The Breakfast Club (Way Over Yonder in the Minor Key)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover  we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it's PhilJD's fault.

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Breakfast Tune: Way Over Yonder In The Minor Key - Billy Bragg & Wilco (Banjo Cover)

Way Over Yonder In The Minor Key - Billy Bragg & Wilco [Banjo Cover]

Today in History

Today in History April 12

President Franklin Roosevelt dies; The American Civil War begins with the attack on Ft. Sumter; Yuri Gagarin is the first man to fly in space; Space Shuttle Columbia lifts off on its first mission; Late night TV host David Letterman born. (April 12)

Breakfast News & Blogs Below




The Breakfast Club (To the Right of Spring)

No, not that Right, your other Rite. 

Ah, screw it.  Just make three lefts and while you wait for oncoming
traffic I'll passive aggressively stew here with my shotgun and whistle


Landscape - My Name Is Norman Bates

Do I stress you out?

All I Really Want (Official Video) - Alanis Morissette

Oh, you don't even know.

Le Sacre du printemps

Allow me to review the 3 Rules of Opera-

The 3 rules of Opera.

  1. It must be long, boring, and in an incomprehensible foreign language (even if that language is English).
  2. The characters, especially the main ones, must be thoroughly unsympathetic and their activities horrid and callous.
  3. Everyone must die, hopefully in an ironic and gruesome way.

Ballet is the same, but with more men in tights and without the superfluous singing.

I'm not afraid if the Terpsichorean Muse though I do like a nice bit of cheese-

The Cheese Shop sketch, Monty Python

I was a DJ after all and I know what (shudder) drags them out on the dance floor and it ain't this-

Ultravox // We Came to Dance (Extended Version)

You see, people only dance to the thoroughly familiar and cliched.

Wang Chung - Dance Hall Days

Safety Dance - Men Without Hats Official Video

C & C Music factory - Everybody dance now

Those are ones I actually like.

Anyway the story of the Ballet goes something like this, the
celebration of spring begins in the hills and a Crone enters to foretell
the future which isn't really even as interesting as a cold reading
because this is a simpler, more primitive time and every Groundhog Day
is pretty much exactly the same.

Nine Inch Nails - Every Day Is Exactly The Same

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What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered?

That about sums it up for me.

Except that today is different. Today we go and kidnap us some virgins. I dunno, I kind of agree with that part about the railroad tracks.

And then we celebrate Festivus with the airing of grievances until the Sage comes and tells us to stop it and get on to the orgy.

End of Act I. Time to hit the lobby and get blasted because things are only going to get worse.

Act II

Evidently the ballerinas were out in the lobby too as they straggle on stage and wander around in circles for no particular reason. It's just like a Sigma Alpha Epsilon party at UVA only with more roofies. One particularly befuddled co-ed is selected for sacrifice, sent off to perform goodness knows what kind of unspeakable acts with a bunch of dirty old men and then dances herself to death much to the amusement of the other performers and outrage of the audience.


Yeah, dance your way out of that Stravinsky.

As you might imagine this tale of pedophilic murder created quite a stir, even in Paris a city not noted for Puritanism. At the debut there was a riot between the wealthy patrons of art and the bohemian hip crowd that liked it for it's novelty. From all accounts Nijinsky's choreography sucked, but I think the whole concept was a bad idea from the git.

Despite my opinion it's one of the most frequently recorded and performed ballets.

The Lottery - Part 1 of 2

The Lottery - part 2 of 2

Oh wait, that's Shirley Jackson's The Lottery. This is Le Sacre.

Igor Stravinsky - Le Sacre du Printemps - Vaslav Nijinsky-Version 1913 - Ballett Mariinski-Theater

Don't agree with my assessment? Well, that's the Politics of Dancing-

Re Flex The Politics Of Dancing 1983

Obligatories, News and Blogs below.




EEOC rules for equality again

 photo Lusardi_zpsxn3pmqcs.jpgThe Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has ruled that the US Army must financially compensate Tamara Lusardi for employment discrimination she experienced while working at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama.

The ruling follows a verdict previous issued in Lusardi's case in October in which the EEOC labeled actions taken against her by supervisors were discriminatory. Those actions included barring Lusardi from the women's restroom and continuing to use male pronouns and her former name. The EEOC found at that time that the supervisors were violating a federal law which "which prohibits discrimination based on conduct that does not adversely affect job performance."



Not Newsworthy

Media Matters has studied the network and cable news coverage of transgender issues for the first two months of this year.

Anyone want to guess what they discovered?

Network news spent 19 minutes and 19 seconds on transgender issues (ABC = 2:06, CBS 10:48, NBC = 6:25). ABC decided transgender issues were worthy of no more than one segment in that two month period. Almost half of the CBS coverage concerned the phenomenon on Amazon's Transparent.

The Cable news outlets, were marginally better, spending one hour, 58 minutes, and 57 seconds (CNN = 46:20, MSNBC = 61:20, FOX = 11:17)

Media Matters reports that nearly half of the MSNBC coverage occurred during Ronan Farrow Daily (in excess of 29 minutes), which was cancelled at the end of February.



The Breakfast Club (Renegades)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover  we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and
weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our
boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late,
it's PhilJD's fault.

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This Day in History

Today in History for April 10th



Peace talks conclude in Northern Ireland with Good
Friday agreement; the Titanic sets sail; F. Scott Fitzgerald's 'The
Great Gatsby' published; Comedian Sam Kinison killed.

Breakfast Tunes

X Ambassadors - Renegades (Audio)

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

I have learned silence from the talkative,
toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet,
strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.

Khalil Gibran




The Ghost of Chamberlain

Of course the proximate issue is whether the prospective deal with Iran is 'another Munich'.

Now I'll leave aside some minor contemporary details like the fact that as a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Iran is perfectly within its rights to develop nuclear power for peaceful purposes in any way they see fit, and that Ayatollah Khameini "has also issued a fatwa saying the production, stockpiling and use of nuclear weapons is forbidden under Islam.", and that Pakistan (Sunni) is a non-participant that openly has nuclear weapons and Israel (another non-participant) almost certainly has them but will not admit it, or that Saudi Arabia (participant) has stated that they will purchase them if they deem it desirable.

Let us think instead about Munich.



It get's better? Not fast enough, not here and not now

Life near Camp Pendleton is apparently lacking in support for transgender kids.

 photo Sage-David_zpsrsqte3za.jpgOn March 3, Sage took his own life.

Sage was one of us and was one of the many LGBTQIA teens that frequents the North County LGBTQ Resource Center.

Our Center’s youth want to celebrate Sage’s life and remember his legacy of love and acceptance, and not dwell on his pain. While so many have been questioning the reason behind this tragedy, Sage was loved and respected by his family and peers and this is how his closest friends here at the Center want to remember him.

However, Sage’s story brought to our attention just how vulnerable our LGBTQIA youth really are, constantly challenged by a society that only seems to accept and impose a gender binary idea of the world.

--Max Disposti, North County LGBTQ Resource Center in Oceanside, CA



The Breakfast Club (Rebellion)




Stipe, John condemn treatment of transgender prisoners

Michael Stipe and Elton John issued a joint statement yesterday condemning the treatment of transgender prisoners in the state of Georgia.

Transgender women in male prisons have an equal right to protection from violence and abuse in prison, yet they continue to face horrific injustices.

The musicians referred to both the situation of Ashley Diamond, linked above, and that of Zahara Green, who was forced to perform oral sex on a prisoner at Rogers State Prison in 2012. When Ms. Green complained, she was placed in protective the same cell as her abuser. There she was raped repeatedly for 14 hours before a guard came to check on the situation.



Decay (2012) - The LHC Zombie Movie [full film]


Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my
example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge, and how much
happier that man is who believes his native town to be his world, than
he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow.

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back to Science Thursday.  This particular film was shot by CERN
interns during some downtime, of which they have quite a lot actually
since it's broken more often than it's working.


What a lot of people don't know about the Large Hadron Collider is that it's basically been operating at half capacity since an accident during the test phase blew out a large section.
 Now, after two years of re-building, it is poised again to create that
Black Hole Apocalypse that swallows the Earth into it's singularity
(not to worry, as it turns out micro Black Holes are unstable and loose
mass (energy) through Hawking Radiation at a rate too great to sustain themselves indefinitely, so you can rest
assured that we're far more likely to die of Global Climate Change).

Anyway it's been down for two years (much like Shell's Arctic
drilling scheme) and started it's run up to full capacity next week.
 Beyond nailing down the Higgs Boson, a lot of what they expect to find is nothing.


Scientific method.  A Theory is not a Theory unless it makes predictions that are experimentally disprovable-

How often have I said to you that when you have
eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be
the truth?

Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?
To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time."

The dog did nothing in the night-time.
That was the curious incident.

A lot of the work for CERN from here on out is testing some of the
predictions of various Theories and seeing if the experimental results
match.  The fuzzyness of the Higgs Boson for instance could indicate Supersymmetry which predicts up to 5 types of Higgs Bosons.

If the Standard Model is in fact correct, it covers only 4% of
the observed Universe.  27% is "Dark Matter" that is currently
undetectable but exerts a huge Gravitational influence (umm... Black
Holes are detectable so it ain't that).  "Dark Energy" even less so, but
this is the force that observationally inflates the Universe beyond a
size where Gravity can ever collapse it.

The Large Hadron Collider might, might produce energy levels
sufficient to detect Dark Matter.  Nobody is talking about Dark Energy

Oh, and 'Dark' in this context means undetectable by current means, might as well call it Rebellion.

So how to do you detect the undetectable?  Why, by it's absence.
 The hope for Dark Matter is that certain types of collisions will,
instead of producing results that conform with the Standard Model, lose
detectable energy (mass) in a replicatible way that advances the math
describing it's nature.

Or not.

Cern restarts Large Hadron Collider with mission to make scientific history
by Ian Sample, The Guardian

Sunday 5 April 2015 15.48 EDT

The pat on the back and call to arms marked the
restart on Sunday morning of the world's largest and most powerful
particle accelerator. More than two years after it handed researchers
the Higgs boson, and was closed down for crucial upgrade work, the
machine is ready to make scientific history for a second time.

How that history will be written is unknown. High on the wishlist for
discoveries are dark matter, the invisible material that appears to
hang around galaxies and makes up more than 25% of the universe; hidden
extra dimensions that would explain why gravity is so puny compared to
other forces of nature; and an explanation for why the world around us
is not made from antimatter.

But there is another history that keeps scientists awake at
night: the possibility that the LHC's discoveries begin and end with the
Higgs boson, that it finds nothing else over the next 20 years it is
due to run. As Steven Weinberg, a Nobel laureate and professor at the
University of Texas in Austin, told the Guardian: "My thoughts on the
possibility of the LHC telling us nothing new don't go beyond hopeless


Until now, the Large Hadron Collider has run at only half its design
energy. The machine was restricted to 7TeV collisions after a weak
connection led to a short circuit that caused an explosion less than two
weeks after it was first switched on in September 2008. The blast
covered half a kilometre of the machine with a thin layer of soot and
closed the collider for more than a year. The repairs cost the lab £24m.

The machine was switched back on in 2009, but Cern took the
precaution of running at half energy to slash the risk of another
accident. The gamble paid off. On 4 July 2012, the lab's Atlas and CMS
detector teams declared they had discovered the Higgs boson months
before the machine was shut down. A year later, Peter Higgs, the
Edinburgh-based physicist, and François Englert from Brussels, won the
Nobel prize for their work on the particle, which is thought to give
mass to others.


The Higgs boson was the last piece of what physicists call the
Standard Model, a series of equations that describe how all the known
particles interact with one another. Though successful, the model is
woefully incomplete, accounting for only 4% of the known universe. With
the LHC, scientists hope to find physics beyond the Standard Model, a
first step to explaining the majority of the cosmos that lies beyond our

"The LHC will be running day and night. When we will get results
we don't know. What is important is that we will have collisions at
energies we've never had before," said Arnaud Marsollier, a Cern

The law that entropy always increases holds, I think,
the supreme position among the laws of Nature. If someone points out to
you that your pet theory of the universe is in disagreement with
Maxwell's equations - then so much the worse for Maxwell's equations. If
it is found to be contradicted by observation - well, these
experimentalists do bungle things sometimes. But if your theory is found
to be against the second law of thermodynamics I can give you no hope;
there is nothing for it but to collapse in deepest humiliation.

-Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington, The Nature of the Physical World (1927)

Science News and Blogs

ek hornbeck :: The Breakfast Club (Rebellion)
Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover  we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and
weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our
boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late,
it's PhilJD's fault.
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This Day in History





Today in History for April 8th






Funeral of Pope John Paul II; Pablo Picasso dies at
91; Teen aids patient Ryan White dies at 18; Hank Aaron hits 715th home
run; Kurt Cobain found dead in home from self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Breakfast Tunes





Singing In The Rain - Singing In The Rain (Gene Kelly) [HD Widescreen]






Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac


It takes a long time to become young.

Pablo Picasso





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