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Albert Einstein’s ex libris was created from a doodle he drew up (probably in the margins of a paper describing the photoelectric effect, or something) and depicts a solitary stargazer, perched atop a mountain with arms spread wide, soaking in the celestial dreamscape that is the Universe. It is, in a word, awesome. Typical Einstein.

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This is the third time I’ve posted this piece, and invariably it’s ended up the subject of some copyright dispute. I’m going to hope this time the content is being posted free and clear.

This is one of my absolute favorite pieces of music, irrespective of genre.

Shostakovich, famous for his demented 8th string quartet, and on Tumblr for his monotonous personality, reveals his humanity in this, his second piano concerto, in the second movement. This is sweeping stuff - shamelessly heartbreaking, unpretentious, and warm.

There is a very grave person under those cokebottle glasses.

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My response to Politico’s profile of Concord 51

This morning Politico ran a story about Concord 51. That story generated quite a bit of attention for us, but it also raised a number of questions, particularly about what it is that we believe as an organization, and who we are trying to attract as members.

We received dozens of comments and emails asking whether there is “room in your tent” for an “independent African American” or “a gay Republican”. Frankly, this is upsetting – the fact that any of you even have to ask is indicative of the poisonous narrative that has grown to dominate Republican politics, and apparently disenfranchised a large number of supporters.

For the sake of clarity – you are all welcome to join Concord 51, and we sincerely hope that you do.

The United States is on the precipice of a wildly competitive economic environment at the very same time that our national debt is projected to reach unsustainable and potentially ruinous heights. Unemployment and underemployment remain high despite a growing U.S economy. The whole world order is literally shifting under us as nations like China and India rise to capture an alarmingly large, and growing share of global GDP. With all of these grave realities staring us in the face, we as a party have wasted this country’s time staring into people’s personal lives.

We are not going to make it as a nation if we can’t set aside our differences and work together on policies that will set the ship straight.

Concord 51 is a small group, but we are growing, mainly because our ideas make sense. We are gaining traction with politicians because all of them know we are where the Republican party will be in 15 years – we’re just doing it first. Do we need to increase the diversity of our membership? Absolutely. You can help make that happen by joining us.

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The Tree of Life is not a subtle film. Set to the tune of life, writ large, Terrence Malick explores the narrative of human existence in the era of cosmology and evolution. Beautifully shot on earth and in the heavens, this film reaches overwhelming heights. The “lacrimosa”, set to the indifference and cosmic violence of creation, is shamelessly grandiose, complete with a bellowing choir, bells, and a pipe organ, each ultimately silenced by the volcanic machinery of life.

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Kalles Kultur currently has 2,499 followers, but I think we can crack the 2,500 mark with a bit of re-posting. Please feel free to prove me right.

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Mahavishnu Orchestra was the product of the confluence of an unimaginably wide range of cultural forces interacting in unexpected ways. The raw, primordial energy of their debut studio album, “The Inner Mounting Flame” attacks the listener from the very first moments of its opening track, “Meeting of the Spirits”. From there, the album takes off quickly in violent, random, and often unpleasant directions.

British guitarist John McLaughlin formed Mahavishnu Orchestra shortly after performing on Miles Davis’ historic album, “Bitches Brew” together with Mahavishnu’s drummer, Billy Cobham. As is evident from the band’s eclectic sound, McLaughlin’s musical influences spanned the gamut - though clearly influenced by Miles and other jazz artists, McLaughlin was also influenced by flamenco music, Indian classical music, and obviously, rock music. The result is organized insanity, with each band member going off on manic rants during their allotted times, only to later join in seamless unison as if the disturbing ventures in between never happened.

The spiritual aspects of the music are equally unsubtle - the name of the band itself was chosen by McLaughlin’s then guru, Sri Chimnoy. Arguably designed to shock the listener into some higher realm of spiritual consciousness, The Inner Mounting Flame will certainly shock your musical sensibilities.

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