Author: Rudy Carrera

I blog and comment on music and other subjects.

August 10, 1920, Ottoman Empire – Today in History

Throughout the period, the “secret sauce” of Ottoman power was an army of élite infantry called “Janissaries”. Janissaries were Christian slaves, usually taken as spoils of… Source: August 10, 1920, Ottoman Empire – Today in History

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April 22, 1918 – The Red Baron – Today in History

By way of comparison, the highest scoring Allied ace of the Great War was Frenchman René Fonck, with 75 confirmed victories. The highest scoring fighter pilot from the British Empire was Canadian B… Source: April 22, 1918 – The Red Baron – Today in History N.B. I’m not currently responding to comments or visiting blogs […]

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February 20, 2017

Outside of a trip to Amoeba Records to waste a few dollars on charmingly odd and psychedelic/funky Iranian and Ethiopian music, not much to report. The political scene is still in tatters, and probably will be for the foreseeable decade. Congratulations to those folks who threaten to punch people out for a differing political opinion. We’re now as divided as we were in the 1850s. That ended up well, didn’t it?

Forget political discussion. After surveying some Disqus feeds, I realize it’s not worth it at all to talk to people in the US to convince them of anything. With that being said, I’m still up for discussing things over a shot of good local hootch or dinner any time.

Welcome (back!)

I’d like to offer a big thank you to those who have managed to keep my blog link in your feeds despite my absence. Though I plan to concentrate mainly on A Miscellany Of Tasteful… as my home for music and the arts, I might consider blogging on topics I find dear to my heart which are not of a cultural nature.

The unfortunate reality is that it is almost impossible to engage in respectful dialog anymore, as people have planted their feet in the camp of their choice, and those who have friends on both sides of the political and cultural divide have no truck in this society. Therefore, if I post something of a political, religious or cultural nature, you’re free to read it and honestly critique it. In fact, I encourage it. What I won’t tolerate is either spam or some of the grotesque and vulgar comments in the manner of what I see on Facebook or other social media. What’s more, if I had called you a friend and you start acting in this manner, perhaps it’s best that you be gone.

For those of you who weren’t chased away from the last paragraph, thank you. Your friendship is truly appreciated.