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Via Waxy: Illegal Art - STAY FREE'S ILLEGAL ART COMPILATION CD

The .mp3s can be downloaded, buy if you support sampling you can buy a copy from Illegal Art for $9. Via Waxy. Audio
STAY FREE'S ILLEGAL ART COMPILATION CD 01 Negativland - U2: Special Edit Radio Mix (5:46) 02 Biz Markie - Alone Again (2:52) * 03 People Like Us - Swinglargo (5:20) 04 Culturcide - They Aren't the World (4:30) * 05 The Evolution Control Committee - Rocked by Rape (4:28) 06 Beastie Boys - Rock Hard (4:53) * 07 Dummy Run - f.d.(1:23) 08 John Oswald - black (2:01) 09 Corporal Blossom - White Christmas (3:19) 10 Tape-beatles - Reality of Matter (2:37) 11 Public Enemy - Psycho of Greed (3:11) 12 The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony (4:35) * 13 Wobbly - Clawing Your Eyes Out Down to Your Throat (1:21) 14 De La Soul - Transmitting Live from Mars (1:07) * 15 Buchanan and Goodman - The Flying Saucer (4:18) * 16 The JAMs - The Queen and I (4:50) * 17 Elastica - Connection (2:20) * 18 Steinski and Mass Media - The Motorcade Sped On (4:26) * 19 Invisibl Skratch Piklz - white label edit (5:30) * 20 Xper.Xr - Wu-chu-tung (1:43) 21 Boone Bischoff - Happy Birthday To You (0:28) * used without permission LINER NOTES Music has always been a craft of borrowing. In traditional, or folk, music, melodies and lyrics were handed down from generation to generation. At every stage, musicians would change the tune or substitute words at will, adapting songs to their own situations. Like their predecessors, the artists featured here have drawn from the music around them--whether by borrowing a guitar riff or taking a digital sample--to create something new. But unlike their folk ancestors, they all run the risk of getting sued.... For our culture to be a space for free expression and for creativity to flourish, audio artists must be able to build on bits and pieces of preexisting music. While the "fair use" doctrine allows artists to appropriate other works, it does so only in cases of commentary or parody. Fair use doesn't apply to the majority of "second-takers," those artists who reuse sounds without directly referring to the original. Most of these tracks would never have existed if the artists had adhered to copyright law. Many other works might never be heard unless we act soon to grant artists the right to create them.

August 30, 2010

Tiny Bay Area island seeks lighthouse keeper

This is the most amazing job posting I've seen in ages. Help Wanted Sign Posted on Tiny Bay Area Island | NBC Bay Area
Looking for a job? A tiny island in the North Bay needs some company. East Brother Island is a 1-acre platform in the San Pablo Bay. A sleepy destination, it features an inn, a foghorn, dazzling views of the mainland and a lighthouse. But what they don't have -- yet -- is someone to run the lighthouse after the current keepers leave in November. So as a result, the nonprofit that maintains the island is looking for a replacement. You must have a commercial boating license to qualify and you should probably be comfortable with solitude and limited amenities. East Brother Island has Internet access and electricity, but it doesn't have a water line; so all of the drinking water is collected from rain. The pay is $60,000 to $100,000 per year and duties include keeping the giant light in working order, managing guests at the inn, and ferrying guests.

August 29, 2010

We need a second Stimulus plan

Op-Ed Contributor - Why We Need a Second Stimulus - NYTimes.com
The primary cause of the labor market crisis is a collapse in private demand — the same problem that bedeviled the economy in the 1930s. In the wake of the financial shocks at the end of 2008, spending by American households and businesses plummeted, and companies responded by curbing production and shedding workers. By late 2009, in response to unprecedented fiscal and monetary stimulus, household and business spending began to recover. But by the second quarter of this year, economic growth had slowed to 1.6 percent, according to a government estimate issued Friday. Clearly, the pace of recovery is far slower than what is needed to restore the millions of jobs that have been lost. Households and businesses are on a saving spree to rebuild their balance sheets. Their spending relative to income has fallen more than at any time since the end of World War II. So there is now a substantial gap between the supply of goods and services the economy is capable of producing and the demand for them. This gap is starkly reflected by the 23 million Americans who are looking for full-time jobs and the millions more who have left the labor force because they could not find one. The situation would be even worse without the $787 billion fiscal stimulus package passed in 2009. The conventional wisdom about the stimulus package is wrong: it has not failed. It is working as intended. Its spending increases and tax cuts have boosted demand and added about three million more jobs than the economy otherwise would have. Without it, the unemployment rate would be about 11.5 percent. Because about 36 percent of the money remains to be spent, more jobs will be created — about 500,000 by the end of the year.