A ONCE-A-WEEK (or so) LIST OF WHAT I GIVE A DAMN ABOUT. WITH 10 = MOST IMPORTANT; AND 1 = NOT SO MUCH
QQ : 1 2012
The 2010 midterm elections results were one of the biggest losses for a party in power in US history. The big winners are President Rush Limbaugh and his Vice President Glen Beck who have ascended, de facto, to the highest office in the land. Limbaugh/Beck have instituted the policies by which we are now governed. The new law of economics, known as the ‘Koch & Balls’ dictatorship- by- hedge- fund, forms the basis of the Limbaugh/Beck presidency. The initial agenda involves the re establishment of slavery, the re-institution of child labour, the banning of women’s reproductive rights, the criminalization of unions and the establishment of a state religion based on the teachings of Jimmy Swaggart and the New Apostolic Reformation.
Privatization of the police, education, prisons, social security and the Supreme Court are to follow shortly. Rulings on evolution, the Flat Earth, and the fact that the sun actually revolves around us, are all expected soon.
QQ : 2 HAL
A Supreme Court decision is expected shortly on the submission by the Apple corporation.
Apple has presented the case that their new iDataComputer complex in Maiden, North Carolina is a person under the terms of the US constitution and, as such, should have all the rights and privileges associated with that person-hood.
The name Hal is being considered. An affirmative decision is anticipated. Hal is expected to vigorously exercise his first amendment rights at every level. Hal's first act as a person, will be to form a PAC to explore 2012 election possibilities.
As President, Hal intents to re-name the earth as iWorld. Apple is also expected to submit to the courts that it is a religion, (i - slam) and should have all the rights, benefits and privileges of such. The elimination of the separation of church and state are likely to follow.
The anticipated 2012 contest between Limbaugh/Beck on the one side and Hal on the other is being eagerly anticipated by iblogNews, iTwitNews, iTubeNews, iFaceNews and iFoxNews who will transmit second- by -second coverage.
QQ : 3 THE RAIN IN SPAIN
It seems that the air we breathe and the fresh water that we drink to sustain life have been determined to belong to the State.
Although the state, or private industry may control delivery of water, the ownership of this resource is something of a quandary. Does the State in fact own the rain? Does the State own the source of the mountain stream and the snow melt? Does the State own the patent to photosynthesis?
As we privatize oxygen and H20, we buy our water at the supermarket. Then we are presented with various quality options regarding the air we breathe based on how much property tax we are willing or able to pay.
Of course if Hal wins the 2012 election, we will be drinking iWater with various quality options based on your commitment to the iCloud. iOxygen, however will remain a free service while a monetization formula is structured regarding air quality choice.
Hal is all about freedom of choice within the iWorld paradigm.
Welcome to iWorld.
QQ : 4 SWING HAS SWUNG
The quality of swing is not strained.
Without swing, music is cold and emotionless.
Jazz is either cool or hot. It isn’t smooth.
When jazz tries to be smooth, it is Cold and does not Swing.
Rock is not Soft. Hop is not hip. Soft rock does not swing. There is no such thing as Soft Rock.
True exponents of swing include Gene Krupa, Django Reinhardt, Charles Mingus, Oscar Peterson, Jeff Percaro and Quincy Jones.
Pretenders, who claim to swing, but don't have a clue, include Chick Corea, Winton Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, Kenny G, Kanye West and probably the entire musical output of the Twenty- first century... so far.
We suffer a swing-less age of Cold Media.
QQ : 5 THE END OF COOL
Media can be hot or cold.
When a news item was "hot off the presses", it had a visceral emotional impact that is quite different to the impact of a tweet.
Digital media, especially in music, transmitted by mp3, similarly reflects a cold format that lacks fundamental emotional content. There is something about vinyl that continues to generate musical heat.
A Rothko print of three coloured bars, reduced in size, hanging in a corporate environment is cold and has no meaning. The print is cold. Go the the Rothko Chapel in Houston. See the heat generated by eight, seemingly identical, enormous panels of black. You will feel your Maker, your mortality and the meaning of life.
Kodak is going belly up. Ansel Adams and Henri Cartier-Bresson were hot. Photo-shop is not.
We live in a cold time. I much prefer "cool".
QQ : 6 A FEW GLIMMERS
Who and what is "cool" in this era? Is cool still possible in an era without compassion; filled with over-riding alienation and artlessness?
Here are a few examples of people and places about which I could say, "Dude, I love what you are trying to do!" At least they have attempted to break the ice:
Vince Gill and Bob Dylan and Keith Richards
Umberto Eco, Christopher Hitchins
The Financial Times and New Yorker magazine
The extraordinary Zaha Hadid and Frank Gehry
Tony Bennett and Harry Connick, Jr.
The Hollywood Bowl and Tanglewood.
The cities of Manhattan and Melbourne.
Cirque du Soleil
QQ : 7 CZECH MATE
Milan Kundera, Josef Skvorecky, Karel Capek, Jaroslav Hasek and Franz Kafka all understood, and un-knowingly foresaw our time. We are "K" wandering through the corridors of the World Wide Wasteland following paths that lead nowhere with agendas that have no meaning attending to assumed judgements that have no moral or ethical foundation.
The Czech soul is a sad place to reside.
QQ : 8 THE DEMONS ARE OUT TO GET YOU
According to Doris, (wife of Dr. Peter Wagner, spokesperson for the New Apostolic Reformation) and her NAR homies on a recent NPR interview-
the tsunami and nuclear meltdown in Japan was connected to the emperor having sex with the sun goddess.
This new, charismatic Christian movement seeks to take ‘Dominion’ over politics, business and culture in preparation for the End Times and Jesus' comeback. NAR’s leaders consider themselves Apostles and Prophets, gifted by God for this role. Several apostles affiliated with the movement appeared with Rick Perry, presidential candidate at his recent prayer rally.
I love that "Take Dominion" thing. It seems that since the demons have taken over, we need to be cleansed. and ‘Perry White’ is the man to do it with the help of the NAR.
Demonic art and culture should be the first to go. “Degenerate art” is what they called it in Germany in the 1930s, and a little gas was all it took to cast those demons out.
If you thought the Spanish Inquisition had some historical impact, wait for the impact of the results of the Oklahoma City annual meeting of the International Society of Deliverance Ministers. This is a society of a couple hundred Christian ministers who are in the Ministry of Deliverance. Their seven-day-a-week occupation is casting demons out of people. They have professional expertise in this. They are meeting right now. Doris is one of them. She's written a whole book called “How to Cast Out Demons.”
Welcome to the Age of Enlightenment.
The earth is now officially Flat.
QQ : 9 RUNNING MATES
Lately, I’ve been thinking about bumper stickers for the run-up to the US election in 2012.
AGNEW - CHENEY
EDWARDS - HART
PUTIN - STALIN
QUAYLE - WEINER
John DEAN - Howard DEAN - DEAN Martin - JIMMY DEAN
I could go on.
QQ : 10 WALL STREET
“The Unbearable Lightness of Being” Milan Kundera (p. 100)
When she told her French friends about it they were amazed. "You mean you don’t want to fight the occupation of your country?" She would have liked to tell them that behind Communism, Fascism, behind all occupations and invasions lurks a more basic, pervasive evil and that the image of that evil was a parade of people marching by with raised fists and shouting identical syllables in unison."