From the first note on Blue and Lonesome, the lads pull you back to their roots: deep blues, rock&roll, and honky tonk. I remember when I first heard the Emotional Rescue album and wanting an LP full of tracks like Down In The Hole.
I finally got it. Listen and enjoy:
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President-Elect Trump continued his Thank You Tour tonight in Des Moines, Iowa. Along with lots of sincere thankful acknowledgments, especially to women, he touched on a wide variety of topics and comments on how he was addressing them.
Hard to believe it’s been 75 years since the Japan’s Imperial Navy attacked and Kamikaze dive-bombed the U.S. Naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii territory.
Today we honor the lost, and remember and thank the sacrifice of all.
There are some amazing resources on this pivotal event in World War 2. Below we list some we love.
There’s not much one can write about it compared to someone who lived it. Giles Bacon, USMC, PFC recalls that day first hand:
World war 2 in color always changes its perspective – Pearl Harbor in Color Rare Documentary:
Military.com has a nice little list of 5 Things You Didn’t Know about Pearl Harbor
Today, the Arizona Memorial stands as out constant reminder that it’s a dangerous world.
Eternal Peace – Survivors of December 7, 1941 Can Later Be Buried with Their Shipmates on the USS Arizona
Our first entry from Adam Curtis is his 2002 mini-series The Century of Self. The series showcases how late 19th century discoveries rewrote the rules how leaders could control the masses. Corporations and Governments live by these rules today, making this series a must watch.
In Part 1, “The Happiness Machines”, Adam examines the role of Sigmund Freud, his nephew Edwin Bernays, and the application of psychology to marketing, mass consumerism, and politics. Bernays rebranded “propaganda” into “Public Relations” and the industry and our modern world was born. This invisible hand influenced some of the greatest changes society has ever seen– from women to smoking cigarettes to everyday people buying into the stock market to reshaping Democracy itself.
Today marks 233 years since General George Washington bade farewell to his Officers at New York’s Fraunces Tavern. The event was held in the “Long Room”.
After the British evacuated New York on November 25th, 1783, the Founding Father and his Officer’s convened for a turtle feast. It was a celebratory close to the American Revolutionary War that had ended two months before with the signing of the Treaty of Paris on September 3rd, 1783. The treaty was officially ratified by the Confederation Congress on January 14, 1784.
Fraunces Tavern, located at 54 Pearl St, is a landmark that is still open to the public today and it’s a great spot to drop in for a beer. It still has that old world feel and you can sense the history all around you. The location has a rich background of it’s own aside from the Farewell Address luncheon. It was even bombed in 1975. It’s a rich piece of American history that everyone should get a chance to enjoy when in New York City.
If you’re lucky to be there on this date, you can see a reenactment for only a buck!
President-elect Trump has announced his appointment of General James Norman “Mad Dog” Mattis as Secretary of Defense. PE-Trump told the crowd at his Cincinnati “VICTORY” tour. Mad Dog was previously served as United States Joint Forces Command, appointed by President Obama. Mattis went into the Marines fresh out of High School and had an illustrious career. Shaped by battle and experience across the globe and decades he brings a wisdom and focus to the current global challenges. [Full bio on Wikipedia]
He’s tough as a bar of iron, smart as can be, bleeds Red White & Blue, and has a colorful personality:
We’re proud to spotlight Adam Curtis to kick off our new series: Courageous Profiles. We’ll be focusing on some of the people (artists, investigators and muckrakers) who dare to show us how to greater understand our world. Along with each profile in the series, we’ll separately review each of their important works in our “Interesting” section.
If there has been one man in the current era to try and shine a light on the who, what and why of modern life it’s Kevin Adam Curtis. Best known as simply Adam Curtis, Adam is a unique journalist and filmmaker who works with and in the archives of the BBC. His voice is important one, and his chosen subject matter has been focused on trying to make sense of the chaos going on around us. He does this with an amazing ability to review and digest untold hours of video footage to produce illuminating and revelatory documentaries.
Born on May 26, 1955 in Dartford, Kent, England, he studied at Oxford, graduating with a degree in human sciences. He pushed on the get a PhD, but dropped out after becoming disillusioned with academia.
He soon began working for the British Broadcasting Corporation in film and he career was off an running. You can listen to an interview with him here and we’ll be showcasing some of his films over the coming months.
1983 Just Another Day: Selfridges
1983 Just Another Day: The Seaside
1983 Trumpets and Typewriters: A History of War Reporting
1984 Inquiry: The Great British Housing Disaster
1984 Italians: The Mayor of Montemilone
1984 The Cost of Treachery
1987 40 Minutes: Bombay Hotel
1988 An Ocean Apart
1989 40 Minutes: The Kingdom of Fun
1989 Inside Story: The Road to Terror
1992 Pandora’s Box
1995 The Living Dead
1996 Inside Story Special: £830,000,000 – Nick Leeson and the Fall of the House of Barings
1997 Modern Times: The Way of All Flesh
1999 The Mayfair Set
2002 The Century of the Self
2004 The Power of Nightmares]
2007 The Trap: What Happened to our Dream of Freedom
2007 The Rise and Fall of the TV Journalist
2009 Oh Dearism
2009 It Felt Like a Kiss[
2010 Paranoia and Moral Panics
2011 All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace
2011 Every Day is Like Sunday
2013 Everything is Going According to Plan (Massive Attack v Adam Curtis)
2014 Oh Dearism II
2015 Bitter Lake
2016 Living in an Unreal World
The insanity at Reddit continues this week with various sources reporting on the internal wars going on between management, moderators and users. It was last revealed the Reddit CEO Steve Huffman (u/spez) had changed user comments that were directed at him. The changes replaced Huffman as the target of ire to moderators of the subreddit r/The_Donald. He posted a mea-culpa yesterday but it has done nothing to douse the fire. If anything it’s reignited it.
One report on the Verge titled Reddit lost an adult CEO and installed a child, shows the internal arrogance of CEO Huffman as he derided ex CEO Ellen Pao in comments, only to realize she was still a reddit user and saw them, prompting a scathing reply:
When a Reddit user called out an ArsTechnica piece comparing his behavior to Pao’s disciplined approach in the role, Huffman first responded by questioning her expertise:
It’s fair. Ellen wasn’t the first Reddit engineer, so she probably lacked the expertise to do it, and even if she did, she was smart enough to not.
Pao later saw the comment and responded directly to Huffman:
Yeah, there’s no comparison. I would have immediately fired anyone who did that.
This comes as reddit management tried to clamp down on the wildly successful and influential The_Donald. Their actions have many people concerned about free speech implications of online public forums and the cherry-picking involved in removing “unwanted” speech and expression. They swear that’s not the casr but no one really bnelieves that with Huffman’s mealy mouth reply. From Reuters:
“We don’t want to be censoring political beliefs, but then they do misbehave,” he said. “That’s why we have worked so closely with the r/The_Donald community. We tell them: don’t force us to ban you.”
The first wave of bans will likely be skewed to the r/The_Donald community because “that is a catalyst for a lot of this right now. That community is stirred up,” Huffman said.
Given the fact Steve Huffman has already admitted changing and faking user generated content. No one can trust the site won’t maliciously set-up subreddits/users/content/commentary it doesn’t like.
One of the real original Muckrakers, Jonathan Swift was born today, November 30th, 1667. Best known for his allegorical novel Gulliver’s Travels where he satires human nature. This journey examining he various types of people was an immediate hit. It has graced the silver screen three times, in 1939, 1977, and 2010.
He has an interesting history coming from quite the pedigree of writing stock. From Wikipedia:
Jonathan Swift was born on 30 November 1667 in Dublin, Ireland. He was the second child and only son of Jonathan Swift (1640–1667) and his wife Abigail Erick (or Herrick), of Frisby on the Wreake. His father, a native of Goodrich, Herefordshire, accompanied his brothers to Ireland to seek their fortunes in law after their Royalist father’s estate was brought to ruin during the English Civil War. Swift’s father died in Dublin about seven months before he was born. His mother returned to England after his birth, leaving him in the care of his influential uncle, Godwin, a close friend and confidant of Sir John Temple, whose son later employed Swift as his secretary.
Swift’s family had several interesting literary connections: his grandmother, Elizabeth (Dryden) Swift, was the niece of Sir Erasmus Dryden, grandfather of the poet John Dryden. The same grandmother’s aunt, Katherine (Throckmorton) Dryden, was a first cousin of Elizabeth, wife of Sir Walter Raleigh. His great-great grandmother, Margaret (Godwin) Swift, was the sister of Francis Godwin, author of The Man in the Moone which influenced parts of Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels. His uncle, Thomas Swift, married a daughter of the poet and playwright Sir William Davenant, a godson of William Shakespeare.
You can find the public domain mp3 Audiobook for download here, and a reading on YouTube below.