I am so torn up over this sudden unexplained death, [ yet another one: I am still mourning my precious David Bowie ] I cannot really do a very good job of writing about it. For now, I am just posting some photos. There are too many unanswered questions. I’ll come home this evening after a day on the beach to try to write about the passing of this remarkable American music icon, so loved by the world, who we knew as simply ‘Prince’.
Jonas was the second worst winter snow storm in US history, yet the majority of winter-hardy American east coast residents have taken it in stride. Although 26 people died due to the storm, and extensive flooding along the Jersey shore has called up memories of Hurricane Sandy, most weathered the storm with few issues. ‘Playing in the snow’ has returned as a typical east coast winter activity. There are still thousands of people camped out in airports in certain cities, and that won’t clear up for another day or so while tarmacs and runways are cleared as airplanes are defrosted and de-iced. As is usually the case, an excessive amount of “news weather drama” preceded the storm, as a slow news weekend found the majority of channels with little to report about other than Hillary’s email mess, the upcoming Iowa Caucus – and winter storm Jonas. Apparently it was more fun to talk about Jonas than either of the other two news stories. So that’s how the weekend played out. Below are more photos and video clips from the first big 2016 winter wallop.
“For us, snow is like a normal winter,” – Viola Rogacka, 21, NYC fashion model
Satellite map of winter storm Jonas ‘the day after’. Snow cover can be seen from space. Accumulations of up to 40 inches occurred in some regions in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. NYC got about 30″ – as did DC:
Posing in full body paint for Sports Illustrated 2016? OK, good for the press – but …. you better be spending time training your little gorgeous ass off instead, Miss Ronda.
Holly’s got the UFC Female Bantamweight championship belt that she took from you last November, and she’s not going to want to give it up. You’ve got about 6 months to pull it all together, and we know you’re going to be on a film set shooting a movie for much of that time. Your fan base is watching. We wanna see you get your glory back, woman. Get back in that gym, and BUST IT. In the meantime, just to break up the stress, we’ll all look forward to seeing you host Saturday Night Live this week on January 23rd, featuring musical guest Selena Gomez.
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I’ve been truly shaken to learn of David Bowie’s untimely death. I had to sit down when I saw the headline. No one ever expects the death of one of their childhood heroes. Throughout the morning as I put together these tributes, I listened to the full tracks of Black Star, while I worked. Any man, quietly dying of cancer, who worked on perfecting his latest studio release up until the very last days of his own life to present a final work of musical art for the world, is a man we can all love and admire for his courage, his undying talent, his dignity, his refusal to elicit pity, his dedication to his music, and his determination to set his own pain aside in order to give the world one last gift of music and personal creativity.
It’s personal for me. I have loved this man and his music and art for decades, literally, since I was a very young teen in the 1970s, struggling with my own sexual identity. Trying to find my own way in a very messed up family, in an oppressive mostly fundamentalist small town in the south, I papered the walls of my teenage bedroom with Bowie photos and blasted his music through the house at all hours, much to the despair of my parents, who thought he was the most bizarre assemblage of a human being they had ever seen. All the more reason for me to turn up the volume, I thought. David Bowie could well be credited for being one of the reasons I did not commit suicide as a gay teen. Seriously. Thank you David, for letting me know it was ‘ok’ for me to just be ME in 1972. Gay people were still being beat up and dragged behind trucks in parts of the deep south, and it wasn’t that much better in central North Carolina, where being gay meant living a double life, having “fake boyfriends” in high school to survive and sneaking into gay bars with a fake ID at age 17 in the hopes you might find others who were as different as you were, who were also finding a way to cope.
It turned out eventually, much to everyone’s surprise, that David Bowie was NOT gay, although to look at him in the early seventies that might have been considered arguable. He was one of the first popular musicians other than 1960s rocker ‘Little Richard’ to publicly flaunt his feminine side, so androgynous in some early photos that any decent drag queen might have been jealous. He was rumored to have had a wild sexual affair with Mick Jagger in the early seventies, and sexual androgyny was a frequent theme in his early songs. David Bowie finally arrived at the altar, was twice married, and has surviving adult two children: Duncan Jones and Alexandria Jones.
“Planet Earth is a lot bluer today without David Bowie, the greatest rock star who ever fell to this or any other world. He was the hottest tramp, the slinkiest vagabond, the prettiest star who ever shouted “You’re not alone!” to an arena full of the world’s loneliest kids. He was the most human and most alien of rock artists, turning to face the strange, speaking to the freak in everyone. He stared into your twitchy teenage eyes to assure you that you’ve torn your dress and your face is a mess, yet that’s precisely why you’re a juvenile success.” – Rolling Stone Magazine 1.11.2016
It’s quite clear after listening to Black Star, that David well knew his days were numbered, yet he kept working, right up until the very end. It was only two nights ago that late night host Jimmy Fallon announced Bowie’s latest album release on his show, displaying the stark enigmatic cover art, which was only a large black star on a white field, the only Bowie album not to display a photo of him.
If you are unfamiliar with Bowie, wading through tribute posts and articles, I’d like to recommend that you read one particular article about him from start to finish, as it says the most about who he really was and how his art was a real embodiment of emotionally distilled moments from his life, which had a huge impact on others, even upon history itself:
David Bowie [ Born David Robert Jones ] 1947-2016
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January 11th 2016
Gone way too soon, the beloved musical genius from Great Britain, David Bowie, died last night just two days after releasing his 27th and final musical album, which became his swan song: ‘Black Star’. Bowie had privately struggled with cancer for the last 18 months, without most of the world even knowing.
“He always did what he wanted to do. And he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way. His death was no different from his life – a work of Art,” he wrote. “He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift.” – Music producer and lifelong friend Toni Visconti
Cited: “One thing that struck reviewers who were grappling with Blackstar, David Bowie’s final album, was how tricky it was to interpret lyrically. Kitty Empire, writing in the Observer, described it as elliptical, while the Guardian’s Alexis Petridis wrote that the album “seems to offer those attempting to unravel his lyrics a wry ‘best of luck with that’”.
What the critics didn’t know, however, was that the man behind it had been diagnosed with cancer 18 months ago, and that he knew his life was coming to an end. If this had been common knowledge, they would all no doubt have looked at Blackstar in a different light. Was David Bowie saying goodbye on it? And does it seem obvious now that he has died?
David Bowie’s music, life, fashion and films and incredibly eclectic art made a huge impact on the world for more than four decades.
“I know something is very wrong,” he begins, then sings: “The blackout hearts, the flowered news / With skull designs upon my shoes.” – prophetic lyric from ‘Black Star’ released just two days before his death.
I was an avid David Bowie fan as a teen and had listened to his music since the early 1970s when he recorded the groundbreaking album “The Man Who Sold the World.”
The feature length documentary below [ 1 hr 30 min ] explores David Bowie’s entire life and catalog of work as a musician actor, painter and performing artist – from his childhood in Brixton London England, up to his late 50s, when he was inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. If you’re a Bowie fan, it’s a MUST SEE film:
Tributes from all over the world are pouring in. Below are some rare photos of David from throughout his stellar career as musical genius recording artist, painter, art film star and pop culture icon.
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Updated on Dec 22nd 2014
The breaking news that American movie theater franchises have reacted to recent North Korean terror threats by choosing NOT to air the controversial Sony produced comedy “The Interview” has sent USA news outlets on a nonstop spree of mega-reporting about this story, which began as a disastrous computer HACK of Sony computers, harvesting, destroying and / or compromising the private information of thousands of Sony employees and film celebrities. The story has now grown such robust legs, that it was practically all that was talked about for 24 hours at a time on CNN in recent days.
Once the White House announced definitively on Dec 19th that North Korea was the known source of the hack, the news cycle on it escalated even higher. Every expert, pundit, and professional commentator who could be located was trotted out to opine on the implications and possible ramifications of the fact that a prominent media corporation in greatest free nation on Earth had been compromised to the extent that it would not release a widely anticipated comedy set to make millions over the Christmas holiday weekend. It is for such reasons I thought it suitable to update my earlier report on how the majority of Americans and their media view Kim Jon Un via comedic and satirical portraits, cartoons and images. We have always enjoyed satire, parody and lampoon in the US as a way to lighten up, blow off steam, bring humor to difficult situations and help us all to laugh at ourselves a little bit more. No sitting president in America has ever been spared being the brunt of a humorist’s joke by way of the enshrined political cartoon, going back to the earliest days of the founding of our nation.
Poking fun at our leaders is not only an American tradition, it’s an institution as well, enhancing the career of comedians from Tina Fey to Jay Leno to Stephen Colbert. Having a robust sense of humor comes with the territory of entering American politics. Keeping a sense of humor during one’s political career becomes an enduring quest and an art. I’d like to suggest that the North Koreans immediately begin addressing their own deficiencies in humor, good natured jest, comedy and satire.
To that end, this page will slowly be filled over the next few weeks with as many politically satirical, sardonic, humorous, comedic, paradoxical and quirky images and cartoons of Kim Jong Un that I can find. I can kiss the ground and roar my blessing for having been born in the free America which allows it’s people the freedom to poke fun at each other, at their leaders, and at foreign leaders who force their own people to eat grass in order to stay alive while they feast on delicacies and watch American made movies for days on end in private. God bless the United States of America.
I’ll continue to compile these images as I find them.
Earlier this year I wrote…..
One of the most popular satirical comedic images of Kim Jong Un on the web is a photo-shopped portrait showing the rotund leader in “drag” wearing ladies make-up. Apparently this photo is being removed from some locales online as it has disappeared from this blog post. I am trying to find it again it this afternoon. In a fascinating new twist, it turns out that many more images of Kim Jong Un produced by western satirists and humor artists that were online up until a week ago are now mysteriously missing from http://images.google.com. Hmmmm. I could be wrong, but …. where did they all go?
I did find one I thought was apt. Here it is below: ]
Humor has universal appeal for disarming misunderstanding between friends. How often have you seen someone crack a joke during a tense or uncomfortable moment and quickly clear the air, offering relief for everyone and lowering blood pressures all around? It works!
Let’s all crack some ‘North Korea’ jokes today. Can we lighten things up a bit? I live on the west coast and all the missile talk is getting old.
I am looking at hundreds of political cartoons and satirical images of Kim Jong Eun, JUST FOR FUN and to bring levity to the increasingly ridiculous situation that Eun finds himself in. If he will STOP making bellicose threats, then he won’t have to look cowardly or silly when he obviously knows he is NOT going to act on them.
One doesn’t shoot the only cook in the building when one is in prison and starving to death, right?
The prison that the Kim family dynasty built over 40 years, which Kim Jong Eun now finds himself inhabiting 24-7 is the domain of DIRE misunderstanding and misinterpretation of the greater world around North Korea. A lie of such magnitude that it’s almost hard to behold has been perpetrated in North Korea for decades now. The BIG LIE is the ongoing tall tale that America is the “sworn enemy” of the North Korean people. We Americans well know that nothing could be further from the truth. Our tax dollars have helped to feed the North Korean people for at least twenty years now. Fact check it if you don’t believe me.
So why does North Korean military leadership want to bite the hand that feeds it?
There is one singular answer. As long as Kim Jong Eun can keep the “big lie” going and continue to cow his people with the tall tale that America is their “sworn enemy” who intends to harm or erase the North Korean people off the earth, the sickening military machine of North Korean fascism can continue to grind on, like the ever-present gnawing in the bellies of 24 million people, 3 million of whom have already starved to death due to the policies of the Kim family dynasty.
3 million people: that’s the entire population of the greater Seattle or Portland region. It’s a stomach turning fact. And it’s only an estimate. No one really knows exactly how many North Koreans have already died from starvation, or have been killed in the despised secret prison gulags since the rise of the Kim family dynasty of death and despair. Most news coming out of North Korea has decidedly murky sources, with even the specific details concerning the death of Kim Jong Il being questioned.
Where is the personal breaking point of the North Korean people?
I have to wonder: how many North Koreans long for freedom and “3 squares a day?” How many North Koreans would be delighted with even “one square meal” today?
How many North Koreans feel they have the literal strength and inner resolve to rise up and call for a change? Is there a boiling point brewing anywhere inside the secretive nation? Is there a real hunger for freedom, more than just REAL and ONGOING hunger? I wonder about these things, and today I am posting a little good humor to bring levity to the moment and comic relief to an insane and truly tragic situation.
Conquering the BIG LIE means escape to China or South Korea for many North Koreans
One North Korean who admitted to “having nightmares” about Americans before he escaped and moved to South Korea had an illuminating experience when he finally met and spoke with Americans in person on the streets of Seoul:
“Since moving to South Korea I’ve finally got the opportunity to meet some Americans, the people I used to fear so much! I even spoke with them, despite not being able to understand them 100% because of the language barrier. Regardless of the language difficulties, we were able to discuss each others’ hobbies, love lives, daily lives and as a result, got to know each other better. At first I was a little bit frightened, but I realized that they were very friendly people, unlike the scary people that I had nightmares about while living in North Korea.”
There is a reason that the Old Testament contains verses of scripture which clearly warn against the consumption of “unclean meat.” Most agree that the most likely genesis of the Ebola virus is the consumption of “bush meat” or wild meat from the African Fruit Bat, which is a known carrier of the Ebola virus. I’m not especially known to thump a bible at anyone, it being the source of much rage and hatred against gay people, and myself being a gay person, but I do study it [ my grandfather was a Christian minister and I am a Christian myself ] and there is much refined timeless ancient wisdom in it’s pages, which if followed, would have never allowed Ebola to spread from infected fruit bats into the human population. I’m just saying: there is a sound and valid scientific reason why scripture has warned both primitive and modern human populations against the consumption of unclean meat. It spreads disease on a scale that cannot be controlled.
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