Dire Straits “Money For Nothing”

Dire Straits “Money For Nothing”


Dire Straits “Money For Nothing” 

I know I keep dating myself, but the Calamity Politics Juke Box Choice of the Day comes from 1985. So here we go folks, here’s one of my all time favorites, “Money For Nothing.” Please enjoy!

Kaill McNeil ALTER-NARRATIVES: Misread


Today’s topic: Political texts,  from The Art of War, to Utopia, to The Communist Manifesto, have been grossly misunderstood. Often used in the opposite context to which they were written. 


By Kaill McNeil

Authorial Intent

Roland Barthes in his 1967 essay declared the author was dead. Unlike Nietzsche’s death-notice for God, Barthes was writing metaphorically. Referring to the primacy of authors’ intent when analyzing a work. The irony of him publishing this, and expecting to be taken seriously, clearly lost. Ignoring Barthes, which he invites, mistakes have been made. Key intents of major political texts, lost in interpretation. The opposite message, from that intended, entering the zeitgeist.

Violent Pacifist

An early victim of literalism, was The Art of War. Much like The Lottery the title belies the purpose of the writing. Far from a catalogue of gore, giving directions on how best to kill, it is a spiritual and political treatise, outlining how conflicts can be won with little fighting at all. Most of the methods detailed, involved alternatives to open war, using cunning, subterfuge, and politicking to get a desired result. Author, Sun Tzu, makes it plain that a commander who resorts to open combat has failed.

Good Intentions

Similar to Sun Tzu in terms of intention, as well as misinterpretation, was Niccolo Machiavelli. Machiavelli was an Italian philosopher, politician and intellectual whose last name has come to mean everything sinister and underhanded. ‘Machiavellian’ is not a descriptor to which most aspire. It is an underserved reputation rooted in a single text. Published in 1532, The Prince was a genuine attempt to guide  new rulers. When The Prince  was published, Italy was less a single, united country, than a patchwork of semi-autonomous city-states. Far from being a manual on subterfuge and evil intent the text was written as a primer for upstart monarchs on the benefits of being even-handed and fair. If anything, Machiavelli was a moderate trying to keep the peace. His name more applicable to the likes of McGovern or Biden than Trump or Nixon.

Left Not Right

Equally misapplied, George Orwell’s worldview encompassed none of the elements the use of ‘Orwellian’ implies. Very much a fuzzy Liberal, with some unavoidably colonialist attitudes, Orwell’s primary concern was authoritarianism. Not the obvious and brutal authoritarianism of European fascism, embodied by Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy and Spain, but the much more insidious one further east. Few authoritarian empires pulled a more successful con job than the Bolshevik leaders of the then Soviet Union. One that still has supporters today.

Heaven to Hell

While the Bolsheviks promised the underclass heaven, they were being loaded on trains to Hell, or to the Gulag, pot-eh-to pot-ah-to. Something laid out in scathing fashion in the pages of Animal Farm. The treacherous pigs a perfect metaphor for ordinary citizens who  continue to believe in a revolution that has been utterly and completely betrayed by those in  power.


In his final novel Orwell describes a world where individuals are told to reject the evidence of their own  eyes and ears, where thinking for yourself  has become a crime.  1984, is thought by many to be anti-Nazi, despite the fact it specifically mentions a group called “The Proles”, uses international time (“the clocks were striking thirteen”) and describes intentional changes in language. The Russian of the Soviet Union and German of East Germany are markedly different from the Russian of the modern era, or the German of the West. This was just one of the reasons it took nearly 25 years for East Germany to reintegrate into the West after 1990. Also, in terms of naked symbolism, one of the tanks that roll by in the film version has a red, five-pointed star on the side. The biggest clue, though is in the name of the party. Simply  called The Party through most of the narrative, there is occasional mention of Ingsoc, or, English Socialists.

Utopia Never Was, And Never Will Be

Less popular now than the above texts, Thomas More’s Utopia has had more of an impact on western culture and philosophy than almost any other book. Published in 1516, under the reign of Henry VIII, Utopia is not what most think it is. The book was a short novel, not an essay, or treatise. It is a work of fiction, and what’s more, satire, poking fun at the ‘perfect society’ thinking of the Tudor era. Thomas More gave such believers their perfect society. Described in exquisite detail, and given a name that, in Latin, translates literally to ‘no place.’ Utopia does not exist, and that was More’s entire point.


It just proves that most people hear the title and assume they got the message. Sometimes it actually requires reading the text, or being smart enough to track the real meaning of the words you are reading. Hope to see you next week, until then,

Kaill McNeil


How To Survive a Heart Attack When Alone

How To Survive a Heart Attack When Alone

How To Survive a Heart Attack When Alone

Take Two Minutes To Read This Life Saving  Information

By D. S. Mitchell, R.N. (retired)

I was having lunch with another retired R.N., when we got up to leave she reached into her purse and handed me a folded piece of paper. I opened it and the title at the top of the page read, “How to Survive a Heart Attack When Alone.”

“My heart’s great, but just in case, it’s probably good information to have.”

“Share it,” she said.

So that’s what I’m doing. Please, take two minutes to read this life saving information.

  • Imagine it is 5:30 at night and you’re headed home, (alone of course) after an unusually hard day at work.
  • You are extremely tired, upset and frustrated.
  • Suddenly,  you experience severe pain in your chest that starts to drag out into your arm and up in to your jaw. You are only about five minutes from nearest hospital.
  • Unfortunately your symptoms are severe and you don’t want to drive in your condition. **Call 911. Take a baby aspirin. If you have no baby aspirin take a regular 325 mg aspirin if there is one available.
  •  You have been trained in CPR, but your trainer never taught you to perform it on yourself.
  •  How to survive a heart attack when alone.  Many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack, without help, the person whose heart is beating improperly and who begins to feel faint, has an estimated 10 seconds before losing consciousness.
  •  However, these victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously. A deep breath should be taken before each cough, and the cough must he deep and prolonged, as when trying to produce sputum from deep inside the chest. A breath and a cough must be repeated about every two seconds without let-up until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again.
  •  Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating. The squeezing pressure on the heart from the coughing helps it regain a normal rhythm.
  • PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO DRIVE YOURSELF TO THE HOSPITAL. Pull off the road and call 911 it would be tragic if you passed out behind the wheel and killed someone.



Just Dave “The Once And Future King”

Just Dave “The Once And Future King”

Just Dave  “The Once And Future King”

Just Dave is at it again. This week Dave asks if  Trump should make a run for president  in 2024.  The man who incited a riot to overturn our government is actually out there rallying his MAGA crowd begging for money to support another Trump presidential run. Dave says, ‘hell no’ the orange one will never run again. His goal at this point in his life is to continue milking his supporters for every cent he can squeeze out of them.

Sha’Carri Richardson: The Girl’s Got Flash

Sha’Carri Richardson:  The Girl’s Got Flash


Sha’Carri Richardson: The Girl’s Got Flash

By D. S. Mitchell and William Jones

Eye Catching Style

Sha’Carri Richardson was the center of media attention after securing her spot at the Tokyo Olympics, not only for her lightening speed, but for the over-the-top glamour she brought to the track. Sha’Carri Richardson lit up the arena with long, bright fingernails, vibrantly colored hair, and dazzling speed. Such tactics guaranteed her the spotlight during races. She changes her hair color frequently, telling reporters and fans that the orange shade for the U.S. trials in Eugene, Oregon was inspired by her girlfriend, who chose the color because it was “loud” and screamed “dangerous.”

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David Bowie “Space Oddity”

David Bowie “Space Oddity”

The Calamity Politics Jukebox Choice of the Day is from way back, by David Bowie. The tune was chosen by Calamity herself when she saw that great article by William Jones “Billionaires in Space”. So here we go folks, from back in 1972 at the beginning of America’s first awkward but brilliant steps into space flight. As Jeff Bezos gets ready to blast off from somewhere on earth, I thought it might be fun to remind Jeff Bezos that not all flights go as planned.

OPINION: Billionaires In Space

OPINION: Billionaires In Space

OPINION: Billionaires In Space  

By William Jones

NASA’s Monopoly Is Over 

It is now about 50 years since Neil Armstrong, was the first man to step on the moon. But in the era of space travel now dawning, far more of us are destined to join him.  In America’s new space age, NASA’s monopoly is over. The leaders are companies, not countries. And they are about to prove anyone with enough money can become an astronaut. The biggest names in the current space race are three of the richest men in the world, Elon Musk, Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos.

Space Tourism Starts Off Slow

“People want to go to space, people should go to space, because they come back changed,” said Richard Branson, the Virgin-brand billionaire who launched his space tourism business in 2004. From Virgin Galactic’s spaceport in New Mexico, six passengers per flight will rocket more than 62 miles above Earth for the ultimate selfie.  Six hundred people have pre-paid 250,000 dollars for the chance to fly, including 58-year-old Floridian ” It’s my turn, and I’m going,” MaryAnn Barry said. “I do want to see what the Earth looks like from space. I want to have that overview effect experience.”   Virgin Galactic on Sunday July 11, 2021 launched its first flight carrying Branson and several employees on a 53 mile high .  It is just one of many steps needed before it will launch a single paying customer. “It’s taken us fourteen years,” Branson said. “Space is hard. We’ve had our tears. We’ve had our joys. But I’ll tell you what, the joys have been fantastic.”

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“Fourth of July” X


“Fourth of July”  X

On this long holiday weekend Dave Shadrick from the “The Just Dave Show” suggested we highlight “The Fourth of July” by X.  It’s a bit sad, but it’s supposed to be. So, grab your hankies ladies, here’s the Jukebox Choice of the Day, “The Fourth of July”.


Gary B.B. Coleman “The Sky Is Crying”

Gary B.B. Coleman “The Sky Is Crying”

Gary B.B. Coleman “The Sky Is Crying”

The Calamity Juke Box Choice of the Day is Gary B.B. Coleman’s version of “The Sky Is Crying.” Calamity chose this because it is one of the saddest songs she could think of . Why, is Calamity sad? Calamity is broken hearted because half of the U.S. Senate doesn’t believe every American citizen should have easy access to the voting booth.  Shame on Mitch McConnell.