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Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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11/19/2010 4Play: Doobie Bros., Girl Talk, Neil Young, Leon Russell and Elton John

Jack Pine - November 29th, 2010
Doobie Bros. - World Gone Crazy - HOR Records
This is the first collection of new material from the Doobie Bros. in a decade, who amazingly have stayed together all these years in some form except for a two-year hiccup in the early ‘80s. To call them new songs is a bit of a stretch. It is possible this album was computer-generated based on the Doobie’s pre-Michael McDonald, “Long Train Running” era, with Tom Johnston singing most of the lead vocals. Producer Ted Templeman is re-enlisted from the Doobie’s glory days, McDonald and Willie Nelson show up for guest appearances, but it is not enough to make it interesting. But who knows? Maybe they’ll be one of the next bands from the ‘70s to play at the Cherry Festival.

Girl Talk - All Day - Free Download at illegalart.net
In the same week where after years of negotiations between the lawyers of Apple Music and Apple computers, the Beatles are now on iTunes, Girl Talk DJ Greg Gillis makes his latest creation, All Day available on the Internet for free. All Day is the poster child for current generational differences and the increasingly blurry boundaries of music, copyrights and the internet. It includes over 370 samples, starting with Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs,” and doesn’t slow down until it finishes an hour later. Girl Talk has often been described as a lawsuit waiting to happen. If it ever comes to that, Gillis should get a pass based on how much fun and exciting the music is. Download it and play guess the sample at your next party!



Neil Young - Le Noise - Reprise Records
There was a sense of anticipation when Neil Young recruited fellow Canadian and musical evolver Daniel Lanois to produce his new album. Alas, “Le Noise” is a Le Mess. It is just Young and a guitar, but it is not at all acoustic. It is more like a Crazy Horse album where the band got stuck in traffic and did not show up. The songs and Young’s playing are raw and emotional enough to where die-hard Neil fans might appreciate it, but coming in at a scant 37 minutes, the average buyer of “Le Noise” might feel a mix of being shortchanged and relieved.



Leon Russell and Elton John - The Union Mercury Records
There are some good songs on this collection, and some that just plod along. Kudos to Elton John for reintroducing Leon Russell to the 21st century. The two of them compliment each other well without stepping on each other’s toes. It would have worked better though if it wasn’t all so meaningful. There are plenty moments of fun. Russell gets his distinctive rockin’ piano beat going and shows that he still has it on “Hearts Have Turned to Stone,” and “A Dream Come True.” “Jimmy Rodger’s Dream” is an effectively dreamy country tune and it is a fine album on the whole, but be prepared for a good amount of sentimental fare such as “You’re Never Too Old (To Hold Somebody)” and “In the Hands of Angels.”
 
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