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Another Look At The Headlines + A Conversation With Ani DiFranco + New Music from Tiawa

Theresa Resigns! A Stable Genius Insults The Speaker! Espionage & Assange! The “I” Word! Alabama Abortion Alarm! Dems Identity Crisis! Trump Trauma Disorder! Orchestrated Chaos! The headlines kept coming. Breathlessly the talking heads on cable news and the itchy-fingered online commentators barely had time to catch their collective breath this past week. As breaking news happened more alarms went off with cutaways to even more breaking news. It was hard to keep up. Thankfully, at Life Elsewhere Towers, we can always call upon Dr. Binoy Kampmark to garner his astute, and often alternate take on the incessant headline news blasts. Dr. Kampmark a frequent contributor to Life Elsewhere is a senior lecturer at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. He writes regularly for Counterpunch.

Celebrated singer-songwriter & social activist, Ani DiFranco, has written a memoir, No Walls, & The Recurring Dream. We are especially delighted to have been able to chat with Ani while she dashes about on a hectic schedule. In her absorbing book, Ani recounts her early life from a place of hard-won wisdom, combining personal expression, the power of music, feminism, political activism, storytelling, philanthropy, entrepreneurship, and much more into an inspiring whole. Her writing is frank, honest, passionate, as she tells the tale of one woman’s eventful and radical journey to the age of thirty. Her enthusiasm for life and her beliefs comes across so evidently in our conversation and she does not hesitate to comment forcefully on the recent anti-abortion move is some Southern States. “We should have a constitutional amendment ensuring women’s rights for reproductive freedom!” She announces, adding, “Choosing when to reproduce is the most fundamental right a human being should have!” Make sure you do not miss Norman B’s conversation with Ani DiFranco.

When incredible new music comes our way, we feel it’s our duty to share it with you. Tiawa is an accomplished songwriter, and on her brilliant single, Pain Killa she gives us a call to the collective consciousness, she reminds us of the power of our love to conquer and overcome as she says, “Living in a high vibration, tired of low expectation…let the love shine bright and raise it up…because the heart is a natural Pain Killa. The Brighton-based chanteuse’s single is available on the Roots Garden label and we are planning to check in with them shortly because their recent output is simply first class. Turn the volume up to 11 for this one! Enjoy!

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Show #325

Another Look At The Headlines

Binoy Kampmark

“The election of Donald Trump could be a good thing for America.” Said the scholarly, Binoy Kampmark in his usual, well-moderated tone. This was November 2016, just a few days after the US general election. Many a voice was being raised not only about the election result but more to the point, the presumed unlikely chance of Hilary Clinton not becoming the 45th President of the United States. Well aware that Dr. Kampmark will often give an alternate take on popular opinion, we invited him back to the show to address the extraordinary election result. It took very little time for Binoy to get to his startling pronouncement. When asked to explain, he responded as he often does, with a slight tone of surprise in his voice, as if we should be fully aware of the answer. “Well, changes are needed and who better to upset the Washington status quo than Mr. Trump.” He paused, maybe for dramatic effect, after all, he did attend Cambridge where lecturers are well-known for their theatrics. “It may be a little rough going for a while, but I expect in a few years we will be looking at a revitalized Washington.” He added, with only the tiniest hint of a verbal smile. At this halfway point in the Trump administration, we felt the time was right to invite Binoy Kampmark back to Life Elsewhere to get his well-considered, if not alternate take on not only Trump but also other recent headline news. From the time we booked Dr. Kampmark to the recording for this interview a number of major events had and were taking place, so we asked him to share his thoughts on the mass murders in the unlikely haven of New Zealand; the confusion that is Brexit; the sad wet squid of the anticipated Mueller Report and finally Binoy’s debatable commentary on Leaving Neverland, the much-discussed Michael Jackson documentary. Much of what Binoy Kampmark has to say will undoubtedly surprise you, yet we can safely say, after hearing his opinions you will also consider taking another look at the headlines.

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Show #318

Two Experts On Two Important Topics

 

 

Your Medical Data & The Dark Web.

In a recent article for Global Research, Dr. Binoy Kampmark warns of nefarious use of our medical data on the dark web. He writes, Patient profiles can be built, with credentials mustered for reasons of impersonation to obtain health services.  Medical equipment and drugs can be duly purchased, and claims with insurers lodged.  That prospect is somewhat bleaker than one whose credit card details have been pinched; the bank, at the very least, might be able to put a halt on transactions with immediate effect.” Dr. Binoy joins the program to explain and he also gives his take on the banning of Alex Jones from social media. Dr. Binoy Kampmark lectures at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. He is a frequent contributor to Life Elsewhere, Global Research and Counterpunch.

Suicide in the age of Trump.

There can be no doubt, Mr. Trump and his administration have been splendid fodder for caricaturists, satirists, and of course, comedians…especially late-night talk show hosts. Yet, as the months have passed the tenor has changed. The jaunty, chuckle-a-minute rimshot-punctuated comedy has given way to a darker tone. Late-night talk show hosts are giving serious commentaries. Meanwhile, over on cable news, the countless vignettes of pundits blabber endlessly about doom and gloom. As for social media, no matter what side of the imaginary aisle you prefer, it’s one rant after another. Good news has never been as popular as a headline of tragedy and mayhem, but in today’s world, good news is someone else’s bad news. Is all this dour information blasted 24/7 taken its toll on us? Are we reacting more despondently? Is suicide more prevalent in the age of Trump? To discuss this concern, we welcome to the program, Dr. Joseph H. Baskin,  staff psychiatrist at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and assistant professor at the Cleveland Clinic. He is also the author of fiction, details here.

Also in the show, new music from m1nk. A name that may not roll off the tongue immediately or be too familiar. We think m1nk (pronounced ‘em one en kay’) deserve your attention with their new single, The Far Side. Barry Smith (aka The Inconsistent Jukebox) from Wakefield in the UK and Erika Bach (aka Lola Demo) from Ithaca, Greece are m1nk. Their music could be described as dark, gothic and sexually charged, about lust, disappointment and dangerous encounters. The new video for their single may help you understand a little more about m1nk. Plus, excellent new music continues to come our way from Melbourne, Australia. Stellar producer, Christopher Port is a fine example, his Everything In Quotes “Light” EP has been on repeat play at Life Elsewhere tower in the last couple of weeks. This is a perfect example of a new wave of producers using samples to full effect.

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A Cavalcade Of Curiosities Eclipse An Untimely Death

“With great sadness and a broken heart I have to let know all of Adrian’s friends and acquaintances that he is dead. A bright mind and compassionate soul is gone, he was my beloved son,” Mario Lamo wrote in a post on Facebook. Beyond that brief note, only a few mentions of Lamo’s death have appeared in print, and broadcast media has made almost no mention at all. Lamo’s death should be a major news story, yet as our guest, Dr. Binoy Kampmark suggests, “The cavalcade of curiosities in Washington eclipsed Lamo’s sad end.” In the early 90’s Adrian Lamo gained notoriety for hacking companies like Yahoo! and AOL, as well as The New York Times. In 2004, after accepting a plea bargain, Lamo was sentenced for hacking the newspaper, where he had added his name to an internal list of op-ed writers and racked up $300,000 in charges using the organization’s subscription to Lexis-Nexis, a pay-per-use search tool. But, it was Lamo’s tipping the US government about the actions of Chelsea Manning that thrust his name into global-wide headlines. The scant footnote obituaries of Lamo’s passing caused us to reach out to a favorite Life Elsewhere contributor, Binoy Kampmark, to get his take on the hacker’s untimely death at age 37. Dr. Kampmark is widely known for his early association with WikiLeaks, his thought-provoking writing, and commentaries. In typical form, host Norman B maneuvers the conversation to many other topics, including, Mr. Trump, sex scandals, John Bolton and the fetishism of guns in America. This is one hour of programming you cannot afford to miss!

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Show #265

Making Sense Of The Headlines

“The Trump administration has a madness to it. It’s not a party-based system, this is where the Republicans have a problem with Trump. It seems he is doing a cleansing of the stables of GOP influences. Trump is not an ideological man. This is deeply disconcerting to the party because they don’t have someone in the White House they can rely on. Trump has a distinctive agenda of his own. Meanwhile, the Democrats are still trying to reconcile themselves with the horror of what happened in 2016. Essentially, looking at the Democrats is like looking at post trauma patients.”  These are the thoughts of Dr. Binoy Kampmark in his latest appearance on Life Elsewhere. We regularly call upon Dr. Kampmark to help us make sense of the latest headlines. His take is most often not necessarily contrary, but usually a well-considered alternative. Dr. Binoy Kampmark, Senior Lecturer in Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University Melbourne, Australia and contributing editor for Counterpunch magazine joins us for the next edition of Life Elsewhere.

Also in the program, new music from Linzi Jai a talented artist based in Florida. Plus, a conversation with Augustus Rose, the Chicago-based author of The Ready Made Thief. This is Rose’s debut novel. It’s an improbable yet believable story. Disturbing and fascinating. To date, one of the best reads of 2017.

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