One of the most revered singer-songwriters of the 20th century, Leonard Cohen, has passed away at the age of 82. Cohen, who just released his latest album, You Want It Darker, recently spoke about being ready to die in an interview with The New Yorker:“I don’t think I’ll be able to finish those songs. Maybe, who knows? And maybe I’ll get a second wind, I don’t know. But I don’t dare attach myself to a spiritual strategy. I don’t dare do that. I’ve got some work to do. Take care of business. I am ready to die. I hope it’s not too uncomfortable. That’s about it for me.”Best known for penning the songs “Suzanne,” “Bird On The Wire,” and the oft-covered “Hallelujah,” (from 1984’s Various Positions) which has seen everybody from Jeff Buckley to Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan play their own renditions, Cohen’s, at times, haunting lyrics have been heard by millions all over the world.Rest in peace, Leonard Cohen.From Leonard Cohen’s Facebook page:“Hallelujah”:
Universally acclaimed surrealist filmmaker David Lynch (of Twin Peaks fame) will bring his Festival of Disruption to Brooklyn in May, marking the third edition of the event and the first on the east coast. Lynch will continue to host the event concurrently in Lost Angeles, where the first two years took place. The event is set to take place at Brooklyn Steel on May 19th and 20th.The music lineup for the event will include Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Animal Collective, Angel Olsen, Flying Lotus, Au Revoir Simone, John Hopkins, and Rebekah Del Rio. In addition to curating the talented roster of musicians for the Brooklyn edition of Festival of Disruption, David Lynch will also present a series of talks and film screenings at the event. Lynch himself conduct a talk on “Rare Short Films”, actress Isabella Rossellini will present a screening of Blue Velvet (1986), and renowned photographer Gregory Crewdson will present There But Not There, a 2017 Juliane Hiam-directed documentary short about the making of his 2008 opus, Beneath The Roses.An art exhibition has also been planned for the event and will showcase works by Lynch, William Eggleston, and David OReilly, in addition to Sandro Miller’s Psychogenic Fugue featuring John Malkovich photographed as iconic David Lynch characters. In addition, the Brooklyn edition of Festival of Disruption will feature a meditation session hosted by Bob Roth and featuring Brian Eno‘s his recent ambient LP, Reflection.The event will benefit the David Lynch Foundation, which aims to reduce “toxic stress and trauma among at-risk populations, including victims of domestic violence, veterans suffering from PTSD, and underserved urban youth, through the evidence-based Transcendental Meditation technique.”Tickets for the third annual Festival of Disruption go on sale Thursday, March 8th, with a limited number of tickets including an intimate cocktail party hosted by Lynch.For more information, head to the Festival of Disruption website.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr We need to meet the banking lobby’s misinformation campaign head-on.By Mike SchenkThe banking lobby is at it again, ramping-up efforts to feed policy makers a healthy dose of anti-credit union rhetoric. Bankers are imploring legislators at the state and national levels to impose additional taxes on credit unions and severely restrain their operations.Credit unions, they say, harm the nation’s small banks and are “no longer focused on their original mission to serve disadvantaged members” of their communities.But as has been the case historically, the banker narrative is woefully short on facts. Put simply, evidence of credit union harm in the banking sector is nonexistent. And the notion that credit unions aren’t focused on their historical mission is just plain hogwash.In reality, “harm” is especially difficult to detect. Banks control 94% of U.S. financial institution assets while credit unions control less than 7%—a percentage that has been virtually unchanged for nearly 25 years.In 1992, the largest 100 banking institutions controlled 41% of financial institution assets and smaller banking institutions controlled 53% of the total. Today, the largest 100 banks control 74% and smaller institutions control 19%.If small banks are being harmed, the source of that harm clearly is big banks, not credit unions.As the nation’s only member-owned, democratically controlled financial institutions, credit unions are a small but necessary—and extremely popular—financial alternative for more than 100 million Americans.Ensuring policy makers see through and resist banker rhetoric is critically important. That’s because credit unions: continue reading »