These Days: Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

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Books: I just finished Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign.” and let’s see if I can simplify.
1 – The analytics took over from boots on the ground campaigning.

2 – Clinton had no real reason to run except for it being her turn.

3 – The email server never stopped.

4 – Jim Comey fucked her over royally -TWICE

5 – She got caught in a bind between what she said and what people heard due to the Clinton Foundation and speeches to Wall Street.

6 – Bernie Sanders wouldn’t go away.

7 – The Wikileaks was a month long drip in the wounds.  Donald “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30000 emails that are missing” Trump’s most disgraceful moment in a life filled with them.

8 – All Trump had to do was not drool on himself.

9 – “We can’t have nice things”

10 – Women didn’t come to her the way they should have and men in an unbridled act of sexism and misogyny ran away from her with all their might.

Look, it was Clinton’s fault for sure, but she got boat loads of help. I am no Clinton fan but if I had been a citizen at the time I would have undoubtedly voted for her. She is a perfect American, a deeply flawed character in search of a new narrative.

USA, USA: at the end of the second world war, to the victor the spoils. The US handed the world back to its owners and the USSR stole the world back for themselves. That’s why the USA is the greatest country of all time. But right now the US is to the world what humans is to the animal kingdom. We got very very scary.

Concerts: With LCD System adding ten nights in December, I am considering whether I should finally go and see them. The dates are  12/11, 12/12, 12/14, 12/15, 12/17, 12/18, 12/19, 12/22, and 12/23. That Friday December 15th or Saturday December 16th look vaguely interesting. Speaking of residencies, if you think that that Bruce Springsteen 20 shows at the Walter Kerr is going to be an easy ticket next year, you’re bonkers. It adds up to a little more than one night at MSG seatwise. And you just know Bruce is going to an asshole, all that no Iphones and don’t clap between songs crap.

More Concerts: Queen Of The Stone Age presale today! Now where are the Lorde presales…

Terrorism: Ever since President Trump took gave control to the amount of force to be used in Syria, the civilian count has risen to somewhere between 400 to 4000 dead in four months. Trump has given the armed forces the decision as to how much force should be used. This is callous indifference to innocent lives and the definition of terrorism.

More Terrorism: Otto Warmbier, American Student Released From North Korea, Dead at the age of 22.

Even More Terrorism: After Terror Attacks, Britain Moves to Police the Web… aka every time something happens the end result is an encroachment on freedom, wherever it happens. The world is given to overreaction and the planet is so edgy and the technology so extreme that the 1800s feel like another planet. The thing to remember about the 21st century is that it is a world where you can’t get a makeover.  Everything you say and do is documented, everywhere you go is no. We are stuck in our skins. Privacy is dead…

Sports: Thankfully, the Yanks have a day off after that debacle out west… they went 1 – 6. Fortunately the Red Sox lost last night so they are .5 games in first. The Mets lost 6 – 10 to the Dodgers, after Zack Wheeler gave up 7 runs in the first two innings.

New Music: I went back to Hillsong United’s “So Will I (100 Billion x)”, and what I admire about the lyric is how, although it wouldn’t survive deconstruction, it still at least remains true to a certain vision. The Lyricist pivots from I will follow nature in honoring Jesus to following Jesus in this manner: “If You left the grave behind You so will I…” Nice.

Old Music: I am finding Lotusflower something of a disappointment, the songs aren’t very strong and by 2009 rumors of Prince losing his skills appear proven. There have been albums all along but as you get closer to present day he seems a little offhand in his song construction. I may be proven wrong after a more thorough listening. Good Times, Presley’s second album using Stax sessions as the template is very very good.

Drugs: Carrie Fisher had ecstasy, heroin and cocaine in her system when she died. Drugs are a slippery slope and they don’t all end up in rehab.

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