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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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Stripes Look Back at Mississippi, Minnesota Shows

Kristi Kates - May 16th, 2011
Stripes Look Back at Mississippi, Minnesota Shows
The White Stripes themselves may now be defunct, but there’s still some Stripes music left to be heard (and seen), starting with an album recording of their last complete live performance from back in July of 2007. Dubbed Live in Mississippi, the disc will be released in both CD and vinyl formats, and will include the duo performing several covers in addition to their own setlist. A live DVD of one of the band’s year 2000 shows will also be released around the same time; titled Moorhead Lights All Fargo Night, this one showcases the Stripes performing at a small bar in Minnesota. Additional releases are expected…
Paul McCartney is reportedly working on a new album, this one set to feature guest bands and artists covering McCartney’s own solo material as well as additional songs by his band, Wings. Macca is said to be personally choosing the musicians that will be performing the covers, and has so far snagged B.B. King, Billy Joel, and Paul Rodgers, among others. McCartney’s musician son, James, is going to appear on the album, as well…
Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr is wrapping up his three-year gig with band The Cribs, saying via his website that he’s departing from the band “on good terms,” that they remain friends, and that he will instead be working on his new solo records, planning to release a couple of albums over the next year. Marr explained how working with The Cribs was “fantastic,” but that he now needs the time for himself, his own projects, and some additional film soundtrack work…
 
And a couple of bits of LCD Soundsystem-related news this week; first of all, their final concert (at Madison Square Garden in NYC last April) is set for release as a DVD, which frontman James Murphy says will be properly edited and “much nicer” than the live stream that went out from the original show. In addition, a still-busy Murphy himself has been tapped for a high-profile DJ set at the upcoming Sonar Music Festival (June 16-18 in Barcelona, Spain), and will DJ again at Sonar Galicia that same weekend…
 
MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
This year’s Billboard Music Awards will be given out on May 22 this year, with the awards hitting ABC TV in Northern Michigan live from Las Vegas. Among the 2011 nominees are Bruno Mars, The Black Keys, Taylor Swift, U2, Jack Johnson, Mumford and Sons; see the whole list and pick your faves at http://tinyurl.com/4xe2zu6…
 
MINI MODERN BUZZ:
In other music awards news, the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards will be heading back to Los Angeles on August 28 for their (coincidentally) 28th annual ceremonies; the show will air live on MTV at 9:00 p.m….
William Shatner’s upcoming covers album, Searching for Major Tom, is set to drop later this year, with a whole host of guest stars including The Kinks’ Dave Davies, The Strokes’ Nick Valensi, Johnny Winter, and more…
Two old Weezer outtakes have shown up on the radar via Weezer drummer Pat Wilson, namely the first full-band performance versions of “You Won’t Get with Me Tonight” and “I Swear It’s True”…
TV on the Radio have crafted a short film to go along with their latest album, Nine Types of Light; fans will be able to snag the film as a digital download by purchasing the deluxe edition of the album…
Peter Bjorn and John are adding more tour dates to their schedule to help support their newest (and sixth) album…
Pitchfork.com has launched a new series, Pitchfork 3D, which will feature single-song performances from artists and bands, enhanced with 3D imagery and effects…
 
And these artists hope to enhance your music collection with this week’s new releases… The Cars’ Move Like This… The Devil Whale’s Teeth… Danger Mouse and Daniela Luppi’s Rome… and Moby’s Destroyed… 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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