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Amplifier worship!

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 On your left, a huge orange stack of doom with added amplifiers and a big effectboard. On your right an ampeg-based bass rig and a big marshal based guitar rig (with another big effectboard), with a hell of a lot added amplifiers. In the middle, a minimal drum set, backed up by a big gong. Add to this a lot of smoke and a deep sound coming out of nowhere, taking over your stomach, and voila, the stage is set for a three headed beast hailing from Japan: BORIS!

Boris are Wata, Atsuo and Takeshi. Three japanese art students who decided to form a band and make the music they like.

But boris is more. Boris is Jimmy Page in the desert (Takeshi).

Boris is the gong pummeling Atsuo between his yeehaws and ear piercing drumattacks.

Boris is the ice cold guitar solos coming from the silent Wata.

Boris is Heavy Ambient Sludge, Doom Noise Punkish Psychedelic Rock,

and much more…

They got their name from a track by (the) Melvins, and you can hear they are inspired by them. But Boris isn’t just drone/doom like everybody likes to tag them. They are everything they like. And that is very eclectic, with influences ranging from Black Sabbath to Pink Floyd. They also work with other artist from other genres ( like Keiji Hano, doom experst Sunn o))) or noise ‘god’ Merzbow ). The same counts for their records, from their first (absolutego) to their last (rainbow), they are all different.

So if you ever have the chance to see them live, be prepared for a trip through a wind tunnel, with only Boris as your guide…

website: http://homepage1.nifty.com/boris/

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Eco-Trash (III)

Scott Adams continues to brilliantly mock the ecological fundamentalists, illustrated in his most recent sunday comic.Eco-trash (II)

Mexico on the right track

 

Last sunday, an estimated 100.000 rallied on the Zocalo main square in Mexico city to pledge their support for Lopez Obrador. A year ago, he suffered a narrow defeat in the presidential elections. The conservative Felipe Calderon thus became president, but Obrador never admitted his defeat. As a true leftwing nut, he immediatly proclaimed the elections had been rigged, and said he only was the true president of Mexico.

In the beginning he had a lot of support, for the popular support was almost evenly split between Obrador and Calderon. That’s why he started organizing strikes and rallies where he would delight his followers with the usual anti-american slander (Calderon favors closer ties with the US, as did his predecessor Fox). His popularity is waning though.

Recent polls show Calderons approval rate rising up to 65%. Especially his crackdown on drugtrade has made his popularity soar and his position is now questioned only by Obradors staunchest supporters.

Eco-trash (II)

While the media is trying to make us believe that there is a scientific consensus on global warming, I stumbled upon these:

  • The 1992 “Statement by Atmospheric Scientists on Greenhouse Warming,” signed by 47 scientists, claims “such policy initiatives [those concerning the Earth Summit scheduled to convene in Brazil in June 1992] derive from highly uncertain scientific theories. They are based on the unsupported assumption that catastrophic global warming follows from the burning of fossil fuels and requires immediate action. We do not agree.
  • The “Heidelberg Appeal” (also from 1992), signed by over 4000 scientists including 72 Nobel Prize winners. This appeal makes no mention of climate change or any other specific environmental issue, but is essentially a plea for policy based on “scientific criteria and not on irrational preconceptions”.
  • The “Oregon Petition,” which was circulated in 1998 by physicist Frederick Seitz and contains 17,800 signatures.

The Oregon Petition states:

We urge the United States government to reject the global warming agreement that was written in Kyoto, Japan in December, 1997, and any other similar proposals. The proposed limits on greenhouse gases would harm the environment, hinder the advance of science and technology, and damage the health and welfare of mankind.

There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gasses is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth.

And I know, Eco-fascists are going to say things like :’ they are paid by multinationals, by the oil industry’, and other mumbo jumbo. And of course, some might, but not this much. Besides, the same can be said about the scientists saying that there is global warming and that it is all our fault. They work for the ‘green’ lobby which is more powerfull these days than the “oh so dreaded multinationals”. So whether you believe it or not, just try to take these numbers into consideration next time someone claims that there is a scientific consensus on global warming. He is lying…

No more Chicano, ese

Immigration is the number one topic in the US’ domestic affairs at the moment and is one of the key issues that will define the 2008 presidential elections. At the moment an immigration bill has been revived which had recently been voted off in the Senate. This controversial bill would allow regularization of over 12 million illegal immigrants, already residing in the United States. The major proponent of the bill is Edward ‘Ted’ Kennedy, brother of Bobby & John, as senator of Massachussets (figures). Yet opposition is massive. Many grassroots organisations and commitees have sprung up to resist the approval of this bill. The popularity of this bill is very low. Referenda concerning immigration have all shown vast majorities opposing further legalization of illegal immigrants, and have called for tighter border security. Yet president Bush supports the bill, along with the a majority of Democrats, and minority of Republicans. Yet the little republican support for the bill is waning (senator Jon Kyl might not vote in its favor a second time, and he has quite some influence with other senators).

John McCain, the republican Arizona senator, who also backs the plan is being critized by his conservative supporters, which might endanger his bid for the republican nomination for the 2008 Presidential Elections. This eventhough his main opponents are Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney, who don’t condemn the bill either. This might give dark-horse candidate Tom Tancredo a chance to stand in the spotlight, for he has made his opposition to illegal immigration and his support for the construction of a border fence his main topic, and is gaining popularity that way.

Pat Buchanan, the paleoconservative political analyst wrote a very interesting book about this pending problem, ‘State of Emergency’. It’s a must-read for whoever interested in the topic, and explains in a clear way why this bill is the wrong way to go and how it undermines the US itself.

Turkey and the World

Turkey is quite unique. As a muslim country, it is an example to the rest of the muslim world. It’ secular government can only be praised for keeping fundamentalists at bay. The commotion around Abdullah Gul from the muslim AKP and his bid for presidency sparked protest and evoked gigantic rallies from secularists, opposing the possibility of someone seen as orthodox to be president was a hopeful sign. Turkey’s government has remained secular for almost a century now, even though military intervention was sometimes necessary to achieve this.

Yet for all that is good about the Turkish society, I don’t support it’s bid for membership of the European Union. Just recently Sarkozy hindered the advancement of Turkish integration in the EU, something he had vowed to when running for president. With Angela Merkel & Nicolas Sarkozy as leaders of the two most powerful continental nations of Europe, I doubt the Turks will make a lot of progress towards their goal. This is a good thing, for Turkey, despite it’s secularism remains a fundamentally non-European country. Europe has no need for an influx of yet many more millions of muslim immigrants, for it has been unable op till now to fully integrate those who are already there.

The fact that Turkey is not willing to admit and apologize for the genocide on the Armenians, and the persecutions of the christians within its border shows all the more that it is unfit to be part of Europe. The way the Kurds get treated nowadays shows another negative aspect of Turkey. The repression against the Kurds in Eastern Turkey and the border dispute with the Kurdish autonomous province in northern Iraq make the situation in the Middle East all the more tense. Just recently they bought high-tech airplanes to be used as advanced weaponry against the ‘terrorist’ Kurds, weapons, oh irony, bought from Israel.