Thursday, January 22, 2015

Macaroni Western - with cheese and free whine!

Spaghetti Western, also known as Italian Western or Macaroni Western (primarily in Japan), is a broad subgenre of Western films that emerged in the mid-1960s in the wake of Sergio Leone's film-making style and international box-office success. [Wiki]

The full course is HERE (air sickness bags not included).

More later...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

has beans and franks

you're thinkin' food... right?

I'm thinking food for thought.

"Investment banks and hedge funds were scrambling to do their sums (cover their losses) on Friday...

Traders said the biggest investment banks in the foreign exchange market had sustained losses on their positions, ranging from under $50m to about $150m (Euros)."

The BEANS are the has-beens.

And the franks are the francs - Swiss Francs!

GREED is the ultimate sin. And investing your money with the expectation of big gains - shorting the franc - is merely a sin.

Those greedy folks that lost money, jobs, and credibility have joined one=another in "the house of pain" to commune in their suffering.

I am not saying that this is good or bad. I am just pointing out that foolishness is rewarded following foolish decisions.

Take refuge in greed? No.

Take refuge in the advice of others? No.

Take refuge in monetary systems? No.

Fools do not have the ability to choose wisely. Pity the fool.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

god(s) bless amerika

"God Bless America" was written by the same atheist composer who composed “White Christmas” and “Easter Parade.”

“God Bless America” has roots in Tin Pan Alley. Irving Berlin originally wrote the song in 1918 as the finale to an all-soldier revue called Yip, Yip, Yaphank, but he ultimately decided not to include it, storing it in his trunk of discarded songs.

When Irving Berlin rediscovered his old song in 1938, he had been looking for a “peace song” as a response to the escalating conflict in Europe. He made changes to it and gave it to radio star Kate Smith to perform on her radio show on the eve of the first official celebration of Armistice Day—a holiday originally conceived to commemorate world peace and honor veterans of the Great War. In announcing the song’s premiere on her radio show, Kate Smith declared, “As I stand before the microphone and sing… I’ll be praying with every breath I draw that we shall never have another war.”

It was boycotted by the Ku Klux Klan because Irving Berlin was a Jewish immigrant (born Israel Baline, the son of a Jewish cantor who fled persecution in Europe). Some questioned his right to evoke God (Jesus) and to call the United States his “home sweet home.” In 1940, the song was boycotted by the KKK and the Nazi-affiliated German American Bund.

“God Bless America” was added to the seventh inning stretch after the September 11th attacks in 2001. Since 1940, it was played at every Brooklyn Dodgers home game. In 1966, the Chicago White Sox briefly replaced the national anthem with “God Bless America,” a song the team felt was easier for fans to sing, though Irving Berlin himself urged the team to return to the national anthem.

It appeared in the film “This is the Army” (1943), starring Ronald Reagan.

Ronald Reagan the first politician to intertwine [or perhaps confuse] politics and religion and he made copious use of the phrase “God Bless America” at campaign rallies and presidential events.

“God Bless America” has a commercial side, with royalties collected for any professional performance. Irving Berlin, in 1940, created the God Bless America Fund which donates the royalties to the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts (in the greater New York City area). The song will remain under copyright until the year 2034.

God Bless America: The Surprising History of an Iconic Song, music scholar Sheryl Kaskowitz

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Everything is forgiven...

Supporters of the iconoclastic newspaper defended the cover as a fitting and defiant tribute to Charlie Hebdo’s slain cartoonists. “I have no worries about the cover,” the cartoonist who drew it, Renald Luzier, who uses the pen name Luz, told assembled reporters at the offices of the newspaper Libération, which the Charlie Hedbo staff has used since the attack. “We have confidence in people’s intelligence, and we have confidence in humor. The people who did this attack, they have no sense of humor.”

There is only one thing that comes to mind that is more childish:

It may not be directly from Matthew 21:16.

I'm glad Charlie Hebdo chose the former over the latter - or the latter say saints.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Je suis Charlie - 02

Something special was happening.

France is a land where politics happens on the street but this was something unheard of: a demonstration for the [secular] values of the French Republic and Western democracy.

The last time Paris had seen such a vast and varied crowd on its streets was on the night that France won the World Cup in 1998...

This was a shout of defiance.

“The whole of Paris seems to be here,” said Michel, 46, an estate agent. “I can’t describe the mood. There is a feeling of anger and determination but also relief at being able to express our feelings after three days of shock after shock. People will say it’s just a passing thing but I think something important is happening here today. France will not be the same after today.”

[Indeed, the world will not be the same]

The one book, symbolically depicted above, contains nothing. Thus, the book, by whatever name it happens to be called (and whatever the language in which that name is spoken), contains all of the words (in every language) that all of the gods have ever spoken to all of mankind throughout time.

Liberty is born of this realization. The realization is that of utter nothingness - and, perhaps the emptiness of nothingness.[1]

The one community is SECULAR (denoting attitudes and activities that have no religious or spiritual basis).

The one world contains equals where no rich and famous religious authority can claim to know anything more about god or gods than the illiterate homeless person living alone in a vast wilderness.

The Myth:

The Reality:

1. Westphal, Merold. Becoming a Self: A Reading of Kierkegaard's Concluding Unscientific Postscript. p. 264

Don't become overly concerned. It all ends, at last, in the grave.