Tribal Twerk Booty Dance!
And what a booty it IS!
Honest! It was the MUSIC that attracted me!
Wow! dig those uh… drums! I LOVE this shit!
How’s your Swahili?]]>
Not the sort of thing I wanted to write about, but some comment is required IMHO.
‘Sundown towns’ were once widespread throughout the South, which required non-whites to NOT BE PRESENT after dark. Very Jim Crow. And this is Missouri, not Alabama! Ya could’ve fooled me!
The apparent Police execution of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown 9 days ago precipitated this unrest, but clearly, trouble between the nearly all-white police force and the 2/3 African-American residents has been brewing for a long time.
The St. Louis suburb’s PD and Mayor and the Missouri Governor (ironically named Nixon) have handled this crisis in the worst possible way. The ludicrous over-militarised police force (another issue which requires address) very nearly caused a violent general uprising amongst the citizens. Tanks, APC’s and other ‘over the top’ military hardware and firepower trained on citizens can NOT be justified. Cops in camos with automatic weapons likewise is just the OPPOSITE of what is required to de-escalate the situation.
Only the standing down of the local PD and handoff of policing duties to the State Highway Patrol, under the command of local resident Capt. Ron Johnson prevented the whole thing from going up like a bomb around last Wednesday. Johnson has spoken and behaved in exemplary fashion…
Then a curfew was enacted this last weekend and now the Missouri National Guard has been called in…
Sheesh! SOMETHING’S GOT TO CHANGE! and SOON!
Hey, you know something people? I’m not black, but there’s a whole lots a times I wish I could say I’m not white.
– Frank Zappa
‘AMEN’ to that!]]>
These guys are astounding! What began as simple self-protective camouflage became psychedelic light shows and hypnosis! And they’re SMART! Can they do differential equations ‘in their heads’? (as it were) That may be a bit of a stretch, but NOT by that much!
Are they self-aware? Many researchers believe that they ARE. It just shows that there are many paths to and kinds of intelligence!
But that’s only part of the story. Cuttlefish not only can change colour, but can change their physical shape and skin texture! They’re pretty damn confusing but fascinating critters!
Wikipedia: Cuttlefish physiology]]>
Sorry for the late notice, I was only reminded a little while ago.
Perseids Meteor Shower
Written back in 1926 by Irving Berlin. I briefly played this number with a clarinetist & band in Long Beach, CA in another lifetime…
This version from 1958 with Paul Weston’s Orchestra…]]>
He was my age. I remember a stand-up performance which had me laughing hysterically and staring open-mouthed by turns. And his film work was mostly brilliant (‘Popeye’ was a dog, but)… Robin’s mind was quicker than almost anyone on Earth. He would make the most astounding leaps of logic (and illogic) that just left the observer stunned.
He was also a manic-depressive (‘bi-polar’ in modern parlance) and vulnerable to substance abuse, famously cocaine and alcohol…
Hamlet: ‘He was a man. Take him for all in all.
I shall not look upon his like again.’
– Hamlet Act I Scene II, by W. Shakespeare
Born Declan Patrick Aloysius MacManus in 1955 [surely a Scotsman in the woodpile somewhere! ]
IMO one of the finest songwriters of our time… And those lyrics!
And the Attractions are a KILLER backing combo.
1. Accidents Will Happen
2. Oliver’s Army
4. Watching the Detectives
The Islamic ‘Caliphate’ in Iraq/Syria/Kurdistan aka ISIS/ISIL is clearly a capable if vicious fighting force… Iraq’s current Shia ‘government’ is just as clearly a corrupt and ineffective ‘force’. The Chaldean Christians, Yazidis* and Kurds in the north are squarely in the sights of the murderous ISIS. Consequently, President Obama has ordered limited air strikes and humanitarian aid to help water and feed those cornered in the north of Iraq.
What a mess! And it NEVER seems to end!
Observing the 69th anniversary this week of our atomic bombings of Japan to end WWII and re-reading that history tempts one to consider that converting the entire Mid-East into a ‘vast self-lighting parking lot’ through the use of a couple of well-placed nukes perhaps wouldn’t be such a bad thing!
I’m not being serious of course, but STILL…
* The ‘Yazidis’ are a small religious sect with Islamic, Abrahamic and Zoroastrian influences. The extremist ISIS forces consider them ‘apostate’ and even ‘devil worshippers’.]]>
(yeah, I love ‘Liz Warren too, but just don’t see her running)