Open Culture
2 months
Image of Robertson (center, left) by Jim Summaria, via Wikimedia Commons A quick heads up: Marc Maron released this week a long, probing and quite excellent interview with The Band’s Robbie Robertson . The conversation gives you: the full lowdown on the history of The Band, from its origins as a backing group to its final bow with The Last Waltz. Robbie talks about being with Bob Dylan when he went electric and dealing with the blowback of that, and he explains how he came to have such a great working relationship with Martin Scorsese on many of the director’s films. You can stream the interview below. It’s worth listening to Maron’s impassioned monologue. But if you want to skip straight to the interview itself, then jump to the 15 minute mark. Robertson recently published a new memoir called Testimony , and I should point out that you can download it as a free audiobook if you take part in Audible.
Open Culture
2 months
(You can listen to all the segments individually here .) Producer Marty Goldensohn talks about recording them at Vonnegut’s apartment, where the famous writer would answer the phone every few minutes for a brief talk with one curious fan after another, none of whom he’d taken any pains whatsoever to keep from finding his phone number. “It was a wonderful thing,” says Goldensohn. “He had a way of talking, hearing what he wanted to hear, thanking, and hanging up very nicely. Sixty seconds.” He’d also mastered, adds Lehrer, the art of the one-minute trip to the afterlife, and the stories this unusual radio format allowed him to tell surely drew from the vast range of experiences and emotions to which Vonnegut had exposed his mind not just through reading, but also with such frequent and brief yet very real human connections he’d make on a seemingly near-constant basis.
Open Culture
2 months
(You can listen to all the segments individually here .) Producer Marty Goldensohn talks about recording them at Vonnegut’s apartment, where the famous writer would answer the phone every few minutes for a brief talk with one curious fan after another, none of whom he’d taken any pains whatsoever to keep from finding his phone number. “It was a wonderful thing,” says Goldensohn. “He had a way of talking, hearing what he wanted to hear, thanking, and hanging up very nicely. Sixty seconds.” He’d also mastered, adds Lehrer, the art of the one-minute trip to the afterlife, and the stories this unusual radio format allowed him to tell surely drew from the vast range of experiences and emotions to which Vonnegut had exposed his mind not just through reading, but also with such frequent and brief yet very real human connections he’d make on a seemingly near-constant basis.
Mondoweiss
3 months
Nusra makes it hard, Kerry said, referring to Jabhat al-Nusra, the Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria. Nusra and Daesh [ISIS] both make it hard, because you have this extreme element out there and unfortunately some of the opposition has kind of chosen to work with them. The rise of extremists had led to Russia's intervention. Kerry said (at minute 26) that when Daesh, or ISIS, started to grow, the US watched and thought we could manage the ISIS situation, because it might push Assad to negotiate, but instead Putin came in. Kerry: The reason Russia came in is because ISIL was getting stronger, Daesh was threatening the possibility of going to Damascus and so forth. And that's why Russia went in. Because they didn't want a Daesh government and they supported Assad. And we know that this was growing.
BoingBoing
3 months
Brian from the Recommend if You Like podcast sez, "For episode 200 ( MP3 ), we sat down for a 90 minute interview with Mad Magazine's Al Jaffee, who, at the age of 95 holds the title of 'the longest working cartoonist in history.'" (more)
21stCenturyWire
3 months
BoingBoing
3 months
I think almost every location has one. ... I really suggest to anyone, even if you don't feel you're proficient with metal working or tools or anything, get a membership to TechShop." Propane Torch ($20) "I was a small part of a Battle Bots team behind the robot Complete Control that was on Battle Bots recently on ABC. This $20 propane torch was on a robot. It was heralded as — I'm gonna sort of humble brag here — it was heralded as the most effective flame thrower in Battle Bots history because it recorded the first robot kill ever, which was really exciting for us. There's a Youtube video of it. A minute and a half into the match, we get the robot in the gripper. We grab under the robot, lift them up, and then turn on the flame thrower. It's a 3,000 degree torch, it's coming from just a regular propane tank. The brilliance of this Harbor Freight tool is someone engineered it and figured out how to have it properly aspiratedIt turns out just with a few little tweaks, including this spark gap generator, it became a robot killer.
BoingBoing
4 months
Metafilter's Cortex wrote and recorded "Everything Is Fucked (Keep On Going)" ( MP3 ) as "a little pep talk, for myself and for anyone else who needs one, as we wade through the fuckedness of all this. Catchy and short and angry and upbeat and exactly a minute long." (more)
Open Culture
5 months
Techradar
5 months
Free Endomondo - Running & Walking is a fitness tracking app which also includes cycling and over 40 other sports, making the name a bit misleading. Get past that though and there's a lot to like here. It ticks all the fitness app boxes, with personalised goals and training logs so you can look back on your workouts and progress. After each workout you'll also get a detailed summary, showing distance, duration, calories burned and more. Endomondo also aims to keep you motivated via audio feedback during workouts and competition with friends. Get really into it and you can even compete for prizes. Fitness apps tend to work best in tandem with other devices and services though and Endomondo is no exception, as it allows you to link up to wearable devices and your MyFitnessPal account, to view your calories and nutritional intake. Free If you've ever struggled to find the time to exercise Johnson & Johnson 7 Minute Workout could be for you, as it gives you a workout in just 7 minutes.
Open Culture
5 months
NPR News
6 months
At the height of the war the Voice of Vietnam aired three 30-minute segments of hers a day. The North Vietnamese Defense Ministry's propaganda department wrote her scripts, she told the Voice of Vietnam. Their aim was to degrade U.S. troops' will to fight, and convince them that their cause was unjust. "Defect, GI. It is a very good idea to leave a sinking ship," she advised her U.S. listeners in one broadcast. "You know you cannot win this war." Don North, a former ABC News reporter, remembers that "members of the special forces A-team would sit around at night and tune in around 10 o'clock to her broadcasts" in the Central Highlands of Vietnam in 1965. "They would listen very carefully," he adds, "you know, break out the beers and listen to Hanoi Hannah." North says that Trinh's broadcasts had a "minimal" effect on her listeners. Part of this, he says, was because the signal strength of her broadcasts was too weak to be widely heard across the country.
The Iran Project
6 months
BEIRUT, LebanonSecretary of State John Kerry was clearly exasperated, not least at his own government. Over and over again, he complained to a small group of Syrian civilians that his diplomacy had not been backed by a serious threat of military force, according to an audio recording of the meeting obtained by The New York Times. 0:34 “I think you’re looking at three people, four people in the administration who have all argued for use of force, and I lost the argument.” The 40-minute discussion, on the sidelines of last week’s United Nations General Assembly in New York, provides a glimpse of Mr. Kerry’s frustration with his inability to end the Syrian crisis. He veered between voicing sympathy for the Syriansfrustration with United States policy and trying to justify it. The conversation took place days after a brief cease-fire he had spearheaded crumbled, and as his Russian counterpart rejected outright his new proposal to stop the bombing of Aleppo.
NPR News
7 months
NPR News
7 months
BoingBoing
8 months
You get basically a log of your entire swim, like every single time you surface it resets and logs that as a separate dive, so I know if I'm staying down for a minute, if I went down to 60 feet, like all these nice metrics which motivate me to work on my freediving even more. … The great thing about this watch is it's wireless and when I put on my scuba gear it communicates with my tank and it'll tell me how much air I have left." Hario Ceramic Coffee Mill ($26) "Something I love is my coffee mill. I could easily have a little plugin electric coffee mill but on my first sailboat I had very little power and I got as many hand powered things as I possibly could, including my drill was a hand-powered drill, which was a lot of fun, and this Hario ceramic coffee mill gives you a perfect grind. It's less than $30 for this thing and one of the things I really like about it is it's quite a bit of work.
The Huffington Post
9 months
Every member of the Democratic caucus and every Republican of integrity should be sitting (in) with Congressman Lewis demanding action on gun control legislation. John Lewis has been my congressman for decades ... and my hero for even longer. We had the privilege of recording a conversation with Mr. Lewis in 1998. He has been steadfast and courageous in his commitment to justice for all. It was John Lewis who introduced us to the West African saying: When you pray move your feet. By which Mr. Lewis means that change requires action. Today, again, John Lewis has taken action. Sometimes we have to make people do what's right. We're gonna pray, we're gonna walk, we're gonna sit, we're gonna act until America's congress does what the American people want. Bless you, John! ° ° ° [You might want to listen to our 54 minute conversation with Mr. Lewis .
Futurity
a year
Project Censored
a year
The Event Chronicle
a year
ILLUMINATI CELEBRITIES EXPOSED The Clones PT 1 Re work Pay attention to the 10 1/2-minute mark. It states that non-human beings have given man technology of the Military Industrial Extraterrestrial Complex or M.I.E.C. to remove a soul, transfer it to another body and then kill the old body. This is done though an occultist magic-technology call soul transference . So now basically the NSA can download your memory and emotions in a computer and then place it into a new clone. This person claims that when she did a ceremony with Mother Earth Creator, she showed her what was being done to ALL PEOPLE WHEN THEY WERE LITTLE, YOUNG AND PURE. She was shown how the dark ones took our souls and manipulated our soulless bodies that were under heavy physiological control. These entities have compromised us all whether we want to believe it or not. Just because they took our soul did not mean that we were doing evil things.
Mondoweiss
a year
Though Epstein added that he and his wife are both Zionists. I found the call disturbing for a couple of reasons. The sense of the call was that anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism; and while we can't control hateful and offensive speech, we're going to put on a lot of pro-Israel programming and stomp on BDS to stop this anti-Semitism. Professor Epstein did say that actually some Jewish students are anti-Zionists; but his was the sole reference to such a tradition during a 47-minute call. The main idea was that Jewish students are afraid to express support for Israel, but we're going to provide them a comfort zone with lots of pro-Israel events on campus. Yes and one official thanked alumni donors. Much of the call detailed the robust Jewish life on campus, notably religious practices, from Shabbos dinners to learning how to wrap the Tefilin to building a Sukkot and making mezuzot (doorpost prayer scrolls).
Mondoweiss
a year
Churchill wrote the 8-page, 10 minute play as a response to the Cast Lead massacre of 2008-2009, and made it available for anyone to perform without royalties as long as they do a collection from audience members for people in Gaza. From the beginning the play, which consists of seven brief scenes in which Jewish adults discuss what or if or how they should tell their children about certain events in Jewish history, has spurred heated debate. At the time Tony Kushner and Alisa Solomon gave the play a huge thumbs up, writing in the Nation that the dense, beautiful, elusive and intentionally indeterminate work should be seen and discussed as widely as possible. Last week, after the York production, a Jewish Chronicle (JC) reporter promptly slandered the play and the students: Pro-Palestinian students perform antisemitic' play as part of Israel Apartheid Week .
The Event Chronicle
a year
You can also read some notes I put together below. 14 Minute Video Recap: Below is some quick notes I took from the recent call from WSOMN conference call that took place on February 19, 2016. WSOMN's website is: http://wsomn.activeboard.com/ The full recording of the call is a couple hours long, if you want to hear the full audio you can listen at this link, here . Full Call Replay: http://ds1.downloadtech.net/cn1086/audio/843213583908432-001.mp3 Yosef has developed contacts within the intelligence industry Last week all major troop movements took place (February 8, 2016) The US republic military has moved Apache helicopters in place last few nights This is not supposed to scare anyone “If you want peace, you have to prepare to go for war” (Republic vs USA Corporation) The Republic, Pentagon, Chinese, Russia are all coordinating this “EVENTTheir concern what might stop the flow of this GCR after 16 years of setting this up is another false flag operation carried out by the New World Order.
The Event Chronicle
a year
Intel Report: Assassination Attempt on Interim Republic President General Dunford & GCR Updates Notes & Video by Enerchi This is some popcorn worthy rumor/intel coming from a gentleman named Art. Below are some quick notes I took from the intel provided by Art of the WSOMN conference call that took place on February 15, 2016. I have edited and uploaded to YouTube the intelligence report provided by Art which is about 6 minutes. Full call is a couple hours long. You may listen or download the full call at this replay link, here . Full Call Replay: http://ds1.downloadtech.net/cn1086/audio/804213557743606-001.mp3 5 Minute Video Recap: Thank you to the WSOMN team, their website is ..... http://wsomn.activeboard.com/ hinese are in charge of global financial markets (Art agrees with Iko Ward) Chinese are ticked off that the United States has not met obligations to release the GCR Dunford has been told by the Chinese to Get it done or else Chinese will go around USA if not done Chinese are tired of USA making demands from Iraq USA trying to hold the GCR at bay and USA has stopped the GCR a couple of times Get it done Today or Tomorrow (February 15th & February 16th) Prosperity Programs are waiting to go out to the recipients GCR or PP go first? 48hours to get 70% of the PP delivered than GCR is to follow If the PP don't go out, the groups would still be able to go without the delivery of the Prosperity Programs.