Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Five Reasons To Sign: SensibleWashington.org

Five Reasons To Sign:

  1. Marijuana is a benign substance. Unlike alcohol, cigarettes, and caffeine, marijuana has never caused a single death. Marijuana should not result in a lifetime criminal record. Students should not be ineligible for financial aid and children should not be taken from their parents over a marijuana conviction.
  2. Marijuana prohibition is a waste of money. The State of Washington spends one hundred million dollars annually to arrest, prosecute and jail 12,000 people a year for non-violent, victim-less “crimes” related to marijuana. That's taxpayer money that could be saved -- or spent on education, health programs, teen drug treatment programs, etc.
  3. Just like alcohol prohibition, prohibition of marijuana empowers violent organized crime. Instead of allowing small business owners and farmers to grow and sell marijuana and industrial hemp, the government has granted a monopoly to criminals who will maim, kill, and sell drugs to children in the name of profit.
  4. Medical marijuana patients are not protected by current law. Voters in Washington overwhelmingly approved our medical marijuana law in 1998. But patients are still being arrested, prosecuted and sometimes even jailed for using doctor authorized medicine. The only way to really protect patients is to make their medicine legal.
  5. Hemp is an eco-friendly, profitable crop for Washington's farmers. Hundreds of millions of dollars worth of hemp can be grown locally instead of imported. Industrial uses include cooking and fuel oils, fabric, paint, paper, construction materials and environmentally-safe plastics. Hemp Seed is nutritious and contains more essential fatty acids than most other food sources. Hemp produces more pulp per acre than timber on a sustainable basis and grows well without herbicides, fungicides, or pesticides.

from: 5 Reasons To Sign - A flyer produced by Troy Barber for the upcoming petition drive.

Sensible Washington
3161 Elliott Avenue, Suite 340
Seattle, WA 98121

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

10 Things Michelle Obama Wants to Say to Sarah Palin [but can't]

I ran across this commentary by Keli Groff on the Huffington Post today. The first lady is constrained from speaking her mind, but Keli does a good job ad-libbing for her... I busted up at some of these...
10 Things Michelle Obama Wants to Say to Sarah Palin
  1. For once I agree with Barbara Bush.
  2. At least I know the difference between North and South Korea.
  3. If Katie Couric had asked me I could name plenty of publications that I read on a regular basis because reading is something you get used to doing in law school.
  4. When I said I was proud of my country for supporting my husband, what I really meant is I was proud Americans were smart enough to support him over the other guys (and gals, hint, hint...)
  5. Some people shoot harmless animals. I adopt them.
  6. When you accused me of not trusting parents to do a good job raising their own children, you were only partially right. I trust most parents, but some could use a little help because their kids are out of control; you know calling people offensive slurs and whatnot. Not like my well-mannered girls.
  7. While I realize a strong, attractive black woman defeated you for the Miss Alaska crown (which must have really stung since there are like 5 of us in the whole state) you shouldn't let that leave you with a chip on your shoulder about all of us strong, attractive black women.
  8. Not that I'm judging, but Sasha and Malia will appear on "Dancing with the Stars" the day my husband goes ice-skating in hell with...well you.
  9. Some people appear on reality tv, while some of us appear on the cover of VOGUE. (Click here to watch a fashion faceoff between the two ladies.)
  10. Please run for president. I'd really like to live in the White House another four years.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Goldman Sachs Emails: Firm Had 'The Big Short' As Economy Fell

I love this part of the article ;-]
The firm made money on the upside -- originating, securitizing and selling subprime mortgage-based securities to investors -- and on the downside, thanks to the insurance.

"Bad news," a May 17, 2007, email began from one Goldman employee to another. A security the firm had underwritten and sold had just lost value, costing Goldman about $2.5 million.

Further down in the email, the employee, Deeb Salem, wrote "Good news...we own 10mm protection...we make $5mm."

The firm made $5 million betting against the very securities it had underwritten and sold.

Counterspin just interviewed someone that did a great analysis of this and how WaMu knew that the mortgages they peddled were fraudulent. Get you money local before it is too late! hahahaha
Goldman Sachs Emails: Firm Had 'The Big Short' As Economy Fell

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Doug Bandow: Blowback: The Lessons of the Moscow Bombings for America

Incoming! Doug hits the nail on the head big time. Terrorists don't really hate America or it's people, they hate the American Government and the people who are behind all of "our" meddling. The US gov't meddles, the people pay. Wall street and the Banks meddle, and again the people pay. Big Corporations bent on maximum profit meddle, again, the people pay.

I don't know about you, but I am getting pretty damn tired of being stuck with the check...

Let the Flames begin ;-]

Doug Bandow: Blowback: The Lessons of the Moscow Bombings for America

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Official Google Blog: A broadband catapult for America

Official Google Blog: A broadband catapult for America

Wow, this is amazing... Google is really behind Broadband for America, just like every one of you should be. This is the kind of economic stimulus that really puts people to work, and gee, there might even be some benefits. I urge everyone to run the FCC broadband test and let it report your numbers to the database. The FCC cannot justify projects like this unless people participate to show a need, We all know there is a need. I urge everyone to download and run the FCC National Broadband test. Information on the reasons why the test is important and instructions for running it are at: http://www.broadband.gov/qualitytest/about/ - do it! --egrep

Sunday, March 14, 2010

KEXP 90.3 FM - Programs

KEXP 90.3 FM - Programs

A really awesome discussions going on right now on "Community Forum" - kexp.org The segment just ended on excessive corporate rights, and now there is a forum being broadcast on basic human rights as they relate to how corporations can basically do what they want to us, our environment, and our world. If you miss it, I will follow up with the archive link in a bit...

Friday, March 12, 2010

Mark Shriver: How to Turn Banking Waste into a Bright Future for All Kids

The only way to keep my kids out of debt for half their lives due to student loans was to pay their schooling costs myself. Best damn investment I ever made. I am not sure what the fix is, but I urge everyone to complain, no scream at all their elected officials about these issues and problems. This is just another example of corporate interference in our government. Anything to make a buck, right guys?

I think my 401k would be better served by setting aside part of it to invest in an "educational bond fund". Government backed, and the money invested in the fund goes directly to students and institutions. NO BANKS. If enough people do it, it might send Wall Street a message. Payback is a bitch bankers... You have been warned... ;-]
Mark Shriver: How to Turn Banking Waste into a Bright Future for All Kids

Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Best Ambiance playlist-March 8, 2010

A short playlist below as this is the week of the KEXP Spring membership drive. Thanks to all of you who supported our station, and kept us on track for the goal. Your support keeps this station and African music alive on the radio dial!

You can check out the show for two weeks following the broadcast,  on our streaming archive at www.kexp.org.

The concert and events calendar is found after the playlist below.

-Jon Kertzer, "The Best Ambiance" KEXP-Seattle



Monday, March 08, 2010 (LISTEN TO THIS SHOW)

6:05Bibi Den TshibayiThe Best AmbianceThe Best AmbianceTangent(France)
DJ Comments: theme music-Congolese soukous
---- air break ----
6:07West NkosiMajava JavaJive NationEarthworks(UK)
DJ Comments: great South African sax player and producer
6:09Mahotella QueensKazetKazetMarabi(France)
DJ Comments: veteran female trio of mbaqanga singers
6:13Busi MhlongoYehlisan'umoya Ma-Afrika (African National Calm)UrbanzuluM.E.L.T. 2000(S. Africa)
DJ Comments: popular South African female maskanda singer
---- air break ----
6:28Habib Koité & BamadaCigarette A BanaMuso KoWorld Village
DJ Comments: Malian's first hit, coming to Seattle in April to Jazz Alley
6:33Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni BaJonkoloniSegu BlueOut Here Records(Germany)
DJ Comments: from debut of ngoni band, with Amy Sacko on vocals, coming to Triple Door on March 16th
---- air break ----
6:47VirungaJaffarFeet on FireSterns(UK)
DJ Comments: band from Kenya, led by singer Samba Mapangala
6:51Abdul Tee-Jays RokotoKamilayKanka KuruRogue
DJ Comments: London based guitarist from Sierra Leone
7:02Frank UlwenyaSafariniSafarini In Transit - Music Of African ImmigrantsSmithsonian/Folkways
DJ Comments: Kenyan singer from Seattle, with Yoko Nzenze
7:08Orchestra Super MazembeKassongoGiants Of East AfricaEarthworks(UK)
DJ Comments: East African hit of the early 80's
7:12MabuluBula BulaSoul MarrabentaRiverboat(UK)
DJ Comments: band from Mozambique
---- air break ----
7:24Ayub OgadaWa Winjigo EroEn Mana KuoyoReal World
DJ Comments: music from Kenya on nyatiti harp
7:28Béla Fleck and Anania NgogliaFuraha Throw Down Your Heart: Tales From The Acoustic Planet, Vol. 3 - Africa Sessions Part 2Bela Fleck Prod.
DJ Comments: just released, second volume from movie, Anania from Tanzania
7:32Afel Bocoum & AlkibarSambe SambeTabital PulaakuContre Jour(Belgium)
DJ Comments: latest from singer/guitarist form Mali, and his band; formerly with Ali Farka Toure
---- air break ----
7:45Staff Benda BililiStaff Benda BililiTrès Très FortCrammed Discs (Crammed Discs)
DJ Comments: parapalegic band from Kinshasa, Congo
7:51MahubeZiwereMahubeSheer Sound (S. Africa)
DJ Comments: group featuring Oliver Mtukudzi and Steve Dyer
8:05AntibalasK-LegLive @ KEXPn.a.
DJ Comments: NYC afro-beat band live in our studios Feb. 19, 2002
8:12Sir Shina PetersYabisNigeria 70-Lagos JumpStrut(UK)
DJ Comments: vintage juju music from Nigeria
---- air break ----
8:25Shiyani NgcoboWayi ThathaphiIntroducing Shiyani NgcoboIntroducing/World Music Network(UK)
DJ Comments: guitarist from South Africa
8:28Eric AgyemanI Don't CareAfrican Moves Vol. 3Sterns(UK)
DJ Comments: highlife classic from Ghana, from early 80's
---- air break ----
8:46Bembeya Jazz NationalYelema YelemasoBembeyaWorld Village
DJ Comments: band from Guinea, reformed  in early 90's, with this recording
8:52Les Amazones De GuinéeWamatoWamatoSterns
DJ Comments: all female band from Guinea

TBA Events Calendar


Thursday, March 11, 2010


Afrocentric  night, with Sol Afrique, at the Musiquarium Lounge at The Triple Door, 216 Union Street in Seattle, 9PM, free.



Friday, March 12, 2010.


Soweto Gospel Choir performs at First Presbyterian Church in Seattle (next to Town Hall).  It’s part of the American Choral Directors Association Conference and a limited number of tickets will be available to the public.  8pm.


Sunday, March 14, 2010


African All-Stars, at Hidmo Restaurant, 20th and Jackson, Seattle, 8PM-10PM.


Tuesday, March 16, 2010


From Mali, Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba, at the Triple Door, 216 Union St, Seattle, 7:30PM.  info at http://www.thetripledoor.net/Calendar.aspx; then Kane Mathis plays in Musicquarium Lounge at 9PM.


Saturday, March 20, 2010


Andrew Oliver Kora Group- acoustic concert at Empty Sea Studio, 8PM, at 6300 Phinney Ave. Seattle;  info at http://kora.andrewoliver.net


Sunday, March 21, 2010


Lora Chiora with Danai and Draze Maraire, 7:30PM, at The Triple Door,  216 Union St, Seattle, 7:30PM.  info at http://www.thetripledoor.net/Calendar.aspx

Tuesday – Wednesday, April 6 & 7, 2010


Habib Koite and Bamada at the  Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Avenue, Seattle; phone 206-441-9729; 7:30pm, $26.50.



Monday and Tuesday, May 3 and 4, 2010


King Sunny Ade at The Triple Door,  216 Union St, Seattle, 7:30PM.  info at http://www.thetripledoor.net/Calendar.aspx


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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

YouTube - The YouTube Interview with President Obama

Robert Scoble asked a great question about getting YouTube videos to feed properly into Buzz. Since I know feedburner will send blog posts to Buzz, I just have to try feeding this CitizenTube interview with the President that took place on Feb 01, 2010 and see what happens - wow, am I late to the game or what? ;-]

YouTube - The YouTube Interview with President Obama

Robert L. Borosage: All You Really Need to Know About Banking Reform

My simple solution to show my disgust at the banking industry is to walk the walk, and take my money to my local credit union. Just got off a telephone town hall with Senator Murray, and she opened with how hard small businesses have been hit because the big banks ignore them, and the local banks are replenishing capital to keep themselves from going under.

I don't know about you, but I am pulling all of my money out of the latest big bank to take over the one I just had [Wamu -> Chase], and putting everything into my local credit union; Kitsap Credit Union. I told them exactly why I was moving my my money there, and inquired if they had local investment funds I could stick some money in that focused on lending to local business. No definite yes or no, but hey, I let them know what I wanted my money to be invested in. Hey, the people who run credit unions are the people who bank there, not some capitalistic board of vampires.

Sure, you should join groups that work towards banking/investment reform, but you would be amazed at how hard you can get hit back when you walk the walk.

Robert L. Borosage: All You Really Need to Know About Banking Reform