Friday, 24 October 2008

I am in the studio with all our hangs

Said Bai Ling recently. I am equally unenlightened.
Anywhoo, the internet's a big ol'thing, and one has to be very careful how one approaches it.
Take Kira Cochrane, and her article in the Guardian entitled, 'Fair game?'. In it, she asks why there hasn't 'been a bigger backlash against the misogyny aimed at Sarah Palin.'
Well, that would be fair question, were it a fair question. But it's not. Kira gives us examples of a sexist youtube video, and a blogger. Now, you can find anything you want on the internet, so if you want to find something made or written by a chauvanistic moron, you've come to the right place.
The reason there hasn't been a backlash against this kind of misogyny is because that would require mainstream widespread misogyny. If the BBC and Fox News were broadcasting chauvanistically about Sarah Palin, I'm sure there'd be a backlash, but fighting moronic rubbish on the internet is just pissing in the wind, and I guess most people realise that.
Anyway, who is this Kira Cochrane to talk about chauvanism? All she ever writes about is women, women, dieting, women, male cyclist's thighs, women... hardly balanced, is it?

Obviously, I think nothing about Sarah Palin's sex makes her more or less able to be US VP. It's her rabid, ill-thought-out, and pig-ignorant views, coupled with her overwhelming stupidity that make her a bad prospect. Am I a thick-ist? Yes.

Thursday, 16 October 2008

good question



I wonder whether all this capitalist soul searching will actually result in some tempering of the system or not. There's no historical (in my lifetime!) precedent for any action, and while things may look bad, the people who gain the most from the markets etc would have the most to lose from reform. These people being the rich and powerful of the world, makes me think they're more likely to try to weather the storm until it's business as usual again.

I can't see the rest of us taking to the streets and brandishing pitchforks or anything, so my guess is we're not really seeing the end of Thatcher's capitalism at all.

Still, it's nice to dream (but it's not enough).

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

move

so, for the second time this year, I believe, I'm going to relentlessly plug shit I dig...

This time it's Q-Tip. His new video/song is just fantastic; the production is a masterclass in how to be popularist while being a bit clever too, and the rhyme has the correct amount of aggression in it. All good. I hope he conquers the world. I've read his album is released either on the 4th or 11th of November, and so far I'm even more excited about this than I was about James Pants earlier this year.

Sunday, 12 October 2008

Republican voters may be stupid


Now, obviously, what she thinks about abortion is wrong, but what shocks me about this is the fact the crowd cheer almost every other word. What scares me is that people in the apparently civilised world can still behave like idiotic Shakespearean mobs.

More republican mobs here, with McCain actually being decent in front of his rabid, frothing ill informed crowd.


"He's an Arab"!!! Aaaarggh!

Friday, 10 October 2008

fuck bankers

Last month I read an article describing the slow/reverse progress being made towards the UN's "Millenium Goals" (like halving world hunger by 2015).

When I say slow, I mean, there has been slow progress in China and around Latin America, and it is the governments of those areas that can be thanked for that. When I say reverse, I mean sub-suharan Africa, where things are getting worse. Remember all the Western leaders bleating about hunger in Africa? Well they haven't payed up enough to help sort out the problem.

One organisation says the world as a whole needs to spend an extra £7 billion to meet the hunger target alone. I know, £7 billion. Fuck, man, that's a lot.

So, when I read last night that the IMF (Imbecilic Money Fuckers) is preparing a $200 billion fund to help stricken economies, I was a bit surprised. Apparently, as they haven't been lending recently (probably because developing countries have started to realise what an utter shower of shits the IMF are and how they don't want to be screwed over for a generation), they have somewhat of a "war chest". Bastards.

Ditto "the fed", the treasury/Bank of England etc etc etc. What is going on? Where is all this money coming from? We are constantly told government spending has to be cut back on anything social, and yet as soon as the gits in suits fuck everything up with their idiotic dealings, there are hundreds of billions of pounds, euros and (ha) dollars (not that they're much use) to deal with the problem.

If it was that easy to chuck billions about, why do we still have any starvation in the world? That, I realise, sounds like something a Miss World contestant would say, but how else can you put it? It obviously is possibly to find these kind of funds, and all of a sudden I see it's quite acceptable to nationalise industries to protect them from the brutal swings of the markets - so let's get to it. And someone find £7bn to chuck at world hunger... or more if that's what it takes.

On another note, I love avclub.com. Here are two celebrity stories to give you nightmares: Brangelina, awfulness. Can we put Kanye to bed now?

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

they're gay.



Well, quite.

At the other end of the nonsense scale, yesterday in the Guardian we had Germaine Greer, and she done this:

"Freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose... This has always struck me as one of the cleverest lines ever to turn up in a pop lyric. I first heard it one night in December 1968, when Lou Reed took me down to a club in Greenwich Village to hear a new singer called Kris Kristofferson. After we heard the set, we went back to Max's restaurant and I didn't actually meet Kristofferson until nearly three years later, when I came upon him crawling through the dog-flap at Janis Joplin's house, not long after her death, and just before her version of his song Me and Bobby McGee became a huge hit."

When I am King, there will be a moratorium on 60s anecdotes. When the 60s "revolutionaries" can explain to me why exactly they all grew up to ruin everything with the worst excesses of the 80s, it will be removed.

The legacy of 68 isn't freedom, or hippies or civil rights, or the sexual revolution (because no-one had sex prior to that?).... It's wankers in suits, Porsches, big phones, crappy music, rampant capitalism, shallow "spiritualism". I could go on. I've recently come to accept the 60s were a good time for music - lots of things happened in a short time, it was very forward looking. I can dig that. What I can't dig is the tower of pretentious, tuneless, meaningless, musically backward looking shit that is and was Bob Dylan. He learned from Kerouac that if you're shambling enough, wordy enough and massage people's "intellectual" egos enough, people will buy into you wholesale; you don't have to say anything worthwhile. Music with meaning? Dylan's having a laugh - listen to Public Enemy.


Anyway, she finishes her article on a flourish... "Freedom cannot be built, but it can be sung."

What?!? You get PAID to write that? Still, like

Thursday, 2 October 2008

oh no! bad energy!

I came across a facebook group called "The Mission : Clearing of concentration camps --> Clean up after the Nazis".
I couldn't think of any possible way that could be a good thing, so I checked it out.

It is unbelievable nonsense. "The Secret" is remarkably sensible compared to this...

Read it for yourself, it's enlightening in all the wrong ways. It's a shame that people with good intentions can be so dim-witted... Here it is.

Holy hand grenades!!

how the internet improves political debate


(from youtube)

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

metaphor of the day

Republican representative Darrell Issa (?), explaining why he would not vote for the (failed) bill to bail out the financial sector, said it would put an end to the Reagan era, that it would,

"permanently put a a coffin on top of the coffin of Ronald Reagan."

Pow! Take that!

As Colbert pointed out - a coffin on top of a coffin? That is twice as dead.

Anyone reading this who has not been clicking on The Colbert Report link daily, should start right now! And watch the Daily Show too; that's 40 odd minutes of satire four days a week! What are you waiting for?