Thursday, August 6, 2009


On 6 August 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan.
This was the first use of a nuclear weapon in warfare
An estimated 140,000 people were killed in the attack.
Days later it would be Nagasaki.

On 4 August 1962, Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her Los Angeles home. Her death was ruled a probable suicide. Many questions have been raised about the involvement of Robert and Jack Kennedy, Peter Lawford and others.
Ms. Monroe was 36 years old at the time of her death.
Her last movie, The Misfits, seems to perfectly reflect her story.

Today I read a few more reviews on "Gypsy" music. Sometimes the group even includes a Rom/Sinti. But the funny thing is the reviews always talk in terms like crossing borders and sharing cultures, but there is rarely a mention of the reality of the lives of Gypsies. Besides musically, we are harassed if we cross borders, murdered as we flee our burning homes.
Gogol Bordello is a wonderful group. And they righteously gain fans every day. They receive rave reviews. Rarely does a review make any mention of the politics of Eugene and the group. I fear the political content of Gogol Bordello goes largely unheralded. Listen more carefully.

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