Hey this is a quick history lession.
Don't wanna know? Then don't read it!! The first indians (or natives) that
Christopher Colunbus met were in the carribean called Taino indians. Tainos
were living on many of the islands there including Puerto Rico, Haiti/Dominican
You'd be surprised the actions comitted by Columbus, who has a national hoilday in his honor in the U.S.. Selling off Tainos as slaves to Spain, (hundreds dying on the boats transporting them there) and sanctioning the murder of many more. Have fun. Here is a link to a page with a brief write up on Columbus and his great journey into the carribean.
(A Taino tribal Coqui)
The World Jones Made (1956) by Philip K. Dick
"To me, the spectacle of demagogues sending millions of people to their deaths, wrecking the world with holy wars and bloodshed, tearing down nations to put over some religious or political 'truth' is -" He shrugged. "Obscene. Filthy - they're the opinions of absolutist individuals forced on whole continents. And it has nothing to do with the sincerity of the leader. Or the followers. The fact that they believe it makes it even more obscene. The fact that they could kill each other and die voluntarily over meaningless verbalisms..."
"We live in a society in which spurious realities are manufactured by the media, by governments, by big corporations. We are bombarded with pseudo-realities manufactured by very sophisticated people using very sophisticated electronic mechanisms. I do not distrust their motives. I distrust their power."
A view of Benjamin Franklin, who famously warned that those who give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither.
I think we live in a strange time.
I think we live in a strange country. In my eyes I see alot of blindness.
Alot of misleading. Many Artist in the past were often leaders in alot
of ways. Raising alarms at the things we collectively as humans are doing
wrong and trying to correct the problems they see. Today we are being mislead
by these artist, because we trust them. We are being blinded because they
are being blinded. Maybe they are being blinded my money. Real art should
be about the persuit of money. And where is the media leading us? The TV,
the demigod of our age. Our teacher. But are the answers that we are being
given true? I doubt. I don't trust. And it seems in this day and age, I
am the out of step because I do. Maybe that's why I embraced punk rock.
It was a bunch of us shouting against this stagnant world and the guidelines
given to us. But where has this beautiful art gone? More geared towards
the big business than ever. And aren't we aware, as the TV's blare in front
of us, of the technologies being created to herd us in , make us safe and
bland and controlled. Where is the awareness, our collective awareness.
Do we want to be trapped? They'll know where we are, what we do, what we
buy, who we call. It's a future that is already here, despite the warnings
from writers like Philip K. Dick to George Orwell who told us "Watch out"
over 30 to 50 years ago! What is it you all want out of your music scene
now? And beyond that your life, your country? Freedom has slowly drizzled
away, are you all prepared for it to evaporate totally? Or are you all
happy to just be ignorant and not think seriously about any of it. We have
power, if we wanted to use it. Why am I writing and discussing this
stuff. Well, being in a band I take very seriously, ( and I think maybe
that's my personal flaw) and lately I was trying to figure out what is
is I want out of it. And maybe I want that ultimate prize that an artist
seeks, to enlighten somehow, some way. To make a difference in this life,
in this space we have mapped out for us and I was wondering if I am. Am
I ? Am I even really working towards that goal , or am I just trying to
make the band popular? Which ever it is , should I continue on the road
I'm set, or alter it. Make adjustments. Or maybe it's late and I
think too much? War has started. Where does that lead us? Where does that
lead the world. For any of you wondering, Philip K. Dick is a great writer,
a favorite of mine. He had many Sci Fi movies of his books and stories
made like Total Recall, Blade Runner and Minority Report. Anyway, he had
a grim distrusting view of the future that in alot of ways has been coming
true. There's a website with news reports that shows small things around
the world that are happening which he worte about as far back as the 1950's.
Check it out, it's pretty funny, like how Benneton clothing company are using these new tags on all their clothes with tiny transmitters on them so they can know where the clothes are from when they leave the factory to where they are sold and all that . Pretty creepy. the Chip it uses is smaller than a grain of sand. So we wouldn't be able to find it even if we were looking. Powerful technology. How else do you think this technology is being used? By who?
Anyway, take care, good night. I'll put any band updates on the Updates page.
And stay tuned for more nonsense!