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Andrew Meir
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A while ago I discovered that those marvelous people at archive.org have set themselves about digitising and archiving 78's, mostly recorded in the first half of the 20th century. They're simply gorgeous and they've brightened up my office for last few months, so I thought I'd share. You'll need to create a (free) account to play them.
https://archive.org/details/78_caravan_max-miller-trio-ellington-tizol-paul-eduard-miller_gbia0003937b/Caravan+-+Max+Miller+Trio+-+Ellington+-+Tizol.flac&playset=1&autoplay=1

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Commuting to the office for one last time by boat. I'm going to miss it but next month I'm leaving NL for the south of France. Why? For many reasons but, not least of which, because I can 😎.
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This is well worth two and a half minutes of your reading time - from our former man in Tashkent, the irrepressible Craig Murray.

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WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?

I'm a 67-year-old American white woman. My parents enlisted in World War II to fight fascism. They both served. my mother was a nurse, my father navigated bombers. They lost friends in that bloody war so that all the world could be free of fascism. They did not fight so that some white people could claim supremacy or that Nazis could openly walk the streets of America.

White person to white supremacist person: What is wrong with you?

People of European heritage are doing just fine in the world. They run most of the world's institutions, hold much of the world's wealth, replicate as frequently as other humans. You are not in any danger here. The world is changing, that's true. Others want a piece of the pie. They work for it, strive for it and earn it. Technology (robotics) is going to have a greater effect on your job prospects than immigrants. Going forward, tackling corporate control and climate change will need all of our attention, ideas and energy. Put down your Tiki torches and trite flags and get involved in some real work.

BY THE WAY, THE WORLD WON THE WAR AGAINST NAZI FASCISM IN THE 1940S, JUST AS AMERICAN WON THE WAR AGAINST THE CONFEDERACY IN THE 1860S. ALIGNING WITH TWO LOST CAUSES JUST LABELS YOU AS PROFOUND LOSERS.

And finally, white person to white person: Like my parents before me, I will not stand idly by nor give up my rights or the rights of other Americans because you think you are better than some of us. It doesn't work that way. All Americans stand shoulder to shoulder against your hatred and bigotry.

Jonna Ramey
Salt Lake City

(emphasis mine, but that really is the key part - they are damned profound losers)
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Woody Guthrie's guitar carried a note that read, "This machine kills fascists." That his music is being played again in 2017 to a wide audience shouldn't come as any surprise.
Pop culture applies Woody Guthrie's political barbs masked in all-American balladry

...Today there exists a misconception that "This Land Is Your Land" is uncomplicatedly patriotic, an ode to the American prosperity that stretches "from California to New York Island." Taught in elementary schools, the song sounds, well, nice, as if it were the musical equivalent of open arms or a hearth. But Lady Gaga couldn't have made a more loaded choice that night. If he were living today, Guthrie might be the most pointed critic of the nation's state of affairs....


There's a sign missing from this guitar.

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/life/article/Pop-culture-applies-Woody-Guthrie-s-political-11961032.php

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The sun fell clean out of the sky today :-).
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From the Godwin of Godwin's Law:
"By all means, compare these shitheads to Nazis. Again and again. I'm with you."
Tweet: 5:03 PM (PT) - 13 Aug 2017

"When the creator of Godwin's law tells you it's ok to compare these alt-right jackaninnies to Nazis you know we're through the looking glass"
~ https://twitter.com/jaylee/status/896890138931990528

Pros and cons. Whilst today's weather wasn't the best for cycling, especially not cycling with a 50 kg cargo bike, it was almost perfect weather for flying a kite. Said kite arriving as a bonus freebie after a trip to a hardware store on said cargo bike. I've no real idea how that kite came into my hands this morning but it was fantastically well-timed.

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