Counter-culture Journals (文革)

Counter-culture Journals (文革)

Thursday, December 06, 2018

Monday, December 03, 2018

The Kinks - Father Christmas

Peace and Social Justice Center Annual Dinner Annual Dinner is this Friday

The Peace and Social Justice Center will have its Annual Dinner This Friday, December 7, at 6pm. At Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church, 655 S Lorraine Ave.

This year’s theme will be "A Community Raising its Voice" with leader and activist Claudia Amaro.
Claudia Amaro is a leading activist and organizer in the Latino community of Wichita.  Part of her story is featured in three books including Dreamers: An Immigrant Generation's Fight for Their American Dream. Claudia has a weekly community Radio Show on La Raza 99.7 FM, called Planeta Venus. Every Monday night she invites members of the community to come on the show to share their stories. Planeta Venus is one of the few media that inform the Latino community about local events and news. 
Dinner is $25. Please RSVP at 316 263-5886. Seating is limited.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Dweezil Zappa does Wichita—the music of his dad- Frank Zappa

By SJ Otto
I'm a life-long Frank Zappa fan, so when I heard that Dweezil Zappa, his son, was playing the Crown Uptown Theatre, November 20, I just had to go. For such a well known celebrity, the crowd was not so big that it took all night to get in. There was almost no line. But there was plenty of people there—a packed house. 
Dweezil mostly played his dad’s music, which was fine with me. He played a lot of the classics, such as Valley Girl and Call Any Vegetable. He also played some of the songs known to his followers, such as The Torture Never Stops and Sleep Dirt, but best of all, he played a lot of the lesser known songs, from such albums as Uncle Meat. That included; Dog Breath and Sleeping In A Jar.
I’ve always heard that Zappa’s music is hard to play and Dweezil said that between the songs they played. He had a large well equipped band and the concert was wonderful. It was a real treat to hear all those Zappa classics. 

Dweezil Played center stage.
He had a large well equipped band.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

It is the holiday seasons (Thanksgiving/Black Friday) and here is what that actually means

By SJ Otto 

The official holiday season begins with Black Friday and Thanksgiving. Black Friday officially starts the day after Thanksgiving, which now occurs in more than just Friday usually way before that Friday and then there is that great traditional and religious holiday Thanksgiving.
We could include Halloween as the beginning of the holiday season, but that day is more of a tradition that does not conger up as much money as Black Friday does. Thanksgiving is not a real big money maker, either, but it comes the day before the tradition of Black Friday and that allows for a paired holiday that provides religious tradition as well as consumerism, capitalism, gluttony and an orgy of gift buying and selling. While the average citizen sees the holidays as a chance for families and friends to come together out of love and generosity, which includes gift giving to our relatives and friends, it is also a scam for corporate America to make loads of money. So this article covers both holidays:


Thanksgiving claims to have its roots in Plymouth Rock in the 17th century. But that event has little to do with the holiday we celebrate today. Native American Indians and white settlers from Europe came together to celebrate a difficult year, where the settlers were helped by the Native Americans, who helped them grow corn and other new world vegetables. There was three days of feasting on native plants and animals, such as fish and deer, corn and pumpkins. There were also games played. It was a real big bash. From that event until the 20th century, people found various reasons to get together and celebrate a kind of “end of the harvest” celebration.
The holiday we celebrate today was officially established in 1941. A “Thanksgiving” celebration has taken place from various days of the years and inspired by various events, such as the end of the Civil War. This took place of and on throughout US history, until the official holiday was declared, by Congress and the President, in 1941. The traditional fixings and food menu, such as turkey, came from a women’s magazine in the 1850s. Thanksgiving is a holiday dominated by Christianity, even though it is legally a secular holiday. Being Christian isn’t necessary to this celebration, but most Christians see it as a time to “give thanks to God.” While it is a nice day to get together with friends and family, it is ironic that we celebrate an event in which white settlers from Europe came together to feast and party with Native American Indians. For most of our history after that this country fought at least two Indian wars and Native American Indians didn’t enjoy all of the benefits of being American citizens until the early 20th century, when they were finally declared to be US citizens.
For a truly ghoulish look at the Thanksgiving holiday see: “American Thanksgiving: A Pure Glorification of Racist Barbarity” –from Humans are Free.
There are some groups of people who find it barbaric to celebrate a holiday by killing a bird and eating it. Some people are vegetarians and don’t take part in eating a dead bird. Some religions oppose eating and killing dead animals.

Santa Claus Used to be a spirit of generosity and gift giving. Today he represents raw capitalism.

Alien Sex Fiend - Stuff The Turkey

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Black Friday started earlier this year

By SJ Otto
Each year I writeabout Black Friday, that fabricated holiday that corporate and capitalist leaders came up with to promote an orgy of gift selling and buying. I’ve never really liked this holiday, especially since I am a socialist and this phenomenon is the antithesis of my beliefs, but I have to admit that it is almost amusing, the sheer silliness of it. Most people who take part in this orgy of consumerism wait until the day after Thanksgiving and they get up at ridiculously early hours to buy things no one really needs really cheap at the stores who promote this holiday.
This is a prelude to the Christmas season, two months, or more, of shopping for gifts for family members and friends. People spend a ridiculous amount of money on people who will probably never appreciate all the money, time and effort it took to buy all these gifts for this gift-giving season, based on a holiday about a poor god-man who was supposedly born on this day to promote a religion that seems to have little to do with the actual Christmas holiday.
It almost seems that venders can hardly wait for the Christmas season to begin. Christmas decorations go up in the stores the day after Halloween. Corporations can hardly wait to begin hawking their wares. This year many stores couldn’t wait for the traditional Black Friday sail to begin, so they have started early.[1] Many Black Friday sales have started already.
Every year I make fun of Black Friday and post satirical songs and pictures. This year I’m starting Early to keep up with the stores. I will have another posting for the actual real day of Black Friday, which should be November 23.

Uncle Bernie's Farm

Bad News - Cashing In On Christmas

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Another view of celebrating Veteran’s Day

The Peace and Social Justice Center of South Central Kansas presents their own version of celebrating Veteran’s Day. -SJ Otto

Help Us Celebrate Armistice Day 2018!

Veterans For Peace has been celebrating Armistice Day almost since the organization's inception, with a few chapters doing yearly events.  However, in 2008 the effort became a national effort with the passage of an official Veterans For Peace resolution.  Since then, chapters across the country have been "Reclaiming Armistice Day" pushing the celebration of peace into the national conversation on Veterans Day.
One hundred years ago the world celebrated peace as a universal principle.  The first World War had just ended and nations mourning their dead collectively called for an end to all wars.  Armistice Day was born and was designated as “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated."
After World War II, the U.S. Congress decided to rebrand November 11 as Veterans Day. Honoring the warrior quickly morphed into honoring the military and glorifying war. Armistice Day was flipped from a day for peace into a day for displays of militarism.
Veterans For Peace has taken the lead in lifting up the original intention of November 11th – as a day for peace. As veterans we know that a day that celebrates peace, not war, is the best way to honor the sacrifices of veterans.  We want generations after us to never know the destruction war has wrought on people and the earth.
Veterans For Peace is calling on everyone to stand up for peace this Armistice Day.  More than ever, the world faces a critical moment. Tensions are heightened around the world and the U.S. is engaged militarily in multiple countries, without an end in sight.  Here at home we have seen the increasing militarization of our police forces and brutal crackdowns on dissent and people’s uprisings against state power. We must press our government to end reckless military interventions that endanger the entire world. We must build a culture of peace.

This Armistice Day, Veterans For Peace calls on the U.S. public to say no to more war and to demand justice and peace, at home and abroad. We know Peace is Possible and call for an end to all oppressive and violent policies, and for equality for all people.
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