Monday, July 13, 2015

Wed. July 15 LIVING WRITERS, SPECIAL EDITION WITH ED VIELMETTI: ARBOR WIKI, COLLABORATIVE MAPPING AND COLLECTIVE MEMORIES

"Living Writers" is a public affairs program airing every Wednesday from 5-6pm on WCBN-FM ANN ARBOR. T. Hetzel from the University of Michigan Sweetland Center for Writing, is the host. Each week a writer is featured. Songs are played in between banter and ideation exploration.

I am filling-in this week for T. We'll hear from Ed Vielmetti about ArborWiki, a collaboratively edited website including everything from local civic engagement systems & relevant maps, to all the best birthday deals in Ann Arbor.

We will also talk a bit about Ed's experiences with USENET [1985-1995], and writing online in general. Tune-in, won't you? 5pm this Wednesday July 15. 88.3 MHz in Ann Arbor or click here to listen
a n y w h e r e  i n  t h e  w o r l d.

Oh, and speaking of maps, take a look at this one. What local area does it depict? Feel free to leave your answer in the comment section below. Thanks for reading, listening and participating!

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

SEIZURE EXPERIMENT: HARDCORE/METAL/THRASH RADIO 10-12MID SUNDAY JULY 12 [TONIGHT!!!]

Music by OBLITERATIONS, Art by RUNT

I visited Toronto a couple of weeks ago for the NXNE Music and Art festival. Thanks to WCBN and The Liz for the opportunity. I stayed in an inexpensive Airbnb apartment right near Yonge and Alexander, in the heart of downtown Toronto. Guess what? I had a BLAST!

While in Toronto I used 3 different modes of mass transit to bounce around the city like a pinball. I left with Transit Envy and dare to dream that one day [long after I have departed this dimension], SE Michigan might enjoy something similar to the "loco-mobility" experience I had in Toronto.

Above is a very brief video with a live audio clip from the OBLITERATIONS set. They opened for Mission of Burma the last night I was there, June 20. Pentagram had to cancel because of "border problems" hehheh... :)

Here are some of the bands I checked-out while there: Calfornia X [From Boston, of course!], Frog Eyes, MISSION OF BURMA, Obliterations, White Cowbell Oklahoma, Suichu Blanco [From Kagoshima, Japan], Liturgy [Brooklyn], USA OUT OF VIETNAM, Om, Chagall. 

I brought back some sounds from Liturgy, OBLITERATIONS and a few others I'll play tonight on the SEIZURE EXPERIMENT, from 10p-12mid tonight Sunday July 12. 

Who knows? Bran Dok may show up for some hardcore psychedelic banter...

Thanks for listening and donating to WCBN FM Ann Arbor.

ONE WAY TO THE SHOWS

SUICHU BLANCO FROM KAGOSHIMA, JAPAN

WHITE COWBELL OKLAHOMA

TORONTO BIKE GANG

CONSTRUBOTS!!!!

THE OPERA HOUSE

AL CISNEROS FROM OM

MISSION OF BURMA!!!

Friday, May 1, 2015

PROPOSAL 1 AND THE TACTICAL FAILURES OF MICHIGAN DEMOCRATS

Left institutions like the Democratic Party and the UAW have failed to inspire their base and key constituencies statewide. Therefore, the Republicans now control every lever in the state government. 

It is bizarre, this whole Proposal 1 mess. Conservatives/ Republicans brought this proposal forward, with concessions being touted by Democratic Party leaders. The people pushing the hardest for this proposal, which amounts to a 16% regressive tax increase, are Democratic Party, Transit and Labor leaders.

The Washtenaw County Republican Party is advocating AGAINST it.

Well, I guess there is a first time for everything. I agree with the Republicans here, perhaps for different reasons.

This is an unfortunate way for the Democrats to enter the 2016 political organizing season. Michigan Left institutional leaders chose the path of what some professional lobbyist staffers are referring to as "damage control." The refrain after that is, "in 2016 we have to win elections." 

It is true that in order to have a seat at the decision-making table, you/we have to win elections. However, the myopic focus on providing resources exclusively for electoral politics has proven to be unsuccessful for Michigan Democrats. 

Democrats in Michigan will continue to be irrelevant as long as they continue to admit defeat before even trying to fight for policies that appropriately tax the wealthy. Elections aren't enough anymore. It's time to get in the streets and reclaim our commons. 

What could we do to remedy this?

If we *paired* the electoral with direct action, we might have a shot of overcoming the lack of capital on our side. If successful, all the *potential* benefits [EITC, School Aid Fund protection] included in this proposal would be doable and then some once we appropriately tax the wealthy**.

The progress in the items provided for in this current ballot proposal do not warrant the 16% regressive tax increase. 

I will vote NO on 1.

While I am voting a resounding NO on 1, I am voting yes for the school bond in Ann Arbor. If you are an Ann Arbor resident like me, I would encourage you to do the same.

Thanks for reading. See you in the streets this summer.




** What is appropriate? Well, in 1954 we taxed all earners making $100,000 or more at a rate of 89% [Yes, I know $100,000 was worth a lot more back then. Do the math.] Contrast that with the 2015 highest bracket which is taxed at 39.6% and no more [$413,201 and up]. That is economic class warfare. See you in the streets.
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Saturday, March 14, 2015

SEIZURE EXPERIMENT IDES OF MARCH EPISODE: WHICH EMPEROR DIES FIRST?

Last week the Reverand Bombach, interviewed Veronica and Shawn Knight, organizers of the Bezerker II

People laughed and inside jokes flew past our ears.

Let me help you purge the demons from your world this Sunday, March 15 from 10pm-Midnight.

734-763-3500 to harass or engage. 88.3 MHz or http://wcbn.org/listen to listen and become clean again, ready to meet the week with a fresh face.

I'll be pulling exactly zero punches. You have been warned :)

Listen here to an excerpt from last week's show:


Monday, February 23, 2015

Michigan Austerity: Proposal 1 and Funding Our Crumbling Infrastructure VIA Regressive Tax Policy

The following is in partial response to Tony Trupiano here.

As I understand it, this is Tony's position: our choice here is between no state funded road repairs/transit or some repairs/transit funding. Vote "yes" for some funding.

Tony is a Democrat. I assume we can all agree that Democrats have basically no executive, legislative or judicial levers at their behest in Michigan. As a result, he is advocating for us to accept our lot and vote for the lesser of two evils.
Tony is a long time labor and Democratic party activist. His strategy for this issue: vote yes even though this is bad policy. Vote yes because we have no power to do otherwise.

This is an opportunity to organize and mobilize across political spectrum differences. 
Tony and his partner in Democratic Party PR, Chris Savage*, seem willing to throw in the towel and "wait until 2016."

And people scratch their heads as Michigan Democrats continue to lose election after election? "We knocked on all the doors, we targeted the right voters, we published sensationalistic and scathing blog articles about our opponents..."

Winning elections will take leadership and a willingness to take actions outside of the electoral process. I am not saying don't bother with the electoral process, instead, I think Democrats like these guys would be more effective and successful at winning elections if they organized and mobilized their supporters to take direct actions toward remedying the road/transit funding hole in our state budget.

Thanks for reading, GP


*Chris Savage is the current Chair of the Washtenaw County Democratic Party.