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The surviving members of the sixties Bay area band, The Grateful Dead, are now in partnership with the University of Santa Cruz and will be giving them a warehouse full of memorabilia collected over 40 years for a permanent collection of what the university calls music and “social justice and tolerance and community spirit.”  Their music will not be part of the donation but will include backdrops from concerts, photos, and many other items that the university is calling “Dead Central.”  Considering that Santa Cruz has alway maintained a gestalt of the “the land that time forgot” throughout the 80’s and to present day, it is fitting to have this pop culture memorabilia on display there. 

For more go to: http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ci_9036864 AND http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ci_9050818

 
 

 

 

A new book details the sinking of the ill-fated ship “Titanic” and points the finger at the low quality rivets used in the construction of the ship.  Now, doesn’t that sound familiar?  Much like the old story of the horse that the blacksmith shoe’d with a missing nail, that caused the shoe to come off, that threw the rider to the ground, that prevented the delivery of the message he was carrying, that the general never received, that eventually lost the war.
 
It also reminds me of a classic line by Steve Buscemi in Armaggedon when he’s being strapped in to the space shuttle,  “You know we’re sitting on four million pounds of fuel, one nuclear weapon and a thing that has 270,000 moving parts built by the lowest bidder. Makes you feel good, doesn’t it?”
 
And so the human saga goes on-never remembering what happened before……. for more info go to     
 

 

 

 

 

     On Saturday night twenty people were at the Jefferson Memorial while dancing to the music of their own iPods disturbing no one. The park police showed up and ordered them to leave, despite the fact that they were not doing anything obviously illegal. One of the men tried to explain that they were merely celebrating the birthday of founding father Thomas Jefferson and questioned why they should have to leave. Eventually the police showed up and roughed them up a bit, cuffed one of them, Brooke Oberwetter, and brought her downtown and booked her. The real irony is that all of this happened at the Jefferson Memorial, on Jefferson’s birthday. 

     It is amazing the violent crimes no longer are a problem in Washington when the police can concentrate on hardcore criminals that practice that horrible art of dancing. Where’s Kevin Bacon when you need him?

Radley Balko a participant had this to say:

“Everyone I spoke with says there was no noise, there were no threats, and no laws broken (the park police I spoke with–including the arresting officer (who, oddly enough, denied to me that he was the arresting officer)–declined to say why she had been arrested).

The police refused to answer any questions, referring all calls to the communication number of the Park Police, which at this hour is closed. They also refused to give their badge numbers.” 

Jason Talley another person there said this:

“First- I’d like to make a few things clear. We decided to use iPods to be respectful of other people’s experience at the Jefferson Memorial. No music was heard by anyone other than those wearing headphones. We chose midnight so that we wouldn’t disturb anyone. There were about six other people there that were not with us or the police. If you were one of these people I’d like to hear from you to get your account of what happened.

Perhaps six minutes into the event, security tried to stop us and kick us out of the memorial. Most of the Jefferson fans questioned the officers to try to understand what authority they citing to use force against us. Unfortunately I wasn’t near the “Jefferson 1” so I can’t tell you what she did or didn’t do but she was hauled away, handcuffed, in a police van and charged with disorderly conduct.

So in the 2008 version of the USA you cannot dance at the Jefferson Memorial without being disorderly it seems.”

     The attitudes of those who are supposed to protect us is getting scarier by the minute.  When it finally hits home, maybe someday there will be mass awareness and the motivation to stop this nonsense before we become a country of few freedoms.

 

Today’s is a pissy day and in this one everyone’s is pissed!

http://www.tmz.com/2008/04/15/nanny-says-rob-lowe-exposed-himself/

I knew it was coming sooner or later.  Publicity abounds in the YouTube world so why not try this stunt?  This woman is pissed-off big time.  Her husband shouldn’t have steamed her clams so badly but it might not have mattered.  She even says she didn’t consumate the marriage, and that is grounds for an annulment.  She can then forget about the additional cash she’s trying to squeeze out of him.

Check it out it is strange.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hx_WKxqQF2o

I wanted to share this writer’s plan to get unpublished authors not only published, but to change the entire world.  He’s got a plan and he’s pissed!

http://web.mac.com/edtoolis/TheHumorOfEdToolis/Blog/Entries/2008/4/15_Unpublished_%26_Pissed.html

The World Trade Towers were the focus of an attack in 1993 by Muslim “extremists.”  I was working in Puerto Rico at the time and the shock of that attempt was hard to describe, but the reasoning was clear.  It was an attempt to bring down financial markets in the Western world by misguided so-called religious zealots that wouldn’t know the basis of any religion if they swallowed it with a cup of oil.  It was a mostly failed attempt, one that we as a country did not take as a warning and prepare for further attempts.  Obviously the second attempt was successful beyond their wildest dreams in terms of destruction and media attention, but what it did not do was destroy either the world’s or our economy.  No, the destruction of our dollar, our trade deficit, our home values, our industrial production, and our consumer confidence to spend has been destroyed by the purveyors of disaster-investment banks and the policies of the Federal Reserve and Federal Government.  They have wrought far more damage to this country than the heart-wrenching destruction and loss of life in the World Trade Towers disaster and I say this will the utmost respect and sympathy to all those who were affected by that horrible day.  The American government, and by default the American people have allowed themselves to be put at risk internally by the tacit approval of corporate manipulation to strangle the economy and the future of our children and their children.  Our Treasury Secretary, Henry Paulson was the head of Goldman Sachs who invented the mortgage-backed sub-prime bonds but don’t blame him.  Alan Greenspan, the former head of the Federal Reserve who engineered this recession, now says he stands behind all he did, don’t blame him.  We have spent over a trillion dollars on a war in a country that has untold trillions of oil reserves that could easily pay us back or finance their own reconstruction, but don’t blame our President.  Congress and the President have sat on their asses for eight years watching the price of oil skyrocket, but have yet to formulate a solid energy-independence plan for the future, but don’t blame them.  The Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) has over 70 billon dollars of oil and our government (we) are still buying it at these high prices adding to the demand and further driving up prices, but don’t open that tap to control the speculators that use hedge funds to drive up the price of futures contracts, don’t blame them. 

So then, who do we blame?  There is only one entity left to blame.  You-you and I are to blame for allowing these morons to govern us without the threat of losing their jobs.  We have become fat and secure and until we reach the subsistence level and have no choice but to rail against the “empire” we will remain shorn sheep, allowing the abuse of those with whom we’ve entrusted power to keep abusing us.

We give those who would kill us the financial ability to do so by creating their wealth for them and of course we don’t think some of that money will come back to destroy our way of life.  Our leaders take the money back that we the American public spend for oil in the form of “contributions” to ensure the money keeps flowing right on to them.  Just ask Colin Powell how he got a brand new Jaguar days after he resigned from office.   Go ahead and ask him or google Colin Powell, Jaguar –and see for yourself.

“Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established, should not be changed for light and transient causes; and, accordingly, all experience [has] shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But, when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce [the people] under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.”

“Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.”

-Thomas Jefferson

 

Thomas Jefferson is rolling over in his grave right now.

This is a post from one of my writer’s groups from JD Webb:

This is from Authors Guild written to members about Amazon.com’s recent action:

Last week Amazon announced that it would be requiring that all books that it sells that are produced through on-demand means be printed by BookSurge, their in-house on-demand printer/publisher. Amazon pitched this as a customer service matter, a means for more speedily delivering print-on-demand books and allowing for the bundling of shipments with other items purchased at the same time from Amazon.
It also put a bit of an environmental spin on the move — claiming less transportation fuel is used (this is unlikely, but that’s another story) when all items are shipped directly from Amazon.

We, and many others, think something else is afoot. Ingram Industries’ Lightning Source is currently the dominant printer for on-demand titles, and they appear to be quite efficient at their task. They ship on-demand titles shortly after they are ordered through Amazon directly to the customer. It’s a nice business for Ingram, since they get a percentage of the sales and a printing fee for every on-demand book they ship. Amazon would be foolish not to covet that business.

What’s the rub? Once Amazon owns the supply chain, it has effective control of much of the “long tail” of publishing — the enormous number of titles that sell in low volumes but which, in aggregate, make a lot of money for the aggregator. Since Amazon has a firm grip on the retailing of these books (it’s uneconomic for physical book stores to stock many of these titles), owning the supply chain would allow it to easily increase its profit margins on these books: it need only insist on buying at a deeper discount — or it can choose to charge more for its printing of the books — to increase its profits. Most publishers could do little but grumble and comply.

We suspect this maneuver by Amazon is far more about profit margin than it is about customer service or fossil fuels. The potential big losers (other than Ingram) if Amazon does impose greater discounts on the industry, are authors — since many are paid for on-demand sales based on the publisher’s gross revenues — and publishers.

We’re reviewing the antitrust and other legal implications of Amazon’s bold move. If you have any information on this matter that you think could be helpful to us, please call us at (212) 563-5904 and ask for the legal services department, or send an e-mail to <mailto:staff@authorsguild.

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