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Ed Driscoll

Reactionary Journalist Defends Wealthiest One Percent

June 9th, 2014 - 1:38 pm

Look on the bright side — the New York Times has finally found a business it can defend, pushing back against the dangers of the left insanely promoting income inequality as a meme in the process:

The acquisition also included the expensive Beats headphones — $300 and up in a variety of colors so they also serve as fashion accessory. People will still pay large money for devices, and this weekend, thousands of people will spend at least $250 for three-day access to the Governor’s Ball Music Festival in New York. It’s a curious disconnect: Fans will pay top dollar for a music accessory or a music event. They just won’t pay for, oh yeah, music.

Writing in The Daily Beast last week, the musician Van Dyke Parks said that in the good old days, a song he recently wrote with Ringo Starr would have provided him “with a house and a pool.” But at current royalty rates, he estimated that he and the former Beatle would make less than $80, which means he will have to choose between a dollhouse and a kiddie pool and then share it with Mr. Starr.

Superstars like Beyoncé can drop an unannounced bomb on iTunes and sell a million copies in under two weeks, but most artists are having trouble treading water in the stream. Streaming services argue that as their subscriber base grows, musicians will be able to survive on many small slices of a very big pie.

On the bus ride home from dinner last week, I streamed most of the wonderful new album from Parquet Courts, courtesy of the Something for Nothing paradox. The $6 grapes were delicious, by the way, but I consumed them slowly and consciously, each one carrying not only lusciousness, but the knowledge that I had paid for them.

As someone who has watched the music industry go from a vibrant hit-making machine to near irrelevancy in the course of a couple of decades, I’m sympathetic to archliberal David Carr’s article, but the Times is arguably the worst place for it to be running. This is the newspaper that regularly rails against excessive consumerism by publishing profiles feigning praise for New Yorkers who have lived without toilet paper for a year, or articles on why the Third World should forgo the same air conditioning that cools the Times’ Eighth Avenue office building and Thomas Friedman’s mansion. (Even as the Times defends aerosol-powered graffiti vandals over the owners of private property they’ve defaced.) The paper that began the 1990s by running Al Gore’s manifesto comparing global warming to Kristallnacht, and concluded 2012 by calling for an end to the Constitution. If the environment is in such perilous condition that we must forgo air conditioning and toilet paper, CDs and iPods are the ultimate non-essential luxury.

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Professions that create millionaires or billionaires who tend to say the right things and contribute their moneys to the right causes will always get a sympathetic hearing from The New York Times (though they can still target 1-2 individuals within those particular job niches on which all bottled-up hostility will be taken out -- all the donations to liberal causes in the world can't save Mr. Gates, even as the Google billionaires collect data on millions and use it to target ads that are sapping the Times' main source of revenue).
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The wealthiest one percent should be able to defend themselves. How about defending the middle class, working class and non-welfare working lower economic class from the democrats, McCain, Graham, Rubio, Boehner, Cantor and Ryan who want to suppress their wages and jobs and quality of life even more with their amnesty/rewards for tens of millions of invaders? The democrats have always said that Republican politicians are the enemy of the middle class, working class and non-welfare working lower economic class, and clearly they are right. Of course, virtually all of the democrats office holders are too. These politicians are bigger deserters and defectors than even Bergdahl is, far bigger as Bergdahl deserted an Army company and defected to the other side and they have deserted most of a whole country and defected to the other side.
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Bands should be making money off of performances. This is what regular people call "work". Songs are like advertisements but if they want more money out of their songs, they could sell them off their band's website rather than go through third parties.

Song writers need to get better contracts upfront when they sell their work.
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After Rudi Guliani cleaned up NYC, Jimmy Breslin bemoaned the "Disneyfication" of Times Square and pined for those thrilling days of yesteryear, where getting mugged in New York was a reliable public service.

They oppose private ownership of guns but wish they had the muggers back. Do Jews visit Auschwitz and talk about the Good Old Days?
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"In matters of progress and dynamism, the left is far more conservative than the conservatives are."

And they want to return civilization to its historical default position: rule by all-powerful, centralized elites. They are regressives, not progressives.
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This is David Carr of "David Carr: "If it's Kansas, Missouri, no big deal. You know, that's the dance of the low-sloping foreheads. The middle places, right? [pause] Did I just say that aloud?", so that makes it OK for the Times.

As long as the author is an known insufferable elitist, it's fine if he wanders off the reservation; just trying to confuse we of the low-sloping foreheads.
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Bill Gates is pushing Common Core. Warren Buffet gave a billion dollars to pro-abortionists. Tom Steyer is pushing to make energy cost-prohibitive to the average guy.

I'm kind of seeing Pope Francis' point about the rich.
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This is one of the best articles describing the leftist fetish for a crappy past over ... progress!
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Professions that create millionaires or billionaires who tend to say the right things and contribute their moneys to the right causes will always get a sympathetic hearing from The New York Times (though they can still target 1-2 individuals within those particular job niches on which all bottled-up hostility will be taken out -- all the donations to liberal causes in the world can't save Mr. Gates, even as the Google billionaires collect data on millions and use it to target ads that are sapping the Times' main source of revenue).
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The wealthiest one percent should be able to defend themselves. How about defending the middle class, working class and non-welfare working lower economic class from the democrats, McCain, Graham, Rubio, Boehner, Cantor and Ryan who want to suppress their wages and jobs and quality of life even more with their amnesty/rewards for tens of millions of invaders? The democrats have always said that Republican politicians are the enemy of the middle class, working class and non-welfare working lower economic class, and clearly they are right. Of course, virtually all of the democrats office holders are too. These politicians are bigger deserters and defectors than even Bergdahl is, far bigger as Bergdahl deserted an Army company and defected to the other side and they have deserted most of a whole country and defected to the other side.
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I don't know who that fellow named David Carr is but he has all my sympathy when he start looking for a new job...
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