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The case of the missing counterculture

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Democracy in America is in shambles.   The spectacle of the President using the State of the Union Address to declare that he was retroactively endorsing the Imperial Presidency program initiated by George W. Bush was pathetic. 

Will there be a future conspiracy theory that promotes the idea that President Obama was a Trojan Horse strategy used by Republicans to disarm the Democratic Party's animosity aimed at the Bush Dynasty?   If Obama adopts every one of George W. Bush's policies, what's the use of continuing the snide remarks about the Bush Dynasty?

If the Dynasty resentment vanishes, what's to prevent a JEB bandwagon in 2016? 

What good does it do for the World's Laziest Journalist to do all the grumbling?

One particular website has been an example of American Cultural Imperialism.   Did a column critical of that elitist attitude cause a change?   We noticed recently that they ran an ad proclaiming that they were now a portal to the radio stations of the World.   Does that mean that folks who are tired of Republican talking points can use that site to listen to Triple J, Skyrock, and/or Radio Caroline?   Maybe we can do some extensive fact checking and write an entire column about this new widow of opportunity for radio fans. 

Isn't there a goodly number of trucking music fans in America who might get some enjoyment out of hearing Australian trucking songs?  

Is it ironical (or just an example of poignancy?) that while Republican ideology has become dominant on radio, Democratic Party programs (such as Gay Marriage and Medicinal marijuana) are proliferating at a rapid rate on the state level? 

If capitalism works like the conservatives say it does, how long will it take before Top Forty music radio programming makes a comeback?  

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What if Casey Kasem's Top Forty countdown becomes more popular online than Uncle Rushbo?    Won't radio programmer wunderkinds want to play what sells? 

Has any online source for radio programming registered the domain name?   How hard can it be to find a gravely voiced disk jockey to become Wolfman 2.0?   World wide access would make "coast to coast, border to border, wall to wall and treetop tall" seem chintzy in comparison.

With just a skosh under three years to go, folks are going to get more than a wee bit fed up with "Thank you sir. May I have another?" fanatical enthusiasm for Obama and his capitalist masters. 

While reading "Counter Culture through the Ages from Abraham to Acid House" (by Ken Goffman [AKA R. U. Serius] and Dan Joy) we noticed that while the conservatives have been exerting their influence on the media, the lack of news coverage of any current counter culture trend is rather unsettling.   Where is the counterculture action happening these days?   How many times in a Western movie did the statement "I don't hear anything" evoke a "That's what worries me!" response?

Back in the Sixties, boys and girls, the reporters for main stream media used to sneak hippie sentiments into back of the book trend spotting stories.   This fellow Hunter S. Thompson shaved his head while running for sheriff and then called his opponent with a G. I. haircut "the guy with the long hair."  

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Is it still the case that "we don't grow our hair long and shaggy, like the hippies out in San Francisco do"?   Can we get back to you next week on that question?   Does the Haight attract more tourists than North Beach?   Would today's kids rather be a hippie or a beatnik?

Recently the New York Times ran a front page story that made the assertion that franchise restaurants across the USA were struggling, but that posh upscale eateries were thriving. 

If Mario Savio were attending UCB this year would he be driving a flashy Ferrari?

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