February, 2018


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Feb 18

SUE THEM

I think a progressive organization should start a fund for people accused of being “crisis actors” to take legal action and for other people–even politicians–being defamed by far-right false news sources.

I think there need to be a series of major, broadly supported lawsuits. Perhaps the SPLC or some other progressive organization can organize it. Ten million dollars collected to sue these assholes, and to sue guys like Alex Jones. Maybe that’ll encourage the Clintons to sue with their own money.


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Feb 18

THE ANNOYING INTERNET: HOTEL BOOKING AND LYRIC SITES

Ah, the annoying internet.  Two examples. First, when I’m online looking up hotels to stay at, or airlines, it used to be that you got the hotel itself first, the website with the front desk number and reservations number–reservations made within the hotel. Now you get a raft of intermediary businesses trying to get you discounts and they’re all people who can’t answer your questions. They can book you a room maybe at a slight discount but not always. Bunch of goddamn parasites.

Lots of times their URLs are deceptive–like, it’ll say the name of the hotel, Joe’s Hotel say, and then after that the name of the intermediary parasite company. JoesHotelFrontDesk dot com — the company is deceivingly called Front Desk. Wanting to talk to the hotel directly you got to sift through a dozen of these and look *carefully* to pick out the real hotel website.

It’s deceptive, and it’s inefficient and it’s irritating. I should not see these booking companies first–I should see the hotel. If I want booking companies I can google hotel discounts or something. (When I was a Boy, the damn search engines were simple and good!)

AND THEN there’s trying to find LYRIC sites online….try finding correct song lyrics online. When looking for song lyrics online, most of the time you get bullshit, they don’t provide the real lyrics, they provide a spazzy version with many errors. The lyric sites are often put up by people in Europe and Eastern Europe who really don’t understand the lyrics very well, even if they can hear them, and they write down the wrong stuff. Lyric sites (often with obnoxious ads) copy the badly transcribed lyrics at other lyric sites. The result is lots of new bands doing covers full of errors. On youtube, the videos that offer “the lyrics”, if not put up by the band or artist directly, are likely to be at least partly wrong, sometimes very wrong. And these people do NOT get permission from artists to put this up…Nor do the lyric sites get permission or ask anyone to vet lyrics.

Some artists, like David Bowie put up all their lyrics so people’d get it right. Lou Reed put out a really good big book of his lyrics. If you go to RollingStones dot com put LYRICS in their search bar, and you get videos where the official lyrics are available. Try that with bands and artists first before searching online.

Lyrics for Blue Oyster Cult and Iggy Pop online are often partly wrong. Sometimes they leave out passages too. I checked and some of my own lyrics for Blue Oyster Cult are misreported.

NOTE! Many lyric sites not only have super annoying advertising they’re trying to put malware on your computer.

Google Music (not just the google search engine, but Google Music) seems to make an effort for accurate lyrics. Artists should sue these other bastards for this misrepresentation.


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Feb 18

On Reading Rolling Stone’s Special David Bowie Book…

What’s especially interesting to me in the RS Bowie book–comprised of highlights from this great artist’s life, interviews through the years–is the two arcs of his life: the arc of his life as an artist, and especially the arc of his maturation as a person. Interviewed in the 70s he’s talking as if he’s going to be the new messiah…very, very vain, arrogant stuff…sneering at rocknroll. Saying he’s never going to tour again. Then three months later Bowie announces a giant world tour…and so on. And it’s all very cocaine talk. You can hear the cocaine fomenting the megalomania. He almost killed himself with the stuff, later…

So then another interview, a few years later, Bowie is somewhat more reflective; another one still later, shows no megalomania, but always himself as the fave topic; then the next one, less narcissism, more looking at the world and people, a seriousness, as if Bowie’s recognized the real scale of one life against the universe…A man and an artist growing up.

One really has to admire his insistence on returning at intervals to commercially risky art-driven albums. They fail commercially, for the most part–but he doesn’t care. He does something commercial (but good) to finance the next art recording.

Hopefully everyone who loves intelligent rock has heard Bowie’s last two albums, The Next Day and Blackstar–the two comprising a final outburst of genius. The last one, Blackstar, a grappling with death, with real death; not death as an abstraction but his own inexorable death with which he had a definite appointment. The videos for Blackstar are stunning…And when one considers how he planned it, knowing he would die, and doggedly doing the work in the last months, getting it right, one is stricken to the heart.