Fuck Monsanto

Bayer has bid $66 billion to purchase the world’s most hated corporation, Monsanto.

So, a huge multinational chemical & pharmaceutical firm is attempting to buy a huge multinational agrochemical & biotechnology firm that continues to put cancer-causing organisms into our food supply.

Brilliant Capitalist strategy. Increase cancer in the population so you can increase profits by selling toxic treatments that don’t cure but which contribute to more illness, continuing the vicious cycle. This is a perfect example of mindless greed consuming even the powerful instinct of survival. Mind boggling.

Are “we the people” going to accept this disgusting business proposal and allow the most insidiously thorough consolidation of money and control ever witnessed on planet earth to continue without a fight?

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Frank Zappa I’m The Slime

Frank Zappa was an amazing one-of-a-kind musician who set the standard for song writing as well as for guitar playing – along with musical genius Jimi Hendrix – in rock music when he debuted his band Mothers of Invention  in 1966. Exceptional musicianship, visceral guitar solos and politically incorrect lyrics,  often with adolescent humor, were the trademark traits of the band from the beginning. The first few albums were recorded under the name Mothers Of Invention, later albums under the name Frank Zappa. A prolific songwriter, Zappa wrote material for more than 100 albums.

Sandwiched between two killer guitar solos are these lyrics to the song “I’m The Slime” from Zappa’s album “Over-Nite Sensation” released in 1973. Background vocals were done by Tina Turner and the “Ikettes.”

I am gross and perverted
I’m obsessed and deranged
I have existed for years
But very little has changed
I’m the tool of the government
And industry, too
For I am destined to rule and regulate you
I may be vile and pernicious
But you can’t look away
I make you think I’m delicious
With the stuff that I say
I’m the best you can get
Have you guessed me yet?
I’m the slime oozing out from your TV set

You will obey me as I lead you
With all the garbage that I feed you
Until the day that we don’t need you
Don’t go for help, no one will heed you
Your mind is totally controlled
It has been stuffed into my mold
You will do as you are told
Until the rights to you are sold


Police run feel-good PR campaign while criminalizing Black August

Corporate media and police departments are two fingers on the same hand of oppression. They work in unison to allow Capitalist rulers to maintain power over the people. The media steal minds, the police steal bodies. The agenda is the same: control.

The following is by Davey D, courtesy of Moorbey’z Blog…

Last week I was alerted to an inflammatory story from Bay Area ABC news reporter Dan Noyes that basically sought to disparage the Black August commemorations. The story noted that “polic…

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Black Women and the Carceral State

Just read…

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Women prisoners wait in line at the Parchman Post Office, circa 1930 (Mississippi Department of Archives and History)

No Mercy Here: Gender, Punishment, and the Making of Jim Crow Modernity
by Sarah Haley
The University of North Carolina Press, 2016, 360 pp.

Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South
by Talitha L. LeFlouria
The University of North Carolina Press, 2016, 280 pp.

Sometime around 1910 in rural Georgia, a woman named Emma Wimms shot and killed a man named Raymond High. Wimms had confronted High about his abuse of her daughter, with whom he was involved. According to trial records, High had beaten the younger Wimms “severely.” When challenged by the mother, he came at her with a razor. She put him in the ground. But Wimms was black and this was Jim Crow Georgia. So there was only one place where an…

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Richie Havens

Richie Havens was one of the most uniquely talented singer/guitarists to ever come along. He created a style of guitar playing that could provoke the imagination while bringing deep emotions to the surface. It could evoke sadness and longing, but it could also bring forth warmth, love and a peacefulness in a way that few artists have been able to achieve. His one-of-a-kind voice, a smooth yet powerful blend of soul, gospel, folk and blues, did the same. The combination of the two was truly awe-inspiring.

He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. to a Native American father and a West Indian mother. His paternal grandfather, from Blackfoot country in the Montana/North Dakota area, hit the road with the Buffalo Bill Wild West show, stopped off in the N.Y.C. area and wound up on the Shinnecock Reservation in Long Island, N.Y.

The family wound up in Brooklyn where Richie grew up with eight younger siblings. He performed with several street corner doo-wop groups in Bedford-Stuyvesant as well as with the McCrea Gospel Singers as a teenager. This, no doubt, is where he started to hone the distinct vocal style that would help make him a legend in music.

He left Brooklyn looking for different avenues to express himself artistically and wound up in Greenwich Village.

“I saw the Village as a place to escape to, in order to express yourself. I had first gone there during the Beatnik days of the 1950s to perform poetry, then I drew portraits for two years and stayed up all night listening to folk music in the clubs. It took a while before I thought of picking up a guitar.”

Stardom arrived when Richie opened Woodstock in August 1969. As many of the other performers were having trouble getting to the concert, he was asked to continue playing as long as he could. His set lasted 3 hours. He so enthralled the audience he was called back for several encores. He finished by freestyling an old spiritual known as “Motherless Child.”

“Freedom” became an iconic song of the hippie era and one of the most uniquely heartfelt songs of modern times.

“I’d already played every song I knew and I was stalling, asking for more guitar and mic, trying to think of something else to play – and then it just came to me…The establishment was foolish enough to give us all this freedom and we used it in every way we could.”

Two weeks after Woodstock, he appeared at the Isle of Wight Festival in England. His soaring popularity allowed him to start his own record label, Stormy Forest. He established himself solidly as an artist with several albums that were commercially successful as well as critically acclaimed including “Stonehenge”, “The Great Blind Degree”, “Portfolio” and “Mixed Bag II.” But his most successful album was “Alarm Clock” which opened with a cover of the Beatles song “Here Comes The Sun.” This song was released as a single and reached Billboard’s Top Twenty.

He also made appearances on popular TV shows such as The Ed Sullivan Show and The Tonight Show during this time. His performance on The Tonight Show got such an arousing reception from the audience – applause continued throughout and after the commercial break – that Johnny Carson requested he return to perform the following night.

Richie’s engaging personality and continued popularity got him acting gigs in the 1970s. He starred in the original stage production of “The Who’s Tommy” in 1972 and appeared in several movies. He portrayed Othello in the 1974 film “Catch My Soul” as well as appearing in “Greased Lightning”, “The Boss’ Son”, Bob Dylan’s “Hearts of Fire”, “Street Hunter”, “Perfect Harmony”, “I’m Not There” and “The Girl, the Gold Watch & Dynamite.”

Being a truly gifted artist, Richie branched into painting to expand upon his creative abilities. These are two examples of his work, “Mandala VII and “Spectrum III”:

“My artwork has always been a way to fill the space left in a room once the song has ended, when everything goes quiet and you’re left with colors and images and feelings.”

While his popularity declined in later years, he enjoyed continued fame and success which include performing at a presidential inauguration and many charitable events.

In 1991, Havens became the 20th living recipient of the Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award and, in 1999, he performed at the Tibetan Freedom Festival in front of over 100,000 people.

In 2003, the National Music Council awarded him the American Eagle Award as an iconic part of America’s musical heritage and for providing “a rare and inspiring voice of eloquence, integrity and social responsibility.”
On October 15, 2006, Havens was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.

In 2008, he performed at the opening ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival at the request of the jury president, Sean Penn.

If Richie Havens had done nothing more than make beautiful music and write socially conscious songs, he would be worthy of being remembered. But he did much more than that in his life. He was an activist who raised awareness of several important issues. One such issue he delved wholeheartedly into was educating young people about environmental issues.

In the mid-1970s, he co-founded the Northwind Undersea Institute, an oceanographic children’s museum on City Island in the Bronx. That led to the creation of the Natural Guard, an organization Havens described as “…a way of helping kids learn that they can have a hands-on role in affecting the environment. Children study the land, water and air in their own communities and see how they can make positive changes from something as simple as planting a garden in an abandoned lot.”

Another issue he involved himself in was civil rights. In July of 1978 he performed at the Benefit Concert for The Longest Walk. This was an Indigenous American spiritual walk from the infamous Alcatraz Prison in San Francisco Bay to Washington, D.C. The purpose of the event was to raise awareness of U.S. legislation that abrogated “Indian” treaties and to demand affirmation of these treaties. He also spoke eloquently about racial unrest across the country.

There are many other things to write about this amazing human being who graced so many lives and made the world a better place than it would have been without him, but I have a personal story to add.

I attended a Gil Scott-Heron show at B.B. King’s in Times Square in 2009 and was handing out free CDs of my music before the show. As I was speaking with a fellow musician near the entrance, a group of people approached. I wasn’t looking at them, but felt a presence that caused me stop and turn around. I was face to face with Richie Havens. His engaging smile caused a huge grin to appear on my face and I proceeded to tell him about a show in a small club in Long Island in which I saw him perform in the early 1980s. Richie Havens, legendary musician, left his entourage waiting at the entrance and engaged me (and the person I had been speaking with) in conversation for ten minutes. He remembered the show I’d been to and talked about it with an infectious smile. It was obvious he truly enjoyed mixing with his fans. When a woman from his entourage stared impatiently at him from the opened door, he replied with a smile “I’m with my people.”

This was one of the kindest, most genuine and most peaceful people I’d ever met. I was just some raggedly-dressed guy handing out CDs on the street and he took the time to speak with me. And he had no pretenses, no attitude. We spoke as if we were friends. After Gil Scott-Heron finished performing, I saw Richie at the bar and he delayed leaving to continue our conversation.

Richie Havens, singer-songwriter extraordinaire, civil rights activist and environmental activist – passed on April 22, 2013 – Earth Day.

“Say not in grief ‘he is no more’, but live in thankfulness that he was.”

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This is someone who was murdered by Chicago police and the FBI…

“We’ve got to face the fact that some people say u fight fire best with fire, but we say u put the fire out best with water. We say u don’t fight racism with racism.We’re go…

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Cornel West Drops Truth (On Deaf Ears)

This is a quick rant about the incredibly annoying habit the people of the U.S. have of settling for something unworthy of consideration. What’s so annoying is that we do it for important things yet fight and argue incessantly over insignificant details in life.

Settling for a different type of soup with dinner or a different brand of soap is one thing. Settling for Hillary Clinton as your representative for the “highest office in the land” is another matter altogether. (Obviously, choosing Trump as the GOP nominee is the height of ignorance but that, sadly, has become the norm for the party of mental illness and adolescent anger).

Bernie Sanders could have been the nominee for the democrats. He may not be perfect, but no one is. And he’d definitely be a better choice for almost everyone on the planet. Clinton is a better choice than Sen. Sanders for bankers, bioengineering firms, war manufacturers, security firms, intelligence agencies and corporate manipulators looking for a handout. That’s about it.

I was watching “Real Time with Bill Maher” and the brilliant Cornel West was speaking the truth about Hillary Clinton. I stopped watching and decided to vent my frustration because I just can’t accept that so many people are able to ignore the facts about her. YES, she’s a better choice than Trump. She’d be a better choice than Benjamin Netanyahu, too, but what’s admirable about that?

Dr. West pointed out that while he’s been a strong supporter of Bernie Sanders this election cycle, he disagrees with Sen. Sanders about “his political revolution being able to work through the Democratic party.”

I agree.

He also properly pointed out that the Democratic party “… is still a Wall St. party. It’s still tied to militarism.”

And, about Hillary Clinton: “I look at Hillary Clinton from the eyes of the women and children who were pushed off welfare, from those in the mass incarceration regime, from those in Honduras and Haiti, on the West Bank under Israeli occupation. Under Hillary – she was not for kids in those contexts.”

When confronted by Bill “Sellout” Maher for treating Trump more kindly by calling him “mediocre”, he said:

“She’s brilliant, she’s smart, but she doesn’t have a whole lot of integrity.”

This is Truth. There is nothing wrong with Dr. West’s statements, yet Bill Maher and a majority of his audience took offense.

These people are so full of misplaced enthusiasm over Hillary Clinton being the nominee for the “other” corporate political party they just don’t see what’s going on.

If it wasn’t for corporate media pushing two false ideas: 1) that Donald Trump has ANY legitimacy whatsoever as a political candidate and 2) that Bernie Sanders is unrealistic in his desire to revolutionize governing to help create a compassionate society that cares more about living beings than corporate entities, Hillary Clinton wouldn’t even be on the democratic ticket.

If Fear Inc. had any legitimacy as an industry given the responsibility of informing the public, the people of the U.S. would be in a position to make intelligent, rational choices about who should lead the nation. Instead we have multimillion dollar public discussions that are actually pissing contests (GOP) and misinformation competitions (Corporate Democrats). We have people choosing Clinton over Sanders because “she’s earned it” and because the corporate media has used the nightmare of a President Trump to bludgeon the masses into fearful, irrational thinking.

Of course Hillary Clinton would make better choices in Supreme Court nominations.

But, she’ll also further the agenda of the manipulative rulers. She supports genetically modified organisms in our food supply, she’ll do nothing to prevent Monsanto from tightening control over the global food supply, she’ll push for tepid, if not fake, regulation in the financial industry (remember her connection to Goldman-Sachs), she’ll support meddling in the affairs of sovereign nations calling it protecting the homeland and she’ll never do anything about the issue of tax subsidies to the fossil fuel industry or her friends at Walmart.

If someone wanted to buy a 3 bedroom house and was offered a dirty shack next to an abandoned lot, they’d walk away in disgust and fire the realtor. When it comes to politics, we settle for the shack without running water. Then, we complain about the lack of water and blame someone else for our dirty hands.

We’ve endured five consecutive administrations that hold the desires of corporate sociopaths as more important than the needs of the majority of the population. Virtually everyone knows we need actual change. So, what’s holding us back?

How can sane people support Bernie Sanders in an attempt to become somewhat civilized, then be forced to settle for the same type of government that has wreaked havoc on the majority of the planet? That means we accept Black men murdered in our streets every day, the criminalization of forced poverty, corporate welfare for billionaires like David Rockefeller and the Koch Brothers, an educational system that destroys creativity and pushes mediocrity, tax breaks for companies that pollute our drinking water & soil, invasion of privacy on an unheard of scale, obscene amounts of money spent on weapons systems we don’t need and an unrelenting attack on civil rights. We hold up the U.S. Constitution as the most amazing document in the world, then use it as toilet paper.

Wake up, people. Pay attention to what’s happening and say something while you still can. And face the fact that you can’t blame it on someone else any longer.