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Neil Young Doubles Down on the Crazy

This time around, NeilYoungLies.ca is debunking his "green" anti-progress nonsense.

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Kathy Shaidle

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January 21, 2014 - 4:00 pm
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There’s lots to learn at NeilYoungLies.ca. Here’s a sample:

“Neil Young has a monstrous tour bus. And, when he had his Canadian concerts, he had five such buses, all burning diesel, all idling while the concert was on.”

“Neil Young has his sprawling estate where an Indian tribe was killed off. California never signed any treaties with its Indians. They just pushed them away and took the land. Why doesn’t Neil honour the Indians killed in his own backyard?”

“Neil Young’s ‘Lincvolt’ claims to be environmentally sound” but it actually requires a team of chase vehicles full of mechanics to follow it around, in case it breaks down (which it does a lot — when it isn’t catching on fire, causing about $1-million in damages.)

Here’s the New York Times (!):

But [Neil Young's] own life has been one of spectacular excess, materialism, and hedonism. From his 1,500-acre estate, to his two “other” homes, to his private-jet lifestyle, there’s no indulgence he hasn’t helped himself to. And why not — his estimated net worth is $65 million. He deserves to live large, doesn’t he? It’s us, the little people, who don’t.

“I’m not here to sell things. That’s what other people do, I’m creating them.”

Maybe the criticism is starting to sting. As Ezra Levant notes, during the final stop on his tour, Young seemed to rein himself in somewhat:

All week, he had been comparing the oilsands to Hiroshima, claiming it caused cancer, that there was no reclamation of the land afterwards, that it caused pollution in faraway China, etc.. But then on Sunday, he said he was fine with all of it — he could actually support the expansion of the oilsands — if “the First Nations treaties (are) honoured.”

Huh? So all that Hiroshima talk was just a bargaining chip to get some legal tinkering?

Young comes across as cynical, stupid or both.

So why does this matter to Americans?

Well, Canada wants to get our relatively clean, ethical oil to our friends south of the border, and pipelines are the best way to do that. Campaigns like Young’s are speed bumps on the road to progress and prosperity for all of us, with the added bonus of helping Americans stop buying oil from countries that want to kill them.

Plus, many of Young’s friends in the “green” movement are based in the U.S., but they’re helping fund these and other campaigns.

In other words, American lobby groups like the Tides Foundation are interfering with another nation’s sovereignty, including our decisions about our laws, regulations, treaties and resource development.

Should that even be legal?

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(KATHY SHAIDLE is a blogging pioneer who runs FiveFeetOfFury, now in its 14th year. She's been called "one of the great virtuoso polemicists of our time," by MARK STEYN. Her NEW book is Confessions of A Failed Slut (Thought Catalog, 2014).

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Pfft. All the posters remembering how great Young used to be are part of the problem. He's always been an America-hating jerk.

In the words of some guys who saw through his BS:

"Well, I hope Neil Young will remember, a Southern man don't need him around, anyhow!"
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Yep - liberals look across our fruited plain & see groups of victims: minorities, women, non-Christians. Then they ask how can I exploit this group, for votes, for money, for power, without exposing my true agenda.
44 weeks ago
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Young is a walking tribute to the fact identity sells and also corrupts art. In a few years, it'll be a half-century since Young has made a decent album. His reward for that is 65 million. That's how you wreck art, and by extension, a society.

And I loved this guys work through to After the Gold Rush. It was unique and innovative. After that Young fell down and has never gotten up. Some of his work is so bad in recent years it is embarrassing.

"It's Neil Young so it MUST be good. It's a black guy so it must be a diverse and new look. It's a woman, must be moral. It's a Muslim, must be vibrant.

Liberals are naive morons, and they are dazzled by identity to the exclusion of all else, like teeny-boppers. Meanwhile artistry takes a deep dark dive to the bottom of the ocean.
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Just another case of the 'have yachts' trying to run the lives of the 'have nots'
43 weeks ago
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If only we aging nerds had known you could amass a $65,000,000 fortune singing bleating, pajama-boy lyrics and playing fingernails-on-the-chalkboard guitar riffs. I have to hand it to Neil for that social insight.
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Neil Young now looks like Joe Clark with long hair. No wonder he`s gone nuts. (To our American Friends: Joe Clark briefly interrupted Pierre Trudeau`s reign as Canadian PM. Would have been a disaster if he`d had a clue...)
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You're mostly right and not to defend his politics, while Young's work has become spotty for sure, in fact, he has made the odd decent album over the period you decry, as well as some very good ones with Crazy Horse. Harvest, Ragged Glory, Prairie Wind, Silver and Gold, Psychedelic Pill and a few others stand out. Musical skill and political wisdom do not go hand in hand which is something most of the 60's and 70's stars couldn't quite get a handle on. I love John Lennon's music but he is the poster child for political naivete.
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Here’s the New York Times (!): But [Neil Young's] own life has been one of spectacular excess, materialism, and hedonism...

Can't find any of that verbiage in the New York Times article linked on The Truth About Neil Young site. A web search only brings up that site and PJM. Just sayin'...
43 weeks ago
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I'll check that out.
43 weeks ago
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Greetings:

I heard that Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Dung are reworking the lyrics for a new version of “Four Dead in Ohio” to memorialize the Benghazi murders because they’re important too. To wit:

No soldiers or bombers coming,
You’re totally on your own.
The President’s gone out golfing,
Madam Secretary’s at home.
43 weeks ago
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"This is your brain........ This is your brain on dope."
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The natives in Canada can't even agree on who owns what between themselves. That's why when Champlain started expanding New France, he got suckered in the ongoing war between the Huron annd Iroquoi (the Iroquoi won, wiping out the Huron). In B.C., I believe the natives are claiming 120% of the land there.
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Neil Young is one of the last true Rock and Rollers. His POV hasn't changed in all that time. So I give him a pass and play Tonight's the Night. [so he's a useful idiot is ok with you... The Futon]
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