Today’s NavBar gem- Three Beautiful Things
REM’s new album, out October 4th.
Other interesting looking forthcoming music related items-
Out of Nothing, Embrace
Raw, The Ramones
Singles Box 2: 1986-1995, Duran Duran
Teenage Mojo Workout, The 5, 6, 7, 8s
Welcome to the North, The Music
London Calling – 25th Anniversary Edition, The Clash
Solarized, Ian Brown
Palookaville, Fatboy Slim
Once More With Feeling – The Singles Collection, Placebo
Gold Diggas Head Nodders & Pholk Songs, Beautiful South
I know I’ve ranted against buying from the major labels before, but there’s a special dispensation if you do it from this list and I get commission. (Yes, I know that sounds hypocritical. I prefer to consider it nuanced.)
Outside our borders, there’s an entire world waiting with bated breath to see whether the American political system is still functioning well enough to allow us to vote out a government that is obviously and breathtakingly corrupt after having endured four years of their mismanagement, mistakes, and outright pillage. And it’s got to be depressing to them, too, to feel as if the fate of the world is going to hinge on the history and development of the IBM Selectric.
Or did, in fact. Yesterday was Manchester’s wettest day since 1965.
I constantly wonder, three years after 9/11, do Americans feel safer? When it first happened, there was a sort of collective shock in Iraq. In 2002, there was a sort of pity and understanding- we�ve been through the same. Americans could hardly believe what had happened, but the American government brings this sort of grief upon nations annually� suddenly the war wasn�t thousands of kilometers away, it was home.
How do we feel about it this year? A little bit tired.
We have 9/11�s on a monthly basis. Each and every Iraqi person who dies with a bullet, a missile, a grenade, under torture, accidentally- they all have families and friends and people who care. The number of Iraqis dead since March 2003 is by now at least eight times the number of people who died in the World Trade Center. They had their last words, and their last thoughts as their worlds came down around them, too. I�ve attended more wakes and funerals this last year, than I�ve attended my whole life. The process of mourning and the hollow words of comfort have become much too familiar and automatic.
This looks cool- Birth of a Nation by Aaron McGruder (of Boondocks) Reginald Hudlin and Kyle Baker. When Florida style disenfranchisement means most of the population of East St. Louis can’t vote in a Presidential election a dumb Texan fronting for extreme right wingers gets into the White House. East St. Louis’ idealistic mayor, spurred on by black nationalists and a dubious billionaire, decides the city should secede from the Union. The Republic of Blackland becomes rich from “offshore banking”, but can it last?
Reviewed in today’s Permanent Damage.
An interactive guide to domestic scale renewable energy devices. I’m forwarding this to my parents and my sister, who are putting together plans for an eco-house (that I’ve started, and now can’t stop, calling the Hobbit House) to be built in the field back home.
There’s wrong, very wrong and “Dear God! Lock these people up!” This is the latter- sexually modified plush toys.
via Die Puny Humans
We saw the famous CSI Furry episode (Fur and Loathing) last week. Absolutely hilarious, but not at all a realistic reflection of real Furrydom, no way.
Bicycles and sex over at Fleshbot. I’ll let them explain. (NSFW)