Sunday events and added material, 10:30 am PDT, Sun, Jun 7.
Music news and events first. News and perspective of the larger universe and these crazy times follows.
All after a few notes on each day's date and place in history, and quotes from someone born on that date.
"All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks."
~ Sarah Moore Grimke (born Jun 5, 1792, died 1873), American abolitionist, widely held to be the mother of the women's suffrage movement, she wrote 'Letters on the Equality of the Sexes.' Born and reared in South Carolina to a prominent, wealthy planter family, she moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the 1820s and became a Quaker, as did her younger sister Angelina. There is disagreement whether her birthday is today or Nov. 26th. But there is no question her quote resonates.
(our thanks to A.Word.A.Day for the quote)
A cartoon from this week that illustrates the above two-hundred-year-old quote. Let that sink in.
On this day
"Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin began its serial run in abolitionist newspaper the National Era on this date in 1851," Garrison Keillor relates in "The Writers Almanac" for today. He continues, "It ran in weekly installments for 10 months. It generated some interest among opponents to slavery, but it didn't reach a larger audience until it was republished as a book in 1852."
"Many critics dismissed the novel as sentimental, and several characters gave rise to persistent stereotypes of African-Americans. Even so, it attracted thousands of Northerners to the abolitionist cause. The book sold 300,000 copies in the United States in its first year in print."
From the L.A. Times archive feature for today:
|May 2, 2018: Boris Yaro, who was a Los Angeles Times staffer in 1968, was at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles the night Robert F. Kennedy was shot. He photographed the stricken senator who died the next day. (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)|
Today in 1829, 191 years ago, HMS Pickle captures the armed slave ship Voladora off the coast of Cuba.
This day in 1864, the American Civil War Battle of Piedmont saw Union forces under General David Hunter defeat a Confederate army at Piedmont, Virginia, taking nearly 1,000 prisoners. The war had another bloody year to go, before "Juneteenth" would finally bring word to Texas that the slaves were free.
Today in 1873, 147 years ago, Sultan Barghash bin Said of Zanzibar closes the great slave market under the terms of a treaty with Great Britain. Yes, there was STILL a "great slave market" operating, even then.
Today in 1883, international travel, commerce, and understanding took a great leap with the first regularly-scheduled run of the Orient Express passenger train from Paris to Istanbul.
Today in 1916, two things:
• Louis Brandeis is sworn in as a Justice of the United States Supreme Court, becoming the first American Jew to hold such a position.
• In World War I, The Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire breaks out (you've seen "Lawrence of Arabia").
The draft: today in 1917, "Conscription" begins in the United States as "Army registration day" for U.S. entry into World War I.
Today in 1944, 76 years ago, more than 1,000 British bombers drop 5,000 tons of bombs on German gun batteries on the Normandy coast in preparation for D-Day, the World War II Invasion of Normandy (the anniversary of its paratroop landings is tonight, and the anniversary of landings on the beaches is tomorrow).
Today in 1947 -- when we were better than we are now -- the Cold War took its best turn with the birth of the "Marshall Plan." In a speech at Harvard University, U.S. Secretary of State George Marshall calls for economic aid to feed and rebuild war-torn Europe, and enable it to restore its self-suffiency.
Tonight in 1968, just after winning the California Primary for the Democratic nomination, U.S. Senator and Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy is assassinated in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. He died the next morning.
Today in 1976, the Teton Dam collapsed in Idaho.
On this day in 1981, the "Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report" of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that five people in Los Angeles, California, have a rare form of pneumonia seen only in patients with weakened immune systems, in what turns out to be the first recognized cases of AIDS.
Today in 1989, "The Tank Man" halts the progress of a column of advancing tanks for over half an hour after the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. No one knows who he was or what happened to him. He disappeared, or was disappeared.
Friday's music news__________
Artists get to keep Band camp fees today
If you buy CDs or music downloads through Bandcamp today, the artists get to keep the fees and sales commission that usually go to that retailer.
FREE Yep Roc Sampler
Or just go to Band camp and get the Yep Roc Sampler as a FREE DOWNLOAD.
Online music classes, discounted through Monday
Music Friday on tv / online
It's roots music day on RFD TV, from 11 am to 6 pm Pacific, including "WOODSONGS" with guest TOMMY EMMANUEL from 3 to 4 pm.
Friday night is when KLCS airs its weekly music lineup:
Bluegrass Underground has the OSBORNE BROTHERS, 8-8:30 pm PDT
Sun Studio Sessions has THE TRISHAS, 8:30-9 pm PDT
Austin City Limits re-airs STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES doing a tribute to GUY CLARK, 9-10 pm PDT
Front & Center has ROBBY KRIEGER & FRIENDS, 10-11 pm PDT
Over on KOCE, aka PBS SO CAL, it's pledge drive, so they're airing music performances.
"John Sebastian Presents: Folk Rewind" airs 9-11 pm PET.
Both PBS stations programming can be tracked-down online. RFD is part of some web tv packages.
This is different. And quite specially wonderful. We are smitten with the cornucopia of quotes from our birthday person. We'll even tell you, up front, that these come from Folk Music star HOLLY NEAR. Spend a few moments immersing yourself and savoring her quotable thoughts:
"Something happens to me when I witness someone's courage. They may not know I'm watching and I might not let them know. But something happens to me that will last me for a lifetime. To fill me when I'm empty, and rock me when I'm low."
"The greatest warriors are the ones who fight for peace."
"Peace can start with just one heart."
"Part of being an artist is being willing to be shocked, being willing to be surprised, being willing to be hurt."
"My parents encouraged thought. You'll get through life better if you learn how to think."
"To be always in a state of wonder is a kind of sensitivity that can sometimes be an extraordinary blessing and sometimes a real pain."
"Leaping away from my mistakes has propelled me forward. It has great force behind it. It makes for great storytelling."
"Like any art, the creation of self is both natural and seemingly impossible. It requires training as well as magic."
"We are a gentle angry people
We are a land of many colors
We are gay and straight together
We are a peaceful loving people
And we are singing, singing for our lives."
"I don't believe in nirvana. If nirvana was handed to us on a silver platter, this would be the first day of our struggle to keep it."
"Why do we kill people who are killing people to show that killing people is wrong?"
"You just keep feeding hogwash to people, and pretty soon they'll eat it."
"When we make mistakes, say, I'm blessed that I have an opportunity to learn from this."
"If you have the guts to keep making mistakes, your wisdom and intelligence leap forward with huge momentum."
"I like this life. I like it when it's hard, and I like it better when it's not, but I know you don't get the sweet part without the bitter."
"In my life, the stories I have heard from my family, my friends, my community, and from willing strangers all over the world have been the true source of my education."
"In less than a century we experienced great movement. The youth movement! The labor movement! The civil rights movement! The peace movement! The solidarity movement! The women's movement! The disability movement! The disarmament movement! The gay rights movement! The environmental movement! Movement! Transformation! Is there any reason to believe we are done?"
"My voice is my instrument. ... It is not in the throat, from where it appears to come. It is in my feet and how they touch the floor, in my legs and how they lift and sink with the rhythm of the song. It is in my hips and belly and lower back."
"Once women are not excluded, I don't think any of us will give a damn what pronouns are used. That wasn't the point."
"White middle- and upper-class men have a longer journey to go than many people."
"My creativity and my political work are linked. I don't do this work out of guilt or out of responsibility."
"A lot of artists say, I'm not political. People are afraid of this word."
"Poverty without a people's government looks like hopelessness, but to see poverty in organized communities is to see relief-in-progress."
"I am selfish. I reach for the world I want to live in. And I believe in leaving our best we can do to our children."
"I'm not allowing my perspective to be dictated by the dominant culture."
~ Holly Near, American folk singer-songwriter, born June 6th.
Happy birthday today to
Holly Near, American folk singer-songwriter
Steve Vai, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
Gary U.S. Bonds, American singer-songwriter
Joe Stampley, American country music singer-songwriter
Dwight Twilley, American rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, and pianist
Uncle Kracker (Matthew Shafer), American singer-songwriter and guitarist
Robert Falcon Scott, English sailor and explorer (1868-1912)
Thomas Mann, German author and critic, Nobel Prize laureate (1875-1955)
V. C. Andrews, American author, illustrator, and painter (1923-1986)
Frank Chee Willeto, American soldier and politician, 4th Vice President of the Navajo Nation, WW II Navajo "code talker" (1925-2013)
One thing before the live cyber shows...
Music video for today, recorded from a live online performance
-- a moment of centered peace that's not escapism
This, from Amanda Abizaid's series, diverts from her fine originals to offer a cover. It is The cover, for where we are after this week.
Catch these Saturday when they happen...
Sat, Jun 6:
2 pm Pacific --
Bob Malone does a concert -- and he sends a sweet message in the meantime.
Keyboard virtuoso Bob Malone and his singer-songwriter / public defender spouse Karen Nash.
Bob Malone Tour Dates
John Fogerty Tour Dates
Bob Malone music video for these times...
|This one's for my girl - and for all the good people out there trying to make this world a better place.|
Sat, Jun 6:
5 pm Pacific --
Jorma Kaukonen performs his 10th solo FREE Quarantine Concert from the Fur Peace Ranch this coming Saturday, June 6 at 8 p.m. EDT. Due to the high quality video setup at the Fur Peace Station concert hall and the excellent sound system Jorma's Live-stream concerts are a delight to watch and a pleasure to hear!
* Go to the Fur Peace Ranch YouTube Channel and subscribe! Please set your notifications "on" to receive the actual link to watch the show or alternatively go to his YouTube channel shortly before 8 p.m. and type in Jorma's name. Jorma Kaukonen, he's the only one.
* The link to subscribe and view Fur Peace Ranch's Channel is: https://www.youtube.com/user/FurPeaceRanch* In a career that has already spanned a half-century, legendary guitarist and vocalist, Jorma Kaukonen is one of the most highly respected interpreters of American roots music, blues, and Americana, and at the forefront of popular rock-and-roll. A member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a Grammy recipient, he is a founding member of two legendary bands, Jefferson Airplane and the still-touring Hot Tuna. Jorma Kaukonen’s repertoire goes far beyond his involvement creating psychedelic rock; he is a legend and one of the finest singer-songwriters and master instrumentalist in music today. Jorma tours the world bringing his unique styling to old blues and writing new songs with insight and imagination
Sat, Jun 6, on tv:
5:30 pm-7 pm Pacific --
7:30 pm-9 pm Pacific --
9:30 pm-11 pm Pacific --
"LINDA RONSTADT LIVE IN CONCERT" was filmed by Peter Asher in 1980, at the height of her stellar career.
* 3 chances to see it tonight, each on a different L.A. PBS station; some offer web simulcasts, so hunt around.
* It's PBS "pledge drive," so they unearth excellent live music productions that you never see otherwise.
“To create something from nothing is one of the greatest feelings, and I would – I don’t know, I wish it upon everybody. It’s heaven.”
“Always cry for love, never cry for pain.”
"Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are."
“A strong spirit transcends rules.”
“Despite everything, no one can dictate who you are to other people.”
“Everyone has their own experience. That’s why we are here, to go through our experience, to learn, to go down those paths and eventually you may have gone down so many paths and learned so much that you don’t have to come back again.”
“I don’t really care so much what people say about me because it usually is a reflection of who they are.”
“There are people who are unhappy with everything.”
“Instead of hate, celebrate.”
“Art is about building a new foundation, not just laying something on top of what’s already there.”
“When you sit down to write something, there should be no guidelines. The main idea is not supposed to be, ‘How many different ways can we sell it?’ That’s so far away from the true spirit of what music is.”
~ Prince, aka Prince Rogers Nelson, American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, performer, producer, and actor, he revolutionized the music business in behalf of artists' rights (born June 7, 1958, died 2016)
1) Compared to the present generation, the next generation will have things:
Better: 38 %
The same: 20%
2) Police are more likely to use deadly force against
A black person 57%
A white person 3%
Race has no effect 36%
3) Trump tweets mainly to
Unite America. 35% 65%
Divide America. 56% 44%
But "Awards Season" would have been over by now -- wouldn't it?
Tonight, Broadway's TONY AWARDS were to have been distributed to the theatre's best.
At the time of the pandemic shutdown in early March, the Great White Way had 31 shows running and another 8 that had not yet reached opening night.
Broadway and its legions of singers, dancers, orchestral musicians, and techies, production staff and assorted support personnel are hoping for a January 2021 re-start. Meanwhile, things aren't truly "dark." At least not completely. In each theatre, presiding over the silent empty seats, each stage hosts a "ghost light," downstate center. It is both tradition and point of practicality if anyone goes in there, so they won't break their neck. Good story on that today by Mo Rocca on always arts-friendly "CBS Sunday Morning."
You CAN hunt around the web and find Broadway's brightest performing online from home.
Btw... today marks 65 years since Lux Radio Theatre signed-off the air permanently. The show had launched in New York in 1934, and featured radio adaptations of Broadway shows and popular films -- until June, 7 1955.
"This is like 1918 meets 1968. You have a pandemic and you have a society that is teetering on edge."
~ Bakari Sellers of CNN in comments to journalist colleagues from CBS.
With all that's happening in 2020, it helps to know what came before, on this very day.
A hunka-hunka house tour...
Priscilla Presley opens Graceland to the public today in 1982; the bathroom where Elvis Presley died five years earlier is kept off-limits. The tours there have made hundreds of millions of dollars as Southerners continue to make pilgrimages.
It was ALL colonialist empire-building and thievery...
Today in 1099, the "Siege of Jerusalem" began a trend in the First Crusade. It was comprised of an international army of 2nd- and 3rd- born sons who inherited nothing in their wealthy European families (where, by law, the 1st son got everything).
They were therefore recruited by The Church to loot Muslim cities in the Holy Land and split -- with The Church -- whatever they stole. So, disinherited European nobility and the Church all got wealthy. Several additional Crusades were done for the same reason.
The same thing was still going on 400 years later when disinherited Spanish nobility looted the Aztecs and Incas in the Americas, splitting the spoils with the Spanish Crown.
In fact, today in 1494, Spain and Portugal signed the "Treaty of Tordesillas," dividing all of the New World between themselves. More European nations horned-in anyway and built colonial empires; native peoples have been subjuged ever since -- and only recently no longer kidnapped and sold into slavery for the pleasure of those whose wealth came from stealing it.
Oh, on this same day the Siege of Jerusalem began in 1099? Today in 1967, Israeli troops entered Jerusalem, seizing the city from Jordan in the Six-Day War... the the U.N. deems the occupation illegal to this day, the Trump administration moved the U.S. embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, becoming the only nation to do so.
Today in 1692, Port Royal, Jamaica, the "pirate capital" of the Caribbean and center of an outlaw world that was, ship-by-ship, a complete direct democracy, is hit by a catastrophic earthquake; in just three minutes, 1,600 people are killed and 3,000 are seriously injured when most of the city sinks into the sea.
Before there was a 4th of July...
Today in 1776, Virginia delegate Richard Henry Lee presents the "Lee Resolution" to the Continental Congress. The motion is seconded by John Adams and will lead to the Declaration of Independence -- THE document ending 13 colonies "that are, and of right ought to be, thirteen United States of America."
On this day in 1862, the United States and the United Kingdom agree in the Lyons–Seward Treaty to suppress the African slave trade.
The Supremes weren't any good without Diahanna Ross...
A shamefully racist U.S. Supreme Court decision resulted from what happened today in 1892, a full 28 years after the end of the Civil War. Homer Plessy was arrested for refusing to leave his seat in the "whites-only" car of a train; he lost the resulting court case, Plessy v. Ferguson.
On the other hand, 73 years later, today in 1965, the Supreme Court handed down a decision establishing some (tightly constrained) individual rights -- in Griswold v. Connecticut, it prohibited the states from criminalizing the use of contraception by married couples.
Individual rights were extended 6 years after that, today in 1971, when the High Court overturned the conviction of Paul Cohen for disturbing the peace; it set the precedent that "vulgar writing" is protected under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Today in 1832, 7 Asian cholera reaches Quebec, brought by Irish immigrants, and kills about 6,000 people in Lower Canada.
One reason men didn't want women to have the vote... today in 1899, American Temperance crusader Carrie Nation begins her campaign of vandalizing alcohol-serving establishments by destroying the inventory in a saloon in Kiowa, Kansas.
On this day in 1917 in the World War I Battle of Messines, Allied soldiers detonate a series of mines underneath German trenches, killing 10,000 German troops.
In a largely forgotten invasion by a foreign power of American soil, today in 1942, Imperial Japanese forces land on and occupy the Aleutian Islands of Attu and Kiska in Alaska. It would take two years of fighting before they were gone -- mostly killed in combat.
Simultaneous with Japan's invasion of Akaska, the Rising Sun lost and withdrew from its attempted invasion of Midway Island following the US Navy's miraculous victory, sinking four Japanese aircraft carriers and one cruiser (see yesterday).
Today in 1944, on the day after D-Day in the WW II Battle of Normandy, members of the SS Division Hitlerjugend massacre 23 Canadian prisoners of war at Ardenne Abbey.
Look mum, the telly! Today in 1946, the BBC resumed broadcasting television after it had been dark seven years during WW II.
Bad blood glows in the dark...
Today in 1981, the Israeli Air Force destroys Iraq's Osiraq nuclear reactor during Operation Opera. Let the irony sink it that it was "Operation Opera," conducted against the nation whose forebears gave us the Gilgamesh.
Sorta Krakatoa re-enactment?
Today in 1991, Mt. Pinatubo erupts in the Philippines, sending a cloud of abrasive ash 7 kilometers i/ 4.3 miles high. The World becomes aware that jet aircraft engines can be damaged and planes can crash if they ingest ash, causing a shutdown of all North Atlantic flights two+ decades later when a volcano erupts in Iceland.
Terrorism & being awash in Guns...
Today in 2013, a gunman opened fire at Santa Monica College in Santa Monica, California, after setting a house on fire nearby, killing six people, including the arson suspect.
One year later, today in 2014, at least 37 people are killed in an attack in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's South Kivu province.
(The Guide does not endorse returning live music -- with live audiences present and eating in venues. Obviously neither singing nor eating can be done while wearing a mask. Research the provisions and satisfy yourself regarding the venue's arrangements before you go.)
Sun, Jun 7:
5 pm Pacific --
ANDY & RENEE play a live Youtube show.
* Theme: “If success or failure of this planet and of human beings depended on how I am and what I do... HOW WOULD I BE? WHAT WOULD I DO?” ~ Buckminister Fuller.
* TUNE-IN at https://youtu.be/lZkxxVBf-3c
* MAKE REQUESTS before the show from their list of 470 songs; they'll do as many as possible. See the list HERE, and send your requests to email@example.com
Sun, Jun 7:
5 pm Pacific --
"MOMENT OF CLARITY" with LEE CAMP of "Redacted Tonight" and ELEANOR GOLDFIELD. Plus two more things.
We talked about the unaccounted-for TRILLIONS at the Pentagon, the pandemic, Wall Street and much more. Don't miss this conversation!
GRAMMY MUSEUM posts songs of social change
The GRAMMY MUSEUM has also posted extensive resources. Here's what they say, and their links
More at the GRAMMY MUSEUM and its programs at: www.grammymuseum.org
Seven Albums Featuring 107 Songs Released To All Digital Platforms
“I’m just so delighted that my music will be available to everyone who wants to listen to it whenever they want,” said Hendrix. “The rockabilly community has always been so supportive, and I hope this brings some fun and good times into their lives.”
“This is a treasure trove of music for rockabilly fans,” adds Mike Jason, Time Life Senior Vice President, Live Entertainment. “There are few artists at the top of the genre like Al is and we are so honored to be working with him.”
Inspired by the Grand Ole Opry, Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Buck Owens, Hendrix recorded his first singles (“Rhonda Lee” and “Go Daddy Rock”) in 1957 and by 1960 could be heard every hour on Alan Freed’s radio show. He was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in 2008 and in recent years has been a featured performer at events around the world, including the Viva Las Vegas rockabilly festival, The High Rockabilly Festival in Spain, the Hemsby Rock ‘N’ Roll Weekender in the UK and at his old friend Buck Owens’ iconic venue, Crystal Palace.
There's more information on Al Hendrix at his Facebook page.
About Time Life
Named one of 28 U.S. orchestras to receive "Catalyst Fund Grants" from League of American Orchestras for use within their organization
"Prime Country" airs on Channel 58 starting Wednesday, June 3
"Live Wire" will feature live cuts in June from Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Jeff Carson, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Bob Seger, plus an exclusive interview with Larry Gatlin, and live cuts from Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, with continued airings throughout June.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country hit-maker T. Graham Brown's LIVE WIRE on SiriusXM's Prime Country Channel 58 will debut new episodes for June, starting Wednesday, June 3 at 10/9c PM, featuring an interview with Larry Gatlin. LIVE WIRE is a one hour show that showcases live cuts & interviews with some of T. Graham Brown's closest friends and heroes, sharing fun stories about life on the road.
“I hope you will join us for June’s edition of Live Wire on SiriusXM Prime Country Channel 58” says T. Graham Brown. “The weather is getting hot and so is the music. We’ve got some classic cuts from Merle, Johnny, Seger and more including an interview with the legendary, Larry Gatlin. Come join the party, cause it’s gonna be great!”
With continued airings throughout June, the show will feature live cuts from artists including Merle Haggard, Jeff Carson, Johnny Cash, Bob Seger, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, along with an interview with Larry Gatlin and live cuts from Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers. Listen closely to hear never-before-told stories and rare live performances from your favorite Prime Country superstars! LIVE WIRE is also available on-demand worldwide with the SiriusXM app and Pandora NOW with a standard SiriusXM subscription.
How subscribers can listen:
SiriusXM subscribers are able to listen on SiriusXM radios, and those with streaming access can listen online, on-the-go with the SiriusXM mobile app and at home on a wide variety of connected devices including smart TVs, devices with Amazon Alexa or the Google Assistant, Apple TV, PlayStation, Roku, Sonos speakers and more. Go to www.siriusxm.com/streaming to learn more.
Additional airings in June include:
Thursday, June 4 @ 1 am and 3 pm ET
Sunday, June 7 @ 11 am ET
Tuesday, June 9 @ 12am and 11 pm ET
Thursday, June 11 @ 3 am ET
Monday, June 22 @ 12 pm ET
For T. Graham Brown's most updated concert calendar visit tgrahambrown.com.
About T. Graham Brown:
T. Graham Brown has recorded 15 studio albums and charted more than 20 singles on the Billboard charts. He has had multiple number one hits in country, gospel and blues. Brown’s voice is also recognized from his singing in advertising campaigns for McDonald’s, Disneyland, Almond Joy, Coca Cola, Dodge Truck, Ford, Hardee’s and many others including the Taco Bell “Run For The Border” television spots. In early 2015, Brown released his latest Grammy nominated album, Forever Changed, which featured collaborations with Vince Gill, Jason Crabb, The Oak Ridge Boys, Jimmy Fortune and more. In 2019, Brown launched his Live Wire show on SiriusXM, airing monthly on Prime Country Channel 58. Time Life partnered with T. Graham in 2020 to reissue four of his classic albums in June, with plans to release a new album in the fall. T. Graham Brown still actively tours throughout the year, including multiple appearances on the legendary Grand Ole Opry and television appearances such as Larry’s Country Diner and Country’s Family Reunion. Brown’s uniqueness has made him one of the most beloved and iconic performers of the day.
For more information, check out: www.tgrahambrown.com
Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SIRI) is the leading audio entertainment company in the U.S., and the premier programmer and platform for subscription and digital advertising-supported audio products. Pandora, a subsidiary of SiriusXM, is the largest ad-supported audio entertainment streaming service in the U.S. SiriusXM and Pandora together reach more than 100 million people each month with their audio products. SiriusXM, through Sirius XM Canada Holdings, Inc., also offers satellite radio and audio entertainment in Canada. In addition to its audio entertainment businesses, SiriusXM offers connected vehicle services to automakers and directly to consumers through aftermarket devices. For more about SiriusXM, please go to: www.siriusxm.com
The beloved Central Coast festival and benefit for KCBX public radio will air broadcast and webcast to the planet
|You can even order your 2020 Live Oak Music Festival "On the Radio' commemorative T-shirt.|
Friday's "bigger world" news & perspectives
What if it's "Public Safety Officer" instead of "Law Enforcement"?
That's not semantics or pedantics, but the kind of philosophical reinvention that could change everything.
We believe the discussion going forward should start with why we have police, what we expect of them, and what role we want them to have in our society.
Laws uniquely exempt police officers from the same codes of behavior as the rest of us. It is time to examine what that means, if no one is above the law and no one is beneath the law.
Society can begin to implement change with proposed legislation known as the "Police Accountability Act," now languishing in Congress.
Sharbel Hanna is circulating a citizen petition on Change dot org. As of this morning it has 68,244 signatures toward a goal of 75,000 to take to members of Congress.
Consider these simple but shocking numbers from Change dot org.
Of the 7,666 times that police officers killed people in the U.S. between 2013 and 2019:
• 25 (0.3%) resulted in a conviction
• 74 (1.0%) resulted in a charge but no conviction
• 7,567 (98.7%) resulted in NO charges whatsoever
"Due to this," says Sharbel, "the Police Accountability Act needs to be passed. With this, Police officers and government officials will be held accountable to the same level as a normal U.S. Citizen. They CAN NOT be let off for murder over 'fearing their lives' anymore. Being a police officer has its known dangers and risks, and protecting citizens is far more important than looking out for themselves."
Read the petition and sign if you wish, at:
It must be acknowledged
|Police officer in Boston, expressing unity with peaceful protesters. Source: WHDH|
As always, there must be an ongoing evaluation of what comprises overall trends, what goes against the trends, and whether shifts are occurring that will re-make the status quo.
The suddenly changed (white) view of police
Axios dedicated its "1 big thing" today to an overview of where we are with our police -- even in the days after George Floyd, and Trump ordering an attack on peaceful protesters for his photo op. Here are three quick Axios features from this morning.
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Caught on tape: Buffalo police shove 75-year-old
It isn't always racial. Sometimes it's brutal power-and-control against any unarmed citizen -- who goes to the hospital.
In this image from WBFO, a Buffalo police officer shoves a man who walked up to police yesterday. The man fell, hit his head on the pavement, and was bleeding as officers walked past to clear Niagara Square. provided by NPR station
- The man is in serious but stable condition, and suffered a concussion and lacerations.
- Police Capt. Jeff Rinaldo later told the TV station that an internal affairs investigation was opened.
- Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood suspended two officers last night.
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Districts jettison school police officers
|Portland, Ore., on Tuesday evening. Photo: Sean Meagher/The Oregonian via AP|
Portland Public Schools, Oregon's largest school district, yesterday cut its ties with the Portland Police Bureau.Other urban districts — including Minneapolis, St. Paul and Denver — are considering doing the same.
Nationwide, 43% of public schools had an armed law enforcement officer present at least once a week in the 2015-2016 school year, the most recent stats available.
Critics of the concept say the officers' presence can lead to the criminalization of students, particularly students of color, who may be labeled as troublemakers for using a cellphone or other minor infractions.
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Policies that could help fix policing
George Floyd's death has reignited the long and frustrating push to reform a law enforcement system whose systemic flaws have been visible for years, Axios' Stef Kight and Sam Baker write.
• Why it matters: Solving these problems will require deep political, structural and cultural changes, experts and advocates say. But they point to a handful of specific policy changes that, while not a cure, would make a difference.
• There’s a growing movement, across ideological lines, to end the legal doctrine known as "qualified immunity," which makes it all but impossible to successfully sue police officers.
• "I really do think that this doctrine is the cornerstone of our culture of near-zero accountability for law enforcement," said Jay Schweikert, a policy analyst at the libertarian Cato Institute.
• 23 states and Washington, D.C. do not publicly release disciplinary records for law enforcement officers — in some states, such as New York and California, all personnel files are confidential, according to a 2015 project by WNYC.
• There's no public register of officers who have been fired or forced to resign due to misconduct.
• New York is considering changes that would make more information public.
• And the San Francisco district attorney announced a resolution that would prevent the police and sheriff's department from hiring officers with a history of misconduct.
Limiting the use of force:
• Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers called on lawmakers this week to pass a bill that would limit law enforcement's ability to use force.
• New Jersey's governor and state attorney general also announced they will expand the state's use-of-force database.
• Former President Obama urged all mayors to review use-of-force policies.
• Joe Biden has called for a federal ban on chokeholds.
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By the numbers...
■ African-Americans in the U.S. comprise:
• 38 % of federally incarcerated
• 13.4 % of the U.S. population
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■ Median Household U.S. income:
• African-Americans: $41,361
• National average, all races: $63,179
(That's $22,000 / year less than the national median)
} (U.S. Census Bureau)
■ Unemployment in the U.S. in April:
• African-Americans 16.7 %
• National, all races 14.7 %
} (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
■ African-American Elected officials since 1789:
• Members of the U.S. House of Representatives: 153 out of 10,363 total all-time members (147 from states, plus 6 from territories or the District of Columbia)
• Members of the U.S. Senate: 10 out of 1,307 total all-time members*.
• * - Plus another 677 all time count who served in both chambers
■ U.S. President:
• 1 -- in office Jan. 2009-Jan. 2017.
A must-read: perspective on what the chaos is about
Finally... will change come?
We ran this cartoon a week ago, titled, "A thousand words, or no words?"
We repeat it now to ask who sees it differently than they did then?
features in the works, and they'll
be along as we get them dressed,
shoes tied, cowlicks combed down,
bowties cranked straight,
and strings tuned.
Find a comfortable spot by the
wood stove -- you'll prob'ly need to
grab the cards for solitaire, since you
can't have somebody over for a round
of checkers. But we'll be along...
directly, from a safe social distance.
Direct from Cyberia.
in this new decade...
"Hee Haw" voice: "THAT's all!"
(good for avoiding the "regular" flu & colds, too)
• Coronavirus lives on inorganic surfaces anywhere from two hours to NINE DAYS; it all seems dependent on temperature, unless it is killed by disinfectant. When tests revealed that, even health care workers were surprised. It brings more emphasis to many of the following points.
• Stop shaking hands. Don't do "fist bumps" because that's still hand-to-hand contact. And don't become a mad elbow-bumper, because of the next point.
• Cough into the inside of your elbow, ANY TIME you cough.
• Make your own hand sanitizer if the stores are out. Formula, from a doctor who makes it with her kids: two parts isopropyl alcohol (drugstore alcohol, at least 70% alcohol), one part aloe vera gel, a dash of any essential oil. Works just ss well as store bought stuff.
• Don't be a transporter. Immediately remove shoes inside your front door and change clothes when you get home. Don't plunk-down on the couch until you shed what you were wearing at work or in the store or on the bus or in the coffee bar. Stop tracking everything from the sidewalk onto your kitchen and bathroom floors and your rug.
• Be mindful of your car. Everything you touch, everywhere, is on your steering wheel. Everywhere you sit is on your car seat. Keep 'em disinfected -- Clorox wipe the wheel, Lysol spray the seats, often.
• Everything you wear goes in the hamper. No multi-day wearings between washings.
• Don't buy-up all tbe masks that medical responders need. Nearly all the masks in the stores are Dust Masks, made to keep carpenters and other tradesmen from inhaling sawdust. Expecting those to protect you from tiny viruses is like trying to filter water with a tennis racket. Plus, wearing masks everywhere is not a good idea -- without training and lots of practice, you'll contaminate the thing and then breathe a stewpot of microorganisms up-close and personal.
~ gas pump handles -- whatever was deposited on them is now on your steering wheel, and marinading on your hands as you snack while driving.
~ airline & train tray tables -- who knows when they were last cleaned and to what extent? When we saw a baby being changed on one... (bring a little plastic box of Clorox wipes when you travel).
~ bring your own food on the airplane -- you're probably doing that, anyway, since they stopped feeding you back when they started charging for carry-on luggage and made you ride with your knees in your armpits. Flight attendants have tested positive -- their hands pour drinks, dispense snacks, and pick-up everybody's garbage.
Read AND SHARE The Guide's complete feature story on the COVID-19 Coronavirus in the edition at: https://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2020/02/leap-day-weekend-leaping-into.html