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About rico49

Writer, progresive activist, open source software developer. Working to meet the needs of under- and un-employed people globally and in the United States.

Murder on the White River – Chapter 1

CHAPTER ONE The holiday sale season was starting to warm up even though Thanksgiving was still three weeks off. Christmas decorations were already glittering in store windows. A relentless press of advertising for discounts reflected the jitters of retail managers … Continue reading

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The Amazing JennaMarbles

So JennaMarbles has been my main source of entertainment over the last few weeks.  This is especially odd because her audience demographic is mostly high school girls. I’m a 57 year old guy. What is with that?  I find her … Continue reading

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Show active git branch in bash prompt

One way to display the current git branch in your bash prompt. Continue reading

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Comments on Naomi Wolf’s “The Shocking Truth About the Crackdown on Occupy”

Naomi Wolf’s essay on “The Shocking Truth About the Crackdown on Occupy” brings to our attention some very important issues in the current struggle. Naomi is hitting the nail on the head when she says: “…our own national leaders, who … Continue reading

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German Communists Answer theses of CPUSA’s Sam Webb

July 20, German Communists Answer theses of CPUSA’s Sam Webb, by Dr. Hans-Peter Brenner writing in the Berlin socialist daily Junge Welt , July 20, 2011 Coping with political defeat, July 20, 2011 by Hans-Peter Brenner Source: 21stcenturymanifesto Certain Features … Continue reading

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Windows 7 Network Awareness

I was looking around on Slashdot tonight and found the article “Windows 7 Network Awareness: How Windows knows it has an internet connection“. The question that the article answers is: Whenever I connect to a WiFi network which requires in-browser … Continue reading

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Stephanie Valentin / Violin / Song of the Ghetto

Amazing. Evocative of a whole community that I miss without realizing that I was missing it. The community of my grandparents. Abram Shtern – Jewish Melody – continuing the Jewish music theme of the night. And, just because I am … Continue reading

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Listening to Chopin – Valentina Igoshina – Fantasie Impromptu

Today is the start of Cherry Blossom season in Japan, according to National Public Radio this morning. The cherry blossom tree is known for its short yet brilliant blooming season which ends with an inevitable fall to the ground. For … Continue reading

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Encountering Charles Mingus – “Moaning”

This is an amazing piece. Thank you, Charles Mingus. Charles Mingus – “Moaning”

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Who We Are

Gil Scott Heron penned “Winter in America” in 1973, with the release in 1974. He was, and remains, a prophetic voice on the plight of many of us in the United States. Some of the lyrics: And now it’s winter … Continue reading

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