Yesterday was Jerry Day, which celebrated the 76th birthday of Jerry Garcia. To commemorate the Grateful Dead guitarist and his legacy, Garcia family members Keelin Garcia and Manasha Garcia launched a new label named after the legendary musician. Dubbed the Jerry Garcia Music Arts LLC, the organization is “a mission-based company inspired by musician and artist, Jerry Garcia” and will release music and art, with a portion of the proceeds going to charity. As the website notes, Garcia considered himself “an artist, that played music.” And so he continues to live on through both his music and his art.To celebrate the launch of the Jerry Garcia Music Arts LLC, the organization released a limited number of free downloads of Garcia’s solo acoustic “Ripple” from 1982’s Capitol Theater show in Passaic, New Jersey. As the official Jerry Garcia website points out, “Jerry only played one date (early & late shows) solo. Feeling uncomfortable alone on stage, he made sure that [bassist] John Kahn joined him for his next scheduled show. He never played alone on stage again.”Remastered by audio engineer Joe Gastwirt, the one-and-only solo “Ripple” recording was limited to 2,500 free downloads, but will be made available on most digital music services soon for all to enjoy.In addition to the music, the Jerry Garcia Music Arts LLC is offering a limited edition museum quality giclee of Garcia’s watercolor painting, titled “Ripple” as well–going on sale at Terrapin Stationers on August 3rd. According to the organization, a portion of the proceeds from the art piece will support ocean preservation.Check out the watercolor painting, “Ripple” by Jerry Garcia, below. See more art from Jerry Garcia here.For additional information on the Jerry Garcia Music Arts LLC, head to their official website.
Gavin Creel, the two-time Tony Award nominee (Hair, Thoroughly Modern Millie) will be in Boston giving concerts and master classes for the weekend. He is an actor, musician, human rights activist and a great leader – leading the Hair tribe to marches in Washington D.C. and NYC. He is a respected advocate for the LGBT community and co-founder of Broadway Impact, a grassroots organization of the theater community fighting for marriage equality…. and he just released his new EP “Quiet,” which in its first week broke onto the Billboard Heatseekers Album Chart. Creel will be doing a Q&A at OBERON that is free and open to the public on Friday, Dec. 3, at noon. For more information, log on to www.cluboberon.com. Read Full Story
After the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in 2012, Harvard historian Caroline Light felt compelled to explore the roots of the American right to self-defense, which has helped turned the United States into a country with more guns than people.In her new book, “Stand Your Ground: A History of America’s Love Affair with Lethal Self-Defense,” Light traces the development of the notion of self-defense from English common law to contemporary stand-your-ground laws. The Gazette sat down with Light to talk about her book, the rise of armed citizenship, and the idea that the right to self-defense has traditionally been wielded by the most privileged against the most vulnerable. GAZETTE: In your book, you trace the history of the American right to self-defense to before the foundation of the United States. Where does this notion come from?LIGHT: I traced the legal theory and ideology of lethal self-defense back to English common law principles, which are foundational to what would eventually become the United States legal system. But self-defense had serious limitations in the English context. People in the United States forget that originally English common law doctrine held a “duty to retreat” that meant that you were obligated to retreat in the face of an attack. The one exception was enunciated in a 1604 court case involving an intrusion of agents of the king into a man’s private dwelling. These are the origins of the Castle Doctrine, which says that you do not have the duty to retreat when you’re in your home because “a man’s home is his castle.” This doctrine originated as an exemption to the duty to retreat, but in the United States it turned into a very expansive set of notions about who is allowed to fight back lethally against whom. The ideology of lethal self-defense is very selective in the U.S., even if we claim to be gender-blind and race-blind. When people in the U.S. said, “A man’s home is his castle,” what they actually meant was, “A white, property-owning man’s home is his castle,” and he’s allowed to fight back.GAZETTE: How did the notion of self-defense that emerged in the 17th century as a privilege for white men who owned property, as you argue, evolve over the centuries?LIGHT: When we look back into the roots of self-defense laws in the United States, we also see that they’re tethered to colonialism, legalized slavery, and the legal doctrine of coverture, which meant that married women couldn’t own any property because their rights were literally “covered” by their husbands. All of these different principles of exclusion were embedded in what would become the United States’ legal system. And as I traced them through time, even as laws started becoming more inclusive, self-defense laws were adjudicated chiefly to protect white men and their property. That took off in the post-Reconstruction era, late in the 19th century, when we see court cases in several states where white men are allowed to fight back lethally even when they aren’t in their home. We don’t see anything like that happening for African-Americans because in the wake of the Civil War, black codes and vagrancy laws, etc., restricted black freedom and access to full citizenship. And most black codes prohibited African-Americans from possessing weapons for self-defense. Similarly, women couldn’t defend themselves against violence from their husbands. I argue that lethal self-defense has been legalized for the most privileged even if, rhetorically, we celebrate self-defense as something universal to all citizens.GAZETTE: What is the turning point at which the “duty to retreat” from threat becomes what you call a “selective right to kill”?LIGHT: The pivotal moment coincides with the end of Reconstruction in the 1870s. There are two crucial court cases, one in Ohio and one in Indiana, in which the state courts decide not to obligate white men to retreat in the face of danger even if they’re outside their homes. This coincided with the moment the federal government withdrew federal forces from the South, which meant it withdrew protections for newly freed people. This was done in the interest of protecting white property, especially given the end of slavery. This legal shift accompanied an effort by whites to retain a claim to what had been their property, to maintain control over formerly enslaved people. The 13th Amendment carried a loophole by which white Southerners could continue enslaving African-Americans under the guise of incarceration for criminal behavior. For instance, vagrancy laws could be used to keep African-Americans in prison. All of these things are part of a larger constellation in which self-defense laws were mobilized selectively in the interest of white property.GAZETTE: How would you describe the legacy of this belief system in today’s American society?LIGHT: Lethal self-defense, in many ways, has become naturalized as a universal civil right. What that means is that many Americans see it as their right to carry a lethal weapon in the interest of self-defense. I tracked the transition from the late 20th-century focus on hunting to what we see today, which is an urgent accumulation of firearms for self-defense. On top of that, stand-your-ground laws have spread to over half the states, declaring that you can “stand your ground” against an attack wherever you may be, even outside your home. But as we’ve seen with cases like Trayvon Martin’s, these laws are not adjudicated in a way that entitles everybody to protect themselves from what they perceive to be a reasonable threat.GAZETTE: You said that the killing of Trayvon Martin inspired you to write this book. How so?LIGHT: That moment was crucial for many Americans. Trayvon’s death and his killer’s ability to walk free were an awakening to the prevalence of racial violence in our supposedly color-blind society. And even though many people would say that the Trayvon Martin case had nothing to do with stand-your-ground laws, it still resonates in terms of how the jury was instructed to consider George Zimmerman’s guilt or innocence. Stand-your-ground laws provide an exemption from criminal prosecution for people who use lethal self-defense in response to a reasonable threat, and that’s what the jury acted on. They believed that it was reasonable for Zimmerman to fear for his life when he saw an unarmed black teenager. I think that speaks volumes to the pernicious injustice of stand-your-ground laws.GAZETTE: In your book, you call stand-your-ground laws part of the “Do-It-Yourself Security Citizenship” movement. Could you tell us what this means?LIGHT: “Do-It-Yourself Security Citizenship” is the idea that an individual can and will be heroically prepared to fight in defense of himself and other innocent lives around him. It’s a seductive narrative for many people. And gun ownership, this notion that you must be prepared to kill or be killed, is at the center of “Do-It-Yourself Security Citizenship.” Whether you have a gun or not, the core idea is that no one is going to protect you, the government won’t protect you, and law enforcement won’t protect you. So as a good citizen, you need to take your safety and security into your own hands. The National Rifle Association [NRA] plays a powerful role in distributing and naturalizing this knowledge, making it seem like an emblem of patriotism to accumulate and carry weapons. Gun ownership is no longer about hunting or recreation; it’s about an urgent necessity to protect yourself from danger and to participate in armed citizenship, which the NRA characterizes as the ideal of American patriotism. Their message is that when you protect yourself, you make everybody safer. I’m not saying that it’s wrong to protect yourself, but I’m asking people to be more self-critical about the way in which “Do-It-Yourself Security Citizenship” is based on anxiety and fear about criminal strangers, including the perception of black masculinity as a threat in and of itself.GAZETTE: Would you say that the notion of the right to self-defense is part of the DNA of the country? If so, how do you think it will evolve?LIGHT: Yes, in a way, it’s in our DNA, but we have our own particular genetic mutations. As the duty to retreat and the Castle Doctrine were transported to what would become the United States, they changed due to the influence of our specific economy, our ideal of Manifest Destiny, the legacy of slavery, and also our willful amnesia around the ways in which the violence of slavery has not been left in the past at all. It is in many ways built into our DNA, but does that mean we can’t change it? I remain hopeful that we may become more critical about armed citizenship and its impact on public safety. It’s going to take all of us to rethink and question DIY Security Citizenship as the emblem of patriotism.
Glowsticks. Three DJs. Free pizza. T-shirts. While students will be able to find all of these things at the Rave for the Brave tonight in Stepan Center, senior Chris Luboja said the event has a deeper meaning. All the proceeds from the Rave will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that supports severely injured members of the military as they transition back to civilian life. “Rave for the Brave is …. a great way to celebrate the lives of those men and women who sacrifice so much for us everyday,” Luboja said. The Rave is co-sponsored by Stanford Hall, Lewis Hall and the Trident Naval Society. “This event is really the first major dance on campus that is open to all students, not just those from a particular dorm,” Luboja said. “Stepan is ready for Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross students to have a night filled with music, lights and smoke.” Standford assistant rector Andrew Balhoff said advertising for the event has already been met with success. “It will be amazing,” Balhoff said. “This is an inaugural event, but even so, we have over 1,100 people attending.” The Rave will begin at 10 p.m. tonight in Stepan Center. Balhoff said the venue would be transformed for the event. “We purchased 30,000 glow sticks, and 1,200 lasers will also be in use tonight at Stepan,” Balhoff said. “In addition, a smoke machine will emit 13,500 cubic feet of smoke per minute … We’ll have as much free pizza as you can eat.” Luboja said the organizers booked three DJs for the event. “Two of our DJs, Stanford’s own DJ Thayer and DJ ROC, come from the Notre Dame community, and the third, Vico Ono, is a Los Angeles native who has performed at locations like the Roxy Theater, Delicious Vinyl and Geisha House,” Luboja said. “He has had multiple tracks atop the Hypem [Hype Machine] Top 20 list.” Luboja said tickets would cost $5 and include the cost of pizza and glow sticks. “Further donations may be made for t-shirts and additional glow sticks,” he said.
Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 22, 2015 If there’s one person you wouldn’t want to have to make an entrance after, it’s James Earl Jones. Unfortunately, that’s just what Rose Byrne gets to do in You Can’t Take It With You. “He gets a huge thunderous applause when he comes on stage, because he’s just magnificent,” Byrne told Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, “And I come on after him, and I wasn’t expecting an applause, but I get sort of a worse thing—like, a half applause.” Hey, that’s still better than no applause, right? Byrne also discussed the upcoming Annie remake. “I have a dance number,” she said of the movie musical, “so I had a number of lessons…it was a very big number initially and then it started to get shorter.” Finally, when it came time for the last lesson, she was told, “We’re just gonna walk.” You can catch Byrne trailing behind Jones on Broadway in You Can’t Take It With You at the Longacre Theatre and walking in Annie on December 19. You Can’t Take It With You
Cabaret View Comments Star Files Got a serious case of the Mondays? Don’t worry, we’ve got a sexy photo spread to cheer you up! Cabaret star Emma Stone is officially joining the Kit Kat Klub on November 11, alongside Tony winner Alan Cumming and the super sexy Kit Kat girls and boys. Before she officially makes her Broadway debut, the screen star got glammed up for a Vanity Fair photo shoot with her new co-stars. Check out the super sexy shots, then see Stone belt out “Cabaret,” “Mein Herr,” “Maybe This Time” and more this fall. See you at the Kit Kat Klub! Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015 Alan Cumming Related Shows
5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jay Kassing Jay Kassing is President of MARQUIS, a Texas based provider of marketing analytics solutions including MCIF/CRM software, MCIF services, profitability, compliance, consulting and direct mail creative/fulfillment. Jay has … Web: www.gomarquis.com Details Back in the 1980’s when Al Gore was cooking up his Internet scheme we could hardly imagine a knock-down, drag out fight today over how to capitalize on the power of this new digital medium. But fight we do. Are we doing enough with Digital Marketing? Are we doing too much? Are we doing the right things?Inquiring minds want to know.“The answer my friend, is blowing in the wind…” Actually, the answers to these questions lay in the goals we outline. What do we want the result to be? Said another way, what results do we expect from these on-line, digital activities? And how will we know if/when we have been successful?I don’t know much, but I do know there is a great deal in the digital space to cover. Today, I would like to discuss the 7 essentials to having an effective website (part of the whole Digital Marketing plan.)The Website must be simple and fresh. In today’s digital climate, the ability to communicate a brand through the simplicity of the site and the ability for any moron to navigate and find what they want is essential. Don’t make folks work that hard to get answers, knowledge or even to buy something!Web- Based, How-To Knowledge. We are all experts in financial services. Existing clients and prospects…not so much. A steady diet of simple “How-to” guides (Home Ownership, re-financing, etc.) and the like, along with branded videos that offer a different way to provide/access information, adds multiple layers of value for any institution. Not to mention the value to the viewer.Web-Analytics. Sports fans, there are dozens of tools available to help capture who has been to a web-site, clicked on what page/article and so forth. We must all plug some of these tools into what we are doing. We must capture who is in the market for something – and compel each one of these knowledge/product seekers to raise their hand. If we can get all the tire kickers to request additional information…then there would be no need for any other marketing, in any other medium.Search Engine optimization (SEO.) In Peoria, Illinois (pick your city) right now, someone at Caterpillar is enamored with getting a new pickup. They need a car loan. They are seeking information and options on the Internet. Will this prospect find us? Unless we have optimized our website to feature the “key words” and phrases specific to what people most often search for…the answer is no. Our site may be the prettiest, simplest and most content rich place on the planet – but if we can’t be found…then it only serves clients (maybe.)Search Engine Marketing (SEM.) SEM is essentially paid advertising for a myriad of online activities, usually based upon specific key words and phrases that we pay for to get top ranking. This area takes three forms for me, 1) traditional, sponsored ads for specific search terms, 2) localized maps where we can be listed and 3) ad-sense, the ability to post our ads in other web pages, so they can be seen again and again by folks that have come to our website and have interest in stuff we offer.Taking action. If we cannot act on this information, then why are we putting forth the effort? Marketing effort must be equally met with measurement, lead follow-up and sales. This should be the easy part. Yet if our sales and marketing teams are not aligned (or even talking to one another) and working in concert…we have a bigger problem.Measure everything. Marketing is mostly about lead generation. And we don’t have an unlimited budget. That said, we must use the most efficient methods to generate qualified leads for our sales team. If we don’t measure, we will never know. That ain’t right.This is hardly a comprehensive list of everything you must do with your web-site or even digital marketing as a whole – but in my opinion – these are the non-negotiable first steps. The 7 essential steps.Need help understanding these web-focused, digital options? Check out these guys. They can not only educate you, but train you on how you can do it yourself. Believe it!In order to have confidence that you are doing the right things with your website, you must identify what is possible and what you wish to accomplish. Then the fighting and debate will end. And won’t that be nice?
15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Are you a fan of the AMC series “Breaking Bad?” In this story, the unsavory lead character Walter White engages in money laundering to “cleanse” the illegal proceeds of his highly lucrative criminal enterprises. Throughout the course of the series, he launders funds via numerous and increasingly complex methods.Despite his concerted efforts, at the end of the story, Walter is sitting – literally – on a pile of yet-to-be laundered money. This cautionary tale illustrates an important takeaway for financial institutions and other organizations: There is, apparently, a never-ending amount of money to be moved illegally. Industry estimates are that 2 to 5 percent of global GDP is laundered. Not surprisingly then, spending on anti-money laundering (AML) programs continues to grow.“The technology necessary to scan for money laundering in real time and preempt suspicious transactions exists, and there are a number of valid use cases for it. However, there are many considerations to this approach for companies and even industries as a whole to consider.” continue reading »
Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I would like to commend you for printing a copy of the editorial on “Bloomberg View” in the Oct. 28 Gazette. You had printed my letter to the editor on Jan. 1, 2015, concerning the opioid problem in this country and my recommendations for helping to reduce it.Until recently, I hadn’t read any articles or editorials which supported my recommendations. More recently, that has been changing, including the editorial mentioned above.I have been treating Opioid Use Disorder for over 14 years and it’s obviously a genetic illness. I have had many patients who were siblings, cousins and parent/child. My most recent new patient had a grandmother, as well as a sister, who were heroin addicts. Now we have a genetic test which may predict opioid addiction risk with 88 to 97 percent certainty. The test, called LifeKit Predict, uses an algorithm to calculate a patient’s addiction risk score based on 16 genetic variants in brain reward pathways.This is in addition to the gene, OPRM1, on chromosome number six, which encodes the opioid receptors in the brain. The protein Delta FosB accumulates in the nucleus accumbens with opioid use and is one of the causes of addiction, but decreases with time during treatment. The difference between addiction and physical dependence needs to be recognized. The person taking buprenorphine has a physical dependence, but not an addiction. There’s no “high” or cravings from buprenorphine, and the person feels “normal.” It’s similar to treating someone with diabetes or hypertension.Treating pain is important, but now with this test the doctor can know how careful they need to be with a particular patient. The next problem will be its cost and whether insurance companies will cover such an order by the doctor to obtain this test, as they would for other medical lab tests.If not, will the federal government be willing to pay for this test, which can give the prescribing doctor the information needed? I would hope they would, in view of the fact that they have wasted so much money on worthless programs from ignorance.Jack L. UnderwoodSchenectadyThe writer is a psychiatrist.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stop
Lifesite News 1 Apr 2013By a two-to-one margin, blacks reject the notion that homosexual rights compare with the civil rights struggles of the 1950s and ’60s, according to a new poll commissioned by Robert Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television. The poll found that more blacks oppose redefining marriage and believe clergy are right to denounce homosexuality. In all, 55 percent of blacks deny the idea “that equal rights for gays are the same as equal rights for African Americans.” Only 28 percent believe they are the same. Despite the endorsement of prominent black leaders including the president, 42 percent of blacks still believe marriage should be “restricted to a man and a woman,” more than those who believe gays should be able to marry (40 percent).Some of the attendees of the March for Marriage discussed the reasons blacks take umbrage at equating marriage “equality” and the broader question of gay rights with their own history in a video shot by TFP Student Action. “It really saddens me and a lot of African-Americans, because definitely, there is no comparison to be made there,” a woman told John Ritchie of the Catholic group Tradition, Family, Property (TFP). “I just don’t like the comparison, because to me there is absolutely none.” A man drew one blatant difference. “Homosexuals weren’t put in chains for 400 years. There’s no equality there,” he said. “They’re trying to equate unnatural behavior with natural behavior.”http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/blacks-dont-believe-gay-rights-are-the-same-as-civil-rights-pollREAD POLL http://www.rljcompanies.com/phpages/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Results-of-a-National-Opinion-Poll-Conducted-by-Zogby-Analytics-Black-Opinions-in-the-Age-of-Obama_2013.pdf