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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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Cruisin‘ the Rockin‘ Islands with 311

Kristi Kates - January 17th, 2011
Cruisin’ the Rockin’ Islands with 311 1/17/11
311 are prepping to take their first-ever ocean cruise this March on a dedicated “311 Cruise” event that will include a few guests and an entire boatload of 311 fans. The trip will begin on March 3 aboard the Carnival Destiny, departing from Miami, and will trek through the Turks and Caicos Islands, with, of course, plenty of 311 music on tow. The band will also reportedly pose for a photo with every passenger as they board the ship, will host several Q and A sessions, and will invite the likes of DJ Soulman and Pepper on stage with them for some shipboard jams...
Ric Ocasek and his four surviving bandmates - Elliot Easton, Greg Hawkes, and David Robinson - recently posted around a minute’s worth of a new (yes, new!) Cars song called “Blue Tip,” a surprise to fans who had long given up on a Cars reunion of any kind. Now it’s reported that the band are in the studio working with esteemed producer Jacknife Lee, and are planning to release their first album in over twenty years early this year; a reunion tour may follow. Who knew?...
Eagle Rock Productions is offering up another rare concert from the famed Rockpalast TV series, this one being a 105-minute showcase of Aussie band INXS live in concert in June of 1997, just a few months before the untimely passing of lead singer Michael Hutchence. The disc, dubbed INXS: Mystify, is in-stores now, and includes the band performing all seven of their U.S. Top Ten singles, including their big landmark MTV hit “What You Need.” Six songs performed at the band’s first appearance at the Rockpalast back in May of 1984 are also included as a bonus...
And modern-pop singer Kelly Clarkson has mostly wrapped work on her new album, which will serve as the follow up to her 2009 set, All I Ever Wanted, and which is slated for release this year. Clarkson has said that her fave song from the new tracklisting is “You Love Me,” and that the new album will also include two duets between Clarkson and two mystery collaborators that she’s yet to reveal. A preview single may preface the album to radio by the end of this year...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
If you like reading about music as much as you like listening to it, then you’ll really dig Innerviews: Music Without Borders, a compilation of - what else? - interviews with two dozen rock and jazz musicians talking to journalist Anil Prasad about their musical lives and careers. Of particular interest to Modern Rock readers would likely be the interviews with Bjork, Bela Fleck, and Chris Whitley, although the book contains plenty of other interesting tales as well. We snagged a great complimentary copy to read early, but you can get your own copy now at http://innerviews.org...

MINI MODERN BUZZ:
Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland is set to release his autobiography, the co-written Not Dead and Not For Sale, on March 1...
Australia’s popular St. Kilda Festival has finally been given the go-ahead for 2011 after major concerns over funding; the event, which gives over 100 acts the chance to showcase their music and gives audiences free admission, is now set for February 13...
Post-rock band Silverstein are currently working on a new album after having left their prior label home at Victory Records; no tracklisting or title are being revealed just yet...
Richard James, aka Aphex Twin, recently announced that he’s completed not one, not even two, but six albums’ worth of new Aphex Twin songs; we’ll see how that plays out, though, given that Aphex Twin’s last full album release was in 2001...
Red Hot Chili Peppers are working on a new studio set as well, and are reportedly about halfway through the process; no word on a release date yet though...
And already through their own recording process are this week’s new CD releases, all ready for your purchase... Braids’ Native Speaker... The Decemberists’ The King is Dead... Neon Quintet’s Catch Me... Robert Pollard’s Space City Kicks... and The Script’s much-anticipated Science and Faith... and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.

Questions, comments, rants, raves, suggestions on this column? Send ‘em to Kristi at modernrocker@gmail.com

 
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