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If you love samba like I do, here's a brand new masterpiece

https://kikodinucci.bandcamp.com/track/foi-batendo-o-p-na-terra

It moves, like Tom Zé

Lyrics

Foi batendo o pé na terra I’m tapping my foot on the earth
qué vovó me ensenou a sambar So it can teach me samba again (My translation)
😢🇺🇦 🕊 🕯

Spurs at City -- What a game!

Tottenham - 3
Manchester City - 2

Kane, in form, is the most surgical attacker in football. Liverpool, with a game in hand, is now only 6 points behind City.

https://www.cbssports.com/soccer/news/manchester-city-vs-tottenham-score-harry-kane-inspires-stunning-spurs-win-at-etihad-stadium

Can Ukraine make Moscow uninhabitable with dirty bombs from Chernobyl waste?

It appears easy and likely if Putin invades and could be done using drones, MIRV equipped rockets, IEDs, and suicide bombers. Only the criminally insane would take that risk and Putin doesn’t appear to be. Kabuki theater? 🎭

Corporations Donated Millions to Lawmakers Who Voted to Overturn Election Results

One year after the Capitol riot, many businesses resumed corporate donations to lawmakers who voted against certifying the 2020 election.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/06/us/politics/congress-corporate-donations-2020-election-overturn.html

A report published this week by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a nonprofit watchdog group, showed how corporate money continued to support most of the 147 lawmakers who voted to overturn the election results.

In the last year, 717 companies and industry groups gave more than $18 million to 143 of those lawmakers. Businesses that pledged to stop or pause their donations to those lawmakers have since given nearly $2.4 million directly to their campaigns or leadership political action committees, according to CREW.

Many of the corporations that have donated are household names, including Boeing, Pfizer, General Motors, Ford Motor, AT&T and UPS. Trade groups such as the Chamber of Commerce have also continued to be big donors, with such associations, or their political actions committees, giving $7.67 million to political groups associated with lawmakers who voted to overturn the election or to PACs that support them.

To be sure, many companies have kept their word and maintained their pause on donations. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, a professor of leadership at the Yale School of Management, said his own research showed that a majority of corporations that pledged to slow or cease their PAC donations to election certification objectors had followed through with those promises.



Here’s the report:

http://The Corporate Insurrection: How companies have broken promises and funded seditionists

Boeing ($346,500), Koch Industries ($308,000), American Crystal Sugar ($285,000), General Dynamics ($233,500) and Valero Energy ($207,500) are the top corporate donors to those who objected to the election and their party committees.

Some companies resumed giving almost immediately. Toyota, which called the January 6 attack “horrific” and promised to reevaluate its giving criteria, poured $9,000 into the pockets of 9 Sedition Caucus members within a month of the riot. Cigna and AT&T also resumed giving to seditionists within two months of the riot.

After the attack, corporations rushed to pay lip service to democracy. Companies including Aflac, Ford Motors, and Valero Energy pledged to pause donations and re-evaluate their giving criteria, but these performative statements would soon give way to business as usual. These three companies have contributed more than $300,000 to seditionists, including lawmakers who sit on committees with power over the companies’ business interests.

Home Depot, JP Morgan, Delta Airlines, UPS, and many others issued statements, speaking out against new voting laws in Georgia as racist, while hundreds of other companies — including American Airlines, Ford, General Motors, and Johnson & Johnson — signed a full page New York Times ad condemning discriminatory voting legislation being passed nationwide. Despite taking pro-democracy stances in public, many of these companies have continued to fund members of Congress who voted against a free and fair election.


Ever wonder what a hungry ghost is? Autocracy=profit. We made corporations people and Giant Sequoias mere property. God help us.

Recommending The Hand of God (E Stata La Mano di Dio) on Netflix

Beautiful, hilarious, crushing. Enjoy!

Another one bites the dust--Jury finds Rio Arriba County sheriff guilty of two felonies

Lujan today lives down fully to his predecessor Tommy Rodella’s legacy. I know the probable next sheriff to be honest and hope the power doesn’t make him stupid, too.

After only a few hours of deliberations, a Santa Fe County jury found Rio Arriba County Sheriff James Lujan guilty Wednesday of aiding a felon and intimidating a witness in March 2017.

The verdict came after a three-day trial for Lujan — his second on the charges, which stem from allegations he helped former Española City Councilor Philip Chacon evade police following a high-speed chase. The first trial in the case, held in a Tierra Amarilla courtroom, ended in a mistrial after jurors deadlocked.

Special prosecutor Andrea Reeb, the district attorney in the 9th Judicial District, argued Lujan knew Chacon had fled from Española city police and went to his home to help him avoid arrest.

Reeb told the jury Lujan believes the law "does not apply to him like it applies to everybody else."


https://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/jury-finds-rio-arriba-county-sheriff-guilty-of-two-felonies/article_aa4c58ba-52fb-11ec-bd90-ab2c002fc1d5.html|

When New Mexico defeated Texas in 1841, a territory cheered

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In 1841, during his second term as governor, Armijo was tasked with confronting a threat from the east — not from the United States or France but from the Republic of Texas.

American-born Texans were in an expansionist mood that year and felt they would need room to grow their newly minted republic. New Mexico seemed ripe for the taking. Word reached Santa Fe of a contingent of Tejanos moving west toward the New Mexico border. Armijo amassed an army of Mexican New Mexicans and led them east to head off the invading army. This was the Texas-Santa Fe Expedition.

The Texans, who numbered about 300, were not prepared for the harsh terrain, nor for the vast, empty distances of western Texas and eastern New Mexico. Their miscalculations would dearly cost them dearly.

The brave contingent of New Mexicans was able to easily overtake and overcome its adversaries, who were in bad shape and half starving by the time the New Mexicans encountered them. Armijo took the Texans prisoners, and they were marched south to be imprisoned first in Mexico City, then in Veracruz, Mexico.


https://www.santafenewmexican.com/opinion/commentary/when-new-mexico-defeated-texas-in-1841-a-territory-cheered/article_4e08626e-1fc6-11ec-85ba-cbf044ce0d59.html

The “Mexican New Mexicans” were constituted principally by Taos Pueblo members, and the brigands sent by Texan Governor Lamar were guarding a caravan with $200,000 in goods with the aim of wresting control of the Santa Fe trail from Mexico. Good thing the NM contingent didn’t make martyrs of them, though it was a close call.

The Oligarchs have us exactly where they want us--

Divided and at each other’s throats. Really, they’re autocrats now. They pay little to no taxes and are exempt from criminal codes that apply to the rest of us.

One third of our country, the less intelligent, the susceptible, the antisocial and psychologically damaged, have been scrupulously groomed and meticulously miseducated to make room for an agenda of enrichment for a few.

Postmodernism, relativism, deconstructionism, and like theories have altered the cultural Ph and made us ripe for the virulent growth of fascism. (My hot take is just as valid as your hot take—everyone gets a participation trophy!) I think Plato had it right. Ideals exist, but we only see shadows on the wall of the cave. Many have stopped even trying to see the shadows.

The deep pockets know and believe science, and understand that CO2 emissions must fall dramatically for the earth to be habitable and inherited by them (without estate taxes!). The solution? Violence. Sabotaging public health measures. Etc.

This civilization is functioning exactly as it is designed to.

La Portuaria feat. David Byrne - Hoy No Le Temo a La Muerte (Today I Do Not Fear Death)



Today I am not afraid of death.
Hoy no le temo a la muerte.

I don't know what took it away from me.
No se que fue que me lo quitó.

I don't know if it was your kisses,
No se si fueron tus besos,

Or maybe it was a song
O tal ves fue una canción.

Everything I owed, I paid back.
I gave away all my possessions.
And you won’t catch me sleeping
When they tell me the train is coming.

I already paid my debts.
Yo ya pague mis deudas.

But I don't want to have more.
Mas no quiero tener.

And I want to be awake
Y quiero estar despierto

When they tell me the train is coming.
Cuando me digan que viene el tren.

Today I am not afraid of death.
Hoy no le temo a la muerte.

I don't know what took it away from me.
No se que fue que me lo quitó.

I don't know if it was your kisses
No se si fueron tus besos,

Or maybe it was a song.
O tal ves fue una canción.

I m not afraid, to cross the river.
I m not afraid, to pass on over.
I jump over, jump over the fire.
Today I’m not afraid of dying.

Ay mamasita today I crossed the bridge without fear,
Ay mamasita hoy yo crucé sin miedo del puente,

That passes over the river.
Que pasa por sobre el rió.

Oh mommy today I jumped the rope,
Ay mamita hoy yo salte la soga,

And I just jumped off the slide.
Y me tire solo del tobogán.

I’m not afraid of dying

Today I am not afraid of death.
Hoy no le temo a la muerte.

Today it soundenly happened.

I don't know what took ita away.
No se que fue que me lo quito.

It could have been your kisses.

It could have been your kisses,
No se si fueron tus besos,

Or maybe it was a song.
O tal vez fue una canción.

Were extinct Pleistocene megafauna harnessed to build the largest Neolithic monuments?

Eric Von daniken’s Chariots of the Gods fascinated me as a child, and I witnessed a compelling UFO in my 20’s, but I recognized early the general lack of critical thinking skills in the ancient alien ‘community’. That is a more benign form of the QAnon phenomenon, in my opinion, but still pernicious because it undercuts belief in science. That being said, I’m posting this as an archeology student and asking for a refutation, if you can provide it. Thanks.

I visited Ollantaytambo in Peru’s Sacred valley, near Cusco, in 2015. I agree that current archeology cannot explain how the 50-100 ton monoliths at the Temple of the Sun were were moved from one mountain to the top of another.



Without doubt, Ollantaytambo’s Wall of the Six Monoliths is one of the most iconic and baffling pieces of Inca architecture yet to be discovered. Standing approximately 36 feet wide and 14 feet high, the wall is one of the great mysteries of the Andes. It consists of 6 massive andesite monoliths, which are curiously divided by small strips, which seem to serve little purpose other than to add a modern riveted steel effect to this ancient wall. The rocks are all masterfully crafted to leave not even a paper-thin crack between them. Archaeologists can only guess that its purpose was to face the winter sun, whilst scientists have only been able to add to the mystery by demonstrating that the stones were dragged 4km from the quarry of Chachiqata on the other side of the 1000ft deep valley and across the Rio Vilcanota. Weighing between 50 and 100 tons a piece, the effort verges on impossible, whilst the reasoning appears to be little more than to dumbfound all that gaze upon them. Littered around the Temple Hill are even larger blocks called the “Tired Stones”, named so after the local belief that they were too tired to reach their final destination within the complex. It is believed that this gargantuan building site was intended to become a Temple of the Sun, but work was abandoned for reasons unknown.


https://uncoveredhistory.com/south-america/exploring-the-mysteries-of-the-andes/

Those stones make me wonder if extinct megafauna were used as beasts of burden and, if so, would explain why the largest stones are always the oldest and predate the Inca. Humans domesticated the camel and the elephant many thousands of years ago. No one has established with certainty how far back they were first used. There were several giant species of both in the Andes and we have very little idea about their disposition or behavior. Imagine an animal as or more biddable than a camel—bactrian or dromedary—or an Indian elephant but twice or three times the size.

There was an enormous span of time, almost 200k years, when humans and these giant mammals coexisted. It’s important to remember that climate change, not human predation, caused the mass extinction. I am confident there were talented people to work out the details if it were possible. (Catbyte posts videos of such people just about every day.)

Probably only a single species, one that was endangered already before humans made contact, or a few select individuals within that species, perhaps orphaned individuals, were suitable.

In the past few years we’ve learned that the process for canine domestication started tens of thousands of years prior to the prevailing estimates—definitely prior to the end of the Ice Age. Extinction of predators may have preceded that of non-carnivorous species, leaving a dying species a brief window, a few thousand years, with no natural predators, and selection pressures toward docility.

Direct evidence for their limited use would be extremely scarce. There must be at least one grave, though, somewhere, or ceremonial remains of consumption or cremation. The animals would have played too important a role for zero direct evidence to exist. Maybe searching for bones and graves along the most probable routes taken would find it.

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