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Letters 08-24-2015

Bush And Blame Jeb Bush strikes again. Understand that Bush III represents the nearly extinct, compassionate-conservative, moderate wing of the Republican party...

No More State Theatre I was quite surprised and disgusted by an article I saw in last week’s edition. On pages 18 and 19 was an article about how the State Theatre downtown let some homosexual couple get married there...

GMOs Unsustainable Steve Tuttle’s column on GMOs was both uninformed and off the mark. Genetic engineering will not feed the world like Tuttle claims. However, GMOs do have the potential to starve us because they are unsustainable...

A Pin Drop Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 to a group of Democrats in Charlevoix, an all-white, seemingly middle class, well-educated audience, half of whom were female...

A Slippery Slope Most of us would agree that an appropriate suggestion to a physician who refuses to provide a blood transfusion to a dying patient because of the doctor’s religious views would be, “Please doctor, change your profession as a less selfish means of protecting your religious freedom.”

Stabilize Our Climate Climate scientists have been saying that in order to stabilize the climate, we need to limit global warming to less than two degrees. Renewables other than hydropower provide less than 3 percent of the world energy. In order to achieve the two degree scenario, the world needs to generate 11 times more wind power by 2050, and 36 times more solar power. It will require a big helping of new nuclear power, too...

Harm From GMOs I usually agree with the well-reasoned opinions expressed in Stephen Tuttle’s columns but I must challenge his assertions concerning GMO foods. As many proponents of GMOs do, Mr. Tuttle conveniently ignores the basic fact that GMO corn, soybeans and other crops have been engineered to withstand massive quantities of herbicides. This strategy is designed to maximize profits for chemical companies, such as Monsanto. The use of copious quantities of herbicides, including glyphosates, is losing its effectiveness and the producers of these poisons are promoting the use of increasingly dangerous substances to achieve the same results...

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The Police‘s worldwide musical raid

Kristi Kates - January 7th, 2008
The Police’s Worldwide Musical Raid
The Police, currently touring in Mexico and South America, will be criss-crossing the globe throughout next year, and have also been tapped to headline the final day of the U.K.’s Isle of Wight Fest, which this year will be held June 13-15; that show is said to be The Police’s only scheduled U.K. festival appearance for 2008. Other stops on the band’s very cosmopolitan tour schedule include Brisbane, Australia (1/22), Osaka, Japan (2/10), Honolulu, HI (2/16), Dusseldorf, Germany (6/8), Oslo, Norway (6/11), and Manchester, England (1/17) If you miss ‘em live and in person, though, you’ll have a chance to snag a live DVD chronicling the band’s reunion tour, which is expected to be released this spring on Interscope Records...
The Smashing Pumpkins have just released a special four-song acoustic EP, with tunes written by Pumpkins ringleader Billy Corgan late in 2007. Available only via iTunes in the U.S., the album - entitled American Gothic - can be enhanced with digital artwork that will be made available at the Smashing Pumpkins’ official website; the album will be sold in stores internationally, complete with all four songs - “The Rose March,” “Again, Again, Again,” “Sunkissed,” and “POX”...
The legendary Art Garfunkel will be joined by local symphony orchestras during his 2008 tour, which kicked off on January 5 in California. Garfunkel, who is promoting his twelfth solo album, Some Enchanted Evening, will put on nine confirmed shows complete with the orchestra accompaniment, plus a number of Garfunkel solo performances throughout the U.S., including stops in San Antonio, TX (1/12), Augusta, GA (2/12), Baltimore, MD (2/15 and 2/16), Colorado Springs, CO (3/29), and Birmingham, AL (4/12)...
The latest crop of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees have been selected from nominees announced last year - and those set for inclusion in the Hall include John Mellencamp, The Dave Clark Five, Leonard Cohen, and Detroiter Madonna, who was one of the first performers to respond to the announcement, saying in a statement that she was “honored and pleased to be recognized.” The 2008 induction ceremony will take place on March 10 at New York City’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
The first live-action movie to be shot, edited, and shown in 3D is none other than U2 3D, a concert film that will premiere in select cities on January 25. Culled from 700 hours of footage, seven U2 live shows, and nine pairs of Sony 3D cameras, fans can get an early peek at the film, plus a trailer at www.u23dmovie.com...

MINI BUZZ:
Madonna has completed the film Filth and Wisdom, starring Eugene Hutz and Richard E. Grant - but Maddie’s not in the movie; nope, it’s her directorial debut, and will premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in February...
The Velvet Underground’s Lou Reed has been named keynote speaker for this year’s SXSW Music Conference - other confirmed speakers for the event include Daryl Hall and Sire Records founder Seymour Stein...
Jay-Z has stepped down as the president of Def Jam Records, citing a desire to “take on new challenges”...
Brit band The Kooks are wrapping up work on their second album with producer Tony Hoffer at an L.A. recording studio...
Australian singer Kylie Minogue was given the Officer of the British Empire (OBE) honor by the Queen, following a year in which Minogue has recovered from cancer and released her tenth studio album...
And Jack White, in a recent interview, stated that since traveling was causing his bandmate Meg White severe anxiety, he wouldn’t care if the band never toured again, pointing out that The Beatles quit touring but continued just fine as a productive band...

ON CD: Natasha Bedingfield’s Pocket Full of Sunshine (or N.B. as a UK release)... The Magnetic Fields’ Distortion... Ringo Starr’s Liverpool 8... Van Hunt’s Popular... Kate Nash’s Made of Bricks... and Muse’s Hullabaloo Soundtrack...
ON DVD: Glen Hansard’s (The Frames) star turn as a street busker musician in Once... Nelly Furtado: The Concert... Classic Artists: The Moody Blues... and Kaiser Chiefs: Behind the Music... 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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