Archive for January, 2014

R.I.P.: Claudio Abbado

Posted: January 21, 2014 in music, news
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Italian conductor Claudio Abbado dies at the age of 80

Claudio Abbado, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI (26 June 1933 – 20 January 2014) was an Italian conductor. He served as music director of the La Scala opera house in Milan, principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, principal guest conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, music director of the Vienna State Opera, and principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra. He was made a Senator for life in the Senate of Italy in 2013.


Abbado died in Bologna after a long illness, said Raffaella Grimaudo, spokeswoman for the Bologna mayor’s office. Abbado, who was appointed senator for life in Italy last year, had cancelled several recent performances and appearances due to ill health.

Mark Wilkinson, president of record label Deutsche Grammophon, said: “The world has lost one of the most inspiring musicians of our era, a man who put himself entirely at the service of the music he conducted and, in doing so, made listeners feel that they were hearing it properly for the very first time”. Mark Wilkinson, president of record label Deutsche Grammophon, said: “The world has lost one of the most inspiring musicians of our era, a man who put himself entirely at the service of the music he conducted and, in doing so, made listeners feel that they were hearing it properly for the very first time”. Abbado made his first recording for Deutsche Grammophon in 1967, and his last in 2013.


Career and The Berlin Philharmonic

abbado2Abbado was born into a musical family in Milan in 1933 and trained at the Milan Conservatoire before studying under Hans Swarowsky in Vienna. His career began at La Scala in 1960 and he went on to become musical director of the famous opera house until 1986, before his work with Vienna’s state opera.

In 1989, the Berlin Philharmonic elected Abbado as its chief conductor to succeed Herbert von Karajan. In 1998, he announced that he would be leaving the Berlin Philharmonic after the expiration of his contract in 2002. Aside from the major institutions he directed, Abbado was often happiest with orchestras of his own creation – the European Union Youth Orchestra, Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, and the Orchestra Mozart.

Abbado was diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2000 and the treatment led to the removal of a portion of his digestive system. In 2004 he returned to conduct the Berlin Philharmonic and performed Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 in a series of recorded live concerts. The resulting CD won Best Orchestral Recording and Record of the Year in Gramophone Magazine’s 2006 awards. The Orchestra Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic established the Claudio Abbado Composition Prize in 2006 in his honour.

In 1997, Abbado won a Grammy Award in the best instrumental soloist performance (with orchestra) category. In 2012, he was voted into the Gramophone Hall of Fame and awarded the conductor prize at the Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) Music Awards. The latter prize was given for his concerts with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall in 2011.


Abbado was passionate about young musicians and founded youth orchestras across Europe. La Scala said illness forced Abbado to cancel two concerts in 2010 that were to have marked his return to the Milan opera house for the first time in 25 years, and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his conducting debut.

Abbado’s son from his first marriage, to singer Giovanna Cavazzoni, is the opera director Daniele Abbado and they had a daughter Alessandra; Sebastiano is his son with his second wife, Gabriella Cantalupi. He also had a relationship with the violinist Viktoria Mullova, and was the father of her oldest child, Misha.

Source: Wikipedia.

Claudio Abbado in rehearsal with the Berliner Philharmoniker (1996)


Posted: January 20, 2014 in countries, news
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A.C.A.B. is an anti-police acronym standing for “All Cop[per]s Are Bastards”, used as a slogan in graffiti, tattoos, and other imagery.


acab7The Dictionary of Catchphrases attests the acronym in graffiti as early as 1977 in an article by a Newcastle journalist who spent a night in jail and documented the term written on walls; the book reckons the acronym itself to be no older than the 1970s, though the full phrase to date back as far as the 1920s. The British Oi! punk band, the 4-Skins, popularized the acronym A.C.A.B. in their 1980s song of the same name.

On 7 January 2011, three Ajax football fans in the Netherlands were fined for wearing t-shirts with the numbers 1312 printed on them, that number standing for “ACAB” by assigning each number a numeric value (1=A, 2=B, 3=C). The 12th of December (12.13) joined the collective unconscious as ACAB Day. Source: Wikipedia.


ACAB – All Cops Are Bastards is a 2012 Italian drama film directed by Stefano Sollima. The film was the debut feature from director Stefano Sollima, who had previously directed TV crime show Romanzo Criminale, and focuses on the life of a group of riot control force policemen and their life coping with ‘cleansing’ stadiums from Ultras, public demonstrations, evictions and everyday family life.


Anywhere in the world, the police was not created to defend you or your rights. Unless you join the elite that controls the power and the money in your society. If you are not rich, famous or influential, be careful. There’s always a bastard near you.


All cops are bastards

Brazil recently been swept by a wave of protests against government corruption, neglect of rulers with essential services such as education, health, public transport and security, and the billionaires spending on hosting the World Cup 2014 and the visit of Pope Francis. The protests were violently repressed and stifled by police and criminalized by the fascist media that controls the information in the country.

Besides the violent police crackdown on demonstrators, cases such as the bricklayer’s assistant Amarildo de Souza, kidnapped and killed by military police officers of the UPP (Pacifying Police Unit) of the Rocinha slum in Rio de Janeiro, in July 2013, and the recent massacre of 12 people in Campinas, São Paulo, probably by police officers, add up to a growing and frightening statistic: the police of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo are the biggest killers in the world.

But you think that police repression and dictatorship disguised as a democracy are a thing of Third World countries like Brazil? No. The winds of change that have begun blowing in the Arab countries remain strong in many countries worldwide, but the claim of the people for changes continues to be silenced by blows from batons, rubber bullets, pepper sprays and tear gas in Mexico, Greece, France, USA, India, Egypt, Turkey and now Ukraine, where thousands of people are on the streets of the capital Kiev at this time braving the cold and police violence to protest against the fascist president Viktor Yanukovych.

There is no democracy without freedom of expression. While the police continue to act as a private militia of corrupt and repressive rulers there will be no social peace. Do you trust the police in your city? I do not. All cops are bastards.












Turkish riot policeman uses tear gas during a protest in central Istanbul




Não acabou. A.C.A.B.

Recentemente o Brasil foi varrido por uma onda de protestos contra a corrupção nos governos, o descaso dos governantes com serviços essenciais como educação, saúde, transporte público e segurança, além dos gastos bilionários com a realização da Copa do Mundo de 2014 e com a visita do Papa Francisco. Os protestos foram violentamente reprimidos e sufocados pela polícia e criminalizados pela mídia fascista que controla a informação no país.


Além da repressão policial violenta contra manifestantes, casos como o do ajudante de pedreiro Amarildo de Souza, seqüestrado e morto por policiais militares da UPP da Favela da Rocinha, no Rio de Janeiro, em julho de 2013, e a recente chacina de 12 pessoas em Campinas, São Paulo, provavelmente por policiais, somam-se à uma estatística crescente e assustadora: as polícias do Rio de Janeiro e de São Paulo são as que mais matam no mundo.


Mas você pensa que repressão policial e ditadura disfarçada de democracia são coisa de países do Terceiro Mundo como o Brasil? Não. Os ventos da mudança que começaram nos países árabes continuam soprando forte em vários países do mundo, mas o grito da população por mudanças continua sendo silenciado a golpes de cassetete, balas de borracha, sprays de pimenta e bombas de gás lacrimogêneo: México, Grécia, França, Estados Unidos, Índia, Egito, Turquia e neste momento Ucrânia, onde milhares de pessoas estão nas ruas da capital Kiev enfrentando o frio e a violência da polícia para protestar contra o presidente fascista Viktor Yanukovych.



Não existe democracia sem liberdade de expressão. Enquanto a policia continuar agindo como milícia de governos corruptos e repressores, não haverá paz social. Você confia na polícia da sua cidade? Eu não. Não acabou. A.C.A.B.


A home for Edward Snowden

Posted: January 20, 2014 in news
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In any decent country in the world a person like Edward Snowden would be treated as a hero for risking his life, work and family to denounce the nefarious crimes committed by his country – the United States – against its own citizens and citizens of other countries, plus companies and international organizations, through the spy program run by the fucking National Security Agency (NSA) – a hideous cancer that threatens the freedom of anyone on this planet.


Snowden in BrazilAfter the scandalous allegation that the NSA spied the President of Brazil Dilma Houssef and invaded the privacy of federal agencies and private Brazilian companies like Petrobras, there is a great chance that Brazil provide political asylum to this world hero named Edward Snowden, now living in temporary asylum in Russia, but under the threat of being extradited to the United States where he will be tried and convicted of treason.

The biggest traitors in this story are the United States represented by its President Barack Obama, who betrayed the ideals and constitutional laws that guarantee the freedom of information and the right to privacy of their citizens. A campaign driven by NGO Avaaz is mobilizing people around the world to sign a petition to Edward Snowden receive political asylum in Brazil.

Sign the petition and help us to give a home for this hero of freedom:

The world’s greatest whistleblower is stuck in the Russian winter, facing solitary confinement, ridicule, and life in prison if US agents grab him. But this week, we could help get him to safety.

snowden-russian-refugee-documentEdward Snowden’s Russian refugee document. Maxim Shemetov / Reuters.

Edward Snowden exposed the mind-boggling and illegal level of surveillance the US government is conducting on, well, all of us. His welcome in Russia runs out soon, and he’s got nowhere to go. But Brazilian President Dilma is angry at US surveillance and experts say she might brave massive US pressure to consider asylum for Snowden!

This is about much more than one man. If Snowden’s act of truth-telling leads to crippling punishment, it sends the wrong signal to abusive governments and whistleblowers everywhere. If 1 million of us take action now, we can send President Dilma the largest citizen-supported asylum bid in history – sign to safeguard Snowden and defend democracy everywhere.

Click here to sign the petition in English

“To the President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, and Minister of Justice, José Eduardo Cardozo:
As citizens from around the world deeply concerned with the massive violation of our privacy, we call on you to grant asylum to whistleblower Edward Snowden. As the leader of a global movement for internet freedom and privacy, Brazil is the perfect home for a man who sacrificed his life to disclose invasive and illegal US spying.”

Even Snowden get political asylum in Brazil or any other country in the world, his life will be forever threatened by conspirators government agencies and extreme right American organizations working in the underworld of international espionage promoting murders. Edward Snowden is now the real-life Jason Bourne. Read more: America’s Spies Want Edward Snowden Dead.


Transcripted text from the interview of Edward Snowden to The Guardian in June 2013:

“In the years I’ve worked there you see the new systems that have come up, capabilities of these systems have grown, the amount they can see and ingest and analyze is constantly becoming more and more invasive and the manner in which these authorities are used and applied have become looser and looser to the point where, nowadays, you no longer have the expectation of privacy online, even with privacy advancing technologies. Governments are actively searching for ways to defeat them, to sort of return you to the pen for controlled thought.

The government will follow a simple playbook. I think they will try to destroy my credibility, they’ll attack me personally and they will try to make an example out of me in any way they can to discourage others from coming forward when they find other things they think the government is improperly classifying information. My primary fear is that the government is going to come after my family, they are going to exercise warrants against any location I’ve ever used an electronic device, every friend I’ve ever visited at home, my partner who’s travelled with me throughout the world. My mother, my father — anyone I have (inaudible) with they’ll attack them in lieu of me because they can’t reach me and I think that’s incredibly wrong. But I think they’ll do what they can do send a message that people shouldn’t do this unless they want repercussions.”

Watch the complete Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras’ Interview with Edward Snowden for The Guardian: Part 1 and Part 2.

Update 26th January, 2014:

Russia extends asylum for Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden doesn’t have to return to the United States unless he wants to, the head of the foreign affairs committee for Russia said Friday. Alexy Pushkov said in a statement at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, that Mr. Snowden has been granted an extension of his asylum and will stay in Russia unless he decides he wants to return to America, CNN reported.

Meanwhile, Mr. Snowden has indicated in a recent online chat that he would like to return to the United States, but under current whistle-blower protection laws, that scenario was not possible. Source: The Washington Post.

And if there’s someone from NSA reading this text right now this message is only for you:

messageUm Lar para Edward Snowden

Em qualquer país decente e civilizado do mundo uma pessoa como Edward Snowden seria tratada como herói por arriscar a vida, o trabalho e a família para denunciar os crimes nefastos cometidos por seu país – os Estados Unidos – contra seus próprios cidadãos e cidadãos de outros países, além de empresas e entidades internacionais, através do programa de espionagem comandado pela maldita National Security Agency (NSA) – um câncer hediondo que ameaça a liberdade de qualquer pessoa neste planeta.

Após a escandalosa denúncia de que a ANS espionou a presidente do Brasil Dilma Houssef e atentou contra a privacidade de órgãos públicos federais e empresas privadas brasileiras como a Petrobrás, há uma chance muito grande de o Brasil conceder asilo político a esse herói mundial chamado Edward Snowden, que agora vive sob asilo temporário na Rússia, mas sob a ameaça de ser extraditado para os Estados Unidos onde será julgado e certamente condenado por crime de traição.

Os maiores traidores nessa história são os Estados Unidos na figura de seu presidente Barack Obama, que traiu os ideais e leis constitucionais que garantem a liberdade de informação e o direito à privacidade de seus cidadãos. Uma campanha movida pela ONG Avaaz está mobilizando pessoas a assinarem uma petição para que Edward Snowden receba asilo político no Brasil.

Assine a petição e ajude-nos a dar um lar para este herói da liberdade:

O maior denunciante do mundo está isolado no inverno russo, correndo o risco de ser preso em uma solitária, ser alvo de humilhações e maus-tratos e até enfrentar pena de prisão perpétua se os agentes norte-americanos colocarem as mãos nele. Mas nesta semana poderemos ajudá-lo a conseguir um porto seguro.

Edward Snowden expôs o estarrecedor e ilegal esquema de espionagem que o governo dos EUA controla e que espia a todos nós. O asilo temporário na Rússia está quase acabando e Snowden não tem para onde ir. Mas a presidente Dilma continua bastante irritada com a espionagem americana e, segundo especialistas, ela pode se contrapor à pressão dos EUA para considerar dar asilo a Snowden!

Vai muito além de um homem em particular. Se o ato de Snowden – contar a verdade – for recebido com repressão, estaremos enviando a mensagem errada a governos abusivos e denunciantes no mundo todo. Se 1 milhão de nós nos mobilizarmos agora, poderemos enviar à presidente Dilma a maior mensagem de apoio cidadã na história. Assine para garantir a segurança de Snowden e defender a democracia em todo o mundo.

Clique aqui para assinar a petição em português

“Como cidadãos de todo o mundo profundamente preocupados com a violação em massa de nossa privacidade, pedimos a V. Exas que concedam asilo a Edward Snowden, que denunciou a espionagem norte-americana. Como líder de um movimento global pela liberdade na Internet e pela privacidade, o Brasil é o lar perfeito para um homem que sacrificou sua vida para divulgar a invasiva e ilegal espionagem dos EUA.”

Mesmo que Snowden consiga asilo político no Brasil ou em qualquer país do mundo, sua vida estará para sempre ameaçada por agências governamentais conspiradoras e organizações de extrema direita norte-americanas que agem no submundo da espionagem promovendo assassinatos internacionais. Edward Snowden é hoje o Jason Bourne da vida real. Leia mais: Espiões americanos querem Edward Snowden morto.


Posted: January 19, 2014 in humor, kids
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In Memoriam 2013

Posted: January 7, 2014 in celebrities

Happy 2014 to all visitors and followers of
All That I Love!

This is the first post of 2014. As we are starting a new year, we must to look back at the celebs we lost last year. We said goodbye to some of our favorite stars in 2013 – from Paul Walker and James Gandolfini to Annette Funicello, Lou Reed, Joan Fontaine and many others.


Notable Celebrity Deaths of 2013

Paul Walker, 40

Paul Walker
Paul Walker, the star of “The Fast and The Furious” franchise died in a car crash on the Saturday following Thanksgiving following a his attendance at a charity event. An LA native, Walker began his on screen career with some television roles in the ’80s before segueing into film.

Mindy McCready, 37

Mindy McCready
Although only 37 at the time of her death, McCready had worked in the music industry for two decades and recorded five studio albums and had 12 songs on the Billboard country singles chart. She died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Roger Ebert, 70

Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert died following a long battle with cancer. A film critic, he won a Pullitzer in 1975 and “Ebert’s television career began the year he won the Pulitzer, first on WTTW-TV, the Chicago PBS station, then nationwide on PBS and later on several commercial syndication services. Ebert and Siskel even trademarked the ‘two thumbs up.'”

Annette Funicello, 70

Annette Funicello
Rising to stardom from her time on “The Mickey Mouse Club” as a Mouseketeer in the 1950s, Annette Funicello passed away from complications related to her multiple sclerosis. “She wrote of her triumphs and struggles in her 1994 autobiography, ‘A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes’ — the title taken from a Disney song. In 1995, she appeared briefly in a television docudrama based on her book. And she spoke openly about the degenerative effects of MS.”

Tom Clancy, 66

Tom Clancy
Tom Clancy, the prolific author who is best known for creating the character Jack Ryan, passed away at age 66. “In 1979, Clancy began ‘Patriot Games,’ in which he invented his hero, CIA agent Jack Ryan. In 1982, he put it aside and started ‘The Hunt For Red October,’ basing it on a real incident in November 1979, in which a Soviet missile frigate called the Storozhevoy attempted to defect.”

James Gandolfini, 51

James Gandolfini
James Gandolfini, best known for his work as Tony Soprano on “The Sopranos” passed away at the age of 51 from a heart attack. At the time, he was vacationing in Italy. Over the course of his career, Gandolfini won a Golden Globe, three Emmys, three individual SAG Awards, and two ensemble SAG Awards. This year, following his death, he was nominated for a number of awards for his work on “Enough Said.”

Joan Fontaine, 96

Joan Fontaine
Joan Fontaine won an Academy Award for her work in Alfred Hitchock’s “Suspicion” and was nominated two other times (including for Hitchcock’s “Rebecca” a year before suspicion). “Fontaine had minor roles in several films in the 1930s, but received little attention and was without a studio contract when she was seated next to producer David O. Selznick at a dinner party near the decade’s end. She impressed him enough to be asked to audition for ‘Rebecca,’ his first movie since ‘Gone With the Wind’ and the American directorial debut of Hitchcock.”

Cory Monteith, 31

Cory Monteith
One of the stars of FOX’s “Glee,” Cory Monteith was found dead this summer in a hotel room in Canada. It was later confirmed that the actor died of a drug overdose. Born in Canada, Monteith had built a career that started with smaller television roles and eventually found himself on the FOX musical hit and in a number of movies.

Peter O’Toole, 81

Peter O'Toole
Peter O’Toole is perhaps best known for his work in “Lawrence of Arabia,” but that is just one of a number of great performances by the actor. “A month before his 80th birthday in 2012, O’Toole announced his retirement from a career that he said had fulfilled him emotionally and financially, bringing “me together with fine people, good companions with whom I’ve shared the inevitable lot of all actors: flops and hits.”

Lisa Robin Kelly, 43

Lisa Robin Kelly
Lisa Robin Kelly, one of the stars of “That ’70s Show” passed away over the summer at an addiction treatment facility. “Unlike some of her co-stars — Grace, Ashton Kutcher and Laura Prepon — Kelly fell out of the spotlight after appearing on the sitcom until she started making headlines for personal troubles.”

Dennis Farina, 69

Dennis Farina
Dennis Farina passed away at age 69 this past July. “For three decades, Farina was a character actor who displayed remarkable dexterity, charm and toughness, making effective use of his craggy face, husky frame, ivory smile and ample mustache. He could be as dapper as Fred Astaire and as full of threat as Clint Eastwood. His gift has been described as wry, tough-guy panache, and audiences loved him for it.”

Jeff Hanneman, 49

Jeff Hanneman
Born in 1964, Jeff Hanneman, one of the founding members of the band Slayer, passed away due to liver failure earlier this year. From the band’s Facebook page: “Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away… He is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy and his brothers Michael and Larry, and will be sorely missed.”

Karen Black, 74

Karen Black
Over the course of her career, Karen Black appeared in over 100 films and more than one award nomination. “Known for her full lips and thick, wavy hair that seemed to change color from film to film, Black often portrayed women who were quirky, troubled or threatened. Her breakthrough was as a prostitute who takes LSD with Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda in 1969’s ‘Easy Rider,’ the hippie classic that helped get her the role of Rayette Dipesto, a waitress who dates — and is mistreated by — an upper-class dropout played by Jack Nicholson in 1970’s ‘Five Easy Pieces.'”

Ray Harryhausen, 92

Ray Harryhausen
Born in 1920, Ray Harryhausen was entranced by film as early as 1933 when he first saw “King Kong.” He built his career as “a special effects master whose sword-fighting skeletons, six-tentacled octopus, and other fantastical creations were adored by film lovers and admired by industry heavyweights.”

Lou Reed, 71

Lou Reed
At the age of 71, Velvet Underground singer Lou Reed passed away this October following a liver transplant in May. A graduate of Syracuse University, Reed began recording in the mid- to late-’60s and today is considered one of the seminal figures of rock.

Eileen Brennan, 80

Eileen Brennan
Eileen Brennan passed away at the age of 80 as a result of bladder cancer. A regular on the first season of “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In,” Brennan went on to find success in films appearing in “The Last Picture Show,” “The Sting,” “Private Benjamin” (she would reprise her film role in the television series), “Murder by Death, and cult classic “Clue.”

Clive Burr, 56

Clive Burr
A drummer for Iron Maiden, Clive Burr suffered from multiple sclerosis. He played drums on the first three Iron Maiden albums, “Iron Maiden,” “Killers,” and “The Number of the Beast.” He had, reportedly, been in poor health for a number of years prior to his death.

Esther Williams, 91

Esther Williams
The synchronized swimmer turned movie star died in her sleep in her Los Angeles home. The Olympic hopeful, who was discovered by MGM after the 1940 Olympics were canceled due to World War II, went on to star in countless films before retiring from acting in the early ’60s.

Tom Laughlin, 82

Tom Laughlin
“The “Billy Jack” star died of complications from pneumonia at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks in Los Angeles. The Milwaukee native — who wrote, directed and produced “Billy Jack” — also battled celiac disease and suffered from strokes later in life. He is survived by his wife, a sister and three children.

Ray Manzarek, 74

Ray Manzarek
The Doors keyboardist died in Germany after a long battle with bile duct cancer. The Chicago native formed The Doors with frontman Jim Morrison in the mid-’60s. “Light My Fire,” “Break on Through (to the Other Side),” and “Hello, I Love You” were among their biggest hits.

Sara Montiel, 85

Sara Montiel

Sara Montiel most known as Sarita Montiel died in Madrid, at 85. Sara was the first Spanish actress to make success it in Hollywood and is best known for her roles in international blockbusters such as “Vera Cruz” (1954) co-starring with Gary Cooper and Burt Lancaster, and directed by Robert Aldrich. From then on she combined filming highly successful vehicles, recording songs in five languages and performing live all over the world.

Richard Matheson, 87

Richard Matheson

Richard Matheson, a prolific American science fiction author, died at 87, in Los Angeles. During a career that spanned more than 60 years, Matheson wrote more than 25 novels and nearly 100 short stories, plus screenplays for TV and film. Several of his novels were made into movies as “I Am Legend” (1954) and his 1956 “The Shrinking Man”. Matheson also was a major contributor to Rod Serling’s classic TV series “The Twilight Zone”.