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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Coldplay brings in jay-Z for exttra Viva track

Kristi Kates - November 3rd, 2008
Coldplay Brings in Jay-Z For Extra Viva Track
As if their success with their new Viva La Vida album wasn’t enough, Coldplay continue to break new ground and have collaborated with Jay-Z on a new version of their song “Lost!” which is out now and will also be part of a new Coldplay EP. That’s right - just a short time after their full-length 2008 album release, the UK band is releasing Prospekt’s March, an eight-song EP that will include that alternate version of “Lost!” plus a remix of “Lovers in Japan” and six new (aka not included on Viva) songs. The EP will hit stores November 25...
Fellow English band Oasis have announced that they’ll be playing a series of outdoor shows in the UK and Ireland next summer. the ever-humble Noel Gallagher of Oasis noted that he thinks these gigs are “easily going to be the biggest gigs of the next year, if not the decade.” They’ll be taking along support acts Kasabian and The Enemy for the shows, which will include stops at London’s Wembley Stadium and Manchester’s Heaton Park, as well as a performance at Slane Castle, made famous as a concert venue to the general public by an earlier U2 performance. Oasis has also performed there before when they backed R.E.M....
Beatles drummer Ringo Starr seems to have become a little overwhelmed by his bags of fan mail – he recently posted a video on his website stating that “due to time constraints,” he will no longer autograph memorabilia or fan mail. “I’m warning you with peace and love I have too much to do,” Starr said. Fans, of course, immediately became upset, as fans do, – and Starr quickly reversed course, posting a new statement that says the “ban” on fanmail was in response to a large amount of items appearing for sale on eBay from people who repeatedly send him items to be signed. Starr insists the first video message wasn’t aimed at his “real” fans, for whom he’s always signed items...

And Weezer’s latest video is more than a “regular” video – the band actually breaks several world records in the clip, which was put together for the new Weezer song “Troublemaker.” Records broken by Weezer in the video include the Largest Game of Dodgeball, the Most People Riding on a Skateboard, the Largest Air Guitar Ensemble and the Most People in a Custard Pie Fight...

Hot Chip frontman Alexis Taylor has just released his debut solo album, but you can go online to check out a single before you decide to buy. check out Taylor’s tune “Baby” at music blog

According to a press release from the Lolla folks (who claim to have “shook the Magic 8 ball” to pick a good date), the 2009 Lollapaloza festival has snagged its dedicated weekend, and will now be held August 7 through the 9th at Grant Park in Chicago.
Sigur Ros will drop a deluxe edition of their new album, Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust, later in November. the deluxe set will include a DVD directed by Nick Abrahams with live concert footage, plus the video for “Gobbledigook” and a 200-page photo book...
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Fest has moved its 2009 dates up to April 17 through the 19th, held as usual at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, California – the lineup is set to be announced early next year...
Neil Diamond, whose Rick-Rubin-produced new album Home After Dark became his first-ever number 1 album, has added a pair of new live dates to his concert schedule. he’ll now be performing January 2 in Las Vegas NV, and January 4 in Ontario, CA...
Indie electro-rockers Ghostland Observatory have mapped out a fall/winter tour, which will include stops in Chicago (11/7), Nashville (11/21), NYC (12/12), Washington DC (12/13), and Seattle (12/31)...
A revitalized Duran Duran will utilize the end of the year to charge through some tour dates of their own, including shows in Mexico City, MEX (11/28), Toronto (12/9), and Atlantic City, NJ (12/13)...
And here are some new releases for you to charge (or pay cash for) this week... ON CD: Sarah Brightman’s A Winter Symphony... Q-Tip’s The Renaissance... Kelley Jones (Stereophonics’ singer) Only the Names Have Changed... Benjy Davis Project’s Dust... Stereophonics’ re-release of J.E.E.P.... and Trick Trick’s The Villian... ON DVD: Arctic Monkeys: Live at the Apollo... Jewel’s The Essential Live Songbook... and The Black Keys: Attack and Release - Special Limited Edition ... 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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