To Prince’s credit (you could put MANY things to his credit), he didn’t have too many cash-out live albums or complications. Prince 4Ever is a great collection of his songs that really encapsulates his career. Any long term fan could pick on the list, though I can find few faults. I would have swapped one of the lesser-known songs out for Erotic City but it’s all good. If you were saddened by his death this year but wanted to start somewhere with Prince, I would say this is a really great way to.
A local bar/restaurant called Terry’s Terrace in Harrison Township, MI has opened a new “Beercade”, offering legendary 80’s arcade games in a bar setting. This is a welcome trend for many Generation X and Y arcade fans. Bringing this experience back to life is also great for the new generation of kids. I often see kids enjoying games like Pac-Man and Donkey Kong.
The Ebola story of 2016. I find it interesting that the outbreak is where the GMO mosquito were released. #Oxitec #GMO #Zika Remember the genetically modified (GMO) mosquitoes released in Florida last year? Apparently, GMO mosquitos were also released into Brazil where the horrible Zika birth defects are occuring at an alarming rate. “The Aedes aegypti mosquito sub-species that carries both the Zika virus and dengue was the type targeted with genetically modified mosquitoes.” Oxitec sold the GMO mosquitos (Aedes aegypti) a fix for Dengue fever.
We won’t hear the word “Iowa” for another 4 years. Cheers! The evangelicals can go back to their snakes and we can all enjoy our cat pictures. Although I am wearing thin of the word “caucus”. NPR corespondents everywhere giggle during the sponsor spots.
Political Donations and Influence
So much talk about “big money” influence in politics. Hillary Clinton raised $112 million last year (MONSANTO among her donors) and just received $6 million from evil emperor George Soros. Sanders raised $73 million. Trump spent $12 million of his own money. He’s reject donations from outside influence.
Regarding Hillary and Monsanto: Coaching GMO scientists at a San Diego biotech conference, Hillary Clinton said, “Genetically modified sounds Frankensteinish. Drought-resistant sounds like something you’d want. Be more careful so you don’t raise that red flag immediately.” #MonsantoShill Don’t raise that flag!
Flint’s Water Crisis
Flint demographics: 53.27% Black or African American, 41.39% White, 0.64% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.11% from other races, and 3.14% from two or more races. If we are to believe in a “Black Genocide” conspiracy, we are to believe that the water only poisons blacks, leaving the the remaining 47% fresh and healthy. Idiot logic from people like Michael Moore.
I have a very strong suspicion that the Flint water system was pumping contaminated water long before last year because of their aged infrastructure. I also suspect the issue is the tip of the iceberg and that many other areas around the state and country are also providing contaminated water. Just a thought. Here’s an EPA report on Detroit water. It looks like a clean bill of health. You can see the presence of lead and other contaminants listed but at a level the EPA deems acceptable. Sometimes what the industry says is acceptable is a level not in your best interest.
7 Wars in 5 Years
I’ve posted about General Wesley Clark’s admission that 7 wars were planned well in advance before but it bears repeating. It’s easy to gloss over our leader’s complicity in war when they appear on Jimmy Kimmel and Rolling Stone’s cover. “So cool dude.” The wars are inevitable as they are planned well in advance. And they actually fit the pattern Clark laid out almost 10 years ago. This admission goes to show that we elect puppets who stand as actors as the levers are pulled and the machines are put into action. This video …is it me or does Wesley Clark look scared? Is he the man behind the curtain or Toto that pulled back the curtain? I think it’s the latter and I really think he was threatened afterward.
Hillary Wants The “Rich” To Pay More Social Security Tax
Oh, this is RICH. It never ends. Hillary Clinton is now proposing higher Social Security taxes on “the wealthiest Americans.” Who these Americans are remain to be clarified. The class warfare and income redistribution may play well in the polls but it is destructive for the country. The people who usually get hurt are the working middle class, not the wealthy top 1% because the wealthy 1% do not contribute to payroll taxes.
H-1B visa program abuse
“Last year, Disney World fired 250 American workers and replaced them with cheaper foreign workers, through the H-1B visa program.” The fallacy of “work Americans aren’t willing to do.” It’s more like “work American business is not willing to pay for.” This is how America fails unless we stand up to it by voting with our dollars. You won’t hear about a boycott though. People will get more upset over the most idiotic things that shall remain unnamed.
“Refugees” aka EU infiltration of Muslim men of fighting age
A female refugee center worker has come out to expose her treatment by the “refugees” and what is going on in the camp. “At first she said was enthusiastic in her role of helping process tens of thousands of migrants arriving in Germany on a weekly basis. Now, she says she is disillusioned, disheartened and on the verge of quitting due to demands and sexual harassment.”
“It is well known that it is mainly single men who come here – about 65 per cent, many less than 25-years-old. More and more men from North Africa, from Morocco, Tunisia or Libya are arriving here.”
The motives of governments around the world encouraging this infiltration are unknown but crimes of theft and sexual assaults are on the rise, despite the insistence of German and American officials that things are going just fine.
Aging infrastructure and bankrupt cities. America is in big trouble, yet unchecked madness being funded into the military industrial complex. We are supposed to have a system of checks and balances but people are happy with partisan division. While you are divided, all of your tax dollars are going to more death and destruction (war and pseudo-war). 2 parties with one mission – keep the cash flowing to the banks and war profiteers. Hope and change, build a wall and other slogans. Rock the vote for the establishment, support the troops denied of Heath care, defeat the terrorists we fund. It’s all the same old game. Vote for Hillary or Jeb and you’ll be no further ahead. #FlintWaterCrisis
Amazon.com is so incredible it’s able to put the hurt on Wal*Mart. The times, they are a changing. Just goes to show the impact of “voting with the wallet”.
Wal*Mart is closing 269 stores, and 159 of them in the U.S. 102 stores in the U.S. are Wal*Mart Express convenience stores. I applaud the company for the experiment because growth is the formula for success. This is exactly why this development is so alarming. If Wal*Mart’s presence is saturated and the company is already closing stores, there’s no reason to hold on to their stock. It’s time for investors to take a second look at Amazon.
The remaining stores closing are in Latin America, including Brazil and Puerto Rico. As the financial markets show signs of distress and foreign markets experience faltering economies, investors need to pay more attention to impact on retail.
The Chipotle brand is DEAD IMHO. Seriously a shame. I am really beginning to question ORGANIC food sourcing. To me organic is great when you grow your own. Who knows how big agra is handling it? Cases of norovirus, E. coli and salmonella have been found where Organic food is sold and the experts have no clue! Remember this? “Chipotle Mexican Grill stands out for its commitment to “Food with Integrity.” This means serving foods made with local, sustainably produced—and often organic—vegetables and beans and meats from naturally raised—not factory farm—animals.”
Stockholders need to cut their losses and Chiopotle needs to re-brand. I don’t see how anyone could have confidence in their food safety with their track record.
You can get kicked off of Twitter for being politically incorrect but somehow for some reason ISIS gets free pass. “According to its online “transparency report,” Twitter honored 42 percent of the 1,003 removal requests submitted by governments, law enforcement and courts worldwide from January to June 2015, but none of the 25 requests in the United States.”
Well that’s odd, isn’t it?
If anyone still had a sliver of faith left in government… The Flint water situation is beyond revolting. On Twitter people seem to think the best way of solving the situation is finding someone to blame when the situation is extremely complex. Historic unemployment which was a direct result of plant relocation and outsourcing leading to lower tax revenue and eventual bankruptcy. Poverty. Crumbling and dangerous infrastructure. No money to fix any of it. No money to pay the debt from today or yesterday. Enter big government with no-nonsense audits and financial management. Incompetent government entities testing water and giving the thumbs up. Shift money toward crippling debt by using Flint’s original water treatment system. But lo and behold, the old system had lead pipes. Makes you wonder how many years Flint residents drank leaded water BEFORE they were sourcing it from Detroit and did they know? Did they cover it up? How soon can they fix it? Subtracting those who are just looking for a quick political attack, who really cares? I spoke with Sandra Bernhardt of all people on Twitter about this issue and she said: “Penny wise, pound foolish.” I could tell she really cared. And she was right. How much money will the state pay for a fatal (!) mistake they made trying to save money? There are some resources that should be a priority. It seems to me that water of all things should be priority #1. http://tinyurl.com/hcu3luk
On this blog I hope to cover the news timeline for 2016
Monday, January 11
David Bowie died of cancer at age 69. He just celebrated his birthday and release a new album, “Blackstar” two days prior. Many believe he timed his death to his album release. One of my very favorite artists for decades. Very, very sad. Twitter and Facebook were log jammed with tributes and stories.
Media fixation: A resident was interviewed after a fire at a Tulsa apartment complex. Several media outlets poked fun at her. I think it’s racist and also wonder what different reaction they would have if she was white. http://tinyurl.com/h2nm4u3
Sean Penn’s interview with Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the Mexican drug-lord plays a role in his arrest. Authorities say that he will be extradited to an American prison in a year.
Tuesday, January 12
Milo Yiannopoulos Claims He Was Un-Verified On Twitter For Being Conservative. Despite terror organizations actively recruiting on Twitter, apparently, being the Associate Editor for Breitbart.com is repulsive enough to get your Twitter account sidelined. Free speech and equal access? http://tinyurl.com/zplg8mn
Media fixation: Hillary’s edge is slipping as Bernie Sander’s numbers almost equal hers as his number grows to 39%. Clinton is at 43% and there are only 21 days until the primary election. http://tinyurl.com/jxjmcch
The stock markets are down as investors react to China’s slipping markets. DOW is @16k. Apple stock is below $100 a share at $96. http://tinyurl.com/jxaowhv
I see police having military assault vehicles like the MRAP as a threat to freedom and humanity. They end up being used not against terrorist but against regular Americans. Sound cannons, rubber bullets, tanks, tear gas all used on peaceful protesters on a regular basis. Military weapons used to fight Constitutional rights such as protest (assembly) and speech, all under the guise of a “Liberal” president (who’s actions are exactly like his predecessor). [Response to Michigan’s Macomb County Sheriff’s Department receiving an MRAP from the federal government through the DoD surplus program.]
The technological equivalent to being a vegetarian in the 21st century would be to abandon cell phone use. I may be on board… only I love having a small computer in my pocket. Can you imagine having a deactivated phone in your pocket and using it to read news and playing music? I can. I’m 99.9% there. This guy would be the Vegan of technology. He carries nothing and he’s happy. http://tinyurl.com/j5j83fw