Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway Perform “Crooked Tree”

Taoists will recognize this as Chuang Tzu’s Tree.

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Punch Brothers Perform “Pride of Man”

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Support Your Local Brewery

The support us, with a plan “to bring winter fun to our fans this season and to support local businesses hit hard by the pandemic” — #GeneSEENY: The Genesee Brewery launches program to help Rochester, WNY, CNY businesses .

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Why Is a Top-Ranking University Studying Horse Paste?

Not a serious question, of course — Ivermectin’s potential to treat COVID gets a serious look in Duke University study.

America’s got some catching up to do — El Salvador distributes medical packages that include ivermectin to COVID patients and their families & If only our Covid healthcare was as good as El Salvador.

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“Treating the Perpetrators of Crimes as Victims”

“Illogical policies have encouraged this by failing to enforce basic concepts of law and order and by treating the perpetrators of crimes as victims,” rightly says this victim’s lawyer — Thai model attacked on NYC subway slams authorities after Michelle Go’s death .

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Caitlin Johnstone’s Pensées

Her latest employs a Pascalian narrative structure to great effect — The US Empire Is More Dangerous Than Ever Before: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix.

Her first example:

Most Americans now understand that it was wrong to spend centuries enslaving millions of people. Not many Americans yet understand how equally wrong it is that their government has spent the 21st century killing millions and displacing tens of millions in its post-9/11 wars.


Sure is an interesting coincidence how all the (still completely unproven) narratives about Russian 2016 election interference and Trump collusion served perfectly to manufacture consent for all the bat shit insane US/NATO escalations we’re seeing in Ukraine today.

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Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Performed by Daniel Ciobanu & the Romanian Youth Orchestra, Directed by Cristian Mandeal

“It featured precision, a love of playing and character.” More:

The Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102 was composed by Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 – 1975) in 1957 for the 19th birthday of his son Maxim. And although his father did not consider the gift a success, it was very well received by the audience from the very beginning and has a firm place in concert programs to this day – which may be due not least to the freshness and freedom that Shostakovich’s second Piano Concerto radiates.

Romanian pianist Daniel Ciobanu plays the pentatonic-rich Shostakovich concerto with effortless precision. Whether in the brisk first movement, the lyrical and pensive second movement, or the dance-like third movement, Ciobanu lends the appropriate character to each musical mood and interplays perfectly with the Romanian Youth Orchestra. And so it is not surprising that at the end there is a storm of applause and shouts of enthusiasm.

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Johann Sebastian Bach’s Duetto in E Minor, Performed by Daniel Seeger

Bach’s Clavier-Übung III is a collection of organ pieces that follow the themes of the Lutheran Sunday services. Each piece has a clear theme. But after all the chorale arrangements, the first of four enigmatic duets… suddenly makes its appearance. Musicologists still disagree today about whether these duets have a special significance and, if so, what it might be.

The interpretations are very diverse. Some think that the four duets right before the closing fugue simply bring the total number of pieces in the collection to 27. This does at least conform to the clear trinity theme of the book: 27 = 3 × 3 × 3. But there are also theories about the cross symbolism, the traditional Easter hymn Victime paschali laudes, Lutheran prayers and devotions, and communion practices, etc. In short, the only clear thing nowadays is that if the duets did have symbolic meaning, we have still not been able to shed light on it.

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Johann Sebastian Bach’s Gottes Zeit Ist die Allerbeste Zeit, Arranged for Piano by György Kurtàg, Performed by the Geister Duo

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Yo-Yo Ma Performs Ernest Bloch’s Prayer, Johann Sebastian Bach’s Prélude from Suite No. 5 C Minor, Sarabande from Suite No. 3 in C Major, Prélude from Suite No. 3 in C Major, & the Traditional Catalan Song of the Birds

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