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Bless Me Now With Your Fierce Tears X

Continued from here.

lagatta

Yep, a passle of us worked together to locate Croghan's beloved Queenie and someone drove across southern Ontario from west to east to adopt her!

Bacchus

Oh God Im so sorry to hear this. He was a good friend and we used to exchange books thru the mail.

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Freedom 55

[url=http://www.anishinabek.ca/article1.asp]Anishinabek mourn passing of Grandfather William Commanda[/url]

bagkitty bagkitty's picture

Rudolf Brazda, last known "Pink Triangle" survivor of Nazi camps, dies at age of 98.

Aristotleded24

Condolences on Rob's passing.

Caissa

Australian Nancy Wake, who as a spy became one the Allies' most decorated servicewomen for her role in the French resistance during World War II, has died in London, officials said Monday. She was 98.

Code named "The White Mouse" by the Gestapo during the war, Wake died Sunday in a London nursing home, Prime Minister Julia Gillard said

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2011/08/08/nancy-wake-white-mouse.html

Freedom 55

[quote=Nancy Wake]

I don't see why we women should just wave our men a proud goodbye and then knit them balaclavas.[/quote]

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Marcellus Richard Andrew. 19 y.o. college student beaten to death in Waterloo, Iowa.

[quote]Witnesses say Marcellus Richard Andrew's attackers shouted anti-gay slurs while kicking him in the head.
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Jerry Leiber dies at 78; lyricist in songwriting duo Leiber and Stoller

 

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Jerry Leiber , who with his songwriting partner Mike Stoller , created a songbook that infused the rock 'n' roll scene of the 1950s and early '60s with energy and mischievous humor, has died. He was 78.

 

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Graham in his book on the duo points out that radio was mostly regional and TV had just started coming into American living rooms when Leiber and Stoller started writing for Ray Charles, Joe Turner and other black artists. It was only when Presley covered "Hound Dog" in 1956 that their music began crossing over into the mainstream, paving the way for rock 'n' roll to dominate the youth culture.

bekayne

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Jerry Leiber dies at 78; lyricist in songwriting duo Leiber and Stoller

 

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Jerry Leiber , who with his songwriting partner Mike Stoller , created a songbook that infused the rock 'n' roll scene of the 1950s and early '60s with energy and mischievous humor, has died. He was 78.

 

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Graham in his book on the duo points out that radio was mostly regional and TV had just started coming into American living rooms when Leiber and Stoller started writing for Ray Charles, Joe Turner and other black artists. It was only when Presley covered "Hound Dog" in 1956 that their music began crossing over into the mainstream, paving the way for rock 'n' roll to dominate the youth culture.

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Here's a documentary on them:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M29TEIvgjDQ

And some 1950s TV fun:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HaavKyReys

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1sQB9oYc1Y&feature=related

Unionist

[url=http://theindependent.ca/2011/02/21/the-most-interesting-people-in-newfo... Riche[/url] - feminist, socialist, trade union leader, Newfoundlander. Rest in peace, Sister.

 

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Fred Shuttlesworth, founder of the Birmingham (Alabama) Civil Rights Movement. This is the guy who got Dr. King involved. Oh yeah.

[quote]He was arrested. His house was bombed. He was beaten nearly to death. And yet he faced down Bull Connor and his racist cops. In fact, he used to call Connor up and tell him where and when he would be protesting. He convinced Martin Luther King, Jr. to come to Birmingham and he was part of the group that launched Project C ("confrontation") which ultimately brought federal intervention and changed the mood of the country in their favor.

I remember a quote of his from a documentary I once saw. He had been beaten by a lynch mob with brass knuckles and was nearly dead. His doctor told him he was lucky to be alive, and he said that he was glad he was given a thick head because that is what it takes to see the job done to the very end. [/quote]

 

Baptist Press - link on Fred Shuttlesworth

 

Snuckles

[url=http://www.zdnet.com/news/dennis-ritchie-father-of-unix-and-c-dies/63145... Ritchie, father of Unix and C, dies[/url]

[quote]Dennis Ritchie, creator of the C programming language and co-creator of the Unix operating system, has died aged 70.[/quote]

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I'm very sorry to announce that another babbler has died. Some of you, particularly Toronto- and Montreal-based activists, will know that Alexandra Artful Dodger was struck and killed by an impaired driver late last Friday night. Alex also wrote for rabble occasionally and had been a regular babble contributor under the handle pencil-skirt. For those that knew her, it is a very sad loss. My thanks to Tehanu for making me aware of her babble connection.

rabble.ca remembers Alexandra Artful Dodger

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

Damn.  That's sickening.  No one should be taken like that, or that young(age 27).

My sympathies to Alexandra's friends and family.

lagatta

That is utterly ghastly.

Despite her family's wishes, I'd never give a red cent to MADD. That group is a bunch of car-addicted puritan prohibitionists who never say anything about the "driving" half (or more) of the murderous drink-driving mix. They advocate "safe, sober driving". Screw them.

Amnesty, yes, but also groups working to put humans and other animals before cars. I'd add justice for Palestinians to the donation list, as so much of the aggression against peoples of the Middle East is tied to pertroleum addiction, and Alexandra was involved in the Palestinian cause.

What a horrible loss.

Ripple
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Thanks Ripple. Love and sympathy for your loss.

Unionist

[url=http://www.xtra.ca/public/National/Ken_Russell_19272011-11159.aspx]Ken Russell, 1927-2011 - Film director lauded for gay content[/url]

 

Gaian

Stalin's daughter. She had finally retired to the U.S.

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

Alan Sues, best known as "Uncle Al, the Kiddie's Pal" on ROWAN AND MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN, dead at 85:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-16029468

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Dobie Gray, singer/songwriter, creator of the country-soul anthem "Drift Away"

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/dobie-gray-drift-away-death-270338

 

Caissa
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Gaian

The last colonel of Mash 4077, Henry Morgan.

Gaian

Elisabeth Young-Bruehl, 65, biographer, Hannah Arendt: For Love of the World, and Anna Freud: A Biography. Leaving a tenured professorship, she continued to write, The Anatomy of Prejudices leading to her last work, Childism: Confronting Prejudice Against Children.

She had no children of her own from a brief marriage 40 years ago and had, as the Globe's Sandra Martin tells it, " made her name writing about two other childless women, became fascinated with children through writing Anna Freud's biography, her own work as a therapist and her personal life as an aunt and a stepmother.

"She came to believe that prejudice against children was intertwined with all the other prejudices she had written about, and was also embedded in the history of psychoanalysis.
"Childism" will be published by Yale Press next month."

She died on Dec. 1 from a pulmonary embolism after attending a Tafelmusik concert in Toronto with her partner in marriage, Christine Dunbar.

Gaian

A feminist of the old school who fought for workplace rights, Mary Eady, 85, women's rights activist passes.

Reported today as the Globe's feature obituary: "As Manitoba's first Women's Bureau director during Ed Schreyer's NDP government, she championed women's rights on issues including pension reforms,daycare and employment equity... (and later) deputy minister of labour under Howard Pawley .." In between those appointments, she was director of the Women's Bureau for the Canadian Labour Congress.

Francis Lankin "remember(s) Mary sahying to me that women need to be able to live, to survive,and thrive, and to leadand support families... Eady led the way, but she developed a large number of us to keep that progress moving."

The volunteer treasurer of the NDP in its beginning days, she was "a pal" of Tommy Douglas.

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George Whitman, owner of Paris's famous Shakespeare & Co.

[quote]George Whitman has died. He was 98.

You may not know his name but if you speak English and have ever visited Paris you probably know his bookshop: Shakespeare & Co.

Whitman set up the shop in 1951. He was one of a generation of Americans — mostly ex GIs on the GI bill — who went to Paris after World War II and tried to re-start the party that made the French capital the center of western culture in the ’20s and ’30s, the place where the Hemingway and Fitzgerald legends were born.

The Paris Review was started. William Styron, Norman Mailer, James Jones, George Plimpton, humorist Art Buchwald and jazz musicians too numerous to mention moved back. There were so many Americans in the city that M-G-M made a Gene Kelly musical about ex-patriot life called “An American in Paris” the year Whitman opened his shop.  It won the Best Picture Oscar.[/quote]

Whitman was not the owner of the original Shakespeare & Co., publisher of Ulysses and otherwise nexus of American ex-pat modernism. That was Sylvia Beach. But he was propreitor of a damn fine shop nevertheless.

bekayne

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Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

How strangely appropriate that he died the day the U.S. officially pulled its troops out of Iraq, since his position on that was what gave him his "big break in show biz", so to speak.

That said, Hitchens was one of the few people I disagreed with on major issues whose articles and essays I still found worth reading.

The best memorial tribute President Obama could pay him would be to finally turn Henry Kissinger over to the ICC a war crimes trial.  That would be MUCH more appropriate than any damn sympathy card.

Slumberjack

I doubt I'll ever be able to fathom his reasoning for supporting George Bush and the Iraq War.  He reviled Kissinger but aligned himself with the likes of Albright and Rice.

contrarianna

The most literate, talented, and widely cited propagandist of neoconservative imperialism. The Joseph Goebbels of our time.

6079_Smith_W

There is a good deal I disagree with him on, and I found his arrogance and intolerance particularly annoying.

But for me, that is eclipsed by the fact that he spoke his mind, practiced his craft fearlessly, and he knew how to turn a phrase like no other. And on a number of issues, he was right, certainly right enough that anything he wrote was worth reading, for me anyway, whether I always agreed or not.

Slumberjack

There was a time when the right had few, if any, constructive things to say about him as well.  He wasn't above calling for the use of one tyranny to suppress another.  But of course everything went much further beyond than just a group of bullies going at one another.  To him and Albright everything was worth it...which reeks of elitist Anglo-American imperialism.

Slumberjack

No, I think speaking out the way he did in support of George Bush and the neo-con project for the Middle East and Central Asia forever tarnished his work.  To my knowledge he never provided a solid enough explanation of himself in that regard, beyond a visceral dislike of Islamic fundamentalism, which couldn't very well hold up as an argument in the case of Iraq under Hussein.  It really came down then to a dislike of tyrants in general, but there were so many other examples to choose from that he rendered himself inexplicable by narrowing in that regard to align with an obvious economic agenda.

6079_Smith_W

@ SJ

Sorry man, I don't go in for that shame bullshit.

When he was wrong he was wrong, but when he was right he was right. And he had an incisive intellect, which was always worth paying attention to.

And believe me, I speak as one who was furious with him more often than I agreed with him. Even so, I have respect for him.

Most importantly, he did not temper his work according to what others felt he SHOULD say. In that, I think he has more of the true journalist in him than many in the profession.

 

 

Slumberjack

Well, if it's turned out that he is standing in front of someone at the moment, he should be hanging his head in shame on that account at least.  On the other hand I happen to agree with much of what I've read and heard from him.

6079_Smith_W

That is funny (and I am not saying it in a pointed way at all, so please don't take it as such) . Because on the issues I strongly disagreed with him - a lot. But I really admire the way he did his job.

Anyone willing to submit to abuse to experience first hand if it was torture or not, or to write without compromise or mawkishness about his impending death gets points in my book.

And while I'm not a 100% atheist, I sure don't believe in any final judgment of that sort.

 

 

 

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

Alexander Cockburn on Hitchens' passing:

http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/12/16/farewell-to-c-h/

Slumberjack

They had apparently been feuding for a number of years.

contrarianna

The discussion might be better carried on in a different thread on "the legacy of CH."

Cockburn's description is pretty accurate.

Key points that come through are:

Hitch did not: "right or wrong call'em as see's em" and played with facts and fiction as equally useful tools.
Hitchens was devoid of integrity or attempts at truth finding in his propagandizing enterprise.
His polemics were laden with calculated deception (what he boasts of as his skills in "chopping logic" in his autobiography).
He was not "a contrarian" but the servant of his latest ideological embrace with neoconservatism and like many true believers, saw nothing wrong in using deception for The Cause.

Catchfire Catchfire's picture

Clumsily tried to move this discussion here. Didn't quite work as planned, but we'll make it work, hey? Please continue all Hitchens-related apocrypha there.

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I was sad to hear that Cesaria Evora has died.

[url=http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/story/2011/12/17/evora-obit.html]Cape Verde's Barefoot Diva Gone[/url]

 

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

Czech playright, dissident, and president Vaclav Havel:

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-16236393

howeird beale

That sucks. Cry

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TMZ broke the news that Joe Bodolai, producer of comedy series "Kids In the Hall", "Comics" and "Wayne's World", committed suicide on December 23rd.

[url=http://qualityshows.wordpress.com/2011/12/23/if-this-were-y0ur-last-day-...'s last message[/url]

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

Did NOT know of him...Christ, I wish I had while he was living. 

Too many times, the world drives good people to this choice, dammit!

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Jonathan W.

Astrid Brown-O'Herlihy, 28, co-chair of the Ontario New Democratic Youth from 2000 to 2001. She leaves a daughter, 7.

Those who knew Astrid are invited to contribute any memories to scrapbooks her sister is keeping for her daughter.

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