October 1, 2014 Day 254 of the Sixth Year - History

10:00AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing Oval Office

10:40AM THE PRESIDENT meets with Secretary of State Kerry

Oval Office

11:20AM THE PRESIDENT holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel; THE VICE PRESIDENT also attends Oval Office

1:00PM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT meet for lunch Private Dining Room

2:10PM THE PRESIDENT honors the 2013 MLS Cup Champions Sporting Kansas City East Room

5:55PM THE PRESIDENT departs the White House

South Lawn

6:10PM THE PRESIDENT departs Joint Base Andrews

War and Revolution in Russia 1914 - 1921

Russia signalled her withdrawal from World War One soon after the October Revolution of 1917, and the country turned in on itself with a bloody civil war between the Bolsheviks and the conservative White Guard. Jonathan Smele charts this turbulent episode in the forging of post-tsarist Russia.

The New Face of Hunger

On a gold-gray morning in Mitchell County, Iowa, Christina Dreier sends her son, Keagan, to school without breakfast. He is three years old, barrel-chested, and stubborn, and usually refuses to eat the free meal he qualifies for at preschool. Faced with a dwindling pantry, Dreier has decided to try some tough love: If she sends Keagan to school hungry, maybe he’ll eat the free breakfast, which will leave more food at home for lunch.

Dreier knows her gambit might backfire, and it does. Keagan ignores the school breakfast on offer and is so hungry by lunchtime that Dreier picks through the dregs of her freezer in hopes of filling him and his little sister up. She shakes the last seven chicken nuggets onto a battered baking sheet, adds the remnants of a bag of Tater Tots and a couple of hot dogs from the fridge, and slides it all into the oven. She’s gone through most of the food she got last week from a local food pantry her own lunch will be the bits of potato left on the kids’ plates. “I eat lunch if there’s enough,” she says. 𠇋ut the kids are the most important. They have to eat first.”

The fear of being unable to feed her children hangs over Dreier’s days. She and her husband, Jim, pit one bill against the next—the phone against the rent against the heat against the gas—trying always to set aside money to make up for what they can’t get from the food pantry or with their food stamps, issued by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Congressional cuts to SNAP last fall of five billion dollars pared her benefits from $205 to $172 a month.

On this particular afternoon Dreier is worried about the family van, which is on the brink of repossession. She and Jim need to open a new bank account so they can make automatic payments instead of scrambling to pay in cash. But that will happen only if Jim finishes work early. It’s peak harvest time, and he often works until eight at night, applying pesticides on commercial farms for $14 an hour. Running the errand would mean forgoing overtime pay that could go for groceries.

It’s the same every month, Dreier says. Bills go unpaid because, when push comes to shove, food wins out. “We have to eat, you know,” she says, only the slightest hint of resignation in her voice. “We can’t starve.”

“It’s Not Enough” Christina Dreier describes the difficulty of feeding her family on an inadequate budget.

“It’s Not Enough” Christina Dreier describes the difficulty of feeding her family on an inadequate budget.

Chances are good that if you picture what hunger looks like, you don’t summon an image of someone like Christina Dreier: white, married, clothed, and housed, even a bit overweight. The image of hunger in America today differs markedly from Depression-era images of the gaunt-faced unemployed scavenging for food on urban streets. “This is not your grandmother’s hunger,” says Janet Poppendieck, a sociologist at the City University of New York. “Today more working people and their families are hungry because wages have declined.”

In the United States more than half of hungry households are white, and two-thirds of those with children have at least one working adult—typically in a full-time job. With this new image comes a new lexicon: In 2006 the U.S. government replaced “hunger” with the term 𠇏ood insecure” to describe any household where, sometime during the previous year, people didn’t have enough food to eat. By whatever name, the number of people going hungry has grown dramatically in the U.S., increasing to 48 million by 2012𠅊 fivefold jump since the late 1960s, including an increase of 57 percent since the late 1990s. Privately run programs like food pantries and soup kitchens have mushroomed too. In 1980 there were a few hundred emergency food programs across the country today there are 50,000. Finding food has become a central worry for millions of Americans. One in six reports running out of food at least once a year. In many European countries, by contrast, the number is closer to one in 20.

To witness hunger in America today is to enter a twilight zone where refrigerators are so frequently bare of all but mustard and ketchup that it provokes no remark, inspires no embarrassment. Here dinners are cooked using macaroni-and-cheese mixes and other processed ingredients from food pantries, and fresh fruits and vegetables are eaten only in the first days after the SNAP payment arrives. Here you’ll meet hungry farmhands and retired schoolteachers, hungry families who are in the U.S. without papers and hungry families whose histories stretch back to the Mayflower. Here pocketing food from work and skipping meals to make food stretch are so common that such practices barely register as a way of coping with hunger and are simply a way of life.

It can be tempting to ask families receiving food assistance, If you’re really hungry, then how can you be𠅊s many of them are—overweight? The answer is “this paradox that hunger and obesity are two sides of the same coin,” says Melissa Boteach, vice president of the Poverty and Prosperity Program of the Center for American Progress, “people making trade-offs between food that’s filling but not nutritious and may actually contribute to obesity.” For many of the hungry in America, the extra pounds that result from a poor diet are collateral damage𠅊n unintended side effect of hunger itself.

More than 48 million Americans rely on what used to be called food stamps, now SNAP: the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

In 2013 benefits totaled $75 billion, but payments to most households dropped the average monthly benefit was $133.07 a person, less than $1.50 a meal. SNAP recipients typically run through their monthly allotment in three weeks, then turn to food pantries. Who qualifies for SNAP? Households with gross incomes no more than 130 percent of the poverty rate. For a family of four that qualifying point is $31,005 a year.*

*Qualifying incomes in Alaska and Hawaii are higher than in the contiguous U.S.

As the face of hunger has changed, so has its address. The town of Spring, Texas, is where ranchland meets Houston’s sprawl, a suburb of curving streets and shade trees and privacy fences. The suburbs are the home of the American dream, but they are also a place where poverty is on the rise. As urban housing has gotten more expensive, the working poor have been pushed out. Today hunger in the suburbs is growing faster than in cities, having more than doubled since 2007.

Yet in the suburbs America’s hungry don’t look the part either. They drive cars, which are a necessity, not a luxury, here. Cheap clothes and toys can be found at yard sales and thrift shops, making a middle-class appearance affordable. Consumer electronics can be bought on installment plans, so the hungry rarely lack phones or televisions. Of all the suburbs in the country, northwest Houston is one of the best places to see how people live on what might be called a minimum-wage diet: It has one of the highest percentages of households receiving SNAP assistance where at least one family member holds down a job. The Jefferson sisters, Meme and Kai, live here in a four-bedroom, two-car-garage, two-bath home with Kai’s boyfriend, Frank, and an extended family that includes their invalid mother, their five sons, a daughter-in-law, and five grandchildren. The house has a rickety desktop computer in the living room and a television in most rooms, but only two actual beds nearly everyone sleeps on mattresses or piles of blankets spread out on the floor.

Though all three adults work full-time, their income is not enough to keep the family consistently fed without assistance. The root problem is the lack of jobs that pay wages a family can live on, so food assistance has become the government’s𠅊nd society’s—way to supplement low wages. The Jeffersons receive $125 in food stamps each month, and a charity brings in meals for their bedridden matriarch.

Like most of the new American hungry, the Jeffersons face not a total absence of food but the gnawing fear that the next meal can’t be counted on. When Meme shows me the family’s food supply, the refrigerator holds takeout boxes and beverages but little fresh food. Two cupboards are stocked with a smattering of canned beans and sauces. A pair of freezers in the garage each contain a single layer of food, enough to fill bellies for just a few days. Meme says she took the children aside a few months earlier to tell them they were eating too much and wasting food besides. “I told them if they keep wasting, we have to go live on the corner, beg for money, or something.”

Stranded in a Food Desert

Tens of thousands of people in Houston and in other parts of the U.S. live in a food desert: They’re more than half a mile from a supermarket and don’t own a car, because of poverty, illness, or age. Public transportation may not fill the gap. Small markets or fast-food restaurants may be within walking distance, but not all accept vouchers. If they do, costs may be higher and nutritious options fewer.

Jacqueline Christian is another Houston mother who has a full-time job, drives a comfortable sedan, and wears flattering clothes. Her older son, 15-year-old Ja’Zarrian, sports bright orange Air Jordans. There’s little clue to the family’s hardship until you learn that their clothes come mostly from discount stores, that Ja’Zarrian mowed lawns for a summer to get the sneakers, that they’re living in a homeless shelter, and that despite receiving $325 in monthly food stamps, Christian worries about not having enough food �out half of the year.”

Christian works as a home health aide, earning $7.75 an hour at a job that requires her to crisscross Houston’s sprawl to see her clients. Her schedule, as much as her wages, influences what she eats. To save time she often relies on premade food from grocery stores. “You can’t go all the way home and cook,” she says.

On a day that includes running a dozen errands and charming her payday loan officer into giving her an extra day, Christian picks up Ja’Zarrian and her seven-year-old, Jerimiah, after school. As the sun drops in the sky, Jerimiah begins complaining that he’s hungry. The neon glow of a Hartz Chicken Buffet appears up the road, and he starts in: Can’t we just get some gizzards, please?

Christian pulls into the drive-through and orders a combo of fried gizzards and okra for $8.11. It takes three declined credit cards and an emergency loan from her mother, who lives nearby, before she can pay for it. When the food finally arrives, filling the car with the smell of hot grease, there’s a collective sense of relief. On the drive back to the shelter the boys eat until the gizzards are gone, and then drift off to sleep.

Christian says she knows she can’t afford to eat out and that fast food isn’t a healthy meal. But she𠆝 felt too stressed𠅋y time, by Jerimiah’s insistence, by how little money she has—not to give in. “Maybe I can’t justify that to someone who wasn’t here to see, you know?” she says. 𠇋ut I couldn’t let them down and not get the food.”

To supplement what they get from the food pantry, the cash-strapped Reams family forages in the woods near their Osage home for puffball mushrooms and grapes. Kyera Reams cans homegrown vegetables when they are in season and plentiful, so that her family can eat healthfully all year. “I’m resourceful with my food,” she says. “I think about what people did in the Great Depression.”

Of course it is possible to eat well cheaply in America, but it takes resources and know-how that many low-income Americans don’t have. Kyera Reams of Osage, Iowa, puts an incredible amount of energy into feeding her family of six a healthy diet, with the help of staples from food banks and $650 in monthly SNAP benefits. A stay-at-home mom with a high school education, Reams has taught herself how to can fresh produce and forage for wild ginger and cranberries. When she learned that SNAP benefits could be used to buy vegetable plants, she dug two gardens in her yard. She has learned about wild mushrooms so she can safely pick ones that aren’t poisonous and has lobbied the local library to stock field guides to edible wild plants.

“We wouldn’t eat healthy at all if we lived off the food-bank food,” Reams says. Many foods commonly donated to—or bought by𠅏ood pantries are high in salt, sugar, and fat. She estimates her family could live for three months on the nutritious foods she’s saved up. The Reamses have food security, in other words, because Kyera makes procuring food her full-time job, along with caring for her husband, whose disability payments provide their only income.

But most of the working poor don’t have the time or know-how required to eat well on little. Often working multiple jobs and night shifts, they tend to eat on the run. Healthful food can be hard to find in so-called food deserts𠅌ommunities with few or no full-service groceries. Jackie Christian didn’t resort to feeding her sons fried gizzards because it was affordable but because it was easy. Given the dramatic increase in cheap fast foods and processed foods, when the hungry have money to eat, they often go for what’s convenient, just as better-off families do.

Senior Care In rural Arkansas many elderly people don’t have enough to eat and rely on food banks for help. Charolette Tidwell and Ken Kupchick work tirelessly to make sure every person is fed.

It’s a cruel irony that people in rural Iowa can be malnourished amid forests of cornstalks running to the horizon. Iowa dirt is some of the richest in the nation, even bringing out the poet in agronomists, who describe it as 𠇋lack gold.” In 2007 Iowa’s fields produced roughly one-sixth of all corn and soybeans grown in the U.S., churning out billions of bushels.

These are the very crops that end up on Christina Dreier’s kitchen table in the form of hot dogs made of corn-raised beef, Mountain Dew sweetened with corn syrup, and chicken nuggets fried in soybean oil. They’re also the foods that the U.S. government supports the most. In 2012 it spent roughly $11 billion to subsidize and insure commodity crops like corn and soy, with Iowa among the states receiving the highest subsidies. The government spends much less to bolster the production of the fruits and vegetables its own nutrition guidelines say should make up half the food on our plates. In 2011 it spent only $1.6 billion to subsidize and insure “specialty crops”—the bureaucratic term for fruits and vegetables.

Those priorities are reflected at the grocery store, where the price of fresh food has risen steadily while the cost of sugary treats like soda has dropped. Since the early 1980s the real cost of fruits and vegetables has increased by 24 percent. Meanwhile the cost of nonalcoholic beverages—primarily sodas, most sweetened with corn syrup—has dropped by 27 percent.

“We’ve created a system that’s geared toward keeping overall food prices low but does little to support healthy, high-quality food,” says global food expert Raj Patel. “The problem can’t be fixed by merely telling people to eat their fruits and vegetables, because at heart this is a problem about wages, about poverty.”

When Christina Dreier’s cupboards start to get bare, she tries to persuade her kids to skip snack time. 𠇋ut sometimes they eat saltine crackers, because we get that from the food bank,” she said, sighing. “It ain’t healthy for them, but I’m not going to tell them they can’t eat if they’re hungry.”

The Dreiers have not given up on trying to eat well. Like the Reamses, they’ve sown patches of vegetables and a stretch of sweet corn in the large green yard carved out of the cornfields behind their house. But when the garden is done for the year, Christina fights a battle every time she goes to the supermarket or the food bank. In both places healthy foods are nearly out of reach. When the food stamps come in, she splurges on her monthly supply of produce, including a bag of organic grapes and a bag of apples. “They love fruit,” she says with obvious pride. But most of her food dollars go to the meat, eggs, and milk that the food bank doesn’t provide with noodles and sauce from the food pantry, a spaghetti dinner costs her only the $3.88 required to buy hamburger for the sauce.

What she has, Christina says, is a kitchen with nearly enough food most of the time. It’s just those dicey moments, after a new bill arrives or she needs gas to drive the kids to town, that make it hard. “We’re not starved around here,” she says one morning as she mixes up powdered milk for her daughter. 𠇋ut some days, we do go a little hungry.”

Crops Taxpayers Support With Subsidies

Federal crop subsidies began in the 1920s, when a quarter of the U.S. population worked on farms. The funds were meant to buffer losses from fluctuating harvests and natural disasters. Today most subsidies go to a few staple crops, produced mainly by large agricultural companies and cooperatives.

How Subsidized Crops Affect Diet

Subsidized corn is used for biofuel, corn syrup, and, mixed with soybeans, chicken feed. Subsidies reduce crop prices but also support the abundance of processed foods, which are more affordable but less nutritious. Across income brackets, processed foods make up a large part of the American diet.

Tracie McMillan is the author of The American Way of Eating and a Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University. Photographers Kitra Cahana, Stephanie Sinclair, and Amy Toensing are known for their intimate, sensitive portraits of people.

The magazine thanks The Rockefeller Foundation and members of the National Geographic Society for their generous support of this series of articles.

Maps and graphics by Virginia W. Mason and Jason Treat, NGM Staff. Help for the Hungry, sources: USDA Food Research and Action Center Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Stranded in a Food Desert, sources: USDA City of Houston U.S. Census Bureau. Crop Subsidies, research: Amanda Hobbs. Sources: Mississippi Department of Human Services Environmental Working Group National Cancer Institute.

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FSA Crop Acreage Data Reported to FSA

2020 Crop Year

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2019 Crop Year

Note: Beginning with the 2019 crop, producers may report the same acre of either wheat, barley, oats, rye, and triticale for grain and grazing. That situation can occur when a producer intends to graze cattle in the winter, remove the cattle, and harvest the grain when mature later that spring. Thus, for these crops the acre would be counted twice when a producer intends to use the same acre for both grazing and grain.

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Due to the large amount of questions surrounding the difference between NASS estimated planted acres and certified acres reported to FSA, USDA is publishing this update of the August 1, 2019 data.

A description of the differences between the August 2019 NASS crop acre estimates and the FSA certified acres reported to FSA can be found on the Office of the Chief Economist website, click this link for more information.

October 1, 2014 Day 254 of the Sixth Year - History

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Friday, November 15th, 2013

Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones Honor the Everly Brothers @ Rolling Stone: Here

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Green Day front man and Grammy® Award-winning artist Billie Joe Armstrong and Grammy® Award-winning singer and songwriter Norah Jones have teamed up to record Foreverly, an unforgettable 12-song collection inspired by Songs Our Daddy Taught Us, an album of traditional Americana songs reinterpreted, recorded, and released by The Everly Brothers in 1958. Recorded in nine days, Foreverly, captures the beauty of the Everly's stunning close harmonies to create a moving powerful testament to these rootsy ballads. Reprise Records will release album on November 25th. To pre-order the album click HERE. Those who pre-order the album on iTunes will receive an instant free download of the song "Long Time Gone" which is also streaming today HERE.

Jones and Armstrong reinterpret several traditional songs, including "Roving Gambler," "Down In The Willow Garden," "Long Time Gone," "Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet?," and "Barbara Allen," as well as country tunes like "That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine" (written by Gene Autry and Jimmy Long) and Karl Davis' "Kentucky."

"I've been a big fan of The Everly Brothers since I was a little boy," Armstrong says. "A couple of years ago, I discovered Songs Our Daddy Taught Us for the first time, and I fell in love with it. I was playing it every day and thought it would be a cool idea to re-do the record, but with a female singer. I thought of Norah because she can sing anything, from rock to jazz to blues, and I knew her harmonies would be amazing. I thought the songs would take on a different meaning working with her, and she has a really good ear for arrangements. I was mainly intrigued by these old traditionals, country songs, and hymns. When we were done with the album, Norah looked at me and said, 'I bet you didn't think you were going to make a country record, huh?'"

Jones, a long-time Everly Brothers fan herself, who used to cover "Bird Dog" in a previous band, describes herself as "a sucker for harmonies and country music." Also, she says, "Billie Joe's enthusiasm about the songs and his low-key, open approach to the music was very inviting. He wasn't set in his ideas, which made it fun for us both to sort of discover what felt right for us, musically."

Armstrong and his engineer, Chris Dugan, traveled to New York to record with Jones at The Magic Shop in Manhattan with two of Jones' favorite musicians, bassist Tim Luntzel and drummer Dan Rieser. Armstrong and Jones played guitar and piano. Charlie Burnham on fiddle and Johnny Lam on pedal steel guitar rounded out the band. "It was super fun and experimental," Jones says. "I loved that the original was completely stripped down and a little more obscure. There was a lot of room to interpret the songs in our own way."

To read more about the collaboration in their own words, visit Stereogum for a "Progress Report" feature with Armstrong and Jones: Here The track-listing for Foreverly is as follows: "Roving Gambler"

"That Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine"

"Down In The Willow Garden"

"Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet"

"Rockin' Alone (In An Old Rockin' Chair"

"I'm Here To Get My Baby Out Of Jail"

Sunday, September 1st, 2013


Thursday, August 26th, 2013


Green Day are confirmed for the 2014 Soundwave Festival in Australia!

SATURDAY 22 FEBRUARY - Soundwave Festival Brisbane - RNA Showgrounds, 600 Gregory Terrace Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
SUNDAY 23 FEBRUARY - Soundwave Festival Sydney - Sydney Showground, Grand Parade Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127
FRIDAY 28 FEBRUARY - Soundwave Festival Melbourne - Flemington Racecourse, 448 Epsom Rd, Flemington VIC 3031
SATURDAY 1 MARCH - Soundwave Festival Adelaide - Bonython Park, Port Rd, Adelaide SA 5000
MONDAY 3 MARCH, Soundwave Festival Perth - Claremont Showgrounds, 1 Graylands Road Claremont WA 6010

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

American Idiot the musical announced these new tour dates:

Sept 5-22, 2013 - Seoul, Korea - Samsung Electronics Hall at Blue Square
Nov 12-17, 2013 - Portland, OR - Keller Auditorium
Nov 19, 2013 - Eugene, OR - Hult Center
Nov 20, 2013 - Tacoma, WA - Pantages Theater
Nov 21, 2013 - Bellingham, WA - Mount Baker Theatre
Nov 22-23, 2013 - Spokane, WA - INB Performing Arts Center
Nov 26-27, 2013 - Edmonton, AB - Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Nov 30, 2013 - Lethbridge, AB - Enmax Centre
Dec 02, 2013 - Boise, ID - Morrison Center
Dec 03-05, 2013 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kingsbury Hall
Dec 7-8, 2013 - Tucson, AZ - Centennial Hall
Dec 9, 2013 - El Paso, TX - Plaza Theatre
Dec 10-11, 2013 - Albuquerque, NM - Popejoy Hall
Dec 13-14, 2013 - San Antonio, TX - Majestic Theatre
Dec 15, 2013 - Baton Rouge, LA - River Center Theatre
Dec 16, 2013 - Orange, TX - Lutcher Theater
Jan 7, 2014 - Wausau, WI - The Grand
Jan 8, 2014 - Davenport, IA - Adler Theater
Jan 9-10, 2014 - Sioux Falls, SD - Washington Pavilion
Jan 11-12, 2014 - Kansas City, MO - Kauffman Center
Jan 14-19, 2014 - Austin, TX - Bass Concert Hall
Jan 20, 2014 - Odessa, TX - Wagner Noel
Jan 22, 2014 - Manhattan, KS - McCain Auditorium
Jan 23, 2014 - Columbia, MO - Jesse Auditorium
Jan 24-25, 2014 - Des Moines, IA - Civic Center
Jan 26, 2014 - Cedar Rapids, IA - Paramount Theatre
Jan 29-30, 2014 - Louisville, KY - Whitney Hall
Jan 31 - Feb 2, 2014 - Detroit, MI - Detroit Opera House
Feb 4, 2014 - Amherst, MA - U Mass Concert Hall
Feb 6, 2014 - Portland, ME - Merrill Auditorium
Feb 7-9, 2014 - Boston, MA - Boston Opera House
Feb 11-12, 2014 - Burlington, VT - Flynn Center
Feb 13, 2014 - Morristown, NJ - Mayo Performing Arts Center
Feb 14, 2014 - Albany, NY - Palace Theatre
Feb 15, 2014 - Waterbury, CT - Palace Theatre
Feb 16, 2014 - Greenvale, NY - Tilles Center
Feb 18-23, 2014 - Washington, D.C. - National Theatre
Feb 25, 2014 - York, PA - Pullo Center
Feb 27, 2014 - Rochester, NY - Auditorium Thatre
March 1. 2014, 2013 - Erie, PA - Warner Theatre
March 2, 2014 - Toledo, OH - Stranahan Theater
March 5, 2014 - F.M. Kirby Center for the PA Wilkes-Barre, PA
March 6, 2014 - Binghamton, NY - The Forum
March 7, 2014 - Bloomsburg, PA - Mitrani Hall
March 8, 2014 - Kitchener, ON - Centre in the Square
March 19, 2014 - Ft. Worth, TX - Bass Performance Hall
March 20, 2014 - Corpus Christi, TX - Selena Auditorium
Macrh 21-23, 2014 - Houston, TX - The Hobby Center
March 25 - April 6, 2014 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - The Broward Center
April 7, 2014 - Sarasota, FL - Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
April 8, 2014 - St. Petersburg, FL - The Mahaffey Theatre
April 10, 2014 - Roanoke, VA - Roanoke Civic Center
April 11-12, 2014 - Cincinnati, OH - Aronoff Center
April 13, 2014 - South Bend, IN - Morris Performing Arts Center
April 15, 2014 - Pembroke, NC - Givens Performing Arts Center
April 17, 2014 - Huntsville, AL - Von Braun Center
April 19, 2014 - Birmingham, AL - Jefferson Civic Center
April 22, 2014 - Ft. Wayne, IN - Embassy Theatre
April 23, 2014 - Joliet, IL - Rialto Square Theatre
April 24, 2014 - Huntington, WV - Keith-Albee PAC
April 25-27, 2014 - Cleveland, OH - Palace Theatre
April 29-30, 2014 - Durham, NC - Durham Performing Arts Centere
May 1-4, 2014 - Atlanta, GA - Fox Theatre
May 13-18, 2014 - Los Angeles, CA - Pantages Theatre
May 20, 2014 - Bakersfield, CA - Rabobank Arena Theater
May 21, 2014 - Santa Barbara, CA - Granada Theatre
May 23-25, 2014 - Denver, CO - Buell Theatre

Thurday, August 8th, 2013

American Idiot' The Musical began its 11 day run in Japan at Tokyo International Forum today. More info and tickets: HERE

Green Day are set to release their documentary film, '¡Cuatro!', on August 26.

The film will come out as a CD/DVD, alongside the band's 'Tre!' album - the final part of the punk band's recent '¡Uno!', '¡Dos!' and '¡Tre!' trilogy - which was first released at the start of the year.

The film received its world premiere at the Winter X Games back in January, and also screened at SXSW in Austin, Texas in March. The behind-the-scenes documentary, directed by Tim Lynch, looks at the process of making '¡Uno!', '¡Dos!' and '¡Tre!', as well as showing footage from the band's 2012 Stateside shows. Of the film Mike Dirnt, the band's bassist, previously said: "¡Cuatro! brings our fans one step closer by giving them even more access and revealing what it was like for us to make these records."

Green Day played London's Emirates Stadium - the huge 60,000 capacity venue commonly used by Arsenal Football Club - earlier this summer, setting a new gig attendance record for the venue. The band took to the stage at the north London enormodome on June 1 to play a hit-packed set which also featured audience antics, bizarre costumes and Billie Joe Armstrong firing a huge toilet paper gun into the crowd. The venue sold out all 60,000 tickets for the first time. Other acts including Coldplay and Bruce Springsteen have played sell-out shows at the Emirates Stadium in the past but their attendance figures were lower due to different staging and seating configurations.

Green Day return to the UK later this month to headline Reading and Leeds festivals on August 23 and 24. They performed at Reading last year, delighting fans by playing a secret set on the NME/Radio 1 stage on Saturday morning.

Monday, July 1st, 2013

Music Is On is MTV's tribute to the hot sun and great summer outdoor live events. Every Friday, a special exclusive worldstage event will feature. Take a look into the summer bands and times between Jun 28 and Aug 16,

Friday, June 28 - World Stage: Snoop Lion [NEW]
Friday, July 05 - Behind The Music: Notorious B.I.G.
Friday, July 12 - World Stage: Alicia Keys
Friday, July 19 - Behind The Music: Enrique Iglesias
Friday, July 26 - World Stage: Snoop Lion And The Africa All-Stars [NEW]
Friday, August 02 - Behind The Music: Pitbull
Friday, August 09 - World Stage: Green Day [NEW]
Friday, August 16 - World Stage: Isle Of MTV [NEW]
More at MTV: HERE

Monday, June 17th, 2013

The Q&A fun now continues with Green Day's Jason Freese, keyboards, sax & backing vocals. Filmed on location of the 99 Revolutions tour! Log in with your Idiot Nation account HERE.

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Thing Named After Green Day: Macrocarpaea dies-viridis - a species of night-blooming flowers within the Macrocarpaea genus named after Billie Joe and co.

From what our research has told us, the flower named after Green Day looks more like a dried-up weed. However, when its in a nocturnal bloom, the particular type of Macrocarpaea named after the punk-rock trio probably looks similar to the picture above (which is actually one of its sister species).

According to Rolling Stone, "Harvard researchers bestowed the name "dies-viridis" (Latin for "green day") upon their newly minted species of night-blooming flower after listening to the band while driving throughout Ecuador on their research trips."

We wonder which Green Day tracks made it onto their road trip playlist. we'd put money on 'Welcome to Paradise.'

Full article at Pop Crush: HERE

See the guitars, amps, and effects used by Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Jason White on Greenday's spring 2013 "99 Revolutions' tour in support of their three latest albums, 'Uno,' 'Dos,' and 'Tre'. More photos and video at Premier Guitar: HERE

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

We're giving away 40 copies of the "Green Day - The Art of Rock" book. A very nice addition to anyone's Green Day collection, this book features art inspired by the songs from Green Day's 21st Century Breakdown.

Winners will be chosen Friday, May 17th. Only one entry per person will be qualified. Good luck!

Open to all Idiot Nation members! Can't wait? You can order the book at Adeline Records: HERE

Login now at Idiot Nation to enter: HERE

Premier Guitar's Chris Kies is on location at the at the NIU Convocation Center in DeKalb, IL, where he catches up with Green Day's guitar and bass techs before their spring 2013 99 Revolutions tour in support of their three latest albums, Uno, Dos, and Tre'.

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Don't miss these two big events! Green Day will be attending the opening night of the Newport Beach Film Festival on Thursday as they screen 'Broadway Idiot' - the first documentary in the festival's history. Then on Saturday '¡Cuatro!' will screen as a highlight in the festival's Music Series. Check out all the information on how you can attend below.

Go behind the curtain with Green Day lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong as he ventures into the strange world of Broadway.

Broadway Idiot - Online trailer April 25th, 2013
21 and over only Edwards Big Newport
Tickets: $175 Film and Party here
'¡Cuatro!' goes behind the scenes as Green Day create their trilogy, '¡UNO!', '¡DOS!', and '¡TRE!' ¡Cuatro! - Online trailer April 27th, 2013
Lido Theatre
$14 General Admission ticket here

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

These custom skateboard decks, from REAL Skateboards, are part of a collaboration between Green Day, Actions REALized, and Oakland Children's Hospital. A portion of the proceeds from sales will go to Oakland Children's Hospital. Boards can be pre-ordered from the Adeline site. Decks will be shipping towards the end of April. Order: HERE

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Green Day announced they would make their South By Southwest debut on Friday, March 15th, two weeks prior to them hitting the road at a special double feature screening of films at the Paramount Theatre, the world premiere of Broadway Idiot and the Green Day documentary Cuatro!. Later that night the band will perform at ACL Live at the Moody Theatre.

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

See the full documentary of Cuatro! on March 15th at Paramount Theatre in Austin, TX, plus 'Broadway Idiot' - the story of the American Idiot musical - all in one day. Get tix here now!

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 26, 2013 - Reprise Records' multi-platinum Grammy®Award-winning Green Day today announced three live club dates to kick off their 2013 tour next month. For these shows, the band will visit smaller intimate venues, including The Fox Theater in Pomona, CA on March 10th, The Marquee in Tempe, AZ on March 11th and Tricky Falls in El Paso, TX on March 13th. Tickets for all three dates will go on-sale this Friday, 3/1 at 10:00 AM local time. See below for a complete list of live dates.

The band also recently announced the forthcoming release of their documentary film¡Cuatro! which will be featured in the 20th Anniversary South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival, running from March 8 - 16, 2013 in Austin, Texas. The film takes you inside the world of Green Day, chronicling the conceptualizing and recording of the album trilogy and features intimate live performances that took place along the way. Additionally, the Doug Hamilton directed Broadway Idiot will world premiere at SXSW. The film pulls back the curtain with lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong as he ventures into the strange new world of Broadway with their massive hit musical American Idiot. The band will also perform in Austin on Friday, March 15th at the Moody Theater.

Green Day is vocalist/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt, and drummer Tre Cool.


10th Pomona, CA Fox Theater**
11th Tempe, AZ The Marquee**
13th El Paso, TX Tricky Falls**
15th Austin, TX Moody Theater
28th Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena
29th Moline, IL i wireless Center
31st Pittsburgh, PA CONSOL Energy Center

1st Rochester, NY Blue Cross Arena
3rd Philadelphia, PA Liacouras Center
4th Fairfax, VA Patriot Center
6th Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
7th Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
9th Providence, RI Dunkin Donuts Center
11th Toronto, ONT Air Canada Centre
12th Quebec City, QUE Colisee Pepsi
16th Berkeley, CA Greek Theatre
18th Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles Sports Arena

24th Milan, ITALY Fiera Milano Live
25th Trieste, ITALY Plazza Unita d'italia
27th Belgrade, SERBIA Kalemegdan Park
29th Vienna, AUSTRIA Krieau Rocks

1st London, UNITED KINGDOM Emirates Stadium
5th Rome, ITALY Ippodromo Le Capannelle
6th Casalecchio Di Reno Bo, ITALY Unipol Arena
8th Nuremburg, GERMANY Rock Im Park
9th Wershofen, GERMANY Rock am Ring
16th Holland, Netherlands Pinkpop Festival
18th Lodz, POLAND Atlas Arena
21st Moscow, RUSSIA Olympic Arena
23rd Saint Petersburg, RUSSIA SKK Arena
25th Tallin, ESTONIA Tallin Song Festival Ground
26th Helsinki, FINLAND Rock The Beach Festival
28th Norrkoping, SWEDEN Bravalla Festival
30th Oslo, NORWAY Ullevaal Stadium

2nd Copenhagen, DENMARK Refshaleoen
4th Werchter, BELGIUM Werchter Festival
5th Arras, FRANCE Mainsquare Festival
10th Nimes, FRANCE Festival de Nimes Arena
12th Lisbon, PORTUGAL Optimus Alive Festival
13th Bilbao, SPAIN Bilbao BKK Live Festival
**On-Sale March 1, 2013 at 10a local time

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Submit your info below and enter for your chance to win tickets to Green Day at the LA Memorial Sports Arena on April 18th! You'll also qualify to present the show, which means you'll get the best seats in the house for you and 9 friends, your own dressing room, a signed guitar right off Billie Joe's back, and you'll even get to introduce the band to thousands of screaming fans! Enter at KROQ: HERE

Broadway Idiot will have its World Premiere screening at #SXSW on Friday, March 15th @ 2:45 pm at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, TX!. Follow Broadway Idiot on Twitter: HERE

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Green Day are set to make their return to Southern California this April 18th with a show at the LA Memorial Sports Arena. Opening the show will be Best Coast. Tickets go on sale today at 10am via Ticketmaster: HERE

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Green Day at the Greek Theatre (Berkeley, CA) on April 16th.

Public onsale Feb 15th at 12pm.

The official website for the upcoming documentary Cuatro is now live:

Tuesday, February 6th, 2013

Adeline Records launched new iPhone cases in their online store. Limited to 100 (for now), the black cases are for the iPhone 5 and feature the everyone's favorite Skully design in white! Check it out here!

Monday, February 5th, 2013

Green Day's teaming up with Tickets-for-Charity® to give fans access to newly-released tickets in the first 10 rows for all U.S. ¡UNO!, ¡DOS!, ¡TRE! tour dates to benefit great charitable causes.

Each ticket will support two organizations close to the band doing important environmental work on the local and global front, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Rob Machado Foundation, and a charity of your choice.

Check it out today and get your tickets here!

You asked for it! We are now accepting questions on the Idiot Club forum for Mr. Tre Cool! Make 'em good because he's gonna be answering them! The top 10 best questions will be selected and forwarded to Mr. Cool to answer and be posted on Post your best questions on the sticky thread in the Idiot Club forum by Monday, February 18th before we close it. Good luck!

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Vote Green Day Best Music Moment of the Year for their surprise set at Reading: NME

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

¡TRE! LP available starting today on exclusive yellow vinyl for $21.99 at select Hot Topic Stores. Get 'em while they last, only 1,000 copies made! More info at Hot Topic: HERE

Listen for "X-Kid" to hit the radio January 22nd!

Tuesday, January 2, 2013

Reprise Records' multi-platinum Grammy®Award-winningGreen Day today announced they would return to the road in 2013 and revealed the routing for their upcoming tour, which can be found below.

"We want to thank everyone for hanging in with us for the last few months," said the members of Green Day. "We are very excited to hit the road and see all of you again, though we regret having to cancel more shows."

Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong said, "Dear friends. I just want to thank you all for the love and support you've shown for the past few months. Believe me, it hasn't gone unnoticed and I'm eternally grateful to have such an amazing set of friends and family. I'm getting better everyday. So now, without further ado, the show must go on. We can't wait to get on the road and live out load! Our passion has only grown stronger."

Tickets for shows that had been postponed will be honored at these new dates. Should you have any questions regarding your tickets please contact your point of purchase. For those who purchased tickets for dates that are now canceled, refunds will be given at original point of purchase. Additional west coast dates will be announced in early 2013.

28th Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
29th Moline, IL I Wireless Center
31st Pittsburgh, PA Consol Energy Center

1st Rochester, NY Blue Cross Arena
3rd Philadelphia, PA Liacourias Center
4th Fairfax, VA Patriot Center
6th Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
7th Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
9th Providence, RI Dunkin Donuts Center
11th Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
12th Quebec City, QC Quebec Colisee

7th Green Bay, WI Resch Center
10th Wilkes-Barre, PA Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
11th State College, PA Bryce Jordan Center - Penn State Univ.
18th Manchester, NH Verizon Wireless Arena
25th Portland, ME Cumberland Co. Civic Center
30th Cleveland, OH Wolstein Ctr. / Cleveland St. Univ.

2nd Madison, WI Alliant Energy Center Mem. Coliseum
4th Omaha, NE CenturyLink Arena
6th Broomfield, CO 1STBANK Center
8th Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Monday May 27th - Kalemegdan Park - Belgrade, Serbia

Tuesday June 18th, Atlas Arena - Poland

Wednesday July 10th, Festival de Nimes Arena / Nimes, France

Friday July 12th - Optimus Alive Festival - Lisbon, Portugal

Tuesday, December 12th, 2012

¡Tre! - the final album in Green Day's trilogy - is available NOW. Get it Here!

Green Day added a few new tour dates!

Wednesday May 29th, Krieau Rocks - Vienna, Austria (

Friday July 5th, Mainsquare Festival - Arras, France (

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Hear Green Day's ¡TRE! a week before it comes out by clicking HERE and preorder the album at Amazon!

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

f you haven't logged into your Idiot Club account this morning do it now! Jason White's 23 Q&A session is posted: HERE Vote Green Day "Favorite Band" at People's Choice Awards 2013: HERE

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

Vote Green Day "Favorite Band" at People's Choice Awards 2013: HERE

Green Day are confirmed to perform at Rock The Beach in Helsinki - June 26th. Tickets on Sale November 23rd: HERE

Tuesday, November 7th, 2012

Green Day - 'Stray Heart' video

Green Day premiere their video for 'Stray Heart' exclusively here on The song is taken from their new record 'Dos', out November 12th on Reprise. Running time: 04:00

Monday, November 6th, 2012

Green Day are confirmed to perform at Bilboa BBK Live Festival in Spain on Saturday, July 13th, 2013. Ticket info: HERE

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

Check out the recent issue of Big Cheese Magazine has Green Day on its cover here - with an 8 page feature where Billie Joe gives us a world exclusive interview and explains that the band is "f*ing nuts!" and how the second album in their trilogy is "the dirtiest thing we've ever done".

The issue also comes with the final poster of our Greenday poster trilogy ( each of the current album's artworks of Uno, Dos and Tre). The mags can be found throughout the UK in all WH Smith newsagents and can be ordered from around the world at It would be amazing if you could post this info on your site with the attached picture, we would of course send you the recent Greenday isue as a 'thank you'

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

Green Day's "The Forgotten" featured in new Breaking Dawn trailer:

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Green Day have been nominated for Best Live and Best Rock act at the 2012 MTV EMA's. VOTE NOW to help them win here!

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Check out the official brand-new trailer for ¡Dos!

Call it an unintentional case of networking. Adrienne Armstrong and Jamie Kidson met six years ago during their kids' soccer practice. But it wasn't cleats or corner kicks that bonded the two women. It was a sweater that prompted Armstrong to introduce herself to Kidson, who once designed a clothing line that was licensed by Anthropologie, and was wearing one of her own hand-knit creations

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Green Day today announced they would cancel their scheduled performance at this year's Voodoo Music + Arts Experience on October 27, 2012.

"Canceling shows is something we rarely do," said Tre Cool. "We never want to let our fans down, and we are grateful for all of you being understanding during this time."

Look for Billie Joe to be on the following episodes of The Voice:

Oct. 8 - Air 310 - Battle #1 (2 hrs) (8P-10P)
Oct. 9 - Air 311 - Battle #2 (1 hr) (8P-9P)
Oct. 15 - Air 312 - Battle #3 (2 hrs) (8P-10P)
Oct. 16 - Air 313 - Battle #4 (1 hr) (8P-9P)
Oct. 22 - Air 314 - Battle #5 (1 hr) (8P-9P)
Oct. 23 - Air 315 - Battle #6 (1 hr) (8P-9P)

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Green Day will be heading over to Russia in June 2013. Tickets for the shows below will be available starting 10am Local Time on October 1. Check out the info and ticketing links as noted.

21-Jun-13 Olympic Arena Moscow, Russia Ticket link:

23-Jun-13 SKK Arena St Petersburg, Russia Ticket link:

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

¡Uno! is now available everywhere! Get it NOW!

If you live in the US, you can get ¡Uno! digitally at Amazon for only 5 bucks this week! Get it HERE now!

Thursday, September 20th, 2012


Reprise Records' Green Day have announced that they will be joined by Best Coast as support for their upcoming arena dates next January and February as part of their ¡UNO!, ¡DOS!, ¡TRE! TOUR. Best Coast will join Green Day beginning on January 8th in Rosemont, IL at the Allstate Arena and open all dates following, wrapping up on February 8th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. All dates are on-sale now and can be found below.

Best Coast, the proudly Southern Californian duo of Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno, have matured in both their sound and perspective with the highly acclaimed sophomore record, The Only Place which was released May 15th, 2012 on Mexican Summer. This follow-up to 2010's Crazy For You was launched in tandem with Cosentino's capsule collection for Urban Outfitters and landed them the cover of Spin Magazine. The band have performed recently on Late Night with David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon Show, and Conan O'Brien and received heaps of critical praise from editorial outlets that include NPR, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Pitchfork, Nylon, Rolling Stone and The Guardian. Green Day, which is vocalist/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt, and drummer Tre Cool, are touring in support of their upcoming trilogy of albums Green Day ¡Uno!, Green Day ¡Dos!, and Green Day ¡Tre!, which Rolling Stone described as, "heavier and hardened from their time in the trenches but back in the garage, ready for rapture." Green Day ¡Uno! will be released by Reprise Records on September 25, 2012 followed by Green Day ¡Dos! on November 13, 2012, and Green Day ¡Tre! on January 15, 2013. The albums are the follow-up to the Grammy Award-winning 21st Century Breakdown, and were produced by the band's long-time producer Rob Cavallo.

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Green Day's 9/15 show at New York's Irving Plaza was nearly three hours of new tunes, old favorites, costumes, kazoos & crowdsurfers @ Billboard Here

Green Day now streaming new album 'Uno' in full on Facebook @ Entertainment Weekly Here!

Monday, September 10th, 2012




September 10th, 2012 - Los Angeles, CA - Reprise Records' Green Day have announced the first leg of their ¡UNO!, ¡DOS!, ¡TRE! TOUR. The full-scale North American tour will kick off in intimate venues this November and December, starting on November 26th in Seattle, WA at the Paramount Theatre and wrapping up on December 10th in Tempe, AZ at the Marquee Theater. In January, the band will bring the ¡UNO!, ¡DOS!, ¡TRE! TOUR to arenas around the country, starting on January 7th at the Resch Arena in Green Bay, WI and wrapping up on February 8th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV.

Through Green Day's fan club, Idiot Club, presales go on sale on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 10AM local venue time. To become a member, make sure you purchase your preorder bundle that comes with an Idiot Club membership at Fans that purchase tickets online will be entitled to one digital download of Green Day ¡Uno! - a $9.99 value - with each ticket purchased. Full list of tour dates and ticket on-sales are below.

Green Day, which is vocalist/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt, and drummer TrE Cool, are touring in support of their upcoming trilogy of albums Green Day ¡Uno!, Green Day ¡Dos!, and Green Day ¡TrE!, which Rolling Stone described as, "heavier and hardened from their time in the trenches but back in the garage, ready for rapture." Green Day ¡Uno! will be released by Reprise Records on September 25, 2012 followed by Green Day ¡Dos! on November 13, 2012, and Green Day ¡TrE! on January 15, 2013. The albums are the follow-up to the Grammy Award-winning 21st Century Breakdown, and were produced by the band's long-time producer Rob Cavallo.

Green Day's upcoming tour (and on-sale) dates are as follows:

26th Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre (9/14 @ 12 pm)
27th Kennewick, WA Toyota Arena (9/14 @ 10 am)
29th Salem, OR Salem Armory Auditorium (9/14 @ 12 pm)

1st Sacramento, CA Memorial Auditorium (9/14 @ 10 am)
2nd Reno, NV Grand Sierra Resort - Grand Theatre (9/14 @ 10 am)
4th Santa Cruz, CA Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium (9/14 @ 10 am)
10th Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre (9/14 @ 10 am)

7th Green Bay, WI Resch Arena (9/15 @ 11 am)
8th Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena (9/15 @ 10 am)
10th Wilkes Barre, PA Mohegan Sun Arena (9/15 @ 10 am)
11th State College, PA Bryce Jordan Center - Penn State Univ. (9/14 @ 10 am)
13th Rochester, NY Blue Cross Arena (9/15 @ 10 am)
14th Pittsburgh, PA Consol Energy Center (9/15 @ 10 am)
16th Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center (9/14 @ 12 pm)
18th Manchester, NH Verizon Wireless Arena (9/15 at 12 pm)
19th Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena (9/14 @ 10 am)
21st Fairfax, VA Patriot Center (9/15 @ 10 am)
22nd Philadelphia, PA Liacourias Center - Temple University (9/15 @ 10 am)
24th Providence, RI Dunkin Donuts Center (9/15 @ 12 pm)
25th Portland, ME Cumberland Civic Center (9/15 @ 12 pm)
27th Quebec City, QC Colisee Pepsi Arena (9/22 @ 10 am)
29th Toronto, ONT Air Canada Centre (9/15 @ 11 am)
30th Cleveland, OH Wolstein Center - Cleveland State Univ. (9/14 @ 10 am)

1st Moline, IL I Wireless Center (9/14 @ 10 am)
2nd Madison, WI Alliant Energy Center Memorial Col (9/14 @ 11 am)
4th Omaha, NE CenturyLink Arena (9/14 @ 10 am)
6th Broomfield, CO 1STBANK Center (9/14 @ 10 am)
8th Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena (9/14 @ 10 am)

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Exclusive: Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong Will Rock Thursday's VMAs: MTV Article Here

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Green Day's Road To The 2012 VMAs: Shanks, Spit-Cams And Snarls
From their VMA debut in 1994 to winning seven Moonmen in 2005, we relive Green Day's amazing VMA history.

Friday, August 26th, 2012

Green Day, ¡Uno!, - First Listen at NME Here.

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Green Day Team With 'Angry Birds' To Premiere New Song Fans can unlock 'Troublemaker,' a track off the band's upcoming ¡Uno! album, in the new 'Birds' game @ MTV Here.

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

MTV "Oh Love" Video Premiere

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

Yes, next Wednesday (August 15), they'll officially premiere their brand-new video for "Oh Love" on MTV, then stick around for a 30-minute interview with MTV News' Sway Calloway on, where they'll answer fan-submitted questions and talk all about their upcoming trio of new albums. It's all part of "MTV First: Green Day," and it kicks off at 7:49 p.m. ET. More at MTV HERE

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Green Day's surprise show at Echoplex showcases back-to-basics new songs off forthcoming trilogy @ Buzz Bands LA Here

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Get the new Green Day Official app right now for FREE in the Apple store HERE or the Android store HERE. Get instant updates on upcoming tours, new music, and videos, plus add your face to each new album cover and share with a friend in the Photocards section. You can also leave your own comments on the Fan Wall, and hear samples of their entire catalog. And stay tuned for new features to be added soon!

Teenage (13+)

By Tanya Landman (Walker Books)
Following the vicious murder of her brother, orphan Siki vows to become an Apache warrior to take revenge upon her brother, Tazhi's, killers.

The Arrival
By Shaun Tan (Hodder Children's Books)
This wordless graphic novel explores the many reasons that lead people to leave their old lives and homes behind and set out upon the journey entailed in starting afresh. For teenagers, adults and younger readers too.

Artichoke Hearts
By Sita Brahmachari (Macmillan Children's Books)
Aged 12, Mira's life changes when her Nana Josie becomes ill and Mira begins to learn about the secrets of her family and loved ones in this emotionally honest novel.

Blood Donors
By Steve Tasane (Walker Books)
A skin-crawling novel about Marshall O'Connor who lives in the "Finger", a block of flats with a deep, dark and deadly secret. This distinctive, fresh and decidedly creepy novel explores stigma and prejudice.

The Breadwinner
By Deborah Ellis (Oxford University Press Children's Books)
Kept house-bound by the Taliban's law that women and girls should not leave the house on their own, Parvana, her mother and sisters are in danger of starvation when their father is arrested.

By Philip Ridley (Methuen)
A playscript that explores the tensions between two groups of teenagers who come to learn the way party politics influence the everyday lives of individuals and the devastating impact this can have.

Half-Caste and Other Poems
By John Agard (Hodder Children's Books)
The poems in this highly original collection, penned by John Agard, uncover a wealth of human experience and on differences in race.

Noughts and Crosses
By Malorie Blackman (Random House Children's Books)
Sephy and Callum live in a world of split communities and civil unrest. Can their feelings for one another grow and blossom against this backdrop and what will occur if those feelings are discovered?

By Joe Sacco (Jonathan Cape)
An extraordinary piece of current affairs reportage told in graphic novel form and recounting the conflict in the West Bank and Gaza strip.

Persepolis 1 and 2
By Marjane Satrapi (Vintage)
This eye-opening graphic novel about author Marjane Satrapi's childhood growing up in Tehran uncovers the way a country's politics, religion, history and traditions, influence a sense of identity.

Refugee Boy
By Benjamin Zephaniah (Bloomsbury Children's Books)
Thrilled to have left his home country of Ethiopia for the first time, Alem is excited to be spending a holiday with his father in London. Happiness turns to despair, however, when he discovers that his father has left him alone in an unfamiliar country…

(Un)arranged Marriage
By Bali Rai (Random House Children's Books)
This highly personal story was partly influenced by Bali Rai's own experiences. It looks at the impact cultural traditions can have on young people growing up in modern times and the book will resonate will all who have experienced the pressure of expectation at the hands of their family.

The Weight of Water
By Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury Children's Books)
Poetic and reflective, the story tells how Kasienka comes to England from Gdansk in Poland with her mother, a suitcase and a laundry bag full of clothes, desperate to search for her father.

This article was amended on 14 October 2014 to correct the description of Handa's Surprise.

October 1, 2014 Day 254 of the Sixth Year - History

As the days get shorter, you won&rsquot even notice. you&rsquoll be too busy planning parties to celebrate these momentous occasions. Some enable entire month-long festivities:

If you&rsquore only looking for a week-long festivity, then select from:

    Tuesday) (1st Wednesday) (1st Week) (2nd Week)
  • National Bulk Foods Week (3rd Week)
  • National Food Bank Week (2nd Week) (2nd Week) (2nd Friday)
    (3rd Week) (3rd
    Week) (4th Week)
  • National Dessert Day, the second Thursday of the month
  • Global Champagne Day, the fourth Friday of the month

The rest of October&rsquos line-up includes:

  • October 1: World Vegetarian Day
  • October 1: Pudding Season Begins
  • October 1: Homemade Cookies Day
  • October 2: National Fried Scallops Day
  • October 3: National Caramel
    Custard Day
  • October 4: National Cinnamon Roll Day in Sweden (Kanelbullens Dag)
  • October 4: National Taco Day
  • October 4: National Vodka Day
  • October 5: National Apple Betty Day
  • October 6: National Noodle Day
  • October 7: National Frappe Day
  • October 8: National Fluffernutter Day
  • October 8: National Pierogi Day
  • October 8: National Salmon Day
  • October 9: Moldy Cheese Day (we presume they mean blue cheese mold)
  • October 9: National Submarine-Hoagy-Hero-Grinder Day†
  • October 10: National Angel Food Cake Day
  • October 11: National Sausage Pizza Day
  • October 11: World Dulce de Leche Day
  • October 12: National Gumbo Day
  • October 12: National Pulled Pork Day
  • October 13: National Yorkshire Pudding Day
  • October 14: National Chocolate-Covered Insects Day
  • October 14: National Dessert Day
  • October 15: National Chicken Cacciatore Day
  • October 15: National Roast
    Pheasant Day
  • October 16: National Liqueur Day
  • October 16: World Bread Day
  • October 16: World Food Day
  • October 17: National Pasta Day
  • October 17: Four Prunes Day
  • October 18: Global Champagne Day
  • October 18: National Chocolate
    Cupcake Day
  • October 19: National Seafood
    Bisque Day
  • October 20: National Brandied Fruit Day
  • October 21: National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
  • October 21: National Caramel Apple Day
  • October 21: National Mezcal Day
  • October 22: National Nut Day
  • October 23: National Boston Cream Pie Day
  • October 23: National Canning Day
  • October 24: National Bologna Day
  • October 24: National Good and Plenty Day
  • October 25: National Greasy Foods Day
  • October 25: World Pasta Day
  • October 26: National Pumpkin Day
  • October 26: National Pretzel Day
  • October 26: National Mince Meat Pie Day
  • October 27: National Potato Day
  • October 27: American Beer Day
  • October 28: National Chocolate Day
  • October 28: Wild Foods Day
  • October 29: National Oatmeal Day
  • October 30: National Candy Corn Day
  • October 30: Buy A Doughnut Day
  • October 31: National Candy Apple Day
  • October 31: Trick or Treat for UNICEF Day

Continue To The November Food Holidays

†May 5th is National Hoagie Day. November 4th is National Submarine Sandwich Day. And someone decided that we needed a National Eat A Hoagie Day on September 14th and Submarine-Hoagie-Grinder Day on October 9th.



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Girls who undergo female genital mutilation face short-term complications such as severe pain, shock, excessive bleeding, infections, and difficulty in passing urine, as well as long-term consequences for their sexual and reproductive health and mental health.

Although primarily concentrated in 30 countries in Africa and the Middle East, female genital mutilation is a universal problem and is also practiced in some countries in Asia and Latin America. Female genital mutilation continues to persist amongst immigrant populations living in Western Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand.

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively and disproportionately affected girls and women, resulting in a shadow pandemic disrupting SDG target 5.3 on the elimination of all harmful practices including, female genital mutilation. UNFPA estimates additional 2 million girls projected to be at risk of undergoing female genital mutilation by 2030. In response to this disruption, the United Nations, through its UNFPA-UNICEF joint programme, has been adapting interventions that ensure the integration of female genital mutilation in humanitarian and post-crisis response.

To promote the elimination of female genital mutilation, coordinated and systematic efforts are needed, and they must engage whole communities and focus on human rights, gender equality, sexual education and attention to the needs of women and girls who suffer from its consequences.

No Time for Global Inaction: Unite, Fund, and Act to End Female Genital Mutilation

In 2012, the UN General Assembly designated February 6th as the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, with the aim to amplify and direct the efforts on the elimination of this practice.

This year the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation and the Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices (IAC) jointly launch the 2021 theme: "No Time for Global Inaction, Unite, Fund, and Act to End Female Genital Mutilation." Many countries are experiencing a “crisis within a crisis” due to the pandemic including an increase in female genital mutilation. That is why the United Nations call on the global community to reimagine a world that enables girls and women to have voice, choice, and control over their own lives.

Be part of the online conversation and participate on social media using our official material. Share with the world how you #Act2EndFGM!

UN Action

Although the practice has been around for more than a thousand years, there are reasons to think that female genital mutilation could end in a single generation. That is why the United Nations strives for its full eradication by 2030, following the spirit of Sustainable Development Goal 5.

Since 2008, UNFPA, jointly with UNICEF, leads the largest global programme to accelerate the elimination of female genital mutilation. The Joint Programme currently focuses on 17 countries in Africa and the Middle East and also supports regional and global initiatives.

Over the years, this partnership has seen significant achievements. For instance, more than 2.8 million people participated in public declarations of FGM elimination, and the number of communities establishing surveillance structures to track girls doubled and protected 213,774 girls from undergoing the practice.

Did You Know?

  • UNFPA estimates there may be as many as 2 million cases of female genital mutilation by 2030 that would have otherwise been averted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • In 2021 alone, there are 4.16 million girls around the world, who are at risk of undergoing female genital mutilation.
  • According to a UNFPA (pre-COVID-19) study, the cost of preventing female genital mutilation is $95 per girl today.
  • 30 countries where female genital mutilation is prevalent are experiencing high population growth, with at least 30 per cent of girls undergoing female population under the age of 15.
  • Around 1 in 4 girls and women, or 52 million worldwide, experienced female genital mutilation, performed by health personnel pointing to an alarming trend in the medicalization of female genital mutilation.

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The Celebrations Start

July 1, 1917: The 50th anniversary of Confederation. The Parliament buildings, under construction, are dedicated to the Fathers of Confederation and to the courage of Canadians who fought in Europe during the First World War.

July 1, 1927: The 60th anniversary of Confederation. The Peace Tower Carillon is inaugurated. The Governor General at the time, Viscount Willingdon, lays the cornerstone of the Confederation Building on Wellington Street.

From 1958 to 1968: The government organizes celebrations for Canada's national holiday every year. The Secretary of State of Canada is responsible for coordinating these activities. A typical format includes a flag ceremony in the afternoon on the lawns of Parliament Hill and a sunset ceremony in the evenings, followed by a concert of military music and fireworks.

July 1, 1967: The 100th anniversary of Confederation. Parliament Hill is the backdrop for a high-profile ceremony, which includes the participation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

From 1968 to 1979: (with the exception of 1976): A large multicultural celebration is presented on Parliament Hill. This concert is broadcast on television across the country. The main celebrations (called "Festival Canada") are held in the National Capital Region throughout the month of July. These celebrations include many cultural, artistic and sport activities and involve the participation of various municipalities and volunteer associations.

From 1980 to 1983: A new format is developed. In addition to the festivities on Parliament Hill, the national committee (the group tasked by the federal government to plan the festivities for Canada's national holiday) starts to encourage and financially support the establishment of local celebrations across Canada. Start-up funding is provided to support popular activities and performances organized by volunteer groups in hundreds of communities. Interested organizations can make a request to the Celebrate Canada program.

1981: Fireworks light up the sky in 15 major Canadian cities, a tradition that continues today.

1984: The National Capital Commission (NCC) is given the mandate to organize Canada Day festivities in the capital.

2010: Festivities on Parliament Hill receive a royal treatment when Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh join the festivities to celebrate Canada's 143rd anniversary.

2011: Their Royal Highnesses Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, participate in Canada Day festivities on Parliament Hill on the occasion of Canada's 144th anniversary.

2014: Canadian Heritage organizes the 147th Canada Day celebrations. As we approach Canada's 150th anniversary in 2017, the government has given the Department the mandate to organize Canada Day festivities in the capital.

2017: A wide range of activities from coast-to-coast-to-coast are held to mark the 150th Anniversary of Confederation. Attending Canada Day for the first time, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall join in the festivities on Parliament Hill to mark this milestone anniversary with Canadians.

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This reckoning was instituted by Maimonides in the 12th century, in the stead of the previous system Jews had used before, which counted from the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE.

Moving onto today: Israel's official calendar is the Hebrew one. Under law, official Israeli documents must have the Hebrew date on them. Moreover, holidays in Israel are determined according to the Jewish calendar, not the Gregorian one. Thus a given fest – say, Rosh Hashanah – will happen on the same date each year according to Jewish reckoning, but on a different day each year according to the Gregorian calendar. That is because the Gregorian and Jewish calendars don't coincide.

Even civil holidays in Israel, such as Jerusalem Day, are based on the Jewish calendar.

Yet in their day to day lives, most Israelis are completely unaware of the Hebrew date and lead their lives according to the Gregorian calendar. That said, a not-insignificant religious minority still adhere to the Hebrew calendar of old.

The Hebrew calendar is very complicated, because it has to align the solar year (365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes and 46-seconds) with the lunar year (12 months of 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes and 3 seconds).

This means that it must make allowance for the fact that 12 lunar months are about 12 days shorter than the solar year. This isn’t easy.

If you get it wrong, even by a little bit, over time the two would slowly drift apart and you’d have your spring holidays in the fall.

An ancient limestone calendar

Like most ancient peoples, at first the Jews followed a strictly lunar calendar. Our earliest record of this is a 10th century BCE calendar found in the Canaanite town of Gezer (midway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv).

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Regarding the "Israelite new year," this seems to have swung back and forth over the centuries. The Gezer calendar seems to place the "start" of the new year in the fall by the time the Torah was redacted some four centuries later, the new year had moved to the spring. Today it's celebrated in the fall again. (It perhaps bears mention that the ancient Hebrews saw no need that we know of to mark the passing of an old year and start of a new one.)

Maybe calling the inscribed limestone tablet found at Gezer a "calendar" is an exaggeration. The etched stone, in either Phoenician or paleo-Hebrew (depending on who you ask) lists months (and month duos), which don't have proper names, just designated times of the year.

These months are referred to as “moon(s) of X” with X being the main agricultural activity of that month (or two months).

For example, the list begins in the fall with yarkhu asif, that is, “two moons of harvesting.”

As we said, some four centuries later when the Torah was being written, the year was considered to begin in the spring, with each month named by its ordinal number. Thus the spring month on which Passover fell was called the “first month,” the next month was the “second month” and so on.

The arrival of spring

The solar calendar is automatically in line with the seasons, but being some 12 days shorter, the lunar calendar is not.

The Bible doesn’t tell us how the lunar calendar was periodically adjusted to keep in line with the seasons. But it must have been, at least from the days of King Josiah and the centralization of the cult in Jerusalem (in the second half of the seventh century BCE). On Passover, Shavuot, and Sukkot – which have specific Hebrew dates - the people of Israel were required to bring agricultural produce to Jerusalem and if there had been "seasonal creep," in at least some years, there would have been no produce to bring as tithes.

It is almost certain this is how they adjusted for seasonal creep: At the end of the 12th lunar month, priests in Jerusalem determined spring had arrived. If spring was indeed deemed to have arrived, great: the new moon was a sign that not only the first month had begun but also a new year, and messengers were sent out to announce that Passover was two weeks away.

But if the priests decided that it was still winter, an additional “leap month” or “embolismic month” as its called was added, and messengers would only be sent out a month later.

Thus the calendar was kept in line with the seasons. It is possible that this process was made more precise with the introduction of a sundial of sorts introduced by King Ahaz in the end of the eighth century BCE.

Jewish month - named for Babylonian god

It seems that before their banishment from the Holy Land and exile in Babylon, the ancient Hebrews hadn't given their months actual names. But after the Babylonian exile in the Second Temple period, the months began to be called by their Akkadian Babylonian names - which we use to this very day.

Some of these names are innocuous enough, such as Tishrei, meaning “beginning,” Marheshvan was shortened to Heshvan meaning “eighth month,” and so on. Other month names though are quite surprising: Tammuz for example originated with a pagan Babylonian god.

Another change that happened gradually in the Second Temple period was that the year was increasingly seen as beginning in the fall, as it is to this very day, and not in the spring as it was in biblical times.

The hand of imperfect men

At first the decision on when exactly one month ended and another began, and when a leap month was to be added, was in the hand of men. But in a gradual process spanning hundreds of years, a fixed system was devised, which we use to this day.

According to the Mishnah (redacted 200 CE), during the time of the Second Temple, witnesses would come to the Temple and report that they had seen the new moon. They would be grilled by priests, who would decide whether a new month had in fact begun.

If they decided it had, the priests would announce the new moon to the public.

Thus they would decide the length of each month and whether an embolismic month was to be added to the year. When the Temple was destroyed by Titus in 70 CE, these functions were taken up by the rabbinic council, the Great Sanhedrin, and more specifically by a subcommittee of three of the Sanhedrin members that would meet on the 29th of every month and receive witnesses and come to decisions regarding the calendar.

From Mishnaic times through to the ninth century CE at the latest, the Hebrew calendar gradually lost the errant human element and shifted to a fixed calendar based on predetermined rules and calculations.

Samuel the astronomer

A key figure in the process of formalizing the calendar from observation to calculation was the great Babylonian rabbi Samuel of Nehardea, who was a great astronomer. The Talmud quotes him as saying “I am as familiar with the courses of the stars as with the streets of Nehardea” (Berachot 58b).

Samuel developed the calculations necessary to determine the calendar without relying on messengers from Palestine, which, he explained, meant that Jews outside of Palestine no longer had to add an extra day to their holidays, though halakha still prescribes that these extra days should be kept just the same.

Throughout the leadership of Judah III (290-320 CE), the Great Sanhedrin continued to receive witnesses of the new moon, but only as a formality, and for the sake of preserving time-honored tradition. The decision was already made according to calculation.

Samuel's son and successor as Nasi of the Sanhedrin, Hillel II (330-365 CE) is credited with finalizing the fixed Hebrew calendar as we know it, though the rules we know today were only fully laid out in writing in the 9th century.

Morphing months

So how does it work? The basic Jewish year has 12 months with five months of 29 days, and five months of 30 days, which alternate. The two other months - Heshvan and Kislev - change from year to year, according to the rules elaborated below.

But not all Jewish years have 12 months. Seven out of every 19 years are "embolismic years," which means they have a 13th month, called "Adar Bet" or - a "second Adar".

Whether a year is embolismic or not is determined by its place on a 19-year cycle. Most years are “regular” 12-month years except for years 3, 6, 8, 11, 14, 17, and 19, which are embolismic.

Each year, whether embolismic or not, starts on Rosh Hashanah - the day the new moon of Tishri appears. But if one of four conditions called dekhiot (“postponements”) are met, the Rosh Hashanah holiday - and thus the beginning of the year - is postponed by a day or two. In practice, that happens in most years.

So what are these postponing rules? (1) If Rosh Hashanah falls on Sunday, Wednesday or Friday, it is postponed by a day. (2) If the new moon appears after noon, Rosh Hashanah is postponed by a day. If the new day is one of those in Rule 1, Rosh Hashanah gets postponed by two days. (3) In a regular 12-month year, that is one that isn’t embolismic, if the new moon of Tishri appears more than 20 seconds past 3:11 A.M. on a Tuesday, Rosh Hashanah is postponed by two days.

The last instance is an extremely rare one. (4) In years that follow an embolismic year, if the new moon appears on a Monday more than 43 seconds past 9:32 A.M. - then Rosh Hashanah is postponed by a day.

You might assume these one- or two-day postponements simply cause one or two days to be added to the last month of the year, Elul. Not so! In fact they were added six months in advance to the winter months of Heshvan and Kislev, which as we said, change in length from year to year.

Theoretically Heshvan and Kislev each have 29 days. But if the new year needs to be postponed by one day, the preceding Heshvan is expanded to 30 days and Kislev stays at 29.

If two days are to be added, then both the preceding Heshvan and Kislev have 30 days.

How is this calculated six months in advance? Because dekhiot can be and are calculated years in advance using moon charts and math. When calculating the calendar for the year to come, you can calculate what kind of year it will be well in advance, and monkey with the lengths of Heshvan and Kislev as needed.
That’s it. If you have the data on when the new moon will rise over Jerusalem for each year, information that is readily available online, you can calculate the Hebrew calendar yourself. Though, thankfully, you don’t have to. Shanah Tova!

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