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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)!

-The Archives Team

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NYA is happy to announce that the Hyde Park show will proceed without Barclays as a sponsor. We are overjoyed, so happy to be playing the show without the fossil fuel backer! NYA tickets to all tiers will be available today. NYA special tickets are available now on cabinet door.

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Wednesday Dec 12 NYA Presale

FIVE NYA SOLO shows are coming to the midwest. Hope to see you there!

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To Neil and Neil Young Archives subscribers:

We take great pride in being the guardian of Neil’s music for over 50 years.

And equal pride in Neil Young Archives, something we believe is a very important work. To our subscribers, we made a promise that they would be the first ones advised of any shows and the first to be able to buy tickets.

To say we fell short of our obligations on the announcement and pre-sales for the Hyde Park show is an understatement and we disappointed a lot of people. We lost focus and the entire team at Lookout Management apologizes for promises not kept to our subscribers.

We have tried to rectify this as best we can by making sure that tickets are available for Neil Young Archives subscribers. I personally really must apologize for this lapse because working as the custodian of Neil Young Archives is very serious to me. Neil’s life’s work has been mine as well. We will make every effort to ensure that this doesn’t happen again.

Elliot Roberts

Thanks Elliot, We love you. The world’s greatest manager!

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Dear Neil and Daryl:
I'd like to start this letter by saying how much I respect and admire you both. Professionally and in particular for the incredible activism and work you've both done for the environment and our planet. I only wish there were more like you. People who care and have used their positions to do good. It is sadly a rare thing and therefore very much appreciated by us all.

I'm writing to you as an anti fracking activist living in the UK but originally from Canada. For many years we've been fighting fracking from taking a hold in this country having seen the devastating effects it's had elsewhere on earth. We've managed to hold it off for years but sadly they've just started the first official frack in Lancashire and other wells are being drilled all over the country as I type. Time and time again local councils have said no but as in Lancashire our government have over ridden their decisions. At the moment they are trying to change planning regulations so local councils wouldn't have any say at all. They have also done many underhand things such as changing the definition of fracking so gas companies can say they aren't fracking when we all know they are. This is crunch time for us. We are fighting it on every level yet one thing we've lacked is a lot of support from high profile people. This is one of the reasons I'm compelled to write to you now.

Yesterday it was announced you, Neil, and Bob Dylan would be headlining the Barclaycard presents British Summer Time concert in Hyde Park next summer. We're delighted to have you play in this country. However Barclays bank are instrumental in funding fossil fuel extraction. Not only fracking in the UK but they're the only UK bank to fund tar sands pipelines in Canada too:
greenpeace article
greenpeace article
There is a divest from Barclays campaign in the UK:
the ecologist article

As avid campaigners against fracking and climate change I wanted to make sure you were aware of this link.

So here is my/our ask: I realize asking you to pull out of this gig isn't necessarily realistic (although it would be massive coup for us and great press coverage if you did and said why!) So I wondered if you would be able to use your leverage to draw attention to what else Barclays are funding. Whether it be through a meeting with Barclays or even covert (or not!) messages at the concert itself. I did work in the music industry for years and would happily speak to promoters about alternative gigs though I imagine your agent would have this covered.

I'd love to discuss this further with you and would help in any way possible to get the attention and coverage we so need.

Yours faithfully
Pippa Hockey
written on behalf of groups across the UK including:

Extinction Rebellion
Antifracking Nanas
Rising Up
Frack Free London
Frack Free East Yorkshire
Frack Free Yeovil
Frack Free Harrogate
Frack Free Isle of Wight
Keep Wiltshire Frack Free
West York Frack Free

Dear Pippa:
Thanks. We are working on a solution to the concert sponsorship. We too, feel that the situation on Earth requires a new, more aggressive approach. I cannot stand on a stage sponsored by uncaring and ignorant irresponsibility. We will soon know much new information on the HYDE PARK show and respond to it as we must.

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Hi. Where is the link for pre sale tickets for the Neil and bob gig in the UK on 12th July?

And just to say the Archives is a work of art. The depth and quality of work on there is amazing. I only hope is that as much of the amazing LIVE footage from over the years and more home/studio Demo recordings make it on at some point.


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Hey Neil
Have just seen that you are playing Hyde Park in London with Bob on July 12. Are you likely to sneak in a couple of solo gigs in the UK around that time as well? Be good to see you without getting rained on! Keep up the good work, regards from a new UK subscriber. Carl

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Is there a link for presale tickets Neil Young Hyde Park London England July 2019? I am a subscriber to archives.

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It’s brilliant news that the archives are now open - I subscribed this morning as soon as I could - I bought the annual plan so that I could get the 'best seats in the house' via the exclusive fan pre-sales scheme.

It seems a shame then that the pre-sale general admission tickets have been sold via the Barclaycard pre-sale website and now show as 'sold out' - maybe I should be corralled into springing for a £335 ticket instead? - on TOP of my annual NYA fee? That must be it.

New ways of working? Same old way of making people keen to see you pay through the nose. Shame - I thought this was gonna be innaresting...turns out it's the same old toss. 'Songs for Judy' better be sodding amazing to make me forgive this shitty stunt...

Next time 'round then...

Are you at least able to let your paid subscribers know about other shows in Europe that our paid "best seats in the house" access subscription will let us buy tickets to...? least you could do really...given that Hyde P is showing as SOLD OUT making a mockery of NYA.

I'll support the artist and buy a ticket but if its sold out i simply cant do it...and thats why i subscribed. I'm used to the wider world promising stuff and then doing the opposite...i did, however, expect better of Neil...i thought this was a new start...

Thanks in advance

You don’t know the half of it yet.
By the time you read this there will be more news on Hyde Park. I hope it makes it clear. Read the Times - Contrarian for updates on this story. Thanks for subscribing.

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I see Neil is playing Hyde Park next summer with Bob Dylan. I will be out-priced, so have to miss my dream gig. However, what I am really interested to know is, why Neil would agree to play for Barclays bank? It goes against everything he always says. If you pass this on to Neil,,,, tell him This Notes For You.
None of my disappointment stops my craving for more music. :)

This is Neil. I passed it on to myself!!
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Hi All at NYA,
Is it true that in the Summer of 2019, Neil and The Promise of the Real will be headlining a concert with Bob Dylan on the bill in England? In the countryside in England?
Any word on advance tickets?

-Mudflow Mike
PS. like hearing Wordsworth and Coleridge recite poetry.

So it isn't fake news!
Hyde Park is Urban Countryside. Close enough. Like Coleridge and Wordsworth giving up their best in the Summertime in England.
A Promise of the Real.
-Mudflow Mike
PS Will pass the word on tickets.

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When do the tickets for England next July go on sale?

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We've just ordered our tickets for July 12, 2019, Neil and Dylan at Hyde Park. We are AWESOMELY excited to make the long haul from Cambodia to London for this, and especially so as it falls on our wedding anniversary. We got married in a scottish castle, Eilean Donan (I'm scottish, my wife is anglo-indian) back in 2003 and had sitar and tabla players, a female bagpiper and a rhythm and blues revue playing for our wedding, so to have you, Neil, and Dylan playing on our anniversary is pretty darn cool, haha!). Any ideas about what we can expect - a duet maybe? Who knows, whatever the hell happens it will be an amazing day anyway! Love from James and Anita and Otis in Phnom Penh. x

James and Anita,
I hope nothing goes wrong and you get to see the show. I want to play for the people. I don’t want to play on a Barclays Bank stage. I was not informed about the Oil financier Bank sponsoring the outdoor show at Hyde Park. Thought it was the city.
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Hello Neil-
I'm thrilled to see that subscriptions are live and I'm happy to sign up for such amazing value. I'm also looking forward to going through Greendale over the next couple weeks via the Song of the Day.

I was wondering if Greendale, along with many other of your '90s and '00s albums, are slated for vinyl reissue. I've been trying to track down vinyl copies of all your albums, but I've found myself stuck when it comes to Greendale, Mirror Ball, Broken Arrow, and Le Noise. All seem to be available only in rare copies that cost $100 if not much more. I can't afford that really, but I especially hate to do it when I know that money isn't going to you and your collaborators. Counterfeit copies of these albums seem to be on the market, as well.

Anyway, looking forward to being a subscriber and using my pre-sale access for future shows! Thanks for all you do.

Thanks back to you! I just spoke to J. Hanlon. These are on our vinyl list.

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Hi there my name is Violet Teegardin and I am college student in Nashville, Tennessee.

When Neil announced the NYA, I was ecstatic. I have read "Waging Heavy Peace" and I was left disappointed with the way my generation experiences music.

"Greendale" is one of my favorite albums, but I am stumped when it comes to finding the record on vinyl. The only available records are selling on eBay for $700!

As a teen who loves rock 'n' roll, is there any way to find the vinyl to experience the record in its' purest form or should I stick to streaming through NYA?
Peace and love!

Dear Violet: Greendale is one of the next batch of vinyl we are making. It should be out in the next 6-8 months, maybe sooner. Watch the Times Contrarian for announcements.

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All set and subscribed!
Question: When presales are announced, will subscribers receive heads-up emails so we know when things are happening in real-time and can prepare to be available of local on-sale times?

Dear Lee: We talk about presale shows in the Times Contrarian, previewing them there. Very soon after that, we go live with the presales. We do that to keep people involved and have them learn other information at the same time. That said, there will be announcements upcoming, so keep in touch.

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I'm having big fun with the updated NYA with playlists, new extras and many added videos. I came across the 1971 pre-Harvest Thunder Sound tape box earlier today. I sure would like to hear that some day.

But my real question is about Will To Love. The info card says it was recorded Dec 3, 1976. I aways thought it was recorded right after Neil returned from Europe in the early April of 1976 and before he returned to Miami a few days later to finish the Stills-Young record? Maybe that December date is when the overdubs where done at S.I.R. studio? That's one of Neil greatest songs and any clarification would be appreciated.

Thanks again,
now playing - Hey Babe

Hey Tom! You are right to ask! Good sleuthing! Those overdubs were done at Indigo Ranch though, not SIR. The date of the fireplace midnight recording would be an all nighter before traveling to Stills’ place in Miami to finish Long May You Run, or maybe do CSN vocals on some of the songs to see if we could have a CSNY album. Hazy. Checking data base next. Look at that card for Will to Love and see if we change anything. You woke something up. Good on ya!

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Greetings Archivists,
This one is perhaps addressed to Bernard Shakey, as it involves editing of the recent Director's Cut of Human Highway.

When the film was re-released and then on home video, I took some time to catalog some of the differences between the new edit of the film and the 1990s VHS/LD release. I was also fortunate to have a barely watchable VHS copy of a largely different cut of unknown origin, which contained scenes not found in either of the two commercial video releases.

I just noticed the 3 clips posted under the Human Highway folder in the File Cabinet, and I liked the edited "Worried Man Blues", piecing the song together from scenes around the movie, and the inclusion of the "Goin' Back" scene as a music video format. I would love to see more of the outtakes and alternate scenes someday.

Finally, it was obviously the director's call, but I was a bit disappointed in the choice to use the 3 minute edit of "Hey Hey, My My" performed by DEVO with Neil. The 10 minute version used in the VHS/LD release is an HISTORIC PERFORMANCE in the history of rock and roll, especially PUNK. The World needs this full video in high definition!

Thank you, and I'm sure I'll write again.

That’s so great you like the long version that much! I always love the long versions. I’m sure the short version is in the Director’s Cut to keep it moving and tell the story but. . . . the archives could use the long version. I will ask the team to search it out in the VHS laser disc master. I love going back to the laser disc master!
thanks N

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Dear Neil Young and Team,
I was at first very excited, that you opened up your music to the public. I had great respect for you by doing so. I am a big fan of your music and many projects that you stand up for. The other day, when I tried to listen to the music in the archive, I realized that it is no longer possible and I have to pay for everything. Now it looks to me that this is just like another corporate business strategy. It’s about money making and not the spirit of your music and your believes to make a change in this corporate world. I am very much disappointed by the direction you have taken.
Marek Bures
Freiburg, Germany

OMG! I am busted! You hit the nail on the head.
Maybe I should retire.

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Hi it would be nice to know how many people subscribe to NYA now and how it’s growing.
thanks DD

We are waiting until the APP goes live with IOS and ANDROID. If we reveal numbers, it will be after the official launch. Right now, its not mobile yet. Mobile is about 95% of the market. IOS is in negotiations for release with Apple. ANDROID is still in development. The official launch will be with the IOS app.

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Neil & the team,
What a treasure NYA is! Thank you. Loving all the Greendale content. Thanks to the way the Archives are set up, I noticed that "Be The Rain" was the last Greendale song recorded. Was it written last? Was the story conceptualized before BTR was written so that you knew it was going to end this way (or did it just happen to tie up perfectly)? As a concertgoer who was fortunate enough to catch 4 Greendale shows, there was nothing better than observing the skeptical crowd early try to figure out Greendale, watch as the momentum picked up through "Carmichael" and then turned the corner at "Bandit," and then to see the engine gather steam all the way through BTR, when the appreciative (and no longer skeptical) crowd stood and erupted at the triumph that is Greendale. (How rewarding was it for you when BTR brought down the house each night? Fuuuuuuuck man.)
Rock on.
DJ in Leucadia

Thanks for the enthusiasm DJ!
Greendale is one of my favorite projects ever. We are reviewing three videos of the entire live production. I recall several shows, especially the first in Florida and the one at Madison Square Gardens in NYC. Your description is right on the money.

The songs were written and recorded in order, one at a time, quite often on the way to the sessions. The movie was made after the record. There is a live acoustic performance with story telling.
Be the Rain,

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Hi there
Loving the archives site so far. $20 for the year is a no-brainer as far as I'm concerned and is great value. It's fantastic how somebody of Neil's stature is engaging so well with his fans.

I realize that you must be currently deep into the period covered by the Archives Volume 2 at the moment but I was just wondering what the status is of the missing items from the Volume 1 period? I'm thinking specifically the 2 Mynah Birds songs, I Ain't Got The Blues, the Neil songs from the Buffalo Springfield boxset and the unreleased Crazy Horse Early Daze record.

Thanks in advance for any info.
Simon F (UK)

Working on getting the Motown ‘Mynah Birds’ tracks now.

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Hi Neil and team
I was wondering if there is any footage of the 1976 Glasgow Apollo gig. I love the footage filmed by David Peat of Neil wandering round the streets of Glasgow and playing Old Laughing Lady outside Central station. I always think of it any time I walk past it. it would be great to see more here on the Archives.

The last time you played Glasgow I bumped into Elliot and Lukas taking in the sights in Buchanan street, round the corner from your old busking pitch. Hopefully you make your way back here in the summer, bring Bob. It would be great to see you both busking outside Central station!

Looking forward to exploring the vaults
Take care

We unfortunately have no footage of that gig. No fixed sched for summer.

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how about a publicly populated timeline on the archive?

a place where fans can share their media from the ages, instead of just randomly uploaded stuff on YouTube.

it would give the users shared ownership in the archive, and serve as a compendium of user experiences. people could submit their own memories, recordings, ticket stubs, and films.

a form that requires date and location for their uploads would help you file them away.

maybe a widget could aggregate all the random pieces already on YouTube.

a simple release agreement, would allow shakey to make use of fan submissions in official releases.

I think people would feel great to be a part of the archive and the legacy. we are all so connected in our love.

thanks for your consideration, bestest,

Big idea. Lots of work to do this I think. Maybe over time we can do a separate timeline for music lovers personal memories, but i am not focused on that now.
thanks, N

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Hi Neil,
Can I link your streaming site to my Sonos system? It would be groovy to stream your music to all of my speakers from my phone. See you further on up the road in Boston! Thanks for all of the memories...love seeing you back at the Music Hall.....Bring Lucas and the boys around!

Try it when the APP comes out. Use your phone. SONOS will not play back NYA’s high res. It tops out 25% of the way there. Better than a CD though. Sounds pretty good; just not all the sound. There is a big difference when you get it all. I wish you luck and hope you can get it all going. We will be showing folks how to get the best from their APP when it comes out. That delivers true high res to the digital port.
thanks, neil

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Thanks for the music! i can't find the song “Philadelphia"; please think about adding it. Love and only love. Dror

Philadelphia has been a legal challenge so far. We have been working on it for months. Watch the Times Contrarian for news on that.

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The amazing footage of CSNY at the Fillmore in "Journey Through The Past", Nash said that two nights were filmed including dressing room and many other locations in the build up to these legendary shows. What a concert movie that would make. Any chance of seeing more from these shows on NYA please.

I think it will be worth the wait. We are going to get to it. Transfers are in the works. That’s stage one.
thanks NY

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Hello Neil;
Thanks for the opportunity to contact you. Thanks too for not only preserving the music over all the years, but for your painstaking care of so many of the artifacts from over the same time.. The cars, the stage props, the photos, videos, and on and on. You are an amazing Caretaker.

One of my favorite stage artifacts would be the platform heeled go-go boots. I know you could write a book or make a film, just about them..

Much love and Peace to you and yours; today and every day.
With Appreciation;

I hope the boots were not lost in the fire. I will be finding that out soon. Ask again in a couple of months.

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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.

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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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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medical marijuana treatment

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


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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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


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.

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Buffalo Springfield Lives!


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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The leading poet of his generation, Bob Dylan, playing with his band, will be joined and supported by Neil Young + Promise of the Real in the concert at Kilkenny.

Ireland, the great home of poetry and literary genius, will rock to its core at the historic gathering. Imagine the green fields of Eire bending in the breeze as music of the ages fills the air. Families will be united and children will dance with their parents at this great celebration of Music, Love and Words. Be there with us. Pre-sale information available Friday December 14th - 9am Dublin time.


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Tommy the Car

from the edit suite

photos - Larry Johnson

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Lincvolt left Wichita in the spring of ’09 on a big shake down cruise. The whole story is documented in The Lincvolt Years: Volume One – coming to a screen near you pretty soon.

Stop number two on that journey of reckoning was Perrone Robotics in Virginia. That’s where Lincvolt’s onboard intelligence system was designed, tested and monitored.

Paul Perrone is a vital veteran member of the Lincvolt Team and a pioneer in the field of automated vehicles and robotics. One of Paul’s creations, Tommy the car, caught Neil’s attention so he went for a ride and that’s where this Official Lincvolt Years out-take comes from.

This one highlights the importance of clear communication and mutually agreed upon understanding of the very meaning of a word. Any word. And it’s about how sweet it is once everybody’s on the same page at the same time. When that happens, it’s smiles all around! Clarity. An important message to me.

Please meet Tommy the car.
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When I’m 64

There are high fidelity enthusiasts and music lovers today from all generations.

But, it seems to me, there is a dividing line between Millennials and Boomers regarding their inherent understanding of the importance in delivering music the way the artist intended it.

With Boomers our mission as product designers has always been to demonstrate that our equipment delivered the musical art form as accurately as possible.

We grew up listening to high resolution, high-quality vinyl records.

Millennials on the other hand grew up with buds in their ears or at best, some cranky Bluetooth speaker. Both were good enough to listen to their low resolution, highly compressed MP3 files. In many cases as little as 5% of the artist’s original music makes it to their ears.

When I speak to Millennials about sound quality a fair amount of energy goes into explaining the value of the sound quality itself. About the endless hours the designer spends making sure that each part of the musical spectrum delivers everything the artist intended and nothing more.

There is an octave to octave tonal balance that needs to be maintained so that musical instruments are true to their acoustics.

It is important that voices, both male and female, can be heard as if one was standing in front of the performer as opposed to hearing them down at the end of the long hallway or behind a curtain.

If you carefully select the source of your music and the equipment you play on you can still get great sound today. But it is not going to come out of those little plastic boxes.

I was 21 years old and “When I’m 64“ came out by the Beatles, turning 64 seemed like a really long way into the future.

Little did we know that the level of high fidelity resolution of the equipment we were listening to then was going to turn out to be better than most of the stuff available in the future.

When the Beatles sang “will you still need me”, had we been able to see into the future, the answer would’ve been a resounding yes.

Tom DeVesto

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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...

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.


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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Here we go again...

by Cameron Crowe and Joel Bernstein

© Eyes and Ears Productions 2018

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We got Mother nature on the run


When the Trump administration laid out a plan this year that would eventually allow cars to emit more pollution, automakers, the obvious winners from the proposal, balked. The changes, they said, went too far even for them.


But it turns out that there was a hidden beneficiary of the plan that was pushing for the changes all along: the nation’s oil industry.


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In Congress, on Facebook and in statehouses nationwide, Marathon Petroleum, the country’s largest refiner, worked with powerful oil-industry groups and a conservative policy network financed by the billionaire industrialist Charles G. Koch to run a stealth campaign to roll back car emissions standards, a New York Times investigation has found. The campaign’s main argument for significantly easing fuel efficiency standards — that the United States is so awash in oil it no longer needs to worry about energy conservation — clashed with decades of federal energy and environmental policy.



In recent months, Marathon Petroleum also teamed up with a secretive policy group within the Koch network, the American Legislative Exchange Council, to draft legislation for states supporting the industry’s position. Its proposed resolution, dated Sept. 18, describes current fuel-efficiency rules as “a relic of a disproven narrative of resource scarcity” and says “unelected bureaucrats” shouldn’t dictate the cars Americans drive.


A separate industry campaign on Facebook, covertly run by an oil-industry lobby representing Exxon Mobil, Chevron, Phillips 66 and other oil giants, urged people to write to regulators to support the rollback. The Facebook ads linked to a website with a picture of a grinning Mr. Obama. It asked, “Would YOU buy a used car from this man?” The site appears to have been so effective that a quarter of the 12,000 public comments received by he Department of Transportation can be traced to the petition, according to a Times analysis.


Gary R. Heminger, Marathon’s chairman and chief executive, said in a statement that the company supported “sound fuel economy standards” and wanted to “help ensure they are achievable and based on existing technology.” He added, “We appreciate the administration’s willingness to conduct a thorough review in order to ensure future standards are achievable and will actually benefit American consumers.”




A spokesman for Koch Industries, the energy conglomerate led by Mr. Koch, said the company had “a long, consistent track record of opposing all forms of corporate welfare, including all subsidies, mandates and other handouts that rig the system."

Meanwhile, the oil industry itself gets more support in subsidies from the US government than any other energy source. . . . .20.5 BILLION annually paid by US taxpayers..

The Trump plan, if finalized, would increase greenhouse gas emissions in the United States by more than the amount many midsize countries put out in a year and reverse a major effort by the Obama administration to fight climate change.


California has pledged to stick to the stricter standards, together with 13 other states that follow its lead. But President Trump’s plan challenges California’s rule-writing power, setting up a legal battle that threatens to split the American auto market in two. That is a prospect automakers desperately want to avoid.

For gasoline producers like Marathon, a shift toward more efficient vehicles poses a grave threat to the bottom line. In October, the company acquired a rival, Andeavor, making it the biggest refiner in the United States, with sales of 16 billion gallons of fuel a year.



“We have invested billions of dollars to make our operations more energy efficient,” Marathon said in a recent report. Even while doubling down on gasoline, Marathon has projected an environmentally friendly public image. The company’s Twitter account recently highlighted a gardening project and the creation of a duck pond at one of its refineries.


On a conference call with investors last week, Mr. Heminger, the Marathon chief executive, was already counting the extra barrels of fuel a Trump rollback would mean for the industry: 350,000 to 400,000 barrels of gasoline per day, he said.





“However, you have another side who doesn’t want to pivot away” from the stricter rules, Mr. Heminger said. “So we have a lot of work to do to keep this momentum going.”

“You sure do, Mr. Heminger. More than you will ever know.”


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Based on a story by Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times

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Trump is seen as weak and easy to manipulate by Putin and Bonesaw.

The resistance to Climate Change weakens as it is dealt a blow by Putin, Bonesaw & Trump ’short term vision’ and lack of responsible leadership at Poland Climate meeting.

The three leaders have voiced that they were continuing their aggressive fossil fuel programs and not dealing with Climate change as an issue.

As the USA follows Russia and Saudi Arabia in opposing Climate action and refuses to join with Carbon reduction policies, Climate aware world citizens are plunged into a massive leadership void.

People of these remaining civilized countries must grapple with the new realities of the 21st Century mostly on their own. Solar power, electric transportation, renewable energy fuels, crop rotation and an understanding of and respect for Nature and Science will continue hold these great countries together.

They will be the Green Leaders, using new technology and naturally renewable energy to forge forward into a future world of Climate chaos. They will need your help. Join with them and give your support in all the ways you can. Preserve Earth for our next generations. Now is the time for bold and strong action on every front.


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Dark Decisions at the Top

In a dark office at the top of Barclays, they plan how to gain. They evaluate the returns. . . . decide when to sell. They are ignorant and out of touch with today, with what matters now; doing what they have always done. I do not stand with this. It is over.

It shows how out of touch with reality Barclays Bank is, still investing in Fossil Fuels. Our children’s Planet is in trouble. Fossil Fuels are a major cause. Every day it gets much worse. Science on this matter is indisputable. Period.

Barclays is still involved in the Canadian Tar Sands and currently backs fracking in England, overtly against the will of the people. It’s like they live in the past.


“I heard Neil is sponsored by Barclays. He likes oil and money too.”

There is more to life than Money. There is more to decision making than Habit. There is more to results than Greed. I am standing against Barclays. . . . .Not on their stage. Not under their name.

It is my own fault that I am here at this crossroads. I was delivered here unknowingly by my own organization, arriving in a changed world. Things that used to be alright are not alright anymore. My grandchildren’s Planet is in crisis and new moves have to be made now. . . . .not the same old moves.

So now we have to pay the price. I don’t want music lovers to be disappointed. But the end of this is coming. It is change. . . .Change for the Better. I do hope no one gets hurt.

Dark decisions, once safe, may now have dark consequences. I sincerely hope not.


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When Bayer acquired Monsanto earlier this year for more than $60 billion, they also acquired the 9000 lawsuits filed against Monsanto involving their notorious weed killer, Roundup. As we reported here on the Times-Contrarian, the first of these lawsuits went to trial in San Francisco in August, where a former school groundskeeper was initially awarded $289 million in damages for the terminal cancer he acquired from using Roundup.

Since the acquisition and as a result of the lawsuit, Bayer’s stock has dropped by 35%. This has led to an announcement today from Bayer that they’re slashing 12,000 jobs, about 10% of their workforce.

Not surprisingly, Monsanto has not been good for Bayer’s health, the maker of products that include Bayer aspirin, Afrin, Claritin, Dr. Scholls, Coppertone, Citrical and hundreds more, some of which are expected to be sold off. The full impact on Monsanto’s notorious Roundup has yet to be felt and it’s expected to continue to cause huge problems for Bayer, headquartered in Germany.

Phil Baker

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WhiteLineTyping1408 photo: Joel Bernstein


I wrote ‘White Line’ in the back of Pearl on the CSNY 1974 stadium tour. Joel Bernstein, friend, archivist and photographer, believes I am seen typing the original in this photo. He compared the typewritten page in the archives with this picture and identified the song as White Line, a love song about traveling away from the pain.

That old white line is a friend of mine
and its good time that we been makin
Right now I’m thinkin ‘bout those things that I know,
but the daylight will soon be breakin’

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Stand up for what you believe.
Resist the powers that be.
Preserve the land and save the seas
for the children of destiny; the children of you and me.

Should goodness ever lose-
and evil steal the day
Should happy sing the blues-
and peaceful fade away,
What would you do?
What would you say?
How would you act on that new day?

Stand up for what you believe.
Resist the powers that be.
Preserve the ways of Democracy
so the children can be free,
the Children of Destiny.

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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.


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a sad flag

America’s values threatened from within...

With shock and dismay, Republicans, Democrats and citizens of all colors have born witness to one of the most embarrassing and soulless performances ever made by a sitting head of state.

The being in question, literally, is a scourge on the state, reveling in turning citizens openly against one another and encouraging discontent. That was yesterday.

Today, this information was shared by a leading cyber-security expert:
“Presidential alerts are capable of accessing the E911 chip in your phones - giving them full access to your location, microphone, camera and every function of your phone.”

Many citizens of Earth believe the USA is headed for disaster in the form of needless war at the hands of this being. Some call him ‘The Orange Lucifer’ and compare his actions to a Hitler in the USA.

Keep your eyes open for more signs and don’t ignore them. This is not a dream. It’s a nightmare.

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The General James M. Gavin Power Plant, a coal-fired facility in Cheshire, Ohio. New rules would weaken restrictions on mercury emissions from coal-burning plants.

By Coral Davenport
New York Times

The Trump administration has completed a detailed legal proposal to dramatically weaken a major environmental regulation covering mercury, a toxic chemical emitted from coal-burning power plants, according to a person who has seen the document but is not authorized to speak publicly about it.

The proposal would not eliminate the mercury regulation entirely, but it is designed to put in place the legal justification for the Trump administration to weaken it and several other pollution rules, while setting the stage for a possible full repeal of the rule.

Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist who is now the acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, is expected in the coming days to send the proposal to the White House for approval.

The move is the latest, and one of the most significant, in the Trump administration’s steady march of rollbacks of Obama-era health and environmental regulations on polluting industries, particularly coal. The weakening of the mercury rule — which the E.P.A. considers the most expensive clean air regulation ever put forth in terms of annual cost to industry — would represent a major victory for the coal industry. Mercury is known to damage the nervous systems of children and fetuses.

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