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The Velveteen Touch of a Dandy Fop (Warm & Mandatory)

Posted in Art, food, health, Kaleidoscope, politics with tags , , , , , , , , on March 29, 2010 by trapperKeeper

Here are some new kaleidoscope images and a sketch comedy skit (http://tinyurl.com/yjdp97t) from a Mr. Show episode that inspired the post title.  Sadly, the concept behind the bit, “Coupon: The Movie” isn’t too far off modern times, where Americans have now been ordered to purchase a commodity from a private entity.  Yes, I am speaking of health care reform.  The federal government is mandating people purchase private insurance from companies, whose behavior during the last decade plus has been unethical and, in some cases, criminal.  Sadly, they will be further enriched by this pathetic excuse for health care reform .  Some don’t view me as a trusted source of reason due to my radical beliefs, many of which are only radical in a climate where corporations profiting off the wealth of the earth and the labor of others .  Enriching themselves while impoverishing others and destroying the earth.  Unfortunately, a side effect of poisoning your environment is eventually the environment poisons you.  There is no avoiding the toxins as hard as you try.  Having been pumped into our land and water, they find a home in our bodies through the water we must drink to the plants and animals we eat.  However, pollutants are only one source of containment.  The pills people take are flushed through their systems into the toilet and back into our water.  Filtering out all the parts is supposedly too costly to do.  Municipalities poison their citizens by adding fluoride (http://www.fluoridealert.org/50-reasons.htm and http://tinyurl.com/yhao4ql), more and more of which is being imported from China, from toxin scrubbers.  In other words, this fluoride is industrial grade quality material that contains toxins, including heavy metals, and it’s being added to the water supply.  Problems are starting to be noticed (http://tinyurl.com/yz8eda7), but these problems shouldn’t come as a shock because the chemicals used to fluoridate drinking water (fluorosilicic acid, sodium silicofluoride and sodium fluoride) are industrial waste products from the phosphate fertilizer industry.  Even worse, adding fluoride to the water supply doesn’t accomplish anything, at least in America.  Fluoride is effective as a topical agent, thus it is a component of toothpaste, much of which by the way is chemical crap that you are applying directly to your largest organ and your blood stream.  Fluoride can also be found in our food due to pesticide use.

Anyhow, that was a tangent, though I’ll have to admit a pretty well-written one.  Back to the initial topic of health care reform, which thankfully passed; a Republican political victory would have been disastrous.  Still, what was passed is a joke lacking truly radical, and needed changes.  Radical as defined as: Arising from or going to a root or source; basic.  Please don’t confuse the word radical by applying the modern day misinterpreted Fox News/Mainstream Media/Beltway Political Class way.  A radical to many of them is an individual who doesn’t think it’s correct for corporations to profit off the exploitation of the land and people or have the government aid them in their pillaging quest.  For example,  drinking raw milk, as I started doing recently (morning fruit/milk smoothies are a tasty way to start the day), could be viewed as a radical act.  It is certainly one that scares Big Milk, which doesn’t want to see its’ customers find out the truth about its’ product and risk having money jump ship.  In many states, it is illegal to buy raw milk and Big Agriculture has attempted in the past to get the federal government to declare raw milk illegal nationally.  But what do you expect when the same people running the regulatory agencies regularly jump back and forth between the private and public sector.  Obama appointed his fair share of corporate stooges.  Sadly, one of them, Michael Taylor a crony of Monsanto (http://tinyurl.com/lujy9l), is in charge of food safety (http://tinyurl.com/knhq4b).  Watch out for your health and safety; it’s not a conspiracy theory the federal government cares more for corporate profit/gdp growth than it does for the health and wealth of the American people and the bountiful land, which we so charmingly stole from the Native Americans.  Just another great stop on the juxtaposition of American deeds versus American rhetoric.

Sorry, another tangent.  My brain jumps around quickly once the neurons are properly firing,  Parts becomes the whole, which defines the part.  Since, I come across as a bit unhinged, check out what the widely respected Bill Moyers had to say here (http://tinyurl.com/yznlbsy) and check out some video from his program here (http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/03052010/watch3.html).  And with that, I will end it abruptly and with images.

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Captain, Oh Captain (What’s Happened to the American Republic?)

Posted in Art, Photos, politics with tags , , , , on March 11, 2010 by trapperKeeper

O Captain my Captain! our fearful trip is done,
The ship has weathered every rack, the prize we sought is won,
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring;
But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.

O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up–for you the flag is flung for you the bugle trills,
For you bouquets and ribboned wreaths for you the shores a-crowding,
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
Here Captain! dear father!
This arm beneath your head!
It is some dream that on the deck,
You’ve fallen cold and dead.

My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still;
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will;
The ship is anchored safe and sound, its voyage closed and done;
From fearful trip the victor ship comes in with object won;
Exult O shores, and ring O bells!
But I, with mournful tread,
Walk the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.

Dedicated to Abraham Lincoln, the first American president to embrace tyrannical rule, forever altering the balance between the three branches of government.

And to the corporate thieves who’ve taken more than their share while subverting the already perilous process of governing…Fuck Y’all, Drop Dead.

Prometheus (Totalitarianism Blues)

Posted in Art, Kaleidoscope, Photos, politics on December 4, 2009 by trapperKeeper

The Dutch-American Friendship Treaty (http://www.expatlaw.nl/dutch_american_friendship_treaty.htm) is my long-term escape plan from the idiocracy  America has morphed into.  There may still be a chance for parts of this country to be successful again, but that chance decreases as progress is held back for more of the same and the citizenry becomes even more zombified.  I’ve been waiting, wanting, and watching the rotting federal government collapse.  I hope it comes soon because dramatic change is coming whether we choose to acknowledge it or not.  The old dinosaurs in the Senate need to die since they aren’t willing cede gerrymandered power.

The Republican and Democratic parties need to perish.  I’d argue the GOP is dead for all intents and purposes.  The lunatics on the right have become so deranged that they’ve scared away all but the quacks and bigots.  On the other side, the jackasses have caved in to this fringe right movement and the wealthy over and over.  Before Obama, they lacked gumption.  Now, with his naive emphasis on bipartisanship, the Democrats have become even better at letting the minority party control government proceedings.  I’ d said it before and I’ll say it again, Obama is a multi-cultural version of Ronald Reagan.  Hell, Reagan even gave more lip service to the idea that torture is reprehensible.

If the way the system is run doesn’t change drastically in the near future, I’ll have no problem saying goodbye to the oligarchy we live under.  A republic, at least the way America’s is run, is certainly a nicer form of totalitarianism than a fascist dictatorship, but it’s still totalitarianism.  Anyhow, here are some new works.

Death to Wall Street & the Health Insurance Industry

Posted in life, politics on October 15, 2009 by trapperKeeper

Christ-Driving-the-Money-Changers-Out-of-Temple-Giclee-Print-C12020040After crashing the economy through shady schemes and getting bailed out because they control our government, the bankers are still at it even worse than before.  There have been no significant reforms.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20091014/ts_alt_afp/useconomyfinancecompaniespay_20091014135235

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/garrett-johnson/just-how-corrupt-are-the_b_295510.html

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Nor do I expect there to be any, which will result in another collapse of the financial markets as the shit bubbles burst again.  Like last time, the bankers will ask for a bailout and then hold the economy hostage again until they get it.  However, this time I think the anger will be broader and more active.  When there is another collapse and if there is another bailout, I even see myself being pushed into violent actions against banks.  There is only one action left when the proper channels of change are followed, but nothing is done about the problem (banks, health care, energy) even when the people want it.  Get ready because that time may be coming very soon.  If you expect the corporations to voluntary step out of the positions of power they have bought themselves, you better think again.  You better be careful how you vote Congress or the righteous anger may also be directed at you.

On a last, more positive note, there are at least two congressmen I do trust, Alex Grayson  (D-Fla) and Ron Paul (R-Tex).  If they were in charge, I’d feel comfortable about the direction the government of the United States is heading.  Until then, I am a man without a government.

Swine Flu Madness (God Is Angry @ Baconnaise)

Posted in Funk, humor, Music, politics with tags , , , on April 30, 2009 by trapperKeeper

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Welcome to Swine Flu Pandemic 2009 sale event, which coincides with the going out of business everything must go sale.  And just in time for our last Mothers’ Day sale.  What does all that mean?  A smorgasbord of entertainment (clowns painting faces, celebrity dunk tank with Porky the Pig, carnival games that test your survival skills) and food (cotton candy, hot dogs, icees, dry rations) will be provided after you prove you’re not infected with the swine flu.  Once inside, you’ll find beds, fridges, microwaves, gas masks, duct tape, plastic sheeting and more.

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There’s Gonna Be a Party For Days (Bootsy, Tigers, & Spartans, Oh My!)

Posted in Detroit Tigers, Funk, hoops, humor, Music, politics on April 6, 2009 by trapperKeeper

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Happy Parliafunkadelicment Thangday!  I present some more Bootsy today, but first a ramble.

I spend a lot of time sitting in front of my computer screen.  I have an addiction to knowledge and the internet has put a whole world of information at your fingertips, in a way that the antiquated .  No doubt, I am big proponent of physical reading material.  It can be read without electricity; reading a book is romantic, reading a kindle is efficient and efficiency is overrated.  If you free up more time, you just have more time to kill.

Anyways, I intake a lot of information about the world.  I can’t help but look big picture, it is just the way my brain is wired.  If I wasn’t able to laugh at the absurdity and stupidity of humankind, I couldn’t bear to stick around this earthly realm unless I wasn’t able to afford to travel around the world and experience as much of the world as I could handle.  Thankfully, I am still able to laugh and for my salvation from a very bitter, cynical  to a cynical, pessimistic optimist.  I think it has to do with the fact I don’t fear death because I don’t fear the unexpected after body death.

I want the world to become more just; for people in America to realize that our way of life is not sustainable environmentally, economically, or spiritually; .  I just doubt the capability of America to change.  I wonder if citizens are educated enough to see the oligarchy running things and have the courage to work to overthrow it, which will require people to overcome their fear of scary news, which the ruling classes dispense through their mainstream media.  I ultimately figure worst case, my body perishes; best case, my body perishes.  For now, my guiding idea is we can’t let them who surround us defeat us because we really surround them.  Now if I can just figure out who them is.

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Excuse the above typing, for I my bigger reason for posting on the warmest day I have experienced in many months is to give up the Funk.  As I stated above,  I am going to follow last week’s Bootsy post with another.  This time, it is a live show, recorded in Louisville, from 1978.  The only thing better than Bootsy is live Bootsy, where hardcore bass orgies occurred on the regular.  Just lend Bootsy your ear and soak in his cheer.

Bootsy knew how to work a crowd and his Rubber Band knew how to play the Funk.  This recording captures the Rubber Band in their funky ripeness.  I like this album better than the studio recordings, which are still outstanding but seemed to bring a little too much polish.  Live, the space bass is unrestrained and Funk electricity oozes out of the band.  Funky flute and heavy bass get equal attention on ” Bootsy? (What Is the Name of This Town).”  Space bass is all up in your face on “Psychoticbumpschool.”  Extending the “party for days” chorus, Bootsy gets the crowd worked into a frenzy on “Hollywood Squares.”

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http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?jwmzjowztzy

Catfish and Bootsy goes off on “Very Yes.”  Maceo and the horns add a whole new element to “Can’t Stay Away.”  Next up is the monstrous “Stretchin’ Out,” a hair-raising, spine-tingling jam with a pulse that builds and builds getting the audience on the verge of climax and teasingly holds it there for as an almost unbearably long time before providing release.  This one is sonic speed.  If I were asleep and someone started bumping this one, I would up like a cat hearing the rattle of a laser pointer.

The relief doesn’t last long, as Bootsy busts into “‘I’d Rather Be With You,” which was one of his premier bass orgy songs.  Bootzilla requests a floating vibe before going into foreplay.  You risk permanent damage if you’re not properly lubricated before hearing his poppin’, fuzzed space bass solo.  Bootsy is one of the best at making the bass talk, this version of “I’d Rather Be With You” is a marvelous demonstration of his skill and Bootsy doing a Jimi-Hendrix thing on bass.  “Bootzilla” includes some Motor Booty riffs among the classical theme and “America the Beautiful” and “Star Spangled Banner.”

The recording quality isn’t the best, you can hear a buzzing sound throughout, but it doesn’t matter for the Funk overwhelms.  Bootsy and the crew make it sound so easy, but it isn’t easy to be that funky.  And don’t mistake his levity for shallowness, as Andre 3000 said “I might look kinda funny, but I ain’t no fool.”

If I had access to a time machine for just one trip, I would pick a vintage P-Funk show, perhaps one of the funk festival performances so I could see a bunch of great bands.  For all of the moments to pick from, I would go with P-Funk .  I have felt multiple times the transcendental power of a great show.  I can’t think of anything that would make me happier than seeing the Parliament-Funkadelic empire throwing down a classic performance.  Eddie Hazel would have to be present and up front.  Huzzah for transcendental moments.  Go Spartans!  Go Tigers!  It truly is spring for regular season baseball is upon us.  Only several months before it becomes a real grind.

Track Listing

1    Intro-Maceo        :20
2    Bootsy? (What Is the Name of This Town)    Parker, Clinton, Collins    3:12
3    Rubber Duckie    Clinton, Cooper, Collins    :53
4    Psychoticbumpschool    Worrell, Clinton, Collins, Collins    3:14
5    Pinnochio Theory    Clinton, Collins    6:26
6    Hollywood Squares    Clinton, Collins    5:39
7    Roto-Rooter    Clinton, Collins, Collins    3:44
8    Very Yes    Clinton, Collins, Collins    5:28
9    Can’t Stay Away    Clinton, Collins    6:07
10    Stretchin’ Out (In a Rubber Band)    Clinton, Collins    11:23
11    I’d Rather Be With You    Collins, Clinton, Cooper    10:18
12    Aah the Name Is Bootsy, Baby    Parker, Clinton, Collins    4:25
13    Bootzilla    Collins, Clinton    6:21

The Reality of Realpolitik & The Charade of American Democracy (Expensive Shit)

Posted in Funk, Music, politics with tags , , , , on April 2, 2009 by trapperKeeper

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I was reading some entries about life in Lagos, Nigeria, which was home to Fela Kuti.  It is only appropriate to present another one of Fela’s brilliant Afrobeat efforts, Expensive Shit (1975).  Plus, the G20 summit is going on.  Fela, a supporter of the poor, exploited, and oppressed, would have called out the anglo-saxon (yes, this includes Barack Obama since he represents the anglo-saxon elites that still essentially run this country) politicians’ attempts to continue to swindle the underclasses.  At least, Sarkozy called them out and demanded stringent regulations and actual enforcement.  Except for the suits, the picture above looks like it was taken at a summer camp.  Be sure to drink up for the ones who can’t afford it boys.  We both equally need it to hide from the painful reality that the high times aren’t sustainable economically or ecologically.

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Expensive Shit is a response from Kuti to the harassment he and his followers faced from the  the military government of Nigeria.  “Expensive Shit” is about an incident in which the police planted a joint on Fela, who swallowed it.  The police held him to wait on the evidence to pass through his system; however, the analysis of his stool revealed no drugs.  Fela had worked with fellow inmates to accomplish this.  Fortunately free, the whole incident still cost him a lot of money, thus “Expensive Shit.”  The second song on the album, “Water Get No Enemy” is laid back and jazzy.

Track Listing:

1. Expensive Shit
2. Water Get No Enemy