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If Ray Manzarek has just died at 74, that would have made him a sprightly 40 when he produced and played organ on X’s Los Angeles thirty-odd years ago.¬†Remarkable.


The May 1 worker’s rights march in Portland was a resounding success (I have to admit it was, for all my purported radicalism, the first one I ever attended: people seemed to think I was an undercover cop or conservative.) A multicultural crowd “occupied” the streets of downtown Portland for a full hour, without incident — though the Black Bloc’ers became most strident as the march ended. Some mood music:

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