03/04 Open Thread, Vivaldi and Mama Africa

Antonio Vivaldi quotes winter

~~ Vivaldi - Winter

What to say, both Vivaldi and Mama Africa were born on March 4.

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On this day in history:

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0852 -- The first known written mention of the Croats
1238 – The Battle of the Sit River
1493 -- Christopher Columbus safely returned to Lisbon
1461 -- Henry VI was deposed by the eventual Edward IV.
1519 -- Cortes arrived in Mexico
1675 -- John Flamsteed became England's first Royal Astronomer
1681 -- Charles II gave Pennsylvania to William Penn***
1789 -- The first US Congress met and put the Constitution into effect
1789 -- The US Bill of Rights was drafted and proposed to the US Congress
1794 -- The 11th Amendment was passed by the US Congress.
1804 -- Irish convicts rebelled against British authority in New South Wales.
1848 -- The Statuto Albertino (first constitution of Italy) was signed
1882 -- Britain's first electric trams
1913 -- The Department of Labor is formed originally (allegedly) to help workers
1917 -- Jeannette Rankin became the first female member of the House
1933 -- Frances Perkins became the first female Cabinet member
1960 – The freighter La Coubre was blown up in Havana, Cuba, killing 100.
1985 – The Food and Drug Administration approved a blood test for HIV infection
1996 – A derailed train in Weyauwega, Wi caused the evacuation of 2,300 people
1998 – The Supremes ruled that laws banning sexual harassment applied when both parties are the same sex (Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services)

*** Even though he had no legitimate rights, title or interest therein

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Some people who were born on this day:

If you can be the best, then why not try to be the best?

~~ Garrett Morgan

1394 -- Henry the Navigator, explorer
1602 – Kanō Tan'yū, painter
1678 -- Antonio Vivaldi, violinist and composer

1745 -- Casimir Pulaski, general, father of US cavalry
1778 -- Robert Emmet, Irish nationalist commander
1822 -- Jules Antoine Lissajous, physicist and mathematician
1826 -- Theodore Judah, engineer
1854 – Napier Shaw, meteorologist and academic

1877 – Garrett Morgan, American inventor and community leader
1881 – Richard C. Tolman, physicist and chemist
1903 – John Scarne, magician and author

1904 -- George Gamow, physicist and cosmologist
1906 -- Avery Fisher, violinist, engineer, and founder of Fisher Electronics
1908 – T. R. M. Howard, surgeon and activist
1908 – Thomas Shaw, singer and guitarist
1913 – Taos Amrouche, singer and author
1914 – Robert R. Wilson, physicist, sculptor, and architect
1921 – Halim El-Dabh, composer, musician, ethnomusicologist, and educator
1926 -- Don Rendell, sax, flute, and clarinet player
1932 -- Miriam Makeba, Mama Africa
1932 – Ed Roth, illustrator, cartoonist,custom car designer and builder
1934 – Mario Davidovsky, composer and academic
1934 – John Duffey, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1934 – Barbara McNair, singer and actress
1936 – Eric Allandale, trombonist and songwriter
1937 – Barney Wilen, saxophonist and composer
1942 – David Matthews, keyboard player and composer
1944 -- Bobby Womack, singer and songwriter
1947 -- Bob Lewis, Devo co-founder
1948 -- James Ellroy, writer
1948 – Chris Squire, singer, songwriter, and bass guitarist (yes)
1951 – Pete Haycock, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1953 – Emilio Estefan, drummer and producer
1963 – Jason Newsted, heavy metal singer, songwriter, and bass player
1972 – Ivy Queen, singer, songwriter, rapper, actress and record producer
1980 – Suzanna Choffel, singer and songwriter

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Some people who died on this day:

... social evils are dangerously contagious. The fixed policy of persecution and injustice against a class of women who are weak and defenseless will be necessarily hurtful to the cause of all women.

~~ Fannie Barrier Williams

1193 -- Saladin, sultan, resistance leader
1852 -- Nikolai Gogol, writer
1858 -- Matthew C. Perry, gunboat diplomat, imperialist
1915 -- William Willett, cursed wretch who founded British Summer Time
1944 -- Fannie Barrier Williams, educator and women's rights activist
1944 – Louis Buchalter aka Louis Lepke, labor contractor
1963 -- William Carlos Williams, poet and writer
1974 – Adolph Gottlieb, painter and sculptor
1976 – Walter H. Schottky, physicist and engineer
1978 – Joe Marsala, clarinet player and songwriter
1986 – Ding Ling, feminist and socialist realist author
1987 – Seibo Kitamura, sculptor
1989 – Tiny Grimes, guitarist
1993 – Art Hodes, pianist and composer
2008 – Gary Gygax, game designer
2010 – Johnny Alf, pianist and composer, father of Bossa Nova

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Some Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days, Days of Recognition, and such:

In the US it is National Grammar Day,
It is Courageous Follower Day; I kid you not, oxymoron and all
and National Pound Cake Day (When is National Pound Sand Day?)
Also Toy Soldier Day

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Today's Tunes

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Toy Soldier Day

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Antonio Vivaldi

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Miriam Makeba

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MIRIAM MAKEBA & NINA SIMONE Thulasizwe / I Shall Be Released

And Back to Vivaldi we go

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Ok, it's an open thread, so it's up to you folks now. So what's on your mind?

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Cross posted from http://caucus99percent.com

Open Thread, Antonio Vivaldi, Miriam Makeba, Toy Soldier Day

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Krystal Ball turns on Genocide Joe:

Note that Krystal Ball can't bring herself to mention other options besides the (D) or the (R)...

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"The war on Gaza, backed by the West, is a demonstration that the West is willing to cross all lines. That it will discard any nuance of humanity. That it is willing to commit genocide" -- Moon of Alabama

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@Cassiodorus

somewhere and she seems to have found hers. Few seem able to break out of the whole two-party syndrome, even when it is clear that there is no decent choice between them. We need a national course in how multiparty systems can and do work and how they are needed for real democracy, but I can't see anybody likely to tep up and be a conduit for same.

be well and have a good one

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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@enhydra lutris I am left wondering if Krystal Ball has a red line here, or for that matter if there was ANY event that triggered this "change" from her AT ALL. Rather, she's now recognized that her audience already knows that the Dem establishment is not really afraid of Trump. (Obviously, if they were afraid of Trump, they wouldn't still be running Biden.) In other words, if the Dem establishment really believed in any of their Trump propaganda, they'd be running someone more effective than Joe Biden against him. But they don't, so they aren't. Ball now recognizes that she can no longer run the party line and is adjusting to (she thinks) keep up with her audience.

In reality, there are two types of video production we can watch, here in the States: 1) establishment media, which will tell you what the shadow government wants you to hear, 2) naive outliers who tell the truth but who themselves need to do work in figuring it out. Krystal Ball is playing at 2) while trying to catch some of the money available to those who are 1).

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"The war on Gaza, backed by the West, is a demonstration that the West is willing to cross all lines. That it will discard any nuance of humanity. That it is willing to commit genocide" -- Moon of Alabama

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@Cassiodorus

Caitlin

Nobody With Real Power Cares If You Refuse To Vote For Biden

There’s been a lot of talk in pro-Palestine circles about withholding votes for Biden in protest of his genocide in Gaza, which is of course fine, but the discourse around doing so often misses an important point. A lot of US voters erroneously think they’d be punishing the Democrats for Gaza by costing them the election, mistakenly assuming Democrats care about winning. They don’t.

Losing an election costs Democratic party leaders nothing; all the career politicians and political operatives at the top keep their careers either way. From their point of view this is just a cushy job with sweet benefits, and they keep those win or lose. And obviously Biden himself doesn’t care; he’ll have a comfortable retirement regardless of the outcome in November, and on some level he’s surely aware that it’s nuts for a dementia patient to be in the White House anyway.

Democrats hate it when they hold all branches of government because then they have no excuse for not getting things done. Besides they make more money fundraising. And that’s why they always create a rotating villain.

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Which AIPAC/MIC/pharma/bank bought politician are you going to vote for? Don’t be surprised when nothing changes.

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Looks like a wet week coming up here...they're calling for 4-5" of rain by this time next week.

I'm hoping my little Geo tracker is repaired soon. It had a burnt valve. The valve wasn't hard to find, but valve seats were. Supposedly came in last Friday. I'll check with my mechanic this afternoon.

That's what you get driving a 30+ YO car.

Thanks for the OT!

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

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@Lookout

break before it starts up again, or so they say.

Good that you found parts for your Tracker. IIRC, all of the "Geo" brand vehicles were built by a now long dissolved joint venture but they were all modified knock offs of existing vehicles, so find out what it's modeled on.

ne well and have a good one

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

down with @Lookout that
situation ‘97 f-150 bought
for the little v8 manual didn’t
realize ‘till later it has a
limited slip rear end wound
Tight like Very limited slip

I can wrench damn near
everything on it- not that
I Want to-but I Can
and do

A foot of snow already
and four inches of rain
forecast the next two days
maybe I’ll only have to
dig out the once

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Ya got to be a Spirit, cain't be no Ghost. . .

Explain Bldg #7. . . still waiting. . .

If you’ve ever wondered whether you would have complied in 1930’s Germany,
Now you know. . .
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@Tall Bald and Ugly should help mit das schnee, right?

be well and have a good one

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Last night, I listened to the morning events live with South Korean Prime Minister Han Duk-soo; Defense Minister Shin Won-sik; Mira Rapp-Hooper, US Senior Director East Asia and Oceania, National Security Council; and Matt Pottinger, former Deputy National Security Advisor US.

Han Duk-soo's presentation was pretty bland stuff, very diplomatic compared to the others, nothing much to get excited about. He's pretty much the technician managerial type who plays his cards close to the vest. The Defense Minister Shin didn't say too much either. Did he even speak for five minutes? After he was done with the formalities, the content was almost nil except for the usual cold war, indo pacific buzz words. Minister of Defense Shin is a new right troglodyte who proposed and then began eliminating the 9.18 Comprehensive Military Agreement with North Korea. This frankly is something the US favored. Shin used to be a far right youtuber, and a general officer before that. In Rapp-Hooper's talk she blamed North Korea for doing away with 9.18 military agreement.

Mira Rapp-Hooper had a lot to say, pretty much diplo-gobbledygook about the trilateral partnership, US, Korea, Japan; how Yoon had brought the Korean people around to reconciling with Japan (yeah sure) which was wonderful, etc. Next I think it was she who suggested bringing South Korea into AUKUS and having military exchanges between South Korea and Taiwan. She's only 39 or so years old, the master of the universe you've (I've) never heard of, or at least the Indo-Pacific. But she went to Columbia so how could you go wrong? Understand she was an adviser to H. Clinton. I'd like to hear someone like Jeffrey Sachs comment on her. Of course, she has completely overlooked US and ROK missteps in bringing South Korea to the current tense situation with the North. It's all Pyongyang's fault. "We're open to dialogue but the north refuses," she said, but made no concrete suggestions.

I guess it was Pottinger who was the highlight of he presentation. Pottinger who was a journalist in China and then went on to burnish his blue blood credentials by volunteering for the USMC and doing a tour in Iraq and 2 tours in Afghanistan as an intel officer. He's no Scott Ritter that's for sure. He wrote a paper with LTG Michael Flynn as his aide, on how to "fix" intelligence in Afghanistan to aid decision makers. This was around 2010. How'd that work out? Pottinger worked for the Trump administration. He is the Asian affairs/ China expert. He's a blue blood with an inflated self image. His Asian handle is 博明 seems somewhat vain to me. Figuratively, he is clearly the "superman" type like Lawrence.

https://www.csis.org/events/joongang-csis-forum-2024-polycrisis-2024

These people are throwbacks to the earliest days of the cold war and are very dangerous. They're going to roll back the iron curtain as it were. Pottinger used a quote from Xi to the effect that Asia was for Asians, to make the ridiculous assertion (imo) that this was equivalent to the Japanese fascist vision of the Greater East Asian Co-prosperity Sphere, and the associated pan Asian rhetoric justifying Japanese imperial conquest during the first half of the 20th Century.

https://www.csis.org/events/joongang-csis-forum-2024-polycrisis-2024

Here's a CGTN update on the deaths of the two Chinese fisherman near Kinmen and the current diplomatic exchanges and political reactions on both sides of the Taiwan Straits. Definitely worth a look-

I like Jang Sa-ik's rendition of Spring Day is gone (orig. 1953). The musical theme of the rapprochement between North and South Korea in 2018 was Spring is Coming.

봄날은 간다 (1953) Springtime is gone

lyrics 손로원 melody 박시춘; original performer 백설회

As my pink skirt fluttered in the spring breeze
Today too, my dress tie snapping away while
Mountain sparrows fly across the shrine path
When the flowers bloom, we'd laugh together, if they withered,
together we'd cry,
In that tender promise, spring is gone.

Deep green leaves of grass, did float by in the flowing water
Today too, flower petals fall away,
Blue throated birds warble on horse cart road
When stars appeared, we'd laugh, when they set we'd cry
Those frivolous memories of spring gone by,

Age of nineteen, in the twilight, became sad,
Still, my breast, beats strongly
As a drifting cloud over a new road
Birds take flight, I follow smiling,
If the birds cry, I follow wailing
That evocative song, springtime is gone.

I'm really enjoying your musical selection EL, thanks!

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@soryang

I'm sufficiently ignorant of Asia and Asian affairs that a lof of it glances off the top of my head, but I know that the US and ergo AUKUS do not have people's best interests at heart and are always looking to cause trouble.

Glad you are enjoying the music, but it is difficult not to enjoy either or both of the headliners.

be well and have a good one

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

@soryang if it wasn’t @soryang for your posts
I’d be lost on a lot of shite
being reported good background
explanations for us ignint buggars
thanks

edit fixed auto-incorrect

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Ya got to be a Spirit, cain't be no Ghost. . .

Explain Bldg #7. . . still waiting. . .

If you’ve ever wondered whether you would have complied in 1930’s Germany,
Now you know. . .
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Gonna be scarce today , is office teardown day for a mini fix-up.

be well and have a good one

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

in the Texas Bar Journal this month is about pipelines committing trespass. It is entitled "A Line in (and under) the Sand".
That phrase never gets old here in Texas.
Just about the time my clients are scheduled for appointments, a t-storm and likely hail will arrive. I figure the lights will go out, and computers go down, as the storm sets in.
Sigh...it's always something...
Thanks for the OT, EL. Happy reno day!

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"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." ---- William Casey, CIA Director, 1981

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@on the cusp

to demand easements.

be well and have a good one

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

@enhydra lutris are considered public goods and utilities, although the fuel never stays in Texas. They will force an easement upon you by eminent domain. I think nowadays they are straying off under private property without buying an easement from the owner or using the eminent domain procedure.
Let the O & G guys handle it.

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"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." ---- William Casey, CIA Director, 1981

on your red or blue colors
today is either the ‘worst’
or possibly ‘Heavens Light’

Supreme Court 9-0 dRumphs
On The Ballot

He’s Bad
He’s NationWide

Edit spaced video

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Ya got to be a Spirit, cain't be no Ghost. . .

Explain Bldg #7. . . still waiting. . .

If you’ve ever wondered whether you would have complied in 1930’s Germany,
Now you know. . .
sign at protest march

@Tall Bald and Ugly
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even for the supremes
there is no there there
the courts may be holding back
with law fare on this issue for now

now let's modify the primary process
to include independents and fools like me

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go with @QMS jimmy dore
and crew on this one
everything these f@ckers
do and say is projection

gonna be sad moment for
A Lot of folks when the
truth of Reality smacks ‘em
upside the cranium especially
for the Jabs let alone
3verything 3lse

I’m digging the newer version
with the Older Crew
ZZ

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Ya got to be a Spirit, cain't be no Ghost. . .

Explain Bldg #7. . . still waiting. . .

If you’ve ever wondered whether you would have complied in 1930’s Germany,
Now you know. . .
sign at protest march

@Tall Bald and Ugly
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and obviously the ptb are doing their damnedest to
protect their feelz on simple matters like war and virus
on the other hand are puppets without any regard to
matters of importance to we the peeps
they got cover for shameless insolence
talking points are pre-arranged

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@QMS
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they let the A f*cking I out of the bag a bit too soon
more people are seeing the made up sh*t stream across
their perceptual awareness and therefore trust less of the
BS being fed to them. Oops. Ruin the veracity and lose the
audience. This ain't no comedy Jim.

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For some reason was thinking of the Chinese poet/Chan Buddhist Han Shan. Chan was the fore-
runner of Zen.

Found a translation of Cold Mountain online. I used to have Gary Synder's translation
but that was lost somewhere.

Translation by Burton Watson which I really like as he brings out the humor and
oblique mysticism of Han Shan. I am sure it is his birthday. Well, if not...

https://terebess.hu/zen/chang/ColdMountain.pdf

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I'm not so poor at reports and decisions
Why can't I get ahead in the government?
The rating officials are determined to make life
hard.
All they do is try to expose my faults.
Everything, I guess, is a matter of Fate
Still, I'll try the exam again this year.
A blind boy aiming at the eye of a sparrow
Might just accidentally manage a hit.

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In the house east of here lives an old woman.
Three or four years ago, she got rich.
In the old days she was poorer than I;
Now she laughs at me for not having a penny.
She laughs at me for being behind;
I laugh at her for getting ahead.
We laugh as though we'd never stop:
She from the east and I from the west!

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Cold Mountain is full of weird sights;
People who try to climb it always get scared.
When the moon shines, the water glints and
sparkles;
When the wind blows, the grasses rustle and sigh.
Snowflakes make blossoms for the bare plum,
Clouds in place of leaves for the naked trees.
At a touch of rain, the whole mountain shimmers
But only in good weather can you make the climb.

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@MrWebster @MrWebster ...Cold Mountain, Tang Dynasty Poetry etc., from Dr. Gao's classroom. It's really started a kind of journey for me. Maybe it's synchronicity, when I was young, I was influenced by my mother to read about Zen, and admire Eastern art particularly the painting style, and subject matter. I really had no idea about this post war connection to the far east and how it affected US culture, especially on the west coast. I've been kind of inspired to try to learn to "read" Chinese again, as I had given up on it after a brief try a few years ago.

I think it was actually this video presentation by Dr. Gao and a colleague about Cold Mountain that got me started just a few months ago.

Cold Mountain 寒山 and his poetry: part 1

It's so great to hear @Mr. Webster that you are familiar with Gary Snyder's work. In line with some of the lines you cited, I just listened to a lecture by Stephen Owen a couple of nights back which delved into the social differences of upper class "scholar" officials, and the literati from the lower class who passed the government service examination during the Tang dynasty, and how they never got ahead and were dispatched to the hinterlands of China. I thought it was too far afield to post but I saw some analogies with the US, and South Korea (well Korea in general). According to Owen the lower class scholars who passed the exam and wrote poetry were much better than the scholars who looked down on them.

56th Annual Edward H. Hume Memorial Lecture: "Returning to the High Tang"

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@soryang

...especially for the link to the pdf for the Burton Watson translations. It's very entertaining.

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@soryang

by John Suiter interesting

be well and have a good one

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la da da, la da da,

Hi all, hey EL!

Hope it's all goud over yonder, wherever your ynder may be.

Thanks for the Miriam Makeba. There was one of her records in the house in late 60's, when in early teens and of course I saw her on various television shows. Always thought she was great.

Have good ones all!

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We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
both - Albert Einstein

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@dystopian Currently in a chair in the living room with a tablet balanced in my lap. Smile
thanks for dropping by.
be well and have a good one

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