Monday, 9 January 2017

The January Post

♥ Streep (Why? - because of the Art that lives within her, her Humanity, her obvious talent, and for every single word also - that she says here, with her faltering voice. Love her. It's impossible not to)






- ♥ Bowie (Why? - well, he's Bowie, I don't really feel a need to give any other particular reason...)






and now - ♥ ♥ ♥ a beautiful friend whom I cherish,
Christian.
(Why? Well, besides the friendship, the talent, the extraordinary heart, and will, it's similar to the two above, for his Humanity.      Love him, and he knows it)

- So, I'll repeat two videos with him playing (two samples) - One where we can see another, so fabulously playing along side his beloved friend - (my goodness, speaking of talent, and art and so forth..) Richie Beirach. It's so pleasing (among other things) to see this quartet perform.
The other is a ''trio'', one I love to hear - so very much.


(well, I do of course have the Record, but I'll leave the demo of it, firstly)










(ok ok ok - I said I'd place two, but I'm incorrigible, so here's a third)





These five things I place above, other than exemplifying what I personally wish to dedicate this year on our tiny blue dot (as Sagan used to call it): Friendship, Love, Talent, Art, Humanity, and so much more than what I say (for not everything I know how to say, in words), they show great spirit - the kind that not only shine's through one's own talent, but even more when said talents are made stronger and even larger - through the bond of friendship shared therein.


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As the country where I was born prepares its farewell to one of it's towering figures of the XX'th century, an unstoppable Human Right's lawyer - one that up to his age of 50 - amidst the known oppression of the prior regime, defending even others who were (attorneys for Human Rights), and great minds such as Salgado Zenha (to mention one, but there were more such lawyers and activists defended, and those from other fields as well), whom after 74 set the ground work for our latest ''democratic'' rule (the one occurring in the xx century still, born through the hands of other great minds and men as well - Alvaro Cunhal, instantly coming to mind, and of course others such as Sá Carneiro, not to mention who actually changed the regime in 1974 (among others), - in the nation's armed forces, the only ones who actually could ... but I shall not linger on the subject at this time) - and as a statesman, internationally, his working alongside other European heads of state, leaving at the time he had done so his ''footprint'' (so to speak)  upon the EU during the timespan of his influence -
(I was saying)
- as the country prepares its farewell, I write this post.


Yes, the arts make us more Human, mirror us, are food for the soul (et cetera, yes, and indeed they are). The sciences take us further on our journey (within our Humanity - as a collective), and are somewhat similar (also so important) for such things (especially as the tool that it is, and depending on how and by whom it's wielded), just as contemplation / meditation and so forth, through our spirituality (be it though any ''organized'' religion or not) does, as well.

So now I leave three or four links - that concern the activity that seems to epitomize (mirror, make us more Human (in the noble sense of the word, as always when I use it), and yes - are also ''food for the soul'' (for so many reasons), and never any less than the afore mentioned ones (of the previous paragraph).




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OOoops, I was searching for a LINK, in one of two blogs (pertaining to this one, that is) and since Gandhi is rather stretched ou in - and throughout either, I'll just simplify with an image I'd made some years back on the occasion of his birthday and place it here (also) as a symbol of the Civil Rights (Human Rights) Lawyer.













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So this is my first post for the year (because the previous one, made two days ago, would have been made any time of year that a statesman such as he leaves...). 



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Blessings, hope, and love, to all. (to whomsoever reads this post, and to others who might not spot it even).











Saturday, 7 January 2017

Mario Soares (President Mario Soares ► December 7th, 1924 - January 7th, 2017)













The nation now mourning, as one of the towering figures, from mid xx century and on in the country, goes..




(condolences, to whomsoever, be it family, friends, and countrymen that feel for his loss)

























At times like these, there is no sense in attacking whom is no longer with us, and especially a cowardice for anyone to imagine or attempt to do so - not only to those whom feel more directly his passing.  It would be barbaric, to say the least, and I will not have it..   For this reason I hereby state the following.
This blog will not tolerate, by any means, any comment to this post that will diminish the man.


I may understand that there might be some people (there always are, especially with icons such as he) regardless my agreeing or not, any criticism - concerning anything of the ''political'' Mario Soares, and I stand up for freedom of speech, but, I will not tolerate the afore mentioned type of cowardice or ''barbarie'', on this post. through any comment that may come.









I've never vented any things I may have not agreed to, concerning decisions (obviously not easy ones), as he led the country (when he was in office), but when I ever did (not written, but spoken, among friends, though not with many I admit), concerning some things, it was always ''political'', and never the man.
Concerning his activity as a lawyer, especially prior to the fall of the previous regime, he's always commanded my utmost respect.
I cannot ever forget that it was he that defended, even at his own peril, others of great stature: among some of which were Salgado Zenha, the family of the assassinated candidate Umberto Delgado, Alvaro Cunhal, and many more.
On the other side of his ''political'' sphere, he was respected by, and maintained friendship with the likes of people such as Adriano Moreira
(a Lawyer himself, and also imprisoned by the regime to which he had been a minister of.
Many people, such as the two, met by having shared cells in the time of the dictatorship, and became friends for life).
We know all too well how easy it is to criticize, but, we also know how easily one forgets the full picture.

He was not only of significance nationally, but as is known, on the international stage.




My respects, and silence.













(artwork: by Julio Pomar)









Monday, 26 December 2016

Alexandrov Ensemble (I wasn't expecting to post another music post so soon.. Sad news indeed) | Triste notícia

Post idioms: PT & EN.


I was shocked to hear of the plane crash.

As I mention above, I wasn't expecting to make another musical post so soon, much less for such a reason.

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It is a such tragic loss for the world and for Music.



Soube há pouco do acidente ocorrido no dia de natal, através de vários amigos na rede social fb, pois, que nos canais televisivos, aparentemente de tão ignorantes sendo, não se terão dado conta da enormidade que é, ou da dimensão da tragedia.
Deixo uma das publicações, de um deles, por onde soube do acidente que nos faz perder assim num ápice o precioso grupo.. Estou sem palavras perante isto, e perante a falta de noção de alguns (pelos vistos a generalidade) dos canais de comunicação social. Chamá-los de broncos, não chega.

Triste notícia, esta.

Ligação









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(image below from - here )






                                                                                                                               photographer: Joe Klamar for Getty Images









I humbly leave one of the first things that comes to memory when I think of the ensemble.
If I'm not mistaken, we can see Boris Alexandrov, himself, conducting here.



It's so unbelievable that they're gone...




























 








I don't know what to say...
I'm still trying to get past the shocking news.













Saturday, 24 December 2016

The Christmas & New Year message (a mensagem que consigo, pelo periódo assinalado)


(Grateful for dear ones, whom are in Germany, being safe from harm. Sorrow - for those taken from their loved ones)
















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The above is not part of the Christmas & New Year message I had intended






The message that had been originally planned for the season


Sometimes I suppose it's easier for those of us used to working closely with others from any number of lands, others of different age groups, credence and (verbal) language groups. It's perhaps easier in some professions to see the ''common denominator''.  Since I am no doctor (physician), nor sociologist, but rather from the arts, I'll use one of those for the season. It's easy for anyone (I believe) to picture an orchestra, for instance, and as we know - in the orchestra, for something to be created (or ''recreated''), to such a degree that special moments can be shared, by audience and musician alike, there must be passion.
But passion per se, is what it is. It moves people, and outside the ARTS, especially outside those, when it is wielded outside the realm of Love, things have quite a different perspective and outcome (usually destructive - through the ''hate'' or ''distrust'' of another.

When evoked under other instances, with other goals in mind, goals such as ''nationalistic'' ones, or when two athletic teams challenge each other such as in Rugby, Football, Hockey, Basketball and other types, with their respective cheering committees (fan groups), all too often one sees ''passion'' drive people in the desire for the annihilation of ''the Other'', or a will to conquer ''the Other'' and lay them asunder.  We're all aware of hooliganism, as we are aware of what the rise of ''nationalism'' brings about. 
This said, it doesn't mean a Hungarian can not maintain his or her nationality, adopt another alongside it, see the beauty in a work written by a German author, for instance, and shape it through an orchestra that is not in Germany.  Moreover, through said passion and care bring the work (any work) to life so as to create and share it with people of any land, hair colour, skin tone, language groups, whether they pray or not pray.  And more than this, one easily can find in an orchestra (for instance, but there are others, within and without Music) - whilst working together for a common goal, a prime example of so many people from so many different regions and walks of life, sharing that common passion as they work together, to create something that in turn is shared with others.
Does it really matter if we or anyone else use a fish fork (and knife) to eat our fish?

Does it matter if we haven't the means to know how to use them, the knowledge of their existence,  why they are used in some cases by some, or perhaps even in some cases don't have the means to attain them (they're not expensive, but perhaps in remote areas such as the Artic, they are)? Is it important the difference in the the way one eats one's fish, or why?
The only problem I can see (and probably whomsoever reads this message), is the absence of fish, and their dying off, suffocating and smothered in polluted waters (which I believe is somethings that bothers all uf us alike, be we from anywhere we may be, any one of us).


We indeed have one planet, and regardless we use fish forks or not (for any reason that may be), we need our home, our tiny - ''pale blue dot'' as Sagan used to call it. And we know we do.  
What I've said is probably construed as 'preaching to the choir' (so to speak), so I shall proceed to finish this article with things I love, and love to share.
They are all examples where whether or not one uses a fish fork, makes no difference whatsoever. It makes no difference in terms of things we can build or receive (and share in - said moments, regardless our being on stage or off).

 So I leave examples where despite each one on its own would merit its own post in this blog (just as many other examples, or others that I've already posted here throughout the years).
They come together in said spirit, and share said common denominator.
I thus leave things from the musical arts, of three types of musical construct:
* Vocal
* Instrumental (with instruments other than the voice)
* Vocal & Instrumental,

and bid you the best of possible holiday seasons.

Regarding the year to come, may it bring us a world of less hardship, less bloodshed and war. Hopefully we (on the whole) shall someday begin to appreciate one another.  It always seems to be a step in the right direction in order to not be manipulated on the part of any whom, for some reason, seek to control or subjugate others. Does this mean one should not be on one's guard? No. Does it mean one should not feel one has more a right to anything than anyone else? Yes. Does that mean one should look the other way when anyone hurts another? No. Does it mean one can be active and come to the aid of any whom are down, (as doctors or anyone can)? Yes. Does it mean one should place oneself in the shoes of a superior diety? No, I don't think so.
I have one or other family member that doesn't get along too well with me, and perhaps rightfully so, but does that mean that they can not count on having a roof to sleep under as long as I'm around and have one? No.   On the other hand, does it mean that if ever they are in need of it, that I must remain under my own roof and not seek peace by not remaining under it (be it what it may be) myself?  No. My remaining or leaving is my choice.  It's so much easier though, when it's in regard to our own house, yet not so when one considers entire countries, or groups within countries.

We all choose our own paths and how we treat each other.




We also choose if we defend to keep fish from suffocating in the seas, or other animal species to not suffer due to own animal species' collective abuse of the planets resources.  Do I enjoy to eat fish once in a while? Yes, I do. Do I defend their right to share the planet, and live unfettered by our own abuse of our shared home, yes I do.  It's their and other species' (including our own) home, as well.

I'm pretty sure trees, flowers and cabbages don't hate us, or have a wish to annihilate us. (well, my fig tree does throw figs at me on occasion, but that's beside the point).
Let's be like trees and grow.






 Duarte Lobo : audivi vocem (á 6) - perf. Queen's College Choir Oxfornd, cond. Owen Reese.



Richard Bona (bass & vocals) / Bobby McFerrin (vocals)








Anatoly Alexandrov - Four Preludes (Opus 10) - J. Lin (on piano), video c. 7 and 1/2 min.



Bach's Blues (Oscar Peterson) - O. Peterson on piano (video - c. 6  and1/2 min.)





György Cziffra - piano (2 short Chopin pieces & 3 of Liszt's, Live in Paris - 1963) video duration c. 25 min. 











Elgar's Enigma Variation Nº IX (Sir Georg Solti w/ London Philhamonic Orchestra - video just under 4 min.)









The Eyes of Love:
Quincy Jones (Cond. Arranger) & WDR big band - Toots Thielemans (hamonica)






Joni Mitchell, with orchestra (conducted & Arranged by Vince Mendoza) | orchestra featuring H. Hancock on piano, Peter Erskine on dr. & perc., and Wayne Shorter on S. sax. (music by J. Mitchell) 











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Well, it being Christmas and all, I shall repeat the posting of this


''Ó meu Menino'' - movement from ''Magnificat em talha dourada'', by Eurico Carrapatoso
(excerpt under 5 min.)













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For the new year:

I shall place here two things, out of so many I would like to place, Mr. Evans's ''Peace Piece'' for obvious reasons, and another with one of my all time favourites (among the double bassists that are such), Mr. George Mraz.

Why finalize this post with Mr. Mraz?
- Because I hope the year that comes brings us an end to something, not Mr. Mraz (I hope he recovers and blesses us with his music for a long, long time), but that time old problem in the land where he lives, where people aren't given a proper ''universal public health plan'', among other things.  In other lands such a reality goes beyond one's imagination even, and it's so shocking and frightful a reality to conceive, indeed.

(George Mraz
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For the New Year then:







(couldn't find Richie Beirach's rendition of the master as I wished, nevertheless, I found one with the author's own performance of it.)







and now - Mr. Mraz (from his more recent work)



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ok ok - I can't help it, I'm incorrigible. But it's because it is the Christmas season. I can't help it. I just have to leave something that reflects me, and the older I get, the more the Grinch within me comes out.







Despite my ''grinchiness'', I wish all of you well.









Have a good holiday.
Take care.

Monday, 12 December 2016

Another Three-Part Pre-Christmas post. (The third part asks - ''Was it Moscow that caused the outcome of the Battle of 1812, also?'')






(part one)


Oh my goodness!!!!!!!

Finally, some good news.


To such an extent that I feel I finally have a heart to write some sort of  a Christmas post...


Firstly I shall leave here two links to the latest news attesting that not only Allepo is at the moment safe from those renegade mercenaries for hire (no matter who's been paying those pricks, they and their ''owners'' shall not prevail) - the Daesh, but even their very recent attempt at taking Palmyra has been completely shattered.  Perhaps the spoiled brats best call up their ''mommy'' for some more pocket money for bubble gum as they probably lost it all when they had to hightail it out of there and got kicked out (again).


I don't know who exactly has been giving them their well deserved spanking, but I for one am thankful to whomever those may be.  Yes, we all know there is a difference between a ''mercenary'' group for hire (the murderous little nitwits), and the actual armed forces of nations.


I leave forthwith the two mentioned links


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Secondly,
I know the noble fight in the ''West'', now recently with support from veterans, this while I think of Mr. Leonard Peltier and his plight.

Since I've already made a post in that respect (and since that battle has had some great valour and accomplished things that are amazing (and heart warming, to say the least), I shall keep this short and simply add LINKS, just as I had done in the first part of this post.
- As apparently never has History witnessed, since the Battle of Little Bighorn, such a gathering of so many of the Great Souix Nation (from all the First Nations), and to add to that the Veterans... (my goodness), I have little more to say.
However, that ''war'' has just begun, for it has been made known that the corporations behind the continued raping and pillaging of sacred lands and waters, in dire disrespect even for Treaties  (made known by they themselves), responsible for ''militarized police'' acting on behalf not of people but as a ''private police force'' shooting water canons in freezing temperatures (which as I mentioned before, is ''murderous intent'', and can be deemed no other thing), among other hideous manoeuvres perpetrated against their own citizens, that they intend to continue despite, and in complete disregard, of Treaties, of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers decisions, or any Presidential vetos on the subject as a matter of fact.



LINKS:
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(and three more)

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Lastly,  to whomsoever may still be confused (perhaps still) as to the American Elections, I leave my thoughts on the matter.

First I must say that I hurt for those Americans I know and admire, as I imagine them having to face and deal with their being a President Trump.
You have my solidarity for having had things come out in such a way that the two final and ''major'' contenders (backed by what is said to be - two political parties) were Mr. Trump, and Mrs. Clinton,  and I'll say why.

But to say why, I must go back a few decades.   It seems that ever since the IMF came into existence, and more so as time pushed forward, that despite there being two parties what one sees due to well known lobbying, is as if their has been one.   (and said ''party'' has wielded its influence perhaps on some ''candidates'' and elected presidents of that land, more than others, but..... One way or another it has been as such, it seems, until these last American elections.

 (Yes, Mr. Obama is an elegant man, and I believe that domestically he has been a positive one, nevertheless, that said, I can not say I appreciate whom he had as ''Secretary of State'', for instance, the same way as I never really liked her husband, nor - from the other so called political party, Mr. G.W. Bush, his Mr. Cheney, and so forth.  
Personally, due to what I know of the following people (and regardless their being Dem. or Rep.), for example, I like Senator Warren, and Senator Sanders, for instance, and more recently I heard of yet another (who actually also ran for that Presidency) - Dr. Jill Stein.
I found out late in that country's Presidential campaign that she exists, and she became more visible to me after having taken a stand for Standing Rock.



But that is me, and I am not a voter in America nor am I an American (just as I am not Russian, nor British nor, Spanish, nor Ecuadorean, nor..., but I do appreciate people from many lands) - I'm not important here. It is who reads this that can perhaps be, in the case that this post have any visibility whatsoever)


We all know that recently another ''world banking institution'' was born.
Things have since then been rather ''heated'', to say the least.
Since we live in a world of global economy, and corporate warfares and such, I believe it healthy to take certain things into account.
It has always seemed, especially concerning ''foreign'' affairs, that the IMF has had (one way or another) much of a say as to whom gets to actually be a plausible presidential candidate in either party. This is not to say that they are all mere puppets, no.  They, or their ''staff'' have wills of their own, but I feel it is always limited (more or less) not only by the elected Congress of that land or the Senate, but, since the Federal Reserve is and has always been a ''private'' bank (despite its name), unlike the banks of other countries, entities such as the IMF are an issue.  
As is known in 2012 the NDB (a counterpoint to the IMF, if you will) began to be devised, and by 2013 its existence was agreed upon. During the following year its foundations were laid out and by last year (2015) it came to be (It was ''born'').
So I suppose that now, in one way, there is no longer one ''party'' with respect to the will - of ''interests'' in the private financial sector, in either of the two political parties.
But these are financial ''interests'', and those are the only ones that I can see meddling in the way that that country's (or other countries') political parties ''acquire'' their candidates, not political leaders of foreign lands (any foreign land). It is the people of that land who vote, not people outside that land.
If You were left with a choice between a Clinton and Mr. Trump, perhaps you should indeed ''follow the money'', but the choice between the two, no.   In that case, one was elected by the habitual electoral process, just as had been Mr. Bush (both of them), Mr. Regan, Mr. Clinton, Mr. Carter, Mr. Kennedy.. and so forth.


This is not to say that Mr. Trump has more financial interests in the IMF or in the NDB (and frankly, it now no longer makes a difference, to me at least, in any way).





 Briefly, on the side, but nevertheless on the topic of ''special interest groups'', though elsewhere - In some lands the perfidious Octopus Dei likes to wreak havoc and try to create madness in society (such a wretched faction they are, morally and ethically speaking) and there are other groups that have, in some lands, succumbed in recent times to the entry of many people of a truly dubious nature (perhaps not all, but many it seems. And those ''many'' - they too wreak havoc, and similar to the conduct of ''Octopus'' Dei such people like to bend things to their own perverted caprices that are never for the ''public good'' in any conceivable way).

As is known such ''interest groups'' are not very interested in ''Freedom of Speech'', among other things, and due to their wedlock with institutions in High Finance, in some cases to the point of even stretching out their tentacles to the judicial system and political ranks - in some lands it brings back the stench of the Holy Inquisition (in such a way that they strangle them to the point of there being not only a death of democracy and the democratic process,  but indeed  a fierce attack on basic Human Rights)

Yes, If Galileo were around today, once again he would most definitely be either locked up. beaten or in the least prohibited from saying anything that could displace their pretty (sorry, I meant petty) little mind-sets, and  BS that they should wish to enforce. (to the point of incarceration). Yes, for some people, if they can not win by reason or wits, brute force is used (to the point of being liable for committing criminal acts against peoples' basic Human Rights.





But let us forget those (and said other lands) for the moment and get back to the case of the recent American elections.

So, regarding all the hype in much of the media about ''the electoral outcome'', and now I am addressing this especially to whomsoever has wished to sell certain ''ideas'' to be thrown on the table, for some reason or another.
(To others, which includes friends that are American, along with others in other places and lands across the globe, please bear with me as I pose my thoughts to said faction who can actually much more easily ''plant'' stories in the media of that land - in the US - than any foreign nation can).

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Ok, so now -

Are any of us supposed to believe that the country that claims itself to be a leader of ''whatsoever'' and as being the most powerful nation in the world, can have foreign nations (any) getting into its panties?
Really?  I mean let us think about it?

Ummmmmm..., do you see China or India or Russia or (oh - I ''dunno'', ummm,  South Africa, or Canada, or....... ) ...,  claim such others influence and cause their own elections to go one or another way?
I mean really, Russia?
Ummmm.. let me see, does that mean that Russia can say the same about the USA? How about New Zeeland, hmmm? Does Russia, the USA, China or Japan make them vote in (into office) their leaders too?
Russia, reeeeally?
(apparently the so called ''winners'' of the Cold War and Arms Race by the time the Wall came down in Berlin, although we all know Russia is still formidable in that aspect, of course, just as the US would be if it were the other way around, have forgotten who apparently came a little more out ''on top'' with that one).

Really?
I'm supposed to buy that brilliant idea? (Well that is just so cute isn't it?  I wonder if they've ever thought of a job as comedians? What a waste of talent).
Ok now, even if such a thing were possible or plausible
(my goodness it is so far fetched that it hurts to think how little, whomsoever tries to play that card, thinks the thinking capacity of the general ''public'' is),
there is one basic fact that must be addressed. 
Mr. Trump was in fact elected, and whether it is liked or not, it is a fact.
Some may not like him, which may seem understandable to anyone like me, but he is the elected one. No Russians, no Japanese, Canadians, French, Congolese, Ecuadoreans, Brits, Israelis, Palestinians, Saudi Arabians, Iranians, Brazilians, Maltese, Swiss, South Africans, Bolivians, et cetera, elected him - the American public did.


Even if I were to go out on a limb here, and say that Mr. Putin or the Cookie Monster were the ''rulers'' of the NDB, (ok - I have to let that sink in, I have to grasp that idea) ....hasn't it been the ummmmm... the errrrrr, ummmm.... hasn't it been the Chinese and not the Russians that have invested like nobody else in that country?  Well, let me see... ummm, now wait a minute. I don't see any charges made against China running things in the United States (Oops, forgot to think the thing through, is it? Perhaps, to make it somehow more feasible? BS, all the same, but at least more feasible?) .
Ah, but wait, don't give up. It may someone else! Yes, the British!!!!!!!!!!!!
All that talk of dumping tea into a harbour.. (I mean think about it). I'm sure they've never truly forgiven such a gesture, though no scones were thrown in with it, and have been seething in wait for the right opportunity to come along and ''Bam'', along comes an election and finally the Revolution can be repealed, and... Ah yes, I've heard of 007.. It could only have been him.  Yes, Her Royal Majesty has finally avenged all that tea thrown away to the fishes.  But in all due fairness it was the Portuguese that gave the British their tea, so perhaps it was the Portuguese that kept pestering the British, saying they didn't deserve the right to have tea in view of what had happened in that harbour and thus through manipulation and contrivance forcing the British monarch into sending Mr. Bond, James Bond into action.  No, wait! The Spaniards! They've always had it in for the Portuguese and probably thought of hitting three birds with one stone - getting the pesky Portuguese to manipulate the pesky British so that they in turn pester the pesky tea hurling Americans who attempt to speak Spanish too often for their taste.  Nanananananannah, it was the French, that's the easiest bet. They must have placed a bug in the statue's skirt, and... hmmmmm.., yes, I've always heard the phrase ''never look a gift horse in the mouth'' which in turn takes us back to the real culprits, the Greeks and the Trojans, of course. 
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All right, now that that's been cleared up, it was Laocoön and his pesky sons.
image from - here




Ok - Back to the matter at hand.. 
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So it seems to me you have one of two options, if you are an American.
You either are in fact democratically sound, and respect your country's democratically elected one (Whether you like him or not, as in any election in any democratic country, past or present, is beside the point after whomsoever is elected, if indeed you respect ''democracy'') What do democracies (depending on the ''health'' of said democracy, in any land) do?
They have ''oppositions''. And unless the president elect has ''absolute'' power, which apparently (still) isn't the case, you go through your proper channels and hold whomsoever accountable, or block whatever you oppose. In the case of the US, you have your Congress (that wields power, over the president for instance though he or she be your ''commander in chief'' ), and your Senate.
If you nevertheless, this time, do not accept the use of ''opposition'', as you have always used (hopefully) in the past, you will then be for opening up a civil war. There is no way about it if it be the case. Any other way if you fail to accept what you have always accepted since you took over indigenous lands and founded said nation, is impossible. 

If on the other hand you wish to buy into the hogwash of that time old McCarthian narrative - ''Oh, it was the Ruskies'' - ''put the blame on them'', then you will be advocating waging war against whom? Russia? (for the sake of a comfortably spewed lie or whatever you want to call it?)
Is that a sane or sound thing to do? (not to mention fair?) Is this a normal ''thought process'', is it fair?

If so, if that become the case then I now understand why the country is accused of waging war everywhere it feels like for any reason, because people will always buy into any ''comfortable narrative'' that is given to them, perhaps by whom would never fess up to treating everyone as fools, American and non-American alike.  

That decades of cold war and what that can do to a country's psyche has no bearing when any ''hidden agenda'' (if there is one, that is) wishes to use the ''Russia card',' is there no thought to the matter?   It has no bearing on the ''why''-  in the use of that excuse on the part of people who we all know to not be stupid? I mean they may not be nice, but that doesn't mean they're stupid
(unless you use the same definition of ''stupid'' as I do. If that be the case, then ok).





So because of who would never put their own lives at stake, but put everyone else's (American, and non-American alike), such folly is possible? Because Mr. McCarthy is alive and well (it would then seem) we all must die? 




Isn't it enough to know (with sorrow, I believe, anyone who reads me), that for 500 or so years you've (sorry - 'some of you've') been as you've been toward the indigenous (not even abiding Treaties, and continuing to disrespect said people, whom as you know fight for all as above mentioned, indigenous and all others), and why the great (and so sorely missed) Dr. Martin Luther King stood his noble ground?

Isn't it enough to recall what caused the vile act of his assassination?




Or in another instance in history, the excuse of WMD to wage another war, doesn't that ring a bell?

When other nations hold elections in full democracy and respecting such values, such as Chile had in September of 1973, and some ''factions'' as is well known - from within a Super-power (one of the two during the Cold War) didn't like that outcome, in a time when perhaps either Super-powers could cause havoc in another land ►
 (though not in each other's did they ever. Both ''Super-powers'', nevertheless, had far more ''power'' than either have today in the world, not just the former USSR
- if you want to say that Russia and the former USSR are one and the same,

but the USA as well.)
► upon having Mr. Pinochet placed into power, in complete and utter disregard for the electoral outcome by that country's population. Doesn't that ring a bell either?
Indeed, as the people rejoiced in the streets (it is documented, and unadulterated through images (film, TV, radio, etc) - right after that election, and as in any land went to greet and hear whom had been placed into office, bombers flew over the Presidential Palace and bombed away.
After that ''incident'' it is fully known what happened under Mr. Pinochet's (the one whom seemed all too pleased to become the imposed leader, and no more democracy for anyone until he fell)'s  -   rule.

I seem to recall Mr. Lester B. Pearson was not popular south of his border, nor Mr. Trudeau or subsequent leaders of that other North American country, for having not only - not abided the international embargo placed against Cuba (always maintaining trade between nations, which I'm sure was good news to Americans that wanted to smoke a Havana cigar. All they had to do was go north of the border.) - I was saying, not only not abiding that embargo, but not accepting to join in and go off to Vietnam (as was requested time and time again).

I'm aware that Mohammed Ali didn't buy into certain narratives, and I'm sure many still don't (I hope, for all our sakes). 
Furthermore, isn't it enough to think of your war veterans, for instance, as well?  Those very same ones that risked their lives serving at their own peril, and that in such large numbers have taken stand to protect a truly noble stand (taken on for such a long time by the oldest Americans on the continent) - one that in turn is meant to protect, firstly, the people of said country from dire peril on the part of multinational corporations (foreign power, so to speak), not to mention the planet itself plus the people and all living things on it, from further rape?   At least those that did so, not to mention those they have vowed to take a bullet for and protect, seem to protect your own constitution, and wish to respect and uphold Treaties (those same ones that have been recklessly trampled over and over again).  Is their no respect for them as well?



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Ok.

So now shall I pose the question (but this time, once again, to those who actually advocate and spread said McCarthian excuses) - Was it Moscow that caused the USA to loose the War of 1812?

Oh, gosh golly, those evil little culprits...
grrrrrrrr, yes, of course, I see it.
It was Moscow that caused the USA, as a nation, to loose it's first ever war with another.
Holy Mackerel, I just don't know why the horse-shoe falls weren't called ''Na Zdorovie Falls (or: На здоровье Falls or whatever..).
Is Niagara a Russian author? (Czar, Saint, Vodka, type of soup, ...)?














  the photo that is a part of this image comes from - here












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LINK (War of 1812 - a war that lasted c. 32 months)






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Note: Out of fairness, I leave the past December 12 interview of President Obama, who unlike your future President Trump (at least to this date, that is - I know not the future Mr. Trump, as President elect, despite what he has shown in the past) - I was saying whom is eloquent and intelligent as he speaks, and with respect to his own country, despite lobbies that have worked within your congress and even within administrations, speaks clearly, where one can tell he does have a love for his country.  That said, he has been a leader of a country that has nevertheless caused great havoc, and definitely no less than other nations around the world, after WWII.
So here is President Obama, interviewed by Trevor Noah.

Also out of fairness, I leave President Putin, who just as much has a right as President Obama or any other president, to love and protect their own country, but more than that - I must say he seems far more interested in terms of ''protecting'' as Pres. Obama in relation not only his own nation, but much more than Mr. Obama's and his predecessors' administrations - with respect of the rest of the world. He (President Putin) most definitely did not create either Daesh (ISIL) nor the civil war that began in a sovereign nation that had had enjoyed peace prior to that, for instance.   It is a country viciously turned into a battle field since 2012.  And what should I say more that could add to the harrowing fact of the aftermath of the coup d'état created in the Ukraine, that has been a stable country for so long as I (and so many better than I) in another post regarding the Ukraine - as a new European Powder Keg ?
He also did not invade Iraque or leave a chaotic aftermath in that country.
He is not creating or financing what is happening in Yemen (also truly horrific).
He was distressed and gave heartfelt condolence to France, and other European countries that have had terrorist attacks (claimed by the Daesh), or their predecessores (Al-Qaeda), by no means less than his American counter-parts during those periods. He was truly distressed, just as he was addressing terror attacks in his own nation or the USA as well, upon having them.
Why is it that no one in certain interest groups fail to acknowledge that all one has to do is - ''to follow the money''?
So I leave you with a man by no way less reasonable than President Obama when speaking (with a difference that, concerning ''foreign affairs'' - seeming far more reasonable than most American Presidents as of late, including the charismatic and illustrious Mr. Obama.
I give you President Putin, also highly intelligent, illustrious and charismatic.

President Putin









(oh, and by the way, I must admit that though somewhat skeptically, I used to at times buy into some of the old rhetoric regarding Assad, but, as of the past few years and witnessing as others what's been going on, I have noticed something quite striking.
I never have seen women of his land ''covered up'', or rhetoric coming from his country showing ''hate for women'', not any in pictures or speech. This is so very different than the habitual images and rhetoric coming out of not only creatures such as the Daesh (ISIL), but the Taliban, and SA (Saudi Arabia) as well.
This is a fact. And the difference is indeed striking.
Sometimes, in linguistics - where one looks at speech and ''speech patterns'', and certain recurring ''subject matters'', we can easily see where the affinities and cultural ties lay, can't we?
In the words of the mighty poet - Fernando Pessoa: ''my language is my nation''.)





Greg


Photo from ''Pictures At An Exhibition'': - LINK



Aw, Greg..
(I always thought that you looked and sounded like an angel, since I was a bitty kid and saw you thusly.., back when at an age where we find it normal to see angels, and Father Christmas, and elves and leprechauns...... One look at you and it was instant - ''Oh, see, he's an angel, with bangs coming down and touching his nose''. As time passed, with all of us in our mortal forms walking this earth, it still seemed as if it were perfectly natural for one to see that even through Time painting any of us - though line, hints of silvery greys here and there, and so forth, that you resembled just that all the same, when contemplating you as an ''artist'' - on various stages. To your loved ones the painting was certainly more complete and sweet to look upon, with any imperfections that even make us more endearing to whosoever loves us... ) ... what took you is a terrible thief.















Photo - LINK


















































..ah that beautiful final Bach cadence ♥
(Bless you forever, dear Gregory Lake)








Yes, so beautiful..














(sincere condolences to his loved ones in their moment of grief)

























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(and now, I'll post a picture of someone that..  (he was just a puppy here, but) He always helps me when I cry...)





Monday, 5 December 2016

A Three-Part Pre-Christmas Note (post idioms: EN / PT / SP)

EN / PT / SP .




















POST  ◄ (link to Neil Young's statement)


The whole post in the above link which is not very long is, in my opinion, of utmost pertinence, all of it, every single word, however, I shall also leave just below this something he himself included therein, a link to a Bussinesswire news article from yesterday.






 Bussinesswire News - Dec. 4, 2016 - Water Protectors take ye heed, for these are the current standings on the dirty deed.











Thank you Neil.







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Deixo de seguida um artigo que contem, a meu ver, uma incisiva e sucinta visão do mundo que se apresenta.  
 



(Ligação para o referido artigo no ESTÁTUA DE SAL - ''A caminho do caos?'' ) - AQUI 










La romeria de San Isidro - Goya (c.1819 - 1823)



  








E segue, desde já, o meu agradecimento a quem contribuiu para a publicação contida na dita ligação.




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 Y para la tercera parte, voy a terminar  con esto aqui porque siento una necesidad de lo escuchar.













     




   


Sunday, 4 December 2016

Referendum? Did someone mention something about a referendum? Hmmm?

Photo: David & Duomo, by Greg Willis - for Wikipedia
''Hey, you talkin' to me?''


via GIPHY




















LINK - I leave this article (in EN) as I try to find a source to hear the results of today's vote,








and also






























 Cicero no Senado - Roma, pintado por Cesare Maccari 


Thursday, 24 November 2016

Thanksgiving (and - A Tale Of Two Leonards)





Hello New Zealand









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Well I do believe this is my first Thanksgiving post ever, on this blog.




Ah yes - freezing temperatures and a water cannon - on to whom?
(let me rub my eyes, and shake my brain to fathom this for a minute..)


I know he's leaving but, the man did veto the thing on February, 2015. The attempt to override his veto failed, and now it seems Presidents in that country are absolutely meaningless.
Conservatives (really? Conservatives? - I'd like to see that definition of ''conservatives'' as it is hard to see what such people are ''conserving'')
Some (I suspect many) self-proclaimed  ''conservatives'' seem to be confounded as they actually fight for what by any standard of historic record would be ''progressive'' (even if that notion of being ''progressive'' be foolish to say the least) . 
I mean really, can such people think they can be more ''conservative'' than a native American citizen?
Really?
(ok - I'll try not to laugh, especially since the malignancy of what has been happening is so tragic, to the point of murderous intent. Shooting a water canon at people in freezing temperature is ''murderous intent'', not to mention through means of torture.)


Funny isn't it? That Mr. Lincoln's political party is backed by (among others), the ummmmm... (now what's their name? ...) Ah, yes, the KKK. Cute isn't it? Mr. Lincoln, his party, now backed by whom?
(oh yes, some of them prefer a new name - the ''Alt Right'') .
Ok, no irony there (of course not).


Now what was this post about?
Oh I remember - Thanksgiving (yes, that's it).





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I know it could have been an October post (a Monday post), but, November is just as fine a time (a Thursday greeting).

Why? First of all, as two Leonards come to mind (one thankfully still gracing the earth with his presence), among other things, the idea of what is going on in Standing Rock as we come to this time of year seems so incredibly ironic, that it curdles the blood. 




Despite any actual historic distortions,  perpetrated by sociopolitical agendas along the ages, including the typical  ''old school - Hollywood'' backdrops depicting (its) their versions of what happened to warrant such a celebration, the underlying message (beyond and even despite any actual and historic ''truths'') is one of
► «Giving thanks: to the creator, to the harmony and respect between peoples, et cetera».


This is allegedly what is taught and held in mind as families and close friends come together in North America. In one Leonard's land it happens in October, in the other Leonard's land it occurs in November.
I'm pretty sure that it is not an easy thing to deal with if you're a native American, but they too as a people have been ''taught'' to think of it as such,  (as Bob Dylan says in - All Along The Watchtower) so *let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late.

October Thanksgiving LINK                                          November Thanksgiving LINK




So really? Standing Rock, I'm supposed to believe this to be a normal thing? Acceptable? Ah yes, I almost forgot, it must be a Thankgiving type of thing.

Honor the Treaties, for Pete's sake!

Honour the Treaties !!!!!!!!!!!

(further North, from 2014)

















So, am I (or anyone) supposed to believe that in those lands Thanksgiving has ''a meaning''?
Really?







Ok- Peace and goodness be with you.













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Oh, I almost forgot.

P.S. - Will somebody remember to free Leonard?
Please?
(Hasn't that temper tantrum lasted long enough?)




 Silence, they say, is the voice of complicity.
  But silence is impossible.
  Silence screams,
  Silence is a message,
  Just as doing nothing is an act. 

 Let who you are ring out and resonate
  in every word and every deed.
  Yes, become who you are.
  There’s no sidestepping your own being
  or your own responsibility. 

 What you do is who you are.
  You are your own comeuppance.
  You become your own message. 

 You are the message. 
 May the Great Spirit Make Sunrise in Your Heart . . . 
 Hoka Hey!  
    (Poem: ''My Life Is My Sundance" by Mr. Leonard Peltier ) 










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We are not separate beings, you and I
We are different strands of the same being
You are me and I am you
and we are they and they are us
This is how we’re meant to be,
each of us one
each of us all
You reach out across the void of Otherness to me
and you touch your own soul! 


 (Poem: ''We are Not Separate'' by L. Peltier 






LINK 


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