The Absurd Times The Postman Commeth –or WAKE UP!!



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Postal Delivery

Doug Hughes has given now meaning to “going postal”. He has become an overnight hero. This has not happened in the corporate press, of course, as just about everything you here is owned by six corporations, but on social media where citizens and people in general speak out and get their news, he is well thought of. A few buy into the whole corporate “danger” business, but they are promptly told what really is gong on.

The entire thing is a protest against the Citizen’s United vote in our pitiful Supreme Court, but only made possible by an even more pitiful congress and executive branch with the campaign funding rules as they stand. The court, such as it is, decided that corporations should be considered individuals. If so, every corporation in this country should be institutionalized because they…

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The Absurd Times Thoughts and Invective — Maudlin Edition

Some general observations:




Bobby McGee

A while ago, Kris Kristopherson wrote the line “Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.” Nice. That line, along with a Janis Joplin recording of the song, left him with enough money never to have to work again in his life.

Some have even written about it at great length, analyzing its meaning, and so on. That’s not our purpose here.

Thomas Mann’s last masterpiece, Dr. Faustus, has a similar line, sort of. Now I’ve only read translations of the book. While I am comfortable reading Goethe, Schiller, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, (Heine and Hesse for sure), and so on in the German, Thomas Mann is a bit of a different case. Now I can enjoy reading Milton’s prose, even though some of his sentences run on for 50 or so words. Somehow, he uses semi-colons and the like so that the…

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The Absurd Times Valentina Lisitsa



You have to hear this.


Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto #3, called “Rach 3”, is at the pinnacle of classical music concertos. Any pianist who can master it, if any ever really masters it, has achieved one of the greatest feats possible. Daniel Barenboim never tried to record it as best I know, nor Vladimir Ashkenazy, and many others. Many have tried it and failed, falling short either in places or all over in time and tempo.

The first able to play it well was the composer himself, Serge, and the recordings are available on CD. He is to this concerto as Arthur Schnabel is to the Beethoven Sonatas. Serge was well-known and acclaimed as a concert pianist even before this concerto and it made him the only living master of it.

One day, Vladimir Horowitz played it while Serge was in the audience. Many analogies occur to…

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