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blm's Journal
blm's Journal
June 20, 2023

Oldtime DUers, remember 'baby' blm?

Graduated App State. Next, masters courses in Museum Studies. In Italy.

June 6, 2023

Ukraine's no more Nazi than the US. Spreading Putin's propaganda is lazy-minded.


Ukraine is no more "Nazi" than any country that has its small number of misfits who admire Adolf Hitler and form fringe groups and gangs based on those views. Ukraine has its groups like the U.K. has the neo-Nazi organization Combat 18, the Scandinavians have the Nordic Resistance Movement, and the United States has the Aryan Brotherhood.

With absolutely no proof, the Kremlin's war propaganda created the absurd narrative that Ukraine is a full-fledged, World War II-style Nazi nation that needs to be "de-Nazified" as justification for its brutal full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Just like in many places around the world, people with far-right and neo-Nazi views, driven by their ideology, are prone to joining the military and participating in conflicts. One also has to take into account that in Ukraine, nationalism with deep historical roots is tied to a desire for independence from Russia. It has driven many to take up arms to fight in what they believe is an existential war against a neighbor that seeks to subjugate and destroy their country.
Among them, people with far-right views.

This feeling was very real back in 2014, in the early days of Russia's war in Ukraine's eastern Donbas. Ukraine's military was deeply disorganized and disoriented. Ultra-nationalist and far-right groups were among the many others that organized volunteer battalions to fight Russia's invasion in the east.

But as with any country, real neo-Nazis in Ukraine were and still are a tiny minority.
June 2, 2023

Janis Ian auctioning her guitar for Folk Alliance.'34 Gibson L50

“I have a super-sweet 1934 Gibson L50 up for auction. 100% of the funds (less auction costs of course) will go to benefit Folk Alliance International.
The guitar can be signed and personalized if you prefer; it'll ship from my home. This is a great deal - you can read more about the guitar itself (and bid, please!) by following the link below.
FAI's mission is to preserve, protect, and present folk music. Their goal is to sustain the community and genre worldwide.
Thanks in advance for your interest, and please pass it on.”


June 2, 2023

GOP represents the new nanny state.

GOP represents the new nanny state. They want to tell us what we can and can’t do. They only oppose government regulation if it protects the environment or people’s rights. They are fine with regulating the medical industry and the clean energy sector. They’re fine with government telling schools and teachers what they can teach. They’re fine with government denying people easy access to the ballot.


May 8, 2023

Good debt ceiling video for us hard of hearing folks.

Jackson’s simply-made video explainers are for all of us. I recommend all of his postings.


April 26, 2023

April 25, 1967: Leonard Bernstein in awe of 15yo Janis Ian's "Society's Child".

Leonard Bernstein's producer saw Janis perform "Society's Child" at The Gaslight and scheduled Ian to perform the song on Inside Pop: The Rock Revolution, an April 25, 1967 CBS television special about new pop music. Largely owing to Bernstein's efforts, Verve Records started promoting it in trade magazines and many radio stations picked it up. But some radio stations, such as Chicago's WLS, refused to play the song. Though several radio stations were slow to add the song to their playlists, this behavior extended the record's airplay life. "Society's Child" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001.

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