Wayne Kramer

Guitarist for the legendary MC5,
Wayne Kramer, has completed a new CD, out in a few weeks.  Over the past few years he’s done several solo CDs and a collaboration with Brian James of the Damned, Mad for the Racket.   All are excellent.

All these years later and he hasn’t really mellowed much.  This is a good thing.  His guitar work can still can take the top of your head off, his lyrics can be pointed and political.  Best of all, he’s not recyling past glory, instead he’s doing new stuff and taking chances.  This is even better.

For those who may not know, the MC5 were around in the late 60’s – early 70’s and played political Detroit rock and roll with a ferocity not many have equalled. They influenced a lot of punk and metal bands.  Still are, actually.

If you like relevant, hard-edged rock and roll, check out his stuff.   His website calls it “rock and roll for adults”, and that’s exactly what it is.

“Our problems are of our…

“Our problems are of our own making, and so we can stop making them,”

According to Jared Diamond, history teaches us four lessons.

First, environmental problems can cause societies to collapse.  Second, some environments are more fragile than others and “it’s no accident that a list of the world’s most environmentally devastated and/or overpopulated countries resembles a list of the world’s current political tinderboxes.”  Third, societies are vulnerable to the environmental problems of others, as well as their own.  And finally, “conflicts between the short-term interests of those in power and the long-term interests of everybody else” can stop a society protecting itself by which time it’s too late.  Time Magazine via [
Daily Summit]

Fall mountains, just don’t fall…

Fall mountains, just don’t fall on me

Huge, formerly respected companies are indicted on criminal charges. 

A lying and evasive Catholic hierarchy.

A citizenry that routinely disbelieves what politicians and leaders tell them.

A stock market that can no longer be trusted.

A national cocoon of security that was forever destroyed on 9/11.

Our national social structures are crumbling and nothing has yet replaced them. Which helps explain the rise of fundamentalism, which says, in an insane world, listen to us, we have The Answer. Turn off your brain, bow in fealty to our belief system, then all will be revealed.

Joseph Campbell says we have no rituals left in our society, and that this is one important reason why we have youth violence.  There are no moorings left, no signposts to guide the way, and that a society in such circumstances is in bad shape indeed.

There’s a weird convergence here.  Loss of faith in religious, social, business, and governmental institutions is happening simultaneously. “Ancient Chinese curse: May you live in interesting times” seems relevant.

Maybe it’s the effects of global capitalism finally coming back to the States.  At a leftie meeting recently, people were talking about the layoffs and pension fund crashes occurring as a result of corporate corruption.  A man from Zaire said “The middle class in America is experiencing what Africans have experienced for hundreds of years”.

Mostly, our leaders seem out of touch, set in their ways, unable and unwilling to change.  The Catholic hierarchy when not actively covering up the pedo-priest mess, does little but make unctuous noises about how it won’t happen again. Clueless. The Bush Administration, despite their bellicosity, have done little since 9/11 to prevent another attack except piss off the rest of the world.  Clueless.  CEOS’s, who were treated like rock stars not that long ago, now get to do the perp walk.  Greedy pigs.

So who’s left to trust and look up to anymore? But Nature (and politics) abhors a vacuum.  Something will move in to replace our imploding social order.

The question is, what?  Comments?

Concentration Camps in America ?…

Concentration Camps in America ?

Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft’s announced desire for camps for U.S. citizens he deems to be “enemy combatants” has moved him from merely being a political embarrassment to being a constitutional menace. Ashcroft’s plan, disclosed last week but little publicized, would allow him to order the indefinite incarceration of U.S. citizens and summarily strip them of their constitutional rights and access to the courts by declaring them enemy combatants. The proposed camp plan should trigger immediate congressional hearings and reconsideration of Ashcroft’s fitness for this important office. Whereas Al Qaeda is a threat to the lives of our citizens, Ashcroft has become a clear and present threat to our liberties. The camp plan was forged at an optimistic time for Ashcroft’s small inner circle, which has been carefully watching two test cases to see whether this vision could become a reality. The cases of Jose Padilla and Yaser Esam Hamdi will determine whether U.S. citizens can be held without charges and subject to the arbitrary and unchecked authority of the government.  via [Synergic Earth News]