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Tonight's music features Jimmy Reed who created a body of songs, many of which will be instantly familiar to any blues fan. Many of Reed's songs are blues standards and are in the repertoire of countless other blues, rock and roll and even country musicians. Unfortunately, youtube doesn't seem to have much in the way of actual footage of Jimmy Reed, so the video selections may be a little less visually stimulating than some other nights here.
Jimmy Reed - Bright Lights, Big City
“The ever more sophisticated weapons piling up in the arsenals of the wealthiest and the mightiest can kill the illiterate, the ill, the poor and the hungry, but they cannot kill ignorance, illness, poverty or hunger.”
-- Fidel Castro
Remaining Pussy Riot members promise more protests
While three members of the notorious Russian punk rock band Pussy Riot sit in Russian prison cells on charges of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred,” remaining members have promised more guerrilla performances and protests. According to Reuters, the all-woman group, which has 10 to 20 members at any given time and no fixed lineup, say that they are aware of the danger, but have vowed to carry on, anyway.
One woman, who goes by the name “Mother,” said, “For me, to put a balaklava on, it is, there is a fitting English word for this, ‘honor.’ ‘Pride’ has an ambiguous meaning in Russia, but it’s an honor.”
The band members currently in prison, Maria Alyokhina, 24, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29, were arrested earlier this year for a protest which took place February 21, when the women stormed the altar at Russia’s largest cathedral and staged a performance of a “punk prayer” to the Virgin Mary, asking her to rid Russia of Vladimir Putin. Prosecutors are seeking sentences of three years for the women.
Trapwire facial recognition surveillance system exposed by WIkileaks
It sounds like something from the film Minority Report: a CCTV surveillance system that recognises people from their face or walk and analyses whether they might be about to commit a terrorist or criminal act. But Trapwire is real and, according to documents released online by WikiLeaks last week, is being used in a number of countries to try to monitor people and threats. ...
The documents outlining Trapwire's existence and its deployment in the US were apparently obtained in a hack of computer systems belonging to the intelligence company Stratfor at the end of last year.
Documents from the US department of homeland security show that it paid $832,000 to deploy Trapwire in Washington DC and Seattle.
Medical marijuana appears headed for Arkansas ballot
A group of Arkansas drug reform activists submitted on Monday more than double the number of signatures needed to put their medical marijuana legalization initiative before the state’s voters in November.
The signatures represented the second round of petition gathering for campaigners with Arkansans for Compassionate Care, which saw its first submission of 65,413 signatures fall short after almost half of the entries were declared invalid and purged by the Secretary of State. Organizers told The Associated Press that they submitted an additional 74,000 signatures on Monday, even though they needed fewer than 30,000.
It’s not clear if voters in Arkansas, which trends deeply Republican, will approve the measure, but nationwide polling in recent years has found that an overwhelming majority of Americans favor legalizing marijuana for medical use.
Study Finds Correlation Between Injection Wells and Small Earthquakes
Most earthquakes in the Barnett Shale region of North Texas occur within a few miles of one or more injection wells used to dispose of wastes associated with petroleum production such as hydraulic fracturing fluids, according to new research from The University of Texas at Austin. None of the quakes identified in the two-year study were strong enough to pose a danger to the public. ...
Frohlich analyzed seismic data collected between November 2009 and September 2011 by the EarthScope USArray Program, a National Science Foundation-funded network of broadband seismometers from the Canadian border to the Gulf of Mexico. Because of the high density of instruments (25 in or near the Barnett Shale), Frohlich was able to detect earthquakes down to magnitude 1.5, far too weak for people to feel at the surface.
He found that the most reliably located earthquakes — those that are accurate to within about 0.9 miles (1.5 kilometers) — occurred in eight groups, all within 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) of one or more injection wells. Before this study, the National Earthquake Information Center had only identified two earthquake groups in the area strongly associated with specific injection wells. This suggests injection-triggered earthquakes are far more common than is generally recognized.
US Drought Exposes 'Hydro-Illogical' Water Management
The historic drought withering much of the United States this summer has revealed a need for strategies to better manage water supplies that could remain under severe pressure both this year and in the longer term. ...
Emergency relief is just a bandaid on the much bigger problem of changing climate patterns and extreme weather events that will continue to impact water supplies for the foreseeable future, environmentalists say.
Gerrit Jöbsis, southeast regional director of American Rivers, calls it the “hydro-illogical cycle” – a “jargon to convey that we are illogical in our approach to managing water supply shortages.”
The cycle consists of panicking when there is a drought, failing to address the shortages with preventive measures for the future and then, once it rains, returning to the previous mismanagement of supplies until the next drought.
Blog Posts of Interest
Here are diaries and selected blog posts of interest on DailyKos and other blogs.What's Happenin"
A Little Night Music
Jimmy Reed - Big Boss Man
Jimmy Reed - Ain't That Lovin' You
Jimmy Reed - Baby, What You Want Me To Do
Jimmy Reed - You Don't Have To Go
Jimmy Reed - You've Got Me Dizzy
Jimmy Reed - Honest I Do
Jimmy Reed - When I Woke Up This Morning
Jimmy Reed - Aw Shucks, Hush Your Mouth
Jimmy Reed - Take Out Some Insurance
Jimmy Reed - Hush,Hush
Jimmy Reed - I Ain't Got You
Jimmy Reed - Down In Virginia
Jimmy Reed - The Sun Is Shining
Jimmy Reed - Shame Shame Shame
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