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"When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know, the end result is tyranny and oppression no matter how holy the motives."

  -- Robert A. Heinlein

News and Opinion

Bill to curb NSA spying looks like change, but isn’t really

WASHINGTON — The bipartisan bill that aims to put serious curbs on the National Security Agency’s mass collection of Americans’ communications is being hailed by Republicans and Democrats as a big breakthrough.

It’s not.

“The bottom line: This is largely faux reform and a surveillance salve,” said Thomas Drake, a former NSA senior official turned whistle-blower who’s critical of the agency’s collection programs. “To date, neither the House nor Senate attempts go far enough.” ...

Not only are loopholes easy to find but also the government has other ways of collecting the data. The House bill would bar the NSA from relying on one part _ Section 215 _ of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to conduct bulk data collection. ... The Justice Department, though, could get such material in an emergency _ an important political concession, since many lawmakers were concerned that the government wouldn’t be able to react quickly if needed.

The legislation also would do nothing to restrict NSA analysts’ access to a pool of telephone data called the “corporate store,” which advocates say is the repository of millions of Americans’ calling records.

Further, collection under the so-called “215 program” represents only one part of intelligence agencies’ mission.

An unknown but significant portion of the collection of communications data occurs under Executive Order 12333, which gives intelligence agencies sweeping surveillance authority outside the United States, experts said. Under the order, the NSA or other intelligence agency cannot target an American _ even overseas _ unless the FISA court clears it.

“But when the government just scoops up vast amounts of data under Executive Order 12333, it can say it’s not targeting Americans, even though it collects a huge amount of information that may pertain to Americans as well as foreigners,” said Patrick Toomey, a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union. ...

A group of 27 House members from both parties wrote to their leadership Wednesday, asking for the ability to offer amendments. ...

“We have witnessed a steady stream of revelations about the executive branch’s apparent violations of existing surveillance law and the Fourth Amendment,” the House members wrote. “It is now clear that executive branch officials have continuously collected extremely sensitive personal information on literally every living American.”

[Marcy Wheeler has an interesting and insightful commentary about this here - js]

Glenn Greenwald on 'limitless' ambitions of NSA

Ukraine Billionaire’s Workers Rout Protesters, Seize Mariupol - Oligarch Warns Independence Would Threaten Steel Industry

The situation in the eastern port city of Mariupol just got a lot more complicated, as the city that had been the scene of multiple battles between secessionist protesters and the western-backed military saw a new force emerge and seize the entire city in a matter of a day.

Mariupol is now under the total control of steelworkers loyal to Ukraine’s richest oligarch, Rinat Akhmetov, who yesterday issued a statement warning that eastern autonomy would mean economic ruin for the steel industry, and call on his employees to “restore order.”

It's interesting to note the difference in tone of the reportage in the mainstream media between this NYT article and the Reuters article that is below it.
Workers Seize City in Eastern Ukraine From Separatists

MARIUPOL, Ukraine — Thousands of steelworkers fanned out on Thursday through the city of Mariupol, establishing control over the streets and banishing the pro-Kremlin militants who until recently had seemed to be consolidating their grip on power, dealing a setback to Russia and possibly reversing the momentum in eastern Ukraine.

By late Thursday, miners and steelworkers had deployed in at least five cities, including the regional capital, Donetsk. They had not, however, become the dominant force there that they were in Mariupol, the region’s second-largest city and the site last week of a bloody confrontation between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian militants. ...

The workers who took to the streets on Thursday were among the hundreds of thousands in the east who are employed in metals and mining by Ukraine’s richest man, Rinat Akhmetov, who only recently went beyond paying lip service to Ukrainian unity and on Wednesday issued a statement rejecting separatism. ... Mr. Akhmetov urged his employees, whose jobs were at risk, to take over the city. ...

Metinvest and DTEK, the metals and mining subsidiaries of Mr. Akhmetov’s company, System Capital Management, together employ 280,000 people in eastern Ukraine, forming an important and possibly decisive force in the region. ... The chief executive of Ilyich Steel Works, Yuri Zinchenko, is leading the steelworker patrols in the city. He said the company had remained on the sidelines as long as possible, while tacitly supporting unity with Ukraine by conveying to workers that a separatist victory would close export markets in Europe, devastating the factory and the town.

Yuri Ryzhenkov, the chief executive of Metinvest, which is ranked among the top five steel producers globally, said managers had been conveying to workers: “The most important thing you have is the steel mill. If you have the steel mill, you have jobs, salaries and stability for your families.”

Fortune threatened, Ukraine's richest man joins the fray

Multi-billionaire Rinat Akhmetov's miners and metalworkers joined police on patrol on Mariupol on Wednesday, cleared barricades of tires and pallets with diggers and heavy loaders and swept the debris from the gutted City Hall, ending the turmoil unleashed by the armed takeover of much of the region. ...

Akhmetov, whose fortune is estimated by Forbes magazine at $11.4 billion, has acquired almost feudal status in the industrial hub of Donetsk in the past 20 years - but the separatist rebellions there have altered the dynamics of power. ...

But the media-shy 47-year-old Akhmetov, who has a workforce of 300,000 people on his payroll in the Donbass, has to tread carefully around local sensitivities and has avoided specifically condemning the action of the separatists.

The rebels' 'declaration' of an independent Donetsk region on Monday, however, and their appeal for Russian annexation pose a major threat to Akhmetov's holdings and his fortune.

With no response from Moscow, the prospect of the Donetsk region joining the likes of Moldova's Transdniestria or Georgia's Abkhazia as largely unrecognized statelets, operating in a legal and diplomatic limbo, can hardly sit well with a business empire built on exports. ...

Sending unarmed workers from Metinvest, Akhmetov's main metals exports and mining conglomerate, to join patrols with police is not the only sign that the oligarch has decided to take a bolder line to protect the future of his business empire.

But in the violent upheaval of the past five months, the overthrow of his ally, Moscow-backed President Viktor Yanukovich, the shooting dead of more than 100 people in Kiev by police, Russia's annexation of Crimea and now separatist rebellions in the east, have made Akhmetov's wealth and status count for less.

In the capital Kiev, well away from his eastern stronghold and the popularity it assures him of, Akhmetov has always had a chequered reputation because of his past support for Yanukovich.

Russia Tells Ukraine: Cash in Advance for Gas

MOSCOW — Russia said on Thursday that it would stop supplying gas to Ukraine at the end of the month unless the country paid for it in advance, increasing the pressure on Kiev’s financially pressed government as it struggles to contain a growing rebellion in the country’s east.

In a letter to European leaders on Thursday, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia said that Ukraine’s gas debt had ballooned in the last month and that Russia had received “no specific proposals” for Ukraine to “meet its contractual obligations and ensure reliable transit.”

“Given the circumstances, the Russian company has issued an advance invoice for gas deliveries to Ukraine, which is completely in accordance with the contract, and after June 1 gas deliveries will be limited to the amount prepaid by the Ukrainian company,” the letter, which was released on the Kremlin’s website, read.

Russia halts rocket exports to US, hitting space and military programmes

Russia's deputy prime minister, Dmitry Rogozin, has announced it will halt the export of rocket engines crucial to the US military defence and space programmes.

The move marks a serious deterioration in US-Russian cooperation in space, which for two decades had remained largely above Earthly politics. It could prove a serious set back for the ailing US space programme. ...

While the space station is the most visible sign of the superpowers' collaboration, it is the loss of the RD-180 engines that will really hurt, according to space commentator Brian Harvey, who has reported on the Russian space programme since the 1970s.

"For the Americans not to take RD-180s any more would probably be quite disruptive of their space programme in the medium-term," he says. This is because of the time it would take to develop a replacement.

"Most people don't realise just how advanced and powerful Russian rocket engines are," says Harvey.

He estimates that it would probably take five years for the US to build up the necessary technologies and manufacturing expertise to replace the engines.

An interesting article wherein the author chronicles the creation of the west/east divide, the inevitability of the struggle with the east and the creation of silly prejudices about national character - the history of which undergirds the situation in Ukraine. Definitely worth a click and a read:
They’re lying about Ukraine, again: Primitive prejudice, stupidity and the reflexive compliance of the New York Times

However Ukrainians settle their drastic differences — and they can, providing all sides find the will to do so — a large and welcome consequence of this crisis falls to Americans. This is summed up in a single word. Ukraine gives us the gift of revelation.

We Americans are destined to discover who we are in this century, as opposed to who we tell ourselves and others we are. The great dodge of the American century, chiseled in granite with Woodrow Wilson’s famous line, “The world must be made safe for democracy,” will lose its power to propel. This was a fairly easy call long before the events of the past six months on Russia’s southwest border. In Ukraine we start to see how this will occur, what forms it may take, and what we will find when we look.

I did not see this coming, to be honest. It was Victoria Nuland’s famous-but-not-to-be-mentioned “‘F’ the EU” appearance on YouTube in February that turned things. We have since had full-frontal porn of an American subversion op, the ensuing coverup, then the media’s supine cooperation in the coverup, then the full-frontal of everybody in the bedroom. Even the coverup is not covered up.

American-sponsored coups have flopped before, goodness knows. The list is long. But this failure takes us further than ever before up the creek that smells, in my view.

Will Congress Rescind President's 'Blank Check' for Endless War?

Thirteen years ago, U.S. Congress issued the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, authorizing the president to "use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons."

Since then, the 2001 AUMF has been invoked (pdf) by the Bush and Obama administrations to authorize ongoing war and occupation in Afghanistan, covert drone wars in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia, military intervention in countries from Ethiopia to Iraq, indefinite detentions at Guantanamo Bay and Bagram prison, and more.

"The AUMF is the core legal infrastructure for most of the worst abuses we've seen in terms of national security over past 13 years," said Stephen Miles of Win Without War. "Drone war, mass surveillance without warrants, the use of torture by the Bush Administration—all of this transpired under alleged authority found in the 2001 AUMF." ...

According to the Washington Free Beacon, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is planning an AUMF hearing later this month, with Sen. Bob Corker (R., Tenn.) a key force behind the plan. “This hearing will help inform a necessary debate about whether existing authorities are sufficient to address new and emerging terrorist threats and whether Congress should provide more regular oversight going forward,” Corker told the Washington Free Beacon.

Miles said that there is concern that Corker's effort "would make permanent the worst of the War on Terror."

Yet a simultaneous legislative push from lawmakers who oppose blanket authority for endless war offers hope, said Miles.

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Representative Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) have both introduced stand-alone legislation to repeal or sunset the AUMF.  According to Miles, they "have talked about pursuing this as an amendment in the National Defense Authorization Act." Schiff is moving forward with the effort after a similar bill failed last year.

Click here for Credo petition to end AUMF.

Make War, Not Diplomacy? US continues Syria regime change push

US Doubles Down on Failed Military Strategy in Syria

Phyllis Bennis: 'The US says over and over that there is no military solution in Syria, yet their whole strategy is to strengthen the armed opposition'

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry vowed on Thursday to step-up U.S. backing of armed opponents of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad as part of an 11-nation "redoubled" effort that critics warn will bring further military escalation to the war-torn country.

"The U.S. says over and over that there is no military solution in Syria, yet their whole strategy is to strengthen the armed opposition rather than the unarmed opposition," said Phyllis Bennis, senior fellow at Institute for Policy Studies, in an interview with Common Dreams. "The way to do that would be to move with Russia to demand an immediate ceasefire, immediate arms embargo on both sides, and immediate return to negotiations."

Kerry made the comments to reporters at a Friends of Syria meeting in London, attended by representatives of the "London 11" nations backing armed opposition to Assad: the U.S., Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan and Egypt. Ahmad Jarba, president of the Syrian National Coalition, also participated in the meeting.

Drone Lawyer: Kill a 16-Year-Old, Get a Promotion

If you think that as a United States citizen you’re entitled to a trial by jury before the government can decide to kill you – you’re wrong. During his stint as a lawyer at the Department of Justice, David Barron was able to manipulate constitutional law so as to legally justify killing American citizens with drone strikes. If you’re wondering what the justification for that is, that’s just too bad – the legal memos are classified. Sounds a little suspicious, doesn’t it? What’s even more suspicious is that now the Obama Administration wants to appoint the lawyer who wrote that legal memos to become a high-ranking judge for life.

Disturbingly, this is not the first time that the president has rewarded a high-level lawyer for paving the legal way for drone strike assassinations. Jeh Johnson, former lawyer at the Department of Defense, penned the memos that give the “okay” to target non-US citizen foreign combatants with drones. His reward? He’s now the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. These Obama nominations are eerily reminiscent of the Bush-era appointment of torture memo author Jay Bybee to a lifetime position of a federal judge.

Barron, a Harvard law professor and former legal counsel at the Department of Justice, was recently nominated by President Obama to the lifetime position of a judge on the First Circuit Court of Appeals – just one step below the Supreme Court. While at the Department of Justice, Barron wrote at least 2 secret legal memos justifying the use of lethal drones to kill Americans suspected of involvement in terrorist activities.

Should someone who has done such immense damage to the rule of law and our moral sensibilities be awarded with a judgeship on the First Circuit Court?

Tell your Senator to vote “no” for drone lawyer David Barron.

DOJ: Summer release ‘likely’ for Senate’s CIA torture report

A long-awaited Senate report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation program likely won’t be declassified until this summer, the Department of Justice revealed in court documents on Thursday.

The DOJ also raised the issue that the release of the 500-plus-page executive summary of the report could pose a threat to Americans overseas. In the documents, the government stated that the White House will need “sufficient time” to implement “security measures to ensure the safety of U.S. personnel and facilities overseas.”

The new details about the status of the voluminous report by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence were disclosed in a court filing in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed against the CIA last January. That case is seeking a copy of the so-called Panetta Review, which Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and several other lawmakers have characterized as the CIA’s own internal study on its torture program that matches up with the Senate panel’s report. ...

In March, government lawyers said they were prepared to process “Panetta Review” documents for release by May 22. But in Thursday’s court filing, the government said it needed more time because the Senate report takes precedence.

“Due to the fluid nature of this process, aspects of which are beyond the CIA’s control, the Agency does not yet have a firm date by which it can complete the processing of the internal study, although it hopes the declassification review and accompanying processing of the so-called internal study can be completed this summer,” Justice Department lawyer Vesper Mei wrote in a motion submitted in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.

The European 1% has screwed Portugal's workers by stealing their pensions and beating down their wages - and now that Portugal is emerging from years of 1% imposed austerity, there is no sign of hope of employment for many of those thrown out of work, and the economists are baying for further beat-downs of workers pay. How long will the working class have to pay for the sins of the bankster elites?
Portugal exits bailout poorer and long way from recovery

As Portugal's government toasts its exit from an international bailout that imposed years of austerity on its citizens, small business owner Alexandra Capelo is in no mood to join the celebrations.

From Lisbon's poorer neighboring city of Almada across the River Tagus, 42-year-old mother of two Capelo is one of the nearly 800,000 people, or 15 percent of the workforce, still unemployed as the country takes back control of its finances.

"Things have gotten worse since last year, business and job-wise," said Capelo, who has relied on a home-based sweets business to supplement her jobless benefits since being laid off as a graphic designer in January. ...

"The (bailout) adjustment program was basically based on internal devaluation," said Antonio Costa Pinto, political analyst at the University of Lisbon.

That has pleased the creditors. Labor costs in Portugal fell eight percent since 2011 to 11.6 euros per hour in 2013, according to EU statistics agency Eurostat. That brought competitiveness gains, with the value of exports rising to 41 percent of GDP last year.

But the European Commission has said that after wages fell around 5 percent between 2010 and 2013, Portugal is still only half-way to getting pay down to levels that could tangibly reduce unemployment.

"Portugal's challenges remain the same," said Costa Pinto, pointing to the need for further competitiveness gains.

Narendra Modi and BJP sweep to power in Indian election

The controversial Hindu nationalist leader Narendra Modi has won a historic landslide election victory in India, the world's largest democracy.

With most of the 550m-plus votes counted, Modi's Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) appeared to have far exceeded all predictions and had close to an outright majority of the 543 elected seats in India's lower house. With its allies' seats included, the BJP appeared set to hold more than 330.

The Congress party, which has been in power since 2004, appeared to be heading for its lowest ever tally, winning only 42 seats by mid-afternoon.

Results will be finalised within hours, but it is clear that India's political landscape has been transformed. The vote is the most decisive mandate for any Indian leader since the 1984 assassination of prime minister Indira Gandhi propelled her son Rajiv to office. The country has been governed by coalitions for 25 years.

India Elects Hard-Right Hindu Nationalist as New Indian Prime Minister Backed by Corporate Interests

'Worst of All Worlds' as Neoliberal BJP Wins India Elections in Landslide

Though many are framing the BJP's victory as the result of widespread disgust with the current government, led by the Congress Party, and a win for those calling for an end to systematic corruption in the world's most populous democratic state—critics of the neoliberal BJP say its ascendency puts India on a perilous path.

For progressive-minded Indians, says Vijay Prashad, a historian and professor at American University of Beirut, the BJP victory "is the worst of all worlds."

In statements ahead of the elections, activist and author Arundhati Roy said that India's election were not about serving the interests of the nation's poor and disenfranchised, but about "which corporation would come to power."

Referring directly to the now victorious Modi, Roy stated, "This time, [the elections were] corporate war and he is a corporate candidate." She indicated that all the major parties continue to ignore the pervasive poverty, including mass malnutrition which plague vast sections of the country.  Despite India having the third-fastest growing economy in the world, Roy said, its democracy is being steadily destroyed by "unequally distributed wealth" and a political elite that pays only lip service to the nation's farmers, marginalized youth, and  underclass.

Unionization Is Next Step For Fast Food Workers

Protesters target tech executives over San Francisco evictions

A tenants' rights advocacy group released on Thursday what it called a "Dirty Dozen" list of landlords from the technology sector that it said had evicted San Francisco tenants.

The list, released by a group known as the Anti Eviction Mapping Project, reflects frustrations over rising rents and cost of living that activists say are driven by the technology industry.

In recent months, grumbling has given way to blockades of the private commuter buses that pick up technology workers downtown and ferry them to their workplaces south of the city at companies such as Google Inc, Facebook Inc and Yahoo Inc. ...

Typically, the executives used a state law known as the Ellis Act to evict tenants, according to the protestors. The Ellis Act allows owners to evict tenants if they intend to take their units off the market.

The total number of Ellis Act evictions in the city rose 25 percent to 1,716 in the year ended February 2013, according to a report by San Francisco's budget and legislative analyst. The executives on the list had allegedly evicted tenants from a total of more than 100 rental units, according to the protesters.

Glenn Greenwald On Dean Baquet: A 'Disturbing History' Of Journalism 'Subservient' To National Security State

HuffPost Live host Alyona Minkovski asked Greenwald what kind of leader [Dean] Baquet will be for the New York Times. "I think of all the executive editors of the New York Times," Greenwald began, "at least in recent history, or I'll say in the last 10 years since I’ve paying extremely close attention to how the New York Times functions, Jill Abramson was probably the best advocate for an adversarial relationship between the government and the media. I don’t know if she’s always been that way but in her stewardship of the paper as editor in chief I think that was definitely the case."

... "By contrast, her successor Dean Baquet does have a really disturbing history of practicing this form of journalism that is incredibly subservient to the American National security state, and if his past record and his past actions and statements are anything to go by, I think it signals that the New York Times is going to continue to descend downward into this sort of journalism that is very neutered and far too close to the very political factions that it's supposed to exercise oversight over."

"Pushy": As NY Times Fires 1st Woman Exec. Editor, Decades-Long Bid for Newsroom Equality Continues

Citing Public's Right to Know, News Agencies File Suit over Secret Execution Drugs

Following a gruesome "botched" execution of an inmate last month, a coalition of newspapers—backed by the world's largest news agency—has filed suit against the state of Oklahoma for refusing to disclose details about the origin and contents of the drugs it is using to perform the death penalty in the state.

Filed in an Oklahoma court on Thursday, the suit (pdf)—brought by  the Kansas City Star, the Springfield News-Leade, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Guardian, and the Associated Press news agency—is unusual as it makes a First Amendment argument against state officials who have refused requests to say what kind of drugs are being used, where they are being produced, and under what conditions.

According to the Guardian, the suit is believed to be the first in which "the first amendment right of access [to information] has been used to challenge secrecy in the application of the death penalty."

FCC Moves to Kill Net Neutrality, Says Internet Advocacy Groups

The Evening Greens

California's Groundwater Depletion Could Mean More Earthquakes

Groundwater depletion from California's thirsty agriculture industry could cause increased earthquake risks, a new study shows.

Published online Wednesday in the journal Nature, the study explores how the water draining leads to a sinking of the ground by a few millimeters yearly in the drought-plagued Central Valley, while the surrounding mountains experience uplift by about the same amount.

"When humans deplete groundwater," explained Maggie Benoit, program director in the National Science Foundation's Division of Earth Sciences, which funded the research, "the amount of mass or material in Earth's crust is reduced. That disrupts Earth's force balances, causing uplift of nearby mountains and reducing a force that helps keep the San Andreas fault from slipping." ...

While other studies have linked this kind of small stress change to earthquakes, those changes "were thought to be driven by rainfall and other hydrologic causes," said study co-author and Western Washington University Assistant Professor of Geology Colin Amos.

"But what our research suggests that the sustained loss of the groundwater and the resulting upward flexing of the ground surface may also contribute to or even drive these changes in stress," he said.

"The real importance of this research is that we are demonstrating a potential link between human activity and deformation of the solid Earth, which explains current mountain uplift and the yearly variation in seismicity," Amos stated.

Insane wildfires arrive months early in SoCal, threaten nuke plant

Drought-parched Southern California has erupted in flames, months before the state’s fire season used to normally begin. The fires threaten homes and schools – and a shuttered nuclear power plant. ...

Some of the fires threaten the San Onofre nuclear plant, which was shuttered following radioactive leaks in 2012. The plant evacuated 13 non-essential employees yesterday.

The violent crackling sounds plaguing Southern California right now are what global warming sounds like, and the odor of the noxious smoke is what it smells like.

Groups Slam Favorable Federal Review of Cove Point LNG Export Terminal

Environmental and community groups are crying foul on Thursday following the release of a federal assessment stating that a proposed liquified natural gas (LNG) export terminal will cause no environmental harm.

Dominion, the energy company that has proposed the LNG export project in Cove Point, Maryland, foresees exporting 770 million cubic feet per day of gas, which would likely include gas obtained through fracking.

According to a statement released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which wrote the Environmental Assessment (EA), "with appropriate mitigating measures," Cove Point "would not constitute a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment."

Not so, say opponents of the project. Among the concerns they raise are that the EA doesn't take into consideration the greenhouse gas emissions as a result of the LNG terminal because more gas will be fracked, shipped and burned.

Rather than move forward, the opponents say, the project should the further scrutiny through a federal Environmental Impact Statement.

Blog Posts of Interest

Here are diaries and selected blog posts of interest on DailyKos and other blogs.
What's Happenin' Is On Hiatus

College students design home with $2 energy bills

Glenn Greenwald talks to John Seigenthaler

IDAHOT: 102 and counting

Marcy Wheeler: USA Freedom Act “Changes Very Little, In Spite of the Broad Promises”

A Little Night Music

Memphis Slim w/Matt "Guitar" Murphy - I'm lost without you

Matt 'Guitar' Murphy & Memphis Slim - Living The Life I Love

Matt 'Guitar' Murphy & Memphis Slim - Lonesome

Memphis Slim and his House Rockers - Four years of torment

Matt "Guitar" Murphy - Buck's Boogie

The Blues Brothers - Shotgun Blues

Matt Guitar Murphy - Way Down South

Matt Guitar Murphy w/Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez

Billy Boy Arnold, Matt Guitar Murphy & Joe Louis Walker - I Wanna Love You

Matt Guitar Murphy - Strut Your Stuff

Matt ''Guitar'' Murphy - Blue Walls

Matt 'Guitar' Murphy - What's Up With You, Baby

Matt 'Guitar' Murphy - The Blues Don't Bother Me

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