Monday, August 30, 2010

More on the Mosque

Free Talk Live finally talked about this mosque in NYC, and I heard some callers arguments for why they oppose it. The main argument from many seemed to be that it is being built with “terrorist money”. I don't believe that this is true, however for discussions sake let's pretend that it is true. How much would a 13 story skyscraper in the heart of NYC cost to build? I am not sure, but I expect it is at least 20 million. If the “terrorists” funding this mosque are not allowed to build their mosque/community center with this money, what else could 20 million buy a “terrorist”? It could buy a couple of jet planes, it could buy many surface to air anti-aircraft launchers and missiles, it could hire dozens of professional killers, it could purchase the makings for millions of IED's, it could purchase millions of bullets, a million gallons of diesel to help start fires all over the US. So if you really think this is terrorist money, ask yourself, is building a mosque really what you don't want them doing to do with their money?

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Denver Police beating videos, captured by the police's own cameras!

I haven't been posting much lately and in fact I haven't been watching or reading much news or reading many blogs, just a handful and skimming them at that. However there have been some interesting things happening. The most angering from my perspective has got to be the two police videos that recently emerged showing Denver cops beating people up. Copblock covers the story well and provides the two videos.

One of the most interesting facts about these two cases is that in both cases the damning video was actually filmed by the ubiquitous government cameras. Many of which were paid for by money the city got for hosting the democratic convention. At the time the police were claiming that they would help solve all kinds of crimes. I haven't heard much about the cameras and how helpful they have been in solving everyday crime, but they have been helpful in exposing the criminal behavior of the police themselves. I don't expect this is what the police thought would be the end result of all of these cameras, they may not have wanted the things in the first place had they known.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Obama needs to set NYC zoning rules?

I had the misfortune of flipping through the radio on my way home from work and happened upon a conservative radio host, who seems to have nothing positive to say about Obama and had nothing negative to say about Bush, ranting about Obama and some silly Mosque in NYC. He thought Obama should oppose the building of the thing. Even if you believe in government, doesn't it seem silly to think that the president of the USA should be involving himself in what amounts to a local zoning issue? Maybe he brought it upon himself, I don't keep up with the news very well these days, but it seems really silly to me that this issue has become an issue for the president.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Music, the long lasting way to transmit a message

I have been making music lately and not blogging. So now I am blogging about making music. My real goal with the music is to make good industrial music. Unique and catchy while pushing some boundaries all while remaining accessible to those who like the genre of dance industrial. So far I think I am accomplishing that goal. I am not happy with the lyrics on Empire, but I am generally happy with what I have made so far.

A side effect of the music project however has been that it can help spread libertarian ideas. This is a minor goal, but it may prove to be one of the most effective forms of activism I have been a part of. I hadn't really thought much about it until the other day when I was at a friends party and I was discussing the political themes that have run through my music so far. While we were talking about this the Beach Boys came on. I asked him “how old is this?”, our best guess was 45+ years. I don't expect to ever have any hits or anything popular, but do to the nature of the internet it is possible that people will still be downloading my music in 100 years, even after I die it could live on. Granted less than one person a year may like the music, but unlike more transitory things like podcasts and blogs that focus so much on the here and now, music tends to be much longer lasting. It also tends to be something listened to over and over, making music with a message that much more powerful. The hard part is making music that people might like and carries a message. The majority of music you hear these days means nothing. Of course I have no idea if anyone will care in a few years, but if I continue to make interesting music, at some point somebody will take notice.

Maybe nobody will ever listen to my music, but very few read this blog or ever accepted libertarian ideas based on my outreach when I helped the LP, so even if it is in vain, it is no more in vain than other things I have done in the past. In the mean time I like my own music and listen to it myself.