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Fake News, Flake News And The Rise of The Electronic Town Crier

March 25, 2017 8:29 am
Greetings Taxi, Thank you for posting Jimmy Dore's episode. ...." truthiness, integrity and funniness...."   Here in the UK we're not familiar with him! The ugly, blatant truth is much too painful to absorb, digest, deal with and to bear. So negation is the answer.  'Exceptionalism' must be the answer! Brave man, Mr Dore!

Disco For Cynics

December 31, 2016 6:56 pm
The wonderful. sadly missed George Carlin!  What mischief wouldn't he have made of 2016 !!  
January 9, 2017 10:44 am
testing again .... clicking for notifications please
January 9, 2017 12:48 am
testing .... again 

He Came, He Saw, She Died

December 28, 2016 11:11 pm
testing ...  Happy peaceful  New year Taxi  

Election Impressions

November 6, 2016 11:09 pm
May I just add that some of the Brexit voters  had nothing to do with what the Farage, BoJo , etc.. clique had to say ! Some voted as a Protest Vote ( among other things) over the total lack of democracy within the European Commission and the secrecy by their decision behind closed doors about the TTIP giving all powers to the massive  Corporations  and  Banks ... ceding to them the capacity to sue governments over possible loss of profits within those countries  when the local Health and Safety laws were contrary to what these Corporations deemed permissble according to the US laws. Going back to when  the greatly missed Tony Benn was against the  formation of the EU , foreseeing that it was going to be trasformed from the then intended Economic Union into a totally  subjugated Political Union , as it has turned out . 
November 2, 2016 6:35 pm
Wow Taxi,  what a fantastic two days  reading all that you have amassed and written after so many months we've missed your ever so stimulating and intelligent articles ! I am just an outsider observing, contemplating  and being  horrified at the sad disaster that  those elections are presenting to the whole world !  The youtube of Alex Jones interviewing Dr. Steve Pieczenic is riveting  in its entirety.  So much many of us so far away from it all have no idea about the way things work in the back rooms and byways of politicians' minds and intrigues !  Very scary !  So much corruption is truly inconceivable . Are we to  expect some cataclysmic event in the next few days that will change everything  everywhere on the planet ? 
November 2, 2016 7:00 pm
Colour me naïve now...  All this is too confusing and being a a-politically minded as I am , some of it made sense , some didn't.  But Steve Jones, with whom I am not too familiar , makes a habit of annoyingly interrupting his guest every few seconds which must drive the speaker (who was asked a question!) insane while striving to answer !

… And Goodbye To All That

April 15, 2016 10:29 am
MRW , thanks for posting the trio Kalifé youtube.  Very talented sons of Marcel, as well . The percussionist (Bashar ) is amazing . Walid,, let's  just imagine what would be their fate had they been sitting at home in Raqqa ,for instance ,and some  Daesh thug happened to be passing by and heard them jamming their hearts out.... end of story , Huh?   Would they ever get invited to perform in Riyadh ?Hey get the crowds into the great Square to witness and behold the power and might of 'almighty' who proscribes all that is joyful and beautiful in this world that he supposedly created ! I'm all for developing the music of the Orient and exploring new vistas and dimensions and he must be commended for that . His sons are classically based and that is good for both ends of the Western-Oriental spectrum for the Future of music in the world.  Are you familiar with the Orchestra Daniel Barenboim & Edward Saeed formed together some years ago called "The WestEast Diwan Orchestra" ? The Orchestra consists of mostly Palestinian ,Israeli, Egyptian, Syrian young musicians and supplemented with some European musicians to form a Symphony Orchestra . They tour the world every year and meet every Summer in Spain.     
April 13, 2016 2:14 pm
Hi Walid, It is difficult for me to extricate myself from this fascinating thread  I have been totally immersed in since our Taxi pronounced what to me was a stunning announcement. It took me a couple of days to recover my composure and balance . As I have  already (as we say in the 'spoken' Arabic,) taken a few steps into my 81st year on this planet, albeit somewhat reluctantly and grudgingly......I have the time to dedicate towards reading the websites that interest and fascinate me. And Plato's Guns never disappointed, but rather inspired and elevated . Taxi is a most gifted and generous talent to whom I am ever so grateful for the superlative quality of discourse she has provided us . So now  I go way off topic at hand You ask me about life in Beirut and our large balcony ! Well, in Lebanon if you didn't have a balcony large or small,  you weren't alive. In the 1950s the advent of A/C and TV were rather limited and wherever you lived in Lebanon you were missing the glorious scenery and lovely sea/mountain breezes  if you didn't live half your life on your balcony , with abundance of plants and flowers ...Just to say that at differnt times I lived in both West and East Beirut. Both with the balconies ! As to the life before moving to the UK , I'm afraid I can't say anything other than it was a normal ,busy , family/business middle class  one ,with all the pleasures and vicissitudes that most people have as they navigate for better or worse this mortal coil . Civil war,  invasions , twice picked up sticks with husband and kids and left... to return less than a year  later  ( first to Montreal , second time to LA) . Too long a story interspersed with troubles and  sadnesses to impose onto the readers.  So this is where I end this flimsy  tale of the balconies and Beirut , Walid. I am glad to know you are well and back on Plato's ,interacting vigorously with the wonderful Danaa ,  Sean , C&D and Bornajoo .   To end what must be embarrassingly the longest comment I've ever made , I'm not sure whether it answers  your request.... and hoping to see you around with your vast array of knowledge and culture that I am truly in awe of . And hoping that Taxi won't leave us for too long , as she is and always has been  the prime mover, guide  and inspiration on this, her Plato's Guns !      
April 14, 2016 6:53 pm
Walid @ 5:53pm Yes Walid I was coming to mention that  I have listened to his Arabian Concerto  an hour ago , as well as his 'Inhad ya Tha'er ' which i found lovely as well ! The percussionist in that short piece is very very good on the derbakké/ tabla looking thingy   Khalifé's music is lovely to listen to as he combines the oriental sound, 1/4 tones played on authentic reed ( the naï ) and wonderful rhythm with Western style orchestration and harmonies , so pleasing to the soul ! If you're interested , google Wissam Boustany on his website.  He's worth the trouble ....he's close to our circle.
April 13, 2016 7:57 pm
Thank you Walid, for the music of Marcel Khalifé . I have often listened to Mahmoud Darwish on youtube  reciting his wonderful poetry . Yes I knew about 'the proposal' in question . It was my very first time I ever encountered Taxi on MondoWeiss . Been hooked since !  I grew up in Jerusalem with a huge jasmine  bush in the garden . My job as a 7 year old was to thread jasmines into  necklaces for my mother's lady visitors !  We always had  jasmine on the balcony in Beirut, as well as a gardenia tree in East Beirut . Bougainvillea as well at other times; all 3 colours merging togethe...the pink the orange and the fuchsia .For me they are the Mediterranean and the nostalgia never leaves  ( I had to post this below ,as there was no reply button after the Marcel Khalifé video)  
April 14, 2016 4:22 pm
Walid,  once more the reply button is missing after your comment at 1:04 pm ....or am I too ignorant about what to do! Music reigns supreme in my family. Both my sons (the elder is also a Walid) are musicians, one rhythm & blues amateur on guitar (businessman by profession)  the younger a professional soloist  . He honed his artistic discipline and skill in  Beirut,  then Western Conservatories. Very talented is he! Do  you play an instrument , Walid? I shall check out Marcel Khalifé on youtube. Thanks for the info ! I know he is internationally famous .   
April 11, 2016 9:05 am
Danaa , I  couldn't have ever said it better !  Thank you And apologies for the one-liner !