The Grammys

Do the Grammys actually represent music sales and interest? No they do not. They like the rock and roll hall of fame are displays for Pop music and current artists. This time the rock and hard music categories were not even broadcasted leaving viewers with the impression that rock and hard music do not produce hard sales numbers but nothing could be further from the truth. Head over to statista.com which is the largest portal for statistics in music in the world and you find out that it is rock, alternative rock and hard music that dominate sales while pop falls flat in sales to the same level as gospel over the last eight years. Pop artists need promotion for immediate sales because they are based on a top 40 sales format and that is what the industry does , they buy out the media . Plus most pop artists are religious and conservative and are role models for the young. Rock artists sell on their own merit and the listeners are brand loyal if the talent is there. Hence they do not need gossip and exposure to keep them in the news to maintain their music. As genre , they have really never needed an award show to push the music. The Hard Cafe or the Rock n Roll Museum are anything but hard or rock , they are again platforms for pop music. What was Tenacious D doing winning an award against band like Slipknot and Mastodon or Motorhead etc. is ridiculous. Shades of Jethro Tull winning. I learned how this goes when I did my game in the eighties and it has not changed in my recent research. Let`s visit those numbers now. 2008-2014 in millions-http://www.statista.com/…/us-music-album-sales-by-genre-20…/ and if you add alt., rock and hard rock genres , you get almost 62 percent of all music bought as rock . Amazing. Yet you would never know it. While pop being http://www.statista.com/…/1…/album-sales-in-the-us-by-genre/ .

“I consider myself more of a cultural Jew

“I consider myself more of a cultural Jew; I’m not religious in any way.” By Adam Lamberg. This has been the new catch phrase for the secular atheistic Jew in America . The latest Pew study demonstrates that only 15 percent of Jews in the U.S consider themselves religious and that it is important as part of Judaism . The Cultural Jew is running rampant in coordination with atheism. While the rest of the world runs towards the dark ages away from the scientific method and the… supernatural, Jews are looking at living without the concept of a biblical God but still with maintaining a secular connection to their culture. How do we get other religions to do the same. Rejecting one form of superstition leads to other forms and you are on your way. Rabbis in Israel do not like the Pew Report because they feel religion and culture should be intertwined. American Jews are not that happy with Netanyahu and settlement issues and secular Jews in the U.S are not like the secular counterparts in Israel. They relate more to centrist parties in Israel not religious based. The Pew report also states that the Reform Jews are the growing faction of Judaism and most of those though they attend are atheists. Half of the Orthodox have disappeared over the years and now many of those offspring have become secular and do not believe religion is necessary to be Jewish. The cultural Jew , not the religious, is the future of Judaism in North America. Perhaps one day we will hear the phrase the cultural Christian or Muslim and this will make us all more tolerant.http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2013/10/01/jewish-essentials-for-most-american-jews-ancestry-and-culture-matter-more-than-religion/

After 2014

LISA Pathfinder Spacecraft will hopefully discover gravitational waves to support inflation or not.

Mars One training begins next year with new recruits for manned mission to Mars.

 

NASA`s Dawn Spacecraft will be studying the asteroid belt Ceres.

 

NASA plans to grow seeds on the moon.

 

Nasa’s New Horizons spacecraft, launched in 2006, will study and search for the moons of Pluto but can they change the status of the planet.

 

Scott Kelly is aiming to be the longest man in space next year.

Finally, rock news . Soundwave 2015 which is one of the largest rock festivals in the world will be held in Australia in Feb. 2015. Slipknot, Soundgarden,

Soundgarden Black Hole Sun

Judas Priest and Slash and a cast of hundreds.

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Science in the News

 

Since I left there have been many news stories that have dominated the spectrum of science. Number one being the landing and hibernation of Rosetta Spacecraft which landed on a moving comet to examine the surface for elements of life and other interesting areas. First photos have finally been released.

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/12/Rosetta-Spacecraft-Releases-First-Color-Photo-Comet-67P-Churyumov-Gerasimenko-European-Space-Agency/383336/

The new Orion mission to Mars test drive did very well for its three and a half hour test drive. The future is a mission to Mars.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/orion-spacecraft-splashes-down-after-test-flight-1.2861423

Finally new algorithms will allow an easier search for dark energy.

http://www.universetoday.com/116677/the-search-for-dark-energy-just-got-easier/

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Orion Landing