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The TransPacific Partnership or TPP – The Biggest Baddest Trade Deal In History!

The TransPacific Partnership or TPP may potentially be approved by the USA this spring, 2015. It would be the biggest
trade agreement in the history of the world, and also the baddest. For democracy. For sovereignty. For food safety. For the internet.
For jobs. For the environment. For our health. For seniors. For people of color. But not for the banks, corporations, Wall Street, the 1%-ers, polluters, and the meters of injustice.

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Carolina Chocolate Drops & Birds Of Chicago Enervate Westhampton April 3 2014

Two great parallel groups with female lead singers/multi-instrumentalists highlighted this evening of music.  The Chocolate Drops have been around for about a decade now with CD’s produced by the likes of Buddy Miller and Joe Henry (and T-Bone Burnett will produce their next 2014 release) and awards including a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album 2010 ‘Genuine Negro Jig.’  Their energy is very high and the music eclectic and varied – - from Tom Waits to old-time black North Carolina fiddler Joe Thompson to traditional sources. Birds of Chicago terrific.

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Hendrix New Movie Must See ‘Hear My Train Acomin’ ‘ – November 2013

Jimi Hendrix was the greatest electric guitarist EVER! You can see this in this new movie by Bob Smeaton, a Jimi Hendrix aficionado, who has apparently collected loads of footage of and about Jimi. Every moment of Jimi’s guitar playing is magic in ‘Hear My Train Acomin’,’ [which actually is a blues song about death, acomin’…] and beyond anything anyone else ever did, from the bearded boys of ZZ Top to George Harrison to Jimmy Page to Eric Clapton to Jeff Beck to Buddy Guy to Larry Coryell and Duane Allman, on and on and onward….

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Tea Party Republicans Irresponsible Uncooperative, Anti-Obama Racist Mis-Steppings 10 26 2013 Hail Jesse Helms!

Now that the government shutdown is over, $24 billion dollars of taxpayer money wasted, the Tea-Party-led Republicans have decided they will not co-operate with their Congressional brethren and sisters about passing an immigration law, a jobs bill, anything that President Obama champions. We know that there has been a concerted effort from day one of Obama’s first presidency to ensure that his time in office as America’s first(?)** black chief executive would be contested, hopefully to the point of abject failure.

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Fukushima Continues Lethal Radioactive Leakages Into AIR and Water, Oct 25 2013

Fukushima’s disaster goes on and on, after the initial nuclear disaster incident began on March 11, 2011. The radioactive pollution. The ridiculous idea of an ice wall surrounding the nuclear plant, that the press, including the respected but very doubtable New York Times seems to accept as salvation…quotes from three recent NY Times articles, includes quotes from Oct 25 2013 article.

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’12 Years A Slave,’ ‘The Human Scale,’ ‘Tasting Menu’ Highlite Last Day of Hamptons Film Festival Oct. 14 2013

In retrospect: Best movie was ‘The Rocket,’ shot in Laos. Excellent. Great cinematography of the landscape of Laos, with superb Laotian actors. Enthralling classic movie to be seen again and again and again. 2nd best: ‘Oh Boy’ – German movie about a young man, a bit adrift in life, getting slammed in all directions as he deliberately contemplates his next step, but too often gets stepped on. Great characters, acting, humor. ‘The Human Scale’ as noted above. ‘Tasting Menu’ also noted above.

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‘The Blue Umbrella,’ ‘God Loves Uganda,’ Highlight Our Day 4 Hamptons Film Festival Oct 13 2013

We saw five shows today. ‘God Loves Uganda’ tells a terrifying story of what is happening in this post-Idi-Amin (murderous dictator) African nation invaded by evangelist missionaries, promising Ugandans that they will only have everlasting life (after they die) if they take Jesus Christ as their savior. And other movies & shorts reviewed from Hamptons Int’l Film Festival October 13 2013

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‘Mother, I Love You’ Latvia’s Oscar Entry, Makes Its East Coast Premiere At The Hamptons Film Festival Oct 12 2013

Back in the 17th century, you couldn’t go down to the corner paintstore and buy any color paint you wished to use. Vermeer had to make his own paints, and also, Jenison theorizes, his own lenses and mirrors. So to reproduce what Vermeer had to go through, Tim attempts to be Vermeer and do what he had to do.

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