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Der Rattenfanger’s Deathtrap Dub

Posted: April 12th, 2016 in Art, life

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is a very nice dub.

Would You Eat at Arby’s to Stand up to Bully Cops?

Dan Sanchez
September 3, 2015

(ANTIMEDIA) Pembroke Pines, FL — Police Sergeant Jennifer Martin rolled up to an Arby’s drive-thru Monday night, presumably hungry after a long day of menacing peaceful people with extortion threats.

Unfortunately for her dinner plans, she encountered at the window a young man whose moral sense and powers of observation somehow survived his American childhood intact. Much to her indignant surprise, instead of being offered the usual complimentary side order of “thank you for your service,” she herself was refused service by the 19-year-old clerk.

After being addressed curtly while placing her order, the salivating sergeant drove up to the pick-up window where she was informed by the manager that the clerk, “doesn’t want to serve you because you are a police officer.” Admirably, the manager even added that the young man had a right not to.

Shortly thereafter, Sergeant Martin returned on foot, demanding a refund over concern for the food’s safety — perhaps projecting her own profession’s standards and presuming that cop critics must be as willing to contaminate food as cops are to contaminate evidence. She petulantly collected the manager’s information for tattling purposes, along with her money. Meanwhile, the clerk continued to refuse to speak to her.

The Arby’s CEO later called Martin’s chief to apologize, and the company promised to “…be sure that our policy of inclusion is understood and adhered to.

Of course, for the local police unions, this is not nearly enough groveling and punishment for such an egregious act of lèse-majesté. One union official shamelessly referencedthe fatal attacks on the men and women in uniform in America” and the president’s lack of leadership while simpering about the roast-beef-related incident.

He insisted that it “…warrants much more than an apology. […] Until corrective action is taken and the employees involved in this incident are terminated, we are calling for a national boycott of Arby’s.”

Wouldn’t it be something if this call had the same opposite effect as the 2012 attempt to boycott Chik-fil-A? What if supporters of the brave young drive-thru clerk flocked to Arby’s, driving up record sales to make a statement? That would certainly amplify his act of protest, and foil yet another attempt by police unions to bully and silence critics.

Call it #SandwichSolidarity. When police accountability activists risk their jobs — and worse, incur the indignation of vindictive cops — surely eating a few times at Arby’s is not toomuch a sacrifice to provide one of them with support.

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A little lesson on attitude adjustment from a childhood (and still) hero.

Peace.

Carl Jung – Face to Face [BBC – 1959]:

From brainpickings.org

I found this fascinating. On many levels. This man is awesome. I was actually quite impressed with the interviewer, too. They don’t make ’em like that anymore.

I often contemplate the nature of living things in their powerful desire to keep living at all costs insofar as that is the way it should be, as it were.

I think about it because a lot of the time I do not feel that feeling or force or whatever it is. It is troubling. And frequent.

I wish I could talk to this guy.

I no longer think my mind can be sorted, though. Like my eyes, it is far too late.

I may add more to this, we’ll see.

Peace.

I told myself and therapist #2 that I was going to do a nice blog post today on the PC as I am not at band and have all day and the desktop WordPress is worlds better than this stupid app.. Well, I have till 5 anyway.

So I started pretty early… It is now 6 minutes to 2 and the damn PC only just loaded the page. Over 2 hours. I am so stressed out I can hardly scream or cry though those reactions might help.

I am thinking that it is the prehistoric PC that I am stuck with. XP, Pentium 4 2.8 – really old like over 10 years. It was nice back then and it’s outlived the custom handmade BOXX workstation, but it is just so frustrating… All that time wasted and time is not very available without compromising my aunt’s care which I just won’t do.

So I gave up with it and am writing this on the very limited android app. So I am so sorry readers, but imagery and suchlike will be uncommon treats which upsets me as I love doing that for myself as well as for you.

Dammit.

I think in the second to last post, a simple YT video with a paragraph took about 45 minutes and that was “good.”

Basically I have been trying these days to see the good in life and try to convince myself that I should not snuff it when my aunt goes home. There are quite a few folks trying to get me to see as well. Some rare friends on Facebook, the hospice coordinator and care volunteer and the hospice chaplain as well as the home care aide who comes over every day.

Forty five years of depression and bad experiences limit the ability to see any good things… I have never been happy, for example, I just do not know what that means. I can not relate when people tell me I should be so.

For the past few weeks now I have been trying hard to get my thoughts going in the direction most say they should go… towards a positive attitude regarding the future and what it might bring. It is slow going, to be sure as I have convinced myself over the decades that nothing good would or even could happen to me, if only because it never had. That of course is not counting the handful of real friends I have, who I treasure and love deeply. There have been so many more false people who did their level best to hurt me and always succeeded.

I believe I can change that standard line of self destructive thinking and replace it with positivity, but it is going to take some effort. I am grateful for my strengths… people are always saying that they can’t fathom how I do what I have done these past few years. That must be a positive thing I think. So, yeah, dammit I am going to do it.

Maybe I won’t have to die alone, even.

That’d be nice, but, breath holding is not advised.

I don’t know… hopefully it will all work out… I am pretty much convinced though that I will be starting anew with not a dime once the state and the feds get through sucking the life out of what’s left.

Anyway, peace and I thank you for still being there.

Peace.

Check it out

Posted: October 22nd, 2014 in health, human behavior, life, life science
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http://bokku-chan.tumblr.com/post/100656257513/rubyetc-i-found-these-gifs-i-made-a-while-back

Hoping that this post off my tumblr timeline includes the gifs, as they are, pretty much, the post. I think that they are very well thought out and executed.

This bokku-chan fellow is a great artist and pretty hip in my humble opinion. If you’re on tumblr follow along.

Should you be so inclined I have two tumblrs, cool cars (jaded, as you might expect) at misterfibuli, and everything else mrfibulisfortfinds (even more jaded!).

Spending a lot of time thereabouts lately as I am usually at my aunt’s side in this hospice chapter and it is too easy on this moderately-smart phone.

So… onwards…

Peace.
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This is a song that I grew up with… it’s in me, as it were. It was aired on the fabulous WFUV the other day and it rekindled a lot of memories.

I think it’s fabulous and I hope you do, too.

It’s been over a month, I noticed. I am sorry.

Duties, depression and not insignificantly the wretched “performance” of the Verizon FiOS fiber optic connection, which on many (read: most) days is, I swear to God, SLOWER than the old dial up modems. Really. Not kidding. Verizon sucks, to put it as politely as possible and it makes it a stressful chore to even reply to an email.

I’ve spent FORTY FIVE minutes on this post already.

My entire tech world is crumbling around me and I am going blind. I am not a happy man. I have never been a happy man.

I keep trying though. Starting this week I’ll have two therapies a week, with two different people. It might work and I hope it does but coming up fast on 60 years of total failure has drained a heck of a lot of will out of me and very nearly 100% of my motivation. To do anything. Literally.

What I want to see is a return to my old posting frequency and the turning of all the stuff I read online into grist for your mill.

Wish me luck.

Peace.

Sorry to be absent so long… things are increasingly strange ‘round these parts. Last week my alternate therapist gave me a homework assignment to write a paragraph or two on a topic of my choosing. I thought many thoughts and decided to write a little on thoughts about dreams. Wrote it yesterday while one of the aides was seeing to my lieges needs. She read it today and pronounced it good and to her one line was even deemed “powerful.” Gosh! So I thought I’d share.

Here goes…

Oh dear… a brief one is needed… on what, though? I don’t know. Ah! Dreams…

Last night, or was it this morning, I was thinking about dreams. What are they? Who are the people in them? Most seem to believe that the people in our dreams are those we have seen while awake, even if they are total strangers, because the subconscious records and stashes away literally everything that happens to us. It might be true, that. It might not.

I have heard that dreams are our mind trying to sort things out. I remember reading that Einstein’s Big Idea had come to him in a dream. That phrase “… it came to me in a dream,” is ubiquitous. And for the Aborigines of Australia, well, they have their Dreamtime, a major chunk of their past when things were apparently quite different.

But, as in most things, no one really knows. That’s good in a way, as it makes us think so that we will hopefully be able to sort it out someday.

I only remember my dreams for a few minutes at best. I find that unfortunate, as some of them are pretty good. There have been a few cases where I will remember a few seconds of a dream long term, but it is exceedingly rare. The only one I can think of as I write this involved a person I do know saying something I knew to be true but was in denial about. That certainly reinforces the dreams are about things that concern us camp. That said, there are a lot of camps.

Some dreams seem to have nothing to do with the waking world and are more of an adventure into the unknown. Odd, these dreams.

I like it when I can go back to sleep after my bi-hourly nature wake up, pick up on a dream and continue on with it. I think that that is pretty darn cool and raises even more questions as to just what dreams really are.

I did note that there was a long period wherein I had not dreamt at all, but, upon cessation of smoking cigarettes, I once again could experience dreams. That was a wonderful side effect of quitting. I highly recommend it. Especially if life is not so good… dreams are something to look forward to, even if they remain unremembered.

Years ago, many of them, I think I had at least one or perhaps two of those ‘vivid’ dreams… dreams wherein you know that you’re dreaming and can control what happens in the story line. I would like that to happen again. I would like that very much.

Due to my affinity for things of an inexplicable nature, I am sometimes of the opinion that dreams are a look into other dimensions or alternate universes. I like that idea, find it rather exciting, in fact and find nothing that says it cannot be. There are such places, after all and things like psychedelics can let the mind access them… perhaps in dreams the mind can do it unaided. I note that I never see any “cool stuff,” though, so perhaps there are a multitude of destinations where we can wind up.

I would probably want to stay there.

Ah well… food for thought, things to ponder, eh, what?

Peace.

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And there you have it.

Hope you enjoyed it!

And What Of The Future?

Posted: May 27th, 2014 in life
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Oh dear. When I went upstairs this morning, the PC was in a terrible state. I tried to get her going a few times for a half hour or so, then resigned myself to the fact that it’s now officially dead.

Not sure just what that means, really, but things will be a lot different. I am in a worry state in regards to work.

Oh dear.

I just got WordPress on my new Android phone, but it looks a bit limited. Maybe not… Will need to explore more.

Peace.

Stranger things have happened!

Check this out… (via AboveTopSecret.com)

Massive dose of measles vaccine clears woman’s cancer, page 1.

 

Through A Fog, I Travel.

Posted: April 24th, 2014 in Forteana, life
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Wow. Life has been getting more surreal on an almost daily basis. For the lack of stuff to read that this has caused you all, I apologize. There is less time available and time management has not been a strong suit. But I stumble forth.

Auntie’s in home hospice now. Regulars will be able to twig the significance of that. Coming upstairs to write and find things happens less often and to be here it must do as I am not equipped with a smart mobile or laptop.

Fabulously silly new governmental regulatory flaws have been frequently revealed which have left me simultaneously bemused and disappointed. There are non-governmental issues at work as well with obviously unvetted and unprofessional firms in the hired caregiver sector. It’s rude andtakes advantage but it’s not as bad as it could be, so there’s that, I guess.

One of the ambulance crew, obviously experienced, once told me, “I don’t like “I guess”.” Wish I’d not had to find out about the truth of his conviction for myself. Good man, that fellow.

This machine was showing it’s age, too and was down for nearly a week all told. And I mean seriously down. More of that to come I’m sure.

But I do get to see some long lost loved ones who’s company I am enjoying rather a lot. Friends are there as well. They make the banality and the angst a bit easier to see roll by.

Okay this has taken way too long and I best get downstairs.

Peace.

Laurel and Hardy

Laurel and Hardy

 

Oh Man, I wish I was as happy as these two guys. Who happen to be heroes of mine. Come to think of it, I’m not sure that I have ever experienced a state of true “Happy.” Maybe I have, I just don’t really know. Doesn’t feel like it.

Things have been so weird these past three months or so. All sorts of things have gone wrong.

I can’t even remember what some of them were! Such is the state of my mind. Not so good.

This past month especially has featured the rapid decline of my aunt, who as some of you know is the focus of my full time care giving these past several years. To make it real short, she’s coming home on Monday from a stay of a week and a bit in hospital to start in on her hospice. Yeah. Pretty awful.

I can hardly imagine what’s going to happen in the next month or so… let alone what the aftermath will be like for me.

It’s going to be very strange.

Of this I am certain.

I can’t help but think that everything will come to a halt.

I hope that is false and the predictions of the many that claim that I will be rewarded are right.

So much has drained out of me.

I await my fate and will attempt to influence it.

Peace.

Uploaded on Jan 16, 2009

Great version of Drive On from Nashville Now, 1993

dasboot19801 3 years ago

Johnny Cash was the real deal. He didn’t put airs on for anyone, and he called it the way he saw it. Mr Johnny Cash, American icon.

On this Memorial Day… I… don’t have many words, so I offer this.

To all those who have served us, this is for you…

and…

I thank you.

Peace.

Planetfall, Enceladus, vents

Space.com – Enceladus vents water into space from its south polar region. The moon is lit by the Sun on the left, and backlit by the vast reflecting surface of its parent planet to the right. Icy crystals from these plumes are likely the source of Saturn’s nebulous E ring, within which Enceladus orbits. Mosaic composite photograph. Cassini, December 25, 2009.
CREDIT: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Michael Benson/Kinetikon Pictures. © All rights reserved.

From Saturn Moon Enceladus Eyed for Sample-Return Mission at Space.com:

SAN FRANCISCO — Scientists are developing a mission concept that would snag icy particles from Saturn’s moon Enceladus and return them to Earth, where they could be analyzed for signs of life.

The spacecraft would fly through the icy plume blasted into space by geysers near Enceladus’ south pole, then send the collected particles back to our planet in a return capsule. Enceladus may be capable of supporting life, and the flyby sample-return mission would bring pieces from its depths to Earth at a reasonable price, researchers said.

“This is really the low-hanging fruit” of sample-return missions, said study leader Peter Tsou of Sample Exploration Systems in La Canada, Calif., who presented the idea here Wednesday (Dec. 5) at the annual fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union. “It would be a shame not to pick it.”

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If the mission is approved, it could probably be ready to launch by 2020, Tsou added. Samples from Enceladus’ plume would make it to Earth about 14 years later.

Enceladus is a great candidate for sample-return, Tsou said. Its geyser-blasted particles are fresh, having come right out of the moon’s subsurface ocean. The mission can be done without landing on and re-launching from another world, two costly and complicating extra steps. And Enceladus seems to have all the ingredients necessary to support life.

“That doesn’t mean life is there,” Tsou said. “But we want to find out.”

Well, dang, doc, I want to find out, too!

I mean, just think… !

Enceladus is an awesome place. Seriously, I have always had a gut feeling that there are critters there.

Too bad it will be so far off, man, seven long years… but

It would be awesome if a base could be established, robotic, no doubt, that would bore through the ice to the ocean below… and have streaming video. Should be able to sort out the streaming part by then, eh?

There’s a strange old post here from October ‘09 called The Critters Of Enceladus,

Ha! That was a fun one.

Here’s a pic…

Resident of Enceladus? image N00121336(crop) NASA/JPL

Resident of Enceladus? image N00121336(crop) NASA/JPL

shocking

Yes, indeed, Enceladus is a fine place to get real and tangible material to study.

Peace.

P.S. This was a draft from way back in January… sigh.

 

mugui

Uploaded on Sep 21, 2006

Gopala Krishna (Short Edited Mix). An unreleased song from the ATMP sessions.

Clip made with images from the web; many of which are copyrighted © The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust International, Inc. www.krishna.com

Well, now… This is really rather nice to listen to! Really.

Thanks, George!

Should be longer, though, dude. Ha!

Finding it most strange that this song was not released back in the day. It would have done very well.

Finding it strange as well that I’ve never heard of it, but then again it was unreleased… so, yeah.

Hat tip and many thanks to my excellent friend and soul sister Mu San for the heads up.

Listening to it is making me smile and that is always a Good Thing.

Especially today.

Because today is, so far, sort of uncomfortable and strange.

Peace.

Jail Bait – Wishbone Ash

Posted: February 22nd, 2013 in life, music, The Blues
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Uploaded on Oct 14, 2006

Wishbone Ash live in 71

Ah, such goodness! Really! Doesn’t get much better than Wishbone Ash…

Besides realizing that I haven’t posted a tune in a while, or much of anything, really, the actual stimulus for this one was my fabulous blues-playing brother-in-law calling me up just now from an ultra-high-tech clean room up north a ways to tell me these fellas are playing rather near here at the Towne Crier in Pawling, NY next Friday.

Sadly I can’t go due to aunt care duties and not being able to afford the $40 fee anyway due to the standard state of pennilessness. Sigh

But our jam tomorrow’s still on so far so that’ll make up for it. That’d be our Meadowbrook Drive Band.

These guys influenced many people and it is rather easy to hear why… just listen! They perform a diverse and fascinating repertoire of soaring lyrical rock tunes and great blues tunes… most interesting. Sad they didn’t really get much air play even back in the day.

If you want to keep up with them, their website is called Wishbone Ash.

Peace.

Strange Trees

Posted: February 20th, 2013 in biology, life, nature
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Trees are cool.

So… above are a few rather strange trees from around the world. My favorite tree of all time is shown… yay… if you guessed that it’s the one that looks remarkably like a young lady dancing in glorious happiness… you’d be right. That one is just way too cool.

See even more good weirdness at 10 Strangest-Trees On Earth, The “crooked forest” of Gryfino (Poland) – updated and at xinhuanet.

There’s the thread called Strangest Trees On Earth which was the impetus for this post.

Although things are better every day and preparations to transform into something or other are underway, I still haven’t been feeling 100% right in the head after the incident. Hence the lack of posts. Saw this surfing ATS and figured this’d be an entertaining quickie to hold WATT over until I can regroup and start up properly again.

More coming soonest…

Peace.

Published on Sep 25, 2012

Quantum Jump: The Lone Ranger

Sigh. Distractions do affect the timeline…

Meant to get this post in yesterday on January 30th, as yesterday marked the 80th Anniversary of the first public airing of The Lone Ranger.

When I posted that little tidbit to my Facebook page, my good friend Stein, to my delight, responded with this video and this comment:

Happy 80, Lone Ranger!

“He first appeared in 1933 in a radio show conceived either by WXYZ radio station owner George W. Trendl or by Fran Striker, the show’s writer. The show proved to be a huge hit, and spawned an equally popular television show that ran from 1949 to 1957, as well as comic books and movies. The title character was played on radio by George Seaton, Earle Graser, and most memorably Brace Beemer. To television viewers, Clayton Moore was the Lone Ranger. Tonto was played by, among others, John Todd, Roland Parker, and in the television series, Jay Silverheels.” (Wikipedia)

I have an extra affinity for the Ranger… the television show was never missed during my youth, ‘tis true… but then, you see,  much later on in life, my aunt went and married her good friend Clayton Moore!

And he had thus become… Uncle Clay.

Such a sweet, kind man he was, too.

Memories…

Uploaded on May 7, 2009

Watch full Lone Ranger Episodes here

www.youtube.com/user/LoneRanger

Peace.

Uploaded on Mar 2, 2010

Originally from the 1964 verve album “Getz/Gilberto” featuring Antonio Carlos Jobim & Astrud Gilberto.

Stanley Gayetzky or Stanley Gayetsky (born February 2, 1927 June 6, 1991), usually known by his stage name Stan Getz, was an American jazz saxophone player. Getz was known as “The Sound” because of his warm, lyrical tone, his prime influence being the wispy, mellow tone of his idol, Lester Young

João Gilberto (born João Gilberto Prado Pereira de Oliveira on June 10, 1931 in Juazeiro, Bahia) is a Grammy Award-winning Brazilian singer and guitarist. He is credited with having created the bossa nova beat and is known as the “Father of Bossa Nova.” His seminal recordings, including many songs by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes, established the new musical genre in the late 1950s.

Astrud Gilberto (born March 29, 1940) is a Brazilian singer best known for her samba and bossa nova music, most famously as the vocalist on the Grammy Award-winning song “The Girl from Ipanema”.

Astrud Gilberto was born as Astrud Weinert, the daughter of a Brazilian mother and a German father, in the state of Bahia, Brazil, and was raised in Rio de Janeiro. In 1959, she married João Gilberto, later emigrating to the United States in 1963. They eventually divorced in the mid-1960s.

She sang on the influential album Getz/Gilberto featuring João Gilberto, Stan Getz, and Antonio Carlos Jobim. She had never performed professionally, and sang on the recordings at the suggestion of her (then) husband, João Gilberto.

Antônio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim (January 25, 1927 in Rio de Janeiro December 8, 1994 in New York), also known as Tom Jobim, was a Grammy Award-winning Brazilian songwriter, composer, arranger, singer, and pianist/guitarist. A primary force behind the creation of the bossa nova style, his songs have been performed by many singers and instrumentalists within Brazil and internationally.

Been playing this a lot lately, along with many other favorite songs to help alleviate the emotional pain running amok through my mind. It hurts… and some of it… the things I was compelled to do and especially the resultant messages… will haunt me for many, many years to come. There is no doubt. It is disturbing that this distress does not seem to be reciprocal in even the slightest way, but that is expected as, sadly, it is the nature of the affliction. Horrible.

Soothing, graceful songs like this one instill a calming effect, lots of old favorites from my youth do also, it seems the only way and it is working more and more with each play. Slow going, but going!
A few of these tunes can be found here at WATT by typing ‘music’ into the site search field on the left.

Science has found that music is embedded quite deeply in our genes (a good thing!) and it does help to listen. Seem to need a lot of it, though and non-stop to boot. Not a problem. WFUV is always on of late, even in my sleep (just in case).

Oh, yeah, if you like, here’s a link to Astrud Gilberto’s website.

I will learn to be at peace, to forgive, to cope.

Peace.