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NORTH CAROLINA’S REACTIONARIES PARADE A MASSIVE POWER GRAB
From the erstwhile grassroots denizens of nevertheless rock solid establishment media at Vice, a workmanlike, useful overview of the political venality and corruption that currently characterizes North Carolina, in many ways a prototypical expression of how Dixie operates, a presentation, therefore, that a scrappy scribe or a stalwart citizen ought obviously to consider carefully, inasmuch as the return to Jim Crow, the outright flirtation with fascist ‘final solutions,’ and other aspects of Southern society and politics in many ways characterize how those in command of this ‘ship of state’ intend things to operate going forward, the upshot of which is unexpected responses, consequences utterly unforeseeable and certainly not, on the surface anyway, intended, ideas about which readers also have the option to view a short item from Vice‘s nightly broadcast on this topic.
This Day in History
Five hundred eighty-five years back, Henry of England the sixth Tudor King of that name, underwent a crowning ceremony at Notre Dame, in Paris, to become the King of France; Vasco da Gama six decades and six years subsequently, in 1497, persisted past the point at which earlier mariners had given up and rounded the Cape of Good Hope, discovering the quickest sea route to South Asia from Europe until the opening of the Suez Canal; precisely a century and a year later, in 1598, in East Asia allied Korean armies and Japanese navies conclusively defeated Chinese forces in the Seven Year War, establishing an ongoing tripolar power dynamic in the strategic region that, off and on, has continued to the present; 1689 three hundred twenty-seven years before the here-and-now, the English Parliament passed a Bill of Rights that established the powers of the British legislature vis a vis the crown; eighty-one years later, in 1770, the infant destined to become one of the greatest composers and musicians in history, Ludwig van Beethoven, came into the world; two hundred forty-three years ahead of our current time, Boston-area residents dressed as Native Americans boarded boats in Boston Harbor to dump masses of crated tea into the sea as a protest against the Tea Act; MORE HERE
A Thought for the Day
In expressing our thoughts or creating whatever that is ingenious, or even merely clever that we are capable of manifesting, all too commonly we adopt the attitude that expertise and facts are the primary building blocks for such expression, when in actuality, or at least arguably, creativity is not only central to developing ideas that are at once keen and innovative and incisive, but such imaginative play also forms both the foundation and the superstructure of most everything that is capable of assisting positive transformation in either our lives or the societies in which those brief spans of wonder and woe occur.
- It is a recognised fact that the greatest composers were likewise the greatest virtuosos; but did they play like the pianists of the present day, who run up and down the keyboard with passages studied beforehand? Pooh! pooh! pooh! Don’t tell me! A real virtuoso, when extemporising, plays pieces which hold together and possess a form. Were the ideas in them fixed instantly on paper, they would be taken for pieces written at leisure. That is what I call playing the piano; everything else is a bad joke.
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Three prizes are given annually to writers residing in California for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during the previous year. Deadline Dec 23
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