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Letters 05-02-2016

Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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More copy from The Editors

Kristi Kates - May 31st, 2007
More copy from the Editors
UK modern rockers Editors are set to drop their sophomore effort in June, with a TBA release date on the way for U.S. fans. The new album, titled An End Has a Start, will feature 10 new Editors songs that are said to continue their emotional, catchy sound and intricate lyrics, among them “Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors,” “When Anger Shows,” “Bones,” “The Racing Rats,” “The Weight of the World,” and the title track. Pick up your copy of An End...later this summer...

Electronica icons Kraftwerk are actively supporting Stop Rokkasho, an organization that is fighting against nuclear reprocessing, with a current focus on the Rokkasho-mura reprocessing plant in Japan. As part of their effort, the band are offering up a free download of their appropriately-titled track “Radioactivity,” which can be streamed or downloaded at
www.stop-rokkasho.org, or via the Stop Rokkasho podcast on iTunes...

The 02 Wireless Festival is set to kick off on June 14, running through the 17th and taking over both London’s Hyde Park and Leeds Harewood House for the duration. Many of the acts will run back and forth between the two venues, with the likes of the White Stripes, Air, Satellite Party, Klaxons, The Sounds, and Kaiser Chiefs appearing at Hyde Park, and The Bees, The Cribs, Daft Punk, Queens of the Stone Age, Polytechnic, and the White Stripes again rockin’ out Leeds...
And New York City’s independent newsweekly The Village Voice has announced the lineup for their annual Siren Festival, which is set to take place this year on Saturday, July 21 at Coney Island’s Astroland Amusement Park. The free (yes, free!) concert event will include live performances from the New York Dolls, We Are Scientists, Black Lips, The Noisettes, Elvis Perkins, and Michigan’s own garage-rockers the Detroit Cobras; find out more at www.villagevoice.com/siren...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK: Detroiter Madonna has written a new song for the upcoming LiveEarth festival - it’s titled “Hey You,” and if you want it, you got it, for free, even - the song can be downloaded at
www.msn.com for a limited time...

MINI BUZZ:
New Yorker and Velvet Underground leader Lou Reed just kicked off the opening of NYC’s newest music venue, The Highline Ballroom last week; other artists expected to break in the new stage are moe, and The Secret Machines...
Counting Crows, Live, and Collective Soul are banding together for a tour’s worth of shows that will take place in minor league baseball stadiums, including Comstock Park, Michigan’s Fifth Third Ballpark, Indianapolis, Indiana’s Victory Field, and Des Moines, Iowa’s Principal Park...
Continuing her reign as indie-rockers’ guilty listen, Kelly Clarkson is set to release her third album, My December, on July 24; the set will include songs “Be Still,” “One Minute,” “Haunting,” and first single “Never Again,” which features former punk rocker and Minuteman member Mike Watt on bass...

I’m From Barcelona has announced two North American live dates this summer - all 29 members will be showing up at this year’s Lollapalooza Festival and also at a special August 5 show at McCarren Park in Brooklyn, NY...Neko Case will be joining Rufus Wainwright on a national U.S. tour this spring; the trek will include stops in Austin, TX (8/11), Nashville (8/14), Philadelphia (8/17), and Detroit (9/3)...
UNKLE are back with their third record, War Stories, on June 24, complete with contributions from the likes of Nada Surf’s Matthew Caws, The Cult’s Ian Astbury, Queen of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme, and Massive Attack’s 3D...
And here are this week’s new releases... ON CD: Maroon 5’s It Won’t Be Soon Before Long... Battles’ Mirrored... The National’s Boxer... Ben Watt’s Buzzin’ Fly 4... Arturo Sandoval’s Rumba Palace... and Perry Farrell’s Satellite Party with Ultra Payloaded...
ON DVD: Trane Tracks: The Legacy of John Coltrane... Madonna’s Wild Angel... Pink Floyd’s A Momentary Lapse of Reason...and U2’s War ... and that’s the buzz for this week’s “Modern Rock.”

Questions, comments, rants, raves, suggestions on this column or your fave musicians? Send ‘em to Kristi at modernrocker@gmail.com
 
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