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.
Election Diary Rescue: Week 34
The following diaries are examples of this week's Election Diary Rescue. This post features a collection of 50 diaries.
(KY-Sen) What you need to know about Mitch McConnell and Jesse Benton by zenofmconnell - Mitch McConnel (R) is in the fight of his life against Alison Lundergan Grimes (D). A look at who Jesse Benton is, and how his indictment in a notorious bribery case may impact the race.
(AZ-03) Grijalva's Opponent Demands Excommunication by Hi Jolly - Republican candidate Gabriela Sucedo Mercer has earned some fame for outrageous statements on Facebook. She's keeping it up this time too, now demanding that the Catholic church excommunicate Grijalva because he supports women's right to choose.
(NY-StSen43) NY-SD-43 - St. Senator Marchione's Largest Donor Arrested & Indicted as FBI Investigation Continues by Upstate Blue - A Saratoga County developer was arrested last week by the FBI in a probe of Republican elected officials in the town of Halfmoon, including incumbent State Senator Kathy Marchione. The developer, it turns out, is the largest individual contributor to her campaign. Popcorn required for this one...
New Election Rule: Virginia Requires Photo ID at Polls by louisev. This voting restriction did not come from the legislature - it originated with the Virginia Board of Elections.
This is the 34th weekly edition of Election Diary Rescue. It covers rescued down-ticket election diaries published from Sunday, August 24 through Saturday, August 30. We hope you enjoy the following gems dug up by our dedicated team of miners.
VOLUNTEER ALERT! As the election approaches we will be switching back to our traditional daily schedule for producing this blog. We will need a few good Kossacks to join the team.
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Senate: (12) posts, (9) states
House: (6) posts, (4) states, (6) districts
State and more: (26)
Peace and Love
Wanted to post something with some happy, peaceful music -- and of course to say something about the AIDS Walk. But mostly I wanted to post a meta-free place where people can take a deep breath & listen to some happy, peaceful tunes.
It is September, though, and the Walk is only 6 weeks away, so if you can, please donate, even $5, to my AIDS Walk Austin page
Labor Day News Dump: FERC Hands Enbridge Permit for Tar Sands by Rail Facility
Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog
On the Friday before Labor Day — in the form of an age-old “Friday News Dump“ — the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) handed a permit to Enbridge, the tar sands-carrying corporate pipeline giant, to open a tar sands-by-rail facility in Flanagan, Ill. by early-2016.
With the capacity to accept 140,000 barrels of tar sands product per day, the company's rail facility serves as another step in the direction towards Enbridge's quiet creation of a “Keystone XL Clone.” That is, like TransCanada's Keystone Pipeline System sets out to do, sending Alberta's tar sands all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico's refinery row — and perhaps to the global export market.
Flanagan sits as the starting point of Enbridge's Flanagan South pipeline, which will take tar sands diluted bitumen (“dilbit”) from Flanagan to Cushing, Okla. beginning in October, according to a recent company earnings call. From there, Enbridge's Seaway Twin pipeline will bring dilbit to Port Arthur, Texas near the Gulf.
New York Times: Fast Food Workers plan mass civil disobedience in 150 cities starting Thursday!
Via today's New York Times:The next round of strikes by fast-food workers demanding higher wages is scheduled for Thursday, and this time labor organizers plan to increase the pressure by staging widespread civil disobedience and having thousands of home-care workers join the protests.
The organizers say fast-food workers — who are seeking a $15 hourly wage — will go on strike at restaurants in more than 100 cities and engage in sit-ins in more than a dozen cities.
But by having home-care workers join, workers and union leaders hope to expand their campaign into a broader movement.
cont..“They’re going to use nonviolent civil disobedience as a way to call attention to what they’re facing,” said Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union, which has spent millions of dollars helping to underwrite the campaign. “They’re invoking civil rights history to make the case that these jobs ought to be paid $15 and the companies ought to recognize a union.”So it looks like President Obama himself is playing a central role in this 21st century workers uprising.
President Obama, in a Labor Day speech in Milwaukee, mentioned the fast-food campaign, saying, “All across the country right now there’s a national movement going on made up of fast-food workers organizing to lift wages so they can provide for their families with pride and dignity.”
Mr. Obama added that if he had a service-sector job, and “wanted an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work, I’d join a union.”
More via Guardian Uk 2hrs ago:The rally comes after the National Labor Relations Board defined McDonald’s as a joint employer of the restaurants run by its franchisees. The decision came after the SEIU brought several cases against the company, alleging it acted as an employer.Remember people: this Thursday show support for all Fast-Food & Home Care workers!
The decision, which is being heavily challenged, could bring McDonald’s to the negotiation table over wages and benefits. The company has insisted, and continues to insist, that its franchisees, not the corporation, are responsible for wages.
Should the NLRB’s decision be ratified, SEIU would be able to unionize McDonald’s operations on a larger scale, rather than targeting a few franchises at a time.
Netroots Radio Presents: "One Night at the Embajada"
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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 1 Sept 14 9pm to Midnight Pacific Edition of The Justice Department: Musique sans FrontieresWho luvs ya, baby?
~~ "One Night at the Embajada" ~~
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"
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"
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"
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"
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"
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"
Hey. Yeah YOU. Could you keep your meta down. We are trying to win elections here!
Melodrama is sometimes rather irresistible. Yeah, I got sucked in from time to time. But OH MY GOD. Can we kind of refocus a bit? I mean it isn't as if reform in NY State is up for grabs in ONE WEEK!! And it isn't as if the control of the SENATE is in question. CLEARLY who uprates who, who is stalking who on the intertubes is more important than like the SENATE.
We are all people with our own quirks, biases, faults, and sensitivities. That is great and all the meta really boils down to one thing: respect each other a bit more and listen to each other a bit more. Now, can we move on to electing better and more Democrats?
First a cut to the chase, and then I will go into more detail below the fold.
Can we PLEASE focus a little on the Democratic Primary coming up in one week? Here is my Act Blue site aimed at reforming Albany: Reform Albany 2014. I will go into some detail below. But bottom line is we need money to fight the big money interests.
And then we REALLY need to focus on all the close races for November: Closest Races 2014
Seriously, winning some elections feel a lot better than endlessly arguing meta.
Favorite Television Sitcom?
Give me 30 minutes of Seinfeld, Mad About You, Murphy Brown, Fawlty Towers, All in the Family, Are You Being Served? and watch out reconciliation bills, filibuster, cloture, and politics in general. I'll abandon you in a second.
What makes for a good television sitcom? What elements combine to make a sitcom successful as well as popular? The criteria are many, the judgments all too subjective.
The continuing misadventures of neurotic New York stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his equally neurotic New York friends.
One of the most watched television shows of the 1990s, "Seinfeld" is a true-to-life comedy series that follows the events of a group of friends. The group consists of Jerry Seinfeld, a stand-up comedian who questions every bizarre tidbit about life; George Costanza, a hard-luck member of the New York Yankees organization; Elaine Benes, a flashy woman and book editor who is not afraid to speak her mind; and Cosmo Kramer, an extremely eccentric, lanky goofball. Another very notable member of the show is Newman, a chubby mailman, friend of Kramer, and, almost always, nemesis of Jerry. Other sources of comedy appear in the form of the parents of both Jerry and George.
(George, Jerry, Elaine, and Kramer in Seinfeld)
A few guidelines
- Theme Song or jingle.
- Edginess Factor.
- Cultural, political, and social significance.
Medical Marijuana Becoming A Reality-Needs To Be Legalized Nationally And Federally
♥♥♥♥♥The Healing Properties Of Cannabis
They say, write what you know! So here I am.
When Smoking Marijuana, (or other smoke-able herbs)-Please Do Not Use a butane lighter. They're for cigarettes.
Butane lighters are not meant to be used with a fine, light, easy to combust smoke-able like cannabis. You're sucking in a ton of butane gas, by lighting up with it. Use Matches! (Whether your using, a pipe or joint and even some vaporizer pens).
Better Yet, Electrically, Vaporize!
Nowadays; with everywhere, even parks, going smoke free, Vaporizer pens are the cigarette of the future.
There is a big need out there for reliable vaporizers and a company that stands behind their product.
I've Been Looking For A Vaporizer For Tobacco. My apt buildings went smoke-free.
In my misadventures and research trying to find a vaporizer that works good with tobacco; I Learned That The Most Important Thing When Purchasing A Vaporizer, Is The Sellers Guarantee And Warranty! When googling vaporizer sellers, first thing go to and read, their refund policy/warranty.
From what I've seen, most vaporizers are similar. According to their price.
Since I need to purchase one, I've spent the past 4 or 5 weeks researching vaporizers, vape pens, mods, etc. Video reviews, sellers websites, video tutorials and more.
☆Ⓐ☆Best Refund Policy-Guarantee/And Warranty Award Goes To:
I'm still trying to decide which vape pen is best for my needs (tobacco).
Besides all the other choices of vape pens on his site, for one with a larger 2 bowl capacity at a moderate price, Daniel also recommends T-Vape Clone Dry Herb Vaporizer (Z-Top / AGO X, just like TVape) Free Shipping. It's only $79.95 a good one with rubber mouth tip, good quality. Good for a light smoker. It's on Ebay but since Vape Vets is the supplier it still has Daniel's great, one year warranty.
So Far Vape Vets, Is The Only Vaporizer store/website: I've seen, that offers a 30 Day No Questions Asked, Return Policy On Open And Used Products. Plus A One Year Warranty On All Parts!
Vape Vets Store
Warranty, Refunds and Returns Policy
Vape Vets Store, are Authorized Resellers for all products shown, and therefore, offer a 1-Year Warranty on parts for all purchases (either through us directly, the manufacturer, or our distributor--depending on the product).
Hassle-Free Refund Policy: If you are unsatisfied or unhappy with your item, you may return it within 30 days after you receive it.
I met the owner Daniel in my search for a vaporizer. Not all vaporizers, refund policies and warranties, are equal. None come close to Vape Vet's.
With vaporizer pens, etc concerning quality, you pretty much get what you pay for.
Purchasing higher end priced vaporizer is worth the higher price for a better model, as long as you have that one year unlimited warranty. But you also have to know what you are looking for in a vaporizer what you want to put in it makes a difference in performance.
From my experience, for herb, wax, or oil, you can get a decent vape pen for about $80, but for tobacco which heats at a much higher temperature. It's gonna cost an extra hundred dollars.
If you don't care about vaporizing, just want to combust your herb in an enclosed container, you can probably get a vape pen for about $35 anywhere. Maybe it'll last six months, but still at five packs of rolling papers a month. Kind of equals out in cost.
Vaping is a great investment because even if one pays $170 for one; with the one-year warranty, the most is can cost is about $15 a month to own.
Calculations estimate that at $6 a pack,
I will save over $3,000 a year, vaporizing my tobacco vs buying rolled packs or cartons.
Loose tobacco is so much cheaper.
It's costs money to produce factory manufactured cigarettes and money for packaging too.
Cannabinoids are what give you that strong feeling like you can walk 40 blocks.
Although the THC is an important ingredient too, imo, Cannabinoids are the best part of the plant.
Research Findings on Medicinal Properties of Marijuana by Kevin B. Zeese, Esq
Medical Marijuana Should Be Legalized Nationally, and Federally, Now!
"Politics is the art of controlling your environment. " ~ Hunter S.Thompson
Vaping Tobacco Is Much Less Harmful Than Combusting And Smoking It!
Burning tobacco generates a smoke that is a toxic cocktail of chemicals that affect not only the smoker, but others as well.
Chemicals in tobacco cigarette smoke
Acetaldehyde: suspected carcinogen.
Acetone: irritant: can cause kidney and liver damage.
Acrolein: extremely toxic.
Acrylonitrile: suspected human carcinogen.
1-aminonaphthalene: causes cancer.
2-aminonaphthalene: causes bladder cancer.
Ammonia: raises blood pressure.
Benzo[a]pyrene: mutagenic and highly carcinogenic
1,3-Butadiene: suspected carcinogen.
Butyraldehyde: damages the lining of nose and lungs.
Cadmium: a heavy metal and highly toxic
Carbon Monoxide: decreases heart and muscle function.
Catechol: causes respiratory tract irritation and dermatitis.
Chromium: heavy metal and carcinogen.
Cresol: causes upper respiratory, nasal and throat irritation.
Crotonaldehyde: thought to interfere with immune function.
Hydrogen Cyanide: lethal poison
Hydroquinone: affects central nervous system effects.
Isoprene: irritates skin,eyes and mucous membranes.
Lead: causes brain damage
Methyl Ethyl Ketone: depresses the central nervous system.
Nickel: causes bronchial asthma and is a known carcinogen.
Nicotine: increases in heart rate and blood pressure, addictive element
Nitric Oxide: linked to Huntington’s, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease and asthma.
NNN, NNK, and NAT: known or possible carcinogens
Polonium - radioactive*
Propionaldehyde: skin, eye and respiratory system irritant
Pyridine: causes eye and upper respiratory tract irritation
Quinoline: causes genetic damage and is a possible carcinogen
Resorcinol: skin and eye irritant
Toluene: linked to permanent brain damage.
Peace, Love, And Justice
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Fifty-one years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream
A short song by Woody Guthrie and an exhortation to vote...
I am a 67 year old retired AFSCME Steward. I have worked a lot of terrible jobs in my life and aI am fortunate to be alive and in semi comfort in retirement.
This is a song by Woody Guthrie that someone has added a few current political faces to...
The fascists ARE bound to lose, providing we get our liberal heads out of our ass and VOTE for Democrats this November. Please do not fall for some idea of "sending a message" or "protesting" by not voting. The right counts on a number of us to do just that, indeed they spend a lot of money to encourage us to do that...Do not do that.
Vote Blue In November! We are not perfect, but they are insane.
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