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MashGhasem MashGhasem (@MashGhasem) on Pinned comment
Reespek my yuut, and tanks for dis.
Mi memba dem Ragga days back in NYC & Brooklyn, "People's Republic of Brooklyn" dat was.
Here's my top two Ragga of all time:

Satisfy my soul






Downpressor Man

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Nader Nader (@Nader) replied to MashGhasem (@MashGhasem) on Pinned comment
I thank you much. I have the whole collection. But it always is refreshing to listen to them again and again....
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MashGhasem MashGhasem (@MashGhasem) replied to Nader (@Nader) on Pinned comment
Glad you like it,
I found this other version by his own voice, with music from Mofaredzadeh.
It's simply amazing.

شعرهای احمد شاملو
با صدای: احمد شاملو
موسیقی متن: اسفندیار منفردزاده
کانون پرورش فکری کودکان و نوجوانان ۱۳۵۱
parand.se/?p=4413
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Nader Nader (@Nader) replied to MashGhasem (@MashGhasem) on Pinned comment
RIP. Tx Mashghasem
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MashGhasem MashGhasem (@MashGhasem) on Pinned comment
True that.
This guy probably thinks he has had anything he ever wanted in his life, except the most powerful position in the world.
But what he doesn't understand (well, he doesn't understand a lot of things) is that American Civil Society is also the most extensive, educated and organized one in the world.
So far he's been winning in Republican primaries (some of them uncontested, and even there he gets only 65% of the vote!!!!) But winning in general election in a completely different story and Trump not only insulted and alienated many important constituencies, he's also outraged and energized Latinos, Blacks, Women, Muslims,...
Come November he'll be crushed.

BTW, just read the short caption in your avatar on your new emotional phase, and it reminded me of this poem by Shamlo, especially the last five lines. Enjoy


فصلِ دیگر


بی‌آنکه دیده بیند،
در باغ
احساس می‌توان کرد
در طرحِ پیچ‌پیچِ مخالف‌سرای باد

یأسِ موقرانه‌ی برگی که
بی‌شتاب
بر خاک می‌نشیند.

بر شیشه‌های پنجره
آشوبِ شبنم است.
ره بر نگاه نیست
تا با درون درآیی و در خویش بنگری.


با آفتاب و آتش
دیگر
گرمی و نور نیست،
تا هیمه‌خاکِ سرد بکاوی
در
رؤیای اخگری.


این
فصلِ دیگری‌ست
که سرمایش
از درون
درکِ صریحِ زیبایی را
پیچیده می‌کند.



یادش به خیر پاییز
با آن
توفانِ رنگ و رنگ
که برپا
در دیده می‌کند!

هم برقرارِ منقلِ اَرزیزِ آفتاب،
خاموش نیست کوره
چو دی‌سال:


خاموش
خود
منم!

مطلب از این قرار است:
چیزی فسرده است و نمی‌سوزد
امسال
در سینه
در تنم!

۱۳۴۹

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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Truly one of a kind...

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john John Skorick (@john) on Pinned comment
And you, @aurora ? What was your splurge?
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john John Skorick (@john) replied to Aurora Afable (@aurora) on Pinned comment
HAHA...the things we do for love.

My girlfriend at the time was a HUGE Lady Gaga fan, Ms. Gaga was coming to LA and, at the risk of having to attend, I bought her two tickets to take whoever she wanted. And, yes, she chose me.

I gotta admit, it was one hell of a show. Lady Gaga is an absolute entertainer and the show was super intricate. It was incredible how many costume changes she did and how quickly. No idea how she pulled that off. She also knows how to stir up a crowd and build drama/anticipation.

It was also really interesting to the wide range of people at that show. Teens, moms, dads, grandparents, dude-bros, gay, straight, black, white you name it. Such a diverse group, which is a credit to her.

We also had Mexican (i.e. lots of margs) before hand so that didn't hurt.
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aurora Aurora Afable (@aurora) replied to Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
WOW. YOLO. (I know this saying is overrated).
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aurora Aurora Afable (@aurora) replied to John Skorick (@john) on Pinned comment
Wow! How was that Lady Gaga concert? Were you forced to watch this? lol
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
My dad and I used to watch televised NBA games in the 80's. He especially liked Kareem and Magic, so when the 2010 NBA Finals was set to be played in LA (Lakers vs Celtics), I figured what the heck, you only live once and hastily bought two tickets. This was the first (and only) NBA game he's ever been to. Wasn't cheap, but the memories were well worth the price ($3,215.15).
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john John Skorick (@john) on Pinned comment
Hmm...good question. Airline tickets aside, it would either be Lady Gaga at Staples Center in LA, or the 2011 NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field, Chicago.

If memory serves, the cost was around $300-400/ticket.
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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) on Pinned comment
A very interesting read. Thanks for sharing!
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MashGhasem MashGhasem (@MashGhasem) on Pinned comment
None of this Trump "phenomenon" would have been possible without the consist, generous exposure that mainstream corporate media bestowed upon the Donald. And I don't mean just Fox News, lets recall what the head of CBS was saying about Trump, how he might be bad for US politics but a heavens sent for CBS's revenue stream.
As we all should remember Fox Network was the entity which brought Tea party into mainstream American politics. In Trumps case Fox network was just one amongst many.
"Medium Is The Message" as Marshall McLuhan used to say.
Mainstream corporate media is what sustained and augment Trumps "message." They ought to be hold accountable for such criminal conduct.
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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) on Pinned comment
You are absolutely right. I think, however, that more and more people are becoming aware of the corporate media’s partiality and bias. Sanders’ growing popularity is, at least in part, a reflection of this awareness.
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
We shouldn't trust Essentialism because it leads to generalizations, reductivism and distortions.
For instance take the case of Media, while it's absolutely true that mainstream, corporate media is not trustworthy and most often distorts the events they report all Media can't be reduced to mainstream, corporate media.
Practically in every single country in the world now we also have an array of independent Alternative media outlets which are grassroots, non-corporate, financially rely on their own communities and have been created specifically to counter the distortive weight and pull of mainstream media.
Below are only the first five that comes to mind, but this list could easily be extended to fifteen, or fifty or even more.

Democracy Now!
www.democracynow.org/

Independent Media Center-NYC
nyc.indymedia.org/en/index.html
[this is a global network on IMCs all over the world]

The Real News Network
therealnews.com/t2/

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
www.icij.org/
[guess who published "Panama Papers"?]

Counter Punch
www.counterpunch.org/
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lizzy lizzy (@lizzy) on Pinned comment
This is the most honest article I read all day and you touch on so many great points. Thank you for taking the time to write it!
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lyncmob James Philip Morrow (@lyncmob) replied to Dakho (@Dakho) on Pinned comment
Nice, and a good read. Had it in my ebook collection but hadn't read it before.
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Dakho Dakho (@Dakho) on Pinned comment
This reminded me of that short story "Cathedral" by Raymond Carver. It's about a blind man drawing the picture of a Cathedral.

"Cathedral" by Raymond Carver
www.shmoop.com/cathedral-carver/summary.html
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aurora Aurora Afable (@aurora) replied to John Skorick (@john) on Pinned comment
Ahhh. Thanks for sharing your wisdom! I won't forget you once I finally reach the top!
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