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Just seeing how those old issues are going

#  There’s been much on it but this stands out like a sore thumb:

idf poster

#  Took quick look at Andrew Bolt today:

One day on our soil and already into us for the rent?

ASYLUM-seekers brought to the Australian mainland will seek compensation after being detained at sea for three weeks.

And to think these are people “fleeing” from free, safe and democratic India: 

IMMIGRATION Minister Scott Morrison has ridiculed as “absurd and offensive” suggestions that 157 asylum-seekers who sailed from India could be genuine refugees, insisting they must be “economic” migrants.

What a farce. You’d almost get the impression that a lot of people advising the asylum seekers really want our border controls destroyed.

#  If you looked at this:

MH17 ‘hit by shrapnel from rocket blast’

Plane suffered massive decompression caused by an explosion according to data recovered from black box recorders

You might be excused for thinking they hadn’t seen this [H/T Rossa]:

However, a Youtube video made a month before Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down also alleges that Ukranian fighter jets were hiding behind passenger planes, pulling away temporarily, dropping bombs on Ukrainian separatists, and then hiding again behind the plane (minor corrections of spelling and punctuation):

Terrible things are happening.

Blaming the wrong root cause, this time in Sweden

Only the BBC could do a report on rape in Sweden and the huge rise in numbers reported without mentioning the underlying cause.

Or else it puts anything but the underlying cause.

“No, the high numbers of kidnapping cases in these two countries are explained by the fact that parental disputes over child custody are included in the figures.”

When truck driver meets motorist meets cyclist

This is one where we see different things, don’t disagree but some other issues stand out as well.

Wiggia rightly notes:

I was reading this piece on in car cameras when I did a double take on the second photo of the “cyclist cut up”. Now he may well have been but the inference is that the truck and trailer did it deliberately.

If you look at the photo, a car is coming the other way and is overtaking parked cars on his side, the truck has obviously had to pull over to avoid (they are very close) the oncoming car, it would be reasonable to assume the oncoming car is at fault for failing to ensure he has enough room etc etc.

There are different directions we could go here. Discuss road rage? Discuss the cyclist mentality on roads these days, in particular the male’s? The tendency to ill will between parties rather than all being reasonable to each other in the first place?…

A modern tale from the 60s

Don Maclean sang of the day the music died. I’m trying to pinpoint where it made a definite move to the risque, i.e. when they became more concerned with pushing boundaries than showcasing fun.

This is a political post.

It was in a Ford Zephyr when I first became musically sentient, following the songs on the car radio – Del Shannon featured big, Sandy Shaw, the Exciters with Tell Him:

There were songs redolent of an earlier era of harmonies and relative social harmony at home [if world conflagration] – the Andrews Sisters and doo wop – this is obviously not them but the music is:

Little Richard, Elvis, Ritchie Valens brought in a harder edge:

… but still pretty innocent, like this:

That was 1963 and it continued on – I Will Follow Him, It’s My Party but other things were mixed in with those on the hit parade, the Top 100, Top 40.…

Early topnotch bands 2: King Oliver’s

Creole Jazz Band: like half the NORKs, these were Noo Awlins musicians who played live in Chicago. Their first recordings, though, were made a train journey away in Richmond, Indiana. Here’s their historic first track: Just Gone on 05/04/23, some seven months after the NORK’s first recording.

This was “historic” because it was the first recording by Louis Armstrong. He played second cornet, with Joe “King” Oliver on first cornet, Johnny Dodds on clarinet, and Honore Dutrey on trombone. Their next track that afternoon was even better: Canal Street Blues.

The rhythm section was that rogue “Baby” Dodds on percussion (limited to wood block and cymbal, lest drums cause the recording needle to jump about), Bill Johnson on banjo rather than his usual string bass (the banjo is much easier to hear on an acoustic recordings), and Lil Hardin (to become Louis’s second wife) on piano. The first tune is credited to Oliver & Johnson, the second to Oliver & Armstrong.…

Wimmin again

Is there no escaping them as a blogpost topic?  I preferred yesterday’s RL encounter.

Yesterday, I also mentioned here a second letter which I couldn’t address at that time.

The reason was that it was emotive, speaking of the chap’s daughter and so on and the last thing I wanted was to say anything but positives about a delightful person.  But the letter  kept mentioning someone called Frieda and how I’d posted bad things about her.  This seriously puzzled me because I couldn’t remember any Frieda in my past.

It might have been so, it’s possible but I was a bit confused through the intoxication of yesterday’s lunch, just what this was all about. From what I can gather, this girl wanted to hit me because I don’t love this Frieda. At least I think that was it. Nice chap really, probably lovely family, just a bit difficult for my limited brain to fathom at times.…

Denver International Airport


As I put together this post, starting at around 7.30 and getting pretty long with all the quotes and links by 8.30, the browser shut down and it was lost.  And yes I usually save to draft along the way but it didn’t save this time.  Gone. No matter, we’ll start over.

The main sources in this range from a really “out there” conspiracy site to “Rational” Wiki at the other end of the spectrum.  It’s a good exercise, not in studying conspiracy loons but in studying supposedly rational people confronted with something outside the norm which seems to have corroboration.

Let’s start with the debunking “Rational” Wiki:

Denver already had a fine airport, Stapleton International. But despite widespread protests, Denver International was built and opened in 1995, with fewer runways, thus reducing Denver’s capacity.

“Rational” Wiki goes on to explain that the old airport had reached its capacity and they just needed a new one.…