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Thursday, August 4

Mardi Gras Indians Iko Iko

the story of the mardi gras indians of New Orleans and the song, Iko Iko

A Legacy of Defiance, A Century of Honor: The Mardi Gras Indians (a radio transcript)


Musical Except, "I Know You Mardi Gras" by Bo Dollis and the Wild Magnolias

Mardi Gras is difficult for those outside of New Orleans' unique culture to understand. Its traditions come from New Orleans' colonial history and secret societies. Modern events, like the Zulu parade, satirize the city's racist history. Zulu was organized by African-Americans in 1909 to mock the stereotypes Whites held toward Blacks. Still today, members of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club masquerade in black-face makeup and throw coconuts from floats on Fat Tuesday. This is just one in a long series of puzzling events a tourist may experience during the Mardi Gras season in New Orleans.

One cultural phenomenon that is mysterious even to New Orleans locals, and unknown to most outsiders, is the Mardi Gras Indians. The Black Indians have masqueraded at least as long as the Zulus, but their customs, and even much of their musical dialogue, has remained a mystery. The world outside of the Crescent City first heard the language of the Mardi Gras Indians when a popular vocal trio from New Orleans, The Dixie Cups, concluded a string of hits from their album "Chapel of Love" with "Iko Iko" in the spring of 1965. "Iko Iko" was described as "an old Mardi Gras chant that most New Orleans kids had heard all their lives." Sisters Rosa and Barbara Hawkins, and cousin Joan Marie Johnson, chanted the catchy verses during the recording of "Chapel of Love."

The song had actually been a local hit for "Sugar Boy" Crawford during New Orleans' Mardi Gras Carnival in 1954 as "Jock-A-Mo." Crawford commented, "'Jockamo-A-Mo' came from two songs that I used to hear the Mardi Gras Indians sing. When I was growing up I lived near the Battle Field where the Indians paraded on Mardi Gras Day."

This version by the Dixie Cups remains a commercial success to this day. It features percussion performed on metal chairs and a Coca-Cola bottle similar to the Indians' style. The complex rhythm has been part of the Mardi Gras Indians' heritage for well over 100 years.

Musical Except, "Iko Iko" by The Dixie Cups
Musical Except, "Hey Hey" by Bo Dollis and the Wild Magnolias

Wednesday, July 13

the Crash Continues in Economics and Banking

four laws of Economic Success | Global Warming Debate

the crash continues in economics and banking... time to learn something if you want to survive.... Deutsche bank crash

Thursday, June 23

drug price panic

Drugs price panic.... dying for lack of money to buy the drug for cancer, for MS.... a sad story Bronx dudes. Really is a shame to kill people because of greed and Malthusian economics.

Tuesday, October 7

Nasa Says Global Warming is Not so Hot

Cut and past from Nasa. gov, not so hot indeed, global warming farce.
October 6, 2014
RELEASE 14-272
NASA Study Finds Earth’s Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed
image shows heat radiating from the Pacific Ocean as imaged by the NASA’s Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System
While the upper part of the world’s oceans continue to absorb heat from global warming, ocean depths have not warmed measurably in the last decade. This image shows heat radiating from the Pacific Ocean as imaged by the NASA’s Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System instrument on the Terra satellite. (Blue regions indicate thick cloud cover.)
Image Credit: 
Deep sea creatures, like these anemones at a hydrothermal vent
Deep sea creatures, like these anemones at a hydrothermal vent, are not yet feeling the heat from global climate change. Although the top half of the ocean continues to warm, the bottom half has not increased measurably in temperature in the last decade.
Image Credit: 
The cold waters of Earth’s deep ocean have not warmed measurably since 2005, according to a new NASA study, leaving unsolved the mystery of why global warming appears to have slowed in recent years.
Scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, analyzed satellite and direct ocean temperature data from 2005 to 2013 and found the ocean abyss below 1.24 miles (1,995 meters) has not warmed measurably. Study coauthor Josh Willis of JPL said these findings do not throw suspicion on climate change itself.
"The sea level is still rising," Willis noted. "We're just trying to understand the nitty-gritty details."
In the 21st century, greenhouse gases have continued to accumulate in the atmosphere, just as they did in the 20th century, but global average surface air temperatures have stopped rising in tandem with the gases. The temperature of the top half of the world's oceans -- above the 1.24-mile mark -- is still climbing, but not fast enough to account for the stalled air temperatures.
Many processes on land, air and sea have been invoked to explain what is happening to the "missing" heat. One of the most prominent ideas is that the bottom half of the ocean is taking up the slack, but supporting evidence is slim. This latest study is the first to test the idea using satellite observations, as well as direct temperature measurements of the upper ocean. Scientists have been taking the temperature of the top half of the ocean directly since 2005, using a network of 3,000 floating temperature probes called the Argo array.
"The deep parts of the ocean are harder to measure," said JPL's William Llovel, lead author of the study published Sunday in the journal Nature Climate Change. "The combination of satellite and direct temperature data gives us a glimpse of how much sea level rise is due to deep warming. The answer is -- not much."
The study took advantage of the fact that water expands as it gets warmer. The sea level is rising because of this expansion and the water added by glacier and ice sheet melt.
To arrive at their conclusion, the JPL scientists did a straightforward subtraction calculation, using data for 2005-2013 from the Argo buoys, NASA's Jason-1 and Jason-2 satellites, and the agency’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellites. From the total amount of sea level rise, they subtracted the amount of rise from the expansion in the upper ocean, and the amount of rise that came from added meltwater. The remainder represented the amount of sea level rise caused by warming in the deep ocean.
The remainder was essentially zero. Deep ocean warming contributed virtually nothing to sea level rise during this period.
Coauthor Felix Landerer of JPL noted that during the same period warming in the top half of the ocean continued unabated, an unequivocal sign that our planet is heating up. Some recent studies reporting deep-ocean warming were, in fact, referring to the warming in the upper half of the ocean but below the topmost layer, which ends about 0.4 mile (700 meters) down.
Landerer also is a coauthor of another paper in the same journal issue on 1970-2005 ocean warming in the Southern Hemisphere. Before Argo floats were deployed, temperature measurements in the Southern Ocean were spotty, at best. Using satellite measurements and climate simulations of sea level changes around the world, the new study found the global ocean absorbed far more heat in those 35 years than previously thought -- a whopping 24 to 58 percent more than early estimates.
Both papers result from the work of the newly formed NASA Sea Level Change Team, an interdisciplinary group tasked with using NASA satellite data to improve the accuracy and scale of current and future estimates of sea level change. The Southern Hemisphere paper was led by three scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California.
NASA monitors Earth's vital signs from land, air and space with a fleet of satellites and ambitious airborne and ground-based observation campaigns. NASA develops new ways to observe and study Earth's interconnected natural systems with long-term data records and computer analysis tools to better see how our planet is changing. The agency shares this unique knowledge with the global community and works with institutions in the United States and around the world that contribute to understanding and protecting our home planet.
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Friday, September 19

Bronx Boxers

Shout out to tomorrows all
Day Bronx Boxers and Music event tomorrow, starting at 1 pm at the Bronx Music Heritage Center (BMHC) at 1303 Louis Nine Blvd, by Freeman St 2 and 5 subway station.


Meanwhile, note the whispers of the military revolt against Obama.

Wednesday, September 17

Credit from the Brics

Credit is coming from the Brics nations.  That is how China is changing the world.  That is why Russia is not isolated despite the sanctions from the West.  Get in on the groove for credit and development.  China is not operating on the basis of geopolitics.

Tuesday, September 16

Aim of ISIS war is to kill Assad and Syria

The aim of the socalled ISIS war is to kill Assad and destroy the nation of Syria.  ISIS does exist but it is puffed up by aid from Turkey and Saudi Arabia.  ISIS sells oil that goes through Turkey and reaches European markets.

Don’t Try To Control An Uncontrollable War

Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron intend to bomb Syria, and kill its elected president says LaRouche. Will congress go along? The truth about 9-11 and the "28 pages" has still yet to see public release!
Howard J --
In its development since the mid-July “Fortaleza” summits of the BRICS and supporting nations, the new policy of peace through development for all nations has changed the potential of the whole international situation.
The New Silk Road policy of China, which is central to this whole change, is a "Confucian idea of building the future and building a harmonious world order," as Helga Zepp-LaRouche said on returning from a long and groundbreaking visit to China.
Beijing, China Sept 5, 2014 "One Belt One Road" conference in Bejing,   Helga Zepp-LaRouche EIRNS/Stefan Tolksdorf
"This is a dynamic concept which is not on the same plane, and therefore they don’t look at themselves as being in competition [with other nations], because the New Silk Road is a completely open conception: Everybody is welcome to join it." - Helga Zepp-LaRouche
The United States must join this effort, and its new international development banks, to save itself from the collapse and ruin of the trans-Atlantic financial system and economies.
But “The idiots on Wall Street don’t want us to do it,” said Lyndon LaRouche during the National Policy Committee discussion"The idiots will kill us all off, if they can get a chance to do it." 
The war Barack Obama and his British imperial superiors are now expanding, has a potentially thermonuclear character, as LaRouche stressed again, and this kind of conflagration generated from one, collapsing part of the planet cannot be stopped from reaching others.
Now, on Obama’s specific and insane war mission, LaRouche said that it is absolutely the case that Obama’s new war is, in fact, another regime-change war against Syria, to bring down and kill its president.
The British House of Commons research department has issued a report Monday morning, publicized in a London Telegraph article, saying that bombing Syria now, as Cameron and Obama demand, would be illegal and in violation of international law.

The fact that this institution did this now, LaRouche said, means that Obama is about to bomb Syria. And a lot of members of the Congress are prepared to sit there and watch it.

But once Golem Obama launches it, it’s uncontrollable— uncontrollable by Congress; uncontrollable for the British imperialists, or the Saudi instigators who could destroy themselves; it is not controllable for us. It could mean mass death, including for the United States.

Out of control, LaRouche said, is out of control. Obama has already gone far, far too far. His next step could be the end of civilization. Stop him, get him out of office, or the result will be uncontrollable. You can’t take a defensive posture against such a threat. You have to stop it.
WE have to stop it. Throw Obama out. Bring out the truth of 9/11 and terrorism.
And LaRouche, noted, again, that former President Bill Clinton can understand the role that he has to play in shutting down Obama and replacing him; and that he also is responsible to do that. LaRouche’s movement knows its responsibility in doing this, and has to carry it out now.
"What we need in the United States right now is a passion to drive the people of the United States, to create the solution. These are the things that will determine, whether or not the United States will still exist."
Share this message to everyone your know (follow link to share) -- tell them to contact their Congressman with one message:  Impeach Obama Now.
Thank you for your continued support,
LaRouchePAC.com, Editorial Staff