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We're Never Going To Fix Any Of This

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I suppose it's older age cynicism settling in, but seeing the endless cycles of one step forward, two steps back, on numerous issues takes its toll. Brief windows open up and then the powerful backlash forces step in.

Fanatical devotion to the status quo is, sadly, considered to be the height of seriousness in The Discourse. I'd even be more accepting of this if it was merely, "the status quo, but a bit more convenient," but often it is impossible to stare down even the trivial forces that impose large burdens on the rest of us.

I mean, "we" can't even fix spam calls. There are also the related cycles of, "YOUNG PEOPLE AND PEOPLE OF COLOR WILL SAVE US," followed immediately by, "oh no, not like that."

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trevorjackson
20 hours ago
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feeling similarly dispirited about the future of the us lately. planning an exit strategy.
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Lawyers Be Lawyering

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I don't know why Sotomayor agreed to this statement in attempt to make Gorsuch look like less of an asshole, as gullible media people would run with it at the expense of their own notional colleague, Nina Totenberg, but Totenberg didn't report that Sotomayor asked Gorsuch to wear a mask, she reported that Roberts asked him. ...and a late development! Probably didn't say "on the bench" precisely... Other people who attend have to wear N95 masks, so, interepret all this how you wish!
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trevorjackson
4 days ago
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fucking lawyers
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Jon Hamm Narrates Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, Updated for the Timeline Era

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In Plato’s allegory of the cave (part of his The Republic), the reader/listener is asked to imagine people trapped in a cave whose only experience of the outside world is observing shadows cast by people outside the cave, which becomes their reality. In this clip from the TV show Legion narrated by Jon Hamm, Plato’s allegory is extended to our present age, where we’re mediated by devices and social media algorithms into individualized shadowy caves of our own.

Now, what if instead of being in a cave, you were out in the world — except you couldn’t see it because you trusted that the world you saw through the prism was the real world. But there’s a difference. You see, unlike the allegory of the cave where the people are real and the shadows are false, here other people are the shadows, their faces, their lives.

(via open culture)

Tags: Jon Hamm   Legion   Plato   TV   video
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trevorjackson
6 days ago
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If you haven't watched Legion, you missed one of the most daring shows of the last decade. Lots of mistakes, but that's always the risk
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Don't Look Up

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I thought it was a pretty good movie. Some decent satirical bits, overall maybe not very satisfying.

I was quite amused that a lot of journalists were complaining about the movie using the "trope" of a woman journalist sleeping with her source. And, yes, movies do that it is a very bad movie trope!

But if all the very serious journalists consider the host of a morning infotainment show character a "journalist" and a guest on the show to be a "source" then, I dunno man, I think the problem is with the concept of journalism and maybe the movie has a point.

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trevorjackson
25 days ago
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hahaha, fucking THIS
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Producer Butch Vig Breaks Down Iconic Nirvana Songs

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In these tantalizingly short videos, legendary producer Butch Vig details how the songs on Nirvana’s 1991 breakthrough album Nevermind came together. About Smells Like Teen Spirit, Vig says:

Here comes the guitar solo. He basically copied the vocal melody instead of trying to come up with something punky or frantic or strangled guitar like he usually did. He just copied the exact vocal melody and it works really well.

You can find the breakdowns for Teen Spirit and Drain You embedded above and here are Something In The Way, In Bloom, and Polly. Bonus: Vig describes hearing Smells Like Teen Spirit in person for the first time. (via open culture)

Tags: Butch Vig   music   Nirvana   video
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trevorjackson
94 days ago
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chills on the isolated vocals of "a denial" at the end of the Smells Like video
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MadColour, “Stuck Like Glue”

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MadColour, “Stuck Like Glue”
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trevorjackson
139 days ago
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Every role an icon
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