Euros Punt Podcast: 3rd July        
The last of the quarter-finals takes place on Sunday evening, with host nation France taking on the minnows, Iceland. Derek McGovern and Andrew Gibney offer their expert opinion joining Dave Kelner and Mark Walton respectively. Enjoy.
          Euros Punt Podcast: 28th June        
The postmortem begins for England after a humbling defeat at the hands of Iceland and Sam Norris, Lee Phelps and Dave Kelner discuss the next permanent England manager market on this edition as well as taking a revised looks at the Euros winner and top goalscorer markets. Enjoy.
          Euros Punt Podcast: 27th June        
Monday's games see Italy take on the holders Spain while England face Iceland. On this edition, Derek McGovern, Karl Matchett and David Swan join Michael Wood to preview both matches. Enjoy.
          The Punt: Euros Podcast 18th June        
Jack Critchley is joined by Chris Mayer to preview Belgium v Republic of Ireland and Tom Kundert to look ahead to Portugal v Austria. There's also a preview of Iceland v Hungary.
          The Euros - Group F Preview        
Group F features Portugal, Austria, Hungary and Iceland. Nick Walsh is joined by Pete Farries and Thom Kirwin to look at the best bets in this group. Enjoy.
          Comment on Episode 204: What We Did On Our Summer Break by Fridrik        
You guys gat so close to ending up in my PodFade pile. I'm so glad you did not. Keep it up guys and galls. I really enjoy the show. What else is one to do on cold arctic nights here in Iceland then warm one self to the soothing sounds of the Jankcast. Also, when you have Timos Viking funeral you have to post pictures. Or he will not make it into podcast Valhalla.
          EverBank Icelandic krona 13.10% APY 3-Month CD        
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have you looked into's icelandic CD? it pay ~10%

EverBank offers a 13.10% APY 3-Month Icelandic krona CD. The yield looks very attractive so I did some research on this CD. The CD is FDIC-insured. And the reason why the yield is so high is because Iceland is combating inflation and the banks are offering high-yield CDs to combat inflation. So what's the big catch on this CD? I found out that you can lose on principal in the CD, because the krona currency fluctuates. Also, there's a exchange rate fee. The conversion fee is three quarters of a percent (0.0075%) for CDs less than $100,000. The way it works is that your US Dollars get converted to Icelandic kronas and then at maturity if you decide to withdraw, the kronas will be converted back to US Dollars. The exchange rate then could be different from the start of the CD. Does any one has experience with Icelandic CDs? Do you think it is low risk? Are they are other catches I am missing?
          Erosion by Lorenzo Nadalini        

Erosion by Lorenzo Nadalini

PHOTO TOUR ANNOUNCEMENT: Iceland 10th-16th November 2017 FILLING FAST Jökulsárlón Ice Beach - Southern Iceland The strength of the sea under your feet and the salt melts the ice slowly in front of you. I hope you enjoy it.

Lorenzo Nadalini: Photos

          channelers ~ video & album premiere        

Each time I see the news from Inner Islands my days turns into a little celebration. The music this label releases resonates so deeply with my perception of the world, that it feels almost impossible. Of course there are always some space for interpretations and subjectiveness but some things don't need an explanation. They just emerge somewhere between the sounds, between the flips of the tape, in the soft humming of endless water streams shown in this amazing video which label's boss Sean Conrad shot in American deserts and over expanses of Iceland... When the beauty arises, it touches hearts directly, without need in words. That's why we love music so much - it can be pure beauty, without strict material form, just flow of vibrations from one soul to another. It needs just few instruments or voice to appear and an open ear to be heard.

channelers ~ space makes clearing (inner islands, 2016)

 Â«Reverence for the cycles of life, for the ever-changing sky, for the yearning that drives one forward, for the acceptance
that keeps one still».
inner islands

On the different paths life makes through the space and time there are always cycles, seasons, changes which unfold like an endless spiral. With every new turn we may feel something like deja vu, considering the ability of our minds to forget everything quickly, to think in one dimension. To regain the experience of past cycles in the present, to make them significant and changing, we create rituals - may kinds of them. Starting from morning tea and social interactions and up to religions and annual celebrations. And once again our minds are failing, forgetting the meaning, flattening the experience... So the only way here is awareness, which unavoidably leads to self-invented ceremonies, practices, to the clear feeling of your own unique path. While listening to the music created by any of Sean Conrad's projects this feeling on the uniqueness appears with every album, showing the perception of the world, which may be shared, but at the same time remains thw whole in itself. Like any river is created by the thousands of streams, the Inner Islands is a bright torrent of personal world perceptions, created by many artists and Sean's ability to maintain that stream is amazing. There is a place for many forms and crossroad for many path, but still this unique universe of sound keeps its doors open for any resonating soul. And its essence is always changing, moving with the sun and moon, growing, unfolding... Archipelago of the tiny whirls of creative energy, forming something bigger and powerful than its part taken separately. Each album of Ashan or Channelers seems like a private ceremony, which concentrates the overall aura of Inner Islands. Gathering of winds and waters, celebration of new cycle, which begins with every new batch of sounds released to the world... It may seem unimportant, but this is the thing of such intimate creations - it becomes bigger, when you inside of it. Like gazing at the drop of water, which reflects the whole sky. Each song here is a drop. And each tiny moment of silence between them is the passage from the inner to the outer. It's simply fascinating.

listen ~ buy

          Extended-Release Injectable Naltrexone (XR-NTX) With Intensive Psychosocial Therapy for Amphetamine-Dependent Persons Seeking Treatment: A Placebo-Controlled Trial        
imageObjective: Explore the efficacy of extended-release injectable naltrexone (XR-NTX) for preventing relapse to amphetamine use. Method: Clinical trial of 100 amphetamine-dependent, treatment-seeking patients who were randomized to 6 monthly 380 mg doses of XR-NTX or matching placebo before entering intensive outpatient after varying lengths of inpatient treatment in Reykjavik, Iceland. Weekly urine drug tests, retention, and standardized instruments assessed efficacy. Results: Of 169 approached, 100 were randomized. Although amphetamine dependence was the main reason for seeking treatment, three-quarters or more of participants had 1 or more other substance dependencies. Of 51 randomized to XR-NTX, 20 received 4 or more injections; of 49 assigned to placebo, 26 received 4 or more injections. Of the planned 2400 weekly urine drug tests, 1247 were collected (52%); 4% of these were positive for amphetamine, 8% for benzodiazepine, 7% for marijuana, 1% for cocaine, and 1% for opioid. XR-NTX had no effect on amphetamine-positive tests, retention, or other outcomes. Those providing half or more of their tests attended more weeks of treatment than those providing less than half of their tests (m = 10.76 vs 3.31; t (92) = 5.91, P < 0.0001), and 92 participants provided at least 1 test. Conclusions: Adding XR-NTX to the usual combination of inpatient and intensive outpatient treatment did not reduce amphetamine use. The low prevalence of substance use among collected urine samples, and the association between collected samples and weeks in treatment, was consistent with other studies showing that staying in treatment is associated with better outcomes.
          December 2014 Printed Matter!        

The latest installment of printed matter was mailed out early this month and, thanks to the US postal service (and those in the UK, Iceland, New Zealand and Canada), should be in the hands of the PLL members.

The matter includes the latest PLL anniversary poster (yes, five years!) and a lovely poster of Smithsonite. 

Also included: a letterpress print, Some Quasi-Versions of Pastoral, an homage to Robert Smithson, after Ian Hamilton Finlay's print Some Versions of Pastoral (an homage to William Empson and his book, Some Version of Pastoral).

All members receive packets of printed matter twice a year. If you would like to join the Library and receive this matter too, please contact the Librarian at personallibraries{at}gmail{dot}com.
Awesome. Today is the first day of a (hopefully work doesn't call and need me!) 10 day vacation. Again, awesome! This is a much needed vacation, even if I spend it all at home and rest. Not wasted time if you ask me.
We started the day in bed and just laid around until 10:00. I love my weekend morning coffee in bed, even more so when it's on a weekday!
Tonight is the first night of Passover, and we're off to my Moms, I'm not sure what's on the menu, but I know we're bringing chicken and I asked for tongue. Tongue is so holiday-ee, and I love it!
I'm bringing along my knitting to finish up, only have half a sleeve to do and then it's good to wear. I'm really happy with the way it turned out. Pictures hopefully this weekend!
I also hope to get another block or two for my Swoon blanket finished this week. 3 done 6 to go. Yikes.

 A bit wrinkled. Can you spot the bear?

 When I read the pattern, and it said "finished block size 24" ", I figured it would be big. ish. I go by the metric system, and even when I'm told a certain measurement in cm, I'm totally lost. I am not a length person at all. To me, everything is pretty close, or pretty small. 5 minutes away. 20km? That doesn't sound like a lot. (Or does it?!)
Anyways, apparently, 24" is BIG. As in VERY BIG. This sucker is going to cover our whole bed with room for Y to yank more of the blanket onto his side. 

Y took these pictures Saturday, and it was way to windy out to do anything, so into the house we went. the finished quilt will have way better pictures.
I'm not sure which of these three blocks are my favorite so far. Y says that each block I make is prettier than the last. He's so encouraging.
I fall in love with this fabric each time I cut into it. it's just the perfect collection. I'm glad I over bought, but might not be able to bring myself to using the leftover fat quarters!

I'm a bit afraid that the first two blocks are too pale, so I mixed it up with a darker fabric for the third. Those foxes are by far, my all time favorite fabric.
The next block will be the foxes fabric in yellow, hope that one won't be too bright. But if I believe what Y says, I have nothing to worry about.

Have you seen Essie's new Spring nailpolish? Totally into the Madison Hue Ave!

Dogs in slow motion

Not 100% sure why, but I want this

Hope everyone has a lovely week! ♥ 

          Volunteering: Iceland!        
Assistant for Seal Research in Iceland

The Icelandic Seal Center in Hvammstangi, North West Iceland and the Institute of Freshwater Fisheries are looking for research assistants for the summer of 2010. The work will consist of assisting in research on ecology and ethology of seals. It is necessary that the applicant in concern has a driver's license and preferably has finished at least a B.Sc degree in biology.

For further information, please contact Sandra Granquist on

You are also welcome to visit and

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          Update - 3 Days In        
Well, here we are, day 3. It may or may not hurt to type. The 9 Minute Missions - which are essentially torture sessions (burpees, anyone?) are killing me. Maybe that's dramatic. Or is it? I've not been this sore in ages, which tells me 1) I'm super out of shape and 2) Walking on treadmills does not a workout make. At least not when that's all you're doing.

On my mind on day 3:

  • The food intake seems to be okay. I'm tracking with My Fitness Pal and still coming in too high in calories on the low carb days. Which is sort of hilarious since I'm not exactly eating a lot. I figure this is all going to take continued fine tuning.

  • The workouts, as I mentioned before, are kicking. my. ass. I never would have believed you if you told me 9 minutes of exercises were harder than 60 minutes on a treadmill. I would have been wrong. I have been doing the cardio piece too, which involves walking the dogs and I've been trying to run up hills but it's triggering some spectacular asthma attacks, so I need to percolate on how to best manage the cardio aspect of fitness.
  • To be successful on this plan - really any plan I guess - one has to plan ahead. The last thing I wanted to do after entertaining all weekend was cook a big pot of ratatouille on Sunday at 10pm, but I did it, and I've been grateful this week to just be able to grab my already portioned tupperware and hit the road.
  • Spinach is very versatile. Tonight it substituted itself for pasta since we didn't have enough spaghetti squash and can I tell you how great it was with ground turkey and sauce?
  • I like the structure of 5 smaller meals a day, eating every 3 hours. I just keep screwing up dinner. We tend to eat much later than 6:30PM so I'm dragging on keeping up with the schedule in the evening.
  • I discovered a new product for the high carb day of carb cycling: Siggi's Skyr Yogurt. It's apparently Icelandic. And it's awesome. You should try it.
  • I haven't spend a dime on breakfast or lunch out this week. And let me tell you, I haven't missed it one bit. Plus, if I keep this up, we will definitely be millionaires. $12-$15/day on crap takeout foot adds up. 
  • I have switched to Unsweetened Vanilla Almond milk for my coffee. I'm saving approximately 75,000 calories every morning with this change.

And so that's that. I have found that I am tired much earlier every night. In fact I fell asleep in the middle of writing a blog post on Monday night. Getting up earlier and being more active plus the removal of unnatural stimulants are making me tired, but in a good way.

Until next time ....

          Melody Rose Christmas        
We are getting ready for Christmas and thought we’d let you know, we’ve updated our last posting dates for you here. LAST CHRISTMAS POSTING DATES   UK – Dec 21st 2016 or 22nd Dec 2016 for Express Delivery Austria, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg – December 16th 2016 USA/Canada/Finland for Christmas 2016 – 15th Dec […]
          Leiknir Reykjavik get set to tackle Iceland’s top tier        
Johann Sigurdsson brings us the story of Leiknir Reykjavik who are getting ready for their maiden campaign in Iceland's Pepsi League.
          UMF Stjarnan – The Icelandic ‘Invincibles’        
Rick Lloyd looks back on UMF Stjarnan's thrilling league campaign where the Icelanders went unbeaten.
          Iceland’s football revolution        
They may have just missed out on next year's World Cup but Iceland are setting themselves up for a bright future, writes Paul Little.
          The Monsters of Christmas        


BY SARAH ELIZABETH TROOP / 25 DEC 2Many of the ancient 

pagan observances during midwinter have been transformed or forgotten by our modern society. If you look into the origins of traditions practiced around Christmas today, you might be surprised to discover that the Christmas pastimes you know so well are themselves teeming with the macabre and strange.
However, in some countries where people have held fast to these ancient traditions, Christmas brings with it unthinkable terrors. For some, Christmas is a season filled with supernatural goings-on, ghosts, witches, magic, and especially monsters.
article-imageall illustrations by Dylan Thuras
Santa's European counterpart and earliest incarnation — Saint Nicholas â€” brings something other than just presents to your house. He brings along a demonic sidekick, Krampus. While the good children get gifts from Saint Nicholas, Krampus is given leave to mercilessly beat the naughty ones, shove them into his sack, and carry them promptly to Hell.  
This macabre skeleton mare of Welsh tradition rises from the dead and wanders the streets with her attendants, who are also fresh from the grave, to remind the living of their existence. Mary Lwyd has only one goal in mind — to get into your house. To keep the zombie horse out, you must engage in a battle of wits… in rhyme no less, usually on New Year's Eve, where the undead mare is represented by a puppeteer parading a horse skull on a pole draped in white cloth. 
In Italy, Russia, and parts of Eastern Europe, we encounter witches rooted in the fairy tale figure of Mother Holle who doles out punishments for the lazy, and riches for the hard working. In Italy she is known as La Befana and in Russia, Baboushka. Each January 6, she packs up and sets off on a broomstick to join the three kings who are also seeking the Christ Child. She searches every house and if she finds a child there, she leaves cookies and gifts behind. 
On New Year's Eve, Perchta roams the earth rewarding those who are hard working and generous, and punishing the idle and greedy. Her punishment of choice involves slashing open your stomach so she may violently rip out your intestines, which are then replaced by straw, rocks, and garbage. The tradition of having goose for Christmas is sometimes linked to witches like Perchta, who is often depicted as having a goose foot, along with the belief that goose fat enabled witches to fly.
In many places, such as Switzerland, Perchta rides with a throng of demonic-looking helpers — known as Straggele â€” who love to partake of the feast offerings left out for them on Christmas by people hoping for Perchta’s blessings of wealth and health in the new year. In some places, Straggele get to dole out the punishments themselves and aren’t terribly discerning as they rob all bad children and tear them to pieces in the air.
A creature from Scandinavian folklore who bears a resemblance to a gnome and lives among the dead inside burial mounds, the Tomten acts as a caretaker, protector, and helper of the household, that is if you don't anger him. The Tomten has quite the temper and is known for driving people insane with his tricks or biting them. The bites — being poisonous — typically lead to death. You would be well advised to leave a gift of food out on Christmas Eve for this fellow. 
In some German and Pennsylvannia Dutch communities, Belsnickel shows up a couple weeks before Christmas, filthy and dressed in rags and furs to beat the children who have misbehaved. As an 1872 Philadelphia newspaper recounted: ”Mr. Belsnickel [makes] his personal appearance dressed in skins or old clothes, his face black, a bell, a whip, and a pocket full of cakes or nuts; and either the cakes or the whip are bestowed upon those around…” Back in the 19th century it was popular for rowdy revelers to go "Belsnicking" and get drunk, vandalize the city, and play pranks. 
Père Fouettard made his first appearance in 1150, when he and his wife lured a trio of young boys into their butcher shop so they could rob them. Fouettard slit their throats and butchered the children, placing their remains in a barrel. When Saint Nicholas discovered the crime, he resurrected the boys and punished Fouettard by forcing the butcher into his eternal service. Now, this villain appears alongside Saint Nicholas and dispenses coal and floggings to those who deserve them. 
One of Iceland’s most renowned figures associated with Christmas — Gryla â€” is a giant troll who is in a perpetual bad mood due to her insatiable hunger… for children. Each Christmas, Gryla comes down from her mountain dwelling to hunt for naughty children. She places them in a sack and drags them back to her cave where she boils them alive for her favorite stew. Oh, and she has thirteen sons —the Yule Lads. 
The thirteen sons of Gryla, the Yule Lads are each known for a particular habit or characteristic, much like the Disney version of Snow White's seven dwarves. Most of them are depicted as mischievous pranksters and petty criminals. Icelandic children are visited each night on the thirteen days leading up to Christmas by a different Yule Lad, including such charmers as:
"Sheep Cote Clog," a peg-legged sheep fancier; "Gully Hawk" who hides out in ditches or gullies and waits for an opportune moment to run into the cow shed and lick the foam off the milk in the milking buckets; "Stubby" whose name denotes his stature as he is unusually short; "Spoon Licker," a licker and thief of spoons; "Pot Scraper" who is a petty thief of leftovers; "Bowl Licker" who hides under your bed and waits for you to absentmindedly put down your bowl so he can steal and yes, lick it; "Door Slammer" who slams doors all night; "Skyr Gobbler" who eats "skyr" yogurt; "Sausage Swiper" who steals sausage; "Window Peeper" who watches you from the windows; "Doorway Sniffer" who uses his incredibly large nose to sniff through doors to find bread; "Meat Hook" who always brings a hook along with him so he can steal meat; and "Candle Stealer" who follows children around so he can steal their candles, leaving them in the dark.
The pet of both Gryla and The Yule Lads, the Yule Cat’s prey consists of both children and adults. Unlike the other Christmas monsters, this cat does not care about your misdeeds during the year. The only insurance against being torn apart and eaten by this giant feline is receiving an article of new clothing for Christmas. Shop wisely. 
Illustrations by Dylan Thuras. 

Find more about the horrors of Christmas on Sarah Elizabeth Troop's blog: A Scary Little Christmas.

          Sagornas och trollens gröna ö        
Sagornas Island, ön som med vulkanisk kraft, sist av alla länder, lyckades tränga upp ur Nordatlanten, står fortfarande på tillväxt. Här möts motsättningar som mullrande vulkaner, hetvattenkällor och glaciärer.

Islands inland är otillgängligt med vulkaniskt uppbyggda högplatåer och sterila lavafält. Träd finns knappt, bara en och annan fjällbjörk. Skogen har skövlats av båtbyggare men ivrig nyplantering pågår. Varenda trädgård med självaktning i Reykjavik är full av björk och gran.

Vid Thingvallir är kontinentalsprickan mellan Nordamerika och Europa ett utflyktsmål.

Landskapet är kargt men oändligt vackert. Grässlätter,
vattendrag, hedmark med oansenliga fjällblommor och sammetsmjuk mossa möter turisten. Det är alldeles tydligt att månlandskapet står på tillväxt.

Hetvattenkällorna är Islands stora tillgång. De värmer växthusen med öns grönsaksodlingar likaväl som över 90 procent av bostäderna. Dessutom bubblar de upp ur marken och blir till hälsosamma friluftsbad året om. Luftens medeltemperatur är 5 plusgrader, tack vare golfströmmen, så här blir sällan riktigt kallt men heller aldrig särskilt varmt.

Vart femte Ã¥r eller sÃ¥ bjuder nÃ¥gon av öns 30 aktiva vulkaner pÃ¥ spekulativa skÃ¥despel. Mest känd är kanske Hekla – den största av dem alla - som genom Ã¥ren dÃ¥ och dÃ¥ - och senast Ã¥r 2000 - kastat glödande kol mot himlen och lÃ¥tit lavan välla ut över branterna. 

Enligt sagorna var hon samlingsplatsen för häxor och raka vägen ner till helvetet. Undra på att hon skrämde de första bosättarna halvt från vettet. För dagens islänningar är hennes vredgade utbrott mest en sevärdhet. När hon väl har lugnat sig igen, kommer turisterna som förr att åka upp till bergets topp och beundra utsikten.

Idag (2014/2015) sprider vulkanen Bardarbunga sina livsfarliga och av svavel doftande lavaströmmar över stora landomrÃ¥den. 

2010 satte vulkanen Eyjafjallajökull stopp för flygtrafiken i hela Europa under en dryg vecka. 

Fyrhjulsdrivet är ett måste på Island, där vägarna plötsligt bryts av steniga kullar,forsar och stora vattendrag.

Islänningarna är stolta. De kan sina sagor och värnar sitt fornnordiska språk. Ungefär så här talade våra svenska vikingar för tusen år sedan. De har bosatt sig längs kusterna och de allra flesta bor i Reykjavik som är årets kulturhuvudstad. Så sent som på 70-talet byggdes Ringvägen som gör det möjligt att åka bil och buss runt ön.

Huvudstaden är känd för sitt pulserande nöjesliv men det är framförallt vildmarken som lockar. Till Island kommer den som vill fiska lax och forell i älvarna eller ge sig ut i ”Obyggdir” på hästryggen eller med bil. En fyrhjulsdriven jeep är ett måste och en lokal bergsguide bakom ratten helt klart att föredra. Naturkrafterna på Island är ingenting för amatörer.

De varma källorna vid Landmannalaugar bjuder pÃ¥ välgörande friluftsbad Ã¥ret om.

Det vimlar av utflyktsmål. Bortom Hekla ligger Landmannalaugars varma källor med tillhörande camping. Härifrån utgår vandringsleder i

bergstrakterna förbi storslagna naturformationer. Ingen bör missa ”turisternas gyllene triangel” - det stora vattenfallet Gullfoss, gejsrarna i Haukadalur och Thingvellir, där alltinget höll till och där Island för precis 1000 år sedan kristna

Just här möts de nordamerikanska och europeiska kontinentalplattorna som varje år glider isär ytterligare några centimeter. Det är lätt att tappa andan. Thingvellir är en mäktig plats och kanske den vackraste av alla.

Gejsern Stokkur ena minuten...
... Gejsern Stokkur några minuter senare

Var femte minut sprutar gejsern Stockkur i hetvattenomrÃ¥det Geysir sitt kokheta vatten 25 meter upp i luften. 

Ni har väl sett killen i tv-reklamen som kokar sitt ris i den. 

Vattenkaskaden sjunker nämligen ner i sitt hål efter en stund för att fem minuter senare spruta upp igen.

Men pröva inte det där med rispåsen, om du kommer dit någon gång. Det funkar inte.

Vattenfallet Gullfoss eller Guldfallet i floden Hvitá på södra Island

Islandair, som svarar för en imponerande del av landets BNP. Närmare info och länkar till arrangörer som säljer paketresor finns på internetadress:

Och i alla stenrösen bor allsköns väsen och  troll.
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Yta: 103 000 km2 varav 11 procent är glaciärer
Läge: Island ligger i Nordatlanten – i höjd med UmeÃ¥ – mellan New York och Moskva
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          Low off Iceland        

          FULL REBUTTAL: Michael Radelet & Ben Cohen        
To: All Editors and crime/government/political reporters & commentators
       The Advocate

Michael L. Radelet, sociologist, University of Colorado
Ben Cohen, of counsel, Promise of Justice Initiative.

cc: Governor John Bel Edwards and staff
Louisiana House and Senate
Justices Louisiana Supreme Court
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and staff
Louisiana District Attorneys Assoc.
Louisiana Sheriff's Assoc.
Louisiana State Troopers Assoc.

All Catholic Diocese, Bishops and staff

Media throughout Louisiana 
Editors, Bureau Chiefs, Directors, Managers and government/crime reporters

RE: Full Rebuttal to:
Guest column: Death penalty deters crime? Facts and most criminologists beg to differ, Michael L. Radelet and Ben Cohen, The Advocate,  MAY 11, 2017

From: Dudley Sharp

I quote Radelet & Cohen (R&C), then rebut them, point by point, for every point.

1) Radelet & Cohen: "The Louisiana Legislature is considering two bills to replace the death penalty with life without parole, saving Louisiana — under conservative estimates — at least 10 million dollars annually."

Rebuttal: There is no cost analysis of life without parole and the death penalty in Louisiana.  Presumption is not fact, not matter how R&C wishes it to be so, to the contrary.

Here is a suggested, thorough "apples to apples" protocol for such a study (1). 

No one questions that Louisiana's death penalty system is inefficient and that it can be made much more responsible. It is not the death penalty which is inefficient, but the managers of the death penalty who are. Fix them.

For example, see Virginia, with 111 executions since 1976, within 7 years of appeals, on average, with an 11% overturning rate in appeals, a protocol which would save every jurisdiction money over life without parole (LWOP) (2).

If Virginia can do it so can Louisiana.

Rationally and legally, death penalty protocols should be less expensive than LWOP protocols, as detailed (2).

2) Radelet & Cohen: "As Frank Baumgartner and others have noted, some 82 percent of Louisiana death sentences imposed since 1976 have been reversed."

Rebuttal:   Radelet & Cohen have as difficult a time fact checking and doing math, as does Baumgartner.

Baumgartner established that there has been 241 death sentences in Louisiana, since 1976, with 127 reversed on appeal, which is 53%, not 82%, as previously sent to those addressed, hereto, with

Race & Reversals: Fact checking Prof. Baumgartner:
In a message dated 4/27/2017 4:07:52 P.M. CDT

also re-read

How bad is Prof. Frank Baumgartner?
In a message dated 4/27/2017 4:07:52 P.M. CDT

also sent to those addressed, hereto, on those dates.

A reliable, unbiased source established the death row overturning rate in Louisiana at 49%, as of Dec., 2013. In Virginia it is 11%. (TABLE 17, Prisoners sentenced to death and the outcome of the sentence, by jurisdiction, 1973–2013, Capital Punishment, 2013 - Statistical Tables | December 2014, Bureau of Justice Statistics, National Prisoner Statistics Program (NPS-8), page 20,

3) Radelet & Cohen: "And with last month’s exoneration of Rodricus Crawford, 11 individuals sentenced to death in Louisiana have been released from prison without any charges whatsoever. By any measure, Louisiana taxpayers are getting scammed."

Rebuttal:  Released does no mean actually innocent, as R&C both know (3), as do we all and, as detailed, to those addressed, hereto. with

Death Row: The "Exoneration" Frauds 
Date: 4/28/2017 6:54:38 A.M. CDT

4) Radelet & Cohen: "Jeff Sadow’s column of May 6 — suggesting Louisiana’s death penalty might save lives by deterring capital murder— is both empirically and logically moribund, and is counter to the views of virtually all the top criminologists in the United States. In 2012, the renowned National Research Council, a division of the National Academy of Sciences and composed of the foremost scholars in the United States, reviewed all the research done on the deterrence question, and concluded that there is not a shred of evidence that the death penalty has any effect on the homicide rate. Their report also discredited the small number of studies that had claimed to find a deterrent effect."

Rebuttal:  It has never and can never be proven that the death penalty deters none (4). R&C must know that. Therefore, your option is to risk sacrificing more innocents by having no death penalty/execution or to "risk" saving more innocent lives by having the death penalty/executions (4,5).

It is not disputed that the death penalty saves innocent lives, in, at least two ways, better than does LWOP (4).

In addition, by fact and reason, the death penalty is an enhanced deterrent over LWOP (4,5).

Most people understand what would happen if we stopped enforcing  all criminal laws. See Somolia. Most, if not all, sanctions deter some. Some sociologists and criminologists don't see it.  Willful blindness.

The National Research Council (NRC) study (the Nagin study) was headed by  Prof. Nagin, whose academic chair is paid for by an anti death penalty trust (4), with two other well known anti death penalty groups funding the study (6).  Conflicts of interest are rarely this obvious.

In addition, the Nagin study was, easily, undermined (6). It appears that the only thing the NRC did was to publish the study and to forget about NRC's conflict of interest rules (6).

The Nagin study did not discredit any of the studies finding for death penalty/execution deterrence (6). The Nagin study discredited itself, as detailed (6).

5) Radelet & Cohen: ". . .  (Radelet) found in a 2009 study, 95 percent of the nation’s top criminologists — a group to which it seems unlikely Sadow belongs — rejected the idea that the death penalty is a better deterrent than life without parole to the commission of homicide."

Rebuttal: First, in that study the criminologists tell you they believe in death penalty deterrence but reject "that the death penalty is a better deterrent than life without parole to the commission of homicide".  A little, rational progress.

Nearly all of us, inclusive of potential murderers, prefer life over death and fear death over life. That which we prefer more, deters less. That which we fear more, deters more. Basic.

What Radelet & Cohen "forgot" to infom you about Radelet's survey:

"Within this Survey, the response to question 12 finds that 92% of the criminologists agree that the death penalty may deter some." (7)

"The responses to question 8 found that 61% (or 46) of the criminologists found some support for the deterrent effects of the death penalty through the empirical, social science studies." (7)

6)  Radelet & Cohen: "Over the last 25 years, the murder rate in states without the death penalty has been consistently lower than in states with the death penalty."

Rebuttal: It's hard to believe that R&C are unaware that such tells us nothing.

As is well known, as a rule, deterrence cannot be measured by murder rates. Somehow, R&C are unaware? Really? Nagin's study used murder rates, as well.

Let's say Iceland and it's capital Reykjavikare are the country and city with the lowest crime and murder rates in the world.

Does that mean that every other city and country have no deterrence because their crime and murder rates are higher than those two?

Of course not. Such would be an absurd conclusion, which is what R&C want you to accept.

Deterrence is based upon whether some criminal activity is deterred because the potential criminal is restrained, based upon a conscious or subconscious fear of being caught and/or sanctioned, if they commit the crime, regardless of the crime rates and regardless of crimes going up, down or remaining the same.

If you looked at differences in crime rates within neighborhoods, zip codes, towns, cities, and counties within each state or between all the world's countries, with and without the death penalty, crime and murder rates will be high, some low, some medium, whether in a death penalty jurisdiction or not.  We all know it, just from the communities within which we live and our knowledge of the world.

For example: "Henderson, Nev., takes the No. 2 spot (America's Safest Cities) despite its location within the Metropolitan Statistical Area of Las Vegas-Paradise, which ranked ninth this year on Forbes’ list of America’s Most Dangerous Cities." (8)

In Louisiana, during the same period of time, we have this:

In the towns of Golden Meadow, Blanchard and DeQuincy the violent crime rate per 1000 was 0 (zero) (9).

In the towns of Hammond, Amite and Bastrop  the violent crime rate per 1000 averaged 250, one out of every four citizens (10).

Now do that same thing in the non death penalty jurisdictions of Michigan and Maryland, both with some of the highest murder rate sub-jurisdicitions in the US, but where you can also find some zero violent crime rate sub-jurisdicitions, as well.

And a comparison of countries, here (11).

All of which prove the obvious, that you can't just use murder rates to make a determination about deterrence. My guess it that Redelet has known that for about 40 years, just as with Prof. Nagin, who also used murder rates in the Nagin study.

7)  Radelet & Cohen: "Research in Arizona and Oklahoma suggests that having the death penalty increases rather than reduces the number of murders — indicating that it might actually have a brutalizing effect, increasing homicides and detracting from the valuing of life. There is reason to suspect that this brutalizing effect exists in Louisiana— where the state has the highest murder rate in the country."

Rebuttal: The "science", with this, is that if we have no sanctions, that we smile and love all criminals, give them flowers and iced tea after ever murder and rape, that because we are so altruistic, that such an atmosphere will transform criminals into Miss Manners and that utopia will reign.

That could be Senate Bill 455. Any one want to move that bill forward?

8)  Radelet & Cohen: "America’s police chiefs identify the death penalty as the last-ranked priority in reducing crime, and the most inefficient use of taxpayer dollars."

Rebuttal: It's the last ranked only because capital murder is the lowest by number of crimes, thank goodness. About 90% of police chiefs support the death penalty.

For the vast majority of police chiefs, capital murders are investigated by the best of the best detectives, showing the highest priority and have the highest rate of crimes solved, as many of us would suspect. And we all know, too well, that when an officer is murdered, it is the highest priority crime to be solved and a universal death penalty eligible crime, in US death penalty jurisdictions, as it should be.

9) Radelet & Cohen: "For many, life imprisonment is an even worse punishment than death on the gurney."

Rebuttal: Laughable. Possibly, we've had about 70,000 death penalty eligible murder since 1973, when states first began passing new statutes, in the modern death penalty era. We've sentenced about 8300 to death row, after about 25,000 death penalty option trials.

Of those 70,000 how many showed us that LWOP was worse than execution? About 141 "volunteered" for execution, meaning they waived future appeals and were executed

141 is 0.2% of 70,000, 0.56% of 25,000 and 1.7% of 8300.

So, R&C are telling us that 98.3%, 99.44% or 99.8% of capital murderers prefer life over execution. Hardly a surprise.

What we prefer more, deters less. What we fear more deters more.

Nearly 100% of all capital murderers do all they can, pre trial, in trial, within appeals and within executive clemency/commutation efforts to stay alive and avoid execution.

And nearly all of us feel the same way, inclusive of potential capital murderers.

10) Radelet & Cohen: "And when Sadow proposes a death penalty system that has reduced the risk of wrongful execution to zero, he is imagining a regime of perfection that does not exist."

 Rebuttal: Innocents are more at risk when we allow murderers to live (4).

Therefore, the anti death penalty position is to sacrifice more innocents by making sure that all guilty murderers live.

It's a trade off that anti death penalty folks have admitted to for decades.Well known anti death penalty scholars "(Charles) Black and (Hugo Adam ) Bedau said they would favor abolishing the death penalty even if they knew that doing so would increase the homicide rate by 1,000 percent." (4).

They both chose sparing the lives of 1300 guilty murderers (executed from 1973-2013) over saving an additional 6.3 million innocent lives, taken by murder (a 1000% increase in the murder rate 1973-2013).

Pro death penalty scholar Ernest van den Haag interviewed well known anti death penalty activists, asking them, if it was proven that 100 innocent lives were spared per execution, via deterrence, would you still oppose the death penalty. All said yes (4).

Based upon our 1300 executions (1973-2013), those anti death penalty folks would chose sparing the lives of 1300 guilty murderers over saving the lives of 130,000 innocents from murder.

11) Radelet & Cohen"we also suggest that academics think twice before disseminating unsubstantiated pseudo-science, especially when millions of dollars — along with the conscience of the community — are at stake."

Rebuttal: Radelet & Cohen need only look in the mirror.

1) Death Penalty Costs vs Life Without Parole Costs: Study Protocol

2)  see Virginia et al
Saving Costs with The Death Penalty

3) The Innocent Frauds: Standard Anti Death Penalty Strategy

4)    The Death Penalty: Saving More Innocent Lives

5) OF COURSE THE DEATH PENALTY DETERS: A review of the debate
99.7% of murderers tell us "Give me life, not execution"

6)  Death Penalty Deterrence: Defended & Advanced

7)  "Deterrence & the Death Penalty: A Reply to Radelet and Lacock"


9) "The 11 Safest Places To Live In Louisiana", by Kezia Kamenetz, Only in Your State, August 06, 2015,

10) "The 10 Most Dangerous Places In Louisiana", by Kezia Kamenetz, Only in Your State, August 09, 2015, 

11) "Death Penalty, Deterrence & Murder Rates: Let's be clear

also see

          North Carolina Death Penalty Costs (2004)        
Update: North Carolina Death Penalty Costs (2004) (1):
More Nonsense from Philip Cook

From Cook's more recent cost study (1).

1) Cook: " . . . the goal here is to estimate the hypothetical financial and in-kind consequences of abolishing the death penalty on July 1, 2004."

"Lacking a crystal ball, I make estimates for the recent past and offer the result as a best guess about the flow of savings in the future, with the proviso that there is considerable uncertainty around this steady-state assumption."

Sharp: "crystal ball" "estimates" "best guess" "uncertainty" "assumption" "to estimate the hypothetical". 

Let all that sink in. That's the "study".

Cook doesn't provide any "assumptions", "best guesses" and "hypotheticals" as to how North Carolina's death penalty can save money over life without parole (LWOP). He wouldn't.

Since 1976, Virginia has executed 111 of her murderers, 70% of those so sentenced, within 7 years of appeals, on average (2), a protocol that would save money over LWOP, in all jurisdictions.

Cook is aware but not interested. 

On death penalty issues, Cook appears to be an anti death penalty activist, who happens to be an academic.

2) Cook: "If the death penalty had been abolished on July 1, 2004, state government expenditures for processing murder cases would have fallen by $10.8 million per year." (pg 28).

Sharp: The $10.8 million "hypothetical estimate" cost savings of ending the death penalty would be $0.09 (9 cents) per month per North Carolinian.

9 cents per month   --    1/3 of a penny per day - $0.003/day

For some perspective, the cheapest cup of coffee at Starbucks is $1.75, or 525 times per day as expensive.

My hypothetical estimates are different than Cook's. 

The social and economic costs attributable to ending the death penalty are just too high.

Cook's latest study has many problems, as does his previous one (3).

3) Cook: "Note that the bottom line of this analysis rests on certain "assumptions" about how the relevant actors would respond to the abolition of the death penalty." pg 29 "The "estimates" of potential savings from abolition are developed here as follows." pg 3

Sharp: Cook has no clue as to those responses, for which he assumes and estimates.

4) Cook: "I assume that the number of courtrooms, judges, prosecutors, and support staff would not be affected by the abolition of the death penalty, nor would the budget of the NC Supreme Court." "The abolition of the death penalty would have other consequences that are unlikely to be reflected in agency budgets."  p8

Sharp: In fact, Cook cannot state that there will be any net reduction in the state budget, which would be attributable to elimination of the death penalty. 

Cook finds a cost savings of $0.003/day/North Carolinian  -  a "hypothetical estimate".

Can Cook tell us that his 
"hypothetical" end to the death penalty will not result in net additional costs to North Carolinians, as costs accrue, as:

a) defense specialists would turn their attention to fighting against LWOP, for which there is a well observed movement to end LWOP, a movement which mirrors the attack against the death penalty, as Cook well knows; and 

b) there will be no more plea bargains to LWOP, which, previously, saved the cost of trials and appeals, as Cook concedes; with 

c) all potential LWOP cases will now, all, have to go to trial, dramatically increasing total LWOP case costs, as Cook concedes,  and 

d) causing a huge social cost problem, whereby some cases that would have, previously, resulted in LWOP, will, now, be given life WITH parole, by either plea bargain or trial, as Cook concedes; and

e) the case that the death penalty/execution is an enhanced deterrent over LWOP is solid (7) and, therefore,  the reality of the social and monetary costs of more innocents being murdered far outweighs Cook's "hypothetical estimates" of saving money by ending the death penalty.

5) Cook: "Certainly, the debate in other states that have considered ending the death penalty has included a discussion of cost. That was true in the two states that actually did decide to abolish, New Jersey and New Mexico, and elsewhere. For example, the Maryland Commission on Capital Punishment recommended abolition of the death penalty in 2008, arguing its conclusion in part on the cost study by the Urban Institute (Roman et al., 2008)."  pg 2-3

Sharp: This reflects on Cook's lack of fact checking and/or his anti death penalty bias.

New Mexico's Legislative Finance Committee (LFC) used Cook's previous, misleading study on costs in North Carolina, not New Mexico's costs. So it had no effect on any cost debate in New Mexico, as Cook's study actually showed that LWOP was more expensive than the death penalty . . . in North Carolina  . . .  not New Mexico (4). The LFC didn't fact check Cook's study.

The New Jersey Death Penalty Commission NJDPC) found "The costs of the death penalty are greater than the costs of life in prison without parole, but it is not possible to measure these costs with any degree of precision." (5).

The NJDPC never looked at LWOP costs so it is hard to imagine how they reached that conclusion. Regardless, there is no savings amount identified. Plus, NJDPC made the same obvious error as other studies have, that is stating that death row incarceration costs are higher than general population cells. Capital murderers are most likely going to be in increased security cells, not general population. There is no evidence they looked at the costs savings of plea bargains to LWOP parole.

The Urban Institute (Maryland) made significant accounting errors in their study, errors, which when fixed, may have revealed no increase in costs with the death penalty (6).

Cook was, somehow, unaware? Did he not fact check?



 The death penalty saves more innocent lives, in three ways, than does life without parole (LWOP) (7,8).

6) Cook:"There is reason to believe that some of those defendants would have pled out to a lesser offense—second-degree murder, say—if the district attorney had lacked the leverage provided by the death penalty."  pg 2

Sharp: Precisely. Put plainly, more murderers will be released, increasing the costs of additional harm to innocents.  Murderers and other anti death penalty folks, like Cook, may cheer, but I suspect most North Carolinians would happily spend an additional $0.003/day to keep murderers on death row or serving LWOP, as opposed to being released, a huge additional cost.

Sharp: Since 1973, there have been 14,000 - 28,000 actual innocents murdered by those known murderers that we allowed to murder, again - recidivist murderers (two different recidivism studies from different years) (7).

Obviously, the death penalty provides increased incapacitation protection over lesser sanctions, thereby protecting more innocent lives.

7) Cook: "(deterrence) was set aside on the grounds that there is no basis for predicting whether abolition of the death penalty would increase or reduce the murder rate, and good reason to believe that the effect in either direction would be small." pg 31

Sharp: Deterrence is not measured by murder or crime rates. If it was then we would conclude that no potential crimes were deterred in all other countries, simply because, for example, Iceland has the lowest crime and murder rates and, therefore, no criminals in all other countries were deterred by sanction, because all other countries had higher crime rates than Iceland. 

Absurd, of course.

Deterrence is measured by there being lower net crime rates  than there, otherwise, would be without sanction. For example, if we ended all sanctions, would crimes and the crime rates go up? No rational person has any doubts.

Cook is in error by asserting that there is no greater probability of deterrence.

The evidence that the death penalty.executions deter some is overwhelming (7,8).

The evidence that the death penalty/executions deter none does not exist (7,8).

Death is feared more than life. Life is preferred over death. What is feared more deters more. What is preferred more deters less.

It is not up to death penalty supporters to prove deterrence.  The evidence is on our side.

It is up to deterrence naysayers to prove that the death penalty/executions deter none, which they have never and can never establish.

All sanctions, all negative prospects and all negative incentives deter some, all truisms and all well known, with the death penalty/executions being the harshest sanction, the worst negative prospect and the greatest of negative incentives.

Cook also avoids the risk to innocents, if we are unsure about deterrence. There is no balance in the sparing of innocents.

If we are unconvinced and there is death penalty/execution deterrence and we don't execute, we sacrifice more innocents.

If unknowable, we must execute, if innocent lives matter.


Rebuttal to follow on these two:

Deterrences (Donohue and Wolfers, 2006a, 2006b). p 10-14

"Isaac Ehrlich’s research in this regard has received the most attention, motivating the creation of an expert panel of the National Academy of Sciences—whose report was skeptical of Ehrlich’s findings (Blumstein et al., 1978)." 13

1)  Potential Savings from Abolition of the Death Penalty in North Carolina, American Law and Economics Review (Advance Access) published December 11, 2009, Philip J. Cook, Duke University

2) See Virginia within
Saving Costs with The Death Penalty

3) "Duke (North Carolina) Death Penalty Cost Study: Let's be honest"

4) New Mexico's Death Penalty Cost Study


see also

"DEAD WRONG: NJ Death Penalty Study Commission", Dudley Sharp, 2007,

6) Death Penalty Costs: Maryland

7) The Death Penalty: Do Innocents Matter? A Review of All Innocence Issues

8) OF COURSE THE DEATH PENALTY DETERS: A review of the debate
99.7% of murderers tell us "Give me life, not execution"

          Spring at the Nursery, Part 2        
This is just a brief post of some pics of certain inspiring plants at the nursery over the last week or two.

A few from Papaver nudicaule 'Gartenzwerg' (Garden Gnome Iceland Poppy).
Next a couple of Aquilegia (Colubmine), first A. 'Origami Red & White', a superior form and then the newer A. canadensis 'Pink Lanterns', a plant I've been waiting patiently for years to finally see in full bloom.
Finally, a plant which I have a hard time not photographing each spring, Dicentra spectabilis 'Goldheart'.

Here's to dirt under your nails.

Mark, the coolplantsguy
          Things & Stuff #2        
'Things & Stuff' is where I share the...emm...things and stuff that I've been enjoying recently.  I wrote the first one back in May with the intention of it becoming a monthly series.  That went well...!

  • Exciting news to start off with....we've bought a house!  It's a new build and should be ready for us to move in in January (we were originally hoping to be in before Christmas, but it kept getting delayed, as is the norm for new properties it seems!).   It's fairly close to where my parents live so we've been getting regular photo updates as the build progresses - it's been fun seeing it develop from a literal pile of bricks to an actual house with windows and doors!  At the moment they are working on the inside, and I can't wait to get in and see what it's like.  We've gone for a townhouse, so there's 3 floors, with a living room, kitchen/dining room, and WC on the ground floor, 3 bedrooms and a bathroom on the 1st floor, and a master bedroom with ensuite and dressing room on the 2nd floor.  Considering we currently live in a small 2 bedroom / 1 bathroom flat, it's going to be quite the change - and we've got so much stuff to buy!  So yes, link me your favourite interior/furniture websites in the comments please.

  • My pal and fellow blogger Gillian from Elevatormusik has recently started a similar series to this one called This and That.  I used to love her Sunday Summary posts so I'm looking forward to more life update posts. My old fave Hannah Gale is also doing something similar called Weekly Charts.  Yay to the return of old school blogging!

  • Look who's back.  Back again.  My camera's back.  Tell a friend. (Thanks to John Lewis replacing the lens kit!)

  • I loved this 20 Amazing Facts About Periods article on Betty.  I can definitely relate to a couple, particularly #4 - I am SO CLUMSY during my period, so I'm glad to hear this is an actual thing and not just me being a dropper.

  • On the subject of periods, I want to give a shout out to a few Youtubers who have been creating some great period-positive content recently.  Hannah Witton has her Hormone Diaries series where she discusses topics like contraception and smear tests, fellow Scottish Youtuber Erin does her Week in the Life of a Period vlogs, and Tara has a similar series called Shark Week.  Go girls!

  • My current TV obsession is The Missing. Is anyone else watching it?  I enjoyed the first series but I think this second series is so much better - I don't know what the hell is going on, and I love it.  I haven't watched this week's episode yet though so NO SPOILERS THANK YOU PLEASE.

  • Did you know that Iceland sell frozen baked potatoes? Sounds mental, but trust me - they are a revelation.  5 mins in the microwave and they taste like proper oven cooked, crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, baked tatties.  Needless to say we're eating baked potatoes with every meal now.

          BANG BANG: Brian Darr        
[BANG BANG is our week-long look back at 20!!, or "Twenty-bang-bang," or 2011, with contributions from all over aiming to cover all sorts of enthusiasms from film to music to words and beyond.]

5 x 5 by Brian Darr

2011 was a year filled with terrible and wonderful things for me. When it comes to film-watching, there was plenty that fell into the "wonderful" category. My relationship with the cinema, and especially the "new" cinema, is constantly changing, and finding a way to put together a coherent top ten list encapsulation was more of a struggle for me than ever this year. So in true obsessive fashion, I've made a "modular" top ten, exploiting various quirks of eligibility that diehard list-watchers and -makers may recognize, but that everyone else can just read as an excuse for a nice round top 25.

Five magnificent films that had a week-long "commercial" release in San Francisco in 2011. Definitely on my top ten list, no matter how you slice it.
  • Margaret (Kenneth Lonergan, 2011) From the beautifully slo-mo opening sequence of Manhattanites in ritualized motion, reminiscent of James Benning's early collaborations with Bette Gordon, I suspected I was seeing something special. Drying my eyes during the closing credits, I knew for sure that I had. "You will weep and know why." If you've heard of this sprawling, 150-minute character drama about a teenager (Anna Paquin) struggling with every emotion under the sun in the wake of a traffic accident, you've probably also heard how it was given short shrift by a studio contractually obliged to release it but seemingly determined to take a loss on it. Though frustrations of the legal system is a sub-theme of the movie, (as are poetry, post-9/11 stress, burgeoning sexuality, opera, and a million other concerns) it's a shame that the story of Margaret's belated and shoddy distribution has overshadowed all other discussions about the film. To be expected when prints disappear from theatres after a week or two, and perhaps reversible now that the film is re-opening at a Greenwich Village theatre today; I hope a Frisco Bay venue tries the same gambit soon.
  • Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Part Lives (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2010) Into the cave.
  • The Tree of Life (Terence Malick, 2011) Into the light. Multiple viewings and much ruminating have made its evident flaws insignificant in the face of its visionary design.
  • A Dangerous Method (David Cronenberg, 2011) Keira Knightley's polarizing performance in this impeccably composed, perfectly Cronenbergian film, led my way to a new understanding of my long-least favorite genre: the biopic. Historical figures perform specific functions for modern humans; why not allow actors to embody these functions by acting them out on screen?
  • Certified Copy (Abbas Kiarostami, 2010) It's a bit strange that the San Francisco Film Critics Circle picked a largely English-language film for their 2011 Foreign Language Film award. I'll approve and attribute it to the masterful illusionism practiced by its Iranian director, its French star (Juliette Binoche), and the Tuscan countryside setting. All three create a mesmerizing surface beneath which there is even more to see, and contemplate. English-language films just don't do that, do they? Except for the exceptions.

Five superb films I saw in 2011 that screened in San Francisco for the first time this year. All had so-called "commercial" releases except the first one listed; it played for a week in New York but had only a handful of screenings at the San Francisco International Film Festival here.
  • The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceaucescu (Andrei Ujica, 2010) "Look in my eyes; what do you see?...I'm the smiling face on your TV..." The past months have seen the final days of two of the world's most reviled dictators. We can hope, but not really expect, that they won't be replaced by others equally heinous somewhere in the world. But how often does tyranny conform to the images we expect from it? Such a question is at the center of this three-hour compilation of naked newsreel footage taken from the archives of the 1965-1989 Romanian leader's personal photographers. Kim Jong-il's father Kim Il-sung makes an astonishing cameo appearance.
  • The Time That Remains (Elia Suleiman, 2009) Palestinian director Suleiman applies the darkly absurdist, somewhat Tati-esque style he perfected in his previous film Divine Intervention to even more overtly autobiographical material. If its predecessor is any indication, it should only grow in my estimation with repeated viewings in the coming years.
  • The Arbor (Clio Barnard, 2010) A strange and remarkable work. The documentary tradition in theatre is long but little-known, so bringing some of its techniques for merging non-fiction material with acted performance into a cinematic sphere feels like a real breath of fresh air. It's particularly inspired in the service of its subject: the life and legacy of Yorkshire playwright Andrea Dunbar.
  • The Skin I Live In (Pedro Almodovar, 2011) I run hot and cold on Pedro's filmography, and had even skipped Broken Embraces after being disappointed by his previous two features. I'm back on board. Here, he forays into horror and science fiction without upsetting his delicate balance of telenovelistic melodrama and cinematic spectacle. To hint at why this film is something only Almodovar might have devised is to give too much of its plot away. I'll just say that maybe Bad Education could've been improved with a hint of Karl Freund's 1935 Mad Love in it.
  • Inni (Vincent Morisset, 2011) Is this monochromatic, visually experimental shadow box a new way forward for the concert film? If you prefer imagining the Icelandic band's sustains ricocheting against the back of a darkened concert hall rather than off beautiful mountains and lakes (as in 2007's Heima), then this is the Sigur Rós movie for you.

Five beautiful films which I didn't see in 2011, but which were first publicly screened in San Francisco this year and were a big part of my conversations about cinema. Having seen them in 2010, I wish I'd made time to see them again when they played in local cinemas in 2011.
  • A Useful Life (Federico Veiroj, 2010) I never had to see a Uruguayan film before this one to fall in love with this neorealist-goes-expressionist oratorio for that tiny country's cinema culture and one average man's place in it. And out of it.
  • The Mysteries of Lisbon (Raul Ruiz, 2010) A fitting swan song for one of the most mysterious filmmakers I know. The impossible-to-peg Chilean died in August but not before gracing us with a beautiful, sprawling adaptation of a novel by 19th-century Romantic Camilo Castelo Branco. (No, I hadn't heard of hm before either.) Dig those digital split diopter shots!
  • Another Year (Mike Leigh, 2010) The British misanthrope-or-is-he's most Ozu-esque film to date.
  • Meek's Cutoff (Kelly Reichardt, 2010) One of the American filmmakers best at portraying the so-called "outsiders" (or should I say the 99%?) of our modern society points her camera into history, showing us the stratifications found among a small community of pioneers heading West circa 1845.
  • Essential Killing (Jerzy Skolimowski, 2010) Just as exciting as The Fugitive except far more ambiguous and ambivalent about its moral position. Pure cinema.

Five terrific films that I saw at San Francisco festivals or other alternative venues in 2011, that have yet to secure "commercial" distribution in this country, as far as I am aware. In alphabetical, not preferential, order.
  • 28.IV.81 (Descending Figures) (Christopher Harris, 2011) A brightly-colored dual-projector comedy set amidst a Florida amusement park passion play where baseball caps mingle with Centurion helmets.
  • Chantrapas (Otar Iosseliani, 2010) Films about filmmaking are cinephile catnip, right? Well, this certainly trumps The Artist as an authentically moving tribute to a vanished mode of production left behind for a new life and search for meaning.
  • Disorder (Weikai Huang, 2009) Around Guangzhao in an hour. Dizzying in design, execution, imagery, editing style, and political audaciousness. Truly the closest thing to Dziga Vertov's vision for his kinoks the 21st Century has seen thus far in a single work.
  • HaHaHa (Hong Sangsoo, 2010) One of the funniest and most thought-provoking films from one of my favorite working directors. Need I say more?
  • Lethe (Lewis Klahr, 2009) Klahr's collage films can provide a closer look at vintage comic book art than even the most finicky collector is likely to take unless scrutinizing that line between "very fine" and "near mint". We see the visual DNA of colors and shading magnified, and at the same time we read between the panels, guided by the filmmaker's temporal and spatial dislocations. The standout of a strong set of new-ish work Klahr brought for local premieres this year, Lethe is a remix of a 1960s Doctor Solar story that becomes a noirish drama set to Gustav Mahler.

Five amazing films I saw in 2011 that have yet to screen publicly anywhere in San Francisco. In alphabetical, not preferential, order.
  • Almayer's Folly (Chantal Akerman, 2011) Entrancingly old-fashioned adaptation of Joseph Conrad's first novel, transposed to stuck-in-time Cambodia.
  • the Day He Arrives (Hong Sangsoo, 2011) Is Hong's return to black-and-white cinematography, eleven years and as many films after Virgin Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors, a sign that we should question the veracity of every scene, but this time around without a bifurcated structure to help guide us?
  • Ghost Dance (Mark Wilson, 2009) Named for the call to apocalyptic change performed by the Modoc (as beautifully described in Rebecca Solnit's book River of Shadows), this brief, but spectacularly ever-expanding animation recalls Eadweard Muybridge's own technological call for for a paradigm shift.
  • Longhorn Tremelo (Scott Stark, 2010) Begins and ends as a study of black shadows against mobile fields, but goes through a dazzling array of burnt-orange-and-white permutations in between. A version is viewable on vimeo, but I'd love to be able to see the full two-projector version somehow.
  • The Turin Horse (Bela Tarr, 2011) A Nietzche-inspired tour-de-force from one of the most forceful visions around.



Brian Darr lives in San Francisco, where he watches movies, though he's been known to travel for cinema as well. He blogs here and twitters here.

          KIll J - "Gravity" [Pop]        

- "Gravity" music video by KIll J
- Added on 10-08-2017
- Genre : Pop
- Description : KIll J - Gravity [Official Music Video] - - Follow Kill J: - - - - - - - - "Denmark's Kill J has been one of our favorite pop artists for a couple of years now, and with every new move it feels like she's sharpening her knife. There's something severe about Kill J's approach to music, whether sonically, lyrically, or visually, and "Gravity" is no exception…meticulously crafted song with sleek production and gorgeous melodies..." – Pigeons & Planes - - Avant-garde pop artist Kill J premiered the clip for her latest single, “Gravity,” on Pigeons & Planes yesterday. The track was co-produced with Nector and recently premiered on The Line of Best Fit who said… - “The chorus swells in classic ballad fashion, once again confirming that Kill J has a voice that's often unmatched in modern pop music." - - "The video is supposed to illustrate the theme of the song, which is when in a crisis, you can find calm and centeredness in the laws of nature in the same way we do in religion. Gravity is a prayer. Experiencing the wait of your body being drawn down or into another larger body (in our case, the earth) is a peaceful comfort – a relief from anxiety. Because no one and nothing is alone. Everything is constantly being pulled, pushed or drawn towards other bodies. The forces of the universe makes sure it. The light drawings in the video are supposed to illustrate the many similarities between religion and science. The symmetry in religious ornamentation is not so different from the scientific formulas and illustrations we find in science. And in a way, for me, they often tell the same story. I am not religious in a traditional sense. But I have faith. I believe, that science will save us all in the end and deliver us from evil and heartache." - - An artist who always pushes the boundaries of pop music conventions, combining the sweet with the ugly, Kill J is currently putting the finishing touches to her highly anticipated debut studio album for Nettwerk Records. - - Kill J was catapulted into the global spotlight with her first single “Phoenix” in late 2013. Her debut EP, Quasi, was released in 2016 along with a slew of critically acclaimed performances at the renowned international arts festival SXSW. Kill J has already gained a legion of fans in the media including Stereogum, Pigeons and Planes, NYLON, The Guardian, SPIN, The Line of Best Fit, and The Fader, whilst receiving airplay from the likes of Huw Stephens and Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1. - - Kill J is an alias for classically trained singer/songwriter/pianist Julie Aagaard, whose formative years were heavily influenced by American pop acts like Mariah Carey to Iceland’s Bjork. At 19, she decided to stray from becoming a classical singer and refocus her talent. The result is a sound that loosely reflects her early musical influences while creating something that is uniquely her. -
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          Volcano Observer: Sir William Hamilton and Mount Vesuvius        
As news of the erupting and disruptive Icelandic volcano has streamed worldwide, we should pause to pay homage to the pioneering work of the British diplomat, collector, and amateur vulcanologist Sir William Hamilton (1730–1803).

Appointed Britain’s special envoy to the Spanish court at Naples, Hamilton seems to have been captivated by Mount Vesuvius from the first. Writing to the president of the Royal Society of London—Britain’s national academy of science—he noted, “I have attended particularly to the various changes of Mount Vesuvius from the 17th of November 1764, the day of my arrival at this capital.”
          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 11-03-2016 with EC        

Roland Dyens- Bluesette - Night And Day Visite Au Jazz
Bossacucanova- Berimbau feat Os Cariocas - The Best Of Bossacucanova
Patti Smith Group- Privilege Set Me Free - Easter
Baka Beyond- Heart Of The Night - After The Tempest
De La Soul- Snoopies with David Byrne - And The Anonymous Nobody
ALLOY ORCHESTRA- Thursday Waltz - Masters Of Slapstick
Jane Bunnett Maqueque- Changui Del Guaso - Oddara
Los Fabulosos Cadillacs- Juan - La Salvacin De Solo Y Juan
XTC- Scarecrow People - Oranges And Lemons
Adrian Sherwood- XPlantation - Never Trust A Hippy
Dave Alvin- Daddy Rolling Stone - Unsung Stories
Okkervil River- She Would Look For Me - Away
The Breath- Antwerp - Carry Your Kin
Lambchop- Flotus - Flotus
Mixed Culture- Si Vas A Tirar - Movement In Roots
Macy Gray- Annabelle - Stripped
Devendra Banhart- Mara - Ape In Pink Marble
Battles- Dot Com - La Di Da Di
So Percussion- Work Slow Life - Amid The Noise
UB40- Food For Thought 2010 Remaster - Signing Off
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Samaris- Wanted 2 Say - Made In Iceland Vol 8
Courtney Barnett- History Eraser - The Double EP A Sea Of Split Peas
Alsarah The Nubatones- Fulani - Manara
Tom Robinson Band- Glad To Be Gay - Rising Free The Very Best Of TRB
Jane Siberry- An Angel Stepped Down and Slowly Looked Around - When I Was A Boy
Todd Rundgren- Influenza - With A Twist
Locos Por Juana- Se Fue La Luz feat Choc Quib Town - Somos De La Calle
David Byrne- Dance On Vaseline - Feelings
Carmaig DeForest- Cracks No Worse Than The Fascist Threat - I Shall Be Released
Madeleine Peyroux- More Time - Secular Hymns
Titi Robin- Sur Tes Pas - Taziri
Sippie Wallace- Parlor Social De Luxe - Rough Guide To Blues Women
Elvis Costello- Opportunity - Get Happy
Juliana Hatfield- Needle In The Hay - Say Yes A Tribute To Elliott Smith
Snarky Puppy- Liquid Love feat Chris Turner - Family Dinner Vol 2

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          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 08-23-2016 with EC        

Corinne Bailey Rae- Tell Me - The Heart Speaks In Whispers
Prince Far I- Black Man Land - Black Man Land
Emma Louise- Talk Baby Talk - Supercry
Wye Oak- No Dreaming - Tween
Oran Etkin- Nama - The Same Heart Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Bjrk- Notget - Vulnicura Live
Ron Whitehead- Never Give Up - I Will Not Bow Down
9bach- Yr Olaf - Anian
Mats Wawa- Planet Of The Grapes - Classics EP
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Magazine- Under The Floorboards - After The Fact
Devendra Banhart- Heard Somebody Say - Cripple Crow
Sonic Youth- Unknown Theme - Spinhead Sessions
Samaris- Wanted 2 Say - Made In Iceland Vol 8
Greylag- Yours To Shake - Greylag
Renato Braz- Sodade Meu Bem Sodade - Saudade
The Colorblind James Experience- A Different Bob - The Colorblind James Experience
Iggy Pop- Nightclubbing - Nude Rude The Best Of
Black Mountain- Mothers Of The Sun - IV
Joseph Arthur- BigCity Secrets - Big City Secrets
Feronia- Little Bird - To Emmylou
Beth Orton- Wave - Kidsticks
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Leon Redbone- Diddy Wa Diddie - Double Time
MAYA ANGELOU- On Working White Liberals - BLACK PEARLS
MAYA ANGELOU- Homewreckers Lament - BLACK PEARLS
Caetano Veloso Gilberto Gil- Terra Ao Vivo - Dois Amigos Um Sculo De Msica Multishow Live
David Bowie- Blackstar - Blackstar
Zola Jesus- Hikikomori - Conatus
So Percussion- September - Amid The Noise
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Vampire Weekend- Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa - Vampire Weekend
Lint- Jolly Bobbins - Sexyharassment
Compass Mexican Institute Of Sound Toy Selectah- Before The Sunset feat Gael Garcia Bernal Stela Campos Bruno Morais Iara Renno - Compass
Paul McCartney Linda McCartney- Ram On - RAM
The Hot Sardines- When I Get Low I Get High feat Alan Cumming - French Fries Champagne

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          Latin American Wings (LAW) avanza en seguridad operacional mientras anticipa un incremento de flota        
Por Ricardo J. Delpiano

LAW B737-300 mantto (RD)
Foto: Ricardo J. Delpiano
Con la premisa de que la seguridad operacional no se puede ni debe ser transada, Latin American Wings (LAW) ha elegido a Seabury Solutions, líder en soluciones IT de aviación a nivel global para incrementar su eficiencia de su área técnica. Se trata de la adquisición de la solución M&E Alkym para la gestión de mantenimiento de la flota actual y futura de la compañía chilena.

Con más de una década de experiencia en la industria, Seabury Solutions ha desarrollado e implementado software para distintos operadores a nivel mundial. Uno de sus productos es precisamente la solución M&E Alkym, que brinda un control y gestión de mantenimiento de flota sobre una base de máxima funcionalidad, reducción de costos, utilización amigable, tiempos cortos de implementación, capaz de acompañar el crecimiento del operador con un respaldo permanente. Según sus creadores, las ventajas del software permiten incrementar la eficiencia operacional, reducir los costos operativos, mejorar la productividad y favorecer el desarrollo de la organización.

Andrés Dulcinelli, gerente general de LAW, asegura que “la proyección de desarrollo contempló en todo momento, la necesidad de incorporar una herramienta para realizar la gestión del mantenimiento de nuestras aeronaves de manera eficiente. Esto nos llevó a elegir ALKYM, un software de clase mundial que no sólo cubre nuestros requerimientos actuales, sino que además prevemos nos podrá acompañar en el crecimiento de la compañía, al momento de ir incorporando nuevas aeronaves a nuestra flota.”

Manuel Roché, vicepresidente de Ventas LATAM de Seabury Solutions, destaca que la incorporación de LAW a su cartera de clientes “es muy importante ya que el mercado aeronáutico chileno es uno de los más profesionales y eficientes a nivel latinoamericano. En ese sentido, es un orgullo que tomen en cuenta nuestro producto y creemos que puede ser un gran aporte en temas como mantenimiento programado, optimización en el racionamiento y el uso de inventario, entre otros.”

Fortalecer los trabajos de mantenimiento es fundamental para brindar un servicio totalmente seguro a las operaciones actuales, considerando la alta tasa de utilización de las aeronaves y el crecimiento significativo que tendrá la flota en los próximos años.

Actualmente, LAW posee en operación cuatro Boeing 737-300 y por estos días está incorporando un quinto ejemplar. En un plazo de un año y medio a dos años, espera triplicar ese número, incorporando hasta 14 B737-300 que estarán destinados a ampliar gradualmente sus operaciones en Chile y en la región, especialmente tras la adquisición de StarPerú.

“Al comprar StarPerú queremos meternos firme en el mercado doméstico peruano pero también aprovechar todo lo que corresponde a la 5ta libertad desde Lima, por lo que tenemos concentrar mucha fuerza en varios destinos,” dice Dulcinelli al ser consultado sobre las novedades de la flota. En conversación, indica que parte de esos aviones ayudarán a homologar las flotas de StarPeru y LAW con una sola familia de aviones, lo que se traducirá en mayor eficiencia operativa así como en mayor capacidad para mover más pasajeros. “Seis de esos aviones se irán a ese reemplazo”, anticipa.

El ejecutivo destaca que la adquisición de la aerolínea peruana será un salto significativo para el crecimiento de LAW que complementará la expansión que están desarrollando en Chile. “StarPerú nos trae mucho beneficios. Estaba en los GDS algo que no teníamos y por otro lado, es una marca muy respetada con una operación de 20 años, seria y con un muy buen background operativo que queremos impulsar”.

Los planes de LAW son ambiciosos. Con servicio más tradicional (legacy), esperan abrirse camino en el mercado latinoamericano siguiendo un modelo hub-spoke a través de Santiago y Lima. Parte de los proyectos consisten en ingresar al mercado de larga distancia hacia Norteamérica aprovechando una reciente adjudicación de frecuencias que incluyen derechos de 5ta libertad en Lima y en Caracas. Para materializar las nuevas rutas, LAW está próxima a adquirir dos B767-300ER ex Air New Zealand.

Dulcinelli cuenta que la selección del B767 responde a sus prestaciones y a la extraordinaria fiabilidad operacional que posee, agregando que los ejemplares de la aerolínea neozelandesa se encuentran en perfectas condiciones y con la ventaja de haber estado siempre bajo un mismo operador desde su entrega. Agrega que a partir de octubre esperan adquirir también un B757-200 en régimen ACMI. “Vamos a tomar un avión de Icelandair un B757 por un periodo de cinco meses para volar la ruta a Caracas y abrir nuevos destinos en Norteamérica, aprovechando los permisos que tenemos”, señala.

Las inversiones en seguridad como en flota son parte de las carpetas de trabajo que LAW posee para el corto-mediano plazo y que deben ser entendidos como un proceso de transformación integral que toma tiempo e inversiones. Por lo mismo, en la compañía enfatizan en el rol gradual de estos, más todavía cuando uno de los objetivos es brindar un servicio seguro, completo y de alta calidad al pasajero.


Did you know that 26% of Icelanders believe in elves?

Edit: Tomas Franta
DOP: Martin Kacvinsky
Music: Ólafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm – Four

Cast: kaco

Tags: iceland, island, nordic, canon, raw, ml, magiclantern, travel, nature, mlraw, europe, outdoor, glacier, volcano and iceland wedding

          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 12-29-2014 with Mark Doyle        

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Karl Blau- Nothing New - Zebra
Wayne Horvitz- And Sing This Song - Miracle Mile
Lay Low- Our Conversations - Made In Iceland Vii
Charlotte Gainsbourg- Little Monsters - 555 Bonus Track Version
Hector Buitrago- Altisimio - Conector
Tin Hat Trio- Width Of The World - Helium
Various Artists- Emil Deta Devla God Bless - Rough Guide To Hungarian Music
Primus- Golden Ticket - Primus The Chocolate Factory With The Fungi Ensemble
Quilt- Mary Mountain - Held In Splendor
Anna Homler Geert Waegeman Pavel Fajt Koen VAN ROY- Iron Rain - Corne De Vache
X Legged Sally- Am Tisch - Killed By Charity
Timber Timbre- Creep On Creepin On - Creep On Creepin On
BETH CUSTER- Rich Blanket Of Love - Dona Luz 30 Besos
Piney Gir- The Longest Day Of Spring - Outta Sight EP
Amy X Neuburg- My Fuzzy Muse - Residue
The EC Nudes- Crystal Palace - Vanishing Point
Mecca Normal- What About The Boy - The Family Swan
Iva Bittov Gyan Riley Evan Ziporyn- Melismantra - Eviyan Live
Kate Bush- Under Ice - Hounds Of Love
Kate Bush- 50 Words For Snow - 50 Words For Snow
Lay Low- Talking About The Weather - Talking About The Weather
Tuxedomoon- The Storm - Pink Narcissus
Kristi Stassinopoulou- Sol Invictus - Echotropia
Warsaw Village Band- My Fate - Nord
Rickie Lee Jones- Donkey Ride - The Sermon On Exposition Boulevard
Thinking Plague- Love - In This Life
Radian Howe Gelb- Pitch And Sway Again - Radian Verses Howe Gelb
Charlotte Gainsbourg- Masters Hands - IRM Version Deluxe
Charlotte Gainsbourg- IRM - IRM Version Deluxe
Eno Hyde- Time To Waste It - High Life
ROBIN HOLCOMB- So Straight And Slow - LP
Piney Gir- K I S S I N G - Peekahokahoo
Marta Sebestyen- Tavasz Tavasz - The Best Of Marta Sebestyen
Laurel MacDonald- Wing And A Prayer - Wingspan Ep
Zammuto- Io - Anchor

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          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 12-23-2014 with Wally        

Aan- Daylight - PDX Pop Now 2014 Compilation
Phox- 1936 - Phox
Trio Subtonic- Night Runners - PDX Pop Now 2014 Compilation
Tennis- Meter And Line - Ritual In Repeat
William Onyeabor- Atomic Bomb feat Hot Chip - What
Zammuto- Dont Be A Tool - Anchor
Temples- Shelter Song - Sun Structures
New Move- Dont Wanna Lose - PDX Pop Now 2014 Compilation
Spanish Gold- Out On The Street - South Of Nowhere
Sonny Knight The Lakers- When Youre Gone - Im Still Here Bonus Track Version
Shovels Rope- Save The World - Swimmin Time Deluxe Version
Dilated Peoples- Show Me The Way Feat Aloe Blacc - Directors Of Photography
Johanna Warren- Without Her - This Is The Town A Tribute To Nilsson Vol 1
King Tuff- Radiation - Black Moon Spell
ItchyO- Jaywalker - ItchyO EP
Sharon Jones The DapKings- Making Up And Breaking Up And Making Up And Breaking Up Over Again - Give The People What They Want
Tweedy- The Wolf Is On The Hill - Beck Song Reader
The Bombay Royale- The Island Of Dr Electrico - The Island Of Dr Electrico
Mac Demarco- Jonnys Odyssey - Salad Days
Ray LaMontagne- Airwaves - Supernova
Fela Kuti Africa 70- Lover - Finding Fela Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Rasputina- Sweethaven - This Is The Town A Tribute To Nilsson Vol 1
Bahamas- Waves - Bahamas Is Afie
Quantic- Painting Silhouettes - Magnetica
William Onyeabor- Do You Want A Man feat The Vaccines - What
Langhorne Slim- Early In The Morning - This Is The Town A Tribute To Nilsson Vol 1
The Flaming Lips- With A Little Help From My Friends feat Black Pus Autumn Defense - With A Little Help From My Fwends
The Budos Band- Black Hills - Burnt Offering
Pizza Time- La Verdad - Quiero Mas
Wheelchair Sports Camp- Dont Force The Funk - Where We All Live EP
Gentle Hooror- Tummy So Hungry - Bandcamp
Cold Blood- I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free - Vintage Blood Live 1973
Damien Jurado- Return To Maraqopa - Brothers And Sisters Of The Eternal Son
Dexter Johnson- El Corazn Live - Live Ltoile
Leo- Waltz - PDX Pop Now 2014 Compilation
Andrew Bird- Giant Of Illinois - Things Are Really Great Here Sort Of
A Tom Collins- Hospital - Stick And Poke
The Tamed West- Floating - PDX Pop Now 2014 Compilation
The Evening Guests- Wouldnt You Like To Know - Made In Iceland VII

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          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 12-15-2014 with Adam Taylor        

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Whitefield Brothers- Sem Yelesh - Beyond Addis Contemporary Jazz Funk Inspired By Ethiopian Sounds From The 70s
JJ Cale- Cajun Moon - Country Funk Volume II 19671974
Sly The Family Stone- Stand - Higher
Lee Fields The Explorers- Aint It Funky Now - The Soul Fire Box Set
Crow- Evil Woman - Mojo Presents Heavy Nuggets III
Dubmatix- Shes In Love feat URoy Cornell Campbell - Rebel Massive
Dubmatix- Give A Helping Hand feat The Mighty Diamonds - System Shakedown
Batida- Ta Doce feat A F Diaphra - Batida
Gary Clark Jr- Bright Lights Live - Gary Clark Jr Live
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Machuca Cumbia- Staying Alive - The Afrosound Of Colombia Vol 2
Toumani Diabat Sidiki Diabat- Bansang - Toumani Sidiki
Seun Kuti Egypt 80- African Smoke - A Long Way To The Beginning
Fema Kuti The FELA Band- Colonial Mentality Live At The New Afrika Shrine - Finding Fela Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Mbongeni Ngema- Lizobuya - Amandla
Kris Kristofferson Gillian Welch David Rawlings- The Ballad Of Ira Hayes - Look Again To The Wind Johnny Cashs Bitter Tears Revisited
Thao The Get Down Stay Down- Nobody Wants A Lonely Heart - Master Mix Red Hot Arthur Russell
Bobby Bland- I Pity The Fool - Bowie Heard Them Here First
Thepporn Petchubon- Pa Gun Tor - The Sound Of Siam Vol 2 Molam Luk Thung Isan From NorthEast Thailand 19701982
The Flaming Lips- Lovely Rita feat Tegan And Sara Stardeath And White Dwarfs - With A Little Help From My Fwends
Bossacucanova- Balana No Pode Parar - Six Degrees Of Brazil Vol 2
tienne Daho Dominique A- En Surface En Duo - Le Pop 8
Galactic- Out In The Street Feat Cyril And Ivan Neville - Carnivale Electricos
Kasai Allstars- The Chiefs Enthronement Oyaye - Beware The Fetish Congotronics 5
Dilated Peoples- Good As Gone - Directors Of Photography
Adrian Younge Souls Of Mischief- There Is Only Now feat Snoop Dogg - There Is Only Now
MC Frontalot- Shudders feat Kid Koala The Protomen - Question Bedtime
ItchyO- Jaywalker - Burn The Navigator
Sin Fang- Young Boys - Made In Iceland VII
Justin Townes Earle- Single Mothers - Single Mothers
Shakey Graves- Big Time Nashville Star feat Esm Patterson - And The War Came
Nikki Lane- Sleep With A Stranger - All Or Nothin
Sylvan Esso- Coffee - Sylvan Esso
Jolie Holland- On And On - Wine Dark Sea

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          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 11-17-2014 with Adam Taylor        

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Goat- Talk To God - Commune
Khun Narin- Sut Sanaen 2 - Khun Narins Electric Phin Band
- Pa Gun Tor - The Sound Of Siam Vol 2 Molam Luk Thung Isan From NorthEast Thailand 19701982
- Where Have All The Good Times Gone - Bowie Heard Them Here First
The Budos Band- The Sticks - Burnt Offering
Nostalgia 77 Prince Fatty- Seven Nation Army Dub feat Dennis Alcapone - In The Kingdom Of Dub
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Jack White- That Black Bat Licorice - Lazaretto
Flying Lotus- Coronus The Terminator - Youre Dead
- Drop It - Beyond Addis Contemporary Jazz Funk Inspired By Ethiopian Sounds From The 70s
Gary Clark Jr- Aint Messin Round Live - Gary Clark Jr Live
Sly The Family Stone- Youre The One - Higher
- Ave Cruz - Six Degrees Of Brazil Vol 2
- Young Boys - Made In Iceland VII
- Island Illingtons Silent Journey Remix - Psychedelic Planet
The Black Keys- Weight Of Love - Turn Blue
Mike Doughty- To See The Sun Come Down feat Jay Boogie Andrew Scrap Livingston - Stellar Motel
MC Frontalot- Shudders feat Kid Koala The Protomen - Question Bedtime
Dinosaur Jr- Start Choppin - Where You Been
Massive Attack- Teardrop - Collected The Best Of Massive Attack
- Zombie - Finding Fela Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Antibalas- Dirty Money - Antibalas
Del And Dawg- Walkin The Dawg - Hardcore Bluegrass In The Dawg House
Old Crow Medicine Show- 8 Dogs 8 Banjos - Remedy
Gasoline Lollipops- Nashville - Death
Snake Rattle Rattle Snake- The Breath And The Glow - Totem
Shovels Rope- Coping Mechanism - Swimmin Time Deluxe Version
Nikki Lane- Loves On Fire - All Or Nothin
Nikki Lane- Sleep With A Stranger - All Or Nothin
LCD Soundsystem- All My Friends - Sound Of Silver
TuneYards- Water Fountain - Nikki Nack
Dilated Peoples- Show Me The Way Feat Aloe Blacc - Directors Of Photography
St Vincent- Severed Crossed Fingers - St Vincent
- Im Goin Down - Dead Mans Town A Tribute To Born In The USA

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          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 11-05-2014 with Michael Buck        

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Allo Darlin- Bright Eyes - We Come From The Same Place
Paper Bird- Past The Sky - Rooms
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Horse Feathers- Thousand - So It Is With Us
Bahamas- Bitter Memories - Bahamas Is Afie
Tape- Seagulls - Casino
Lay Low- I Would If I Could - Talking About The Weather
The Barr Brothers- Please Let Me Let It Go - Sleeping Operator
Jonny Greenwood- Electric Counterpoint III Fast - Reich Radio Rewrite
Perfume Genius- Longpig - Too Bright
Wax Tailor- Like An Hourglass Phonovisions Symphonic Version - Phonovisions Symphonic Orchestra
Wax Tailor- Only Once Phonovisions Symphonic Version - Phonovisions Symphonic Orchestra
Wax Tailor- Heart Stop Phonovisions Symphonic Version - Phonovisions Symphonic Orchestra
Dorian Concept- Nest Nest - Joined Ends
Primus- I Want It Now - Primus The Chocolate Factory With The Fungi Ensemble
The Dead Milkmen- Welcome To Undertown - Pretty Music For Pretty People
Marco Benevento- Free Us All - Swift
Dead Fingers- Big Black Dog - Big Black Dog
Gasoline Lollipops- Death - Death
Karl Hector The Malcouns- Mission Control - Unstraight Ahead
Captain Planet- SS Esfahan - Esperanto Slang
Elephant Stone- Three Poisons - Three Poisons
Snake Rattle Rattle Snake- Wellaway - Totem
Mexican Dubwiser- Cumbia Dcb feat Celso Pia - Electric City
Throttle Elevator Music- Chartreuse - Area J
The Growlers- Dull Boy - Chinese Fountain
AllahLas- Ferus Gallery - Worship The Sun
MC Frontalot- Start Over - Question Bedtime
Zammuto- Hegemony - Anchor
- Wouldnt You Like To Know - Made In Iceland VII
Ty Segall- The Clock - Manipulator
Mike Doughty- The Brightness - Stellar Motel
The Flaming Lips- Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds feat Miley Cyrus Moby - With A Little Help From My Fwends
- Nobody Wants A Lonely Heart - Master Mix Red Hot Arthur Russell
Sunbears- Love Breaks All Sadness - Future Sounds
Bell Gardens- Joans Ambulance - Slow Dawns For Lost Conclusions
Magic Bronson- Go Get It - Wildlife

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          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 10-06-2014 with Adam Taylor        

Gary Clark Jr- Third Stone From The Sun If You Love Me Like You Say Live - Gary Clark Jr Live
- Origin Of Man - Beyond Addis Contemporary Jazz Funk Inspired By Ethiopian Sounds From The 70s
Eddie Cotton- Here I Come - Here I Come
Greensky Bluegrass- Worried About The Weather - If Sorrows Swim
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Tim Easton- Lickety Split - Not Cool
- Pa Gun Tor Lets Break Up - The Sound Of Siam Vol 2 Molam Luk Thung Isan From NorthEast Thailand 19701982
Hippie Sabotage- Sunny - The Sunny Album Deluxe Edition
Toumani Diabat Sidiki Diabat- Bansang - Toumani Sidiki
Dubmatix- Pull Up Selector ft EekAMouse Leroy Horsemouth Wallace - Rebel Massive
Kasai Allstars- The Chiefs Enthronement Oyaye - Beware The Fetish Congotronics 5
William Oneyabor- Heaven And Hell Javelin Remix - What Willieam Oneyabor Remixed
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Jack White- Just One Drink - Lazaretto
- Teacher Dont Teach Me Nonsense - Finding Fela Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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- Pay Day Give Away - Country Funk Volume II 19671974
- Alkher Illa Doffor - Psychedelic Planet
MC Frontalot- Shudders feat Kid Koala The Protomen - Question Bedtime
- Young Boys - Made In Iceland VII
Lay Low- Talking About The Weather - Talking About The Weather
Hollie Cook- 99 - Twice
- Nunca Mais DJ Patife Remix - Six Degrees Of Brazil Vol 2
Danielle Ate The Sandwich- Letter To The President - Like A King
Danielle Ate The Sandwich- What You Were - Like A King
- Hound Dog - Dues Paid The Bluestime Story
Adrian Younge Souls Of Mischief- There Is Only Now feat Snoop Dogg - There Is Only Now
Dilated Peoples- Good As Gone - Directors Of Photography
Seun Kuti Egypt 80- African Airways - A Long Way To The Beginning
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Bahamas- Stronger Than That - Bahamas Is Afie
Old Crow Medicine Show- 8 Dogs 8 Banjos - Remedy
St Vincent- Digital Witness - St Vincent

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          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 09-23-2014 with Adam Taylor        

Tycho- Montana - Awake
The Plates- Boombox Vibin - Punky Reggae
- Beer So Nice Right On - The Soul Fire Box Set
The National- Murder Me Rachel - Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers
Bostich Fussible- Motel Baja - Motel Baja
Compilation- La Muerte - The Original Sound Of Cumbia The History Of Colombian Cumbia Porro
Compilation- Reina De Cumbias - The Original Sound Of Cumbia The History Of Colombian Cumbia Porro
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- Colonial Mentality Live At The New Afrika Shrine - Finding Fela Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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- Young Boys - Made In Iceland VII
- Our Conversations - Made In Iceland VII
- Evil Woman - Mojo Presents Heavy Nuggets III
- Mother Lode - PDX Pop Now 2014 Compilation
- Not Your Turn - PDX Pop Now 2014 Compilation
- Ave Cruz - Six Degrees Of Brazil Vol 2
Black Lips- Dandelion Dust - Underneath The Rainbow
Old Crow Medicine Show- 8 Dogs 8 Banjos - Remedy
EDJ- Lose It All All The Time - EDJ
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Sylvan Esso- Coffee - Sylvan Esso
TuneYards- Time Of Dark - Nikki Nack
Nikki Lane- Loves On Fire - All Or Nothin
The Black Keys- In Time - Turn Blue
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X- White Girl - Wild Gift
St Vincent- Severed Crossed Fingers - St Vincent
- Jokerman - A Tribute To Bob Dylan In The 80s Volume One
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Hot Rize- Radio Boogie - So Long Of A Journey
The Flaming Lips- Fight Test - Fight Test
Dilated Peoples- Show Me The Way Feat Aloe Blacc - Directors Of Photography
Adrian Younge Souls Of Mischief- There Is Only Now feat Snoop Dogg - There Is Only Now
A Tribe Called Red- Different Heroes Feat Northern Voice Atikamekw - Nation II Nation
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- Pay Day Give Away - Country Funk Volume II 19671974
Jack White- Three Women - Lazaretto
Musketeer Gripweed- End Of The Day - Floods And Fires
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Fort Knox Five- Radio Free DC feat Afrika Bambaataa King Kamonzi - 10 Years Of Fort Knox Five Remixed
Ark Life- Let Your Heart Break - The Dream Of You Me

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          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 09-15-2014 with Adam Taylor        

Conor Oberst- I Dont Want To Die in The Hospital - Conor Oberst
Sly Robbie- Stormy - Underwater Dub
Quantic- Magnetica - Magnetica
Tycho- Awake - Awake
Toumani Diabat Sidiki Diabat- Hamadoun Toure - Toumani Sidiki
The Souljazz Orchestra- Agoya - Inner Fire
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William Oneyabor- Heaven And Hell Javelin Remix - What Willieam Oneyabor Remixed
- Bring Back The Love Shrift Mix - Six Degrees Of Brazil Vol 2
Seun Kuti Egypt 80- African Airways - A Long Way To The Beginning
Kasai Allstars- As They Walked Into The Forest On A Sunday They Encountered Apes Dressed As Humans - Beware The Fetish Congotronics 5
Eddie Cotton- Here I Come - Here I Come
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Courtney Barnett- Out Of The Woodwork - The Double EP A Sea Of Split Peas
Compilation- La Muerte - The Original Sound Of Cumbia The History Of Colombian Cumbia Porro
Compilation- Cumbia Del Puerto - The Original Sound Of Cumbia The History Of Colombian Cumbia Porro
Casey James Prestwood The Burning Angels- Out Of Beer - Honky Tonk Bastard World
Chatham County Line- The Traveler - Tightrope
- Our Conversations - Made In Iceland VII
- Losers Can Win - Made In Iceland VII
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- Pay Day Give Away - Country Funk Volume II 19671974
Amos Lee- Stranger - Mountains Of Sorrow Rivers Of Song Deluxe
- Lets Break Up - The Sound Of Siam Vol 2 Molam Luk Thung Isan From NorthEast Thailand 19701982
The Plates- Boom Boom Rockers - Punky Reggae
Mungos Hi Fi Prince Fatty- Scrub A Dub Style Prince Fatty Mix feat Sugar Minott - Prince Fatty Versus Mungos HiFi
Pretty Lights- Around The Block Datsik Remix feat Talib Kweli - A Color Map Of The Sun Remixes
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Dilated Peoples- Show Me The Way Feat Aloe Blacc - Directors Of Photography
Grieves- Astronauts feat Slug - Winter The Wolves
Sylvan Esso- Coffee - Sylvan Esso
Blockhead- Tricky Turtle - The Music Scene
Jack White- Just One Drink - Lazaretto
Buckwheat Zydeco- Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad - The Best Of Buckwheat ZydecoMillennium Collection
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The Flaming Lips- Cant Get You Out Of My Head - Fight Test
The National- Trophy Wife - Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers
Weezer- Say It Aint So original Album Mix - Weezer
Jolie Holland- On And On - Wine Dark Sea

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          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 09-03-2014 with Michael Buck        

Crow Moses- If You Know I Was Here - Horse Heaven Hills
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- Before - Made In Iceland VII
Nouvelle Vague- Making Plans For Nigel - Nouvelle Vague
Helado Negro- Levantar Las Piernas - Island Universe Story Three
Glass Animals- Intruxx - Zaba
Various Artists- Ursula 1000 Boop Skeewiff Remix - ESL Remixed The 100th Release Of ESL Music
Shawn Lees Ping Pong Orchestra- Ethio feat Michael Leonhart - World Of Funk
Radio Citizen- The Hop featuring Bajka - Berlin Serengeti
AllahLas- Had It All - Worship The Sun
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Dark Sky- Voyagers - Imagin
Kodomo- Infinity Divided - Patterns Light
Next Level Sound Station- Skratch The Bowl feat Otto Granillo - Sunken City Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
- Settling Down - PDX Pop Now 2014 Compilation
Holy Ghost Tent Revival- Broken Spirit - Right State Of Mind
Shearwater- Tomorrow - Fellow Travelers
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Temples- Test Of Time - Sun Structures
Scenic- All Fish Go To Heaven - Acquatica
Cymbals Eat Guitars- 2 Hip Soul - Lose
Dikembe- Pelican Fly - Mediumship
Wovenhand- ElBow - Refractory Obdurate
XTC- Battery Brides Andy Paints Brian - Go 2
The Lions- This Generation Skronk Dub feat Black Shakespeare - This Generation In Dub
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Rodrigo Amarante- Man - Cavalo
Garotas Suecas- Charles Chacal - Feras Mticas
Throwing Snow- All The Lights feat Russell Morgan - Mosaic
The Bombay Royale- Falcons Landing - The Island Of Dr Electrico
Elbow- The Blanket Of Night - The Take Off And Landing Of Everything
Bahamas- Cant Take You With Me - Bahamas Is Afie
Say Hi- Critters - Endless Wonder
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Ephemerals- The Oligarch - Nothin Is Easy
TuneYards- Manchild - Nikki Nack
Ty Segall- Its Over - Manipulator
Ben Miller Band- Hurry Up And Wait - Any Way Shape Or Form
Fucked Up- Paper The House - Glass Boys
Gulp- Play - Season Sun
Freeman- All The Way To China - Freeman
Elephant Stone- Child Of Nature Om Namah Shivaya - Three Poisons
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Leaded- Basketball feat Eric Loomis - Leaded
Clothesline Revival- The Last Train From Pluto - The Greatest Show On Mars
Eno Hyde- Return - High Life

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          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 08-12-2014 with Adam Taylor        

TuneYards- Time Of Dark - Nikki Nack
The Black Angels- The Occurance At 4507 South Third Street - Clear Lake Forest
- Killing Time - Made In Iceland VII
Courtney Barnett- Out Of The Woodwork - The Double EP A Sea Of Split Peas
William Oneyabor- Body Soul David Terranova Remix - What Willieam Oneyabor Remixed
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Chatham County Line- Final Reward - Tightrope
The Souljazz Orchestra- One Life To Live - Inner Fire
The Plates- Boom Boom Rockers - Punky Reggae
Mungos Hi Fi Prince Fatty- Herbalist Prince Fatty Mix feat Top Cat - Prince Fatty Versus Mungos HiFi
Kasai Allstars- The Chiefs Enthronement Oyaye - Beware The Fetish Congotronics 5
William Oneyabor- Do You Want A Man The Vaccines Remix - What Willieam Oneyabor Remixed
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Toumani Diabat Sidiki Diabat- Hamadoun Toure - Toumani Sidiki
Tedeschi Trucks Band- All That I Need - Made Up Mind
Sierra Leones Refugee All Stars- Rich But Poor - Libation
- Unbelievable - A Tribute To Bob Dylan In The 80s Volume One
- Balana No Pode Parar - Six Degrees Of Brazil Vol 2
- So Much To Say - Small Faces Friends
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Herbie Hancock- Cantaloupe Island - Cantaloupe Island
Old Crow Medicine Show- 8 Dogs 8 Banjos - Remedy
Shovels Rope- Coping Mechanism - Swimmin Time Deluxe Version
Bob Marley The Wailers- Exodus Pretty Lights Remix - Legend Remixed
Neil Young- Cinnamon Girl Live At The Cellar Door - Live At The Cellar Door
- River Queen - PDX Pop Now 2014 Compilation
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String Cheese Incident- Hey Pocky Way - Carnival 99
St Vincent- Digital Witness - St Vincent
Grieves- Astronauts feat Slug - Winter The Wolves
The Black Keys- Turn Blue - Turn Blue
Black Lips- Dandelion Dust - Underneath The Rainbow
Nikki Lane- Loves On Fire - All Or Nothin
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Deer Tick- The Dreams In The Ditch - Negativity
Sylvan Esso- Play It Right - Sylvan Esso
The Head And The Heart- Summertime - Lets Be Still
Jolie Holland- On And On - Wine Dark Sea

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          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 07-30-2014 with EC        

The Silk Road Ensemble With YoYo Ma- Night Thoughts - A Playlist Without Borders
- Batuque - Six Degrees Of Brazil Vol 2
African Head Charge- Stone Charge - My Life In A Hole In The Ground
Afro Fiesta- Music Is My Ammunition - Fire Down Babylon
Bad Brains- Hired Gun - I Against I
Jolie Holland- On And On - Wine Dark Sea
Poi Dog Pondering- Fact Of Life - Poi Dog Pondering
Mamane Barka- Buni - Introducing Mamane Barka
Cesaria Evora- Esperanca Irisada - Sao Vicente
Ry Cooder- We Shall Be Happy - Jazz
Quantic- Magnetica - Magnetica
Reigning Sound- My My - Shattered
Damon Albarn- Mr Tembo - Everyday Robots
SambaD- Meu Pai - Gente
Sally Nyolo- Elle Regarde Passer - Tiger Run
Daryl Hall- Something In 44 Time - Sacred Songs
Zola Jesus- Hikikomori - Conatus
Wall Of Voodoo- Call Of The West - Call Of The West
St Vincent- I Prefer Your Love - St Vincent
XTC- Bike Ride To The Moon - The Dukes Of Stratosphear Chips From The Chocolate Fireball
- Track Killing Time - Made In Iceland VII
- Planet Earth - Made In Iceland VII
Buzzcocks- Ever Fallen In Love With Someone You Shouldntve Demo - Love Bites Special Edition
Wye Oak- Shriek - Shriek
Major Lazer- Cant Stop Now feat Jovi Rockwell And Mr Vegas - Guns Dont Kill PeopleLazers Do Bonus Track Version
- Jump For Joy - Studio One Ska Fever
Wild Cub- Thunder Clatter - Youth
Ginger Baker- Aiko Biaye - Why
Bauhaus- Shes In Parties - Burning From The Inside
Khalas- Badek Zafi - Rough Guide To Palestine
David Bowie- The Man Who Sold The World 1999 Remaster - The Man Who Sold The World

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          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 07-07-2014 with Adam Taylor        

Ginger Baker- Footprints - Why
Preservation Hall Jazz Band- Dear Lord Give Me The Strength - Thats It
Rebirth Brass Band- Texas Pete feat Javon Carter - Move Your Body
Dirty Dozen Brass Band- Big Chief Pt 2 - New Orleans Funk 3
- Soul Dynamite - The Soul Fire Box Set
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Richard Buckner- Blue And Wonder - Bloomed Remastered
Richard Buckner- Surprise AZ - Bloomed Remastered
- Losers Can Win - Made In Iceland VII
Sierra Leones Refugee All Stars- Ghana Baby - Libation
Kasai Allstars- As They Walked Into The Forest On A Sunday They Encountered Apes Dressed As Humans - Beware The Fetish Congotronics 5
Seun Kuti Egypt 80- African Smoke - A Long Way To The Beginning
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William Onyeabor- Body And Soul - What
The Plates- Boombox Vibin - Punky Reggae
Quantic- Descarga Cantica feat Fruko Michi Sarmiento - Magnetica
Rodrigo Y Gabriela- Somnium - 9 Dead Alive
King Sunny Ade- Adena Ike - The Best Of The Classic Years
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The Railsplitters- Room At The Top Of The Stairs - The Railsplitters
Chatham County Line- Final Reward - Tightrope
Musketeer Gripweed- End Of The Day - Floods And Fires
Greg Brown- Brand New Angel - Hymns To What Is Left
Ani DiFranco- Shameless - Dilate Remastered
Randy Newman- You Can Leave Your Hat On - The Best Of Randy Newman
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The Budos Band- Rite Of The Ancients - The Budos Band III
TuneYards- Time Of Dark - Nikki Nack
Nathaniel Rateliff- Falling Faster Than You Can Run - Falling Faster Than You Can Run
Arctic Monkeys- R U Mine - AM
Beck- Blue Moon - Morning Phase
The Black Keys- Gotta Get Away - Turn Blue
Nikki Lane- Loves On Fire - All Or Nothin
Johnny Cash- Im Movin On with Waylon Jennings - Out Among The Stars
Jolie Holland- On And On - Wine Dark Sea
Sylvan Esso- Coffee - Sylvan Esso
Esme Patterson- Valentine - Woman To Woman
Amos Lee- Stranger - Mountains Of Sorrow Rivers Of Song Deluxe

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          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 07-02-2014 with Michael Buck        

Maps Atlases- Old Ash - Beware And Be Grateful
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Real Estate- The Bend - Atlas
- Kings Of The Underpass - Made In Iceland VII
BADBADNOTGOOD- Cant Leave The Night - III
- Balana No Pode Parar - Six Degrees Of Brazil Vol 2
Spanish Gold- One Track Mind - South Of Nowhere
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Ray LaMontagne- Lavender - Supernova
Throwing Snow- Linguis - Mosaic
Glass Animals- Black Mambo - Zaba
Death Vessel- Island Vapors - Island Intervals
Mark Orton- Their Pie Hawthorne Version - Nebraska Original Soundtrack
First Aid Kit- The Bell - Stay Gold
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Oy- Doondari - No Problem Saloon
Hundred Waters- Animal - The Moon Rang Like A Bell
The Bombay Royale- Henna Henna - The Island Of Dr Electrico
The Birthday Party- Mr Clarinet - Natures Mortes Still Lives
TuneYards- SinkO - Nikki Nack
Atmosphere- Bitter - Southsiders
Fort Knox Five- Bhangra Paanch feat Beta G - 10 Years Of Fort Knox Five Remixed
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Band Of Skulls- Heavens Key - Himalayan Bonus Track Version
Kendra Smith- Judge Not - Five Ways Of Disappearing
Eluvium- Caroling - Nightmare Ending
Son Lux- Lost It To Trying Mouths Only Lying - Alternate Worlds EP
Plaid- Tether - Reachy Prints
Dubmatix- Deep Dark Dub - System Shakedown
Fujiya Miyagi- A Sea Ringed With Visions - Artificial Sweeteners
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Dave Specter- The Spectifyin Samba - Message In Blue
Matmos- Very Large Green Triangles - The Marriage Of True Minds Bonus Track Version
Messer Chups- Rock It Creature From The Break Lagoon - Heretic Channel
Garotas Suecas- Manchetes Da Solido - Feras Mticas
You Me Apollo- Dont Sleep For Free - Sweet Honey
Popstrangers- Violet - Fortuna
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Orchestra Of Spheres- Kairo - Vibration Animal Sex Brain Music
Peggy Sue- Substitute - Choir Of Echoes
Shearwater- Natural One - Fellow Travelers
The Faint- Dress Code - Doom Abuse
Timber Timbre- Resurrection Drive Pt II - Hot Dreams
The Bad Plus Reid Anderson Ethan Iverson David King- Second Part The Sacrifice Glorification Of The Chosen One - The Rite Of Spring
Eno Hyde- Daddys Car - Someday World

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          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 06-30-2014 with Adam Taylor        

The War On Drugs- Red Eyes - Lost In The Dream
Mogwai- Rano Pano - Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will
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- Jokerman - A Tribute To Bob Dylan In The 80s Volume One
- Im The Man - The Soul Fire Box Set
Esme Patterson- Valentine - Woman To Woman
Quantic- You Will Return feat Alice Russell - Magnetica
Son Palenque- El Tigre - AfroColombian Sound Modernizers
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Arctic Monkeys- Whyd You Only Call Me When Youre High - AM
Rodrigo Y Gabriela- The Russian Messenger - 9 Dead Alive
Luther Dickinson- Rock n Roll Blues - Rock n Roll Blues
- Our Conversations - Made In Iceland VII
The Black Angels- The Occurance At 4507 South Third Street - Clear Lake Forest
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The Railsplitters- Longs Peak - The Railsplitters
Richard Buckner- The Last Ride - Bloomed Remastered
Richard Buckner- Rainsquall - Bloomed Remastered
Leon Russell- Down In Dixieland - Life Journey
The Souljazz Orchestra- One Life To Live - Inner Fire
Sierra Leones Refugee All Stars- Cant Make Me Lonely - Libation
Kasai Allstars- The Chiefs Enthronement Oyaye - Beware The Fetish Congotronics 5
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Robert Cray Band- Nobodys Fault But Mine - In My Soul
- Shes A Good Un - Delmark 60 Years Of Blues
Magic Sam- Dont Want No Woman - Live At The Avant Garde
- Here Come The Nice French EP Version - Small Faces Friends
- So Much To Say - Small Faces Friends
Courtney Barnett- Avant Gardener - The Double EP A Sea Of Split Peas
The Plates- Boom Boom Rockers - Punky Reggae
Rebirth Brass Band- Your Mama Dont Dance - Move Your Body
The Budos Band- Black Venom - The Budos Band III
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TuneYards- Wait For A Minute - Nikki Nack
Black Lips- Dandelion Dust - Underneath The Rainbow
Dave Alvin Phil Alvin- Key To The Highway - Common Ground Dave Alvin Phil Alvin Play And Sing The Songs Of Big Bill Broonzy
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Beck- Blackbird Chain - Morning Phase
Nathaniel Rateliff- Nothing To Show For - Falling Faster Than You Can Run
Nikki Lane- Sleep With A Stranger - All Or Nothin
Nikki Lane- Sleep With A Stranger - All Or Nothin

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          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 06-17-2014 with Barry Roark        

Green On Red- Mighty Gun - The Killer Inside Me
- Track Killing Time - Made In Iceland VII
Fujiya Miyagi- A Sea Ringed With Visions - Artificial Sweeteners
Randy Newman- Change Your Way - Ragtime Soundtrack From The Motion Picture
Holger Czukay- Cool In The Pool - Movern Callar Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Yann Tiersen- The Crossing - Infinity
Dub Thompson- No Time - 9 Songs
New York Philharmonic Zubin Mehta- Rhapsody In Blue - Manhattan Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Sly Robbie- Thumb Drive - Underwater Dub
Sly Robbie- Beds Too Big Underground Dub Bonus Track - Underwater Dub
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Conor Oberst- Governors Ball - Upside Down Mountain
Thievery Corporation- Bateau Rouge feat Lou Lou Ghelichkhani - Saudade
Jesse Sykes The Sweet Hereafter- The Dreaming Dead - Oh My Girl
The Cynics- Abba - Sixteen Flights Up
Dubmatix- Gun Down feat The Ragga Twins - System Shakedown
Pert Near Sandstone- Wish This Was New Orleans - The Hardest Part Of Leaving
Tom Petty The Heartbreakers- Straight Into Darkness - Long After Dark Remastered
Television- Careful Remastered - Adventure
The Cure- Close To Me Closest Mix - Galore
Sasha- Bloodlock - Airdrawndagger
Lapcat- Abridged - Trickster Trickster
The Coolies- The 59th St Bridge Song Feelin Groovy - Dig
Herzog- Boys Part 1 - Boys
Foals- Like Swimming - Antidotes Bonus Track Version
Helado Negro- 2 Dia - Canta Lechuza
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Terry Hall Mushtaq- They Gotta Quit Kicking My Dog Around - The Hour Of Two Lights
Brock Van Wey- Cant Go Home Without You - Home
Felt- Until The Fools Get Wise - The Pictorial Jackson Review
The Waterboys- Let It Happen - A Rock In The Weary Land
Phox- In Due Time - Phox
Mungos Hi Fi Prince Fatty- Horsemove Mungos Hi Fi Mix feat Horseman - Prince Fatty Versus Mungos HiFi

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          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 06-04-2014 with Michael Buck        

Real Estate- Had To Hear - Atlas
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The Black Keys- Weight Of Love - Turn Blue
Timber Timbre- Run From Me - Hot Dreams
Grieves- Like Child - Winter The Wolves
Typhoon- Common Sentiments - White Lighter
Conor Oberst- Desert Island Questionnaire - Upside Down Mountain
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Anglique Kidjo- Bomba with Rostam Batmanglij - Eve
Jolie Holland- Waiting For The Sun - Wine Dark Sea
Rodrigo Y Gabriela- The Soundmaker - 9 Dead Alive
Bry Webb- Policy - Free Will
Should- Mistakes Are Mine - The Great Pretend
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Lumerians- Life Without Skin - The High Frontier
Juakali- Take Off - Feathers Too Bright
Elliphant- Booty Killah feat The Reef - Look Like You Love It
Camper Van Beethoven- Classy Dames And Able Gents - El Camino Real Bonus Track Edition
Honduras- Borders - Morality Cuts EP
TuneYards- Find A New Way - Nikki Nack
Mr Scruff- Where Am I - Friendly Bacteria
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Son Lux- Build A Pyre Begin Again - Alternate Worlds EP
Mungos Hi Fi Prince Fatty- For Me You Are Mungos Hi Fi Mix feat Hollie Cook - Prince Fatty Versus Mungos HiFi
Modern English- Gathering Dust - The Best Of Modern English Life In The Gladhouse 19801984
- Heim - Made In Iceland VII
Haley Bonar- Heavens Made For Two - Last War
Nathaniel Rateliff- Laborman - Falling Faster Than You Can Run
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Fujiya Miyagi- Little Stabs At Happiness - Artificial Sweeteners
Lapcat- Tropfen - Trickster Trickster
The Twilight Sad- That Summer At Home I Had Become The Invisible Boy - The Twilight Sad
Tinariwen- Koud Edhaz Emin - Emmaar
Thomas Blondet- Check One - Future World
The Souljazz Orchestra- One Life To Live - Inner Fire
Damon Albarn- Heavy Seas Of Love - Everyday Robots
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The GOASTT- Devil You Know - Midnight Sun
Archie Bronson Outfit- Cluster Up And Hover - Wild Crush
St Vincent- Regret - St Vincent
Guided By Voices- Males Of Wormwood Mars - Cool Planet
Rodrigo Amarante- Hourglass - Cavalo
Eno Hyde- When I Built This World - Someday World

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          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 06-02-2014 with Adam Taylor        

Vampire Weekend- Hannah Hunt - Modern Vampires Of The City
Quantic- Descarga Cantica feat Fruko Michi Sarmiento - Magnetica
Sierra Leones Refugee All Stars- Rich But Poor - Libation
Afro Fiesta- Prisoner - Fire Down Babylon
Son Palenque- Cumbia Africana - AfroColombian Sound Modernizers
Tinariwen- Emajer - Emmaar
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Ana Tijoux- Mi Verdad - Vengo
- Our Conversations - Made In Iceland VII
Grizzly Bear- Listen And Wait Bonus Track - Shields BSides
Seun Kuti Egypt 80- African Airways - A Long Way To The Beginning
The Crystal Method- Storm The Castle feat Le Castle Vania - The Crystal Method
Ha Ha Tonka- Arabella - Lessons
Mungos Hi Fi Prince Fatty- Herbalist Prince Fatty Mix feat Top Cat - Prince Fatty Versus Mungos HiFi
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Nikki Lane- Loves On Fire - All Or Nothin
Tennis- 100 Lovers - Small Sound EP
Sharon Jones The DapKings- People Dont Get What They Deserve - Give The People What They Want
Rodrigo Y Gabriela- Sunday Neurosis - 9 Dead Alive
Dwight Yoakam- Close Up The Honky Tonks - 21st Century Hits Best Of 20002012
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Lucinda Williams- Changed The Locks live - Lucinda Williams Deluxe Edition
William Oneyabor- Body And Soul Scientist Remix - What Willieam Oneyabor Remixed
Chatham County Line- Will You Still Love Me - Tightrope
Allen Toussaint- Get Out Of My Life Woman - Songbook
Dirty Dozen Brass Band- Go To The Mardi Gras - New Orleans Funk 3
The Head And The Heart- Summertime - Lets Be Still
Beck- Blue Moon - Morning Phase
Morcheeba- Face Of Danger - Head Up High
Shaheed DJ Supreme- Champions Of Truth feat Akil The MC From Jurassic 5 - Knowledge Rhythm And Understanding
Lizzo- Lizzie Borden - Lizzobangers
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Tab Benoit- Make A Good Gumbo - Voice Of The Wetlands
The Black Keys- Turn Blue - Turn Blue
Kinto Sol- La Bestia - La Tumba Del Alma
Esme Patterson- Valentine - Woman To Woman
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Courtney Barnett- Avant Gardener - The Double EP A Sea Of Split Peas
Those Darlins- Optimist - Blur The Line
Thievery Corporation- Dcollage feat Lou Lou Ghelichkhani - Saudade

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          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 05-27-2014 with Barry Roark        

Swell- At Long Last - Well
Fun Boy Three The Specials- The Lunatics ReRecorded - The Very Best Of The Specials And Fun Boy Three ReRecorded Versions
The Waterboys- The Faerys Last Song - An Appointment With Mr Yeats
Ponds Fleshman- Midwest Party - Better Days EP
Lyla Foy- Feather Tongue - Mirrors The Sky
- Cross Talk - Inner City Beat Detective Themes Spy Music And Imaginary Thrillers
The Notwist- They Follow Me - Close To The Glass
Timbuk 3- The Border Crossing - Big Shot In The Dark
Kaleidoscope Jukebox- Infinite Reflection - Infinite Reflection
Mark Knopfler And Emmylou Harris- This Is Us - All The Roadrunning
Idaho- Grown In California - The Lone Gunman
The Walkabouts- Sanitorium Blues - Drunken Soundtracks Volume 2
Deadbeat- Horns Of Jericho Feat Dandy Jack - Eight
Giant Sand Howe Gelb- Yer Ropes - The Official Bootleg Series Vol 3 Unsungglum
The Bats- For The Ride - Couchmaster
Sousou Maher Cissoko- On Verra We Will See - Africa Moo Baalu
Black Uhuru- Big Spliff - The Dub Factor
The Saint Johns- Open Water - Open Water EP
The GOASTT- Great Expectations - Midnight Sun
Yonderboi- Mono De Oro - Passive Control
Beck- Blue Moon - Morning Phase
Tom Neal- Shenandoah Breakdown - Banjoland
LCD Soundsystem- You Wanted A Hit - This Is Happening
Lucinda Williams- Crescent City - Lucinda Williams Deluxe Edition
- No Need To Hesitate - Made In Iceland VII
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Johnny Bertram The Golden Bicycles- Hurricanes - Home Recordings
Stereolab- Strobo Acceleration LP Version - Cobra And Phases Group Play Voltage In The Milky Night
M Ward- Headed For A Fall - To Go Home EP
Tacocat- Alien Girl - NVM
Fleetwood Mac- Love That Burns - Mr Wonderful Remastered
Conor Oberst- You Are Your Mothers Child - Upside Down Mountain
Rodrigo Amarante- Tardei - Cavalo
Various Artists- Pigeonhead The Full Sentence - Dreamworld
Dubmatix- Kingdom Dub - System Shakedown
Rodriguez- This Is Not A Song Its An Outburst Or The Establishment Blues - Cold Fact
Rodriguez- Hate Street Dialogue - Cold Fact

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          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 05-07-2014 with Michael Buck        

Should- Dont Send Me Your Regrets - The Great Pretend
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Modern Rivals- Angel Bones - Cemetery Dares
For A Minor Reflection- Recite - Live At Iceland Airwaves
Wye Oak- Paradise - Shriek
Quilt- Saturday Bride - Held In Splendor
The Black Angels- The Flop - Clear Lake Forest
Angel Olsen- High Wild - Burn Your Fire For No Witness
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- Every Grain Of Sand - A Tribute To Bob Dylan In The 80s Volume One
Grizzly Bear- Listen And Wait Bonus Track - Shields BSides
Iska Dhaaf- Even The Sun - Even The Sun Will Burn
Timber Timbre- Curtains - Hot Dreams
Srikalogy- Together Feat Malia Kulp - New Paradigm
Fujiya Miyagi- Rayleigh Scattering - Artificial Sweeteners
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Lapcat- The Great Escape - Trickster Trickster
Jaune Toujours- Si Jtais Toi - Routes
Musketeer Gripweed- A Train - Floods And Fires
Elliphant- Revolusion - Look Like You Love It
Roberto Fonseca- 80s - Yo
Mac Demarco- Passing Out Pieces - Salad Days
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William Onyeabor- Atomic Bomb feat Hot Chip - What
Elbow- Colour Fields - The Take Off And Landing Of Everything
Son Lux- Easy - Lanterns
Thus Owls- How In My Bones - Turning Rocks
Gringo Star- Look For More - Floating Out To See
Au Revoir Simone- Boiling Point - Move In Spectrums
Chad VanGaalen- Evil - Shrink Dust
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Grieves- Astronauts feat Slug - Winter The Wolves
Kelis- Friday Fish Fry - Food
Thomas Blondet- In This World feat Subatomic Sound System - Future World
The Souljazz Orchestra- East Flows The River - Inner Fire
Mark Orton- Diminished Capacity - Nebraska Original Soundtrack
Death Vessel- Velvet Antlers - Island Intervals
Joe Driscoll Sekou Kouyate- Faya - Faya
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Tacocat- Pocket Full Of Primrose - NVM
Nikki Lane- Seein Double - All Or Nothin
Esme Patterson- Tumbleweed - Woman To Woman
Juakali- Bring Me Home - Feathers Too Bright
Ponds Fleshman- Can I Get A Hit - Better Days EP
Robert Pollard- Find A Word - Honey Locust Honky Tonk
Nathaniel Rateliff- Nothing To Show For - Falling Faster Than You Can Run

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          Tech at Night: Snowden’s ongoing treason. Another high profile domain loss at WIPO.        
Ed Snowden continues to harm America with his treason, embarrassing Barack Obama by getting Europe mad at him. Snowden is also harming cybersecurity efforts which are important since we’re not ready for serious attacks. Meanwhile Snowden’s co-conspirator after the fact Julian Assange’s Wikileaks is suing Visa in Iceland. I say Visa should make him testify. […]
          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 10-14-2013 with Adam Taylor        

Major Lazer- Jessica feat Ezra Koenig - Free The Universe
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- Tenderloin - Made In Iceland VI
Shahram- 1975 - Shahram
- Loose Up Yourself - Afrobeat Airways 2
- Avazekhan Na Avaz - Sedayeh Del Funk Psychedelia And Pop From The Iranian PreRevolution Generation
- Pocket Change - True Blood Music From The HBO Original Series Vol 4
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Eddie Spaghetti- The Value Of Nothing - The Value Of Nothing
- Southern Man - 20 Feet From Stardom Music From The Motion Picture
Mavis Staples- Can You Get To That - One True Vine
The Cave Singers- Canopy - Naomi
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The Moondoggies- A Lot To Give - Adis Im A Ghost
The Poets Of Rhythm- North Carolina - The Anthology 19922003
Delta Rae- Dance In The Graveyards - Carry The Fire Deluxe Version
- Overdose Of The Holy Ghost - Overdose Of The Holy Ghost
Portugal The Man- Purple Yellow Red And Blue - Evil Friends
- All My Loving - Beatles Reimagined
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Mike Doughty- Super Bon Bon - Circles
Neko Case- Im From Nowhere - The Worse Things Get The Harder I Fight The Harder I Fight The More I Love You
Charles Bradley Menahan Street Band- Stay Away - No Time For Dreaming
RjD2- Bus Stop Bitties - The Horror
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Built To Spill- Trimmed And Burning - Ancient Melodies Of The Future
Compilation- Conquest - The Patti Page Collection The Mercury Years Vol 1
- The Hippie Girl feat Zooey Deschanel Eric Early Ben Gibbard - PDX Pop Now 2013 Compilation
She Him- I Couldve Been Your Girl - Volume 3
The Postal Service- A Tattered Line Of String - Give Up Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition
Blitzen Trapper- Shine On - VII
Blakroc- Aint Nothing Like You Hoochie Coo - Blakroc
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Elvis Costello The Roots- Walk Us Uptown - Wise Up Ghost
The Clash- Rock The Casbah - Hits Back
Phosphorescent- Ride On Right On - Muchacho

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          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 10-09-2013 with Dave Blackwood        

The Phoenix Foundation- Supernatural - Fandango
Devendra Banhart- Your Fine Petting Duck - Mala
Foxygen- San Francisco - We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace Magic
Tijuana Cartel- Run Away - M1
The Books- Group Autogenics II - The Way Out
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Cults Percussion Ensemble- Percussion Suite 3rd Movement - Cults Percussion Ensemble
Clash- Hitsville UK - Hits Back
Elvis Costello The Roots- Walk Us Uptown - Wise Up Ghost
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AM Shawn Lee- Two Times - La Musique Numrique
Skip Die- Killing Aid - Riots In The Jungle
Various Artists- Police And Thieves GCorp Remix - Dub Selector
Bombay Dub Orchestra- Compassion - Bombay Dub Orchestra
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- Tenderloin - Made In Iceland VI
Can- Millionenspiel - Lost Tapes Box Set
Brian Eno- Babys On Fire - Here Come The Warm Jets
Clinic- You - Free Reign
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Sly Robbie- Superthruster - Strip To The Bone
The Cactus Channel- Who Is Walt Druce - Wooden Boy
Har Mar Superstar- Restless Leg - Bye Bye 17
Charles Bradley- Confusion feat Menahan Street Band - Victim Of Love
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Menahan Street Band- The Crossing - The Crossing
San Cisco- Awkward EP Version - San Cisco
Vampire Weekend- Step - Modern Vampires Of The City
- I Saw Her Standing There - Beatles Reimagined

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          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 09-25-2013 with Dave Blackwood        

Sigur Rs- sjaki - Kveikur
Fat Freddys Drop- Blackbird - Blackbird
- Sommadub - Spiky Dread Issue One
Sao Paulo Underground- Ol Dirty Hummingbird feat Rob Mazurek Guilherme Granado Mauricio Takara - Beija Flors Velho E Sujo
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AM Shawn Lee- Two Times - La Musique Numrique
Skip Die- Killing Aid - Riots In The Jungle
- Afterlife - Metal Postcard Records Radio Sampler
Bad Cop- Light On - The Light On EP
No Age- I Wont Be Your Generator - An Object
The Clash- Straight To Hell - Hits Back
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Thriftstore Masterpiece- Peculiar Guy feat Eddie Argos - Trouble Is A Lonesome Town
Future Bible Heroes- How Very Strange - Partygoing
They Might Be Giants- Black Ops - Nanobots
John Wizards- Tek Lef Schrempf - John Wizards
Delicate Steve- Wally Wilder - Positive Force
Radiohead- Reckoner - In Rainbows
Devendra Banhart- Fr Hildegard Von Bingen - Mala
Ty Segall- Come Outside - Sleeper
The Phoenix Foundation- Supernatural - Fandango
The Clash- Ghetto Defendant - Hits Back
San Cisco- Awkward EP Version - San Cisco
Vampire Weekend- Step - Modern Vampires Of The City
The Cactus Channel- Wooden Boy Part 3 - Wooden Boy
Howie B Vs Casino Royale- Tutto - Not In The Face Reale Dub Version
- Lady Bird - Arts Crafts X
Don Cavalli- Me And My Baby - Temperamental
- She Loves You - Beatles Reimagined
- Dreamland With David Byrne - Made In Iceland VI
Blitzen Trapper- Feel The Chill - VII
Department Of Eagles- Forty Dollar Rug - The Cold Nose
The Baptist Generals- Dog That Bit You - Jackleg Devotional To The Heart
King Khan The Shrines- Born To Die - Idle No More
Coke Weed- Sunseekers - Back To Soft

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          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 09-23-2013 with Adam Taylor        

Mahmoud Kania- Nina Dioz - Terrasonic Spinning The World 20022013
Paper Bird- Storm Monsoon Remix By FeathericciBrian Mayhall - Carry On Rmxd paper Bird Reimagined
Low- Just Make It Stop - The Invisible Way
Okkervil River- It Was My Season - The Silver Gymnasium
Dawn McCarthy Bonnie Prince Billy- Just What I Was Looking For - What The Brothers Sang
Alice Russell- Different Bonus Track - To Dust
Tricky- Nothing Matters - False Idols
- voicebreak -
Devendra Banhart- Wont You Come Home - Mala
- Im Looking Through You - Let Us In Americana The Music Of Paul McCartney
- You Are Blind - Ghost Brothers Of Darkland County
Snoop Lion- Here Comes The King Feat Angela Hunte - Reincarnated
Bonobo- Heaven For The Sinner feat Erykah Badu - The North Borders
Portugal The Man- Evil Friends - Evil Friends
- Overdose Of The Holy Ghost - Overdose Of The Holy Ghost
Jimmy Cliff- I Can See Clearly Now - The KCRW Session Live
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Gregory Alan Isakov- Amsterdam - The Weatherman
Bombino- Amidinine - Nomad
- Avazekhan Na Avaz - Sedayeh Del Funk Psychedelia And Pop From The Iranian PreRevolution Generation
Shahram- 1975 - Shahram
- The Sun - True Blood Music From The HBO Original Series Vol 4
Ballinasloe Fair various Artists- Here Comes The Sun Francois K Remix - Nina Simone Remixed Reimagined
Eleanor Friedberger- Stare At The Sun - Personal Record
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Les Claypool- Iowan Girl - Of Whales And Woe
Austin Lounge Lizards- We Always Fight When We Drink Gin - Strange Noises In The Dark
- Tenderloin - Made In Iceland VI
Yeah Yeah Yeahs- Area 52 - Mosquito
- Southern Man - 20 Feet From Stardom Music From The Motion Picture
- Loose Up Yourself - Afrobeat Airways 2
- Stay Close To Me - Spiky Dread Issue One
Major Lazer- Jessica feat Ezra Koenig - Free The Universe
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DJ Shadow Mos Def- Six Days - Six Days EP
Preservation Hall Jazz Band- Dear Lord Give Me The Strength - Thats It
Barrence Whitfield And The Savages- My Baby Didnt Come Home - Dig Thy Savage Soul
Phosphorescent- A Charm A Blade - Muchacho
The James Hunter Six- One Way Love - Minute By Minute
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          Majestic winds of the Iceland northlands        
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          Shreddy Krueger - New Tracks (2015)        
Shreddy Krueger - New Tracks (2015)
Стиль: Post-Hardcore
1. The Sky Will Swallow Us Whole
2. Deadman's Creek

+ 3. Iceland

          from winter in Southern Iceland        

from winter in Southern Iceland

          376: The Bokeh Discussion        
Frederick sits down with the team behind the feature film Bokeh for a discussion about funding with a Kickstarter campaign, shooting on location in Iceland, logistics and more.
          A Lesson from Scandinavia        
  • During the years 2005 and 2006, American sociologist Phil Zuckerman spent fourteen months in Denmark and Sweden to study these two societies. In a recent book, he reports these findings: (1)
  • Denmark and Sweden have among the lowest rates of violent crime in the world. (pp. 28-29) (2)
  • Denmark and Sweden have the lowest rates of HIV and AIDS in the world. (p. 27)
  • Sweden is third and Denmark is fifth in the world in economic competitiveness. (p. 27)
  • On gender equality, Denmark is second and Sweden is third in the world. (p. 27)
  • On access to the Internet, Sweden is third and Denmark is fourth in the world. (p. 28)
  • Denmark and Sweden are tied for the lowest infant mortality rates in the world with Norway, Iceland, Japan, and Singapore. (p. 26)
  • Denmark and Sweden are tied for first place with the Netherlands in the health and safety of children. (p. 26)
  • Denmark ranks fourth and Sweden ranks eighth in the world in the standard of living. (p. 27)
  • Political corruption is virtually non-existent in Denmark and Sweden. (p. 28)
  • Denmark and Sweden are tied for first in the world in a recent international study of social justice (p. 30) (3), and
  • Denmark ranks second and Sweden ranks third in the world in financial aid to poor nations. (p. 29)

Thus, according to Zuckerman, Danes and Swedes are among the most contented and generous people on the planet. But that's not all that Zuckerman has to report about these two nations. Remarkably, he notes, two of the most prosperous societies in the world are also two of the least religious. (4) Indeed, a huge majority in both countries are atheists or agnostics. Only 24% of Danes and 16% of Swedes believe in a personal God compared to more than 90% in the United States. (p. 24) Only 18% of Danes and 33% of Swedes believe in heaven compared to 80% of Americans. Only 10% of Danes and Swedes believe in hell compared to 75% of Americans. (p. 11, pp. 24-25) This is the lowest rate of belief in hell in the entire world! (p. 25) Next, only 7% of Danes and 3% of Swedes believe that the Bible is the literal word of God compared to 33% in the United States. (p. 25) Further, Danes and Swedes have the lowest church attendance in the world with only 3% of Danes and 7% of Swedes attending regularly. (p. 25, p. 162) (5) Also, only 8% of Danes and 15% of Swedes consider it important for a politician to believe in God compared to 64% of Americans who do (p. 12), and contrary to public and private practice in America, very few Danes and Swedes pray. (p. 2) Finally, more than 80% of Danes and Swedes accept evolution while less than half our population does. (p. 10) (6)

Professor Zuckerman sees an important lesson for us in his study of Denmark and Sweden. Contrary to what we've heard from "certain outspoken conservative Christians" (7), the sociologist suggests, a secular society need not be a scene of violence and depravity. (p. 4, pp. 17-18) Denmark and Sweden, he says, are not only "impressive models of societal health" (p. 17) but living proof that humans can survive and prosper without religion. (pp. 55-56) (8)


  1. Zuckerman reports his findings in Society without God: What the Least Religious Nations Can Tell Us About Contentment, New York University Press, 2008. All references hereinafter are to page numbers of this book.
  2. For instance, in Aarhus, Denmark, a city of 250,000 residents, there was a total of one murder in 2004. (p. 6)
  3. This study was done by a German group of social scientists associated with an institute called Hans-Bocker Stiftung. (p. 30) Denmark and Sweden are not without problems, however. Taxes are high, there is social friction due to recent waves of immigration, children eat too much candy, rates of bicycle thefts are high, fertility rates are low, and alcohol consumption is high. (p. 34)
  4. Other irreligious societies are the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, South Korea, Estonia, France, Japan, Bulgaria, Norway, England, Scotland, Wales, Hungary, and Belgium. (p. 25) Zuckerman points out that in all of these relatively secular societies the citizens freely gravitated from a religious to an irreligious perspective unlike North Korea, the former Soviet Union, China, and Albania where the governments attempted to impose secularism on the citizens. Zuckerman says that forced secularism doesn't work. See pp. 20-22.
  5. Paradoxically, despite the fact that most Danes and Swedes are atheists or agnostics and don't attend church regularly, 83% of Danes and 80% of Swedes continue voluntarily to pay a tax to the National Church, which is Lutheran (p. 112), and many hold traditional events such as weddings, baptisms, confirmations, and funerals in church. Zuckerman says that Danes and Swedes, while rejecting the supernatural dimensions of Christianity - Jesus performed miracles, Jesus was God, Jesus rose from the dead, the Bible is God's revelation, the Genesis account of creation is accurate, there is an afterlife with a heaven and a hell, etc. – maintain a "cultural religion" similar to many Jews. (pp. 153-155) Oddly, in Denmark a person may be a pastor and an atheist. (p. 154)
  6. Despite the fact that Danes and Swedes are irreligious, they are not hostile to religion, they shun serious discussions of it, they deem a person's views about religion a private matter, and many non-believers dislike being labeled an atheist because they take the term to imply hostility to religion. Further, many non-believers self-identify as "Christians." When one asks them what it means to be a Christian, they say it means being kind, helping people who need help, not hurting others, etc. As a rule they reject the supernatural components. See Chapter 8, "Cultural Religion," pp. 150-166. Also, see pp. 97-109.
  7. Zuckerman lists the following examples of Christian conservatives who claim that a society that is irreligious will fail: Pat Robertson, the late Jerry Falwell, Ann Coulter, Bill O'Reilly, Laura Schlesinger, William Bennett, Rush Limbaugh, and Paul Weyrich. (p. 4, pp. 17-18)
  8. American fundamentalists will no doubt object to Zuckerman's strongly favorable evaluation of Denmark and Sweden by noting that in these countries abortion has been legal for more than thirty years, prostitution is legal, and homosexuality is tolerated.

© 2008 Tom Shipka

          181: Rebekka Guðleifsdóttir - Beyond Photography        
A special holiday treat for you…an extended interview with Icelandic photographer Rebekka Good-lief-stodder. In this discussion Rebekka talks about her work, her shows, and gives insight on how she creates those amazing multiple exposure self-portraits.
          Interview with Stiofan O'Ceallaigh        


q)Please tell us your name and where you practice.

a)Stiofan O’Ceallaigh based Salford (Manchester), UK.

q) Why do you make art?

a)I’ve been painting and exploring other means of expression since I was 7 years old. I make art because I have to; for cathartic means.

q) How do you work ?

a)Every day I try and create something new. A typical day is approximately 7-8 hours making works and/or research.

q) What´s your background?

a)Born in Ireland I re-located to Liverpool, England to study for a Bachelors degree in Fine Art & Drama and Theatre Studies. After achieving a First Class Honours I was given the opportunity to have solo and group shows in Liverpool. 1 year after my degree I moved to Manchester where for the past 14 years I have been promoting artists and working in the arts up to Executive level. In 2014 I decided to take a new road and started dedicating all of my time to making art and developing my own projects.

q) What role does the artist have in society?

a)To cause flux, a deeper understanding, push boundaries, present visions of the future and new realities.

q) What was a seminal experience for you ?

a)I have many and they usually involve travel. I have been very lucky to visit and live in places such as Ireland, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Iceland, Paris, Barcelona, New York....

q) Has your practice changed over time ?

a)It hasn’t no. I started painting when I was 7 years old. I’ve come back to painting. I suppose you could say that poetry is a new thing for me, but that’s just me writing down thoughts rather than trying to construct something.

q) What art do you most identify with ?

a)Video art.

q) What´s your strongest memory of your childhood ?

a)Strangford Lough. We lived just beside the Lough and most of my family is still there. The scenery back home is out of this world.

q) What themes do you pursue ?

a)Identity and aesthetics (relational and dynamic).

q) Describe a real life experience that inspired you.


q) What´s your most embarrassing moment ?


q) What jobs have you done other than being an artist ?

a)As I said earlier I have worked in the arts for fourteen years at management and executive level, this includes Front of House Management, Production, Fundraising, Finance and organisational deputy directorship. My main skills lie in strategy, income generation and rebranding.  I am also a Theatre Captioner which means that I provide access to deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people to theatre performances.

q) What responses have you had to your work ?

a)It’s always the same, people love the works I don’t like. Which is cool. My main aim in my work is to make the viewer feel how I felt when I made the work. A kind of transference. How the viewer interprets the content is up to them.

q) What do you dislike about the artworld ?


q) What research do you do ?

a)I’m always observing 24/7. I work VERY fast and I’m a bit of a sponge. I soak things, ideas, shapes, words and colours up very quickly and save them in my head for when I need them.

q) What is your dream project?

a)I’m doing it: Balaclava.Q. But to be honest any project which promotes social change, understanding, compassion and relationships.

q) What´s the best piece of advice you have been given ?

a)“You don’t have to like every piece of art or performer that you promote or introduce. Let the viewer/audience make their own mind up.” Another good one is to “let the art speak for itself”.

q) What couldn’t you do without?


q) What makes you angry?

a)The system.

q) What is your worst quality?


q) Dogs or Cats ?


q) Making art is a lot like being on lsd. Know what I mean ?


q) What does “ copy” mean to you ?


q) What´s your favorite cuss word ?


          ESZTER BURGHARDT : lands of wool and cake        

Stunning landscapes created using Icelandic wool, chocolate cake, and blue milk! Canadian-Hungarian artist Eszter Burghardt is my lovely guest today.

          Interview with Sam Branton        

q) Introduce yourself, name, age, location.

a)My name is Sam Branton, I’m 26 and I live in Oxford, UK

q) Can you describe your path to being an artist? When did you really get into it?

a)When I was at school I drew a huge picture of a city – it was about 2 meters by 3 meters. The city was hanging over a waterfall and looked like a whale’s tale diving into the ocean. This was the first time that I saw people spending time in front of something I’d made, and bringing their friends back to see it.

After art school I was invited to exhibit in a couple of galleries in London which led to to further exhibitions in London, Stockholm and Los Angeles. These shows introduced my work to collectors who have followed my career.

q) Describe your ideals and how they manifest in your work.

a)My philosophy is to avoid being drawn into the consumer society; to learn to be content with a simple life – but at the same time, try to enjoy the finer things - Music, books, art, food, films…

My work plays homage to the classical painters but at the same time, I try to be witty and also undermine the pompous behaviour of certain classes in society by setting self-important characters in absurd situations.

q) Is music a part of your studio time? What do you listen to?

a)I’ve done four big collections of work for exhibitions and music has played a big part in influencing each collection - it adds atmosphere and mood to the images. More recently – I spend more time listening to the Howard Stern show.

q) What do you love most about where you live?

a)There’s nowhere quite like Oxford. It has the most beautiful architecture in England and has an atmosphere that is both peaceful and inspirational. I think that feeling comes through in my work.

q) How would you describe your work to someone?

a)I’ve always had a problem explaining my work but it’s a mix of Rubens with Ren and Stimpy.

q) Influences?

a)Rubens and Ren and Stimpy,.

q) Describe your process for creating new work.

a)It can take me a year to do a set of pictures and I might spend two or three months developing the idea in my mind before I begin. I start with a basic theme and allow the theme to develop as each drawing is completed. I like to let the individual pieces influence the direction of the collection so that the body of work shows a progression. This process always leads to ideas and characters that I didn’t envisage at the start.

q) What advice do you have for artists looking to show their work?

a)Getting work into a gallery can be tricky. I would encourage artists to run group shows. If you advertise them like a music event with posters, flyers and social media, an exhibition can get a lot of attention. The more artists in the show, the more people will visit.

q) Upcoming shows/ projects?

a)I’ve just started a new series of drawings based on the Batman comics. The scenes are inspired by Batman characters but placed in the renaissance period to create a new mythology.

q) Best way to spend a day off?

a)Whale watching (but this can be difficult in Oxford).

q) What are you really excited about right now?

a)I’m planning to go to Iceland – to watch whales

q) Where can people see more of your work on the internet?


          Djupavik A Short film for HIGH        

Iceland. Remote. Epic. Fashion. History. Decay and Re-birth. All the ingredients of a good stew.

Djupavik - A short film for HIGH from Conor Masterson on Vimeo.

          Interview of John F. Schindler by Karen Nichols Brewster        
Interview of John F. Schindler by Karen Nichols Brewster Schindler, John F. John Schindler was born in Chicago to recent German immigrants and spoke German at home as a child. Both parents overcame obstacles, learned English, worked hard all their lives, and created a good life for John and his sister. Most of his higher education was at Michigan State University where he earned two degrees in botany. His Master’s focused on phycology, the study of algae. He spent two years in the army from 1955 to 1957. It proved to be a fortunate experience. He did scientific research on biological and chemical weapons. After discharge he returned to Michigan State with the intention of completing his Ph.D. His major professor, Jerry Prescott, had a research project underway at Point Barrow, Alaska, and when another student dropped out two days before departure, Schindler replaced him at the last minute. Forty-one years later he was still in Alaska. He never completed the Ph.D. Schindler lived in Barrow with his wife and daughter from 1960 to 1971. Max Brewer convinced him to stay there, and gradually trained him to later take over the Barrow Research Laboratory. In time he ran almost everything at the Lab, a huge responsibility since it received some 1000 visitors a year, had its own aircraft, vehicle fleets, and carpenter, mechanic, and welding shops. He learned from Brewer and others accurately how to predict ice conditions. On one occasion, in 1961, Schindler and Brewer crash landed on the ice, and were not rescued for nearly two days. No one was seriously injured, but the plane was lost. Over time Schindler and his family adjusted well enough to the cold, but the long Arctic months of near or total darkness were difficult. His wife, Erna, had been born and raised in tropical Mexico. Many people got despondent in the late fall as the long, dark winter months approached, and suicides increased during those times. Some married couples became “shack nasty” from spending all winter together in close, crowded quarters. January was the worst month of all. Still it was of some slight comfort to realize that Barrow was not as cold as some other places; Fairbanks and Umiat were always worse off. Even so Barrow sometimes experienced wind chills of 100 below zero. During his years at Barrow, Schindler worked on several versions of ARLIS (Arctic Research Laboratory Ice Station), numbers I – VI, all built on either ice or floe islands. An “ice island” is formed from glacial ice, i.e. fresh water, as opposed to an “ice floe” formed from frozen salty sea water. Ice islands were more stable than floe islands; the latter could develop cracks at any time. These large ice platforms drifted over a wide area of the Arctic Ocean in a vast gyre, or circular movement. ARLIS I, also known as Alpha, was built on an ice floe, lasted 10-11 months and had oceanography, marine biology, aurora studies, and sea ice physics. ARLIS II, also known as Bravo, was built on an ice island, and lasted from May, 1961 until May, 1965, and was even more diverse. It was set up on Fletcher’s Ice Island, also known as T-3, Radar Target No. 3. The ice on T-3 was over 150 feet thick, and five and one-half miles by four. This base was operated by the Air Force. ARLIS III, also known as Charlie, focused on auroral studies; IV on underwater sound; V and VI on ice deformation studies. The latter two were later merged into the massive AIDJEX project. Schindler also participated in AIDJEX I. In time the ice stations were shut down. They were expensive and it was difficult to recruit qualified staff. Another activity at the Barrow Research Lab was to launch meteorological sounding rockets for NASA. Since they must be launched in above freezing conditions, this was a challenge when the temperature outside the launching pad was sometimes 25 to 30 below zero. Over the years some 16 to 18 rockets were launched, all successfully. Another project was maintaining a small base on Banks Island. Schindler believes that perhaps his greatest contribution to the Lab was administrative. He hired, for the first time, Assistant Directors for Science, Operations, and Management. When the time came for him to leave there was excellent continuity at the Lab. Schindler was the 7th Director of the Lab. Three more would follow before the Navy closed it down. While serving at the Lab, President Wood of the University of Alaska arranged for faculty appointments for both Schindler (Assistant Professor) and Max Brewer (Associate Professor). This helped both personally and professionally. Schindler occasionally participated in Project Chariot, a base maintained by the Department of Energy, although he was not a formal member of its advisory committee. When Chariot shut down the Lab inherited it as a field station, and some of its equipment was moved to the Lab. At one time the Lab had 14 field stations, all over the North Slope. In determining the best locations for field stations the Lab tried to hit the various ecosystems – the foothills, the oriented lake systems, the Colville River, etc. Managing all of these areas -- the rockets, field stations, the 1,000 annual visitors, etc. -- was a huge responsibility. Max Brewer had been an excellent teacher, and became a lifelong friend. Betty Dickerson, his scheduler, and Jack High, his purchaser, both helped significantly. Fortunately the Lab had plenty of resources. Much of what visiting researchers required was kept on hand -- tents, clothes, sleeping bags, etc. Over time the Lab did not always receive the latest instruments, such as the more expensive microscopes. Max Britton’s rule was that all equipment purchased for a research project must whenever possible be left at the Lab for future use. All in all, as he looks back, Schindler is “very proud of what I did at the Lab.” In the early days of the Lab there was a lot of flexibility in procedures and purchasing, but in time regulations were tightened. When ARLIS II was built the only budgeted item for the base was \$10,000 for a generator. Yet the total cost for establishing an ice station, constructing buildings, finding the ice, and flying in supplies, cost \$180,000. Somehow President Wood of the University of Alaska worked this out. At the Lab every single purchase was recorded by hand in the so-called “black book.” The total budget for the base when Schindler was hired in 1960 was about \$400,000, but his last budget was for \$2,500,000. The total costs were actually much higher since the Air Force paid for many items, including food, power generation, and vehicle maintenance. The Navy paid for airplanes, equipment, food for the field, and staff salaries and science. Civilian contractors, hired by the military services, actually managed these programs. The Navy was responsible for building the new Barrow Research Lab. Max Brewer fought tenaciously with the Navy to achieve the best base possible. He had great support from Max Britton stationed in Washington, D.C. Brewer’s tenaciousness caused a lot of ripples in the Arctic, but he was liked by everybody. His arguments were never personal. It was agreed by all that he could get things done. When Max Brewer ran the Lab it was a “one man show,” and Schindler’s contribution was to create an effective chain of command. Max Britton, the “boss” in Washington, D.C., would show up at the Lab about twice a year, and was always tactful and helpful in his criticisms and suggestions. Dr. Wood, President of the University of Alaska, rightly viewed the Lab as an adjunct of the University, although the Navy always retained ultimate control. Operational matters were handled through the Navy, but administration, bookkeeping, paying bills, etc., was handled through the University. The Air Force also played a part. It was something of a “strange situation” but with rare exceptions all parties worked well together. Max Britton, in Washington, was shrewd in dealing with the Navy. He won support for a scientific study of lemming “suicides” by comparing the overcrowding of lemmings in their burrows with crew quarters on submarines. Max Brewer, at the Lab, was equally effective, but the vagaries of Arctic weather conditions, and the occasional unreliability of radio communications, caused some unavoidable problems and complaints. By the time that Schindler left the base in 1971 field radios had been obtained, although the tent camps never had them. Men in the field used collapsible canvas “fold boats” on the rivers, but they were unstable. More than once, one tipped over and food and supplies floated down the river. Brewer had an uncanny talent for juggling various responsibilities, and getting everything done “very, very well.” Ice stations typically had a minimum of 3 or 4 people, and sometimes 8 or 9. All had to be mechanically adept and able to function in cold and dark conditions. According to Schindler most of the staff were either seeking adventure, or fleeing a bad situation. One man, deeply in debt, spent a year on an ice island. In the late 1960’s there was a murder – some say it was an accident -- on ice station T-3. The culprit was convicted of manslaughter, and sentenced to time served. Ice stations ARLIS I and II were serviced by DC-3’s, Cessnas, and C-130’s. An entire pre-fabricated building could be packed into a DC-3, and assembled in just three hours. They could also carry Weasels and D-6 cats. Later ARLIS versions were only maintained for 3 or 4 months, and needed less heavy equipment. When an ice station was abandoned most of the equipment was removed, but the buildings were left. One of the abandoned stations drifted around the southern tip of Greenland, and others drifted into Russian waters. Some were stripped by Greenlanders or others. Schindler reports that personal and working relations were very good between the scientists and the local people, including the Eskimos. He was associated with development of the Barrow gas field, although it preceded and outlasted him. After he left in Lab in January, 1974, he went to work for Resource Science Corporation – Alaska, a holding company for Williams Brothers. Schindler served as a consultant, but did actual work as well. He hired over 180 quality control engineers as inspectors for the gas pipeline. Later Schindler worked for Husky Oil Corporation from 1976 to 1981. He wrote Environmental Impact Studies (EIS), and served as the right-hand man for Wes Westfall, the head of Husky. This was a huge operation with a budget of up to 120 million dollars for a single year. From 1982 to 1993 he worked in various capacities, including writing Environmental Impact Studies, for the Minerals Management Service (MMS) of the Department of the Interior. Looking back on his long Arctic career Schindler had some regret that his career evolved mainly into administration, and not the pure science he had envisioned early on. He regrets also that he had never finished his Ph.D. He takes great pride in his contributions to the Arctic ice stations; he was there from the beginning. He had excellent relations with the Navy, including Admiral Ralph Weymouth. Schindler feels also that he was instrumental in cultivating a respect for the environment within the Husky Oil Company. He values also the many pleasant experiences he had in Iceland, although he thought authorities there were unduly suspicious of NATO. The Arctic had been his entire career, and he was fascinated by the area. As his wife, Erna, put it “The Arctic is not a place. It’s a disease and my husband has it.” He recounts various personal experiences while working at NARL at Barrow. The experience could be tedious, and was especially difficult for the women. His wife Erna, worked as a bookkeeper mainly to escape from the Quonset Hut that was their home. There were instances of heated discussions, even arguments, with Max Brewer and others, but ultimately all were harmoniously resolved. Max Brewer and Max Britton served as mentors to Schindler. Scientifically, the Lab did very important research on permafrost, and biology as it related to the oil pipeline. Important discoveries were also made because of the Ice Stations, including discovery of the Barrow sea canyon. Major Topics Role and Significance of the Arctic Ice Stations, including ARLIS Contributions of the National Arctic Research Laboratory (NARL) at Barrow, Alaska Personal challenges for men and women living in the Arctic Environmental issues and challenges in the Arctic region Contributions of leading administrators at NARL, the Navy, and Washington, D.C. Growing recognition of the need for Environmental Impact Studies AIDJEX, Arctic Ice Dynamics Experiment AINA, Arctic Institute of North America ARLIS, Arctic Research Laboratory Ice Station BIA, Bureau of Indian Affairs Bitters, John, pilot, pp. 49-50 Brewer, Max, mentioned throughout Britton, Max, mentioned throughout Buck, Bo, underwater sound, p. 49 Champion, Chuck, p. 69 DEW, Distant Early Warning Line Dickerson, Betty, wife of Dick, assistant to Schindler at the Lab, p. 27 Dickerson, Dick, pilot, pp. 58, 79-80 EIS, Environmental Impact Study Fischer, Bobby, pilot, pp. 21, 58 Fletcher, Joe, p. 18 Girkin, Bill, Office of Naval Research, pp. 31, 44 Gottleib, Judy, MMS, p. 70 Gryc, George, naturalist, p. 89 Hessler, Vic, aurora studies, p. 49 High, Jack, purchasing agent at the Lab, p. 27 Husky Oil Corporation, pp. 68-69 Maher, Bill, pp. 46-47 McGregor, Ron, pp. 11, 77, 87-88 MMS, Minerals Management Service, Dept. of the Interior, pp. 69-70 NARL, National Arctic Research Laboratory NATO, North Atlantic Treaty Organization NPRA, National Petroleum Reserve, Alaska ONR, Office of Naval Research Pitelka, Frank. p. 42 Prescott, Jerry, Professor of Botany at Michigan State University, pp. 1, 3-4, Schindler, Erna, wife of John, pp. 3, 5, 78 Toovak, Kenny, Eskimo worker at camp, pp. 64, 79 Qualm, Louis, Britton’s boss in the Office of Naval Research, p. 22 USGS, United States Geological Service Westfall, Wes, head of Husky, p. 68 Weymouth, Ralph, Navy Admiral, p. 74 Wolfe, John, Director of Project Chariot, pp. 24-25 Wood, [?], President, University of Alaska, pp. 9, 12-13, 23-24, 41
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Originally this was just a straight forward walk from Enfield Lock to Chingford but it morphed into an exploration of William Morris’s childhood haunts. A very worthwhile morphing. William Morris was born in Walthamstow in 1834 and spent his childhood quietly exploring Epping Forest and the surrounding areas. Which were, at this point, quite far outside of London. He filled his head with wonderment at the endless forms of nature and the distinct atmosphere of places. He was an avid reader of chivalric fiction and so he tied these two loves together into what eventually became his Romantic harkening back to mythological England, Iceland, and Scandinavia. I currently live a short distance from his eventual textile mill at Merton Abbey Mill, on the River Wandle, but there’s absolutely zero evidence of any romance in that location now. Walking the woods he explored as a child is a different matter though. Starting point: Enfield Lock railway station, Zone 6, trains to Liverpool Street and Stratford via Tottenham Hale (to connect to the Victoria Line) Finishing point: Blackhorse Road Tube station, Zone 3, Victoria Line services to Central London Length: 16.68 kilometres (10.38 miles) OS Maps app route link: here Download the GPX file for this route here: Enfield Lock station to Blackhorse Road station, via Epping Forest The air was filled with doilies of rain when we came out of Tottenham Hale and connected to our train to Enfield Lock, but by the time we had trundled through the hinterland of dismal track-side light industry the skies has cleared substantially. Blue was pouring through a tear in the clouds that looked like an eyelid. God was smiling on our plans? We waited at the level crossing outside Enfield […]
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Sebelumnya telah diuraikan perihal Priority Inbox, dimana fitur ini bekerja pada Gmail dan saat ini Ambae.exe berkesempatan menggunakannya bersama others AMBAE. Lebih awal disampaikan bahwa Google mengeluarkan 2 (dua) fitur terbarunya. Yang akan diuraikan di bawah ini adalah Google Translate dengan fitur yang lebih hebat. Bagi sobat Googler, Google Translate bukanlah hal baru, tapi mungkin saja masih ada rekan-rekan yang ingin mengetahuinya dari awal terutama Ambae.exe yang masih awam.

Layanan ini diperkenalkan pada tahun 2007 dan mulai memasukkan Bahasa Indonesia ke dalam pilihan bahasa yang bisa diterjemahkan sejak 25 September 2008. Adapun sasaran utama dari Google Translate yakni untuk menerjemahkan bagian teks atau halaman web dalam satu bahasa ke bahasa lain.

Lalu mengapa diklaim memiliki fasilitas canggih dibanding penerjemah lainnya...? Tidak seperti layanan terjemahan lain seperti Babel Fish dan AOL yang menggunakan SYSTRAN, Google menggunakan perangkat lunak terjemahan sendiri. Itulah hebatnya mbah Google, si empunya tidak mau meminjam apapun dari pihak lain. Kalau perlu Sergey M. Brin dan Lawrence E. Page membeli produk pihak lain agar bisa menguasai dunia maya.

Lanjut fren, satu persatu kita bahas perihal Translate milik mbah Google. Dukungan Google Translate mencakup :
- Google Translate versi standar
- Google Search
- Google Toolbar
- Google Chrome
- Google Labs
- Google Mail (Gmail)
- Google Chat (chat via Gmail)
- Google Talk
- Google Groups
- Google Moderator
- Google Docs (Google Documents)
- Google Video (YouTube)
- Google Mobile
- Google Android
- Google Web Element
- Google AJAX API
- Google Toolkit

A. Google Translate versi standar

Steps A1
Kunjungi Google Translate, lalu ketik atau paste karakter, kata maupun kalimat yang ingin diterjemahkan. Tentukan bahasa terjemahan yang akan digunakan dan klik Translate. Tukar arah terjemahan dengan mengeklik tombol Swap languages.

Steps A2
Klik Listen untuk mendengarkan terjemahan versi suara Google. Klik Read phonetically untuk membedakan suara/lafadz dari yang diperdengarkan Google. Metode Read phonetically memanfaatkan sistem notasi fonetis (International Phonetic Alphabet), yakni kumpulan tanda yang dengannya semua bahasa manusia dapat ditulis dan dijelaskan. Seperti halnya membedakan lafadz fa dengan pa dan va atau sa dengan xa dan za atau ca dengan ka dan qa serta ei dengan ee dan ey dan bahasa planet lainnya.

B. Google Search

Steps B1
Silakan meluncur ke Google Homepage dan ketikkan keyword yang akan dicari. Hasil pencarian pun muncul sebanyak 10 URL/Website di halaman pertama Google yang paling terkait dengan keyword tersebut. Untuk menerjemahkan URL, klik link Translate this page atau Terjemahkan laman ini di sisi kanan salah satu URL hasil Searching. Translate dapat dimaksimalkan dengan mengatur metode pencarian pada menu Advanced Search atau Preferences.

Steps B2
Setelah mengeklik link Translate this page, Google segera menerjemahkannya. Tentukan bahasa terjemahan pada tampilan halaman berikutnya. Untuk menukar arah terjemahan, tidak disiapkan tombol Swap languages. Sehingga harus mengganti bahasa secara manual pada kedua drop down menu.

Steps B3
Temukan hal unik dari namamu, pada kolom pencarian ketik perintah Translate 'My Name is xxxxxxx' to yyyyyyy.
~ xxxxxxx : Nama
~ yyyyyyy : Bahasa

C. Google Toolbar

Steps C1
Google Toolbar bekerja pada browser Microsoft Internet Explorer dan Mozilla Firefox versi 2.0 atau yang lebih tinggi. Operation System (OS) yang direkomendasikan yakni Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista atau yang lebih tinggi. Untuk mengaktifkannya Download dan Install Google Toolbar, ikuti langkah selanjutnya hingga Finish. Bila Google memerintahkan untuk Restart, sobat Googler ikuti saja, jangan membantah perintah orang tua (mbah Google), mumpung GRATIS. Setelah terinstall, Google Toolbar akan terpasang di bagian atas halaman browser, tepatnya pada Toolbar Menu.

D. Google Chrome

Steps D1
Serupa tapi tidak sama, Google Chrome mirip dengan Google Toolbar. Perbedaannya, Google Toolbar merupakan Add-ons yang bekerja pada browser IE dan Mozilla Firefox. Sedangkan Google Chrome merupakan browser yang di dalamnya telah dibenamkan fitur Google Translate dengan tampilan Google Toolbar. Bekerja hanya pada Operation System (OS) Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista dan Windows 7. Daripada bingung, Download versi teranyar Google Chrome dan rasakan kehangatan Google Translate bersamanya. Untuk versi Beta, disini downloadnya.

Google Labs dan Google Mail (Gmail)

Steps E1
Email yang masuk tidak selalu menggunakan bahasa Indonesia. Bahkan orang Indonesia pun terkadang memakai bahasa Alien dalam mengirimkan email atau di saat chatting. Install salah satu fitur Google Labs pada Menu Settings. Pilih Sub Menu Labs, aktifkan fitur Message translation lalu Simpan pengaturan.

Steps E2
Masih pada Menu Settings, pilih Sub Menu General dan tentukan bahasa terjemahan secara default lalu simpan kembali pengaturan terakhir.

Untuk menonaktifkan fitur ini, centang Disabled pada Menu Labs. Namun, bila ingin menonaktifkan Google Labs secara utuh tanpa memilah-milah fiturnya, kunjungi OFF.

Google Chat (chat via Gmail)
dan Google Talk

Steps F1
Fitur ini memanfaatkan Google Bots dalam menerjemahkan setiap pesan Chat. Googler yang terbiasa dengan Google Wave, kiranya tidak mengalami kesulitan dalam mengaplikasikan Google Bots. Guna memudahkan sobat Googler, Ambae.exe menyuguhkan daftar Google Bots yang dapat ditambahkn pada Gmail Chat atau Google Talk.

Google Bots pada fitur ini dimaksudkan sebagai robot Google yang akan menelusuri data yang dicari para Googler. Selanjutnya para Robot ini menerjemahkannya ke dalam bahasa masing-masing Bots. Jangan lupa menambahkan Format penulisan Bots yakni
~ xxxxxxx : Salah satu Bots
~ Contoh : Google Bots untuk bahasa Chinese ke English.

Google Groups, Google Moderator
dan Google Docs (Google Documents)

Steps G1
Berdiskusi bersama rekan sesama Googler, mengedit dokumen, merespon, bertanya, menjawab, menyarankan atau memberi ide dan masukan kepada dan/atau dari Google. Dengan fitur Google Translate di dalamnya, serasa kuliah dengan fasilitas Dwi Bahasa. Sobat tidak perlu mengutak-atik Setting dan Preferences. Cukup mengunjungi Translate ala Google Groups, Google Moderator dan/atau Google Docs (Google Documents).

H. Google Video (YouTube)

Steps H1
Halaman pencarian YouTube, mirip dengan Google Homepage. Klik Translate untuk menerjemahkan Keterangan Video atau klik Show original untuk mengembalikan ke dalam bentuk aslinya.

Steps H2
Sobat Googler sering menikmati tayangan HBO atau HBO Asia, Cinemax, Star Movie, Star World dan sebagainya...??? Menonton Film kesayangan di channel termasyur tersebut benar-benar mengasyikkan. Tersedia dalam Bi-Lingual atau Dwi Language. Di samping itu tersedia pula Running Text di setiap Film, meski film itu telah berganti bahasa dari English ke Indonesia. Wajarlah HBO mengklaim dirinya It's not TV, it's HBO

Bagaimana dengan Google Video atau YouTube...??? Video yang disertai dengan keterangan Teks alias Caption dapat pula diterjemahkan ke dalam berbagai bahasa. Dengan catatan bahwa video tersebut memiliki Caption atau lazim dikenal dengan Running Text sebagai terjemahan teks dari apa yang diucapkan dalam video bersangkutan. Klik Icon (^) lalu pilih Icon (cc), keduanya berada di pojok kanan bawah Video. Lalu klik Translate Captions untuk mengatur bahasa terjemahan.

Steps H3
Tentukan bahasa terjemahan dengan mengeklik drop down menu. Selanjutnya klik tombol Translate. Maka sekejap, Caption Video diterjemahkan sesuai bahasa yang dipilih.

I. Google Mobile dan Google Android

Steps I1
Translate via Google Mobile melalui perangkat seluler sobat Googler dengan mengunjungi Google Mobile

Steps I2
Dengan Google Android, fitur Google Translate benar-benar dimaksimalkan. Tidak hanya berupa teks ke teks, Googler dapat menerjemahkan teks ke dalam bentuk suara. Demikian sebaliknya, suara diterjemahkan kembali ke dalam bentuk teks. Download Google Android untuk merasakannya.

J. Google Web Element,
Google AJAX API dan Google Toolkit

Steps J1
Ingin memiliki Tool Translater di Webpage sobat Googler...??? Benamkan Code Google Translate ke dalamnya.

Copy dan Paste Script Code berikut

Script di atas hanya contoh, pengaturan secara manual silakan kunjungi Google Web Element. Mengenai penempatan HTML tersebut, posisikan pada BODY section.

Sobat tidak menginginkan Google menerjemahkan halaman Webpagenya. Copy dan Paste Meta Tag berikut dan posisikan pada HEAD section :

Steps J2
Terjemahan Webpage maupun Web Element lebih dimungkinkan lagi dengan fitur Google AJAX API. Tentunya Googler akan lebih sering bermain dengan Javascript.

Steps J3
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          Wildlife Disease Journal Digest        
Browse complete Digest publication library here.

Wild bird surveillance for avian influenza virus
Methods Mol Biol. 2014;1161:69-81. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-0758-8_7
Brown JD, Poulson R, Stallknecht DE.

Perpetuation and reassortment of gull influenza A viruses in Atlantic North America
Virology. 2014 May;456-457:353-63. doi: 10.1016/j.virol.2014.04.009. Epub 2014 Apr 28.
Huang Y et al.

Viral metagenomic analysis of feces of wild small carnivores
Virol J. 2014 May 15;11(1):89. doi: 10.1186/1743-422X-11-89.
Bodewes R et al.

Association of a lukM-positive clone of Staphylococcus aureus with fatal exudative dermatitis in red squirrels (Sciurus vulgaris)
Vet Microbiol. 2013 Mar 23;162(2-4):987-91. doi: 10.1016/j.vetmic.2012.10.025. Epub 2012 Nov 2.
Simpson VR et al.

Temporal patterns in immunity, infection load and disease susceptibility: understanding the drivers of host responses in the amphibian-chytrid fungus system
Functional Ecology. 2014 Jun; 28(3): 569–578. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12194
Stephanie S. Gervasi et al.

The EMPRES-i genetic module: a novel tool linking epidemiological outbreak information and genetic characteristics of influenza viruses
Database. 2014; bau008 doi: 10.1093/database/bau008
Filip Claes et al.

Monitoring Wildlife-Vehicle Collisions in the Information Age: How Smartphones Can Improve Data Collection
PLoS ONE. 2014; 9(6): e98613. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0098613
Olson DD, Bissonette JA, Cramer PC, Green AD, Davis ST, et al.

Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis prevalence and haplotypes in domestic and imported pet amphibians in Japan
Tamukai K, Une Y, Tominaga A, Suzuki K, Goka K (2014)
Dis Aquat Org 109:165-175

First evidence of hemoplasma infection in free-ranging Namibian cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus)
Vet Microbiol. 2013 Mar 23;162(2-4):972-6. doi: 10.1016/j.vetmic.2012.10.009. Epub 2012 Oct 16.
Krengel A et al.

Fish pathogens near the Arctic Circle: molecular, morphological and ecological evidence for unexpected diversity of Diplostomum (Digenea: Diplostomidae) in Iceland
Int J Parasitol. 2014 Jun 11. pii: S0020-7519(14)00122-2. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpara.2014.04.009. [Epub ahead of print]
Blasco-Costa I et al.

Gross and microscopic pathology of hard and soft corals in New Caledonia
J Invertebr Pathol. 2014 Jun 10. pii: S0022-2011(14)00082-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jip.2014.05.007. [Epub ahead of print]
Work TM et al.

Extreme Heterogeneity in Parasitism Despite Low Population Genetic Structure among Monarch Butterflies Inhabiting the Hawaiian Islands
PLoS One. 2014 Jun 13;9(6):e100061. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0100061. eCollection 2014.
Pierce AA1, de Roode JC1, Altizer S2, Bartel RA3.

Demographic consequences of heavy metals and persistent organic pollutants in a vulnerable long-lived bird, the wandering albatross
Proc Biol Sci. 2014 Jul 22;281(1787). pii: 20133313. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2013.3313. Epub 2014 Jun 11.
Goutte A et al.

Trichomonas stableri n. sp., an agent of trichomonosis in Pacific Coast band-tailed pigeons (Patagioenas fasciata monilis)
Int J Parasitol Parasites Wildl. 2013 Dec 28;3(1):32-40. doi: 10.1016/j.ijppaw.2013.12.002. eCollection 2014.
Girard YA et al.

Diffusion of influenza viruses among migratory birds with a focus on the Southwest United States
Infect Genet Evol. 2014 Jun 6. pii: S1567-1348(14)00198-1. doi: 10.1016/j.meegid.2014.05.029. [Epub ahead of print]
Scotch M et al.

Evidence That Bank Vole PrP Is a Universal Acceptor for Prions 
PLoS Pathog 10(4): e1003990. doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1003990
Watts JC, Giles K, Patel S, Oehler A, DeArmond SJ, et al. (2014)

Disease of Aquatic Organisms - May 2014
Vol. 109, No. 2

International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife - August 2014
Volume 3, Issue 2
          Disease Likely Explanation For Mysterious Bird Deaths and other wildlife health news        

First diseased bat identified in Columbia area

A disease that is killing millions of bug-eating bats has shown up for the first time in Richland County, indicating the disorder could have broader impacts on the winged mammals than previously known.

Recent laboratory tests confirmed white-nose syndrome in a bat from a site in the Columbia-area, according to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.

The discovery is significant because it indicates the possible spread of the disease away from the mountains and into other parts of South Carolina. That’s a concern, not only as a threat to the species itself, but because bats are natural exterminators.

The State
30 Jun 2014
S Fretwell


More White-Nose Syndrome News
 >>> Will a bat-killing fungus make it to Texas?
>>> UNH researchers taking part in white-nose syndrome

Scientists Close In On What’s Killing Sea Stars

Some scientists see a connection between rising water temperatures and the wasting syndrome. The waters around the San Juan Islands tend to be colder than the Washington outer coastline where dying starfish were first reported last summer. Since the arrival of warmer weather this season, the syndrome has spread rapidly to areas like the San Juan Islands that were previously untouched by the syndrome. Recent reports have also surfaced of die-offs along Oregon's coastline.

“The period of time in which the disease progressed rapidly has been a period in which waters have been warmer than usual winter conditions," Blanchette said.

While scientists are reluctant to assign blame to climate change, Harvell explained that as oceans warm, outbreaks like this are more likely to occur.

"A warmer world would be a sicker world," Harvell said. "Under warming conditions a lot of microorganisms do better. They grow faster. They replicate faster. Many of our hosts can actually be stressed by warm conditions. And so it kind of creates a perfect storm of sickness."

Jefferson Public Radio
16 Jun 2014


Disease Likely Explanation For Mysterious Bird Deaths

The sudden and inexplicable deaths of dozens of birds is probably linked to a disease, says an Icelandic ornithologist.

“Everything points to a disease or some other contagion at work when many adult birds die within a short period of time,” said Gunnar Þór Hallgrímsson, an ornithologist and the director of the Southwest Iceland Nature Research Institute, to Vísir.

Gunnar points out that in other countries, mass bird deaths are more common, and are usually the result of the bacteria Clostridium botulinum, better known as the organism which causes botulism.

Reykjavik Grapevine
17 Jun 2014
P Fontaine



Fish Die-off News

Hey! It Ain't All Bad News

          EU Referendum: EEA Ruled by Fax? Iceland Said No        

It does seem rather revealing that, David Cameron has opted to make his case against UK membership of the European Economic Area (EEA) - the so-called Norway option - in Iceland, which is also a member of the EEA.

The EEA would allow us to have access to the Single Market without "ever closer union, but crucially as Flexcit demonstrates membership would not be the end game but merely part of a six stage process to facilitate an orderly exit and allow the UK to rejoin the global community without EU constraints or baggage.

That neither the Vote Leave campaign nor the Leave.EU campaign (nor indeed UKIP), thus far the only two candidates for official designation, have officially adopted such a position of the Norway option leaves us wondering why the Prime Minister would go to such lengths to discredit the option.

It can only leave us with the conclusion that the option posses a significant threat to the pro-EU movement. It negates the economic argument, leaving only politics and "ever closer union" which leaves them vulnerably exposed. And with this it does indicate that the ideas behind Flexcit, the only definitive exit plan on the table which helps us leave the EU, is gaining traction.

It appears rather ironic that Cameron will attempt to argue against EEA membership in Iceland, which has a population of around 313,000 people; a country which boasts fewer people than the London Borough of Croydon (363,000). A country which has, as we have noted before, said no to the EU.

Iceland was involved with one of biggest rejections of the EU there has ever been by an EEA member over the collapse of Icesave.

Yet as has been typical of our membership of the EU, it has been based from the outset on deception and quite frankly lies, a deception necessary as the true nature of the project cannot be conveyed candidly by politicians to the British people as they would rightly reject it. The true nature of which the EU itself readily acknowledges.

And so it proves with the Norway option which allows us a "stepping stone" out. Inaccurately dismissed as "ruled by fax" (perhaps the use of the term fax is an indication of the backward looking nature of EU supporters - the world's moved on) Norway has in reality more say than the UK over Single Market rules, particularly via global regulatory bodies such as UNECE. Not forgetting also that EEA members have a veto over EU single market rules as per the video above.

Here we see that Mr Brexit does a comprehensive job of demolishing the "Norway has no say meme", for example:
Norway and the other EFTA countries have more influence over the rules and regulations that are turned into laws. In fact, they actually get two bites of the cherry in influencing their shape. As a non-EU country, Norway represents itself on the world stage. Unlike every EU member state, Norway has seats on the international bodies where rules are developed and decided, before being handed down to the EU to implement. EU member states are not allowed to represent themselves, the insists on having a single position for all 28 member states, which is a generally a diluted, compromise position.

But then as members of the EEA (single market) the EU consults Norway and the other EFTA countries on the measures to be implemented, giving them an opportunity to influence the shape of the implementation. So Norway has more than just a say, it also gets to shape the rules from the outset and again at implementation. This gives Norway far more influence than any EU member state.
With the deception of associate membership now out in the open, and the danger which Cameron et al faces over the Norway Option combined with Flexcit, it's only our own side that can stop us now.
          Special Idiots        
(Artist credit: junefeier @ Deviant Art)

Yesterday was another dark day in Taiji, Japan.  25 striped dolphins were slaughtered mercilessly and without remorse.  While global awareness of this has increased at an amazing rate over the last few years, there are moments when I wonder if we'll ever see the end of this.  Not just in Taiji, but in the killing of pilot whales in Denmark, whaling in Japan, Norway, Iceland, etal, and other places too numerous to mention.

I recently learned about Diana Reiss, the author of The Dolphin in the Mirror and one of the founders of the website Act for Dolphins.  I've requested The Dolphin in the Mirror from my local library and based on what I've heard, it comes highly recommended among several of my dolphin friends.

I also found an article about her here:  Studying the Big-Brained Dolphin

I find it highly encouraging that more scientists are jumping on board in support of cetaceans and even supporting the notion that these mammals deserve human rights recognition. One such opinion piece I found is here:  Whales are People Too

Even some notable experts in Japan are speaking up more against whaling and one such example is this pdf pamphlet now available in English online that was published last June 2011.  You can find that here:  Research Whaling? 

One highly suspected culprit in why so many whales and dolphins around the world are stranding themselves lies in the military use of sonar.  Will suing the military make a difference?  I don't know.  But I'm heartened by the efforts of so many compassionate souls out there bringing this to every one's attention:  Groups Sue Over Navy Sonar Impacts on Marine Mammals

Another example of people coming together to speak up and to protect these mammals is A Voice of the Orcas.  This site was put together by a group of former Sea World trainers who are now making their voices heard on what really goes on at Sea World.  Please help spread the word on this.

Here's some good news!  As you know, Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has not only been active in helping to protect whales, sea turtles, sharks, and dolphins, he's also been instrumental in making people aware of the harp seal cull up in Canada.  Many other organizations and people who've been involved in this deserve all the kudos and credit in the world as well.  It's been a battle that's raged for over 40 years.  According to this article by Paul Watson, it appears these slaughters are finally coming to an end.  You can read his commentary on this here:  The Canadian Seal Hunt is Dead! 

It takes a special class and level of idiocy to not give a shit about what you're doing when you're out on the water in a boat or on a jet ski.  Some people thought it would be a great deal of fun to terrorize a pod of dolphins (with babies) with their jet skis down in Hobart, Australia.   Their self proclaimed ignorance that they were bothering a pod of dolphins is no excuse.  Boating requires one to be mindful and watchful of where you're going and to be careful to not disturb the wildlife.  That's just common sense.

Here's an interesting site that has a page full of varying whale and dolphin links dating back a few years.  Dolphin and Whale News

"It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment." ~ Ansel Adams ~

          All aboard Warpaint's world tour – in pictures        

From cramped buses to Icelandic spas, the four women of experimental indie rock band Warpaint have tasted all sides of life on the road. Tour manager Robin Laananen captured it all through her camera, and shares her inside story

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          El ultimo ritual        
~ Laura Diaz put "El ultimo ritual" into shelf You will never find peace or solace. Forever burn... reads the bloody letter received by Amelia Gotlieb days after her son Harald is found dead in the History Faculty of Reykjavík. His eyes have been torn out of his body and strange symbols engraved on his skin, leaving forensic scientists in horrified silence. Unhappy with police efforts, Harald s parents hire an Icelandic and a German lawyer t ...
          WOW air becomes first A321neo operator in Europe        
WOW air, the Icelandic low-fare carrier, has taken delivery of its first A321neo at a ceremony during the 52nd Le Bourget Paris airshow. The aircraft was officially handed over to the airline’s Chief Executive Officer, Skúli Mogensen. The aircraft leased from Air Lease Corporation will join WOW air’s existing all Airbus Fleet of 15 A320 Family aircraft. The aircraft, powered by CFM LEAP-1A engines, is configured in a comfortable 218 seat layout. WOW air’s A321neo wi...
          Beer in a box from the land of Bjork        

Brewers from Iceland will join 90 exhibitors from Maine at the Summer Session Craft Beer Festival in Portland


          Seljalandsfoss, South Iceland        

Seljalandsfoss, South Iceland

Photo by Daniel Isenmann

          Svartifoss, South East Iceland        

Svartifoss, South East Iceland

Photo by Daniel Isenmann

          Three day South Coast Photo Safari        
Three day photography tour in South-Iceland I recently guided a three day photo tour for Iceland Photo Tours. A february tour is usually full of winter adventures, possible snow storms, icy roads and winter wonderland. But this winter is one of the warmest we have had here in iceland for decades, and on this tour […]
          Shoot what you love. Love what you shoot.        
Photography day tour with the family? I love guiding people around Iceland. I love this feeling of sharing the amazing nature this country has to offer, tell stories, and meet interesting people from all over the world. The idea of my little company is first and foremost providing excellent service to those who want to get […]
          Cloudy aurora hunt        
Last night the aurora forecast was very good, activity high and celar skies. But, as so often here in Iceland, the weather forecast was not quite spot on. I decided to visit one of my favorite areas, the Reykjanes peninsula, but despite the good forecast, it was mostly overcast. But by driving around I managed […]
          Ballys Favourite 50 albums of 2012        
Bally's Favourite 50 albums of 2012

We thought that 2012 was pretty damn great year for music, and when it came time for us to do our usual list of our favourite 20 albums, it grew into a top 30 albums list.   Then a top 40 list.   Then a top 50.......

Our rules for the list were the same as for previous years

1) No bumping up friends albums into a higher position just because they are our friends (although this year, 11 bands we have worked with made the list,  but we stuck to the rule strictly.)

2) We can obviously only include the albums that we actually listened to, and even then, we had to listen to it 10 times at least.

3) The list was compiled on 20th Dec.  Frustratingly, we heard a few other albums after the list was compiled that we thought should have been included, but by then we had already started the countdown on Twitter.  The best was Martin Rossiter's "The Defenestration Of St Martin", which we would have put in the top 10-15 at least.   

Well, here they are!  We've also compiled a Spotify playlist with all of the albums on it here:   

Top 10.
  1. Mystery Jets – Radlands

    A truly coming of age album for Mystery Jets, recorded in a home recording studio set up in a country house by the Colorado river in the Westlake area in Austin, Texas . Southern USA influences run through it, most evident on the Gospel tinged “Sister Everett” and the country-esque “Take Me Where the Roses Grow”, while still retaining their signature sound in “Greatest Hits” and even straying into Bee Gees terratory in “The Hale Bop”. A great hangover album, (much of the first half of the album, despite being very strong, barely gets out of 1st or 2nd gear), this album was pushed into first place by the run of songs from “Take Me Where the Roses Grow” to "Lost In Austin", which is amongst the finest run of songs in years.  A classic case of a laid back, and less-is-more approach paying off spectacularly.

  2. Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again

    The best debut album of 2012 and a close contender for album of the year. Bill Withers and Terry
    Callier are the most obvious reference points, but there is also a strong Nick Drake vibe running through the album, particuarly in songs such as “I'll get Along” and “Tell Me A Tale”. A soulful, laid-back-to-the-point-of-vertical album, full of incredible melody lines, emotion and the maturity of a long established artist, this is the album that should have won this years Mercury Prize. This generation's “Five Leaves Left”. 

  3.  Tame Impala - Lonerism

    You know when people say that Oasis sound like the Beatles? Unless there was a Beatles song that had 15 guitars on it that I have missed, it's pretty clear they don't, and it's a lazy association. However, if the Beatles were transported from their 1968 Magical Mystery Tour period to the present day, and their time machine landed them in the home studio of Dan Snaith from Caribou, this is the album they would have made. Marks of Todd Rundgren and the Flaming Lips are all over the album too. The most immediate album of 2012, an album you can that feels familiar on first listen, as well as being one you can immerse and lose yourself in, and still discover hidden qualities on the 20thlisten. It is testament to the strength of music this year that it is only number 3. In most years, it would easily be number 1, and deservedly so. “Be Above it” is a fantastic opening track, “Mind Mischief” sounds like a song that should have been on The Beatles Antology 2, and the whole album has a feel of a fantastically produced album, that adds great style to songs that would sound great on an acoustic guitar. A rare case of an album absolutely hitting the mark on both style and substance.

  4. Jake Bugg - Jake Bugg
    Only 18 Years Old, born at the height of the Britpop scene, and already with a number 1 album to his name, this is an album that Eddie Cochran or Buddy Holly would have made if they were 18 in 2012. There is a feeling of the songs not being written to fit an album, (in the same way that Devendra Banhart's first 2 major label album do), with the style veering from rockabilly, to country, folk and everywhere in between. Lo-fi and spare production values, with most of the songs sounding like they could have been recorded on a 4 track recorder. If he ever decided to do a Syd Barrett and retire from music, he'd make a good living from songwriting. There is a refreshing honesty to this album, with strained vocals and his Nottingham accent evident throughout. It's an album that a teenage lad probably wrote in his bedroom, and is in the same vein as the Arctic Monkeys debut, in that he writes in a fantastical manner about the mundane events that a British teenager would come across. Brilliant lyrically, musically and delivered spectacularly.

  5. Of Monsters and Men – My Head is An Animal
    The album that took me by surprise the most this year. It's lyrical content isn't immediately obvious, but seems to be rooted with strong mythological content throughout, and the tight production means that the album has a strong uniformity. It's basically an angsty pop album, veering in mood from levels of positive giddiness, to wallowing weariness. From Iceland, and barely into their 20's, they have made the most coherent album of the year. The most obvious band comparisons are Bon Iver, Arcade Fire and Mumford and Sons, and their album combines a multi-layered sophistication, and the production is great throughout. Co-Self produced along with Jacquire King, (Tom Waits, Modest Mouse) this is an album that reveals itself slowly, (Little Talks is the only obvious single) and is strong throughout. The lazy would compare them with Bjork, on account of being from Iceland. The truth is that they wouldn't be too far away from the truth;.If she was asked to write an album to fit into the drive time Radio slot, it could possibly sound like this.

  6. Gaz Coombes - Here Come The Bombs
    The debut solo album from the Supergrass frontman, on which he plays all the instruments. If this album had come out in 1998, it would have fitted alongside “In It For The Money” effortlessly in style and quality. If every album released this year was whittled down to it's best 5 singles, this album would have been the best. Hot Fruit could have slipped into IIFTM, “Generator” sounds like a song left off of “I Should Coco” (it would be one of the strongest songs on that album) and “Whore” could have been recorded on the same day as Richard III, despite the 15 year gap between the two songs. It sounds like the album that it is; a first album by an artist who has established himself in a sound, but has a sense of liberation from going solo, and decides to take a few risks and push the boat out. Certain sections of this album may not have worked within a band setting, as they are so sparse that there simply isn't enough content to go around the various members, but there is a also a depth to this album quite unlike anything he has ever done in the past, and is has a lot more texture and production values than you would expect.  “Break the Silence” beats MGMT at their own game, and all in all, it is the most underrated album of the year by far.

  7. The Shins – Port of Morrow
    One of the most maligned albums of the year, (most press reviews were incredibly harsh on it) but unfairly so. I genuinely feel this is the best album of their career, and people who are pining for the sub pop days are cheating themselves out of a great album. “Simple Song” was one of the best singles of 2012, and while the album may not hit the heart as much as many other albums this year, it is still a fantastically entertaining album to listen to. And there is nothing wrong with that. They seem to be aiming for the stadium-full-of-lighters-waving-in-the-air vibe on many songs, notably “It's Only Life” (If Rachel and Ross went to a gig in an episode of Friends, and ended up copping off with each other, this is the song the producers would choose the magic moment to happen to). So if you're the sort of person who gets angered by bands who try to spread their appeal and set out to make an album to be consumed by the masses in industrial quantities, this album will probably do nothing for you. In the meantime, it's no skin off my nose, you are the one that is missing out on one of the better albums of 2012......

  8. Allo Darlin – Europe
    We thought that Allo Darlin's self titled debut album was pretty damn spectacular, and this second album continues where their last one stopped, both in sound and quality. Out of all if the bands on this list, Allo Darlin are the best example of a band that I genuinely couldn't imagine anyone not liking. In fact, if you were to say that you were not a fan of theirs, you'd probably be someone who would trot out the old “I don't like the Beatles...” line. So I'm sure that there are people out there who might not like them, but this album is so good that it is otherwise assumed you would be a fan, unless you state otherwise. The production on it is has a crystal clear, American-west-coast feel about it, and their songs simultaneously have a lightweight, breezy universal appeal to them, but at the same time, the album feels like a cult album, not dissimular to Weezer's “Pinkerton” or early Death Cab for Cutie while still in places sounding like The Beach Boys, Kirsty McCall, Real Estate or even The Thrills. Lyrically, the album is one of the strongest of the year, and it was pretty much one of the only albums this year that everyone at the studios loved, and whether it be tracks such as “Neil Amstrong,” with it's saccharine sweet and insainly upbeat optimism, despite it's quite meloncholic lyrical content ("They could name a star after you and you'd still be complaining,") or the beautiful heartwarming-despondency (if that is possible.....) of “Talulah”, this album is a triumph, and would have been in the top 3 on any other year from 2005-2011.

  9. Jack White - Blunderbuss

    This was the album that surprised us the least this year, in fact, you could have seen an album of this quality coming from a country mile off. Having built up a songwriting craft that is on a par with Bob Dylan's output from 1965-1968 with the White Stripes 6 albums, and having spread his wings with various musical projects such as The Dead Weather and The Raconteurs which, while being great acts, didn't reach the heights of the White Stripes output, mainly due to the lack of total control he could have over each of his albums, this feels like a natural progression. The fantastic album he produced with Loretta Lynn's Van Lear Rose is another obvious marker point. And this album is the accumulation of all of them. The snappy songwriting of the White Stripes? Check! The fantastic production values of Van Lear Rose? Check! The greatly improves musicianship of The Dead Weather/The Raconteurs? Check! One of the best albums of the year? Double-check!!

  10. Jason Lytle – Dept of Dissapearance
    Seeing as 2012 is the year the Grandaddy reconvened for their re-union gigs, you don't need many guesses to know what the starting reference point for this album is. If you liked Grandaddy, you'll like this album, if you didn't, you won't. It doesn't look to reinvent the wheel, just add a few more spokes in it. It is incredibly strong throughout, especially seeing as it is just his second album in 6 years, and whilst some parts of it feel like a parody of a Grandaddy album, it is a remarkably rewarding album. The lyrical content is kooky, as you would expect, and many of the songs have a familiarity about them that immediately makes you think he has re-worked an old song. If you're looking for obvious singles though, there are not too many of them, but that is probably because this album is more likely to be played as an album, rather than having choice tracks aired on radio. Much stronger than his first album, it is the album that confirms Jason Lytle as one of the greatest songwriters of our generation.


  11. Alabama Shakes – Boys and Girls
  12. Darren Hayman and the Long Parliament – The Violence
  13. Bahamas – Barchords
  14. Justin Townes Earle - Nothing's Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now
  15. Leonard Cohen – Old Ideas
  16. Ben Kweller – Go Fly A Kite
  17. Keegan McInroe – A Thousand Dreams
  18. Regina Spektor – What We Saw From The Cheap Seats
  19. Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light
  20. Bob Dylan – Tempest
  21. Antlered Man – Gifties 1 & 2
  22. M Ward - A Wasteland Companion
  23. Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball
  24. John Cale - Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood
  25. Howler – Give Up
  26. Sharon Van Etten - Tramp
  27. Richard Hawley – Standing on the Sky's Edge
  28. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
  29. Beach House - Bloom
  30. Bobby Womack - The Bravest Man in The Universe
  31. Paul Banks - Banks
  32. Girls Girls Girls – Here Come the Bastards
  33. Darren Hayman – Lido
  34. David Lynch and St Vincent – Love This Giant
  35. Paul Weller – Sonic Kicks
  36. Tribes - Baby
  37. Best Coast – The Only Place
  38. Kyla La Grange - Ashes
  39. The Macabeees – Given To The Wild
  40. Melody's Echo Chamber - Melody's Echo Chamber
  41. Band of Horses – Mirage Rock
  42. The Beach Boys - That's Why God Made the Radio
  43. Toy - Toy
  44. Saint Etienne - Words and Music by Saint Etienne
  45. Alt J – An Awesome Wave
  46. Band Of Skulls - Sweet Sour
  47. The Sick Leaves – Breaking Away
  48. Graham Coxon – A+ E
  49. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel...
  50. Zulu Winter - Language

          Ð¯ тебе кохаю        
Afrikaans - Ek is lief vir jou!
Albanian - Te dua!
Amharic - Afekrishalehou!
Arabic - Ohiboke (m to f), Nohiboka (f to m, or m to m)
Armenian - Yes kez si'rumem!
Azerbaijan - Mjan sjan sevirirjam
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Bengali - Ami tomake bahlobashi!
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Bulgarian - Obicham te!
Catalan - T'estimo!
Creole - Mi aime jou!
Croatian - Volim te!
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English - I love you!
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Filipino - Iniibig kita!
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Greek - S'ayapo!
Gujarati - Hoon tane pyar karoochhoon! tane chaahuN chhuN!
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Korean - Dangsinul saranghee yo!
Latin - Te amo!
Latvian - Es tevi milu!
Lithuanian - As tave myliu!
Malaysian - Saya cintamu!
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Marshallese - Yokwe Yuk!
Norwegian - Jeg elsker deg!
Polish - Kocham ciebie!
Portuguese - Eu te amo!
Romanian - Te iubesc!
Russian - Ya tyebya lyublyu!
Sanskrit - twayi snihyaami
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Sesotho - Kiyahurata!
Slovak - Lubim ta!
Slovenian - Ljubim te!
Spanish - Te quiero!
Swahili - Nakupenda!
Swedish - Jag alskar dig!
Tagalog - Mahal kita!
Thai - Phom rug khun (Male speaker) Chan rug khun (Female speaker)
Turkish - Seni seviyorum!
Ukrainian - Ya tebe kokhayu!
Urdu - Main tumse muhabbat karta hoon!
Vietnamese - Anh yeu em (m to f), Em yeu an (f to m)
Welsh - Rwy'n dy garu di!
Yiddish - Kh'hob dikh lib!
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          Swype per Symbian v5 finalmente in italiano!        

UPDATE: 23/03/2010
Aggiunto il link diretto per il language pack in italiano, siccome mi è stato richiesto

imageFinalmente il mio vecchio articolo su come avere Swype in italiano non serve più! A bocca aperta

Alla nuova beta di Swype è stato aggiunto, fra i linguaggi supportati, anche l’italiano. La notizia arriva direttamente dal blog di Nokia beta Labs e potete trovarla qui.

Il language pack per l’italiano e l’ultima versione dell’applicazione le potete invece scaricare gratuitamente da qui e qui (dovete comunque essere registrati).

PS: Se non conoscete Swype ed avete un attimino di tempo per dare un occhio, ne parlo brevemente in questo mio precedente post.

          Ray Mears and the Roundabout        

Welcome back dear reader! I trust you are having a satisfying and rewarding week?

Yesterday I was spending a lazy morning perusing the channels on my lovely flat screen television. I've just installed it in the "snug" (over in the east wing). If anyone tells you that "these things will be out of date before you know", don't listen: I was recently visiting Kerry Katona, and her 20 illegitimate children, over in 2010AD; she is still watching the same set she acquired last Christmas.

("It's all I have left of the Iceland money!" she sobbed into a futuristic, but filthy, rag. Then her new husband, a rather brutish lavatory attendant, appeared and began issuing some peculiar, garbled sounds from his mouth. I thanked Kerry for the (musty) Iceland Strawberry Gateau and skedaddled.)

But I digress, whilst viewing my lovely new television: who's broad, pudgy face popped in to view? Why none other than my old chum: survival expert Ray Mears. It was this pleasant surprise that formed the idea for this week's Poo Chat post.

How did Ray climb the slippery pole (to success)? What is his motivation? Where did it all start? The following is a short piece that the 15 year old Ray Mears produced for me in 1979. During the meeting I found him to be charming, determined and just a little wild-eyed. Enjoy.

Today I have set up my camp in the deep foliage of the Epson Rd Roundabout, just east of Guildford, Surrey.

A couple of days ago I had a bit of a falling out with my Dad. It was over my latest attempt to survive under the sofa, foraging for crumbs and any other sustenance I could find. Not a problem in itself, but, Dad's mates were over to watch the football. When one of them knocked over my water refinery (a cunning device that filtered condensation from the window, through a sofa cushion and into my favourite Worzel Gummidge mug) into the back of the television; "it all kicked off", and I'm not talking about the footy!

So, now I've finally been allowed out into the wild "for the good of the household". My roundabout camp consists of:

  • A shelter, made from a woman's dress that I found hanging from the big tree in the middle of the roundabout. It's rather badly stained, but this acts as waterproofing and it is holding up pretty well.

  • My toilet is a discarded Pringles packet with the bottom cut out. This acts as a spillway into the grid by the side of the road. Refinements are needed: firstly, it is rather difficult to aim solids. Secondly, there is very little bush cover on the grid side of the roundabout, so I am subjected to horn honking and rude shouting from passing cars. Just this morning I was moving my bowels when I was greeted with a loud "Oy! Mate! I can see your fucking arse hole!"
    Very unpleasant.

It's a modest camp I know, but we all have to start somewhere. I wish there was a television program that could instruct young adventurers, like myself, in the practice I think I will name… Hmmm, well I'm in a bush, so, Bush-craft. I tried cubs once, but it seemed to involve diving into the newspaper recycling to retrieve porno mags. I find self-teaching is much better; and there is still a lot of pornography to be found in these bushes (why do people wank in the car?), bonus!

Anyway, I think I'll head home tonight. It has been a great adventure – excluding the run in with the randy tramp last Wednesday (the bugger got my shorts off, but I managed to throw him onto the traffic). My biggest problem has been food; I've been living off kebab remnants and drinking the dew that collects on my dress/shelter. It's a real shame there is nothing to catch and eat. A waste of the knife and fork I've been whittling from the heels of a pair of abandoned lady's shoes. I guess I should fatten up in case this type of thing happens again.

Well I'm off now, Dad's just pulled up. Hope to talk to you again.


          Manitoba Fibre Festival - shopping        
I would be remiss if I didn't share photos of my fibre acquisitions from this year's fibre festival (even if I am late in sharing).

I did not bring home ANY alpaca NOR raw fleece. (It was tempting! I almost did.)
I really don't need more of either right now.
Instead I restocked my pretty-fibres stash so that I have ready-to-spin stuff available between rounds with the raw fibres I have to clean and prep.

Clockwise from the largest batt: my prize of an Icelandic wool blend donated by Tog & Thel, Merino-Silk roving from Wild Wind Naturals, a natural braid of Falkland wool and a dyed braid of Falkland from Generations Fibreworks, Chocolate-Raspberry merino Fluffy Roving from Cloud 9 FibreWorks (2 braids that I claimed before she could even put it on display; good thing because when I walked away to do some organizing stuff I returned to find most of the fibre sold), and a pair of earthy merino-tencel fibre dyed by Manjusha Fibres.

I was also deeply compelled to support Wayne of Natural Knot Wood designs as he added Tibetan style support spindles to his collection. Last year I was admiring (and helping others shop for) his Turkish spindles, but I have a decent collection of those already.  I haven't bought a new spindle in years and I really love my other Tibetan style spindle. This one is a beauty.

As you can see from the photo above, I started spinning some new fibre on the new spindle immediately.  Later, at home, I took a break from my super-fine spinning on the wheel to whip up that prize batt in a chunky 3-ply.

Plying "ball" of 3 strands.

Filling my bulky quill attachment, with a bobbin for comparison.
With 92 meters of bulky yarn, I'm thinking.... hat. Or mitts. Or cowl.
          Breathing space over Icelandic crash        
COUNCIL chiefs in Winchester, who are trying to rescue £1m from a failed bank, are being given some breathing space.
          Brexit: An opportunity that could be wrecked by politicians        
So the UK votes to leave and the PM decides to leave, but not now.  The Chancellor of the Exchequer hides, and beyond the Bank of England printing a few billion, nothing else happens.

The EU has already decided to play tough and has its own position, which is essentially "fuck off, the walls are going up, deal with it".  Although Germany is being much more nuanced.

The Conservative Party has to find a new leader, and from that a new Cabinet and a policy on negotiations.  Labour meanwhile is going the same way.  It is likely a new Conservative leader/PM will call a General Election on a manifesto of leading the UK into a new open, free-trading world with a new free trading relationship with the EU.   Leaving the EU requires the UK to initiate it formally, which the EU is begging for, but the Government would rather delay because it changes its bargaining position.

Yet that could be problematic, not least because a key plank of those fighting to leave the EU is to end free movement of people with the EU, and all countries in the EU Single Market (including non-EU Norway and Iceland) all have signed up to free movement, and even non Single Market Switzerland has, although it does have extensive restrictions on new residents having access to any government provided services.

Meanwhile, leftwing nationalists have jumped on an opportunity.  Sinn Fein wants a referendum on Irish unification, but the Northern Ireland First Minister has said no.  Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is flailing about wanting a second referendum on independence, but wont discuss:

1. The EU only lets non-members join, not current members split into joining and non-joining;
2. Joining the EU means joining the Euro;
3. 90% of Scottish trade is with the UK, Scotland in the EU would mean any EU trade barriers with the UK also apply to Scottish trade with the rest of the UK.

Spain, showing it really hasn't turned as far from Francoism as it would have liked, is demanding co-sovereignty over Gibraltar.

Meanwhile, the young leftwing social justice warrior types (Generation SnowFlake some have called them, for their "safe spaces", being "triggered" by hurt feelings and constantly protesting about what is offended) feel "betrayed" about the old "ruining their futures".  However, the truth is that the majority of the young didn't care enough to vote as revealed by Sky News below.

Whinging about democracy when it doesn't go your way, whilst embracing it otherwise, is beyond the pale, as are some of the hate filled attacks on older votes coming from those whose own identity politics is supposed to decry hate speech.  The truth being that the so-called liberal leftwing anti-hate, anti-violence activists are full of hate and quite happily embrace violence to get their "own way".  It's emotion laden petulance, of the kind you would have only seen from the fringes of the far-right and conspiracy theorists had the vote gone to Remain. 

So what should happen now? (notwithstanding who the PM and Government is)

1. The Government should announce the key planks of a new relationship with the EU around trade, investment, movement of people and co-operation, that it seeks to adopt.  It should clarify to the entire country that it is not going to be a UK of isolationism, but one of openness.

2. The Government should make it clear to all EU passport holders in the UK that no-one will be deported, except under existing arrangements for threats to national security or criminals.  No EU residents need fear this, nor will their property be affected or businesses, and if anyone threatens them they should go to the Police.

3. The PM should make it clear that there will be no referendum on Scottish independence this side of Brexit, but that the Government will consult with the Scottish government and parliament on the deal it seeks with the EU.  It is precipitous to talk about Scottish independence until Scotland sees the new deal negotiated with the EU.

4. The PM should make it clear that there will be no referendum on Northern Ireland joining Ireland unless the preconditions of the Good Friday Agreement are met, but that equally it cannot happen until the new deal with the EU is negotiated AND negotiations are concluded with the Republic of Ireland.

5. The PM should go to Dublin and discuss the future relationship and reassure that no border controls will be reinstated.

6. The PM should go to Germany and talk, extensively, about how to make this work, and then go to all other EU Member State capitals, and the EFTA Member States too. 

7.  The Government should go to the WTO to discussing reviving membership.

8. The PM should visit USA, China, Japan and other trading partners and say that it wants to have open, freer trading relationships and the UK will be open for business and people.

9. Finally, the PM should make it clear that there wont be a second referendum on membership and that those who want to claim it is unfair, that this is democracy and the task now is to bring the country together and work for a new relationship with the EU and the world that demonstrably proves the claims of the Remain activists wrong.

Oh and ignore Nicola Sturgeon.  The Scottish Parliament can't "veto" the British Government any more than Lambeth Borough Council can stop the UK having nuclear weapons.

          EU truths and untruths        
With the UK now voting as to whether it remains in the EU or stirs up what has been described as "the biggest change in European politics since the fall of the Berlin Wall" (although the war in Yugoslavia and the first genocide since the Nazis ought to come close), I thought I'd run through some of the claims of both sides that are intellectually dishonest.


3 million jobs are linked to trade with the EU: Well yes, but then nobody is saying trade with the EU will end and nobody campaigning to leave wants inferior trading conditions.  The European Free Trade Association provides free trade with the EU, with Switzerland, Norway and Iceland all members.  The idea that leaving the EU means 3 millions jobs are at risk is a gross exaggeration.   However, if the EU is bloody minded and puts up tariff barriers equivalent to what it does for the rest of the world. it is a 4% average tariff on UK trade to the EU, which is negative for jobs, but hardly a huge risk. 

If the UK leaves the EU, you might need a visa to visit the EU: Nonsense.  You don't need a visa to visit the EU from the US, Canada, Australia, NZ or any of the EFTA member states.  What would change is having the right to live there.  Given those wanting to leave mostly want to end the free movement of people, that could be a concern for some. 

Leaving the EU will create a recession: No it wont.  The worst estimates are a small reduction in economic growth, but the long run estimates are a 6% long term slowing of growth if the UK gets the most inferior trading conditions likely with the EU (and assuming the UK has no free trade agreements with any other countries, like the US, Japan and China).  It also assumes the UK does not cut any EU regulation out at all.  In short, the Treasury estimates used by the Government of a recession are based on leaving the EU, and not taking advantage of the new freedom to trade and freedom to relieve the economy of EU Directives that impose costs on growth.

The EU means food, petrol, flights, energy and mobile phone charges are lower: Unmitigated rubbish, quite the opposite.  The EU Common Agricultural Policy inflates the price of food in the EU by 17% over market prices.  The EU legally requires all Member States to tax petrol by at least around 32p/l (but the UK government taxes it at 80% more than that).  The Single Aviation Market goes beyond the EU, with many non-EU countries as participants.  Norwegian Airlines has grown rapidly in the past couple of years, expanding long haul flights between the UK and US.  Norway is not in the EU. The EU inflates energy prices, by requiring minimum levels of taxation on gas and electricity bills, and imposing renewable energy obligations on member states.  Yes mobile roaming in the EU is lower than it would have been had the EU not enforced it, but it's clear EU protectionism and "normalisation" of regulations imposes costs on consumers. 

The £10 billion paid into the EU is "returned' many times over: No it's not.  What is returned is free trade, which should never be at the cost of paying for farming subsidies or infrastructure investment in other countries.  Leaving the EU doesn't mean an end to trading with the EU. 

The EU has 50 trade agreements we lose access to:  Many of which are with micro-states/territories, like San Marino, Andorra, Liechtenstein, Faroe Islands, Guernsey.  The only significant economies with deals are Mexico, South Africa and South Korea.  The UK could readily negotiate during the transition deals easily as good or better, as the main forces for protectionism in trade are the likes of France.

Staying in means reform:  That's highly unlikely.  David Cameron couldn't even get all the reforms he asked for with a threat of Brexit (which clearly the EU saw through as being unlikely), why would it happen after a vote to Remain?  The UK holds 9% of the MEP seats in the European Parliament, and although it is a significant contributor, reform is sclerotic.  The EU hasn't significantly cut back any of its activities and always finds new ones.  It is a political project of integration, and shows little sign of ever caring what is thought of it.

David Cameron's deal means unemployed EU migrants can be deported:  No, they can't. EU citizens can't be deported from Member States unless they are a threat to national security or criminals.  


Leaving the EU will fix the immigration "problem":  Assuming the problem is too many immigrant, and the failure of the Government to cut annual immigration to less than 100,000 people, leaving the EU will enable the UK to ration EU immigration like it does for non-EU.  However, non- EU immigration is already over 150,000 per annum.  Nobody is saying Brexit means deporting immigrants (thankfully).  Most concerns over immigration are perceptions about access to taxpayer provided services, and more often than not reflect the bankruptcy of the world's biggest health bureaucracy, which is treated as a religion never to be reformed (NHS), the bizarre legal obligation of all local authorities to ensure anyone who lives in the UK has housing (including rooms in hotels paid for by taxpayers), the open access to compulsory education and the sclerotic way the UK restrains supply of housing and roads.   Leaving the EU wont solve any of that, but then those wanting to stay in the EU are also devoid of responses to what are more fundamental problems.  

Turkey is joining soon: No it's not.  Notwithstanding David Cameron's hypocrisy over the issue, it is difficult to see Cyprus accepting Turkey until there is settlement over northern Cyprus, or Greece accepting Turkey until Turkey secures its southern borders with Syria and Iraq.  However, Serbia, Montenegro, FYR Macedonia and Albania will all likely be members within 10 years.

Money saved will be spent on the NHS:  Well the half that is a rebate and is current subsidies wont change, although there is a chance to make some serious saving there.  The rest?  Well it can go on many things, but there is a case for simply cutting the deficit by £10 billion a year.  After all, despite George Osborne's platitudes, the UK government is still overspending.  What happens with the money is up to the government.  The Leave campaign is not the government.  Yes leaving the EU wont save £350 million a week, more like half that, but the rebate is not set in a treaty, and the spending 

UK will be drawn into the Euro and ever closer union: The UK has a treaty opt-out of the Euro and has to agree to treaties for ever closer union, but it wont mean it doesn't face the costs of ever closer union.  That will depend on future negotiations.

The UK can get trade access as good as the Single Market without free movement of people:  This is unlikely, simply because it would mean the Single Market is undermined and would be a massive backtracking of the principles of the EU.  Signing up to EFTA or the EEA will mean some compromise on this.

          NZ Herald wrong about EU referendum        
The NZ Herald has decided that it thinks the UK should stay in the EU, but its editorial on the issue is  woeful, it misses the point and is dotted with errors.  There is nothing in the editorial about the key problems with EU membership, around how EU laws are developed undemocratically (introduced by the European Council, MEPs can't introduce legislation), how the EU is inordinately wasteful including on policies that harm New Zealand's economy (including the Common Agricultural Policy) and harm developing countries.  Nothing about the protectionism of the EU slowing the ability of the UK to trade freely with growing economies in Asia and Latin America.  

New Zealand has full control over its trade policy, its domestic regulations and immigration policy, but the UK does not have the same at all.

It's not true that no country has ever left the EU, Greenland did.  Now that's not anything remotely on the scale of the UK.  Of course, neither did the NZ Herald point out that Switzerland, Norway and Iceland all have thrived outside the EU.  The EU is not Europe as much as it likes to think that it is.  

It's true that Brexit could encourage a break up of the EU, but is that necessarily a bad thing? An unwieldy arrogant technocratic organisation that failed miserably to deal with the refugee crisis, was paralysed by the breakup of Yugoslavia, unable to agree on acting until the US intervened to stop Serbia deporting Kosovan Albanians.  The spectre that European countries will wage war on each other when they have functioning liberal democracies with extensive trade and travel with each other. 

Yet the Herald editorial paints the picture that Brexit somehow increases the chance of Russia invading the EU? Why?  NATO provides the security guarantee for its members, it isn't weakened by the UK leaving the EU - at all.  Why would it matter?

The claim that Scotland will leave the UK after a Brexit vote is also rather fatuous.  Polls on Scottish independence still say 55% would vote to stay in the UK, and there is little reason why the UK Government would hold another referendum on Scottish independence.  It's highly presumptive to think Brexit means Scottish independence.

Finally, yes it is immigration that is motivating many voters to want to leave the EU, but not immigration from outside the EU, it is concern that free movement will overcrowd the country, keep down wages and overwhelm government provided services. 

However, for me, it is because the EU is a sclerotic unaccountable project that keeps the UK in chains, it also subsidises unfair competition to New Zealand producers in world markets and restricts sales of many NZ products into the EU.

          Libertarian position on the EU Referendum        
On 23rd June, the UK will vote on whether to remain in or leave the EU.  I'm voting to leave the EU, and believe that, on balance, those who believe in individual liberty including free trade should strongly support leaving the EU.

Bizarrely, Prime Minister David Cameron, having campaigned for a referendum, is now claiming that a vote for the UK to leave would trigger recession, economic catastrophe and even risk future war.  He’s been asked why he bothered putting the UK through such a risk, particularly since only months ago he said the UK would “do ok”.    Now both the Tory Government, most of the Labour Party and virtually all Liberal Democrats, Scottish and Welsh Nationalists and the Greens are all campaigning to remain in the EU, whereas the campaign to leave is led by Boris Johnson,  Michael Gove, nearly half of Conservative MPs, a handful of Labour MPs and UKIP.

The two main planks of the Remain camp are first that leaving the EU Single Market would damage the economy, and they cite many economists, the IMF, World Bank and OECD who all support this, along with some major business leaders and companies.  The second claim is that leaving the EU “lessens Britain” and isolates it, and means the UK loses influence. 

The Leave campaign has a few key messages.  One is that it will save £350m a week from not contributing to the EU (although that excludes receipts from EU programmes to the UK and Thatcher’s rebate, which could be removed at any time).  Secondly, is that leaving the EU will return sovereignty to the British Government, rather than the EU, which passes laws, even if all British MEPs oppose them, imposing them on the UK.  Thirdly, is concern that immigration cannot be effectively controlled whilst there is free movement and full rights for all EU citizens to reside in the UK.

For a libertarian, the EU referendum does mean a trade off.   Indeed, the only two elements of the EU that are pro-freedom are the single market and free movement of people.

EU Membership does provide a single market of over 550 million people, for goods if not for services.  However, it is a customs union that is highly protectionist, and has for decades been one of the biggest objectors to global free trade in agriculture and in many services at the WTO, particularly because France is consistently resistant to trade liberalisation.   Much is made of the EU signing “trade deals” with other countries, but it rarely includes services and never includes agriculture.   Nick Clegg likes to describe the many years and reams of paper needed for the EU to reach trade agreements with the likes of Canada, as if this is the norm (and a burden the UK would have to bear with other countries if outside the EU).  Yet this is quite unnecessary.  New Zealand and Australia agreed on free trade (CER) in less than four years, with a relatively simple agreement.  The only reason free trade agreements become complex is when one of the parties wants exemptions – not actually wanting free trade. 

The second libertarian element of the EU is the free movement of people.  The ability to cross borders virtually unimpeded is of significant value, but it is unconditional.  No EU Member states have the ability to shut out other EU citizens if they have been convicted of any serious offences.   I am not from the camp that believes that free movement within the EU is inherently bad, but I do believe countries should be able to exclude foreign nationals who are proven violent criminals.  The UK's immigration problems are in part, its own fault.  Its health system is the world's biggest civilian bureaucracy that makes feeble attempts to restrict non-national usage and asks nothing of users in terms of financial contributions.  Anyone with legal residency in the UK has access to the welfare state (including generous tax credits for low income workers and child benefits), to taxpayer funded education for their children and access to publicly subsidised housing (indeed there is a "legal right" to housing in the UK, paid for by others).   

In short, the UK has a welfare state edifice that is attractive to migrants with low skills, especially coming from much poorer countries with inferior health, education and housing provision.   If it wants to reduce immigration, it ought to look in the mirror.

Furthermore, as journalist Rod Liddle said at a Spectator hosted event on June 13th, eastern Europeans don't pose an existential threat to western civilisation or to the values of individual freedom that give cause to be concerned about Islamism.  As much as some are concerned about Polish migration to Britain, they integrate, they embrace the values of a developed Western liberal democracy, they set up businesses, they are not demanding media not offend them with threats of violence. Notwithstanding the distortions caused by the UK's wider welfare state, I am not concerned about migration from eastern European, as long as prudent measures are made to exclude convicted violent criminals.

However, the freedom of movement and freedom of trade within the single market do not, for me, outweigh what's wrong with the EU:

- It is a massive exercise in regulation and legal control on almost all areas of the economy.  The EU has over 10,000 Directives on anything from standards for fruit and vegetables, to blowtorches, to light bulbs, to employment.  It is a huge corporatist system that imposes major compliance costs on businesses, restricting new entry and restraining innovation.  Most explicitly, the EU has prohibited the use of genetically modified organisms in agriculture, ensuring that research and development of GM technology outside laboratories is based in the US and Asia, not Europe.

- Its budget is dominated by the protectionist racket known as the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).  The CAP inflates the price of food for Europeans by heavily restricting imports from more efficient producers from many countries, including New Zealand, and subsidises overproduction in Europe which is then exported undermining market prices in other countries including poor producers in developing countries.  The CAP impoverishes farmers in poor countries, whilst the EU engages in pious virtue signalling about how much it cares about inequality.  The CAP itself isn't even equal in Europe, as it would have gone bankrupt had eastern European producers been subsidised at the same rates as those in western Europe, so perversely farmers in the EU's poorest countries (e.g. Bulgaria) receive subsidies one-third lower than those in its richest countries (e.g. Luxembourg).

- The EU takes £10 billion a year of British taxpayers' money more than it returns (and most of what it returns is to prop up farmers, to fund research projects or pious regional development projects).  That is money currently borrowed from future taxpayers.  It should end to help balance the budget.  The ludicrous idea that this is the "price for accessing the single market" is absurd.  Free trade does not need to be accompanied by massive subsidy schemes for small parts of the EU economy or politically motivated infrastructure, research or vanity projects (such as Galileo - the EU's complete duplication of the US GPS system, under the nonsensical basis that the US might "shut it down one day").  Furthermore, the majority of EU Member States are not net contributors, and until the past three years neither was France (primarily because it takes so much back in subsidies to prop up its 19th century farming sector).

- The EU is fundamentally authoritarian in instinct, having contempt for the democratically expressed choices of EU Member State voters (the EU President recently said that certain political parties would "not be allowed" to have power if they won elections in EU Member States, such as the Freedom Party in Austria).  The EU's utter failure to provide any discipline on spending in some Euro-member states and contempt for popular revolt at the resulting economic collapse reflects its distance from the concerns of Europeans.  Notably, it has taken few steps to address Hungary's creeping authoritarianism as its government subverts much of its media to support its own propaganda.

- Members of the European Parliament have no powers at all to introduce new legislation including legislation to abolish existing Directives.  Only the European Council can introduce draft legislation into the European Parliament, and the Council is comprised of people appointed by Member State Governments.  The closest the EU gets to accountability is that MEPs can vote to oppose the passage of draft directives, but none can propose their own new legislation.

- The European Commission budget has been found to be materially in error every year for the past 18 years, most recently by 3.9%, or around €5 billion.  This is in part because of the complexities of its spending programs there is considerable scope for fraud and mistake.  Never mind, the EU just keeps asking for more money.

- The EU never cuts its budget, ever.  Every year it asks for more and more, it never ceases to undertake any functions, it never seeks to hand back powers to Member States.  It grows inexorably.  Ten years ago it didn't have a common Foreign Policy, it is now discussing haviuniong an EU Army.  Bear in mind this growth continues in spite of it telling the likes of Greece and Spain that they need to cut spending to balance their budgets.

- The EU falsely claims it is responsible for peace in Europe amongst its Member States, ignoring not only the role of NATO in deterring war with the Soviet Union, but also the more fundamental principle that liberal democracies don't go to war with each other.  The EU got in the way of addressing the war in the Balkans in the 1990s as it opposed letting the Bosnian Muslims arm themselves to respond to the Serbian ultra-nationalist genocide being led by Radovan Karadzic, it has been divided over Ukraine.

- The EU attracts mediocre political appointees to have considerable power over us all.  The UK supplied the second Foreign Minister, Catherine Ashton, a Labour Party member, unionist and former peer (i.e. never elected) who had no foreign policy background.  Failed UK Labour Leader Neil Kinnock built a long career for himself and his family in the EU.  

- The EU has attacked free speech by requiring Google to remove content from searches that EU citizens specifically request as being the "right to be forgotten" .  More recently it has sought to have a common approach to "hate speech", including a call to restrict "disrespectful public discourse".  Fuck off you arseholes.

- The EU project's ultimate end game is a European superstate with power over taxation, national budgets and a massive programme to "harmonise" the regulation of all industries and sectors as one.  This superstate will not be interested in reducing what it does, granting more freedoms to its citizens and reducing its burden on taxpayers, rather the contrary.

Supporters of the Vote Leave campaign have produced this movie below, which is being freely distributed.

I have already cast my postal vote to leave and no, I don't take the views of President Obama, John Key, the IMF, World Bank,  UN Secretary General or others into account.  I don't expect any government or any international organisation to risk their own trade and relationships with the world's largest economy (the EU) by supporting the UK leaving.   Most bizarrely, it is odd that President Obama would ask the UK to stay in a political union that the US itself would never bind itself to even if it could, given the US itself refuses to sign up to many international treaties because it doesn't want its sovereignty restrained.

However, let's be very clear what leaving the UK does not mean:

The campaign to leave the EU is not led by those who want the UK to be isolated and protectionist: Unlike the opposition to the UK's original EEC Membership in 1975, those who lead the campaign to leave the EU now are not primarily socialists who feel threatened by foreign competition.  They are advocates of free and open trade with the rest of the world.   They are dominated by concerns that UK's national sovereignty is eroded by the EU and that the EU is wasteful, sclerotic, inefficient and dismissive of individual freedoms and people's concerns about it.

Leaving the EU is not "ending co-operation": Over 160 countries in the world co-operate on a vast number of matters.   Switzerland, Norway and Iceland are not in the EU, all trade freely with it and work with it and each other and other states, without being tied to the EU project.

Leaving the EU is not racist:  By illiberal-leftwing standards, the EU itself may be deemed racist with its trade policy that harnesses protectionism and European taxpayers' money to harm producers in developing countries.  Those advocating for Brexit want an immigration policy that does not favour EU citizens from non-EU citizens, which would appear to be anything but racist.

Leaving the EU is not "leaving" or "turning our back on Europe":  The EU is not Europe, it is a political-customs union project.  The UK has been at the heart of advocating values of freedom, civil liberties, liberal democracy, rule of law and separation of powers in Europe for much longer than any other countries in Europe.  It is understandable why some countries with recent totalitarian pasts would see the EU as a project that may enable them to move on from unspeakable horrors and oppression, but the UK does not have such a path.  UK outside the EU would trade, travel and work closely with European countries, with continued migration and investment, it simply wouldn't be shackled to how the EU wants Europeans to interact.

Leaving the EU is not seeking a return to a "golden age": Far from it, it is seeking to regain full sovereignty over UK laws to create a more dynamic, outward looking Britain that isn't dependent on the EU for freer trade with the rest of the world.  No one harks back to Empire, some say Brexit will enable trading relationship with the Commonwealth to be revitalised, but few see a future of self-sufficiency and exclusion.

So I have voted to Leave.  I know if it happens, the pound will drop, the FTSE100 will drop and there will be panic.  I also know that there are strong calls for Brexit to mean a significant toughening of immigration policy, which I largely oppose.  I also know there is chance the UK will be blocked from the single market for some time, as the EU and major EU Member States seek to punish the UK for leaving, rather than look at themselves as to why that might be.

However, I am also hopeful and optimistic that the world's 5th largest economy can be more outward looking, can liberalise its economy, can reprioritise its net contribution to the EU by cutting its budget deficit and replacing the subsidy programmes it receives now and phase them out.  I am hopeful that the UK can show the EU that it should be more dynamic, open and prosperous, stimulating the sort of reforms EU Member States desperately need.  I am also hopeful that the charlatan, the PR spin doctor Prime Minister, David Cameron, can finally retire, and the UK can have a government that doesn't look like the Labour Party stayed in power after 2010.




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          Joshua Tree        

Pure desert magic. Joshua Tree is my new favorite place. The beauty of the Mojave and Colorado desert landscape here is unreal. 

We came through the parks North entrance via the town of Twentynine Palms. Having done limited research a quick stop at the Oasis Visitor Center to get our bearings and plan out our day was worthwhile. All the photos are actually in order of how we explored the park, beginning with a hike.

Lost Horse Mine + Lost Horse Loop Trail - To the historic 10-stamp mill and gold mine is 4 miles out and back. We opted to continue on the 6.5 mile loop which offered grand vantage points at elevation and then sloped gently down into the flat desert - a wilderness of Joshua Trees, Beavertail cacti, Jackrabbits and more. Parking at the trailhead is limited -  plan to come early or to wait for a space. There are a number of hikes in the park for all levels so if one lot is full, always a good idea to have a backup hike planned. (Ryan Mountain is a popular hike not far from here and had an equivalent rating level with less mileage but more elevation gain.)

Keys View -  from an elevation of 5,185' an overlook of the expansive Coachella Valley and the San Andreas fault.

Jumbo Rocks - the infamous skull rock and other massive boulders.

Cholla Cactus Garden - natural cactus garden filled with mesmerizing ombre colored cacti clusters. 

Ocotillo Patch - beautiful desert plants not to be missed. I later heard the deserts are experiencing an unprecedented 'super bloom' this year and felt really grateful to have witnessed all the catci and desert flowers in such an event.

Cottonwood Spring - Located at the southern end of the park - we took a short walk to check out some of the palm trees. These palms are the largest I've ever seen with a massive, towering presence. There are more hiking trails here that head out to Lost Palms Oasis. 

We exited the the park onto Route 10, heading west past the towns of Coachella, Indio and Palm Desert to reach our next destination - Palm Springs. We only spent one full day in Joshua Tree but it has forever changed me, similar to how Iceland did. That feeling where the energy of a place really seeps into your soul and you connect with the earth on a deeper level. It's crazy to think back on the last couple years of international travel and to come to the (obvious) realization that some of the most incredible places to visit are right here in the United States. I love that. 
I got my passport! And – equally as important – I have located and rubber-banded to it, the one-before-last, which contains the vital rubber stamp “Given leave to enter the United Kingdom for an indefinite period.” They don’t hand those out like sweeties any more. I don’t know what would happen if I tried to get back to Drummond Place without it, and don’t intend to find out.

Helen (anon) (comment yesterday) – that was a good idea, to list the places I wanted to visit, and see what Google came up with. Lerwick, Norway, Faroes, Iceland. There are indeed several interesting cruises .  I even found one that included a knitting cruise, but it seemed to think that 1500 passengers made it a small ship. (Not all knitters, of course.) I’m certainly not going to add my voice, and money, to big-ship-cruising.

I’ve signed up to hear what Gudrun and Mary Jane are offering next year, and also Amy Detjen. You’re right, Mary Lou, that my driving-home-from-Greece hopes for this year preclude Rhinebeck. Which is a distinct shame.

My difficulty is not just that I’m about to turn 84, but that I’m weak. I hope that will pass, to some extent. But that’s why an initial adventure with family at hand to support, is a good idea.

I’m getting a bit bored with tennis, and indeed with the sewn bind-off. Three more matches. Federer and Williams have simply got to win: the two oldest players in the tournament, I think. Venus was magnificent yesterday, and the British Girl, in today’s newspapers, is suddenly somewhat more Australian than she was yesterday.

We’ve heard from Susan Crawford. She hopes to have the Vintage Shetland Project book ready to go to the printers in “early autumn” and to us six weeks later. I’ll believe it when I see it. It would be gloomily interesting to collect all her reports from the two years (for such it now is) since she solicited crowd-funding. I’m pretty sure, although I’m not going to look it up, that when she was first diagnosed with cancer, late last year, she planned to publish the book as then scheduled, but said that she wouldn’t be able to take part in the post-publication publicity.

Cancer sort of takes over everything, but it is worth remembering that we had had major delays before the diagnosis. She was at EYF in March, 2016, selling autographed bookplates to put in your book when you got it. I was already cross, having hoped to have mine by November, 2015, and didn’t seek her out. 

          Vybz Kartel Documentary – @Viceland        

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          Light Hunter - Chasing the light in Iceland        

The Light Hunter Web series will launch on 4th of December 2015 on vimeo. The whole film will be available on the 4th of December.

Many people think that being a professional photographer is the best and easiest job there is. Traveling around the world, being independent, and hunting rare weather formations and moods. This does not correspond to reality. Experience close up the truth about this job. Accompany the well known Swiss photographer Stefan Forster on his trip trough Iceland. Look how his photographs are being made, witness how much effort Forster put's into his photographs, explore the beauty of Iceland, be a part of the adventure of being a photographer. This will be the first of several documentaries about the beauty of our world. Right now the movie production company WOOP Prod is editing and finishing their biggest movie project - the first lighthunter movie.

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          The *sweet* taste of success        

I want a log cabin.

A modest Norwegian log cabin of course, heaven forfend none of those plush Alpine chalets. Just a quaint log cabin with a few basic amenities: workable kitchen, a fireplace and a sauna. Moose antlers to grace the front door, a polar bear rug on the floor and a few choice pieces of vintage Norwegian furniture to lend the cabin authenticity. There will be books scattered all over the place, and comics, lots of old comics. Under-floor cable heating installed throughout the cabin will mean I can scamper around barefoot from sauna to kitchen, foregoing the thermal and fleece socks I've been wearing all winter back in London. A requisite fat sofa will sit in front of a window with a magnificent panoramic view of the local fjord, the surrounding forest and the little woodpecker nest hidden in the nearest tree.

In this cabin I'll retreat from the world, read books and comics, drink aquavit, and take in the breathtaking vista of my fatherland, all whilst having exceptionally warm feet.

There's only one problem.

In order not to be lynched by the locals I need to ski. It's no good retreating to a cabin in Norway and not ski. Norwegians are fierce ski enthusiasts and some wise scribe once irritatingly claimed we Norwegians are all born on skis, suggesting we're pre-destined to be superhuman skiers. My parents met when dad was a ski instructor in Breckenridge and mama johansen was a voluptuous snowbunny, so I had no choice but to ski from a young age:

Snowbunny junior ca.1984

But there is a grain of truth in the notion that we're born to ski: one of my earliest memories is of dad holding me carefully as we skied slowly down gentle slopes in Oslo. From the age of five I was racing both cross-country and downhill in the local Tomm Murstad ski school. It was practically the law. Back in the '80s there were no plump Norwegian children playing on their playstations. We were all skiing six months of the year, eating wholesome sandwiches, fruit and the requisite kvikk-lunsj (akin to a kit-kat but somehow cannily marketed as an essential foodstuff for skiers). It was the Norwegian Ideal and a perfect parenting strategy: expose children to crisp winter air all day and total exhaustion will render us sweet and placid.

Living on top of a mountain in Oslo, our house was near a ski jump called Holmenkollen where the winter olympics were held in 1952. As I was musing on the abovementtioned log cabin fantasy I discovered the beloved Holmenkollen ski jump of my childhood had recently been renovated:

Yowzers. The world's fastest ski jump on your door step. Times have changed.

While I watched the winter games last week it occurred to me how spoilt we are in Norway: you walk out the door, put on your skis and simply set off into the wilderness for a day's cross-country, or head for the nearest slope to go downhill. The easy access to nature and great ski terrain is a constant reminder of how achingly beautiful Norway really is, thus making die-hard patriots of us all. Despite my better instincts I get pangs of nostalgia when I think of Nordmarka, the national park behind our house, and of course Holmenkollen.

Being contrarian I decided at a young age that downhill was for adrenaline junkies, and adrenaline junkies who are co-ordinated at that. With cross-country you have time to absorb your surroundings and it also means you're less likely to ski into a tree, as I was prone to with downhill. As you might imagine, this didn't go down so well with the parents. Dad's visions of my becoming an olympic downhill champion were shattered, and to this day he still ribs me about my dislike of downhill. Sadly I haven't skied cross-country with any regularity since moving to the UK ten years ago. For shame!

Norway goes bananas during the winter olympics, and as I watched the games I found myself thinking the following:

1) I need a log cabin

2) I need to swallow my fear and start downhill skiing again

3) why the frack is Norway always doing do well in the winter olympics?

Canada with their 14 gold medals may have reigned supreme on home soil, but Norway had its moments of owning the podium, matching that sporting colossus the U.S. with 9 gold medals. We're talking about a nation of 4.7 million people versus 300 million in the U.S.

For a time last week the most read article on the Wall Street Journal was one which asked the same question, what lay behind Norway's success in the games? I suspect the reason it was WSJ's most-read feature that day was 4.7 million Norwegians were clicking on it.

Pondering this question I wondered if it might be related to diet. Not the celebrated Nordic Diet, but something specific to Norway. Could it be the large volume of fish we eat? If that were the case, Japan, Iceland, Spain and other piscine-loving nations would surely do just as well as Norway in the winter games. No, that couldn't be it. What about our love of smoked fish and cured meat? A lot of top Norwegian skiers come from the west Norwegian town of Voss, where the local tradition is to serve smoked sheep heads to guests.

No, this wasn't it either. Icelanders eat things like sheep buried in the ground and other weird cured meat. They hardly gained a medal in the winter games.

Then suddenly...Eureka! It struck me as I was nibbling a slice of this:

It must be our geitost, or goat's cheese!

Lest you think this is any old white goat's cheese, it's known in Norwegian as brunost, or brown cheese. Made from pasteurised goat's whey mixed with either goats' or cows' milk, this cheese is cooked in large vats over a long period until the lactic sugars in the milk start to caramelise. During the slow cooking process, excess liquid evaporates and the cheese turns brown and firm. It's ready to eat and requires no maturation. Think dulce de leche with a salty twist. It's sweet and savoury cheese, with the consistency of firm yet creamy fudge.

The most popular variety of geitost in Norway is actually Gudbrandsdalsost which has the right balance of goat and cow's milk, but you can get pungent, artisan versions that are made from unpasteurised goat's milk, such as this Slow Food one from Undredal, a village near my grandparents' farm that we used to visit when I was growing up. Today the artisan brown cheese appeals, but as a kid I found it too intense, and I remember watching my grandmother cook with it. Oh yes, brown cheese as you might have guessed is full of umami, making it an excellent flavour-enhancer in sauces and stews.

Divisive as Marmite, you either love or hate this cheese, and I'll admit it's an acquired taste, but every child in Norway grows up eating brown cheese sandwiches as part of their school lunchpack. Nothing tastes better on freshly baked wholemeal bread than a pat of butter and a couple of thin slices of brunost. The ski queen equivalent you find over here is powdery and crumbly compared to the real stuff back in Norway.

As brown cheese is something of an acquired taste, babies are often weaned on Prim, a spreadable buttery version of brown cheese that isn't cooked as long as the firm cheese version. It's a sort of nutritious caramel:

Forget being born on skis, we're born with the taste of this cheese in our mouths. Everyone in Norway eats it. At the Lillehammer winter olympics in '94, then prime minister Gro Harlem Brundtland was asked why Norway did so well despite being such a small country, and she replied in all earnest "It is typical Norwegian to be good" to howls of laughter from my father, who to this day still quotes Brundtland's nugget of jingoism.

Sorry Gro, it's not typically Norwegian to be good, it's typically Norwegian to eat mounds of brown cheese. It's our secret to olympic success, I promise you.

And now I'd better stop musing on log cabins, skiing and cheese. Time to start plotting how to acquire that log cabin, find a hot ski instructor to re-introduce me to the joys of downhill, and make myself a sweet brown cheese sandwich for lunch... ;-)


photo credits:

Top photo of Aksel Svindal CBC Canada,
Second photo of Marit Bjoergen
Third photo: my parents
Fourth photo of the new Holmenkollen
Fifth photo of ekte geitost
Bottom photo of synnove prim

          The Vikings are coming!        

Hagar the Horrible and his merry band of Vikings (photo courtesy of King Features Syndicate)

Having seen Henning Mankell - author of the popular detective series Wallander - speak last night about his novels and his Swedish detective hero Kurt Wallander I was intrigued by the question someone in the audience posed about the 'gloomy' nature of Scandinavians. Musing on this question over my morning porridge today I asked myself how gloomy are we Scandis really? Yes, the suicide rate is famously high in Nordic countries (no doubt higher in Iceland since those banking cowboys bankrupted the country) but when I think of the fifteen years I lived in Norway my lasting impression of Norwegians and other Scandis is not one of gloom.

The weather can be gloomy, yes. And Scandinavians can seem reserved, austere and frankly a bit odd. My aunts in Norway certainly evince some demented behaviour but that's because they're vain ageing models and can't accept they are now wrinkly. I don't think it's a coincidence that said aunts have been on numerous diets for the past thirty years, and certainly the exclusion of butter from their lives is a likely cause of their lunacy. But I shall save that for my next blog post on the virtues of butter ;)

There's no doubt Scandinavians and our Nordic brethren the Finns and Icelanders are peculiar. Eccentric even. I suspect, as many do, it has something to do with the lack of daylight in winter and then an overdose of it in the summer. Leads to some imbalances in the system.

Seriously though, we Northern Europeans - along with the Japanese - have the longest lifespans on the planet, the highest standard of living and are top of the countries donating aid to help developing countries. And yet other than a vague image of gloom and doom and the idea that Scandinavians are quite virtuous citizens, most Brits I know haven't got the foggiest what goes on in Scandinavia, or for that matter, what the food is like.

So it was with some excitement this time last year when I discovered Danish chef and food writer Trina Hahnemann had published The Scandinavian Cookbook (Quadrille). Finally, a book that transported me back to Scandinavia through beautiful, evocative photography and unfussy recipes using seasonal produce, game and a LOT of fish, my favourite food. Trina's cinnamon bun recipe has been tried and tested a dozen times in the past year and she is a very very good recipe writer, an accolade true cooks will appreciate.

But perhaps before I go on I should confess my aversion to diet books. Between the crazy dieting aunts and the fact that I can still wear the same clothes as I did back in the '90's (yes snort away, I accept this is unfair!) I've never been too bothered with my weight. I walk a lot, go skiing when I can, swim in the summer and generally keep quite active throughout the year. In fact there have been phases when I've been less active and it shows - my mood becomes unpredictable, I become listless and grumpy and no amount of prozac will lift me from my oxygen-deprived slump. The cure is always fresh air and gentle exercise. Scandinavians are famous for our love of the outdoors and I reckon that has an effect on our health. Who needs the gym? So I choose to ignore fad diets, taking the long view that it's more important to enjoy your food and avoid excess as much as possible whilst getting outdoors as much as possible. Yes, that makes me quite dull. And yes I own a thermos. Hardly the spirit of the vikings I grant you! For that you'll have to meet Papa Johansen.

Anyway. Having enjoyed Trina Hahnemann's The Scandinavian Cookbook so much over the past year I was curious to see if her follow-up The Nordic Diet would match its predecessor for tasty dishes and evocative photos. And of course, dispel my snottiness about the word 'diet'.

(Quadrille 2010)

Thankfully Trina isn't the hectoring kind. There is no counting of calories in the Nordic Diet and as a concept it's more about adopting the habits of healthy eating, eating as much fresh fish, game, fruit and veg as possible, avoiding processed and refined food and balancing meals so you have a variety of health-boosting ingredients throughout the day. Cut down your sugar intake. That is a major health imperative, one which I sometimes forget. Refined sugar is the source of more chronic health problems such as diabetes, obesity and even cancer than we realise.

Recipes in the Nordic Diet are pared-back and easy to follow, in keeping with a distinctly modern Scandinavian ethos that regards too much fuss or embellishment as a vice.

I like this book, despite my initial scepticism about the 'diet' word in the title ;)

Arguably the most important point Trina makes in her introduction to the Nordic diet - aside from the key point that our food choices have ecological consequences - is that eating meals together, whether with family, friends or strangers is essential to a good quality of life. My Mother insisted on this when I was growing up and it was one of the reasons she never sent her errant daughter to a boarding school. Sitting down to eat a meal together every night was non-negotiable, and my parents included me from a young age in their dinner parties. This probably explains my middle-aged sensibilities!

Commensality is essential to social bonding, you don't need a food anthropologist telling you that, and I hope Trina's message that sitting down regularly with family and/or friends to eat together, discussing what's going on in each other's lives and the state of the world, laughing, crying, commiserating, arguing and telling stories together. If a reader of the Nordic Diet who thinks she or he doesn't have the time to cook and sit down for a proper meal anymore is convinced of the merits of cooking a meal from scratch and enjoying good Nordic food then that's a Very Good Thing.

So the fundamentals of the Nordic Diet include:

* Balanced meals with an emphasis on whole grains and seasonal vegetables
* Home-cooking with fresh ingredients, including home-baked bread
* Eating less
* Eating fish twice a week at least
* Eating game, chicken or meat only 3 times a week at most
* Taking time to eat with friends and family on a daily basis

(my italics)

If you still need persuading that Nordic food is the way to go then let me assure you Trina's recipes are packed with punchy, robust flavours. There is nothing bland about this book, the flavours work and you won't get bored eating food such as:

* rye and beer porridge
* spelt pancakes with blueberries
* mussel soup with potatoes and leek
* smørrebrød with salmon tartare
* beetroot burgers with barley salad
* monkfish cheeks, fennel and mash with dill and spring onion
* mackerel with baked rhubarb and cabbage
* goose breast with apples and celeriac salad
* venison meatballs with baked root veg
* elderberry soup with rye bread croutons
* spelt bread with rhubarb and strawberry jam

You get my point - Trina's recipes rock, they are nutritious and delicious and won't leave you feeling deprived or reaching for a cheap chocolate and yo-yo-ing in your weight. I've long been convinced of the virtues of spelt and rye, two grains Trina bakes a lot with. If you can, start switching from plain wheat flour to spelt, rye, oats and barley - you'll be doing your digestive system and overall health a huge favour.

I'd say the only thing I would have liked to have seen more of in this book is recipes for cured and smoked meats and fish, a staple in the traditional Nordic diet. Perhaps these would have been too intimidating for most British home cooks? If you're interested in making your own gravadlax though, Trina provides a reliable recipe in the Scandinavian Cookbook. As a final caveat to my otherwise two thumbs up for the Nordic Diet is Trina's assertion that one should use low-fat yoghurt or skimmed milk in her recipes but I'll get to that in my next blog post, they don't call me the full-fat dairy queen for nothing...

Overall, at £12.00 (and currently a bargainous £6.49 on Amazon) The Nordic Diet is a great investment. Nothing gloomy about this diet I'd say ;)

On that note, I'm looking forward to seeing Trina again tonight at a dinner she is co-hosting with the good people of Madsen. As we say in the Northerm climes, velbekomme!

With thanks to Quadrille for sending a review copy of the Nordic Diet
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          Rant: would love some "big data, small cost" discussions        
When I read the blogs and articles about Big Data, the subtext is always Big Money. Even though many of the tools themselves are open-source, they all seem to require Big Infrastructure and a horde of lavishly-paid consultants and brainiacs to get deployed. It's hard to read a "big data" story about anywhere where people appeared to pay attention to how much things cost.

This is rather frustrating. While it's interesting in a sort of Hollywood-gossip way to read about how Megacorp or a multibillion-dollar "startup" deployed a zillion-rack Hadoop server farm, cooled by Icelandic glaciers, and baby-sat by a thousand people all over the world, in order to mine fascinating new ways to better separate customers from their cash, it doesn't help me much here in reality-land. Here, I'm "the guy", and we have some money to play with, but not an enormous amount - and we watch every penny.

Fortunately, I have a few tricks up my sleeve, and I'd love to learn more. But I wish the database world would lose its fascination with big-data porn and have some real life examples of how people are solving big-data problems with real-life budgets and personnel constraints.
          Montreal's Festival du nouveau cinéma Reveals Its Line-Up        
Today, Montreal's Festival du nouveau cinéma (FNC), which will take place between October 12 to 23. Here's the complete line-up of feature films according to the press release we received.

Opening and closing

The 40th edition of the FNC kicks off on Wednesday, October 12, with Declaration of War by Valérie Donzelli (France) at Cinéma Impérial (Centre Sandra & Leo Kolber, Salle Lucie & André Chagnon). This critically-acclaimed second feature by Valérie Donzelli (The Queen of Hearts) tells the love story of Roméo and Juliette who are battling to save their sick child. The director and her producer Edouard Weil will be in attendance.

Ten days later, on Saturday, October 22, Monsieur Lazhar (Quebec/Canada) by Philippe Falardeau will close the Festival. Selected to represent Canada at the Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film, Monsieur Lahzar shows the efforts of an Algerian schoolteacher to help his Grade 6 students come to terms with their teacher’s death. Between the opening and closing dates, the FNC will be in celebratory mode, highlighting the social relevance of featured works.

International Selection: Louve d’Or presented by Quebecor

The International Selection is an opportunity for relative unknowns to make their mark. This year, there are 19 contenders for the Louve d’Or, which includes a $15,000 prize from Quebecor. The 19 films in competition are: Behold the Lamb, by John McIlduff (United Kingdom); Black Blood, by Miaoyan Zhang (China); Blue Bird, by Gust Van Den Berghe (France/Belgium); Elena, by Andrey Zvyagintsev (Russia); The Giants, by Bouli Lanners (France/Belgium/Luxemburg); The Island, by Kamen Kalev (Bulgaria/Sweden); The Last Christeros, by Matias Meyer (Mexico/Netherlands); Nuit #1, by Anne Émond (Quebec/Canada); OK, Enough, Goodbye, by Rania Attieh & Daniel Garcia (Lebanon/United Arab Emirates); Oslo, August 31st, by Joachim Trier (Norway); Play, by Ruban Östlund (Sweden/France/Denmark); Shame, by Steve McQueen (United Kingdom); Toll Booth, by Tolga Karacelik (Turkey); Tomboy, by Céline Sciamma (France); Twilight Portrait, by Angelina Nikonova (Russia); Volcano, by Runar Runarsson (Iceland/Denmark); Wasted Youth, by Argyris Papadimitropoulos (Greece); White White World, by Oleg Novkovic (Serbia); and Without, by Mark Jackson (United States).

Special Presentation

Twenty-five films by established filmmakers will be screened in this year’s Special Presentation section, which features strong, committed works that reflect their creators’ bold vision: 30 tableaux, by Paule Baillargeon (Quebec/Canada); Les Amants, by Nicolas Klotz & Elisabeth Perceval (France); An Organisation of Dreams – Part 2 – Dangerous People, by Ken McMullen (United Kingdom); L’Apollonide (Souvenirs de la maison close), and De la guerre, Bertrand Bonello (France); Stopped on Track, Andrea Dresen (Germany); Norwegian Wood, Tran Anh Hung (Japan); Early One Morning, Jean-Marc Moutout (France/Belgium); Décharge, Benoît Pilon (Quebec/Canada); Faust, Alexander Sokurov (Russia); Almayer’s Folly, Chantal Akerman (France/Belgium); U2-From the Sky Down, Davis Guggenheim (United States); Hanezu, Naomi Kawaze (Japan); Hard Core Logo II, Bruce McDonald (Canada); Outside Satan, Bruno Dumont (France); Il se peut que la beauté ait renforcé notre résolution – Masao Adachi, Philippe Grandieux (France); Louis Martin, journaliste, Louis Bélanger (Quebec/Canada); Melancholia, Lars Von Trier (Denmark/Sweden/France/Germany); My Paris Movie, Jonas Mekas (United States); Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkey); The Skin I Live In, Pedro Almodóvar (Spain); Pina, Wim Wenders (Germany/France); Take This Waltz, Sarah Polley (Canada); The Turin Horse, Béla Tarr (Hungary); and A Separation, Asghar Farhadi (Iran).

International Panorama

Festivalgoers can tour the world, exploring countless new realities through a wide array of works, including comedies, documentaries, road movies and dramas. The 27 films in this year’s International Panorama section are: Abderrahmane Sissako: Une fenêtre sur le monde, by Charles Castella (France); Absolutely Tame Is a Horse (Asb Heyvan-e Najibist), by Abdolreza Kahani (Iran); Acorazado, by Alvaro Curiel de Icaza (Mexico); Avé, by Konstantin Bojanov (Bulgaria); Chico & Rita, by Javier Mariscal & Fernando Trueba (Spain); Cultures of Resistance, by Iara Lee (United States); Do Me Love, by Jacky Katu & Lou Viger (France); End of the Night, by Daisuke Miyazaki (Japan); Flying Home, by Tobias Wyss (Switzerland); Pio’s Generation (La Generación de Pio), by Juan Rodrigo & Pedro Rodrigo (Spain); Goodnight Nobody, by Jacqueline Zünd (Switzerland/Germany); The Furious Force of Rhymes, by Joshua Atesh Litle (France); Land of Oblivion, by Michale Boganim (France/Germany/Poland/Ukraine); Last Road to the Beach (A Última estrada da praia), by Fabiano De Souza (Brazil); Melting Away, by Doron Eran (Israel/Canada); Mike, by Lars Blumers (France); Mondo Lux – The Visual Worlds of Werner Schroeter, by Elfi Mikesch (Germany); Our Ancestors The Gauls, by Christian Zerbib (France); Policeman (Hashoter), by Nadav Lapid (Israel); The First Rasta, by Hélène Lee (France); Searching for Hassan, by Edouard Beau (France); The Terrorists (Poo Kor Karn Rai), by Thunska Pansittivorakul (Thailand/Germany); Three and a Half (Seh-O-Nim), by Naghi Nemati (Iran); A Life for Ballet, by Marlène Ionesco (France); The Life and Death of Celso Junior, by Panayotis Evangelidis (Greece); Vinyl (Tales from the Vienna Underground), by Andrew C. Standen-Razlrish (Austria/United Kingdom) and Y’a pire ailleurs, by Jean-Henri Meunier (France).


Turning the spotlight on homegrown talent, the Focus section presents original, unseen Quebec and Canadian works that wow, amaze and offer food for thought. This year’s lineup includes 9 films in competition for the Grand Prix Focus/Cinémathèque québécoise with a $5,000 prize, as well as 10 non-competing films. Opening the section on October 13 is the visually ambitious documentary Surviving Progress, by Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks (Canada). Also in competition: Amy George, by Yonah Lewis & Calvin Thomas (Canada); The Girl in the White Coat, by Darrell Wasyk (Canada); Fortunate Son, by Tony Asimakopoulos (Quebec/Canada); I am a good person/I am a bad person, by Ingrid Veninger (Canada); Laurentie, by Simon Lavoie & Mathieu Denis (Quebec/Canada); Marginal Road, by Yassaman Ameri (Quebec/Canada/Portugal); Peace Park, by David Bouthillier (Quebec/Canada); and Romeo Eleven, by Ivan Grbovic (Quebec/Canada). The non-competing films are: Alejandro Jodorowsky, grand rectum de l’Université de Foulosophie, by François Gourd & Matthieu Bouchard (Quebec/Canada); Another Silence, by Santiago Amigorena (Quebec/Canada/France/Argentina); National Parks Project, by Louise Archambault, Keith Behrman, Daniel Cockburn, Hubert Davis, Sturla Gunnarsson, Zacharias Kunuk, Stéphane Lafleur, Peter Lynch, Catherine Martin, Kevin McMahon, Scott Smith, Jamie Travis and John Walker (Quebec/Canada); Le Pays des âmes, by Olivier Godin (Quebec/Canada); Planet Yoga, by Carlos Ferrand (Quebec/Canada); Dust. A Sculptor’s Journey, by Jeanne Pope (Quebec/Canada); Rasta, A Soul’s Journey, by Donisha Prendergast (Canada); République: un abécédaire populaire, by Hugo Latulippe (Quebec/Canada); Les Tickets: l’arme de la répression, by Eric “Roach” Denis (Quebec/Canada); and Touch the Sky, by Adrian Wills (Quebec/Canada).

Temps Ø

The section opens with the North American premiere of Guilty of Romance by Sion Sono (Japan), a story of ordinary mental illness in the form of a psychosexual, neofeminist punk thriller, with powerful lead actress Megumi Kagurazaka in attendance. Other big names on the program: Takahi Miike with Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (a 3D remake of Kobayashi’s masterpiece); Shinya Tsukamoto, who will present the much-anticipated Kotoko, about a mother on the brink of madness, which nabbed the Orizzonti prize at the last Venice festival. Must-see new discoveries include Our Day Will Come by Romain Gavras, a Thelma and Louise for redheads and a cross between Gaspar Noé and Bertrand Blier, starring Vincent Cassel. It’s no secret that Australian film is in a state of effervescence, represented here by two major works: the mysterious Sleeping Beauty by Julia Leigh, with rising star Emily Browning, and Justin Kruzel’s monstrous Snowtown, which got a special mention at the 2011 Cannes Critics’ Week. And . . . (drum roll), don’t miss the long-awaited world premiere of Assassin’s Creed Embers, an all-new animated short by Ubisoft studios. Expect an evening of surprises, anecdotes and of course sneak previews of the new game by the Montreal mega franchise. On the US front, look for the astonishing The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, a beautiful love story told through one of the most radical artistic performances the world has ever seen. Director Marie Losier, the darling of New York’s experimental new cinema scene, will be in attendance. We’ll also be showing Take Shelter, by Jeff Nichols, which won the Critics’ Week Grand Prix at Cannes and has everybody talking, as well as the documentary Last Fast Ride: The Love, Life and Death of a Punk Goddess, by Lilly Ayers, on punk icon Marian Anderson (with narration by Henry Rollins). Asia will also be in the spotlight with Gandu, by Quashiq Mukherjee, a proud representative of an all-new style of Indian films (Wong Kar-wai meets a pornographic ghetto rapper version of Gaspard Noé in Calcutta). Also showing will be Shirome, by Koji Shiraishi, a horror film that takes delight in terrifying a group of young female Japanese pop stars, offering a new twist on The Blair Witch Project. Finally, the latest wacky flick from Thailand — Saturday Killer, by Yuthlert Sippapak, about a hit man with severe erectile dysfunction — along with the superb Tatsumi, Eric Khoo’s tribute to renowned manga artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi. And, last but not least, the first real 3D porn flick, Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy, by Christopher Sun Lap Key, which smashed this year’s box office records in Hong Kong and has become a true Chinese cultural phenomenon.

          Cardiff Airport        
First post of the new year ... and this year I'll try to post more, but for a start, this from Wales On Line (sometimes Wales' answer to the Daily Mail - at least in terms of sensationalism)...

15 safest holiday destinations for 2017 and flight prices from Cardiff

All well and good, apart from the obvious sensationalism placing Belgium, Spain in almost the same category as Iraq and Syria...and on a personal note missing the World's safest country - Finland - from the mix.

What actually struck me about this article was the HUGE price disparity between flying from Cardiff than some other regional airports. This can be attributed to a number of things, mainly classic bad management over the years (this seems to have changed a little since the Welsh Government took over), but Cardiff has suffered from a management that has been quite content not to develop the airport.

This can be seen in the prices charged and the number of airlines coming to Cardiff, for example, flights to Iceland from the above article: Flights from Cardiff start from around £223, but can be picked up for less than £70 from London or Manchester. The price differential here covers travel from South Wales to London by practically anything other than a private limousine.

How about Poland? Great country and just a mere £142 from Cardiff, but only £20 from Newcastle or Birmingham. Malta? With a change of flight at £183 from Cardiff, or, less than £30 from those international heavyweights of airprots: Bournemouth, Glasgow and Nottingham...

Shopping around of course you might get better deals and Wales On Line probably isn't the best place to get your flight information in this respect. However the situation remains that Cardiff is expensive, especially with scheduled flights more or less limited to FlyBe and KLM and no cheap operators available: Norwegian HINT!!!

For Cardiff Airport to succeed a few things need to happen. Firstly the management of the airport need to get airlines and thus people to the airport - lower fees and even make a loss in certain areas but a profit overall. Control over airport taxes by the Welsh Government is critical and then finally a little more self promotion around the World, or at least Europe - maybe even China - I'm sure that even Wales could market itself from both a tourist and business perspective to the Chinese...

The situation gets even more surreal when you consider that the Cardiff region is supposed to be one of the fastest growing in the UK, yet Wales relies upon Heathrow and Bristol instead of a perfectly functional airport right next to its own capital city. Northern Ireland manages to support two airports - one of which  actually handles a reasonable amount of intercontinental flights, Scotland has five airports (Aberdeen, Inverness, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Prestwick) with Newcastle not too far from the border. Even some of the regional English airports such as Bournemouth and Exeter look better than Cardiff.

What Cardiff Airport needs is a management who have a vision and the confidence to attempt to make things better, get more business, get more tourists etc. In some ways Cardiff Airport still suffers from the problem that the Welsh Tourist Authority (or whatever they were called) had in that for them to do anything they had to ask the English Tourist Authority permission ... it still feels the same way.

In post-Brexit UK, the devolved countries of the UK, especially Wales, can not afford to sit back and hope for business. Cardiff Airport has a lot going for it with a major maintenance base for BA and another in St.Athan next door, GE Engines in Caerffili, a rail link (just about) and a runway that can handle 747s and A380s*, it just lacks any form of confidence.

*Not that you're going to see either regularly in passenger duty - unfortunately.

          Bolivian Expedition Part 3: Geysirs + Hotsprings        
On the last day of our Southwestern Bolivian expedition, we drove through an area with a lot of geothermal activity, which was clearly visible above ground with bubbling mud pools and steaming cracks in the earth. Some of the steam was blowing out so forcefully that it sounded like a whistling tea kettle. The sight and sound and rotten egg smell was overwhelming on the senses, especially after driving through barren nothingness to get there. Walking through the steam felt like walking on another planet. It was incredibly captivating and also terrifying, because nothing was fenced off, and it seemed so easy to step into a boiling mud pot and get cooked alive, especially when the steam enveloped you and you couldn't see a thing. Throughout our expedition, we kept thinking this is like Iceland but in the desert. 

One of the best perks of geothermal activity is the natural hot springs we soaked in on our way out. 

This concludes our Bolivian expedition. From here we headed home via La Paz and Lima. We have a couple more posts coming from those two cities. 

- Julia  

          NYT Company stock now at distressed price: $7.70. What next? Capitalism 2.0's first philanthropic newspaper?        

It wasn't so long ago that I was writing that if NYT Company stock fell below $10, that we would be at a tipping point.

As of market close yesterday, NYT Company stock was at $7.70, just 2 cents higher than its lower ever price. I wonder how Mr. Santos and those private investors are feeling now, having seen the value of their investment nearly half in three months. (-43%), which I critiqued some time before it was rumoured it would be sold, is no doubt proving to be a tougher sell than expected - basically the NYT Company owns a web site with lots of content but which the younger, more savvy, upscale web generation treat pretty much with disdain. Hard to shift to reduce that debt.

Boston Globe? Who wants to buy that?

And as for the IHT, there seems to be something in the argument that the NYT Company is in fact reducing the value of an asset it holds. They've already given up on with their plans to roll it into (hardly an asset value increase move).

My view is, that at these prices, the NYT Company family must be buying shares with a view to taking it private.

My long term prognosis now is leading me to think that unless the NYT Company can reveal a game changing idea or acquisition, the price will continue to be hammered, which leaves the family with the very attractive proposition of taking it private, perhaps with the assistance of some sort of management buyout and/or collection of very rich New York investors more interested in keeping 'their' newspaper alive, seeking modest dividends - or at least prepared to wait out a prolonged zero dividend period whilst debt is reduced.

On the subject of management or employee buyout, let's be honest: stock option packages at the moment aren't looking that thrilling and the job market for staff, B-side or edit, is hardly any better. So as part of this, everyone takes a 15-25% paycut. I can see lots of employees who would be more than happy with that in the current media employment market.
Even the likes of Kristof, Krugman and Dowd might be prepared to swallow it, given their attachment to the value of a free press and their liberal ideologies, and that goes for most of the newsroom.
As for the B-side, the job market is basically dead, so what else are they going to do. Some will go it alone into New Media, some editors too perhaps. But a lot love this institution.
Family says we won't be taking a dividend or a salary -Golden, Sulzberger - and you guys have got to take this as part of the new Sulzberger-Ochs Foundation NYT.
Subscribers may even be asked to put their hands in their pocket for some sort of stock/subscription deal or just a price increase. If you love us so much, pay more, because we're prepared to lose readers and hang on to wealthier ones because our profits are going to be coming crashing down anyway.

In other words, a private sector, philanthropic type bailout.

CSM may be going weekly and web only (and that's a non-profit organisation).

The NYT may become Capitalism 2.0's first philanthropic newspaper - a newspaper working as a genuine public service without all those nasty speculators and investors hassling the family. That gives them time to breathe, pay off the debt, and re-position, re-tool for a new future.

I'd say, if you love the NYT and want it to continue, and have spare cash and don't seek a return on it, start buying.

I'd also say there will be no money any time soon to market the IHT, which, with the end of makes the end of the IHT and the beginning of the International New York Times highly likely in 2010.

That's not to say that the INYT will become an international version of the NYT, nor that the content or even design (beyond the planned treading water re-design we will see next year) of the IHT will radically change.

Simply, this company can't afford to market two media brands, and one of them globally, in 2009/2010.

So it's fold into INYT - with possible cost reducing move from Paris - or sell brand to vanity publisher e.g an Emirate, based out of one of their media cities?

How much would the Sheiks love to be seen to own a primarily Jewish owned newspaper (in terms of family voting shares) but also be seen to be hands off, democratic media owners?

Frankly, in current market conditions who else is going to buy it? An Icelandic bank?

Dubai here we come, but we'll always have Paris.

There are alternative game changing ideas out there, but I'm sensing a degree of sang-froid cool or complete corporate inertia. This is disonsaurs standing in falling volcanic ash time. Move, adapt, change or die.

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          Sang Pencipta Bumi Yang Agung Menegur Kita Semua...        

LONDON: Akibat letusan sebuah gunung berapi di Iceland, lalu lintas udara di seluruh Eropah Utara teerjejas, menyebabkan Britain terpaksa menghentikan operasi di Lapangan Terbang Heathrow dan membatalkan beratus-ratus penerbangan, manakala Norway bertindak menutup ruang udaranya.

Pihak Berkuasa Penerbangan Awam Britain berkata penerbangan bukan kecemasan terpaksa ditangguhkan sekurang-kurangnya hingga jam 6 petang waktu tempatan, manakala Ireland turut menutup ruang udaranya selama lapan jam.

Lapangan Terbang Heathrow, lapangan terbang paling sibuk di Eropah, mengendalikan hingga 1,200 hingga 180,000 penumpang sehari.

Penutupan Heathrow sekali gus menjejaskan lapangan terbang kedua dan ketiga terbesar, Gatwick dan Stansted. Tidak dapat dipastikan bila penerbangan dapat dipulihkan semula.

Berikutan penutupan itu, berpuluh-puluh penerbangan trans-Atlantik menuju Amerika Syarikat terpaksa ditangguhkan, manakala pembatalan penerbangan turut berlaku di bandaraya utama Eropah termasuk Brussels, Amsterdam, Geneva dan Paris.

Di utara Sweden, pihak berkuasa penerbangan awam berkata, semua penerbangan ditangguhkan dan ini menjejaskan jadual di bandar lain termasuk Skelleftea, Lulea, Kiruna dan Hemavan.

Semua penerbangan di utara Finland turut dibatalkan.
Di Norway, Raja Harald V dan Permaisuri Sonja yang bercadang terbang ke Copenhagen untuk menyambut hari lahir ratu Denmark yang ke-70, sedang menimbang sama ada menaiki kereta, bot atau kereta api untuk ke negara itu.

Perdana Menteri Norway, Jens Stoltenberg yang dijadual kembali ke negaranya semalam, kini terkandas di New York apabila penerbangan dibatalkan.

Di Iceland, beratus-ratus penduduk terpaksa melarikan diri daripada banjir berikutan paras air meningkat selepas gunung berapi di bawah glasier Eyjafjallajokull meletus untuk kali kedua dalam tempoh sebulan semalam.

Air yang mengalir dari kawasan pergunungan, menyebabkan paras sungai meningkat sehingga tiga meter menjelang malam semalam.

“Awan debu semakin berkurangan kerana tiada air sebagai bahan campuran. Anda boleh merasa lebih banyak gegaran di sekitar gunung berapi itu kerana laharnya sedang mengalir keluar,” katanya.
Einarsson berkata, pihaknya memperoleh laporan daripada seorang juruterbang kira-kira sejam lalu bahawa awan debu berada pada ketinggian 4,877 meter.

“Kami membuat andaian kebanyakan awan debu berada pada kedudukan yang rendah di langit. Sebelum ini ia berada pada ketinggian 6,000 meter.

Rakaman sebuah kamera litar menunjukkan aliran asap secara berterusan tetapi perlahan dari kawah gunung berapi itu dan membentuk gumpalan awan yang sangat besar.

“Perkembangan ini menunjukkan keadaan gunung berapi itu kini semakin berubah dan kami sedang memantaunya,” katanya.

Sementara itu, pengawal trafik udara Britain berkata, gumpalan awan debu yang baru kini menghala ke beberapa laluan udara yang utama dan beberapa negara menutup lapangan terbang atau mengehadkan penggunaan ruang udara.

“Letusan gunung berapi di Iceland semakin kuat dan gumpalan awan debu yang baru sedang merebak ke selatan dan timur menuju ke Britain,” kata Perkhidmatan Trafik Udara Britain dalam satu kenyataan. – Reuters

Letusan gunun berapi yang berlaku di Iceland ini membawa kesan-kesan buruk antaranya yang utama ialah :

1. Hampir kebanyakan penerbangan ditangguhkan sehingga hari ini akibat daripada
gumpalan asap berdebu yang tebal,
2. Berlaku pencairan ais dan dikhuatiri banjir akan berlaku,
3. Sumber makanan dan keperluan harian terganggu,
4. Kesihatan terjejas.
           Open sourcing the cultural commons         
Sigthorsson, Gauti (2008) Open sourcing the cultural commons. In: Invited speaker at The Future is Here: Are We Prepared? Conference, 22 - 23 October 2008, Reykjavik, Iceland. (Unpublished)
           Broadcasting and narrowcasting         
Sigthorsson, Gauti (2008) Broadcasting and narrowcasting. In: Fjölmiðlar og fámiðlar Reykjavik Academy,, 18 March 2008, Reykjavik, Iceland. (Unpublished)
          Annapolis named best 'under-the-radar' destination wedding location        

Annapolis, you hopeful romantic, you.

This month, the website Pop Sugar declared the city the best place to have an "under-the-radar" destination wedding. Barcelona, Spain, New Orleans, Marrakesh, Morocco and Iceland rounded out the top 5 list of the "most creative places where couples are getting...

          The World of Marketing is Changing – Three Types of Interconnected Marketing Revolutions        
The right-wing is growing in popularity in the United States, Ben Ali is finally kicked out of Tunisia. Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Iceland are leaning toward bankruptcy, Fidel Castro will die soon, Duvalier is back in Haiti, and India and China are continuing to embrace capitalism. It smells change! It smells revolution! But what about ...
          Read this before following Warren Buffet’s investment advice        
Not too long ago I received an email offering the luxury trip of a lifetime to Iceland. It was a package tour… and super impressive. We would have our own private helicopters taking us all over the island for seven days. There was horseback riding, dune buggies, even racing Ferarri and Lamborghini supercars across a frozen lake. Then I saw the price: $150,000. I looked again thinking I had made a mistake. Sadly the number didn’t change. I looked a third time to make sure the price was in US dollars. It was. My immediate reaction was totally predictable. “That’s f*ing insane!” And I could prove it. I’ve been to […]
          Islanda: tra ghiacci eterni e nuovi vulcani (virtuali)        

Si chiama LAVA – Iceland Volcano and Earthquake Center il nuovo museo multimediale dove, grazie a display interattivi e al simulatore di terremoti, si può ...

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          Funds recovered        
ONCE again I read Cllr Dix has raised the same misinformation he peddled prior to the last council elections, when he claimed Caerphilly council under Plaid lost £15 million in the collapsed Icelandic banks in 2008.
          Secrecy charge        
IT IS very interesting to read Cllr Dix (Oct 9), he clearly fixes responsibility for Iceland essential car users allowance and holiday buy outs on Plaid Cymru and not the public servants of Caerphilly.
          By: Ed Snack        
Actually, I believe that this has been rather badly reported. The Cypriot banks had a large exposure to Greek Bonds (they were paying good interest originally, and there';s a lot of political affinity). Thus when the EU "negotiated" a substantial haircut for private Greek bond holders, they cut the asset base out from under the Cypriot banks. That is, the Cypriot banks became insolvent because a big chunk of their assets became worthless when the Greeks defaulted. Now what do you do with insolvent banks ? The textbook example would be that first the shareholders lose their investment, yep that happens in Cyprus; then the bold holder setc to the banks, yep, they lose; the finally, the depositors get whatever value remains, with a special exemption for "insured" depositors as there is a government guarantee for amounts under 100K Euro; Yep, that looks like happening. So where's the theft ? What the eventual solution looks like being is a textbook case to wind up an insolvent bank, only the EU Taxpayer (read German taxpayer) is ponying up a few billion Euro as well for some reason to allow the Cypriot Government to meet its obligations on insured deposits. The original public proposal, to levy the insured depositors, was, as I see it, just a PR fig-leaf for the Cypriot government to say to the Russians that "we really tried to salvage some of their money, but we couldn't..." The EU and the IMF originally proposed just about the exact deal that has now been struck, it was a Cypriot initiative to levy the insured amounts. I guess the alternatives are either the Irish one, have the taxpayer stump up for the lot (but the Cypriot government couldn't and the Germans refused), or the Icelandic, let the chips fall where they may and tough titty depositors (but the EU liked that even less). I reckon it ain't anything like theft, your money's in an insolvent bank, not nice, but shit happens. Word has it that the Russian Oligarchs mostly were wise to this, and it was the precipitate flight of a great deal of hot (or at least extremely warm) Russian money that helped trigger the crisis. In this case, it appears that there was " the quick and the poor".
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          Re:Politics - USA        
Trump fundraising emails overseas prompt complaints here and abroad

Sir Roger Gale was puzzled when a string of emails from Donald Trump’s presidential campaign landed in his inbox. As a Briton and a member of Parliament, Gale is barred by U.S. law from giving Trump money, much less voting for him.

“I’ve gotten rid of most of that rubbish,” Gale said in an interview.

The emails to Gale were among a wave of fundraising pleas inexplicably sent by the Trump campaign in recent days to lawmakers in the United Kingdom, Iceland, Australia and elsewhere. The solicitations prompted watchdog groups in Washington to file two separate complaints Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission alleging that the Trump campaign was violating federal law by soliciting funds from foreign nationals.

“The scale and scope of this does seem somewhat unprecedented,” said Brendan Fischer, associate counsel for the Campaign Legal Center, which joined Democracy 21 in one of the complaints.

The episode is only the latest fundraising stumble by Trump’s presidential campaign, which entered June with $1.3 million and has been scrambling to put together a financial operation to take on the well-funded campaign of likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Last week, Trump dispatched his first official fundraising email, casting a wide digital net for small donations that he hopes will infuse his cash-strapped campaign and the Republican Party’s coffers at a time when Clinton is lapping him in the money chase.

So far, his effort has both shown promise and hit speed bumps. His campaign said it raised $2 million in less than 12 hours after blasting out its first email. But the emails to foreign nationals have caused a distraction, at best, and some experts have raised questions about whether his initial appeals landed in supporters’ spam folders at a higher rate than normal.

Whether the snags prove to be growing pains for a campaign that until recently eschewed traditional fundraising or a sign of more serious stumbles to come is a key question facing Trump and the Republican Party as the general election comes into focus.

Trump’s campaign did not respond to requests for comment on the complaints to the FEC or questions about why emails were sent to foreign lawmakers.

The emails were sent both before and after Trump’s trip to Scotland last weekend to visit two of his golf courses, and their message focused on the “Brexit” vote in Britain to leave the European Union.

The mogul is trying to build out his once-lean campaign operation with experienced hands. As a part of that process, Trump recently enlisted the help of the Prosper Group, an Indiana-based digital strategy firm, to help with online fundraising.

Gale, a Conservative who has served in the House of Commons for more than three decades, said the hostile tone of the Trump emails he received was off-putting. One from this week that he shared with The Washington Post was signed by Trump’s sons Eric and Donald Jr.

“We’ve set another Trump-sized goal to raise another $10 million by Thursday at midnight. Please chip in what you can to help make Donald J. Trump the next President of the United States,” said the email, which was sent to Gale’s official parliamentary account.

Another fundraising pitch sent to the same account last week was signed by the candidate himself. “Hillary Clinton is a world-class liar,” it said.

“I don’t know if someone at Team Trump was stupid enough to think that all Conservative Party MPs would consider themselves Republicans,” Gale said. “But I asked around, and it seems that most others did get these emails, too.”

In reaching out to British MPs in particular, Trump’s team isn’t courting a particularly sympathetic audience. Members of Parliament from all major parties spent more than three hours debating Trump in January, ostensibly to consider banning his entry into the United Kingdom. Words such as “fool” and “buffoon” were used to describe Trump. Not one MP stood to speak in his defense.

In Iceland, Katrin Jakobsdottir, the chairwoman of the Left-Green Movement, a democratic socialist party that focuses on feminist and environmental issues, said she unexpectedly received a Trump campaign email and has “no idea” how she got on his list.

“I am a Left-Green politician and would not support his campaign,” she wrote in an email to The Post.

There have been other complications with Trump’s online fundraising.

Tom Sather, senior director of research at Return Path, a data firm that performs email studies and works with the Republican National Committee, said he noticed that Trump’s campaign switched domain names when he sent his first email out, causing many email services to flag it as spam and not recognize that it was coming from a familiar source.

Sather said he and his company also noticed a big jump in the size of Trump’s distribution list on June 21, signaling that the campaign may have added another list or lists to its existing file.

Renting email lists from former candidates is common practice in politics, and there is evidence suggesting Trump is doing that now. A Trump fundraising email sent out Wednesday afternoon came from “” Christie, a former presidential candidate and the Republican governor of New Jersey, supports Trump.

In last week’s fundraising email, Trump vowed to match the $2 million raised with his personal funds. Trump is also holding in-person fundraisers across the country more often.

But he will need to keep up an intense pace if he wants to catch up to Clinton. Compared with Trump’s $1.3 million, campaign finance filings showed Clinton had $42 million at the start of this month.

Trump is still adjusting to a more traditional fundraising structure after spending the primary relying heavily on his own money and on earned television media through countless interviews — as opposed to pricey paid TV ads that lesser-known candidates are often forced to purchase.

Trump often points out that he is raising money in part to help the rest of the GOP through a joint fundraising agreement he recently finalized with the RNC.

At a campaign rally Wednesday in Bangor, Maine, Trump suggested that he does not need to haul in much cash to help himself.

“First of all, I don’t even know why I need so much money,” he said. “You know, I go around, I make speeches. I talk to reporters. I don’t even need commercials, if you want to know the truth. Why do I need these commercials?”

Also, I don't recall anyone discussing this gem, which was a nice choice of background to drive home his core message:

          TerraSonic 05-30-2015 with Nat        

Steindr Andersen- Jomsvikingarimur II - Iceland Steindor Andersen Rimur Icelandic Epic Song
Knut Hamre- Springar P Nedstilt - Fargespel
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Thomas Blondet- In This World feat Subatomic Sound System - Future World
King Tubby The Aggrovators- Natty Dub - Shalom Dub
Soom T- Boom Shiva - Ode 2 A Carrot
Think Of One- Essa Mesa - Trafico
Radio Tarifa- Osu - Cruzando El Rio
DJ Drez- Sweet Radha feat Kirtaniyas - Jahta Beat Chanting With Tigers
Quantic- You Will Return feat Alice Russell - Magnetica
Akal Wub- Anbessa feat Manu Dibango - Sost
Mahmoud Ahmed- Fetsum Denq Ledj Nesh - thiopiques Vol 7 Mahmoud Ahmed 1975
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DakhaBrakha Port Mone- Yelena - Khmeleva Project
Luzmila Carpio- Amaotayku Avelino Sinani El Buho Remix - Luzmila Carpio Remixed Luzmila Carpio Meets ZZK

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          Interview: Uncolonising the Imagination        
A different drum: Martin Shaw elling the Siberian tale of 'The Crow King and the Red Bead Woman' at Base Camp, Embercombe [Photo: Warren Draper]

Here is the orginal conversation I held with the mythologist Martin Shaw for the latest Dark Mountain journal #11. We ran a shortened version for a DM blog series on the 'mythos we live by' in March, asking six writers who work with story to explore what a mythological response to an age of converging crises might look like. Follow us as we traverse a territory that includes underworld metis, praise-giving and the dynamic skill of storytelling. Oh, and a dragon of course...

‘The thing about Finnish is that it’s not linear, it’s orbital,’ said the ticket collector on the 10:35 train to Leeds. ‘The language comes from the land. You have to find the object in the sentence and then everything else around it will make sense.’ 

We sat open-mouthed, as he then changed linguistic tracks and recited a verse from a Sami poem where an old woman is singing out to the dark forest. 

What you have to remember is that, in both these languages, the word for art and knowledge is the same… the train to Hebden Bridge will depart from Platform 12.’ 

One thing I knew for sure was that a conversation with Martin would not be straightforward. That although we would be speaking in English, a language hewn from a mix of many cultures, his stories come unexpected, feathered, leaved, rain-wet and roaring, from a collective language that has no borders. Mythologist and writer, he has been telling his wild alchemical tales to Dark Mountaineers for years now, in his books, his teaching (at the Westcountry School of Myth and Storytelling ) and most strikingly at our annual events - and from all these emerge a depth, a heart, a clarity, a connectedness, that you cannot not find in modern cynical end-of-the-world narratives. 

I have a notebook page open on the topics in order but of course they get mixed up, as his answers jump like roe deer out of the thicket and twist like a shoal of lapwings in a darkening sky. You gaze in wonder at the shape and movement of it all and then you laugh, realising you are already there, right in the thick of it.  

Here is a question that I hold like a ticket to the North in my hand: how can the act of telling and listening to a story liberate us from our disconnected, data-driven perception of the world and shift our attention towards what Iain McGilchrist calls the vast universe of the ‘right hemisphere’? How can myths give us a language, a technology, to navigate a time when dragons and ugly sisters rule, in a culture now broken open by consequence?

When you pay attention to the archaic stories that Martin relates, you realise they are not there to reflect the power and glory of an empire, to provide escape or entertainment at the end of a hard-working day. They exist as a reminder of our place and meaning on the Earth; a reminder of what we have to undergo to become truly human, with a culture where art is the same as knowledge.

Where in order to find the answer to that question you must sit, like a hare in a field, listening to the landscape all around you, and wait for the object to reveal itself.

CDC: Martin, at Base Camp you said: ‘The radical power of story is to open us up to our uncolonised imagination.’ How is the telling of a myth part of that?

MS: The thing that distinguishes oral storytelling from, say, modern novels or theatre, is that the listener has to do an awful lot of work. Good storytelling is a skeletal activity and what is happening in a room is a hundred people are leaning forward, because their imagination is having to work very hard to conjure flesh out of the wider story. Even listening to stories is not a passive experience. You are meeting the energy of the teller and the images within the story, so the energy is triangulate.

CDC: Do you think mythology plays a particular role now in a world which is becoming increasingly fragmented and meaningless?

MS: Yes, myth has something direct to say. Many of the stories we need now arrived perfectly on time about 5,000 years ago. Old mythologies contain not only stories about our place on the Earth, but have the Earth speaking through them, what the Islamic scholar Henry Corbin termed the mundus imaginalis –  where the human imagination is open to what David Abram describes as the more-than-human world.  So with myth, you are working not just with imagination but with the imaginal, what many aboriginal cultures would call the Dreamtime. In other words, as we turn ideas around in our head, we’re not just thinking but we are getting thought.

What does it mean to get thought?

For the last 20 years I’ve been taking people out into very wild parts of Britain, and for four days and nights they are absolutely alone, and often towards the end of that time, the participant will touch the edge of that experience. It’s very hard to talk about the imaginal in conventional language. The most fitting language to address it is poetry or imagery or mythology. If the language is too psychological it reduces the mystery. It makes the mysteries containable and safe.

I’m tired of tame language addressing wild things. We seem to be frantically creating handrails in and out of desperately mysterious situations. And so to come back to the question: myth is a robust and ancient way of addressing a multiplicity of consciousnesses that abide in and around the Earth.

What is so powerful about an uncolonised imagination, a mythic intelligence, is that it connotes but does not denote. It doesn’t tell you what it is. Its images have a radiance that reveals different things to whoever is beholding them. In storytelling, I know that when I say even something as definite as a crow that is in the room, we are all seeing 30 different crows. It is important that I don’t hit a PowerPoint presentation, and say this is the crow we’re talking about. Everyone’s imagination is being stirred, where they are remembering and catching a glimpse of crows in their lives before that.

CDC: So storytelling and myth also have a relationship with time?

MS: Yes, and memory. Stories with weight to them have what C.G. Jung terms ‘the lament of the dead’, which in our frenetic culture we can no longer have time to hear. Most indigenous cultures will tell you that this world belongs to the dead, that’s where we’re headed. So mythology for me involves a conversation with the dead, with what you might call ancestors.

Whatever we are facing now we need to have a root system embedded in weather patterns, the presences of animals, our dreams, and the ones who came before us. Myth is insistent that when there is a crisis, genius lives on the margins not the centre. If we are constantly using the language of politics to combat the language of politics at some point the soul grows weary and turns its head away because we are not allowing it into the conversation, and by denying soul we are ignoring what the Mexicans call the river beneath the river. We’re not listening to the thoughts of the world. We’re only listening to our own neurosis and our own anxiety.

CDC: Much of your work calls for a return to bush soul and for us to remember. Do you feel these myths are resurfacing so we can relearn our ancestor training that has been shut down for a very long time?

MS: I would say: if you don’t have ancestors you have ghosts. At the moment many of us are so impoverished and lacking in a cultural root system that what is around us are not ancestors supporting us but ghosts depleting us. So one of the things we could do is to reach out to stories, to practices – such as working on the land or a good art form – that require skills, diligence, a willingness to be bored and to lose our addiction to constant excitement. Myth and story put you into the presence of the old ones who have told the story before you.

When I’ve been with the Lakota Sioux or other Native American groups, I’ve seen that rather than telling stories from beginning to end like a Western narrative with a wedding at some point, they can enter the story wherever they want, like walking into a stream, and at that moment an image or scene in the story gets told and that is the story. It’s just that glimpse that gets into the lion’s blood of your imagination.

So I would say don’t worry about the whole of the story. Look for the moment  that speaks directly to you. Because like an acupuncture point, that is your entry point into the great stream of the story. You don’t need to dam the thing off at the beginning and the end. It’s more promiscuous than that, there are buddings everywhere.

CDC: When you told the story of the ‘The Crow King and the Red Bead Woman’ at Base Camp there were certain points where people were feeling very moved and in tears. What is that upwelling of sudden feeling in us all when we hear the story being told like that?

MS: One answer would be that this is a moment where we collectively experience what William Blake used to call ‘a pinprick of the eternal’ or the anthropologist Victor Turner ‘communitas’, where often through grief there is a kind of permission given in the room to feel something deeply in public. These days that’s quite rare. We tend to grieve and emote away from other people. But that’s not the way traditionally it’s done.

Folk tales told well have the power to be tacit ritual. In other words they have the strength to put their arms around the whole room and create a container that for an hour you can cook in the images of the story. You can allow yourself, bidden or unbidden, to be provoked by the images. And somehow it is safe to go deep within it.

It’s really also to do with the skill of the teller. You might be an accomplished storyteller technically but if you haven’t lived through some of the travails of the story, there will be a gap between the telling of the tale and what actually transpires. When those feelings happen in the room you know the storyteller is synched up to this story: she’s not saying it’s herstory, but she has moved through the dark wood. She knows what it is like to carry precious red beads in her mouth. She knows what it’s like to be ignored and left for dead. She knows what it’s like to discern the difference between a seduction and a courtship.

When you see somebody effectively trying to tell the truth, it seems to have a deep, profound effect. So I think it’s partially to do with the way a room is held, the feeling that you’re in the presence of something ancient, which these stories are, and a readiness in the listener to allow themselves to just be carried by the power of the thing.

CDC: Are these complex Siberian myths ones that you’re focusing on at the moment, or do you have many myths that you’re working with at a time?

MS: I work with a wide variety of myths. Over the years, I have told a lot of stories that have come out of the Gaelic or Arthurian world, or European fairy tales, Russian fairy tales and Siberian folk tales. When you go into Siberia, you’re not really in the same terrain as the Russian fairy tales any more. There’s a different quality to them. You are dealing with stories that carry a lot less of a European influence in them and more of the kind of nutritional complexity that you find in Native American or Inuit stories. 

One of the ways you notice it is that their stories end in unexpected places. They do not follow the  kind of climactic Western narrative that we’re used to now. 

I read a lot of stories for example from India or from Africa or from South America, but I don’t feel equipped to tell them. When I’m working with people who are training as storytellers, one of the things I say is find out what kind of weather patterns live within you, find out what kind of animal you are, find out what your ecosystems are. Because some stories you will find yourself naturally attracted to, and others you can simply respect and admire.

For example, in a lot of Scandinavian or Icelandic stories, a formal, incantatory, memorised way of telling the story really suits it and is encouraged. But because I’m so improvisational as a teller, because I have such a long-standing interest in wild things, one of the wildest things I think you can do is to go on without a script. So that is why lots of unexpected things tend to erupt when I’m telling. There’ll always be a beginning and a middle and an end. But how we get there each time can be slightly different.

The sense of the story is what you as a teller bring that day. You’re watching how the audience is responding, you’re seeing their eye contact, the moments where they are leaning forward, when they’re pulling back. And that to some extent tunes the telling of the story. Also you have the story tapping you on the shoulder all the way through, and saying ‘Ah, ah, ah… I really want you to slow down now, and describe in detail the yurt of the old woman.’ And so I follow the direction of the story itself, but also what’s happening in the room.

CDC: You wrote once, in your book ScatterlingsI think, that we were not sure what story we were in as a culture. If there were a story that could speak of our present situation, that held in its talons, if you like, or in its heart, a feeling for regeneration or return, for making sense, for bringing together, for waking us up, what might that be?

MS: I do have a story. It’s called the ‘The Lindwurm’. It’s a story that suggests that you and I have an exiled, slightly older sister or brother, who was hurled out the window the night they were born, and has sat brooding in a forest for many, many years, and has now returned.

And somehow contained in the psychic nerve endings of this story, I feel is a lot of information about what we’re living through both ecologically and politically right now.

CDC: It has an active female protagonist who transforms everything, is that correct?

MS: Oh yes. Without the ingenuity of a young woman working in tandem with an old woman (who’s really a spirit of an oak tree) we are going to be incinerated by the furious returning sibling, who devours everything that comes into its grip. It takes the ingenuity of the young woman, with the advice of the older woman, to not just defeat the serpent, but to free the serpent. That’s what’s so beautiful about it. The days of conventional hero myths are not serving us. What is being called for now culturally is a word you find often in Ancient Greece: metis. Metis is a kind of divine cunning in service to wisdom.

We can’t be naïve in times like this, because we are in the presence of underworld forces that will do one of two things: they will either educate us, or annihilate us. And in fairy tales whenever the movement is down – and the movement culturally is down right now – you have to get underworld smart, have underworld intelligence, underworld metis. I have a strong feeling that a lot of what wants to emerge through many ancient stories is a kind of wily, tough, ingenious and romantic force that needs to come forward at this point in time.

CDC: Mythology often has what I call the Princess Problem. You know where there is a passive, beautiful young female being, and then the man, the hero, appears and does the noble thing. So I’m always alert to stories where there can be a female protagonist to balance out all the hero action and worship that got us into this fine pickle in the first place.

MS: I couldn’t agree more. Sometimes when I’m telling ancient stories though I become aware that people in the audience are almost auditioning the stories for some contemporary concern. And while I’m sympathetic to the concerns of the time, the story itself is a living, powerful, breathing ancient being. It radiates its strange, troublesome intelligence out into the hearts and minds of everyone there and does its work.

But there are stories that are explicitly about the resurgence of a feminine that is not defined by what the troubadours call ‘the far-distant lady’. So you’re not the lady in the tower, where some young man is singing madrigals to you day and night; you are up-close, wild, occasionally brilliant, filled with opinions, big gnashing teeth, appetite, desire, with hooves that have trodden the ground of the underworld.

snowy-tower-book-coverMy book Snowy Tower looks at the Grail story of the knight Parzival,  which superficially could be seen to be about a young man becoming an older man. But underpinning that story is his relationship with powerful, potent, active females, the most extraordinary of which is a being called Kundrie. Kundrie has tusks. She has breasts that lactate deadly nightshade; she has eyebrows so long she has to plait and tuck them behind her ears; she has the snout of a boar and the ears of a lion. But she speaks three languages, and (I rather love this detail) she has a hat from Paris. And most importantly she is the one who, often in a fairly harsh manner, pushes Parzival in the directions he needs to go to be in the presence of the Grail again.

So those stories are there. When I see people chopping up, cutting and pasting ancient stories to make a new story with a very active female character that has been taken out of three other stories, what we get is a mythic image, but we don’t get a myth.

Now mythic is something that can be created in the imagination of a Jeannette Winterson or a Tolkien. But myth itself is connected to time and space. It has to pass through many mouths and many communities, until it takes on the kind of weight that means it’s authentically a myth.

So my challenge for anybody is to regard themselves as a kind of a mythological scholar in training. And to go out and to look through the old anthologies, get a library card, and try and collect these stories that are waiting to say something vital about the nature of our times.

And the second part of that challenge, the most crucial part of the research, will be your individual expression of that story. It doesn’t have to be an oral storytelling. It could be something you write down, or paint. You could craft a boat from an image within the story. But one way or another you need to let the story have its way with you.
CC: Ah yes, so that it becomes creative and externalised rather than inward and psychological. Talking of Parzival, there’s a line in Scatterlings where you ask, in respect to medieval culture: 'What replaces the chivalric viewpoint and creates anchoring for humans?’ There are not many myths that consider a band of people working together, except perhaps Robin Hood and his Merry Men, and Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. In terms of the future, it’s clear we can’t be held in an individualist story, but one that brings community into it, or a bigger relationship. And I wondered if you had any thoughts about that?
MS: It’s as if they are folk memories of times when we were living in much more closely knit relationships, both with each other and the Earth; where at some point the leader, the king or the queen, has to marry the wild for the health of the land. But you’re right, not only should we accept that we need other people around us collectively, working and banging into each other with our ideas, our feelings and our passions; but also that myth says that within you is a multiplicity of intelligences, who all want different things from you.  

In many tribal stories and indigenous tales, there is an implicit understanding that what we call psyche or souldoes not live in a person, but that we live within the psyche or the soul. And the tribe, collectively, respond to and develop their lives through that awareness, which is usually a very ordinary experience. It’s not a question of belief, it’s a question of experience. However, in the West, we have had such a different fate over the last few hundred years that there is now a collective amnesia to the idea that we have a soul at all – whether there’s a soul inside us, or that we dwell within one.

So when someone talks about the individual journey of someone in the West, they’re having to make that journey because they do not have around them the cultural certainties that a tribal group would have, to affirm that yes, we are living within this wider thing, the mundus imaginalis, the soul of the world, and your dreams and your opinions are connected to waterfalls and jaguars and lightning storms.

It is a lonelier place for us to be because what is surrounding us does not confirm an Earth-centred consciousness. So that’s why I think the individual has been such a pronounced thing in myth and story over the last few hundred years. But if we cannot get back to a more collectively understood relationship with psyche, with Earth, with matter, with trees and rocks and wolves and bears, with our neighbours, then we will be caught in an enormous malfunction.

CDC: This brings me to a question I’ve wanted to ask about the wild setting for such psyche and soul, as you have described it. When so many of us are living in cities and urban areas, in depleted and industrialised landscapes, how can we recover our relationship with wild things and reconnect with that world?

MS: It’s a question I’ve been asked a lot from people who are reading my books and are living in Detroit or Birmingham or Prestatyn. Initially my response is ‘don’t be size-ist’. Twenty years ago I was living in southeast London, and it was a great consolation for me that William Blake had found a lot of what he needed, as a human and a thinker, in London. He could kneel down and see a little grey thistle and he knew it was a smiling little man waving at him.  

It was a way of not just seeing but beholding things. And when I lived in cities I would pay particular attention to what we rather naïvely call weeds. Or I would go out to a small park next to the video shop in Brockley, where there was a rather dejected-looking rowan tree. And I would spend an enormous amount of time just attending to this rowan. There’s a lovely line by the French philosopher Gaston Bachelard, where he says something like ‘the Earth seeks to be admired by you’. 

So if you do nothing else, admire the thing. Learn to give it praise. Learn to speak its 12 secret names. You hear about the Inuit having all these different names for snow. Well, I thought, what are the 12 secret names of those old-growth oaks that I see down near Greenwich docks? My advice really is what the Hindus call the ‘joyful participation in the sorrows of the world’. You have to get amongst the cities. You have to glean what you can, praise what you can, raise up what you can. I used to bemoan the fact that I didn’t have 400 acres of prime old-growth forest on my back door, until I realised that this was just a surly child in me – one of these mythic characters I was talking about.

So, I told myself: ‘you’re going to go out and become a praise-maker. You’re going to go out and praise and be generous to things.’

You asked a question about chivalry or gallantry earlier on, and when I was a little kid, one of my favourite books was called The Book of Chivalry,and I got my mum to make me a little cape. And I would wander around, constantly throwing this cape over puddles – it’s very embarrassing...

CDC: Oh, that’s sweet!

MS: But I now realise I was right. I wasn’t throwing  capes over puddles to maintain a patriarchal system of domination over women, I just wanted to behave in a beautiful and good manner to the Earth and its inhabitants. In the face of 1980s Thatcher’s Britain that was my response – to get my little cape out. And I realise now in my mid-40s that absolutely nothing has changed in me.

CDC: Your cape is still on the back of the door, Martin?

MS: Yes, it absolutely is. Anybody with a cape gets into the School of Myth!  

So, what I’m saying really is: soul doesn’t end with a tree or a stream. If you’re interested in animism, everything is alive. So how is a city alive? There’s a wonderful storyteller and mythologist called Michael Meade, who grew up in New York. And he has a great description of being a kid on the subway. And every time he went up the stairs of the underground, he was in a different district of New York with a radically different ethnicity. So he goes up one set of stairs and it’s Little Italy; he goes up another it’s China; he goes up another it’s Poland. And he said: I realised that the city itself was teeming with its mythologies, that over a couple of decades, those two cultures of the Poles and the Irish would inexorably start to weave parts of their lives together, and this third thing would happen.

My attention has been on the diminishing tracts of wilderness in Great Britain. But it can’t stop there for many of us, because that’s simply not the environment we are living in.

CDC: I wanted to ask you finally about breaking enchantment, about breaking the spell, which is a predicament in so many fairy stories. Many of the illusions that we’ve been brought up with are now being cracked open. Do you feel that the myths contain insights that we might reach out for, not as a handrail but as a tiller, so we might steer our way through these choppy waters ahead?

MS: First of all, I would say again that the word enchantment, which ironically is often used about hearing a myth or a story, is the opposite of what’s actually taking place. A story like ‘The Red Bead Woman’ and its effect on a room is not an enchantment, it’s a waking up…

CDC: A disenchantment…

MS: Yes, if you’ve done your job well as a storyteller, your story itself has a magical sensibility to ward off enchantment and to raise up. Secondly, people often prefer to dismiss myths, saying: it’s not true. But a way to think about myth is as something that never was and always is. Or as a beautiful lie that tells a much deeper truth. But one way or another when we lose our mythic sensibility, the powers in this world that may not wish us well have a greater purchase on us, a greater hold.

I notice that several times a day I go into what you could call a mild trance state. I’m not talking about ouija boards here! I’m just talking about falling under the influence of advertising, or various politically engineered neuroses that might be floating around. But I recognise I have come into a kind of enchantment. And the way I recognise it is that I feel less than grounded. I feel I’m not in the realm of imagination, I’m in the realm of fantasy. So the imaginal is not present; the Earth as a lived, breathing, thinking being is not present. What’s happening is I’m simply fretting – to use my mother’s language – I’m spinning my wheels. And so actually I think stories have a capacity to wake us up.

We are living in a time when we need symbolic intelligence, not just sign language. We are being fed signs, and signs that frighten us, and then paralyse us, and then colonise us. And imagination, through myth, wants to give you symbols to raise you up.

A story is not just an allegory, or a metaphorical point. It’s a love affair, and one of the most wonderful ways of breaking the trance states being put on us at this point in time, is to figure out what you love. Figure out what you’re going to defend. And develop the metis, develop the artfulness, to bring it out into the world.

Images: A different drum: Martin Shaw telling the Yakut tale of 'The Crow King and the Red Bead Woman'at Base Camp, Embercombe, Devon [Photo: Warren Draper]; cover of  'Snowy Tower'.

Martin Shaw is a writer, mythologist and teacher. He has recently co-designed (with anthropologist Carla Stang) the upcoming MA in myth and ecology at Schumacher college, as well as being the creator of the oral tradition course at Stanford University and the author of A Branch from the Lightning Tree, Snowy Tower and Scatterlings: Getting Claimed in the Age of Amnesia.

          Dancing the Cailleach        

Carrying the Fire, Samhain, Rannoch Moor, 2015 

 Last month on the road to Holt in Norfolk a man came across a deer as he was speeding homeward. It was a fully pregnant doe. The man did an unprecented thing: he slit open the belly of the dead creature and delivered a live fawn.
I am holding a copy of the Eastern Daily Press where the story has just made the front page, in spite of all the terrors and hostilities clamouring for attention. The tiny fawn looks calmly outward, suckling on a bottle of milk, held in the large tattooed hands of the man.

When asked what made him stop that morning he said: 'It is perhaps something you will never come across again in your lifetime and I am just thankful that I knew what to do.'

The instructions were simple. Catch the 16:21 train from Glasgow to Fort William. Get out at Corrour and follow the stag.

Some part of us knows that beneath the noise and strife of the modern world, beyond the headlines, there is a deep place where our presence on the Earth is not for nothing. That when we come across it on an empty road at dawn we will know what to do. For thousands of years our negotiation with life was understood in terms of our relationship with the horned beasts we once lived alongside, and a mythical being, sometimes known as the Mistress of the Deer. In Scotland, and particularly in this part of the Highlands, she is known as the Cailleach (pronounced Call-y-ack). Samhain – All Souls, Day of the Dead and Halloween – is the time when the Cailleach, Queen of Winter, takes over the mantle of Earth from Bridget, the bright one, in a similar way the Oak cedes to the Holly at the summer solstice in England.  

The instructions were simple. 'You’re going to be the Cailleach' said Dougie, 'and dance to a piped lament on the moor.' '
It will be dark then,' I said. 
'Yes,' he said. 'Very dark. And maybe raining'.

So that was it how it was when we set out on a moonless wet night: Jack (the Stag), Wilf (the Wolf), Dougie and I on 30 October to walk the track toward Corrour station. I will bring up the rear, Dougie said. Martha (the Cook) remained at the hostel to hold the hearth. I was left on the hillside with instructions to light the fire (rags soaked in citronella) and start the music (in a box hidden by the rock) and do my thing.

I don’t really know what I am going to do of course. I have a red velvet dress on and a furry cape and a large fashion hat I have wreathed in birch twigs and barn owl's wings. A midge veil is covering my face - not that there are any midges at this time of year, though there are roving and rutting stags. One is out there. We have just seen him. He was massive and did not move away when Jack flashed his torch. I have done some challenging gigs in my time, but this has to be the mother of all of them.

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Carrying the Fire is a series of events created by artist and Dark Mountain curator Dougie Strang. So far there have been three, all set at Wiston Lodge on the Scottish borders. They have been small gatherings, for about 60 people, shaped in a similar way to the Uncivilisation Festivals – workshops, music, performance, discussion and of course a storytelling fire. This year's was a departure. It was for a smaller group (20) built around the festival of Samhain and located deep in the heathery heart of Rannoch Moor. We would be based at a wooden hostel, once the boathouse of the shooting lodge, beside Loch Ossian (Osh-een) at the foot of Beinn a’ Bhric, the Cailleach's mountain. The nearest road is 18 miles away.

The structure for the event was woven around three mythic stories embedded in this territory, which Dougie would tell over the weekend: on arrival beside the crackling stove with mugs of cocoa, by the Samhain fire, and on the platform of the highest station in Britain as we departed. On Saturday we would be taken by Neil Harvey (of Wild Journeys) up the mountain trails to do a 'Whakapapa' - a walking exchange between pairs of people, sharing our lifestories and geographies. On Sunday I would lead a workshop based on the Earth Dialogue and send folk out into the hills on their own. They would come back and relate what they experieced to each other in groups of four and then draw a collective dream map.

Like all Carrying the Fire events the fire would be a focal space where people sing and tell stories and pass round a bottle of malt. This part is mapped out. What we don't know is that Gavin will also pass quartz rocks around, so we can make sparks in the dark; that Ben and Darla and Tamsin will teach us a Georgian song taught to them by Ivan who used a giant staff to protect orphaned children; or that Jonny will read a passage about the last wolf making her trek across the snow fields of the north where the swans sleep. And out of the darkness a skein of whooper swans will fly over the loch, calling.  

The instructions were simple. You go out and stand in the land, you come back and relate what happened. What you say, what you do with what you know, is the thing that the Earth waits for. Your gift. What is that story? You forgot it. Ah. Here is a hint.

Arrive in the dark.
Follow the stag.
Wait for the people to come round the hill.

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When Jack comes round the corner his flambard has gone out. Luckily I can see a tiny infrared beam from his head torch. I leap into action -- light fire, switch on music -- and begin to sway, arms moving about like antlers and birch trees in the wind, boots anchored on the slippery rocky slope. I can't see or hear anything through the veil. I don't know whether anyone is there, or whether they have gone past. I keep dancing until I hear people howling and laughing in the distance. They have discovered Wilf! I gather everything up and go to find him. I feel exultant. '

You looked about ten foot tall!' exclaims everyone, when we walk back in (without costumes). 'And then you would disappear! And reappear. It was scary. It was magical!'
'Is dance your practice?' asks another. 'You were so rooted! '
No.' I laugh, 'but I do love to dance'. (I didn't like to say I couldn't move my feet in their massive boots on that rock in case I fell over).  

DSC_0383Samhain is a door. It is a door to the ancestors, and this is what we are doing up here, connecting with the ancestor that lives in our bones, out in the wild places. The Cailleach is the ancestor creator of these high places. Out of her creel she once tossed big stones that became the peaks that now tower above the golden deer grass and shiny lochans of the valley floor. She brings the cold sharp winds of winter, commands the weather and wildness. Her face is blue and sometimes veiled like the mist. In the spring she washes her plaid in the Corryvreckan whirlpool between Jura and Scarba, and then she turns into a rock.

We walk over this springy rocky rainsoaked moor, sprinkled with the flowers of heather and milkwort like a fading summer dress. I pocket the last of the year's bilberries and bearberries and Martha shows me some fragrant crackly leaves from a plant I haven't seen in years, bog myrtle, also known as sweet gale, and says she will make a tea from them all. A tea that will have the bitter taste of farewell.  

ctf 17-samhain-map-gavinSamhain is a door. Sometimes you need a set and a setting, a space, permission to do things differently: to dig deep, to sit alone, to dance in the night with a veil over your head. You don't know what will happen except something will happen. A small thing that makes sense of everything. That expectancy, that sharpness, that not-knowing is part of its territory.

I could tell you about the people who came, and the laughing around the tables as the feast of venison and pumpkin was served, or the sight of twenty pairs of boots hanging from the rafters, or the drama of crossing the stream, or how my Whakapapa companion, 18 minutes into his 20 minute story, told me that something dark happened on the mountain when his friend slipped and fell to his death. There were always hills and mountains, he said, that came at a pivotal point, that changed the direction of everything. The Dales, Mont Blanc, Glencoe. How that all our lifechanging territories and encounters that we recount on our return make some kind of collective pattern: woods which were torn down for houses, a tsunami in Sri Lanka that nearly drowned a family, a broken road in Iceland that snapped a connection between people, housing estates in Britain where art and writing reforged them.

I could tell you how how I woke to find Venus and a sickle moon in a clear sky and swam into the cold waters of the loch. How I watched the sun creep downwards from the peaks, turning the dun hillsides gold, the mountains like beasts crounching, attentive, so alive I could almost touch them. How the star Sirius rose over the mountain, as it has always risen over the mountain, heralding winter.

ctf deerskin
When Donald of the Brown Eyes hunts his last deer he slits open the belly and finds a ball of wool. It is the beginning of sheep herding in the Highlands and a domesticated relationship with the creatures. In modern Scotland deer are killed on the road, deer are shot by blood-hungry elites and deer (and sheep) chew every last tree standing. When the wolves and the Cailleach roamed on these mountains and the people met around the fire everything was held in balance. Something of that balance, what is sometimes called medicine, is contained in these old stories and in, we are hoping, this event.

Carrying the Fire's name is taken in part from the dystopic novel, The Road, where the father explains to his son that the purpose of being human is 'to carry the fire' and that if that spirit is lost the art of being human is also lost. The Cailleach is not human: she is a mythic being that lives deep in our bones and sinews, the parts of us that resonate with stones and wild weather. She reminds us of human beings' original bargain with Earth. Sometimes we need a reminder that she is still there, so we can carry the fire, come what may. So, in spite of living in a 24/7 world, we can mark time; in spite of living in a world where we are told we do not belong, we can make ourselves at home.

I took eight stones out of the loch and laid them on Jack's deer pelt. Here is a medicine wheel, I said: the blue stones represent the Earth cross and red stones represent the sun cross. The eight work like doors, marking gateways you go through. In the Americas the medicine wheel is about space and the directions that bring different challenges and riches. The north is where the ancestors live.

'The wheel of these British islands however is all about time. The stones mark a clock on which you can measure the time of the year and your own time and the time we are all in now – which is a time of breakdown and decay. What old forms need to go and what ancient roots need to hold fast in this time? What are we all doing here together at this moment with the ancestor mountain behind us and the lake of the bard before us?'

Everyone leaves and goes out on the pathways toward the hillsides. Some crouch down beside the loch or the roots of the birch trees at the back of the hostel. Some walk out of sight. I go out and sit on a rock striped with white quartz, and sing a chant to the mountain: it is a song that comes from the Andes, that comes from the Sierra Madre, that come from a sky island known as the Place of Many Springs. No one taught me that song.

beinn a bhric
Sometimes you contact something from the dark peaty layer, as Dougie calls the Cailleach's territory, that bursts through the dimensions, through time and space. It calls you to attention: the part of you that knows what to do when you find a dead deer on the roadway. You can deliver the fawn, you can do your thing in the dark and the rain. You can remember. Remembering can take you away from the light of the fire and the kitchen, and yet in the dark you feel you belong, you matter, in a way no culture, no family, no work, no political ideology, can ever make you feel. I am not sure I can take you there with words. I can show you the stones. I can dance. Everything else you walk yourself:

'It was not a psychological or therapeutic setting', wrote Caroline Ross, afterwards,
but a deeply connected almost mythic space.  As I have only seen properly described in the words of Riddley Walker, or perhaps the books of Ursula K LeGuin, People are not the only people there. Land, rocks, mountains and lakes, beings and heroes of the past, forces and gods are at the fireside too...
...if you showed me a far-off society where Samhain was celebrated as we did at Carrying the Fire, I would go into exile from this country to live there with those good people and become part of that culture. Ceremony, gathering together and marking the passage of the year and of our lives are so lost in the wider human culture in Britain from which I am mostly alienated, and manage to evade by living moored beside a tiny island in the middle of a river.
My heart was at home over Samhain, and through unparalleled good fortune, I was at home both culturally and geographically. People are made refugees every day and must leave their hearths for uncertain futures. Even within this country, Britons are displaced from the beneficial aspects of their culture and nature, by the market, homelessness, delusion and a thousand other causes.

But the deer are still here, and so are the mountains, and the wind, and there is still enough wood to make a fire. There are people who can still remember the stories that makes sense of everything, and the movements that are the shape of antlers or a tree moving in the wind. And if on a winter's day in the Highlands you hear a raven croak behind you, the Cailleach will still be there to show you her misty face that is sometimes blue.


Way out
Images by Gavin MacGregor, Sarah Thomas, Jonny Harris and Charlotte Du Cann.  

Charlotte Du Cann is an editor/art editor and distributor for Dark Mountain books. This weekend she is taking part in a series of DM workshops and talks, curated by co-founder Dougald Hine in Sweden. This month's will be based on her story about the Underworld The Seven Coats (Issue 6). 

Keep an eye out for next year's Carrying the Fire/Dark Mountain gathering. Details to be announced next year.
          Why the media ignored the inspiring, amazing Karen Gaffney?        
Who is Karen Gaffney?
Karen Gaffney left the Rose City (Portland, Oregan) and the world in awe with a captivating TEDx talk that explored the history, current state and progress of Down Syndrome. Her idea? All lives matter. Further, we must refine our vocabulary and eradicate “the R word” as the word “retard” has no place in our daily language.

Karen is the President of a non-profit organization dedicated to championing the journey to full inclusion in families, schools, the workplace, and the community for people with developmental disabilities. 

She graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in Portland, Oregon, and earned a two-year Associate of Science degree from Portland Community College. 

Karen has also been awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Portland on May 5th, 2013, for her work in raising awareness regarding the abilities of people who have Down syndrome. 

She is a fearless open-water swimmer having successfully swam the English Channel, escaped Alcatraz (16 times) and conquered Lake Tahoe in 59-degree water. Karen swims to raise funds and awareness of what people with Down syndrome can do.

Recently in the Irish Catholic, Niamh Uí Bhriain (who is a spokeswoman for the Life Institute) asked the quesiton, why did the Irish media ignore Karen Gaffney when she was in Ireland?

TD's and Senators met with Karen during her visit to Ireland
Why the media ignored the inspiring, amazing Karen Gaffney?
The Irish Catholic
Nuala Uí Bhriain
By any standards, Karen Gaffney is an extraordinary person. A long-distance swimmer who relay swam the English Channel, she is an impressive and witty public speaker whose TED talk on inclusion for people with disabilities has captured global attention.
She is also the first living person with Down Syndrome to receive an honorary doctorate, and is admired, not only for her personal achievements, but for her challenge to a culture where babies with Down Syndrome are increasingly aborted before birth.
The Irish media, it seems, isn’t ready for that challenge. During her recent visit, we experienced a blanket refusal by the mainstream media to give Karen a platform. She seemed to be viewed as a woman with a dangerous idea, a woman who needed to be censored, because she is not afraid to speak out about the reality of what abortion has meant for her community.
“Imagine that here we are reversing the damage caused by institutions, removing barriers to education, making inroads into a full and inclusive life for people like me, and still we have those who say we shouldn’t even be born at all,” she previously told an audience at a TED Talk in Portland.
“I believe that Down Syndrome is a life worth saying ‘yes’ to. It is a life worth saving. Every life has value, every life matters, regardless of how many chromosomes you have,” she says.
We hear a lot about how much the media is anxious to support strong, intelligent women, and ensure inclusion for people with disabilities, but none of that seems to matter when a strong, intelligent, articulate woman with a disability is saying that every person has a right to life.
Karen Gaffney represents a community which has been devastated by abortion. In Britain, 90% of babies with Down Syndrome are aborted before birth. In Iceland, not one baby with Down Syndrome has been born in the past five years. Yet the Irish media didn’t want you to hear what a person with Down Syndrome had to say on the issue.
When Karen spoke to TDs in Dáil Éireann, they were hugely impressed by her inspiring passion for life and her work to make a better world for people with disabilities.
The media never showed up to the press event that followed. RTÉ said that was because it was ‘just an anti-abortion event’. My guess is that there’s actually a very particular reason why they didn’t want her message to be heard.
According to recent opinion polls, there has been a dramatic fall in support for abortion on grounds of disability, a welcome shift from a shocking 61% support in a January 2016 Red C/Newstalk poll to just 36% in a June Ipsos/MRBI poll for The Irish Times. This shift caused The Irish Times to fret that the issue had seen a “hardening of opposition”, a curious observation when surely what the polls are showing is a softening of hearts, motivated by compassion and common decency. Has this dramatic fall made our lamentably biased media reluctant to give a voice to people like Karen Gaffney? It would appear so.
On July 1, Karen addressed the Save the 8th Rally for Life, a gathering which brought up to 80,000 people to celebrate life and demand a better answer than abortion for mothers and babies.
“I am very proud to be here today to stand up for life, for all life, for the life of the unborn child even if that child will be born with Down Syndrome’’, she began to rapturous applause.
“I am from the US’’, she continued, ‘’and in my country, and in many countries all around the world, babies who may have Down Syndrome are being wiped out, even before they take their first breath. But not here. Not today. Not in your country. Not in Ireland!”
Karen Gaffney’s rally speech is set to go viral on social media, and will resonate with ordinary people of goodwill who realise that all of us deserve a chance at life, and that love doesn’t count chromosomes.
But the Irish media needs to take a long, hard look at itself and at its willingness to discriminate against this inspiring, compassionate, articulate woman simply because she believes that Down Syndrome is a life worth saying ‘yes’ to.

          Some web browsing.................        

This pro-life talk at Google's headquarters was a hit - A pro-life activist walks into Google’s headquarters and delivers a speech so compelling that within 24 hours, the online video of it surpassed a similar speech given by the head of Planned Parenthood. It may sound like the start to a far-fetched joke, but on April 20th, pro-life speaker and activist Stephanie Gray did just that.

Ted Talk star will address rally for Life on 1 July - Karen Gaffney will be main speaker at Save the 8th Rally for Life on 1 July in Dublin. “Voices of people with disability must be heard in abortion debate,” say organisers

Muslims rename mosque in honor of Mary, Mother of Jesus

Young priest ordained in a wheelchair dies

It was the photo that touched Britain, a Jewish woman and a Muslim man united in grief. The story of their 10-year friendship wil restore your faith in humanity

Irish worker discovers ancient manuscript that links Irish church to Egypt

7 Sanctuaries linked by a straight line: The legendary Sword of St. Michael

5 of the most remarkable incorrupt saints

Panicking with Grace: A Spirituality for Whatever's Next

Maynooth seminary to be overhauled after turbulent period 

Bishop Robert Barron reflects from Monaghan about what Pope Francis says to priests 

Icelandic Catholics receive a wooden church from Slovakia 

NCR- Democracy in the church seems like a fine idea -- in theory  

Faithful across Ireland invited to celebrate the centenary of the Fatima apparitions 9th July at Knock 

Church leaders call for spirit of hope and continued peace-building in Northern Ireland on centenary of Battle of Messines 

Pope Francis appoints Fr Alan McGuckian as Ireland’s first Jesuit bishop 

Pope Francis: ‘Shepherds are not the centre of the Church’ 

Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati: A Saint of Lofty Goals 

Silence and the Meaning of the Mass - I will confess that during many years as a priest, and now as a bishop, I have often wondered whether our hyper-stimulated congregations know exactly what they are participating in. They know that they are active, but active precisely in what?

Where Did Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Come From? 

'A saint for our times' – the inspiring story of Chiara Corbella Petrillo

The husband of Chiara Corbella on his wife’s sacrifice and possible canonization 

The Gift of Priestly Celibacy 

Ireland’s first openly gay prime minister is no liberal hero 

A layman’s advice to the anxious, young, and priestly

A priest’s first prayer: “You have to break my heart, always…” 

Catholic bishop takes questions from the peanut gallery!

The world’s most famous diary turns 75 

How the Infant of Prague and the Sacred Heart of Jesus both chased me down 

Can relics unite Catholics and Orthodox? Pope Francis thinks so.

Mary’s Immaculate Heart, the Door of Mercy

‘If you don’t think Francis is the cure, you don’t grasp the disease,’ CL head says 

The Vacuum Christian Indifference Creates - The crisis we face when the church is silent on social justice.
          Godafoss, Iceland        

Photography truly is one of my favorite hobbies and interests. This photo was taken by Orsolya and Erlend Haarberg in Godafoss, Iceland. According to National Geographic “A glacial torrent pours over a 40-foot-high ledge at Gođafoss, “waterfall of the gods.” After the Icelandic assembly adopted Christianity in 1000, its leader threw his pagan idols into […]

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Greece welcomes Hollande with ‘news blackout’
Dutch experiment in legalised prostitution a disaster
Thieves in Belgium pull off most spectacular and dramatic diamond heist in years
Iceland considers dropping its currency
Lawmakers Threaten to Veto Tightened Budget
EU reinforces sanctions against DPRK
To Revive Honey Bees, Europe Proposes a Pesticide Ban
Anti-austerity strike to bring Greece to a standstill
Italy politicians make final drive for votes before poll

Berlusconi's possible comeback a nightmare for Angela Merkel
Merkel's Rainbow Problem: On Gay Rights, Chancellor Still a Conservative
German Officials Signal Berlusconi Isn't Their Man
Germany Sends Troops to Mali
German police raid firms over Ponzi scheme
Germany: Court Backs Adoption by Same-Sex Couples
Net activists slam Germany's open data portal
NSU victims' families want more than sympathy
Security staff at Hamburg airport to strike Wednesday in pay dispute
Swiss mayoral candidate 'pro-Hamas, pro-Iran'
Outgoing chairman of Switzerland's Novartis foregoes $78 million golden parachute deal
Norway is Afraid of Foreign Spies

Hollande: French soldier killed in northern Mali
Hollande confirms seven kidnapped in Cameroon
Hollande urges investment in Greece, growth in Europe
Hollande: France will miss 2013 growth target
French Kidnapped in Cameroon Were Taken Into Nigeria
France saw 58 percent rise in anti-Semitic attacks in 2012
Man arrested for serial attacks on Paris Chinese
France to unfreeze development aid to Mali
France Charges 11 In Alleged Kurdish Extortion Ring
War For Global Energy Supremacy-World War III
Syrian rebels threaten Hezbollah with 48-hour deadline
Syrian military reportedly shoots down Israel drone
US direct military support to Mali likely to continue after elections
Mortars Explode Near Assad Palace in Damascus
Missile kills more than 30 in Syria
Typhoid breaks out in rebel-held eastern Syria
Foreign Arms Supplies to Syrian Rebels Expanding
Pro-Assad militia now key to Syrian government’s war strategy
Russia's double dealing on arms to Assad regime leaves UK isolated over Syria
Syrian Rebels Threaten to Attack Lebanon Over Border Dispute
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G20 issues empty declaration against currency wars
Norway Enters The Currency Wars
The Second-Mortgage Shell Game
The Last Liberal Branch of Government
US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan unraveling
Goodbye? We’ve Lost Who We Are?
US Schools Go Into Full Prison Mode
Hornady Addresses Ammo Shortage: We’re working 24/7
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Former foreign minister Livni joins Netanyahu coalition
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Israel Seeks to Curb Weapons Flow to Gaza
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Palestinian Prisoner's Hunger Strike Reaches 211th Day
Fatah Official Warns of Violence if Prisoners Aren't Freed
'Iron Dome' may be instrumental in peace process
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Morsi Issues Presidential Decree to Appoint New Mufti
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Egyptians protest at Libyan border over new visa rules
Egypt ministry appeals against order to block YouTube
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2 Sunni groups halt roles in Bahrain crisis talks
A Palace Rift in Bahrain Bedevils Key US Navy Base

Iran to Conduct Military Drills Over 3 Days
Reformists Meet Khamenei To Improve 'Internal Climate'
Rivals Forced to Apologize to Supreme Leader
Ahmadinejad threat to cancel Iranian poll
Iran Pushes Nuclear-Free Mideast Plans
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I'm creating this blog post to share some of the reflections of my visit to Iceland last month (February 2013). In fact the main reason behind my visit to Iceland was to see the northern lights, aka aurora borealis. Ever since I'd heard of them and seen them in pictures and internet with breathtaking time lapses, I developed an utter desire to see them in reality.

Beyond doubt Scandinavia is the place to be, but you have to make sure you're within a decent latitude to see this magical phenomenon. Far north in Norway or Sweden , Finnish Lapland or distant Iceland would be potential candidates for your location if you're close to Europe. As for me I bailed out Norway and Sweden merely because I'd been there before, although it was not the far north where I was before, during my first trip in Europe. This latest being the second, I chose Iceland as my target, inspired by many facts about amazing nature, sagas, old Norse, Eyjafjallajökull, the best horses and Reykjavik night life in addition to the mere ambition of spotting the northern lights. Additionally the Icelandic forecast for this winter was quite promising too.

During my arrival in Reykjavik it was not the best time to see northern lights from there whereas the very northern-most capital of the world is located in Southwest of the giant island, not the best at least per meteorological reports available at However owing to random circumstances with spontaneous occurrences I managed to get in touch with a Finnish couple, rent a jeep and drive to Akureyri, a town located in Iceland with more hopes for those irresistible natural flashes over the skies.

The first night in Akureyri had to be given-up due to the thick cloud cover and even the people who'd been taken out by those expensive tour operators had no luck the entire midnight. As for the next day I had already checked site and we in Akureyri had an activity of 1 in the aurora forecast whose activity is given in the range of 0 through 9. Thus with desperate hopes with minimal chances of aurora borealis we found ourselves chatting in a bar with some Erasmus students and locals, later that evening. For them who had been witnessing this ongoing extravaganza for many many times, just another show of northern lights was nothing that could get them out of their chairs. Actually they'd got bored seeing them too many times that it was nothing special for them.

However a while later we were coming out of the bar to head back to our hostel, when we began to realize that the magic is happening. Voila !! YES, it was northern lights. Gleaming beams of greenly and yellowish lights were all over the skies, they were drifting across the skies like fast-moving torrents. Some lasted for a longer duration and some disappeared quickly leaving no traces whatsoever about their being. But above all, that was a stunning and a spectacular show of northern lights. One of the amazing days of my life that I would never forget. I was really happy that the mother nature had favored us and we could see the northern lights.

Meantime we hurried to our jeep and went a bit up towards mountains to avoid the pollution-lit town to get a better view and some pictures of course. We didn't have a tripod and pictures were taken with my friend Tuomas's camera. The lack of the tripod is clearly reflected in the pictures, but nevertheless I wanted to share them and I hope you will enjoy them ! Let me know what you think.

Most importantly don't miss a chance to visit this amazing volcanic island with its unparalleled natural aestheticism !!


          Hello world!        
After my recent Understanding memory usage on Linux post was linked from some large web sites (Slashdot, Digg, and so far), I thought it would be fun to create a map that showed where the resulting ~60,000 hits came from.

The map displays a dot for each hit that I received over the last few days. This isn't an exact science, as I can only determine where everyone's ISPs are located, but I figure it is a pretty close estimate. I would love to create an hour-by-hour slideshow, but that will have to wait for another day.

So here's a "hello world" to all of my fellow geeks in Russia, Nigeria, Egypt, Bermuda, the middle of the Caspian Sea, Sydney, Sri Lanka, Argentina, Iceland, Italia, and everywhere else.
          The Lady is Not for Turning as Tories Aim to 'Plough On' With Brexit Plans Despite Election Result        

Joining the European Economic Area (EEA) for a limited time period makes sense to me as I have said earlier this week. However, there is a risk that Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein might try to block this, especially if the EU puts pressure on them. A prior agreement with the three EEA countries needs to be arranged now, rather than assuming that they will have no objection. David Davis should negotiate this on behalf of the UK rather than Theresa May.

A PDF of this article is posted in the Subscriber's Area.

          Email of the day 2        

That is a possibility because Norway and particularly Iceland and Liechtenstein are much smaller than the UK. However, I don’t see a dominant partner problem because their interests are entirely different, although the three states share residency agreements between unmarried couples.

The basic difference, as I see it, is because the EEA agreement encompasses less that ten percent of EU lawmaking.

What does concern me is that following Mrs May’s General Election disaster, the EU may try to force the UK back into the EU. That would lessen the region’s financial problems, restore some prestige and most importantly, deter any other country from trying to leave the EU.

We had an indication of this today in the Bloomberg article: Schaeuble Says U.K. Welcome Back If Brexit Was Overturned. Emmanuel Macron has just made similar comments in Paris during Mrs May’s visit earlier today. Fortunately, both the latest Conservative and Labour administrations favour some form of Brexit. Interestingly, Mrs May has appointed more cabinet ministers in the last few days who voted Leave in last year’s referendum. That could keep her in power for a little longer.

          Icelandic Volcanic Heat May Be the Perfect Solution to UK Energy Crunch        

Drilling to just short of the magma – what could possibly go wrong? Hollywood has a new topic (Ice-hot?) for next summer’s splat film.

Seriously, it is another triumph for technological innovation that the capture and transmission of this energy is even considered feasible. It may be so but costs in the region of the appallingly expensive and outdated Hinkley Point nuclear project are hardly encouraging. If lower costs are worth considering, and they certainly should be, fracking for natural gas is a much better idea for the UK and many other countries over the next two decades.

This item continues in the Subscriber’s Area, where a PDF of AEP’s article is also posted.

          A Short, Informative History of Cannabis        

A Short, Informative History of Hemp

Based off of research done by: T.B. Green

Cannabis has a very prominent part in the history of mankind. While almost all of us have grown up in a time of near worldwide prohibition, this plant was once broadly recognized for not only its medicinal and recreational purposes, but for its industrial versatility as well. Hemp was used to make sturdy, ropes and canvases. Back before all of the manmade synthetics that now dominate the market, Hemp was seen as one of the strongest, and most durable of textiles available to the world.

There have been world conflicts over hemp products, and most people think that the only cannabis related conflicts are the drug wars raging in the US, Mexico, and other parts of the world. Sadly, governments push biased school syllabi, instead teaching citizens the history of our civilizations as it honestly happened. History really is told from the point of view of the “victorious” and those still in power.  Just because politicians make the laws, doesn’t mean they can create their own versions of what happened, but they do. Why? It’s Simple. It pushes the agenda of those in power. If the government admitted to the fact that hemp is nutritious, that it is a medicinal powerhouse, that it could easily solve the world’s fuel crisis, and reverse environmental calamities, then the people that the governments supposedly serve may start to question the absurd laws trying to prohibit it out of existence. Then they might learn that the prohibition isn’t based on the best interests of the people, but in the special interests of industries looking to conceal the industrial and medicinal application of a plant that could be grown by anyone. It could cut their profits, and that’s far more important than doing the right thing in their book. So without further ado, here is a short chronological history based on our favorite plant, cannabis.

A Chronology of Cannabis

BCE:Before Christ’s Existence

ACE:After Christ’s Existence

*Fine hemp production in Russia has lasting effects on world history

**The modern United States government is the biggest opponent of cannabis legalization and use in the world

  • 10,000 BCE—While we aren’t totally sure when cannabis came upon the Earth, we believe that the first human cultivations of cannabis occurred around this time period, because this is the time period that humanity first started purposefully planting seed in hopes of harvesting their fruits

  • 7,000-6,000 BCE—Hemp oil and seed is used as food in China, The Chinese also started to feed hemp-cake to their livestock.  The Chinese would fill an oil press with hemp seed to extract this oil. What was left was the hemp-cake still rich in protein, fiber and useful vitamins and minerals

  • 5,000 BCE—Woven Hemp product used in China and Turkestan mainly for clothing

  • 2,700 BCE—The Emperor of China Shen Nang uses Cannabis as Medicine

  • 2,000 BCE— In India, Bhang (a drink made of cured cannabis leaves, stems, seeds, and flowers) is spoken of in The Vedas, a multivolume Hindu religious book. It is said that Bhang is the favored food of the god Shiva; it is consumed ritualistically by his followers and even used as an offering. There are several holidays that incorporate its use

  • 1,500 BCE—The Scythians, (Iranian speaking nomads from the black sea region) begin to cultivate the plant to make fine clothing and food. They also enjoy the smoke produced by burning the leaves and flowers. First as incense, but it didn’t take long for it to be loaded into rudimentary pipes

  • 931 BCE—Wild Cannabis is said to have grown naturally on the tomb of King Solomon the Magician. It was said to be gift from Jah to his people

  • 605 BCE—Cannabis is most likely cultivated hydroponically for the first time in the hanging gardens of Babylon

  • 600 BCE—*Ancient Russian tribes start to produce hemp cordage

  • 500-400 BCE—Scythian nomads begin to venture into Europe. They introduce cannabis to many European settlements along the way. Ancient Greek historian Herodotus tells of Scythian cannabis use as both religious and recreational. The Scythians also bring cannabis into northern Europe, introducing it to Germanic tribes. Russian tribes introduce hemp fiber to Scandinavia

  • 100 BCE—Chinese invent paper using hemp pulp

  • 23-70 ACE— Roman naturalist and philosopher Pliny the Elder writes about the use of Hemp to make rope. He also writes about the ability cannabis has to sooth pain

  • 100 ACE—Hemp cordage makes its way to The British Isles via the Roman navy. The Romans most likely brought the seed with them as well. Exploration parties and navies used to bring hemp or flax seed (preferably hemp seed) with them on expeditions. They considered it to be emergency equipment

  • 150 ACE—Greek doctor Galen prescribes cannabis as medicine

  • 200 ACE— Chinese surgeon Hua T’o uses cannabis as an anesthetic with success during surgical procedures

  • 500 ACE—The Jewish Talmud mentions the euphoric effects of cannabis

  • 850 ACE—Vikings take hemp rope and seed with them on their first expedition to Iceland and eventually to Greenland as well

  • 900 ACE—The use of Arab hashish spreads into Northern Africa and Europe

  • 1100 ACE—Recruited Assassins of Hassan Ibn Al-Sabbah, from Persia, reportedly utilize the psychedelic effects of cannabis in their assassinations

  • 1200 ACE—1,001 Arabian Nights makes detailed description of the use cannabis as an aphrodisiac

  • 1300 ACE—Arab traders bring cannabis with them to the Mozambique coast of Africa. Archaeologists find gourd pipes in Ethiopia dating back to this time frame that has evidence of burnt cannabis resin

  • 1533 ACE—King Henry requires British farmers to grow hemp to supplement hemp cordage and sails needed for the British naval fleet

  • 1550 ACE—Angolan slaves brought to Brazil by the Portuguese bring cannabis seeds with them, and are permitted by their masters to grow it between rows of sugar cane on the plantations. They are allowed to smoke it in between grow seasons

  • 1578 ACE—Li Shih-Chen of China writes of cannabis’s application as antibiotic and its use in treating nausea

  • 1600 ACE—*Great Britain and starts to import hemp from Russia

  • 1606 ACE—Europeans (mainly the British, French, and Spanish) start cultivating much greater amounts of hemp in their colonies ranging from New England to the Caribbean and South America

  • 1621 ACE—British writer and scholar Robert Burton publishes his book called The Anatomy of Melancholy which for the first time describes cannabis as an effective treatment for depression

  • 1753 ACE—Swedish Botanist Carolus Linnaeus makes the first classification of cannabis; Cannabis Sativa L

  • 1776 ACE—The American colony of Kentucky begins to cultivate large quantities of hemp for the use in America’s war for independence, also an American seamstress named Betsy Ross makes the first Stars and Stripes U.S. flag, and she does so using hemp. The flag is presented to General George Washington in the late spring of 1776

  • 1781 ACE—The first drafts of the US constitution are written on hemp paper

  • 1785 ACE—French naturalist and botanist Jean-Baptiste Lemarck classifies a second variety of cannabis; Cannabis Indica L

  • 1799-1815 ACE*/** The Napoleonic wars were hugely centered on hemp trade, its exportation from Russia to England, to the US, and it necessity to naval powers at that time.  Post French Revolution, the British feared the spread of a similar revolution to their side of the channel. To Squash the notion and to stand firm the British began to blockade the French via the English Channel and the strait of Trafalgar.  In response Napoleon tried to get Russia to stop exporting its prized hemp sails and cordage to the British.  Which succeeded briefly, but ambitious US traders helped the British to get around the embargo. Soon the Russians stopped the embargo which caused Napoleon to invade Russia. The British tried to block US from trading with all of Europe, to avoid any hemp or other trade good from getting to the French. Since the Americans didn’t care about whom they traded with as long as there was profit to be made. At which point the US decided to declare a semi-victorious second war on Britain, and Britain was forced to fight two wars at once. Eventually Napoleon was defeated by Britain and her allies. He was dethroned, and all sides signed treaties. Such was the Hemp Wars

  • 1840 ACE—**In the US, pharmaceutical medicines widely start to include cannabis

  • 1890 ACE—Greece and The Ottoman Empire try to prohibit the importation and use of Hashish. Sir J.R. Reynolds, chief doctor to the British Queen Victoria, prescribes her medicinal cannabis.

  • 1914 ACE—**The Harrison Act tries defines cannabis and other drug use as a crime in the US

  • 1915 ACE—**The US prohibits use of cannabis, except for in medicine

  • 1924 ACE—Russian Botanist D.E. Janichevsky classifies the third type of cannabis; Cannabis Ruderalis J.

  • 1928 ACE—Britain bans recreational use of Cannabis

  • 1936 ACE—**US propaganda film Reefer Madness is produced

  • 1937 ACE— **On October 2nd the US enacts the Marijuana Stamp Act. The US prohibits all cannabis cultivation, distribution, and consumption in its own borders by requiring farmers to go to Washington DC to purchase a Marijuana tax stamp. However going to D.C. and requesting the Stamp is illegal and punishable by law. That same day the FBI arrests the first cannabis criminals in the US.  They conduct a raid on the Lexington Hotel in Denver Colorado, and arrest 58 year old Samuel Caldwell and Moses Baca

  • 1941 ACE—**the US removes cannabis from the US Pharmacopeia; It no longer recognizes the medicinal utilization of cannabis.

  • 1942 ACE—**US propaganda produces pro hemp video, Hemp for Victory at the beginning of WWII, essentially encouraging its citizens to break the anti-hemp laws to assist in the war effort. Also in the US, the OSS (war time predecessor to the CIA) develops a ‘truth serum’ to use against captured enemy spies. The main active ingredient in the ‘truth serum’ is concentrated THC from cannabis

  • 1951 ACE—**The US resumes its anti-cannabis stance with the Narcotics Control Act and gets most other countries to follow suit by getting the newly formed United Nations to take an anti-cannabis /anti-narcotic stance. These laws are almost ineffective and hard to enforce, there for they don’t take priority to most law enforcement units world-wide. However when governments and law enforcement were able to make an easy bust, they usually made a horse and pony show out of it and made examples of the culprits

  • 1960 ACE—Czech scientists are able to confirm the antibiotic and pain treating properties of cannabis. They publish their findings and are ignored by the world

  • 1967 ACE—**Cannabis strain Red Lebanese, is brought to California. It is the first strain to be cultivated for smoke alone in the US. Red Lebanese was the first selectively bread strain for smoke-ability in the US, and grown solely for smoking

  • 1970 ACE—**Richard Nixon is the first US president to talk about a war on drugs. He does so while encouraging congress to pass the CSA (Controlled Substance Act) of 1970. Many believe his reason for doing so is because of his anger with the counter culture movement and their liberal use of cannabis and a few other drugs. He hated their public protests and open defiance, and was sure that cannabis was the root of their unscrupulous actions. Also, NORML, National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, is created. Its most notable member is renounced US astrophysicist Carl Sagan

  • 1971 ACE—First credible reports of Marijuana being able to medically treat glaucoma.

  • 1972 ACE—**Richard Nixon appoints The Shafer Commission to evaluate the effects of cannabis and to hopefully reinforce his anti-cannabis policies. The Shafer Commission, however, finds that cannabis is ultimately harmless and could possibly have medicinal properties. They also conclude that a total prohibition and war on the drug would be a useless waste of money. Their findings are ignored, and Nixon has Shafer fired.

  • 1973 ACE—Nepal and Afghanistan make hashish consumption and production a capital offense

  • 1976 ACE—The Netherlands decriminalizes cannabis use and growth

  • 1980 ACE—The government in the Netherlands authorizes small amounts of cannabis to be sold in local coffee shops

  • 1986 ACE—**US President Ronald Reagan, starts the US’s official war on drugs, and signs the Anti-Drug Abuse Act. The Just say No campaign begins

  • 1992 ACE-- **US Presidential candidate and eventual President-Elect Bill Clinton admits in an interview to having smoked cannabis, but famously says that he “Never Inhaled it.” Somehow he felt that the public would see the distinction, and astonishingly, he was right

  • 1996 ACE—**California, the first US state to ban the use of cannabis (in 1915), becomes the first US state to legalize medical marijuana

  • 1998 ACE— **US states Oregon, Washington and Alaska also legalize the use of medicinal marijuana use. The movement no longer seems like a flash in the pan. Other states start to consider it

  • 1999 ACE—**US state Maine legalizes medical marijuana use, it is the first eastern seaboard state to do so

  • 2000 ACE—**US states Colorado, Nevada and Hawaii legalize medical marijuana use. Medical marijuana is catching fire in western US states

  • 2001 ACE—There is a growing change in the way many countries worldwide are viewing cannabis use. This is a big year for cannabis; British Home Secretary David Blunkett proposes lowering cannabis from class B to class C. Canada, as a nation legalizes medical marijuana use; And Portugal decriminalizes use of ALL drugs, including cannabis. Viewing drug use not as a punishable crime but as a medical health issue

  • 2004 ACE—**After four years of slow down, the medical marijuana movement picks up two more states; Vermont and Montana

  • 2006 ACE—**US state Rhode Island legalizes medical marijuana use

  • 2007 ACE—**US state New Mexico legalizes medical marijuana use

  • 2008 ACE—**US state Michigan legalizes medical marijuana use

  • 2010 ACE—**US capital Washington DC and two other US states; New Jersey and Arizona legalize medical marijuana use

  • 2011 ACE—**US state Delaware legalizes medical marijuana use

  • 2012 ACE—**US states Connecticut and Massachusetts legalize medical marijuana use. Two US states vote to outright legalize, regulate and tax cannabis.  Those states are: Colorado (our home) and Washington. This is big, because while other places such as the Netherlands and Portugal have decriminalized its use. No place in the world has voted for outright legalization of cannabis 

  • 2013 ACE--** US states New Hampshire and Illinois legalize medical marijuana use, bringing the total number of medical marijuana states in the US to 20. That’s nearly half of the states in the US   


This Chronological History has been adapted from these sources:

  1. The Emperor Wears No Clothes- By Jack Herer

  2. Cannabis: A History- By Martin Booth

  3. Marijuana Growers Handbook: By Ed Rosenthal





          Richard McAdams, "How Law Works Expressively"        
Although people sometimes violate the law, there is more legal compliance than we can explain by ordinary economic theory – that legal sanctions deter noncompliance. In some domains of international law and constitutional law, there is no credible threat of legal sanctions, yet there is compliance. In some historic examples, “courts” lacking any sanctioning power resolved disputes arising in medieval Iceland, among 18th century pirates, and among 19th century gold-rushers. Professor McAdams explains these and other historic and contemporary examples of compliance by focusing attention on law’s expressive power. First, legal expression provides a salient means of coordinating behavior. Second, law reveals information about risks and attitudes. These two expressive powers are distinct from law’s coercive power. Richard H. McAdams is Bernard D. Meltzer Professor of Law and Aaron Director Research Scholar at the University of Chicago Law School. This talk was recorded on January 6, 2015, as part of the Chicago's Best Ideas lecture series.
          WindVal: Petta reddast        
Betanken der Falcon vor dem StartIn Iceland you hear one phrase very often: 'petta reddast', which can be translated as "it will all work out okay". With that in mind, we started planning the flight to have a closer look at strong changes in the horizontal and vertical gradients of the wind speeds in the atmosphere, which is one of the key objectives of the ADM-Aeolus WindVal campaign.
Mamihlapinatapei, and other fascinating words

I have been thinking about the language of computers and whether it would be good for X  to learn one. I have also been working hard to untangle the language of researchers at the global company TNS. These very clever people seem to have a remarkable ability to tie up single sentences in more knots than you would find in a macrame pot holder. Meanwhile X has been playing hard with language. She and her best friend (I love her, mummy) have started to speak a language all of their own. X has now started to speak it to me. I was so flattered to be included that I started speaking back to her in jibberish. Now we walk down the road jabbering nonsense to each other. I say nonsense but mainly we intuit what each other is saying.  We laugh a lot in this language and don't use it for snapping and whining.  If ever I was lost for words with her it might come in handy. 

It occurred to me that one of the reasons that X might be so interested in speaking a foreign language is that almost all her friends are bilingual and have a 'special' language which they use with their mothers. T speaks Finnish to hers (no father around) , S speaks Icelandic (father doesn't speak Icelandic), N is only just learning English over Russian (no father around), and her best friend A ( I love her, mummy) speaks Danish to her mummy. I could go on- there are so many examples. It seems such a shame that X's fascination with language at this key moment in her development (this is the time where children naturally learn language) is going to waste as I only can jabber with her in make-believe meanings. Maybe we should learn a new language together. I do try to speak a bit of French but my French is woeful.

I did learn one new foreign word today: mamihlapinatapei, which is apparently Yagan for "the wordless yet meaningful look shared by two people who desire to initiate something, but are both reluctant to start."  
Good, eh? We haven't made up that one yet, but then I'm not sure we've ever seen two people looking at each other in this way. Maybe they were and we mistook it for British reserve. 

          SXSW Twitter Panels        

There has always been a strong connection between Twitter and South by Southwest, since Twitter took the festival by storm in 2007 and won the web award. Four years later, the relationship is still as strong as ever, both as a community platform and as a subject.  There are 43 twitter related panels that are currently proposed for SXSWi 2011!  All listed below with descriptions from the panelpicker, certainly something for everyone. Voting ends at 11:59 CDT on Friday, August 27.



Teaming Up On Twitter Is Great For Business

Kendall Morris, Fahrenheit
We’ve seen Twitter grow from infancy to a major player in 4 short years. Where is it going next a... READ MORE We’ve seen Twitter grow from infancy to a major player in 4 short years. Where is it going next and how can businesses get the most from it? When a big business stakes a claim in the Twitterverse it can quickly become a full time job for one or more people to manage the conversations, content, relationships and resolutions. Twitter teams are often a solution but learning how to manage the team can be a big challenge. Identifying the right approach for your business is critical to the success of your program. Is it better to have one handle with multiple people behind it or many handles with common branding? Twitter has been beta testing a feature called “Contributors” that could be a boon to businesses. It allows for the benefits of individual profiles as well as a unified branded voice. There is also great potential to marry “Contributors” with “Places” for a customer experience that is personalized and highly relevant to the consumers needs. Tools developed by Hootsuite and Co-Tweet have team oriented capabilities that help develop a unified voice for your brand as well as the ability to manage multiple people working towards a common goal. Leveraging the resources available can really gain a big return for businesses looking to use Twitter to their best advantage.
Branding / Marketing / Publicity Business Strategy, twitter


Building with Twitter – How to Dominate the API

Vishal Sankhla, Viralheat
Few API’s spew out as much data as Twitter’s does, and few come anywhere close to its popularity... READ MORE Few API’s spew out as much data as Twitter’s does, and few come anywhere close to its popularity with developers. But it’s not a walk in the park. It takes a lot of careful design and experience to build apps that please users even when Twitter is overloaded or the API’s limitations get in your way. In this panel, we'll talk about lessons from developers in the field who have tapped into Twitter’s API successfully. The panelists will share their technical and strategic tips for how to build applications with the API that perform consistently, reliably and innovate beyond basic uses. If you’re thinking about using the Twitter API for the first time or are a seasoned pro – this panel will be an insightful discussion about the techniques and strategies that help you make the most of it.
Web Apps / Widgets Application development, how-to, twitter

How to Revolutionize Healthcare with Clever Twitter Applications

Tal Friedman,
Want to learn how to use Twitter as a game-changer in healthcare? Find out how we can go way beyond... READ MORE Want to learn how to use Twitter as a game-changer in healthcare? Find out how we can go way beyond just tweeting at, following and friending doctors, nurses, patients and caregivers and actually BUILD applications and communities to make a quantum leap forward in how we communicate our healthcare needs, share tips and gather information we can trust. I'll show you sample Twitter applications that make clever use of lists, private accounts and even Twitter bots to revolutionize healthcare in the 21st century.
Health applications, Health , twitter


Secrets of Fake Twitter Accounts Revealed (maybe)

Jasper Slobrushe, @JasperSlobrushe
The most dead-on social commentary of the BP gulf oil spill came in the form of a parody Twitter acc... READ MORE The most dead-on social commentary of the BP gulf oil spill came in the form of a parody Twitter account—who would have thought? Much has been made of the potential for social media to promote brands, but what if you don't have one? Many folks haven't let that stop them, either inventing or taking on the persona of an existing company or public figure. What's the point? The panelists will discuss exactly that.
Social Networking fake, parody, twitter

Pets, They Are Atwitter

Sloane Kelley, BFG Communications
Thousands of pets, animal owners and businesses make up an ever-growing and active niche community o... READ MORE Thousands of pets, animal owners and businesses make up an ever-growing and active niche community on Twitter, where some have even gone so far as to create Twitter personalities for their pets. This group of “anipals” (as they’re known on Twitter) and their owners are in constant communication, entertaining one another, building relationships and sharing i