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July 09, 2021 11:23 PM UTC

Weekend Open Thread

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  • by: Colorado Pols

“If you are unable to understand the cause of a problem it is impossible to solve it.”

–Naoto Kan

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      1. There were a number of mostly British rock acts in the late 1960s and 1970s, like early Genesis, that got into classical music oriented songs (Em/Lake/Palm, Moody Blues, Jethro Tull, Yes, etc.). My favorite is Renaissance, with lead singer Annie Haslam and her 5 octave, operatic soprano, voice. I have Ren music on both CD and vinyl. Now trying to find a good one that isn’t 13 or more minutes long. Anyone else can feel free to weigh in.

        1. Funny you should mention Renaissance. Day of the Dreamer popped into my head for the first time in decades one day last week. Spent an hour or more listening to it over and over. What a band. I saw them in Cleveland, OH in 1978 or thereabouts, and that remains an all-time top 10 favorite show. Jon Camp was a beast as well, almost Chris Squire-like on that Rickenbacker bass.

          Now trying to find a good one that isn’t 13 or more minutes long.

          If memory serves, Carpet of the Sun is 4 minutes or so.

          1. "Carpet" is a good one. I was playing Volume II of their greatest hits in the car during this past week. Carpet is on Volume 1, which I played the week before. I was thinking also maybe "Jekyll and Hyde."

            Now looking at tunes from the band that puts the "Western" into the term "Country and Western" music.

  1. WARNING: this is really discomforting content: 

    Ex-Trump campaign aide pleads guilty in disturbing child pornography case 

    A former Donald Trump campaign aide faces 12 years or more in prison after pleading guilty to a child pornography charge in a case as luridly disturbing as any QAnon conspiracy theory.

    Verastigui performed digital strategy and similar work for the Joint Economic Committee and the Senate Republican Conference, and also designed social media ads for Trump's re-election campaign.

  2. re:  “If you are unable to understand the cause of a problem it is impossible to solve it.”

    –Naoto Kan

    Anyone examining situations and concluding there is "the cause of a problem" doesn't understand the situations.  In my sense of the world, few things can be simply defined as "a problem," distinct from other descriptions and evaluations. 

  3. Lauren Boebert created her own sockpuppet to like her tweets, defend her nonsense, and follow AOC

    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2021/7/10/2039195/-Lauren-Boebert-created-her-own-sockpuppet-to-like-her-tweets-defend-her-nonsense-and-follow-AOC

    "It’s always nice to have someone who agrees with you on every point. Someone who will take up your battles for you. And maybe someone who will like or retweet those really weird statements that were maybe just a bit to embarrassing to put your name beside. For Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert, that person is Freedom Fighter aka @freedom53597835 aka Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert."

    1. Boebert really DID need that high-school aged young man who was an intern in her office until the Jan 6 events, which triggered his Mom to pull him out of the position and back to Colorado.

      And maybe, just maybe, the extent of Boebert's social media "inventions" had something to do with the resignation of an actually qualified person from his short-term position as Director of Communication for the new Representative. 

      Amusing to speculate along with Mark Sumner and consider the extent of Boebert's multiple personalies on social media.

      1. As we were speculating the other day about her increasing use of “God” references, someone suggested preaching might be her real calling.

        Lo..Calamity Jane Boebert, U.S. congresswoman will be delivering a “non-political” message at Faith Heights Church on¬†Sunday, July 25th. @ 10AM. Non-political.¬† Yeah…right.

  4. We had an amazing evening last night at the launch of the Prairie Futures project in Joes (pop. 83). I’m pretty sure we tripled the population with an afternoon of presentations on new crops, a narrative history of the Ogallala Aquifer by University of Oklahoma associate professor of anthropology Lucas Bessire, a locally-sourced dinner made from some of the crops being showcased, and an evening under the stars listening to music from three Colorado bands Рcomplete with locally-brewed beer from the Tumbleweed Brewery in Yuma.  

    My faith is largely restored that we can still build bridges that span our (utterly unnecessary, manufactured) rural-urban divide despite the valiant efforts of so many to perpetuate the myth.


     

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