December 5th, 2019

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And then along came Hillary...

So, I have not mentioned this, but for over half a year, Alex Jones has been saying that Hillary Clinton is going to get into the race. Think of him what you will, but his knowledge of history; his high-level connexions, and his predictive abilities, have been impressive in the past. He has been banned on FB, etc., etc., precisely because he has revealed secrets, and opposed authoritarianism from giant corporations, to political actors, to abuses by NGO's like the SPLC or the ADL. A major rationale for his being banned was charges of anti-Semitic hate speech, which are completely unfounded.

There has been a consistent operation to silence Jones, Roger Stone, and other conservatives, free-speech liberals, or whistlblowers like Assange and Snowden, by forces which mean to profit from globalisation, "free trade," Chinese ascendancy, and so on. This does not mean that Jones, like Trump, does not oppose causes with which I agree, such as action on Climate Change, LGBT, or social welfare. I am reporting what is happening in reality.

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Get a jump on the holiday pinash and pizzaz, 4 shizzle.

Where is a good place to park your creativity, so it gets commented on, and not lost forever?  Just a place to dump your art, writing, pictures, poems - anything creative - without judgment.  Well,  psychtraveller suggested I let you know about her new community, creativitystick.  I joined, because why not?  And, really, anything can go there.  I would even post a dream there, if I felt it was creative.  So, I think everyone should join.  Yay!  Please help her grow something meaningful and fun!

While we are at it, here is a community of mine which needs to be more active and social: neo_da_da.  It's just mainly about art and absurdity in the modern age.  Of, how about green_tea_party, speaking of absurdity.  Available to anyone who likes green tea.  Whereas, if you like wine, then you could join wine_freaks!  Or, if you believe in partying in a scientific way, then help grow the community, mad_science_pub!

Finally: Now is the time to celebrate the holidays.  But so should every day.  Be.  Every day should be Christmas.  In a truly Christian world, every day IS Christmas.  So, make a point to join: christmas_365.  Send cards, make merry, sing like small animals, eat bread pudding, and snort peppermint shnops, all year long, even in July, if you are in Northern hemisphere.  Those down South, well, you can celebrate when it's very cold, just like you should be doing in the first place.  Happy Holidays!

What are shnops?
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What is 'The Russian Threat'?

If and when you have time, you might like to listen to the two segments of the J.B. Show, discussing what Russia really means to U.S., after WW2.  The guest, Stephen F. Cohen, is a refreshing voice of sanity.  My view is that today's 'Russia Threat' is a reincarnation of the Cold War, by powers that be, including the banks, the Pentagon, PNAC, and the Neoliberal wings of both parties, which are, today, mainly headed by Hillary Clinton.  (As my own recent post has argued, we have not seen the last of Clinton).  The Russian threat is a mountain made from a molehill, to suit political and corporatist purposes.  It has been resposnsible for the ruination or deaths of several people, including Assange and Snowden, and has greatly ignored the real threats, namely China and globalised corporations, including Big Tech.  Each segement might be approx. 45 mins., I am not sure.  But I found them worth the while.

The New Cold War: 1 of 2: From the Berlin Wall to the Russia Gate.

The New Cold War: 2 of 2: From the Berlin Wall to the Russia Gate.
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Dusty Springfield You Don't Have To Say You Love

From 28 to 30 January 1965 Springfield took part in the Italian Song Festival in San Remo, and reached a
semi-final with "Tu che ne sai?" (English:"What Do You Know?") but failed to qualify for the final. During the
competition, she heard the song "Io Che Non Vivo (Senza Te)" performed by one of its composers Pino Donaggio and
separately by US country music singer Jody Miller. Its English version, "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me," featured
lyrics newly written by Springfield's friend Vicki Wickham and her future manager, Simon Napier-Bell. It was released
in March 1966 and reached No. 1 in April 1966 the UK and No. 4 in the US, where it was also No. 35 on the Billboard
Top 100 for 1966. The song, which Springfield called "good old schmaltz," was voted among the All Time Top 100 Songs
by the listeners of BBC Radio 2 in 1999.

Dusty Springfield You Don't Have To Say You Love (good old schmaltz)

" There, standing on the staircase at Philips studio, singing into the stairwell, Dusty gave her greatest ever performance,
perfection from first breath to last, as great as anything by Aretha Franklin or Sinatra or Pavarotti. Great singers
can take mundane lyrics and fill them with their own meaning. This can help a listener's own ill-defined feelings
come clearly into focus. Vicki [Wickham] and I had thought our lyric was about avoiding emotional commitment.
Dusty stood it on its head and made it a passionate lament of loneliness and love.

— Simon Napier-Bell, "Flashback: Dusty Springfield", The Observer (19 October 2003).

Springfield introduced the Motown sound to a wider UK audience, both with her covers of Motown songs, and by
facilitating the first UK TV appearance for The Temptations, The Supremes, The Miracles, and Stevie Wonder on a
special edition of the Ready Steady Go! show – which was produced by Wickham – called The Sound of Motown.

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