Things continue as normal here in Berkeley. The FCC shuts us down at one place and we move on to another. This dance has been going on since 1993. When will they learn we aren’t going away? In this edition, we have reprints from Radio Survivor and Rolling Stone. The tunes keep rollin’ along on Captain Fred’s World Cruise and we salute Time Magazine for naming “the protester” as the person of the year. We’ve also got the lineup for the latest benefit for Berkeley Liberation Radio 104.1 FM which is happening at the Revolution Cafe on March 3rd. If you’re in the SF Bay Area on that date, won’t you please come by and support us? Thanks for reading! -Paul Griffin (for the AMPB)
Soul Presents: in the Spirit of Free Speech....
Take Back The Mic
A Benefit for Berkeley Liberation Radio 104.1 fm
Third Eye Coalition
Brotha Chaz Walker
Aima The Dreamer
Smart Mouth and
The Know it Alls
with Nacole Predom
DJing Event-DJ Nobody
Sound provided by: DJ Fathom
March-3-2012 Saturday 9:00pm
1610 SEVENTH ST. WEST OAKLAND
Vendor Booths and Green Friendly
$5.00 donation at the door
Special thanks to Arnie Fields for the space to share our Art with the Community
Afghanistan Invasion a Total FUBAR
By Michael Hastings
Colonel Daniel Davis, a 17-year Army veteran recently returned from a second tour in Afghanistan. Davis had written an 84-page unclassified report, as well as a classified report, offering his assessment of the decade-long war. That assessment is essentially that the war has been a disaster and the military's top brass has not leveled with the American public about just how badly it’s been going. "How many more men must die in support of a mission that is not succeeding?" Davis boldly asks in an article summarizing his views in The Armed Forces Journal. Davis last month submitted the unclassified report –titled "Dereliction of Duty II: Senior Military Leader’s Loss of Integrity Wounds Afghan War Effort" – for an internal Army review. Such a report could then be released to the public. However, according to U.S. military officials familiar with the situation, the Pentagon is refusing to do so. Rolling Stone has now obtained a full copy of the 84-page unclassified version, which has been making the rounds within the U.S. government, including the White House. We've decided to publish it in full; it's well worth reading for yourself. It is, in my estimation, one of the most significant documents published by an active-duty officer in the past ten years. Here is the report's damning opening lines: "Senior ranking U.S. military leaders have so distorted the truth when communicating with the U.S. Congress and American people in regards to conditions on the ground in Afghanistan that the truth has become unrecognizable. This deception has damaged America’s credibility among both our allies and enemies, severely limiting our ability to reach a political solution to the war in Afghanistan." Davis goes on to explain that everything in the report is "open source" – i.e., unclassified – information. According to Davis, the classified report, which he legally submitted to Congress, is even more devastating. "If the public had access to these classified reports they would see the dramatic gulf between what is often said in public by our senior leaders and what is actually true behind the scenes," Davis writes. "It would be illegal for me to discuss, use, or cite classified material in an open venue and thus I will not do so; I am no WikiLeaks guy Part II."
According to the Times story, Davis briefed four members of Congress and a dozen staff members and sent his reports to the Defense Department’s inspector general, and of course spoke to a New York Times reporter; only after all that did he inform his chain of command what he'd been up to. Evidently Davis's truth-telling campaign has rattled the Pentagon brass, prompting unnamed officials to retaliate by threatening a bogus investigation for "possible security violations," according to NBC News. Although Davis's critics have tried to brush off his claims as merely the opinions of a "reservist," – as Max Boot put it – his report is full of insight, analysis, and hard data that back up each one of his claims. He details the gross failure of training the Afghan Army, the military's blurring of the lines between public affairs and "information operations" (meaning, essentially, propaganda), and the Pentagon's manipulation of the U.S. media. (He expertly contrasts senior military officials public statements with the actual reality on the ground.) Davis concludes: "It is my recommendation that the United States Congress – the House and Senate Armed Services Committees in particular – should conduct a bi-partisan investigation into the various charges of deception or dishonesty in this report and hold broad hearings as well," he writes. "These hearings need to include the very senior generals and former generals whom I refer to in this report so they can be given every chance to publicly give their version of events." In other words, put the generals under oath, and then see what story they tell. For the whole report, go to: http://www1.rollingstone.com/extras/RS_REPORT.pdf
Radio Obsessive Profile #11:
Paper Radio Publisher DJ Frederick
by Jennifer Waits
DJ Frederick (aka Frederick Moe) is a long-time radio DJ and has been publishing ‘zines for about a decade. His fascination with radio extends across numerous categories, including college radio, pirate radio, and shortwave radio. His first radio gig was in 1976 at WUNH and these days he has does the show “Radio Thrift Shop” at Colby-Sawyer College radio station WSCS.
Paper Radio covers a wide range of DJ Frederick’s interests. Earlier versions of the ‘zine (under a different name) even included a CD sampler featuring a range of snippets of radio broadcasts. The latest issue of Paper Radio (#9) just came out a few weeks back with stories about famed DJ John Peel, The Amateur Radio Hurricane Network, Occupy Shortwave, and the Voice of Next Thursday radio show/blog. To get more insight into the man behind the ‘zine, I recently conducted an interview with DJ Frederick over email about his radio obsession.
Q: What’s the goal of Paper Radio and how often do you publish it?
A: My hope with Paper Radio is to turn people on to the diversity and magic that radio offers us. I am hoping that media geeks and novices alike will read the zine and learn about something different. I have published Paper Radio three or four times a year for the past several years. It’s a grueling schedule for a solitary zinester.
Q: What prompted you to start writing about radio and when did you begin with your first ‘zine? How did Paper Radio evolve from your other ‘zine projects?
A: In 1999 I reconnected with radio in a major way, started listening to shortwave, became a DJ at my local college radio station. Around the same time I reconnected with both reading and writing zines. It seemed that radio and its endless varieties was an unexplored topic in the zine world. Pirate radio and shortwave listening have always been central to the zine projects. My earlier zines were called the /wave project and each had a title: short/wave, air/waves and so on. This was in the very early 2000s. Around 2007, I started calling the zine project Signals and in 2011 someone wrote that reading my zine was like listening to a radio show on paper. Eureka! A new title was born.
Q: How do you find story ideas for Paper Radio?
A: The story ideas seem to find me in moments when I’m not looking. There are dozens left to do – favorite dj heroes, the first song you remember hearing on the radio, the weirdest thing you’ve ever heard on the radio, how to build a transmitter, etc. I’ve been lucky that a few people have submitted their work including articles, reviews, and a couple of short fiction pieces. Anything related to media and radio is welcomed.
Q: Why do you love radio?
A: This has been expressed a million times before, but there is no medium as intimate as radio. I love the immediacy and the atmospheres that can be painted through sound. Radio sits close to our psyche, our imaginations. When I was a child, I was elated by the simple yet mysterious act of turning a dial of a dusty Zenith shortwave in my father’s workshop and hearing music from all over the world. My father had been a singing cowboy on WFEA 1370 in the late 1930s so he influenced my love for radio as well.
Q: Who do you consider your colleagues in the world of documenting radio?
A: I’m such a hermit, totally low-tech and an imperfectionist that I’m not sure I have any colleagues! Paper Radio is like my radio shows – no trappings, warts & all, mistakes, bloopers, everything is left in, because that’s what life is like. Exceptional radio reflects life back at us.
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RECORD CHARTFOR THE WEEK ENDING: 2/25/2012
# TITLE - ARTIST - LABEL
1 MILES ESPANOL - VARIOUS ARTISTS - E ONE
2 I'M WITH YOU - RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS - WARNER BROS
3 PULL UP SOME DUST AND SIT DOWN - RY COODER - NONESUCH
4 2 CELLOS - SULIC & HAUSER - SONY
5 AREA 52 - RODRIGO Y GABRIELA AND C.U.B.A. - RUBYWORKS
6 - (SELF-TITLED) - SUPERHEAVY - UNIVERSAL
7 THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO - TRENT REZNOR - NULL
8 DUB TRIO IV - DUB TRIO - ROIR
9 AT CHANNEL ONE - SCIENTIST/MAD PROFESSOR - JAMAICAN REC.
10 THE LESS YOU KNOW THE BETTER - DJ SHADOW - VERVE
11 CULTURE OF FEAR - THIEVERY CORPORATION - ESL MUSIC
12 BAD INGREDIENTS - SCOTT H. BIRAM - BLOODSHOT
13 PUTUMAYO PRESENTS BOSSA NOVA AROUND THE WORLD - PUTUMAYO
14 EL CAMINO - THE BLACK KEYS - NONESUCH
15 SING YOUR SONG - HARRY BELAFONTE - SONY
16 GREAT EXPECTATION - THE JOLLY BOYS - GEEJAM
17 DUETS II - TONY BENNETT - COLUMBIA
18 SYSTEMA SUBVERSIVA - DA CRUZ - SIX DEGREES
19 OCEAN'S KINGDOM - PAUL McCARTNEY - MPL COMMUNICATIONS
20 MY SECRET RADIO - TIEMPO LIBRE - SONY
21 FEELS LIKE HOME - THE CELTIC TENORS - CONCORD
22 #1 - DIGITALDUBS - ROIR
23 PART LIES, ETC 1982-2011 - R.E.M. - WARNER BROS
24 UNA Y OTRA VEZ - SERGENT GARCIA - CUMBANCHA
25 SONGS FOR THE PEOPLE - RADMILLA CODY - CANYON
26 2 CELLOS - SULIC & HAUSER - SONY
27 SUMMER IN KINGSTON - SHAGGY - RANCH ENT.
28 WHO'S FEELING YOUNG NOW? - PUNCH BROTHERS - NONESUCH
29 BIG RED SESSIONS - DAVID ROVICS - (SELF PRODUCED)
30 THE ROUGH GUIDE TO SUFI MUSIC - WORLD MUSIC NET
31 RED HOT & RIO 2 - VARIOUS ARTISTS - RED HOT ORG
32 HE SAID, SHE SAID - DOCTOR/SCHUMACHER - VOCOLOCO
33 THE DESCENDANTS - VARIOUS ARTISTS - SONY
34 FREEDOM SHINES RIDDIM - VARIOUS ARTISTS - TRUCKBACK
35 NEW YEAR'S CONCERT 2012 - VIENNA PHILHARMONIC - SONY
36 NORTHERN CREE - DRUM BOY - CANYON
37 STRINGZ RIDDIM - VARIOUS ARTISTS - RUMBLE ROCK RECORDZ
38 IT’S NOT UP TO YOU - BJORK - ONE LITTLE INDIAN
39 VIII - MACTEP - (SELF PRODUCED)
40 MY LAND - ORLA FALLON - ELEVATION GROUP
CAPTAIN FRED’S WORLD CRUISE #105
Immigrant Song-Trent Reznor
Did I Let You Know-Red Hot Chili Peppers
'Ulili E-Dennis Kamakahi
Jokey Polka-Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Hanuman-Rodrigo Y Gabriela & C.U.B.A.
The Lady Is A Tramp-Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga
Money Maker-The Black Keys
El Corrido de Jesse James-Ry Cooder
Concierto De Aranjuez-Miles Espanol
Enemy Lines (Oakland Riot Mix)-DJ Shadow
I'm A Better Anarchist Than You-David Rovics
Words I Never Said-Lupe Fiasco
Ends Justify Means-Dub Trio
Code Talker-Radmilla Cody
Born In Jail-Scott H Biram
Warm Leatherette-Da Cruz
New York City-Punch Brothers
Ali Mullah-Transglobal Underground
MEGAUPLOAD IS DOWN-Anonymous
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