Thursday, April 23, 2009

I'm feeding news

I decided I'd do the public a service and just post some lovely news stories via links while I brew up "Virgin Closed Part 3". Enjoy.









Monday, April 20, 2009

And finally....

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - CIA interrogators used the waterboarding technique on Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the admitted planner of the September 11 attacks, 183 times and 83 times on another al Qaeda suspect, The New York Times said on Sunday.

The Times said a 2005 Justice Department memorandum showed that Abu Zubaydah, the first prisoner questioned in the CIA's overseas detention program in August 2002, was waterboarded 83 times, although a former CIA officer had told news media he had been subjected to only 35 seconds underwater before talking.

President Barack Obama has banned the use of waterboarding, overturning a Bush administration policy that it did not constitute torture.

The Justice Department memo said the simulated drowning technique was used on Mohammed 183 times in March 2003. The Times said some copies of the memos appeared to have the number of waterboardings redacted while others did not.

The Senate Intelligence Committee is investigating the CIA interrogation program, which under President George W. Bush also included slamming prisoners into walls, shackling them in uncomfortable positions and depriving them of sleep.

Bush administration officials had claimed such methods were needed to get information but the repeated use of the waterboard on Zubaydah and Mohammed were sure to raise questions about its effectiveness.

(Writing by Bill Trott; editing by Chris Wilson)

Oh, hey

So, assuming you know anything about the G20 protest murder......

oh, and if you want a video:

Oh, and get ready for some fun:


Meghan McCain....makes sense?

I find it as hard to believe as you do, but Meghan McCain, the daughter of John McCain, actually said something rather smart...I'll not waste your time, and let you get at this tasty little morsel.

"I feel too many Republicans want to cling to past successes…I think we're seeing a war brewing in the Republican Party, but it is not between us and Democrats. It is not between us and liberals. It is between the future and the past…"
If there are any republicans reading this blog:


or she not to be trusted? Right Wing News Dot com seems to think so!

"She's trying to play down a feud she had a few days ago...and the best way to do that, in her young ditzy mind, is to warn of an upcoming civil war within "her" party."

OK, Morgan Freeberg, can we have a talk? This is more her party than it is yours....for one, she's John McCain's daughter...I would go into more, but umm, do I really have to? Jerking off to pictures of Ann Coulter, and hating Obama does not make you super seem to be one of the endless throngs of racist zombies.

Oh, and of course, let's dig a little further and find that same sex marriage was on the lips of the McCain daughter too...I wonder how that sits with Freeberg?

"Whatever your vision on the same-sex-marriage issue -- if you are not insane, you are at least open to, and would hopefully recognize, the solution is the recognition of the sovereign authority of the states. Yeah, states-rights. De-stigmatize that, cherish that, embrace that, learn to love it. It's not a white-supremacist's battle cry, it is the heritage of our nation.

Because if you want to force another state, two thousand miles from your home, to recognize same-sex Meghan McCain does...there is something hideously wrong with you. Forget voting. You shouldn't be allowed out of the house.

That goes for those of you who want to force another state two thousand miles away to ban it, if the citizens living there don't want to ban it. You're a bunch of raging psychopaths too."

What? Wait...So you want everybody to have rights.......but then you want to make sure that if a group wants to strip away someone's rights, they have the right to do that................
Oh're so silly....has anyone ever told you that you are the Rube Goldberg of thoughts? But, you're the kind that we frequently see in Wallace and Gromit...the one that usually splats poor Wallace in the face with porridge and hilarity ensues. Oh, wait, porridge in the that a little too gay? I do the English feel about gays?

So what advice do you have for Ms. McCain, then, Morgan?

"What matters more to me? Things that Meghan McCain doesn't seem to give two sh*ts about. I want to buy a newspaper -- or crack open the web page for a federal agency -- and not see words like "program," "subsidy," "deficit," "need," "demand," "cuts," "regulation," et all...instead, I want to see words like "freedom," "opportunity" and "liberty." I'd like to see a better tethering between our nation's founding vision, and the direction in which it is headed. I'd like to see a better tethering between the people who run that nation, and reality. And I don't want to see euphemisms like "undocumented immigrant" ever again." want to see freedom, opportunity, and liberty from your papers....right then....let me go get you a Chinese state run newspaper. Oh, hey, do you know why you happen to be seeing these things all the time? BECAUSE YOU FUCKING LIVE IN CALIFORNIA, IDIOT! And last I checked, your governator is a Republican.

Ugh...too annoyed to continue....

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Nothing Sounds Quite Like an 808!

So let's be honest here..."808" is a term many of us who enjoy hip hop, have been hearing a lot of lately, but few of us know what it truly is, including the artists who reference them. From Jay-Z to Kanye's 808s and Heartbreak (which btw, contained NO 808s), to Beyonce's in song cuing of an 808, to Britney shooting off the laughable line "my heart is beating like an 808", to the good old Beastie Boys using it in the manner above, and out of the artists listed, are probably the only ones that own and properly operate one.

So what is the 808? It's an old, analog drum machine by Roland. Yep, no more mystery there. It's a lovely sounding machine, although I need to know when an old piece of crap drum machine became cool in a scene that emphasizes all things bling.

But anyways, if the lowely 808 is THE sound of hip hop, then we must know who the father of hip hop is...Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you, the father of hip hop:

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Virgin Closed (Part 2)

Though I think of CD's as being a format that are better in concept than in execution, I have to tip my hat to DVDs and game discs...DVDs compared to VHS or BETAmax? No comparison! DVDs look far better and in the end, are the superior product. They hold far more data, and when it comes to movies, anyone can tell you that the larger the storage capacity, the better, as the better the quality, the higher the space required. Game discs? Yeah, same thing here. Nintendo was 8-bit, Xbox 360 has processors that I don't even want to think have eyes...go look for yourself.

So how did CDs lose this? Well, as I said in my earlier post on the subject, digital audio is not the actual audio. It's fragments brought together so quickly, you are fooled into hearing the audio as a whole, much like TV shows and movies being made entirely of still frames, working under the same concept as CDs. When it isn't the real thing, generally, it isn't better. You can make that bit rate as high as you would like, but in the end, it's still a series of fragments.

CDs were truly a matter of convenience for the time, and the risks of the format were not known or were simply ignored. I will say that if I had to chose between playing a record or a CD in my car, hands down, it would be the CD, as records are a tough act in the car. I might say skipping would be the big problem with records in a moving automobile, but up until the late 90s, the same applied for CDs, even on higher end model players. I'm sure you remember just as well as I do, the days of walking around with your discman in your hands and if you stepped to heavily, you would get a skip. Not cool.

Let's look at CDRs...I actually like these because they are so CHEAP AND OFFER THE EXACT SAME BENEFITS OF COMMERCIALLY PRESSED CDS. Actually, from what I can tell, CDRs are actually more durable than regular CDs. Although my experience and simple statements don't validate this in any real way, I'd think someone else may have noticed this. There are many of us who look at a band selling a CDr and immediatley, we begin to think of them as cheap or unprofessional...nothing is further from the truth. First off, if it's looks you are after, I've seen plenty of beautiful CDRs printed via LightScribe drive or some other means, with a shiny jewel case, and professionaly laid out booklet. Of course, I've seen (and made) the most simple CDRs that just are what they are. To me, there is nothing wrong with that. To me, the people with the CDRs are smart! They aren't spending their precious time dealing with a pressing plant or spending the money that could go to better recording, equipment, sound, venues, etc on simple aesthetics. It also means that if they need more copies, it's a trip to the office supply store, and viola! Fresh copies! And, you can sell them for very I must ask you...what is wrong with CDRs? It's doesn't come with the hype machine associated with major labels and artists. And that is both the fault of the consumer for being an idiot, and the labels for their nonsense exclusivity.........

(part 3 coming soon)