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Olde Times are Goode Times

At the request and behest of our esteemed guest, who arrives just too late and right on, we exemplify how the olden times are the besten times, with music from the turn of the Swingin’ Century, slowly evolving as have our petty mindsets. Some political rations and weird subsidies later, you arrive in the Strangeland.

So stick around for the BONUS segment where fellow Revengerist Dr. Tasty reacts to the show and current events, and lo, the Earth mightily trembles.

PLAYLIST
In The Hall Of The Mountain King – Will Bradley-Ray McKinley Band
For Old Times’ Sake – Annette Hanshaw
Ragtime Regiment Band (1913) – Heidelberg Quintet with Billy Murray
Frog Legs Rag (1906) – James Scott
Original Rags (Piano Roll) – Scott Joplin
Hobomoko – John Philip Sousa Band
Pozzo – Frisco Jass Band
Dixie Jass Band One Step – The Original Dixieland Jazz Band
Alexander’s Ragtime Band – Ethel Merman, Al Jolson, Eddie Cantor, Sophie Tucker
Lady Is A Tramp – Sophie Tucker
Changes – Bing Crosby
Paul Whiteman – The Charleston
Everything Is Hotsy Totsy Now – The California Ramblers
Maple Leaf Rag – Bix Beiderbecke
Down South Camp Meeting – Fletcher Henderson
Night And Day – Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grappelli
Making Whoopee – Eddie Cantor
Let’s Misbehave – Irene Bordoni
Anything Goes – Cole Porter
You Do Something to Me – Billy May & The Andrews Sisters
Canned Heat (1947) – Chet Atkins
Jolly Banker – Woody Guthrie
Old Blind Sow, She Stole the Middlins – John W. Summers
Death of J.B. Marcum – Asa Martin
I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive – Hank Williams, Sr.
I’m Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town – Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
Juke Box Boogie Woogie Chick – Snookum Russell
Jumpin At The Jubilee – Big Joe Turner
Finger poppin time – Hank Ballard & the Midnighters
The Stuf Is Here – Cleo Brown
Powerhouse – Spike Jones
Rhapsody In Blue – George Gershwin & Paul Whiteman
Frankie And Jonny – Gene Vincent
My Baby Don’t Love Me No More (1957) – Happy Wainwright & The VI-Counts
Red Hot – Billy Lee Riley
Rink-A-Din-Ki-Do – The Edsels
All Right, Baby – Janis Martin
I’m Getting Sentimental Over You – Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
Runaway – Del Shannon

Stranger in a Strange Land 2012-06-16: Olde Times are Goode Times by The Stranger on Mixcloud

Romney blurted out more of his anti-American anti-government anti-populist anti-worker conservative rhetoric. We already know that he “likes being able to fire people,” wants to privatize formerly public fields so that unregulated industries can sap the life from the Public, and now he’s also aiming at “firemen, policemen, and teachers.”

I’ll just say it. Mitt Romney is soft on crime. He’s anti-education, and pro-fire.

Indiscriminate privatization, and the greedy politics of unfettered selfishness, will bankrupt and destroy this economy, this country, and the American people.

All the more reason to believe that the GOP is doing this on purpose.

Be it ideology or stratagem, the GOP has blocked pro-growth policy and backed job-killing austerity – all while blaming Obama.

“The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” -Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell

Republicans will do anything, including short-circuiting the economy, in order to hurt Obama politically.

Then again, it’s a hard accusation to prove: after all, one person’s economic sabotage is another person’s principled anti-government conservatism.

Republicans have opposed a lion’s share of stimulus measures that once they supported, such as a payroll tax break, unemployment insurance, bargaining against the interests of Americans (or holding their needed public services or national credit rating hostage) to keep tax cuts for the wealthy.

Republicans have made practically no effort to draft comprehensive job creation legislation. Instead, they continue to pursue austerity policies, which reams of historical data suggest harms economic recovery and does little to create jobs.

Meanwhile, a critical document from President Barack Obama’s free trade negotiations with eight Pacific nations was leaked online early Wednesday morning, revealing that the administration intends to bestow radical new political powers upon multinational corporations, contradicting prior promises.

The new leak follows substantial controversy surrounding the secrecy of the talks, in which some members of Congress have complained they are not being given the same access to trade documents that corporate officials receive.

The newly leaked document is one of the most controversial of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact. It addresses a broad sweep of regulations governing international investment and reveals the Obama administration’s advocacy for policies that environmental activists, financial reform advocates and labor unions have long rejected for eroding key protections currently in domestic laws.

But foreign corporations operating within the U.S. would be permitted to appeal key American legal or regulatory rulings to an international tribunal. That international tribunal would be granted the power to overrule American law and impose trade sanctions on the United States for failing to abide by its rulings.

China, of all places, has just released a report on the (lack of) human rights over the past year in the U.S.A. Are we living in an authoritarian society without knowing it? Via China Daily, and they would know!

Whatever the deep reasons for the (Occupy) movement are, the single fact that thousands of protesters were treated in a rude and violent way, with many of them being arrested – the act of willfully trampling on people’ s freedom of assembly, demonstration and speech – could provide a glimpse to the truth of the so-called US freedom and democracy.

While advocating press freedom, the United States in fact imposes fairly strict censoring and control over the press and “press freedom” is just a political tool used to beautify itself and attack other nations. The US Congress failed to pass laws on protecting rights of reporters’ news sources, according to media reports. While forcibly evacuating the Zuccotti Park, the original Occupy Wall Street encampment, the New York police blocked journalists from covering the police actions. They set cordon lines to prevent reporters from getting close to the park and closed airspace to make aerial photography impossible. In addition to using pepper spray against reporters, the police also arrested around 200 journalists, including reporters from NPR and the New York Times

Even the Russians now know our press (non)freedom is a joke:

“They just put handcuffs on me. I tried to tell him that I am a journalist. He pulled out my State Department accreditation and asked whether I have a New York police one. Unfortunately, that one expired,” explained journalist Kirill Belyaninov.

The reporter has been working in the US for the last three years.

“Whatever proof you have – they don’t really care. It’s just business, and your credentials can’t really protect you,” he said.

Sent through a whirlpool -like legal system, the seasoned journalist was treated as a protest participant under arrest. 24 hours behind bars, a quick trial, 600 dollars in fines were his punishment – for doing his job – covering the news of the day. And then there were the two days of community service and six months probation.

It’s just a matter of time before any non-corporate citizen journalist is automatically branded a terrorist. Though we now know that Americans Are as Likely to Be Killed by Their Own Furniture as by Terrorism!

Terrorist attacks killed 17 U.S. civilians last year and 15 the year before.

According to the report, the number of U.S. citizens who died in terrorist attacks increased by two between 2010 and 2011; overall, a comparable number of Americans are crushed to death by their televisions or furniture each year. This is not to diminish the real–albeit shrinking–threat of terrorism, or to minimize the loss and suffering of the 13,000 killed and over 45,000 injured around the world. For Americans, however, it should emphasize that an irrational fear of terrorism is both unwarranted and a poor basis for public policy decisions.

~The Stranger
thestranger@earthling.net

Also, enjoy this BONUS nugget of the Stranger in a Strange Land, guest starring the one-and-hopefully-only Dr. Tasty! The founding members of the Revengerists (Consortium of Stuff) are together again to discuss the minutiae of time distortion, powers, current events, robot apocalypse, world-ending cataclysms, crime-fighting, affinity groups like the Cacophony Society and other subversive underground organizations, and the 10 weirdest urban ecosystems on Earth.

Stranger in a Strange Land 2012-06-16: Revengerize with Dr. Tasty! by The Stranger on Mixcloud

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Millions of Miles From the Earth

Sweet, cool sounds lift us up through the spaceways tonight… meanwhile, do we dare to dream that our freedoms, communities, minds, speech and protests will be progressively championed going forward into the future??

Do we allow our skeptical minds to accept such logical, common sense statements such as “we can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well while a growing number of Americans barely get by, or we can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules” (as anything more than bullshit promises)?

Or will we by conquered by the usual tyranny?

Or will we be conquered by the secret aliens who live in their base on the dark side of the moon?

PLAYLIST
In the Hall of the Mountain King – SRC
Space Intro/Fly Like An Eagle – Steve Miller Band
Light Years – Walt Dickerson and Sun Ra
peace go with you, brother – Gil Scott Heron and Brian Jack
A Possibility [Back Home] – Wanda Robinson
Tales Of Brave Ulysses – Rotary Connection
Beads, Things And Flowers – Humble Souls
Loud Pipes – RATATAT
Switch Up – Pretty Lights
High Lights – RJD2
Wacky Tobacky – NRBQ
Made Of Steam – Dengue Fever
Mr. Clean – The Jam
Mussolini Vs Stalin – Gogol Bordello
Clair De Lune – Tomita
Ambulance For The Ambience – Broken Social Scene
45:33 – LCD Soundsystem
We Tigers – Animal Collective
Too Drunk To Fuck – Nouvelle Vague
Paco de Lucia – Entre Dos Aguas
Pirata De Agua Salata – Macaco
El Evangelio De La Gente Sola – Los Macs
Durme – Brigada Victor Jara
Manha De Carnaval – Louiz Bonfa

Stranger in a Strange Land 2012-01-28: Millions of Miles From Earth by The Stranger on Mixcloud

~The Stranger
thestranger@earthling.net

*DANGER! ADULT LANGUAGE, THEMES, MUSIC, AND POLITICS

The Digital High

2010-07-17

Electromagnetic pulses tickle your neural networks, electronic beats induce you binaurally into a cybernetic trance, and science and technology news hack your biokinetic energy body. Whatever any of that means, the mind is sure to enjoy yourself despite the expansion.

PLAYLIST
Galaxee Trance – In the Hall of the Mountain King  – Mountain King
Sneaker Pimps – Tesko Suicide  – Tesko Suicide
Astral Projection – People Can Fly
Pretty Lights – Switch Up  – Taking Up Your Precious Time
Ratatat – Germany to Germany  – Germany to Germany
Amon Tobin – Nightlife  – Permutation
Incognito – Nights Over Egypt  – Incognito
Jamiroquai – High Times  – High Times
Tin Hat Trio – Width of the World  – Helium
Clogs – Death & the Maiden  – Lantern
Aphex Twin – Lichen
J.G. Thirlwell – In a Spaceage Mood  – The Music of JG Thirlwell
Gorillaz – Stylo  – Plastic Beach
Sarah McLachlan – Dear God… (XTC Remix)  – Bloom
Talamasca – Lestat Sound Development  – Made In Trance
Man or Astro-man? – Muzak For Cybernetics  – Made – Technetium
Kompressor – Skyline  – Crush Television
Emerson, Lake and Palmer – Trilogy
Biot – Outland-Gem  – Psychedelic Chillout
J Dilla – E=MC2 (with Common)  – The Shining
RJD2 – High Lights  – Magnificent City Intrumentals
Dr. Dre – Bar One  – 2001
Mr. Hill – If You Go Away  – The Darkest Hour
Kaaskip – Marijuana  – I-Doser Binaural Beat

Stranger in a Strange Land 2010-07-17: the Digital High by The Stranger on Mixcloud

~The Stranger
thestranger@earthling.net

“may day has been lacking a serious dose of the psychedelic”

The Dark Side

An as-always eclectic selection of mad musical experiments, including the 8-bit version of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. We get a call from Larry who discusses politics, conspiracies, military action, and his reaction to so much chiptune in the night.

Agitation – In the Hall of the Mountain King
Alan Parsons Project – Sirius – Outbound
Stuart Hamm – Moonlight Sonata – Radio Free Albemuth
Rafael Sorol – Mi Nuevo Amor Maquinico – Buddha Bar
Beck – Gameboy/Homeboy (Que’ Onda Guero) [Remix by 8-Bit] – GameBoy Variations (Hell Yes Remix)
Brad Smith 8-Bit Remix Dark Side of the Moon
Clutchy Hopkins – 3:05 – The Life of Clutchy Hopkins
MC Solaar – L’auberge du bouleau blanc – Chapitre 7
DJ Shadow – High Noon – Best of Mo Wax 12′
Attaboy – New World – Buddha Bar II
Gorillaz – Superfast Jellyfish – Plastic Beach
Biz Markie – The Dragon – The Biz Never Sleeps
DJ Q*Bert – Redworm – Wave Twisters: Episode 7 Million: Sonic Wars Within The Protons
Amon Tobin – Straight Psyche – Foley Room
Del Tha Funkee Homosapien – X-Files – Future Development
King Geedorah – Monster Zero – Take Me to Your Leader
DJ Shadow – Sexy Mother Fakir – Bombay 2: Electric Vindaloo
Madvillain – Interlude – Madvillain Remixes: Koushik
De La Soul – Tread Water – 3 Feet High and Rising

Stranger in a Strange Land 2010-04-10: Dark Side by The Stranger on Mixcloud

~The Stranger
thestranger@earthling.net