John Mayer Talks Dead & Co Songs, Trey Anastasio And Phil Lesh In New Interview

first_imgJohn Mayer is killing it right now. Just passing his one-year anniversary of joining up with Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti as the “Company” to original Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, and Mickey Hart‘s “Dead”, the bluesy guitarist and singer seems to be having an amazing time on stage. The positive energy that follows The Dead and their related projects seems to have signaled a shift in Mayer’s attitude, as he seems to have toned down his focus on his celebrity and turned up his focus on his musicianship.Mayer sat down with Rolling Stone‘s David Fricke to talk about his first summer tour with Dead & Company, his acceptance into “Dead” culture, his desire for Phil Lesh to sit in with the band, and the advice that Phish‘s Trey Anastasio gave him backstage at last summer’s Fare Thee Well concerts.See below for a few choice quotes from the interview.On expanding the setlist to include more Grateful Dead songs this summer:I’m really keen to check out “Dire Wolf” and “High Time”. Bob mentioned “Box of Rain”, and I said, “Do I need to reach out to Phil, get his blessing?” And he said, “Absolutely not. Phil would love it.” The great thing is that its one of those rock-solid core songs that happens to be in my range vocally – but also in my range metaphysically.On how the band members pick who sings each song:Bobby is singing “Dark Star.” The delegating of songs falls into two rules. If Bobby sang it originally, Bobby is still singing it. If Jerry sang it, if my vocal range can get it, I usually go for that song. And it’s really sweet. There are a couple of songs Bob wants to hold on to half of the blanket with, so there are some songs that we share.Discussing his interaction with Trey Anastasio backstage at Fare Thee Well:[Trey told me that] “this doesn’t belong to anybody. It doesn’t belong to you or me or anyone else.” It was loud backstage. There was a drum solo happening [laughs]. But what a sweet guy, who in the middle of his break during one of the most intensive concerts anyone has played, when I asked him about his guitar, he takes it off, puts it around my neck and says, “Check it out.”It’s the pay-it-forward thing. Someone instilled that in him. He helped instill that in me. And when there’s another guy coming up, I’ll be putting the guitar around his neck.Click here to read the full interview between John Mayer and Rolling Stone!last_img read more

Op-ed: Shell is playing games with new carbon emissions plan

first_imgOp-ed: Shell is playing games with new carbon emissions plan FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Financial Times ($):While it is true that Royal Dutch Shell gave shareholder activists on climate an early Christmas present, agreeing to reduce its carbon footprint by 20 per cent by 2035 and 50 per cent by 2050 (FT View, December 7), a closer look reveals that the commitment is a cynical game.Shell is actually only agreeing to reduce the carbon intensity of its products — ie, carbon per unit of energy produced — not absolute emissions tied to a baseline year or carbon budget. That means Shell can continue to grow its gas business for decades to come, for example, given the lower carbon intensity of gas compared to oil.The Paris agreement requires emissions to be zeroed out by 2050 to keep global warming from exceeding 2C. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change just upped the ante, concluding that 2C is too much — exposing millions more to rising sea levels, resulting in complete destruction of coral reefs, significantly increasing the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, and more. The report concludes that emissions must be reduced by 45 per cent by 2030, and that $2.4tn must be invested in clean energy annually, to have a chance at keeping the worst consequences of climate change at bay.Judged by these metrics, Shell’s goal of halving the carbon intensity of its products by 2050 is not Paris-compliant — it is Paris-defiant. To cut the other half, Shell implicitly relies on massive deployment of negative emissions technologies, which either do not exist or remain untested by the market. There is nothing in its statement to constrain the many projects Shell is currently developing that are outside of the Paris agreement.Carbon emissions reached a new record high in 2018. Institutional investors have awesome power to decide where tens of trillions of dollars will be invested. Betting on coal, oil and gas is betting on a future of increased human suffering and economic losses.Shareholders now stand at a clearly defined crossroads: they must divest from the past and invest in the future, or they are clearly complicit in climate change and its impacts. There is no time left for games.  — Clara Vondrich, Washington, D.C.More ($): The detail in Shell’s pledge is Paris-defiantlast_img read more

Lindsay Lohan Sues Fox News, Sean Hannity Over Cocaine Comment

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Merrick-native actress Lindsay Lohan filed a defamation lawsuit Tuesday against Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity, of Centre Island—pitting the South Shore against the Gold Coast in a celebrity courtroom showdown.Attorneys for the Mean Girls star claimed that a guest on Hannity’s eponymous show made “blatantly false, malicious, defamatory and reckless statement” about Lohan and her mother, Dina, causing emotional distress, according to court documents filed at New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan.“Lindsay Lohan’s mom is doing cocaine with her,” Michelle Fields, a Fox News contributor, reportedly said while debating the fatal overdose of Philip Seymour Hoffman in a segment of “The Great American Panel” during the Feb. 4, 2014 episode of Hannity.Fox News issued an on-air apology two weeks later, promised not to re-run the segment and removed both the video as well as an associated blog post from their website, according to a letter from the network’s lawyers to Lohan’s attorneys published by Adweek.Included in the 28-year-old actress’ lengthy rap sheet is a 2007 guilty plea to two counts of being under the influence of cocaine. She also told Oprah about her cocaine use in 2013 and one year prior she disputed reports on a widely quoted recorded phone call to her father saying that her 52-year-old mother was on cocaine. For alleging that mother and daughter snort cocaine together, the Lohans are seeking unspecified monetary damages from Fields, Hannity and the cable news network.Lohan and her mother “suffer severe mental and emotional distress; embarrassment and humiliation; pain and suffering; and economic loss, including loss of income, entertainment and acting contracts, present and future diminished income and economic opportunities” as a result of the Fox News comment, Mark Jay Heller, a Manhattan-based attorney for Lohan, said in a statement.“We will defend this case to the fullest,” a Fox News representative said in statement. “The remark about which Lindsay and Dina Lohan complain was made on live television by a guest nearly a year ago… At that time, the Lohans did not make any demands for money, and we are surprised they are doing so now.”Lohan, whose breakout role as a child actress came in 1998 with a remake of Disney’s The Parent Trap, has filed several similar suits while struggling to re-launch her career after a string of stints in jail and rehab.E-Trade settled Lohan’s lawsuit against the company in 2010 after it ran a commercial with a baby “milkaholic Lindsay.” In 2013, a judge dismissed a case in which she alleged Pitbull wrote disparaging song lyrics about her. Still pending is a lawsuit Lohan filed against the makers of the Grand Theft Auto video game, which she claims used her likeness without her permission.last_img read more

Country still in the swamp with Trump

first_imgRecently as my family arrived for an early Christmas celebration, they brought in my mail. Since things were a bit hectic, I laid it aside for later and I’m so glad I did. Although I noticed the Social Security Administration return address, I still laid it aside.Later I opened it and found an increase of more than $100. For about 10 seconds, I was ecstatic — the first increase in approximately four years. However, I then found that my Medicare payment had gone up the exact same amount as my Social Security payment. Therefore, I still have no more available “cash” than I did in 2014. I just wish that the millionaires who make these decisions could live for a few decades on the edge of wondering what they would do if they needed a new furnace, or if they couldn’t afford to pay car insurance. They need to see what most of the country just calls “daily living.” We really need to “drain the swamp” that has accumulated from the early part of January this year in our nation’s White House — it’s turning the national reputation within our own country and with our allies into a dirty gray color. It’s so sad.Pat BruschettiCanajoharieMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Feds: Painting stolen by Nazis and found at Arkell Museum returned to familyEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationTroopers: Colonie man dies in Montgomery County Thruway crash Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Dilapidated Brisbane home fetches $710,000

first_imgA mix of decades in the bathroom.“Let your imagination turn this duckling back into a swan.”The home’s art-deco facade was added on in the mid-century, and one option was to return the property to its original veranda style.“Tear up the carpet and polish the floors, you may find history underneath — peeks of lino can be seen and who knows, maybe an old newspaper or two giving you a step back into time.” The art deco facade was added later. Loads of storage.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours ago“Australia is in the grip of a home renovation revolution and we have the perfect starter for you,” was how he described it. “Bring your paintbrush, roll up your sleeves and give this cute cottage some TLC. This is the perfect home for you to get your foot into the market or to renovate, flip and profit.”He said it was an original 1920s workers cottage with features from a bygone era with VJ walls, ceiling heights reaching 3.2m, casement windows with coloured glass inserts, ornate timber doorframes and hardwood floors. A blast from the past. The Australian Catholic University is not too far away. Under that lino could be some stunning hardwood floors? 22A Walter Street, Virginia, Qld 4014A BUNGALOW built in the 1920s has fetched a handsome $710,000 in Brisbane being in a dilapidated state.The three bedroom, single bathroom, single car space home at 22A Walter Street in Virginia sold midweek, according to Jordan Cleland of Clark Real Estate — Clayfield has marketed the property as having “huge renovation potential in a quality street”.last_img read more

Bulimba townhouse sells at auction to couple for $1.205m

first_imgWhy go to the cinema when the living room has this technology?More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours ago The kitchen is timeless.Mr Carr said convenience and the size of the house was what attracted buyers to the home.“It’s convenient to Oxford St, and it was a big house at almost 400sq m,” he said.“It was a really well presented, low maintenance home.”At least nine other properties up for auction around the city passed yesterday in, with some continuing post-auction negotiations.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:17Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:17 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p480p480p256p256p228p228pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenMichelle Hele’s May market wrap03:17 The home at 6/31 Princess St, Bulimba, sold to a couple for $1.205m.There was excitement in the air in southeast Brisbane yesterday, with a mint green freestanding townhouse at Bulimba selling to a couple who fell in love with it a year ago. A crowd of about 30 gathered to watch three registered bidders battle it out, with the opening bid also at $1,000,000.The auction took about 30 minutes, with bidding initially starting a $50,000 increments before breaking down, with the last bid at $5,000.The home sold under the hammer for $1,205,000. The dining room at 6/31 Princess St, Bulimba, as a servery window to the kitchen.Ray White Bulimba principal Roger Carr said the 6/31 Princess St property was in a gated community and the new owners had the home on their mind for some time.“The people who bought it actually went through it about a year ago but weren’t in a position to buy but it didn’t sell so here we are now,” Mr Carr said“They’re a lovely young couple who are about to get married.”last_img read more

Boys in girls cabins at school camp – but parents not told (US)

first_imgLifeSiteNews 25 August 2016Family First Comment: This is quite disturbing – but quite possible in NZ also. As one commentator said regarding the people advocating these crazy policies – “they’re talking about things that are really crazy in a normal tone of voice, as if anyone who disagrees is the true nutcase bigot.”A Maryland school district will allow members of one biological sex to sleep in the bedrooms of the opposite sex during school activities – and parents will not be informed in advance.In a 44-minute-long video of a training session for employees of Anne Arundel Public Schools titled, “Supporting transgender students in school,” school district spokesman Bob Mosier tells educators:So, many of you might be asking yourselves, ‘So I’m at an overnight field trip, and I have student who’s biologically a male, identifies as a female, and we’ve worked with that student and [his] family, and that student wants to sleep in the dorms, or whatever sleeping arrangements are, with the females. They don’t want to sleep in a room by themselves; they want to sleep with the rest of the females. So what do we do?And the answer is, they sleep with the females. That’s not the easy answer; it’s the right answer. And in some cases, it’s going to cause issues, because … the private information piece doesn’t allow you to share that with parents of all of the other campers. Right? So, that’s difficult.Mosier later reiterated to Fox 5 D.C. that the school’s policy is that the only people informed about a male spending the night in a female’s room are those “in the immediate need-to-know circle, and we work with the student and the student’s family to determine that.”The policy applies, not just to overnight trips, but to prolonged stays away from home. “It applies at summer camps,” says Laurie Pritchard, director of legal services for the school district.The policy adopted by the school district, one of the nation’s 50 largest with more than 80,000 students, was drawn up prior to President Obama’s controversial federal guidance to public schools on transgender issues.Concerned parents – and students – have said that this policy could open the door to sexual abuse or peeping, and at least one prominent commentator has said it should trigger an “exodus from public schooling.”Pretending to change genders “a really cool trick”Lucia Martin, coordinator of school counseling, told participants in the June training that, “of all the things that worried that students that I talked to” at a previous meeting “that was the one they were most worried about. I just said, ‘Can you imagine some teenage boy,” she asked, “subjecting himself to the ridicule of his friends just to be able to go in the girls locker room?’”“Same thing with field trips,” she said at another point in the video.An unidentified female participant responded, “I don’t know. They could think it’s a really cool trick.”“You may be right,” Martin replied.“I have a teenager – not that he would do that,” the participant added.An elementary school teacher pushed back on the notion that no one would abuse the new guidelines. Pritchard responded the district would handle the issue “on a case-by-case basis.”If a boy says he identifies as a girl, then “we see him making out with his girlfriend, and we know that’s been his girlfriend…then administrators are gonna consult with legal, with counsel, and then we’re gonna deal with those those kids and have a discussion with those students and parents.”Mosier said that transgender identity asserts itself by “three characteristics: insistently, consistently, and persistently. So, when Johnny comes to school on a Thursday and wants to be a girl on a Friday, that’s a different issue.”However, the Obama administration’s controversial federal guidance on transgender issues states that the moment the student informs school officials that he “will assert a gender identity that differs from previous representations or records, the school will begin treating the student consistent with the student’s gender identity,” including in the area of “housing.”The Obama administration also enforces a ban on discrimination against people on the basis of sexual orientation – which is also not written into federal civil rights laws. Many biological males who identify as women remain attracted to women, such as Sean Patrick Smith, a transgender man arrested for filming women inside Target’s unisex changing rooms.Someday “everybody can just use whatever they want to”Martin also implied that the school may tolerate a fair amount of flux in gender identity, since “there are an awful lot of kids who see themselves as gender-fluid,” adding the personal note that “sometimes I see myself more my female side and sometimes I see myself more my male side.”“I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if just a few years down the road, questions about restrooms and locker rooms will be gone, because we will have structured things so that everybody can just use whatever they want to,” she added.“The whole thing is very instructive, though not necessarily in the way the school system intends,” Rod Dreher blogged at The American Conservative. “If you listen to the three women from the system who assist Mosier, they’re talking about things that are really crazy in a normal tone of voice, as if anyone who disagrees is the true nutcase bigot.”Children influenced by “adult bigotry”Already, local media reported that numerous parents had objected to the policy, none of them quoted by name.In a video presentation shown to educators, the mother of a transgender student remembers children in her son’s kindergarten class being supportive when she sent him to school dressed as a girl.“But then the kids went home and told their parents, and they weren’t so great after that,” the mother said. “Adult bigotry had influenced them.”“Our kids get it. The adults on the outside sometimes don’t get it, but the kids get it,” Mosier said, adding that there would be no exceptions to the policy.Brian Griffiths the co-host of Red Maryland Radio, wrote, “This is a good time to point out that students in Anne Arundel County are believed to not be mature enough to consume a cough drop without going to the nurse’s office and having written permission from a parent, but the student is believed by the school system to make a mature and informed decision that they identify as a different gender.”At least one parent told local media that not appearing judgmental was more important than safeguarding young women from potential sexual assault. ” I have heard people say it opens up pedophile possibilities, but honestly I think there is good and bad in everything in this world and I don’t believe that we need to judge,” she said.Time for a public school exodus?Dreher said this policy is proof that people of faith nationwide should exit the public school system as quickly as possible.“If you’re a teacher, administrator, or staffer for a public school system anywhere in the United States, you are going to find yourself sitting in a seminar just like this one day, if you haven’t already,” he wrote.He warned against leaving Christian students in the public schools to evangelize others. “The culture is going to transform their kids,” he wrote.“Your public school district may not be part of this movement yet. But do not be fooled: it’s coming,” he concluded. read more

Docekal dials up SportMod Challenge win at Davenport

first_imgJoe Docekal was the $2,000 feature winner at Davenport Speedway’s SportMod Challenge special. (Photo by Alan Goacher)DAVENPORT, Iowa (June 8) – Joe Docekal dialed up the $2,000 feature win at Davenport Speed­way’s Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod Challenge Friday night.The 50-lap main event started with Troy Bauer taking the lead from a front row starting spot. After a lap 11 restart, Dalton Simonsen, made his bid for the lead on the high side.As Bauer moved up to block the move, Tony Olson dove to the bottom and took away the lead. Olson, the 2016 SportMod Challenge winner, then led the next 30 laps.The final restart came on lap 44 and allowed Docekal to drive around Olson for lead.Docekal led the remaining laps for the win. Gage Neal also passed Olson in the final laps to finish se­cond. Olson held on for third. Brayton Carter finished fourth and Simonsen fifth.Drivers from three states vied in the sixth annual event.Austin Moyer topped the IMCA Modified main and Chuck Hanna won his second straight Pe­tersen Plumbing & Heating IMCA Late Model feature.Feature results – 1. Joe Docekal; 2. Gage Neal; 3. Tony Olson; 4. Brayton Carter; 5. Dalton Simon­sen; 6. Dustin Schram; 7. Tyler Soppe; 8. Austin Heacock; 9. Andrew Burk; 10. Adam Birck; 11. Troy Bauer; 12. Jacob Ellithorpe; 13. Brandon Jewell; 14. Aaron Mitchell; 15. Kyle Ol­son; 16. Mike Adam; 17. Rance Powell; 18. Austen Becerra; 19. Randy Lamar; 20. Jared Water­man; 21. Joe Schaefer; 22. Matt Fulton; 23. Keith Blum; 24. Mitch Strayer.last_img read more

Franklin Co reports 2 COVID-19 deaths over the weekend

first_imgBrookville, IN—Franklin County Health Officials are reporting two more deaths over the weekend that are suspected to be related to COVID-19.  Both were males and in their 70’s.  One patient was reportedly under a doctor’s care at an Indiana hospital, the other was under doctor’s care at an Ohio hospital.  No further information about the patient will be released due to privacy laws. Officials also received notice of eleven new positive cases over the weekend, bringing Franklin County’s totals to 34 positives for coronavirus.  All eleven new cases are adults with the youngest in their 20’s. The Franklin County Health Department announced that one Franklin County resident currently in an Indiana hospital is recovering.  The patient recovering is a male in his 80’s, has been removed from a ventilator and is breathing on his own.Franklin County Citizens dealing with coronavirus and needing financial assistance are encouraged to contact their township trustee.last_img read more