Tangents Radio

Home
Greece Music Tour
Playlist (KALW)
Tangents Parties
Gaza Corner Archive
Maroc Tour
Playlist (Mondomix)
Current CD's
Music Venues
Feedback
Editorial
Tangential Angels
About Dore
Contact

Sign up for Tangents
e-mail list

Subi
Subi Memorial




October 2017 Tangents
Greece Music Tour Sold Out


(click to be on waiting list or in loop for 2018 Greece tour)


On recent scouting trip to Greece, Dore was entertained by Cretan cats in Chania, Crete - one of the stops on the Oct 2017 Tangents Greece Music  Tour.
Photo by Donna Ludlow




My cat Klimey digs Scoop Away cat litter made from clay that clumps. But it sickens me that it all gets dumped into landfill and does not decompose.

I recently asked in a Tangents mass email if anyone can recommend a biodegradable cat litter? And how long did it take for your cat to get accustomed to it?

The Tangents community is filled with cat lovers and the response was quick and thorough.

You can read the replies here.

Add your thoughts by sending an em to
tangentsradio(at) gmail dot com.

I did find this link but owner testimonials from Tangents folks are more convincing. Thanks.


Rescued from a kill shelter in Manteca, Petey Pumpkinhead III entered our lives 7 years ago. Abused by a previous owner he was skittish and nippish. That changed with love, affection and attention.

He was a majestic furry orange tabby. His coat emitted a perpetually lovely fragrance. He had the sexiest strut with an ever present erect tail and endearing behind.

Petey had simple needs. Belly rubs topped the list. He loved resting in his backyard igloo. He would prance out when I entered the yard and open wide for belly rubs and rolly polly.

He bonded with Klimey who also was rescued from a shelter. Klimey loved licking Petey and taught Petey how to love back. They were inseparable.

Petey-Weedy (as we called him) evolved into the sweetest and most gentle of companions. When hungry, he would jump into bed and delicately place his paw on my face. No histrionics, just a love tap and breakfast was on.

He loved sleeping inside the space between my legs or alongside the curve of Clara's thigh. His body language suggested the most delicious of dreams. He also had the squeakiest yawn when awakened.

Petey had a ravenous appetite and wore his weight well. That changed last October when he dropped 2 pounds in short order and was diagnosed with congestive heart failure.

He continued to lose weight but his sweet demeanor never changed. Although not a lap cat during his youth, lately I would place him in my lap in the back yard and we would stay together for long periods. These were cherished moments. Klimey would join us and stay by Petey's side.

Strong medication was required every 8 hours to dissipate the fluid in his lungs. No matter how much lasix was dosed, it could not stay on top of the progression of his heart disease.

Last week Petey hit a low point and could hardly breath. He hadn't eaten for 2+ days. We upped the lasix and he recovered miraculously. His breathing appeared normal and he started eating - but only food fresh out of the can. He ate more than he had in months. He had playful sparring sessions with Klimey, tons of rolly polly and belly rubs, his tail was erect and he slept next to my face the other day.

Today he had a good appetite in the early afternoon. I didn't see him the rest of the day. When the thunder rumbled and the rain came pouring down I went outside.

He was in the igloo. I tipped it and he ran inside. But something was wrong.

His breathing was labored. Petey could not catch his breath. He had breathing attacks before and I had feared the worst, yet Petey always persevered.

An hour or so later when Clara came home, Petey's condition had worsened. When he walked from under a table to lie down in the litter box that was an alarming signal. I picked him up and he let out a cry. Petey went under the bed where Klimey was and continued to make anguished yelps.

We left him alone. Petey soon emerged and we put him in a blanket by the heater.

He wanted to be left alone.

Petey-Weedy barely could walk and stumbled out the bedroom and down a few steps to the cat door. Somehow he pushed himself through. The igloo was two feet from the door.

We let him be.

An hour later Clara checked on Petey.

His fur was gorgeous. His body still warm.

But Petey had passed.

He never made it to the igloo.





Moti has been missing since Sept 2014.  On Jan 23, 2015 while walking in McClaren Park a cat resembling Moti emerged on a tree branch above a thicket of bushes. This brightened our hearts as Clara and I imagine Moti as a feline Tarzan.  Clara wrote the below poem before we confirmed the cat was not Moti.

Moti Sighting
by Clara Hsu

Who sits on a branch
above a field of thorns?
My cat. My cat.

Who listens to his names
and twitches his ears?
My cat. My cat.

His looks have changed since autumn
from living wild and eating mice.
We’re trespassing his kingdom
that can’t be bought
at
 any price.

Running streams.
Catnip on the hills.



Tangents
Sat. nights, 8-mid, KALW 91.7 FM, S.F.
  Streamed live kalw.org
+
also webcast on Berlin's multicult.fm

Most recent show
 archived listen-on-demand

Tangents playlist archive with live links

Tangents Radio on
Facebook & Twitter





Songlines Music Travel
(click for details)

Shares the Tangents philosophy that nothing beats experiencing music at its source.

2017 Trips:

China - A Musical Discovery
March 25-April 3, 2017

Romania - At Home with the Gypsies
May 27-June 4, 2017

Morocco - Eassaouira Gnawa Festival
June 27-July 3, 2017

Argentina - Get Tangoed!
August 2017

Romania - At Home with the Gypsies
September 2-10, 2017

Colombia - Bogota, Medellin and Cartagena
September 11-22, 2017

India - Rajasthan Musical Adventure
September 29-October 10, 2017

Senegal - Never Mind the Mbalax
November 19-28, 2017





Gaza Facts

Click link above to get facts about Gaza, a collaborative project by Jewish Voice for Peace Bay Area (JVP-BA) and the Council on American-Islamic Relations San Francisco Bay Area (CAIR-SFBA).


Physicians for Human Rights – Israel (PHRI); The only Israel based NGO providing medical assistance to Gazans.
Click above logo to donate.

Click below for the withdrawn 2017 UN report:
“Israeli Practices towards the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid”




Click for Gaza Corner Archive

Saturdays 11p on Tangents, 91.7 fm SF, webcast/archived at
kalw.
You can subscribe to Gaza Corner as a podcast by accessing this feed URL.
(for iTunes users the menu item is "File / Subscribe to Podcast...")

Gaza Corner includes news and opinion from the Middle East (and beyond) often ignored by the mainstream media followed by music from the relevant country or culture.

Gaza Corner was originally conceived to focus attention on relieving the humanitarian crisis in Gaza which has been under a severe blockade imposed by Israel since 2006.  Gaza Corner has evolved to include the Middle East, Magreb, Kurdistan and Turkey.

 Click headlines below for full stories. Headlines are sometimes retitled to more accurately reflect content.

Gaza Corner Audio 3/18/17

"Israel is guilty of the crime of apartheid." This is the conclusion of a UN report that was withdrawn by the new Secretary General as soon as it was published, apparently due to intense US pressure. Gaza Corner digs deeper into this story.

Gaza Corner audio will be posted to the Gaza Corner Archive .


Palestinian protesters gesture as they climb over a section of the Israeli barrier at a protest marking the 12th anniversary of their campaign against the barrier, February 17, 2017. Reuters

'Apartheid' Israel: Head of UN body resigns over pressure to withdraw critical report

excerpt:

The report said it had established on the "basis of scholarly inquiry and overwhelming evidence, that Israel is guilty of the crime of apartheid.

"The secretary-general demanded yesterday that I withdraw the report, and I refused," said Rima Khalaf, adding: "I believe that discrimination on the basis of skin colour, religion or ethnicity is unacceptable."
(Middle East Eye, 3/17/17)

Senior U.N. official quits after 'apartheid' Israel report pulled

excerpt:

  It was the first time a U.N. body had clearly charged that Israel "has established an apartheid regime that dominates the Palestinian people as a whole."

"I do not find it surprising that such member states, who now have governments with little regard for international norms and values of human rights, will resort to intimidation when they find it hard to defend their unlawful policies and practices," Khalaf, of Jordan, wrote to (Secretary General) Guterres.

"It is only normal for criminals to pressure and attack those who advocate the cause of their victims," Khalaf wrote in the resignation letter.
(Ellen Francis and Michelle Nichols, Reuters, 3/17/17)

UN official resigns after pressure to withdraw Israel apartheid report

excerpt:

Rima Khalaf, the head of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) which published the report,said “I resigned because it is my duty not to conceal a clear crime, and I stand by all the conclusions of the report.”

The report finds “beyond a reasonable doubt that Israel is guilty of policies and practices that constitute the crimes of apartheid” as defined in international law.

The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), the civil society coalition that leads the global boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, condemned Guterres’ intervention.

“The fact that a UN secretary general has bowed to threats and intimidation from the Trump administration to protect Israel from accountability, yet again, is hardly news,” the BNC said. “The real news is that this time round, Israel, with all its influence in Washington, cannot put the genie back into the bottle.”
(Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada, 3/17/17)

Head of UN agency resigns after refusing to retract report calling Israel an ‘apartheid regime’

excerpt:

Officials in Israel made far-reaching allegations against the report and its authors, charging anti-Semitism and making comparisons to Nazi propagandists.

Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Emmanuel Nahshon posted on social media: “#UN #ESCWA has issued today a ” Der Stürmer”like report, NOT endorsed by @UNSG . Friendly advice- dont read it without anti nausea pills….,” equating the UN report to the Nazi newspaper, Der Stürmer.
(Allison Deger, Mondoweiss, 3/17/17)

Landmark UN report backs Israel boycott

excerpt:

“The mission of preserving Israel as a Jewish state has inspired or even compelled Israel to pursue several general racial policies,” the report says.
These include “demographic engineering, in order to establish and maintain an overwhelming Jewish majority in Israel.”
This encompasses the ethnic cleansing of almost 800,000 Palestinians in 1948, the denial of the right of return for Palestinian refugees and “a range of other policies designed to restrict the size of the Palestinian population.”
Although they can vote, the rights of Palestinian citizens of Israel – about a fifth of the state’s citizens – are also systematically restricted, while full rights are granted only to Jews.
Meanwhile, Israel’s discriminatory “Law of Return” automatically grants citizenship to Jews from anywhere in the world, “while denying citizenship even to those Palestinians who have a documented history of residency in the country.”
(Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada, 3/15/17)