Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Q101 WKQX: Bought by Randy Michaels!??

All News/Talk? When did the FM dial become the AM dial?

We already have CNN radio on 92.5/7/&9 through 3/4 of the day besides NPRs 91.5 here in Chicago.

The deal is worth between $110 Million and $130 Million and Q101, 97.9 WLUP in Chicago are part of the Deal, (101.9 WRXP New York).

So a Dirty Businessman, (Randy Michaels), gets to have his way with Chicago once again? Well just proves that if you're [Too Big To Fail] in America, you probably are; at least he is not getting Tax Payer monies being called 'Government Bailouts', (...as far as we know).

"Losers in this: Emo kids and the other 27 people that listen to Q101." Is that so Justin Kaufmann? 27?


Yeah, maybe at least 27,000, and forget what's left of the dwindling EMO crowd, I think Gen X'ers are going to B***h and Moan about this since Q101 finally came back to its roots and started playing real Alternative, Grunge and Korn again. In fact the only Station in Chicagoland that plays any Decent modern Rock, Alternative and Korn!

(Leave it to the very Rich to mess up a good thing, and prove yet once again that it is all about profit and not about the consumer who appreciates what your getting rid of...  Z95? 94.7 The Zone? Energy 92.7 &5 where did you go??? Ohh... Clear Channel Comm. ring any Bells, anyone... ANYONE???)

... And it's supposed to happen in the next 45 days? Leave it to a dirty businessman to be allowed to work in a city that got rid of him for being dirty.

This in itself is just a plain dirty deal!

R. William Holzkopf Jr.
Copyright © 2011 R. William Holzkopf Jr.

*Thank you Lars for dropping this story...*
**Old Energy Listeners can still listen at Fusion Radio**

Sources:
1) http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/chicago-media-blog/136511/robert-feder-blog/2011/01/24/the-loop-firing-blanks-in-battle-over-classic-rock-with-the-drive
2) http://www.doublex.com/blog/xxfactor/difference-between-dirty-jokes-and-sexual-harassment
3) http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-06-21/randy-michaels-buy-q101-what-will-happen-all-emo-kids-88114#
4) http://www.wlshistory.com/new/947.htm
5) http://www.energychicago.com/welcome.htm
6) http://formatchange.com/energy-92-7-5-signs-off/
7) http://www.fusionradio.fm/aboutus/history/

2 Asian Films

I happened to watch two films this past evening; one was called ‘Samurai Avenger: The Blind Wolf’ and the Other ‘The Japanese Wife’.

For those in the know, yes it is an odd assortment to have watched both in the same evening, yet it is as it is.
Samurai Avenger: The Blind Wolf, I knew from the start was probably going to be like watching one of those B-Level films many of us used to watch on Saturday mornings in the 80’s and 90’s.
After reading its plot and seeing the trailer, which did not help its cause much… although I still ventured to see it.

Although this is a Japanese produced film, the dialogue is largely and mostly spoken in English, (which should make those subtitle-haters out there happy), although there is some minimal Japanese dialogue, which is subtitled for the English speaking viewer.

There seems to be an attempt at comedic humor at certain intervals of the film, though I wasn’t sure if it was meant to be Dark humor or Genuine. However the attempt at humor was just as well received as the staggering plot line which was consistently interrupted by and unknown Characters voice to explain something that just happened in scene, some of these seemed almost condescending, though not by design I’m sure.

The many flashbacks that anchor the last ¾ of the film aren’t as bad though just like the off-par explanations, seemed a bit too out of place and invariably disturbed the story-line. That said the storyline could have been filmed in a bit of a different order to allow for such things, but that was not the case.

This is a film about a Japanese man whose Wife and Daughter while camping we’re lead to believe, are murdered before him and he is forced to gouge his eyes out. The ‘Blind’ man takes the time while the culprit is in jail to hone his skills as a samurai, to exact vengeance at some future point in time.

It was almost as gory as ‘Kill Bill’, with a bit more skin than expected even from this type of film. The dialogue was better than most of this kind, though a bit dry and a bit left to be desired. The ending wasn’t as bad as I expected but could have been better.

You are never quite sure if you are in Japan, Australia, or some American Territory, or else-where, because the scenery and buildings are a mix or hodge-podge of a cultural identity clash. And you’re not sure if this is some kind of Post-apocalyptic environment or they are just in some remote outskirts somewhere.

Though, one saving feature of this film may be its selection of very pretty and good looking actresses, and one or two of the actors actually seem to know how to use a Katana properly, but don’t expect much if you appreciate the sword forms in any of the martial arts, and these may be a stretch at that.

The film has a mixture of American ‘Old-West’ style with Japanese Samurai Bushido, mixed with revenge, some campy lines and B-grade effects at best.

Although I got into watching strange and random Asian flicks via some friends I used to hang out with many years back who found them amusing because of their crudeness and irrelevance to any realism or steady plot. I came to appreciate them for amusement as well and occasionally come across some strange ones for sure.

Although this is not the strangest, it is definitely different and I will only suggest you see this if you are willing to be amused and not easily offended by the mixing of ideologies, philosophies and the martial way, as well as by the indifferent approach to carnal gore, zombies, and sudden C-sections.

Yet after that film was said and done, I decided I wanted a change of pace and turned on ‘The Japanese Wife’, this was produced via Bollywood of India, though in partnership with the Japanese film industry.
This was spectacularly filmed, with great actors and actresses, the dialogue was excellent and the story plot sound and round characters.

I become lost in the story-line, without concern for the Bangla-Japanese-English dialogue; the English Subtitles helped out, but things were for the most part are really self-explanatory.

This film is about a Hindi man and a Japanese woman who become pen-pals and over the course of many years converse through letters and the occasional phone conversation. Eventually get married, and go through all the ups and downs of a friendship, a relationship, the distance of separation, temptation, the highs and lows of Love, battling limited funds and ailing family members, as well as cultural prejudices.

It is a very heartwarming story that I think crosses cultural lines and paints a very sincere picture of what Love can do for two people, even when they are separated by great distance.

The Japanese Wife had elements that were as deep as ‘The Notebook’, but as intense devotion like in the ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’, and as much emotion as in ‘Across the Universe’.

I was thoroughly moved by this film and would definitely suggest this for anyone looking for a romantic film that moves at a decent pace and uses subtle airs in the building of the climax of the story.

I will warn you that the film contains sad parts and that the ending is well designed so that you do not necessarily know the result of the stories climax until it is presented to you.

It is sad a film like this never made shore in American Theaters, it is Hollywood quality and possibly better, and fits in with the softer Romantic storylines that are usually enjoyed here on American Soil.

For this Hindi-Nihon Film if I were to rate it on a scale of 1-10, I’d actually give it a 10, and that is saying something since I am not one in general, for Romantic films.

So if you are looking for something new to view, and you like to be amused by B-Grade Japanese style Western Films; Samurai Avenger: The Blind Wolf should be somewhere on your list, though I will forgive you if it is not at the top.

But if you are looking to woo your girl or have a quiet evening with your husband, or just like Romantic flicks, The Japanese Wife is a definite plus!

 R. William Holzkopf Jr.
Copyright © 2011 R. William Holzkopf Jr.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

I told you so, well maybe not you, or you, but that person I did!

New NASA study seems to point blame at U.S. HAARP facility in Alaska for helping cause the Japan Earthquakes that have had such a terrible toll on Japan and surrounding countries around the world.

I and others had noticed from video and photographs taken just before the Major Earthquake that hit Fukushima a few months back, that there were strange atmospheric anomalies occurring around volcanoes and other areas of Japan, that looked similar to anomalies you'd get from a Manufactured heating of the atmosphere, which currently can only be done, (per accepted knowledge), by facilities geared toward that end, such as the HAARP facility in Alaska, and the one in Norway.

HAARP, (High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program), its creation was in part handled by a Dr. Bernard Eastlund, U.S. Patent 4,686,605. The program is slated for the enhanced understanding of the physical and electrical properties of the Earth's Ionosphere.

However it is becoming a little clearer that simple scientific study is not all that is going on, but the best we can do for now is ask for accountability and keep doing research into this.

Japan isn't the only ones being effected by HAARP, artificially created heat wave in Canada/U.S. on June 7th, was done by HAARP punching a hole in the Ionosphere allowing the Suns radiation to pass freely into our atmosphere allowing it to heat up.

Besides the "Buzz" on the Net about the possibility Icelands issues may have more than just a natural source.

It is also possible this is a tourniquet move by the rich and powerful of the world to control certain assets and thereby using "Eco-Terrorism" as there gauntlet.

But whatever the case may be, at least we have an Official source looking into this matter, and hopefully all the eyes in the World will be turning toward their Governments and request full disclosure.

R. William Holzkopf Jr.

1) http://www.naturalnews.com/032670_Fukushima_HAARP.html
2) http://www.eastlundscience.com/HAARP.html
3) http://www.haarp.alaska.edu/haarp/faq.html
4) http://presscore.ca/2011/?p=2842
5) http://info.themicroeffect.com/?tag=haarp