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Free MP3 sites

Be your own program director. Venture off the beaten path. Live a little.

2dopeboyz: Hip hop. (RSS)

3hive: Sharing the sharing. Free and legal MP3s from over 600 underground and undiscovered artists — new ones added daily. (RSS)

Amazon MP3 Download - Frequency: Weekly. Get the latest on Amazon MP3 music downloads - new releases, freshly ripped hits, and special deals.

Audio Drums - A blog for rare, possibly overlooked, maybe forgotten gems of music with a slight emphasis on electronic and indie genres. (RSS)

Common Folk Music - A blog about music, not just folk music, but all music ranging from indie to alt-country to bluegrass, because music is for the “Common Folk”. (RSS)

Discobelle.net (RSS)

Fiddlefreak Folk Music Blog - Folk, bluegrass, Celtic, and other music of the people. (RSS)

Fingertips Music - Free and legal music. (RSS)

Gorilla Vs Bear (RSS)

Hillydilly: Simply Good Music. (RSS)

I Rock Cleveland: Indie Rock, College Rock, Alt Rock, Modern Rock, Cleveland Rock, and Rock. (RSS)

KEXP Song of the Day: KEXP 90.3 FM - where the music matters (RSS)

Kick Kick Snare (RSS)

Line Of Best Fit - TLOBF.COM | Music Reviews, News, Interviews & Downloads (RSS)

Lipstick Disco - Deep House & Disco music blog fronted by Females (RSS)

Minnesota Public Radio Song of the Day: Music lovers from 89.3 The Current share songs with you each weekday. (RSS)

Muruch (RSS)

Music Like Dirt: Music in all its many forms, mp3’s, live reviews and photography. (RSS)

My Old Kentucky Blog - a music blog that parties with unicorns. (RSS)

Nah Right. (RSS)

ninebullets.net. (RSS)

Rollo & Grady: Los Angeles Music Blog, LA Music Blog (RSS)

Said the Gramophone: a music weblog (RSS)

She Makes Music: She Makes Music focuses on the most exciting and impressive new music created by brilliant and talented female musicians. (RSS)


Sounds Better With Reverb (RSS)

Stereogum: All the MP3s on Stereogum.com (RSS)

their bated breath (RSS)

Women of Hip Hop (RSS)

YouKnowIGotSoul (RSS)

Mourn ya till I join ya

The Wheel’s Still In Spin: Focusing on new music releases and reviews of individual albums as original, fictional short stories (RSS)

A Fifty Cent Lighter & A Whiskey Buzz - This site is just a way for me to have a little fun and share a little music. I’ll highlight some of my favorite artists that I play on the radio and try to expound upon their music in ways I can’t always do on the air. (RSS)

Aminal Sound

Audiofile: Music Blog, Music Articles - Salon.com

Crossfade: The CNET music blog

Direct Current New Music - Adult pop, rock, singer/songwriters, folk, Americana, alt-country, adult alternative, soul, world music, crossover jazz and simply those artists that make us go “hmmm.”(RSS)

GarageBand.com Folk top tracks (RSS)

GarageBand.com Hip Hop top tracks (RSS)

Flawless Hustle: Urban culture blog featuring artist interviews, music reviews, legal music downloads, street art, graffiti and more! (RSS)



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Wisdom of the West (2012)

Zen Comix (2012)

pygalgia (2012)

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The Agonist (2012)

Brilliant At Breakfast (2012)

Bacon and Eggs (2012)

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This Week In Tyranny

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Abbreviated “catching up from vacation” edition.

Coleen Rowley supports a new 9/11 investigation:

After 9-11, with the knowledge I had of the bitter internal dispute inside the FBI that was being hushed up but had kept some of our better agents from possibly uncovering more of the 9-11 plot before it happened, I couldn’t forget two of the slides in that Law Enforcement ethics curriculum: “DO NOT: Puff, Shade, Tailor, Firm up, Stretch, Massage, or Tidy up statements of fact.” And “Misplaced Loyalties: As employees of the FBI, we must be aware that our highest loyalty is to the United States Constitution. We should never sacrifice the truth in order to obtain a desired result (e.g. conviction of a defendant) or to avoid personal or institutional embarrassment.”

The official dissembling and excuse-making about the true causes and prior mistakes that gave rise to and allowed the terrorist attacks to happen, almost immediately ushered in the Bush-Cheney Administration’s egregious and lawless, post 9-11 “war on terror” agenda which bore no connection to the original causes and no connection to the goal of reducing terrorism and making the world safer. When I got a chance, about 8 ½ months after 9-11 to tell what I knew, I did so and my disclosures led to further investigation by the Department of Justice Inspector General and figured in the 9-11 Commission Report.
Rowley is one of the most important - and increasingly forgotten - voices in the discussion about civil liberties and government power in the age of the War On Terror. It was she who insisted that our existing law enforcement and intelligence gathering framework was up to the task of confronting terrorism, and indeed had operated effectively in the runup to the attacks. The failure was at the White House, not below it. We must never forget that the intelligence community sent warnings up the chain of command, but when they reached George Bush they fell on deaf ears.

Also from Raw Story, another piece of evidence that the Bush administration wanted to torture first and ask questions later:

A former U.S. intelligence agent said in a report published Monday that terror suspect Abu Zubaydah was subjected to simulated drowning months before the Bush administration’s Department of Justice had written memos approving the use of waterboarding.

The claim strikes a serious blow to repeated Bush administration arguments that no laws were broken in the torture of prisoners because legal guidelines had been closely followed.
How much brutality needs to be disclosed before the Beltway’s decorous “special prosecutors have become political footballs” outlook starts to change?

Janet Tavakoli had a great commentary on CNN this week:

Wall Street’s “financial meth labs,” including Goldman’s, massively pumped out bad bonds and credit derivatives that have melted down savings accounts, pension funds, the municipal bond market and the American economy. Risky assets, leverage and fraud led to acute distress in the global financial markets.
“Financial meth labs” is a brilliant description of what Wall Street has been cooking up.

UNPACKING JANE: Dan Levin succeeded Jack Goldsmith as the head of the White House Office of Legal Counsel in 2004. On page 296 Mayer writes of the tasks that greeted him:

Levin had inherited from Goldsmith the dauntingly distasteful task of defining the outer limits of suffering that the United States government could legally inflict on prisoners in the war on terror. It actually was a tough legal question, even for an exceptionally bright and hardworking lawyer like himself. Levin was known for his long hours. He was often the first person in the office, greeting cleaning crews as they finished their night shift. When a trusted Bush Administration aide had been needed to prepare the overnight FBI threat report for the President’s Daily Briefing, Levin was chosen to come into the Justice Department at four-thirty in the morning to cull the raw intelligence data coming in over the transom. Before dawn, he stapled the most important hair-raising items together into the reports that were among the very first things that Cheney and Bush read every morning.

Long hours and disturbing subject matter weren’t new to Levin. What made his new assignment so difficult, beyond the unpleasantness of the task at hand, was the uncertainty surrounding the laws. He was a precise and scholarly lawyer and his sense of responsibility was keen. The memo he had been tasked to personally prepare, which would replace John Yoo and Jay Bybee’s infamous torture memo, would guide the covert war against terrorism, shaping America’s impact all around the globe. As he explored the case law, however, Levin was uneasy. It only took a few seconds to see that there was next to nothing to go on. Elsewhere in the world, there were plenty of torture cases that served as precedents, but America had virtually no history in this area of the law. There had never been a Supreme Court ruling on it. The United States officially recognized the Geneva Conventions, so there had been no occasion to even indirectly address torture. Without these rules, Levin was left with the untested words in the Convention Against Torture, which the United States signed in 1988 and ratified in 1994. It prohibited “cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment,” but the Bush legal team had concluded these lesser categories didn’t apply to the CIA. For intelligence officers holding prisoners abroad, the line that couldn’t be crossed was “the intentional infliction of severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental.” But what did that mean? There was no thermometer for pain.
A couple things. First, conservatives have been almost uniformly disdainful of using legal proceedings abroad as precedent for domestic law. Think they will make an exception on this principle when it comes to torture? If they can find their Holy Grail - a ticking time bomb scenario - in the case files of the Mossad, for instance - think they’ll trumpet it as appropriate to argue in an American court? (Yes, of course they will. They have no principles, only exigencies.) Second, Mayer writes of Levin actually going through a dictionary for the definitions of “severe” and “pain” in order to complete his task. It is a measure of how much the Bush administration twisted the law that this is what people attempting to justify their actions were reduced to. And finally, when you reach the point of going to the dictionary to analyze the concept of “severe pain” you can probably safely assume that those you are working for are, in fact, walking you over to the dark side.

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