To add to his recent financial woes, Mr. Las Vegas has lost his 65-foot yacht (a 1996 Skipliner) that sank stern-first in 45 feet of water while it was in a slip at the Temple Bar marina. Interesting how a yacht (that is notoriously bad investment given their fast rate of depreciation and lack of demand for used vessels) ends up mysteriously sinking. But authorities are investigating.
This latest misfortune comes on the heels of Newton's failure to pay large debts and lawsuits resulting from these failures. Casa de Shenandoah, Newton's palace of tacky complete with a full zoo, recently went on the auction block to cover $3.5 million of mortgage default.
Newton and his wife were allegedly vacationing out of the country when the boat sank Friday.
Even liberal do-gooder Bono embraces the role of capitalism in improving the condition of life for the individual world citizen. Bono is speaking at Georgetown University - note the tear-stained Guy Fawkes masks as students realize what he is saying is actually true.
The connection between the economics of capitalism and morality cannot be ignored. Captialism requires honesty, productivity (work ethic), self-reliance and personal responsibility and intitiative in order for the system to work efficiently.
The truth of the matter is this: capitalism has provided more
abundance for a greater number of people worldwide than any other economic
system ever created by increasing life expectancy, giving us abundant nutrition, decreasing
poverty, expanding literacy and education,
and increasing available free time. The unintended consequences of capitalism are
Throughout human history, life expectancy used
to be between 20–30 years. By 2003 it was 66.8 years.. Not only are people
living longer, they are also healthier in old age.
From 1961 to 2002, the world average daily food
supply per person increased by 24% (38% in developing nations). Access to safe
water and sanitation has increased.
From 1970 to the 2000s, global illiteracy rates
dropped from 36 to 18 percent.
Worldwide child labor (age 10-14) has decreased
from 24.9 percent in 1960 to 10.5 percent in 2003.
Total lifetime spent working for the average
British worker declined from 50 to 20 percent of the total "disposable
life hours" between 1856 and 1981 because of improved and cheaper lighting.
At the turn of the century (1900) no country had
universal suffrage and only 12.4% of the world's population had even limited
suffrage. Today, 44.1% of the World's population live in free nations
and another 18.6 percent in nations deemed partly free (from Freedom House).
The preacher man says it’s the end of time And the Mississippi River she’s a goin’ dry The interest is up and the Stock Markets down And you only get mugged If you go down town
I live back in the woods, you see A woman and the kids, and the dogs and me I got a shotgun rifle and a 4-wheel drive And a country boy can survive Country folks can survive
I can plow a field all day long I can catch catfish from dusk till dawn We make our own whiskey and our own smoke too Ain’t too many things these ole boys can’t do We grow good ole tomatoes and homemade wine And a country boy can survive Country folks can survive
Because you can’t starve us out And you cant makes us run Cuz we're them old boys raised on shotgun And we say grace and we say Ma’am And if you ain’t into that we don’t give a damn
We came from the West Virginia coalmines And the Rocky Mountains and the and the western skies And we can skin a buck; we can run a trout line And a country boy can survive Country folks can survive
I had a good friend in New York City He never called me by my name, just hillbilly My grandpa taught me how to live off the land And his taught him to be a businessman He used to send me pictures of the Broadway nights And I’d send him some homemade wine
But he was killed by a man with a switchblade knife For 43 dollars my friend lost his life Id love to spit some beechnut in that dudes eyes And shoot him with my old 45 Cause a country boy can survive Country folks can survive
Cause you can’t starve us out and you can’t make us run Cuz we're them old boys raised on shotgun And we say grace and we say Ma’am And if you ain’t into that we don’t give a damn
We’re from North California and south Alabam And little towns all around this land And we can skin a buck; we can run a trot-line And a country boy can survive Country folks can survive
Danny Brown is billed as an “alternative rapper” whatever that
is….and apparently took alternative rapping to a whole new level - Live Sex Show.
The rapper took the stage as usual for his his sold-out Minneapolis show on Friday and
allowed a “fan” to perform oral sex on him in front of the crowd while he continued
has neither confirmed nor denied. Luckily cooler heads prevail and fellow concert
performer Kitty defended the rapper on saying on Tumblr that there is a “a
problem with inappropriate fans who cross boundaries like crazy,” and defended
her tourmate’s actions.
“What is Danny supposed to do? Scream at a girl onstage while
he’s performing?…I know him pretty well, so I know he doesn’t wanna f*** up his
image by running away from sexual advances from girls…I also know him well
enough to feel like he’s probably pretty embarrassed about it. Nobody wants to
be publicly exposed and that girl is wrong for doing what she did.”
For those of you keeping score, Brown is a
Townshend went all out curmudgeon at a Who concert in Ontario. Instead of
screaming, “Hey kid, get off my lawn” like a respectable old coot, Townshend instead
said, “Don't wave that sign. [And] don't bring your children … I want to tell
you two words, but I can't because you have a child on you." He then
mouthed the words "fuck off".
offending person? A seven-year-old girl on her father’s shoulders sporting a
sign that read:
Your Guitar, Pete!"
"Nobody talks to my
seven-year-old daughter like that," Costello later told the Toronto Sun.
"I expect a 70-something-year-old man to respect the fact there's a
seven-year-old girl standing in front of him." Although Costello said he
understood that Townshend may have thought he was "using" his
daughter to get closer to the stage, "that is not what happened at
all". His daughter is a huge Who fan and was the one who painted the sign.
"I'd like [Townshend] to know in some small way he broke a little girl's
Townshend sent an apology to
the Costellos. "Apologies and condolences from my side," he wrote.
"I asked my friend Mike Tyler to find you so I could tell you that I am so
sorry the story about us blew up the way it did, but also to tell you that I
sympathise with you both … and that I am most certainly not angry … I was not
angry on stage either. I was in rock star mode, the big mouth. I could have
handled it differently. I thought your placard was fun … I was also worried
that your daughter looked a little frightened as the crowd started to follow
you down the aisle. The ushers should not have let you leave your seats and
walk forward. All that said you did nothing wrong … [I hope we can] meet and be
friends and put this behind us."
Yet NO ONE asks the real
question: What I the hell was a 7 -year -old child doing at a Who concert?