F*ck these fascist American Spook bitches!

From the Guardian:

Former head of the NSA Michael Hayden, asked by Panorama what would happen to Snowden, said: “If you’re asking me my opinion, he’s going to die in Moscow. He’s not coming home.”

If you’re asking my opinion, I think Snowden is a more ethical and more patriotic American than this bald, paranoid former Head Spook, Michael Hayden.

I would swap that piece of shit Hayden who couldn’t stop a terrorist attack with his mountain of wiretaps and monitoring with Snowden who cleaned out the NSA, beating them at their own game.

This is all about embarrassment — Snowden showing the true nature of the people in charge.

They’re incompetent, spiteful motherfuckers and they should be treated as such.

Does Obama have any moral high ground on the issue of gun control?

From the Guardian:

Shortly before General John Campbell, the commander of the US and Nato war in Afghanistan, testified to a Senate panel, the president of Doctors Without Borders – also known as Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) – said the US and Afghanistan had made an “admission of a war crime”.

I once overhead a woman ask another woman if the movie she had seen was violent.  And the second woman said yeah, ‘it’s violent, but it’s the good violence.’

I get the same impression from some our politicians — any violence done in the name of protecting their citizens, no matter how big a mistake or disproportionate is good violence.

And mass shootings are bad violence.

It smells like a pretty arbitrary distinction to me.  Violence is violence and dead is dead, and a President who just loves his drones and his Special Forces and their ‘surgical strikes’ doesn’t seem well positioned to lead the way on gun control.

Po po management continues to pretend there aren’t murderous, racist cops

From here:

“The negativity displayed by the #Blacklivesmatter organization towards police across this nation is creating a hostile environment that is not resolving any problems or issues, but making it worse for our communities,” The Executive Board of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #3 said in a statement. “They are doing this by increasing tensions amongst police and the people they serve.”


10/5/15: Moontaxi, Buckman Coe, DJDS

@@@ Moontaxi: Daybreaker (BMG Music, 2015) Described as a jam/alternative act on the Beats highlights page, and I hear a bit of the jam but I don’t hear much alt and I hear a pretty mainstream band.  I have little advice for bands except if you play mainstream rock be proud of it and don’t market yourself as something else.  I hear handclaps, I hear Bon Jovi-esque background vocals.  Just bite the Bon Jovi wiener and be proud of it.  Oh no, the second tune brings on the Death Cab for Cutie — that’s not good in my world.  The cheerful optimistic rock feels like a rope around my neck.  Ah well, if this corporate rock biscuit sounds good to you check it out.

@@@ Buckman Coe: Malama Kai’Ana (Tonic, 2015).  Some smooth roots influenced reggae soul off this week’s All Music weekly email.  Big horn section, strong vocals but not classic reggae.  Coe plays the uke and the sweetness of Hawaiian music is present along side the reggae sound.  While I appreciate Coe’s melodic singing and the full production, myself I like a more muscular rhythm section but hey that’s just me.

@@@  Djds: In the Flames (Concord Loma Vista, 2015)  A slightly trippy electronic looped mama off the Beats highlights.  That intro ambience gives way to your classic kick snare/clap with some processed vocals and a sporadic climbing synth bass line.  I find the overlapping looped vocals to be somewhat interesting but it just sits and spins.  Not that I need the explosive EDM snare roll/money shot, but a little more development.

YTD recordings listened to: 799
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 458
Not good music: 277

Honorable Mentions: 21
Buys: 13

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, 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, Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, Spacesuits, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Mohamed Abozekry, Dawn Richard, Leo Welch, Mastery, Leviathan, Xibalba, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Ellen Jewell, Akitsa, Richard Thompson, Jeremy Pinnell, Pat Thomas, Janelle Monae, The Alchemist, Luther Dickinson, Andra Day, Frog Eyes, Madd Again!, Fuck the Facts, Shannon and the Clams, Destruction Unit, Rim Kwaku Obeng

This is God’s punishment for the confederate flag

From WaPo here:

Unprecedented and deadly rainfall turned South Carolina roads into rivers and parking lots into lakes on Sunday, prompting officials to warn residents not to leave their homes for any reason — even on foot.

“We haven’t seen this level of rain in the Low Country in 1,000 years,” said Gov. Nikki Haley during a news conference Sunday. “That’s how big this is.”


OMG, the NYT printed something real about class

Off the front page, editorial section:

Rich benefactors promise to lift the poor out of poverty, but it was their outsourcing decisions that made people poor in the first place.

Wow, somebody has taken time out of their day to focus of an aspect of globalization besides cheap prices for all the Chinese shit you need (or don’t).

Outsourcing makes middle and working class people poor.