R.I.P. Marty Balin (January 30, 1942 – September 27, 2018). Marty Balin was one of the original founders of the Jefferson Airplane and in the early years was its signature voice. This YouTube clip features him performing “Volunteers” live at Woodstock in 1969. Rolling Stone obit: here; Washington Post: here. [Read more…]
Music for a bit of respite from the hectic and insanely tumultuous last few days: Satie’s Gnossiennes 1 – 3 performed by pianist Reinbert de Leeuw. Breathe slowly and deeply. [Read more…]
The folks at Brave New Films have put together some revealing footage on the issue of corporate landlords and single-family dwellings here in California. More info in yesterday’s Starting Line column. [Read more…]
Here are some excerpts from Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 11/9 to help provide additional context to the sham show of a hearing being staged today by Senator Grassley’s Senate Judiciary Committee. [Read more…]
This Brave New Film compilation from November 2017 of vignettes of the testimony of sixteen women who have come forward to report being sexually assaulted or harassed by Donald Trump should provide some context for today’s Senate hearings on the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. (h/t to AGD) [Read more…]
Amy Goodman and Juan González of Democracy Now! talk with Marielena Hincapié of the National Immigration Law Center about a new proposal by the Trump administration to deny Green Cards to immigrants who participate to even a minor degree in a wide range of public assistance programs. This is the same issue that was recently covered in our recent repost from Common Dreams. [Read more…]
Because, as Randy says, “When they go low, we go Lerner and Loewe”. (NSFW – language; What can I say? Randy can be a bit crude.) [Read more…]
From the Vox YouTube website:
Vox teamed up with the University of California to explain one of the hottest trends of 2018: dockless electric scooters. Even in cities with exceptional public transportation coverage, gaps persist. This is a decades old problem, often referred to as ‘the last mile/first mile.’ Cities traditionally address the last mile problem by expanding bus routes. But as cities continue to populate while transportation dept budgets dwindle, the patience of commuters is running dry. So scooters, electric skateboards, and pedal assist bikes have become an increasingly popular option for city residents. These innovations, while quite popular, also draw the ire of the oft-beleaguered sidewalk pedestrian. The past century of development prioritized car transportation, often at the expense of wide sidewalks that were once bustling with life. So the planners of today are taking a page out of history to prepare for a brave new world of alternative transportation.
From the Democracy Now! YouTube website:
South Carolina officials are coming under fire for refusing to relocate prisoners in mandatory evacuation zones even as Hurricane Florence barreled down on the state. Prisoners were instead put to work behind bars making sandbags to prepare for the storm’s arrival. We speak with Kymberly Smith, a community organizer with the Party for Socialism and Liberation. She has been protesting South Carolina’s choice to not evacuate prisoners during Hurricane Florence.
Mail-in ballots will start going out on October 8th. Are you registered to vote? Are you prepared to vote? [Read more…]
From the Pascuala Ilabaca y Fauna Oficial YouTube page:
This song is dedicated to so many people who leave their hometown, their family to look for a job. This poetry wants to remind you that you can leave a geographical territory, but your origin, your myth, will be with you wherever you are. In the video, the “Kkoyaruna” (“miner” in Quechua language), is accompanied by a carnival on the way to the mine, the masked dancers and musicians, we remind you that through the Carnival rite you can clean up the degradation of work and connect with your root. The recording has dear invited friends; Freddy Torrealba (charango), Alex Johnson (quena) and Francisca Vilches (trombone). The video was recorded next to the comparsa ̈La Gritona ̈ at the Olmué Aerodrome, under the old mine called Cerro la Campana.
Samantha Bee puts her spin on the current Kavanaugh controversy. One observation: some of the politicians and pundits rushing to Kavanaugh’s defense sound more like they’re confessing to something themselves. [Read more…]