Beloved folk rockers The Avett Brothers are set to release their new album, True Sadness, on June 24th. The new release sees the band diving deeper into emotional waters, with previously released singles “True Sadness” and “Ain’t No Man” leading the charge. Today, there’s a brand new tune to check out: “Satan Pulls The Strings.”The song premiered on Billboard, and Seth Avett spoke to them about the track’s origin. “‘Satan Pulls the Strings’ started as a quiet and calm Depression-era banjo song… and somehow in the studio, it blossomed into a genre that I don’t even have a name for…the frenzied yet mechanical energy of it is a first for the band.”Listen to the new single below.
Bar portal would provide greater Internet access to membership April 15, 2002 Regular News Bar portal would provide greater Internet access to membershipA Web portal launched in early 2001 by the State Bar of Texas may soon be popping up on Florida Bar members’ computers.The Florida Bar Technology Task Force, the Program Evaluation Committee, and the Budget Committee recently approved hiring a consultant to help create and implement a Florida-specific version of the portal, Task Force Chair David Welch told the Board of Governors at its March meeting in Tallahassee.The board did not take any action at that time, but will formally address the task force’s final proposal at its May meeting in Jacksonville.Craig Ball, the Texas trial lawyer responsible for www.mytexasbar.com, has agreed to help develop www.myflorida bar.com, Welch told the board, and plans to have a prototype ready for display at the Bar’s Annual Meeting in Boca Raton.The portal would allow members to, among other things, do legal research, check calendars, check e-mail, get legal news, and access secure client files from various locations “all with the click of a mouse button,” he said.These are functions that will serve as a number of member benefits rolled into one convenient package.“A portal serves a lot of benefits and provides a lot of services a Web site doesn’t,” said Ron Owen, a Jacksonville attorney and member of the Technology Task Force. “It serves as a focal point or electronic desktop from which you start your day.”About 35,000 of Texas’ 70,000 lawyers are starting their days with mytexasbar.com — and the portal has only been around since March 2001. Ball called the portal “the most significant thing the [Texas] Bar has ever done,” and said Florida can expect to achieve the same results. The key to making the portal useful to lawyers, he said, is striking a balance of relevance, value, and support.With approval from the Budget Committee and PEC, Ball will now work with the task force to create a plan for implementing Florida’s version of the portal.
New Zealand is set to hold a referendum at the 2020 election on legalising marijuana.In the latest poll, weakest support for legalising marijuana came from National voters (7%), NZ First voters (19%) and Labour voters (28%). Even among Green Party voters, the poll suggests, recreational legalisation only received 53% support. In a press release, Family First said 85% of respondents believed cannabis had the potential to damage the brains of young people under age 25, 81% agreed that drivers using cannabis were more likely to cause accidents and 63% believed people under the age of 25 who were regular users of cannabis were less likely to get a job. The Family First poll also asked questions about the link between cannabis use and accidents, if the drug is likely to cause brain damage in users younger than 25 and if usage would decrease the chances of getting a job within the under 25 age range. But the results contradict previous polls, conducted in New Zealand using similar sample sizes, which have found that Kiwis tend to be evenly divided on the issue. For instance, a 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll conducted in October suggested that 46% of Kiwis were in favour of legalisation of cannabis for personal use and 41% were against. In addition, 65% of people questioned in the poll believe restrictions for medical use should be lifted. Eighteen per cent wanted a lift for recreational use and 7% wanted current restrictions to remain as they are.Family First National Director Bob McCoskrie said “ultimately, the medical profession should be dictating the direction of this debate, not politicians, an anecdotal-wielding lobby, and marijuana advocates with a hidden agenda”. TVNZ One News 23 April 2019Family First Comment: “At a time when NZ mental health system is bursting at seams, don’t legitimise mind-altering product which will simply add social harm?”A new poll commissioned by conservative Christian lobbyist group Family First has found that less than 20% of New Zealanders support legalisation of recreational marijuana, but there is strong support for its medicinal use. “At a time when New Zealand’s mental health system is bursting at the seams, should we go no further and legitimise a mind-altering product which will simply add to social harm?” he questioned. The independent poll, carried out earlier this month by Curia Market Research, surveyed 1000 randomly selected people reflective of overall voters. He said Family First supports the rapid expansion of further quality research into the components of the marijuana plant for delivery via non-smoked forms, and the establishment of a programme that allows seriously ill and terminal patients, including children, to obtain other non-smoked components of marijuana approved and listed by the Ministry of Health via their doctor – with appropriate funding and pricing for patients.https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/new-poll-suggests-only-18-kiwis-support-recreational-cannabis-legalisation