SOPA and PIPA.
I am guessing those people comprise about 12 percent of America's population. The rest are either in tears over Kim Kardashian's divorce or are ticking off the days until the new season of Dancing with the Stars.
I've often stated that if we were to take measure of the average US citizen's IQ, based on their television viewing habits, they would place comfortably between a bag of hammers and....uh, Kim Kardashian.
Don't laugh, I don't think there is much of a spread there at all. Remember folks, every time Jersey Shore airs, billions of brain cells die.
Which is probably fine since they weren't being used anyway.
So, I had been budgeting to get some of my all-time favorite CD's and DVD's replaced this month. Due to either wear or unkind handling, I figured I would need to spend about 40 bucks to replace them. That is at retail price anyway.
Much has happened in the world and within me since many of these disks were first purchased. One such occurrence has been my growing awareness of the **aa's and their heavy-handed practices toward the consumer.
I'm not real thrilled with how they screw their artists over either.
So instead of running out to some mall or store to replace said entertainment media, I popped over to Ebay to see what I could see.
That 11 dollar first Aerosmith album I wanted to replace?
2.99 - free shipping.
Who's Next by The Who?
Now I immediately began to suspect the origins of said disks. The description listed them as "new"....but somehow I knew the new was relative.
So my budgeted 40.00 went waayyyyy farther than I had expected it to. The added benefit was that with the 7 CD's and 8 DVD's purchased, I am guessing not one shekle went to the RIAA or MPAA.
Of course, it could be argued that said one shekle didn't make it to the original artist either.....
I'm still workin' through that, but for the moment, I am basking in the knowledge that I have, in my own little way, stuck it to the man and at the same time, told them where to stick SOPA.
And on that note, while it's still somewhat legal to do, I'll leave you with a YouTube video of a live Chicago performance of 25 or 6 to 4. Just a personal blast from my past. What a fantastic fusion band. Unfortunately, it does not feature the original lead guitar player for Chicago, Terry Kath.