Free Lives Matter

 Posted by at 10:14 am
May 032015

Here is my latest article on, Free Lives Matter.

May 2, 2015

The recent situations involving racial tensions, police criminality and violence in Ferguson, Baltimore and elsewhere have solutions just waiting to be implemented. And those solutions involve freedom, believe it or not.

For example, if free lives actually did matter, it is doubtful that a government’s monopoly over policing and security could be justified. The same could be said for restrictions on the right to self-defense.

When free lives matter, there would not be white police shooting and killing black victims, because anyone involved in community policing or security would be civilians, either as paid workers or volunteers. No one would have any artificial legal authority over anyone else, and each individual is accountable for one’s own actions. No one would be above the law as currently government police are.

Further, with no restrictions on the individual’s right to keep and bear arms, if white security officers were seen in the process of beating, assaulting or shooting non-resisting presumably innocent people, such security thugs would be gunned down by the neighbors. Currently, civilians would be arrested or probably killed if they might act to protect innocent victims of the brutality of government-monopolized police.

There would also be no such thing as “stop and frisk.” In New York City the NYPD have been forced by court orders to “reform” such a practice of stopping mainly black and Hispanic people without reasonable suspicion and frisking and searching them.

Can you imagine civilians just going around and ordering others to stop and then forcibly frisking and searching them? (But then, there would be fewer young people just hanging around that police currently want to search, as government bureaucrats wouldn’t be causing the elimination of entry-level or low-skill jobs available for the young people to have. But I digress.)

And in a situation such as the Baltimore protests which turned violent recently, there would be no order on security people to “stand down,” in which the Baltimore government police were ordered by the mayor to “retreat” and to let the rioters loot and burn down buildings. In contrast in which free lives matter, any resident or business owner has the freedom to use any means necessary to protect one’s family or business and livelihood from looters, arsonists and thugs, and to use deadly force if necessary. Any mayor who would disarm the people or otherwise make them defenseless would be impeached! And it would not matter what anyone’s skin color is.

So with any groups or individuals considering going well beyond just protesting recent government police killings of black civilians, the would-be looters or arsonists would know that store owners and employees probably have firearms and will use them.

In the society in which free lives matter, there would be no “knock-out game,” as the would-be knock-out goon would know that anyone nearby could possess a firearm, and so it wouldn’t be worth the coward’s risk to strike out and punch some anonymous victim.

Also, with no government monopoly over policing and security, that would also mean that without government “law enforcement officers,” all the laws on the books that have nothing to do with preventing aggression, theft and fraud would have to be completely repealed. All laws which pertain to victimless so-called “crimes” would be repealed. Yay, freedom!

And no more drug raids at the wrong house. (No more drug raids at the right house, either.)

No more drug raids, period. No more innocent people being shot and maimed or murdered by government police, no more innocent dogs being shot and maimed or murdered by government police. Can you believe that?

So besides self-defense freedom in which police socialism is ended and there is no government monopoly in community policing and security, there would be no such thing as victimless “crimes,” no drug war.

And in a society in which free lives matter, there would be no bureaucrats’ war on entrepreneurs and workers, no “minimum wage” forcibly imposed by parasites, no other business regulations which turn innocent producers and workers into “criminals” for not obeying bureaucrats’ despotic and tyrannical orders and red tape. Thus many more jobs would spring up all around, and any younger people of any race in the city or suburbs can start a business as well as find jobs of their choosing and opportunities abound. No more hanging around at the mall, no more involvement in drugs, and no more resentment toward society.

In the society in which free lives matter, no more Fergusons, no more Baltimores, and, one would hope, no more civil unrest. But most important, no more police state. Now that’s something to look forward to, in my view.

More News and Commentary

 Posted by at 10:07 am
May 032015

Joe Wolverton writes about a poll which indicates that a majority of Americans are fine with the government’s removal of due process to kill those the government labels “terrorists.” (Remember, the government is Obama, McCain, Pelosi, Lindsey Graham, and Tom Cotton. Due process? They never heard of it.)

Andrew Napolitano also writes about dictator Obama’s tyranny of one man’s opinion.

Jeff Jacoby discusses the censorship inquisitions in Baltimore, and with gay activists, and elsewhere.

James Bovard on the “low information experts” such as Jonathan Gruber: ObamaCare racketeering and intellectual knavery.

Sheldon Richman has some personal reflections about avoiding Vietnam without regrets.

Justin Raimondo with some lessons of the Vietnam War.

Jacob Hornberger says that Vietnam was no business of the U.S. government.

And Jim Davies reviews Jacob Hornberger’s book, Regime Change: The JFK Assassination.

May 022015

I have mentioned the Boston Symphony Orchestra here several times, having seen them a few million number of times from the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s. Many of those who were BSO members during those years have already retired or died now. And now Rolf Smedvig, who was the BSO’s principal trumpet from 1979 to 1981, and assistant principal from 1972 to 1979, has died of a heart attack at only age 62.

Smedvig was known for quite a diverse repertoire, from classical to jazz. And he was also at times a somewhat controversial performer.

In the early 1990s, Smedvig angered some feminists after he was quoted making supposedly sexist remarks regarding female brass players. According to the New York Times in its obituary, Smedvig remarked, “Women have a really tough time playing brass instruments because your basic nature is not terribly aggressive … Boys, I mean, we grow up at the age of 5, you know, and we’re playing in the dirt and you guys are playing with dolls.” And while apologizing for stating his honest opinion that apparently people are no longer allowed to have, he said, “There is a design problem inherent in the basic personalities of women when it comes to brass instruments.” (To be fair, Karin Bliznik is principal trumpet of the St. Louis Symphony — no small potatoes there — and Megumi Kanda is currently principal trombone of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra — no small potatoes there, either.)

Besides having played with the Boston Symphony for 10 years, Rolf Smedvig was probably better known as the founder and lead trumpet of the Empire Brass Quintet. He started the Empire Brass in the early 1970s, according to the Times, and had continued with them until his recent untimely death.

Here is Smedvig and his Empire Brass playing a suite arrangement of Handel’s Water Music with a small orchestra accompanying them.

And here are the Empire Brass playing a suite from Leonard Bernstein’s score for the musical West Side Story.

Apr 282015

John Whitehead has this important article on the Amerikan police state, citing many different aspects of it and connecting the fascist dots.

Jacob Hornberger on equalizing wealth with traffic fines.

Marjorie Cohn challenges American Exceptionalism. (A more accurate word would be “Supremacism,” however.)

Robert Wenzel discusses Rand Paul’s ducking and weaving on Obama’s recent drone-murders of Americans and others.

Justin Raimondo debunks “The Russians hacked the White House”assertions.

Charles Burris on the White House Presstitutes correspondents dinner.

Joe Wolverton on Montana’s nullifying federalization of law enforcement.

Robert Murphy analyzes the UN’s climate change agenda.

Ron Paul points out the real war on the middle class.

Ryan McMaken on the “living wage” mistake.

Jason Ditz on Obama’s cell phone kill switch agenda.

Laurence Vance is sick of the militarization of everything. (So am I.)

And Walter Williams asks, Will California die of thirst?

Apr 262015

The Washington Times may be the newspaper of the Moonies, but they do do a good job in getting important information out there (which is probably why one of their reporters was harassed and terrorized by Obama’s Soviet minions). Anyway, the Times reports that a new study has found that today’s parents are giving Smart Phones and other little electronic gadgets to their babies, to little kids before they are even just one year old. I guess these parents want their kids to grow up to be zombies. I know I do. So by the time they reach age 3, the kid zombies will be falsely diagnosed with ADHD or ADD or Asperger’s, or some other made-up label for children who suffer from normal childhood behaviors (albeit in these cases enhanced and exacerbated by staring at little electronic devices and obsessive video game playing), behaviors that the teachers and parents don’t want to deal with (because they are too busy texting their friends or watching TV or surfing the Internet for porn, etc.). And then they will drug up the kids with Adderall, Prozak or Zoloft to continue the process of frying the kids’ brains so that they will not only be zombies, but violent or suicidal zombies.

Related to all that, Jon Rappoport says that ADHD is the “new education.” The new education is based on teachers believing that children are too impatient to spend too much time on each lesson and must be pushed to go on to the next lesson, even if they don’t quite understand the previous lesson. So when they grow up they have become proficient in “faking it.” But the truth is, in my view, it is the teachers (and parents) who are too impatient to spend more time on the same lesson for the amount of time which is necessary for the children to understand it. Today’s teachers are more bureaucrats than ever before — government bureaucrats — and that’s about all they are, except for also being promoters of deviant lifestyles and off-the-wall belief systems, and propagandists for the State, of course. (See Common Core, for instance.) The teachers don’t understand, however, that they are dupes for a small group of activists’ agenda to dumb down society, so that as future adult sheeple today’s kid-victims will accept the multitudes of intrusions into their lives and liberty and accept being unthinking, unquestioning obedient robot slaves to serve the statists’ cravings for power and control.

So there’s further evidence of society going to hell in a handbasket. And then there’s the “transgender” issue. Now, I feel bad for Bruce Jenner and others whose gender identity issues have caused them great anguish and suffering. However, when the “transgenders” want to impose their issues onto others, that’s a different story. And I am talking about the “transgender bathroom bill,” now law, in California, which petitioners are now attempting to get that law suspended and then to force a new legislative action to repeal it. You see, in government buildings including public school restrooms, transgenders are allowed to use any old restroom they wish, regardless of their actual biological gender. This is very selfish and narcissistic of them, in my view. If you are a male but think you are female, why can’t you just go into the men’s room, anyway? If doing so makes you uncomfortable, then you deal with that. But instead, they want to use the ladies room, regardless of the discomfort they cause the ladies who are in there! So therefore, I think there’s more to this issue than just that. I think that this has to do with social activists who really want to impose their sexuality or sexual issues onto others. And to back that up there is the other issue of the same-sex couples who sue a baker or photographer who doesn’t want to do extra labor to serve the same-sex couples’ weddings. Instead of just going to any different baker or photographer (in which there are probably many available and willing to serve them in every region of the country), the couple would rather wreak havoc in those people’s lives by taking them to court and suing and extorting them. Extremely narcissistic, in my view. But that is how America is now.

So, my solution to that issue is this: 3 different restrooms in buildings (not by law, only voluntarily, of course). One restroom would be the men’s room, the 2nd restroom would be the ladies room, and the 3rd restroom would be for those who don’t really care who else is in there (“I just gotta go to the bathroom, so whatever, etc., etc., etc.”).

Here’s a subject changer. I happened to hear Glenn Beck on the radio discussing Christian Genocide or Christian Holocaust. He referenced the Armenian genocide the 100th year of which is now being observed. I know that ISIS members have been killing Christians because they are Christians, and I guess that would qualify under the definition of “genocide.” And Eric Margolis also wrote about the Armenian Genocide this week, writing that we ought not forget the other genocides in the last century. There were also the Holodomor, the famine-genocide of millions of Ukrainians perpetrated by Stalin, and others Margolis lists. And while there are many believers in American Exceptionalism who will disagree with me on this, I would also mention the genocide of the Muslims by the West since the early 1990s. That began with George H.W. Bush’s 1991 war of aggression on Iraq and his military’s intentional bombing of civilian water and sewage treatment centers which caused the Iraqis to have to use untreated water. That was reinforced by the sanctions and no-fly zones imposed by the U.S. government and the UN, which prevented the rebuilding of the Iraqis’ civilian water and sewage treatment centers as well as it blocked needed medical supplies to treat the hundreds of thousands who were sick because of having to use untreated unclean water. By the mid-1990s at least 500,000 civilian Iraqis had died, and several hundred thousand more up to the year 2000. And then Bush’s son, George W. Bush started the 2nd war of aggression on Iraq in 2003, which killed several hundred thousand more. And then there are the U.S. government’s other unnecessary and counter-productive wars and drone-bombing-murders in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, and other Muslim-populated areas, which have continued to cause the murders of innocent civilians in those Muslim countries. As Glenn Greenwald pointed out, regarding Obama’s recent drone murders of an American and an Italian along with suspected but not convicted terrorists without due process, there is now some critical discussion in the media of Obama’s reckless drone murders, but only because Obama murdered Westerners who the Regime and the American Exceptionalists consider to be actually human (as opposed to those ragheads and Ay-rabs).

Apr 252015

Besides being the 70th year of the end of World War II, it’s also the 70th year of the death of the Hungarian composer Béla Bartók (1881-1945). Some of his most famous compositions include his Concerto for Orchestra; his Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta; and his ballet The Miraculous Mandarin. Bartók’s music is known for his including folk tunes in many of his pieces. He traveled throughout Hungary and other central European countries collecting folk music from those regions. To escape the spread of Nazi fascism including in his home country, Bartók fled to New York City around 1940, and died of Leukemia in 1945.

His ballet The Miraculous Mandarin was premiered in 1926, 7 years after it was completed, but was considered quite risqué, and was withdrawn after the first performance. The San Francisco Symphony’s program notes state:

Anyone who thinks the modern theater has reached an unrivaled level of depravity need only look back a century to find stage scenarios as shocking as anything likely to hit the boards today. The Miraculous Mandarin, completed in 1919, is a lurid tale of prostitution, fraud, theft, and murder.

. . .

Bartók described the work’s plot: “Three [thugs] force a beautiful girl to lure men into their den so they can rob them. . . . The third [visitor] is a wealthy Chinese. He is a good catch, and the girl entertains him by dancing. The Mandarin’s desire is aroused, he is inflamed by passion, but the girl shrinks from him in horror. The [thugs] attack him, rob him, smother him in a quilt, and stab him with a sword, but their violence is of no avail. They cannot kill the Mandarin, who continues to look at the girl with love and longing in his eyes. Finally feminine instinct helps: the girl satisfies the Mandarin’s desire, and only then does he collapse and die.”

The orchestral suite from the ballet has been performed subsequently. Here is a terrific performance of the suite from Bartók’s Miraculous Mandarin, by the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the London Proms, with Edward Gardner conducting. Now, while the men seem to be dressed quite formally, some of the ladies seem to be a bit too casual, wearing perhaps a bit too revealing attire. Maybe they think this is a nightclub? Oh, well. But then, maybe I’m just an old-fashioned fuddy-duddy stick-in-the-mud. But this is definitely a virtuosic performance of very difficult music.

Apr 232015

Article from Washington Post on the Meitiv family whose children were kidnapped by police and their lives threatened by fascist CPS vultures, merely because the kids, age 10 and 6, were on their own in a park not far from their home. As far as I’m concerned, anyone who calls 911 just because one sees a kid alone or two kids in a park, that caller should him or herself be arrested and charged with child endangerment and harassment as well. The Meitivs also should sue the 911 caller to cover all legal fees and other costs. People need to pay for their criminal intrusiveness against their innocent neighbors (especially when they have no reason to believe anything is wrong with the kids). Here is the Meitivs’ Facebook page: I Stand With the Meitivs Against CPS.

Andrew Napolitano on the corrupt and incompetent FBI.

Judy Morris points out that gun control is a contributor to the Kenyan Christian students who were murdered by fanatical extremists.

Jacob Hornberger on the Oklahoma City bombing and 9/11.

Justin Raimondo discusses how to judge a political  candidate, and concentrates on Rand Paul.

Patrick Howley on the VA sending veterans’ medical information to FBI for future gun confiscation.

Glenn Greenwald comments that many Americans’ support for Israel is much based on religious fanaticism.

Glenn Reynolds on Wisconsin’s corrupt unions and prosecutors using law enforcement raids on conservative political opponents and their families.

Trevor Timm says that Congress cannot be taken seriously on cyber security.

Sheldon Richman says that U.S. foreign policy makers cannot be trusted.

Ron Paul on the political murders in Kiev, and on U.S. troops to Ukraine.

Ralph Raico on rethinking Churchill.

And Robert Wenzel defends Walter Block.

Happy Earth Day!

 Posted by at 10:54 am
Apr 222015

It’s the 45th Anniversary of “Earth Day.” But it’s really Environmentalist Wacko Day, as far as I’m concerned. There are so many people now who believe strongly in this environmentalism stuff, yet the same people still drive big SUVs, smoke cigarettes and throw their cigarette butts on the ground, or otherwise throw stuff out their car windows (I see that all the time now!), and so on, so I really don’t take them seriously.

The Al Gore extremism of the environmentalism movement over the past 10-20 years has been nutty, with this alleged human-caused “Global Warming” thing or now just “Climate Change.” A few decades ago it was the new “Ice Age,” which it seems we’ve been experiencing now in the past couple of years. And there is a panic over polar ice caps which the worrywarts say are melting and causing rising sea levels. Yet the ice caps are thicker and wider in the past two years, sorry Al. That linked article covers years 2012-2014, but this inconvenient truth has been known since 2002, at least. But the gasbag propagandists nevertheless get away with their propaganda and fear-mongering. The real reason for so much activism over the years now is because government-worshipers really want bigger and more intrusive government in their lives and in everyone else’s face. They want more and more confiscatory taxation to punish innovation, creativity, production, success and achievement. You name it, anything which makes society and living better, and the statists want to squash it. Anything that promotes life and a higher standard of living and they want to crush it in its tracks. And that is the truth. Funny that so many people who are so worried about Earth’s future are the same ones who promote higher debts and raising the National Debt and who promote deficit-spending for their own short-term immediate gratification at the expense of future generations. “F future generations,” they say, “In the long-run, we’re all dead” to quote their economic Master. So they’re also inconsistent and just make no sense.

Most of the people amongst the “Global Warming” fanaticism crowd are people on the left, the same ones generally who support higher and higher minimum wages so that there will be fewer and fewer low-skilled or entry-level labor jobs available, they support higher taxes for “the rich” which means everyone who works, and they support more and more government involvement in every nook and cranny of everyday existence, and so on. So I really try not to take them and their fanaticism seriously, regardless how pervasive such a mentality is in the media, in the schools and everywhere else in society. It’s hard to take seriously people who are so religiously fanatical in their views and so intolerant of the other point of view that they want to punish and jail so-called “deniers.” Isn’t there something wrong with people who feel that strongly about their ideology? I think so.

Now, it seems to me that the warmists and climate changers’ assertions and “inconvenient truths” have mainly been relying on computer models and distorted analyses of climate history (or outright fraud) which supposedly act as predictors of future events. This week for Earth Day 2015 Barack Obama has been in the Florida Everglades hobnobbing with his fellow crocodiles, slithering snakes and lizards and other reptiles of his slimy politician ilk, and he wants to bring attention to the rising sea levels. Well, I’ve got news for him, while there may or may not actually be slightly and gradually rising sea levels all over the world, the cause would not be industrial manufacturing, air pollution, or carbon dioxide. The cause is the natural development of the planet Earth regardless of human beings’ “carbon footprints.” The Earth’s climate is a huge phenomenon, and I don’t think you can change the overall direction of an entire planet’s climate, even if you tried. And no, I’m not talking about local weather conditions which can be influenced by various human-caused factors, intentionally or unintentionally, I’m talking about actual climate. There were probably changes in the climate between 1 million and 10,000 years ago, and changes between the year 1200 and the year 1900, but it wasn’t because of air pollution caused by industrial waste or carbon dioxide. Perhaps the most important factor involved in the overall temperatures of the Earth is the Sun, which eventually is going to have a problem and take the Earth along with it. Happy “Earth Day.”

Apr 202015

Updated below.

Lew Rockwell recently interviewed Dr. Peter Breggin, a frequent expert witness at congressional hearings regarding psychiatric drugs, and they discussed the Germanwings airlines co-pilot who deliberately crashed the plane into the French alps and killed 144 people. The deranged killer co-pilot was apparently taking the anti-anxiety drug Lorazepam, which is of the same class of drugs as Xanax and Valium. Besides Lorazepam the co-pilot was also taking a yet-to-be-named antidepressant, probably one of the notoriously dangerous SSRIs. Dr. Breggin brings up the commonality of modern mass shooters (Columbine, Aurora theater, etc.) having been taking the SSRI antidepressants, or in withdrawal from them. What you probably won’t hear about from the mainstream media sources (who are in part funded by the pharmaceutical industry) is that these SSRI antidepressants have been shown to cause depression and suicidal thoughts and aggression. Dr. Breggin has written several books on these matters, including Medication Madness: The Role pf Psychiatric Drugs in Cases of Violence, Suicide and Crime; Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal: A Guide for Prescribers, Therapists, Patients and Their Families; and Guilt, Shame, and Anxiety: Understanding and Overcoming Negative Emotions.

Also this week, on Coast to Coast AM, host Lisa Garr interviewed Dr. Marilyn Wedge,* a family therapist who is critical of today’s establishment psychiatric clinicians and the schools’ quick and convenient diagnoses of ADHD and unnecessarily drugging up the kids. Dr. Wedge has written about why French kids don’t have ADHD, and has noted that there is no scientifically confirmed evidence of any biological cause of ADHD. Dr. Wedge has also been critical of the psychiatrists’ Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which to me contains mostly made-up “illnesses” for the pharmaceutical industry to justify marketing many poisonous and dangerous drugs to the unsuspecting public. (They are real shysters, in my view.) In this current interview she notes how the teachers and school bureaucrats are quick to diagnose and prescribe drugs rather than take the time to find out exactly what’s going on with the hyperactive or inattentive child at home that’s causing such emotional issues or distractions. She also brings up the child’s diet, and the problem with processed foods and the preservatives and food dyes which have been shown to negatively affect kids’ emotions and their behaviors. In fact, I would add, a common ADHD drug Adderall has quite a few side effects and could actually cause anxiety, temper issues, loss of sleep and restlessness. No surprise there. Dr. Wedge has written several books, including A Disease Called Childhood: Why ADHD Became an American Epidemic and Pills Are Not for Preschoolers: A Drug-Free Approach for Troubled Kids.

* UPDATE: Apparently, the Coast to Coast people had that video taken down from YouTube. It looked to me as though the account was Coast to Coast’s own YouTube account, as most of those kinds of shows have their own YouTube accounts and uploads, such as Infowars, for instance. But no, not Coast to Coast. I guess you can try going to Coast to coast’s website to hear the show there. Alas, while you can do that, you have to register or maybe pay to have an account there as well. It’s just another aspect of that program’s downfall since Art Bell left. Oh, well. My local station here has the show on WRKO, and I actually rarely listen to it anyway. The other talk station, WMEX, at least, has Alex Jones on during the early morning hours.

You see, when shows such as Coast to Coast take down a good replay of one of their episodes based on Copyright, it’s usually because they fear losing their “fair share” etc. But what the Copyright ignoramuses don’t seem to understand is, when people post a video of one of their episodes, the viewer who likes that will say, Hmm, I like that, so I will find out more and see if I can hear that show in my local area. So in other words it’s kind of like free advertising for them. Whatever. I’ll try to remember not to post anything from Coast to Coast again.

Some Misc. Items

 Posted by at 10:07 am
Apr 182015

Justin Raimondo on the truth about what’s happening in Ukraine and the murderers of Kiev that the mainstream media won’t tell you about.

Glenn Greenwald details how the big cheeses of NBC News distort the facts to serve the Obama administration’s agenda.

Jacob Hornberger discusses how the socialist-fascist FDR spied on Leonard Read, a free-market “subversive,” during the 1940s.

Alex Newman on the Obama Administration plotting to mandate adult vaccinations.

Dr. Lee Hieb on the feds’ forced vaccination plans for adults.

Steven Horwitz asks, Can the Ninth Amendment save us?

Charles Burris on Robin Hood and why Ayn Rand got it wrong.

Adam Kokesh has a video letter to Rand Paul.

Ryan McMaken says the Pope calls a spade a spade, and the Turkish government goes berserk.

Kelley Vlahos asks, Why is the United States obligated to support the wars and wishes of its brutal, terror-funding client state, Saudi Arabia?

And Sheldon Richman asks, What the hell are we doing in Yemen?

Robert Wenzel has more on the absurd idea that Murray Rothbard was a racist.

Tim Cushing says that copyrights and patents have become a religion.

Bionic Mosquito on the Armenian Genocide.

And Trevor Aaronson discusses the FBI informant who mounted a sting operation against the FBI.

Apr 172015

The NHK Symphony Orchestra is the orchestra of the publicly owned Japanese national public broadcasting corporation. Later this year, Paavo Järvi begins as the orchestra’s next chief conductor. The first video here is of the NHK Symphony from 1959, and the second video is of that orchestra probably within the past 2 or 3 years or so.

In the first video, composer Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971), one of the most well-known and prominent composers of the 20th Century, conducts the NHK Symphony Orchestra in the suite from his own ballet, The Firebird, the 1945 version of the suite. (There are the original 1910 ballet and the three shorter musical versions for orchestra: 1911, 1919 and 1945.) Information on the Internet suggests that this first video is from a 1959 performance and takes place at the Osaka International Festival. That is only 14 years after the end of World War II, and a Japanese orchestra conducted by a Russian-French-American. (Stravinsky was Russian-born and both French-naturalized and American-naturalized.)

In the 2nd video, composer Krzysztof Penderecki (born 1933 in Poland), one of the world’s most prominent living composers of classical music, conducts the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (the “Ode to Joy” symphony). This performance is probably from within just the past few years. I doubt that any of the same players from the 1959 performance are also playing in the more recent performance. But I could be wrong.