Texas Secession? The Woes of Texanistan.

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So Brexit has all the Texit folks mumbling and groaning again. Sigh…

Okay secessionists. See, here’s the thing. Let’s pretend that you actually seceded from the UNITED States of America (you know, UNITED, as in a whole country, which means secession is the most un-American thing you can actually do). What would happen?

If Texas succeeded in seceding, it would collapse and become a third-world country within a year or two. A few years after failing Texans would be begging to become part of the UNITED States again.

Why would Texas fail?

1. EVERY single United States Armed Forces base in Texas would be shut down. Not only destroying local economies, but killing off hundreds of thousands of jobs associated with those economies (and civilians working on the bases). Say goodbye to Fort Hood, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Sheppard Air Force Base, NAS Corpus Christi, NAS Kingsville, Laughlin Air Force Base, Lackland Air Force Base, Martindale Army Air Field, Camp Bullis, US Marine Corps Reserve Centers, Recruiting centers for all armed forces, Brooks City Air Force Base, Dyess Air Force Base, Randolph Air Force Base, Camp Bowie, Camp Mabry, Camp Stanley, Camp Swift, Fort Bliss, Fort Sam Houston, Red River Army Depot, JRB Fort Worth, NS Ingleside. All those communities hit hard with vacated houses, massive loss of tax revenue, etc.

2. NASA would be gone. Say goodbye to the Johnson Space Center and all the businesses and jobs that support it. Say goodbye to all the engineers and scientists who will move to a new NASA location (either one already existing or a new one that will be built). Thousands of jobs gone, hundreds of homes vacated, significant loss of tax revenue.

3. The Coast Guard and all Homeland Security assets would be gone. Say goodbye to the Coast Guard in Corpus Christi, El Paso, Galveston, Houston, Port Arthur, and South Padre Island. If you need rescuing, hopefully the local county police have a boat or helicopter to come get you. Or maybe the UNITED States Coast Guard based in Louisiana will feel bad for you and come get you. Maybe. After all, they do rescue Cuban refugees. But you’d be deported back to Texas after processing.

4. The US Marshal Service, FBI, DEA, and other federal law enforcement agencies would leave Texas. No point in protecting a place that’s not in the UNITED States of America. Thousands of jobs gone. Maybe a lot of them will get lucky and moved to other states? But those that move no longer provide tax revenue to the newly named Texanistan.

5. All federal funding for education, roads, maintenance, disaster relief, etc would be gone. No more FEMA funds for San Marcos or Houston or Austin when they flood. No more federal disaster dollars after a hurricane, tornado, or seven-year drought. You think Texas roads are bad now? Wait until Texanistan has to foot 100% of the bill instead of 30-50% of it. And you think Texas school suck now? Man, wait until Texanistan celebrates the end of the Dept of Education by gutting science. I mean, who needs science since NASA no longer is in Texanistan?

6. A significant chunk of businesses would leave because they would need access to the American market – not just Texas. This would specifically affect any companies with a UNITED States government contract (mostly defense). All those companies would be forced to move outside of Texas in order to maintain their contracts with the federal government. And since there will be a massive brain drain once secession happens, a lot of tech companies will leave as well so that they can find educated employees.

7. Texanistan would no longer be privy or part to any of the treaties and agreements the United States has with bordering countries and countries around the world. That means every Texan would have to get a passport to travel to Oklahoma, Louisiana, etc. Texas would have to negotiate its own trade agreements, but until then it would be hit with every major pre-trade agreement tariff and tax. Have fun draining the coffer just to get Chinese goods in that are now suddenly two times more expensive because of extra tariffs.

8. Speaking of those borders, say goodbye to the US Border Patrol, you know those federal officers who “keep the Mexicans out?” Yeah, well, at least Texanistan has plenty of gun-toting “Minute men” (I’m pretty sure that’s a sexual reference) to take care of those ferners.

9. Say goodbye to all those customs agents at the border and shipyards as well.

10. Speaking of customs agents, what about all those shipyards that have federal contracts? I guess that work will go to Louisiana and Alabama (they could use the extra money). Maybe the cruise lines will still come in after Texanistan spends five years negotiating a new contract? After all, Texanistan would be a foreign country, so there are international laws they’d have to follow in negotiating a new porting contract with the Texanistan government.

11. Radar coverage and flood warnings and tornado warnings? You need those? Yeah, too bad. The NATIONAL Weather Service just left as well. Maybe Bobby Joe with his rain gauge on his mud truck can take care of the weather forecasting for you. Then everyone can “Heehaw” as the tornado siren.

12. Say goodbye to Social Security checks when you retire. Say goodbye to Medicaid/Medicare as well. Say goodbye to every federal benefit you were looking forward to. Federal scholarships, federal flood insurance (there is no private flood insurance, BTW, so good luck with all that Texas flooding).

I could go on and on, but I think you get the gist. Now I’m sure there’s a lot of secessionists reading this list and yelling “Hell yeah!” for every departure I’ve mentioned. That’s all fine and dandy until they no longer get their Social Security, Medicaid, or food stamps or disaster relief.

Be careful what you wish for. You just may regret it.

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Music Time! “Synthesizer Edition” 6/22/16

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Tonight is Boom Boom Palace (A Night of Synthpop) at Elysium Austin! So in honor of tonight… I’m posting some synthesizer music!

Synthpop is the grandparent of a lot of modern music (yes, even Top 40). From early bands, the influence on New Wave, New Age, and into the future with Futurepop, EBM, and yes, even things like Trance, Dance, and EDM. Industrial and Industrial Dance all have roots in synthpop and thanks to the guys who started playing with electronic sounds and instruments so many decades ago. And now we’re seeing a Synthpop Revival and it’s amazing!!!

So I’m posting songs from the beginnings to the modern movement of the synthesizer!

Event details here:
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ARTIST: SILICA GEL
SONG: Todo Sigue Igual
ALBUM: Genesis
YEAR: 2005

ARTIST: Frozen Plasma
SONG: 1980
ALBUM: Artificial (Deluxe Edition)
YEAR: 2006

ARTIST: Cabaret Voltaire
SONG: Why Kill Time (When You Can Kill Yourself)
ALBUM: The Crackdown
YEAR: 1983

ARTIST: Neuroactive
SONG: Innerspaceman
ALBUM: Transients (Expanded)
YEAR: 2001

ARTIST: Endanger
SONG: Inside
ALBUM: Motion:Reloaded (Deluxe Edition)
YEAR: 1999

ARTIST: Visage
SONG: Moon Over Moscow
ALBUM: Visage
YEAR: 1980

ARTIST: Sequencia
SONG: Por Ti
ALBUM: Algo En Tu Ser
YEAR: 2007

ARTIST: Universal Poplab
SONG: Go Back to Sleep
ALBUM: Uprising
YEAR: 2006

ARTIST: Rational Youth
SONG: Energie
ALBUM: To The Goddess Electricity
YEAR: 1999

ARTIST: Neuroticfish
SONG: No More Ghosts
ALBUM: Bomb EP
YEAR: 2004

ARTIST: Rupesh Cartel
SONG: Battle Cry
ALBUM: The Disco And The What Not
YEAR: 2007

ARTIST: Backlash
SONG: Switch
ALBUM: Divine EP
YEAR: 2009

ARTIST: OBK
SONG: Victima
ALBUM: Donde el Corazón Nos Lleve
YEAR: 1996

ARTIST: Information Society
SONG: Empty
ALBUM: Don’t Be Afraid
YEAR: 1997

ARTIST: John Maus
SONG: Believer
ALBUM: We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves
YEAR: 2011

ARTIST: B! Machine
SONG: Lightfall
ALBUM: The Evening Bell (Deluxe Edition)
YEAR: 2004

ARTIST: New Musik
SONG: Peace
ALBUM: Anywhere
YEAR: 1981

ARTIST: Faith Assembly
SONG: Evil Twin Sister (Moonlight Mix)
ALBUM: Windmills
YEAR: 2012

ARTIST: cosmicity
SONG: Reparations
ALBUM: Humans May Safely Graze
YEAR: 2014

Music Time! “LOVE” Edition (Part Two)! 6/14/16

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Earlier I posted Part One of the “LOVE” edition of my music shuffle. My Facebook feed has been full of hatred from many sides of many arguments and issues and I’ve just had enough. I also learned today that my daughter frequented Pulse in Orlando. I just don’t have the time or the inclination to deal with people’s hatred. So with that said… here are some more “love” songs from my library…

ARTIST: Missing Persons
SONG: Hello, I Love You
ALBUM: The Best of Missing Persons
YEAR: 1987

ARTIST: Droid Bishop
SONG: In Your Love
ALBUM: Beyond The Blue
YEAR: 2014

ARTIST: The Sundays
SONG: Love
ALBUM: Blind
YEAR: 1992

ARTIST: And One
SONG: Love You To the End
ALBUM: Bodypop
YEAR: 2006

ARTIST: Book of Love
SONG: Book of Love
ALBUM: Book of Love
YEAR: 1986

ARTIST: The Shamen
SONG: L.S.I. Love Sex Intelligence
ALBUM: Boss Drum
YEAR: 1992

ARTIST: The B-52’s
SONG: Summer of Love
ALBUM: Bouncing Off the Satellites
YEAR: 1986

ARTIST: boyfriendgirlfriend
SONG: Down in the Love
ALBUM: Boyfriendgirlfriend EP
YEAR: 2000

ARTIST: Conetik
SONG: Lovesong 1
ALBUM: Carbon Elektriq V2
YEAR: 2005

ARTIST: The Mission
SONG: Sea of Love
ALBUM: Carved In Sand (Limited Deluxe Edition)
YEAR: 1990

ARTIST: Blaqk Audio
SONG: Semiotic Love
ALBUM: Cexcells
YEAR: 2007

ARTIST: Eve’s Plum
SONG: Loved By You
ALBUM: Cherry Alive
YEAR: 1995

ARTIST: Inter-Connection
SONG: Breathing Love
ALBUM: Chrome
YEAR: 2012

ARTIST: Thompson Twins
SONG: Get That Love
ALBUM: Close To The Bone
YEAR: 1987

ARTIST: Echo Image
SONG: Messing With Love
ALBUM: Compuphonic
YEAR: 2001

ARTIST: The Beloved
SONG: Rock to the Rhythm of Love
ALBUM: Conscience
YEAR: 1993

ARTIST: The Human League
SONG: Love Is All That Matters
ALBUM: Crash
YEAR: 1986

ARTIST: The Cure
SONG: Lovesong
ALBUM: Disintegration
YEAR: 1989

ARTIST: Midnight Oil
SONG: Outbreak of Love
ALBUM: Earth and Sun and Moon
YEAR: 1993

ARTIST: Ambra Red
SONG: The Complete Love Story
ALBUM: Electronic Creations For Special People
YEAR: 2010

Music Time! “LOVE” Edition (Part One)! 6/14/16

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My Facebook feed has been so full of hatred lately. Hate toward “libtards,” hate toward “Republitards,” hate toward the LGBT community, hate toward political candidates or politicians, hate toward gun owners or anti-gun advocates. Remember when public tragedies brought us together? I guess the political discourse has gotten to the point that even after a tragedy we can’t come together as a nation anymore.

We need love: not hate. So my morning will be filled with love songs:

ARTIST: Happy Mondays
SONG: Sunshine and Love
ALBUM: …Yes, Please!
YEAR: 1992

ARTIST: Green Day
SONG: Oh Love
ALBUM: !UNO!
YEAR: 2012

ARTIST: !distain
SONG: Black Mountain Love Affair
ALBUM: 25 Frames A Second (Expanded Edition)
YEAR: 2004

ARTIST: Wolfsheim
SONG: Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town
ALBUM: 55578
YEAR: 1995

ARTIST: Erasure
SONG: Lay All Your Love On Me
ALBUM: Abba-Esque
YEAR: 1992

ARTIST: ABC
SONG: Look of Love, The (Part I)
ALBUM: Absolutely ABC: Best of ABC
YEAR: 1982 (Song)

ARTIST: Code 64
SONG: Love Sees No Colour
ALBUM: Accelerate EP
YEAR: 2013

ARTIST: Men Without Hats
SONG: I’m In Love
ALBUM: The Adventures Of Women & Men Without Hate In The 21st Century
YEAR: 1989

ARTIST: Bronski Beat
SONG: I Fee Love
ALBUM: Age of Consent
YEAR: 1983

ARTIST: IAMX
SONG: This Will Make You Love Again
ALBUM: The Alternative
YEAR: 2006

ARTIST: Future Holotape
SONG: Summer In Love
ALBUM: Analog Renegades
YEAR: 2014

ARTIST: Visage
SONG: Again We Love
ALBUM: The Anvil
YEAR: 1982

ARTIST: The Presets
SONG: This Boy’s in Love
ALBUM: Apocalypso
YEAR: 2008

ARTIST: informatik
SONG: My True Love (Pulse State Mix)
ALBUM: Arena
YEAR: 2009

ARTIST: Atlantic Popes
SONG: Love
ALBUM: Atlantic Popes
YEAR: 2000

ARTIST: Boytronic
SONG: Love Remains
ALBUM: Autotunes
YEAR: 2002

ARTIST: Blancmange
SONG: Don’t You Love It All?
ALBUM: Believe You Me (Remastered)
YEAR: 1985

ARTIST: A Flock of Seagulls
SONG: Space Age Love Song
ALBUM: The Best of A Flock of Seagulls
YEAR: 1982 (song)

ARTIST: Cutting Crew
SONG: I’ve Been In Love Before
ALBUM: The Best of Cutting Crew
YEAR: 1987

ARTIST: Howard Jones
SONG: Everlasting Love
ALBUM: The Best of Howard Jones
YEAR: 1989

Music Time! 6/8/16

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It’s Wednesday night. Boring. I’m processing new music to go in the library. So let’s see what the library gives me on “random!”

ARTIST: Electrafixion
SONG: Timebomb
ALBUM: Burned (Expanded Edition)
YEAR: 1995

ARTIST: Backandtotheleft
SONG: Disposable
ALBUM: Obsolete
YEAR: 2004

ARTIST: New Order
SONG: Every Little Counts
ALBUM: Brotherhood (Collector’s Edition)
YEAR: 1986

ARTIST: Peter Heppner
SONG: Cry Tonight
ALBUM: My Heart Of Stone (Deluxe Edition)
YEAR: 2012

ARTIST: Velvet Acid Christ
SONG: Icon
ALBUM: Fun With Knives
YEAR: 1999

ARTIST: Spider Lilies
SONG: My Grave
ALBUM: In the Light
YEAR: 2006

ARTIST: Interface
SONG: Artemis 1
ALBUM: Artemis Complex, The (Expanded Edition)
YEAR: 1999

ARTIST: AKANOID
SONG: Anny (2003)
ALBUM: Instant Summer
YEAR: 2004

ARTIST: L’Âme Immortelle
SONG: Demon Be Gone
ALBUM: Momente
YEAR: 2012

Had the pleasure of seeing these guys at DragonCon a few years ago.

ARTIST: Abney Park
SONG: Beautiful Decline
ALBUM: End of Days, The
YEAR: 2010

Suzie and I saw these guys in Nashville couple of years ago. Suzie doesn’t really like the music I listen to, but she enjoyed this concert because VNV’s stage presence and crowd interaction is amazing. They put on one helluva show!

ARTIST: VNV Nation
SONG: Fragments
ALBUM: Empires
YEAR: 1999

ARTIST: Spray
SONG: Leave It To The Girls, Boys
ALBUM: Living In Neon
YEAR: 2002

ARTIST: dAVOS
SONG: Thoughtful Eyes
ALBUM: I Could Sense A Tragedy!
YEAR: 2013

ARTIST: minusheart
SONG: Book of Love
ALBUM: The Big Idea
YEAR: 2011

ARTIST: F.O.D.
SONG: Kreuzritter
ALBUM: Maschinentanz
YEAR: 2010

ARTIST: Sonictune
SONG: Mean Machine
ALBUM: Tales Of The Night
YEAR: 2007

ARTIST: Ashbury Heights
SONG: Heart of Darkness
ALBUM: Looking Glass Society, The
YEAR: 2015

ARTIST: Beborn Beton
SONG: Game of Fools
ALBUM: Truth
YEAR: 1997

ARTIST: Strawberry Switchblade
SONG: Poor Hearts
ALBUM: Platinum Collection, The
YEAR: 1985 (song)