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TO THE FUTURE!

We’ll glean some idea of what futurists and musicians predict in relation to environmentalism, race, science, the cyber war, protest movements, politicians and even sexy space lounging as we attach either our stylin’ headphones and/or augmented reality time goggles, and dream of tomorrow!

All that and robot dinosaurs, on this week’s Stranger in a Strange Land!

PLAYLIST
In The Hall Of The Mountain King (Terramix) – terraon
I, Robot – Alan Parsons Project
Future M B End-Gem – Shiva Chandra
Future Legend/Space Oddity – David Bowie
Forecast Fascist Future – Of Montreal
Here & Now – RjD2
Future Shock – Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions
I Can See The Future (Ski’s Main Mix) – Incognito
Dark Future – Cyrus (Random Trio)
tomorrow comes today – Gorillaz
The Future, Wouldn’t That Be Nice? – The Books
Tomorrow Never Knows – Daniel Johnston
Strange – Built to Spill
Tomorrow – Thievery Corporation
Riding to Work in the Year 2025 (Your Invisible Now) – The Flaming Lips
In a Future Age – Wilco
Cyborg Control – Man Or Astroman
Someday – The Joe Beats Conspiracy
Bionic Kahaan – DJ Shadow Djmedjyou
We Are the Future – Non Phixion
Voyager – Zombectro
A Better Tomorrow – Automator
Post-Apocalyptic Rap Blues – Busdriver
Future – Sun Ra
In the Year 2525 – Zager & Evans
The Future Belongs To The Children – Gandalf The Grey
Tomorrow’s Gonna Be A Brighter – Jim Croce
In A Spaceage Mood – JG Thirlwell
Tales of the Future – Vangelis

Stranger in a Strange Land 2012-02-24: TO THE FUTURE! by The Stranger on Mixcloud

A bunch of rich white males just decide every day a bunch of things for the rest of us.

These reactionary right-wing corporatist dudes want to fight against the future, but who will save it? Does it even need saving? Already the future is happening all around us! Synthetic organs and bones being printed, and the first robot-human handshake has occurred in space! Futurists have predicted this, technology nuts have written on the subject, dark prophecies have been foretold, time travelers have secretly brought us back information, and social protest movements are coordinating and organizing with the speed of free electrons!

The Old World Order has been consistently on the wrong side of history in regards to immigration and discrimination, the devious threats of economic inequity, rising food costs, basic services, civil liberties, civil rights, constitutionality and privacy. Zealots with myopic bigotry (and a tendency to project) finding any excuse to marginalize or persecute gays, muslims, minorities, the poor, and women, even fighting to ban contraception based on their own ridiculously specific religious viewpoints. Technologically and scientifically, the archaic policy-makers are dead in the water, feeling victimized in the wake of internet protest because they’d rather see things go back to the way they used to, or else use those systems against their “lessers” instead. Shrugging the very real field of climate science with very real conspiracy and very false rhetoric while exhausting our fossil fuels in an intense refusal to change with the times, entitling themselves to their own set of facts on evolution and science, revisioning American history with Orwellian language and Fox News, they want to go back to the days of feudal Lords keeping worker serfs, or perhaps even the days of slavery (with the rise of the private prison system and the return of debtor’s prisons). It is a tiered system protecting those at the top, the politicians, the military, the media, the rich, and mostly the super-rich defining the ‘status quo’.

But things are changing… as the future inevitably holds a collision course with entropy.

Because though there are those who would try to own the present, the future belongs to all of us, this diverse range of genetic variance and political ideology, hurtling through space and time at a rate of sixty seconds per minute.

~The Stranger
thestranger@earthling.net

Thinking about tomorrow, but of course it isn’t tomorrow if you haven’t slept yet…

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Progger (Prog Rock + Prog Politics)

With so much trouble in the USA, I’ll need some complex and conceptual instrumentation to help my concentration in relation to the the shifting paradigms and persecutions perpetrated by the status quo!

With Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) holding hearings on contraception and religious freedom that produced the now-famous picture of a table full of men called to weigh in on access to contraceptives, barring women from testifying like a strict theocratic state in the Middle East!

With police arresting the victim of wrongful foreclosure simply for demanding a place to live for his family!

With our elected officials answering to the wealthy instead of the rest of us, or better, all of us equally, their priorities shift dramatically, often against the American people!

With cyberwar hype fuelling a cybersecurity-industrial complex! With private corporations pushing for stricter criminal penalties for smaller crimes to fill the coffers of their prison-industrial complex!

Angry political ranting, longform chaotic musical experimentation, space-time exploration, and run-on sentences abound in this very progressive episode of the Stranger in a Strange Land!

PLAYLIST
In the Hall of the Mountain King – Electric Light Orchestra
Departure/Ride My See-Saw – Moody Blues
Stagnation – Genesis
Dharma for one – Jethro Tull
The Idiot Bastard Son – Jean-Luc Ponty
Myopic Void – Captain Beyond
No Good Trying – Syd Barrett
Cops & Robbers – Wild Man Fischer
A Story of Mysterious Forest – Ain Soph
Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-IX) – Pink Floyd
Stoned Guitar – Human Instinct
South Side Of The Sky – Yes
Alucard – Gentle Giant
2112 – Rush
Promenade – Tomita
From the Beginning – Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Epitaph – King Crimson

Stranger in a Strange Land 2012-02-18: Progger by The Stranger on Mixcloud

Though you may hear progressive chants on anything from income equality to prisoners, racist police brutality to corporate fraud, bought-out politicians subverting our democracy or people getting kicked out of their homes or nonviolent small-case drug offenses leading to convictions or student loan justice… the message is clear. We don’t want non-elected and/or bought power-mongers controlling us and corrupting every inch of our once-free and once-great nation of laws and justice.

We need to be wary of all kinds of things that will lead us into a totalitarian dictatorship, or the patriarchal oligarchy that enslaves us to the fanatical right-wing beliefs of a select few. Did the people of Weimar Germany know what would be coming a few decades later? And before you accuse me of unfairly applying Godwin’s Law, I’ll also use France as an example. Did the violent revolutionaries overthrowing the rich monarchs know that a militant megalomaniac would conquer much of the world in a few years’ time? I’m not invoking nazis to compare any modern group to them, (that would make me Glenn Beck) just as an example that we are NOT on some liberal march as a species to a better tomorrow. While awareness of human rights has been relatively progressive overall, heinous acts still take place not only in third-world nations but in every nation in the world, and if history is any indicator, a great period of civil liberty can be followed by evil Emperors or cruel tyranny.

~The Stranger
thestranger@earthling.net

Because “progressive” in this day and age, just means trying to keep us from going backwards.