THE WEEK THAT WAS
>>Do You Believe In Miracles?
Lessons from 1953: The debt write-off behind Germany's 'economic miracle'
>The Nose On Your Face
HRW blames international rise in extremism on human rights violations
+ Yes, Oil Is Behind a Lot of Wars
Everyone is scared: Nobel Prize winner Shiller
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James Moore talks with Patti Miller about the world premiere of her documentary, Iowans Return To Freedom Summer, which will be shown at the February Fairfield 1st Fridays Art Walk, on Friday, February 6, at 7:30 pm at the Sondheim Theater in Fairfield Iowa.
Don't miss this historical account of how Iowa students participated in Freedom Summer in 1964 in Mississippi, registering voters, teaching in Freedom Schools and working in Community Centers , and advancing the cause of racial equality during the tumultuous 60's. Their bravery, dedication, and hard work will inspire everyone. Patti spent the summer of 1967 in Mississippi and later worked with Dr. Martin Luther King in Chicago.
Joie Chen is the latest high-profile TV news reporter to join Al Jazeera America.
She'll discuss the recent shooting of Allen Locke, a Lakota native, who was killed in his own home by the Rapid City, South Dakota police department. The case is under investigation. She also talks about the three Al Jazeera reporters who have been held for over a year in Egypt on dubious charges.
Chen, a 10-year veteran of CNN, who has also worked for CBS Sunday covering the White House, is host of the cable network’s prime-time showcase, “America Tonight.”
Edgar Froese, founding member of the German electronic group Tangerine Dream, has died in Vienna, aged 70.
Tangerine Dream's psychedelic and trance-like use of synthesiser sound was a significant influence on the development of electronic music.
Froese once said that "there is no death, there is just a change of our cosmic address".
Froese was born on D-Day - 6 June, 1944 - in Tilsit in East Prussia, now the Russian city of Sovetsk. Froese's father and other relatives were killed by the Nazis and the family lost all their belongings in the war. --BBC; To continue reading, click here...
THE WEEK THAT WAS
>The Economy Doesn't Suck, It Just Sucks For You
Richest 1% Percent To Have More Than Rest of Humanity Combined
World economy is worse than thought
Israeli Mossad Goes Rogue, Warns U.S. on Iran Sanctions
>>Rahming It Through
How To Sell Off a City: Welcome to Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago, the privatized metropolis of the future.
ITH DEEP-DIVE: The War Is Over. Long Live The War.
9/11 Forever (and Ever)
Obama’s ‘Mission Unaccomplished’ Moment
The Golden Age of Black Ops: Special Ops Missions Already in 105 Countries in 2015
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Kim Fowley, musician, writer, and producer best known as the manager of the Runaways, died after a long battle with bladder cancer. He was 75. Son of character actor Douglas Fowley (who appeared in "Singing in the Rain" and as Doc Holiday on the V series "Wyatt Earp") and actress Shelby Paynee. He was Thelonius Monk’s food runner, was taken under the wing of notorious DJ Alan Freed; he was also an associate of Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention.
Fowley made a name for himself in the 1960s as a co-producer on the chart-topping novelty song “Alley Oop” (which was credited to the faux group the Hollywood Argyles), and in addition to releasing solo albums he worked with artists like Paul Revere And The Raiders, the Murmaids, KISS, Alice Cooper, Leon Russell, and Kris Kristofferson throughout that decade. He was credited with being the first to get an audience to hold up lighters at a concert. He would go on to manage the Runaways in 1975, introducing Joan Jett to the world, though they would sever ties with him two years later due to his often abrasive management style. (He was portrayed by Michael Shannon in the 2010 biopic The Runaways.) In the 1980s, he served mainly as a talent scout and producer, promoting bands such as the Innocents, Candy, Steel Breeze, and Shanghai.
In his later years, he was still active as both a producer and performer. He also hosted a weekend show on Sirius Satellite Radio. After being featured in the 2003 documentary Mayor Of Sunset Strip, he tried out filmmaking and won a special jury prize from the Melbourne Underground Film Festival in 2012 for one of his feature films Golden Road To Nowhere and Black Room. --stereogum, wiki
Dallas Taylor, who played drums for Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Manassas and Stephen Stills, has died at the age of 66 of unknown causes.
Taylor’s wife, Patti Mcgovern-Taylor, announced the news via Facebook. According to Variety, Taylor began his music career with the band Clear Light before meeting Stills and being invited to perform on Crosby, Stills & Nash‘s groundbreaking debut album. Less than a year later, he was back behind the kit as the trio became a quartet with the addition of Neil Young and recorded the 1970 masterpiece ‘Deja Vu.’
He stayed with Stills for the guitarist’s 1970 self-titled solo album, and joined him in the highly underrated group Manassas for their 1972 and 1973 albums. Taylor later worked with Van Morrison and Paul Butterfield.
In 1985, he began working as an addiction specialist, dedicated to “providing alcohol and drug interventions and recovery help to individuals and their loved ones throughout the United States and abroad.” --929jackfm
THE WEEK THAT WAS
West Struggles to Halt Rising Flow of Citizens to War Zones
France cracks down on hate speech, sends carrier to Mideast
>>A Lotta Hot Air
Activists say Obama action on methane emissions 'misses 90% of pollution'
>>Peddle to the Meddle
Who needs lobbyists? See what big business spends to win American minds
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IT'S ANOTHER TOPICAL & MUSICAL SAFARI
Tune in at 2pm Fri CT on KRUUfm.com's PLANET ERSTWILD as I share Chris Hedges' essay with Gary L. Francione: The Abolitionist Approach to Animal Rights which posits veganism as a moral choice because all forms of life are sacred, a much stronger stand than simply calling for ethical treatment.
Enjoy a brand new track from Sir Paul McCartney aptly called "Hope for the Future" and words of wisdom from Aaron Swartz, founder of Reddit and co-founder of Creative Commons, as well as a short tribute to Kim Fowley, LA rock music legend/impressario of The Runaways and many bands, who just passed awayat the age of 75. [Show is rebroadcast Sun 11pm.]
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Romper Room for grown children.
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