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Archive for November, 2010


Wednesday, November 24th, 2010


Courtesy KABC-TV

Read the full KNBC Los Angeles story by Jonathan Lloyd and Cádiz Klemack

“I don’t want to do a body scan, and I’m hoping by wearing a bikini they will see everything they need to see and we can avoid a pat-down, as well.”
— Corrine Theile

(interviewed at LAX the day before Thanksgiving 2010)

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Courtesy CNN/WABC-TV



Columbia University: Body Scanners Increase Risk Of Skin Cancer

Airport body scanners could lead to an increase in skin cancers according to scientists at Columbia University, who warn that the dose emitted by the naked x-ray devices could be up to 20 times higher than originally estimated, in another clear example of how the scanners are completely illegal, dangerous to public health, and need to be removed immediately …

Read Paul Joseph Watson’s June 29, 2010 article in its entirety at the UK’s Prison


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Former homeland security chief argues for whole-body imaging

The writer was secretary of homeland security from 2005 to 2009 and is co-founder of the Chertoff Group, a security and risk-management firm whose clients include a manufacturer of body-imaging screening machines.



Monday, November 22nd, 2010

(a taste of vintage Mose)

• James Brewer interviews Mose Allison
29 December, 2010

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Go to the original

Read Ben Greenman’s New Yorker review of Mose Allison’s “late-life triumph”

Photos: Michael Wilson

Mose Allison

The “cool little cluster” that is Mose Allison’s brain

By James Brewer

World Socialist Web Site
22 November 2010

Experiencing a performance by veteran blues-jazz artist Mose Allison can be for some of us like finding a long-lost valuable. For younger listeners, discovering his music can be a cultural awakening.

I had the good fortune to experience this first-hand recently at the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe in the Detroit area—coincidentally, the day before his 83rd birthday. His message is as straight-from-the-shoulder as it has been for over five decades. He threw in tunes from his latest album, “The Way of the World,” alongside some of his oldest material. But there is nothing nostalgic about a Mose Allison performance.His music has lost little of its edge. “Everybody Cryin’ Mercy” was written in 1968. It could have been written today. Hearing Mose deliver it now is like entering a musical conversation about the current war. Which one? … Take your pick

Click here to read the whole of journalist and film critic James Brewer’s affectionate tribute to the legendary Mississippi-born pianist-singer-composer in this review of Mose Allison’s The Way of the World.

© 2010


Mose Allison Trio performs his classic “Your Mind Is on Vacation”


Jazz Profiles: MOSE ALLISON | produced by Ben Sidran



An interactive Mose Allison discography posted at his fan-based website


The official Mose Allison website


THE STORY OF STUFF | How Our Obsession with Stuff is Trashing the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health  — and a Vision for Change

Sunday, November 21st, 2010


Check out the update:

Courtesy Free Range Studios

“Annie Leonard not only knows ‘the story of stuff’ — she has the right stuff!”
–Ralph Nader

Photo: Al Young

Annie Leonard lays down the word at the 2010 Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival

Click here or on book cover below to read Jessica Hulliger’s in-depth review of this fresh and crucial book

Annie Leonard on The Colbert Report at Comedy Central


How Our Obsession with Stuff is Trashing the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health  — and a Vision for Change

By Annie Leonard

(Host of the Internet film sensation
The Story of Stuff | The Book

with Ariane Conrad

Free Press
(A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.)
318 pages
$26 U.S.

Replay Annie Leonard’s “internet film sensation”

“A brilliant video; a must-see and must-do.”
— Al Young (at back in December of 2008)


SKETCHBOOK: A Journal for Eastern & Western Short Forms

Sunday, November 14th, 2010


Current Issue



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SAVING THE INTERNET ONE CLICK AT A TIME | Public Hearing on the Future of the Internet | Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Sunday, November 14th, 2010



“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.”

Who said this? Thomas Jefferson? Tom Paine?

Neither, evidently.

The final chapter of Ida B. Wells’ autobiography, Crusade for Justice (University of Chicago Press 1970), begins, “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” She goes on to argue that although the United States does have some “wonderful institutions” to protect our liberty, we have grown complacent and need to be “alert as the watchman on the wall.”
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It was neither Thomas Jefferson nor Tom Paine who uttered those words; it was Ida B. Wells (1862-1931), an African American who spoke out throughout her lifetime against lynching and other forms of terrorism.

Keep liberty and free speech alive on the internet. Support net neutrality.

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Senator Al Franken on net neutrality

An urgent reminder from

Photo: Rafael Alvarado

Watch Al Young’s Authors@Google presentation


Video courtesy of the New Mexico Media Literacy Project

Wikipedia’s history of the FCC
The Federal Communications Commission was created in 1934 to protect the public airwaves. Americans in the 21st century are largely unaware that the broadcast band is public property.