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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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Moby helps the film community

Kristi Kates - December 3rd, 2007
Moby just keeps getting cooler - now he’s offering to help fledgling filmmakers with their movie music needs. Got a movie? Need some tunes for your soundtrack? Just make sure it’s an indie or non-profit film (film students, that includes you), and stop by
www.mobygratis.com, where Moby’s made some of his own music available for use, free of charge.  That’s right, free! But what if your movie gets picked up by a major studio, and you start making the big bucks with Moby’s tunes in tow? No prob - Moby just asks that, should a financial windfall happen, you apply for an easy license, and he’ll give the money to the Humane Society. Go Moby...

Aussie band The Vines have started work on their fourth album, which they’re recording in Los Angeles for Aussie label Ivy League Records; they’re working with producer Rob Schnapf, who hopped on board in mid-November. No release date has been announced for The Vines’ new set, but early reports figure it’ll surface during the second half of 2008...
Angels and Airwaves have confirmed their upcoming 2008 headlining tour, which will kick off on February 1 in Dallas, Texas. The tour is in support of the band’s sophomore disc, I-Empire, and will include sets from support acts The Color Fred and Ace Enders. Tour stops will include Baltimore, MD (2/9), Washington DC (2/10), Philly (2/14), Toronto (2/22), Detroit (2/23), and Chicago (2/24) - the tour will end in Seattle at The Shoebox on March 8...
The legendary (and still going strong) David Bowie will be releasing a special box set of his most recent albums on ISO/Columbia Records this week. The extensive package will contain more than 60 whopping hours of bonus material, remixes, special versions, rare tracks, and extra takes, in addition to the albums themselves, namely Outside, Earthling, hours...,Heathen, and Reality. Also included will be Bowie’s recent work with such musical comrades as the aforementioned Moby...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK: The White Stripes have reportedly just filmed a new video and are recording three new original songs; but they’re not giving away song titles or details just yet. Nope, for that you’ll have to log onto their website,
www.whitestripes.com...
 
MINI BUZZ:
The first group of bands that will be playing the Bamboozle 2008 concert fest have been announced, and among them are Less Than Jake, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Jack’s Mannequin, and The Starting Line...
Shoegaze fans, pay attention: Kevin Shields has recently confirmed the reunion of My Bloody Valentine, who have reportedly already recorded new songs for an new upcoming album...
Sub Pop Records has opened up their own digital music shop, allowing access to nearly 200 albums in Sub Pop’s catalog; singles and EPs will be available first, with rare tracks next, and the coolest things is that you can always re-download the files once you’ve purchased ‘em...
Goldfrapp are prepping to release their fourth album, incongrously titled Seventh Tree, on February 26...
Kristoffer Ragnstam has been tapped as opening act for Deborah Harry’s upcoming tour...
Klaxons have added a French-language version of their song “As Above, So Below” to the single, which is available as a limited edition clear vinyl 12-inch record...
 
And in “regular” editions, here are this week’s new releases... ON CD:  Incubus’ Look Alive... Wyclef John’s Carnival II: Memoirs of an Immigrant... Guillemots’ Back to Mine... Foo Fighters’ Long Road to Ruin... Dillinger Escape Plan’s Ire Works... and Mike Oldfield’s Earth Moving... ON DVD: Five for Fighting: Live - Back Country... Bon Jovi: Lost Highway - The Concert... Paul Oakenfold’s Oakenfold 24/7... and Sigur Ros: Heima... 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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