If you think of Kim Kardashian as lacking substance, you may need to reconsider your presumptions. Kim K has a very serious and ambitious side. She is in fact, so serious that the undisputed Queen of Reality TV is nursing plans to run for Mayor of her hometown, Glendale in 2017. Glendale, has one of the highest concentrations of Armenians in the country and provides Kim with a sizable base of potential voters. Kardashian has cultivated her relationship with the Armenian community for some time now. (The Woman Has Foresight). Kardashian’s goal has found some advocates. A local councilman and former city mayor, Ara Najarian has even offered to make Kim his honorary Chief of Staff to allow her to learn about local governance. The First thing Kim will have to learn, is that the Office of Mayor in Glendale, California is not an elected position! It is however, a title granted to elected commissioners or prominent citizens in Glendale. So Kim does have a chance at the position.
Kim K. For Mayor? Worthy Readers, will you be chanting, “Go Kim Go”. Or, “Go Kim. Go! (away)”
India has test-fired a new missile, designed with the capability of hitting major Chinese cities which means that, for the first time, India has developed the ability to militarily strike at the heart of China. The angi-V missile, has been dubbed “The China Killer” by MSNBC. It is an intercontinental ballistic missile, with a range of 5,000 km. The Agni-V missile has the ability to bear a nuclear payload and this reality makes the Angi-V a game changer. In the past, India has measured itself and its military prowess, using China as it’s measure. The desire to overcome China, economically and militarily has driven the psychology behind a great deal of India’s development. The international community has been muted in it’s response. U.S. officials have been silent while Chinese officials have tried to emphasize that they are not rattled by India. A great deal of the rhetoric coming from Beijing has minimized India’s achievement, effectively dismissing India as an upstart, attempting to pick a fight that they are destined to lose. The tensions, although unspoken are palpable. The prospect of two of the most populous nations on earth, in conflict is a freighting possibility. When we further consider the new nuclear capabilities of North Korea, the Nuclear ambitions of Iran, the rising hostility of Russia, and the perpetually turbulent middle east, the eastern hemisphere is presenting the U.S. with increasingly complex problems.
The spectacle of Tupac Shakur, live and in the flesh-or the holographic flesh, captured the attention of the entire entertainment industry. The sight of Pac, performing with Snoop Dog, has inspired the imaginations of fans. Now, some would like to see posthumous performances from other legendary figures. At the top of the list, is the dearly departed, King of Pop- Michael Jackson. Many would like to see their favorite performer take the stage, at least one last time. And the Pac hologram, makes this possible. Jackie Jackson recently confirmed that the family is considering this. Would it be Aweful or Awesome to see the King, alive and literally, kicking?
As a one time display of technology, the Pac performance was sensational and may have been acceptable. But is there something inappropriate about delighting in these posthumas performances? Do we risk allowing some unscrupulous promoter to use the image of our favorite musicians, in ways that they themselves would have never approved? Consider that Michael, seemed reluctant to sign onto reunion tours with his brothers! I imagine managers that are gratified that they can finally, make our favorite stars do the gigs, duets and tours, they would have never agreed to. Maybe we can see a Biggie and Pac, “Together” Tour? Maybe, Pac and Mobb Deep, can put their beef aside, and unite for the world tour, they had “always” talked about (sarcasm). The whole concept becomes very creepy, very quickly. Where does this end? Who is next? Whitney, singing “I will Always Love You”? Maybe Amy Winehouse can crune for us again. Perhaps we can attend concerts with the thin- Luther Vandross. While my musings, might seem outlandish, the internet is currently filled with much stranger requests for the new holographic technology. As an avid Tupac fan, I must admit that I was strangely intrigued by the Tupac Hologram, but the wild imaginings of rabid fans have forced me to reconsider.
Is the talk of an MJ Tour the beginning of something that we should all hope to avoid?