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ISO Another Goldene Medina

This is slightly adapted from a post I wrote upon leaving Open Salon. Its inspiration is Anatevka from Fiddler on the Roof.

Someone should have pulled the plug on this place long ago.

A poem, a rant

So, what's an argument? Or an observation?

People who pass through here don't even know they've read…

Added by koshersalaami on May 25, 2019 at 6:35am — No Comments

In the Wake of Lorianne's Announcement: The Question

Should we attempt to migrate to another platform as a community, or should we simply say our good-byes, disband, move on, and seek new digs as soloists?

Added by Ron Powell on May 25, 2019 at 6:00am — 3 Comments


I am so very grateful, Lori.

Call on me in future for anything I may ever do for you.


Added by Jonathan Wolfman on May 25, 2019 at 5:52am — 2 Comments

Thanks Lorianne for everything


Yeah, I know, been a long time since I've posted on here, lots of things have changed, some for the good, some for the bad.

Our Salon was where we gathered as our home Open.Salon sank below the waves.  The people who became family still continue to be family, in my greatest time of need, OS was here for me.

I did wander off, going to other sites, to try and spread the joy that was Open, most of those sites are now in the graveyard as well.

I still blog using a…


Added by Tinkerertink69 on May 25, 2019 at 4:00am — 5 Comments

Twenty-Three Minutes

Up on over the path's hill standing and riding along the cliff's side, the thick limbs of ash trees and beech drawn sideways for dark trail shade grown huge from the earth below and higher finally than the hawk who lived nearby powerfully gliding its shadow crossing the boy's route, the bicycle's speed wonderful yet perilously close to the graveled edge --- you had to lean into it and squint into the wind going down as it was too steep for nothing but out--of-gear coasting --- and leaning…


Added by J.P. Hart on May 25, 2019 at 3:57am — 2 Comments


Warning Against Wars Like Iraq and Afghanistan



Added by mary gravitt on May 25, 2019 at 12:30am — 1 Comment

Lorianne ... please may you know ...

Lorianne ...

Please may you know ...

I've just tried to leave a message in the Opium Den and then to you as a friend ...

Can't seem to do either ...

I've barely been here recently ... life changes and  ... priorities change ...

but ... thanks to you ... dear one ... I always have known ...

that you and space has been here ...

I came here first ... when you offered us a space to be safe should Open close ...

I came here first ... to be…


Added by anna1liese on May 24, 2019 at 9:25pm — 6 Comments

Traffic Jam on Mt Everest Summit Blamed for Four More Fatalities

Traffic Jam on Mt Everest Summit Blamed for Four More Fatalities:  A massive traffic jam of climbers at the summit of Mt Everest - also referred to as the “death zone,” is being blamed for two of the four new deaths reported this week on the mountain, heightening concerns that…


Added by Johnny Robish on May 24, 2019 at 8:32pm — 8 Comments

Lorianne's closing Our Salon: In case you didn't get this email or haven't seen it:

I will be discontinuing this network beginning July 1, 2019. I have supported this project financially for many years now with very little help from membership and am choosing to stop doing that. I do not have the time nor the desire to continue to do so. This decision is non-negotiable and there is no mechanism for transfer of ownership to another.

Hopefully everyone learned from the past and has been saving their posts on their own computer. If…


Added by Ron Powell on May 24, 2019 at 5:30pm — 7 Comments

Memorial Day and the Tale of Two American Generals


For most of our pop culture who take American freedom for granted Memorial Day Weekend is merely a time to take the boat out on the lake, have a few beers, enjoy the barbecue, or watch a ballgame. Sure everyone needs to relax and enjoy the occasional holiday. However, let us not forget the selfless sacrifice that our war veterans were willing…


Added by Doc Vega on May 24, 2019 at 2:00pm — 5 Comments


Harvard Students Felt Unsafe Under Weinstein Lawyer's Watch. Now He's Lost His Dean Post…


Added by mary gravitt on May 24, 2019 at 11:41am — 2 Comments

"The black man has no rights that the white man is bound to respect."

The Dred Scott Decision

Chief JusticeRoger B. Taney 


This horrendous and horrific attitude persists in American systemic officialdom to this day:

"A police commander in Staten Island received text messages from one of his officers in July 2014,…


Added by Ron Powell on May 24, 2019 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

Do You Know What You're Talking About?: Climate Change and Global Warming

Climate change occurs when changes in Earth's climate system result in new weatherpatterns that last for at least a few decades, and maybe for millions of years. The climate system is comprised of five interacting parts, the atmosphere (air), hydrosphere (water), cryosphere (ice and permafrost), biosphere(living things), and lithosphere (earth's crust and upper mantle). The climate system receives nearly all of its energy from the sun, with a relatively tiny amount from earth's interior. The…


Added by Ron Powell on May 24, 2019 at 8:00am — 12 Comments

Note to Self: No Clock Is Ticking

                       ...Except the one placed in my head.

        I did not put  a clock in between my own ears. I don’t wear a watch, but I’m obsessed with time, nonetheless. There is no clock ticking but I know I have to be at the Lion’s club by 6:30 a.m. to serve beverages tomorrow, and next Saturday too. Veterans eat free, as do the homeless, selectively, get fed. I’m not the decider. 

        I’ve long argued that service is an art form. Chicago decides where our dues…


Added by Robert B. James on May 24, 2019 at 7:28am — 5 Comments

New York Times Guest Post: Dear Millennials: The Feeling Is Mutual

Dear Millennials: The Feeling Is Mutual

Joe Biden dares to take offense at those who specialize in being offended.

By Bret Stephens

Opinion Columnist

May 17, 2019

Earlier this month, a video of Joe Biden saying he had “no…


Added by Ron Powell on May 24, 2019 at 7:00am — 7 Comments

The Democratization of Capitalism?

Equity and equality in Income and wealth lie in the tangibles required to:

Make Something

Build Something

Grow Something

Extract Something

Sell Something

Move Something

Income and wealth inequality and inequity lie in speculation on stock prices and futures in Wall Street hedge funds....

Labor v Capital

People v Profit

Freedom and Justice for All cannot eminate from a society which is predicated on the competitive expediency of…


Added by Ron Powell on May 24, 2019 at 5:00am — 7 Comments

The Shabby Sheik - 2 - Sun on the Rocks

Summary of the amusement

Watched by a ceiling camera inside a Macau casino, teleoperator Clarity Nice joins the woman watching her, videographer Plum Bailey, in a live dealer gambling room broadcasting over the internet. Plum leads Clarity with her on board Heir Force One, the plane of Sheik Haroun Al-Najib, a man known…


Added by Workstudio on May 23, 2019 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Political Art: Barry Blitt’s “The Shining”

June Cover of the "New Yorker"

Cover Story

Barry Blitt’s “The Shining”

"The cover for the June 3, 2019, issue, by Barry Blitt, portrays three men who have been enormously helpful to President Trump: Lindsey Graham, William Barr, and Mitch McConnell. “Assembling an image with the President’s enablers presented a problem: Who to…


Added by Ron Powell on May 23, 2019 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

Trump Announces $16 Billion in Aid for Farmers Hit by Trade War

Trump Announces $16 Billion in Aid for Farmers Hit by Trade War:  Flanked by more than a dozen U.S. farmers - some in bright red MAGA hats - President Donald Trump announced a $16 billion farm aid bailout, designed to offset losses from his trade war with…


Added by Johnny Robish on May 23, 2019 at 8:12pm — 5 Comments

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