I really hate the phrase, “consuming content”. I don’t know why, or when I first noticed it, or if it’s even that new of an expression, it just sounds to me like the equivalent of an over-weight simpleton gorging themselves on culture without any regards to the crumbs or what a terrible mess they’re making.– MPLU
A moment of silence for MCA…
And thanks buddy for giving a little white kid from Ohio his first taste of the rap nation… I’m sure I’m not alone in saying, “THANKS! And may your memory live on and on and on until the break of dawn… and then some.”
GO BABY GO BABY GO BABY GO BABY GO…
courtesy of The Daily Mail
Computers will get faster, and we will get slower. There will be plenty of progress, but few of us will be any better off or happier for it. Robots won’t be sexy and dangerous, they’ll be dull and efficient, and they’ll take our jobs.
— Thom Andersen, Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003)
Watch the whole video essay here.
Steve Jobs was a pioneer of digital music, his legacy was tremendous. […] But when he went home, he listened to vinyl.– Neil Young on the quality of mp3’s and what we’re missing at AllThingsD
"The current recession is a ‘forever recession’ because it’s the end of the industrial age, which also means the end of the average worker."
From the article: "If You’re An Average Worker, You’re Going Straight To The Bottom"
Do you agree? Or does this just mean with fair salaries we wouldn’t be able to get 96oz. of Sludg-O from Walmart for 99¢? Because I’d gladly pay a buck-thirty-five if that’s what it takes.
This guy pissed me off at first with his annoying picture and agro quote, but he may have a point. Or not?
According to the Daily Show, whose fact checkers I’m actually inclined to trust at face value, we only get about a 23-25% savings from factories with conditions like Foxconn.
So, let’s review:
Suicides and indentured servitude VS. paying an extra $40 for my iPhone? We all know where this is going. Fuck it. I’m moving to India to be one of those guys who rolls across the country for donations. Better that than a Kardashian.
From today’s Huffington Post:
"They voted down a motion that requires students to be taught about the terrorism brought about by the Ku Klux Klan and what they did to ethnic and racial minorities, but they turn around and pass a provision that requires the teaching of the violence of the Black Panther Party."
From the article: “Tea Party Groups In Tennessee Demand Textbooks Overlook U.S. Founder’s Slave-Owning History”
Oh, those crazy people in tricorn hats…
They couldn’t ever do anything bad, right…?
Uh-huh… Keep telling yourself that when your kid comes home talking about the benevolence of Atlantic Triangular Trading and how that kind of model could really help to open up the neighborhood.
I support any organization that embraces the tough, but fair opinion that everyone should have a place at the table.
Girl Scouts in national controversy over accepting a transgender kid into their ranks. Other girl scout in California creates video protest (more than likely at the behest of politically minded star-fucking parentals). Furor ensues. Bandwagoning hate group the “Family Research Council” joins the fray saying the Girl Scouts “promote radical gay agendas”, — ps. I’m SOOOO interested to know what that is, by the way— abortion, and they “support the United Nations anti-population agenda”. More of that drivel can be found here.
Who do you support?
Let the Girl Scouts know they did the right thing. Buy some cookies. Reblog this. Make a poster. I am sincerely impressed with this organization’s adamantly progressive stance, particularly in light of so many others who back down in the face of the blowhard small-mindedness of fearful idiots for fear of fiscal or cultural blacklisting.
"If a child identifies as a girl and the child’s family presents her as a girl, Girl Scouts of Colorado welcomes her as a Girl Scout," said the Colorado Girl Scouts, in a statement to a CNN affiliate. (source)
WESTWOOD – Another person has been found dead, following a string of Cincinnati homicides.
From the quote above, one would fairly reliably form the impression that the person in question who was found in mortal arrears was part of the City’s recent string of homicides. Correct?
Dare I say, this is one thing that is absolutely wrong with journalism as it stands today. Because, it turns out, later in the article:
it was unclear whether he died from violence, suicide or a natural cause, police said.
"Another Man Dead. Blame Society and Minorities and Welfare. And down with that Stuff & Other Scary Stuff Besides."
Headlines like these, and the fake stories that form the bulk of the so-called gossip “journalism” war chest, only serve to do one thing, and that is induce panic. So, if that’s your goal, then, go right ahead. But don’t give me the excuse that there’s nothing else to report on. Like Brian Cox says while playing the part of Robert McKee in Adaptation:
"Nothing happens in the world? Are you out of your fucking mind? People are murdered every day. There’s genocide, war, corruption. Every fucking day, somewhere in the world, somebody sacrifices his life to save someone else. Every fucking day, someone, somewhere takes a conscious decision to destroy someone else. People find love, people lose it. For Christ’s sake, a child watches her mother beaten to death on the steps of a church. Someone goes hungry. Somebody else betrays his best friend for a woman. If you can’t find that stuff in life, then you, my friend, don’t know crap about life! And why the FUCK are you wasting my two precious hours with your movie? I don’t have any use for it! I don’t have any bloody use for it!"
The same can be said for this kind of shit. The human interest story is not dead, it’s just been shredded into rabbit festival fluff pieces.
I say to you, then, aspiring shit starters: "TAKE IT BACK! TELL THE WORLD ABOUT ITSELF!"
Pick a despot, any despot…
The kind of stuff that gets email chains fired up round the world. First they’re trying to cancel Christmas, then they’re out kissing in the streets: two men!! And now they’re obstructing capitalism.
Just relax, everybody.
We call this dialogue in our fair city.
Bank of America ATMs In San Francisco Turned Into Truth MachinesRAN activists took to the streets of San Francisco last night and turned every Bank of America ATM in the city into an Automated Truth Machine.
The activists used special non-adhesive stickers designed to look exactly like BoA’s ATM interface. But instead of checking and savings accounts, these new menus offered a list of everything BoA customers’ money is being used for, including investment in coal-fired power plants, foreclosure on Americans’ homes, bankrolling of climate change, and paying for fat executive bonuses.
Go here to see a handy map showing all 85 ATMs we made a little more truthful last night.
The stickers also encourage BoA customers to “Stop doing business with Bank of America until they start behaving responsibly” and have the URL to this here blog (BankruptingAmerica.tumblr.com), which RAN launched along with New Bottom Line.
We’re using Bankrupting America to track all the ways BoA is bankrupting America, hence the name. We’ve received so many submissions it’s clear to us that this website was badly needed. There are lots of grievances to be aired with regard to how Bank of America is conducting its business these days, as it turns out. (Not that that’s terribly surprising.)
Feel free to submit if you’re so inclined.