Punk Rock Changed Our Lives

Submitted by la miller on 18 November, 2005 - 15:34

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.

Francis Moore Lappe on Democracy's Edge (with audio)

Submitted by la miller on 17 November, 2005 - 13:55
Francis Moore Lappe
Francis Moore Lappe

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.

A Great 20th Century Thinker Passes On

Submitted by la miller on 15 November, 2005 - 23:21
[[w:Vine Deloria, Jr.]] passed away on [http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?feature=yes&id=1096411932|November 13] at the age of 73. Deloria authored over 20 books, including his best seller ''Custer Died for your Sins'' (1969). He made important contributions to several Native American organizations and institutions over the years, including serving as executive director of the National Congress of American Indians. He also was a professor of history at the University of Colorado.


Submitted by la miller on 14 November, 2005 - 20:21
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WRFU On the Air! (with audio)

Submitted by la miller on 14 November, 2005 - 14:26
On top of Urbana-Champaign IMC raising WRFU's mast (photo: JJ Tiziou/[http://www.jjtiziou.net|jjtiziou.net]).

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.

Disturbing the Dead

Submitted by la miller on 11 November, 2005 - 16:21
[img_assist|fid=37|thumb=0|alt=Vaults of St. Bernard Parish|caption=Hurricane Katrina upended vaults in Merrick Cemetery in St. Bernard Parish, just east of New Orleans (image from NYT).]

[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.

WRFU Barnraising

Submitted by la miller on 10 November, 2005 - 15:16
If you are looking for something to do this weekend, come on down to Champaign/Urbana, Illinois and help put together a low-power FM station. Over 120 people are signed up so far. I'll be there. For more information, visit the [http://www.prometheusradio.org/urbana/|Prometheus Project's website].

"i've been thinking...."

Submitted by la miller on 6 November, 2005 - 01:57
purple girls
the purple girls

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.

Another Moment With Scottie

Submitted by la miller on 2 November, 2005 - 15:28

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.