The Rockets Red Glare

Today, America celebrates another year of “freedom”.  I am reminded of the writing of Tocqueville and one in particular: “There are communities in which the members of the minority can never hope to draw the majority over to their side, because they must then give up the very point that is at issue between them. Thus an aristocracy can never become a majority while it retains its exclusive privileges, and it cannot cede its privileges without ceasing to be an aristocracy.”

And here we are an American plutocracy. God blesses the wealthy and their deep intent to inherit the earth, cast dominion over it. The evils of society are in the hands of the money class. They want to be sure that those of us in the majority have no real power, no rights to education, health care, nor the right of a woman to choose what to do with her body. The money class in America include the government officials whose pockets drip with the coins left them by the lobbyists that work diligently to shatter the American dream.

In the fight against affordable public education, they win battles in multiple states lying about the inefficiencies of public education. Only the corporate teat can fix that, they say. And only by making students pay for the greed of the corporation by saddling them with massive indebtedness to the corporation will the money class prove dominion over all. This is slavery disguised in a new cloak.

Tonight, for the first time in my life, the fireworks take on a bold new meaning. On July 4, 1776 America declared independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Today, I stand with my sisters and brothers in Brazil, Egypt, Greece, and everywhere on this planet in the fight against tyranny. We must declare independence from the corporation. The global money class shall not inherit the earth. I’m ready to fight. Corporate greed wins battles but no longer at my door.

AmeriKoch, AmeriMonsanto, AmeriHalliburton, AmeriWalMart, AmeriExxon, AmeriBankofAmerica and all of you on Wall Street with rapacious greed in your eyes: we’re “putting up our dukes” to be sure that after the rockets red glare, our flag will still be there waving for the real majority to have access to the freedom that America so loudly proclaims.  The Land of the Free


About danaj33

I have been teaching in the Broadcast Electronic Media Art department at City College of San Francisco since 2001. I started teaching full-time in 2009 and am tenured. My career as an audio engineer spans 32-years since the first day I began to record and mix songs on my Tascam PortaStudio (cassette 4-track) in the early 80's while attending college at UC Berkeley. I formed a couple of bands and sang lead (sometimes playing rhythm guitar) until 1988 when I discovered that the "behind-the-scenes" tech realm was much more to my liking. I love how an audio engineer controls the ENTIRE sound mix, and not just one's own instrument. I then began a career as a live sound engineer in earnest and have toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe as front-of-house sound engineer for a multitude of bands on various record labels (most notably "Medicine" on American Recordings) and have been a staff engineer at the venerable Bottom of the Hill nightclub since their inception in 1991 leaving a regular shift there in 2010 due to the teaching schedule. The club and its staff are like family. I owned and operated a live sound production company since 1989 (ending officially in 2017) called dcj Productions that has provided sound to the Bay Area community (mostly in the non-profit sector) in both large outdoor sound events as well as nightclubs and music halls. In 1991, I started recording bands on an 8-track Tascam TSR-8 analog tape recorder and moved into the digital realm in 1993 to 16-tracks of Alesis ADAT connected to a Soundcraft Ghost console in my home studio. In 1995, I advanced to Pro Tools and have been recording exclusively digital ever since, combining audio skills in sound for film as a location recordist as well as an engineer in post-production sound design and mixing. I remained "strictly analog" in my live sound mixing until just this past year (2012). Now that one can obtain a decent, live sound digital mixer at an affordable price, it was high time to check out digital for live. I now have a Presonus StudioLive 16.4.2 to work on with my students to give them much needed hands-on experience with a digital console. I co-owned and ran APG Records & APG Studios, an SF record label and recording studio, from 1999 - 2004 which had a distribution deal through EMI. The company folded in 2004. I continue to record music and engineer live performances at many Bay Area venues in addition to full-time teaching at CCSF. In 2001, I was hired to the part-time faculty at City College of San Francisco in the Broadcast Electronics Media Arts department where I have taught many of the classes including Digital Media Skills (BCST119), Basic Audio Production (BCST120), Digital Audio Production (BCST124), Sound Recording Studio (BCST125), Sound For Visual Media (BCST126), Advanced Sound Recording (BCST127), Sound Reinforcement (BCST128), Audio for the Web (BCST135), Video for the Web (BCST136), and Field Video Production (BCST141). I have also taught classes in sound design, audio for animation and games, music video, and computer applications at Art Institute of California-San Francisco, Globe Recording Institute, and Laney College in Oakland, CA. Outside Affiliations: - Co-Director of SoundGirls - current member of Audio Engineering Society and on the SF Chapter Planning Committee - past Vice President and Interim President Board of Directors - Bay Area Girls Rock Camp - past volunteer/contributor to Women's Audio Mission - past member Bay Area Women in Media and Film - past Board of Directors for Camp Reel Stories
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