Aging axman for dinosaur rock band Guns N’ Roses. I like it.
But the GNR album, Chinese Democracy, wasn’t released before the band sicced the feds on one of his fans, Kevin Cogill, aka Skwerl, for streaming cuts on his blog, Tynan notes.
Skwerl. A hard-core pirate name if ever I saw one!
“Johnny and I sat on a pew in the U.S. District Court building in Downtown L.A. as Skwerl CCogill) sat behind glass, in handcuffs, and still in his jammies since the FBI arrested him at 6:59 this morning,” Britney Bernstein posted in Antiquiet,” said a p2pnet story, adding »»»
Ironically, a Google NonSense ad immediately above the headline, The United States Of America Cares A Lot About Democracy, says, `Guns N Roses & Other Top Artists Download Unlimited Songs At No Cost`, linking to despised corporate site Spiralfrog.
Meanwhile, the New York Times called the album a, “shipwreck, capsized by pretensions and top-heavy production … overwhelmed by countless layers of studio diddling and a tone of curdled self-pity … like a loud last gasp from the reign of the indulged pop star,” Tynan observes, going on, “Maybe Rose should be giving it away for free. Avian breed: Old Buzzard.”
Earlier, “Last year around this time I introduced the Gobblers, my awards for those individuals in the tech field whose behavior most closely resembles a bird whose sole purpose is to be served on a platter,” says Tynan, going on, “It was such a big hit I decided to do it again this year. Thus I present the 2008 Gobblers for biggest turkeys of the year, along with the special evolutionary niche each one fills.”
Yes, dinosaur rock band Guns N’ Roses is at the top of the list, and next up is ex-New York governor Eliot Spitzer.
“A dalliance with a $3,000-an-hour hooker left the former Governor of New York bereft of his reputation, his job, and probably his marriage,” says Tynan, continuing
Somehow Spitzer forgot that, in the Post-Monica world, there is no such thing as privacy or discretion especially for someone with the roster of enemies Spitzer had. Avian breed: Cooked Goose
Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen. This month he signed into law an RIAA-sponsored bill that spends nearly $10 million in taxpayer money to police college networks for illegal music sharing. At the same time, Tennessee is facing a budget shortfall of around $45 million and is laying off teachers. Nice. Avian breed: Dodo Bird
Chinese Premier Jen Waibao. Sure, he’s got his own Facebook posse, and that’s cute. What’s isn’t cute is everything else the Chinese government does: walling off big chunks of the Net from its citizens, imprisoning dissidents, hacking US government computers, even cheating at the Beijing Olympics. About the only thing they’ve done right is ban sales of ‘Chinese Democracy.’ Somewhere Mao is smiling. Avian breed: Vulture
Jerry Yang. Not quite a year ago, the former Chief Yahoo turned down an offer from Microsoft to buy his company for $33 a share. Yahoo’s current stock price? $9. Then he negotiated a revenue sharing ad deal with Google that was supposed to save the company, only to have Google step away when the Feds smelled an anti-trust rat. Now he wants Microsoft to come back. (Their response? As if.) Personally, I’ve never been a fan of the MicroHoo concept, but few corporate leaders have bungled quite so badly. Avian breed: Turkey of the Year, or possibly just a Dead Duck.
Here’s hoping they all get stuffed, says Tynan.
[This post originally appeared on Infoworld's Notes from the Field blog.]
Dan Tynan – Tynan on Technology (beta)
[Tynan slugs his personal blog 'Tech talk without the usual BS.' He's been writing and editing stories about technology and its discontents for more than 20 years. During that time he's been an editor in chief and an executive editor for national magazines, written for more than 50 publications, and taken home a closet full of awards. He's also the author of Computer Privacy Annoyances.]
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