Monthly Editorial

Octobers Rust: Change is in the air

– Alex Zander Oct 10, 2012

I live uptown, I live downtown, I live all around

I had money and I had none, But I’ve never been so broke, That I couldn’t leave town

I’m a changeling
See me change

I’m the air you breath, Food you eat, Friends your greet, In the sullen street

See me change
See me change, you

– from “Changeling”  the Doors 1971

Here we are second week of Oct 2012 and the seasonal change is in full swing, especially the region where we find our dear Chicago. The political climate is also in full swing as the Presidential election is less than a month away, the attack ads, the accusations the conspiracies entertained by both the left and the right are more ridiculous than ever. It’s almost embarrassing. No it is embarrassing. And that’s exactly what politics has become, entertainment.

I cannot help but wonder what Hunter S. Thompson, the man that once said, “Politics is the Art of Controlling Your Environment” would have to say about this bizarre side show laced with references to Big Bird and allegations of racism, the obscene spectacle of Baptists, Catholics and Evangelicals’s alike voting for a Mormon (a religion invented not 200 years ago, by a mad man) to be President of this great country, or the people that  four years ago voted purely based on a candidates race. On one side we have “show us your tax returns” to a defiant response versus the other side, “show us your birth certificate”, which should have had a simple result yet was one that took years and to many is still unacceptable. In 20 years we’ve literally gone from blow jobs to no jobs. I truly wonder what HST would have to day about this display of nitpicking. Or of this war in Afghanistan that doesn’t make any sense, at least to me. I mean to say, after all, we over threw Saddam Hussein yet found no weapons of mass destruction, we found and killed our enemy numero uno Bin Laden in Pakistan where for years it was widely reported he was holding up, yet are at war in Afghanistan.

The father of Gonzo journalism called it, he called the whole thing on the heels of 9-11 in his ESPN.com column just after dawn when the first plane hit the World Trade Center.

“This is going to be a very expensive war, and Victory is not guaranteed — for anyone, and certainly not for anyone as baffled as George W. Bush. All he knows is that his father started the war a long time ago, and that he, the goofy child-President, has been chosen by Fate and the global Oil industry to finish it now. He will declare a National Security Emergency and clamp down Hard on Everybody, no matter where they live or why. If the guilty won’t hold up their hands and confess, he and the Generals will ferret them out by force.”

“It will be a Religious War, a sort of Christian Jihad, fueled by religious hatred and led by merciless fanatics on both sides. It will be guerrilla warfare on a global scale, with no front lines and no identifiable enemy. Osama bin Laden may be a primitive “figurehead” — or even dead, for all we know — but whoever put those All-American jet planes loaded with All-American fuel into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon did it with chilling precision and accuracy. The second one was a dead-on bullseye.
Straight into the middle of the skyscraper.”
― Hunter S. Thompson

Read the entire passage here: proxy.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?id=1250751

Sadly voting registration is down from four years ago when the masses were excited about our now President Barrack Obama. It’s as of today lower than it has been for the last four Presidential elections. I saw this coming a year ago. I stated on more than one occasion that we now vote with an American Idol mentality, especially in the age group of 18-34. Reality television programming has the younger generation voting in favor of the “rock star” candidate.  And I cannot think of a more pathetic situation.

As reported by The Chicago Tribune September 26, 2012

The dynamic is not expected to hurt Obama’s chances in Illinois against Republican Mitt Romney on Nov. 6. After all, Illinois has become a solidly Democratic state, and it’s the one Obama calls home. Still, political analysts say, it’s a trend worth noting — and not just in Chicago.

“It means that the younger voters just aren’t as taken with the election as they were with the last one,” said Andrew Kohut, president of the Washington-based Pew Research Center. “This is an important Democratic and Obama constituency, and should give pause to them.” – By Ray Long and Hal Dardick, Chicago Tribune reporters

I’ll conclude this rant once and for all with one last quote from HST a self confessed “political junkie”, and if you are reading this and voting for the “popular’ candidate in your demographic, whichever it may be, or you’re not voting at all, you really should take this to heart, as well as head.

“Anybody who thinks that ‘it doesn’t matter who’s President’ has never been Drafted and sent off to fight and die in a vicious, stupid war on the other side of the world–or been beaten and gassed by Police for trespassing on public property– or been hounded by the IRS for purely political reasons–or locked up in the Cook County Jail with a broken nose and no phone access and twelve perverts wanting to stomp your ass in the shower. That is when it matters who is President or Governor or Police Chief. That is when you will wish you had voted.” ― Hunter S. Thompson

The generation that have since the last election are eligible to vote sadly disappoint me. They sit for hours in front of their computers, posing for pictures of themselves with their cam phones or with the desktop/lap top cameras, in solitude doing nothing other than posing. And posing alone. Doing nothing fun, active or creative. Talking endlessly about the “zombie apocalypse” which is what they’ve turned their generation into. Venting and ranting about personal displeasure’s in an overly passive aggressive manner.

DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. AT LEAST DO SOMETHING!

This is where they make friends, where they socialize, where than can be, or at least pretend to be anyone or anything they wish. And this is the next generation of leaders. I doubt it. And by the time they come to regret it, for it’ll be too late for any of them to do anything about it. It’ll be that “popular” kid in high school or in college and not the pitiful wallflower who because they spent so much time wasting away in front of their computers dabbling and babbling in social media, who will be making their decisions in a “true” reality of a world, which they will be none to happy about, yet devoid to do anything
about.

WAKE UP! GET THE FUCK OUT OF THE HOUSE! DO SOMETHING! Make a difference, because the last decades of my life will be spent in a world where I’ll be at the Mercy of the leaders from, your generation.

Well, that’s that. I guess by the time I post here again we’ll know the score. Till next time, stay extreme. – az

September Morn

(Sept 2012 Editorial by Alex Zander)

 

Look at what you’ve done
Why, you’ve become a grown-up girl

I still can hear you crying

In a corner of your room

And look how far we’ve come

So far from where we used to be
But not so far that we’ve forgotten
How it was before
– Neil Diamond

 

That verse sort of sums up the way I feel about my baby, MK ULTRA, from the rag tag beginnings in 1995, to world wide distribution, sponsoring concert tours, a nationally syndicated radio show, losing the name, maintaining an online presen
and finally taking the name back, establishing a new domain and finally the last redesign of this site.I want it to be something I can live with the rest of my life and I hope you do too. The old readers and the new, this is the
new home of “all things extreme”, its for those of us who embrace this lifestyle, this way of life, taking it all to the max.I need to share where the phrase “all things extreme” originated. When my old friend Ricktor and I reunited earlier this year, a man who I met through a band whose members that I shared a lot of time with, on the road, at an event , in a motel or in my home or theirs whether, collectively or individually, the band that were the staple of all things MK ULTRA or vice versa, that band being The Electric Hellfire Club, what you will read below was what he signed to me on EHC’s very rare orange vinyl after our first meeting in a decade.Alex

“Despite the passage of the years we remain united in our love of all things extreme, and it’s been my honor to be your friend.” – Ricktor

A perfect phrase to sum up not seeing my old friend for more than a decade.

I thought about what tag I could use to describe this rebirth. We’re the furthest thing from what we were widely
considered, whether it was true or not, I like to think that we were the only real alternative to what was dubbed alternative.
As I was waiting for the arrival of V. Mercy another old friend from the music industry who I had recently reunited with this
past spring, “all things extreme”, Ricktor’s summing up of passion seemed perfect. And I was ready to make it so.

My mission is to build the new online entity into something everyone can relate to within themselves, whether they admit it
or not. I had a concept for an idea and I’ve been ready to roll with it for the better half of the year, I just needed the right
person, a like-minded person to steer the redesign. After several people dropped the ball, which ended up working in my
(and your) benefit, I approached Mr. Mercy on one of his bands recent and brilliant, if not most brilliant productions in
Chicago. It made the most perfect sense, as I recalled the time we met and ow our minds worked in similar ways, we appreciated a lot of the same things and we both absorbed in part of the whole Invisible Records/Underground Inc family.
If one thing we both shared that were exactly the same it was our drive. So it’s V behind the wheel.

I’m doing this with a skeleton crew, a staff of a few really good friends. Based in central Indiana Jason Harmon a contributor from back in the mid / late 90’s is back as is Dale Patrick Bennett who wrote and photographer for MK ULTRA he is a lifelong resident of Cedar Rapids Iowa and has been a true and generous friend over the last few years of financial hardships in my life. And then there’s my former right hand who readers knew as Moe Wyoming now using his legal name Bryan Schillo, who has a sense of humor which not only livens up any moment is AZ world, but is capable of bringing that online with the rest of us.

A new addition is Michael Allen Rose, a true Jack of all trades when it comes to entertainment. The wit and style of his craft  fits our latest model and he’s bringing a slue of literary and celluloid insight to our latest venture.

This is all happening as we’re nearing the dawn of what may be some significant political change, change that worries me either way it goes. So we’ll deal with it when the time comes but as we tread in the cold waters of the right vs the left, we’ll do it with an Onion like sense of humor and that means everyone is fair game, especially if your Motley Crue and the like who take what you do a little too seriously as you’re in the public eye. The age satire which at one time before MK ULTRA had a barcode and international distribution is back. So if you’re easily offended you’re at the wrong domain.

Almost in synch with the timing of this Presidential election comes the one year mark since I rebooted mk ultra presents shows. I launched it 5 years after the final mk production which was Alc O Holiday 2006 and hosted it at the same venue where I had the event held, The Horseshoe Chicago. Last spring I did a handful of shows there including the Ministry CD release event for “Relapse” and moved to a couple other venues as we outgrew Horseshoe. I was testing the waters so  to speak to see if there were still interest. To my delight here was! So this December, on the 22nd to be precise, Alc O Holiday and it’s host Satan Claus are returning to the stage. And as fate would have it, V’s new concept Revolution Circus will bring their brand of extreme entertainment to be the headliner. Talk about full circle.

Sex Fun and rock n roll baby! All things extreme, especially the humor.

Have a great month!

Alex Zander 9/5/2012 Chicago

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