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STARDUST

Posted: February 23, 2013 in sunsync
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Mischa Rozema’s gorgeous imagination of unmanned spacecraft, Voyager 1 (launched in 1977), traveling through the outer solar system. The probe is the furthest man-made object from the sun and witnesses unimaginable beauty and destruction, not at all scientifically correct but instead a purely artistic interpretation of such events..

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Down in Southern Louisiana, the salt dome under Bayou Corne has collapsed creating a massive sinkhole, which effectively and progressively is destroying the bayou itself, the neighborhoods and miles of forest surrounding it. Only a few bloggers and local newspapers seem to be following the events as they unravel, and the emergency repair work seems to be futile. Remember this folks, this is going to become a huge story in the not too distant future. People, who bought homes unaware of the dangerous storage facilities that were hollowed out under their land, have been evacuated from their homes and face the possibility of losing them through no fault of their own. Insurance companies won’t renew their insurance, while the mortgage companies insist the homes must be insured. And they cannot even live in their own homes. Beyond the human toll, the effect on the environment is immeasurable as diesel, methane and other large quantities of toxic materials continue to migrate through the waterways. Just looking at the videos and pictures doesn’t begin to show the devastation below the surface. This sinkhole demonstrates the careless practices of the companies that manage and profit from the U.S energy economy; their total disregard for people and our environment. No surprise, we’re just here to feed their coffers.

http://www.MrCometWatch.com  provides succinct and revealing commentary:

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FYI from the official Assumption Parish website:   On May 31st of this year, parish officials were notified of areas of bubbling spots in the Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou waterways. Early on, it was determined that the bubbling was caused by a release of natural gas and not “swamp gas”. Monitoring for carbon monoxide, H2Sm and Lower Explosive Levels (LEL) at the bubbling spots began on June 22, 2012. During this monitoring, no dangerous levels were detected. Residents within the community experienced and reported tremors and the parish requested the assistance of USGS in determining the locations and probable cause(s) for this seismic activity. USGS immediately detected seismic activity through their monitors and began recording this data; however, no probable cause was able to be detected.

Early in the morning on Friday, August 3, 2012, Assumption Parish Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness Director John Boudreaux was notified by local industry that a sinkhole had formed overnight in the swamp in the area. The hole was discovered after a strong diesel smell was experienced in the proximity of the sinkhole. On that same day, parish officials called for a mandatory evacuation of residents in the community and parish officials requested the assistance of state agencies in the activities involved in this emergency.

Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era is a groundbreaking compilation album of American garage rock singles released in the mid-to-late 1960s. It was assembled byJac Holzman, founder of Elektra Records, and Lenny Kaye, later lead guitarist for the Patti Smith Group. The original double album was released on LP by Elektra in 1972 with liner notes by Kaye that contained one of the first uses of the term “punk rock“. It was reissued with a new cover design by Sire Records in 1976 and more recently as an expanded four-CD box set in 1998.

Jon Savage, in his history of the UK punk rock scene, England’s Dreaming, cites Nuggets as a major influence on punk bands and includes it in his essential punk discography, alongsideIggy and the Stooges‘ Raw Power.

Many other compilation albums took their cue from Nuggets, including the PebblesRubble – 20 volumes of mainly UK psychedelia released in the 1980s – and Back From the Grave series.Nuggets spawned an entire cottage industry of small record labels dedicated to unearthing and releasing obscure but worthy garage and psychedelic rock music from the 1960s.

In 1998 Rhino brought the original LP to CD, reproducing the original song sequence and liner notes. However, rather than releasing a single-disc release of the original LP, Rhino put the original disc in a box set with three other discs, an extra 91 songs in total that were not on the original LP. Contrary to popular belief, many of the songs were American Top 40 hits: more than a third of the original Nuggets would fall into that category, while Rhino’s expanded set featured such smash hits as “Incense and Peppermints” by Strawberry Alarm Clock (#1), “Louie, Louie” by The Kingsmen (#2), “Wooly Bully” by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs (#2), “Little Bit o’ Soul” by The Music Explosion (#2), and “Time Won’t Let Me” by The Outsiders (#5). “Louie, Louie” and “Farmer John” are the only recordings that fall outside the set’s stated time frame of 1965-1968; one having been released in 1963 and the latter having been released in 1964.

In 2006 in Europe (and again in 2012 worldwide), Rhino released a remastered version of the original album on a single compact disc in a miniaturized replica of the original gatefold sleeve. This version was also released (in 2012) in double album LP and digital formats. The 2012 version included updated release notes from Kaye and Jac Holzman.

In 2003, the album was ranked number 196 on Rolling Stones list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.[3]

In the mid-to-late 1980s, Rhino released a series of fifteen albums that bore the Nuggets name. The first twelve of these albums each focused on either a specific garage-rock subgenre or location, while the last three took a more global approach. This series provided much of the source material for the box set.

In 2001, Rhino released Nuggets II: Original Artyfacts from the British Empire and Beyond, 1964-1969, a four-CD box set. While the original Nuggets focused on the American scene, the second compilation shifted its focus to the rest of the world, collecting cuts from the United Kingdom (such as the Pretty Things and Small Faces), Australia (The Easybeats), New Zealand (The La De Das), Canada (The Guess Who and The Haunted), Japan (The Mops), Iceland(Thor’s Hammer), Peru (We All Together) and Brazil (Os Mutantes).

In 2004, Rhino released two more compilations using the Nuggets title, Hallucinations: Psychedelic Pop Nuggets from the WEA Vaults and Come to the Sunshine: Soft Pop Nuggets from the WEA Vaults. Both discs were released through Rhino’s internet-only label Rhino Handmade in limited pressings of 7500 each.

Rhino also released a four-CD set of recordings by bands influenced by the original Nuggets, titled, Children of Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The Second Psychedelic Era, 1976-1995, in late 2005.

India’s Rice Revolution beats out GMO, herbicides and other destructive agriculture systems

The “super yields” are entirely down to a method of growing crops called System of Rice (or root) Intensification (SRI). It has dramatically increased yields with wheat, potatoes, sugar cane, yams, tomatoes, garlic, aubergine and many other crops and is being hailed as one of the most significant developments of the past 50 years for the world’s 500 million small-scale farms.

Using only farmyard manure and without any herbicides – an astonishing 22.4 tonnes of rice was grown on one hectare of land. This was big news with rice the staple food of more than half the world’s population of seven billion ~ big news.

India innovates common sense solutions, while the West believes it can engineer itself out of anything… that is a flaw that may well prove fatal.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2013/feb/16/india-rice-farmers-revolution

I love dropping this… the drums and the flutes are just nuts!! Not to mention its a hometown tune and just funky!! Trouble is, this was recorded in 1970 and 43 years later, we still got no home rule in Washington, D.C. thanks at first to the southern, Dixiecrap Senators, and now to the Republicans, ’cause they never like black people…’ but at least we got the  “taxation without representation” motto on our official DC license plates for our cars. -sunsync

Lloyd McNeill

Often referred to as a “Renaissance man,” Lloyd G. McNeill is a flutist, composer, poet, teacher, and artist whose paintings and drawings have been exhibited in the Smithsonian’s National Collection of Fine Arts, the Phillips Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Studio Museum in Harlem, and New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art.

Born in Washington, D.C. in 1935, McNeill earned his bachelor of arts degree in art and zoology from Morehouse College and a master of fine arts degree in painting and printing from Howard University. McNeill also studied lithography in Paris, animation and sound recording at New York University, and calligraphy at the Kampo Cultural Center in New York.

A lifelong educator, McNeill taught at Howard University, Spelman College, and Dartmouth College before teaching for 32 years at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, where his areas of expertise ranged from drawing and painting to Afro-American music history and flute technique.  Since 1992 he has been a lecturer and advisor to students at the Gallatin School of New York University.

Performing extensively with jazz groups nationally and internationally, McNeill’s discography includes music recorded by The Lloyd McNeill Quartets and Quintets and albums and film productions on which he has performed as a flutist. This gifted and creative artist and musician has also published two volumes of poetry: “Black Line, A Collection of Poems, Drawings and Photographs,” in 1983 and more recently “After the Rain, A Collection of New Poems.”

McNeill lives in New York City. The 2009 Kwanzaa stamp is his first project for the U.S. Postal Service.

My father released a wonderful jazz flute album, by Lloyd McNeill, in the early ’70s, which is as good as any major jazz flutist of the day or any day.

• Lloyd McNeill, piccolo & flute
• Gene Rush, piano
• Steve Novosel, bass

Biography

Lloyd McNeill (born in Washington, D.C.) is a Jazz flutist and visual artist currently based in New York City. He is generally recognized as a jazz flutist of eminent ability, alongside James NewtonYusef LateefSam Rivers and Eric Dolphy.[1]

Having studied Art and Zoology in Morehouse College, Atlanta, he moved on to be the first recipient of Howard University‘s MFA degree. in 1963. In 1964-5, he did further study in Lithography at Paris’ L’Ecole Nationale Des Beaux Arts. During his residence in France, he spent a considerable amount of time with Pablo Picasso and his wife, Jacqueline in Cannes. He has also studied music composition privately with the composer Hale Smith, music theory and flute technique with the jazz musician Eric Dolphy, and classical flute technique and repertoire with Harold Jones. McNeill taught at several institutes of higher education, and is Professor Emeritus of Mason Gross School of the Arts, at Rutgers University, New Jersey, having retired in 2001. Through the 1970s, and in addition to his position in Art, McNeill also taught Afro-American Music History, private flute lessons, and was instrumental in launching the Jazz Studies Program at Rutgers University.

McNeill has exhibited his paintings and drawings at several galleries and colleges in the U.S. Northeast. He published two volumes of poems: Blackline: A Collection of Poems, Drawings and Photographs and After the Rain: A Collection of New Poems. In 2007, Lloyd McNeill was chosen by the USPS to design a postage stamp for the celebration of Kwanzaa 2009.[2]

JFK50: Let the Word Go Forth

Posted: February 19, 2013 in Politics
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Emotional group reading in the style of the “We Are the World” video recreating President John F Kennedy’s inaugural address…

Harvard Kennedy School

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Wheel spats add both aerodynamics and style

Just the most beautiful car ever produced: 1938 Talbot-Lago T-150, with rare teardrop (goutte d’eau) coupe body, hand-made by French coach builder Figoni et Falaschi. Sir William Lyons, the owner and designer of the C, D and E-Type Jaguars complimented the shape by calling it “positively indecent.”

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From a frontal drag perspective, the aerodynamics of this 1930’s design is equivalent to a modern day Corvette ZR-1.

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Circular Matrix

Posted: February 18, 2013 in sunsync
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Circular Matrix

Hypnotize Me

‘lil Arvin

Posted: February 18, 2013 in sunsync
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My Father's youngest brother and most vocal opponent.

My Father’s youngest brother and most vocal opponent.