Episode 35: He’s Leaving Home. Bye Bye.

On this episode, I talk about my dad having to leave my childhood home at the end of October and the different emotions and issues one deals with with something like that. In addition, our company, Acoustic Archives will be in the October 2013 issue of Wired Magazine. Our Kickstarter is about to launch so I give everyone the know to on the happs. I fly solo on this episode, but I think you are gonna like it.

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Episode 34: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Now that I got the incredibly cliched show title out of the way, today’s podcast is a conversation about movies that I am embarrassed to admit that I like. My guest is my friend, screenwriter Mike Mulvihill. I’ve know Mike a long time and he is always hilarious. He also has an encyclopedic knowledge of movies…especially the shitty ones we discuss today. Dig it!

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Accountability by Jay Sustain

  • Accountability: “required or expected to justify actions or decisions, responsible.”

    To whom must one be accountable? For what reason(s) should one be held accountable?

    The United States’ Government likes to act as though they are holding other countries and world leaders accountable for their actions, yet they make no effort to be accountable for their own. In most cases, they will actually go out of their way to cover-up their mistakes, lie about their failures, and rewrite the standards to which they should be held.

    Men are serving prison sentences; people are buried in caskets because someone refuses to be accountable. Look at the case of Pvt. Bradley Manning, a soldier sickened by what he saw his military doing in Iraq. Vowing to uphold his oath of accountability, he released a video that clearly implicated the US Army in war crimes, the least of which was multiple counts of murder. Instead of taking responsibility and taking action against the criminals, the Army turned their attention to Pvt. Manning. The Military held Pvt. Manning in inhumane conditions, mentally and physically tortured him and attempted to indict him on the most serious of espionage crimes. The court saw through the witch-hunt and refused to indict him on the bogus charges, he was only convicted on the charge of leaking classified materials and sentenced to 35 years in a military prison. In conjunction with the military, the major media has continued to demonize him and shifted their message to be about his desire to live as a woman. Because everyone knows there’s nothing worst than a homosexual. While the media sells us this modern day homophobic espionage novel, the War crimes go unpunished. Other crimes have destroyed the US’ reputation throughout the world and America continues forward with a new message, “accountability is not an option.”

    In 2002, after corporate financial fraud had been found, the US Government passed the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the purpose was to set forth new standards for ethical codes of conduct within organizations. The lawmakers felt that finally they could hold accountable the CEO’s and direct financiers of companies found to be guilty of financial fraud. The law also set forth viable protections for “whistleblowers” or employees who would expose fraud. Knowing that the law only applied to companies trading on the open market, allowing no oversight for private or smaller companies, large corporations simply changed their asset practices. In the case of Enron, they hid their assets and losses, had auditors shred documents to obstruct justice (Arthur Andersen), and as fate would have it, would go virtually unpunished when troves of evidence against them would be lost in the collapse of the Securities and Exchange Commission Office in World Trade Center 7 on Sept. 11th 2001. (yeah, read that again)

    Must the federal Government force companies and CEO’s into ethical accountability? Did the “whistleblower law” protect the likes of Bradley Manning?

    It must be understood that what is being talked about, is what you are being urged to think about. I could offer many examples about how the media refuses to be accountable, but the reality is they’re not designed to. Their responsibility is to the stockholders; their interests are dictated by the financiers. In some cases media representatives are directly connected to, or are members of the federal government. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke to congress in 2012 in which she put the weight of propaganda on the shoulders of the federal Government, “we are in an information war, and we are losing that war”… “the Russians have opened an English speaking network and ‘its very instructive'”, she also described Al Jazeera’s network as “effective” and “life-changing.” (ref: YouTube video of the same title.)

    As our individuality is threatened, and the push to adhere to regulations, customs, and policies, accountability loses its draw. In a society where the Government is not accountable for their actions, and the media is not accountable to its viewers for what it reports, you must self educate, you must be the propagator of the knowledge that builds you.

    The individual is the last chance for accountability. It is not the medias fault for lying to you, it is not a teacher’s fault for your kid being stupid, it is not the governments fault for committing crimes in your name…. It is yours. You are responsible for justifying the actions and decisions of your society. You are the creator of the world you live in. You are the individual that is hated by your enemy, not just your government. You are the willing participant of the 24 hour psycho babbling, murdering, trafficking, fraudulating, (did I say murdering?) culture. As a patriot it is your responsibility to say “not in my name”, it is up to you to turn the off the television and use your mind for knowledge and creativity. It is up to you to be the positive change that you want in the world.

Episode 33: Summer Mix

I love making mixes for people. Its something that I’ve really enjoyed doing for a long time. There are a lot of things that go into making a good mix for someone. Pacing, themes, dynamics, etc. I wanted to try to finish out the Summer by making a mix for you guys of some of my favorite summer jams. Not very conventional ones either. Listen, I love all of the throwback stuff thats been burning up the summer charts for the last few years as much as the next guy, but I wanted to try something a little different. These are all songs that have some sort of Summer tie in during the course of the second half of my life. This was a lot harder than I thought it would be. I hope you dig it.

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Episode 32: The Bluegrass experience of the Crooked Road (part deux)

Crooked WBUT

Hearing Bluegrass music in the hills of Appalachia is an experience that is almost impossible to describe. In this weeks episode I revisit the Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. This time however, I brought my recorder and captured some music, dancing and a conversation with luthier Larry Hicks. Larry makes the best acoustic guitars that I have ever played and it was great to get him on the podcast. This podcast was supposed to be a bit longer, but I ended up getting a bit lost and never getting to the second location. I hope you enjoy the tunes. All of the music on today’s podcast was recorded at the Albert Hash Memorial Festival in Mouth of Wilson Virginia on 8/31/13.

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