Farewell Dude! The Music Underground Mourns Loss of RIKKI X!

by Anguish Young

“All the best art work is on the bottom of a skateboard somewhere.”

(-David Lee Roth)

Look at the world through the eyes of the weak and vulnerable.”(-Dr. Cornel West)“How I hate those dedicated to producing conformity.”
(-William S. Burroughs)
“When will it be official that Obama is nothing but a douchebag able servant of Empire?”
(-Cindy Sheehan)
“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”
(- George Orwell)
“We don’t know everything, but we know enough. There is a temptation to keep researching until we can prove the truth even to the most recalcitrant naysayers, but that is an unattainable goal. There are none so blind as those who will not see. What we know now is enough. What we do now, what we know we must do now, is to live independent of criminal governments, criminal corporations, criminal political parties, criminal media, criminal academics and criminal religious organizations. What we do now, what we know we must do now, is unplug ourselves from the matrix which has held us for so long. What we do now, what we know we must do now, is go off the grid in every way imaginable– off their power grid, off their water grid, off their food grids, off their money grid, off their medicine grid, off their transportation grid, off their banking grid, off their housing grid, off their educational grid, off their news media grid, off their security grid, off their sewage grid. You have done the work to claim the space between your ears as your own. Now it is time to expand your space and your mind to include your whole body and what you put into it. It is time to claim the space that is within arm’s reach– within your home, your neighborhood, your region. Make your willful intentions for peace, health, justice and integrity expand to include as much of the planet as you can. Claim this moment as yours, this minute, this hour, this night– and tomorrow morning we can wake together in a world where the matrix is in full retreat and the new systems of our dreams are rolling out from our epicenters over the surrounding landscape like a resurgent blanket of green living things burrowing healing and purifying roots into the broken concrete of irrelevant, collapsed institutions. Lucid and clear dreams to you, fellow travelers.”
(-Martin Truther)
“It is a terrible thing
To be so open: it is as if my heart
Put on a face and walked into the world.”(-Sylvia Plath)”Nothing is illegal if 100 businessmen decide to do it.”(-Andrew Young)

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming ‘wow! what a ride!’”

(-Hunter S. Thompson)

“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.”

(-Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum LP)

“If we must show a little reverence and decorum at this time, then so be it. Our deepest sympathies go out to the families of all Margaret Thatcher’s victims.”

(-Chumbawamba, 8th April 2013)
“Thatcher is remembered as The Iron Lady only because she possessed completely negative traits such as persistent stubbornness and a determined refusal to listen to others. Every move she made was charged by negativity; she destroyed the British manufacturing industry, she hated the miners, she hated the arts, she hated the Irish Freedom Fighters and allowed them to die, she hated the English poor and did nothing at all to help them, she hated Greenpeace and environmental protectionists, she was the only European political leader who opposed a ban on the Ivory Trade, she had no wit and no warmth and even her own Cabinet booted her out. She gave the order to blow up The Belgrano even though it was outside of the Malvinas Exclusion Zone – and was sailing AWAY from the islands. When the young Argentinean boys aboard The Belgrano had suffered a most appalling and unjust death, Thatcher gave the thumbs up sign for the British press. Iron? No. Barbaric? Yes. She hated feminists even though it was largely due to the progression of the women’s movement that the British people allowed themselves to accept that a Prime Minister could actually be female. But because of Thatcher, there will never again be another woman in power in British politics, and rather than opening that particular door for other women, she closed it. Thatcher will only be fondly remembered by sentimentalists who did not suffer under her leadership, but the majority of British working people have forgotten her already, and the people of Argentina will be celebrating her death. As a matter of recorded fact, Thatcher was a terror without an atom of humanity.”
Our cruelty based “got mine” culture has been poisoned and permeated by all that Bill O’Reilly cop son tough talk. What if you do not have the desire the demonize the poor, or blame the victims of the prison industrial complex, the defunded public schools, the almost ungraspable promise of a living wage, and become an overpaid blowhard mouthpiece for empire like self-proclaimed “workaholics”, O’Reilly and Limbaugh, still peddling those obsolete, hard worker, Horatio Alger myths, fifty years past their expiration date? Truth can’t be found on your televisions. So many baby boomers and punk era survivors still prefer to cling to their delusions that our government and the corporate elite would never drug, deceive, poison, pollute, cause harm to, spy on, oppress, undermine, or experiment on the population, or even just merely lie for their own venal agenda. Throwaway youth you gotta take a stand. The mortgaged for life college crowd have all been indoctrinated to venerate the rich unconditionally and vilify the slave class, it’s really sick how they transform those poor suckers. The richest 300 people of Europe and the U.S. have the same income as 4.7 billion poor people.
I don’t know what the sky looks like in your part of town, but where I live, two or more planes trail something(!) that billows out into chemical, cloud-like formations, until the whole sky is a soupy toxic mess. Probably six days a week, and even at night. I don’t claim to have any scientific facts about what it is they might be up to, just a first hand witness that they are shitting some kind of chemicals from those planes. I WATCH them. We are sick ten months out of each year, I sneeze constantly and my nose runs like a faucet, same with my other family members, but when I mention this issue to my local activist community, they instinctively rehash trite cliche’s they’ve learned to parrot from the media. That they are just harmless con-trails, that the sky always looked like a crazy tic tac toe grid, that I am a kooky conspiracy theorist, that vaccines are safe, and fluoride is good for you, one guy who admittedly works for the government even defends G.M.O.’s, in spite of being a member of the local farmer’s market food co-op, etc.! “Con” Trails, huh? Respiratory fatality was the 8th most common death in 2003. Now, it’s the third leading cause of death. Biden and Feinstein are leading the charge to round-up America’s firearms, while DHS has bought enough ammunition to kill every American six times, and has a growing list of 300, 000 American citizens they have already declared as “terrorists”, or get this new Orwellian lingo:”paper terrorist”, meaning “non-violent terrorists”, or somebody who speaks out against drones, torture, false flag attacks, invasions of other nations for big oil, austerity, G.M.O.’s, vaccines, gun round-up’s, chem-trails, fluoride, executive hit lists, the criminalization of the poor and houseless, the slave labor in these private prisons, the bogus drug war, or Obama’s dehumanizing, pre-crime indefinite detention without trial. Obama has finally come out in favor of the XL pipeline, after signing indefinite detention into law, the Monsanto Protection Act, as well, while oblivious yuppies in this country only seem to care about Michelle Obama’s toned arms, and the first couple’s opinions on Beyoncé. He has emerged as our Gitmo expanding, endless war, drone, oil, gas, fracking, constitution shredder, surveillance, whistle-blower persecuting, fascist, austerity president! Native American protesters were forced to protest the drone prez’ pro pipeline speech from afar in penned-off “free speech cages”. This is who liberals want to give their fire-arms to? Just because he’s part black and pro abortion and reminds them of fresh prince/man in black, Will Smith? The American economy has been intentionally and permanently thrashed by the global elites, while countries like Japan allow the commoners to run little mom n pop businesses out of their houses, on every corner-barber shops, news-stands, little food joints, in America, shadowy business groups like the Chamber Of Commerce and their local politician puppets, “naturally”, require that people have massive capital to pay expensive fees and outrageously expensive food and liquor licenses and have all these strict zoning laws to keep the masses enslaved by the elite few at their own restaurants, hospitals, prisons, and big-boxes.
Communities of color are still imprisoned at ten times the rate of whites in Obama’s so called post-racial society, where dumb middle-class college people see Kanye, Beyoncé, Oprah, Obama, and Tiger Woods and figure everything is square, now. It’s also known that white people use drugs at a higher rate than other populations, not even counting booze, or all those big pharma drugs they get prescriptions for. Today there are more human beings behind bars in “the land of the free and home of the brave” for non violent drug offenses than were incarcerated for all crimes combined in 1970. The drug war was always a bogus sham, but people watch so much corporate TV propaganda that Dr. Phil and Dr. Drew and Dr. Oz and “The Doctors” really got them believin’ in all that recovery-industry reefer madness anti-drug hysteria. KBR/Halliburton didn’t build 800 FEMA Camps for nothin’, soon enough, lots of white folks who were trained from birth to worship the white founding fathers who penned the Constitution will join Muslims and other people of color in corporate internment camps for challenging the genocidal agenda of the global elites. Everybody from the English Beat to Morrissey and Crass and Billy Bragg raise hell about tyranny and lies, austerity and murder in the U.K., but Amerikan punks can’t be bothered to do anything but pen memoirs and sign autographs, and brag about being anti-authoritarian in the Reagan years. They don’t say shit about anything, anymore. Hell, some of ’em are apologists for torture and endless war, and cheerleaders for gun round-ups in the age of indefinite detention and executive kill lists. It’s Pathetic. I hope Obama notes how warmly Thatcher has been remembered for robbing the poor to give to the rich. I know grown-up professionals who refuse to believe they can be arrested or killed without trial under N.D.A.A., even though it’s on the books. If it ain’t on their preferred cable channel, it ain’t happenin’, and these are the same exact people who will tell you how you can’t believe anything you read on the internet. I was the same way, once, myself.
Even me, back when I had cable, I totally bought in to all the faux liberal, culture wars stuff, I thought Al Franken was gonna make a difference, I was so moved when Pete Seeger and Springsteen played Obama’s inauguration, and I was dismissive of chem-trails and FEMA Camps, because the cable newsmen always told us they were nutty “X-Files” Bigfoot jive, until…I moved beneath a daily aerosol-operations flight-grid and watch them dump that shit over my town, five or six days a week, where we all stay sick year ’round, and saw the former head of the F.B.I. on Youtube demanding an end to the chem-trail death dumps, but most people still cling to their belief that Friendly Ole Obama, the Foo Fighter fan, would never do anything to harm anyone, and if he did, Rachel Maddow and Jon Stewart would promptly tell them about it on their flat-screened oversized TV’s. Cable watching Liberals are crying for more gun control in the depopulation agenda/ false flag era, because apparently they think the steroid crazed enforcer class has proven themselves to be so egalitarian and non violent and trustworthy, thusfar. Start demilitarizing the police, first . How many times have we read the phrase, “BOTCHED DRUG RAID” lately? Consolidated media is very selective about which deaths of innocents we are supposed to mourn-never babies in Gaza, or victims of Obama’s drone attacks. Or Amerika’s bogus and corrupt sham drug war. When cops kill a black baby in her grandmother’s arms because supposedly, her mom had dated a drug user not even on the premises….and vain, brainwashed Americans could not care less: the victims’ family will just be demonized by overpaid blowhards on talk radio. The cop gets a paid vacation, it’s shameful, immoral, abhorrent, and goes on and on and on and on each and every hideous day. Who do you believe? Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly, or your own eyes, instincts, memories, and first hand experience? I am saddened to hear about the death of Arizona scenemaker, rock critic, D.J., outspoken opponent of the New World Order, free speech and social justice activist and all around rock’n’roll motherfucker, RIKKI X. He was one of the most informed and insistent researchers I ever brushed with, who was always urging me and many others, to read, research, think critically, to dig deeper and look beyond the slickly presented surfaces of consolidated media unreality. If you never had the pleasure, RIKKI X also known as Rick Martinez, and D.J. Essential, was a lifelong participant of our glammy subculture and a Bill Hicks and William S. Burroughs inspired blogger, songwriter, podcaster, party animal, 9/11 truther, boogie soul brother and multi-talented glitter punk charisma-king. Arizona underground music fans remember his early band, CATHOLIC SCHOOL GIRLS, who influenced all those youngish, South West glitter gangs like Crash Street Kids, New Romantics, and Slash City Daggers. A couple of his CATHOLIC SCHOOL GIRLS band mates became the power popsters, Sugar High, while RIKKI X, went on to embrace all kinds of obscure and cutting edge floor genres like rave-techno-bass n drums-dance music. He was a man of excellent taste who loved metal and thrash and goth and hardcore, but never abandoned his passion for all the sleazy glam we celebrate ’round here. Like Demolition 23 sang in “Scum Lives On”, it’s tragically peculiar how all the good guys get sudden infections and die, but the evil architects of genocide and endless war live to be 100. A toast to RIKKI X! He will be sorely missed in Arizona and beyond.