Anger Is A Gift: The Top 20 Protest Songs Of The 2000’s

first_img11. The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song (2006) – The Flaming Lips:This cheerful hit song doesn’t seem like a political song, but it most certainly is. “If you could blow up the world with the flick of a switch, would you do it,” Wayne Coyne asks in the opening verse. “If you could make everybody poor just so you could be rich, would you do it?” Rumors had circulated following the song’s release, suggesting that the lyrics were written about president George W. Bush, however singer Coyne has made it known that the lyrics are written about the abuse of power in general, and not about Bush in particular. Either way, this song is an essential addition to this list.“With all your power, what would you do?”10. Rich Man’s War (2004) – Steve Earle:In 2004, Country singer/songwriter, Steve Earle released his Grammy winning anti-war/anti-Bush record, The Revolution Starts Now. Since the early 2000’s, Earle had completely pulled back the shade on his staunch Leftist views, and he certainly didn’t walk on eggshells about it. The title track was used in promos for the controversial new Michael Moore film of the time, Fahrenheit 9/11, but “Rich Man’s War” also strikes a deep and noteworthy chord. As of recent, he has continued his progressive fight with a song called “Mississippi, It’s Time,” a song about the removal of the Confederate Flag as the state flag. All proceeds of the song went to the Southern Poverty Law Center; a civil rights organization located in Montgomery, Alabama.9. Ignorance Is Bliss (2004) – Colonel Claypool’s Bucket of Bernie Brains:One of Les Claypool’s many side-projects, Colonel Claypool’s Bucket of Bernie Brains consisted of Claypool, Buckethead, Brian ‘Brain’ Mantia and Bernie — no, not that Bernie — Bernie Worrell. Claypool gets extremely political in this song which hurls daggers at George W. Bush. “Straight from the video store, Billy’s marching off to war. I heard they called our Lady Liberty a greasy little whore. Well, the market’s on the boil, we’re down a couple quarts of oil, and the President’s reacting like an old near-sighted mohel.” Definitely a priceless nugget of the Claypool catalogue.8. Moneyland (2008) – Del McCoury Band & Friends:Del McCoury’s Moneyland album was a colossal collaboration of musical kinfolk, with contributions from artists such as Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, Bruce Hornsby and more. The title track is a scathing attack on Wall Street and corporate greed. The lyrics embody everything the Occupy movement was all about. “It’s a pity to see, when the land of the free, turned out to be, nothing but a free-for-all. If you got big dough, you’re freer than most, ‘cause your freedom goes up, with the size of your bankroll,” sings McCoury. “It’s a money disease, it’s a thing called greed, and it feeds on those who need the money most, in Moneyland. It ain’t so funny when you ain’t got no money, in Moneyland.”7. Freedom (2002) – Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe:Beginning with some spoken word poetry that paints images of slavery and oppression, the song then launches into a dynamic and energetic jam. Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe raises the roof while raising some important questions. “What is freedom when it comes at a cost?” The politically-charged poetics of Saul Williams and Michael Franti are added to the mix as well, and bring the unbridled energy of this song to life. It’s a freedom-loving political party — no pun intended.6. Alright (2015) – Kendrick Lamar:Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly was not only a groundbreaking hip-hop album, it was a musical milestone. It’s one of those albums that flawlessly encapsulates the culture, politics and overall spirit of a particular time and place. With the Black Lives Matter movement in full swing, and an historic election season just about to begin; this record was a defining moment in hip-hop history. Music has always been a reflection of what is happening in society, and when anti-police-brutality demonstrations were spreading across the nation, protesters began chanting the refrain from the spirit-lifting hit track, “Alright.” “We gonna be alright — we gonna be alright,” the young protesters would often chant. It was a beautiful snapshot in a time of defiant perseverance. The universal language of music spoken directly in the face of appalling oppression. Pure beauty.5. Let’s Impeach The President (2006) – Neil Young:In 2006, toward the latter end of the George W. Bush administration, Neil Young rush-released this Grammy nominated protest album of what he would call “metal folk protest music.” The album was called Living with War, and much like his protest classic “Ohio” from June of 1970, this record was written in an incredibly short amount of time, and rushed to release. Young’s urgency to release the record wasn’t a surprise, as he has always been known to be extremely passionate regarding social, environmental and political issues. With the Iraq and Afghanistan wars at their most bloody, this record was a bold and rebellious call for peace during a time of shameless nationalism and seemingly endless confrontation.4. Bu$hleaguer (2002) – Pearl Jam:Remember, folks — Eddie Vedder was against the war way before it was cool. Back in 2002, the war drums were pounding with deafening force, and any voices of dissent were often quickly quelled by jingoistic jeers and the insufferably vociferous chants of U.S.A. — U.S.A. — U.S.A.During the Riot Act tour, Vedder would regularly perform their song “Bu$leaguer” while wearing a rubber George W. Bush mask, which was often met with boos from the audience who were obviously too swept up in patriotic pro-war pride to think twice about what we all were getting ourselves into. However, in times such as these, there are always those few rebellious voices, such as Vedder’s, that go against the grain, and open our eyes and minds to a more righteous way.3. Rich Man’s World (2011) – Immortal Technique:Immortal Technique’s “Rich Man’s World” from his 2011 album, The Martyr, as well as the Occupy This Album compilation is, in all seriousness, the Mount Everest of songs about corporate greed. This truly could’ve been the official anthem for the Occupy movement, if there was one. Every single lyric punches you in the face with unchecked defiance. Sung from the perspective of the 1%, these highly insidious lyrics will make your blood boil, enough to inspire you to take to the streets and demand for ourselves a better world. The song begins with a monologue from the 1976 satirical film, Network, then explodes into the rapid-fire, tongue-twisting vocal delivery that so naturally flows from this political hip-hop heavyweight. Every word is worth listening to.2. When the President Talks to God (2006) – Bright Eyes:From the brilliant lyrical mind of singer/songwriter Conor Oberst comes this exceptionally-crafted folk song which eviscerates former President George W. Bush. “When the President talks to God, are the conversations brief or long? Does he ask to rape our women’s rights, or send poor farm kids off to die? Does God suggest an oil hike, when the President talks to God?” sings an impassioned Conor Oberst. The ominous twang of acoustic guitar only adds to the poignancy of the lyrics, which cut right through to the bone. “When the President talks to God, does he ever think that maybe he’s not? That that voice is just inside his head, when he kneels next to the presidential bed? Does he ever smell his own bullshit, when the President talks to God?”1. Ohmerica (2016) – The Claypool Lennon Delirium:We’ll end with the most recent. The Claypool Lennon Delirium, which is made up of Les Claypool (Primus) and Sean Lennon (The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger) is without a shadow of a doubt, going to go down as one of the greatest records of the year. This track, primarily sung by Lennon, is a politically-charged psychedelic work of mastery. It’s a cleverly-crafted attack on government secrecy and mass surveillance. “We’re reading your mail, and tapping your phones, and if you don’t like it, we’ll send in the drones” sings Lennon, with echoing remnants of his father lingering within. Claypool is the yin to Lennon’s yang, as this first collaboration of these two modern-day psychedelic Goliaths is a mind-blowing musical excursion not to be ignored.These twenty songs are just the tip of the iceberg, as far as finding important and meaningful political music goes nowadays. But if you’re looking for a place to start, these songs are a highly-encouraged suggestion.Whether it be the old folk songs that sang for worker’s rights, the anti-war protest songs of the 60’s/70’s, the societal and systemic slammings of the 70’s/80’s punk rock scene, the feminist riot grrrl bands of the 90’s, or the twenty songs listed above; music will always be there to serve as a mirror image of the world in which we live. Music is all about connection. When art and rebellion are combined, the result is absolutely dazzling. Whether you realize it or not, these songs connect us all. And when we all become one, we are capable of anything.So, I’ll close with four simple yet accurate words of Mr. Zack de la Rocha of the late great, Rage Against The Machine: “Anger is a gift.”Written by Joseph Conlon “Dangerous times demand dangerous songs,” said Tom Morello in a recent interview with Rolling Stone. We couldn’t agree more.There is a very good reason why Morello, along with B-Real from Cypress Hill, Chuck D from Public Enemy and Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine decided to form the supergroup Prophets of Rage. The world needs the protest music of the kind created by these artists now more than ever. Prophets of Rage are taking the summer of 2016 by storm, and with the return of these songs comes with it the reinvigorated interest in what Morello likes to call, “Rebel Music.”In June of 2015, Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave/The Nightwatchmen) created Firebrand Records; a record label specifically geared toward artists with a political and social conscience. “The label gives you one-stop shopping for all your rebel music needs,” he said in an interview with Rolling Stone last year. “In these troubled times, successful social movements always require a great soundtrack — and we aim to provide it.”Rock n’ roll and politics have always gone hand-in-hand. From the struggles that are ingrained in rock n’ roll’s blues roots, through the protest songs of the 1960’s and the punk explosion of the late-70’s, to this very day. Rock n’ roll music has always been there to protest, subvert, rebel and to rage against social and political injustices.These are no doubt very political days in which we live. Yet at times, it seems as if the popular music, which traditionally is there to reflect turbulent times such as these, has been mysteriously absent in recent years.During the 1960’s and 1970’s, rebel music defined a generation. From pioneers of the early-60’s folk scene such as Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Phil Ochs — to the anti-war songs of the latter end of the decade and early-70’s; politically conscious popular music changed not only an entire nation, but the entire world. It proved that music with a message, if given a proper platform, was a force that could create real change. And it is this kind of force, that gets people in positions of power uncomfortable.After this time, radicalism predominantly faded away from popular music in America. While the 80’s and 90’s had their fair share of incredibly important protest songs, it was nothing compared to the tsunami of consciousness created by the counter-culture of previous decades. By the late-90’s, in a world of musical plasticity, it seemed there was nowhere left to go for meaningful music. The circling of the drain only continued after 9/11, and the dark days of the second Bush administration. This was a time when subversive music was frequently banned from radio and other media outlets, and at times removed from circulation altogether. Bands like Rage Against The Machine, Rammstein and System Of A Down were forced to cancel tours and/or had their songs and music videos banned from radio and television. Even good ol’ American groups like The Dixie Chicks were put on blast because of their anti-war stance. These were indeed terrifyingly Orwellian times.As a result, meaningful rock n’ roll had all but disappeared from the mainstream. Pre-packaged, manufactured pop stars would dominate the popular music world for nearly two decades. However during this time, there remained an undercurrent of musicians and artists who decided to keep their political conscience alive and thriving. This article serves to highlight some of the best politically-charged music from the post-9/11 era. The music that despite being outshined by the florescent glow of mainstream pop slop, continues to be the ever-living heartbeat of integrity and rebellion that still pumps vigorously through today’s rock music scene. This is a 20-song list (in no particular order) of some of the standout tracks from the past 15 years that kept the fires of art and rebellion burning strong.20. We Don’t Stop (2003) – Michael Franti & Spearhead:Musician, activist, poet, singer/songwriter Michael Franti has never been one to shy away from social and political issues. This funky anti-war anthem from his 2003 album titled Everyone Deserves Music was ahead of it’s time with it’s impervious war-resisting message. The upbeat get-up-and-jump pace and hip-hop styled lyrics create a treasure trove of brightly composed poetic brilliance. Give it a listen!19. No More (Live) (2008) – Eddie Vedder and Ben Harper:Just two days before the fifth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Eddie Vedder along with Iraq War veteran Thomas Young hand-selected a collection of both current and classic anti-war songs, to create a compilation album entitled Body of War: Songs that Inspired an Iraq War Veteran. The record also served as a soundtrack for the 2007 documentary Body Of War. Veteran Thomas Young called the assortment of songs his “personal soundtrack for Iraq.” “The songs that I selected for the record were tracks that inspired, motivated, and at times, literally saved me over the past few years” Young said. “No More” was the one and only song on the record specifically written for the film. It is a song that Eddie Vedder has personally dedicated to Iraq War veteran Thomas Young; who has since become a spokesperson for IVAW (Iraq Veterans Against the War).18. Marching on Ferguson (2014)- Tom Morello:In wake of the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, which came as a result of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson in the summer of ‘14, Tom Morello rushed this single out to the masses. Standing in unflinching solidarity with the protesters of Ferguson, this song was a fierce protest song reminiscent of the old days of Rage Against The Machine. All profits from the single were donated to the cause of bailing Ferguson protesters out of jail and supporting the frontlines of the budding Black Lives Matter movement.17. We Called It America (2009) – NOFX:Love them or hate them, California’s NOFX is responsible for some of the last remaining great punk rock out there. Not to mention the political lyricism from the hedonistic singer/bassist known as Fat Mike. There are lots of selections to choose from, but this track from the band’s 2009 album Coaster deserves your attention. With lines like, “Remember when America had a middle-class and an upper class? That was way before the exodus. That was the America that we thought was number one,” it would be a shame to overlook this gem of late-2000’s punk rock.16. Dear Mr. President (2010) – Fitz and the Tantrums:Fitz and the Tantrums have changed their sound a lot over the years, but in 2010, they released their neo-soul masterwork Pickin’ Up The Pieces. The entire album is worth a listen, but this hit track was also an important political statement. “Dear Mr. President,” a song about poverty, addiction and economic inequality struck a chord with present day troubles many people are living with. You can truly hear the fire in lead singer Michael Fitzpatrick’s belly as he fervently sings the culminating line “Dear Mr. President, put your foot down!”15. Road to Peace (2006) – Tom Waits:“Road to Peace” is an anti-war song from Tom Waits’ three-disc masterpiece known as Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards. The song tackles the hot-button Israel/Palestine conflict with a blunt and poetic brilliance that could only come from the prosaic mind of Tom Waits. “Maybe God himself is lost and needs help. And he’s lost upon the road to peace.”14. Immigraniada (We Comin’ Rougher) (2010) – Gogol Bordello:Since the early 2000’s, multi-cultural gypsy punks, Gogol Bordello have built themselves a well-deserved reputation as one of the most exciting bands to see live today. This is no doubt, by and large, thanks to charismatic frontman Eugene Hutz, who’s untamed spirit and electric personality could give an adrenaline rush to a dead man. This track off of their seventh album Trans-Continental Hustle, speaks for the unheard voices of today’s immigrants. With rabble-rousing energy and truth-telling lyrics like, “In corridors full of teargas, our destinies change every day. Like deleted scenes from Kafka, flushed down the bureaucratic drain. But if you give me the invitation, to hear the bells of freedom chime. To hell with your double standard, we comin’ rougher every time,” this song carries with it an extremely powerful message, which should resonate deeply with all people of the world.13. Evolve (2003) – Ani DiFranco:When you examine the words of Ani DiFranco’s “Evolve” from her 2003 album of the same name, it becomes abundantly clear DiFranco had her finger on the pulse of the counter-culture message of the time. From environmental concerns, to marijuana, to prisons, to religious fundamentalists, to war and corporate greed; “Evolve” covers all the bases. Not to mention, Ani’s infectious vocal performance and impeccable guitar work which is nothing short of remarkable.12. Boom (2003) / B.Y.O.B. (2005) – System of a Down:It was tough to choose just one song from System of a Down‘s latter years. Following the band’s post-9/11 hiatus, Serj Tankian, Daron Malakian, Shavo Odadjian and John Dolmayan returned with a vengeance. “Boom,” from their comeback record Steal This Album is an incredibly compelling and moving anti-war opus. “Modern globalization, coupled with condemnations, unnecessary death, matador corporations puppeting your frustrations with a blinded flag, manufacturing consent is the name of the game, the bottom line is money, nobody gives a fuck, 4,000 hungry children leave us per hour from starvation, while billions are spent on bombs, creating death showers.” You can’t get more in-your-face than that.“B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Bombs)” is the standout single from their 2005 double-release Mezmerize/Hypnotize. Arguably one of the most popular rock songs of the year, this track was a rare anti-war smash hit, in a time where most music of this ilk was being swept under the rug. “Why don’t presidents fight the war, why do they only send the poor?” begs a wailing Serj Tankian as the song builds to a ferocious conclusion.last_img read more

Ween Welcomes Angelo Moore On Opening Night Of Vegas Run [Videos/Gallery]

first_imgThe setlist is posted below, courtesy of the Ween Appreciation Society, as well as a full gallery from Erik Kabik.Setlist: Ween | Brooklyn Bowl | Las Vegas, NV | 2/17/17Set: Don’t Shit Where You Eat, Can’t Put My Finger On It, Golden Eel, The Stallion Part 3, Gabrielle, I Got A Weasel, You Fucked Up, Tick, The Stallion Part 2, Woman and Man, Your Party*, Pork Roll Egg & Cheese, Japanese Cowboy, Transdermal Celebration, Mister Would You Please Help My Pony, Object, Back to Basom, Tender Situation, Powder Blue, You Were The Fool, Johnny On The Spot, Mr. Richard Smoker, Nan, Zoloft, Ocean Man, Demon Sweat^Encore: Fiesta, Pollo Asado*Angelo Moore – Saxaphone^Gener on Keyboards & Without Glenn Load remaining images Back in Las Vegas, NV for the first time since 2005, Ween settled into the Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas for the first a three night run. The mayhem started from note one, as the band opened up with “Don’t Shit Where You Eat” and kept the tunes rocking all night long. The band treated fans to takes on “The Stallion Part 3” and “Part 2,” as well as fan favorites like “Pork Roll Egg & Cheese,” “Transdermal Celebration,” “Mister Would You Please Help My Pony” and more.One of the big highlights of the night came on the song “Your Party,” when saxophonist Angelo Moore (of Fishbone) joined the band on stage. Gene Ween would also play keyboards on “Demon Sweat” to close out the set, before returning for a two song encore of “Fiesta” and “Pollo Asado.”Check out some videos below, courtesy of ikwil70 on YouTube.last_img read more

Making connections, building community

first_imgJohn West, M.B.A. ’95, says teamwork, bridging differences, and consensus-building have shaped his approach to life — and will remain guiding principles when he begins his term as president of the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA). As he prepares to step into the role on July 1, West plans to draw on his experience uniting people to strengthen the alumni community in this time of crisis and historic change.Especially in turbulent moments like these, West said he believes it’s essential that all alumni feel included and welcome in the Harvard community. “The relationships we make across the HAA as we connect across our diverse experiences are phenomenal,” he said. “The alumni community is here to support you. If you need help, I guarantee your fellow alumni will be there.”West’s vision for the year ahead is an extension of his commitment to “One Harvard,” bringing alumni from all of Harvard’s Schools together to play an even more catalyzing role in shaping a better world, as well as to connect, support, and learn from one another across perspectives. “This is needed more today than at any other point in our lifetimes,” he said.West is no stranger to building inclusive communities, online and beyond. Eleven years ago, he launched Team Whistle, a digital media company that produces sports and entertainment content for young audiences focusing on core values such as teamwork, empathy, and giving back to others. West said one of his priorities as the HAA’s president for 2020‒2021 is to humanize digital approaches to connection and strengthen meaningful personal relationships among Harvard’s increasingly diverse alumni community — a focus that has taken on new urgency with the current unrest in the social, economic, and public health spheres.,A self-described Army brat, West lived in several states before his family settled in Attleboro, Mass., after his father’s retirement from the military. Growing up, he was passionate about problem-solving and gravitated toward math, science, and athletics, finding focus and discipline as part of the crew team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. After graduation, he worked at an environmental engineering firm to pay off his college debt before applying to Harvard Business School (HBS).While at HBS, West took advantage of the opportunity to take classes across Harvard’s professional Schools, learning from classmates and faculty at Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Law School to tackle problems from multiple viewpoints. “Walking across the bridge from Allston to Cambridge every day showed me the best of Harvard,” he said.After graduating from HBS and successfully launching two companies, he decided to step back and focus on parenting his three children with his wife, Danielle, A.L.M. ’01: Jack, 15, Danny, 12, and Georgia, 9. Invigorated by the people he met from all over the world through the Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs Shared Interest Group (SIG), West was motivated to take on roles of increasing responsibility as a Harvard volunteer, including serving on the Memorial Church Advisory Board, the Advisory Committee on Shareholder Responsibility, and the HAA Board of Directors.In his role as president, West said he is committed to finding new ways to help alumni connect digitally — a goal that took on more urgency this spring, as the COVID-19 pandemic shifted the University’s traditional gatherings online. “Recent graduates have grown up in a world where social media is their platform. It changed who they are, how they relate to people, and how they build friendships,” said West. He said his goal is to help empower all alumni — across generations, backgrounds, and around the world — to use technology to enhance engagement.“John’s warm and inclusive approach will really speak to Harvard alumni who are looking for ways to come together to serve their communities,” said Alice Hill ’81, Ph.D. ’91, who completes her term as HAA president this month.West credits Hill, as well as past HAA presidents Margaret Wang ’09 and Susan Morris Novick ’85, with offering their time and advice to help prepare him for the position. “I’ve had the privilege of meeting incredible people who are passionate about Harvard,” said West. “I’m so grateful for their perspectives as we seek out new opportunities to build and support inclusive communities.”last_img read more

College to host third annual volleyball fundraiser match

first_imgThe Sisters of the Holy Cross will play the Saint Mary’s College Board of Trustees in the third-annual volleyball match fundraiser Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Angela Athletic and Wellness Complex. This fundraising event helps the Sisters fund various missions around the world. This year, the Sisters are focused on raising money to buy a bus for students at Our Lady of Holy Cross School (OLHCS) located in Kasoa, Ghana, in Africa.The school’s enrollment has increased from roughly 100 students in 2006 to nearly 1,000 students. With the enrollment increase, it is important to maintain safe transportation for the students who walk long distances in order to receive an education, College sports information director Sarah Miesle said. Courtesy of Kerry Rose McDonald The Sisters of the Congregation of the Holy Cross play members of the Board of Trustees in a volleyball match to raise money.“The students in Ghana only have so many buses. It’s been a country that’s been affected by human trafficking,” Miesle said. “A new bus would help serve about 65 students who currently walk anywhere between a half hour to 45 minutes one way to get to school.”The annual fundraiser started as an idea between the Chair of the Board of Trustees, Mary Burke, and Sister Suzanne Brennan of the Sisters of the Holy Cross. They wanted to promote community on campus while supporting the mission work of the Sisters.In addition to the volleyball match, there will be performances from the College’s a cappella group, dance team and community band. Other activities include a poster contest for the best poster cheering on the Sisters or the Board of Trustees in which students have the chance to win free smoothies from Murphy’s Cafe. Popcorn, pom poms and informational tables will also be included with the event.“We know it’s a crazy week because of midterms,” Miesle said. “We just want people to come and have a great time. We are really optimistic that we are going to reach our fundraising goal this year. I think that at this point in the week that we all need something fun and relaxing to have, so this will be the place to be on Thursday.”Miesle said an anonymous donor will match the donations up to $31,500, which can buy a new bus.“Today we are over $20,000 toward that fundraising goal so it’s not really an expectation for students to have to give a huge amount of money. Help as you can,” she said.According to a poster located in the Saint Mary’s Athletic facility, purchasing a bus that seats 32 students would enhance attendance rates, promote academic success and ensure safety for the students of OLHCS.“If you’ve never been, come and see what it’s all about,” Miesle said. “It’s not a huge time consuming event by any means, but it’s meant to help build community on the College’s campus, and I don’t think you could come and not leave with a smile on your face.”Those who attend this event can promote the mission by using #GhanaGetTheBus on social media.Tags: Ghana, Saint Mary’s Board of Trustees, Sisters of the Holy Cross, Volleyballlast_img read more

Phoenix, Starring Julia Stiles & James Wirt, Opens Off-Broadway

first_imgScott Organ’s Phoenix celebrates its opening night off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theatre on August 7. The play, under the direction of Jennifer DeLia, stars Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Julia Stiles and James Wirt. View Comments Related Shows Phoenix When Bruce (Wirt) and Sue (Stiles) meet four weeks after an uncharacteristic one-night-stand, Sue has this to say to him: one, I had a great time with you that night and two, let’s never see each other again. Thus begins a 4,000-mile journey well beyond the confines of their carefully structured worlds. Bruce is fueled by an overwhelming but undefined compulsion to join her in Phoenix. Sue is reluctantly charmed by his persistence, but steadfast in her resolve to keep him at bay. The one-act dark romantic comedy will run through August 23. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 28, 2014last_img read more

Larry David’s Fish in the Dark Begins Previews on Broadway

first_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 1, 2015 We’re still somewhat in the dark about this show, but not for much longer! Seinfeld co-creator Larry David will begin performances in his self-penned play Fish in the Dark on February 2. Co-starring Rosie Perez, Rita Wilson and more, the production will officially open on March 5 at Broadway’s Cort Theatre. The show is directed by Anna D. Shapiro. Fish in the Dark The cast will also include Ben Shenkman, Lewis J. Stadlen, Marylouise Burke, Jenn Lyon, Molly Ranson, Jayne Houdyshell, Jonny Orsini, Jerry Adler and Jake Cannavale. View Comments David has described the play as a comedy with around 15 characters that explores a family death. The playwright revealed that he would portray “somebody very similar to Larry David—it might even be Larry David with a different name.”last_img read more

Agency of Transportation update on highway flooding

first_imgThe Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) is working to stay ahead of the weather to keep roads open and safe for the traveling public.  VTrans has shored up roads wherever possible and implemented detours where needed in response to continuing rainfall and rising lake levels. (BELOW ARE THE VTRANS UPDATES AS OF 4 PM THURSDAY.) Governor Peter Shumlin and Transportation Secretary Brian Searles visited areas on Lake Champlain Wednesday, including the causeway connecting Milton and South Hero, to track flood damage along the shoreline. ‘The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) is working to stay ahead of the weather to keep roads open and safe for the traveling public,’ Gov. Shumlin said. He visited the causeway site, where stone was being dropped to protect the structure, and said efforts to protect home and property owners are also underway in many communities that line the lake. ‘Vermonters are tough and tenacious. Working together, we’ll get through this,’ the Governor added. The waters of Lake Champlain have reached historic flood levels following continued precipitation throughout April and melting snow pack from the heavy winter, and numerous rivers and streams are also at flood level across the state. VTrans has shored up roads wherever possible and implemented detours where needed. The Governor met with Searles at the causeway for an update after the Transportation Secretary had visited several areas of significant flooding around the state to assess road damage and repair efforts.  At the Route 2 causeway, rock from quarries across the state were being trucked in and deposited to create a breakwater to protect the causeway from on-coming rain, wind and waves. Secretary Searles added, ‘Vtrans has been working very hard to keep the state roadways passable. We brought over 1,000 bags of sand to Isle La Motte to open Route 129, which we managed to do by early evening.  We have stabilized Route 17 in Addison, and are working to sustain travel along the causeway on Route 2.  We will continue to monitor the areas of greatest concern along the Lake, in particular the tributaries for Missisquoi and Lamoille Rivers.’ Rainfall totals set a record in April, creating swollen rivers and unstable stream banks, and prompting the Lake Champlain level to hit an all-time high. Rain is expected to continue through to Friday.  Agency of Transportation Road Update ‘ 5/5/11 4pm. The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) is continuing to marshal its resources to keep roads from closing around Lake Champlain, ensure traveler safety, and to open others back up to facilitate travel as quickly as possible. Updates of today: The Maidstone State Highway has reopened as of this afternoon. Route 73 between Route 7 and 30 has reopened as of this morning Route 25 between Corinth and Route 25B is closed due to an accident (propane truck rollover).  Expect it to remain closed for another 6 hours or so.  Ongoing Areas of Concern: Route 78 between Swanton and Alburgh is open, but travelers should proceed with extreme caution.  VTrans crews are installing delineators (reflectors) where there are no guardrails, and adding fill to protect the travel way. Water is not yet in the travelled way, but is close.  VTrans will continue to monitor this situation carefully. The Route 2 Causeway remains open.  VTrans is continuing to armor both sides of the causeway with rock.  The south side is complete, work on the north side will continue until dark.  Travel may be restricted to one lane to accommodate construction vehicles for the road improvements. Route 2 (East of Sandbar) is open to traffic, but there is significant water over the road.  VTrans is placing jersey barriers and gravel to shore up this road. Travel is slow and may be down to one late to accommodate construction vehicles. Route 2 in Alburg, between Routes 78 and 129 at Wagner Point. Some water in the road but both lanes are open. Motorists are advised to reduce speed and exercise caution. I-89 Southbound in Milton will be reduced to one-lane traffic due to instability of the right lane. Route 118 between Montgomery and Belvidere. There are multiple locations (on 118) that are reduced to one-lane traffic. These are extended events that will last until further notice. Route 122 in Lyndon, between the Interstate and Wheelock Road. One-lane traffic due to slope failure. This will be an extended event that will last until further notice. Route 114 between Canaan and Island Pond, through Norton. Motorists will experience several single-lane areas due to multiple slope failures. Route 129 between Isle La Motte and Alburgh is open to one-lane traffic.  Water remains high and there is debris in the road.  Motorists are advised to use caution. Continued State Road Closures: Route 36  in St. Albans, between between Georgia Shore Road and McQuam Road is closed due to flooding.  Motorists are advised to avoid this section of roadway. Route 125 near Chimney Point is closed approximately 13 miles west of Middlebury.  Route 17 remains open following VTrans’ action to add fill to flooded areas. Smugglers Notch, Jeffersonville to Stowe, remains closed, weather pending. Note that the Chimney Point and Grand Isle ferries are still running on schedule. For more information please call 802-828-2648 (7am -5pm) or 211 (Vermont Emergency Management). Road condition information is also found at: This site is updated throughout the day between the hours of 7am -5pm.Photo from Karen McCloud in Grand Isle of the train trestle up by the Mississquoi bridge between Swanton and Alburg.center_img ##30##last_img read more

Mission Given, Mission Accomplished

first_imgBy Marcos Ommati/Diálogo November 04, 2018 On August 10, 2018, Brazilian Army (EB, in Portuguese) Major General Mario Fernandes assumed command of the Special Operations Command (COpEsp, in Portuguese), one of EB’s greatest operational commands, located in Goiânia, Goiás state. Maj. Gen. Mario relieved EB Major General Sérgio Schwingel. COpEsp service members participate in several important current and past missions, such as the federal intervention in the state of Rio de Janeiro and the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti. Diálogo talked with Maj. Gen. Mario about his troops’ missions and other topics. Diálogo: You assumed command over the Army Special Operations Command in August. Have your priorities changed or stayed the same? Major General Mario Fernandes, commander of the Brazilian Army Special Operations Command: Priorities continue to be to maintain special operations training and capacities. Currently, our Special Operations Command has two other very important assets, namely psychological operations and chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear defense. I like to say that we are a harmonious set of experts: paratroopers, non-paratroopers, combat use and support, whose integration and interoperability demonstrate the flexibility, proficiency, and deterrent capabilities of the Brazilian Army Special Operations Forces. Today’s priority for COpEsp is to maintain the continuity of its operational capacity for strategic use to spearhead the ground force. Within the scope of the Ministry of Defense, take part in the federal intervention in Rio de Janeiro, receive [the Venezuelans] in Pacaraima [Roraima], patrol the borders and combat crimes, support all the military commands of the region, and provide security to the Brazilian diplomatic corps in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This flexibility, this extensive capacity, strategic mobility, proficiency, and continuity are our priorities. Diálogo: There is an increasing demand for measures that involve members of the special forces. Is there a plan to expand the force? Maj. Gen. Mario: Yes, despite budget restrictions and the [Brazilian Congress’s] ban on increasing the Armed Forces’ personnel. For that matter, the subdivision of EB’s General Staff was reorganized under the guidance of the Army’s chief of staff. The process was made possible with very detailed guidelines for personnel use and allotment. In this case, we requested this allotment to the Planalto Military Command, whom we depend on, to approve personnel increases. As you said, the demand is increasingly higher due to political and strategic goals, including social demand. The Brazilian society wants the Armed Forces to be part of the solution to the country’s many problems. Therefore the Army, like the other forces, remains flexible, and adjusts and changes instruction and training plans from basic instruction to qualification. We expanded our instructional module, Law and Order Assurance Operations, and we made progress to increase that training, particularly the special forces and other assets COpEsp uses. We constantly try to improve our personnel’s specialization training system, officers and noncommissioned officers of the professional staff, and our Special Operations Training Center [a training unit], which carries an important role in the increase of specialized contingents, resulting in the expansion of our forces/troops. Diálogo: Argentina is in the process of creating a Special Operations Joint Command. Do you think this is also a possibility for Brazil? Maj. Gen. Mario: When the EB special forces structure moved here to Goiânia, it was referred to as the Special Operations Brigade. In other words, a large basic unit, with all the required combat support, except for firearms. But the initial idea of creating a Special Operations Command was never forgotten. This brigade was created in 2002 and eight years later became the Special Operations Command. Today, COpEsp is the only large special operations command [in Brazil] permanently activated and fully equipped to receive, under its operational control or reinforcement, special operations troops from the Navy and Air Force to create or conduct the operations of a joint command or a special operations joint task force. Argentina has a very good structure for joint operations. They have a joint military study center and a high level of integration. However, when it comes to special operations, all assets must be combined, particularly direct and indirect operations. I find it remarkable that the Argentines start with the creation of a joint command at the Ministry of Defense level. If we compare, our Special Operations Command is active on a permanent basis.​​​​​​​ Diálogo: We understand there were several lessons learned from big events, specifically the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. If you were to mention one, which one would it be and why? Maj. Gen. Mario: Without a doubt, the greatest lessons learned and the capacities we developed have to do with integrating all assets used, the interagency capacity, and the ability to integrate assets through interoperability, seeking a complementary relationship. We did this by combining military and police assets, civil public agencies and military and private agencies. This integration led us to reflect on security and strategic plans, which gave us the know-how to create, for instance, a security strategic plan for the intervention in Rio de Janeiro—possible today due to the experience gained from major events, aligning planning and execution protocols with the doctrines and capacities of public agencies and military and police components. There is no question that the great experience that all of us took away from these major events, as a country, Armed Forces, police forces, and state and federal governments was the capacity for interagency effectiveness.​​​​​​​ Diálogo: According to the news media, the federal intervention in Rio de Janeiro is not working and there are reports of human rights abuses. How does the Brazilian Army respond to that? Maj. Gen. Mario: This is misinformation, a disservice to society. The Brazilian nation invested a lot of money and we had fatalities among civilians, soldiers, and patriots; therefore, we must show society the truth, reinforcing the correct and truthful narrative for the Brazilian people. This is a work in progress. To reinforce this narrative through the media is an extremely important mission. We must reach this goal. The people of Rio de Janeiro and Brazil must understand that the intervention was successful. Did some plans fail? Yes. For several reasons, but many things changed for the better. Today, a public security agent in Rio de Janeiro makes decent money. Police troops are well equipped and receive more material, equipment, and weapons. We were able to limit the operational freedom of organized crime and its various existing factions in Rio. Do they still exist? Yes. Criminals are still there, but we will continue to fight them to the end and always try to dismantle and neutralize the criminal structures that infiltrated our communities, the fabric of our society, and even agencies that exist to instill order in the country. As such, we are restructuring. Many things are getting cleaned up. The idea is to show society that a feasible security plan was initiated and carried out, with current and future guidelines on what is to be done. It is now up to society to demand continuity from the government, and to avoid what happened at the Alemão Complex, where we stayed for one year and eight months, and at the Maré slum, where EB stayed for one year and four months—the problem was solved, but following our temporary exit, the government did not take over and everything went back to how it was before. When there is a gap in power, organized crime, militias, or factions take over. It’s not easy for the government to carry out these missions. To reach out to a local resident, used to paying $3 for Internet and $6 for water and electricity combined, all illegally, and explain that they will have to properly pay for cable TV, electricity, and water, makes us the villains. The homemaker who supports crime because her 13-year-old son makes $80 a week working as a crack house lookout doesn’t understand that this young man’s life expectancy is not much more than 25. For this reason, the Brazilian military is proud to be an essential tool for a solution to these significant problems in Brazil.last_img read more

Sixty-six more KM Lambelu crewmen test positive for COVID-19 in Makassar

first_imgThe ship, owned by state ship operator PT Pelni, arrived in Makassar on April 10 after sailing from Maumere, East Nusa Tenggara.  Read also: COVID-19: KM Kelud put in quarantine in Medan after crewmen test positiveIn Maluku, two of 10 crew members of KM Dobonsolo tested positive for COVID-19. The ship had carried 54 passengers and sailed from areas with high rates of infection such as Java and Sulawesi.“All indications pointed to the crew members testing positive for COVID-19 following a rapid test conducted by health officers at Yos Sudarso Port in Ambon. Both of them were immediately sent to quarantine at the Maluku Human Resources Development Agency dormitory in Wailela,” Maluku’s COVID-19 task force head Kasrul Selang said. (dpk) Sixty-six crew members of KM Lambelu have tested positive for COVID-19 after swab tests were conducted, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases of those who were aboard the ship to 92.The South Sulawesi Health Agency confirmed on April 12 that 26 out of the 151 crewmen of KM Lambelu had contracted the coronavirus.The health agency’s head, Ichsan Mustari, said the crew members who contracted COVID-19 were asymptomatic or experienced little to no symptoms.  “We will keep monitoring their condition. Up until now, their condition has been stable. If their results are negative in the next test, they will be able to continue sailing after the incubation period ends,” Ichsan said on Friday.Data from the national COVID-19 task force show that, as of Saturday, 343 people in South Sulawesi had tested positive for COVID-19, including crew members of KM Lambelu.However, Ichsan previously argued that the ship’s crew members should not be included in the data since they were not residents of the area and had only been in Makassar for the tests.“We already asked the task force to exclude KM Lambelu crew members from the count of patients who tested positive. Based on their contact history, they contracted the disease aboard the ship, not in South Sulawesi,” he said.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Hamilton eyes Schumacher record as F1 steps into brave new world

first_imgThe usual high-rise motor homes will be replaced by tents and awnings while the teams, cut to 80 members and all in protective gear, will operate in sanitized “bubbles within bubbles” in a paddock bereft of human contact and the usual swell of rumor and speculation.For all involved, who are tested four days before the event and five days later, it will be an unprecedented and unique experience.Yet, despite all the change and the surreal atmosphere it is expected that the action, when it begins, will deliver the same likely story.Lewis Hamilton, powered by the all-conquering Mercedes, goes in search of a seventh drivers’ title to equal the record of Michael Schumacher. Seven months after they last competed in earnest, the Formula One circus will push a post-lockdown reset button to open the 2020 season in Austria on Sunday.The event at Spielberg is being held on its original calendar date, but is not the once-anticipated 11th round of the championship, but the first – a season-opener delayed by the global coronavirus pandemic.More than three months after the Australian Grand Prix was abandoned on the eve of opening practice in Melbourne, the race in the Styrian Alps will be run behind closed doors, without fans, sponsors’ agents and guests and only a handful of reporters restricted to the media center. “It has been unbearable – I have missed the racing and the competition so much, so it will be great to be back,” said Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff. Even during lockdown, drivers moves for next year took place, Ferrari announcing the release of four-time champion Sebastian Vettel, to be succeeded by Carlos Sainz of McLaren and Daniel Ricciardo signing to leave Renault and be the Spaniard’s replacement at the cash-starved outfit so badly hit by the pandemic. Topics :center_img Orange aid The opening three races form just part of an intensive spell of eight European races in 10 weeks, which may become nine in 11 if a round at Mugello, in Italy, is added.Vettel added that he “can’t imagine what it will be like to race without any fans,” especially at the sweeping circuit where Max Verstappen was roared to victory by a huge orange wave of Dutch supporters last year.Verstappen and Red Bull are expected to challenge Mercedes, with Ferrari and Racing Point, newly dubbed “the pink Mercedes” team after copying the champions’ cars, in close pursuit in the opening events where it will be intriguing to see if Hamilton’s focus has been affected by his active and vocal support for the current anti-racism protests.Last week, just days after launching the Hamilton Commission to boost diversity in motorsport, he slammed remarks made by former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone as “ignorant and uneducated” before calling for the restoration of Grand Prix in Africa.”It’s a really weird time in the world and the biggest challenge in my mind is not about the championship necessarily,” he said. “It’s not a normal year.” On the move Those 2021 moves will not affect this year’s line-ups, but may affect relationships between departing drivers and teams anxious not to allow unique operational and performance intelligence to leave with them.If anywhere, this is likely to have most effect at Ferrari as the Italian team strives to avoid open conflict between rising star Charles Leclerc and Vettel, who is a free agent and a potential target for not only Renault, but also Mercedes.The pair, who were intense rivals last year, tested in Italy last week ahead of the opening “double-header” with two successive races at Austria’s Red Bull Ring circuit before a third race in Hungary.”I have no experience of heading back to the same track and having a second race, but I’ve been around for a while,” said Vettel. “I guess the level of perfection will be higher the second weekend – the level of errors will be even smaller.”It will be a chance to review strategy just seven days afterwards so that’s a first and let’s see how we tackle that challenge.”last_img read more