Monthly Archives: March 2011

What is up with Fox News?

Ok, we know that Fox News is biased. There is no denying that. Very hard to be non-biased. And, we know that the Fox “non-news” shows are unbridled lunacy and cater to the lowest reptilian brain area of otherwise nice people, that “Fox Geezer Syndrome“.

But, is there an excuse for just being a bad News network? I’m watching* the Sunday morning news shows. Fox News Sunday, of course, has some Republican talking head discussing the Libyan crisis. But, instead of getting into the issues and exploring the nuances, the GOP guy just uses this to critique President Obama. In contrast, on “This Week With Christiane Amanpour”, there are probing questions that reveal that the issues are not ninth grade reading level cut and dry.

The world is complex; who would have thought? No wonder they want to get rid of NPR.


One future day on Fox news:

Obama: Well, my second term is up. My last executive action is to give the Rethugs, I mean the Republicans their chance. I will start them off running. I decree that rich people will pay no taxes (since we know that trickle down helps everyone, <wink>). I will eliminate minimum wage requirements. No limits to foreign worker visas. Consumers should directly pay capitol gain taxes, no financial bait-and-switch needed to do it anymore. Humanitarian bleeding-heart liberal welfare state programs will be stopped, and the extra money will go to the military; we need a few more barely functional weapon systems. All regulatory agencies are now dissolved, the Market (which we should bow down to) is self-policing and destined to take us to libertarian heaven. Health care is gone, if you can’t take care of yourself, what are you living for? Further, …..

Fox news: But, where is your long-form birth certificate?


 

Very insightful observation:

The popularity of vigorous rage merchants like Beck and Olbermann are not a sign of our political culture’s vitality, but rather its decadence. We live in a time and place that puts high value on emotion, and that views emotions as self-validating. To feel something is thought by many to be sufficient evidence of its truthfulness, or at least its authenticity. This is a mark of the barbarian. I understand why post-Sixties liberals make the mistake of believing that nonsense. But conservatives? — R. Ramsey


Another individual, Ira Rosofsky, in a blog post gives some background material on today’s “emotional” extremism. See “The Paranoid Style in American Politics“. He states that Richard Hofstadter wrote about this in 1964.


*I’m using my old SlingPlayer box to watch boob tube** at my home workstation. Cool. SlingPlayer is prob one of the best and least known solutions.

**No, not that tube. Oy veah.

Further Reading
The Effects of Semantics and Social Desirability in Correcting the Obama Muslim Myth

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Paul Winter Consort: Icarus (live)

Nice YouTube post of this classic work. No, not the Iron Maiden thing (which I like too, btw). According to this page: ‘Astronauts of Apollo 15 took the Consort’s album ROAD to the moon with them and named two craters after the songs “Ghost Beads” and “Icarus”‘. See also, Oregon.

Well, while I’m at it, here are more renditions ….
Please let me know if any of these should not be posted here.

Icarus – slide guitar version


‘Icarus’ performed by MGT – Wolfgang Muthspiel, Slava Grigoryan & Ralph Towner

Ralph Towner solo. Yup he plays all the instruments on each track

LAGQ Live!: Icarus by Ralph Towner (arr. Kanengiser)

The samba styled version

Paul Seaforth/Jamie Findlay – Icarus acoustic jazz

The most definitive version, by Oregon

Is this the one on the “Oregon in Moscow” CD?


Icarus (slightly brighter than Ralph Towner plays it himself)

“icarus” – usc’s carolina alive vocal jazz ensemble.

 

What the mythical Icarus might have seen? 🙂

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Oregon's latest CD: "In Stride"

Wow, after 40 years as a group, yet another CD from the Oregon band.

Read a review by John Kelman here.

at Amazon


” If ” – Oregon (2009) live performance

Performing “1000 Kilometers” live, a piece from an earlier CD:

 

 

Doff Note the Frame guitar being played by Towner. It has nylon strings and feeds a MIDI stream (I think).

 

 

An Open Door

 

 

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Keenan Cahill singing "Only Girl In The World"

This is great!

A news story on Keenan Cahill:
The Real Story About My Battle With MPS-VI (WGN Chicago News Story)

Other videos

I’m not into hip hop or whatever its called today, but when a great work is created, like this one “Down On Me” by 50 cent, its great, its Music. Note this is rated “R”, in my opinion.

Probably old news to most. 🙂

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