Daily Archives: May 7, 2011

Saturday night / summer music: Pop goes Nikki Minaj with Super Bass

I hope you like this: you can expect to hear it all summer, blasting out of every car filled with young people as they drive by going “boom…” 🙂

P.S. I knew Nikki Minaj could rap (and she is superb here) but I hadn’t realized how “pop” she is. Then I went looking at other videos by her and she does pop really well. No wonder her views on YouTube are so high: she’s a cross over giant.

YouTube – Nicki Minaj – Super Bass

Noam Chomsky on bin Laden

You can read it here: Guernica / Noam Chomsky: My Reaction to Osama bin Laden’s Death. One thing that struck me was this:

We might ask ourselves how we would be reacting if Iraqi commandos landed at George W. Bush’s compound, assassinated him, and dumped his body in the Atlantic.

I am really surprised Chomsky would make such a poor comparison. First off, bin Laden was not the former head of Pakistan, so the comparison is not apt. Secondly, there is a better comparison, and that is with Orlando Letelier. Similar to bin Laden, Letelier was a (Chilean) refugee living in another country (the U.S. in the 1970s). A foreign country (Chile) sent agents who killed him with an explosive planted in a car. The end result of that was that one of the assassins, Michael Townley, was extradicted, and instead of a death sentence or life in prison, he ended up getting placed under the Witness Protection Program. There is suspicion that the C.I.A. withheld evidence (see ASSASSINS AND SLEUTHS – NYTimes.com) in the case. Perhaps that is how Americans would react, which, I suspect, is how Pakistan will react.

So that would be a much better comparison, and it is based on something that actually happened. Also it is one that Chomsky would certainly be aware of. Why he didn’t make it I will leave to you to decide.