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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

R.E.M. Calls It Quits

"A wise man once said--'the skill in attending a party is knowing when it's time to leave.' We built something extraordinary together. We did this thing. And now we're going to walk away from it. " -- Michael Stipe

Holy crap-- talk about the end of an era, man...! After 31 years, R.E.M. is splitting up. It's official. When bands you grew up with start break up, you're fucking old. Don't get any ideas, They Might Be Giants...!!!!

Well, to be honest, I haven't really listened to these guys since Monster. But I did see them perform at Live 8, and they were great-- they always were. Now it's all over, and they leave behind a catalogue of really great songs. Since I'm such a nice guy, I've made a compilation of my favorite R.E.M. songs, that you listen to via Spotify. Just click that button on the right if you have it. Hearing their songs is like Flash Back City, let me tell you.

They made some good videos, too. I think that next to "Losing My Religion", my favorite video of theirs is "Immitation of Life":

We'll always have this good stuff to remember them by.

Facebook Changes, World Implodes.

Facebooked - (face' booked) v. -- abrupt and unpopular change.

I guess you all know by now, huh? If you're a Facebook user, it's in damn near every status update you see, from EVERYONE you know. Maybe you wanted to make a status update of your own, asking your Facebook people to chill out on this damn Facebook complains...but you couldn't find the status update bar. It takes you about 30-40 seconds to find the damn thing...and THAT'S when you empathize with the 200+ messages saying the same damn thing over, and over again.  You think this is bad-- wait until November 2012.

I'm surprised people are complaining this much-- Facebook always does this shit. You're using it for months, and the next thing you day, there's been a drastic change in the layout and interface. There were times I've seen people post complaints about a change, and I won't know what they're talking about. It's weird-- some people may get changes, while others do not. Never quite figured out why that is. I just wish they handled this stuff better, with just a weeeeeeeeeeeee bit of communication. I mean look-- I like a good surprise, but there's not need for it when you're dealing with apps. Well, at least they give you a little window to explain why things are different. That's nice of them, I guess...

It's a bold, new world. Again. Surprise.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

"My EBT": Or, THIS is Why I Should Probably Be a Republican

"...There's a civil war going on with black people right now-- and there's two sides: 
there's black people, and there's niggers...and niggers have GOT TO GO!" -- Chris Rock

I lived in BedStuy, Brooklyn a few years ago-- this was at the very beginnings of the gentrification of that area. I found a cheap and adequate 2-bedroom apartment for a fraction of the cost of what I would find in Manhattan-- and it was only about 20-30 minutes away! Even though the rent was cheaper, it was still considerably expensive. I was one of the few people that I knew that had their own apartment-- many of my friends had roommates or spouses or whatever; I make a decent enough salary that I could afford to live by myself. However, I didn't have the kind of money that I could just throw around. At that point, I was still watching the same television set that I had owned for nearly 10 years (the Sony Wega-- a great, and heavy, TV). On my walk to the subway station, I would have to pass by some Section 8 housing. On trash days, I would see boxes for 36" and 42" flat screen LCD televisions, and XBoxes and Playstations 3's, and stereos-- the kind of shit that I could not REALLY afford. I would always wonder-- how the FUCK can people on welfare afford to have shit that my middle class-ass could not?!?!

This is how fucked up our system is. It doesn't pay to be "middle class". You have to be either rich or poor to get by unscathed in America these days. If you're rich, you get outstanding tax cuts. If you're poor, you get entitlements. When you're middle get FUCKED. That's why I don't understand all this talk about class warfare that's dominating the current media cycle. Republicans want to coddle and protect the rich and the wealthy. Period Democrats want to be sure that the lower class and the poor get all the breaks they need to live.  PERIOD. What do we get?!

A friend of mine sent me the following video, and it absolutely made my blood boil:

FUCK this asshole, and everyone that looks and sounds like him. Nothing angers me more than ignorant, irresponsible black folks niggers gettin' by. I HATE IT. It makes me furious to see shit like this-- after EVERYTHING that our parent's generation tried to accomplish during the 50s and the 60s, to have all of that shit on by this generation of lazy, complacent, self-entitled fuck-tards...I swear, I wanted to punch a hole in this goddamned monitor while I was watching that...FUCKING stupid video.

Let me explain something here. There are PLENTY of intelligent, serious, hard-working black folks out there that look at niggers like this and get as angry as I am right now. It's disgraceful and embarrassing, and fills me with NOTHING but shame. I will say that the one thing that I was hopeful about with Barack Obama was that people like this would get inspired enough to want to try to do something with their lives-- to lift themselves up from their self-imposed racial prisons and move themselves towards progress. I was a fool. And I mock people that expected Obama to be some kind of messiah. Not that I was expecting Obama to do something specifically about this-- he's the President of the United States, not the President of Black People. When I hear black politicians complaining about the state of black unemployment, and in part blaming Obama for not doing enough, I call absolute bullshit! Yes, our nation's unemployment is bad. Yes, there is a higher concentration of black and Hispanic unemployment. But I've got news for's not racially-motivated.

Just look at that fucking video. This guy is PLEASED to be sucking from the public tit. And it's not just him-- I'm not only busting his balls, to be sure. Again, when I lived in Brooklyn, I saw assholes like this more often that I would like to admit. These same assholes would also bitch and moan about how the "white man" is keeping them from accomplishing more with their lives. BULL. SHIT. The white man is not giving you weed and 40s. The white man is not forcing you to buy shit food. The white man is not keeping your lazy, ignorant ass from getting an education, so that you could get a decent job! You are where you are because you want to be...and you ENJOY IT!

This is the one place where I can find agreement with Republicans. What would happen to these people if these entitlements disappeared? What do you think they would be singing about then?! Why are we allowing this to happen, while decent people are out there BUSTING THEIR ASSES to barely make ends meet?! Why should I care about these people losing their meal ticket? I'll tell you this...I DON'T!

You see, this is why people like this will never be uplifted. They eat shitty food. They drink and smoke weed. They stand around on street corners or sit in their apartments watching cable and playing video games for all hours of the day. And meanwhile, their food is paid for...their rent is substantially cheap...and they get an unemployment check every week. For example-- I've seen people pay $300/month for a 2-bedroom apartment. I've paid 4 times that amount. That is some depressing, aggravating shit!

Look, these entitlement programs could be useful...for a LIMITED TIME. If you've lost your job, and are having a hard time finding new employment, and you need some time to get training to find new work...yes, these programs will help. It's the people that use these things as a LIFESTYLE...those are the people that aren't worth a bucket of piss. These are the people that need to have all of that shit yanked away from them. It's not everyone...but it's enough. This is something that politicians SHOULD fix!

Tax cut and entitlement loopholes-- THOSE TWO THINGS SHOULD BE ON THE TABLE. These are things that both Democrats and Republicans should be working out. Americans need to get off the hamster wheel and clean up this system! But you know what? They won't. Democrats and Republicans care more about their bases than they do for the people that need the most attention: THE ONES DOING ALL THE WORK!!!!

I will always support the middle class-- we are, and have always been, the backbone of the American economy. At this point, however...being a listless, no-good nigger on welfare pays more (and that's both black and white niggers, folks).

So...I guess that means I have to get rich. Or die trying.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Netflix introduces Qwikster

UPDATE: Netflix decided to nix this "Qwikster" idea. I think they should probably avoid making anymore announcements now...

A couple of months ago, Netflix announced that in addition to splitting up their DVD rental and streaming video services, that they would also be raising their rates-- in some cases from $5.00 to about $15.00 per month. This has angered and frustrated many Netflix subscribers to the point where many of them have decided to cancel their subscription to the service. Except myself, that is. My increase was about $5.00 to get both DVDs and streaming, so it wasn't that much of a blow for me. I mean really, name any other movie service that offers the quantity that Netflix has-- both with DVDs and streaming combined, you practically have access to everything available on DVD and Blu-ray. But that's not good enough for certain people, who are now turning to services like Hulu and Amazon and iTunes. Fair enough. Believe me, those people will be back-- ESPECIALLY when they realize what they're missing. If you're a movie nerd, you will stick with Netflix. If you are only interested in seeing new movies and television shows...have fun with Hulu (remember when they were free?).

Today, I got an email from Reed Hastings, Co-Founder of Netflix. Well, it wasn't just for me, it was sent to all Netflix subscribers. He explained in the email that he had "messed up." He acknowledged the much criticized announcement of the rate increase, and sought to appease those who had felt screwed over and disrespected. Basically, he said that Netflix has grown quite a bit over the years, and to accommodate that grown, certain changes needed to be instated. With that, the decision was made to split the streaming and DVD rental services into two separate entities. Netflix would house the streaming end of things, and the newly-announced "Qwikster" (dumb name) will handle physical DVD and Blu-ray disc rentals. In addition, he announced that Qwikster would also introduce a video game rental service (watch you ass, Game Fly).

Regardless of the speculation and other bad news-- the loss of Starz and Encore content starting next year-- I don't think Netflix (and Qwikster) are going anywhere. I think the people who felt scorned will be back. I have been using Netflix for MANY years, and I have no intention of giving it up. For a film geek like me, there is simply no other solution. They are the reason that, other than HBO (mostly for their original programming and boxing), I have no other premium channels. Who needs them, when you have access to everything!

F.U. DSK: Douchebag Rationalizes Lewd and Rapey Behavior

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, International Piece of Shit, recently gave an interview on French television where he tried to justify his most recent rape allegations from a maid in a New York City hotel. For those of you who have no idea who this asshole is, he is a well-known narcissist, economist, lawyer, and member of the French Socialist party. Several months ago he was accused of sexually assaulting Nafissatou Diallo, an African-born maid at the Sofitael hotel. Basically, she entered the room to clean it, and Dumb-inique Shit-Cunt tried to rape her. He spent a lot of money to get cleared of prosecution, and is now free to walk the streets and rape again. The worst part is that this poor woman is not the only one. A French writer also claims to have been assaulted in 2003 by this bastard. Some people who know him have claimed that he has quite an affinity for sex and women, especially with those two things combined-- "surprise sex" as Louis C.K. has said in his standup.

I have a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to rape and violence towards women. I believe that if a man rapes a woman, or even attempts to rape a woman, he needs to have his dick chopped off. Period. You rape a woman, you lose your cock-- plain and simple. Owning a dick is a privilege, NOT a right. And if you abuse it, you lose it. I guarantee you-- if the mandatory punishment for sexual assault against a woman is castration and cock-stration (penectomy)...we wouldn't be having this conversation.

One of the many things that is pissing me off about this loser is his remarks, four months after being acquitted of attempted rape and violence, which he describes as a "moral failing". A "moral failing"?! You're a "male failing". You're a "human failing". I think women should line up for blocks wearing 6 inch heels, with your arms and legs bound by posts and your penis and balls exposed, so that they can stomp you shit into mush.

It is said that Miss Diallo's case was flimsy, that her lawyer said that her story was constantly changing. Strauss-Kahn seems to believe that she was just trying to extract money from him. I am not saying that there are some women out there that have cried "rape" when it was not true-- it has happened. At the same time, as I mentioned before, this guy has a pattern of bad behavior with women. So could either of these people be lying? Could both of them be lying? Yup. In this case, however, I will side with Miss Diallo. When you have a reputation for mistreating women, as far as I am are trash.

So now, I think people will have their eyes on this guy FOR SURE. This is his last chance to walk away from rape and sexual assault allegations scott-free.  We will see if he can keep his hands to himself, and his dick in his pants. Because if he can't, and he fucks up again...he's going to jail. And maybe, just maybe, he'll finally understand what it's like to be raped.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

GOP Candidates Debate: 09/07/2011

Last night's GOP Candidate debate on MSNBC is the first one I've seen so far in this 2012 election cycle. It was everything I thought it would be; lots of Obamacare, Obama-conomy, and Rick Perry bashing. Perry is the flavor-of-the-month in this field of GOP hopefuls, after Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, and Michele Bachmann. After his performance last night, I think everyone will want to switch back to Romney.

Of this very weak field, Mitt Romney was the only one who came out looking the most presidential. The likes of Rick Santorum, Gingrich, Herman Cain and Jon Huntsman tried very hard to push themselves into some kind of relevance-- especially Gingrich, who's stand-out moment of the evening was lambasting the moderators for pitting the Republican candidates against each other instead of Barack Obama-- which he claims is a result of the media trying to protect Obama. Bullshit, of course-- especially if you've seen the news lately. Which media outlet is trying to protect the president? Even MSNBC commentators like Lawrence O'Donnell and Rachel Maddow have questioned many of Obama's moves, particularly in the last 6-8 months. 

I'd say that Ron Paul probably had the most intelligent and thoughtful answers to offer-- not that it matters, because that man will NEVER have a chance to be president, no matter how smart he sounds in the middle of a group of right wing-pandering narcissists. In sharp contrast, I think the most brain-dead comments came from the man who is currently the front-runner: Rick Perry. The man stood up on that stage and openly slighted climate change science. He also had no problem stating that he felt that Social Security was a "Ponzi scheme"-- a sentiment not shared by the other GOP candidates...or about 90% of the people receiving Social Security.  Then there was the moment when Brian Williams asked him about the 260+ executions under Perry's watch-- which got a round of applause from the audience(!). When he was asked how he feels about that number, and the fact that people applauded it...he had no problem with it. In fact, he was proud.

Poor Michele Bachmann. It seems as if her 15 minutes are almost up. She had no real moment to speak of-- other than being confronted by her pledge to bring gasoline back down to $2.00/gal. She has this singular logic that Rick Perry has. I mean really, the very idea that the President of the United States has any control whatsoever over gas prices?! And when she said that gas was $1.79/gal before Barack Obama became president...yeah, about 15 years before Obama became president! It's just downhill from hear for Bachmann, which means that the teabaggers are going to have to settle for Mitt Romney, who is trying his hardest to gain their support. 

At this point, it's a two-man race. Scratch that-- Mitt Romney will be the GOPs Presidential Candidate for 2012. I mean really-- there really is no need for more debates with this field of nightmares. I really don't have the patience or brain cell surplus to listen to Hermain Cain's 9-9-9 bullshit (upside down, it makes more sense). Rick Santorum is better defined by Dan Savage. Newt Gingrich-- why are you even there?! Jon Huntsman, while he may be the more logical of this lot, has no chance. So unless Chris Christie, Jeb Bush or Saint Sarah of Wasilla decide that they are ready, Mitt Romney is your man, Republicans!

Good luck with all of that...

Thursday, September 1, 2011

"Underground Garage", the Russian Kids Club

The internets are all a-flutter over images from a night club called "Underground Garage" somewhere in Russia. The hook:  it's an all-kids night club.

How about that, huh? How disturbing! How horrible it is that there are kids partying in a night club at ALL HOURS OF THE NIGHT! Except, well...I have some suspicions about the validity of this so-called  "nightclub for kids". Nothing major, I mean...well, first off, the photos look staged. They look lit, the kids look made up and photoshopped. Seriously, if this was a club where deboucherous kids were gettin' hog-wild, I don't think these photographs would look this stable and well-lit. On top of that, I looked up the club on YouTube to find any videos of these kids in action:

Don't look like little kids to me. My guess...these photos are some kind of viral campaign for either the club itself, or for the site that these photos belong to, Geometria. In any case, regardless of all the outrage that these images have conjured up, the only thing that I can think of is that "Forever Your Girl" video: