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Go Veggie! (October 2000)

Intro to Veganism

Every year in the U.S., more than 25 billion animals are slaughtered for food. Raising animals on factory farms is cruel and ecologically devastating. Eating animals is bad for our health, leading directly to many diseases and illnesses, including heart attacks, strokes, cancer, diabetes, and obesity.

For animals

Animals on factory farms are treated like machines. Within days of birth, for example, chickens have their beaks seared off with a hot blade. Male cows and pigs are castrated without painkillers. All of these animals spend their brief lives in crowded and ammonia-filled conditions, many of them so cramped that they can't even turn around or spread a wing. Many do not get a breath of fresh air until they are prodded and crammed onto trucks for a nightmarish ride to the slaughterhouse, often through weather extremes and always without food or water. The animals are hung upside down and their throats are sliced open, often while they're fully conscious.

For the environment

Today's factory farms use everything but the "moo," "cluck," and "oink" — but in the process, they leave behind an environmental devastation that generations to come will be forced to clean up. Raising animals for food requires more than half the water used in the United States and is the biggest polluter of our water and topsoil. Coyotes and other animals are poisoned and shot by western cattle ranchers who consider federal land to be their land for grazing. Our country's meat addiction is slowly poisoning and depleting our land, water, and air.

… And for YOU!

The only two researchers in human history who have successfully reversed heart disease, by far America's biggest killer, have included an exclusively vegetarian diet as a part of their programs. On the Dr. Dean Ornish and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn programs, patients become "heart attack proof" (to quote Dr. Esselstyn, in the August 1999 issue of the American Journal of Cardiology) by getting their cholesterol levels to below 150 (the average vegan cholesterol level is 128), the level below which no one has ever been documented as having died from a heart attack. And people who consume animal products are also 40 percent more susceptible to cancer, and at increased risk for many other illnesses, including stroke, obesity, appendicitis, osteoporosis, arthritis, diabetes, and food poisoning. Additionally, meat contains accumulations of pesticides and other chemicals up to 14 times more concentrated than those in plant foods.

Click here to read PETA's fact sheets on the health, environmental, and animal welfare benefits of a vegetarian diet.

Click here for a longer essay, "Veganism in a Nutshell," which delves more deeply into each of these topics.

What you can do

Meat stinks for the animals, the Earth, and your health. Make the compassionate, environmentally sound, and healthful choice — go vegetarian! Download our leaflets, videos, photos, and factsheets, and give them to your friends, relatives, and the public (including any reporters you feel might be interested). Check out our "Resource for Activists" for more tips. If you can't download the information you want, you can order copies through the PETA literature catalog.

Hippie Things (February 2001)

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LocksofLove (December 2002)

 

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Tell your pediatrician or dermatologist about Locks of Love. Or, if you know a child who needs our help, please contact us with the name and address of the family. We will send an application.

If you happen to live in the Palm Beach County area, we always need helping hands to open and sort mail, send thank you notes, and a hundred other tasks that keep us going! Call us at (561) 963-1677.

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Friends of Cheese (August 2000)

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Who is The String Cheese Incident?

  • Michael Kang electric mandolin, acoustic mandolin, violin
  • Bill Nershi six string acoustic guitar
  • Keith Moseley five string electric bass, four string acoustic bass
  • Michael Travis drums, congas, djembe, talking drum, percussion
  • Kyle Hollingsworth piano, organ, Rhodes accordion

    Masters of improvisation, The String Cheese Incident has reached the cusp of an explosive national breakthrough through outstanding live performances and a dedication to touring. Now averaging over 160 shows a year, the band has attracted fans of all genres by mixing high energy fun with rigorous musicianship and impassioned artistry.

    The String Cheese Incident crafts undeniable masterpieces from an astonishing mix of roots musics, with intricate mountain bluegrass, transcendent Afro-pop rhythms, sensuous Latin melodies and breezy Calypso grooves that branch from a trunk of traditional American rock. The String Cheese Incident not only weaves together these incredibly diverse musical elements, it creates an entirely new sound in the process.

    This Boulder, Colorado based quintet has leapt into the collective conciousness of several grassroots scenes at once. Fans of bluegrass, reggae, jambands and other roots genres have strongly embraced the creative milestone that is SCI's music, as well as the band's ability to create a relaxed, fun environment at every show, or Incident, as they are better known.

    The symbiotic, audience-band relationship that develops into a rich atmosphere at each Incident lead the band to provide a new level of fun and music to their fans in 1998 through several international Incidents, in both Negril, Jamaica, and Akumal, Mexico. More international shows are currently being planned.

    Pioneers of both music and the business of music, The String Cheese Incident has steadfastly refused to compromise any amount of creative control over its music by signing with a major label. Applying the grassroots ethic that has made the band into successful touring artists,The String Cheese Incident instead chose to launch a full-scale label, Sci Fidelity Records. The band now continues to build its grassroots empire with a website that attracts one million hits a month, an in-house ticketing service and a travel agency designed to cater to their fans.

    While the band's Incidents have become the stuff of legend, it is in the studio that The String Cheese Incident distinguishes itself in craftsmanship. Buoyed by the 1998 release "Round The Wheel," which has become the band's best selling album to date with its mix of richly textured arrangements and tight, ear-catching pop tunes, Sci Fidelity Records and The String Cheese Incident are currently choosing tracks for a live double album that will be released in early fall.

    The String Cheese Incident received the honor of opening and closing the 1998-99 New Year's Eve Celebration at the Kaiser Auditorium in Oakland, CA, with remaining members of the Grateful Dead and Hot Tuna. The band's success on a massive U.S. tour in the spring of 1999 culminated in three sold-out shows at the legendary Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, and a string of sold out shows along the east coast.

    In June, The String Cheese Incident returns to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival as a headlining act, where they stole the show as the opening act in 1993, just six months after their official formation. This summer, the band will also headline both the High Sierra Music Festival and the Oregon Country Fair. Looking towards the millennium, The String Cheese Incident will host a two-night New Years extravaganza in Portland, OR that will encompass a "world-music" theme on a scale of grand proportions.

    The creative and musical foundation that constitutes the essence of The String Cheese Incident is always evolving with the band's musical tastes and their interaction with the fans in the live setting. The albums speak volumes and the critical acclaim rises, but there is no substitute for a live "Incident".

    - Image and text from The String Cheese Incident official website, www.stringcheeseincident.com

  • Central Plains Jamband Society (October 2002)

    plainsCentral Plains Jamband Society (CPJS) is a grassroots nonprofit organization that is committed to improving the live jamband music scene in the Midwest.  We are succeeding by educating a growing loyal fan base about jambands while giving those jambands exposure to their public.

    We believe that the best way to accomplish our goal is to create a social environment where the fans can interact with one another and become friends.  To this end, CPJS has online discussion groups, forums, and organizes music festivals, live concerts, CD trading parties and other fun social events.

    We encourage all of our members to support the jamband scene by regularly going out and enjoying live music.  CPJS periodically organizes member gatherings, fund raisers, and fun events to help strengthen the jamband community.  We hope to create a loyal membership within Central Plains Jamband Society that will help us spread the word to others about jamband music.  This is an organization that brings fans together with bands.

    Board of Directors

    Hello, my name is John Bollin, most people know me as Johnny B.  I grew up in Leavenworth, KS.  After high school I moved to Pittsburg, KS to go to school.   While there, a college roommate introduced me to the Grateful Dead.  I started going to Grateful Dead concerts in 1990 and was VERY drawn to the music and the scene.   From this scene I met people that introduced me to live tape trading, a bunch of new "jambands" that allowed taping, and the internet.  In 1994 I started taping shows.  I have been involved in the local and internet taping/jamband community since.   I enjoy being a part of the this community and want to do what I can to help make it flourish.

    Thanks for stopping by to read my bio, but more importantly thanks for showing interest in Central Plains Jamband Society!! I have a day job that allows me to pursue my after hour passions for live music.  I grew up moving every couple of years, and I believe this is one of the reasons for my continual involvement with Jamband music. I was brought up with change all the time, and I get a lot of that at live shows. I got involved with CJPS because I was interested in meeting the faces that I always saw at shows.  I have met so many new friends and my hope is that when I am 65 I am still involved with CJPS. Once again, thanks!! Michelle

    Hi.  My name is Todd Garren.  Many of you know me as "GoToddGo".  I was born in St. Louis, but grew up in Kansas City.  My interests include playing pool, guitar, nature and spreading music.  I have always listened to and enjoyed all types of music.  But when a friend of mine introduced me to Phish and to jamband music, I knew it was something special.  Ever since then, I have chosen to devote my time supporting the jamband scene.  I do this because the jamband "community" is wonderfully unique and makes me feel great.  I am a part of Central Plains Jamband Society because I want this feeling of "community" to grow.  Let's work together to make it happen!  Peace.  -GoToddGo

    Hello, thanks for your interest in the Central Plains Jamband Society.  Without you the fan, we wouldn't exist.  I am a Kansas City native and currently live in the Brookside area. From an early age I have loved all types of music, but life changed when I was introduced to jamband music.  My college roommate introduced me to the Grateful Dead, which opened up a whole new world of great music. In 1989, I started a weekly jamband radio show on my college radio station, KSDB 91.9.  I still have fond memories of a regular listener recommending an album by friends of his. I finally found the vinyl masterpiece and started playing the title track regularly on my show.  After a few weeks of play my listener called back with his friends on the telephone.  Who was it?  It was the then unknown band (in the Midwest) named Widespread Panic.  Since college, I have traveled all over the Unites States to see all kinds of great live music.  When the opportunity to start CPJS came up, I couldn't resist.  I've seen a lot of great changes in our music scene over the last ten years; the years to come will be even better!  I'm on the bus, who else is in?

    All my life I have been involved in music.  Growing up I was involved in my church's choir and participated in my school choir as well.  My family was very influenced by British musicians and I was the youngest so whatever they listened to so did I.  I grew up to the sounds of the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin.  These bands were big favorites in my household.

    Over time I became more fascinated with more artist in the rock and roll scene as I grew up.  In high school my brother turned me on to American rock and roll by buying me my first Grateful Dead record "In the Dark" for my sixteenth birthday.  From that day on I became intrigued with the Grateful Dead and it's culture it stood for.  I listened to many of my brother's bootlegs and discovered the meaning of improvisational music.

    I attended college at Avila College in Kansas City, MO.  In October of 1995, I attended my first Phish concert at Municipal Auditorium in downtown Kansas City.  I was completely blown away for the first time hearing Mike's Song> I am Hydrogen>Weekapaug Groove and knew instantly that Phish had become my new favorite band.  I continued to attended as many shows as possible and fell in love with the whole theatrics of their show along with the audience and artist connection that Phish had established with its phans.

    On January 1st, 2000 in the early hours of the new century at Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation.  I met a taper whom I randomly stumbled upon.  We chatted briefly and came across that we both were from the Kansas City area.  Johnny Bollin became my first taper friend and introduced me to the jamband community in Kansas City.  It was a whole new world for me to be in.  I began to collect and trade shows with other people who enjoyed this type of music.  At Avila College I had two friends who were very familiar with Phish.  The rest of the student body could not identify with me on this level.

    As Johnny and I became friends so did I with his wife Michelle.  Since then we all have become friends through the music of Phish.  In the summer of 2001, Michelle came to me with the idea of Central Plains Jamband Society.  I was in total favor of it, and have helped support CPJS from it infancy.  I enjoy meeting new people from the area as well as all over the country.  The jamband community is my second family away from home.  The unity and energy that is involved with this music and its culture is where I have always felt comfortable being myself.

    I write for CPJS and interview artists in the local, regional, and national levels.  I love to recognize artists and tell their stories from when they were growing up.  I feel there is more to an artist than just the music they make.  I hope to see CPJS grow and become a successful organization that provides a safe haven for all types if people of different backgrounds.  Thank you for reading my bio and supporting CPJS and live music.

    Pink Floyd Online (February 2003)

    New Pink Floyd DVD and Book
    It has now been confirmed the release titled, "Inside Pink Floyd - A Critical Review 1967 - 1996", will be a 2 disc DVD set complete with accompanying book. It is scheduled for release June 14th, 2004 on the Classic Rock label as part of their "Critical Review" series...

     

     

    Pink Floyd song played on Mars
    The Pink Floyd song Eclipse, from the album Dark Side of the Moon was used to wake the Mars probe 'Opportunity' on the 10th of March 2004. The song was chosen in recognition of the transit of the martian moon, Phobos. After the probe finished with the classic song...

     

     

     

    Gilmour to Perform at Benefit Concert
    It was recently announced that David Gilmour will be one of the guest artists appearing as part of the week long series of Teenage Cancer Trust benefit shows in London. The shows, organist by the remaining members of The Who, will be held at the end of...

     

     

     

    Dark Side of the Moon wins 4 Awards
    The 2003 Surround Music Award winners were announced at a gala event in Los Angeles yesterday, (December 11th, 2003). The ceremony, organized by UE Media's Surround Professional magazine, recognized the year's outstanding achievements in the field of...

     

     

     

    Site: PFO and RWO join forces
    I'm pleased to announce Roger Waters Online and Pink Floyd Online have joined forces. Roger Waters Online is the premier site on the web for Roger Waters related news and info, and we are teaming up to bring a more complete service to Pink Floyd and...

     

     

     

    Pink Floyd Reunites? UPDATE
    It now appears that early reports that Roger Waters performed with Pink Floyd at Steve O' Rourkes funeraI were in fact false, despite this news coming from very reliable sources. Initial reports suggested that Roger Waters was present and reunited with Pink Floyd to play...

     

     

     

    'Dark Side' Nominated for Award
    Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon' SACD is one of six discs nominated for High Fidelity Review's 2003 Surround Music People's Choice Award. Visitors to the High Fidelity Review site can vote for their favourite title of 2003, with the award being presented to the...

    Grateful Dread on the Web (January 2003)

    On Grace and RWR

     Are you sick of the seemingly nonstop coverage of "national mourning?" Yeah, me too. Thank the goddess for "Elimidate." Funeral? Procession? Watching the plane carrying his remains fly into DeeCee? No thanks, I pass.

    As previously stated, I am all for folks injecting truth about Ronald Reagan into the ongoing one-sided lovefest. An accurate portrayal of the man must include good and bad, and if there are those who see more bad than good, well, they have the right and duty to speak their truth.

    Into this arena comes commentator and cartoonist Ted Rall. I like much of Rall's work - his published opinions are sometimes incendiary (which is not necessarily a bad thing), and more often than not (such as in the case of his controversial and harsh May 3 take on the granting of "hero" status to football star-turned-friendly-fire-casualty Pat Tillman), he is dead right. Most of the positions in Rall's take on Mr. Iran-Contra are in line with mine. Check out this excerpt from his June 9 commentary, "Reagan's Shameful Legacy":

    Reagan's defenders, people who don't know the facts or choose to ignore them, claim that "everybody" admired Reagan's ebullient personality even if some disagreed with his politics. That, like the Gipper's tall tales about welfare queens and "homeless by choice" urban campers, is a lie. Millions of Americans cringed at Reagan's simplistic rhetoric, were terrified that his anti-Soviet "evil empire" posturing would provoke World War III, and thought that his appeal to selfishness and greed - a bastardized blend of Adam Smith and Ayn Rand - brought out the worst in us. We rolled our eyes when Reagan quipped "There you go again"; what the hell did that mean? Given that he made flying a living hell (by firing the air traffic controllers and regulating the airlines), I'm not the only one who refuses to call Washington National Airport by its new name. His clown-like dyed hair and rouged cheeks disgusted us. We hated him during the dark days he made so hideous, and, with all due respect, we hate him still.

     

    Rall had me until the last sentence. While I can't say I liked the man and I certainly didn't admire him or find inspiration or optimism in him, I emphatically do not hate Reagan. Then again, I don't hate any person. Rall, here, is expressing his emotions truthfully; he has that right. But it is important for folks on the Left to stand against hate in any form - trust me, the Right will hold all libs accountable for the publicly expressed hatred of a few, so we must speak against hate.

    Listen to O'Reilly, Limbaugh, Carlson, Coulter et al, if you can stomach them: They insist that the Left is all about hatred. Not so. Some so-called progressives indeed hate, but not all do. This lib may hate right-wing policies and actions (and some Democratic ones as well), but that doesn't mean personally hating the Shrub or Rummy or John Effin' Kerry or Ronnie Ray-gun.

    If you are opposed to hate, you should oppose it when it comes from the Right and the Left. After all, progressivism is supposed to be about peace and love - the antithesis of hate - isn't it?

    Rall defends his criticism of Reagan, and I do not disagree with him a bit on it. As he notes for Conspiracy Planet, "Imagine what would happen when Clinton dies, and they gloss over the fact that he lied under oath. I bet there will be conservative writers there to point that out and say something similar to what I said. And I think it is completely appropriate."

    Absolutely right, and not just because I am no fan of Slick Willie. I can deal with folks praising Reagan, but without telling the full story of the man and his deeds, it amounts to nothing more than inane sycophancy. We need the counterpoints.

    Still, there is a huge difference between pointing out a dead president's sins and envisioning him burning in Hell.

    In a June 6 rant on his blog, Rall really showed the lengths of his hatred:

    How Sad...

    ...that Ronald Reagan didn't die in prison, where he belonged for starting an illegal, laughably unjustifiable war against Grenada under false pretenses (the "besieged" medical students later said they were nothing of the sort) and funneling arms to hostages during Iran-Contra.

    Oh, and 9/11? That was his. Osama bin Laden and his fellow Afghan "freedom fighters" got their funding, and nasty weapons, from Reagan.

    A real piece of work, Reagan ruined the federal budget, trashed education, alienated our friends and allies and made us a laughing stock around the world.

    Hmmmm...sounds familiar.

    Anyway, I'm sure he's turning crispy brown right about now.

    Ouch.

    Again, I'm with him until the very last sentence. Perhaps a lot of libs are saying that sort of thing in private (I'm praying for them). And honesty is indeed the best policy. But speaking for myself, I believe the Creator is a merciful deity. Avoiding hell is based on favor and God's grace, not merit. (If not for this, I trust most of us would end up a crispy brown.) Meaning, if I have a shot of getting into heaven, so should Ronnie Ray-gun. And I have to wish for that, even as I criticize what the 40th president did throughout his hellish reign.

    So, please forgive me if I borrow a question from - of all people - El Rushbo: Where's the love, Ted?

    Impeach Bush (July 2003)

    Why Impeach Bush and Cheney?

    There is strong evidence that Bush and Cheney have committed numerous impeachable offenses. In order to restore the rule of law in America it is necessary to investigate these charges and, if there is sufficient evidence, to impeach them both.

    Summary of Impeachable Offenses

    1. Misled Congress about Threat from Iraq - violated Title 18 USC 371 and 1001
      1. Shaped Intelligence to Justify War with Iraq
      2. Lied about Uranium from Niger
      3. Lied about Aluminum Tubes
      4. Lied about Congress having Same Information as Bush
      5. Bush did not meet the requirements of HJR114 and therefore invaded Iraq without authority.
    2. Illegal Electronic Surveillance - violated FISA laws and 4th amendment
    3. Torture of Prisoners - violated Federal Anti-Torture Laws and Geneva Convention
    4. Violated International Law
    5. Refused to comply with Congressional Subpoenas <== currently a hot issue in Congress!

     

    Other Charges

    MoveOn.org (February 2004)

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    What is MoveOn all about?
    MoveOn is working to bring ordinary people back into politics. With a system that today revolves around big money and big media, most citizens are left out. When it becomes clear that our "representatives" don't represent the public, the foundations of democracy are in peril. MoveOn is a catalyst for a new kind of grassroots involvement, supporting busy but concerned citizens in finding their political voice. Our nationwide network of more than 1,700,000 online activists is one of the most effective and responsive outlets for democratic participation available today.

    What does MoveOn do?
    When there is a disconnect between broad public opinion and legislative action, MoveOn builds electronic advocacy groups. Examples of such issues are campaign finance, environmental and energy issues, media consolidation, or the Iraq war. Once a group is assembled, MoveOn provides information and tools to help each individual have the greatest possible impact.

    How does MY voice count?
    At MoveOn, every member has a voice in choosing our shared direction. Using our ActionForum software, you can propose issue priorities and strategies. Others will see and respond to your suggestions, and the most strongly supported ideas will rise to the top. We adopt the issues that rise to the top as our campaign priorities. In 2000, for example, our members chose campaign finance reform and protection of the environment as our two top issues. In 2003, Iraq and media reform rose to the top. We'll also continue take the initiative to organize quick action on other timely issues as they arise.

    Who started MoveOn?
    MoveOn was started by Joan Blades and Wes Boyd, two Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. Although neither had experience in politics, they shared deep frustration with the partisan warfare in Washington D.C. and the ridiculous waste of our nation's focus at the time of the impeachment mess. On September 18th 1998, they launched an online petition to "Censure President Clinton and Move On to Pressing Issues Facing the Nation." Within days they had hundreds of thousands of individuals signed up, and began looking for ways these voices could be heard.

    The MoveOn Peace campaign was founded independently by Eli Pariser, a Maine native and recent graduate of Simon's Rock College of Bard. In the days following September 11th, 2001, he launched an online petition calling for a restrained and multi-lateral response to the attacks, which was quickly signed by more than half a million people. Eli joined forces with MoveOn soon afterward, and is now MoveOnPAC's Executive Director (see www.moveonpac.org).

    Who pays for MoveOn?
    Because MoveOn.org has only a tiny staff, our basic operating costs are very low. You can support our work with a secure online contribution. Almost all of our funding comes through these donations from people like you.

    What is the MoveOn PAC?
    Many of our current national leaders actively disregard public opinion and common sense, recklessly placing the interests of their big-money donors ahead of the good of our society. For these politicians, our only alternative is electoral action. It's time for a change in leadership. We need more new talent and new vision. Broadening public support for congressional campaigns will be key in making this possible. Through the MoveOn Political Action Committee, more than 10,000 everyday Americans together contributed more than $2 million to key congressional campaigns in the 2000 election, and more than $3.5 million in 2002 election (more information).

    To contact MoveOn.org: click here

    Fur is Dead (January 2004)

    The fur ads you might see in magazines and commercials portray fur coats as a symbol of elegance. But these ads fail to show how the original owners of these coats met their gruesome deaths.

     

    Millions of fur-bearing animals—including foxes, raccoons, minks, coyotes, bobcats, lynxes, opossums, nutria, beavers, muskrats, otters, and others—are killed each year on fur farms by anal and vaginal electrocution and in the wild by drowning, trapping, or beating.

    Click on the sections below to read more about each.

    A Lifetime in a Cage

    Fur Farm Exposé

    What We Uncovered on a "Modern" Fur Farm

    Foxes in Boxes

    Suffering in the Wild

    Fur mean, Not "Green"

    Fur: A Personal Choice?

    "Suffering in the Wild": The Fur Industry & Indigenous Trappers