I am satisfied
Because this is all I have
To sit in this silence
shoulder to shoulder
to feel the warmth of your skin
journey the distance across
fabric's slow yielding
But If I could
this moment then turn
turn slowly my head
and then yours
kiss you
And care nothing
For what any would think
But I cannot
I am satisfied 
This is all I have
And all I ever will

Sea Change Unlikely

Over at a blog called Silent Attraction they discuss the luck  success of two rappers achieving a number one hit unsigned.  It was not unprecedented which they acknowledge later in the post.  They also posit this statement about what it means:

These labels have to be nervous; no longer do artists need to go through them in order to be successful.

I have a feeling they are no more nervous than big publishing is about independent authors.  Each has and will have its place in the ecosystem.  I think the disambiguation has a far more reaching impact on those whom made their living as intermediaries between the artists and the labels.  Independent A&R people who were going to use their deep connections to get you signed.  They are the ones who should be shaking in their boots just like agents for authors are.  They are not necessary anymore; you only need a good attorney to represent you.  And from the labels perspective I can simply watch the independent charts, the blogs, data mine etc.  and then convince the artists their life would be easier if the label handled all the heavy lifting.  Of course, I would need to be compensated for all my beneficence like taking a cut of your touring money, publishing and half of your t-shirt sales, something that used to be considered unconscionable.   It’s necessary you see, it’s harder to make a profit what with all the file sharing.

Saudi Irrelevancy Watch

The Aussies find shale oil.  This is not the end of Saudi Arabia but it should shrink their net worth over time.  They are not particularly astute investors so one can only hope that they lose their money and power.  Nothing would please me more than to see a Ferrari being pulled by two camels.  Why? One because they are the single biggest sponsor of radical Islam in the world and have (along with Iran) a lot of blood on their hands. And two, I do not like they way the ruling class treats their own people.  Not that the United States is a moral giant,  President Drone’s use of high-tech killing machines is rather indiscriminate.  To digress, I am not one to get upset at the killing of the enemy and their infrastructure.  The Tamil Tigers were not stopped by listening to the UN.  It requires  ruthlessness to break the fighting will of your enemy (Sherman’s march to the sea) which is why you should never go to war except in self-defense.  Anything less than that muddies the waters, you lose the moral high ground.

Returning to the main topic, every new oil find outside OPEC countries pleases me.  I look forward to the day when they stick their ATM cards into a machine and the balance = the 99%

Frontline The Untouchables

Frontline has a new series on how no Wall Street Executives found a prison cell their new lavish quarters after the mortgage debacle.  The only missing thing from this series is the role of the US Congress and how they built the incentives into the system to reward this behavior.  There is really good paper by the economist Russ Roberts that explains this.  It’s called Gambling with Other People’s Money.

Two Quotes

From the inauguration speech President Obama:

But we have always understood that when times change, so must we; that fidelity to our founding principles requires new responses to new challenges; that preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action.

For the American people can no more meet the demands of today’s world by acting alone than American soldiers could have met the forces of fascism or communism with muskets and militias. No single person can train all the math and science teachers we’ll need to equip our children for the future, or build the roads and networks and research labs that will bring new jobs and businesses to our shores. Now, more than ever, we must do these things together, as one nation, and one people.

Mark Levin:

Plato’s Republic, More’s Utopia, Hobbes’s Leviathan, and Marx’s workers’ paradise are utopias that are anti-individual and anti-individualism. For the utopians, modern and olden, the individual is one-dimensional—selfish. On his own, he has little moral value.  Contrarily, authoritarianism is defended as altruistic and master-minds as socially conscious. Thus endless interventions in the individual’s life and manipulation of his conditions are justified as not only necessary and desirable but noble governmental pursuits.  This false dialectic is at the heart of the problem we face today.

Evolutionary Psychology on Hard Times

The New York Times editorial casts doubts on evo-psych as applied to male female relationships.  The body shots go back to 1998 after it took a pummeling from the philospher Jerry Fodor.  The odd thing about it is just how tiresome evo-psych explanations get particularly by amateurs on the web.  They use it to explain everything from why you were stood up for a lunch date to why you hate your co-worker.  Anything with that much explanatory power, explains nothing.