The title is lyrics from LCD Soundsystem’s opening track Dance Yrslef Clean off of 2010’s This is Happening. It is a foreshadowing of events to take place in the future, a future that was realized this past Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York City. James Murphy and his band have played their last show ever. So why, at 41 is this band that are just now reaching the height of popularity calling it quits? “It’s all just gotten bigger than I planned or wanted. Not that I’m against it but I don’t want to get bigger. What’s the goal now– get fucking huge? I don’t want to be a famous person. It’s fucking great where we are. I get on an airplane and nobody has any idea who I am. I just want to do other stuff.” Says Murphy in an interview with Pitchfork in 2010 after LCD Soundsystem and Pavement closed out the Pitchfork Music Festival. Continue reading
1) Which side do you fall on for the WikiLeaks debate? Was Assange right to post the information that he did? Is it free speech or does it hurt us? What are your thoughts/reactions to the Buffalo News article?
Before I read the articles I was indifferent, I just didn’t know enough. Now that I have read some commentary on the issue and learned some facts, I feel that the government shouldn’t have anything to hide. There’s the famous quote, “The people shouldn’t be afraid of their government, the government should be afraid of their people.” Continue reading
March 6th, 2011
Egypt’s influence on the Libyan Revolution, and how they greatly differ
Benghazi – As of now, Muammar Gaddafi has lost control of Benghazi, Misurata and most of his country. Unlike Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and Hosni Mubarak before him, Gaddafi is not succeeding power; he is clinging to it. Continue reading
March 5, 2011
What the future holds for a Mubarak-less Egypt
Egypt – Hosni Mubarak, as of February 11th (the “Friday of Departure”), is no longer the President of Egypt. It has been 18 days since the beginning of the protests, now Egypt faces the uphill battle of restoring peace, replacing Mubarak’s regime, and addressing the needs and wants of the people to make sure a fourth revolution does not happen (previous revolutions occurred in 1919 and 1952). Continue reading
March 3, 2011
Tunisia and Egypt, reasons for revolution
Cairo – Remember the name Mohammed Bouazizi, this all started with him and his vegetable cart. The Egyptian revolution began in Tunisia, with Mr. Bouazizi, he never could have imagined his desperate act would inspire a nation, let alone two. Continue reading
A conversation with Joe Slisz, e6 staff Sgt., of the 402nd Civil Affairs Battalion
February 26th, 2011
Staff Sergeant Joseph Slisz is proof that the army is more than guns and violence. His work with the 402nd Civil Affairs Battalion shows that the U.S. government and military is working hard to assess the needs of the people in Iraq and around the world.
The fundamental need and desire to help is a foundation of staff sergeant Slisz, that is why he joined the army nearly 5 years ago, but what happens when your tour of duty ends? Does that need still get met in the day-to-day civilian life?
How exactly does a solider handle the transition from service life to civilian life? We’ve seen this topic tackled briefly in the Oscar award winner for best film in 2010 The Hurt Locker where film protagonist Sergeant First Class William James, played by Jeremy Renner, has a very difficult time adjusting to civilian life and could not wait to get back to Iraq. In my interview with Staff Sergeant Slisz, we find out how he handled the transition.