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Many had burned or destroyed their draft cards before this, but here were nice

church folks (the Berrigan Brothers were acquaintances of mine) burning a large pile of nearly 400 draftee files.

Can't believe it been fifty years! Seems like only yesterday, (especially with all the crap that's still going on these days!).
Posted by FailureToCommunicate | Fri May 4, 2018, 04:43 PM (1 replies)

White folks don't believe this shit happens ALL the time, always has. Just didn't get

captured on phone video in the past. The very same thing happened to me and several of my friends in high school. We were walking along chatting and stopped to give a panhandler some change. (I always have done that, always will). Moments later a cop car screeches over and out jump two beefy white cops who proceed to pat us down and pepper us with questions: Where are the drugs you just bought from that guy? Where do you live? Let's see some ID! Why aren't you in school? (It was late afternoon) Shit like that.

They left us, but I remember being a bit shaken up. My friend Blue said "Chill bro, you kinda gotta expect it, so, you know, you can keep your cool, not get f*d up by them."

This was 1968.
Posted by FailureToCommunicate | Thu Apr 26, 2018, 07:22 AM (1 replies)

I was at SIGGRAPH '83 when Steve Jobs introduced "Lisa" (for the bargain prices of $10,000)

With it's intuitive graphic user interface, cute little icons, and mouse control, it was touted as the computer for anyone - well, if you had $10 grand.

Steve Jobs told the rapt audience "I wanted to offer a new thing that had two features: easy enough your mother could use it, and bold enough that all our competitors would say "Oh SHIT!"

If only I had had the money to buy Apple stock back then.




My first was this unassuming bit of tech:

Posted by FailureToCommunicate | Wed Apr 25, 2018, 07:18 AM (1 replies)

He had many faults, but I will always thank him for at least ONE good deed: signing the ADA...

The Americans With Disabilities Act July 1990



Posted by FailureToCommunicate | Mon Apr 23, 2018, 07:45 PM (1 replies)

Hurt's portrayal of John Merrick always makes me tear up...

here in a scene with Anne Bancroft.

Posted by FailureToCommunicate | Sat Jan 28, 2017, 09:43 AM (0 replies)

The bastard offspring of IG Farben continue to foul our world with poisons...

Thalidomide

"Adding to the dark shadow over the company, it is increasingly clear that, in the immediate postwar years, a rogues’ gallery of wanted and convicted Nazis, mass murderers who had practiced their science in notorious death camps, ended up working at Grünenthal, some of them directly involved in the development of thalidomide. What they had to offer was knowledge and skills developed in experiments that no civilized society would ever condone. It was in this company of men, indifferent to suffering and believers in a wretched philosophy that life is cheap, that thalidomide was developed and produced."



http://www.newsweek.com/nazis-and-thalidomide-worst-drug-scandal-all-time-64655
Posted by FailureToCommunicate | Mon May 23, 2016, 06:49 AM (2 replies)

Dan and his brother Phil were forces of nature! As high school students we worked with them around

issues of institutional racism. They were based at Cornell at that time and we made numerous trips up and back to work out starting community based groups raising awareness around race (this was 1968-69 after the Kerner Commission report came out)

I remember them both as some of the nicest, most moral, centered advocates for peace and justice.

Rest In Peace Father Dan. (Phil passed away last year)

Posted by FailureToCommunicate | Sat Apr 30, 2016, 06:01 PM (0 replies)

There is so much wrong with your post, I don't know where to start. Then I saw how many hides

you have and thought, maybe this is not the place to counter you point by point. Sounds like you've made your candidate decision, so good for you. But if you're going to vote for someone who, in your words, was a "racist" in her campaign in 2008 against Obama, then it just makes me wonder all the more about the validity of the laundry list of charges in your post.

But I do want to add a plea for reasonableness. If you really believe that Bernie's populist, pro civil rights and economic justice outlook is wrong headed, and that his supporters are mostly racist, sexist, privileged, white men, then I really have to wonder what your main source of news is. Where are you hearing that Bernie's supporters are pretty much the same as Trump's base of support?
I ask because, at none of the countless massive rallies and campaign stops have I seen any evidence of your assertion. Quite the opposite in fact. The tens of thousands who show up to hear his populist, anti establishment message look like a fairly diverse cross section of Americans, not hateful white males like Trump rallies.

Do I wish Bernie were even more the right candidate? Sure. Too bad he couldn't have that same message of sweeping reform and be as eloquent and handsome as Barack Obama, or have military experience, or be a latina, or, or, or. But we're stuck with just two. One, an old white guy that just happens to stand for all the things most democrats yearn for, and the other an old white lady who maybe does or maybe not. She talks the talk, but her record doesn't walk the walk. I wish we had more choices but we don't. So I'm supporting the candidate whose values are most in line with mine and apparently also the new generation of young people just getting into political awakening.

-F2C
Posted by FailureToCommunicate | Fri Apr 15, 2016, 10:08 AM (1 replies)

Jethro Tull saved my life!

Well... my romantic life. Starting in fourth grade and all thru the rest, I was the only boy in school playing flute. For so many years it was not cool to be me. Then suddenly with Ian Anderson prancing around in his boots and bathrobe, the other kids (and girls!) began to see the flute as a cool, rocking instrument!

Thanks Ian, and Tull for helping me morph from flute section band nerd... to a rock prince...at least thru high school!

(But luckily, not many years later, I discovered the world of irish flute, and band like the Chieftains, Bothy Band, Boys of the Lough...)



thanks, hobbit709, for sparking the memories!

Posted by FailureToCommunicate | Mon Mar 14, 2016, 10:03 PM (0 replies)

Our hastily built elementary school had apparently one large solid wall, in the auditorium, and

we all gathered against that cinderblock surface during duck and cover drills. (When you watch footage of nuke blast damage now, that kind of "protection" seems absurd.)

I tried not to think about the Soviet missiles, and instead focused on being sure I was next to Cathy Duncan when the class huddled next to that wall...
Posted by FailureToCommunicate | Thu Mar 10, 2016, 01:26 PM (1 replies)
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