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Tonight's music features Furry Lewis a first generation bluesman from Memphis.  Lewis' history is inextricably intertwined with the birth and history of Memphis blues, he played with W.C. Handy's orchestra, recorded with the Memphis Jug Band and made a number of influential recordings in the 1920's.  Lewis was "rediscovered" in the early stages of the folk music boom of the the 1960's which led to a rejuvenated musical career.  Enjoy!

Furry Lewis - Kassie Jones

Furry Sings The Blues

Old beale street is coming down
Sweeties’ snack bar, boarded up now
And egles the tailor and the shine boy’s gone
Faded out with ragtime blues
Handy’s cast in bronze
And he’s standing in a little park
With a trumpet in his hand
Like he’s listening back to the good old bands
And the click of high heeled shoes
Old furry sings the blues
Propped up in his bed
With his dentures and his leg removed
And ginny’s there
For her kindness and furry’s beer
She’s the old man’s angel overseer

Pawn shops glitter like gold tooth caps
In the grey decay
They chew the last few dollars off
Old beale street’s carcass
Carrion and mercy
Blue and silver sparkling drums
Cheap guitars, eye shades and guns
Aimed at the hot blood of being no one
Down and out in memphis tennessee
Old furry sings the blues
You bring him smoke and drink and he’ll play for you
Lt’s mostly muttering now and sideshow spiel
But there was one song he played
I could really feel

There’s a double bill murder at the new daisy
The old girl’s silent across the street
She’s silent - waiting for the wrecker’s beat
Silent - staring ar her stolen name
Diamond boys and satin dolls
Bourbon laughter- ghosts - history falls
To parking lots and shopping malls
As they tear down old beale street
Old furry sings the blues
He points a bony finger at you and
"i don’t like you"
Everybody laughs as if it’s the old man’s standard joke
But it’s true
We’re only welcome for our drink and smoke

W.c. handy I’m rich and I’m fay
And I’m not familiar with what you played
But I get such strong impressions of your hey day
Looking up and down old beale street
Ghosts of the darktown society
Come right out of the bricks at me
Like it’s a saturday night
They’re in their finery
Dancing it up and making deals
Furry sings the blues
Why should I expect that old guy to give it to me true
Fallen to hard luck
And time and other thieves
While our limo is shining on his shanty street
Old furry sings the blues

 -- Joni Mitchell


Ignoring Supreme Court Ruling, Texas Prepares to Execute Mentally Retarded Prisoner

Culture in Decline | Episode #1 "What Democracy?"

Germany outraged by Italian newspaper’s ‘Fourth Reich’ headline

German politicians have reacted furiously to this front page in the Italian daily Il Giornale with its headline “Fourth Reich” above a picture of Chancellor Angela Merkel raising her hand in a vaguely fascist salute. ...

It says: “Since yesterday, Italy is no longer in Europe, it is in the Fourth Reich.” It argues that Germany has won while Italy, Europe and the euro have lost. It blames Merkel for failing to allow the European central bank to assist the Italian economy. ...

The paper has also laid into Italy’s prime minister Mario Monti – who replaced Berlusconi – for not doing enough to stand up to Germany. It compared him to the appeasing British prime minister Neville Chamberlain who declared in 1938 he had “secured peace in our time” after meeting Adolf Hitler.

OMFG! OMFG! In other countries they actually try to prosecute banksters and hold them accountable for their frauds!  Oh well, too bad it can't happen here.
As Libor Fault-Finding Grows, It Is Now Every Bank for Itself

With billions of dollars and their reputations on the line, financial institutions have been spreading the blame in recent meetings with authorities, according to government and bank officials with knowledge of the matter. While acknowledging their own wrongdoing, institutions are pointing out actions at other banks that they believe are worse — and in some cases, extend to top executives. ...

The Swiss bank UBS, which has a history of regulatory run-ins, has shared e-mails, instant messages and other information suggesting it had colluded with traders at Deutsche Bank, HSBC and the Royal Bank of Scotland to manipulate key interest rates, according to court documents and bank employees. In talks with authorities, HSBC is providing its own account of the activities, according to a lawyer briefed on the matter. Citigroup has also detailed rate manipulation with other banks. ...

When banks first started conducting internal investigations at the behest of regulators two years ago, they figured the potential penalties would be manageable, according to bank officials. ... Part of the banks’ problem is that their internal investigations have created a road map that authorities are using to pursue criminal and civil cases.

Holy carbon credits, Batman! These guys have cut all of Mother Nature up and are about to sell off her parts on the stock market! We've got to let them, though because they know the price of everything and the value of nothing!
The Great Impostors: In the Name of Saving Natural World, Governments Are Privatizing It

In many countries, especially the United Kingdom, nature is being valued and commodified so that it can be exchanged for cash. The effort began in earnest under the last government. At a cost of £100,000, it commissioned a research company to produce a total annual price for England's ecosystems. After taking the money, the company reported – with a certain understatement – that this exercise was "theoretically challenging to complete, and considered by some not to be a theoretically sound endeavour". Some of the services provided by England's ecosystems, it pointed out, "may in fact be infinite in value".

This rare flash of common sense did nothing to discourage the current government from seeking first to put a price on nature, then to create a market in its disposal. The UK now has a natural capital committee, an Ecosystem Markets Task Force and an inspiring new lexicon. We don't call it nature any more: now the proper term is "natural capital". Natural processes have become "ecosystem services", as they exist only to serve us. Hills, forests and river catchments are now "green infrastructure", while biodiversity and habitats are "asset classes" within an "ecosystem market". All of them will be assigned a price, all of them will become exchangeable.

The argument in favour of this approach is coherent and plausible. Business currently treats the natural world as if it is worth nothing. Pricing nature and incorporating that price into the cost of goods and services creates an economic incentive for its protection. It certainly appeals to both business and the self-hating state. The Ecosystem Markets Task Force speaks of "substantial potential growth in nature-related markets – in the order of billions of pounds globally".

Another study finds fracking wastewater wells make earthquakes more likely

Wastewater injection wells that accompany natural gas “fracking” sties are linked to an increase in the probability of earthquakes, according to a University of Texas study published this week in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Cliff Frohlich, the University of Texas researcher who conducted the study, used seismic data from the Barnett Shale region of Texas taken between November 2009 and September 2011. He found that while injection wells were typically near the site of small quakes, they did not always cause tremors, leading Frohlich to speculate that injection wells near existing faults were more likely to cause seismic activity. Most of the quakes registered for the study were so light that they could not be felt on the surface.

The study is just one of several that have warned about the possibility of inducing seismic activity by injecting hundreds of thousands of gallons of water underground in a short period of time. The National Research Council said earlier this year that while the risks posed by fracking itself are rather low, wastewater injection wells, along with the carbon capture and storage techniques typically used with “clean coal,” do in fact pose a heightened risk of earthquakes.

Curfew lifted after toxic smoke from Chevron refinery fire contained

San Francisco-area residents were allowed to leave their homes late Monday night after a fire at a nearby refinery was contained, but not before it led to a scare in local emergency rooms.

According to KRON-TV, officials at Chevron say a diesel seal broke at the company’s refinery in Richmond, in the East Bay, causing a fuel spill, which may have sparked with heated metal, leading to the fire erupting around 6:30 p.m. Monday night.

As black smoke escaped the facility, residents in Contra Costa County were ordered to confine themselves and their pets indoors. The Contra Costa Times reported that about three dozen people were treated at a local hospital for respiratory problems. The smoke could reportedly be seen from as far as Oakland.

Also see this diary We can not allow Chevron to get away with this by Horace Boothroyd III

Is Dilbit Oil? Congress and the IRS Say No

The oil industry has often said that dilbit, a heavy crude oil from Canada's tar sands, isn't much different from conventional crude oil. But when it comes to paying into a federal fund used to clean up oil spills, it's different enough to deserve a sizeable tax break.

Dilbit is exempt from the tax, because the 1980 legislation that created the tax states that "the term crude oil does not include synthetic petroleum, e.g., shale oil, liquids from coal, tar sands, or biomass..."

The tax helps support the federal Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, whose primary funding comes from an 8-cent-per-barrel excise tax on domestically produced and imported crude oil and on imported refined products such as gasoline.

Money from the fund is helping to clean up the 2010 oil spill in Michigan, where a ruptured pipeline spewed more than 1 million barrels of diluted bitumen, or dilbit, into the Kalamazoo River. Unlike conventional crude oil, which floats on water, much of the dilbit sank into the river. Removing it has been so difficult that cleanup crews are still struggling to mop it up, making the Michigan disaster the most expensive oil pipeline spill in U.S. history.

Blog Posts of Interest

Here are diaries and selected blog posts of interest on DailyKos and other blogs.

What's Happenin'

The Science of Genocide

A Little Night Music

Furry Lewis - Furry's Blues

Furry Lewis - When I lay my burden down

Furry Lewis - Judge Harsh Blues 1928

Furry Lewis - John Henry

Furry Lewis - Dry Land Blues

Leon Russell & Walter "Furry" Lewis - Furry's Blues

Furry Lewis - Falling Down Blues

Furry Lewis - I've Got A Bird To Whistle

Furry Lewis - Big Chief Blues

Furry Lewis - Going To Brownsville

Joni Mitchell's song about Furry Lewis and Memphis (which Lewis hated) - Furry Sings the Blues


We are ready for some serious change. We are ready to take up the tools of a free and analytic press to peacefully undermine the stranglehold of the kleptocrats on our battered democracy. We are ready to expose and publicize their greed, lies and illegal machinations and hold their enablers in government and the media to account. Are you in?

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

 ~ Margaret Mead

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Originally posted to DFH writers group on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 04:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by Team DFH, Protest Music, and DKOMA.


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  •  Hi Joe and fella DFH's, good evening. Shortly off (3+ / 0-)
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    to do some Yoga, then coffee and dinner.

    Talking about nuclear weapons, yesterday Aug 6th was the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima-Nagasaki.  Wonder if there was any mention of it on the lame stream media - something that  was much more devastating than 9/11?
    But you know, Iran is the terrorist state - a country which has no nuclear weapons and which hasn't invaded another country in the last 200 years or so.
    Feels great to live in the only country ever to use nuclear weapons huh? "USA! USA!".

    "The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out”. - George Carlin

    by Funkygal on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 04:18:21 PM PDT

    •  evening funkygal... (1+ / 0-)
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      check out the blog posts of interest section.  i linked chris hedges' meditation on the hiroshima anniversary, "the science of genocide."  i thought the quote from freud's civilization and its discontents was pretty sobering.

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 04:25:04 PM PDT

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      •  Just browsed thru Hedges' piece. He touches on (1+ / 0-)
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        techno-fundamentalism. I listened to this talk by Michael Huesemann on techno-fixes and liked it.

        Waiting to read his book, endorsed among others by Vandana Shiva.  Currently reading Chris Hedges' "Day of Destruction, days of revolt" - finished the chapter on Pine ridge, and now into Camden,NJ - it is all depressing just to read and wonder what it will be like for people who are stuck there. And also reading Neil Barofsky's book. I am surprised I got hold of these early from the library - I am usually way behind in the wait list.

        "The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out”. - George Carlin

        by Funkygal on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 04:38:43 PM PDT

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      •  And talking about civilization and its discontents (1+ / 0-)
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        my friend introduced me to Derrick Jensen's writings last year. He is too good. There is a documentary based on his book "endgame" available for free online :

        The documentary is good but I will still suggest reading the 2 volume book.

        "The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out”. - George Carlin

        by Funkygal on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 05:11:18 PM PDT

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  •  Good afternoon, Joe (4+ / 0-)

    I know it won't be our DOJ who takes the lead on prosecution with LIBOR. Someone will have to hold Eric Holder's hand and tell him it's going to be all right and there will be ample opportunity to sell out in his second term looking more likely by the second(not that getting this close to Romney's chances is something to brag about or the lackluster policy progressives warned about and were proven right again to the chagrin of "Shut up! The Republicans are worse!" Dems)

    Damn, well everything is for sell now. I guess ecosystems being worth something in capital terms might stop some environmental rape, but then again it just puts a price on it where any damage can be bought off as well. Capital can't exist without the raw materials to make the high frequency trading machines and the air to breathe for the traders and financial barons who think they own that, too. They should be forced to live in the environmental filth they created, specifically when climate change hits for real, then they would be forced to realize ecosystems are worth something without a capital unit of account measurement.

    ‎A) "Bipartisan usually means that a larger-than-usual deception is being carried out." - George Carlin B) "The administration should be worried about the level of despair here." ~Markos Moulitsas at NN12

    by priceman on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 04:21:30 PM PDT

    •  evening priceman... (3+ / 0-)
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      the sad/ironic/funny/awful thing is that the traders and financial barons (and the corporate chieftains and everybody else) is going to be forced to live in the environmental filth that they created.  unless these folks have an escape plan that they've managed to hide very successfully, they are stuck on this planet with the rest of us.

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 04:30:11 PM PDT

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      •  Evening, indeed :P (2+ / 0-)
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        This is true. Won't it be a sad sight when their private security force won't be there either with the tired hungry angry mobs at their door. They are stuck on this planet after all, even if they do own all the land and the higher ground.

        ‎A) "Bipartisan usually means that a larger-than-usual deception is being carried out." - George Carlin B) "The administration should be worried about the level of despair here." ~Markos Moulitsas at NN12

        by priceman on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 04:34:27 PM PDT

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      •  I think they will escape to Mars or something. (2+ / 0-)
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        Though they won't have human suckers there to feed on.

        "The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out”. - George Carlin

        by Funkygal on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 05:25:30 PM PDT

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        •  i'm not sure how they will survive without... (3+ / 0-)
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          laborers to do what they need, and i'm wondering how they will compel laborers to work for them in the absence of a financial system backed by a governmental police power.

          heh, sounds like the start of a great movie farce, rich twits in space!  they escape the earth with a bevy of the smartest scientists, technicians and best workers only to face mutiny as the worker drones realize that their masters are neither smart nor talented and are kind of pitiful and annoying to boot...

          i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

          by joe shikspack on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 05:39:44 PM PDT

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    •  You said : (3+ / 0-)
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      I know it won't be our DOJ who takes the lead on prosecution with LIBOR.

      Yes, Holder has a full plate - attacking anti-war activists (remember the September 2010 raids in Minneapolis, Chicago, LA etc?), Marijuana dispensaries, prosecuting John Edwards etc. What 'd ya think? That he will have time for petty crimes like LIBOR and all that ?

      "The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out”. - George Carlin

      by Funkygal on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 04:43:23 PM PDT

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      •  Emptywheel had a good post on this (2+ / 0-)
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        Don't forget Roger Clemens, Funkygal!

        But yes, that too. Poor Eric Holder. It's so hard to do his job where he sucks even worse than Mukasey and Ashcroft on financial crime.

        ‎A) "Bipartisan usually means that a larger-than-usual deception is being carried out." - George Carlin B) "The administration should be worried about the level of despair here." ~Markos Moulitsas at NN12

        by priceman on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 04:55:23 PM PDT

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      •  the guy has priorities... (2+ / 0-)
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        and hey, those stoned out californians could decide to secede and take the whole northwest with them. B)

        i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

        by joe shikspack on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 04:56:27 PM PDT

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        •  That will be awesome. Heard pot legalization is (2+ / 0-)
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          joe shikspack, priceman

          big in CO too (enough to decide who wins the state  in Nov) - maybe they can start thinking about secession and other nearby mountain states can consider joining them.

          "The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out”. - George Carlin

          by Funkygal on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 06:02:12 PM PDT

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          •  from the anecdotal evidence department... (2+ / 0-)
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            one of my friends came back from colorado with a couple of local tabloid papers from different colorado towns, kind of alt-press style, whose ad content was almost entirely based on marijuana dispensaries and related services.

            i think that it may not be long before the feds collusion with the for-profit prison industry to keep marijuana illegal will backfire upon them politically in a way that is most unpleasant for the powers that be.

            i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

            by joe shikspack on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 06:11:35 PM PDT

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      •  Finally he got some time to look into the petty vo (2+ / 0-)
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        -ter suppression issue you know?  Those whiny civil rights activists - how dare went to UN to complain about this - after all this has been going on only since the beginning of 2011:


        "The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out”. - George Carlin

        by Funkygal on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 04:56:47 PM PDT

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  •  Thanks so much! (1+ / 0-)
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    Wow!  Furry Lewis and Joni Mitchell.  Both are in my musical hall of fame.

    I never got to see Fury Lewis, but I did get to see Joni Mitchell when she did her tour with Pat Methany, Jaco Pastorius, Lyle Mays, and Randy Brecker.  I was in ecstacey the entire evening.  She sang that song "Furry Sings The Blues" at that show.  It was haunting, as are the themes of the song itself.

    I'm enjoying this series Joe.  Keep up the good work.

    "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

    by Hugh Jim Bissell on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 04:29:13 PM PDT

    •  evening hugh... (0+ / 0-)

      i missed joni's shadows and light tour unfortunately, i think i was busy being a parent of a young kid at the time and couldn't work out the logistics to get to a nearby show.  i would have really loved to have been there for that, i've had to settle for the dvd. oh well.

      anyway, thanks for dropping by, i'm glad that you're enjoying the series.

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 04:35:56 PM PDT

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  •  Trying to replace my Kindle which was stolen (4+ / 0-)

    right out of my bag at the playground. I was reading it, when I looked up and saw G. had wandered out of the playground into the park. I dropped it in the bag and ran to get him, leaving the bag behind. It's a huge bag and had two bottles of water, one on each side, in it. So anyone taking it would be really noticed. They just put their hand inside and pulled out my Kindle. I had to de-register it and report it to near-by police station. As the cop said, "it ruins your day.:(
    Yes, it makes me kind of blue.


    ❧To thine ownself be true

    by Agathena on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 04:39:02 PM PDT

  •  Good Evenin' Joe (3+ / 0-)

    As always, I am enjoying this great blues music.  We had spaghetti tonight which is hardly blues worthy, but it was good.

    Thanks for this wonderful series.

    "Growing up is for those who don't have the guts not to. Grow wise, grow loving, grow compassionate, but why grow up?" - Fiddlegirl

    by gulfgal98 on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 05:31:44 PM PDT

  •  Terry Garland , Trouble In Mind. (3+ / 0-)

    Free University and Health Care for all, now. -8.88, -7.13

    by SoCalHobbit on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 08:30:36 PM PDT

  •   Kelly Joe Phelps: I'd Be A Rich Man (3+ / 0-)

    Free University and Health Care for all, now. -8.88, -7.13

    by SoCalHobbit on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 08:38:18 PM PDT

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