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June 28, 2016

Happy birthday, Grateful Dead rainbow


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Happy birthday, Grateful Dead rainbow!

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» Salmonenchanted (OP) • Tue Jun 28, 2016 08:05 am

Amazing it was. I still think the band was dosed that day.
» Salmonenchanted (OP) • Tue Jun 28, 2016 08:51 am
I was some really straight friends who had experienced the Dead in college. Mary Beth, Time wife, was not into them at all, staunch Catholic, anti gay, but was there because Tim was. When that rainbow hit,w she was blown away.
Coming on the heels of the gay marriage SCOTUS ruling the week before and the same day as the Pride parade in SF, and the same weekend as the Kate Wolf festival (Kate was one of the first openly gay people I remember), the coincidence was unreal.
And for Mary Beth, well she still talks about it, and went a long way to temper her opinion of gay people. I asked her then "was that the hand of God? The hand of Allan Ginsburg and Kate Wolf?"
She said it was the most spiritual thing she ever saw. Unsure of what but she is still thinking about it.
June 14, 2016

Happy birthday Wavy Gravy! (what would Wavy Do?)


The great walrus of a man in the tie-dyed lounge wear and the red clown nose rises from his onstage easy chair at a Sunday afternoon concert. An audience of 2,500, in their own tribute clown noses, silently waits as he steps ever so painfully to the microphone to rasp, “Never judge a cover by its book.”

What does that mean? It doesn’t have to mean anything, because that rasp belongs to Wavy Gravy, the Yogi Berra of the Woodstock era, and this is his 80th birthday party.

“I don’t walk so good right now, but I can still talk good,” Gravy says in an earlier interview at his home in Berkeley. Suffering ongoing back agony that six spinal surgeries could not cure, he keeps mainly to an office chair with wheels that he rolls around his bedroom. “Collapsed weasel,” he calls his condition. But if you ask him if he is considering retirement, he quips, “My tires are good.”

Then he pulls himself out of that chair, down the rickety stairs and into a car for an hour-and-10-minute ride to an outdoor venue in Rohnert Park. His annual birthday concert is more important than the pain he is in. It is the main fundraiser for the Seva Foundation, a Berkeley nonprofit, and on this day it will raise $100,000 to prevent blindness and restore sight in 20 countries worldwide.

“There is no human being quite like Wavy,” says Dorian Jones, who is there wearing a T-shirt with the concert logo “Wavy Gravy 75th Birthday” above a list of bands — Jackson Browne, Crosby & Nash — like any rock festival souvenir. “He’s the Saint of Circumstance,” Jones adds. “He realizes it is better to give than to receive.”

Memorable lines: more at link
June 13, 2016

It IS the guns, the religion(s), the movies, TV, music

Video games, the television, the games we play, the games we watch, the vernacular, the music, the media, mental illness and hundreds of other things that go into making people psychopathic killers.

Everyone wants to say "it's not that, but definitely this", but it is all of it.

Religious extremists use violence as a weapon against innocent people. All religions, and even non religions.(Yes Muslim extremists are far more barbaric than most).

You cannot say that Christian terrorists are not violent as well. That would be disingenuous. I was raised by staunch Christians and my Father was a very violent man. His favorite song was "Onward Christian Soldiers" which he sang all the time (from the Crusades and celebrates violence). Not just me, but a lot of people back then all they knew was violence. We got beat with belts, rapped in the mouth if we stepped out of line. Most of us have moved past that, but some cultures, especially people that are new immigrants, carry that old school ideas with them.

This guy was in the FBI cross hairs yet was able to legally purchase weapons. History of violence, yet, he could buy guns. Security guard? There is something wrong there. I don't think care about the gun itself, I care more about why this happens. Why we refuse to make it harder to buy guns.

Guy probably witnessed 50k murders and violent acts on TV in his lifetime. The show Criminal Minds (a how to show for serial killers) is on TV 24 hours a day.CSI, NCIS and all the rest of the scripted shows on TV (excluding comedies) are filled with violence. Then there's cable. An orgy of violence.

The commercials are just as bad. During the NBA game, they aired extremely violent commercials for various movies. No plot, no nothing, just the violence. So bad it was, I commented on it. They do that all the time, break into sports programing and give you violent commercials for movies, TV shows and video games.

The movies are nothing but violence. Most of them anyway. When I went to see Star Wars the latest, before the movie they played, in a theater full of children, 15 minutes of violent trailers. Again no plot, nothing, just violence. So bad it was I talked to the manager about it after the movie. Star Wars is pretty violent in itself, but more cartoonist, the trailers were bloodbaths.

The media, they are a big part of the problem. In the hour i was watching TV news today the guy's name was mention a million times and scrolled even more. It is like a fame thing, guy makes his mark in the psychopath hall of fame.

The music, especially rap, is pretty violent too. But that doesn't mean there isn't violent music even from my generation. "down by the River" "Hey Joe" to name a couple of examples. My band wants to do "Down By the River" but I really don't like the violent theme so we ain't gonna play it.(and I kill that song).

Even the vernacular. Right there, above this I used a violent term,"kill". . Killer show. Constant violent terminology. Try thinking about it sometimes, you will be amazed at how often you use violent terminology.

Football. Yep. Violence. Violent men, a violent game, violent terminology. No wonder the sport has so many bad actors.

Video games? Well, that is all they are, from Mortal Combat to GTA, video game violence is commonplace. By the time a kid reaches their mid 20s, he has killed millions of foes in the games.

Now does that mean that every person that listens to "Bring Ya Whole Crew" gonna up and open fire? No, of course not. Play WoW, become a psycho killer? No. But these things get to some people, and deeply.
Violence in this country is celebrated. We have war heroes. We have no Peace heroes. The ones we did have all died in a hail of gunfire. (Bob Marley escaped an assassination attempt).

It is mental illness to. How we deal with it. Take a lil. Trying to get help is impossible unless you can afford it. The stigma hinders people from admitting they need help.

It is everything.
June 13, 2016

Thank you, Police and other first responders (Orlando)

Big time. Imagine, breaking down the door, not knowing what you'll find. The tactical side alone.."when do we go in" . "Am I gonna die now?"

Then discovering the scene, taking the guy out and then dealing with all the carnage. Without breaking down. Man oh man.

We talk a lot of shit about bad cops, I do it too, but that is a fucked up job. Thank dog we have people willing to do it.

June 11, 2016

Why go to a rally, then not vote?

I am not getting that. the rallies weren't anything special. The one I went to (Sacramento Cal Expo, Bonnie Field) was hard to be at (security was especially harsh) and it seemed to me that you really had to want to be there. Not much in the way of music, no fireworks, just Bernie and a two second Danny Glover appearance, yet there were 20K people there. There were countless people registering people to vote at the event and they were doing a very brisk business. The crowd hardly skewed young, seemed a nice cross section of people, with young kids, pre-teens, as well as senior citizens (myself) and all kinds of people.

But now they say that those people, "the young people" that support Bernie at the rallies didn't vote? I don't get it. Going to the event is far more hassle than voting, especially if absentee voting, where you don't even have to turn off the video games to vote.

June 9, 2016

USA TODAY exclusive: Hundreds allege Donald Trump doesn’t pay his bills

USA TODAY exclusive: Hundreds allege Donald Trump doesn’t pay his bills

During the Atlantic City casino boom in the 1980s, Philadelphia cabinet-builder Edward Friel Jr. landed a $400,000 contract to build the bases for slot machines, registration desks, bars and other cabinets at Harrah's at Trump Plaza.

The family cabinetry business, founded in the 1940s by Edward’s father, finished its work in 1984 and submitted its final bill to the general contractor for the Trump Organization, the resort’s builder.

Edward’s son, Paul, who was the firm’s accountant, still remembers the amount of that bill more than 30 years later: $83,600. The reason: the money never came. “That began the demise of the Edward J. Friel Company… which has been around since my grandfather,” he said.
Donald Trump often portrays himself as a savior of the working class who will "protect your job." But a USA TODAY NETWORK analysis found he has been involved in more than 3,500 lawsuits over the past three decades — and a large number of those involve ordinary Americans, like the Friels, who say Trump or his companies have refused to pay them.
At least 60 lawsuits, along with hundreds of liens, judgments, and other government filings reviewed by the USA TODAY NETWORK, document people who have accused Trump and his businesses of failing to pay them for their work. Among them: a dishwasher in Florida. A glass company in New Jersey. A carpet company. A plumber. Painters. Forty-eight waiters. Dozens of bartenders and other hourly workers at his resorts and clubs, coast to coast. Real estate brokers who sold his properties. And, ironically, several law firms that once represented him in these suits and others.


June 1, 2016

Tonight, Bernie, T rump or trivia. What do?

Bernie is going to be at UC Davis at the football stadium tonight. T rump is going to be at the airport tonight. Trivia at my favorite bar tonight and we usually win. (Free beer!)

All three are equidistant from where I am right now. I've already seen one Bernie show on this tour, I kind of know how it goes. I find the T rump phenomenon very interesting. And free beer is free beer.
Should I ask my friend to go to either? Great guy, good friend free market, ex military, sell IT systems to the government (all levels) never voted for a Democrat in his life kind of guy. He took me to UC Davis to see Ron Paul 4 years ago. Ask him to come to the Bernie event ( which I am sure he would decline)? Or should I surprise and ask him to go to the Trump event? (Not to protest, I think it would be interesting) or play trivia, my friend is also one of my trivia teammates.
I'm pretty sure that he would not go with me to the Bernie event, even though I did go to a Ron Paul event with him at his urging. He claims to hate T rump but I know that if that scenario came to play he would vote for him.

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