In times of great social conflict, artists often rise to the occasion and express their unrest through art, song, and more. Music has been a popular medium for protest throughout the years, but perhaps never as strongly as that of the 1960’s counterculture movement. With America in the midst of the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement, the music of the 1960’s strongly represented the sentiments of social justice.As President-elect Donald Trump is set to take office, many are fearing a new era of unjust social policies from the White House. Singer/songwriter Neil Young, an activist since the 1960’s, recently spoke about the parallels between then and now. “This time is very similar to the ’60s, as far as I can tell,” he said in an interview with Mother Jones. “The artists always reflect the times, so there’s a lot to think about, a lot of unknowns, a lot of things that are describable. This is the closest I’ve seen to the kind of ambience that made the ’60s happen. It’s not about the artist having a responsibility to do anything. They have to be artists and express themselves and everything will work out fine. It’s all going to be great. The youth of this country are not behind what is going on. We all know that. If you looked at a [political] map of the United States 25 and under, it’s all-revealing. It’s a unified map.”Though Neil Young is concerned about the troubling times, it’s also nice to see him so optimistic about the youth of this country. He continues talking about the way people will be connecting with one another, saying, “We had the Vietnam War in the ’60s, and there was a draft. The students didn’t believe in it, and it unified them. That brought the people together and made the ’60s like they were. The youth were very unified against the status quo—against the old line and the new old line. It’s the same exact thing today. Social media and young people, art, music, all communications make this one of the most active times for activism. It will be a time of change.”Let’s hope that Young is right, and more artists will usher in this time of change in the years to come.
Stuff.co.nz 13 April 2014Overly restrictive Easter trading laws have driven shoppers online at the expense of stores and Parliament should change the “outdated” law after the election, retailers say.Retail Association chief executive Mark Johnston said consumers were increasingly shopping online on Good Friday and Easter Sunday when most shops were forced to shut.According to electronic transactions operator Paymark, Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Anzac Day are three of the four slowest shopping days of the year.But online spending, both domestically and overseas, rose 17.7 per cent for the two restricted trading days in 2013 compared to the previous year, according to BNZ researcher Marketview, although the amount spent was still less than a regular Friday and Sunday.The law was outdated, Johnston said, and the association would be asking for the legislation to be amended after this year’s election to keep up with the changing retail landscape. The law did not take into account that people were buying goods from New Zealand stores at Easter anyway.Unions are opposed to change. First Union retail secretary Maxine Gay said our shopping laws were already among the most deregulated in the world. “Easter is one of the few guaranteed times that retail workers can have off.”Retail staff worked long hours for low pay already and had “precious little” time with their families, she said.http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/9936058/Calls-for-Easter-shop-laws-overhaul
Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse is installing a new surface for the Carrier Dome, SU Athletics announced in a release on Tuesday. The installation of a new FieldTurf Classic HD field will begin on Wednesday.“When we were looking to replace our synthetic field, I wanted to continue our relationship with FieldTurf,” said Pete Sala, SU’s interim director of athletics, in the release.SU has used FieldTurf for the Ensley Athletic Center and a new track and field facility which is supposed to be finished in July. The Carrier Dome’s AstroTurf was replaced by FieldTurf in 2005. Comments Published on May 26, 2015 at 1:53 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @ChrisLibonati