So what is Placebo’s connection to the paranormal? Well, Running Up That Hill (a cover of Kate Bush’s original song) was featured on the début episode of The Vampire Diaries. The song is exceptional and ties in nicely with Bloodstained Love.
I know it has nothing to do with the paranormal, but Godsmack’s cover of Rocky Mountain Way is just too cool to ignore. Enjoy!
LoveVampires is a totally cool website where vampire aficionados can keep up with vampire literature. From their website: “LoveVampires is a website dedicated to vampire genre and urban fantasy fiction. Our primary function is to provide informative books reviews about not just the latest book releases but old vampire fiction favourites too. We have an ever growing selection of book reviews which you can browse by author, title or genre. You can also read exclusive interviews with authors, enter giveaways and win free stuff or watch a selection of videos. Make yourself at home, browse through the site and click about a bit – there’s no telling what you might find!”
If you (parent, student, teacher, or casual observer) question the rationale behind organized schooling, then the works of John Taylor Gatto are a must read. Gatto boldly writes and speaks about how organized schooling has ruined the lives of children for a century, and continues to ruin their lives . . . and ultimately, society itself.
Gatto taught 30 years in public schools before resigning from schoolteaching on the op-ed pages of the Wall Street Journal during the year he was named New York State’s official “Teacher of the Year.” Since then he has traveled three million miles lecturing on school reform. He writes the following about compulsory schooling in his book entitled Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling: ”I belong to some networks myself, of course, but the only ones I consider completely safe are the ones that reject their communal façade, acknowledge their limits, and concentrate solely on helping me do a specific and necessary task. But a vampire network like a school, which tears off huge chunks of time and energy needed for building community and family and always asks for more needs to have a stake driven through its heart and be nailed into its coffin. The feeding frenzy of formal schooling has already wounded us seriously in our ability to form families and communities, by bleeding away time we need with our children and our children need with us. That’s why I say we need less school, not more.”
Dumbing us Down was not the end to Gatto’s campaign against compulsory schooling. He further lays out the evils of compulsory schooling in his book entitled Weapons of Mass Instruction: A Schoolteacher’s Journey Through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling.
Education Revolution says the following about Gatto: “John Taylor Gatto’s Weapons of Mass Instruction focuses on mechanisms of familiar schooling which cripple imagination, discourage critical thinking, and create a false view of learning as a by-product of rote-memorization drills. Weapons of Mass Instruction promises to add another chilling metaphor to the brief against schooling.”
Gatto paints a dark, disturbing picture about the state of compulsory schooling. Everyone – including you, dear reader – should know the truth behind what is really happening in our schools. If enough people learn about what is really happening in our schools, then maybe a revolution can take place in which relevant and meaningful eduction will replace the meaningless, forced schooling that presently dumbs students down.
I saw this sign on a high school kid’s locker in my school today. I wonder if similar signs can be seen on the streets of Bon Temps, Louisiana?
Loved One, my current favorite “vampire song” is by Hanni El Khatib. Hanni describes his songs as being for anyone who has ever been shot or hit by a train. His musical style includes elements of garage rock and blues. As far as I’m concerned, Hanni pretty much kicks ass.
A few lines from Loved One:
Hey, loved one, you got that vampire look tonight.
Yeah, love one, I just know that you’re gonna bite.
1988 – Beer:
2011 – Blood: