Thursday, July 7, 2011

News, Out of this World

So, the odious Rupert Murdoch's News of the World is going to be discontinued due to outrage over illegal hacking of private citizens' phones. Any diminution of Rupert's Reach is to be celebrated, as is any excuse to post a video by The Jam:





I'd be remiss if I didn't link to a poem about Paul Weller by the Antipodes' most dreamboaty poet.

In the face of Obama's caving in to the GOP on budget cuts, how about another Jam song (perhaps my favorite)?





Scary how topical this song is:

You choose your leaders and place your trust
As their lies wash you down and their promises rust


The Jam had a remarkable ability to perform heartbreaking songs which absolutely rocked... rave ups for the run down. The compilation Snap! is an essential document of the late 20th Century. Buy it, blast it! You'll have tears streaming down your cheeks even as you shake your boo-tay.

8 comments:

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Agreed on most everything, BBBB, and especially the shoutout to A.K.

But I can't say that Obama is worse than Clinton Republican Lite, as opposed to its continuation.

The people he's listening to, for the most part, are ex. Clinton Administration/Bob Rubin proteges.

What an epic failure (for most of us).
~

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Yeah, Obama is more of the same. Hell, Clinton managed to piss me off this week by opening his yap about the budget. I don't know what the answer is, but we really can't trust elected officials to do the right (or smart) thing.

vacuumslayer said...

Any diminution of Rupert's Reach is to be celebrated

Agreed.

Another Kiwi said...

Thanks,BBBB and Thunder. I can't remember when I was last called a dreamboat but it will remain bookmarked.
Rupert is hydra headed tho' he'll be bahk.

Triplanetary said...

I wish I could see the closing of NOTW as a diminution of Murdoch's reach, but the truth is he's got plenty of fingers in the British media pie (which I imagine to be a blackberry pie), and closing NOTW was just a politically expedient way of protecting all of his other outlets by making it look like he's already taken appropriate action.

Great song, though.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

The compilation Snap! is an essential document of the late 20th Century. Buy it, blast it!

Done. Twice. Bought the vinyl, then the digital versions.

especially fond of the fact that the vinyl double disc was arranged in the 1/4 2/3 sided arrangement intended for use on an LP changer (which of course will totally befuddle the kids who still need to get off my fucking lawn).

Smut Clyde said...

I wish I could see the closing of NOTW as a diminution of Murdoch's reach, but the truth is he's got plenty of fingers in the British media pie (which I imagine to be a blackberry pie),

Damage control. Murdoch wants to buy the rest of the UK satellite access and is concerned that the current furore could prove an obstacle.

Another Kiwi said...

The latest theory is that it will just be a renaming exercise and the NoW will be called The Sunday Sun. An unknown company has registered the sundaysun.com domain...