Showing posts with label Activism. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Activism. Show all posts

Monday, June 29, 2020

It's Embarrassing to be From a Failed Country

Jarvis Cocker has said that he finds it “embarrassing” to be English after Britain’s decision to leave the EU.

The former Pulp frontman spoke to filmmaker Jeanie Finlay for The Quietus, in which she asked him what he made of being referred to as an “unconventional national treasure.”

“Obviously it’s meant as a compliment,” he said, “but sometimes… well especially when people said it in the last couple of years… I’m talking about Brexit basically.”

“Because I was very vocally against that and still think it’s one of the most pathetic things ever, especially now. There’s freedom of movement in Europe and it’s so sad that we’ve chucked that away. I’m a little bit bothered about people knowing that I’m English because it’s a bit embarrassing at the moment because of this psychotic thing we’re doing. So I don’t know. It’s something that I can’t really have a perspective on.”

It's completely and utterly embarrassing to be from America right now as well, especially since we have the worst government we've ever had. England is suffering under what Boris Johnson has decided to make out of the dregs of English society and call that a government as well. If you're Canadian right now, trust me. You're not ashamed of your country. You're embarrassed for the ones who fell for the lies and the bullshit. 

Thursday, June 18, 2020

The Chicks

This one has me stumped:

A journalist has written an op-ed in which he examines negative racial connotations with Dixie Chicks‘ name, saying it’s “the epitome of white America.”
Jeremy Helligar has asked whether it’s right for the country band, who are set to release their comeback record ‘Gaslighter’ on July 17, to keep using the name – particularly in the current context of the fight for racial justice.

My initial reaction is that there is no better ally for people who are being oppressed than the Dixie Chicks. They risked their careers in order to condemn war, the Bush Administration, and domestic abuse, among many other things. They were pretty relentless in their advocacy of decency and treating women with respect and dignity. They suffered heaps of abuse for not "shutting up and singing."

So, no. They don't need to change their name. In fact, they probably need a wider audience and a fucking Presidential Medal of Freedom for each one of the band members.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Kids Don't Follow

Who really plays pickleball? Is it really for kids?

I think it's great that someone decided to give money to build a Pickleball court. I just don't know any kids who would play it; therefore, this was a donation specifically for someone who wants to play Pickleball and to hell with the youngsters and their iPads and their pickleheaded ways.

Not everything in a community has to be for one group. But don't pretend there isn't a form of elitism at work when corporations give money to build things.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

The Right Priorities

This is the sort of thing that I wish Bill Gates had said back when his wealth and influence were on the rise. He could have led a different sort of company and he could have made a difference in the world long before being rich and "responsible" were in vogue.

When you have retired or given up making more money, turning to philanthropy is admirable but it comes long after the efforts to make the PC indispensable have passed.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Time to Dangle

If Robert Benmosche is that stupid, then perhaps he really is a symptom of what really ails the world economy and our elites as a whole. They are ignorant of history, incompetent at what they do, and they don't know anything about how the world really works.

One person's persecution complex is another person's day to day existence. If this poor man had to live like a person who is truly in danger or being hung for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, imagine how he would feel about being culpable for the misery of millions. He'd probably hang himself if he understood how many lives he and his fellow elitists chose to ruin so they could grab more of the economic pie for themselves. He would not need to be hung by anyone for that to be driven home. What sustains this world is that the knowledge and compassion and creativity of the people far below him on the economic ladder creates a world worth living in where the act of lynching would not be considered justice for such a thief. He belongs in prison with all the rest of this criminal cohorts, but treated humanely, of course.

Our media and our government allow people like this to exist and thrive without conscience.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Nothing Ever Changes

Why even bother to study this sort of thing?

Will it lead to change? No. Will anyone do anything about this? No. Will there be a badly-needed course correction in time to save our capitalist society from a meltdown?

I hope so. We do need to see reform and change, and this time in favor of people who don't own everything.