Oglala, South Dakota. Wouded Knee 1890-1973

What is that black spot in south-south Dakota?

The county’s per-capita income makes it the poorest county in the 50 states and District of Columbia. (28 county-equivalents in the U.S. territories are poorer). Oglala Lakota County is the only dry county in South Dakota.


The Wounded Knee Massacre, also known as the Battle of Wounded Knee, was a domestic massacre of nearly three hundred Lakota people, by soldiers of the United States Army. It occurred on December 29, 1890


The Wounded Knee Occupation began on February 27, 1973, when approximately 200 Oglala Lakota and followers of the American Indian Movement (AIM) seized and occupied the town of Wounded Knee, South Dakota, on the Pine Ridge Indian ReservationPaul Manhart S.J. and ten other residents of the area were apprehended at gunpoint and taken hostage. The protest followed the failure of an effort of the Oglala Sioux Civil Rights Organization (OSCRO) to impeach tribal president Richard Wilson, whom they accused of corruption and abuse of opponents. Additionally, protesters criticized the United States government’s failure to fulfill treaties with Native American people and demanded the reopening of treaty negotiations to hopefully arrive at fair and equitable treatment of Native Americans.

Oglala and AIM activists controlled the town for 71 days while the United States Marshals ServiceFBI agents, and other law enforcement agencies cordoned off the area.

Afterward AIM leaders Dennis Banks and Russell Means were indicted on charges related to the events, but their 1974 case was dismissed by the federal court for prosecutorial misconduct, a decision upheld on appeal


Street Fighter II: Localization, names & lawsuits.

When Street Fighter II was localized in the United States, Capcom was afraid of a lawsuit from Mike Tyson over a character (Balrog) with his likeness as well as a similar sounding name (Balrog’s Japanese name being “Mike Bison”).

– The boxer is known as Mike Bison in Japan and Balrog in the U.S.
– The Spanish assassin/matador is known as Balrog in Japan and Vega in the U.S.

Fandom – Street Fighter II – Mr Bison
Source: Otaquest

Greg Girard – Kowloon Walled City

Greg Girard (born 1955) is a Canadian photographer whose work has examined the social and physical transformation in Asia’s largest cities for more than three decades.

Greg Girard – Wikipedia

The full gallery can be seen here and the book can be purchased here.

Updated and expanded new volume, picking up where “City of Darkness: Life in Kowloon Walled City”, published in 1993, left off.

The Kowloon Walled City was a singular Hong Kong phenomenon: 33,000 people living in over 300 interconnected high-rise buildings, built without the contributions of a single architect, ungoverned by Hong Kong’s safety and health regulations, covering one square city block in a densely populated neighborhood near the end of the runway at Kai Tak airport. In collaboration with Ian Lambot, I spent five years photographing and becoming familiar with the Walled City, its residents, and how it was organized. So seemingly compromised and anarchic on its surface, it actually worked -and to a large extent, worked well. The Walled City was torn down in 1992 but the photographs, oral histories, maps and essays in our updated new book, released in 2014, provide the most thorough record of daily life in that extraordinary place.

Fron Greg Girard’s website – CITY of DARKNESS REVISITED

I landed Girard’s work while researching on the Kowloon Walled City:

Kowloon Walled City was an ungoverned, densely populated settlement in Kowloon CityHong Kong. Originally a Chinese military fort, the Walled City became an enclave after the New Territories were leased to the UK by China in 1898. Its population increased dramatically following the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong during World War II. By 1990, the walled city contained 50,000 residents[1][2] within its 2.6-hectare (6.4-acre) borders. From the 1950s to the 1970s, it was controlled by local triads and had high rates of prostitutiongambling and drug abuse.

Kowloon Walled City – Wikipedia

The rest of Greg’s work is also outstanding, check it out on his site.

Power Plant, Ordos, China – Greg Girard

La verdadera historia de la muerte de Francisco Franco (1960) – Max Aub

Ignacio Jurado Martínez nació en El Cómichi, congregación del municipio de Arizpe, en el estado de Sonora, el 8 de agosto de 1918. Tres años después, la familia bajó al ejido del Paso Real de Bejuco, en el municipio de Rosamorada, en Nayarit. De allí, cuando la mamá enviudó por un “quítame estas pajas”, se trasladaron –eran cinco hijos– a la villa de Yahualica, en Jalisco. Al cumplir los ocho años, Ignacio se largó a Guadalajara donde fue bolero hasta que, a los quince, se descubrió auténtica vocación de mesero. Un lustro después entró a servir en un café de la calle del 5 de Mayo, en la capital de la República.

Sigue leyendo “La verdadera historia de la muerte de Francisco Franco (1960) – Max Aub”

“Recuérdame” y cómo prender los dedos para hacer el acorde de Sol sostenido mayor al piano

Estaba ahora peleándome con la posición de los dedos para tocar algunos acordes puñeteros con sol# mayor y me he dado cuenta de que el truqui está en tocar el do que sería la nota del medio y qué es la única blanca del acordé no abajo si no en la parte de arriba de la nota para tener las 3 a la misma altura. Es que está todo en Youtube!

No se me había ocurrido y estaba destrozándome la mano intentando tocar el do en la parte de abajo de la tecla 😅

Estaba tocando está canción que es preciosa:

Que ya la grabé en su día con Julia a la guitarra:

Cantando “Recuérdame” de la película “Coco” con @Mrfoxtalbot #byJulia drive.google.com/file/d/16-wz9d…

“Play La Marseillaise” scene, Casablanca (HD)

Rick (Humphrey Bogart) and Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid) are upstairs in Rick’s office, with Laszlo offering to buy the letters of transit. Rick refuses, and in reply to Laszlo’s question as to why, Rick tells him to ask his wife. They then hear German officers singing Die Wacht am Rhein in the main room below. Rick and Laszlo go out on the balcony and look down at the Germans singing.

Bogart’s Nod in the Marseillaise Scene: A Physical Gesture in Casablanca. Richard Raskin
Victor Lazlo in incensed to see the occupying german officers sing Die Wacht am Rhein.
His facial expressions reminds me of at T-1000, I tell you.
Ivvone is sad, and probably drunk. The germans continue singing.
“Play la Marseillaise!”

If any moment in this film might be called a point of no return, this is it. Here, for the first time, in nodding his approval, Rick takes a stand against the representatives of the Third Reich, and places himself on the side of resistance. (..) When the stage has been properly set, the simplest physical gesture can be charged with meaning in a film. Bogart’s nod in the Marseillaise scene in Casablanca stands out as perhaps the most striking example of this important resource in cinematic storytelling, and one particularly deserving of a closer look.

Bogart’s Nod in the Marseillaise Scene: A Physical Gesture in Casablanca. Richard Raskin

One day, when Bogart appeared for shooting, Curtiz told him, ‘You’ve got an easy day today. Go on that balcony, look down and to the right, and nod. Then you can go home.’ ‘What am I nodding at?’ Bogart asked. ‘What’s my attitude?’ ‘Don’t ask so many questions!’ Curtiz replied. ‘Get up there and nod and then go home!’ Bogart did as he was told, and didn’t realize until long afterward that that nod had triggered the famous ‘Marseillaise’ scene, where Henreid leads the nightclub orchestra in drowning out some Germans who’d been singing ‘Die Wacht am Rhein.’ It’s a scene that, ever after thirty years, prickles the scalp and closes the throat, and for all Bogart knew he was nodding at a passing dog.

Nathaniel Benchley, “Here’s looking at you, kid,” Atlantic Monthly, February 1975, p. 44.
The band is nice enough to start playing nicely overlapping with the german song. Conveniently enough, La Marseillaise and Die Wacht am Rhein are on the same tone too.
The german officers are were singing “Die Wacht am Rhein“, btw.

The most wonderful thing about this scene is the reality of it. This movie was made in 1942 and the war was still raging. Almost all the extras used in this scene are real French refugees who escaped to the US. The girl playing the minor role of the character Yvonne shown crying is the famed French Actress Madeleine LeBeau, who was forced to flee Europe to the US with her Jewish Husband. Per interviews about this scene long after the movie it was said after the song finished and the people cheered there was not a dry eye on the set.  

Some YouTube comment
“…Égorger vos fils, vos compagnes!”
Isla Laszlo is not singing. You can tell what must be going in her head and heart.
“Vive la France!”
And here is the full scene. (Source: YouTube)

While writing this post I came across number 14 of “Point of View” magazine which was dedicated entirely to Casablanca. A website from December 2002, no less.