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October 26, 2004

Regime Change

I previously linked to Eminem’s searing new single, Mosh. Well, now the video has been released. Directed by Ian Inaba of Guerilla News Network, it take “shrill” to a whole new level.

Apparently, Mr. Mathers is seriously committed to Get-Out-the-Vote to “disarm this weapon of mass destruction that we call our president… for the present.” Amazing how 4 years of this Administration can turn even a bad-boy Rapper to Civics Lessons, albeit very, very angry ones.

Posted by distler at October 26, 2004 11:55 PM

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Re: Regime Change

It’s a disgusting video. The “music” is pretty bad, but the message is incredibly dumb. A random conglomerate of ideas and headlines of articles glued by Eninem’s annoying personality.

There are roughly 3 MPEG files of Eminem in my collection, and I have not erased them yet because sometimes it may be fun. But these old videos are still so much better than this new rubbish.

It’s sad that so much money has been clearly wasted to create this new video. Well, that’s a tax we pay for freedom and capitalism: assholes are often able to earn and waste a lot of money because other assholes buy their media.

Posted by: Lubos Motl on October 27, 2004 5:32 PM | Permalink | Reply to this

Re: Regime Change

So Jacques Distler is an asshole, while Prof Peter Shor of MIT is merely a moron. Am I correct in assuming that JD outranks Shor in the Motlverse?

Posted by: Mubos Lotl on October 27, 2004 7:37 PM | Permalink | Reply to this

Re: Regime Change

Dear Mubos,

I used the label for those who PAY for such videos. My guess is that Jacques has seen it for free, just like most of us. ;-)

You also misunderstood whom I was labeling moron in that debate with Peter Shor, and you should read my text containing the word “morons” more carefully.

http://motls.blogspot.com/2004/10/parameters-of-nature.html

Back to Eminem. It’s a disgusting, scary video, and it’s not clear whether I should be more afraid of Al Qaeda or the people represented and collected by Eminem in that video.

Best
Lubos

Posted by: Lubos Motl on October 30, 2004 10:12 AM | Permalink | Reply to this

Dangerous

I used the label for those who PAY for such videos. My guess is that Jacques has seen it for free, just like most of us. ;-)

Pay to see it, or pay to produce it? Nobody is paying to see it. Just flip on MTV. It’s been the Number 1 Video in their rotation since Wednesday. If you mean pay to pay to produce it, shouldn’t you be happy your political opponents are wasting their money producing bad music videos?

[I]t’s not clear whether I should be more afraid of Al Qaeda or the people represented and collected by Eminem in that video.

Lessee, now. The protagonists depicted in the video are

  • Lloyd Banks, the Rapper from G-Unit, and victim of Racial Profiling.
  • “Private Kelly,” returning from a tour of duty to his wife and small children, only to find that a “Stop-Loss Order” has him reassigned to Iraq. I have several friend in Private Kelley’s predicament. One, in Military Intelligence, is on his second tour in Iraq.
  • “Tenant 508,” a single-mother who is evicted from her apartment, just as the President announces another massive tax-giveaway to the ultra-wealthy on TV.

Yep, these folks are dangerous. And, if they ever put 2 and 2 together and realize that their predicaments are related, that would be big trouble for your candidate. No wonder you’re afraid.

For the rest of y’all, here’s a nice analysis of the video and what it means.

Posted by: Jacques Distler on October 30, 2004 10:47 AM | Permalink | PGP Sig | Reply to this

Re: Regime Change

Well we wouldn’t really expect anything else would we, from Lubos. He had repeatedly shown us that his viewpoint on science is that his assertions about anything ipso facto make it true (most recently let’s look at the recent Peter Woit blog threads on whether string theory contributed anything to TQFT, or whether women belong in physics).

This is of course the modus operandi of the Bush administration — state claims that are outright lies, react in fury when you are challenged, then start flailing out in every direction, hoping to muddy the situation so much no-one remembers that the starting points were outright lies.

So it’s hardly surprising to see Lubos madly in love with the Bush administration — and one should look at this larger picture of his behavior to put his physics opinions into perspective.

Maybe he’s right, sure, maybe string theory is the theory of the universe. Or maybe he’s a loud-mouthed a-hole who’s more interested in bludgeoning other physicists into submission in a way that proves he’s the alpha male, than in whether string theory actually is correct.

Posted by: Maynard Handley on October 29, 2004 10:59 PM | Permalink | Reply to this

Re: Regime Change

OK, enough with the personal attacks on Luboš.

I haven’t yet had to censor the comments on this blog (except for spam). But I am not going to tolerate personal attacks, name-calling, or vituperative flame wars. And I will start censoring/deleting comments if this persists.

This is not Usenet. This is my living room. Behave yourselves accordingly.

Posted by: Jacques Distler on October 29, 2004 11:24 PM | Permalink | PGP Sig | Reply to this

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