…a speech, schlock and bore redux…

sand creek, sandy hook, san bernadino…

So… The US President gave his much advertised national address to which many might have listened, and very many not – as has increasingly been the case.

But first a minor detour. An assailant attacks innocent people in a subway station, stabbing two. Police, looking like real police, arrive and disable and detain and arrest and charge the accused. Not one shot fired. Clearly, not the US– but London, UK, a country where police for 2015 to date shot to death a total of one, one person. And that leads us to the evidence which is so massive and still accumulating that the audacity to declare its relative absence borders on insulting to one’s intelligence.

A cartoon in The Guardian depicts in utmost clarity the mindset of a gun-obsessed society, a society that boasts most of the world’s professionals, scientists and intellects – and warmongers. Read the rest of this entry »


…heading to eid…

…and to further religious (and racial)  tolerance…

The country most involved in the world, militarily in particular, continues blissfully unaware, unconcerned of such events – unlike so very many other countries.

As the Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca) ends, World Prepares for Eid – TeleSUR informs us.

…should that instead be, the ‘world (except the us) prepares…’?…


…tx, usa, education and programmed hysteria…

…brainwashed writ large, that pavlovian thing…

The role of a teacher, an educator? And, yes, it is very worrying that normally educated, rational people should, in an instant, default to uncontrolled, almost lunatic, hysteria. The child, yes, fitting ‘that profile’, built a clock and ends up being handcuffed, jailed and, expected to be grateful that charges were not brought against him? Read the rest of this entry »


…4th july of the us! holy guacamole!…

…as the atmosphere is shattered by the patriotic speeches and the barbecues and the fireworks…

Amy Goodman with her Democracy Now! revisits, with some detail, the celebration of the US Independence Day – pretensions and reality, “What to the Slave is 4th of July?”: James Earl Jones Reads Frederick Douglass’ Historic Speech.

…To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants, brass fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are, to Him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy—a thin veil to cover up crimes that would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation of the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of these United States at this very hour.

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…no strutting, no fretting; merely lumbering on…

…and with quiet dignity – to which we can bear witness…

A worthy read. From the (gated) Independent we have an essay on how to prepare for an elegant departure from life. Witness the final walk of a dog and know all you need to know of dignity in death… and life. As the writer invites us along as witnesses to better prepare for our own inevitable journey.

…Finalities are unmistakable. Perhaps I should have looked away, but neither dog nor owner was aware of me…

…vita brevis est; amor, aeterna…

 


…and a happy holi…

…from Mother India to the diaspora…

We celebrate Phagwah, and with joyous, generous splashes of abeer,

…now that rite of spring was easy and enjoyable. and no harm done…

 


…the christmas season, spiritual renewal and reinforcement…

…membership in any christian religion, unnecessary…

Lessons abound from the music and the other arts. There is the still compelling Sir Thomas Beecham’s ‘Messiah’ of 1959. Then we have Charles Dickens’, ‘A Christmas Carol’; if not, the excellent, sans pareil, portrayal, ‘Scrooge’ played by Alastair Sim. With ‘Scrooge’, the existing film technology mattered not one whit in the total capture of the message of Dickens. Timeless – and still on youtube. Read the rest of this entry »