Saturday, July 23, 2011

Q101: The Aftermath

So after listening to the old 101.1 over the past week or so on and off, I have yet to hear the 24 Hour News Station, that was slated for this part of the dial.

However I have heard; 1st the DJ-less Days, then it became [101.1 Chocolate FM] a kind of similar sounding station playing music like the Mix FM.

Now it is [101.1 New Fm], still playing pretty much the same format, but now encompasses music you would hear on KissFM, B96, Star96, 959 The River, The Old Q101, the old LoopFM, and 971 The Drive, I have heard everything from 70's Classic Rock to 80's tunes, to Rhianna, Creed, and Pearl Jam.

But then again they could be the same Format, since I also one-time only, heard the pre-recorded Station Identification say; [101.1 New FM, Chocolate FM], so I'm kinda confused, besides where is this All-News Format that was Sooo essential to get rid of the Rock Alternative Format that over 30,000 people in Chicago listened too?

It's definitely not an "Easy Listening" station, but it is easy to listen to; however, with the Chicagoland FM dial lacking in Good Rock Alternative, Rock, and Metal... it is just like some Rich Fool laughing at the rest of us.

In the end "He who has the Gold, Makes the Rules.", and the rest of us who live pay-check-to-pay-check, suffer the most.

Positive: For those 9-5'ers whose bosses only like easy listening in the office, 101.1 FM is now more than likely acceptable, and probably a note better than an actual 'Easy Listening' station.

Negative: No Q101 Alternative Rock!

R. William Holzkopf Jr.

-Quote: Unknown Author

Death, Fundamentalism, and Stupidity!

What more can I say than what the Title brings to the page?

Amy Winehouse is dead, sad and horrible; but not altogether shocking with the type of lifestyle she led, and although there is no answer to the cause of her death, she leaves behind some really good music and many crazy antics throughout her troubled career.

There is deep sadness that is hanging over Norway, and even the World since the Oslo Bombing and the Camp Shootings. The Shooter Anders Behring Breivik, went on a shooting spree for nearly an Hour and a half. Killing originally what was thought to be 85 people, but it seems to be now listed at 92.


The news sources are calling him a 'Right-Wing Christian Extremist', because his Facebook Profile says so, even though Original Reports slated Islamic Terrorists were involved.


What ever reasons this Shooter had to do this awful thing in a Norwegian Kids Camp, and whoever is truly responsible for the Car Bombing in Oslo, all this is going to do is create more manevalance towards Muslims and Christians alike.


Since non-radical Muslims will cry racism and Stereo-typing, and Will want to blame the Christians as a whole. While those who despise Christians will only hear, "Christian" in the news relating to the Shooter and not that he was an Extremist, (and yes folks although we haven't seen a real outward mess of this magnitude of Christian extremism since the Crusades, their are still groups out there that are in the Right-wing Extremist area and not necessarily all Christian, like W.A.S.P., the K.K.K., and the Black Panthers).


This does not mean that any of them are involved and this could even be a False Flag attack by Islamic Extremists, wanting to bring the hatred of the World on their hated religious enemy, that of the Christians.


This wouldn't be the first time in History, some other party, group or person was blamed for something that someone else did, and the World believed it.


Yet that last part about the Islamic's, is yet just speculation, so keep your britches on!


In any case this was a horrible act of killing, horrible because so many innocents died.


And remember that whether it is a CIA agent acting as an Islamic Terrorist, or it is an Islamic Extremist posing as a Christian Extremist, or if it is a Pro-Choicer posing as a Pro-Lifer protester to cause a riot, or a Police officer posing undercover in a non-violent democratic protest, to instigate a fight so to justify their large federally funded budgets. The truth itself is always stranger than fiction, and we will never get the straight story the first go around.


And while all this is happening the naive portions of the population will just keep getting angrier, and assume that their TV Newscaster is telling them the honest truth and some of them will decide to take matters into their own hands based on their limited assumptions, and this will cause even more outcry and more Rights restricting laws will be proposed and probably passed, as if the past 11 years has not proven this, let alone the past 70 here in the United States of America.


And no one in this World seems to understand what the term 'Conspiracy Theory' really means, or even what the true definition of Conspiracy is.


And so on, and so on until we all kill each other off because some idiot had to blow something up or shoot some kids, take down some buildings to start a war to feed the rich and powerful.


It's a shame that not many are left any more, that actually will or even know how to correctly research the background of an incident and the persons involved instead of just following the status quo, which is usually always wrong.


So as the poor Norwegians Suffer today, and the 911 Families and friends still suffer today, and all those who know of or are victims of some heinous criminal act still suffer, nothing at all will really be done except more vengeance and more hate.


Such a vicious circle we all live in today, as we did yesterday.


Many blessings and prayers and tears I send to the Norwegians in this their hour and time of need, as well as to the family and friends of Amy Winehouse.


R. William Holzkopf Jr.






1) https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Amy_Winehouse
2) http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/amy-winehouse-drug-haunted-british-pop-diva-dies-at-27/2011/07/23/gIQAgaOLVI_story.html
3) http://www.facebook.com/amywinehouse
4) http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-norway-attacks-police,0,6277048.story
5) http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43854355/ns/world_news-europe/?GT1=43001
6) http://www.talkingsides.com/blogs/2011/07/22/norway-s-islamic-terrorism-connections
7)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Angel Beats! [Spoiler Alert]

Did you ever get the feeling you were having Haruhi Flashbacks?

I did, in fact throughout the whole series I kept trying to think that Yuri the leader of SSS (Shinda Sekai Sensen) was Haruhi and that this was the SOS Brigade.

However, despite the glaring similarities, it was definitely yet still very different!

Being that the School kids are dead and living in some sort of Limbo World, many unknowing that they have to accept their death to continue passing on.

There are elements of Gorey Battles, using projectile weapons and swords, and energy weapons, inside a computerized matrix of a World that you can control by memory of something or by a Computer Program called 'Angel Player'.

The spider web of the characters plotlines seemed to mesh well; although the Writers give you perspective and insight into a fraction of the main and supporting characters, with background stories and the like, yet toward the end of the series the seem to rush through it, seemingly dropping the rest of the supporting characters like a hot potato and throw you a small bone, whereas they hint at what happended to the rest of them but you are left feeling put out in the wet cold night.

Despite this, I thoroughly enjoyed the series, as it delves into ones inner Soul and the turmoil that many have concerning Life and Death, Love and Friendship; and in this aspect Angel Beats Serves you a 4 course meal.

The concept of helping someone you made friends with to pass-on and watch them disappear before your eyes is disconcerting to say the least, but if you watch the series all the way through, this becomes clear as to why it occurs and why it is necessary.

It has some spectacular fight scenes, good monologue between character, and some of the characters; specifically a few of of them seem to grow on you fairly quick, but it isn't all laughter and clowning around.

There is a lot of sadness to be found in this Anime, and for those who enjoy this one, (you may never admit that at least a few tears dropped), but for me I really enjoyed the concept, play through, and original ending.

The  'Another Epilogue' Episode which comes after Final Episode 13, is only 2 minutes long and seems to set up for a second season, or game, ending with the words [Next Stage].

It seemed to show the main male character Otonashi in a new setting in the Same place, even though we see him meet up with his Love in the Earth World in the last episode.

So what can we expect? Not sure, but with the route taken by the writer both in the series and in the Special: Another Epilogue, it doesn't seem to hard to move into a second season if they want to.

I'd be curious to see what would be in store, with so many avenues open at the end of the first season, and when Isay open, I don't mean you were left hanging, just that they have the maneuverability to bring back some characters, and even flash back to the new sets of lives lived.

EDIT (07.21.2011) *There is also an OVA Episode on the DVDs and Blu-Rays, which I found fits in between Episodes 4 and 5.

If you like Boys and Girls with Guns, in a super-natural setting, with the addition of good script and art style, as well as a tear-jerker for some, then definitely get your hands on this one, for It is Almost-Epic.

R. William Holzkopf Jr.

More information can be found here:
1) http://www.angelbeats.jp/
2) Haruhi Suzumiya: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=6430
3) Angel Beats: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=10885

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Q101.com Forever Online!!!

Q101 as WKQX on the FM dial may be going off-air at 01:01am CST, this day of 07/15/2011, but they will be continuing on as Q101 online being around to bring us great Alternative music as well as 979HD2 on your HD Radios as of Monday July 18th, 2011, without the restraints of the music Industry.

Thank You:
Chris Payne, Electra, James Van Osdel, Zoltar, Tim Virgin, Brian the Whipping Boy, Man Cow Mueller, Pogo, Sherman & Tingle, Jaime Black, Scott Hames, Ashley Di Buduo, Guy Bauer, Sludge, Freak, and all the other past and present personalities and staff that made Q101 the greatest Alternative Rock Station in Chicago and maybe even the World for the past 19 years.

You will all be surely missed on the airwaves, and fans like me will continue to follow online and on HD Radio.

R. William Holzkopf Jr.

Edit:
As they began 19 years ago in 1992 with their first song being the Cure's 'Friday I'm in Love', they End it as their last song.
And with this Chris Payne, after his illustrious career, says this is his "Swan Song...", and that he is retiring. Thank You Chris Payne and everyone again for bringing such great personality and music to our ears all these years!

Monday, July 04, 2011

Happy Independence Day, America! July 4th, 2011

While we are all having fun Drinking, Bar-B-Que'ing, Hanging out with Family, Friends, or just by Ourselves. We should remember that this day celebrates more than just simple pleasures, and Corporate advertising and marketing schemes.

Today we as U.S. Americans celebrate our Independence from King George III, Great Britain, Monarchical Rule, European Banksters, Corrupt Elite, and Censorship of Voice, Religion, and Person.

Although it seems we have seemingly gotten ourselves back into an old rut, We must still remember what our Country's Fore-Fathers did for us with their own Sweat, Blood, and Tears, and remember why they did it.

They fought for our Independence so that 'We' the People could have Life free from the chains of Slavery and Control, Liberty free from Restriction and Censorship, and the option to pursue our own Happiness if we deem it so.

We light off Fireworks in nearly every city of the United States of America on this day, because it represents the Bombs bursting in air as we battled and fought the English across all the Colonies and at Sea, and with our   Winning of the War of Independence (Colonial Rebellion), these Fireworks became a symbol of not only our Strength, and Success, but a reminder of all those that died in the process of getting us here.

We also in modern times give thanks to our Veterans and Active Duty Service Men and Women, because they take an oath to uphold our Constitution and the defense of this Nation against all enemies within and without, to protect our sacred Liberties from those who wish to entrench upon them.

So as we celebrate, It would do for us to remember all these things while we have a merry and jolly ol' time, because if it wasn't for what our Fore-Fathers did, 'We' would not have the freedoms that we do so enjoy.

Happy Fourth of July, America!!!

R. William Holzkopf Jr