Animal Rights Activists Stand Up For Mother Cows

Mother’s Day protest: We will not forget. Photo and videos by Michael Goldberg

This past Sunday the Berkeley Organization for Animal Advocacy (BOAA) stood up for mother cows during protests that took place inside two Berkeley markets – Andronico’s and Safeway.

You can read all about it here.

Here’s an excerpt from the Vicious Vegan blog:

It was Mother’s Day, a day when the animal rights groups Berkeley Organization for Animal Advocacy (BOAA) and Direct Action Everywhere (DXE) try to remind the public of the millions and millions of forgotten mothers – the dairy cows who are forced to stand in one spot indoors and be milked and milked and milked for fucking months on end until their udders are bleeding, swollen to the point of dragging on the floor and infected with mastitis. Mothers who frantically search in vain for their newborns who are stolen by humans shortly after birth. Mothers who cry and moan for days and days for their lost babies….

Read the whole post here.

Check out videos I shot of two of the speakers here:

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Video: Sleater-Kinney Live At 9:30 Club, Washington, DC – Feb. 23, 2015 – Entire Concert

Sleater-Kinney, 9:30 Club, DC

At the end of February 2015 Sleater- Kinney performed at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC. NPR broadcast the show and you can still see it.

It’s great.

SET LIST

Price Tag – 0:40
Start Together – 4:36
Fangless – 7:11
Oh! – 10:59
Surface Envy – 14:54
Get Up – 18:02
Ironclad – 21:45
No Anthems – 24:23
Youth Decay – 28:13
What’s Mine Is Yours – 30:57
A New Wave – 36:03
No Cities To Love – 39:48
One Beat – 42:46
Words And Guitar – 45:54
Bury Our Friends – 48:34
Sympathy – 52:20
Entertain – 56:21
Jumpers – 1:01:46

ENCORE
Gimme Love – 1:07:24
Little Babies – 1:10:04
Turn It On – 1:12:20
Modern Girl – 1:15:02
Dig Me Out – 1:17:50

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Audio: Bob Dylan Sings ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’ – May 5, 2015 – Houston, Texas

Previously three full songs – “Things Have Changed,” “Workingman’s Blues #2″ and “Stay With Me” – plus some of “She Belongs To Me,” all from Bob Dylan’s show at the Bayou Music Center in Houston, Texas on May 5, 2015, were posted at YouTube.

A few hours ago another song, “Blowin’ In The Wind,” from that show went online.

Here it is:

“Blowin’ In The Wind”:

If you missed the others, here they are:

“Things Have Changed” and some of “She Belongs To Me”:

“Workingman’s Blues #2″:

“Stay With Me”:

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Audio: Bob Dylan Live At The Majestic Theatre, May 7, 2015 – ‘Stay With Me’

Old photos NOT from the San Antonio gig.

One song from Bob Dylan’s performance at the Majestic Theatre, May 7, 2015, in San Antonio Texas.

“Stay With Me”:

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Audio: Bob Dylan Live In NC, April 25, 2015 – ‘Tangled Up In Blue,’ ‘Love Sick’ & 16 More

Dylan & band, Durham, North Carolina. Photo via alldylan.com

Here are audio clips from Bob Dylan’s April 25, 2015 performance at the Durham Performing Arts Center in Durham, NC.

Thanks to a fan who uploaded all of these to YouTube we can hear all but one – “She Belongs To Mew” – of the songs Dylan performed that night.

Enjoy!

“Things Have Changed”:

“Beyond Here Lies Nothing”:

“Working Man Blues #2″:

“Duquesne Whistle:

“Waiting For You” & “Pay In Blood”:

“Tangled Up In Blue”:

“Love Sick”:

“High Water (For Charley Patton)”:

“Simple Twist Of Fate”:

“Early Roman Kings”:

“Forgetful Heart” & “Spirit On The Water”:

“Scarlet Town”:

“Soon After Midnight” & “Long And Wasted Years”:

“Blowin’ In The Wind”:

“Stay With Me”:

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DXE, UPC Stand Up For Chickens, Defy Security In San Francisco

Photo and video by Michael Goldberg

A group of animal rights activists from DXE and UPC including myself marched to the San Francisco Ferry Building yesterday to protest the selling of so-called ‘humane meat’ at a market inside the building.

My wife Leslie wrote a great blog post about the action, which includes photos, a video that ends with security guards trying to shut us down and prevent people from photographing and videoing the protest, and more.

Here’s how her post begins:

ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS DEFY SECURITY GUARDS IN SAN FRANCISCO

By Leslie Goldberg

When I heard “You’re all under arrest,” my heart jumped in my throat. I flashed on who-will-take-care-of-the-dog-what-about-babysitting-I’d-promised-I’d-do-tomorrow- and what-about-the-cat-and-what-about-all-the-work-due-for-my-class-this-week- what-if-I-can’t-get-to-my-class.

I’ve never really been in jail before.

It was an “International Respect for Chickens Day” protest. We were in the San Francisco Ferry Building which is a sort of foodie plaza where you can spend all sorts of money on “artisan” cheese, olive oil, nuts, fruit, pricey bread and “humanely-raised” meat.

In fact, it was in front of one of these “humanely raised and cruelly-killed” meat places where two animal rights groups, United Poultry Concerns (UPC) and Direct Action Everywhere (DXE), had joined to cause a disruption.

“HUMANELY RAISED,” shouted long-time activist Hope Bohanec of UPC.

“KILLS CHICKENS” we shouted back.

“ORGANIC,” shouted Hope.

“KILLS CHICKENS,” we yelled.

“SUSTAINABLE” she shouted.

“KILLS CHICKENS,” we yelled.

“FREE RANGE,” she yelled.

“KILLS CHICKENS,” we yelled.

You can read the whole post here.

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Video: Neil Young, Stephen Stills Together – ‘Bluebird,’ ‘For What It’s Worth’ & More

Stills and Young together again.

On April 25, 2015 Stephen Stills and Neil Young performed together at the Pantages in Los Angeles.

They performed some classic songs from their past, and some news ones.

There’s a good article about the show here.

Here are videos for all but one of the songs from their acoustic and electric sets.

“Long May You Run”:

“Human Highway”:

“If I Don’t Know”:

“Virtual Here And Now”:

“For What It’s Worth”:

“Bluebird”:

“Mr. Soul”:

“Rockin’ in the Free World”:

Acoustic

Long May You Run (from Stills-Young Band’s Long May You Run, 1976)
Human Highway (from Neil Young’s Comes a Time, 1978)
If I Don’t Know (new Neil Young song)

Electric

Virtual Here & Now (New Stephen Stills song)
Don’t Want Lies (new Stephen Stills song)
For What It’s Worth (from Buffalo Springfield’s Buffalo Springfield, 1966)
Bluebird (from Buffalo Springfield’s Buffalo Springfield Again, 1967)
Mr. Soul (from Buffalo Springfield’s Buffalo Springfield Again, 1967)
Rockin’ in the Free World (from Neil Young’s Freedom, 1989)

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Animal Rights Group Exposes Whole Foods ‘Humane Meat’ Myth

Outside Whole Foods Market Street store in San Francisco. Photos and video by Michael Goldberg

What a scene. Nearly 40 of us standing in front of the meat counter in Whole Foods’ Market Street store (San Francisco) chanting “It’s not food, it’s violence!”

Yes it was a Direct Action Everywhere (DXE) animal rights protest. It took place this past Saturday.

I shot photos and video. My wife Leslie AKA The Vicious Vegan wrote an excellent report on what went down, and the philosophy behind the protest.

Here’s how her blog post begins:

ANIMAL RIGHTS PROTEST CALLS OUT WHOLE FOODS

By Leslie Goldberg

I’ve never yelled inside a Whole Foods Market or in a Safeway or in any grocery store. I’ve never even wanted to. When I’ve walked past (quickly) the neon-lit graveyards they have in the back of these stores, which showcase the dead animals or their chopped-up flesh, I’ve felt a grief and revulsion that makes me quiet.

Yet despite my despair at the obvious animal cruelty that’s taken place, I have to admit I’ve always kind of liked Whole Foods. I like that they have a gazillion different plant-based milks (that taste good); that they have a pretty good bulk section; that the employees are nice; that one of the store’s founders, John Mackey, was persuaded to become a vegan; and I always liked that the checkers would ask me, “Credit or donation?” when I brought in my own bag. I’d get a little warm feeling when I’d say, “donation.”

Yet there I was – pissed and yelling my head off with the other protestors in the meat department of Whole Foods on Sunday: “It’s Not Food, It’s Violence.”

I joined a group of Direct Action Everywhere (DXE) members to protest Whole Food’s truly bizarre, if not Orwellian, $20 million ad campaign: “Values Matter.” The ads feature such slogans as “Know What Kind of Life Your Dinner Lived” or “Choose a Fish, Cook a Fish, Save a Fish.”

Welcome to the house of mirrors world of “humane meat.” Or “sustainable agriculture.” Or “cage free.” Or “cruelty-free food.” Or “grass-fed.” It’s a wonderful dreamy world where the environment is pristine: no water pollution, no climate change, no destruction of wildlife. You can still kill and eat animals and/or consume their secretions and feel good about it. Hell, you can eat animals and save animals at the same time!

Read the whole post here.

DXE protest.

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Audio: Bob Dylan Does ‘Things Have Changed,’ ‘Stay With Me’- April 25, 2015

This is an older photo – it’s NOT from the gig.

Three songs from Bob Dylan’s performance at Durham Performing Arts Center, Durham, NC, on April 25, 2015.

“Things Have Changed”:

“Blowin’ In The Wind”:

“Stay With Me”:

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Audio: Neil Young + Willie Nelson’s Sons Live At SLO Brewing Co. – Full Set!j

Young and Nelson brothers.
Neil Young’s next album, The Monsanto Years, is very much a political album. Some of the songs, such as the one that may be called “If I Don’t Know,” is quite good — one of his best in some years. Others are more like political rants that, at least on initial listen, don’t hold up. It’s admirable that Young wants to use the platform he has to deliver political messages, but at times his songs suffer because it seems the message is more important than the song. Also, while GMOs are an issue, they pale besides the horrendous impact of animal agriculture on climate change and our environment and I wish Neil Young would get hip to the biggest cause of climate change and focus some of his political energy on it.

Or is that just too hot a topic for Neil Young to address.

“I don’t really have anything against the people at Monsanto or the human beings working for Monsanto,” Young said on April 22, at a screening at the IFC Center in New York of a “work in progress” documentary about the making of The Monsanto Years. “But the laws that they’re making have made Monsanto the perfect poster child for problems that we have with the corporate government. So I wrote a bunch of songs about it. These kids I’m playing with all are with me on it.”

The film was part of The Bernard Shakey Film Retrospective” that took place from APril 17 through April 23, 2015.

Bernard Shakey is the name Young uses for his films.

On April 16, 2015, Young performed at the SLO Brewing Copany in San Luis Obispo, CA accompanied by Promise of the Real, a band featuring Wille Nelson’s sons, Lukas and Jacob Micah Nelson on guitars, Corey McCormick, bass, and Anthony Logerfo, drums.

Neil will be touring with this band.

Check out his entire set at SLO Brewing Company including nine new songs that were played live for the first time. The songs will likely appear on Young’s upcoming album, The Monsanto Years, due out June 16, 2015. However, thus far, the titles of the songs that will appear on the album have not been officially released.

Titles below of the new songs are tentative and definitely not official.

You can download all of these songs here.

1 “Country Home”:

2 “People Want to Hear About Love” (live debut):

3 “New Day for the Planet” (live debut):

4. “Down by the River”:

5 “Too Big Too Fail” (live debut):

6 “Rock Starbucks (live debut)”:

7 “Walk On”:

8 “Monsanto Years” (live debut):

9 “Working Man” (live debut):

10 “Seeds” (live debut):

11 “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere”:

12 “Big Sky Wolf Moon” (live debut):

13 “Love and Only Love”:

14 “If I Don’t Know” (live debut):

15 “Country Home”:

16 Crowd Cheer:

17 “Roll Another Number” (For the Road)”:

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