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Thursday, January 19, 2012

You've Gotta Have HEARTT

The Beatles say: All you need is love. The Broadway Musical "Damn Yankees" reminds us: You've gotta have heart.

Radio Free Nachlaot says: screw SOPA and PIPA - all we really need  is HEARTT - "HELPING ENSURE ARTISTS RIGHTS THROUGH TECHNOLOGY."

Hear all about it on Lorelai's "What's New With Lorelai" Newsy News Show from today ( CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AND LISTEN TO THE SHOW). The big news on the Internet is that the U.S. Congress is considering "anti-piracy" legislation (called SOPA for the "Stop Online Piracy Act," and  PIPA, unintelligibly named for Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011 ) which would in effect put the burden of anti-piracy, royalty regulation and intellectual copyright protection on web site owners instead of where it belongs - which, according to Lorelai, is upon the ISP providers.

As of December 20th, 2011, there were a total of 6,930,055,154 Internet users in the whole world. You can't use the Internet without an ISP provider. The U.S. Congress needs to scrap their SOPA and PIPA legislation and adopt MY plan (which Lorelai first proposed at a NARAS conference in 2004) called HEARTT - "Helping Ensure Artist's Rights Through Technology." ISP providers would charge each Internet user .01 per month, creating a cash pool out of which all royalties would be paid. Do the math, people. ISP providers NOT web site owners should be responsible for royalty payments.

At the time Lorelai proposed this idea to NARAS (the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences) a.k.a. the "Grammy" people - they thought it was a great idea but also thought that unless the Government pressured ISP providers to do this it wouldn't be done and that "no one wanted to pay more for their internet." She pointed out that no one would have to pay more for their internet - only the ISP providers would have to take a TINY bit LESS profit from each internet user to contribute to the cash pool. Being Capitalists they thought it would amount to "higher taxes," She said "How can charging AT THE MOST .10 more a month (since by my calculations they only needed .01 cents but knowing Capitalism they'd need to charge .10 to be able to reap .01) be considered 'higher taxes'?" and then at that point the conversation turned to which cocktail should be ordered next.

As Lorelai said in her Facebook rant on the subject: Make mine a COSMOPOLITAN please - l'chaim, Neil Portnow, you could have been a contender.

But it's not too late. Strike while the iron is hot - maybe HEARTT was just an idea ahead of its time. It's 2012 people - wake up! Stop SOPA and PIPA - and demand HEARTT!

Today on the Final Vinyl Show - a "Simon Sandwich!" It's Paul Simon's "There Goes Rhymin' Simon," followed by Bonnie Raitt's "Give It Up" and Carly Simon's "No Secrets." (Or does that make it a Raitt sandwich? One man's ceiling is another man's floor - whatever!

On Israeli Soul Afternoon we'll hear "Ha Orot" - Rav Kook Jazz Poetry by Greg Wall and the Modern Prophets with Reb Itzchak Marmostein (Itzchak Evan Shays), John Zorn "The Jewish Jazz Genius," Reb Shlomo, soothing spiritual piano music from Shoshanna Shoshanna, 1001 Nights by Moroccan Spirit and then some great world music by Sanjay Mishtra and Jerry Garcia.

At 7pm tonight Rabbi Chaim Richman brings us the Parsha Shavua - "Vaera" - and at 8pm we'll hear Rav Ozer Bergman's Rebbe Nachman Thursday Night Rebbe Nachman Chebura, and then just for fun we'll hear the ENTIRE recording of the Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Concert from Madison Square Garden in 1992 featuring John Cougar Mellencamp, Kris Kristofferson, Stevie Wonder, Lou Reed, Eddie Vedder, Tracie Chapman, Willie Nelson, Johnny Winter, Ronnie Wood, Ritchie Havens, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Roseanne Cash, Shawn Colvin, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, The Band, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Chrissie Hynde and many, many more - in other words: EVERYBODY. 

Followed by - you guessed it! Steve Levine's "COOKIN' FOR SHABBOS!"
Gevaldt, it's Thursday - that can only mean Shabbos is coming! Shabbos is coming, thank G*d!!!