Archive for April 1st, 2009

Opinions: freedom of speech or jail time?

Here’s what I don’t get.

Remember that douchebag who said that the Holocaust never happened? He was jailed for expressing his opinion — albeit an admittedly misguided and wrong opinion. He was jailed for disrespecting a powerful slice of the western society, for something that happened 70 years ago and doesn’t directly affect the everyday lives of their descendants today.

And then, there’s the Pope. Who went to Africa and told people to not use condoms! He also expressed his opinion that people should only have sex with their exclusive partners, and as such they don’t need condoms. Thing is, life ain’t like that, people have sex all the time — married or not. By instructing the much-struck by AIDS African people to not use condoms, he instigates a major violation of public health, given that the Pope is a person of authority and has millions of followers.

So the crazy guy who simply professed that a HISTORICAL event didn’t happen, but didn’t really hurt anyone (except possibly some feelings), gets jail time and death threats. The guy who puts the lives of millions in danger TODAY, gets to go about his business.

Sign o’ the times my friends, sign o’ the times.

Update: The Pope comes around about condoms and AIDS, 1.5 years later.

“No direction” music video

I can’t rave enough about the Longwave (that I mentioned before in my blog). This has to be the most underrated band on earth. I mean, they even scored a contract with a major early on, but somehow they never seemed to take off and they eventually lost the contract!

Anyways, have a look at the video of their second single from their new independent album — a great song, but not the best of the album (“Sirens of the deep sea” is my favorite, listen to it on the URL above):

Random Stuff, Part 30

* I have much trouble with our current health insurance. They won’t make it easy for anyone, but I won’t give up fighting for what’s right.

* So, Skype for the iPhone. Too bad that Apple doesn’t allow background applications. It makes IM and VoIP completely and utterly useless.

* And speaking of mobile apps. Why the heck 2/3s of all apps are games? Jeez!

* Looking at iTunes’ top-100 songs and alt.rock songs, it looks pretty evident that alt.rock is pretty dead. It seems that it’s high times were between 1990 and 2005. Since then many alt.rock radio stations have closed down (especially in NY), and the good songs are far and between. On iTunes’ top 100 alt.rock chart, 2/3s of the songs are all old! I still remember LIVE 105 back in 2002-3 playing back some really amazing new songs. These days most of the alt.rock hits are mostly rehashes of older styles. However, I also noticed something else. Looking at the iTunes’ most popular songs of today, most of these songs, even the hip-hop ones, have brushes of alt.rock in them! They are not straight pop anymore, they have something that feels “alternative” to them. So basically, it seems that alt.rock didn’t come to conquer as a genre all in itself, but to leave its unique fingerprint in the popular music of tomorrow.

* Best song in the new Franz Ferdinand album is “Send Him Away”. Really addictive guitar riff.

* [Rest of the post removed — I was being mean for no good reason. I should always have a good reason to be mean to others.]

Earth population ‘exceeds limits’

“There are already too many people living on Planet Earth, according to one of most influential science advisors in the US government.”