Music, culture and why you’re an idiot if you think you can quit your day job to be a rock star these days
It’s not like quitting your day job to be a rock star was ever a safe bet or a good idea for hardly anyone, but in the 21st century, it’s damn near impossible unless you’re already established or the impossibly and stupidly lucky few like Justin Bieber who sell their souls to make not music, but rhythmic Big Mac products. The problem is not that music sucks these days, it’s just the opposite… there’s some absolutely brilliant music and art out there, probably more than ever, and that’s the problem. There’s so much of it with no end in sight, and the costs of creating, producing and distributing music are so low, it’s created a gloated and bloated market where if you don’t give your art away for free, there’s thousands that will.
The secret memo that unveils the truth about American banks’ involvement in purposely crashing the world economy
Even though the US seems to be recovering from its near financial implosion in 2008, many other countries around the world have suffered complete collapses of their banking systems, currency and financial institutions. Each country and each region has its own story, but at the heart of it all seems to be a US banking conspiracy hell bent on not just banking deregulation in the US, but across the globe.
Right now across the country, McDonald’s employees are protesting low wages and McDonald’s shitty “just get a second job” attitude. But if McDonald’s raised its wages to $15/hr as many are demanding, how would that affect the price of food? As it turns out, your Big Mac would only cost $0.68 more and everything on the Dollar Menu would cost 17 cents more. I think we as a people can deal.
The governor of Michigan and the mayor of Detroit both agree it’s a last ditch effort, but with the city in decay and tens of billions of dollars in debt, the city is now under the control of an unelected emergency financial manager, whose decisions override any by the elected mayor or city council. Yes, in order for Detroit to survive at all, it’s now being run by a lawyer-czar. But it could be Detroit’s last hope.
Since the financial meltdown of 2008, banks now have been incentivized to become even bigger, knowing that the larger they are and the more they have their tentacles into every tiny aspect of everyone’s lives, the more they fall into the “too big to fail” category, making them immune from prosecution and ensuring a steady stream of government subsidies to keep them profitable and healthy.
After years of out of control hyperinflation, at the end of last month, the nation of Zimbabwe announced it only had $217 to its name. By this point, what with salaries and normal expenditures, that’s probably more like negative a billion Zimbabwe dollars.
Even though the US government has tried and tried for decades to get people to accept a $1 coin, it’s never caught on. But the Government Accountability Office (GAO) says that by permanently replacing the paper dollar with a coin, the government could save $4.4 billion over 30 years.
Almost every nation on Earth measures itself and against each other by wealth and by gross domestic product (GDP). Except for Bhutan. The tiny Himalayan hamlet only opened its borders in 1970 and in 1971, the Buddhist nation started a system where it measures its own success not by dollars in the bank, but by the smiles on people’s faces. As goofy as that may seem, it’s a program that has done wonders for the country, and now the UN wants to try and duplicate the model around the world where possible.