One can’t help but wonder what’s going on in the world thanks to the turmoil of the US financial markets at the moment. What astounds me about it is the ignorance the media shows in it’s ability to report news on it. I’m no financial expert, but I do know that the Federal Reserve is not owned or backed by the US government. The Federal Reserve or as it’s sometimes known, the Fed. Is a privately held bank that is backed by absolutely nothing. They control the money supply and on their whim they can fuck with things.
So when a major newspaper reports that the government has bailed out AIG (the largest insurer in the world). It clearly shows how ignorant they are. The US government did not bail out AIG, the Fed did. It’s a money/power grab. The few families that control the Fed are sucking up companies for pennies on the dollar, much like what happened when the created the Great Depression. This is not a conspiracy theory, it’s real and we’re watching it happen right before our eyes. Kinda makes me wish that the characters in the movie Sneakers were real and that they could fuck with the Fed and it’s families right back.
This is happy introduction we’ve got to the 21st Century. War, and a piss poor excuse of a money system. To make it even more fun we’ve got a clown running for president who claims the government was forced to bail out AIG. Wake up McCain, the Fed is not the government you moron. The Fed might control the government, but its not the government, not yet anyway. Comments like that “government was forced”, and “he invented the blackberry”, give me the willies. I don’t much care for Obama either, but at least for now he’s not making stupid remarks like that.
I guess this is weighing on me as I finally got my taxes done for 2007 yesterday. Sadly, my accountant confirmed the stuff about the Fed and a few other things. If smart accountants know, how long can it possibly take before there is a revolt in this country? How long will people remain passive?
On the flip side, entertainment is finally making an about face. At least in my book. Music is on the whole getting better, at least for those who have the talent to create it. Maybe this shakedown of the economy will lead to two things: 1. a new system for money in the US. 2. Better entertainment. Thus when my friend Jeff Soto a.k.a. JSS let me know that he has a new CD and video out I jumped on checking it out.
I had heard the demo of 21st Century probably a good 8 months ago. I liked it from the moment I heard it. It’s an upbeat catchy tune. Featuring slamming guitar riffs, a cool loop groove and lots of little production fillers (the ear candy type thing I’ve mentioned on the blog before). It’s all part of the atmosphere. This song definitely has that.
I don’t know if I can call it a comeback. Jeff has been working his ass off for many years. Recently did a stint in Journey, and is now back on his own before he heads of to work with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Busy guy. I know people who call me the hardest working musician they know, but if there’s one that works harder than me, it’s gotta be Jeff. Maybe that’s why we get on as mates.
Anyway, the album isn’t yet on Amazon, but it is on CD Baby for the CD and iTunes for the digital stuff so far. I’m sure you’ll enjoy cruising in your car with the top down while blasting this tune as you take a trip to anywhere to get away from the bullshit of the Fed. Right? Do it now!