GLS Dean Pene Mathew at the U.N. in Geneva

Dean Pene Mathew

The video below is a U.N. TV excerpt of her intervention in a Panel Discussion on Past Examples of Responsibility Sharing at the U.N. in Geneva.



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(July 10, 2017): Mattews Southern Comfort – To Love

From the 1970 album, Later On That Same Year.  I used to think the title of this LP referred to something Iain Matthews (known earlier and later as Iain McDonald) did following his departure from Fairport Convention.  I learned, though, that this album was the band’s third outing and second release of 1970 (ergo, later on that same year?).


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(July 7, 2017): The Beautiful Girls – La Mar

From the 2003 album, Learn Yourself.  This sophomore LP by this Sydney band had a number of hits.  Ian Mussington guests on percussion on this track.

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(July 6, 2017): The Blockheads – Dirty Money

From the 2009 album, Staring Down the Barrel. The Blockheads were, of course, Ian Dury’s band mates. After a brief hiatus following his death, the band has continued to record and perform. These lyrics (“filthy lucre”) remind of the old lawyer’s oath in Missouri (still current in Michigan) in which a new attorney pledges not to delay any cause for lucre.

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(July 5, 2017): Bo Carter – Policy Blues

From the 1940 10″ 78 rpm single, Policy Blues / My Baby.  Bo Carter (Armenter Chatmon) was a popular blues man in the 1930s and 40s.  With his brothers Lonnie and Sam, and Walter Vinson, Carter also recorded as a member of the Mississippi Sheiks of “Sitting On Top of the World” fame.

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(July 4, 2017): Steppenwolf: Monster/Suicide/America

From the 1969 album, Monster.  Happy 4th of July.

These words from Thomas Jefferson also bear remembering:

Thomas Jefferson to Roger Weightman

Monticello June 24. 26

Respected Sir

The kind invitation I receive from you on the part of the citizens of the city of Washington, to be present with them at their celebration of the 50th. anniversary of American independance; as one of the surviving signers of an instrument pregnant with our own, and the fate of the world, is most flattering to myself, and heightened by the honorable accompaniment proposed for the comfort of such a journey. it adds sensibly to the sufferings of sickness, to be deprived by it of a personal participation in the rejoicings of that day. but acquiescence is a duty, under circumstances not placed among those we are permitted to controul. I should, indeed, with peculiar delight, have met and exchanged there congratulations personally with the small band, the remnant of that host of worthies, who joined with us on that day, in the bold and doubtful election we were to make for our country, between submission or the sword; and to have enjoyed with them the consolatory fact, that our fellow citizens, after half a century of experience and prosperity, continue to approve the choice we made. may it be to the world, what I believe it will be, (to some parts sooner, to others later, but finally to all,) the Signal of arousing men to burst the chains, under which monkish ignorance and superstition had persuaded them to bind themselves, and to assume the blessings & security of self-government. that form which we have substituted, restores the free right to the unbounded exercise of reason and freedom of opinion. all eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man. the general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view. the palpable truth, that the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately, by the grace of god. these are grounds of hope for others. for ourselves, let the annual return of this day forever refresh our recollections of these rights, and an undiminished devotion to them.

I will ask permission here to express the pleasure with which I should have met my ancient neighbors of the City of Washington and of it’s vicinities, with whom I passed so many years of a pleasing social intercourse; an intercourse which so much relieved the anxieties of the public cares, and left impressions so deeply engraved in my affections, as never to be forgotten. with my regret that ill health forbids me the gratification of an acceptance, be pleased to receive for yourself, and those for whom you write, the assurance of my highest respect and friendly attachments.

Th. Jefferson

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(July 3, 2017): Brenton Wood – Gimme Little Sign

From the 1967 album, Oogum Boogum. Way back when I heard this song on top 40 radio in the late 1960s, I confused Wood’s name (born Al Smith) with Bretton Woods, even though, at that time, I had no idea that it was a place in New Hampshire that hosted the 1944 United Nations Monetary and Financial Conference. The tune brings back memories of a musically happy time when soul and Motown often dominated pop.

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