The Human Race to the Bottom

Are we the only species to war with one another in huge numbers?

I inquired Ms. Google today to better inform me before I wrote this little diatribe against man. Turns out, there are some ferocious scenes in the insect world with ants raiding other colonies to enslave fellow ants and wiping out termite colonies as well. There are hornets that can lay an entire bee colony to waste in a matter of minutes leaving poor sweet bee carnage everywhere.  Check it out:  http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/01/160130-animals-insects-ants-war-chimpanzees-science/

But nowhere could I find any sign of one species going into a private space for sport hunting where other species are kept in a confined area so that dumbass humans could go and shoot them, then hold them in their arms as a trophy. Only humans go out into nature with a six-pack and a Ruger, Nosler, or a Remington to laugh and shoot innocent animals that are just trying to live a life on this beautiful earth. Nothing sickens me more than this about our species:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/animalia/wp/2016/08/06/the-trump-sons-go-hunting-again-will-more-trophy-photos-follow/

This image of these two profligate sons of a man whose hatred has denigrated the moral compass of this country sits deeply upon me today like a blood stain that you can’t wash out. This election has put Trump and his boys with their ugly spew of vitriol and terrible activities at the top spot in all of our media outlets. I awaken every morning with a sick feeling in my stomach like a bleeding ulcer. This family cannot represent America. The Trump way will bring about an all-out war between nations. He is a man that questioned why we don’t just USE our nuclear arsenal on our enemies. Although his wingnut spokespeople are now out there passing around more lies. Here’s the latest from the ugly Texas Libertarian Alex Jones: “U.S. Diplomat Warns that Hillary Will Start Nuclear War with Russia and China.” See how they do? They take everything that their crazed candidate says and spills it on Hillary like the bucket of pig’s blood in Carrie.  Take a gander at the link on Alex Jones and his “about” page to catch my drift.

Here we are: at the crux of the end of the grand experiment. Humans who love to kill one another are doing their best to take over in every major country so that these men (They are not leaders but rather cowards.) can swing their big nothings around and piss on the rest of the human race. You’ve got a man (not even sure he’s actually human anymore) who is potentially 50 days, 16 hours, and 10 minutes from having the ability to not only ASK this next question but to try it out in little tyrant Kim Jong-un style:  “Why can’t we use nuclear weapons?”

Here is a great song and video by Alan Parsons Project: Games People Play to end this Sunday morning missive.

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About danaj33

I have been teaching in the Broadcast Electronic Media Art department at City College of San Francisco since 2001. I was a part-time faculty member until 2009 when I became full-time. My career as an audio engineer spans 27 years since the first day I began to record and mix songs on my Tascam PortaStudio (cassetter 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. The club and its staff are like family. I have maintained a live sound production company since 1989 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 (BCST145). 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. A few CCSF Projects: - Produced a promotional video for the Math department Bridge Program titled "Quadratic Rap". - Produced a new employee orientation video for the Human Resources department at CCSF - Coordinated audio for camera - SF Mayoral Debate, Fall 2011 - Coordinator of Audio Industry Advisory Panel for BEMA, Fall 2011 - Co-Coordinator of Video Industry Advisory Panel for BEMA, Spring 2012 Outside Affiliations: - 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 - current member of Audio Engineering Society - current Board of Directors for Camp Reel Stories
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4 Responses to The Human Race to the Bottom

  1. Pingback: Time for Headphones – Dana J

  2. Susmita says:

    I feel so absurdly depressed these days regarding our fallen human values…..when right is wrong and wrong is right.Then why have laws,law enforcement agencies, when only one thing in the world matters..money !
    You are always right if you have money and power.

  3. danaj33 says:

    Yes. Me too. I’m trying to be happy when I can I have stolen moments of being content; but mostly I have fear in my gut that we are on a very dangerous path…

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