My life has grown to be monotonous: I go to work, teach classes, plan classes, come home, cook and clean, plan more classes, sleep, get up and do it all over again. I have managed to push my planning out by about a week so instead of planning the next class or tomorrow’s classes, I’m actually doing the end of next week’s classes. So, that’s something.
The big national holiday Pchum Ben is coming up the first week of October, so we’ll be offline from 3 – 7 October. I’ll schedule a post or two but won’t be able to answer comments.
The monotony of my life makes this portion of the post a little dull, so I thought I’d share some musical discoveries that I’ve made. Since the death of Nanci Griffith, I’ve been listening to a lot more music. The shift from CDs to digital left me behind especially with all the copyright mishegas that occurred with peer-to-peer sharing. Anywho. Nowadays I que up something on Youtube and let it run through the algorithm. That’s how I found these two gems:
Rhiannon Giddens: She is a classically trained singer who left the opera to pursue a career in folk, blues, and old-timey music. She once played with the well-known and now disbanded Carolina Chocolate Drops. Her voice can be a bit refined for my rustic tastes, but damn, she’s good. Here she is doing my favorite, Shake Sugaree:
Down Home Music: A Journey through the Heartland. This is a documentary shot in 1963 by the German film maker, the late Dietrich Wawzyn, with the help of Arhoolie Records founder, Chris Strachwitz, for a German TV series on American jazz and roots music. They traveled across the US filming acts in large and small towns and communities wherever they were. It is a great peak into American music the year JFK was assassinated.
Let me know what you think in the comments. I’d be happy to hear your opinions and any music you’d like to share.
What I’ve Been Writing
Last week: I’m particularly pleased with the posts that I’ve made this week concerning the effects of mass psychosis and dark tetrad personalities, which are both caught up together.
- Tuesday 21 September: Rising Political Violence: Authoritarians, Mass Psychosis, and Waves of Terror Make More Violence Inevitable was posted. It makes the prediction that MAGA Nation will produce more violence as the spell that the authoritarian GQP has cast over them deepens. They are gearing up for a chaotic and violent ’22 election. They are hoping that all the fear and uncertainty that accompanies the sporadic unpredictable violence of the base will be blamed on Biden for not protecting the public — classic terrorist tactic — and drive people, especially white people to vote GQP.
- Wednesday 22 September: Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema: The Dark Tetrad in Action examines the evidence that both of the obstructing senators are squarely in the dark tetrad cluster of personality traits and that appeals to them to support Biden’s legislation just may fail as they are more beholden to their paymaster, less capable of feeling guilt, shame, or empathy, and really only concerned about their own needs.
This week: Because of my work schedule, I’ve had to schedule more posts. Write them over the weekend and in the odd moments of the week when I’m free and then post them later in the week. It is less than ideal since I try to comment on current events, but it keeps the posts from being all bunched together and improves their readership.
- Wednesday 29 September: We’ll publish a post exploring the 15th Century European witch hysteria’s causes, events, and ending and drawing parallels to the pandemic and stolen election hysterias that MAGA Nation is currently experiencing. You won’t want to miss that especially in light of the Arizona fraudit releasing their results of awarding #Biden-Harris 300+ more votes and no fraud, yet continuing to expound upon the “oddities” of the election that they couldn’t explain because of their woeful ignorance of the way elections work. Christ, we’ve got a lot more crazy to get through before this is over.
- Friday 1 October: We’ll re-blog a post from the Psychology @ Goldsmith’s blog concerning research they did into the effects that the first #COVID19 lockdown had on the political views of folks in Poland. As we keep experiencing waves of #COVID19, the findings keep being relevant and, I think, they’ll surprise you. I’ll say here that they aren’t good news for the Ol’ Pussy Grabber or the GQP.
If you’ve got an idea for a future post, questions about why something is happening in our politics or country or around the world, I’d love to hear them in the comments. I’ll do my best to ferret it out. Some of my best posts are the result of the discussions Bob and I have in the comments, so join the fun!
What I’ve Been Planning
I kinda liked featuring the calendar here. It’s been tempting ever since I did it that one time. I’m hungry, so I’ll take another bite of that apple:
- Saturday 25 September: Rocky and Bullwinkle Day. I hope you did some moose and squirrel fun in their honor. It was my favorite cartoon as a kid. I loved everything from Sherman and Mr. Peabody, to Dudley Do-Right to Boris and Natasha to Rocky and Friends. It was the best. Now, “Watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat!” Let us know what your favorite moose and squirrel moments were in the comments.
- SUNDAY 26 September: The anniversary of the first televised presidential debate between Nixon and Kennedy exposing Nixon to the be sweaty shifty character that he was.
- Monday 27 September: Somewhat fittingly ironic, I suppose, the day following the anniversary of the first presidential televised debate is the anniversary of the release of the Warren Report investigating JFK’s assassination. I still find the assassinations of the Kennedy brothers to be a very depressing subject.
- Tuesday 28 September: This year the celebration of International Safe Abortion Day is all about calling people to action to either legalize abortion where it is still illegal (no longer illegal in Mexico) or defend it where it is under assault (Ahem, the US). Tell us what you did to keep abortion safe and legal in the comments!
- Sunday 2 October: The third anniversary of the grisly murder of Jamal Khashsoggi at the hands of the bone saw happy henchmen of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
That’s next week calendar. Let us know if you do anything to commemorate any of those days or if you have any special days coming up… in the comments.
What I’ve Been Reading
- War! What’s it good for? Our favorite reflecting francophile wrote about Sebastian Junger‘s book “War.” Given that we’ve just ended our war in Afghanistan, it was more than a timely read. Carol posts several excerpts as she gives an overview to the book. The post, the excerpts, and her insights all make compelling reading. Give it a visit and a like!
- Pelorus Jack! Our favorite drawbridge operator reminds us of the heart-warming story of Pelorus Jack, the little Risso’s dolphin who could. He escorted ships through the treacherous Cook Strait in New Zealand from 1888 to 1912. What a story. It combines some of my favorite things: the drawbridge operator, dolphins, and ships.
- As the debt ceiling falls, friend of the blog, Tengrain, gives us an amusing history lesson reminding us that it was the fabulous Newt “Permanent Majority” Gingrich who first weaponized the annual exercise in futility to introduce the dilemma that McConnell has presented the Dems with by promising to filibuster any attempt to raise the debt ceiling.
- Roundup! It’s a daily cartoon roundup, boys! Head ’em up! Move ’em out! And, it’s all over at Scottie’s Toy Box! Go on over and sit a spell whilst he tickles your funny bone.
The Seven Hanging Odes. I am not unfamiliar with the history of Islam and the Arab Peninsula, I just don’t know it very well. This article sure filled in some blanks and left me hungering for more. Before Islam, there were these seven odes that describe the basics of Arab culture. They “tell of harsh desert life before Islam — endless warfare, secret lovers’ trysts, stout riding camels, and the sureness of fate.” Or, are they? The first edition was produced in the 8th Century (the century of Islam’s inception) by “a world-class forger and a known reprobate.” You decide and tell us about it in the comments!
Friends o’ the Blog
- OF CABBAGES AND KINGS is BobCabKing’s blog where he generously links to other bloggers — always good for the SEO. You’ll find interesting posts from around the bloggosphere. Not only does he link to Ye Olde Blogge pretty often and comments, too, he links to many others. Check out what Robert has linked to recently!
- Fair and Unbalanced is Burr Deming’s blog full of his pithy observations of the week’s news and newsworthy. He publishes a weekly list of the things HE’s been reading with a value-adding snarky introduction and commentary on each.
- MOCK, PAPER, SCISSORS provides a daily rundown of the day’s news and events littered with a pleasing amount of snark, sarcasm, and the occasional profanity. Check out some of the fan favorite nicknames for various prominent people, Matt Gaetz, America’s favorite aging prom date, Steve Mnuchin, the walking typo and worst Bond villain ever. The news maybe difficult to swallow, it doesn’t mean it can’t be served up with a bit of tasty sauce.
- MIKE’S BLOG ROUND UP provides links to some of the Interwebs smaller quality blogs. It has been hosted by Crooks and Liars. for nearly 20 years now. It’s daily, so you can’t go wrong dipping into their list to find some interesting reading.
- INFIDEL 753 is Infidel’s blog where he makes some cogent and timely observations of the news from the world and publishes a list of things he’s been reading this week. I know I spend too much of my Monday there. Maybe you will, too, but it will likely be your Sunday.
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Screen grab from Last.fm‘s YouTube channel’s Rhiannon Giddens — Shake Sugaree (Last.fm’s Sessions)