Let’s go down the rabbit hole

ht-trump-abe-maralago-01-jrl-170213_4x3_992Trump has been president for 26 days as of writing this, no he isn’t the next Hitler, and no he’s not going to Make America Great Again for all the uneducated whites, minorities, and christians who voted for him.

So let’s move past #NotMyPresident, and it’s equally bullshit cousin the “Give him a Chance!” crowd. He is your president, and the grace period for avoiding criticism ends as soon as you get sworn in. We’ve gone from “Thanks Obama” to “Dammit Donald”. Nothing will make Obama’s legacy as a center-left democrat look better than the train wreck that will be Trumps administration. But enough of rehashing the past few weeks/months of news, you didn’t come here for something you could get more eloquent and accurate somewhere else.

Let’s skip past headlines for a bit, and venture down a slightly more conspiracy theory-lite™ route to take a closer look at what’s happening, and why it’s happening. Recently it’s came out due to excellent reporting from the NYTimes, and WashingtonPost, that senior advisers in Trumps cabinet and campaign staff had contact with Russian Intelligence officials. No doubt a tweet incoming about how “Fake news” outlets are again making things up  to tarnish his historically low approval rating. There is no question Russia did interfere in our elections by airing the DNCs dirty laundry/ emails. But this isn’t just about how the DNC picked the wrong candidate, is it?

Micheal Flynn looking cheesed while resigning


So why would Russia intervene on Donald’s behalf? 

Well this is a complicated question, and in future posts I’ll cover the Trump Dossier, Trump’s links to a $10.2 billion dollar sale of Rostneft (Russia’s state owned oil company) to an unknown buyer, and what I believe to be the final motivation a $500 billion dollar deal between Exxon Mobile and Russia. The classic “Follow the Money” rings ever true here. I hope to show you evidence for policy and cabinet positions that are influenced by money, not Trump being a scary racist or a good Christian that wants to MAGA.

So WTF Russia? Why interfere with American elections, the Cold War is over?

Russia is following the geopolitical strategy laid out in “The Foundations of Geopolitics: The Geopolitical Future of Russia” by Aleksandr Dugin. Basically this is a book that has been used by the Russian military and security services as a textbook (Q: guess who used to be a part of the KGB? A: Vladimir Putin, Da!). So the book operates on the premise that America can’t be defeated militarily, so Russia will use subversive tactics and it’s national resources to reset the global balance of power.


Russia’s goals

A warm water port because no nation wants to be land locked or have ports for only half the year. (S/o to Mrs.Bello from High School for teaching me this)

  • The annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, and the opening of an additional front in Syria.

The UK should be separated from Europe/ the EU

Disrupt America as a global leader through subversive/ indirect means.

“Russia should use its special forces within the borders of the United States to fuel instability and separatism, for instance, provoke “Afro-American racists”. Russia should “introduce geopolitical disorder into internal American activity, encouraging all kinds of separatism and ethnic, social and racial conflicts, actively supporting all dissident movements – extremist, racist, and sectarian groups, thus destabilizing internal political processes in the U.S. It would also make sense simultaneously to support isolationist tendencies in American politics.”

  •  Fucking check, we got played dawg.

Over the next few weeks I plan to cover Steve Bannon, a look at “Pizzagate”, Rex Tillerson’s appointment as Secretary of State and the connection to the Exxon-Rostneft deal. Why I believe Iran is being painted as the Enemy, and why the Muslim ban is just to create fear. I guess don’t think of Trump as some evil mastermind or something like that, yes he’s narcissistic, but there’s many more things pulling the strings here than just “MAGA” or whatever else. Call your representatives, stay informed, etc. Now I need to go to bed cause it’s 2:00am, and putting off homework isn’t going to help me secure a warm water port.

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more like commander-in-beef amiriight?

 

 

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Don’t forget to FLOSS – Injury Reserve’s sophmore project is not to be missed

If you want to be able to adjust your hipster glasses, sneer, and be able to say “I listened to them before ____ was cool” now is your chance!

Arizona’s hip hop trio Injury Reserve released their second project this week titled “Floss” a follow up to 2015’s “Live at the Dentist Office” mixtape. Which was reportedly actually recorded in a dentist office in Phoenix, AZ. This group has all the potential to have mainstream success, and with another solid release Floss will put them on the map.

From Left to Right: Steppa, Ritche, and Corey

Injury Reserve is one of the most versatile groups out right now, and absolutely deserve a listen if you are a rap/hiphop fan. Injury Reserve is made up of producer Parker Corey, and rappers Steppa J. Groggs and Ritchie With a T. These guys can write hooks like it’s their job (well I guess it kinda is but you get the point). They can move from emotional tracks like ttktv or Look Mama I did It to upbeat almost radio friendly tracks like All This Money or Oh Shit!!!. Injury Reserve’s production really stands out to it’s jazzy, varied, and well sampled. These guys are influenced by Kanye, and admittedly fans. It shows in production on songs like “Wow” (samples Kanye’s “Last Call”) , or Eney Meeny Miney Moe which sounds like something that could be on Yeezus. Songs like “Look Mama I did It” reference Hey Mama from Kanye’s Late Registration in a way that feels like a tribute not an imitation.

Only two features are credited on Floss, “Keep on Slippin” which has a feature from Vic Mensa, a collaboration I wouldn’t have expected but apparently they share the same management team as Vic? One of the slower/more heavy songs on the album Vic mentions depression:

And I be stressing shit so much that this Effexor don’t work
I would switch the medicines, but I did Lexapro first
Feeling skeptical, sometimes I think my blessing’s a curse
The same depression made me anxious is what gave me this verse
But every time I think of making it work it gets worse

On the lighter side Injury Reserve is great about having humorous lines too like on “2016 Interlude” saying “Why you still act like global warming ain’t a thing, why you worrying about them prayin to the east, why you still worrying about me, act like Jesus really care where you pee”. Heh.
Standout songs: All this Money, S on ya Chest, Oh Shit!!, Look Mama I did it, What’s Goodie, Keep on Slippin (ft. Vic Mensa), Girl with the Gold Wrist.
Ehhhh..: All Quiet on the West Side, Eney Meeny Miney Moe, 2016 Interlude, Back Then

Linking to 2015’s Live From The Dentist Office because it’s good

I’ll leave you with this kinda awkward picture of IR. Good luck to them they deserve to be on the radio.

Credit where credit is due: reddit.com/r/listentothis put me on to Injury Reserve’s “Yo” Further cemented by Fantano/Theneedledrops review of Lftdo

 

Lean in your earl grey aka Guwop on NPR’s Tiny Desk

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Gucci Mane is out of jail and making music again. The east atlanta santa has sent an early christmas present by stopping by NPR’s tiny desk concerts with long time producer Zaytoven providing piano accompaniment. It’s nice to see different genres on tiny desk, I feel like its usually hours of vague indie folk. Preforming some stripped down tracks from Everybody Looking and Woptober, look for The Return of East Atlanata Santa dropping December 16th.

For things longer than a Fb post

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Finally getting around to starting a blog. Meant to do this for a while but haven’t had the time. It’ll mostly be things that are too long to post to facebook. Music, politics, news and memes too I’m sure.

^^Bonus pic above of a toy I saw in fred meyer yesterday that I thought looked like someone I would write one of those “Who I want to be when I grow up” essays about