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My very good friend ( who died in the early 1990's of AIDS )
was not only one of the top Capoeira artists at that time in
the United States , he as well studied with the Gracie Family ;

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gracie_family

He was Brazilian , himself...

He was someone who not only defended
and espoused integration , he was someone
who made sure prejudice did not happen ,
when he was around...;)

He was a soul , who truly cared about other human beings...

Which we all should be doing...

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Damn shame about his death. I am sure ( at that time ) it was very shrouded with misnomers flying about.

Yes; we should all care whether or not abusive behaviour toward others is checked ( regardless of whether or not we personally care for them ).

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Nearly two decades after 9/11, the parallels between the post-terrorist attack ‘New Normal’ & that of Covid-19 can’t be ignored

Helen Buyniski
is an American journalist and political commentator
Both the 9/11 attacks and the Covid-19 pandemic have dramatically shaped Western society. But the changes they wrought were devastating and unnecessary, pushed through by control-hungry governments who saw opportunity in crisis.
While both the worst terror attack in US history and the deadliest pandemic in a generation were immediately hyped as the defining elements of the era, the uncomfortable reality is that neither terrorism nor the novel coronavirus pose any risk more severe than taking a bath.

The future is ‘CLEAR’ and it’s Dystopian: Virus hype ushers in a Covid 19-84 nightmare of restricted access

However, the media hype – fueled by think tanks and governments drooling over the possibility of adopting controls that would normally spark popular revolt – has created the same climate of fear that allowed the imposition of the post-9/11 police state, paving the way for a post-Covid regime that will make the Patriot Act look cuddly.
The shocking changes to the American “way of life” that have followed both events were in no way required, or even logical, responses to the crises in question. It took an unlikely series of what the government described as “intelligence failures” for the events of 9/11 to fall into place, and the Trump administration scrapped completely adequate pandemic response plans to adopt a regime of lockdowns and economic shutdowns that will likely end up doing more harm than the virus itself. Had governments followed their own procedures, neither catastrophe likely would have happened.

US states rush-recruiting Covid-19 contact tracers are overcompensating for their incompetence with authoritarianism
But the ‘government incompetence’ narrative doesn’t sell the intrusive surveillance regulations that were yanked off the shelf in both cases to be railroaded through while any potential opposition was paralyzed with fear. Both the Patriot Act and the worst of the coronavirus control regulations in the US and elsewhere were written long before 9/11 and the pandemic, wheeled out at the appointed hour, and sometimes trialed in the private sector under the reasoning that one must not let a crisis go to waste. To further destabilize society, Americans were encouraged in both cases to rat out their fellow citizens to the authorities for perceived offenses as minor as checking the wrong books out from the library (2001) or failing to social-distance (2020).
Even the crises themselves have an awful lot in common. Osama bin Laden was fingered definitively as the culprit for 9/11 even as the towers were still smoldering – long before an investigation could have been conducted – echoing the immediately ubiquitous media declaration that an infected bat at a Wuhan wet market had spawned coronavirus. After it was found the market didn’t actually sell bats, establishment scientists had to scramble to pin the responsibility for human transmission on an intermediate species – even as studies revealed the earliest cases of Covid-19 had had no contact with the market at all. Yet just as bin Laden and 19 hijackers (some of whom were later found to be inconveniently alive) remain the only ‘official’ culprits for 9/11, China is still blamed for the pandemic.
For those Americans too dense or stubborn to ‘get’ the similarities between Covid-19 and 9/11, a flood of articles accompanied the arrival of the virus on US shores. From “Not even 9/11 could shut down AA meetings. Coronavirus is different” (as if there’d been no society-disrupting disasters in the intervening 18 years capable of disrupting a 12-step meeting!) to “Imagining a 9/11-like response to coronavirus”, the heavy-handed programming has hammered home the “New Normal” supposedly facing the world on the other side of the pandemic. Just as Americans were led to fear endless terror attacks if they did not give up their rights, the entire world is being told we face a pandemic-laden future if we don’t mask up, sit down, shut up, and roll up our sleeves for an experimental vaccine (or two or three…).
But there’s no objective reason life should not, in fact, go back to “normal.” Humanity has lived through much deadlier pandemics, especially as each new revelation reveals that the horrific US Covid-19 statistics have been hugely overinflated. Yet while Wuhan, the virus’s apparent origin point, has returned to holding summertime pool parties as its case count cratered, parallel declines in fatalities in the US and UK have actually resulted in increased controls.

Lockdown supporters are using psychology pseudoscience to label anti-maskers as irrational, stupid sociopaths

How? Peer pressure - or rather, the illusion of it. Those who oppose even the slightest element of the New Normal are denounced “objectively pro-Covid”. Just as then-President George W. Bush warned Americans who opposed his draconian post-9/11 crackdown and war in the Middle East that “you’re with us, or you’re with the terrorists” and anti-war bands such as the Dixie Chicks got death threats, those who’ve embraced the Covid-19 regime are encouraged to wish sickness and death on their neighbors who won’t “mask up.”
Unfortunately, just as 9/11 was weaponized to launch wars against Afghanistan and Iraq (and, later, most of the Middle East), the Trump administration seems determined to wrangle a war with China out of Covid-19. Even if this doesn’t come to pass, the relationship between the two countries has deteriorated markedly, and a second Cold War seems inevitable. Meanwhile, the devastation wrought by the suicidal New Normal carries on at home, laying waste to what was left of Americans’ rights after the Patriot Act was through with them (and threatening to do the same . Can we stop repeating history for once?

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Thomas "Blind Tom" Wiggins (1849-1908)
African American Pianist and Composer

A Blind And Autistic Slave [Who] Was A Musical Genius


How could I have pursued a musical career in a Black musical institution such as the Jamaica School of Music and not heard of Blind Tom Wiggins!?  I can’t believe that hardly anyone in the USA or the wider world has ever heard his name.  Is that because his life did not matter?

A musical genius born a slave, who died as one, Wiggins was a blind piano prodigy alleged to have been the highest-paid pianist of the 19th Century.  Born 1849 May 25 to Charity and Mingo (slave parents), in Harris County, GA, Tom’s parents were sold to Columbus lawyer, Gen. James Bethune; considered of little use in his blind state, Blind Tom was thrown in as part of the deal.

Wiggins’ blindness meant he could not work.  By the time he turned four, however, he had developed a heightened sense of hearing and could imitate environmental as well as musical sounds.  Soon, he was reproducing piano pieces and songs, even after a single hearing.  Sensing that the child was gifted, Bethune nurtured his talent.

By the time he was nine, Blind Tom became an “exhibition piece” or novelty act for the Bethunes, who paraded him on stage as a kind of gifted mimic.  He made up to $15,000 per performance, rendered, in essence, as “a slave-musician who fattened the pockets of his owners.”  Wiggins could play his own versions of classic works by Bach, Mozart, Chopin, and Liszt in addition to reproducing other sounds on the piano.  Because of his extraordinary memory, He amused his audiences by playing back their original compositions note for note.  Although he also crafter his own compositions, he was labeled as “uneducated” and perhaps uneducable.

After Bethune gave the boy as a gift to his son John in 1875, the younger Bethune toured with Wiggins for the next eight years, plowing in great fortunes, little of which went to the prodigy.  Wiggins became increasingly defiant as his career waned, refusing to play back church hymns.  As his health began to deteriorate, he officially retired from performing in 1905 and died from a stroke three years later.  None of his family ever benefited from his robust income—save for his mother once receiving the grand sum of $!5 from his manager.

Summary Facts
•   Born 1849 May 25, Georgia
•   Blind from birth
•   Thrown in as bargain at 1850 slave auction of his
parents and brothers
•   First compositions before he was six
•   First concert at eight (1857 October 7)
•   Talent used for pro-slavery cause—$5,000 from 1864 tour given as Confederate aid
•   Repertoire at age 16 included technically demanding works of Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Liszt, Beethoven, Thalberg, and other European masters
•   Died penniless 1908 June 13, at age 59, of cerebral apoplexy (stroke)
•   Pianist John Davis recorded first commercial CD of music composed by Blind Tom Wiggins ( John Davis Plays Blind Tom, Newport Classic 85660] in 1999

CD Tracks
o   Cyclone Galop  (6:12)
o   The Rainstorm  (4:29)
o   Sewing Song: Imitation of a Sewing Machine  (7:01)
o   Battle of Manassas  (7:50)
o   Improvisation on "When This Cruel War Is Over" (7:21)
o   Wellenklänge - Voice of the Waves  (6:41)
o   Oliver Galop  (1:12)
o   Virginia Polka  (3:04)
o   Water in the Moonlight  (3:00)
o   Grand March Resurrection  (4:49)
o   Vivo Galop  (2:06)
o   Daylight  (4:06)
o   March Timpani  (5:53)
o   Reve Charmant - Nocturne  (6:47)


Wiggins' repertoire spanned seven thousand piano compositions.

See more at:
https://blackamericaweb.com/2020/04/20/black-history-blind-tom-wiggins/
and:
http://chevalierdesaintgeorges.homestead.com/Wiggins.html

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Cabby, thanks for this ongoing education. Never heard of Wiggins. Again, I blame the American public education system for truly dropping the ball. God Bless the Internets, Wikipedia, and Netflix.

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Ditto to what Johnny said. I have learned more about Black History this year than I did my entire time in school. It is absolutely mind-blowing, and provides a deep understanding of exactly where black people are coming from.

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JohnnyBlaze said:Cabby, thanks for this ongoing education. Never heard of Wiggins. Again, I blame the American public education system for truly dropping the ball. God Bless the Internets, Wikipedia, and Netflix.

You are welcome, JB.  I am astounded,  At least every Black institution that teaches music (usually focused heavily on the "European masters") should be mandated to include Wiggins' life and word.

The records indicate that he could simultaneously play one piece with his right hand and, another with his left, while singing an unrelated song.  His compositions integrate nature sounds -- bird calls, lightning, train engines, etc. -- as an expression of the sounds he hears around him whose origins he does not understand.

Here is one of his best-loved compositions, "The Battle of Manassas."  It incorporates an array of American folk songs as well as thunder and the choo-choo of a train engine.  See whether you can identify any of the songs.  A page of the intricate piano score is attached and the whole will appear in the music video.

https://youtu.be/T6vLl-55szE

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Ahavati said:Ditto to what Johnny said. I have learned more about Black History this year than I did my entire time in school. It is absolutely mind-blowing, and provides a deep understanding of exactly where black people are coming from.

Indeed, we are all learning, Ahavati -- and much from each other.  In addition to what I have shared in response to JB, here is another popular piece by Blind Tom Higgins -- "Water in the Moonlight"  I don't know who scored his compositions for him, but his sheet music fetched big bucks for his masters.

Water in the Moonlight:
https://youtu.be/T6vLl-55szE

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Here is additional bibliographical information on Blind Tom Wiggins (a short video):
https://youtu.be/ldm_r1Uic10

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Thank you, Cabcool. I listened to many today.  Please keep sharing.

Anyone who hasn't seen this needs to ( Netfix ):

The Social Dilemma

Here is an article from Forbes about it:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.forbes.com/sites/johnbbrandon/2020/09/17/why-the-social-dilemma-on-netflix-is-such-an-important-film/amp/


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Ahavati said:Thank you, Cabcool. I listened to many today.  Please keep sharing.

Anyone who hasn't seen this needs to ( Netfix ):

The Social Dilemma

Here is an article from Forbes about it:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.forbes.com/sites/johnbbrandon/2020/09/17/why-the-social-dilemma-on-netflix-is-such-an-important-film/amp/




Oh yikes Ahavati is it maybe on a different network ?
I don't like supporting Netflix and their open Pedo practice
I will do a search
Nevermind-
No offense
Wasn't I the one who said read the post out loud to yourself? Before releasing it? Time for bed.

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Valeriyabeyond said:

Oh yikes Ahavati is it maybe on a different network ?
I don't like supporting Netflix and their open Pedo practice
I will do a search
Nevermind-
No offense
Wasn't I the one who said read the post out loud to yourself? Before releasing it? Time for bed.


Val, are you basing that accusation on the film, Cuties, recently being offered by Netflix? Have you watched the entire movie in order to formulate your own personal opinion about it?

Or are you saying that you already arrived at this assessment based on other movies and if so, could you name those movies please?

I'm all for Freedom of Speech, but some people wield the term "pedo" around too recklessly because its an easy way to slander a person or organization or indirectly, anyone who voiced the opposite of comdemnation for said movies as well as books, magazines, websites, etc.

Same as it was with another member ( recently banned ) who referred to me as an "online sexual predator".

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I've seem some of the movie. from what I saw the movie could easily be classed as a soft porn movie. the clips which were on social media showed 11yo girls dressed like no one should ever dress an 11yo dancing the way no 11 yo should be dancing

from what I understand 80% of the movie is free of such things, but the 20% that is there is in very bad taste

that's about 18minutes. I think it's fair to condemn the movie if people want , we've been doing it since movies came out without a civil war

on the other hand, the people who wrote the movie contend it's a satirical look at the pressures heaped on our young kids

most of the movie is in line with that contention, but the 20% pure in your face debauchery is exactly that

theres no shame in condemning it  

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lepperochan said:I've seem some of the movie. from what I saw the movie could easily be classed as a soft porn movie. the clips which were on social media showed 11yo girls dressed like no one should ever dress an 11yo dancing the way no 11 yo should be dancing

from what I understand 80% of the movie is free of such things, but the 20% that is there is in very bad taste

that's about 18minutes. I think it's fair to condemn the movie if people want , we've been doing it since movies came out without a civil war

on the other hand, the people who wrote the movie contend it's a satirical look at the pressures heaped on our young kids

most of the movie is in line with that contention, but the 20% pure in your face debauchery is exactly that

theres no shame in condemning it  


So you didn't watch the entire movie. I can see how that would skew your overall opinion. Especially the viewing of clips out of context. Fair Enough.

I've not tasted more than 1% of all the cheeses in the world, yet I condemn them all as distasteful.

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Valeriyabeyond said:

Oh yikes Ahavati is it maybe on a different network ?
I don't like supporting Netflix and their open Pedo practice
I will do a search
Nevermind-
No offense
Wasn't I the one who said read the post out loud to yourself? Before releasing it? Time for bed.


I've watched the movie in its entirely, Val, and have determined it's been taken out of context. I have no intentions of boycotting Netflix because a group of conservative Christians weilding their weight via the political platforms or pulpits they serve.

The subject matter of 'Cuties' touches on real experiences from director Maïmouna Doucouré's own life. My opinion is that it's a brave film breaching a topic that goes beyond the typical peer pressure to fit in and be accepted by their peers. It's both sad and enlightening as to what adolescent and 'tween girls will go through for the sake of being liked. I wish I had seen it when my daughter was that age. We would watch it together.

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