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    Scientists marvel at photos BY WILLIAM HARWOOD STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS "SPACE PLACE" & USED WITH PERMISSION Posted: July 1, 2004 Making gravity visible, close-up images of Saturn's rings shot by NASA's newly arrived Cassini probe revealed an intricate, never-before-seen tapestry of icy particles herded into spiralling density waves by the effects of nearby moons. Carolyn Porco, leader of the Cassini camera team, a serious Beatles fan and one of the world's leading authorities on Saturn's ring system, was almost at a loss for words describing her initial impressions of the new vistas opened up by Cassini. "I don't think you have to be a ring scientist to imagine what last night was like to us," she said of the spacecraft's arrival in Saturn orbit and the initial batch of ring pictures beamed back to Earth early today. "It was beyond description, it was mind blowing, it was every adjective you could think of. entire article here: http://spaceflightnow.com/cassini/040701science.html
  2. So as to not be outdone by all the redneck, hillbilly, and Texan jokes, you know you're from California if: 1. Your co-worker has 8 body piercings and none are visible, 2. You make over $300,000 and still can't afford a house, 3. You take a bus and are shocked at two people carrying on a conversation in English, 4. Your child's 3rd-grade teacher has purple hair, a nose ring, and is named Breeze, 5. You can't remember . . . is pot illegal? 6. You've been to a baby shower that has two mothers and a sperm donor, 7. You have a very strong opinion about where your coffee beans are grown, and you can taste the difference between Sumatran and Ethiopian, 9. You can't remember . . . is pot illegal? 10. A really great parking space can totally move you to tears, 11. A low speed police pursuit will interrupt ANY TV broadcast, 12. Gas costs $1.00 per gallon more than anywhere else in the U.S, 13. A man gets on the bus in full leather regalia and crotch less chaps, and you don't even notice, 14. Unlike back home, the guy at 8:30 am at Starbucks' wearing the baseball cap and sunglasses who looks like George Clooney really IS George Clooney. 15. Your car insurance costs as much as your house payment, 16. Your hairdresser is straight, your plumber is gay, the woman who delivers your mail is into S &M, and your Mary Kay rep is a guy in drag. 17. You can't remember . . is pot illegal? 18. It's barely sprinkling rain and there's a report on every news station: "STORM WATCH," 19. You have to leave the big company meeting early because Billy Blanks himself is teaching the 4:00 pm Tae Bo class, 20. You pass an elementary school playground and the children are all busy with their cells or pagers, 21. It's barely sprinkling rain outside, so you leave for work an hour early to avoid all the weather-related accidents . . . 22. Hey!!!! Is Pot Illegal???? 23. Both you AND your dog have therapists . . . and lastly, 24. The Terminator is your governor.
  3. Posted 7/2/2004 7:16 AM Updated 7/2/2004 9:21 AM Cosby has more tough love for black community CHICAGO (AP) ? Bill Cosby went off on another tirade against the black community Thursday, telling a room full of activists that black children are running around not knowing how to read or write and "going nowhere." Cosby lamented that the racial slurs once used by those who lynched blacks are now a favorite expression of black children. By M. Spencer Green, AP He also had harsh words for struggling black men, telling them: "Stop beating up your women because you can't find a job." Cosby made headlines in May when he upbraided some poor blacks for their grammar and accused them of squandering opportunities the civil rights movement gave them. He shot back Thursday, saying his detractors were trying in vain to hide the black community's "dirty laundry." "Let me tell you something, your dirty laundry gets out of school at 2:30 every day, it's cursing and calling each other n??? as they're walking up and down the street," Cosby said during an appearance at the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition & Citizenship Education Fund's annual conference. "They think they're hip," the entertainer said. "They can't read; they can't write. They're laughing and giggling, and they're going nowhere." In his remarks in May at a commemoration of the anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education desegregation decision, Cosby denounced some blacks' grammar and said those who commit crimes and wind up behind bars "are not political prisoners." "I can't even talk the way these people talk, 'Why you ain't,' 'Where you is' ... and I blamed the kid until I heard the mother talk," Cosby said then. "And then I heard the father talk ... Everybody knows it's important to speak English except these knuckleheads. You can't be a doctor with that kind of crap coming out of your mouth." read the entire article here: http://www.usatoday.com/life/2004-07-02-cosby-comments_x.htm
  4. Spicy details about Mick Jagger's love life will be exposed in an hourlong TV documentary set to air in the United Kingdom on Wednesday. Mick's Girls will feature interviews with several of the Rolling Stone's former flames. One ex-girlfriend, sex therapist Natasha Terry, revealed that Jagger loved to spank her and compared him to "a sex vampire." Supermodel Janice Dickinson called the singer "the best of the best of the best of lovers bar none. read the entire article here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/arti...73&in_a_source=
  5. Rocker David Crosby Fined $5,000 Over Gun Charge Fri Jul 2, 2004 03:14 PM ET NEW YORK (Reuters) - Rock musician David Crosby was fined $5,000 on Friday after pleading guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon following his arrest in New York in March when a gun, knife and marijuana were found in his luggage. In exchange for his plea in which one count of unlawful possession of marijuana was dismissed, Crosby, 62, was given a conditional discharge. As long as he pays the fine and does not get re-arrested for a year, the charges will be discharged. read the entire article here: http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?t...storyID=5578785
  6. Brando was great, so many memorable roles, in recent times his portrayal of Col. Kurtz in "Apocalypse Now" scared me, I remember martin sheen saying the depth of the roles in that film caused him to have a breakdown. It's hard to pick a favorite film, I'd have to say "The Godfather" I guess, when I was 18 my mother decided to take me to see "Last Tango In Paris" it was pretty controversial at the time, we ended up leaving, the guy sitting next to us was enjoying the film a little too much, lol He lived a long life but it contained some tragedy too. RIP
  7. I first saw this band when they backed up the Allman Brothers Band last summer, I became an instant fan, a mixture of jazz, funk, and rock. Definitely worth a listen. Below a review: Critics and codgers continue to debate the merits of revisionist jazz historicism, a near-endless cycle that only exacerbates the valuation of classic reissues over original efforts (with due blame falling on Ken Burns' shoulders for this current round of dead-horse beating). Meanwhile, another urban and urbane jazz renaissance is quietly gathering momentum. The trippy funk-injected stylings of groups such as Medeski, Martin and Wood and the Greyboy Allstars proves that jazz can still dance without abandoning creative intellect. Meanwhile, in saxophonist Karl Denson's musical world, life couldn't be much better. And with his Tiny Universe, the music couldn't be much funkier. Already considered a well-traveled veteran on the scene, Denson firmly established his presence while performing along side such artists as Lenny Kravitz, former James Brown trombonist Frank Wesley, and contemporary jazz legends Dave Holland and Jack DeJohnette. His current project, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe is a powerful conglomeration of all these influences and so many more. Comfortably able to switch between old school funk, acid jazz, and fusion, KDTU has attracted a diverse and loyal following, with a certain segment of each audience leaning heavily towards the jam band/progressive rock set. The music is infectious, the grooves are relentless and Denson's impressive sax chops set the pace. The Bridge represents the first full-fledged studio project for KDTU and lives up to the billing that the band has received over the course of the past few years on the road, including their raucous performance at this past year's Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana. Opening with the horn-laden funk of "How Fine Is That", Denson and company quickly establish the disc's groove-oriented intent with a driving sense of energy. Similarly, cuts like "The Answer", "Bunny Playa", and "Satisfied" explore funk's many flavors, from Sly and the Family Stone to Tower of Power. Denson's early reputation as a solid sideman also affords him the opportunity to call in some high-powered backing for his own work. Jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove's blistering contributions to the disc's pull-no-punches closer "Elephants" alone is worth the price of admission. Likewise, hip-hop poet Saul Williams' lyrical work on "Freedom" imbues the track with a hip sense of cultural currency while recalling a dynamic sense of 1970s political consciousness. Meanwhile, Denson's regular five-piece backing ensemble -- consisting of guitarist Brian Jordan, bassist Ron Johnson, keyboardist David Veith, percussionist Mike Dillon, and drummer Zak Najor -- is a formidable force, laying down a solid foundation for Denson's rhythmic aspirations. The biggest departure here for Denson compared to his past, more jazz-slanted offerings is his vocal work. While not gifted with an incredibly remarkable voice, Denson does sell the style. It would seem that his years touring with Lenny Kravitz were well spent studying the singer's impassioned delivery, surfacing with Denson's rendering of the Curtis Mayfield classic "Check Out Your Mind". As anyone who has seen Karl Denson live in concert can attest to, these tracks remain as mere skeletons for longer-form instrumental forays. Though these arrangements have the time to breathe, placing Denson in a unique position compared to the studio work of his fellow jam rock contemporaries, they cry for the sort of thorough treatment that can only be found in a live performance. While this would amount to an extreme challenge for most bands, it's a welcome exercise for Denson and company, proving that this Tiny Universe contains a galaxy's worth of talent. — 27 January 2003 http://popmatters.com/music/reviews/d/dens...rl-bridge.shtml
  8. I watched the session where the FAA testified before the 9/11 commission on c-span, scary, for some reason I was under the impression the military took control of the skies if we were under attack and there'd be some plan for co-operation with the FAA, unbelievable, Below an article from US News summarizes the testimony. In the skies, a scary 'failure of imagination' America's aviation system was "unsuitable in every respect" for dealing with the simultaneous terrorist hijackings that occurred over about two hours on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. That was the frightening and ultimately depressing news shared on Thursday, the last day of the 9/11 commission's hearings. From abysmal communications to what panel Vice Chair Lee Hamilton called a "failure of imagination," what ensued that day was high-level chaos at the Federal Aviation Administration, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, and the Pentagon's National Military Command Center, tempered with heroic rank-and-file ingenuity. When it was all over by about 10 a.m., as United Airlines Flight 93 crashed into the soft earth of rural Pennsylvania, none of the four planes had been diverted from their sinister paths. And the question of whether the United States could protect itself from a domestic air assault was grimly answered: It could not. Behind the chaos were systemic problems that overcame the agencies. For one, rusty Cold War policies were still in force, with the government expecting bad guys to fly in from places like Russia. There had never been any training to deal with suicide hijackings of domestic planes. Indeed, the warnings that had been issued that summer about new methods of al Qaeda attack never reached key people like Benedict Sliney, the operations manager at the FAA's New York Terminal Radar Approach Control. He was the one who ordered the unprecedented "ground stop" of every plane in America on 9/11. But had he known about, say, the August 2001 CIA memo "Islamic Extremist Learns to Fly," he says he would have stopped everyone sooner. The final, comprehensive picture of what happened that morning yielded troubling details. For instance, within minutes of United Flight 175's crash into the South Tower--American Airlines Flight 11 had struck the North Tower minutes earlier--an FAA operations manager in Boston asked the FAA's command center in Virginia to order pilots across the country to lock their cockpit doors. That message was never relayed. The military was alerted too late to intercept the hijacked planes. Jets guarding Washington were based 130 miles away at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. Phone lines for President Bush, who was away at an event in Florida, kept cutting out. Military and government commanders, even Vice President Dick Cheney, got critical information from television news. Cheney, who relayed the president's extraordinary approval to shoot down the planes, did not do so until all the planes had crashed. The FAA didn't tell NORAD that Flight 93 was hijacked until it was down. Military jets were scrambled, but without the pilots' knowing why they were scrambled. Commissioner John Lehman called FAA's headquarters a "black hole" where information disappeared. Heroics. Yet there were some shining moments of improvisation. In one instance, a United Airlines dispatcher took it upon himself to call the pilots of the 16 planes on his watch and tell them what was happening. One of those planes was Flight 93. It was hijacked two minutes later, but the passengers and crew struggled with the hijackers, crashing the plane in a Pennsylvania field, preventing it from reaching its target, believed to be either the White House or the U.S. Capitol. And the lessons learned have brought better protection. The NORAD commander, Gen. Ralph Eberhart, claims that communications and protocols have improved so much that today it would be possible to shoot down four similarly hijacked aircraft. Among the changes: The FAA and NORAD have a 24-hour communication line, the number of bases housing battle-ready jets has jumped from seven to as many as 30, and the phone lines on Air Force One have been improved. But Eberhart says what's more important is strengthening U.S. border and airport security to ensure that terrorists can't get into the country or onto U.S. planes. As Commission Chairman Thomas Kean said, solemnly wrapping up the hearing: "This is the story of a lot of problems, and shame on us if we don't learn from it." -Samantha Levine http://www.usnews.com/usnews/issue/040628/.../28nine11.b.htm
  9. One of my favorite albums from the seventies was "trilogy", I saw elp in concert, I was just amazed by the sound, huge pipe organ, I was awestruck by the whole experience, they were playing in civic arena in pittsburgh at the time, and it was nightime, the dome was open, and when they performed "lucky man", it just gave you chills, the reverberation was perfect. Anyways a short biography for those that aren't familiar with them. After the heavily distorted bass and doomsday church organ of Emerson, Lake & Palmer's debut album, the exhilarating prog rock of epic proportions on Tarkus, and the violent removal of the sacred aura of classical tunes on Pictures at an Exhibition, Trilogy, ELP's fourth album, features the trio settling down in more crowd-pleasing pastures. Actually, the group was gaining in maturity what they lost in raw energy. Every track on this album has been carefully thought, arranged, and performed to perfection, a process that also included some form of sterilization. Greg Lake's acoustic ballad "From the Beginning" put the group on the charts for a second time. The adaptation of Aaron Copland's "Hoedown" also yielded a crowd-pleaser. Prog rock fans had to satisfy themselves with the three-part "The Endless Enigma" and "Trilogy," both very strong but paced compositions. By 1972, Eddie Offord's recording and producing techniques had reached a peak. He provided a lush, comfy finish to the album that made it particularly suited for living-room listening and the FM airwaves. Yet the material lacks a bit of excitement. Trilogy still belongs to ELP's classic period and should not be overlooked. For newcomers to prog rock it can even make a less-menacing point of entry. — François Couture 1. The Endless Enigma, Pt. 1 2. Fugue 3. The Endless Enigma, Pt. 2 4. From the Beginning 5. The Sheriff 6. Hoedown(coplan) 7. Trilogy 8. Living Sin 9. Abaddon's Bolero http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&u...l=Aeza9qj5bojda
  10. Judge rules for media on Florida voter list Upholds both 'right to inspect' and 'right to copy' Thursday, July 1, 2004 Posted: 5:01 PM EDT (2101 GMT) (CNN) -- A state court judge in Florida ordered Thursday that the board of elections immediately release a list of nearly 50,000 suspected felons to CNN and other news organizations that last month sued the state for access to copies of the list. The list is used to determine who will be eligible to vote in November's presidential election in the state. In a statement issued shortly after the ruling was announced, Secretary of State Glenda Hood accepted the ruling as final. "Now that the court has ruled that statute to be unconstitutional, we will make these records accessible to all interested parties," she said. Florida bars people convicted of felonies in that state from voting. In 2000, a similar list was the center of controversy when state officials acknowledged after the election that it contained thousands of names in error, thus barring eligible people from voting. Many of the barred voters were African-Americans, who traditionally tend to vote Democratic. Bush won the state by a 537-vote margin and, with it, the presidency. The lawsuit, filed by CNN and joined by other news organizations, challenged a 2001 statute passed by the Republican-controlled legislature that limited the public's access to the list. News organizations were allowed to inspect the list, but not make copies of it or take notes from it. (CNN asks Florida court for ineligible voters list) "The right to inspect without the right to copy is an empty right indeed," said Leon County Circuit Judge Nikki Clark, in her six-page order. "Whether the public chooses to inspect or copy [the list] is not the choice of the governmental agency which has custody of the record. It is the choice of the person who has requested access." The judge went on to declare the statute unconstitutional because it failed to comply with a constitutional amendment guaranteeing public access to the state's public records. The state has a right to an automatic 48-hour stay, if its lawyers appeal. They would have to show cause why the information should continue to be withheld, said Tampa attorney Gregg D. Thomas of the law firm Holland & Knight, which is representing the news organizations. "I think the long-term impact is that the citizens of Florida will have access to the interactions of their government to make sure that the government, particularly with regard to the right to vote, is conducting itself appropriately." The list contains the names of 47,763 suspected felons. The voter-exclusion list was compiled from state clemency reports, lists of felons and other databases, Thomas said. The ACLU applauded the decision. "This is good news for voters because now these records will be open and available for public inspection to help protect the right of every eligible voter in Florida," said Howard Simon, executive director of the ACLU of Florida, which also joined the case. "Our interest in this case is to analyze the information on the list to prevent eligible voters from being wrongfully purged from the rolls." Miami lawyer Joseph Klock Jr., representing the state, did not return a call Thursday. http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/07/01/...ions/index.html
  11. "Even The Losers" is on the album "Damn the Torpedos", "A Woman In Love" is from the album "Hard Promises", I liked his "Wildflowers" album myself, Wildflowers You Don't Know How It Feels Time to Move On You Wreck Me It's Good to Be King Only a Broken Heart Honey Bee Don't Fade on Me Hard on Me Cabin Down Below To Find a Friend A Higher Place House in the Woods Crawling Back to You Wake up Time
  12. Stern lambastes Bush, FCC 'I criticize Bush and then I'm fired' From George Lerner CNN Wednesday, June 30, 2004 Posted: 12:12 PM EDT (1612 GMT) NEW YORK (CNN) -- Radio host Howard Stern took aim at the Bush administration, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and media giant Clear Channel as he announced Wednesday that his program will soon be broadcast on nine new stations across the country. In a news conference held during his morning show, Stern said some of those stations -- in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; San Diego, California; West Palm Beach, Florida; Rochester, New York; and Orlando, Florida -- will replace Clear Channel stations that once carried the Howard Stern program. In February, Clear Channel pulled Stern from six of the stations it owns after the FCC fined the company $495,000 for Stern comments that were deemed indecent. "When I was thrown off the six stations I was devastated. I really thought Clear Channel had 'thrown me under the bus,'" Stern said. (Clear Channel yanks Stern from 6 stations) "I'm not taking it sitting down. ... I'm going to kick their asses. ... I'm thrilled to be back on in these markets." The radio host said he had considered moving to satellite radio, where he would face less FCC scrutiny, but decided to remain with his current radio contract with Infinity Broadcasting, which syndicates the Stern show. That contract has another 18 months to go. "I'm so frustrated by the amount of censorship that's going on," Stern said "The FCC is on such a witch hunt against me that they actually go back 2 (or) 3 years for reasons to fine me. ... The FCC is on a witch hunt." Stern accused Clear Channel of taking him off the air not for reasons of obscenity but because he had spoken out against President Bush. "Clear Channel is very tied to the Bush administration" Stern said. "Clear Channel for years has been defending me...I criticize Bush and then I'm fired...They acted out of politics." read the entire article here: http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/06/30/...bush/index.html
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    dan folgelberg

    I think dan folgelberg is a very underrated artist, brilliant musician and poet. His hit "leader of the band" was written about his father who was a high school music teacher. Below is a small biography, I'll try and follow up with more info. by Steve Huey Peoria, IL, native Dan Fogelberg has built a devoted following over the years with his laid-back, folky singer/songwriter style. A pianist since 14, Fogelberg switched to guitar and played local coffeehouses while majoring in art at the University of Illinois, where he met ex-student and REO Speedwagon manager Irving Azoff. Fogelberg relocated to Los Angeles and played the folk circuit while doing session work, landing a tour spot with Van Morrison at one point. Fogelberg's 1972 debut, Home Free, didn't make much of an impact, and he was dropped from Columbia. However, Fogelberg's connection with Azoff led to a deal with Epic. Fogelberg's Epic debut, Souvenirs, became his first in a string of seven consecutive platinum albums. He increased his visibility by touring with the Eagles in 1975. Fogelberg's popularity peaked in 1980 with the release of Phoenix, which contained the number two hit single "Longer." His follow-up, The Innocent Age, was a double concept album, and four Top 20 singles were pulled from it. Following the release of a greatest-hits package, Fogelberg's commercial appeal began to evaporate; none of his subsequent albums have gone platinum, but continue to sell well to a core of fans. 1993's River of Souls saw Fogelberg experimenting with worldbeat sounds as a backdrop for his lyrical musings. No Resemblance Whatsoever, a collaboration with Tim Weisberg, followed in 1995, and four years later Fogelberg returned with First Christmas Morning. Live: Something Old New Borrowed and Some Blues appeared in mid-2000.
  14. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are responsible for such infectious songs as "American Girl," and "Don't Do Me Like That," "Free Fallin" and some of the most critically acclaimed albums of all time such as, "Damn the Torpedoes," and "Full Moon Fever." Throughout the years, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have continued earning critical praise and fan adoration for their trademark brand of straight-ahead, American rock 'n' roll and their refusal to compromise their integrity. Along the way, they have become recognized as one of America's greatest rock bands and were inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, their first year of eligibility. Any diehard Petty fan will agree that the musical chemistry between Petty and the Heartbreakers is more tangible than that of any other band he has played with (including the Traveling Wilburys, who also featured Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne, and George Harrison.
  15. http://www.beatking.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=5314
  16. 'We Want to Make a Light Baby' Arab Militiamen in Sudan Said to Use Rape as Weapon of Ethnic Cleansing By Emily Wax Washington Post Foreign Service Wednesday, June 30, 2004; Page A01 GENEINA, Sudan, June 29 -- At first light on Sunday, three young women walked into a scrubby field just outside their refugee camp in West Darfur. They had gone out to collect straw for their family's donkeys. They recalled thinking that the Arab militiamen who were attacking African tribes at night would still be asleep. But six men grabbed them, yelling Arabic slurs such as "zurga" and "abid," meaning "black" and "slave." Then the men raped them, beat them and left them on the ground, they said. "They grabbed my donkey and my straw and said, 'Black girl, you are too dark. You are like a dog. We want to make a light baby,' " said Sawela Suliman, 22, showing slashes from where a whip had struck her thighs as her father held up a police and health report with details of the attack. "They said, 'You get out of this area and leave the child when it's made.' " Suliman's father, a tall, proud man dressed in a flowing white robe, cried as she described the rape. It was not an isolated incident, according to human rights officials and aid workers in this region of western Sudan, where 1.2 million Africans have been driven from their lands by government-backed Arab militias, tribal fighters known as Janjaweed. Interviews with two dozen women at camps, schools and health centers in two provincial capitals in Darfur yielded consistent reports that the Janjaweed were carrying out waves of attacks targeting African women. The victims and others said the rapes seemed to be a systematic campaign to humiliate the women, their husbands and fathers, and to weaken tribal ethnic lines. In Sudan, as in many Arab cultures, a child's ethnicity is attached to the ethnicity of the father. "The pattern is so clear because they are doing it in such a massive way and always saying the same thing," said an international aid worker who is involved in health care. She and other international aid officials spoke on condition of anonymity, saying they feared reprisals or delays of permits that might hamper their operations. She showed a list of victims from Rokero, a town outside of Jebel Marra in central Darfur where 400 women said they were raped by the Janjaweed. "It's systematic," the aid worker said. "Everyone knows how the father carries the lineage in the culture. They want more Arab babies to take the land. The scary thing is that I don't think we realize the extent of how widespread this is yet." Another international aid worker, a high-ranking official, said: "These rapes are built on tribal tensions and orchestrated to create a dynamic where the African tribal groups are destroyed. It's hard to believe that they tell them they want to make Arab babies, but it's true. It's systematic, and these cases are what made me believe that it is part of ethnic cleansing and that they are doing it in a massive way." read the entire article here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/artic...-2004Jun29.html
  17. Starbucks Offers 'Future' Fundraising Compilation A compilation of highlights from the Quincy Jones-organized We Are the Future concert will be sold exclusively through participating North American Starbucks stores. The disc, which features performances by Norah Jones, Alicia Keys, Juanes, Carlos Santana and others captured during the May 16 event in Rome, will be available July 2 through Aug. 3. A charter sponsor of the concert, Starbucks has pledged 100% of the proceeds from the compilation will benefit the We Are the Future initiative. Working with the Glocal Forum, the non-profit organization seeks to provide assistance and education to children in war torn areas worldwide. "The concert that launched We Are the Future is one of the most powerful events I've ever been a part of, and it's a true privilege to have helped it happen," Quincy Jones says. "With the support of Starbucks, we are able to offer a recording of this major event to engage music fans and raise awareness for children living in war-ravaged communities." Here is the "We Are the Future" compilation track list: "Oye Come Va," Carlos Santana with Mana's Fher "The Prayer," John Stoddart, Sherry McGee, Andrea Bocelli and Karina Pasian "Fallin'," Alicia Keys "Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime," Zucchero "Watermelon Man," Herbie Hancock featuring Carlos Santana and Bill Summers "L'Ultimo Bacio," Carmen Consoli "How High the Moon," Patti Austin "A Dios Le Pido (I Ask God)," Juanes "You Raise Me Up," Josh Groban "Afrika," Angelique Kidjo featuring Soundz Of South Africa "Peace," Norah Jones "We Are the Future," Karina Pasian and cast http://www.billboard.com/bb/daily/article_...t_id=1000552818
  18. Rush are in the middle of the North American leg of their 30th-anniversary tour. The current series of dates celebrating the milestone will wrap up Aug. 22 in Toronto, and the Canadian prog-rock trio then is scheduled to visit Europe during September. An incident that occurred during a different kind of celebration has Rush's Alex Lifeson in quite a bit of legal hot water. This past New Year's Eve, Lifeson and his son were involved in a scuffle with police officers while ringing in 2004 at a Naples, Fla., hotel. The guitarist is facing a variety of charges and, if convicted, he could conceivably be sentenced to several years in prison. Lifeson's trial has been postponed several times, and the proceedings now are scheduled to get under way during the week of Sept. 13, which unfortunately would interfere with his group's international tour plans. Right now, though, Lifeson and the rest of Rush are focusing on bringing their mighty sonic explosion to their fans. And in addition to the current tour, the three musicians are marking their three-decade-long career by releasing an eight-song EP of songs by some of the classic-rock artists who inspired them. Feedback, due in stores June 29, features tunes written and/or famously covered by the Who ("The Seeker," "Summertime Blues"), Buffalo Springfield ("For What It's Worth," "Mr. Soul"), the Yardbirds ("Heart Full of Soul," "Shapes of Things"), Cream ("Crossroads") and Love ("Seven and Seven Is"). "We thought it would be a fitting symbol to commemorate our 30 years together if we returned to our roots and paid tribute to those we had learned from and were inspired by," drummer Neil Peart writes in the CD's liner notes. While Rush obviously are taking time to look back to their past this year, they also are looking toward the future. "We have every intention of going back in the studio and recording a new record," Lifeson said in a recent newspaper interview. http://www.rush.com/php/home.php?f=1
  19. how true, it's absurd to view millions of americans as criminals.
  20. you got to be kidding dude, I doubt I have enough room on my HD for that book!
  21. Posted 6/15/2004 12:45 PM Prince countersues in privacy fight MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prince is denying allegations that he instructed his bodyguard to assault a college student who took the musician's photo at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Prince denies allegations that he instructed his bodyguard to assault a college student who took his photo at an airport. By Kevin Mazur, AP Prince filed a counterclaim Monday in Hennepin County District Court, alleging the student invaded his privacy and violated trademark and copyright law. Anthony Fitzgerald of Edina sued Prince and his bodyguard in April for damages of at least $50,000. Fitzgerald claims he was assaulted at the airport Dec. 29 and that his new digital camera was confiscated when he took a photo of Prince as the rock star was getting off a plane. Prince's countersuit also seeks at least $50,000 in damages. read the entire article here: http://www.usatoday.com/life/people/2004-0...untersuit_x.htm
  22. Posted 6/15/2004 8:13 PM Updated 6/15/2004 8:59 PM Sentences lengthy for 'Virginia jihad' ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Maryland man convicted of traveling to Pakistan and seeking to fight with the Taliban against the United States just days after Sept. 11 was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison. Masoud Khan was one of three people sentenced Tuesday on charges they trained for holy war against the United States by playing paintball games in the Virginia woods as part of a "jihad" network. Prosecutors said Khan's actions were worse than the other suspects because he also traveled overseas to train with a Pakistani militant group after Sept. 11. "While the Pentagon is still smoking, Mr. Khan decided now is the time to fight against Americans in Afghanistan. He deserves every day he gets," prosecutor Gordon Kromberg said. read the entire article here: http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2004-0...-sentence_x.htm
  23. desdemona


    I'm referring to this latest american hostage taken in saudi arabia, I'll probably have nightmares wondering what they're going to do to him! You know, there have been some incidents that have gone unreported where american soldiers were abused, (I'll find the reference), someone mentioned at work, a special forces agent was hung by the iraqi, her husband is a career military man and she's told some stories that never get reported. I guess my point is, there's so much we don't see, a snapshot is unfair, I notice we see mostly civilians taken and abused, and not military men, I'm sure the military prohibits alot of it. All deaths and abuse is terrible, placing emphasis on one situation or the other is an example of biased coverage that pervades the US news media.
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