Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Alec Baldwin on Classical Music

From his 2017 memoir, Nevertheless:

In 2009, I attended a concert at Carnegie Hall featuring Christoph Eschenbach and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Seated in the box next to me were MatIas Tarnopolsky, the vice president of artistic planning for the New York Philharmonic, and the one and only Zarin Mehta, president and executive director of the Phil, brother of Zubin Mehta, and gentleman without equal. "What are you doing here?" Tarnopolsky blurted out. After. I explained that years of being trapped in a car in another life had made me a classical music fan, MatIas and Zarin exchanged a look; then Zarin said, "Come see me." Soon after that, I was hired as the announcer for the New York Philharmonic's weekly radio broadcast. What a great honor, education, and joy that has been.

In the '8os, I would drive around LA, listening to KUSC, KFAC, and other, now lost FM classical stations. As I'd approach the gates of Warner or Paramount to head into an appointment, the symphony on my radio was still unfolding. I'd call the stations' programming directors, whose numbers I kept on speed dial on my Motorola car phone (yes, you'd dial and they would pick up the phone), to find, out all of the details of the piece: composer, ensemble, conductor, recording label. Then I'd hustle over to Tower Classical on Sunset and order the discs.

There was no ArkivMusic back then, no Amazon, so I would have to drive back to West Hollywood to pick up the order two weeks later. But it was so worthwhile. Before the advent of digital downloads, I collected a lot of music. I concentrated on that battery between conductor and ensemble that produced much of the more acclaimed classical recordings, back when many of the majors were recording more frequently: Charles Dutoit with the Montreal Symphony, Leonard Slatkin with the St. Louis, George Szell with the Cleveland, Georg Solti with the Chicago, Bernstein with the New York Phil, Levine in Boston, Previn in London, Zubin Mehta in Los Angeles, Eschenbach, Barenboim, Gergiev, Dudamel, Tilson Thomas, Maazel, Haitink, Masur, Salonen, Dohnányi, Abbado, Boulez, Karajan, van Zweden, Boult, Muti.

Classical music renewed me. Like painting and literature, it put me in a grounded place of peace; So much so that if I did it all over again,. I'd learn to play the piano and become a conductor. Oh, God, would 1 ever. Go online and watch Charlie Dutoit conduct. Dutoit, the most elegant of them all. What I wouldn't give to be him for a year. These men (and a few women, like Mann Alsop) float on a cloud made of God-given genius and intense hard work. In the audience, I have been disappointed countless times at the movies, less often at the theater, but never at the symphony, where the orchestra brings to bear the remarkable talents of men and women who exist in their own aerie atop the performing arts. With all my heart, I urge you to visit the symphony in your town or nearby. Afterward, you just might be renewed.

My taste runs toward the lush, the romantic, the sonorous. I've been compiling the list of the recordings I want played at my funeral for some time:

  • Mãhler's Ninth Symphony, fourth movement, Lorin Maazel conducting the New York Philharmonic.
  • Chopin's Nocturne in B-flat Minor, op. 9, no. i, performed by Yundi Li
  • Mahler's Fourth Symphony, third movement, George Szell conducting the Cleveland Orchestra.
  • Ravel's Ma Mere Wye (the Mother Goose Suite), Charles Dutoit conducting the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.
  • Rachmaninov's Symphony no 2 in E Minor, third movement, Andre Previn conducting the London Symphony Orchestra.
  • Chopin's Nocturne in D-flat Major, op. 27, no 2, performed by Lang Lang.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams's Serenade lo Music, Sir Adrian Boult conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Tchaikovsky's Symphony no. 6 (Pathetique), fourth movement, Valery Gergiev conducting the Orchestra of the Kirov Opera.

I know, I know. It's a long playlist. But come to my. funeral, if only for the music. For those of you who are classical fans, I know I'm laying up on the fairway here, going for par. But, hey, at that point I'll be dead. Allow me this last indulgence.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Top 10 books about betrayal | Books | The Guardian

Top 10 books about betrayal | Books | The Guardian

Zigs, Zags, Zips: the ever unpredictable Donald Trump makes the right call

Trump To Allow Release Of 3,000 Never Before Seen Documents On JFK Assassination | Zero Hedge

Our new book is in the research stage:  False Flags, Government Deceptions:  A Short History of the Modern Era, and we are greatly interested in this and other such insights into the real working of governments, criminals, intelligence agents, et al.....

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety? - NYTimes.com

Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety? - NYTimes.com

How Much $ Does It Take to Become a Farmer? | Successful Farming

How Much $ Does It Take to Become a Farmer? | Successful Farming

Keeping the public in the dark

Trump Likely to Block Release of Some JFK Files - POLITICO Magazine

Conspiracy theorists of the world, get ready for some bad news.

Trump administration and other government officials say privately that President Donald Trump is almost certain to block the release of information from some of the thousands of classified files related to the November 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy that are scheduled to be made public in less than a week by the National Archives.

Administration officials would not identify what specific information related to Kennedy’s murder might be kept secret on Trump’s orders, though they acknowledged concern over classified documents held at the Archives that were created decades after the assassination—specifically, in the 1990s.

The officials held out a slim possibility that the always-unpredictable Trump could decide at the last minute to release all the remaining JFK files held at the Archives—tens, if not hundreds of thousands, of pages of long-secret documents—but said it was highly unlikely, especially because of concern that documents from the 1990s might expose relatively recent American intelligence and law-enforcement operations. Some of those documents could be partially released, with some of the information blacked out, they said.

A previously released, bare-bones index of nearly 3,100 never-before-seen assassination-related documents scheduled for release next week shows that the vast majority were created in the 1960s and 1970s, and many, if not most, of them appear likely to be declassified. Only several dozen date from the 1990s, and most of those were created by the CIA; many are letters written at the spy agency to a special federal review board that, at the time, was trying to decide how much of the JFK record from the 1960s could be made public without damaging national security or U.S. foreign policy.

Lindsay Walters, a White House spokeswoman, told POLITICO Magazine that the White House was working “to ensure that the maximum amount of data can be released to the public” by next Thursday, Oct. 26—the 25-year deadline set by Congress under a 1992 law signed by President George H.W. Bush that was intended to try to tamp down conspiracy theories about Kennedy’s assassination.

But there has been concern, she said, over classified assassination-related documents stored at the National Archives that were created decades after Kennedy’s murder. “Some of the records within this collection were not created until the 1990s” and they need to be closely reviewed to guarantee there would be no “identifiable harm” to national security if made public, she said. She was not more specific in identifying the documents in question.

A congressional official who has been closely monitoring the issue, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Trump had been under pressure from the CIA to block the release of some of the assassination documents on national security grounds, possibly to protect CIA tradecraft and the identity of agency informants who might still be alive.

With only days to go before the deadline, “everything is in flux,” the official said. “I guess the president could change his mind at the last minute. But unless there is a dramatic change of heart, there will not be an absolutely full release of this information. I think you’ll see a lot of the files next week. Just not all of them, unfortunately. And a lot of documents that should have been released in full won’t be—there will be deletions.

The 1992 law, the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act, was passed by Congress in response to the furor created by Oliver Stone’s conspiracy-laden hit film “JFK,” which was released the year before. As a result of the law, millions of pages of documents related to the assassination were made public in the 1990s—but not all.

A relatively small fraction—the 3,100 documents that the public has never seen, as well as the full text of more than 30,000 files previously released only in part—have been held back until now. Most of those documents were created inside the CIA, the FBI and the Justice Department. Under the law, however, everything must be released, in full, by next Thursday unless Trump decides otherwise.

Until now, Trump, himself no stranger to conspiracy theories, including a seemingly bizarre theory offered during last year’s presidential campaign that connected JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald to the father of Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, has given no clue in public on his plans for the JFK documents. (Cruz and his father adamantly deny the allegations of a family tie to Oswald.)

Almost 54 years after Kennedy’s murder in Dallas, a White House decision to block the release of any of the documents will outrage historians, other researchers and the nation’s army of conspiracy theorists—who have been waiting for years for the release of the last of the assassination files. A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Capitol Hill has joined together in recent months to call for full disclosure of the JFK files.

In an interview this week, Rep. Walter Jones, a North Carolina Republican who has led the effort, said he has yet to receive word from the White House on its plans for the documents. But he said he is working with Trump’s friend and adviser Roger Stone, the controversial Republican consultant who had recently become entangled in congressional investigations of possible collusion between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign, to pressure the president to agree to a full release.

Stone, author of a book alleging that President Lyndon B. Johnson was the mastermind of JFK’s assassination, has said that he had been told authoritatively that CIA Director Mike Pompeo is urging Trump to block the declassification of some of the agency’s files.

Jones said Stone “tells me he talks to the president regularly—and I think Roger Stone has real influence.” In an interview Thursday with radio talk show host—and ever-outraged conspiracy theorist—Alex Jones, Stone said that he had talked to Trump by phone Wednesday to urge the president to release all of the JFK documents. “He did not tip off his current decision,” Stone said. But Trump was “all ears,” he said, and “I am optimistic the president is going to do the right thing.” Stone said he was hopeful that Trump would decide to declassify the full library of documents “based on his general comments and on his long history of supporting transparency.”

A move to block any of the release would doubtless help keep alive conspiracy theories that have swirled around Kennedy’s murder virtually from the moment those gunshots rang out in Dealey Plaza in Dallas on November 22, 1963. Opinion polls in recent decades have shown consistently that the American people believe there was a conspiracy in Kennedy’s death, despite government investigations that concluded Oswald acted alone.


We were reflecting recently on the lethal power of Identity Politics in general, and naming and shaming in particular.  Politico begins its report here with the term "conspiracy theorists."  The use of this term is one such way to label a group of people, and obliterate them -- all in two short words.  The handle is a seemingly handy way to disqualify, ridicule, marginalize those few willing to look beyond misdirection, PR handouts, denials, and outright falsehoods, to get down to the bedrock level of truth.  The connotation of the pejorative term implies something like 'lunatics who wear tin foil hats,' who "know" there is a bogeyman under the bed, who wait expectantly and assuredly that the sky is falling.

Unlike "you and me," who know better, who are superior.


What is in shorter supply, today, than "truth?"  In today's world, where the following is viewed and accepted as "normal"?

  • Debt/insolvency of individuals, governments (U.S. $20 trillion)
  • Tensions between nations, groups, sexes (N. Korea, et al)
  • Mass murders (too many to list)
  • Environmental disasters, hurricanes, fires, latent volcanoes stirring (Yellowstone)


We but barely scratch the surface....

"Conspiracy theorists" attempt to connect the dots, gain understanding, make sense of a senseless world.  We thank God for them.....

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Are Sit Ups Bad for You? The U.S. Military Seems to Think So… : ISSA Online.edu

Are Sit Ups Bad for You? The U.S. Military Seems to Think So… : ISSA Online.edu

  • Drawbacks of sit-ups:  
Sit-ups impose extremely large compression forces on the discs and vertebrae of the spine, especially in the lower back. The U.S. National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has set the action limit for low back compression at 3300 N and repetitive loading above this level is linked with higher injury rates in workers. Compression readings that surpass this limit are imposed on the spine with each sit up repetition.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Here's what can happen with naval forces entering "hot" area,
a lesson from history

Trump Sends Second Aircraft Carrier To Korean Peninsula With 7,500 Marines Aboard | Zero Hedge

1898:  USS Maine and The Spanish-American War

“Remember the Maine, to hell with Spain

The modern era history of Cuba pre-dates that of the USASpain claimed Cuba in 1492 when Christopher Columbus landed there.  The Italian explorer was working for the Spanish Crown.  British settlers, on the other hand, colonized Jamestown, Virginia more than a century later, in 1607.

As America expanded in the years following, it kept one eye on Cuba, as it did on other Spanish territories, e.g. Philippines, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

Spanish overlords ruled the Cuban natives harshly for many years;  a series of rebellions took place in the 19th century (1826, 1829, 1837), and rebellion was in the air again by the late 1880s. U.S. newspapermen like William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer took up the rebel cause.

When riots broke out in the capital Havana, on January 25, 1898, the U.S. sent the U.S.S. Maine to the Havana harbor to quell the disturbance, and protect U.S. civilians there tending to sugar and tobacco businesses.  On February 15, the Maine exploded;  266 of the 355 sailor aboard were killed.

Hearst and Pulitzer immediately blamed Spain and called for war.  The New York Journal headlined "Spanish Treachery."  “Remember the Maine, to hell with Spain” would become a handy slogan.  The Navy, for its part, blamed a mine for the explosion, but refrained from blaming Spain.

Feelings over facts held sway for many.  We find a good example of this feeling in a February 16 letter Theodore Roosevelt wrote a friend saying, “Being a Jingo, as I am writing confidentially, I will say, to relieve my feelings, that I would give anything if President McKinley would order the fleet to Havana tomorrow. This Cuban business ought to stop. The Maine was sunk by an act of dirty treachery on the part of the Spaniards, I believe; though we shall never find out definitely, and officially it will go down as an accident.”

President McKinley was indeed amenable.  Backed by Congress, McKinley put on a naval blockage of Cuba on April 21.  Spain declared war on the U.S. April 23, and the U.S. followed suit, April 25.  War lasted until August 12, 1898

President McKinley went to Congress and got permission to place a blockade of Cuba on April 21st. Spain then declared war on the U.S. on April 23rd and immediately following the U.S. followed suit and declared war on Spain on April 25th. The war lasted to August 12, and ended with a U.S. victory.   The Treaty of Paris (signed December 10, 1898) provided for Spain to cede control of Cuba, The Philippines, Puerto Rico, Guam, and parts of the West Indies.

This marked the end of Spain as world empire, and the taking up of that mantle by the U.S.

Circling back, did Spain actually sink the Maine? In 1911, the Department of the Navy brought up the remains of the ship and undertook another investigation that returned the same conclusion:  a mine did it.

Other investigators thought it possible that there was a spontaneous combustion of coal sitting next to the magazine of ammunition in the forward hull. They said the evidence supporting this was that the blast blew outward from the hull and not inward as a mine would cause.

The Spanish never claimed responsibility for the blast.  In fact, their officials and civilians from the adjacent Spanish cruiser Alfonso XII helped the survivors from the blast, making it unlikely that Spain was itching for war vs. the U.S.  As a result of this assistance from the Spanish, as well as another U.S. ship anchored nearby, some 100 lives were saved.

If this was a false flag, i.e. not the work of the Spanish, it illustrates that a government can manipulate a tragedy to its own end -- whatever the genesis of it.  In the modern parlance, "never let a crisis go to waste."


Final thought:  if nearly two weeks after Las Vegas Massacre, we don't have clarity on the who/what/where/when/how, etc., how much less will we know about what happens in the sea offshore Korea.  Putting major military assets offshore an adversary, may be regarded as one step lower than a naval blockade which is usually construed as an act of war.  Ships offshore are, at the least, a provocation.  Reminds one of the old school street saying, "if you pull a gun on me, you better use it."

Mr. Trump, while we are still in this "calm before the storm," as you say, have you thought this out, step by step, to its full conclusion, all the possible if-thens?  Humanity wants to know.

Monday, October 09, 2017

Not with H bombs, or EMPs, but rather through a new twist in world trade......

The Gold Worm on the Yuan Hook

“There is more than one way to skin a cat” says an old proverb. And there is another way to bring the US to its knees, besides using hydrogen bombs or EMPs."

Brilliant analysis.  Perhaps this is the mechanism by which USA is excluded from Bible prophecy?  A stunning ending to the self-appointed appellation "American exceptionalism"?

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Las Vegas as San Bernardino II: Ballistics Evidence Is the Key - john.sarkett@gmail.com - Gmail

Las Vegas as San Bernardino II: Ballistics Evidence Is the Key - john.sarkett@gmail.com - Gmail

When I saw footage of the shooting, I thought to myself, "why two windows?  For one shooter with a machine gun.  Why would he run back-and-forth between two windows, wouldn't that slow his satanic progress?"

Others are asking this and similar questions, as evidenced by this piece just forwarded to me moments ago.....

Las Vegas as San Bernardino II:
Ballistics Evidence Is the Key

Gary North - October 05, 2017

The obvious question in the San Bernardino mass shootings in December 2015 was this: "Does the ballistics evidence at the murder scene show that the alleged shooters' weapons were involved?"

The Washington Post reported this:
Agents from the FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the ATF headed to the scene of the shooting to aid local law enforcement, authorities said.
The 10 special agents from the ATF included ballistics experts and explosive specialists as well as two explosive detection canines, said Meredith K. Davis, an ATF special agent.
We are still waiting for the release of that evidence.

I ask the same about the weapons supposedly used by the alleged shooter in Las Vegas. (1) Do the rounds that killed and wounded all those people match the weapons in the shooter's motel room? (2) Are there rounds that do not match, indicating more than one shooter?

The ballistics evidence would answer these questions.

This is technically easy to check. It just takes time, money, and the public's willingness to hold the investigators' feet to the fire.

There are other unanswered (and mainstream media unasked) questions. I have a Ph.D. in history. I know what to ask. I would ask what any reporter would ask: who, what, when, where, why, and how?

1. How and where did he buy the automatic weapons?
2. Where and when did he train to master them?
3. How did he get them into the hotel room(s)?
4. How did he shoot from two windows? [Removed by user shortly after this was posted. Instead, go here.]
5. Was he registered in both rooms?
6. Why did it take the police 
20 minutes to locate which floor and room?
7. Why did it take them 52 more minutes to get to the room?
All of this is easy to check.

If the authorities do not respond, this will add fuel to the fire of disbelief.

If the mainstream media do not keep demanding this information from the authorities, then they are in bed with the authorities.

If reporters in the mainstream media do not investigate these matters independently, then the media are in bed with the authorities.

If the authorities and the media stonewall on these issues, then Obi Wan is on the job in Las Vegas.

16 Unanswered Questions About The Las Vegas Shooting That The Mainstream Media Doesn’t Want To Talk About

16 Unanswered Questions About The Las Vegas Shooting That The Mainstream Media Doesn’t Want To Talk About

Stephen Paddock Booked Hotel Overlooking Chicago Lollapalooza 2 Months Before Vegas Massacre | TMZ.com

Stephen Paddock Booked Hotel Overlooking Lollapalooza 2 Months Before Vegas Massacre | TMZ.com

Woman in Japan dies from ‘overwork,’ a common cause of death - NY Daily News

Woman in Japan dies from ‘overwork,’ a common cause of death - NY Daily News