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A victory for press freedom

I recently blogged about a court case that would test New York’s media shield law and possibly have far reaching implications for press freedom in the U.S.  A verdict has been handed down in that case.  What follows is an excerpt of my follow up story which is now published in full on Idea Transfuser. “Order reversed,…

Jim Hall

Farewell to jazz great, Jim Hall: 1930-2013

You’ve probably heard the news of the death of influential jazz guitarist Jim Hall.  His prolific career began in 1955 and spanned 63 years through 2013.  Hall made music with many prominent jazz musicians such as Art Farmer, Bill Evans, Sonny Rollins, Paul Desmond, and Ron Carter, as well as a younger musical generation of jazz musicians such as Pat…

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 08: (L-R) 2013 Kennedy Center Honorees Carlos Santana, Shirley MacLaine, Billy Joel, Herbie Hancock and Martina Arroyo attend a reception at the White House prior to the Kennedy Center ceremony on December 8, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kristoffer Tripplaar-Pool/Getty Images)

You’ve got to change your racist ways — Carlos

Five entertainers became the 2013 Kennedy Center honorees Sunday night (Dec. 1, 2013); Billy Joel, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, Martina Arroyo and Shirley MacLaine. According to an AP story by Brett Zongker: Before the show, Santana said he’d never been to the Kennedy Center before but the award stands apart for him because it came during the Obama…

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Major tech companies endorse open letter to Washington calling for government surveillance reform

When The Guardian published reporter, Glenn Greenwald’s news story on June 6, 2013 about NSA spying via PRISM, several major internet technology companies were named as complicit although they denied any knowledge of the massive U.S. Government program reportedly in effect since 2007. Thanks to the actions of former NSA contractor, Edward Snowden, who leaked the classified documents to Greenwald,…

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I don’t always listen to music, but when I do I prefer jazz OK, I admit that the preceding statement is entirely false.  I do always listen to music, and I have many preferences across a multitude of genres.  Over the past eight years, however, my interest in jazz has become an increasingly larger part…


Charles Mingus on creativity

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