Sunday, November 20, 2011

Foley Square 5:00 pm Nov. 17, 2011


Foley Square 5:00 pm Nov. 17, 2011 Sound is not good, a lot of bouncing off the buildings. People peacefully assembled, got on the mic, listened to arrest updates, and eventually crossed the Brooklyn Bridge. NYPD estimated 32,500 gathered for the demonstration which officially ended at 7pm. Thousands were still making their way toward City Hall and hundreds were arrested.

http://wearethe99percent.tumblr.com/
http://occupywallst.org/
http://www.nycga.net/

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Happy B-day OWS

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Happy B-day OWS, a set on Flickr.

Nov. 17, 2011 Occupy Wall Street's 3 month birthday of Liberty Park Plaza. At least 30,000 fill Foley Square. Blocks line up all the way across Brooklyn Bridge.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Monday, November 07, 2011

2011 NYC Marathon


The marathon passes thru the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn. Musicians, a high school band, and a DJ provided encouragement along with the cheering crowds.

Saturday, November 05, 2011

File under "Fun, Travel, & Adventure"



Watched this on the Netflix DVD last night, it's a great documentary to encourage dissent. Being patriotic doesn't necessarily mean wrapping yourself in the flag or being pro war. There was an entire peace movement consisting largely of Vietnam veterans but corporate mainstream media would have us thinking it was only Jane Fonda. I think it's especially relevant today when combat veterans are returning to civilian life. They should be expected to have a say in democracy and encouraged to organize.

http://www.sirnosir.com/

Monday, October 31, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Halloween 2011


Halloween night Oct. 31, 2011, Occupy Wall Street continues its operations in Liberty Park.
http://wearethe99percent.tumblr.com/
http://occupywallst.org/
http://www.occupytogether.org/

Halloween Children Parade in Clinton Hill


Oct. 31, 2011, Children parade at 1pm in the afternoon Halloween day in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Goldman Sachs v. Occupy Wall Street: A Greg Palast Investigation

TARP bailout requires Community Reinvestment Funds to be distributed. But Goldman Sachs decides to keep bailout money for itself and refuses to dispense taxpayer funds to small Lower East Side credit union.

Goldman Sachs v. Occupy Wall Street: A Greg Palast Investigation

General Smedley Butler USMC #usmc #war #rackets #death #survival #life"War Is A Racket"

General Smedley Butler USMC #usmc #war #rackets #death #survival #life"War Is A Racket"

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011

Oct. 14, 2011 NYC Protestor Knocked Out



Friends remind me this police brutality is not a new occurrence. I hope this cop gets identified and faces a judge for knocking out a non violent protestor. This video doesn't make me want to go out and be violent. This video makes me want to work with people that are peaceful, non violent, and reasonable.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Asheville, NC Drum circle Aug. 19, 2011

Asheville, North Carolina Aug. 19, 2011. Enthusiastic drummers beat along together in Asheville, NC. It's a normal summer occurrence at this downtown park from roughly 5pm until 10:30pm.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave. covers Nirvana

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave. covers Nirvana's "In Bloom" from Nevermind at Randall's Island, Sept. 18, 2011. Nevermind was released Sept. 24, 1991.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Dr. John & The Lower 9-11 part 2

Dr. John & The Lower 9-11 played in Prospect Park as part of the Celebrate Brooklyn! Season. This is a brief performance excerpt from July 30, 2011.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Saint of 9/11: Remembering NY Fire Chaplain Mychal Judge, Gay Catholic Priest Killed at WTC



Saint of 9/11: Remembering NY Fire Chaplain Mychal Judge, Gay Catholic Priest Killed at WTC

Because of the shameful behavior (racism, homophobia, xenophobia, and sexism) practiced by some members at my job -- I hardly tell anyone I'm a firefighter. Despite the locking out of minorities in the FDNY, I hope it gets over itself that the planet is diverse, not a monoculture.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Monday, August 15, 2011

More articles on current FDNY lawsuit

Here are more recent articles on a job related ongoing court case. For the record, even when you are a firefighter, you can only get specialized training and a raise only if you are arbitrarily picked. It's who you know, by patronage, not by some written promotional test. I support what the Vulcan Society is pursuing through their lawsuit.



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past blog post on ongoing court case


manos arriba esto es una crisis

manos arriba esto es una crisis

This sign very much reminds one of Naomi Klein's book of disaster capitalitalism. Suppressive governments pass oppressive laws and rules against its people using emergency powers to the benefit of corporate cronies.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shock_Doctrine

Friday, August 12, 2011

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Dr. John & The Lower 9-11 , song excerpt

Dr. John & The Lower 9-11 played in Prospect Park as part of the Celebrate Brooklyn! Season. This is a brief performance excerpt from July 30, 2011.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

I respect and support the Vulcan Society's lawsuit





Sworn deposition, folks. There it is. Imagine Major League Baseball filled with 10 percent NON white males and that's how I see the FDNY. Just think of the perfectly qualified candidates able to do the job but are barred because they don't have a hook, an insider, or political ally. It's cronyism, favoritism, and racism. I support and respect what the Vulcan Society is doing. The Vulcan Society organizes to make a difference and lobby non violently.
I expect Patricia Kavaler and everyone else testifying to receive ad hominem attacks from the establishment, to nullify their testimony, to destroy their credibility, this is how it can play out unfairly.
If you happen to think you are a victim of harassment-- I think documenting the time, date, description, and people involved is tantamount. Jot everything down, don't internalize and forget. Contact the following channels and get the paperwork submitted at the minimum of six months. Know your rights, don't be afraid, don't be antagonized and made to do the wrong thing. Don't lash out in anger. If you don't document, it is very hard to improve conditions. Also don't forget you're not alone-- there are others struggling and organizing to get fair treatment.

I suggest these organizations for assistance:



Sunday, July 31, 2011

Soul Rebels Brass Band

Soul Rebels performance excerpt from Sullivan Hall, NYC July 6, 2011. A birthday celebrant gets a birthday greeting from the Soul Rebels Brass Band.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Glen David Andrews Band song excerpt pt. 2

This is Part 2 of a song excerpt. This excerpt is from Sullivan Hall, NY July 6, 2011. The Glen David Andrews Band performs "Like Mike (Rockstar), Trumpets Not Guns". The band members are Glen David Andrews, trombone; Jermal Watson, drums; Barry Stephenson, bass; Ricky Gordon, percussion; Kyle A. Roussel, keyboards and Calvin Johnson, saxophone.

http://www.glendavidandrew​sband.com/

Glen David Andrews Band "Like Mike (Rockstar) T.N.G." excerpt

This is a short song excerpt. The Glen David Andrews Band performs "Like Mike (Rockstar), Trumpets Not Guns". The band consists of Glen David Andrews, trombone; Jermal Watson, drums; Barry Stephenson, bass; Ricky Gordon, percussion; Kyle A. Roussel, keyboards and Calvin Johnson, saxophone. This excerpt is from Sullivan Hall, NY July 6, 2011.

http://www.glendavidandrew​sband.com/

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Afrazz at Abrons

Afrazz doing their rendition of Dizzy Gillispie's "A Night in Tunisia", June 11, 2011.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Twenty Years Later

I was riding downhill in the dark alley, its uneven surface sending the bicycle along. The sweat was drying to a stickiness after the cooling downhill coast. The walkway busted out from underneath between the automobile lanes, and unto the streets. It was 1991. Tonight is 2011, twenty years ago that I last rode over the Williamsburg Bridge on a regular basis.

I went to school full time and worked part time in Manhattan. Tonight's ride across the bridge reminded me of the time when the pedestrian and bike lane was in disrepair. The south side was shut off and only the north side was accessible. The bridge was made of steel. It permitted the J, M, & Z subway to cross over the East River. Cars, delivery trucks, and motorcycles used its automobile lanes. In 1991, the walkway was falling apart.
The walkway surfacing, which was some sort of industrial asphalt pliable matting, had been peeling off the thick steel plates. The steel plates themselves were worn, shifting, leaving gaps in where one could inset an entire foot. The walkway was poorly lit. Graffiti and broken bottles were abundant along the walkway. Broken bottles were a fact of life. I imagined the heat of the days gave way to drinking big 40 oz bottles of malt liquor in the nights. Perhaps people got so drunk that they slammed those glass bottles onto the walkway.

“Mr. Tuffy”, Sean my roommate told me. “Mr. Tuffy tire liners will prevent those flats.”
I was fixing a flat on my 10 speed beater bike. The walkway had caused my second flat in a month, I guessed. The walkway glistened in all hours of the day. It glistened because of the broken glass. From tiny slivers that slipped themselves easily into your bicycle tires on rainy days to huge broken bottlenecks that looked like makeshift weapons. Shards of glass, poor lighting, slippery steel plates were a part of riding over the walkway.

So I went and got tire liners. The flats didn't end. It became less often. There was a gritty thrill to riding over the walkway. It was a necessity. It was quicker to get to work and school. If I didn't have big things carry to school, the bicycle, not the subway was the way to go.

Tonight, twenty years later, there's still a thrill to it. Instead of broken glass glistening like jewels in the dark, a sheltering construct of red steel supports, smooth tactile surface, and cleanliness. No bumpy uneven dirtiness tonight. No swerving around holes and broken glass. It reminds me of Constructivist sculpture. North and south sides of the bridge were open to pedestrians. So democratic I thought, the grit seemed to have disappeared with the traffic and East River steadily flowing below. Despite the ebb and flow of maintenance conditions, bicycle riding remains an enjoyable and healthy choice.

Monday, June 06, 2011

Letitia James Supports Firefighters, June 3, 2011

Letitia James supports the firefighters rally for no firehouse closings, June 3, 2011. The rally included a peaceful march starting from Cadman Plaza over the Brooklyn Bridge to City Hall in Lower Manhattan. Besides thousands of people supporting the firefighters, speakers from different parts of the country gave short speeches for maintaining public safety.

What is New Orleans?

The audience answers Kermit's question- "What is New Orleans?" The camera was taking 8 second video segments, which explains the cut. This was actually a straight clip, no editing. This was from the Highline Ballroom, May 18, 2011. The entire song is available on Amazon.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Kermit Ruffins excerpts

These are short song excerpts from Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers' show at the Highline Ballroom, May 18, 2011.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Monday, April 25, 2011

Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, Apr. 20, 2011

This is a video prelude to Sakura Hanami cherry viewing in the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.

Friday, April 15, 2011

In the Americas

In the Americas, 3:18 of Washington DC, Brooklyn & Costa Rica.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Jazz Funeral, Apr. 11, 2011 pt.2

Four minute video of Jazz Funeral in Coney Island, second of two I shot from April 3, 2011. The event was organized by James Demaria Productions.The Jambalaya Brass Band provided the music and Dancing Man 504 (Darryl Young) led the second line.

James Demaria Productions
Dancing Man 504
Jambalaya Brass Band

Jazz Funeral, Apr. 11, 2011 pt.1

Three minute video of Jazz Funeral in Coney Island, first of two I shot from April 3, 2011. The event was organized by James Demaria Productions. The Jambalaya Brass Band provided the music and Dancing Man 504 (Darryl Young) led the second line.

James Demaria Productions
Dancing Man 504
Jambalaya Brass Band

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Glen David Andrews Band excerpt 3

Kyle Roussel- keyboards
Barry Stephenson- bass
Jermal Watson- drums
Glen David Andrews- trombone

Barry Stephenson site
Glen David Andrews show dates

Glen David Andrews Band excerpt 2

Glen David Andrews playing the trombone with the band 3/29/2011 at Sullivan Hall.

Kyle Roussel- keyboards
Barry Stephenson- bass
Jermal Watson- drums
Glen David Andrews- trombone

Barry Stephenson site
Glen David Andrews show dates

Glen David Andrews Band excerpt 1

The Glen David Andrews Band played 3/29/2011 at Sullivan Hall. This is only the second time I got to see them. The first time was last year at d.b.a.'s on Frenchman St.

Kyle Roussel- keyboards
Barry Stephenson- bass
Jermal Watson- drums
Glen David Andrews- trombone

Barry Stephenson site
Glen David Andrews show dates

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Bob Dylan & band, Monmouth, NJ 2010


Short 30 second clips from the Monmouth, NJ 2010 show. The second time I saw Bob Dylan. I became a fan in the early 80's via 75' album Blood On The Tracks.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Chinatown, March 20, 2011

I used manual zoom & focus off a consumer HDSLR. Quite a scene though with all kinds of characters on a late afternoon in Manhattan's Chinatown.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Monday, March 21, 2011

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Zulu Rider


Zulu Rider, originally uploaded by WWOZ New Orleans.

From the WWOZ Flickr photo stream.