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I am here tonight to share a great truth with you.
I’m here tonight to dehypnotize you; to free you from a deadly collective obsession. I’m a voice for those who dare not speak, I’m a cry for hearts that suffer in silence and I’m here tonight to tell you what needs to be told.
I feel an itch for public service and I’ve got to scratch it.
In this best of all possible words, everything is in a hell of a mess; everyone knows it, everyone has a different explanation for it… but all these explanations are bunk. Not money, or the lack of it… not the atom bomb or the hydrogen bomb or the cobalt bomb are responsible for our plight. Not capitalism or socialism, not militarism or pacifism, not cannibalism or ventriloquism… none of these are to blame, none of these are at fault. They are mere symptoms, they are mere manifestations of an evil that is deeper rooted.
The true cause of our problems and pains; the basic cause of our headaches and heartaches and torments and turmoils and calamities and crimes… the real cause has been hidden from us; hidden by the very men who are supposed to enlighten and protect us.
The medical profession.
I accuse medical science; I say medical science is a fraud… an organized system of ignorance… I say medical science is a conspiracy, a pre-meditated idiocy.
How could I forget about the death of the big kahuna of alternative rock, Kurt Cobain? I’m really not sure but it’s pretty easy to say that Kurt Cobain’s musical influence probably reshaped the face of rock music with a presence that can still be felt to this day.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been 9 years since Layne Staley left this world. The darkness that he wore on his sleeve eventually consumed him, leaving behind an incredible musical legacy for all of us.
Ok, so I missed marking the auspicious Canadian national holiday, Canada Day, with a post. And given that JeffLand’s roots are so intertwined with Canada’s, it was kind of a “my bad” sort of moment on my part. Soo… Happy Belated Canada Day!
Moving right along, today is the 4th of July; Independence Day in the United States of America.
Soundgarden – 4th Of July
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I can’t help but think of this song every year that Independence Day rolls around. Feel free to click on the above audio player to listen to Soundgarden’s ‘4th Of July’ while reading the remainder of this post. And, yes, I do realize that the song references nuclear war (explaining the picture to the right) but I love how Chris Cornell juxtaposes American patriotism with nuclear warfare and with the name… I can’t avoid posting this.
Anyway, Canadians could really learn a few things from the Americans with regard to how to celebrate their national holiday. One thing that I know about American celebrations is that so many Americans enjoy setting off their own fireworks displays. This is something that doesn’t happen nearly enough in neither Canada nor the New JeffLand Empire. Really, we should be shooting off fireworks so often that one might realize that there’s a fine line between patriotism and pyromania!
I’m really expressing my fondness for explosions here and aligning myself with the philosophy that more explosions=better celebration. So, in honour of our American friends on their day of observance… here is a brilliant fireworks display that won’t send anyone to the hospital or burn off anyone’s hair.