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All My Trials...

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It has been a week of trials...Julian in the UK, the ICJ case on Israeli occupation of Palestine, Trump's trumped up cases, and many trials in the court of public opinion like the case of Navalny vs Gonzalo and Epstein, all our unnecessary wars, and mass migration. All these and more below the fold.

"All My Trials" was a folk song during the social protest movement of the 1950s and 1960s. it is based on a "Bahamian" lullaby that tells the story of a mother on her death bed, comforting her children...The message --- that no matter how bleak the situation seemed, the struggle would "soon be over" -- propelled the song to an anthem by many of the leading artists of the era."

Album of the Week 2-24-24

Afternoon folks!

This week we start out with a nice compilation of T-Bone Walker's stuff followed by another compilation of some of Professor Longhair's earlyish recordings in New Orleans. After that we've got a bunch of blues-rock starting out with the Blues Magoos, followed by Pacific Gas & Electric and harmonica wizard James Harman. We finish off in the diversity category with a Buffalo Springfield album.

Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Welcome to Saturday's Potluck - Feb 24, 2024

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”
Pablo Picasso

First I want to thank each of you for taking the time to read my musings and collections of news stories I found interesting. The contribution of comments to share knowledge and opinions have been a Welcome addition.

Friday Night Photos Endless Summer Edition

Happy Friday everyone. I hope everybody is doing well. Post any photos, memes, or music you like.

Up till now I've lived my whole life in Ca. never more than 40 mins from the beach yet I've never tried surfing. It's one of those things I always wanted to try but never got around to it.

These surfers were carving up the waves at a small surf break just south of La Jolla Cove recently.

Civilization and the myth of progress

Civilization according to wiki:

A civilization (British English: civilisation) is any complex society characterized by the development of the state, social stratification, urbanization, and symbolic systems of communication beyond natural spoken language (namely, a writing system).[2][3][4][5][6]

Open Thread -02-23-24 - Rolling Along

Sometimes I'm amazed at how the world just keeps rolling along.

I remember first learning about the end of the world. It was in the early 60s. Nuclear war was imminent. A president was killed in broad daylight for all the world to watch. There was a jungle war to prevent those damn dominoes from falling. "This is the end" filled the radio airwaves.

The Weekly Reader. Remember that? There was a heap of gloom and doom for a little boy to absorb. That's where I first heard about climate change, it was, back then, supposed to be the start of a new ice age. I also learned about the problem of finite cheap energy in the form of oil and what may happen when we run out. There was also whispers of global famine and other fear inducing articles.

Books and movies about dystopias and disasters and destruction made me think about survival. I thought about how I may survive certain catastrophes. I bet most of us have. We've all been taught to fear from a very early age, "Don't touch that hot stove"! "Don't look at the sun"! "Don't pet that bear"! Fear is needed to keep us alive. To a certain extent.

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Open Thread - Thurs 22 Feb 2024 - Amphibians - And Roman Recycling!

Amphibians - And Roman Recycling!
The other night I was doing the usual round of taking Jaska outside several times. The usual night has about 4 or 5 of these outs. The last out is always the coyote patrol, which we still do faithfully. The coyotes visit a couple of times a week but we've had no coyote problems since we started doing the patrols over a year ago!

Anyway, I saw this little one during one of those earlier outs, right at the side door of the garage, frozen in place. It was in the same position and spot at 8:30 pm, 11 pm, 1 am and 2:30 am after the coyote patrol.

Picture taken by my husband. The little one is about 6-8 inches long, nose to tip of tail!