We’re well into the let them eat cake era

From here:

A hotel worker earning minimum wage was fired by her employer after being interviewed by The Washington Post last month. Shanna Tippen had told the Post she was eager to get a $0.25 pay hike thanks to the state of Arkansas raising the minimum wage because it would help her buy diapers for her grandson.  The 43-year-old woman said she was fired by Days Inn manager Herry Patel, because he told her she “was stupid and dumb for talking.”

Oh yeah, this manager who fired Ms. Tippen for talking to a newspaper has a really bright future working for Amazon.  That bald fucker loves abusing workers, he just loves it.


Active Music Listening Monday March 30, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 239
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 141
Not good music: 82

Honorable Mentions: 8
Buys: 5

Possibles: Boyd Rivers, Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, Bill Horist, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, About Group, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Bone Dance, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Debruit, Slidhr, The Whammies, The Chewers, Alexander Hawkins, Cheryl Pyle, Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, Spacesuits, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Mohammed Abozekry, Dawn Richard, Torche, Leo Welch, Astral Swans, Mastery, Leviathan, Lightning Bolt

@@@ Chimurenga Renaissance – Kudada Nekuva Munhu Mutema (Brick Lane) Some African hip hop I got to via the CFUV weekly email. The record has obvious differences with an American hip hop, say the presence of a thumb piano and the accents of the multiple MCs, including guest rappers from America. The beats are a bit lower in the mix, the arrangements sound a bit more like they’re coming from a band, and while retaining a funky hip hop vibe.

@@@ Skinny Lister: This is War (Not sure, 2015). Some amped up Irish folk with a pubic hair of the Clash and a couple of tablespoons of rock flavor. All of a sudden I feel like having a beer, something dark. Very familiar, a bunch like the Pogues without the drunk singer and catchy as fuck. My 6 year old is feeling it, and that’s not an insult.

@@@ Cillie Barnes: Earthquake Season at the Crystal Convention (Not sure, 2015). Some cosmic indie I got to via a music publicist. Slow, lots of reverb an orchestral arrangement — acoustic guitar, single piano note melodies slowly played, organ swells, and drums played lightly or with brushes. Maybe even a zither up in there. She has a really nice voice.

@@@ The Cribs: Burning For No One (Arts & Crafts, 2015) Some neither here nor there mainstream rock that I got to via a music publicist. Rocks a little, pops a little, if you dig the vocal hook you’re golden. Comes with oohs and aaahs.

Enjoy your kinda master/slave college basketball

From here:

College sports are, at their core, a giant ponzi scheme. The system is unapologetically rigged so that major universities, and an organization run by mostly privileged older white men, can reap tremendous profits from the athletic exploits of significantly less privileged 18-to-22–year-old mostly black men.

Fracking is a symptom of our sick animal condition

From Bloomberg:

Big Oil Pressured Scientists Over Fracking Wastewater’s Link to Quakes

What other animal would fuck up its own water supply for money?  And trigger earthquakes?  And continue using a fuel that will slowly destroy our planet when other forms or energy are available?


Cheerleaders rah rah-ing U.S. right down the crapper

From here:

…the U.S. of 2015 is far from exceptional. The U.S. is not exceptional when it comes to civil liberties (no country in the world incarcerates, per capita, more of its people than the U.S.) or healthcare (WHO ranks the U.S. #37 in terms of healthcare).

Maybe some day our ruling class will come back to reality and understand that their cheerleading is just to get them elected, it’s not making anyone’s economic future any better, making them healthier, making their food supply any healthier….