Midweek Musings: 19 August 2015

Quite a few things going on this week, as usual. People are still blasting Bill Cosby over the allegations of drugging and raping quite a few women, so his career is essentially over, as more and more women keep falling out of the woodwork. I guess someone, somewhere, is happy about taking him down. It’s a shame, really – I used to have quite a bit of respect for the man. He’s the only famous individual, other than the original jazz and blues musicians themselves, who kept REAL jazz and the blues in the forefront. I can’t say that I liked the venue he chose for his annual blues event, but that’s not the issue. Still, it’s quite strange that people attack his WIFE over his actions, even though his male co-stars (and Hugh Hefner himself) most likely knew what Cosby was doing. If making jokes about drugging women is all that it takes to accuse someone of rape, then round up every comedian who has ever done so. Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong joked about it multiple times in their albums and movies, after all – so send the mob after them! Take down that pedo creep Woody Allen, too – he shouldn’t have been able to marry Soon-Yi, but nobody bats an eye or utters a peep about that disgusting cretin. What about Mary Kay Letourneau, and any other teacher who preys on young boys or girls? It boggles the mind, it does…meanwhile, Jared Fogle, former Subway spokesman, paid for sex with minors and received child pornography from the now-convicted, former director of his charity. Classy. Oh, incidentally, it’s important to remember that Cosby STILL hasn’t been actually CHARGED with anything, unlike Fogle, who has apparently been allowed a “plea agreement.”

Speaking of drugs, this so-called “women’s Viagra” is just wrong on many levels. It doesn’t boost libido. It is, essentially, an SSRI pill that needs to be taken over a long period of time, not one hour before sex, like Viagra. We know what SSRIs are used for, so say it with me: SSRIs are used to ease DEPRESSION and ANXIETY. So, ladies, apparently we need an ’emotion-regulating’ drug to have sex. Yeah, right…it’s all in our minds! I think that looking at men like the one below would do better than a pill, personally…and yes, I know that there are women who would rather look at other women – well, there are plenty of pictures out there that are almost TOO easy to find!

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The ‘Wild West’ is a veritable tinderbox. Fires rage in eight states: many were caused by ‘dry’ lightning, while one was sparked by a small-plane crash. We need rain badly, but the forecast shows no measurable precipitation any time soon. A burn ban has been in effect since the end of April, which is usually the wettest month around here. The only good think about the lack of rain (trying to think positive, here) is that the mosquito population is the lowest I’ve seen, yet! I can actually venture outside without surrounding myself with netting, early in the mornings or just before dusk.

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Well, I’m going back to my self-indulgent project – hopefully I’ll have it figured out and ready to post by the weekend! Until then, enjoy the following clip from John Oliver’s show. It’s brilliantly done!

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Midweek Musings…8th July 2015

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Lots of things going on in the world, as always. Jared Fogle is no longer the face of Subway, after his home was raided in a child pornography investigation. Bill Cosby continues to battle ancient allegations of sex abuse and rape – and the people calling for his head on a platter are the same ones who would like to see Roman Polanski allowed back into this country.

Dylann Roof has been charged with nine counts of murder, and three counts of attempted murder. People continue to swim in shark-infested waters off of the North Carolina coast. While people are focused on the symbolism of the confederate flag, I found an interesting article on Al-Jazeera, which reiterates the fact that American citizens have far less to fear from Al-Quaeda and ISIS / ISIL than we do from domestic terrorists…but I already knew this, so I’m sharing it with you now. Here’s a small excerpt:

Including the South Carolina church massacre victims, the number of U.S. deaths in attacks linked to reactionary ideologies — namely white supremacists or anti-government sentiments — is nearly twice the toll linked to Al-Qaeda and its affiliates since 2002, according to a tally by the New America Foundation think tank.

It’s a disturbing pattern and one that Daryl Johnson predicted in 2009, when he was the lead analyst for domestic terrorism for the Department of Homeland Security. He and his team warned in a report that the election of the first black president, combined with a bad economy, could lead to a resurgence of white supremacists and violent anti-government groups.

Intended only for law enforcement use, the report was leaked, drawing criticism in the media and from lawmakers. Much of the political firestorm was directed at language referring to “disgruntled military veterans,” but some also said the report failed to distinguish between those with conservative beliefs and those who may cause violence.

The report’s main assessment, that “the threat posed by lone wolves and small terrorist cells is more pronounced than in past years” and “right-wing extremism is likely to grow in strength,” has since been affirmed by a number of studies.

Janet Napolitano, the secretary of homeland security at the time, withdrew the report soon after release and publicly apologized for it. Johnson said he and his colleagues were assigned to study other subjects and that much of his unit’s work was deleted. He left the department within a year and now has his own security consulting firm, DT Analytics.

But Johnson, who has studied hate groups and anti-governmental groups for decades, won’t let his expertise go to waste. Over 20 years, he has acquired an impressive and unsettling collection of artifacts of hate.

I’ve always stayed informed on certain symbols. Being aware of the marks people adorn themselves with has steered me clear of people with murder on their minds, thankfully…

Banks in Greece are shutting down amidst that country’s financial crisis – the few that remain open are hard hit by desperate people who have to wait in line for hours to withdraw a meager 60 Euros. Puerto Rico continues to drown in debt.

Serena Williams trounced big sister Venus at Wimbledon. The U.S. women’s soccer team defeated Japan 5 – 2, taking the World Cup. Mo’ne Davis and the Anderson Monarchs toured historical Civil Rights memorials and museums. The Washington, D.C. football team continues to offend multitudes with its racist name, but a judge has ordered the cancellation of the trademark. This is how it seems to go, in many ways…two small steps forward, but 10 giant leaps back – the lunacy of the 2016 ‘presidential race’ is testament to this!

There’s an early baseball game on, so I’m going to watch it – my Mariners are up against the Detroit Tigers and need to win today’s game! Time to watch good-looking, athletic men swing bats and smack balls around…LOL.

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R.I.P., James DePriest

James DePriest: November 21, 1936 – February 8, 2013

The music world mourns today. Distinguished conductor and educator, James DePriest, died yesterday at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona. At the time of his death, DePreist, 76, was Director Emeritus of Conducting and Orchestral Studies at The Juilliard School and Laureate Music Director of the Oregon Symphony. KGW Newschannel 8 reports:

“The modern era of the Oregon Symphony began with Jimmy, and maybe so did our general agreement that we could and should take our culture seriously,” said longtime Portland arts critic Barry Johnson. “That is leadership of a great order, and that’s another thing that Jimmy was — a great leader.”

According to his Juilliard biography “he appeared with every major North American orchestra, and internationally,  he has conducted in Amsterdam, Berlin, Budapest, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Manchester, Melbourne, Montreal, Munich, Prague, Rome, Rotterdam, Seoul, Stockholm, Stuttgart, Sydney, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Toronto and Vienna.”

His varied recorded repertoire includes a celebrated Shostakovich series with the Helsinki Philharmonic and 15 recordings with the Oregon Symphony which have helped establish that orchestra as one of America’s finest, the biography reads.

Born in Philadelphia, the nephew of the famed contralto Marian Anderson, Mr. DePreist became early in his career something that is still a rarity today: an African American conductor leading top-tier orchestras. OregonLive reports:

“His wife, Ginette DePreist, said he had suffered a massive heart attack last March, followed by open-heart surgery. Since then, he had been in and out of the hospital.

“He had lots of setbacks,” Ginette DePreist said, “but he kept fighting.” In the past couple of weeks, his kidneys started to fail and he decided to stop fighting, she said.”

(Note the comment section – some people have the strangest things to say in obituaries! They can’t help but interject political and racist bullshit into every conversation and statement)

Finally, from Wikipedia:

“During DePreist’s stay in Japan as the permanent conductor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, his name and likeness were used in the Japanese manga and anime, Nodame Cantabile,[9] in which he was the musical director of the fictional Roux-Marlet Orchestra, and hired the series protagonist Shinichi Chiaki as the orchestra’s new resident conductor. DePreist also conducted the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra to provide the music for both the anime and the live action drama.

DePreist, friends with comedian Bill Cosby in high school, was commissioned in 1987 to rearrange the theme song to The Cosby Show.[12]

Here’s to a pioneering gentleman who shared his love of music with the world. Rest in peace, good brotha…you will be missed.

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