Alt Left: Anatomy of Two Chinese Stereotypes: Greediness and Lack of Aesthetic Taste

Thinking Mouse:

What do you make of the stereotype that Chinese are greedy amoral worker drones with no aesthetic taste and little emotion?

Lot of truth to those things. Let’s take these one by one here. We previously discussed amorality and stoicism or lack of emotion, so let us look at greediness and lack of aesthetic taste. I will also look at Jews as many Chinese stereotypes are Jewish stereotypes as well.

 

Greediness

 

The Chinese are white collar criminals, and they are amoral in that sense. Very similar to the Jews. It may be the case that any group with IQ’s markedly higher than the majority will not only grab most of the money under capitalism but will also be profoundly ruthless and amoral in how they go about it, often to the point of basically being a race of white collar criminals, which is what I would call Chinese and Jews.

Both Chinese and Jews are viewed as being fanatically money-oriented, materialistic, and aggressively driven to succeed at all costs. As the Jews have their Jewish mothers and uncles with pinky rings, so the Chinese have the newly created Tiger Moms

Lack of Aesthetic Taste

 

You can make the lack of aesthetic taste argument about all those other Chinese-influenced societies. The Chinese or Japanese artist is deliberately spare and seems at first glance to be drawing excessively, shall we say, modest paintings. It is as if the Asian artist feels ashamed of artistic talent and is deliberately dumbing down in his art so as to not appear better than others.

Nevertheless, artists have told me that Chinese and Japanese art is excellent in its own spare, somewhat minimalist, and certainly modest sense.

Both Chinese and Japanese have taken to modern literature, the Japanese in particular in terms of fiction. But both races have early traces of fiction in the form of epic tales that are basically novels extending back centuries, even to 1000. Think of The Tale of the Genji or Water Margin for Japanese and Chinese respectively.

Japanese invented a very interesting, spare, minimal, “shy”, and modest or self-effacing form of poetry called the haiku, which in its own way reaches to the peaks of literature.

The Japanese also took up Western or rock music. Many excellent rock bands of all sorts have come out of Japan. The Chinese, like the Italians, have been entertaining themselves via operas forever.

Sewer, "2154"


Supposedly this is the most pure evil and Satanic music being made today. Well they have a lot of competition. It is described as Blackened Metal Terror Goregrind. This album is called “the most haunting Terrorgore album in existence.”
Blackened Metal is absolutely a subgroup of Black Metal, which itself is quite evil and Satanic. In fact, Satanic is the very definition of Black Metal. Goregrind is also a genre of metal. This is hardcore heavy metal grind music set to gory themes. Never heard of Terror Goregrind or Terrorgore before.
This band claims to be part of a subgenre called Sewer Metal, which is supposedly the most evil Black Metal of all.
A number of Black Metal bands have come out and stated that they are racists, particularly White Supremacists. The band that nearly started the trend is a band out of Norway, a member of which blew his brains out with a shotgun. Another band member supposedly came to the crime scene and ate some of his brains. There was also a homicide associated with this band. There have been a number of other deaths associated with the genre, mostly suicides but a few homicides. Quite a few band members are described as deeply, nihilistically depressed. The music is very angry, and anger + suidicality is a very bad thing.
I don’t think too much of true evil or Satanists, but I very much enjoy this music. As an added bonus, these guys can really play. That guitarist is too much.

Can You Be Androgynous yet Be Heterosexual/Straight?

Answered on Quora.
The best definition of an androgynous man is a man who has strong masculine and strong feminine characteristics going at the same time. Remember glam rock back in the 1970’s? Many of those male rockers were quite androgynous, and most of them were very heterosexual or at least leaned straight.
Another definition of androgynous means a man who looks and acts so much like a woman that you can’t tell if he is a man or a woman. Or the opposite in a woman. Almost all if not all such cases of extremely feminine men who appear to be women and extremely masculine women who seem to be men that I have studied are in fact homosexuals. In fact they are very gay.
Now if you include men like Prince as androgynes, there are indeed some straight men like this, as Prince was completely heterosexual.
Honestly we straight men had a lot more leeway in terms of true androgyny back in the 70’s. A straight man could wear scarves, velvet pants, silk shirts, short kimonos, smoking jackets, tight jeans, dancing shoes, and four inch blue platform heels without most people suggesting you were gay. People would just say you were “styling it.” You can act a lot softer, gentler, or more androgynous. You could have a strong feminine side, especially if you matched it with a strong masculine side.
Back then, people were assumed straight until proven otherwise, and there were not many out gays anyways. Accusing a man of being gay was a very serious matter, as this was seen as a horrible insult if he was straight. So most men were simply assumed, correctly, to be straight until proven otherwise. If you wanted to accuse a man of being gay, you had better have had some pretty damn good evidence to back it up.
I am actually nostalgic for those days. I had so much more freedom back then in terms of both clothing and behavior.
Now that gays are so out, we straight men can no longer wear those wild clothes I talked about above nor can we act the way I did back then. If I tried to wear any of that stuff now that I wore back then, people would automatically assume that I was gay or bi. If I told them I was straight, no one would believe me, and they would all accuse me of lying. Compared to back then, acceptable behavior and garb for straight men has become dramatically restricted.
It’s not been a positive change. We have gone backwards in a huge way.

"From the Mississippi Delta to South Australia," by Alpha Unit

Don Morrison salvages old galvanized sheet metal from sheds and farms throughout Australia. The older the metal, the better, he says; some of this reclaimed metal is over 100 years old. He takes it to his workshop in Summertown, South Australia, where he fashions it into metal-bodied acoustic guitars. Of his material he says:

Galvanised iron, or Galvo, is now an integral part of the Australian landscape and it seemed natural (to me at least!) to try it in a resonator guitar. The result is a truly awesome sound, very loud but with a surprisingly rounded tone. I should call it the Transcontinental guitar – genuine Aussie material, genuine Delta sound!

That “Delta sound” refers to Delta blues, one of the early forms of blues. This music arose in the Mississippi Delta, which, despite its name, is not a part of the actual delta of the Mississippi River. Rather, it is located in the northwestern part of Mississippi, bounded by the Mississippi River on the west and the Yazoo River on the east.

This alluvial floodplain is one of the most fertile agricultural regions in the world. It was here that Black field hands created the music we call blues, using chants, “field hollers,” and songs to make their work go faster. Ed Kopp writes:

While blues lyrics often deal with personal adversity, the music itself goes far beyond self-pity. The blues is also about overcoming hard luck, saying what you feel, ridding yourself of frustration, letting your hair down, and simply having fun.
The best blues is visceral, cathartic, and starkly emotional. From unbridled joy to deep sadness, no form of music communicates more genuine emotion.

Although the sound of a resonator guitar is iconic to blues, blues musicians didn’t start out playing the resonator. The earliest bluesmen played an instrument called the diddley bow.
The diddley bow has been called “the godfather of American roots instruments.” It is the simplest form of the guitar and is the first type of slide guitar used in America. It was very easy to make, consisting of a string of wire tensioned between two nails on a board. A bottle or can wedged under the wire would create tension for pitch. The player would pluck the string while sliding a piece of metal or glass on it to produce notes.

One-stringed bow instruments date back to antiquity and developed in various parts of East Asia and in the west coast and Congo regions of Africa. Rural Black Southerners crafted these instruments and taught their children to play them. They would sometimes build one-stringed zithers on a wall, “with a strand of baling wire, two thread spools for bridges, and a half-pint whiskey bottle for a slider,” as slide guitar player Big Joe Williams recalled to one researcher.

Boys who showed promise on the diddley bow could graduate to a guitar if they were lucky enough to get a hold of one. Musicians such as Lightnin’ Hopkins, Elmore James, and B. B. King all first learned to play on the diddley bow.

Once musicians could afford guitars they quickly abandoned the diddley bow. And when the resonator guitar came along, they had a way to present their music to even larger audiences. The resonator, with its crisp metallic ring, created the signature sound of Delta blues. When you listen to Charley Patton, Robert Johnson, Son House, or Bukka White – among many others – you’re listening to Delta blues. Others, such as John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters, started out playing Delta blues.

This Delta sound is what craftsmen like Don Morrison aim to re-create. His resonators, like the very first of their kind, have built-in amplification – a feature that came about by demand.

Back in the early 1920s guitar players performing with dance orchestras couldn’t really stand out from the other players. Since there were no amplifiers, guitars were considered a part of the rhythm section instead of lead instruments. A vaudeville performer and promoter named George Beauchamp wanted an acoustic guitar that could play melodies over the orchestral instruments. He turned to John Dopyera, a violin repairman and luthier whose workshop was close to Beauchamp’s Los Angeles home.

John Dopyera and his brother Rudy experimented with various designs to achieve a smooth and balanced amplified sound and decided to mount cone-like aluminum resonators, similar to speaker cones, inside a metal guitar body. Dopyera found that using three smaller cones instead of one big cone gave the guitar the sound he’d been looking for. The tri-cone resonator guitar was born.

Beauchamp was impressed with the new design and proposed a business venture to Dopyera, who agreed. They created the National String Instrument Corporation in 1927. National guitars quickly became best sellers. The company soon created a wood-bodied model.

There were differences, though, between Beauchamp and Dopyera. Beauchamp preferred a single-cone resonator, not only because it was louder but because it was cheaper to make. For Dopyera, excellent sound and quality were top priorities. The two men finally went their separate ways when Dopyera found out that Beauchamp had claimed the patent for the single-cone resonator. In 1928 Dopyera quit National, with the intention of manufacturing his own single-cone resonator. John and his brother Emil formed the Dobro Manufacturing Company (named for the Dopyera Brothers).

Because National held the patent for his single-cone resonator, John Dopyera had to develop a new style of single-cone resonator. The single biggest change that he made was to the bridge of the guitar.

On a standard acoustic guitar, the bridge is glued directly to the top of the guitar. It has several functions: it holds the strings securely, sets the spacing of the strings, and acts as an external brace to the guitar body. Its other important job is transferring vibrations from the strings to the soundboard of the guitar. On a resonator guitar, the bridge is a part of the resonator cone.
For single-cone resonators, the cone has either a “biscuit” bridge or a “spider” bridge.
The National resonator used a biscuit cone, which is convex (pointing outward). Inside the tip of the cone sits a round wooden bridge (the biscuit), and set into the bridge is a small piece typically found on a guitar bridge – the saddle. The saddle keeps the strings elevated at the preferred height above the fretboard. The saddle transfers the string vibrations to the bridge and the bridge transfers them to the cone. The cone in turn vibrates, moving the air volume inside the guitar out through the sound holes.

For his Dobro resonator, John Dopyera decided to make his cone concave (pointing inward) and used an eight-legged “spider” bridge which straddled the cone. The vibrations from the strings travel from the saddle and down the spider “legs,” providing the cone with eight contact rods for vibration. The result is a loud, full-bodied tone.

Resonator guitars became popular in both blues and bluegrass. Dobro-style guitars, especially wood-bodied ones, were preferred by many bluegrass players. Blues players tended toward National-style tri-cone resonators. But plenty of guitarists break with tradition and use resonators in their own preferred ways.

Players liked resonators because, being louder than regular acoustic guitars, they could play for larger crowds in rural areas that didn’t have electricity for amplifiers. Street musicians, who had to set up without amplifiers, liked resonator guitars for the same reason.

Don Morrison makes both single-cone and tri-cone resonators. For his popular Rustbucket model, he says he flattens the corrugated steel sheets by walking on them so he can fit them through his ancient set of sheet metal rollers. Some of this old metal will still bear the makers’ stamps: Trademark Redcliffe, for example, or Lysaght Queen’s Head Australia or Emu Best. You’ll see these stamps on the backs of his guitars.

On some Rustbuckets he takes naturally weathered Galvo and adds an artificially rusted cone and sound holes, giving the guitar a distinctive, vintage look.

When he isn’t building resonators, Don Morrison is performing music, often Delta blues. During the ’90s his band, The Elmores, played blues classics by Elmore James and John Lee Hooker. He and his band Prawnhead are also a part of a “roots revolution” in popular music.

We honed our style on the streets and markets of Adelaide. We found the faster we played, the more money we made. We don’t play blues or folk, we don’t play country, we don’t play bluegrass, nor do we play rockabilly. But we play a mixture of all of those. We call it bluebilly.

Image courtesy of Slide Guitar for Beginners

Is Paul Stanley Gay or Bisexual?

Answered on Quora (Stanley is the lead singer of KISS):
Thank you! That’s an excellent question. I have studied this question for an article I wrote about gay and bisexual rock stars.
Paul Stanley is one of the most legendary womanizers in all of rock and roll. He has probably had sex with hundreds of women. No gay man does that, nor has any gay man ever done that. Any man who does that cannot possibly be gay, and he almost always leans straight. These men are frankly the most heterosexual men of us all.
Some people have said that he is effeminate, and he does have some effeminate behaviors. At least one groupie said his effeminacy creeped her out – she didn’t like it. I do not think Stanley is strongly effeminate, but he has a few behaviors like that, in particular the way he holds his hands when he sits.
Despite his reputation as a womanizer, he has long been rumored to be bisexual. Groupie boards report that he is bisexual. Ace Frehley and Ace’s wife have both stated that Stanley is bisexual. I think he is much less interested in men than he is in women. We can see this by his legendary womanizing. That is an indication of how he leans sexually. Paul Stanley is a predominantly straight man with some minor bisexual leanings in my opinion.
He is now married with children for some years.

Joni Mitchell, "Big Yellow Taxi"


A great environmentalist song from long ago, in 1970! That’s almost 50 years ago! This was off of her third album, Ladies of the Canyon, a reference to Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles where many hippies took up residence back then. There’s no way they could afford to live there now – it’s far too expensive. I have been through Laurel Canyon before, and it’s a beautiful drive. This was Joni’s third album and it is widely praised. Joni is originally Canadian, believe it or not. But by age 22, she was living in the US in Detroit, and by age 25, she was in Los Angeles. This song was covered by several other groups, most famously by Counting Crows, but I have heard that their version is not as good as this one.
I love Joni Mitchell, one of the great hippie folk-rock singers from the 1970’s. She was a genuine hippie. She lived in a large house on substantial acreage where she liked to wander about naked, smoke pot, and entertain various boyfriends.
And I would like to wish Joni Mitchell a happy 74th birthday. Yes, she is still with us. One more thing – she was always so beautiful. I have seen a photo of her at age 55, and she still looks fantastic. She was one of the greatest songwriters of our modern era.
Great epitaph for our planet with Donald Trump in the White House and Scott Pruitt as EPA head. Why do people who call themselves environmentalists vote Republican? How could they? Are there actually people who refer to themselves as environmentalists who nevertheless vote Republican? How can they justify it? Survey after survey shows majority support for all of our environmental laws, including the much-maligned Endangered Species Act. Yes, even the ESA has strong majority support. So majorities support environmentalism across the board, but a lot of them march off and vote Republican every year anyway. Go figure.

Van Morrison, "Brown-eyed Girl"


Truly one of the all-time rock and roll great songs. They don’t call him Van the Man for nothing. Astral Weeks, only his second album recorded in 1968, is out of this world. It’s a song cycle, a whole document in song with a beginning, middle and ending. One thing about great albums is that you will often find that every single song on the album is good. There will not even be one lousy song. This is true of Astral Weeks. Astral Weeks almost reminds me of very early Bowie when he was nearly a folkie. If you have never heard or God forbid heard of Van Morrison, you really need to check him out.
Moondance was also a very good album, I believe. Once again, not one bad song and the feeling of a seamless whole.
Brown-eyed Girl is one of his most famous songs. It was actually one of the first solo songs he wrote after he left Them, a great band in its own right. It appeared on the very first album, Blowin’ Your Mind, released in 1967. The song was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Hey, where did we go?
Days when the rains came
Down in the hollow
Playing a new game
Laughing and a-running, hey, hey
Skipping and a-jumping
In the misty morning fog with
Our, our hearts a-thumping
And you, my brown-eyed girl
You, my brown-eyed girl
Whatever happened
To Tuesday and so slow?
Going down to the old mine with a
Transistor radio
Standing in the sunlight laughing
Hide behind a rainbow’s wall
Slipping and a-sliding
All along the waterfall
With you, my brown-eyed girl
You, my brown-eyed girl
Do you remember when we used to sing
Sha la la la la la la la la la la dee dah?
Just like that
Sha la la la la la la la la la la dee dah
La dee dah
So hard to find my way
Now that I’m all on my own
I saw you just the other day
My, how you have grown!
Cast my memory back there, Lord
Sometime I’m overcome thinking about
Making love in the green grass
Behind the stadium
With you, my brown-eyed girl
You, my brown-eyed girl
Do you remember when we used to sing
Sha la la la la la la la la la la dee dah?
Laying in the green grass
Sha la la la la la la la la la la dee dah
Dee dah dee dah dee dah dee dah dee dah dee
Sha la la la la la la la la la la la la
Dee dah la dee dah la dee dah la
D-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-d

Cat Stevens, "Morning Has Broken"


Cat Stevens, Morning Has Broken, 1976.
That sure is great music, isn’t it? I used to love Cat Stevens, and I think I still do. I don’t see why you can’t love Cat Stevens and the Sex Pistols both at the same time. After all, there’s really only two kinds of music, good music and bad music. All the genres are pretty useless, especially when people get chauvinistic about them.
He later converted to Islam and became Yusuf Islam, moved to the UK, and idiotically got on the US government’s No Fly List. Is Cat Stevens a terrorist? Come on! He made some lousy statements about Salman Rushdie, suggesting that the ayatollahs were right to put out a death threat on him. Shows what happens when you convert to Islam. A decent man can convert to Islam and become a monster because even a normative interpretation of Islam (apostates must be killed) is brutal, extreme, and homicidal. I’m not saying that this is always what happens, but Islam is hardly a religion. The rule about dealing with apostates shows right there that this is no peaceful religion. No sir!

Sheryl Crow, "Soak Up the Sun"


I have no idea what sort of music this is?* Soft rock? Like we used to listen to in the 1970’s? Who knows? Who cares what this is called! It sounds like soft rock to me. Came out 15 years ago. I do not know much about this woman except she is beautiful.
Great music is still being made today folks, and this is a great example of it. Wow! Good music!
*Officially called pop rock. A Hell of a lot of great music has been made under the banner of pop rock. Now where pop rock ends and soft rock begins, I have no idea. It turns out that soft rock is a type of pop rock or a genre of pop rocks that was very popular in the 1970’s. Yay! Later it turned into something called Adult Contemporary and I have no idea what that is? Luther Vandross?

Carly Simon, "Nobody Does It Better"


The soundtrack to the great Bond movie, The Spy Who Loved Me, done by the great Carly Simon. Carly was very big back in the 1970’s. You’re So Vain was an excellent song. It was said to have been written about Warren Beatty, which whom she had an affair.
The song was composed by the great Marvin Hamlisch, written by Carole Bayer Sager, and performed by Carly.
From 1977!
All time great track by Carly from a great movie! This is some great music. Love that great piano.
Lyrics:

Nobody does it better
Makes me feel sad for the rest
Nobody does it half as good as you
Baby, you’re the best
I wasn’t lookin’ but somehow you found me
It tried to hide from your love light
But like heaven above me
The spy who loved me
Is keepin’ all my secrets safe tonight
And nobody does it better
Though sometimes I wish someone could
Nobody does it quite the way you do
Why’d you have to be so good?
The way that you hold me
Whenever you hold me
There’s some kind of magic inside you
That keeps me from runnin’
But just keep it comin’
How’d you learn to do the things you do?
Oh, and nobody does it better
Makes me feel sad for the rest
Nobody does it half as good as you
Baby, baby, darlin’, you’re the best
Baby you’re the best
Darlin’, you’re the best
Baby you’re the best
Oh, oh, oh…

The Most Evil Heavy Metal Music Ever

I realize this stuff is pretty horrible, and I am sure that this band, from Satan Records, truly worships Satan, which is problematic to say the least. And the lyrics and album covers of a lot of these (pornocore is the worst) seem likely to lead a few people down the wrong path. It’s dangerous art, as dangerous as violent pornography which some of it is based on the album covers and lyrics.
This band is called Sewer and they are on Satan Records, which advertises itself as the most evil music ever made.
Even though this type of music is so dangerous on certain levels that some of it should arguably be banned, I hate to say it but…I really like this song.
Hangs head in shame.

This music kicks, period. Good musicians too.
The song is called, er, Pedosadist. I know that’s terrible, and true pedosadists or more properly mysopeds are definitely very dangerous people. Even I think that’s terrible. But it’s still good music no matter how evil and dangerous it is.

Chris Cornell Is Dead

Chris Cornell, legendary guitarist from the band Soundgarden, etc. is dead. He died on May 17, three weeks ago, but I just heard about it today. Apparently out of the grunge scene in Seattle in the 1990’s. I do not know much about this band, having stopped following rock and roll sometime in the 1980’s, but apparently he and his band were huge in that scene. The Space Needle in Seattle went dark between 9 and 10 PM after his death. Death was suicide by hanging. Apparently he had been depressed and had suffered from depression and drug abuse in the past, although he was clean at the time other than some prescription benzos, which he did not take enough of to kill him. He was 52 years old.
Chris Cornell presente!

Baby Metal and Rob Halford Live, "Painkiller, Breaking the Law"

Lob Harufoludu of Judas Pliest makes an onstage appearance with Baby Metal performing two Judas Pliest classics, Painkirrer and Bleaking the Raw. I love Bleaking the Raw. That was always one of my favorite songs. In 1979, I did an interview with this band in Century City at their record company offices. They were pretty fun to interview, albeit somewhat caustic. I also saw them live and Cal State University Long Beach in 1979. It was a very small venue in the auditorium but they filled it up. They were great!
This video is excellent.
Lob is 64 years old and he still can’t be beat. I can’t believe what a great voice he still has. There are not too many singers in metal who can match his voice. And I hate to say it, but this 64 year old guy sings better than those Baby Metal chicks. For Bleaking the Raw, two of the Baby Metal chicks come out and play guitar! I love it! Sexy Jap chicks play heavy metal guitar! Incredible. The world is turning into a sci-fi novel.

Here they are again playing the same song, Breaking the Law, before a huge crowd at some unknown festival. There must be 100,000 people in that audience! I am not sure when this was but it was probably the early 1980’s because that is what Rob Halford looked like back then. The lead guitarist and the blond bass player are the same guys that I interviewed

Here is Motorhead covering the same song. I almost like this cover better than the original! At least I can hear the lyrics on this one.

The Dangers of Headbanging

Found on the Net:

In 2005, Terry Balsamo, Evanescence guitarist, incurred a stroke which doctors postulated may have been caused by frequent headbanging. In 2007, Irish singer and former Moloko vocalist Roisin Murphy suffered an eye injury during a performance of her song “Primitive” when she headbanged into a chair on stage.
In 2009, Slayer bassist/vocalist Tom Araya began experiencing spinal problems due to his aggressive form of headbanging, and had to undergo anterior cervical discectomy and fusion. In 2011, Megadeth guitarist Dave Mustaine said that his neck and spine condition, known as stenosis, was caused by many years of headbanging. Slipknot Sampler Craig Jones once suffered from whiplash after an extended case of powerful headbanging.

Headbangers of the world unite! You have nothing to lose but your brains!

Robert Stark Interviews Ann Sterzinger about "In the Sky"

Here.
Ann Sterzinger is a novelist stranded on the Alt Right for God knows what reason. Sort of a a case of, “What’s a nice girl like you doing in a place like that?
I think a lot of folks, especially hipster and artistic types, are drifting around the Alt Right because they think it’s like the new hip bar in town where everyone goes to be seen. The Alt Right is hip, groovy and edgy and it’s great for the Permanently lost and those with late onset adolescent rebellion. You look at a lot of these hipster early adopter trendies over there and you think, “You’re a decent person. What the Hell are doing hanging around with all these damn Nazis?”
Maybe they don’t know what they’re doing. Maybe they do. Maybe they’re on glue. Maybe they’re camped at the Lost and Found. Maybe it’s all Performance Art. Maybe who the Hell knows.
Sometimes you just have to throw up your hands, shake your head and walk away.
Ann is also part of some weird thing called the Anti-Natalism Movement.
Anyway, this chick is an excellent writer, already having a few novels under her corset. She is also very, very smart. She used to have this shy nerdy girl look which was a bit attractive except it gets lost in a crowd too easily. One of those sorta cute faces that’s always fading into the wall, you know? Now she’s fixed herself up a lot for the dating market I guess, and she looks a lot better.
She seems me one of those super-brainy, (perhaps painfully) shy, introverted young brunettes who is actually kind of hot but usually worries she is ugly and has an inferiority complex about the ditsy blonds. fearfully envies the blonds. In that case, she should have been born Jewish. She’s about 40 years old, except she wishes she was never born. Like most goodlooking youngish intellectual women, I believe she needs to go out with me. You’re welcome, honey.
In the Sky (Dans le Ciel) was written by Octave Mirbeau in France in the 1890’s. Ann Sterzinger translated the first English edition published by Hopeless Books. It’s available on Amazon.
Topics include:
How Ann discovered the book from Pierre Michel, a French literary scholar specializing in the writer Octave Mirbeau.
How Mirbeau is best known for his book Diary of a Chambermaid but In the Sky was little known outside of France.
How Mirbeau was an anarchist and a Dreyfusard.
How Mirbeau was a major influence on Louis-Ferdinand Céline who shared his misanthropic outlook.
How Céline was marginalized for his support of the Vichy Regime, however he influenced many writers such as Jack Kerouac, John Dolan, Charles Bukowski, and Michel Houellebecq.
How the book reflects Mirbeau’s outlook towards life and society.
The main character X who is a depressed, misanthropic artist based on Vincent Van Gogh who Mirbeau knew.
The Narrator who discovers X’s manifesto after his death.
How X struggles to create his artistic vision.
X’s mentor, who loses his mind.
The post-Catholic concept of expressing spirituality through art.
How X struggles with sexual and romantic frustration, and when he finally meets a girl, he dumps her because she did not live up to his romantic ideals.
How the meaning of the title In the Sky involves both where X lives on top of a mountain where you can only see sky and a metaphor for being detached from society.
Mirbeau’s view on the family and how neurosis is passed down from parents to children.
How the book combines tragedy and comedy.
Matt Forney’s review Elliot Rodger Goes to Paris.
The genre “Loser Lit.”
Ann’s article Dead David Bowie, French Nationalists, Antinatalism, and the Meaning of Life.
David Bowie’s art & legacy.
Her article The Magical Bottomless Labor Pool which connects political themes to her book NVSQVAM.
Why I’m Scared of Widows & Orphans.
Applied Dysgenics.
In Defense of Beta Females.
Ann’s upcoming science fiction dystopia novel Lyfe, which needs a publisher that specializes in science fiction.

Repost: Which Rock Stars Are Gay?

This has long been one of the most popular posts on this site, which is a bit shameful, but then again, you can’t compromise success. This post got ~1,700 hits today, which is very high for a single post. A lot of them were coming in from search engines with the words “Kenny Chesney gay.” So there must be something floating around ab out whether Chesney is gay or not, but Chesney is a very problematic case and he is almost certainly not a gay man although the rumors never seem to stop. I added some new  stuff to the post and anyway, a post this popular deserves a repost.
I think this post is one of the most accurate posts on this subject anywhere on the Net. I spent a of time on this, and many cases of false rumors are noted. Readers criticize this post on the basis of “Who cares whether some star is gay or not!?” However, the hard truth is that many people are very interested in this sort of thing along with the lives of celebrities in general.
The question is not necessarily anti-gay either because the people most fascinated by this question seem to be gay men and lesbians themselves, who I might note are also some of the best at sorting out the true versus untrue rumors.
I have heard charges that gays are bad sources for this sort of thing and that they will often make things up out of thin air just to increase their numbers, but that is just not true. If you want to know the lowdown on whether someone is gay or not, go to gay and lesbian boards, and they will have the dirty on just about everyone. And if the gays say that some rock star or politician has been seen in gay bars, is known to have a boyfriend or if some gay man claims to have sex with the person in question, the charge is almost always completely true.
Sure, a lot of people have said I was gay in my life, but they never presented any evidence to that effect.
No one has ever said that I frequent gay bars or named a bar that I frequent. This is because with the exception of one occasion, I have never been in a gay bar, although I did go to a gay rock concert though but that was because my semi-famous rock star girlfriend was playing at the show (they had straight bands playing too).
No one has ever said that I have a male lover except for my Grandma who accused my roommate of being my boyfriend! Some very nasty idiots have made ugly accusations that some of my male friends were actually my lovers, but they never offered any evidence to back up the charge because there is no evidence to offer as I have never had sex with any of my male friends, almost all of whom were heterosexual when I was hanging around with them anyway.
One of my best friends turned bisexual one me, and it made me so angry that I pretty much ended the friendship right then and there. I don’t want to associate with guys who do that sort of thing, and it never works anyway because gay and bi men cannot really be friends with straight men. I will leave it to you to guess why that is so, but I’m sure you can come up with some obvious theories. Perhaps I will discuss this in another post.
No gay man has ever come forward anywhere and claimed that I had sex with him and that is because there is no one to come forward because such a man does not even exist .
Especially in the case of politicians, gays are very cautious about doing the research needed to out anti-gay politicians.
Groupie boards have also been criticized as inaccurate but in general, reports about the sexual habits of various rock stars from groupies are usually very accurate. They simply do not make up lies about the sexuality of various stars.
As far as invading their privacy, these rock stars forfeited their right to privacy as soon as they got famous. This is pretty much true about anyone who is in the news a lot.
It might seem hard to believe that any of them are, but there have long been rumors about a number of them. Let’s go through the list.
A word about bisexual men. Unfortunately, bisexuality is very common, and I would say that after 40 years of observing males from even the point of view of a straight male that male bisexual behavior is much more common than nearly any straight person realizes.
I figure that for every one gay man, there are eight men with a bisexual orientation of various types and varieties. It is a truism with bisexuals that most lean one way or another. Very few men with a bisexual orientation are completely 50-50 in their attractions – only 5% could be described that way. Furthermore, only 16% of men with a bisexual orientation lean gay. 70% lean straight, and 75% of bisexual men are maximally attracted to women.
So for men with a bisexual orientation, the chart looks like this:

Maximally attracted to females: 75%
Lean Straight:                  70%
Lean Gay:                       16%
Maximally attracted to males:   15%
Full bisexual (50-50)            5%

50 Cent: Lil Kim’s boyfriend says he is on the downlow.
Damon Albarn (Blur): Possible bisexual tendencies.
Phil Anselmo (Pantera): Persistent rumors of bisexuality.
Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day): Openly bisexual.
Lance Bass (‘N Sync): Either openly gay or deeply closeted, depending on who you talk to.
Marc Bolan (T. Rex): Supposedly out bisexual, truth unknown.
Bono (U2): Rumored bisexual, huge pussy hound, but another male musician claims he had sex with Bono once. Basically heterosexual.
Roddy Bottom (Faith No More): Openly gay.
David Bowie: Former bisexual, now identifies as straight. Massive pussy hound, basically heterosexual.
Boy George: Openly gay.
Kenny Chesney: Reportedly long known to be gay, but deeply closeted due to his country music fanbase. Renee Zellweger was his beard, but she divorced him after only four months of marriage due to “fraud.” On the other hand, in interviews, he says he is straight, is hurt by gay rumors and claims to have had sex with over 100 women, which, if true, is certainly not the behavior of a gay man. Very strange case in much need of further research.
Sean “Puffy” Combs: Unknown. What a bizarre rumor.
Warren Cuccurullo (Missing Persons): Probably bisexual. Has made several porn videos for the gay market (!?), including a few where he is jerking off and one where he is shoving a pink dildo up his ass (!?). He also posed on the cover of the Brazilian gay magazine G (!?).
Dave Davies (Kinks): Openly bisexual.
Ray Davies (Kinks): Basically heterosexual, experimented with men a bit.
Jonathan Davis (Korn): Bad rumor.
Ronnie James Dio: Straight, bad rumor.
Dr. Dre: Said to be gay and deeply closeted for years.
Ghall (Gorgoroth): Reputed to be gay and said to have a boyfriend who is a male model. Probably true.
Jay Gordon (Orgy): Bisexual tendencies.
Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam): Widely rumored to be a closeted bisexual.
Perry Ferrell (Jane’s Addiction/Porno for Pyros): Openly bisexual.
Ace Frehley (KISS): Straight, experimented with homosexuality a bit.
Rob Halford (Judas Priest): Openly gay.
Kirk Hammett (Metallica): Reportedly out bisexual. Swinger, frequents sex clubs with his wife.
Michael Hutchinson (Xtasy): Straight but said to have experimented with men.
Billy Idol: Basically a straight poon hound, but once he was seen in a bed having sex with a man.
Enrique Iglesias: Unknown.
Michael Jackson: Definitely a gay pedophile or hebephile.
Mick Jagger: Heterosexual, huge pussy hound, rumored to have sex with men one or more times.
Jay-Z: Lil Kim’s boyfriend says he’s on the downlow.
Elton John: Openly gay.
Holly Johnson (Frankie Goes to Hollywood): Known to be gay.
Al Jourgensen (Ministry): Said to be probably bisexual.
Anthony Keidis (Red Hot Chili Peppers): Rumored to be bisexual, false rumor.
Little Richard: Often thought to be gay and frequently calls himself gay, but actually probably bisexual.
LL Cool J: Lil Kim’s boyfriend says he’s on the downlow.
Loon: There is said to be an underground sex tape of him having anal sex with another rap star, P. Diddy.
Marilyn Manson: Reportedly out bisexual, however evidence is lacking. Basically heterosexual.
Paul Masvidal (Cynic): Openly gay.
Ricky Martin: Openly gay.
Maxwell: Rumored to be gay. Latest album was shelved by his record company because they were upset by all the gay references.
Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray): Bisexual.
Meegs (Coal Chamber): Possibly bisexual.
Freddie Mercury (Queen): Supposedly bisexual, actually gay.
Method Man: Rumored to be gay. Q-Tip is his possible boyfriend.
George Michael (Wham): Openly gay.
Brian Molko (Placebo): Openly bisexual.
Steven Morrissey (The Smiths): Obviously gay but closeted.
Bob Mould (Husker Du): Openly gay.
Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers): Openly bisexual.
P. Diddy: There is said to be an underground sex tape of him having anal sex with another rap star, Loon.
Mike Patton (Faith No More): Widely rumored to be bisexual.
Joe Perry (Aerosmith): Rumored bisexual, false rumor. Pussy hound. Basically heterosexual.
The Pet Shop Boys: Openly gay.
Iggy Pop: Supposedly an out bisexual, but that is actually a completely false rumor.
Prince: Completely heterosexual, even if many find that incomprehensible. Insatiable pussy hound. Continuous gay rumors are due to his gender style, not his sexual orientation.
Q-Tip: Reputed to be gay. His rap lyrics are supposedly full of gay references. Boyfriend may be Method Man.
Redman: Reputed to be gay.
Lou Reed: Out bisexual, later identified as straight.
Sean Reinert (Cynic): Openly gay.
Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran): Rumored to be bisexual, said to share his male lover with his wife. Probably true.
Busta Rhymes: Reputed to be gay.
Ricki Rockett (Poison): Rumored bisexual, false rumor.
Henry Rollins (Black Flag): Bizarrely enough, there have been rumors about him for years. Unknown, but he has had many girlfriends over the years. This may just be a bad rumor, but people who knew him back when he was a starving musician in the New York East Village music scene in the mid to late 1970’s say he was well known to be bisexual to the point of being out about it. The rumors appear to stem from this period in his life. Definitely a mystery.
Gavin Rossdale (Bush): Rumored to be bisexual.
Rostam (Vampire Weekend): Openly gay.
David Lee Roth (Van Halen): Longstanding, persistent and wide rumors that he is bisexual, however these may be false rumors and have more to do with his gender behavior than his sexuality. Says he is straight in interviews. However, his bandmates, when asked if he is bisexual, say, “Dave is into a bit of everything.” Heterosexual poon hound who stages orgies at his mansion and often holes up there with a small harem. Was known to take on mother-daughter groupie teams!
Ja Rule: Lil Kim’s boyfriend says he’s on the downlow.
Fred Schneider (B-52’s): Unknown.
Pat Smear (Germs, Foo Fighters): Openly bisexual.
Robert Smith (Cure): Rumored bisexual, unknown.
Billy Squier: Unknown.
Paul Stanley (KISS): Married, two kids, but is apparently bisexual. He was also one of the biggest pussy hounds in all rock and roll. Although some vigorously dispute the charge, Ace Frehley, Frehley’s wife, the rock groupie site on the web (which is almost always correct), and two people in the music industry have all said he is bisexual. He is very much in the closet about it. I would say he leans straight though, looking at all of his womanizing.
Al Stewart: Unknown.
Rod Stewart: Bisexual rumors, never proven but suggestive. Major pussy hound. Basically heterosexual.
Michael Stipe (R.E.M): Openly bisexual or maybe gay.
Justin Timberlake (‘N Sync): Rumored to be bisexual.
Pete Townshend (The Who): Supposedly out bisexual. Strange rumor.
Steve Tyler (Aerosmith): Rumored bisexual, false rumor. Huge pussy hound. Basically heterosexual.
Luther Vandross: Long known to be gay in the Black community and of course with his band-mates. Deeply closeted.
Phil Varone (Skid Row): Bisexual.
Sid Vicious: Supposedly out bisexual, but once again looks like a bad rumor.
Scott Weiland: Rumored to be bisexual.
Yogi (Buckcherry): Rumored to be bisexual.

Women

Christina Aguilera: Open bisexual.
Joan Armatrading: Either lesbian or bisexual, possibly true.
Joan Baez: Bisexual, probably true.
Toni Braxton: Lesbian, closeted. Had an affair with Courtney Love.
Tracy Chapman: Out lesbian.
Sheryl Crow: Bisexual, apparently true.
Ani DiFranco: Out bisexual.
Melissa Etheridge: Out lesbian.
Marianne Faithfull: Out bisexual.
Whitney Houston: Straight but experimented with women.
Chrissie Hynde (Pretenders): Rumored bisexual.
Janis Ian: Out bisexual.
Janet Jackson: Definitely bisexual, closeted.
Joan Jett: Definitely lesbian, but she does not discuss it.
Grace Jones: Out bisexual.
Janis Joplin: Out bisexual.
Wynona Judd: Unknown.
Alicia Keys: Closeted lesbian, tries to deflect rumors by making homophobic comments, has a male beard.
K. D. Lang: Out lesbian.
Courtney Love (Hole): Openly bisexual. Had an affair with Winona Ryder.
Madonna: Out bisexual. Has had affairs with other celebrity women.
Me’shell N’Degeocell: Out bisexual.
Joni Mitchell: Out bisexual.
Queen Latifah: Lesbian, deeply closeted.
Olivia Newton-John: Rumored bisexual.
Stevie Nicks: Well known to be bisexual, closeted.
Sinead O’Connor: Bisexual or lesbian, apparently true.
Dolly Parton: Lesbian, closeted.
Bonnie Raitt: Straight-leaning bisexual, apparently true.
Rhianna: Rumored bisexual.
Linda Ronstadt: Lesbian or bisexual, apparently true.
Winona Ryder: Confirmed bisexual. Had an affair with Courtney Love.
Dusty Springfield: Openly lesbian.

Suzi Quatro,"Suzi Quatro"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k57HRh8Aico
Suzi Quatro! From 1973! Oh Hell yeah!
Suzi Quatro was one of the first female lead singers and guitarists of a real rock and roll band. She was the queen of leather rock! She also plays a mean bass guitar. I can’t help thinking this is actually punk rock. But it’s only 1973. This is really pre-punk like the New York Dolls. It’s all coming from the same place. Let’s face it, glam was pre-punk, and Suzi Quatro is glam rock!
Similar acts from around the same time are Sweet and Slade. Sweet is downgraded nowadays but I really liked them back in the day. Slade is also very underrated. Sort of a glam AC/DC.
None of these songs mean much of anything. They’re just silly, dumb songs to rock and roll too. But rock and roll was never intellectual.
Real rock and roll (not prog, folk, country or metal) is sensual and experiential. It’s the music of the pure ID.
Music to fuck to. Fucking music.
There’s a reason for that beat. It’s the beat of sexual intercourse. BAM BAM BAM BAM. The early haters of rock and roll figured this out quickly,and that was one of the main reasons why rock was hated so much all the way back to Elvis Presley.
Back in the 1970’s all the mafia produced porn back then had hard rock soundtracks going on through all the fucking and sucking. There’s a reason for that.
It’s because it’s fucking music, music to fuck by.
Or in the case of punk rock, music for people who like to fuck and fight!

999, “Homicide”

I believe that this song came out in 1980. It was a big hit at the time. I must say that is a catchy tune they have there. It really sticks in your head something good. This was another of the very early great punk rock songs.

 

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I believe in homicide.
I rest my case!
Don’t cast aside!

You’d better believe it!
That’s the truth of it!
Take it or leave it.
Resign to it!

Homicide.
Homicide.
Homicide.
Homicide!

No one cares!
When someone lies!
They’d rather say!
It’s irrelevant!

You’d better believe it!
That’s the truth of it!
Take it or leave it.
Resign to it!

Homicide!
Homicide!
Homicide!
Homicide!
homicide!
Homicide!
Homicide!
Homicide!

You try to tell me it’s his fault because he’s down.
And letting loose this homicide all over town!
What’s your number? I’ll take it down.
What’s your address? I’ll write it down.
I’ll be in touch. So don’t leave town!
In a big!
Black!
Car!

Homicide.
Homicide.
Homicide.

I believe in homicide.
I rest my case!
Don’t cast aside!

You’d better believe it!
That’s the truth of it!
Take it or leave it.
Resign to it.

Homicide.
Homicide.
Homicide.
Homicide!
Homicide!
Homicide!
Homicide!
Homicide!
Homicide!
Homicide.
Homicide!
Homicide!
Homi, homi, homi, homi, homi, homi, homi, homi
Homi, homi, homi, homi, homi, homi, homi, homi
Homicide!

The Damned, “Smash It Up”

God I love this music! This is one of the greatest punk rock songs ever written. I wonder why it is so underrated?

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We’ve been crying now for much too long.
And now we’re gonna dance to a different song.
I’m gonna scream and shout til my dying breath.
I’m gonna smash it up til there’s nothing left.

Oooh ooh smash it up!
Smash it up, smash it up!
Oooh ooh smash it up!
Smash it up, smash it up!

People call me villain oh its such a shame.
Maybe its my clothes must be to blame.
I don’t even care if I look a mess.
Don’t wanna be a sucker like all the rest.

Oooh ooh smash it up!
Smash it up, smash it up!
Oooh ooh smash it up
Smash it up, smash it up!

Smash it up!
Smash it up!
Smash it up!
Smash it up!
Smash it up!

Smash it up!
You can keep your Krishna burgers.
Smash it up!
And your Glastonbury hippies.
Smash it up!
You can stick your frothy lager.
Smash it up!
And your blow wave hairstyles.

And everybody’s smashing things down.
I said everybody’s smashing things down yeah.

The Damned, “New Rose”

God I love The Damned. From 1976! The year the Sex Pistols appeared on the scene. The Damned was one of the first British punk rock group, forming around the same time as the Pistols and other early groups. They also liked to smash up their instruments on the stage. The Who of course started that sort of thing.

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Weirdos, “Neutron Bomb”

LA punk rock from 1978 first wave! It seems almost impossible to believe that this music was made fully 35 years ago. Incredible.

As you can see, punkers were not patriotards or Republicans, at least in the first wave, though it started getting that way later with some of the Orange County bands. The early LA punks were all very leftwing. In fact, there were gay musicians and even gay bands, and no one cared one bit. Most of the first wavers thought the scene got ruined with all the rightwing conservatives and Nazis from Orange County dragging in all their bull sexism and homophobia.

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We got the neutron bomb!
We got the neutron bomb!
We got the neutron.
Gonna drop it all over the place.
Yer gonna get it on yer face.
Foreign aid from the land of the free.
But don’t blame me!
We got the neutron bomb!
We got the neutron bomb!
We got the neutron
You don’t understand, you don’t know what you mean.
We don’t want you, we want your machines.
United Nations and NATO won’t do.
It’s just the red, white and blue.
We got the neutron bomb!
We got the neutron bomb!
We got the neutron, that’s the way it’s gotta be.
Survival of the fittest, is the way it’s gonna be.
We don’t want it, we don’t want it!
Don’t blame me!
We don’t want it, we don’t want it!
Don’t blame me!

The Lizard King on Information Theory

If you control the media, you control the mind.

– Jim Morrison

Information Theory (noun phrase).

The definition of Information Theory:

Information Theory: He who controls information controls the world.

– Robert Lindsay

Morrison was right and damn those Jews sure are smart. I mean, first thing they do is grab the media, right?

It’s Always Darkest Before the Dawn?

People say that all the time, but there’s not much truth in it. Why, when you are at your low as it gets in the worst of all possible worlds, would that just happen to be the time when it’s morning in America and and you’re at the top of the world looking down on creation? So automatically it was the best of times and it was the worst of times are entities that literally turn into one another just like that?

What, is life inherently a manic-depressive psychosis? I mean the business cycle is. That’s as clear as air. But life itself? Get real.

More like, just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse, they do. That’s really terrible as I and all the rest of you can attest to, but it’s a lot more likely to happen than “it’s always darkest before the dawn.” Sad but true.

Instead of this “it’s always darkest before the dawn” BS, the truth instead is that “there literally is no bottom.” You know when people say “It can’t get any worse,” that’s wishful thinking. Well of course it can. Always and forever.

I am serious.

Now whether “there literally is no bottom” is better than “it’s always darkest before the dawn,” I’m not sure, but it can’t possibly be the slightest bit worse.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTrG9z2AWxQ

Oh Hell. It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to, dammit.

Take to the Skies Tonight!

Sky Pilot by the Animals! One of the greatest bands of all time. Eric Burdon!

Angie Cohen just posted a list of Christian songs that you can listen to if you wish. But this was always one of my favorites. The video is about the Vietnam War, but I always thought this was a song about Christianity. Anyone know? Is it about Christianity or Nam?

If it’s a Christian song, it is one of the greatest Christian songs I have ever heard.

The prose that follows the video is my attempt at literary writing, in case you were wondering. This is what I call Flash Fiction. I write some flash fiction things now and again.

You’re welcome.

Sad Song

The rocket, if it was a rocket at all, raced across the sky towards the dawning hours away. The roar split the clouds. We thought the sky would fall down. In its wake, it’s only the two of us, you and me, shuddering in the screeching silence, and you know the the whole damn world can go right to Hell. When it all comes crashing down, we will still be standing here, you and me, shivering amidst the ruins.

How high can we fly?

Sky pilot!

Judy Collins, “Someday Soon”

Well anyway, even when there’s nothing left of anything else, I suppose there’s always music.

You retreat to your room and wall off the world. Make a little cave in there, under the covers. Turn the lights down low. And shut out everything else outside, forever, in the everlasting everness of ever.

Here we make our cocoon against the world.

In dreams, I walk with you!

In dreams I talk to you!

In dreams, you’re mine!

All of the time!

We’re together in dreams!

In dreams!

The years.

The long years.

The sadness of the years.

I Guess We Can Live Another Day Then

Just when you’re sure there’s nothing at all good anywhere anymore, and worst of all, you can scientifically prove it, a song comes drifting across the the night sky.

At there’s at least one reason to stick around one more day.

All is not lost, folks!

Always keep in that there is literally no bottom. No matter how low you think you are, no matter if you’re so low, you feel like you live at the Earth’s actual core, it can probably always be probably 100 times worse. That could be either depressing or heartening, but knowing it could always get worse has got to make any sane person breathe one more sigh of relief at least.

So comfort yourself, and sleep tight tonight, and sweet dreams, if you can abide.