Mental Health,

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I find it crazy and really highly hypocritical that every media and government all over the world right now are talking about mental health after all the things they purposely do to mess up with our heads, mind and psyche.

The list is long : Propaganda, the entertainment industry, GMO, pesticide, food poisoning, sugar dependency, alcohol, drugs, war on drugs, lies for the media, fake news, wars, mass manipulations, collective paranoia, war on terror, wars, division between communities, low salaries, the cost of life, debts (which is the food of the rich) no prospect for the future for neither you or your children, capped salaries based of hours worked that force you to slave away your time and makes your employer control your life, rotational shift (which is, combined with capped minimum salaries, the closest thing to slavery), the infamous burnouts created by the government and corporations, orchestrated mass depression, surveillance States that (it has been proven) damage people mental health since they feel (and are) always observed. Oh and I almost forgot the pharmaceutical industry. And many other thing that, I sure forgot. So basically

The more sedated we are the better it is for them.

However, as they are responsible for he global state of mental health, why would they possibly attract people attention on it, shouldn’t they instead keep it low? Well my dear friend that’s the crux, they only open their big nefarious mouths because they have a plan in the back of their snake heads, and it is called

Normalization.

The madness of this word comes from its semantic itself. The two main meanings of the word normalization are

  1. to normalize, to make something “normal” accepted and common to people.
  2. to nomalize, people by injecting them with drug in order to make them more submissive, obedient, less creative and less inclined to rebel against the established order.

And this is the second meaning of the term that they intend to apply.

As I told you it has always started with the media, the entertainment industry, food, drugs, pills and worse vaccines as well as in the creation of psychological insane concept like the Child King that can’t never be discipline because he/she was right about everything from birth and who inevitably gonna be messed up as a teenager,

but wait! The government has the answer, give some pills to your kids, normalize the crap out of ’em!

Legendary A&R Johm Kalodner said something that really resonated with me (I paraphrase)

“They won’t be any Rock Star in the future because kids are all being normalized.”

Wow! Now that was a shock for me. I sort of sensed it but he just put a nail on the coffin of my little hopes. A few month after, I can’t spend a single day without reading something about mental health, on social media, in newspaper and even in the street!

So what’s the plan? You won’t have the gall to tell me it’s because you have our best interest at heart, that’d be a first. We know what you did, we know what you’ve done, and we know what you’re about to do.

So don’t lie

You’ve been poisoning the very concept of reality by your mere existence. Don’t say you care.

But YOU the people WAKE UP! They don’t care about us, they don’t care about our health because they are the very reason why we are unhealthy to begin with! They don’t want to cure us with their drugs because these drugs are the very poison they want to use to do control us!

Beware, it’s becoming crazy, and we are attacked from every direction,

But I have every all the reasons to believe that they too will think they are becoming crazy when, together and united we will stand against them and gather from all direction.

 

Stay Blessed

Much Love,

 

PBx

 

Gentrification,

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Gentrification is both a very logical social, cultural and economic phenomenon yet a very head-scratching one in the same time. The Middle and the Upper class, whose goal in society is to always look richer (to the point  debts  to look better off), are also the ones wearing jeans with tears, entering charity shop after people living in homeless refuges got out, or living in former poor part of the town because it is “fashionable” 

And that is the problem, living in those area isn’t an end in itself for them, that gentrification is so unethical. Gentrification although it is the coming of richer people in poorer neighbourhood is actually the culprit in the cultural impoverishment of those very neighborhoods. Today I will talk about how gentrification affects musicians and music-related subjects and answer to how gentrification will and has jeopadized music as a whole.

Let’s get back to the beginning, starving artists dreaming to live off their music can’t afford anything but a shotgun shack in a ghetto. Their impact over time benefits the neighbourhood which gets culturally richer and richer. Until rich investors seize the opportunity to sell businesses, houses and apartments to richer people.

Why their mere presence would be enough to degrade the cultural life of a place? Because it is a parasitic process. They just here to consume, they do not take a role in the cultural thriving of an area. They basically bestow themselves the right to stay in an artistic place not by adding anything to it, but in the contrary by consuming it

And like any consumer they expect a sort of “customer service” for a party they were not invited in to begin with. This is when new comers start complaining about the noise, and many bars and clubs have suffered from this. To be more precise the gentry has forced many bars and clubs to shut down while no one asked them to come there in the first place. This issue is so alarming for the future of music business as a whole since – now that everyone can make music on their laptop, the competition has never been so tough, however the former music business used to sign A LOT of artists because they had the money. Nowadays due to the illegal downloads crave, the iPod generation and the now streaming “revolution” the funds are nowhere near the deep pockets major labels used to have. The biggest and most alarming consequence is that people have started become more and more political, and started guessing their chances. By doing so they have ended up only signing artists that sounds and look like the last charting hits. Hence the feeling of repetition we’ve felt since the 10’s but really since the late 00’s. It’s the Pop loop. Everyone sounds the same and the whole world is happy. 

Conversely the live business has never been so thriving, BUT mostly for the big names. The problem now is, if label only signs copy-cat, how to get discovered? You guessed it, live shows. But how do I get to do live shows if the gentrification caused many clubs to close? You guessed it we are stuck.

The problem is so widespread in Europe and America that it can almost be called an epidemics.

Gentrification not only forces people to leave, but it also prevents people from living. One of the most important thing to engrave in one’s heart is that, artist moving to a ghetto to live off their art isn’t a choice, that’s a necessity. I repeat, artists have not chosen to be there, they were forced to because they are broke. And that’s the irony of it. Some people because it was “fun”, because it was “fashionable” decided to come in a neighbourhood they used to despise, invade it, impoverish the culture, have cultural hubs closed, and make the cost of living in this area go up. Their mere presence brings down the quality of life others. Now that the prices are up, people are forced to live in smaller tighter places, which will eventually damage the music business entirely. 

For instance if you want a rock drummer, you need space to rehearse every day, and you need your own space to train without bothering others. Thus gentrification will result to the extinction of certain type of musicians and even to the (many times) most important one, the singer.

As a singer, you need space. You need to be able to train everyday without always have to worry about one of your seven roommates who always seems to never work but can still mystically pay the rent. Knowing that there is always someone there can prevent you to do all your weirdest vocal exercises like the infamous “nay, nay, nay, nay, nay, nay nay, nay, nay” used as a way to strengthen your vocal chords, or worse it forces you to squeeze your vocal chords to sound quieter or to whisper which is the BEST way to damage your voice without noticing it. If you survived this embarrassing moments, you will probably not push as far as singing your own songs at full-power, which is the way you go on stage unprepared, you suck , you make no money, you go back to your ex-poor neighborhood which is now expensive. Happy life. At least you can get some comfort food, WRONG! As you know your diet is crucial for a singer but since the price of your neighbourhood went up thanks to gentrification, you can’t afford to pay for your groceries and this slows down a little bit more your progression in your career.

Other trends will surely crash with a huge bang due to the gentrification. The vinyls, the new “old” trends in hipster and the gentry. There is no way this trend could last over time because,

There is a mismatch between the real estate market and the vinyl market.

In other words. Vinyls that are flourishing in artist corners, take a lot of space. And the prices of housing is a lot more expensive, which results in people living in smaller houses (bye bye drummers), in collocation (bye singers) and in cubicles that can only contain one human being, and maybe a bed, sometimes (bye vinyls). 

But on the other hand, the gentry loves vinyls while contributing to their destruction, since less and less people will be able to make the choice of buying and be reasonable and the renting space of the music store will just eventually choke the owners. That’s the contraction of gentrification, it kills the really thing it came to enjoy. Exactly like a parasite. But parasite are smart enough make you unaware of their presence, while the gentry allegedly publicly violates everything that made the soul of a place. Therefore how could I designate them? They look like kids that after they play with their toy dispose of it, disregarding the chaos they brought. Gentrification really comes from an infant-like mentality but it carries something else.

Indeed, the most accurate term for gentrification is a “spacial and cultural modern colonialism” when people appropriate themselves of a culture and a space, drain its life and then sell it for profit. It is purely immoral, unethical and despicable.

You really have to be either a parasite, of a kid or a colonist (which is by the way an insult) to partake in this. 

To go further, gentrification can be seen as I said as a cultural, social and economic phenomenon, but to take part in this you have to be a bit deranged, as for me gentrification is a pathology. When child-like, greedy and egocentric parasites try to verify if the grass is greener elsewhere by ripping off everything of this place you know someone has some mental issues. And that’s not ok, Im calling them out. People have to stop accepting everything on the ground of the fact that they have got money. But I wonder if it is not the fact of violating a place they do not belong to that they enjoy instead of the pleasure of living there actually since, when they come, life goes away and they never seem to notice it until they sell it, for a more “fashionable” place. Does that provide them with excitement? Do they feel a certain pleasure by invading a place?I do wonder, it does not make much sense to me, all I know I that for the cultural benefit of our civilisation we need artists, but as, I quote, Mike Skinner of The Streets said, “geezers need excitement”.

Enablers,

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My observation is that most of the time, the outcome of any opposition lies in the number of enablers someone has on his side.

Most of the time it’s not a matter of who’s right, who comes up with more proofs, better points, a better understanding of the situation etc whatever, it all comes down to the one(s) who’ll be standing there and be dishonest, gullible, mesmerized or simply dumb enough to say “he/she’s right” and allow the other to inject all their poison. Or worse, just do nothing, say nothing, blink or smile.

In many occasions people don’t simply do evil, they are allowed to do evil.

Enabling someone to keep on doing evil in all impunity, it’s a crime. By doing so you are also condemning the others to a live in a place of eternal injustice. It’s immoral and cowardly.

When something bad happens you either, step against or for, nothing else. The rest is bland justification.

To follow on that I’ll add that,

When you say nothing or do nothing while witnessing something bad happening, your hands are dirty as well.

Calling out someone who is acting wrong is a moral duty. May it be someone lying, being untrue, aggressing, rude, anything, and you can go from that to fellonies, misdemeanors or crime.

Moreover, we all do something wrong and err at some point, we’re human. What kind of friend wouldn’t call you out when you mess up some times? An enabler would just let you rot, by lack of concern, interest, because they enjoy seeing you go the wrong way, by cowardice or by flat lack of love. And you would pass on an occasion to be a better person.

You never need a “yes man/woman” in your life. You need someone who tells you the truth. When you suck, you suck, when you messed up, you messed up. Own up to it and move on, you always’ve got a second chance.

Yet what astounds me the most with enablers is that-besides why the girlfriend or boyfriend didn’t call out their partner for being rude at the shop, every time your friends teamed up to defend something you knew wasn’t true, or when roommates formed an alliance to tick you off- enablers, in a sort of masochist twisted game, enable people to wrong them.

And that’s crazy.

It starts small, at work you’re hard with your fellow-staff members, struggling and sweating with you, but you forgive the manager, then the owner, the “elite”, government, banks etc and there you have it, you’ve allowed a system to step on you. But in the same time you mistreat people like you, surviving like you, or the same class as you.

I’m not saying that capitalism came up because of the workers. 

Yet I’ve always been surprized to see how ruthless people were for worker just like them, celebrating when a slow staff member gets fired for instance. But they are the first to justify the bad result the manager had this quarter due to bad managerial decisions (and are willingly throwing themselves to the fire, for the sack of his/her highness) and it’s even worse for CEO. If the CEO tanks the business, steps downs threat to sell intelligence to a concurrent company and by doing so gets a golden handshake, it is seen as “skills“, as a “reward” and sometimes as “justice” (what the heck?) by the ones who are the really reason why the business is moving at all.

To conclude, no, it’s not their fault if the system is like that, but from a moralpolitical or economic standpoint, I can make this claim,

You are oppressed as much as you allow people to.

Don’t enable them to do so, it’s your moral duty. Because when you don’t enable someone to wrong you directly, you let the wrong-doers hurt somebody else.

We are all responsible, don’t be an enabler.

 

I love you,

PB

 

 

Apathy,


What was hard coming up wasn’t living off my tips, working 11 hours and then, spending hours on your computer tweaking my song until you fell asleep face against the wall. It wasn’t fighting against the sudden changes of temperatures that shut my body down, the low salary, the people always opening the windows of the bus in fall and winter against all common sense. The doubters, the hours spent standing that damage my legs and prevent you from dancing properly. The bad food, the housemates always there, having to practice singing in the suffocating cellar in summer, which then was freezing in winter. Nothing really mattered because, nothing was permanent, it was just temporary.

What was really hard was to face the constant resistance from people against truth, reality and fact. 

While as an artist I am a Truth-Dealer, As Amy Winehouse said,

“I don’t have any other choice than to be true. “

And I agree, however it goes beyond.

At work people are unable to recognize what reality affects them and how it can make their lives better and often, worse.
That lead me to the second phenomenon that left me amazed with disappointment,

People are apathetic and insensitive, worse than that they can’t even be sensitive to their own pain.

That’s unbelievable. 
People accept to be used and exploited and are happy with that. But as I just said, they accept. 

There is a huge difference between bearing something and accepting it. 

“This job is exploiting me” that’s a fact.

“I’m accepting being exploited by that job” it’s your choice.

People will turn emotional against me, but what I said wasn’t to not work, to disobey systematically, or to do a sloppy job as a way to protest. No, work the way you do, get paid and go home, be there physically but in unfair situations it is of your moral duty toward yourself to refuse the logic behind your oppression

Work and earn a living and bear everything, but in your mind refuse then question everything before accepting anything.

Or else you’re a slave.
To go back to my article Loneliness, although people cry and worship artists, I’m telling you in real life situations, not in your fantasies, you wouldn’t be friends. 
You would have to love someone dealing with truth, criticizing the work conditions you’re under, screaming for liberties, talking you into using your own sense. Unforgivable, right? 

Once again, people are too tamed and apathetic to see their own sufferings, but they spend the few days off they have watching Matrix and super-heroes movies, tales of rebels, anti-conformists and hero, are you making any sense. 

That was my struggle, once out of the cavern you cannot go back, you’ll try to bring as many people out as you can but they would refuse. At least they’ve got the cable there in the darkness of falsehood, they can see you shine on luminous tiny screens.
Much empathy, much sorrow
One love,

PB

Words,

People baffle me with their inability to control what they say.

The other night a customer came at the bar and asked for a Guinness I answered him,

“Sorry we don’t have any Guinness.”

And he answered to my great surprise,

“Uh, you don’t know Guinness.”

How crazy is that?
Again, I came at one table and asked,

Have you ordered yet?”

She answered,

“I think I ordered.”

What is it supposed to mean?
Another example I told to one of my coworkers,

“For my lyrics it’s easy to go from French to English, because English has three times more words.

He paraphrased what I said one day to another coworker saying,

“PB told me the other day that French didn’t have any word.

You heard it coming, the Pathology alarm sign.

Confucius when asked what he would do if he entered politics said,

“I would change the words.”

Controlling one’s words is controlling oneself. 

I think like Hobbes, my philosophical basis starts the definition of the words.

 That’s how you enter reality.

Having so many people not controlling what they say makes you realize how easy it is for the ones who control that to actually control people, namely the propaganda agents.
It requires self-control and wisdom.
Love 
PB

Entrepreneurs,


The 20th century didn’t end on December 31, 1999 at midnight, but at 9/11.
9/11 put an end to that century because the 20th century was the “American century”. The century when the USA took the leadership of the world over England and expended its economic, cultural and military domination across the world.

It was the first direct attack on the American soil, that introduced the “Era of Terror” we are still living in, with massive surveillance, loss of liberties, intensive propaganda and the rise of populism.
Although America is younger than most country of the old continent, 9/11 was like the loss of a father-like figure in the western world. In a sort of twisted desire to live under a patriarchy, the US were like the loving father that would protect us all. It’s a fiction, and obviously it is gone now because the rich found out that it is more profitable for them to kept the people in fear instead of offering them protection. True protection. 
The second major event of the-now, 21th was the 2008 economic crisis. 

People of my generation were all old enough to realize what was happening. 

I therefore thought that there would be a massive wave of entrepreneurs of my age. Instead of that in ’10s most entrepreneurs were in their 50’s.
But after a while I noticed two big flaws in entrepreneurs.

1) Most entrepreneurial ventures, when massively successful get bought by corporations.

Doesn’t it simply defeat the purpose. BUT I can understand, a big check and you say goodbye my homeland and hello Hawaii. Or you think you’ve worked enough, or, as it is often the case the company becomes just too big. And I respect that, it is just sad to see the soul of clever companies taken away by brainless multinationals.
The second flaw is a sin that no one can justify

2) Almost no entrepreneur change the system and the relationship boss-employees.

Most entrepreneur story starts with the romantic elements: “that was my passion”, “that was my dream” and very often “I realized I was a bad employee and therefore I needed to be my own boss”
And now you’re the boss, what does it change for you employees? Nothing.

You hypocrites you’ve become exactly what you were fleeing from. 

The whole employment paradigm hasn’t shifted a bit. You still have employees, managers, bosses, minimum salaries, capped salaries,income inequalities? 
So you’re giving big speeches, but what has changed?
People would dare to ask me “what can be changed?” Well let’s start with the whole relationship, you’re the boss, you, and you can do whatever in your business, then why not calling your “employees” employees no longer but partners instead? Because they are actually your partners.

Rich people have always opened they big drooling mouth full of worms without realizing the obvious fact that, if nobody works, they don’t make make any money.

So yes, they are your partners. Then let’s talk about salaries, the bonuses, maybe they’d get percentage instead of a monthly pay sheet etc

They are millions ways to change things, but one way to start doing it, that is, starting doing it.

But you hypocrites, you whitewashed tombs, what you want more than anything isn’t success, but moving up the hierarchy.

That is why for many getting from employee to successful entrepreneur was not a liberation or a fulfillment, but merely a change of class. 

The lower classes have a pathological need to go up the hierarchy of classes, without understanding that: a class isn’t only the money you make, (or steal, I’m talking for the so-called elite of human dejections) but 

a whole mindset, a vision of the world, a whole indoctrination that start from childhood.

No matter your earnings now, unless you renounce your humanity, you will never be part of the elite. You can’t just be rich, you have to be an utmost nefarious piece of crud, and be rich to be part of the elite.
Meditate on it,

Love for the Poor, disdain for the rich 

PB

Uniform,

I remembered the other day of a strange episode in my life. One day I had to buy a travel card for Paris public transports but the office where you had to take the photo for it was inside the station. So you had to validate you ticket to enter the station and then make your card, which doesn’t really make sense if you want my opinion.
My mum was there and passed me her card so that I could get into the station and get my card at length. 

Two police officers were there, a man an a woman. They were there for security purpose and had nothing to do as to whether people paid their tickets or not. My mum passed me then her card and when the police officers saw me, the woman just lost it. I told her that I was making my card in this building but she was enraged. She took it personally, I could guess what she was thinking

How could you pass by me, haven’t you notice that I had an uniform.

Following the procedure she had to call on the man to do the search and I was searched in from of my mother.

I think she forgot about it, but as a Black man, I don’t want my mother to ever see me with the police for whatever reason it may be. 
But foremost what surprised me was that woman. I thought the the need to assert one’s power was something exclusively reserved to men and they phallocracy.Had she just showed discontent (and I’m focusing on her because the man didn’t react, or didn’t care but surely did not take it as a direct attack to his person. He did search me and supported his colleague, which is a good thing in itself, but did not really show any sign of approval of disapproval,vwhich is cowardly) and talk to me I would have told her the situation (oh Actually I did, and she just didn’t listen, she was simply so furious, do you believe that). Eventually I just went through, had my card and went home. As I told you I couldn’t be fined of anything since they were there to “keep the place safe”.
Ultimately I don’t blame her to stopping me when she saw me do what could be seen as an infraction (Wait, did I travel after? No. So I didn’t travel for free, so I’m so did not commit any infraction). But in her mind it was as if I disrespected her directly, or more precisely as if I disrespect her wearing an uniform, which actually means that in her eyes I trampled the uniform underfoot. And I thus conclude,

A woman when wearing an uniform can be as stupid as a man.

Which actually make sense, in all anticipation novel we see an army of fascist man in the police oppressing people, but it doesn’t fit reality, there will be women too for the Police State.

Because the enemy isn’t the policeman or the policewoman. But the uniform.

The uniform gives them the illusion of power and to preserve the miserable symbol that it embodies they are ready to severe everyone from their liberties.

Stupidity belongs to men, and to woman who imitate them.
Stay safe, if you can.
Love
PB

PS: or maybe was she wearing an uniform because she wanted respect. It doesn’t matter, it’s pathetic either way.