Hour 2 The states are flexing their sovereign muscles in ways that may be a prelude to some fundamental shifts in how we live and who we answer to . De jure takes a back seat to de facto, if you catch LK’s Latin..
Cell phones and their radiation are a thorn in LK’s side, or more specifically, in the blood/brain barrier within his noggin. And Ted Nugent should stick to Cat Scratch Fever, rather than the dog eat dog world of politics.
From the Grammys to Greece, it’s all about addicts, enablers, and co-dependents. Whitney had entourages that had entourages, but no one with the guts to say “enough”. Greece has a government that’s never governed, and has left the country at the mercy of the Euro-Thugs.
LK scoffs at the antibiotics coursing through his system, and that ain’t all he scoffs at.
I was asked to produce a track for the band 99 Power about the Occupy Movement. Right. Exactly what I wanted to do, since everyone in the free world who has even sniffed a guitar is making Occupy songs. But, this was asked of me by someone near and dear…plus, now he owes me.
Anyway, when I got the rough track of the song, I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t a folksy whiner. The band even suggested I make it rock and roll! “Yahoo,” said me. Well, the thing came out tough, and angry, and gutsy. The band even managed to lyrically deliver the much maligned point of the Occupiers, demanding to know:
“WHO DO YOU THINK YOU’RE FOOLIN’?”
Very cool, and maybe 99 Power have given the Movement an anthem.
Here are the video, the music track, and the lyrics:
Note from Cheyenne Picardo, the video editor: “My gratitude goes out to all of the protestors, artists, animators, documentarians, and other people who have created the content from which this piece is derived. In making this piece, I tried to pay respectful homage to the global video conversation that is so effectively saturating the Internet. Please feel free to post links to your work in their entirety in the comments section. We’re all in this together. Thank you!”
LK notes that the floods in Thailand affect the prices you pay for computers and cell phones, and the Greek debt crisis affects how much you pay for spaghetti, yes, spaghetti. Cops in North Carolina have to ask for gas money like they’re reckless teenagers. And we have to cut much needed defense spending because we spent our defense dollars so poorly.
Aside from the above, everything’s hunky-dory. Dr. John brings one of the true good guys to our attention, and caller Dorothy from Brooklyn can run the country way better than any of the current candidates from either side of the aisle.
LK sticks his head in the bucket of muck called “the news”, so you don’t have to if you don’t choose to, and he loses his mind so you have the option of keeping yours.
The MLK memorial, an ex-con working at Mickey D’s who’s either the con man or the victim, the traveling sideshow of Republican candidates, and Holder’s haplessness are all on the docket, and then some.
LK is acutely aware that the citizens of the United State of America are on pins and needles. The economy sucks, lives, limbs, and dollars are being lost overseas, and our leaders are deaf, blind, and very very dumb.
There was an article today which I’ve been waiting for. It deals with the increase of depression among men due to the recession. I say I have been waiting for it because besides all the other effects this recession has had on us, the psychological aspect has not been dealt with at any great length. Now, finally, a study has been published in the British Journal of Psychiatry suggesting that due to the changing gender roles, men are at an increasingly higher risk of developing depression.
The complaints seem to be focused around marital conflict and employment, which makes sense. Stress about finances can put some heavy pressure on even the best of marriages. Couple that with feelings of guilt for not pulling your weight, and hypersensitivity to even the most innocent statement made by the wife, and let the head banging begin.
But this study has gone further than simple stress. The indicators are that men – who held 75% of manufacturing and labor-intensive jobs are being forced into what, for better or worse, has long been considered a woman’s role, and adapting to this role is for some very difficult and even depressing.
Now, since we guys have been led to believe that depression is a weakness, and that we should be able to simply snap out of it, I am thrilled about this new study and hope that more attention will be paid to this problem. Finding out that we are not alone, makes it a lot easier to ‘fess up about our misery. Kind of like hearing that a pro athlete has come forward about his depression. You can almost hear the male half of the Universe sigh in relief.
Besides getting proper treatment, there is one major thing I suggest we all take a look at. You see, many of us have trouble defining ourselves. We confuse what we do with who we are. It is the being in the world vs. being of the world conflict found in teachings from Jesus to the Buddha to the existentialist psychologist, Rollo May. I am a doctor. No. I am a man. I may work as a doctor, but that is not what I am. So you can see how easy it is to lose one’s identity if we lock that identity to something tangible, and therefore impermanent. For many of us, it is a classic mistake, fostered by the puritanical belief that our value is measured by our success or failure IN THE WORLD.
My advice – cut yourselves a break, men. Embrace your position as neither masculine nor feminine, but as you. The you who used to bang sheet metal is the exact you who is changing diapers. Take the same pride, energy, and happiness and use it to simply be a better you, despite what you are doing in the world, since, as we all have come to realize – the world is ever changing.
LK takes Bobby Jindal and Christopher Dodd to task for shamelessly abusing loopholes in the system for their personal gain, and delivers a brilliant piece, written by the AWOL Dr. John, on unemployment and it’s psychological effects on the family. Hollywood David Bernstein weighs in on why America focuses too much on the messenger and not enough on the message.