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.
Netroots Radio Presents: "How Time Has Ticked A Heaven Round The Stars"
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 28 July 14 9pm to Midnight Pacific Edition of The Justice Department: Musique sans FrontieresWho luvs ya, baby?
~~ "How Time Has Ticked A Heaven Round The Stars" ~~
1 - Dylan Thomas - read by Richard Burton -- "The Force That Through The Green Fuse Drives The Flower"
2 - Buffy Sainte-Marie -- "God is Alive Magic is Afoot"
3 - Savage Republic -- "Andelusia" "
4 - Halfhead Special -- "Shine the Sun"
5 - Yo La Tengo -- "Today Is The Day" "
6 - Boozoo Bayou -- "Nights over Manaus" "
7 - Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros -- "Midnight Jam"
8 - Cake -- "Open Book"
9 - Kate Bush -- "And So Is Love"
10 - Jeff Buckley -- "Lover You Should Have Come Over"
11 - Ghostland Observatory -- "Stranger Lover"
12 - The Calm Blue Sea -- "We Will Never Be As Young As We Are Tonight"
13 - Vangelis and Rutger Hauer - "Tears in Rain"
14 - The Blue Angel Lounge -- "Corona"
15 - Rodrigo y Gabriela -- "Orion"
16 - Siouxsie and The Banshees -- "Cities In Dust"
17 - The Cranberries -- "Zombie"
18 - Midnight Oil -- "Beds Are Burning" "
19 - Aqua Velvets -- "Guitar Noir"
20 - Mount Madonna Choir -- "O Magnum Mysterium"
21 - Jacques Brel -- "Marieke"
22 - Francis Cabrel -- "La Corrida"
23 - Mc Solaar -- "Nouveau Western"
24 - Serge Gainsbourg -- "Bonnie and Clyde"
25 - Explosions In The Sky -- "Your Hand In Mine"
26 - Nouvelle Vague -- "Making Plans for Nigel"
27 - Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks -- "I Scare Myself"
28 - Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band -- "I'm Glad"
29 - Andreas Scholl -- "I am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger"
30 - Brian Eno -- "Babys On Fire"
31 - Ulrich Schnauss -- "A Million Miles Away"
32 - Crooked Still -- "Undone In Sorrow"
33 - Gillian Welch -- "Annabelle"
34 - Iron and Wine -- "Resurrection Fern"
35 - The Horseflies -- "The Drunkard's Lone Child"
36- Ralph Stanley and Keith Whitley -- "Another Song Another Drink"
37 - Nina Simone -- "Rags and Old Iron"
38 - Vangelis -- "Ask The Mountains"
Honky-Tonk Bud jailhouse poem
♥For Patricia and her Family♥ Friends way back when; friends then, friends forever.
You know; I was so dumb when I was a teenager, in today's society, I'd have gotten killed a 100 times!
I write about illegal drugs, anti-violence, etc, for all the young people out there and for everyone.
So people might know what kinds of poison drugs and alcohol are and understand the dangers associated with this lifestyle. In order to allow them to be able to make an informed decision, about whether they want to use or not. (*I'm not referring to marijuana here It should be regulated like alcohol imo, and would put it in the same category).
Nothing changes, it just re-appears in different forms.
As long as there is poverty there will be crime.
Hungry children start out stealing food and wondering why they don't have what other people have
It often escalates from there.
Criminality, is learned behavior. Just as being successful, is learned behavior.
☮☮☮☮☮Honky-Tonk Bud jailhouse poemI love this poem.
Honky-Tonk Bud, the Hip-Cat Stud stood diggin’ a game of pool,
Now Honky wasn't braggin', but his bags was baggin, and he was feelin' pretty cool,
It was the 15th frame, of a nine ball game, as Honky stood digging his play.
When; with a sudden shrug, he suddenly dug, this strange cat coming his way.
Now this cat, was a funny time cat and he wore a funny time hat.
He wanted to know where Joe was,
Honky said, “Joe’s not around, his bags are down and he ain’t feelin’ too cool,
But if you’re wantin’ to cop some sigh, I’ll cop for you,
'Cause I’m Honky-Tonk Bud the Hip-Cat Stud from Venice Avenue,
And in five seconds flat, Honky was back, pourin’ out smack from a cellophane sack,
He looked at the funny lookin’ guy and says, “Jim, I’m high.”
Jim says; “That’s cool, cause, "dig Honky, it's the fbi."
So after three long years at San Quentin, Honky-Tonk Bud the Hip-Cat Stud was once again diggin’ a game of pool,
Now Honky wasn't braggin', but his bags was baggin', and
Once again, he was feelin' pretty cool,
It was the fifteenth frame of a nine ball game when, out the corner of his eye,
Who should he spy but that same funny lookin’ guy,
He wanted to know where Joe was,
Honky says, “Joe’s not around, his bags are down and he ain’t feelin’ too cool,
And if you’re wantin’ to cop some sigh, I’ll tell you right now,
Jim, you a damn fool.”
It reminds me of a guy I knew in Bayonne. (NJ)
He told it to me, back in 68'.
Tony, used to say all kinds of wise stuff like; "what goes around comes around, be careful what you wish for, you just might get it."
He got murdered, 1970. He was 20 years old.
So this poem has sentimental value to me.
In the Middle East we have sectarian violence. In America we have the failed war on drugs and government failure to provide safe gun legislation and regulations. People are dying out there all the same.
84 People were shot in Newark, New Jersey July 4th weekend!
You can be sure all of the shooters were zonked out of their minds on drugs and or alcohol. Or in withdrawal looking for drugs and alcohol.
Drugs are a big fake out. Used to keep people down and in economic bondage. "The rich get rich and the poor get poorer."
Unless the poor are smart and upwardly mobile.
Drugs and alcohol, keep you back when you're young (your productive years). If they don't hook you for life or kill you.
Drug Education Is The Key To Drug Prevention. Stop It Before It Starts!
Drug Education should start to be taught in grammar school.
In the 1st, 2nd grades. Even on the most basic level, don't smoke cigarettes, don't drink alcohol, never take medicine unless a parent or doctor gives it to you, like that. Increasing info with age. Until young people grow up knowing that drugs, alcohol, tobacco, etc. are bad and kill.
Reverse the drug propaganda. Replace it with the truth and facts about drugs, alcohol and about violence too.
I was 17 in nineteen sixty-seven. I know drugs and alcohol!
I had numerous, near-death episodes with drugs and alcohol when I was a teenager and in my early twenties.
Been there, decided to straighten out because I didn't want to die.
My Mother used to pray to St Jude (the Patron Saint of hopeless cases), for me everyday.
She used to say, that "God kept me alive because he had a special purpose for me."
Drugs are very misunderstood. They're dangerous and are actually a tool of the oppressor. Alcohol too.
I don't advocate a war on users and small time dealers.
I advocate a solution that just removes the source from ever getting to the streets.
The Federal Government can follow every blogger in the country, but they can't keep a lid on the big time drug racket?
I have a very good solution for dealers. Note to drug dealers, invest in real estate instead of dope.
Use law enforcement resources to keep drugs; especially, ie crystal meth, pcp, lsd, ecstasy, illegal pharmaceuticals, etc and illegal guns off the streets. These drugs are the worst and the last stop on the drug train to hell.
Get users help instead of incarcerating them for non-violent drug offenses. Free Drug And Alcohol Rehab Centers
The government has to do something immediately, to stop the flood of illegal guns into America's cities and towns.
Responsible gun ownership is fine. But responsible gun owners should understand the necessity of keeping illegal guns away from irresponsible people!
It's all a game. The rich get rich because they have the education or someone in their background had the know how and they don't want to share.
They keep the facts of how to be successful, hidden.
That's one reason those with the economic power, don't like education. They fear that people are already so smart and with an education they will take what the rich want.
Keep Em' Dumb, Keep Em' Down. A very old saying.
Isolate the Victim.
Convince them that they like it.
Oh No, Stockholm Syndrome!
Recruit and Convince Accomplices.
Argue with the victim.
Leave occasionally (randomly but consistently).
a Beat the victim occasionally physically or emotionally, threaten often!
b Demoralize them to the point that they believe anything you tell them as truth!
Never let the victim forget you are (supposedly),
superior to them.
Pretend Nothing's Going On!
I could only think of eight, feel free to add more of your own.
Heroin Facts Drug Policy Alliance (DPA). The nation's leading organization promoting drug policies that are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights.
Free- The Truth About Drugs Booklets (no charge including free shipping).
Foundation for a Drug-Free World
1626 N Wilcox Ave, Suite 1297
Los Angeles, CA 90028 USA
From within USA: 1-888-NO-DRUGS (1-888-668-6378)
To call from outside USA: +1-818-952-5260
Thank You Tupac♥
1603 W Taylor St MC 923
Chicago, IL 60612
CeaseFire; The Campaign To Stop The Shooting, uses a public health model to stop shootings and killings, with a combination of Science and Street Outreach to track where violence is heating up and then cool the situation down. "Spread The Word, Change The Thinking"
Children Learn What They Live by Dorothy Law Nolte
God's Love We Deliver
One of my favorite charities. I went to College with many of these Volunteers. ♥Hi Everyone. Love Ya, Miss you all. Especially you Tony (C), Jesus and Jose, George and Family, you too Ben♥
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4th Amendment, Cigarettes, Medical Marijuana And More
♥Thanks Everyone For Helping Me Out Wed Night♥Note of Interest New Hampshire Legalized Medical (Smoke-able) Cannabis.Ends up, I didn't need a Lawyer after all.
Not like New York State's new law that only allows tincture and edible types.
In New Hampshire, a patient can possess up to 2 ounces every ten days. They'll have a reduced cost price for low income patients.
We all voted in the 2012 Elections and we got a lot of good people elected. New Hampshire Democratic Party
ID cards and dispensaries are expected to be available this coming year, by January 2015.
As they always do, Kossacks helped me out here. They all gave me a lot of good advice in comments and a solution was found. For more info; see, Is There A Lawyer In The House???
♥And Thanks for all your kind comments and telling me about the vaporizer pen♥
I just bought a vaporizer pen online, $54. The price of a carton of cigarettes. Less, cigarettes went up another $2.
Loose tobacco is at least $20 cheaper. I'm going to try the American Spirit Ultra Light Organic.
It's strong. But you only use a little in a vaporizer, not like all the tobacco that goes up in smoke with a cigarette.
I bought a middle of the line vaporizer pen; because it looked sufficient for my need, tobacco.
If I was going to use it for weed I would have bought the cheaper. Shorter battery charge, etc. $35 pen.
Instructions say it has to be cleaned with alcohol. But I'm going to use apple cider vinegar.
The same thing fermented. Fruit instead of chemicals. It's amazing how many people don't know not to ingest isopropyl alcohol, even in small amounts.
Vinegar removes everything. Grease, whatever vinegar is it.
I cleaned my entire apartment; with vinegar, baking soda, dish liquid, brillo, lemon juice, natural essential oils (cheap online). Orange and grapefruit this time. I also used oxi clean name brand only (that $1 Store imitation smells bad. Better to spend $2 more get the name brand, it's a bigger container too. Oxi clean cleans everthing really good. Label says, it's a salt based non chlorine substance.
When I ran out of oxi clean, I used fragrance free laundry detergent too. Works great on greasy blinds etc.
In my research on the various vaporizer pens last night I learned a lot.
They totally fulfill my lease agreement. No open flame, falling lit ashes, matches, etc, (fire hazard stuff). Medically No second hand smoke.
Vape pens are legal to smoke everywhere that is non smoking. Thank you Kossacks. I always say Kossacks Rule. Even on a slow Wednesday night. We're always here.
A motel burned down in Toms River NJ not too long ago and the fire was started by a stoned, drunk, whatever, cigarette smoker. Scary.
So if this solution saves lives I'm for it. I certainly wouldn't want to be against it.
Everyone can vape.
You have to spend a few dollars up front but it's way cheaper in the long run.
Vaping you save on tobacco. I can see how it helps people cut down and quit maybe.
Since vape pens, (the more expensive ones especially), don't even scorch the tobacco, they just vaporize the contents out of it. I figure you can probably smoke the same tobacco indefinitely. It just gets weaker. Vaporizing seems to be like kind of a dry tea.
Vaporizers only use about a quarter of a cigarette, very small amount of tobacco to begin with.
THC is good for many ailments like depression, improving appetite and other problems that are part of being chronically ill, so it is necessary.
But, if I was going to use Medical Marijuana, I would also definitely want a mixture of the regular cannabis and the kind like these guys out in Colorado have produced. For times when I needed a clear head, etc.
It's all Cannabinoids. That's the best part. No THC, no hallucinogenic. But full of Cannabinoids.
Good for us older hippies who've out grown the need for the high, only need it a little, but still want to ingest enough cannabis to insure the healing properties and it's many chemicals especially cannabinoids.
Cannabinoids are what give you that strong feeling like you can walk 40 blocks. Cannabinoids are the best part.
Concerning smoking in multiple dwelling public housing, I'm afraid I got Stockholm Syndrome and now agree with management. In principle, not in enforcement practices.
People don't have to smoke cigarettes. Anyone can vape tobacco and e cigs are ok too.
So if you want to pay cheap rent guess the drama comes with it.
Most people are smart enough not to get caught and most public housing is not running around chasing smokers anyway.
It's just rural up here and they have nothing else to do except bother tenants.
Since fire is an important factor here, and if making HUD housing smoke free saves one life. I won't fight them. I'll vaporize. Vaping is way healthier for me too.
I'm not that brainwashed yet, even after having been isolated in a little NH town for the past 7 years. Kossacks and DKos have kept me informed and sane. Thanks Kossacks♥
Here's a copy of an email I'm sending property management on Monday, about the conditions I've been exposed to since moving here and their responsibilities concerning the lease.
Re: Recent inspection and your manager.
This is to inform you that cigarette smoking will no longer be an issue in my Apt. #4-Whitman Woods N Conway.
I purchased a vaporizer pen yesterday. For less than the price of a carton of cigarettes I will now have peace.
I'm too old for all this intrigue of trying to hide the fact I smoke. You knew that when you rented me the apartment. Now you've changed the rules.
I am a good, quiet tenant. You get my recent directly from my bank account every month.
Going non smoking, is a good thing. I'm a Fireman's daughter and I hate and fear fire more than anything!
But your methods of informing tenants and enforcement are seriously lacking.
Your manager might want to take some management courses to teach her how to deal with people. Especially Seniors who are old enough to be her Mother.
She yells and generally carries on like she's in a position of power. (She's, gonna evict me). I asked her about the "grandfather clause". But have decided vaping is better.
She's only a manager. There are laws concerning tenant's rights.
I'm from NJ. No one lives in HUD housing in NJ unless they have to. So I am no familiar with all this manager stuff.
In NJ a manager is the maintenance/manager person. The landlord is whom, one has dealings with.
Rules are rules. But this manager should go into law enforcement if she want's to act like a cop. Teach her some people skills. http://www.masterclassmanagement.com/
I was never informed that the smoking rules had changed until this new manager (she's the third one in the five years I've lived here) told me.
Originally supposedly she was here, because a maintenance guy came to replace my smoke detector battery and reported that my apartment wasn't clean enough.
Then she says buildings went smoke free.
I said; ok, how come you didn't send out notices concerning this? She says it's on the lease. Yeah, well something as life style altering as this should be sent out as a separate notice for anyone vision impaired.
Anyway, the situation has been rectified. I bought a $54 vaporizer pen because it had a longer stay charged time.
You might want to recommend a vaporizer pens to your other tenants who smoke. They totally fulfill the lease agreement.
No smoke, open flame, falling lit ashes, etc, (fire hazard stuff). Medically No second hand smoke.
Vape pens are legal to smoke everywhere that is non smoking. As I was researching which one to buy I read that, they are the cigarettes of the future.
Here's a link to cheaper ones that you can print up and share with smoking tenants. http://www.portablehookahs.com/...
More vaporizer pens, click on photos to view page info. https://www.google.com/...
I've been trying to quit smoking for the past fifteen years. So you all changing the rules and not even informing me had me in a very awkward situation. Then having some woman screaming in my face was totally uncalled for!
Like I said the situation has been rectified. My vape pen should be here in about a week.
Then I can at least not have to walk all the way to the property line to smoke.
Smoking at the property line is not such a good idea either because if they burn the woods down your fire insurance won't like it either.
I see an old guy with a walker sitting outside by the road at Pinewood smoking. What will he do in the winter and snow? A vaporizer pen would be good for him.
I didn't try e cigarettes because they contain an alcohol and glycerine substance and I'm allergic to both. I heard they're unhealthy though but are also an alternative for some people. But in the long run a vaporizer pen is way cheaper.
Vape pens are the best. Just the pen and small amount of tobacco.
Your manager says she's sending me a letter regarding this.
This is seriously too much. You're lucky I didn't have a stroke on wed the 23rd after she got done yelling at me. I was close to it, when friends recommended the vaporizer pen to me.
There is a better way to get people to comply than to try and terrorize them.
I have been complying by smoking outside. Obviously won't stand out in the rain to do it. But I have the bug bites to prove it. Which reminds me. You have a serious ant and spider problem at this apartment complex.
Repair Request: The screen in my small window next to the picture window is bent. It's been like that since I moved here.
It needs to be replaced and the window has a small crack at the top and the crank to open it has never worked properly. There's a screw or something missing and it keeps falling apart then I have to go outside re-attach it and try to push the window closed. This needs to be fixed asap.
I cannot clean the window if I can't get the screen in an out. Maintenance put it back in for me wed and it's falling out of the window again. Having a screen is the law.
Please fix window asap. *I've been asking them to fix this window for the past five years, since I moved in.
Not to be impolite, but if it was about anything except fire, I would have gotten really upset at this cop and robber drama I have just been subjected to by your manager.
Thing is anywhere I would go nowadays will be "non-smoking" unless I buy a house, so what chance do I have anyway?
Isolate the Victim.
Convince them that they like it.
Recruit and Convince Accomplices.
Argue with the victim.
Leave occasionally (randomly but consistently).
Beat the victim occasionally, threaten often!
Never let the victim forget you are superior to them.
Pretend Nothing's Going On.
I'm only able to think of eight rules add more of your own.
Netroots Radio Presents The After Show with Wink & Justice: "Angle of Repose Friday"
It's "Angle of Repose Friday" on The After Show. You know, the angle in which a granular substance stays in place on a slope. Makes sense to us.
The White House is alarmed at the extraordinary inaction by Congress over the Border issue; The chilling reason the US Government wants to disappear US citizens; and the UN warns countries with draconian abortion bans that they are violating Human Rights.
On The Last Half today, our Government and World Affairs Correspondent, Will Mcleod will get us up to date on Government and World Affairs.
All that, plus the Connect! Unite! Act! Daily Kos Community Calendar and more on The After Show with Wink & Justice.
Player and other info below the Orange Flourish.
The After Show with Wink and Justice broadcasts 8am to 9am Pacific on Metaphor Mondays, Wednesday's Child is Full of Whoa! Wednesdays, Thank God It's Giovedì (that's what we call it) and Angle of Repose Fridays
Who luvs ya, baby!?
Netroots Radio Presents The After Show with Wink & Justice: "Thank God It's Giovedì"
If it's Thursday on The After Show with Wink & Justice; then Thank God It's Giovedì (that's what we call it)!
Today we revisit NN14.
Justice was visited on Radio Row, on the Floor of Cobo Hall in Detroit, with Film Makers, Authors, Politicians, Pundits and Daily Kos luminaries.
Today, we have interviews with Julianna Forlano of the The Julianna Forlano Show, Kelly Westlund who is running for Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District and Michael Snook, Chief Information Officer of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.
Player and other info below the Orange Flourish.
The After Show with Wink and Justice broadcasts 8 am to 9am Pacific on Metaphor Mondays, Wednesday's Child is Full of Whoa! Wednesdays, Thank God It's Giovedì (that's what we call it) and Angle of Repose Fridays
Who luvs ya, baby!?
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 AlwaysKossacks Rule!
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♥
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?
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
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.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 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.
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
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.
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