The last time we checked in with 80’s rock band Def Leppard, the band was busy “forging” its own songs as a way to release its own back catalog without having its label cash in off of it. So bad was the relationship with Universal Music, apparently, that re-recording all of that music was the better option compared with having to deal with the label. So, one might wonder how the band views illicit music downloads then, amidst its anger at its label for not paying them properly.Well, it turns out that Def Leppard thinks music piracy is making them a killing in concert revenue.In an interview with Ultimate Classic Rock, Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell has been describing why he believes piracy has its upsides, particularly for enduring bands that are still trying to broaden their horizons.“The way the band works is quite extraordinary. In recent years, we’ve been really fortunate that we’ve seen this new surge in our popularity. For the most part, that’s fueled by younger people coming to the shows,” Campbell said. “We’ve been seeing it for the last 10, 12 or 15 years, you’d notice younger kids in the audience, but especially in the last couple of years, it’s grown exponentially. I really do believe that this is the upside of music piracy.”
Daily Archives: August 7, 2017
Lumidolls made headlines internationally after opening its first sex doll brothel in Barcelona.It offered lads the chance to romp with “totally realistic” silicone babes “hardly distinguishable” from real women for around £70 ($90) to £100 ($130) per session.Earlier this year Lumidolls told Daily Star Online of its plans to open a sex robot brothel where lads can legally fulfil any fantasy in the UK.Its plans of expansion emerged after experts revealed how erotic cyborgs would one day revolutionise red light districts.Now Lumidolls is attempting to blaze a trail for the sex doll prostitution industry – on the world stage.
Shameless aptly describes the dirty dealings of modern war, from drone bombing human targets from afar in denial of all due process and invasions into sovereign lands, to pro-armed aggression propaganda — often brazen fabrications disseminated across media to engender support for otherwise untenable conflict — including that of exploiting young children, who could not possibly possess the critical thinking necessary to grasp the messages their words send to the world.And no better example of this puppetry of children for war profiteering and Western imperialist agenda-pushing exists than in the case of seven-year-old Bana al-Abed — proffered as the voice of innocent victims of the Syrian government’s bombardment of Aleppo — whose Twitter following just surpassed 386,000, after she featured in a corporate media-touted video promoting the United States’ goal of deposing Bashar al-Assad.A child was chosen by propagandists for a reason.September 2016 marked the creation of the Bana al-Abed Twitter account, which exploded in popularity by tweeting express “calls early on for action against the Syrian president, and Russia, and with a glaring absence of information or mention of the terrorist factions occupying eastern areas of Aleppo,” as independent journalist, Eva Bartlett, points out.
Last week, consumer tech giant Apple removed all major VPN apps from the Chinese branch of its Apps Store, seemingly putting yet another barrier in place for millions of Chinese citizens who might desire to defy their government’s pervasive internet censorship system. On Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook explained why Apple chose to comply with the wishes of Chinese censors.It’s pretty simple, in Cook’s telling. Unlicensed VPNs are against the law in China now, and Apple has to obey the law, period.“The central government in China back in 2015 started tightening the regulations associated with VPN apps,” Cook told investors and media during Apple’s Q3 2017 earnings and conference call, per TechCrunch’s Matthew Lynley. “We have a number of those on our store. Essentially, as a requirement for someone to operate a VPN they have to have a license from the government there.”