I first heard the song, “Public Image” back around 1991. I was also learning to play guitar around the same time. I was gobsmacked; kind of little outraged, too. It was such a unique guitar sound I was like, “This came out in 1978? Why didn’t this change everything?!”
Well, it kind of did. I was too young to know what post-punk was. Also, the band Public Image Ltd liked to “make it up as they went along,” which is great for experimental artistic freedom, but sort of boring to listen to as pop music.
But their first song is one of my favorites, and that guitar sound is also. Not broadly useful for anything but this one song maybe, but it’s good.
Well,, I’m back from vacation, and on the hook for four grand in car repairs. No, it’s a boring story. Anyway, the world still sucks, and while I’m stuck reading about it in a paranoiac frenzy, I feel like talking about it will shatter my fragile brain. Not that that matters — a good man would destroy himself in a futile, losing battle, but first of all, I’m not really a good man, but also I haven’t figured out who would take care of my dependents while I rot in a cell or grave or whatever, so I’m going to switch gears and talk about music for like, a week.
Slashdot: Owning an iPhone is the Number-One Way To Guess if You’re Rich or Not, Research Finds
And here I thought all this time I thought the easiest way to tell if someone is rich was to just check and see if their parents were.
‘Cuz I have a five year old iPhone that I bought used from a video game store. But… maybe I’m rich? That’d be awesome! Oh wiat, I can’t even afford to pay for that little baby heart attack I had a few weeks back, oh well.
Maybe we can’t win. But we can make them pay for every inch before we go. If you don’t know what to do, consider donating to the ACLU.
Slashdot: Comcast and Xfinity Facing a Nationwide Outage [Update: Company Confirms]
Who would have thought installing surveillance equipment and pay-per-megabyte internet toll systems would be so disruptive? Fix your shit, Comcast.
I was already in the midst of a severe depressive episode by the time this lousy week started. So, even though I knew some of the bad news was coming, it nevertheless hit me while I was at a most vulnerable moment, and it fucked me up even more than I thought it would. I don’t think my analysis is wrong — I was just extra hurt when I wrote it.
I appreciate the fact that the fight isn’t “over” but I think the various commentators begging everyone to stop saying “we’re fucked” are being enormously disingenuous. We are clearly fucked. To try to recruit new people to the movement by implying that there’s hope is extremely cynical. Yes, we’ve got to keep going. But we’ve reached a point where the most likely outcome of our greatest effort is that we’ll go down swinging.
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Vox: America After Anthony Kennedy
The various reactions to Anthony Kennedy’s retirement are all far too optimistic. Yes, of course this means the end for reproductive rights, marriage equality, and civil liberties. Given the situation we find ourselves in, if the destruction stops there, that would be our best case scenario.
The reality is much more likely to be worse. You should expect to never see a Democratic (or indeed, a democratically elected) president in the White House for the rest of your life. The notion of a “fair” election will soon become a hazy memory, as the kind of voter suppression and political gerrymandering we have now will seem like the height of integrity, in comparison to the corruption let loose by a right-wing rubber stamp-wielding Supreme Court. This is the end of democracy. Republcans will never forget how it was democracy that brought us eight years of a black president. They have been champing at the bit to dismantle the machinary that embarrassed them so. Now, at last, they’ve got their chance.
Protest all you like, it won’t make any difference. I mean, your murderers will probably get to be on TV after they’re released without charges, but you’re not going to change anything.