February 28, 2017
Power. Corrupt. Ruthless. Caustic.
What is the true cost of all this demonizing, fear incitement, mistrust, hatred and war mongering?
Well, nothing spending hundreds of billions of our dollars on the military won’t answer.
So we know the financial cost is enormous (beyond comprehension) but there is also a human cost, an environmental cost and an evolutionary cost.
Crisis? Quelle crises?
I like to share the story of me and my good old friend going to our first big name concert. It was 1970 and the performers were a young up and coming metal band known as Black Sabbath.
It was held in a brand new concert hall known for performances by the local ballet company with acoustics so refined “one could hear a pin drop on stage” from the back row.
Sabbath had a wall of amplifiers. We were literally blown away. My ears are still ringing.
Today’s performers on the world stage are doing exactly the same thing to us.
Who’d of thought that 47 years later a blues singer would be playing one of the seminole songs from that night a long time ago? Plus ça change.
Generals. Nationalism. Witches. Black masses. MIC. Dupes. Satan laughing. Blues. War. Works for me.
War Pigs – (not Ruthless) Ruthie Foster
Generals gathered in their masses,
just like witches at black masses.
Evil minds that plot destruction,
sorcerer of death’s construction.
In the fields the bodies burning,
as the war machine keeps turning.
Death and hatred to mankind,
poisoning their brainwashed minds…Oh lord yeah!
Politicians hide themselves away
They only started the war
Why should they go out to fight?
They leave that role to the poor
Time will tell on their power minds
Making war just for fun
Treating people just like pawns in chess
Wait `till their judgement day comes, yeah!
Now in darkness, world stops turning,
ashes where the bodies burning.
No more war pigs have the power,
hand of god has struck the hour.
Day of judgement, god is calling,
on their knees the war pigs crawling.
Begging mercy for their sins,
Satan, laughing, spreads his wings…Oh lord, yeah!
February 27, 2017
Go forth and conquer. But remember: rock ‘n roll is (still) a vicious game.
A lot of people refer to the city I live in as “cold as hell”. I guess that means we’re surrounded by good company.
The way I figure, if you go straight to hell when it’s all said and done, you may be surprised at who else is down there. If you go the other direction you may be equally surprised.
And if our home is colder than Mars (which apparently is colder than hell) why the hell do so many people spend so much effort trying to get there? Just wonderin’.
Runnin’ back to Regina:
These boys are from a province up in Canada that’s right next door to ours called Saskatchewan. In that province there’s a small town, uh, where nothing much ever happens, called Regina.
This is a tune about that town (could be) cuz it’s as cold as hell there too.
The Dead South – In Hell I’ll Be in Good Company
February 26, 2017
Remember. The music lives on.
Today is Johnny Cash’s birthday. His love for June was so strong…he joined her days after her passing.
Love and music are the most powerful things in life. That’s why we so often see them together.
The last “Hello. I’m Johnny Cash”…
This is JC’s final performance of several of his songs played/sung in spite of his failing health but Ring of Fire, the song they both gave us (Johnny’s beautiful intro plus song starts just shy of the 14 minute mark) is really beyond words:
Born: February 26, 1932 in Kingsland, Arkansas, USA
Died: September 12, 2003 (age 71) in Nashville, Tennessee, USA
June Carter Cash (1 March 1968 – 15 May 2003) (her death) (1 child)
Vivian Dorraine Liberto (7 August 1954 – 3 January 1968) (divorced) (4 children)
February 26, 2017
For the past three plus decades there has been one local story that never been far from us. At the centre is a murdered child, a mother and father, and a system unable to turn suspicion into conviction once and for all.
Police couldn’t find a killer. Then they could. Then when we thought the killer was behind bars, the courts decided maybe not. But maybe.
Thirty-two years for loved ones to grieve and question! For them, and all those who have experienced the loss of a loved one, whether their questions are answered or not, the story is part of their life.
No matter the love, letting go is the hardest thing. But let go we must. Let it grow.
Wilma Denison has written a book about letting go. The Way of Letting Go: One Woman’s Walk Toward Forgiveness http://www.mcnallyrobinson.com/event-15543/Wilma-Derksen—-Book-Launch#.WLLdKBlrnqA
I remember an interview with William Prince. He said if you want to find me goggle “William Prince Music”. If you just search my name you’ll get a bunch of images of British royalty*.
He has a pensive, subtley rational style, this boy from Peguis First Nation. I like his way. And I think we can all learn from folks like William and Wilma.
Let it grow.
William Prince – Bloom
*Someone born into massive wealth, who has been spoiled and coddled all his life. Yet someone who has also experienced the sudden loss of love.
February 25, 2017
Denial and lying are related. And people deny they are addicted to the results of creating alternative facts produced by such deceptive behavior.
Check this out. It’s easy for me to cut and paste this from Wikipedia but it’s so bang on I can’t believe it. Does this description of ‘denial’ remind you of anyone??
Denial, in ordinary English usage, is asserting that a statement or allegation is not true. The same word, and also abnegation (German: Verneinung), is used for a psychological defense mechanism postulated by psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, in which a person is faced with a fact that is too uncomfortable to accept and rejects it instead, insisting that it is not true despite what may be overwhelming evidence. An individual that exhibits such behaviour is described as a denialist or true believer. Denial also could mean denying the happening of an event or the reliability of information, which can lead to a feeling of aloofness and to the ignoring of possibly beneficial information.
The subject may use:
simple denial: deny the reality of the unpleasant fact altogether
minimisation: admit the fact but deny its seriousness (a combination of denial and rationalization).
projection: admit both the fact and seriousness but deny responsibility by blaming somebody or something else.
Deny. Deny. Deny.
We lie. We deny. That’s what we do. Frikkken period.
Popular politicians deny, lie and subsequently are in denial over any accusations contradicting what they want us to believe. So sad.
“And why are they so popular?” asks nobody. “Because we want to hear what they want us to believe.” responds no one. Pity.
Have you fed a wee bit of b.s. to anyone today? No?
I used to love this song when I was a kid. I chased it all over the radio dial going from one top 40 station to the next…hoping to hear it. Everyone thought it was The Beatles. That misconception played to the popularity of the song. The band and the label and the radio station managers and the advertisers and the consumers were all cool with the ‘confusion of facts’. Because the ‘British Invasion’ sound being fed to us was what we believed we wanted to hear. Imagine that.
The lip synching lead singer sounds so much like John Lennon of the day it’s unbelievable. Right down to modifying his New Jersey accent to sound deceptively British – ‘girl’ with a soft ‘r’. And hey…is that other shakin’ rockin’ Knickerbocker playing a Rickenbacker?
Just shake it!
Lies – The Knickerbockers ~ 1964
February 24, 2017
Indigenous rights have been ignored, trampled upon and wiped clear from our collective consciousness since the first Vikings arrived. The genocide went into high gear in 1492.
The examples in our society are abundant and staggering.
European legal systems dominate and control North American courts, politics and economic structure, (almost) completely ignoring indigenous beliefs, knowledge and organization.
Religion has come in and ‘had their way’ with the first peoples of Turtle Island. They have torn families apart. Stolen their culture. Enforced their language and christianianity upon bewildered people. A way of life was destroyed.
Whole nations were chased, murdered and driven from their homes. And the survivors were expected to do as the powers’ wished.
The presence of corp/poli leaders and foriegn monarchy from one of our ‘founding’ nations and their not so subtle display on our currency is another example of control of the dominant (mostly white male) society. How many First Nations faces do we see on our dollars and coins? And more importantly, what difference would it make? (If you wanna make money, or have it given to you as a bribe/gift for favors) you gotta bow down to the ‘colonial powers’ or their reps. Its cashola baby. Do the wishes of the overlords and the pockets of a chosen few shall be lined. Sad.
Have we learned from past mistakes? No, we see the supression continue today. Government and global corporate interests continue to plunder and steal. And individual responsibility is non-existent. Blame big oil or big government but yet blame no one single person.
Today goverments’ Standing Rock headache has been suppressed. Tomorrow it’ll be the Sheena Watershed and other pipelines bringing oil products across natural indigenous lands to tidewater on the west coast. The next day it will be fracking in Newfoundland Labrador followed by explosions deep in our oceans and on and on and on…by then these newly constructed pipelines and the technology monitoring them will have aged enough to start the leaking. Pity.
Realize something. We are pathetic examples of a so-called ‘enlightened society’. When the choice involves money we simply don’t give a damn about human rights or rights of the planet. Period.
And this controlling dominant pyramid scheme culture we see today (nationalist/populist whatever) is different from…and in fact, it is incompatible with indigenous culture. Do not expect our ways to be their ways. Try as hard as you may to throw them in but the melting pot is not all inclusive.
This land is not our land. This land is their land. We are uninvited guests doing as we wish with zero consideration to our hosts. Except for the odd gifts of trinkets and bobbles.
As Standing Rock was cleared by the government military on behalf of corporate desires we see some hope. And it is honorable. From a #nodapl thread:
Passionate water protector. The fight isn’t over. Wopila tanka, Raymond Kingfisher (gave closing prayer/marched out of camp) #MniWiconi https://t.co/3W8A8ZgMzz
Some call this local band ‘the best band to never make it big’. Here is an (obviously) late 70’s cover of the Stones’ classic song dealing with supression.
Streetheart – Under My Thumb – 1979
February 23, 2017
Act like tigers. Fate of sacrificial lambs.
Guess that leads us to the ‘paper tiger’ syndrome which is upon us. The time is rapidly approaching where we will be forced to confront that which we so vehemently deny. And because of weak leadership, weak education, weak corporate systems, weak religion, weak environmental sensitivities, weak societies, we will collapse like paper tigers.
Paper tiger – something that seems strong but cannot withstand serious challenge.
I have always played this ‘chicking the strings’: D,Bm,G,A…but play it any way you choose.
Paper Tiger – Sue Thompson – 1965
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