Late Night FDL: Cream Puff War

Grateful Dead – Cream Puff War

The Dead are set to reunite for 5 shows entitled: Fare Thee Well…

It promises to be the ultimate flashback.

This summer, the surviving members of ’60s psychedelic-rock legends The Grateful Dead will reunite for one last run to celebrate the band’s 50th birthday — and mark the 20th anniversary since the death of founding singer-guitarist and guru Jerry Garcia, who suffered a heart attack in rehab at age 53.

Dubbed Fare Thee Well, the five shows in Santa Clara (June 27-28) and Chicago (July 3-5) will see the Dead’s ‘Core Four’ — singer-guitarist Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh, and rhythm devils Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart — bolstered by Phish leader Trey Anastasio (handling Jerry’s parts) and keyboardists Jeff Chimenti and Bruce Hornsby (the latter is basically an unofficial member; he’s played more than 100 gigs with them over the decades).

Want a ticket? You’ll need a miracle; they’re already going for up to $35,000 online…

Once again you’re left to your own devices, but, I’ll be back tomorrow nite…!

What’s on your mind tonite…?

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  1. Pluto
    May 25, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    Our beloved CTbot is master of the universe again, I see.

    Nonetheless, I feel compelled to direct you to my latest essay — US Terrorizes China; China Pulls the Golden Trigger

    But, not so much for the essay. It’s the comments that hit the spot!

    Read and get rich 😉

  2. dubinsky
    May 25, 2015 at 11:09 pm
  3. dubinsky
    May 25, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    their first fine thing recorded. (part one in a suite)

  4. dubinsky
    May 25, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    so you never told us about just how terrorized the Chinese are due to that.bunch of USN ships travelling through the international waters.

  5. TalkingWarrior
    May 25, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    Pluto, my apologies for not following up with you last night. I followed one of the links in your “America’s Mein Kampf” article and somewhere deep in the weeds of the terms of the Bretton Woods agreement – I fell asleep!

    Will try to do better tonight.

    Before I head off to your latest article …

    Do you think it’s possible/likely that the American Empire may well end much as the Soviet empire did – not with a bang but a whimper?

    Are we witnessing the end of Capitalism much as we did the end of Communism a scant 20 years ago?

  6. dubinsky
    May 25, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    a song that Jorma and Jack used to do.

  7. Screwtape
    May 25, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    It was the Ford dealer drove his newest model onto the Chevy lot, just to show he could. Yawn.

  8. TalkingWarrior
    May 25, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    I’m having trouble wrapping my mind around the idea of a synthetic currency … administered by the IMF and backed by – gold?

  9. dubinsky
    May 25, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    the very idea that the Chinese might have more than a passing bit of pique is a far fetched one.

    China will go right ahead attempting to intimidate the nations of mainland Southeast Asia and the Philippines and the others with their aggressive and rather dubious territorial claims.

  10. dubinsky
    May 26, 2015 at 12:07 am

    $35,000 for a ticket to see the undead members of the Dead?

    I remember paying $5 to see them…….. and they put on a good show, but the opening act was a better band……far better singing and guitar playing from this new band, the Allman Brothers, that no one had ever heard of……..and they were booked back at the Fillmore East as headliners the very next week.

    but that was part of the glory of the San Francisco bands….they not only played well and performed exciting stuff…they were generous in sharing good music and not jealously guarding some sick sense of stardom.

    as I young drummer, I was impressed to see two bands each with two drummers.and all four of those I heard that night could play.

  11. Pluto
    May 26, 2015 at 12:27 am

    The IMF explains it, and why the SDR composite is moving back to gold, since the world has lost all confidence in the bogus US Dollar — and is absolutely disgusted with the US terrorist state:

    The value of the SDR was initially defined as equivalent to 0.888671 grams of fine gold—which, at the time, was also equivalent to one U.S. dollar. After the collapse of the Bretton Woods system in 1973 (under Nixon), the SDR was redefined as a basket of currencies.

    Today the SDR basket consists of the euro, Japanese yen, pound sterling, and U.S. dollar. The value of the SDR in terms of the U.S. dollar is determined daily and posted on the IMF’s website. It is calculated as the sum of specific amounts of the four basket currencies valued in U.S. dollars, on the basis of exchange rates quoted at noon each day in the London market.

    The basket composition is reviewed every five years by the Executive Board, or earlier if the IMF finds changed circumstances warrant an earlier review, to ensure that it reflects the relative importance of currencies in the world’s trading and financial systems. In the most recent review (in November 2010), the weights of the currencies in the SDR basket were revised based on the value of the exports of goods and services, and the amount of reserves denominated in the respective currencies that were held by other members of the IMF. These changes became effective on January 1, 2011. In October 2011, the IMF Executive Board discussed possible options for broadening the SDR currency basket. Most directors held the view that the current criteria for SDR basket selection remained appropriate. The next review is currently scheduled to take place by the end of 2015.

  12. dubinsky
    May 26, 2015 at 12:29 am

    from part of the “other” San Fran band……..about the time that the Jefferson Airplane was breaking up…..they fired their drummer (and the guy my son was named after) Spencer Dryden….who had married a woman named Sally Mann…..

    always though that the title of this tune (featuring some nifty bass work) ” Mann’s Fate” was a poke at old Spencer.

  13. Pluto
    May 26, 2015 at 12:30 am

    Not the end of capitalism by any stretch. After all, China is the wealthiest capitalist nation in the world.

    We are looking at the end of the United States as the greatest terrorist threat on earth.

    It will end just fine. The US is a wealthy nation. Once it immediately stops its international murder-sprees, the US will be able to care for its people.

  14. TalkingWarrior
    May 26, 2015 at 12:31 am

    If the US doesn’t have the gold it has purported to – then who does?

    Who took the gold? And where have they stashed it?

    Especially the gold that other countries (Germany, Switzerland, etc.) gave the US for “safekeeping”?

  15. bluewombat
    May 26, 2015 at 12:38 am

    I have it. It’s in my hallway locker. But please don’t tell anyone — burglars and all that.

  16. TalkingWarrior
    May 26, 2015 at 12:45 am

    So China would only be asking that its currency be included in the SDR basket, appropriately weighted for economic activity.

    Seems only fair to me, but – wouldn’t this be a wee bit
    devastating for the US wrt international trade, as in the value of our currency would plummet?

  17. TalkingWarrior
    May 26, 2015 at 1:00 am

    Do you think this may have been the main reason for Kerry’s recent trip to meet with Putin? The US has belatedly realized that its bringing war to Europe’s and Russia’s doorsteps was, as you yourself put it, was a bridge too far?

    I don’t recall Lavrov coming to Washington for a personal audience with Obama.

  18. Pluto
    May 26, 2015 at 1:02 am

    Indeed. China merely wishes to have a proportional presence in the new IMF synthetic global trading currency.

    However, here’s the denouement:

    The US will foolishly insist that China reveal its gold for the world to audit. China will joyfully do so.

    Then, China will insist that the US do the same.

    The US will refuse.

    And that is the end of the US Dollar. (And the end all Dollar hegemony and US terrorism throughout the world.)

  19. Pluto
    May 26, 2015 at 1:09 am

    I believe he drove his Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry.

  20. Pluto
    May 26, 2015 at 1:17 am


    As one pundit speculated:

    Let’s look at Ukraine. The IMF is seeking a restructuring (read haircut) on $10 billion worth of Ukrainian debt with private holders. This, the IMF says, is necessary before another aid package of $40 billion is approved.

    Let’s not forget, Russia lent $3 billion to Ukraine in late 2013, I wouldn’t bet they will be accepting haircuts any time soon. In fact, wouldn’t it behoove Russia to watch Ukraine default … and further pressure the financial system of the West?

    Interestingly, John Kerry just met over the weekend with Russian minister Lavrov, what exactly did they talk about? If I had to speculate, my guess would be the U.S. has just walked away from the Ukraine. But why? Why would the U.S. walk away now?

    Was Mr. Kerry/Obama informed that China will announce this 30,000 ton hoard of gold shortly? After all, “gold” is a financial thermonuclear weapon, able to destroy the fiat of the West.

    It would not surprise me in the least if Washington was given the “courtesy” of a heads up to some sort of coming announcement. I believe we will see very soon whether or not the U.S. changes tack regarding Ukraine.

    As I have said, overthrowing the democratically-elected Ukraine government was the United States’ ultimate international fuck-up. Probably much worse that the Afghanistan and Iraq disasters, combined.

  21. May 26, 2015 at 1:52 am

    Aloha, LN pups…! My ‘weekend’ has commenced…

  22. AKBob
    May 26, 2015 at 1:54 am

    Screw gold. Food + water is the new gold. Armaments are what secure food + water. Gold is the first polite entry.

  23. May 26, 2015 at 1:54 am

    Aloha, bw…! 😉

  24. May 26, 2015 at 1:59 am

    Aloha, homer…! How’s the 49th doing tonite…?

  25. AKBob
    May 26, 2015 at 2:02 am

    I believe two decades of following the Dead when i could was enough. Paying the bucks to even travel there is not in my “must do list” I can wait and enjoy the vids when they come out.

  26. dubinsky
    May 26, 2015 at 2:04 am

    hey, Tuttle.

    what sort of hash do you sling?

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  28. dubinsky
    May 26, 2015 at 2:20 am

    Chinese finally have enough food, but may start running a bit short of water in a decade.

  29. AKBob
    May 26, 2015 at 2:24 am

    I actually was a part of the King of Norways entourage today. Yes indeedy it is quite a fun story.
    Got a call to pickup at a float plane base at 11am this morn. I got there a bit early so i was standin around smokin a cig. Two guys come out of the air service office and ask how im doin and whats up why am i here . I tell them there is a plane at 11 and i have to pick someone up. They flash their secret service badges and ask me who sent me. I said i will ask, so i radio back to the guy with the phone and ask. Who am i looking for, he says some lady in a white suv. Now things get fun. The SS explain they are there to trans port a high security group and that they dont know why i was called but that if i just park over to the side i could hang out and findout why i was there. Well the oldest SS guy was lookin me up an down and decided an aging hippie taxi driver was not much of a threat. So when the lady shows up in the white suv. The whole thing comes out that she is the owner of the lodge where the king is staying across the bay. So the plane lands and there are SS everywhere, they pile into two nondiscript suvs and some of the Norwegian entourage and a SS man get in my cab and we follow the group out to the harbor. There the SS flood out in a circle while we all unload, must keep people away ya know. The King looks kinda like what the fuck who cares. Ya know being Homer an all.

  30. dubinsky
    May 26, 2015 at 2:33 am
  31. May 26, 2015 at 2:34 am

    Dayam, quite the spectacle…! So the King of Norway is that hyper-paranoid in the middle of nowhere…? 😉

  32. AKBob
    May 26, 2015 at 2:38 am

    No i dont think HE was paranoid just everyone else.
    And on the way to the harbor the eldest SS guy and i had some laughs and i could fill him in quickly about the days fishing.

  33. May 26, 2015 at 2:43 am

    I guess they’re paid to be paranoid and all…! 😉

  34. May 26, 2015 at 2:44 am
  35. AKBob
    May 26, 2015 at 2:49 am

    Of course they are. And they were not supposed to arrive till tomorrow. It was a quick change of plan as they flew out of Anch to fish the west side of Cook inlet but it was all fogged in so they diverted here to just jump on a boat and fish. That is why it was all a tissy because it all happened in less than a couple hours.

  36. May 26, 2015 at 2:52 am

    The US has to refuse since they can’t account for it…!

  37. May 26, 2015 at 2:55 am

    Quick thinking and great response time by all…! So what did the King catch…?

  38. AKBob
    May 26, 2015 at 2:55 am

    OK somebody find “Eyes of the world” 10/19/74

  39. AKBob
    May 26, 2015 at 2:57 am

    Doubt we will ever know. And i bet he did not buy a license.

  40. May 26, 2015 at 2:57 am

    *heh* Keep calm and listen to Jerry…

  41. May 26, 2015 at 2:58 am

    *heh* I’ll bet…! 😉

  42. AKBob
    May 26, 2015 at 3:02 am

    I guess there is a report of all license returns at the end of the year on the ADF+G site. We might actually be able to make a bet on that, but let me see first if that info is available.

  43. May 26, 2015 at 3:19 am
  44. AKBob
    May 26, 2015 at 3:21 am

    One can only hope.
    Perhaps American rabble will drive a better understanding.
    Like i said “hope”.

  45. May 26, 2015 at 3:23 am
  46. AKBob
    May 26, 2015 at 3:39 am

    I guess this goes with the massive maneuvers we are pulling in the gulf of Alaska right now and all over the north. Dick waging is always, don’t they make crotchless panties for that.

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  50. May 26, 2015 at 4:12 am

    Btw, Pluto, I’d be delighted to post your content here, you’ve got my email addy drop me a note…! 😉

  51. May 26, 2015 at 4:16 am

    A sneak peek at what to expect at the upcoming concerts…