January 7, 2017

Skunker

A mid tempo funker featuring live drums and keys.

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Dream This Half Time

A down tempo, moody groove inflected piece featuring live drums, guitar and synth.

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January 6, 2017

The Strange Beautiful Pixies Sing Of Christmas

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January 3, 2017

Star Shouter


Star Shouter

Down tempo, moody, half time shuffle with live drums, guitar and synth. Parts played by Tristan Luke.

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December 4, 2016

They Are Not Protesters. It Is Their Land.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/04/politics/dakota-access-pipeline/

My deepest thanks and warmest regards to the citizens, brave veterans, and of course the Native people who took courageous and tireless action to stop this atrocious and illegal pipeline. Incredibly, North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer referred to the pipeline decision as “lawless”, and described “protesters” as “criminal”. He conflates this pipeline, planned to run through sacred Native land and beneath their water supply, with the building of bridges and roads. The Rep. states this will have a “chilling effect” on the building of infrastructure. This gentleman should return to and successfully graduate seventh grade: it is the level of schooling at which any child could distinguish between a county road and a petroleum pipeline routed beneath the water supply of sovereign land. Is this the kind of mind that runs our nation? Mr. Cramer, sir, just in case you have the remotest interest in reality: They are not protesters. It is their land, protected by long time US treaty. You, me, and the brutal coward para military officers who sprayed these indigenous people with tear gas and water cannons on their own land in sub freezing temperatures are the trespassers, and should have been dealt with as such. That you equate this debacle with the building of a bridge is beyond my comprehension. I fear for the people of N. Dakota, if this is the kind of intellectual discernment they can expect from a leader. Your lack of humility for the horrors and genocide perpetrated by the United States, lack of respect for treaties, your sheer arrogance, emotional and intellectual incompetence are staggering to me.

I fully understand the creeps who support this may not give up. That it is a sovereign nation, that Natives have long been violated, this means nothing to them in their toxic, sociopathic march toward profit at all costs. Still, congratulations to sane people everywhere. This is proof several hundred good people can halt a three billion dollar pipeline. Thank you to the courageous veterans who deployed this week and saved the day.

Tristan L Sullivan

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November 20, 2016

The Feminist Candidate

It is an odd and striking fact of life that we live not only with our own choices, but at times, with the toxic, incompetent choices of others. This election is a loss for everything vulnerable and hopeful on Earth: every human and humane cause, every tree and blade of grass. It is a triumph of willful ignorance, sadism, bullying, rage seized upon and exploited by a lifelong manipulator with the most shallow, self serving agenda in our history. What may be worse than the appointment of a crass, malignant narcissist to the highest office in the land, is that decades of social engineering, propaganda, poor nutrition and trash TV made millions so disconnected and so enraged that they voted for him. Trump was genuine. Arrogant, gloating and hateful but his authenticity secured a victory. I’m sorry to bring attention to this, but I feel we should look at the candidate who’s policies were the most morally and intellectually sound, and the most authentic in decades. Despite massive support for Senator Sanders, the DNC mechanically imposed Hillary Clinton on the electorate. While Hillary addressed high school gymnasiums with well rehearsed rhetoric, Bernie packed twenty thousand plus into stadiums. Millennials to Baby Boomers, the air was electrified. Sanders galvanized huge numbers of rural voters and independents in states like Michigan, and scored a stunning upset there in the primary. He pulled in outliers who wanted change: a common demographic after eight years of one party, and exactly the folks we needed to win.

Voters knew that while Hillary was Obama 2.0, Bernie meant integrity, passion, and a chance for real change. I recall a moment watching Sanders at a debate speaking on the insanity of mass incarceration, when I realized why he was so compelling: Bernie said things that were true. Plainly. It was the first time I’d ever witnessed this on the world stage. We should consider how and why that would be so striking. It reveals a great deal about how low we’ve descended. But the DNC showed astonishing arrogance: a preexisting and elitist agenda. Sanders was too average for them, too working class. They wanted glamour. They wanted Katy Perry, and dinners with George Clooney. They got it. Their attitude toward us was, ‘You can have whoever you choose, as long as it’s Hillary.’ Even the most ardent Hillary supporters, if they are honest, should be concerned that the DNC had no interest in fairness or democracy. There was no real primary for Democrats. Leaked emails reveal appalling machinations on the DNC’s part: explicit engineering against Sanders, and a total disinterest in the will of the actual people they purport to represent. They violated a universal principle: tried to reroute energy and support to their pre chosen candidate rather than the popular one, and it de-energized the process. Voters like myself got on the Hillary train, but we lost momentum.

A brilliant female friend echoed a long time sentiment of mine, just after this appalling election: Sanders was the more feminist candidate. It is simple minded to relate this term solely to gender, and reproductive apparatus. When asked for a single word to describe his candidacy, Senator Sanders said, “Compassion.” He was sincere, scandal proof, and coupled with the vile revelations to come about Trump, had a real shot. I don’t know who would have won, but it’s clear this was a year for surprises, and the unorthodox. A disruptive, non establishment candidate was going to win. I don’t see how Shultz, Brazile and the super delegates could feel they carried out the will of the people when Bernie filled stadiums with ecstatic supporters, young and old, across party lines. The DNC thought they knew better than us. The election degraded into a hate fest from both sides, and landed us the unprecedented tragedy of Trump. The fate of an entire planet now hangs in the balance.

For the record: I was ecstatic Tuesday November 8th to vote for our first female President. I could feel my grandmothers beaming down at me on that beautiful sunny day at the firehouse in the small Victorian town of Amherst. I wanted Hillary to win. Bernie’s not a schmoozer, I told myself, and she’s got decades of experience. I’ve said often that when we have a breastfeeding mom as President of the United States, when she interrupts a press conference just to feed the baby, then we will have a shot at sanity in this world. But the DNC derailed the process, forcefully redirecting popular support to their establishment candidate, despite and in willful defiance of the massive popular support for the gentleman from Vermont. It may have cost us more than we care to admit.

Tristan L Sullivan

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July 14, 2016

Love For Ms. Pennsylvania Pokemon

A girl was hit by a car, crossing a four lane highway playing Pokemon, and sustained serious injuries. In the video, she is clearly lacerated, bruised, in a hospital bed with an IV in her arm. She is a child. Every single comment I read on Facebook, and I scrolled down for several seconds, revealed people calling her nasty names and aiming blame like a weapon. I do not agree with those feeling superior and expressing hurtful and sadistic sentiments when a child has been injured. Nor would I agree if she had been an adult. I wish this girl lots of love and fast healing. In my experience, those who like to attack and call others dumb when they’ve hurt themselves are not in a good condition emotionally or spiritually, and often not the brightest. She is a child. Someone actually stated “This is what’s wrong with the world.” One hundred percent mistaken. What’s wrong with the world is jaded, numb disinterest: the inability to connect emotionally, of which their sadism, arrogance and failure of empathy is a clear example. I wish her lots of love and fast healing. Who cares how it happened.

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April 12, 2015

The Sinking of the Dominator Model

The Sinking of the Dominator Model: A Real Life Study of the Looming Iceberg

John Batchelor, thank you for having gifted author Frances Wilson on The John Batchelor Show last night to speak about her fascinating book, How To Survive the Titanic: The Sinking of J. Bruce Ismay. She spoke, when she had the chance, so eloquently. I felt you cut her off way too much, narrated far too much the story detailed in her own book, which she clearly researched exhaustively and wrote brilliantly. I regret that you didn’t ask her to talk more about her insights and how she reached them. I mostly heard you sharing your own, and narrating the story yourself. Your guest was literally gasping for breath towards the end of this interview, because you had sucked all the air out of the process and gave her so little room. I don’t see why it had to be this way.

I have heard your less apt, less intelligent guests make some extraordinarily inept comments, that you did not see fit to challenge. In the aftermath of the heartbreaking and senseless killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, a guest on your program made the assertion, “What we need in Ferguson is education.” You asked for no clarification. Your guest failed to explain how he proposed to educate cowardly, racist, sadistic and murderous cops, or how education would address the officials of a county that practices full out predation on the poor via a parasitic police force and court system. That county in Missouri makes the bulk of their money via citations on the poor, by the way. You find the time to rhapsodize about Ronald Reagan, but about this poor county in Missouri, you perhaps don’t know much. A corrections officer was indicted in Ferguson in 2013 for rape: a black woman was arrested when the name on her driver’s license did not match that of the registration, and while in jail, a corrections officer exploited her for sex, then committed full out rape. She was pregnant. The legal complaint against this officer is extant. This is the kind of predation that characterizes the full out war on the poor we are witnessing in America. It is an immoral, cowardly descent into the worst kind of predation by the state, and monetary exploitation of the people who can afford it least. This turns out to be shockingly prevalent in poor counties in Missouri. It’s been well documented by reporters who have the courage and integrity to do so. Your guest didn’t mention this either. He made it clear: those ignorant blacks just need more education.

Recently I heard another guest of yours say, “Forget energy independence, I want energy dominance!” Again, you did nothing to challenge this astonishingly moronic ejaculation of Western imperialist arrogance. Nor was he honest about the realities of war profiteering, imperialist atrocity, the heartbreak of mothers and children, deployment of horrific chemicals and munitions, murder and destruction attendant to the kind of energy dominance he craves. He said nothing about the cost, because he doesn’t feel it. The dominator model is lethal and toxic for the entire planet and every vulnerable species on it, not just ourselves. I find it puzzling that men like yourself wear bow ties and display real erudition, yet favor the most savage, brutal policies reflecting the lowest levels of neanderthal consciousness. You people seem very segmented to me: very dishonest. You don’t see or carry out that savagery; you just enjoy the results.

Yet last night with Ms. Wilson, who’s book and its implications not just for history but for our own lives and human psychology is so fascinating and well worth the time, you seemed keen to dominate the discourse, and do most of the talking for her. It seemed lost on you that the kind of arrogant male surety that sank that ship and left so many people without lifeboats mirrors the savage primate policies you favor on your program, and characterized your dominance of the conversation.

This is the first I’m hearing of Frances Wilson, so I thank you for that. She was such a valuable guest. I appreciate your interest in history, and authors who detail it so well. You often have intelligent guests, who’s insights I appreciate. I felt cheated by your bullish, ungraceful approach to this interview. I hope you can have Ms. Wilson on again sometime, and correct this sexist and narcissistic mistake. I won’t hold my breath. The dominator model you cling to so dearly Mr. Batchelor, is a ship you perhaps regard as unsinkable. It isn’t.

Tristan L Sullivan
Amherst, Massachusetts

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November 1, 2014

Response to Senator Ed Markey: Hydro Fracking

Dear Mr. Markey:

Thank you for writing, sir. I’m surprised you started your response with a full paragraph of explanation on what fracking is; citizens who write to you on the topic will likely be well versed in it.

Peer reviewed scientific studies have linked flammable water (yes, an absurd and shocking phrase to read in an age when water is increasingly scarce, and we’ve likely reached peak water already) to hydo fracking and its inevitable methane migration. Based on that alone, I cannot believe government fails to shut this practice down for good. You also didn’t mention that fracking uses millions of gallons of water in this process: that in itself is an obscenity and an extremely poor use of this most important resource. Nothing new, here in the US. Numerous and extremely egregious health risks are associated with the byproducts of hydro fracking and the chemicals employed in this odious practice of greed and environmental atrocity. Methane gas and toxic chemicals leach into the groundwater as a result of hydro fracturing. You mentioned nothing of this. Why? No one in their right mind thinks this will ever be contained or stopped; it can’t be. The process itself, even if it was discrete, is abusive and destructive to the Earth. The migration of chemicals and methane makes it a crime against the Earth and against our population.

You mention several times that the corporations associated with this destructive practice and petroleum in general (BP and its oil spill in the Gulf) failed to institute or observe safe and sensible practices “suggested” by you and your committee. For God’s sakes sir, surely you are not this obtuse. Of course they fail to observe those things, and will never do other than that which brings the greatest short term gains for them, or are compelled to by strict law and close monitoring. You people are fine with our towns becoming a police state with armored tanks shipped out by the pentagon, and nationwide reports of innocents getting gunned down by abusive police in the name of “law enforcement” (a baby just suffered permanent damage to his face when his nose was blown off by a stun grenade in an unwarranted and botched drug raid. The child will be permanently disfigured; no charges have been brought against the officers. The hospital bill is already over 800,000. dollars. http://forcechange.com/133847/demand-justice-for-child-disfigured-in-botched-drug-raid/comment-page-1/#comment-2888429). Pretty harsh punishment for an infant, I would say; but when it comes to these billion dollar profiteering companies, you “suggest” important safety practices, and then use adjectives like “unfortunate” when they don’t follow them. Sir, do you actually believe this stuff? Sometimes I fear even well meaning legislators get stuck in a personality loop of calcified thinking, cultural denial and avoidance of obvious and glaring dangers. It’s no coincidence that billion dollar interests are involved.

Nothing justifies this toxic poisoning and destruction, and only profit drives it. Please do not kid yourself about “energy needs”. There are alternatives, and with human ingenuity and a will to do so, we could never poison the Earth and our families again. Did you know that Germany obtains more than half of its electricity demands from photovoltaic (solar) power? That’s hardly a tropical region, as you may know, and yet they’ve managed to do this with the free energy of the sun. The German government has stated their goal of 100% solar energy by the year 2050. Many other countries in the UK are following suit. France has pledged a billion dollars to Greenpeace, as part of their commitment to the environment and to addressing climate change. Any thinking person would look at sentences like “long term we need an energy policy that promotes renewable energy…” and not know whether to laugh or cry. It’s just meaningless rhetoric, and obviously insincere. You people live in such denial and tell yourself such half truths and lies. If the US wanted to make an actual commitment to anything other than brutal exploitation of the planet and humanity for the short term gain of a few, we would do it. I find it disturbing how many imperialist, profiteering, rape-the-Earth-and-all-of-humanity creeps operate here in the US, and that our politicians seem unable or unwilling to recognize this insanity and stop them. Please take a look at the whole story sir; not just the narrowly sanctioned slice prescribed for you buy a sociopathic industry and culture of legislators that’s been bought and paid for by that same industry. I believe you’re one of the smarter ones.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Tristan L Sullivan
Amherst, Massachusetts

Senator Markey’s email:

On Oct 3, 2014, at 12:15 PM, U.S. Senator Markey wrote:
EDWARD J. MARKEY
MASSACHUSETTS

218 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING
WASHINGTON, DC 20510
(202) 224-2742

United States Senate

October 3, 2014

Dear Mr. Sullivan:

Thank you for writing me about hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.” It was good to hear from you.
Fracking is a process used to extract oil or natural gas. The process involves drilling a well and then pumping a mixture of water, sand and other chemicals down the well under high pressure, creating fractures in the geologic formation that allow oil or natural gas to be collected at the surface.
Natural gas holds the potential to enhance America’s energy independence and reduce our reliance on more carbon-intensive sources of energy. However, we have to ensure that any oil and natural gas drilling, including hydraulic fracturing, is done with the highest safety and environmental standards. I will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that this technology is closely monitored and work to make sure that the highest possible standards are put in place to protect our drinking water supplies and the environment from drilling contamination.

Before I was elected to the United States Senate, I was the Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Committee and a senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, putting me in the middle of the debate over our country’s energy policy and the oversight of hydraulic fracturing. In February 2012, I released the findings of an investigation to into oil and natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing on taxpayer-owned public lands that I initiated. Unfortunately, my report showed that oil and natural gas companies operating on federal lands were consistently violating safety laws and regulations. I urged the Interior Department (DOI) to increase fines on companies in violation of the law and to provide further oversight on oil and natural gas operations on public lands.

The Interior Department is currently going through the process of issuing new regulations to govern hydraulic fracturing on public lands. This is the first update of these regulations in more than 30 years and comes at a time when this technique is being employed in an estimated 90 percent of all new wells drilled on public lands onshore. I believed the initial draft rule issued by the Interior Department last year did not go far enough to ensure that fracking activities on public lands are being done properly and safely. I led a letter with other Members of the House Natural Resources Committee urging the Secretary of Interior to strengthen the hydraulic fracturing rule by requiring the disclosure of the chemicals used in fracking, creating a system for easy public access to this information on government websites and setting strict standards for well design and construction in the wake of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, where corners were cut in drilling the well safely. Unfortunately, the revised draft rule issued earlier this year by the Interior Department continues to fail to incorporate many of the safety reforms that I and others have suggested to protect public health and the environment. I will continue to push the Department to issue strong final regulations so that hydraulic fracturing can be conducted with the highest level of safety on public lands. And of course there are some places that are too special to ever drill. That’s why I’ve spent my career working to permanently protect places like Georges Bank, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other priceless public lands.
In the longer term, we need an energy policy that promotes the development of renewable energy, reduces global warming pollution and protects public health, safety and our environment. I will continue to fight for these policies in the U.S. Senate.
Thank you again for contacting me about this issue. If I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me. To sign up for my newsletter, visit http://www.markey.senate.gov/newsletter. You can also follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Sincerely,


Edward J. Markey
United States Senator

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February 27, 2014

An open letter to Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, President Barack Obama, Secretary Chuck Hagel and the US Joint Chiefs of Staff:

The United States Navy has proposed high frequency underwater sound testing in Hawaii, California and Atlantic coasts, and the Gulf of Mexico starting 2014. According to the Navy’s own estimates this testing will deafen 15,900 whales and dolphins and kill 1,800 more over the next five years. Strandings and deaths of cetaceans have already been attributed to the US Navy’s use of high frequency sonar.

The Navy also wants to practice shooting high powered explosives that fatally injure the lungs and other organs of marine mammals. The use of spent munitions and depleted uranium in our oceans and elsewhere is an environmental holocaust, one that international judiciary bodies have already warned against due to cancer clusters in soldiers, animals and civilians in countries where we have used these munitions.

The Navy plans to detonate in a testing exercise more than 50,000 explosives underwater up and down the US coastline, as well as more than 10,000 hours of high intensity sonar so forceful it can explode the internal organs of whales and other sea creatures. Dolphins, whales and other gentle, innocent sea creatures will die for this, or be made deaf, their lives disrupted and destroyed. The predicted ecological devastation is staggering.

The US Navy’s slogan is “A global force for good.” That slogan will be a grotesque parody if you commit this atrocity against our marine ecosystems and against gentle, innocent ocean mammals. It is the proposition of a sociopath and a coward. A military with anything resembling honor would protect the innocent and vulnerable, not cause such pointless heartbreak and destruction.

The United States does nothing to protect anyone’s freedom with this kind of unfeeling brutality. We show the world that we are sick, out of control and deviant. What you’ve proposed is an appalling squander of our soldiers’ efforts and our nation’s resources. No “global force for good” would do anything like it; and no government that served its people would allow it. Nature has an exquisite intelligence, balance, and harmony. The official sanction to commit a senseless crime like this has nothing to do with the right; you have no right. If you do so, you will reveal yourselves as some of the most mindless, destructive thugs in history.

Tell me, have Al Qaeda fighters built a fleet of submarines and launched it from their caves in Afghanistan? Obviously, this is appallingly stupid. Even if they did, you would have squandered munitions, capital, wasted effort and energy with this proposed atrocity. When you prepare for war all day and see the world in terms of conflict, you eventually want to start blasting your weapons off, destroying innocents and ecosystem as collateral damage, even in the absence of any threat on our shores. It justifies your siege mentality and the massive expenditures on these toxic weapons. The US Navy’s proposal is a sad and predictable symptom of this illness. In truth, this kind of abuse makes less safe. What are we safe from, if we kill precious cetaceans in our own fragile oceans in a testing exercise? If this is the kind of nation we’re going to be, we will not be worth saving or protecting anyway. You apparently fail to understand it, but doing this itself compromises our national security, along with our integrity, and humanity.

I am not a pacifist. I just recognize, as most do, how nightmarish and pointless your proposal is. More than 500,000 Americans have already signed a petition calling for a halt to it. I don’t know how you have become so toxic and so perverse, but you are no “Global force for good” with this senseless cruelty, which costs far more than it could ever gain. This is the proposal of a bully and a psychopath. What do you do exactly, besides protect shipping lanes for big oil (thus billing taxpayers for an extremely lucrative private industry), murder sentient mammals with sonar and explosives, and dock in Southeastern Asia for sex with the third world population? I doubt most citizens have any idea how toxic and corrupt you have become. You are no antidote to hostility; you are the purveyors of it. Mr. Obama you are Commander In Chief. Please, show some courage and stop this sociopathic proposal.

There is a swirl of plastic bottles and junk in the Pacific ocean as large as Texas. Why would you even think of worsening our problems, when we have that to clean up? Vicious thugs practice shark finning: they slice these animals’ fins off for quick profit and leave them to slowly die. Does this not offend you, the great warrior? Do you really want to join them? There are roaming gangs of criminals who board ships on the open ocean, terrorize and murder innocent people for plunder. You could put our considerable resources and our earnest and capable sailors to work actually solving these problems and preventing these atrocities instead of creating new ones. A sane or honorable military and its government would focus on these real violations of law and human values, first, and would not think of adding to them by creating such senseless pain and loss. If it goes forward, this proposal which will destroy dolphins, whales and other marine life in numbers so staggering even by your own estimates will show you to be sadistic morons and thugs. Many of you claim to believe in God and follow the teachings of Christ. You clearly know nothing of this if you are capable of this kind of perversion and cruelty. Your consciousness is so polluted, stupefied and toxic, that you can actually entertain and carry out such a senseless act of brutality. Still, I pray you will come to your senses and instead of defending your proposal in court, another pointless waste of time, abandon this sadistic and inhuman plan.

Sincerely,

Tristan L. Sullivan
Amherst, Massachusetts


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