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Jason Velazquez

Jason Velázquez has worked in print and digital journalism and publishing for two decades.
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The Cornbread Cafe #7: Charlie Parr and a few others we’ve been keepin’ warm for ya’.

By popular urging, the Cornbread Cafe is going to experiment with a shorter, half-hour format. But we'll still be overstuffed with great new tunes from the likes of Charlie Parr, Chrystyna Marie, and Kurt Fortmeyer!

PRISM #67: Are you sitting down? We have some big news.

Generosity
is nothing else than a craze to possess. All which I abandon, all which
I give, I enjoy in a higher manner through the fact that I give it
away. To give is to enjoy possessively the object which one gives.”
— Jean-Paul Sartre

A ground nesting native bird, the bobolink. Find out more from Jonah Keane of Mass Audubon on the Cornbread Cafe. Yeah it’s a music show, but it’ll all make sense, trust me; photo courtesy Mass Audubon.…

#CureForTheBlues Contest

Looking to score some highly coveted tix to Misty Blues, 9/28 at Jiminy? We’ve got you covered.

Hit the “Send Voicemail” tab at the right-hand edge of this (or any) page. Leave me a message (up to three minutes), right with you’re computers microphone (depending on your settings, you may have to grant permission to SpeakPipe), sharing what YOU do to Give the Blues the Boot! This contest is open to the first 150 callers and ends September 7. Winner will be announced in this newsletter September 8.…

Kayleigh McEnany and the the Real News

Kayleigh McEnany, rightist political operative, began hosting what I’ll generously call a web series on Facebook this week. Based on the week’s happenings in the Trumpiverse, “Real News” is constructed and delivered in fun-size blurbs for the enjoyment of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of adoring racist and xenophobic proles and bourgeoisie.
Video stills that make people look stupid are really easy to find. Capturing a frame that flatters a speaker is actually wayyy harder. My inner junior high school shithead giggled and snorted as I paused the stream just as McEnany looked wild-eyed and deranged.…

Why local journalism needs to build better audiences, not just newsrooms

The delivery method has nothing to do with whether or not the public understands the critical role local journalism plays in their lives whether they are subscribers or not.

Privacy Battle: Today, your phone. Tomorrow, your brain.

The neural-computer interface already exists. Privacy law is not only not keeping ahead of the science, it's not even part of the public discussion. Photo courtesy DARPA

Like so many privacy advocates, I cheered as Apple, Inc. unzipped and laid its set of big brass corporate disobedience on the table last week. Despite some convincing analysis both on Medium and over at Slate.com to the effect that an iPhone used by Syed Rizwan Farook, a shooter in the 2015 San Bernardino massacre, probably contains no useful evidence, the Federal Bureau of Investigations insists that Apple create access for investigators to the phone’s contents.

Jason VelazquezJason Velázquez has worked in print and digital journalism and publishing for two decades.…

Abundance and Envy

"Abundantia," by Peter Paul Rubens; public domain.

Peter Paul Rubens – Abundance (Abundantia)
I cruised southward alone along a curving, coastal dream road in central Maine. I suppose it might have been on the North Shore. It might have been in the Maritimes, though never having been to that region of Canada, I wouldn’t know. The sky was inhabited by a diverse population of cloud styles. In the foreground, dense, grey, self-important tufts sailed along with me at a low altitude. Above them, frivolous wisps formed and dissipated, sometimes gathering into excited groups before being dispelled by the insistent breeze.…

Demographic Vitality in Berkshires Population May Be Ebbing

Gold Point, Nevada, Abandoned Town

Survey seeks to understand population decline among Berkshires young adults
The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission is calling for participation in a survey, launched today, that targets 18– 39-year-olds. While the Berkshires aren’t yet a collection of ghost towns, ongoing data collection draws the outlines of a worrying picture of population trends. The online questionnaire, “Survey on Young Adults in the Berkshires,” can be accessed at:
http://berkshireplanning.org/events/announcements/survey-on-young-adults-in-the-berkshires/

Jason Velazquez

Jason Velázquez has worked in print and digital journalism and publishing for two decades.…

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