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This takes censorship one step further from self-censorship to censorship by proxy. That's a dangerous slippery slope. By Paul Craig Roberts.

For a number of years I have emphasized that 9/11 was used by Dick Cheney to significantly reduce the public’s, the judiciary’s, and Congress’ access to information about what the executive branch is doing, thereby preventing legal, legislative, and electoral action against the unlawful and unconstitutional behavior of the executive branch during the Cheney/Bush and Obama regimes.

Recently, I discovered on my bookshelves Charlie Savage’s extraordinary book, Takeover (2007), which describes how Cheney and his minions, John Yoo, Jay Bybee, David Addington and Shannen Coffin, used secret Department of Justice (sic) memos and executive orders from George W Bush to prevent the release of any information that would get in the way of Cheney’s agenda for war in the Middle East and a police state at home.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: Country Joe McDonald
Rotterdam 1971
Latest: Johnny Winter
Roslyn 1979
Latest: Calexico
KCRW, Santa Monica 2018
Latest: Maia Barouh
Bremen 2018
Latest: Bob Dylan
Melbourne 2018
Robin Trower
KSAN, Sausalito 1973
David Bowie
Time May Change Me [CD3 and 4 of 7] - Long Beach 1973; Tokyo 1973
Wacken 2018
Guns N' Roses
Paris 1992
Greta Van Fleet
Lollapalooza, Chicago 2018
Jon Jang & The Pan Asian Arkestra
Verona 1990
Bob Dylan
$ingapore 2018
Sons of Champlin
KSAN, Sausalito 1973
David Bowie
Time May Change Me [CD1 and 2 of 7] - Hertfordshire 1972; Cleveland 1972
The Smiths
London 1986 [Final Gig]
Florence + The Machine
Swansea 2018
Lily Allen
BBC Session, London 2018
Julian Siegel Quartet
London 2018
Bob Dylan
Taiwan 2018
Ry Cooder
KSAN, Sausalito 1974
The Beach Boys
Unsurpassed Masters Vol 21 - Today & Summer Days (And Summer Nights!) alternates
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
London 1999 / Toronto 2018
Lynyrd Skynyrd [Ed King R.I.P. 1946 - 2018]
Hambury 1992
Country Joe McDonald
Vietnam Vet Benefit. Northampton 1986
Atoms For Peace (Thom Yorke)
Tokyo 2013
James Taylor
Carnegie Hall 1974
Acid Mothers Temple
Vancouver 2018
Commander Cody
KSAN, Sausalito 1973
The Beach Boys
Unsurpassed Masters Vol 20 - Friends; 20/20; and Odds & Ends alternates
James Gang
Holland 1971 / Ohio 1968
Elvis Costello
London 1995
Coachella, Indio 2018
Jacob Collier and Friends
BBC Prom, London 2018
Jim James
Morning Becomes Eclectic, Santa Monica 2018
Aretha Franklin [R.I.P. 1942 - 2018]
Stockholm 1968
Aretha Franklin [R.I.P. 1942 - 2018]
Antibes 1970
Kinky Friedman
KSAN, Sausalito 1973
The Beach Boys
Unsurpassed Masters Vol 19 - The Alternate Wild Honey
The Pretty Things
BBC Session, London 2018
The Who
Keith Moon's Last Set - London 1977
Whitney Houston
The Voice Of An Angel
St Gallen 2018
Sunny Murray Trio
Basel 1979
Van Morrison
San Francisco 2017
Nick Gravenites & Blue Gravy
KSAN, Sausalito 1973
The Beach Boys
Unsurpassed Masters Vol 18 - The Alternate 'Smiley Smile'
Peter, Paul & Mary
Nashville 1986
First Aid Kit
Sweden 2018
Bob Dylan
Night Of The Hurricane 1975
Charles Lloyd with Lucinda Williams
Minneapolis 2018
Mott The Hoople/Argent
New York 1974/1973
David Bromberg
KSAN, Sausalito 1975
The Beach Boys
Unsurpassed Masters Vol 16/17 - Smile sessions
Monkees Mike & Micky Show
Denver 2018
Tomasz Stanko [R.I.P. 1942 - 2018]
Salzau 2000
Harry Belafonte
Lewiston 1990
Laura Veirs
Manchester 2018
SsingSsing (Korean rock)
Washington 2017
Don Cherry and Steve Lacy
Copenhagen 1965
Carla Bley
Italy 2018
Elvin Bishop
KSAN, Sausalito 1973
The Beach Boys
Unsurpassed Masters Vol 15 - Good Vibrations sessions
Hollywood Vampires (Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp)
Hellfest, France 2018
Nat King Cole
Complete Lost Concert 1960
Belfast 2018
Sound Prints (Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas)
Paris 2018
Bruce Springsteen
Palladium, New York 1978
Jesse Colin Young
KSAN, Sausalito 1975
The Beach Boys
Unsurpassed Masters Vol 14 - The Alternate Pet Sounds Album Vol 2

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Long Live Rock! [BigO Audio Archive]

New ROIOs*
Lucinda Williams w Buddy Miller & Jason Isbell - Nashville 2016, audience
Todd Rundgren - Agoura Hills, CA 2016, audience
Gregory Porter - Dusseldorf 2013, FM
Freda Payne - Boston 2016, HD-FM
Alan Parsons with Todd Rundgren, John Entwhistle and Friends - Fukuoka 2001
Rickie Lee Jones & The Stockholm Art Orchestra - Stockholm Sweden, 2015, FM
Shawn Colvin - Palo Alto, CA 1994, SBD
Guy Clark and Michelle Shocked (opening act) - San Francisco, CA 1988, FM
The Church - Fairfield 2016
Os Mutantes - 1970 Rehearsals in Sao Paulo, soundboard
Harriet Tubman (the band) & Cassandra Wilson - Present Black Sun, Moers Festival, Germany 2016, FM
Alabama Shakes - Weekender Festival, Germany 2015, FM
The Beatles - John, Paul, George, Ringo & Me, Tony Barrow
Jeff Beck - Blue Wind Over Yokohama 1980, Audience MR PEACH RECORDING
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires - Köln, Germany 2016, FM
Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop - Live In Session, Morning Becomes Eclectic KCRW FM 2016, FM
Syd Barrett - Tattooed
Neil Young + Promise of The Real - Rebel Content Tour 2015 Compilation, audience
Neil Young + Promise of the Real - Earth album: Naked
Neil Young + Promise of the Real - Texas 2016, Audience
Neil Young - Collector's Heartland
Lucinda Williams and Buick 6 - Ann Arbor, Michigan 2016, audience mp3
The Who - This Old Lifehouse: The Bootleg Reconstruction Project VERSION 2
Joe Walsh - Watsonville, CA 1987
The The - Amsterdam 2000, FM speed corrected
The The (Matt Johnson) - Parkpop Festival, The Netherlands 1990, FM
Paul Simon - Oklahoma 2016, audience
Prince - Work It Version 2, UPDATED
Prince - Rehearsal 1984, soundboard
Prince and the New Power Generation - Live at the BBC 1993, FM
Prince - City Lights Vol 4, Purple Rain Tour 1984-1985, Soundboard
Prince - City Lights Volume 6, The Sign O' The Times Tour 1987, soundboard, FM Remastered And Extended
The Rolling Stones - El Libertador, Chile 2016, IEM+audience
Santana - Allentown 2016, two-source mix audience
"Pickin' on Hippies" - Denver CO 2013, Soundboard, audience matrix
Van Morrison - Boston 2016, A Belfrank Audience Recording
Van Morrison featuring the Caledonia Soul Orchestra - Live at The Troubadour, Hollywood 1973, audience
King Crimson - Tokyo, Japan 2015, Audience
Jimi Hendrix - European (Radio) Broadcasts Collection 1966-1967, FM

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New DVD Archive Of Rare Films
Jack Bruce - "Swing In", Germany 1972, HDTV
James Booker and Memphis Piano Red - Molde, Norway 1978, webstream mp4 720p
Gary Burton Quartet - Oslo, Norway 1970, webstream mp4 720p
Harriet Tubman (the band) & Cassandra Wilson - Present Black Sun, Moers Festival, Germany 2016, webcast 720p
Ben Folds - The Fillmore, Detroit 2016, webcast 720p
Art Farmer - Oslo, Norway 1968, webstream flv 720p
Laila Dalseth & Totti Bergh - "Laila + Totti = Jazz" show, Oslo, Norway 1973, webstream flv 720p
Laila Dalseth and Roy Hellvins Orchestra -  Oslo, Norway 1971, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - Jazz At The White House 2016, HDTV 720p
VARIOUS - Jazz At The White House 2016 Complete show, Youtube 720p
VARIOUS - Molde Jazz Festival Pt 1, Norway 1968, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - Molde Jazz Festival Pt 2, Norway 1968, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - Highlights from Norwegian TV Jazz Archives 1963-1970 Pt 1, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - Highlights from Norwegian TV Jazz Archives 1970-1984 Pt 2, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - Kalvoya Festival, Norway 1971-1990, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - Kalvoya Festival, Norway 1985, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - 30 Years of Molde Jazz Festival 1990, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - BBC Shakespeare Live From The RSC 2016
Neil Young - An Evening With Neil Young Q&A, Los Angeles 2016 webcast 1080p
Wolfmother - Cologne, Germany 2016, webcast 720p
Steps Ahead Meets WDR Big Band - Leverkusen, Germany 2016, webstream 720p
Maxine Nightingale - Oslo, Norway 1977, webstream mp4 720p
The Nice - Oslo, Norway 1969, webstream flv 720p
My Morning Jacket  - Austin City Limits Live 2016, webcast 720p
Minafric Orchestra & Faraualla - Jazzahead, Bremen, Germany 2016, webstream 720p
Sarah McKenzie + Stéphane Belmondo - Jazz sous les pommiers, France 2016, webcast 720p
Herbie Mann Quartet - Kongsberg, Norway 1983, webstream flv 720p
Charles Lloyd + Jason Moran Duo - Jazz sous les pommiers, France 2016, webcast 720p
Natalia Lafourcade - Mexico City 2016, webcast 720p
Verdi's Rigoletto, Paris 2016 HDTV 1080p opera
Peter Frampton - Tiny Desk Concert, NPR, Washington, DC 2016, webcast 1080p
John Fogerty - Stagecoach Festival, Indio, California 2016, webcast 1080p


ROIO Of The Week
Godspeed You! Black Emperor -London 1999/Toronto 2018 [no label, 2CD] Peel Session, London, UK; January 19, 1999. Very good FM broadcast. Live at the Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; August 7, 2018. Fairly to very good audience recording. "Mesmerising live shows marked by orchestral dynamics, epic rock power and clunky, beautiful film loops..." Click here.

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China's 'Digital' Totalitarian Experiment

China wants to bankrupt its citizens who do not obey its laws and rules. China has a "social credit" system, which will assign every person a constantly updated score based on their behaviors. The lower your score, the more doors that will be shut for you. What can possibly be wrong with that? By Gordon G Chang.

By 2020, Chinese officials plan to have about 626 million surveillance cameras operating throughout the country. Those cameras will, among other things, feed information into a national "social credit system." That system, when it is in place in perhaps two years, will assign to every person in China a constantly updated score based on observed behaviors. For example, an instance of jaywalking, caught by one of those cameras, will result in a reduction in score.

Although officials might hope to reduce jaywalking, they seem to have far more sinister ambitions, such as ensuring conformity to Communist Party political demands. In short, the government looks as if it is determined to create what the Economist called "the world's first digital totalitarian state."

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Nike's Bad Air

Here's a brief history of modern day slavery aka child labor. Why are sports heroes and celebrities still shilling for these corporations? By Jeffrey St Clair.

Nike changes its brand more often than Madonna and more profitably. In the company’s latest transformation, Nike has risked - make that sought - the ire of Donald Trump and his drones by making Colin Kaepernick the face of its latest campaign under the inspiring slogan: “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.” Kaepernick’s brief presence in an otherwise sentimental ad triggered a tweet from Trump and a boycott by the Deplorables, who took to burning their overpriced footwear. It was precisely the response Nike wanted and sales of Nike products have surged over the last week. With social justice icon Kaepernick fronting the brand, no one will be thinking about Nike’s wretched labor practices inside its sweatshops in Honduras, Indonesia and Vietnam.

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
A Guitarist's Wisdom
Nobody died while listening to records played on a hand-powered and portable Gramophone. By David Yearsley.
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The Glories Of The Gramophone
Nobody died while listening to records played on a hand-powered and portable Gramophone. By David Yearsley.
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Toll Road To Redemption
With singer-songwriter Mark Insley, it is songs that cut to the bone - in other words, confessional story telling with a vengeance. By Bill Glahn.
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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
1968: I Certainly Wasn’t The Whole World, But I Was Watching
August 25-29, 1968 - a week of television that opened people's eyes and minds to the reality of a nation that's called the United States. By Ron Jacobs.
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Marx At 200: How Do His Theories Hold Up?
This year marks the 200th birthday of Karl Marx. Activists continue to evoke his name in their struggles, academics continue to engage with his work in ways that are multidisciplinary and multivalent, and social scientists continue to test his empirical claims. Social scientists like, well, me. By Timothy M Gill.
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'Thank God This Is Happening': Russia Says Time Has Come To Ditch The Dollar
American exceptionalism, as its dollar, has feet made of clay. By Tyler Durden.
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Uri Avnery: One Of My Few Heroes In The Middle East
An obituary for Uri Avnery who died on August 20, 2018. By Robert Fisk.
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The Historic Responsibility Of The Catholic Church
Among the victims were boys and girls, who were subjected to groping, masturbation, and anal, oral and vaginal rape, all charges that were repeatedly denied by Roman Catholic Church officials. It may be time to stop denying that priests need sex and allow them to marry. By Cesar Chelala.
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'Fuck Wine Grapes, Fuck Wines': The Coming Napafication Of The World
All kinds of birds, bees and insects can’t survive in a vineyard. That vineyard today is run like a corporation. Capitalist agriculture will not allow for any opposition. It's survival of the fittest. Wither the birds and the bees? By Jonah Raskin.
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I Can See For Miles [cinelife]
The 2018 Socially Relevant Film Festival
The festival may be over but the films resonate. In an age of conflict, manipulation and control, an open mind is crucial to navigate the half-truths and outright lies. Find and watch these films. By Louis Proyect.
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The Marwaris In Satyajit Ray’s Films: ‘Outsiders’ In Bengali Psyche
The representation of the Marwari in Bengali literature or cinema has mostly been as corrupt businessmen. It is therefore interesting that some of Satyajit Ray's best films, including Mahanagar (1963), Charulata (1964), Kapurush o Mahapurush (1965) and Nayak (1966), were produced by RD Bansal, a Marwari film producer who predominantly produced Bengali films. It has to do with history and how the Marwari businessmen were perceived by the Bengalis in social life. Film critic Amitava Nag explains.
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The Tomato Pie Awards: Top Ten Movies of 2017
Read this year-end list to get a glimpse of the new generation gap. The dying light of idealism against the gleam of powerful pragmatism. By Randy Shields.
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Movie Reviews
The Secrets Of Katyn
"The enemy of my enemy is my friend." Never has this ancient proverb sounded so true as in the Katyn Massacre of 1940. By Louis Proyect.
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Capitalism: A Horror Movie
Capitalism is all about making money, nevermind the how and why. It is a clever system that will make you rich if done wisely. Too bad it is so lacking in compassion for its fellow man who are exploited for the huge profit to be made. By Louis Proyect.
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The Young Karl Marx: A Film For Our Time?
Portrait of a handsome, young and skinny Marx before weight issues set in. Or Marxism as a simple idea of people helping people to counter what the capitalists had caught on to - that you could stick people in a factory, pay them low salaries and earn a fortune off their labor. By Al Markowitz.
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The Bird And The Bro: The Politics Of 'Lady Bird'
"What would they do if they found out we were through/ With the little lies and the downtown aggravations", from the 1976 TV movie, The Boy In The Plastic Bubble. These days TV movies don't even come close. Paul Williams wrote the song "What Would They Say". That people matter. By Natalie Shapero.
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Black Panther: Afrofuturism Gets a Superb Film, Marvel Grows Up and I Don’t Know How to Review It
Is this the Black film Blacks have been waiting for? By Andrew Stewart.
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