Thursday, August 28, 2014

This is what happens when you sell crap for twenty years.

Billboard charts headline: Album sales hit new low.

As streaming gathers momentum, the U.S. music industry keeps breaking sales milestones -- the wrong kind.
 
This week's 3.97-million album sales tally is the smallest weekly sum for album sales since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991. It's also the first time weekly sales have fallen below four million in that time span.

Streaming. Sure. Keep on believing its the streaming, Hollywood.

Couldn't be the fact that all mass market albums have ONE decent song on them, could it?
Couldn't be the fact that all mass-market songs sound -exactly- like Britney Spears singing "Baby One More Time" waaaaay back in 1999, could it?
Couldn't be the fact that all mass-market listeners would be hard pressed to name one "break out" artist from the last five years, could it?
Couldn't be the fact that the only stuff you can hear out there that's even faintly innovative is Techno and Trance? Which is all sold online?
Couldn't be the fact that "new" pop songs are written by software and sung by teens who have been coached practically since they were toddlers to sing like Britney?

Naw! Couldn't be that!

Compare latest 2014 pop-ette Ariana Grande with 90's Britney Spears or Christina Agulera, there's no difference. Its been 15 years. They're still milking that same cow. You want to hear something outside that stripper-mode rut, you have to scour the internet for people releasing stuff they made in the basement direct to the web.

Last two songs I bought? "Knight Time" by Don Diablo and "Tsuki No Koibumi" by C418 and Lara Shigihara. Last album I bought after a -really- long drought, "The Princess" by Parov Stelar. That's so far out of the mainstream I can't even see the shore from here. Radio stations I listen to: Electric Area and BPM on Sirius. That's it.


With any luck these freakin' dinosaurs will go out of business and some proper music will get made.

The Phantom

Toldja: DOT proposes mandate that cars broadcast speed, direction and location.


Yes, Big Brother is tired of letting y'all drive where you want, when you want.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, part of the Department of Transportation, published last week an "advanced notice of proposed rulemaking" on "vehicle-to-vehicle communications."

What NHTSA is proposing could begin a transformation in the American transportation system that makes our lives better and freer — or gives government more power over where we go and when.

In announcing its proposed rulemaking, NHTSA is stressing its intention to protect the "privacy" of American drivers.

Its for the children, y'know.

 The agency has published a "Preliminary Statement of Policy Concerning Automated Vehicles." This statement describes V2V as part of a "continuum" leading to fully automated vehicles.

"Accordingly, three distinct but related streams of technological change and development are occurring simultaneously: (1) in-vehicle crash avoidance systems that provide warnings and/or limited automated control of safety functions; (2) V2V communications that support various crash avoidance applications; and (3) self-driving vehicles," said NHTSA's statement of policy.

"NHTSA finds that it is helpful to think of these emerging technologies as part of a continuum of vehicle control automation," said the policy statement. "The continuum, discussed below, runs from vehicles with no active control systems all the way to full automation and self-driving.

Because you are too stupid to be let out with a car that Big Brother can't control for you when you inevitably screw it up.
Leftist dream car. Takes you where they want you to go.
These are not tea leaves, this is more of a neon sign. This is coming. Plan accordingly.

The Phantom

Saturday, August 23, 2014

What Big Brother actually uses those surveilance databases for.

Picking up chicks.

The reporting officer alleged that both Ruiz and Glashoff found women's profiles had been browsing women on dating websites like Tinder, eHarmony, and Match.com while working at the investigations bureau office of the Fairfield Police Department.

"Downtime during their breaks or whatever, that's their own thing. But not on the clock," said another Fairfield resident.

Court documents allege the officers then used a police-issued computer to look up the women they found appealing in a confidential law enforcement database that connects to the DMV and state and federal records.


That's just some local cops. Now imagine what the NSA is like. They can surf Lady Gaga's personal email at will.

The Phantom

I finally comment on Ferguson MO.

Two weeks of rioting and The Phantom has nothing to say? Well yeah, because I didn't know what was actually happening and had nothing of import to add.

Well, now we do know what happened. Fundraising for the cop has surpassed fundraising for the "victim"/perp whoi was shot.

A crowdfunding page created for Darren Wilson raised $235,010 from 5,902 people before organizers stopped accepting donations Friday after reaching their goal in four days.

"We stand behind Officer Darren Wilson and his family during this trying time in their lives," the page on the gofundme site said. "All proceeds will be sent directly to Darren Wilson and his family for any financial needs they may have including legal fees."

Incidentally, most of the "protesters" arrested were from out of town and even out of state.

From the article, this pretty much covers the whole media blitz on this thing.

On the streets of Ferguson, a collective anger that exploded into almost two weeks of protests and riots gave way to a more tranquil environment.

They're still trying to sell that model, but its got nothing to do with what happened.  Collective anger did not explode. Some ratbags saw an opportunity to loot some stores, and they pushed it to the limit.

The Phantom

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The -real- problem on the Texas border.

According to the AP, the real problem is damn white people with guns.

The presence of armed militia members working on their own in a region known for human smuggling, drug smuggling and illegal immigration has added one more variable to an already complex and tense situation.

Although the Aug. 6 incident in Mission resulted in no harm, it's not hard to imagine deadlier outcomes throughout the Rio Grande Valley, a wide area patrolled by more than 3,000 border agents, as well as hundreds of state troopers, game wardens, deputies and local police officers. Gov. Rick Perry is also sending as many as 1,000 National Guard troops.

What happened on August 6th, you ask?

On a recent moonlit night, Border Patrol agents began rounding up eight immigrants hiding in and around a canal near the Rio Grande. A state trooper soon arrived to help. Then out of the darkness emerged seven more armed men in fatigues.

Agents assumed the camouflaged crew that joined in pulling the immigrants from the canal's milky green waters was a tactical unit from the Texas Department of Public Safety. Only later did they learn that the men belonged to the Texas Militia, a group that dresses like a SWAT team and carries weapons but has no law-enforcement training or authority of any kind.


Yes friends, those idiot militia rednecks had the poor judgement to show up and help out the Border Patrol without proper ID and authorization.

Dear AP, please go f- yourselves.

The Phantom

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Hard evidence of what we suspected: We don't affect public policy.

So my friends, is it still a free country if law makers pay ZERO attention to the population?

A startling new political science study concludes that corporate interests and mega wealthy individuals control U.S. policy to such a degree that "the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy."
The startling study, titled "Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens," is slated to appear in an upcoming issue of Perspectives on Politics and was authored by Princeton University Professor Martin Gilens and Northwestern University Professor Benjamin Page. An early draft can be found here.


Just off the cuff, I'd have to say no, it ain't. They take half your money and you have zero input on where it goes, that's a kingdom not a democracy.

What was the Revolution of 1776 about? "No taxation without representation!"

The Phantom

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

"Battle cry of the white man." What Dems think of Americans.

The DemocRats in the Media Party want to make all this immigration stuff be about Race Hate!!!!  Dana Milbank says:

Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama, a Republican immigration hard-liner and part of what the Wall Street Journal just branded "the GOP's Deportation Caucus," was giving his retort to the paper's pro-business editorialists on Laura Ingraham's radio show Monday: "They need to be patriots, and they need to think about America first," Brooks said.

So? Wait, you mean that's a -bad- thing he said?

America First? How 1940! The congressman went on to condemn those who say the Republican position on immigration is dooming the party by alienating Latinos.

"This is a part of the war on whites that's being launched by the Democratic Party," Brooks said. "And the way in which they're launching this war is by claiming that whites hate everybody else. It's a part of the strategy that Barack Obama implemented in 2008, continued in 2012, where he divides us all on race, on sex, greed, envy, class warfare."

It was the battle cry of the white man, particularly the Southern white man, who is feeling besieged. I don't share the fear, but I understand it. The United States is experiencing a rapid decoupling of race and nationality: Whiteness has less and less to do with being American.


Oh, I get it. In the Demoverse the only possible reason anyone could object to letting just anybody immigrate ILLEGALLY into the USA, bearing all manner of nasty diseases with them I might add, is that the person objecting is a RAAAAAACIST!!!!

Because what the USA is currently experiencing is not a "rapid decoupling of race and nationality". Its not a "surge in immigration. Its not even a "refugee crisis" as some DemocRat operatives have tried to name it.

What the USA is experiencing is a President who proclaimed his southern border open to the entire world. A President who ordered the Border Patrol to stop arresting people for crossing at places other than a proper border access point. A President who has said he will unilaterally declare an amnesty for every illegal who is in the USA in September. Or maybe October, he was kinda vague about the actual date. Despite anything the Congress or the Senate might have to say about it.

And if you dare say anything about it, you're a RAAAAACIST!!!!!!

Man, I hope Dana Milbank gets a front row seat if white people actually do start getting scared and pissed off about this. DemocRats are not going to like it if they manage to really and truly make this about race. It will not go in their favor.

The Phantom

The "Tiny House Movement". Otherwise known as "Poverty".

Yep, more "Tiny House" propaganda. Makes me wanna barf.

Once upon a time an American family's home was their castle and the bigger the better, but growing concerns about meeting mortgage payments and the environmental impact of large houses has helped fuel a new movement of people who are happy to live small.
The Tiny House Movement is a growing group of people who are happy to downsize the space that they live in and enjoy simplified lives as a result.
While the average American home is around 2600 square feet, the typical small or tiny house is around 100-400 square feet.

Hey hipsters. Its not a tiny house. its a TRAILER. Its not a tiny house community. Its a TRAILER PARK. You are not "right sizing". You are POOR.

Words mean things. Stop your damn lying.

The Phantom

Update: Welcome Small Dead Animals and flying monkeys! :)

Friday, August 01, 2014

Looks like I'm not the only one thinking plague.

New York City rolls out the largest surprise public health drill ever.

The New York City Department of Health will be conducting a massive emergency preparedness drill at 30 facilities across the city on Friday.

They are testing the delivery of emergency medications in the event of a biological attack, such as anthrax, or other large-scale public health emergency in the city. The majority of the deliveries will take place to public school buildings.

It's the largest surprise drill in the city's history. The drill was scheduled to take place from approximately 6:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The majority of participants were given no notice to better test and simulate a real emergency and response.

At least the NYC Powers That Be are THINKING about it.

Sad that I don't find that more reassuring.

The Phantom

Palestinians behaving badly. UN's fault?

Well, they are behaving badly. Attacks under a flag of truce are generally considered to fall under the term "treachery".

Just 90 minutes into the "humanitarian" "ceasefire"  Hamas emerged from a terror tunnel, detonated a suicide bomb and took one Jew hostage back through the tunnel.

That's pretty much a textbook definition of treachery. From the Intertubes we get:

synonyms:betrayal, disloyalty, faithlessness, unfaithfulness, infidelity, breach of trust, duplicity, dirty tricks, deceit, deception, chicanery, stab in the back, backstabbing, double-dealing, untrustworthiness;

From the Jerusalem Post we get more detail:

A Hamas attack on IDF soldiers in southern Gaza, which occurred an hour and a half after the start of a humanitarian truce, ended with the suspected kidnapping of a soldier, the IDF said Friday.

Second Lt. Hadar Goldin, a 23-year-old Givati officer from Kfar Saba, was named as the IDF soldier presumed to be abducted by Hamas. His family has been notified.

Two other soldiers were killed during the incident. Their families have been notified.

Terrorists emerged from a tunnel shaft, and a suicide bomber detonated himself in the vicinity of soldiers. Heavy exchanges of fire ensued, before one of the IDF soldiers was kidnapped, a senior army source said.

The IDF said the incident occurred at 9:30 a.m., but a spokesman for Hamas's military wing claimed the terrorists came out of the tunnel and took part in the ensuing gunfight at 7:00 a.m.

So, all you brave Leftists out there, "transgressing against bourgeois values" with your Hamas flags and your Arab head scarves, just be aware of what exactly it is you are supporting. You are the KKK skinhead with the swastika tattoo on your forehead, showing up at the Holocaust Memorial.

Yeah, its tacky.

As to the UN, we have this bit from the Gateway Pundit's link above:

Some of the terror tunnels are almost 2 miles long and cost upwards of $1 Million each to construct. Some of that construction money comes from American tax payers. Some of those tunnels were built with entrances INSIDE United Nations buildings, ostensibly with tacit UN approval.

We also know that the tunnels run from mosques. Think murder hole dug from your local Baptist church to the nearby shopping mall, that's what we're talking about here.

We also know that not one, not two but THREE stashes of highly explosive rockets have been found in UN-funded schools. You know, where kids go every day to learn how to read. These are not proper rockets made in a nice proper Soviet factory by the way. These are pieces of cobbled-up drain pipe and irrigation tubing tinkered together with home-made explosives and propellants by Mustapha the One Eyed Bomb Maker in his basement. They tend toward unpredictability, shall we say.

We also know that Hamas headquarters is the local hospital where Western reporters are shown all sorts of wounded children.

Here's what the UN said:

Navi Pillay, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, told reporters in Geneva that Hamas was hiding rockets in schools and hospitals and launching them from areas where civilians live. Israel, she said, has attacked civilian structures including homes, hospitals, schools and U.N. facilities.

"None of this appears to me to be accidental," said Pillay, referring to Israel. "They appear to be defying — a deliberate defiance of — obligations that international law imposes on Israel."

She also criticized the United States for providing significant financial assistance for Israel's Iron Dome missile-defense system while offering "no such protection" to shield Gazans against shelling and airstrikes.


This by the way is buried 'waaaaay down at the bottom of the Washington Post article. The UN spokesbabe admits Hamas is hiding munitions in and firing them from schools, hospitals and UN buildings, then condemns Israel for attacking... schools, hospitals and UN buildings.

I conclude that if it wasn't for the UN, there wouldn't even be any Middle East unrest. Much less war.

The Phantom

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

That didn't take long. Immigrant facility locked down for outbreak of chicken pox.

Sucks to be right sometimes.

The federal government's new facility to house illegal immigrant families surging across the border has been put on lockdown because of chicken pox, with no immigrants allowed to be transferred in or out, a congressman said this week.

Hundreds of illegal immigrants being kept at the campus of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, New Mexico, are being treated for and vaccinated against chicken pox after an outbreak, said Rep. Steve Pearce, the Republican congressman whose district includes Artesia.

"As the FLETC facility reaches maximum capacity, I am increasingly concerned for the health and safety of the women and children at FLETC and for the local community. The virus, that has caused two residents to be put in isolation, has halted all departures," Mr. Pearce said.

So, chicken pox, no big deal right? Unless you haven't been vaccinated and catch it as an adult. Then it'll kick your ass.

Now imagine plague, as I've been saying. It could -easily- happen. Fleas are equal opportunity germ spreaders.

Or Ebola.

Nigeria felt a chill from the hot zone when a 40-year-old man collapsed and died from the dread Ebola virus after flying there from Liberia.

That hot zone chill now reaches America, with word that the same man was scheduled to fly to Minneapolis in time for an August 16 party celebrating the birthdays of two of his three young daughters.

Patrick Sawyer was a naturalized U.S. citizen who worked for the Finance Ministry of his native Liberia and returned home to his wife and children in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, whenever he could. He almost certainly would have boarded that flight to Minneapolis had he remained at least outwardly healthy enough not to exhibit symptoms.


That could easily happen too. Guy hops a flight to Mexico, infects some fellow Death Train travelers before he falls off someplace, they make it through the desert to a nice Federal Processing Facility/concentration camp and spread it to a couple hundred people as they get processed, they start feeling a bit poorly as they ride a public train to a new city...

That's all accidental. That's just because you've got huge numbers of Third World people crushed into close confines to swap infections.

Now imagine what somebody with half a clue could do deliberately. The USA does have enemies in the world, and some of them aren't too particular who they kill.

Now call your Congressman's office and melt his phone, True Believers.

By the way, the above nightmare scenarios will suck less than the long term effects of drug resistant Tuberculosis on the US populace. Just so ya know what you're dealing with.

The Phantom