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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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Beasties make last minute push for rockin‘ voters

Kristi Kates - October 27th, 2008
Beasties Make Last-Minute Push For Rockin’ Voters
The Beastie Boys have just confirmed additional dates for their Get Out and Vote 2008 Tour, the shows of which will all take place in swing states crucial to the race for the White House. In addition to the Beasties, fans can look forward to a rotating cast of guest stars including Sheryl Crow, Tenacious D, Jack Johnson, Ben Harper, Crosby & Nash and Norah Jones. Newly announced live dates on the tour include Richmond, VA (10/28), Youngstown, OH (10/29), Dayton OH (10/30), St. Paul, MN (11/1), and Milwaukee, WI (11/2). Although the Beasties are officially endorsing Barack Obama for president, the goal of the shows is simply to remind people to vote and to “have a fun night” - representatives from Rock the Vote will be on hand at each tour site to pass out info about local polling sites and early voting locales...
Having recorded with Stuart Price in London and in their hometown of Las Vegas, indie-rockers The Killers have wrapped up work on their third studio album, which they’ve dubbed Day & Age. Prefaced by the lead single, “Human,” already on radio, other tracks on the set include “I Can’t Stay,” “Spaceman” and the seven-minute arena-popsters “Goodnight, Travel Well.” Inspired by Las Vegas itself, the new tunes are said to sound like Johnny Cash meets ‘80s pop, and also include such diverse additions as saxophone and Cuban percussion. Day & Age is in stores now and will be followed up by a full-scale Killers tour, kicking off in January 2009...
The Beatles/Cirque du Soleil collaboration LOVE is set to be released as a DVD called All Together Now. The DVD will chronicle the creation of LOVE from its beginnings, including footage of early meetings, rehearsals and input from Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison. a theater version is out in limited release this week, along with the DVD itself, which is only available at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas (where the LOVE show runs) and at Best Buy stores...
Beach Boy Brian Wilson is set to perform more complete-album shows of his latest release, That Lucky Old Sun, on a newly-booked 10-city tour that will cover mostly the northeastern U.S., including stops in Ann Arbor, MI (11/12), Minneapolis (11/15), Chicago (11/16), Washington DC (11/18), Boston (11/19), and Westbury, NY (11/25). The album itself marks Wilson’s return to the Beach Boys’ home label, Capitol/EMI, and also finds him collaborating again with longtime songwriting partner Van Dyke Parks. Wilson premiered the new tunes during a series of shows last fall in London...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Are you a Nada Surf fan? Then get ready for all things Nada Surf this fall. The band will not only be embarking on a fall tour, which kicks off Nov. 9 in NYC, but will also be making stops at a few cafés (the Hard Rock and the Fine Line being only two), and will give fans the opportunity to film and upload a music video for the band’s third single, “Weightless.” Get all the details online at - where else? - www.nadasurf.com...

MINI BUZZ:
Brit rockers Starsailor recently joined Robbie Williams, buzz indie-rockers Air Traffic and sportster David Beckham at a huge UNICEF benefit show in Brussels, Belgium...
Arctic Monkeys are prepping to release a 76-minute live DVD shot by Danny Cohen. the disc, dubbed Arctic Monkeys at the Apollo, will hit stores on November 4th...
Swervedriver’s Adam Franklin and Interpol drummer Sam Fogarino, otherwise known as side-project Magnetic Morning, hit the road last week for a set of headlining shows across the U.S., including stops in Seattle (10/30), Los Angeles (11/3), and Dallas, TX (11/7)...
And making more headlines, Beach Boy Brian Wilson was recently honored by a special Los Angeles City Hall ceremony for his musical contributions to the city he calls home; “In the 46 years since Brian Wilson (arrived on the scene), nobody has done more to define the Southern California experience than The Beach Boys,” the honor statement read in part...
Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland, whose solo album, Happy in Galoshes, will be out late in November, has postponed his upcoming solo tour until early next year...
Electro-rockers Pendulum are just wrapping up their first tour of the U.S., which they’ll conclude this week with an appearance at NYC’s prestigious CMJ Festival...
And wrapping up our column this week are these great new releases... ON CD: Snow Patrol’s A Hundred Million Suns... Stereophonics’ Pull the Pin... Dido’s Safe Trip Home... Deerhunter’s Microcastle... ph10’s Well Connected and Lucinda Williams’ Lu in ‘08... ON DVD: Various Artists From the Basement including performances from Eels, Jamie Lidell, Albert Hammond Jr., The Shins and The White Stripes... Duran Duran - Classic Albums: Rio... and The Beatles: All Together Now... 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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