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Politics

Hello Everyone.

I just wanted to post a couple thing...


This is a political Album.

The Cover Art is EXTREMELY political in a very artistic way. The use of Paris Hilton for one of the single Cover Art is brilliant.

So... with this album being political... and with Billy calling for people to wake up! and basically repeat his speech about Revolution... it would make some sense to understand the state of Politics today.

I have been a Pumpkins Fan since the release of the Disarm single about 13 years ago. I am will be 24 next month.

I was sure the day would come soon when Billy would released a political album- I thought Zwan would be what Zeitgeist seems like it will be...

I have learned a lot from Billy. I think he gave me an understanding of what Love is, how to think and feel abstractly, to find beauty in sorrow and sympathy and eventually I took a que from one of his practices and stopped watching TV (best decision I ever made).

That being said, I am now an Abstract Painter/Musician who studies Power Politics, Political Theory, and History.

There is actually a 2 part video someone posted on YOUTUBE the other day from 96. Billy is asked what his politics are and he says that he is a Socialist. I think that is pretty important to say considering we should know what viewpoint he is coming at us with on this album with.

That being said, I myself identify with Libertarian Socialism and anarcho-syndicalism.

I think there are a few key areas one could look into to be updated pretty quickly about the state of International Relations, Mass Media, and Corporations to be able to understand why Billy would write a song like 'United States' or 'Doomsday Clock'. Or what a revolution would look like from the current state of Scholarship.


Noam Chomsky revolutionized the field of Linguistics and also has written/spoken extensively about International Affiars and the state of Politics since Vietnam. There are some lectures up on youtube, i have liked a great interview which explains a system of ideas and values that I believe are present in the Pumpkins music.

onebigtorrent.org is a great place to download information

Media Matters w/ Bob McChesney- A leading Media Historian hosts an AMAZING weekly radio show from Illinois just outside of Chicago. University Radio. He has GREAT guests on pretty much all the time- mostly leading scholars in Media and Politics. McChesney is the President of Free Press- an organization fighting for media independence. Currently battling Net Neutrality(free internet), Internet Radio, and Postage Hikes for Magazines. There is a full free archive on the Media Matters website.

Michael Albert & Participatory Economics- Co-creater of Parecon, which is an economic system to replace Capitalism. Michael has great insite of waht activism should be today.

commondreams.org is a site which gathers credible journalists to give you correct investigated information and not just siting 'official sources say'...

I also post a political Blog on Myspace. If anyone would like to add me as a friend, please do so! And add my blog for updates. I post every week, sometimes ever other week. 5 documentaries/articles/current events, web sites/audio files each week.

bysickleeies on myspace.com






I also wanted to say that it seems like Billy and James are the Smashing Pumpkins, not the 4 people who are currently on stage.
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Save Small and Independent Publishers- SIGN THE PETITION

Published on Tuesday, April 17, 2007 by CommonDreams.org
Post Office to the First Amendment: Drop Dead
by Robert W. McChesney

Everyone who visits the Common Dreams site is reading articles that were first published or commissioned by print publications. Without these print publications, there would be a lot less material for all of us to read, and some of our most important reporters and thinkers wouldn’t get paid to write.

Yet the independent magazines and small publications that contribute to Common Dreams are under attack by government bureaucrats and media conglomerates. Unless we take action now, the wide variety of voices and viewpoints available on sites like this one will become considerably diminished.

This crisis which could have devastating effect on new media revolves around Americas very first and arguably most visionary and progressive media policy: postal rates for periodicals.

Because the Post Office is a monopoly, and because magazines must use it, the postal rates always have been skewed to make it cheaper for smaller publications to get launched and to survive. The whole idea has been to use the postal rates to keep publishing as competitive and wide open as possible. This bedrock principle was put in place by James Madison and Thomas Jefferson. They considered it mandatory to create the press system, the Fourth Estate necessary for self-government.

It was postal policy that converted the free press clause in the First Amendment from an abstract principle into a living breathing reality for Americans. And it has served that role throughout our history.
What the Post Office is now proposing goes directly against 215 years of postal policy. The Post Office is in the process of implementing a radical reformulation of its mailing rates for magazines. Under the plan, smaller periodicals will be hit with a much larger increase than the big magazines, as much as 30 percent. Some of the largest circulation magazines will face hikes of less than 10 percent.

The new rates, which go into effect on July 15, were developed with no public involvement or congressional oversight, and the increased costs could damage hundreds, even thousands, of smaller publications, possibly putting many out of business. This includes nearly every political journal in the nation. These are the magazines that often provide the most original journalism and analysis. These are the magazines that provide much of the content on Common Dreams. We desperately need them.

What the Post Office is planning to do now, in the dark of night, is implement a rate structure that gives the best prices to the biggest publishers, hence letting them lock in their market position and lessen the threat of any new competition. The new rates could make it almost impossible to launch a new magazine, unless it is spawned by a huge conglomerate.

Not surprisingly, the new scheme was drafted by Time Warner, the largest magazine publisher in the nation. All evidence available suggests the bureaucrats responsible have never considered the implications of their draconian reforms for small and independent publishers, or for citizens who depend upon a free press.

The corruption and sleaziness of this process is difficult to exaggerate. As one lawyer who works for a large magazine publisher admits, “It takes a publishing company several hundred thousand dollars to even participate in these rate cases. Some large corporations spend millions to influence these rates.” Little guys, and the general public who depend upon these magazines, are not at the table when the deal is being made.

The genius of the postal rate structure over the past 215 years was that it did not favor a particular viewpoint; it simply made it easier for smaller magazines to be launched and to survive. That is why the publications opposing the secretive Post Office rate hikes cross the political spectrum. This is not a left-wing issue or a right-wing issue, it is a democracy issue. And it is about having competitive media markets that benefit all Americans. This reform will have disastrous effects for all small and mid-sized publications, be they on politics, music, sports or gardening.

This process was conducted with such little publicity and pitched only at the dominant players that we only learned about it a few weeks ago and it is very late in the game. But there is something you can do. Please go to www.stoppostalratehikes.com and sign the letter to the Postal Board protesting the new rate system and demanding a congressional hearing before any radical changes are made. The deadline for comments is April 23.

I know many of you are connected to publications that go through the mail, or libraries and bookstores that pay for subscriptions to magazines and periodicals. If you fall in these categories, it is imperative you get everyone connected to your magazine or operation to go to www.stoppostalratehikes.com.

We do not have a moment to lose. If everyone who reads this piece responds at www.stoppostalratehikes.com, and then sends a link to it to their friends urging them to do the same, we can win. If there is one thing we have learned at Free Press over the past few years, it is that if enough people raise hell, we can force politicians to do the right thing. This is a time for serious hell-raising.

Robert W. McChesney is the co-author, with John Nichols, of Tragedy & Farce: How the American Media Sell Wars, Spin Elections, and Destroy Democracy (New Press). He is the founder of Free Press, www.freepress.net.

Save Small and Independent Publishers- SIGN THE PETITION
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2003 documentary - Surplus: Terrorized into Being Consumers

Surplus: Terrorized into Being Consumers

Why is the lifestyle of consumerism a source of such rage today? How come the privilege of buying goods does not automatically lead to happiness? Why all this emptiness despite our wealth?

Erik Gandini's approach through Surplus is to portray this issue from an emotional rather than a factual perspective.

Shot in the US, India, China, Italy, Sweden, Hungary, Canada and Cuba during three years. Surplus is the result of a complicated editing process by talented music composer/editor/percussionist Johan Soderberg.

George W Bush's famous "shopping-speech" calling for a war against terrorism that deters the nation from the fear of consumption. Castro responding with hymns to the anti-consumerist, advertising-free island of Cuba. Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer preaching that the computer will give us peace on earth "bringing people together" while Adbuster Kalle Lasn warns that advertising pollutes us mentally, that over-consumption is unsustainable and that we are running out of oil.

Surplus main man is John Zerzan, controversial philosopher whose call for PROPERTY DAMAGE has inspired many to take to the streets. "That is not violence. Sitting there doing dope and watching MTV . Then you go and get a job. Just schlep along. To me that is violence," says Zerzan. "We are terrorized into being consumers."

In November 2003 Surplus was awarded with the most prestigious prize a Documentary can get, The Silver Wolf at Amsterdam's IDFA, and has spread widely around the globe since then.



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after visiting good ol cali. i decided to remember some time there and i typed in my name for a google search.

these following 4 links were first pagers. pretty interesting what was the final story on this one.

apparently i'm a mexican american who is a leftist nut job who needs to live in iraq, palestine, etc becasue they have the utopian socitey that i love. i also pushed, shoved and poked people in the chest. who knew? and i left a lot of damage to the property.

they just make me seem like i was this violet idiot who demanded peace through violence. i mean i admit i was young, didn't know half of what i know now and i reacted instead of thought about what i was doing. if i had done this now i would have many talking points and i would have touched no one.

fyi. the assult charges (that were dropped becasue they was no grounds for them) were becase i touched that Chandler ladies plastic nails for her to get her finger out of my face becasue she was waving it at me.i also patted some guy on his back becasue he said he didn't want war. i remember someone at work saying they saw me physically attack someone on the news- it was me patting that guy on the back and saying- alright, that is what this is all about.

now that i think about it. people don't realize that what they are caught up in means imperialism and war. it means conquering. that is what the flag represents. that is what blessing this country means. it means separation, it means dominance. but people are under the impression that this country is great and it represents freedom. they think war brings freedom.

i should have explained that back a few years ago. but i just did it cause i was fucking sick of seeing tons of american flags and people praising this land in the name of GOD. and remembering 9/11 casualties without any evidence of what happened- in the name of Americanism. i dunno.

i did it under this simple idea: flags represent division. as does religion.



http://www.aztlan.net/quintana.htm

http://zenpundit.blogspot.com/2003/03/9-11-vandal-charged-with-assault.html

http://www.cfa-inc.org/?section=issues&subsection=issues_acts&content=issues_acts03

http://www.littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=5833&only

on that last link, make sure you read everyones comments. hilarious.
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The Elegant Universe

3 part docmentary about Quantum Physics. pretty elementary and easy to understnad...


The Elegant Universe Part 1: Einstein's Dream

Program One, "The Elegant Universe: Einstein's Dream," introduces string theory and shows how modern physics—being composed of two theories ... all » that are ferociously incompatible—reached its schizophrenic impasse: one theory, known as general relativity, is fantastically successful in describing big things like stars and galaxies, and another, called quantum mechanics, is equally successful in describing small things like atoms and subatomic particles.

Albert Einstein, the inventor of general relativity, dreamed of finding a single theory that would embrace all of nature's laws. But in this quest for the so-called unified theory, Einstein came up empty-handed, and the conflict between general relativity and quantum mechanics has stymied all who've followed. That is, until the discovery of string theory.




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If you have cable tv, ask for Aljazeera English! If you don’t, think about dishing out $6 for an online subscription to watch it! http://www.aljazeera.net
I watched it for the first time today which was such a relief. I havn’t had a tv for a few years now so I basically get my information from their site, if I can stand Haaratz, a lot of Chomsky and what Benjamin has uncovered throughout his day- which is basically from American Journalism(if you want to call it that).
I found that the news station is definatley aimed at attention deficit Americans- short commentary, jumping to different stories rather quickly and plugging themselves a bit too much inbetween all of this and non American Corporate commercials. I do praise them however for having reporters in the countries where they are reporting and due to their respect and credibility within the global community that is aimed towards truth and understanding, the interviews that they get are just something you do not see on US television. While they give little, if any background information to their stories which might lead to some confusion with interviewing all sides, I do value their dedication of trying to be unbiased. I mean being unbiased is pretty impossible… but as far as news reporting I think it is fair to say that they do their best.
One thing is for sure, with their reporters being in the countries- it gives a grand- full perspective of what the world looks like, what is happening in the world, culture and grants us a connection to these foreign leaders with funny names. It sheds light in a proper fashion and gives us a chance to hear what these leaders have to say, I hope we’ll hear a little more from the people.
they also have other programs besides just the news hour. A womens show, culture, sports, business, interviews and a viewer call in time.
Sorry for posting so much. I just was so excited and I found it rather amazing to see these things. Let me know what you think!

The English language channel has officially launched Nov 15, 2006






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NAOMI KLEIN.

Naomi Klein - No Logo

"Using hundreds of media examples, this video shows how the commercial takeover of public space, destruction of consumer choice, and replacement of real jobs with temporary work - the dynamics of corporate globalization - impact everyone, everywhere. Naomi Klein argues that globalization is a process whereby corporations discovered that profits lay not in making products, but in creating branded identities people adopt in their lifestyles."















Naomi Klein - Canadian Perspective on US Media

David Barsamian of Alternative Radio (alternativeradio.org) interviews Canadian journalist Naomi Klein at the 2005 Media Conference in St Louis.





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THE CORPORATION

"this film details the psychological profile of the Corporation, an entity which controls our world, health, information, entertainment, food and political systems."

THE CORPORATION












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Breaking the Truth

Award-winning journalist John Pilger investigates the discrepancies between American and British claims for the 'war on terror' and the facts on the ground as he finds them in Afghanistan and Washington, DC.