“From Trump to Bernie Sanders to Brexit to Catalonia, voter repudiation of the status quo was the story of the day. The sense of panic among political elites was palpable. The possibility that voters might decide to break up the EU, or put a Trump, Corbyn, or Sanders into power, led to a spate of “Do we have too much democracy?” essays by prominent think tankers and national press figures.
Two years later, the narrative has completely shifted. By an extraordinary coincidence, virtually all the “anti-system” movements and candidates that so terrified the political establishment two years ago have since been identified as covert or overt Russian destabilization initiatives, puppeteered from afar by the diabolical anti-Western dictator, Vladimir von Putin-Evil.”
Holy fuck! They caught the Golden State Killer! It’s my birthday and my true crime-obsessed self has never received a greater birthday gift. Have been following this case for years and wondered if I’d ever see the day.
ADDED: Not a lot is known about how this case was solved yet–there will be a press conference later today. But one thing we do know is that the suspect, Joseph James DeAngelo, was a cop. And that may be the most terrifying thing of all about this case.
Amanda Hess’s article on the rise of beauty standard denialism and its relationship to corporate feminism is really good: https://www.nytimes.com/…/i-feel-pretty-amy-schumer-beauty.…
Some of the most interesting parts:
“In the forthcoming book “Perfect Me,” Heather Widdows, a philosophy professor at the University of Birmingham, England, convincingly argues that the pressures on women to appear thinner, younger and firmer are stronger than ever. Keeping up appearances is no longer simply a superficial pursuit; it’s an ethical one, too. A woman who fails to conform to the ideal is regarded as a failure as a person.
“So now corporate entities are cynically encouraging women to engage in beauty and fitness routines to become better people, not more attractive ones.”
“But part of the conditioning of the “patriarchal ideal” is to make women feel empowered by it on their “own terms.” That way, every time you critique an unspoken requirement of women, you’re also forced to frown upon something women have chosen for themselves. And who wants to criticize a woman’s choice?”
“Why is it so hard to talk about this? Ms. Widdows has a few theories. Feminists don’t want to pose as killjoys bent on confiscating mani-pedis. Besides, striving for beauty is ultimately a rational choice in a world that values it so highly, and converting that pressure into fun or communal experiences is its own form of resistance.”
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A sneak preview of a soon-to-be-released track with drummer Steve Pruitt and bassist Anton Davidyants. If you’re interested in my composition process and harmonic concepts, (like the ones used here) message me and we’ll set up a video chat lesson.
Last night I shared a bit of free, unattached improv showing how I find my way around chromatically. Here’s a similar take but with an underlying context. Hit HD. Sorry for the postage stamp size. Not sure what’s up with that.
A little something.
I often sit and compose things I’d never release, as they are experiments, sketches, etc. But I thought why not? Here is a release of some short compositions that will be updated as more become available. This isn’t a fusion album. Nor are they guitar-centric. FYI.
*If you purchase it now, expect that at some time, you’ll see new ones appear and would simply buy them separately.
Key word here is “experiments”. Also, “sketches”. These are not long and not always fully realized.
Our film crew is made up almost entirely of young Moroccans. We are 25 percent of the way to our fundraising goal. Please consider a small donation to help us finish this important film. Six boys. Four families. One hope. Thanks for your support! You can read about our team here. https://www.dontforgetmedoc.com/our-team
In one of my last acts as a full-time correspondent for Columbia Journalism Review, I organized this special discussion next Monday night as part of the DocYourWorld festival at Columbia College. Chicago peeps, it’s open to the public Rock star line-up. CJR is co-sponsoring with City Bureau. Catering by Brown Sugar Bakery.