For the past week or so I've been collecting links to stories about the situation in Portland, Oregon with the idea of posting about how the grotesque hate crimes of a deranged maniac, whose name I will not mention resulted in the murders of Rick Best, 53, and 23-year-old Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche. Anna Herrington posted Beautiful Human Down on May 27th and I began to follow the media frenzy about the looming conflict that climaxed this last Sunday:
Like the pre-game publicity for Super Bowl weekend or the final match of the World Cup, this media seemed to be hoping for some demonstrations of outrageous carnage. I waited and hoped that it would pass without violence and Thanks be to G_D, the Portland Police exercised restraint and effective crowd control so that it turned out to be no more than the proverbial storm in a tea cup: Trump supporters confront counter-protests in Portland, Oregon.
During that same week England endured terrorist attacks in Manchester and London... and on Sunday Ariana Grande raised over $13 million at her "One Love Manchester" benefit concert for the victims of that bombing...
...meanwhile 35 people were shot and 8 of them died in Chicago over weekend... wonder who's going to do their benefit concert, so it goes. Since it all seems to have petered out I'm choosing to celebrate another event from June of 1967.
Last Saturday night I was surfing through the TV channels when I came across this: "Sgt. Pepper's Musical Revolution". This one hour documentary hosted by British composer-broadcaster Howard Goodall is all about how the Beatles and their producer, George Martin, changed the face of pop music and the technology of recording rock and roll with very little but four track analogue tape is incredible. Check your local listings for PBS to find out what happened. Here's a brief clip: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/explore-beatles-innovative-p....
...and a youtube of take 9 for your enjoyment:
... oh and yeah, Israel launched the Six Day War on June 5th of 1967, yet another episode in a conflict that has remained unresolved for over 3000 years.