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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


Poor People in Robin Hood style Supermarket Raids

The "Robin Hood Tax"

Paul Ryan’s Hometown of Janesville, WI Recovers With Federal Aid GOP VP Candidate Claims to Oppose

Egypt’s Morsi Ousts Top Generals, But Key Military Insiders Tapped to Fill the Gaps

Mass demonstration over women's rights in Tunisia

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"

Bradley Manning Tortured at Quantico - Details of Defense Motion

The Freedom 7 Are Beating Obama in Court

Criminalizing Dissent -
by Chris Hedges

The extremely dangerous roots of Occupy Wall Street (as perceived by Rush Limbaugh)

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

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Originally posted to DFH writers group on Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 04:00 PM PDT.

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


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  •  Fidel Castro is a very thoughtful person. Too bad (3+ / 0-)

    we the citizens of the Empire don't get to hear about him and his accomplishments. Michael Parenti had written about Communist party local councils doing an excellent job of evacuating people during a strong hurricane and no lives were lost as a result (think it was the same year as hurricane Katrina).  And this from BAR :

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

    by Funkygal on Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 05:36:28 PM PDT

  •  The supermarket raids is a neoliberal (3+ / 0-)

    economics horror story. It is the result of  violence propagated by TPTB. Just heard on Free Speech radio that some people in Oakland occupied an unused government building and converted it to a library. And surprise! the police came in and kicked them out. One more example to show people are coming out of their sedation/desperation/fear as the case maybe. They might fail a few times but each time they are appealing to the imagination of a handful of proles atleast.

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

    by Funkygal on Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 05:44:36 PM PDT

  •  oops, tornado warning in my area... (4+ / 0-)

    got to shut down for a little while.  be back in a little while assuming we don't lose power in the thunderstorm that's moving in.

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

    by joe shikspack on Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 06:00:50 PM PDT

  •  Jimmy Reed is a favorite of mine (2+ / 0-)
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    shaharazade, joe shikspack

    It has been a very long day but a productive one also.  The house project has been going on for over six years now.  Bottom line is that we bought a 50 year old house and it came with a lot of surprises, more than we expect  
    ed.  In the end, we have been rebuilding the entire interior and doing most of the work ourselves.

    We are finally seeing the results and have been installing new wood flooring the last couple of days.  I lay out each course and hubby nails it in.  Both of us are feeling a little like our ages lately.  LOL

    Anyway, thank you for featuring Jimmy Reed tonight.  I hope that you and yours have a great evening too Joe.

    "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 14, 2012 at 06:57:50 PM PDT

    •  morning gulfgal... (1+ / 0-)
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      sorry i wasn't around last night, after the tornado warning passed and i got back on briefly, my isp (verizon totally sucks by the way) gave up the ghost (which it often does).

      anyway, glad to hear that your home project is going well and that you can see the fruits of your hard work now.  

      have a great day!

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

      by joe shikspack on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 05:31:54 AM PDT

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  •  I've been following (1+ / 0-)
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    the Pussy Riot arrest and trial. Rolling Stone has some great pictures and coverage. Really colorful andartisitc worth looking at.

    Pussy Riot: Their Trial in Pictures

    Here's some of the eloquent statements made by the three at the close of their trial.

    Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, Maria Alekhina, 24, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29, gave fluent and impassioned speeches criticising the rule of President Vladimir Putin.

    Miss Tolokonnikova said their trial on hooliganism charges for a "punk prayer" in Moscow's main cathedral – which urged the Virgin Mary to "drive out Putin" – was an "imitation of a court process" which recalled Stalin's "troikas": the three-person commissions that approved extra-judicial executions and other punishments during the purges of the 1930s.

    "One wants to weep when one sees how the methods of the medieval Inquisition reign in the law enforcement and court systems in Russia, in our country," she said. "We cried out in desperation the best we could at our punk concerts about our unlawful bosses and authorities, but [then] our voices were stolen."

    The philosophy student added: "Like Solzhenitsyn, I believe that words will, in the end, destroy concrete ... Katya, Masha and I are in prison, in a cage, but I don't believe we have lost. In the same way, the dissidents were not losers. In their prisons and psychiatric hospitals, they pronounced their own verdict on the regime."

    Miss Alekhina said: "You can deny me my so-called freedom but my inner freedom cannot be taken by anyone. It will live in words, thanks to free speech, and when it is read by thousands of people. This freedom already continues with every person who is not indifferent, who hears us in our country."

     Miss Samutsevich said that Mr Putin's "claim that this trial would be objective and bring a fair decision are the latest deception of the whole country and the international community." Judge Marina Syrova said she would give her verdict on August 17.

    Prosecutors have requested a three-year jail sentence

    •  morning shaharazade... (1+ / 0-)
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      thanks for the news updates.  i've been following this story with interest to see how the russian public reacts if there is jail time prescribed for these musicians.   so far the trial has been closely followed by a lot of russians for its farcical humor value; i'm wondering if the interest will translate into further dissent should the court impose a severe sentence.

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

      by joe shikspack on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 05:39:43 AM PDT

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      •  Think their going (1+ / 0-)
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        to get three years. I read an interesting piece that was about how Pussy Riot had put the government in a bad position as they overacted from the start. Shades of OWS here and the chalk arrests.

        Pussy Riot's Stunning Victory Over  Putin's Bureaucrat's  

        The Putin system has made a PR catastrophe out of a situation that could have been easily contained with an administrative fine for a public order offence. Its actions have also revealed its clear desire to align itself closely with the Orthodox Church as a source of political support. The visible price of this policy has been the fusion of the Church’s principles and values with the “legal” process in the trial of the Pussy Riot activists.......

        The authorities have also gifted a rallying point to the nascent and amorphous political opposition. Paradoxically, this comes at a time when opposition forces are struggling to rekindle the protest mood that swept Moscow in March during the run-up to the presidential election.

        There was a protest today? in front of the church and 4 people where arrested. It's hard to tell how the Russian people will react as our world view and media is so messed up and controlled.

        We rented a great documentary from 2010 the other day called 'My Perestroika'. It follows the lives of 5 Russain friends now in their 40's who grew up under the communist regime. Very interesting in the light of today's globalism. Controlling information is harder these days as globalism and the flow of information works two ways thanks to the net.      


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