Dave Mustaine Played with the San Diego Symphony and Did Worse Things to the Four Seasons Than Climate Change | NOISEY

Saddest thing here: that Mustaine tried to gain credibility as a “serious” musician by dolling himself up in a tux and pulling out piss-poor, uninspired renditions of top-40 classical, playing in a style for which he is not suited, rather than using the fusion to expand the range of idioms he can assimilate into his own creative identity, to then incorporate into the playing style he knows and does best, and which is most honest to his personality and ear.

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An Indecent Burial

Of course, to a Roberts (and to too many elected politicians, as well) a monetary bar to entry for political access is not in itself inherently corrupting, since he comes from and/or identifies with a sphere in which such power is taken for granted, an entitlement perceived as earned.

And when it’s only a small, wealthy clique empowered, then how could they possibly be swayed by such petty, indirect, non-quid-pro-quo spending, when by force of class and virtue, our true aristocracy would have only the noblest of intentions, insulated from any desperation or craven impulses of greed on account of their very privilege?

It’s the problem of social inequality again: a smaller and smaller circle too confident in its own judgment and unchecked by other interests captures the levers of power to engage in self-dealing, oblivious to the national good.

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New Yorkers Need to Take Back Their City - NYTimes.com

While my methods to confront this unrelenting hyper-gentrification aren’t nearly as radical as Jeremiah’s, he is absolutely right about one thing: this isn’t normal. Nor is it sustainable, if this city is not to be reduced to a playground for the rich, with its own working denizens pushed ever father into the crowded, distant margins, with less space, fewer services, and no options.

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Hungry Snake Picked The Wrong Dinner | I Fucking Love Science

Nature’s fun with cute animals playing happily with one another!

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Oklahoma Will Charge Customers Who Install Their Own Solar Panels

On one hand, they’re right-wing reactionaries. They have no plan but knee-jerk opposition to anything outside their orthodoxies. Such self-indulgent vapidity from the faction that thinks itself the disciplined, realistic, pragmatic party!

On the other, you can see how completely captured the GOP is by big business and groups like ALEC, to the detriment of individual initiative and entrepreneurism. The utilities save when consumers add their own generation to the grid, but there was an opportunity to turn it into a fee and profiteer even more, so they used their statehouse proxies to codify their greed. 

Ignorance + cravenness = Oklahoma State Legislature.

But how on earth does ALEC claim that people who contribute electricity to the grid are free riders?! How does that even make sense? Is it opposite day for ALEC’s composers of Newspeak copy?

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Curious About Palestine, Israeli Visitors Return

While Gavin Gross’ attitude seems to harbor some sense of colonial entitlement (though that could just be the result of being taken out-of-context), what Barghouti and the Palestinian national movement often seem not to understand is that Israel really is a democracy. Public opinion matters, and changes government policy.

Thus, terrorism had the effect not of strengthening the Palestinian cause, but of galvanizing support among Israelis for far-right parties and platforms. Meanwhile, peaceful protest, interaction, and coexistence have served to change minds and increasing the probability of an Israeli government being formed amenable to concessions and compromise amid good-faith negotiation. Contact is not normalization, but contact is the only way to change things. Israel is not just a state apparatus: it is its citizenry, and as many of those citizens may support Likud, Yisrael Beiteinu, and other such abominations, society remains closely divided, and the right, smart actions on the part of the Israeli opposition, Americans, and Palestinians, can make a real difference in determining who has control of the Knesset, and who does the bargaining with the Palestinian Authority. 

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wildpens:

This baby knows. [x]

Kid gets hockey fandom.

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When ‘Liking’ a Brand Online Voids the Right to Sue

Welcome to life under the Roberts Court, where corporations are people whose rights trump those of actual people. 

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Donetsk leaflet: Jews must register or face deportation

And the Kremlin accused the Ukrainian government of antisemitism and neo-Naziism? Of couse, to support a Putsch by Russian nationalist anti-Semites. 

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jtotheizzoe:

boop.
This man.

One note, though: one does not get to both celebrate Neil deGrasse Tyson, and dismiss academic rigor, the scientific method, critical inquiry, and objective, quantitative analysis as “dead old white guy things.” That was how we got a Dwight York as a more visible African-American thinker than a HL Gates or Cornell West, simply because he conformed more readily to the white stereotype of blacks as ignorant radicals who made bizarre shit up, than did the real scholars, who posed a real threat to white hegemony by understanding history using techniques that transcend ethnic origin.

jtotheizzoe:

boop.

This man.

One note, though: one does not get to both celebrate Neil deGrasse Tyson, and dismiss academic rigor, the scientific method, critical inquiry, and objective, quantitative analysis as “dead old white guy things.” That was how we got a Dwight York as a more visible African-American thinker than a HL Gates or Cornell West, simply because he conformed more readily to the white stereotype of blacks as ignorant radicals who made bizarre shit up, than did the real scholars, who posed a real threat to white hegemony by understanding history using techniques that transcend ethnic origin.

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blackbruise:

This is gold

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Everything in moderation, including moderation itself.

Also, reblogging for the last image. The cult of overhydrating is a little ridiculous, and not at all scientifically sound.

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- Haters of the Lost Ark -

I think that explains a lot of selective-memory fundamentalism. They’re staying true to the only bible they’ve read, which is unfortunately the bowdlerized children’s edition.

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Does Traditional College Debate Reinforce White Privilege?

I agree much with Aaron Hardy. The classic structure of a formal debate is neither arbitrary nor artificial: it is designed to train future leaders in the tools they need to craft policy, argue for it persuasively, and enact it. Appeals to emotion and personal anecdotes make for bad and thus ineffective policy; that’s why the focus must be on research and analytics, on precedent and history, not as class or race markers, but to distinguish what’s likely to work from what isn’t. Performance art may be dramatic, and it may make a point, but it doesn’t answer any questions. Meanwhile, arguing both sides, and the measured tones of formal debate force one to think along with the opposition, to understand their perspective, and take their concerns into account, rather than demonize them. It opens your mind to ways of thought not immediate to you, assists in compromise, and enhances the quality of solutions one can devise, solutions more likely to serve all interests, more or less. It forces one to be patient, to overcome one’s own passion and direct it into an orderly structure that can withstand critique and examination.

Objectivity or the lack thereof are not absolutes, and anyone who believes that, by following a process, they have obliterated the self in their reason is being themselves irrational, if not delusional. What process does is it helps us account for the personal in our perspective, acknowledge it, and minimize it. It’s a false dichotomy to say that, since an argument cannot be completely objective, that therefore objectivity is a mirage. It can be used as a buzz-word to ill effect, true, but it is something we must strive after as an ideal, an unreachable ideal, if we are to understand anything about the world beyond us.

These are tools necessary not just for white males, but for everybody, if they are to seek leadership roles in society. “Alernative-style” debate reinforces the exclusion of minorities from the institutions that by necessity govern our complex society, turning it into a self-fulfilling prophesy, at a time when access is increasingly essential and increasingly possible for minorities. The alternative vision is one of the minority trapped in perennial radical opposition to structure and systems, righteous in their rage and protest, but ultimately impotent to effect real, enduring, change.

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