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Protest Music

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Protest Music

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Protest Music

Protest and topical music including comedy. We're interested in the history of protest music, for instance labor songs, civil rights songs, anti war songs. We also feature contemporary protest music and we particularly want to hear your protest songs.

This is an open group. Please join and post your diaries. If you want to help manage the group message me and I'll make you a BlogEditor.

Of course Protest Music is on topic. But it doesn't have to be both. Protest or Music. Protest is on topic. Music is on topic.

 Updated Is There A Lawyer In The House???

Rhetorical question, I know there are many of you here at DKos.

Update Eureka! Thanks to Kossacks, as always a solution has been found!

I'm buying myself a vaporizer pen tomorrow.

It satisfies the fire insurance no open flame, ashes, matches, lighters etc.

Also any health concerns. Even when used with tobacco. I heard about this years ago. People were using them in bars and restaurants where smoking was prohibited. So legally it's the solution too.

Plus it's practically odorless. Not that the last part matters. My neighbors next door smoke three times the cigarettes I ever did.

As always Kossacks not only helped me, but taught me something too.

I was just standing at my back door (I have a lovely wooden ramp except too many bugs this time of year) smoking and it's raining and the smoke was suspended in the air. I noticed how much smoke there is in a cigarette, ugh! And they do stink! I have been going outside to smoke and have the welts from the bugs to prove it.

So thank you once again Kossacks for reminding me about the vape pen.

I forgot about using it for tobacco. Thought it was just for weed. I can't use e cigs because they have alcohol and glycerine in the mixture. I have no gallbladder and many food allergies.

But a vape pen is totally the answer and totally, totally legal.

They'll never beat a Kossack. We have a community behind us. Sometimes we may not like answers to questions we get.

But I always listen to you all, because I'm smart enough to know when someone is, way smarter than me and I try to learn from them. You all I just trust instinctively and from knowing you.

I'm just a good writer because I work hard at my diaries, listened to Kossacks even, criticism and I kissed the Blarney Stone.

I'm smart enough. But street smart.

I would always turn to a Kossack for advice. Every time. Thanks Always
Kossacks Rule!


Updated 7/23/14 Medical Marijuana Needs To Be Legalized Nationally And Federally

This calls for an Irish Song!

The saga continues, as I previously wrote in my diary. Housing, Smoking And The 4th Amendment, my HUD housing went smoke free. I've been living here for five years and now I have a property manager threatening me with eviction.

They rented me the apt with smoking allowed. Now they've changed the rules and refuse to use the "grandfather clause" to exempt me from the new rules. (law : a part of a law which says that the law does not apply to certain people and things because of conditions that existed before the law was passed).

Read the diary for details. Short story they inspected today, It was a different manager than the one in the diary.

Then an hour later the manager whom I write about in that diary, shows up at my door demanding entrance saying she was following up on a previous inspection.

Only previous times she had been here, were not official inspections but because a maintenance guy changed battery in my smoke detector and said the apt was not clean enough.

I've been cleaning almost every day since then (for over two months) and my apt is spotless now.

My question is, can the property management do this? Can they evict me because this manager claims she smells tobacco in my apt? I've been here five years and smoked. Everyone knows how hard it is to get rid of tobacco odors and I smell like smoke too.

I'm disabled and under a doctors care.

I was apparently rented this apt under false pretenses as I was told smoking is allowed.

I'm not stupid I wouldn't move into an apt knowing I smoke and then try to hide it. That would be idiotic.

There are no federal laws against smoking in HUD housing.


Good News Though,

Missing North Conway NH Teenager Abigail Hernandez Back Home Safely.

The Attorney General's Office said Abigail Hernandez was safely reunited with her family Sunday evening, (July 20th). Missing NH teen returns home, details scarce. The Boston Globe

♥♥♥ Thank You All So Much. Your Support And Efforts To Help Find Abby, Have Helped Her Get Home.

Sharing a spotlight on Abby has certainly played a large part in her being reunited with her Family. ♥♥♥

♥Welcome Home Abby♥

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ஜ۩۞۩ஜ YOU ஜ۩۞۩ஜ
`·.. .♥From Mom♥ Sarah♥ Dad♥ And All Your Friends♥

Peace And Justice,

Great news about Abby! Yippie!!!

 Street Prophets: Do you enjoy parades?

LA De Da Parade 2014
(All photos ©BlueJessamine.)

Every year in the little town of Yachats, Oregon the Chamber of Commerce sponsors the La De Da Parade on the fourth of July. It is described as wacky, whimsical and fun! The participants dress in hand made costumes and the parade itself only last for a few minutes. It has become one of favorite parades.

Do you enjoy parades? If so which ones? Got any photos to share?

Welcome to the Wednesday Coffee Hour here at Street Prophets. This is an open thread where we can talk about what’s going on in our worlds.

Everyone is welcome to discuss all topics of conversation and to post photos.

 George Harrison memorial tree lost to climate change

LA Times

In an ironic twist a memorial tree planted in Los Angeles to honor the contribution and humanity of former Beatle George Harrison, has been lost to insects which are proliferating due to  climate change.

Yes, the George Harrison Tree was killed by beetles.
Except for the loss of tree life, Harrison likely would have been amused at the irony. He once said his biggest break in life was getting into the Beatles; his second biggest was getting out.

The sapling went in, unobtrusively, near the observatory with a small plaque at the base to commemorate the former Beatle, who died in 2001, because he spent his final days in Los Angeles and because he was an avid gardener for much of his adult life.

We will hear more about the loss of memorials and landmarks as the extreme effects of climate warming advances. Whether due to rising seas, drought, high temperatures or flood, climate change will leave a profound impact on our civilization.
The Harrison tree was a Cayman Islands Pine, and bark beetles love pine and bark beetles love it hot. Fewer cold snaps mean fewer beetle die-offs, but even more frighteningly, warmer temperatures may be speeding up the beetles reproductive cycle, triggering a massive increase in the beetle population.
 The Evening Blues - 7-22-14

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Welcome! "The Evening Blues" is a casual community diary (published Monday - Friday, 8:00 PM Eastern) where we hang out, share and talk about news, music, photography and other things of interest to the community.  

Just about anything goes, but attacks and pie fights are not welcome here.  This is a community diary and a friendly, peaceful, supportive place for people to interact.  

Everyone who wants to join in peaceful interaction is very welcome here.

 Let Them Drink Pop: Detroit's Water Crisis & The Fight For Basic Human Rights in The Motor City

During the Super Bowl earlier this year, Chrysler unveiled the latest iteration of the “Imported From Detroit” advertising campaign that has been such a key part of their rebranding efforts in the wake of their filing for bankruptcy in 2009. The commercial starts off with a montage of your usual idealized American imagery—cowboys riding horses, cheerleaders leading cheers, sweet middle-aged waitresses bringing bacon and eggs to grizzled farmers at a Route 66 diner—accompanied by the sound of Bob Dylan's raspy Minnesotan drawl asking us rhetorically if, “there's anything more American than America?” a question which pretty well sets the tone for the rest of the ad considering the implied answer is a 283 horsepower “hell no!” From there the ad touches on the Motor City's automotive pedigree and its role in making America the country it is today, with Bob telling us that, “making the best...making the finest, takes conviction.” and letting us know that, “you can't import the heart and soul of every man and woman working on the line.” All of these laudable, yet trite, sentiments are designed to stir up our pride in our country and in the city of Detroit—to make us associate the glory of our collective past and the hard-scrabble can do aspects of our national character with the Chrysler brand—and in this respect the ads are pretty effective. The only problem is that these passionate evocations of Chrysler's commitment to the working men and women of America and Motown bears little resemblance to reality.

You see, when Chrysler filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy 5 years ago, the laborers that are lionized in their “Imported From Detroit” ads took the overwhelming brunt of the punitive measures that were handed out. In the wake of Chrysler's restructuring and ultimate sale to Italian automaker Fiat, 4 factories were shut down, 789 dealerships—and an estimated 37,000 jobs—were lost, cost-of-living wage adjustments were eliminated and a two-tier wage scale was created that allows Chrysler to pay new hires half of what they pay their more experienced workers. Meanwhile, on the backs of these massive cuts and with the aid of $12.5 billion dollars in taxpayer aide—$1.3 billion of which will never be recovered—the now 100% Italian owned Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is making out like a bandit, posting a net profit of $1.6 billion in the fourth quarter of 2013 alone. As was the case with the $700 billion bank bailout in 2008 and the recent corporate thievery involved in the Patriot Coal bankruptcy case which I have covered before in great detail, the auto industry and government officials have used our nation's legal system to burden ordinary citizens with the collateral damage from financial crises that they had nothing to do with.

One of the most instrumental players in the Chrysler bankruptcy case was Kevyn Orr, a partner at the massive law firm Jones Day who was charged with the task of bringing Chrysler back to life as expeditiously and ruthlessly as possible. Orr carved up Chrysler with surgical precision, completing the reorganization of the company within 42 days and raking in more than $1 million in legal fees during the process. As a reward for his work in the bankruptcy case, Orr was named by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder as the “Emergency Manager” of the City of Detroit in 2013, a title that is about as ominous and Orwellian as anything this side of the Department of Homeland Security. As Emergency Manager, Orr has essentially been given free reign to do with the City of Detroit as he sees fit, without any interference from pesky, democratically elected city council members and officials, who are essentially impotent during the time the city is judged to be in a Financial Emergency.

Didn't vote for him? Doesn't matter. Governor Snyder's vote is the only one that counts.
 Netroots Radio Presents: "Embarking For The Real World's Farthest Shore"

Justice Putnam Self-Portrait / copyright Justice Putnam

The Justice Department is on Netroots Radio.com Sundays 8pm to 9pm Pacific and Mondays 9pm to Midnight Pacific. Powered by Unity Radio Net!

I'm Special Agent DJ Justice; Radio Host and Program Director for Netroots Radio.com; and I'm manning the dials, spinning the discs, warbling the woofers, putting a slip in your hip and a trip to your hop.

The playlist for Monday 21 July 14 9pm to Midnight Pacific Edition of The Justice Department: Musique sans Frontieres

 ~~ "Embarking For The Real World's Farthest Shore" ~~

1 - The Smiths -- "I Started Something I Could Not Finish"
2 - The Replacements -- "Unsatisfied"
3 - Echo and The Bunnymen -- "Evergreen"
4 - The Psychedelic Furs -- "The Ghost In You"
5 - The Jam -- "Going Underground"
6 - Pet Shop Boys -- "West End Girls"
7 - Siouxsie and the Banshees -- "Christine"
8 - L7 -- "Andres"

Station Break

9 - The Stranglers -- "No More Heroes"
10 - U2 -- "Where The Streets Have No Name"
11 - Midnight Oil -- "Blue Sky Mine"
12 - Depeche Mode -- "Personal Jesus"
13 - The English Beat -- "Mirror In The Bathroom"
14 - The Specials -- "Ghost Town"
15 - The B-52's -- "Planet Claire"
16 - The Clash - "Police On My Back"

Station Break

17 - Tom Waits -- "16 Shells From A Thirty-Ought-Six"
18 - Halfhead Special -- "Quiet Gun"
19 - The Sugarcubes -- "Cold Sweat"
20 - Band of Susans -- "The Last Temptation of Susan"
21 - Beck -- "Loser"
22 - Cake -- "Nugget"
23 - The White Stripes -- "Seven Nation Army"
24 - Chumbawamba -- "Jacob's Ladder"
25 - Porno For Pyros -- "Bali Eyes"

Station Break

26 - Nouvelle Vague -- "This Is Not A Love Song"
27 - De Phazz -- "Slums of Monte Carlo"
28 - Frances Livings -- "Candy's Caravan"
29 - Kate Bush -- "The Red Shoes"
30 - Massive Attack -- "Black Milk"
31 - Serge Gainsbourg -- "Ballade de Melody Nelson"

Station Break

32 - 13th Floor Elevators - "Thru The Rhythm"
33 - Tripswitch -- "Stereogram"
34 - Quantic -- "Westbound Train"
35 - Hidden Orchestra -- "Strange"
36 - The Sound Defects -- "Peace"
37 - Yo La Tengo - "Don't Have To Be So Sad"

Station Break

38 - Seu Jorge -- "Carolina"
39 - Nando Reis -- "Pra Voce Guardei O Amor"
40 - Zeca Baleiro -- "Telegrama"
41 - Vanessa da Mata -- "Boa Sorte"
42 - Bebel Gilberto -- "Aganju"
43 - Rosalia de Souza -- "Bossa 31"

Who luvs ya, baby?


 Major success in Obama's Iran Policy; No one notices

The BBC reports:

Iran has turned all of its enriched uranium closest to the level needed to make nuclear arms into more harmless forms, the UN nuclear agency says.

The conversion of its stock of 20%-enriched uranium was part of a deal to curb Iran's nuclear programme.

The US said last week it would unblock $2.8bn in frozen Iranian funds in return for Iran's compliance.

A four-month extension to talks on Iran's nuclear ambitions was agreed on Friday between Iran and world powers.

This is a big deal.  A major foreign policy success.  Iran is ending its nuclear program.  All without a shot being fired.

And that is the problem.  And why you won't read about this.

Because if we aren't dropping bombs on someone it just isn't possible for a policy to succeed to the "smart" people in Washington.

 Detroit water shutoffs suspended for 15 days
Rally against Detroit water shutoffs.
Detroit's notorious water shutoffs are being suspended for 15 days:
“In case we have missed someone who has legitimate affordability problems this will allow them to come to us to see if they can work out payments,” department spokesman Bill Johnson said. “We’ve always maintained that what we were doing was a collection effort — not a shutoff effort.”

The department’s decision comes on the same day that a group of Detroit residents filed a lawsuit in the city’s bankruptcy case asking U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes to restore water service to residential customers.

On Friday, hundreds of Netroots Nation attendees joined local activists, as well as actor Mark Ruffalo, to rally and march against the water shutoffs.
Ashley Thomas, who lives on the Detroit's west side, said she knows several people in her neighborhood who have recently had their water cut off. Even if residents are too poor to clear up their accounts, they still deserve to have water, Thomas said.

"I'm in a neighborhood where the majority of us live in poverty," Thomas said. "Some of our people have newborn babies they need to take care of. They need water to survive."

So do we all need water to survive. Hopefully the Detroit water and sewage department will realize how widespread affordability issues really are in their city.

10:14 AM PT: A suspension is good, but this fight isn't over—sign the petition calling for an end to the water shutoffs.

 Hellraisers Journal: Day Book Labels Rebel Songwriter, FW Joe Hill, As The "Red Bandanna" Murderer
You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Monday July 20, 1914
From Chicago's Day Book: Joe Hill Labeled "Red Bandanna" Murderer

In today's edition of The Day Book, Fellow Workers Joe Hill is labeled the "red bandanna" murderer. We will point out that it was never proven during the trial that the red bandana found in Joe Hill's room after his arrest was the same bandana described by Merlin Morrison as covering the faces of the men who murdered his father and brother. Nor was it proven that the red bandana found by police near the scene of the crime was the one worn by either of the two murderers. Yet, both bandanas were presented as evidence against the rebel songwriter.

This is the sort of circumstantial evidence that the state of Utah has used to find Joe Hill guilty of murder and worthy to be executed.

Joe Hill in handcuffs from Chicago Day Book of July 20 1914


Salt Lake City, Utah. The "red bandanna" murderer, Joe Hill poet of the proletariat, love lyric composer and I. W. W. leader, will be shot at dawn September 4!

A woman's name will go down to his grave with him, locked behind the dead lips which heroically refuse to utter it, though it would mean ALL life, honor, happiness!

One evening last January a Salt Lake grocer, John G. Morrison and his son were shot to death in their store by two mysterious murderers masked in red bandanna handkerchiefs. One of the murderers was wounded in the battle, Morrison said before he died.

On that same night' Joe Hill appeared at a Salt Lake City physician's office, pleading that a gaping bullet wound in his chest be cared for at once.

"A row with a woman," he muttered tersely'when asked how, he had been shot.

But when the police took him in charge they found a red bandanna handkerchief. That was all the evidence.

And those two circumstances only cruel coincidences, perchance have doomed the romantic-"poet of the people" to death before the rifle mouths which, under the law of Utah he chose in preference to hanging.

"Could I only speak her name," murmurs Joe Hill in his cell, "but, no, I cannot! Let death be mine rather than that dishonor-should be HERS!"

And so the mystery of the red bandanna murder, which has struck the imagination of all the west, is destined to be unsolved, shrouded for ever in the smoke from the gun that strikes down Poet Joe Hillstrom.

Little clues, rising here and there in the dramatic story of the case, only make the mystery more strange.

There is one woman, Mrs. Virginia Snow Stephens, grand-daughter of Lorenzo Snow, the famous one-time president of the Mormon church, who has fought with money and influence for Hill's release.

Mrs. Stephen is a wealthy society leader of Salt Lake.

Yet she is strangely co-operating with the I. W. W. chiefs in the poet-prisoner's cause!

She says it is because she believes no man who has composed such music as Hill has could possibly be guilty of murder.


The Day Book
(Chicago, Illinois)
 -of July 20, 1914

The Case of Joe Hill
-by Philip S Foner
International Publishers, 1965

Joe Hill in handcuffs, see link for Day Book above.


 Detroit owns a piece of my soul
The Detroit International Riverfront and skyline — Detroit, Michigan. From across the Detroit River in Windsor, Canada
As I prepare to leave Detroit, Michigan, today and head back to New York after attending the Netroots Nation 2014 gathering of bloggers, I'm thinking about the multi-faceted meanings Detroit has for me, not as simply a visitor, but as a political activist, ethno-historian and a person raised in black American culture.

I'm left with a montage of images, some current—dealing with protests against Detroit's water shut-off, which the United Nations has stated is a violation of human rights—and other images that emerge as flashbacks from different moments in time in my past.  

Many U.S. cities have nicknames—New York City is "the Big Apple," Chicago is "the Windy City," New Orleans is "the Big Easy." Detroit will forever be known as "the Motor City" and "Motown," the former for it being the birthplace and home of the U.S. auto industry and the latter related to it having been the home of Motown Records, known for "The Motown Sound."

Follow me below the fold for some history and music.

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