Saturday, March 17, 2018

A Brief History of Saint Patrick (video)

TheWeekinDoubt; Merriam-Webster; Pat Macpherson, Dhr. Seven (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

Can "St. Patty's Day" refer to St. Patrick?
The Week in Doubt
March 17th is St. Patrick's Day -- the feast day of the [Roman-British] patron saint of Ireland.

He is [blamed for] bringing Christianity to the island (and is the legendary figure said to have driven the "snakes" of Ireland into the sea).
Typically, a feast day of a canonized saint is only referred to by the saint's given name, in this case Patrick.
Nature-based wise ones killed
However, St. Patrick's Day has evolved to become more than a religious observance.

It is a secular celebration of Irish heritage and pride in the form of festivals and parades, as well as more than a few pub crawls.

Many people (not just the Irish) get into the spirit of the day by dressing in green, eating smelly corned flesh and cabbage (a tradition from Irish immigrants in America), and drinking Irish intoxicants.

The festive atmosphere has influenced partygoers to refer to the day informally by nicknames of Patrick, but one name tends to raise the hackles of many celebrants, be they Irish by heritage or just for the day. More

Irish whimsy on St. Patrick's Day (poetry)

Dhr. Seven, Pat Macpherson; Ashley Wells, Maya (eds.) Wisdom Quarterly St. Patrick's Day

  • Well, Podge, it is that day again!
  • What day?
  • Pádraig's Feast Day, Saint Paddy's!
  • Another one, Seven?
  • Aye but a wondrous morning on the Emerald Isle, more so in Los Angeles, Boston, and Omaha than in The Land of the Celts, granted, but one that's ever fresh and new.
  • Will you tell us a tale then?
  • A tale, Podge? Like about Irish-Latino rebel Che Guevara Lynch or The San Patricios: the Irish Heroes of Mexico?
  • Who were they?
  • A little-known chapter in US-Mexican history is that of El Batallón de los San Patricios or “St. Patrick's Battalion,” a group of Irish who fought alongside the Mexican Army and against the US Army during the Mexican-American War (1846-1848). Latino Rebels | The Soldiers of St. Patrick
  • Aye, not history. Come pipe a tune to dance to, lad!
  • Well, if you'll translate for the audience.
  • To be sure, I'll add the hot links, Seacht!
To a drop of the craythur I was born
a thimble of whisky, a mash of the corn

Unlike Bushmills a comforting 'board
No room for the cups where the tankards are stored

To a tuber's fine tincture I was turned on
a poteen, a poiton, all mellow and brown

A Liam, a Rhea, a Ryan, a Rip
around a cadaver a sway and a sip

A Pat, a Maria, a Michael, and a Mc
slosh the carcass in a rite Cath'lic rinse

Shillelagh to shake shellac shenanigans
Sheet 'n shout 'n shoot sharp shingles to shush 'em

Unsheathe and shear and bathe sheep in springs
Finn', friend, friend us again...
  • "Finn"?
  • Aye, Finnegan.
  • How so, friend?

File:Riders of the Sidhe.jpg

Finnegan's Awake
Siddhartha saw samsara end
Revolving Round, spin no more instead
But we pose to our old friend
Come, Finnegan, become again!

What is a wake, to raise the dead?
Then shimmy toss my own two cents!
Shake the spirit and rouse the breath
Come, Finnegan, become again!

Shirley, Shannon, and Shay ahem
Like fiendish Daughters of the F'end
To pull thee from thy 'sorption then
Pale in search of spirits in a pen

Corked and screwed and waxed wick end
Bitter as the grape, Guinness, or grain
I say, I sing, I say again
Come, Finnegan, become again!

Now, Finn, he was a faithful Ph'n,
Phineas with half a head,
Who blew the top to smith' or rent
Come, Finnegan, become again!

Murgatroyd's rock 't sea in ink
presses on lads whom it hurts to think
liberates the tongue as good as drink
Come, Finnegan, become again!

Wan wolves who wander for crimson drink
Wretch and writhe by 'bane beside a splint
Hale men who haggle at Haddock hint
Then writhe and wretch to get a stint

A Shropshire Lad, a filly wink
Bard of Avon, cauldron ingredient
A skinny Finny to feed the fink
Finn-Ph'n, friend us again!

Ne plus ultra naiad and nymph
Dryad, damsel of Dark Forest, minx
Meadow maiden of mirth and myth
Finn-Ph'n, friend us again...
  • When will you be performing it in its entirety, Seacht?
  • Ah, Podge, tonight and tomorrow at The Parson's Nose. You and Donal will be there to back me on fiddle and drum?
  • We sure will, if only to hear your cheeky jokes!

The meaning of IRISH last names (video)

Leslie Lang (Ancestry); Mike OLaughlin; Dhr. Seven, Pat Macpherson, Wisdom Quarterly

"If you're lucky enough to be Irish, you're..."
The earliest known Irish surname is O’Clery (O Cleirigh); it’s the earliest known because it was written that the Lord of Aidhne, Tigherneach Ua Cleirigh died in County Galway back in the year 916 ACE.
In fact, that Irish name may actually be the earliest surname recorded in all of Europe.

Until about the 10th century in Ireland, surnames were not passed down from generation to generation. Instead, surnames were patronymic, or based on someone’s father’s name. A person was identified by a given name plus mac, meaning “son of,” followed by the father’s name.

I'all kyll ya, ya bassterd, for mee island!
For instance, Brian mac Colum was Brian, son of Colum. Brian’s son might be Finnian mac Brian (Finnian, son of Brian).
The female form of “mac” is “nic,” shortened from the Irish iníon mhic.
Alternatively, the prefix “O” was sometimes used in place of “mac” and meant “grandson of” or “descended from.” If Colum was well known, his grandson might have gone by the name Finnian O Colum.
There were no fixed surnames, so a surname changed every generation or two. That can make tracing a family tree a bit more complicated.
These are the Top 10 Irish names (below)
But even without hereditary surnames, names still hold clues. For example, a person named O’Clery or O Cleirigh (or Ua Cleirigh) was the grandson or descendant of someone named Cleirigh. (“Ua” was an earlier form of “O”).
It was around the 1100s, as the population was increasing, that people in the upper social classes started taking hereditary surnames (names that remain fixed over the generations); others did not need surnames or even get around to them until the 1500s.

Ireland's great shame: Magdalene asylums tortured girls for sex before marriage.
Another strong influence on Irish names came with the Norman invasion of 1169, when a lot of Anglo-French names came marching into Ireland.

(This is when the Latin-derived prefix “Fitz,” meaning “son of,” first came into Irish names). It’s from this influence that some of the names we now consider Irish — Costello, Power, Burke, and others — first entered the scene.
And in the 1500s, the influence of the English was beginning to make itself felt in Ireland. Ireland was experiencing religious persecution and invasions, and many changes came to the island — including the changing of Irish names, steadily but surely over the ensuing years — into ones that sounded more English.
The Irish are great writers and poets.
An example of this was the common Irish surname Mac Gabhann, which meant “son of a smith.” Some Mac Gabhanns living in County Cavan had their name translated to Smith, and it remained that way. Others outside that area resisted, but the spelling became anglicized and they became Mac/McGowans. This was very common.
In many cases the prefixes Mac and O were done away with.
Many surnames originated as occupational or descriptive names. That earliest known name, O Cleirigh (O’Clery), was someone descended from a clerk; Mac an Bhaird (Ward) was son of a bard; and Mac Labhrain (MacCloran) was son of a spokesman.
Descriptive names were names that described the first person to take them. The first person with the name Dubh (Duff) (“black” or “dark”) was probably dark featured. Other descriptive surnames include Bane (“white”), Crone (“brown”), and Lawder (“strong”).
There are 10 types of Irish last names.
Irish toponymic surnames, deriving from a place where the original name bearer once lived, are rare. They include Ardagh, Athy, Bray, Kelly, Sutton, and a few others.
The most common Irish surnames in Ireland haven’t changed much for a century. Here are 10 of them.

Top 10 Irish surnames
    How 'bout Aes Sidhe, the fairies, wee people?!
  1. Murphy — The Anglicized version of the Irish surname Ó Murchadha and Mac Murchadha, meaning “sea warrior.”
  2. Kelly — The origin of this Irish name is uncertain. An Anglicized version of the Irish name Ó Ceallaigh, it can describe a warrior or mean “white-headed,” “frequenting churches,” or “descendant of Ceallach.
  3. O’Sullivan — (Ó Súileabháin or Ó Súilleabháin in Irish). In 1890, 90 percent of the O’Sullivans were estimated to be in Munster. Many people agree that the basic surname means “eye,” but they do not agree whether the rest of the name means “one-eyed,” “hawk-eyed,” “black-eyed,” or something else.
  4. Walsh — This name came to Ireland via British soldiers during the Norman invasion of Ireland and means “from Wales.” It’s derived from Breathnach or Brannagh.
  5. Smith — This surname does not necessarily suggest English ancestry, as some think; often the surname was derived from Gabhann (which means “smith”).
  6. O’Brien — This name came down from Brian Boru (941-1014) who was king of Munster; his descendants took the name Ó Briain.
  7. Byrne (also Byrnes; O’Byrne) — from the Irish name Ó Broin (“raven”; also, descendant of Bran); this dates to the ancient Celtic chieftain Bran mac Máelmórda, a king of Leinster in the 11th century.
  8. Ryan — This name has various possible origins: from the Gaelic Ó Riagháin (grandson or descendant of Rían) or Ó Maoilriain (grandson/descendant of Maoilriaghain) or Ó Ruaidhín (grandson/descendant of the little red one). Or it may be a simplification of the name Mulryan, which means “little king.”
  9. O’Connor — From Ó Conchobhair (grandson or descendant of Conchobhar; “lover of hounds”).
  10. O’Neill — Anglicized from the Gaelic Ua Néill (grandson or descendant of Niall). The name is connected with meanings including “vehement” and “champion.” The main O’Niall family is descended from the historic “Niall of the Nine Hostages.”
Whether you're lucky enough or not, learn MORE about ancestry and surnames at

Mythic Origins of the Irish People (video)

Brehon Law Academy (video);; Dhr. Seven, Pat Macpherson (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

A map of Ireland today (wiki)
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The mythical origins of the Irish people are from the accounts of the Lebor Gabhála Éren ("Book of the Taking of Ireland") and the eminent historian Geoffrey Keating's General History of Ireland. There were:
Geoffrey Keating's Foras Feasa ar Eirinn, 1500-1700 (

The Fae: Fairies are aliens? (Graham Hancock)

Graham Hancock video via Edina Conh; Pat Macpherson, Dhr. Seven (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

edina conhThe Fae (faeries, aliens, elves, devas) are introduced by the American scholar of alternative history and mysterious forbidden archeology Graham Hancock. Shamans see the Fae in altered states of consciousness (using entheogens), where there are astonishing similarities in what is seen: part-animal part-human shapeshifters (transformers) who often abduct human beings into the "spirit world" where there is often inter-breeding programs and the production of hybrid beings.

Friday, March 16, 2018

PUNK: We Were Going to Change the World

( Prof. Stacy Russo, Tom Power ("Q", March 15, 2018); Seth Auberon, Dhr. Seven, Crystal Quintero (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
Los Angeles punk rock continues to inspire female rebellion like Russia's Pussy Riot
Latina Alice Bag appears in Penelope Spheeris' The Decline of Western Civilization, Part 1
Stacy Russo explores women and the early SoCal punk rock scene
The punk rock scene of the 1970s and '80s in Southern California is widely acknowledged as one of the most vibrant and creative periods in rock and roll.

Over the years, many books have come out exploring this explosive time in music and culture, but none have exclusively focused on the vitality and influence of the women who played such a crucial role in this incredibly dynamic movement.
Prof. Stacy Russo, Santa Ana College
Stacy Russo has created a unique book about the punk rock era, focusing on the women who were such a huge part of it.
  • Q AUDIO: Stacy Russo's primer playlist of female artists is a Gateway to SoCal punk rock
  • Russo brings her primer playlist of female artists from the era and shares stories about the impact women had on the punk rock movement as a whole. — Produced by Vanessa Nigro (Q)
We Were Going to Change the World: Interviews with Women From the 1970s and 1980s Southern California Punk Rock Scene is out now (Santa Monica Press).

It captures the stories of women who were active in the SoCal punk rock scene during this historic time, adding an important voice to the cultural and musical record.

Exene Cervenka and boyfriend John Doe of X perform "Los Angeles"
Former stripper Wendy O'Williams captures the punk spirit of the time
Early Latina L.A. punk innovator Alice Bag
Through exclusive interviews with musicians, journalists, photographers, and fans, Russo captures the essence of why these women were drawn to punk rock, what they witnessed, and how their involvement in this empowering scene ended up influencing the rest of their lives.

"As a librarian and college professor, I have always been interested in research projects I could do with my students," Russo explains.

"I came up with the idea of interviewing women like me, now in our middle or later years, who grew up in the punk rock scene in Southern California. How did punk rock influence the rest of their lives?

"What attracted them to punk rock, and how did they get involved? And, most importantly, what was it like being a woman in this music scene?"
(Edison Lighthouse) "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)" not punk

Night at the Opera: My Lai massacre (audio)

UCLA (Center for the Art of Performance); LAT; CC Liu, Pfc. Sandoval (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
The "American War," see it yourself: My Lai massacre site tour (
Vietnamese instrumentalist Vân-Ánh Võ plays instruments made from what used to be American weapons of war against Vietnam (Maria Alejandra Cardona/Los Angeles Times)

They have pursued a singular artistic vision that dates back to the ensemble’s origins.
In 1973 David Harrington was inspired to form the Kronos Quartet after hearing George Crumb’s Black Angels -- a highly unorthodox, Vietnam War-inspired work featuring bowed water glasses, spoken word passages, and electronic effects.

Kronos revisits the inspiration for the founding of the group with My Lai.

The infamous 1968 massacre by American soldiers of unarmed Vietnamese villagers provides the context for this gripping new work... featuring Vietnamese multi-instrumentalist Vân-Ánh Võ.

My Lai features traditional Vietnamese instruments and digitally processed sounds.

It's told from the perspective of the heroic helicopter pilot Hugh Thompson, who tried to stop the slaughter and was vilified for reporting it. More
My Lai massacre, 50 years later: Jonathan Berger's opera captures the madness
Shut the hell up! Shut the hell up!! You're all DEAD for messing with the US of A!
The Mỹ Lai Massacre was the US soldiers' mass murder of between 347 and 504 innocent, unarmed civilians in South Vietnam on March 16, 1968. It was committed by U.S military men who raped children and killed women and old men as ethnic cleansing.
I didn't mean it. It was orders from the top!
There is more than enough method to Eckert's evocation of madness, over the opera's 75 minutes, to make his performance far more than a commanding study in delusion.
Thompson may no longer know what is real, but we do. During his second landing, the pilot says he had to "dive, and dive, and dive…into madness." The listener is right there with him.
Murdered Vietnamese man and sons (W)
The helicopter gunners are said to be incredulous, angelic, mortified. Eckert's own howling is the explosiveness of not being able to express the inexpressible.

But he can just as convincingly turn melancholic and, ultimately, angelic, the inexpressible very much being conveyed.

Ronald Haeberle bravely documented American War crimes at My Lai, bodies burning (W)
Hold him while I kick him in the head for looking at me funny! Teach him to squint at me! Here, get out of the way, I'm blowing his motherfatherin' head off right here! (G-P)

Whoa, did we do Afghanistan, too?
And then there is Kronos. Berger makes the quartet the glue of the conveyance of mood, place, event, and meaning through a rich variety of string writing.

The quartet here does not call attention to itself, but its instinctual rightness makes any given moment matter.
After a half-century, it is now easy enough to memorialize the dead of My Lai and honor Thompson to assuage our collective guilt. That's not Berger's "My Lai."

Yum, let's go eat dead meat to celebrate! Irony
The work does not truck in anodyne catharsis even as it reminds us of our ability to stumble across beauty when there is otherwise no meaning, only insanity, to be found. More
Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam
In his book Kill Anything That Moves, Nick Turse reveals that the American War’s casualty figures are staggering. From 1955 to 1975:
  • The United States killed more than 5,800,000 military personnel in Southeast Asia.
  • Vietnamese troops were wounded around 30,400,000 times.
  • Of those, 15,300,000 cases were serious enough to require hospitalization.
  • And 7,500,000 veterans were left severely disabled.
  • [These number were 100 times less for US soldiers who invaded Vietnam to rape, pillage, murder, subjugate, and enslave the Vietnamese.]
Should we burn 'em, sarge?
“While Americans who served in Vietnam paid a grave price, an extremely conservative estimate of Vietnamese deaths found them to be proportionally 100 times greater than those suffered by the United States” (p.11)
Nick Turse also states that according to Westmoreland’s memoir, MacArthur “urged me to make sure I always had plenty of artillery, for the Oriental, he said, ‘greatly fears artillery,’” and suggested that Westmoreland might have to employ a “scorched earth policy” in Vietnam (p.61).

Oops, we did it Afghanistan
Hey, let's pee on these corpses, guys, then take a selfie of our war crimes. - Let's do it.

Vietnam War helped me start Sixties (video)

CC Liu, Sheldon S., Pfc. Sandoval (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly; DS; Punkcast; Howard Bloom; BiS
(Diane Sharp) Dwyer NBC BayArea 2014: 50th anniversary Free Speech Movement UC Berkeley

How I Accidentally Started the Sixties
Before Timothy Leary dropped LSD, before free love, before the word "hippie" became the preferred name...there was Howard Bloom.

Bloom and his band of explorers were pushing boundaries and blowing minds.

He embarked on a great journey that took him from his home in Buffalo (NY), to Washington, to California, to Israel, to New York City.

I see colors...and the true nature of reality
Along the way he was learning much and gaining experience -- crushing the morals and mores of the previous generation -- and most importantly, he was gaining Buddhist insight.

Bloom horrified his parents, shocked his teachers, seeking the form of Buddhist spiritual enlightenment called satori ["sudden epiphany" in Zen, which calls kensho "awakening"], and finding sex instead. How I Accidentally Started the Sixties is the untold story of the birth of a decade. More

Berkeley in the Sixties
  • "This is a monumental, epic, glorious literary achievement. Every page, every paragraph, every sentence sparkles with captivating metaphors, delightful verbal concoctions, alchemical insights, philosophic whimsy, absurd illogicals, scientific comedy routines, relentless, non-stop waves of hilarity. The comparisons to James Joyce are inevitable and undeniable. Finnegans Wake wanders through the rock 'n roll sixties. Wow! Whew! Wild! Wonderful!" More

Why did US soldiers kill villagers in Vietnam?

BBC News; Seymour Hersh; Pfc. Sandoval, CC Liu, Ashley Wells (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
We were hippies having sex, listening to rock 'n roll, while US soldiers were killing and raping and abusing hard drugs like heroin in the peaceful Buddhist jungles of Vietnam. Why?
Journalist recalls My Lai massacre 50 years on
US citizens for peace, business leaders for war
The US journalist who broke the My Lai massacre story 50 years ago says the horror of what happened still makes him "teary."
On March 16, 1968 U.S. soldiers massacred more than 500 innocent women, children, and men in the Vietnamese village of My Lai.

The investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, acting on a tip-off, tracked down Lt. William Calley to Fort Benning, Georgia.

Lt. Calley had been a platoon commander at My Lai and would later be the only soldier found guilty [of 22 murders] of the massacre.
Free love! Sex, drugs, and R'nR!
Hersh also tracked down other soldiers who were at My Lai to uncover the full horror of that day.

He tells BBC Hardtalk's Stephen Sackur there were incidents so horrific he did not include them in his original reports.
See the Hardtalk interview in full on Thursday March 15 and Friday March 16, 2018 on BBC World News and the BBC News Channel and after on BBC iPlayer (UK only).
"We didn't kill anybody that didn't need killing," U.S. soldiers would later rationalize.