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Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Pete Seeger: His Leftism and the Revival of Folk Music (Link to VOR podcast)

00 Pete Seeger in Moscow. 29.01.14

Pete Seeger in Moscow in 1965

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You can measure impact in many ways. Sometimes, it’s in language… do people adopt your idioms or phrases? Other times, it’s economic… do your ideas generate money for yourself or others? Still, for others there are subtler ways of feeling the presence of someone in our lives and in our culture. Pete Seeger passed at the age of 94 on Monday. He leaves behind a legacy of music, social activism, and a collection of songs cultivated from years in the field. He’s credited with helping to revive the genre of folk music and to popularise it. With hits ranging from If I Had a Hammer to Turn, Turn, Turn, he brought anthems that resonate still.

Click here to save this 5:51 podcast in English… to listen to the rest, click on the link below and click on the audio link on the page

29 January 2014

Andrew Hiller

Voice of Russia World Service

http://voiceofrussia.com/us/2014_01_29/Pete-Seeger-and-the-revival-of-folk-music-2993/

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Federation Council Decries Western “Interference” in the Ukraine

00 Mama Bear and Cub. 29.01.14

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On Wednesday, the Federation Council, the upper house of the Federal Assembly, called for an end to interference by Western politicians in Ukrainian internal affairs. The Federation Council resolution expressed “indignation at a number of Western politicians unceremoniously interfering … and consciously provoking destabilisation in the country”. Criticism of foreign influence on Ukrainian internal affairs appeared to be a reference to visits to Kiev, by a number of top EU and American politicians and diplomats. In December, veteran US Senator John McCain addressed a crowd of anti-government protesters in Kiev, pledging broad American support for the pro-EU movement. Earlier that same month, US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland visited the epicentre of the protest movement and handed out bread to demonstrators {how sweet… everyone knows how the EU and the USA subsidise the protests in trying to topple the legitimate government: editor}. In its resolution, the Federation Council blamed opposition groups for the outbreak of riots, calling them a part of a “well-organised campaign to discredit and overthrow the legitimate government. Pogroms and fire-setting in Kiev and other Ukrainian cities, the storming of an administrative building, aggressive actions against police that led to deaths and a significant amount of injured occur with the approval of those who’ve brought people to the streets”. The Council expressed “confidence that the fraternal Ukrainian people and their leadership would find a way to restore peace in the country”. On Tuesday, the Rada abrogated anti-protest laws and Ukrainian Prime Minister Azarov tendered his resignation to appease the opposition and prevent further street clashes.

29 January 2014

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/russia/20140129/187018410/Russian-Senators-Decry-Western-Interference-in-Ukraine.html

Editor’s Note:

There’s not much solid news… but the oppos are being intransigent. I’ll say this… there’s much more going on than the Western news media blather reports. If Yanukovich doesn’t stay on, the country will break up, and, trust me, the West WON’T get the best parts. There are things happening as we speak that guarantee that. After all, the Supreme Soviet of the Autonomous Republic of the Crimea outlawed the Svoboda slimeballs (and it’s NOT going to backtrack). The West is in for a rude and abrupt awakening if it believes that it can destabilise the Ukraine and take the whole megillah. Sevastopol IS a Hero City

BMD

 

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US States Mulling Over Bringing Back Electric Chairs, Firing Squads, Gas Chambers

00 Unfair Executions. 29.01.14

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Reportedly, a handful of American states are mulling over the revival of such gruesome capital punishments as firing squads, gas chambers, and electrocutions, in what may today be considered a step back for the American justice system. Lawmakers in some states that haven’t abolished death penalty… and there are 32 of them… say that depleted stocks of lethal drugs and doubts about their effectiveness, which recently led to some high-profile court disputes, might be enough for them to switch to time-tested ways of ending the lives of death row inmates. Ages ago, most American states abandoned electrocutions, hangings, and the like in a bid to make death sentences more palatable to the public and to judges who were afraid to pass cruel or unusual punishments violating the US Constitution. The lethal injection alternative was first used in American prisons in the 1980s to at least limit the time of suffering, if not totally eliminate it. However, now, some state officials say that lethal drugs are prone to complications and are increasingly hard to get. This comes after many European pharma companies refused to sell their drugs to American prisons, for fear they might be used to put prisoners to death.

Missouri Representative Rick Brattin {he’s a Republican, a Baptist, and an NRA member… no wonder he’s a bloodthirsty SOB: editor}, an advocate of firing squads, said, “This isn’t an attempt to time-warp back into the 1850s or the Wild, Wild West or anything like that. It’s just that I foresee a problem, and I’m trying to come up with a solution that’ll be the most humane yet most economical for our state”. Meanwhile, the Missouri Attorney General proposed to rebuild the state’s gas chamber, whilst a Wyoming lawmaker offered a bill earlier this month that’d allow the firing squad. The state threw out its three-drug lethal injection procedure after it could no longer get the drugs. Underneath it all lies the idea that some convicts simply don’t deserve mercy. For instance, Michael Campbell, assistant professor of criminal justice at the University of Missouri-St Louis, accused state lawmakers of trying to tap into a populist thought that those who do terrible things deserve to have terrible things happen to them. Recent instances of lethal-injection executions only added to the dispute around the best way to end a prisoner’s life. Only last week, Ohio inmate Dennis McGuire spent the last 26 minutes of his life gasping for air on a gurney after receiving a new drug combination.

29 January 2014

Voice of Russia World Service

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_01_29/US-states-mull-bringing-back-electric-chairs-firing-squads-gas-chambers-8274/

Editor’s Note:

The Church is anti-death penalty… always has been, always will be. In tsarist Russia, the death penalty was rare in comparison to the “civilised” West, the main exception being traitors and insurrectionists. In fact, Aleksandr Aleksandrovich, one of the toughest and most stern tsars, routinely pardoned all death sentences, except for crimes against the state. What a comparison to godless bloody filth like Rick Perry! Aleksandr was a man of unfeigned piety, who was faithful to his wife, fought no foreign wars, who allowed no one to diss Russia (once, he bent an iron poker in his bare hands, threw it at the feet of the Habsburg ambassador, saying, “That’s what we’ll do to your army if you mobilise!”)… and he hid a bottle of brandy in his boot… what’s not to like? Compare Aleksandr to soulless hangmen like Rick Perry and all the other death-penalty-loving sectarians like him. I know whom I favour… and I’m not alone. By the way… if any Orthodox priest says that he’s in favour of the death penalty, he’s standing in opposition to our Russian Orthodox history and to the personal stance of His Holiness… I just thought that you’d like to know that…

If you want to be Pro-Life, you have to be anti-death penalty, or you’re a godless lying hypocrite. That’s the standard of the late Cardinal Bernardin… that’s the seamless garment teaching, which is the only Consistent Life position out there. If you favour killing cons, if you support warmongering in foreign parts, if you support predatory greedster crapitalism cutting lives short through HMO death panels, you’re not Pro-Life, and that’s that. It doesn’t matter how many placards that you wave, how often you march, or how much you shout… if you’re pro-death in its widest meaning (including supporting the Republican policies that have led to America being the Prison House of the Nations), you’re not Pro-Life… yes, Virginia, one thing DOES affect the other…

Let’s end with a snippet from Orwell‘s A Hanging (he’d been in the Imperial Police in British India):

It’s curious, but till that moment I’d never realised what it means to destroy a healthy, conscious man. When I saw the prisoner step aside to avoid the puddle I saw the mystery, the unspeakable wrongness, of cutting a life short when it’s in full tide. This man wasn’t dying, he was alive just as we are alive. All the organs of his body were working… bowels digesting food, skin renewing itself, nails growing, tissues forming… all toiling away in solemn foolery. His nails would still be growing when he stood on the drop, when he was falling through the air with a tenth of a second to live. His eyes saw the yellow gravel and the grey walls, and his brain still remembered, foresaw, reasoned… even about puddles. He and we were a party of men walking together, seeing, hearing, feeling, understanding the same world; and in two minutes, with a sudden snap, one of us would be gone… one mind less, one world less.

Reflect on the above when you read the rightwing rants of some of the konvertsy… they’re not only un-Orthodox to the bone, they’re inhumane and indecent. Just sayin’…

BMD 

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RIP Pete Seeger, BAD-ASS American Hero

00 Pete Seeger. Bad-Ass American Hero. 29.01.14

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On Monday, American folk singer, social activist, and all-around righteous person Pete Seeger passed away  at the age of 94. There are countless reasons that he mattered, like when he stood up to Congress during his appearance before the Un-American Activities Committee… yes, that was the real name. Like many entertainers, he was told to appear on Capitol Hill, where they questioned him about his association with the Communist Party, but unlike many entertainers, he refused to invoke his Fifth Amendment right. He was later charged with Contempt of Congress, sentenced to 10 years in prison, and blacklisted. However, an appeal overturned that conviction in 1961. Seeger remained protesty; two years ago, he marched with Occupy Wall StreetSolidarity Forever!

28 January 2014

Bucky Turco

http://animalnewyork.com/2014/rip-pete-seeger-badass-american-hero/ 

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