Moby Congratulates Obama For Winning Nobel Peace Prize

Moby checked in with fans on his official web site’s blog on Friday (October 9), reacting to news that U.S. President Barack Obama had won the Nobel Peace Prize. Moby writes:

It’s already old news (in that it was announced 6 hours ago…) but President Obama has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Congratulations President Obama!

Of course the right wing Republicans are upset (the same Republicans who cheered when America lost its Olympic bid), putting them in the same camp as Hamas, the Taliban, and al Qaeda, who have all expressed dismay that President Obama has won the Nobel Peace Prize.

It’s a shame that Republican hate is actually turning the Republican party into an anti-American party. But in any case, congratulations President Obama. And President Obama’s acceptance speech was particularly humble and gracious.

Moby

Busy Moby Sounds Off On Republican Anger Over Obama School Speech

Moby checked in with fans on his official web site’s blog, talking about his itinerary and the conservative outrage over U.S. President Barack Obama’s speech on Tuesday to children about the importance of staying in school. The electronic musician writes:

In Brussels getting ready to play at the a.b.
and last night played Studio 69 for Studio Brussel.
and day before was playing at Rough Trade in London.
and tomorrow is Little Idiot art show at Tokyo Art Club in London.
and we’ll play some songs there, too.
and Friday is Taratata.
and Saturday is the show in Porto.
and then the North American tour starts.
and I’m ready for a nap.

In other news, the loonie right wing Republicans in the U.S. are upset because President Obama wants to give a speech to school kids wherein he encourages the schoolkids to work hard and stay in school. Oh, and President Obama is also going to talk about how important education is in order to succeed in life. So you can see why the right wing Republicans are upset… I mean who wouldn’t be upset about a speech wherein the President of the United States espouses the virtues of hard work and education?

I’m kidding (to be clear). But seriously, maybe Republicans and the right wing are genuinely afraid of education, seeing as the world of facts contradicts almost every aspect of the Republican agenda. Like the inconvenient ‘fact’ of evolution. And global warming. And the lack of WMD’s in Iraq. And etc. So maybe Republicans have figured out, rightly so, that the more educated people are the less likely they are to be Republican. So I understand their concern at Obama encouraging kids to stay in school and study hard. It’s only through ignorance and fear that the right wing Republicans exist at all.

Ok, time to go perform.

Thanks

Moby

Moby On Animal Production’s Impact On Global Warming

Moby checked in with fans on his blog at MySpace (@moby) on Thursday (August 20), talking about his participation in the concert for the European Union and MTV on Friday and the neglect many in the climate change movement have in mentioning animal production’s impact on greenhouse gases. The vegan electronic artist writes:

It’s a concert to draw attention to and benefit the European Union’s climate change initiative. Which I’m happy to talk about as long as no one minds me mentioning that 24% of climate change is the result of animal production (according to a United Nations report a few years ago).

I asked Al Gore about why he didn’t mention this in an ‘inconvenient truth’ (as animal production is responsible for more greenhouse gases than every car, bus, truck, bus, plane, boat on the planet COMBINED). He answered honestly, basically saying that getting people to drive a hybrid car isn’t that difficult. Getting people to give up animal products is almost impossible. I appreciated his honesty. So I guess I’ll be talking about climate change tomorrow, and I guess I’ll have to mention the most inconvenient of inconvenient truths, that you can’t talk seriously about climate change and global warming without looking at the role of animal production (animal production being responsible for 24% of greenhouse gas emissions and also the #1 cause of deforestation in the rainforest).

Moby Blogs About Barack Obama Birther Movement

Moby checked in with fans on his blog at MySpace (@moby) on Monday (August 10), commenting on the Barack Obama “birther” movement. The electronic artist writes:

I understand that people want the world to be different from how it is (creationists want a world that is 10,000 years old, flat earth society members want a world that is the center of a small universe, ‘birthers’ want a world where Obama isn’t president, Republicans want a world where Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, etc). But the world is at is, and it rarely conforms to our narrow and specific hopes for what it will be. Holding on to an ethical belief (women should be allowed to vote, blacks and whites should be able to drink from the same water fountain, etc) in the face of unethical circumstances is noble, as the circumstances can be changed. But holding on to beliefs that are factually incorrect and can never be changed (as much as the birthers don’t like Obama, he did win the election and he is a United States citizen) is quixotic and delusional. it’s kind of baffling.

Moby Finishes An Amazing Rain-Free European Festival Tour

Moby checked in with fans on his blog at MySpace (@moby) on Tuesday (August 4), talking about wrapping up his European festival tour and the birthday of U.S. President Barack Obama. The artist writes:

Oh, speaking of weather, the European festival tour we just finished was amazing for many reasons (good shows, great audiences, etc), but one reason it was amazing is that we only had 15 minutes of rain on the whole tour. Yes, a festival tour of Europe with only 15 minutes of rain (in Arras, and it was pretty dramatic, a deluge in the middle of the show). I’ve done festival tours where it’s rained EVERY SINGLE DAY. But this time? No rain. And almost every city/town we went to we heard the same thing: ‘Oh, it’s been raining for 3 weeks, but today is beautiful’. So, whoever arranged the amazing weather, thank you. I mean, isn’t it odd to be in Europe for 2 months and have it be sunny and warm the entire time? Oh, it drizzled in Wales, too. I forgot that one. But it had been hot and sunny in Manchester earlier in the day, so Welsh drizzle doesn’t count.

Moby: Broken U.S. Healthcare System Contributed To My Mother’s Death

Moby weighed in on the debate on healthcare legislation on his blog at MySpace (@moby) on Monday (July 27), sharing the story about the circumstances his mother dealt with before dying of lung cancer. Moby writes:

You might have noticed that there’s a huge debate going on in Washington and the United States about health care legislation. President Obama is trying to pass health care reform so that every American has some form of insurance/care. Republicans recently cited a poll that ‘60% of Americans are happy with their insurance coverage’. Really?

Perhaps the 60% who don’t actually ever get sick or are already dead? Here’s my story:

In 1996 my mother went to her HMO complaining about persistent bronchitis
and breathing problems. My mother had quit smoking, but she had been a heavy, 2 pack a day, smoker for over 30 years.

The doctor gave her some antibiotics. No x-rays, no tests, just antibiotics.
A month later my mother still had persistent respiratory problems. The doctor gave her more antibiotics. No xrays, no tests. A month later(3 months now) my mother still had persistent respiratory problems. Finally her insurance company/HMO allowed her to have xrays. When they looked at the xrays they saw that she had advanced lung cancer.

Why didn’t they give tests or xrays to her the first time she came in? A woman who’d been smoking 2 packs a day for over 30 years? Because, according to her insurance company/HMO, the tests and xrays were too expensive. 6 months later my mother was dead from metastasized lung cancer. Lung cancer that would’ve been more effectively treated if it had been detected when she first went to the doctor complaining of persistent respiratory problems. And republicans are trying to tell me that a majority of Americans are happy with their insurance companies or their HMO’s?

There are millions and millions of stories similar to my mothers. People being denied health care, even when insured, for the simple reason that health care
is expensive, and that insurance companies and HMO’s are more profitable when the provide less care.

Employees at HMO’s and insurance companies are actually given bonuses for denying
health care to people. America needs health care reform. Tens of millions of Americans have no insurance, and the people who do have insurance are routinely denied coverage when they’re ill.

The republicans are in the pocket of the insurance companies, they’re on the wrong side of this debate, and I strongly believe that they need to support health care and insurance reform.

-moby

Moby Reacts To Walter Cronkite’s Death

Moby checked in with fans on his blog at MySpace (@moby) on Monday (July 20), commenting on the passing of veteran news anchor Walter Cronkite. Moby writes:

A few years ago I went to a dinner party to watch one of GW Bush’s State of the Union addresses and I was lucky enough to be seated near Walter Cronkite. We spoke a bit, and after the State of the Union address he offered his perspective on the address and on President Bush (Mr. Cronkite was diplomatic, but clearly not a fan of President Bush…).

Walter Cronkite was in many ways the voice of my mother’s generation. He was always balanced and fair and more interested in facts than opinions. Year after year he was voted ‘the most trusted man in America’, and for good reason. He was solid and stable and reliable and his dying yesterday is very sad indeed.

Little Idiot (Moby) Discusses ‘Wait For Me’ Album

Finally the Little Idiot, aka Moby, speaks… and so does his dog. Moby talked about what he’s been up to since his prior album ‘Last Night’, where he made the new album ‘Wait For Me’, the inspiration for the album, taking a do-it-yourself approach, and more while playing tracks from the CD.

“When I finished making the last album, I was doing a lot of deejaying, and I went out on tour and played quite a lot of festivals, but really I’ve been spending most of my time working on this new album,” Moby said when asked what he’s been up to. “I’ve been home in New York, where I have my studio.”

“I made my album at home in my studio,” Moby said about the album’s recording location. “I have a two bedroom apartment and I sleep in the smaller bedroom, and I have the larger bedroom as my studio. I really do like working at home because that way I’m never worried about how much it’s gonna cost or having other people around, so in general I really like making records at home.”

Watch the animated interview/EPK below.

Moby’s Cafe Teany Destroyed In A Fire

Moby checked in with fans on his blog at MySpace (@moby) on Saturday (June 20) following news that his vegan cafe Teany was damaged in a fire. The artist tells readers:

I believe that Teany the cafe might, alas, be no more.

Yesterday there was a fire (no one was hurt, as far as I know), and Teany was destroyed. I need to ask Kelly if she’s going to re-build it, and as soon as she says ‘yay’ or ‘nay’ I’ll let you know.

I’m really glad no one was hurt, and if anyone has pictures of Teany post-fire I’d love to see them (as I’m in Germany as I write this, and can’t go round to see the damage).

Thanks

Moby

Moby ‘Pale Horses’ Video

Moby is out with the animated video to his new single ‘Pale Horses’, the second release from the New York electronic artist’s ninth studio album ‘Wait for Me’, out June 30th on Mute. Watch via YouTube below.

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