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Keith Jarrett Confronts a Future Without the Piano - NYT 10/21/20

The pathbreaking musician reveals the health issues that make it unlikely he will ever again perform in public.


...this month Mr. Jarrett, 75, broke the silence, plainly stating what happened to him: a stroke in late February 2018, followed by another one that May. It is unlikely he will ever perform in public again.

“I was paralyzed,” he told The New York Times, speaking by phone from his home in northwest New Jersey. “My left side is still partially paralyzed. I’m able to try to walk with a cane, but it took a long time for that, took a year or more. And I’m not getting around this house at all, really.”


“Right now, I can’t even talk about this,” he said when the issue came up, and laughed his deflective laugh. “That’s what I feel about it.”


“I can only play with my right hand, and it’s not convincing me anymore,” Mr. Jarrett said. “I even have dreams where I am as messed up as I really am — so I’ve found myself trying to play in my dreams, but it’s just like real life.”

As a musician, I can say that this has got to be horrible for him...having his ability to play taken away.
Posted by LudwigPastorius | Thu Oct 22, 2020, 01:04 PM (10 replies)

The Only Acceptable Moderator For Any Future Debates

Posted by LudwigPastorius | Tue Sep 29, 2020, 11:33 PM (34 replies)

How Trump Could Lose The Election And Still Remain President

Penned by a former Senator and a Newsweek editor, this is a disturbing look at a nightmare scenario.


The second pathway to subverting the election is even more ominous—but we must be cognizant of it because Trump is already laying the groundwork for how he can lose the popular vote, and even lose in the key swing states necessary for an Electoral College victory, but still remain president.

This spring, HBO aired The Plot Against America, based on the Philip Roth novel of how an authoritarian president could grab control of the United States government using emergency powers that no one could foresee. Recent press reports have revealed the compilation by the Brennan Center at New York University of an extensive list of presidential emergency powers that might be inappropriately invoked in a national security crisis. Attorney General William Barr, known for his extremist view of the expanse of presidential power, is widely believed to be developing a Justice Department opinion arguing that the president can exercise emergency powers in certain national security situations, while stating that the courts, being extremely reluctant to intervene in the sphere of a national security emergency, would allow the president to proceed unchecked.

Something like the following scenario is not just possible but increasingly probable because it is clear Trump will do anything to avoid the moniker he hates more than any other: "loser."


We cannot let ourselves believe that this is a far-fetched scenario. We have just seen Trump threaten to invoke emergency powers under the Insurrection Act of 1807 to call up the U.S. military against domestic protesters. The remarkable apology by Joint Chiefs Chairman General Mark Milley, stating that it was wrong to create a perception that the military would get directly involved in a domestic political protest and intervene against American civilians, underscores the corrupt use of executive powers Trump is willing to employ. As Fareed Zakaria recently said in summing up the lessons of former national security adviser John Bolton's new book: "Donald Trump will pay any price, make any deal, bend any rule, to assure his own survival and success."

Posted by LudwigPastorius | Fri Jul 3, 2020, 12:42 PM (19 replies)

Herman "Pizza Man" Cain hospitalized for Covid-19 after Tulsa rally.

Darwinism in Realtime


Former 2012 Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is receiving treatment for coronavirus at an Atlanta-area hospital, according to a statement posted to his Twitter account.

Cain, a contributor for conservative media outlet Newsmax, was hospitalized Wednesday "after he had development symptoms serious enough that he required hospitalization" and was informed Monday that he tested positive for the virus.

"Mr. Cain did not require a respirator, and he is awake and alert," according to the statement released Thursday.

Cain, as a co-chair of Black Voices for Trump, was one of the surrogates at President Donald Trump's June 20 rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Posted by LudwigPastorius | Thu Jul 2, 2020, 11:05 PM (17 replies)

Why $2 trillion isn't nearly enough...

In one graph from today's New York Times.

Yeah, it's just one week, but this isn't going to last just a few weeks.

How many will die because of the single most corrupt and incompetent president since Warren Harding and his greasy enablers in Congress?

November needs to be a clean sweep, so we can begin to rebuild the country.
Posted by LudwigPastorius | Thu Mar 26, 2020, 01:46 PM (4 replies)

"Donald Trump's Cult of Personality Did This"

Adam Serwer -The Atlantic


The president of the United States is a menace to public health.


Neither the tide of pestilence sweeping the nation nor the economic calamity that will follow was inevitable. They are the predictable outcomes of the president’s authoritarian instincts, his obvious incompetence, and the propaganda apparatus that has shielded him from accountability by ensuring that the public is blinded to his role in the scale of this disaster.


The coronavirus pandemic provides a rigorous case study in the priorities of most of the conservative press: Faced with a choice between informing their own audiences about dire threats to public health, and propping up a Republican president, they chose the latter, because informing the public is not their job. The job of outlets like Fox News is to ensure that the conservative masses believe that their leader is infallible, even if it causes them tremendous personal harm.


Americans want to believe that their leaders are competent, engaged, and concerned about their well-being. Recognizing that the presidency is occupied by an incompetent narcissist whose major life accomplishment is parlaying an inherited fortune into reality-show celebrity is rather less comforting, but it is the world we live in.


The other day I remembered that line from Trump's inauguration speech about "American carnage".

Thanks to his egotism and blithering incompetence, we're about to see that carnage manifested in economic terms and in the deaths of many.
Posted by LudwigPastorius | Sat Mar 21, 2020, 02:53 PM (3 replies)

One of the best analyses I've seen on the pandemic.

I can't make a clickable link for some reason known only to DU (I think it doesn't like the @ sign).

You'll have to copy and paste this address in your browser:


It includes this graphic, just to whet your appetite.

Posted by LudwigPastorius | Thu Mar 12, 2020, 11:22 PM (9 replies)

Lyle Mays, Wisconsin native and 11-time Grammy winner with Pat Metheny Group, has died


Lyle Mays, the pianist and composer from Wausaukee who co-founded the innovative jazz fusion band the Pat Metheny Group, has died, according to an announcement posted on his official Facebook page late Monday night. He was 66.

According to the Facebook post, written by his niece Aubrey Johnson, Mays died Monday morning in Los Angeles "surrounded by loved ones, after a long battle with a recurring illness."

"Lyle was a brilliant musician and person, and a genius in every sense of the word," the post reads. "From his family, thank you for loving him and his music."

RIP, a great composer and keyboard player who, got fed up with the music business. So, through self-study, he became a software engineer and an architect.
Posted by LudwigPastorius | Tue Feb 11, 2020, 05:44 PM (4 replies)

Iran Loses Its Indispensable Man -The Atlantic

Short article from Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Middle East Policy in the US Government from 2015 to 2016
(Bolding mine)

Today the United States killed Major General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps’s Quds Force. The United States is now in a hot war with Iran after having waged war via proxies for the past several decades.

This doesn’t mean war, it will not lead to war, and it doesn’t risk war. None of that. It is war.

more here: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/01/iran-loses-qassem-soleimani-its-indispensable-man/604375/

Posted by LudwigPastorius | Fri Jan 3, 2020, 12:41 AM (1 replies)

Happy Birthday, John Coltrane!

Born 93 years ago today in Hamlet, North Carolina, he went on to change modern music.

Posted by LudwigPastorius | Mon Sep 23, 2019, 11:23 AM (2 replies)
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