Alberto Gonzales spoke before law students at Georgetown [University] today, justifying illegal, unauthorized surveilance of US citizens, but during the course of his speech the students in class did something pretty ballsy and brave. They got up from their seats and turned their backs to him.
The pic above has really cheered me up. There’s the Attorney General, spouting some bullshit in an attempt to justify the illegal surveillance of American citizens. And there are some future lawyers shunning him.
Think of the courage that kind of protest takes in the US right now, a country that is rapidly approaching the old Soviet Union in terms of state repression, media toothlessness and a never-ending war against “the enemy.” Just take any old Soviet speech and replace “capitalists” with “terrorists” and you’ve got the gist of it.
What if you want freedom? Freedom of speech, movement, to not be spied on by your own government? What if you want liberty? Well, hell, are you a terrorist? Only a terrorist or a terrorist sympathiser would dare question the almighty government. In fact, you no longer have a right to question. Anything you say will be held against you and presumably added to some NSA file. Imagine the old KGB with the technology that the modern US agencies have access to…
So, that’s why I salute these students. In making their protests, they’ve been photographed, it’ll be on their records. They’ll probably be investigated / wiretapped. It will certainly affect their future employment opportunities. They knew all this before they decided to make a stand. And yet they decided the future of their country was more important than their own personal status. Would you do the same?
The best new track tonight was ‘All For U’ by Aceyalone and RJD2. It’s from the forthcoming stunna, ‘Magnificent City.’ I’d normally stick a load of links in here to various related sites but I can’t find one goddamned site that isn’t hobbled by the CANCER OF THE WEB KNOWN AS FLASH. GAAAAH!
Anyway, even if their websites are all rubbish, their music is ace. ‘All For U’ pops with a head-nodding beat and Acey’s as on form as ever. Real lyrics, lyrics you can connect to and that actually try to draw you in. Get your pre-orders in for the album now, it’s due out on Feb 7th.
The best old track was by the geezer above, John Foxx. ‘Underpass’ is a cracking lump of Blitz Kid synthpop, taken from the seminal album ‘Metamatic.’ If you see any electroponces around nowadays with silly hair pretending to be robots, they owe a lot of it to John Foxx. Who ripped it all off Kraftwerk, naturally. 😀
Tonight, you heard:
The Human Value – Kill Pangs
To Rococo Rot – Bologna
Royce Da 5’9 & Mc Jean Gab’1 – Internationally Known
Various Artists – The Lancaster Orchestra – Bad Horse
Jackal & Hyde – Dark Star
Fugazi – Exit Only
Why? – Speech Bubbles
The Hartmans – Indiependent
Karneige – Dusted
Victor Scott – Chimp Farm
Goldspot – Rewind
Serguei Iwanikov – Let Me
Boo Radleys – Lazarus
Aceyalone And Rjd2 – All For U
The Joggers – Ziggurat Traffic
Dynarec – Handjob
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Oregon Girl
Gang Starr – Code Of The Streets
Komeda – It’s Alright, Baby
Clorox Girls – Pop Codeine
Digitalism – Zdarlight
Actarus – Hundekeks
Love Is All – Aging Had Never Been His Friend
Illuminous 3 – Paper Chase
John Foxx – Underpass
Broken Social Scene – Major Label Debut (Fast)
Electric President – Insomnia
Mission Of Burma – Dirt
Youth Of Today – Thinking Straight
Edan – Promised Land
Pendle Coven – R.E.S.P.E.C.T.
Teenage Fanclub – Cells
Shellac – Canada
Perceptionists – Black Dialogue
Sage Francis – Gunz Yo
IAM – La Saga
Suburban Kids With Biblical Names – Parakit
Tokyo Eye – Tori Spelling Wears Me Out
Mccarthy – Write To Your Mp Today
Bearsuit – Chargr
Huggy Bear – Herjazz
Mikkel Metal – Align
Man Or Astro Man- – Green-Blooded Love
Half Man Half Biscuit – Four Skinny Indie Kids
Yo La Tengo – Speeding Motorcycle