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Back to Sonic Youth. I saw them about 3 times and they weaned me off the British New Wave. SY was a gateway band for me. I saw them perform with Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. I saw the Boredoms open for them, leading me to look up Yamantaka Eye and eventually open to John Zorn's Naked City. The noise thing they had going on turned me on too to Big Black. It was about surreal alienation for me. Sister is my favorite SY album, followed by Daydream Nation, Goo and Dirty. I had my fill once Washing Machine came out. This cover by Young@Heart is about as American SY can get. Think Aaron Copland. Maybe a little of Varese's Nocturnal in the ending chorus. Very pop. The male lead vocal sounds like Roy Orbison.
I went to my Continuing Education class this past Monday and was sitting in front of a Vietnam veteran. Out of curiosity I asked him before class started if there was war profiteering in the Vietnam War. From his usual mild mannered demeanor was a something like "...[D]amn right there was. Do you know Eisenhower's presidential farewell speech? Does anyone remember? He warned us of the military industrial complex!"
I then followed up by asking whether Eisenhower was simply "pro factory" or "pro military". The woman to my left, from around the same generation as the gentleman, firmly added "no, he was against the rise of the military industrial complex. No one seems to remember."
I did remember that Eisenhower was the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe and eventually the president. I also vaguely remembered he was from West Point. In my 3 years as a US Army enlisted soldier, West Point officers were great to work with. Virginia Military Institute and the Citadel officers had their "rivalry" but West Point platoon leaders were above it yet unaloof.
Using Google and YouTube I found the video and transcript. There's a video version out, punctuated by music but the version I am re vlogging is straight TV footage. As a human being I think equanimity and compassion should be practiced towards the less fortunate. War profiteering is disregard of life. The United States grows enough food to feed the world. The system of distribution obviously does not work and war profiteers don't help in this issue by arming people to go fight wars. What are we supposed to do as human beings? I think this woman has an idea. Also, I think I want to point out my video mashup from last January. How far can we the informed citizen go? We can go at least as far as watching how our elected officials vote on issues. We can write our representatives in government and let them know what's important to us. We can also join like minded individuals and make a combined effort to get our thought across. I don't think it's too late to make a change. It may not happen in our lifetime but for the next generation, it's worth it to work for peace.
I was on my way to go see X at the Nokia Theatre. I saw smoke on the Manhattan Bridge and thought for a moment- "Detour, avoid at all costs! Anyhow I figure I'll squeeze off some frames for a small car fire but it turned out to be a bigger job. I missed the concert but I have about 400 frames for the FDNY Photo Unit. The track fire caused minor smoke inhalation injuries and power was shut down on both directions.