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The Mueller Report Should Shock Our Conscience

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by David French

I’ve finished reading the entire Mueller report, and I must confess that even as a longtime, quite open critic of Donald Trump, I was surprised at the sheer scope, scale, and brazenness of the lies, falsehoods, and misdirections detailed by the Special Counsel’s Office. We’ve become accustomed to Trump making up his own facts on matters great and small, but to see the extent to which his virus infected his entire political operation is sobering. And the idea that anyone is treating this report as “win” for Trump, given the sheer extent of deceptions exposed (among other things), demonstrates that the bar for his conduct has sunk so low that anything other than outright criminality is too often brushed aside as relatively meaningless.

If I were to list all the important lies in the report, I’d be reproducing much of the report itself. So let’s focus on the most important elements. We already knew that Michael Flynn lied about his communications with Russia, George Papadopolous lied about his contacts with a person he believed to be connected to Russia, Roger Stone lied about his attempts to obtain information from WikiLeaks, Michael Cohen lied about Trump’s continued efforts to negotiate a deal with Trump Tower Moscow, and that Trump had repeatedly misled the American people about those same dealings.

We had previously known that Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, had lied about his contacts with Konstantin Kilimnik, a person the FBI has assessed as having contacts with Russian intelligence. But now we know the significance of those lies. They included covering up the ongoing transmission of internal Trump polling data to Ukrainians and a Russian oligarch, covering up communications about a proposed Ukrainian “peace plan” that would entail granting Russia a “backdoor” means for Russia to control eastern Ukraine. Moreover, because Manafort deleted messages and sometimes used “encryption applications” when he sent messages, we may never know the full extent of his communications — or his lies.

When asked about the Trump team’s contacts with Russia, key members of his campaign staff and administration responded with blatantly false statements. These statements may not have been deliberate (they could have believed internal lies and repeated them innocently), but they were nevertheless completely and totally wrong. Hope Hicks said, “It never happened. There was no communication between the campaign and any foreign entity during the campaign.” When asked about any “contact or coordination” between the campaign and Russia, Reince Priebus said, “Even this question is insane. Of course we didn’t interface with the Russians.”

The campaign did, indeed, interface with the Russians — including in Trump Tower, when Donald Jr., Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner met with a Russian lawyer in the explicit hope of gaining dirt on Hillary Clinton.

Moreover, as the Russian investigation continued, the lies multiplied. One of the most banal and petty came from Sarah Sanders, who simply made up claims to help justify Trump’s termination of James Comey:

Trump himself of course got in the act. He famously edited Donald Jr.’s draft statement disclosing his Trump Tower meeting to disguise his real purpose, and — even more significantly — tried to order Don McGahn to lie to the public about McGahn’s claims that Trump had directed him to fire Robert Mueller:

These lies have multiple consequences. First and most obviously, they demonstrate that the president’s word simply can’t be trusted. Yes, I know that there are readers who will immediately respond that “we already knew that” or that his dishonesty is already “priced in.” But don’t forget — as recently as last year, 76 percent of Republicans still believed that Trump told the truth “all or most of the time.” I personally know many people who believe that Trump’s ability to “tell it like it is” is one of his chief appeals.

Second, the extent of the lying across the Trump team shows that Trump’s lies can’t be contained to Trump. Even honest people who believe and repeat Trump’s words or the words of key members of his team can find themselves deceiving the public. Those who resist Trump’s efforts to deceive can find themselves overruled and publicly shamed. It was to Donald Jr.’s credit that his instinct — after news of the Trump Tower meeting started to leak — was to be transparent. It is Trump’s shame that he forced his own son to put out a misleading statement instead.

Third, the lies help demonstrate why the underlying investigation was so very necessary. When our intelligence agencies are aware of Russian efforts to interfere in the election and tilt it toward Trump, they know Trump officials are in contact with Russians, and they know that Trump officials are lying about those contacts, then it makes cries of “witch hunt” sound hollow indeed — especially when the actual results of the investigation demonstrate that the special counsel declined to prosecute multiple individuals who had Russian contacts, including members of Trump’s own family.

I’m old enough to remember the closing days of the 1996 campaign, when the Clinton administration was already beset by an avalanche of scandals. Bob Dole looked into the cameras and asked a pointed question — “Where is the outrage?” The same question applies today, but to a different audience. The lies are simply too much to bear. No Republican should tolerate such dishonesty.

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William Barr just previewed Trump’s spin over the Mueller report

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Barr: 'Within a week, I will be in a position to release the report to the public'

Attorney General William P. Barr said on April 9 that he believes he will be able to release special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report “within a week." (Reuters)

By Paul Waldman

Attorney General William P. Barr just testified before Congress for the first time since releasing his controversial four-page summary of the report prepared by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III on the investigation into the Russia scandal.

In so doing, Barr gave us a valuable preview of how the Trump administration will wage the information conflict to come.

While “coverup” might be too strong a word to describe what the administration is planning, what is clear is that they will be carefully managing the information the public gets to see in order to make sure that the narrative of President Trump’s supposed innocence prevails. This is a public relations battle in which the attorney general is a key player.

Here are some of the things we learned in Barr's testimony before a subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee:

  • Barr said the redacted version of Mueller's report will be given to Congress “within a week."
  • After first dodging a question on whether he consulted with the White House before releasing his now-infamous four-page letter, Barr later said that he had not showed them the letter before releasing it.
  • Barr did not specify whether the White House has seen Mueller’s report.
  • Barr has “no plans” to assert executive privilege on the White House’s behalf to keep parts of the report secret.
  • Barr made clear that he will not be showing Congress the full report, but only the redacted version. “I don’t intend at this stage to send the full un-redacted report to the (Judiciary) committee,” he said. In other words, it will be up to him what Congress and the public see and don’t see.

So here's what's going to happen when the report is released. It will contain plenty of damaging information about the president and those around him, but huge amounts of text will be blacked out. Democrats, distrustful that all of Barr's redactions were truly necessary and were not made in part to protect Trump, will demand to at least have a select group of lawmakers review the un-redacted report. Barr will refuse.

Meanwhile, Trump and his Republican allies will insist that the report only exonerates him further, no matter what it actually contains. They will try to repeat the extraordinary success they achieved when Barr’s letter was released, when newspaper headlines and TV news stories trumpeted that Mueller had essentially found Trump innocent, and it wasn’t until later that some investigators on Mueller’s team leaked word that Barr mischaracterized what they actually found and kept secret summaries they had written specifically for public consumption.

Which brings us to something we need to watch for when Barr gives the redacted report to Congress: Might we hear from Mueller’s investigators again?

Unless Barr has already given the full report to the White House (which is still unclear), there are only two groups of people who have seen it: Mueller’s team, and the group Barr assembled to review and redact the report. If they wind up telling the same story about the redactions — that they were all justified — then we can have some assurance that the redaction process was done appropriately. But if there’s a disagreement between those two groups, then we’ll have cause for serious concern.

We should stress something else, though. Even if Mueller confirms that all of Barr’s redactions were justified, the redacted material could still contain deeply troubling, even scandalous information about what Trump and his associates did. In fact, it almost certainly will.

The redactions will cover things that were revealed to the grand jury, things pertinent to ongoing investigations, things that might reveal intelligence sources and methods, and things related to people who were investigated but won’t be prosecuted. That is a vast area; it might mean most of the report will be redacted. All of those categories could and probably do include information that would deepen our understanding of the scandal and make the full scope of the Trump team’s malfeasance clear. But we may never get to see it.

Which won't stop Trump and his allies from making the plainly false claim that if any piece of information was redacted, that means that it was innocent and there's nothing more to see.

As we move forward, it’s important to keep in mind that the only reason Barr is attorney general right now is that last year he wrote an unsolicited 19-page memo to the Justice Department arguing that “Mueller’s obstruction theory is fatally misconceived.” Trump could not have been more clear that he pushed out his first attorney general, Jeff Sessions, because Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation and couldn’t shut it down or otherwise use his authority to protect Trump, and he wasn’t going to make that mistake again.

There’s been nothing yet to suggest that he did, or that when the redacted Mueller report comes out Barr will be anything less than a full partner in the Republican effort to convince the public that the Russia investigation was much ado about nothing and Trump is an exemplar of ethical and patriotic behavior. I’m willing to be proven wrong on that score, but I doubt I will be.

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Climate Change


panel disbanded by Trump defies president to issue urgent guidance on flooding and wildfire threats

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'Integrating climate science into everyday decisions is not just smart planning, it's an urgent necessity'

Josh Gabbatiss Science Correspondent

A group devoted to helping the US tackle climate change has released its first report since being officially disbanded by Donald Trump two years ago.

The Federal Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment was set up as a panel of experts to prepare the nation for a future of rising sea levels and wildfires.

It was first appointed by former president Barack Obama to assist communities who wanted to adapt to the changing climate.

But Mr Trump – who has repeatedly expressed doubts about the existence of climate change – dismissed the panel after taking power in 2017.

Last year, with support from Columbia University, New York State and the American Meteorological Society, the committee reconvened, but swapped the word “federal” in its title to “independent”.

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Announcing the move, the state’s governor Andrew Cuomo said: “In New York, we don’t believe denying climate change is a successful survival strategy and the work of this committee has never been more urgent”.

Now, the group is calling for action to update infrastructure, reduce wildfire risk and manage flooding, in a world in which global temperatures continue to soar. Their newly compiled report also calls for a new network to guide state, local and Native American tribal governments on how to use climate science to change their communities for the better and cut emissions.

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“We’re trying to produce something that adds value for those on the front lines of preparing their communities for climate change,” said Dr Richard Moss, chairman of the committee.

Their recommendations are largely based on the official National Climate Assessment, a report released by Mr Trump’s own administration last year that the president publicly announced he “doesn’t believe”.

In the past, Mr Trump has dismissed global warming as a “hoax” and more recently described the science underpinning it, which the vast majority of researchers agree with, as “fake”.

Reports in February suggested the administration was planning to set up another panel to reconsider the US government’s official position on climate change, including prominent skeptics who have questioned the scientific consensus.

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The move by Dr Moss and his colleagues is the latest effort by local leaders to take action on global warming in defiance of their climate sceptic president.

California governor Jerry Brown has been a vocal critic of the president’s stance, calling him a “liar, criminal and fool” when it came to climate change, and pledging 100 per cent clean energy for his state by 2045.

The proposed Science to Climate Action Network would be independent of the federal government and would comprise experts from civil society and state, local, and tribal settings. “We live in an era of climate change and yet many of our systems, codes and standards have not caught up,” said Daniel Zarrilli, New York City’s chief climate policy advisor.

“Integrating climate science into everyday decisions is not just smart planning, it’s an urgent necessity.”

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FUEL CHANGE


Green For All

Green For All, in collaboration with Big Picture Anthems, is thrilled to announce the release of our #FuelChange Anthem - a song and music video seeking to inspire and help mobilize a movement of people and resources for zero-emission cars, trucks, and buses in neighborhoods across America. Transportation is the #1 source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., and communities of color are most impacted by pollution from dirty cars due to their proximity to busy freeways and highways, diesel trucks on their way to the port, and diesel buses. greenforalllogo-400 The #FuelChange Anthem song and video features Black artists, Latino activists, and Filipino youth, who help tell the story of transportation pollution from the perspective of directly impacted communities, and connects the dots between transportation, climate, and health in a way that resonates with people’s daily lives.
https://www.greenforall.org/fuelchange
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GRETA THUNBERG SPEAKS


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Some people have written to me about this young person from Sweden. She speaks for me. Please give her a little of your time. I have been told she is a lot like Sun Green from Greendale. But Sun Green is a lot like her. She is speaking to you and she is real.
I love this person.
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THE FUTURE SPEAKS!
ZOOM IN on this picture!


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A young man named Phoenix demonstrating Friday Mar 15, standing up for the future of his generation and generations to come. We have to hear the youth of the world. They are us. All around the planet huge crowds gathered to make their love of Planet Earth known. These young people have the message we need to hear.
There is more to life in the USA than the messages coming from its leader.

The young people of Earth did this world-wide!

Stand with the children!

Lead from within!

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How Does Music Affect Your Brain?


Every Imaginable Way

by Peter Rubin

Waking up. Working out. Riding the bus. Music is an ever-present companion for many of us, and its impact is undeniable. You know music makes you move and triggers emotional responses, but how and why? What changes when you play music, rather than simply listen? In the latest episode of Tech Effects, we tried to find out. Our first stop was USC's Brain & Creativity Institute, where I headed into the fMRI to see how my brain responded to musical cues—and how my body did, too. (If you're someone who experiences frisson, that spine-tingling, hair-raising reaction to music, you know what I'm talking about.) We also talked to researchers who have studied how learning to play music can help kids become better problem-solvers, and to author Dan Levitin, who helped break down how the entire brain gets involved when you hear music.

From there, we dove into music's potential as a therapeutic tool—something Gabrielle Giffords can attest to. When the onetime congresswoman was shot in 2011, her brain injuries led to aphasia, a neurological condition that affects speech. Through the use of treatments that include melodic intonation therapy, music helped retrain her brain's pathways to access language again. "I compare it to being in traffic," says music therapist Maegan Morrow, who worked with Giffords. "Music is basically like (taking a) feeder road to the new destination."

But singing or playing something you know is different from composing on the fly. We also wanted to get to the bottom of improvisation and creativity, so we linked up with Xavier Dephrepaulezz—who you might know as two-time Grammy winner Fantastic Negrito. At UCSF, he went into an fMRI machine as well, though he brought a (plastic) keyboard so he could riff along and sing to a backing track. Neuroscientist Charles Limb, who studies musical creativity, helped take us through the results and explain why the prefrontal cortex shuts down during improvisation. "It's not just something that happens in clubs and jazz bars," he says. "It's actually maybe the most fundamental form of what it means to be human to come up with a new idea.”

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BOOK REVIEW
‘The Threat’ stands apart.


This is the best book to date about Trump’s Presidency (and the future of the country he is charged with leading). Intelligent and exceptionally well written, Andrew G. McCabe’s ‘The Threat’ clearly illustrates the values of the American men and women of the FBI, in a stark comparison with the President and his cabinet’s values.

In the abundance of books about the current administration, ‘The Threat’ stands apart. It is not a tell all - not a sensational bread-winner from a former White House employee.

‘The Threat’ is a book that describes all that is important about the situation US citizens must now confront. It illustrates how the FBI works and how the Trump Administration works. All who read this book will know clearly the threat that the United States of America is now facing. By far the best book on the subject, it is a direct, truthful and articulate account.

‘The Threat’ is a tale to be considered thoughtfully, having a lot to do with American values and the future of a secure American democracy.

In some ways it is your worst nightmare how well this situation is described by the author.

The Threat is a good refresher for lost Republicans.

If you care about the future of America and Democracy, read it or listen to it.
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TREES


Today's answer to tomorrow

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California has 149 million dead, dry trees ready to ignite like a matchbook. 18 million trees died just last year. That poses a huge fire and injury hazard.

What do you think is causing that? Is there anything you can do?

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Plummeting insect numbers 'threaten collapse of nature'


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“Unless we change our ways of producing food, insects as a whole will go down the path of extinction in a few decades,” they write. “The repercussions this will have for the planet’s ecosystems are catastrophic to say the least.”

Exclusive: Insects could vanish within a century at current rate of decline, says global review.
Damian Carrington Environment editor
@dpcarrington

The rate of insect extinction is eight times faster than that of mammals, birds and reptiles.

The world’s insects are hurtling down the path to extinction, threatening a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems”, according to the first global scientific review.

More than 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered, the analysis found. The rate of extinction is eight times faster than that of mammals, birds and reptiles. The total mass of insects is falling by a precipitous 2.5% a year, according to the best data available, suggesting they could vanish within a century.

The planet is at the start of a sixth mass extinction in its history, with huge losses already reported in larger animals that are easier to study. But insects are by far the most varied and abundant animals, outweighing humanity by 17 times. They are “essential” for the proper functioning of all ecosystems, the researchers say, as food for other creatures, pollinators and recyclers of nutrients.

Insect population collapses have recently been reported in Germany and Puerto Rico, but the review strongly indicates the crisis is global. The researchers set out their conclusions in unusually forceful terms for a peer-reviewed scientific paper: “The (insect) trends confirm that the sixth major extinction event is profoundly impacting (on) life forms on our planet.

Insect collapse: the red flags

The analysis, published in the journal Biological Conservation, says intensive agriculture is the main driver of the declines, particularly the heavy use of pesticides. Urbanization and climate change are also significant factors.

“If insect species losses cannot be halted, this will have catastrophic consequences for both the planet’s ecosystems and for the survival of mankind,” said Francisco Sánchez-Bayo, at the University of Sydney, Australia, who wrote the review with Kris Wyckhuys at the China Academy of Agricultural Sciences in Beijing. The 2.5% rate of annual loss over the last 25-30 years is “shocking”, Sánchez-Bayo told the Guardian: “It is very rapid. In 10 years you will have a quarter less, in 50 years only half left and in 100 years you will have none.”

One of the biggest impacts of insect loss is on the many birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish that eat insects. “If this food source is taken away, all these animals starve to death,” he said. Such cascading effects have already been seen in Puerto Rico, where a recent study revealed a 98% fall in ground insects over 35 years.

The new analysis selected the 73 best studies done to date to assess the insect decline. Butterflies and moths are among the worst hit. For example, the number of widespread butterfly species fell by 58% on farmed land in England between 2000 and 2009. The UK has suffered the biggest recorded insect falls overall, though that is probably a result of being more intensely studied than most places.

Bees have also been seriously affected, with only half of the bumblebee species found in Oklahoma in the US in 1949 being present in 2013. The number of honeybee colonies in the US was 6 million in 1947, but 3.5 million have been lost since.

There are more than 350,000 species of beetle and many are thought to have declined, especially dung beetles. But there are also big gaps in knowledge, with very little known about many flies, ants, aphids, shield bugs and crickets. Experts say there is no reason to think they are faring any better than the studied species.

A small number of adaptable species are increasing in number, but not nearly enough to outweigh the big losses. “There are always some species that take advantage of vacuum left by the extinction of other species,” said Sanchez-Bayo. In the US, the common eastern bumblebee is increasing due to its tolerance of pesticides.

41% of global insect species have declined over the past decade...

Endangered, >50% loss
Threatened, >30% loss
In decline, </30% loss

All insects 41%
Caddisflies 68
Butterflies 53
Beetles 49
Bees 46
Mayflies 37
Dragonflies 37
Stoneflies 35
Flies 25

... compared with 22% of vertebrate species

All vertebrates 22
Birds 26
Amphibians 23
Land mammals 15.4
Reptiles 19

*Source: Sánchez-Bayo & Wyckhuys, Biological Conservation, 2019 *

Most of the studies analyzed were done in western Europe and the US, with a few ranging from Australia to China and Brazil to South Africa, but very few exist elsewhere.

“The main cause of the decline is agricultural intensification,” Sánchez-Bayo said. “That means the elimination of all trees and shrubs that normally surround the fields, so there are plain, bare fields that are treated with synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.” He said the demise of insects appears to have started at the dawn of the 20th century, accelerated during the 1950s and 1960s and reached “alarming proportions” over the last two decades.

He thinks new classes of insecticides introduced in the last 20 years, including neonicotinoids and fipronil, have been particularly damaging as they are used routinely and persist in the environment: “They sterilize the soil, killing all the grubs.” This has effects even in nature reserves nearby; the 75% insect losses recorded in Germany were in protected areas.

The world must change the way it produces food, Sánchez-Bayo said, noting that organic farms had more insects and that occasional pesticide use in the past did not cause the level of decline seen in recent decades. “Industrial-scale, intensive agriculture is the one that is killing the ecosystems,” he said.

In the tropics, where industrial agriculture is often not yet present, the rising temperatures due to climate change are thought to be a significant factor in the decline. The species there have adapted to very stable conditions and have little ability to change, as seen in Puerto Rico.

Sánchez-Bayo said the unusually strong language used in the review was not alarmist. “We wanted to really wake people up” and the reviewers and editor agreed, he said. “When you consider 80% of biomass of insects has disappeared in 25-30 years, it is a big concern.”

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What is biodiversity and why does it matter to us?

Other scientists agree that it is becoming clear that insect losses are now a serious global problem. “The evidence all points in the same direction,” said Prof Dave Goulson at the University of Sussex in the UK. “It should be of huge concern to all of us, for insects are at the heart of every food web, they pollinate the large majority of plant species, keep the soil healthy, recycle nutrients, control pests, and much more. Love them or loathe them, we humans cannot survive without insects.”

Matt Shardlow, at the conservation charity Buglife, said: “It is gravely sobering to see this collation of evidence that demonstrates the pitiful state of the world’s insect populations. It is increasingly obvious that the planet’s ecology is breaking and there is a need for an intense and global effort to halt and reverse these dreadful trends.” In his opinion, the review slightly overemphasizes the role of pesticides and underplays global warming, though other unstudied factors such as light pollution might prove to be significant.

Prof Paul Ehrlich, at Stanford Universityin the US, has seen insects vanish first-hand, through his work on checkerspot butterflies on Stanford’s Jasper Ridge reserve. He first studied them in 1960 but they had all gone by 2000, largely due to climate change.

Ehrlich praised the review, saying: “It is extraordinary to have gone through all those studies and analysed them as well as they have.” He said the particularly large declines in aquatic insects were striking. “But they don’t mention that it is human overpopulation and overconsumption that is driving all the things (eradicating insects), including climate change,” he said. Sánchez-Bayo said he had recently witnessed an insect crash himself. A recent family holiday involved a 400-mile (700km) drive across rural Australia, but he had not once had to clean the windscreen, he said. “Years ago you had to do this constantly.”

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WITH THE FUTURE

You represent the people and:

Believing that only you know what’s best, even though 95% disagrees with you, you ignore the great majority.

  • You waste money you don’t have, increasing the people’s debt by more than any of your predecessors
  • you decide to save on things that people want, like clean energy.
  • you cut subsidies on new electric car prices while subsidizing big oil.

You brag about the great economy while:

  • proceeding to tear down environmental protections previously put in place for future generations of the people you have sworn to protect.
  • borrowing money from future generations.
  • breaking laws meant to protect the citizens you serve.
  • not paying your own taxes.
  • defrauding the people you represent
  • illegally profiting from your office
  • not recognizing that any people could have a great economy by selling out core values and the beliefs of science

When the experts on the National Security of your people all disagree with you:

  • you pretend they were misrepresented by the media
  • you lie
  • you disregard proof that you have lied.

When the Justice Department investigates a foreign country meddling in any election in your people’s country:

  • you take it personally and call them names in front of the people they are serving.
  • you threaten witnesses who want to tell their own story
  • you refuse to talk to the Justice Department or answer a face to face question.

When you are faced with an opposing view:

  • you call names that disparage race, dignity and equality

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SONGS FOR JUDY


a review that takes you there

By Tony Paris

In 1976, Neil Young barnstormed across the U.S. with Crazy Horse, playing shows that established the band as a musical tour de force and earned their performances legendary status. Each evening, Young would open with an acoustic set; a tape compiling them has made the rounds to collectors for years. Now, Young is giving them an official release with Songs for Judy, the latest installment of his “Archive Performance Series” of releases. Twenty-three songs, eight cities, ten shows capturing Young at a time many thought him to be at the peak of his powers. Who knew, four decades later, he would still be going strong? Six of the tracks on Songs for Judy were recorded during the early and late shows at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre Nov. 24, Thanksgiving Eve, of that year. The next day, Young would fly to San Francisco, joining Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison and many others to bid farewell to the Band at the Last Waltz.

At the beginning of the album, Young welcomes the audience by telling a story of seeing Judy Garland in the Fox’s pit — "the abyss," he jokes, that separates him from the audience. Young says that he saw the actress, who portrayed Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, down there carrying a music folio of “Somewhere, Over the Rainbow.”

The first show that Wednesday night was sold-out. You can hear the Atlanta crowd’s enthusiasm during the “Songs for Judy Intro” at the beginning of this album, and during “Old Laughing Lady” and “The Needle and the Damage Done.” Young was incredible, solo and with Crazy Horse, performing write-home-about versions of “Like a Hurricane” and “Cortez the Killer” (both with Crazy Horse and neither included here). When the early concert was over, it was worth playing cat ’n’ mouse with ushers and security, running low, undercover, around the Fox, hiding from their flashlights as they cleared the house for the late show. When the doors for the second show finally opened, two people crouching behind the wall of “Black Heaven” at the top of the balcony surfaced and merged with the ticket-holders to find their seats. The second concert did not disappoint, as “The Losing End,” “Here We Are in the Years,” “Pocahontas” and “Sugar Mountain” here attest.

It was during that last song that Young again referenced Garland’s presence, urging her to, “come on up, Judy” when he began “Sugar Mountain,” his ode to lost youth. But Garland didn’t. She wasn't there. She was never there, staring up at Young from the abyss, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” sheet music in hand. No, the only ones there were those in the audience facing their own future, preparing to grow up and having to leave Sugar Mountain behind, whether they wanted to or not. It was time to experience life, learn its lessons, and to treasure the experiences one encounters on the journey. Outside the Fox Theatre, the temperature dipped into the mid-30s. People bundled up as they left the concert and headed out into the cold, crisp night. The future looked bright, as bright as the stars shining in that clear November sky. The wind began to blow.

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The Quiet Innovation


by Phil Baker

Normally tech innovations are announced with a huge, well-orchestrated PR campaign, press briefings, and a large advertising budget. And often times the supposed innovation is hardly one at all. Yet, for the first time in the history of the Internet, there’s been a sea change in music streaming, but hardly anyone is aware of it.

It didn’t come from Google, Apple, Amazon or any of the leaders in streaming music. Instead it came from a musician that couldn’t understand why his fans had to listen to his music, severely degraded using old technology.

While all the current streaming services use old technology that compresses and strips out most of the data – something invented when Apple needed to compress their music files to fit on their iPod -this musician asked why did his music and his fans need to continue put up with it?

And it turned out they did not need not put up with it. The musician, Neil Young, has recently, quietly, and unassumingly, released his entire music catalog on a new website and app that lets everyone listen to it at the full quality of when it was recorded. It took some technical ingenuity to develop the solution, and he had help from a small company in Singapore. But it’s now out there for everyone to listen to and enjoy at a very nominal cost. It is proof that ingenuity can come from a tiny company and a few motivated entrepreneurs. And it is proof that as the tech giants get bigger, they lose their ability to innovate.

So, if you enjoy listening to music, you should try it and see how much better music can sound on your phone, computer or tablet. And you should challenge those giant companies, the streaming companies, and the record labels, to give you what you deserve, the best quality streaming music the Internet has ever experienced. Tell them to listen to Neil at www.neilyoungarchives.com.

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ELVIS SPEAKS


HOW ELVIS FELT ABOUT POLITICS

The year was 1972 and Vietnam continued to divide the nation. A reporter asked Elvis, a veteran, about his views on Vietnam protesters and asked if he would refuse his draft orders.

"Honey, I just ... keep my own personal views to myself because I am just an entertainer and I would rather not say," Elvis said. The reporter followed up by asking if other entertainers should do the same, and Elvis refused to even say that much.

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TRUMP SUPPORTERS


THANKS TO ALL OF YOU

We just got this letter in and want to say, “everyone is welcome”. Respect to all voters! We all have our differences and that is what democracy is about. Speak your truth. PEACE

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I have been and continue to be a huge fan of the music of Neil Young. I have been following him since 1970 or so. Been to many concerts. He always gives all. Is it possible to love Neil and Love President Trump? Well I do. I think every person has good in them and I do not like the constant negativity towards my President. I wish it didn't affect me but Hollywood celebrities are turning half of their audience away, DeNiro, Streep, Streisand, etc. Great actors and musicians with opinions that freedom has given them but it does affect many people who voted for DT. Of course my opinion carry's no weight because I do not have an audience but by the same token the one's that do should be just a little sensitive and realize many fans that love you are conservatives and didn't vote for your candidate. Some should heed Elvis Presley's answer, which he gave prior to a MSG concert, about politics. He knew. I love you Neil, and you do what you like because I'll always love your music.

This is a thoughtful person. I don’t like DT, and I don’t hide it, but I have respect for anyone who voted their conscience.
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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT NYA PRESALES!


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HOW TO GET YOUR TICKETS

You guys have our heads spinning today with pre-sale questions and we are thrilled to have seen our subscriber numbers double since we announced these midwest shows and all before the app is released! (which between us is going to happen any day now…) so thanks for that.

Here are the straight facts about NYA presales.

  1. ONLY yearly subscribers get access to pre-sales. It says it right there while you are subscribing. Don’t worry if you missed it - reach out to customer support and we will help you out.
  2. The tickets page lives in the account panel. (global menu>account>tickets) But when there is a pre-sale going on you will ALWAYS find a stack of tickets on the front cabinet. Click on that and it will take you straight to the tickets page.
  3. Browse that page and when you find the show you want to buy tickets for click the “Get Code” button. Your code will magically be revealed. This code can only be used once. You can give it away if you like, but once it's used it’s toast.
  4. Click the “copy code” button to copy your code to your computer’s “clip board” then click “Buy Tickets.” This button will open the ticket vendors page in a new tab. Use the code you just copied on this page and you should be all set.

Always reach out to customer support if you have issues on the NYA end of things. If you have issues on the ticket vendor page, it’s going be quickest if you reach out to them directly.

If you can’t get a code on NYA - ask us. If your code doesn’t work on the vendor page - ask them.

We will redirect you if you reach out to us - but just trying to save you guy some time. In the frenzy for the best seats in the house minutes are hours.

This system was created to make sure that all of you get the best and easiest access to tickets. We think it’s great and we hope you do to.

Enjoy the show(s)!

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KEEP ON ROCKIN’ IN THE FREE WORLD


VOTE YOUR CONSCIENCE

DT does not have my permission to use the song ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ at his appearances. Legally, he has the right to, however it goes against my wishes.

I made this perfectly clear after he played it in a media moment to announce his candidacy. I asked him then, in a widely shared, public letter to cease and desist.

However, he chose not to listen to my request, just as he chooses not to listen to the many American voices who ask him to stop his constant lies, to stop his petty, nasty name calling and bullying, to stop pushing his dangerous, vilifying and hateful rhetoric.

This man does not represent the character of the people in the USA that I have come to know and love.

I’m Canadian so I can’t vote in the states, but if you can,
Take this great opportunity to make your voice heard,
and Vote!
Keep on Rocking in the Free World!
Neil Young

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Oceanside Countryside


A breath of fresh air

The hand written title seen above is found on the timeline in March 1977, where it soon will be replaced by original album art.

When I walked into Reprise in 1977 and played Oceanside-Countryside for the company, Mo Ostin and Lenny Woronker were the listeners. I trusted their musical tastes then and still do. They were a sounding board for me for many years.

Oceanside Countryside was a record I felt really good about. It was quite a personal record, mostly made up of acoustic songs which had no bass or drums. I made the lion’s share of it in Ft Lauderdale, just playing myself, singing the songs and overdubbing a few acoustic instruments. I was alone and went in to Triad recording studios there daily for a while, laying these new songs down. I got seven tracks there, including overdubs I added to Pocahontas, recorded previously at Indigo Ranch in Malibu. That version ended up on Rust Never Sleeps.

Following Triad, I went to Nashville and recorded at Crazy Mama’s. (JJ Cale’s studio) with Rufus Thibiodeaux- fiddle, Ben Keith-dobro, Karl Himmel-drums and Joe Osborne -bass.

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Zeke, Rufus and I in Nashville 1977-ny

It was my first recording with Joe Osborne and he was great, laying it down. What a feel. He is legendary. I’m glad I got to feel that. The tracks were all done on one day, mixed and finished. Bobby Charles, writer of ‘See you Later Alligator’ and ‘Walkin to new Orleans’ to name a couple, was with us there too, cheering us on in the control room, laughing and joking, playing the part of the Wizard. We cut one of his incredible songs, “You’ll always live inside of me,” as well. I gave it to Bobby for his own record.

The resulting record was what I took to Warner Brothers in Burbank. Listening, they thought that the songs were good but they missed the drums and bass that I had not used on the seven acoustic tracks and were asking me if I thought I could do those songs with a rhythm section to make it sound more like a record and not a demo. I trusted them.

“OK. I can go to Nashville and do some more there. It would be fun,” I told them.

I did that; and also recorded a few more songs at Woodland Studio in Nashville. The result of that trip was the album, ‘Comes a Time’. It’s an album I know a lot of folks enjoyed. But….. it was not Oceanside Countryside.

Yesterday, listening to Oceanside Countryside in the car with John Hanlon, I drank a beer and smoked a little weed. I listened to it for the first time in forty years. That album was so free and open, unencumbered by the rhythm overdubs I had added to it in Nashville. The record was alive and breathing, with all the space in the world. The acoustic guitars I had layered on at Triad were all there, in my original mixes, just as i had originally envisioned them. Hearing them made me feel so good.

Unchanged and unheard for years since I first made it in Fort Lauderdale, the album was a breath of fresh air. It was a real album and it got to me. Listening to it gave me a an uplifted feeling, so heartfelt. I could see those Countryside faces in my mind; those great musicians. What an amazingly true sound and feeling it was!

I am happy that I will be sharing it with you soon. OCEANSIDE-COUNTRYSIDE.
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VOTE FOR A FUTURE


A CRASH COURSE WITH HISTORY

painting by Igor Morski

Climate Change and its deniers are on a crash course with history.

By electing a leader in denial, who believes he is smarter than the world’s scientists, the USA has enabled an enemy of the people to impose his will on the life of Planet Earth.
VOTE for change.

VOTE for a future.
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WHEELCHAIR TO WALKING


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Dr. Robert Elkins of Saint Augustine, FL has a cannabis certification clinic where he examines patients to determine whether they can be prescribed medical marijuana, in accordance with Florida State law.

He recently examined a fourteen-year-old girl with post encephalitis. She was confined to a wheelchair with tremors, and had problems with concentration, eye disturbances, and other symptoms. As a result, she qualified for a prescription.

She has now been on medical marijuana for about six weeks. She is walking for the first time in two years, is much happier, has hardly any tremors, but needs to be home schooled because the school will not let her take her marijuana on the school grounds.

Her mother was picking her up from school, driving her off the school grounds to give her the meds, and returning her to class, but it’s been tough on the family. She was recently on TV regarding the above problem.

This has been a real success story. A friend of Dr. Elkins has subsidized the cost at the dispensary, and Dr. Elkins is treating her for free. The parents are having trouble making ends meet; both parents work, but things seem to be looking up.

Dr. Elkins noted that she is the first child he has treated in his clinic, but says, “Cases like this make it all worthwhile.” Unfortunately, they have another child with ADD and some additional neurologic problems.

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Trump Taking 3rd Big Step to Roll Back Fight Against Climate Change


V O T E

In a victory for energy companies, the administration plans to roll back rules covering methane leaks and the “flaring” or burning, of the potent greenhouse gas.

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L O S I N G G R O U N D


R E S U L T S

Why Voting is your responsiblity this time

Here is what a leading US senator said yesterday:

“Process and personality is what we are talking about — how they do things, how dysfunctional it is and how off the rails he can be,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, conceding that Mr. Trump was “a handful.” But, he said, “what I am talking about is results.”

Results are exactly what I am worried about as a citizen of Earth. Dismantled environmental protections are my biggest worry with the US government, among many others. As a Canadian, I am concerned that all the work we have done around the world to combat Climate Change and Corporate pollution practices is going by the wayside.

Instead, the big US money grab is proceeding with greedy teeth gnashing, destroying the environment, killing off species and accelerating the planet into a deeply uncertain future. All this for short term financial gain that is sure to cost future generations. All this from the former leader of the free world?

Around the Planet the dire predictions of scientists have proven to be very moderate compared to what is actually happening. Sea temperatures up to 10 degrees above normal, dying species, coral breakdown, rampant fires, floods and disruption of water supplies all point to a bleak picture for my children and theirs, if we get that far. This is really happening on your watch.

Meanwhile the US government forges forward on its greedy path towards what? Dominance of the World through the power of money? I don’t think so. The US is losing ground in the world, trying to make friends with the ugly-minded leader of an all white country, Russia. The real world is colorful.

As a Canadian, I can only ask my fellow citizens of Earth here in the United States of America to VOTE. Register now and vote your conscience. Change the course of America by first slowing it down in 2018 and then in 2020 taking control of the White House, bringing many colors under its roof. White Supremacy is not America. It is your current temporary president and Putin.

Stay together. Resist the temptation to turn on your Brother or Sister because they voted for this divisive president. Vote your conscience instead. Respect them for voting theirs even if you don’t agree. That is civilized, democratic. Don’t fall into this president’s well-set trap of division which pits us against one another with every news cycle. Just go forward and use your right to vote. If we do this, we will win. I am Canadian. I can’t vote-but you can. I urge you vote for young ideas, fresh faces, multi-colored agendas, and truth.

Respect your Brothers and Sisters.

Neil Young

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Trump & Russian Mob


X-SPY REVEALS EARLY HISTORY

Taj Mahal and the Russian Mob

Telluride Daily Planet Editor Justin Criado reports (edited by NYA)

Bob Baer, former undercover CIA operative and current CNN correspondent, says he knows some of President Donald Trump’s Soviet secrets. The former undercover CIA operative divulged what he’s learned about Trump’s long-running relationship with Russia — specifically the KGB.

The chumminess with Communists dates back to 1986, when Trump, then a real estate developer in New York City, attended a cocktail party that included KGB agents, unbeknownst to Trump. America’s future president unwittingly became an “agent of influence,” which Baer explained is a person who is “susceptible to KGB manipulation, but the word KGB never comes up.”

During that time, he added, a KGB “illegal” (the term for an undercover KGB agent) filled Trump’s head with anti-Ronald Reagan rhetoric and delusions of grandeur, including planting the possibility of a U.S. presidential run, during a 1991 visit to the former Soviet Union, which was close to collapse and “broke.”

“It was a piece of flattery,” Baer said. “The Russians started his political aspirations.”

The “criminalization” of the KGB, the Soviet Union’s formal intelligence agency, began during the collapse, Baer explained.

“What we have to look at it in this way, in 1991, the KGB didn’t give up, they simply retreated and regrouped,” he added.

Russian immigrants, including KGB illegals, began settling in Brighton Beach, New York, which is the start of the Russian mafia in America, Baer explained. The mob bosses worked out of Trump’s Taj Mahal Hotel & Casino. Trump, who needed money to finance his endeavors, started taking “Russian money,” according to Baer.

The scenario may sound like a “Godfather” spinoff, but Baer began digging after becoming privy to the Trump-Russia ties during the 2016 election cycle, when he received a tip from a current Democratic operative who asked him to reach out to an ex-KGB officer.

“I knew from the phone number from the FBI that it was a legit KGB guy,” he said.

He added that the man on the other end of line said, “We have a tape of Donald Trump.”

“What I didn’t know was how did the guy see the tape? Why should I believe him? Was this KGB disinformation?” said Baer, a current CNN intelligence and security analyst who lives in the Telluride Colorado area. “I worked with the KGB for years in the CIA. They’re very good at making stuff up. I knew that Russian President Vladimir Putin (a former KGB foreign intelligence officer) wants to disrupt our democracy at any cost, and, of course, he has. He’s done a great job of it.”

Baer said he “filed away” the information until the Steele dossier was released in January, which alleges misconduct and conspiracy between Trump and the Russian government during the 2016 election. He added that the music video for Russian pop-star’s Emin Agalarov “Got Me Good,” which came out in June, depicts an alleged incident with Trump and two women during the 2013 Miss Universe contest in Moscow, which he hosted with Emin’s father, Aras. Baer proclaimed the Agalarovs are KGB agents. It is unclear if the Trump video the Russians maintain to have is from the 2013 Miss Universe contest. Baer did explain that a popular tactic the KGB like to employ involves planting a camera in a hotel room air conditioning vent in order to capture less-than-flattering encounters, usually with a “lady of the night.”

He explained that he used the contacts he’s collected over the years to conduct his independent investigation.

“As a former CIA officer will do, I went back to my old KGB contacts,” Baer said of his recent research. “I said, ‘What happened? What’s the relationship between Donald Trump and the KGB.’ (His contacts) proceeded to lay it out.”

He explained that the U.S. intelligence agencies (i.e. FBI and CIA) quit monitoring Russian activity after the 1991 collapse, and didn’t resume monitoring until 2016.

“It’s been a black hole,” he said. “We’re not looking at it.”

“The curtain dropped down because we were patting ourselves on the back for winning the Cold War,” Baer said. (He added that he may turn what he’s discovered into a TV series; working title: “How the KGB won the Cold War.”)

The Hillary Clinton email debacle? It was the Russians.

“They hacked Hillary’s email and the Democratic National Convention’s simply to cause problems after she was elected president. That’s all they wanted,” he said. “They hated her for the Ukraine. They hated her for Russian elections. They said, ‘This is great. We’ll get in her email. She’s elected president and we’ll go after her. We’ll make her miserable and the Democratic Party for four years. Then, we’ll get back in and we’ll do it again.’ Disruption. That’s what Putin is after.”

When it became apparent that Trump may become the next President of the United States, the Russians worked to set up backchannels, according to Baer.

The July 16 Russia-United States summit in Helsinki, Finland, didn’t help matters either, Baer said.

“This servile kissing the ring of Putin really makes you wonder what’s going on,” he said. “We’re not going to know what went on in that meeting, because if there’s any tape of it, it’s Putin that has it. We simply don’t know.”

He added, “You have a President of the United States that’s clearly in political trouble for his connections with Russia.”

“The worst thing you can do when you look at this Russian thing is take sides,” he said.

NYA has omitted portions of the original article.

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Buffalo Springfield Lives!


WHAT'S THAT SOUND?

New box set is in stores now

'What's that Sound?' has been released. It is the best Buffalo Springfield record ever made. Remastered from the original analog tapes, both mono and stereo, it is definitely superior to anything 'Buffalo Springfield' that I have heard, even the original records. If you want to hear our band, this is the best way to do it.

After the Mynah Birds on Motown, my first recording in the states was Buffalo Springfield on Atco. It was a great time for me, playing with Stephen Stills, Richie Furay, Bruce Palmer and Dewey Martin in the Springfield. Our band was an influencer, lighting the way for many bands who were more commercially successful. When we first appeared at the Whiskey in Hollywood, and walked Sunset Strip with the flower children, we had no plans past success in the sixties.

We were learning how to make records and play big shows. Stephen and I were in the studios all the time overdubbing and mixing, trying to make the records we heard in our heads and hearts. These were rich times for us all, working in studios alongside the DOORS and other groups of the time, sharing bills with THEM, (Van Morrison’s early band), The Byrds, (where we met David Crosby), The Seeds, Johnny Rivers, and even opening for the Rolling Stones at the Hollywood Bowl. These were big times for some green kids living the dream.

‘What’s That Sound’ is the greatest BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD COLLECTION ever. Remastered from the original analog tapes, it’s guaranteed to sound better than any earlier edition of this great and influential music. NYA was overseeing the remastering process. I have heard it and I think this is the best it can be! It sounds amazing! If you love BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD, this is the ultimate collection to have. Hear it at NYA. Enjoy it. Buy it if you can. NY

Pre-order ‘What’s That Sound?’ The Complete Albums Collection - newly remastered Buffalo Springfield box set now at neilyoungarchives.com.

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OHIO


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SXSW PRESS TIME


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GARY BURDEN


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Scattered


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PARADOX PREMIERE SXSW


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THE SOUND OF THE NYA FILE CABINET


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PARADOX TO PREMIERE at SXSW


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FREE THE MUSIC


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BEHIND THE SCENES


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CRAZY HORSE - ALCHEMY


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TIMELINE - 1973


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Taking Care of the Music


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welcome to my archive


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a few things before you get started


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FACEBOOK AGAIN


UPLOADED 1.5 MILLION PEOPLE’S EMAIL CONTACTS WITHOUT THEIR CONSENT

By Rob Price

Facebook harvested the email contacts of 1.5 million users without their knowledge or consent when they opened their accounts.

Since May 2016, the social-networking company has collected the contact lists of 1.5 million users new to the social network, Business Insider can reveal. The Silicon Valley company said the contact data was “unintentionally uploaded to Facebook,” and it is now deleting them.

Again I will say what few in the media seem willing to: Facebook is a criminal enterprise.

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A MESSAGE FROM NEIL


To all my friends in France:
My heart is broken by your tragic fire. I love Paris and I have confidence in your ability to restore this architectural masterpiece. I know the heart of France is strong. We are with you. Vive la France!!!!
LOVE, NY

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A MESSAGE FROM NEIL


photo: Michael Miller

Lately I’ve been waking up thinking about my Dad. I have one of his books by my bedside table. He was the one who gave me my fIrst ukulele and showed me a few chords as he sang “Bury Me out on the Prairie’.

He was the one who drove me to my morning paper route, delivering his paper, The Globe and Mail, where he wrote a general column for years.

He was the one making me butter sugar and lemon roll up pancakes when I got home from the route on my bike.

He was the one pounding his typewriter in the attic, where I was not to go and disturb him, except I did. After I climbed the long stairs into the attic, turning from his Underwood he would look at me and ask, “Whats going on Windy?”
I was four or five.

When my family broke up, I was twelve. My mom and I moved to Winnipeg Manitoba in the mid-west of Canada. My brother Bob stayed with my Dad in Toronto. Soon my Dad remarried.

Those were tough times, but I love both my mom and dad. They both are with me, as yours are probably with you.

I think Daddy would be happy to see what I am doing now with this newspaper. It is what I learned from him and my mom. My mom would edit his books, fixing spelling and grammatical errors for him. They were a good partnership. But things change, as I have learned in my own life, and here I am with a happy home, a wonderful wife and three great kids out in the world. I am so lucky. Thanks for being with me.
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CRAZY HORSE IN STUDIO!


photo: Dan Harper

At least 11 new songs, all written recently, are going to be recorded starting this week.

Crazy Horse’s last studio album - ‘Psychedelic Pill’, was released in 2012 and this newest ‘Crazy Horse’ album should be released in 2019. Nils Lofgren is an original member of the Horse dating back to ‘After the Goldrush’ and ‘Tonight’s the Night’. Nils, seen in shadow on the image above, will be with Ralph Molina, Billy Talbot and I, making our new CRAZY HORSE music high in the Rockies.

‘Crazy Horse’ history goes back to our original founding singer guitarist - the great Danny Whitten. When Danny died of a drug overdose in 1973, Nils joined us for Tonight’s the Night, playing electric guitar and piano in a wake for Danny and roadie Bruce Berry., who died a similar tragic death. Previously, Nils had replaced Danny during most of the recording of 1970’s ‘After the Goldrush’, singing, playing both piano and acoustic guitar. Poncho Sampedro joined the band in 1975 and stayed with Crazy Horse until 2018, making tons of great music with us.

The Band is excited to make this new album and continue our story. We sincerely hope you enjoy our new music when it is released this year because we know we will enjoy making it. We are very excited to get started in just a few days!
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RECORD STORE DAY!


Use the NYA finder and visit today for awesome deals and people!

Celebrate Record Store Day with NYA by visiting your local store!

If you want to find it easily just use NYA.
On every info card there is a vinyl record icon.
Click that and enter your zip code.
You will find a list of record stores near you where you can get our new vinyl releases. Our Record Store Day celebration is ‘Four Way Street’ a great live album from the heyday of CSNY.
Support your locals!
love,
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A MESSAGE FROM NEIL


photo: Michael Miller

Hi everybody. Thanks for being part of NYA!
I love writing in and editing this newspaper. My dad was a newspaper man and I have one of his old columns on my desk just to remind me.

It is people like you, and those who write in to ‘Letters to the Editor’, who make this so much fun. I like to respond to your questions. I generally do this once a week and send it to the desk at NYA.

It’s gratifying to hear how you all love the sound of this site. It has been a labor of love and it is built to last! However you came by it, I am thankful.

We do try to have the music for you here as soon as it is prepared for you to hear. Each track has to be reviewed to make sure it is the highest quality we originally created.

In some cases, we have songs in the vault that have not been added yet. There are many of these. We are going to be adding a lot of single tracks in the coming days, weeks, and months.

Greatest Misses Vol. 1
There are more than enough of them to create an album called “Greatest Misses.” I think I am going to put that together. These are studio tracks, finished records that did not become part of an album, yet are really cool records. Then there are the unreleased albums. Somewhere between ten and fifteen of those are ‘in the can’ or under construction. They all need to be reviewed. John Hanlon, John Hausmann, Tim Mulligan and myself are doing that all the time.

I am so gratified by your response to this archives site, the first of its kind anywhere. I would love other artists to use Xstream on their sites so their fans can hear the same quality my fans hear, but that’s up to them. Our streaming technology is available, so let your favorite artists know that it is, if you would like to hear that sound on their sites. Metallica is one band I would love to hear in Xstream as well as Foo Fighters, Nirvana and Norah Jones among many others, like Bob Dylan, J.J. Cale, Promise of the Real, Particle Kid, Prince, Michael Jackson, Phillies records and more. If you would like their sites to sound like NYA, just let them know. I am easy for them to find.

Most of all, you are the ones who can make great music audio happen by supporting it the way you do here. I appreciate you so much! Onward into our future!

Thanks,
Neil Young

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Mayor Pete
2020's stealth millennial climate candidate


photo: Joshua Lott

by Kate Yoger

Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, likes to imagine what America will look like in 2054, the year he’ll be 72, the same age as the current president.

Will aging millennials still be paying off student debt as they apply for shrinking Social Security payments? Will Miami be a modern-day Atlantis beneath the swelling seas?

The whole thought experiment makes more sense once you know that the 37-year-old Buttigieg is running for president. Because odds are you didn’t. Buttigieg is one of many underdogs vying for the 2020 Democratic nomination, and the youngest one to boot. His campaign is underpinned by the concern that young people today will likely be stuck with the problems created by older generations, especially climate change. Who better to fix them than a millennial like Buttigieg — a Navy vet and Rhodes Scholar — who understands what’s at stake?

“You can’t just hope it’s gonna take care of itself if you’re concerned about how life is going to unfold for us all,” he said at a recent event in Seattle. In other words, when you adopt the concerns of the younger generation as your own, then you reach different conclusions. The state of the union in 2054 becomes your problem, so you start thinking long-term instead of short-term. “I fear that that perspective is not being taken on by people in power today,” he said.

After the 2016 election, then-President Barack Obama told the New Yorker the names of four gifted Democratic politicians he saw as future party leaders. Three were senators in their 50s, and one was Buttigieg. But he’s still far from a household name. A recent poll of the 2020 Democratic primary field had him pulling in 1 percent of the vote. Should he defy the odds and win, Buttigieg would be the first openly gay president, though he wouldn’t be the first one with a funny name (it’s hard to top Millard Fillmore).

The surname “Buttigieg,” pronounced boot-uh-judge, is Maltese and translates to something like “lord of the poultry.” So Buttigieg is known as “Mayor Pete” among South Bend locals.

To learn about the two-term mayor’s vision for taking on the unfolding climate crisis, as well as what he learned from tackling environmental issues at the local level in a red state, Grist asked him about it over the phone.

Midwestern sensibilities

Two big floods hit South Bend in the past couple of years — floods that “should happen once in a lifetime, if that,” Buttigieg told me. So when he thinks about climate change, he remembers a family on the porch of their flooded house in South Bend, the night before the first day of school. “The family’s trying to figure out how to cope with being displaced because the flood has made their house unlivable,” he said.

As Indiana warms, research shows, more devastating rains are in store. That’s a problem for South Bend, a city whose old stormwater system wasn’t designed to handle these deluges, and where heavy rains keep sending sewage into the St. Joseph River.

Buttigieg had inherited an expensive stormwater infrastructure plan that the city couldn’t afford. So he prioritized “finding a cost-saving and environmentally-friendly solution to the stormwater problem,” said Therese Dorau, director of South Bend’s sustainability office. In 2017, he proposed a greener plan to manage floods with permeable concrete, rain gardens, and tree plantings — and in the process, saved hundreds of millions of dollars, Dorau said.

Buttigieg recently wrote a New York Times-bestselling memoir about his mission to revitalize his hometown, called Shortest Way Home: One Mayor’s Challenge and a Model for America’s Future. In 2011, the year Buttigieg ran for mayor, Newsweek listed South Bend as one of “America’s dying cities” because its economy had never fully recovered after a major car manufacturer left town in the 1960s. “I grew up at a time when people felt like success meant getting out,” Buttigieg told Politico.

Since he took office in 2012, South Bend’s unemployment rate is half of what it was, and its population is starting to grow again. Buttigieg initially got to work on fixing the town’s abandoned building problem, demolishing and repairing 1,000 houses in 1,000 days. He’s taken advantage of the fiber optic cables running beneath town to transform it into a tech center dubbed the “Silicon Prairie.” “He loves to call us a beta city,” Dorau said. He’s installed a couple of free electric vehicle chargers downtown and has spent millions on greener buildings, parks, trails.

He also spearheaded an effort to revive the city’s downtown with a $25 million project to make streets more appealing for businesses and safer for pedestrians and bikers, even as citizens complained about the big cost, the roundabouts, and the slower traffic. Buttigieg, for his part, intended to slow down cars — he’s fond of pointing to research showing that slower speeds are safer.

To be sure, he’s not without critics. As some observers have pointed out, Buttigieg scolded Democrats after the 2016 election for fixating on winning the White House while overlooking local and state seats. But now, rather than running for governor of Indiana as some had predicted, he’s aiming for an improbable presidential campaign. He wants to eliminate the Electoral College, arguing that it’s undemocratic, and he probably wouldn’t mind kicking Vice President Mike Pence out of office (Buttigieg seems to have a vendetta against Indiana’s former governor).

Move over, polar bears

Buttigieg speaks seven languages conversationally, including Spanish, French, Italian, Maltese, and Norwegian (he told MSNBC he’s a little rusty on Arabic and Dari, which he picked up during his military service in Afghanistan.) Given this linguistic dexterity, it’s no surprise that Buttigieg has some tips for changing the way we talk about climate change.

“Often people picture the sort of thing you see on the B-roll on cable news – images of ice shelves in the Antarctic and polar bears,” Buttigieg said. “I think what we need is images of families in the U.S.”

Buttigieg knows that there’s “already a very passionate community of interest” around environmental issues, but said it’s important to broaden the conversation beyond, you know, environmentalists. “What you have to do is make it less and less of a specialty concern, and more and more something that’s part of everyone’s life.”

“We need to talk about this not just as an issue of technology or science, but as an issue of justice,” he said. “We gotta recognize that one of the obligations we have as human beings — and one of the most ennobling things about government when it’s working well — is the importance of not just taking care of the vulnerable, but making them less vulnerable.”

The changing climate is making the international environment less stable and less secure in countless ways, Buttigieg said, pointing to wildfires in California and droughts in the Middle East. “I think that anyone who uses the word ‘security’ in a 21st-century context had better be able to explain what they would be doing about climate change,” he said.

In previous presidential elections, Buttigieg might have had that issue all to himself. This year, the competition is thick. There’s Governor Jay Inslee of Washington state, who’s running an explicitly climate-oriented campaign. And there are big-name 2020 contenders backing the Green New Deal resolution in Congress, like senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

‘Great urgency and national unity’

Buttigieg pointed to some unsexy but extremely practical fixes, like building retrofits, where everyone ends up being a winner: “Right now, we’ve got Americorps volunteers in South Bend retrofitting homes of low-income residents in ways that improve our carbon footprint but also improve the economic well-being of those around us.”

As a presidential candidate, Buttigieg has called for billions’ worth of investment in research and development to lower the cost of solar and other renewable technologies. He also wants every American home to be a “net zero” energy consumer, with each roof lined with solar panels. “Uncle Sam is gonna mail you a kit,” he told Yahoo News (that’s assuming he manages to get elected).

“The broader thing is to make it clear that there are opportunities, especially for working people and industry, that lie in the possibilities of dealing with this issue in the same way that the arrival of World War II was part of what made it possible for America to lift itself out of the Great Depression,” he told me.

“It shouldn’t require a war for our country to mount that level of effort,” he said. “Unlike something like the Great Depression or World War II, this time we see it coming. Shame on us if we don’t find a convincing solution and act with great urgency and national unity.”

It’s an ambitious message. But the homegrown Indiana politician thinks that he can reach the Midwestern voters that coastal Democrats can’t. To illustrate his potential appeal with Trump voters, he likes to point to the 2016 election: Voters in his county were pretty evenly split on the presidential candidates but re-elected him with 80 percent of the vote.

President Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan gets it wrong, Buttigieg said in Seattle. The secret to revitalizing flyover country isn’t reviving the coal industry. “The first thing you have to do in order to get there is to acknowledge that the future you’re trying to build is not as simple as rewinding to something you used to have.”

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Our House Is On Fire


Greta Thunberg, 16, urges leaders to act on climate

'I want you to panic': 16-year-old issues climate warning at Davos – video
Our house is on fire. I am here to say, our house is on fire.

According to the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), we are less than 12 years away from not being able to undo our mistakes. In that time, unprecedented changes in all aspects of society need to have taken place, including a reduction of our CO2 emissions by at least 50%.

And please note that those numbers do not include the aspect of equity, which is absolutely necessary to make the Paris agreement work on a global scale. Nor does it include tipping points or feedback loops like the extremely powerful methane gas released from the thawing Arctic permafrost.

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Teenage activist takes School Strikes 4 Climate Action to Davos

At places like Davos, people like to tell success stories. But their financial success has come with an unthinkable price tag. And on climate change, we have to acknowledge we have failed. All political movements in their present form have done so, and the media has failed to create broad public awareness.

But Homo sapiens have not yet failed.

Yes, we are failing, but there is still time to turn everything around. We can still fix this. We still have everything in our own hands. But unless we recognise the overall failures of our current systems, we most probably don’t stand a chance.

We are facing a disaster of unspoken sufferings for enormous amounts of people. And now is not the time for speaking politely or focusing on what we can or cannot say. Now is the time to speak clearly.

Solving the climate crisis is the greatest and most complex challenge that Homo sapiens have ever faced. The main solution, however, is so simple that even a small child can understand it. We have to stop our emissions of greenhouse gases.

Either we do that or we don’t.

You say nothing in life is black or white. But that is a lie. A very dangerous lie. Either we prevent 1.5C of warming or we don’t. Either we avoid setting off that irreversible chain reaction beyond human control or we don’t.

Either we choose to go on as a civilisation or we don’t. That is as black or white as it gets. There are no grey areas when it comes to survival.

We all have a choice. We can create transformational action that will safeguard the living conditions for future generations. Or we can continue with our business as usual and fail.

That is up to you and me.

Some say we should not engage in activism. Instead we should leave everything to our politicians and just vote for a change instead. But what do we do when there is no political will? What do we do when the politics needed are nowhere in sight?

Here in Davos – just like everywhere else – everyone is talking about money. It seems money and growth are our only main concerns.

And since the climate crisis has never once been treated as a crisis, people are simply not aware of the full consequences on our everyday life. People are not aware that there is such a thing as a carbon budget, and just how incredibly small that remaining carbon budget is. That needs to change today.

No other current challenge can match the importance of establishing a wide, public awareness and understanding of our rapidly disappearing carbon budget, that should and must become our new global currency and the very heart of our future and present economics.

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__I'm striking from school to protest inaction on climate change – you should too __
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Read more We are at a time in history where everyone with any insight of the climate crisis that threatens our civilisation – and the entire biosphere – must speak out in clear language, no matter how uncomfortable and unprofitable that may be.

We must change almost everything in our current societies. The bigger your carbon footprint, the bigger your moral duty. The bigger your platform, the bigger your responsibility. Adults keep saying: “We owe it to the young people to give them hope.” But I don’t want your hope. I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act. I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if our house is on fire.
Because it is.

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Young People Leading the Way


Companies Need to Pay Attention to CLIMATE CHANGE

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by [Andrew Winston](https://hbr.org/search?term=andrew winston "about")

In one of the many oddities of biology, kids hear differently than the rest of us. There are frequencies that only teens and young adults can make out. Lately it seems that the under-20 crowd is hearing one particular high pitch much better than the rest of us, including most business leaders: the alarm that climate scientists have been sounding.

Consider the young Swede, Greta Thunberg, who just turned 16 in January. Last year, Thunberg stopped going to school to protest inaction on climate change, saying there was little point in studying for a future that may not exist. Within months, Thunberg urged immediate action from business leaders at the World Economic Forum and the told the UN’s Secretary General and others at the global climate summit in Poland that they are “stealing (childrens’) future in front of their very eyes.” What she started is growing, and she’s been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts.

Every week, thousands of Belgian youth are marching on the EU capitol of Brussels. And on March 15, in what may be the largest youth-led protest in history, an estimated 1.6 million students in 300 cities around the world walked out of school to march for climate action. I went to the New York march and the energy was electric — and I didn’t even take it personally when a group of teens called some colleagues and me “old people who need to do something.”

There’s more: A new youth group, the Sunrise Movement, recently held a somewhat contentious meeting with Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California about her support for climate policies. And a group of teens has sued the U.S. government for failing to protect them from climate change. Younger politicians are making their voices heard, too. Also consider what 29-year-old Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York has achieved in just a few months in office. By pushing a broad set of climate and inequality goals under the banner of a “Green New Deal,” the youngest woman ever elected to the U.S. Congress has moved the terms of the climate debate significantly.

Before writing this off as a lot of noise, consider the role of youth in previous social movements. Baby Boomers, when they were kids and teens, led the anti-war movement. The famed Greensboro lunch counter sit-in was led by four young men aged 17, 18, and 19. African-American kids bravely desegregated schools, and the first person to get arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat was not actually Rosa Parks, but 15-year-old Claudette Colvin. A generation later, Gen X and then Millennials shifted the debate on LGBT rights and gay marriage at a remarkable pace. In fact, it’s hard to think of any substantial social movement that didn’t have young, fearless people at the center.

And now, with the powerful tools of social media and 24×7 connectivity, the pace of social movements is quickening. The “Parkland Teens,” the survivors of the horrific school shooting in Florida last year, attracted millions of Twitter followers in days. Within just a few weeks, they called for marches, which over one million people showed up for around the world. Cut to a year later, and the U.S. House of Representatives just passed the first real gun control legislation in many years.

Will this climate movement end up as significant as the anti-war, civil rights, and gay rights movements? It’s hard to predict. But what’s clear is that we’re in the middle of a major re-alignment of values around climate. It’s now unacceptable to young activists, and the millions of people they inspire, to espouse climate denial or play the “let’s go slow” card. They don’t appreciate being handed a disaster movie for them to live with for 70 to 80 years.

This brings me to business, and a warning: no organization can avoid values shifts. Remember, there were moments in history where it was generally acceptable to use slave labor or children in supply chains, to wink at rampant sexual harassment in offices, and to freely dump pollution in rivers and the air. None of these problems are eliminated today, but very few in business would suggest that they’re ok. Morals changed, and then laws.

And while executives do increasingly seem to be moving toward action on climate change, with public pronouncements to cut their own emissions or buy renewable energy are becoming the norm in large companies, it’s not clear whether are those actions enough to satisfy this next generation of customers and employees. In fact, companies seem to be more comfortable taking public stands on issues like race, immigration, gun violence, and transgender rights before speaking strongly on the environment.

But that needs to change now. It’s time, in the words of U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, for “corporate good guys” to “show up in Congress to lobby for climate action.” We need CEOs in the halls of power at the state and federal level pushing for aggressive policy.

This isn’t a new idea, of course, but the history on climate lobbying is sparse. There are “DC visit” days organized by a few focused NGOs, and they’re always hoping for bi-partisan climate solutions. But in reality, with a few exceptions, only smaller companies have been willing to put themselves out there. The big guys sign on to public statements like “We Are Still In,” which is a good start, but is inadequate to the level of change required. They need to put some skin in the game and become more vocal and more aggressive.

In practice, this will mean disagreeing with politicians, up to and including the president, who say it’s too expensive to act, or that climate is a hoax. In fact, a recent survey shows that 76% of Americans want companies to take a stand for what they believe, even if it’s politically controversial.

It may just take the youngest Americans to get companies to take a real and public stand for aggressive global action on climate change; after all, if they don’t, they risk getting out of step with an entire generation of employees and customers.

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DEADMAN


SCORING SESSION

at the hearse

A short film by Jim Jarmusch
A chance to hover at the session that produced the live ‘Dead Man’ score and see the way it was done. Kind of like a silent movie score. Live in the theater, back in the day people played organ or piano along with movie live. Here, playing back the movie on about 30 small and large screens in Mason Sound stage in San Francisco south of Market, the music was played and recorded live as the movie played. One of the Greatest Films ever In the Halucinatory Western vein, if not the absolute best, Deadman features “Old Black” through a fender deluxe tweedy, a Baldwin Exterminator, a Magnatone stereovibrato, an echoplex, a fender reverb, an MXR analog delay, all driving a musitron octave divider.

Some names have been changed to protect the innocent. Check it out at the Hearse Theater.
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CATCH THESE SHOWS!


while the climate holds

This July, ’Neil Young + Promise of the Real’ will return to Europe, visiting Dresden, Berlin, Mannheim and Munich in Germany, followed by Antwerp, Belgium and Amsterdam, Holland. These shows will be their first return to Europe since 2016 and the band is jacked to be coming back again to jam in Europe!

Check NYA homepage tickets Monday, Feb 25th for actual showdates and presales through NYA only. After a period of time the tickets will go public. Some shows will have reserved seating and some won’t because they are festivals. We hope to see you there, jammin’ with the Real.
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7/2 - Dresden, Germany
7/3 - Berlin, Germany
7/5 - Mannheim, Germany
7/6 - Munich, Germany
7/9 - Antwerp, Belgium
7/10 - Amsterdam, Holland

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ESCAPING THE VORTEX


This last few weeks has been a thoroughly rewarding Theater Tour. I am thankful we got to play so many memorable classic theaters. from Milwaukee and Madison to Minneapolis and north to Winnipeg. RIVERSIDE, STATE, PANTAGES, ORPHEUM, OVERTURE HALL, BURTON CUMMINGS, CENTENNIAL CONCERT HALL, NORTHROP AUDITORIUM; they were all great and the music was living.

Rolling through the Midwest during a Polar Vortex is a once in a lifetime experience I shared with many of the people I love. My crew, my family, my lovely wife. . . .we are all so happy to have been out on the road with these great crowds of music lovers. . . . . Many Archives crawlers and explorers are in the mix. Thanks so much for taking part!

Heading home, we ran just in front of the cold as it slowly and wildly succumbed to the warmth heading South. Turning West into the sun now, we are thankful for our musical journey, and for our last show’s gift experience with the rumble-dream Crazy Horse of the future.
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'SONGS FOR JUDY' songsforjudy-back1408


Behind the Scenes

Cameron Crowe and Joel Bernstein tell how they did it.

In late 1976 and early 1977 Joel and Cameron got together and built ‘Songs for Judy’ from a pile of cassettes and memories. This is how it happened...

Cameron:
Joel Bernstein and I first met on a crisp morning in March, 1974. It was already an auspicious day. Neil Young had agreed to join The Eagles for a benefit at the Cuesta College Auditorium in San Luis Obispo. We were all together for the bus ride up the coast. Neil was notoriously press-shy at the time. I snuck onto the bus as a guest of the Eagles. There is a picture from the day, taken by Joel.

Behind me, Neil is playing an early version of “For The Turnstiles.” (Later, passing some oil derricks, he would begin writing part of “Vampire Blues” on the same bus ride.) I’m just hunkering down trying to look like I belong. We became fast friends that very day -- Joel the photographer (and guitar maestro-technician), and me the journalist. Our shared aesthetic was rigorous. As fans, we loved the raw and the real. For example -- the demo was usually our favorite version of any given song. Joel the artist worked almost exclusively with available light. We viewed ourselves as documentarians, there to catch the spirit in the air. We even had a nickname for ourselves – Eyes and Ears (from the old movie newsreel "The Eyes And Ears Of The World") . We still do. Joel and I went on many assignments together, and one of our early adventures was for Rolling Stone. I was invited on Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s 1976 North American tour. Joel was already on tour as Neil's guitar tech, and was also documenting the shows by recording them. Full disclosure: I was in heaven.

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Joel:
I'd been the photographer on Neil's Time Fades Away tour in 1973; Neil was tuning his own acoustic and electric guitars himself before each show with the help of a Conn Strobotuner, a curious device featuring a display with a backlit, spinning disc of concentric circles. Based upon the stroboscopic effect (as when a plane's propeller or wagon wheel appears to stand still or be turning backwards), it could show very fine, real-time information, when read correctly, of the pitch of a plucked guitar string and enable acoustic or electric guitars to be precisely tuned.

One night, he remembered that back at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, I'd tuned his Martin D-45 quickly and well when he had to go onstage. So, a bit like Huck Finn showing Tom Sawyer how to whitewash a fence, he explained to me how to use the "strobe," and I then tuned those guitars for him before each show. I then became a guitar tech first for David Crosby & Graham Nash and then for Bob Dylan's second Rolling Thunder Revue earlier that year.

Before going on Neil's tour, I'd gotten a Uher portable cassette deck so that I could listen to my favorite recordings on cassettes made from LPs and tape recordings while I was traveling. I asked my friend and, my friend Bob Sterne if I could get a feed of the PA mix made by Neil's house engineer Tim Mulligan to my guitar work station by the side of the stage, so that I could record while I was working. These would be of only incidental interest to Neil, because these were mono cassettes of the PA mix, unsuitable for release b) Tim was also recording the shows on cassette from the front of house, which technically should have been superior to mine, and c) because earlier shows on the same tour, in Tokyo and London, had been professionally recorded and were already being fashioned into a live album. Nonetheless, having been on tours with Neil for years, I knew that there would be magic.

The stage was moodily-lit by Chip “The Brown Acid... is not specifically too good” Monck. Neil stood at the center, between two antique-wooden Indians, each holding a legendary guitar. One, a Gibson Flying V, and the other the even-rarer Gibson Explorer. These were not incredible reproductions. These were the real guitars.

Cameron:
The shows were reckless and beautiful. Every night. The evenings began with an hour-long acoustic solo-set from Neil. The acoustic portion of the evening morphed nightly, often fueled by a smoke or two just behind the curtain. After a break, Neil and Crazy Horse would return for a barn-burner of an electric-set designed to level the place. They succeeded nightly. Just two years after the big-arena explosion of CSNY’s 74 summer tour, Neil was back with something even more potent and personal.


Joel:
The tour began at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles on November 1, 1976, the day before Election Day. Neil started with a solo acoustic version of a powerful, unreleased song called "Campaigner." I immediately realized that making these tapes was in fact a great idea. I was soon raiding malls for whatever blank C-90 cassettes I could find along the way. The U.S. leg of this tour was brief (18 shows in 12 cities, in 24 days) but the performances were at their best intense and thrilling. As the tour continued, the cache of cassette-tape grew, all of them filled with gems.

Midday through the tour, on Neil's 31st birthday, he invited Cameron and I onto his tour bus, Pocahontas, parked in the snow in front of the Edgewater Inn, in Madison.

Cameron:
Eight months earlier, Joel had been on nearby Lake Mendota, photographing Joni Mitchell skating for her Hejira album. Otis Redding’s plane had crashed, I think, in the same vicinity years earlier. The whole area felt rich in musical lore...

Joel:
Neil and I might have smoked a joint. Then Neil said, "Oh, I've got to make a phone call." This no doubt meant that Neil would have to return to the hotel, but he stayed put. "Just wait a second," he said, and opened up a leather attaché case on the table. Inside was a telephone that looked like a prop from the 60's TV show Get Smart. "It's a satellite phone," said Neil. What is that? It's 1976! We're on his bus! He makes a call to Mo Ostin, president of Neil's record label, and to our amazement, cancels the release of his 3-LP compilation Decade; months in the making, already pressed, and scheduled to come out imminently.

Cameron:
(The Rolling Stone piece had been assigned to come-out in tandem with the album. Now we were all suddenly in free-fall.)

Joel:
The last two shows of the tour were to benefit the restoration of Atlanta's historic Fox Theater, where we were playing. After the first show, an unusually long interval occurred before the second, midnight show. To celebrate the end of their months-long international tour, the band had found an excellent combination, that included at least Tequila and marijuana, with which to commune. One of the results, when the midnight show began after one, was the unparalleled rap in which Neil conjures up the spirit of Judy Garland, a vision which would have vanished but for this recording. By the time the last show was over, and we loaded up the trucks for the last time, Tim Mulligan, Neil's mixer, and I realized there was no point in trying to get any sleep; we had to catch the earliest flight to San Francisco. It was Thanksgiving, but we both had another show later that night with Neil... they said it was going to be called The Last Waltz.


Cameron:
Joel and I made a pact. After the tour, we’d get together at Joel’s San Francisco apartment, and make our own “essential” audio-compilation of the tour. The goal was to create our definitive collection of the acoustic and electric performances. Each would feature one performance of every song that had been performed, and it should fit onto a ninety-minute cassette. We began, of course, with acoustic sets. Joel listened to all the performances and whittled them down to three or four best-versions. In some cases, if Neil only performed the song once, that one version would be included.

The acoustic shows were sparkling, sometimes stoney, often surprising, and always heart-felt. You might get a “Losing End,” or even a “Love is a Rose.” Neil would regularly engage in conversations with the audience, including one epic monologue from a late show in Atlanta that became a darkly comic-centerpiece of our collection. Young had always been a sharply witty stage conversationalist, but this one intro to “Too Far Gone” took a psychedelic journey to Oz and back. For days we listened and compiled. It was deliriously painstaking work. Wake up, eat breakfast, dive back into the recordings. Decide which of the 12 versions of “Old Laughing Lady” was most essential. Repeat.

Joel:
Cameron, reading your account reminds me of just how much fun it was to do the listening and our notes, and discuss each performance until we agreed "that's the one." After you and I made our selections, I went next door to Graham Nash's home studio, Rudy Records, and transferred each song we'd chosen to reel-to-reel, then cut it together into two reels, one for each side of a cassette. I made three cassette copies of the tape compilation; two went to the two crew members who got me the audio feed of Tim's PA mix each night. (Audio nerds: to accomplish this required these adaptors: XLR > 1/4" > RCA > DIN.) At the time, it seemed the right way to repay them for taking the time to do that.

I cautioned them each not to copy the tape, and to keep it in a safe place. A few years later, one of them called to tell me he couldn't find his copy of the compiled cassette. A little later, a copy of a copy of a copy of that cassette became the master tape for a bootleg LP; just what I'd been trying to avoid. Years later, I was interviewed for Neil's fan club magazine, Broken Arrow, and was asked what I knew about this (to fans) mysterious compilation, and told the story to the journalist, who wrote a piece about it, after which the bootleg was referred to as "The Joel Bernstein" tape.


Cameron:
We never made it to the electric sets. Such was Joel’s attention to detail, and our shared commitment to exploring every crevice of the 1976 acoustic rabbit hole, by the time we finished part one, we were spent. We took a little break. Decades passed, but we always returned to the joys of this compilation. The tour had been so satisfying, and so different from all that rock would become in the ensuing years, something indelible was captured in our humble collection. Listening to it today is a little like discovering postcards from home. It was a precious time in Neil Young’s journey, a breath of oxygen in between some of his biggest adventures. Everybody involved was cresting towards another career peak, Rust Never Sleeps was just around the corner, and you can close your eyes and imagine the thrill in the room. It’s Bicentennial year in America, Neil Young and Crazy Horse are in your town, and out walks Neil with his acoustic. Press play.

Joel:
Meet you back at my place this fall. Let’s start the electric-set compilation...

Cameron:
Sounds good. I remember a blistering 9-minute “Cortez the Killer” from the Dane County Coliseum, in Madison that was absolutely essential...

Joel:
Here we go again...

by Cameron Crowe and Joel Bernstein

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RIGHT


Gingrich suggests Nadler’s push to further probe is an attempt to save his job in the House

by Greg Norman

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is suggesting Friday that Democrat Jerry Nadler’s push for a fully unredacted Mueller report -- and his insistence to get the Special Counsel to testify on Capitol Hill – are desperation moves in an effort to save his job as House Judiciary Committee Chairman.

The comments from Gingrich come as Democrats are still floating the possibility of trying to impeach Trump, despite Mueller in his report not finding any evidence of collusion with Russia and not reaching a verdict on the obstruction issue.

“Look at poor Jerry Nadler’s problem,” Gingrich said Friday on ‘Fox & Friends’. “The left wing of his party is going berserk, they all want to find a way to keep this up, his presidential candidates are going berserk.

“He can’t as Chairman, not look like he is doing something – or they will, frankly, take away his chairmanship,” Gingrich added. “And that’s the dance in the House right now.”

U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., chair of the House Judiciary Committee, speaks Thursday following the release of a redacted version of the Mueller report. (AP)

Nadler – a frequent Trump critic – said yesterday that the redacted version of the report released by the Justice Department "outlines disturbing evidence" that Trump engaged in misconduct and possibly obstructed justice. The New York Democrat also noted that Attorney General Bill Barr will be testifying before the House Judiciary Committee next month and he has requested that Robert Mueller also appear before the committee to testify on his findings.

“Let him testify. I don’t have a problem with that,” Gingrich said about Mueller. “Let him come in and say ‘hey, I spent two years, interviewed 500 people, had an entire team of lawyers, spent 25 million dollars’ – it ain’t there.

“My guess is that Mueller will be a pretty impressive witness,” Gingrich also said. “But he will be a witness for ending the process.”

Gingrich concluded his ‘Fox & Friends’ interview by saying that he believes President Trump will come out stronger following the Mueller report’s release.

“Here’s a guy who, while he has 90 percent negative press coverage and he has an ongoing investigation, he just plows ahead,” Gingrich said. “I think you have to assume, now that he has been exonerated in every possible way, he’s going to be stronger, his re-election is going to be more likely.

“People around the world are going to accommodate him,” he added. “They are going to start saying ‘you know, I gotta deal with this guy through 2024’.”

And that, Gingrich says, is “an enormous change from a week ago.”

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Admit it:

Fox News has been right all along

Attorney General William Barr appears before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee (Andrew Harnik/AP)

By Gary Abernathy

Throughout most of southern Ohio, residents who watch cable news are predominantly glued to one channel: Fox News.

People there don’t watch Fox News to know what to think; they already know what they think, and they avoid news channels that insult their intelligence and core beliefs. Yes, Fox News is an echo chamber for the right, but no more than CNN and MSNBC are for the left, as far as conservatives are concerned. To be fair, when a Democrat is in the White House, the networks switch places, with Fox News criticizing every move, and MSNBC and CNN defending the Oval Office fortress.

But for now, while partisans on the left may quibble, the fact remains that on the subject of collusion with Russia by President Trump or his campaign, Fox News was right and the others were wrong. For at least two years, MSNBC and CNN devoted hour upon hour, day after day, to promoting the narrative that Trump colluded with the Russians, and that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III was going to prove it. That turned out to be wrong.

Along with defending Trump, Fox News hosts such as Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham and, especially, Sean Hannity have been slammed for spending nearly two years clamoring for an investigation of the investigators, aligning themselves with the president’s claim of a politically motivated witch hunt. Most of the media portrayed such accusations as preposterous, designed merely to divert attention from Trump’s alleged misdeeds.

But then comes Attorney General William P. Barr, dropping a bombshell last week by declaring during congressional testimony that he thinks “spying did occur” on the Trump campaign in 2016, and that he is looking into it. Democrats and many in the media immediately blasted Barr for carrying Trump’s water. Barr soon clarified his remarks, saying, “I am not saying that improper surveillance occurred. I’m saying that I am concerned about it and looking into it.”

Just three weeks ago, before Mueller wrapped up his report, The Post — in a story representative of mainstream sources at the time — produced a mostly flattering profile of the new attorney general. “A Justice Department official told The Washington Post last month that Barr is viewed at the department as ‘a lawyer’s lawyer’ and is seen as less politically minded than his predecessors,” the story noted.

Timothy Flanigan, a former Barr colleague at the Justice Department, described Barr’s independent streak, saying, “If Bill starts getting the tweet treatment, Bill is a tough guy. He’s a tough, tough guy. Not that Jeff Sessions wasn’t, but I don’t think Bill’s just going to sit there and take it. I think he would make sure that the president understood that it is not really a smart thing to be lambasting the attorney general.”

Now, Barr is being cast by the liberal cable channels and others as an unscrupulous political hack attached to the president’s leash. On CBS’s “60 Minutes” on Sunday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that Barr “may be whitewashing” his summary of the report. Such accusations represent an unlikely turn of events for a 68-year-old professional with an impeccable record and a career more behind him than in front of him.

For Fox News devotees in southern Ohio and other Trump strongholds, nothing from the Mueller investigation has provided cause to waver from their preferred news source. Meanwhile, even regular viewers of CNN and MSNBC must certainly recognize the straws being grasped to justify sticking with a conspiracy theory that has been largely debunked — although the expected release of Mueller’s report this week will probably provide just enough juice for one last effort.

After two years of conjecture from all sides, some hard truths have emerged. Russia did try to influence the 2016 election. Neither Trump nor his campaign conspired with Russia. The president’s actions did not rise to criminal obstruction of justice. And how and why this all began may well turn out to be the most troubling story of all.

During his confirmation hearing in January, Barr told senators, “I am not going to do anything that I think is wrong, and I will not be bullied into doing anything I think is wrong. By anybody. Whether it be editorial boards, or Congress or the president. I’m going to do what I think is right.” Observers at the time took Barr’s comments as reassurance of his independence from Trump, but in hindsight it should be noted that he mentioned editorial boards and Congress first.

Barr’s career does not paint a portrait of someone who chases tin-foil-hat conspiracies. There’s enough evidence in the public record to raise valid suspicions that the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign was motivated not by real concerns about national security, but rather by a loathing of the candidate. And though new facts may emerge in the full, redacted report, they won’t change the larger truth. It would behoove serious journalists to put aside their political biases and delve into a story that might actually be worthy of Watergate comparisons — even if it includes the painful admission that Fox News has been right all along.

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RIOT BOOSTING!
South Dakota Legislature invents new Legal Term to Target Pipeline Protesters


The government of South Dakota has made it very clear that it does not like people who protest the Keystone XL pipeline. The state’s governor has dismissed them as “out-of-staters who come in to disrupt.” And other officials have similarly leveraged long-debunked and harmful tropes, mischaracterizing those speaking out as “paid protesters.”

In this atmosphere, South Dakota enacted a new law last week, the Riot Boosting Act. The law seeks to suppress protests before they even start and prohibits people from engaging in full-throated advocacy. It does so by creating a new, ambiguous term: “riot boosting.”

If you’re wondering what that means, so is everyone else, including those who want to speak out. And that’s a big problem.

The new law gives the state the authority to sue individuals and organizations for “riot boosting,” but it does not clearly describe what speech or conduct it considers to be “riot boosting.” The law is written so broadly that even a tweet encouraging activists to “Join a protest to stop the pipeline and give it all you’ve got!” could be interpreted as “riot-boosting” should a fight break out at the protest. The law joins two existing state criminal laws that also target such speech, meaning that advocacy could now result in up to 25 years of prison time, fines, or civil penalties — or a combination of all three.

Let’s be very clear: States are within their rights to prohibit incitement of violence — a narrow category of unprotected speech that refers to words intended and likely to cause imminent violence. But these laws go far beyond that by criminalizing impassioned advocacy that lies at the core of our political discourse. They instill a fear among peaceful organizers that their actions or words could be misconstrued by the government as “riot boosting.” As a result, activists are now forced to think twice before even encouraging others to join a protest, let alone train, educate, or advise those who plan to protest. And, because of these laws, they may forgo such speech and association altogether.

That is a clear First Amendment violation — and why we are in court to challenge the laws on behalf of the Sierra Club, NDN Collective, Dakota Rural Action, and the Indigenous Environmental Network.

According to the state’s website, the Riot Boosting Act is a result of Governor Kristi Noem’s discussions with TransCanada — the company that is set to build and operate the Keystone XL pipeline — and other stakeholders. Notably, the state did not meet with Native American tribes or environmental groups.

This comes across loud and clear in the final law, which not only gives the state the authority to sue anti-pipeline groups and activists but also gives third-parties — including TransCanada — the ability to join in. Further, the money seized from protesters through these lawsuits can be used to fund the very thing they are protesting, thereby giving the company an added financial incentive to go after pipeline protesters.

In just the last two years, we’ve seen a rise in government efforts to stifle protests, particularly those led by Indigenous and environmental activists, often in opposition to pipelines. There have been attempts to equate protesters with domestic terrorists and [saboteurs](https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislation/BillBook?ba=HSB 603&ga=87). Law enforcement authorities have partnered with private security companies to surveil activists and control protests. Known FBI informants have infiltrated activist spaces and camps. The federal government has implemented “no-fly zones” to black out media coverage during heightened police crackdowns.

And if Governor Noem’s rhetoric on “shut[ting] down” “out-of-state people” who come into South Dakota to “slow and stop construction” of the pipeline sounds familiar, it should. It echoes government attempts throughout our history to justify anti-protest actions by delegitimizing protesters as “outside agitators.”

In 1964, infamous segregationist George Wallace said racial tensions did not exist in the South “except in a very few isolated instances” caused exclusively by “outside agitators.” He was not alone in attempting to frame the civil rights movement in the South as the work of “outside agitators.” Southern authorities frequently attempted to discount legitimate grievances and protests by Black people as nothing more than an attempt by radical outsiders to sow dissent. They even called Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. an “outside agitator.”

More recently, in 2014, after the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, the police blamed “outside agitators” for the majority of the unlawful activities. Not only were these claims later debunked in a scathing report by the Department of Justice, they also allowed the police to minimize the harmful impact of their own improper practices that caused the citizens of the city to protest in the first place.

What’s happening in South Dakota is no different. The government has dismissed Native Americans, state farmers and ranchers, and residents of nearby states who opposed the pipeline as outside agitators. But the pipeline, if constructed, would have a substantial impact on all of their lives – including our clients, many of whom are South Dakotans. Moreover, the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline is a national issue, and it deserves a national debate.

Opposition to the construction of the pipeline may agitate Gov. Noem, but the First Amendment guarantees the right to voice that opposition. Those affected by the pipeline’s construction deserve to be heard even if Gov. Noem and TransCanada want them all to shut up.

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GREEN NEW DEAL
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Releases Green New Deal Outline


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The Green New Deal legislation laid out by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey sets goals for some drastic measures to cut carbon emissions across the economy. In the process, it aims to create jobs and boost the economy.

Whether it's a deadly cold snap or a hole under an Antarctic glacier or a terrifying new report, there seem to be constant reminders now of the dangers that climate change poses to humanity.

Ocasio-Cortez Talks About Ambitious Plan To Combat Climate Change

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., think they have a start to a solution. Thursday they are introducing a framework defining what they call a "Green New Deal" — what they foresee as a massive policy package that would remake the U.S. economy and, they hope, eliminate all U.S. carbon emissions.

That's a really big — potentially impossibly big — undertaking.

"Even the solutions that we have considered big and bold are nowhere near the scale of the actual problem that climate change presents to us," Ocasio-Cortez told NPR's Steve Inskeep in an interview that aired Thursday on Morning Edition.

She added: "It could be part of a larger solution, but no one has actually scoped out what that larger solution would entail. And so that's really what we're trying to accomplish with the Green New Deal."

What is the Green New Deal?

In very broad strokes, the Green New Deal legislation laid out by Ocasio-Cortez and Markey sets goals for some drastic measures to cut carbon emissions across the economy, from electricity generation to transportation to agriculture. In the process, it aims to create jobs and boost the economy.

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n that vein, the proposal stresses that it aims to meet its ambitious goals while paying special attention to groups like the poor, disabled and minority communities that might be disproportionately affected by massive economic transitions like those the Green New Deal calls for.

Importantly, it's a nonbinding resolution, meaning that even if it were to pass (more on the challenges to that below), it wouldn't itself create any new programs. Instead, it would potentially affirm the sense of the House that these things should be done in the coming years.

What are the specifics of that framework?

The [bill calls for a](https://ocasio-cortez.house.gov/sites/ocasio-cortez.house.gov/files/Resolution on a Green New Deal.pdf "document") "10-year national mobilizations" toward accomplishing a series of goals that the resolution lays out.

(Note: Ocasio-Cortez's office released an [updated version](https://ocasio-cortez.house.gov/sites/ocasio-cortez.house.gov/files/Resolution on a Green New Deal.pdf "file") of the bill on Thursday. The earlier version, which we had included in a prior version of this story, is still available here.)

Among the most prominent, the deal calls for "meeting 100 percent of the power demand in the United States through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources." The ultimate goal is to stop using fossil fuels entirely, Ocasio-Cortez's office told NPR, as well as to transition away from nuclear energy.

In addition, the framework, as described in the legislation as well as a blog post — containing an updated version of "FAQs" provided to NPR by Ocasio-Cortez's office — calls for a variety of other lofty goals:

  • "upgrading all existing buildings" in the country for energy efficiency;
  • working with farmers "to eliminate pollution and greenhouse gas emissions ... as much as is technologically feasible" (while supporting family farms and promoting "universal access to healthy food");
  • "Overhauling transportation systems" to reduce emissions — including expanding electric car manufacturing, building "charging stations everywhere," and expanding high-speed rail to "a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary";
  • A guaranteed job "with a family-sustaining wage, adequate family and medical leave, paid vacations and retirement security" for every American;
  • "High-quality health care" for all Americans.

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Which is to say: the Green New Deal framework combines big climate-change-related ideas with a wish list of progressive economic proposals that, taken together, would touch nearly every American and overhaul the economy.

Are those ideas doable?

Many in the climate science community, as well as Green New Deal proponents, agree that saving the world from disastrous effects of climate change requires aggressive action.

And some of the Green New Deal's goals are indeed aggressive. For example, Ocasio-Cortez told NPR that "in 10 years, we're trying to go carbon-neutral."

According to Jesse Jenkins, a postdoctoral environmental fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School, that may be an unreachable goal.

"Where we need to be targeting really is a net-zero carbon economy by about 2050, which itself is an enormous challenge and will require reductions in carbon emissions much faster than have been achieved historically," he said. "2030 might be a little bit early to be targeting."

Similarly, removing combustible engines from the roads or expanding high-speed rail to largely eliminate air travel would require nothing short of revolutionizing transportation.

Likewise, some of the more progressive economic policies — universal health care and a job guarantee, for example — while popular among some Democrats, would also be very difficult to implement and transition into.

On top of all that, implementing all of these policies could cost trillions upon trillions of dollars.

Altogether, the Green New Deal is a loose framework. It does not lay out guidance on how to implement these policies.

Rather, the idea is that Ocasio-Cortez and Markey will "begin work immediately on Green New Deal bills to put the nuts and bolts on the plan described in this resolution."

And again, all of this is hypothetical — it would be tough to implement and potentially extremely expensive ... if it passed.

So did the idea of a Green New Deal start with Ocasio-Cortez?

Not at all.

While the Green New Deal has in the last year or so grown central to progressive Democrats' policy conversations, the idea of a Green New Deal itself is well over a decade old. Environmentalists were talking about it as far back as 2003, when the term popped up in a San Francisco Chronicle article about an environmentalist conference.

It gained traction with a 2007 New York Times column from Thomas Friedman, where he used the phrase to describe the scope of energy investments he thought would be necessary to slow climate change on a large scale.

The phrase was also used around President Barack Obama's 2009 stimulus, which had around $90 billion worth of environmental initiatives.

While the idea gained some currency in Europe and also in the Green Party, it wasn't until after the 2016 election that it really gained broad popularity on the left in the U.S.

This latest iteration is different both in the political energy that it has amassed and the grand scope it is taking. While it was a product of the progressive activist community, Ocasio-Cortez has been perhaps the most visible proponent of the plan and has helped it gain nationwide attention.

So will it pass?

That looks unlikely.

Yes, there's some energy for it on the left — some House Democrats have already said they will support the bill. However, there are indications House leadership isn't prioritizing the idea as much as those more liberal Democrats would like — Speaker Nancy Pelosi frustrated Green New Deal proponents by not giving them the kind of committee they wanted to put the policies together.

After the deal's Thursday release, she also cast the plan as simply one of any number of environmental proposals the House might consider.

"It will be one of several or maybe many suggestions that we receive," Pelosi told Politico. "The green dream or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they're for it right?"

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In addition, it's easy to see how the bill could be dangerous for moderate House Democrats, many of whom come from swing districts and may be loath to touch such a progressive proposal.

Among Republicans — even those worried about climate change — the package, with its liberal economic ideas, will also likely be a nonstarter.

"Someone's going to have to prove to me how that can be accomplished because it looks to me like for the foreseeable future we're gonna be using a substantial amount of fossil fuels," said Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., co-chair of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, speaking to NPR before the Green New Deal's text was released.

For his part, Rooney is in favor of a carbon tax, a policy he helped propose with a bipartisan group of lawmakers in November. Information from Ocasio-Cortez's office says that the Green New Deal could include a carbon tax, but that it would be "a tiny part" of the total package of policies.

Meanwhile, there's little chance of a Green New Deal getting a vote in the Republican-controlled Senate.

If it's not going to pass and it's not even binding, why is it worth even talking about?

It's worth talking about because it already is a politically powerful idea among Democrats.

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Already, presidential candidates are being asked whether they support the idea of a Green New Deal, meaning it's easy to see the issue becoming a litmus test for some voters in both the 2020 congressional elections and the presidential election.

To more liberal Democrats, the prospect of such an ambitious economic and environmental package at the center of the 2020 campaign may be particularly energizing.

"I think it's like a really weird instinct that the Democratic Party develops to not be exciting intentionally," said Sean McElwee, co-founder of the progressive think tank Data for Progress. "Most of politics is getting people excited enough to show up and vote for you. And I think that a Green New Deal and Medicare-for-all — these are ideas that are big enough to get people excited and show up to vote for you."

For her part, Ocasio-Cortez says that a policy like the Green New Deal could get voters excited enough to pressure their Congress members to support it.

"I do think that when there's a wide spectrum of debate on an issue, that is where the public plays a role. That is where the public needs to call their member of Congress and say, 'This is something that I care about,' " she told NPR, adding, "Where I do have trust is in my colleagues' capacity to change and evolve and be adaptable and listen to their constituents."

That said, it's easy to see how a Green New Deal litmus test could backfire on that front, endangering some Democrats — particularly in swing districts.

But it's not just about national politics. The national-level energy for a Green New Deal could boost efforts in cities and states. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, for example, has been pushing a Green New Deal in his state.

Aside from the politics, there's the fact that climate change remains an impending threat — one for which the world has yet to come up with a fix.

"It's a big legislation because it's a huge (expletive) problem! We're all going to die," said McElwee. "Every week it seems like the risks of climate change become more real, and the amount of devastation it is going to wreak upon humanity becomes larger, and that means we have to do bigger things."

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DEVASTATING MIDWEST FLOODS midwestfloods-1408


FARM AID ACTIVATES FAMILY FARM DISASTER FUND

Organization to issue emergency grants in support of family farm relief efforts on the ground in the Midwest

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — As farmers and ranchers in the Midwest deal with the impact of historic flooding, Farm Aid has activated its Family Farm Disaster Fund to provide aid to family farmers in the affected region.

“Farm Aid knows farmers and ranchers are being devastated by floods in the Midwest. We invite everyone to join us by donating to support farmers as they try to save their homes and businesses,” said Farm Aid President Willie Nelson. “We’ve heard from farmers that they can’t wait the months it takes for disaster assistance to come. We have too few family farms left to lose even one to a weather disaster.”

For more than three decades, Farm Aid has stepped in quickly after natural disasters, responding immediately to assist farmers and ranchers specifically. Farm Aid’s relief efforts will focus on the family farmers and ranchers who have lost their barns, livestock, crops, fields, pasture and other essential farm infrastructure. Record rainfall, flooding and wind damage have left farmers under standing water at a time when they are already struggling due to low prices and farm and trade policies that cause extreme financial, legal and emotional stress. Every dollar raised by the Family Farm Disaster Fund will support local and regional organizations working on the ground to distribute emergency grants to farm families affected by the flooding in the Midwest and to offer resources that help farmers navigate their farm recovery options.

Farm Aid grants will support Midwest farm organizations coordinating locally to:

  • Make emergency grants to farm and ranch families;
  • Help farmers and ranchers understand their farm recovery options;
  • Support local and state farm service providers to help farmers navigate recovery options, from mental health resources to federal funding opportunities; and
  • Advocate for needed disaster recovery funds and resources from the federal government.

Farm Aid is also working with partners in disaster-affected areas to determine the long-term needs of impacted farmers and ranchers. If you are a farmer who has been affected by the Midwest flooding, please visit farmaid.org/disaster for a list of resources available. To donate, please visit farmaid.org/disasterfund.

Farm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host an annual festival to raise funds to support Farm Aid’s work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family farm food. For more than 30 years, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised more than $53 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.

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A REAL CRISIS


America’s food giants swallow family farms

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Across the midwest, the rise of factory farming is destroying rural communities. And the massive corporations behind this devastation are now eyeing a post-Brexit UK market.

by Chris McGreal

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When the vast expanse of rural Iowa was carved up for settlers in the 19th century, it was often divided into 160-acre lots. Four farms made a square mile, with a crisscross of dead-straight roads marking the boundaries like a sprawling chess board.

Within each square, generations of families tended pigs and cattle, grew oats and raised children, with the sons most likely to take over the farm. That is how Barb Kalbach saw the future when she left her family’s land to marry and begin farming with her new husband, Jim, 47 years ago.

“When we very first were married, we had cattle and calves,” she says. “We raised hogs from farrow to finish, and we had corn, beans, hay and oats. So did everyone around us.”

Half a century later, Kalbach surveys the destruction within the section of chessboard she shared with other farms near Dexter in southwestern Iowa. Barb and Jim are the last family still working the land, after their neighbours were picked off by waves of collapsing commodity prices and the rise of factory farming. With that came a vast transfer in wealth as farm profits funnelled into corporations or the diminishing number of families that own an increasing share of the land. Rural communities have been hollowed out.

And while the Kalbachs have hung on to their farm, they long ago abandoned livestock and mixed arable farming for the only thing they can make money at any more – growing corn and soya beans to sell to corporate buyers as feed for animals crammed by the thousands into the huge semi-automated sheds that now dominate farming, and the landscape, in large parts of Iowa.

Kalbach comes from five generations of farmers and suspects she may be the last. As she drives the roads around her farmhouse, she ticks off the disappearances.

It’s a story replicated across America’s midwest, with the rapid expansion of farming methods at the heart of the row over US attempts to erode Britain’s food standards and lever open access to the UK market as part of a post-Brexit trade deal. Last weekend, the US ambassador to Britain, Woody Johnson, appealed to the UK to embrace US farming, arguing that those who warned against practices such as washing chicken in chlorine had been “deployed” to cast it “in the worst possible light”.

As the medium-sized family farms retreated, the businesses they helped support disappeared. Local seed and equipment suppliers shut up shop because corporations went straight to wholesalers or manufacturers. Demand for local vets collapsed. As those businesses packed up and left, communities shrank. Shops, restaurants and doctors’ surgeries closed. People found they had to drive for an hour or more for medical treatment. Towns and counties began to share ambulances.

NYA thanks / THE GUARDIAN

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WHY? XSTREAM-LOGO-1408 HEARING IS BELIEVING!


Xstream by NYA music sounds better everywhere on any device!

Especially Android cell phones that play full high resolution. They are sounding awesome now! We have heard them!
Android is in testing and will come very soon!

Here’s why. Xstream rocks!

Music on ‘Xstream by NYA’ sounds better right away because Xstream by NYA is able to play a full high res file anywhere! All the other services are limited to MP3, CD or a compressed file.

Imagine this:

  • Spotify is limited to 320 kbps or a lower tier of quality. That’s two levels of quality to choose from with Spotify.
  • Xstream by NYA has 15,000 levels of quality and continuously seeks the highest quality bandwidth allowed at your location, including extremely low bandwidth to super high bandwidth and every step in between. It’s seamless.
  • Because Xstream by NYA has no bandwidth limitations, it easily plays music over 6,000 kbps, more than enough for High Resolution playback.
  • High bandwidth allows all music to be heard in High Res, exceeding an iPhone’s capabilities for playback, still, even with that limitation, anyone can hear the difference between ‘Xstream by NYA’ and ‘Spotify’ on an iPhone. It’s big!
  • Some phones by ‘SAMSUNG’ and ‘LG’ can play full high resolution today, exceeding even an iPhone’s capabilities. The listening experience on those phones is truly amazing! That said, the High Res advantage of Xstream by NYA is still quite obvious on the iPhone. Our APP for Android will be ready in May.

Just try this:

  • listen to one of my songs on your iPhone using neilyoungarchives.com ‘Xstream by NYA’.
  • Now listen to the same song through Spotify or one of the other services.
  • Xstream by NYA is better sounding because we are able to play a file with all the quality (air, depth, dynamics, smoothness) of the original. Spotify is not capable of that.
  • It doesn’t matter if you are using Bluetooth speakers or whatever, Xstream by NYA sounds best.
  • Your only limitation is the playback device you have chosen to use, yet even on low quality playback devices the difference is obvious.

Hearing is Believing.
Xstream by NYA.

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NYA SUBSCRIPTION FROM IPHONE?


simple instructions to subscribe

  • Visit neilyoungarchives.com from the browser on your phone.
  • Click the Global Menu (square in top left of of screen)
  • Click the blue "subscribe" button
  • Log in to your NYA account or Sign up if you don't already have one.
  • Click "Get NYA Unlimited" on the next page (or click global menu>account>plans)
  • Select Annual or Monthly Subscription and Check out.

It's that easy!

Enjoy NYA and all NY music on your APP!
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MUSIC MOVES AGAIN!


THE SOUND OF TOMORROW?

A dream is finally coming true!

You know, I’ve worked on this for years. I’ve always heard it. I’ve tried to explain it. I failed to get across to people what this is. . . . . but now that’s over. . . . .

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The NYA APP speaks for itself. Everyone hears it. It doesn’t matter how bad your system is. Just plug your phone into it. NYA music sounds more alive through it. You can hear and feel the difference. You can experience the music in a new deeper way for yourself through any playback device.

I feel great. Reading people’s reactions to this APP is wonderful. Finally, it’s on a level playing field with everything else and can be truly compared.

It’s Music to my Ears!
Check out what these folks are saying:

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4.6/5 rating at IOS app store.

Neil Does it again - Boundless50
Continuing his efforts to improve digital audio quality, Neil has hit a home run with a well-designed app that provides great sound (and flexibility when using a cellular connection) to enjoy even more his broad catalog of music. Now, if the technology could also be used with other artists’ music as well…

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Great Sound Neil - JoeRay
***** (5-stars)
I just downloaded the Neil Young Archives app and the music sounds alive; right out of the studio…Thanks Neil for 24 bit sound…Merry Christmas to all…

24 bit steaming. Perfection! Love m… - WK-Y
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24 bit streaming from the iPhone, so simple! Perfect sound with no breaking up like the lower bit files. No more ssss. Even the 16 bit files sound better than Streaming from Tidal.
Why can’t Apple Music do this?
This is music streaming of the future!

I have Apple Music and Tidal, this is the one app I use the most now. I wish all the music is on your website, Neil, and all remastered in 24 bit. Use this app. Music moves again. I’m dancing and singing with it.

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Yeah - Kathy
*****
It works. Sounds great. Yeah you need WiFi for high res, that ain’t Neil and company’s fault, maybe on 5G in a year or two. Been using this site all year and app does it justice.

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Neil’s done it again- AWLionelGuy
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The difference is in the sound! Awesome app with amazing features. NYC allows you to listen to his discography the way it should be heard. Some navigation features are less than perfect, but I can’t wait to see the app evolve.

Must have for Longtime Neil Fans - BertTR6
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The Neil Young Archives is a treasure that music lovers around the world can enjoy with complete access to the life work of Neil Young. The sound quality at full resolution is unquestionably the best I’ve ever streamed on my mobile device. The fact that I can access all the gems, including the rare and obscure ones, and hear like I’m in the room with the music as it was meant to be…..

Better than expected - Hum1021

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*****
I’ve been using NYA for a long time I think it’s easier to navigate using the app than it is on the actual site Great job!
If you like Neil, pay for the subscription. ..It’s well worth it.

Greatest music all of all time - Deathcoach
*****
Nothing less than the greatest music app of all time!

Brilliant - Captain Daver
*****
Simply brilliant app !!

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If you like Neil’s music, or maybe are looking for proof that music can come in hi-res through your phone, this is your place. I love the music (it’s what got me to pick up a guitar), so this works well for me.
A must for Neil Young fans - tag302

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With subscription you get access to EVERYTHING related to Neil’s extensive musical output.

In addition to music, NYA provides a daily newspaper, Te NYA Times-Contrarian, delving into inside the music stories and news of the day reflections. But back to the sound of NYA. . . . . .

Folks, what’s really amazing here is that even though it sounds great everywhere, there is much more to this APP’s sound . . . . it is all there on your phone and you can unlock it and play it loud, all of it, the Startlingly Great Sound of High Res- through your home system.

Realizing the full potential of Xstream by NYA

Now that you’re able to stream high res music anywhere, we want to offer some suggestions on how to use your phone and computer to hear Neil’s NYA music at its best quality. While you’d think advanced tech devices like iPhone could handle whatever audio is thrown at them, unfortunately the hardware manufacturers, including Apple, have never prepared for quality audio streaming. So, even though it makes an iPhone sound better than any phone you have ever heard, you are still not hearing all of what is being streamed to your phone.

Now that High Res Xstream by NYA is here, iPhones are unfortunately unable play all of it. While you can play NYA files and they do sound better than anything else, to hear the full High-Res sound from your iPhone, you’ll need this

The solution

Add a simple external device, some less than the size of your thumb, called a DAC, that upgrades the phone’s lower quality internal DAC. Simply, insert the DAC between the data port of phone (or computer) and headphone, speakers or amplifier, and you’ll hear music at its very best audio quality. Below are some DACs that are well-rated and capable of playing full High Res. They’re available from your local dealers and from Amazon.

Remember, a DAC is not something you need to make ‘Xstream by NYA’ sound better than anything else through your phone; it already is doing that and you can hear it. An added DAC simply will allow you to unlock and hear all of the music, more has ever been heard from any Iphone.

NextDrive Spectra - $149
Meridian - Explorer2 USB DAC - $199
Chord Mojo - $499

Today, some cellphones, particularly LG’s top models, are able to play high res (192/24) right from the phone with no added DAC. That is the way cellphones should be in the 21st Century.

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BANKSY ON ADVERTISING


THEY ARE LAUGHING AT YOU

People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are the Advertisers and they are laughing at you.

You, however, are forbidden to touch them. Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say whatever they like whereever they like with total impunity.

Fuck that. Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It’s yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone threw at your head.

You owe the companies nothing. Less than nothing, you especially don’t owe them any courtesy. They owe you. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don’t even start asking for theirs.

Banksy
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A WORD ABOUT SOUND


SMELL IT!

both photos: dhlovelife

When you are looking at a bouquet, you can see how beautiful it is.

A-CLOSE-FLOWER970

When you see a flower up close, the detail you missed in the bouquet is now front and center in your eyes.

The detail in the sacred geometry of the flower’s petal makes you feel good. Humans like to feel. Sound is the same. High resolution is the petal of the flower. Smell it.

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