So long, Sony

I’m not the least bit surprised by the recent hacking of Sony Pictures.

Any corporation ignorant enough to run their operations with such a lack of security deserves a good hacking.

Many feel that North Korea is behind the attack because of the soon to be released film “The Interview”.  In the film, due out on Christmas day, North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un is assisinated,  Now I’m not a fan of Jong-un or the way he runs his country.  But to depict killing him in a movie starring Seth Rogen and James Franco?  On Christmas?  Not cool.  No wonder these hacker people are pissed off.

You know who I really feel bad for?  The innocent (and maybe not so innocent) celebrities who had everything from their Social Security numbers to aliases revealed.  But I do love the fact that Tom Hanks used Harry Lauder and Johnny Madrid.  Those are really cool names!  I didn’t even know Hanks was Scottish!

As for the other details leaked via the Sony emails?  Well, it’s Hollywood, people.  Is it really news that Angelina is a spoiled brat?  Or that Leo is difficult to work with?  Or that Will Smith trims his nose hair daily?  These hackers didn’t do us any favors.  We already KNEW all this shit!

And now we even have Brad Pitt’s phone number…

Band Aid 30

With my first listen of Band Aid 30’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas” my reaction was “ugh”.  Gone are the singers of my generation:  Paul Young, Boy George, George Michael.  They have been replaced with the singers of this generation:  One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith.  Most of the artists I have never heard of.  At least they kept Bono.  Bob still looks the same too.  Just older.

Then they tweaked the lyrics.  I understand the need for that move, considering the original was an advocate for starving people in Africa and this one is for Ebola in Africa.  Not that the problem of starving people in Africa has been solved, of course.  It’s just that the problem of Ebola has risen above it.  Or it has been combined with it.

After several listens of this remake I’ve actually grown to like it.  It’s got an updated smooth electronic beat to it.  The singers aren’t half bad, even if I have never heard of most of them.  Sadly gone are the musical talents of Phil Collins and John Taylor.  Sadly gone are the familiar voices of Simon LeBon, Sting and George Michael.  Thank goodness for Bono.

For kicks I also listened to Band Aid 20’s version.  I didn’t even know they had a Band Aid 20.  When I heard it, I learned why.  They even have a rapper in that version.

As for the videos, although the extended version of the original “Do They Know It’s Christmas” does feature some graphic photos, nothing beats the footage shown at the start of Band Aid 30’s video.  I know it’s very real and I know the proceeds from the song are to go towards Ebola.  With that point aside, how much effect do you need?

One huge thing Band Aid 30 has over its predecessor are the social media advantages.  Thirty years ago nobody heard of Facebook or Twitter.  Even ten years ago when Band Aid 20 surfaced Facebook was a baby and Twitter was merely a pea of a thought.  Band Aid 30 has their own website (www.bandaid30.com) listing all the participants on the song.  Who knew there was an artist named elbow?

The site allows consumers to easily purchase the song on ITunes, download from Google Play or purchase the CD single from Amazon. Send a text to donate funds.  Download an app to get behind the scene looks at the artists.  Unlike thirty years ago, you can also hashtag #BandAid30.  They have even started a challenge along the lines of the Ice Bucket one from this past summer.  All you need to do is record yourself singing Bono’s portion of the song and then challenge someone else to do the same.

I applaud the many talents from thirty years ago as well as today for setting their egos aside for a brief moment and coming together to create something meaningful to help others in the world.  Buying the song may not end Ebola, but it could help people affected by it, as well as help in research of the virus.

The best thing you can do this holiday season?  Buy the song.  Stop the virus.

The Tradition Continues: War On Christmas

The holidays are upon us and so are the yearly traditions:  drinking eggnog, sending greetings, decorating trees, watching “Rudolph” and putting up controversial billboards.  The latter is at least a tradition for the organization known as American Atheists.  For the rest of us it’s an opportune time to raise our glasses of eggnog, roll our eyes and say “whatever”.  These billboards have become so old hat, most people briefly glance at them and say “ho hum”.

This year’s billboard kind of made me chuckle:

SANTAHAT

First of all, the kid depicted in this photo looks devious.  Secondly, I believe the statement “I’m too old for fairy tales” could be considered an oxymoron.  Too old for fairy tales?  Yet in the billboard the child is “writing” a letter to Santa and is wearing a Santa hat!  Dear child, which fairy tale are you too old for?

I feel skipping church is perfectly fine.  I haven’t been to church in years but I still believe in God.  My belief is that you don’t need to go to a church to believe in God, to pray to God or to practice your religion.  Just as it is my belief that atheists don’t need to spend their money on putting up billboards to let others know they don’t believe in God.  We know you don’t believe in God.  You don’t need to throw it at us.

I’m not letting any religious groups off the hook either.  I know some of them spend money on a yearly billboard or advertisement of some sort pushing the real “reason for the season”.  The believers know what the reason for the season is.  Again, we don’t need you to throw it at us.

Here’s an idea for both of these groups of people:  take the goddamn money you spend on the billboard, the newspaper ads, the commercials, etc. and give it to a worthy cause.  All that money you waste telling people what they already know about your belief or non-belief could be used to feed the hungry, clothe the needy or care for the sick.

Kindness towards your fellow human being:  THAT is what Christmas is REALLY about!

So You Want To Be A Writer

Yes, despite the cynicism of this poem, I still certainly DO want to be a writer!

So You Want to Be a Writer
By Charles Bukowski

if it doesn’t come bursting out of you
in spite of everything,
don’t do it.
unless it comes unasked out of your
heart and your mind and your mouth
and your gut,
don’t do it.
if you have to sit for hours
staring at your computer screen
or hunched over your
typewriter
searching for words,
don’t do it.
if you’re doing it for money or
fame,
don’t do it.
if you’re doing it because you want
women in your bed,
don’t do it.
if you have to sit there and
rewrite it again and again,
don’t do it.
if it’s hard work just thinking about doing it,
don’t do it.
if you’re trying to write like somebody
else,
forget about it.
if you have to wait for it to roar out of
you,
then wait patiently.
if it never does roar out of you,
do something else.

if you first have to read it to your wife
or your girlfriend or your boyfriend
or your parents or to anybody at all,
you’re not ready.

don’t be like so many writers,
don’t be like so many thousands of
people who call themselves writers,
don’t be dull and boring and
pretentious, don’t be consumed with self-
love.
the libraries of the world have
yawned themselves to
sleep
over your kind.
don’t add to that.
don’t do it.
unless it comes out of
your soul like a rocket,
unless being still would
drive you to madness or
suicide or murder,
don’t do it.
unless the sun inside you is
burning your gut,
don’t do it.

when it is truly time,
and if you have been chosen,
it will do it by
itself and it will keep on doing it
until you die or it dies in you.

there is no other way.

and there never was.

Thanksgiving Is The New Black Friday

It seems that more and more stores are opening their doors to shoppers on Thanksgiving instead of waiting until what was once the traditional “Black Friday”.  For my state of Massachusetts, this doesn’t apply.   Stores cannot open on Thanksgiving, thanks to the existing “Blue Laws”.

For years there has been a great deal of bellyaching from consumers regarding stores that are open on Thanksgiving.  I can see their point.  After all, Thanksgiving is a holiday meant to be spent with the family, not shopping or even worse–working.  For the employees who feel they are being wronged for having to work on turkey day, consider these points:

1.  If you were an emergency room nurse or doctor you probably would be working.

2.  If you were a chef, waitress or restaurant owner you probably would be working.

3.  You will be earning extra money.

4.  Thanksgiving is a day where we have a meal.  We do that every day.  It’s just a bigger meal but it shouldn’t be an all day food-fest.  If it is, you are missing the meaning behind Thanksgiving.

5.  You can still have your Thanksgiving dinner when you are done working.

6.  Just think of all the family bickering you get to miss!

7.  The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has become quite lame.  You won’t be missing anything.

8.  Working on Thanksgiving may not be as bad as working on Black Friday.  Sure the stores have Thanksgiving Day sales, but they usually are not as lucrative sales as the ones on Black Friday.

9.  Just think of all the calories you’ll save in not being able to eat as much.  Plus you’ll burn some calories as you work.

10.  When you took a job in retail, this is something you should have thought about.

As a veteran Black Friday shopper I’m trying something new this year.  Luckily I live near the Connecticut border.  Since I have to head that way to pick up one of my relatives for dinner, I’m going to stop in at KMart for their Thanksgiving Day sale.  Then later on that day when I bring my relative home, I’m planning on hitting the 24-hour Walmart for their sale that starts at 6:00 p.m.  Assuming I can get all I need to get in Connecticut, this can free me up to go home, have another piece of pie, rest a bit and gear up for the Holyoke Mall at midnight.

The beauty of stores opening earlier and earlier is that I get done shopping earlier.  Instead of spending my entire Friday out and about shopping like I used to in the past, I’ll be home by late morning and I’ll have the rest of the day to do what I want.  Works for me!

 

The Airwaves Are Starting To Sound Like Christmas!

I really thought this past week would be the week for Christmas music to hit the local airwaves.

Monday:  nothing.  Tuesday:  nothing.  Wednesday:  nothing.  Thursday:  nothing:

Then…Friday morning.  Still nothing.  I checked WSRS at noon.  Still nothing.  Then at 3:00 something wonderful happened.  WSRS FINALLY got the hint and went ALL CHRISTMAS!  What the hell took so long?

I have a feeling a great deal of others are going to follow suit this coming week.

I sure miss the WODS days when they would’ve been playing Christmas music for two weeks by now!

Break THIS!

Oh my.  Kim Kardashian bared it all on the front of a magazine.  Why is everyone surprised?  After all this is the same classless twit who made a sex tape in 2007 which leaked to the public.  So what’s the difference?

I’d say the biggest difference now is that she is a mother.  Unfortunately, considering who the child’s family is, this kid is probably going to grow up, learn about these trashy events and say “that’s my Mom.  I’m so proud”.

The truth is this bitch wouldn’t know real life if it came up and slapped her on her tan, glossy ass.  If she was ever given a dose of what real life is like she’d run and hide because she wouldn’t be able to handle it.  She doesn’t know, and will never know, what true love really is.  She doesn’t know what it’s really like to work.  And it’s clearly obvious she doesn’t have a clue how to be a mother.

But I laugh to myself when I think about this:  considering all the money she has, I probably still have a better credit score than she does!

 

Being An Illegal American

One thing I’m tired of hearing people complain about is “illegal” citizens living in the United States.

Well, guess what, people?  Unless your direct descendants were Native Americans, we are ALL “illegal”!  Our ancestors hopped on a boat almost 400 years ago, leaving their home land because things weren’t going so well between them and the King.  They landed on a rock in what is now called Plymouth, Massachusetts.  And then they met the people who already lived here:  the Indians–the Pokanokets and Wampanoags, among others.  Yup.  These foreigners from England “illegally” stepped foot on the land where these Indians had been residing for eons and BOOM!  Yes they had come here for a better way of life.  But soon these illegal immigrants decided to start taking things over.  They even took it upon themselves to bring smallpox and other fatal diseases with them to the new land and pass them around to the innocent, original residents.  How nice of these illegal immigrants called the Pilgrims.  They managed to single-handedly kill off a great deal of the native population.

Considering all the things the illegal white man did to the Native Americans and their country, many were trustworthy individuals and let the white man stay.  Sure there were incidents.  But the Indians didn’t sic their government on these new settlers.  Instead the white man created a government which eventually dictated where the Indians would live.  How is that for some turned tables?

So the next time you start complaining about “illegals” in this country, just remember where you more than likely originated from.  You illegal American, you!

 

Look Beyond The Tits, Guys…She’s a Pedophile!

It is so like the typical male to comment so positively about Molly Shattuck (more like “shack up”), the 47-year-old divorced twit and mother of three who gained notoriety when she became the oldest cheerleader in the NFL.  Now she’s gaining attention for something else.  Being a pedophile.

Ms. “shack up” raped and provided alcohol to a 15-year-old boy.  She’s been charged with two counts of third degree rape, four counts of unlawful sexual contact and three counts of providing alcohol to minors.  Those aren’t minor charges.  Bet those who are thinking so positively about her don’t realize she also will need to register as a sex offender now.

And here are some of the comments I’ve read about it (all from men, of course):

The kid should get the key to the city and a Ravens jersey with his own number.

That is not rape….boys and girls are just different. All of his buddies say “score”! But it is kinda creepy. (well, at least you agree it’s creepy!)

I’m just trying to turn a neg in to a pos

Really?  I don’t see ANYTHING positive about this story!

I wonder how these men would feel if some 47-year-old former football player was boinking their 15-year-old daughter and giving her booze.

Once Ms. “shack up” gets her shit together, she really  needs to re-evaluate her life.  I understand being a horny divorcee’ is tough, but does it make one so desperate that they have to go after children?  When you have three children of your very own?  She’s so pathetic she can’t even find someone her own age who wants to fuck her!

You know what I think is really comical about this twit?  She allegedly wrote a book called “Vibrant Life”, a write-up about how to live a healthy lifestyle. Maybe while she’s in the clink she can write another one called “My Pedophile Life”.