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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Final Thursday @ Bookstore Speakeasy

Farewell to Thursday Nights

Bookstore Speakeasy
336 Adams Street
Bethlehem, PA

For reservations, please call 610-867-1100

This is our last Thursday night gig
9pm - 1 am

It's been a nice run. Every Thursday night for the last four months, Uke Jackson's Big Bottom Band played at the Bookstore Speakeasy. It's been fun. We made some new friends, saw some old friends, grew our email list a bit and, most important, played the best music that we are capable of playing.

All good things must come to an end, or so it's said. And in this case it's true.Tonight is your last chance to see us on a Thursday at the Bookstore Speakeasy. We're hoping for a good turnout.

Sitter inners, bring your ax if you know our music.

Tonight's personnel are:
Uke Jackson on resonator ukulele and vox
Johnny Peppers on saxophones
TnT Pete Reichlin on tuba and trombone

Come on out and see us, enjoy the music, partake of the cocktails and delicious food. I'll have copies of my books for sale, as well as a few CDs.

Thanks to George and all the staff at the Bookstore Speakeasy for being so gracious during our gigs. It's much appreciated.

Next week, God willing and the creek don't rise, I'll be announcing some new gigs.

Happy Easter,
Uke Jackson

Friday, March 8, 2013

Mark your calendar -- March 16

On Bolus Head
By Michael Carter and Brian Gromley
Launch for Book and Prints
Saturday, March 16, 5-7PM

Printed Matter and En Garde Books are pleased to announce a launch party and reading for the limited edition print book entitled On Bolus Head, by poet Michael Carter and artist Brian Gormley, Saturday, March 16, 5-7 pm. In addition to the printed books, select proofs of the original print series will also be on display and available for purchase.
Based on poems written by Mr. Carter during multiple residencies at the Cill Rialaig Project in Co. Kerry, the original On Bolus Head series, etched on 38 metal plates in an edition of 20 at the Cill Rialaig Print Center, is a collaboration between Mr. Carter and Mr. Gormley inspired by personal experiences and observations upon the lore and landscape of Kerry, particularly the environs of Cill Rialaig and Bolus Head, a point at the extreme southwest of Ireland.
Mr. Gormley offers visual interpretations of Mr. Carter’s texts, but what emerges through this collaborative process is an interplay between text and image, both as contiguous pages and within a larger narrative. Situating On Bolus Head in the context of visual practice by poets such as Mallarm√© and Rimbaud, and etchings by Goya and paintings by Kokoschka (among others), David Scott of Trinity College notes in his preface to the print version:
“Like many artists’ books since their heyday in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Michael Carter’s and Brian Gormley’s On Bolus Head, in setting out to explore one of the wildest and most magical corners of Ireland at the same time investigates the complementary relation between text and image. This is not to say that the relationship between the components is illustrative: it is rather a case of two different media mastered by two different artistic temperaments responding to a common environment – in this case that wild and romantic extremity of the Kerry coast that is Bolus Head -, aware of each other’s approach but exploring as much the potential of the medium in relation to a common scene as the potential of the landscape itself.”

The privately-printed, limited-edition hard-bound book represents a digitalized simulacrum of the print series that both documents and decodes the On Bolus Head project, aided by Dr. Scott’s preface and an appendix featuring type-text of Mr. Carter’s allusive, and sometimes lexically illusive, poems as etched.
This New York launch follows on the heels of a successful presentation of the On Bolus Head series at the National Library of Ireland in September 2012, and immediately precedes an exhibit in the Long Room of the Trinity College Library in Dublin, where selected prints will from the series will be on view March 25- April 30, 2013.
Michael Carter is an American poet, critic and essayist, and was publisher of the quintessential East Village arts and literary ‘zine redtape. Author of Broken Noses and Metempsychoses, his work has been published in numerous anthologies including The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, Up Is Up, But So Is Down: New York’s Downtown Literary Scene, 1974-1992 and From A Terrace In Prague.
Brian Gormley is an internationally acclaimed painter and printmaker who has exhibited his prints at the Irish Museum of Modern Art and The Graphic Studio Dublin, and paintings at many galleries and venues worldwide. He has most recently exhibited work with Dublin’s Cross Gallery at Scope Miami, 2012.
Rising from the ruins of a pre-famine village near Bolus Head, The Cill Rialaig Project was founded in 1991 by Noelle Campbell-Sharp and has provided haven and retreat to thousands of international artists; it recently celebrated its 21st anniversary with multiple events across Ireland, including the presentation of On Bolus Head at the National Library of Ireland. The On Bolus Head collaborative book was also listed No. 2 of the top ten small press books of 2012 by Bart Plantenga for Karen the Small Press Librarian.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Organic Bytes March 7, 2013


OCA Creates ORCA to Attack ‘Natural’ Products Labeling Fraud

Fed up with being deceived by food and cosmetic manufacturers who fraudulently claim their products are “natural”?
The OCA has long advocated on behalf of consumers for truth-in labeling, including banning the use of the word “natural” on products containing genetically modified ingredients. Beginning today, the OCA will work directly with public interest groups and food producers and retailers, including co-ops, natural food stores, farmers markets, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) buying clubs and wholesalers, to promote organics and truth-in-labeling, and to increase public awareness about the difference between “natural” and organic.

What does the new Organic Retail and Consumer Alliance (ORCA) mean for you, the consumer? Over time, greater access to more organic and locally grown organic products. Because while we all wait for the FDA and the USDA to catch up to consumer demand for accurate labeling, a growing number of ORCA members will actively market truth-in-labeling practices, which will ultimately grow awareness, grow demand and grow markets.

What does ORCA mean for co-ops, CSAs, natural food stores and other groups that join the alliance? You’ll be able to market your products and businesses as part of an exclusive group that consumers can count on for the truth about what’s in the food they eat. And you'll benefit from growing consumer demand.

Learn more and sign up

Read the press release



Sell Off Public Lands and Farms
for Fracking? NO!

TAKE ACTION: Tell the Bureau of Land Management: Don’t Frack our Food and Farms!

You may not live in California, but chances are a lot of the food you buy, including organic produce, is grown there. California is the largest producer of food in the U.S. The state’s Mediterranean climate allows its 81,500 farms to grow over 450 different crops, some of which are exclusive to California. But what happens to our food if we frack and poison the groundwater that irrigates California’s farms?

The U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has already auctioned off 1,750 square miles of California’s public lands to oil companies intent on fracking California’s Monterey Shale, a geological formation that extends from northern California to Los Angeles. The region is also home to cattle ranches, dairy farms, vineyards and organic farms. In May, the BLM plans to auction off even more of California’s farmland. We need California's farms. And California farms need our support.

TAKE ACTION: Tell the Bureau of Land Management: Don’t Frack our Food and Farms!



No More Delays: Get Antibiotics out of Organics

Take Action: DEADLINE April 8: Tell the NOSB: No more antibiotics in organic apples and pears!

Hard to believe, but every time you bite into an organic apple or pear you get a mouthful – and gutful – of antibiotics. That’s because organic apple and pear growers are allowed to spray streptomycin and tetracycline on their trees to prevent a bacterial disease called fireblight.

Ingesting antibiotics with your food increases your chances of developing resistance to those antibiotics. Which means next time you need a cure for a respiratory infection, or something more serious, like tuberculosis, those antibiotics might not work so well. That’s why, in 2011, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) informed organic apple and pear growers that antibiotics would no longer be allowed to be used after October 21, 2014. But now, thanks to pressure from the organic apple and pear industry, the NOSB is considering pushing back that date until 2016. There are other, safer, ways to control fireblight. Please ask the NOSB to stick with the agreed schedule and get antibiotics out of organic apples and pears by October 2014.

Take Action: DEADLINE April 8: Tell the NOSB: No more antibiotics in organic apples and pears!



Patience. Perseverance. Commitment.

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.
– Nelson Mandela
If there’s anyone who gets the meaning of perseverance, it’s Nelson Mandela. Jailed for more than 30 years for standing up for his beliefs, he never gave up.
We may be fighting for a different cause than Mandela’s, but the process requires the same tools: patience, perseverance and commitment. Especially during a week like this last one, where President Obama nominated pro-Big Oil, pro-fracker Ernest Moniz to head the U.S. Department of Energy, and also moved one step closer to approving the Keystone XL Pipeline project – two moves that will prove devastating for our climate, our farms and our food.

And then there was the Governor of Vermont this week, suggesting once again that he won’t support a statewide GMO labeling law, apparently lacking the guts to stand up to Monsanto.

It’s enough to make you want to throw in the towel. But you won’t. And we won’t, either. Because the toughest battles, though they may tear us down on occasion, are the ones most worth winning. With your help, we will keep fighting for mandatory labeling of not only GMOs, but foods that come from factory farms. We’ll keep fighting against fracking, and for the rights of communities to decide what corporations can, and can’t, do to their land, air and water. As always, we’ll count on you to keep the fight strong. Thank you!
Donate to the Organic Consumers Association (tax-deductible, helps support our work on behalf of organic standards, fair trade and public education)

Donate to the Organic Consumers Fund (non-tax-deductible, but necessary for our legislative efforts in Washington, Vermont and other states)



Hungry for Some Food Democracy?

Who isn’t? That’s because the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), that government agency that’s supposed to be the watchdog for consumers, has consistently failed consumers while protecting industry and corporate interests. FDA policies have led to: lack of transparency, revolving door with industry, market bullying, widespread illness, seed privatization and well-documented risks to our health. And nowhere have those failures been more apparent than in the FDA’s policies regarding genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

On Monday, April 8, concerned citizens, farmers, families, students, food activists and food justice groups will head to the FDA, to face down the institution that chooses Monsanto’s industrial interests over policy transparency and public health.Want to make your voice heard, and help take back our food system? Join the Eat-In for GMO Labeling at the FDA, stone soup-style.

Read the OCA’s "5 Ways the FDA has Failed Consumers on GMOs"

Details on Eat-In




What the Frack is Going On?

A catchy tune about water catching on fire. And how, thanks to a ruling by President George Bush in 2005, “before too long, it was “frack, baby, frack” until the break of dawn.”

Watch the video



Bravo! Fort Collins Defies Governor, Bans Fracking

We couldn’t resist. When we heard that the governor of Colorado and the oil and gas industry were both planning to sue the City of Fort Collins, Colo., if the city passed a ban on fracking within the city limits, we had to help. We sent emails to our OCA network in Fort Collins, urging folks to contact their city council members. We called residents and patched them in to council members. We sent an email to our network in the state, asking them to help us run an ad in the Coloradoan, in solidarity with the citizens of Fort Collins.

In the end, council members did the right thing. Following the lead of city officials in Longmont, Colo., who also passed a ban – and were consequently sued by the industry – they said, go ahead. Make our day. In the words of Mayor pro tem, Kelly Ohlson: “I believe the governor should spend his time protecting the health and safety and welfare of citizens of Colorado rather than acting like the chief lobbyist for the oil and gas industry. In fact, I think he should literally quit drinking the fracking Kool-Aid.” Governor Hickenlooper has taken a hard line against fracking bans in his state, claiming that the state alone has the authority to regulate the oil and gas industry. According to the governor, counties and cities may write their own regulations, but they must be in “harmony” with the state’s, and city regs cannot add conditions or requirements that would “harm the industry’s bottom line.”

And what about the “bottom line” of citizens’ health, and the health of their air, soil and water? It’s not lookin’ good. The industry says there could be up to 100,000 new wells in Colorado in the next 30 years, in addition to the 50,000 wells already working. That’s largely thanks to the 2005 Energy Act, crafted by President George Bush and Halliburton-Crony Vice President Dick Cheney. That industry-friendly piece of legislation exempts the oil and gas industry from just about every health and environmental law on the books.

Thanks to the thousands of you who called or emailed your city council members, or chipped in to run the advertisement! And congratulations to the City Council for taking a stand. We’ll be watching your progress!

Learn more here and here

See the ad



Essential Reading for the Week

Clean Air, Safe Communities, and Good Jobs? It's Ours If We Want It

How GMOs Contribute to Global Climate Change

8 Ways Corporations are Poisoning Our Food, Water, the Earth

Why You Don't Frack With John Lennon's Farm

Vermont Governor Backing Down Once Again on GMO Labeling in Face of Lawsuit Threat by Monsanto

Why America Has the Cheapest, Most Addictive and Most Nutritionally Inferior Food in the World

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Citizens Overwhelm the Forces of Corporate Fascism

Citizens Speak Out and Shut Down Meeting
as DRBC Attempts to Ignore Pipelines
West Trenton, NJ:  Over 140 people from around the region showed up at the Delaware River Basin Commission’s (DRBC) March 6th meeting to demand action on gas pipelines, including (1) urging a yes vote on the Petition submitted by 67 organizations and supported by over 2,000 citizens, and (2) exercising DRBC jurisdiction over the Tennessee Gas Pipeline/Kinder Morgan Northeast Upgrade Pipeline Project (NEUP). 
Maya van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper, was joined by a large crowd of over 140 people demanding that the DRBC listen to those who turned out today for the meeting. She urged the Commissioners to take public comment and commit to voting to exercise their jurisdiction on pipelines.  van Rossum told the commissioners that the crowd was going to hold a spontaneous people’s hearing on pipelines, and the testimony began.  In response, the DRBC commissioners called a recess, and the crowd then broke into song, singing This Land is Your Land, and waving signs that said “Stop the Fracking Pipelines” and “Stop the Chainsaws.” 
DRBC commissioners reconvened after a few minutes and announced they would move the public comment session up, in order to hear the public.  For over two hours, attendees delivered testimony from their seats to enthusiastic applause, defying commands that they comply with a pre-determined order that they limit their comments to two minutes and speak from the front of the room at a microphone that the commissioners would turn off after each two-minute time allocation ended. 
When the commissioners attempted to reconvene the business portion of their meeting, van Rossum, joined by the crowd, demanded that the DRBC take action and vote yes on a people’s resolution offered from the crowd, and not abdicate their responsibilities to the communities being harmed by the pipelines.  Singing and chanting from the crowd continued, disrupting the business portion of the meeting.  The meeting was unable to continue until 3:00 p.m., when it was ended by the commissioners with their exit from the building.
Maya van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper, said, “It is very important that the people took control of this meeting to ensure that our concerns and demands were heard.  This regulatory body, the DRBC, is supposed to be about acting for and protecting the people.  The gratuitous offer by the DRBC to give us an additional thirty minutes of public comment was meaningless without a commitment for a positive vote.  So, while we didn’t get the votes for DRBC jurisdiction today, we spoke, and we showed the power of community and our commitment to securing DRBC jurisdiction.” 
“Today we sent the DRBC a message that they have to do their jobs and protect the Basin not only from fracking, but also from the devastating impacts that these pipelines cause by cutting through our watersheds and leaving toxic chemicals behind, which threatens the drinking water for 17 million people.  This is a message not only for the commissioners, but to the Governors of the Don’t Ruin the Basin Commission,” stated Jeff Tittel, Executive Director, NJ Sierra Club.
“We've tried to make the system work, to insist that the DRBC do the right thing so that gas pipelines do not slash and burn the watershed.  But they haven't listened and taken the action their compact requires, so we had to seize the moment today to speak for the Delaware River Watershed," said Tracy Carluccio, Deputy Director, Delaware Riverkeeper Network.
“Today the people have spoken up to protect our Delaware River. Concerned citizens will continue to hold the DRBC accountable for their decisions and actions regarding destructive shale gas development and infrastructure buildout.  Democracy can be loud and a bit messy, but it is essential,” said Jill Wiener of Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy.
“More than six years after the shale gas industry first began poisoning Pennsylvania's waters, the DRBC should be ashamed to hide from its responsibility to regulate fracked gas pipelines," said Iris Marie Bloom, Executive Director of Protecting Our Waters. “These pipelines, and with them compressor stations with rampant toxic emissions, are ramping up a whole new level of assault on our watershed. Protecting our water requires us to protect our forests, wetlands, air and overall ecological health. The DRBC must not abdicate their responsibility to regulate pipelines. Further, they have an ethical responsibility to stop every pipeline they can stop, because pipelines induce fracking, which accelerates climate change in addition to harming our health. DRBC, help us take a step back from the climate cliff instead of jumping off it!”
“The DRBC is mandated to protect the resources of the Basin and focuses on water, but without a total ecology you don't have clean water. The pipelines impact many aspects that the DRBC is required to oversee,” said B. Arrindell of Damascus Citizens for Sustainability.
“DRBC has a unique role to play in protecting the Delaware River Basin from the impacts of irresponsible gas production and development. Riverkeeper urges the Commission to grant our coalition's petition and exercise its clear authority over gas pipeline construction within the Basin as soon as possible," stated Mike Dulong, staff attorney of Hudson Riverkeeper.
The February 15th hearing request was submitted by the Delaware Riverkeeper Network on behalf of its 11,000 members.  The Pipeline Petition was submitted by 67 environmental, civic and religious organizations:

Delaware Riverkeeper Network,
NJ Sierra Club,
Guardians of the Brandywine,
Protecting Our Waters,
Brandywine Conservancy,
Berks Gas Truth,
Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Water and Air,
Physicians for Social Responsibility Philadelphia,
Pipeline Safety Coalition,
Aquashicola / Pohopoco Watershed Conservancy,
Catskill Mountainkeeper,
Responsible Drilling Alliance,
Stop the Pipeline,
Cross County Clean Air Coalition,
Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy,
Clean Water Action,
Lakeland Unitarian Universalist Fellowship,
NYH20, Inc.,
NJ Environmental Federation,
The Mothers Project,
Mothers for Sustainable Energy,
Raritan Headwaters Association,
Citizens United for Renewable Energy (CURE),
CWA Local 1081,
Brandywine Watershed Regeneration Initiative,
the Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club,
North Jersey Pipeline Walkers,
Grassroots Coalition for Environmental and Economic Justice,
Food & Water Watch,
The Raymond Proffitt Foundation,
Save Cummins Hill,
Clean Ocean Action,
Lehigh Valley Gas Truth,
Genesis Farm,
Dryden Resource Awareness Coalition,
Pennsylvania Forest Coalition,
Transition Newton & Northwest NJ,
Stewart Park and Reserve Coalition – SPARC,
Sanford Area Concerned Citizens (S-OACC),
Ramapough Lunapee Nation (Munsee),
Damascus Citizens for Sustainability,
Coalition Against the Rockaway Pipeline (CARP),
Clean Air Council,
Residents of Crumhorn,
Milford Doers,
Upper Unadilla Valley Association,
Citizens for a Clean Pompton Lakes,
Allegheny Defense Project,
Otsego 2000, Inc.,
United for Action,
Riverkeeper, Inc.,
American Littoral Society,
Westchester for Change,
New Jersey Conservation Foundation,
Sullivan Area Citizens for Responsible Energy Development (SACRED),
Frack Action,
Natural Resources Defense Council,
Green Umbrella – NY Youth for a Just and Sustainable Future,
Crumhorn Lake Association,
The Shalom Center,
New Jersey Highlands Coalition,
North Jersey Public Policy Network,
Environment New Jersey,
M.U.S.T. (Mothers United for Sustainable Technologies)
Audubon Pennsylvania


Friday, March 1, 2013

Porter's Pub, Easton, PA TONITE

Porter's Pub TONITE 10 pm - 1 am Friday March 1. The pope and the economy may be sequestered but we're out playing music.

Porter's Pub, 700 Northampton Street, Easton PA. Great food and more beer varieties than hairs on a hound. Did I mention novelty music?