Saturday, April 16, 2011

Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

April 16

It is my aim today to put that piece of sh...garbage that I called a blog post yesterday behind me. On this day in 2007 we had the Virginia Tech massacre. Seung Hui Cho killed 27 students and five faculty on the campus before taking his own life. Two days later NBC news received his taped manifesto explaining his actions. I remember getting a phone call telling me that there was a shooting in Virginia and couldn't believe the amount of casualties. I thought that it was a mistake. A truly sad day for America.
On this day in 1947 the Grandcamp was literally blown to bits in a fertilizer explosion while it was docked in Texas City, Texas. 581 people were killed. That's huge! I've never heard of this before looking at my sources. With the amount of people that died I would have thought I would have heard about this before today!
In 1942 the hallucinogenic effects of LSD were discovered by Dr. Albert Hoffman. The music of the many of my favorite bands were influenced by this drug, amongst them the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Tool, and the Doors. So in honor of this event I'm going to drop acid for the first time. Let's hope it's not a bad trip. I'll keep you informed.

In 1965 the Rolling Stones debuted with their self titled first album. Mick, you ignorant slut! Overall I like these guys and I truly believe they're going places. I could do without a few of their songs, but overall the Street Fighting Man and the Gimme Shelter will keep me firmly behind this band.

Also, in 1917 V.I. Lenin returned to Russia and became a dictator to the worlds first marxist state. If you look at his history, Lenin was a trouble maker his entire life, he was forced into exile numerous times and was all about starting revolutions everywhere he went. So it's surprising that a country famous for killing their own, that they let this most dangerous of men live to fight another day.


  1. Too bad LSD couldn't make the Dead any better.

  2. Actually Lenin was a pretty awesome person, and by any mesaure human rights grew the most under the USSR than any other previously existing society. The deaths in former Czarist empire, one of histories most brutal and oppressive, were due to White Russians (pro-Czarists, considered to be proto-fascists), and a 14 nation invasion of the USSR, which destroyed factories, farmlands, and put the national sovereignty of not just the Russians, but all 200-some-odd nationalities of the former Czarist empire at risk, protracting a relatively bloodless revolution (the revolution started, remember, when soldiers refused to fire into a crowd of striking workers and in fact joined them in protest) into a drawn out, bloody civil war in the hopes of destabilizing the first worker-run government.