Aloha and welcome to my Christmas (and probably New Year edition of "links by george".
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There is new art from visionary artist Chris Dyer and political portal artist David Dees.
The blog this week has many articles on Wikileaks as well as stories on psychedelics, spirituality, environmental, economy, health, political, conspiracies, quotes
and updated music news.
Being an end of the year issue, it's a bit bigger than usual. On a festive note, I have added quite a few Grateful Dead and other music YouTubes as well.
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Our son John with Ariel latest music
LINKS BY GEORGE" DIRECTORY:
LIFESTYLE/ ARTS/ CULTURE/ ETC:
QUOTES FOR THE WEEK
PUNMASTER MUSIC NEWS-SELECTED ARTICLES
LIFESTYLE/ ARTS/ CULTURE/ ETC:
Toward a Science of Consciousness 2011
Stockholm May 2-8
Three Days of Alternative Knowledge -
February 4th, 5th and 6th, 2011
The psychedelic secrets of Santa Claus
Willie Nelson Wants A National Pot Party
Pot Revolution in New England
The War on Drugs Is a War on Poor People
Drug Czar Blames Rising Teen Pot Use On Medical Cannabis Laws
Rather Than On His Own Failed Policies
Feds Threaten Medical Pot Growers
THIS YEAR'S TOP 10 DOMESTIC DRUG POLICY STORIES
THIS YEAR'S TOP 10 INTERNATIONAL DRUG POLICY STORIES
Beckley Foundation drug information,
policy and activism site
Dutch Mayors Rush to Make Cannabis Cafes "Members Only"
European Union will not block EU Member States...
1964 LSD test on British Marines
Controversial halluclinogen Salvia study shows intense,
novel effects in humans
New Salvia divinorum evolution and origins paper in
Journal of Plant Research
What students on ketamine tell us about schizophrenia
Nice People Use Drugs Too
Tripping on Science: The Psychedelic Community Contests Terms
-Thomas Roberts - benefits of psychedelics
Horizons Perspectives on Psychedelics Conference videos now online
Psychedelics and Human Destiny:
Notes from the Horizons Conference
On Timothy Leary & Birth of A Psychedelic Culture
The Fusion of Spirit and Science
by Neal M. Goldsmith Ph.D.
Wade Davis interview at Mind Hacks
Mavericks of the Mind: Conversations with Terence McKenna,
Allen Ginsberg, Tim Robert Anton Wislon, and Others
The Psychozoic Press,
The Varieties of Psychedelic Experience,
by Masters & Houston (PDF)
Better Living Through Chemistry:
Launching of the book "Opening the Portals of Heaven:
Brazilian Ayahuaca Music"
Legislative Hearings Discuss Attempt to Ban the
Use of Ayahuasca in Brazil
Spiritual & Metaphysical Retreats at TheVine Center
in Bahia, Brazil
Awakening the Cosmic Serpent:
A Live Online Course
Psychobiology of Drug-Induced Religious Experience:
From the Brain “Locus of Religion” to Cognitive Unbinding
Australian Study Investigating Drug use and Spiritual Experiences,
Shamanism is the Technology of the Spirit --
an Interview with Mark Plotkin
Return of the Ancestors
Shaman Kiesha Crowther also knows as the "Little Grandmother"
Singing to the Plants
KMO plays the second half of AyasminA’s interview with Dr. Stephan V. Beyer,
author of Singing to the Plants:
A Guide to Mestizo Shamanism in the Upper Amazon.
Where Have All the Flowers Gone?
Reflections on the Spirit and Legacy of the Sixties
Jnana Yogi with Bhakti
Deward E. Walker Jr. "Black Drink:
A Native American Tea (review).
" Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft 2,
Review: Cunning-Folk and Familiar Spirits:
Shamanistic Visionary Traditions in Early Modern
British Witchcraft and Magic
Esoteric dance scene from "Meetings With Remarkable Men"
Another clip from Meetings With Remarkable Men
The End(s) of Mythology -video
Presented at Transhumanism and Spirituality
Did Washington and Jefferson Believe Jesus was a Myth?
Why Religious People Are Scared of Atheists
Jesus' Great-Grandmother Identified
Graham Hancock on The Supernatural
"HereAfterHere is the soundtrack for Tandy Beal’s investigation of
the afterlife. Visually evocative, the music suggests alternative worlds
yet remains grounded in the here and now of this present world.
Art Lande contributes his musical magic on several of the piece"
Guided Chakra Meditation
Infinity: The Ultimate Trip: Journey Beyond Death
A Film by Jay Weidner-film trailer
Why is Communication so Difficult Particularly
Between Lovers? (Preview)
Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Dear Prudence: Won’t You Come Out to Play
Article on the Beatles in India with rare photos
The Beatles in India-
w/photos and videos
Very Rare Footage The Beatles in India 1968 part 1
'Video Vision Quests' is a new way to experience a profoundly
spiritual and everlasting connection with our sacred earth.
25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World
Can Human Beings Drop Their Divisive,
Reactionary Thinking and Move to a Higher Level?
Carl Jung and
The Holy Grail of the Unconscious
Carl Jung's Red Book
Margaret Mead's war theory kicks butt of neo-Darwinian
and Malthusian models
World Art Erotica
Our multi dimensional artist friend in Hawaii Mara Mayo
Houses of the Holy:
The backstory to the famous Led Zeppelin album cover
Don Van Vliet, ‘Captain Beefheart,’ Dies at 69
Captain Beefheart documentary (Part 1 of 6)
THE DIGITAL STORY OF THE NATIVITY
Jerry Garcia Band - Jingle Bells - 12/20/75 Winterland
Garcia & Grisman - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen -
December 7, 1991
Cream Puff War - Grateful Dead
Peggy-O, 5/11/77 - Grateful Dead
Grateful Dead - Infrared Roses (composite)
Grateful Dead~infrared roses
Grateful Dead-"Alligator" Live 8/5/67
Traffic & Jerry Garcia Mr Dear Fantasy
Rolling Stones - 2000 Light Years From Home -
Live '90 Barcelona
Rolling Stones -
2000 Light Years From Home-with nice visuals
I Got A Line On You by Spirit
Neil Young - Rockin' In The Free World
I Can't Help But Wonder from our friend David Starsoul
This song, and video, is a dedicated to Native Americans--
and all the victimized animals in the world. "Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done, as in heaven, so on earth."--Mat 6:10....
H.P. Lovecraft - Mobius Trip
RECOIL: JOHN CIPOLLINA
- recent reviews
Dirty Fucking Hippies WERE RIGHT!
John Lennon-assassinated Dec 8
Rolling Stone | John Lennon's Last Interview
Violence in Cinema:
World Cinema at its Lowest Ebb
Melting Glaciers Cause Droughts, Floods;
Norway Helps Himalayas
Marine World Heritage Managers' First Gathering
Celebrates Hawaiian Islands
A lost prehistoric Oasis in the Persian Gulf
Ancient secrets of Sir Bani Yas Island unveiled
Traditional Agriculture in Sri Lanka
Edward Goldsmith interviews Mudyanse Tennekoon
US Ambassador Planned "Retaliation" Against France
Over Ban on Monsanto Corn
The Secret Behind Creating Truly Sustainable Food
Nicola Peel is now in Ecaudor helping in many ways and dimensions.
Check out her site and updates
Alaska Launches New Attack on Polar Bears
Polar Bears Get Lump of Coal for Christmas
AUSTRALIA: TREES NOT TRICKS
Right now, international climate negotiations in Mexico are heating up --
but powerful timber companies are lobbying Australia for special favours
which would undermine the talks. Climate Minister Combet is already at the
climate summit, and we have just days left to shift his position -- let’s call on
him to oppose loopholes for loggers!
Another Reality –
The Gulf of Mexico is Dying
5 Awards For the World's Most Heinous Climate Villains
Top 10 green stories of 2010
Seattle’s impending car-centric mega-tunnel:
a chat with urbanist Cary Moon
Chicago has got it growing on
Watercorps providing bulk drinking water to the homeless people
living on the streets of Skid Row Los Angeles.
‘Water Man’ provides oasis for downtown homeless in LA
Defending the right to share food: Skid Row’s community picnic
Frazil Ice At Yosemite
Giant Eruption Cut Down to Size
New Study Shows Urban Cycling Is Faster Than Driving
How the brain's architecture makes our view of the world unique
Very interesting - a brain scientist experiencing and researching
on her own stroke
A revolutionary vehicle that drives like a car
Genetically Modified Mosquitos
Coexistence with Monsanto:
One of America's Oldest Men
- Is His Controversial Anti-Aging
Advice Right For You?
Body Has A Built-In Stress Reliever
Medicinal mushroom powder
This Powerful Nutrient Improves Concentration
by 60% and Fights ADHD
This Vilified Daily Food Slashes Heart Attack Risk in Half...
"Modern Twist on an Ancient Super-Food"
Why the New Vitamin D Recommendations Spell Disaster For Your Health
Are Depressed People Too Clean?
TV Watching Is Bad for Babies' Brains
FDA attacks raw milk
Pfizer 'used dirty tricks to avoid clinical trial payout'
Nation of Pill Poppers: 19 Potentially Dangerous Drugs
Pushed By Big Pharma
This Kills Twice as Many People as AIDS –
Why are Doctors Ignoring it?
About $282 million was paid to doctors by drug companies last year.
Is this compromising the best interests of their patients?
The "Calcium Lie" Every Woman Should Know About
8 Skin Moisturizer Ingredients You'd Best Avoid
If You Fall for This "Water Fad" -
You Could Do Some Major Damage
The Most Dangerous Types of Water You Can Drink
Avoid this Type of Water Purification
Yoga Better Than Walking For Beating The Blues
Natural Miscarriage Methods
12 Year Olds Getting Bikini Waxes:
Why Do Women Do SuchTerrible Things to Their Vaginas?
the next ethical industry?
What It's Like to Be 17 and Having Sex for Money
Is Marriage Becoming Obsolete?
Wikileaks: Documents Confirm US Plans Against Venezuela
Nigeria Files Charges Against Cheney in Halliburton Bribery Scheme
Halliburton May Pay $500 million to Keep Cheney out of Prison:
US seeks access to key Australian military bases -
National News - National - General - The Canberra Times
Lebanese Newspaper Publishes U.S. Cables Not Found on WikiLeaks
A Missing Wikileak:
All roads lead to Tel Aviv
THE DILEMMA OF THE ISRAELI LEFT
Argentina Recognizes Palestine Within its 1967 Borders
How Holbrooke Lied His Way into a War
By Sam Husseini
Rapists stalk women in Somali refugee camps
Michael Moore | Dear Government of Sweden
Shell's grip on Nigerian state revealed Nigerian oil,
Shell Despite billions of dollars in oil revenue,
70% of people in Nigeria live below the poverty line
Europeans Criticize Fierce U.S. Response to Leaks
PARIS — For many Europeans, Washington's fierce reaction to the flood of secret
diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks displays imperial arrogance and hypocrisy,
indicating a post-9/11 obsession with secrecy that contradicts American principles.
Iceland may ban MasterCard, Visa over WikiLeaks censorship
Vatican bank gets caught money laundry. church loses assets.
Western Civilization Has Shed Its Values
By Paul Craig Roberts
Our friend Dieter A. Hagenbach anounces this message of an end to war inspiration from Switzerland:
Switzerland is one of the world’s richest countries, but as it has recently been learned, it cannot afford a real army. Our few jet fighters are antiquated and new ones have been dismissed by the Parliament, who also rejected an increase in the military budget of one billion up to 5.5 billion francs per year. The Federal Councillor in charge of the army is a member of the far-right Swiss People’s Party (SVP) and is now – against his and the will of his party – tasked with undertaking the necessary steps for a rigorous decrease in the size of our army.
It all began with the leftist-green Group for a Switzerland without an Army (GsoA), whose popular initiative “For a Switzerland without an Army and for a comprehensive Policy for Peace“ came to vote on 26 November 1989, and reached a surprisingly high approval rate of 35.6 percent.
Now the delegates of the Social Democratic Party (SP), also a governing party, have decided to campaign for the abolition of the Swiss Army.
It is quite possible that Switzerland may soon join those 25 countries who do not maintain an army, allowing left and right to achieve reconciliation, and our Confederation to set a positive and future-oriented example for all other countries: The world does not need armies anymore. Spread the word.
Wishing you all a loving and peaceful holiday season.
Dieter A. Hagenbach
Nearly 60% approve of tax deal
''Can You Believe This (doctored?) Crock?:
Like, far from believing in Fairness, Justice, Equality, or a level playing field,
or paying their bills, or being able to provide for their families and children
it seems that, in the journalistic media-minds of NBC and the
WALL STREET Journal, 60% of numb-ass citizens would rather put
their money into the pockets and investment accounts of the
WEALTHIEST 1/2 of one percent of Americans!!''
Humanity's Road Ahead - Bill Moyers
Bill Moyers at the Howard Zinn Lecture
Who, Precisely, Is Attacking the World?
By Paul Craig Roberts
Ralph Nader | Institutional Insanity
William Rivers Pitt | Bernie Sanders and the True State of the Union
The Attack on American Education
Issues and Alibis news service
-- The Documentary (original SVT.se)-
Wanted by the Empire, Dead or Alive
By Alexander Cockburn
Death Squads versus Democracy:
Tom Flanagan’s "Joke" directed against Wikileaks Julian Assange
Pundits Openly Calling for Wikileaks Founder's Death Have
Crossed a Very Dangerous Line
Why Shouldn't Freedom of the Press Apply to WikiLeaks?
Wikileaks is currently mirrored on 2194 web sites
The US Government's pursuit of WikiLeaks could be its undoing
The 9 Weirdest Things About the WikiLeaks Story
Free Julian Assange! Hands off WikiLeaks!
By Bill Van Auken
It is almost certain that the ultimate goal of the shoddy legal frame-up
is to have Assange extradited to the United States to be tried as a spy or
even as an accomplice of terrorism.
"The Truth Will Always Win"
by Julian Paul Assange
Wikileaks vs the Right to Lie
Pentagon Whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg:
Julian Assange is Not a Terrorist
Larry Flynt | Why I Am Donating $50,000 to WikiLeaks
Why I'm posting $20,000 for Julian Assange's bail
Was the Bush Administration Obsessed With Me?
by Michael Moore
Cover-ups, Coups, and Drones
A Holiday Sampler of What Wikileaks Reveals about the US
By Bill Quigley
The US claims broad authority to secretly snoop on the lives of
individuals inside and outside of the US. It also works tirelessly to
prevent citizens from knowing what is going on by expansively naming
basic government information "state secrets." The government says
it has to have the right to keep things secret in order to prevent crime.
US Offers Bradley Manning Plea Bargain If He Names Julian Assange
By Kim Sengupta and David Usborne in New York
Accused soldier offered plea bargain if he names WikiLeaks founder.
Bradley Manning's Life Behind Bars
Julian's background is from our cultural hometown Nimbin Australia.
Check out my friend Martin's podcast
(as well as all his excellent archived shows)
Julian Assange's Post-Bail Interviews
Who's Who at Wikileaks?
WikiLeaks Cables are Dispatches from a Beleaguered America
in Imperial Retreat
Envoys provide devastating truths, but world can admire
Washington's patient mission to avert nuclear apocalypse
"War on WikiLeaks"
WikiLeaks cables are dispatches from a beleaguered
America in imperial retreat
The Beginning of the End of the American Empire
Excerpt from "The Global Economic Crisis"
Scenarios for the Coming Collapse of the American Empire
The American Empire Is Collapsing,
And Americans Will Be The Last to Know
Y UR PEEPS B SO DUM?
Ignorance and courage in the age of Lady Gaga
Study Confirms That Fox News Makes You Stupid
No Act of Rebellion Is Wasted
By Chris Hedges
Hope and justice live when people, even in tiny numbers, stand up and fight for them.
135 Arrested For Civil Disobedience at White House; 40 Sec.
Video and Ray McGovern Interview
The Veterans for Peace civil disobedience action against the war,
which also turned into an event strongly supporting Bradley Manning,
Wikileaks and Julian Assange.
Daniel Ellsberg on Wikileaks, Assange, Manning,
Civil Disobedience and more
Peace Activism May Now be Criminal"
How the Pentagon Turns Working-
Class Men into the Deadliest Killers on the Planet
Empowering youth to say NO to recruiters and YES to resistance
US Kills At Least 51 People In Pakistan
By The Express Tribune News
On Thursday, another US missile strike killed seven suspected militants
in Khyber Agency. Local security officials said the attack was an apparent
expansion of America's drone campaign in the country.
- The War You Don't See (review)
- The War You Don't See
John Pilger says in the film: "We journalists... have to be brave enough
to defy those who seek our collusion in selling their latest bloody adventure
in someone else's country... In this age of endless imperial war, the lives
of countless men, women and children depend on the truth or their blood is
on us... Those whose job it is to keep the record straight ought to be the voice
of people, not power."
U.S. Savage Imperialism
by Noam Chomsky
The United States of War Criminals
By Mickey Z.
Roughly one million tax dollars per minute are spent to fund the largest
military machine (read: global terrorist operation) the world has ever known.
War dominated foreign policy is destroying the economy and national security
What We Need Is More WikiLeaks
Al Franken | The Most Important Free Speech Issue of Our Time
Bush v. Gore's Dark American Decade
Ten years ago, five Republican US Supreme Court justices put the
country on a path toward disaster, recalls Robert Parry.
When Zombies Win
Census Data Released, Revealing Gain in House Seats for GOP
Despite Calls for Pay Freeze, GOP Staff Payrolls Soar
Bernie Sanders Puts Barack Obama to Shame
I See Something and I'm Saying Something
Swami Beyondananda-political humor and more
The 10 Greediest People of the Year
Corporate Profits Were the Highest on Record Last Quarter
Wall Street Considers Early Bonuses if Bush Tax Cuts Get Slashed
Welcome to the New, Smaller American Dream
Western Civilization and Classical Economics:
The Immorality of Austerity
The New Tax Deal:
MINDSET WARFARE JEFF GATES
The U.S. is slipping into a debt-induced recession from which we're
assured that more debt is the remedy.
CHINA TO THE US:
STOP WITH THE MONOPOLY MONEY
Doomsday for the US Dollar:
Post Mortem for the World's "Reserve Currency"
How Our Trillion-Dollar Empire Is the Cause of Our 'Deficit Problem'
MasterCard, Amazon, PayPal "Counter-Cyber-Attacked"
Death and Profits
PGandE The Utility Protection Racket
Phone Companies' $100 Billion Rip-off --
Where Is That Hidden $6 a Month Going in Our Phone Bills?
Intel's Sandy Bridge processors have a remote kill switch
Facebook snaps could prove costly
McCarthyism on Steroids: Monitoring Americans
By Dana Priest and SWilliam M. Arkin
The United States is assembling a vast domestic intelligence
apparatus to collect information about Americans, using the FBI,
local police, state homeland security offices and military criminal investigators.
The Doomsday Project:
Creating a State of Perpetual Emergency
Anon on Operation Payback
An Inside Look at the "Hacktivist" Attack on Visa's Web Site
Why Is the Government Waging a Doomed (and Illegal)
War Against WikiLeaks?
What's Behind the War on WikiLeaks
Assange Beseiged - Sweden takes the cake!
Assange's Swedish Sex Crimes Accuser Flees to Middle East,
May Not Be Cooperating with Police
Just like out of a Bond film:
Inside the astonishing subterranean WikiLeaks bunker
By Michael Hanlon
Obama and GOPers Worked Together to Kill Bush Torture Probe
By David Corn
WikiLeaks cable shows that when Spain considered a criminal
case against ex-Bush
officials, the Obama White House and Republicans, leaned on
Spain to derail this potential prosecution.
To Orwellian Governments Around the Globe
Censoring = Fortifying the Censored!
Wikileaks and the Worldwide Information War
Power, Propaganda, and the Global Political Awakening
By Andrew Gavin Marshall
WikiLeaks Server Goes Down, Julian Assange Facing
'Hundreds Of Death Threats'
Former top AIPAC official states passing US secrets to Israel is routine
for the Israel Lobby Thursday, December 16, 2010
Strawberry Fields Assassination Sequence
Who Authorized The Assassination Of John Lennon?
(I now don't think Mark David Chapman shot John --
I believe a professional mechanic did the shooting --
With Chapman the MKULTRA mind-controlled patsy)
by Mark R. Elsis
Rethinking John Lennon's Assassination
by Salvador Astucia
The Assassination Of John Lennon
An Article Based On The Published Work Of Fenton Bresler,
British Researcher, Author (Who Killed John Lennon?) And Lawyer.
Was John Lennon's murderer Mark Chapman a CIA hitman?
Thirty years on, there's an extraordinary new theory
''CIA killed Lennon''
Mossad, MI6, the CIA and the case of the assassinated scientist
In Tapes, Nixon Rails About Jews and Blacks
CIA's Denial of Protecting Nazis is Blatant Lie (Part 1)
by Hank P. Albarelli Jr.*
Hitler's Shadow Reaches toward Today
"The U.S. government protected Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie in the
years after World War II and later unleashed the infamous Butcher of Lyon
on South America by aiding his escape from French war-crimes prosecutors,
according to a new report issued by the National Archives"
Melchizedek Communique, MC112210) Randy and Evi Quaid seek
asylum in Canada. They claim they need to get away from
so-called "star whackers," a shadowy group the
couple insist are out to kill them and whose victims have
included Heath Ledger and David Carradine.
David Carradine's Ex Wife Supports Quaids;
Someone Is Killing Stars!",
Escape the Illusion:
"reality is an illusion; are your ready to escape"
America Has Become a Police State
Historic Georgia Inmate Strike:
Prisoners Demand Human Rights,
Education, Wages for Work
Justice Department Prepares for Ominous Expansion of
"Anti-Terrorism" Law Targeting Activists
Justice Dept. Renews Enforcement of Subpoenas for
Antiwar Activists Targeted in FBI Raids
Tension grows between Calif. Muslims, FBI after informant infiltrates mosque
Mosque infiltration feeds Muslims' distrust of FBI in Southern California
By Jerry Markon
Washington Post Staff Writer
Psychologists Conducted Torture Sessions for the CIA
- Millions of Dollars Involved
CIA Gave Waterboarders $5 Million Legal Shield
UN Looking Into Bradley Manning's Treatment
Jesse Ventura Hammers The 9/11 Official Pentagon Attack Scenario
Fair Game: the Movie
"We can be pleased that a movie has been made that exposes how the
Cabal's Bush-puppet junta criminally outed an undercover CIA agent.
The movie reveals how the cabal lied to the American people, started a
war to reap huge oil profits for its top members, and reconfigured the
Middle East as part of its military imperialist machinations"
Body scanners used as porn by airport security
The 10 Funniest, Strangest Stories of the Year
Rock and Roll Conspiracy:
Roy Wood vs. Harold Wilson
Here is a very strange observation:
Type illuminati backwards into your address bar and put www.
at the front and .com at the end and see what happens...
QUOTES FOR THE WEEK :
"The doctrine of non-resistance against arbitrary power and oppression, is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind." - -- New Hampshire Constitution -- Source: Article 10
"The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive." - Thomas Jefferson
"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent." ~ Thomas Jefferson
"One of the major reasons for government secrecy is to protect the government from its own population," Noam Chomsky
"In the eyes of posterity it will inevitably seem that, in safeguarding our freedom, we destroyed it. The vast clandestine apparatus we built up to prove our enemies' resources and intentions only served in the end to confuse our own purposes; that practice of deceiving others for the good of the state led infallibly to our deceiving ourselves; and that vast army of clandestine personnel built up to execute these purposes were soon caught up in the web of their own sick fantasies, with disastrous consequences for them and us". - -- Malcom Muggeridge - May 1966
"Information has never been so free. Even in authoritarian countries information networks are helping people discover new facts and making governments more accountable." - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, January 21, 2010
The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth becomes the greatest enemy of the State." -- Dr. Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Propaganda Minister
"To be innocent in America is to permit the continued theft of hundreds of billions of dollars from the state by Wall Street swindlers and speculators. To be innocent in America is to stand by as insurance and pharmaceutical companies, in the name of profit, condemn ill people, including children, to die. To be innocent in America is refusing to resist wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that are not only illegal under international law but responsible for the murder of hundreds of thousands of people. This is the odd age we live in. Innocence is complicity." - Chris Hedges
"Military Intelligence" is a contradiction in terms
“If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships - the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
-1 Corinthians 13:4-7
PUNMASTER MUSIC NEWS-SELECTED ARTICLES:
I've been through more cold turkeys than there are freezers."
- Keith Richards (from his new autobiography, "Life")
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – It's a strange sheaf of documents for Florida's governor to have. The thick notebook describes how Jim Morrison discussed sex with a lamb he held on stage, ordered fans to "love your neighbor 'til it hurts" and later, at trial, defended his boozy singing to a prosecutor.
But did the lead singer of The Doors show his genitals to the crowd at the 1969 concert in Miami, a charge on which he was famously convicted? Gov. Charlie Crist wants to posthumously pardon him of indecent exposure and profanity convictions, and the governor's last chance is coming up at a Clemency Board meeting next Thursday. Crist leaves office in January.
To prepare for the meeting, Crist asked his staff to find whatever information they could about the Miami concert, and the governor received a three-ring binder with dozens of pages. The documents paint a vivid picture of a wild night.
At one point, Morrison told the Miami crowd, "I'm talkin' about love your neighbor 'til it hurts! I'm talkin' about grab your friend! I'm talkin' about some love, I'm talkin' about some love, I'm talking about some love, I'm talkin' about love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love! Grab your (expletive) friend and love him! Come on! Yeah!"
The quote was transcribed from a recording of the show by the editor of a fan magazine and included in the binder, a copy of which was provided to The Associated Press. Other materials detail some of Morrison's trial testimony, a letter from Morrison's father to the Florida Parole Commission and other information about the long-dead rocker. It also includes information on other arrests of the singer in Tallahassee when Morrison was a Florida State University student; New Haven, Conn.; Las Vegas and Phoenix.
The research, much of it culled from websites such as http://www.rockmine.com., projects the image of a man who had problems with alcohol and had a penchant for mischief. But Crist believes it also casts doubt on the 1970 conviction. After reviewing it, he said he was reminded of something Bob Butterworth, his predecessor as the state's attorney general, once told him.
"It is very important to prosecute the guilty, but it is more important to exonerate the innocent, and I can't help to have that over and over in my mind with Jim Morrison," Crist said. "The more I think about it the more I think an injustice was being done."
The governor's office stressed that the binder is an informal report and that the Parole Commission is conducting its own investigation, the results of which will be presented to Crist and the rest of the Clemency Board.
One of Crist's documents is a reconstruction of the March 1, 1969, concert at the Dinner Key Auditorium prepared by Rainer Moddemann, editor of "The Doors Quarterly Magazine." He prepared it from a recording of the event, along with photos and witness accounts. Morrison often slurred through songs, or stopped in the middle of them to rant against authority.
During the show, Morrison put his hand in his pants and fiddled with his belt, but The Doors' road manager pulled Morrison by the belt and held him before he could unbuckle it, according to Moddemann's article. Morrison responded by saying, "No, c'mon, wait a minute! Wait a minute! I'm not gonna go on! I'm not gonna take this (expletive)! I'm coppin' out."
Later in the concert, Morrison was brought a live lamb. He talked about having sex with it, but ultimately decided: "She's too young!"
Morrison was acquitted of a lewd and lascivious behavior and drunkenness charge. He was sentenced to six months in jail and a $500 fine for the profanity and indecent exposure convictions. But he never did the time: With his case on appeal, he was found dead in a Paris bathtub in 1971 at age 27.
In a partial transcript from Morrison's trial, he told a prosecutor the custom-made leather pants he wore that night didn't have pockets. "Since the pants don't have pockets, sometimes I put my hand in, you know, with the thumb hanging out in lieu of pockets."
He also revealed he was wearing boxer shorts that night.
"It was kind of unusual, really, because I don't usually wear undergarments," Morrison testified. "I got out of the habit about four years ago."
At times Morrison answered prosecutor's questions sarcastically, such as when he was asked how much his band mates were drinking: "Well, I don't count how many beers they drink, you know."
The prosecutor asked Morrison about his singing being "off that night." Morrison said, "I am sure that you are aware that that is just a matter of opinion."
"Was it or was it not off timing?" the prosecutor asked.
"What is timing?" Morrison responded.
"Answer the question," the prosecutor ordered.
"Well, some people think I sing off key, but I don't. And some people might think I sing off time. I might not," the singer said.
Another item is a letter Morrison's father, Navy Admiral George Morrison, wrote at the request of the parole commission before Morrison's sentencing hearing.
"As in all his academic work through grade school, high school, and college, he was an excellent student. While he had always been an intellectual rebel, he had always obeyed and respected authority," he wrote.
A Florida State University transcript released to The Associated Press on Friday shows Morrison was mostly an A and B student during his four trimesters from 1961 to 1963. Some of his best grades were for courses called Philosophy of Protest, Collective Behavior, Essentials of Acting and The Nature of Theater. He received Cs in a few science course, and his worst grade, a "DC," was in intermediate Spanish.
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JORMA TURNS 70
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Fillmore East in New York City, 1968-1971.
LENNON’S FINAL INTERVIEW RELEASED
John Lennon’s final interview has been released, marking the first time the entire chat has been published. It took place in 1980 for a Rolling Stone cover story and in it, a happy and hopeful John talks about his music, his life and fatherhood. He also says he isn’t “interested in being a dead (expletive) hero.” Lennon goes on to predict that Bruce Springsteen is the future of rock. After John’s death, only snippets from the interview were printed and the reporter who spoke to the singer never went back to their three hour chat until a few months ago, when he found the tape as he was cleaning a closet. Read more at RollingStone.com.
GREGG ALLMAN LIKES TOURING SOLO
Allman Brothers Band founding member Gregg Allman recently turned 63, but his age isn’t slowing the rocker down. Later this month, Gregg kicks off a 13-city East Coast tour with his own band. Although he enjoys playing with the Allman Brothers Band, he told us what it is like to play solo.
(Cut #3) “It’s a little more structured, you know. We play songs off my six solo records and then we play some songs that I wrote for the Allman Brothers – they’re totally rearranged. You know, that’s the thing about having you’re band, I mean it’s just the doors are wide open, you can play anything you want to.”
As for playing with the Allman Brothers Band, you can catch them all together again when they head out on tour beginning in March. Meanwhile, Gregg’s new solo album, Low Country Blues, is due out January 18th. For more information and all the singer’s dates, head to GreggAllman.com.
JON ANDERSON’S STATUS WITH YES
Yes spent the better part of the year touring, but it was with new singer Benoit David and not original frontman Jon Anderson. David sat in for Jon as the singer recovered from a respiratory issue but has since replaced him. So how does Jon feel about the group touring under the Yes name but without him?
(Cut #1) “It was a disappointing thing. There’s no reason why those guys couldn’t go out as themselves but they have majority control over the name so you just let it go and say, ‘That’s life.’ You just gotta get on with your next experience, you know.”
So will Jon ever be part of Yes again? He filled us in.
(Cut #2) “Well, no. I asked last year when I was ready to go back and they just weren’t interested. So I just go, ‘Ok, I’ll just get on with things that are going to give me a lot more excitement.”
Anderson is definitely doing exciting things. Along with working on new solo music, he’s also putting out an album with fellow former Yes member Rick Wakeman. For now, Jon is on a solo tour, something he prefers much more than trekking with an entire band.
(Cut #3) “I found that it’s a lot more fun to tour on a simpler level rather than a group level. You know, you tour with a group for 30 years, 35 years as I did and it’s exhausting. It’s not a happy experience all the time. Sometimes it is but generally, it’s not a really happy experience. It was in the early days but the last time we went touring, it was just so hard work and that was when I got really sick. So being able to drive around America in a car with a couple of guitars and my wife, it’s like being on holiday all the time.”
His album with Rick Wakeman, The Living Tree, is out on January 11th.
KEITH RICHARDS STILL GOING STRONG
Keith Richards is 67. It’s rumored that the Rolling Stones will be hitting the road again at some point in 2011 and for his age, many have wondered what has kept him motivated to still tour. Here’s what Keith told us.
(Cut #1) “Well actually, the crowds are the motivators. You know, I mean you’re living off their adrenaline. It’s surprising what can be done with a lot of adrenaline.”
There are also rumors that next year, the Stones plan to do a new album as well. Nothing is official yet but you can stay up to date at RollingStones.com.
JIM MCCARTY'S “SITTING ON THE TOP OF TIME”
Jim McCarty's SITTING ON THE TOP OF TIME features instruments and a chamber pop influence courtesy of flautist Ron Korb and pianist Donald Quan, guitarist Ray Hickey and bassist George Koller, plus guest guitarists Steve Hackett and Jean-Michel Kajdan (who, in addition to his exhaustive credits, was the Yardbirds guitarist for the 2008 European tour), and pianist Lou Pomanti.
(Of course a debate could be made for Jim as one of the bearers of this progressive pop style of music (in addition to co-creating the Yardbirds). This drummer/singer/songwriter also co-founded Renaissance, Illusion and Stairway--all important orchestral rock and pop bands.)
Jim started the album at home, but had limitations in his studio, so he connected with Jason Relf (younger son of the late Keith Relf, who-of course- founded Renaissance with Jim). Jason is a studio wiz and teacher, and came to Jim's home in France to install a “state-of-the art” digital system. “The great thing with the system was that there was no limit to the number of ideas I could record, so I could put every one of them down, without judgment.”
With some songs together, in June 2006, Jim went to Toronto, Canada and recorded in Quan's studio, Q Music. “There seemed to be a good group of session players available, very much like in London in the 60's and thanks to Ron, I soon had a good team together: Ron, Donald, Ray, and George.
“It was a magical day for me, when all of a sudden my ideas from France came to life in a new way, each of the musicians adding their particular influence.” Each time Jim toured the States with the Yardbirds, he would go to Toronto to make more tracks on SITTING ON THE TOP OF TIME.
Online sources: Song Facts' Carl Wiser interviews Jim on his insights of making music through the years and his spirituality. http://www.songfacts.com/blog/interviews/jim_mccarty_of_the_yardbirds/
Track by track analysis on MUSIC STREET JOURNAL, http://www.musicstreetjournal.com/index_cdreviews_display.cfm?id=102799
Music video created by fan of Jim's song, “Sitting On The Top of Time.” I like this interpretation as we see Jim sitting at his drumkit. Time. Drum. Enjoy the video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiC7q2K7EFA
Favorite Records./Musicians (1-50)
- Jimi Hendrix: Electric Ladyland
- Beatles: Sgt. Peppers
- Beatles: White Album
- Led Zeppelin: 1
- Rolling Stones: Let it Bleed
- Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon
- Rolling Stones: Exile on Main Street
- Led Zeppelin: 2
- Beatles: Revolver
- Jimi Hendrix: Are You Experienced
- Grateful Dead: Live '72
- Cream: Disraeli Gears
- Beatles: Abbey Road
- Big Brother/Janis: Cheap Thrills
- Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers
- Jeff Beck/Rod Steward: Faith
- Jimi Hendrix: Axis Bold As Love
- Grateful Dead: Anthem to the Sun
- Miles Davis: Bitches Brew
- Traffic: first one
- Doors: first one
- Rolling Stones: Satanic Majesties
- Ten Years After: Cricklewood Green
- Spirit: The Family That Plays Together
- Cream: Wheels of Fire
- Stepenwolf: first one
- Jefferson Airplane: After Bathing at Baxters
- Beatles: Magical Mystery Tour
- Traffic: Dear Mr. Fantasy
- Greatful Dead: Aoxoxo..
- Animals: Love Is
- Pink Floyd: Ungamunga
- Miles Davis: In a Silent Way
- Tim Buckley: Blue Melody
- Tim Leary/Jimi Hendrix: You Can Be Anyone
- Jefferson Airplane: Surrealistic Pillow
- Doors: Soft Parade
- Joe Cocker: first one
- Ravi Shankar: Monterey
- Rolling Stones: Beggars Banquet
- George Harrison: All Things Must Pass
- Doors: Strange Days
- Jimi Hendrix: Cry of Love
- Weather Report: I Sing the Body Electric
- Doors: Waiting for the Sun
- John Coltrane: My Favorite Things
- Grateful Dead: first
- Zappa: Hot Rats
- Traffic: Low Spark of High Heel Boys
- Jethro Tull: Aqualung
Favorite Records/Musicians (50-100)
- Tim Buckley: Greetings From LA
- Allman Brothers: Live At the Filmore
- Mahavishnu Orchestra: Birds of Fire
- John Mclaughlin: Love, Devotion and Surrender
- Santana: first
- Pink Floyd: BBC
- Led Zeppelin: Houses of the Holy
- Jimi Hendrix: Band of Gypsys
- Miles Davis: Bitches Brew Sessions/Another Bitches Brew
- Grateful Dead: (live from the 80's)
- Crosby Stills Nash and Young: deja vu
- Bob Dylan: Subterenean Homesick Blues
- Tim Buckley: Happy Sad
- Weather Report: second
- Santana/McLauglin: Love, Devotion and Surrender
- Bob Dylan: Hwy 61 Revisited
- Derek and the Dominoes: Layla
- David Crosby: If I Could Remember My Name
- Mahavishnu Orchestra
- Jimi Hendrix: Rainbow Bridge
- Led Zeppelin: III
- Pink Floyd: Shine on You Crazy Diamond
- Miles Davis: Live-Evil
- Grateful Dead: live 90's
- Beatles: Rubber Soul
- Miles Davis: Sketches of Spain
- Jimi Hendrix: Cry of Love
- Moody Blues: In Search of the Lost Chord
- Beatles: Magical Mystery Tour
- John Mclauglin: My Goal's Beyond
- Santana: Welcome
- Country Joe: Electric Music
- Pink Floyd: Pompei
- Moody Blues: Tomorrow
- Who: Tommy
- Stevie Wonder: Talking Book
- Jimi Hendrix: Midnight Lightning
- Frank Zappa: Us and Them
- Quicksilver: first one
- Spirit: Fresh Garbage
- Mothers of Invention: Only in it for the Money
- Joe Cocker: Mad Dogs and Englishman
- Bob Dylan: Another Side Of
- Cream: Fresh
- Yes: first
- Who: Live at Leeds
- Rolling Stones: High Tides
- Tim Buckley: Safronia
- King Crimson: Court of Crimson King
- Paul Butterfield-East West
- Jean Luc Ponty: Enigmatic Voyage
- Miles Davis: Seven Steps
- Shawn Philips: Faces
- Byrds: Notorious Bird Brothers
- Steppenwolf: Monster
- Raphael; Music to Disapear In 2
- Buffalo Springfield: Retrospect
- Neil Young: first
- Beatles: Let it Be
- Pink Floyd: Meddle
- Neil Young: Everybody Knows this is Nowhere
- Allman Brothers: Eat a Peach
- Frank Zappa: Apostrophe
- Miles Davis: Big Fun
- Neil Young: Zuma
- Miles Davis: Kind of Blue
- Doors: Morrison Hotel
- Soft Machine-first
- Grand Funk Railroad: Closer to Home
- Jefferson Starship: Blows Against the Empire
- John Luc Ponty: Tales of...
- Blind Faith
- Neil Young: Harvest
- Jefferson Airplane: Volunteers
- Eric Burdon and War
- Rolling Stones: Between the Buttons
- Jefferson Airplane: Bless Its Pointed Little Head
- Cream: Goodbye
- Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here
- Who: Who's Next
- Quicksilver: first
- Crosby, Stills, Nash, Young: 4 Way Street
- Tim Buckley: Happy/Sad
- Lauro Nyro: Christmas and the Beads of Sweat
- Spirit: Ice
- Shawn Phillips: Colaboration
- Rolling Stones: Only Rock and Roll
- Mahavishnu Orchestra: Inner Mounting Flame
- Pink Floyd: Animals
- Traffic: Last Exit
- Stevie Wonder: Talking Book
- Pink Floyd: Obscured by Clouds
- Jean Luc Ponty: Cosmic Messenger
- Steve Stills: first
- Bob Marley: Exodus
- Pink Floyd: Saucer Full of Secrets
- Traffic: Shoot Out at the Fantasy Farm
- It's A Beautiful Day: first
- Pete Townsend: Who Came First
- Mothers of Invention: Freak Out
- Doors: LA Woman