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10/08/04: Melvins WILL Play the AT Halloween Show
The Melvins will still play with Jello on Halloween for ATs 25th anniversary show at Slims in San Francisco. They have cancelled all remaining tour dates for the rest of the year due to illness. They will use a stand in bassplayer at the Halloween show, but will definitely be playing.


10/07/04: Michael Moore bribing voters with underwear and ramen??
Michigan Republicans have filed a criminal complaint against Michael Moore who hosted a voter registration event for "slackers" that gave away clean underwear and ramen to attendees. The Republicans allege that the underwear and ramen are bribes to win votes for John Kerry, in Moore's efforts to oust George W. Bush. Read the whole story here.


10/06/04: Transcript of the Vice Presidential debate
You can read the transcript of the Republicrat debate between vice presidential candidates Dick Cheney and John Edwards here. The next presidential debate will be held this Friday, October 8.

Here is info on a debate with presidential candidates from the Green, Libertarian, Constitution, and Socialist parties happening tonight at Cornell University.


10/05/04: Read Letters to Michael Moore from the Troops in Iraq
The Guardian UK has posted some excerpts from Michael Moore's new book Will They Ever Trust Us Again: Letters from the War Zone here. They are all real letters and e-mail sent to Michael Moore by soldiers stationed in Iraq.


10/01/04: Transcript of Bush-Kerry debate
You can read the transcript of the first Republicrat presidential debate for Election 2004 here. Future scheduled debates include the vice presidential debate with John Edwards and Dick Cheney on Tuesday, October 5; and two other presidential debates on October 8 (town hall meeting style) and October 13 (on the economy). Check your local listings for broadcast times.


09/22/04: Jello & The Melvins on Halloween!

For immediate release:

Alternative Tentacles 25th anniversary show
Slim's, San Francisco, CA
Halloween, October 31st, 2004

The Bay Area's own Alternative Tentacles, one of the oldest independent labels, is celebrating its 25th anniversary! To commemorate the occasion, we have assembled a great line-up of AT artists that show the diversity and scope of the label's vision. We hope to see all of your smiling faces at the show, as it will be a night to remember!

Alternative Tentacles 25th anniversary show:

Jello Biafra with the Melvins
The Bellrays
Slim Cessna's Auto Club
Fleshies
Comets on Fire

Jello Biafra with the Melvins are the confirmed headliners, but the rest of the order is still undecided, so come early! Doors will be at 7 pm and tickets will be $18.

Slim's is located at 333 11th Street, San Francisco, CA
www.alternativetentacles.com
www.slims-sf.com

Formed in 1979 by Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra, Alternative Tentacles has been giving art a bad name ever since. The AT discography showcases work from a diverse array of artists that includes Biafra's entire musical and spoken word discography, as well as releases from Wesley Willis, Mojo Nixon, D.O.A., Pitchshifter, JFA, and many, many others throughout the label's history. AT also specializes in releasing spoken word albums by leading political thinkers like Greg Palast, Noam Chomsky, and many others. AT continues its battle to bring worthwhile music to the world and is looking forward to another 25 years of polluting the mainstream!


09/10/04: NOBOSS in Frisco? You bet!
Everyone's favorite Bay Area Collective of Collectives, NOBOSS (a.k.a. Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives, NoBAWC) is hosting No Bosses Here, the 2004 Worker Cooperative Conference and Festival in San Francisco this weekend!

It all happens September 10th, 11th, and 12th at the Women's Building and at the Red Vic Movie House- check out the schedule of films, workshops, live music, and more at the NOBOSS site!


09/09/04: Jesse the Mail Male for Berkeley City Council!
That's right, AT's own Mail Male Jesse Townley is running for local political office in Berkeley, CA this November. His campaign- which is a serious one, not a symbolic one- has been endorsed by Jello Biafra, Fat Mike, Mike Park, Punk Voter, and Plea For Peace- as well as more traditional entities like the Alameda County Green Party and a local City Councilmember. More information at his site, including information on the upcoming fundraising shows with Fleshies Harold Ray Live In Concert and Jello Biafra!


09/01/04: Medea's Pro-Life Stand at the RNC
From Democracy Now:

"During Schwarzenegger's address, peace activist and Code Pink founder Medea Benjamin was on the floor of the convention. As she was standing less than 20 feet away from Vice President Dick Cheney, she unfurled a pink banner that read "Pro-Life: Stop the Killing in Iraq." Security officials quickly approached her and told her to put it away. Medea responded by saying it was a pro-life banner. Minutes later, a Secret Service man came up and asked for her press credentials. She stalled for a few minutes cheering Schwarzenegger along with the Republican crowd.

She was soon surrounded by more security officials. When she realized she was being escorted off the convention floor. Medea Benjamin turned to Vice President Dick Cheney who was sitting 20 feet away and repeatedly yelled "Stop the killing in Iraq." Secret service members carried her upside down off the convention floor.

What Medea Benjamin said to Mr. Cheney as she was carried off of the convention floor:

MEDEA BENJAMIN: Mr. Cheney, stop the killing in Iraq! Mr. Cheney, stop the killing in Iraq! Mr. Cheney, how much money did you make on the war? Mr. Cheney, how much money did you make on the war? Stop the killing in Iraq! Stop the killing in Iraq! Stop the killing in Iraq! Stop the killing in Iraq!"


08/31/04: RNC Protests continue with Police tricks
From 9/1/04 NY Times:

"Many fear that the intensity and frequency of the clashes could escalate, and have questioned police tactics.

'It's an example of the police suckering the protesters,' said Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, referring to the arrest of some 200 protesters who said they thought they were abiding by an agreement they had negotiated with the police as they marched from ground zero on Fulton Street on Tuesday.

'It was a bait-and-switch tactic,' she added, 'where they approved a demonstration and the protesters kept up their end of the bargain. They undermined people's confidence in the police, and that's a serious problem as we go forward.'




08/25/04: The Dicks reunite for one show!
That's right, the infamous Texas-San Francisco punk blues juggernaut The Dicks are playing one show Thursday September 2nd at The Eagle SF. It's 21+, at 12th and Harrison in San Francisco, CA. Bring i.d. as this is a bar.

The Dicks will be Gary Floyd, Buxf Parrot, Pat Deason and guest guitar players. Glen Taylor, who passed away a few years ago, will be there in sprit. Also playing will be Shootin' Pains (Buxf and Pat's band from Austin) and Gary Floyd's Hard Again.


08/24/04: Wesley Willis metallic tribute tunes!
Seattle metal-jokesters Beef Kurtain have a chunky x-mas tribute to Wesley Willis on their website, as well as some photos of Wesley and BK. Apparently there's also a halloween-themed Wesley tribute tune- perhaps the band will upload that as well. (Note: this website isn't for everyone, the band's name is Beef Kurtain!)


08/23/04: US Military trying to censor soldier's blog!
Check out this incredible blog by a US Army soldier serving in Iraq. According to an e-mail he just sent AT, "I'm in some huge censorship battle right now. Army wants me to stop writting about my experience here in Iraq... They are saying because of OPSEC (Operational Security) which i dont really believe is the case, because, they have not ONCE told me what is wrong with my site and told me what to take down. My speculation on this is that what I write might not mesh with the image of what they want to project to the american people back home."

Here's hoping this riveting first-person narrative of military experiences in Iraq remains available to the world! cbftw.blogspot.com


08/19/04: Traveler Amazed by Sheer Number of Mexicans
MEXICO CITY—American tourist Michael Anderson expressed amazement Monday at the vast number of Mexicans populating Mexico City. "I guess it's obvious that the city would have a lot of Mexicans, but I wasn't mentally prepared for it," Anderson said. "I mean, really—they were everywhere. Tons of them. On every street corner. They were just everywhere." Last year, Anderson experienced similar culture-shock at the number of Asians in San Francisco's Chinatown. (The Onion)


08/18/04: FBI tries to save face, fails in bio-art case
Here's an update from Critical Art Ensemble Defense Fund:

"FBI Harassment of Artist and Scientist Continues: Dr. Steven Kurtz, Associate Professor of Art at the University of Buffalo, was arraigned and charged in Federal District Court in Buffalo today on four counts of mail and wire fraud (United States Criminal Code, Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1341 and 1343), which each carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison... [His co-defendant was charged later]

The defendants were charged not with bioterrorism, the investigative reason that was state on the original FBI subpoenas, but with a glorified version of 'petty larceny,' in the words of Kurtz attorney Paul Cambria. The laws under which the indictments were obtained are normally used against those defrauding others of money or property, as in telemarketing schemes. Historically, these laws have been used when the government could not prove other criminal charges. Under the arraignment conditions, Kurtz is subject to travel restrictions, random and scheduled visits from a probation officer, and periodic drug tests.

A great number of people are wondering why this seemingly absurd case is still being pursued... Preeminent science magazine Nature has called on scientists to support Kurtz. 'As with the prosecution of some scientists in recent years, it seems that government lawyers are singling Kurtz out as a warning to the broader artistic community.... Art and science are forms of human enquiry that can be illuminating and controversial, and the freedom of both must be preserved as part of a healthy democracy--as must a sense of proportion.'

Some believe that the entire case is merely a face-saving tactic by the FBI: 'Recently, federal agents arrested University at Buffalo art professor Steven Kurtz, implying he was a bioterrorist. Now, officials have downgraded that to a mail fraud charge.... The FBI always gets its man, even if it has to change its charge. Jaywalkers, beware' (Buffalo News)."


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