Fed Up With ReverbNation

February 1, 2014

I am pretty much done with ReverbNation.

The app has a lot of potential.

But, it is buggier than MySpace and not even as popular, if that says anything in itself.

So, if anybody signed up on the mailing list there, I am sorry, but I’ve disconnected the app completely and am only doing the mailing list directly from my email.

It sucks.

But, it is still better than the alternatives.

I am pretty much done with ReverbNation. The app has a lot of potential. But, it is buggier than MySpace and not even as popular, if that says anything in itself. So, if anybody signed up on the mailing list there, I am sorry, but I've disconnected the app completely and am only doing the mailing list directly from my email. It sucks. But, it is still better than the alternatives.

Preview

January 22, 2014

https://soundcloud.com/mikenobody/beginners-luck-0-preview

Transwoman Dares Bible-Quoting Anti-LGBT Councillor To Stone Her To Death

January 21, 2014
A City Council member of Shreveport, Louisiana has abandoned efforts to remove recently passed legal protections for LGBT people, after public outcry.  During testimony against the plans, a Trans woman dared the Councilman to stone her to death, if he truly believed the scripture he was quoting to support his personal prejudices.
Following a successful campaign by LGBT coalition Be Fair Shreveport, the Councilvoted 6-1 last December to pass ordinance which bans discrimination in housing and employment within city limits on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.  The lone ‘no vote’ came from Councilman Ron Webb, telling KSLA TV station “The Bible tells you homosexuals are an abomination,”
Ten days later, Webb drafted ordinance that would repeal these newly extended legal protections, and when they were brought before the Council chamber last Tuesday – droves of people registered to speak against the Councilman’s regressive proposal.
The most profound of these speakers was trans woman Pamela Raintree, who took just one minute to expose Councilman Webbs professed religiosity as nothing more than a smokescreen for his own personal bigotry.  She addressed the following to Webb before the packed Council house:
“Leviticus 20:13 states, ‘If a man also lie with mankind as he lieth with a woman, they shall surely put him to death,’” Raintree began. “I brought the first stone, Mr. Webb, in case that your Bible talk isn’t just a smoke screen for personal prejudices.”
Webb declined to follow the clear order of scripture and stone Pamela to death.  He also recalled his proposal before it was put to a vote, meaning the hard won protections of Shreveport’s LGBT community remain intact – thanks to the unity and defiance of the local community and campaigners.You can watch the confrontation below:

Transwoman Dares Bible-Quoting Anti-LGBT Councillor To Stone Her To Death

It is timely and easy to dispel the compelling narrative put forward by those opposed to equal rights, that there is some sort of tension between opposing rights.  Social conservatives/bigots would have you believe that their right to freedom of speech or religion is somehow at odds with that of LGBT people to live their lives parallel and equal in law.  This is not true.  LGBT people are not asking for the right to burn bibles, or churches, or dissolve heterosexual marriages or refuse to serve social conservatives.  All LGBT people are asking for is equality.  This argument is hard to refute, so often religion is brought in as a ballast.

‘Look, I am not judging you or your lifestyle,’ says Mr/Ms Social Conservative with a frowny face ‘I have these religious convictions and you are actually preventing me from exercising them by demanding equal rights.  Your inequality is right and proper according to my deeply held religious views, it is written in scripture, and those views are protected by the constitution’.
If this is the case, then the person using such an argument can not pick and choose which bits of scripture are protected under law and which are not.  Why? Because at the point which they make such a personal distinction, it is simply their subjective opinion. Which by their own logic, not mine, is trumped by religious scripture.  By calling on the Councilman to stone her, and enforce the orders of Leviticus, Pamela Raintree made this contradiction clear for all to see.  She may never change Councilman Webb into a progressive character, but she made a stand on behalf of herself and her community that made a profound difference – and that is worthy of acknowledgment and celebration.

Etsy Shop is up

January 19, 2014

Etsy Shop is up

The audiozines are still being worked on.

But, at least the Etsy site is ready.

I’ll try to make the first one available by the end of this month.

Weight Loss

January 17, 2014

Lately, I’ve been on the “cake and cupcakes diet”.

You don’t actually lose any weight.

But, it is easy to stick to.

Hello There

January 17, 2014

January 15, 2014


http://wemakezines.ning.com/profile/MikeNobody

We Make Zines

January 15, 2014


http://wemakezines.ning.com/profile/MikeNobody

Dead Computer

March 23, 2013


Well, it looks like the old studio computer is DEAD.
The hard drive isn’t really the problem after all.
It is the motherboard that is fucked-up.
So, I guess we need to replace the computer altogether.
I will be looking around for a decent system compatible with our other hardware/software.
We will be working with what gear we have left and try to have some new material ready to record by the time we replace the computer (whenever THAT is).

How Cool Is That?

February 18, 2013

How Cool Is That?

February 18, 2013

MykSpace

February 17, 2013



I am doing some internet housecleaning.

MySpace is such a piece of crap.

Over 7,500 “friends” on there.

Do they even look at MySpace anymore?

It is okay that you can put your band’s page up there and people can listen to your music…if the damn site doesn’t crash your computer first.

Reverbnation & Facebook can do that without the glitches.

I thought about sending them all a message, “HEY! I’m over HERE now! Check it out!”…and close the account.

That’s maybe not a bad idea.

Maybe I’ll leave the account to rot instead of closing it though.

Please “like” or “become a fan” eh?

Mike Nobody The Island of Misfit Noise @ Facebook


Tapes, CD’s, and downloads…oh, my!

February 15, 2013
I’ve been doing some internet housecleaning, trying to reorganize everything.
Updating Facebook, and whatnot.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mike-Nobody-The-Island-of-Misfit-Noise/126991700682002

Consequently, more people have been asking to listen to us lately.
I hate using the “dog ate my homework” excuse.
But, a hacker destroyed our studio hard drive.
I do not know how long it will take us to fully repair it, let alone record some new music to put up online.

Faced with this dilemma, I dug out some old tapes/CD’s of yours truly in an effort to have SOMETHING, ANYTHING, available for those who are curious about us.
I even found some extra copies of original tapes and out-of-print CD’s, SEALED!
So, we may even make some money at this.
I’ve been uploading what we’ve got and hope this holds people over while we struggle through our current technical difficulties.

http://mikenobody.bandcamp.com/

All of this isn’t exactly representative of where we are at right now.
But, if someone reads about us (and uses their imagination a little bit) they might get the general idea of what we are like.
Maybe.
Maybe not.

I will attempt to upload more current material as we are able to.
Meanwhile, I hope people check us out and write to us, even if just to say that we suck.
Preferably, more people will want to collaborate with us and work on something different.
I want to have enough material ready to play out by the Spring or early Summer.

Tapes, CD’s, and Downloads…Oh, My!

February 15, 2013
I’ve been doing some internet housecleaning, trying to reorganize everything.
Updating Facebook, and whatnot.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mike-Nobody-The-Island-of-Misfit-Noise/126991700682002

Consequently, more people have been asking to listen to us lately.
I hate using the “dog ate my homework” excuse.
But, a hacker destroyed our studio hard drive.
I do not know how long it will take us to fully repair it, let alone record some new music to put up online.

Faced with this dilemma, I dug out some old tapes/CD’s of yours truly in an effort to have SOMETHING, ANYTHING, available for those who are curious about us.
I even found some extra copies of original tapes and out-of-print CD’s, SEALED!
So, we may even make some money at this.
I’ve been uploading what we’ve got and hope this holds people over while we struggle through our current technical difficulties.

http://mikenobody.bandcamp.com/

All of this isn’t exactly representative of where we are at right now.
But, if someone reads about us (and uses their imagination a little bit) they might get the general idea of what we are like.
Maybe.
Maybe not.

I will attempt to upload more current material as we are able to.
Meanwhile, I hope people check us out and write to us, even if just to say that we suck.
Preferably, more people will want to collaborate with us and work on something different.
I want to have enough material ready to play out by the Spring or early Summer.
 

New Law Protects Christians Who Bully Gay Kids

November 4, 2011

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Uncle Andy’s Funhouse ft. Tony Clifton

November 3, 2011

In 1980, Andy filmed this pilot for ABC. Though ABC didn’t pick up the series, this would become the basis for Paul Reuben’s show, “Pee Wee’s Playhouse”. 3 years after the pilot was filmed, Paul Reubens would ask Andy for permission to base his show off of the pilot. Andy agreed. This is the first filmed appearance of “Little Tony”, and “Knuckles” who were designed for Andy by the Legendary Norman Tempia (Of “Team America” fame).
The alternate title for this pilot is, “Buckshot”

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Greeks’ Choice — and Ours: Democracy or Finance? | Common Dreams

November 1, 2011

Greeks' Choice — and Ours: Democracy or Finance? | Common Dreams

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Bank of America’s Death Rattle

October 29, 2011

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Which Bank Is the Worst for America? 5 Behemoths That Hold Our Political System Hostage | Truthout

October 22, 2011

Which Bank Is the Worst for America? 5 Behemoths That Hold Our Political System Hostage | Truthout

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"It Should Be Like This Everywhere": The Free Economy of Liberty Plaza Park | Truthout

October 22, 2011

“It Should Be Like This Everywhere”: The Free Economy of Liberty Plaza Park | Truthout

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Move to Amend the Constitution to Make People People Again, and Corporations Corporations | War Is A Crime .org

October 21, 2011

Move to Amend the Constitution to Make People People Again, and Corporations Corporations | War Is A Crime .org

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How Can We Rouse Police and Other Protectors of the Corporatocracy — "Guards" of the Status Quo — to Join the OWS Rebellion ? | War Is A Crime .org

October 21, 2011

How Can We Rouse Police and Other Protectors of the Corporatocracy — “Guards” of the Status Quo — to Join the OWS Rebellion ? | War Is A Crime .org

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SCTV Robin Williams Martin Short The Church of Unlimited Credit

October 18, 2011

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* Jesse Ventura SCARES OFF Fox news anchor!

October 14, 2011

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An INTENSE moment of TRUTH with MAINSTREAM Media

October 14, 2011

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Why the Elites Are in Trouble | Truthout

October 10, 2011

Why the Elites Are in Trouble | Truthout

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Bill Maher – Today’s Republican Voter w/ Keith Olbermann

October 2, 2011

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The End of Economics: Down Reagan’s Rabbit Hole | Common Dreams

September 22, 2011

The End of Economics: Down Reagan's Rabbit Hole | Common Dreams

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Answer The Question

September 21, 2011

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Double Standard

September 20, 2011

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PLASTIC BAG | FUTURESTATES | ITVS

September 13, 2011

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animal cruelty

September 2, 2011

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Cindy Jacobs: Christians Can Take Authority Over The Weather

September 2, 2011

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Former Republican Senator Rips Today’s GOP | Video Cafe

September 2, 2011

Former Republican Senator Rips Today's GOP | Video Cafe

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September 1, 1941 – A Word About Labor Day From FDR. | Newstalgia

September 2, 2011

September 1, 1941 – A Word About Labor Day From FDR. | Newstalgia

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Glenn Greenwald on Dick Cheney’s "In My Time: A Personal and Political M…

August 31, 2011

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How I Escaped the "Biblical Family Values" Nightmare That Drives Perry, Bachmann, and Tea Party Politics | Tea Party and the Right | AlterNet

August 31, 2011

How I Escaped the “Biblical Family Values” Nightmare That Drives Perry, Bachmann, and Tea Party Politics | Tea Party and the Right | AlterNet

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Florida Pastor Doesn’t Get Why Atheists Aren’t Registered Like Sex Offenders

August 31, 2011

Florida Pastor Doesn’t Get Why Atheists Aren’t Registered Like Sex Offenders

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Jamie Kilstein on Gay Marriage With Lewis Black Ron White And Kathleen M…

August 29, 2011

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25 Years Later, How ‘Top Gun’ Made America Love War | Common Dreams

August 29, 2011

25 Years Later, How ‘Top Gun’ Made America Love War | Common Dreams

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Crashing the Tea Party | Project Reason

August 29, 2011

Crashing the Tea Party | Project Reason

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9/11 gave birth to aggressive, unapologetic `New Atheists’ | The Christian Century

August 29, 2011

9/11 gave birth to aggressive, unapologetic `New Atheists' | The Christian Century

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3 Reality-Based Charts Your Right-Wing Relatives Will Have a Hard Time Ignoring | Tea Party and the Right | AlterNet

August 29, 2011

3 Reality-Based Charts Your Right-Wing Relatives Will Have a Hard Time Ignoring | Tea Party and the Right | AlterNet

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How the Surveillance State Protects the Interests Of the Ultra-Rich | | AlterNet

August 29, 2011

How the Surveillance State Protects the Interests Of the Ultra-Rich | | AlterNet

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The Failure of Welfare Reform Is ‘Exhibit A’ That the Right’s Punish-the-Poor Philosophy Doesn’t Work | Economy | AlterNet

August 29, 2011

The Failure of Welfare Reform Is 'Exhibit A' That the Right's Punish-the-Poor Philosophy Doesn't Work | Economy | AlterNet

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Dangers of a ‘Submissive’ Wife in Chief: Is a Vote for Michele Bachmann Really a Vote for Her Husband? | Tea Party and the Right | AlterNet

August 29, 2011

Dangers of a 'Submissive' Wife in Chief: Is a Vote for Michele Bachmann Really a Vote for Her Husband? | Tea Party and the Right | AlterNet

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9/11: Ten Years Later, Americans Still Stupid and Vulnerable | Common Dreams

August 29, 2011

9/11: Ten Years Later, Americans Still Stupid and Vulnerable | Common Dreams

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BOBBY VOMIT -LIVE-09-28-02

August 28, 2011

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Welfare as They Know It | Common Dreams

August 28, 2011

Welfare as They Know It | Common Dreams

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Why All Religions Are Scams

August 28, 2011

Why All Religions Are Scams
What is a “True Believer?”

A scam is defined as a claim that gives results that are something other than what was promised. The truth of the matter is that all religions are scams by virtue of the claims they make. Their core beliefs cannot be proven, and this includes the very existence of their gods, angels, demons, miracles, etc.

Christianity, itself, has failed to even prove the historicity of it’s central character, Jesus Christ, or the existence of his core group of followers that we know as the Apostles. The entire Christian religion is built upon a house of cards that is dismantled with ease. Islam has it’s own set of problems with this issue, and the inumerable gods and related doctrines surrounding other religions cannot be ignored as well. The problem with religions in general is that each one teaches theirs is the unadulterated truth without the benefit of evidence and cannot reconcile the difference between what they promise to deliver and what they actually do, ergo, scams.

The purveyors of religion have convinced millions of people to exchange the truth for a lie. Where the Abrahamic religions are concerned, believers have been duped into believing as truth the narrow-minded, ignorant, archaic ideologies of primitive, iron-age men who taught that imaginary beings bring about changes in weather patterns or cause diseases, natural disasters and birth defects in response to disobedience of fairy tale commandments and that it is perfectly normal to believe that a deity has granted their request for a decent parking spot over the wholesale starvation of millions of innocent children.

On Diplomacy

Yet atheists are asked to be diplomatic, tolerant and accepting of religion. While there is a place for diplomacy in certain situations when discussing the personal faith of individuals, it is painfully obvious that where religion as a whole is concerned, the diplomacy that has been fostered by many atheists has miserably failed. Atheists are not immune to emotional outbursts and polemic inspiration, and occasionally get incensed, enraged and just plain angy at some of the “god-given” commandments in the Bible and the Koran that when followed to the letter, result in the destruction of individual freedoms and loss of life. Religion is also directly or indirectly responsible for the vast majority of the wholesale slaughter, torture and terrorism that has been, and continues to be, inflicted upon humanity.

The Abrahamic religions may have peaceful attributes, but at their core, they are far from peaceful. They are poisonous, and cause otherwise intelligent people to act in ways that are antithetical to the positive growth of our societies. They foster discrimination, bigotry, unfair judgment and in extreme cases, cause otherwise sane people to rationalize and advocate sociopathic and psychopathic behaviors. The recent “Judgment Day” fiasco is a perfect example of this, and while there are many who accuse these particular wingnuts of being “False Christians,” they are able to justify their beliefs using the same Bible that even the most liberal, progressive Christians have sitting on their bedsides.

The fact remains that diplomacy only works when both sides are willing to compromise. While many people of faith are nice folks who generally keep their personal beliefs to themselves, when backed into a corner, they are not generally willing to compromise on the issue that affect the lives, livelihoods and personal freedoms of those who choose reality over the world of make-believe. Thus, there is a growing intolerance toward the prevalence of myths and legends being taught in the place of real sciences in the classroom, as well as Christian revisionist history replacing actual facts.

Atheists Speaking Out

While some unbelievers may choose to remain silent or non-confrontational, there are a growing number who have decided that the time has come to vocalize the truth that all religions are scams. The days of handling with kid-gloves those who have been deluded into believing that ancient myths, legends and fairy tales and giving them all sorts of accommodation are rapidly coming to an end. Someone has got to tell the kids that there is no Santa Claus.

Atheists are weary of trying to fight for acceptance in society and are increasingly unwilling to put up with being forced to accept the proliferation of what amounts to be the biggest Ponzi scheme in the known universe. Many unbelievers don’t feel any obligation to turn the other cheek and have chosen to leave the niceties, tolerance and accommodation to the diplomats.

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Al Stefanelli
Georgia State Director, American Atheists, Inc
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