Media Monarchy
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Cosmic triggers, meme magic and the snow moon + this day in history w/McCarthy Commies and our song of the day by Moon Duo on your Morning Monarchy for February 9, 2017.
The Event Chronicle
13 days
They have not attacked us! What do you have to say about these Muslim banned Countries, Cobra? COBRAYou have just precisely answered this question. This is exactly the perspective. (Ok, thank you) LynnThis questioner says: For once I agree with the Pope. Countries should be building bridges with its neighbors instead of Building walls! Havent we learned anything from the History of Berlin & Gaza walls? A wall does not eradicate the root of problems. It is not only promoting separation but it is now triggering racism that was almost eradicated in the US. What do you have to say about this wall between Mexico and the US that’s proposed, Cobra? COBRAOK, again you have answered this question. It is simply repeating the history in a not very constructive way and here we see one example of how the negative forces can influence the situation through Trump.
The Event Chronicle
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MintPress News
15 days
It forced the Homeland Security Department and State Department to go back to issuing visas and admitting travelers as they did prior to the ban. Later in the show, Khalek and Gosztola discuss how the left talks about the Muslim ban, the saber-rattling of the Trump administration against Iran, the kill operation in Yemen that went horribly wrong and killed dozens, and Trump’s Black History Month event. To listen to the podcast episode, go here. The episode can also be downloaded from iTunes. Or click on the player at the top of the post to listen to the interview with Jamil Dakwar. The post Muslim Ban Is A First Test Of What The System Will Normalize: Interview With Jamil Dakwar appeared first on MintPress News .
Open Culture
19 days
Image of Robertson (center, left) by Jim Summaria, via Wikimedia Commons A quick heads up: Marc Maron released this week a long, probing and quite excellent interview with The Band’s Robbie Robertson . The conversation gives you: the full lowdown on the history of The Band, from its origins as a backing group to its final bow with The Last Waltz. Robbie talks about being with Bob Dylan when he went electric and dealing with the blowback of that, and he explains how he came to have such a great working relationship with Martin Scorsese on many of the director’s films. You can stream the interview below. It’s worth listening to Maron’s impassioned monologue. But if you want to skip straight to the interview itself, then jump to the 15 minute mark. Robertson recently published a new memoir called Testimony , and I should point out that you can download it as a free audiobook if you take part in Audible.
The Event Chronicle
20 days
Media Monarchy
21 days
The Event Chronicle
21 days
Washingtons Blog
21 days
S. government propaganda, it replaces fear with courage, hatred with love. This isn't just love stepping into a void. This is a transformation into love from its opposite. This is why I think another major step might be possible. When I listen to people interviewed at New York protests, or look at the signs they bring to the White House and to airports around the country, I'm struck by the expressions of love and concern for others, more than by the presence of partisanship or hatred for Donald Trump (though it certainly is a factor). And I'm bowled over by the widespread recognition of the lesson from history of the damage done to European Jews by U.S. immigration policy. Protesters' signs indicate an awareness that Jewish refugees were rejected by the West, that Western governments met and refused to accept their mass eviction from Germany, that the U.
MintPress News
a month
Turkey is involved now in the fight against ISIS, but the goal is not just to fight ISIS but also to stop the possibility of an independent Kurdish state in the North Iraq-Syria region, basically the border between Turkey, Iraq, and Syria. MPN: What has been the history of Turkey’s conflict with the Kurds? BL: In the last couple of years, until the last parliamentary elections, Erdogan initiated a peace process with the Kurds for the first time in the history of the Turkish Republic. Negotiations started with the PKK, but then seeing that it’s not popular, but also, it’s a bigger story than just Turks and Kurds having a conflict. Erdogan wants to change the constitutional system from a parliamentary system to a presidential system, so he needs votes in the parliament to vote for that. He needs 366 votes, because you need a supermajority to amend the constitutional system.
Open Culture
a month
Image by Daniele Prati, via Flickr Commons Kurt Vonnegut wrote novels, of course, but also short stories, essays, and — briefly, suitably late in his careercorrespondence from the afterlife. He did that last gig in 1998, composing for broadcast on the formidable WNYC , by undergoing a series of what he calledcontrolled near-death experiencesorchestrated, so he claimed, by “Dr. Jack Kevorkian and the facilities of a Huntsville, Texas execution chamber.” These made possible “more than one hundred visits to Heaven and my returning to life to tell the tale,” or rather, to tell the tales of the more permanently deceased with whom he’d sat down for a chat. Vonnegut’s roster of afterlife interviewees included personages he personally admired such as Eugene Debs ( listen ), Isaac Newton ( listen ), and Clarence Darrow ( listen ), as well as historical villains like James Earl Ray ( listen ) and Adolf Hitler ( listen ).
Open Culture
a month
Image by Daniele Prati, via Flickr Commons Kurt Vonnegut wrote novels, of course, but also short stories, essays, and — briefly, suitably late in his careercorrespondence from the afterlife. He did that last gig in 1998, composing for broadcast on the formidable WNYC , by undergoing a series of what he calledcontrolled near-death experiencesorchestrated, so he claimed, by “Dr. Jack Kevorkian and the facilities of a Huntsville, Texas execution chamber.” These made possible “more than one hundred visits to Heaven and my returning to life to tell the tale,” or rather, to tell the tales of the more permanently deceased with whom he’d sat down for a chat. Vonnegut’s roster of afterlife interviewees included personages he personally admired such as Eugene Debs ( listen ), Isaac Newton ( listen ), and Clarence Darrow ( listen ), as well as historical villains like James Earl Ray ( listen ) and Adolf Hitler ( listen ).
BoingBoing
a month
Brian from the Recommend if You Like podcast sez, "For episode 200 ( MP3 ), we sat down for a 90 minute interview with Mad Magazine's Al Jaffee, who, at the age of 95 holds the title of 'the longest working cartoonist in history.'" (more)
The Event Chronicle
a month
Media Monarchy
2 months
Open Culture
2 months
http://s71.podbean.com/pb/30df7ce173a973b46f129093fdf6543a/586c8a23/data1/fs60/697911/uploads/HoP_171___Golden_Ages___The_Later_Eastern_Traditions.mp3 We post copious resources for the study of philosophy on this site, such that you can obtain a full college-level survey understanding of the subject on your own by taking the many free classes , listening to the many free lectures and podcasts, and reading the many free texts, ebooks and commentaries you’ll find here. But several of our posts have met with a similar reader objection: where is the Eastern philosophy? The question could also be put to almost any academic department of philosophy. One answer I’ve often heard dismisses it altogether. Philosophy, some say, developed in the West, first in ancient Greece, then in Rome, the succeeding Christian empire, and the secular age that followed.
BoingBoing
2 months
I think almost every location has one. ... I really suggest to anyone, even if you don't feel you're proficient with metal working or tools or anything, get a membership to TechShop." Propane Torch ($20) "I was a small part of a Battle Bots team behind the robot Complete Control that was on Battle Bots recently on ABC. This $20 propane torch was on a robot. It was heralded as — I'm gonna sort of humble brag here — it was heralded as the most effective flame thrower in Battle Bots history because it recorded the first robot kill ever, which was really exciting for us. There's a Youtube video of it. A minute and a half into the match, we get the robot in the gripper. We grab under the robot, lift them up, and then turn on the flame thrower. It's a 3,000 degree torch, it's coming from just a regular propane tank. The brilliance of this Harbor Freight tool is someone engineered it and figured out how to have it properly aspiratedIt turns out just with a few little tweaks, including this spark gap generator, it became a robot killer.
Scientific American - Latest
2 months
Media Monarchy
2 months
Ministry of truth, almanac of death and the 808 + this day in history w/Saddam executed and our song of the day by Bonnie Raitt on your Morning Monarchy for December 30, 2016.
The Event Chronicle
2 months
(OK) AaronCould you please give us an update on the progress of the mission regarding the Syrian Pentagram region. COBRAThere was progress at the same time there were gains and there were losses. Light Forces have captured Aleppo and have lost Palmyra. I cannot speak about the reasons yet why they have lost Palmyra but I might release that soon, depending on the situation. There is a very specific reasons why they have lost Palmyra. AaronShould we re-start visualizing the piece of ancient Halafian pottery rotating over the whole Syria pentagram? COBRAYes, that would be very recommended. (OK thank you) AaronCobra in regards to the History of CHINA: These are questions about the Hongmen, which is a secret society of China. Can you tell us if there is a relationship between the Hongmen and Freemasons and what is it? COBRAActually some people called them the Chinese Free masons.
Washingtons Blog
2 months
Informed Comment
2 months
Torture has a long history, and despite being prohibited worldwide (in 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations inserted the prohibition against torture in the landmark Universal Declaration of Human Rights), the use of torture appears to be increasing worldwide. The reason for this is unclear, but the current threat from international terrorism is severe or high in many countries . So, when dealing with those who threaten our security and who appear committed to withholding information, the pressure to get results is significant. The most commonly cited reason for justifying torture is the hypotheticalticking time bombscenario. Here, a terrorist knows where a bomb is concealed, and when it will go off. If the bomb goes off, then thousands of people will be killed and injured. So torture in such a circumstance is argued as appropriate because the ends justify the means.
BoingBoing
3 months
5 years ago, Boing Boing described James Gleick’s The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood as "a jaw-dropping tour de force history of information theory... The Information isn't just a natural history of a powerful idea; it embodies and transmits that idea, it is a vector for its memes (as Dawkins has it), and it is a toolkit for disassembling the world. It is a book that vibrates with excitement, and it transmits that excited vibration with very little signal loss. It is a wonder." (more)
NPR News
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