoglake has more on the roles of a young Colin Powell and a young Seymour Hersh in the aftermath of this brutal autrocity and the value, or lack thereof, in an apology for such an event that comes nearly four decades late.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Here's a fan video for the Elected's bluesy and earnest song, "Did Me Good".
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
By the way, Tim Tebow's wikipedia page from the year 2070 has made it's way back to our time if you want to see how his life turns out. Hint: it's pretty sweet.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Mainstream nitwits listening to Charles Grassley
You heard what I said. If you believe Palin, you are a dumb ass. This is the "mainstream"? God help us.
Read the article.
Lester William Polfuss, one of the biggest names in 20th century music, passed away yesterday. He invented the electric guitar and multitrack recording, and more. Les Paul was 94.
Read the article.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
The real criminal cuts on the list are Wonderfalls and Firefly. These shows are so fantastic that I'm almost relieved they were canceled before they could be ruined. One flawless season each--these shows make for great DVDs. I've watched both series at least three times. Firefly sold so well on DVD that they were able to make a movie to give the series a satisfactory resolution.
Paulina Logan covered the Firefly theme and did such a fine job that I'm putting it in the neverending KTWS talent competition. (Show theme is here; Wonderfalls' pilot is here)
Meanwhile, President Obama's top political adviser David Axelrod sent out this information out in a mass email today and wants it to go viral. Let's get this spread far and wide. Send it out to your email lists.
8 WAYS HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM PROVIDES SECURITY AND STABILITY TO ALL AMERICANS
1. Ends Discrimination for Pre-Existing Conditions: Insurance companies will be prohibited from refusing you coverage because of your medical history.
2. Ends Exorbitant Out-of-Pocket Expenses, Deductibles or Co-Pays: Insurance companies will have to abide by yearly caps on how much they can charge for out-of-pocket expenses.
3. Ends Cost-Sharing for Preventive Care: Insurance companies must fully cover, without charge, regular checkups and tests that help you prevent illness, such as mammograms or eye and foot exams for diabetics.
4. Ends Dropping of Coverage for Seriously Ill: Insurance companies will be prohibited from dropping or watering down insurance coverage for those who become seriously ill.
5. Ends Gender Discrimination: Insurance companies will be prohibited from charging you more because of your gender.
6. Ends Annual or Lifetime Caps on Coverage: Insurance companies will be prevented from placing annual or lifetime caps on the coverage you receive.
7. Extends Coverage for Young Adults: Children would continue to be eligible for family coverage through the age of 26.
8. Guarantees Insurance Renewal: Insurance companies will be required to renew any policy as long as the policyholder pays their premium in full. Insurance companies won't be allowed to refuse renewal because someone became sick.
Learn more and get details.
8 COMMON MYTHS ABOUT HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM
1. It's a myth that reform will mean a "government takeover" of health care or lead to "rationing." To the contrary, reform will forbid many forms of rationing that are currently being used by insurance companies.
2. It's a myth that reform will bust the budget. To the contrary, the President has identified ways to pay for the vast majority of the up-front costs by cutting waste, fraud, and abuse within existing government health programs; ending big subsidies to insurance companies; and increasing efficiency with such steps as coordinating care and streamlining paperwork. In the long term, reform can help bring down costs that will otherwise lead to a fiscal crisis.
3. It's a malicious myth that reform would encourage or even require euthanasia for seniors. For seniors who want to consult with their family and physicians about end-of life decisions, reform will help to cover these voluntary, private consultations for those who want help with these personal and difficult family decisions.
4. It's a myth that health insurance reform will affect veterans' access to the care they get now. To the contrary, the President's budget significantly expands coverage under the VA, extending care to 500,000 more veterans who were previously excluded. The VA Healthcare system will continue to be available for all eligible veterans.
5. It's a myth that health insurance reform will hurt small businesses. To the contrary, reform will ease the burdens on small businesses, provide tax credits to help them pay for employee coverage and help level the playing field with big firms who pay much less to cover their employees on average.
6. It's myth that Health Insurance Reform would be financed by cutting Medicare benefits. To the contrary, reform will improve the long-term financial health of Medicare, ensure better coordination, eliminate waste and unnecessary subsidies to insurance companies, and help to close the Medicare "doughnut" hole to make prescription drugs more affordable for seniors.
7. It's myth that reform will force you out of your current insurance plan or force you to change doctors. To the contrary, reform will expand your choices, not eliminate them.
8. It is an absurd myth that government will be in charge of your bank accounts. Health insurance reform will simplify administration, making it easier and more convenient for you to pay bills in a method that you choose. Just like paying a phone bill or a utility bill, you can pay by traditional check, or by a direct electronic payment. And forms will be standardized so they will be easier to understand. The choice is up to you - and the same rules of privacy will apply as they do for all other electronic payments that people make.
Learn more and get details.
Janmastami is the birthday of the Hindu god, Krishna. Hindus are very tolerant when it comes to God. They don't mind that people have different conceptions of God, for the main point--unlike some religions--is not what you believe, or that you are "saved", but how you act. If you act properly you are automatically saved, and what you believe is your own business. Now this doesn't mean that salvation is all on you and God doesn't save you. He has been saving me from disco for decades.
Many Hindus believe that Krishna is God because, aside from creating everything, he is very attractive. In fact, due to his attractiveness, many feel that being God is not his most important feature. Now that is food for thought...
For his devotees that want him to be, Krishna is eternally a child. Others worship him as a benevolent prince, their best friend, or as a lover.
And because of these qualities, Krishna is considered All Attractive. Attraction to Krishna will eventually liberate us from the cycle of reincarnation, which provides many opportunities for spiritual growth, but ultimately is not much fun.
Now here is the music I always play on Janmastami, produced by George Harrison.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
They spent a lot of time looking back at the demise of The State, reveling that at one point the troupe was courted by ABC to go head to head with Saturday Night Live. Too bad that fell through, The State would have kiled SNL.
Here's the interview:
The Sound of Young America
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
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No vegetarian or vegan option at her school
According to Neal Barnard, a nutrition researcher with the Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine, his group is sponsoring ads challenging the nation's school cafeterias to include vegetarian and vegan options for students.
"You have affluent children with access to healthy foods, and disadvantaged children have the same rights to the same kinds of healthy meals as affluent kids. And we are fighting for that fairness, so we felt that making that statement as directly as we could was important."
For me the most important part of the article was the quote above, which addresses the issue of health. Gradually, gradually, gradually, people are getting accustomed to the idea of an innocent diet. From what I have read about them, the Obamas would not oppose the aims of the Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine. This seems like an issue that enjoy broad support. The President would not oppose it, and even if he did, what--the Republicans are going to agree with him? As for the Democrats, they have consistently been friendlier to vegetarian causes.
Read the article.
McDonald's claims that "their goal has always been to lead the industry in animal welfare."
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Now how is it possible that a fast food chain that profits in the billions from the sale of cooked animals can make any claim at all to concerns for animal welfare? How?
I often disagree with PETA's tactics, but I have to say telling children the truth about Ronald McDonald and his Sad Meals is classic--brilliant. And the best part is that the kid in this video has given up eating these Sad Meals. However, it is virtually certain that he will go back to his old eating habits because there is no support for vegetarianism in the US, and Fox News, always an enemy of vegetarianism, will make sure the status quo is maintained.
It will take many generations for vegetarianism to really be respected by the mainstream, for eating is so basic that even the abolition of slavery was more comprehensible to Joe Schmo. But I will never abandon my dedication to the propagation of vegetarianism, and will occasionally support an organization I sometimes find counterproductive to the cause, such as PETA.
But they get an A+ for their latest stunt.
Watch the video.
Monday, August 10, 2009
When I first heard "She's Leaving Home" I thought, wow, this is almost as good as "Eleanor Rigby." The entire album was stuffed with so many delights, one wondered how the Beatles could come up with more and more innovations--would the well never run dry?
I have often said that the Beatles did not write their own music--God wrote the Beatles' music. Since art is creation and creation is God's stock and trade (though, in my opinion, not His be all and end all--He must have better things to do), my assertion is not really that wild. But for us, creation is like cleanliness. It is next to God.
Didn't Timothy Leary say that the Beatles were avataras?
Sunday, August 09, 2009
Dr. Hector Diego, University of Florida
I did not attend my high school graduation, because I dropped out. I did not attend commencement ceremonies at U.C. Berkeley because I did not care. Likewise when I received my Masters degree at the University of Florida. But for the big one--even though I still had little interest in such things, I thought...might as well. And might as well is why I donned the cap and gown yesterday, and the doctoral hood.
One reason I didn't really want to go through it was that I was imagining hours of boring speeches. However it was mercifully short.
Anyway, when this whole business gets me a job, I will feel a sense of accomplishment. Otherwise, the really big thrill will remain as the moment when my dissertation committee, at my defense, said congratulations. And even that pales in comparison to writing the dissertation, reading it through a thousand times while making revisions, and thinking this is good, this is solid. If I die today, this will stand.
For a long, long time. That's one of the greatest thrills of academe--the permanence of published writing. Because in this hard, unfair world, we all want to be heard.
Thanks to everyone who has supported me, and even to those who have not, for their lack of support made, and continues to make, my determination stronger.
Let someone else teach K-12.
Saturday, August 08, 2009
Here's a bit of Eddie Izzard's comedy:
Peter and Gordon had bigger hits--including their biggest, "World Without Love", written by Paul McCartney--but "I Go To Pieces", written by Del Shannon, is my favorite.
Friday, August 07, 2009
Some people have thought that "Fixing A Hole" is about shooting heroin. This is nonsense. McCartney never took that stuff and he would never write a song about it. He knew Brian Jones and other assorted junkies and while having compassion for them, he had compassion for himself and never touched hard drugs.
The song is about people.
With all the hype about how drugs destroy lives--and sometimes they do, but the drug war rhetoric is not telling the whole truth--it is refreshing to know that real progress is being made to stop this stupid war. What's happening in California, for instance. An article from the Drug Policy Alliance Network tells it straight.
"The war on drugs has become a war on families, a war on public health, and a war on our constitutional rights." Yes, it certainly has...or rather, it always has been.
Read the article.
Thursday, August 06, 2009
An article from CQ Politics, in reference to the so-called tea parties and disruptions of the First Amendment rights of Democrats trying to explain their health care proposals, has this--
"But the nature of the protests suggest the GOP has run out of options for fighting on substance, said David S. Meyer, a sociology professor at the University of California-Irvine who wrote The Politics of Protest: Social Movements in America.
"In historical context, it's a tool of the weak," Meyer said. He said it is noteworthy "that conservatives have to throw this kind of Hail Mary pass to stop health care reform" in a political system that favors that status quo.
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Hitfix's Drew McWeeny had the pleasure of spending an hour with Terry Gilliam at Comic-Con recently and managed to get him to share some honest career advice for his friend Johnny Depp: "He'd better start making some good films ... I'm not a great fan of Public Enemies, because I think [Michael Mann's] a fucking extraordinary filmmaker, but personally I didn't think Johnny had enough room to act ... He's making so much money. There was a piece in the Huffington Post today [Presumably he means this one]. It's a letter saying 'All right, come on, we all love you, but stop.' ... It's like, 'Come on. You've got the power to make some really good films happen. Why are you doing this shit?'"Far be it from me to pile on here--Gilliam did make 12 Monkeys and Brazil and he was in that little comedy troupe called Monty Python--but since Gilliam and Depp collaborated to make the satisfying Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Gilliam hasn't delivered any films of note, while Depp has run up the score with Blow, Chocolat and and two out of three Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Oh, and yes, Public Enemies was a remarkable film.
Of course, Gilliam and Depp could be playing us. The two have at least one movie coming out in the near future, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, the late Heath Ledger's final film. Depp is also rumored to be involved in Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Monday, August 03, 2009
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
Sunday, August 02, 2009
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