“We have no obligation to make history. We have no obligation to make art. We have no obligation to make a statement. To make money is our only objective.”
(Michael Eisner, former longtime head of the The Walt Disney Co., in a 1981 internal memo)
11-year-old Gavin Dingman was the talk of the hunting community with his impressive takedown of a rare 12-point albino buck, a specimen estimated to be found in only 1 of every 100,000 births.
In further good news, Gavin’s dad says he will hire a taxidermist to take the carcass and create a full body mount: “It’s too rare and too pretty not to spend the extra money and have the whole thing done.”
Do you really need a $40,000 85-inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz 3D Smart LED TV?
Damn right you do. Way more than, say, your second daughter. Happy comments on Amazon say it all.
And Win Win Win!
What if someone made a pain machine, capable of inflicting unbearable torment from a half mile way? Why then, that someone would have an excellent moneymaker.
See the Silent Guardian by our friends at Raytheon. An extremely useful device for dealing with unruly demonstrators and other problems. Brief video anyone?
“Today, the United States is No. 1 in billionaires, No. 1 in corporate profits, No. 1 in CEO salaries, No. 1 in childhood poverty and No. 1 in income and wealth inequality in the industrialized world.”
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders from Vermont
Always. Exactly. Forever.
Amid the siren call to conformity and consumerism, a thing of worth occasionally emerges from the MTV machine. This time a short and brilliant film about children, labor and the world in which we find ourselves.
The music is Radiohead’s “All I Need.” The project comes from MTV’s Exit campaign against human trafficking & exploitation.
Kurt Vonnegut’s novel Slaugherhouse Five considers Tralfamadorians, time travel and the 1945 firebombing of Dresden, Germany, which killed tens of thousands of civilians. Vonnegut was there as a POW. He saw the aftermath of the bombing, an episode that might be said to have altered his comic perspective. Hear him read an excerpt from the book below.
Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others. His culture is based on “I am not too sure.”
H.L. Mencken, writer, editor, and critic (12 Sep 1880-1956)
So often artists don’t care about the world. But once in a great while, someone special arises that transfixes us with their art, their heart and their soaring vision.
That someone is Kid Rock. Brilliant writer, singer, patriot, poet, his latest masterwork is for the American National Guard. It may quite possible be the most powerful work of art in all history.
Just watch the video. When he sings, “If you ain’t gonna fight, get out of the way. Cause freedom ain’t so free, when you breathe red, white and blue,” it’s impossible not to get chills.