Fireworks Part 1
George Hrab’s ‘Trebuchet’ Part 2
Last week, I introduced my audience to George Hrab and his new album ‘Trebuchet’.
He’s a skeptic, an atheist, a podcaster and, most of all, he’s a musician. George Hrab has a new album out. It’s called ‘Trebuchet’ and it’s pretty darned good. He’s an unsigned artist who wants to get this, his sixth, album out there. He posted the entire album on his podcast, but he’s also selling it. You can download it at cdbaby.com and iTunes. You can also buy an actual CD from cdbaby.comMy copy is on it’s way.You can listen to George’s podcast here or download it from iTunes. Be warned, he swears a bunch and he’s very skeptical. However, he’s also very entertaining. I’m gonna see if I can get him on my show.
And, as in last week’s show, I played selected tracks from his album. With his permission, of course. I played two songs about death! I played ‘Death From The Skies’ and ‘Small Comfort’.
Libel laws in the UK are way messed up. In the States, if someone brings a libel suit against an individual, the burden of proof is on the accuser. In the UK, the person being accused must prove they didn’t libel the accuser. That’s just wrong. In the UK’s libel laws, the presumption of innocence does not exist.
Simon Singh, a science writer, wrote an opinion piece about chiropractic. He opined that some of the claims made by chiropractors, such as being able to treat colic and asthma, are “bogus”. That comment lead to the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) filing a libel suit against Mr. Singh.
In April 2010, the BCA dropped its lawsuit. But not until after much attention was paid out how backward UK’s libel laws are. Hopefully this will lead to a greater victory for the freedom of speech and get the UK to change its laws. People should have the right to voice their opinions, right or wrong, without fear of be sued.
You can read more about it here.
Movie recommendation This week I recommended the 1990 action/thriller ‘The Hunt For Red October’. It is one of my all time favorite films. I think Sean Connery is terrific as the rogue sub captain determined to defect.
I mentioned the line in the film James Earle Jones utters when he first sees Alec Baldwin, playing Jack Ryan. He said, “Jesus! You look like hell!” No, he didn’t! He looked like the young, thin, good looking, leading man, Alec Baldwin. If that’s looking like hell…
Now if that film had been made with Alec Baldwin as he looks today, well, then I would agree.
It’s a great film. Put it in your Netflix queue now!
First ad break bumpers: ‘Only You’ by Yaz & ‘The Meeting Place’ by XTC
Second ad break bumpers: ‘King Volcano’ by Bauhaus & ‘Institutionalized’ by Suicidal Tendencies
Closing song: ‘Angler’s Treble Hook’ by $5 Fiddle