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MEANWHILE, IN THE LAND OF THE FREE

By Pete Moore On November 8th, 2014 at 5:34 pm

A 90 year old man faces jail for feeding the homeless.

This is government all over. Officials who kill and torture other people live in mansions, while an old man’s love and compassion might see him slopping out in a tiny cell. But hey, at least he’ll have time inside to think about how the military defends his freedom. Of course you can’t persecute an old man for feeding the homeless without the fat doughnut-munchers being involved –

On Wednesday, several police cars waited for Abbott at a downtown Fort Lauderdale park, and officers pulled aside the frail man, clad in a white chef’s coat, soon after the first plates were ready to be served.

Oh the bravery of the thin blue line. They deserve medals and extra doughnuts for standing between Americans and dangerous felons, like 90 year old men who feed the homeless.

KINDLELICIOUS!

By Pete Moore On November 8th, 2014 at 3:11 pm

It just gets better

Regular readers will know I love my Kindle Paperwhite. The full package was already there for me – it’s as easy to read as a book, you can adjust the light, typeface and font size however you like, download books in seconds and ebooks are cheaper than the physical thing. Talking of prices, check this out –

We’ve all seen the “Classics” stand in bookshops. I’m no marketer or publisher, but my take is this: “classics” are the works which are out of copyright but still reasonably popular. Because they’re out of copyright, they can be endlessly reproduced at no charge. So to turn a profit, the book industry has come up with the “classics” tag, wrapped them in fancy covers and put them on the shelves for a few quid. For example, The Count of Monte Cristo, in “classic” paperback form at Waterstones, is £6.79

Because The Count of Monte Cristo is out of copyright, the customer isn’t paying for the words but the marketing. If anyone knows better, you’re welcome to correct me.

But how much would it cost me to download it to my Kindle? It would cost me 48 pence. But it gets better than that. If I want another Dumas “classic”, The Man in the Iron Mask, I can download it for free. Another French classic? The Hunchback of Notre Dame? Mine for 38 pence. Gosh I love capitalism. But it gets better than that, dear reader.

I can download the complete novels of Charles Dickens for the princely sum of £1.85. That’s less than two quid for millions of words!

You’re a Sherlock Holmes fan? Try Conan Doyle’s complete Sherlock Holmes novels, plus a dozen others, for 77 pence. Seventy seven pence!

Look, I know the old argument. I too love the look and feel of books. I’m a readerholic who’s ploughed through my fair share. I still have a pile of real books which I’ll get around to at some point. But these prices for old books has knocked my socks off. They alone makes an e-reader an essential bit of kit for anyone who loves to read. It’s game, set and match to them in my book. Ten seconds and less than a quid for the complete Sherlock Holmes? Stone the crows.

Question?

By The Troll On November 8th, 2014 at 2:43 pm

Does anyone have information on the plot to kill the Queen?

Apparently the plan was to stab her.

KILLING PLOT: British police have foiled a plot to kill 88-year-old Queen Elizabeth, arresting four suspects after raids across England.

Please post any links to local info in the comments

1000 Forms of Fear

By Patty On November 7th, 2014 at 8:34 pm

I don’t know if you’re aware of the singer named, Sia  but I’m pretty sure that you are familiar with her songs “Titanium” or “Diamonds.” Like Carole King, Sia is an amazing singer/songwriter.  This is her video for her hit song “Chandelier.”  This official video of “Chandelier” has over 291,000,000 (that’s million!!) views on youtube. (Is that even possible?)

 

 

 

Music is Primordial

By The Troll On November 7th, 2014 at 7:54 pm

HelloHope the picture made you laugh, it did me.

It’s the one form of communication that has been with mankind since we crawled from the oooze. As far as the fossil record goes instruments are always found with our bones. It relays emotions to the species on a chemical and molecular level.

We all have felt it and you know it to be true. There is that song that you associate with a romantic moment you hear it and you get that actual inner physical feeling, the one that when you heard it actually evoked a tear or the one that gets you pumped to raise hell and have a good time.

Every song I post is connected to either the specific memory of a moment or evokes a Primordial response. Sometimes they follow the song or something that makes sense, but sometimes not. The point is I play them for me for that reason if you like them then fine. If not… so what. I ain’t playin them for you!

I do of course hope there are some you like but it in no way plays into what I choose. With that thought in hand just as you can’t get enough Cow Bell… You can never get enough James Tiberius Kirk.

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ATW JUKEBOX PART TWO L

By David Vance On November 7th, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Seimi asked me to post this for him and I am, of course, delighted to oblige!

“As some regulars may have noticed from my occasional suggestions on Pete Moore’s Friday Night music videos, I have a penchant for some of the slightly heavier type of music.

Not that that means that I don’t enjoy the frequent samples of Classical and Operatic pieces – quite the opposite. Like most here, probably, I have a very wide and varied taste in music. It might be Rock. It could be Blues. Perchance some Punk. Mayhaps a little Bluegrass. Always some good traditional Irish music. Sometimes even a song or two by Mr. Costello. The Stray Cats captivate me. The Clash astound me. Elvis entertains me and Billie Holliday breaks my heart. The Moonlight Sonata soothes me, whilst the Planet Suite takes me to other worlds. Christy Moore makes me cry tears of joy and sadness, over and over again. My favourite singers in the whole world are my father and my daughter, who do all of the above, in their own ways.

But next Wednesday, I will return to my ‘Teen years, to a band who, having formed in 1974, have toured almost continuously ever since, producing 25 albums (a few greatest hits included), and selling almost 4 million records in the process. It has been perhaps 20 years since I saw these guys last – even though they have played in Belfast a few times since – and I cannot wait. I’m sure that many here will not share my affection for this band or their music, and that’s alright. That’s what being a fan is all about.

Ladies and gentlemen, with the kind indulgence of the site’s host, I give you – from the Bay Area, San Francisco

ATW FRIDAY JUKEBOX….

By David Vance On November 7th, 2014 at 6:44 pm

Yes, I finally get a moment to post a great song! She has written some fantastic melodies and I know it may sound old fashioned but I like this.

MODERATION

By David Vance On November 7th, 2014 at 3:57 pm

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As you know, and do recall what our media were to the fore in telling us, under President Rouhani, Iran is a more moderate welcoming place and a Nation that the West surely wants to do business with. So, this.

“The Iranian government– which punishes homosexuality by death– accepts the existence of transgendered individuals. The Ayatollah’s latest fatwa allowing gender reassignment surgery has led to immense pressure– and sometimes full enforcement– on transgender homosexual men and women to undergo these dangerous surgeries.”

So, they hang gays, they hate the Jews and they want to force transgender people to have dangerous gender reassignment surgery. I see. Ever wonder what Iran would be like if it was not quite so…moderate?

US POLITICS UPDATE

By David Vance On November 7th, 2014 at 3:41 pm

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The trick is to keep them in a minority.

DOWNTOWN DEARBORN….

By David Vance On November 7th, 2014 at 3:39 pm

America, you HAVE a problem. This is downtown Dearborn, Michigan. The enemy lives within and grows more daring by the day. Ask yourself WHY that might be?

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