19 Jun 2014

Metropolitan Opera Censors Masterpiece by Renowned Composer John Adams

Every serious list of America’s greatest living composers has neo-Romantic post-Minimalist composer John Adams at or near the top. His 2002 commemoration to victims of September 11th, 2001, On the Transmigration of Souls, won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for musical composition. He has won five Grammies for recordings of his

01 Jun 2014

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Doug Fine, Hemp Bound: Dispatches From The Front Lines Of The Next Agricultural Evolution

Three of Doug Fine’s four books address aspects of agriculture. Farewell My Subaru introduces us to his Funky Butte Ranch in rural New Mexico, where he begins to learn to ranch and farm, to power his life with renewable energy, waste oil and homegrown food. Too High to Fail followed the odyssey of a cannabis plant to be used for a medical marijuana patient, from cloning to ingestion.

Hemp Bound introduces us to the renewed interest in industrial hemp agriculture, at the moment of its rebirth. In the author’s note at the beginning of the book, Fine celebrates recent passage of hemp-friendly legislation:

31 May 2014

Doug Fine Discusses His Book, Hemp Bound, At The Booksmith, in Haight-Ashbury

Sunday afternoon, I will be hosting author Doug Fine here at the Firedoglake Book Salon. We will be asking him questions about the subject matter of Hemp Bound: Dispatches From the Front Lines of the Next Agricultural Revolution.  Last year, we had him here to discuss the paperback edition of

26 May 2014

Netanyahu, Pissed at the Pope for Praying at the Apartheid Wall, Attempts to Humiliate Francis. Twice.

A pontiff who appears to be the most humble in generations might be hard, almost impossible to humiliate.  That didn’t keep the first foreign leader to star in political ads opposing a sitting American President’s re-election efforts from trying, though. Sunday, Pope Francis made an unscripted stop at a section

18 May 2014

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Ali Abunimah, The Battle for Justice in Palestine

The Battle for Justice in Palestine verges on being a scholarly work. The term “verges” here is not to diminish the book in any way. Few scholarly books aim to tell a story or create a narrative as this book does. The solid research in it is easy to detect throughout. There are 44 pages of end-notes and there is a 13-page index. Here is the author’s own description of the work, given on April 30th at the conclusion of a presentation at Vassar:

[In t]his book, I really wanted it to offer hope. Yes it offers analysis and some of it is hard and sobering analysis. But if we break out of the very narrow limits of what we’re allowed to think by the gatekeepers in the liberal thinktanks and elite media– I don’t include the rightwing thinktanks– there is scope for really exciting action.

16 May 2014

Firedoglake Book Salon Preview: The Battle for Justice in Palestine by Ali Abunimah

Please join us Sunday for Ali Abunimah’s The Battle for Justice in Palestine. I’ll be hosting. Of the FDL book salons on the subject of Palestine-Israel that I have hosted, I’m looking forward to this one the most. Ali has been in this battle for a long time. We will get to witness

03 Apr 2014

Max Blumenthal Shares Lessons from U Michigan Divestment Campaign

Author, journalist and videographer Max Blumenthal participated in the debate before the University of Michigan’s Central Government Council, on March 25th, regarding possible divestment from companies that profit from Israeli occupation of Palestine, and repression of Palestinian society. He was the leadoff presenter for Michigan Students Allied for Equality. Blumenthal

15 Mar 2014

(Late) Saturday Art: Remembering Rachel Corrie on the 11th Anniversary of Her Murder

I have posted my cantata, The Skies Are Weeping, here before.  It is my 2003-2004 tribute to the memory of Rachel Corrie and Tom Hurndall, killed by Israeli thugs in Gaza, during the run-up to the opening of the Iraq invasion, when the world was distracted elsewhere, and Brits and Americans

10 Mar 2014

Author Joe McGinniss Passes

  From the Washington Post: NEW YORK — Joe McGinniss, the adventurous and news-making author and reporter who skewered the marketing of Richard Nixon in “The Selling of the President 1968” and tracked his personal journey from sympathizer to scourge of convicted killer Jeffrey MacDonald in the blockbuster “Fatal Vision,”

09 Mar 2014

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Jon Walker, After Legalization: Understanding The Future Of Marijuana Policy

What will you be doing in 2030?

If I survive that long, I’ll be 84 years old. My dad lived to be 87, my mom to 94, so there’s a chance I’ll be around. Will I be using cannabis then, if I’m still around? If so, it will be in a vastly different legal and social framework than what exists now.

Firedoglake‘s Just Say Now Senior Editor and valuable contributor, Jon Walker, has just published what appears to be the first comprehensive look at a future in which some modicum of sanity prevails in the ways our society deals with cannabis as a social, recreational and medicinal product. Walker projects us into 2030.