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Saturday, 9 October 2021

Album Review — Now is the Time, by Perpetual Etude

Filed under: entertainment, Fun, Listening, Media, Reviews — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 9:52 PM (21:52)

Band: Perpetual Etude

Album Title: Now is the Time

Release Date: Friday, 15 October 2021

One Liner Summary: Perpetual Etude definitely lives up to their stated intention — to bring back the best of 80s hard rock and metal.

Review: Now is the Time made me feel as though I had been transported back to 1985-1987. It reminded me of Yngwie Malmsteen’s Trilogy, along with Dokken’s Tooth and Nail and Under Lock and Key

They do deliver on what they say they’re shooting for — blistering, melodic guitars and keyboards, melodic vocals (see below).

I for one am hoping to hear more from Perpetual Etude, and to catch one of their live shows should they come to the States.

Rating (Out of 5): 5

Genres: Hard Rock, Metal, Neo Classical Heavy Metal

Record Label: Sound Pollution

Pre-order links — When I clicked the “Pre-Order” links on the Bandcamp site, all I got were these Javascript popup boxes, and there was NO URL available that I could copy and paste here for direct ordering or pre-ordering ANYTHING. REALLY aggravating, but this might be a Bandcamp thing, and entirely out of the band’s control.

For Fans Of: Alcatrazz, Cinderella, Dokken, Europe, Krokus, Leatherwolf, Yngwie Malmsteen, Night Ranger, Van Halen

TRACK LISTING

  1. I’ve Got the Power
  2. Show Me
  3. Straight Through The Heart
  4. Once We Were One
  5. Hell Fire Burn
  6. Now Is The Time
  7. Sail Away
  8. Our Love

More about Perpetual Etude

  

CURRENT LINE-UP:

  • Magnus Mild — Guitars
  • Kristian Fyhr — Vocals
  • Kaspar Dahlqvist — Keyboard
  • Vidar Mårtensson — Drums
  • Mikael T Planefeldt — Bass

From their Bandcamp site

Perpetual Etude formed in early 2019, as a project by Magnus Mild.

The aim was to write music with firm roots in the 80s hard rock / metal genre, where there were lots of guitar heroes, more solos than ever before and big focus on melodies. Influenced by that genre since childhood. Magnus wanted to focus on that sound and feel, build on it and take it one step further. When he later met up with vocalist Kristian Fyhr, Magnus had a vision: now is the time to do something about all those song ideas, now is the time to make something from it. Thus, the name of the album — Now is the Time. The songs depict the journeys in life, covering everything from finding true love to the loss of a close one. This is also symbolized on the album cover (by Gustavo Sazes), by a broken hourglass with good and bad memories coming out of the cracks. To learn from what has happened in the past and move on. The journey began to find the right persons for the job, to form a true band, and here we are now, finally, with the first Perpetual Etude album. Packed with blazing guitar and keyboard solos, fast and heavy riffing and very melodic vocals.

The guitar heroism of the 80s is back! Perpetual Etude was formed in 2019 by Magnus Mild with the sole goal to bring back the best of the heavy metal of the 80s. Influenced by the genre when growing up, Magnus teamed up with members from NorthTale, Dionysys, Nation, Shadowquest as well as Göran Edman on “Sail Away” to complete the vision. The result is the best of a whole decade in the astounding debut Now Is The Time, an album filled with blazing guitar riffs, keyboard solos and catchy choruses.

Perpetual Etude on social media — Facebook / Instagram / YouTube

Perpetual Etude on various search engines — Bing / DuckDuckGo / Google / Searx / Startpage


NOTES

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Tuesday, 1 December 2020

All In This Together, Right?

Filed under: Media, Politics — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 6:04 PM (18:04)

H/T Libertarian Party Mises Caucus [Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 10:38 AM] by way of The Pholosopher [Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 7:04 PM]


NOTES

  1. Reposted —
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs — Blogspot / Diaspora* / Facebook page / Flote / Gab / Gorf Social / Liberty.me / Minds / Pocketnet / Spreely page / Twitter / VK / Wimkin page / YouMe Social
    2. Absurdist Discordian Party of New Mexico — Facebook page / Spreely page / Wimkin page
    3. Albuquerque Liberty Forum — Facebook page / Spreely page
    4. Discordian Absurdist Party of New Mexico — Facebook page / Spreely page
    5. Egg McMuffin for President — Facebook page
    6. Extropy UnboundFacebook page / Spreely page / Wimkin page
    7. KCUF Media — Facebook page / Spreely page
    8. New Mexico Dissent and Expose — Facebook page / Spreely page
    9. New Mexico Libertarians — Facebook group / Facebook page / Spreely group / Spreely page / Wimkin group / Wimkin page
    10. Resist Marxism New Mexico — Facebook page
    11. Split the State New Mexico — Facebook page / Spreely page
    12. The Old Drunken Old Irrvelivents — Facebook page / Spreely page
    13. The Weekly SeditionFacebook page / Spreely page / Twitter / Wimkin page / WordPress
    14. Vote Dumpster Fire — Facebook page
    15. Vote the Air — Facebook page
    16. Vote the Air NM — Facebook page
    17. Wood Chipper — Facebook page

Sunday, 29 November 2020

Book Review — Faith Seeking Freedom: Libertarian Christian Answers to Tough Questions

Filed under: Media, Philosophy, Principles, Reading — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 2:48 PM (14:48)

BOOK REVIEW — Faith Seeking Freedom: Libertarian Christian Answers to Tough Questions

129 pages, by Dr. Norman Horn, Doug Stuart, Kerry Baldwin, and Dick Clark

FULL DISCLOSURES:

  • Kerry Baldwin has been a Facebook friend for several years now.
  • I don’t profess to be a Christian of any denomination or sect or whatever. Organized religion and I simply don’t do well together.

With those out of the way . . . .

Faith Seeking Freedom is easy reading, in that the authors don’t try to cram you chock-full of data and information and jargon, such that you would feel overwhelmed by it all.

When the authors cite Biblical content, they put the citation right there in the same paragraph as the point that they’re making, so you don’t have to keep flipping back and forth to the end of the chapter or the end of the book. This is probably for the best where electronic versions are concerned. Also, for those inclined to have a Bible nearby to check on the authors, it’s right there where you can compare and contrast the authors’ points against the Bible verse(s) itself.

The authors don’t attempt to take sides where the big divisions of libertarian thought occur, such as the minarchy vs. anarchy debate, or whether or not to be involved in the LP, with the exception of the abortion issue.

SPECIFIC POINTS

[Page numbers cited here are what listed is on the particular page. The actual pages on the PDF version that I used for this review will be that number, plus 10 pages.]

Chapter 2 (The Libertarian Basics, pp. 23-34) gives the reader a decent summary of the Non-Aggression Principle and how it applies to everyday life.

p. 26, part of the answer to Question #13 (How do libertarian Christians account for people who violate the non-aggression principle (NAP)?) takes on the minarchy vs. anarchy question rather well — the authors explain both sides without explicitly favoring one side or the other. (Disclosure: I personally lean towards the anarcho-capitalist side.)

p.39, Question #25 (Do libertarians believe any and every government is illegitimate?) also tackles the minarchy vs. anarchy adroitly, explaining both sides without favoring one or the other.

pp. 67-68 give a succinct and principled response to the “What about roads?” shibboleth.

OK, enough spoilers.

Do me a favor Do yourself a favor — Go and get a copy and read it for yourself.

SUMMARY

Faith Seeking Freedom is an easy-to-read, principled guide for Christians who are seeking to understand libertarianism, on par with Inclined to Liberty by Louis Carabini, The Law by Frederic Bastiat, or Down With Power by L. Neil Smith.

Go get a copy, read it, then tell your friends and family.


NOTES

  1. Published at The Libertarian Enterprise [TLE] — Number 1,096: 6 December 2020
  2. Reposted —
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs — Blogspot / Diaspora* / Facebook page / Flote / Gab / Goodreads / Gorf Social / Liberty.me / Minds / Pocketnet / Spreely page / Twitter / VK / Wimkin page / YouMe Social
    2. Albuquerque Liberty Forum — Facebook page / Spreely page
    3. KCUF Media — Facebook page / Spreely page
    4. New Mexico Libertarians — Facebook group / Facebook page / Minds group / Spreely group / Spreely page / Wimkin group / Wimkin page
    5. The Old Drunken Old Irrvelivents — Facebook page / Spreely page
    6. The Weekly SeditionFacebook page / Spreely page / Twitter / Wimkin page / WordPress

Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Skiffy Books I’ve Read by Women Before 1997

Filed under: entertainment, Media, Reading — Tags: , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 4:54 AM (04:54)

For me, a partial list:

Margaret Wander Bonanno

Diane Carey

Carmen Carter

Jeanne Cavelos

Karen Rose Cercone

C. J. Cherryh

Carolyn Clowes

Sonni Cooper

Melissa Crandall

A.C. Crispin

Myrna Culbreath

Kathryn Drennan

Diane Duane

Julia Ecklar

Barbara Hambly

Laurell K. Hamilton

Janet Kagan

Judy Klass

Dana Kramer-Rolls

Majliss Larson

Jean Lorrah

Sondra Marshak

Anne McCaffery

Vonda N. McIntyre

Barbara Paul

Selina Rosen

Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Pamela Sargent

Melissa Scott

Josepha Sherman

Kathleen Sky

Melinda Snodgrass

Susan Shwartz

Laurie S. Sutton

Jeri Taylor

Lois Tilton

Della Van Hise

Susan Wright

H/T Frank Ney — Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 10:51 PM


NOTES

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    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Facebook page / Flote / Friendica / Gab / Minds / Spreely page / Twitter / VK
    2. Bubonicon Puppies — Facebook page / Spreely page
    3. KCUF Media – Facebook page / Spreely page

Saturday, 4 July 2020

“No one wants to take your guns,” v. July 3, 2020

Filed under: Media, Politics, Self-Defense — Tags: , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 7:16 PM (19:16)

From the Albuquerque Journal, Friday, 3 July 2020, p. A11 OP-ED (“SPEAK UP!”)

KUDOS TO the Santa Fe County Commission for passing on the purchase of AR-15 weapons for the Santa Fe sheriff’s department SWAT officers. . . . Instead of just waiting, as Sheriff Mendoza seems inclined to do because of “the current climate in the nation,” I recommend the funds be redirected to a buyback and destruction of this type of weapon from civilians who have no legitimate need for them. AW


NOTES

  1. Reposted —
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Blogspot / Diaspora* / Facebook / Flote / Friendica / Gab / Gorf Social / Liberty.me / Minds / Pocketnet / Spreely / Twitter / VK
    2. A Bias Toward Liberty — Facebook group
    3. Absurdist Discordian Party of New Mexico — Facebook page / Spreely page
    4. Albuquerque Liberty Forum — Facebook page / Spreely page
    5. Discordian Absurdist Party of New Mexico — Facebook page / Spreely page
    6. Freedom Rally Point New Mexico — Facebook group
    7. KCUF Media – Facebook page / Spreely page
    8. Libertarian Second Amendment Caucus — Facebook page / Spreely page
    9. New Mexico Dissent and Expose — Facebook page / Spreely page
    10. New Mexico Gun Rights — Facebook group
    11. New Mexico Lest We Forget (voter remorse) — Facebook group
    12. New Mexico Libertarians — Facebook group / Facebook page / Spreely group / Spreely page
    13. Pink Pistols – Albuquerque — Facebook group
    14. Resist Marxism New Mexico — Facebook page
    15. Split the State New Mexico — Facebook page / Spreely page
    16. Stupor Bowl Sundae Feetball Shoot — Facebook page
    17. The Old Drunken Old Irrvelivents — Facebook page
    18. The Weekly SeditionFacebook page / Spreely page / Twitter / WordPress
    19. Vote Dumpster Fire — Facebook page
    20. Vote the Air — Facebook page
    21. Vote the Air NM — Facebook page
    22. Wood Chipper — Facebook page

Monday, 13 April 2020

[ABQ Journal] Re: “Hitting the Brakes” (“Speak Up!” submission)

Filed under: Economics, Media, Politics, Science — Tags: , , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 7:00 PM (19:00)

“NM’s oil and gas industry is on the edge of a shutdown”

Well, the lefty-fascist economics deniers HAVE stated their desire to make NM “carbon-free” :

https://tinyurl.com/dpnm-luddites-2020

Meanwhile, NM Democrats see the petrochemical industry as an endless cornucopia when they want cash for their “free everything for everyone” plans.

In response to “Hitting the brakes”, by Kevin Robinson-Avila, Journal Staff Writer (Wednesday, 8 April 2020)

Submitted on Wednesday, 8 April 2020 [Facebook post by Albuquerque Journal]


As printed (Albuquerque Journal, Monday, 13 April 2020, p. A9 “Speak Up!”)

“NM’S OIL and gas industry is on the
edge of a shutdown” Well, the … eco-
nomics deniers have stated their desire
to make NM “carbon-free” … Meanwhile,
NM Democrats see the petrochemical
industry as an endless cornucopia when
they want cash for their “free everything
for everyone” plans. MB


NOTES

  1. Published in the Albuquerque JournalMonday, 13 April 2020, p. A9 OP-ED “Speak Up!”
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs — Blogspot / Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook / Flote / Friendica / Gab / Liberty.me / Minds / Pocketnet / Spreely / Twitter / VK
    2. Absurdist Discordian Party of New Mexico — Facebook page / Spreely page
    3. Albuquerque Journal Facebook page
    4. Albuquerque Liberty Forum — Facebook page / Spreely page
    5. Discordian Absurdist Party of New Mexico — Facebook page / Spreely page
    6. Extropy UnboundFacebook / Spreely
    7. KCUF Media — Facebook / Spreely
    8. Libertarians of Gab group
    9. New Mexico Dissent and Expose — Facebook page / Spreely page
    10. New Mexico Libertarians — Facebook group, Facebook page, Spreely group, Spreely page
    11. Resist Marxism New Mexico Facebook page
    12. Split the State New Mexico — Facebook page / Spreely page
    13. The Old Drunken Old Irrvelivents — Facebook page
    14. The Weekly SeditionFacebook / Spreely / Twitter / WordPress
    15. Vote Dumpster Fire — Facebook page
    16. Vote the Air — Facebook page
    17. Vote the Air NM — Facebook page
    18. Wood Chipper — Facebook page

Why Cover Up a Potential Cure for COVID-19?

Filed under: Media, Politics, Science — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 4:27 AM (04:27)

A few days ago, I received this link from Tom Taylor of the Albuquerque Tea Party

Covid-19 had us all fooled, but now we might have finally found its secret, by “libertymavenstock”

Here’s the original URL — https://medium.com/@agaiziunas/covid-19-had-us-all-fooled-but-now-we-might-have-finally-found-its-secret-91182386efcb

When you click that link, here’s what you get —

Now it seems that the described course of treatment (basicallly hydroxycholoroquine with zinc) is turning out to . . . actually work.

Why even try to cover it up?


NOTES

  1. Reposted —
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Blogspot / Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook [page, profile] / Flote / Friendica / Gab / Liberty.me / Minds / Pocketnet / Spreely [page, profile] / Twitter / VK
    2. New Mexico Libertarians — Facebook group, Spreely group

Monday, 9 March 2020

The March of History: Mises vs. Marx — The Definitive Capitalism vs. Socialism Rap Battle

Filed under: Economics, entertainment, History, Media, Politics, Principles, Viewing — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 7:22 PM (19:22)

John Papola (producer of the Keynes vs. Hayek series) hits it out of the park again —

See more (including the lyrics) at misesmarx.com.


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook [page, profile] / Flote / Gab / Liberty.me / Minds / Pocketnet / Spreely [page, profile] / Twitter / VK
    2. A Bias Towards Liberty Facebook group
    3. Absurdist Discordian Party of New Mexico Facebook page
    4. Albuquerque Liberty Forum Facebook page
    5. Freedom Rally Point New Mexico Facebook group
    6. KCUF Media Facebook page
    7. New Mexico Dissent and Expose Facebook page
    8. New Mexicans Against Xochitl Torres Small Facebook group
    9. New Mexico for Liberty Facebook group
    10. New Mexico Lest We Forget (voters remorse) Facebook group
    11. New Mexico Libertarians — Facebook group, Facebook page, Minds group, Spreely group, Spreely page
    12. Resist Marxism New Mexico Facebook page
    13. Sons and Daughters of Liberty New Mexico Facebook group
    14. Southwest Freedom Lovers Facebook group
    15. Vote the Air Facebook page
    16. Vote Dumpster Fire Facebook page
    17. The Weekly SeditionFacebook / Spreely / Twitter / WordPress

Saturday, 29 February 2020

“No one wants to take your guns,” NM v. 02-28-2020

Filed under: Media, Politics, Self-Defense — Tags: , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 8:46 PM (20:46)

From page A15 of the Friday, 28 February 2020 edition of the Albuquerque Journal, we have not one, but two “gems of wisdom.”

First, the writer labels anyone that owns or carries a firearm a “gun possessor,” and makes NO attempt to distinguish between criminal misuse of firearms and safe and proficient defensive uses.

So drug testing for welfare recipients, or as a condition of employment is unConstitutional and a violation of rights, but perfectly OK if you want to purchase a firearm?


NOTES

  1. Published in The Libertarian Enterprise [TLE] — Number 1,060: Sunday 1 March 2020 (as “Letter from Mike Blessing”)
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook [page, profile] / Flote / Friendica / Gab / Minds / Pocketnet / Spreely [page, profile] / Twitter / VK
    2. The Weekly SeditionFacebook / Spreely / Twitter / WordPress

Thursday, 27 February 2020

Summing Up the Hoplophobes and Victim Disarmers in a Paragraph

Filed under: Media, Politics, Self-Defense — Tags: , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 5:29 AM (05:29)

Today’s Albuquerque Journal, fresh from the driveway, has the following in the “Speak Up!” section of the Op-Ed page (A13)

BACKGROUND CHECKS can help reduce mass shootings if they are combined with other strong measures. Close the loopholes and make purchases that are now legal, illegal. MY

If that doesn’t sum up the hoplophobe and victim disarmer mindset, I don’t know what does.

This is why I am not fond of the phrase “law-abiding” when used by right-to-own-and-carry-weapons advocates in relation to gun owners. The openly-stated intent of the victim disarmers is to make it more difficult and more expensive to own any sort of firearm in a legal manner.

Y’all do realize that calling yourself a “law-abiding” gun owner while simultaneously sporting any “I WILL NOT COMPLY” graphics or signage is idiocy. For the very essence of “law-abiding” is compliance with every little asinine, ridiculous, burdensome edict put out by the Political Classholes?!


NOTES

  1. Published in The Libertarian Enterprise [TLE] — #1,060: Sunday, 1 March 2020 – (as “Letter from Mike Blessing”)
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook [page, profile] / Flote / Friendica / Gab / Minds / Pocketnet / Spreely [page, profile] / Twitter / VK
    2. The Weekly SeditionFacebook / Spreely / Twitter / WordPress
    3. New Mexico Gun Rights Facebook group
    4. Gun Owners of New Mexico Facebook group
    5. Libertarian Second Amendment Caucus Spreely page

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