Monthly Archives: September 2013

SF’s Hotel Utah

utah Had a wonderful time singing at The Hotel Utah last night. Thank you Emily Ritz, Zach Veira for performing. And thank you to everybody who came out and made it a special night. I loved seeing so many old friends. Meant a lot.

It’s wrong to buy, sell, and trade children.

Here is an outstanding work of journalism done by Reuters chronicling one woman and her journey to become a mother.

And why the simple desire to parent, should never be the only qualification when assigning anyone custody of another helpless human being.

The Puchallas had rescued Quita from an orphanage in Liberia, brought her to America and then signed her over to a couple they barely knew. Days later, they had no idea what had become of her.

When she arrived in the United States, Quita says, she “was happy … coming to a nicer place, a safer place. It didn’t turn out that way,” she says today. “It turned into a nightmare.”

Guitar Center’s Singer-Songwriter Competition

Guitar Center is throwing a competition for singer-songwriters. If you’re stumbling across this, have a heart will ya and go to my competition page. I’m trying to earn a chance to record an EP with Don Was and get a whole bunch of recording gear. They count shares and views and comments.

 

 

My Next Book: “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”

Following text taken from MercatorNet:

Henrietta Lacks was an African-American woman who was 31 when she died of cervical cancer in 1951. Cells from her tumour became the first human cells cultured continuously for use in research. HeLa cells have helped to make possible some of the most important medical advances of the past 60 years, including modern vaccines, cancer treatments, and IVF techniques. They are the most widely used human cell lines in existence. More than 300 scientific papers are published every month using HeLa cells.

There is no question about their usefulness – but were they obtained ethically? Is it ethical to continue using them?

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks raises disturbing questions which transcend “usefulness”. Henrietta Lacks was poor and black. Her children, it seems, are even poorer. A doctor at Johns Hopkins removed her cells without asking her. He cultivated the cells without informing her. He distributed the cells without asking permission of her family. Companies became rich by using her cells without paying royalties. Her family only learned that their mother’s cells had been scattered around the world in 1973. Their complaints were ignored for many years – after all, they were only poor, uneducated black folks.

No one cared about the woman called Henrietta Lacks who was overdosed with radium, who died leaving five children behind, one of them an epileptic housed in a filthy, chaotic institution called The Hospital for the Negro Insane. Some people even thought that HeLa cells originated with a woman named Helen Lane. Her daughter wrote in a diary, “When that day came, and my mother died, she was Robbed of her cells and John Hopkins Hospital learned of those cells and kept it to themselfs, and gave them to who they wanted and even changed the name to HeLa cell and kept it from us for 20+ years. They say Donated. No No No Robbed Self.”

– See more at: http://www.mercatornet.com/articles/view/the_dark_story_of_immortality#sthash.MZPO2uLl.dpuf

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September Live Shows. Surfing.

I’m playing 3 shows this September.

Mill Valley Surf Film Festival
Friday Sept. 13 @ 5pm
Saturday Sept. 14 @5pm

Hotel Utah
Sunday Sept.22 @8pm
Tickets available here.

Or see me on SF Gate.

Here is one of the videos featured at the Mill Valley Surf Film Festival

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Twin Troubles

Couple annuls marriage after discovering they are twins separated at birth.

The pair apparently had no idea they were related, though felt an “inevitable attraction” that brought them together.

This is why people need to know who they are, where they come from, and the identities of their biological parents. As Margaret Somerville says, every person should be conceived via “one, identified man and one, identified woman”.

There is a lot of pain behind the words in this very short article. A lot of pain.

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