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Disco For Cynics

January 2, 2017 12:14 am
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19vApPwWqh8
January 2, 2017 12:19 am
Brain-Computer interface. What could possibly go wrong? I will be like a character in a science fiction novel: Do you see that old codger over there? He doesn't have a brain implant! Can you believe there are still people around who never got their brains chipped?
January 1, 2017 12:38 am
This needs to go here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hnKz9rlna4 (I could go on and on with the punk and post-punk stuff, but it's not the music I turn to these days. X being an exception.)
January 1, 2017 12:44 am
Since that didn't embed (I thought I had fixed that problem), it's Laura Marling's "Gurdjieff's Daughter," my favorite song from last year as far as I can remember.
January 1, 2017 11:33 pm
Maybe both cynical and nihilistic in this case. I think it expresses cynicism about certain kinds of leader-follower relationships, cult/political/whatever (with references to Manson). Albeit, P-Orridge always seems a little too ambivlent about that sort of thing. Also, the whole album is one of my favorites from the early industrial milieu.
January 2, 2017 1:20 am
http://youtu.be/QF0GNq79AdU?t=3m47s  
January 1, 2017 11:27 pm
Wow, I never thought of her in connection with this, but now that you mention it, I know what you mean. I have to confess I never got too far with her, but whatever she was trying to do was fascinating.
January 2, 2017 12:12 am
Maybe both cynical and nihilistic in this case.
It's Throbbing Gristle, so unsurprisingly it has Burroughs and Manson references in it. But I think reading between the lines and in context of other things I know about TG, it's sort of proposing that different types of relationships--from the romantic, to the master/follower, to the political dictator/strongman/etc.--can all partake of the same authoritarian power structure. And of course, the religious or otherwise cultish can and often does overlap with sexual and political control. (Although, the "they try to eat us" part just seems like a bit of silliness if you ask me.) Ah. . . not sure I should have set myself up to talk about this. Every time I talk about music I tend to out myself, since I have a fairly peculiar mix of favorites in music.
January 1, 2017 11:37 pm
I had to settle for hearing them on the radio in junior high in the early 80s. (I did see a solo Exene show some years later, but it was pretty sad all around.)

He Came, He Saw, She Died

January 2, 2017 3:30 am
I hope this doesnt mean certain elements with a penchant for numerology will be launching lots of false flags this year:
  • The prime number before 2017 is 2017+(2-0-1-7), which makes it a sexy prime, and the prime after 2017 is 2017+(2+0+1+7). 2017 itself is of course equal to  2017+(2*0*1*7) 
  • Insert 7 into any two digits of 2017, it is still a prime number, i.e. 27017, 20717, 20177 are all primes. Plus, 20177 is also a prime number
http://weijr-note.blogspot.com/2017/01/2017-is-not-just-another-prime-number.html
January 2, 2017 6:11 am
Justice Holmes, perhaps as an act of contrition, later wrote in another landmark case: The ultimate good desired is better reached by free trade in ideas — that the best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market, and that truth is the only ground upon which their wishes safely can be carried out. So following the broad values enshrined in the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech, even though it can, Twitter should not ban Trump. Let him tweet, hell, give him 20 extra characters. And let us know, judge, agree, oppose, and argue about what he says.
 http://wemeantwell.com/blog/2016/12/30/ban-trump-twitter-and-free-speech/
January 2, 2017 6:31 pm
Taxi, I think you should leave open the possibility that the Russians replaced your real birth certificate with a fake, and that you actually are a Sagittarius.
January 1, 2017 4:29 am
Maria Zakharova on fire (doesn't exactly say what the headline with the video says, however): http://vimeo.com/197375753  
January 3, 2017 8:15 pm
Heavy, history-filled article at Mondoweiss. I'm surprised I don't know some of the specific events mentioned, not that I've read the history in depth, but I would have expected to pick some of this up by osmosis, reading here and there: http://mondoweiss.net/2017/01/terrorism-israeli-state/ (via Xymphora, who I wish would be a little more careful with his rhetoric at times, but who almost always has the good links)
January 3, 2017 8:18 pm
Wait, isn't this the kind of stuff Alison Weir got in trouble for writing about (while gentile)?