8.04.2020

THE GREEN BERET KILLER JEFFREY MACDONALD: NEW FX DOCUMENTARY


A Wilderness of Error the book by Errol Morris has been made into a new documentary premiering on FX September 25,2020. This case about the Green Beret Dr. who was convicted of murdering his young wife and 2 small daughters has been disputed for over 50 years. Morris leans towards MacDonald's innocence.

Macdonald has proclaimed his innocence from the beginning, he was, however, convicted of murder and sentenced to three consecutive life sentences. He remains in a Maryland prison.


The new documentary examines the evidence in the case against MacDonald, who was convicted in 1979 of murdering his pregnant wife and two daughters. A Green Beret physician, MacDonald claimed that the murders were committed by drug-crazed hippies.


544 Castle Dr. Ft Bragg NC

Early on the morning of February 17, 1970, in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Jeffrey MacDonald, a Green Beret doctor, called the police for help. When the officers arrived at his home they found the bloody and battered bodies of MacDonald’s pregnant wife and two young daughters. The word “pig” was written in blood on the headboard in the master bedroom. As MacDonald was being loaded into the ambulance, he accused a band of drug-crazed hippies of the crime.


So began one of the most notorious and mysterious murder cases of the twentieth century. Jeffrey MacDonald was finally convicted in 1979 and remains in prison today. Since then a number of bestselling books—including Joe McGinniss’s Fatal Vision and Janet Malcolm’s The Journalist and the Murderer—and a blockbuster television miniseries have told their versions of the MacDonald case and what it all means.

Errol Morris has been investigating the MacDonald case for over twenty years. A Wilderness of Error is the culmination of his efforts. It is a shocking book because it shows us that almost everything we have been told about the case is deeply unreliable, and crucial elements of the case against MacDonald simply are not true.

It is a masterful reinvention of the true-crime thriller, a book that pierces the haze of myth surrounding these murders with the sort of brilliant light that can only be produced by years of dogged and careful investigation and hard, lucid thinking.



By this book’s end, we know several things: that there are two very different narratives we can create about what happened at 544 Castle Drive, and that the one that led to the conviction and imprisonment for life of this man for butchering his wife and two young daughters is almost certainly wrong.

Along the way, Morris poses bracing questions about the nature of proof, criminal justice, and the media, showing us how MacDonald has been condemned, not only to prison but to the stories that have been created around him.

In this profoundly original meditation on truth and justice, Errol Morris reopens one of America’s most famous cases and forces us to confront the unimaginable. Morris has spent his career unsettling our complacent assumptions that we know what we’re looking at, that the stories we tell ourselves are true.

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8.01.2020

JOSHUA TREE ARTIST KATHY ZYDUCK! OF MOONLIGHT ARTS


Just the other day I saw Grace Slick famed Jefferson Airplane lead singer and artist of the coolest Alice in Wonderland Art, gave a shout out to an artist from the Joshua Tree area of Southeastern California.

The artist, Kathy Zyduck in her art booth

The artist is high energy Kathy Zyduck of Moonlight Arts and she does such fabulously bright extremely detailed art. She can do anything! From huge to tiny miniatures and jewelry.


Kathy even does amazing Henna designs !


Mandala stone /soul stone pendants


Bubble Koi


My favorite Tarot Card of Kathy's is Tom Petty as The Mad Hatter if you'd like to order an artwork you can contact Kathy Via her Facebook Page. Her art/prints are displayed in Fine Art America.


Linda Ronstadt stars in The Strength card





What an organized way Kathy keeps her artist tools!


I just love this!!


Detail of some of Kathy's Tarot Cards


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TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR CREDIT SCORE WITH INSTALLMENT LOANS


A good credit score will help you get loans and credit cards on attractive terms. If your credit score is poor, most banks will deny you loans, and credit card unions will reject your credit card application. Do you know an installment loan can help improve credit score? To make things easy for you, here are some tips on how to use an installment loan to improve your credit score.

Diversify Debt

The credit report consists of five essential categories. The two most important ones are Payment History and Amount Owed. The “Payment History” makes for 35% of your score, while amounts owed make another 30% of the credit score. According to financial experts, you need to use the funds to make credit card payments. This will lead to entries in the payment history section that improves the credit score.

On the other hand, it will reduce the “Amount Owed.” Credit Mix is also an essential section of the credit score. It refers to different debts you owe like credit card debt, student loan, car loan, home loan. The more diverse debt you have, the better the credit rating you will have.

Save Money


When you continue to make repayments towards high-interest loans, you are losing money. Taking an installment loan and paying off high-interest debt seems like a good idea. The interest rate of installment loans falls in the range of 8% to 36%.

The interest rate of credit card debt falls in the range of 3.35% to 41.88%. This clearly shows credit debt is causing you loss. You may use the funds from installment loans to repay credit debt as it will save you money in the long run as you are not paying high-interest on the amount owed in the credit card.

Reduce Credit Utilization Rate

A high credit utilization rate hurts your credit score. Credit utilization rate refers to the amount of revolving credit you are using divided by the total credit available to you. For example, the credit limit available to you is $50,000, and your credit card dues are $25,000. It means the credit utilization ratio is 50%.

According to financial experts, you need to maintain a credit utilization ratio below 30%. This will help improve your credit score. If you have credit card dues more than $25,000, make sure you pay around $10,000 towards credit card dues to bring down the credit utilization ratio. Also, make sure you clear credit card dues each billing cycle.

Debt Consolidation

If you find it challenging to manage multiple debt payments, an installment loan to improve credit score can help. You can consolidate your debts and pay off with one installment loan. With all other debts settled, you are only required to make one monthly repayment. It will allow you to create a smart budget and make timely repayment towards the installment loan.

When you make payments on time, the payment history improves, which positively affects the credit score. Check your credit score and ensure all financial activities are reported to credit bureaus. If you find any missing information in the credit report, ask for corrections.

These are some easy to follow tips to improve credit score through an installment loan. It will help if you remain disciplined and consistent in making repayments, which may slowly improve your credit score.

7.31.2020

THE HISTORY OF MUSIC & DJS FOR WEDDINGS


DJ's and Grammophones

According to an electronics enthusiast, the birth of turntables eventually paved the way for disc jockeys. But did you know that the term disc jockey did not even refer to a person, many many decades ago? Eons ago, anyone looking for a disc jockey, will get a gramophone record.

Today, when you come across a chap searching for djs buffalo ny, he will not get a gramophone record, but a googled list of New York djs - professionals whose hobby or work includes mixing music to the delight of his audience.

There is a DJ For Everyone

There are many types of professional DJs providing entertainment to a host of different crowds. Some DJs perform for radio listeners, club-goers, festival enthusiasts, public events crowd, and even wedding guests. And because of the growing market, some DJs have specialized in wedding events.

It is interesting to travel down memory lane and find out how DJing (and their music and tools) has evolved through time. And when you discuss history, you talk about what was the first, who was the first, where was the first time, and a lot of firsts. Briefly, let us take a look at the evolution of the DJ, his music, tools, and weddings (yes weddings), and how they entwined in history.

The Firsts in DJing

Before these professionals branched out from clubs to wedding events, DJing started in the radio world. And when you talk of firsts, DJ Jimmy Savile may be the rightful heir to the title, First DJ to introduce the DJ dance party. It took place in Otley, England, in 1943, and as expected, he played all jazz records. By 1947, he became the first DJ to introduce continuous play using double-turntable, but it was Bob Casey who introduced it in the U.S.

As the 1950s ushered in, DJs became known as human jukeboxes. While playing RPM (Revolutions Per Minute) records, they would deliver their spiels in between their music.

In 1969, DJ Francis Grasso was the first to introduce beatmatching, a style showcasing shifting between two more records that have the same tempo.

In the 1970s, the break turntablism technique gained popularity. Turntables became tools for creating new music by manipulating sound effects. And by the mid-1970s, the scratching sound technique was invented. The credit goes to Grand Wizard Theodore, a hip-hop DJ from the Bronx.

By 1981, the VJ or video jockey was introduced, along with the launch of the MTV (Music Television). The following year, the popularity of compact discs reached Asia and beyond.

By 1990, the gramophone record waned in popularity as the Compact Disc came to the market. In the late 90s, many DJs, the likes of Carl Cox and Sasha and John Digweed, reached their popularity.

In 1993, the very first radio station via the internet got launched. Thanks to Carl Malamud, DJs, including newbies, had a chance to operate using their personal computers. Nathan Burton of England was the first to combine Computers with DJing. The year was 1998.

By 2002, DJs started spinning using digital vinyl. It ushered the Digital DJing revolution.

Today, DJs use the turntable as an ally in live performances. Many realize that they are almost indispensable in parties and wedding receptions. DJs who are professionals in mood-setting and mixing music that jive, have since been sought after.

How DJs May Have Landed in Weddings

Reportedly, DJing at weddings may have started as early as the 60s and 70s, although not in the U.S. Roger Squire from the U.K. was one of the first to promote the mobile disco business. When it gained popularity, his mobile disco business widened its clientele base. Apart from the disco-going crowd, mobile discos and mobile DJs have landed in other social events such as wedding receptions. Soon, others have followed suit, and the role of a DJ in weddings has multiplied - from emceeing to packing the dancefloor.

Even tools for mobile DJing have evolved. At the onset, a pair of speakers, single turntable, and records (apart from sheer DJing talent, of course) was all that was necessary to pull off a successful DJing act during wedding parties. Now, it is a whole new game. Input devices, headphones, mixers, sound systems, controllers, laptops, and monitor speakers are a must.

A DJs List of First (and Topmost)

Now here is a bit of trivia. Because of their popularity, wedding DJs have been asked time and again which songs are the most requested. Here is what one DJ has revealed of late:

The most popular first dance song is Your Song by Elton John. Now to get the guests and entourage grooving on the dancefloor, I Wanna Dance With Somebody by Whitney Houston and Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars are both on the top of his list of most-requested dance songs.

Songs from the past eras have also made it to the top. According to this DJ, the most requested old songs in weddings include Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond, Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley, and The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra.

Small bits of history about DJs - how their music and tools have evolved, and how they may have landed in weddings help us realize that history does shape the future. And because of this, we cannot wait to see what the next generation of DJs might have to offer in the distant future.

FULL STURGEON MOON IN AQUARIUS AUG 3

The Sun now tours Leo, and today, the Moon reaches its point of maximum light with a Full Moon in opposition – in your sign Aquarius. Though it’s a season for partnership this Full Moon puts the spotlight firmly on you!

The next full Moon will be midday on Monday, August 3, 2020, appearing "opposite" the Sun (in Earth-based longitude) at 11:59 AM EDT. The Moon will appear full for about three days centered around this time, from late Saturday night through early Wednesday morning.

The Farmer's Almanac first published "Indian" names for the Full Moons in the 1930s, and over time these names have become widely known and used. According to this almanac, as the full Moon in August and the second full Moon of Summer, the Algonquin tribes in what is now the northeastern USA called this the Sturgeon Moon after the large fish that were more easily caught this time of year in the Great Lakes
  • Sydney: Tuesday August 4th, 2020 1.58 am
  • Hong Kong: Monday August 3rd, 2020 11.58 pm
  • Kolkata: Monday August 3rd, 2020 9.28 pm
  • Moscow: Monday August 3rd, 2020 6.58 pm
  • Paris: Monday August 3rd, 2020 5.58 pm
  • London: Monday August 3rd, 2020 4.58 pm
  • New York: Monday August 3rd, 2020 11.58 pm
  • Los Angeles: Monday August 3rd, 2020 8.58 am.

7.30.2020

LEVON HELM: NEW BIOGRAPHY RELEASE AUG 25!


A dazzling, epic biography of Levon Helm––the beloved, legendary drummer and singer of the Band.

He sang the anthems of a generation: "The Weight," "Up on Cripple Creek," and "Life Is a Carnival." Levon Helm's story––told here through sweeping research and interviews with close friends and fellow musicians––is the rollicking story of American popular music itself.


In the Arkansas Delta, a young Levon witnessed "blues, country, and gospel hit in a head-on collision," as he put it. The result was rock 'n' roll. As a teenager, he joined the raucous Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks, then helped merge a hard-driving electric sound with Bob Dylan's folk roots, and revolutionized American rock with the Band. Helm not only provided perfect "in the pocket" rhythm and unforgettable vocals, he was the Band's soul.


Levon traces a rebellious life on the road, from being booed with Bob Dylan to the creative cauldron of Big Pink, the Woodstock Festival, world tours, The Last Waltz, and beyond with the man Dylan called "one of the last true great spirits of my or any other generation."



Author Sandra B. Tooze digs deep into what Helm saw as a devastating betrayal by his closest friend, Band guitarist Robbie Robertson––and Levon's career collapse, his near bankruptcy, and the loss of his voice due to throat cancer in 1997.

Levon as Ted Webb with Sissy Spacek

Yet Helm found success in an acting career that included roles in Coal Miner's Daughter and The Right Stuff. Regaining his singing voice, he made his last decade a triumph, opening his barn to the Midnight Rambles and earning three Grammys. Cancer finally claimed his life in 2012.

Levon is penetrating, skillfully told the tale of a music legend from Southern cotton fields to global limelight.

7.26.2020

NY PROG ROCKERS IZZ NEW EP HALF LIFE AVAILABLE 7-28


On the heels of their celebrated 2019 studio album Don’t Panic, IZZ is set to release a 20-minute EP entitled Half Life featuring four tracks including three new studio songs as well as a previously unreleased live version of “The Wait of It All,” a track originally featured on their 2004 EP, Ampersand Volume 1.

Half Life will be available beginning on July 28 via download on Bandcamp: izzmusic.bandcamp.com. A limited vinyl pressing and a limited run of Half Life on CD will also be available for purchase directly from the band and their label, Doone Records, via their website: izzmusic.com.

“The title track of this EP was actually written several years ago, but when we listened to it again recently, it took on new meaning given the uncertainty in the world today and it became obvious to us that we needed to finish mixing it and get it out into the world,” says bassist John Galgano.



Lyrically and thematically, the three new studio songs cover a wide range from the joy and mystery of “The Soul of Music” to the heartfelt contentment of “Into the Sun” to the escapism and wonder of the title track “Half Life.” Musically, the EP shows a different side to IZZ which the band is keen to present to their fans.

“We’re a band that never likes to do the same thing twice. We want to keep things interesting not only for our fans, but for ourselves,” says keyboardist and producer Tom Galgano.

“This EP comes at an interesting time for the band and for the world because we have been using our time at home these past few months to take a deep dive into writing our next proper studio album which we plan on releasing in 2021 and this EP kind of snuck its way into our consciousness, so we decided to go with it and follow the muse,” says drummer Brian Coralian.


IZZ

Paul Bremner: Guitars
Anmarie Byrnes: Vocals
Brian Coralian: Drums & Percussion
Greg DiMiceli: Drums & Percussion
John Galgano: Bass & Vocals
Tom Galgano: Keyboards & Vocals
Laura Meade: Vocals

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7.25.2020

THE IRISH MOB DOCUMENTARY SERIES IS BACK ON NETFLIX!


A must watch for True Crime fanatics like me. This documentary crime series charts the rise of the Irish Mob in America/Canada, from urban immigrant poverty to political power and wealth. I watched this last night and it is really good. Compelling stories and very well researched and re-enacted. 4.5 stars


Narrated by Irish actor Steve Wall

Some of the Irish Mobsters featured in this series
  • Jimmy the Gent Burke
  • Danny Greene
  • Mickey Spillane
  • Jimmy Coonan
  • The Stopwatch Gang
  • Whitey Bulger
  • Frank the Irishman Sheeran
Historical and well done. Read More:

7.20.2020

6 FACTS ABOUT THE ROMANTICISM MOVEMENT IN ART


Do you find yourself in a swirling tornado of emotions while looking at a picturesque depiction of life in art? Did you know that such forms of art that depict emotions, life, and nature are a product of the romanticism movement?

Romanticism is an art style that gives preference to human emotions, feelings, and abstract features of life over materialism and rational thoughts. The art forms can range from romanticism oil paintings displaying human innocence, zeal, and desires to illustrative poetry or music.

Romanticism, thus, became an outlet of human feelings for thousands of poets, musicians, and artists- a vast white canvas on which they could paint a medley of emotions.


From a dramatic display of love to the innocence in a child’s face, there is so much more to romanticism than what lurks on the surface, which an art connoisseur like you would love to know. Therefore we’ve master-crafted 6 interesting facts about romanticism movement that will feed your curiosity:

Romanticism is indefinable:

One unique thing about romanticism is that we’re unable to fathom its meaning into words. But it is not as much as the inefficiency of language that makes it hard to define romanticism as it is the complexity of its meaning. In addition to that, this movement didn’t have a definite technical style of art.

You start with human emotions, and it goes beyond humanistic feelings to the realm of fantasies, otherworldly landscapes, ethereal life forms, and superior beings. The true meaning of romanticism can only be contained in beautifully crafted romanticism paintings which are inspired by different spheres of life.

It had a dramatic touch


If you were living in the early 19th-century, you would witness romanticism brewing up as a worldwide art movement across the globe. Romanticism countered the neoclassical movement that promoted rational thoughts, science, practicality, and material aspects of the human form.

The Romanticism era was mainly about showcasing emotions, leading artists to adopt dramatic themes and drastic colours in their paintings. During the early 19th century, romanticism paintings (Sadak in search of waters of oblivion by John Martin) portrayed daily life situations with dramatic tones. They also dramatized the power of nature and the interaction of man with nature.

Representation of nature

Romanticism movement gave a new identity to nature and highlighted its importance. While romantic era paintings like the beaches 1845 by Asher Durand were set upon the theme of nature and its beauty, you’ll also find paintings like The Storm by William turner which spoke of the unparalleled might of nature.



Romantic-era artists were drawn to nature and saw it as a representation of man’s feelings. The “Back-to-Eden” concept also became popular during these times, which revolved around reclaiming child-like purity by getting in touch with “Eden” or nature. Natural disasters were also a common theme in the paintings of romantic era artists.

Romanticism is not same as Romance

Although romanticism sounds similar to Romance, you must not confine the vast horizons of romanticism to the ideas of love and other sappy worldly affairs. The tales of undying love, the promise of Romance, and the complexity of human relationships are all a part of the romanticism art, but romanticism in itself is too broad of a term to be contained only in these emotions.

Romantic paintings may start from human emotions like love, jump to the wrath of nature, and land in an unknown fantasy. They also represent superior human feelings like liberty and freedom. Thus, the idea of romanticism goes beyond the concept of Romance.

Rise of Plein air painting



Plein air painting, also known as painting outdoors, became a popular method of painting during the romanticism movement. As the artists tried to break down the chains of materialism, they saw Plein air as a form of getting away from the predetermined, realistic, and material surroundings. Many romantic era paintings like Wine harvest 1835 by Karoly portray somber outdoor settings of those times.

Focus on emotions rather than the model



Romanticism artists adapted the concept of capturing emotions instead of the physical features of the model. You can find several paintings showcasing raw emotions on human faces and might and strength of animals (like Adonis, the white stallion by James Ward) without recording the realistic details of their physical self.

Own a Romanticism Masterpiece



Romanticism movement in art was remarkable in its portrayal of human desires, feelings, and the idea of self, expanding beyond the material boundaries of the world. The true reflection of the movement can only be absorbed through the masterpieces created by romantic artists of that era. Romanticism carries a different meaning for different people, as the cynosure of the movement was the portrayal of individualism.

If you want to bask at the British romanticism art of the 19th-century romantic art forms, have a close look at the beautifully painted canvases that speak more than what words can ever convey.
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