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*** Aluminum (TMA), Barium, Strontium, Sulfur Hexafluoride (SF6), and Lithium have been dumped in space to study and modify space weather for over sixty years (60) and nobody knew. - Big Wobble Blog *** Then there's Z. July 18, 2022 - I was awakened this morning with a clear message that there are three years left until the simulation ends. - ELLIE *** Ego & Time are our biggest anchors to ignorance- Walter Russell

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

When you need to smile, watch this

Saturday, October 26, 2019

We hope to meet you there

“Is there a heaven for pumpkinheads?” (1910) (via Woodruff House, Ohio/Wikimedia)
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Thursday, October 24, 2019

The Blob

It’s alive?

Last week, the Paris Zoological Park began showcasing a new organism that scientists are having difficulty classifying. Simply called “the blob,” this yellowish unicellular living being looks like a fungus but acts like an animal. It has no mouth, no stomach, and no eyes, and yet it can detect food and digest it. It has almost 720 sexes and it can heal itself in two minutes if cut in half. The blob is named after the 1950s flick of the same name about an alien life form that consumes everything in its path in a small Pennsylvania town. The director of the museum told Reuters, “It surprises us because it has no brain but is able to learn … and if you merge two blobs, the one that has learned will transmit its knowledge to the other.”

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

2020

In fact, 2020 is the first milestone envisioned by World One. That’s when the quality of life is supposed to drop dramatically. The broadcaster presented this scenario that will lead to the demise of large numbers of people:
“At around 2020, the condition of the planet becomes highly critical. If we do nothing about it, the quality of life goes down to zero. Pollution becomes so seriously it will start to kill people, which in turn will cause the population to diminish, lower than it was in the 1900. At this stage, around 2040 to 2050, civilized life as we know it on this planet will cease to exist.”
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Monday, October 21, 2019

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul | Trailer [HD]

Evolution of the cracks in the Pine Island Glacier

Recently, the frequency of Pine Island Glacier calving events has increased. Today, the glacier is observed to be losing mass by a combination of calving events together with strong basal melting, where warm ocean currents erode the underside of the floating ice shelf. As the ice shelf both thins and calves enormous icebergs, the glacier discharge is unable to replenish the ice lost and the front recedes from its previous position.
"Long-term measurements of West Antarctic Ice Sheet such as Pine Island are critical to understanding changes to the rate of loss of ice mass into the ocean, and thus Copernicus Sentinel-1 has become fundamental to gauging Antarctica's contribution to rising sea levels," says Mark Drinkwater.

Image: Glacial 'aftershock' spawns Antarctic iceberg

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Saturday, October 12, 2019

Leaf Peeping Roadtrip



The Sequoia and leaf peepin'

Those storm clouds are named Melissa

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Space Junk Around Earth

Varda by Agnès | Trailer | NYFF57


The 57th New York Film Festival is dedicated to Agnès Varda.
 Q&As with Rosalie Varda on Oct. 9 & 10
When Agnès Varda died earlier this year at age 90, the world lost one of its most inspirational cinematic radicals. From her neorealist-tinged 1954 feature debut La Pointe Courte to her New Wave treasures Cléo from 5 to 7 and Le Bonheur to her inquiries into those on society’s outskirts like Vagabond (NYFF23), The Gleaners and I (NYFF38), and the 2017 Oscar nominee Faces Places (NYFF55), she made enduring films that were both forthrightly political and gratifyingly mercurial, and which toggled between fiction and documentary decades before it was more commonplace in art cinema. In what would be her final work, partially constructed of onstage interviews and lectures, interspersed with a wealth of clips and archival footage, Varda guides us through her career, from her movies to her remarkable still photography to the delightful and creative installation work. It’s a fitting farewell to a filmmaker, told in her own words. A Janus Films release.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Time to think #RenameReclaimDecolonize


BLOW THE WHISTLE #Panama Papers

Homo sapiens have a substance abuse problem, and the substance is corruption,” Steven Soderbergh told an audience in D.C. last week. He was speaking after the latest screening of The Laundromat, a Hollywood film inspired by the Panama Papers
The Q&A was aptly timed, as Democrats in the United States had just announced they would start impeachment proceedings related to President Donald Trump. Jake Bernstein, whose book Secrecy World provided the foundation for the script, said it would all be impossible without whistleblowers. “Whistleblowers can face real, serious repercussions, as can journalists and other people trying to bring this stuff to light,” he said.  read more
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Recent examples of our work include the Paradise Papers and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Panama Papers, which investigated the shadowy offshore industry. These investigations have generated powerful long-lasting impact. For a behind-the-scenes look at how such a large investigation works watch this HBO/Vice documentary on the Paradise Papers.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Hawk crashes through bedroom

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A hawk crashed through a woman's bedroom window Friday in Newton, Massachusetts, leaving a gaping hole in the glass before flying around and trashing a home office and leaving droppings on the floor. The incident, a portion of which was captured on cellphone video, left the woman's house looking like it had been ransacked by burglars. Janis Mann said she was in her kitchen about 5:30 p.m. when she heard a racket coming from an upstairs bedroom. "I heard a shower of glass falling nonstop, and I thought, 'Uh oh, I don't know what that is,'" she said. "It can't be a vase falling once. It's a shower. It kept going."

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Super Volcano Valles Caldera and Jemez Pueblos lawsuit

Valles caldera is located in north-central New Mexico in the central Jemez Mountains west of Santa Fe. It is the oldest of three young caldera-type volcanoes in the United States; the other two are Yellowstone in Wyoming and Long Valley in California.
The Valles caldera-forming eruption occurred approximately 1.25 million years ago when huge volumes of Bandelier tuff were explosively evacuated from a underground magma storage region. As a result of the "supereruption," the ground subsided along a network of nearly circular faults, called a ring fracture, leaving the caldera, a 20 x 23 km (12 x 14 mi) depression. Resurgent doming of the central caldera floor occurred between 1.25 and 1.22 million years ago, which was immediately followed by additional dome eruptions around the caldera margins up until about 40,000 years ago. 

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Here is the opinion:
An excerpt:
THIS MATTER comes before the Court on the bench trial held on October 29-November 20, 2018; November 29-November 30, 2018; December 3, 2018; December 5, 2018; and December 13, 2018. The primary issue is whether Plaintiff Pueblo of Jemez has the exclusive right to use, occupy, and possess the lands of the Valles Caldera National Preserve (“Valles Caldera”) pursuant to its allegedly unextinguished and continuing aboriginal title to those lands. The Court concludes that Jemez Pueblo has not established aboriginal title to the Valles Caldera. Although the evidence proves that Jemez Pueblo has actually and continuously used and occupied the Valles Caldera for a long time, the evidence also shows that many Pueblos and Tribes also used the Valles Caldera in ways that defeat Jemez Pueblo’s aboriginal title claim.
Earlier posts here.

Valles Caldera (or Jemez Caldera), is a 12-mile-wide collapsed volcanic caldera in the Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico. Within its caldera, Valle Grande is the largest valle (grass valley) and the only one with a paved road. 
Valles Caldera is one of the smaller volcanoes in the supervolcano class. 
The circular topographic rim of the caldera measures 19 kilometers (12 miles) in diameter. The caldera and surrounding volcanic structures are the most thoroughly studied caldera complex in the United States.
Research studies have concerned the fundamental processes of magmatism, hydrothermal systems, and ore deposition.
Nearly 40 deep cores have been examined, resulting in extensive subsurface data. The Valles Caldera is the younger of two calderas known at this location, having collapsed over and buried the Toledo Caldera, which in turn may have collapsed over yet older calderas. The associated Cerros del Rio volcanic field, which forms the eastern Pajarito Plateau and the Caja del Rio, is older than the Toledo Caldera. These two large calderas formed during eruptions 1.47 million and 1.15 million years ago.[6]
The Caldera and surrounding area continue to be shaped by ongoing volcanic activity.more

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Thursday, September 12, 2019

"CHASING ICE" captures largest glacier calving ever filmed #WaterEvent

Barrie Trower and Mark Steele on #5G (2019) | BETTER AUDIO



EMF Pollution from Humans

"Electromagnetic pollution (EMF) may be the most significant form of pollution human activity has produced in this century, all the more dangerous because it is invisible and insensible." - Andrew Weil, M.D., Author of 8 Weeks to Optimum Health & Spontaneous Healing

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Friday, September 6, 2019

America’s First Opioid Epidemic

Percy Bysshe Shelley, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lord Byron, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning were all familiar with, if not addicted to, laudanum.
Doctors had been alerted to the dangers of addiction starting in the 1870s.
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Pig Island and Pirates (free gift)

Learn about the famous swimming pigs of The Bahamas: where they come from, how they spend their time, and how you can spend the day with them on Pig Beach! HERE

(free) Pirates of Nassau Downloadable E-Book

Think you know all about the pirates of the Caribbean? Think again! Nassau Paradise Island has a rich and varied history and was home to some of piracy’s most famous and infamous characters. Pirates like Blackbeard and Calico Jack walked the very streets of downtown Nassau back in the 1700s when the Caribbean was ripe with pirates rich with loot from Spanish and French merchant vessels and Nassau was a Pirate’s Republic.
Whether you’re a history buff, parent to a pirate fanatic, or are simply interested in learning more about what Nassau used to be like, our Pirates of Nassau E-book is filled with pirate facts and tales to delight and inspire. So what arr you waiting for? Download your copy and dive into the swashbuckling stories of the real Pirates of Nassau. HERE

Now avast ye and get reading, ye landlubber! There are pirate adventures to be had!

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

The insect apocalypse DW Documentary

Is It Or Isn't It Recyclable?

How to See Palestine Whole

Louis Haghe after a drawing by David Roberts, “Gaza”(1839) lithograph, From The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt, & Nubia vol. 2, (1843) pl. 15; Royal Subscription edition (image courtesy Library of Congress Digital Collections)
To observe that images distort reality is nothing new. (John Berger and his collaborators reminded us of this in Ways of Seeing nearly 50 years ago.) What is more interesting and important is to see how and why this is done in European and, eventually, American images of Palestine.

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Sunday, September 1, 2019

Illegal Gold Miners? Amazon Rainforest?



“A large part of the gold that’s commercialized in the world comes stained by blood and human rights abuses,” said Julián Bernardo González, vice president of sustainability for Continental Gold, a Canadian mining company with operations in Colombia that holds legal titles and pays taxes, unlike many smaller mining operations.

A map compiled by environmental group Amazon Geo-Referenced Socio-Environmental Information Network shows 2,312 illegal mining sites in 245 areas across six countries, which the group called an “epidemic.”

In Latin America, criminals see mining and trading precious metals as a lucrative growth business, carefully hidden from U.S. consumers who flaunt gold around their necks and fingers but have no idea where it comes from — or who gets hurt. The narcos know their market is strong: America’s addiction to the metal burns as insatiably as its craving for cocaine. NTR, for instance, was the subsidiary of a major U.S. gold refinery that supplied Apple and 67 other Fortune 500 companies, as well as Tiffany & Co., according to a Miami Herald analysis of corporate disclosures.

READ: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article194187699.html#storylink=cpy

Global Warming Is Conquering the Vikings



Global Warming Is Conquering the Vikings

Ancient Arctic artifacts are disappearing as warming unfurls.
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In Norse mythology, there are many myths that once known, are now lost. But the Norse, of course, left behind more than their tales. They also left behind their things and, in places like Anavik, on the western coast of Greenland, their dead.
And long before Vikings came to Greenland, the indigenous Inuit people left behind mummies, as well as hair with intact DNA.
Elsewhere in the Arctic, on an icy island called Spitsbergen, there’s a place called the Corpse Headlands, where there are graves filled with the bodies of 17th and 18th century whalers. When archeologists excavated the site in the 1970s, they found down-filled pillows, mittens, and pants sewn together from pieces of other pants. The Arctic’s ice helps preserve these snippets of human history. But snippets of organic material rot when it’s hot, and new research is finding that as the world warms, remains like those at Anavik and Corpse Headlands will decompose before archaeologists are ever able to unearth them.
“The microbial degradation of the organic carbon is really temperature dependent,” said Jørgen Hollesen, a geographer at the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen.
To get a clearer picture of the warming, Hollesen and his team installed weather stations at five sites in western Greenland, where they measured soil temperature and water content. Inland sites, they found, get less rain overall than coastal sites, and they also tend to be hotter. Such dryness and hotness, Hollesen said, create ripe conditions for decomposition because bacteria that decompose organic matter have more air to breathe.

Rapid Decomposition

The team then modeled, under different greenhouse gas emissions scenarios, just how much decomposition they might expect to see in the next century.
They found that instead of Arctic archaeological remains taking at least a century or more to fully decompose, up to 70% will likely vanish in the next 80 years. In Greenland alone, there are over 6,000 registered archaeological sites. This number includes both Norse and Inuit sites.
Photo of a mummified infant in a thick fur parka
Human remains, like this mummified infant unearthed at Qilakitsoq, are threatened by changes brought by a warming climate to the soil of Greenland. Credit: National Museum of Denmark
“We cannot afford the luxury of thinking that heritage sites preserved underground are preserved,” said Vibeke Vandrup Martens, an archaeologist with the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research who was not involved in the new Scientific Reports study.
Vandrup Martens studies remains on Svalbard that stand a good chance of decomposing at a rapid pace over the coming years, and she hopes this new research will help archaeologists like her when it comes to prioritizing which of those sites they need to work to preserve. “It’s a question of choosing, or just accepting having lost it,” she said.
It’s still not possible to say what kinds of remains, be they bones or clothes or wood, will decompose first. But finding that out is what Hollesen wants to do next by keeping an eye on what kinds of remains appear to be decomposing the fastest.
“We don’t know which ones contain something that could be fantastic,” he said. “You don’t know what you haven’t found yet.”
—Lucas Joel, Freelance Journalist
Citation: Joel, L. (2019), Global warming is conquering the Vikings, Eos, 100, https://doi.org/10.1029/2019EO131559. Published on 27 August 2019.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Power Struggle (the film)

David and Goliath battles always need to be documented so people understand the power they have to achieve a desired result even against ridiculous odds. POWER STRUGGLE documents the acts of ordinary people, many of them senior women, who brought down the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant by focusing their energies, intellects and actions in a unified way. Infuriating, deeply moving, and ultimately uplifting, POWER STRUGGLE provides an important record of what it takes to successfully battle a nuclear reactor into shutdown.” — Libbe HaLevy, Producer/Host, NUCLEAR HOTSEAT Democracy prevails when a nuclear engineer turned whistle-blower, a 93-year old grandmother, and a scrappy new governor join forces with a dedicated array of citizen activists to accomplish a rare grassroots environmental victory in closing an aging nuclear reactor in Vermont.

Filmed over five years, this 86-minute feature-length documentary chronicles the heated political battle to close the aging Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, located on the banks of the Connecticut River in southern Vermont.
POWER STRUGGLE follows the unfolding drama as citizen activists and elected officials – alarmed at increasing safety violations—took on the federal government and one of the biggest nuclear power companies in America to call for closure of the reactor when its original 40-year license expires. The film captures perspectives on all sides of the controversy, including from local residents both for and against nuclear power, elected officials (including U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin), nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen, a Vermont Yankee spokesperson, and federal nuclear regulators. 
A timely, inspiring story of democracy in action; about whether citizens’ voices will be heard against big moneyed interests, and what people are doing locally right now to make a difference for a sustainable energy future.

POWER STRUGGLE is also a warning about the toxic legacy of high-level radioactive waste that will remain at every nuclear power plant around the world indefinitely into the future.

Directed and produced by Robbie Leppzer and Turning Tide Productions based in Wendell, MA, in association with NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation). ​ Original music composed and performed by John Sheldon. Running Time: 86 minutes.
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Tiny Tim 'There'll Always Be An England/ Bless 'Em All/ It's A Long Way...

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Amazon, Jeff Bezos and collecting data | DW Documentary

Think about it (Trump lost)


Sunday, August 11, 2019

Rebel Geeks - The Critical Engineers



We need more of these guys.

Nursery Rhymes

“Nursery Rhymes” by Goono

A brilliant and unexpectedly moving short from director Tom Noakes and writer-producer Will Goodfellow of Sydney-based studio Goono.


Monday, August 5, 2019

The Strange Sound of Happiness


At age 40, after years of drifting, Diego returns to Sicily, his dreams of becoming a musician dashed.
But then he discovers the mouth harp, which captivates him and propels him on a journey from the torrid coasts of Sicily to the frozen flatlands of Yakutia in Siberia, where he becomes part of a prophecy from a century ago.
The “sound of happiness” is at last there.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Byfusion machine + Plastic Bricks

and, when all is said and tried, and plastic ‘needs’ to be discarded send it to a ‘brick maker’.

Introducing Peter Lewis from Dunedin, New Zealand.
‘Peter Lewis spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to patent plastic blocks in August 2002, and millions since then to develop industrial scale equipment. The Byfusion machine required to make the bricks is manufactured in New Zealand and can be exported in shipping containers. Their mass production techniques are appropriate for many areas of the world, including turning the massive plastic garbage patches in the oceans into useful products. 

See Great Pacific Garbage Patch for details on the extent of the problem. ‘ excerpt from article Recycled Plastic Block Houses  (http://www.motherearthnews.com)


‘These rock-hard bricks could be used for garden retaining or landscaping walls, and had other potential uses including shock absorbers behind crash barriers’. Read Peter’s full story from the Otago times 2010 article – by clicking on the image below.

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Harvey Lacey a Texan man who evolved Peter’s idea further over the last few years, first by enlisting Peter’s help, machines and knowledge set up his own operation based in Texas, USA.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq - MELT THE ICE IN YOUR HEARTS!

Joy Harjo: The Blaney Lecture, Poets Forum 2015

Pages - I Do Believe In You

What is a microburst?



 I had not heard the word microburst growing up and now it's every day.

Interview with Richard Page


This guy! The voice of ? an angel?
  Richard Page had previously worked as a session musician (for Quincy Jones) and had composed for Michael Jackson, Rick Springfield, Donna Summer, Kenny Loggins, Al Jarreau, and many more.


Richard Page’s "Peculiar Life"(2010)




“The album title pretty much sums it up for me,” Richard Page says with a wry smile.

The veteran writer/artist is referring to both his second solo album, Peculiar Life (released on his own Little Dume Music label) and his bifurcated career, which belies F. Scott Fitzgerald’s contention that there are no second acts in American life.

Page spent the 1980s fronting the bands Pages and the chart-topping Mr. Mister (celebrated in the chorus hook of Train’s current hit “Hey Soul Sister,” which goes, “Hey soul sister, ain’t that Mr. Mister on the radio, stereo”) before becoming the provider of material for others, in part via his longstanding relationships with producer David Foster.  But functioning purely as a writer for hire “doesn’t scratch the itch of wanting to do your own thing, especially when you have to make compromises,” Page explains of the motivation behind the writing and recording of Peculiar Life, his first album since 1995’s Shelter Me.

“So I really started missing this again, though it amps my life up tremendously and is hard on the family. But there’s something special about doing your own record and making your own music that I really missed, and I didn’t know how much I missed it until I went through this experience.”

Gathering the all-star core band of drummer Vinnie Colaiuta (Jeff Beck, Sting, Herbie Hancock), percussionist Luis Conte (Pat Matheny, James Taylor, Jackson Browne), bassist Kevin McCormick (a mainstay of Browne’s longtime band) and guitarist James Harrah (Chris Botti, Elton John, John Prine), augmented on certain tracks by pedal steel giant Greg Leisz (k.d. lang, Wilco, T Bone Burnett) and violin virtuoso L. Shankar (Peter Gabriel, John McLaughlin, Talking Heads), the Malibu-based artist brought a special set of songs to the nearby studio of his surfer buddy Richard Gibbs (an Oingo Boingo member turned film scorer), who’d readily agreed to co-produce after hearing the material.

 “Richard, who’s a great musician and helped me a lot, insisted that we have live musicians playing everything,” says Page. “To me, if music sounds and feels good, I don’t really care if it was played by a machine or human beings. But I admit, I’d gotten swept up in programming because it’s so easy to write when you program, with so many tools at your fingertips. But having done this record, I can now see that I’d forgotten how nuanced real musicianship can be. I had most of the songs somewhat arranged already, and many of the vocals were done here at my studio. I took over the mockups—essentially song demos with programmed sounds, vocals and some guitar—to Richard’s studio, and we replaced nearly all the instruments. The guys appreciated being able to play to songs that already had lead and background vocals and ideas that were already finished thoughts. So it worked out pretty cool that way.”

 The resulting album—mixed by the brilliant Elliot Scheiner (Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac, Eagles)—sounds as taut and vibrant as you’d expect from the collective chops and experience of this crew; the revelation here has to do with the depth of Page’s writing.

The dozen songs range from the brightness of “Brand New Day” (“When I wrote that one, I was thinking that things are gonna be OK, and it’s OK to say so”) to the dark night of the soul evoked in “Shadow on My Life”; from the life-embracing pop of “No Tomorrow” (co-written with his old friend Richard Marx) and “You Are Mine” (a collaboration with Nashville-based songsmiths Melissa Pierce and Mike Busbee) and to the album’s three-pronged spiritual center, comprising the provocative title song, the contemplative “Worldly Things” and the widescreen epic “When You Come Around,” each of them at once intensely personal and universally relatable.

Describing “Peculiar Life,” Page says, “The line, ‘I’ve got too much invested in this peculiar life’ speaks of grasping, and the grasping has to do with believing that all this is real and wanting a payoff from it. And the hardest thing to do is to let all that go and not be so affected by loss or gain, winning or losing. The struggle I have in my life is to try to balance those things out, so that I’m not so affected emotionally when things go wrong or, conversely, when things go right—to find that place where you’re not swinging back and forth so hard that you suffer from either incredible glee or unbearable unhappiness. The metaphor of feeling like you’re drowning speaks to not having a clear resolve to get out of this mess. So that song says a lot about where I’m at.”

The companion piece “Worldly Things” turns on the lines, “Sometimes I don’t feel so strong/Days go by, barely hangin’ on/Shine a light in my eye so I can find my way home.”

According to Page, the song’s narrator is pondering the question, “Why can’t I seem to find any true meaning or happiness in life? It seems like that’s a common struggle for many of us.”

“When You come Around,” written with composer/programmer Jochem van der Saag, is “a song of gratitude or devotion to a spiritual friend, or a greater being, but it also could mean different things to different people. Jochem, who came up with the spatial qualities in the arrangement, had a riff that I really liked, so I took that riff home and wrote the song to it, basically. One of my favorite songs of all time is George Harrison’s ‘Within You, Without You’ from Sgt. Pepper, and I’m sure it was a subconscious inspiration.”

Accumulated over a number of years, these songs spoke to Page in a different way from the rest of his output. “When I write a song,” he explains, “I automatically think, ‘Who could I pitch that to?’ And with some of these songs I would think, ‘Nobody.’ Not because they’re so great but because I just can’t imagine anyone else doing them; they’re so personal and have so much of my own stamp on them. Frankly, some songs can work for many different singers, but with these, I felt I needed to do my own thing with them.”

Page is spending the summer on the road in the company of another set of A-list musicians, playing bass and singing with Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band. The 2010 lineup also boasts keyboardists Edgar Winter and Gary Wright, guitarists Rick Derringer and Wally Palmer (The Romantics), and drummer Gregg Bissonette.

The downside is that the tour takes him away from his home life with his four kids and his wife of 30 years.

“Linda has had a huge impact on my life,” he says, “and I’m sure I wouldn’t be the same guy without her. She’s really helped guide me. And put up with a lot...”

And speaking of inspiration, inseparable from the expression of meaningful thoughts and feelings is the craft that goes into the creative process. “I have a short list of the artists I feel are the standard bearers,” Page points out, “and if I can even emulate them a tiny bit, that’s what I’m after at this point in my life. There was a time a while back when all I listened to were Stevie Wonder and Steely Dan, because I thought those two were at the high point of the craft. I couldn’t go there myself and felt frustrated by that, but kept trying anyway. This is my humble effort at paying homage to the kings and queens of songwriting, and who knows, perhaps inspire someone else...”
Playing with Ringo All Stars


Early work

Although formed in Phoenix, Arizona,[3] Mr. Mister was based in Los Angeles.[3] Richard Page had previously worked as a session musician (for Quincy Jones) and had composed for Michael Jackson, Rick Springfield, Donna Summer, Kenny Loggins, Al Jarreau, and many more.
In 1978, Page and his childhood friend Steve George founded the band Pages in Phoenix, Arizona. Pages explored a pop fusion sound, with a changing lineup of session musicians. Although Pages had a minor hit single with "I Do Believe in You", and its three albums garnered favorable reviews, the group had little commercial success.
After disbanding Pages in 1981, Page and George focused on songwriting and studio session work for pop artists ranging from Laura Branigan to Village People.
By 1982, Page and George began putting together a more pop-oriented group with a permanent lineup, rounded out by drummer Pat Mastelotto and guitarist Steve Farris. All four members had done extensive session work for other artists and brought numerous influences to the band. The initial plan was to bring in a fifth member, a bass guitarist, but after realizing that Page—who was originally slated to be solely the lead singer—could also play bass, the members decided to remain a four-piece.[4]

Mainstream success

When the first Mr. Mister album, I Wear the Face, was released by RCA Records in 1984, Page was offered the chance to replace Bobby Kimball as lead singer of Toto, and later was offered Peter Cetera's place in Chicago; he refused both offers.[5]
Their second album, 1985's Welcome to the Real World—with lyrics from Page's cousin John Lang—was the breakthrough for Mr. Mister. All three singles were in the top 10, two of which hit No. 1 on the U.S. pop charts—"Kyrie" and "Broken Wings". The latter was inspired by the book of the same title by Khalil Gibran.[6] They had several No. 1 MTV videos, and performed at the first MTV Spring Break show in 1986. That year, Mr. Mister had two Grammy Award nominations, including Best Pop Band (which was awarded to the "We Are the World" ensemble, USA for Africa).
During this time, Mr. Mister toured with other popular acts including Don Henley, The Bangles, Eurythmics, Tina Turner, Heart and Adam Ant. The band's third album was Go On..., which was not a commercial success.
During the 1980s, the group wrote and/or performed songs for several movies, including the title song for Stand and Deliver, and "Is It Love" as the outro track for Stakeout. "Don't Slow Down" appeared in A Fine Mess. The band also made concert appearances with the pop rock band the Bangles.[7]
Guitarist Steve Farris left in 1988. The remaining band members teamed up with Christian recording artist Paul Clark and acted as his backup band for Clark's 1988 indie release Awakening from the Western Dream. Next, the band began working on a fourth album, Pull, with session guitarists Buzz Feiten, Trevor Rabin, Doug Macaskill and Peter McRea. The album was completed in 1990, but RCA Records decided not to release it. Soon afterward, the band broke up. The album remained unreleased for 20 years—though one track ("Waiting in My Dreams") appeared on a 2001 greatest hits collection by the band. On November 23, 2010, the remastered album was finally released by the band—in collaboration with Sony Music—on Richard Page's independent label, Little Dume Recordings.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Just-world hypothesis



The just world fallacy explains so much about what’s going on today.

Zuni Rocket Accident 1967

On July 29, 1967, an accidental rocket launch on the deck of the supercarrier USS Forrestal in the Gulf of Tonkin resulted in a fire and explosions that killed 134 servicemen. (Among the survivors was future Arizona senator John McCain, a U.S. Navy lieutenant commander who narrowly escaped with his life.)
In July 1967, a fire broke out on board the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal. An electrical anomaly had caused the discharge of a Zuni rocket on the flight deck, triggering a chain-reaction of explosions that killed 134 sailors and injured 161. At the time, Forrestal was engaged in combat operations in the Gulf of Tonkin, during the Vietnam War. The ship survived, but with damage exceeding US$72 million (equivalent to $511 million today), not including the damage to aircraft.

I read a great book about this called "Sailors To The End"; another problem here was that many of the bombs were WWII era ordnance, the explosive in them unstable and more prone to heat and shock, considered much more sensitive than the modern '60s bombs. As for McCain, he did nothing to cause this -it was his plane that was HIT by the Zuni rocket, NOT the one that accidentally fired it.
A ZUNI rocket was fired accidentally from an aircraft being readied for a mission on July 29, 1967. The rocket screamed across the flight deck, struck another aircraft and ignited a fuel fire. The initial fire could have been contained, but 90 seconds after the fire started a bomb detonated, killing or seriously wounding most of the fire fighters. The detonation ruptured the flight deck, and burning fuel spilled into the lower levels of the ship. Bombs, warheads, and rocket motors exploded with varying egress of intensity in the fire, killing 134 and wounding 161 men. Twenty-one aircraft were destroyed.
After this incident, the Navy established a flag level committee to pursue improvements to the systems used to control flight deck fuel fires. An ordinance safety program was also initiated to characterize flight deck fuel fires and study ways to delay the "cook-off" times of munitions. As a result; insulation is now applied to some bomb casings, delaying "cook-off" times 5 to 10 minutes in a fuel fire, but does not diminish the violence of its explosive reaction.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Black Bear Brawl



PSA: Run and Scream #grasshopperinvasion



Thursday, July 25, 2019

WHOA?

Just when you think you're floating through life, Sara Wong's illustration reminds us to watch out for falls ahead...

READ TO GO DEEPER:
Burnout became a seriously hot topic a few months back, thanks to this Buzzfeed article.
I wrote a piece about how to resist Amazon Prime.
Facebook was fined $5b. And Mark Z is now personally responsible for privacy.
The utopian portrayal of moms who surf. This article made Jen cringe.
Please tell me you read about this professor talking to white men about privilege?

Whoa!
Two years ago, our fabulous Radiotopia colleague Helen Zaltzman and her husband, Martin Austwick, gave up their London apartment to travel the world. They paid their bills by continuing to produce her two podcasts, The Allusionist and Answer Me This, from the road.

Things were going well until a visit to Tasmania, when Helen got a serious infection in her neck and had to be hospitalized. After nearly a month in intensive care, she was finally released and was, of course, relieved to be alive. But Helen soon discovered that her brain no longer functioned the same way…and her work habits needed to change.... listen

Vibrio


Donnie Humfress loved wade fishing in Hancock County. But he doesn’t do it anymore.
An uptick in the number of reported Vibrio cases in recent years has kept him and his family out of the water.
“I’m just not willing to risk that, and I’m not willing to risk family members and friends becoming infected with it,” he told the Sun Herald. “Until officials can confirm that the threat is no longer present, neither myself or my family will be in the waters of the (Mississippi Sound.)"

Read more here: https://www.sunherald.com/news/local/article233017462.html#storylink=cpy

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Monday, July 22, 2019

It Will Be Done By 2030

Algerian Woman Links Tattoo Tradition and Song



Middle Eastern Tattoos: Then and Now 

Traditional Middle Eastern tattoos were done via a rudimentary method of pricking the skin and then rubbing in a mixture of smoke black or indigo. Mother's milk was used in the mixture, oftentimes, to give an esoteric benefit.

Designs were a combination of tribal identification and amulets to ward off evil or incur blessings. Similar motifs may be found in carpet designs. A vertical line marked along the chin signifies an engagement. When there was a mark on the tip of the nose, it may have signified either marriage or that a child had died and this was their way of protecting the spirit of that child.

Facial tattooing, especially, has gone out of favor in modern times. Usually only older women are seen with tattoos on their chin and forehead.

The reason? One source says, "body art markings, called lousham in Arabic or ahetjam in Tamazight, are no longer considered to be a pious Muslim practice and as a result very few younger women will carry these tattoos.

At one point, these tattoos were tribal markings of status and beauty, symbols that were borrowed from the complicated designs in the rugs; now most Amazigh women consider their tattoos to be a shameful reminder of a pagan practice." In past times in Iran, the upper class women would be tattooed with a beard-like pattern. This practice has passed away as well, but it is reported that "the demand for tattoos among Iranian and other middle eastern women has exploded.

Iranians who are tattooed, however, must keep them under wraps due to the authorities.

Despite the traditions of tattoos for certain tribal groups of Middle Eastern women, their religion, Islam, forbids tattooing. Non-permanent skin decoration in the Arab world in the form of henna decorations is very popular. Not all stories of the tattooed women are benign.

The sad history of the decimation and captivity of Armenians under their Muslim captors holds the story of stolen Armenian girls tattooed by their captors a story told in history and photos in the Genocide Museum.via

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