M Is FOR MASHUP - March 29th, 2017
A giant batch of new 80s mashups!
From DJ Useo
I've been involved with many mashup compilations, but one formula remains the biggest draw. It's 80s retro mashups. Bootleggers love to make 'em, & the listeners soak 'em up! So, we home producers who gather at http://audioboots.com mashup forum opted for a 4th sequel in our 80s mashup comp series.
From the first incredible track we recieved from the awesome Satis5d to the last mix that arrived from AtoZ, we could see this comp was extra special. While everyone involved always makes instant gems, something more happened this time. Ultimately, the project became " Audioboots' 80s Mashed 4" ( audioboots.com/Albums/80sMashed4/ ) The 3 zip files represent fifty-nine 80s mashups from 23 producers.
The honed productions skills inherent in this sucker will knock you on to your dancing feet. See for yourself by viewing the full playlist found here - ( audioboots.com/Albums/80sMashed4/ )
Last Sunday DJ Joker & Mazanga Von Badman broadcast a live four-hour radio show premiering the complete release. In addition they had short interview segments with contributors. Everyone had an incredible time over multiple chat boxes, & twitter posts. Hear the full show here - ( hearthis.at/kopimi/80s-mashed-vol4/ )
Four videos have arrived so far, & I know more are coming. Here's the goods! ( & I mean it! ) -
01 - SMASH - Shape Of Situation ( Yazoo vs. Ed Sheeran )
( www.youtube.com/watch?v=9C1norRMGB0&feature=youtu.be )
02 - satis5d - Venus At Seventeen ( Bananarama vs Stevie Knicks )
( vimeo.com/209650274?ref=fb-share&1 )
03 - AtoZ - I Won't Back Adventures ( TOm Petty vs Will Powers )
( www.youtube.com/watch?v=NH17o1iY_GA )
04 - DAW-GUN - Footloose Skank ( Kenny Loggins vs Fatboyslim )
( drive.google.com/file/d/0Bwk76u8_vhmmaGlRYnBVYjd0SDg/view )
So, to recap, you can grab all three zip files from here
( audioboots.com/Albums/80sMashed4/ )
Big thanks to all concerned, especially Chocomang, who gave so much.
We'd love your feedback, if you feel motivated to provide it. Later, all.
Victoria Herrmann: I am an Arctic researcher. Donald Trump is deleting my citations (The Guardian)
These politically motivated data deletions come at a time when the Arctic is warming twice as fast as the global average.
Mike Konczal: Four Lessons from the Health Care Repeal Collapse (Medium)
I believed the hype. At the beginning of this year I thought President Trump would sign a reconciliation bill gutting the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by the time Congress took their February recess, the GOP's own set schedule.
Matthew Yglesias: Trump's belief that Obamacare is "exploding" is false and self-destructive (Vox)
He could - and should - make the Affordable Care Act great again.
Paul Mason: Demonstrations matter - they create the kind of power politicians despise (The Guardian)
Crowds of protesters form lasting connections - and their later revolts always surprise elites.
Michele Hanson: Spring is here - and I must emerge from hibernation smarter and cleaner (The Guardian)
It's such a chore, darning, mending and handwashing woolies by hand. So much easier to stay in wearing the same raggedy outfit for days on end.
Lucy Mangan: When good TV goes bad: how Buffy the Vampire Slayer started to suck (The Guardian)
Banter, wit, action, feminism, pop-culture quips and warmth - the Sunnydale Slayer saga had it all. Then, all of a sudden, its blood curdled.
Boyd Tonkin: Why Milton still matters (Spectator)
Paradise Lost can still speak to readers on its 350th anniversary - even if its champions sometimes seem to lose faith.
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As vinyl records make a global comeback, so do turntables.
The biggest maker of quality turntables, a company in the Czech Republic called SEV Litovel, has increased its production fourfold between 2009 and 2016, when it made 124,825 units.
Established in 1999 as a successor of the Communist era, state-owned electronics maker, SEV bet on a combination of quality and a reasonable cost. Starting with its own design, the company makes almost all parts that are carefully assembled by hand, piece by piece. The turntables are belt-driven, meaning they are used to listen to records, not for DJ mixing.
Some 400 employees - a workforce that has doubled in size in the last five years - make a number of types of turntables, with prices ranging from as low as $200 to $10,000.
Under a commercial deal, Austria's Pro-Ject Audio Systems distributes the turntables globally under its Pro-Ject brand. They are a regular receiver of awards in the hi-fi category by the European Imaging and Sound Association, or EISA.
Mar-A-Lago Trips A Burden On District
President Donald Trump's (R-Crooked) weekend visits to his Florida estate have been a source of great "financial burden" on the local government, Florida Democrats say, urging the president to pay for the spike in expenditure or cut down on his trips to Mar-a-Lago, his exclusive Palm Beach resort.
The estate falls under the congressional district of Rep. Lois Frankel, who wrote a letter to the president, listing the massive increase in expenditure that the Palm Beach County had to suffer to provide for Trump's visits to Mar-a-Lago. The letter was co-signed by Florida Reps. Alcee Hastings and Ted Deutch, both Democrats.
Trump has taken weekend trips to Mar-a-Lago five times in the two months he has been in office. According to Frankel, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Department and Fire Rescue have spent over $1.7 million in overtime costs, a figure that is expected to jump to $5.8 million by the end of 2017. An additional $60,000 was spent by the city on overtime for law enforcement responsible for handling Trump-related protests.
Frankel also wrote that the company that manages the city's Lantana Airport has reportedly lost $170,000 over flight restrictions during Trump's visits. The collective loss reported by other companies at the airport was pegged at about $720,000.
In addition to this, she wrote that Chinese President Xi Jinping's planned visit to Mar-a-Lago will cost the sheriff and fire departments around $280,000.
Supermassive Black Holes
Supermassive black holes may take away light, but they also give it - these enormous black holes at the centers of many galaxies are pushing out gas in which new stars are forming, according to researchers working with the aptly named Very Large Telescope in Chile.
Black holes look the way they do because their gravitational force is so intense that not even something as weightless as light can escape them. And "when they gobble up matter they also heat … surrounding gas and expel it from the host galaxy in powerful, dense winds," the European Southern Observatory explained. Scientists have previously suggested stars could form in the winds of supermassive black holes, known as "galactic outflows," but now they have actually seen it happening from the observatory.
"It's a very difficult observation," researcher Roberto Maiolino, from the University of Cambridge, said in the ESO statement, explaining why astronomers have not confirmed the process sooner. "Our results are exciting because they show unambiguously that stars are being created inside these outflows."
According to a study in the journal Nature, the scientists were focused on a spot 600 million light years away, where two galaxies are in the process of colliding. They saw evidence of stars forming within the gaseous wind blowing out of the supermassive black hole in one of them, including a type of radiation that is a hallmark of new stars.
These stars are thought to be less than a few tens of millions of years old, and preliminary analysis suggests that they are hotter and brighter than stars formed in less extreme environments such as the galactic disc," the ESO said. "They are travelling at very large velocities away from the galaxy centre - as would make sense for objects caught in a stream of fast-moving material.
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Probe Into Drugmakers
U.S. Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill sought on Tuesday details from the nation's top opioid drugmakers on their sales and marketing practices, as lawmakers step up efforts to tackle the country's deadly opioid crisis.
The Missouri senator's investigation comes amid an epidemic of opioid addiction, with 91 Americans dying everyday as a result of overdose, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"This epidemic is the direct result of a calculated sales and marketing strategy major opioid manufacturers have allegedly pursued over the past 20 years to expand their market share," McCaskill, the top Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, wrote in a letter to the drugmakers. (http://bit.ly/2o7pa4p)
McCaskill asked Johnson & Johnson, Mylan NV, Purdue Pharma, Insys Therapeutics Inc and Depomed Inc for internal estimates of the risk of abuse, addiction and overdose of opioids.
The companies are the top five U.S. prescription opioid drugmakers by 2015 sales, according to McCaskill's letter.
Oil In Pipeline Under Reservoir
The Dakota Access pipeline developer said Monday that it has placed oil in the pipeline under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota and that it's preparing to put the pipeline into service.
Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners made the announcement in a brief court filing with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The announcement marks a significant development in the long battle over the project that will move North Dakota oil 2000 miles (1930 kilometers) through South Dakota and Iowa to a shipping point in Illinois. The pipeline is three months behind schedule due to large protests and the objections of two American Indian tribes who say it threatens their water supply and cultural sites.
ETP spokeswoman Vicki Granado said in an email to The Associated Press that the line will deliver oil to Patoka, Illinois, within a few weeks.
"Oil has been placed in the Dakota Access Pipeline underneath Lake Oahe. Dakota Access is currently commissioning the full pipeline and is preparing to place the pipeline into service," the court filing stated.
Despite the announcement, the battle isn't over. The Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes still have an unresolved lawsuit that seeks to stop the project. The Standing Rock chairman did not immediately return a call seeking comment on ETP's announcement.
California To Fight
California Gov. Jerry Brown likened President Donald Trump (R-Grifter) to a strongman whose goal of walling off the U.S.-Mexico border conjures other infamous barriers from the past.
"The wall, to me, is ominous. It reminds me too much of the Berlin Wall," Brown said during an interview broadcast Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press."
The pointed reference suggested that the president was, like the leaders of communist East Germany several decades ago, trying to restrict the movements of people on both sides, despite all they have in common.
"There's a lot of odor here of kind of a strongman," Brown told host Chuck Todd. "I think Americans ought to be very careful when we make radical changes like a 30-foot (9-meter) wall keeping some in and some out."
Brown said that although California would fight "very hard" against the wall, people should not expect a series of knee-jerk lawsuits.
Study Predicts Significant Beach Erosion
More than half of Southern California's beaches could completely erode back to coastal infrastructure or sea cliffs by the year 2100 as the sea level rises, according to a study released Monday.
Using a new computer model to predict shoreline effects caused by the rise of sea levels and changes in storm patterns from climate change, the research found that with limited human intervention, 31 percent to 67 percent of the beaches could vanish over the next eight decades with sea-level rises of 3.3 feet (1 meter) to 6.5 feet (2 meters).
Human efforts will likely need to increase to preserve the beaches, study lead author Sean Vitousek said in a statement.
"Beaches are perhaps the most iconic feature of California, and the potential for losing this identity is real," he said. "The effect of California losing its beaches is not just a matter of affecting the tourism economy. Losing the protecting swath of beach sand between us and the pounding surf exposes critical infrastructure, businesses and homes to damage."
Vitousek was a post-doctoral fellow at the U.S. Geological Survey at the time of the study and is now a professor in the Department of Civil and Materials Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Infested Human Settlements 15,000 Years Ago
Mice began infesting human settlements some 15,000 years ago in the Middle East, said a study Monday that suggested the little rodents have been scurrying underfoot far longer than previously thought.
As soon as hunter-gatherers began settling down rather than roving from place to place, house mice began to edge out their wild counterparts, said the study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), a peer-reviewed US journal.
"The research provides the first evidence that, as early as 15,000 years ago, humans were living in one place long enough to impact local animal communities -- resulting in the dominant presence of house mice," said co-author Fiona Marshall, a professor of anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis.
Previous research has pointed to the rise of farming as the starting point for transforming human relations with the animal world -- particularly small mammals like mice.
But this study suggests "that the roots of animal domestication go back to human sedentism thousands of years prior to what has long been considered the dawn of agriculture," said Marshall.
Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for March 20-26. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.
1. "60 Minutes," CBS, 14.7 million.
2. "Dancing With the Stars," ABC, 12.09 million.
3. "NCIS: Los Angeles," CBS, 11.71 million.
4. "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 10.84 million.
5. "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 10.74 million.
6. "The Walking Dead," AMC, 10.54 million.
7. NCAA Basketball: UCLA vs. Kentucky, CBS, 10 million.
8. "Little Big Shots," NBC, 9.81 million.
9. "NCIS," CBS, 9.36 million.
10. NCAA Basketball: Kansas vs. Oregon, TBS, 9.31 million.
11. "Madam Secretary," CBS, 8.77 million.
12. "Survivor," CBS, 8.1 million.
13. "Empire," Fox, 7.95 million.
14. "Grey's Anatomy," ABC, 7.8 million.
15. "Criminal Minds," CBS, 7.47 million.
16. "Chicago Fire" NBC, 7.21 million.
17. NCAA Basketball: Michigan vs. Oregon, CBS, 7.13 million.
18. "Bull," CBS, 7.02 million.
19. NCAA Basketball: Purdue vs. Kansas, CBS, 6.62 million.
20. "NCAA Studio Show," TBS, 6.52 million.
Darlene Cates, the actress best known for her role as Bonnie Grape in What's Eating Gilbert Grape, died Sunday morning, her daughter Sheri Cates Morgan announced on Facebook. She was 69.
Cates played the housebound, morbidly obese mother to Johnny Depp's Gilbert Grape and Leonardo DiCaprio's Arnie Grape in the 1993 film. DiCaprio earned a best supporting actor Oscar nomination, at age 19, for his role as the developmentally disabled teen.
Cates had been bedridden and weighed 500 pounds when she was discovered and cast in the role as the Grape matriarch.
Peter Hedges, who wrote the book of the same name that evolved into the screenplay, saw Cates on a 1992 episode of Sally Jessy Raphael, titled "Too Heavy to Leave the House," where Texas-native Cates spoke about her obesity and a pelvic infection that caused her to gain nearly 150 pounds.
After Gilbert Grape, Cates made appearances on TV in 1992's Picket Fences, 1994's Touched by an Angel, and in the made-for-TV movie Wolf Girl in 2001.
Cates is survived by husband Robert Cates and children Sheri, Mark, and Chris. Celebration arrangements are pending.