Anacoustic Minds was founded by former Simple Minds drummer Mike Ogletree. The current incarnation of the band includes bandleader and songwriter Ogletree along with singer-omnichordist and fellow Scot Brookes McKenzie, singer and Louisiana native soul sensation David Turner, with djembe by Tem Noon when he can make it here from his home asteroid in another galaxy. Their mission is to bring a message of Universal Peace through Art to the universe via the call to arms of their genre-bending Scots-Reggae music.
Stop the Arms Trade – Cut the Arms Budget
Join South Country Peace Group’s
32nd annual World Peace Vigil
A Community Dedication to Peace
on the 69th anniversary of the nuclear destruction of Hiroshima
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 – 7:15 pm
Commemorative Poetry and Songs
Nuclear Weapons Update
You may wish to wear white, the traditional Japanese color of mourning.
Silent Procession starts 7:15pm from the sidewalk adjacent to
Woodland Cemetery, Station Road and Head of Neck Road, Bellport
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I recently answered the question on Quora: “Why did Mitt Romney lose the 2012 Presidential election?” My answer about the axioms that determined the last Presidential election can be generally:
There are two political axioms that come into play in answering why Romney lost to Obama. One general. One specific.
Incumbents lose; Challengers don’t win. In every political race, the incumbent has the upper hand. Despite comments to the contrary, Americans don’t like change. They will keep the devil they know.
Obama ran a winning campaign. He kept his focus on getting votes. You might think this is obvious but looking at other recent Democratic presidential candidates, they got distracted from actually getting people to vote for them. A case in point is Obama’s refusal to waste energy on throwing 3rd party candidates off the ballot as prior Democrat presidential candidates had. This exercise is focused on stopping people from voting for the candidates that they want, rather than focusing on convincing people to vote for you. It is a drain on resources, a distraction, and creates unneeded ill will.
Obama won the 3 hour car ride test. The majority of American voters already know who they are voting for, elections are determined by the relatively few in the middle who have to be convinced. Those in the middle know that whichever candidate that they choose, they will get the short end of the stick. Presidential elections, to the middle, are like the tagline from Alien vs. Predator: “Whoever wins, we lose.” Read more »
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In just over five weeks from now, from Fri., Aug. 1 through Tues. Aug. 5, 2014, Boog will be celebrating its 23rd anniversary by putting on the eighth annual Welcome to Boog City poetry, music, and theater festival. It will feature 66 poets, 16 musical acts, 9 poets theater plays, 2 poets in conversation with one another, 1 political talk, 1 d.a. levy lives visiting press, and 1 panel over the five days.
Among the festival highlights are:
—A performance by Ed Sanders, a large figure in the counter-culture of the sixties to today, member of The Fugs, and an award-winning poet.
—Boog’s d.a. levy lives series kicks off its 12th season devoting a night to Ithaca, N.Y.’s Stockport Flats;
—Boog’s 46th Classic Album Live show is PJ Harvey’s Rid of Me, performed live by 7 local musical acts;
—Digital Poetry: What Can It Mean?, a panel curated and moderated by Carol Mirakove
—and Boog’s 5th Poets’ Theater night, featuring 9 short plays.
The full schedule for the event is below, followed by performer bios and websites. Read more »
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In a “Post” Citizens United America, our voices are being drowned out by the corrupting influence of money from special interest groups in politics, through their Super PACs.
Join Move to Amend Brookhaven for a viewing of the short film, The Story of Citizens United vs. FEC and an evening of stimulating conversation. You will find out how the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC [Federal Election Commission] became law, its consequences and discuss what you can do to restore democracy.
Exercise your right of free speech!
Where: Middle Country Public Library 101 Eastwood Blvd Centereach, NY
When: June 30, 2014
Start Time – 7:00pm (Presentation followed by Q&A session)
E-mail MTA Brookhaven at email@example.com
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Howie Hawkins said today that the decision by the Working Families Party to nominate Governor Andrew Cuomo for a second term of Governor was an abandonment of working class and progressive voters, just further proof that the WFP is merely a liberal wing on the Democrats.
Hawkins said that the door to the Green Party was open to WFP members. “We feel their pain over the Cuomo nomination. We are here for them. We give them a place to organize and vote against the Cuomo agenda and for progressive policies.”
“We invite progressive, grassroots workers and community members who are looking for a union member to support to vote for the Green Party this November. We will also be targeting communities of color who feel abused and neglected by the Cuomo administration and his austerity policies on schools, criminal justice and human services,” said Hawkins, a working Teamster from Syracuse who unloads truck at night for UPS for a living. Read more »
A Long Island event…
PeaceSmiths Topical, A-Typical, Folk Music, Poetry, and Whatever Coffeeehouse
Fri day June 6th, 2014 at 8PM
Last show of the season!
Share the fun!
Mountain Maidens, local Folk singers…
Pramila Venkateswaran, Poet Laureate of Suffolk County…
And a PeaceSmiths tradition…Sing-a-Long with Andy Greenhouse…Plus: Open Mic…Maybe You?
Info and directions at PeaceSmiths here and below the fold…
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Howie Hawkins won the Green Party nomination for Governor in Troy on Saturday, setting up a rematch with Andrew Cuomo. Hawkins finished third in the race two years ago and intends to do better this time. Hawkins says he plans to challenge the 1% tag team of Cuomo and Republican nominee Astorino on economic, climate change and criminal justice issues. Hawkins also wants NY to go carbon free with a 100%, clean renewable energy by 2030, while providing a public living wage job to any New Yorker who needs one.
The Green Party selected NYC Educator Brian Jones to highlight their opposition to Cuomo’s education policies promoting privatization of the education system, including his promotion of the Common Core agenda and charter schools. The Green Party is seeking full funding to meet the educational needs of New Yorkers, including free tuition at CUNY and SUNY. Hawkins/Jones need to receive at least 50,000 votes in the 2014 Governor election for the Green Party to retain the ballot line in NY.
The Hawkins-Jones ticket was nominated in Troy NY the day after former local State Senator and Majority Leader Joe Bruno won his federal retrial on public corruption charges despite clear evidence that he receive tens of thousands of dollars monthly for no-show jobs.
“Bruno was the wolf of Albany. The Albany media portrayed him as a lovable rogue because he was happy to publicly proclaim that his goal was to deliver favors for his friends, who stuffed his pockets in return. The Supreme Court has legalized bribery. And Cuomo whitewashed Bruno’s use of taxpayer resources to shake down donors. He raises $33 million in $40,000 chunks and then disbands the Moreland Commission without accomplishing anything. You want to end corruption in Albany, vote Green Party his November,” noted Hawkins.
Rounding out the ticket is Bronx attorney and activist Ramon Jimenez for Attorney General and Theresa Portelli, the recent Green nominee for Mayor in Albany, for State Comptroller. Jimenez ran for AG four years ago. Read more »
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The Green Party of Rhode Island is seeking to create a five-state alliance of Green parties (MA-RI-CT-NY-NJ) to STOP the proposed Algonquin Pipeline expansion. This $971 million project has moved into high gear, with a final application now on file at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. There’s been little public comment so far and the opposition, while growing, has been fragmented. Only the Green parties are positioned to quickly ramp up a coordinated, multi-state resistance.
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Occupy Wall Street activist Cecily McMillan has been found guilty of assaulting a New York City police officer in a trial that critics say should have been about the police assaulting her. Today Democracy Now! speaks with McMillan’s attorney Martin Stolar, who is co-counsel for her case, and her friend Lucy Parks, field coordinator for the “Justice 4 Cecily Support Team.”
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Final Call for Work: 5th Boog Poets Theater Night
Deadline for submitting plays is May 31, 2014
Event will be on Day 3 of the 8th annual Welcome to Boog City Poetry, Music, and Theater Festival,
on Sun. Aug. 3, 2014 at Sidewalk Cafe, 94 Avenue A, New York City
Open reading period for submissions of plays.
New playwrights encouraged, all welcome.
Focus: Poets Theater, Poetics Theater, and poetic approaches to theater.
- Pieces should be no more than 15 minutes long (under 15 pages long).
- Be sure to put title, your name, address, phone, and email on cover sheet.
- Please limit submissions to no more than three plays.
- email plays (as attachments) and inquiries to: Magus Magnus, poets theater curator firstname.lastname@example.org
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Libraries are the most American of institutions: community-based, democratic, pull-yourself-up by your own gathering places. Libraries were kicked off in this country by the most American of our founders: the self-made , earthy, inventor-scientist polymath Ben Franklin.
Libraries are about community. They are a barn-raising or quilting bee for the mind, especially the young mind. Everyone pools their resources so we can all have more than anyone of us could individually have access to when we need it. and when we don’t need it, we leave it their for someone else to use. Libraries are the well in the town square, where all can draw water and all have a stake in keeping them available.
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