~~ " In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?" ~~
Saint Augustine

~~ "Nobody would do anything if they knew what they were in for." ~~
Amarante in Milagro Beanfield War

~~ "When Elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers" ~~
A Vietnamese Proverb

Monday, September 6, 2021

Monday Music: Ha'a Hula Eric Lee.

I've been a  fan of Hawaiian music since I was a kid.  My family faithfully watched Harry Owens and his Royal Hawaiians every week.   

Slack Key artists Cyril Pahinui and Fran Gundrey, more traditional Led, IZ, Eric.... love them all.  

Anyway, I love Eric Lee's music.  He's AWESOME!  I just wish he recorded more of the beautiful island music is all.

Saturday, September 4, 2021


Welcome to Saturday 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme! 

Unfamiliar with this week's tune?   Hear it here

1) John Lennon sings that he's been working like a dog. What's the hardest job you've ever had? What made it so difficult?  

Cutting out and putting up the rafters for a complex roof on a house. Complex hips call for a lot of geometry. This was well before truss roofs. 

2) Despite the hard work, he likes his life and asks, "So why on earth should I moan?" What's the last thing you complained about? Who were you talking to? To be honest, what would he have had to moan about?  I don't complain about my life.  It is what it is.

3) John was raised by his Aunt Mimi. She meant well when she told the teen-aged John, "The guitar's all right, but you'll never make a living out of it." What's the worst advice you've ever received?  I can not think of anything at the moment. 

4) This week's song was cowritten and also sung with Paul McCartney. Paul's father was more supportive of the lads' show business aspirations than Aunt Mimi was, but he still worried that his son wouldn't be able fully support himself as a musician. To please his dad, 17-year-old Paul worked over the Christmas holiday season as the "second man" on a delivery truck. Paul would be the one to hop off the truck and drop off the packages while the driver could keep the motor running and the heat on. Where was the last package you received from? (Extra points if you share what was in it.)  It was a used book. It came from a book seller in the Midwest. Boy, was I happy to get it. 

5) After Christmas was over, Dad insisted Paul get a full-time, year-around job. He ended up at a factory, winding heavy coils to be used in electric motors. He hated the work but enjoyed the lunch hours, eating jam sandwiches and, weather permitting, kicking a soccer ball around the yard with his coworkers. What's for lunch at your house today?   Greek Yogurt with dried fruit (cranberries) added.  I almost always have that.

6) In early March 1961, the Beatles accepted a booking to play lunch hour gigs at Liverpool's Cavern Club, and so February 28, after less than two full months, Paul said goodbye to factory work. What's the shortest you ever stayed at a job?  That would be as a part time Library assistant.  I found myself homeless a few weeks after starting there, and I needed to get a fulltime job that paid the rent.  

7) Enough about these Brits! Labor Day was introduced to celebrate the achievements of the American worker. How many different employers have you had? 6. One full time and the rest part time.

8) This weekend may offer a golden opportunity for napping and sleeping in. Do you snore? No, I don't snore.

9) Labor Day traditionally marks the beginning of the new school year. When she was a kid, Samantha was crazy for her brand new box of 96 Crayola Crayons. It even had a sharpener in the back! What do you remember about preparing to go back to school? If you're an educator, let us know how you get the classroom ready for the kids.  Pass... 

Thanks so much for joining us again at Saturday: 9. As always, feel free to come back, see who has participated and comment on their posts. In fact sometimes, if you want to read & comment on everyone's responses, you might want to check back again tomorrow. But it is not a rule. We haven’t any rules here. Join us on next Saturday for another version of Saturday: 9, "Just A Silly Meme on a Saturday!" Enjoy your weekend! 

Saturday, August 21, 2021

This is absolutely Heartbreaking.


Photo is c/o Lynsey Addario

 When I read the books about building schools in Afghanistan several years ago, I was enchanted by the thirst for knowledge among these wonderful people.  

 Little did the world know what would eventually happen in Afghanistan.   This LINK goes to an article from the archives of The Atlantic Magazine.

What is it about the rights of women, over half the human race, that men are afraid of?  Maybe it is time to just wipe the slate clean.. maybe we are defective as a species.  Maybe it's time....

We in the United States still can't get the Equal Rights amendment passed.  So, don't say that something isn't hidden in the species psyche that isn't in operation here in our own country. 

My heart is just breaking.  I'm not reading any more news until I have done all that I can do to fulfill the dying wish of my daughter.  She asked me to knit SF gloves for her clinic, and the friends that she had made there.   

Knitting for a good cause makes me a whole lot happier than sitting and contemplating the stupidity of the "dominant" sex.

Sunday, August 15, 2021

"Dead Man's Clothing" ....

PHoto and the article C/O Lintin Besser Foreign Correspondent for ABCnet Au...

This is an article about what happens to clothing donated to countries, in this case, Ghana.  Much of it is brand new. Other articles are used.

35 or so years ago, when the twins were teens, - so it was a long time ago -  I was recycling cardboard and other things to keep it all out of the landfill.  

One of my regular stops was at a small charity for a local hospital in North Park. 

In back of the store, in the side alley, there were two HUGE dumpsters, the kind that are pulled up onto the bed of a semi. They were over flowing with brand new and beautiful clothing.  

I'm sure all of it was destined for a country like Ghana, where some of it was needed and served well.  Now these countries are drowning in such largess.  This was before "Fast Fashion" was a "Thing".  I can only guess that it's much, much worse now. 

So we have sweat shops paying pennies an hour to girls and women - mostly (who are enduring outrageous working conditions with poor pay) in the developing world. These shops make billions of $$dollars$$ for wealthy "designers" in the developed countries, and a shed load of that "product", the overproduction as it were,  goes into OTHER third world countries. It's estimated 40% ends up on their trash hills.  No wonder our world is grinding to a halt ...   

Follow the links within the article to other articles written about the problem it has created.  

All of this is avoidable, and I guess the remedy consists of not buying fast fashion.  Don't buy it, unless you are desperate.  Tell yourself that it has a terrible cost that neither humans nor the planet can now pay. 


Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Article of how the communists exploited low troop moral after end of WWII

 “ The subject of the troops’ low morale became a subject of newspaper editorials and articles. Someone who must have been pleased was Erwin Marquit. A lifelong Marxist and a U.S. Communist Party member from a young age, he’d joined the Navy in 1945. Marquit’s detailed, personal memoir, “The Demobilization Movement of January 1946” (Nature Society and Thought, 2002), recounts with pride and in detail how “the Communists and those allied with them helped guide this GI outburst into a powerful, well-organized movement.”

From this article at History.com 

Friday, August 6, 2021

Covid19 Variants can still arise.

Thoughts... anyone?  Most of the children are still not vaccinated, as well as huge portion of the US adult populations.  Let’s get the kids vaccinated at least!  

 “I’m a nurse practitioner and vaccinated. I wear a mask both at work and when I’m in public. I have friends and colleagues who are both vaccinated and not vaccinated, and masked and not masked. My 8-year-old grandson just tested positive. My granddaughter will probably be positive soon. Their parents are teachers. I am done being polite with my words. Get vaccinated. Wear a mask. Think about someone other than yourself and shut your mouth about your rights. What are your responsibilities?”

— Diane Wright, Connecticut

This is from the August 6th Corona virus Briefing Newsletter of the New Your Times...