The making of Chris Squire’s Fish Out Of Water …

Chris Squire

Chris Squire is checking the time and he’s smiling. It’s long gone midnight, deep within St Paul’s Cathedral, where he’s watching recording engineer Gregg Jackman and a couple of assistants placing microphones and checking levels.

Advising them as to the best spots within the vast, resonant building is Barry Rose, the newly appointed sub‑organist who is about to play the third largest pipe organ in Europe. Joining Rose at the keyboard, Andrew Pryce Jackman, Gregg’s brother, goes over the details of the score he’s written as Rose adjusts his headphones.

Looking upon this nocturnal activity, Squire recalls when he and the Jackman brothers were choristers at St Andrew’s Church in Kingsbury. They had been under the direction of Barry Rose, then their energetic choirmaster, and had even performed in this very building. Now, in the early hours of a summer morning in 1975, here they all are once again, old friends reunited in the making of Chris’ first solo album. This feels special.

Nervous smiles, a burst of laughter and a last-minute cough. A final tweak on the four-track recorder. Glancing back and forth, nods of the head exchanged. Now, everything goes quiet. There’s a count in and the backing track of Hold Out Your Hand fills the headphones and Barry Rose begins to play the notes before him. Squire suppresses a deep chuckle of delight as the jubilant ascending chords fill the air of this cavernous, sacred space.

It’s a spine-tingling moment. In his head, he sings, the lyrics especially apt: ‘You can feel it coming/With the morning light/And you know the feeling’s/Gonna make you feel all right.’ As the rhapsodic arpeggios and lines ripple and reverberate out from the pipes around the building, the boy who grew up in Salmon Street, known to his bandmates and millions of fans around the world as The Fish, is in his element and smiling …

If you’re a Yes fan , hit the link below … Great read …

Source: The making of Chris Squire’s Fish Out Of Water | Louder

Think About This ! …

♦Without COVID-19 panic Democrats cannot easily achieve ‘mail-in’ voting; which they desperately need in key battleground states in order to control the outcome.

♦Without COVID-19 panic Democrats cannot shut down rallies and political campaigning efforts of President Trump; which they desperate need to do in key battleground states.

♦Without COVID-19 panic Democrats cannot block the campaign contrast between an energetic President Trump and a physically tenuous, mentally compromised, challenger.

♦Without COVID-19 panic Democrats do not have an excuse for cancelling the DNC convention in Milwaukee; thereby protecting candidate gibberish from himself.

♦Without COVID-19 panic Democrats do not have a mechanism to keep voters isolated from each-other; limiting communication and national debate adverse to their interests.  COVID-19 panic pushes the national conversation into the digital space where Big Tech controls every element of the conversation.

Source: The Last Refuge | Rag Tag Bunch of Conservative Misfits – Contact Info: TheLastRefuge@reagan.com

It’s bin a rough go ! …

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Haven’t posted anything in the last two and a half weeks … Stomach is acting up … Haven’t been able to eat much … The back’s always a constant pain !!! … And for some unknown reason I haven’t been able to sleep worth a shit for the last three weeks !!! …

All this culminated into being bedridden the whole last weekend … I didn’t eat a thing ! … On Monday , I felt a bit of a turn around and forced some food into me … Little bits at a time , as many times as I could … Went out for a walk and some air … That helped … Yesterday … Same thing … Managed to eat a bit more … Still no sleep tho !!! …

My ninety-three year old father is in the hospital after a couple of strokes , and with this COVID – 19 crap goin’ on , I can’t see him ! …

Plus , with all that going on , my ‘ best buddy ‘of forty odd years wants me out of his house and I have nowhere to go , little income and no means to get my ‘ stuff ‘ out of his house ! … 

I think it’s got a lot to do with stress … My situation is not very good right now … I’ve spent the last couple of months establishing my CPP , in the middle of the game for CPP Disability , trying to deal with an outdated FRO enforcement order … Plus dealing with CERB ! …

It’s takes it toll !!! …

Hopefully I’ll keep the turn around back to normal by the end of this week …

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Chutzpah Cities …

There are a lot of blue cities out there with an unusual sense of entitlement. We got the first whiff of it during the coronavirus stimulus debate , as mismanaged blue metropolises demanded pension and other unrelated bailouts from Congress from what were supposed to be emergency response funds.

But now in the wake of riots , they’re really getting bad. They’re demanding taxpayer bailouts for riot damage after failing to protect their cities , all so they could claim they were woke. They’re begging big box retailers not to pull up stakes and leave after allowing them to be trashed and looted. They’re complaining about sudden food deserts appearing as inner-city shopkeepers are thrown out of business after being robbed , burned and destroyed and wondering why these stores don’t re-open. It all underlines an amazing failure to recognize any consequences for bad decisions taken , coupled with a howling sense of entitlement. Call these solid blue failures ” Chutzpah Cities”…

Exhibit A is Minneapolis , whose far-left mayor failed to protect his city from a multi-night orgy of looting and rioting and now wants a $55-million taxpayer bailout to sweep the entire mess under the rug.

Minneapolis Democratic Mayor Jacob Frey is ordering city officials to begin a wide-ranging query of the damage done to the city’s infrastructure from the race riots that began last week after the death of George Floyd , planning on requesting a federal bailout for the city to repair the damages done by ” protestors”…

Early preliminary estimates gauge the price tag of property damage from the riots at more than $55 million dollars. Frey is already working with U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and representatives Ilhan Omar and Betty McCollum on a potential bailout package for the city.

Any apology for bad decisions ?…  Any promise to return to rule of law so taxpayers don’t have to keep doing this to eternity ?…  Normally , bailouts come with tough conditions for reform to ensure future sustainability … But Frey has no intention of reform ; he just wants you to bankroll his latest social experiment …

And how about this scary lookin’ bitch ?!!! … The Mayor ( ? ) of Chicago ?!!! …

All of the major blue cities are losing people , something that makes the big boxers even less likely to be able to turn a profit. Fewer people , fewer buyers , all the result of blue-city policies , which include high taxes and low job creation rates. Chicago for sure is among them …

And how about this poor … BLACK woman ?!!! …

“ They tell me ‘ Black Lives Matter ‘ … They’re lying . . . I’m black , look what you did to my store …

The whole thing underlines the ugly reality about leftists : that they lack introspection and firmly believe they have nothing to answer for …

What the heck did they think would happen if they allowed rich , white Antifa trust-fund bunnies to go out and loot struggling small inner-city businesses with little cushion for recovery ?  Thomas Lifson predicted that in these pages very early.  People who work 16-hour days and operate on razor-thin margins don’t recover from mob assaults easily.  Did they really think these businesses could shake the losses from mass looting and destruction like water off a duck’s back ?  The hard reality is , trash your small , struggling businesses , and there won’t be small , struggling businesses.

Good luck getting the tax revenue to pay for the bloated bureaucracies …

This last bit is something EVERY American should consider come November ;

This is chutzpah in the extreme, the classic phony plea of man who killed his parents, and then told the judge to have mercy on him for he was an orphan.

It calls to mind that they really do need to bear the consequences of their own bad decisions, hard as it may be. This may be the only way to halt the extreme leftward slide of the Democratic Party. That may well be the real meaning of President Trump’s presidency, for surely he will put a stop to this, as long as he remains in office.

Imagine how bad it would be if Joe Biden were in the presidential saddle instead. These blue cities, it is reported, are already supposedly waiting or their ‘Biden bailouts, refusing to cut spending, refusing to reform, waiting for Biden to come onboard to bail them out, knowing that Trump will see right through them and their toddler-like entitlement and tell them no. It underlines why Biden must never be elected president. Just say no to these spoiled brats who fail to learn from their mistakes, and like socialists, just keep making the same mistakes over and over and over.

Source: Chutzpah Cities – American Thinker

AstraZeneca said to approach Gilead about potential merger – BNN Bloomberg

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AstraZeneca Plc has made a preliminary approach to rival drugmaker Gilead Sciences Inc. about a potential merger, according to people familiar with the matter, in what would be the biggest health-care deal on record.

The U.K.-based firm informally contacted Gilead last month to gauge its interest in a possible tie-up, the people said, asking not to be identified because the details are private. AstraZeneca didn’t specify terms for any transaction, they said. While Gilead has discussed the idea with advisers, no decisions have been made on how to proceed and the companies aren’t in formal talks, the people added.

AstraZeneca, valued at US$140 billion, is the U.K.’s biggest drugmaker by market capitalization and has developed treatments for conditions from cancer to cardiovascular disease. Gilead, worth US$96 billion at Friday’s close, is the creator of a drug that’s received U.S. approval for use with coronavirus patients.

Gilead is not currently interested in selling to or merging with another big pharmaceutical company, preferring instead to focus its deal strategy on partnerships and smaller acquisitions, the people said. A representative for Gilead couldn’t be reached for comment outside of regular business hours. A spokesman for AstraZeneca said the company doesn’t comment on “rumors or speculation ”…

And then this …

AstraZeneca is no stranger to large-scale, politically sensitive M&A. In 2014 it fended off a US$117-billion approach from Pfizer Inc., a deal that attracted attention from U.S. lawmakers as it would have allowed New York-based Pfizer to lower its tax bill by redomiciling in the U.K. …

And this …

He’s championed the development of Lynparza, which was initially approved for ovarian cancer but has also proved useful for treating other forms of the disease. AstraZeneca has since overtaken U.K. rival GlaxoSmithKline Plc in market value …

While working for Inox Industries , here in Brampton , Ontario … I’ve polished many tanks , filter housings and pipes and tubing for the above multi billion dollar pharmaceutical companies !!! …

And it’s THAT POLISHING that makes them all work !!! …

Source: AstraZeneca said to approach Gilead about potential merger …

Statistics Don’t Lie …

In 2018, the latest year for which such data have been published, African-Americans made up 53% of known homicide offenders in the U.S. and commit about 60% of robberies, though they are 13% of the population.

In 2019 police officers fatally shot 1,004 people, most of whom were armed or otherwise dangerous. African-Americans were about a quarter of those killed by cops last year (235), a ratio that has remained stable since 2015. That share of black victims is less than what the black crime rate would predict, since police shootings are a function of how often officers encounter armed and violent suspects. In 2018, the latest year for which such data have been published, African-Americans made up 53% of known homicide offenders in the U.S. and commit about 60% of robberies, though they are 13% of the population.

The police fatally shot nine unarmed blacks and 19 unarmed whites in 2019, according to a Washington Post database, down from 38 and 32, respectively, in 2015. The Post defines “unarmed” broadly to include such cases as a suspect in Newark, N.J., who had a loaded handgun in his car during a police chase. In 2018 there were 7,407 black homicide victims. Assuming a comparable number of victims last year, those nine unarmed black victims of police shootings represent 0.1% of all African-Americans killed in 2019. By contrast, a police officer is 18½ times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male is to be killed by a police officer.

That should tell you something.

Source: Mac Donald: Statistics Do Not Support The Claim Of ‘Systemic Police Racism’ | The Daily Wire

GOLDSTEIN of the Toronto Sun …

The problem with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s campaign to win a temporary, two-year seat on the United Nations Security Council is the things he has to say in Canada’s name to win.

Thus it was no surprise that as the vote by the UN General Assembly on whether Canada will win one of two available seats in competition with Norway and Ireland approaches, Trudeau has started, predictably, to denounce Israel.

In a strange condemnation of Israel on Tuesday during his daily appearance outside his official residence — while simultaneously criticizing China as if they are equal threats to global peace and security — Trudeau said Canada “deplores” its proposed annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank.

The prime minister said he’s made it clear to Israel’s leaders that its actions, “are going to delay any prospect of lasting peace in the Middle East.”

This perpetuates the myth that Arab and Muslim nations, who are forever warring against each other, would magically beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks, were in not for absence of an independent and viable Palestinian state living in peace beside a secure Israel.

That’s what any reasonable person wants. But anyone who knows history knows it is a devious canard for Trudeau to suggest a Palestinian state will bring “lasting” peace to the Mideast.

Trudeau is free to criticize Israel, as is any other national leader. Heaven knows many do.

But in the world of realpolitik, Trudeau, the Prime Minister’s Office and Canada’s bureaucrats in the Foreign Affairs ministry know full well that criticism of Israel at the United Nations occurs in a particular context.

That is, the context that the UN General Assembly and its offshoots, such as the UN Human Rights Council, are vipers’ nests of Jew-hatred, dominated by some of the world’s most brutal and hate-filled dictatorships, which hypocritically single out Israel for condemnation because it is the world’s only Jewish state.

As UN Watch has reported, in the 2019-20 session of the UN General Assembly there have been 18 resolutions condemning Israel.

That compares to seven for all other nations on Earth — one each for Iran, Syria, North Korea, Myanmar, U.S. and two about Crimea.

In 2018, there were 21 UN General Assembly resolutions condemning Israel and six for the rest of the world — one each for Iran, Syria, North Korea, Russia, Myanmar, U.S. — and zero for such notorious human rights violators as Algeria, China, Iraq, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Turkey, Venezuela and Zimbabwe.

In March, 2019, the UN Human Rights Council condemned Israel in five resolutions, one for Iran, and zero for China, Saudi Arabia, Zimbabwe, Turkey, Pakistan, Cuba and other nations among the world’s worst human rights violators.

Trudeau and Canada aren’t the worst offenders when it comes to the UN’s unjust treatment of Israel. Canada has supported Israel on some important votes.

Trudeau has condemned the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement as anti-Semitic and an attempt to demonize and delegitimize Israel, as has Canada’s Parliament, and spoken out against the despicable Israeli Apartheid Week movement.

But make no mistake. By condemning Israel mere weeks before the members of the UN General Assembly vote on whether to give Canada a seat on the Security Council, Trudeau is pandering to an organization with a long, blatant and undeniable history of hatred towards the world’s only Jewish state.

One wishes he was made of sterner stuff.

Source: GOLDSTEIN: Is PM’s denouncing of Israel about Security Council seat? | Toronto Sun

STFU !!! …

If there is one thing we have discovered to our cost about Donald Trump it’s that he can always surprise us. Not with delight at his eloquence or empathy , or some desire for harmony and decorum , but in horror at some new presidential depth.

And as the sun set over the capital of the United States , the most powerful man in the world had the police fire rubber bullets at non-violent protestors so that he could walk from his news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House to St. John’s Episcopal Church. He stood in front of this historic church , renowned for its commitment to social justice , held a Bible and posed ostentatiously for the cameras.

Just yards away , young people who had been demonstrating against racist violence and the murder of George Floyd wept with tears produced by tear gas and by frustration. Yet Donald Trump , supremely indifferent and even mocking , held high a text that roars love, peace, and justice.

This was blasphemy. In the most authentic and repugnant sense , it was blasphemy.

Spare me your eloquent prose Mikey … You’re full of shit !!! …

The politics behind this sacrilegious ritual are obvious. Trump is in profound political trouble on numerous levels , and he knows that unless he can activate his base he will be thrashed at the election.

HAHAHA !!! … ” Thrashed ” ?!!! … Whippin’ up some of that good old fashion ‘ god’s wrath ‘ shit are ya ?!!! …

That base includes the 81 per cent of white evangelicals who voted for him last time round , and many other Americans who have a sense—sometimes vague, sometimes deeply ideological—that their nation is a Godly light on the hill, a geopolitical product of faith and patriotism.

Hit the link below if ya have the stomach for the last few paragraphs of bullshit from ‘ the Rev ‘ Mikey …

There’s another shot of the ” love , peace and justice ”  Rev. Mikey …

Source: Donald Trump, a Bible, and blasphemy – Macleans.ca

Religious leaders ‘ outraged ’…

After promising to deploy the U.S. military against protesters angry over the killing of unarmed Black people , President Donald Trump made his way to a historic Washington , D.C., church for a photo op where he held up a Bible and posed with members of his administration.

But moments before Trump’s journey to St. John’s Church , which lies right across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House , police cleared a crowd of largely peaceful protesters using tear gas and other means of force — prompting outrage from religious leaders and politicians.

Trump visited the 200-year-old church a day after a small fire caused damage to its basement during ongoing protests over the death of George Floyd while in police custody on May 25 , which have spread from Minneapolis across the country and beyond.

The president held up a Bible and posed for photos at the front entrance with Attorney General Bill Barr , Defence Secretary Mark Esper and other administration officials , all of them white …

Now there ya go !!! … That’s the crime !!! … THEY’RE WHITE !!! …

Source: Religious leaders ‘outraged’ over Trump photo op at D.C. church amid George Floyd protests – National | Globalnews.ca

George Floyd

MINNEAPOLIS — A medical examiner on Monday classified George Floyd’s death as a homicide , saying his heart stopped as police restrained him and compressed his neck , in a widely seen video that has sparked protests across the nation.

” Decedent experienced a cardiopulmonary arrest while being restrained by law enforcement officer(s) ,” the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office said in a news release. Cause of death was listed as ” cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual , restraint and neck compression.”…

OH , but by the way …

Under ” other significant conditions ” it said Floyd suffered from heart disease and hypertension , and listed fentanyl intoxication and recent methamphetamine use. Those factors were not listed under cause of death …

Hmmm … Big guy ( OH , and he’s ….” black ” ! ) is jacked up on fentanyl and meth but is ” simply protesting ” … The drugs and the existing heart condition weren’t the cause of death ?!!! …

A Minneapolis police officer was charged last week with third-degree murder in Floyd’s death , and three other officers were fired. Bystander video showed the officer , Derek Chauvin, holding his knee on Floyd’s neck despite the man’s cries that he can’t breathe until he eventually stopped moving.

OH BOO HOO !!! …

A separate autopsy commissioned for Floyd’s family also called his death a homicide. It concluded that that he died of asphyxiation due to neck and back compression , said the family’s attorney , Ben Crump , who called for the charge against Chauvin to be upgraded to first-degree murder and for three other officers to be charged. He didn’t say what the charges against the other officers should be.

That autopsy , by a forensic pathologist who also examined Eric Garner’s body , found the compression cut off blood to Floyd’s brain , and that the pressure of other officers’ knees on his back made it impossible for him to breathe , Crump said.

Both the medical examiner and the family’s experts differed from the description in last week’s criminal complaint against the officer of how Floyd died. The complaint , citing preliminary findings from the medical examiner , listed the effects of being restrained , along with underlying health issues and potential intoxicants in Floyd’s system. But it also said nothing was found ” to support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation.” Neither side has released its full autopsy report so far.

So much for the ” experts ” … But then again , who needs ” experts ” !!! … It’s obviously Trump’s fault !!! …