Archive for October, 2007

Go green, go nuclear!

When Margaret Thatcher heard of the issue of fossil fuels and global warming she delighted in the thought that the ecowarriors would soon be supporting a nuclear age!

Now only 25 years later the Green brigade are being manouvered into supporting the largest nuclear building program ever scene with some 30 nuclear reactors likely to be built in the US alone in the next 5 years.  If ever there was a reason to make Global Warming an issue then this surely rates as a good one with so much money at stake.

Watch out for the price of Uranium and let’s look at how nice the US will become in its dealing with Canada!

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I’m not crying for the labels

An article yesterday in The Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,2184032,00.html by John Harris suggests that we will somehow suffer from the demise of the labels stating that “Witness the Jam in 1978, commanded by a young Paul Weller, on their third album and floundering. The man from Polydor paid them a visit in the studio and curtly told them their new songs were “shit”. They regrouped, wrote some better ones, and released the superlative album All Mod Cons, which kickstarted their spell as Britain’s pre-eminent guitar group, and with it Weller’s three-decade career.”

In the new digital arena, live music becomes a more valuable revenue source as does radio (internet or not). Bands make less moeny from recording songs and more from other activitties that I would argue get them off their arses and back where they should be – playing live. Let’s get back to the man from Polydor. In the new business model, the man from Polydor would still be interested in finding new bands and helping them as those bands would still be making money. Just because the value chain changes and there is no room for labels doesn’t mean that bands don’t make money. Maybe they make less than they did! Maybe there is less dosh to spread around the groupies! Maybe they have to play more live concerts! No tears!

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Google’s chilling impact on free speech

Google is now in partnership with a site called Chilling Effects that allows anyone to submit urls that should be blocked for alledged violations of some law or other. To unblock the sites one has to provide a defence, live in the US and give ones name and address. Wow! What this means is that anyone who wants to block something that they don’t agree with can do so 9as long as hilling Effects agrees of course) and that you have little chnace of righting the situation even by giving your name and address. Don’t worry though, even if they don’t unblock the sites they will know your name and where you live!

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