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Anniversary of the May 29th, 1913, performance of "The Rite of Spring."

I'm obsessed with how modern and creative early 20th century Paris was.

"Of course, there were young people -- artists, students and 'fans' -- who were prepared to align themselves with Diaghilev on his boldest charges into battle against the old guard. Counting on their support, he had given them free tickets -- standing passes. It was the presence of these bloodthirsty enthusiasts in the middle of the elegant occupants of the boxes which was partly responsible for the battle which took place in the theatre on 29 May. ... Cocteau thought the reaction of two sections of the public to the ballet and to each other was inevitable ... 'All the elements of a scandal were present. The smart audience in tails and tulle, diamonds and ospreys, was interspersed with the suits and bandeaux of the aesthetic crowd. The latter would applaud novelty simply to show their contempt for the people in the boxes. ... Innumerable shades of snobbery were represented. ... The audience played the role that was written for it.'"

"The theatre seemed to be shaken by an earthquake. It seemed to shudder. People shouted insults, howled and whistled, drowning out the music. There was slapping and even punching. ... I thought there was something wonderful about the titanic struggle which must have been going on in order to keep these inaudible musicians and these deafened dancers together, in obedience to the laws of their invisible choreographer. The ballet was astoundingly beautiful."

Stravinsky left his seat when the noise began, and said to the audience, "Go to Hell." After the performance: "we were excited, angry, disgusted, and ... happy. I went with Diaghilev and Nijinsky to a restaurant. So far from weeping and reciting Pushkin in the Bois de Boulogne as the legend is, Diaghilev's only comment was: 'Exactly what I wanted.'"

(From Richard Buckle's "Diaghilev")

BBC's Riot at the Rite:

My favorite, Salonen conducting:

Post about the Democratic primary I saw tonight: "Looking back, making this into a race struggle

was the most sickening ... sickening and it continues." What the ... what? "My Struggle" by Angry White Man? Sickening? What.

What fresh hell is this?


Robert Reich's "Inequality for All" on YouTube

Great documentary:

Seinfeld and Obama: Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, "Just Tell Him You're The President"

I haven't seen this before, funny!

Help! I need advice on how to explain why a John Pilger article is horrible

A member of a forum I'm on posted it, says it's going around on Facebook and she feels "so clueless about what goes on in the world." She's not American. The article is complete bullshit but she believes it.


"In 2009, Obama stood before an adoring crowd in the centre of Prague, in the heart of Europe. He pledged himself to make 'the world safe from nuclear weapons.' People cheered and some cried. ... It was all fake. He was lying. The Obama administration has built more nuclear weapons, more nuclear warheads, more nuclear delivery systems, more nuclear factories. Nuclear warhead spending alone rose higher under Obama than under any American president.

"The damage to the rest of us is not Trump, but Hillary Clinton."

Any suggestions would be appreciated!

I have a question about professional tennis.

Some sports like wrestling and judo group athletes competing against each other according to weight, to keep things even. Does it make a difference in tennis if there's a height difference? Does a tall person have any particular advantage against a shorter player?

PBS: Tarheel family illustrates why Trump appeals to the South.

Anniversary of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

On the news an old woman from tsunami country said that when she was young it was common sense to drop everything, not think about saving anyone else and run like hell to the mountains after a big earthquake. But modern people forget, "people always forget." They trust technology, that the seawalls will hold, that the authorities will tell you what to do and the places they tell you to go are safe, forget the power of nature. Happy to see that some people are determined that the tsunami should not be forgotten.

From Lucy Birmingham and David McNeill's "Strong in the Rain":

"The size of the 2011 tsunami astonished many, but the signs were there -- literally -- posted on roadways all along the Sanriku coastline. Some were set high on winding, hilly roads -- ancient, chilling reminders of a tsunami's long, destructive reach. Farther up, shrines could be found on sites established centuries ago, often on steep hills behind coastal towns. ... Blind faith in modern protective seawalls caused numerous deaths. ... The height of the 1960 Chile tsunami became the standard for specifications, rather than the higher 1896 Meiji Sanriku tsunami. Poorly designated evacuation sites also added to the death toll. More than 100 sites in the three hardest-hit coastal prefectures were destroyed by the tsunami. Many fled for safety to designated temples, public schools, and community sites, only to be swept away as the tsunami waves engulfed the buildings. ... Power cuts and the lack of backups left many public warning systems useless.

"... thousands of others ignored ancient precepts about survival in the face of the earthquake and tsunami. In Ofunato, a city with a history of devastating tsunamis, local factory worker Akio Komukai told us about speeding away from the coast after the quake struck and meeting children on their way home from school. 'They were walking toward the sea and I rolled down the window of my car and shouted, 'There's a tsunami coming, you need to run away!' The young people looked at the 61-year-old Cassandra and said, 'Okay, okay.' Komukai, who remembers the 1960 tsunami washing away houses, still wonders who among the children survived. 'They didn't believe me,' he said. ... Each generation builds stone monuments at the highest point of the tsunami that struck their homes, then forgets their lessons, their faded stone lettering a metaphor for collective amnesia."

Documentary "Japan's Tsunami Caught On Camera"

Triumph the Insult Comic Dog Stalks Ted Cruz

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