At the end of the day ….. “Music is the Voice of the Soul …. “!!


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~~April 1, 2014~~

What is music? A gallery …. 

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The word music comes from the Greek mousikê (tekhnê) by way of the Latin musica. It is ultimately derived from mousa, the Greek word for muse. In ancient Greece, the word mousike was used to mean any of the arts or sciences governed by the Muses. Later, in Rome, ars musica embraced poetry as well as instrument-oriented music. In the European Middle Ages, musica was part of the mathematical quadriviumarithmeticsgeometryastronomy and musica. The concept of musica was split into four major kinds by the fifth century philosopher, Boethius: musica universalismusica humanamusica instrumentalis, and musica divina. Of those, only musica instrumentalis referred to music as performed sound.

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Musica universalis or musica mundana referred to the order of the universe, as God had created it in “measure, number and weight”. The proportions of the spheres of the planets and stars (which at the time were still thought to revolve around the earth) were perceived as a form of music, without necessarily implying that any sound would be heard—music refers strictly to the mathematical proportions. From this concept later resulted the romantic idea of a music of the spheres. Musica humana, designated the proportions of the human body. These were thought to reflect the proportions of the Heavens and as such, to be an expression of God’s greatness. To Medieval thinking, all things were connected with each other — a mode of thought that finds its traces today in the occult sciences or esoteric thought — ranging from astrology to believing certain minerals have certain beneficiary effects.

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Musica instrumentalis, finally, was the lowliest of the three disciplines and referred to the manifestation of those same mathematical proportions in sound — be it sung or played on instruments. The polyphonic organization of different melodies to sound at the same time was still a relatively new invention then, and it is understandable that the mathematical or physical relationships in frequency that give rise to the musical intervals as we hear them, should be foremost among the preoccupations of Medieval musicians.

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~~Over the Rainbow/Simple Gifts (Piano/Cello Cover) – ThePianoGuys~~

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~~Story behind the song~~

Jon Schmidt and Steven Sharp Nelson were booked for a Piano Guys show in Hawaii. How could we resist filming our next video in the land of Aloha — beautiful beaches, green mountains, and fresh pineapple?? We went to our Founders and Facebook fans to ask what song they wanted us to play there. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” was the nearly-unanimous response. But you know how we are … we couldn’t “just” do this tune by itself … so in the studio we found a made-in-heaven matchup in the timeless melody from the Shaker Hymn “Simple Gifts” written in the 1800’s (also used by Aaron Copland in his Ballet “Appalachian Spring“). We feel it’s an especially appropriate mash-up because of our profound love and respect for the Hawaiian culture — a people who are so good at finding happiness in simplicity. As you probably could hear we borrowed a lot of ideas from Iz’s version which has become the stuff of legend. This arrangement is, in part, a tribute to him.

Getting a piano onto a sandy beach and then onto a big hill in a famous ranch within the SAME day (we only had 8 hours to film) was no small feat. The only thing harder would be to be predict Hawaiian weather, which ended up being our biggest challenge.

“We had a little extra help on this one. My mother, Lynne Sanders Nelson — a main source of my inspiration for pursuing music — passed away early in life from the effects of a brain tumor. She was an incredibly gifted musician and taught me to play music passionately rather than just playing ‘notes’ on a page. ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow‘ was one of her favorite songs. We finished this arrangement on what would have been her 70th birthday. Somehow she helped. I miss her so very much, but when I play songs like this I feel like I get to be with her again. This song is dedicated to her.”
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Boston Marathon Bombing Victim Sues Glenn Beck for Defamation


You better watch your mouth!!

The Fifth Column

Image: Commentator Glenn Beck arrives at the 45th Country Music Association Awards in Nashville in this file photo Commentator Glenn Beck arrives at the 45th Country Music Association Awards in Nashville, Tennessee in this file photo from November 9, 2011.

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A Saudi Arabian national who was injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings has filed a defamation and slander lawsuit against firebrand conservative commentator Glenn Beck for publicly accusing him of being the “money man” who funded the horrific attacks.

Abdulrahman Alharbi, a 20-year-old exchange student who lives in Revere, Mass., said in a lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Boston that his reputation was “substantially and severely damaged” after Beck made on-air comments tying him to the twin explosions that killed three people and injured more than 260.

The lawsuit also names as defendants the broadcast companies linked to Beck’s show: The Blaze, Inc., Mercury Radio Arts, Inc., and Premiere Radio Networks, Inc. It seeks a jury trial and unspecified damages.

Alharbi said…

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Lilly Martin Spencer


Lilly Martin Spencer ….. artist!!

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Artist: Lilly Martin Spencer 26 November 1822 – 22 May 1902

Nationality: French- Anglo-American

Title: We Both Must Fade 1869

Genre: Portrait

Medium: Oil on canvas

Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum

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Thank you Miss Horty, your next artist is Andrea Mantegna

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Louie Gohmert: ‘Separation of church and state’ means ‘church plays a role in the state’


Porch light on …. no one home!! SMH ….

The Fifth Column

Louie Gohmert speaks to WND

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We all know Rep. Louie Gohmert is far from the “sharpest tool in the shed” but this is more outrageous than many of his other rants…

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) said this week that the constitutional separation between church and state was meant to be a “one-way wall” where the “church plays a role in the state.”

In a World Net Daily-sponsored promotion for an upcoming Christian TV event called “Washington – A Man of Prayer,” Gohmert recalled that the U.S. House of Representatives once met in what is now known as National Statuary Hall.

“On Sundays this became the largest non-denominational Christian church in the Washington, D.C. area,” he explained. “People came in here and prayed, they sang hymns, they worshipped God. It was part of our history.”

Gohmert pointed out that a Congressional Research Service report revealed that President Thomas Jefferson, who coined the phrase “separation…

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Affluenza Strikes Again: DuPonte Heir Allowed to Walk Free After Being Convicted of Child Rape


Incredible miscarriage of justice indeed …… The graphic shows that $$ weight more than “justice”!! SMH …..

The Progressive Cynic

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Last week, Delaware Judge Jan Jurden became infamous as the latest in a line of judges to hand down outrageously lenient sentences to very wealthy criminals.

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In 2009, Robert Richards IV—a trust-fund inheritee to the family that founded DuPont Chemical—was indicted under two counts of child rape, stemming from accusations that he had abused both his 3-year old daughter and his now 19-year old son; eventually, he was allowed to plead guilty to fourth-degree rape in the case of his daughter, while the case involving his son was dropped. This reduction in charges is unbelievably lenient and was a product of a very high-priced legal defense team negotiating for months.

To further compound the injustice of letting this child molester plead to such a lesser offense, Judge Jurden sentenced Robert Richards IV to probation and mandated treatment for raping his 3-year old daughter—he will…

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Chinese Oligarchs …. secretly love illegal tiger meat!


~~April 1, 2014~~

This is a sad topic but it is the harsh reality. I’m very much aware that some readers may not want to read about these topics or look at graphic pictures about animals that have been hunted, tortured and killed for human pleasure and consumption.

I have refrained from showing such pictures. 

What I can’t not do it keep this information to myself. I’m aware that this practice has been happening for a long time. I’m also aware that there are plenty of organizations trying to do something to stop this. The attempt to stop this is all uphill.

I can’t fathom this continued “rape” of Nature, of these and many others, magnificent creatures. Whether one believes that they were created by god or any other source, the animals are in severe danger of extinction … due to human greed and lack of respect. This is so sad!!!!
A forbidden practice becomes popular among China’s ruling class:
watching the animals die before eating them.

China’s wealthy “dragons” like to dine on tigers. In fact, they’ll even watch them die first and then boast about it on social media. Unfortunately, police don’t consider this behavior worth “liking” and so it became the center of a scandal last week when authorities busted an illegal tiger-eating dinner club in Guangdong province.

According to a March 26, 2014, report in the state-run regional newspaper the Nanfang Daily, police crashed the party of wealthy businessmen and government officials in the city of Leizhou just as they prepared to nibble … more »

The story has shone a light on the practice of killing the endangered animals for use in Chinese medicine and for sale to the country’s “nouveaux riche“, who prize tiger products as both a status symbol and a smart investment.

The Taiwanese press first wrote about such dinners in January of this year following a similar incident, when pictures of a freshly butchered tiger appeared on a Chinese micro-blogging service.

At the time, authorities in Leizhou denied the reports, asserting that the newspaper had been the victim of a hoax.

But the existence of underground markets selling tiger in Guangdong has long been an open secret. In 2007, according to the state-run paper the Peoples Daily, authorities stopped a truck smuggling tigers into the province, saving at least three of the animals. In 2010, police discovered tiger fur and bones in a truck.

The Nanfang Daily’s article claims that the feasts serve as both entertainment and an ostentatious display of wealth for the Chinese elite who want to impress their connections and clients.

In China, tigers are considered symbols of courage, bravery, and strength. Traditional Chinese doctors prescribe tiger bones, eyeballs, and other parts to treat a variety of ailments ranging from poor eyesight to impotence.

Tiger Feasts” are allegedly quite popular among corrupt government officials and elite businessmen who believe consuming the big cats improves performance across a wide range of activities from the boardroom to the bedroom.

According to Chinese media reports, smugglers deliver the tranquilized animals by truck to secret locations where the party’s hosts invite their customers and friends for an impromptu dinner theater.

A Nanfang Television news report posted on Chinese web portal Sina, includes a 2012 video showing one such butcher repeatedly electrocuting a tiger. The animal falls to the floor of its tiny steel cage, where it lies twitching. Several men then butcher the carcass on top of a blue tarp.

According to sources in Japan with knowledge of the events, after revelers watch the tiger die, they indulge in a feast including such delicacies as tiger steak and ginger-infused tiger penis soup.

Wild tigers are rare in China, with some varieties now believed to be extinct. What was thought to be the last wild Indochinese tiger in China was killed and eaten by a man who was sentenced to 12 years in jail in 2009.

While eating endangered animals may be in bad taste, as it were, it’s not always illegal. China’s State Council banned the production and use of traditional Chinese medicine containing tiger bones in 1993, but it is legal to breed the animals, and at least 150 companies have received authorization from China’s Forestry Administration to sell the parts, including skins, of tigers that die in captivity, according to a report by the Environmental Investigation Agency.

Tiger farms” in several parts of the country raise the animals and display them to eager tourists. At the moment it’s estimated there are several thousand tigers being raised in captivity. But the animals are not supposed to be slaughtered for the dinner table.

~~Sources~

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/03/31/why-do-chinese-oligarchs-secretly-love-illegal-tiger-meat.html

http://article.wn.com/view/2014/03/31/Why_Do_Chinese_Oligarchs_Secretly_Love_Illegal_Tiger_Meat/

~~WARNING: VIDEO IS GRAPHIC~~

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~~End Tiger Trade Now~~

~~Uploaded on May 25, 2007~~

More than 30 organizations, representing millions of people around the world, are calling upon the Chinese government to stand firm, to maintain its 14-year tiger trade ban, to close down tiger farms and to increase investment in stopping illegal tiger trade.
Losing the wild tiger will be a shameful indictment on all of us. The success of our collective desire to save wild tigers depends on action.

Tigers need the same kind of committed action that governments use when combating gunrunners and drug traffickers, for it is often the very same criminals that are smuggling tiger parts.

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Our lives are connected to the tiger, through culture, religion, and the ecosystems they live in that we depend upon. 

Don’t close your eyes to what’s happening. 
Ask your government ask China to make its tiger trade ban permanent. 

End tiger trade. 

The eyes of the world are watching.

We ALL are ONE!! 

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Ladybugs and other insects on video


Amazing!!! Absolutely wonderful NATURE!!! We all are connected to it!!! 🙂

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video shows various insect species.

Including pine ladybirds during mating.

R. Veerling from the Netherlands made the video.

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Semper Fidelis Award


This is from a dear blogger friend …. a well deserved award!!! 🙂

Naked Nerves

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Naked Nerves is honored to be nominated for the Semper Fidelis Award from Dr Rex at “It Is What It Is”. This is a relatively new award that is focused on loyalty and I can’t think of a more deserving person to receive this award than Dr Rex, or Horty as she goes by to her lucky friends. She is a model of a good blogger, writing interesting pieces of her own all the time and also re-blogging other pieces people have written that she feels should be shared. I’ve learned a lot from her and her posts and am very grateful for this knowledge and inspiration. I get new ideas and am made aware of things in our world that matter to me in her blog and it’s always helpful to me to read what she has to say. I especially appreciate that she posts other people’s stories as…

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