Moon Zappa Predicts What Frank Zappa Would Have Thought Of Donald Trump & Social Media

first_imgThough Frank Zappa has been gone for over 20 years, it’s no surprise that fans continue to find meaning in his work. The songwriter was ahead of his time, fusing political satire with an incredible level of musicianship. Thus, when an interviewer has the opportunity to chat with someone named Zappa – specifically his daughter Moon Zappa – he naturally has to ask what the virtuoso would think of modern times.In an interview with The Spec centered around the new Eat That Question documentary, there are a lot of “what would Frank think…” type questions to arouse the imagination. First, Moon Zappa likened her father to Jesus in the interview, saying “I’ve definitely always felt the responsibility of growing up with a father of that magnitude — it’s like having Jesus for a dad. You don’t want to misrepresent. There was pressure to be a good person and to uphold the family brand of integrity…”Later on, she was asked about how Zappa would react to the Internet and the age of digital music. She responds generically, saying, “This is a fun topic to put to the masses, because I think even putting it into that form invites people to think for themselves and imagine what Frank would be up to today, in the political landscape and as far as all these technologies go. An invention may get hatched just from posing the question to people speculating!”Naturally, the interviewer presses forward with imagining what Frank Zappa would be up to today, asking her about his potential views on social media. “I’m sure he would have made some collages. I’m sure he would have rejected aspects (of social media). I’m sure he would have explored and mutilated aspects and gone in many, many directions. Think about what he did with the (music censorship) PMRC conversations in Washington and how they became music! He was always synthesizing and integrating the culture around him. He was very, very contemporary in that way.”Finally, the interview concludes with a question about what Zappa would have thought of presidential candidate Donald Trump. Her response is right on the money.“The thing I will say (about Trump) is just because you have no one to answer to, it doesn’t mean that you should be the person to be in charge of things. My father always said respect is something to be earned. It doesn’t matter if you’re the pope or a police officer or a teacher, it has to be earned. And you also have to be reasonable and think of the greatest good for the greatest number of people and to consider differences and really take that seriously. I just don’t see that in Trump.”Too bad we can’t vote for Frank Zappa for President…last_img read more

ESG roundup: PRI, ExxonMobil, SEC, ERAFP

first_imgThe latter is how the German occupational pension fund association, aba, recently described the situation concerning responsible investment and ESG in Germany, albeit more as a description of a state of play than a judgement. This reverberates negatively, it added, by limiting the willingness of investment managers and consultants to focus on responsible investment and ESG issues and also affecting the relationship between investors and policymakers.Many of the latter, it said, are sceptical about asset owners’ commitment to responsible investment.The report sets out five barriers to a more proactive approach to responsible investment by asset owners, one of which is “the perception that ESG issues do not add value to investment decision-making”.The solutions flagged by the PRI are for asset owners to build their own internal evidence base and share experiences with their peers.It said asset owners should publish investment beliefs and integrate sustainability factors in the selection and monitoring process for asset consultants, other advisers and investment managers and other advisers.In other news, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has reportedly declined a request from ExxonMobil not to hold a vote on a climate-change shareholder resolution backed by institutional investors.Exxon had written to the SEC to ask permission to drop the resolution from its proxy voting materials for the 2016 annual general meeting.In its response, the SEC said that it disagreed with Exxon’s view that the shareholder resolution was “so inherently vague or indefinite” as to be problematic or that Exxon already provided disclosures that “compare favourably” with the guidelines of the resolution.The Church Commissioners for England, which runs the Church of England’s £6.7bn (€8.7bn) endowment fund, was one of the investors that urged the SEC to deny Exxon’s request.Edward Mason, head of responsible investment for the Church Commissioners, said: “We are delighted that shareholders will have the opportunity to confirm that they would like ongoing assurance from ExxonMobil that the company is positioning itself for the transition to a low carbon economy.”Ceres, a US-based sustainability advocacy group, hailed the SEC ruling as “a huge victory for investors seeking more robust carbon disclosure from US energy companies”.“The decision paves the way for an unprecedented collaboration between European and US investors to build strong support for a common-sense approach to planning for the energy transition that is underway,” it added.The SEC also denied a request from Chevron block a similar shareholder resolution, according to Ceres.Meanwhile in France, ERAFP, the €23.5bn additional pension fund for civil servants, has tweaked its shareholder voting policy by making its position on female board membership more demanding.It raised its minimum requirement to 35% from 30% of women on boards.Its 2016 engagement strategy and voting policies will otherwise focus on the same areas as in 2015, such as fighting climate change and aggressive tax optimisation practices. Asset owners are sending “weak and fragmented” signals on responsible investment that undermine its integration in the investment chain and progress towards a sustainable financial system, according to a report from the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI).It said that, although many asset owners have made commitments to responsible investment, most do not implement them effectively.Also, there are inconsistencies in investment practices, while responsible investment commitments are not embedded in investment mandates.Weak implementation of responsible investment sends signals that it “is not a priority for asset owners”, said the PRI.last_img read more

Kaepernick’s work on Nike ad earns Emmy, not NFL quarterback gig

first_imgNo, those aren’t personnel executives from Pittsburgh, New Orleans and Miami beseeching the former 49ers quarterback to Save Our Ship. They’re well-wishers … Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is out for the season with an elbow.Saints quarterback Drew Brees is out for six weeks with a hand.Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is suffering from an incomplete understanding of how to play quarterback in the NFL.In other news, Colin Kaepernick’s phone is ringing off the hook.last_img

Why Asians Rule YouTube

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#web#YouTube A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Last June, in a panel celebrating diversity at Vidcon, the unofficial YouTubers conference, rapper Timothy DeLaGhetto suggested the main reason for his popularity on the site: He’s “an Asian guy doing normal things.” (DeLaGhetto ranks #53 with 1.4 million subscribers and 465 million total views.)“Here’s a group of people that are not traditionally represented elsewhere,” said filmmaker and musician Freddie Wong in an interview. “We didn’t have a Blaxsploitation moment, and the closest we got was Bruce Lee and Kung Fu.” Ranking #6 on the YouTube chart with 1-plus million views of each of his videos, Wong mostly makes geeky and guntastic shorts, though he recently expanded to a Web series format with Video Game High School. Fact: Asians rule YouTube. After decades of stereotypical roles as brainiacs and kung fu masters, the long underrepresented group is flexing its media muscles online. Of the top 10 personalities on YouTube, three are Asian, occupying the second, sixth, and 10th spots respectfully. The top 10 women also include three Asians.Long ostracized from mainstream television, Asians have taken advantage of YouTube’s low barrier to entry to create their own opportunities and their own characters. From rappers to sketch-comedy stars to make-up artists, they can be whatever they want. YouTube even has a Korean equivalent of TV’s Jersey Shore called K-Town, broadcast on Kevin Smith’s LOUD channel. Related Posts center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Wong could easily work in Hollywood, but he loves the freedom of the digital space. In fact, Hollywood directors and actors now vie to work with him or appear in his YouTube shorts.“We are [on YouTube] doing our thing and it works because we’re doing our thing,” Wong said. “We’re not trying to fulfill or reject any given stereotype. This is where our platform is, and it will be a matter of time before traditional media realizes the value of representation across demographics.” Kim Evey, a Korean-American actress who now works as a producer with Felicia Day, joined the YouTube community after seeing a viral video of two  Asians lip-syncing. She recalls only three Asians in media when she was growing up: “Connie Chung, who was a news reporter; a woman on a sitcom called Night Court; and then there was M*A*S*H. That was it if you were Asian and wanted to be an actor.” She is blown away by what is happening on YouTube today. “The fact that they do exist, and have the success that they have, is so exciting to me.”Bernie Su, a Web series writer of hit shows like The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, said “as an Asian American, I am proud and happy to see” Asians at the top of the list of popular YouTubers. “Asian Americans don’t have a lot of rolemodels” in traditional media right now, he adds.“The Asian American audience is relevant,” Su said, “and when Hollywood and advertisers realize how relevant they are, they’ll pretty much have to see Asian-American stars.” fruzsina eordogh Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Facebook Dislikes Waze Acquisition

first_imgCloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Tags:#Facebook#now#Waze Related Posts Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img If Israel-based mapping company Waze does get picked up by one of the big Silicon Valley suitors rumored to be courting, it won’t be by Facebook.(See also Facebook Rumored To Purchase Traffic App Waze For $1 Billion.)Reports are out today that Facebook is no longer in talks with Waze for a possible buy. Reasons for the break down in discussions are not clear, but the rumor mill is claiming that Waze may not have wanted to relocate to California. Of course, maybe Waze got a better offer from one of the other companies that have been rumored to be knocking at their door: a list that once included Apple and, most recently, Google. But wait, now Apple denies ever making any play for Waze.(Check out Waze Mapped As The Billion-Dollar Treasure.)Waze is the hotter than the Sun these days, but after a no-show from Apple and now a fall-out with Facebook, is the mapping company just another flash in the pan? readwrite How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloudlast_img read more

Arafura Games: Philippines hauls gold medals in swimming

first_imgMOST READ The 13-year-old Amogius finished with a time of one minute, 10.53 seconds in the 100m backstroke, around two seconds faster than Western Australia’s Taila Jane Wilkinson (1:12.19) who won the silver.Amogius then clocked in at 2:33.63 in the 200m IM, around three seconds faster than what Wilkinson tallied in the tiff that was held at Parap Swimming Pool.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsCabalo, meanwhile, cruised in the 400m run finishing the course at 50.73 seconds, two seconds ahead of Northern Territory’s Blair Andrews (52.08) who won the silver and bronze medalist Joseph Salmon (52.34).National University’s stalwart then teamed up with Joviane Calixto, Jason Buenacosa, and Romel Bautista to conquer the 4x100m relay with a time of 43.49 seconds blazing past Northern Territory and Malaysia. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid “I’m really happy and I broke all my times. I’m very, very happy and honored to swim for the Philippines because it’s my country and I’m proud to be a Filipino,” said Amogius.“This is my dream to take a gold medal here in Australia because the competition here is something else,” said Cabalo.Other Filipino athletes who also won gold medals in Day 1 were Ivo Nikolai Enot (13-14 men’s 100m backstroke) in swimming, and Abigail Manzano (women’s 3,000m steeplechase), Nicko Caparoso (men’s 3,000m steeplechase), Bruce Fernia (men’s javelin throw), Jessel Lumapas (women’s 400m run), and Mark Anthony Casena (men’s triple jump) in athletics.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Top seed Ateneo braces for FEU as ‘real fight’ begins in Final 4 Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Photo from Team Phil – Arafura Games 2019 FacebookMANILA, Philippines—Lora Micah Amogius and John Lloyd spearheaded a massive gold medal haul for the Philippines after the pair became double gold winners in the Arafura Games late Saturday night in Darwin, Australia.Amogius captured the gold medals in the 13-14 100-meter backstroke and 200m individual medley in swimming while Cabalo ruled the men’s 400m run and the men’s 4x100m relay in athletics to lead the Philippines’ haul of 10 gold medals in Day 1.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Ana Ivanovic not to represent Serbia

first_imgSerbian tennis player Ana Ivanovic has decided not to play for her national team, Serbian media reported on Tuesday.Ivanovic informed the Tennis Federation of Serbia about her decision, while the federation tried unsuccessfully to dissuade her, according to TV channel B92, reports Efe.Serbian team coach Tatjana Jecmenica expressed regret about the decision, acknowledging that the national team “is much stronger” with Ivanovic’s presence.The coach noted that she will respect the world No.19’s decision, without giving further details.Ivanovic, who is one of the best current players in the Serbian national team, has played 29 games for Serbia with 20 victories.The Serbian’s best result with her national team was in the Federation Cup in 2012, when Serbia lost the final against the Czech Republic.last_img read more

13 days agoRodri says workload hitting Man City campaign

first_imgRodri says workload hitting Man City campaignby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Rodri says their workload is hitting their campaign.Pep Guardiola is aiming to win his third league title in a row with the Blues, but City have made their worst start to a league campaign since he took charge of the club in 2016. Asked to explain their losses in the league, he told ESPN: “I won my first title as soon as I arrived [Community Shield], so that [start] was good.”I think people have to be aware that there is a lot happening: we have had a lot of players out, it is difficult because we play every three days in three competitions and we are playing with more or less the same players.”What’s done is done.”We have to realise that we are doing things wrong, and we have to fix it. We have to be calm: it’s the start of the season, we have recognised that we have had our problems, and we improve.”Also, in football there are many things you can’t control. We hope we can get important players [back from injury] and when they do, that will be good for the team.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: J.T. Barrett Participated In The Circle Drill With A Fan At Student Appreciation Day

first_imgJT Barrett Circle Drill.JT Barrett Circle DrillToday was Student Appreciation Day at Ohio State, and as you can imagine, the turnout at Buckeye spring practice was strong. Fans usually love seeing players participate in the “Circle Drill,” but don’t often end up getting involved themselves. Quarterbacks are always excluded from the action as well, so naturally today saw an OSU QB and a young fan face off in the circle.Lori Schmidt of Columbus’ 97.1 The Fan has the video of J.T. Barrett “defeating” a young woman in the Circle Drill. Surely this was a thrill for her to be face-to-face with one of the Buckeyes. Ohio State QB JT Barrett participates in circle drill at the team’s student appreciation day practice.— Lori Schmidt (@LoriSchmidt) April 2, 2016That will undoubtedly be the only time you see Barrett in the circle during his career in Columbus.last_img read more