Peristaltic Procession

First, let me thank my friend Monica for lending me her excellent David Lodge novel, “Nice Work”, as this provided me with today’s title.

Ah! another entry in Dana Jae’s NEXTworld blog:

I’ve been reading a bit of the Guardian UK this week. Here’s a good one that you won’t find here in the US: a very real and frank opinion about our government:

An interesting pull-quote:   Photographer Gregg Carlstrom succinctly summed it up last week as Saudi Arabia started to drop bombs on Yemen: “US praises US ally for bombing US-equipped militia aligned with US foe who is partnering with US to fight another US-equipped militia.”

Well, there you have it. Oh, and while our government starts, stops, starts again, funds, halts, thwarts, infuses, and covertly runs wars all over the planet in the name of “democracy” they are also doing this at the state level:

New York Budget Eliminates Sales Tax on Yachts Over $230,000

Go ahead, click that link and just read it already.  The title actually reads just like this:

New York Lawmakers Carve Out Sales-Tax Exemption for Struggling Yacht Buyers

Can you believe this shit?  Struggling yacht buyers?  You have got to be freaking KIDDING me!  Sometimes I wonder if I’m waking up in a nightmare of someone conjuring up words to be printed that would piss Dana off so badly that she’ll run wild through the streets screaming, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!” (Thank you Paddy Chayefsky for that iconic dialog line.)  I mean, what shall I do?  Is this testing me to sit quietly with my hands folded in prayer or redouble Occupy efforts and dump the tea out into the harbor?

Hey, I have an idea!  Let’s bail out everyone with over $200,000 a year in income so that they can pave a way to bigger and better life of luxury and let’s make it harder for a poor adult to go to college.  How about it?  Shall I make us some posters painted in red with the words YES TO BANKS ! NO TO STUDENTS!  written boldly?  It’s the big “Screw You!” to everyone in America who earns less than $250K annually, and a REALLY big, triple “Screw You!” if you earn under $100K and live in a coastal city. Ha, we won’t even let you afford a home! Lord forbid if you have a family…but no worries because our lawmakers don’t want you to have an abortion nor even have birth control really.  I mean, what’s up?  Have a big family with lots of kids already!  We need them to learn to code!  Birth a billion coding babies so that we don’t have to find people from other countries to do God’s work. Everywhere on every web page to every street corner: see the ads to get your kids to code! Learn code! Try the new coding game! Buy the new elementary coding book! Go to THIS school; we’ll teach your kid to code! Code Academy! (repeat)  See Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis” and read Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World“.  Important aside: “Metropolis” was made in Germany in 1927 during the Weimar period. Feel free to check out the Wiki on the Weimar Republic.

Now for another humbling moment of reality:

Top 10 First World Countries in Terms of Press Freedom

Reporters Without Borders is publishing annually an index of the countries of the world according to their respect for press freedom.
The 10 highest-ranked countries with the most media independence are in Europe.
Below the list of countries, at the top of the fourth World Press Freedom Index.

Rank Country Region Score
1 Denmark Northern Europe 0,50
Finland Northern Europe 0,50
Iceland Northern Europe 0,50
Ireland Northern Europe 0,50
Netherlands Western Europe 0,50
Norway Northern Europe 0,50
Switzerland Western Europe 0,50
8 Slovakia Eastern Europe 0,75
9 Czech Republic Eastern Europe 1,00
Slovenia Southern Europe 1,00

See?  Can you find the United States anywhere in that top 10?  Um, no. We only boast our numbers in terms of the things we want to prove to you in order for you to want to be like us, only I’m here to tell you:  it ain’t worth it!  The place has gone to the ditches and  has become a country that the rest of the world should NOT emulate.

America has been teetering on a gluttonous path of self-destruction and the smoke thickens every minute.   This is the best government money can buy. Problem is, if you don’t have much, you’re outta luck, kiddo.  Lawmakers = ha.  What a great compound word giving me a compound fracture in my corpuscles. Lawmaker = money grabber.

I’m in a daily peristaltic procession through life. Happy go-lucky one minute and ticked off the next.

One last note from Willie Nelson: “Good mornin’, America, how are ya? Say, don’t ya know me? I’m your native son.”

Uncle Sam Dope Fiend Thank you Kirill Klip for this independence day graphic along with the words.

America-Money and for this one.

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. In addition to teaching, I am a writer. I have several blogs and have written many screenplays since 2007 producing a few of them into short films. In 2020, the craziest year and decade of any of our lives, I am starting a book project titled, "Abra, the Imaginarian." Outside Affiliations: - former 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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