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.
The Woodstock Photo
About 20 years ago an old and dear friend from my youth showed me a photo I had forgotten existed. It was an old time-ravaged black and white of me and my old friend, Bobby Hall. It is the only photo, as far as I'm aware, of us at (or near) Woodstock in 1969. You'd have to google the sign to know it's Woodstock (we're still not quite there but we're close, maybe 50 miles, not sure). It's poor quality and taken from too far away, but at least it has maximum peace signs.
I'm Watching YouTube Steal My S#!+ in Real Time
Being in the middle of a national promotion campaign for a record launch in 2 days, I've been required to self-google several times a day to catch radio station playlists, review posts, etc.
Today, I've been watching Google/YouTube post scores of title card videos of my songs, without consultation or permission.
YouTube is (apparently badly) launching its music stream service and my digital gateway (CD Baby) is currently set to allow streaming. What YT is doing, though, is posting full length title card vids within YouTube itself, meaning anyone with YT download/conversion software will have a free and open vault of my and thousands of other artists' work until YouTube figures out just how they're going to stream.
So far, I've been filing copyright takedown requests and sending messages but to no avail. Even sat on hold for two hours (a chipper, 20something voice warned, "Hey, we're really busy today, so hold times could be over an hour") before being robotically informed they simply couldn't take my call and told support documents could be found at google.com.
Spoke with the folks at CDBaby, who said I'd have to cut off all streamers to make it stop. The problem is, other streamers, however minuscule their payments, aren't laying out a free lunch of my shit in such an easily rippable form.
Most infuriating, perhaps, is that nearly all of these songs already have produced, original videos made, on YouTube, monetized, making money with ads (money of which I've never seen dime one). Videos that were produced to enhance the value of the tracks.
I know it's all a racket, that musicians aren't supposed to get paid anymore, that we're simply here to provide our work for whatever people want to use it for and grovel for the .000001 cents a play, but this is just incompetent.
International Day of Action in the Fight for $15. Pics from around the World.
In Oakland, California, every McDonald's in the city but one was shut down beginning at 8:00 AM for an hour in a coordinated show of force to demand $15 and a union.
All the actions then converged on the remaining McDonald's - at 45th & Telegraph - for a final shutdown action. Robert Reich, UC Professor and former Secretary of Labor, visited the action and may have spoken.
Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich joins workers protesting inside Oakland McDonalds for $15 minimum wage. pic.twitter.com/oJCgi2TZN1— Juan Carlos Guerrero (@JuanCarlosABC7) April 15, 2015
This afternoon at 1:00 PM there will be a march from Oscar Grant Plaza in Oakland to Sproul Plaza on the UC Berkeley Campus, where the largest rally ever in the East Bay for the Fight for $15 will be being held. Thousands are expected, converging from all over Northern California.
Below are tweetpics from actions around the globe on this International Day of Action in the fight for a living wage.
From Popular Resistance: Fight for $15, "Largest Ever Worker Mobilization In US On Tax Day"
jpmassar has a great diary up with pics form around the world!
CLICK HERE TO FIND A PROTEST NEAR YOU.
Fast-Food Workers to Strike in 230 Cities; Adjunct Professors, Home Care, Child Care, Airport, Industrial Laundry and Walmart Workers to Protest Coast to CoastFull article here:
#BlackLivesMatter Activists and Students from 200 College Campuses to Join Forces; Global Protests, Strikes to Cover Six Continents
On Tax Day, fast-food workers from Pittsburgh to Pasadena will walk off the job, while adjunct professors, home care, child care, airport, industrial laundry and Walmart workers will march and rally in what will be the most widespread mobilization ever by U.S. workers seeking higher pay.
The two-and-a-half-year-old Fight for $15 will go to college, with protests expected by students from 200 campuses. Activists organizing around #BlackLivesMatter will join in as the ties between the racial and economic justice movements deepen. And the marches and rallies will stretch around the globe, with protests expected in more than 100 cities, in 35 countries, on six continents, from Sao Paolo to Tokyo. The first global strikes coordinated with U.S. workers are scheduled for Italy and New Zealand.
His positions toward women (and LGBTs, minorities, and just about everyone else) are far more offensive than his behavior toward women journalists . . . but he's comedic gold!
North Mississippi Allstars
Ready for some rockin' blues?North Mississippi Allstars is an American southern rock/blues band from Hernando, Mississippi, founded in 1996.
DOJ intervenes in case of Ashley Diamond
The Department of Justice has filed a 19-page brief in the case of Ashley Diamond v Owens, et al. in a District Court in Georgia.
Ms. Diamond, 36, lived openly as a transgender woman since she was a teen, but was arrested for theft, probation violation, escape, and obstruction of justice. She was convicted and sentenced to a maximum of 11 years. She was, of course, sent to a male prison.You’d have thought she murdered a small village. But it was their final chance to get her out of Rome, and they did.
--Charles Neal Sumlin, victim of the theft
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A Kossack told me about this in a comment. Take to the Hills! is a Douglas, Arizona based project that collects clothing, food, water, blankets, building supplies, medical supplies, school supplies and other items then delivers them directly to communities in the Sierra Madres, Sierra Alta, Rio Sonora and other regions of northern Mexico.
1214 11 Street
Douglas, Az. 85607
(520) 236-4675 Cellular
Another Kossack, told me about this one. Purple Mountain Institute
Animal-facilitated programs offered to at-risk youth, veterans, and developmentally disabled participants include Hiking with Goats, Hoods in the Woods, and Horse Sense.
It's almost that time of year again. In some parts of the US, it already is. So I just wanted to share.Natural Insect Repellent Plants And Pesticides
Have you heard about the large cattail punk rods that grow in wetland areas. They look like two foot incense sticks, You dry them out and light them. They burn and smolder. A natural way to keep the mosquitos away. The kids next door to me used to gather them. But maybe you can find them at a farmer's market too.
We were discussing these on a diary a couple of weeks ago. One diarist called them punk rods. You were correct!
Another really good thing is, Electronic Pest Repellers
Don't use electronic pest repellers if you have pets. It could cause irreversible damage to their nervous system and damage their hearing among other things.
Electronic Pest Repellers WikipediaLet’s Move!
Some Good Quotes, I've Collected.
No man's error becomes his own Law; nor obliges him to persist in it. Thomas Hobbs
Revolutions go not backward. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Love is all we have, the only way that each can help the other. Euripides
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
Be The Change You Want To See In The World!
Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.
There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.
It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get. Confucius
No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means. George Bernard Shaw
Friendship is not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything. Muhammad Ali
Love Conquers All. Virgil
As the Governors Squirm ... #LetOurPoorPeopleLive, #STDDs, Week 31
The Support the Dream Defenders group saw the cruelty of Red State governors and legislatures refusing to expand Medicaid. Thousands of people are needlessly in pain, filing for bankruptcy, and dying. Republicans have no sound moral or financial reason for blocking Medicaid expansion.Note: This is a community diary with contributions from many members of the Support the Dream Defenders group.1. WHAT WE ARE DOING.
We decided to turn the klieg lights on the governors and legislators - the culprits - by sending Freedom of Information Act requests to each state. Our purpose is to create a national story that is pre-packaged and ready to air by Rachel Maddow, Melissa Harris-Perry, or Al Jazeera America.
Most of the FOIA requests that we sent out went to the Republican governor of that specific state. In states with a Democratic governor, we sent the document requests to the state legislator who joyously boasted about blocking Medicaid Expansion to the media.
Our FOIA requests were simple. We requested the following documents:1. All documents (i.e. evidence) that show what you, the Governor, have done to find out how many people you are killing because you Refuse to Expand Medicaid.
2. All documents that show what you, the Governor, have done to find out how many people you are bankrupting because you Refuse to Expand Medicaid.
3. A summary document showing how many people without health insurance have been to a hospital or clinic in your state over the last 12 months.
As you can see from the responses screengrabbed below, not a single one of these Governors cares enough to even try to find out how many people they are killing and/or bankrupting in their state. (To read these letters, it may help you to open each image in a new Tab and then zoom in on the text.)
Maine: Response from the Maine governor in the form of a letter stating that his office is doing nothing to find out how many people he is killing and bankrupting because of his refusal to Expand Medicaid:
Tennessee: Response from the Tennessee governor in the form of a letter stating that his office is doing nothing to find out how many people he is killing and bankrupting because of his refusal to Expand Medicaid:
Georgia: Response from the Georgia Governor in the form of a letter stating that his office is doing nothing to find out how many people he is killing and bankrupting because of his refusal to Expand Medicaid:
South Carolina: Response from the South Carolina Governor in the form of a letter stating that her office is doing nothing to find out how many people she is killing and bankrupting because of her refusal to Expand Medicaid:
Wisconsin: Response from Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in the form of a letter stating that his office is doing nothing to find out how many people he is killing and bankrupting because of his refusal to Expand Medicaid:
Missouri: Response from the Missouri senate in the form of a letter stating that they are doing nothing to find out how many people they are killing and bankrupting because of their refusal to Expand Medicaid
Wyoming: And here's the outlier so far, Wyoming Governor Matt Mead's legal counsel apparently advised him to deny that the Office of the Governor of Wyoming is where you are to find records involving the Office of the Governor of Wyoming. In other words, the Office of the Governor of Wyoming does not have any records of the Office of the Governor of Wyoming. [Eye-roll.] We may have to sue the Governor of Wyoming!
Here are copies of all the return receipts for the FOIA requests that we have sent thus far:
As these responses continue to roll in, we will keep the daily kos community posted to what progress is being made. In the interim, it is time for some good news about Health Care!
2. OBAMACARE SAVES LIVES!
On March 25, President Barack Obama explained to the nation, in remarks intended to celebrate the fifth anniversary of ObamaCare, how this law is saving lives. That's not something we didn't already know. Only a Republican would suggest that health care has little or nothing to do with health.
What stood out from his remarks was his claim that 50,000 "preventable deaths" have not happened since enactment of the law. ObamaCare is working, and it is saving lives.
Of course, since the number sounded so reasonable given the millions who now have health care for the first time and the prevalence of high blood pressures, heart diseases, diabetes and cancers in the population, it could not possibly be true!
"That doesn't sound at all like the Death Panels we were told to look for," said every Republican who heard about the President's speech. Well, Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post did a fact check of that number and ended up giving the claim a ...
The "Geppetto Checkmark," of course, is exactly the opposite of a rating of "Pinocchio." About as truthful as you get.
Now, think about the number of people needlessly dying every year because Republican Governors and state legislatures refuse to Expand Medicaid. If we can fight back and force Republican governors to Expand Medicaid, we would see another eight million people getting health care, and save another 17,000 lives annually. And that, my friends, is a fight worth having.
h/t to nightcat for the excellent diary linked above and here.
♥Happy Easter And Happy Passover♥
I posted this last week in case any one wanted to try the links. Guess it was too soon. So I'm re-posting.
The Best Of Holidays To Everyone
Easter Sunday April 5 2015
How To Make An Easter Bunny
Crafts, Recipes And More. Click On Each Picture.
I use Splenda as a sugar substitute. It's made from sugar.
For My Grandparents Sarah Saiewitz and Nathan Atkins.
The nicest people one might ever meet!
Adopt A Bubbe Or Zayde
Action For Post-Soviet Jewry Inc
24 Crescent Street, Suite 306
Waltham, MA 02453
PHONE (781) 893-2331
FAX (781) 647-9474
Give A Bubbe or Zayde In Your Loved Ones Honor It's a Gift They Won't Want To Exchange
The Adopt A Bubbe Or Zayde Program provides food, medicine, bed linens, clothing, eyeglasses, hearing aids, utility payments, and other items for those unable to exist on their pensions.
Since the break up of the Soviet Union in 1991 with the resulting hyperinflation, pensions have become almost worthless. At the same time, food, clothing, medicine and apartments are no longer subsidized by the government, and the prices for these have risen beyond the reach of most pensioners.
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