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Tonight's music is a continuation of yesterday's feature, Louis Jordan, the inventor of r&b and a great performer. Enjoy!
Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five - Deacon Jones
"In a stunning announcement, Citigroup showed a profit and had its best quarter since 2007. They made $8 billion in profit. That just goes to show you, you give a company $45 billion in government bailout money, and they'll show you how to turn it into $8 billion. See this is capitalism!"
-- Jay Leno
Amazon tribe massacre alleged in Venezuela - Village of 80 people was firebombed from the air, say activists, by illegal gold miners based in neighbouring Brazil
A massacre of up to 80 Yanomami Indians has taken place in the Venezuelan state of Amazonas, according to claims emerging from the region, prompting the government to send in investigators.
Blame is being placed on illegal garimpeiro miners who cross the border from Brazil to prospect for gold and have clashed violently with Amazon tribes before. According to local testimonies an armed group flew over in a helicopter, opening fire with guns and launching explosives into Irotatheri settlement in the High Ocamo area. The village was home to about 80 people and only three had been accounted for as survivors, according to people from a neighbouring village and indigenous rights activists.
The claims were presented to local authorities in Puerto Ayacucho, the capital of Amazonas state on Monday, asking for an immediate investigation of the site where the alleged killing took place, and for the expulsion of the garimpeiros. The event would have taken place during the first two weeks of July but due to the remoteness of the village it is only now been made public.
Chicago Teachers Give Notice of Strike
Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) President Karen Lewis filed the required 10-day notice for a strike. The notice does not mean a strike will definitely be called, but it gives the union the ability to strike any time thereafter.
This is the latest step in a battle between the 32,000-member union and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration that has escalated for more than a year and is being watched around the country as the latest struggle for the survival of public-sector unionism.
Apple Rejects App That Tracks U.S. Drone Strikes
It seemed like a simple enough idea for an iPhone app: Send users a pop-up notice whenever a flying robots kills someone in one of America’s many undeclared wars. But Apple keeps blocking the Drones+ program from its App Store — and therefore, from iPhones everywhere. The Cupertino company says the content is “objectionable and crude,” according to Apple’s latest rejection letter.
It’s the third time in a month that Apple has turned Drones+ away, says Josh Begley, the program’s New York-based developer. The company’s reasons for keeping the program out of the App Store keep shifting. First, Apple called the bare-bones application that aggregates news of U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia “not useful.” Then there was an issue with hiding a corporate logo. And now, there’s this crude content problem.
Begley is confused. Drones+ doesn’t present grisly images of corpses left in the aftermath of the strikes. It just tells users when a strike has occurred, going off a publicly available database of strikes compiled by the U.K.’s Bureau of Investigative Journalism, which compiles media accounts of the strikes.
Montreal Student Strike Continues after Classes Forced to Reopen
Student protests broke out on college campuses in Montreal for the second day in a row on Tuesday following the enforcement of a winter make-up term at all Quebec universities that were hit by student strikes earlier this year. As striking students marched through classrooms, banged on desks, and blew horns, Montreal police were called in and ultimately detained up to 21 protesters.
To make up for classes missed during last term's widespread student strike, Quebec students were required to return to class early this week in accordance with the contentious Bill 78. The bill, now known as the "anti-protest law," was passed earlier this year, spawning mass protests and Canada's largest act of civil disobedience.
This week's protesters were attempting to blockade classes at the University of Montreal and the University of Quebec at Montreal in a bid to continue their strike.
Why The Big Issues Are Missing from the 2012 Race
the idea that all politicians want to do is get elected, and therefore they are worth despising, is actually untrue. If it were true, then you would find politicians constantly proposing and implementing popular policies, like free universal health care, high taxes on corporations, jail for Wall Street bankers, and higher minimum wages. But they don’t do this.
Most US politicians by and large would like to win elections, but they aren’t going to jeopardize a future revenue stream or even their membership in the club of the global elite to do so. This is true for all parts of the political ecosystem, from politicians to staffers to campaign operatives to pollsters to consultants. While losing a race isn’t fun, if you rock the boat and lose, you’re done. ... The only people who are desperate to win elections are activists that have a strong ideological stake in electoral outcomes.
Thawing permafrost frees millions of tons of carbon: study
A vast outcrop of the Arctic Siberian coast that had been frozen for tens of thousands of years is releasing huge carbon deposits as rising temperatures thaw parts of its coastline, a study warned Wednesday.
The carbon, a potential source of Earth-warming CO2, has lain frozen along the 7,000-kilometre (4,400-mile) northeast Siberian coastline since the last Ice Age.
But atmospheric warming and coastal erosion are gnawing at the icy seal, releasing about 40 million tonnes of carbon a year — 10 times more than previously thought, said a study in the journal Nature. ...
About half the carbon pool in soil globally is held in permafrost in the Arctic, a region that is experiencing twice the global average of climate warming, said the study led by researchers at Stockholm University.
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
Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five - Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby
Diana Krall - Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby
Louis Jordan - Caldonia
Louis Jordan - Saturday Night Fish Fry
Louis Jordan - Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens
Louis Jordan - Ain`t That Just Like A Woman
Louis Jordan - Beware Brother Beware
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Jordan - Baby It's Cold Outside
Louis Jordan - Jack, You're Dead
Louis Jordan - Keep A-Knockin'
Louis Jordan & The Tympany Five - Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying
Louis Jordan - What's The Use Of Getting Sober
Louis Jordan - You're My Meat
Louis Jordan - If You're So Smart, How Come You Ain't Rich?
Louis Jordan & his Tympani 5 - Ration Blues
Louis Jordan - Long Leggs Lizzie
Louis Jordan - I Know What You're Putting Down
Louis Jordan - Junco Partner
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