22 October 2011

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(east coasters add 3 hours; europeans and others overseas? do what you have to do!)


Sun Mid - 1am -- BBC World Service ~~ News Hour Update
Sun 1am - 11am -- Blue Skies Overnight World Service ~~ A Selection of News, Commentary & Music chosen by Special Agent DJ Justice
Sun 11am - Noon -- BBC World Service ~~ News Hour
Sun Noon - 7pm -- Open Court ~~ A Selection of News, Commentary & Music chosen by Special Agent DJ Justice
Sun 7pm - 8pm -- Professional Left with Driftglass and Blue Gal
Sun 8pm - 9pm -- The Justice Department
Sun 9pm - Mid -- Jibber Your Jabber with Wink & Co.

Mon Mid - 1am -- BBC World Service ~~ News Hour Update
Mon 1am - 11am -- Blue Skies Overnight World Service ~~ A Selection of News, Commentary & Music chosen by Special Agent DJ Justice
Mon 11am - Noon -- BBC World Service ~~ News Hour
Mon Noon - 1pm -- Democracy Now with Amy Goodman
Mon 1pm - 3pm -- Open Court ~~ A Selection of News, Commentary & Music chosen by Special Agent DJ Justice
Mon 3pm - 4pm -- Equal Time Radio
Mon 4pm - 6pm -- Nicole Sandler Show
Mon 6pm - 8pm -- On The Porch with Black Kos
Mon 8pm - 9pm -- The David Pakman Show
Mon 9pm - Mid -- The Justice Department

Tue Mid - 1am -- BBC World Service ~~ News Hour Update
Tue 1am - 1:30am -- Free Speech Radio News
Tue 1:30am - 2am -- BBC Outlook
Tue 2am - 11am -- Blue Skies Overnight World Service ~~ A Selection of News, Commentary & Music chosen by Special Agent DJ Justice
Tue 11am - Noon -- BBC World Service ~~ News Hour
Tue Noon - 1pm -- Democracy Now with Amy Goodman
Tue 4pm - 6pm -- Nicole Sandler Show
Tue 6pm - 7pm -- Against the Grain
Tue 7pm - 9pm -- Norman Goldman Show
Tue 9pm - 10pm -- Open Court ~~ A Selection of News, Commentary & Music chosen by Special Agent DJ Justice
Tue 10pm - Mid -- Campfire Talk with Steve and Fripp

Wed Mid - 1am -- BBC World Service ~~ News Hour Update
Wed 1am - 1:30am -- Free Speech Radio News
Wed 1:30am - 2am -- BBC Outlook
Wed 2am - 11am -- Blue Skies Overnight World Service ~~ A Selection of News, Commentary & Music chosen by Special Agent DJ Justice
Wed 11am - Noon -- BBC World Service ~~ News Hour
Wed Noon - 1pm -- Democracy Now with Amy Goodman
Wed 4pm - 6pm -- Nicole Sandler Show
Wed 6pm - 8pm -- Norman Goldman Show
Wed 8pm - 9pm -- -- Against the Grain
Wed 9pm - Mid -- Jibber Your Jabber with Wink & Co.

Thu Mid - 1am -- BBC World Service ~~ News Hour Update
Thu 1am - 1:30am -- Free Speech Radio News
Thu 1:30am - 2am -- BBC Outlook
Thu 2am - 11am -- Blue Skies Overnight World Service ~~ A Selection of News, Commentary & Music chosen by Special Agent DJ Justice
Thu 11am - Noon BBC World Service ~~ News Hour
Thu Noon -1pm -- -- Democracy Now with Amy Goodman
Thu 4pm - 6pm -- Nicole Sandler Show
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Thu 7pm - 9pm -- Blues Skies Science Special
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Fri 1:30am - 2am -- BBC Outlook
Fri 2am - 11am -- Blue Skies Overnight World Service ~~ A Selection of News, Commentary & Music chosen by Special Agent DJ Justice
Fri 11am - Noon -- BBC World Service ~~ News Hour
Fri Noon - 1pm -- Democracy Now with Amy Goodman
Fri 1pm - Mid -- Open Court ~~ A Selection of News, Commentary & Music chosen by Special Agent DJ Justice

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Sat 11am Noon -- BBC World Service ~~ News Hour
Sat Noon - 7pm -- Open Court ~~ A Selection of News, Commentary & Music chosen by Special Agent DJ Justice
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Question: Who is your audience? What are you here for?

Answer: Tribal Alliances, Heart-felt Convictions, Passionate Reason, Random Abandon, Sustainable Civility and a kiss; to comfort the sad and the mad Ones; the Ones roaming the International section of the American Supermarket at night; or roaming the neglected streets looking for an angry malaprop to sink their teeth into; the Ones who seek without seeking and learn as much as they teach; the Ones who embrace and kiss and embrace again; the Ones who sing the song of the city and the ballads of the forest; the Ones who chant the rhythm of the sea and hum the melody of the desert; the Ones who sing the prayer of Her name and Her name is the World. Yes, those are the Ones. -- JP

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So that explains it... !

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... Or does it?

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"Many heroes lived before Agamemnon, but they are all unmourned, and consigned to oblivion, because they had no bard to sing their praises."

-- Horace


"Still the race of hero spirits pass the lamp from hand to hand."

-- Charles Kingsley





You Always Said Pinochet

(words and music
by Justice Putnam)


(roughly to “You Take The High Road)



I’d always say, “Pinoshay”
You always said, “Pinoshet.”

But what of the names of the
Disappeared before Ya!

I will dance on the grave
Of Augusto “Pinoshay”

And you can spit
If you insist
On Augusto “Pinoshet!”


© 2006 by Justice Putnam
Fleur de Sel Musique
and Mechanisches-Strophe Verlagswesen



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28 June 2011

Black Kos Music: Late Night in The Justice Department


Justice Putnam Self-Portrait / copyright Justice Putnam

The Justice Department is now on Blue Skies, the flagship station of the Netroots Radio Network.


I'm Special Agent DJ Justice; and I'm manning the dials, spinning the discs, warbling the woofers, putting a slip in your hip and a trip to your hop.

Follow me for tonight's playlist, the Blue Skies radio player and other information in...

Black Kos Music: Late Night in The Justice Department...

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Let us go through that Portico, that one there...

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... the one to the left of the fallen statuary; to the hidden courtyard of...

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... The Justice Department

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"And it grows, the vain
summer,
even for us with our
bright green sins

behold the dry guest,
the wind,
as it stirs up quarrels
among magnolia boughs

and plays its serene
tune on
the prows of all the leaves—
and then is gone,

leaving the leaves
still there,
the tree still green, but breaking
the heart of the air"



-- Carlo Betocchi
"Summer"

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The Justice Department broadcasts live on Sunday nights 8pm - 9pm pacific and Monday nights 10pm - 11pm pacific. Netroots Radio Podcasts of The Justice Department and other shows on the Netroots Radio Network can be found at the Blue Skies Netroots Radio website.

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Listeners wishing to use their default media player (Media Player, Real Player, iTunes) to listen to Netroots radio stations should follow these instructions.

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(h/t to dj julianna michigan)

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Playlist for The Justice Department 27 June 2011

Salief Keita -- Djembe




Youssou Ndour -- Baye Fall




Tamikrest -- Aicha




Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabate -- Mamadou Boutiquier!




Incredible Bongo Band -- Duelling Bongos




Ah Nee Mah -- Firefall





Omar Faruk Tekbilek -- Love Respect Truth!




Sunda Javanese Gamelan -- Gamelan





Yoshida Brothers -- Fuyu no Sakura





Esbjörn Svensson Trio -- What Though The Way May Be Long




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Question: Who is your audience? What are you here for?

Answer: Tribal Alliances, Heart-felt Convictions, Passionate Reason, Random Abandon, Sustainable Civility and a kiss; to comfort the sad and the mad Ones; the Ones roaming the International section of the American Supermarket at night; or roaming the neglected streets looking for an angry malaprop to sink their teeth into; the Ones who seek without seeking and learn as much as they teach; the Ones who embrace and kiss and embrace again; the Ones who sing the song of the city and the ballads of the forest; the Ones who chant the rhythm of the sea and hum the melody of the desert; the Ones who sing the prayer of Her name and Her name is the World. Yes, those are the Ones.

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(Man, Girl and Broken Window Klamath Falls, Oregon / copyright Justice Putnam)

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(I've pledged the minimum $150 to help heat folks in need and cook their food on the Rosebud and Pine Ridge Reservations. Navajo has an important diary posted with all the particulars. Even a small amount can work towards building the minimum. Could you please help?)


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So that explains it... !

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... Or does it?

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Rail Road Crossing, Sonoma California / copyright Justice Putnam)

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Black Kos Music: Late Night in The Justice Department

Justice Putnam Self-Portrait / copyright Justice Putnam

The Justice Department is now on Blue Skies, the flagship station of the Netroots Radio Network. Let us go through that portico, there, the one to the left of the fallen statuary; to the hidden courtyard of, The Justice Department.


I'm Special Agent, DJ Justice; and I'm manning the dials, spinning the discs, warbling the woofers, putting a slip in your hip and a trip to your hop.

Follow me for tonight's playlist, the Blue Skies radio player and other information in...

Black Kos Music: Late Night in The Justice Department:


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"Lathe of the ocean. Perpetual
Motion machine of the waves. Everything still

Being turned and shaped to a shape nobody
Foresees: Ten years ago, was it, when we

Walked that shore, too earnest and sheepish
To hold hands? The wind cutting through our clothes
Cleansed and burned, the chill off the Atlantic
An ache we courted in our dumbstruck talk:

Callow, expectant, what wouldn’t love give?
Cavalcanti’s ray from Mars, Dante’s wheel that moves
The planets and the stars, how nervous
We were, awkward and shivering: “Like this,

Do you like it like this?” Up all night,
Then waking to the smell of flannel and sweat,
We lay grateful, winded, goosefleshed in the chill,
Our own atmosphere rich and breathable:

We drank round the clock, embracing extremes,
Too hurried and heartsore to think of time…
Out fishing after midnight, we watched schools of squid
Slide and shimmer, tentacles tight-wrapped

Around our gig’s hooks: Yanked from the water,
They spouted jets of ink, then pulsed and quivered
And faded to dead-white, their eyes, resigned and sober,
Opening wider and wider…Ten years more,

And will either of us remember
That ink sticky on our hands, the moon-glare
Rippling as we knelt underneath the pier
And scrubbed and scrubbed our hands in the dark water?"



-- Tom Sleigh
"Aubade"


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UPDATE:
The player will continue to stream current shows on Blue Skies. A list of podcasts on the Netroots Radio Network are available for free and at any time; including tonight's show.

Blue Skies Podcasts Here!


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Laika and The Cosmonauts



Battant


Pintandwefall


Les Corps Mince De Francoise


Au Revoir Simone




Cinderella Effect




Stina Nordenstam



Aqua Velvets



Lux Aeterna




The Mermen



Iron and Wine



First Aid Kit



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Question: Who is your audience? What are you here for?

Answer: Tribal Alliances, Heart-felt Convictions, Passionate Reason, Random Abandon, Sustainable Civility and a kiss; to comfort the sad and the mad Ones; the Ones roaming the International section of the American Supermarket at night; or roaming the neglected streets looking for an angry malaprop to sink their teeth into; the Ones who seek without seeking and learn as much as they teach; the Ones who embrace and kiss and embrace again; the Ones who sing the song of the city and the ballads of the forest; the Ones who chant the rhythm of the sea and hum the melody of the desert; the Ones who sing the prayer of Her name and Her name is the World. Yes, those are the Ones.

Black Kos Music: Late Night in The Justice Department is a supplement to the free form, eclectic online radio music program on Blue Skies, part of Netroots Radio Network and which broadcasts Sunday nights at 8pm -9pm pacific time and Monday nights at 10pm - 11pm pacific.

(I've pledged the minimum $150 to help heat folks in need and cook their food on the Rosebud and Pine Ridge Reservations. Navajo has an important diary posted with all the particulars. Even a small amount can work towards building the minimum. Could you please help?)


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12 February 2011

Voices and Soul





11 February 2011

by Justice Putnam
Black Kos Poetry Editor



I purchased and built my first crystal radio with an ear-set with funds gifted to me on my birthday in March of 1963. I was eight years old. It took a couple of weeks before the components arrived in the mail; and I set out to put the thing together. The radio was small and fit in the pocket of my coveralls, while a thin cord snaked its way to my left ear. We lived on the farm in Philomouth outside of Corvallis; and I had many chores to do before the bus picked me up for school. That radio kept me linked to the world while I milked the farm's only cow, slopped slop for the pigs, fed the geese and chickens, collected eggs and churned butter from the cream of that only cow.

The strongest frequency the radio picked up during those early morning duties was a station that broadcast local news, early morning weather and farm reports; and the conservative, baritone intonations of Paul Harvey ("... this is Paul Harvey... good day!"). I attended Saint Mary's Catholic School in Corvallis; and like many Catholics of the day ( and even now, not so surprisingly), photographs of JFK were prominent at home and school.

There was something about Harvey that bugged me as an eight year old. His halting, yet dulcet vocal delivery were pleasant enough, but the content of his broadcasts grated. Later that year, after the 16th Street Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, that killed four young school girls; Harvey attempted to diminish the tragedy by explaining that no matter how brutal the murders were, they were to be expected.

Murdering four black school girls was an expectation in America? Even as an eight year old, I knew that wasn't and shouldn't be correct.

A year later, a Great Uncle helped install the antennae for the short wave radio he gave me. I could now listen to the BBC, music from Paris and New York; and I discovered Studs Terkel in Chicago.

Though both Terkel and Harvey broadcast from Chicago, they were worlds apart. Terkel's interviews with Bob Dylan and Mahalia Jackson still resonate in a deep seated radio tape loop in the middle of my cerebelum.

We never owned a television in Oregon, reception being poor or non-existent where we lived. When we moved to Southern California in the summer of 1965, when my father began a 35 year professorship at Cal State Fullerton, we purchased a television shortly after settling in. Later, we purchased one of the first generations of color televisions. I would match the news from the three broadcast networks with that of the BBC, that I listened to on the short wave radio, (it was a big argument about dismantling and moving the antennae from Oregon to California, but my dad prevailed on my mom that is was a good idea). I began to triangulate information before I even knew the word. It just seemed the prudent thing to do.

As a child, I couldn't get enough information. It remains the same today. With each new technological advancement, the ability to gather info increases; and I anticipate it strongly. With events unfolding in Egypt and elsewhere, with social networks in the forefront of a revolution; it is proved that change need not be exacted by the barrel of a gun, but by the wide distribution of information.

DK4 begins officially tomorrow. Rather than smashing an old technology and leaving myself and many others behind, I anticipate yet another growth in my life long quest for knowledge. Difficulties are always prevalent when a new system of dissemination is put in place; but we don't need a hotel heiress or government lackey to set the tone for when and how we get our information.

All we need is the ability of the word to travel the ether.




Total Information Awareness


“This bubble had to be burst, & the only way to do it was
to go right into the heart of the Arab world
& smash something.” The hotel heiress, snapped
flashing her bum in a Bahamas club.

To go right into the heart of the Arab world,
they claim their device can trigger an orgasm:
flashing her bum in a Bahamas club
on a boozy date with her new bloke, Nick Carter.

They claim their device can trigger an orgasm.
American officials who spoke on condition of anonymity
on a boozy date with her new bloke, Nick Carter,
say he confessed under torture in Syria.

American officials who spoke on condition of anonymity
without touching a women’s genital area
say he confessed under torture in Syria.
“There’s no explanation why. We’re just not saying anything.”

Without touching a women’s genital area,
I take it all seriously. I am withdrawing from all representation.
There’s no explanation why. We’re just not saying anything
to make this objective absolutely clear.

I take it all seriously. I am withdrawing from all representation,
but he was in the special removal unit.
To make this objective absolutely clear,
the development of counterterrorism technologies—

but he was in the special removal unit.
This had profoundly shocked the commission,
the development of counterterrorism technologies
with the flick of a switch. Women get turned on.

This had profoundly shocked the commission.
No one detected any radical political views.
With the flick of a switch, women get turned on
to a new business model that only pretends

no one detected any radical political views.
I take it all seriously. I am withdrawing from all representation
to a new business model that only pretends
to give consumers more control. In fact,

I take it all seriously. I am withdrawing from all representation
that she refused to be photographed in body paint
to give consumers more control. In fact,
he was handcuffed and beaten repeatedly.

That she refused to be photographed in body paint
constitutes an integral goal of the IOA.
He was handcuffed and beaten repeatedly.
There’s no explanation why. An information whiteout

constitutes an integral goal of IOA
while Justice turns to Syria’s secret police.
There’s no explanation why. An information whiteout.
Forebodings of disaster enter into box scores

while Justice turns to Syria’s secret police,
constructing systems to counter asymmetric threats.
Forebodings of disaster enter into box scores
to achieve total information awareness,

constructing systems to counter asymmetric threats.
This bubble had to be burst, and the only way to do it was
to achieve total information awareness
& smash something. The hotel heiress snapped.

-- John Beer

09 February 2011

Voices and Soul




8 February 2011

by Justice Putnam
Black Kos Poetry Editor



I had a conversation after the Super Bowl, Sunday, with a white progressive friend about Obama's pre-Super Bowl interview with O'Reilly. I appreciate this particular friend's tactic of playing Devil's Advocate; but it has gotten tiresome over the years; to the point I've accused this friend of actually advocating for his arguments. Regardless, he is intent on finding common ground with whatever opposition so that advances can be made, no matter how incremental; and it is that incrementalism that has always bothered me.

Where I saw O'Reilly barely able to temper his disdain for Obama, my friend saw O'Reilly has polite to a fault. The conversation devolved from there. We then discussed Fox News in general; I taking the position of Fox as being a powerful propaganda arm of the GOP; my friend pointing out evidence that is not true. We then debated about a Woman's Right to Choose; though a liberal, he has always been against abortion. He's a vegetarian and deems all life sacred, I will hand it to him, he does have some intellectual integrity; unlike my more reactionary acquaintances who oppose abortion, my friend also opposes the Death Penalty. He takes issue with, what he calls my, "inflammatory rhetoric", that I cannot expect to sway the anti-abortionists if I insist on referring to their position as "forced birth". Of course, calling someone a murderer for saving her own life is somehow not inflammatory. Regardless, if a law was passed to stop funding or treatment for any aspect of men's health, he would be at the front of whatever protest there was; yet, somehow, a microscopic mass of cells in a woman's womb can be more important than the woman. He doesn't exactly put it that way, but that is what I get every time we have this argument.

He then went on to discuss the advances racial minorities have achieved over the years, that by attrition, true freedom will occur; I brought up the anti-brown people laws passed and the insane numbers of minorities incarcerated to show that this incrementalism is not the success he insists.

My friend voted for Obama and considers him a great President; on that we agree. So how is it that two people who claim to be of the same persuasion so mightily disagree with the direction and success of reforms?

He sees the irrevocable change of rocks being worn away by the crashing of the sea; it may not happen in our lifetime, but change will indeed occur. I see that the rocks need to be smashed with sledge hammers; that change and freedom in the future mean little when folks are suffering now.

We may be friends, we may have the same concerns for the well being of the individual; and yet I cannot accept his safety in incrementalism. The gates need to be crashed and the walls of oppression need to be made to tumble down.

Waiting for Time to wear away oppression has never worked for those living in oppression; and it also is proved their great-great-great grandchildren won't experience the freedom that the argument of Time seems to assure.

We may have a Black President, as my friend points out as evidence of the great strides we've made; but when american latino families are murdered by white nationalist vigilantes, when black men and women are incarcerated in astronomical numbers, when income and housing inequality, when segregation are still prevalent; having a Black President is somewhat then, like a nice shiny ribbon on a gift.

The package looks nice, but the hate contained within is not negated by the beauty of the bow.

Going along to get along has never worked.



Booker T. and W.E.B.



“It seems to me,” said Booker T.,
“It shows a mighty lot of cheek
To study chemistry and Greek
When Mister Charlie needs a hand
To hoe the cotton on his land,
And when Miss Ann looks for a cook,
Why stick your nose inside a book?”

“I don’t agree,” said W.E.B.,
“If I should have the drive to seek
Knowledge of chemistry or Greek,
I’ll do it. Charles and Miss can look
Another place for hand or cook.
Some men rejoice in skill of hand,
And some in cultivating land,
But there are others who maintain
The right to cultivate the brain.”

“It seems to me,” said Booker T.,
“That all you folks have missed the boat
Who shout about the right to vote,
And spend vain days and sleepless nights
In uproar over civil rights.
Just keep your mouths shut, do not grouse,
But work, and save, and buy a house.”

“I don’t agree,” said W.E.B.,
“For what can property avail
If dignity and justice fail.
Unless you help to make the laws,
They’ll steal your house with trumped-up clause.
A rope’s as tight, a fire as hot,
No matter how much cash you’ve got.
Speak soft, and try your little plan,
But as for me, I’ll be a man.”

“It seems to me,” said Booker T.—
“I don’t agree,”
Said W.E.B.

--Dudley Randall