Posts Tagged ‘righteous rage’

The Singer Beni Balak lives in Florida, the guitar player Shahar Ben Barak lives in Washington State, & the bass player Eyal Linur still lives in Israel. The band is collaborating these days on the internet. The new drummer is Elad Yitshaki, Ron Yanai plays Keyboards & produces, & Eran Schefer helped with engineering.

Original Hebrew lyrics by Eyal Linur and I (Beni Balak) translated them:


Let me tell you a tale about this angry old hound,

who decided one day to simply bite off the hand,

that for so many years had been feeding him shit,

it’s the day that the pigs are put into the pit!!


Even sheep on the farm understand on their own:

The fat pigs, are in charge of our world and out home.

But every pig, has it’s day and that day has arrived,

Cause the dogs are all here and no pig will survive!


To kill ‘em all — before they’re too big!

To kill ‘em all — in the day of the pigs

To kill ‘em all — before they’re too big!

To kill ‘em all


If you’re feeling sexy, when you’re stressed and wild.

Let it out of you, Act it out outside.

What a macho man, hot with righteous rage.

Go and kill ‘em all, So it won’t be me!


You can try, you can run, you can call the police.

You can hide, you can hold up a white flag — oh please!

You can scream out for help, from your private militia,

it’s too late, the mad dogs; we are already with ya!


You can crawl on your knees to the basement and hide.

You can cry, make some calls, offer deals on the side.

Take a pick or a shovel, get ready to dig,

It’s the day of the dogs and the night of the pigs!

Fuck You. I’m Gen Y, and I Don’t Feel Special or Entitled, Just Poor..

The Confidential Memo at the Heart of the Global Financial Crisis | VICE United Kingdom.


Jesse and I chatted about some of the exciting things happening lately. Here are the notes i mentioned having on the show… which we didn’t exactly follow of course ;)

  • I mentioned my post (June 21st) where I spewed the following witticism in response to this whole drug tests for welfare recipients BS which is so pathetically petty, hateful, and beside the point that it makes me very angry! …well, i admit that lots of things make me angry ;)

If bankers had to take a drug test before getting THEIR welfare (bailouts, tax cuts and loopholes, etc etc) we would not be in a deficit >:/

    • The good old American tradition of hating on the poor
    • 25% of children in the US today live in poverty (currently $23,050 total yearly income for a family of four!)
    • This also has a racist dimension: what people like Paula Dean and several Supreme Court justices would call “lazy poor n___”. man this shite makes me even angrier!
  • Latest salvo from the class-wars: Student loans are set to double next month to 6%
    • Hurrah! Fear not! Conservatives have a wonderful solution to the cost of education and opportunity that hearkens back to those good-old-days of the 18th and 19th centuries: Rich people (the 1%) will pay the educational expenses of selected regular people (the %99) in exchange for owning a share of their future income! YES YOU HEARD RIGHT! Indentured slavery is back!
  • On the bright side:
    • Some people are NOT taking this shite like we do (taking our happy pills and watching mind-numbing TV and superhero movies), THEY are out on the streets raising hell by the millions against socially-conservative corporate kleptocratic crony-capitalism in Turkey, Brazil, Egypt, and other places.
    • They are rallying against the destructive class-war fake economic idea of budget cutting when the economy is down and millions are unemployed with little or no economic opportunities: aka austerity that has already destroyed the Greek economy (even the IMF all but admitted it).
    • This is especially criminal when vast amounts have been transferred from the public to the %1 since they crashed the economy in 2008. The total numbers are many times larger than the budget deficit all the fake hysteria is about: $6-12,000,000,000,000 that’s $6-12 trillion.
  • Finally: Edward Snowden the young america hero who sacrificed his ticket to joining the 1% and became a political refugee in order to tell the American people what their government is really doing in the digital frontier. This is critical since too few people realize how in a big data world, control over information is tantamount to control over our bodies: slavery!


[previously appeared in East Orlando Post (]

>:/ Punkonomics responds >:/


Game of Threads: 2 of the over 1100 dead workers in the recent collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh

Game of Thrones Viewers get their Panties in a Bunch

I’m shocked! Just shocked… at how shocked people are about The Red Wedding episode of Game of Thrones (season 3 episode 9). What’s your problem? You don’t seem to mind the slow-motion ballet-like torrents of blood in Quentin Tarantino’s film, or the mechanical butchery in a typical horror movie, or the gruesome pictures of victims in your run-of-the-mill TV crime drama? Where did this sensitive outrage come from?

Allow me to speculate that it’s all about the narrative: the story the authors tell us about the images we see and our own interpretation of it. Unlike in most media today, in this excellent gritty fantasy-drama, the heroic noble “good guys” get slaughtered randomly along with copious collateral damage (innocent bystanders). There is no cathartic moment in which justice is served and not even an overarching meaning to all the senseless suffering. Sort of like in the real world eh? The problem is that we are deeply conditioned to believe that if we do the right thing and behave well then we shall be rewarded. Really? Can I see some statistics please? Maybe there are just rewards in the afterlife, but there certainly aren’t any in this world.

If this rant is beginning to sound somewhat anti-religious then let me say that religious institutions do often behave deplorably, dupe people into submission, and justify horrible violence. However, every serious theology has a strong element of doubt built into it–read the book of Job in the Old Testament if you don’t believe me. Religion is what we make of it and what I’ll call the “media religion” is 3rd rate. It’s a rare pleasure to enjoy a highly entertaining, action packed, TV drama that bulks this trend. Whether the ubiquitous nudity is there for rating or is a valid element of the gritty realism I’m not quite sure but I ain’t complaining.

Now we need to deal with the two stinking bloated rotting elephant cadavers in the room: The Games of WAR and POVERTY. These games are not in an imagined medieval fantasy world. They are happening in the real world every day from the African Americans gunned down on our streets (one every 36 hours on average), through the torture centers and death squads in Iraq, and the mass sexual mutilation in the Congo, to the regular drone attacks in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Yemen (often on weddings BTW), to name just a few recent theatres of operations. Are these distasteful things we have to do to protect ourselves? Well the character Lord Walder Frey who orchestrated The Red Wedding massacre also had good reasons: revenge, sending a message, geo-political advancement, etc.

A little less obvious to our sensitive modern minds is the violence of poverty. Despite popular belief, people don’t just happen to be poor–a sad but inevitable human condition. The vast majority of human suffering is avoidable and is perpetrated by the powerful against the weak using violence. I’m thinking about the almost third of Americans who are hungry and half who are poor, the over billion people worldwide who are starving, the over 40,000 Americans who die each year from illness due to denied medical coverage, the generation(s) poisoned by our agricultural industry, and the many thousands of workers dying while crafting our cherished consumer goods in poor countries. These “savings” that cost so many lives do not go to the consumer as much as to the executive pay of our beloved leaders (North Korean pun intended). I am convinced that most Americans would be willing to pay a few percent more for our cheap apparel and electronics, but that option is not on the table because that’s not where the blood money goes. Instead we are offered crocodile tears, fake apologies, and public-relations campaigns that will have no positive effect on the suffering multitudes. Just like in the Game of Thrones: no happy ending, no justice, no balance .

So now you’re probably thinking I’m a socialist right? Well maybe I am but that’s not the point. Adam Smith is the greatest advocate of the free-market system (aka capitalism), and his concept of the Invisible Hand is constantly invoked to argue that unregulated individual self-interest leads to the best social outcomes. Sadly the people who use this to justify murder seldom read the great man himself, and if they do, seem to ignorantly or willfully misunderstand him. Smith argued that a free-market system could potentially yield such benefits if and only if it maintains an ethical balance by enforcing strict moral behavior. Wealthy and successful people must hold themselves ethically responsible and society as a whole must enforce a social ethic upon them. For example: insurance executives bragging that they denied coverage to so many thousands of people would not be celebrated by their peers nor rewarded with a monstrous Christmas bonus. Under Smith they would be socially ostracized by an elite that values entrepreneurial excellence and hard work and not economic warlordism, corporatism, and kleptocracy. Furthermore, their companies would be shut down for being destructive and criminal by a government representing the long term interests of all the people. Yeah, I know, this sadly sounds way more fantastical than anything Game of Thrones has to offer but my point is that a successful free-market economic system depends on a game of balance.

As the red witch Melisandre keeps telling everybody in Game of Thrones: “the night is dark and full of horrors.”