“In the days we thought would never end, we’d never hesitate to help a friend, we had important messages to send and we knew we’d win, but then, we didn’t…” (-Paul K.)
“Friendly reminder that the CIA spied on Assange and plotted to assassinate him and US prosecutors built a large part of their case against him on false testimony from a diagnosed sociopath and convicted child molester.” (-Caitlin Johnstone)
“If Assange is extradited, no journalist in the world is safe from life imprisonment in the United States” (-Daniel Ellsberg, Pentagon Papers Whistleblower)
“As long as only a small minority of people have the willingness and ability to put in long hours to try and understand what’s going on, it will remain easy to manipulate all leftward movement into impotence or complicity. Something very, very big is going to have to change.” (-Caitlin Johnstone)
WIKILEAKS: ACLU on Julian Assange extradition decision which “poses a grave threat to the freedom of the press” “These charges establish a dangerous precedent that can be used to target all news organizations holding government accountable by publishing its secrets”
“They’re killing Julian because they know he signifies all of you questioning the status quo, knowing the crimes of the empire & doing something about it. Again it isn’t about Julian it’s about you. But this inhumane treatment that will eventually come for us all, must be opposed.: (-Fiorella Isabel)
“On Friday after the announcement of Patel’s decision to extradite him to the USA, Julian was strip searched and moved to a bare cell ‘for his own protection’. He had no visits this weekend. Imagine what it’s like for him to have to process this alone.” (-Stella Assange)
“The word “disinformation” is fast becoming something that just means “information I disagree with”. (-Alan MacLeod)
“I’m getting the feeling that Americans haven’t seen the pictures of Iraq, Libya, Syria and Afghanistan after we helped them.” (-Black In The Empire)
Brothers and Sisters and Friends Of The Revolution, even in ever darkening and confusing times of big tech tyranny and war machine gobbling human bodies for corporate profits such as these, we the people, here at Burnt Out Recluse Entertainment & Wellness Education Seminars see you, share your struggle, and stand in solidarity with all the good motherfuckers and those of you even aspiring to someday becoming good motherfuckers. Vive Le Resistance! This song’ll help cure what ails ya. Somewhere Down the Line – YouTube We know what you need!
A TOAST TO ALL YOU BASEMENT DWELLERS
Creeps In Authority corporate media is flooded with high paycheck hacks who work for rightwing think tanks and have ties to the secret police, they go after people like Max Blumenthal, Susan Sarandon, Aaron Mate, and Danny Haiphong, just slandering them as commies and secret Putins and slagging them and calling them every name in the book-they do this for a living and are well compensated for their smearing of legit reporters and justice advocates. You can see ’em infiltrating online news sources like Common Dreams, and the Guardian, which used to be Bernie progressive, and are now imperialist shitlib. Somebody online said, “the Guardian is just Fox News for people who eat organic”. They are like an army of Rachel Maddows all screaming about “RUSSIA!” AND “Putin’s a manspreader!” Somedays, it seems like cackling pants suit Hillary Clinton writes the headline of the day and all her Big 5 corporate media salaried propagandists repeat it. Back in my day sonny, punk bands used to stand for something, they had messages to convey, ya know they weren’t just like wealthy models in striped shirts throwing their parents money around on twelfth hand recycled Ramones riffs. If I had a motherfuckin’ big city band, I’d be performing all kindsa FREE ASSANGE events. Where is David Peel & The Lower East Side (RIP) when ya need ’em? Everyday our culture gets dumber and more robotic, it’s all being programmed from the top down and I can’t believe no one really ever rebels anymore, they’re just mindless greedy rat racers trying to become ever more TIK TOK selfie red carpet Famous, I don’t get that shit at all. The hobbyist clones and trustafari. All the pay to play, faux populars say nothing. The less original, the more boost they get from the money class. It’s painful to behold kids come outta nowhere and get the elevator straight to the top office when you know that anybody who coulda-woulda-shoulda ever pitched in for your own private cause, had they ever wanted to, they would have years ago.
I’m so sick of gentrification hustlers and look at my fancy stuff asskiss imitators. Also can’t stand people who suckup to friend of a friend of a friend of a friend almost famous rich people for jobs or drugs or permission to sit at the bourgeois bar or whatever. In the old country, when one of us got in, we let the others in the back door, even if that offended the always tedious namby-pambys. Also, when one of us got access-to a practice space, studio time, to big city import magazines and hard to find kool music, we made sure the rest of the goonies are good enuff gang shared in the spoils, ya know? Now everybody’s just trying to get their own free drinks, backstage pass, headliner status or little selfie with Steve Conte or Handsome Dick at the fat actor bar. It’s hard to help the know it all, so called woke motherfuckers because they think they already know it all and are already woke-you can’t talk to them, they are college programmed to flip the switches, be parole officers, make snap judgments about your worth, keep the trains of empire running smoothly. They don’t want your input or assistance-they want your obedience. Their only god is money, their only faith is in power. You sometimes have to stomp the dust from your creepers and let the dead bury the dead. Don’t look back, baby, you can’t save ’em, you can’t trust ’em, they are gone with the wind. They follow the money-they are the consensus takers, the dummy vote. They watch tv and call it science and critical thinking. “Edumacated” middle mgt. Human resources. Juvenile corrections.
In our culture, it was customary to write letters, send thank you notes, make tapes, even pack little cultural care packages for our friends we had to leave behind in the deadend midwestern hellhole places. I think a great deal about the frailty of human life and ephemeral nature of all things, especially in times when my unknown songwriter genius friend Paul, street musician gutter poet Mark, and frankly mythic former bassplayer Bobby have all died in the past couple years. At least Paul thoughtfully archived his prolific works of lasting value so people can still discover his artistry online. Not much has shook out from Mark and Bobby’s artistic personal affects, thusfar. In our culture, in the old days, you venerated people for being capable of bringing their own experiences and ideas to the table, not just going through the tired motions of slavishly imitating old established bands, or personalities. Ya know? They were all outlaws, these guys, but they were GENTLEMEN outlaws. Paul may have liked Lou Reed but he never tried to ya know wear black sunglasses and BE Lou Reed. We rebelled against authority figures and corrupt politicians and we never worshipped them, or tried to get brownie points from flattering the evil oppressor higherups by repeating their authoritarian slogan of the day. “Manspreading! Manspreading! Microaggressions!” Uhh…didn’t this feminist have Gaddafi savagely tortured with a bayonet and his corpse brutally sodomized and defiled? The primary election fixing former Secretary was most responsible for the overthrow of a nation resulting in open slave markets and inhumane murder and years of smoking chaos and cadavers all over the streets in Libya. Don’t tell me some dude takes up too much space in his chair. I don’t care. Clinton’s easily every bit as evil as Albright and Haspel, Cheney and Bush. Real feminists applaud that Ghaddafi provided his people with the highest standard of living on their continent. I don’t vote for somebody’s gender. She’s a gross monster. I’ll always vote for good women like Dr. Jill Stein or Winona LaDuke, but after what Podesta, Hillary and Wasserman Schultz got away with, I no longer believe our votes are really counted accurately, anyhow. Somebody killed Seth Rich and Michael Hastings. (RIP) They’re grooming shitlibs to love Lyn Cheney. watch out for her. The good folks get tormented and persecuted while the scum rises straight to the top. Ever notice how the most ruthless and sociopathic ghouls you’ve ever seen just get promoted again and again?
Hillary Clinton is the smooth central representation of all that, and ‘all that’ is more or less what is in power now in the United States. It’s what we call the establishment or the DC consensus. One of the more significant Podesta emails that we released was about how the Obama cabinet was formed and how half the Obama cabinet was basically nominated by a representative from Citi Bank. This is quite amazing.Julian Assange
“The Syria Campaign is the PR arm of the US-UK state funded White Helmets info op, whose spook founder committed suicide after his corruption came to light. Since I published this expose of the Syria Campaign, it has deployed its media assets to smear me.” (-Max Blumenthal)
“Decent people, whom I respect, were genuinely horrified by Ukraine. War is the most horrific thing humanity can unleash on itself. Carnage from our own wars is hidden; this was shown. But those decent emotions (along with censorship) were exploited to impose propaganda and lies. Obama, in 2016, presciently explained — when he was being badgered by neocon Jeffrey Goldberg for not doing more to arm Ukraine — that the US would never be able to stop Russian dominance there because Ukraine is and always will be a vital interest to Russia, never to the US.” (-Glenn Greenwald)
“YouTube has censored my & @aaronjmate
factual discussion of Paul Mason’s secret collusion w/ the UK state to harass, bully & relentlessly deplatform” us. It has done so on the basis of “harassment & bullying.” We assume pressure came from the same elements seeking to ruin us.” (-Max Blumenthal who writes about the Secretive Reset Billionaires at Gray Zone)
“Following my appeal it seems YouTube has reversed its censorship of our discussion on Paul Mason’s state-involved plot to deplatform and destroy us. However,
PISTOL: NEVER MIND THE FRANCHISE CLONES AND REBOOT ROBOTS. YOU’RE NOT THUNDERS OR VICIOUS. WE DON’T NEED NO MORE TRIBUTE NIGHT COVER BANDS OR BEASTIE BOY WANNBE WHITE RAPPERS. WHO ARE YOU?
“When decorum is repression, the only dignity free men have is to speak out.” (-Abbie Hoffman)
Muppet Malcolm In The Too Cute & Cuddly Film: “You’re a product of state oppression, juvenile depression!”
I did not expect to be able to sit through more than five or ten minutes of the Trainspotting director Danny Boyle’s Sex Pistols tv six part movie series Lydon sued to stop from using his music. I love Johnny, I get Johnny, and no, I do not think he’s really a rightwinger now, I understand what he’s saying about the Obedience Committees of the Fake Left and their Personal Preference Navel Gazing and Sensitivity Studies. Ya know? So what? Who cares about your diet or zodiac sign or therapy dog’s past life psychic friend, or favorite after hours past times. He will always be a contrarian, and a deliberate provocateur who loves to outrage squares and scolds and who do these uptight, sniveling, Miss Manners Guide To Genteel Etiquette safe space, PMRC nag, plastic come lately, campus punx think he was? The politically correct, please the middle class they/them? No. That’s somebody else. Shitlibs are not real people’s movement solidarity leftists, anyway. Johnny Rotten was blowing the whistle about the royals and showbiz insiders human trafficking and creepy sex abusers way back in the seventies. He has every right and good reason to not wanna be in bed with that Creepy Mouse House Disney. He’s always been all about integrity and empathy and sticking to your principles, even and especially when there’s no profit in that. “It’s dead against everything we once stood for. The only thing you’ve got of value in your life, and you’re going to cheapen that because you want an extra fiver? Not much of a human being there.” I loved his short lived tv show, “ROTTEN TV!” “There’s no understanding, no empathy for another point of view. No room for being an individual. The internet has made people so volatile! That’s why it’s easy for me to say ‘I like Trump’, and see how that kicks off.” Lydon mostly dropped out from showbiz show-offing to care for his wife in recent years. He’s a goodfella.
The establishment will always find new ways to milk a dead legacy and turn rebellion into money. I remember Jayne County and others getting pissedoff I was not enthusiastic about that live action cartoon about CBGB’s starring a buncha square jawed and rosy cheeked, wholesome and athletic model/actors as our misfit idols. She said me ho-humming about it online was somehow costing her money, like yuppies were gonna skip the book signing at the museum cause I said I don’t like the idea of all these miscast various play actors imitating Stiv. She also seemed to get me purged from an online zeen edited by her faithful disciple for not liking Obama, who she thinks is like an LGBTETC ally. So yeah I’m not into these commercialized nostalgia, cutesy make a buck muppet shows in general but I’m dead desperately bored in a ghost town and it was my only longshot hope at some cheap entertainment even of the usually despised corporate whitewash revisionism. I really didn’t think I’d end up watching it, but the sad truth is I ended up enjoying it preposterous caricatures and all against my better judgment. Anyhow, they totally hooked me right away with the Steve Jones childhood bits cause man, I understood all that too well-the jails, abusive step dudes, lonely nights in cold alleys, the beatings, the smug and pompous judges on their thrones, reformatories, “lazy sod”, etc. I always said everybody woulda loved my old friend and honky tonk hero, snakeskin wearin’ sleaze punk bandito, Nasty F. Bastard, had we only got to make a record, he was and is, a lot like Steve Jones, actually-sorta born to lose, in an orphanage, a bastard child of bank robbers, had a checkered life of his own, lotsa crashed motorbikes and broken glass and fistfights and vanished amplifiers, somebody stole his ole guitar, “Blackie”, his tipplin a jar in Jackson divorcee women friends came to some crazy tragic ends, drugs, jailtime, hardknocks, back surgeries, ripoffs, heartaches, failures, evictions, got ran over by a speeding vehicle and had other reckless accidents and disappointments that woulda and have killed lesser spirits. He was expelled from the air force for, dig this: “failure to adapt to military standards” ha ha, but boy, could he play guitar like a hot pistol. A real son of a gun. I remember I first met the dude at a Little Ceasar job I had when I was like I dunno, maybe eighteen. My girlfriend at the time and baby mama felt sorry for him because he was homeless, after burning down his dorm at the Northwestern Business College mechanic trade school while drunk cooking and falling asleep. A rough hewn elemental force of nature, he’d been known to dispatch multiple boneheads in Kenmore Square for hassling his makeup wearing bandmates. He’d been a longtime habitué of several raucous and combustible old watering holes and a frequent companion and collaborator of several frankly legendary writers, artists and musicians. A rare breed of Zodiac Mindwarp and AC/DC loving, black leather clad, silver ringed, maverick hellion doing all the big stadium ready Billy Duffy guitar shapes like he was already famous 100% devoid of fear. Big black biker boots and hair down to his waist. Not everybody mellows with age-hell-one of our old homies just had an all day standoff with multiple Swat teams last year, some of these guys could be cantankerous and unpredictable. Particularly in a Johnny Walker sodden state. Some antisocial, ex barroom brawlers become less patient and more inclined to use unfriendly, insensitive measures to express their concerns and issues they deem of personal significance, as they get older. In the early 90’s the ranks of his Brother Hoods social club had swelled when he was co hosting a cable access tv show and having all weekend long after hours parties attracting a big entrouge of glam chicks, underground film makers, snarly garage punks, record store clerks from Ireland, former gang members and fellow street musicians, future doctors and politicians and Dimestore Haloes, but grass roots support for his dodgy glam group dried up and evaporated after a foolish relocation back to the rightwing, intolerant football states during the grunge hoax and Fear Channel programming of 9/11. The Richie Riches had all the good drugs and easy jobs and hip places to rent and those were precarious years for his livewire band of compulsive travelers and guerilla art bandits. The cool labels had made a fast buck with gimmicky girl bands and retired. Tim Yo, the “Maximum Rocknroll” conscience of the underground died. “Flipside” went outta business. In spite of having composed many popular, some would say beloved tunes still remembered by many, old Nasty never quite got to savor the triumphs that his former peers-bands like American Heartbreak and the Black Halos did. I remember working at Urban Outfitters in those years and having to listen to the loss prevention paychecks from corporate bleat on and on about the importance of busting poor people for shoplifting all day, and the hipster in store DJ was spinning Black Halos while I was being forced to refold overpriced jeans again and again, thinkin’ to myself, “wow, we’ve really failed, here.” Sleazegrinder remembers Nasty as, “a gravel throated thug in velvet.”…”writing songs that always ended up sounding like Van Halen blasting out of blown speakers in a Trans Am driven by white trash punks that couldn’t even tell the difference between Social Distortion and Motley Crue anymore. Every full moon or so, they have come back to screaming life, like Ghostrider or something, in whatever town either of the boys in the band found worthy, or at least available, co-conspirators. They would once again rev up the Deathtrip Studebaker in their dreams and hurl themselves into any stage that would take them, ripping open these suicide glitter anthems like they were enemies to be vanquished, done away with for good. But these songs will never really go away. They may have been written as loosely as a Charlie Manson parole hearing speech, but over the years they have been honed down to razor sharp points, and they fit so neatly into fancy , modern day sub-genre buzz phrases like ‘Motorpunk’ and ‘Action rock’ that you almost forget they were composed in the days when we just called it ‘rock and roll’.” JOSH RUTLEDGE of NOW WAVE said, “This is top tier glam/punk/hard rock noise in all the right ways: the HUGE, cranked-to-11 Les Paul guitar onslaught; the sordid, Stiv-y cigarette vocals; the hard, trashy, catchy heartbroken rock n’ roll tunes; the arena-ready sonic firepower & the naked, booze-soaked vulnerability behind the clamor. I hate to pigeonhole, but this reminds me a lot of early D Generation. This is bad-ass. It rocks like fuck yet doesn’t reek even slightly of the clichéd, overmasculine, wanna-be-decadent posturing that’s all the rage these days now that everyone’s jumping on the “Rawk, dude!” bandwagon. For once, the sleaze, swagger, snarl, doom, despair, and terminal disaffection are anything but contrived. This is, as they say at The Big Takeover, music with heart. This is the Burntout Recluse Blues. This is the beautiful loser boogie. This is your chance to use the term “good rock n’ roll” and actually MEAN it. Immeasurably better than the usual dull crap brought to you by overprivileged little hipster shits trying way too hard to pass themselves off as depraved rockers.”
We never really got to record our own original music that much, being white trash paupers, and our false hope peddling, credit in the straight world, former associates stole our songs and are attempting to monetize ’em. NFB will always be the real deal and the kinda genuine article, fulltime crash and burn, silver spurred, absolute motherfucker all those rich people with the big money collections, big name producers and snazzy threads providers, pretend to be in their videos. Winners write the history though, especially in capitalist culture, money buys you fame. He wrote so many nasty riffs that big city moneybags people cover, and seldom does he get any credit whatsoever, and certainly not one thin dime for his years of service, in the real trenches of underground punknroll. He lives in a van down by the river with a three legged dog named Angus. Says it smells like “balls, dog, and broken dreams.” Was recovering from surgery when he got ran over by a truck. More recently, his three legged dog ALSO got brushed by a car but somehow survived. Poor guy. Had he just been able to record his many substantial rocknroll songs, he’d be viewed as a gallant, dashing rogue but instead he’s looked at by most of society as a damaged, bad reputation werewolf. They say that wounded animals are the most dangerous. Sometimes I don’t even tell him about all the big city bands kinda doing our thing with their multiple sugar mamas and big money benefactors and highly financed producers behind ’em. Too fuckin’ heartbreaking. Nothing worse than seeing imposters in red leather chaps doing a less heartfelt version of your whole thing. What’s more ridiculous than I Need More Millions Gotham Hipsters scouting out wild west spaghetti western locales for their glamour shot pinup posters? (Heavy Sigh!) Back to our Hollywood animated Plastic Pistols:
Immediately I loved the celluloid actors portraying Viv and Jordan. I never thought I’d be cool with any portrayal of Chrissie, who I loved since the third grade and I mean, c’mon. NOBODY can play Chrissie, but this actress Sydney Chandler did a fantastic job. The guy playing Nick Kent made me smile, too. Sid N Nancy were way too adorable. The wee lads cast as Malcolm and Rotten were like hobbits or elves. I’ve only seen the first episode so far, but I am totally, surprisingly IN to it. Okay so I watched four more now and it’s surprisingly good. Even though ya know, Idol, Siouxsie, Jordan Mooney aka Pamela Rooke (RIP) and the rest are kinda reduced to bit part color forms, it’s really about Jonesey and Chrissie and Pauline who lived in a tree. I really am enjoying it sincerely. One of your and my fave guitar heroes referred to me in an interview as a “purist”, meant as a putdown, a few years back, but taken instead as a high complement. Seditionary VIV WESTWOOD still fights for JULIAN ASSANGE. She even put her screaming self into a big birdcage sculpture and raised a ruckous with a bullhorn outside Belmarsh. See any Murkkkn punques do anything like that? Honestly, what’s the most punkque thing any Murkkkan musicians do? Sign autographs? Sell merchandise? Brag about their shit, or who they slept with in the seventies at best? Suck up to more famous people? Organize their museum collections? Buy $500 hats? Buy down and out dudes instruments to have and to hoard? Correctify someone for not being highbrow cultivated enough? Chastise some lesser than for appreciating Rogan or Chappelle or challenging profit motives of known liars? PISTOL is the best show I’ve seen in quite awhile, but I don’t really get around much anymore and am still energized by all those 70’s UK punks and the Pretenders are usually my favorite band, besides the Pistols, Deadboys, Generation X and The Clash, etc., etc. You know what made me wanna puke? Seeing Jay Z and Beyonce and The Strokes these capitalist empire havers showing off their Basquiat paintings, fuck the corporate rich motherfuckin’ oppressor, gentrified, big capitalist predator class and their diversity hipster mascots, too.
In these media monopoly times, the cuddly actors here could get music careers in this age whereas the real pioneering genius rebel firebrand punks would not. It’s all just cheerleaders with industry sugar daddies and extravagant designer uptown wardrobes now. I was trying to watch a survival show “ALONE” about outdoor people trying to survive by themselves in hostile terrains, building boats and houses outta sticks like the three little piggies before they met the big, bad wolf at the door, but then they changed it up and brought in all these extra people to hike into the woods and find their partners and help them camp which for me defeats the whole purpose, name and challenge of the show, and they always show any bloody accidents and the harvesting of dead animals like multiple times and I’m a bit too squeamish for that shit, so ya know I was done with that show. Tried watching a used copy of that movie “THE JOKER”, and obviously I understood the themes about mentally ill people not being cared for by the gutted social safety net themes, or how all too often, it’s the pinstripe suit Amurkkkan Psycho types who actually bully smaller vulnerable or disabled people, but it was too splatter flick bloody gore violent for me. I did not even get halfway through it, which was too bad cause I’d waited to see it for a long time. I notice when the mega-monopolies add in needless blood and gore. I’m not into that shit at all. I’ll be watching the rest of PISTOL Tonight. Good times, really. Did not know they practiced in a space where a Badfinger hung himself. (RIP) Johnny says his real vital work is Public Image Ltd, which I can appreciate.
“I suspect almost every day that I’m living for nothing, I get depressed and I feel self-destructive and a lot of the time I don’t like myself. What’s more, the proximity of other humans often fills me with overwhelming anxiety, but I also feel that this precarious sentience is all we’ve got and, simplistic as it may seem, it’s a person’s duty to the potentials of his own soul to make the best of it. We’re all stuck on this often miserable earth where life is essentially tragic, but there are glints of beauty and bedrock joy that come shining through from time to precious time to remind anybody who cares to see that there is something higher and larger than ourselves. And I am not talking about your putrefying gods, I am talking about a sense of wonder about life itself and the feeling that there is some redemptive factor you must at least search for until you drop dead of natural causes.”
― Lester Bangs, Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung
Man, I can hardly even stand the internet nowadays, let alone the creepy NetFlix programming bullshit, like ya know that ikky cult guy they got ruining the Flash character. This whole time, I’ve been astounded by my former peers’ eager beaver willingness to play along with Mickey Mouse lapdancers like kesha and that big butt woman whatsername and major label boy band baloney like Harry Styles and Jared Leto and Justin Bieber, Talor Swift and Miley Cyrus. LET ALONE all that just wretched fuckin’ horrible whiny corporate pop/punk occultic illuminati bullshit like Machine Gun Kelly and Blink 182. I’m from the old school eighties basement underground. It’s weird to me how nowadays people don’t even seem to remember popular mainstream trouble boys like Dramarama and the Replacements, LET ALONE, the real genuine dirty outlaw, street punks of yesteryear. Communicos from the real rocknroll underground. On mornings like this, I’m kinda in the mood for some real punk.
“Although Priti Patel’s decision today to approve the US extradition request is in keeping with the decade-long collective persecution of Assange, and therefore sadly anticipated, it is nonetheless shocking. It shames the persecuting governments and warrants global condemnation.”
(-Lawyers For Assange)
“Folks, lets have an agreement that no matter how you might characterize the crazies in the republican party, we should commit to never characterizing the Squad, CBC, Sanders and Progressive caucus as the left.” (-Ajamu Barka)
“What do AOC’s broken promises mean to you and your family?” (-Stephen Sheehan)
“Biden’s deported more illegal immigrants than Trump & he’s locked up more kids in cages than Trump.” (-Samerra Khan)
“Remember that time a billionaire child trafficking ring was busted, but then no one was named other than 1 woman?” (-Tim Young)
“Over the past few days over a THIRD of Americans have been told not to leave their homes because of the heat. We are dying. We are killing this planet. And our ruling elite are doing NOTHING about it because they get rich from the status quo.” (-Lee Camp)
“In the long run, the people are our only appeal. The only ones who can free us are ourselves”. (~ Assata Shakur)
People think Gates wants to help them be healthy with his seed mutating and geoengineering. WTF is wrong with those robots? Divided Slaves of Amurkkka just love an evil despotic billionaire. “You show me a capitalist, and I’ll show you a bloodsucker.” (-Malcolm X)
“Protect your spirit, because you are in the place where spirits get eaten.” (― John Trudell.)
LIVING IN PARADISE
Man, so just this morning, no shit, I was listening to David Lee Roth doing a live House Of Blues version of “This Must Be Just Like Living In Paradise”, a beautiful 1988 #6 on the top 40 hit co written by Brett Tuggle, the Keyboardist from the Vai-Bissonette-Sheehan-Roth era and I am sad to report he has passed away, another one bites the dust. Man that’s a bummer ya know it was not so long ago I had written in one of my columns somewhere how I wished Roth would reunite that band lineup for another original full length album. To me that song was just exquisitely gorgeous, like Huckleberry Finn on a flying surfboard or The Beach Boys on Wheels of Fire! Like Van Halen good! I loved the video and the tune will be in my head for the rest of the week. Remember when the California Dream was still alive and the billionaires had not yet ruined all the old bohemian enclaves on the coasts? Now ya gotta be a sicko Kardashian or Musk or Gates or Bloomberg or fuck you, Jack. Poor people are under the boot and there aint nowhere to run. At least we have these songs to escape into as Diamond Dave says, an oasis to pound the sand outta your boots, a vacation in a can. Brett also played with Steppenwolf, Fleetwood Mac and Rick Springfield. I was a big fan of that band. Still am. (RIP)
“When you drank the world was still out there, but for the moment it didn’t have you by the throat.” (~ Charles Bukowski,)
THE EMPIRE’S ELECTION RIGGING, MERCENARY OPPOSITION REGIME CHANGE RESET PROXIES ARE EVERYWHERE
“Marjorie Taylor Greene just outflanked so-called progressive Democrats from the Left on Julian Assange. Why is Greene able to speak out for Assange’s freedom but AOC, Ro Khanna, and Ilhan Omar can’t?” (-Danny Haiphong)
“It’s easy to sit back and judge people for believing propaganda and failing to push for real change in adequate numbers, but if you look at the vast quantity of sophisticated psyops distorting everyone’s picture of the world it’s very understandable there’s so much confusion.” (-Caitlin Johnstone)
JOEY JOEY JOEY KING OF THE STREETS
“”Nothing ever quite dies, it just comes back in a different form.”” (-Lester Bangs) One of my fave bands was the RENT PARTY WALDOS lineup. We all miss Walter and Tony.(RIP) Thank God for Jeff West and JP. Lineups and bands come and go, but Joey Pinter still plays guitar LIKE A MOTHERFUCKER!
Me, personally, I never liked Metallica or Slayer or thrash music, at all. Probably the fastest/hardest band I ever really liked was say, the Misfits. When I was 18, I had a jamhouse way out on the edge of town goin’ towards the rural soybean and cornfields where my own misfit crew and me partied like Van Halen and practiced corny covers and started learning how to write our own compositions. In spite of what that frathouse mook on spring break Sammy Hagar will tell you, there is definitely more than one way to rock. I loved Korey Clarke for singing about real shit that matters when all the assembly-line spandex male-Barbies were wasting our time singing about their hotel room groupies and cocaine at the Cat House. He played some shows in recent years with Junkyard and Circus Of Power that I’m sorry I missed. I think my loyal friend the semi-famous drummer and Midnight Crisis frontman, Marty E was there! Warrior Soul‘s lyrics mean more now than they even did in the pre grunge eighties. Listen here, wolf child:
“You have to understand that people have to pay a price for peace. If you dare to struggle, you dare to win.” (-Fred Hampton)
“Don’t ask me why I obsessively look to rock ’n’ roll bands for some kind of model for a better society. I guess it’s just that I glimpsed something beautiful in a flashbulb moment once, and perhaps mistaking it for prophecy have been seeking its fulfillment ever since.”
(― Lester Bangs)
Every time we witness an injustice and do not act, we train our character to be passive in its presence and thereby eventually lose all ability to defend ourselves and those we love. (-Julian Assange)
“Chomsky on media who used @wikileaks
material: “Are they supporting Assange… who performed the honorable duty of a journalist & is now being tortured? Not that I’ve seen…We’ll use what he did, but then we’ll join the jackals who’re snapping at his feet.” (-Jeremy Scahill) Noam Chomsky, Jeremy Scahill on the Russia-Ukraine War (theintercept.com)
STILL LIKE THAT OLD TIME ROCKNROLL
I heard some new kid super hyped punque band’s tune over at SPIN magazine a couple days ago and to me it was just some formulaic loud/fast rules going through the motions, expensive leather from Straight To Hell, the usual stretch jeans and fifth generation Bay City Rollers haircuts and toppa the line equipment and always more of these same say nothin’ richie rich kids auditioning for Warped Fest side stage make believing they’re tuff guys, I dunno man, aint moved by that Fauntleroy Rock at all ever really. I dunno how that Hot Topic shit ever flies at all, aside from being made outta mama money, was not into that shit at all. When I think of rocknroll I think of dirt and filth and righteous rage, heartfelt confessions, the blues, surviving hard times, direct action authentic rebellion and dirty excess. As Malcolm X said, “”Truth is on the side of the oppressed.”
ANTISOCIAL GLMARCHISTS UNITE! SOLIDARITY FOREVER!
The internet, our greatest tool of emancipation, has been transformed into the most dangerous facilitator of totalitarianism we have ever seen. The internet is a threat to human civilization.Julian Assange
Prior to you know, the Cash cover, I was just never that gung ho about Nine Inch Nails and never cared for Marilyn Manson, either. The dark and heavy music I responded to was Foetus, Swans, and begrudgingly cause one of my girlfriends used to hang around with Dwayne (RIP), SKINNY PUPPY.
One of the best records of it’s era, THROBBING PURPLE‘s “LET IT WRITHE” was a dark and decadent laugh riot. Puttin’ your feet in the baby pool and pulling some cold bottles from the cooler in the shade of the carport? It’s a perfect soundtrack for sunglasses, loud laughs, and the dusky sunset of sleazy summertimes.
Ya know somebody made a movie I never saw called “Where’s Izzy” and I’d still love to hear a little more from that guy-I’m not into his lookalike at the brand model shilling the rubes GNR Olympics or whatever that big 12 piece horror show is. I hope to never hear that Godawful screechy playedout fackin’ “hay, hay, hay” cover of “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” again. Those three fat marquee name millionaires are like the laziest motherfuckers in the world and they can’t write songs no more. It’s a shame that Charlie “Chalo” Quintana of the Plugz, Social D., and The Juju Hounds died (RIP), cause the radio sure could use some new Izzy Stradlin songs. I heard “Patience” on the radio at the second hand store for the first time in years the other day, and while I remember that being kindof the end of that band’s momentum, it was still way better than anything those other dudes done since “Appetite”.
I USED TO BE FLATTERED WHEN FAMOUS PEOPLE SAID I SHOULD WRITE FOR CORPORATE MAGAZINES AND WAS JEALOUS BOYBAND LOVIN’ SHEFFIELD GOT TO SWAN AROUND WITH DURAN BUT LOOK WHAT HAPPENED TO POOR ROLLING STONE TRUTH TELLER MICHAEL HASTINGS WHO EMBARRASED SOME GENERALS…
Creem Magazine Is Back: 10 Classic Articles From the Digital Archive – Variety I miss CREEM who took the piss outta corporate rock.
“If there’s nothing more poisonous than bigotry, there’s nothing more pathetic than liberal guilt.”
― Lester Bangs
The global ruling class is cementing into place a world where they govern without accountability, we are reduced to serfdom, the climate crisis accelerates, and mass death is normalized.
It is hard to be sanguine about the future. The breakdown of the ecosystem is well documented. So is the refusal of the global ruling elite to pursue measures that might mitigate the devastation. We accelerate the extraction of fossil fuels, wallow in profligate consumption, including our consumption of livestock, and make new wars as if we are gripped by a Freudian death wish. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse — Conquest, War, Famine and Death – gallop into the 21rst century.
Those who rule, servants of corporations and the global billionaire class, accompany the suicidal folly by cementing into place corporate tyranny. The plan is not to reform. It is to perpetuate the corporate pillage. This pillage, more and more onerous for the global population, necessitates a new totalitarianism, one where the billionaire class lives in opulence, workers are serfs, rights such as privacy and due process are abolished, Big Brother watches us all the time, war is the chief business of the state, dissent is criminalized and those displaced by conflicts and climate breakdown are barred entry into the climate fortresses in the global north. Portions of the human species, the most privileged, will, in theory, hold out a little longer before they succumb to the great die off.
The persecuted and the abandoned, now in the tens of millions, know the future. For them, the future has already arrived. Julian Assange, the most important publisher of our generation, whose extradition to the US was approved on Friday by the British Home Secretary Priti Patel, is an example of what will befall all publishers and journalists that expose the inner workings of power. His imprisonment for revealing the war crimes, mendacity, cynicism, and corruption of the ruling class, including the Democratic Party, heralds a new era. Investigations into the centers of power, the life blood of journalism, will be a criminal offense.
It does not matter that Assange, who suffered a stroke and is in poor physical and psychological health, is not a U.S. citizen or that WikiLeaks is not a US-based publication. It does not matter that all of Assange’s meetings with his attorneys were recorded by UC Global, the Spanish security firm at the Ecuadorian Embassy where Assange lived for seven years, and turned over to the US, obliterating attorney-client privilege. The campaign against Assange, and I have sat in on hearings in London, is a Dickensian farce, the persecution of an innocent and heroic man, far more reminiscent of the Lubyanka than the best of British jurisprudence. He is being used to send a message — if you expose what we do we will destroy you.
Workers, whether in the vast sweatshops in China or the decayed ruins of the rust belt, struggle on subsistence wages without job protection or unions. They are cursed by trade deals, deindustrialization, austerity, rising interest rates and rising prices. They, too, know the future.
The decision to raise interest rates by three-quarters of a percentage point, with new rate hikes on the way, will further depress wages, which have stagnated for decades, increase unemployment and personal debt and make food and other basic necessities more expensive. Raising interest rates usually induces a recession. But the oligarchs are more than willing to extract blood from the working class. Inflation reduces investment returns. It disrupts leveraged financial strategies.
Prices are not rising because of wages. They are rising because of supply shortages and price gouging by corporations and oil conglomerates. US corporations posted their biggest profit growth in decades by raising prices during the pandemic. Corporate pretax profits rose last year by 25 percent to $2.81 trillion, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. That’s the largest annual increase since 1976, according to the Federal Reserve. When taxes are included, last year’s corporate profit rose to 37 percent, more than any other time since the Fed began tracking profits in 1948.
Antitrust laws and breaking up monopolies would ease the strain of inflation and lower prices. Rationing would break inflation. So would a wage-price freeze. Nationalization, reversing the capture of public utilities, the health care system, banking, and other services by corporations, would also blunt price rises. But the billionaire class is not about to impose measures that diminish their profits. They will keep their monopolies. They will keep their grip on what were once public assets. The message from the billionaire class is this: the economy is run for our benefit, not yours.
Ukrainians, enduring a war of attrition with the infusion of tens of billions of dollars of weapons from the US and Europe, know the future. War is the chief business of the state. It enriches the arms industry. It expands the military budget. The US now sends $130 million a day in military aid and assistance to Ukraine, part of the $55 billion in aid promised by Washington.
The US, struggling with societal breakdown and an ailing economy, sees its military as the only mechanism left to destroy global competitors, especially Russia and China. Russia, hemmed in by an expanding NATO in Central and Eastern Europe, and China harassed by a succession of carrier groups in the South China Sea, which Washington has called a “national interest,” have been united as US adversaries. China sees the waterways of Asia and the Pacific as part of its sphere of influence, as Russia sees Ukraine and other neighboring states. The aggressive military posturing of the US on the borders of China and Russia has provoked an unnecessary cold war, one many Washington policy makers nonchalantly expect may evolve into a hot war amongst nuclear armed nations that would potentially obliterate life on the planet.
There is an intensifying scramble for control, with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and China’s building of air bases from Japan to Australia along the Asian littoral, giving it the ability to attack warships, including aircraft carriers, in the western Pacific. The refusal of the U.S. to accommodate itself to a multipolar world and to chase the chimera of unrivaled global hegemony has seen Russia and China solidify an alliance, an alliance cold warriors worked hard to prevent. The hostilities, a self-fulfilling prophecy by U.S. warmongers, delights the Washington establishment whose goal is to perpetuate endless war.
You know you are in trouble when Henry Kissinger, who has called for Ukraine to cede territory to Russia and open negotiations with Moscow “in the next two months before it creates upheavals and tensions that will not be easily overcome,” is a voice of sanity.
Despotic governments need an enemy to justify the repression of dissidents, the reduction and cancellation of social programs and the iron control of information. Wars justify the unjustifiable — black sites, kidnapping, torture, targeted assassinations, censorship, and arbitrary detention — off-the-book war crimes. War induces a state of perpetual paranoia and fear. It demands mass obedience.
“The war is not meant to be won, it is meant to be continuous,” George Orwell writes in 1984. “Hierarchical society is only possible on the basis of poverty and ignorance. This new version is the past and no different past can ever have existed. In principle the war effort is always planned to keep society on the brink of starvation. The war is waged by the ruling group against its own subjects and its object is not the victory over either Eurasia or East Asia, but to keep the very structure of society intact.”
The message of endless war is – if you defy the ruling class, the militarists and the government, you are a traitor.
The 140 million people across the globe suffering from acute hunger, a result of the pandemic, the climate crisis and the war in Ukraine, know the future, along with the families of the 15 million people who died from the pandemic, hundreds of thousands of whom with proper prevention and medical care could have been saved. The refugees fleeing failed states and climate disasters – there could be 1.2 billion climate refugees by 2050 – in the global south know the future.
The message imparted to the poor, the vulnerable, the sick and the weak is this: your lives and the lives of your children do not matter.
The oligarchs in the Democratic Party and the establishment wing of the Republican Party are aware they are in political trouble. Is it due to Russian meddling? Is it due to Donald Trump and his proto-fascist minions? Is it caused by journalists and publishers like Assange who give them a bad name? Is it a failure of messaging? Is it a lack of rigorous censorship of the far-right and leftist critics?
The Democratic Party, now united with the establishment Republican Party, is flailing around for a solution. They are bankrolling far right candidates in the Republican primaries , a tactic that backfired on Hillary Clinton when her campaign worked during the primaries to promote Donald Trump as the Republican nominee. Retrograde Republicans, de facto members of the Democratic Party because they voted to impeach Trump, are being lionized as true patriots, as if they can lure people away from Trump and Trump-like clones. Robert Reich, along with other Democratic leaders, argues that Rep. Cheney – who voted for Trump policies 93 percent of the time as a member of the House but now looks set to lose her bid for reelection in Wyoming – has “demonstrated more courage and integrity than any other politician in America” and might just be “the best president of the United States for the perilous time we’re entering.” Jonathan V. Last, in an article headlined “Mike Pence is an American Hero” in The Atlantic, writes that Pence “did more to protect democracy — both on January 6 and since — than any other person inside the Trump administration.”
Perhaps the expected Supreme Court ruling that will overturn Roe v. Wade will work in their favor. Perhaps the televised hearings on the January 6th assault on the Capitol, an extended campaign commercial, will convince voters to support them. Perhaps the promise of more stringent gun laws will excite the electorate.
What can we expect from a party leadership that believed Michael Bloomberg, who has switched allegiance between the Democratic and Republican parties several times, would save them from progressives such as Bernie Sanders? What can we expect from a party leadership that anointed Joe Biden, who spent his political career dispossessing working men and women, building the world’s largest prison system, militarizing police, destroying the welfare system and funding military fiascos in the Middle East, as president?
The Biden administration is defined by failed expectations, from its stymied Build Back Better Plan to its refusal to raise the minimum wage. It is running on fumes, using gimmicks, empty rhetoric, spectacle and fear to intimidate the electorate.
The descent is pathetic to watch, reminiscent of the moment Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu tried desperately to placate an unruly crowd from the Balcony of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Romania building by offering to raise pension and family allowance by $2 a month. He and his wife were executed four days later. The discredited East German Communist Party, which like the Romanian revolution I also covered as a reporter, made similar empty gestures, promising to open its closed party headquarters to the public long after anyone cared.
The billionaire class, or at least many of them, would prefer to loot and pillage under the cover of the old political decorum and rhetoric. They like the fiction of paying homage to an emasculated democracy. It gives them the veneer of respectability.
But this is not to be. The rage of the betrayed is articulated by imbecilic demagogues vomited up from the social and political swamp. Corporations and the billionaire class will continue to exploit, but under a cruder and crueler authoritarianism. The social, political, economic, and environmental breakdown will accelerate. Reality, increasingly unpalatable, will cease to exist in public discourse. It will be replaced by Millenarian cults, such as the Christian fascists, and bizarre conspiracy theories, a retreat into magical thinking where evil is embodied in demonized individuals and groups that must be eradicated. Truth and lies will be indistinguishable. The vulnerable will be cast aside, blamed for their own misery, as well as ours. Those who resist will be criminals. Mass death will sweep across the planet. This is the world our children will inherit unless those who control us are wrenched from power.(-CHRIS HEDGES)