M Is FOR MASHUP - March 11th, 2015
New March Mashups
By DJ Useo
DRA'man - I Was Made For Biddy Bye Bye ( Cypress Hill & Fugees vs Kiss )
( soundcloud.com/draman/cypress-hill-fugees-vs-kiss-i-was-made-for-biddy-bye-bye/ )
YITT - Octopus' Sadness ( Beatles vs Lana Del Rey )
( soundcloud.com/yepimthetoaster/beatles-vs-lana-del-rey-octopus-sadness-mashup )
Boots Leg Pharm - Vision Milk ( Dels versus Hucci & Dom Sebastian )
( hearthis.at/bootslegpharm/vision-milk/ )
Zigmond Fraud - Slew Griot ( Gossamer vs Yamaneko )
( soundcloud.com/zigmondfraud/slew-griot )
DJ Rudec - Shake ABC Off It ( Taylor Swift vs Michael Jackson vs Jackson 5 )
( soundcloud.com/rcarpelho/taylor-swift-vs-michael-jackson-vs-jackson-5-shake-abc-off-it-rudec-mashup#new-timed-comment-at-200201 )
Jesus Cadena - Kigo-Firetone-vs Dont Go (Yazoo)
( hearthis.at/nKFzgC48/kigo-firetone-vs-dont-goyazooby-jesus-cadena/ )
Lizzart - Rockin' Hurricane ( Bridget Mendler vs JS5 )
( soundcloud.com/lizzart/rockin-hurricane-jackson5-vs-bridget-mendler )
Leedm101 - Sailing On My Own ( Awolnation vs Robyn vs Aphex Twin )
( soundcloud.com/leedm101/leedm101-sailing-on-my-own )
Mix Of The Week
'Force DJ'. 30 tracks by Certified Deejays. ( 1:18:37 )
Mixed with two turntables. Stream, or d/l here
( www.bmbx.org/2015/03/force-dj/ )
Douglas A. McDonnell: The 6 Most Obvious Lies People Got Famous Telling the Media (Cracked)
Here in 2015, we live in the center of a tropical storm of information. We are used to wild speculation, political propaganda, and misguided pranks being reported to us as "news." It almost makes you nostalgic for the carefully gathered and source-checked journalism before the social media era.
Paul Krugman: "Wearables and Self-Awareness (Personal)" (NY Times)
Busy with a lot of stuff today, but a brief personal note inspired by the Apple Watch. I probably won't ever want to buy one - but I am a wearable tracker guy these days, and am skeptical about the skepticism.
JIMMY WALES and LILA TRETIKOV: Stop Spying on Wikipedia Users (NY Times)
The harm to Wikimedia and the hundreds of millions of people who visit our websites is clear: Pervasive surveillance has a chilling effect. It stifles freedom of expression and the free exchange of knowledge that Wikimedia was designed to enable.
Joe Nocera: College for a New Age (NY Times)
Kevin Carey has a 4-year-old girl. Carey, the director of the education policy program at the New America Foundation, has been thinking about the role of universities in American life for virtually his entire career. But after his daughter was born, that thinking took on a new urgency.
Facts & Figures: Bad News For Teach for America (NY Times)
A study has found no significant difference in test scores between students taught by Teach for America teachers and those whose teachers weren't affiliated with the program. The Teach for America teachers in the study also felt worse about their jobs, by several measures, than those who weren't part of T.F.A.
Henry Winkler and Garry Marshall: how we made Happy Days (Guardian)
Henry Winkler: 'Leather was associated with crime, so at first I had to wear a puce golf jacket. It did not look cool.'
CHRISTOPHER CALDWELL: "'Calvin and Hobbes': America's Most Profound Comic Strip" (Wall Street Journal)
The hilarity of 'Calvin and Hobbes' was rooted in a 6-year-old boy's inability to control himself-or the world.
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Michelle in AZ
How dare she!
How dare Hillary follow the law. How dare she not anticipate what law or policy might evolve to and do what might be mandated! Let's prosecute every person who ever had a child in their car before 1968 for child endangerment for not using seat belts!
We are all only temporarily able bodied.
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from Marc Perkel
Hello Bartcop fans,
As you all know the untimely passing of Terry was unexpected, even by him. We all knew he had cancer but we all thought he had some years left. So some of us who have worked closely with him over the years are scrambling around trying to figure out what to do. My job, among other things, is to establish communications with the Bartcop community and provide email lists and groups for those who might put something together. Those who want to play an active roll in something coming from this, or if you are one of Bart's pillars, should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bart's final wish was to pay off the house mortgage for Mrs. Bart who is overwhelmed and so very grateful for the support she has received. Anyone wanting to make a donation can click on this the yellow donate button on bartcop.com
But - I need you all to help keep this going. This note isn't going to directly reach all of Bart's fans. So if you can repost it on blogs and discussion boards so people can sign up then when we figure out what's next we can let more people know. This list is just over 600 but like to get it up to at least 10,000 pretty quick. So here's the signup link for this email list.
( mailman.bartcop.com/listinfo/bartnews )
from that Mad Cat, JD
In The Chaos Household
Way too early summer.
Emmylou Harris, Evelyn Glennie Win
2015 Polar Music Prize
US country legend Emmylou Harris and Scottish percussionist Evelyn Glennie have won Sweden's Polar Music Prize, organisers said Wednesday.
The musicians were seen as fringe picks for an award founded by Swedish super pop group ABBA's late manager Stig Anderson and previously won by the likes of Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Paul McCartney.
"As a singer, (Harris) has an unmistakable voice that carries so many emotions it can almost feel unbearable," chairman of the prize committee Alfons Karabuda told reporters.
Glennie, a solo percussionist who became deaf at the age of 12, was awarded the prize for widening "our understanding of what music is," the jury said.
The winners take home 1 million kronor (109,000 euros, $117,000) in prize money, and will receive their award from Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf at a formal ceremony in Stockholm on June 9.
2015 Polar Music Prize
Sues Over Mass Surveillance
The U.S. National Security Agency was sued on Tuesday by Wikimedia and other groups challenging one of its mass surveillance programs that they said violates Americans' privacy and makes individuals worldwide less likely to share sensitive information.
The lawsuit filed in federal court in Maryland, where the spy agency is based, said the NSA is violating U.S. constitutional protections and the law by tapping into high-capacity cables, switches and routers that move Internet traffic through the United States.
The case is a new potential legal front for privacy advocates who have challenged U.S. spying programs several times since 2013, when documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed the long reach of government surveillance.
Other lawsuits have challenged the bulk collection of telephone metadata and are pending in U.S. appeals courts.
The plaintiffs include the Wikimedia Foundation, which runs the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, the conservative Rutherford Institute, Amnesty International USA and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, among other groups.
Major Survey Shows Decline
The number of Americans who live in a household with at least one gun is lower than it's ever been, according to a major American trend survey that finds the decline in gun ownership is paralleled by a reduction in the number of Americans who hunt.
According to the latest General Social Survey, 32 percent of Americans either own a firearm themselves or live with someone who does, which ties a record low set in 2010. That's a significant decline since the late 1970s and early 1980s, when about half of Americans told researchers there was a gun in their household.
The General Social Survey is conducted by NORC, an independent research organization based at the University of Chicago, with money from the National Science Foundation. Because of its long-running and comprehensive set of questions about the demographics, behaviors and attitudes of the American public, it is a highly regarded source of data about social trends.
The drop in the number of Americans who own a gun or live in a household with one is probably linked to a decline in the popularity of hunting, from 32 percent who said they lived in a household with at least one hunter in 1977 to less than half that number saying so now.
Jury Finds Song Copied
A jury awarded Marvin Gaye's children $7.3 million on Tuesday after determining singers Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams copied their father's music to create "Blurred Lines," the biggest hit song of 2013.
Marvin Gaye's daughter Nona Gaye wept as the verdict was being read and was hugged by her attorney, Richard Busch.
An attorney for Thicke and Williams has said a decision in favor of Gaye's heirs could have a chilling effect on musicians who try to emulate an era or another artist's sound.
The Gayes' lawyer branded Williams and Thicke liars who went beyond trying to emulate the sound of Gaye's late-1970s music and copied the R&B legend's hit "Got to Give It Up" outright.
Williams told jurors that Gaye's music was part of the soundtrack of his youth. But the seven-time Grammy winner said he didn't use any of it to create "Blurred Lines."
Filmmaker Gets Probation
A third filmmaker was sentenced to 10 years of probation Tuesday for her role in a train collision last year that killed a young camera assistant and injured six other crew members, allowing prosecutors to close their final criminal case in the incident that derailed the Gregg Allman movie "Midnight Rider."
Hillary Schwartz, an assistant director on the film, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing in Wayne County Superior Court. She waived her right for a trial by jury and opted for a judge to decide her case, Assistant District Attorney John B. Johnson said.
Two of Schwartz's bosses, director Randall Miller and executive producer Jay Sedrish, pleaded guilty Monday to avoid standing trial.
The harshest penalty went to Miller, the director, who was sentenced to two years in the Wayne County jail and an additional eight years on probation. Sedrish will spend the next 10 years on probation.
Prosecutors agreed to drop charges against Jody Savin, Miller's wife and business partner, as a condition of her husband's plea agreement.
When Helicopters Collide
Eight cast members from a reality TV show were killed Monday when two helicopters collided mid-air over Argentina, according to multiple media reports. Two pilots also died.
The cast members - all French nationals - were filming a survival series called "Dropped" in the rugged mountains of the La Rioja province of the South American country, reported the Guardian.
Among the dead are champion sailor Florence Arthaud, Olympic gold medalist swimmer Camille Muffat and Olympic boxer Alexis Vastine. In addition to the contestants, two Argentine pilots were killed.
"Dropped," which was to air on French television channel TF1, involved eight sports stars being dropped into inhospitable environments for the survival-themed reality series.
Florida Isn't the Only State to 'Ban'
Florida, one of the states most susceptible to the effects of climate change and sea-level rise, verbally banned state environmental officials from using the term "climate change," an investigation revealed. But the Sunshine State isn't the only U.S. state that has attempted to "outlaw" climate science.
North Carolina, Louisiana and Tennessee have all passed laws that attempt to cast doubt on established climate science in boardrooms and classrooms.
The reality of climate change due to human activity has been widely accepted by climate scientists, and some experts worry that attempts to deny the science could prevent states from preparing for sea level rise, extreme weather and other effects of a warming planet.
In an investigation published yesterday (March 8), the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting (FCIR) found evidence of an unwritten policy that banned officials at the state's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) from using specific terms related to climate change in official communications, emails or reports.
But long before Florida unofficially banned these climate-related terms, other states passed laws attempting to limit the influence of climate change on land policies and education.
Ends Saudi Military Ties
Sweden announced Tuesday it will not renew a military cooperation agreement with Saudi Arabia, effectively ending defence ties due to mounting concerns over rights issues.
"It will be broken off," Prime Minister Stefan Loefven said on public radio of a 2005 Saudi-Swedish agreement.
The Social-Democrat premier spoke a day after Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallstroem accused Saudi Arabia of blocking her speech at an Arab League meeting.
Saudi Arabia is the third largest non-Western buyer of Swedish arms. In 2014, Riyadh bought equipment worth 338 million kroner (37 million euros, $39 million).
Wallstroem has rarely commented on Saudi Arabia but in January she slammed the kingdom's treatment of blogger Raef Badawi, who had been sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison for insulting Islam.
Archaeologists Dig Up 3,000 Skeletons
Archaeologists in London have begun digging up some 3,000 historic skeletons including those of plague victims from a burial ground that will become a new train station, the company in charge said.
A team of 60 researchers will work in shifts six days a week over the next month at the Bedlam burial ground to remove the centuries-old skeletons, which will eventually be re-buried at a cemetery east of London.
Crossrail, which is building a major new east-west train line in London, said the dig near Liverpool Street station was being carried out on its behalf by the Museum of London's archaeology unit.
The company said in a statement that the bones would be tested to "shed light on migration patterns, diet, lifestyle and demography" of Londoners at the time.
The Bedlam ground was used between 1569 and 1738 -- a period that spanned Shakespeare's plays, the Great Fire of London and numerous plague outbreaks.
Playing The Odds
Scientists are virtually certain that California will be rocked by a strong earthquake in the next 30 years. Now they say the risk of a mega-quake is more likely than previously thought.
The chance of a magnitude-8 quake striking the state in the next three decades jumped to 7 percent from 4.7 percent, mainly because scientists took into account the possibility that several faults can shake at once, releasing seismic energy that results in greater destruction.
While the risk of a mega-quake is higher than past estimates, it's more likely - greater than 99 percent chance - that California will be rattled by a magnitude-6.7 jolt similar in size to the 1994 Northridge disaster. The chance of a Northridge-size quake was slightly higher in Northern California than Southern California - 95 percent versus 93 percent, according to a report released Tuesday by the U.S. Geological Survey.
The latest seismic calculations largely mirror previous findings issued by the USGS in 2008. Back then, scientists also determined that California faced an almost certain risk of experiencing a Northridge-size quake.
Of the more than 300 faults that crisscross the state, the southern segment of the San Andreas Fault - which runs from central California to the Salton Sea near the U.S.-Mexico border - remains the greatest threat because it hasn't ruptured in more than three centuries.
Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for March 2-8. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.
1. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 18.17 million.
2. "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 15.54 million.
3. "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 14.67 million.
4. "The Walking Dead," AMC, 14.53 million.
5. "Empire," Fox, 14.33 million.
6. "The Odd Couple," CBS, 12.36 million.
7. "Blue Bloods," CBS, 11.03 million.
8. "Madam Secretary," CBS, 10.82 million.
9. "NCIS," CBS, 10.79 million.
10. "The Big Bang Theory" (Thursday, 9 p.m.), CBS, 10.54 million.
11. "60 Minutes," CBS, 10.49 million.
12. "CSI: Cyber," CBS, 10.46 million.
13. "Criminal Minds," CBS, 10.37 million.
14. "Survivor," CBS, 9.77 million.
15. "Mom," CBS, 9.67 million.
16. "Mike & Molly," CBS, 9.65 million.
17. "Modern Family," ABC, 9.61 million.
18. "Scandal," ABC, 9.57 million.
19. "Hawaii Five-O," CBS, 9.54 million.
20. "American Idol" (Thursday), Fox, 9.41 million.