Polite Reminder

I usually avoid sharing tweets, mostly for the trifecta that social media is destructive to democracy, and that it’s a horrible platform for meaningful discussion, and of no practical use beyond ‘soundbite news’ which by it’s very nature cannot convey the nuance that most topics demand.
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If you Feed the Beast, the Beast will Come Back At You

This video does an excellent job of describing the various nuanced ways we get addicted to social media, and how we become addicted.

Don’t use so-called ‘Social Media!’ It’s actual purpose is to destroy society as long as the owners of the ‘platforms’ get richer.

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Politics, avast

FPP (Front Page Post) on MetaFilter pretty much sums it all up. Even just in the FPP itself – alot of holes get filled and alot of T’s get crossed.

As you work your way through all the links, keep in mind what you have projected onto the political stage throughout your lifetime. Note that it doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with politics in general or your own personal political leanings….

It’s complicated, as they say.

But with the instability created by Brexit and the election* of Rump (both quite likely orchestrated by Putin’s Russia) we need to start taking things seriously. This post explores that. Even if you’re a ‘non-political’ type, read any and all of the links that draw your curiosity. The time for kidding around is over.

*A reminder that Rump lost the popular vote and only took power by a technicality. Abolish the Electoral College! It is an obsolete racist construct to begin with and it’s continuing existence only serves to undermine democracy further.

World Maps Minus The Best Place

Q: What’s the best part about living in Australia?
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What dystopian hell is this?

The second lesson I teach kids is to turn on and off like a light switch. I demand that they become totally involved in my lessons, jumping up and down in their seats with anticipation, competing vigorously with each other for my favor. But when the bell rings I insist that they drop the work at once and proceed quickly to the next work station. Nothing important is ever finished in my class, nor in any other class I know of.

The Six-Lesson Schoolteacher
John Taylor Gatto

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Happy Birthday

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1950 – 2017

My Latest Band Crush

Why hadn’t I heard of this band before tonight!? This band… this band is seriously funky, in a low-down, high-rocking, old-school 1970s dirty-soul studio-jam style, bass-driven and informed by that classic Miles Davis funk-fusion groove, yet cut with only the merest hints of the unlikely combination of camp & hip-hop, which keeps it fresh & light as.

What I’m putting down is this: nothing but a double-dog dare to stay in your chair, can you dig? Continue reading

This Land is Mine

After re-watching the videos in my previous two posts (feels like they must have been posted in another lifetime) and some meditation on a theme, I was reminded of one of C’s favorites: Nina Paley with what is possibly her most poignant & post-ironic classics…
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Pale Blue Dot

Profound words of wisdom from Carl Sagan.
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history of the world, i guess

This one really needs no introduction…
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