Dave Grohl, Nine Inch Nails, QOTSA, and Lindsey Buckingham to perform at Grammys

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The 2014 Grammy Awards promise the return Daft Punk, the reunion of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, and Metallica playing with a Chinese pianist. But it’s the evening’s final encore performance that could prove the most epic. As SPIN reports, Dave Grohl, Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, and Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham will team up for a joint performance to close out Sunday’s telecast. This certainly makes up the time they paired Foo Fighters with deadmau5, no?

Grohl, of course, has been a longtime collaborator of both NIN and QOTSA. Meanwhile, Lindsey Buckingham appeared in his recent directorial debut, Sound City. It’s unclear what they’ll be performing at the Grammys, but Grohl, Trent Reznor, and Josh Homme did recently collaborate on an original track called “Mantra” for Sound City. Grohl also drummed on QOTSA’s new album, …Like Clockwork

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Ethan Nadelmann’s Fiery TED Talk: What has the war on drugs done to the world? | Drug Policy Alliance


Twenty years ago, Ethan Nadelmann left his teaching position at Princeton University to become a full-time advocate for ending the drug war. As the founding executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), the largest and most influential organization promoting drug policies grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights, Ethan’s vision and leadership have had a monumental impact on public opinion and changed the course of history.

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Take a few minutes, as soon as you can, to hear Ethan Nadelmann’s newly released TED Talk that’s featured as today’s lead item at TED.com. There is a good reason for the standing ovation Ethan received at the conclusion. The ideas he presents are provocative, enlightening and becoming more mainstream than anyone could have imagined when he began his activism more than two decades ago.


The Drug Policy Alliance has reformed state and federal laws involving drug sentencing, access to sterile syringes to reduce HIV/AIDS, addiction treatment, prevention of overdose fatalities, and all aspects of marijuana policy.  DPA and its lobbying arm, Drug Policy Action, played an instrumental role in securing monumental drug policy reform victories in the recent midterm elections, including marijuana legalization in Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C., marijuana decriminalization in New Mexico, medical marijuana in Guam, and groundbreaking criminal justice and sentencing reforms in New Jersey and California.


Ethan is drug policy advisor to George Soros and other prominent philanthropists as well as elected officials ranging from mayors, governors and state and federal legislators in the U.S. to presidents and cabinet ministers outside the U.S. He and the Drug Policy Alliance have worked closely with the Global Commission on Drug Policy, whose members include global leaders and luminaries like Sir Richard Branson and Kofi Annan, to break the taboo on public discussion of non-prohibitionist drug policies.


Read more via Ethan Nadelmann’s Fiery TED Talk: What has the war on drugs done to the world? | Drug Policy Alliance.


Don’t be fooled: Net neutrality is all about cronyism

First “Simpsons Go To Burning Man” Images

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The Simpsons go to Burning Man this Sunday, November 16 at 8pm on FOX. The name of the episode is “Blazed and Confused”, and it guest stars Willem Dafoe as a Scarface-like teacher, and art cars Dusty Rhino and El Pulpo Mecanico.

From simpsonswiki.com:

Bart faces a tough test at school when he gets a new teacher, Mr. Lassen (guest voice Willem Dafoe), who vows to crush his spirit in the all-new “Blazing Guy” episode of THE SIMPSONS airing Sunday, Nov. 16 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX


David Silverman, aka Tubatron, is a big-time Burner. You may recognize him by his flaming Tuba:

He played a massive role in The Simpsons. From Wikipedia:

David Silverman (born March 15, 1957) is an Americananimator best…

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Pahrump lawyer convicted on felonies for encounter with police – David Ferrara


Failed Clark County District Attorney candidate Raymond James “Jim” Duensing was convicted Monday on three felony charges stemming from a roadside confrontation with Las Vegas police.

After a more than weeklong trial, a jury convicted Duensing on charges of resisting a police officer, carrying a concealed weapon, and unlawful possession of a firearm in connection with a traffic stop on Oct. 29, 2009. An officer shot Duensing three times when he tried to run from the northwest valley scene.

The Pahrump attorney ran an unsuccessful bid on the Libertarian ticket this year to become Clark County’s top prosecutor and head the office that pursued the criminal case against him. He was the only opponent to incumbent Steve Wolfson, who was elected with 72 percent of the vote.

At the encounter along Cheyenne Avenue near Jones Boulevard five years ago, Metro motorcycle officer David Gilbert asked Duensing at least three times to turn around before the officer grabbed his stun gun. Duensing had outstanding traffic warrants, and Gilbert wanted to arrest him.

Duensing took the witness stand last week at trial and said the officer never told him why he was being arrested.

“I said ‘You’re not going to Tase me,” Duensing told jurors. “I was trying to process what was going on. I thought he had the wrong person.”

Duensing was hit with probes from the stun gun and started to run because he feared for his life, because he had heart and lung troubles, he told the jury.

Running, he said, “wasn’t really a conscious decision.”

Read more via Pahrump lawyer convicted on felonies for encounter with police | Las Vegas Review-Journal.

No, Robert Plant did not rip up an $800 million offer to reunite Led Zeppelin

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Citing an anonymous source, UK tabloid The Mirror recently reported that Robert Plant had turned down an $800 million dollar offer from Richard Branson to reunite Led Zeppelin for a 35-show, three-city tour.

“Jimmy [Page], John [Paul Jones], and Jason [Bonham] signed up immediately,” the source told The Mirror. “It was a no-brainer for them but Robert asked for 48 hours to think about it. When he said no and ripped up the paperwork he had been given, there was an enormous sense of shock. There is no way they can go ahead without him.” The Mirror went on to add that Branson even offered to give the band one of his airplanes and rebrand it “The Starship.”

Turns out none of this actually happened: While it is true that Plant has put the kibosh on further Led Zeppelin performances since the band’s one-off reunion in 2007, the scenario laid out…

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Stop Those Who Would Stop Uber – Sheldon Richman

The nerve of some people! Imagine coming to a city and doing business without first asking permission from local officials!

That’s what Uber has done in cities all over the United States and Europe, and it’s created quite a storm among politicians and licensed taxi drivers, who have held up traffic in, among other places, Boston, London, and Paris just to stamp their feet at the high-tech competition.

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What is Uber? It’s an innovator, and you know what means. It disturbs the regulatory landscape where protected firms have long settled in safely and comfortably. Suddenly, the advantage of being an “in” flies out the window. No wonder the regulation-spawned monopolies are upset.

To be more specific, Uber (and its competitor, Lyft) is a company whose smartphone app efficiently matches riders and drivers. When Uber enters a market, it carefully recruits and certifies local drivers. Then, using the app, people who need a ride can quickly find drivers to get them where they want to go. Customers are told fares in advance and how long they’ll wait to be picked up. After the trip, driver and rider are asked to evaluate each other.

Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? You’re probably thinking “yes” — unless you’re a licensed cab driver, a politician, a regulator, or a progressive. (Recent progressive headlines include “Of Course Uber Should Be Regulated” [Slate] and “Why Uber Must Be Stopped” [Salon].) They’re all going bananas.

Clearly the welcome wagon rolls out of sight when innovators come to town. In Paris, the government tried to mandate a 15-minute delay between ordering a ride and receiving a pickup. Fortunately, a court said no. The commonwealth of Virginia has told Uber to “Halt!,” while Austin and Miami have (figuratively) posted “Uber Stay Out!” signs.

The only losers from thwarting Uber are riders, who must suffer the inefficiency and backwardness of the local monopoly, and would-be drivers who can’t break into the business because of that protectionist, interest-ridden system. Did you know New York City had fewer taxi licenses (medallions) in 2012 than in the late 1930s?

Read more via Stop Those Who Would Stop Uber – The Future of Freedom Foundation.

The Rise of Empathic Consciousness – Kingsley L. Dennis

For many of us we have been brought up within a social structure that demands we become a ‘productive member’ of our society; thus much emphasis is placed upon developing individual skills so that we can compete with each other for social betterment. Inherent in this is a residual fear that if we open ourselves too much to others we may lose our ‘competitive edge’ and defined sense of individuality. Much of mainstream media (aka propaganda) has exploited the mythological images, collective stereotypes, and subconscious signifiers that play on our collective vulnerabilities and social fears. Knowledge has more or less trickled down to the average person through heavily filtered channels, and most often has been doctored, amended, and/or edited. The end result has been not knowledge but consensus information, or ‘allowed’ information. It has served the elite power structure well that people in general have not awoken to the understanding that humanity possesses incredible capacity and inherent resources for creative expansion and evolutionary development.

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Added to this is the fact that Western science, which has asserted itself as the dominant hegemony since the Renaissance, has been at pains to stress that matter is primary and that consciousness is a secondary by-product from our mental activity. The modern worldview which denies the primacy of consciousness is fostering forms of human alienation, both psychological and social. It is a great paradox that modern science, itself a result of human consciousness, has produced a view of the cosmos which has no room for consciousness. Yet human beings are in need of meaning and significance in their lives as much as they are in need of air to breathe and food to eat. This struggle over the conscious mind(s) of humanity, which has been going on in various forms for aeons, is coming to a crux in our present generation. We are in a transition period which sees the expanding awareness and connectivity between individuals worldwide clashing against the increasing authoritarian technocratic ‘surveillance machine.’ The result is that we have now collectively arrived at a critical moment in our evolution of human civilization. Yet any society or civilization which makes the material world its sole pursuit and object of concern cannot but devolve in the long run. It is now necessary to see our future potentials, not the daily news. As Professor Needleman so aptly remarked:

Read more via The Rise of Empathic Consciousness – Reality Sandwich.

House Republican vows to block D.C. weed legalization

Another anti-science, anti-freedom establishment republican. Drug warriors remind me of the Flat Earth Society. Evolve or Perish…

Libertarian Election Smashes Previous Records

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Let’s get it out of the way now; no, the Libertarian Party of Illinois did not achieve Established Party status as none of our candidates garnered 5% of the vote. In our main objective of this election, we failed. However, when looking at the results, we achieved more than ever before in our forty-three year history in Illinois, and in many ways have blown away all expectations and proven to the state that we are a force whom attention will be paid.

A quick glance at our vote totals and percentages demonstrates how we easily smashed almost all previous records for each office this year.

2014 Chad Grimm / AJ Cummings  118098 3.40%
2010 Lex Green / Ed Rutledge 34293 0.90%
2002 Cal Skinner / Jim Tobin 73794 2.09%
1994 David Kelley / Robert Moldenhauer 52388 1.68%
1986 Gary Shilts / Gerry Walsh 15646 0.49%
1982 Bea Armstrong /…

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