So, Status Quo, eh? I banged my head to them some in my youth. ‘Rockin’ All Over The World’.
And here I am now, talkin’ all over the world. Funny, eh?
Tell you what’s funnier. I didn’t know that they were prophets of their time. Did you?
Let me enlighten. Being the ripe old age of 52 I sometimes can’t remember my arse from my elbow. I couldn’t think of another of their songs. So, what do you know? Googled them. Up they came. Just like that. Brilliant. So much useless information out there to access.
And also a lot of nuggets. Gems, you might say. Like, did you know that there are plans afoot to restrict free access to the internet? Did you? Did you really? I didn’t. My bad. And did you know what TPP was? No? Me neither. Freedom of speech anyone? Surveillance of everything you write and say by electronic means including your emails and texts? Bulk data collection. For what exactly? Global corporations controlling government to protect their financial practices? What’s new?
The text of the agreement is not being open for public perusal because there would apparently be uproar and this would prevent the agreement going through!!
Congress has only seen part of it!!!
And they’re not allowed to discuss it openly!!!!!!!!!!
600 corporations are advising on it. But not the people. No, that would be too……what’s the word….democratic.
Trade agreements aside. The information should be available to be perused by the people. If it has to be kept secret something stinks. If government trades away democratic sovereignty to multi-national corporations in the name of profit and power we will all be sorry. What happens across the ocean today affects us all tomorrow.
Below is a video from ‘freeradiorevolution’ explaining more about it. It is almost an hour long. I listened in awe to all of it. But, if you don’t have that sort of time to spare, 5 minutes wouldn’t hurt. The dj’s commentary alone is worth listening to. Warning! He’s a Canadian that uses the F word a fair few times. But totally legitimately. So was I.
So why do I think Status Quo were prophets of their time?
Well let’s look at some of their song titles.
Creepin’ Up On You.
Face Without A Soul
Mr. Mind Detector
Roll Over Lay Down
I’m Watching Over You
Kick Me When I’m Down
Pictures Of Matchstick Men
So Ends Another Life
Down, Down (Deeper and Down)
Getting the drift here?
Fortunately, they also released:-
All Stand Up
Need Your Love
A Reason For Living
Break The Rules
Let Me Fly
Wild Side Of Life
Don’t Bring Me Down
I Fought The Law
The Party Ain’t Over Yet
So, Status Quo. Prophets. Who knew? I mean they were pretty good but biblical qualities I never credited them with.
To maintain the status quo of power and control is it possible that some power mongers have been listening to the first playlist in the belief that we’d all roll over, lay down while they crept up on us? These faces without souls whose agendas would leave us tongue-tied while they watch over us? Yeah, there’s more I could play on here. But, this isn’t a game. And I’m not in the mood to play theirs.
What perhaps they should remember is that second playlist. Because most people value their right to free speech and privacy and choice. Most people fight for what they value and find the means and the will to do so.
Have a look at that second play list again. You fill in the blanks. I’m depressed just thinking about what passes for leadership and guidance in our world. And it does seem to be the world over. All nations seem to be playing silly buggers with liberty and it’s an affront to every person in history who has ever spoken out for human rights.
I posted this yesterday Rebirth Of Democracy The comments section makes a better read than my poem.
USA and Britain can now, apparently, crack the codes that keep our lives private. I know there are reasons for some of it. National security being one. Child protection another. But, why is it that the baby always seems to get sacrificed with the bath water.
That lovely, mushy text you sent your girlfriend, that awful picture you just should not have passed on, that email where you attached a perky photo for your husband/wife/other. Titillating the voyeuristic tendencies of law makers and their minions was never put to me as an option in any poll or vote I cast. These things are already here for us. What comes next if TPP goes through is anyone’s guess. ‘Cos we don’t know what’s in it! Except from little leaks. Little leaks that flow and flow and become rivers.
Here’s a little address for you Stop Watching Us One minute to sign the petition, if you’re inclined.
Me? I’m up to here with it for today. Off to write a few love poems, maybe even a wee erotic one. Just to remind myself that love and passion still exist. A glass of red should go down nicely. I may even do a spot of head banging. Up against a wall probably. No music required.