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Ken Wahl: Bundy Ranch standoff is ‘1st salvo of THE REVOLUTION!’

http://twitter.com/#!/KenWahl1/status/454793703538712576

Those paying attention to the standoff between federal agents and Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy know that something big is happening. Musician Charlie Daniels asked if the situation was the “first test of military against citizens,” and actor Ken Wahl is wondering if it’s “the first salvo of the revolution.”

http://twitter.com/#!/CanuckSentinel/status/454794024915054592
http://twitter.com/#!/donna52_9/status/454795737876791296
http://twitter.com/#!/ThomasLeath/status/454796246427787264
http://twitter.com/#!/SgtTim911/status/454796071756390400

It’s a complicated situation, but Dana Loesch has broken it down on her website and in an appearance on “The Kelly File.”

http://twitter.com/#!/Conservativeis1/status/454795352575864833
http://twitter.com/#!/kjack57_texan/status/454794773744738304
http://twitter.com/#!/000Dillon000/status/454806318495186944
http://twitter.com/#!/KenWahl1/status/454808705104482304

A protest has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, and militia groups from as far away as New Hampshire are expected to attend.

http://twitter.com/#!/KenWahl1/status/454809701364932608
http://twitter.com/#!/KenWahl1/status/454817301141794817

Related:

‘Big government is dangerous!’ Charlie Daniels has a question about the situation at #BundyRanch

Barbi twins warn of tyranny at Bundy Ranch; ‘First Amendment Area’ cordoned off

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/04/12/ken-wahl-bundy-ranch-standoff-is-first-salvo-of-the-revolution/

Audio: Soulja Boy posts new single “Red Bentley”

http://twitter.com/#!/jordan__harden/status/211862807459807233

The rapper with self-proclaimed “pretty-boy swag” is back, and went on his Twitter today to promote a new single.

Soulja Boy releases new song featuring Spitta. WOW! http://t.co/eHZwPY5m

— Soulja Boy Tell'em (@souljaboy) June 10, 2012

Soulja Boy has proven to be a very polarizing character in the hip-hop community, taking plenty of flak from the more old-school crowd, while still being able to churn out hits and enjoy a life as a relevant rapper.

The new song, “Red Bentley,” also features a verse from guest artist Curren$y.

So, we ask the fans and followers commenting on Twitter; hot or not?

@souljaboy Killed Red Bentley #salute

— death b4 dishonor (@chuckg113) June 10, 2012

Red Bentley is so straight fire 😉 well done babe @souljaboy

— Fayza (@mizzfayza) June 10, 2012

Curren$ys verse on red bentley is badassss

— Nate Manypenny (@NinjaNateSS) June 10, 2012

https://twitter.com/djhypabeamSODMG/status/211860617143918592

@souljaboy red bentley congratulations for music.

— King Xpom (@kingxpom) June 10, 2012

https://twitter.com/BrittanyKendra_/status/211860402345222144

less than 30 mins and RED BENTLEY is already trending WORLDWIDE @souljaboy

— Deka Ali (@lanierdekaa1) June 10, 2012

That Soulja Boy and Curren$y – "Red Bentley" jammin

— ✈Smokey Bandit✈ #GT (@Lambeau_Gotti) June 10, 2012

At the gym goin hard playin that new RED BENTLEY

— A$tonMartin Phi (@Sonic_YGRN) June 10, 2012

Red Bentley Is SWAGG By @souljaboy And @CurrenSy_Spitta

— Heartless (@CallMeFishButta) June 10, 2012

Seems Soulja Boy has made himself a solid tune. The audio to check out the song for yourself is below; beware, it may cause you to pop on some sunglasses and start daydreaming about a Bentley.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/06/10/audio-soulja-boy-posts-new-single-red-bentley/

Lyric Video Feature: “Long Ago” by Maximum High

Artist: Maximum High

Genre: Alternative Rock

Sounds Like: Rivals sons, The kills, The Gossip

Label: Independant

Location: Athens, Greece

Bio: Maximum High is here. Vibrant and dynamic, delivers high energy rock beats that incorporates funk, dub, dance and punk sounds into their own identifiable style. Based out of Athens – Greece, they are long time known members of the local scene.

Maximum High is: Irene Dimopoulou – vocals, Thanos Amorginos – guitar, Dimitri Koutsiouris – bass and Nick Zografos – drums.

The first seed of their collaboration is a four track E.P. recorded in their own studio with a DIY approach and an anything goes mentality along with vintage analog equipment.

Maximum High is better listened to on Maximum high levels.

Be on the lookout: Maximum High is releasing its E.P. on iTunes next month. The artwork was made by Alteau, a famous French cartoonist who has made artwork for Rancid, the undertakers, happy wags etc.

Get to Know: Official site | Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp | YouTube

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Ebola Is A Wake-Up Call For Sierra Leone’s Upper Class

Sierra Leone’s wealthiest citizens have been uninterested in what’s going on in the rest of the country for far too long. This piece originally appeared on Okayafrica.

The Country Lodge in Freetown, Sierra Leone, a hotel where the city’s elite congregate Flickr/mifl68/ / Via Flickr: mifl68

I recently returned to my hometown of Freetown, Sierra Leone, after six weeks in Europe, and found myself surprisingly relieved by the state of the country. Belying some of the more hysterical voices in the Western media, as well as the more radical elements on Facebook, people are — by and large — getting on with their lives. The streets are filled with hawkers and petty traders; I awake to the calls of water vendors and the voices of neighbor greeting neighbor; joggers continue to ply the beach road, and the local youth are passionately engaged in a noisy five-a-side soccer competition. Absent from our day-to-day existence are the dead and the dying so graphically pictured in foreign news stories, absent is a sense of fear, and absent too is any breakdown in society or the rule of law. That is not to say that things are normal — we are a nation under siege; Ebola is still very real, people are dying, communities blighted, and radical steps have to be taken to halt its spread. The number of dead will rise, but there appears to be a growing faith that we’re moving in the right direction and a populace confident that this plague will be beaten.

I was taken aback to learn that a recent comment I’d posted on Facebook may have offended the government of Sierra Leone. I generally try to be objective, if a little cynical, in my observations. They may have been referring to my ridiculing a statement by Alpha Khan, our minister of information and communication, that Sierra Leone had sufficient ambulances for its populace prior to the Ebola outbreak. Mr. Khan claimed that each of Sierra Leone’s 14 districts had at least one ambulance, with some having “as many as three.” Allowing for the more generous figure, Sierra Leone therefore had “as many as” 42 ambulances serving a population of 6.1 million. Few other governments would hail this figure as satisfactory. So when a woman from my paternal village suffering complications in childbirth had to be transported to a hospital by “Okada” — the ubiquitous motorcycle taxis that provide the backbone of Sierra Leone’s public transport system — I hope my frustration can be understood.

This minor Facebook tiff got me thinking about Sierra Leone’s upper classes — the doctors, dentists, bankers, accountants, business men and women — and their general complacency. We who have the privilege of relative wealth and education, most often abroad, and who have returned to Sierra Leone to enjoy the benefits that such privilege brings. Servants, chauffeur-driven cars, beach houses, holidays abroad, and a seemingly endless succession of fashion shows, parties, dinners and cocktails — we have lived an entirely different life, far more privileged, far safer, and certainly more decadent, to that of the majority of Sierra Leoneans. Until now we in these upper classes have generally been unwilling — or uninterested — in engaging in civil matters and publicly voicing our opinions on those things essential to developing our country, which, by the way, still ranks fifth from the bottom on the United Nation’s Human Development Index.

We have turned a blind eye to the poverty and lack of development that surrounds us. From my balcony I look out over a tin shack, barely 100 square feet, occupied by three generations and 10 individuals from one family. Boiling hot in the dry season, dripping wet in the rains. At the end of my street a stand pipe delivers water intermittently to children, some as young as five, who queue daily bearing 5-gallon jerricans and any other container with which to supply the washing and cooking needs of entire families. The road outside my house is riddled with potholes and bordered by open gutters, choked with rubbish. Dusk pitches 70% of the city into darkness. As Sierra Leone’s infrastructure has crumbled, the upper classes have hidden behind ever higher walls, bigger SUVs, and more powerful generators, grumbling but unwilling to engage — to all intents and purposes acting as if the Sierra Leone outside our walls was another country from the “Sweet Salone” that we’ve inhabited.

I wasn’t here during the war years, but see echoes of the same complacency that saw my parents waking up to rebels on their doorstep. I recall speaking to my stepmother by telephone from London in 1995, concerned by a BBC report that had placed the biggest rebel group, the Revolutionary United Front (RUF), less than 10 miles from our house in Freetown. She cheerfully told me not to worry, that she had only that morning been for a stroll on the beach and that all was well. History has proven how wrong she was. On that occasion the rebels were rebuffed. But in 1997 they returned with a vengeance, overrunning Freetown before embarking a wave of looting and revenge killings. My stepmother was evacuated to a U.S. aircraft carrier with just one plastic bag of possessions. She was not to return to Freetown for three years.

A sign posted in an awareness campaign against the spread of Ebola in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Sept. 18 Handout / Reuters

The privileged in Sierra Leone have long chosen to abstain from tackling issues that impact on the lives of all Sierra Leoneans, preferring instead to seek remedies for our lot alone, leaving the rest of society to fare as best they can. How ironic that we now reflect on the inadequacies of our health care system when we, myself included, have not thought twice about having our babies born abroad? With one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world, why would one choose to give birth in Sierra Leone if other options are available? Similarly, we bemoan falling standards in education while pondering the logistics of schooling our kids in the U.K. or the U.S. (guilty again!).

The truth is we need to engage and we need to do so on an ongoing basis, not just in the face of a crisis. I’m amazed at how few of my contemporaries participated in the last Presidential election. Too hot, too dirty, too smelly, too time consuming. I can understand why some chose not to, but I find it harder to understand our unwillingness to involve ourselves in other ways. Sierra Leone is not Eritrea or North Korea. We have a vibrant press, professional bodies, access to social media and a fairly benign ruling class. As the son of a casualty of our past political processes — my father was executed by a previous regime, but that is another story — I’m mortified that some now look back to that period as the “good old days.” Although political opponents are no longer imprisoned, let alone killed, I can understand that, for some, the memories of pipe-borne water, continuous power, decent roads, functioning hospitals, good schools, and the absence of squatters, beggars and litter holds a powerful pull. However, the rot, now obscured by rose-tinted spectacles, had set in — paving the way for the 11-year civil war that came, and our country’s present-day travails.

Be under no illusion, decisions are being made every day that impact our lives. We have the opportunity to be a part of that process. We can blame our government for much, but we cannot blame it for everything, and not at all if we opt out of the debate. Engagement need not be confrontational. It can be constructive, informed and offer solutions. There is a saying in Krio, the lingua franca of a country boasting 16 local dialects, Wan finger no dae pik stone. To pick up a pebble requires the use of several fingers, not just one. A country is only as good as its institutions. The ongoing crisis has demonstrated how wanting some of these institutions have been, among them we the upper class.

That seems to be changing. It is a pity that it took a crisis such as this (and, more probably, the very specific ways it has effected us such as the closing of schools and bars, and the suspension of international flights), but we seem to finally have started to find our voices. The radio, newspapers, and internet are full of the frustrations of a people who have been galvanized by the unfolding Ebola tragedies. Organizations are springing up to complement the government’s efforts in the war against Ebola, dissident views are being espoused in forums by people avowedly nonpolitical, professionals are beginning to question the failings of the institutions representing them. But more can be done: We can participate in community meetings and work with our local governance structures; we can use our professional bodies to proffer solutions to some of the problems we face; we can join the boards of our schools and hospitals; we can be candid with foreign dignitaries; we can petition; we can lead. We have the ability to create a better Sierra Leone. But to get there we must do all of this, and more. Ebola has been a wake-up call. I hope that the small steps that have been taken will continue and develop long after we’ve kicked Ebola out of Sierra Leone.

Republished with permission from Okayafrica, the U.S.’s biggest source for new African music, arts, and culture.

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/shekaforna/ebola-is-a-wake-up-call-for-sierra-leones-upper-class

K-pop star PSY once advocated ‘slowly and painfully’ killing US soldiers

http://twitter.com/#!/sweetieswan/status/276549404310269952

@scooterbraun Have you seen those anti-American lyrics from PSY back in 2003? I believe he sang about killing Americans.#something2ponder

— Ryan Patrick (@Amabonovella) December 5, 2012

Here’s a fun fact: In 2002, Psy performed at an anti-American concert in Korea and sang about killing our soldiers and how awful we are.

— Jacob Martens(@Jacob_martens) December 6, 2012

Psy the anti-American protestor: Certainly not the same guy you saw on Ellen lexne.ws/f61 – @korealawtoday

— LXBN (@LXBN) December 6, 2012

TIL Psy has a very anti-American past he is trying to hide tinyurl.com/asrywrx

— Today I Learned (@TodayILearnd) December 5, 2012

He has the most-watched YouTube video ever (more than 900 million views), and is set to perform for the Obamas at the annual Christmas in Washington concert later this month.

Eight years ago, however, the “Gangnam Style” K-pop singer advocated  the murder and torture of US military personnel and their family members.

HAPS, an English-language Korean magazine, says PSY’s anti-American views have long been known in Korea, but only recently surfaced in the US.

The lyrics of the anti-US song performed live by PSY and several other popular Korean singers  in 2004 (shortly after the US invaded Iraq) were first translated into English  two months ago on CNN’s iReport:

싸이 rap :

이라크 포로를 고문해 댄 씨발양년놈들과
고문 하라고 시킨 개 씨발 양년놈들에
딸래미 애미 며느리 애비 코쟁이 모두 죽여
아주 천천히 죽여 고통스럽게 죽여

PSY Rap:

Kill those fucking Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives

Kill those fucking Yankees who ordered them to torture

Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law and fathers

Kill them all slowly and painfully

PSY’s anti-American views weren’t discussed when the K-Pop star appeared on Ellen.

Exit question: Will anyone in the mainstream media ask PSY if he still supports killing US soldiers and their family members?

Hat tip: Jon.

Update:

Surprise! Despite PSY’s anti-American views, President Obama still plans to attend his Christmas in Washington performance.

Correction: Twitchy originally stated that PSY was set to perform at the White House. The Obamas will attend PSY’s Christmas in Washington performance, but the concert venue is the National Building Museum. This post has been updated to reflect that information.

Update:

In light of the overwhelming reaction to this story, PSY has issued a statement of apology this afternoon, which reads:

As a proud South Korean who was educated in the United States and lived there for a very significant part of my life, I understand the sacrifices American servicemen and women have made to protect freedom and democracy in my country and around the world. The song – from eight years ago – was part of a deeply emotional reaction to the war in Iraq and the killing of two innocent Korean civilians that was part of the overall antiwar sentiment shared by others around the world at that time. While I’m grateful for the freedom to express one’s self I’ve learned there are limits to what language is appropriate and I’m deeply sorry for how these lyrics could be interpreted. I will forever be sorry for any pain I have caused anyone by those words.

I have been honored to perform in front of American soldiers in recent months – including an appearance on the Jay Leno show specifically for them – and I hope they and all Americans can accept my apology. While it’s important we express our opinions, I deeply regret the inflammatory and inappropriate language I used to do so. In my music I try to give people a release, a reason to smile. I have learned that though music, our universal language we can all come together as a culture of humanity and I hope that you will accept my apology.

The chances of PSY being uninvited from the Christmas in Washington event seemed slim before and are likely nonexistent now. Perhaps the best we can hope for is that the president not say, “No apology necessary.” But will Americans find it in their hearts to forgive for the sake of “a culture of humanity”?

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/12/07/k-pop-star-psy-once-advocated-slowly-and-painfully-killing-us-soldiers/

This Man Keeps Playing The Piano As The World Literally Falls Down Around Him

No matter what your personal politics happen to be, denying the existence of climate change is pretty hard to do at this point.

And that’s made even clearer when footage like this comes to light. Last month, composer Ludovico Einaudi created a piece called “Elegy for the Arctic” to raise awareness about the havoc climate change is wreaking on Earth’s northernmost point.

To drive his message home, he simply set up a grand piano among towering glaciers and played as they fell around him.

Through this project, Einaudi hopes to “turn into music the voices of the eight million people who ask for Arctic protection.”

If you’d like to learn more about Greenpeace and how you can help, visit the organization’s website.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/glacier-piano/

London Commuters Are Blown Away By A Little Girl Playing A Street Piano

London is famous for having street pianos dotted throughout open spaces, parks, malls, and waterfront areas. They act as a musical canvas to inspire and produce spontaneous creativity.

Recently, a nine-year-old Icelandic girl named Ásta Dóra Finnsdóttir came across one such piano at the Crossrail Place Roof Garden in Canary Wharf. The unusual and quirky-looking piano, decorated by a local artist, called out to her. She simply couldn’t help but sit down and play “The Turkish March.” Her rendition of the classical song was so breathtaking that commuters stopped in their tracks to take in the beautiful music.

What a talented young lady. I just love how her performance was greeted with such a generous applause and even high fives from the passersby.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/street-piano-girl/

Twitter ‘experts’ on popping ‘molly’: ‘Perfectly safe’; ‘You can’t die’

http://twitter.com/#!/paulsilano/status/374187412068761600

Two concertgoers died at the Electric Zoo music festival in New York City over the weekend after reportedly taking the drug molly. The substance is hyped as the pure form of MDMA, a drug found in Ecstasy.

Molly kills. But despite these deaths, many are defending the dangerous party drug as “safe.” Because, y’know, “pure” equals “safe.”

http://twitter.com/#!/naxuu/status/374679859756138496
http://twitter.com/#!/JuicyJos/status/374271096977362944
http://twitter.com/#!/Sunkissed202/status/374232659129794560

There’s plenty of advice out there on taking molly “responsibly.”

http://twitter.com/#!/_Hashtronaut_/status/374870568605986818
http://twitter.com/#!/Gonzalez3145/status/374202888865591296
http://twitter.com/#!/SkyArticles/status/374217021053214720
http://twitter.com/#!/mollylucymarry/status/374206973891190785
http://twitter.com/#!/Dumont_Music/status/374200566500827136

According to these geniuses, just grab yourself a test kit and you’re golden. They “laugh at your ignorance.”

http://twitter.com/#!/lilmisscheif/status/374261796720218113
http://twitter.com/#!/uhhhlexsis/status/374235570555604992

and if your so sure your taking "Molly" and don't have a test kit

ILL LAUGH AT YOUR IGNORANCE
cause your fckin dumb n so is your dealer😂— ☠__☠ (@Lance_Watts) September 03, 2013

Better advice:

http://twitter.com/#!/Chris_Kolk/status/374268964299239424
http://twitter.com/#!/missbfaz/status/374367106625978368

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/09/03/self-appointed-experts-on-popping-molly-perfectly-safe-you-cant-die/

Every time I stumble upon a ‘Top 100’ list of music

Every time I stumble upon a 'Top 100' list of music

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