What About Us by P!nk could easily be a clip from the movie version of an Ayn Rand novel. The typical Ayn Rand villain preaches about saving humanity but neglects the actual humans he encounters. Her heroes boldly and selfishly demand their own right to be happy. What About Us starts with references to social unrest then focuses on P!nk and her complaint that she and her loved ones are being left behind. The contrast between the leaders on the loud speakers in the background and the star of this music video echo the dynamics from an Ayn Rand story.
Legislators in Washington, DC may soon pass a bill to prevent states from banning the sale of products produced in other states. It is a response to legislation in left leaning states that bans meat and eggs from farms that do not satisfy certain quality of life requirements for the livestock. Congress Rep. Sensenbrenner introduced the No Regulation Without Representation Act of 2017 to bring the regulation of interstate commerce away from states where customers live and back into Congress’s hands.
Animal welfare proponents are upset about the bill, but they might think twice if they consider other agricultural products that are legal to grow in their states but illegal to buy in other states. In my opinion, this could be a boon for drug dealers who break local laws when they sell marijuana that was grown in states which legalized recreational marijuana. It could effectively strike down state laws against selling marijuana.
Montenegro’s entry to Eurovision 2017 is a hot music video about love. If one listens to the lyrics carefully, one sees that it doubles as a commercial for Trojans.
When people live in constant fear, they start to doubt their decisions and internalize the criticism they expect from others. The Norwegian entry to Eurovision, Grab the Moment, sings about ignoring that voice in one’s head and being unafraid of falling so that one can live in the moment. It is an anthem to live by.