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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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Bono‘s Doppleganger makes a movie

Kristi Kates - March 14th, 2011
Bono’s “Doppelganger” Makes a Movie


Comedy-drama film Killing Bono, the movie version of the Neil McCormick
memoir I Was Bono’s Doppelganger that chronicles the lives of two
schoolmate brothers who left U2 before they hit the big time, is set for
release this April, and will actually include a song from U2’s veeeeery
early days, back when they were still called “The Hype” and when The
Edge’s brother, Dik Evans, was still in the band (which is now, of course,
a four-piece.) The tune, “Street Mission,” will also be on the movie’s
soundtrack, alongside songs sung by Irish singer-songwriter Joe Echo and
the two actors who portray brothers Neil and Ivan McCormick in the movie,
Ben Barnes and Robert Sheehan…
British buzz band Mumford and Sons, still enjoying the residence of
their album, Sigh No More, in the top 20 a year after its release,
recently told MTV news that they’re already working on songs for their
sophomore set, and in fact spent some time in Nashville, Tennessee
recently working on new music, which they plan to tour first and record
later after they see how the crowds respond to the new material. If
you’ve yet to hear the reasons why they’re being called a “buzz” band
these days, just keep your ears open for singles “The Cave” and “Little
Lion Man” on radio…
The already (of course) well established Dave Matthews Band are set to
host a quartet of music festivals this summer to celebrate their 20th year
anniversary as a band, with DMB in each festival’s headlining spot and a
variety of other bands taking up the day long schedule of acts. No cities
have been confirmed as of yet, but June 24-26 are set for the Northeast
run, July 8-10 will be when the DMB-helmed fest hits the Midwest, and
other geographical locales are set to be announced soon…
And even more established than DMB may be The Cars, who are prepping their
band’s first new album in over two dozen years. The new Cars set, titled
Move Like This, was recorded by most of The Cars’ original lineup - Ric
Ocasek, David Robinson, Elliot Easton, and Greg Hawkes (Benjamin Orr
passed in 2000) - and they all get a little help from standout producer
Jacknife Lee, who produced half of the album, while the band themselves
produced the other half. A tour is not planned to promote the new album,
but frontman Ocasek told the press that they might do a couple of shows…
 
MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
More Beastie Boys news this week - with their much-delayed album, Hot
Sauce Committee Part 2, officially set to drop on May 3, complete with
tracks featuring Santigold (“Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win”) and Nas
(“Too many Rappers”), it’s time to revisit the Boys themselves on their
recently-updated website - check it out at http://beastieboys.com/ …
MINI MODERN BUZZ: Heading to SXSW in Austin? Make sure to catch the free
Strokes concert set to hit the city’s Auditorium Shores on Thursday, March
17, and Duran Duran’s set on March 16, as they’re two of the
most-anticipated shows of this year’s event...
If you’re waiting for new music from Fall Out Boy, and are still waiting
for frontman Patrick Stump’s solo artist debut, Soul Punk (now pushed to
summer), snag Stump’s 6-song digital EP, now available on iTunes…
Death Cab for Cutie, whose new Codes and Keys album will hit stores on May
31, have just been booked to film an installment of VH1’s Storytellers…
Ben Harper’s 10th studio album, Give Till It’s Gone, features two tracks
drummed on and co-written with none other than Beatles drummer Ringo Starr
(“Spilling Faith” and “Get There From Here”)…
Autolux’s The Bouncing Wall/Census EP, previously only available as a
European release, is in digital stores now in the U.S. including 3
unreleased tracks… And White Stripe Jack White - well, no longer a White
Stripe, technically speaking, since the band formally dissolved a few
weeks ago - says that he’s happy with his current projects (his solo and
production careers, and bands The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather), and
will never form another band…
And these bands are already formed, thank you very much, and are offering
you this week’s new CD releases...The Dodos’ No Color... Noah and the
Whale’s Last Night on Earth... Telekinesis’ 12 Desperate Straight Lines...
and Robotanists’ Plans in Progress... 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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