For myself, he opened the possibilities of the language like very few others did, and he opened up the possibilities of America the way nobody else did. He solved all the conundrums of the country and invented new ones. He learned all the country's spells and cast a few of his own. The America he invented is a glorious place and the real one that he improved is better for his having been born. And him? He's still on the road, heading for another joint. Thank god there are still joints. Thank god he's still here to head to them.Charles Pierce wishes Bob Dylan a happy birthday.
To honor the recent passing of JFK-assassination researcher Mark Lane, Project Censored presents a rebroadcast of an interview with Lane, done in 2013 as part of a series on the 50th anniversary of the assassination. Lane challenged the official story of the assassination from the very beginning, testified twice before the Warren Commission, and wrote several books […]
This post was inspired by mrissa’s excellent discussion of Too Like the Lightning and nellorat meeting the challenges of making A Room with a View intelligible to her students.
You haven't heard about this, but there is a battle for who controls the South China Sea, and it's going on now.
Bernie talks about the upcoming Democratic convention, and how messy it could be.
A Russian facial recognition ap, FindFace, could change the nature of anonymity in public.
Banks need to do more about 'zombie' homes.
Gannett Corp. wants to buy the LA Times... but a tech billionaire wants to get in there and transform it "from a newspaper company to a technology and content company." What exactly do they mean by that? The LA Times is one of the best newspapers in the country right now; yes, news is content but it's more than just space filler.
"MSM don't give ppl 'what they want.' They give ppl very narrow choices, ppl then 'choose' among those, & it becomes 'what the ppl want.'" -- David Rankin (@davidrankin) 2016-05-20
And the non-Twitter-size version would be this quote I grabbed several years ago and hadn't gotten around to til now:
|Bill Moyers:||Glenn, what stories are you covering that you think are being ignored by mainstream press?|
|Glenn Greenwald:||Well, let's start with the fact that there is a very widespread perception, one that's growing with more and more revelations, by the day. That what the United States did over the last eight years, in terms of how we detained people, how we interrogated people, how we tortured people and kidnapped them, and shipped them off to black sites, where they were completely disappeared is something that is not only disgraceful, and a fundamental violation of what we claim our political values to be but are crimes. Very serious war crimes. If you look at political discussions that take place on most major television no shows, about that. What you'll find is this implied consensus that Americans don't want their political leaders spending time on investigations and looking to the past. And that's absolutely false. It's a case where public opinion is distorted. Polls show that large numbers of Americans, even 50 percent believe that there should be investigations into whether or not crimes were committed. Because if we don't investigate when our political leaders break the law, it means that there's no rule of law. Look at our policy toward Israel, and this continuous blind support for whatever the Israeli government does. Something that's about to get even more harmful to our interests now that there's a very right wing extremist party with racist factions within the government in Israel. Polls show that if you ask Americans do you think the U.S. Government should be on the side of Israel, on the side of the Palestinians, or should be even-handed? Seventy percent, seven out of ten, will say that the government should be even-handed in that conflict. And yet, that is an opinion that is virtually never heard. Debates about our policy toward Israel is something that is essentially frozen out. You can go across those issues, and find the same dynamic.|
-- from the PBS television program Bill Moyers Journal, 2009-04-03
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The cult of ignorance in America.
"Blue Lives Matter. What the fucking fuck?
The riot that did not happen. I can support what this says; my friend Pat Hinu was there, and said the same thing.
A psychiatrist says Trump's a narcissist. But you knew that, right?
We have always fought. And PSA: Your default narrative settings are not apolitical.
TED: Sebastian Junger: Our lonely society makes it hard to come home from war. Also This scientist can hack your dreams.
The dangerous acceptance of Donald Trump.
A change in food labeling could prevent tons of food from being trashed.
In Sweden, shorter workdays bring bigger gains.
Here follow some pretty interesting vid ideas (song+source combos) which I regret that I will not be making. If any of you feel like taking them up, feel free.
I Smile - Kirk Franklin
Shirley character study
Flesh and Blood - The Waifs
The women of Deadwood all have secrets
Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry
where "funky music" = wormhole knowledge, and love of crew. Crichton learns to get his funk on.
Blue Shadows on the Trail - Syd Straw cover from Stay Awake
Aeryn Sun character study. Aeryn starts out afraid of emotions, and particularly of her feelings for Crichton. This is about her growth from Peacekeeper to person. I love the idea of Aeryn the lonesome cowgirl. I can't find this song online anywhere; if you'd like to hear it, ping me.
My Backyard - Erin Brazil and the Brazillionaires
Nina Sharp character study. Klezmer! I can't find this song online anywhere; if you'd like to hear it, ping me.
I Have Become - Mister Tim
Walter character study. I can't find this song online anywhere; if you'd like to hear it, ping me.
Jeremiah or Deadwood
When in Rome - Nickel Creek
How we live in hell. This could work great for either show -- or hey, some kind of post-apocalyptic multi-source vid?
Orange is the New Black
Neptune's Jewels - Mystic
Poussey loves Taystee
The Power of Bhangra - Snap! vs Motivo mashup
Oh god, just LISTEN to it! And for Club Vivid, right? RIGHT???
Six Feet Under
Stay - Jorane
Lisa character study. Within her obsession, she both knows and doesn't know how Nate really feels about her. And she still sees him after her death.
The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Imagine - A Perfect Circle cover
John Connor knows he's doomed. His destiny is to save the world for everyone but himself.
I love that it's an adjustable recipe, that it is something I can change to suit the situation without having it "fail". I am coming to think that the only time a recipe fails is when the result is entirely inedible. A fallen cake? That's not failure. That's brownies.
From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2016-05-03:
"Most of what I try fails, but these failures are often invisible, while the successes are visible. I have noticed that this sometimes gives others the impression that most things work out for me. As a result, they are more likely to attribute their own failures to themselves, rather than the fact that the world is stochastic, applications are crapshoots, and selection committees and referees have bad days. This CV of Failures is an attempt to balance the record and provide some perspective." -- Johannes Haushofer, a professor at Princeton, from his CV of Failures.
(submitted to the mailing list by Terry Labach)
Exciting News! Recently, consumer advocate, attorney, and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader invited Project Censored director Mickey Huff to speak at his historic “Breaking Through Power” event in Washington D.C., at Constitution Hall. Day two of the four day event, Tuesday May 24th, focuses on Breaking Through the Media, which is where Project Censored will […]
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Forest floors are full of stones and roots, and dead needles if it's a pine forest, and you can't get comfortable. There are mosquitos hanging around, as well as other nasties that want to bite you. It pours with rain, and then the trees carry on dripping on you for hours.
It gets really really dark, with weird rustling noises, which is terrifying if you can't find your way out of the forest. And if you CAN find your way out of the forest, why the hell are you still in the forest?
I'd assume forests are different where John Denver comes from, except I know they're even worse because there are venomous snakes and poison ivy.
So if someone said I filled up their senses like a night in the forest, I'd think they meant I look pretty good from a distance, but when you get up close you'll wish you hadn't. IDK, maybe that's what John Denver meant too.
Something I hate: boredom
Something I love: blue sky in summer, that clear deep blue that goes on forever
Somewhere I've been: Boston. Or Baahstun, for the sound quality.
Somewhere I'd like to go: Barcelona, because everything I've heard of it is wonderful
Someone I know: batdina
A film I like: Ball of Fire. Bringing Up Baby.
Anyone want to buy a letter, cheap?
"A Canadian is merely an unarmed American with health care." -- John Wing
[I know, I know: also less fear of refugees, a reputation for politeness, a huge export market in comedians and actors, ... <<innocent look>> What, did I leave out something important about history and identity or something? ;-) ]
Jenny went to the vet to get her shots; she's now being de-fleaed, plus getting antihistamines for the itching and kitty Prozac for anxiety. She is not happy about it, but she has forgiven me for stuffing her into the carrying crate this morning, at least.
I went to get groceries, and had a collision on the way home -- my truck's fine, but the woman who scraped her car against the front bumper was not happy. And, by MD law, since I was coming into the other lane, it's my fault. Never mind that I had my turn signal on to change lanes, or that I looked before I moved, or that she was driving too fast. In New York state, she would be liable for some of it because of those things. Here? No. Between her and the insurance people (who were very nice) I still have the shakes and feel like hiding under the bed for the indeterminate future. It was, after all, the first accident I've had in 25 years.
And tomorrow is farmers' market day. I think I won't drive.
(I am lucky in that actual professional industry people have never been less than supportive of me on this subject. I'm just talking about random people on message boards.)
It is true that swooniness is a definite factor in the popularity of the most popular YA books. I personally don't find the gender of either love interest to be a factor in whether I find a book to be swoony, but probably some people do, OK, cool. If you advance 'demographics and statistics and MAGIC' as a reason why a book with a lesbian relationship isn't going to sell 8 million copies, well, I'll point out that going by demographics and statistics and MAGIC, 'Fifty Shades of Grey' shouldn't have had millions and millions of sales outside the BDSM community -- but I also won't think you're 100% wrong. (Actually my favorite love stories tend to be the ones where I really believe in the emotional arc of the relationship, whether or not I find any character in the book dreamy, which is GOOD, because I am an OLD, and I should not be swooning over any YA book character.) All right. So there's still room for thousands and thousands of books that are not ultra-bestsellers, that you hear of if you're paying attention and maybe don't hear about otherwise. To say 'there is no market' erases all the people who see that not as something carved on a stone tablet, but something that can be changed -- that they are working hard to change by reading, and writing, and talking about books.
Bookstores and publishers and agents and librarians and bloggers have a lot of room to do better, with regard to all the books that fall under the radar. But I don't think that writers can react to the realities of the market with the kind of glib despair that says 'It is what it is, I will only write the kind of books that I assume will sell well.' I'd rather acknowledge that it might be an uphill path at times and say 'Hey, I'm not afraid of walking up a hill.'
I'll try to sort this one out a bit; the article is not written as clearly as it could be.
1. Obama issued an executive order, saying religious institutions that receive federal contracts and grants cannot be discriminated against on the basis of religion.
2. Republicans call it a religious freedom issue; Democrats say it is an anti-LGBT issue, because religious organizations receiving federal funding can then fire people for being gay or trans without losing that funding.
3. An amendment proposed by Rep. Sean Maloney would have prohibited the use of federal funds for that executive order -- this was an amendment to the Defense Authorization Act; it is not uncommon to tack assorted amendments onto large bills that must be passed.
Now, quoting the article:
When the clock ran out, votes stood at 217-206, with 35 Republicans joining Democrats to approve the amendment. But then one by one, five Republicans switched their votes to nay.
People started booing, chanting “shame” and saying various other things such as, “Make the order,” “votes are done,” and “let’s go!” Making the order refers to proclaiming the amendment defeated or approved, based on the current votes.
But the votes continued to slowly tick down, until the amendment was defeated 213-212, with 30 Republicans voting for approval. Then the amendment was declared defeated.
Democrats continued to chant “shame,” even as Republicans tried to continue with the bill. Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) eventually asked for a recount, and then withdrew the request.
My question: who rigged the vote counter to run after the timeclock ran out? And is that going to be fixed now?
In other matters, Obama is going to sign an executive order protecting the gay employees who work for federal contractors.
But in Second Life, where I have authority and standing as one of the people who runs a newcomer area, I have to behave myself. So, instead, I have been taking out my frustrations in useful ways, by checking out *other* newcomer areas in other languages -- because at least a third and sometimes half of the people that come to where I am helping out in English actually need help in Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, Turkish... ( a tour of places that we need )
What would really help, of course, in offline real life , is about 10 degrees more warmth outside and losing the sinus thing in my nose that is making my eyes water, so that I don't want to go renew my driver's license because it makes me worry about the vision test. But that will come, one of these days.
On the good side, the bread I'm making every few days is getting thoroughly beaten up, er, kneaded, and the soup I'm making is very good. This helps. I can have small amounts of coffee again, and good tea, and my photography skills are improving. I've been taking photos of the flowers and plants in the yard, and posting them to Facebook, and now I can do better exposure compensation with the camera for when the sun is playing tricks on petals. I've even gotten some photos with raindrops on leaves and petals, and reflections in them. That's pretty good, considering there's usually a breeze moving it all.
The US Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, has ruled that the NSA's metadata collection program is unlawful -- thereby vindicating Edward Snowden.
Bill Moyers: The Winchell Effect -- why nobody cares if Trump lies.
Jane Little died as she lived -- a bass player, 71 years with the Atlanta Symphony, onstage, playing, "There's No Business Like Show Business." Yes. This happened.