What exciting times we live in! Sadly not culturally, because I don’t think music or the arts has been at such a low ebb creatively in living memory, tho’ some will argue different, but please, don’t! I’m talking about what’s happening on the planet, with our political climate shifting daily and our perception of what’s happening getting bigger and bigger, thanks to the Internet. It’s a time of extremes. Because of the occupation of Wall street and similar demonstrations, people are beginning to wake up to what’s really happening financially with our planet, and are starting to realise 99% of what politicians say is spin. I saw a recent documentary on Lee Perry, who was asked what he thought of the political climate in England. He said he didn’t like our “crime minister”! I believe the “limited financial resources” cliche most of the World’s politicians drone on about is rubbish. If there is “limited financial resources” it’s because the banks and politicians have stolen it all, i.e. 90% of the wealth in this country is owned by 10% of the population, a good percentage of which are in government. If these people weren’t so greedy, there’d be ample to go round, and many times over. Let’s get this straight, no one believes the politicians any more, it’s game over chaps I’m afraid. The system is rotten and corrupt, and no amount of spin will change that. Trust simply cannot be repaired. I’m not sure of the way forward, but perhaps it means dismantling our current system, and rebuilding one that isn’t based on financial rewards and perks, with many “jobs for the boys”.
I was listening to the brilliant Strawbs album, “Grave New World” recently, specifically the track “New World”. There’s a video to accompany it on Youtube, which I’ll post at the end of the article. It’s a wonderfully moving piece, with much footage of man’s inhumanity to man, ghastly. But what really shocked me, was some footage I haven’t seen before, of starving children in Africa. I’m afraid I’ve been as guilty as the next person in just turning a blind eye to famine. But I don’t believe us poor folk are to blame for that particular atrocity. I’d like these MP’s with their floating duck houses and plasma tellys to watch this video, then tell me how they feel about the system. And don’t trot out the usual bullshit about governments in Africa stealing the resources. If we can go into Lybia, help over throw Gaddafi, and build new army bases in that country and set up a system of “democracy”, then don’t tell me you can’t administer aid properly and fairly, without all the usually cited difficulties. And when the UK government says there’s a 17 billion pound wasted food mountain every year, you’ve got to ask, how obscene is that? Rather than give it away to the poor, they’d have it rot. That amount of food would feed the starving peoples of Africa and elsewhere easily, with some left over! Hang your heads in shame you wicked people!
If you really look into world finances, and the very interesting(and privately owned)Federal reserve, it’s not hard to figure these people(and their banking buddies)already have a New World order, which is concerned only with the financial domination of the planet, a “globalisation” of their political system of greed. Whether the massive down turn in the world’s economy is part of their plan or a minor set back I’m not sure.
Despite assurances to the contrary from Mr Cameron, the rich still continue to get rich, more so than they’ve ever done before, and the poor just stay poor. And not only do we stay poor, but the food companies keep thinking up more ingenious ways of ripping us off. For instance, have you noticed recently, your favourite coffee/biscuit/butter/whatever has shrunk just a little, yet the price has risen quite considerably? And hey, we’re paying a hundred pounds per year more for our utilities than we were last June, whilst all the major energy providers post record profits, even tho’ the cost of energy production has dropped, and gas prices crashed in 2009 and haven’t recovered any where near their previous high. So c’mon Dave, are you going to tell ya mates to calm down and come down, or what? I doubt it.
As a great philosopher once said, “when you ain’t got nothing, you ain’t got nothing to lose”. But when you’ve got pots of money, well as Stanley Unwin said trembly trembly. Because surely the poo has not hit the fan anywhere near as hard as it will do soon. The Euro looks terminally sick, and the Dollar has a bad dose of something.
And thus Gaddafi was overthrown. Well, great that’s another formerly US sponsored dictator out of the way. They’re amazing the American government, but don’t ever fall in love with them, cos one day they want you, the next day they hate ya! Of course Gaddafi should have felt the full weight of international law, for all the atrocities he committed. But am I the only one thinking that shooting him in the head, in the street, was barbaric? Again I’ll say, this despot should have been tried in a proper court of law for all the dreadful horrors he committed, but is it really Christian(and the last time I looked both Cameron and Obama were purportedly Christian, right?)to summarily execute him in the road? The tabloids scream “that’s for Lockerbie” but we all know they’re criminals and liars, and is his death really going to make the relatives of the victims of Lockerbie happier? I doubt that.
Or are we now applying Sharia law, an eye for an eye, etc.? Perhaps we should cut a few MP’s hands off, that’ll teach ’em! You’ll notice I’ve used the term Christian, but just like Muslim, it’s a much abused term nowadays. Certainly the Christians are very involved in exposing a lot of what’s happening covertly in America, and jolly well done to them I say. And many Christians believe we are in “End days”, the period of much tribulation, prior to the second coming. Indeed Buddhists and Muslims and many other faiths also believe in Armageddon too. With the state of play in world politics, who can blame them for believing the Bible prophesies are being fulfilled?
So where, you ask, does Lady Ga Ga fit in to all of this? Well I heard a duet she recorded, probably quite recently, with Tony Bennett, “The Lady is a tramp”. Tony’s voice still sounds as good as it ever did, his phrasing immaculate. But Lady Ga Ga’s voice sounds like so much vocal histrionics, and for me completely wrecked the track. A bit like putting a Techno beat on “Bridge over troubled water” by Simon and Garfunkel, or splashing coloured paint, Pollock style, over the ceiling of the Systine chapel, both of which concepts would appeal to few(but maybe to some!) In our current cultural vacuum, plagiarism is deemed original, and the Emperor’s new (meat)clothes just fine and dandy.
She is the ultimate “cult of personality,” along with X factor “celebrities”, and fits perfectly in to our vacuous media controlled world, which worships mediocrity and the bland. She doesn’t have to think creatively, her stylists do it for her. And despite her claims to the opposite, she is indeed meat, and processed meat at that! I suppose nobody mentioned the Beatles “Butcher cover”, or the cover to the Undertones greatest hits double album “All wrapped up” to Ms G? Now c’mon Ga Ga, be a good little robot and be nice and outrageous, so those little middle class white tearaways can feel dangerous and hip! Don’t worry about the content, it’s only chewing gum for the ears! I loved what Bowie’s press office said in response to rumours he was going to work with her, “David has not worked with her and has no plans to do so, it’s a hoax”. Thanks Dave, sanity in the maelstrom.
But the real link between globalisation and Lady Ga Ga is simple, one word: hypnosis.
But I still have faith in human nature, we’re such crazy impulsive beings, well as the man said, “anything could happen in the next half hour!” There’s a lot of people out there who don’t worship money, but worship love and truth. I pray that ultimately we’ll be the last ones standing. And hey, how pleased am I the anti greed protesters are wearing Guy Fawkes masks? Finally here’s a lyric that Nick sent me, a great song we loved as kids, and still relevant!
Frank Zappa – I’m the slime