Gill Scott Herron died a few days ago. I was going to commemorate his passing with The Revolution Will Not be Televised, but, seeing as how most of us reading this site are living in SE Michigan, I thought that I’d go with his anti-nuclear power song, We Almost Lost Detroit, which is particularly pertinent right now, given what’s happened at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan.
And, here’s a little something extra. This is my favorite Gil Scott-Heron lyric. It’s from his song Whitey on the Moon.
A rat done bit my sister Nell.
(with Whitey on the moon)
Her face and arms began to swell.
(and Whitey’s on the moon)
For what it’s worth, it doesn’t look as though whitey is going to be on the moon again anytime soon. Unless something unforeseen happens, the era of manned space flight, at least in the United States, will be drawing to a close this summer, with the last launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis. Of course, the dollars saved will not be spent making the lives of the inner city poor any better. But I guess you knew that.