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    Sean Daily is an English major from New Jersey now living in Las Vegas, the Other City of Lights. "I consider 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' to be comfort reading, I like the al pastor tacos at Tacos Mexico and I count among my literary influences the Chainsaw from 'Doom'. 'RRRRRR! You don't like that, do you, Mr. Undead Marine! RRRRRR!'"

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Archive for September, 2008

9-30-08 A thought on the federal bailout and on the greedy bastards on Wall Street and Main Street that made it necessary

Posted by Sean on September 30, 2008

Note to self: NEVER post while hungry ever again. Get a sandwich first.

What, Shanoah, you mean the $700,000,000,000 taxpayer-funded bailout package that would have wound up costing every man, woman, child and blastocyst in the country over $2,000 – before all other taxes?

Waitaminnit, didn’t this whole thing get rolling because our banks decided bundle mortgages into  securities, and didn’t Wall Street raise the demand for these securities so high that the banks decided to hand out mortgages to people who shouldn’t have gotten them in the first place so they could make even more securities to sell to Wall Street? And aren’t these the same people who are now surprised and tearing their clothes that their whole scheme is imploding like a house of cards on the San Andreas fault?

And the federal government wants me to bail them out?

No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, fuck hell no.

I mean, look at the numbers we’re talking about here: 700,000,000,000 dollars. That’s eleven zeroes. That’s so many zeroes that my mind vapor-locked when I was writing it; I wrote it down first as 700 million, and I actually had to look up how many zeroes are in a billion. That’s not a number you or I normally encounter. That’s the kind of number that cosmologists bandy about when they talk about the age of the universe or the number of gigatons of matter that a black hole must devour before it starts to get indigestion.

In other words, that number doesn’t belong on Earth. And yet a number like that has invaded Earth, boggling human minds like the fungi from Yuggoth, because of a bunch of greedy, rapacious, irresponsible, sociopathic, egomaniacal bastards on both Wall and Main Street.

If I’d pulled a stunt like the financial markets did and then I went to Wells Fargo begging for a lifeline, the only choice Wells Fargo would have to make would be whether to laugh in my face before or after kicking me to the curb. And they’d be right to do so, because I would have gotten into that predicament because of my own cupidity and stupidity.

People forget, though, that that logic cuts both ways. What’s good for the goose is good for the multitrillion-dollar gander.

People also forget that pain is an excellent teaching tool. If you do something that causes distress, said distress becomes an incentive against repeating that behavior, yes?

But has that happened? No. Time and time again, this bank has failed and that investment house has posted record losses because of a lack of insight, wisdom or intelligence within these institutions. And every time, the pain hasn’t happened. Instead, a bunch of rich assholes to go whining to Washington for a handout… you know, just a little something to get over this rough spot, man, and I swear to God tomorrow I’m tapering off.

Swear to God.

And like an addict, people got stuck in a death spiral of self-destructive behavior. Bad decisions were, by and large, encouraged with bailouts and loosened government oversight. And the decisions got bigger and bigger in scope and worse and worse until Wall Street started to stink like the Fulton Fish Market in August, and for much the same reason: heaps and heaps of rotten carcasses, piscine on the one hand, financial on the other.

This time, I say no. I say it’s time for the financial markets and the country and the world to get beaten like a red-headed stepson for a bit. We all have to learn that some kinds of behavior just don’t fly and are unacceptable, and that there are consequences to such behavior. Maybe a protracted bit of suffering will prevent us, or our children, from pulling this kind of shit in the future.

Is this schadenfreude? Yes. Who doesn’t like to see a bunch of sneering fat cats who have lived without consequence for their actions suddenly have to sweat a little?

And is this anger self-destructive? Again, yes. Remember, this world is built on money. If the people who own and control that money go down, they’re gonna drag the entire world down with them. Wishing for hurt on the financial markets puts myself and everyone that I love and care about in fate’s crosshairs.

But, damn it, enough is enough. You bastards might drag me into the abyss with you, but you’re not taking my wallet with you as you slide past me.

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$$$$

Posted by shanoah on September 30, 2008

Well, that was… interesting.

Today, though, my inspiration is coming from reading Google news and looking at current goings on financially.

Looks like we’re not providing a $700 billion bailout to the companies that screwed over out economy, after all.

McCain sent out his chief economic advisor afterwards with this statement:

“This bill failed because Barack Obama and the Democrats put politics ahead of country”.

In other news, 2/3 of the Republicans in the house voted against the bill. Amusingly, McCain’d been playing up the bill’s success being due to him before the vote. The flip side of credit, of course, is blame.

Anyone interested may be interested in reading Nancy Pelosi’s speech, which is what the Republicans are now trying to blame their voting the bill out on. And afterwards, it all came crashing down; the largest stock market loss since 1987.

But Sean tends to be better at talking about political matters then I am, so we’ll see if he wants to talk more about it.

In the meantime, here’s Black Monday:

Black Monday – Stakka & Skynet

So here we are with some refreshingly dark techno music. I thought this was a neat ambient piece, and it suits the mood for today. As does the next song:

Money – Pink Floyd

And here we have the crux of the matter, Money. This is a classic Pink Floyd piece from Dark Side of the Moon. And let’s face it, was there any bad music on Dark Side of the Moon?

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9-29-08 Insane Clown Posse – The Neden Game

Posted by Sean on September 29, 2008

Ooooooooooo…

You had to bring up clowns, didn’t you, Shanoah?

Now, normally, I’d respond with something else from Smokey Robinson… probably I Second That Emotion. But since you opened the door to clowns, I shall proceed to kick it in and piss all over it with Insane Clown Posse’s The Neden Game, off 1997’s The Great Milenko.

Needless to say, this is ICP, so no way in hay-ell this is work safe.

Courtesy of mariomarioecw.

Beavis and Butthead and Insane Clown Posse… somehow the two just go together, don’t you think?

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Greasepaint

Posted by shanoah on September 29, 2008

I’ll admit there’s very little causal relationship between this post and your last one, Sean.

I’m not even sure where this one came from. I was just listening to one of these songs, and it led to the other.

Lord knows how it got themed on clowns, but here’s Smokey Robinson and the Miracles:

Tears of a Clown – Smokey Robinson & the Miracles

I always liked the theme of this song, and of course, it has a great hook. I came back to it from a remake I found on 4gottenTraxxx. I decided I preferred the original.

It reminded me of the themes in this Moody Blues album, though:

Painted Smile / Reflective Smile / Veteran Cosmic Rocker – Moody Blues

This is actually the last three tracks of the Moody Blues album “Long Distance Voyager”. That was a very underrated album, for some reason. It’s never the album people talk about if they talk about the Moody Blues. But, as you can hear, it was a very good album.

These three songs were all written by Ray Thomas, something that rarely happened later. Deep lyrics, as per their usual:

Laughter is free
But it’s so hard to be a jester
All the time
No one’s believing
I’m the same when I’m bleeding
And I hurt all the time deep inside

As I mentioned, same themes as Tears of a Clown. Though somewhat better expressed, I think.

And, as I mentioned, I’m not quite sure where this post came from, as I’m not particularly sad or upset or anything today.

Perhaps it’s the theme of masks that we wear through our day to day life. We all have them. There’s lot to be said for knowing your collection of masks, and being able to change them or take them off at will…

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9-28-08 Ladytron – Burning Up

Posted by Sean on September 28, 2008

Yes, sleep is nice. And I’m going to make this short, cos I want to get some of my own.

Heard this on Ken‘s WFMU show on Sept. 17. This is Ladytron’s Burning Up, on 2008’s Velocifero.

Courtest of LikeABitterCandy.

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Sleeping

Posted by shanoah on September 28, 2008

Speaking of posting early in the morning, it’s official; I’ve been woken up by Barrack Obama. And not in a good way.

An hour before I get up, a bunch of Obama supporters rung my doorbell. I brushed them off, but wasn’t able to get back to sleep. So the election has officially cost me sleep.

So that’s my official theme for today:

I’m Only Sleeping – Beatles

This song about sums up what I feel like right now. And besides, it’s classic John Lennon.

It was once said of him, He can sleep almost indefinitely, is probably the laziest person in England.“[1]. I can sympathize.

Sleeping In – The Postal Service

This isn’t a bad song. I have to wonder why being sure who shot JFK would make it a better world, though.

[1] In the same interview where he said the Beatles were more popular then Jesus.

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9-27-08 Seksu Roba – Intersexual Overdrive

Posted by Sean on September 28, 2008

Don’t worry, Shanoah. I’m posting this around 3 a.m. I’ve got bad manners, too.

Anyway, gonna make this short. I first heard Los Angeles’ Seksu Roba on Benjamin Walker’s Theory of Everything show on WFMU this Monday. Needless to say, the song that he played isn’t on YouTube, or anywhere else I looked.

But I did find… well, something else.

This is the video for Intersexual Overdrive, and it’s got all kinds of Japanese and 70s porno sci-fi madness. Needless to say, it’s not safe… and way cool.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

While we’re at it, something that I did find on YouTube: a fanvid for Intersexual Overdrive. It’s not work safe, either, due to a few seconds of hot lesbian kissing and bare breasts being thrust hither and yon. In other words, way cool, too.

Courtesy of jkamen999.

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Bad Manners

Posted by shanoah on September 27, 2008

Hmmm… I haven’t posted anything yet today. And I suppose waiting till past 7 pm to post anything is Bad Manners, so I thought I’d post something from them:

That’ll Do Nicely – Bad Manners

Bad Manners is an English 2 Tone ska band. They’ve been banned from Italian tv, because during a concert, when told the Pope was watching, their frontman mooned the audience. 🙂

Anyways, this song has a nice groove to it, and I thought I’d share…

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9-26-08 Derren Brown – Waking Dead

Posted by Sean on September 26, 2008

Dead Man’s Party, hmm? Well, now, I know exactly how to respond to that.

WITH VIOLENCE!

I mean, with a video about zombies. And violence. But not real violence. I think.

You’ve probably seen this, but it’s so well done that it’s worth a second look. In 2005, British hypnotist and magician Derren Brown featured a mindfuck on his show Trick of the Mind (at least I think it was Trick of the Mind) that incredibly freaky and well-executed, not to mention complicated. Brown allegedly designed a video game, Waking Dead, that was similar to survival horror games like Resident Evil and Silent Hill. The game was designed so that iw would put the prank’s mark into a trance, allowing Brown to take him to a set that was an exact duplicate of Waking Dead, complete with actors dressed up as moaning, shambling, pre-28 Days Later zombies.

In other words, the victim was (again, supposedly) playing a safe, if scary, video game one minute and the next suddenly found himself fighting real zombies. And then, at the height of the horror, he was put back in a trance and back in front of the game, so that it seemed like nothing more than a dream. Even if it was faked, and the victim was just an actor, it was great TV.

But if it was real, and if such a thing is possible, I’m not sure if I’d want to be the victim of such a prank. It’d either be one of the most exhilarating moments of my life… or I’d wind up in a schizophrenic ward somewhere. Knowing me, I could see that going either way.

Not work safe, mostly due to the hailstorm of “fuck”s from the poor victim when he finds himself inside the game (which is understandable, under the circumstances).

Thanks to Lord Yellow Dog for cluing me into this many moons, miles and homes ago.

Courtesy of Chicken0800.

(Sorry about the audio and video not syncing. Whoever this “Kontraband” guy was didn’t know what he was doing when he ripped the video)

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Oingo Boingo

Posted by shanoah on September 26, 2008

Calling all aliens to help, Sean? Somehow, I don’t see the likelihood that a telepathic alien would happen by and notice the message as very high. Too much interference, even if they just happened to be telepathic, which isn’t too likely.

And if they were telepathic, they’d probably see what we’re like, and stay away, anyways.

Today, I felt like playing a group I’ve played here before. They started out as “The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo”, but shortened it.

Little Girls

This joins the legions of somewhat creepy songs with lyrics suggestive of pedophilia. With a very strange video involving midgets.

Dead Man’s Party

Dead Mans Party has always been a cool song. This video has clips from the movie “Back to School” in it, a movie where Oingo Boingo played this song as themselves.

Insanity

And we have a song where Danny Elfman goes crazy. Though, as we’ve seen in the other videos, he’s already crazy.

This one has even more of a creepiness factor then the others; especially with the claymation. “Lets sanitize our little brains“? Awesome.

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