Counter-culture Journals (文革)

Counter-culture Journals (文革)

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Black Friday started earlier this year

By SJ Otto
Each year I writeabout Black Friday, that fabricated holiday that corporate and capitalist leaders came up with to promote an orgy of gift selling and buying. I’ve never really liked this holiday, especially since I am a socialist and this phenomenon is the antithesis of my beliefs, but I have to admit that it is almost amusing, the sheer silliness of it. Most people who take part in this orgy of consumerism wait until the day after Thanksgiving and they get up at ridiculously early hours to buy things no one really needs really cheap at the stores who promote this holiday.
This is a prelude to the Christmas season, two months, or more, of shopping for gifts for family members and friends. People spend a ridiculous amount of money on people who will probably never appreciate all the money, time and effort it took to buy all these gifts for this gift-giving season, based on a holiday about a poor god-man who was supposedly born on this day to promote a religion that seems to have little to do with the actual Christmas holiday.
It almost seems that venders can hardly wait for the Christmas season to begin. Christmas decorations go up in the stores the day after Halloween. Corporations can hardly wait to begin hawking their wares. This year many stores couldn’t wait for the traditional Black Friday sail to begin, so they have started early.[1] Many Black Friday sales have started already.
Every year I make fun of Black Friday and post satirical songs and pictures. This year I’m starting Early to keep up with the stores. I will have another posting for the actual real day of Black Friday, which should be November 23.

Uncle Bernie's Farm

Bad News - Cashing In On Christmas

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Another view of celebrating Veteran’s Day

The Peace and Social Justice Center of South Central Kansas presents their own version of celebrating Veteran’s Day. -SJ Otto

Help Us Celebrate Armistice Day 2018!

Veterans For Peace has been celebrating Armistice Day almost since the organization's inception, with a few chapters doing yearly events.  However, in 2008 the effort became a national effort with the passage of an official Veterans For Peace resolution.  Since then, chapters across the country have been "Reclaiming Armistice Day" pushing the celebration of peace into the national conversation on Veterans Day.
One hundred years ago the world celebrated peace as a universal principle.  The first World War had just ended and nations mourning their dead collectively called for an end to all wars.  Armistice Day was born and was designated as “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated."
After World War II, the U.S. Congress decided to rebrand November 11 as Veterans Day. Honoring the warrior quickly morphed into honoring the military and glorifying war. Armistice Day was flipped from a day for peace into a day for displays of militarism.
Veterans For Peace has taken the lead in lifting up the original intention of November 11th – as a day for peace. As veterans we know that a day that celebrates peace, not war, is the best way to honor the sacrifices of veterans.  We want generations after us to never know the destruction war has wrought on people and the earth.
Veterans For Peace is calling on everyone to stand up for peace this Armistice Day.  More than ever, the world faces a critical moment. Tensions are heightened around the world and the U.S. is engaged militarily in multiple countries, without an end in sight.  Here at home we have seen the increasing militarization of our police forces and brutal crackdowns on dissent and people’s uprisings against state power. We must press our government to end reckless military interventions that endanger the entire world. We must build a culture of peace.

This Armistice Day, Veterans For Peace calls on the U.S. public to say no to more war and to demand justice and peace, at home and abroad. We know Peace is Possible and call for an end to all oppressive and violent policies, and for equality for all people.
For the rest click here.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

It’s Samhain/Halloween a really great holiday

By SJ Otto

Happy Samhain/Halloween, etc! Most people know this holiday as a time for dressing up, and children getting candy from “trick or treating.” But this was the most important holiday of the year, before Christianity came to Europe. The Druids, witches, Wiccans and other pre-Christian religions saw this day as a kind of New Year day. It was the most important holiday of the year, in which people celebrated the end of the harvest and the beginning of the new year. It was also a time where people believed that spirits could visit the living. That is why many people wore masks. They carved pumpkins out of fruits, such as turnips. (Pumpkins came from the new world, so Europeans didn’t have them).
It is amazing that any of these traditions remain, since Halloween can be viewed as a non-Christian holiday. At one point the Christian Church came up with All Saints Day, for a holiday after Halloween, where people were supposed to dress as their favorite saints and go to mass.

Here are some good Halloween tunes:

Killer Klowns From Outer Space

Marilyn Manson - This is Halloween

Ramones - Pet Sematary

Thursday, October 25, 2018

The 2018 “Burning Man” Controversy! What’s The Fate Of The “Orgy Dome”

By SJ Otto
There is a lot of controversy over the Burning man Festival. It is a simple artzy festival and there is no reason to harass people who just want to enjoy some freedom in a not-so-free society. The information to this article is from I plan to go to that festival either this summer or next. It sounds like a good ol' time to just get away from all the puritan ethics  that are choking our culture to death. Let's have some freedom, such as the right to go without clothing. There should be places in the US where we can have some sexual and cultural freedom. Let us have some freedom. Let culture ring out. For a look into this event just view the video in the article below.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Advertising is a pain in our asses

By SJ Otto
It is everywhere. And it can drive us crazy. I turn on the TV in the morning and I almost always see an ad.=> Life insurance- weight loss pills- exercising machines- cars- all kinds of food; How can we live without all of this stuff? We are watching these ads every day we watch the TV. We hear it on the radio. Malware puts ads in our computers. Early in the morning while I look for a sub job for the day (I'm a substitute teacher and each day I have to look on a computer site for a teacher who is absent and needs a replacement). Then "POW!" It hits me. There is a loud noise as someone wants me to buy lawn furniture or a car!!! In the corner of my computer screen there is a little box that makes loud noises trying to sell me something I don't want to buy. I can't click it off for at least 10 seconds. Then I go to a sub page only to be redirected to a full page ad I never wanted to see.
The YouTube below is interesting except it has ads that pop up every few minutes to interrupt what I was watching and tries to sell me something I never wanted and never will want!

At least if you go to the YouTube page this thing is full of advertising. Imagine this being stopped every few minutes for advertising!? 


Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Aretha Franklin: The sound of the civil rights movement

Aretha Franklin was more than just a singer and entertainer, she was also a voice for the civil rights movement. We can be thankful that we had such entertainers during the civil rights movement, during the 1960s. The following article explains some of her political work:

From the BBC:
Her Baptist minister father was the organiser behind the 1963 Detroit Walk to Freedom - the largest-ever demonstration for civil rights in the US until the March on Washington later that year, when the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr made his "I have a dream" speech.
King was a frequent guest in her father's home.
At 16 years of age, Franklin went on tour with him, just after recording her first album.
She would sing at King's funeral a decade later.
King's daughter, Dr Bernice King, called Franklin a "shining example" of how to use the arts to support social change.

For the rest click here.

Aretha Franklin - Think (The Blues Brothers)

Saturday, April 07, 2018

Discover How Tequila Should Be Made

The right way to make tequila isn’t exactly easy, which is probably why nine highly acclaimed bartenders had to go all the way to Mexico to see how it’s done. Check out the distilleries they visited, along with what they saw and experienced, to see who’s still going to the trouble of making incredible tequila.

Friday, March 16, 2018

It's Another wonderful St. Patrick's Day- 2018

Saint Patrick was just a missionary. He probably did little to improve the lives of the Irish and instead came to the island to fill people up with mysticism. He never drove out the snakes because there never were any to begin with.
Many of us celebrate this day because we are all or part Irish. Some of us support Irish nationalism and the Irish cause, with the symbol of the Starry Plough.
For many people this holiday is just an excuse to get drunk. Maybe that is OK too. Don't forget to drink an Irish Car Bomb, an Irish Stout or (yuck) green beer. -SJ Otto


Add the Baileys and Jameson Irish Whiskey to a shot glass.
Drop the shot into a half-pint of Guinness Beer.

Livin' In America - Black 47

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Last Chance to Share Your Finest Woodford Reserve Cocktails


Would you like to go to Kentucky, New York City and London without spending a dime? If you’re interested—and who wouldn’t be?—then you absolutely have to enter the 2018 Manhattan Experience today. You might have a couple of wildly creative Woodford Reserve cocktail recipes. But they can’t win you anything after today.

Monday, January 15, 2018

What If God Was Just Like Us?

This is my own version of what would happen if an agnostic wrote Joan Osborne's - "What If God Was One Of Us" - Well here is my version!- SJ Otto

If God was a lawyer,
Who would he suit,
If God drove a car,
What kind of car would he drive,
And how much gas would he consume,
Who would he cut off on the high-way,
Who would he flip off with road rage,

Yes, yes God is great,
Yea, yea, God is great,

What if God was one of us,
Just a bozo on a buss,
Push his buttons and make him cuss,
As he makes his way home,
And all his flunkies live in Rome,

If God was a soldier,
Who would he kill,
If God were an executioner,
Who would he execute,
If God was a player,
Who would he fuck,

Yes, yes God is great,
Yea, yea, God is great,

What if God was one of us,
Just a bozo on a buss,
Push his buttons and make him cuss,
As he makes his way home,
And all his flunkies live in Rome,

If God owned a factory,
How big would it be,
If God pushed people off of welfare,
How many elections would he win,
If God owned an apartment complex,
How many people would he evict,

Yes, yes God is great,
yea, yea, God is great,

What if God was one of us,
Just a bozo on a buss,
Push his buttons and make him cuss,
As he makes his way home,
And all his flunkies live in Rome,

What if God was one of us,
And he murdered people just like us,
And he raped others just like us,
Would he be as cold as us,
While he takes the evening buss,
Would he be as bad as us?

Joan Osborne - What If God Was One Of Us

5th-grader echoes Martin Luther King Jr. with her own 'dream' speech

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

How Would Your BACARDÍ Cocktail Stand Up in Court?


Using inferior rum in certain cocktails isn’t just a bad idea. It’s illegal. The New York Supreme Court stepped in to protect drinkers from knockoff BACARDÍ® Cocktails. It happened almost a century ago, but the decision is still relevant to bartenders today. See if your spin on the Daiquiri meets the standards of the BACARDÍ Cocktail.