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FTB #216 "Are We Clear?"
May 24, 2023
Approximately a third of the way into the show the news of Tina Turner’s passing came and two things were now required, getting the show posted tonight and a detour was in order immediately. We will pay respects to Tina in the middle of new music from: B.C. Camplight, Don Dixon, Rufus Wainwright, Young Man in a Hurry, Bruce Tunkel, bar italia, Inhaler, Peter Gabriel, City and Colour and Son Volt. Garnished with goodies from: David Sylvian, Marti Jones, Anne Richmond Boston, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, My Morning Jacket, Maia Sharp, Jimi Hendrix, Kamasi Washington, Cab Calloway, Joe Jackson, Uncle Green, Wolf Parade, Grandaddy, Leon Russell, Lowell George, Joe Walsh, Imelda May, The Band, Neko Case, Doug Sahm and more.
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Sixty-five years ago today I was a month away from turning 2 years old, not that I recall the day. “All I Have to Do Is Dream” by Everly Brothers was the #1 song in the USA on that day, and yes I looked it up.
Do you believe in coincidence? Happenstance? I look at it more as having the inner antennae in reception mode. While looking for something else, I happened upon a full episode of Mike Wallace’s early Interview show, his pre-CBS days at ABC. I never realized he existed before 60 Minutes or Biography, the latter a staple of early morning childhood TV, especially if The Stooges or Dead End Kids weren’t on. This was a complete episode (28 minutes) finding Mr. Wallace chatting with Aldous Huxley. The Brave New World author talks to Wallace about threats to freedom in the United States, overpopulation, bureaucracy, propaganda, drugs, advertising, and television. I double checked the date to make sure this was from ‘58 and not ‘68 but Huxley was already dead for 5 years in 1968. I would learn that he was found with about 1,000 mics of LSD-25 under his tongue in 1963.
I was hooked immediately. The phrase “this is from 1958?” kept circling around my head at 3 minute intervals as Huxley laid out his theories of how our civilization could follow different paths depending upon how certain “forces” played out. Once he uttered the tidbit to America and Europe that we can never again be surprised by our own technology and that was, he felt, the real danger at this particular slice of time. I was on fire and once again checked the date of the broadcast. Huxley was in possession of perhaps the most finely tuned antenna of the day.
The program itself was like looking at another civilization. Absolutely no fluff, not dumbed down a whit, these were intelligent humans having a riveting conversation in black and white, not a graphic or crawl to be found. While longing a bit for this bygone time when facts, statistics and possibilities were bantered so everyone could be better informed. No anger or agenda. No keeping on brand or talking points. Our planet was about to enter a whirlwind of change, but there was no fear mongering or hidden agendas.
Thankful for our current technology, it set me on a path of discovery and that’s how we wind up here with FTB #215. While digging for nuggets, the story about Sam Altman the CEO of OpenAI, the startup behind ChatGPT, talking to a Senate panel regarding the possible use of artificial intelligence to interfere with election integrity among many more things and said it is a "significant area of concern", adding that it needs regulation. I found it quite cool that 65 years apart, the core of these events were definitely linked. But it is sad that after a bunch of modern day coverage, I actually learned more from the primitive 28 B&W minutes with Mike Wallace.
This episode is a bit different but I do hope you enjoy it. Featuring music from: Gil Scott-Heron, Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy, David Bowie, Michael Penn, Spirit, Frank Zappa, Yes, King Crimson, Jimi Hendrix, The Bongos, B.C. Camplight, Lord Huron, The Tubes, Blue Öyster Cult, Be Bop Deluxe, Bruce Cockburn, Leonard Cohen, Anthony Hamilton, Nas/Miles Davis, Lack Of Afro, John Coltrane, Bob Marley, Phil Roy & Julian Coryell, Stevie Wonder, Talk Talk and The The. Plus contributions from George Carlin, Bill Hicks, Carlos Santana and more.
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I’m starting to think that “you know who” is in possession of a cache of files that dwarf the legendary dirt library of J. Edger Hoover, allowing him to wear frilly party dresses, yet still inspire terror that his information could destroy anyone’s image, life and career. There’s a reason his idols include Roy Cohen and Adolph Hitler. I witnessed his freak show of graft, the con stiffing and fleecing any mark possible with his Atlantic City facade of opulence. It was abundantly clear that although he was born on third base, yet convinced it was a massive triple that won the game that got him there. He was the chosen one. His golden feedbag was strapped on stuffed with a gluttonous portion of grandiosity and huge balls of bullshit, greed and hate along with his Coco Puffs. The possibility of Donald Trump as POTUS was unfathomable, he wouldn’t even release his tax records. There was no way this guy should be looked at as a leader or masterful businessman, inept, corrupt and selfish to the degree he failed to make money owning a Casino. He manipulated and guided three such laundries into bankruptcy, leaving piles of unpaid bills and ruined lives in his gold plated wake.
As expected his was a record setting administration but not in a good way. The magnitude of mayhem he managed to unleash in a single term is astounding. Coming off an eight year run of President Obama, which gave hope that perhaps we were finally turning the corner on Racism in our society, he proved capable of bringing it back, or more accurately made it perfectly fine if you wanted to stop hiding the KKK hoods some very fine people had tucked away. The clown car was open for insanity on day one regarding crowd size. He was already unhappy with the ratings, not yet briefed there was no script for his latest “reality” show. I believe he has convinced himself he is the actual President right now! Before the ball gets rolling toward his first of a record setting two impeachments, he found time to set a blistering pace toward a new record of spending 307 days of his term, only 58 days shy of a year, golfing at our expense costing taxpayers hundreds of millions.
Like a hopped-up gangster in the glory days of Las Vegas he never let up on the grift. Every single raging day of his thieving, lying, cheating administration brought a new bottom, and questions like “How low can he possibly go?” We watched in disbelief as the GOP seemed afraid to cross him and restore some sense of duty and/or honor to an institution that previously had wrapped themselves in the flag and family values with religious fervor. He said, “Hold my Big Mac” and proceeded to ridicule John McCain saying that he prefers soldiers that don’t get caught. Just one of a litany of insane ranting and pouting that would certainly be the bottom and would mark a path to downfall. But the GOP instead doubled down with the Attorney General becoming more like a personal lawyer, if only Roy Cohen wasn’t dead it may have worked. Barr tapped out toward the end trying to save face and perhaps his last shred of dignity. He along with many others could have put a stop to it but didn’t.
This is supposed to be about the gun epidemic, specifically War Weapons and yet it’s all about “The Man Child” that is still everywhere every single damn day! Fresh off a 5 Million Dollar Guilty verdict of Sexual Abuse and Defamation his latest advice to a population that by all measure would dearly love to see him in handcuffs and gagged, was to tell the MAGA Nation we should default and destroy everything since only he can save us, as long as he first frees all the Insurrectionists, especially the ones found guilty of Seditious Conspiracy! He is completely out of his mind.
New Stuff from: Bruce Tunkel, Dave Hause, James Deely, Pretenders and Queens of the Stone Age. Grifting and gun tunes include: The Chameleons, Charles Mingus, Chuck D, Jimmy Cliff, James McMurtry, Captain Sensible, Damon Albarn, Portugal The Man, INXS, The Undisputed Truth, The O'Jays, Ohio Players, Peter Gabriel, XTC, Thievery Corporation, Jónsi; Elizabeth Fraser, Johnny Cash, Ry Cooder, Richard Thompson, Negativland and a bunch more.
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Back in 2018 criminally overlooked singer/songwriter Will Hoge from Nashville was becoming increasingly concerned about mass shootings occurring more frequently and guns, particularly weapons of war easier to obtain than allergy medication. His song “Thoughts and Prayers” addressed the issue brilliantly. I have never been a gun owner, nor have I ever held a loaded one or even fired one, not counting cap guns or water pistols. Hunting was something that was not a “sport” that held any interest, although I grew up with and have known many that truly enjoy it. As long as they are responsible with firearms and eat what they kill, as a carnivore I have no issue with them, but no desire to join them either. None use an AR15, M16, Tommy Guns, extended clips or bullet proof gear to the best of my knowledge.
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