But this question keeps occurring to me…
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One of Arvo Pärt’s most famous pieces:
[about the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt (1935-present)]
[about Tabula Rasa – “Ludus,” which offers this information about the piece’s reception and application:
In an article in The New Yorker in December 2002, music critic Alex Ross discussed the use of Tabula Rasa in palliative care for AIDS and cancer patients facing the end of their disease. Caretakers working with the AIDS patients would often be asked to play the “angel music,” which was the dying patients’ name for the second movement of Tabula Rasa, “Silentium”]
Please note the following two Tweets:
So the gap in Strzok-Page texts begins right after their “secret society” discussion and ends just as Robert Mueller is being appointed Special Counsel. I’m sure it’s nothing.
— John Sexton (@verumserum) January 23, 2018
.@SenRonJohnson on alleged ‘secret society’ mentioned in @FBI agents’ texts: “That ‘secret society’ – we have an informant that’s talking about a group, they were holding secret meetings offsite.” #SpecialReport https://t.co/0NPVFhqWiY pic.twitter.com/NaXelnfaJP
— Fox News (@FoxNews) January 23, 2018
Related…If This is True, Our Republic is at an End: Either the FBI engaged in partisan behavior or partisans are trying to undermine basic institutions of law and order by Erick Erickson. Excerpt (emphasis mine)
…[T]he reality is this: if FBI agents collaborated to fabricate or exaggerate allegations about Donald Trump and/or tried to bring down his Presidency through partisan motivations, it is game over on the republic. If the civil institutions we have put in place to ensure law and order apart from politics are infiltrated by politics, there really is no turning back. We are already at a “they started it” mentality in our politics and this will just escalate the breakdown. We have already seen this in the IRS twice in the past fifty years, first with Nixon then with Obama, and the second time was largely given a pass by press.
There are now real and troubling allegations stemming from text messages that include agents meeting to discuss an “insurance policy” and agents meeting in a secret society. There are possible missing or willfully deleted text messages.
To be sure, and this is very important, there is also a lot of partisan exaggeration by people trying to protect the President. There is a lot of conflation. But there are serious allegations and there is enough evidence now that we need an investigation. I do not believe we need a special counsel as it would only serve to undermine the existing special counsel and would be seen as such. The Department of Justice should investigate and fully and publicly release its findings.’…
Read the rest HERE.
What say you about “the insurance policy,” over 50,000 missing text messages, and a “secret society” — all within the FBI — and apparently related to the 2016 Election?
See The History of Fake News in the United States from The Daily Signal.Excerpt:…[I]ntentionally misleading news has been around since before the invention of the printing press. In fact, our Founding Fathers grappled with this very issue when they c…
Conversation here in the Untied State of America suffers from a lack of candor. Not in Norway.
‘We have a big challenge now to integrate those with permission to stay in Norway to make sure they respect Norwegian values,’ she says. ‘Freedom to speak, to write, to believe or not to believe in a god, how to raise your children.’
‘Much of the Middle East and Africa is fragile. People have difficult lives but can see via mobile phones that life in the West and in Europe is quite different. So I understand why they would like our life, our kind of standards. But it’s not sustainable to integrate so many.’
‘For me it’s a moral issue as well. You can’t just help the ones you see. You have to think about the millions you don’t see and that have a very difficult life in the world.’
‘…for the price of helping 3,000 young people here, we could help 100,000 children in other parts of the world.’
Refugee Crisis Human Trafficking
‘But when people travel through 20 countries to come to a safe haven, I think people can see that this is not right. You could have a safe haven in your neighbouring country, so why go so far?’
‘Why should we have a system that works for the people who have money [to pay for the journey] while the rest of the refugees and people in need don’t have the money to go?’
Much of the world is broken. What is the best way to help people?
(For politics, please scroll down)Some musical beauty for this weekend. Close your eyes, and listen:About this performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis:The BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andrew Davis at Glouces…
** Silverfiddle Post **After Hollywood’s Girl Power orgy of lectures and flamboyant virtue signaling at the Golem Globs, some sanity from France:”Rape is a crime, but trying to seduce someone, even persistently or cack-handedly, is not — nor is men be…
“Federal immigration agents targeted nearly 100 7-Eleven stores across the nation for audits and inspections Wednesday, including several locations in Los Angeles, as the Trump administration ramps up workplace raids to punish employers hiring people who are in the country illegally.”
Here’s the money quote, provided by “Imelda Vargas, who works for the dry cleaner across the street,” and “said it wasn’t right for immigration agents to target the store’s workers.”
“Everyone has the right to be here, to work,” she said in Spanish.
Why would this woman believe and espouse such an absurd statement that has no basis in law or fact?
These two stories piss me off.
We are a Generous Nation
* 60,000 Haitians reside here temporarily because of an earthquake in 2010.
* 200,000 Salvadorans have resided here temporarily since 2001!
“Temporary” programs with durations of eight years and 18 years! I didn’t spend 18 years in my parents’ home I grew up in.
This is a grotesque, operatic abuse of the generosity of taxpaying Americans.
When will the Isle of Perpetual Misery known as Haiti ever be recovered enough to send these people home? By definition, “Never.”
The 200,000 Salvadorans here have produced 192,000 American citizens…
Progressive pick-pockets are inviting guests to expensive banquets at our expense, branding them with Democrat party logos, and lapping up the votes.
No more US-sponsored Hunger Games where we reward the survivors who treck across multiple nations to break our borders and live an un-earned existence as a de facto self-made US citizen.
It is also time for some harsh fact-facing
We have to end this cynical game played by progressives and globalists. Immigration, yes! But on our terms, not dictated by heartstring-plucking exploiters, political criminals and cynical manipulators.
Think I’m being cruel?
Welcome to America.
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For your listening pleasure this weekend, enjoy 25 Preludes, Opus 31 by Charles-Valentin Alkan (1813-1888), performed by the award-winning Finnish pianist Olli Mustonen:
1. Lentement (Slowly), C major
2. Assez lentement (quite slowly), F minor 1:55
3. Dans le genre ancien (In the ancient genre), D-flat major 3:50
4. Prière du soir (Evening prayer) , F-sharp minor 5:59
5. Psaume 150me (Psalm 150), D major 7:23
6. Ancienne mélodie de la synagogue (Ancient melody of the synagogue), G minor 9:42
7. Librement mais sans secousses (Freely but without bumps), E-flat major 13:41
8. Le chanson de la folle au bord de la mer (The song of the insane woman by the sea), A-flat minor 15:17
9. Placiditas (Gently), E major 18:11
10. Dans le style fugué (In the fugue style), A minor 20:00
11. Un petit rien (A little nothing), F major 21:12
12. Le temps qui n’est plus (Times that are no more), B-flat minor 22:22
13. J’étais endormie, mais mon cœur veillait (I was asleep, but my heart was awake), G-flat major 23:43
14. Rapidement (Quickly), B minor 26:15
15. Dans le genre gothique (In the gothic genre), G major 28:19
16 Assez lentement (Very slowly), C minor 30:12
17. Rêve d’amour (Dream of love), A-flat major 31:20
18. Sans trop de mouvement (Without too much movement), C-sharp minor 33:03
19. Prière du matin (Morning prayer), A major 35:52
20. Modérement vite et bien caracterise (Moderately fast and with spirit), D minor 36:28
21. Doucement (Gently), B-flat major 37:50
22. Anniversaire (Anniversary), E-flat minor 39:15
23. Assez vite (Quite fast), B major 41:41
24. Étude de velocite (Velocity study), E minor 43:05
25. Prière (Prayer) , C major 45:02