a poem day ? maybe, maybe not, then again

Today is one of those days. You know the sort. One of those days where you start off loaded with positive intentions that quickly are buried under the murky weight of dark news information freely flowing from one edge of the cyber swamp to another. Haiku was on my mind at dawn.  Something about the crisp cold snow seemed sensible for a few brief lines.  Then I got online and hit Democracy Now! for some news. I know better than to start every day off with Amy Goodman’s “War and Peace Report”.  For mental health reasons, I try to switch it up for different times of the day after the livestream broadcast. Some days it’s better to read the transcripts rather than listen. Real news can be very disheartening. I don’t know how the news staff of this independent news venue manages day in and day out to thrive on a steady diet of The Dark Side of Humanity–without perky blonde cleavage or airy breathless reading of text monitors. Seriously. Actual journalism work is not for the faint of heart.

A report on the death of another gang rape victim in India lingered long after I moved on to other online tasks. I thought it was disheartening enough to learn that a woman is raped in India every 11 minutes–until I learned that there’s a rape every 6 minutes in the United States.  These numbers maybe be skewed because so many rapes go unreported.  Violence against women has been on my mind lately. It’s hard to avoid–fans of Downton Abbey will even get a taste of it. Yes, I watched ahead via online venues. In real life, things for the women of Afghanistan are at about the worst ever. So much for all the USA lip service paid to making life better for women and girls. Not so far in the back of my mind loiters the question: What is wrong with all the people who rape women, children and men? Are they born-hard wired to engage in such violence or are they made by their environments? Maybe they’re nature’s form of human predators for our species?  I’m not sure. Before I forget, The Invisible War aired on PBS–again.  It’s an expose about the rape epidemic in the military.  Ladies, I know it’s tempting for some to enlist for economic reasons like supporting your family or college funds–but do so knowing the risks you’re taking by hitching a money ride with the armed forces on any front. Take note, men aren’t escaping the sexual violence either, they’re also targets.  I’ve had conversations with people who say that rape has always been a part of war.  Hmm, hard to dent that fact. But, how does that explain military people raping the men and women in their own ranks? Is that a by-product of military training people to kill, torture and rape other people who they’re taught to view as non-humans? Possibly. What’s going to happen when the rapists return home? Are they going to cease engaging in violent sexual crimes?

Well, this is now very far afield from haiku about biting frost. Or is it?

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Amy Goodman — We Will Not Be Silent

Link TV

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Deomcracy Now!

www.democracynow.org

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Democracy Now! YouTube channel

https://www.youtube.com/user/democracynow/featured

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January 2014

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Tomdispatch from January 2013

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175641/

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The Invisible War trailer

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Maze of Injustice–The failure to protect Indigenous women from sexual violence in the USA–pdf file. This is the size of a small book complete with very informative end notes.

http://www.amnestyusa.org/pdfs/MazeOfInjustice.pdf

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Revolutionary Association for the Women of Afghanistan ~ RAWA is the oldest political/social organization of Afghan women struggling for peace, freedom, democracy and women’s rights in fundamentalism-blighted Afghanistan since 1977.

http://www.rawa.org/index.php

https://www.youtube.com/user/rawa77/about

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so goes the snow haiku

down the rabbit holes deep

sleep? dream of chances snow blowing

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news blues blow off vent

cyber waves serenity

mind fields boom! boom! boom!

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Colors — painting musical numbers + fire

Colors is the musical theme chosen by Johnny.

Oh yeah.

Let’s Dance.

Play with fire.

What’s your desire?

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OPI Instinct of Color

OPI Products

Featuring ‘Down the Road’ by French DJs C2C.

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Colors of India – “India 101” Music Video Jonah Goldenberg

IndiaTravelFilms

Get “India 101 – Hosted by Sazzy Varga” on DVD or watch instantly online http://www.amazon.com/India-101-hoste…
Enjoy Sazzy Varga’s India adventures and this film makes a great gift on DVD or download to own or rent online at Amazon. For the DVD
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Online: http://www.tibetanphotoproject.com/do…

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Miles Davis The Kind of Blue Sessions

Alex van Starrex

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Kermit, “It’s Not Easy Being Green”

JayB7869

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U2 “Bullet the Blue Sky”

Martin Maláček

This is a student animation project, which was done in 2011 by me and my brother.
It’s inspired by one of our most favorite U2 songs: Bullet the Blue Sky.

Made by: Michael Malacek & Martin Malacek

Music:
U2 – Bullet The Blue Sky

More info:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bullet_t…

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Angus & Julia Stone-All The Colours

Aboo Adl

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Amy Winehouse  “Back to Black”

BBC One Sessions

237into

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Extras:

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Jared Ficklin: New ways to see music (with color! and fire!)

TED

http://www.ted.com Designer Jared Ficklin creates wild visualizations that let us see music, using color and even fire (a first for the TED stage) to analyze how sound makes us feel. He takes a brief digression to analyze the sound of a skatepark — and how audio can clue us in to developing creativity. Closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages are now available on TED.com, at http://www.ted.com/translate

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Color, Music, and Emotion

GoogleTechTalks

June 30, 2011

Presented by Stephen E. Palmer
Professor of the Graduate School
Psychology & Cognitive Science
University of California, Berkeley

ABSTRACT

Arnheim (1986) once speculated that different aesthetic domains (e.g., color and music) might be related to each other through common emotional associations. We investigated this hypothesis by having participants pick from among an array of 37 colors the five colors that went best (and later the five that went worst) with each of a set of 18 brief samples of classical orchestral music that varied in composer (Bach/Mozart/Brahms), tempo (slow/medium/fast), and mode (major/minor). They also rated each musical selection and each color for its emotional associations (happy-sad, lively-dreary, strong-weak, angry-calm). Systematic mappings were found between the dimensions of color and music: faster music and major mode were associated with lighter, more saturated, yellower colors, whereas slower music and minor mode were associated with darker, desaturated, bluer colors. More precisely controlled musical stimuli (single-line melodies by Mozart on a synthesized piano) produced more refined relations between the music and the colors chosen to go with them. These color-music mappings are mediated by common emotional associations, because the correlation between emotional ratings of the musical selections and emotional ratings of the colors chosen to go with them were extremely high (.90 to .98) for all emotional dimensions studied (e.g., people picked happy colors to go with happy music and dreary colors to go with dreary music). The mediating role of emotion was established by obtaining analogous effects when people picked the colors that went best (and worst) with faces and body poses that expressed emotions (happy-sad and angry-calm). Similarly high correlations were obtained when the emotional ratings of the faces/gestures were compared with corresponding emotional ratings of the colors chosen to go with them. Further findings identify a stable aesthetic difference between people in terms of their level of “preference for harmony” across the domains of color combinations, musical compositions, shape preferences, and spatial composition within a rectangular frame.

For more Musical Color Numbers please visit:

Johnny        http://johnnyojanpera.wordpress.com/2013/10/19/music-theme-colours/

Willow         http://willowdot21.wordpress.com/2013/10/20/4747/

Bear             http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2013/10/20/music-themes-colors/

Deborah    http://myriad234.wordpress.com/2013/10/20/listening-in-color/

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“Bridging” @ewa

The Urban Farming Guys — “It Get’s Real in the Hood! Crazy!”

 

The video says it ALL.

Another world IS possible! A better world where people grow gardens and feed each other with love and caring.

Eat for Tibet–momos galore!

 

“Guerrilla Composting Madness” with The Urban Farming Guys! Got Leaves? Want Worms? These Dudes Have the Poop.

Ah some things just get better with time–like compost and the Urban Farming Guys’ permaculture antics in, of all places, Kansas City, Missouri. Who’d have thunk it in the city that wages war on its own trees? Mea culpa–indeed I have been remiss in not sharing all their wild and wonderful videos in a timely fashion. But today I’m on target as this is coming straight to you from my “inbox” this Sunday.  Whose farming in your city? Hmm? FYI, it is possible to subscribe to TheUrbanFarmingGuys on YouTube if you want to learn about Aquaponics, Morrels, Tilapia farming, Christmas Tree Safety and much more.

If you’re wondering just what’s possible regarding sustainable living in an urban setting, then you need to discover  these guys asap because they’re “making it so” all on their own steam.

The Guys have even been to Imphal, India–Seriously.

Explore The Guys Urban Farming at  http://theurbanfarmingguys.com/

 

Autumn in Kashmir

 

http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/2010/10/201010311239532614.html

Heard the news about Arundhati Roy’s home being attacked by right wingers protesting her speaking out about the state of affairs in  Kashmir and wondering what all the fuss is about? Well Kashmir’s story is an old one that has been simmering and boiling between India and Pakistan for years and years to the detriment of the local people who have quite a long list of  “disappeared” men.  Click the photograph to read an article about the new film, Autumn in Kashmir, on Al Jazeera English.  The film premiered in  Toronto and in the US in New York today–November 1.  Oh and if you’re looking for darn good journalism all around, well Al Jazeera English is well worth discovering for news from around the world.  It’s a wonderful antidote to the knee jerking teleprompter readers on the idiot box drowning in their own ignorance.  It’s got to be tough trying to even begin comprehending the rest of the world when all they’ve ever bothered to care about is their own continental lily pad.  But I think there are plenty of intelligent, well informed, concerned and interested young people–and older former investigative newspaper reporters in search of employment–who could do a much more respectable duty of presenting world events than the all the bleached blonde giggling Barbies of all the prime time news networks combined. Seriously, how can anyone respect any journalist who fails to comprehend the importance of documents revealing a terrible depth of torture, kidnapping, and murder running amok around the world? Call me an idealist but in my ethics context paradigm murder and torture are crimes that trump truth-telling about them. Isn’t the Truth what any decent Justice system is supposed to pursue?  I may be very very wrong about this though.

Arundhati Roy’s Terrifying Beauty

The Indian author of “The God of Small Things” faces possible arrest for sedition.  Visit Democracy Now! for Amy Goodman’s recent interview with her that aired today. Click on the b&w photograph for a brief profile of Roy.

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/10/27/acclaimed_indian_author_arundhati_roy_faces

Is there anything more terrifying than a person who speaks their mind to stand up to injustice? When did speaking truth become a crime? When did confronting reality become a criminal offence? Is the message of the leaders of this world:  “Lie! Lie! Lie!”  

From the insanity of oil spills to the tragedy of winter soldiers why is the truth so terrible to face? When did dishonesty become a virtue? When did “spin” become the religion of all politicians?

“Pity the nation that has to silence its writers for speaking their minds. Pity the nation that needs to quiet those who ask for justice, while communal killers, mass murderers, corporate scamsters, looters, rapists, and those who prey on the poorest of the poor roam free.”

                              Arundhati Roy

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