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The Huffington Post French Edition ran a story last week about an accident at the Penly nuclear plant in France.   We did a Google New Search and learned that Bloomsberg was reporting that the fires had been extinguished.   Did you happen to see any reports on that bit of news anywhere else in American owned and controlled media?

If you have not become informed about this story is that because of the dumbing down of American Journalism or is it because the corporations that promote the use of nuclear power have the right to be free from any pesky protests that might be inspired by such irrelevant information?   Don't the rights of those persons (corporations) trump your puny personal rights to criticize how they run their businesses?   Keep your hands off our nuclear reactors!

After learning that Jack Kerouac's first book length manuscript has just been published with the title "The Sea is my brother," we decided to go on the Internets and look up the location for the Beatnik bar that was named "The Place."   We tried putting the words in quotes and adding the words Beatnik and Kerouac.   The results produced an avalanche of irrelevant links.  

On Saturday, April 7, 2012, we decided that it would be easier to hop on an AC Transit bus and go to San Francisco and get that bit of information.   We peeked in Lawrence Ferlinghetti's guide book "The Beats in San Francisco," while we were in City Lights Bookstore but failed to note that our goal was within walking distance.

By Wednesday, April 11, 2012, we had consulted the Google maps online and returned to the North Beach area of San Francisco to take some photos of the site where The Place used to be.   We learned that the business next door down,

=http://macreativedesign.com/>Macchirini's Designs has been owned and operated by the same family since before the Beat writers arrived in the area.

Daniel Macchirini was delighted to hear that the new book, "jubilee hitchhiker," by William Hjortsberg corroborates the information in an obscure book that tells the history of "The Place" and that the poem Howl was read in public at The Place before it supposedly debuted at a poetry reading at the 6 Gallery.   Macchirini showed us his copy of the copyrighted manuscript for the history of the famed Beat bar called "The Place."  

[Note:   since this columnist did not have photo pass access to the President's speeches this week, nor did he have a chance to take any news photos of legal proceedings in Stanford Florida, the photo editor will have to use some photos from the North Beach Beatnik area of San Francisco, taken on Wednesday, as illustrations for this column.   Doesn't the current philosophy of the Internets hold that any image with a tenuous link to the content is better than no photo at all?]

The R & D Department at the Amalgamated Conspiracy Theory Factory is working around the clock to come up with a plausible explanation for how the JEB team will deliver the nomination to their chosen one despite the unexpected departure of Rick Santorum from the list of active candidates earlier this week and the rapidly disappearing opportunity for a deadlocked National Republican Convention.

Isn't thinking that JEB could still be handed the nomination just as absurd as thinking that a President could usurp the Congressional power to declare war and lead the USA into a war with Iraq just to settle an old score that was part of an International family feud?

What's the worst that could happen?   Won't the well informed voters use the electronic voting machines with no means of verifying the results to prevent any possible political disaster if by some miracle JEB becomes the Republican nominee?

Didn't Jack Kerouac say that if he had been registered to vote, he would have voted for Eisenhower in 1956?   Didn't Kerouac support the troops in Vietnam?   Didn't Kerouac prefer William F. Buckley Jr.'s political views and denounce his friend Alan Ginsberg for being pro-Commie?   Here is a hypothetical question:   Would Kerouac vote for JEB?

Is America becoming immune to the need for analyzing?   Was part of this week's entertainment news about the selection of an actor who is over forty to play a musician who died when he was 28?  

In 1938, Mao Tse-tung said:   "Our Principle is that the Party commands the gun, and the gun must never be allowed to command the Party."   He was not a Republican, that's for sure.

Now the disk jockey will play Chuck Barry's "Wee Wee Hours" (It's on the flip side of "Maybellene"), Pat Boone's "Ain't that a Shame," and Elvis' "I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone."   We have to go write a column for April 18, which will be National Columnists' Day.   Have a "real cool, daddy-o" type week.

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BP graduated from college in the mid sixties (at the bottom of the class?) He told his draft board that Vietnam could be won without his participation. He is still appologizing for that mistake. He received his fist photo lesson from a future (more...)
 

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