Thursday, December 29, 2005

2005 A year filled with good and bad.

Well 2005 is heading to a close. It's been a year filled with good and bad. THE PROCESS has had professional triumphs and disappointments but we keep on pushing the boundries forward ever, backward never! A high point of the the year was winning the 2005 Detroit Music award for "Outstanding World/Reggae Songwriter". One of the low points is the closing of AMPCAST one of our online indie music sites. We had reissued our back catalog through AMPCAST, however we were not able to make much revenue as the CD profits mostly went to the company (AMPCAST). I think that not sharing enough profits with the artists (greed) is really why they closed. So we will find another venue to release our back catalog. Most likely we will produce it ourselves and sell it through our distributor THE ORCHARD. However this will take some time as we are preparing our new CD for release. If you are interested in picking up some copies of our back catalog at AMPCAST you only have another month or so to do it, so check it out
Heres to a new year, hopefully one with more peace and love and less insane mindless killing. Best, David

Friday, December 09, 2005

Boycott and Protest NBC and GE's Sick Garbage!

I for one am really sick of seeing GE's horrible NBC TV program about John Lennon's killer. (Although I could only watch a few minutes of it before I had to shut it off as it made me so ill!) The below letter expresses my sentiments very well. I have included a list of phone numbers below of people to protest the program to. Lets remember John as the great man he was...not the little piss ant who killed him!
From the OnoWeb:
Dear GE Executives,
The plans to air a documentary about the killer of John Lennon display all too clearly the inhuman attitude of General Electric toward that tragic event, and obviously come from a desire to capitalize on some perverted "fascination" with the mind of a sick individual. To air the program on the 25th anniversary of the murder is calling for a general boycott of all NBC/BBC programming!
1) It has, long ago, BEEN DONE, and what was revealed was that the killer wanted "to steal Lennon's fame". The "new" program will grant that wish, placing all famous people in jeopardy. Any future maniacs who wish to steal fame simply need to gun down their chosen famous person!
2) It is, in the words of NBC regarding the lack of pictures of the casualties of the Iraq war, "tasteless" to make the focus of an anniversary program upon the twisted attitude of the one who committed the murder, rather that the beautiful life of John Lennon. What IS the message you are sending the world with this? Television is the most powerful medium of communication! Do you REALLY want to hold up as "fascinating" the life and thoughts of a sociopath who tried to silence one of the world's most treasured voices? This plan will not help the image of General Electric, NBC, or BBC in the minds of human beings around the world ! If you want to increase your popularity, show us the beautiful life that was snuffed out that day in December! Surely NBC can't think we will watch a show about the killer while he still lives to enjoy the thrill of his fame. Tasteless.
3) As one of the world's leading producers of nuclear weapons, GE has already done it's part in creating terror, the fear of an end to all life on earth, and continues, with this plan, to show relentless hatred for life, and interest only in the basest values in existence: corporate profit.
4) Come on, GE, can't you see that the final chapter of the show you have in mind is MORE senseless killing? Irresponsible mindless greed must be your only motive. You can change that, by showing the reasons John Lennon deserves better! Show us the visionary, not the unrepentant seeker of fame through murder.
Sincerely yours,Dorothy L. Richmond
Lennon Killer Says He Was UnstoppableNov 15 1:53 PM US/EasternNEW YORK
The man who murdered John Lennon 25 years ago says "nothing could have stopped" his twisted quest to track down and assassinate the ex- Beatle. "I was under total compulsion," killer MDC says in a segment to be aired at 8 p.m. EST Friday on "Dateline NBC."
According to background research I did on the Internet : GE owns NBC ! I couldn't find an address for the president but did find lots of info nonetheless
nbc = GE = Bob Wright
The National Broadcasting Company or NBC is an American television broadcasting company based in New York City's Rockefeller Center. It is now part of the media conglomerate NBC Universal, and supplies programming to more than 200 affiliated U.S. stations. NBC Universal is a unit of General Electric.
The last U.S. network to legally abandon the name behind its acronym, in 2003 the corporate name was shrunk from "National Broadcasting Company, Inc.", as it had been from 1926, to NBC Universal, Inc. following a merger with Vivendi Universal's Entertainment division in 2004. Control of the network passed to GE in 1986 following the purchase of NBC's original parent, RCA. Since this acquisition, the President and CEO of NBC has been Bob Wright.
Bob Wright.
General Media Inquiries (members of the media only, please)
(203) 373-2039
Gary Sheffer
Executive Director, Communications and Public Affairs(203) 373-3476
Russell Wilkerson
Financial Communications(203) 373-3193
Peter O'Toole
Director, Public Relations (203) 373-2547 peter.o'
Greg Farrett
Europe, Middle East, Africa, International Public Affairs+32 2 235 6912
Jonathan Klein
Marketing Communications & Olympic Games Sponsorship
(203) 373-2241
Linda Boff
Organizational Communications (203) 373-2989

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Honor Killings

I heard a news story on NPR about "honor killings" in Iraq. The story talked about a young girl kidnapped by the so called "insurgents" to try to force her family to make her brother quit the new police force. The brother did quit and the girl was returned to her family. However instead of celebrating the girls return (as would be done if she was a man) the family allowed a cousin to kill her. This they did to avenge the honor of the family because there was a chance she might have been raped. Even if they knew she was innocent, she would have to die to preserve the tribal honor of the family, because it would have been a scandal. The cousin, himself a policeman, shot her as she walked thru the door, expecting to be welcomed. The mother, father and brothers and sisters did nothing, except cry. This sickening tradition made me wonder if Iraq is even worth saving. I found more insight into the situation in the following article:

From the Times Of India website:
NEW YORK: When it took over as caretakers Iraq, the Bush administration had vowed to make Iraq a role model for the Arabian countries vis-a-vis women's rights.
Iraqi women are in the news again, not for their rights but for the wrong reasons. The fall of Saddam Hussein's regime has brought a new nightmare for them - honour killings. The latest terrifying development is Iraqi men killing their sisters, wives, daughters or mothers, suspected of straying from traditional rules of chastity and fidelity, Time magazine reports. According to reports provided by police, court officials and doctors at Baghdad's forensic institute, the number of victims of honour killings in Iraq since US invasion has gone up in hundreds, reports Time.
The magazine reports the perils of 24-year-old girl Shaima. A prostitute by profession, Shaima has been running for her life from her younger brother who is determined to kill her.
The brother has been 'delegated' by none other than her parents to reclaim the family's honour. Shaima was caught and almost had her throat slit. She, however, managed to escape to a policeman. Her brother explained to the officer that he was carrying out the family's desire to 'clean' the shame over Shaima's profession. Such killings, the magazine says, weren't frequent during Saddam Hussein's regime.
The Bush administration had proclaimed that safety of Iraqi women was one of its primary agenda when it took over Iraq. It had claimed that Iraq would be a role model for the Arabian countries vis-a-vis women's rights. However, the rise in the power of Muslim clerics has skewed the equation. During Saddam's reign, unless a rape victim agreed to marry her abductor, she would be killed by the family members to restore the family's honour. But now, the tyranny faced by women during Saddam's reign has been replaced by chronic violence and growing religious conservatism. Some Iraqis feel that certain liberties enjoyed under Saddam's regime have been completely curbed.
Many government offices require female employees to wear a veil at work. Women who once felt free to dress in Western clothing and shop alone now must wear a hijab , the traditional Muslim head scarf, when venturing outside, reports Time magazine. Women have become an easy target. And the house seems to have become the safest haven. Though the interim Prime Minister of Iraq, Iyad Allawi, has vowed to improve the situation, few Iraqis expect relief from the dangers that have become part of their life.
So many things the the Bush administration has tried to do in Iraq have gone sour. Such poor planning and little understanding of the culture. So much for our "Cowboy King". After the civil war thats coming in Iraq, history will place him and his cohorts in the hall of shame.