Usable water is running out for many people right now, and it might possibly do so for everyone at some point. We have so many nuclear weapons that one minor human error could do anything from kill a million people to obliterate the entire inhabited Earth, and yet the US will increase its spending on its nuclear capabilities, favoring that over funding health, education, infrastructure, and so many other needed things. Pollution worldwide is not becoming any less of a problem as time goes on, and air pollution has been blamed for millions of deaths per year. Cell phones - of which we have billions - could at worse cause brain cancer and at best mutate the natural order of otherwise normal brain patterns. Improper usage and allocation of energy resources is resulting in a variety of dire circumstances. One could go on forever about TODAY's problems, and by TODAY's problems, I mean problems that are unique to THIS day. Yes, overpopulation in a given space was perhaps a problem in, say, the 15th century, but how to divide up the space on the entire Earth among SEVEN BILLION people is a problem of today. With so many problems that are unique to today, HOW IN THE FUCK are we wasting time with problems that should have been put in the garbage and incinerated thousands of years ago? Once homosapiens reached a certain level in our ability to reason, an awareness of current and real problems in any given era should have rendered certain concerns extinct. But some apes just can't help to rehash these things every year, every month, and every day. We still, after eons of informational development, have to deal with assholes that want every group that they consider an "other" to get in their rightful place and refrain from traveling outside of it. I have an idea. Why don't these assholes (and I'm talking primarily about people who defiantly take their cues from what they think is a religious manifest destiny), get the fuck in THEIR rightful place and stay there (i.e., completely out of sight), allowing the sane people (people who do not base their actions on strangely power-inducing fairy-tales) to move about freely without interaction with the likes of them? This would finally allow the sane people the space to deal with ACTUAL problems. The fact that we still deal with issues that plagued humans when humanity was in its infancy (i.e., when humans actually looked like monkeys and were not just monkeys dressed in modern human suits), when a primate from outside the tribe would unknowingly saunter into a hostile environment, is mind-numbing to humans that dare to dream that we can progress as a specie. The fact that we still deal with fear of homosexuality, skin color, cultural differences, differences in belief, and SCIENCE, is not only bewildering and exasperating, but it also hinders reasonable humans from dealing with REAL problems that we actually need to deal with. Helping to proliferate the ignorance, members of government at every level in every corner of the nation are not only direct representatives of the assholes that roam the land worrying about dumber things than their primate ancestors did, they could actually be the dumbest of the lot. Indeed, government officials, law enforcement agents, and people who want to be law enforcement agents seem to form a petri dish of the most concentrated form of STEWPID and disgusting that we could come up with. Therefore, since over the course of thousands of years we cannot get past the concerns of animals, and since we cannot understand how to focus on real and current problems, then the resulting effect is regression. We are not only going nowhere, we are easily going backwards. Why all this on the band blog? Perhaps there is a relation. When we started out in the early-mid-90s, we spent some time trying to deflect accusations that we were just trying to be like DEVO with our flashy black jumpsuits. We would not deny them as an influence, but they were no more of one than tons of other 70s/80s bands, and they were much less of an influence on our aesthetic (or schtick, as some would say) than the satirically militaristic anarcho-punk of the 70s - we simply added some science fiction and took it from there. Nonetheless, starting in the early 90s, at a time when flannel and grunge were the thing and flashy black jumpsuits were definitely not, we would have to listen to the heckles as we approached the stage..."Nice suits, Devo!" This was, by the way, also a time when drunk lunkheads at a club might use a derogatory tone when calling you "Devo." Earlier and later, it might be a compliment. Anyway...knowing it was pointless to retort, we might have thought to ourselves, "No...we are not Devo." But now, after the non-stop barrage of idiocy I've witnessed in my time on Earth so far, knowing now that it will not change, I realize we were wrong. We are indeed Devo. Everyone on earth is Devo. We are going backwards. Fast. And unfortunately for the ones I love, it sometimes feels like it's almost over.