Celebrating 34 Years Of Beastie Boys’ ‘Licensed To Ill’ [Audio/Videos]

first_imgIt’s hard to believe that the Beastie Boys‘ debut album, Licensed to Ill, is celebrating its 34th anniversary today. On this day back in 1986, three Jewish white boys from Manhattan Island and its surrounding boroughs would turn the hip-hop world—and the entire music industry, for that matter—right on their respective heads.With the origination of hip-hop less than a decade earlier in the boogie-down Bronx via legends like DJ Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash, and Afrika Bambaataa, the “Golden Age” of the genre came around the mid-80’s with acts such as EPMD, Erik B. & Rakim, Run D.M.C., Boogie Down Productions (which featured KRS-One), A Tribe Called Quest, and the likes. Hip-hop was, for all intents and purposes, strictly African-American up to this point; it was basically unheard of for any white rappers to step up to the mic, rock it, and gain the much sought after street cred.Related: The Album That Changed My Life: Beastie Boys’ ‘Ill Communication’MCA, Mike D., and Ad-Rock—collectively known as the Beastie Boys—dropped a bomb on the music industry with Licensed to Ill on November 15th, 1986. Produced by Rick Rubin, with Russell Simmons and Def Jam Recording behind them, the Beastie Boys brought hip-hop to the forefront, with an album that took Billboard‘s Number One spot from….take a wild guess….Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet (yup). It wasn’t just about “Livin’ On A Prayer” anymore; now, it was a bit more about “Rhymin’ & Stealin’”.Tracks like “No Sleep ’til Brooklyn”, “Paul Revere”, “Girls”, “Brass Monkey”, and “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!)” became anthems that broke down a lot of racial barriers in the music industry and around the nation, in general, on a mass level. Not only were the cats in the hood getting down to what the B-Boys were serving up, but your average white suburbanite teen was, all of a sudden, spitting rhymes like they were the 4th Beastie Boy.However you want to look at it, Licensed to Ill was, and still is, a monumental album in hip-hop history. The Beastie Boys went on to become one of the most celebrated groups in the genre, all while maintaining their own artistic integrity and evolving as both musicians and human beings throughout their career.Today, we celebrate the album that flipped the script. Listen to the full album and watch some of the music videos from the LP below:Beastie Boys – Licensed To Ill – Full AlbumBeastie Boys – “No Sleep Till Brooklyn” [Music Video]Beastie Boys – (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!) [Music Video]Beastie Boys – “Paul Revere” [Music Video][Originally published 11/15/16]last_img read more

Play encourages conversation on race relations

first_imgKicking off Notre Dame’s first Race Relations Week, student government hosted a performance of the play “The Cop” in Legends Nightclub on Monday. The play, written by Rev. Harry Cronin and performed by Brad Erickson of San Francisco’s Theatre Bay Area, is a solo drama centered around a police officer who is forced to confront his own hidden racism after his daughter is killed and he gains custody of his bi-racial grandson. Following the performance, the audience broke into groups to discuss the issues of racism and implicit bias explored in the play and how these issues can be addressed in the Notre Dame community and American society as a whole.According to Erickson, the play’s crucial message is about how racism can affect people’s behavior and their ability to love others.“I think it gives us a glimpse into some of the really horrendous things that have been happening in this country, certainly between police and young men of color in particular,” Erickson said. “A lot of us think ‘Well, that could never be me. I could never do anything like that.’ What the play explores is that the thing that drives people to do those things that we think are so horrendous is actually in all of us. It sort of convicts all of us of this same issue.”Erickson said systemic racism starts with personal racism.“It gets embodied in systems, in governments,” he said. “But it starts in the heart, and that’s what the play’s looking at. If you had asked this character a year or two before the play if he was racist, he would have responded ‘No, absolutely not. I’m a cop, and we’re trained to treat everyone equally.’ In the course of the play, he realizes this hatred that he has inside of him. So it’s a discovery: He discovers this hatred inside of himself, but he will never get rid of it if he doesn’t foresee it.“There’s so much maybe in your family or in the society around you that can lead you to [have that hatred] even though you’re denying it. Unless you see it, you’ll never be able to change it. People have said that racism is the original sin of America, and we have to see it if we’re ever going to get rid of it.”Cronin said he believes all people are joined in the human family as children of God.“The fact that [the police officer] is going to learn how to love his grandson is a metaphor for how you solve racism: You realize that we’re all one,” he said. “Racism is hate. Hate is always destructive. The first person it destroys is the hater. I think it’s a horror in our society that we’re blind to.”Student body president Corey Robinson said he was pleased with the turnout at the play and participation in the discussion afterwards. “Not only did a lot of people come, but the dialogue was good,” he said. “The play was brilliant, and then we had eight discussion leaders from the Diversity Council asking not just really vague questions about what’s wrong, but rather what can we do as students right now, in South Bend, in our dorms.”Senior Joseph Yoon said the play was a good opportunity to engage in these conversations.“The performance had a lot of things go into it,” he said. “There were a lot of aspects touching on racism and personal bias and the struggles that various people go through in the U.S. today.”Freshman Shelene Bayiee said it is important to have media portray both sides of racial situations.“The media always shows black and white, a black person got shot by a white cop, and they stop there,” she said. “Here we get to see the perspective from a police officer’s point of view, and that is never seen at all. … I really think the biggest part of any solution is to humanize both sides and to realize that we all exist in this world and we’re all a part of the reason that it goes around. Black people and minorities are humans, but police officers also are human, and they have legitimate fears too.”Robinson said he wanted the week to to find a new way to approach the issue of race.“We want to include people in the conversation that aren’t usually included,” Robinson said. “We want to be able to broaden the scope and say ‘No, the past eight months in America have affected everyone. Whatever your ties are, if you’re an American, you have to deal with the racial issues of the past eight months.’ We want to encourage people to think about that and see what their role is.” Tags: police brutality, Race Relations Week, Racism, The Cop, Theatre Bay Arealast_img read more

Annual volleyball tournament looks to foster community and help veterans’ causes

first_imgLyons and Carroll Hall will host the annual Volley for the Vets volleyball tournament Saturday, with proceeds benefiting the Notre Dame Veterans Fund, providing support to veterans who wish to pursue an education at Notre Dame.All students are welcome to form teams of six for the event, and can enter the tournament for a donation of $10, which will go towards the Notre Dame Veterans Fund.Junior Aidan Cook, Carroll Hall president, said the competition will be different from previous years, taking place at the Stepan Center beach volleyball courts instead of the ones near each residence hall.“This year we are trying to centralize things and our hope in doing that is to get some lawn games set up and play music so that people are not only there to play, but also to watch,” Cook said.In addition to the games, students will be able to buy T-shirts for $10 with the proceeds also benefiting veterans. Sophomore Dora Leonardo, president of Lyons Hall, said the tournament will use the same T-shirt design as last year “to create unity.”Representatives will be outside both South and North Dining Halls helping students sign up to participate. Pre-registration is not required, and teams may also just show up to the event on Saturday. Last year, the event brought out 25 teams, and this year, the organizers would like to see even more.While students will compete against one another, the tournament’s deeper goal is to give back to veterans. The Notre Dame Veterans Fund helps to alleviate the cost of tuition and housing for the service men and women who are students at Notre Dame. The Volley for the Vets tournament raises a substantial amount of money for these causes.The annual event was started by a Lyons Hall student who felt passionately about giving back to those in the military and in honor of her relative who served.“It was really strong in her heart that there needed to be some sort of event whether it was for veterans or those actively in the military,” Leonardo said. “And she took the initiative and started it.”While the event not only strengthens the relationship between students and the Notre Dame’s initiatives for veterans, it also bolsters the community between Lyons and Carroll Hall, who are brother and sister dorms. Maggie Griffin, a sophomore in Lyons, said events like Volley for the Vets can bring people together under a common cause.“I love Volley for the Vets because it brings together students on campus to recognize the importance of veterans causes,” Griffin said. “Lyons and Carroll Hall have a great relationship and this fosters an even better sense of community.”Tags: Carroll Hall, Lyons Hall, Veterans, Volley for the Vets, Volleyball, volleyball tournamentlast_img read more

Elizabeth McGovern & the Cast of Time and the Conways Meet the Press

first_imgWe’re so glad to have Gabriel Ebert back on the boards! J.B. Priestly’s Time and the Conways is coming back to Broadway with Downton Abbey veteran Elizabeth McGovern as Mrs. Conway and Indecent’s Tony-winning director Rebecca Taichman at the helm. The entire company, including Tony winner Gabriel Ebert, Pitch Perfect fave Anna Camp, Tony nominee Steven Boyer, Matthew James Thomas, Charlotte Parry, Cara Ricketts, Alfredo Narciso, Anna Baryshnikov and Brooke Bloom, gathered together to meet the press on August 24. Performances begin at the American Airlines Theatre on September 14, with opening night scheduled for October 10. Take a look at the hot shots! Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 26, 2017 Matthew James Thomas, McGovern, Charlotte Parry, Cara Ricketts, Alfredo Narciso, Steven Boyer, Taichman, Ebert, Anna Baryshnikov, Brooke Bloom and Camp get together. Here’s to the Conway clan’s great adventure on Broadway! Time and the Conways View Comments Elizabeth McGovern strikes a pose. Related Shows Director Rebecca Taichman is all smiles.last_img read more

Sonifex Debuts DIO Dante Audio Interfaces

first_imgSonifex is debuting a new range of DIO Audiophile Dante Interfaces today. The DIO Audiophile Dante Interfaces are plug and play devices which all allow for converting legacy connectors and signals to a Dante AoIP audio network.The line includes:XLR to DantePhono to DanteAES3 BNC to DanteTerminal block to DanteHeadphone to DanteAES3 XLR to DanteMic in to DanteAES3 terminal block to DanteHere is the line.last_img

NEWS SCAN: New Zealand’s 2010 flu wave, flu vaccine in UK, H5N1 prime-boost, H1N1 in China, public health funds, cholera update

first_imgFeb 10, 2011New Zealand officials find vaccine helped ease 2010 flu impactSurveillance data on the impact of pandemic 2009 H1N1 influenza in New Zealand show a similar chronological progression of the disease between 2009 and 2010 but a lower impact of the disease in 2010. New Zealand officials who issued the report today in Eurosurveillance said vaccination appears to have contributed to the decreased impact. Although demographic characteristics of the 2010 wave were similar to those in 2009—with highest rates in children under 5 years and in indigenous Maori and Pacific populations—community cases, hospitalization rates, and intensive care unit (ICU) cases were all lower in 2010. Compared with 2009 rates, consultation rates in 2010 for flu-like illness were 72%, hospitalization rates 72%, and ICU admissions 87.4%. In addition, although 2010 saw fewer confirmed deaths (15), the rate of 8.5 per 100,000 cases was similar to the 2009 level of 9.0. The researchers estimated that pre-second-wave immunity to 2009 H1N1 flu, based on exposure and vaccination, ranged from 25.2% in those aged 20 to 39 to 66.6% in people 60 and older. The authors conclude, “Immunisation appears to have contributed to the reduced impact of the pandemic in 2010, particularly for those aged 60 years and older.”Feb 10 Eurosurveillance reportUK experts share early flu vaccine effectiveness findingsUK health officials today released an interim report on the effectiveness of last season’s monovalent flu vaccine and this season’s trivalent vaccine against the region’s flu strains so far, most of which has been the 2009 H1N1 virus, with some influenza B. They found that 2009 H1N1 protection was best in people who were vaccinated both seasons and that coverage seemed to wane in those who only received last season’s monovalent vaccine. Their study used data from four sentinel surveillance systems in England, Wales, and Scotland and is based on information from 4.554 people who were swabbed for flu-like illness. The study included 1,251 case-patients who tested positive for 2009 H1N1 flu and 2,229 controls, whose results were negative. Adjusted vaccine effectiveness against the 2009 H1N1 virus was 34% (95% confidence interval [CI]: -10% to 60%) for those who received only the monovalent vaccine last year, 46% (CI 7% to 69%) in those who received only the trivalent vaccine this season, and 63% (CI 37% to 78%) in those vaccinated both seasons. Against influenza B and H3N2, the adjusted vaccine effectiveness was 50% (CI 17% to 70%). The researchers said their findings were consistent with previous vaccine effectiveness findings for seasonal flu vaccines during the prepandemic years when circulating strains are a good match with the vaccine. The findings suggest a dose-response relationship to 2009 H1N1 protection, which the investigators said reinforces the importance of yearly vaccination for recommended groups.Feb 10 Eurosurveillance reportStudy: Stockpiled H5N1 vaccine useful for prime-boost strategyAn H5N1 vaccine in the US Strategic National Stockpile could be used as a powerful tool in a pandemic setting, even though the 2004 strain of the virus in it wouldn’t match current or future circulating H5N1 strains, researchers report in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. The United States currently has 20 million doses of a vaccine against the 2004 Vietnam strain of H5N1. Researchers tested different prime-boost strategies using the stockpiled vaccine alone or in combination with an experimental H5N1 vaccine that contains the Indonesian strain, the most common circulating strain. The randomized, prospective multicenter trial of 491 healthy adults also measured the effect of different time intervals between the two doses. Each dose of the H5N1 vaccine contained 90 micrograms of antigen. Immune responses using the different vaccine combinations were modest, with two doses needed to protect against a flu virus with a novel hemagglutinin antigen. A 180-day interval between the first and second dose gave the best protection but might not be an option in a quickly developing pandemic, the group reported.  They concluded that giving the stockpiled Vietnam H5N1 vaccine first primed the immune system for to heighten the response to the newer vaccine. Robert Bleshe, MD, lead author of the study and director of Saint Louis University’s Center for Vaccine Development, said in a EurekAlert press release yesterday, “The most surprising thing we discovered was the value of time. It’s incredible how much stronger response you get at six months. There’s something going on there that we know nothing about and is a very interesting area for future research.”Feb 9 EurekAlert press releaseMar J Infect Dis abstractOct 31, 2007, CIDRAP News story “The pandemic vaccine puzzle part 5: what role for prepandemic vaccination?”H1N1 takes over as China’s dominant flu strainAs China enters the peak of its flu season, the 2009 H1N1 virus has edged out H3N2 as the dominant strain, the country’s health ministry said today, according to Xinhua, China’s state news agency. Shu Yuelong, head of China’s National Influenza Center, said 2009 H1N1 evolved as the dominant strain over the last 2 months, and though officials expect more severe cases to occur, the virus is not likely to have the same impact it did in 2009. The country has reported 129 severe 2009 H1N1 cases since late 2010, including 20 deaths since the start of 2011. He said confirmed flu infections and outpatient and emergency department visits for flu-like illness are all below last season’s high levels. Vaccination against the 2009 H1N1 virus also appears to be effective, he added.Feb 10 Xinhua storyHHS announces $750 million investment in public healthThe US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced yesterday a $750 million investment in prevention and public health for 2011, including $137 million to help shore up public health infrastructure. The allocation, part of the Prevention and Public Health Fund established by the 2010 Affordable Care Act, “is designed to expand and sustain the necessary capacity to prevent disease, detect it early, manage conditions before they become severe, and provide states and communities the resources they need to promote healthy living,” according to an HHS release. Last year the agency distributed $500 million from the fund. This year’s spending includes $298 million for community prevention measures; $182 million for clinical prevention, which includes immunizations; $137 million for state and local public health infrastructure, including funding for disease outbreak detection and response; and $133 million on research and tracking the impact of the Affordable Care Act and other evidence-based public health measures. In a separate release today, the nonprofit Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) praised the funding, saying, “Preventing disease and injury is the most effective, common-sense way to improve health in the United States.” The fund will provide $16.5 billion over 10 years for bolstering local and state public health efforts.Feb 9 HHS press releaseFeb 9 TFAH releasePAHO investigates more AFP cases in HaitiPan American Health Organization (PAHO) officials in Haiti are investigating more potential cases of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) in people recovering from cholera and are asking health partners to increase vigilance for the condition, the agency said yesterday in an update. Polio has been ruled out in the first four patients with AFP from Northwest department, but PAHO new suspected cases are from another department. Meanwhile, the number of new cholera cases appears to be stabilizing or even declining, and health officials have been able to turn their attention to post-earthquake activity such as rebuilding the country’s National Blood Service and a nursing school in Port-au-Prince. So far the number of confirmed cholera cases in Haiti is 216,938, including 4,120 deaths. PAHO also said mortality rates are decreasing.Feb 9 PAHO updateIn other cholera developments, scientists have described a key advance toward a better, faster test to detect the cholera toxin in sick patients, the American Chemical Society (ACS) reported yesterday. The new method uses nanoparticles that are prepared with iron oxide and coated with dextran sugar. Cholera toxin in water, blood, or other fluid binds to the nanoparticles, which can be detected by instruments. A study describing the findings appeared in the ACS journal Bioconjugate Chemistry.Feb 9 ACS press releaseBioconjug Chem abstractlast_img read more

Montserrat to elect new government on November 18

first_img Premier Romeo to contest elections as independent candidate Nov 20, 2019 BRADES, Montserrat, Oct 7, CMC – Premier Donaldson Romeo has announced Monday, November 18 as the date for fresh general elections in Montserrat. Speaking on a radio programme here, Romeo said that he has met with the Acting Governor Mrs Lyndell Simpson, to inform her of his decision and to officially have parliament dissolved. Romeo is expected to lead his ruling People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) into the election where it will face a challenge from the Montserrat United Labour Party (MUL), The Movement for Change & Prosperity (MCAP), Montserrat National Congress (MNC) as well as a number of independent candidates who have announced their intentions to contest the elections. Oct 9, 2019 The Legislative Assembly has eleven members, of which nine are elected. The other two seats are taken by the Attorney General and the Financial Secretary. The British Overseas Territory is a single nine-member constituency, with voters able to vote for up to nine candidates on their ballot paper. (More to follow) Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 25, 2019 Montserrat Premier replaced as leader of ruling party ahead of general elections(CMC) BRADES, Montserrat, Oct 9 – Less than 48 hours after he announced that voters would go to the polls on November 18 to elect a new government in Montserrat, Premier Donaldson Romeo has been replaced as the leader of the incumbent People’s Democratic Movement (PDM). Romeo, in a radio…October 9, 2019In “Latest News”Premier Romeo to contest elections as independent candidateBRADES, Montserrat, Oct 25, CMC – Insisting that “my mission is not over,” Premier Donaldson Romeo has announced that he would be contesting the November 18 general elections as an independent candidate. Romeo, 57, who led the ruling People’s Democratic Movement (PDM), was ousted as its leader earlier this month,…October 25, 2019In “Latest News”CARICOM SG Congratulates Montserrat’s new Premier; offers the Community’s supportCARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has extended warm congratulations to the new Premier of Montserrat, Hon Easton Taylor-Farrell and his party, the Movement for Change and Prosperity (MCAP) on their success at the island’s elections on 18 November, and Mr Taylor-Farrell’s subsequent assumption of the Premiership. “Montserrat is an integral…November 25, 2019In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsAppcenter_img You may be interested in… Montserrat Premier replaced as leader of ruling party ahead… Nov 25, 2019 CARICOM SG Congratulates Montserrat’s new Premier; offers… Victory Speech by Montserrat’s new Premier last_img read more

Dave Fox: The Man Who Spoke Through His Ears

first_imgBy DAVE FOXLos AlamosThe Man Who Spoke Through His EarsThe man who spoke through his earsHad been listening for years and years.It was discovered by his parentsWhen as a child he learned to speakThat his larynx would play backThrough his earsThe incredible leaksOf all he’d ever heardThroughout his listening,But non-speaking years.Thus, he became the official recorder of record,With no flaws at all,Of all the truths, half-truths, lies,And tales too tall.Not only the official recorder,But the official play-backer, too.For there was never any differencebetween what he had heardAnd the words his larynxPlayed flawlessly backThrough his ears,Word for word.And so those who’dHave the record read otherwiseWere plain out of a luckOr even a job,When trying to falsely report,Recharacterize, or stainThe faithful replay of the only refrainOf what’d really been said,When the man who spoke through his ears,Said what’d been said.Copyright 2020 David Foxlast_img read more

Northeast Gas Technologies acquired by Airgas

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AirSep chooses HUMMINGBIRD sensors to deliver reliability and accuracy

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