Archive for April, 2010

Musea Art Contest 4/28/10

April 28, 2010

The answer to, and winner (if any) for, our last contest question of:

1939 was a great year for American Films – Gone with The Wind,The Wizard of Oz and so many more. Yet hidden on the list was a minor film starring one of the world’s greatest comediennes. Her film was such a smash that it started a series of EIGHT films starring her that lasted up to 1943.
Here is a notable quote by her: The first time you buy a house you think how pretty it is and sign the check. The second time you look to see if the basement has termites. It’s the same with men. Name this actress.

IS
The Mexican Spitfire, Lupe Velez. What a career and love life this beautiful actress had. Married to Tarzan, Johnny Weissmuller, and later dating Gary Cooper. She died in 1944 in one of the most Hollywood of suicides! This classic clip is from “Hollywood Party” where she steals the show from Laurel and Hardy!!!! Egg-xactly!
http:​/​/​www.​youtube.​com/​watch?​v=​4VIrH0BPzOM

I had no winners – seems you all were not Lupe enough on this one!

I don’t dumb DOWN, so wise UP.

Now on to a new Q.: Win a copy of my NEW cd CALLED ‘30′! – (first anti-band CD) or my NEWER cd CALLED ‘NEXT”(‘06) or my NEWEST cd CALLED ‘THIRDS” (May ‘07) or my MORE NEWEST cd Called “FOUR-TH” ‘08 or my Just RELEASED MOST NEWEST cd CALLED ‘5-​TH’(​Nov.​’09)​(​ one of the 5 CD set). Hunkasaurus.​com (has them all plus videos and more) if you are the first to e-mail me at THIS ADDRESS: tom-hendricks @ att.net(remove blanks of course) with the correct answer to this art question*

We all know the saying about how those who can’t say nice things shouldn’t say anything. Well that’s not the original quote but you know the one I’m talking about. The question is who first said that? Good Luck!

Readers, IF you like these puzzles and would like to resend them to friends, post them on any newsgroup, or any website, please do so. The more the merrier! For tons of past quizzes go to, the musea website at musea.us or the Musea blog at musea.​wordpress.​comAnd don’t forget the music/videos at hunkasaurus.​com http:​/​/​www.​Myspace.​com/​Musead(New Friends welcome) http:​/​/​www.​youtube.​com/​TomHendricksMus​ea (all my videos)

Tom Hendricks (editor of the 17 year old zine Musea)

NPR Ombudsman questions Book and Music Polices at NPR (payola?)

April 27, 2010

Readers,

This is a Musea E-mail Extra. The NPR Ombudsman, due to concerns from me and others, has finally addressed NPR conflict of interest problems. This article talks about those in depth.
http:​/​/​www.​npr.​org/​blogs/​ombudsman/​2010/​04/​26/​126287451/​npr-​provides-​links-​to-​buy-​books?​sc=​nl&​cc=​omb-​-​20100427

The main concerns are books and music sales and review problems. Note my quotes in the article.

Tell others. Comment on the article. Let me know what you think.

Tom Hendricks
(editor of the 17 year old zine Musea)

http:​/​/​www.​Musea.​us (Musea, named as one of the best ZINES by UTNE magazine)
http:​/​/​www.​Hunkasaurus.​com (Music, 5 full CD’s of free Post-Bands Music)
http:​/​/​www.​Musea.​wordpress.​com (Blog for Musea, Art Contests, Weekly E-mail Messages)

NPR Responds to My Conflict of Interest Charges in Ombudsman Article

April 21, 2010

Musea E-mail Club #508 NPR Responds to my conflict of interest charges in Ombudsman article.

Dear Musea Reader,

For many months I’ve asked NPR Ombudsman, Alicia C. Shepard, to investigate the conflicts of interest of NPR when it comes to coverage of music, books, and more. My most recent letter to her is stirring up quite a controversy. She has investigated my claims and posted a response on 4/19/10 in her weekly column .
The column shows a page from NPR’s music website. Right next to a video of a Dylan “concert” at NPR, is a paid spot promoting Dylan’s new album, Women + Country, a clear cut conflict of interest.

First I’ll reprint my letter that started all this, then the url to her report on how NPR replied to those concerns, then my response to her report.

My letter to NPR Ombudsman

Ms Shephard,
http:​/​/​www.​npr.​org/​templates/​story/​story.​php?​storyId=​125475688 This page has a tiny desk concert by Jakob Dylan.
This page also has an ad for Jakob Dylan’s new album.
Revenue sharing, means NPR will promote his album and get money back from sales through their promotion.
No tough reviews on Jakob to upset sales.
No coverage of any musician against revenue sharing.
No response to any of this from NPR
Your job is to represent listeners concerns. Time to deal with this.
This is a clear cut straightforward​ major problem of conflict of interest.
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Here’s NPR Ombudsman article from this letter.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=126028684NPR Music conflict of Interest Article

The article is soft and the Ombudsman does more to excuse NPR’s behavior than to correct it.
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Here are some follow up comments and questions from me.

The people quoted on this story are doing a great disservice to NPR. Instead of resolving the problem they are trying to excuse it. This makes all NPR look like they too excuse corporate influence in their departments as company policy.
The spokesmen in the article are suggesting that this was an odd occurrence. I’ve documented it happening before. They suggest that they are too big to know this is going on. I’ve been telling them for about a year. They suggest that there is no coordination between sponsorship placement and reviews – yet no musician that openly opposes ads or revenue sharing has ever appeared on NPR, in it’s reviews, or on its website. They suggest that with some artists they’ll check to see if there is a conflict of interest, with others they won’t bother. They say that when they have a concern about this with a major star like Springsteen, they will try to stop it. Note, no matter their policy they did NOT stop it in this case, and no one at NPR seemed to mind when this occured. That suggests they can’t or won’t stop it. One quote in the piece, suggested a remedy, but another shot that down because of it’s high cost. So they can’t afford to stop conflicts of interest? They can’t afford NOT to. NPR’s integrity in all departments is on the line. And this makes it look bad.
They sum up with this quote “But Grundmann also seems correct that preventing any conflicts on NPR Music would be all but impossible…” Does that mean you are too big to not fail? No one is asking for an end to every conceivable conflict. But we are asking for an end to this practice; then we are asking for fair reviews for all musicians not just corporate ones, and finally more transparency than this mess. This article makes NPR look really bad, and it doesn’t help the Ombudsman much either.
BTW why is NPR running ads in the first place?
Finally I ask this: is the same problem happening in coverage of books and movies? How about news?

Note that Sony Pictures is a major contributor to NPR, according to NPR’s donor list. Last year they gave somewhere between $50 thousand to 99 thousand dollars.

Four Poems + Five More

April 21, 2010

Betty Blog

George Dance has reprinted four of my recent poems on his poetry blog called “Betty”.

http://gdancesbetty.blogspot.com/2010/04/4-poems-tom-hendricks_19.html

Check it out!

Here’s five more:

Standing on his head
he could lift the world

I’ve unmoored my boat
and let it drift
we’re heading north
to the Moon

left and right
up and down
winds the path
heading home.

I built
a guitar
of cobwebs
and honey

the tides tug
my boat up

Musea Art Contest 4/19/10

April 19, 2010

The answer to, and winner (if any) for, our last contest question of:

Name the world’s largest display of art. Good Luck!

IS
The Nazca Lines, gigantic drawings carved into Peru’s Nazca Desert floor by the Nazca people between 500 BC and 500 AD. They are scattered across 200 square miles!
For more info see http:​/​/​www.​unmuseum.​org/​nazca.​htm

I had no winners – seems you all were without an oasis on this one.

I don’t dumb DOWN, so wise UP.

Now on to a new Q.: Win a copy of my NEW cd CALLED ‘30′! – (first anti-band CD) or my NEWER cd CALLED ‘NEXT”(‘06) or my NEWEST cd CALLED ‘THIRDS” (May ‘07) or my MORE NEWEST cd Called “FOUR-TH” ‘08 or my Just RELEASED MOST NEWEST cd CALLED ‘5-​TH’(​Nov.​’09)​(​ one of the 5 CD set). Hunkasaurus.​com (has them all plus videos and more) if you are the first to e-mail me at THIS ADDRESS: tom-hendricks @ att.net(remove blanks of course) with the correct answer to this art question*

1939 was a great year for American Films – Gone with The Wind,The Wizard of Oz and so many more. Yet hidden on the list was a minor film starring one of the world’s greatest comediennes. Her film was such a smash that it started a series of EIGHT films starring her that lasted up to 1943.
Here is a notable quote by her: The first time you buy a house you think how pretty it is and sign the check. The second time you look to see if the basement has termites. It’s the same with men. Name this actress.

Readers, IF you like these puzzles and would like to resend them to friends, post them on any newsgroup, or any website, please do so. The more the merrier! For tons of past quizzes go to, the musea website at musea.us or the Musea blog at musea.​wordpress.​comAnd don’t forget the music/videos at hunkasaurus.​com http:​/​/​www.​Myspace.​com/​Musead(New Friends welcome) http:​/​/​www.​youtube.​com/​TomHendricksMus​ea (all my videos)

Tom Hendricks (editor of the 17 year old zine Musea)


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