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I know I’ve been in hiding from social media lately – working hard on building my company.
I’ve been doing a lot of writing lately on the inCompass blog. Check out what I’ve been rambling about this week:
- It’s Officially Science: Facebook Sucks
- BYI + SHFL = BaffleMaster
- How Second Screens Give an Audience Ownership
- You Won’t Believe the Price Tag on Privacy
- Facebook’s New Promotions Policy Is Business Friendly (If the Business Is Facebook)
I’m going to be writing a lot more in the coming weeks and months, and I’m going to be turning a lot of sacred cows into hamburger. Be sure to follow @inCompassDM on Twitter to always see my latest rants first.
I’ve been mixing deep house, tech house and techno with progressive, electro and trance records for the past year, and now I’ve finally taken the full on plunge into the deep end with my newest mix.
Wasted Moments is 2 hours of more laid back, chilled out, 4 pm or 4 am sounds with the same rock & roll flourishes, rave nostalgia and seamless, long-form harmonic mixing you’ve come to expect from me.
Stream it on Mixcloud or download Wasted Moments.
Robert Babicz – “Time Shift”
Rudimental – “Right Here” (Hot Since ’82 Mix)
Rodriguez Jr. – “Satellite”
J. Wiltshire – “Closer”
Dusky – What I Never Knew
Ray Foxx – Boom Boom (Heartbeat) (Sami Wentz Dub)
David Penn – I Get High
Coat of Arms feat. Ria Morgan – Mesmerized (Darius Syrossian Remix)
Kreiss & GFP – State For A Track (Uner Remix)
Ferdinand Dreyssig, Marvin Hey – “Coeur de la Nuit”
Geller & SPQH – “Flyleaf”
Supacooks – “Anthill” (Giom Remix)
INXS – “Mediate” (Maceo Plex Remix)
Walker & Royce – A Perfect Sound
Rena – Totem
Omar Silba, Izkal V – “Spiritum”
Guy J & Henry Saiz – “Meridian” (Pryda Remix)
Dosem – “Avanta”
Filterheadz – “The Game”
Christian Smith – “Thrust”
Phon.o – “Schn33″
Andre Sobota – “Found”
Mirror People – “Kaleidoscope” (Psychemagik Remix)
Acid District – “Depends”
Superskank – “Good Time” (Oliver Giacomotto Remix)
Nicole Moudaber – “Brooklyn Hangover”
Hobo – “Incise”
Yooj & Steve Huerta – “Make Me Bad” (Darius Syrossian Remix)
Heartik – “Rain Is Done”
Wamdue Project – “King Of My Castle” (Crazibiza Remix)
So after being conspicuously absent and silent in the past week, we finally got an NRA statement on the Sandy Hook massacre. And it is so ludicrous, so tone deaf, so waist-high-batshit insane, that I was incredulous.
Then I realized, it’s brilliant – and the outraged reaction the NRA incited today was a feature, not a bug. The NRA is trolling us all, and brilliantly so.
The NRA isn’t just playing the victim here, they’re playing the aggrieved, outraged victim. Their use of five exclamation points in the statement is meant to convey anger. Rage that the NRA and its 4 million responsible gun-toting red-blooded American members were being scapegoated. And what’s the real problem?
Fictional characters with make-believe guns.
No, really. That’s what they said.
And here’s another dirty little truth that the media try their best to conceal: There exists in this country a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells, and sows, violence against its own people.
Through vicious, violent video games with names like Bulletstorm, Grand Theft Auto, Mortal Kombat and Splatterhouse. And here’s one: it’s called Kindergarten Killers. It’s been online for 10 years. How come my research department could find it and all of yours either couldn’t or didn’t want anyone to know you had found it?
Then there’s the blood-soaked slasher films like “American Psycho” and “Natural Born Killers” that are aired like propaganda loops on “Splatterdays” and every day, and a thousand music videos that portray life as a joke and murder as a way of life. And then they have the nerve to call it “entertainment.”
It’s so outrageous, so egregious, that not only does the NRA vehemently deny with flat earth certainty any connection whatsoever between anything having to do with guns and the second-worst mass shooting in American history, but that they use such a clichéd and ridiculous cop-out as to blame video games and movies. I’m glad at least we’ve moved past blaming Elvis for all society’s ills. The NRA’s solution, predictably, is more guns. Specifically, a Federal mandate for guns in schools. As absurd as the idea is on its face, consider that Columbine had an armed guard on duty.
The NRA’s defiant, defensive screed to the Newtown, CT shooting has spurred a predictably justifiable outrage among pretty much everybody with ears. But the NRA knows how offensive its statement is. This reaction is actually what the NRA wants. Because that press conference today, that statement – it wasn’t for me or you. It wasn’t for the politicians in Washington. It wasn’t for the media. It was red meat, dangled out there for their own base, something on which they can fundraise.
Because the NRA’s raison d’être isn’t to represent gun owners. It isn’t to advance the cause of 2nd Amendment rights. Make no mistake about it: the NRA’s only purpose is to perpetuate the NRA. Which means raising ever-increasing amounts of money from their membership, even – and especially – in the absence of active issues affecting gun owners. If the NRA could wave a magic wand and make the right to bear arms absolute, permanent and infallible, no backsies – they would bury that magic wand in concrete. The NRA doesn’t want victory. It wants – needs – eternal war.
By infuriating the public, the NRA has managed to make the drumbeat about additional gun regulation get even louder. The louder the chatter gets, the more paranoia grips American Patriots about the Federal government coming for their guns. The more paranoid gun owners get, the more urgent, strident and desperate the NRA’s fundraising pitches can sound. Regardless of whether policy action is taken, even the fact that this conversation is happening translates to dollar signs for the NRA.
They’re counting on their members forgetting what total amoral little shits Wayne LaPierre and the organization’s leadership is when presented with the hyped-up fear of Mr. ATF Man coming for yer gunz. And if gun control legislation does manage to miraculously get passed? The NRA can raise money on that too. No matter who wins and loses, the NRA wins. They can and will point, hat in hand, to today’s lunatic rant as evidence of how strongly they will fight for gun owner rights.
The Sandy Hook massacre is the best thing that ever happened to the National Rifle Association. And they are going to make a lot of money off this.
Depressing, isn’t it?
If you’re one of these people who posts to Facebook a picture of a candle with Newtown’s name spelled wrong, who claims your “thoughts and prayers are with the victims” of today’s shooting, but you refuse to have the conversation about how we prevent horrifying events like today’s shooting from happening again, then you are engaged in Tragedy Kabuki.
Do you care about the people who will die from gun violence tomorrow, or do you only pretend to care about those killed today?
If you want to make a difference, posting to Facebook won’t do it. Thoughts and prayers won’t do it.
I consider myself to be fairly right-leaning when it comes to guns and gun control. But enough is enough. We can’t keep pretending that this continuous drumbeat of mass shootings is not a serious problem in this country, to say nothing of the staggering number of gun deaths that don’t make national headlines.
Let’s act like grownups. It’s long past time we had this conversation.
Do you like music?
I thought you might.
Well, here’s a little music. The first taste is free.
Check out Escapist Art, my newest DJ mix. This is a 2-hour set of techno, trance, electro, progressive, tech house and even a little bit of disco house. Artists include Above & Beyond, Dada Life, Guy J, Kaskade, Maceo Plex, Nicky Romero, Sebastian Leger, W&W and more.
Stream it below or download Escapist Art today.
I’ve recorded another DJ mix, called The One Who Knocks. Yes, it’s a Breaking Bad reference. You can just deal with it.
I never posted this to my website when I recorded it about a month and a half ago. Better late than never though, I suppose.
It’s a 2-hour mix – 30 tracks of techno, trance and progressive house. A much different sound than the admitted Vegas cheesefest I recorded in December.
Looks like I broke swina.com again.
Fatal error: Call to a member function on a non-object in /nfs/c01/h15/mnt/36584/domains/swina.com/html/wp-content/plugins/wp-hive/includes/class.wphive.php on line 69
That can’t be good.
Oh well. There hadn’t been an article posted to it since last January. Coincidence that I started my social media gig a month later? Probably. Swina has a long and storied history of neglect which will likely continue indefinitely.
And that’s an underwhelming way to break a nearly year long silence on my own blog.
I’ll have more to say soon.