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Tonight's music features Johnny Jenkins a lesser known blues and r&b musician who helped launch the career of Otis Redding, was an influence on Jimi Hendrix and worked extensively with Duane Allman.  

Johnny Jenkins - Green Onions

"I went to Zimbabwe. I know how white people feel in America now; relaxed! Cause when I heard the police car I knew they weren't coming after me!"

 -- Richard Pryor


Retired NYC Police Protest Union Support for Stop & Frisk

Chevron Oil Refinery Fire in Richmond, California Forces Over 900 Residents to Hospitals

U.S. calls for ‘flexibility’ on climate change

The United States ran into crossfire on Wednesday after it called for “flexibility” in climate talks, even if this approach could not guarantee meeting the UN’s target on global warming.

Europe demanded that the two-degree-Celsius (3.6-degree-Fahrenheit) objective set at the Copenhagen summit in 2009 be honoured while small island states accused Washington of dangerous backsliding.

The skirmishes came ahead of a new talks for a global treaty to roll back greenhouse-gas emissions which stoke atmospheric warming and damage Earth’s fragile climate system.

Progressive Group Calls On Obama To Take Down Pro-Coal Ad

The Obama campaign is running a virulently pro-coal ad in Ohio coal country that attacks Mitt Romney for his past coal industry criticisms. ... On Wednesday the progressive group Credo Action called on Obama to take down the ad, launching a web petition pressuring the president’s campaign to drop the coal attacks on Romney. ...

The coal fight in both instances exposed divides in the Democratic coalition. Progressive groups were upset Obama got behind what is still a fantasy technology with rhetoric supported by the coal industry, while union groups were happy Obama stood up for a industry that provides thousands of union jobs.

Coal is hugely important to states like Virginia and Ohio and Obama does not want to get on the wrong side of coal supporters. Clean coal was a rare moment of disagreement between the left and Obama during the 2008 campaign. Now coal is divide Obama from the left once again.

Cornell West Discusses Obama's Track Record

Thousands of UK Workers 'Blacklisted' Over Political Views

The surveillance and blacklisting of thousands of workers, including some suspected by construction companies of being left-wing troublemakers, should be immediately investigated by the privacy watchdog, it was urged last night.

More than 40 major firms referred to the secret database, which listed thousands of people's details, including their involvement in union activity, before hiring staff. Workers who were on the list allege they were deprived of their livelihoods as a result of their inclusion, with supporters claiming their human rights have been breached. ...

The database was seized three years ago and Ian Kerr, who had operated it, was fined £5,000. Invoices were discovered showing that 44 companies had paid to see the names on the list. ...

An official from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) told the industrial tribunal of a person who had been blacklisted that he believed the information on the database could only have been supplied by the police or the security services.

Corporate Lobbyists Threaten Democracy

In Europe, the head of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, is facing a formal inquiry by the European Union (EU) ombudsman because of his membership in a well-known international banking lobby group.

On Jul. 24, the ombudsman’s office announced that it was launching the investigation following allegations that Draghi’s membership in the so-called Group of 30 “is incompatible with the independence, reputation and integrity of the ECB”. ...

European activists and analysts have been growing more anxious about the influence of private investment banks on public financial policies, especially as the European sovereign debt continues to spiral out of control. ... Draghi’s participation “in a closed, club-like structure with representatives from big international private banks could damage the integrity and reputation of the ECB.”

Blog Posts of Interest

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

Homegrown austerity slows American economy - by gjohnsit

Thomas Edsall on Joseph Stiglitz, Separate and Unequal - by bobswern

If you'd like to help Don Siegelman - by OPOL

Join OPOL in making a difference and doing what we can to right a grievous wrong, check out the diary in the link and sign the petition!

A Little Night Music

johnny jenkins - spunky

Johnny Jenkins & the Pinetoppers - Love Twist

Johnny Jenkins - I Walk on Gilded Splinters

Johnny Jenkins & the Pinetoppers

Johnny Jenkins - Voodoo In You

Johnny Jenkins - Blind Bats And Swamp Rats

Johnny Jenkins - Down Along The Cove

Johnny Jenkins - Big Bad Wolf

Otis Redding and the Pinetoppers - Shout Bamalama

Otis Redding and the Pinetoppers - 'Shout Bamalama' alt version

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Originally posted to DFH writers group on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 04:00 PM PDT.

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


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