Here are four brief articles developing a necessary, out-of-the-ordinary (would I offer you anything less? :)) context to contemplate while you’re out and about enjoying the freshness of nature today, the beginning of spring 2012.
First, from the online Guitar World Magazine, news that the famed guitarist for Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page, is today marketing six never-officially-released tracks, ominously titled: Lucifer Rising and other sound tracks.” Page created the recordings for Kenneth Anger’s 1972 film, Lucifer Rising, co-starring (uncredited) another acclaimed British musician Marianne Faithfull, once the lovely girlfriend of a much younger (but not so faithful) Mick Jagger.
Second, the British Guardian published a world map graphically clarifying the multitude of individual locations of the ever-spreading Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protests around our globe. Their map is from four months ago during the first wave of OWS protests, but as you’ll see from the third article, today hearkens the beginning of a second wave of more earnest pandemonium from the movement, aimed at coinciding with the American presidential election, now in full swing, as well as with the rapidly decaying world economy.
Compare the OWS’s recent global number of “951 cities in 82 countries” to the year 2000, global “ecclesial network of 1,920 dioceses comprising 211,156 parishes; and in some 3,000 bishops and 483,488 priests who tend those dioceses and parishes” described in my recent post [ Georeligious Power: A Paris Revolution. A Polish Revolution. An American Revolution? ]. Add to that the ongoing jousting between President Obama and Pope Benedict XVI over freedom of religion [ Cardinal Takes Over for Bishop and Advances on King ], and you have a whole other front of street fighting.
On a side note, check out the legendary British author J. G. Ballard’s posthumous final novel (published 2003 in England, 2011 in America), Millenium People, for a great fictional (or not) account of street fighting, which Mick Jagger so passionately anthemized in a Rolling Stones song. Here, Ballard describes a more modern, and chilling, class-warfare in English streets, which in fact has since begun its global contagion, predominantly from the OWS germ.
Third, a selection from TheBlaze.com detailing Frances Fox Piven’s comments of her speech from eleven days ago (with links to primary-source audio) and forewarning, on behalf of the OWS, “This Spring, We’ll See Action.”
As a corollary to the Frances Fox Piven article, the very left-of-center, but also very important publication for understanding the far left, The Nation, has their entire April 2, 2012 issue devoted to the “call-to-arms” of “Occupy Spring.” The issue contains the thoughts of fourteen influential progressive activists, including Frances Fox Piven and Michael Moore, on the forward strategy that the OWS movement should take beginning today, this first day of spring.
I encourage all who have interest to dig much deeper into the thought processes of those who are orchestrating the coming OWS street revolutions to check this issue out online at [ http://www.thenation.com/issue/april-2-2012 ]. Also in the issue: a slide show of “The Fifty Most Influential Progressives of the Twentieth Century” [ http://www.thenation.com/slideshow/154631/slide-show-fifty-most-influential-progressives-twentieth-century ] and “‘Nation Readers’ Most Influencial Progressives of the Twentieth Century” [ http://www.thenation.com/slideshow/155750/slide-show-nation-readers-most-influential-progressives-twentieth-century ].
My own thought process operates, I imagine, as far from those of the above progressive icons as could be possible. I have no problem, however, referencing this virtual home-school graduate class on the history of modern progressive thought and how it’s being thrust upon our world today. I thoroughly believe that we should all understand our enemies, from their own words, in order to live with them side-by-side — and not wish them dead. Free speech, after all, is free to all or free to none.
Finally, to balance the political spectrum, a brief article from the Kansas City Star reporting on GOP caucus elections held in Missouri three days ago. The elections spun more-than-slightly out of control, revealing the simmering rage from Ron Paul’s supporters over how the center-right GOP (primarily party-supporters of Romney and Santorum) are pulling every devilish trick they can (in this case through ballot-counting mayhem) to marginalize Paul’s clear and present power among the liberty-conscious right as well as among the younger Democrats, all of whom have had it with President Obama and his administration.
If none of the GOP candidates reach the required delegates to be nominated (becoming more-and-more likely as each state ballot-count passes), then all hell will break lose at the ensuing Republican brokered convention in which all bets are off for the nomination.
Anger is brewing from the grassroots to the pinnacles of power, from the far left to the far right and most points in-between, in America and worldwide, and it all ramps up today.
If you toss in the ambiguous intentions of the Muslim Brotherhood and their growing influence throughout the world, including the United States [see the following blogs: 1 of 2: Muslim Brotherhood Looks West to 3.2 Billion Dollar IMF Loan (2.17.2012) and 2 of 2: Muslim Brotherhood Looks Away from West to Governance by Sharia Law (2.22.2012) ], then the mix could prove toxic at many levels of global society. Oops! Did I forget to mention the end of the Mayan calendar later this year? 🙂
Lucifer Rising and other sound tracks? God only knows, although we can all agree that this brew won’t taste anywhere similar to a well-crafted, American spring ale.
Have a sincerely pleasant day with the rising clarity and strength that this awareness can awaken within each of us. –SB
1. Guitar World
Jimmy Page to Release ‘Lucifer Rising and Other Soundtracks’ This Month
Posted 03/16/2012 at 11:36am | by Josh Hart
Jimmy Page has just announced the release of Lucifer Rising and Other Sound Tracks for March 20, a date specifically chosen for its connection to the spring equinox.
This marks the first time ever that these tracks have been officially released. (Songs were apparently released in 1987, although the legality of that release is very much in question.)
“The title music, along with other musical pieces recorded at my home studio in the early Seventies, have been revisited, remixed and released for the first time,” Page said. “This is a musical diary of avant-garde compositions and experiments, one of which was to appear on the film Lucifer Rising [ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066019/ ]. The collection has been exhumed and is now ready for public release.”
The album will be available a standard edition on heavyweight vinyl, as well as deluxe and signed deluxe editions.
You can get more information, as well as register for the deluxe pre-orders, at jimmypage.com.
Page was commissioned to write a soundtrack for Kenneth Anger’s 1972 film Lucifer Rising, which went unused in the final version of the film. Page makes a cameo in the movie, staring at a portrait of Aleister Crowley while holding an Egyptian stele.
Lucifer Rising and Other Sound Tracks
1) Lucifer Rising – Main Track
4) Damask – Ambient
5) Lucifer Rising – Percussive Return
2. The Guardian
Occupy protests around the world: full list visualised
The Occupy protests have spread from Wall Street to London to Bogota. See the full list – and help us add more.
“951 cities in 82 countries” has become the standard definition of the scale of the Occupy protests around the world this weekend, following on from the Occupy Wall Street and Madrid demonstrations that have shaped public debate in the past month. . . .
So, we have started listing all the events we can find verified news reports for. There’s not 951 yet, but we do have most of the major ones. You can see them mapped here: [ http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/interactive/2011/oct/18/occupy-protests-map-world ]
This article was published on guardian.co.uk at 06.45 EST on Monday 14 November 2011. It was last modified at 10.03 EST on Monday 14 November 2011. It was first published at 14.06 EDT on Monday 17 October 2011.
3. The Blaze
US: ‘This Spring, We‘ll See Action’: Piven Issues Dark Prediction on Occupy Wall Street
- Posted on March 9, 2012 at 5:28am by Madeleine Morgenstern
[ Please note that all bold highlighting is original to the following article.] –SB
According to Frances Fox Piven:
- The Occupy Wall Street movement is entering the phase where it “makes trouble.”
- “We’ll see action against the banks, against the corporations.”
- Different forms of protests that will engage many people.
- Occupy was helped by “sympathetic” press coverage.
Leftist professor and activist Frances Fox Piven last week predicted the Occupy Wall Street movement is entering the phase where it “makes trouble” and will soon be taking action against banks and other institutions.
“It may well be that the Occupy movement is now in its second phase, in the phase where it makes trouble, in the phase where it threatens to shut down institutions,” Piven said. “The Occupy movement has moved into the neighborhoods of our cities, it has moved into the schools…. This spring, we’ll see action against the banks, against the corporations.”
She added, “It is going to be a spring with lots of protests that take different forms and engage lots of people.”
Piven made her comments during a lecture to a group of students at the University of Connecticut last Friday. She touched on the genesis of the Occupy movement, which she said was particularly a result of the financial crisis, which “exposed those in charge of the economy as illegitimate.”
“The people who were sitting on top of the world, the top-tenth of the top 1 percent, were guilty. They were guilty of thievery, of chicanery,” Piven said.
* Calling Occupy Wall Street “a brilliant tactical innovation,” Piven dismissed the notion that local authorities actually worried about the sanitary conditions of the encampments, saying their major concern was how easily the “99 percent” theme caught on — helped by sympathetic press coverage.
“The press began to cover them, and as the press began to cover them, the press became more sympathetic. The slogan, ‘we are the 99 percent, they are the 1 percent,’ is so clear, how can you say they have no demands?” she said. “Then the polls started to show that the message was resonating with a lot of Americans. And as that happened, the local authorities became worried. All of a sudden, it was very dangerous to have people sleeping overnight.”
* Taking questions from students, Piven was asked how lawmakers can pass laws for “the 99 percent” without being viewed as socialist.
She continued, “I know one poll that shows something like half of the youngest age group polled, probably 15 to 25, saw no problems with socialism. I myself am not a socialist, but, you know, who knows what that is? I want to try to reform American capitalism to the extent that it can be reformed, and then we’ll see.”
* Questioned about the Tea Party, Piven resurrected one of her old refrains that the movement is racist.
“The Tea Party has a chant at its rallies. The chant is ‘Take it back! Take it back! Take it back!’ And you know who they want to take it back from? They want to take it back from African Americans, immigrants. They can’t stand the idea, they’ve popularized the idea that our African American president is a Muslim,” she said.
* Piven also espoused her views on the charter school versus public school debate, saying in charter schools, “poorer children…don’t get the same kind of educational services.”
“If we take the funds that are designated to public education and we give them to for-profit entrepreneurs they’re going to behave in an entrepreneurial way,” she said, meaning teachers will “select out the kids who will do best.”
* Asked about the “hostile” business environment in the U.S., another student questioned what is stopping businesses from picking up and relocating due to over-regulation.
“You know, these businesses need government, they rely on government,” Piven replied. “There may come a time when this new super structure of international agencies like the IMF, the World Trade Organization, the World Bank, the European Union is so highly developed they can actually function to provide the safeguards, the credibility, the infrastructure, the legal framework that business requires. They haven’t yet so I would say let’s tame business, fence them in, while it can be tamed.”
* Piven gave her talk as part of a University of Connecticut political science forum. Joseph Gasser, president of the University of Connecticut College Republicans, told The Blaze that while Piven has “every right to voice her collectivist opinions,“ he believes it was ”a mistake“ to give a platform to someone with ”a demonstrable misunderstanding of economics and a vicious contempt for those who have made themselves successful.
Student members from both the College Republicans and the University of Connecticut Young Americans for Liberty attended the event.
“Hosting her sends the message to students, faculty and donors to the university that this is an environment where covetousness, envy and ill will are encouraged at the expense of industriousness, hard work and ingenuity,” Gasser said.
4. The Kansas CityStar /Midwest Democracy
Missouri caucuses marked by contention, with no clear victor yet
March 20 DAVE HELLING The Kansas City Star
Liberty, Mo.: Missouri Republicans met in more than 100 counties Saturday to begin picking their presidential nominee at party caucuses marked in some places by crowded rooms, loud disagreements — and no clear victor.
Organizers shut down one of the largest GOP caucuses, in St. Charles County, because of bitter disputes between supporters of Rep. Ron Paul and attendees supporting other presidential hopefuls. Confusion and contention also marred several other crowded Republican gatherings, The Associated Press reported.
In Clay County, arguments between Paul supporters and others became so intense that the caucus chairman threatened to have voters removed by force.
Backers of the Texas congressman said they were upset their views weren’t being heard.
“We’re just a little frustrated because caucuses are supposed to be run by a very strict set of rules,” said Paul supporter John Findlay. “We raised a number of points of order, points of information, points of parliamentary inquiry, many of which have been ignored.”
“Certain people have made it very difficult on most of the people who are involved in this caucus,” he said. “It might be a little crazy, but that’s part of it.”
After a three-hour-plus session, Clay County caucus goers eventually elected delegate slates from both the 5th and 6th congressional districts whose members were officially uncommitted to any specific presidential candidate. Attendees also firmly rejected an effort to more closely align the party platform with Paul’s views.
Unlike neighboring Kansas, which caucused March 10, Missouri Republicans did not cast direct ballots for any presidential candidate Saturday. Instead, delegates picked Saturday will eventually choose 49 of the state’s 52 national GOP convention delegates at district conventions in April and the state convention in June.
Not every county held a caucus Saturday. Republicans in Jackson County and the city of St. Louis postponed their caucuses until March 24 because of St. Patrick’s Day events.
Because of the confusing process, no presidential candidate is expected to get an immediate political boost from Saturday’s caucuses.
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