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Heavy Rotation V. 57: Obscene, Dirty, Filthy, Immoral Edition

January 9, 2011

In which Hey Champ consult their Ouija board and their rhyming dictionary, King Unique lay down their own brand of “dirty house” (and provide us with a theme and title), Cassetteboy does terrible things to a very British celebu-chef (followed immediately by an apology to his Mum) and D12 does all sorts of heinous things to their collective Mums with the assistance of Mellow Cake’s wonky propulsiveness.

Oh, and in the bonus round, Giko takes time to clarify that he doesn’t hate you, he just wants to be your proctologist.

Here are the links: (All links open in a new window.)

Bruce Sterling takes a very clear-eyed (and slightly profane) look at the Wikileaks controversy, waving away the murky haze of myth-making that currently surrounds it.

Stuff Very Specific White People Like.

Speaking of stuff white people like, Rap Genius is here to clue you in on what exactly Rick Ross, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne et al are talkin’ ’bout. “I just whipped up a watch, tryin’ to make me a Rover,” indeed.

Obscene
Cassetteboy – Nigella’s XXXMas.mp3

Dirty
King Unique – Dirty.mp3

Filthy
Hey Champ – Demon Semen.mp3

Immoral
D12 – Shit On You (Mellow Cakes Remix).mp3

Bonus:
Giko – Asshole (Facteur Mix).mp3

-CLT

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6 comments

  1. Great tunes, great links! I came here yesterday and got lost in the links. Especially the Rap Genius and the Stuff Aide Workers Like. The last one made me feel a little awkward (I know, right?) about saving all the puppies and kittens tied up in trash cans around here but… fuck em if they can’t take a joke. Besides, I’m not an aide worker. I don’t even work that much for myself much less a whole bunch of other people who don’t work for themselves either.

    Although one time in Costa Rica I did give aide and sustenance to a drug mule. But that was ok because he was carrying the drugs for me.


    • Great story, Scott, full of awkwardness and heartwarming moments. Also full of drugs which is how I like my heartwarming stories. This is also how I like my mules. Efficiency. That’s the key. In fact, I’m considering running for drug lord with the slogan “A Maybach in every garage and a key in every mule.”

      Thanks for the visit and comment, Scott.


  2. I really think Sterling Moss’ article on Wikileaks really deserved it’s own topic. I’ll try to limit myself to a couple of highlights:

    One minute’s thought would reveal that a vast, opaque electronic spy outfit like the National Security Agency is exceedingly dangerous to democracy. Really, it is. The NSA clearly violates all kinds of elementary principles of constitutional design. The NSA is the very antithesis of transparency, and accountability, and free elections, and free expression, and separation of powers…And it always has been. And we’re used to that. We pay no mind.

    The America security establishment publicly admits to intercepting about 1.2 billion personal communications a day…and nobody is even slightly concerned about this. This complete apathy is why America is in such a dire situation. If anything, Americans seem to like having democracy usurped and their rights violated, or have been successfully trained to like it.

    The establishment has infantilized the American public. On one front, corporations have deliberately turned Americans into self-gratifying children almost incapable of concentrating on anything beyond mindless consumption and entertainment completely devoid of any meaning. The backsliding is to the point where young people can barely read or write. Most born today probably won’t ever be able to do either.

    Meanwhile, to ensure the public doesn’t use their 2 minutes a day of useful brain function to influence anything, the establishment imposes deafening secrecy with regards to anything that actually matters. They and their media cohorts offer up circus side-shows (missing white girls, celebrity killers, sex scandals, etc) to occupy our feeble minds.

    To them, the public are children to be monitored “for their own protection”, because they can no longer think for themselves and might pull a muscle trying. Those that can still think for themselves are treated as serious threats that need even closer monitoring.

    You don’t have to be a citizen of this wracked and threadbare superpower…in order to sense the pervasive melancholy of an empire in decline. There’s a House of Usher feeling there. Too many prematurely buried bodies….the US today is like some creepy house of incest divided against itself in a civil cold war. “Transparency” can have nasty aspects; obvious, yet denied; spoken, but spoken in whispers. Very Edgar Allen Poe.

    Even an 8 year old with a brain injury living in an African cave could tell you America is a zombie, a rotting corpse that seems to think it’s still alive when it isn’t.

    Telling America that the party is over risks being attacked and having your brain eaten. That’s why almost nobody is doing it.

    Julian clearly doesn’t lack for lust and burning resentment…He’s extremely intelligent, but, as a political, social and moral actor, he’s the kind of guy who gets depressed by the happiness of the stupid.

    I can relate to that.


    • Bruce Sterling’s essay probably deserved its own post… and here it is. Apparently.

      I don’t think Sterling left much unsaid. I particularly enjoyed his dismantling of the “info warrior” mystique that has been built up around both Assange and his supplier.

      There’s still a big issue with secrecy here in the US. Almost anything that would be of interest to the citizens gets filed away under “state secrets” using the whitewash of “national security” to spirit away incriminating documents. A lot of this is tied into the neverending “war on terror” and, more unfortunately, “patriotism.” (See also: The Patriot Act.)

      I think those days seem to be winding to a close. Unfortunately, the government still has the power to shut down whatever inquiries it deems bothersome. However, there’s a lot of disenchanted Americans wondering whatever happened to the world power that set its standards higher than all the countries it criticized as “closed.” With our government practicing the same kind of censorship it deplores in grandiose UN speeches, it often seems as if the government feels they would be better off without the public.

      Case in point, Obama promised to put every new bill up for review for five days during his campaigning. To date, slightly over 50% of the bills signed into law have ever made to the White House website, many of those appearing for a much shorter period of time. As he continues to maintain Bush’s overreaching status quo, he further alienates the same citizens who were dying for the new boss to be, just this once, not exactly the same as the old boss. Just being a different race isn’t enough.

      At some point, you’ll have to listen to the music.


  3. While a truly important topic that deserves a much better quality discussion than it’s received anywhere, I plan to shoot my wad on the topic with this predictably oversized rant

    I know it’s a decent example, but shit. Making a bill in a public legislature available on the Internet gives me an info-boner that makes Droopy Dog look like Woody Woodpecker. This should be about as newsworthy as “Old Woman Forgets To Put In Dentures” or “Lindsay Lohan’s Urine Tests Positive”. Obama offers a minuscule info-crumb, partially delivers, and that gets as much negative reaction as the discovery of secret torture prisons.

    There is a monumental info-gap at play here. The Powers That Be can easily find out anything they want to know about you: your health records, your financial status, what you had for dinner last night, the thermal distribution pattern of your house, who your Loserbook “Friends” really are and everyone your wife is sleeping with.

    You are an open book to them, but the activities they do in your name belong in Fort Knox until after your grandchildren are dead. They intercept over a billion personal communications a day, but a few hundred thousand of their work communications are shown to their boss, the public, and somebody needs to be put to death as a “traitor”. They don’t need to know your wife is secretly a slutty lesbian to do their job, but they know. We need to know who’s writing our energy policies (not to mention what those policies actually are), but we have to pry it from their cold, dead, hands. http://motherjones.com/politics/2010/06/dick-cheney-bp-spill

    If useful information was food, the public would all be starving Easteropians. So, in comes Wikileaks like a UN food aid truck. Chaos ensues. The food truck gets blamed and the driver gets an international manhunt for not using a condom. His real crime? Offering the starving masses basic informational nutrition they should have had all along to keep them from starving to death and creating a nation of brain-dead zombies.

    I was vacationing somewhere warm when the Wikileaks dump came, but none of what I’ve read was surprising to a cynic like me. Most is basic stuff the media should have told us already or stuff that everyone should suspect. But the media is lazy, incompetent and spineless. They just fatten themselves up at press buffet tables and read aloud whatever the politicians hand them.

    So, what are the vital secrets we must keep at all costs? Incidents of Friendly Fire and shooting reporters? The US government lied about keeping body counts and spun estimates of others downward even if they were lower than their own? The US deliberately ignored reports of torture, even after getting busted at Abu-Grabass, and that the torture was wider and worse than was known? That some alleged incursions on Iranian soil actually happened? That US attacks are falsely credited to local governments, especially when innocents are killed, which happens all the time? That America spies on United Nations diplomats? That the US government is Monsanto’s bitch and targets European opponents of GMO food? That McDonalds may have single handedly scuttled a free trade deal or two? That the US knows oil companies do business with Iran despite the ban? That an American military contractor auctioned off young Afghan boys as gay sex slaves?

    Yawn! You might as well tell me that: Putin runs a mafia state with advice from Berlusconi, who is vain, constantly parties and has sex with girls younger than his granddaughters; that Sarkozy is a thin-skinned authoritarian; Merkel is cold, hard and unimaginative; Qadhafi doesn’t use his all-female security force much after hiring a “voluptuous blonde nurse” who never leaves his side? (Ok, the last one surprised me. I figured Mo for a redhead fan.)

    Some of this “classified” stuff is so obvious, you couldn’t believe they wasted ink by stamping it “classified”. Other stuff is serious enough to make you wonder what the highest classifications are hiding. But if there are any themes, they were:

    1) Secrecy and lying is the default position of the American government, even when there is no reason for it.
    2) The world’s lone superpower can barely get anything done, even among its “best friends”, without offering bribes with money borrowed from China, who it’s terrified of questioning.
    3) It’s just as weak when it comes to dealing with major American corporations and generally takes marching orders from them.

    Nothing terribly new, but as Sterling said, it paints a very pessimistic House of Usher picture. And that’s what they really want kept hidden from the American public and it’s probably the reason why most Americans don’t want it told. Polls have shown a clear majority of Americans think the leaks were a bad thing because they “helped our enemies” learn what their own spies already knew and what most thinking civilians suspected. A majority of Americans want Assange punished, if only because he burdened them with the truth. That’s why I think your optimism is misplaced. Americans may be not be thrilled about the secrecy and lies, but they’d much rather live in childish ignorance and watch Monster Truck races on their I-Boxes than see what their government really does for/to them and have to deal with it.

    America has essentially been in a permanent state of war 70 years. War is ugly and, by extension, so is being an Info Warrior. I don’t think Sterling strips Assange of anything other than the kind of romanticized notions of warriors that people like to attribute to them. It’s far too easy to hate/worship Assange for trying to interrupt our culture of permanent infancy by just showing us things we should have known all along. On the whole, he’s a force for good, but he’s still human.

    Thanks for the link to Sterling’s article. It might be the most adult analysis I’ve seen so far.


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