The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956

December 28, 2014 by · Comments Off on The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956
Filed under: Famous Writers, Historic Crimes, Russian History, This Day in History 

The first volume of The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956, a history and memoir of life in a Soviet Union prison camp, written by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, was first published in Paris in the original Russian on Dec 28, 1973.

“… authorized for Western publication only after the Soviet secret police seized a copy of the manuscript last August, …”

The Soviets arrested Solzhenitsyn on February 12, 1974 taking away his citizenship and deporting him.

Solzhenitsyn warned the Russian people, citizens of a severely, censorial, 1973 Russia, in the preface of his book The Gulag Archipelago (a three-volume work), that they must consider the reading of his writings as a “very dangerous” act.

Learn more about life in Stalin’s Gulag.

Woodstock Music & Art Fair Music Festival Performers

December 23, 2014 by · Comments Off on Woodstock Music & Art Fair Music Festival Performers
Filed under: America, Famous Song Writers and Singers 

Bethel, New York from August 15 to August 18, 1969


Richie Havens – 5:07pm – 7:00pm
“The Minstrel from Gault”
“From the Prison/Get Together/From the Prison”
“I’m a Stranger Here”
“High Flying Bird”
“I Can’t Make It Anymore”
“With a Little Help from My Friends”
“Handsome Johnny”
“Strawberry Fields Forever / Hey Jude”
“Freedom (Motherless Child)”
Swami Satchidananda – gave the invocation for the festival – 7:10pm – 7:20pm
Sweetwater – 7:30pm – 8:10pm
“Motherless Child”
“Look Out”
“For Pete’s Sake”
“What’s Wrong”
“Crystal Spider”
“Two Worlds”
“Why Oh Why”
“Let the Sunshine In”
“Oh Happy Day”
“Day Song”
Bert Sommer – 8:20pm – 9:15pm
“The Road to Travel”
“I Wondered Where You Be”
“She’s Gone”
“Things Are Going My Way”
“And When It’s Over”
“A Note That Read”
Tim Hardin – 9:20pm – 9:45pm
“How Can We Hang On to a Dream?”
“If I Were a Carpenter”
“Reason to Believe”
“You Upset the Grace of Living When You Lie”
“Speak Like a Child”
“Snow White Lady”
“Blue on My Ceiling”
“Simple Song of Freedom”
“Misty Roses”
Ravi Shankar, with a three-song set, played through the rain – 10:00pm – 10:35pm
“Raga Puriya-Dhanashri/Gat In Sawarital”
“Tabla Solo In Jhaptal”
“Raga Manj Kmahaj (AIap, Jor, Dhun In Kaharwa Tal)”
Melanie Safka – 10:50pm – 11:20pm
“Close to It All”
“Momma Momma”
“Beautiful People”
“Animal Crackers”
“Mr. Tambourine Man”
“Tuning My Guitar”
“Birthday of the Sun”
Arlo Guthrie– 11:55pm – 12:25am
“Coming into Los Angeles”
“Wheel of Fortune”
“Walkin’ Down the Line”
“Story about Moses and the Brownies”
“Oh Mary, Don’t You Weep”
“Every Hand in the Land”
“Amazing Grace”
Joan Baez– she was six months pregnant at the time – 12:55am – 2:00am [2]
“Oh Happy Day”
“The Last Thing on My Mind”
“I Shall Be Released”
“Story about how the Federal Marshals came to take David Harris into custody”
“No Expectations”
“Joe Hill”
“Sweet Sir Galahad”
“Hickory Wind”
“Drug Store Truck Driving Man” duet with Jeffrey Shurtleff
“I Live One Day at a Time”
“Take Me Back to the Sweet Sunny South”
“Let Me Wrap You In My Warm and Tender Love”
“Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”
“We Shall Overcome”

The Original Woodstock Poster with the Wallkill, New York location
Saturday, August 16[edit]
The day opened at 1:20 pm, and featured some of the event’s biggest psychedelic and guitar rock headliners.
Quill, thirty minute set of four songs – 12:15pm – 12:45pm
“They Live the Life”
“That’s How I Eat”
“Waitin’ for You”
Country Joe McDonald – 1:00pm – 1:30pm
“Donovan’s Reef”
“Heartaches by the Number”
“Ring of Fire”
“Tennessee Stud”
“Rockin’ Round the World”
“Flyin’ High”
“I Seen a Rocket”
“The “Fish” Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-to-Die Rag”
Santana – 2:00pm – 2:45pm
“Evil Ways”
“You Just Don’t Care”
“Soul Sacrifice”
“Fried Neckbones and Some Home Fries”
John B. Sebastian – 3:30pm – 3:55pm
“How Have You Been”
“Rainbows All Over Your Blues”
“I Had a Dream”
“Darlin’ Be Home Soon”
“Younger Generation”
Keef Hartley Band – 4:45pm – 5:30pm
“Spanish Fly”
“She’s Gone”
“Too Much Thinkin'”
“Believe in You”
“Rock Me Baby”
“Sinnin’ for You / Leaving Trunk / Just to Cry / Sinnin’ for You”
The Incredible String Band – 6:00pm – 6:30pm
“The Letter”
“Gather ‘Round”
“This Moment”
“Come with Me”
“When You Find Out Who You Are”
Canned Heat – 7:30pm – 8:30pm
“I’m Her Man”
“Going Up the Country”
“A Change Is Gonna Come / Leaving This Town”
“Too Many Drivers at the Wheel”
“I Know My Baby”
“Woodstock Boogie”
“On the Road Again”
Mountain, hour-long set including Jack Bruce’s “Theme for an Imaginary Western.” – 09:00pm – 10:00pm
“Blood of the Sun”
“Stormy Monday”
“Theme for an Imaginary Western”
“Long Red”
“For Yasgur’s Farm” (song was untitled at the time)
“Beside the Sea”
“Waiting to Take You Away”
“Dreams of Milk and Honey / Guitar Solo”
“Blind Man”
“Dirty Shoes Blues”
“Southbound Train”
Grateful Dead, their set was cut short after the stage amps overloaded during “Turn On Your Love Light” – 10:30pm – 12:05am
“St. Stephen”
“Mama Tried”
“Dark Star”
“High Time”
“Turn on Your Love Light”
Creedence Clearwater Revival – 12:30am – 1:20am
“Born on the Bayou”
“Green River”
“Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won’t Do)”
“Bad Moon Rising”
“Proud Mary”
“I Put a Spell on You”
“Night Time Is the Right Time”
“Keep on Chooglin'”
“Susie Q”
Janis Joplin with The Kozmic Blues Band – 2:00am – 3:00am [3]
“Raise Your Hand”
“As Good As You’ve Been to This World”
“To Love Somebody”
“Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)”
“Kozmic Blues”
“Can’t Turn You Loose”
“Work Me, Lord”
“Piece of My Heart”
“Ball ‘n’ Chain”
Sly & the Family Stone – 3:30am – 4:20am
“Sing a Simple Song”
“You Can Make It If You Try”
“Everyday People”
“Dance To The Music”
“Music Lover”
“I Want to Take You Higher”
“I Want to Take You Higher”
“Love City”
The Who – 5:00am – 6:05am kicking off a 25-song set including Tommy'”
“Heaven and Hell”
“I Can’t Explain”
“It’s a Boy”
“Amazing Journey”
“Eyesight to the Blind”
“Acid Queen”
“Pinball Wizard” Abbie Hoffman incident
“Do You Think It’s Alright?”
“Fiddle About”
“There’s a Doctor”
“Go to the Mirror”
“Smash the Mirror”
“I’m Free”
“Tommy’s Holiday Camp”
“We’re Not Gonna Take It”
“See Me, Feel Me”
“Summertime Blues”
“Shakin’ All Over”
“My Generation”
“Naked Eye”
Jefferson Airplane – 8:00am – 9:40am
“The Other Side of This Life”
“Somebody to Love”
“3/5 of a Mile in 10 Seconds”
“Won’t You Try/Saturday Afternoon”
“Eskimo Blue Day”
“Plastic Fantastic Lover”
“Wooden Ships”
“Uncle Sam Blues”
“The Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil”
“Come Back Baby”
“White Rabbit”
“The House at Pooneil Corners”
Sunday, August 17 to Monday, August 18[edit]
Joe Cocker was the first act on the last officially booked day (Sunday); he opened up the day’s events at 2 PM. His set was preceded by at least two instrumentals by The Grease Band.
Joe Cocker – 2:00pm – 3:25pm
“Dear Landlord”
“Something Comin’ On”
“Do I Still Figure in Your Life”
“Feelin’ Alright”
“Just Like a Woman”
“Let’s Go Get Stoned”
“I Don’t Need a Doctor”
“I Shall Be Released”
“Hitchcock Railway”
“Something to Say”
“With a Little Help from My Friends”
After Joe Cocker’s set, a thunderstorm disrupted the events for several hours.
Country Joe and the Fish 6:30pm – 8:00pm
“Rock & Soul Music”
“(Thing Called) Love”
“Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine”
“Sing, Sing, Sing”
“Summer Dresses”
“Friend, Lover, Woman, Wife”
“Silver and Gold”
“Love Machine”
“Ever Since You Told Me That You Love Me (I’m a Nut)”
“Short Jam (instrumental)”
“Crystal Blues”
“Rock & Soul Music (Reprise)”
“The “Fish” Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-to-Die Rag”
Ten Years After– 8:15pm – 9:15pm
“Good Morning Little Schoolgirl”
“I Can’t Keep from Crying Sometimes”
“Help Me”
“I’m Going Home”
The Band – 10:00pm – 10:50pm
“Chest Fever”
“Don’t Do It”
“Tears of Rage”
“We Can Talk”
“Long Black Veil”
“Don’t You Tell Henry”
“Ain’t No More Cane”
“This Wheel’s on Fire”
“I Shall Be Released”
“The Weight”
“Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever”
Johnny Winter – 12:00am – 1:05am featuring his brother, Edgar Winter, on two songs.
“Mama, Talk to Your Daughter”
“Leland Mississippi Blues”
“Mean Town Blues”
“You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now” / “Mean Mistreater”
“I Can’t Stand It” (with Edgar Winter)
“Tobacco Road” (with Edgar Winter)
“Tell the Truth” (with Edgar Winter)
“Johnny B. Goode”
Blood, Sweat & Tears – 1:30am – 2:30am
“More and More”
“Just One Smile”
“Something’s Coming On”
“More Than You’ll Ever Know”
“Spinning Wheel”
“Sometimes in Winter”
“Smiling Phases”
“God Bless the Child”
“I Stand Accused”
“And When I Die”
“You’ve Made Me So Very Happy”
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – 3:00am – 4:00am with separate acoustic and electric sets. Chip Monck announced the act as “Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young”, but the name Young was dropped from the movie and film soundtrack.
Acoustic Set
“Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”
“Helplessly Hoping”
“Marrakesh Express”
“4 + 20”
“Mr. Soul”
“You Don’t Have to Cry”
Electric Set
“Pre-Road Downs”
“Long Time Gone”
“Sea of Madness”
“Wooden Ships”
Acoustic Encores
“Find the Cost of Freedom”
“49 Bye-Byes”
Neil Young skipped most of the acoustic set (the exceptions being his compositions “Mr. Soul” and “Wonderin'”) and joined Crosby, Stills & Nash, but refused to be filmed during the electric set; by his own report, Young felt the filming was distracting both performers and audience from the music. Young’s “Sea of Madness,” heard on the album, was drawn from the Fillmore East concert, one month after the festival. The original recording was later restored on the six-CD boxed set Woodstock: 40 Years On [Back To Yasgur’s Farm]
Paul Butterfield Blues Band – 6:00am – 6:45am
“Born Under a Bad Sign”
“No Amount of Loving”
“Morning Sunrise”
“All in a Day”
“Love March”
“Everything’s Gonna Be Alright”
Sha-Na-Na – 7:30am – 8:00am
“Get a Job”
“Come Go with Me”
“Teen Angel”
“Jailhouse Rock”
“Wipe Out”
“Blue Moon”
“(Who Wrote) The Book of Love”
“Little Darlin'”
“At the Hop”
“Duke of Earl”
“Get a Job (Reprise)”
Jimi Hendrix – 9:00am – 11:10am After being introduced as the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Hendrix corrected the new group’s name to “Gypsy Sun and Rainbows, for short it’s nothin’ but ‘A Band Of Gypsies.” Later during the set he introduced them as “Sky Church.”
“Message to Love”
“Hear My Train A Comin'”
“Spanish Castle Magic”
“Red House” (Hendrix’s high E-string broke while playing, but he played the rest of the song with five strings.)
“Mastermind” (written and sung by Larry Lee)
“Lover Man”
“Foxy Lady”
“Jam Back at the House”
“Gypsy Woman”/”Aware of Love” (These two songs written by Curtis Mayfield were sung by Larry Lee as a medley)
“Voodoo Child (Slight Return)”/”Stepping Stone”
“The Star-Spangled Banner”
“Purple Haze”
“Woodstock Improvisation”/”Villanova Junction” (both titles are posthumous)
“Hey Joe”
“Woodstock in 1969”. Rolling Stone. 2004-06-24. Retrieved 2008-04-17.
Baez Source: Arthur Levy, annotator of the expanded editions of the 12 Joan Baez CDs on Vanguard
“Janis Joplin entry”. Encyclopædia Britannica. 2006-09-24. Retrieved 2008-10-03.

Paleolithic History

December 17, 2014 by · Comments Off on Paleolithic History
Filed under: Ancient History 

The popular conception of what constituted the Paleo diet of our ancestors from between 10,000 and 2.5 million years ago may be incorrect. The contemporary notion in question claims a subsistence of high amounts of meat, fish and vegetables and not on a grain based diet.

Anthropologists at the Georgia State University in Atlanta have released a paper challenging that idea and going further to say that nothing in the findings indicate that our early ancestors’ meals where limited to any one specific food group. Anthropologist Ken Sayers explained it as an “opportunistic buffet”, also saying, “They lived short, tough lives that were focused on survival and reproduction”. Find the article Why You’re Doing the Paleo Diet All Wrong  at ABC News.

73rd Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

December 7, 2014 by · Comments Off on 73rd Anniversary of Pearl Harbor
Filed under: World War II 

It was Dec. 7, 1941 when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Eye Witness Account from 91 years old Aaron Chabin.

The Intrepid museum is honoring the anniversary with a special ceremony.

Pearl Harbor attack facts: Time was 7:48 a.m. Hawaii time ; place was U.S. Naval base on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, west of Honolulu;

The Battleships:

Arizona exploded; total loss. 1,177 dead.

Oklahoma: five torpedoes, capsized; total loss. 429 dead. Refloated November 1943;capsized and lost while under tow to the mainland May 1947.

West Virginia: hit by two bombs, seven torpedoes, sunk; returned to service July 1944. 106 dead.

California: hit by two bombs, two torpedoes, sunk; returned to service January 1944. 100 dead.

Nevada: hit by six bombs, one torpedo, beached; returned to service October 1942. 60 dead.

Tennessee: hit by two bombs; returned to service February 1942. 5 dead.

Maryland: hit by two bombs; returned to service February 1942. 4 dead (including floatplane pilot shot down).

Pennsylvania (Kimmel’s flagship):[111] in drydock with Cassin and Downes, hit by one bomb, debris from USS Cassin; remained in service. 9 dead.

Ex-battleship (target/AA training ship)

Utah: hit by two torpedoes, capsized; total loss. 64 dead.

More than 2,400 Americans died in the attack, and another 1,178 were wounded.

Pearl Harbor’s Battleship Row

History of Lysergic-Acid-Diethylamide

December 6, 2014 by · Comments Off on History of Lysergic-Acid-Diethylamide
Filed under: LSD 

There are numerous names on the street for lysergic-acid-diethylamide: acid, trips, cid,  blotter, doses, dots and many others. In 1938 the Swiss scientist Albert Hofmann discovered this potent psychoactive agent (a hallucinogen) .

Hofman lived to the ripe old age of 102 when he died of a heart attack in April of 2008. He did not realize LSDs psycho-pharmacological effects until five years after its synthesis. What a surprise it must have been when he accidentally ingested the drug and was sent on a potent mind altering trip. Apparently (though it is known in some people to create scary and dangerous reactions) it was a pleasant experience for Hofman, since he subsequently took LSD on hundreds of occasions. New York Times

The compound was found by Hofman in the ergot fungus, which grows in rye kernels.


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World’s Oldest Calculator

November 29, 2014 by · Comments Off on World’s Oldest Calculator
Filed under: Science A Classical Wonder: The Antikythera Mechanism

The Antikythera Mechanism, oldest known calculator, is even older than first thought.

It was found in 1900 as part of a shipwreck off the Greek island of Antikythera. The technological complexity of this device, which is believed to have charted moving planets, marked the passing of days and years, and also may have predicted eclipses, was designed ahead of any other similar invention by more than 1000 years.

Argentinian researchers have corrected the original creation date of 100 to 150 BC, determined by radiocarbon dating analysis, to an earlier date of 205 BC. , since discovering an eclipse prediction calendar dial on the back of the mechanism that predicted a May 12, 205 B.C. solar eclipse.

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