Monday, August 29, 2016

Colin Kaepernick did the right thing


Colin Kaepernick did the right thing.

1) The police are supposed to protect us, not assassinating black men for having their tail lights out. Law Enforcement people should not be killing unarmed people at all.

2) Until rogue police (I am not indicting all police) are held accountable for shooting unarmed people for no good reason, Americans SHOULD protest. We are not supposed to be living in a police state.

The problems of racial injustice are not only problems with the police:

1) Several states have moved the last couple of years to restrict voting rights, which disproportionately discriminates against African-Americans;

2) We have a prison-industrial complex that disproportionately incarcerates people of color for minor, non-violent drug offenses;

3) The unemployment rate for African-Americans is significantly higher than for whites.
When some of these social issues can be addressed effectively, then, perhaps, people no longer will need to protest.

- Lance

Friday, August 5, 2016

The Beatles Revolver in Mono for the 50th Anniversary

The Beatles​ are my favorite group of all time, and Revolver is my favorite album, I think it is the greatest pop & rock album of all time. It will be 50 years old next month in August. One year, my sister and I each got for Christmas a Beatle album- she got Sgt. Pepper and I got Revolver. I remember both of us being enthralled with both albums for months, and we both played our albums for friends. Both Sgt. Pepper and Revolver have been proposed for the greatest rock album of all time by various polls and critics. The album is also noted for it's iconic cover art, done by the Beatle's long time friend from Hamburg, Germany, artist and bassist Klaus Voorman. ​

Rubber Soul and Revolver present Lennon & McCartney at their peak song writing, in my opinion. The Beatles immense song-writing skills may have been aided by pot and LSD on this album. It feature such classics like Taxman, Eleanor Rigby, Yellow Submarine, Got to Get You Into My Life, and the Lennon psychedelic masterpiece, Tomorrow Never Knows, based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead. The album features great musicianship by all four Beatles.

Paul McCartney displayed brilliant bass playing, especially on And Your Bird Can Sing, which also featured George's elegant and complex guitar riff that drove the Lennon composition. Ringo's inventive drumming on Lennon's Tomorrow Never Knows is some of his best work. Paul took over lead guitar from George on George's Taxman, and delivered a searing, psychedelic solo for the opening track.

The Beatles did not play selections from the LP during their last tour, which took place in America in August of 1966, because at the time, the technology did not reasonably allow them to replicate the album live. But fortunately, Paul McCartney has included several selections from Revolver in his set list over the last 27 years of touring.

I scored this brand new sealed 180 gram vinyl copy at Half Price Books. Below is a technological description of how the audio was processed for this pressing. I prefer analog vinyl records for their warmth and resonance. The album sounds great!

No one can touch the Beatles, and this LP is a testimony to their greatness.

From the insert:
"The album was cut for vinyl from the original Master tapes by using a completely analog signal path and with constant reference to the notes made by the cutting engineer for the first pressing of the LP. It has been made with current technology and without imposing the restrictions necessitated by the limitations of record players in the 1960's. Consequently, this version reveals more of the content of the audio on the master tapes.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

The Need for Single Payer Insurance & Universal Healthcare


I had to buy one of my diabetic medicines Wednesday. The Co-pay, after insurance, was $75; without insurance, it would have been $2400.

We have to do something to have universal health care in this country. We should get rid of insurance companies and have a single payer, and to deal forcefully with the pharmaceuticals, or else many Americans will continue to suffer ill health or die.

To be fully pro-life, one must be for universal health care, free at the point of delivery.

Market-based solutions for health are killing us and have undermined the health of the American people.