Dimash: The Greatest Vocalist On Earth?

by Jerry Alatalo

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“Art is not a pleasure, or an amusement; art is a great matter. Art is an organ of human life transmitting man’s reasonable perception into feeling.” What is Art? 

– LEO TOLSTOY (1828-1910) Russian writer*

*(On Tolstoy)”No man deserves to be called a genius, no man is more complex, more contradictory, more admirable than he in all things, yes, in all things … He is a man who envelops all men, a man – mankind.” – Maksim Gorki (1868-1936) Russian novelist, playwright

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hank you and tip of the hat to peace activist, documentary filmmaker and 9/11 truth advocate Charles Ewing Smith for posting a video of the amazing male singer from Kazakhstan, Dimash Kudaibergen. We were thankful to “stumble across” the artistic phenomenon at Charles’ YouTube channel. Singing and studying classical music from the age of (5), the now 24-year old Dimash possesses an amazing range of (6) octaves and could credibly be positioned near the top of great vocalists, male or female, of this or any generation in history.

Having only heard of Dimash Kudaibergen today January 12, 2019, one finds it astonishing that the young man’s name isn’t already known worldwide, and mentioned in the same breath as American superstar entertainers Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson. One can only hope that Mr. Kudaibergen can avoid the same fate as Elvis and Michael who passed away young, but, instead, continues performing into his eighties like another legend American vocalist Tony Bennett.

For those who haven’t heard of Dimash or seen his performances, please enjoy one of his more popular and complex songs containing a higher level of maturity in the lyrics titled “S.O.S.”. The thought came across that “S.O.S.” has the kind of deeper philosophical message which approximates the musical genre termed peace anthem. The lyrics don’t explicitly advocate for peace in the world, but do reflect the generalized feelings of frustration felt by those activists searching for peace, truth, justice, brotherhood and associated concepts, or, in other words, those higher consciousness ideas embraced and emphasized by people wishing for a better world.

It is unknown whether Dimash Kudaibergen has ever read the great Russian writer Leo Tolstoy, specifically Tolstoy’s profound non-fiction book titled “What is Art?” published in 1898. There is some sense, especially when observing the level of focus, intensity and seriousness with which his performances are characteristic that he has read the classic. The legend and historic icon of non-violent peaceful resistance and satyagraha (“truth force”) Mohandes Gandhi (1869-1948) of India considered “What is Art” Tolstoy’s masterpiece, assessing the book’s messages in higher esteem than Tolstoy’s world-famous novels “War and Peace” and “Anna Karenina”.

If by chance men or women from Kazakhstan pass this way, please consider getting a copy of “What is Art” to your country’s native son and soon-to-be world-famous Dimash. People can obtain a free eBook download of “What is Art” online here. It may seem preposterous to say it after watching him perform with jaw dropped, but after reading Tolstoy’s “What is Art?”, – where the great Russian separates and/or distinguishes true art from what he observed as rubbish in his time – as an artist Dimash Kudaibergen is going to become real good.

Peace.

(Thank you to Dimash Kudaibergen on YouTube)

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Binomo Declares Independence!

By Jerry Alatalo

(BINOMO) The small island nation of Binomo located in the South China Sea close to Vietnam has gained its independence

ne almost feels sorry for U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Nikki Haley. Emphasis on almost. Right after the UN General Assembly rejected U.S. President Donald Trump’s controversial Jerusalem action by a vote of 128-9 with 35 abstaining, where very small, mostly unheard of island nations like Togo and Palau sided with the Americans, Ms. Haley will have to endure even more embarrassment after becoming the victim of an ingenious phone prank.

Famous Russian pranksters Vovan and Lexus may find it difficult to top their latest of Ms. Haley, the timing of which likely guarantees Nikki Haley and the Trump administration might experience a not-so-merry Christmas. Particularly embarrassing for the Trump administration as a result of this prank is the “discussion” about the fictional South China Sea island nation of Binomo.

You know … Binomo. That island country close to Vietnam, that just declared independence. Vovan and Lexus successfully pranked U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters of California a few months ago, similar to this one with Ms. Haley but they had Ms. Waters believing a coup took place in the fictional (land-locked) African nation of Limpopo. For those confused about how the UN representatives of Binomo and Limpopo voted at the General Assembly on the Jerusalem question – the nations don’t exist!

One can only imagine if Ms. Haley and Ms. Waters have contacted each other since the following video recording of the latest prank has gone viral. If they have, we could see how they might try to empathize with each other, saying things like …

NH: “With all these puny island nations, how is one to remember all of them? Binomo kind of rhymes with Togo, so it was just an honest mistake on my part. On your part, too, Maxine.”

MW: “Yes, Nikki … it’s that there’s so many little countries … Limpopo rhymes with Togo, too, a little bit, so we both just made innocent mistakes. Come to think of it, Nikki, my sista’, Putin probably came up with Limpopo … and he probably made up Binomo, too.”

NH: “Yes … that’s the ticket, that’s our story, and we’re sticking to it, right Maxine? Putin did it!”

MW: “That’s right sista’. Putin did it. Let’s call Mueller.”

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There’s plenty to chew on in Vovan and Lexus’ 20-minute prank of Nikki Haley, but the part about Binomo is the one which is drawing the most attention, and might not be forgotten for some considerable length of time. Some while listening to the prank call might find it difficult to decide whether laughter or sorrow is the appropriate response. The Binomo segment is found in the video starting at 11-minutes, 20-seconds and ending at 13-minutes, 35-seconds.

Prankster (PR): “… One more matter is island … Binomo. It’s not far from Vietnam in the South China Sea. Are you know Binomo?”

NH: “Yes.”

PR: “They declared independence.”

NH: “Right.”

PR: “They held elections, and, we suppose Russian had its intervention.”

NH: “Yes. Of course they did … Absolutely.”

PR: “And now this ‘Binomoland’ makes the situation in the South China Sea even more tense.”

NH: “And we’re aware of that … We’ve been watching that very closely, and I think we’ll continue to watch that as we deal with the issues that keep coming up about the South China Sea.”

PR: “Yes, that’s correct. What should be done because of this Binomo?’

NH: “Let me find out exactly what our stance is on that, and what if anything the U.S. is doing, or thinks should be done, and I will report to you on that as well.”

PR: “And what is your view?”

NH: “You know, I can’t speak without getting the administration’s view on it. Let me find out from them, and I’ll get back to you.”

PR: “What do you think about Binomo? It’s B-I-N-O-M-O … I mean, Binomo.

NH: “I think our concern is everything that’s going on in the South China Sea, and the influence that continues to push that way … Our goal is to make sure that it stays intact and that, um, you know, we don’t see intrusion or any sort of, um, bullying in terms of that. So I know that we have, we’re supposed to have White house meetings on all issues with the South China Sea  coming forward, and so I think we’ll have more answers at that time.”

PR: “… aware that you should be, you should keep in safety your consulates. I think …”

NH: “Yes.”

PR: “And just … I don’t know what Putin will make of that, because it’s really dangerous issue.”

NH: “And that’s what we’re watching carefully, … we’re very aware.”

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The citizens of Binomo must be a group of very, very nice people. That’s why Santa Claus brought them independence this year for Christmas.

Americans dependent on corporate media will never hear about Nikki Haley being pranked or her disturbing lack of worldly knowledge, making clear her being unqualified for the position of America’s ambassador to the United Nations. Corporate media will not touch this bizarre-yet-important story with a ten-foot pole, nor report on it in any manner whatsoever.

If that prediction turns out to be wrong and corporate media does report it, and the American people learn about Binomo  that would be a genuine Christmas miracle.

(Thank you to Vovan222prank at YouTube)

Nobel Peace Prize Address: Nuclear States Issued Historic Challenge.

(Transcript cross-posted from NobelPrize.org)

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) – Nobel Lecture

NORWAY – International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) leaders Setsuko Thurlow (center) and Beatrice Fihn (right) accept the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize

Nobel Lecture given by the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 2017, ICAN, delivered by Beatrice Fihn and Setsuko Thurlow, Oslo, 10 December 2017.

[Beatrice Fihn:]

Your Majesties,
Members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee,
Esteemed guests,

Today, it is a great honor to accept the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of thousands of inspirational people who make up the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.

Together we have brought democracy to disarmament and are reshaping international law.
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We most humbly thank the Norwegian Nobel Committee for recognizing our work and giving momentum to our crucial cause.

We want to recognize those who have so generously donated their time and energy to this campaign.

We thank the courageous foreign ministers, diplomats, Red Cross and Red Crescent staff, UN officials, academics and experts with whom we have worked in partnership to advance our common goal.

And we thank all who are committed to ridding the world of this terrible threat.
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At dozens of locations around the world – in missile silos buried in our earth, on submarines navigating through our oceans, and aboard planes flying high in our sky – lie 15,000 objects of humankind’s destruction.

Perhaps it is the enormity of this fact, perhaps it is the unimaginable scale of the consequences, that leads many to simply accept this grim reality. To go about our daily lives with no thought to the instruments of insanity all around us.

For it is insanity to allow ourselves to be ruled by these weapons. Many critics of this movement suggest that we are the irrational ones, the idealists with no grounding in reality. That nuclear-armed states will never give up their weapons.

But we represent the only rational choice. We represent those who refuse to accept nuclear weapons as a fixture in our world, those who refuse to have their fates bound up in a few lines of launch code.

Ours is the only reality that is possible. The alternative is unthinkable.

The story of nuclear weapons will have an ending, and it is up to us what that ending will be.

Will it be the end of nuclear weapons, or will it be the end of us?

One of these things will happen.

The only rational course of action is to cease living under the conditions where our mutual destruction is only one impulsive tantrum away.
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Today I want to talk of three things: fear, freedom, and the future.

Continue reading “Nobel Peace Prize Address: Nuclear States Issued Historic Challenge.”

We Just Banned Nuclear Weapons!

Abacca Anjain-Maddison of the Marshall Islands—a place that has experienced the consequences of nuclear weapons first-hand—spoke on behalf of ICAN at the conclusion of this historic conference:

“The adoption of this landmark agreement today fills us with hope that the mistakes of the past will never be repeated. It fills us with hope that we will pass on to our children and grandchildren a world forever free of these awful bombs.”

Setsuko Thurlow said at the beginning of these negotiations that the ban treaty would “change the world.” With the successful conclusion of the negotiations, we now have a powerful new legal, moral, and political tool to do just that. We will have to maintain the partnership of states, international organizations, and civil society that has brought us this far in order to use the tool we’ve created for its intended purpose.

Nuclear weapons have been banned. All that’s left now is to eliminate them once and for all.

IPPNW peace and health blog

Banning nuclear weapons on the big screen. Now that’s reality TV!

Nuclear weapons have been banned.

Stigmatized and prohibited. That means we’re two-thirds of the way to fulfilling the Humanitarian Pledge, which feels like it was launched only yesterday.

It took three international conferences, two open-ended working groups, medical and scientific evidence accumulated over some 50 or more years, decades of selfless appeals by the Hibakusha and by the victims of nuclear testing, a core group of states with the courage to take effective leadership, a decisive UN resolution, four weeks of honest, good faith negotiating by people who really and truly want to rid the world of nuclear weapons, and seven years of intensive campaigning by ICAN…

…and nuclear weapons have been banned.

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