“Hard rock is not what springs to mind when you think of oppressed groups, but throughout its history, despite its popularity, it has received a great deal of dismissive criticism, and today there is not much of a hard-rock scene left. Queens of the Stone Age’s near-perfect new album, “. . . Like Clockwork,” an excellent example of the form, débuted at No. 1 in early June, but it arrives accompanied by no wave of critical attention or trend pieces. The band is on the indie label Matador, after almost ten years on Interscope. Maybe they need no cohort now…
…The sound was pleasantly harsh and rattling, and several notches higher than comfortable, which was exactly right. The controlled power and variety of the set suggestted that the Stone Age that Homme is interested in is rock itself, in all its iterations. It seems irrelevant whether popular and critical appreciation follows. The next album will simply continue the work.
– Sasha Frere-Jones, The New Yorker, July 1st, 2013
The ‘Making You Safe’ Lie
by Philip Giraldi
June 27, 2013
So the argument that the NSA surveillance program directed at nearly everyone all the time is making anyone safer is essentially bogus. Putting aside the enormous cost, the violation of both personal privacy rights and the constitutional prohibition of warrantless searches reveal it to be yet another building block in the piecemeal construction of the Total Information Awareness program that was initiated by the Pentagon shortly after 9/11. Total Information Awareness would have created a comprehensive file on everyone living in the US plus millions of people abroad. It would have marked the end of civil liberties in the United States and created a de facto police state based on the premise of doing what is necessary to protect the people from terrorism. That both the premise and the response are deeply flawed should be self-evident to every American who truly cares about the future of this country. But it clearly is not understood by those in congress and the media who continue to sell the snake oil.