An Ugly Death, It Ain’t Gonna Save Me, No!

    As some of you may know, a cool and talented musician, Jay Reatard, recently passed away. Though I personally didn’t know him, and I only knew some of his music, some of my friends did. As I type these words down, it makes me so much more aware of how life can be gone in the blink of an eye, and how we all take our lives for granted. Death is a natural part of life, something that just happens, but when that time comes with certain people, we can never accept it fully, and right now, it’s still hard to accept that I won’t be seeing him in concert anytime soon with my friends; however, as I’m typing this, I hope that his spirit is now much happier — much freer — than it was when it was living.  

   When I saw him live at Harper’s Ferry for the first time, his music was purely amazing! He blew my mind — and my eardrums. Too bad I didn’t listen to him as much as my friends did, and that only after he died did I appreciate his music more. Jay, you were a true musical genius. Here’s to you, man! You seemed like such a kickass person and someone with musical talent which poured out of you during your shows and recordings. In honor of him, here’s one of his good songs, See/Saw :]

     – John

Ditzs use Facebook insteading 000(911)

Trapped girls call for help on Facebook
Posted Mon Sep 7, 2009 5:01pm AEST
Updated Wed Sep 9, 2009 11:59am AEST

Two girls lost in a stormwater drain raised the alert on a social networking site rather than ringing triple-0. (Getty Images: Chris Jackson, file photo)

Map: Hackham 5163
Related Story: Facebook rescue highlights ‘ongoing struggle’ Related Link: Have your say on The Soapbox The Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) in Adelaide says it is worrying that two girls lost in a stormwater drain raised the alert on a social networking site rather than ringing triple-0.

The 10- and 12-year-old girls updated a Facebook status to say they were lost in a drain on Honeypot Road at Hackham in Adelaide’s southern suburbs on Sunday night.

Glenn Benham from the MFS says it was fortunate a young friend was online at the time and was able to call for help for them.

“It is a worry for us because it causes a delay on us being able to rescue the girls,” he said.

“If they were able to access Facebook from their mobile phones, they could have called triple-0, so the point being they could have called us directly and we could have got there quicker than relying on someone being online and replying to them and eventually having to call us via triple-0 anyway.”

Professor of Media and Communications at the Queensland University of Technology, Terry Flew, says public education campaigns are facing an ongoing struggle to compete with social media.

“I’m sure they [the girls] would have had information provided to them in their schools about who to contact in an emergency, but as we know many things that are learnt in school can go in one ear and out the other,” he said.

“For these kids, by the sounds of it, being on Facebook is just such a pervasive part of their lives that it seems the first line of response if they need to communicate a message to others.

“I guess for these people the natural way to send a message out to their friends and others is via Facebook, unfortunately in this case the message was that they were stuck in a stormwater drain.”

He warns that presents a real challenge for public education authorities to get their message across.

“Clearly it’s not good enough to say ‘well they should have rung emergency services’, the point is that they didn’t, and we need to think about why that’s the case and what strategies can be used in the future,” he said.

While watching Chelsea Lately, Chelsea had mentioned a piece of news in which two idiotic Austrailian girls–both 10 and 12–fell down a drain. Instead of using their mobile devices to dial 000 (their equivalent of our 911), they used their phones to update their facebook statuses for someone to help them. Curious, I went online to check and see if this story was true. Low and behold, I found this: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/09/07/2678945.htm. Wow, I’m completely at a loss for words at their stupidity. What is our world coming to? As one of the comedians on her round table cleverly put it “That’s like being lost in the ocean and deciding to burn the boat!” I couldn’t have said it better myself!

Concert Review: The Rifles

John: Last night, I ventured with Glen and Paul to the Great Scott in Allston, Ma. We went to see the two amazing acts: Mike Fiore, of Faces on Film and the British indie band, The Rifles. Though this was my first time at the Great Scott, I could tell it was a slightly smaller, and a bit more intimate venue than that of the MidEast. But, I liked it.
The gig was amazing, though that goes without saying. Mike Fiore had very passionate, and at times depressing, lyrics. His voice was like that of a male angel, singing the travesties of life, love and the injustices of the world. I especially loved when he sang something to the effect of “before she left I would never need medicine.” Thought not many people were drawn to him, I was. I could never be able to perform by myself in front of a few people, let alone a group of one hundred or so; and so, I commend him for his bravery. Due to being the lesser known opening act, most weren’t crowding around him. They were all waiting for the Rifles.

Glen: Mike Fiore did go a bit under-appreciated. I recognized a few of his tunes, notably “I’ll Sleep To Protect You,” “The Medical Mind,” “The Winners Daughter,” and the classic closer “Natalie’s Numbers.” For an acoustic solo musician, he deserves a lot of credit. The Rifles surprised me in a number of ways. I didn’t anticipate such a lengthy set (17 songs including the two song encore). The Rifles played seven songs off of their top 10 album of 2009 The Great Escape and a number of songs from No Love Lost. There were clap-alongs, sing-alongs, requests…you name it. Amazing drumming, amazing guitar solos, amazing singing. “She’s Got Standards” stood out as did “Romeo and Julie,” with its catchy “woh-woh-woh-oh” bit. I’m definitely glad I ventured out to see this show. It goes down as amongst the best.

The Rifles Set List
1. “Science in Violence”
2. “She’s Got Standards”
3. “Repeated Offender”
4. “The Great Escape”
5. “Peace and Quiet”
6. “Out in the Past”
7. “History”
8. “Hometown Blues”
9. “Spend a Lifetime”
10. “Toerag”
11. “Robin Hood”
12. “When I’m Alone”
13. “The General”
14. “Local Boy”
15. “Romeo and Julie”
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16. Encore #1
17. Encore #2

Males, Keep it Cumming!

Ah yes, mastubation. The mention of the subject itself is enough to make even the strongest of men fall weak, cringing with fear. Others seem to mention their solo sexual endeavors aloud to their friends with pride, fearing nothing–as they should. It seems as though most are brought up to believe that said action is “sinful.” What the fuck? It’s perfectly natural for men who don’t get any to be doing this—there are many health benefits that go along with doing so.

Certainly, I don’t think one should just pull out their cucumber and start playing with their instrument in front of others.  However, shouldn’t the same be said for sex?—it’s perfectly natural, though it isn’t something that should be done out in the open for all to see–the only exception would be for porn, or other entertainment purposes. What the fuck is so wrong playing with yourself; isn’t better than screwing around without a condom and waiting to see what happpens..? I don’t know about you, but I don’t wanna knock someone up or contract a deadly disease..

As for the whole health benefits factor, it doesn’t take a fucking doctor to know that masturbation is a stress reliever, and reduces headaches. Also, it can reduce the chances of prostate cancer…I dont know about you, but masturbation is sure as hell sounding like an awesome sexual alternative…So for those biggoted assholes who have something shitty to say about it, all I have to say to them is, “Fuck OFF!”

Oh yeah, listen to this guy {Justin Kirk, who plays Uncle Andy on Weeds} haha, I found this informative, I don’t know about you…

John

Maine The Whitest State?

Many tourists who pass through Maine have many a positive thing to say about the state: it’s quiet, relaxed, isolated, wooded and just very rural. One other thing that may strike most visitors, especially those from the suburbs and the city, is the fact there isn’t much diversity there. True, there’s the occasional Native American reservation, but that’s about it. Even in the bigger cities and smaller suburbs, there lies an overwhelming amount of Caucasian natives. In my lifetime, I have only seen very few blacks, Hispanics, Asians and ecetera from the state of Maine.

Though this is probably irrelevant, I sometimes can’t help but to wonder why?  Why are there so few ethnicities that live there? I asked my mother, and she once told me it was due in part to the extremely cold weather. If that was so, then why are there many different ethnicities–especially African Americans and/or black people living in Michigan? Another time I had asked her, she responded that it could also have something to do with the jacked up education. If that were the case, wouldn’t most Southern schools–states even–have white students? I don’t know why I find this to be fascinating, but I do.

Surprisingly, many Somalian refugees have fled to the Mainer cities of Lewiston, Auburn and Portland, increasing the number of blacks/African Americans in the state to a grand total of only about 1,300. This, coming from Eastern Massachusetts where there is a large number of different ethnicites, strikes me as odd, and also a bit sad. Due to this factor, Maine has been hailed as the whitest state in the United States.

The whole question of whether or not most Mainers are brought up and taught to be racist is quite questionable. On one hand, there was a crazy old man who had made local papers by announcing–and threatening–that he would shoot any black people that came to the churches meetings and that he had a .75 caliber at his home; and the many rumors of a once KKK influence in the state itself. One the other hand,  Assata Sherill, a black female resident of Maine—once a victim and survivor of racial prejudice due to having rocks thrown at her at her by whites in the area—thinks of Maine as being ” ‘insular’ ” versus being ” ‘racist’.” The question itself still remains: Why is Maine so diversity-challenged as a state? Sadly, like many unsolved mysteries, it may never be answered…

To read more about the story of the crazy older man and more about the NAACP in Northern Maine, click on this link:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/28/us/28bangor.html