12:58 AM (7 hours ago)Pixies Celebrate Anniversary by Giving Away Live EPfrom Mashable! by Stan Schroeder
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of their legendary album Doolittle, the Pixies are giving away a four-track live EP, now available for download.
The EP contains the tracks Dancing The Manta Ray, Gouge Away, Monkey Gone To Heaven and Crackity Jones, which were performed live during the Pixies’ recent tour.
On the tour, the Pixies have performed the Doolittle album in its entirety, selling live CDs from every show, in the form of limited edition, double-disc CD sets for the price of $25. If you’re not sure you want to buy one of these, you can always check out the free EP before you make up your mind.
Anyone who provides their e-mail address and agrees to subscribe to the Pixies’ mailing list can download the EP freely from the Pixies’ official site, www.pixiesmusic.com.
My friend Bob sent this to me via email. I had no idea of what happened during women’s struggle in the US to be allowed to vote. Please vote – not only because of what these women suffered in order for us to be able to do so – but also because it really matters.
This is the story ...... of our Mothers and Grandmothers who lived only 90 years ago.
Remember, it was not until 1920 that women were granted the right to go to the polls and vote.
The women were innocent and defenseless, but they were jailed nonetheless for picketing the White House, carrying signs asking for the vote.
And by the end of the night, they were barely alive. Forty prison guards wielding clubs and their warden's blessing went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted of 'obstructing sidewalk traffic.'
They beat Lucy Burns, chained her hands to the cell bars above her head and left her hanging for the night, bleeding and gasping for air.
They hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her head against an iron bed and knocked her out cold. Her cell mate, Alice Cosu, thought Lewis was dead and suffered a heart attack. Additional affidavits describe the guards grabbing, dragging, beating, choking, slamming, pinching, twisting and kicking the women.
Thus unfolded the 'Night of Terror' on Nov. 15, 1917, when the warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his guards to teach a lesson to the suffragists imprisoned there because they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson's White House for the right to vote. For weeks, the women's only water came from an open pail. Their food--all of it colorless slop--was infested with worms.
When one of the leaders, Alice Paul, embarked on a hunger strike, they tied her to a chair, forced a tube down her throat and poured liquid into her until she vomited. She was tortured like this for weeks until word was smuggled out to the press.
So, refresh MY memory. Some women won't vote this year because - Why, exactly? We have carpool duties? We have to get to work? Our vote doesn't matter? It's raining?
HBO's movie 'Iron Jawed Angels is a graphic depiction of the battle these women waged so that I could pull the curtain at the polling booth and have my say. I am ashamed to say I needed the reminder. (Miss Edith Ainge, of Jamestown , New York)
All these years later, voter registration is still my passion. But the actual act of voting had become less personal for me, more rote. Frankly, voting often felt more like an obligation than a privilege. Sometimes it was inconvenient. (Berthe Arnold, CSU graduate)
My friend Wendy, who is my age and studied women's history, saw the HBO movie, too. When she stopped by my desk to talk about it, she looked angry. She was--with herself. 'One thought kept coming back to me as I watched that movie,' she said. 'What would those women think of the way I use, or don't use, my right to vote? All of us take it for granted now, not just younger women, but those of us who did seek to learn.' The right to vote, she said, had become valuable to her 'all over again.'
HBO released the movie on video and DVD . I wish all history, social studies and government teachers would include the movie in their curriculum I want it shown on Bunco/Bingo night, too, and anywhere else women gather. I realize this isn't our usual idea of socializing, but we are not voting in the numbers that we should be, and I think a little shock therapy is in order.
It is jarring to watch Woodrow Wilson and his cronies try to persuade a psychiatrist to declare Alice Paul insane so that she could be permanently institutionalized. And it is inspiring to watch the doctor refuse. Alice Paul was strong, he said, and brave. That didn't make her crazy.
The doctor admonished the men: 'Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity.'
Please, if you are so inclined, pass this on to all the women you know. We need to get out and vote and use this right that was fought so hard for by these very courageous women. Whether you vote democratic, republican or independent party - remember to vote.
The Chilean flag is on the ballot. The Texas flag has the vertical line go all the way down the left side of the flag. Apparently, they've been sending them out with the the Chilean flag for years, but it wasn't noticed until this year. By a student living in Japan.
This was in my email today:
Um…I have a few questions:
The scales recently tipped in my favor: which means that I just “qualified” in the top half of attractive users. Did someone more attractive die in order to make room for me? Also, this means that I just barely made it in there. What if prettier people join tomorrow? Do I get booted back?
Also, notice their highlight.
Boy oh boy.
This email came earlier this week:I am writing you on behalf of Liberty High Schools Gay/Straight Alliance Club. We are located in Liberty, MO, a conservative suburb of Kansas City. You’re column appears in the Pitch here. The GSA has not been active for two years here due to lack of sponsorship and a "controversy" three years ago when the GSA made shirts that said “Gay? Fine By Me” which caused some tension in the community, eventually leading to the shirts being banned from school. This year I have sponsored the club for the first time and so far we are up to 31 students, which is huge for us! We have many great ideas and plan on recognizing National Coming Out Day, Day of Silence, LGBT History month and doing many activities to promote acceptance of everyone in our school....
The problem is we are on a very limited budget and fundraising for a club of this kind in this area is difficult. The bullying here is absurd and with the recent suicides of many teens, we need to do all we can to make sure these students feel welcome, valued, and know they have a safe place in school. We will not be getting money from our district due to our budget problems created by the economy and our former superintendent. If you could find it in your heart to donate a small amount, it would create a HUGE difference and allow us to continue our mission here. These 31 kids—and growing—deserve a great GSA club and I am trying all I can to allow them that opportunity here.
Special Ed. Teacher/Alliance Club Sponsor
Liberty High School
All I want for my birthday—besides more YouTube videos of Miss Vicki Carr—is to see Sloggers set up Liberty High School's GSA for the next four years. Let's show the LGBT kids at Liberty High School that it gets better—let's help them make it better—and let them know there are people out here who care about 'em. Donate.
This is from Dan Savage's column in The Stranger. I think that this is a great way to support these kids directly. Give what you can - even $5 would help.
Ruby Washington/The New York Times Go to related 2009 City Room post »
Held annually during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of intellectual freedom and draws attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted banning of books across the United States, including books commonly taught in secondary schools.
Here are ideas for celebrating Banned Books Week –- with your students, your children and anyone who believes in having “the freedom to read.”
- Classic Challenges: Books commonly taught in secondary schools show up again and again on the American Library Association’s most frequently challenged list. Why are some books challenged year after year? Find out why and then “adopt” a banned book like “The Catcher in the Rye” or “To Kill a Mockingbird” by investigating its history of challenges. (For example, a site search for “Huckleberry Finn” on nytimes.com reveals the 1885 editorial “Trashy and Vicious,” republished from The Springfield Republican, on the Concord Library’s ban of the book. You’ll also find a 1902 letter from Mark Twain on the Omaha Public Library’s ban.) Then promote a “read-in” of one or more challenged or banned books in your school library.
- Don’t Read This!: Scan this list. What do these books have in common? Are you surprised to see that they are the Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books for 2000-2009? Use Anna Quindlen’s Op-Ed from 1994 as the model for an essay about personal experiences reading banned books and thoughts about book banning in general. We also invite you to answer our Student Opinion question, “Are There Books That Should Be Banned From Your School Library?”
- Big Name Bans: Did you know that “Harry Potter” topped the library association’s list of most challenged books in the year 2000? Other recent frequently challenged books include the “Twilight” series and “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” Learn more about recent challenges and then create posters to promote intellectual freedom using some of the titles. One idea: Create a collage of book jackets of some of the most famous banned books. Another: Create a map of challenges, to demonstrate that book bans and challenges are not isolated phenomena, even in the United States. Ask to hang the posters in the school or local library.
- Join the Club: Create book clubs around banned books. To investigate titles for your club to read, you might use the Books section, including the drop-down menus for finding book reviews and coverage of featured authors. Then hold book “pitches” and form club reading schedules. As you read, respond to the texts, and then execute a final project, either individually or as a group.
- Blog All About It: Read this article featuring a New Jersey family that blogs together about books and encourages support of Banned Books Week. Choose a banned title to read as a family. Discuss it over dinner and/or online together. Include far-flung extended family by blogging or writing literary letters.
- ‘Speak’ or Not?: This week, a university professor, Wesley Scroggins, attacked Laurie Halse Anderson’s “Speak” as “soft pornography” in The Springfield News-Leader of Missouri. Ms. Halse Anderson responded on her blog, as did the teacher and blogger Donalyn Miller on The Book Whisperer Blog. Read the blog posts and discuss both positions. What is “soft pornography”? Should teenagers, as novelist and Harvard student Isabel Kaplan argues in her aaaAAAAaaexplore Web sites commonly blocked in countries like China and Saudi Arabia. Consider why these governments want to block the content in question, and how national history, culture and politics come into play during such episodes. What does a country’s censorship history tell us about what its government and citizens value? Create a timeline or narrative history of one country’s relationship with censorship, including, if possible, interviews with people who have direct experience.
How are you celebrating Banned Books Week? Tell us below.
It’s really far away. Seriously – getting here included a 16 hour flight, but due to my new strategy (aka: Nyquil tablets) + the fact that we left at midnight, I slept for 10 hours of the flight. I spent the rest of the time reading, so it was quite manageable. Hoping I do as well on the return flight.
I’ve had a few days to wander around before the work starts and I’m a tad disappointed. I mean, it’s a nice city and the people speak “English” and it’s very walkable. But it doesn’t have a unique “feel” to it.
Usually when I’m in a new place, I have some images or ideas of what that place feels like. I’ll see a building or a door or a person and think “Oh, that really feels like xxx” – where xxx = city/country). I’m just not getting that here. Maybe it’s because I’ve mostly been to the tourist places (the Rocks, museums, aquarium and Darling Harbour). It’s strange. I’m kinda bummed I didn’t just skip Sydney & go up north for diving. But, what can you do?
Work is going well and I think I may wrap up early and get to go home early. We’ll see – I do miss Roxie the Wonder Schnoodle a lot.
Oh, and it’s ridiculously expensive here. It was US$30 ?!?!?!? to get into the Aquarium. Pasta (veggie – no animals or fish) = $30. And I’m not talking only in the hotel – food is really pricy everywhere here. Maybe it’s cause the dollar is so crappy but I’m really glad that someone else is paying for my food.
Speaking of crappy, here are some pix I shot with my phone. I will be going through the pix I’m shooting with my grown up camera & posting them after I get home.
No explanation required, right? It’s an Opera House. Someone told me that Aussies say it looks like nuns playing rugby.
Friends took me to the Australian Nat’l Rugby League Grand Final. I had a really good time.This is the helicopter bringing the game ball. It was right about this point when I realized what a big deal this game was – it’s basically their version of our Super Bowl.