Gwynne Dyer – Year Ender 2005
“First, the good news. In October, a comprehensive three-year study led by Andrew Mack, former director of the Strategic Planning Unit in the
office of United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, concluded that there
have been major declines in armed conflicts, genocides, human rights
abuses, military coups and international crises worldwide.”
“Le Sacre du Primtemps” Mayo 29,1913.
“Harvard University professor Thomas Kelly suggests that one of the reasons that the Paris premiere of “The Rite of Spring” created such a furor was that it shattered everyone’s expectations. The evening’s program began innocently with a performance of â€œLes Sylphides.â€ However, as the follow-up piece, â€œThe Rite of Springâ€ turned out to be anything but spring-like.”
Link con audio.
LÃ¡ FhÃ©ile StiofÃ¡n
“December 26, the “feast of Stephen” referred to in the Christmas carol Good King Wenceslas, is called “St. Stephen’s Day”; it is a public holiday in Ireland, Italy, Finland and Romania. In Catalonia (though not elsewhere in Spain) it is called “Sant Esteve” and is a bank holiday. It is called “Saint Ã‰tienne” in France . . . . .”
Band Aid vs. Morrissey…
‘I’m not afraid to say that I think Band Aid was diabolical. Or to say that I think Bob Geldof is a nauseating character. Many people find that very unsettling, but I’ll say it as loud as anyone wants me to. In the first instance the record itself was absolutely tuneless. One can have great concern for the people of Ethiopia, but it’s another thing to inflict daily torture on the people of England. It was an awful record considering the mass of talent involved. And it wasn’t done shyly it was the most self-righteous platform ever in the history of popular music.’
- Morrissey talking about the first Do They Know It’s Christmas?
For Esmé, With Love and Squalor.
“Just recently, by air mail, I received an invitation to a wedding that will take place in England on April 18th. It happens to be a wedding I’d give a lot to be able to get to, and when the invitation first arrived, I thought it might just be possible for me to make the trip abroad, by plane, expenses be hanged. However, I’ve since discussed the matter rather extensively with my wife, a breathtakingly levelheaded girl, and we’ve decided against it—for one thing, I’d completely forgotten that my mother-in-law is looking forward to spending the last two weeks in April with us. I really don’t get to see Mother Grencher terribly often, and she’s not getting any younger. She’s fifty-eight. (As she’d be the first to admit.)”
Belle and Sebastian – The Life Pursuit (Jeepster, 2006)
El dÃa de hoy nos llegÃ³ desde Glasgow el nuevo disco de Belle & Sebastian, casi dos meses antes de su “release” oficial. A primera escucha parece que Stuart Murdoch dejÃ³ atras las influencias de Nick Drake y Felt por grupos de “Soul” setentero y hasta un poco de “Country” (un par de canciones suenan a los “Flying Burrito Brothers”, sin las drogas)
Les platicamos despues, ya que este tipo de discos se debe escuchar con mucho detenimiento.
Por lo pronto, un link.
A Flashback to Stalinâ€™s Soviet Union?
Thursday December 15th 2005, 3:16 pm
Filed under: realpolitik
“In the wake of the outbreak of the recent U.S. scandal of sending suspects to Europe where they face torture; Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice claimed that the United States acts within the law, arguing that Europeans are safer because of tough U.S. tactics, and refusing to discuss intelligence operations or answer questions regarding the clandestine CIA detention centers.” (link)
BiografÃa J. Stalin
BiografÃa G.W. Bush 1 2
My Morning Jacket – Z (Badman, 2005)
Me cuesta trabajo describÃrselos. Siempre fieles a su visiÃ³n y alejados por completo de cualquier escena o grupito “fashionista”.Esta es prueba irrefutable para los que viven en la equivocaciÃ³n y no creen en el “Rock Americano”. El disco del aÃ±o.
AquÃ les anexamos un link de una estaciÃ³n de radio con muy buena mÃºsica. MÃºsica que mucha gente llamarÃa “indie”, pero que yo mejor llamarÃa “neo-alternativa”. Enjoy.
Orcas: Most Polluted Arctic Mammal
SÃ, se parece a nuestra marsopa, pero no lo es. Las orcas no son ballenas per se, pertenecen a la familia de los delfÃnidos, y por ende es prima hermana de la nuestra. Si ampliamos este concepto, podemos decir que al pertenecer a la clase de los mamÃferos, tambiÃ©n es nuestra prima.
Es una pena que nuestra “familia extendida” estÃ© siendo contaminada por nuestra estÃºpida obsesiÃ³n de convertir este planeta en un basurero. Pronto pagaremos el precio.
Rest Of U2 Perfectly Fine With Africans Starving
Monday December 12th 2005, 9:30 pm
Filed under: porpoisenews
Tomado de The Onion
December 7, 2005 | Issue 41â€¢49
SAN FRANCISCOâ€”Rock band U2, currently on tour in North America, is well-known for its human-rights advocacy, particularly its ongoing campaign to eradicate poverty in Africa. Less known to fans of the Irish supergroup, however, is that the lion’s share of these efforts are made by lead singer Bono. The three other U2 members are perfectly okay with the dismal plight of Africa’s poor.
“Yeah, that Africa stuff is Bono’s thing,” The Edge said. “I don’t mind if he pursues other interests, but I really try to focus on the guitar riffs that give U2 its characteristic sound.”
Bassist Adam Clayton, while “not opposed” to Bono’s tireless efforts to improve the quality of life for impoverished Third World citizens, is apparently too busy to spearhead an anti-poverty initiative of his own.
“I was happy to help out with the Live 8 thing,” said Clayton, referring to the July mega-concert benefit. “But ever since I discovered rock ‘n’ roll in the mid-’70s, music has been my passion, and I’d be lying if I said it was something different, like helping people.”
Clayton added: “I don’t have a problem with [Bono] trying to save Africa. Who knows, it might inspire some decent songs. But just as long as it doesn’t interfere with the band.”
In 2002, Bono started an organization called Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa to raise awareness of the deep health and economic crises that cripple much of the continent. His fellow bandmates, however, do not lose any sleep over the debt crisis facing many African nations.
“If I could wave a magic wand and cure Africa’s problems, I would do that,” drummer Larry Mullen Jr. said. “But someone has to take care of the more practical, day-to-day stuff that Bono doesn’t really bother with. Like, for example, how’s the next album going to sound? How’re we going to keep our live act fresh? I can’t tell you how many millions of decisions go into making one Elevation tour.”
Mullen added: “You don’t win 14 Grammys feeding Africans.”
In the rare moment they have free, Clayton, Mullen, and The Edge said they choose to relax and rejuvenate, without letting the plight of Africa’s starving and disease-afflicted millions weigh too heavily on their minds.
“I have a garden to tend to when we’re not on the road,” The Edge said. “There’s nothing wrong with taking care of your own little corner of the world. I work very hard in my garden.”
When asked their opinion about Bono’s prospects of being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize within the next year, the music-playing part of U2 could not stifle their groans.
“We had a big scare last year when [Bono's] name was put forward as the new president of the World Bank,” Clayton said. “I mean, I have nothing against it, but it would just be more work for us, because we’d be left with the very challenging task of finding a new lead singer.”
During live concerts, U2 audiences are treated to a stunning audiovisual experience, with Bono periodically giving his opinion on social and world events between songs. During these interludes, the rest of U2 is often conspicuously silent.
“When Bono starts telling the audience how messed up the world can be and how we should work together to make things better, I usually just zone out,” Mullen said.
The Olivia Tremor Control – Music from the Unrealized Film Script, Dusk at Cubist Castle (Flydaddy, 1993-1996)
El debut discogrÃ¡fico(en formato de Ã¡lbum, y con Jeff Magnum contribuyendo) de un par de amigos nacidos en el estado americano de Louisiana y parte esencial de la colectiva Elephant 6. Este es el “soundtrack” de un “film” jamÃ¡s realizado sobre dos mujeres llamadas Olivia y Jacqueline y un gran temblor que destroza California. Me recuerda mucho a el “Odessey & Oracle” de los Zombies y el “White Album” de los Beatles; pero vueltos a pasar por Ã¡cido y producidos por Brian Wilson. Ejemplos: “Jumping Fences” y “Memories Of Jacqueline 1906″. Una obra maestra del “Lo-Fi”.
We’re All Doomed…
“As a pessimist, I know I represent a shrinking minority. The Positive Psychology movement that has swept through America and Britain like a freight train has turned us pessimists into virtual pariahs”
We are all firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s all in the email@example.com
Para Los Que Les Gusta Acampar En El Desierto
Este magnÃfico ejemplar (puma) fue capturado (cazado) en los lÃmites entre Mina y Bustamante, aquÃ en Nuevo LeÃ³n.
No me gustarÃa toparmelo en una acampada por la noche. Por cierto noten el color del animal y el color de la tierra. En un momento dado podrÃa pasar totalmente desapercibido.
P.D: AquÃ en porpoise no somos participes de las actividades de cacerÃa. Nos parece un total salvajismo.
Galaxie 500 – Peel Sessions (20/20/20, 2005)
Grabado en Octubre de 1989 y Noviembre de 1990. Incluye cuatro canciones originales(de sus dos primeras entregas) y cuatro “covers” de las siguientes personalidades de la mÃºsica: Jonathan Richman, Sex Pistols, Young Marble Giants y Buffy St-Marie.Si nunca han escuchado a Galaxie 500 hacer “covers”; no saben lo que se estÃ¡n perdiendo. Si no se han topado con sus originales; sirve de introducciÃ³n.
Enceladus, Luna de Saturno es GeolÃ³gicamente Activa.
Recientes fotos tomadas por la sÃ³nda espacial Cassini, revelaron enormes columnas de particulas de hielo emanadas del polo sur de Enceladus, luna de Saturno que tiene casi 500 kilometros de diametro. Es decir, casi ocho veces mÃ¡s chica que nuestra luna.
AquÃ una imagÃ©n a escala de Enceladus y nuestro planeta. (La regiÃ³n mÃ¡s azulada cercana al polo sur es de donde emanan los “jets” de particulas de hielo.)
Esta es Ãºnicamente la cuarta luna del sistema solar geolÃ³gicamente activa despÃºes de Io de Jupiter, TitÃ¡n, tambiÃ©n de Saturno y Triton de Neptuno. La primera contiene actualmente volcanes activos, la segÃºnda tiene posibles oceÃ¡nos o mares de metano y la tercera contiene los geysers activos mÃ¡s intensos del sistÃ©ma solar.
AquÃ se muestra la foto tomada por Cassini donde se ven claramente las exhalaciones de Enceladus de hasta mÃ¡s de 400 kilometros por encima de la superficie.
Jean Paul Marat
Monday December 05th 2005, 4:05 pm
Filed under: redporpoise
“Don’t be deceived when they tell you things are better now. Even if there’s no poverty to be seen because the poverty’s been hidden. Even if you ever got more wages and could afford to buy more of these new and useless goods which industries foist on you and even if it seems to you that you never had so much, that is only the slogan of those who still have much more than you. Don’t be taken in when they paternally pat you on the shoulder and say that there’s no inequality worth speaking of and no more reason to fight because if you believe them they will be completely in charge in their marble homes and granite banks from which they rob the people of the world under the pretence of bringing them culture. Watch out, for as soon as it pleases them they’ll send you out to protect their gold in wars whose weapons, rapidly developed by servile scientists, will become more and more deadly until they can with a flick of the finger tear a million of you to pieces.” — Jean Paul Marat, 18th Century French Visionary
K. McCarty – Dead Dog’s Eyeball (Bar/None, 1992)
Dead Dog’s Eyeball: Songs of Daniel Johnston es el homenaje de una de las precursoras de la escena folk/rock de Austin, TX al genio californiano. Con Ã©ste disco, McCarty hizo “accesible” la mÃºsica de Johnston: puliÃ³ y acondicionÃ³ las “garageras” grabaciones originales sin perder la angustia, ternunra y “esquizofrenia” que las caracterizan. Los “highlights”: “Walking the Cow” , “Hey Joe”, “Going Down” y la clÃ¡sica “Living Life”.