The cost of a roof over our heads

One might consider the following from Michael Hudson, ex-Chase:

People have difficulty realizing that the new economic conflict in our society is between creditors and debtors. There’s still a tendency of many leftwingers to think in terms of the class war and the war is between employers and employees. But the real economic war, where all the money s being made, is between creditors and debtors because that’s a free lunch.

El Gran Plácido

JD continues his series of musical vignettes:

One of my favourite singers and probably one of yours too, Plácido Domingo is over 70 but shows no sign of slowing down. His recent performance on TV as Rigoletto was proof of that, and switching to baritone instead of tenor will probably extend his career.

A couple of records in my collection are of Domingo singing Zarzuela which is a Spanish form of operetta, a drama with both spoken and sung dialogue. The records give me the impression that he sings Zarzuela with more enthusiasm than he does opera as if the Opera was the ‘day job’ but other styles are sung for the joy it brings him.

Creeping Islam in context

Lest you  think this is going to be “another anti-Muslim rant”, it’s not.  For a start, there’s no “racism” in calling attention to the rise of certain things in society which are untoward and threaten to consume that society.  Thus this blog calls attention to the global socialist drive, to third wave feminism, to the plummeting of taste, to the sexualization of children at a younger and younger age and to the mire of the current education system.

William Billings

In a day when beauty and celebrity mixed with a jot of education are confused with substance there is the curious person of Boston born William Billings (1746-1800). Billings was uneducated and blue collar; his profession was that of  tanner. It was a foul smelling profession and the stench clung to clothing and person. Billings lacked an attractive appearance. He was blind in one eye with a short leg and a withered arm. He practiced what a contemporary called “an uncommon negligence of person,” and he was hopelessly addicted to tobacco — constantly inhaling handfuls of snuff.