PressTV: Ruin is America’s future, by Paul Craig Roberts

“We can be thankful that Vladimir Putin and the leaders of the Chinese government are both intelligent and humane, unlike Western leaders.

Imagine, for example, the dire consequences for the West if Putin were to become personally involved as a result of the numerous affronts to both Russia and Putin himself. Putin can destroy NATO and the entire Western financial system whenever he wants. All he has to do is to announce that as NATO has declared economic war against Russia, Russia no longer sells energy to NATO members.

The NATO alliance would dissolve as Europe cannot survive without Russian energy supplies. Washington’s empire would end.

Putin realizes that the insolent neoconservatives would have to push the nuclear button in order to save face. Unlike Putin, their egos are on the line. Thus, Putin saves the world from nuclear war by not being provocative.”

♪Mmmm… vinyl

Are you aware that audiophiles started uploading their favorite songs on YouTube recorded on Vinyl? Yes those old vintage record LPs & EPs, 78s & 45s are making a comeback! The advantages are a warmer, more natural sound. The vocals have more presence and sound “live”. Noticeable are fuller sounding instruments, brighter, more vibrant, true to the original source material. Analogue recordings have greater “natural” dynamic range, not limited to digital’s 20 to 20K hz. There’s no digital jitter and quantization errors, altho higher sampling rates may correct that. The biggest plus is a matter of perception, audiophiles swear that analogue captures the “soul” of music, that ineffable quality we’ve lost with CDs. Digitally recorded music sounds disconnected, flat or “dead”.

Of course there are pros and cons to either format, but it’s encouraging that vinyl’s making a resurgence. It all comes down to personal preference, so have a listen!

SIMON and GARFUNKEL – Bridge Over Troubled Water (vinyl)

Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge over troubled water (uploaded from CD)

Yes the analog signal from records are still converted digitally for upload onto YouTube, and all playback is downsampled to 44.1 khz cd standard, but it still has a cleaner sound because the source material (recording) is superior IMHO.

Oh well the debate rages on, for more info on this topic check out: Comparison of analog and digital recording.   In any case, enjoy your music and have a wonderful day! 🙂


PS: We have a weekly musical theme post, if u’d like to join us for this week’s theme, it’s “Nostalgia, vinyl”. Choose your favorite selections from vinyl recordings and reminisce. Just search via U-Tube, song + vinyl. Cheers!

12 Historical Women Who Gave No F*cks


These are just some of the women who, historically speaking, didn’t give a single fuck.

1. Dr Elizabeth Blackwell (1821–1910)

Dr Elizabeth Blackwell (1821–1910)
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English-born physician Elizabeth Blackwell was the first female MD in the United States. Rejected by many medical schools due to her gender, she ended up getting a place at the Geneva Medical College in New York, where she had to put up with a lot of douchebag classmates and a professor who thought she should leave the room for lectures on reproductive anatomy in order to protect her “delicate sensibilities”.

Turned out she didn’t give a fuck about delicate sensibilities and went on to become a world-famous obstetrician.

2. Annie Smith Peck (1850–1935)

Annie Smith Peck (1850–1935)

It is quite possible that no one has ever given less of a fuck in a photograph than mountaineer Annie Smith Peck.

Peck scaled all the major mountains of Europe, then went to South America, where in 1908 she was the first person to scale Peru’s highest peak, Mt Huscaran, gaining international acclaim.

She was also an influential scholar, writing multiple books and lecturing around the world. She kept climbing until the age of 82.

Oh, and she didn’t wear the long skirts expected of women at the time.

And people were like, “OoOOooOooOh but Annie! Such immodesty!”

But did she give any fucks about them?

Did you, Annie?

Did you, Annie?

LOL, nope.

3. Mary Lou Williams (1910–1981)

Mary Lou Williams (1910–1981)

Mary Lou Williams, pictured third from the left not giving a single fuck, was a pianist prodigy and one of the most influential musicians and composers of the first three decades of jazz. She performed professionally from the age of 12, was a great influence on “Kansas City swing” big-band jazz and bebop, composed music in multiple genres, and was 100% badass all of the time.

Here she is again, without a second to spare for anyone’s bullshit.

Here she is again, without a second to spare for anyone's bullshit.
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4. Sojourner Truth (1797–1883)

Sojourner Truth (1797–1883)

Abolitionist and women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth once engaged in the following exchange with the young suffragist Harriot Stanton Blatch in which she gave literally no fucks:

Harriot Stanton Blatch: “Sojourner, can’t you read?”
Sojourner Truth: “Oh no, honey, I can’t read little things like letters. I read big things like men.”


5. Ada Lovelace (1815–1852)

Ada Lovelace (1815–1852)

Ada Lovelace was a mathematician (and an absolute baller) who is widely considered to have written the first computer program, working with Charles Babbage on his plans for a sort of proto-computer, the “analytic engine”.

Babbage once entreated her:

“Forget this world and all its troubles and if possible
its multitudinous Charlatans – everything in short but
the Enchantress of Numbers.”

Which basically meant:

“Don’t give a single fuck.”

6. Beatrice Potter Webb (1858–1943)

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Beatrice Potter Webb was a social reformer, economist, and historian who campaigned with her husband Sidney for policies to benefit the urban poor, working towards the first minimum wage laws, developing the early Labour party in Britain, authoring hundreds of books, and founding the London School of Economics – all while giving no fucks.

7. Lilian Bland (1878–1971)

Lilian Bland (1878–1971)

Journalist and aviator Lilian Bland lived a life full of badassery. In 1910, she built her own plane in Ireland. She didn’t have a fuel tank for it, so she fashioned one from anempty whisky bottle and her aunt’s ear trumpet. She then flew it for 30 yards – a very impressive flight for those days.

Her hobbies included smoking, wearing trousers, martial arts, motor cars, and swearing. She passed her retirement in Cornwall gambling, drinking, and painting – all the while, of course, giving no fucks.

8. Ethel L. Payne (1911–1991)

Ethel L. Payne (1911–1991)
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Ethel L. Payne was an absolutely kickass investigative journalist who covered the American Civil Rights Movement and international affairs. As a member of the White House Press Corps, she once famously pissed off President Eisenhower with her persistent questioning on desegregating interstate travel, leading him to ignore her in future press conferences like an absolute ninny.

Over the course of a long career, she reported for the Chicago Defender on stories from across the globe, and became the first female African-American commentator on a national network when she was hired by CBS in the 1970s. Some detractors complained about her assertive questioning style. Luckily, she did not give a single fuck about those assholes.

9. Murasaki Shikibu (973–1025…ish)

Murasaki Shikibu (973–1025...ish)

Murasaki Shikibu was a lady-in-waiting in Japan’s imperial court during the Heian period, and wrote what is believed to be the first novel in human history: The Tale of Genji.

Her father apparently praised her intelligence, but lamented that she was “born a woman”. In her diary, she records that she learned Chinese by listening through the door to the lessons her father gave her brother, because women were not meant to learn Chinese. Murasaki Shikibu, however, gave no fucks about this whatsoever.

10. Nellie Bly (1864–1922)

Nellie Bly (1864–1922)
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Nellie Bly was a daring and influential investigative journalist who wrote groundbreaking stories about political corruption and poverty. She once faked madness in order to report undercover from an abusive mental institution in New York City, which led to outcry and reform. Her jealous peers referred to her investigations as “stunt reporting”, but Nellie, of course, didn’t give a fuck about those whiny little shits.

Oh, and she once travelled around the world in a record-breaking 72 days, just ‘cause.

11. Nzinga Mbandi (1583–1663)

Nzinga Mbandi (1583–1663)

Nzinga Mbandi, the Queen of Ndongo and Matamba (modern day Angola), was a straight-up boss bitch. She took power when her brother Ngola Mbandi died in 1624, and gained international acclaim for her brilliance in diplomacy, military tactics, and giving zero fucks. Her skill in warfare, espionage, trade, alliance-building, and religious matters helped her hold off Portuguese colonialism for the duration of her life.

Nzinga, you literal queen.

12. Hedy Lamarr (1914–2000)

Hedy Lamarr (1914–2000)
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This is the face that Austrian-born American actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr would make when she gave no fucks, which is to say, the face she made every single day. She invented “frequency hopping” technology, which was put to use in a secret communications system and in radio-controlled torpedoes in WWII, which in turn laid the foundations for future technological developments such as Wi-Fi and GPS.

She was also a movie star.

Because why the fuck not?