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The Day the Music Died

Todd Hayen

“You’ll own nothing, and be happy.” Ha ha. I wonder if Schwab regrets saying that. Actually the phrase originated in 2016 from Danish MP Ida Auken’s essay “Welcome to 2030: I Own Nothing, Have No Privacy, and Life has Never Been Better” written for the World Economic Forum.

Not sure why the WEF would embrace such a seemingly derogatory message. But they did (although it is no longer found on their website).

The phrase caught on and Schwab has been inextricably linked to the expression. Sounds like something just about any of those WEF Cretans would say. I am pretty certain Schwab’s Best Boy Harari adores the concept. You can obviously see how demented anyone who seriously utters this is. You would have to be demented if you are thinking people would nod their head and exclaim “can’t wait!”

Schwab must think it is something people are excited about. A man totally out of touch with the people he wants to enslave. He probably honestly thinks he is a nice grandpa to his people, or maybe, as this statement suggests, he couldn’t care less what the useless eaters think.

Of course most of the world couldn’t care less what Klaus Schwab thinks. Most of the world doesn’t even know who he is, or what the WEF have planned for all of us. Many people in less optimum settings are too busy trying to feed their starving children or finding a roof to put over their heads. Look at the continent of Africa, almost entirely vaccine free.

What are they thinking? I doubt if it has much to do with “not owning anything”—they already don’t own anything, most of them at least. Are they happy?—many of them are probably happier than a lot of people who have a lot more.

Unless they have been exploited by the West mining for lithium, or sucking the oil out of their soil and souls, or destroying their land with other versions of rape, or whatever. They might be happier in their simple, non-materialist, ways. Let’s hope somebody is.

It is interesting that Schwab would claim this statement. Doing so he makes an assumption that everyone will even want to own things. That is a pretty materialist assumption. Of course everyone wants to own things, people want to own everything, right? Schwab thinks they just want to have everything, not actually own anything. Owning things is a hassle. He is planning on taking care of that for people. Nice guy.

The WEF put out a video at some time based on Auken’s essay. Follow this link to take a look at it. You’ve probably already seen it. Isn’t it lovely? Oh, what a beautiful world! Can’t wait.

Once again these ideas are presented as “good things.” I really do not know if I understand things correctly about the WEF touting Auken’s article, because she doesn’t present the future dystopia as all that yummy, although she ends up saying it is best, or at least better than the world we live in now. At any rate, the video, to my eyes, is rather chilling.

I would bet money that many of the people I know personally who are on that compliance side of the fence would view this video and then rave about the wonderful brave new world that awaited us in the future…no pollution, no war, no meat, fun trips to Mars, computer printed organs if our God given ones go kaput…what fun.

It is astounding to me, once again, that people don’t see the true meaning behind such a presentation. Maybe more do than I think, but my gut tells me no. It seems that most people drool for this techno-totalitarian carrot that is dangled in front of them. Or worse yet, they don’t even know it is being dangled. They just get up every morning and see what sort of world they are living in that day.

If they can’t buy meat, for example, they may grumble a bit, but will eat the bugs that are offered instead. If they are not allowed to own something, and have to rent it instead, they just follow the lead, blindly, and have no concept of the enclosing trap they are settling into. Life goes on. Convenience always trumps quality. No one screams from his or her apartment window, “I’m mad as hell, and I am not going to take this anymore!”

Take computer software and music for example. You no longer own either one.

Now, software and music are intellectual property, so you never really owned them, which meant you couldn’t replicate them and sell them yourself (or give them away). Because of the past simplicity of the world back a couple of years it wasn’t possible to duplicate these things easily. People certainly tried: software hacking, music duplication (remember Napster?)

These attempts were so prominent people thought that stealing intellectual property was just the way you got this stuff if you were smart and didn’t want to pay a fortune for it. But before you could do such things, you still had the convenience of owning the material it was embedded in. If you didn’t duplicate it illegally, you could still give away a vinyl record, or a CD (remember them?) or a book.

You had the right to keep the material forever, to keep it in an old box, or on a bookshelf, always there and ready to pull down and listen to, read, or fire up on your computer. No one but you controlled what you paid good money for. Not anymore. You never owned the copyright, but now you don’t even own the packaging the software or music, or whatever, comes in.

Are you happy?

Sure you are. Streaming is convenient, and seems cheaper, your music and software is always up to date, you don’t have to store it. You don’t own any part of it now, but so what. Never mind that music’s quality is reduced. They made certain you wouldn’t notice that by essentially destroying the high-end audio business and basically “forcing” you to wear tiny crap ear buds to listen to the mp3 shit quality music.

CDs, which are a relic now, played back music at a high-quality 44.1khz sample rate. Although mp3’s now claim to be indistinguishable from a high quality CD or music DVD, you still won’t get the quality listening to them through cheap ear buds and crappy iPhone audio processing. It’s all part of the plan folks—all part of the plan…

So what? Well, music and software (which is also largely rented now) is nothing compared to renting your home, your car, your clothes, your furniture, and whatever else you can think of that you at one time actually owned.

But it is a start, and it is basically the way things now are. Again, so what? Well, if you peel off just a few layers, you will clearly see the “so what”…owning property is the first tenet of freedom, for one. And owning nothing certainly puts control into the hands of whomever it is who owns the thing you rent. Oh, no, no, no, no one would ever be that evil.

No one would ever turn my heat off in my rented house if I was using too much of it, or render my rented car useless if I had to go out one too many times to get baby formula, or actually force me to move out of my abode because my neighbourhood had gone over its quota of white folks (or whatever shade you are). No, that’s crazy, that’s conspiracy crap, I don’t buy any of that…

And this just in, a good example of how this “central control” is already creeping up on us:

More than half a dozen families in Virginia — many with children and elderly family members — have been without power since Nov. 9. Despite the freezing temperatures and with little to no warning, Dominion Energy Virginia showed up at their homes with police and shut off their power because they refused to have “smart meters” installed in their homes.

[see full article here]

Of course most people know about Amazon’s removal of several titles, 1984 and Animal Farm from Kindles after being bought and paid for by consumers. Ironically, the titles were controversial “anti-establishment” fare from dystopian novelist George Orwell. Amazon made the decision due to an alleged copyright infringement.

The point here is that they could do it, and they did.

It is only a matter of time before any publication deemed “disinformation” is easily censored in such a matter. “Oh, no, they wouldn’t do that!” Oh, please, they already are. Maybe not yet removing bought books from electronic readers, but certainly from other media platforms online—music that doesn’t meet with the “agenda’s” standards, movies, etc. It can all be similarly removed. Wake up.

“Bye, bye Miss American Pie, drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry…”

Yes, dry…and barren…and oppressive, just like any other prison. Be happy.

Todd Hayen is a registered psychotherapist practicing in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He holds a PhD in depth psychotherapy and an MA in Consciousness Studies. He specializes in Jungian, archetypal, psychology. Todd also writes for his own substack, which you can read here

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Gordon Hastie
Gordon Hastie
Jan 15, 2023 10:37 AM

Presumably the Schwab is unaware that many of us have been (at least) trying to be less materialistic for many years, and I’ve long thought that meditation in place of shopping would be quite subversive. In any case, many of us have also been aware of the rentier class, and how they only take from society, so why would we willingly subsidise these leeches further? I see the Graun itself has a misleading headline about Davos this morning. The Graun and their fellow bought chums in the MSM will be putting out a lot of BS in the next few days, that’s for sure.

John Pretty
John Pretty
Jan 2, 2023 2:31 PM

“Not sure why the WEF would embrace such a seemingly derogatory message. But they did (although it is no longer found on their website).”

It woke a lot of people up to the dangers. Should be said that in Germany, compared to Britain, for example, private property ownership is not as commonplace. (I think for most people in the UK, ownership refers to private property.) So Schwab maybe didn’t realise that his slogan wouldn’t play very well in some parts of the collective West.

Velvet Revolution
Velvet Revolution
Jan 6, 2023 7:59 AM
Reply to  John Pretty

Where did you get your information about private ownership in Germany? I have many friends in Germany that own their own homes.

Howard
Howard
Jan 1, 2023 10:05 PM

No one has mentioned the ubiquitous auctioneers (aka rap artists). To me, they’re auctioneers: they speak very fast and try to sell you something (themselves).

Once in a while the sounds accompanying the rap almost take on the quality of music; otherwise, it’s just a droning percussion.

I can’t help wondering what it’s all about and why it has become “black” music. Didn’t blacks largely create jazz? I personally don’t like jazz; but I think it’s extremely complex music – something to be very proud of.

Yet along comes rap, with all the complexity of a paint by numbers comic book. And suddenly jazz is replaced by rap. Why? Is it part of the “Cancel Culture” movement?

Clive Williams
Clive Williams
Jan 2, 2023 12:14 AM
Reply to  Howard

Gang Rap turned into club dance called rap-crap. I know what you mean I loved Jazz rifts and early mid Motown 60’s 70’s. Rap became mainstream cultural politics and went imo.

KarenEliot
KarenEliot
Jan 2, 2023 2:48 PM
Reply to  Clive Williams

Incorrect. I assume you mean gangsta rap? Motown was from Detroit. Eminem is from Detroit. So are Ugly Heroes, Apollo Brown, and countless other leading rap and hip-hop acts. You are right that rap has become mainstream but there is plenty of political edge still, though way too much sexual bravado, boasting about cars and guns too. But as I said above: tastes vary, and that’s part of what makes our world culturally rich and worth defending.

rubberheid
rubberheid
Jan 3, 2023 6:30 PM
Reply to  KarenEliot

east coast? ; ) lol

you are correct

Funny that!!
Funny that!!
Jan 5, 2023 11:17 PM
Reply to  KarenEliot

Yeah, just remind me who were the pivotal movers in Rap music that could coin the term ‘Nigga’ and face no consequences?? Same old, same old detestable people…

KarenEliot
KarenEliot
Jan 2, 2023 2:39 PM
Reply to  Howard

Rap is a great deal more sophisticated than you seem to think.

Whether or not the genre is “black”, it has quite a lot in common with jazz. Instead of improvisations on a theme though, many rap acts (not all e.g. Atmosphere, The Roots, use live instruments as well) reuse/reappropriate samples from earlier musical works (and radio, TV, cinema etc) and improvise a new structure.

The words on top of that might be improvised or very carefully composed. Eminem, for example, might seem to have adopted the persona of the white trash poet, but that’s in fact totally who he is. His wordplay is _very_ sophisticated. I recall decades ago Elvis Costello was lauded for his lyrics. Eminem is way more skilled (and so are plenty of others). His home town of Detroit was pre-eminent, and still is, in the US music scene.

Rap is way more political than polite “white” schoolboys like The Clash ever were. But hey: different people, different tastes.

If you have any interest in the genre at all, which I doubt, try Roy Christopher’s book Dead Precedents. The title is partly a pun on the rap outfit Dead Prez but also a reflection of the sampling culture that underlies a lot of rap and hip-hop.

And to demonstrate that this post is on-topic, though yours didn’t seem to be, a very important part of the rap ‘industry’ is rights control i.e. establishing who owns the samples you use (a record company, composer, whatever) gives clearance, and gets paid, for the re-use of their work.

RegretLeft
RegretLeft
Jan 2, 2023 5:07 PM
Reply to  KarenEliot

OK! – it is clear you have a more complex take on “rap” (but isn’t it more properly called hip hop?) But still Howard’s complaints resonate – I, for one, sure miss hearing African Americans sing – such fabulous voices now only “rap” – as if all of opera was restricted to dry recitative. My sense after going to a gym in a mostly African American US city for 15 years is that rap has become more “musical” maybe in just the past 5,6 years. And – like all art forms – there is the good and the bad and maybe it is trying to get better – perhaps much less about selling drugs and getting rich vs reflections on lessons learned from a father who was a minister (as I heard a few weeks back).

rubberheid
rubberheid
Jan 3, 2023 6:56 PM
Reply to  RegretLeft

[admin – rap context please]

yo a muthafuckin fool, bitch! “rap” has steadily declined for decades, other than… some…, has become pish like most new “music.

pre G-style, most rap was very political, or pure entertainment nu-style.
after G, a lot of it remained massively political, G- is a socio-economic statement is it not? after the mid 90s, yeah a lot of it just became shite, I’ll agree with that, but some remains and will emerge classic tunes. “ever had to drink similac so you could have protein?”

i have spoke elsewhere of battle incitation – rap is good for that (“black” version of metal and thrash?),
when it is in so many ways entirely justified,(if contrived?)

just listen to the words if ye cannae get the beat, try some de la soul or non-G, a lot of humour in there… much of it isn’t guns and ho’s….

give it a try, I was enjoying delinquent habits before i went back to honky folk music and eurasian throat singing.. still listening to the drifters tooooo

seems you get rap, or not.

wheres edwidge?

“3, its a magic number,”

; )

Ole H. Johansen
Ole H. Johansen
Jan 1, 2023 8:35 PM

“Of course most people know about Amazon’s removal of several titles1984 and Animal Farm from Kindles…”
But Amazon have done much worse thing,but I haven’t seen anyone,neither this site,complaining or criticise this hypocritically free speach bastion.
Read this book recommendation.
The Day Amazon Murdered Free Speech – Castle Hill Publishers

Clive Williams
Clive Williams
Jan 1, 2023 8:25 PM

I’d no idea who Schwab was Jan ’20. Thought it must mean an investment firm. Words go round in circles in adverts.. portfolio lol! Is back, but I’ve never heard an American say it. Portfolio…Tools used to be a thing. Volume pitch in Sound graphics has changed drastically over the last 20yrs on TV. In fact previously enjoyable programming appear to have been remastered for dramatic effects. So much so is hard to hear ie: a renowned specialist in their choosen field being interviewed.
Colours Flash Visionary increase in Sound. “Slap bang rattle advertising, laughing teeth with starbucks coloured People”…
There ya go Your a Millionaire at 15yr old..Congrats.
What’s for Lunch?

Human values
Human values
Jan 1, 2023 6:58 PM

https://twitter.com/nbreavington/status/1608840640317763585

”Why does a bunch of weird psychos decide how WE have to live – as if this planet is THEIRS?”

Who is the rightful owner of this planet? Who does it belong to? Who can say it’s their private property?

A white man who came from Europe, drove the people away or killed them, and said this land now belongs to him – he worked so hard for it.

How on earth or heaven does anything belong to a thief?

Does the property, like land, resources of land, belong to a thief, a criminal, a murderer?

How is that just? How is that right? How does property have rights?

All property rights are theft.

Speedwellian
Speedwellian
Jan 1, 2023 10:22 PM
Reply to  Human values

Perhaps a better word is custodianship? Whatever word you use you are describing power. Who is the most deserving to claim that right. The ‘State’ wants to bestow privileges the individual wants rights. The greedy and already powerful want to create as much confusion around collective and individual rights so they can individually control everybody through the collective, thus we are subjected to 24/7 propaganda. Brain washing is key. They will enslave themselves.

Pilgrim Shadow
Pilgrim Shadow
Jan 2, 2023 2:33 AM
Reply to  Human values

“Survival is the first morality,” and however shining the veneer of civilization may seem, it’s very, very thin.

rubberheid
rubberheid
Jan 3, 2023 7:28 PM
Reply to  Pilgrim Shadow

i’d say “the road” or “mad max” are closer to “survival” than that darwinian hokum! but aye, point.

Roy McCoy
Roy McCoy
Jan 1, 2023 3:27 PM

Sounds like something just about any of those WEF Cretans would say.”

Is that a cross between a Cretin and a Titan?

Howard
Howard
Jan 1, 2023 4:02 PM
Reply to  Roy McCoy

No. It’s a cross between a Cretin and a Gorgon.

Clive Williams
Clive Williams
Jan 1, 2023 5:52 PM
Reply to  Howard

Harpies..birds of a feather stick together.

Thom Sheaffer
Thom Sheaffer
Jan 1, 2023 3:04 AM

My iPod Nano was my everything. A player about the size of a box of Chicklets, daily, I’d load on a new music play list from my super-gynormous mp3 collection or from 13 Afternoon or Twangsville (amazing how much good free music there is to be had). Then I’d drag over a few podcasts, especially TLAV, Sunday Wire, UK Column, James Dellingpole, Corbett, and head out for a five hour walk. Nothing could have been be finer! My son would scoff at why I didn’t have an iPhone but the iPod was tiny – amazingly so and the phone was so heavy it’d pull my walking shorts down (gangsta style!).

But the Nano died and now I have the damn phone. I stream my podcasts and good music is hard to hear for free and winter is here and I don’t wanna walk and nyah nyah nyah …. Happy new year everyone.

Howard
Howard
Jan 1, 2023 4:08 PM
Reply to  Thom Sheaffer

If you have a dog, there are no seasons. You walk – and that’s that, whether it’s 100 or 6 degrees. Not five miles of course.

And as for listening to music while walking, hearing is a big part of crossing the street – because ever since Covid, people fly through neighborhoods, and because it’s hilly I hear the low flying vehicles before I see them.

Marilyn Shepherd
Marilyn Shepherd
Jan 1, 2023 4:19 PM
Reply to  Thom Sheaffer

When I lived in the city I always had a walkman or some such to drown out the cars and traffic as I walked. The sound quality was dreadful.

Then I left the city and now walk listening to the birds in the country with no music in my ears and come home to the 2200 watt stereo with digital music on a USB

William MacAdams
William MacAdams
Jan 1, 2023 2:50 AM

The Kindle version of “1984” is still available on Amazon!? Contrary to what this article claims. How many seconds would it have taken the author to check this?

Gordon Hastie
Gordon Hastie
Jan 1, 2023 3:45 PM

So what?

Nick Baam
Nick Baam
Jan 1, 2023 12:54 AM

Schwab should have gone w: ‘Eliminate Clutter!’

Johnny
Johnny
Dec 31, 2022 11:59 PM

‘Own nothing and be happy’
And the opposite of that must be:
Own everything and be paranoid.
Mmm, so that might explain our predicament.

Penelope
Penelope
Dec 31, 2022 10:25 PM

Best, most thorough examination of the vaxx, using microscope & electron microscope. A responsible video. Dr. Ryan Cole, pathologist & Del Bigtree

https://www.bitchute.com/video/BrVlJTsYZ6x4/

denny
denny
Jan 1, 2023 2:08 PM
Reply to  Penelope
Martha
Martha
Jan 1, 2023 7:13 PM
Reply to  denny

My guess is that you could test 100 vials from batches made at different times and sent to different parts of the world and you’d find vast differences. Just because Cole didn’t find graphene doesn’t mean there wasn’t any anywhere, e.g.

les online
les online
Dec 31, 2022 10:21 PM

Maybe ‘owning nothing and being happy’ aint as bad as it seems ?

In Anthropologist Marshall Sahlins’ book Stoneage Economics. The Original Affluent Society, the author concluded that the experiences of those living in subsistence economies may actually have been better, healthier and more fulfilled than the millions enjoying the affluence and luxury offered by the economies of modern industrialisation and agriculture… (‘The book is subversive of so many of the fundamental assumptions of Western technological society that it is a wonder it was permitted to be published.’)

From FE’s review:
‘We are inclined to think of hunters and gatherers as poor because they dont have anything; perhaps better to think of them for that reason as free. “Their extremely limited possessions relieve them of all care with regard to daily necessities and permit them to enjoy life.”‘
‘Speaking to unique developments of the market economy to its institutionalisation of scarcity, Karl Polanyi said that “our animal dependency on food has been bared and the naked fear of starvation permitted to run loose. Our humiliating enslavement to the material, which all human culture is designed to mitigate, was deliberately made more rigorous.’

https://www.fifthestate.org/archive/298-june-19-1979/the-original-affluent-society/
https://www.fifthestate.org/archive/298-june-19-1979/searching-for-the-culprit/

Antonym
Antonym
Jan 1, 2023 1:20 AM
Reply to  les online

Really rich people need anti kidnap protection apart from eternally trying to ward off cash seeking family members and do-goody NGOs. Own nothing is the ideal of Indian sannyasins, but voluntary.

NixonScraypes
NixonScraypes
Jan 1, 2023 9:46 AM
Reply to  les online

Klaus is talking about RENTING as opposed to owning, a subtle difference to the FE vision je pense.

Voz 0db
Voz 0db
Jan 1, 2023 2:48 PM
Reply to  les online

The problem with that is that the Secular Ruling Families and Billionaires will only allow you to OWN DEBT… The more the merrier!

Rejoice!

Clive Williams
Clive Williams
Jan 1, 2023 10:52 PM
Reply to  Voz 0db

UK Counties Layoff investing. Free marketing People invested in laying People off for 45 years.

Pilgrim Shadow
Pilgrim Shadow
Jan 2, 2023 4:57 AM
Reply to  Voz 0db

“I owe my soul to the company store.”

Ort
Ort
Dec 31, 2022 8:58 PM

Ah, your discussion of software and (especially) music prompts me to recycle a 2021 comment. While it’s true enough that it’s mostly Youth addicted to smartphones and on-demand streaming media, I have an anecdotal example of an older person who seems to uncritically buy into the classic belief in the virtues and merits of technological “progress”:
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I mourn the probable extinction of DVDs and similar physical media.

I know the demise will be facilitated by generational shift– Youth simply assumes that “streaming” video and audio is the be-all and end-all.

I also know at least one supercilious 70something adult, M., who is deeply infatuated with the “evolution” of media to a point where– in the spirit of “a loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thou”– he dotes on “an iPhone, a high-quality wireless portable speaker, and Alexa”.

M. loftily rhapsodizes that this state-of-the-art system is pure technological magic: if he thinks of a piece of music he’d like to hear, he only has to more or less snap his fingers and it will manifest; his Precious iPhone is like Aladdin’s magic lamp.

He relishes the “freedom” of not being burdened with “stuff”. That’s as may be, but it’s a lot like “You’ll own nothing and you’ll be happy.”

Since he’s content with the instant-gratification magic, he’s completely oblivious or indifferent to the drawbacks. Just to mention a few: with a CD or DVD, one can stop and start at will, and use features like freeze-frame or fast forward/reverse, etc.

Also, apart from the inconvenient fact that streaming media requires Internet connectivity, when one has a “hard copy” there’s no danger of the content provider unilaterally manipulating, editing, or simply disappearing content.

I suppose that being a “hard copy” devotee makes me a sort of Luddite in his eyes.
__________________________________________

Come to think of it, M.’s conventional optimistic belief in technological progress shines forth in other areas.

M. drives a lot. Once I was riding with him on a toll road, and he burst forth with the prediction that before too long, EZ-Passes (an electronic toll collection system used on toll roads, toll bridges, and toll tunnels in the US) would become obsolete because all vehicles would be identified and tracked as soon as they were started– i.e., when the driver turned the key (or entered the keycode) and the vehicle powered up.

He thought that the actual real-time tracking capability in this “innovation” might start selectively on major highways, but eventually would become universal.

He was looking forward to it; for instance, he crowed, there would be no need for traffic-snarling obstacles like toll booths, paying as you go, etc. All of the tolls would be automatically charged to a driver account, and so forth; drivers and their vehicles were freed up to zip along efficiently. It was manifestly a win-win scenario.

Yeah, I remonstrated, but wouldn’t this require a sort of Department of Transportation Panopticon? And wouldn’t it have to be a national panopticon, since vehicles cross state lines? That’s what we were doing at the time; the driver has a seashore condo, and frequently drives back and forth from his home in the adjoining state and the condo.

He agreed. He still can’t wait. He doesn’t see a down side to imposing a centralized, benevolently totalitarian “solution”. Apparently he thinks it will be more enjoyable and rewarding than the status quo.  🤔 

Edith
Edith
Dec 31, 2022 10:18 PM
Reply to  Ort

Yes and he probably bought the injection along the same logic..,,they told us it was a big scientific advancement so it is to be worshipped…along with all the track and trace that has gone with it….magic seems to work on many a lot of the time…

Ort
Ort
Dec 31, 2022 10:36 PM
Reply to  Edith

Bingo! He indeed uncritically accepted the injection imperative. We don’t discuss scamdemic-related specifics, but I’m virtually certain that he’s gotten all the recommended “boosters” too.

I learned on Thanksgiving that he’s had at least one “minor” surgical procedure to remove a basal-cell carcinoma from his inner thigh. Coincidence, no doubt!  😉 

niko
niko
Dec 31, 2022 8:07 PM

The President in Washington sends word that he wishes to buy our land. But how can you buy or sell the sky? The land? The idea is strange to us. If we do not own the freshness of the air and the sparkle of the water, how can you sell them? Every part of this earth is sacred to my people. Every shining pine needle, every humming insect. All are holy in the memory and experience of my people.

We know the sap which courses through the trees as we know the blood that courses through our veins. We are part of the earth and it is part of us. The perfumed flowers are our sisters. The bear, the deer, the great eagle, these are our brothers. The rocky crests, the juices in the meadow, the body heat of a pony, and man, all belong to the same family.

This we know: The earth does not belong to us, we belong to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. We did not weave the web of life; each of us is merely a strand of it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.

-Attributed to Chief Seattle (Seathl)

Edith
Edith
Dec 31, 2022 10:22 PM
Reply to  niko

An indigenous friend of mine just laughs about my anxiety re all this….says his indig community had the land upon which they existed stolen and then they were rounded up and put in missions, not allowed to own anything, have a job, even marry who they wanted without state permission….total controlled state dependency.,.

he just says welcome to my world….they tried it on us first and now they know exactly how it works they are coming for the rest of you…

mgeo
mgeo
Jan 1, 2023 2:39 PM
Reply to  Edith

It is the same with economic, subversive and military imperialism. It all comes home to roost.

Veri Tas
Veri Tas
Dec 31, 2022 11:35 PM
Reply to  niko

True, true… And then along came the minority and sent the original occupants off to the reservation.

Martin Usher
Martin Usher
Dec 31, 2022 7:28 PM

The good news is that a lot of modern music isn’t performed, its constructed on a computer by cleverly linking phrases and rhythms, many borrowed (“sampled”) from other performances. It might sound pleasing or evoke emotions, especially in a nightclub, but musically speaking its totally crap. So treat this type of music like refined corn syrup — its cheap to make, ubiquitous, adequately sweet and really bad for you.

Fortunately, there’s a lot of other music about. I happen to like certain types of classical music (and I can even play some of it). There are quite a lot of others in our area that can do this, and a lot just do it for fun. (Being a professional musician is at best a precarious job — even a decent gig in a major orchestra is like being a professional in sports, its really tough to get into and you’re always one injury away from forced retirement.)

One of the advantages of classical music is that most of it is out of copyright. Thanks to the Internet we’ve got away from the common practice of adding a few editorial marks to a piece written maybe hundreds of years ago and copyrighting the work as new. Scholarship should be rewarded but this practice was just a form of protection racket. Being able to own stuff for an indefinite period of time is a particular evil — I’m not against compensating composers, music is a precarious living for most at the best of times but I do draw the line when copyright is assigned to corporations because they’ll try, and often succeed, in extending them indefinitely, choking off other forms of creativity in the process. (Disney — I’m looking at you….) We’re getting to the point where individual notes and sounds are being ‘owned’ — that’s highly undesirable.

Ian Thorpe
Ian Thorpe
Dec 31, 2022 9:57 PM
Reply to  Martin Usher

Re you last line Martin, I was in the computer business for many years before retirement and though I can’t remember exactly when this occurred I do recall in eithrer the late 90s or early this century, Microsoft hatched a plan to patent letters of the alphabet so that every published work would have to pay a royalty for using something that had been in the public domain for thousands of years. If I remember correctly the US patents agency refused to look at it.
I wonder what the outcome would be if the idea was revived now.

Marilyn Shepherd
Marilyn Shepherd
Jan 1, 2023 4:30 PM
Reply to  Martin Usher

That is the reason almost everything I listen to was recorded in actual studios from the 1950’s to late 1980’s, have almost no music after that except for the same people from the 60’s and 70’s like the Boss, Bee Gees, Dylan and Baez

Pilgrim Shadow
Pilgrim Shadow
Dec 31, 2022 7:04 PM

“Sounds like something just about any of those WEF Cretans would say.”

Cretins.

el Gallinazo
el Gallinazo
Dec 31, 2022 4:43 PM

I was wondering regarding the removal of 1984 and Animal Farm from Amazon Kindle. I am not a big fan of Bezos, but being an ex-pat on a tight budget who has not been in the USSA for over 4 years, I do use Kindle now for my library. So I went to Amazon to verify it and found an offering of each in Kindle for under $1. I had them in pdf already, but I find Kindle a lot easier to read on my ancient iPad, so I bought and downloaded both just now. They appear to be quite fine at first glance.

As to lower music quality, at the age of 76 and hearing impaired, my primary concern has been finding a free and adequate graphic equalizer for my Mac to compensate for my personal audio issues as well as aging issues with my ancient Nakamichi receiver . Came up with the free eqMac which is excellent. They do offer a pro version, but I find the free one more than adequate.

Todd Hayen
Todd Hayen
Dec 31, 2022 5:22 PM
Reply to  el Gallinazo

The Amazon incident was due to a copyright issue, not due to censorship. But it illustrated the ease in which material that a customer purchases can be retrieved for whatever reason. Amazon, I believe, admitted it was not the correct way to remedy their copyright infringement blunder. But the horse got out of the barn…

Martin Usher
Martin Usher
Dec 31, 2022 7:31 PM
Reply to  Todd Hayen

An improvident move. What it said is “Use the Kindle for public domain and ‘throwaway books but not for anything of value”. Since the paper editions are often no more expensive than the electronic ones I tend to buy paper (used if possible) because I not only have possession of the article but I can lend or give it away if I want to. Kindle, like streamed music, is just a ‘license’ to use the material. You own nothing — and I don’t trust anything that can be memory holed at the touch of a button.

el Gallinazo
el Gallinazo
Dec 31, 2022 8:06 PM
Reply to  Martin Usher

Agree, and I would do the same if I lived in a country were I could get free or inexpensive shipping of books. In Mexico, one is basically forced into electronic books in English. I has many other rewards though. I would be living on cat kibble in the USSA. Of course I can get the classics from sources a lot less nefarious than Amazon, and often do.

Clive Williams
Clive Williams
Jan 1, 2023 9:00 AM
Reply to  Todd Hayen

If you have to purchase E. Blairs Animal Farm and 1984 on the Web it’s called theft Mr Hayton. They were School Books for us young Northern Lads & Lasses to open up our minds and discuss with University students in the 50’s and 60’s.
Do you understand, I hope you do.
Thx

Clive Williams
Clive Williams
Jan 1, 2023 9:02 AM
Reply to  Clive Williams

Excuse me Mr Hayen, sorry.

mgeo
mgeo
Jan 1, 2023 2:53 PM
Reply to  Todd Hayen

Restricting a download or the usage of a DVD to a specific copyright zone is censorship.

In 2019, EU considered prosecuting any reference or link to any website, unless backed by a paid licence; this would have barred even a “fair use” quotation.

Niall mc guigan
Niall mc guigan
Jan 1, 2023 8:25 AM
Reply to  el Gallinazo

Is an ex pat the same as an immigrant

Velvet Revolution
Velvet Revolution
Jan 6, 2023 8:11 AM

Interesting point. I have always disliked that term. Think it is silly, honestly. It feels to me as some kind of elitist term. Anyway…

Ananda
Ananda
Dec 31, 2022 4:26 PM

When I Was a Lad
*Nothing beats the sound of a needle on vinyl.
Played through a separate system
Rotel or Technic record deck
Nad tape deck.
Denon amplifier equalizer
BW speakers.

The problems is the neighbors of today, they would call the police on a quarter loud.

*(this isnt a drug reference)

George Mc
George Mc
Dec 31, 2022 4:15 PM

Today’s conversation – I hadn’t mentioned any specific topic and my wife and my friend made some passing mocking remark about “conspiracy theory” in relation to me. And I felt again that depressing sense of an easy slump into a mode of conversation in which so much was already decided and marked off. My friend even considers himself an intelligent person railing at the stupidities of present times and yet has no idea about the truth beneath him and over which he skates on the most superficial level.

el Gallinazo
el Gallinazo
Dec 31, 2022 8:00 PM
Reply to  George Mc

Most of these people are not stupid. I believe that there is enough evidence, such as the vaxxed dropping dead in the street (suddenly and unexpectedly), that the truth is just to frightening to entertain. In the end it does boil down to a lack of courage.

Tom Larsen
Tom Larsen
Jan 1, 2023 1:19 AM
Reply to  George Mc

It’s like the curse of Cassandra, except that we’re not burdened to know the future and that no one will listen to our warnings, we’re burdened with knowing the present and everyone else is living in a fictional past.

George Mc
George Mc
Jan 1, 2023 11:35 AM
Reply to  Tom Larsen

“Fictional past” is spot on. You don’t know you are living a lie until the lie undergoes a ridiculous turn at which point there is a threefold divide in the population:

  • Those who face up to the newly revealed fact that they have been living a lie all along.
  • Those who can’t abandon the lie and decide to fanatically support the ridiculous turn no matter how offensive it is to sense and logic.
  • Those who can’t abandon the lie, but cannot support the ridiculous turn and just pretend it never happened!
Tom Larsen
Tom Larsen
Jan 1, 2023 6:51 PM
Reply to  George Mc

The last one: I have a freind that about year and a half ago we’d go for weekly walks and I would pour out all the research, reading etc. I had been doing on everything Covid to him. It was cathartic – I needed it. Last time I saw him, couple months ago, he gave me a big hug but said “I don’t wanna talk about Covid.”

Geo Martin
Geo Martin
Jan 1, 2023 5:33 PM
Reply to  George Mc

I’m starting to believe they actually are NPCs as they really have no thought of themselves. Or perhaps people of this world that will only return to dust.

Russian Hank
Russian Hank
Jan 3, 2023 7:57 AM
Reply to  Geo Martin

Without integrity any personality lacks coherence. Denying the truth is a massive harm to integrity, so yes they are basically NPCs.

WillianHill
WillianHill
Dec 31, 2022 4:00 PM

This week the ABBA member, Björn Ulvaeus, and I assume billionaire, was guest editor on BBC radio 4 Today programmer, he took the opportunity to push a ‘songwriters passport’.

As far as I can tell it will be required by all musicians, even starters, and will allocate, copy-write of all songs.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p0ds6nht

at 52:00

More digital control, open to abuse.

Martin Usher
Martin Usher
Dec 31, 2022 7:04 PM
Reply to  WillianHill

The Performing Rights Society in the UK has long exercised a very strong control over the performance and licensing of music. This even extends to musical instrument shops which require a license just in case a patron plays a copyrighted song. The approach advocated by Bjorn is just an extension of this — instead of spending the effort collecting royalties for each performance you just tax every musician (or rather, I’d guess, not “instead” but “as well as”). The line this will be sold on is that it will recompense all the composers and the like but the reality is that it will just add to the coffers of those already collecting significant royalties.

WillianHill
WillianHill
Jan 1, 2023 12:03 PM
Reply to  Martin Usher

I think, if I understand this correctly, it also involves ascribing the origins of songs, so that the older rich arrests get more income as they wrote the cords, the tunes, the beats that feed into modern songs.

Hemlockfen
Hemlockfen
Dec 31, 2022 3:07 PM

Had a long conversation with the contractor that was hired to install my “smart meter”. I just happened to be home. I watched as he drove down my long driveway and parked next to my house. He got out and immediately went to work without a knock or a greeting.

I quietly sneaked up from behind and greeted him with,

“WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING”?.

He was clearly startled and knew I was pissed. The meter I had was practically brand new. He stopped what he was doing and replied,

“They sent a letter”.

“SO….WHAT ARE YOU DOING”?,

I asked again. It was clear to him that he had some “splainin” to do.

“It’s 5G”

, he said. I replied,

“WE DON’T EVEN HAVE 5G AVAILABLE HERE IN THE COUNTRY”.

He bravely chuckled, and said,

“I know”.

Meanwhile, he had put his tools down and stopped working in full anticipation I was going to refuse the installation of the new natural gas smart meter.

“Everyone is getting one”

, he said. Then I asked, “If 5G was available,

does this mean they should shut my gas off remotely?”.

He paused, looked away for a couple seconds and the looked back at me and said,

“yes, I guess so, technically”.

Then he asked, “so can I install it?” I let him do it.

Another piece of the dystopian puzzle is quietly being installed.

It became a little clearer why 5G has become so important.

All that radiation we are being exposed to and they don’t give two shits about the repercussions.

As long as the plan to put the stranglehold of control on us is installed.

Fuck you NSA.

dom irritant
dom irritant
Dec 31, 2022 3:40 PM
Reply to  Hemlockfen

shame on you for complying and accepting this ai deathray tech, 10 out of 10 for being part of the problem

Hemlockfen
Hemlockfen
Dec 31, 2022 4:25 PM
Reply to  dom irritant

The fight is with Congress, not the utilities. Congress knows how I feel. This is their agenda. I don’t need to have my power and gas cut off just yet. I am “taking it over a barrel”.

Hemlockfen
Hemlockfen
Dec 31, 2022 4:35 PM
Reply to  Hemlockfen

Remember what happened to Ned Beatty’s character in the movie Deliverance? I am squealing………..

Niall mc guigan
Niall mc guigan
Jan 1, 2023 8:31 AM
Reply to  Hemlockfen

Pretty weak excuse for being spineless

Geo Martin
Geo Martin
Jan 1, 2023 5:41 PM
Reply to  Hemlockfen

Fight with congress?! I’m sorry but that made me spit out my tee. LOL

Howard
Howard
Dec 31, 2022 3:57 PM
Reply to  Hemlockfen

I opted out of getting a smart meter – bully for me! Of course, the other eleven residents of the building where I live opted to get the beast. And those meters sit right outside my bedroom – bully for them!

Soon it won’t matter what you did or didn’t accept because 5G will put EVERYONE at risk – that’s it’s one and only advantage over 4G. And it cannot – repeat: CANNOT – be stopped.

Ananda
Ananda
Dec 31, 2022 4:18 PM
Reply to  Howard

 And those meters sit right outside my bedroom

You can put this against your wall
Fine Aluminium Wire Mesh – 3M x 0.5M
will reduce it by 70%+

Hemlockfen
Hemlockfen
Dec 31, 2022 4:29 PM
Reply to  Ananda

In metropolitan centers you will need to wear a suit of aluminum mesh.

Howard
Howard
Dec 31, 2022 4:46 PM
Reply to  Ananda

Thanks for any suggestions. “Luckily” (per my handy dandy emf meter) the amount of emf rays where the meters are is actually no higher than anywhere else in the house (and I don’t have wi-fi).

Gotta give BGE (Baltimore Gas & Electric) credit for the quality of the backdrop the meters are attached to.

Penelope
Penelope
Dec 31, 2022 10:40 PM
Reply to  Howard

Howard, the most important is that your body should get a break from it while you sleep.

mgeo
mgeo
Jan 1, 2023 3:06 PM
Reply to  Ananda

AAfter 5G, you would have to cover all the walls. The aluminised rolls laid under tiles to deflect water from cracks may also be useful. Until a new law bans all that.

Hemlockfen
Hemlockfen
Dec 31, 2022 4:27 PM
Reply to  Howard

No it can’t. And after prolonged exposure we will forget why it is a danger.

Penelope
Penelope
Dec 31, 2022 10:38 PM
Reply to  Howard

Ananda’s right, Howard. Online look at safelivingtechnologies.com

They have the products; so does Amazon & probably Walmart, but get educated at safeliving.

Geo Martin
Geo Martin
Jan 1, 2023 5:45 PM
Reply to  Howard

That’s democracy in action, the dumb majority has decided.

Gordon Hastie
Gordon Hastie
Jan 15, 2023 10:42 AM
Reply to  Howard

I didn’t – I should have. My account’s now “under review” because the gas meter doesn’t “work” and has not been recording my usage, so I can’t claim any credit until an engineer is available in the spring.

Martin Usher
Martin Usher
Dec 31, 2022 7:07 PM
Reply to  Hemlockfen

Its not 5G, it uses a form of 2G. Realistically it doesn’t matter what ‘G’ it uses, what it means is that you can not only be activated/deactivated remotely but it enables “Time of Use” tariffs. This you’ll know elsewhere as ‘demand’ pricing, or put another way, ‘instead of providing adequate resources you auction what you have to get the best possible yield for the minimum amount of outlay’.

Geo Martin
Geo Martin
Jan 1, 2023 5:48 PM
Reply to  Martin Usher

Yeah, it’s not about the technology so much but being branded like an effing cow without being asked. Most people won’t mind though as long as they pasture looks green.

Peter Jennings
Peter Jennings
Jan 1, 2023 9:12 AM
Reply to  Hemlockfen

When our corporations intend to fuck you up, they will want to do it via the cheapest way possible. It’s all about profit right?
Why bother with the expense of sending a bunko squad when some clown can sit remotely in an office and ruin your life by pushing a few buttons.

Hemlockfen
Hemlockfen
Jan 1, 2023 12:00 PM
Reply to  Peter Jennings

Exactly. Or,,,,, the government can ask for assistance when your taxes are delinquent, you have an arrest warrant, or an order to appear in court, a bank overdraft, a phone ping near a location where a crime was committed, etc., etc..

mgeo
mgeo
Jan 1, 2023 3:01 PM
Reply to  Hemlockfen

With a smart meter, you don’t need 5G to cut off the utility concerned.

wardropper
wardropper
Dec 31, 2022 2:50 PM

Great

Russian Hank
Russian Hank
Dec 31, 2022 2:46 PM

Photography is the same. Print out the important ones because pretty soon it will become clear who the real owner is. Same for physical devices already as well as everything stored on them. Makes a mockery of people claiming ownership of social media accounts, email addresses or even articles posted online. Don’t despair. We are the lucky ones who can remember the mix tapes we made. Happy New Year everyone despite the fact it is completely made up as well.

Howard
Howard
Dec 31, 2022 4:53 PM
Reply to  Russian Hank

FWIW, I keep two computers: one for internet, one for personal things. Any pictures I’ve committed to digital are on the non-internet computer. This is especially critical with Windows 10 or 11 as nothing on your computer is yours – it all belongs to The Cloud.

Pakistanicream
Pakistanicream
Dec 31, 2022 2:27 PM

Great article. Evilness advances because it looked beautiful to everyone when it started off. This is the intelligence of the evil.

Peter Jennings
Peter Jennings
Dec 31, 2022 2:12 PM

As the author of this piece has stated, someone has to own the things that they want you to rent. In the Swab’s eyes, these people must be forever miserable. Taking one for the team maybe?
Somehow i don’t think that will be the case.

What we have here is a case of, ‘do what i say and not as i do’. This gives some indication of the indifference to expect from our ‘leaders’ in the future. The UN, the WEF, the NWO, fully intend to steamroller their plans for world domination. If you & yours happen to get in the way, the full force of the state will descend.

For those who will be running this new slavery system, life will be much as before. Plenty of long haul flights in private jets, full menu’s everywhere they go, access to vehicles that would take them to any part of the planet. You know, normal things that we could once do.

The aforementioned cults want to take all that from you, forever.

Rhisiart Gwilym
Rhisiart Gwilym
Dec 31, 2022 3:05 PM
Reply to  Peter Jennings

They’ll fail, Peter, because they’re just a WalterMitty-ish clique of little human farties who have no chance whatever of inflicting their – hallucinated – Wise-Ones’ Will on we great sprawling mass of unregimentable plebs.

However, what will “…take all that from you, forever” is the Long Descent away from fossil-hydrocarbon-driven indust-techie ‘civilisation’ (a descent already begun, btw) towards a much simpler future.

Simpler in the de-industrialised sense, and with a smaller population that has come down spontaneously, of its own accord, due to long-known Gaian ecological overshoot-correcting feedback mechanisms; and this despite any – irrelevant – attempted eugenical shenanigans by the delusion-farties.

On the whole, and on the other side of these current Interesting Times, a better future prospect for humankind? Certainly, a better prospect for the living Earth, on which we depend absolutely for our lives. (I don’t imagine any human life on other planets. The ‘startrekkytechietechie future’ is a false-myth. Though, if your really wanted to see other places in the universe, you could try the OOBEs of shamanic journeying; at least that anciently-known skill actually works…)

*er – that’s ‘out-of-BODY-experience, btw, not the other damnfool computing acronyms…

Peter Jennings
Peter Jennings
Jan 1, 2023 8:46 AM

I’m puzzled. The world has survived much more than man can ever throw at it, short of sustained nuclear world war. Burning hydrocarbons has occurred on this planet since its inception. The only affect burning more ‘fossil fuels’, which contain no fossils BTW, is more CO2 in the atmosphere, resulting in much more plant life and plant growth on Earth.
The extra CO2 has nil affects on humans, as is evident when one frequents a bar, or a restaurant, where CO2 concentration levels could be as high as 1200ppm, and possibly more. We then order drinks which contain CO2.

There is growing evidence that oil could very well be abiotic. The supply of which would last as long as the Earth has a rotating core.

Bob the Hod
Bob the Hod
Jan 1, 2023 11:35 AM
Reply to  Peter Jennings

I think you miss the point a little. The world as it is now has an unprecedented human population, using an unprecedented amount of energy and natural resources to drive an unprecedentedly large and complex industrial machinery designed in order to drive consumerist, materialist society. The planet will survive, for sure. Human life, on the other hand, is quite a lot more precarious in its position, and environmental degredation caused by human activity is unprecedented and very real.

We are horribly out of balance with the planet and with our selves and a fall is coming, driven by ignorance and arrogance. CO2 is a side show, not a problem, as you say, an excuse for the ruling parasites to move into the next phase of consumerist materialist society while they stay at the top, unaffected by it all. But they will fall the furthest. The few people who remain on Earth who do not rely on industrial infrastructure will be the least effected by the coming inevitable decline. So good luck to them. The meek shall inherit the Earth.

Oil may very well be at least partially of abiotic origin. But I don’t know that and you don’t know that, and even if it is, what neither of us know is how quickly or slowly the vast amount of it that we’ve already wasted on consumer products that nobody ever actually needed, that only exist to enrich the ruling parasites under the false veils of “convenience” and “progress” will be replenished. So at this point, whether it is abiotic or not doesn’t really matter. The easy to extract stuff is almost gone, and there comes a point where the difficult to extract stuff uses more energy in its production than it produces, a bit like that other great white hope but total failure and now millstone around the neck of many future generations, nuclear power. We are reaching that point. The party is over folks. Prepare yourselves for the ride.

Owning nothing only makes you free if nothing owns you. Always remember that.

mgeo
mgeo
Jan 1, 2023 3:21 PM
Reply to  Peter Jennings

RG only mentioned a high-density fuel. But if you look around, you would worry about climate too. Dominion over the Earth is delusional.

dom irritant
dom irritant
Jan 4, 2023 4:31 PM
Reply to  Peter Jennings

regardless there is no extracting oil once it takes more energy than it is worth…….probably the real reason energy prices have gone up to squeeze the last profit in extraction

wardropper
wardropper
Dec 31, 2022 3:09 PM
Reply to  Peter Jennings

and their gross eating habits will result in diabetes, strokes and heart attacks, and they will perish, not even the teeniest, tiniest bit happier than anybody else.

SeamusPadraig
SeamusPadraig
Dec 31, 2022 3:52 PM
Reply to  wardropper

Bugs and fake meat are better than the real thing? Somehow I doubt that.

wardropper
wardropper
Jan 1, 2023 2:41 PM
Reply to  SeamusPadraig

I was just thinking of their general grossness as people. That will cost them as much as it costs any other rapacious, destructive pest. At some point, they’ll end up eating themselves, or somebody will call in the exterminators.

rubberheid
rubberheid
Jan 1, 2023 3:26 PM
Reply to  wardropper

their alsatians and oversized dogs they saw in “game of thrones” will eat them first!!!

be interesting times.

Peter Jennings
Peter Jennings
Jan 1, 2023 9:01 AM
Reply to  wardropper

Maybe the NWO think their spirit cooking habits will help them survive man’s greatest self inflicted foot injury ever?

Howard
Howard
Dec 31, 2022 4:59 PM
Reply to  Peter Jennings

One of many excellent expressions Ayn Rand came up with was “One does not stop the juggernaut by throwing oneself in front of it.”

(It’s such a shame Ms. Rand couldn’t see Capitalism for its true self; otherwise we could all sing her praises.)

Paul Vonharnish
Paul Vonharnish
Dec 31, 2022 1:55 PM

Hey Klaus: You’ll own nothing in five years, cause you’ll be dead…

Violet
Violet
Dec 31, 2022 6:47 PM

Ya it already looks like a frigging corpse.

rubberheid
rubberheid
Dec 31, 2022 6:58 PM

paul,

you forget he will be at the leading edge of augmentation,
after 7 billion trial shots….

Hemlockfen
Hemlockfen
Dec 31, 2022 8:38 PM

Or……. His mind will be inside a robot.

Lucius Licinius
Lucius Licinius
Jan 1, 2023 3:24 AM
Reply to  Hemlockfen

It already is. That creature is not a human.

Howard
Howard
Dec 31, 2022 1:39 PM

Notice what’s happened over time: audio quality has replaced melodic quality as the distinguishing feature of music.

Granted a live orchestra (playing Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, e.g.) beats a recording hands down. But even on a little Mickey Mouse player, a great piece of music can still move your soul.

Technology can never replace or surpass art. The problem is finding art.

Todd Hayen
Todd Hayen
Dec 31, 2022 2:03 PM
Reply to  Howard

Hear hear…

wardropper
wardropper
Dec 31, 2022 2:19 PM
Reply to  Howard

Well said.
Another thing people living in oppressive circumstances have been able to do is to create that art themselves – art which is only limited by one’s own imagination.
Schwab has no idea that such a thing even exists, since the man is fundamentally stupid. His loss, our gain.

May Hem
May Hem
Jan 1, 2023 4:41 AM
Reply to  wardropper

I notice that the bigger the screen (especially on a ‘smart’ TVs), the lower the quality of programs. For me, most TV is now unwatchable.

As for modern “music”, as a very musical person I find it extremely uncomfortable to hear. Ear plugs are a great invention! I love classical, world, folk and tuneful music which is played on real instruments by real people, preferably live without any microphones, loudspeakers, etc.

432 Hz is regarded as the frequency of Nature – birds singing, leaves rustling, rain, an ocean breeze. Do these things bother you, or comfort you? These everyday vibrations made by Mother Nature are said to be resonant with our being.

wardropper
wardropper
Jan 1, 2023 2:44 PM
Reply to  May Hem

You’re a soul mate, May Hem 🙂

rubberheid
rubberheid
Jan 1, 2023 3:29 PM
Reply to  wardropper

while we are here, Danheim, Grima…

very purposeful.

reminds me of The Gael by dougie mcclean, but darker,

mgeo
mgeo
Jan 1, 2023 3:28 PM
Reply to  May Hem

TV, and especially commercial propaganda, is an attempt to infantalise us.

Ort
Ort
Jan 1, 2023 8:27 PM
Reply to  May Hem

I only play guitar and sing at home every night for my own pleasure, but this year I came across someone recommending 432 Hz so I decided to try it out.

I may be biased because the slightly lower tuning helps me hit the “high” notes in my limited range, but subjectively it seems to have a fuller or richer quality.

I subsequently became aware that, like so many other supposedly objective phenomena, the emergence of “standard” 440 Hz tuning was arbitrarily established; it was more of a sociopolitical decision, or consensus, than a scientific determination.

The long debate still continues, though. Fun fact: I learned that 432 Hz was, or is, called “Verdi tuning”, and that the first international effort to establish 440 Hz as a universal standard was organized by none other than Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels in 1939.

I can’t remember the source, but it stuck in my head that somewhere along the way, some musical authority opined, or quipped, that 432 Hz was the frequency of the heart, whereas 440 Hz is the frequency of the liver.  💏  🎸 

May Hem
May Hem
Jan 1, 2023 8:47 PM
Reply to  Ort

Thanks Ort. Very interesting.

KarenEliot
KarenEliot
Jan 2, 2023 2:52 PM
Reply to  Ort

Try the Baltimore band Horse Lords for a really interesting sound. They use ‘just intonation’ tuning. It reminds me a little of kwela music, a South African genre invented by people using home-made instruments.

https://youtu.be/mmZ-jenFYps

Ort
Ort
Jan 2, 2023 9:21 PM
Reply to  KarenEliot

Thanks!  😎 

Johnny
Johnny
Jan 1, 2023 4:14 AM
Reply to  Howard

Melody has been usurped by droning rhythms, vapid lyrics and vocal gymnastics.
It ain’t music, it’s mind control.

Daz Nez
Daz Nez
Dec 31, 2022 1:36 PM

We released ‘We are the 99%’ last Christmas – you know the song; it was distributed everywhere and actually reached number 5 in the UK download charts.

It was removed from Spotify, presumably for the line ‘You can stick your poison vaccines up your arse’ but we were never notified. This is the world we live in – the very one the song was written in warning of back in 2013.

Medical misinformation. Because everyone goes to a song’s lyrics for health advice, right?

JudyJ
JudyJ
Dec 31, 2022 4:29 PM
Reply to  Daz Nez

Great to see you posting here, Daz. And, OT I know, but can I take the opportunity to publicly voice my appreciation of all the work put in by you and your team in the production of the Light paper. I am a ‘hub/distributor’ and know first hand how much work you and your whole team put in to ‘spreading the word’. All the best for 2023.

Grafter
Grafter
Dec 31, 2022 1:08 PM

CD’s are a relic ???

Todd Hayen
Todd Hayen
Dec 31, 2022 2:05 PM
Reply to  Grafter

They’re not? I have a collection of way over a thousand of them…but difficult to play them with archaic machines….

Ort
Ort
Dec 31, 2022 9:19 PM
Reply to  Todd Hayen

Ha! Once again, I’m reminded of M., the subject of a long-winded comment I just posted on this thread.

M.’s wife enjoys CDs and DVDs. But since M. is such a devotee of the streaming media he accesses via his iPhone (his “Precious”) or his smart TV, he has zero interest in keeping and maintaining CD and DVD players. 

On Christmas, Mrs. M. lamented that she couldn’t watch her “A Christmas Carol” DVD any more because they no longer have a working DVD player set up. 

And of course, even her sleek Apple laptop no longer includes “obsolete” CD/DVD drives. Bah! Humbug!  💿  😠 

judith
judith
Jan 1, 2023 12:17 PM
Reply to  Ort

That’s why I purchased a small portable dvd player from craigslist a few years back.
Great condition. Traveling case and everything.
I can go down to the library and get all the dvds I want. For free.
Out of laziness I do stream, but I very much enjoy having the choice and knowing it is there.
And with the dearth (or death?) of good material on streaming I often think I will get down to the library and haul home all the great movies and series from the 60’s through the oughts.
Off topic, but somewhat connected – I do and always have loved movies. And I really miss the whole genre. The anticipation of the new releases, the opening weekends, watching a film in a theatre. Long discussions after.
Remember long lines outside of theatres?
Remember masterpieces?

I also have a small “record player”. Not great quality by any means, but oh to hear that subtle scratch.
Bought a Shirley Bassey album at the library recently.
Need I say more.

Chicot
Chicot
Jan 1, 2023 9:03 PM
Reply to  Todd Hayen

I have a few hundred of them but I rarely use them. I’ve ripped them all to FLAC (lossless) files and have my pc connected to a Musical Fidelity DAC hooked up to my separates system. That way I have the convenience of quickly playing anything I want in any order but without losing any sound quality.

wardropper
wardropper
Dec 31, 2022 2:21 PM
Reply to  Grafter

Oh yes – but I’m hanging on to my favourites anyway.

rubberheid
rubberheid
Dec 31, 2022 7:03 PM
Reply to  Grafter

the resistance persists through charity shops, chortle, ; )

i toss all the plastic but keep discs. disc players….

Albert Anderson
Albert Anderson
Dec 31, 2022 12:38 PM

Now is a good time to build up a collection of vinyl records and get a record player that can be operated on a generator. Lots of collections being sold in the antique stores now, but they won’t last long. I just scored me some mint condition Chicago, Ventures, and Steely Dan albums. Like Homer Simpson said, allegedly, “who needs new music, everyone knows rock was perfected by 1974.”

Daz Nez
Daz Nez
Dec 31, 2022 1:36 PM

or all learn to play instruments and sing?

Albert Anderson
Albert Anderson
Dec 31, 2022 5:46 PM
Reply to  Daz Nez

Well, if you heard me sing you might hesitate on that.

wardropper
wardropper
Jan 1, 2023 2:51 PM

Me too… but learning to play an instrument is a really good step in the direction of saving our species.

sabelmouse
sabelmouse
Dec 31, 2022 2:08 PM

or wind up one.

wardropper
wardropper
Dec 31, 2022 2:22 PM

The wisest thing Homer Simpson ever said.

Kent Brady
Kent Brady
Dec 31, 2022 2:43 PM

No. Vinyl recordings deteriorate over time. Now is the time to build up a collection of music on a hard drive. FLAC if possible, or 320kbps mp3 as a reasonable alternative. Back it all up to a second drive and you’re set for life.

Paul_too
Paul_too
Dec 31, 2022 3:06 PM
Reply to  Kent Brady

Tell that to the people paying $3000 and upwards for original Blue Note and Prestige Jazz records from the 50s that have been played thousands of times. I don’t think they’d agree.

I have many records manufactured to a far lower quality (regular 70s and 80s LPs) that have been played regularly for the past 40+ years. If you don’t screw them up by mishandling them or using a worn out stylus they will far outlast me and still play cleanly and clearly.

I have far less trust in any disk drive lasting anywhere near even half as long. In my experience they need replacing at least every 10 years to have confidence they won’t die, based on 25 years of keeping multiple backups of hundreds of thousands of digital photographs.

Martin Usher
Martin Usher
Dec 31, 2022 7:15 PM
Reply to  Paul_too

You can’t do anything about people following fashion. Just remember that when it comes to CD/digital versus vinyl digital wins hands down. It doesn’t seem to because for many popular music CDs issues since the late 80s the mastering was done to ‘punch’ the music — basically its compressed to within an inch of its life to make it ‘pop’ through crappy radios and players. It sounds awful as a result. But normal music — or vinyl playback ripped to digital — will sound the same for ever. Just don’t use ‘lossy’ formats like MP3; they might sound great through earbuds but you’ll regret it if you play the music on a full size system (this type of compression uses perceptual acuoustics to trick the ear). Use FLAC. There’s no need to use lossy compression, space is cheap and you’ll never get back what was removed.

Incidentally, video compression is also a bit naff but fortunately its a lot easier to trick people’s eyes than their ears.

Chicot
Chicot
Jan 1, 2023 9:07 PM
Reply to  Martin Usher

I do find the continuing fad for MP3s pretty bizarre. As you said, space is cheap now so what’s the point of throwing away information?

Kent Brady
Kent Brady
Jan 1, 2023 11:03 AM
Reply to  Paul_too

If you really believe your records will play as well in 40 years time as they do today, you’re seriously deluded. The deterioration is so gradual that you don’t notice it, but it happens all the same. Just consider for a moment: diamond stylus, one of the hardest materials known to mankind, has to physically come into contact with a rotating plastic surface,… and you actually expect no wear to take place? And unless you play your records in a vacuum, there will always be airborne dust particles just waiting to land on the record and degrade it further.

OK disk drives do fail, but that’s what backups are for. I can hold my entire music collection of 3,000+ albums in the palm of my hand, and it’s backed up to other drives a safe distance away. Even a house fire wouldn’t destroy my collection. What about yours?

judith
judith
Jan 1, 2023 12:19 PM
Reply to  Kent Brady

Why don’t we all just do what suits us.

Kent Brady
Kent Brady
Jan 1, 2023 1:05 PM
Reply to  judith

Why don’t you suggest that radical concept to the government?

judith
judith
Jan 1, 2023 1:17 PM
Reply to  Kent Brady

Think they’d listen?

Kent Brady
Kent Brady
Jan 2, 2023 9:19 AM
Reply to  judith

Of course they would listen.
Governments always listen to the concerns of the People.
And then they ignore them.

Russian Hank
Russian Hank
Jan 3, 2023 8:02 AM
Reply to  Kent Brady

Do you know what the sun does?

Mann Friedmann
Mann Friedmann
Dec 31, 2022 3:17 PM
Reply to  Kent Brady

I have what I approximate ~ 1 Tera bite of recorded music in my brain, with the knowledge also stored, of an exceptional audiophile sound system I once owned back in 1980. Anywhere, any time I can activate my favourite music to any internal volume and swoon or rock out!

Russian Hank
Russian Hank
Dec 31, 2022 3:39 PM
Reply to  Mann Friedmann

I bet you look funny.

Howard
Howard
Dec 31, 2022 3:43 PM
Reply to  Kent Brady

I had read an article – not years ago but decades ago – which said that as long as Vinyl records are neither badly scratched nor broken, they will outlast CDs (and of course Cassettes) many times over.

All this – Vinyl, CD, hard drive, flash drive: you name it – becomes irrelevant if the Grid goes down and electricity becomes a thing of the past, as it eventually will. And since only the rich will again have access to orchestral music, the rest of us will have to hope someone in our circle knows how to play guitar, piano or some other instrument.

rubberheid
rubberheid
Dec 31, 2022 7:16 PM
Reply to  Howard

not a problem, twang, an’ in my spare time i may tend my kale , sharpen some blades……

dom irritant
dom irritant
Dec 31, 2022 3:49 PM
Reply to  Kent Brady

baffle shit iv been collecting vinyl since the 70’s and the few cds i got conned into buying have less wearability and do not sound nearly as good…….you cannot beat the warmth and full range of vinyl, everything else is dumbing down. and anything will sound better after years of mp3 downloads

Pilgrim Shadow
Pilgrim Shadow
Dec 31, 2022 7:18 PM
Reply to  Kent Brady

The USA Library of Congress used to consider vinyl records to be the best medium for audio storage. In terms of playback, it’s the easiest technology to replicate. A CD player requires a laser, for instance, not exactly the easiest thing to come by. For some reason, LOC has now put records behind digital files and CDs. Maybe because they require much less physical space for storage?

Why is this pending?

Hemlockfen
Hemlockfen
Dec 31, 2022 8:57 PM
Reply to  Kent Brady

So does digital over time. A missing 1 here and a missing 0 there grows into more and more missing 1s and Os. That turns into skips and pops or total stops. It degrades just like everything else. As time goes by……..

judith
judith
Jan 1, 2023 12:18 PM
Reply to  Kent Brady

I just bought a Sinatra LP from 1968. Its gorgeous.

Clutching at straws
Clutching at straws
Dec 31, 2022 12:13 PM

In a few hours time the COVID Misinformation act (AB 2098) comes into force in California.
Doctors face being struck off for disseminating “misinformation or disinformation”

Here’s the text:

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=202120220AB2098

Happy New Year

Albert Anderson
Albert Anderson
Dec 31, 2022 12:32 PM

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:”
How about that? The people did this. The people of the state of California, all 40 million of them.

This is the big lie with our political systems, that those who are in power thru elections somehow can speak for all citizens, even those who adamantly oppose them.

Clutching at straws
Clutching at straws
Dec 31, 2022 12:44 PM

Indirect democracy has always been the Achilles’ heel of a fair society.

Never has it been so abused as in the last three years.

It gives Churchill’s speech new poignancy. I assume he was talking about indirect or representative democracy.

‘Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.…’

Albert Anderson
Albert Anderson
Dec 31, 2022 5:51 PM

Can’t say I disagree with that, pretty good way to put it actually.

mgeo
mgeo
Jan 1, 2023 3:43 PM

That is representative democracy. The head honcho controls everything – for his masters.

sabelmouse
sabelmouse
Dec 31, 2022 2:08 PM

and the irl difference would be? remember wakefield?

Howard
Howard
Dec 31, 2022 3:51 PM

And still the people don’t see what’s going on. Such a law as this – even in that great paean to dystopia, California – makes it abundantly clear totalitarianism is creeping its way forward.

A smack across the head is the only thing clearer. Do you know if Gov Gavin has his whipping post finished?

mijj
mijj
Dec 31, 2022 12:07 PM

soon: “i have no agency, and i am happy”
and then: “i am being raped, and i am happy”

dom irritant
dom irritant
Dec 31, 2022 3:55 PM
Reply to  mijj

i don’t know about then more like now

ThinkTwice
ThinkTwice
Dec 31, 2022 12:00 PM

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Koba
Koba
Dec 31, 2022 11:03 AM

I gave up on “new” music at about 21 or 22. Seems a bit young but I just couldn’t identify with bizarre weirdos from America and the south of England.

sabelmouse
sabelmouse
Dec 31, 2022 2:18 PM
Reply to  Koba

other cuntries have music to, though i listen to little even from this century anymore.

Hemlockfen
Hemlockfen
Dec 31, 2022 9:06 PM
Reply to  Koba

Everyone I know went Country Music.

Straight Talk
Straight Talk
Dec 31, 2022 10:57 AM

Welcome to Silly Con World! Where musicians are still getting the raw end of the deal with the new streaming platform. The Netflix film The Playlist delves into the making of Spotify, recommended viewing.

The “product to service” agenda is underway, but it could only have worked if people made enough money to actually pay for all of those rental service fees every month.

The lull of convenience may snare some into a cult-like state of acceptance, but I take the implosion of the Scientology Cult as an indication that people really are waking up.

Here are a few more “alarm clock” contributions to that effort:

Awakening From The Narrative Matrix: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix
COGNITIVE WARFARE”: NATO IS PLANNING A WAR FOR PEOPLE’S MINDS

The Veil over Society Got Removed for a Moment…

FREE THE JEWS!

banana
banana
Dec 31, 2022 10:56 AM

Whilst we are distracted; every local council is implementing the masterplan

Have a look at yours:

The COVID-19 crisis has been described as a dry run for the climate crisis. The pandemic has exposed the fragility of the systems and governance that underpins our societies, acting as a wakeup call to prepare for a future where such challenges are increasingly common. But rather than see these as distinct challenges, we could use this pandemic to set in motion broader changes to reduce carbon in our towns and cities. A more ecological approach to urbanism is key. An approach that reduces emissions and energy use, through the reuse of buildings, reducing car dependence, and by adding biodiversity

Paul_too
Paul_too
Dec 31, 2022 10:50 AM

Good article but I disagree with some aspects of it as I see a lot of people choosing alternatives to the music and software offerings from the big corporations. Not owning your music has become so unpopular with many it’s lead to the massive resurgence in vinyl record sales seen over the past 15 years. Most big artists now releasing albums albeit in limited numbers on vinyl, with many independent artists and labels focusing heavily on the format to the point where there’s a 6 month waiting list to get a batch pressed for release. New record presses are being manufactured for the first time since the 1970s, every old press that could be found in the far reaches of the world are being revamped and producing records again. Not to mention the insane price increases seen on older records from the 60s and 70s that were created with equipment we struggle to match the sound quality of nowadays, as people know these are limited in number and will never be created to that same level of quality again.

Some of us never left the format. I grew up on vinyl in the 70s and 80s and have never purchased a CD. Given that most of the younger people buying and listening to vinyl are doing so on really low sound quality equipment and turntables like Crosley for example my take has always been it’s because people want to own the physical format, appreciate the large LP covers and their art and see it as a big advantage over paying for digital content with all its restrictions and lack of ownership/physical format. Definitely not the everybody’s happy with it as suggested in this article.

https://thehustle.co/the-insane-resurgence-of-vinyl-records/

As far as software goes, since the largest corporate software companies such as Adobe et al started moving from paid products to a subscription service for Photoshop, Lightroom etc there has been an explosion of high quality alternatives hitting the market, with hardly any following the subscription model. I moved to Capture One and Aurora. Better products, a load less bullshit which is a result for me happy in the knowledge I’m now no longer giving Adobe any money whatsoever as a result of their greed and control freak behaviour. And I can’t be anywhere near the only one given the success of these new companies appearing to address the void.

Hemlockfen
Hemlockfen
Dec 31, 2022 9:20 PM
Reply to  Paul_too

Since I upgraded to Windows 11 (for “free”) Microsoft has been incessantly badgering me to sign up for Microsoft 365. I bought a stand along version of Word and excel with my computer. It took some effort because Dell is so tight with Microsoft. But I managed to buy the stand alone versions and now they are making me pay with the badgering. They want that annual rental fee real bad. It is a nightmare to migrate an old version of Word to a new computer. However, it can be done too. The older programs work perfectly fine.

martin
martin
Jan 1, 2023 12:43 PM
Reply to  Hemlockfen

After installing word 2003 on Win10 MS gave me excel to go with it on the next ‘update’ 🙂

diane
diane
Dec 31, 2022 9:58 AM

In my opinion, it is not only futile, but disheartening for us to try and understand what motivates them. I have met with the worst psychological violence in this past year, and I know now what possibly Schwab, Gates and co are like. I have met someone who in his childhood was probably repeatedly raped and tortured by people on high, with the participation or at least the ignorance of his mother who let this happen and in consequence got promoted to the highest administrative post.
He has become in turn abusive and has not the slightest remorse for what he does.
He abuses his own boy because he knows nothing else, and so does the grandmother (the mother’s parental rights — his ex-partner– were withdrawn because they accused her of the abuse, but its most probably false). This is modern day France. Average middle-class.
Its pure horror.

There’s nothing to be done to save the little boy. Anyone who would try would be accused: its psychological abuse that leaves no trace. And the boy is already himself so insolent that many have been amazed.
I tried over Christmas talking about infinite conscience and love, of the divine, nothing doing : when you have lived hell in your childhood, its extremely rare to be able to overcome its consequences. Ive heard of and met other cases too.

There is no difference between these cases and the collective psychological violence perpetrated by those who hold the reins of power. They too have been raped and tortured in their childhood probably, for otherwise you couldnt do the harm they do.

All we can do is protect ourselves from them, and pray for their souls. To give any credence to anything they say is not I believe the best : the content (viruses, injections, climate change, what not) is irrelevant. Replying and analyzing their totally illogical discourse is exactly what they want, they feed on this, and thereby our energy gets transferred to them, and we become drained. What needs to be understood is that it simply is abuse. And the worst we can do to them is to ignore them and just live, only making sure they dont have the means to go from psychological to physical violence.

sok
sok
Dec 31, 2022 4:03 PM
Reply to  diane

Well put.

Andrew O'Gorman
Andrew O'Gorman
Dec 31, 2022 9:53 AM

“Bye, bye Miss American Pie, drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry…”

We are playing the top 40 of the 60’s to 80’s on a local ‘radio’ (website) station and without doubt this song will be in the last 10 to be played.

sok
sok
Dec 31, 2022 4:10 PM

God save the Queen?

SKZX
SKZX
Jan 1, 2023 8:30 AM
Reply to  sok

“…She ain’t no human being!”

Andrew O'Gorman
Andrew O'Gorman
Jan 1, 2023 9:42 AM
Reply to  SKZX

She was!

Andrew O'Gorman
Andrew O'Gorman
Jan 1, 2023 9:41 AM
Reply to  sok

Non Comprehend!

Andrew O'Gorman
Andrew O'Gorman
Jan 1, 2023 9:40 AM

Sublime song I should have said.

Kent Brady
Kent Brady
Dec 31, 2022 9:51 AM

People have a choice. If they’re stupid they’ll stream music and keep paying every time they want to listen to it. If they have an ounce of sense they’ll either buy the CD or better still download the music for free from a torrent site. Either way, no ongoing payments required.

wardropper
wardropper
Dec 31, 2022 3:02 PM
Reply to  Kent Brady

Until the police raid your home and take all your digital hardware because you were caught downloading from a half-illegal torrent site…

Russian Hank
Russian Hank
Dec 31, 2022 3:43 PM
Reply to  wardropper

Use a VPN.

wardropper
wardropper
Jan 1, 2023 3:02 PM
Reply to  Russian Hank

I do. Just pointing out the potential dangers of torrents for the uninitiated.

Andrew O'Gorman
Andrew O'Gorman
Jan 1, 2023 10:07 AM
Reply to  wardropper

Unless it’s kids porn or some other nefarious activity, I doubt it. I write on many political sites and pretty much say what i want and no one has knocked on my door. As long what you say is the truth, they are afraid of their dirty laundry being aired in public court.

Andrew O'Gorman
Andrew O'Gorman
Jan 1, 2023 10:03 AM
Reply to  Kent Brady

Our Golden Oldies radio station website (East Coast Radio – https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/east-coast-gold-podcasts/id1524250688) is free, (of course one pays for the data), which is inconsequential as one has it to have it to do pretty much everything these days. Whether that is a good or bad thing, the jury is still out on that. Personally, it is worrisome as the NWO will use it to harm us, yet i cannot deny that it makes life that much easier.

Besides, by the time they come for me in 2030, I will be close to shuffling off this mortal coil.

MattC
MattC
Dec 31, 2022 9:44 AM

I would like to wish a happy new year to all OG readers.

And for the sake of balance I also wish that all the corrupt politicians and their sponsors endure a long, agonising death in 2023.

sok
sok
Dec 31, 2022 4:10 PM
Reply to  MattC

 😎 

Tutisicecream
Tutisicecream
Dec 31, 2022 9:43 AM

The first time this business model emerged was with apple iTunes 6 January 2001 – that was when the music died. Many people embraced it not realising they were kissing goodbye to their ownership of the music they bought. The joy of their own record collection!

So this is Schwab’s extension of the same business model to extend profit margins infinitely. No personal ownership by the consumables, no artisanship of product just corporate Mc Bug Burgers. And all conveniently located within 20 mins of your front door!

If, god forbid, your health is threatened by some confected virus or health scare you can have the pap delivered by some zero houred rentiered slave.

Still the future looks bright, the future is glow by night orange…

Happy New Year.

Paul_too
Paul_too
Dec 31, 2022 11:05 AM
Reply to  Tutisicecream

I remember in around 2005 trying to get hold of a song in electronic form to share with friends who were plying music together around Bangkok. Most tunes we were practicing could be found on download sites but couldn’t find this particular one anywhere. Only one friend used iTunes so we ended up having him pay to download it only to discover it couldn’t be copied onto anyone else’s device without paying again or setting up iTunes or whatever.

Needless to say we dropped learning that song and that was my one and only experience with Apple music.

Using Todd Hayden language, the sheep are an entirely different story. Sheep adore iTunes.

Russian Hank
Russian Hank
Dec 31, 2022 2:48 PM
Reply to  Paul_too

Use bit torrent.

Paul_too
Paul_too
Dec 31, 2022 3:14 PM
Reply to  Russian Hank

That’s where all the tunes we practiced except the one I mentioned that could be found there came from!  😂 

Paul_too
Paul_too
Dec 31, 2022 3:14 PM
Reply to  Paul_too

couldn’t be found there, that should have read.

Russian Hank
Russian Hank
Dec 31, 2022 3:44 PM
Reply to  Paul_too

What song is it?

Howard
Howard
Dec 31, 2022 4:05 PM
Reply to  Paul_too

Keep looking. A couple songs I like took me 30 years to find. But I did get my song.

wardropper
wardropper
Jan 1, 2023 3:06 PM
Reply to  Howard

Yep. I’m familiar with the 30-year wait…
Dedication pays off in the long run – the very long run…

Andrew O'Gorman
Andrew O'Gorman
Dec 31, 2022 9:43 AM

If genuine evil exits these people are the personification of that diabolism! Wonder if ‘Old Nick” would even countenance a plot such as this? Of course he may well be behind it, however, we don’t need the a devil to perpetuate the horrors we have so masterfully performed over the eons…

From suffering from a “Jesus” complex, I have morphed into a misanthrope.

wardropper
wardropper
Jan 1, 2023 3:20 PM

I have a good friend who went from running about asking people if they had been ‘saved’ to spewing vitriol at anybody who even hinted at a spiritual element in our existence.
I’m thinking of all the babies he has thrown out with the bathwater, but he won’t even discuss it any more. I find that sad, because in other respects he has a very bright mind.
Just a friendly warning… Misanthrope isn’t a good thing to be. Take it easy, and just throw some of the babies out 🙂
The institutionalized church is a good start…

mgeo
mgeo
Jan 2, 2023 7:32 AM
Reply to  wardropper

It often goes the opposite way, from a life of determined indulgence to very overt profession of religion.

Ort
Ort
Jan 2, 2023 9:20 PM
Reply to  mgeo

In parochial school, Saint Augustine was often cited as the poster child for this personal-journey arc.

NickM
NickM
Dec 31, 2022 9:31 AM

“Are you happy? Sure you are. … CDs, which are a relic now, played back music at a high-quality 44.1khz sample rate. Although mp3’s now claim to be indistinguishable from a high quality CD or music DVD”

CD’s are the lowest quality of hi-fi, yet I listen happily to my digitized CD collection — having thrown away the original discs to save space. High-end Hi-Fi has never been better nor cheaper: for less than $1,000 I can listen to Nordic Sound music coded at 440 kHz (ten times finer digitization than 44 kHz CD) on a Nord class D amplifier– a triumph of audio engineering.

Also happy when listening to my scratchy old vinyls played on the cheap “entry level” Pioneer P12 turntable from my student days; likewise digitized and the vinyls thrown away to save space.

Above all, I remember what the dealers used to say when vinyl Hi Fi became the rage around 1950:

“Occasionally some guy comes in, listens to a scratchy old 78 rpm shellac, and buys it saying, ‘Just listen to the phrasing’ ”

Never mind the (band) width, feel the quality!

PS: mp3 used to be rubbish compared to ogg-vorbis, but at high sample rate there’s not so much difference.

Paul_too
Paul_too
Dec 31, 2022 3:17 PM
Reply to  NickM

Take a look at a free program called Soulseek, FLAC versions of most music (currently the highest sound quality available digitally) is available there. Make sure you use a VPN though or you’re likely to be ‘contacted’ by someone you’d rather not be.

NickM
NickM
Dec 31, 2022 7:26 PM
Reply to  Paul_too

Thanks for the tip. High quality music in Lossless FLAC is what my Soul Seeks.

I don’t have a VPN but don’t mind paying because a little bit of quality goes a long way. I am forever discovering good things in recordings bought 70 years ago: the quality was there waiting for my ear to catch up.

For instance, just last week I discovered how good were some of the “hits” of my youth. In the 40s and 50s I heard the “hits” by Jo Stafford, Anita Oday and Glen Miller over low fi wireless or via a celluloid-film soundtrack; and liked them. Last week I re-discovered the same performances over low fi Youtube. The rediscovery was not due to any technical improvement of the medium but to improved musical appreciation on my part.

Jo Stafford, The Nearness of You
https://youtu.be/R-HJvrZQPYA?t=6

Anita Oday, Peanut Vendor
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2DiVdzcqPI

Glen Miller Band, Chattanooga Choo Choo

NickM
NickM
Jan 1, 2023 7:33 AM
Reply to  NickM

Music will never die, because:

“The physical Universe is God’s music” — Rameau, 18th century French composer, the first person to postulate Wave Mechanics. His “hard particle” Newtonian physicist friend D’Alembert disowned him, but modern physicists boned up on Raleigh’s “Theory of Sound” to make predictions from quantum theory.

Baby crocodiles sing, birds sing, humans sing.

“Through the Earthly Paradise I go singing” — Dante, Purgatorio.

“The spirit of Bach is a mighty spirit but it can also find room enough in a tin whistle” — Arnold Schoenberg.

“If a thing is worth doing it is worth doing badly” — GK Chesterton

Andrew O'Gorman
Andrew O'Gorman
Jan 1, 2023 10:32 AM
Reply to  NickM

Superb!!!

Marilyn Shepherd
Marilyn Shepherd
Dec 31, 2022 9:29 AM

I hear the young play songs through their phones while I listen on my stereo, the phones are tinny as hell and remind me of the quality of scratchy cassettes from the 1970’s – no wonder young people are tone deaf

Pilgrim Shadow
Pilgrim Shadow
Dec 31, 2022 7:40 PM

At the volume many of them listen to, they’ll be just plain deaf before too long.

rubberheid
rubberheid
Jan 1, 2023 3:36 PM
Reply to  Pilgrim Shadow

dude, playing metallica at high vol +++ bass (not on earphone! but in e.g. confined space) clears ear wax, honest

: )

Ort
Ort
Dec 31, 2022 9:07 PM

Exactly. During my youth in the early 1960s, we all had relatively cheap “transistor radios”; we enjoyed them, but deplored their characteristically “tinny” sound.

It wasn’t until the Sony Walkman “revolution” in 1979, and then “boom boxes”, that higher-quality portable audio was available.

Now, miraculous hand-held devices have made “tinny” respectable and desirable again.  📻 

Andrew O'Gorman
Andrew O'Gorman
Jan 1, 2023 10:34 AM
Reply to  Ort

Ironic. The dumbing down has not begun, it’s in full force.

Nigel Watson
Nigel Watson
Dec 31, 2022 9:00 AM

The first phase of the great reset was an easy sell to the middle class: wear your underpants on your face in return for working from home. The next phase of the reset will be a far harder sell, because the middle class won’t like having to give up their assets and suffer a dramatic drop in their material standard of living. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U47Db0PCJSA&t=576s

Andrew O'Gorman
Andrew O'Gorman
Dec 31, 2022 9:47 AM
Reply to  Nigel Watson

They already are Nigel, and not saying (or doing) much about it! Look at how the Democrats control the narrative and the RINO’s are all to happy to assist them. Jobs for life at the expense of the electorate.

Edwige
Edwige
Dec 31, 2022 10:08 AM
Reply to  Nigel Watson

They’ve already got almost everyone under a certain age (35, say) unable to own what had been life’s major assets and convinced that their dispossession is some sort of heroic, planet-saving gesture.

They’ve paid massively for their own brainwashing and are hugely in debt – and a debt write-off is the planned other side of the transition into owning nothing. They just have to wait – although impatience has been one of their qualities recently so an attempt to force it with some sort of eco-9/11 remains a distinct possibility.

banana
banana
Dec 31, 2022 10:30 AM
Reply to  Nigel Watson

all of it designed ultimately to cause outrage, unrest, and revolt. Ordo ab chao

Howard
Howard
Dec 31, 2022 4:39 PM
Reply to  Nigel Watson

The big selling point will be the mortgage scam: you won’t own your mortgage or your home – ain’t that just the cat’s meow! People will flock to lose their mortgage.

Then – and I absolutely guarantee it will happen – the government or whoever the new “owner” is will determine if they have too much living space for just a single family. If so, they’ll move ghetto dwellers in the middle class’s tract homes. Share and share alike.

It’ll be Woke-In-Action.

Edith
Edith
Dec 31, 2022 8:48 PM
Reply to  Howard

The mortgage scam….always been interesting….the margin between paying rent and paying a mortgage where most of the payment is interest….in aust own the mortgage and you get to do all the fixing….may even renovate in hopes of getting a profit in some of the market swings….or rent and have the govt make laws that the landlords pay for the fixing…..many do as the property deteriorates fast so loss made anyway….

the last decade inflation has been rampant in the housing market….another illusion,,,,as people boast about the asset making money…..and while they boasted govts at various levels figured ways to gain more revenue from same pushing up charges….well they had to to pay the salaries and wages…providing services a long way down the list….another illusion…

in aust we import people to keep the house prices going upwards ….keeps the house owners happy as they don’t see the game.

Paula Reyes
Paula Reyes
Dec 31, 2022 8:55 AM

Of course most people know about Amazon’s removal of several titles, 1984 and An

Russian Hank
Russian Hank
Dec 31, 2022 3:47 PM
Reply to  Paula Reyes