Wouldn’t it be cool if the solution to the world’s problems was 80’s music? True, the decade itself was a huge carbuncle on the ass of humanity, but my gawd the music was fun. Speaking from personal experience, 80’s music is what got me through a horrific period of my life. To this day, I still want my MTV. If, you know, MTV actually still played music videos.
Anyway, enjoy. 🙂
You may very well be a bad-ass, but you’ll never be D-Day, landing on Omaha Beach in 1944 bad-ass. Today is the 72nd anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy. Mostly comprised of U.S., Canadian, and British troops, the allies gained a foothold on five sectors of the Normandy coast: Omaha, Gold, Sword, Juno, and Utah. It was the largest amphibious assault in history. The taking of Omaha beach was by far the most costly and brutal, with 2000 killed and 1000 wounded. The spoils of such a massive undertaking was a three month, hedgerow to hedgerow battle royal with some of Germany’s best troops throughout Northern France.
No matter how much I read about the subject, nor no matter how many movies and documentaries I watch, can I fathom how much courage it took to storm those beaches, let alone be a wartime soldier. Not just WWII: Any war. It takes a special kind of person to rush head first into an untenable and unpredictable situation with no regard for their safety, and no guarantee they’ll come out in one piece. You will always hear me question war and military actions. However, you will never hear me denigrate a soldier. They deserve respect, and they certainly have mine, both past and present.
May everyone have a safe and happy holiday tomorrow. Remember: Never dip your giblets into a fresh baked pie. That would be gross – and painful.
The other day my wife came across this article, Information That We Need To Wake The F**k Up. I think it serves as the perfect manifesto for those of us who believe that the world is indeed under attack from the top 1%. I published part of the article here, but you really should click on the hyperlink to read the full article. It will blow your mind a little bit.
1. The economic principle of ‘growth’ is irrational, unsustainable and harmful to the interdependent ecology of life on earth
2. Multinational corporations are evading tax whilst the burden is put on the populace, however sovereign nations can literally create their own publicly operated central banks so that there is no need to pay interest (deficit) to the private banking families (which Hungary has already done and Iceland is following suit)
3. The free market has been hijacked by crony capitalism, ‘socialism for the rich’ and a fraudulent monetary system
4. The food we are being fed is laced with toxic and unhealthy chemicals and is causing widespread damage to our health
5. Industrial agriculture is killing natural systems, mostly because of its monoculture approach and its use of oil-based chemicals
6. The scientific establishment is riddled with dogma, especially because of its ‘unscientific’ bias for the debunked philosophy of ‘materialism’, and it has become a corporate institution which will generally fund research only if its for the benefit of making money
7. The education model completely misses life lessons around social, psychological, philosophical, behavioral, emotional and spiritual health, as well as indoctrinates our kids into robotic, ill-informed and status-maintaining mindsets
8. Mainstream society has been brainwashed into ‘believing’ the ‘official’ narratives spread by government and mainstream media and have also been conditioned with materialistic, individualistic and consumerist ideologies that have caused epidemics of community breakdown, ill-health, unhappiness and spiritual disconnection
9. Pharmaceutical giants have monopolized our medicine and have suppressed cures for many diseases, such as several natural remedies proven to eradicate cancer, and fail to provide true knowledge around preventing disease, such as proper diet and nutrition
11. Alternative energy technologies have been suppressed, including free energy, so that current corporate structures have no competition to replace it with
12. The earth and her natural systems are being significantly degraded by human activity and we are in the midst of the sixth greatest extinction of life on earth
13. People across our globe, both in so-called developed and developing nations, are suffering needlessly due to systemically designed socioeconomic disadvantage
14. The wealth inequality gap is increasing at greater speed and the large majority of the wealth and resources of our planet are ‘owned’ by a select few
15. Many so-called conspiracy theories are actually based in evidence and truth
16. Our so-called leaders are not doing what’s best for us, they’re doing what’s best for their interests
A tip of the Tin Foil Hat to The Mind Unleashed for sharing this enlightening article.
I really wish some of my FB friends, some of whom I can now call former friends after today, would stop trying to “educate” me on the difference between the confederate flag and the confederate battle flag. They both represent a heritage of slavery and racism. I’m a history major for fuck’s sake. I know the difference, but I don’t care. One friend of mine, after posting several rant filled memes supporting the flag, went on to post another meme bitching that it was ok for everyone else but white people to show their pride in our country. I responded to her that it’s been white pride day ever since the English first established a colony in Jamestown, Virginia. She’s not my friend anymore.
Quick, name three artists who have had a top forty hit in every decade since 1980. Give up? It’s Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Weird Al Yankovic. Yes, you read it correctly: Weird. Al. Yankovic. His latest album, (Do we still call them albums?) Mandatory Fun is the first comedy album to debut at #1 since the Kennedy administration. I thought I would share this video parodying Lourde’s song Royals, because it’s sympatico with my blog. Also: It’s funny as hell 🙂
Without further adieu, I share with you Weird Al’s Foil.
It’s about time. After 40 years of filling stadiums and arenas, as well as influencing some big name stars such as Garth Brooks, the flamboyant band known as Kiss has finally made the rock and roll hall of fame. The fact that they haven’t made it well before now is an egregious insult to the band as well as their fans. Kiss is one of my favorite groups of all time. I grew up with them, and at one point had every album they ever made. I even dressed up as Gene Simmons on one very memorable childhood Halloween. It’s a shame that the original band couldn’t stay together, or even perform at the induction ceremony, but to channel my internal Gene Simmons, you know, shit happens. I’m glad they’re finally in; they deserve it. Now, if only the NFL hall of fame committee would vote in Ken Anderson and Ken Riley!