Category Archives: SHELF

In Memory of Basil

Born on 29 September 2000, our Basil is the son of Rusty and Lexie, the latter having been the companion dog of my mother-in-law (Lexie passed away in 2012). Mrs. Shelf and I were all too happy to welcome Basil into our family, which included his older brother, Max (who passed away in 2015).

Basil’s name was inspired by three characters: Basil Fawtly (portrayed by John Cleese) from “Fawlty Towers”; Basil Brush, a mischievous fox from British children’s telly programs; and Basil Exposition (portrayed by Michael York) from the “Austin Powers” film series.

Like all Dachshunds, Basil proved to be stubborn, as well as a fierce protector—he was notorious for barking at almost all other dogs, and has unfortunately bitten ten people (both friends and strangers alike). Basil never passed up food of any kind, but always managed to maintain an athletic physique. He loved going on long walks, and really enjoyed swimming.

We always thought of Basil as a puppy, no matter his age. Although he had experienced back problems in the past, Basil fully recovered each time. Also, he had been contending with arthritis for several years. However, he started developing several new conditions within the past eight months. And we became most alarmed after Basil suffered a seizure last year on Christmas Eve. He had additional episodes afterwards, but always recovered.

This past Wednesday, Basil suffered two seizures and did not regain physical control. His breathing was labored, he was very uncomfortable, and his condition deteriorated quickly. After consulting with Basil’s veterinarian, we sadly agreed that it was time to say goodbye to our old friend.

The doctor later determined that Basil likely had Hemangiosarcoma (also known as canine cancer) that affected many of his organs. We had no idea—our little buddy was such a fighter!

We miss Basil dearly, and will always love him.

MOD Custom Collections

Greetings good people. Download links have been restored for these three custom collections exclusive to MOD:

Blue Amazon – Beyond The Javelin

Pet Shop Boys – Production

Various Artists – Skinnymalinky Foundations

Links are embedded in text at bottom of respective posts.

Also, the PDF of ‘The 100 Greatest Dance Singles Of All Time’ has been re-uploaded.

Finally, a reminder that all files previously posted on sister blog THE BANK are available again in one shared folder:

THE BANK WITHDRAWAL

First, select the folder you want, then right-click to ‘Download as ZIP’ (don’t use the buttons in the upper right).

Enjoy.

MAKE AMERICA GREEN AGAIN

EARTH DAY : 22 APRIL

Earth Day was founded in the United States in 1970 to bring attention to threats facing the environment, and to foster its protection. The success of the first Earth Day led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, established to safeguard air, land, water, and human health through research, education, regulations, and monitoring activities. The inaugural observance of Earth Day also influenced the U.S. Congress’ passage of three crucial laws: the Clean Air Act of 1970, the Clean Water Act of 1972, and the Endangered Species Act of 1973.

However, the positive changes achieved ever the past five decades may be undone by Donald Trump’s toxic policies. His new administration’s systematic deconstruction of government includes the gutting of regulations designed to protect people, wildlife, and natural resources from corporate exploitation and abuse. Trump describes global warming as a “hoax,” and intends to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement.

Fellow climate change denier Scott Pruitt now heads the EPA, and under the proposed Federal budget, that department’s funding would be slashed by 31%. With Pruitt in charge, the EPA will become the Environmental Pollution Agency—its Back-To-Basics agenda rescinds protective regulations and sensible standards, giving corporations free reign to contaminate the country.

Human health is increasingly being compromised by profit-driven pollution enabled by politicians. Fresh air and clean water are not privileges for the wealthy—they are basic necessities needed by everyone. Don’t let Trump and his cronies turn the planet into terror firma—please be an ally for the environment.

EARTH DAY NETWORK

The Fastest Dog Alive

Adorable Doxie Din secretly fights crime as The Flash!

The world needs more heroes, for sure.

CLIMATE OF CONCERN

Dutch journalist Jelmer Mommers recently discovered a short educational film from 1991 that forewarns of the threats posed by burning fossil fuels, including: elevated sea levels, severe droughts, food scarcity, population displacement, and extreme weather. Never mind that “Climate Of Concern” preceded “An Inconvenient Truth” by 15 years—the most remarkable aspect of the film is that it was produced by the Shell Oil Company.

Here is a synopsis of the video’s most salient points:

Despite the detailed research and well-supported predictions presented in its own cautionary video, Shell has since spent millions of dollars to lobby against climate change policies and support denial campaigns. And Shell is certainly not alone in funding such counter-productive practices:

To further compound the climate problem, the new Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, has direct ties to the oil industry and is a vigorous denier of climate change science. The Sierra Club has described Pruitt’s appointment as “like putting an arsonist in charge of fighting fires.”

View the full “Climate Of Concern” documentary below:

Learn more about this revelatory investigation via:
The Correspondent and The Guardian.

Beware The Ides Of March

If you must break the law, do it to seize power; in all other cases, observe it.
Julius Caesar

Early in the year of 44 BC, Julius Caesar was declared dictator perpetuo (dictator in perpetuity) of the Roman Republic. This alarmed many members of the Roman Senate, who worried that Caesar—in his quest for supreme power—would undermine their democratic body to establish an oppressive monarchy. Led by Gaius Cassius Longinus, Decimus Junius Brutus, and Marcus Junius Brutus, a group of concerned Senators conspired to preempt Caesar’s reign of tyranny.

On 15 March 44 BC, as Julius Caesar passed the Theater Of Pompey, he was approached by multiple members of the Senate, who stabbed him 23 times. And thus ended Caesar’s rule over Rome.

World Wildlife Day 2017

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World Wildlife Day, observed annually on 3 March, is a global celebration of the beautiful and varied forms of wild animals and plants on our planet, as well as an occasion to raise awareness of the plight of threatened and endangered species.

The theme of this year’s celebration is ‘Listen to the Young Voices’, with a focus on encouraging young people around the world to explore conservation, and instill in them a responsibility to take action for the future of wild fauna and flora.

WORLD WILDLIFE DAY

Off The Beat(EN) Trax

Hot on the heels of Harry’s new music blog comes the return of DJ Sandman’s former site: Off The Beat(EN) Trax

Expect the same great variety of dance and alternative tunes as before, along with Sandman’s percolating DJ mixes, which are also available on his Mixcloud page.

So go check out Sandy’s resurrected site, and fellow bloggers—please update your old links.

Always Just Breaking Apart

There’s a new blog in town: Always Just Breaking Apart

AJBA is a new project from graphic design guru Harry3. Longtime MOD followers will be familiar with Harry’s visual talents—he designed the packaging for custom collections offered here (see images in the right column: Pet Shop Boys, Skinnymalinky, Blue Amazon, and The Bank).

Along with a creative eye, Harry has a discerning ear for quality tunes. AJBA will focus primarily on alternative and electronic music from the past three decades, so you’re sure to find an assortment of interesting and rare releases.

Please head over to Harry’s new site and wish him well in his new venture. And fellow bloggers—please add AJBA to your list of links.

Always Just Breaking Apart

1987: Favorite Singles

As a counterpart to the prior post, here are some of my favorite singles from 30 years ago, presented as a YouTube playlist:

Most of these videos were shown on MTV’s “120 Minutes” back in the day.

The 120 Minutes Archive