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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.

 End of Quarter Fundraising -- Matching Offer

OK, I'm going to keep this "short and sweet". There's about a month to go until the 4 November Midterm Elections and the Republican Party are dead set on taking back control of the U.S. Senate and strengthen their hold on the House of Representatives. So I'm asking you to help by contributing your speech money in support of several of my favorite Democratic candidates for Senate (and a few for the House too). To that end, I've created an ActBlue fundraising page.

To encourage you to dip into your pockets, I'm going to match your contributions, at $0.50 for every $1 you communally contribute up to a total of $500, from now until midnight US-EDT tonight. (That would be an extra $750 in candidates' war chests!)

Please give what you can to the candidates of your choice to keep the US Senate BLUE, and thanks. Just click through here or below, and donate what you can to the candidates of your choice. And thank you very much.

ActBlue fundraising page link: https://secure.actblue.com/...

 Jacob George

If you don't recognize this name, the blame is on the main stream media.  

Jacob George is a hero, a 3 tour Afghanistan combat veteran, a farmer, a musician, a warrior for peace.  

I used the present tense, "is," but Jacob George is dead.  He died on Sept 17; he committed suicide one week after Obama announced his plans for the new, next...(what?) battle, conflict, war...against another peoples, of another color, in another country.

Through the wounds to his soul experienced in Afghanistan, Jacob George became a warrior for peace.  He drew a clear disctinction between a soldier and a warrior.  In the song, "Warrior," George explains the difference:

A soldier...is loyal. A soldier is technically and tactically proficient. A soldier follows orders. Now a warrior ain’t so good at following orders, because a warrior follows the heart. You see a warrior has empathic understanding with the enemy, so much so that the very thought of causing pain to the enemy causes pain to the warrior.
Read more at Truthdig
...more beneath the orange gong of awareness..
 A 21st Century Protest Song

As long as there have been wars, it seems there have been anti-war protest songs.  (Even Sappho wrote 'make love not war' poetry, and I'm sure some early cave drawings were along those lines.)  As a child in the 1960s, I learned the guitar chords to "Where Have All The Flowers Gone" and heard about Country Joe McDonald & The Fish.  (Google them, and you'll have one of those V-8 moments when you see what their biggest hit was.)  
But in later decades, either protest songs got more opaque or politicians got stupider (evidenced by the Reagan campaign in '84 quoting "Born In The USA" as a patriotic anthem, not at all what Springsteen intended).  And these days it seems harder and harder to find a unique angle on the perfect combination of political outrage and satiric comedy that Country Joe embodied.
Until last week - The Daily Show summed up our latest airstrikes in an absolutely perfect analogy that simply begged to be set to music:

 Support Jana Jones for Idaho state superintendent of public instruction
Idaho’s per-capita student spending is the lowest in the United States. Its teachers are some of the lowest paid. Its students are some of the most unprepared for college. And, not surprisingly, its people are some of the nation’s poorest. The schools are getting choked by tight-wad state politics in Boise and, quite frankly, an ill-prepared, less-than-inspiring alternative, such as Republican Sherri Ybarra, would assuredly mean more poverty, more supplemental levies and more failing test scores.
The above is from an endorsement of Jana Jones by the Times-News.
Jana Jones is standing up for Idaho’s kids. Anything you can contribute will go a long way to help.
 Spotlight on green news & views: What's next in climate change activism?
Idle No More contingent at People's Climate March.
Idle No More contingent at People's Climate March.
Many environmentally related posts appearing at Daily Kos each week don't attract the attention they deserve. To help get more eyeballs, Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The most recent Wednesday Spotlight can be seen here. So far, more than 19,540 environmentally oriented diaries have been rescued for inclusion in this weekly collection since 2006. Inclusion of a diary in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it.

Because of the relatively small number of diaries today (after Wednesday's record of 103), category titles have been removed for this Spotlight only.

To solar carport or not to carport, that is the (or at least a) question ...—by A Siegel: "Most people think and most analysis occurs in a stove piped fashion. Difficult in conception and more costly in resources (whether brain cells, time or cash), narrow and constrained thinking often fosters not just far from optimal but simply bad decisions.  This is true across virtually all of human existence. The energy arena is far from an exception to this problem. From not considering life-time electricity use when buying Christmas lights to using the 'commodity' price rather than delivered cost ("fully burdened cost of fuel") in military procurement decisions to only discussing energy savings returns off insulation or new windows without talking about comfort or health benefits in the house to ignoring the productivity benefits from greening workplaces (and schools), the limited nature of thinking when it comes to energy and environmental issues is hard to exaggerate. (And, of course, these are only benefits 'within the decision-maker' rather than all the externalities (both benefits and costs) that are left out of the economic transitions.) The all-too-often limited lens restricts us (all of us) to sub-optimal or simply wrong decisions. Thinking about solar carportsa provides a window on this issue."

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Joe Barton is Wrong about Oil—by FaithChatham: "Statement by David E. Cozad, Democratic Nominee for US Congress TX6. Congressman Joe Barton recently stated: 'I'm in favor of overturning the ban on crude oil exports.' Mr Barton is wrong on this. Most of his fellow Republicans in the House are afraid to come out in public with their position. As the Democratic Nominee for U.S. Congress for the Texas 6th District, currently occupied by Congressman Barton, I differ with Barton because lifting of the ban on exporting crude oil jeopardizes our national security and risks damaging our national economy. I will stand and debate Congressman Barton on why this ban is in the best interest of the people of the United States, and especially to the people of the 6th District of Texas. I believe that the people deserve to weigh and evaluate the positions and priorities of the men and women who seek to serve them for the next two years in the United States Congress."

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Climate March Reflections—by fortyhays: "Whether or not the People’s Climate March this past weekend finally pushes the needle for rampant, worldwide action on global warming, we cannot know for sure. But after standing—I mean marching - with my fellow citizens for over two hours, I am once again hopeful. As you have probably heard, turnout was stronger than expected—with estimates ranging from 300,000 to 400,000. The waves of people coming up from the subway in all directions near Columbus Circle caused delays. Organizers had planned on beginning the procession around 11:30 a.m., but by 1 p.m., I was still standing put in the same spot along Central Park West with a gathering of lawyers and scientists from the Natural Resources Defense Council. (Different sections of marchers had their own themes. NRDC was in the ‘solutions’ section.) A volunteer and her husband, who I’ll call Kristen and Bill, opened their Brooklyn home for breakfast that day for local PCM volunteers. Kristen, a vegetarian, used to work for a hedge fund firm and now writes poetry. What motivated her to hand out march literature to strangers at subway stations and open up her home for a climate change documentary screening? The future that awaits her 1 ½ year-old twins, she said."

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The Daily Bucket - beauty and the beasts a hummingbird tale—by Polly Syllabic: "Gooseville, WI: A young female perches in the blue spruce on a chilly September day, fluffed and guarding her sugar feeder. It's her favorite day-perch since she fledged. Born in Wisconsin, she's been preparing to travel the thousands of miles south across the continent over the Gulf of Mexico to Central America. She's never been there before. She sports a crisp black tail with flashy white spots that match her underpants. The black eye-mask with a white dot behind her eye betrays her youth. She's feisty like her mom and dad."
You can find more rescued green diaries below the sustainable squiggle.
 Scott Brown says America is about to be destroyed by 'radical Islamic terrorists'

I just do not get how "true" conservatives see every last sodding thing as the probable end of America.
Now, on the morning that President Obama is preparing to address the situation in Syria, Scott Brown is up with a new ad in New Hampshire that criticizes both the president and Mr. Brown’s Democratic opponent, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, over the crisis.

“Radical Islamic terrorists are threatening to cause the collapse of our country,” Mr. Brown says. “President Obama and Senator Shaheen seem confused about the nature of the threat — not me.”

This notion of "radical Islamic terrorists" as existential threat to the nation keeps getting repeated over and over; it's not enough that they are bad people doing bad things, it's not enough to say they're killing people and seem to have little notion of how to "govern" the regions they have taken over other than killing people, they have to be this close to causing "the collapse of our country." Really? We've gone all this time fending off threats, we're the world's most powerful and influential country, but this is the thing that's going to bring us down? Or is it just that Scott Brown, or Lindsey Graham, or the vast gaggle of conservative dead-enders always need something to be the thing that's nigh-on about to cause "the collapse of our country," and "radical Islamic terrorists" was just the first thing they picked out of the hat? It could just as easily be "all these children crossing our southern border without the right paperwork are going to cause the collapse of our country," it's all the same crap.
And, for good measure, Mr. Brown — like Gov. Rick Perry of Texas before him — also tries to tie the terrorist threat to the nation’s southern border, despite scant evidence that any terrorists have been sneaking over from Mexico.

“I want to secure the border,” he says. “Keep out the people who would do us harm.”

Oh, of course.

Here's the whole problem with announcing that this or that is about to cause the "collapse" of America: It's the laziest possible argument you could possibly muster. It's an outright declaration that you either (1) know nothing about the "bad" topic other than it is "bad" or (2) do not give a flying damn or (3) consider the people voting for you to be so very brick-stupid themselves that shrieking at them about the end of America is the only way to rouse them from their drooling stupor. What's that, you say? I will have to battle my way through roving post-apocalyptic salvage gangs if we do not immediately reform certain regulations pertaining to the Eggplant-Implant Bank? Well then we must urgently do whatever it is that you just said right now, because I am a savvy voter who truly gives a damn about these things!

If you can't think of a better argument than "because if we do not do what I say the nation will collapse," shut up. Christ, man, at least show a little self-respect. If you really think that America is so fragile that every last little thing is likely to be the straw that breaks our back, perhaps you shouldn't be a member of our government. Go into shrieking radio punditry instead, the pay's better and you can pipe up with lazy proclamations of imminent doom twenty times a week for all anyone cares.

 Learning from Ostrock- what the music scene in East Germany 1971-1989 can teach us

Over the past two years I’ve been getting into the East German music scene from the 70s-80s.  Briefly stated, when Honecker became Sekretär-General, he liberalized some of the DDR’s cultural policy, and the state started sponsoring rock bands.  The most successful of these has been the Puhdys, who recently announced their retirement, effective next year.  They’ve become my favorite band, as my bemused coworkers and family will attest.

     Quite aside from strong singing voices from Maschine and Quaster(the product of the rigorous training required to professionally perform in the DDR), an absolute rainbow of guitar styles, a peculiarly scientific, deliberate drumming from Klaus Scharfschwerdt, the amazing musical breadth of Peter “Eingehängt” Meyer, and the best bass line I’ve ever heard (on “Ikarus”, courtesy of Harry Jeske) what really draws me is the lyrics.  (Predictably- words are everything to me).  These guys- who frequently wrote their own lyrics from 1980 onward- covered a really wide range of topics.  I can’t decide what’s more interesting- that these guys wanted to talk about this stuff, or that the government endorsed it and even sent them on tour in the west!  Some make sense from my own dirty commie perspective, others suggest a wider degree of permissiveness than that for which we usually give the DDR credit.  

At any rate, I wanted to discuss some of these songs, because I think the Puhdys often convey a constructive, progressive to moderately Socialist message in ways that seem more effective than the idea of state-sponsored rock music would immediately suggest.

Most of these can be found in one form or another on youtube, and I encourage you to check them out.  (Make sure to search for the German names)

Important song topics below the fold

 A climate change question from 44 years ago

Its all inter-related to lifestyle.

Well I think it's fine, building jumbo planes
Or taking a ride on a cosmic train
Switch on summer from a slot machine
Yes, get what you want to if you want, 'cause you can get anything
You can get anything. We are reaping what we were sold.
Well you roll on roads over fresh green grass
For your lorry loads, pumping petrol gas
And you make them long, and you make them tough
But they just go on and on, and it seems that you can't get off
It seems that you can't get off. It was easier to accept and enjoy the ride.
Well you've cracked the sky, scrapers fill the air
But will you keep on building higher till there's no more room up there
Will you make us laugh, will you make us cry?
Will you tell us when to live, will you tell us when to die?
Will you tell us when to live, will you tell us when to die?
They're trying
I know we've come a long way
We're changing day to day
But tell me, where do the children play?
That is the question.

Where do the children play?
Yusuf Islam

 (Updated) People's Climate March (Photo Diary)
People's Climate March graphic by the Sierra Club.
Today I had the opportunity to join a number of other Kossacks for the biggest march against climate change the world has yet seen.  The point of the march was to get our elected leaders and those from around the world to pay attention. Our planet is burning. We have a limited time to act or in about one hundred years our grand children and their children will not be able to functionally step outside. The time to act is now before it is to late.  

Our group met up at around 10:30 on 69th street and central park west. The energy was high as the crowd looked upwards at over cast skies and towering buildings. Police barricades lined the sides of all the streets as police officers in civilian uniforms (a welcome change from their SWAT costumes) - organized marchers into blocks.

With a bit of luck and running since the 7 train was shut off for the weekend and I had to take a shuttle bus with my girlfriend into Manhattan and then wade through the throngs of people trying to get to Columbus Circle I saw the bright orange banner hanging in the sky. It was a welcome sight and her and I ducked under the police barricade as a cop grunted and said "Hey buddy those are there for a reason." I choose not to engage with him and merely pointed towards my group and met up first with Sidnora. There were a few more faces that I recognized from my travels to DC with mimi bursting out of the crowd and offering up a friendly hug and greeting. We were introduced to some lovely folks and patiently waited for the crowd to start moving.

It took another hour and a half before we started walking forward in earnest with the march moving at first at a snails pace. Listening to people talk about how many there was inspiring. Apparently there were people lined up almost to 100th street - so the idea that there were 300,000 + there is quite believable. It certainly seemed like a massive crowd that I had not experienced on that level since the Iraq war protests and the RNC convention protests.

The march was filled with students, activists, young, old,  and with people from all walks of life trying to make a difference for the future.  One of the most poignant moments during the march was when there was a moment of silence for thirty seconds and then suddenly a rush of cascading sound from the back that turned into a deafening roar. You could feel the energy.

 I just got back from the march now and have to get ready for work - but below are some of the photos I took over the course of six hours. I know there are still people down there now as we speak. It was powerful that so many came together to denounce the path our planet is being forced down by greedy rich men. Inspiring as a word does the march an injustice.

It was people politics in action and I sure hope our leaders are paying attention because this planet is almost out of time.

 (Update x 3) September 21st NYC People's Climate March - Videos, Media Coverage, and Diaries

By many reports, there were over 300,000 people demanding action to combat the menace of Climate Change today in New York City.

Here are a few sights and sounds from this historic day along with a few media reports and diaries posted over the past three days.  Our blogathon isn't over as more is to come over the next couple of days.

The People's Climate March NYC Sept 21 2014

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