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Governor Deval Patrick Politely Declines to Open for my Rock Opera at UMass – That’s Cool – Jill Still Will

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Governor Deval Patrick Politely Declines to Open for my Rock Opera at UMass – That’s Cool – Jill Still Will — by NormanB ("Deviations from the Norm")

The Cannabis Reform Coalition of UMassAmherst invited our incumbent Governor Deval Patrick to speak at my Rock Opera next week. He politely declined. In fact, all three invited Democratic-Republican candidates politely declined. Only Green-Rainbow nominee Dr. Jill Stein agreed.

Others in her campaign thought she shouldn’t associate herself with the Marijuana movement. Seconds after they told me that a few weeks ago, Jill Stein arrived for a meeting and walked straight up to me and said that she indeed wanted to work closely with our movement. Two-thirds of the state agrees with her on legalization. And as a medical doctor, she makes and excellent spokesperson.

Pashtuns in Afghanistan and Pakistan want the US to end its program of genocide against them. Most Americans don’t know anything about Pashtuns.

I’ve posted YouTube versions of some of the songs in the opera. Those videos are most popular in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Uganda, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, India, Israel, Jordan, Armenia, Zambia, Bangladesh, and throughout Africa and the Middle East, according to YouTube’s Insight demographics-tracking program.

I am an Amherst poet-entertainer-activist. At 4pm Thursday, October 28, 2010, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst Cannabis Reform Coalition will present my one-man multi-media Rock Opera in the Student Union Ballroom.

Before the performance, Amherst/Granby Independent State Rep candidate Dan Melick will introduce Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Gubernatorial candidate Jill Stein, who’ll speak for about half-an-hour. Then CRC organizer Terry Franklin will introduce me and my 40-minute one-man multi-media Rock Opera lifts off.

The show is titled "Protest PG" by Norman B ("Deviations from the Norm")
Recommending protest, and lamenting the lack, a reporter becomes an actor, then uses the actor’s characters to draw attention to the reporter’s stories. The PG can stand for Pashtun Genocide, or Pariah Gases, or Prison Guantanamo, or Prohibition of Ganja, or Pinocchio Government.

You are invited for a program of: Poem, song, comedy, erotica, AND complete reform of everything.

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Weekend Art: The Myth of Marsyas and Midas: A Tale of Ancient Turkey

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Weekend Art: The Myth of Marsyas and Midas: A Tale of Ancient Turkey — by NormanB ("Deviations form the Norm")

This storytelling performance was recorded at the Stone Circle Calendar at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

A very early Battle of the Bands recounts the roots of Rock’n'Roll.

The Emperor’s Hat is Stupid.

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Weekend Art: How Local Hero Sam Lovejoy (& his Lawyer Howard Zinn) Toppled the Nuke Plant

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Weekend Art: How Local Hero Sam Lovejoy (& his Lawyer Howard Zinn) Toppled the Nuke Plant — by NormanB ("Deviations from the Norm")

Western Massachusetts singer-songwriter tells the story of his neighbor Sam Lovejoy, whose dedication, direct action, and legal action through Howard Zinn, stopped attempted construction of a nuclear power plant. As Rob rants toward the end of the song, you’ll hear him assail Yankee Rowe and Virnon, two nearby nuclear power plants. (Our area recently experience Tritium leaks and other radioactive leaks from our nearby plants.)

Rob & Jim in the house!

sam lovejoy was a farmer in the new england tradition and yes he chose organic it was quite a wise decision and he lived by his principles of caring for the earth, as he grew his cucumbers he implemented the birth of something larger than himself…
sam lovejoy was astounded when he found out the news that a nuclear reactor was planned for his woods, and like a local ghandi he toppled a weather tower — by disengaging guidewires he stopped the sinister power from choking the local health… he was countering the forces of bottom-line local wealth (i.e, the electric company) the people in the mill towns they said he was a crook with a disrespect for property in the stand that he took but slowly he convinced them to see it his way: that he truly sought safety for the people of the valley, twas a moral rationale, he said
sam lovejoy was astounded when he found out the news that a tiny technicality would free him from this ruse but in the interest of principle and through the course of his trial, sam lovejoy spoke with eloquence, kept a courteous smile, inspiring smalltownfolk worldwide to develop resistance to the nuclear tide!
sam lovejoy was astounded when he found out the news that a nuclear reactor was planned for his woods and in an act of bravery, craziness and zeal, he put a stop to the company, he derailed their deal by making a terrible noise, and staking a claim for the little man’s voice…. thank you sam lovejoy and who’s gonna be next?

Nuclear Power?
No Thank You!

Better Active Today
Than Radioactive Tomorrow

Ask The Cows Of Hershey,PA~ Got Rads?
Remember Three Mile Island!
Remember Chernobyl!?!
KIDZ:
GET EDUCATED! Read up everything you can on the history of the nuclear industry in america and the world. citibank, chase and the other major backers promised the cleanest, safest, most inexpensive energy by 1984- they lied! it’s filthy! it’s way overpriced! the cost overrides for the construction of nuke plants went way past all projected budgets, lining huge corrupt and unaccountable pockets of wealth at the top, while the plants were built in haste with substandard materials and shoddy workmanship, setting off an apocalyptic series of plant breakdowns and predictable but unprevented crises that were hushed up or vanished from the press record… the issue of what to do with the toxic, deadly, cancer metastasizing waste these things generate that lasts for ages to come is still unanswered, and there’s no such thing a safe evacuation plan if one of these things gets blown up, say, by a passing hijacked passenger plane.

A couple of generations ago the protest movement against this insanely dangerous and corrupt industry effectively got the word out and put a moratorium on further development. the epa actually began shutting down some of the most problematic and now obsolescent old nuke plants. but wouldn’t you know, the bush admin’s already started the rolling out the propaganda for a refreshment of and reinvestment of our already stretched dollars into yet another surge of nuclear plant construction- I hear they want to build 30 new plants, or more????

WTF!?????????!!!!!!!!!?????????????

WAKE UP AMERICA!

FORM AFFINITY GROUPS
GET NON VIOLENT RESISTANCE TRAINING
WRITE YR REPS!
ORGANIZE!
RESIST!
SHUT EM DOWN!

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