morning 08.15.16

Hm. There is still more evidence of Clinton Foundation & State Department coordination than there is of Manafort being an agent of Putin. That said, it’s pretty funny how when Manafort was a consultant for Yanukovych in Ukraine, he was also informing Clinton’s State Department on developments.

Very, very funny.

Manafort also worked with Prince Bandar of House of Saud. The Clintons and the Saudis go way back.

The Black Monday Murders is promising to be one hell of a comic. I read the first issue yesterday in between stints of obsessively monitoring the flooding in the Florida Parishes. Occult conspiracy in the world of finance. Part From Hell, part last act of Foucault’s Pendulum. Coker’s art is perfect- richly detailed and brooding.

There’s something weird going on beyond Neptune. “…the trans-Neptunian object, which has been nicknamed “Niku,” is also spinning around the sun backwards, in the opposite direction of the rest of the planets.” Madness! This is madness! We need to repurpose a probe in the near future to investigate Niku. This is could be key. Niku is only 200 km across. Its behavior could hint of a larger object further out.

Time to scrap the idea that humans arrived in the Americas by land bridge. Pacific coastal route ascendant! Earlier entry into the Americas! Yeah! Remember… humans reached Australia by boat pretty early. It’ll be fun to see just how far back the presence of humans in the Americas really goes.

dawn 08.04.16

Tagging mp3s is a morass. That’s how I’ve been wasting my time. It seemed a good idea to curate the shit out of my music selection to get out of the musical rut I’m in. I wound up obsessing on discographies of bands and artists I barely give a fuck about. The only wise decision was finally ditching iTunes for Media Monkey.

I borrowed the book White Trash by Isenberg from work. There’s been no opportunity to read more of it. I glanced at this NYT review, but it’s laughable- falling prey to what about? Sugrue apparently wasn’t paying attention to the Democratic primaries this spring or bothered his pretty mind with Trumpism. I’m not uninterested in the plight of 19th century Chinese immigrants, but that’s another book. I’ve a long way to go with White Trash, but the impression is how a certain group of poor people have been manipulated into perpetuating racism to enforce class structure. Two other coworkers plan to read it. One of them is urging us other two to read Leamer’s The Lynching as well.

Ceres’ interior is weak enough that its shape is governed by how it rotates. Hydrostatic equilibrium. Nifty.

A structure that represents the biggest known genetic difference between humans and Neanderthals also predisposes humans to autism. Huh. It also has gene that codes for protein that forms a complex with another protein that allows capture of iron more efficiently, especially in early cell development.

dawn 07.29.16

The first Nation of Ulysses song I ever heard, buried in a mixtape I received from a guy I traded zines with. It’s the only band on the whole 90 minute tape that truly stuck. (However, I did buy a Plaid Retina CD that I played for a few months and there was a Six Finger Satellite song on there that I dug.)

I stumbled on someone’s old blog post on the band while I was looking for Nation of Ulysses lyrics just now. Good stuff.

 

morning 07.28.16

A shitty work schedule and following the conventions on Twitter knocked me off posting habit. Quite a few decent links and stories worth keeping track of in future have already been misplaced. Damn it.

Scott Esposito on David Markson’s Wittgenstein’s Mistress. It’s part of Esposito’s Pillars series, in homage to Gass.

40,000-Year-Old Rope-Making Tool in Germany. I feel pretty stupid not realizing that rope technology existed at that time.

Not only is Twin Peaks coming back for 18 episodes, but David Lynch is directing all of them. That’s more than I could dream.

I’ve almost wrapped up Bojack Horseman. Three times now I’ve fallen asleep on the last 15 minutes of the last episode, because watching it after getting home from a night shift gets tricky. My wife is baffled why I’m so absorbed by such a sad, mean-spirited cartoon. She walked in when the abortion episode was on. No amount of explaining the context satisfied her. Someone wrote Will Arnett is delivering one of the best performances of his life. Yeah, that sounds right.

morning 07.19.16

Combing through my old iPod to make playlists for driving dug out an old favorite, the Tapes “(I Fall) Head First”. Still an odd song. I tracked down at least one of their albums before but recall nothing from it. An old post on another blog gives a bit more background on the band. Also stumbled back onto the Creepers’ “Old Man’s Treat”

It seemed such a revelation when I made the connection over a decade ago that the Creepers were fronted by a guy that used to be in the Fall. Now it’s easy to find that Marc Riley is really pretty famous (it would have been great had the Lost Soul Crusaders made a record) and the Creepers even had an actual video.

Still sorting through this iPod. It’s scary to add or delete anything to it as it’s a 10 year old 80 GB model long since discontinued. Tinkering with it too much invites its death. Streaming has its place, but not in my car. I’ve yet to test if sticking a flash drive in the USB post might work.

dawn 07.16.16

The military coup in Turkey kinda blew my mind. There’d been rumors of one in the works, but I blew them off as Erdogan leveraging more power. We’re all fucked. Either way it went, it was going to go badly, with the nation lurching deeply into more authoritarianism, secular or Islamist. Erdogan is hanging this on Fethullah Gülen, a charter school scam artist with ties to the CIA. The truth? Maybe. Gulenists came out to oppose the coup, although seemingly later than other factions. None of this is good. Nope.

Originally there was a post cobbled together of all of the video and reports of the protests in Baton Rouge in the aftermath of the killing of Alton Sterling. It’s a formatting mess and it’s now a week late. Two things worth noting though:

  • The head of BRPD’s Special Operations task force that used inappropriate militarized force against peaceful protesters last weekend? He’s the father of the cop who shot Alton Sterling.
  • The “credible threat” of the plot to kill cops with guns stolen from a pawn shop? One arrested was 13 years old. The fourth suspect who was finally caught? 12 years old. This was not a credible threat. Unlike the Dallas police murders, this was not an organized plot, but some dumb kids who may have been talking shit.

One of those crazy right-wing news sites cried out that James Comey is board member of a bank connected to the Clinton Foundation. So much conspiracy. Then it turns out that they’re right. Comey was appointed a director on the board of HSBC in 2013. HSBC and the Clinton Foundation have some ties. Even billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein ties into this. What the ever-loving hell? It’s pathetic that I bought for a minute any chance of indictment for Clinton.

Speaking of corruption- Bobby Jindal named to holding company’s board of directorsCotton Holdings Inc. As much as I despise Jindal though, he did have a knack of emergency response when it came to hurricanes. His effectiveness? I dunno, but he seemed to have a sincere passion in that area that went beyond his phony posturing in nearly every other field.

Many people were laughing at goofy old George W. Bush at the funeral of the 5 police murdered in Dallas. Bush began singing and dancing during the Battle Hymn of the Republic. Some think he was drunk or high on drugs. I’m sticking with premature dementia. Bush was no more in control during most of his administration as when Reagan was during much of his administration. Cheney was making most of the real decisions, only tempered by opposition by Rice and Powell.

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noon 07.10.16

I’ve spent the past few weeks immersing in world of Chapo Trap House. The latest episode with the interview with Tony about Oaxaca and Mexico might be the best one yet. It’s been difficult to find decent news and analysis of what’s going on there for a Spanish illiterate like me. He laid out the dynamics of the forces at work nicely. It was an odd episode too, as they tend to stick to mocking pundit shitheels and fuck-ups who I have been doing best to ignore for years. Ron Fournier now looms large. He’s been a complete nonentity for me before Chapo. Their dissection is Hamilton confirmed every suspicion for the past several months about it being a paean to meritocracy, then made it more absurdly rancid.

Last night- Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Final Hamilton Curtain Call Was to The West Wing Theme Song.

Meanwhile in Baton Rouge last night…

Just stumbled on this photo from Baton Rouge protests and need to throw it in.

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Origins of Philistines possibly in 3,000 year old Ashkelon cemetery in Israel. Sea Peoples?! Yeah!

Bronze Age marijuana use by the Yamnaya. Oh, Vice… ” …weed has been cultivated throughout Eurasia for hundreds of thousands of years.” Oops. Anyway, Yamna culture.

Last night Damien was figuring out whether whether Pin Ups or this image came first.

A helpful soul said it’s from a ’80s manga, art by Junichi Murayama (and story by Kazuo Umezu. I never followed up after Uzumaki, which haunts me years later.)