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AM I AS GOOD AS SHE IS?
COMPARISONS do you make them? Is it NOT fair to compare the artistry of actors, singers, paintors etc.?
DO YOU LOVE ME? Eddie Gomez
DO YOU LOVE ME?, Alfred Molina & Randy Graff
DO I LOVE YOU BECAUSE YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL?, Mel Torme
LOOKING BACK ON MY DRINKING
IF I KNEW THEN, Jane McDonald
MY BRUSH WITH FAME & DEATH & ROBERT DiNIRO
WISHING, Glenn Miller
MAKE BELIEVE/THEY DIDN’T BELIEVE ME, Andrea Marcovicci
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Smile, Occupy, Your Picture is About to be Taken. Again, and Again, and Again.
Among the unsung heroes (and heroines) of Occupy are the people who – at very real risk to themselves – professionally photograph and document the movement. These citizen journalists put “human faces” to those who Occupy in a way that both chronicles and respects their subjects. They are more than documentarians – they are artists.
Our 15 Minutes of Fact guest, Stacy Lanyon, is just that sort of person. She is an environmentalist, animal rights, social justice activistand blogger. You may not know her by name, but you may likely have seen her work which has appeared in The Village Voice as well as a myriad of Occupy sites on Facebook and scores of related websites which have discovered Stacy and incorporate her work.
Here is a woman who has also been the subject of police assault during her attempts to photograph rallies and marchers – sometimes violently.
“One of the more often watched videos of the (Zuccotti) eviction has a short scene of somebody with some sort of bright colored thing in their mouth get knocked down, and there’s like some horrid scuffle dragged out, and people start shouting. That was me.”
One of the more often watched videos of the eviction has a short scene of somebody with some sort of bright colored thing in their mouth get knocked down, and there’s like some horrid scuffle dragged out, and people start shouting. That was me.
That has not discouraged her. If anything, it has galvanized Stacy in her efforts to see that every aspect of Occupy – from the worst to the best – will be out there for people to see. It’s all part of supplying that “informed decision” that we expect people to make
Stacy has been documenting the Occupy movement practically since its inception and it is rare not to see her at practically every NYC rally or event catching just the right shot expressing just the right experience.
And, there is more – the words she uses to add color and perspective to her portraitures. Her writing for “At the heart of an occupation” (http://attheheartofanoccupation.blogspot.com/) is equal to her photography skills.
So, this interview should tie this all together – her pics, her writings, and now her voice. Enjoy.
Want to know learn about Stacy Lanyon? You can reach her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stacylanyon/photos. Her twitter name is @StacyLanyon and her blog is at http://attheheartofanoccupation.blogspot.com/.
Does “Idle No More” Spell The End for the XL Pipeline?
Considering the importance of our guest and today’s topic, I will need to provide background for those of you who not tuned in to an ongoing and fierce war against the controversial XL Pipeline and the backlash it has created in the minds and hearts of north America’s indigenous peoples. Specifically, the American Indian and the First Nations of Canada.
Marty Cobenais (a Red Lake Ojibwe) is the Pipeline Organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN). Having led resistance to Enbridge’s Alberta Clipper pipeline and fighting TranCanada’s Keystone XL Pipeline and Exxon/ Imperial Oil’s Heavy Haul in Montana and Idaho, he is an acknowledged leader in pipeline safety issues and a significant activist for the environment.
Marty has been arrested at least twice when protesting in front of the White House and he and his fellow activists have had many clashes with authorities both in Canada and the U.S. Which leads me in this interview to ask, just what “woke up” the Canadian peoples and how did that awareness spread to the U.S.?
To say that he, the First Nations people and the Native Americans are passionate about this subject would be one of the singular understatements of the year. This is a “Red Alert” of momentous import to all citizens of North America.
Stopping the XL pipeline is not just a protest against the undermining of environmental protections and indigenous sovereignty – it is a call-to-arms human rights issue for people of every race and color on this continent.
The fashion by which these protests came about should resonate with anyone who aware of governmental/industrial manipulations of land rights.
The Canadian government proposed a bill which included provisions that were patently objectionable, such as making it easier to open indigenous lands to “development” – that sanitized word for commercial exploitation of natural resources without regard to any impact on landowner rights or damage to the environment.
This same incursion into the U.S. – Follow the (Dirty Oil) Money!
The very act of constructing new oil and gas pipelines directly through First Nations lands and territories and across sensitive waterways to get this tar sand oil to the shores of British Columbia – referred to as “Canada’s Keystone XL- would stretch 730 miles from Alberta.
If you follow the U.S. proposed pipeline, which travels southward and to the east of Billings, MT, Rapid City, Iowa, Steele City, KS, Oklahoma City, OK and Dallas and Houston, TX before reaching the Port Arthur terminals, you will see that it either crosses over or skirts tribal lands and reservations.
If it is up to Marty and hundreds (thousands?) like him, this pipeline will not be allowed to reach the gulf. Listen to this interview intently; the environment saved may be your own.
(Ours is not the only “15 Minutes” devoted to Marty and his causes. He is also found on a Youtube 15 minute segment (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rv7_3MwaIRw) in which he shows what this oil sand material looks like and provides some eye-opening facts about the dangers of tar sands oil.)
M IS FOR THE MANY THINGS SHE GAVE ME…
I WANNA BE A ROCKETTE
A DREAM IS A WISH YOUR HEART MAKES, Bette Midler
ONCE A GHOST, AGAIN A GHOST! Judy Stadt
TALK TO ME, Frank Sinatra
I COULD BE IN LOVE WITH YOU, Jason Robert Brown
THE NAKED COWBOY …
I DO NOT KNOW A DAY I DIDNT LOVE YOU, Tony Bennett
I WON’T SEND ROSES, Robert Preston
THE NEARNESS OF YOU, Judy Stadt & Alden David
BABY, a poem by Judy Stadt
Bobby speaks, on location, at a park bench on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, with Paul Campbell, a British entrepreneur, TV and radio Producer, and kettledrummer (sorry…Timpanist). He is the founder of Amazing, the digital media brand, and the CEO of Amazing Media Group, the umbrella company ofamazingtunes.com and Amazing Radio – an ethical mp3 music library website, (unlike those bastards at iTunes), and a national digital radio station broadcasting 100% new music, respectively. Calling all music-lovers, concert-goers, big city straphangers and subway commuters – yea, that’s right, I’m talking to you over there, rocking the white earphones or The Beats by Dre headsets- meet Paul Campbell.
Occupy In Its “Terrible Two’s.” People Come and People Go. Why – and Why Not?
The problem with any cause, whether it be for civil rights, or anti-war, pro-choice or anti-fracking is that it is constantly confronted with the need to remain viable. This requires large numbers of people who are active, involved and responsibly directed by dedicated leadership.
What is whispered in the OWS, and quietly acknowledged by many in the community, is that infighting and ideological disputes are causing an exodus of talented leaders.
It’s one thing to lose a “sunshine patriot” or weekend warrior, but an entirely different thing to lose people who have the savvy and credentials to move things forward. What is it within a system, or movement, that discourages or drives away such people? Is this a healthy, or is it an unhealthy sign for Occupy?
Brooklyn resident and early-on activist, Amin Husain, seems to occupy the “people go” space having sent a formal and very public note early this month to one of the Occupy Working Groups that he was “stepping back and moving on to other things.”
Coming from a 37-year-old Palestinian-American who grew up poor in that country, was caught up in the Palestinian uprisings of the ‘90’s and spent prison time for that, who moved to the U.S. to become complete his education and land a job as a corporate lawyer only to leave that to become an artist and then a core OWS activist – this was a shock.
In spite of the public pronouncement that Occupy had no lack of leaders as it was “leaderful” and that each and every member could step up to that role, there were key people who assumed that mantle and were essential in that role. Amin was one of those people.
To use Occupy language, he stepped up and stepped back as needed. Two working groups, in particular, attracted his attention and time. Coincidentally (?) these two have been Occupy’s most public and successful displays of its energy and capabilities – Occupy Sandy and Rolling Jubilee.
The general public is more aware of Occupy Sandy by way of newspaper headlines and MSM (main stream media) attention. Within hours after the hurricane, Occupiers seasoned by Zuccotti Park and organized rallies immediately went into action. Hundreds of their members worked shoulder-to-shoulder with other volunteers, the Red Cross and FEMA to aid Sandy victims.
At one point, Occupy Sandy was feeding thousands of Sandy survivors daily out of local churches. Headlines became more friendly, and public figures praised their efforts.
Rolling Jubilee had already been busy answering another major American disaster – medical debt. A brainchild of people in the Strike Debt working group, its stated purpose was to go to the debt buying industry, negotiate to purchase medical debt that ordinarily would have been sold to (and pursued by) collection agencies – and forgive it!
Yes – a famous “bailout of the people, by the people” which hoped to raise $50,000 to buy $1,000,000 in hospital and medical practice debt. The intent was twofold: to make a dent in at least one person’s debt struggles, and then to make a public case that this sort of debt should never exist in a society that cares for its own.
Occupiers flooded social media sites with calls for help and a fund-raising marathon was livestreamed from a club in Manhattan. The $50,000 goal was met and surpassed – by an astounding $500,000.
Thus armed, Rolling Jubilee was incorporated into a 501( c) 4 operation, sought out exceptional legal and accounting talent, brought on board consultants with expertise in the collections industry, and proceeded to create more headlines for OWS. Millions of dollars in debt has been abolished to date, and many more millions to come.
Now, why would anyone – especially Amin Husain – want to step back from such successes? And, what does it mean to Occupy overall?
This 15 Minutes of Fact interview at WGRNradio.com will give you many of the answers. It will be up to the listener and others in OWS to step forward with their own.
Amin, assures us that he has not left Occupy at large. His time and attention is now centered on being Editor of the Tidal (www.Tidalmag.org) and a laundry list of other chores. Want to learn about him and his work? You can reach him directly at email@example.com and on Facebook at http://on.fb.me/13Wk9YD.
If you find this interview of value and would like to help me to continue recording and amplifying the voices of Occupy, please visit my blog at the Huffington Post and friend and follow me on Twitter as @WrittenOffUSA.
THE ART OF AGING IN AMERICA
JUDY’S MIRACLE ELIXER!
CAN’T TAKE YOU NOWHERE, David Silverman
AS YE SOW, SO SHALL YE REAP, Judy Stadt says
SUMMERTIME, Judy Stadt & John Colianni
RADIO CHAT WITH DAVID SILVERMAN
MY WEDDING, A story by Judy Stadt
WEDDING SONG, From Three Penny Opera
FRIM FRAM SAUCE, David Silverman
MOVIE: CAMP 14 TOTAL CONTROL ZONE … recommendation
MONA LISA, Mickey Katz
MONA LISA, Nat King Cole
FOUR LEGGED DOGS IN MY BED, Judy Stadt
Bobby speaks, on location, at the Affinia Shelburne Hotel, in the Murray Hill section of Manhattan, with Peter Hochstein, a self-described “jack-of-all-trades writer (part advertising copywriter/part business journalist/part hired gun author)”. The two discuss Hochstein’s new book, “HEIRESS STRANGLED IN MOLTEN CHOCOLATE AT NAZI SEX ORGY! A MEMOIR.” which is an autobiographical account about Hochstein’s life growing up in Brooklyn with, quote-unquote, “batshit crazy parents”. Calling all gonzo journalists, and the filthy swine that consume their yellow rhetoric, meet Peter Hochstein!
SADNESS AND THE ARTISTE GO TOGETHER LIKE BALONEY & WHITE BREAD
DARKNESS, Leonard Cohen
MARTHA GRAHAM POEM, An Artist is Never Pleased
ONE OF US CANNOT BE WRONG, Leonard Cohen
A SADDER BUT WISER GIRL FOR ME, Robert Preston
IF I SHOULD LOSE YOU, Nina Simone
BABY, Spoken word by Judy Stadt
LENNY BRUCE IS DEAD, Bob Dylan
I DON’T WANT NO GOOSE FOR CHRISTMAS GRANDMA, Terry Waldo
PICK YOURSELF UP AND START OVER AGAIN, Johnny Frigo with Bucky and John Pizzarelli
IT HAD TO BE YOU, Judy Stadt & John Colianni
Do Numbers and Letters Involve Flesh and Blood – ask Economist Stephen Zarlenga
The problem with letters and numbers – as example H.R., or the numerals 2 9 9 0 – is that nothing is revealed that causes the blood to boil, the nostrils to flare and senses to sharpen. Just numbers and letters. (The next such offender is the acronym in which letters are strung together, such as N E E D).
But, do numbers and letters compel, or even require, our attention?
If you are an Activist, or an Occupier, letters, numbers and acronyms can propel us forward. That is. depending on what the letters and numbers stand for, and if we do something about it. Witness, 15 Minutes of Fact guest, Stephen Zarlenga, knows how to breathe life into them. Stephen is the Director of the American Monetary Institute and someone who helped draft the H.R. 2990 Bill introduced into the House of Representatives in 2011 by then-Representative Dennis Kucinich. The NEED acronym stands for National Emergency Employment Defense Act.
The very fact that this bill was caused to die in a House sub-committee last year should give you an idea of its importance. In fact, if we can reintroduce this bill into the 113th Congress, Stephen feels it could be an “earthquake” to our banking system.
This will be one of the passionate cases to be made on Sunday, May 12, from 1-5 p.m. at Coopers Union here in NYC. The title of the event is Fixing Our Money System and its stated purpose is to clear the fog around the headline-grabbing items like Sequestration, trillion dollar
coins, financial cliffs, and closing down the government as well as educate the audience in alternative economic approaches which can end – as Stephen puts it – “all the nonsense being spread about.”
“Yes, it’s all a heap of nonsense, which gives the appearance of mainly being to further enrich the one tenth of one percent when the nation should be heavily taxing their wealth instead, the way Roosevelt did.” (But consider that) “…another important part of the nonsense is to further demoralize the nation and make good people sick! The antidote is monetary reform, and learning which media and internet sources to listen to and which to avoid.”
You don’t have to have “occupied” Wall Street to find these words and this mini-workshop to be of importance. At the very center of Occupy’s message has always been the outrage over a broken financial system. What has been missing up to this point is a single, coherent message and the answer around which such activists can rally.
Completely change the monetary system – stopping, once and for all, the creation of money by private financial institutions as interest-bearing debts! Could this be that missing lightning rod?
To put that message across at Coopers Union, Stephen gathered together a lecture team of some of the most advanced monetary thinkers in the country.
Among them are people such as Professor Nic Tideman of Virgina Tech, William Batt, a leading Georgian economist, and Kaoru Yamaguchi of Japan, a world leader in applying system dynamics methodology to monetary reform.
Enjoy this interview, and put this conference on your calendar. Who knows, while falling in love with letters and numbers you just might learn how to apply them to change our world. Just a question: Do any of my listeners know of a Representative who would introduce H.R. 2990 this year?
To attend Fixing our Broken Money System – Achieving Justice, Avoiding Austerity, Reducing Debt, and Creating Jobs” visit (www.Monetary.org) for details. Tickets are a $10 by eventbrite in advance, or $20 at the door.
Want to know learn about this man and the work his institute is doing? Write Stephen directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. I suggest that you go to Wikipedia and Google him as well for some excellent background material found about him and his institute. For my earlier interview with Stephen on WGRNradio.com, go here: http://bit.ly/10molMQ
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