Call me naive, but why can’t our focus be on things like this music, which we can all share?

The world really is mad — and I refer here both to our lot and the others… In politics we seem too often to fall into utter incompetence. I think particularly of our relations in the West with the now powerful China — back where it was centuries ago, perhaps, as a world hegemon — and I am not taking either side. All I know is that I have been able to speak heart to heart, person to person, with people from Mainland China just one mortal being to another. Is it that hard? Why is it that hard? How come our leaders so often seem so dumb?

Well, I do know that this music is superior to all their politicking….

The last two are part of a co-operation between the Carolina International Orchestra in Raleigh North Carolina and members of the China National Orchestra Touring North Carolina in 2013. I wonder if that orchestra is still going; their last Facebook post is 2016.

Since writing that (last night) I have found a back-story in a North Carolina newspaper (4 October 2013).

The opening concert of the new Carolina International Orchestra — with guest artists and conductor from the China National Orchestra — brought the house to its feet again and again Tuesday evening.

“Trans-Pacific Melodies,” an East-meets-West concert presented by this new orchestra, had its debut at Lee Auditorium Tuesday night. It was the first leg on a tour heading up the East Coast.

He Jianguo, permanent conductor of the Chinese orchestra, led performers playing both Western instruments like violins and violas and traditional Chinese instruments many in the audience were hearing for the first time — though the artists themselves are among the elite, at the top in their field.

This new orchestra — blending music, instruments and artists from East and West — is a joint venture begun by concert master Yang Xi and fellow violinist Jenny Zhou following the success of last spring’s first collaboration. In February, musicians from North Carolina hosted visiting Chinese instrumentalists in a series of concerts shared with musicians from the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra….

Ties between Moore County and China’s Hunan Province were forged in World War II when 2nd Lt. Robert Hoyle Upchurch, a Flying Tiger pilot from High Falls, lost his life in aerial combat helping China fight the Japanese invasion.

This concert, featuring its unique and international blend of musicians from China and the United States, is a legacy of that bond, as Blake said just before the Arts Council’s Chris Dunn welcomed the crowd.

“It is such an amazing story — you know he wrote home and said, ‘Don’t worry if I don’t make it home. I’m not married, and in two or three years you will forget me,’” Blake said. “The Chinese built a beautiful monument to him, and now the world knows Hoyle Upchurch.”

An organization dedicated to building cultural, educational and business links — the Carolina China Council — grew from these events. North Carolina and Hunan Province are sister states….

That there is nothing about the orchestra on FB since 2016 makes me wonder whether the Trump era was curtains for this wonderful cross-cultural project.

Later

So I have done a little digging and note that North Carolina has a Democrat Governor, re-elected in 2020. The Carolina China Council was still active in 2019 at least.

On October 4, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper congratulated the opening of the 2019 Raleigh China Arts Festival by proclaiming September 29-October 5, 2019 as Carolina China Council and China Arts Festival tenth anniversary week. Secretary of State Mrs. Elaine Marshall attended the opening ceremony of the 2019 Raleigh China Arts Festival at the Fletcher Opera Theater, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh and welcomed the world class performers to North Carolina in her opening remarks. Distinguished performers from China, Italy and the United States presented a two-hour world class musical gala to a full-house audience. Mrs. Kacy Hunt, Chairwoman of Raleigh Artsplosure which organizes the annual Raleigh Arts Festival, congratulated the success of this year’s Raleigh China Arts Festival. She is looking forward to a long-lasting partnership between Artsplosure and Carolina China Council to promote East-West exchanges of arts and culture.

Interesting — but nothing in the news section since 2019. COVID would no doubt have affected them.

Back to “The Music of the Night”

Yet another connection, as the competition “Super-Vocal” is from Hunan TV.

Super–Vocal (Chinese: 声入人心; pinyin: Shēng rù rénxīn) is a Chinese reality television created and produced by Hunan TV and iQiyi. It is a singing competition focused on classically trained singers, singing both operatic and musical pieces. It features 36 male singers, with six winners after a total of 100 days of training and filming. “Super-Vocal” Season 1 premiered on November 2, 2018, while Season 2 premiered on July 19, 2019.

The singer Ayanga (b. 1989) is Mongolian, Sheng Yunlong (b. 1990) is from Shandong Province.

I am proud that I saw through the Orange Fake pretty much from the beginning…

But it didn’t really take talent. The man was obviously an enormous mistake pretty much from Day One! And yes, I did piss off quite a few people by the line I took — but history is justifying that line in spades! The Stable Genius who among other things confused his dementia screening test with an IQ test, who comprehensively stuffed up US reaction to COVID-19, who thought being a performing seal in North Korea was some kind of policy…. And one could go on….

Nowadays six months on from being trounced in the Presidential elections he still maintains “we woz robbed”! Sadder still there are idiot commentators in such places as the New York Post and Sky in the Bog who go along with such obvious guff!

A comment on a YouTube post gave the best insight into what this global laughing stock now is — reprising day after day one of the great scenes from the golden years of Hollywood!

Cut off perfectly correctly from both Facebook and Twitter, the Dunce-Once-In-Chief has become a blogger — nothing wrong with that in itself of course — after pumping up his retreat to 1990s Internet as a great advance in truth, justice and the American way — it’s SuperTrump. I will grant he may indeed have come from another planet….

I rather enjoyed that back in the day in Kirrawee in 1956-7….

Here is what I posted before about this dolt….

He exposes himself every time he opens his mouth.

Another suggestion is that Trump is Miss Havisham spending her life beside her mouldering wedding cake lamenting that she was jilted on her wedding day and devoting herself to revenge:

The only appropriate response to this man is contempt.

Videos following up on yesterday’s post: Mei Quong Tart and more…

Such a fascinating character, this Mei Quong Tart. There is even a public statue of him in the Sydney suburb of Ashfield.

And a rather special Uniting Church home for the elderly, located in what was his mansion in Ashfield:

And when Quong Tart died in 1903:

Quong Tart’s funeral procession along Liverpool Road Ashfield headed by a band from the Professional Musicians’ Association

That is from a memorabilia page from the Ashfield and District Historical Society. Given that in 1903 the Yellow Peril fever was at its height, this is remarkable. The following short history is fair enough for a 5-minute go, even if it is rather silly to use the Peoples Republic flag to represent the China of 1901! The speaker sounds Indian to me… Not that this necessarily matters….

You can research that one for yourself easily enough. Now to Quong Tart. There are some good video resources on him specifically, including this one showing his encouragement of the suffragettes through his tea rooms in Sydney.”2016 Diploma student Catherine Turner interviews City of Sydney Historian, Dr Lisa Murray, about the Loong Shan Tea Rooms at 137 King St, Sydney.”

And an overall look at his life:

On the subject of Chinese in Australia today, do watch this:

Jiawei Shen, interviewed above, ‘Self-portrait with GE (Chinese) Morrison’ 1996

On recent difficulties Chinese Australians are experiencing:

Many factors are at play, but among them must be the toxic rhetoric in recent years of one Donald J Trump. As plays out too in the USA:

The Pyrrhic victory of the greatest conman ever to inhabit the White House — a verdict not worth a cracker!

I am not being namby-pamby about this hideous creature any more. He is not a credible leader. He is not clever. He is a menace.

Is that clear enough?

Then how about Carl M. Loeb University Professor at the Harvard Law School of Harvard University Lawrence Tribe on Twitter: “What McConnell said today ends all legitimate debate over Trump’s responsibility for inciting violent insurrection against the United States. The Senate shamefully let Trump off on a hypocritical technicality, but the House Managers overwhelmingly proved Trump’s guilt forever.” This is what McConnell said in a great factual speech. Shame about his failure to vote accordingly:

57 found him guilty, endorsing the facts and the verdict of history from this day on. 43 took a different view, for reasons no doubt varied but almost certainly political. Hardly a verdict to crow about, is it? The defence case was a master class in narrow nit-pickery. This was NOT a criminal trial. It was a political ritual, but an important one, even if the outcome was entirely predictable.

Note the unambiguous caption from this US evangelical site: “Trump incites his followers to violence.”

Whatever the outcome of what is happening in the Senate, that is the truth, was the truth, always will be the truth.

“… the mayhem brought with it the stark realization that this destruction was the logical conclusion of a presidency committed to undermining and delegitimizing the foundations of American democracy.”

The photos are excellent. Here is just one:

This is a must see. Irrefutable. There was an attempt to steal the election. It was led by Donald J Trump!

As doyen of US news Dan Rather said:

January 6 was a coordinated attack. It was built atop a foundation of lies doled out with precision over days and weeks. From a different perspective, you might say this was months, years, and even generations in the making. Will it be the last gasps of a discredited white supremacy and the other forces of intolerance that weaken our nation? Will we be able to successfully fight off the lies and propaganda? Or will this be part another major strike of the sledgehammer that’s fracturing our democratic experiment?

I have long believed that anyone who thinks Donald Trump is or ever has been anything other than the worst ever President, the most wilfully ignorant, and the greatest liar ever to hold the office, has rocks in his/her head.

His policies, such as they were, if they can really be sorted out from the chaos, were and are as attractive as the worst of the Isolationists in the 1930s. Those who think he is some kind of intelligent conservative have forgotten what a conservative is.

To many of my leftist friends I am a conservative. I read Shakespeare. I love the Queen. I have even been known not to vote Labor or Green. I do know what a conservative is, and I do know that Trump is an authoritarian, crypto-Fascist to some degree, but essentially a deluded ignoramus on whom, sadly, many Americans, who rightly in many cases felt left out, put their faith. They were tragically wrong.

His primary characteristic really has been rampant narcissism. His speeches and rallies were “positive thinking” gone to seed, worthy of the maddest moments of Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman or the tragic Jay Gatsby gazing at the green light on Daisy’s pier.

Except Trump had no green light — other than his own mad conviction that multiple bankruptcies and business ventures of dubious real public worth fitted him somehow to “Make America Great Again.”

Hundreds of thousands have died under Trump’s maladministration, victims in part of that toxic bullshit positive thinking.

The defence offered the most thin, most nit-picking, most narrow defence against what was to any observer Trump’s patent guilt over many months.

This Toon (thanks to Loon Pond) pretty much sums up the case that 57 Senators rightly accepted. Trump meanwhile might (one hopes) be compared to King Pyrrhus of Epirus.

This was not a witch-hunt, not the pursuit of a saint or patriot out of vengeance, but the legitimate exposure of possibly the greatest conman ever to occupy the White House, who was and remains a clear and present danger to US democracy! This has been a clear and vivid demonstration of how a vile shonk set out to lie his way back into office, caring not at all about how it was done or who was hurt. Whatever has been the decision of the Senate, this man should never again hold any kind of public office anywhere.

Let me remind you about what this wonderful Australian singer/songwriter offered us last October, given the WRONG decision made by the US Senate today.

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