UPDATE: Twiddle and Frendly Productions has shared exclusive pro-shot video of this sit-in! Watch it streaming, below.When Twiddle told fans that anything could happen at their inaugural Tumble Down Festival, they really weren’t kidding.On the second and final night of their Burlington, VT event, the band welcomed none other than Phish keyboardist Page McConnell to the stage. McConnell joined keyboardist Ryan Dempsey for some jamming on the Twiddle original tune, “When It Rains, It Poors.” The song also featured some work from pianist Holly Bowling, who helped open things up with a set-opening “Hatti’s Jam” interlude.The festival also featured sets from Nahko & Medicine For The People, Cabinet and more! You can see the full uTwiddle setlist, which also includes a sit-in from Scotty Zwang of Dopapod during “Lost In The Cold,” below.Setlist: Twiddle at Tumble Down, Burlington, VA – 7/30/16Set 1: Subconscious Prelude > Earth Mama, Brick Of Barley, Daydream Farmer, Second Wind, Indigo Trigger > Subconscious Prelude, Best FeelingSet 2: Hatti’s Jam -> When It Rains, It Poors, Dr. Remidi’s Melodium, Grandpa Fox, Lost In The Cold, Wasabi Eruption -> The BoxShow Notes: This show was a part of the “Festively Plump” 2016 summer tour. This was the second night of the inaugural Tumble Down music festival. Cabinet opened the show followed by Nahko and Medicine For The People right before Twiddle. Holly Bowling played a tweener set. “Best Feeling” contained a “Smooth Criminal” (Michael Jackson) jam. “Hatti’s Jam” was started by Holly Bowling solo and slowly blended into a full band performance of “When It Rains, It Poors” featuring Holly.  “When It Rains, It Poors” featured Holly Bowling and Page McConnell (Phish) on keys.  “Lost In The Cold” featured Scotty Zwang (Dopapod) on drums. [Photo via Dave DeCrescente]
NZ Herald 30 May 2015It is not often I wish I was a pensioner in Wellington but I did this week. Given spare time and proximity to the city’s High Court, I would have been in the public gallery every day of the hearing of Lecretia Seales’ request for euthanasia.I’d have been very quiet, assuming most of those around me were friends and supporters of the 42-year-old woman with an inoperable brain tumour. When her battery of lawyers argued that her wish ought to be a matter between Lecretia and her doctor and that it was nobody else’s business, I’d have been asking myself, why do I care? Why am I here?All I know is that I do not want her to take her own life, with or without assistance, and nor does the law but I don’t know why. I’d have come back the next day hoping to hear the Solicitor General, Mike Heron QC, provide a profound answer.Reports from the court quote him saying the sanctity of life was a fundamental principle of the common law. “The principle recognises that human life is a basic, intrinsic good.” The law was designed also to protect the vulnerable.“The right not to be killed is enjoyed regardless of inability or disability.”The spectre of the very old and infirm being pressured to request death is not a satisfying answer to the campaign for euthanasia. Doctors pull the plug on comatose patients every day with the consent of families. Voluntary euthanasia is a much more chilling, premeditated prospect.Lawyers for Lecretia Seales contended that she and her doctor already have the right to make the decision under the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act which provides for the right to life and the right not to be subjected to cruelty.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11456922
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — In classrooms across the country, students learn about the role citizens play in democracy. And in about a dozen classrooms, they’re hearing firsthand from their teachers, who got to go to Washington, D.C.They were selected for the trip by the National Education Association (NEA), after writing letters to the U.S. Senate asking for a hearing and vote on President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Merrick Garland.Patrick Chambers, who teaches government at Perry Meridian High School in Indianapolis, says his kids are taught that being a good citizen requires cooperation, mutual respect and the ability to compromise.He says that’s what lawmakers should be doing.“What are we supposed to say to our students?” asks Chambers. “The way this behavior is occurring is basically forcing us to change the lesson in which we explain the process, because never before had there been so much partisan politics involved.”Chambers says while in the nation’s capital, he and fellow teachers asked for a meeting with U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, but he turned them down. McConnell wants the nomination process to happen after a new president takes office.Just because someone they know was asked to participate, Chambers says, the students are learning that citizens do have a voice in government.“You see the White House on television or movies, and it seems really far way,” he says. “‘I’m just one of 330-plus million people in this country. They don’t care about me, my vote doesn’t count.’”Chambers says students are encouraged to work together and do their jobs, even when they aren’t friends or have disagreements. He says they’re not learning that lesson by watching their elected leaders.The NEA also has launched an online petition asking the Senate to act on the president’s nominee.