This HAS to be the defining moment for the Information-age culture: You Tube music awards.
Consider the gravitas. No, don't, you will get a headache. There is NO gravitas to a post-any-video system which, at one time, manages to avoid ALL intellectual property rights, has zero content quality filter, no technical standards, and only a basic search engine for navigation among the millions of assorted offerings. To be sure, if you're lucky, you might find a professional-quality music offering there, but if you do, it's the proverbial diamond in a goat's ass.
But wait: I saved the best for last. Guess who will be Mistress of Ceremonies at this shindig?
So, we get an awards show, for "art" in a medium where those with the biggest shit-shovels rule, officiated by the very symbol of sensation-before-art, Lady Gaga.
Could our culture POSSIBLY get more insignificant and/or trite than this?
Sorry about ruining your breakfast. I hope you did a selfie-video of yourself spewing your breakfast. If you did, put it on You Tube. You could be "Performance Artist of the Year" with that...
Comment from Rivrsis:
Well, it could be hosted by Molly Cyrus. Wouldn't you just love to get another glimpse of her lolling tongue? Or her flabby backside? Some more crotch-rubbing? And furthermore, if you don't like Gaga's stage style, or her sexuality, at least the woman has a good voice!
Neither do I. Neither will you when the inevitable denouement (a French word for surrender) happens.
What we REALLY neeed to look at, Congress, is a law for Truth in Equities Marketing. We need:
A law that forces all the markets to post their "handles" not as total raw dollars involved in the total markets, as they do now, but to break it out into actual purchases/sales of equities, vs. purchases/sales of the wagers known as options.* The wagers, of course, do NOT affect the economic course of the Nation, but investment in the equities does. We would see that the huge sums now reported are probably just people moving money from one account to another, and do NOT reflect actual investment in actual companies with actual dollar-value business. One way to discourage options betting would be to heavily tax the money made that way, with those taxes going to pay down the National Debt.
We need to make it easier for the little guys and gals to invest in PERMANENT companies, not more fanciful constructs like mutual funds and ETFs.
We need to make sure that the Capital Holding requirements of banks reflects solid investments, not day-trades of lay-offs of bets on inconsequential margins. Who cares if some Central Bank in Europe made two-one-hundredths of a percent more on their overnight money? I don't and the Nation shouldn't. Don't trade things like volatility issues on margins (Libor). Just stop doing it. It means nothing, but especially it means nothing that should be added to a bottom line anywhere, but it is, and the banks puff up their balance sheets with all sorts of this crap.
When the banks stop pretending betting proceeds are real investments, maybe the Fed will stop believing in the Tooth Fairy, and will quit printing fiat money.
* According to many of the market-watching investment advisors, the "smart" investor purchases options to sell along with the purchases of actual equity shares, thereby avoiding or at least cutting their downside risk. These "put" Options are nothing but legalized bets. Betting and investing don't mix, shouldn't be allowed. If you have decided to invest in the earning potential of a company, believe in your investment.
This ayem I awaken from indifferent dreams, pry open the crusty old eyes, reach for my tablet and open my email.
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I am immediately struck by the full force of a huge gravity-wave of ignorance coated with lies.
This schmuck did NOT read my blog at all. Had he done so, he would have detected immediately that this is not a "company", just a collection of thought from an individual.
This schmuck doesn't even know how to push the spell-checker button on his text editor.
He never tried out Rivrdog on an Android device, it comes in just fine, and I have read it easily on a Windows Phone as well. I don't own the other brand which charges for shit I get for free on Droids.
If he really had looked at my blog, he would have noted that it used to be hammered by as many as 2,000 pageviews/day, but then I quit posting gratuitous porn several years back, and lost about 3/4 of my readership. BTW, almost all that readership was from Islamic countries in the Middle East.
If he had really, REALLY looked at the blog, he would have found the post I wrote several years ago addressing this exact subject, and noting that I was NOT going to turn the blog commercial, because the headhunters at the IRS were said to be compiling lists of those who did so, and bloggers might expect an unfriendly audit.
As far as Social Media goes, I was probably using it before this schmuck was, and I noted that it did nothing for my numbers.
This blog has two over-arching goals, to teach and inform on issues of the day, and a secondary goal of allowing me to express my feelings on any subject. Expressing them now, you sir, are a schmuck, a liar and a boil on a pox on a pustule on the ass of the planet.
THAT is what we call a Thursday Thud. I might regret it, not having read the news of the day yet, but I am going to award this schmuck the Effinger of the Day, Dummy of the Week AND Maroon of the Month awards.
...for shredding one of Chase's idiot ObamaLoan offers. You know, the one where you have to sign the application for a loan before you get to see a contract? A Nancy Peloser deal if you ever saw one.
The express driver rings my doorbell (these all come overnight express), and from answering the door, zipping open the express envelope to having the four pages disappear into confetti was eleven seconds (I got up to "eleven Mississippi"). I don't think I've done it under 30 seconds before. It helps that the shredder is now located only 3 feet inside my front door...
At 0600 exactly, the power went down. By 0605, the gudwife woke me up by lantern light. By 0615, the venerable Honda EU2000i was humming, powering the main leg of my panel. By 0620, the first cuppa Keurig joe steamed in my hand.
The rest of my area seems to have taken the day off, because the usual 0630-0700 mass departure of the work-slaves didn't happen.
BTW, this is probably a planned outage, since the power company had to move some poles due to a road-widening project nearby. The fact that they could have pre-notified the 1,921 customers, but didn't, WILL be discussed at the next County meeting where the utility has to address the County Commission's concerns.
I'm watching the early evening nuze...after a couple of bad vehicle crash reports, a report of another Jihadi Squirrel taking down a large chunk of the power grid in Southeast Portland, a report on my County Executive, the current peckerdillo laughingstock in these parts, then the newsbabe teases the next story: Ms. Wheelchair America, the Beauty Contest.
I reached for the wastebasket, nearly sure I wasn't going to make the bathroom in time to hug the porcelain. I controlled my gag reflex though, and headed for the computer room. Yes, there actually IS a by-God Ms Wheelchair America beauty contest.
When is this burgeoning industry of Bleeding Hearts, Incorporated ever going to stop burgeoning? When I was a kid, I could name most of the charities which existed in this Nation: March of Dimes*, Red Cross, Goodwill, Salvation Army, maybe a disabled veteran's group or two and of course, the churches. We got hit up at school for some of them, and most parents bumped their kids' allowances so there wasn't much pain to give the nickels and dimes.
It grew, and grew, and grew, until today there is hardly any affliction or abnormal condition known to man that doesn't have a charity associated with it. Scammers abound with these charities, with some of them expending far less than half of the money taken in to put towards alleviating whatever misery has hooked the bucks for them, and the rest of the moolah going towards the fatcats who dreamed up the charity and run it to give themselves a lavish position in life. The scammers usually get their comeuppance, because there ARE watchdog groups (search: "charity watchdog websites") which find out who is and who isn't actually helping solve problems with most of the donated funds.
What REALLY happens with the Bleeding Heart Syndrome, and it's a very bad, very evil thing, is that we begin to accept the abnormal as normal.
Let that soak in....
If there is no normal, how can we chart and steer the course of our lives? The answer is, only with great difficulty.
At almost 70 years of age, I've been an analytical person for 60 years or so. I probably spend 80% of my thinking capability analyzing the world around me and it's associated human condition. This has brought me to a few conclusions, and so, here's a (partial) list of the damage which I think has been done by the current Western Civ fetish of making the abnormal into the normal, of blurring the lines of the Reality Box, so to speak:
We have little appreciation in the younger generations for the concept of right and wrong. See the above story on the County Executive.
We are commanded, on a daily basis, to wear our emotions on our sleeves. It's NOT okay to be stoic anymore, we are required to have great sensitivity towards those whose lives are not as blessed as ours. This expenditure of emotions takes a fierce toll on us, and leaves us with no emotional reserve to handle our own problems.
Everybody MUST have a disability of some sort to be human, we are told. We're all just a step away from the begging bowl ourselves. We are then told it is wrong to think we are perfectly fine as iwe are. "Play the hand you were dealt" is not the rule of the game anymore.
Finally, and most damaging of all, the "Bleeding Heart Syndrome" turns us all into incompetent fools. Because we have built-in excuses for failure now, we have no responsibility to excel. Just look at the school stats over the past century if you don't believe me.
So, my Curmudgeonly Primal Scream to the world:
Play the cards you were dealt. Shovel your own shit. Don't expect ME to feel bad because you are too farooking dumb to learn how to make your own way. God gave you a spine, stiffen it !
There, I feel so much better. It's cocktail hour also. Have a perfectly normal weekend.
* The March of Dimes was formed to research and treat the disease of Polio. The disease WAS beaten, thanks to the efforts of Dr. Jonas Salk, but the charity never went away. It's now on a multi-faceted Bleeding Heart roll of "improving the health of babies", but it rates rather low.
Several years ago, the Canon all-in-one printer I had, a Pixma 1500, started telling me that the "ink waste tank is full", and, of course, it stopped working. After reading up about it, I decided just to toss the printer and get a new one. Ka-ching! My Citeh charges a $5 fee to "recycle" such equipment.
Got the new one, a Lexmark S305 which the reviews said was a good basic printer. About $50 for the printer, but it takes somewhat spendy ink cartridges (the real reason they dump these printers on the market so cheap is to keep you buying ink). Now, after two years, the Lexmark is toast. It keeps throwing me a code which says "printhead error". Following the troubleshooter, I cleaned the printhead, but that did not fix the problem. The problem happened with no warning, which is not the failure mode of a wearing-out part on any machine. I suspect that the machine was programmed to fail after x-number of copies, but I can't afford the hi-tech private forensics to prove that. I could plunk down $95 and get a replacement printhead, but if the machine is programmed in failure mode, that won't work and I would have wasted the money.
So, I went to Fry's.com and got another sexy Lexy for $39.99. Add $20 bucks for shipping (costs about $15 gas to drive to Fry's in Wilsonville, and five bucks more for no freeway aggravation is worth it).
There's no way out of this forced-obsolescence racket.
If I could, I'd go back to my old Panasonic dot-matrix printer, which in High Quality mode, printed black-ink copies just fine. I just got tired of putting on ear protection each time I had to use it and tearing off the tractor-ends from the paper.