THE INFORMATION #919 DECEMBER 16, 2016

THE INFORMATION #919
DECEMBER 16, 2016
Copyright 2016 FRANCIS DIMENNO
francisdimenno@yahoo.com
 
Like all pure creatures, cats are practical. –William S. Burroughs
WHEN THIS WORLD CATCHES FIRE

BOOK THREE: SAVAGE NOXTOWN
CHAPTER ELEVEN: PART TWO: DAYS OF WRATH
 
“I don’t know if youve ever heard tell of the black bottle–the one that they give to all the poor Yellofs in the charity ward of the city hospitals,” said Count Justin Victor. “They say its contents include arsenic, strychnine, chloroform, ammonia, and a generous dollop of soothing morphine–enough to stop your heart for you. I ain’t got no 100% opinion on the black bottle, one way or another. You’d think that if it really existed they’d have written it up in one or another of the muckraking newspapers or magazines. But then again, maybe there are some things that are just too awful to be recorded. Yet, on the other hand, I have never known a reporter to shy away from a potentially hot story. But quack Doctors manage to croak plenty enough of their patients by accident, anyway. And to be sure, there must be at least a few Docs who have administered poison to the desperate cases. In spite of their so-called oath, which I don’t think many of them take all that seriously. I mean, really, Yob–how can any truly intelligent man be bounden by an instrument as crude and rudimentary as a mere affirmation? Oh, sure–it’s a question of honor. God knows, the War of Northern Aggression Against the Confederate Nation was surely fought out as a manner of honor. And we all know how that turned out.
 
“But what, after all, IS honor? Something highly artificial, to be sure. You don’t see a dog or a cat paying attention to any such a thing as honor. A cat is aloof. That is its disease, and its saving grace. And a dog is grateful, ditto. A cat will flee from a house fire and leave the family in it to roast alive, while a teenty tiny poodle dog has been known to go up against a vicious black bear by biting it on the nose until the master and mistress and their bairns can get safely away. Does it follow, then, that a dog is to be preferred to a cat?”
 
“Of course!” I said.
 
“Not so fast, Yob,” said Count Justin Victor. “I wouldn’t be so sure. A dog for friendship, yes–but a cat for an object lesson. A cat never lets anyone get too close. And you would be well-advised to follow the example of the savvy feline. Especially in matters of romance.
 
“Dogs can be plenty frightening, though. There is a certain superstition I have observed among confidence men–that if you’re followed by a black dog, and you can’t drive him away even by throwing stones at him, then the whole jig is up, and you would do best to drop whatever long con you happen to be working and go into hiding, and pronto. Especially if the brute starts to growl at you. That shows that he can see right through your mask of respectability; and so can the mark you’ve been cultivating so assiduously. I’m ashamed to say it, but a great many grifters also happen to be extremely superstitious. Especially when it comes to gambling. They actually believe in the power of luck, and betting on the horses by using a so-called system. They actually place credence in the notion that a certain number has its “time” to come up, even though all the laws of probability teach us that the chances that any given number will come up are even, across the board–unless you’re dealing with loaded dice or a gaffed roulette wheel. But maybe the joke is on me. Maybe some of these superstitions have merit. Maybe a dog actually can foretell evil, and detect unseen spirits, and predict the rain by eating grass. It’s not for me to say. The metaphysical has never been my forte. 
 
“But one thing I do know about is human nature, and I will tell you this much, Yob: far too many men are just like dogs. A dog, you see, expects to be beaten. To be sure. the first time you do it he will give you a look of profound disappointment, but, after that first time, if you’ve been feeding him regularly and even if you haven’t, he will look at you with a combination of abject fear and equally abject love. Because that’s the way a dog is built. Basically, a dog is there to take your abuse. Just like a man with a woman. 
 
“I believe that cats are a lot like women–they won’t stand to be yelled at, most of the time. Have you ever tried to punish a cat? Just try it once–and the smart money says you’ll get a faceful of claws, for all your slyness. Give offense to a cat and she’ll plant her diggers in your dial face, and tout suite. Though maybe you can palm it off as a dueling scar. Haww…. 
 
“Trust me when I tell you that nobody in their right mind would ever beat a cat. It’s very bad luck indeed. They’re not human, like sometimes dogs appear to be. But women tend to dote over them. Especially crazy women–though, if you ask me, all women are at least slightly batty. Women treat their cats like babies. Some cats even look like babies. Certain cats, it is rumored, can predict the weather. If you see a cat cleaning her ears, that means it’s sure to rain. Other cats, it is said, malevolently suck the breath out of babies. That’s a product of the rumor mill, however. Nobody has ever caught a cat doing anything like that. But maybe it just goes to show how sly those baby-killing cats can be. Cats are actually useful around the house. They like to kill rats and mice, and will also go after goldfish, and annoying songbirds. Some people say that a howling dog foretells a death. But certain people think that a cat also has the power to foretell death. If so, I wish one of them would pass along that useful information to me, for I would very much like to be able to predict the hour of my passing into the realm of shadows. Sailors believe that cats can start storms from magic stored in their tails. And it seems as though everybody knows that a black cat is bad luck, like walking under a ladder, or breaking a mirror. It rather begs the question, however, of why black cats are permitted to exist at all, if that is the case. But they say that If you kill a cat, you are sacrificing your soul to the Devil. So–even if we were to kill them all–maybe it would bring us even more bad luck.”
 
1*SALUTATION
CHARLES MINGUS
ECCLUSASTICS
The good part begins at 4:03. Still gives me chills.
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WEDNESDAY NIGHT PRAYER MEETING
 
BETTER GET HIT IN YOUR SOUL
 
THE BLACK SAINT AND THE SINNER LADY (LP)
 
ORIGINAL FAUBUS FABLES
 
DON’T BE AFRAID, THE CLOWN’S AFRAID TOO
2*REFERENCE
John Linley Frazier
“Halloween, 1970. Today World War III will begin, as brought to you by the People of the Free Universe. From this day forward, anyone and/or everyone or company of persons who misuses the natural environment or destroys same will suffer the penalty of death by the People of the Free Universe. I and my comrades from this day forth will fight until death or freedom against anyone who does not support natural life on this planet. Materialism must die, or Mankind will stop.”

3*HUMOR
Steve Allen Show, 1963 
Frank Zappa Playing music on a Bicycle 

 
4*NOVELTY
Pakistani White Karahi with Chicken

5*AVATAR OF THE ZEITGEIST

GREG ABBOTT

 
ALSO SEE:
BREITBART CEREALS
 
ELECTION POSTMORTEM
 
SEE ALSO:
After 4 years of Trump the US will be isolated and well on its way to becoming irrelevant. That’s not such a bad thing. The Roman empire is no more but the world went on. Coal seam gas and fracking will have destroyed large chunks of land, climate change will have [wreakedhavoc. The US economy will have collapsed, civil society will have deteriorated and there may even be a civil war. It will make for fascinating reading.–Mick_Moriarty 
 
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A recent analysis by the Economist, for example, found that, “The data suggest that the ill may have been particularly susceptible to Mr. Trump’s message. According to our model, if diabetes were just 7% less prevalent in Michigan, Mr. Trump would have gained 0.3 fewer percentage points there, enough to swing the state back to the Democrats. Similarly, if an additional 8% of people in Pennsylvania engaged in regular physical activity, and heavy drinking in Wisconsin were 5% lower, Mrs. Clinton would be set to enter the White House.”

6* DAILY UTILITY
DUCKDUCKGO
The search engine that doesn’t track you
 
ALSO SEE:
8*PRESCRIPTION 
DISCOVER YOUR FIRST TWEET EVER
9*RUMOR PATROL
QUORA: What is an example of something true that nobody generally wants to admit?
10* LAGNIAPPE
THE BLUE SKY BOYS
ARE YOU FROM DIXIE?
11* DEVIATIONS FROM THE PREPARED TEXT: A REVIEW OF OTHER MEDIA
KRISTEN HERSH       BMG Music and Omnibus Press
Wyatt at the Coyote Palace   24 songs and Book

This majestic collection strikes me much less as an assemblage of half-completed songs and much more like a privileged look into a gifted artist’s sketchbook. Past examples might include Bob Dylan’s Basement Tapes; Syd Barrett’s solo albums; Patti Smith’s Radio Ethiopia; 69 Love Songs by The Magnetic Fields, and XTC’s demo albums Homespun and Homegrown. These are all instances of artists honing their craft and quite possibly not worrying too much about what kind of an impression they are making. The book which accompanies the two CD-set is full of impressionistic vignettes; many of them anecdotes which fall short of being full-blown stories. These vignettes seem to provide a kind of running commentary on the frequently elliptic song lyrics which accompany them. Many of the songs on Wyatt at the Coyote Palace are anchored by a strummed acoustic guitar underscored by quirky melodies and arrangements. The opening track, “Bright” begins as though a door into the unknown has gradually creaked open and is luring you into a troubling world of unresolved and unsolvable ambiguities. Spacy sound effects lure you further into the sounds of cascading guitar strumming and Hersh’s fragile, almost broken voice. The overall effect is both disorienting and transcendent–and then the song, like a dream, abruptly ends. “Bubble Net” evokes a murky, underwater-sounding eldritch feel which evolves into a kind of magisterial march. Many of the remaining songs are divided into three types. The first category consists of pretty, if seemingly fragile melodies, such as “In Stitches”, the eerie and translucent “Hemingway’s Tell”; the manic-depressive “Wonderland”; the lovely but ominous “Day 3”; the subtly urgent “American Copper”; the pretty but scarifying undertow of “August”; the laconic “Cooties”; the beautifully, beatifically melodic “Christmas Underground” and the elegiac “Shaky Blue Can”. The second category of songs might be deemed Art songs, with halting and often abrupt pacing: for example, “Secret Codes”; the broken and stammering guitar of “Detox”; the stuttering impetus of the wrenching “Two Birds”; the masterful, brilliantly poppy ba-ba-bas of “Guadalupe,” with its liquescent guitar and ominous and almost hypnotic and frightening bass undertow; the alternately juddering and calm “Some Dumb Runaway”; the strangely placid and moody “From the Plane”; and the wrenching pomp of “Between Piety and Desire.” The third, and often most powerful category of songs consist of nearly nightmarish soundscapes with intense vocals, which include the following: “Green Screen”; the sad and classically tinged “Diving”; the tumultuous and insistent “Sun Blown”; the brightly melodic but taut and eerie “Elysian Fields”; the alternatingly calm and intense “Soma Gone Slapstick”; and, for the grand climax, the impossibly beautiful and utterly otherworldly “Shotgun”, a brilliant tour de force in an idiosyncratic and highly personal album which is full of them.  

CONTROVERSIES IN POPULAR CULTURE. 878.

POPE LEO X: “HOW WE PROFIT BY THESE FABLES”

 
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