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How The Wealthy Buy Politicians

Lawrence Lessig & Jack Abramoff

Jack Abramoff is a former lobbyist who pleaded guilty in 2006 to charges of fraud, tax evasion, and conspiracy to bribe public officials. Abramoff also worked as businessman, movie producer and writer. Abramoff's lobbying and the scandals and investigation are featured in a documentary movie "Casino Jack and the United States of Money" and a political satire movie titled "Casino Jack".

Lawrence Lessig is a law professor at Harvard. He has been the lead counsel in important cases concerning copyright laws for digital content. His current work concerns institutional corruption.
Source: Lawrence Lessig interviews Jack Abramoff

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What Americans Must Do to Save the Republic

Catherine Crier

Catherine Crier, former judge and Emmy-winning journalist, argues that partisan politics are hurting the United States. She advocates reducing legal corruption in Washington, D.C. She has been television personality for CNN, ABC, Fox News and ESPN.
Source: Patriot Acts

The Other Scott Horton

Scott Horton Interviews The Other Scott Horton

The Other Scott Horton is an international human rights lawyer and contributing editor at Harper’s magazine and no relation to the interviewer. They discusses the U.S. government's refusal prosecute torturers. Also how WikiLeaks exposed high-level U.S. efforts to squash previous Spanish investigations of American political and military figures. Included is the contrast of U.S.’ repudiation of international law and universal jurisdiction, after helping establish them after WWII. The National Defense Authorization Act's indefinite detention provision also part of the conversation.
Source: Scott Horton Interviews The Other Scott Horton

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Juan Cole on the Middle East

Juan Cole
Peter B. Collins

The conversation between Juan Cole and Peter B. Collins concerned Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Syria, Iran, Israel, Palestine, the CIA and drones.

Juan Cole has testified before the U.S. Senate and knows Arabic and Persian. He blogs at Informed Comment and is a historian of South Asia. He has been a guest on PBS News Hour, ABC Nightly News, Nightline, the Today Show, Charlie Rose, Anderson Cooper 360, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, the Colbert Report, Democracy Now! and many others. He lived in various parts of the Muslim world for nearly 10 years.
Source: Foreign Policy Roundup: U. Michigan’s Prof. Juan Cole

Cancer Alley Case Gets Surprising Support from EPA Administrator Jackson

Mossville, Louisiana sits in the shadow of 14 petrochemical refineries.  For decades, Mossville residents have complained about their health problems to industry, and to state and federal agencies. They reached past the U.S. regulators to take their case to the highest human rights court in the western hemisphere, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Now a candid comment from the highest U.S. environmental regulator appears to have boosted their petition. Living on Earth and Planet Harmony’s Ike Sriskandarajah reports.
Source: Obama Administration Divided Over Cancer Alley Case

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Science Friday: Earth, Sky, and Space

1st, a study shows how the atmosphere above Japan heated rapidly before the M9 earthquake. Then, the galaxy may swarm with billions of wandering planets. Then, researchers find that quiet places on Earth’s Crust are core-meltingly hot underneath. Then make sure to scroll all the way down for an award winning picture of the Aurora Borealis over a glacial lake in Iceland. The song is "Beneath a Phrygian Sky" by Loreena McKennitt

Atmosphere Above Japan Heated Rapidly Before M9 Earthquake

Concert for Civil Liberties

Friday, May 20, 2011 8 p.m.
Marilyn's on K St. 909 K St., Sacramento

Are you ready for a fun evening out on the town in Sacramento, with an excellent line up of live music and a chance to connect with new people who care about the issues that matter the most to you? Join the ACLU of Northern California’s Sacramento Chapter, and three unforgettable bands as we rock the house at Marilyn’s on K Street, on Friday, May 20th.

You’ll hear the sounds of the Family Bandits, Backward Beast and Man/Miracle, and between sets, treated to important updates on two of the ACLU’s most critical campaigns.

Tickets $10 or $5 with ACLU discount (copy of the flyer on this web page [click the pic to enlarge], or the attachment)

"All Along the Watchtower" by the Sac State Jazz Singers

They're not Jimi Hendrix, but still good

Monterey Next Generation Festival performance - Sacramento State Jazz Singers.

April 11, 2010.

Arrangement by Ian Brekke.

The singers, from left to right: Valerie Dickinson, Ian Brekke, Casey Lipka, Natalie Geeter, Kalin Walling, Melissa Fulkerson, Karen Cacho, Tim Stephenson, Gaw Vang. Under the direction of Kerry Marsh.

Obama and Torture

Ted Rall
Jason Leopold
Will Durst

From the Peter B. Collins' Show
Jason Leopold on Obama’s contradictory positions on torture.
Peter B. Collins' memo to Obama.
Ted Rall talks about his new book, "The Anti-American Manifesto".
Will Durst on Democratic whiners.
Source: Obama’s Hypocritical Positions on Torture; PBC says “I’ll Stop Whining If….”; Ted Rall’s Anti-American Manifesto; Will Durst

Music includes Earth Anthem, How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live, We'll Meet Again

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Dropkick Murphys’ New Song Backs Wisconsin Workers

Dropkick Murphys’ New Song Backs Wisconsin Workers

by Mike Hall, Feb 22, 2011

Progressive, working-class Irish rockers, the Dropkick Murphys, have joined the fight for middle-class jobs and workers’ rights in Wisconsin, with an early release of their song “Take ‘Em Down” from their upcoming album “Going Out in Style.” They also have made the song available to be played at solidarity rallies across the country.

Click here to stream the song.

The band, which has a long history of supporting workers’ rights and union causes, released the following statement:

Dropkick Murphys would like to take a moment to acknowledge the struggles of the working people of Wisconsin and to pledge our support and solidarity by releasing the song ,”Take ‘Em Down” from our upcoming album. We think it’s appropriate at the moment and hope you like it….We’ll see you in Wisconsin in a few days! The Dropkick Murphys Stand With Wisconsin!!!!!

Paul & Candy's House Concerts - Mudlark on 4/23

From Paul & Candy...

Hey Folks - we're having a house concert with the group MudLark from Davis. They will be here on April 23rd at 8pm. (Doors open at 7:30 for seating) The suggested donation is $5 to $15. with all proceeds going to the group. We had MudLark here last April of '09 and it was a most pleasant evening. They're wonderful singers and instrumentalists as well as great songwriters and storytellers. A good group of people! Now here's the skinny!

Green Day's Arco fans seize the moment

More bands need to take after Green Day and become politically active. Many people "hoped" for "change" last year, but it doesn't look like we are going to achieve it. It's up to us, to make the change we desire. Music (and art) have always been a reflection of our society. It would be nice to see more music reflect the political realities that we live in, just like music did a few decades ago.

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

Green Day's Arco fans seize the moment - Published Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009

Soon into Monday night's Green Day concert at a mostly full Arco Arena, guitarist and singer Billie Joe Armstrong ordered audience members to "put away your (expletive) cell phones!"

The command, though on the surface impolite, helped create a sense of shared experience. The fans need not use their picture phones, Armstrong told them, because "We have this moment right here."

End of Summer Fest - Kai Kln

Jerry Perry Presents...


Kai Kln

Cesar Chavez Park
10th & J Sts
Downtown Sacramento

Friday, Aug. 21st
5pm - 9pm
FREE - All Ages


With a title like SOCIALIST HEALTHCARE DEATH PANEL, I just had to pass it on.

Stop by Luna's on Friday for a night of great music! Don't forget to bring your signs (I like: "Keep Your Damn Government Hands Off My Medicare")


Jackson invited you to "SOCIALIST HEALTHCARE DEATH PANEL FRIDAY @ LUNA'S!" on Friday, August 14 at 9:00pm.

Jackson says, "Playing a rare live gig this Friday night at Luna's in Midtown Sacto with my pals the Half Measures and Rich Varone. If you have the evening open, we promise a night of excellent original music for $6.".

What: Concert
Host: Jackson Griffith, Rich Varone, Josh Chesney, Luna's
Start Time: Friday, August 14 at 9:00pm
End Time: Saturday, August 15 at 12:00am
Where: Luna's Cafe

To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below: