This is the best article i have read with real information. I am a DJ and it is so hard because there are so many blogs and fake association websites that ASCAP has made flooding the internet with false information and horror stories about pay up or else. It makes me feel like they really are the mob, coming in and shaking down a business. I would feel completely different if i knew that 90% of the fees were not going to the attorneys/ASCAP and even Taylor Swift only sees a small portion of it.
I am in Portland Oregon, and summer 2013 we began to get the lawsuits all over town, i am trying to get several of my bars and venues together to go in on our own attorney. Again i would send the artist cash for each time i play their song but will spend twice as much fighting ASCAP extortion. What happened to music being the story telling of a society, and if the artist wants money let them make it on original sales, and their own performances, when dj's play their music we are only selling it for them, we should get paid a promotion fee.
The government likes to complain about other countries using chemical warfare, but how does this make them any better. They just cover chemicals up that are killing Americans and that's supposed to be ok. I fear a revolution is close at hand.
To: Terri Abner, I'm no expert but that aria on ford road on the midway mall side of the river where the dump is, I have been through every part of those woods and all around the river bank. The river runs parallel to ford road from west river road to the bottom of the hill and under the bridge that was under reconstruction then it curves around to the left creating sort of an island or peninsula of the properties on ford road towards that end. Where I lived at 1210 ford rd we had 3 acres of land, If you went out the back of the property and down the hill there was the river and if you went across ford road and down the hill again you ran into the river, So I would say that would make that end of ford rd like a trap for all the toxins that were dumped there. When we moved into that house there was no city water, the house was supplied with water from a well and a pump in the basement and as far as I know every house on that end was supplied water the same way, it was in the early 1980's when we had city water connected to the house so before that time everyone that lived there was drinking, cooking and bathing with that well water. Everyone I knew on ford rd had a well somewhere on their property and some people had 2 or 3 wells. There were even wells out in the woods where I'm guessing there were houses before my time. So I would say anyone that lives in and around the black river from that dump site all the way to the lake could be exposed to those same toxins to one degree or the other. I don't really know what those toxins were but there's a good chance that anyone that ate fish or other game from that river may have received an extra dose of what ever was dumped there.
I am curious as to how far the contamination can travel. We have noticed an epidemic of cancer in the neighbor hood about a mile or two from ford rd. An alarming number of cancer being diagnosed all within this past year all of the same types of cancer mentioned of those of ford road. If anyone can offer any insight would appreciate it. I to have contacted Erin Brockovich. Something needs to be done!!!
I personally knew Ron Post at the time this happened and I don't think he did it, I think the others involved killed that woman and just used Ron as the scapegoat.
Geraldine Shorter lived 2 houses down from us on Ford Road when we first moved there, I'm still friends with her 2 son's Gerome and Walter. The people that lived in the house between us was an old couple named the Fridenstien's, one day in late summer they had a gas leak in their house and when the old man Fridenstien went into the room with a flashlight it detonated the gas blowing there house to pieces. The old man lived but his wife died from the burns. When this happened it was my father that went in and carried the old woman out from the burning house, I remember this well because when my father layed her down in the front lawn her skin came off on his T-shirt. The explosion was so powerful that Geraldine's house about 75 yards away was nocked off the foundation and blew out all the windows, The city declared the house unsafe and Geraldine was forced to move, her husband William Harris worked at Ford at the time so he bought another house 3 houses farther up the road, that much closer to where the dump was. She live in that house till her death, Her son Gerome still lives in that house today. Some developer has been building new homes directly across from where the dump was not even 100 feet away, I wonder what's going to happen to those people in 10 or 20 years. Even if the city attempts to clean up the dump sight, there's no way they can remove the toxins because after that many years it has had plenty of time to soak in and contaminate the ground water, there are plenty of old wells around there to hold the toxins.
The only way anything is gonna get done is if we all speak up and out about this issue. The dump has been around since the 50's or 60's keep bugging the papers call the congressman/ woman and lets see what we can get done. I might just drive by one day and put up a big old sign up.
Steve was one of my best friends- and everyone involved went through the justice system and were found guilty so believe it or not, your shit bag friend was involved in a terrible murder. Everyone involved deserves a special place in hell.
I was there, that place is nothing more than a people warehouse. The whole idea is to pack in as many people as possible and make as much money as possible.
My family lived at 1210 Ford road in the 1980's for about ten years, there was always a chemical smell coming from that field, I only knew there was a dump site there because my father told me of when he and his brother would go to the dump on Ford road and shoot the rats with .22's and shot guns, there were just too many to kill. My father died some time after we moved from there of inoperable pancreas cancer that by the time they found the cancer it had already moved into his liver, he died about 3 months after that at home with nothing that could be done for him.
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