Thursday, October 15, 2020

Music and politics




Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS  "Does anyone really listen?" went up Sunday. 

Demi Lovato?  I didn't watch the BILLBOARD AWARDS.  I'm not big on awards show -- it's not like I'm nominated.  :D  She performed an anti-Trump song and I'm supposed to be enraged judging by four e-mails.  Why?

She can support who she wants.  And her position is in keeping with other stands she's taken.  

My problem with Stevie Nicks (I guess I can never leave this topic) is that wasn't her position.  She wasn't political.  For five decades, she never cared about the outside world with the exception of "Desert Angel" (released after the Gulf War, by the way, not during).  That was a B-side and not a very good song.  She seems to lose her ability to write arresting lyrics when she leaves fantasy land.  

So after all of that, she decides to step forward to support a rapist.  And she's not delivering a Tweet, she's making it her first new song in how many years?  (And if you grasp that 24 KARAT was filled with nothing but songs she'd written many, many years before the album was recorded, it's her first new song -- newly written -- since at least 2010.)  She does a video -- a music video, not a PSA -- telling us to vote for a rapist.

Without the sisterhood, Stevie would have no career.  Had women walked away from her in 1979, for example, that would have been it.  Men defined the times, they defined rock.  They had Stevie billed as a no-talent (she's a true original and one of the most talented rock performers ever).  So does she owe women something?  Hell yeah.  To suddenly decide to be a partisan after all these years?  And to do it in her music?

And to do it to Heart.  That video was directed by failed movie director Cameron Crowe.  His film career has been over for some time.  Why hire him Stevie?  To slap Nancy Wilson in the face?  The Wilson sisters -- Ann and Nancy of Heart -- are her peer group.  Where's the sisterhood in hiring a man who we all know did Nancy dirty?  

It's just so insulting on so many levels.

By the way, I'm sure Ann and Nancy have endorsed Joe Biden.  

That's in keeping with who they are.  They are political.  And, please note, Ann spoke out against the Iraq War -- unlike Stevie Nicks.

If you're political, you're political.  

Demi is.  Ann and Nancy are.  Stevie's little stunt was an insult and out of character for reasons I've outlined repeatedly.  I really would like to be done with this topic.

Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

 Thursday, October 15, 2020.  Podcasts?  So much wasted time.

"Dismissive and glib."  That's how Kyle Kulinski described Noam Chomsky's attitude on a recent YOUTUBE segment.  I know this because a friend played about a minute of it to me over the phone this morning.  I'm not interested in Kyle's 'podcast.'  I don't like the way he speaks, I'm not talking about the sound of his voice.  He needs to learn that the body has more than one resonator and take it out of his nose.  His voice is thin and annoying.  But I don't like the way he talks.  I don't need to hear a segment about his nuts.  I'm sorry, he's not good looking, he's not sexy and why do I want to hear him yammer on about his nuts and what kind of underwear they like and blah blah blah.

I'm not going to link to him for the above reason.  But Noam Chomsky wants you to vote the lesser of two evils.  Noam would be better off worrying about himself.  He'd actually be better off getting honest with his large fan base about who he really is (Noam knows what I mean, I've known Noam for decades).  Instead, he wants to hector others.

Brihana Joy Gray and Virgil Texas are doing a new program entitled BAD FAITHOn YOUTUBE, they have one brief video uploaded.  I'm stating this to remind you that I'm done with 'podcasts.'  I'm tired of the sound quality, it hurts my ears.  If they can get on a real platform like YOUTUBE, I'll listen and even repost.  But I'm tired of listening to sub-standard sound that hurts my ears.  I did it over and over for years but it's just not worth it to me anymore.  It's not a reflection on any host and it's not their doing, it's just the format and the sound quality.  And it hurts my ears.  If they post to YOUTUBE and I find out about it, I'll gladly note them here from time to time. 

But our main point here is Noam has no reason to be dismissive or glib.  He's doing the same nonsense he does every four years.  It's a shame people are more tolerant of it today than they were in 2008.  He had to change his public stance in 2008 -- or pretend to.  Noam's a good little asset and he knows that and he knows how to work that.  He's not an honest broker and I'm tired of pretending for him.  I'm tired of being nice about it.

If his work means anything then he needs to stand by it.  But he doesn't.  Every four years he comes along to tell you how to vote and it's always a repudiation of his published writing but we're never supposed to notice that.  91-years-old, you'd think he'd be able to tell the truth.  Pathetic.

On podcasts, Rebecca's husband texted me about Katie Halper's hideous Sausage Show.  (See Rebecca's "katie halper's hideous" for more on last night's live show.)  It's beyond stupid.  Oh, let's be disorganized and debate which announced topic we should go with and then let's Aaron Mate run off at the mouth on the topic no one really cares about by going down a sideroad and never in the history of the UN blah blah blah blah.  The announced topic was Hunter Biden.

As they drank their liquids and goofed around it was purse nonsense.  It's like that horrible Vaginal Book Club or whatever that Felicity Day does.  That's our 'progressive' Felicity Day who explained -- not joking -- that she didn't watch CAGNEY & LACY because it was about two lesbians.  No, it wasn't.  That was a right-wing reaction to the show and it was a reaction that crippled the show in many ways.  CBS was forever giving notes and making demands that one's husband be on and that the other's boyfriend be in an episode -- but not too much sex, don't want them to think she's a 'tramp.'  

When you present as a feminist and pro-woman, you need to know your facts.  I get that she was home schooled.  That doesn't excuse her ignorance as an adult.  And to pimp that lie?  Stop pretending you're informed and you have anything to offer because you don't.

Katie wanted to discuss Hunter Biden (we noted the story in yesterday's snapshot) but she had to stop in the middle of the podcast.  Why?  She hadn't read the article.  She had to read the article to get up to speed.  Despite the fact that this was the second billed topic for her podcast before it aired live.  

This is so idiotic.  You don't do your work live and make people wait for you to play catch up on their time.  She had a hissy fit at the end of the first segment.  Why?  Her first guest was yammering away like an expert -- and he really wasn't, not on the topics he was discussing.  Maybe he can fool the uninformed but I studied Constitutional Law.  Jonathan Turley knows what he's talking about.  Many others don't.  There was a columnist who didn't.  And for years, we looked the other way.  Then he was doing real damage and I pointed out here that he wasn't a Constitutional Law expert despite billing himself that way, he had no training in the subject matter.  He had a hissy fit over my pointing that out but it did end his column with the magazine that had been publishing him.  (And that magazine should have done some research of their own to determine his credentials before presenting him as a Constitutional Law expert.)  The late Michael Ratner was a Constitutional Law expert.  

Because Rebecca's husband texted me and because it was on YOUTUBE, I watched as much of Katie's nonsense as I could take.  

Rebecca is right that it is shameful on Aaron Mate's part that he giggles -- like a little boy -- that journalism is being censored.  Then, later in the broadcast, he wants to put on his stern voice.  No one needs that nonsense.  There is nothing funny about censorship.

Katie and Aaron both want you to know that they are sympathetic to Hunter.  

What a bunch of nonsense.  Corruption should not lead to sympathy.  Corruption has destroyed Iraq and it's no surprise that the corruption results from a government that the US government put in place.  No surprise at all.  Because corruption runs rampant in the US.

And pretending that poor little Hunter deserves our sympathy?  For what?  For shaking up with his dead brother's wife?  For taking money he shouldn't have?  For shady deals?  For refusing to admit that the child was his?  For refusing to pay child support until the court threatened to take the whole matter public?  

And let's remember when he slept with Beau's wife, he didn't just start hitting on the widow of his brother, he did it while he was married and while he had children who were old enough to know what was going on.  "Call her 'Aunty Mommy,' kids."

Anyway, so Katie has a hissy fit after her first segment and tells her audience that they can't leave negative comments or ask questions for the next guest when she has one guest on!!!!

Shut the f**k up.  You put on a piece of crap podcast and you should be glad anyone bothers to even listen to your nonsense.  And the Hunter topic was what everyone wanted to hear about.  So you shouldn't have opened with your chatterbox and done your unguided and unformed interview.  You're not talented enough to go live, Katie, clearly.  Having punished your audience with that dull and meandering segment, you then finally brought on Aaron for the Hunter segment.  And then you wanted to waste more time going back and forth over whether or not Hunter should be the first topic of the segment or not.  It's unprofessional and its unorganized.  

I don't watch 'reality' TV.  I don't have time for garbage that Katie's doing.

And let's also not forget that she presented as pro-woman (no woman running with Spencer Ackerman is pro-woman) but how many weeks ago was it when she last had a woman on her pretty much daily program?  Multiple men, no women.  

I'm sick of it and I don't have time for it.  She should be ashamed of herself.  At least she finally washed that greasy hair, though.  I will give her credit for that.

Aaron wanted to tell you that what happened with Syria -- the attack that wasn't but was promoted as real -- is the biggest story of the century.

No, it's not.  It's not even the biggest story of the decade.  Russia-gate would be the biggest story of the decade.  Iraq would be the biggest story of the century.  But Aaron Mate doesn't talk about Iraq -- except a fleeting comment or two.  Did he learn that in his years working with Amy Goodman?

I'm tired of the 'erection' of false gods (all of whom tend to be male, have you noticed?) who don't really tell the truth about anything.  I'm tired of their podcasts where they bring their friends on for what amounts to Stoner Talk that they think is interesting and that whomever has built them up to god status thinks is interesting.

Jimmy Dore is worth following because he tells uncomfortable truths.  He does serious issues and serious topics.

Compare the way 'journalists' Katie Halper and Aaron Mate covered the Hunter Biden story with the way Jimmy does in the video below.

Jimmy's working for the truth.  He doesn't have to be.  He could just waste time the way Katie does.  Oh, here's what my dad, a doctor, thinks about Donald Trump!!! Just stop.  If that's what you have to offer, you have nothing to offer.  But, Katie, is your mom alive?  I ask because I'm just wondering if your internalized sexism is so great that even with a living mom, you bring your father on multiple segments over the last weeks but never bring on your mom?  Oh, Katie, your hatred for women is truly appalling.

Adam Lucente (AL-MONITOR) reports:

The media landscape in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq includes both party-affiliated news outlets and independent outlets.

Nalia Radio and Television — better known as NRT — could be labeled opposition media. Its founder, Shaswar Abdulwahid, heads the New Generation Movement political party. NRT regularly covers protests, corruption and other controversial issues, and often takes aim at the Kuridstan Regional Government (KRG) and the region's two leading parties, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK).

The outlet’s critical coverage of the KRG has led to a crackdown. On Sept. 16, NRT presenter Shwan Adil was arrested and released on bail in the city of Sulaimaniyah. Adil is being sued by a senior member of the PUK, the second largest in the Kurdistan Region, for defamation.

In the region’s capital Erbil and the city of Dahuk, NRT’s offices have been closed since August.

NRT risks all to report . . . and Katie's busy playing drinking games and thinking she's some hard hitting reporter or commentator.  Wasting all of our time with nonsense.  

This is a video from Finland's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

See, there are real issues out there.  There are lives actually in the balance.  But by all means, let's feel sorry for Hunter Biden whose actions include cheapening the service.  He gets his dad to put him into a cushy guard spot that he didn't deserve and he can't even stop the drugs long enough so he ends up being kicked out in a matter of weeks.  He sullied the military and it's amazing that no one's bothered to call him out for that.  He wanted a title and a credit.  He didn't want to earn it, the way his brother Beau did.  So he got daddy to create a position for him and he was going to ride that credit as long as he could . . . but he couldn't put down the crack pipe.

All the opportunities in the world and he misused every one of them.  I don't feel sympathy for him.  I feel sympathy for the victims of Iraq.

Where's the drinking game for them, Katie?  Where's the endless gas bagging over their plight?  Where's your sympathy?

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