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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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Songs for Tibet gets deluxe re-release

Kristi Kates - December 15th, 2008
Songs For Tibet Gets Deluxe Re-Release
A deluxe edition of the Art of Peace Foundation’s Songs for Tibet album will be released this month as a continuing expression of peace and support for Tibet and the Dalai Lama. Initially released as a download just days before the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the set, which features artists from Alanis Morissette and Garbage to Damien Rice, Sting, Duncan Sheik and Moby, will now also include an accompanying three-hour DVD with teachings from the Dalai Lama himself. Get more info at www.artofpeacefoundation.org...
Kasabian were recently treated to an introduction by U2’s The Edge at their album-preview performance in London, where they played an acoustic headlining set to treat fans to sneak peeks at their newest songs. The band, who played tracks “Processed Beats,” “Thick as Thieves,” and “Empire,” among others, also worked in a few segments of cover songs, from The Kinks’ “You Really Got Me” to the Velvet Underground’s “Who Loves the Sun.” In other Kasabian news, the band has just been tapped as openers for at least part of Oasis’ 2009 tour...
Matisyahu’s new, long-awaited album (he hasn’t put out a new release in three years) may not be heading to stores until early 2009, but his Shattered EP is in-stores now as an advance to the 2009 CD, which he’s dubbed Light. Matisyahu spent the entire past year working on Light with producer David Kahne, also working with such other collaborators as L.A. band Glitch Mob and reggae musician Stephen McGregor; a collaboration he worked on in Jamaica with Sly and Robbie may also surface on the set...
Classic ‘80s band Duran Duran is set to be the subject of Eagle Rock Entertainment’s latest Classic Albums documentary series. A new 90-minute DVD will look at the recording of D2’s album Rio, including excerpts from various tracks, plus interviews with band members and producers. Rio was the album that first made Duran Duran stars of the early music/MTV video era; the band has since released 10 more albums, including 2007’s Red Carpet Massacre...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
The link to watch this week is
www.itunes.com, thanks to the Futureheads; they’ve released a new song this week, “I Wouldn’t Be Like This If You Were Here,” that was recorded during the sessions for the band’s latest album, This is Not the World - the previously unreleased song is now available on iTunes, so go snag it for cheap while you still can...

MINI BUZZ:
Even though Oasis’ latest album, Dig Out Your Soul, has only been in stores for a little over a month, Oasis’ Noel Gallagher says he’s already written and demoed the next album, which he describes as very The Kinks/Ray Davies-inspired...
The Decemberists’ Colin Meloy has been meeting with actor/producer Tom Hulce and his director pal Michael Mayer about the possibility of writing a rock musical for the big stage...
And My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way may be working on a similar side project; Universal recently optioned Way’s The Umbrella Academy comic book series, which may be crafted into a movie by 2010...
Manchester pop quartet Take That have just booked a short series of UK dates for next spring; they’ll be playing, albeit minus Robbie Williams, of course, in Sunderland, Manchester, and London, among other stops, starting in June 2009...
Against Me!, who are doing a live show in Zurich, Switzerland this week, are hoping to do some shows in the spring to road test some new tunes...
The American Idol judge you love to hate - that being, of course, Simon Cowell - has been presented with the Special Recognition Prize at the 14th National Television Awards in London, England...

And hoping to win your wallets with their music are this week’s new releases... ON CD: Fall Out Boy’s Folie a Deux... All-American Rejects When the World Comes Down... Maroon 5’s Call and Response... Stevie Nicks’ The Soundstage Sessions... The Kinks’ Picture Book... and Collective Soul’s Afterwords... ON DVD: Pelican’s After the Ceiling Cracked... Mariah Carey’s The Adventures of Mimi... and Bob Dylan: Changing Tracks... 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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