If you're in Madison tonight and want to see a cool show, go to the Stagedoor (behind the Orpheum) at 8 p.m. for the Madison Premiere of "[http://www.thedailypage.com/going-out/theguide/event.php?id=133279|We Jam Econo - the story of the Minutemen]." The film will be followed by [http://www.tarbabies.us/we_jam.html|local bands] covering Minutemen songs, including my band [http://www.ka-boombox.com|Ka-Boom!Box].
You can catch Ka-Boom!Box at the Slipper Club tomorrow night. (There's a $5 cover.) And next week Ka-Boom!Box will do a FREE show at Mickey's on Friday, November 25. I'll post more on that show in a couple days.
I had the good fortune to attend a [http://www.prwatch.org/node/4132|talk] last night by [http://www.smallplanetinstitute.org/about_us/frances_lappe/|Francis Moore Lappe], author of the groundbreaking book Diet For A Small Planet, published in 1971. She was in Madison, Wisc., with her new book [http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0787943118/104-6329549-7023906?v=glance&n=283155|Democracy's Edge] and spoke at the Pres House on the UW campus.
As someone who has devoted her life to issues of food, she has come to understand and document that world hunger is created by humans. It is political, not environmental. For her, the intersection of food and democracy provides a clear framework in which to discuss how we as human can do better.
- [http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html|Astronomy Picture of the Day]
- [http://www.prwatch.org|Center for Media & Democracy]
- [http://eccentricstar.typepad.com/|Eccentric Star: A Public Diplomacy Weblog]
- [http://www.thedailypage.com/|Isthmus' Daily Page]
Urbana-Champaign, Ill, has a new low-power FM radio station - [http://www.wrfu.net|WRFU]. Well more than 100 volunteers from across North and Central America decended on the [http://www.ucimc.org/|U-C Independent Media Center] to take part in a weekend-long station barnraising. The [http://www.prometheusradio.org|Prometheus Radio Project] helped coordinate the weekend, which included workshops, trainings and live music. As of this posting (with thanks to Prometheus), you can listen to the live stream [http://www.prometheusradio.org:8000/wrfu.m3u|here].
At promptly 5 p.m. CST on Sunday, November 13, WRFU went live with toasts all around for the intense labor and emotion that went into creating the station and for an active future of community media creation. I was thrilled to be there for it. Here's [:sites/lamiller.net/files/wrfuliftoff.mp3|lift-off audio] recorded in the performance space.
[http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/25/national/nationalspecial/25coffins.html|The New York Times] had a story recently on the vaults, tombs and coffins that had been scattered by [[Hurricane Katrina]]. For reasons that I may write about someday, I found this compelling.
That's what I think my little friend on the right is saying. The girls were very excited that they were all wearing a shade of purple. They gladly posed for the photo.
It was several years ago that I realized that while I was at my full time office job, there were people in my neighborhood and community hanging out all day with kids, spending a good chunk of time playing and just looking at the world. As strange as it seems, it was a revelation to me. I started to rethink why I wanted to spend my whole day in the office working.
Fishing for other things today and came across this. [http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2005/10/20051017-4.html|White House press briefing of October 17, 2005]:
Q I'm wondering about your response to charges that you, [[Scott McClellan]], were, in fact, spinning the media -- and as a result, the American public -- when you consistently said in the [[Valerie Plame]] case that [[Scooter Libby]] and [[Karl Rove]] had nothing to do with it, and continue to say that.
MR. McCLELLAN: I've already actually addressed this question. This is relating to an ongoing investigation.