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A Closer Look Into Dylan’s Influential Breakthrough Album, ‘The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan’

first_imgReleased on May 27th, 1963, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan marked the second-ever release for the musical poet known as Bob Dylan, and his first major breakthrough as a recording artist. While Dylan’s debut album, Bob Dylan, only featured two original songs, the second release sees Dylan penning new and original lyrics and setting them to the melodies of many famed traditional American ballads. The result is something uniquely Bob Dylan, and captured the hearts of a rising counterculture movement in America.With issues of civil rights and nuclear warfare on the country’s collective mind, Dylan tackled these issues head-on with his new compositions. The album’s opening song is probably the most famous of Dylan’s protest music, a little tune called “Blowin’ In The Wind.” Whereas Dylan’s earlier songs were mostly focused on singular incidents, “Blowin’ In The Wind” captured a more general feeling of discontent. The music was lifted from a Negro spiritual called “No More Auction Block,” only modernized to capture the unrest in the American sociopolitical climate of the early 1960’s.The album features more of Dylan’s well known songs, including “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall.” Another protest song, some have thought “Hard Rain” referred to the fallout from nuclear warfare, but Dylan again said the song more generally refers to the consequences of malicious actions. “No, it’s not atomic rain, it’s just a hard rain. It isn’t the fallout rain. I mean some sort of end that’s just gotta happen … In the last verse, when I say, ‘the pellets of poison are flooding the waters’, that means all the lies that people get told on their radios and in their newspapers,” he said in a 1963 interview. When the song first debuted, audiences were floored by its complexity and raw power.Another song that has made its way into the folk annals is “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right.” In the liner notes, Dylan gives a vague explanation to the song’s meaning, saying “It isn’t a love song. It’s a statement that maybe you can say to make yourself feel better. It’s as if you were talking to yourself.” It captures the emotional sadness of the downtrodden and the hopeless pleas to pick oneself up from such a depressive state. The song was inspired by Dylan’s love, Suze Rotolo, who had relocated to Italy and was considering an indefinite move there.Of course, there are many more songs on this album than these three, including a cover of the classic “Corinna, Corinna” and blues standards like “Talkin’ World War III Blues” and “Bob Dylan’s Blues.” He captured the folk scene with hits like “Girl from the North Country” and “Masters of War” as well, only confirming his reputation as a glorious songwriter and musician.The album has since gone platinum in the US and hit #1 in Britain after its release. 53 years later, Dylan and his sophomore effort, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, remain a vital influence for music makers today. Thank you for the music, Mr. Dylan.Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan Tracklistings01 A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall02 Bob Dylan’s Blues03 Bob Dylan’s Dream04 Corrine, Corrina05 Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright06 Down the Highway07 Girl from the North Country08 Honey, Just Allow Me One More Chance09 I Shall Be Free10 Masters of War11 Oxford Town12 Talking World War III Blueslast_img read more

Oteil Burbridge Gathers His Talented “Friends” For A Pair Of Standout Sunday Sets At The Peach [Full Videos]

first_imgOn Sunday, The Peach Music Festival wrapped up with performances from Gov’t Mule, Dickey Betts, Dumpstaphunk, Organ Freeman, Bishop Gunn, JP Biondo, and more. In addition, decorated bassist Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company, Allman Brothers Band, Aquarium Rescue Unit, Vida Blue, etc.) made a big showing on the festival’s final day, performing two memorable sets—one with his Oteil & Friends crew, and one on the VIP stage as a Grateful duo with guitarist Scott Metzger (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, WOLF!).Metzger and Burbridge worked through a number of Grateful Dead favorites to kick off the day’s music lineup, including “Help on the Way” > “Slipknot!” > “Franklin’s Tower”, “High Time”, “Black-Throated Wind”, “Mr. Charlie”, “Crazy Fingers”, and more. You can watch full crowd-shot footage and taper audio of the Oteil and Scott VIP duo set below:Oteil Burbridge & Scott Metzger – Full Set Video [Crowd-Shot]<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>[Video: Steven J. Ziegler][Audio: Keith Litzenberger]Setlist: Oteil Burbridge & Scott Metzger | The Peach Music Festival | Montage Mountain | Scranton, PA | 7/22/18Set: Help on the Way > Slipknot! > Franklin’s Tower, High Time, Black-Throated Wind, Mr. Charlie, Crazy Fingers, Me & My UncleAfter their noon duo performance, Burbridge and Metzger linked up with guitarist John Kadlecik, vocalist Alfreda Gerald, drummer Jay Lane, percussionist Weedie Braimah, and keyboardist/organist Melvin Seals for their Oteil & Friends performance on the Peach Stage.The set began with a soulful run through “Water In The Desert”, the Gerald-sung title track from Oteil’s 2017 solo album. Motown classic/Jerry Garcia Band live staple “How Sweet It Is” followed with Alfreda serving as “hype woman” on lead vocals, enticing the crowd to sing along whole-heartedly.Next, Oteil welcomed saxophonist Ron Holloway to the stage, noting that they share a birthday (August 24th) and introducing “one I used to do with Col. Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit,” “Time Is Free”, explaining, “you guys have probably never heard this, this is the original version.”After the Col. Bruce-inspired madness of “Time Is Free”, Jerry Garcia Band’s “Run For The Roses” was up next, Kadlecik taking his turn on lead vocals. The ball remained in John K’s court for a take on his own “What’s Become of Mary”. A tender take on Garcia/Hunter ballad “To Lay Me Down came next.From there, Burbridge welcomed out “young blood” Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, one of the festival’s “artists-at-large,” to assist on a Melvin Seals-led run through JGB favorite “That’s What Love Will Make You Do” (00:59:00 in the video below). After some fireworks from the young guitarist (and from Holloway and Metzger to boot), the band welcomed Lamar Williams Jr. (son of early Allman Brothers bassist, Lamar Williams) to sing Bob Marley & The Wailers‘ “Stop That Train”. Finally, Alfreda Gerald stepped to the mic once more to lead the band on a set-closing sing-along of Janis Joplin classic, “Piece of My Heart”.You can watch a full crowd-shot video of the Peach Fest Oteil & Friends performance below:Oteil & Friends – Full Set Video [Crowd-Shot][Video: Steven J. Ziegler]You can see a full list of Oteil Burbridge’s upcoming dates with a variety of projects on his website.Setlist: Oteil Burbridge & Scott Metzger | The Peach Music Festival | Montage Mountain | Scranton, PA | 7/22/18Water In The Desert, How Sweet It Is, Time Is Free, Run For The Roses, What’s Become of Mary, To Lay Me Down, That’s What Love Will Make You Do**, Stop That Train^, Piece of My HeartNotes:with Ron Holloway (sax) starting with “Time Is Free”**with Brandon “Taz” Niederauer (guitar)^with Lamar Williams Jr. (vocals)last_img read more

Lecturer explores policy issues related to climate change

first_imgKendra Osinki | The Observer Professor Patrick Regan spoke at a lecture Monday about the politics of climate change. Regan said collective and individual action problems that raise challenges when attempting to resolve climate change.“We’ve known about climate change for 35 to 40 years,” Regan said.  “[In] the National Climate Assessment that was released in 2017 under the auspices of President Donald Trump, the second paragraph of the executive summary says the climate is warming at unprecedented levels, warmer than the past thousands of years, and the third paragraph states humans are the primary cause of global warming.”Regan also referred to an analysis from the Department of Defense when discussing the potentially severe effects climate change.“The Department of Defenses tells us that by 2060, 600,000 square kilometers of currently arable land on the African continent will go offline. This is on the most food and water challenged continent we have,” Regan said.Regan said resistance to combating climate change stems from the influence of private interests on both an individual and national level. “There is some tension here between the individual and the collective,” he said. “Everybody who drives an SUV or exfoliates for 30 minutes [in the shower] is perfectly rational doing so at the individual level, our problem is at the collective.”Individual contributions to climate change are minuscule, Regan said. This fact makes it easy for individuals to rationalize behaviors that are in their own interest, like driving a big car or taking a long shower. However this rationalization dooms the hope of spontaneous collective action to combat climate change, Regan explained. The situation is not hopeless though, Regan said, but solutions lie in policy rather than unmotivated action by the general public. He pointed to the European Union as an example. “U.S. people produce about 16 metric tons per person of [carbon],” he said. “The European Union, which is like us in almost all the demographic conditions you can come up with, produces about 8 metric tons per person.”However, policy change aimed at reducing emissions and fossil fuels is complicated because people in Congress are motivated by special interests — namely, getting re-elected, Regan said. They do not have to worry about the effects of climate change in 40 or 50 years when their focus is on winning the next election cycle, Regan said.“Because in two years you’ve got to go back and get elected again, if you throw away those jobs, you’re not going to get elected,” Regan said. Regan noted that despite the issue’s complexity, the fact remains that climate change is a real issue that needs to be addressed and can no longer be treated as a problem to be solved down the road. “If projections are close, then consequences will be grave,” Regan said. “The U.S. National Climate Assessment, this is Donald Trump’s crew, they say that if we’re not on track by 2030 we probably can’t get there.” Regan said everyone should conduct themselves in an environmentally-friendly way.“We know the cause, we know the consequences, and we actually know the solutions,” he said. “So why don’t we act like it?” Tags: Climate change, environmental policy, policy, Politics Political Science professor and associate director of the Environmental Change Initiative Patrick Regan delivered a lecture Monday exploring the complexities surrounding climate change in America.Regan began his lecture by speaking about the level at which climate change is evident, accepted and supported by science. last_img read more

Local School Notifies Parents Of Coronavirus Plans

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MGN ImageFALCONER – While there are no cases of Novel Coronavirus in Chautauqua County, some school districts are notifying parents on their plan to fight the virus.In a letter to Falconer Central School District Families, Superintendent Stephen Penhollow shared guidance from New York State’s Health and Education Departments.Saying in part, “since the virus is very new, health authorities continue to carefully watch how this virus spreads. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working hard to learn as much as possible about this new virus, so that we can better understand how it spreads and causes illness.”Penhollow says the best way to prevent infection is by washing hands often and avoid close contact with people who are sick. Additionally, the Superintendent says those who are sick should stay home unless visiting a medical professional. School officials say anyone with questions on the Novel Coronavirus can call the New York State Health Department’s hotline at 1-888-364-3065.On Wednesday, Chautauqua County’s Department of Health reinforced that the risk for infection in the area is low.last_img read more

Wood Mackenzie: Recession could slow, or stop, up to 150GW of renewable projects in Asia Pacific region

first_imgWood Mackenzie: Recession could slow, or stop, up to 150GW of renewable projects in Asia Pacific region FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):A coronavirus-led recession beyond 2020 could result in the delay or cancellation of up to 150 GW of renewable projects in Asia Pacific from 2020 to 2024, according to a Wood Mackenzie analysis.An extended recession could heavily impact demand in the region, which accounted for three-quarters of global growth from 2015 to 2019, causing an overcapacity that would limit investments in the power sector.The consultancy projects 380 TWh of demand loss in a two- to three-month disruption with strong recovery. Markets going into recession, however, could result in the loss of 1,000 TWh by 2023, or about two years of growth in the region.“The coming months will be crucial to determine if the region is moving towards a rapid recovery or extended recession future,” Research Director Alex Whitworth said in an April 22 statement.An extended recession scenario is expected to reduce the competitiveness of renewables by making it harder to secure project funding. In such a scenario, lower fossil fuel prices would mean renewables wouldn’t be able to compete with coal-fired power plants until beyond 2025, according to WoodMac.“In our base case outlook, the impact on wind and solar installations in 2020 can be offset by stronger growth and support policies in 2021. But if the situation worsens, renewables projects in [India, Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia] could be heavily impacted by increased financing costs, as well as forex risk due to high capex share of costs,” Whitworth added.[Nephele Kirong]More ($): Virus-led recession risks 150 GW of renewable projects in Asia Pacific – WoodMaclast_img read more

GOP tax plan calculations are deceptive

first_imgFamilies with kids in low-tax states get more savings from the tax side, which outweighs the rising cost of their health-care premiums. And not everyoneis in the individual exchanges.The point is not that everyone is a loser. It is twofold: 1) There will be a lot of winners and some losers and a lot of people who break close to even, and 2)It’s not fair to disregard the cost the bill likely imposes for those in the Obamacare exchanges.Moreover, if the premium costs continue to rise at 10 percent, thanks to repeal of the individual mandate, the premium hikes will eat up a larger and larger chunk of the tax “savings” over time.And let’s discard the hooey that this bill is all about the middle class.A itemizing family with two kids making $750,000 or more in a low-tax state (e.g. Florida, Texas) saves nearly $20,000 (and probably isn’t in the exchanges).If the family can run some of the income through a pass-through, well, they’ve hit pay dirt. Let’s take a married couple making $70,000 in California. Go over to the the Kasier Family Foundation calculator and you find the Silver plan, with the subsidy, costs about $530 per month.Hike that 10 percent and over a year the couple is paying $636 more, adding to its loss (if they were itemizers in the example above) or wiping out its saving (if non-itemizing).That is the cost of this bill for those using the exchanges.Let’s take someone in Maine, just to pick a state.A married couple making $100,000 and itemizing is supposed to save about $930 per year.But the couple’s Silver Plan tax plan went up about $125 per month. That couple loses about $600 per year.Now, clearly there are winners even with the hike in the Obamacare premiums. Categories: Editorial, OpinionSpend some time on one of the many tax calculators out there to estimate the impact of the GOP’s tax bill, and you quickly find there is no average American.A married couple under one calculator making $25,000 to $75,000 with no kids, living in a high-tax state (and therefore itemizing) likely pays $120 more under the new plan; but a non-itemizing couple could save $520. (That’s it? Yup).Change the income to $350,000 to $750,000, and the savings for an itemizer soars to more than $13,000 (much more if you can run your money through a pass-through).But such calculators have a major omission.The bill also eliminates the individual mandate, which is estimated to increase premiums 10 percent (maybe there will be off-setting legislation passed in the Senate, but most likely the House would reject it).The GOP voted to cut taxes and raise the cost of health-care insurance for those in the individual market.center_img If Republicans think it is worth running up the debt, passing the tax bill to our kids and grandkids and cutting programs that benefit primarily middle- and lower-income Americans (we can’t afford them!) to reward these kinds of families, they should say so.(They should also acknowledge that they are grossly aggravating income inequality.)You can see why Trump donors at Mar-a-Lago are tickled about the tax bill.What’s harder to understand is why Republicans think much more modest-income people getting far less, paying more for health care and seeing the champagne celebrations at Mar-A-Largo are going to believe this was all done for the “forgotten man and woman.”The GOP must think the forgotten man and woman are dumb, blind or forgetful.Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Washington Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

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State firms to focus on ‘slimming down’ while avoiding layoffs

first_imgTwo-thirds of Indonesia’s 142 state firms and around 800 subsidiaries and sister companies will be consolidated as the government focuses on “slimming down” to help profitable businesses that add value to the state, a top official has said.The State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Ministry announced Friday its plan for business “rationing and consolidation” within state firms. Energy giant Pertamina, telecommunications firm Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) and flag carrier Garuda Indonesia stand on the front line of plans to merge, liquidate or divest stakes in subsidiaries.SOEs Minister Erick Thohir said the business overhaul would also reduce the number of business sectors covered by state firms to 14 from 27 sectors today. “We are slimming down gradually, but we are prioritizing some [companies] first like Telkom and Garuda because they are publicly listed companies,” Erick told a teleconferenced briefing.“Of course there will be questions on the fate of the employees. We would try to minimize layoffs.”Pertamina and Garuda executives said they would reassign employees in the affected companies to their respective parent companies or other business units.Overhauling the country’s state firms has been a key goal of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo since he appointed Erick as minister in October last year, as he believes that SOEs are scattered across too many sectors with management groups that burden their companies. Read also: Government redirects state capital injections as COVID-19 hits businesses“We continue to focus on the core business, sustainable efficiency, so we continue to remain healthy. Especially with COVID-19, corporations need efficiency,” Erick said.Garuda may need to restructure its sharia-compliant sukuk (Islamic bonds) due in June as the airline struggled to pay its dues with COVID-19 hitting the travel industry hard, the minister said on March 20.“The companies would of course generate some money from the liquidation and divestments, but the amount is insignificant. What’s more important is that we make SOEs more efficient and consolidate them,” Erick said. Pertamina, Telkom and Garuda refused to go into detail on the amount of funds they would pocket from the asset liquidation and divestments.Pertamina president director Nicke Widyawati said the company planned to liquidate and divest its stakes in 25 direct and indirect subsidiaries to make its business more efficient and focus more on its core business.“We plan to liquidate and divest our stakes in eight subsidiaries this year and the rest would continue next year,” she said during the video conference. Nicke did not mention the names of the companies or their businesses, but said that many of them were no longer operational.Telkom plans to reduce its subsidiaries in the next two years as nearly half of them, along with its sister companies, overlap. The company’s president director, Ririek Adriansyah, said that, of the 49 direct and indirect subsidiaries in its portfolio, around 20 companies had business segments that overlapped and they therefore could be merged gradually until 2021.Read also: Garuda, ‘severely affected’ by COVID-19, may restructure bonds: MinisterGaruda Indonesia is poised to follow in Telkom’s footsteps, with president director Irfan Setiaputra saying that the company would merge six of its subsidiaries.“Among them are our online logistics platform Garuda Tauberes and our aircraft charter subsidiary,” he said.The Garuda Tauberes platform would be merged with its cargo unit to make the business more efficient. The aircraft charter subsidiary would be merged with the parent company, Irfan added.Center of Reform on Economics (Core) Indonesia economist Piter Abdullah said the ministry’s decision was difficult to comprehend, noting that subsidiaries and sister companies needed to be established for profitability and efficiency in the first place.“If those subsidiaries were meant to create inefficiencies and losses, the minister should look into possible legal violations,” Piter said, calling for transparency.“We need to wait for a further explanation from the SOEs Ministry. Which subsidiaries are to be liquidated? Is it really because they are making losses?“Business rationing can benefit other parties by way of reducing competition or through the acquisition of state firms’ subsidiaries that are actually profitable.”Topics :last_img read more

EMEC Leads Orkney Virtual Energy System Project

first_imgThe first phase of a new £28.5 million project to create a Virtual Energy System (VES) in Orkney, Scotland, has been launched to digitally link distributed and intermittent renewable generation to flexible demand.The ReFLEX (Responsive Flexibility) Orkney project will demonstrate a first-of-its-kind Virtual Energy System (VES) interlinking local electricity, transport, and heat networks into one controllable, overarching system.The project aims to create a ‘smart energy island’, demonstrating the energy system of the future, which will reduce and eventually eliminate the need for fossil fuels.Led by the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), the ReFLEX Orkney project brings together an expert consortium of Orkney-based partners – Solo Energy, Aquatera, Community Energy Scotland, Heriot-Watt University and Orkney Islands Council – as well as multi-national energy company Doosan Babcock.Electricity, transport and heat powered by local renewable energy generation, will be coupled with flexible energy demand balancing the intermittency of renewables.This pioneering project will help Orkney maximise the potential of its significant renewable generation capabilities, help to ensure higher quality and more affordable energy services, as well as further lowering the county’s carbon footprint by decreasing reliance on imported carbon-intensive grid electricity from the UK mainland.Once demonstrated and proven in Orkney, it is expected that the VES model and associated integrated energy service supply framework will be replicated in other areas across the UK and internationally, building long term export opportunities for the ReFLEX project partners and helping to create more flexible and renewable-based energy systems.last_img read more

PSA Issues Safety Rules for NCS CO₂ Transport and Injection

first_imgThe Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has now issued regulations covering safety and the working environment when transporting and injecting CO₂ on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS).Areas of application for these regulations will include the government’s full-scale demonstration project for carbon capture, transport and storage (CCS) in geological formations beneath the North Sea.The PSA has been assigned the regulatory authority for safety and the working environment when transporting and injecting CO₂, and issued the new regulations to cover this area in February 2020.The new regulations apply to transport and injection of CO₂ in geological formations on the NCS, and apply to equipment and systems required for operation and maintenance of pipelines as well as for monitoring injection wells and emergency/safety systems associated with pipelines and wells.Upstream, their application is delimitated by the equipment needed for injection and down to the outlet of the CO₂ well’s injection pipeline.Parts of the government’s demonstration project for CO₂ handling, which embraces a full-scale system for carbon capture, transport, reception and permanent storage, will be among the areas subject to the regulations.Elements in a large-scale CO₂ system of this kind include a carbon capture facility with storage tanks, transport by sea, a reception facility and intermediate storage, pipeline transport to the North Sea and permanent storage in a reservoir beneath the seabed.The Northern Lights consortium (Equinor, Norske Shell and Total) will be responsible for the transport and storage section of the demonstration project.The regulations on safety and the working environment when transporting and injecting CO2 on the continental shelf, and the associated guidelines, are currently being translated into English. These translations will be published at psa.no as soon as they are ready.Source: PSAlast_img read more