Apr 22, 2017

Saturday Data: 8 of 350

[This is the news release announcing the Alabama winner of a very competitive songwriting contest]

Bob and Sandra
Alabama singer/songwriter Bob Corley of Montgomery is one of eight artists included on
the recently released CD, Songs for Social Change, produced by the Renaissance Artists and

Writers Association (RAWA). Corley’s Song for Belgrade was among 350 entries in RAWA’s

2016 contest seeking music reflecting today’s social problems (available at www.rawa.net.)

According to Doug Watson, head of RAWA’s U.S. chapter, the music on Songs for Social

Change touches on such issues as homelessness, economic inequality, police brutality, racism

and war, and represents a cross-genre’ mix of hip-hop, reggae, funk, world-beat, folk and more.
The lead-off title on the CD is the winning entry, We Are One, from One World Tribe, an

eclectic group of musicians working out of Pittsburg, PA and Buffalo, NY. One World Tribe

features national recording artist and two-time Grammy Award-winner Terrance Simien.

“All of the finalists had good songs,” said Watson. “It was hard to pick a winner.”

Formed in 1958, RAWA is a worldwide movement of artists, writers and musicians

working to restore art to its role as an instrument for social change and awakening. Their 2017
Songs for Social Change contest is accepting entries through Nov. 30, 2017 (www.rawa.net.)

“We are looking for songs that will open people’s eyes to the problems that exist in

today’s world,” Watson said, “and inspire them to make the changes that will build a better



Apr 21, 2017


A Coal-Fired Plant in Alabama, being switched to gas.
   England is trying to produce enough energy to serve all of its      citizens on Friday without using any power produced by coal fired plants.

The New York Times reports:

If Britain goes coal-less Friday, it will be the first time since the world’s first centralized public coal-fired generator opened at London’s Holborn Viaduct in 1882.
 Meanwhile in the U.S., The White house is trying to increase the amount of coal used. But the winds of change are headed in the opposite direction....Mother Jones Magazine reports:

In some parts of the globe, solar power costs half as much as coal power. By 2025, that could be the case worldwide, on average, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Rail cars filled with coal ash at The Arrowhead Landfill in Alabama. The coal ash came from a massive spill at a TVA Coal-fired plant in Tennessee.

Ready for your NOT closeup? Smile!

     That speck you see in the center of the frame is us. Earth. 
Seen through the rings of Saturn in a photo released by NASA.      
     There's even a zoomed-in version that shows the Moon.

You can read the NASA release HERE.

I Want This Santa Fe!!

Read how Hyundai built a very special Santa Fe to cross the Antarctic HERE.

Apr 20, 2017


Montgomery area folks came by to try out for the CBS show "Big Brother" today at Eastdale Mall. Here's what it looked like:


This couple on the right came with the intent for her to apply, but at the end it sounded like they would both try out!


They'll all know within a few weeks if they made it on to the next step. Those who make it to the house will spend a hundred days there.

Big Brother premiers on June 28th on CBS 8.
The house residents who were in last Fall didn't find out who won the election till days later. Watch the clip below for the reaction!

Watch The BB:OTT Houseguests Find Out Trump Won