Seceding the Crown

Gordon McMillan casually walks to class to give a lecture at the Los Angeles Film School on Friday, July 11, 2014 in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

Gordon McMillan casually walks to class to give a lecture at the Los Angeles Film School on Friday, July 11, 2014 in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

Gordon McMillan is ready to see his homeland set free from outside rule. On Sep. 18, 2014, residents of Scotland will vote on whether to secede from the United Kingdom. This will be the second time in Gordon’s life in which Scotland has held an election for independence, the first being in 1979. Political figures and many others have shared their viewpoints about what may or may not happen if Scotland attains liberty. The impact could very well be felt worldwide in many different ways.

Scottish cities are in the top areas in banking and finance, oil, fishing, whiskey exports and academics. Financial institutions are globally networked together and at this moment in time, very unstable. A little ripple by Great Britain could have a substantial impact on the international economy. Another big topic of contention is the nuclear arsenal that the UK government has stockpiled in Scotland.

Animal Rights and Wrongs

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Animal rights is a significant issue in society all over the world. Cruelty to animals is a big problem today just as it has been for centuries. Even in places where there are strict laws preventing animal abuse, cruelty still happens all too often. This is a test of human civility, making it an important matter for everyone who lives on this planet.
The issue doesn’t stop with people abusing their pets. It extends to treatment of animals for the sake of fur, hunting and fishing, veganism, human overpopulation, producing food, testing products, fighting, etc. There may also be a link between those who are cruel to animals and domestic violence. People are on both sides of the animal rights topic while speaking out on behalf of their beliefs.
There is much that can be done to help combat the problem. Caring individuals can adopt a pet. Those who aren’t able to adopt may foster until an owner can be found. Anyone who can’t foster may still be able to donate their time, money, towels, blankets, pillows, etc. to non-kill shelters and/or animal rights organizations such as the Humane Society, ASPCA, Ace of Hearts, Marley’s Mutts and Last Chance Critters. There are other good organizations that protect animals but there are some that do kill the animals such as PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and the city pound. Sharing rescue stories is another good way to help spread awareness.

Mexico

     This topic of this podcast is Mexico. Robert Delgadillo is an avid fisherman who travels to the nation often. His many experiences in country are how he’s able to convey a true account of what Mexico has to offer.

     The information that many Americans have received about our southern neighbor may have been distorted. Many media and propaganda networks have given Mexico a bad reputation. Of course the country isn’t without its problems but it’s not necessarily the horrible place that some make it out to be.

Argh! Music to me ears?

     The impact of digital piracy is out of control and many feel its negative effects. Of course the owner of the material loses out on the profit of the sale but the dilemma runs even deeper than this. When property is pirated, a ripple effect occurs throughout the industry itself as well as the entire financial system. When works are stolen, revenue is lost. If entities aren’t able to make money on their products or services, there is no work available.

FINAL Infographic

     Brian Warwick has been a professional recording engineer working in Los Angeles, Calif. for the last ten years. Some of his clients include “Weird Al” Yankovic, Michael Bublé and Ludacris. He has contributed to 12 albums that were nominated for Grammy Awards. He is also an instructor of his craft at the Los Angeles Film School where he teaches sound principles.

     Warwick says, “As soon as I got to L.A., recording engineering was already in a huge recession because of the [illegal] downloading of music. Studios started closing and engineering rates were just falling through the floor. Even my first engineering rates were way higher than they are now. The funny thing is that I’ve never known anything but an industry in recession.” Unfortunately though, this is anything but a laughing matter when so many people can’t make a living. Because of this, the music industry has taken the lead in the fight against online piracy.

     Whereas the advent of digital recording and creation software programs have had a vital impact on entertainment as a whole, the music side of the industry is no exception. The digital audio workstation (DAW) has brought the audio recording studio into anyone’s home. This has factored into the state of the music industry as well. The condition of the industry isn’t completely due to piracy but it is a major reason as to why we’re where we’re at today.