"This is the, 'Me filling a sock full of inspiration coins and bludgeoning you about the skull and shoulders with it until you sit your ass down and juice the art from your body like blood from a throttled squirrel' touch." Chuck Wendig with his usual subtly when it comes to motivating you to write.
The Hidden Brain podcast on being original. The secret to success? Try a lot, fail a lot, succeed some of the time.
NPR's All Songs Considered posts their annual SXSW 100 songs. Which I guess they're now calling the Austin 100.
I usually try to avoid all mention on Kanye, but… "Kanye West, after reportedly considering legal action against The Pirate Bay for facilitating mass piracy of his new album The Life of Pablo, has seemingly been caught trying to pirate some music software from The Pirate Bay. (Grokked from John)
The death of academic freedom with the rise of contingent workers (non-tenured track). Also note, this can also expand to include public grade-schools and was the real reason those instructors also have tenure rules. Yes, sometimes those rule protect poor teachers (very rarely), but more often they protect teachers who believe in the kids and want them to have a solid, robust, and truthful education (note recent and ongoing battles over AP History, Evolution, Climate Change, Common Core…). Yes, the people who want to strip union and tenure rules are the people who are tired of educators telling children the truth (which they believe is indoctrination). It strips their voice away to challenge the administration and the public. And "70% of faculty are in contingent positions." (Grokked from Hannah Bowman)
I'm sure there's a reasonable explanation why someone walking in their own neighborhood was "suspicious" to police and shot down. Not like this is a nationwide problem or anything. Or related to a community officer (those in schools) slapping a kid.
It's a good thing that with Pres. Obama we live in a post-racial society so things like people shouting epithets and shooting guns blindly into campaign headquarters of a black candidate for sheriff should be behind us.
Boy, good thing the Trumpster isn't a racist fanning racial animus because then things like this would be truly horrible. High school kids shouting at each other, using Trump as a bludgeon. You've got to be taught before it's too late, before you are six or seven or eight, to hate all the people your relatives hate, you've got to be carefully taught.
The Trumpster finally comes out against the KKK and states his commitment to equality by pointing out his Palm Beach Mar-a-Lago club is "totally open to everybody." Everybody who can pay a $100,000 initiation fee and then $14,000 annually. So, that's most of the people Trump knows.
So, think the left is all whackaloon about the Trumpster being a fascist? Okay, how about Trevor Noah reading the definition of fascism and showing how Trump fits point for point. "'It almost, kind of stops being funny while you're watching it. I mean, don't get me wrong, it's still funny for me because I have a back-up plan country,' he added."
"Sometimes, at night, do you still hear them, Clarice? The screaming of the Christies?" Ah, yep. (Grokked from Patrick Nielsen Hayden)
John Scalzi's post on the more saner parts left in the GOP begging the lefties to help them save their party from the terrible mess they wrought. Ah, yep.
It's one thing to revel in Glory Days, it's another thing to completely miss that time has moved on. "CNN contributors Van Jones and Jeffrey Lord, a Donald Trump supporter, on Tuesday night engaged in a fierce debate over the Ku Klux Klan and Donald Trump after Lord declared that the KKK is a 'leftist terrorist organization.'" Yea, way to miss the 60s there Jeffy. Might want to catch up with some recent news. Hint: we landed on the Moon, but haven't been back for decades. Serious whackaloonery going on here.
And this is why the Trumpster is so dangerous, because no matter how much they may cry and piss their pants at nominating him the GOP will line up and vote for him. Why, because they secretly really like him, they respond to his brutal leadership. He is the president they've been longing for.
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