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I've seen the all-male culture.

Came upon USN hubby (I was USN also), with his all-male squadron, shooting the bull.

DID NOT RECOGNIZE HIM, OR THEM (many of whom I knew).

It was like wild animals caught in the headlights (thank goodness the pack was ashamed to be caught and did not attack me).

I was shocked to my socks. Homogeneous cultures can become toxic, IMHO.

If I may, interesting article about a guy called Mingering Mike.

A Google turns up no references on DU, so I hope I am supplying new information.

I was going to put in Good Reads, but then I realized it wasn't current as I am behind on my reading. The Smithsonian exhibit ended on the 2nd of August.

A Cover Artist, Discovered—40 Years Later

Mingering Mike had all the requisites for a legendary music career, except the music.


In the interlocking ’60s-era revolutions in pop, soul and rock ‘n’ roll, there was an inchoate sense of communal promise—a belief that a new gathering of voices hymning new variations on age-old themes of generational revolt, social protest and personal longing could break through to a mass audience. That disaffected artists, formerly consigned to the bohemian margins, need no longer feel quite so alone.

In the fulcrum of this shift, the African-American artist known today as Mingering Mike began to register the impact of these upheavals on his own vulnerable young life. Growing up in the grimmest reaches of Washington, D.C., in the ’60s, the boy had lived in 13 different neighborhoods by the time he was 18. His mother died when he was 5, and his troubled father bailed out not long afterward. An older sister raised him, and while she looked after him as best she could, her alcoholic and abusive husband was a constant threat.

In contrast, the soul music of his youth preached love, optimism, independence, self-assurance—and rebellion. So, like millions of other American young people in the 1960s and 1970s, he sought to carve out a life for himself in that other, more accommodating world. He tried to coax new songs out of a “cheap toy guitar,” but, he recalls, his main connection to music was visual: “When I was 15 and drawing a lot, all of a sudden, names of songs that I never heard of would pop in my head, but I didn’t have the knowledge to write.” Mike crafted a persona around the made-up name “mingering”—a hybrid of mingling and merging—and created an amazing body of imaginary soul records, hand constructed from cardboard and lavishly annotated. He invented imaginary record labels—Puppy Dogg, Ming-War, and Fake Records, among others—and outfitted them with titles from a sprawling catalogue of fictitious Mingering Mike songs.




Not at you, at the Austin mystique.

It's not all that, it's really not. And it's not even the best city in Texas (not that that's saying much). Houston is (not that that's saying much).

Yep, the mod model had its issues as well.

At least with some mods and the way their poor choices were handled.


OK, that's the last straw.

Bad enough that thomhartmann notices and weighs in? How much worse can this place look?

This garbage needs to stop.

I can't see the hidden post before the edit, but what went before it was baiting, pure and simple.

Plus this kind of baiting and stalking has been going on for a long time.

The system is broken - having a host's request for a poster to leave hidden was sufficient proof of that all by itself.

Even leaving my objection aside,

He did not have any option to do that (figuratively or literally), even had he inexplicably wanted to.

Asking for an impossibly doesn't strike me as a good idea if you really want what you say you want.

I'm not currently planning to criticize anything else, but I find that hashtag impossible to comprehend in any way, shape, or form. And I wouldn't no matter to whom it was directed.

I don't agree with telling anyone

(except maybe an actual king, queen, emperor, or tyrant) to bow down. I find that hash tag very unfortunate.

Something I thought might be of interest.

This is the most complete video I could find. It goes from Bernie coming on stage to Bernie leaving. The camera veers around sometimes, and there's some people near the camera who sometimes say things I wish they wouldn't, but I think this is the best out there. (Oh, and the comments make me pretty depressed about human beings as well.)

I tracked it down (it wasn't easy) because I wanted to make up my own mind. I offer it for anyone else who wants to do the same.

What a nice guy. I like and appreciate him a lot.

I actually saw a video of one of the Seattle people where she seemed like a reasonable person who made a lot of sense.

My issues with BLM (yeah, I know, actually define that) at the Seattle event were that a) they acted like they were being suppressed when they were actually being allowed to speak (as far as I could make out), and b) they refused an interview afterwards.

Perhaps there was a reason for refusing the interview (I don't know Seattle politics nor the history of that station and that reporter), but it sure didn't look good on the surface.
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