Saturday, March 1, 2008

"Children, Wake up"

The Global Outrage of an Educated Man.......vol.66
Good morning ladies and gentlemen.
I want each and everyone of you to check out this video of the band the Arcade Fire from the month of April 2006, before they became tied for the best band in the world with Radiohead. David Bowie as special guest, was pleased enough to join them on stage. Please watch and like the caption says, if you are not moved, then check yourself for a pulse, you may already be dead.
It was nice to see the crowd by the end of the show, rocking along, as were you, hopefully.
Now for some news.
The proverbial sky is falling on the heads of investment bankers. The bubble has burst on house flippers and struggling home owners. I hate to say I told you so, but when has a one story rambler in Columbia Heights ever been worth $210,000. Please. One bedroom condos in downtown for $160,000. What??? If the lower and the middle class do what they should do with their soon to be received rebate check from good ol' Uncle Sam, which is to save it instead of spend it, then our economy just like our image of foreign policy will go right down the toilet along with our sense of complacent entitlement.
But don't worry, because our lame duck President wants us to be safe. He is very concerned for our safety. Just tell that to the victims of Katrina. He didn't realize that gas could hit $4 a gallon. He hadn't heard that. Too busy playing mad libs. George is begging Congress for a law to remain permanent that would give the federal government permission to eavesdrop on supposed enemy combatants without warrants. It does make sense. I mean you have nothing to hide unless your up to something evil. Right. But then again, Big Brother takes one more step into our living rooms. Next February, we will all need digital TV's. Why??? So they can manipulate our thoughts with some cold war tested mind control? Mk-Ultra baby. But don't worry. Governments can always be trusted to do the right thing.
Germans thought so too.
Currently I am reading "The World is Flat" by Thomas Freidman. Great book. I'm a little late on the ball on this one. But, he speaks the truth. And the truth is that the technology of the 21st century will spread Democracy and free thought to all countries, for one will not be able to stop the inherent human need to consume what is the next exciting new thing and they will be blanketed by free trade, because that sure as hell beats the slave trade, and Capitalism will give it them, whether they like it or not. You have been warned Iran, Russia and Saudi Arabia.  But it will also trigger what may be the last of all wars. Because totalitarian regimes in the Middle East and due north will not allow their control to slip so easily through their fingers and they will then need a scapegoat to point their meaty war machines at. Everybody needs an opponent. Life is duality.
The steamroller that is growing momentum heading down the hill toward November and may be usurping the "inevitable" candidate is a feeling we call "Obama." I just hope that who may be the first ever Black President doesn't find his way into a bullet from a crazed lone gunmen. It wouldn't surprise me if he did. Or if he turns out to be the Anti-Christ. 20,000 people everywhere he goes, to listen to him speak. What has he really done? Then again, what have I done? Hopefully he is not just another in a long list of false prophets.
Finally, I urge you ladies and gentlemen to give a listen to an artist called Bon Iver. French for good winter. His album "For Emma, Forever Ago" is stark, simple and brilliant. It is the feeling of a winter cabin with a glowing fire place. If you like Van Morrison, Ray Lamontagne, Nick Drake or Damien Rice and even Bob Dylan, give Bon Iver a listen.
That is all for now. Much love peace and happiness.  

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