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Friday, June 5, 2020

June is already echoing Juneteenth, in music and voices. 6/5/20.

Sunday events and added material, 10:30 am PDT, Sun, Jun 7. 

Before that...
Sat, Jun 6, on tv:
5:30 pm-7 pm Pacific -- 
7:30 pm-9 pm Pacific -- 
9:30 pm-11 pm Pacific -- 
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, see listing.
     Before that...
Lots of SATURDAY content added, Sat, June 6, 9:52 am.

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.



THOUGHT FOR TODAY from one born on this date...

Not exactly a new idea. Tragically, still an urgent need, two-hundred-plus years later.

"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:

On this day in 1968Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was shot in Los Angeles. The shooting came hours after he won the California Democratic presidential primary and moments after he finished his victory speech before a crowd at the Ambassador Hotel. He had been shaking the hand of a teenage busboy, Juan Romero, when he was struck by gunfire. Kennedy died the next day at age 42, almost five years after his brother President John F. Kennedy was killed.
Times photographer Boris Yaro had been at the event and captured what became a defining photo of the event. In an account he gave to The Times in 2010, he described being drawn into the chaos before taking a handful of photos.
“I took a quick look at the photos and the whole incident began to take over my feelings,” Yaro wrote. “I went back into my darkroom. And I wept.”

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.

On this day in 1956, Elvis Presley introduces his new single "Hound Dog" on "The Milton Berle Show," scandalizing the audience with his suggestive hip movements.

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.

Turns out it's a multilevel benefit. To raise awareness around the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on musicians everywhere, our friends at Bandcamp are waiving their revenue share on sales today (from midnight to midnight Pacific Time). Plus an Americana label is doing even more.

To celebrate the support Bandcamp is offering to artists today, Yep Roc records is joining-in to offer you exclusive new live releases from Robyn Hitchcock, Tift Merritt, The Minus 5, Eleni Mandell, Southern Culture On The Skids, Darren Hanlon, The Mayflies USA, The Countdown Quartet and Los Straitjackets.

PLUS: Yep Roc is in an especially charitable frame of mind, touting "our best selling T-shirt is back!"  Buy an “I Still Buy Records” tee and a portion of the proceeds from every order will be donated to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

If you go through that label's site today, remember to add their FREE Yep Roc Sampler to your order. It features songs from Aoife O’Donovan, Blitzen Trapper, Chuck Prophet, Young Fresh Fellows, Jim Lauderdale and more.

Or just go to Band camp and get the Yep Roc Sampler as a FREE DOWNLOAD.

From Americana icons like Steep Canyon Rangers, Aoife O’Donovan and Jim Lauderdale to the rocking stylings of The Fleshtones and Born Ruffians, this sampler of fresh tunes will leave you hungry for more! Download for free now at Bandcamp.
FREE Download
Free Sampler's Track List:
  1. Aoife O’Donovan - Lakes of Pontchartrain
  2. Chatham County Line - Station to Station 
  3. Born Ruffians - Breathe 
  4. Mapache - Life on Fire 
  5. Chuck Prophet - Best Shirt On 
  6. Grant-Lee Phillips - Lowest Low 
  7. John Wesley Harding - Negative Low 
  8. Young Fresh Fellows - Gear Summer 
  9. Blitzen Trapper - Magical Thinking 
  10. Kim Richey - Hello Old Friend 
  11. Jim Lauderdale - You’ve Got This 
  12. The Third Mind - Claudia Cardinale 
  13. The No Ones - Gone 
  14. Steep Canyon Rangers & Asheville Symphony - Easy to Love 
  15. The Fleshtones - Alex Trebek

Online music classes, discounted through Monday 

Nope, we aren't taking any payoff to promote the Boston-based Berklee College of Music or its Berklee Online programs. We just think you should know when they offer a chance to save up to $200 off courses that encourage creation and collaboration. 

This is their final deal of the semester, so it's worth considering. The savings are in place through Monday, June 8.

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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.

Fri, Jun 12:
5 pm Pacific --
Monthly "WOODSHED SESSIONS ONLINE" with THE SUSIE GLAZE NEW FOLK ENSEMBLE & performing guests, continuing their series, online.
*  Today's musical guest is JOHN ZIPPERER
*  Click for guests & schedule and tune-in:


Saturday, June 6th

THOUGHTS FOR TODAY from one born on this date...

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


In memoriam to departed artists and influencers born this date 

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)

Something else special today

Holly Near regaled us with thoughts going forward. But no one is ever equipped to handle the present or the future without knowing what came before. So we have specially chosen -- and organized -- what to include for our "On this day" feature.

In the midst of all the events of our time, we pause to see that June 6th is one of history's most momentously tumultuous dates. Yet, repeatedly, it yielded better outcomes. Struggle? Yes. Sacrifice? Certainly. But plenty here, from the "changed-everything" to the big flash in the heavens (literally) to the charmingly trivial... from which to find hope and take inspiration.

On this day...

We start with 3 items of June 6th in armed conflict, and producing nations without totalitarian rule:

     Today in 1918 in the World War I Battle of Belleau Wood, The U.S. Marine Corps suffers its worst single day's casualties while attempting to recapture the wood at Château-Thierry. Those who knew that history must have worried an extra measure on this day in 1944.

     In the vast Pacific Ocean north of the tiny island that marks the halfway point between Hawai'i and Japan, the greatest miracle in the history of naval warfare took place today in 1942, 78 years ago. In the Battle of Midway, U.S. aircraft-carrier-based Navy dive bombers sank four Japanese aircraft carriers and the Japanese cruiser Mikuma. The Japanese planes were caught on their flight decks, switching from bombs to torpedoes, and when attacked, all those explosives intended to destroy their adversaries instead destroyed their own ships. In a single day, the unstoppable advance of Imperial Japan since its attack on Pearl Harbor was reversed. The ships of the two fleets never came within sight of one another. It was a new kind of war, conducted by formidably armed aircraft launched and recovered from ships at sea. World War II would see much more struggle and blood, but the Battle of Midway greatly shortened that war in the Pacific, probably by two years and hundreds of thousands of lives.

     Two years later on this date: 76 years ago today on the barb-wire strewn, concrete-bunker filled, land-mine-laced coast of Nazi-occupied France, World War II opened its long-delayed European Western Front ground war with the Allied invasion of Normandy.
     Codenamed Operation Overlord, it began with the execution of Operation Neptune, commonly referred to as D-Day.
     The landing of that first contingent, 155,000 Allied troops, on five heavily fortified beaches into the face of murderous German machine guns and artillery, was made onto Gold, Sword, and Juno beaches by British and Canadian troops and contingents from European forces that had escaped the Germans.
     Utah Beach, and bloody Omaha Beach and adjacent Pointe du Hoc, the latter with their towering cliffs, were the American beaches.
     Meticulous planning, brilliant deception, innovatively inspired specialized equipment, and the training, skill, daring, courage, fortitude -- and luck -- of those making the landings from the night skies by parachute and onto the bullet-riddled sand by boat, still caused them to suffer horrendous casualties. Nonetheless, the Allied soldiers quickly broke through the German's "Atlantic Wall" and pushed inland in the largest amphibious military operation in history. (Forever leaving proof that building expensive walls is stupid.) Eleven months after D-Day, with continuous aerial bombing preventing Germany's war production from meeting its needs... and, Allied armies pushing north from Italy... and, Eastern Front allies -- the Soviet Red Army -- pushing all the way back from the outskirts of Russia's largest cities... and American, British, and Canadian forces advancing from the coast of France -- the Nazis were finished.

Human freedom...
     Today in 1749 "The Conspiracy of the Slaves" in Malta is discovered.
     On this day in 1862, Union forces capture Memphis, Tennessee, from the Confederates, in the American Civil War Battle of Memphis.

Power to the people...
     In one of the first-ever shows of support for citizens against powerful bosses, today in 1894, Governor Davis H. Waite orders the Colorado state militia to protect and support the miners engaged in the Cripple Creek miners' strike.
     Today in 1934, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt took the New Deal another step forward, signing the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 into law, establishing the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The Wall Street Banksters have been trying to get rid of it ever since.

Disasters, except for where they happened...
     On this day in 2002, a near-Earth asteroid estimated at ten meters in diameter explodes over the Mediterranean Sea between Greece and Libya. The explosion is estimated to have a force of 26 kilotons, slightly more powerful than the Nagasaki atomic bomb.
     Today in 1912, the eruption of Novarupta in Alaska begins. It is the largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century. Coming less than two months after the Titanic sank, people must have thought that year was cursed, or they were living in the apocalypse.

The future looked bright, until it was stolen...
     Today in 1968, 52 years ago, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy -- two days after winning the California Primary for the Democratic nomination for President then immediately being shot in the head by assassin's bullets in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California -- dies from his wounds. The second Kennedy to the by assassination. The descent of disillusionment of an era and a generation, for whom Vietnam would shatter the American promise. (Nope, we have no "brighter days" here.)

     On this day in 1822, Alexis St. Martin is accidentally shot in the stomach, leading to William Beaumont's studies on digestion.

     Today in 2005, the United States Supreme Court in Gonzales v. Raich upholds a federal law banning cannabis, including medical marijuana.

Recreation / Entertainment...
     Today in 1946, the Basketball Association of America is founded in New York City; the BAA was the precursor to the modern National Basketball Association -- the NBA.
     On this day in 1933 in Camden, New Jersey, the first drive-in movie theater opened.
Today in 1844, two things:
       •  The Glaciarium, the world's first mechanically frozen ice rink, opens.
       •  The Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) is founded in London, sans Village People.
     Today in 1889, The Great Seattle Fire destroys all of downtown Seattle.
     Today in 1892, The Chicago "L" elevated rail system begins operation.

Big Oil...
     This day in 1932, just 88 years ago, brought enactment of the Revenue Act of 1932, creating the first gasoline tax in the United States, at a rate of 1 cent per US gallon (​1⁄4¢/L) sold. Which, in the depths of the Depression, was a bite most people felt. If they still had a car. Hmmm. Still makes more sense than a month ago, when oil had a negative value, but they still gouged you at the pump.


Music Saturday on tv / online

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.
Saturday June 6 at 2 Pacific I'll be livestreaming a show on my Facebook fanpage - and I'll be back on StageIt Tuesday June 9 for our regular show. Send requests, log in early, and be part of the preshow chat!

Yesterday was my anniversary, and I'd like to share this with you:

"Happy 17th Anniversary to my one true love. She’s finally asleep next to me right now after another turbulent, unrestful night. I’ve struggled with whether I can truly do or say anything of value about the dystopian shitshow unfolding around us. Yes, I could post something about how racism is bad and then move on. But that just feels like so much performative social media signifying to me. Some of that is because I personally know nothing of true oppression, but most of it is because I’m married to Karen Nash. Because while she could have done pretty much anything she wanted to with her life, she chose to make it her career and her mission to fight injustice and systematic racism every day. The constant weight of it all has taken its toll on her, yet she still makes me laugh, she still makes me cry. She’s still my muse. I’m fiercely proud of her. She makes me want to be a better person. Hopefully one day I will be."

Keyboard virtuoso Bob Malone and his singer-songwriter / public defender spouse Karen Nash.  

Bob Malone Tour Dates HERE
John Fogerty Tour Dates HERE

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:*     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.
*  Schedule:
5:30 pm-7 pm Pacific -- on KCET.
7:30 pm-9 pm Pacific -- on KCET Link, aka LINK-TV in some national markets.
9:30 pm-11 pm Pacific -- on PBS OC-2, aka KDOC2.
*  No other scheduled airings.


Sunday, June 7th

THOUGHTS FOR TODAY -- a dozen quotes from one born on this date...

“Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life.”

“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)


Surprise / No surprise

CBS poll, 6/7/20

1) Compared to the present generation, the next generation will have things:

Better:          38 %

Worse:          47%

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

                              Yes.     No 
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.


Quick perspective...

"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.

On this day

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.

Forgotten democracy...
     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.

Social activism...
     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.

Wars that affect us today...
     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.


Music, etc., Sunday on tv / online

Sun, Jun 7:
12:30 pm-1:30 pm Pacific --
Russ & Julie’s House Concerts presents a Virtual House Concert with The Black Feathers in R&J's "Quarantine Happy Hour" series. More soon.

Sun, Jun 7:
2 pm Pacific --

Ken O'Malley Live: Taking your requests

Ken O'Malley Irish Music presents


Ken will present another live performance from his home on Sundays
Stories and Song from one of the greatest Irish Balladeers ever! 
Everyone is invited and the direct link is 


The show is free of charge. 

For those who would be interested in contributing to a virtual tip jar, you can use 

Venmo: @kenomalley (4 digit code 1062) or PayPal: 


Sun, Jun 7:
4 pm Pacific --
(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.)
Sunday, June 7 Starting @ 4 pm
LIVE IRISH MUSIC returns to 
The Harp Inn Irish Pub
Open at 10 am
Breakfast, Full Bar

Cillians Bridge at 4 pm
The home of authentic Irish Hospitalty, Service and Great Entertainment for Orange County!The Harp Inn Irish Pub130 E 17th St,
Costa Mesa
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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.
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

Sun, Jun 7:
5 pm Pacific --
"MOMENT OF CLARITY" with LEE CAMP of "Redacted Tonight" and ELEANOR GOLDFIELD. Plus two more things.
Lee tells us, "Eleanor Goldfield and I will be answering your questions, talking about your topics, and also talking about the protests happening nationwide. The chat is free to attend but we will also be raising money for those who can't pay bail nationwide. So set your alarm NOW to join us."
*  Tune-in at

He adds, "Secondly, I have a brand new Redacted Tonight episode for you! It covers a load of topics including the BILLIONS being stolen from us while we're distracted by other things. CLICK HERE to watch the new episode."
 *  PLUS, Lee wrote again to tell us this:
"Legendary journalist Robert Scheer invited me on his radio show. We talked about the unaccounted-for TRILLIONS at the Pentagon, the pandemic, Wall Street and much more. Don't miss this conversation! CLICK HERE to listen, and please share it."



Music Monday on tv / online

Mon, Jun 8:
7 pm Pacific --

MONDAYS @ 7 pm   A variety show LIVE 
FB & Youtube Produced by Divine Rebel Music


GRAMMY MUSEUM posts songs of social change

Songs of Social Change

Throughout history, music has given a voice to the voiceless and defined social and political movements. The Grammy Museum says, "We've put together a playlist of powerful songs that cause us to 'sing out'; stir our emotions; and motivate our souls."


The GRAMMY MUSEUM has also posted extensive resources. Here's what they say, and their links

Be A Part Of The Solution

If you are looking to make a difference and lend your voice, here are some suggested ways to help and to learn more. Remember, our voices and actions are stronger together.

Brotherhood Crusade is a grassroots organization dedicated to improving quality of life and meeting the unmet needs of low-income, underserved, under-represented and disenfranchised individuals in Los Angeles


Color of Change helps you respond effectively to the injustice you see in the world around you


The Los Angeles Urban League educates and empowers African Americans and other minorities to secure economic self-reliance and civil rights by providing targeted social programs and advocating for issues that benefit our communities


The Movement For Black Lives is a space to debate and discuss the current political conditions


The National Civil Rights Museum is steadfast in its mission to share the culture and lessons from the American Civil Rights Movement and explore how this significant era continues to shape equality and freedom globally


The National Museum of African American History & Culture has a powerful page for understanding your own relationship with race and learning how to process and communicate it


More at the GRAMMY MUSEUM and its programs at:


Nordic Folk Band WARDRUNA Debut New Single/Video "Lyfjaberg" ('Healing-hill')

After being forced to postpone the release of their upcoming album KVITRAVN to January 22, 2021 due to extenuating circumstances throughout the world, traditional Nordic folk outfit WARDRUNA decided now was not the time to be silent and headed into the studio to write and record a new song, "Lyfjaberg." The title translates to English as a 'healing-hill' or 'healing-mountain' and is known from Norse mythology and the Eddic poem Fjölsvinnsmál as a place of comfort and cure for the sick and sore who manage to climb the mountain and bear offerings at its shrines. WARDRUNA filmed a music video for "Lyfjaberg" that was filmed in the mountains of the island Tustna in Norway. Watch the video now, along with translated lyrics in the description, on YouTube HERE or streaming below.

The band shot the video in early May, when suddenly winter decided to return with full strength, and they ended up wading in half a meter of snow for three days and nights. On many levels, the process of making of this video reflected the meaning of the song itself. They all had to climb a few of their inner mountains to get it done.
"The song expresses that climbing a tough mountain, both in reality and metaphorically, is a mental as well as a physical effort," shares founding member and composer Einar Selvik. "I have tried to write this journey up the mountain as one for the mind and spirit as much as the feet and body. Anything of true value, comes at a true cost."
Wardruna - Lyfjaberg (Healing-mountain)
WARDRUNA - "Lyfjaberg" Music Video

"Lyfjaberg" is available now across all digital platforms. Stream/download it now at: Pre-order the single on limited 12" white vinyl at

Find more information on WARDRUNA here:WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM


Time Life Partners with Rockabilly Legend AL HENDRIX for digital distribution

Seven Albums Featuring 107 Songs Released To All Digital Platforms

FAIRFAX, Va. - Rockabilly Hall of Fame legend Al Hendrix has partnered with Time Life to release 107 songs from seven of his classic albums on all digital streaming platforms: The Best of Al HendrixLonesome Whistle: A Tribute to the Great Hank Williams, Heart and Soul, Lover Boy, Rare & Rockin’, Rockabilly Lovin’ and Rockabilly Christmas.

“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

Time Life is one of the world's pre-eminent creators and direct marketers of unique music and video/DVD products, specializing in distinctive multi-media collections that evoke memories of yesterday, capture the spirit of today, and can be enjoyed for a lifetime. TIME LIFE and the TIME LIFE logo are registered trademarks of Time Warner Inc. and affiliated companies used under license by Direct Holdings Americas Inc., which is not affiliated with Time Warner Inc. or Time Inc.


PACIFIC SYMPHONY gets grant to advance equity, diversity and inclusion

Named one of 28 U.S. orchestras to receive "Catalyst Fund Grants" from League of American Orchestras for use within their organization 

Orange County, Calif.—June 5, 2020—The League of American Orchestras has awarded a grant of $18,760 to Pacific Symphony to strengthen their understanding of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and to help transform organizational culture. Given to just 28 orchestras nationwide, the one-year grants comprise the second round of The Catalyst Fund, the League’s three-year, $2.1 million grant-making program, made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with additional support from the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation.
John Forsyte, President and CEO of Pacific Symphony commented, "We are excited to be selected—as one of 28 orchestras—to receive the Catalyst Fund Grant from the League of American Orchestras. Pacific Symphony’s Board of Directors, staff and musicians recognize the importance and challenge of this work. The grant will help to fund the launching of a long-term effort by allowing us to engage an expert consultant in equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) to facilitate a planning process that advances our strategic goals. In light of this critical moment for addressing racial inequities, long-standing barriers and greater inclusion, this is extremely important work for the Symphony to undertake.”

“Recent events have underscored the deep racial disparities existing in our country, already amplified by the pandemic’s unequal impact on communities of color,” said Jesse Rosen, president and CEO of the League of American Orchestras. “The work orchestras are undertaking with support from the League’s Catalyst Fund highlights the urgency of addressing EDI as orchestras attempt to confront decades of inequity within our field. We must understand and address our personal and organizational roles in systems of inequity.”

Preliminary analysis of the inaugural 2019 Catalyst Fund cohort demonstrates support and progress among orchestras, including an increased commitment and dedication to individual orchestras’ EDI work and an increased awareness that systemic change requires a sustained effort over time.

Catalyst Fund grants support orchestras’ use of EDI practitioners who help implement a range of organizational development activities involving musicians, staff, board and, in some cases, volunteers and community leaders. These include anti-bias trainings, institutional audits, the creation of formal EDI plans and work to build consensus and integrate EDI into mission statements and culture. Community building is a key component of the program; The Catalyst Fund Learning Cohort, made possible by the generous support of the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, enables past and present grantees to interact with colleagues through remote and (post-pandemic) in-person convenings as well a dedicated online forum. 

The Catalyst Fund is informed by earlier dialogue and research. A major national convening co-hosted by the League and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in December 2015 was catalytic in launching national task forces and annual convenings to engage orchestras in EDI efforts.

Two important League studies, “Racial/Ethnic and Gender Diversity in the Orchestra Field,” and “Forty Years of Fellowships: A Study of Orchestras' Efforts to Include African American and Latino Musicians,” further served to inform and stimulate action.

In April 2018 the League launched, in partnership with The Sphinx Organization and the New World Symphony, the National Alliance for Audition Support, a national initiative that offers Black and Latinx musicians a customized combination of mentoring, audition preparation and audition travel stipends. Additional information on these programs and other EDI activity, including information about the League’s EDI Strategic Framework, is available from the League’s online EDI Resource Center.

League member orchestras were eligible to apply for Catalyst Fund grants; applications were reviewed by an independent panel of experts.

2020 Catalyst Fund Grant Recipients

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra
Charlotte Symphony Orchestra
Chicago Sinfonietta
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
DC Youth Orchestra Program
East Texas Symphony Orchestra
Empire State Youth Orchestra
Grand Rapids Symphony
Handel and Haydn Society
Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Minnesota Orchestra
Nashville Symphony
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
New Jersey Youth Symphony
New World Symphony
North Carolina Symphony
Oakland Symphony
Pacific Symphony
Princeton Symphony Orchestra
Richmond Symphony
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
San Francisco Symphony
Seattle Symphony
South Dakota Symphony Orchestra
Virginia Symphony Orchestra


T. Graham Brown's guest is Larry Gatlin on June’s "Live Wire" on SiriusXM

"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 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

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:

About SiriusXM:
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:


Live Oak Music Festival "on the Radio" set for June 19-21, 2020

The beloved Central Coast festival and benefit for KCBX public radio will air broadcast and webcast to the planet

"Die-hard Oakies, we know the news hit you hard that we would not be able to gather together for Peace, Love & Dirt on Father's Day weekend this year. Us too....and we just couldn't accept that there would be no festival this year. So we started brainstorming..."
So say the determined fun-lovers at Central Coast public radio station KCBX.
"In 30+ years of our annual festival, we have collected a treasure trove of recordings from past performances. And there are wonderful local performers here on the Central Coast who would love to be a part of the magic," they explain.

Thus, KCBX announced today that the station will bring a special 2020 Live Oak Music Festival to the airwaves and online on June 19th through the 21st, the same dates previously scheduled for the Live Oak Music Festival at El Chorro Regional Park in San Luis Obispo -- which has been postponed until 2021. The weekend’s events will be a benefit for KCBX Central Coast Public Radio.

Live Oak Master of Ceremonies
Joe Craven

Three Days of Music

Live Oak Music Festival “On the Radio” will be broadcast on KCBX FM frequencies and on its live online stream at The station will play recordings from festival archives and also offer a video stream of some live, local performances, in conjunction with Big Big SLO. The video stream will be available at and on social media.
The weekend will be filled with more than 30 hours of music from the festival’s archive recordings of past stage performances, along with live concerts from local musicians and special appearances by other Live Oak personalities, including Emcee Joe Craven. A schedule of performances will be available later this month at

Camp in Place

The festival says, "We encourage listeners and viewers to set up camp in their homes and back yards during the three-day event and invite their friends to participate through live online feeds, social network posts, and sharing photos with the station. And be sure to snag your commemorative Live Oak On The Radio official T-shirt!" Details on ordering shirts will be coming soon at

You can even order your 2020 Live Oak Music Festival "On the Radio' commemorative T-shirt. 

Of course they're raising money to help offset the financial loss to Live Oak and KCBX this year. You can help by donating any amount now. Go to or click the button below to make a donation.

You can also support the cause at their Virtual Auction and Virtual Vendor Village

You've gotta know that virtual festival swag will bring admiring acknowledgement after we get through these unique times.


Friday's "bigger world" news & perspectives 


Today is U.N. "World Environment Day"

Today marks the 46th anniversary of the UN day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment
This year’s "World Environment Day" takes place during the global coronavirus pandemic, which is having a devastating effect on economies worldwide. However, the shutdown of economic activity and travel restrictions has delivered a temporary reduction in air pollution. Skies are cleaner and clearer. 
You can follow the links to read Ajit Singh, Francis Pope and William Robert Avis as they explain how basic visibility can be used as a measurement of air pollution and as they reveal that Nairobi, Addis Ababa and Kampala have had huge increases in air pollution over the past 44 years.
Meanwhile, Aliza le Roux and Bettine van Vuuren unpack how the research and knowledge bank zoologists have can be better used - together with information from other disciplines - to prevent zoonotic outbreaks in future.
~ Moina Spooner
Commissioning Editor, "The Conversation," East and Francophone Africa


Making sense for going forward -- together 

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
Police officers, members of their departments' command structures, police chiefs, members of police commissions, and elected officials and others who have been members of police departments, are among those who have joined protesters in the past week. Some uniformed police have knelt with, prayed with, held hands with, hugged, and marched with unarmed citizens of all ages, races, ethnicities, and ages who have taken part in protests in 50 states following the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis. The Guide has noted this previously and it must be acknowledged as part of this discussion today.

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 video provided by NPR station 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.
  • The man is in serious but stable condition, and suffered a concussion and lacerations.
Buffalo police initially said in a statement that "a person" "was injured when he tripped and fell," WIVB-TV reported (via AP).
  • 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
A bunch of big cities are rethinking the presence of school resource officers as they respond to the concerns of thousands of demonstrators — many of them young — who have filled the streets night after night to protest the death of George Floyd, AP's Gillian Flaccus reports.

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.

Allowing lawsuits:

•  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.

Click to share this Axios story ("Policies that could help fix policing")



By the numbers...

■  African-Americans in the U.S. comprise:

  •  38 % of federally incarcerated

   • 13.4 % of the U.S. population

}  (U.S. Bureau of Prisons; U.S. Census Bureau)

■  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.


1968 All Over Again?

A few days ago, The Guide noted the uncanny comparisons of 2020 to 1968. Today the L.A. Times goes there:

“In the broad sweep of American history, certain years stand like grim mileposts. The year 1968, bathed in blood and drenched in sorrow, is one. The year 2020 may be another,” writes Mark Z. Barbarak in a news analysis piece.

He writes, “The nation is convulsed today in a way it has not been in more than half a century: stalked by a mysterious virus, burdened by soaring joblessness, wrestling — once again — with the twin plagues of racism and inequality that have poisoned the country from its outset.”
In short: “So much has changed in 52 years. So much remains the same.”


A must-read: perspective on what the chaos is about

Excerpted from a republished piece written by Michele Goodwin.

Michele Goodwin holds the Chancellor’s Professorship at the University of California, Irvine. She is the founder and director the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy and its Reproductive Justice Initiative. She has published with Forbes, Salon, L.A. Times, Politico, Chicago Sun Times, Houston Chronicle, Christian Science Monitor and the New York Times, among others.

She writes:

Protests and rioting capture a growing public disillusionment and rage regarding racism and policing in the United States. Minneapolis—and many other cities throughout the U.S.—are now on fire.
Questions and misgivings about race, racism, policing and more come forcefully back at a time like this. And what is clear is that the deeply entrenched patterns of racism, like the Mississippi River, flow north—ending, ironically, in Minnesota.  Living in Minneapolis, I came to learn that Black Minnesotans often refer to the state as Northern Mississippi.
The tragedy unfolding in Minneapolis resonates with me in a very deep way.  I held a distinguished professorship, the Everett Fraser Chair, at the University of Minnesota Law School—named after one of the longest serving dean’s in that institution’s history and taught there for a number of years.
For me, the very spot where Floyd died is a street that I passed by regularly, driving to my recently belated uncle’s home.  Right before the shelter in place orders were issued weeks ago, it was a spot that I traveled sometimes twice or three times a day, moving, cleaning and addressing matters of his home.
Minneapolis is a challenging city on race—largely because it is a tale of two different realities.
One that is picturesque, peaceful, artistic, environmentally mindful—and hip.  Those things are true too for people of color.  However, it is also a place of fear, hostility, passive-aggression and lack of mindfulness regarding race.
And, because the realities are so different, having meaningful conversations about the divide do not progress in meaningful ways—or really exist.
According to data from the Minneapolis Police Department, on average, Black people in that city are:
  • 16.39 times more likely to be arrested than a white juvenile for curfew/loitering;
  • 11.5 times more likely to be arrested than a white person for marijuana possession;
  • 8.86 times more likely to be arrested than someone white for disorderly conduct; and
  • 7.54 times more likely to be arrested than a white person for vagrancy.
Such statistics expose a different type of suffocation: one that may not end in death, but reveals what Professor Patricia Williams brilliantly referred to as “spirit murder.”
Part of my life is still in Minneapolis and my experiences are mixed.  My husband—an international trade lawyer and law professor, who is white—thrived in Minneapolis.  It was an exceptional place for him (aside from the pangs he felt related to my experiences and those of our daughter).
In my family, we, in a sense, lost our daughter to the racism in Minneapolis.  No, she did not die. However, as a rising senior at an elite prep school (who was first in her class, and would have been their first black valedictorian), she refused to come home from her junior year in China.  Our compromise was that she attend college a year early.
On one hand, her school was lovely: beautiful grounds, terrific facilities and highly educated teachers.  And, on another, it was so painfully unaware of its persistent racism: teachers, students and parents.  Even so, we ruled out the other schools as worse.
For two years of high school in Minneapolis, she endured persistent, searing headaches. We went through MRIs and medical checkups.  However, racism has no special gene to tap, no special blood work.
Nevertheless, it harms the body in myriad ways.  There was a pain that I saw in my daughter’s eyes that shook my soul and which I will never forget. When I could no longer in good faith urge her to “stick it out,” we agreed that she didn’t need to return to Minneapolis.
It turns out being in China—not a place known for protecting civil liberties or civil rights—was a less threatening experience for a Black 16-year-old than Minneapolis.
Truthfully, the toll on our daughter resonated because of my experiences— including harassing police stops after leaving my yoga studio, being called “N” by a floor repair guy loudly enough that my husband could hear through the phone receiver.  Indeed, service repair was a jarring experience.  Once, a plumber accused me of being an “impostor,” and shockingly proceeded to look for the owner of our historic home.  I fired him, but his boss urged my husband to rehire him: We did not.
In another instance, after shopping at a major appliance store chain, I was followed to my car and my license plate number written down—on the hunch that I used a fraudulent credit card to purchase lights.  Sadly, these were not isolated events, but rather episodic.  I often felt as if I were in a strange sociological experiment.
Ultimately, by our daughter not returning home to Minneapolis, there was a price paid for me as her mother and for her.  For her, there was no graduation, prom, getting a driver’s license while in high school and borrowing the car, no awards ceremony, none of the pats on the back: “You worked so hard,” and “We see you.”  And, as a mom, I suffered the pains of missing my daughter.  She ultimately graduated from Stanford University.
But this needn’t have been my family’s story.  So how do we fix this?
First, let’s acknowledge racism as a broad social problem, not simply what happens to people of color.  As such, racism and xenophobia are collective, social problems that erode our democracy and diminish our social fabric, and trample constitutional values, implicating all of our lives.
Second, as displayed in the Christian Cooper video, white privilege is the preverbal “race-card.” As such, we must take ownership that racism remains a horrid criminal law, political and economic tool.
Third, yes, we all need to communicate more about racial bias, but white Americans especially—and they need to listen to their friends and coworkers who share their stories.  At a certain point, it becomes hopeless and seemingly pointless for people of color to talk about the myriad ways in which racism affects their lives if white friends, coworkers and “allies” are not listening.
Fourth, it’s not enough to do all of the above, without harnessing the courage to raise questions and speak out against racial bias. Offering validation to those harmed by racial bias or discrimination is a critical step toward dismantling racism.
Finally, we all want a more just society—not only for ourselves, but also for our children. To achieve this, improving and protecting our democracy must be at the root of our efforts as this affects schools, housing, employment, policing and incarceration and fundamental rights.
The first step: Ensure voting rights and protect voter access—not only now and through the 2020 election, but beyond.
~ Michele Goodwin

The Guide's editor says reading that, I have a few thoughts.

We so often delude ourselves into believing we are a meritocracy that levels the playing field for those who work the hardest. Professor Goodwin, whose achievements -- including founder and director the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy -- clearly benefit everyone in our society and beyond, succinctly brings into clear focus several points. Among them is the lie and delusion of a self-absorbed society based on conspicuous consumerism, obliviously going forth with the smug assumption that merit makes everything come out fine.

Is there anyone who cannot feel the family pain endured by getting around the specific constraints -- on even the privileged economic background -- of her academically excellent daughter, due to the young woman's race?

I recently learned of the experiences of a black American who recently retired after a distinguished career in the FBI. He was willing to acknowledge experiences, throughout his life, when he has encountered racial prejudice. It reaches so far that even presenting his credentials as a federal agent, he has routinely experienced time-consuming, humiliating challenges. These have including accepting his credit card and obtaining admission to facilities that white FBI agents -- or random white civilians -- could enter routinely.

With the possible exception of our military, we certainly are not a meritocracy.

Bishop T.D. Jakes, senior pastor of The Potter's House in Dallas, spoke today on "CBS This Morning" about the need for white privilege to be acknowledged as a driving force, and why our society ultimately defaults to the same inequities, some of them deadly.

He refused to make nebulous statements of hope, and instead focused on the need for a mind set of process that demands continuous awareness.

"If this protesting doesn't turn into policy, at the end of the day we go back to normalcy. We've seen this too many times before... We keep trying to treat the symptoms but we don't treat the infection. We need substantive change and we can't be distracted by a few vigilantes who come in... Healing? No, it's change that we're after. You don't try healing in the middle of the surgery. We've got the right ideals, we just don't live up to them... If this protesting doesn't turn into policy, at the end of the day we go back to normalcy. We've seen this too many times before."

At long last, can we all resolve not to retreat to the need to see it again?


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?



We have lots of MUSIC NEWS
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.

On to the necessary boilerplate...

Boilerplate? What "boilerplate"? Where's the main pressure gauge? And the firebox? How do you add water so it won't blow-up?

Who came up with that goofy term for the basic essential informational stuff? ...obviously some dumbass...

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Here's a reprint of important info from one of our February editions:


(good for avoiding the "regular" flu & colds, too) 

Compiled from medical and emergency responder databases and interview comments. Copy and paste into your phone / post / print / share.

•  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.

•  Get the flu vaccine -- ordinary flu will likely mimic Coronavirus, so avoid being ostracized and quarantined.

•  Wash your hands, a lot: scrub for 20 seconds and wash them often.

•  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.

•  Keep your hands away from your face -- touching your nostrils, eyes, or mouth brings-in every germ your hands picked-up.

•  Get a little bottle of hand sanitizer on a miniature carabiner. Clip it to your belt loop or purse strap and use it frequently. (Be sure you snap the lid shut, or it'll drain all over your clothes.) You can refill it from the pump bottle by the sink.

• 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.

• Stay home if you're sick -- even if you don't get paid, DON'T be the "Typhoid Mary" that brings a pandemic of this or ANYTHING contagious. If you're "taking one for the team," make it the big team -- ALL of us.

•  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.

•  Keep track of where Coronavirus and other flus are headed, the latest ways to avoid contagion, and what symptoms go with what disease, by putting the CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL in your favorites:

•  Call your doctor or public health officials if you become symptomatic, and DON'T "just go" to the doctor or urgent care or ER; everybody else in the waiting room does not have what you have, and vice-versa.

•  Wear a mask when you go to the doctor (remember, everybody else in the waiting room does not have what you have, and vice-versa) -- the check-in counter will give you a surgical mask if you ask, or maybe even tell you it's mandatory. 

•  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.

•  Get proper nutrition and plenty of sleep to support your immune system. THAT is THE best way to stay healthy.

•   REALLY IMPORTANT: Think about what you routinely ignore:

   ~  your phone or tablet, which you constantly handle while you're touching everything else in the big, wide world, then keep handling when you're eating (keep your devices disinfected).

   ~  the Kleenex or cloth hankie you pull out of your pocket -- this time your nose or eye gets the side your dirty finger got last time (yeah, duh!)

   ~  door handles & knobs, especially "pull-to-exit" on the restroom door, and all door handles you grab or push.

   ~  gas pump handles -- whatever was deposited on them is now on your steering wheel, and marinading on your hands as you snack while driving.

   ~  restaurant menus, salt and pepper shakers, ketchup and mustard and hot sauce bottles that every unwashed hand touches. Same goes for bins of packaged condiments at fast foodies  or convenience store / gas stations (Use 'em, then use your hand sanitizer.)

   ~  lunch buffet serving spoons, spatulas, tongs that every unwashed hand uses in the food bins (your freshly-washed hands just got contaminated). And if sneeze guard glass panes aren't at the right height or aren't clean, demand a refund and leave.

   ~ coins in change and money, in general -- coins and folding money are germ transit systems. (Back to your little bottle of hand sanitizer.)

   ~ 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. 

   ~  remember to think and act consciously. There is an acute need to be mindful of others, so neither be paranoid reactive nor obliviously ignorant. There was great advice in the old cop show at the end of every briefing: "Be careful out there."

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