Clarity & Chaos
Jul 30, 2014

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Zammuto:Hegemony

I first heard this brilliant new track on All Songs Considered, I instantly knew: This is the song form of my first semester of my master degree. The instrumentation is just a bit off. A chorus of wonderful women figuring out how to pronounce hegemony. The percussions are pretty much my heart beat. With some artistic licence.

Germans who are geoscrewed by YouTube and GEMA can listen to it at NPR.

Jul 30, 2014

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Hump day fun: Watching the comments pop up on Four Tet’s remix of Sia’s dance-pop smash hit bore Chandelier. According to the them, this either the best or worst remix in history. I think it’s neither, but Four Tet’s odd slacker version of a garage beat on it gives the track a heavy-handed weirdness that I prefer over the original.

Jul 30, 2014

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Fun Times with the First Amendment

Baggy, sagging pants might not be protected by the constitution, while Klans robes and Nazi uniforms are. That’s at least what white, at least middle-class, not-young Danny Cevallos thinks in a piece for CNN. 

I get the “sagging pants don’t have a clear message” argument (however, I hope people wearing their pants low in actual solidarity with prison inmates can continue wearing them low then) but my main question is: Why does (can) the State govern regular clothes at all? How can this be, ACLU? Besides the fact that kids in the neighborhood usually don’t have the legal funds racist groups or conservatives have.

Jul 30, 2014

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I love coffee. I sometimes get excited at night thinking of the coffee I’ll get to drink in the morning. Coffee is reason to wake up. There are other reasons, of course. But coffee is the incentive, at the very least.
Annie Clark  (St. Vincent) who has her own signature coffee blend.

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Jul 29, 2014

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A poem begins with a lump in the throat.
Robert Frost (via writingquotes)
Jul 28, 2014

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they called her witch because she knew how to heal herself.
Té V. Smith Here We Are, Reflections of A God Gone Mad (via tevsmith)

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Jul 28, 2014

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I think a lot of people don’t understand that when we talk about these issues—blackface, rape jokes, the appropriation of marginalized cultures, and so on—we are having an ethical conversation, not a legal one. There is no thought police. No one’s coming to your house and carting you off to Insensitivity Prison. But you, as a person living on this planet, get to make a choice whether you want to hurt people or help people. Whether you want to listen or shut people out. I can’t imagine why you’d choose “defensive shithead” over “nice lady capable of empathy,” but okey dokey.
Oklahoma Governor’s Daughter Enrages Native American Protestors  

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Jul 27, 2014

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But that would leave their citizens vulnerable to the whims of whoever happens to be in the White House and chooses to enforce or not enforce the federal law.
The social costs of the marijuana laws are vast. There were 658,000 arrests for marijuana possession in 2012, according to F.B.I. figures, compared with 256,000 for cocaine, heroin and their derivatives. Even worse, the result is racist, falling disproportionately on young black men, ruining their lives and creating new generations of career criminals.
There is honest debate among scientists about the health effects of marijuana, but we believe that the evidence is overwhelming that addiction and dependence are relatively minor problems, especially compared with alcohol and tobacco. Moderate use of marijuana does not appear to pose a risk for otherwise healthy adults. Claims that marijuana is a gateway to more dangerous drugs are as fanciful as the “Reefer Madness” images of murder, rape and suicide.

The New York Times Calls for Marijuana Legalization - NYTimes.com

The Gray Lady just came out against marijuana prohibition. Times really are changing.

Jul 27, 2014

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Isolation, Socialization, and a Particular Set of Skills

Orphan Black’s Helena is basically Firefly’s River Tam if her brother hadn’t rescued her from the secret Alliance facility.

Jul 26, 2014

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What does the fox say?

What does the fox say?

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