Friday, December 16, 2016

Thoughts & Interviews

Thursday, December 15, 2016


L. Ron Hubbard was a Sci-Fi author, but most probably know him as the scam artist that invented Dianetics or Scientology.  Who hasn't been to a used bookstore and run across his little tome called Dianetics, which shows the volcano blowing up?  I'm old enough to remember the commercials on TV that hawked for new members to come and check out the new way to improve your life.  Even I was gullible enough to pick up the book and thumb through it just out of curiosity.   Heck, I probably might have even gone to one of the "churches" or whatever they're called just out of curiosity alone.  That's probably how they first bait someone, or try and coerce new members.  Glad I never did it after hearing some of the horror stories.

I had a friend that lived in Austin back in the 70s who did just that.  He went to the (I hate to legitimize them by calling it a religion or church) I'll call it a campus, and checked into what all it was about.   In Austin at one time, they had a big building right on the main drag across from the University of Texas to lure college students into their bogus religion.  That tells you how much money they had at one time (and still do, if not more) as real estate across the street from a major university isn't cheap.  So anyway, out of curiosity he visited for a while.  He related to me and my friend it wasn't for him, so he tried to leave, and even back then he said he got a lot of harassment in trying to do so.

People from Scientology would come by and bother him about coming back just to visit some more.  He never said why he left per se, but I imagine once they sprung on him the money angle to start buying into some of the books and all that, being a poor college student, he said, no way.

The lure for many was the promise of an eternity of spiritual enlightenment. Many young people from that era wanted to save the world or were searching for enlightenment and were among the first to fall victim to this cult. There are many layers of brainwashing going on - reincarnation and isolation from the outside world via the naming of a common enemy (in this case, psychiatry). The real deep, mostly little known story behind scientology is the intended genocide of all non-scientologists. L Ron Hubbard was really a psychotic malignant narcissist.

Another friend told me that there is a connection between Hubbard's thinking and the Eugenics Society (which inspired Hitler, btw) of the early 20th century. This has been whitewashed out of ALL American History textbooks.  Read here:

 Since the death of Hubbard, it was taken over by one of his underlings, David Miscavage.  He changed some of the aspects of scientology, and now it is an even bigger money making machine than ever.  This past week I have been watching the special on the A & E network with Leah Remini on her dealings with leaving the cult. She was indoctrinated into it as a child.  That's the sad part about it.  Many are introduced to it at an early age before they really have any choice on the matter by their parents.  Once that's done it's even harder to get out.

 British documentary maker Louis Theroux made a movie on Scientology last year, it is typically light-touch but does expose their bizarre and controlling methods. It's an interesting and diverting watch if it ever pops up on your networks.

The newest episode to the Leah Remini series comes on Tuesday.  They also rebroadcasted some of the other episodes this past Tuesday, so I got caught up.  It was very interesting as to how some of the influence, cognitive dissonance, thought stopping, brainwashing, etc. went on. All very powerful and very real. Not only that but they scam the IRS for a tax exemption.  For those who are interested, go here for a daily dose of what's behind the curtain of the most destructive cult in America, if not the world:

Monday, December 12, 2016

Radio Garden

I'm posting this as I ran across it today while surfing the web and now I'm listening to a radio station up in New Brunswick, NJ at Rugers University.  Pretty cool, huh?  It's at so my guess is that it is the college station up there.  On of the down side it does not have a way to find out who or what music is play as you listen.  That is to say it doesn't list the current songs playing with text or who is playing at the moment or during the past half hour or whatever.

Okay, the station at Rutgers just played "So What" by Miles Davis, the disc jockey just announced that, so at least some djs will tell you who just played, others don't.  Still if you are into casual listening, it's great, and it goes all over the world.  You just have this little turnstile type map, and you just move it with your mouse, and you can go all over the globe.  It would help too if the map was a little easier to read or had some lines around it like a regular globe sort of like they had in school.  I'm a music lover so it's a cool little site.  Here's a link so you can check it out yourself.

Another feature that would be a nice addition would be a way to bookmark some of your favorite station finds.  For example if I wanted to bookmark that Rutgers station there would be a way to do that, but so far there isn't.  I'm guessing this is Radio Garden (as it is called) is new, so it's in its infancy.  Hopefully they'll add new features and stuff to it over time.  But yeah, a book marker would be great.  I like this station at Rugers though, they play a broad range of music.
There's another site on the web that I've found to my liking as I like jazz, but they also have other genre over there as well.  You can find it at:   I've been listening to their avant garde radio and there's one for ECM jazz, which is sort of a moody type jazz, which lately has mirrored the winter type weather here lately, although ECM jazz can be diverse too at times.  I tend to think of it as being reflective in nature though.  At any rate, if you enjoy music give them a try too.  It's one of my go-to spots when in the mood for music. 

Friday, December 02, 2016

Pauline Oliveros RIP

Pauline Oliveros (May 30, 1932 – November 25, 2016) passed away in November.  She was one of the early musicians that experimented with electronic music, along with musical concrete--a way to combine music, snippets of sound, found sound of machinery or whatever else and snip up tape to create an aural sound composition.

Pauline Oliveros Women Early Gurus of Electronic Music. Central figure in the development of experimental and post-war electronic art music.
* Extract from An interview with Pauline Oliveros
By Alan Baker, American Public Media, January 2003

Let's talk a little bit about… or maybe you can just tell me about your arrival in California and what eventually led you to electronics.

Well, I arrived in California in 1952. I had my accordion and $300. I supported myself with a day job for about 9 months, and then I began to get a string of accordion students. I went back to school at San Francisco State where I met Terry Riley, Lauren Rush and Stuart Dempster. We've been friends since then, and still work together in one way or another. When I arrived there I didn't know anyone, and I had to make my own way. I began to play my accordion at casual engagements, and so on. Eventually, through going to school at San Francisco State College, I met Robert Erickson who became my mentor and teacher for 6 or 7 years. I met, as I said before, my friends, and I became connected with a kind of group of people who were interested in new music. This eventually led to the founding of the San Francisco Tape Music Center with Morton Subotnick and Ramon Sender, which was transferred after several years to Mills College and became the Center for Contemporary Music. It is still there as that today. So that's a brief nutshell history of my arrival in San Francisco.

Below is a lecture she is giving much later in life on music and deep listening:
From a site:  Pauline Oliveros is one of modern music's most important figures, precisely because her work transcends music itself. While many people have heard of her contemporaries like Steve Reich and Philip Glass, Oliveros' five decades of work is so wide-reaching that popular culture has barely kept up. She was a founding member of the San Francisco Tape Music Center in the '60s, and devised a musical concept called Deep Listening, which stemmed from a trip into a giant underground cistern with a 45-second reverb. Those echoes led to an exploration of the difference between hearing and listening and a pursuit of a heightened state of awareness in sound. Oliveros' ideas have inspired not only musicians and music fans but scientists, philosophers and everyday people to think about the link that listening builds between us and our surroundings. So while recordings like Crone Music and Deep Listening are heralded by experimental music and drone heads alike, Oliveros is equally acclaimed for devising instruments for disabled people and teaching students with no formal music training to improvise together.

John Cage was a fan and so is Rabih Beaini, AKA Morphosis, who recently released Fire Above Sky Below Now on his label Morphine, exposing Oliveros to yet another audience of potential converts. She's now 84 years old and still performs and educates around the globe, and when she spoke to Mark Smith at CTM Festival in Berlin, she gave an insight into the mind of woman whose creative impact is still reverberating.

Go here to hear a 45 minute piece by her.  There are also recordings on Youtube that are quite arresting and beautiful.

Here is a live concert that they shot on film of one of her performances with some other musicians.