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Our badass COVID playlist continues to grow in cool ways. Assume you sleep 8 hours a night and need music for the rest of your day. This playlist will keep you in tuneage for 6 days and 18 hours.
Old favorites, new discoveries, eclectic and intelligent. Rock, Indie, Electronica, Pop, ’70s, ’80s, alt.90s, Motown, Grunge, Punk, Dance, Trance, New Wave, Metal, Soul & R&B, Americana, Industrial, DarkWave, Trip-Hop, Shoegaze … even a smattering of C&W, old school and new.
You won’t like everything but that’s what skip buttons are for.
Thanks to Matthew Grimm for the song that gives the playlist its title…
In 1998 I was semi-involved in something really unsettling, and I’m now wondering if I just badly misinterpreted what happened.
The story begins in graf 4. Here’s where it gets interesting: Read more
A famous man once said “it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
I thought about this as I was talking with my friend Bryan yesterday. The subject was NBA and MLB players striking in protest against the attempted murder of Jacob Blake by the Kenosha PD, and Bryan was saying that it can’t always just be the players. The owners need to stand up, too.
He’s right, but I have very little faith in owners. Read more
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sat down with Emmanuel Acho for one of his Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man. Acho asked Goodell what he would say to Colin Kaepernick by way of apology.
At which point … well, Commish gonna do what Commish do. Deflect. Dissemble. Misdirect. Distract.
This morning Mike Florio took Goodell apart like a hungover Gordon Ramsey breaking down a chicken with weak joints.
And I honestly don’t have a thing to add. I’m just linking it for the record.
All I’ll do is repeat the question I asked back in June: Mr. Commissioner, what team will Kaepernick be playing for this fall?
Reds play-by-play guy Thom Brennaman really stepped on his dick yesterday, didn’t he?
Toward the end of the broadcast of the first game of the doubleheader, Brennaman was heard using a gay slur. He did not seem to know he was on the air yet before the end of a commercial break. Quickly, shares of the mic catching him on the air saying a slur spread across social media. Brennaman began broadcasting the second game of the doubleheader, but during the game, he issued an apology and left the booth.
He was predictably apologetic. Read more
…Matthew Grimm’s Dumpster-Fire Days would be his favorite album of the last decade.
My favorite lines from each song:
Salt of the Earth
We gathered in the square to watch Black men hang like a Friday night football game
We’ll greenlight genocide long as some charlatan tells us it’s in Jesus’ name
Tommy Keene Is Playing Kiki’s House
Corporations, Christians, contras, all fronts in one never-ending war
We raged at the sacred and austere, revenge for childhoods lived in fear Read more
‘We had to do it’; Denver restaurant charges COVID fee
Turns out this scammer – and probably many others – has been ripping off customers by concealing his costs of doing business. In this case, an unscrupulous restaurateur, who claims the COVID pandemic has cost him 40-60% of his business, has begun tacking on a $2 “fee” to “cover the cost” of “masks,” “disposable menus,” “mandated cleaning,” and “spacing requirements.”
The owner had no comment when asked if he was also fleecing unsuspecting patrons by insinuating food, personnel, and real estate “costs” into their bills.
The good citizens of Denver tip their collective hat to the consumer watchdogs at KDVR for calling this complaint to the public’s attention
Thanks to our old friend Dan Danbom for alerting us to this story.
Yes, goddammit, THIS.
Stimulus talks on the brink of collapse as two sides trade blame and get no closer to a deal
BOTH sides are to blame. The people who want to keep us alive are as much at fault as the people who lock kids in cages and think Nazis are very fine people and who don’t care if we live or die. The people who want to give us enough to survive are just as bad as the ones who want to give us nothing.
Brought to you by CNN. We false equivalence, you decide.
What was it Hunter said?
Some people will say that words like “scum” and “rotten” are wrong for Objective Journalism — which is true, but they miss the point. It was the built-in blind spots of the Objective rules and dogma that allowed Nixon to slither into the White House in the first place. He looked so good on paper that you could almost vote for him sight unseen. He seemed so all-American, so much like Horatio Alger, that he was able to slip through the cracks of Objective Journalism. You had to get Subjective to see Nixon clearly, and the shock of recognition was often painful.
Several conversations since I originally posted the spectrum have made clear that some elaboration and refinement is in order. In this update I add elements for context and present a revised spectrum graph that more accurately reflects the US political-economic spectrum with respect to the global “left-right” divide.
There exists a sort of consensus among Americans about left-wing vs right-wing (vs “moderate” or “centrist), but this narrow popular view fails to account for historical shifts and the global context. In short:
The US is significantly more conservative than the rest of the industrialized West and we have shifted dramatically to the right over the past 50 years. Read more
Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? – Matthew 7:16
Let’s say I don’t know you personally. All I have are your social media feeds.
I start on Facebook and read everything you’ve posted since early May, along with your interactions in the comment threads. Read more
The individual tells you nothing about the system. The system tells you nothing about the individual.
The issue isn’t whether you respect Black Lives Matter. It isn’t whether you respect the Police. It’s whether the Police believe all are equal under the law. Recent weeks and months (and years) have set before our eyes a wealth of evidence answering that question. Read more
This whole Kanye thing is hard to watch.
I’ve had a couple brushes with bipolar folks – one of them terrifying enough that I started carrying a gun out of fear for my well-being – and I can’t even begin to imagine what it would be like living with it.
I hope he gets help. I also hope that people watching are motivated by his case to educate themselves more on mental health. And maybe the stigma lessens a bit.
If you’re struggling with mental health issues or know someone who is, you can get help at MentalHealth.gov.
I’m getting a little tired of this “cancel culture” nonsense.
The term originated with the #MeToo movement, which targeted the likes of Bill Cosby and Louis CK, men whose history of misogynistic behavior led people to (justly) withdraw their support for the offenders’ careers. But while the term is newish, the tactics it describes aren’t. Canceling is another word for boycotting, which has been around forever. Read more
Philadelphia Union honors those killed by police.Our recent protests, sparked mainly by the Minneapolis PD’s nonchalant murder of George Floyd – with the cameras rolling, even – are roiling American society. Institutions are challenged. Assumptions are ravaged. The whole of the American metanarrative is seemingly up for review. Read more