This whole Hillary Clinton email scandal seems ridiculously stupid. The latest much to do about nothing. Look, I would prefer if Elizabeth Warren was the candidate. Although I’d vote for Clinton in a heartbeat over the Republican’s mutant pack, I’m not itching for there to be another Clinton in the Whitehouse. If you read history you realize that Bill Clinton, though the economy was decent while he was in office, did many things that contributed to the weakening of the American worker over the longterm. Perhaps HRC would be better, but the policies of the Clinton years were a mixed bag. That being said, at least the Clintons actually want to govern instead of implementing a bunch of ideology driven policies that are already proven failures.
But anyway, I have yet to read anything about the Clinton emails that seems anything other than a controversy created to try to discredit her in the mainstream press. It is heat without light, a distraction, to bring her low, while preventing us on focusing on Republican policies that are only going to benefit the extremely wealthy. Keep your eyes on the ball…
Senators Don’t Believe Human Caused Climate Change
Fourteen of the fifteen hottest years on record have occurred since the year 2000, yet we now have a Senate in which 49 of its members are unwilling to tie climate change to human behavior, despite overwhelming scientific evidence to the contrary. If this were a movie no one would believe it, unless it was a comedy. We are a laughing stock to most of the intelligent world, yet so many of our citizens bury their heads in the sand. (This bunch was just elected and reelected.) Anyone that has young children or is thinking of having them should be weeping openly in public. If we don’t act soon, we are willingly bequeathing future generations a world that will resemble a flaming ball of shit. If I sound angry, I am. This idiocracy is the result of greed and laziness and people that can’t be bothered with anything that isn’t in their narrow little field of view. We let the 1% buy so many of our elections. We sit idly by as the rich destroy education and turn our people into a nation of retarded couch potatoes. These powerful few are making monkeys out of us and no one cares. If no one was going to procreate again, I could say we had it coming. However, people that are babies now, or those that have not been born, are innocent of these ridiculous crimes. And yes, what we are doing is a crime. We are harming other people and future generations just so we can drive big cars around town while fueling destruction and our own egos. In a democracy the many have power over the few, but in order for that to be so the many need to pay attention and actually try to figure out what is really going on. If they don’t soon it is game over…
Johny Depp: Actors that Start Bands Make Him “Sick”
The above link is to an article where Johnny Depp discusses his distaste for actors who use their fame to start bands. Depp plays music with others on the side, but would never form his own project because most people would only want to see it due to fame.
I was trying to think of people that were famous in one career, that moved over into music later in life, and there isn’t many that I can think of that actually made valid music. David Lynch has gone from being a director to creating valid music at times, even releasing solo records. However, Lynch has always been sort of a Renaissance man. He was involved in the music and sound design of many of his films. He wrote the lyrics for the Julee Cruise albums that him and Angelo Badalamenti did with her. I think someone like Lynch is the exception and not the rule though.
One of the things that is really troubling in Austin is that you see a lot of the young rich starting bands and taking up club slots on the weekends. The tech industry is really big in Austin. You will have these guys that are rich by the time they are in their 30’s start up these massively funded bands, taking slots away from working musicians. If they were any good one could possibly ignore it. Although I’m sure one of those kinds of bands is actually decent, most of them are terrible. Sure, they are usually professional, as they can afford to buy good equipment, pay for promotion, take professional photographs, buy good looking stage outfits, etc. However, the music itself is usually the worst kind of cliched nonsense. It may seem like I am jealous, and I do feel it is an insult to people that have spent years honing their craft, but really I just wish my ears wouldn’t be polluted by so much nonsense. The 1% will not only own 50% of the wealth by 2016, but are also pumping out more than their fair share of sonic gibberish. There are some that will refuse to believe me, and will think that this is some kind of personal vindictiveness, but I would so rather hear rich guys making amazing music than poor people making total shite. However, this is rarely the case. Most of these “weekend warrior” bands are making, to quote Keith Richards when talking of Mick Jagger’s solo album, “dogshit in the doorway”.
This article from Huffington Post has to be seen to be believed. A reporter got into an event that was a party for an exclusive fraternity composed of wealthy people in the financial industry.
“They wrote a book about it / They said it was like ancient Rome” – From Romeo Had Juliet by Lou Reed