Ignorance is bliss

until you die from it, or you kill others because of it.

Every one of the past 59 days reveal a dissection of the American mindset that expands further with each new proclamation of 45 and his S.S. Two Stephens (Bannon and Miller) both present cruel and devious minds that seek to shock American liberalism into oblivion. The child king gleefully enriches himself and his children while signing executive orders drawn up by his white supremacist, nationalist S.S.

While the majority of us suffer from daily fits of rage coupled with a tightened stomach filled with distress, there exist a minority who swoon at his every action seeing only a protector in him. Even when they hear the words that will destroy what they have, they cannot comprehend any true meaning, but rather blurt out repeated right-wing marketing memes from Sean Hannity, Alex Jones, Rush Limbaugh, Breitbart News, and Infowars. Just take a look at the hyperlinked infowars site. I could only stomach summoning one for your displeasure. Look at the headlines and see what the people who are cloaked in their incomprehensible bliss take for real news while deluding themselves that mainstream journalism and science is fake.

This type of disdain for reality will not sustain itself, but by the time those who need the hand of government the most wake up from their hallucinations, everything will be gone. We take for granted the clean air that we breathe that just a few decades ago before the EPA started to regulate industrial expulsions caused a brown, toxic haze in many of our cities. Besides the poor residents of Flint, Michigan, most of us have access to unpolluted water that feeds the food we grow and quenches our thirst. This is because it has been at the forefront of regulatory action by the EPA since 1972 when the Clean Water Act became law.

“As amended in 1972, the law became commonly known as the Clean Water Act (CWA). The 1972 amendments: Established the basic structure for regulating pollutant discharges into the waters of the United States. Gave EPA the authority to implement pollution control programs such as setting wastewater standards for industry.”

This is America of the 1970’s.    1970's Toxic America

Are we going to sit and watch while the ignorant who blissfully reject this abject truth allow it come to pass? This is insanity multiplied by the power of 10. As long as the brand name associated with 45 continues in global promotion, he nor his family give a damn about the toxic mess they will leave behind. With the S.S. in the Whitehouse, we cannot wait for 2018 with the hope that democracy prevails.

 

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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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