Superhero – Drugs and Choices

Here’s an outstanding deep house tune with fantastic, philosophical vocals. An Italian production, it’s out on Noir Music.

Prohibition in America

One of my favorite anecdotes is of two German friends of mine, eager to tour the US. They saved their money and planned to drive the length of Highway 1 in California in a convertible.

First though, at great expense and effort, they would pay homage to their love of Jack Daniel’s by visiting the distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee. Elated to arrive and eager to sample the whiskey at its birth place, they nearly fell over when the tour guide remarked “because we’re in a dry county, we will only be able to offer you lemonade at the conclusion of the tour.”

As Alexis de Tocqueville already noted in the early 1800′s, the US is a nation of extremes, often oblivious to societal contradictions. Public policy on alcohol is a case in point.

While US states determine the legal age of consumption, the Federal government won’t fund your roads if that age is not 21. Specific counties can restrict alcohol sales altogether.
As this fascinating map from the BBC shows, prohibition never ended in parts of the US.

Read the BBC article here.

Adele – Set Fire To The Rain (Moonlight Matters Remix)

A stellar wrapping of disco awesomeness around a diva’s voice. Outstanding!

Free download on SoundCloud.

Tiga – Love Don’t Dance Here Anymore (Instrumental Mix)

Tiga has produced an epic, stomping disco house track here. A masterpiece!

Aarvo – The Patient

Exceptional debut from the Dublin-based Cormac Phelan. Very polished album with accomplished use of vocals, builds and breakdowns. The tracks are mostly electro influenced. You can download a free sampler E.P.

I would like to see this performed live. Would be a stormer.

CoMa – Famous EP

Here’s one of the best EP’s I’ve heard in a long time, the Famous EP by CoMa released earlier this year on Kompakt. All three tracks are outstanding. Some of you will recognise the Opus 3 – It’s A Fine Day lyrics in Raindrops, sung by Erlend Øye.

CoMa – Raindrops

CoMa – Fameless

CoMa – Playground Altona

Tony De Vit

One of the best energetic house mixes I have ever come across is the compilation A Retrospective of House ’91-’95: Volume 2 disc 2 mixed by hard house DJ Tony De Vit.

I was fortunate to hear Tony play one of his legendary happy, hard house sets at Trade in Turnmills in London, back in the day when there was a sales booth next to the coat check that sold high-quality-guaranteed-or-your-money-back Volkswagen or Mitsubishi pills. This CD mix encapsulates the extraordinary energy of his djing style and the euphoria that filled Turnmills when Tony played there. Regrettably, Tony died of complications due to HIV aged 41, barely three years after completing this mix. That was a sad day in 1998. His unique sound lives on though, never better than in his two tracks that complete this extraordinary CD:

99th Floor Elevators Featuring Tony De Vit – Hooked

Tony De Vit – Burning Up

Trivia – Robert Liston

Robert Liston (1794-1847) was a pioneering Scottish surgeon. He was likely the best surgeon of his day, noted for his skill and his speed in an era prior to anesthetics. He was able to complete operations in a matter of seconds, at a time when speed was essential to reduce pain and improve the odds of survival of a patient. He is said to have been able to perform the removal of a limb in an amputation in roughly 30 seconds.

There are stories of occasions when his operations went wrong due to the speed at which he attempted them. The two most notable examples of this were when he amputated a man’s testicles along with his leg by mistake. In another operation where the patient died of infection, he cut off the fingers of his assistant (who also died due to infection) and slashed the coat of a spectator who died of fright. Robert Liston is the only surgeon in known history to have performed an operation with a 300% mortality rate.

Obama Takes Blame For Bush

Amnesia was rampant during mid-term US elections this week. Candidates espousing reductions in the size of government, taxation, healthcare reform and financial regulation enjoyed astounding success, including extremist Tea Party politicians. Despite the substantial achievements of the Obama administration in restoring America’s public image in the world, reducing American involvement in costly, failed conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as implementing reform in healthcare and financial institutions during the arguably worst period in American history since the Great Depression, droves of poorly informed, easily manipulated and evolutionarily suspect Americans voted for a return to the grand policies of the George W. Bush era.

A vast number of Americans clearly don’t understand that it takes years to recover from the excessive spending, lax regulation and limited taxation on corporations and high net worth citizens that characterized the unmitigated disaster that was the W. legacy. Instead, they seem to have expected Obama to conjure new jobs, stimulate economic growth and bail out Wall Street, Main Street and unscrupulous and/or incompetent businesses like AIG and GM, all without increasing deficits or taxes.

So, they voted for former Lehman Brothers partner John Kasich and lobbyist lap dog, John Boehner, in Ohio and for the Tea Party in backward places throughout the country. I wonder how many people know that the Tea Party is a political action organization financed by the billionaires Rupert Murdoch and the nefarious Koch brothers to serve corporate interests? There is no patriotism there. Just self-serving sadism executed on unwittingly masochistic morons. As the French philospher Joseph Marie de Maistre stated: “Every country had the government it deserves.”

How Google Limits Tax Exposure

It’s amazing what you can do with good lobbyists and clever lawyers. Check out how Google achieves a 2.4% tax rate:

Nifty interactive depiction of the cash flow

The whole story, courtesy of Business Week

So, despite the fact that Google Ireland Limited declared a turnover of €7.9 billion in 2009, they paid €18.3 million in Irish taxes.

Source: Profits at Google subsidiary in Ireland up almost five-fold, Irish Times

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