The US rock band Pearl Jam have cancelled a concert in North Carolina in protest against the state's new law on LGBT rights. The new law, brought in last month, invalidated several local anti-discrimination measures that protected gay and transgender people.

Other acts, including Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr, have also scrapped their shows in protest.

In a statement, Pearl Jam said they "must take a stand against prejudice".

The law "is a despicable piece of legislation that encourages discrimination against an entire group of American citizens," the statement on the band's website said.

"The practical implications are expansive and its negative impact upon basic human rights is profound."

The concert had been due to go ahead at the 20,000-capacity PNC Arena in Raleigh on Wednesday.

On Monday, another US band, Boston, also cancelled three shows scheduled for late April in North Carolina.

The law, known as HB2, requires people to use public toilets that correspond to the sex listed on their birth certificates.

Its implementation has drawn ire from anti-discrimination campaigners, as well as companies including PayPal, Apple and Facebook.

North Carolina governor Pat McCrory is now seeking to roll back some of the measures included in the bill he signed, to protect LGBT rights, but not those relating to public toilets in schools and government buildings.

Last week, the singer Cyndi Lauper said she would not cancel her concert, and would instead turn it into "an entire day to build public support" to repeal the law.

She will be donating all profits from the show on 4 June to Equality North Carolina's efforts to have the law reversed...

 

 

There's colors on the street
Red, white and blue
People shufflin' their feet
People sleepin' in their shoes
But there's a warnin' sign on the road ahead
There's a lot of people sayin' we'd be better off dead
Don't feel like Satan, but I am to them
So I try to forget it any way I can..

 

Keep on rockin' in the free world
Keep on rockin' in the free world
Keep on rockin' in the free world
Keep on rockin' in the free world..

 

I see a woman in the night
With a baby in her hand
Under an old street light
Near a garbage can
Now she puts the kid away, and she's gone to get a hit
She hates her life, and what she's done to it
There's one more kid that will never go to school
Never get to fall in love, never get to be cool..

 

Keep on rockin' in the free world
Keep on rockin' in the free world
Keep on rockin' in the free world
Keep on rockin' in the free world..

 

We got a thousand points of light
For the homeless man
We got a kinder, gentler,
Machine gun hand
We got department stores and toilet paper
Got styrofoam boxes for the ozone layer
Got a man of the people, says keep hope alive
Got fuel to burn, got roads to drive..

 

Keep on rockin' in the free world
Keep on rockin' in the free world
Keep on rockin' in the free world
Keep on rockin' in the free world...

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18 April 2016

 

Filmmaker Spike Lee sits down to interview presidential nominee Bernie Sanders for the 2016 NY Power issue. The "Brooklynites" discuss President Obama, gun violence, Black Lives Matter, Donald Trump and running against Hillary Clinton...

 

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Who would’ve ever thought that Master of Puppets, a record made by a band hovering way left of the mainstream in 1986, would be granted the honor of being added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress? It happened today as Master was selected as one of the 25 new sound recordings added to the registry of works that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” Whew, that’s heavy!

The selections this year bring the total number of recordings to 450, as the program began in 2002, and we are proud and humbled to join such icons as John Coltrane, Merle Haggard, Santana and George Carlin, among others, in this pantheon of American recordings as 2015’s inductees. Master of Puppets is a collection of songs that we consider a defining moment in our formative years and the honor bestowed upon this album is beyond thrilling...

 

 

2015 National Recording Registry (Listing in Chronological Order)

  1. "Let Me Call You Sweetheart"—Columbia Quartette (The Peerless Quartet) (1911)
  2. "Wild Cat Blues"—Clarence Williams' Blue Five (1923)
  3. "Statesboro Blues"—Blind Willie McTell (1928)
  4. "Bonaparte's Retreat"—W.H. Stepp (1937)
  5. Mahler Symphony No. 9—Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; Bruno Walter, conductor. (1938)
  6. "Carousel of American Music"—George M. Cohan, Irving Berlin, Johnny Mercer, Arthur Freed, Shelton Brooks, Hoagy Carmichael, others (September 24, 1940)
  7. "Vic and Sade"—Episode: "Decoration Day." (June 4, 1937) Radio
  8. The "Marshall Plan" Speech—George C. Marshall (June 5, 1947)
  9. "Destination Freedom"—Episodes: "A Garage in Gainesville" and "Execution Awaited" (September 25, October 2, 1949)
  10. Original soundtrack from "A Streetcar Named Desire"—Alex North, composer. (1951)
  11. "Cry Me a River"—Julie London (1955)
  12. "Mack the Knife" (singles)—Louis Armstrong (1956); Bobby Darin (1959).
  13. Fourth-quarter radio coverage of Wilt Chamberlin's 100-point game (Philadelphia Warriors vs. New York Knicks)—Bill Campbell, announcer (March 2, 1962)
  14. "A Love Supreme"—John Coltrane (1964)
  15. "It's My Way"—Buffy Sainte-Marie (1964) (album)
  16. "Where Did Our Love Go" (single)—The Supremes (1964)
  17. "People Get Ready" (single)—The Impressions (1965)
  18. "Mama Tried" (single)—Merle Haggard (1968)
  19. "Abraxas"—Santana (1970)
  20. "Class Clown"—George Carlin (1972)
  21. "Robert and Clara Schumann Complete Piano Trios"—The Beaux Arts Trio (1972)
  22. "Piano Man" (single)—Billy Joel (1973)
  23. "Bogalusa Boogie"—Clifton Chenier (1976)
  24. "I Will Survive"—Gloria Gaynor (1978)
  25. "Master of Puppets"—Metallica (1986)

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22 March 2016
21 March 2016

Rather than be a spectacle, I would rather learn and participate...

 



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15 March 2016

'I dupnie promień z Saturna. I będzie koniec ¶wiata...'

 

 

'Mistrz zabronił się zawrzyć w trumnie, bo chciał jak najszybciej zgnić, co by być żarciem dla li¶ci. Kazał ino zabalsamować swoje rzeczy, jak jaki¶ faraon. Bo godoł, że cowiek jest nieważn± chwil± w życiu przedmiotu…'

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23 February 2016

 

Defender of the Fatherland Day (Russian: День защитника Отечества) is a holiday observed in Russia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and several other former republics of the Soviet Union.

 

 

It is celebrated on February 23, except in Kazakhstan, where the date is May 7...

 

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