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  • petesh commented on the blog post Outro…

    2013-08-22 22:09:02View | Delete

    Au revoir

  • petesh commented on the blog post How Can I Live Without You

    2013-08-22 13:29:37View | Delete

    A message from Van Morrison: Don’t buy the upcoming deluxe reissue of Moondance. The album was stolen from him years ago, he says, “and now I feel as though it’s being stolen from me again.”

  • I iz confoozed, Jennifer. R U M-K or A? And if not, why not? (And which is who?)

  • petesh commented on the blog post Friday Night Shakira’s Ass: The Last Assening

    2013-08-19 21:39:13View | Delete

    The harassment and disk-stomping is clearly dickishness, but that’s why they employ dicks. Who let them off the leash? At least some of the senior security folks are generally pretty sharp, and quite capable of playing a long game — probably longer than Greenwald who last I heard was in need of cash and negotiating payment terms with the IRS; that was a couple of months back, and the Guardian is clearly covering expenses, but I don’t think he’s got all that many resources. Judy Dench or whoever is running the UK show now may be yanking his chain in hopes that he’ll say or do something dumb and get tied up with expensive and time-consuming lawsuits, at a minimum, till people get bored with him. A lot probably depends on The Guardian … which has its own financial difficulties.

  • petesh commented on the blog post Friday Night Shakira’s Ass: The Last Assening

    2013-08-19 19:20:48View | Delete

    From Rusberger, editor of The Grauniad:

    I explained to the man from Whitehall about the nature of international collaborations and the way in which, these days, media organisations could take advantage of the most permissive legal environments. Bluntly, we did not have to do our reporting from London. Already most of the NSA stories were being reported and edited out of New York. And had it occurred to him that Greenwald lived in Brazil?
    The man was unmoved. And so one of the more bizarre moments in the Guardian’s long history occurred – with two GCHQ security experts overseeing the destruction of hard drives in the Guardian’s basement just to make sure there was nothing in the mangled bits of metal which could possibly be of any interest to passing Chinese agents. “We can call off the black helicopters,” joked one as we swept up the remains of a MacBook Pro.

    Farce, tragedy, all yuman life is there.

  • petesh commented on the blog post Friday Night Shakira’s Ass: The Last Assening

    2013-08-17 21:11:16View | Delete

    While waiting for WWTBD to (re)appear, a further selection of 10, with a theme:

    The War Drags On — Mick Softley (and then Donovan)
    Masters of War — Uncle Bob when he was a kid
    The Universal Soldier — Buffy Sainte-Marie (and then Donovan)
    20 Tons of TNT — Flanders & Swann (&/or The Ostrich Song)
    Bless ‘Em All — George Formby
    I Ain’t Marchin’ Any More — Phil Ochs
    You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught — John Kerr as Lt Cable in South Pacific
    For What It’s Worth — Buffalo Springfield
    The Band Played Waltzing Matilda — Eric Bogle
    Give Pete a Chance — Plastic Ono Band, as sung by an elderly coworker at the time (who genuinely misheard it, never caught a verse but thought the tune was catchy)

    and, as a bonus, and since I dont have the soundtrack to Oh What a Lovely War:
    The Fletcher Memorial Home — Pink Floyd

  • petesh commented on the blog post Winning Is For Losers

    2013-08-17 10:19:15View | Delete

    So when Snowden leaks video of Filner groping Palin (while wearing a Mumia sweatshirt, natch), we can all point and giggle? Hmm, I think I’m in

  • petesh commented on the blog post Friday Night Shakira’s Ass: The Last Assening

    2013-08-16 21:17:55View | Delete

    Well, my Number One has been on top of my personal charts since mid-1965 and shows no sign of being displaced, but the others are a random selection of numbers that have meant a lot to me at one time or another, as they occur to me off the top, with the self-imposed restriction of one per artist:

    Mr Tambourine Man — Bob Dylan [last verse, that's it, the end, with one hand waving free]
    Daytripper — The Beatles [alternates: several hundred, in rotation]
    It Must Have Been the Roses — Jerry Garcia [his album, but it's actually performed by the Grateful Dead]
    Pancho and Lefty — Emmylou Harris [Townes barely hinted at the melody she found]
    Old Friends — Guy Clark [maybe that should be L.A. Freeway, or Home-Grown Tomatoes]
    London Calling — The Clash
    Soon — My Bloody Valentine
    Sway — The Rolling Stones
    You’ll Never Walk Alone — Shirley Jones, Carousel Soundtrack [or maybe A Hymn to Him by Rex Harrison from My Fair Lady]
    Long Black Veil — The Band

    And for that final joyous and uplifting note, Suzanne [or Dress Rehearsal Rag] by Laughing Lenny Cohen

    Tomorrow, the choices would be different … and if I can break my own rules, I’ll squeeze Visions of Johanna in there too.

  • petesh commented on the blog post Winning Is For Losers

    2013-08-15 13:33:24View | Delete

    This is meant as parody, isn’t it? As such, about 5/10. Needs moar dronez. Pretty good on the bad punctuation, however.

  • petesh commented on the blog post Winning Is For Losers

    2013-08-15 08:46:21View | Delete

    Let’s outsource the answer to William of Occam.

  • R U confusicating Our Genial Host with the National Santa Agency that knows if you’ve been bad or good?

  • Enjoy Yourself was one of the non-wilderness-related highlights of the last three weeks, thanks to a performance by Todd Snider at the excellent Red Ants Pants Music Festival in White Sulphur Springs, MT.

  • So I go offline for three weeks, and what do I find when I get back?

    Pfui. Pshaw. Tsk. Harrumph.

    Enjoy yourself at least as much as I did (lots) and intend to do.

  • petesh commented on the blog post NYT Culture Hate Hate Hated That Gay Math Wizard Guy

    2013-07-23 09:04:02View | Delete

    In protest against the recent lack of GG/YMS posts (and Cold Turkey going down the charts), I am about to leave the interwebtubethingees for about three weeks in favor of music and glaciers and rivers and such. Except when I get serious withdrawal symptoms and resort to the iFun. Now get off my lawn and enjoy yourselves in wholesome and traditional pastimes.

  • petesh commented on the blog post NYT Culture Hate Hate Hated That Gay Math Wizard Guy

    2013-07-22 16:58:45View | Delete

    I don’t get your beef with Sullivan. She said in that post she was sorry to see Silver go. You seem to be blaming her for accurately describing a mentality with which she clearly disagrees.

    Also, the Moneyball comparison is really quite apt, given Silver’s background and methodology and the fact that the rest of baseball essentially caught up. Silver didn’t start at the NYT, he started as a scrappy sabermetrician. The Yankees Times raised his profile, and he’s now cashing in as a free agent.

  • I don’t think that Sumner post is off topic. The Cheneys have always been destroy-the-country-in-order-to-save-it people, no matter which country is in question.

  • The counting of unhatched chickens is considered inadvisable, if only due to the omelet shortage … but things have been starting to drift toward the reality-based world

  • Would Dick in Vietnam have been fragger or fraggee? My money’s on the latter.

  • I want my 1987 Volvo back. She got into a parking-lot altercation a couple of years ago (she was totally innocent) and I ditched her for a younger German. I don’t speak German, and she kvetches at me. I don’t speak Swedish either, but we understood each other. Another round, barkeep.

  • Not O/T, made me chuckle; then made me think … I don’t like endorsing the idea of living life like they’re out to get me (even if they are), I’m more of a Let Me Die in My Footsteps kinda person … and why (I ask rhetorically) is that video apparently only available at a Slovenian site? What a universe; never known a loopier.

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