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first_imgWhen Tom Wolfe passed away on Monday, the literary world lost one of its most influential minds. Throughout his career, Wolfe tackled the human experiences, manners, and morals of a variety of areas within American culture. His 1979 book, The Right Stuff, captures the bravery and resolve of post-war military test pilots during the beginnings of NASA’s push into outer space. His satirical 1987 novel, The Bonfire of The Vanities, tackled all the vastly varying, endlessly interlocking storylines that make up New York City. From Wall Street suits to Grand Concourse street criminals and everyone in between, Wolfe’s examination of the ripples that emanate from a racially tinged hit-and-run in the Bronx deftly echoed the city’s all-too-real societal ills, despite being a work of fiction. The list goes on and on…Wolfe was a pioneer of “New Journalism,” the more narrative, novelistic style of reporting used by many of the celebrated writers of the 1960’s—a time of cultural revolution and reinvention in American unlike any the country had seen before. As Wolfe explained in his 1973 anthology, The New Journalism:The Sixties was one of the most extraordinary decades in American history in terms of manners and morals. Manners and morals were the history of the Sixties. … A hundred years from now when historians write about the 1960’s in America, they won’t write about it as the decade of war in Vietnam or of space exploration or of political assassinations…but as the decade when manners and morals, styles of living, attitudes toward the world changed the country more crucially than any political events.That notion was never more true than in one of Tom Wolfe’s earliest books, 1968’s The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. The work of nonfiction still stands today as one of the seminal examples of “New Journalism,” as well as one of the most thematically and descriptively accurate depictions of the burgeoning LSD culture in the mid-’60s.In the book, Tom Wolfe trails author, scholar, and West Coast psychedelic pioneer Ken Kesey and his band of Merry Pranksters as they begin the acid-oriented lifestyle that eventually made them idolized figures in the growing counterculture. Tom’s writing style fit this new lifestyle perfectly, making him ready and able to capture the interactions, emotions, and often fragile mental state of affairs that came along with it. Despite being fully engulfed in the movement and aligned with the Prankster’s philosophy, the book is still hailed for Wolfe’s ability to distinguish between the realities of the Pranksters and Kesey’s experiences and the emotions and actions triggered by their acid-fueled paranoia and disarray.[1965 Acid Test Flier]The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test chronicles the rise of LSD culture with Kesey and the Pranksters as its vessel, from the earliest acid parties thrown on his La Honda, California property to, eventually, the notorious “Acid Tests” for which the book is named. That is where they came in contact with The Grateful Dead, another rising psychedelic institution that truly cut their teeth as improvisational musicians playing at Kesey’s manic Acid Tests.Today, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test stands as one of the most important 60s’ counterculture texts, as it sees Tom Wolfe (now known for his unconventional and uniquely descriptive style of nonfiction reporting) using all his literary power to describe the experience of the Grateful Dead (which would become widely known simply for defying description)–well before either entity was a household name. You can check out several great Tom Wolfe passages about The Grateful Dead and the Acid Tests from The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test below:On The Grateful Dead’s Acid Test PerformancesThose who were … not on the bus … would come to the realization that there was no schedule. The Grateful Dead did not play in sets; no eight numbers to a set, then a twenty-five-minute break, and so on, four or five sets and then the close-out. The Dead might play one number for five minutes or thirty minutes. Who kept time? Who could keep time, with history cut up in slices. The Dead could get just as stoned as anyone else. The … non-attuned would look about and here would be all manner of heads, including those running the show, the Pranksters, stroked out against the walls like slices of Jello. Waiting; with nobody looking very likely to start it back up. Those who didn’t care to wait would tend to drift off, stoned or otherwise, and the test would settle down to the pudding.On The Origins Of Ken Kesey & Jerry Garcia’s RelationshipKesey had hooked up with a rock ‘n’ roll band, The Grateful Dead, led by Jerry Garcia, the same dead-end kid who used to live in the Chateau in Palo Alto … and you had to throw them out when they came over and tried to crash the parties on Perry Lane. Garcia remembered—how they came down and used to get booted out “by Kesey and the wine drinkers.” The wine drinkers—the middle-class bohemians of Perry Lane. They both, Kesey and Garcia, had been heading into the pudding, from different directions, all that time, and now Garcia was a, yes, beautiful person, quiet, into the pudding, and a great guitar player. Garcia had first named his group The Warlocks, meaning sorcerers or wizards, and they had been eking by playing for the beer drinkers, at jazz joints and the like around Palo Alto. To the Warlocks, the beer drinker music, even when called jazz, was just square hip. They were on to that distinction, too. For Kesey–they could just play, do their thing.On Young Jerry Garcia Trying To Have A Real-Life Conversation At The Acid TestsGarcia, for his part, however, doesn’t know which bursts out first, the music or the orange laugh. Out the edges of his eyes he can see his own black hair framing his face—it is so long, to the shoulders, and springs out like a Sudanese soldier’s.On Owsley’s Acid & How The Dead And The Acid Tests Invented “Acid Rock”When the acid scene spread to England in late 1966 and 1967, the hippest intelligence one could pass around was that one was in possession of “Owsley acid.” In the acid world, this was bottled-in-bond; certified; guaranteed; and high status. It was in this head world that the … Beatles first took LSD. … Through The Dead’s experience with the Pranksters was born the sound known as “acid rock.” And it was that sound that the Beatles picked up on, after they started taking acid, to do a famous series of acid-rock record albums, Revolver, Rubber Soul, and Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.On The Influential Effects Of The Acid Tests & The Grateful Dead On Media Consumption“Mixed media” entertainment—this came straight out of the Acid Tests’ combination of light and movie projections, strobes, tapes, rock n’ roll, black light. “Acid rock”—the sound of the Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper album and the high-vibrato electronic sounds of the Jefferson Airplane, the Mothers of Invention and many other groups—the mothers of it all were the Grateful Dead at the Acid Tests. The Dead were the audio counterpart of Roy Seburn‘s light projections. Owsley was responsible for some of this, indirectly. Owsley had snapped back from his great Freakout and started pouring money into the Grateful Dead and, thereby, the Tests.Maybe he figured the Tests were the wave of the future… Maybe he thought “acid rock” was the sound of the future and he would become a kind of Brian Epstein for the Grateful Dead. I don’t know. In any case, he started buying the Dead equipment such as no rock n’ roll band ever had before, the Beatles included, all manner of tuners, amplifiers, receivers, loudspeakers, microphones, cartridges, tapes, theater horns, booms, lights, turntables, instruments, mixers, muters, servile mesochroics, whatever was on the market. The sound went down on so many microphones and hooked through so many mixers and variable lags and blew up in so many amplifiers and roiled around in so many speakers and fed back down so many microphones, it came on like a chemical refinery. There was something wholly new and deliriously weird in the Dead’s sound, and practically everything new in rock ‘n’ roll, rock jazz I have heard it called, came out of it.Rest in peace, Tom Wolfe. To purchase The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test and read more about Tom Wolfe’s adventures with Ken Kesey, the Merry Pranksters, and the Grateful Dead, head here.last_img read more

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaAn orange sun peers over the trees as green crops shimmer with morning dew. In the distance, cows are mooing. A farmer sets his coffee mug on the dashboard of his pickup, boots up a laptop computer and releases his team of robots.It may sound strange now. But in the not-too-distant future, unmanned vehicles could do a lot of work on the farm, say two scientists with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. They already have a prototype.The UGA “Row-bot” is a computer-guided vehicle that can perform many farm tasks: check the health of plants and fields, monitor cattle, spray for bugs.Autonomous vehicleIt’s the mechanical brainchild of Glen Rains, an agricultural engineer, and Stuart Pocknee, program coordinator with the National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Laboratory in Tifton, Ga. “What we’d like to develop from this is an autonomous vehicle that could be fitted with various sensors and equipment that could be used to work in and remotely view a field,” Rains said.The UGA Row-bot now is about the size of a stripped-down mid-sized car. It stands about 3 feet off the ground on four wheels. Guided by Global Positioning Satellite (GPS)technology, it has various sensors to control and monitor its movements. It’s connected to a computer network and can be accessed through the Internet. Labor-saving scoutDepending on the size of the farm, a team of these row-bots could be networked together and programmed to scout fields for insect or disease damage, take soil samples or other data and report it back in real time to a farmer on a computer, Rains said. Or, it could return to a shed, where a farmer could download the data for analysis.Using wireless technology, a farmer with mobile Internet access could connect with his row-bots and see what they see through a camera attached to them.”A farmer could be in another field or on vacation and check on his crop,” Rains said.It could be a labor-saving tool for farmers, Pocknee said. The row-bots could be equipped with sprayers or other field equipment and sent into fields to work. And they wouldn’t care if the sun went down. Using the GPS technology, they could work at night — virtually 24-hours a day.Farm tractor drivers shouldn’t start looking for another line of work just yet, Pocknee said. But taking a few computer technology classes wouldn’t hurt.Or course, there are safety concerns, they say, when the immediate decision-making capability of a human driver is removed. But the row-bot could also eliminate human errors. They envision a much smaller final row-bot, about the size of a riding lawnmower, for actual use on a farm. It would automatically shut down if it became disconnected from the network or encountered an object in a field it couldn’t recognize. It would send a message of trouble to the farmer.Farm-botsRobots are already being used on some farms.Some dairy farmers in Europe use them to milk their cows. And the practice is starting to take hold on U.S. dairies. Agribusiness companies are also looking into similar robot-like vehicles for row-crop farmers all over the world.The agriculture industry has long been in the forefront of technological advances. The farm tractor was revolutionary when it replaced the mule-drawn rigs of the past. And genetically modified crops are now common.The UGA scientists admit it may take a while for people to get used to farming robots. But like other advances, if robots can prove to be safe, practical, time- and cost-efficient farm tools, they could show up in fields sooner than you think.last_img read more

first_imgNortheast Dairy Farmers reached a settlement agreement with Dean Foods Company in their class action antitrust lawsuit against Dean, Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) and Dairy Marketing Services (DMS). The agreement will include $30 million in monetary damages and injunctive relief that calls for Dean to purchase a portion of its raw milk from multiple Northeast sources.”This is a major win for dairy farmers in the Northeast who have been squeezed by monopolization and price-fixing,” said Benjamin Brown, an attorney at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, PLLC, which represents the plaintiff dairy farmers. “We are pleased that Dean Foods is working with plaintiffs to put this practice behind them.”The lawsuit — Alice H. Allen, et al. vs. Dairy Farmers of America — is far from resolved, however, added Kit A. Pierson of Cohen Milstein.”The case is continuing against the remaining defendants, Dairy Farmers of America and its marketing affiliate Dairy Marketing Services,” explained Pierson. “Still at issue are charges that the DFA — the nation’s largest cooperative — monopolized a level of distribution of fluid milk in the Northeast and forced dairy farmers to join DFA or its marketing affiliate DMS to survive.”DFA and DMS have been named in the suit for engaging in monopolization, price-fixing, and other anticompetitive conduct.”The fact that Dean has agreed to purchase raw milk from multiple sources is a big step in the right direction,” said Robert Abrams of Howrey, LLP, which also represents the plaintiff dairy farmers. “What dairy farmers want is a choice between different bottlers. They have been living in a world that is monopolized and they pay the prices that are offered to them or they don’t sell milk. What we want is choice and competition.”The next step is for the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont — where the lawsuit was filed in August 2009 — to grant preliminary approval of the settlement agreement. Notice will then go out to the estimated 5,000 to 10,000 Northeast dairy farmers who could be eligible to file a claim for monetary damages.Abrams added, “We are pleased that a settlement with Dean has been reached and look forward to a timely court approval.”For more information, visit www.cohenmilstein.com(link is external).SOURCE Northeast Dairy Farmers WASHINGTON, Dec. 24, 2010 /PRNewswire/last_img read more

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Utility Dive:Colorado is preparing to boost its use of energy storage, especially since Xcel revamped its energy plan, committing to completely eliminate carbon emissions by 2050, and regulators are beginning to lay out rules to ensure batteries are included in utility planning processes when they acquire supply-side resources. The order approved this week by the PUC codifies the intent of legislation passed earlier in the year.The new rules “establish requirements for a coordinated electric planning process that is to be conducted on a comprehensive, transparent, statewide basis.” The PUC noted in its order that the commission “does not currently treat all electric facilities alike from the perspective of planning or procurement.” The Energy Storage Association in a statement celebrated the PUC’s move, saying the new rules “raise the bar for including energy storage in utility planning.” Following the passage of the underlying legislation, ESA said the commission “took its own momentous step toward leveling the playing field for energy storage and other flexible technologies.” Requiring consideration of energy storage in utility planning processes will be a “critical ingredient to ensuring the greatest savings for ratepayers,” the group said.A previous bill passed by lawmakers directed the PUC to adopt rules governing the installation, interconnection and use of customer-sited energy storage systems, setting some parameters for interconnection reviews.Colorado’s legislature “has made it clear that storage must be considered as an option for cost-effective electric service,” ESA said in a statement.More: Colorado adopts rule to include storage in utility planning Colorado to require utilities to consider storage in long-range resource planslast_img read more

first_imgCaring for a loved one who has been diagnosed with dementia can be a full-time job. From the day-to-day chores to the long-term planning, this situation can be stressful and scary, not just for the person suffering from the disease, but for the caregiver as well. However, with the right information and tools, you can make sure your loved one is protected as their condition progresses.Take care of yourself.Dementia takes a huge toll on a caregiver. There are ten recognized stages of caregiver stress: Denial AngerSocial withdrawalAnxietyDepressionExhaustionSleeplessness continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgAttempted murder in the 1st degree, a class A1 felony,Attempted murder in the 2nd degree, a class B felonyCriminal use of a firearm, in the 1st degree, a class B felonyTwo counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the 2nd degree, a class C felonyTwo counts of attempted criminal possession of a weapon in the 2nd degree, a class D felonyCriminal possession of a weapon in the 3rd degree, a class D felonyResisting arrest, a misdemeanor The Broome County District Attorney Michael A. Korchak’s Office says 28-year-old Macoley F. Saunders was indicted on the following charges: BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — A Johnson City man was indicted for attempted murder of a police officer in Broome County on Sept. 3, officials announced Tuesday. Reading on our news app? Click here! The full indictment is posted below:center_img District Attorney Korchak tells 12 News Saunders pleaded not guilty in court. Of the indictment, Korchak said “Macoley F. Saunders discharged a 9mm pistol, while he was being arrested by police officers. He was in possession of a knife, in addition to the firearm. The defendant also attempted to take a firearm from the holster of a police officer during the struggle.”last_img read more

first_imgImage Courtesy: Instagram(@virat.kohli)/APAdvertisement In his 12 year long international career, Virat Kohli has attained almost all possible achievements and broken numerous records. From three ICC ODI player of the year awards to becoming the fastest cricketer ever to score 20000 international runs, the commander-in chief-of Team India’s list of accomplishments goes on. Regarded as one of the greatest cricketers of all time, the superstar batsman has now become the first Indian to attain a staggering 50 million followers on Instagram!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Instagram(@virat.kohli)/APCurrently at 50.1 million followers, Virat Kohli is the first one from his country to achieve the record. Indian actress and singer Priyanka Chopra Jonas is the second most followed Indian celebrity on the website, at a follower count of 49.9 million. Superstar Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone is the third highest followed Indian on Instagram at 44.2 million followers. Superstar actress and Kohli’s better half Anushka Sharma is at 32.6 million followers.Upon reaching this stunning feat today, the Men in Blue skipper released a video on his official Instagram account to express his gratitude towards his followers, and added the caption: “5️⃣0️⃣ Million strong on @instagram 💪🏼. Thank you guys for all the love and support. 🙏🏼😇“. Check it out below-Advertisement View this post on InstagramAdvertisement 5⃣0⃣ Million strong on @instagram 💪🏼 Thank you guys for all the love and support. 🙏🏼😇A post shared by Virat Kohli (@virat.kohli) on Feb 17, 2020 at 10:45pm PST“Hi guys, so we have reached 50 million on Instagram. Its quite surreal, to know that so many people love and support me and they admire what I do,” the 31 year old said in the video.“So yeah, I’m feeling very grateful, very thankful and God’s been kind and thank you so much for all the love and support over so many years, I really, really appreciate it.” he added.Kohli is very active on his social media handles, with regular posts across his official Instagram, Twitter and FaceBook accounts. He has 932 posts on Instagram since joining theCurrently, Kohli is the 46th most followed human on Instagram, one place below the legendary Brazillian footballer Ronaldinho who is at 51.3 million followers. The list is topped by none other than Cristiano Ronaldo, who crossed an astounding follower count of 200 million last month, and is currently at 204 million followers.However, Instagram’s own account is the highest followed on the photo sharing platform, with a stellar 333 million followers. Also read-Read which milestone Cristiano Ronaldo becomes the first human being ever to reach! Advertisementlast_img read more