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

Moyes: No doubting Wayne commitment

first_img United’s supporters also backed the forward, chanting his name both as he warmed up and on his arrival into the fray. “The supporters recognise good players,” said Moyes. “They do that at Manchester United. They recognised that when Wayne came on. “He is a good player and he showed that with some of the actions he did in the game.” Worryingly, though, he did pick up a knock, although he does have nine days to recover before United’s blockbuster showdown with Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea on August 26. “He got a kick,” said Moyes. “It was quite a bad one down the back of his Achilles. “He is still lacking match practice but I gave him another 30 minutes and that will bring him on.” Moyes was equally happy with the contribution of his goalscoring forwards. As a back-to-back Golden Boot winner, Van Persie already has four for the season following his double in last week’s Community Shield win over Wigan. Welbeck, meanwhile, has doubled his meagre league tally from last season, with Moyes particularly impressed by the tap-in from Antonio Valencia’s cross for his first. “I think Danny’s goal against Scotland might have helped lift his confidence,” said Moyes. “His goals were really good. “I was more pleased with the first one. “If you are going to be a centre forward you need to get tap ins. He was in the right spot to score. “Robin has been a pleasure to work with. “I have really enjoyed seeing him in action. You might think how good can he get? But he is someone who wants to keep working to get better and find new ways of scoring goals.” Moyes confirmed he still hopes to add to his squad before the transfer window closes but that: “I couldn’t say, yes, there is something on the horizon.” He also confirmed former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson had been in touch prior to kick-off. “He texted me before the game to wish me good luck,” said Moyes. “He was complaining about a tip he got for a horse.” But the ex-Everton man admitted: “I didn’t feel any different. “I came to do a job I have been doing for a long time. “The colours of the team were different but I was doing what I have been doing for a lot of years now.” For Swansea boss Michael Laudrup it was a chastening experience, with the only consolation being a goal on his debut for record signing Wilfried Bony. “Our plan was to put Manchester United under pressure,” said Laudrup. “It succeeded quite well until the 33rd minute. Van Persie didn’t touch so many things and suddenly you saw the difference. “To concede two in two minutes against Manchester United is too much. Once he got the third we knew it was game over. “They got a lot of confidence. Once a team like Manchester United gets more confidence they can play the ball around like that.” Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck both netted a brace to get Moyes’ reign off to the perfect start. However, it was noticeable Rooney did not join in the touchline celebrations for Van Persie’s second, whilst he was nursing an injury as Welbeck took the acclaim for his delicate injury-time effort. But Moyes claimed there were no problems regarding Rooney’s dedication, saying: “When you cross that white line it is very difficult not to be committed. “Lots of people are judging you. “When you cross that white line it is up to you. I thought he was incredibly committed for the team and helped set up two goals.” After missing all United’s pre-season games amid talk he wants out of Old Trafford, Rooney got an hour under his belt for England on Wednesday. He added an additional 30 minutes to that after replacing Ryan Giggs and Moyes was satisfied with the 27-year-old’s contribution. “Wayne did well when he came on,” said Moyes. “He made a great run which opened up the chance for Robin to move the ball onto his left foot for his goal and the ball he slipped through for Danny was well weighted. “He helped the team today in getting the result.” Manchester United manager David Moyes said he never had any fears over Wayne Rooney’s commitment to the Red Devils cause after the striker set up the final two goals in a 4-1 win at Swansea. Press Associationlast_img read more

QPR youngster makes loan move

first_imgQPR youngster Niko Hamalainen has joined Dagenham & Redbridge on loan on a month’s loan.A Finland Under-18 international, Hamalainen has captained Rangers’ Under-21 side this year.He is one of several young players the club have been looking to send out on loan in order for them to pick up first-team experience.Hamalainen is primarily a left-back but can also operate as a central defender.See also:QPR youngster gets Under-21 call-upFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Hoopa hops on Eureka, Crusaders cruise

first_imgThe Humboldt-Del Norte League’s leading scorer through this point in the season, George Navarro, put on another show for the Hoopa Valley faithful Saturday night, scoring 35 points in a 86-64 win over the visiting Eureka Loggers.Saturday’s win was the second over a Big 5 Conference opponent for Hoopa (excluding an exhibition game win over McKinleyville before the preseason, which unofficially makes three), this season and was the Warriors’ fifth straight win overall. Hoopa (3-0, 16-6) …last_img read more

EU pledges R1.7bn for SA schooling

first_imgThe agreement was signed by South African Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and EU Commissioner for Education and Culture Androulla Vassiliou. South Africa’s Department of Basic Education has received R1.7-billion from the European Union to help improve primary education in the country over the next three years. The funds are part of the ongoing financial cooperation between South Africa and the European Commission. It will also be used to attract appropriately qualified and competent teachers in all learning areas at all levels. This was announced on Tuesday ahead of the 3rd South Africa/European Union (SA/EU) Summit taking place in Brussels, Belgium, with President Jacob Zuma in attendance. 29 September 2010 According to the Presidency, the R1.7-billion will be used for expanding access to quality early childhood development opportunities in poor communities, as well as improving numeracy and literacy at primary school level.center_img The overall objective of the ESP-SP is to improve learner performance in literacy and numeracy at primary school level, in order to achieve better output to secondary and higher education and vocational training. According to the Presidency, the handing over of the funds, and subsequent signing of the Primary Education Sector Policy Support Programme (ESP-SP) agreement, makes this the single largest ever development cooperation programme between the European Commission and the South African government. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Single-largest commitment Early childhood developmentlast_img read more

Team South Africa completes Mongol Rally

first_imgThe three adventurers with their Ukranianhostess Olga. Exploring a field of giant sunflowersin Prague.(Images: 1 000 Traveling Names blog)MEDIA CONTACTS • Shannon Davis1 000 Traveling Names and a Donkey+27 74 107 5550RELATED ARTICLES• SA trio en route to Mongolia• Celebrities on sale for charity• African adventure for local woman• SA woman conquers the Seven Summits• SA comics team up for charityMediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporterThree South African women who set off on a daring expedition six weeks ago to cross Europe in the 16 000km Mongol Rally from the UK to Mongolia to raise money for charity, have successfully completed their journey.The goal was an ambitious one: to travel through up to 14 countries (depending on the route) and cross four mountain ranges and three deserts without any support vehicles.The local team, consisting of Joanne Theron, Shannon Davis and Gene Arundel, started their adventure on 23 July 2011 in London. Their goal was to raise money for two charities: the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation and the Pink Drive Campaign.The South African team went all out to represent South Africa on their journey. They distributed scarves and flags supplied by Brand SA and they even branded their vehicle “SA”.Everything about the team was unusual, from their name to their chosen mode of transport. The team was officially known as 1 000 Travelling Names and a Donkey (a reference to their mascot), and was sponsored by Brand South Africa, among others.To add more excitement to the trip, the local team decided to undertake their journey using an ambulance as their mode of transport. They decided to donate the vehicle to the people of Mongolia as a contribution towards the creation of a national ambulance service in the country.Mongolia’s poor economic status and lack of funds for public services has left the country short of emergency vehicles. A large number of Mongolian citizens live a traditional, nomadic lifestyle, which means they have to travel long distances to get to a hospital.An improved ambulance service would help to save many lives and improve the quality of life of the residents of the country.Happy memoriesAlong the way, the trio met many interesting people, experienced many random acts of kindness and made happy memories: a Russian lady they met in a bar who took it upon herself to ensure they had the correct maps so that they didn’t get lost on route to their next destination; a run-in with Ukrainian police; playing in a field of sunflowers in Prague; and attending a Kazakh wedding in Kazakhstan.They were first class ambassadors for their country while on their travels, spreading South African generosity, warmth and cheer to whomever they met along the way.“We were extremely proud to fly our flag high for South Africa and to be ambassadors for our country. Thanks again for all your support,” says Team South Africa.last_img read more

Ag Leader announces new features for fall 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Today, Ag Leader announced new fall features added to its full-farm connectivity platform, AgFiniti, bringing an even higher level of in-season visibility to growers and trusted advisors.“For the past several years, we’ve been building upon our AgFiniti platform with the goal to make the right information available to our customers anytime and anywhere. This means flowing information throughout the operation and across machines, devices and seasons. These announcements mark the next step in that vision,” said Corey Weddle, Director of Software Solutions.Live stats across displays and devices Last year, AgFiniti pushed display-to-display communication to an unprecedented level of ease and availability with the DisplayCast feature for InCommand displays. This fall, customers can share even more information in real-time across displays and other connected devices like tablets and cellphones. Live stats including yield, moisture, rate, population, speed, location, container level and more, can easily be shared across displays and devices.“Connecting every device across the operation enhances the overall productivity of the operation and allows each operator and manager to be in sync and make more timely decisions,” said Joe Holoubek, Product Manager. “The harvest operator can now solely focus on his primary task instead of having to constantly be on the radio directing the other machines. Whether viewing on a display, tablet or phone, everyone knows what’s going on and that’s a big deal for both productivity and better decisions.”The new live stats feature were available starting Aug. 30 with the latest software release for InCommand displays using DisplayCast and AgFiniti connected devices.Prescriptions in AgFiniti AgFiniti also added a prescription tool for nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K) fall fertility applications. Per-acre prescriptions within AgFiniti are based on fertility recommendations from trusted universities. The initial release includes fertility recommendations from Iowa State University, Purdue University, University of Illinois, The Ohio State University, and Michigan State University.Now customers can easily generate fertilizer prescriptions within AgFiniti using grain harvest data, bushels removed and soil sample data from any web-enabled device.“Prescriptions in AgFiniti bring cloud-based convenience to our customers, whether or not they are an SMS Software user,” Weddle said. “It’s not necessary to know how to write an equation or understand all the chemistry behind the field’s fertility, AgFiniti’s prescription tool does the work based on your local university research.”The new prescription feature can be now be purchased on a per-acre basis, and allows for additional prescriptions to be generated for 1 year. More prescription options are planned for 2019, including planting and seeding recommendations.last_img read more

Body found in Thunder Bay is missing youth from Webequie chief

first_imgWillow FiddlerAPTN NewsThe body found on a Thunder Bay golf course late Sunday morning is that of a missing 17-year-old youth, the chief of Webequie First Nation confirmed.Chief Cornelius Wabasse told APTN News the family met with police around 7:45 p.m. Sunday.“The forensic team came in first and then the coroner called to reaffirm that it was Braiden, the body that was found this morning,” said Wabasse.Braiden Jacob was reported missing Dec. 6.His family had last seen him on Wednesday night when he left the hotel they were staying in. They started searching for him when he didn’t return later that night.Community volunteers began an organized search for the missing teen on Thursday afternoon.The youth was in the city for ongoing counselling services for trauma and grief, according to Wabasse.“They’re very distraught, I mean it’s very emotional. Not just with the family but the extended family too,” he said.“Even the community is impacted by the loss of a young man.”Jacob was from Webequie, a fly-in community approximately 600 km north of Thunder Bay.On Saturday, Thunder Bay police released further details of Jacob’s disappearance including a description of what he was wearing.They said the youth was last seen in the early Thursday in the Limbrick area. His body was found on the golf course in Chapples Park less than 3 km away.In a media release Sunday afternoon, police said they were dispatched to the park area around 11:30 a.m when a passerby reported a possible body.It’s the same area where Tammy Keeash was found drowned in the floodway that runs through the park May 2017 – and the body of 32-year-old William Wapoose was discovered in September 2014.His homicide remains unsolved.Anna Betty Achneepineskum of Nishnawbe Aski Nation expressed frustration on Facebook over the of health services available on-reserve.“Why is it that we have to bring our children out to an urban centre to get counselling service?” said Achneepineskum.“It’s not right that we have a system that continues to jeopardize our children’s safety.”Community members from Thunder Bay and other First Nations gathered on Sunday to offer support to Jacob’s family and community.The body has been taken to Toronto for a [email protected]@WillowBlasizzolast_img read more