07.28.14

Down on Smartphone Grub Street

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle at 1:50 pm by George Smith

In the Culture of Lickspittle even the app economy takes no prisoners. It’s winner take all and the devil take everyone but the top 1.6 percent.

According to a comprehensive survey of app developers for Android and iOs, 98 percent off all developers earn less than $500/month. Many make virtually nothing at all.

The latter make up forty seven percent of all developers and are dubbed, straightforwardly, “have nothings” — because they make zip.

The report is here.

“The majority of app businesses are not sustainable at current revenue levels,” reads on “key insight.” “[Fifty percent] of iOS developers and 64% of Android developers are below the ‘app poverty line” of $500 per app per month.”

Describing your position in Taxavoidination

Posted in The Corporate Bund at 1:06 pm by George Smith


Trampled underhoof.

Krugman:

There is, however, one big difference between corporate persons and the likes of you and me: On current trends, we’re heading toward a world in which only the human people pay taxes.


Famous last words

Posted in Ted Nugent, WhiteManistan at 12:36 pm by George Smith

Ranting, in Oshkosh, just before calling people “unclean vermin” blew up in his face.

Open thread.

First Church of WhiteManistan Music

Posted in Rock 'n' Roll, The Corporate Bund, WhiteManistan at 11:17 am by George Smith

Jesus of America, live from deep inna heart of Pasadena south of Colorado. Especially enjoy the sermon and organ music. Share, share, share, like, like, like.

The beer tip jar’s open.


07.25.14

From Bigot to Pariah in 24 hrs

Posted in Extremism, Psychopath & Sociopath, Ted Nugent, WhiteManistan at 11:34 am by George Smith

You just can’t call people unclean vermin. It’s a lesson Ted Nugent learned the hard way yesterday.

Yes, the wheels must have popped off the Ted Nugent tour bus last night when news arrived that another Indian tribe, the Puyallup, canceled the two shows he had at their casino in Tacoma at the beginning of next month. The Coeur D’Alene tribe of Idaho canceled his gig at its casino on Monday. (Note: Nugent relies a great deal on casino gigs. And the casinos are the property of Native Americans.)

“The First Amendment gives people the right free speech, but I think racism is intolerable and not acceptable here,” Puyallup Tribal Council Vice President Lawrence W. LaPointe told a news agency.

Media Matters quickly queried a number of prominent rock music promoters around the country about the Nugent cancellations. The consensus was his racist image has become such a liability its starting to really hurt his music business.

“No one should be surprised by any of this,” Gary Bongiovanni, editor-in-chief of Pollstar USA, told Media Matters. “It’s a free country and Nugent has always had a big mouth. But if he keeps making incendiary statements his future tours may be limited to NRA conventions and Fox News events.”

Dives in the deep southern part of WhiteManistan, too.

The Media Matters piece is here.

Altogether, Nugent has had six cancellations on his summer, all as a result of his image as America’s most famous rock and roll bigot.

Prediction: Ted Nugent will be apoplectic in public, making things even worse for himself in the next few days.

Give him the microphone now.

07.24.14

The Rock n Roll Bigot: “Unclean vermin” oppose him

Posted in Ted Nugent, WhiteManistan at 11:47 am by George Smith

Urgent fictitious memo from Ted Nugent’s public relations firm:

Dear Ted, if you are to continue making the case that you are not a racist in the court of public opinion, it is unwise to call your opponents “unclean vermin.” Unclean vermin is not a common derogatory term in the United States. In fact, no one uses it, ever. However, there was one place where the words unclean and vermin were regularly used — in the propaganda of Nazi Germany. Word to the wise, Ted. If you are trying to convince people you are not a bigot and fascist, using unclean vermin to describe those who are making the case that you are only reinforces the impression.
— Cringely, Lost Cause Promotions

Nugent on Tuesday, on people protesting his show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin:

“I take it as a badge of honor that such unclean vermin are upset by me and my positive energy … By all indicators, I don’t think they actually qualify as people, but there has always been a lunatic fringe of hateful, rotten, dishonest people that hate happy, successful people.”

Today, Nugent lashes out at the refugee children invaders that are the center of the immigration crisis on the country’s southern border:

And now I think all sane people can agree that Gov. Rick Perry of the great Republic of Texas has shown rare and genuine leadership by making the long overdue move to actually secure the border by deploying the Texas’ National Guard and bring a halt to the dangerous flow of illegal invaders …

I don’t know about you, but America should be keeping an eye on Rick Perry and the handling of this Obama-engineered criminal invasion trainwreck on the border. We are either a safe, protected sovereign nation, or we’re not. Real leaders living up to their constitutional oaths will make sure that we are.

After the CdA Tribe of Idaho canceled Nugent’s gig at its casino on Monday, Nugent replied the he honored Native Americans in this way:

[He] cited the lyrics to his song “Great White Buffalo” to point out that he isn’t racist towards Native Americans. “But then came the white man/ With his thick and empty head,” it goes. “He couldn’t see past billfold/ He wanted all the buffalo dead.”

A Native American news publication didn’t quite see it that way:

The racist remarks most often cited are jabs at President Obama which include calling him a “subhuman mongrel” and a “chimpanzee.” But Nugent’s racially-insensitive behavior extends to Native Americans as well. He frequently wears a feather headdress on stage and appropriates a sacred Native symbol in his song “Great White Buffalo,” both of which are highly disrespectful to Native culture.

In an April 2013 article for the right-wing commentary site WND.com (formerly WorldNetDaily), Nugent took aim at the movement to change the Washington Redskins team name using language that many Natives will find objectionable. The article was called “A Tomahawk Chop to Political Correctness” and included these turns of phrase:

“Every so often some numbskull beats the politically correct war drum protesting the names of sports teams.”

“If there are Native Americans whose feathers are ruffled over the names of sports teams, I submit that they are sorely focused on all the wrong things.”

“Call me crazy horse, but maybe we should start by addressing issues that truly matter most and would actually save Indian’s lives.”


Nugent concluded the essay by casting himself as a savior of Natives:

“Because of my clean and sober, hands-on conservation bowhunting lifestyle and song ‘The Great White Buffalo,’ Native American tribes have invited me to teach their young people how to reconnect with the land and teach them how to bow hunt the mighty American bison. It was in their midst that I learned firsthand about the terrible problems facing my Indian BloodBrothers.”

Yesterday’s decision by the Coeur d’Alene suggests Nugent may need to double-check his standing in Indian country.

Boy howdy!

And in this video, recently uploaded to YouTube, Nugent talks about how his new song, “Do-Rags and a .45,” is meant to be a help to African Americans living in cities.

“I get called a racist for trying to save black peoples’ lives,” he insists.

This bit starts at around 5:30.

07.23.14

Internets make you feel crummy

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, The Corporate Bund at 1:02 pm by George Smith

Proven by science quote of day (no link):

“Austrian researchers … found people feel crummy any time they’re on Facebook for too long, no matter what kind of stuff pops up.”

I wouldn’t leave all the glory to Facebook. Much of the 2014 web makes you feel crummy.

I started publishing on the net, an e-mail newsletter in 1990 or so. A bit later I started posting to a university site, NIU’s Critical Criminology Department server, when most people were still using the first browsers, even image-less, like Lynx. So it’s a legitimate observation.

Part of the feeling crummy phenomenon is the complete corporate takeover of all aspects of the web. This has given everyone an environment in which Google search is a winner-take-all proposition with only the illusion of millions of choices. The practical reality is that only the top half of the screen in the first page of results matters.

Much of everything else has devolved into pushes to buy things and ubiquitous, inescapable advertising. Most big newspaper sites are now like bad television, news magazines and the Los Angeles Times being a very good working examples.

The actual news text furnished by journalists makes up a minor part of what is sent to visitors/readers. The rest of the bandwidth is reserved for squirting even more HD advertising and idiotic video on whatever’s trending at you.

This brings us to viral content, a feel good buzzterm which really means manipulative trolling, much of it to make you subconsciously feel bad or inferior for not doing something or appreciating the wild and amusing miracles of the day. This, obviously, so the viral sites can net millions of users, what might be thought of as internet plankton, to lure venture capitalists into giving them millions in cash money while they attempt to come up with a way to monetize it more, the latter usually be selling still more HD advertising or by the not-so-subtle pushing of corporate services and products.

From the AP:

US Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen has a hot stock tip for you: stop throwing so much money at anything that calls itself a social network.

Specifically, the Fed thinks the “valuation metrics” for “smaller firms in the social media” sector “appear substantially stretched.” And it’s not hard to see why.

Yo, an app that only lets you send messages that say “yo,” just received $1 million in funding. Cynk, a nonexistent social network for buying friends online, somehow – fraudulently – got a $6 billion valuation despite having no assets and no revenue.

And now NBA star Carmelo Anthony is pivoting to a second career as a venture capitalist with his own seed fund. As he told the Wall Street Journal, he has “long been interested in technology.”

You should feel crummy after being exposed to the internet every day for hours. It just shows you haven’t gone insane.


I’ve commented before on how parasitic web engineering is for the average user. In my experience, most of the code delivered to you has only one purpose. It’s to tie up your machine while it squeezes whatever it can from your web presence and private data.

A good working example is SoundCloud. And you can do a little experiment to see what I mean.

Travel out to the link I posted a day or so ago (or if you don’t want to listen to Dick Destiny’s tune, choose another to your liking).

Set the tune to play and bring up the Task Manager on your PC. When I do this, using the latest edition of Mozilla-Firefox, I immediately see that Soundcloud starts executing so much code on the client side that it hogs most of the processing power. Mind you, this is only to stream MP3 audio, the actual file of which was only between four and five megabytes.

Now minimize the window.

Voila. The processor immediately drops back to a normal rate. So most of the activity SoundCloud sends to you has nothing to do with vending audio at all, it’s all on the video and miscellaneous end, junk parasitic code that torques the engine of your machine.

Browser extensions like NoScript and NotScript, the latter which I use, also illustrate the predatory nature of the web. When you start using them and look at what they’re blocking, you’re given a nice course in what the corporate web is doing to you.

In other words, you’re being worked over by grasping corporate web design, none of it for your benefit.


And from the Department of Speaking of Which

My hosting provider runs a script that can’t be turned off, one to collect web statistics for the benefit of, ahem, my alleged small business. It polls clients every few seconds.

Perhaps you have noticed it.

I have nothing to do with it and don’t use any statistics it provides. If you use a no-script extension on your browser, you’ll see it. Block it.

It will not affect the usability of the blog.

07.21.14

‘Merica’s Rock n Roll Bigot loses another gig

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Ted Nugent, WhiteManistan at 7:09 pm by George Smith

WhiteManistan’s most public bigot, Ted Nugent, lost another gig today. This brings the total of cancellations this year to four, all as a result of Nugent’s infamous reputation as a purveyor of hate speech.

From the AP:

WORLEY, Idaho (AP) — A Native American tribe has canceled an Aug. 4 concert by Ted Nugent at its casino.

The Coeur d’Alene Tribe on Monday said that the cancellation of the concert at the casino in the northwest Idaho city of Worley was because of the rocker’s “racist and hate-filled remarks.”

The tribe says it booked Nugent without realizing he espoused “racist attitudes and views.” The tribe did not detail which of Nugent’s specific views it opposes.

The last sentence is hilarious. There’s so much hate speech from Nugent documented on the web it’s now an intelligence-insulting task to show it to people who don’t want to see it, anyway. Anyone who says they haven’t heard the worst of it is in the position of covering their backside.

Nugent has made his a big part of his business being a public hate-monger for WhiteManistan and the Tea Party. He should be made to own it completely.

He has the right to free speech. But in the world of entertainment, one can exert pressure on businesses, or concert venues, that book him. Bars, casinos, small theaters in the heartland and county fairs are not, primarily, venues for the spouting of all view points.

They’re entertainment businesses, period. And they must exist within the standards of the community they’re local to. And if people choose to tell them, again and again, that Ted Nugent does not fit even generously elastic community standards in a civil society and the business should either distance itself from him or risk paying a price for flouting such things for the sake of money, then that is a legitimate tactic.

It’s an unpleasant job to go over the long list of Nugent’s public statements and video captures. That doesn’t excuse anyone from corporate America in the music business from due diligence on it.

Want to buy the nationally famous hate-monger for a day? Live with the ill will, bad karma and potential bad result.

Music for Monday

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Rock 'n' Roll, The Corporate Bund at 2:45 pm by George Smith

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Johnny Pantywaist performed live in Pasadena over the weekend.

You’ll surely enjoy the loud electric folk of the Dick Destiny Band, in this case the Modern Gothic tale of an attack on Rupert Murdoch by a clumsy man with a shave cream pie.

A psychedelic three minute diversion after another day of open hostility in the Corporate Bund.

You can throw a couple dollars for strong beer or guitar strings in the tip jar here at the bottom of the page, but are not obligated. Or if you are in the area you can as to come see up perform such ditties for free every week.

07.19.14

Saturday in the Corporate Bund

Posted in The Corporate Bund at 12:44 pm by George Smith

Today’s speech from the White House, an excerpt:

“This week, Vice President Biden will release a report he’s been working on to reform our job training system into a job-driven training system. And I’ll visit a community college in L.A. that’s retraining workers for careers in the fast-growing health care sector. Because every worker deserves to know that if you lose your job, your country will help you train for an even better one.”

BFD.

Since the president can’t do anything in the paralyzed system, he flogs the same half-dead horse he’s flogged for as long as he’s been elected: “We’ll community college our way back to a solid economy.”

Or, translated: “Now that corporate America has devalued labor to a critical level and you’ve lost your middle class job to automation or offshore cheapness, you can retrain for two years for a job as a nurse’s assistant, medical billing specialist, tooth scraper or limited mobility physical therapist that pays a lot less but with job security since 99.8 percent of the soon-to-be geriatric boomers aren’t going to be going anywhere except into hospitals and retirement communities near you.

The real answer is simple but undoable in our state of corporate fascism: Mandate the raising of payment so people can afford to live no matter the work they do and cut the contemptible US business propaganda that workers don’t have skills, are stupid and always need retraining because everyone overseas is better.


The Washington Post:

Ever since the job market began to recover in 2010, the decline in the unemployment rate has come with a big fat asterisk. The unemployment rate has been going down, the argument goes, but largely because people have stopped looking for work …

The report has no definitive answers for why workers appear to be disappearing, but it has two overarching theories:

The first theory is that higher levels of long-term unemployment as a result of the Great Recession are causing more workers to exit and remain outside the labor force. A well-chronicled feature of the economic recovery has been the very large numbers of Americans unemployed for more than six months — 3.1 million in June. The report highlights other economic research that has shown that jobless Americans have lower odds of finding a job the longer they’re unemployed. And a big part of the reason is that employers discriminate against those with long spells of joblessness …

The report’s second theory essentially boils down to the idea that the participation rate is lower because when the recession started, the labor market was already much weaker than was widely recognized. Nearly every demographic group saw labor force participation declines ahead of the recession. It was especially problematic for men, who have been beaten down by declines in manufacturing, advances in workplace automation and expanding trade.

Personal note: All week I’ve been getting e-mail for a raffle to see the President in LA at his community college stop, just contribute to enter.

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