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In a follow-up to a previous post about how Iraqi teenagers were being stoned to death for "emo" haircuts, a new article has been posted that goes into more depth about the Iraqi government's role in these activities.
From the ArticleThe new Iraq is full of contradictions. On the one hand, it has allowed space for kids to listen to Western music, and dress in new styles, because families now have the internet, are exposed to a plethora of media outlets, and have access to satellites and new televisions, which were limited in the past, because of international sanctions. At the same time, various Islamist groups have taken power, and their followers in the government and security...
Jason Tate on 03/20/12 - 10:34 AM
I was just passed this article from a friend: Iraqi teenagers stoned to death for "emo" haircuts.
From the ArticleAt least 90 Iraqi teenagers with "emo" appearances have been stoned to death by religious extremists in Baghdad in the past month after an inflammatory interior ministry statement dubbed it "devil worshiping", activists said. Iraq's Moral Police released a chilling statement on the interior ministry's website condemning the "emo phenomenon" among Iraqi youth, disturbingly declaring its intent to "eliminate" the trend. "The 'Emo phenomenon' or devil worshiping is being followed by the Moral Police who have the approval to eliminate [the phenomenon] as soon as possible...
Jason Tate on 03/09/12 - 02:41 PM
A new study says that listening to rock music for a few minutes "is enough to make white students focus on the interests of other whites at the expense of black people and latinos."
From the ArticleThe researchers, who tested 138 students with different genres, say the finding shows that because rock is associated with white people, people unconsciously favour their own race after listening. Students were told they were taking part in a study of how funds should be distributed in college - and offered a range of ethnic-based groups to share money between. After listening to Bruce Springsteen and the White Stripes, the students handed most of the money to white people.

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Jason Tate on 03/09/12 - 10:41 AM
Jack Antonoff (fun., Steel Train) has posted an op-ed titled "Straight Allies: The Importance and the Realities" at The Huffington Post. If you've got some time today, check it out, please share it - and all that.
From the ArticleA large part of being an ally is establishing ourselves within our social and professional circles as people who will not tolerate homophobia in any form or under any circumstance. This is also, in many ways, the hardest part. It goes without saying that bringing up weighty issues can be awkward in social situations -- even more so, standing up to a colleague or a friend. My experience has led me to believe that people are excessively uncomfortable and...
Jason Tate on 02/17/12 - 12:05 PM
Even the President of the United States has joined Spotify. Check out his playlist.
Jason Tate on 02/09/12 - 05:32 PM
The website has been turned black today to draw attention to SOPA and PIPA. Please take a moment to educate yourself, and your friends and family, about these topics.
Jason Tate on 01/17/12 - 11:11 PM
It's being reported that North Korea's leader Kim Jong Il has died.
Lueda Alia on 12/18/11 - 08:27 PM
There are a lot of websites talking about the two nebulously named bills (PROTECT-IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act) going up for vote soon, but Tumblr has put together one of the easiest to understand. So, with that - I am directing people to this page. Please take some time to get to know what's going on - and take action. This is very important.
Jason Tate on 11/16/11 - 12:34 PM
Spinner has put together an Occupy Wall Street-inspired playlist. Because you can't fight the man without a spring in your step and a tune in your heart.
Blake Solomon on 10/13/11 - 10:03 AM
After 17 years, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" has been repealed.
Keagan Ilvonen on 12/19/10 - 02:03 AM
After Johnny Marr recently forbid the UK Prime Minister to be a fan of The Smiths, Morrissey has now given his thoughts on the issue and praised Marr for his words.
Kyle Huntington on 12/05/10 - 08:53 AM
Johnny Marr recently declared that the UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, is forbidden to like The Smiths via Twitter.

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Kyle Huntington on 12/03/10 - 06:19 AM
Lady GaGa recently gave a speech in support of repealing the military's "Dont Ask. Don't Tell" policy.

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Blake Solomon on 09/21/10 - 08:13 AM
Despite earlier reports to the contrary, Wyclef Jean plans to contest the ruling made by Haiti's electoral commission.
Ian Walker on 08/23/10 - 04:02 PM
Wyclef Jean is running for Presidency of Haiti.

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Keagan Ilvonen on 08/05/10 - 01:22 AM
Proposition 8 (California's ban on gay marriages) has been ruled unconstitutional.
Paul Tao on 08/04/10 - 01:48 PM
Philadelphia law makers are trying to pass a bill that requires venues/promoters to submit application for licenses, contracts, and security for every show 30 days in advance. Help save Philly's DIY community by signing a petition to the stop the bill here. Be sure to verify your e-mail address to ensure that your signature is counted.
Alex DiVincenzo on 05/17/10 - 06:59 AM
Yesterday, a US bill that was written partially by Invisible Children was passed in Congress and will be hitting President Obama's desk in the next couple of days. Invisible Children would like to thank all of the fans and bands that took action.
StatementIt has made a difference.. all the way from the mosh pit to the White House. Watch this video to learn more about the bill you just helped pass to end the longest running war in Africa.
Paul Tao on 05/13/10 - 08:06 PM
The economy got you down? Just do what some SEC employees did: watch porn.
Drew Beringer on 04/22/10 - 11:13 PM
Live Nation and Ticketmaster's merger has been okayed by the Department of Justice.
Paul Tao on 01/26/10 - 12:49 PM
Mark Hoppus recently wrote an article about the state of Health Care.

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Blake Solomon on 10/21/09 - 09:28 AM
The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that marriage cannot be limited to one man and one woman. If you'd like to discuss this, please go to the politics forum.
Paul Tao on 04/03/09 - 01:54 PM
The Slants have been deemed "too controversial" by the Oregon government.

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Mike Kraft on 04/02/09 - 11:06 AM
Oh, Sleeper are not happy with the money spent on the inauguration festivities.
From the BlogIt's pretty ironic to me, considering the current economic state of our nation that we elect a president who's main campaign was "fixing the economy", and then we spend $170,000,000 (170 million dollars) on today's inauguration.

I'm so glad that CHANGE has finally come to save the day......wait......

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Anton Djamoos on 01/20/09 - 09:11 PM
The full text of President Barack Obama's inaugural address can be seen here.
Steve Henderson on 01/20/09 - 11:05 AM
Howard Wolfson (former Communications Director for the Hillary Clinton campaign) has posted his Best Albums of 2008 on his blog. Check it out - you will likely be surprised.
Steve Henderson on 01/06/09 - 08:56 PM
Today is Human Rights Day, and our friends at Causecast have asked us to draw attention to Aung San Suu Kyi. A Nobel Peace Prize winner, she has stood up against a corrupt regime in Burma that has been ruling by force for twenty years, and has kept her under house-arrest for 13 of the past 18 years; preventing her from taking her democratically appointed office. She has made a call for individuals to write freedom songs in response. You may submit yours to myfreedomsong@causecast.org.
Garett Press on 12/10/08 - 02:59 PM
Anti-Flag, Ruiner, United Nations and The A.K.A's will be playing a special Inauguration Day (Jan. 20th) show in Washington, D.C.

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Julia Conny on 11/12/08 - 11:13 PM
Steve Henderson on 10/16/08 - 11:41 AM
Everclear, in "fear of what another 4 years of GOP reign could mean for the country," have recorded a track called "Jesus Was A Democrat." Download it here. Lyrics are in the replies.
Garett Press on 10/15/08 - 01:00 PM
If you pledge to vote in this year's election through Wilco's site, you will get a free mp3 of their cover of Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released" that they recorded with Fleet Foxes.
Steve Henderson on 09/26/08 - 09:04 PM
Police arrested and pepper sprayed fans leaving a Minneapolis Rage Against the Machine concert who started an impromptu march to protest the RNC.
Steve Henderson on 09/04/08 - 08:13 AM
John McCain has selected first-term governor Sarah Palin of Alaska as his running mate.
Steve Henderson on 08/29/08 - 07:56 AM
Paul Tao on 08/25/08 - 08:56 PM
Rage Against the Machine will be playing a show on September 3rd at the Target Center in Minneapolis during the Republican National Convention. It is not clear what, if any, political overtones the show will take on.
Steve Henderson on 08/05/08 - 10:20 AM
Listen to the new Nas song, "Black President," in the replies.
Steve Henderson on 06/07/08 - 02:24 PM
Barack Obama has been named the presumptive presidential nominee for the Democratic party.
Steve Henderson on 06/03/08 - 07:46 PM
The California Supreme Court has overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage.
Paul Tao on 05/15/08 - 01:59 PM
Against Me! have posted a new PSA for Rock the Vote that features an exclusive sneak peek at their new video for "Stop!" Check it out in the replies.
Adrian Villagomez on 04/21/08 - 07:56 PM
MTV has written an article that wonders if Barack Obama's success is related to his ability to tap into a new bloc of voters dubbed "the creative class."
Steve Henderson on 02/22/08 - 10:21 AM
Fidel Castro, the 81-year old president of Cuba, has resigned, according to CNN.com. Castro has ruled the island since 1959, although he transferred many powers to his brother, Raul, two years ago.
Tony Pascarella on 02/19/08 - 03:20 AM
Jim Ward (Sparta) has sent out a bulletin urging everyone to vote for Obama.
Message from JimThe last few weeks of my life have been inspiring and I am left, at least to some degree, a changed man. It started with an invitation to play a rally for Barack Obama with my friends in Bright Eyes in Omaha. I stood amongst some of the most charged up and positive folks I have ever met. Up to this point, although knowing that I have voted for Democrats in almost all contests, I had yet to fully embrace a candidate for the Democratic Party. I was moved by the volunteer’s passion for a change and the stories they told me of how they ended up signing on with the Obama campaign. I bought his book,...
Anton Djamoos on 02/18/08 - 03:21 PM
Tom Scholz (Boston) wants Mike Huckabee to stop using "More Than a Feeling" in his campaign, since Huckabee "is the polar opposite of most everything Boston stands for" and Scholz is "an Obama supporter."
Steve Henderson on 02/15/08 - 11:49 AM
Jim Ward will be playing the Barack Obama rally tomorrow at Slowdown in Omaha, NE. The show is free and Bright Eyes, Secret Life of Sparrows and M. Ward are also playing. Check the replies for info on how to get tickets.
Julia Conny on 02/06/08 - 07:29 PM
Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy) is throwing Barack Obama a fundraiser. Full details can be found here.

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Anton Djamoos on 01/14/08 - 09:19 PM
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