Music has many different powers, but it's ability to console and heal during painful and trying times is why I have always been drawn to it. On the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination, LoDo takes a look at music and how it was used to heal and console those mourning the death of our greatest leader.

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AuthorAshy to Jazzy

The Rock The Bells festival dropped a video trailer for the 2013 10th anniversary fest, click here to check it out....and let me warn you, looks super dope

Yassin Bey (FKA Mos Def) participated in a demonstration against the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp force-feeding of detainees. Check out this (somewhat graphic and troubling) video that simulates an actual force-feeding process, and help spread the awareness of what's taking place. 

Jay Z was right, the internet is the wild west and it's time to rewrite the rules. Check out how Jay Z's partnership with Samsung prompted a change in the rules and see the RIAA's response! Jay Z's new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, drops tomorrow. Happy 4th!

I recently came across a video that highlights some of the core problems in our healthcare (aka sickcare). This video is a featured TED Talk What Doctors Don't Know About The Drugs They Prescribe, (If you haven't had a chance to watch any TED talks, I highly recommend it. They provide free lecture videos from brilliant people around the world, in various Techonolgy/Entertainment/Design fields, and are focused on providing "Ideas Worth Spreading" to the world).

Essentially, at the core of this problem is that many times doctors are unaware of many of the details behind what they are prescribing. Unfortunately, in medical and drug trials, many times negative or inconclusive results and findings go unpublished. Positive results, i.e. those trials that say "This drug will fix this", tend to receive the publicity thus leaving doctors and healthcare providers in the dark. 

We cannot expect our doctors and healthcare providers to give us sound medical advice when they are not given the full information. A great example of this is how frequently we see anti-depressants prescribed for patients suffering from depression, only to have more significant side-effects while taking the drug. Unfortunately, publications and prescription drug reps are saying "Doc, this works great! Just look at this study", while not showing the large amount of studies that might show inconclusive results or negative results from using the drug. In my undergrad and master's Research and Statistics for Healthcare and Science courses, we referred to such things as a Research Bias (which is basically a skewed and inaccurate representation of data to yield the ultimate outcome you are wanting). 

The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.
— Stephen Hawking

My recommendation is to do your own research when your doctor gives you a prescription, don't just blindly fill it because Doc tells you to. If most of the information you find is negative or inconclusive, go back to your doctor and ask them why they are prescribing this to you in the first place! (You might also want to ask what kickbacks they are getting from the pharmaceutical company, or what perks the pharmaceutical rep is providing them. Yeah....that happens).

Love & Light-



Tomorrow, April 22nd, aToJ will be participating in the CISPA Internet Blackout. If you haven't heard about CISPA by now, you're not alone. Most people have not even heard about CISPA, and many that have don't know any of the details behind it or how it may affect them.

In a nutshell.....

In response to CISPA, many websites will be participating in the CISPA Internet Blackout tomorrow to protest the bill. It is evident that there needs to be an update to outdated laws that are not relevant to the internet age that have not been updated since the 80's. The internet is not the evil place it is made out to be. There is so much good that comes from freedom of information, the ability to connect people, the ability to share ideas, and the ability to educate. Censorship in any form severely weakens societies and our potential for growth  as a culture and as a species. Please, call your local Senators. Urge them to STOP CISPA

You can find the contact information for your state senators here.

aToJ will be participating in the April 22nd CISPA Internet Blackout. An internet without privacy and personal protection is dangerous. We love America, we love our freedoms, and we love this world! aToJ^ 



AuthorAshy to Jazzy

Ever wonder what to do with those old talking cards?  I mean.. someone wrote all over em.. so you can't give em to someone else.  Could save em I guess, but who really wants that stuff?  Try this!

AuthorAshy to Jazzy