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IC Bracelet Campaign: Tony

 

Invisible Children may have passed their bill through congress but the war is not over yet. Attacks are becoming more aggressive and more deadly. This video highlights Tony. He overcame a very difficult time and became a mentor to others. Tony joined Invisible Children’s Face To Face Tour and spoke about growing up in a war-torn Village and what he had to go through in order to survive. Warning: This video is another tear jerker.


Lydia

The Arizona based band Lydia announced a lot of big news in July of 2010. First the band is releasing a new album, which promises to be their best work to date. They also announced a headlining US tour. The bad news is that this will be a farewell tour and the final Lydia album. If you get a chance to see Lydia play one of their final shows I would encourage it. Lydia is very talented and they use vocal and musical dynamics with a lot of melodies and harmonies. When you hear Lydias music you become one with the atmosphere and emotions. Lydias songs sweep you up and carry you away on a beautiful bubble of masterful art. Go to the bands MySpace page and listen to their songs and watch their videos. I guarantee that you will fall in love with Lydia.

LYDIA GOODBYE & FAREWELL TOUR:

Jul 20 2010 7:00P
The Launch Pad Albuquerque, NM
Jul 22 2010 7:00P
The Conservatory Oklahoma City, OK Find Tickets
Jul 23 2010 7:00P
The Loft Dallas, TX Find Tickets
Jul 24 2010 7:00P
Emo’s Inside Austin, TX Find Tickets
Jul 25 2010 7:00P
Sam’s Burger Joint San Antonio, TX Find Tickets
Jul 26 2010 7:00P
Mangos Houston, TX Find Tickets
Jul 27 2010 7:00P
Spanish Moon Baton Rouge, LA Find Tickets
Jul 28 2010 7:00P
One Eyed Jacks New Orleans, LA Find Tickets
Jul 30 2010 7:00P
The Orpheum Tampa, FL
Jul 31 2010 7:00P
Back Booth Orlando, FL Find Tickets
Aug 1 2010 5:00P
Sector 7g augusta, ga Find Tickets
Aug 2 2010 6:00P
The Soapbox Wilmington, North Caro Find Tickets
Aug 3 2010 7:00P
Vinyl Atlanta, GA Find Tickets
Aug 4 2010 7:00P
Exit/In Nashville, TN Find Tickets
Aug 6 2010 7:00P
Jammin’ Java Vienna, VA Find Tickets
Aug 7 2010 7:00P
Bowery Ballroom New York, NY Find Tickets
Aug 8 2010 7:00P
Middle East Upstairs Cambridge, MA Find Tickets
Aug 10 2010 7:00P
North Star Bar Philadelphia, PA Find Tickets
Aug 11 2010 7:00P
Grog Shop Cleveland, OH Find Tickets
Aug 12 2010 7:00P
The Pike Room Pontiac, MI Find Tickets
Aug 13 2010 7:00P
Schubas Chicago, IL Find Tickets
Aug 14 2010 7:00P
Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis, MN Find Tickets
Aug 17 2010 7:00P
Marquis Theatre Denver, CO
Aug 18 2010 7:00P
The Loft Colorado Springs, CO Find Tickets
Aug 20 2010 7:00P
The Complex Salt Lake City, UT Find Tickets
Aug 21 2010 7:00P
The Venue Boise, ID Find Tickets
Aug 23 2010 7:00P
Hawthorne Theatre Portland, OR Find Tickets
Aug 24 2010 7:00P
El Corazon Seattle, WA Find Tickets
Aug 26 2010 7:00P
Bottom of the Hill San Francisco, CA Find Tickets
Aug 27 2010 7:00P
Chain Reaction Anaheim, CA Find Tickets
Aug 28 2010 7:00P
The Clubhouse Tempe, AZ Find Tickets

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I drove my old unfaithful in a mindless fashion and met number seventy-nine. I parked in a parallel fashion in the nearest space to the door. There I sat, content in the fresh, cool, air-conditioned car. I turned the key backwards and the low hum of the engine and the sound of the car radio were immediately silenced. With a general feeling of resignation I grabbed the handle of the door and pulled. The car door swung open with a creek and the stagnant heat punched me in the face as I had feared it would. The thermometer on the dashboard read 93 degrees. I dragged myself with a defeated persona to my front door jiggling the key in the lock before swinging the heavy wooden barrier open. Entering my apartment I immediately hit the fan. I stood in front of the old plastic and metal box which decorated my window like some kind of souvenir from 20 years ago. A zephyr politely greeted the beads of sweat which had accumulated upon my brow. A cooling sensation caused a shiver and the dewy droplets evaporated into the air. A melting aura of relaxation draped my being and I liquified and fell onto the couch. I tried to combat this sleepiness which had overtaken me but to no avail. Instantly my mind filled with moving images. Tree tops were swaying to and fro and people began to whisper. There was a silent stream which was surrounded by long grass. Picturesque clouds filled the sky like fluffy cotton balls. I fell into a deep sleep and began to drool from the corner of my mouth. Scents and colours and feelings were all so vivid. I knew that this seemed too perfect. I knew I was dreaming. I fought with my mind and I finally woke up. I maintained a state of reality for more than a few moments and realized that I was on my couch in front of the window fan. I took a careless hand and wiped the crust and drool which had formed on my face, I walked into the hallway. I climbed several flights of stairs and exited outside to the roof. Pulling out my favorite Zippo, I light a cigarette and drew the smokey air from the filter end of the rod. I closed my eyes for a moment. Suddenly my mind began to rush with thoughts. Memories and ideas proliferated and flooded my brain. A swift surge of energy and power came sweeping over my entire body and then nothing.

Abrupt and fatal ending!


Playing God

I want to start by saying that I have no religion. I was raised Catholic but over the years have come to accept that religion is not for me. Although I am personally against religion I have no problem with anyone who wants to practice. My lack of religion has allowed me to ask questions without accepting blindly. Being an open-minded person I have humored myself with many different scenarios of existence. I want to explain one scenario that has stuck in my mind for a long time. If nothing else it is informative and humorous.

Human beings are intelligent creatures. When we think of life and existence, we tend to put ourselves at the center of everything. We use other creatures as food, transportation, garments… We also utilize the worlds resources. These things have become essential to our daily lives. We have created a world in which we can function to the best of our abilities, no matter where we are. Even less developed countries have technology that did not exist hundreds of years ago. Humans have built technology up to a staggering level. We have television, cell phones, the interweb, Mp3 players and so on. We have extended life spans by way of medical technology. We have added innovations to televisions which allow us to see images in high-definition or 3 dimensions. We have computers in the pockets of our designer jeans. We drive energy-efficient vehicles which allow us to travel long distances. Humans have created a world in which almost anything is fathomable.

This brings me to my theory. First, there is a question. Where did WE come from? GOD? Well, that depends on what god is. My theory takes into consideration that god is or was a being. My idea of god is one that was not omnipotent, omniscient nor omnibenevolent but a being who wanted answers. God created man as some sort of experiment. As humans we can understand the need for wanting to know more. We are conducting experiments at CERN in Switzerland in order to try to figure out how the universe was created. We constantly seek answers to questions about life and existence. Lets just say that God was trying to figure out answers to questions too. Lets also assume that god is a creature (an ant, dog, bird…). What if god created us in order to find a super intelligent being? Humans are undoubtably very intellectual.  This is the key to my theory. When god created us (super intelligent beings) he/she/it became obsolete. In an instant god became just a being and humans became god. We have come so far with technology where we are now building a world. We act as god by trying to make a world where people live long and healthy lives. We travel across the world at incredible speeds. We monitor lives via the internet, security systems and computer data bases. We live among our creators and yet we have no idea that they created us.

What is next? Humans have expanded Infomation Technology (IT) to a level we never assumed possible. IT professionals have predicted that IT will continue to grow every year. We are making computers faster and more user-friendly. We trust computers with all of our information. We type in social security numbers, passwords and credit card numbers. We upload photos and videos of friends, family and loved ones. Computers have become such an important component to our existence that it would now be difficult to imagine a world in which they did not exist. Computers are so important that we continue to try to make them better and faster. IT professionals claim that in this lifetime they will create computers that will have awareness of self. What exactly does this mean? If a computer is self-aware that means the computer is a being. If you unplug your self-aware computer, you are turning off a life. Computers have every tool necessary to become more intelligent and much more functional in society. We rely on computers so much. Just as we were created by a less intelligent being so continues the passing of the torch. Once we create a computer with self-awareness we then become obsolete. What purpose would we have in society? Computers would be able to understand what is needed in order to live. Planes, automobiles and trains could govern themselves. Computers would be able to constantly upgrade themselves. They would become faster, smarter and stronger. Humans would be as useful as a common house cat. Sooner or later the computers would create another “being” which would make them obsolete as well and so on.

This was one of many theories. I understand that it might sound like the ramblings of a drunk man but honestly, have you read the bible? A virgin with a child, a man in the sky, a dead man who comes back to life. If I were born at the right time you would all be reading my stories and claiming it as truth. Don’t take religion too seriously. Ask yourselves questions before you accept blindly. Who knows? You might stumble across the key to your existence.


INVISIBLE CHILDREN DID IT!!

Congress has passed the Invisible Children’s LRA disarmament act. There is still a lot of work to be done in the future in order to bring the child soldiers home. Together we have all helped bring Africa’s longest running war to an end. Thank you!!


IC Haiti

Invisible Children is teaming up with Charity: Water for an incredible event that will provide the displaced people of Haiti with clean water. Invisible Children recently won $1 Million and now they are donating $100,000 in order to help drill wells and latrines. IC is able to do this because of you. We have all come together and supported the Invisible Children in trying to stop the longest running war in Africa. We have donated our time, money, voices and bodies in order to let the world know that we want justice for the children in Uganda. Now IC is speaking out and putting their money towards other people who are suffering in the world. The earthquake in Haiti destroyed these peoples lives. Men, women and children were killed in an instant. Homes were leveled and food supplies contaminated and ruined. Within hours of the event, the world knew what had happened. Visit Invisible Children and Charity: Water to see what they are doing to help.

Thank You


Bill Withers

Bill Withers is such an amazing Singer/Song writer and the proof is in his past. Bill Withers wrote about what he knew and he sang with his heart. His songs are so incredible and they linger in your mind and at he tip of your tongue. Some of Bill Withers most familiar works are “Lean on Me”, “Ain’t no Sunshine” and “Just the Two of Us”. Many popular artists have re-made his songs or used some of his work in their recordings. In a recent documentary entitled “Still Bill”, Bill Withers said he is looking for the right time to make a comeback. He wants people to be desperate to hear him and he wants to feel desperate enough to come back. Bill Withers became very popular. Once Mr. Withers gained popularity he quickly disappeared and took care of his family life in the mid to late 80’s. If you enjoy Bill Withers music please go to his website or watch his documentary. There is a possibility that Bill Withers may one day perform again.

Ain’t No Sunshine

Lovely Day

Lean on Me

Use Me

Grandma’s Hands

Just the Two of Us