"… mockingbirds don’t do anything but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat people’s gardens, don’t nest in the corncrib, they don’t do one thing but just sing their hearts out for us.”
- Atticus Finch
"Without music, life would be a mistake."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
Birds on the Wires
composed by birds
Music made over a photograph of birds on electric wires.
Reading a newspaper, Jarbas Agnelli saw a picture of birds on electric wires. Agnelli cut out the photo and decided to make a song, using the exact location of the birds as notes. He was curious to hear what melody the birds were creating. Agnelli sent the music to the photographer, Paulo Pinto, who told his editor, who told a reporter, and the story ended up as an interview in the very same newspaper.
Tough high school math teacher shocks his students by being a great human.
HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
Woman is the Nigger of the World
John Lennon and Yoko Ono / Plastic Ono Band
Sometime in New York City (1972)
Watch the video and take into consideration what Lennon is saying before you judge the title. The song references women’s subservience to men and male chauvinism across all cultures, races, religions, and economic levels. Women are the slave of the slaves.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) gives corporate interests sovereignty over governments, elected officials, and public interest. With the TPP, passing legislation to stop companies from spilling toxins in your water supply (see West Virginia), or going after them to pay for their error, would be a violation of the TPP and make us subject to a lawsuit they would win in an international court (see Chevron v Ecuador). Why? According to the TPP, their right to turn a profit outweighs everything else.
8 MARCH 1965
U.S. Marines land at Da Nang marking the arrival of American combat troops in Vietnam. 3,500 Marines would join the 23,000 American military advisors already in Vietnam. The war ended with the fall of Saigon ten years, and over 58,000 American lives, later.
THE PENTAGON PAPERS: papers that contain a history of the U.S. role in Vietnam from World War II until May 1968 and that were commissioned in 1967 by U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara. They were turned over (without authorization) to The New York Times by Daniel Ellsberg, a senior research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for International Studies.
The 47-volume history, consisting of approximately 3,000 pages of narrative and 4,000 pages of appended documents, took 18 months to complete. Ellsberg, who worked on the project, had been an ardent early supporter of the U.S. role in Indochina but, by the project’s end, had become seriously opposed to U.S. involvement. He felt compelled to reveal the nature of U.S. participation and leaked major portions of the papers to the press.
On June 13, 1971, The New York Times began publishing a series of articles based on the study, which was classified as “top secret” by the federal government. After the third daily installment appeared in theTimes, the U.S. Department of Justice obtained in U.S. District Court a temporary restraining order against further publication of the classified material, contending that further public dissemination of the material would cause “immediate and irreparable harm” to U.S. national defense interests.
The Times—joined by The Washington Post, which also was in possession of the documents—fought the order through the courts for the next 15 days, during which time publication of the series was suspended. On June 30, 1971, in what is regarded as one of the most significant prior-restraint cases in history, the U.S. Supreme Court in a 6–3 decision freed the newspapers to resume publishing the material. The court held that the government had failed to justify restraint of publication.
The Pentagon Papers revealed that the Harry S. Truman administration gave military aid to France in its colonial war against the communist-led Viet Minh, thus directly involving the United States in Vietnam; that in 1954 Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower decided to prevent a communist takeover of South Vietnam and to undermine the new communist regime of North Vietnam; that Pres. John F. Kennedy transformed the policy of “limited-risk gamble” that he had inherited into a policy of “broad commitment”; that Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson intensified covert warfare against North Vietnam and began planning to wage overt war in 1964, a full year before the depth of U.S. involvement was publicly revealed; and that Johnson ordered the bombing of North Vietnam in 1965 despite the judgment of the U.S. intelligence community that it would not cause the North Vietnamese to cease their support of the Viet Cong insurgency in South Vietnam.