August 2009


It looks cloudy, but the Health Care Reform bill will pass. How will we expand

public welfare for the better of all? Here is my step-by-step on how to accomplish

that goal.

healthcare-reform2009-06-18-12453641381. 85% of Americans are covered by their employers as regard to Health Care. The 15%

of uninsured needs to get the Health Care at affordable cost.

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2. There must be an option for employers to pay for their employee’s cost of

Health Care.

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3. Grass root movement of demanding employers to pay for their employee’s Health

Care  bill will rise.

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4. By strong public support, the Government or by volunteer, society will accept

employers to pay for their employee’s Health Care bill.

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5. The payment will be passed as law, and the next will be for a movement of

Pro-Gay Marriage!

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After a Day of Dub… I woke up to get myself a cup of tea. And I thought to myself,

self! I need to listen to more Dub music. So here are some bands with the word

Dub in it!!!

DJ Lesson #9 +Dub + Sleep Now in The Fire – RATM (Single) LP

{$93.99/$813.87}

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Salmonella Dub

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Dub Incorporation

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Dub Pistols

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Dub Syndicate

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Asian Dub Foundation

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Dub Pistols

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Mighty Dub Katz

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Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

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**Album LPs have horrible sound quality. Try to get single LP for better quality.

After Dark by Haruki Murakami

This book is mind bothering. Endings for books resolve all of our curiosity, or shuts

out our hope for any happy ending. This book continues on after the last page. But

there is a way to resolve our curiosity.

after_dark.largeWe encounter many people in life and not know how their life is unfolding. The novel

has that going on. The book will make you mad after you finish it because you won’t

know what will happen to a character you were reading for 50 pages. The only

character you need to think about is Mari. Even though the book talks in a 3rd

point of view, you must think you’re Mari and think how shes feeling while all of this is

going on.

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The main conflict in this story is Mari not getting a long with her only

sister Eri. Mari saw a resemblance of Eri in the innocent, and helpless Chinese

prostitute girl. Takahashi told Mari that Eri desires to get a long with Mari again. Mari

found out that even the strongest people in the world like Kaoru will have a very hard

time getting a long with people. Out of all what happened over the night, after dark

Mari finds a strong desire to get back with her sister Eri again. Mari also finds out the

moment when they were the closest with each other. Mari starts this process of

unification by hugging Eri extra tight as the dark fades away.

I do not want Sarah Palin to be any government official anywhere near me. I do

want Sarah Palin to be my President nor Vice-President. I do not want Sarah Palin

making any decisions for me. So what is this Ex-Governor good for? I had to ask that

question so many times. But I finally found out what shes good at.    Marketing!!!

palin-gunToday at the CNN Political Ticker and the Daily Beast Sarah Palin changed her

username to @sarahpalinusa. So she tweets, and she also has a very active facebook

account. She received 3000 comments just with in 24hrs for a note about

“death panel.” Her messages are retarded in so many ways, I wouldn’t advice anyone

to listen to her.

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But she is the first politician, I know of, to fully understand how communication works

in the 21C and the power of it. Politics is all about getting your message out, and getting

as many supporters for you. Just like how musicians create their fan base. Constant

updates about you and your career reminds your fans that you are still

alive and interesting. Through this stream of updates, you and your fans create a

bond beyond rockstar and fan. With this bond, your fans are more likely to donate for

your fundraiser, volunteer for your campaign, go to your shows, buy your

merchandises, and many more.

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But the greatest part isn’t described yet. You, as a fan, can make meaningful input to

ones career. As a politician, you can hold them accountable for their campaign

promises. As a musician, you can tell them which venue they should play next. The

opportunities are endless.

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Sarah Palin you are the marketing guru in politics.

listen music

There are many ways to listen to music but this is how I listen to music these days.

1. Listening to Albums not Songs

When one buy/download music, I usually don’t get them by song. I get them in

units of album. The reason behind this is to get to know the artist better. A band

might have the hottest summer track, but can he back it up? Is there more to this

band? or was it a one-hit-wonder. I’m talking about you Passion Pit!

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2. Background Check

How did they become a band? I go to wikipedia to do a little bit of background

check about the band. Bands like BLK JKS, and The Vanguard has a unique story

makes their music more exciting than the rest of the gang.

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3. Memorization

If you were like me in the old days, I enjoyed music for the sound of it. But I never

tried to memorize the album name or even the song name. Once you get a habit of

memorizing album names, title names, genre, and published year your brain will

have an organized database of sounds.

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4. Knowing the Influences

We live in a world where music is no longer original. A different perspective of old

music, a mix of old music is all we got in today’s world. Knowing which band

influences who, and what song did they sample from is not only fun, but gets you

to have RESPECT for the musicians before your time. Influence comes

from all the way back to classical music, to the recent hit of the summer. If you

listened to MSTRKRFT’s recent album, Fist of God, you see a lot of the sounds used

on the Justice album.

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5. Please see them LIVE!

The only way to listen to music at it’s full potential is listening to it live.

Don’t judge a band before you see them live.

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QUICKIE. Allmusic.com

If you are like me and have too many albums to listen to, here is quick way.

Allmusic.com is an internet database of all published music. Most of the albums will

be reviewed by the staff of allmusic.com. But the feature I love the most is the

recommendation feature. Once an album is reviewed, the staff chooses 3 songs they

liked the most. Listening to these 3 songs will give you an idea if you dig this band or

not. If you do, please proceed listening to the entire album.

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DJ Lesson #8 + Jangula at Trash Bar

{$56.00/$719.88}

DJ Lesson #7 + DJ Needles + Jangula at Lit Lounge

{$106.00/$663.88}

How do normal citizens become fans of your band? For an indi band back

in the pre-napster era, word of mouth, flyers, and stickers were pretty much the

only method to get your music out. The rate of accurate information transaction

were not perfect. Some will forget the name of the band, some will forget the name

of the venue your band is playing, some will simply forget the TIME you are

playing. This transaction is crucial for those fans who aren’t your friends, your

first true fans.

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Jangula is a band I heard through word of mouth. If I haven’t known the drummer,

I wouldn’t been able to catch them live yesterday.

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I had one big problem with this band. Their internet present was sloppy. Check

out their myspace. The picture is not put up right, texts are all over the place, and

the background is a plain white color background. I can’t really tell from one show

how serious they are with their musical career, but the impression I get from

myspace is very unprofessional. Most bands list their tour dates on myspace.

Jangula does not even have that.

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The reason I stress the internet present is because our generation of music listeners

no longer rely on flyers and stickers to get information about a band. All the

information we need should be on the internet. This is what we are used to

and what fans are used to. The better you understand how your fans

communicate, the easier it will be for fans to understand you.

All Point West Tickets + Ferry Ride

{$260.00/$557.88}

IMG_0452Music is always good. But a music festival requires a little bit extra to fully enjoy it.

An outdoor concert for 8 hours is physically challenging. Especially if you like to

dance, jump, skank, and mosh. So here are my tips to fully enjoy a music

festival at the worst conditions.

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1. Know your limit

Most festivals go on at least for 3 days in a row. Going to all three of them requires a

great amount of stamina and determination. Before you buy the tickets, you should

ask yourself this question, can I go to all 3 days? If the answer is yes, you are a beast.

But for the most of us, a concert a week is all we can handle. Think about your concert

going past, and determine if you have what it takes to fully rock out.

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2. Be prepared

The weather is always a bitch. I hope your festival experiences were sunny. But most

festivals are in the summer. In the summer, it rains a lot. Wear an outfit not to impress,

but to rock out. I was really surprised at All Points West. A lot of high heels were

walking around. Put on some tennis shoes, get a poncho, be comfortable with what

you are wearing.

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3. Research

You probably heard about 5 to 8 bands within the lineup. But when there is 40 bands

playing, is 5 to 8 bands enough to fully enjoy the festival? Its hard to become a

die-hard fan within a week. But listening to the music of bands performing in the

festival will increase your festival experience. You need to learn what type of music

other bands play, listen to their most successful songs, and then engage at the festival.

A festival is a great opportunity to expand your musical knowledge and

taste.

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4. Schedule ahead

There were 3 stages at All Points West, and there was a fix schedule for every show.

You need to schedule which shows you are going before you arrive at the festival. In a

perfect world, your bands will be playing one after another. However, this is not true

in reality. Your bands might have an overlapping schedule. You also might wanna be

at the front for a superstar. If this is so, you need to understand that you aren’t the

only one trying to be at the front. You might need to forget about a band you like, just

to get in front of the crowd. The best time to get ahead of the crowd is when they are

setting up. Make a solid schedule and stick to it.

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5. Game plan

Every band has a unique color. And there are ways to maximize your experience. For

example, Gogol Bordello is a gypsy-punk band. The way you fully enjoy this is by

moshing and skanking. MSTRKRFT is a electronic and dancing might be the way to go.

On the other side of rock out, there is Neko Case. Very sentimental soft rock is not a

typical song to go Ape-Shit. You might wanna have a beach towel to sit on and simply

enjoy the music peacefully. Imagine yourself how you are going to have fun

when a band is playing.

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6. Be determined

You can do all the 5 things I told you, but you still could get lazy and not stick to the

plan. There is no short cut for this. Grow some balls and just do it!

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I would like to thank Flying Lotus, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Peanut Butter Wolf, Jay-Z,

MSTRKRFT, Arctic Monkeys, Gogol Bordello, Neko Case, Crystal Castle, and

Ting Tings for a wonderful festival.

I would like to apologize to The Knux, Vampire Weekend, and MGMT for missing

their show.

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