Something is wrong when you can't tell "real news" from a headline in The Onion.
Wait this is true? Im confused.
Moose12;4426761Wait this is true? Im confused.
I know, it's hard to believe. It's as if someone annonuced the release of a feature-length animated movie of the 1953 Panmunjon Peace Talks. Go figure. But I swear it is a 100% true, legit news story. Or if it isn't someone has hoaxed Variety, the famous "daily show business bible". But I think it's real. I guess they think there's a market for an "environmental tragic opera".
Or maybe they don't think there is a market, but just don't care. See, there is one circumstance under which the success of such an opera is really unimportant. Can anyone guess? Oh heck, I'll go ahead and tell you: if it is intended to be a vehicle for huge financial contributions to Gore. After all, he is playing coy about what his political moves may be in the very near future; and he does seem to be enjoying a re-birth of sorts.
In these deals, the politicians get what are in effect contributions (or even straight-out payoffs) which otherwise would be prohibited by campaign laws. It's by far the biggest reason politicians write all those dumb books in the first place. How it works is that large institutions or unions will buy thousands of the books. That way the pol gets, in some cases like Hillary Rodham Clinton, millions of $ which s/he could have gotten no other way. Usually the books are soooo bad that there are few sales other than these "contribution purchases"; but the bulk sales count for so many thousand books that, even though the general public won't go near it, the book will be near the top of the New York Times bestsellers list. It's a neat little scam to get around all those campaign contribution laws the same pols sanctimoniously prattle about having helped pass to "stop big money from corrupting the process". Please, spare me.
If that's what is happening with Gore, the usual opera backers (the "angels") won't be putting up money for the production - it will be unions like the AFL-CIO, AFSCME or NEA; or interest groups like AARP.* Not that we would ever know where opera-backing money comes from: I don't think those records are public.
Of course the contributors couldn't care if the opera was a hit or not; they wouldn't even care if it ever got off the ground. But it would be a great way to get money to Al Gore. They could pay him not only for the rights to the opera, but also as a "producer", "consultant", maybe even "librettist". Hell, Tipper might even get in on it as an "assistant producer", "assistant librettist" or "researcher"! We'll know if it's a scam if the deal gets "in development" but the curtain never rises.
Man, ya gotta respect the balls it takes to do something like that.
* The conservative pols do the book game too, and I assume it's outfits like the NRA which buy their books.
So you're thinking it's a backdoor way to finance gore for a future campaign?
Well either way, an Opera is more Enviro friendly then a film, I guess..?
Noise pollution Moose!!!
Hey if they can do a musical out of ABBA's music I guess anything is possible.
All I know is the death and destruction scenes better use flight of the Valkyries and have Elmer Fudd singing.
GOD BLESS BUGS BUNNY!!!
(I am a ABBA fan but really, a musical?)